Friday, January 3, 2014

Any Shows This Weekend? Inspired

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Chris Hero is big this weekend
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The prior year gives way to the new one, but one thing remains the same. Every weekend, the best wrestling companies in America, Canada, and THE WORLD will be holding wrestling shows. Pro Wrestling Events has your hookup for the entire slate of matches to happen this weekend, but for the creme de la creme, check it below:


HoodSlam presents Last Year's Resolution at the Oakland Metro Operahouse in, duh, Oakland, CA. The event is adults only (21+), and bell time is 8:30 PM local time. Christina von Eerie will be making her return to HoodSlam after some time away. Also on the show will be Drake Younger, B-Boy, and a dude named the "Mexican Werewolf" El Chupacabra.


Beyond Wrestling and NWA Smoky Mountain will be getting together for a joint, limited-access taping at the Civic Auditorium in Kingsport, TN at 4 PM local. Tickets will be available on the day of the event. The "MVP" of the show will gain entry into the NWA Smoky Mountain Cup. Appearing on this show will be Jessie Bell Smothers, Jason Kincaid, Sigmon, Chase Owens, Sugar Dunkerton, and many more.

At the same venue at 7:15 PM local time, the doors will open on NWA Smoky Mountain's House Party 2014. The NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Chase Owens will defend against the legendary Ricky Morton. Jessie Belle Smothers will look to get some gold of her own when she takes on NWA Women's Champion Kacee Carlisle. Also scheduled to appear will be Jason Kincaid, Sigmon, Facade, and many more.

Ring of Honor will be taping their television show at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds/Expo in Nashville, TN, bell time of 7 PM. Jay Briscoe has called out Adam Cole and expects an answer, while Tomasso Ciampa defends the Television Championship against Silas Young. Oh yeah, and AJ Styles will be appearing to take on Roderick Strong. Roddy Piper also will make an appearance. The Top Prospect Tournament will also kickoff. A recap of the participants is as follows: Andrew Everett, Cheeseburger, Kongo, The Romantic Touch, Ray Rowe, Corey Hollis, Bill Daly, and Hanson. Oh, and Kevin Steen battles Chris Hero. Also on the show will be reDRagon, Caprice Coleman, Cedric Alexander, Michael Elgin, Mark Briscoe, Matt Taven, Jay Lethal, and Mike Bennett.

On Point Wrestling celebrates its first anniversary at Sports and More in Sewell, NJ. Doors open at 7:30 PM local time. The main event will be an East Coast hardcore dream match, Eddie Kingston taking on Matt Tremont. Mike Draztik will welcome back a returning Joker, while Chris Dickinson will clash with Biff Busick. Also appearing on the show will be assailANT, Amasis, John Silver, Alex Reynolds, Jaka, Pinkie Sanchez, and Johnny Miyagi.

Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling's first show of the year, Van City Showdown, will go down at the Russian Community Center in Vancouver, BC at 8 PM local time. The main event will pit Jamie Diaz against Scotty Mac in a tables match. The Bollywood Boyz will defend their Tag Team Championships on the show, while Nicole Matthews will also make an appearance.

Empire Pro Wrestling's Long Cold Winter will take place at 22 Austin Avenue in Rossville, GA. Doors will open at 7 PM local time. The main event will pit the "Strong Style Psycho" Tank against Shaun Tempers in a dog collar match. Tempers' Empire Championship will be on the line. Also appearing on the show will be Jason Collins and the Double Dragons.

Platinum Championship Wrestling kicks off the New Year from the Main Event in Porterdale, GA at 6 PM local time. Among the superstars appearing will be PCW Champion Chip Day.

West Coast Wrestling Connection's weekend double shot kicks off with a fundraiser for Colton High School. The show will happen at the high school in Colton, OR, starting at 7:30 AM local time. Matt Striker, Gangrel, Darin Corbin, and Jeremy Blanchard are among those appearing.


Inspire Pro Wrestling will crown their first ever Champion at Ecstasy of Gold Sunday at the Marchesa Theatre in Austin, TX. Doors open at 5:30 PM local time, and the three men who will vie for the chance to be the man are Davey Vega, "One Man" Mike Dell, and Jordan Jensen. If that match wasn't big enough, Chris Hero will make his Inspire Pro debut against Ray Rowe. Takaaki Watanabe will venture over from New Japan Pro Wrestling to take on Gregory James. Also appearing on the show will be Paige Turner, Gary Jay, Jojo Bravo, Barrett Brown, Bolt Brady, and Carson.

At 5 PM local time at Houck Middle School in Salem, OR, WCWC will present its second show this weekend. The main event features Matt Striker going up against Gangrel. Jimmy Jacobs will also make his WCWC debut at this show. Also appearing will be Darin Corbin and Jeremy Blanchard.

Usually, I don't believe in New Year's resolutions, but if you're sleeping on going to live wrestling, then you should totally make it your goal this year to see something in your area. Whether the show is familiar to you or something new, check out a show this weekend. Your favorite promotion or wrestler might be out there. You just don't know it yet.