Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Three More Added to National Pro Wrestling Day Lineup

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Hark! A Snow Troll appears!
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The National Pro Wrestling Day website has added three more names to the fray. The first is the Lithuanian Snow Troll, who is a natural fit for the event given that his amphibious brother-in-arms, the Estonian Thunder Frog, was among the first to be revealed. The Troll is the least-tenured of the Baltic Siege, but he's been working the rounds the hardest since his debut. I'm becoming a fan of his.

The second name announced is Juan Francisco de Coronado, the Wrestling Is... stable of companies' Ecuadorian aristocrat. Coronado appeared at last year's events with his manservant Herbert in tow, losing to Saturyne. Many things have changed in the time between shows. He's ditched Herbert, and Saturyne has ditched her mask and is known as Hania. He's also improved a bit in the ring, so hopefully, he gets a showcase match.

Finally, Shynron is the final name. The Spirit Dragon debuted a bit after NPWD last year, and he's made big strides since splashing down onto the scene. Not only has he made the rounds in the Wrestling Is... family, but he's branched out to NWA Smoky Mountain and Beyond Wrestling. He had a pretty nice match against AR Fox during the Tournament of Tomorrow studio tapings that I'm sure will be dropping any day now.

NPWD planners appear to be announcing names every day between now and the event. I will be curious to see how many names from outside the Chikaraverse will be announced. As of right now, the recipe seems to heavily favor those who have had experience within Chikara/Wrestling Is. On one hand, if the company is to be resurrected here, loading the roster with as many familiar talents makes all the sense in the world. On the other, one reason why NPWD was so awesome last year was all the new faces who cycled through, from Chiva Kid to Logan Shulo. Either way, I will keep my eyes peeled.