|The biker boys are in Trios this year, and they brought a cop|
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I'll start with North Carolina's premiere independent wrestling promotion. CWF Mid-Atlantic has already announced half of its slate for the Weaver Cup, a 16-man single elimination tournament. To refresh your memory, those guys are Mick Moretti, UTAMARO, Lucas Calhoun, Logan Easton Leroux, Aaron Epic, Alex Daniels, Matt Knicks, and Stevie Fierce. The next group of names are all people familiar with CWF-MA might dig. Chet Sterling, Ethan Sharpe, Cain Justice, Mitch Connor, Cam Carter, Smith Garrett, Roy Wilkins, and Chip Day will round out that field. I'm only familiar with the last two guys on the list. Wilkins wrestled Trevor Lee in the infamous 105-minute match for the latter's Championship last year. Day is a name known all around the Southern indies. He's competed in the Scenic City Invitational among other highlights. All in all, it's an interesting field if mostly unknown to those outside of the Carolina know.
Onto BOLA, PWG has announced via its Twitter the pairings for round one. They are as follows:
- Brian Cage vs. Dezmond Xavier
- Rey Fénix vs. Rey Horus
- Flash Morgan Webster vs. Marty Scurll
- Matt Sydal vs. Penta El Zero M
- Jonah Rock vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
- Flamita vs. Ricochet
- Sammy Guevara vs. TK Cooper
- Donovan Dijak vs. Trevor Lee
- Jeff Cobb vs. Sami Callihan
- Matt Riddle vs. Michael Elgin
- Mark Haskins vs. Travis Banks
- Walter vs. Keith Lee
Finally, Chikara has announced another trio and the first entrant in its annual Rey de Voladores tournament. The trio is another native team, House Bike Cops. Dez Peloton will team up with Officer Warren Barksdale for the tournament. Barksdale already regularly teams with Officer Bruno Meloni and Officer Magnum (who is a literal dog), but I'm guessing transfer fees for Magnum are too great? Either way, it should be a fun team. Dez Peloton was actually quite fun when I saw them at Trios last year, and Barksdale has turned into one of the best young talents in the company. Finally, the first RdV entrant is another Wrestle Factory graduate, The Whisper. I don't know much about him since he came up during this 18th season (and I unfortunately haven't had the chance to follow much), but he comes with high expectation. The RdV tournament is an eight-man tournament competed in two parts. The first consists of two four-person elimination matches that lead to a one-on-one final. Last year, Aerostar took the title.
So things are starting to come together. All that will be left soon enough is the wrestling, the sweet, sweet wrestling. No matter what tournament is your flavor, it all should turn out pretty damn spiffy if you ask me.