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There are several notable lineups from various indie promotions that are running this week. This is a spotlight on some of the shows with the best lineups and talent and how you can watch them. I’d recommend checking out any or all of these shows if you have the time.
MLW Rise of the Renegades (TV Taping, April 4)
Time: 7 p.m. EST
MLW is running two TV tapings at the Melrose Ballroom in New York. The shows will air on BeIn TV in the coming weeks. The shows will be taped at the Melrose Ballroom in New York.
The matches announced for Rise of the Renegades are as follows:
- LA Park vs Pentagon Jr.
- MLW Champion Tom Lawlor vs. Jimmy Havoc in a Street Fight
- MJF vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
- Sami Callihan vs. Mance Warner
- Minoru Tanaka vs. Daga
- Hijo de LA Park vs. Gringo Loco
- Ace Romero vs. Josef Samael
- The Hart Foundation (Brian Pillman Jr. & Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Teddy Hart) vs. Dinasty (MJF & Alex Hammerstone & Richard Holliday) in a Tables match.
MLW Battle Riot II (TV Taping, April 5)
Time: 7 p.m. EST
MLW’s Battle Riot II is headlined by a Battle Riot match, which is like the Royal Rumble. It features 40 wrestlers with a title shot anytime, anywhere being awarded to the winner. This should be another fun taping with a great atmosphere for MLW at the Melrose Ballroom in New York. The show will air live on beIN sports.
The matches announced for Battle Riot II include:
- Battle Riot II: Pentagon Jr., Davey Boy Smith Jr., Minoru Tanaka, Sami Callihan, Ace Romero, Alex Hammerstone, Teddy Hart, Ace Austin, Low Ki, Ken Kerbis, Brian Pillman Jr., Fenix, Mance Warner, Rey Horus, Barrington Hughes, Hijo de LA Park, LA Park, Gringo Loco, Daga, Jimmy Yuta, Air Wolf, Lance Anoa’i, Kotto Brazil, Avalanche, Myron Reed, Dan Severn, Rich Swann, Myron Reed, MJF, Leo Brien, Michael Patrick, Jordan Oliver
- MLW Middleweight Champion Teddy Hart vs. Ace Austin
- LA Park vs. Jimmy Havoc
- Rich Swann vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
- Daga vs. Low-Ki
wXw America 1st Wunderbar (April 4)
wXw is Germany’s biggest indie and one of the biggest independent promotions in all of Europe. This is their first event in the U.S. and they’re running a loaded show with a great mix of international talent. You can watch this event on Fite.tv on iPPV or on Fite TV as part of WWN’s More Than Mania package
Time: 4 p.m. EST
The complete lineup for the show is as follows:
- wXw World Tag Team Champions Aussie Open (Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher) vs. The Workhorsemen (Anthony Henry & JD Drake)
- Absolute Andy vs. Chris Brookes
- Yuu vs. LuFisto
- LAX (Santana & Ortiz) vs. The Crown (Jurn Simmons & Alexander James)
- Lucky Kid vs. David Starr
- wXw Unified World Wrestling Champion Bobby Gunns vs. Shigehiro Irie
- wXw Shotgun Champion Marius Al Ani vs. Emil Sitoci
- Darby Allin vs. Avalanche
CHIKARA: Once Upon A Beginning (April 5)
Time: 12 p.m. EST
CHIKARA always puts on fun shows. This should be no exception given that it’s WrestleMania weekend, I would expect them to put their best foot forward as part of GCW’s The Collective from New Jersey. You can watch this show on independentwrestling.tv with a subscription, purchase it on iPPV on Fite.tv or it is available as part of The Collective package from Fite Tv.
The lineup is as follows:
- CHIKARA Grand Champion Mr. Touchdown vs. Dasher Hatfield in a Ladder mathc
- A-Kid vs Air Wolf
- CCK vs Crummels & Defarge
- The Colony (Green Ant & Thief Ant & Fire Ant) vs F.I.S.T. (Tony Deppen & Travis Huckabee & Icarus)
- Jigsaw & Thunderfrog & Razerhawk & Chuckie T vs Hallowicked & Arik Cannon & Hermit Crab & Cam Zagami
- Carlos Romo vs. Still Life (w/Apricots & Pears)
- Kimber Lee vs. The Whisper.
- Missile Assault Man vs. Boomer Hatfield
WWN Supershow 2019: Mercury Rising (April 5)
Time: 3 p.m. EST
WWN’s annual supershow should be a really good show. It has a mix of talent from wXw and DDT Pro to spice up the card. You can watch the show on Fite.tv on iPPV or as part of WWN’s More Than Mania package on Fite TV.
The lineup for the show is as follows:
- The Skulk (AR Fox & Leon Ruff & Adrian Alanis) vs. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo & Soma Takao
- Eddie Kingston & Joe Gacy & Shane Strickland vs. Team wXw (Lucky Kid, Marius Al Ani & Bobby Guns)
- WWN Champion J.D. Drake vs. Kazusada Higuchi
- SHINE Champion Allysin Kay vs. Miyu Yamashita
- FIP Champion Anthony Henry vs. Absolute Andy
- Darby Allin & Priscilla Kelly vs. Austin Theory & Brandi Lauren
- Colby Corino vs. John Silver vs. Harlem Bravado vs. Anthony Greene vs. Barrett Brown vs. ??? in a Winner Gets WWN Contract Elimination Match
RPW: Live in NYC (April 5)
Start time: 3 p.m. EST
Where to watch: Fite TV on iPPV or with a monthly subscription to RPW On Demand.
This is a loaded event from RPW, which is one of NJPW’s partner promotions in the U.K. The event will feature a mix of U.K. and NJPW talent.
The matches announced so far include:
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Will Ospreay vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
- David Starr vs. Tomohiro Ishii
- Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) vs. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis)
- Rocky Romero vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
- CCK (Jonathan Gresham & Chris Brookes) vs. Alex Coughlin & Karl Fredericks with Katsuyori Shibata making a special appearance.