|Jojo Bravo (foreground) is ready to take on the challenge of Robert Evans|
Photo Credit: Texas Anarchy
Full Impact Pro wrestling kicks the weekend off with an Internet pay-per-view broadcast tonight of Dangerous Intentions at 9 PM Eastern Daylight Time live on WWN Live. For those who want to go live, head to the Orpheum in Ybor City, FL. The main event is a good, ol'-fashioned best two-out-of-three falls match for the FIP World Championship. Trent? will be defending against the guy from whom he won the title, Jon Davis. They've been feuding for the better part of a year, so in addition to the tension added by the Championship, you know they'll have a little more juice behind the two or three falls they last than normal. Also on the show, the Bravado Brothers will be defending their Tag Team Championships against the team they won the titles from, Los Ben Dejos. Gran Akuma defends the Heritage Championship against Slyck Wagner Brown, and Jessicka Havok will go up against Maxwell Chicago in an evening gown match. I was a little skeptical about that match being on the card, but Havok doesn't enter into challenges lightly. Also on the show will be Rich Swann, Pinkie Sanchez, Chasyn Rance, and Lince Dorado.
I wrote a big preview for the Women's Superstars Uncensored show yesterday, so if you want the skinny on that show, click and digest, yo.
WSU will be the first half of the wrestling proceedings at the Flyers Skate Zone in Vorhees, NJ, and Combat Zone Wrestling will occupy the second with Cerebral. You can order the show on CZW iPPV at 7:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The main event will pit Joe Gacy against Matt Tremont in a House of Horrors match. I can't tell you what that exactly entails, but the name suggests a level of extreme craziness that I've come to expect from CZW over the years. Alex Colon will be defending the Wired Television Championship against Andrew Everett, while Neveah and Christina von Eerie will battle Kimber Lee and a mystery opponent. AR Fox will do battle with Chris Dickinson as well. Also scheduled to appear are Shane Strickland, Shane Hollister, and Caleb Konley.
Just as a note, I will either be at the WSU show or the CZW show tomorrow, depending on when I get done helping my father-in-law with demolishing his shed. So if you see me there, say hello!
Family Wrestling Entertainment will be presenting their Openweight Grand Prix live on iPPV as well on Saturday. They'll be airing a free pre-show at 8 PM Eastern, while the main show starts at 9 PM. If you're heading out there live, the venue is at 9511 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. This show will be loaded with current indie stars and former mainstream standouts. The nominal main event will pit Ted DiBiase, Jr. against Colt Cabana as part of the tournament, but my personal match of the night pick will more than likely be Paul London vs. Tony Nese. London has been nothing short of spectacular in every appearance I've seen him in this year, and Nese is one of the top rising performers in all the land. Other tournament matches include John Hennigan (Morrison) vs. Matt Morgan, Carlito Colon vs. Tommy Dreamer, Sonjay Dutt vs. Petey Williams, and Joey Ryan vs. Brian Kendrick. Also in the tournament will be Chris Mordetzky (Masters). In addition to the tournament matches, Ivelisse Velez, Trent?, the Young Bucks, Cheerleader Melissa, Serena Deeb, and Rosita will all be appearing.
FIP will be presenting their Saturday show, With Malice, this weekend in Orlando, FL at the Orlando Downtown Recreation Complex. This show is not on iPPV, but it will be offered "live to VOD," which I assume means the show will be available for purchase on demand shortly after it's over. This show will be headlined by a lucha de apuesta between Lince Dorado, who is wagering his mask against Chasyn Rance's hair. When the stakes get this personal, you know the shit's about to get real. SHINE will also have a four-way showcase match pitting Mia Yim, Leva Bates, Su Yung, and Solo Darling against each other. Also appearing will be the Bravado Bros., Jon Davis, Gran Akuma, Rich Swann, and Pinkie Sanchez.
Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling invades the Russian Community Center in Vancouver, BC, looking to resolve the Shooting Star Six round robin. The six competitors in that tournament will go up against each other in a Texas Shoot Out, with the two that have the most points after the conclusion of that match meeting in the main event. Those wrestlers are Mantasia, Andy "Dreadful" Bird, Jamie Diaz, Alex Plexis, Randy Myers, and Azeem the Dream. Also appearing on this show are Nicole Matthews and the Bollywood Boyz.
Anarchy Wrestling retakes the Anarchy Arena in Cornelia, GA, for a set of television tapings at 8 PM local time. Appearing on this show will be the Washington Bullets, Corey Hollis, Mike Posey, Shaun Tempers, and "Hit for Hire" Bobby Moore.
NWA Smoky Mountain will make their Hampton, TN debut at the Hampton High School to help raise funds for the Carter County Sports Hall of Fame. The show starts at 8 PM local time, and will feature such stars as Sigmon and Jason "The Gift" Kincaid.
Vintage Wrestling will be hitting up the Salvation Army of Sanford, FL for the Florida Rumble 2013 at 8 PM local time. Thirty wrestlers will compete in an over the top rope battle royale to see who gets the right to face the Vintage Champion next month at WrestleBrawl. Who their opponent will be will also be decided here, as Kory Chavis puts his Vintage Championship on the line against Death Row Jethro in a first time encounter. Mike Cruz will defend his Florida People's Championship against Sam Shaw. Also appearing on the show will be QT Marshall and Francisco Ciatso.
Monster Factory Pro Wrestling will be putting its students on display at 7 PM local time Saturday at their training school in Paulsboro, NJ. Appearing at the show with the students and active wrestlers of the school will be the Blue Meanie.
Inspire Pro Wrestling presents The Quick and the Dead on Sunday at the Marchesa Theater in Austin, TX. Doors open at 5:30 PM local time. Texas indie division reviewer Brandon Stroud will be the ring announcer, while friends of the blog Eamon Paton and Rachel Summerlyn will be on commentary. The main event is another three-way match to decide the final slot in the Inspire Pro Championship final. Davey Vega and "One Man" Mike Dell have already punched their tickets. Ricky Starks, Scot Summers, and Jordan Jensen will all compete for the chance to fill that dance card out. The second match from the top could arguably steal the show and maybe the entire weekend as Robert Evans returns to Texas to take on the "Heaviest Sumo in the Land," Jojo Bravo. Both are known for their theatrics, but they're also sneaky good technicians as well, which should make their contest a complete package. JT LaMotta will be competing in his last match ever against Andy Dalton, while Dell will sub in for Shawn Vexx to take on Raymond Rowe. Bolt Brady, Carson, and Thomas Shire also will be making appearances.
Galaxy Pro Wrestling's debut show, First Contact, takes place this weekend as well at the National Guard Armory in Clarksville, TN. The show begins at 6 PM local time. The show will include the Daywalkers (Alex Castle and Matt Cage) taking on the Submission Squad (Pierre Abernathy and Evan Gelistico), as well as appearances from Heidi Lovelace, Mark Andrews, Pete Dunne, Gary Jay, and Davey Vega.
Again, whether you go to one the above shows or to a show elsewhere, like at the Old Cheese Factory (I need a live report from there one of these days), go see wrestling this weekend. Indie guys and gals are sacrificing their bodies for your entertainment. Throw them a few shekels by buying a ticket and some merch. Hell, the mainstream wrestlers do it too. Everyone in this grand art needs continual support, and hey, you might like it so much that the show you go to could very well end up being your favorite thing ever. You just won't know until you actually go.