Friday, February 7, 2014

Any Shows This Weekend? The First Jam-Packed Weekend of '14

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Can Gulak fend off AJ Styles?
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The year is only one month and change old, and already in wrestling, AJ Styles returned to Ring of Honor and nearly killed Roderick Strong, and Chikara was reborn. This weekend continues the epic groundswell of pro wrestling as a huge number of awesome shows are jam-freaking-packed into the three-day frame set aside for the working American to enjoy the fruits of his or her labor. This weekend is the first of the year that has just a sheer number of notable shows, but if you want to see wrestling and you don't see a show listed below in your area, go to Pro Wrestling Events and take a gander. Below, however, are the best of the best for this weekend.


Absolute Intense Wrestling is all TGIF tonight at Turners Hall in Cleveland, OH. The show starts at 7:30 PM local time, and the main event pits the Absolute Champion Michael Elgin against AIW legend Drake Younger. Louis Lyndon will defend his Intense Championship against another AIW legend in Johnny Gargano. In the third title match, the Tag Champs the Jollyville Fuck-Its will meet the Brothers Cutter, aka the Hooligans, in action. Rounding out the Championship action, Allysin Kay will defend the Women's Championship against Veda Scott in a rematch from Girls' Night Out 10. In other action, Tim Donst welcomes a hardcore challenge in Danny Havoc, Kyle O'Reilly takes on Bobby Beverly, Kevin Steen takes on Ethan Page, and Nixon explodes with Eric Ryan taking on Rickey Shane Page with Duke Schork as the guest ref. Rounding out the show is a six-pack challenge, as the debuting Tyson Dux, Davey Vega, Flip Kendrick, Matt Cross' Beard, Ty Colton, and Colin Delaney will enter the fray.

Deep Southern Championship Wrestling will run a jam-packed show from the DSCW Arena in Blue Ridge, GA. The doors open at 7 PM, and while no matches have been announced, the superstar roster is loaded. AJ Styles, Kyle Matthews, Shaun Tempers, Cyrus the Destroyer, dany only, and Corey Hollis are among the wrestlers scheduled to appear.

Lowell, MA plays host to Chaotic Wrestling. The doors at the Woburn Elks Lodge open at 7:15 PM local time. Champion Mark Shurman will defend his title in an open challenge. Also appearing on the show will be Slyck Wagner Brown and Lexxus.

HoodSlam will present the Smokelahoma Bowl: The Bridge to Entertania at the Oakland Metro Operahouse at 8:30 PM local time. All your favorite HoodSlam stars will be there, and the "Mayor of HoodSlam" will be decided.

Rockstar Pro Wrestling will be celebrating its second anniversary with a huge show at the Rockstar Pro Arena in Dayton, OH. The doors will open at 7 PM. Ron Mathis will battle Rhyno in the main event, while Alex Colon and the Brothers Crist will also be in action.

Women's Superstars Uncensored will also be having a secret show tonight, featuring Jessicka Havok defending her WSU Championship against Portugal's Perfect Athlete, Shanna. Contact for information on how to attend.


WSU's main event is on Saturday with Mutiny as part of a doubleheader at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ. Check out the preview from yesterday for more information.

The second half of that doubleheader at the Skate Zone features Combat Zone Wrestling's 15th Anniversary Show. Head out to Voorhees, NJ for a 7:30 PM start time, or check them out on CZW Internet pay-per-view. The main event will see Drew Gulak face one of his stiffest challenges for his CZW World Championship yet, the Phenomenal One himself, AJ Styles. Devon Moore will be defending his Wired Television Championship against CZW's Peoples' Champion himself, "The Bulldozer" Matt Tremont. Joey Ryan and Candice LeRae have come east looking for a challenge, and each one will get their own specific singles contest. Ryan draws CZW's court jester, Greg Excellent, while LeRae tangles with an old foe in Christina von Eerie. AR Fox, Drake Younger, Chris Dickinson, and maybe Biff Busick will compete in four-way singles action, while the Beaver Boys, the Brothers Crist, and Tommy Dreamer will also be on the card.

IWA Mid-South may be calling their show this weekend "Heartbreak" but the card will be anything but a letdown. Doors will open at the Colgate Gym in Clarksville, IN at 6:30 PM. Reed Bentley will face his toughest challenge yet in Chris Hero, while Gary Jay takes on B-Boy. Also appearing on the show will be the rest of the Submission Squad, Necro Butcher, Trik Davis, and Heidi Lovelace.

Ring of Honor makes its return to Texas with a State of the Art show at the Shrine Auditorium in San Antonio. Bell time will be 7:30 PM local. In the main event, ROH World Champion Adam Cole will go up against Jay Briscoe, and a title will be at stake here. However, Cole's ROH World Title is safe; the belt on the line is Briscoe's "Real World Championship." Also on the show, ACH and Tadarius Thomas will get a Proving Ground match against the Tag Team Champions, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly. Tommaso Ciampa, Jay Lethal, Michael Elgin, and Kevin Steen will partake in a four-corners survival match, while Jimmy Jacobs tackles Cedric Alexander. BJ Whitmer battles Raymond Rowe, and RD Evans and Caprice Coleman are also advertised for the show.

CWF Mid-Atlantic will put their Super J Division on display at 7:30 PM local time at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium in Gibsonville, NC. The main event will be for Andrew Everett's Super J Championship, as he defends in a no-time limit, best two of three falls match against Trevor Lee. Also appearing on the show will be Adam Page and Arik Royal.

Anarchy Wrestling comes back to their namesake arena in Cornelia, GA with another round of television tapings at 8 PM. Mikael Judas defends his Anarchy Championship against Mike Posey, while Geter and Se7en will collide for the right to be the next number one contender. Shaun Tempers, Corey Hollis, and the Washington Bullets are also scheduled to appear.

Up the road in Rossville, GA, at 8:05 PM, Empire Pro Wrestling will play host to a night of exciting action. The main event will pit Logan Alvey against the Strong Style Psycho, Tank. Also scheduled to appear are Kyle Matthews and Johnny Viper.

The West Coast Wrestling Connection invades the Houck Middle School in Salem, OR, for a night of big-time action at 6 PM local time. The main event will see Gangrel challenging for Darin Corbin's Pacific Northwest Championship. Also on the show is Matt Striker.


Battle War 16 will hit up Les Foufounes Electriques in Montreal, QC for a door-open time of 7 PM local. In the main event, Speedball Mike Bailey looks to wrest the Battle War Championship from Dirty Buxx Belmar. Also on the show will be Giant Tiger, Player Uno, Scott "Jagged" Parker, and Le Tabarnak de Team.

If you want to ensure that more weekends like this will happen on the calendar, then you should strongly consider going to a show this weekend. Even if the wrestling in your area is unfamiliar to you, take a stab, take a chance. You never know, your favorite wrestler or promotion may be out there and you just don't know it yet.