Friday, October 20, 2017

Pick Three: PWG All-Star Weekend, ChickFight, Anarchy in Austin

Taylor will cap his weekend with a PWG Title defense
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:

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla All-Star Weekend 13 Tonight and Tomorrow (Friday, 10/20 and Saturday, 10/21), American Legion Post #308, Reseda, CA, 8 PM local time both nights - It's that time again for everyone to descend like locusts on a ready-to-harvest field on Reseda for PWG's latest weekend of wrestling debauchery. All-Star Weekend will take place over two shows with some huge matches. Night one, which is tonight, will feature a main event tag battle of BROS for the ages. The bros on one side of the ring are legitimate kin and PWG Tag Team Champions. The Lucha Brothers of Penta El Zero M and Rey Feníx will defend their Championships against bros of a more casual persuasion, the Chosen Bros of Matt Riddle and Jeff Cobb. True story, three out of four wrestlers in this match have also held the Lucha Underground title, including the current (and final?) Champ Penta. This card is loaded from top to bottom as well, so much that I can't just pick three matches to highlight: debuting Adam Brooks vs. Mark Haskins, Travis Banks vs. Flash Morgan Webster, Joey Janela vs. Trevor Lee, Keith Lee vs. Jonah Rock, Ricochet vs. WALTER, and Flamita vs. Rey Horus vs. Sammy Guevara. Holy shit, I'm sweating just LISTING those matches.

Night two won't be short for awesome either. The main event will feature two long-time rivals from the same area of Kentucky battling it out for the PWG World Championship. The Champ, Chuck Taylor, will take on the challenger and 2017 Battle of Los Angeles winner Ricochet, in perhaps what will be the signature defense of Chuckie T's reign. Will Ricochet win the title before vacating it en route to WWE like Bryan Danielson did in 2009, or will Taylor guile his way to a win over perhaps the most exciting wrestler on the planet? As with night one, night two is just too loaded to run down only three or four matches: Rey Horus vs. Matt Sydal, Adam Brooks vs. Jonah Rock, Travis Banks vs. Trent?, Joey Janela vs. Marty Scurll, The Young Bucks vs. Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Haskins, and Zack Sabre, Jr. vs. Walter. Now, if you want to watch these shows and don't have tickets, you're shit out of luck because both nights are sold out. So why list it? Because you know that you'll be checking around the webs tomorrow and Sunday mornings looking for results, and because you know you'll be hitting up Highspots for the DVDs when they get released.

East Coast Wrestling Association Super 8 ChickFight Tournament Tomorrow (Saturday, 10/21), Woodbury Heights Community Center, Woodbury Heights, NJ, 7 PM local time - The ECWA has been running the male Super 8 for a little over two decades now, and this year is the fourth time it'll be doing the same for women. The Super 8 ChickFight tourney will be going down in Suburban Philadelphia, South Jersey to be more accurate, on Saturday night, and the field looks pretty intense if you ask me. The field this year includes Mae Young Classic competitor Santana Garrett, MYC alternate Deonna Purrazzo, recent WWE tryout Karen Q, Combat Zone Academy graduate Samantha Heights, Skylar Marie, Kaitlin Diamond, Allie Recks, and Christina Marie. Honestly, it's a good mix of established talent and new, fresh names that should be satisfying. Also, if you're into that kind of thing, Honky Tonk Man will be in attendance. If you can't make it live, check it out on DVD from ECWA's site. Even though the shop section hasn't been updated since 2012, I'm sure if you contact the office, you could get some news on how to watch after the fact, I'd hope.

Anarchy Championship Wrestling Beyond Good and Evil 2017 Sunday, 10/22, The Mohawk, Austin, TX, 6 PM local time - The OGs of Austin indie wrestling are back at it this weekend with a time-honored tradition, running counter to a WWE pay-per-view. Beyond Good And Evil will feature some of the heaviest hitters from the Austin scene, including the main event for the Anarchy and World Hardcore Championships. Anarchy Champion JC RE.S, better known to most as Jojo Bravo, will battle Hardcore Champion Sky de Lacrimosa and challenger "Unholy" Gregory James in what should be a slobberknocker of a main event. Also on the show, Ricky Starks will be defending his Television Championship against Scotty Santiago, and foul-mouthed megastar Angel Blue will compete in American Joshi action against rookie sensation Allie Kat. Also appearing on the show will be Curt Stallion and Barrett Brown. If you can't make it to the Mohawk on Sunday, check back to Powerbomb TV, because once it gets added to ACW's Smart Mark store, you can stream it with a PBTV subscription.

  • Westside Xtreme Wrestling Fight Forever Tour (Friday, Borken, Germany)
  • Ring of Honor Philadelphia Excellence (Friday, Philadelphia, PA)
  • ATTACK! Wrestling Bodyslams and Control and Money and Power (Friday, Cheltenham, England)
  • Five Borough Wrestling For the People! (Friday, New York, NY)
  • Freelance Wrestling The Shining... Wizard (Friday, Chicago, IL)
  • WXW Fight Forever Tour (Saturday, Bielefeld, Germany)
  • Wrestle Circus CircusMania (Saturday, Austin, TX)
  • IPW: United Kingdom Fight! (Saturday, Eastbourne, England)
  • Insane Championship Wrestling: Road to Fear and Loathing Tour (Saturday, Sheffield, England)
  • Black Label Wrestling Darkest Timeline Tournament Phase Two (Saturday, Crown Point, IN)
  • New York Wrestling Connection House of Madness 2017 (Saturday, Deer Park, NY)
  • Preston City Wrestling It's Alex's 9th Birthday Party (Saturday, Preston, England)
  • Jersey All-Pro Wrestling Uprising (Saturday, Rahway, NJ)
  • WWE TLC (Sunday, Minneapolis, MN)
  • Revolution Pro Wrestling Live in Leamington (Sunday, Leamington, England)
  • Tidal Championship Wrestling Against All Odds #4: Evil Edition (Sunday, Leeds, England)
  • ICW Road to Fear and Loathing Tour (Sunday, Bristol, England)