Friday, October 27, 2017

Pick Three: Fight Club Halloween, Chikara Doubleheader, Beyond in New Jersey

Da Hit Squad anchors a huge show for Beyond Wrestling in New Jersey
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
It's the weekend, baby! You know what that means, time to drink precisely one beer and dial 911 wrestling is happening, and it's happening all around this great world. I'm going to highlight three shows which I think will be of most interest. Of course, I'm only one person. You can check out which shows are coming up possibly in your area via Cagematch. Anyway, go to, if you can, these great shows that may be happening in your area, on television/YouTube/streaming, or for later consumption via VOD, DVD, or whatever other means one uses to consume wrestling at a later date:

Fight Club Pro Wrestling Day of the Dead Tonight (Friday, 10/27), Starworks Warehouse, Wolverhampton, England, 7 PM local time - Halloween is in a few days, and of course the wrestling companies are getting in on the action. Fight Club, one of England's top true indie promotions, is getting in on the action in a big way with a spooky main event that will pit a man who teams with a werewolf against a wrestling skeleton. That's right, Chris Brookes, one half of CCK and the Fight Club Champion, will defend his title against Penta El Zero M in a huge main event that will probably end up being the biggest match in England this weekend, which is saying something given how many top promotions are running. Also on the show, Travis Banks will continue the greater CCK trio wars vs. the Lucha Brothers against Rey Feníx. I'm sure if Rey and Penta had a brother and if Kid Lykos wasn't hurt, they'd be wrestling each other too. The best match of the show, however, may end up being the Mark Haskins/David Starr undercard match. Starr has been establishing himself as one of the top wrestlers in the world, and Haskins is still out to prove that a silly neck injury can't keep him down forever. Also appearing on this show will be all three members of British Strong Style: Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, and Tyler Bate. By the time this post goes up, the show will already have started. However, check back to the promotion's On Demand page on Vimeo to see what should be a spooky special event at a later date.

Chikara Deep Breath and A Good Man Goes to War Tomorrow (Saturday, 10/28), Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago, IL for both shows, 3 and 7 PM local time - Chikara visits Chicago for a doubleheader of shows that are jam-packed with big matches. Then again, Chikara in Chicago is always a special time. The first show, Deep Breath, has a huge debut on it. The Carnies, the tag team sweeping the South, will venture into Chikara for the first time to battle the former Campeones de Parejas, Cornelius Crummels and Sonny DeFarge. If any team can handle the snot-soaked dirty pool of Chikara's "legitimate businessmen," it's the down-and-dirty combo of Kerry Awful and Nick Iggy. Another match to watch on this show is Everett Connors battling Travis Huckabee. Connors is no stranger to Chikara, as his Justin Bieber-favoring high-flying has left conflicting tastes in people's mouths. How will it fare against the first-year technical excellence of Huckabee? The second show, A Good Man Goes to War, will feature some huge matches with big implications behind them. The main event sees Fire Ant getting his shot at Juan Francisco de Coronado's Grand Championship. Fire Ant is the last Colony member standing, and he's gone just a little berserk lately after seeing his friends all get picked off one by one. Will he be the one to end Coronado's reign of terror? Or will it be Rory Gulak, who came so close at the Wrestle Factory this past summer? He doesn't have his shot yet, but he has two points and will have a tall task to complete to get his third. Icarus stands in his way. The former Grand Champion and Chikara's most tenured current tecnico will give him all that he can handle and then some. Finally, former tag partners COLLIDE as Hype Rockwell will attempt to settle Race Jaxon's hash once and for all. If you can't make it out to Logan Square Auditorium for either show, then fret not; you can either get the DVD/Blu-Rays from the store or, as I'd recommend, sign up for Chikaratopia.

Beyond Wrestling Denim Recruits Tomorrow (Saturday, 10/28), Game Changer World, Howell, NJ, 2 PM local time - Beyond Wrestling is coming back to the state of New Jersey for the first time since it did secret shows at the Combat Zone Wrestling school, and it's partnering with another deathmatch promotion in Game Changer Wrestling to bring its frenetic brand of super-indie graps back to the Garden State. Beyond is NOT playing around either with the main event, as Monsta Mack and Dan Maff, known as Da Hit Squad, the legendary New Jersey tag team that has reformed and taken the entire East Coast by storm, will battle Nate Hatred and Nick Gage, otherwise known as H8 Club. You might wanna wear a poncho if you're sitting anywhere close to the front row, because it's gonna get violent. In fact, this entire show is loaded from top to bottom, so it's hard to highlight just a few matches. I mean, do I go with Dezmond Xavier and Zenshi (the former Shynron) blowing it up in the air or Martin Stone (Danny Burch in NXT) going to the mat with John Silver? What about Team PAWG (LuFisto and Jordynne Grace) doing battle with Maria Manic and Penelope Ford, or should I highlight Ford's boyfriend and certified star-quality crazy person Joey Janela tangling with #BigMike himself, Michael Elgin? I mean, Chris Dickinson is probably going to murder Darby Allin, and it will be tremendous, but so will Powerbomb TV Independent Champion Jonathan Gresham taking on up and coming superstar and one half of the Milk Chocolate tag team, Brandon Watts. Both the Team Pazuzu vs. Team Game Changer and Johnny Cockstrong vs. Dick Justice matches will be insane, but in different ways. How the hell will I be able to choose which matches to highlight over others? I can't! This will be one of the best shows of the year if it's anything like it feels on paper. Go to this show if you can. If not, check back later on Beyondemand. You won't regret it.

  • Preston City Wrestling Fright Night 2017 (Friday, Preston, England)
  • International Wrestling Cartel High Stakes 2 (Friday, Wheeling, WV)
  • Rival Pro Wrestling Dead on Arrival (Friday, Pomona, CA)
  • Chaotic Wrestling Breaking Point 2017 (Friday, Haverhill, MA)
  • NOVA Pro Wrestling Pumpkin Spice Lariats (Friday, Fairfax, VA)
  • PCW Kick Ass and Chew Bubblegum (Saturday, Preston, England)
  • PCW Girl Power 3 (Saturday, Preston, England)
  • Ring of Honor Soaring Eagle Cup (Saturday, Mt. Pleasant, MI)
  • Southside Wrestling 7th Anniversary Show: Masked Mania (Saturday, Stevenage, England)
  • Westside Xtreme Wrestling Fight Forever Tour: London (Saturday, Tufnell Park, England)
  • Pro Wrestling Revolver Tales from the Ring (Saturday, Clive, IA)
  • On Point Wrestling at South Jersey GreekFest (Saturday, Woodbury Park, NJ)
  • Game Changer Wrestling Worst Behavior (Saturday, Howell, NJ)
  • PROGRESS Wrestling Chapter 56: La Danse Macabre (Sunday, Camden, England)
  • ATTACK! Pro Wrestling GooseBUMPS V: Paper Boats and Red Balloons (Sunday, Bristol, England)
  • Beyond Wrestling Apocalypse Dudes (Sunday, Worcester, MA)
  • Southern Underground Pro Wrestling Headwalk Among Us (Sunday, Nashville, TN)