Let's be honest: Cracking into the independent wrestling scene can be a little daunting.
Time is a factor. Not everyone has hours upon hours to watch DVDs from even the biggest indie promotions -- like Ring of Honor (ROH) and CHIKARA -- let alone the smaller ones like Beyond Wrestling.
Money is another one. Indie promotions live and die by DVD sales which is pretty much the only way to legitimately watch the product.
Under the Radar hopes to alleviate some of that pressure.
It will serve as a weekly installment of the latest comings and goings from indie promotions, small and large. While today's inaugural edition touches only on the aforementioned promotions and DragonGate USA, we hope to expand its scope to include just about everything we can.
So without further adieu...
Ring of Honor
The stars of ROH are all currently preparing for next Saturday's (May 12) Border Wars internet pay-per-view (iPPV) which will be broadcast for the first time via ROHWrestling.com after a rather unsanctimonious split between the wrestling promotion and GoFightLive (GFL) which had been handling its iPPV streams up until the two-day Showdown in the Sun event. During the second day, the video stream was cut off for those fans who ordered the show, leaving both ROH and GFL officials scrambling. The problem was eventually solved but it was the proverbial straw which broke the camel's back.
Cageside will, of course, be providing live play by play for the event. For more information on the card itself or how to go about ordering the show, click here and check out the May 4, 2012 Video Wire below:
After their evening in Toronto, ROH returns to Baltimore on May 18 for another round of TV tapings followed by a stop in Richmond, VA the next night.
Coming off their co-promotional show with ROH, Synergy, CHIKARA looks towards their two days Aniversario spectacular. The two events, A Horse of Another Color on May 19 from Easton, PA and The Ogg and I on May 20 from Manhattan, NY comprise the company's 10th anniversary and promise to bring all the fun and action fans have come to expect from CHIKARA in the last decade.
Check out the latest Event Center with comments from UltraMantis Black concerning the eight man tag match between First CHIKARA Class (1CC) and GEKIDO.
Beyond the aforementioned tag match, A Horse of Another Color will feature Colt Cabana taking on Mr. Touchdown, Dasher Hatfield colliding with the villainous Ophidian and a tag team showcase featuring stars of SENDAI Girls' Pro Wrestling.
The Ogg and I has Saturyne taking on Kagetsu, Colt Cabana taking on the other half of The Throwbacks, Dasher Hatfield, former tag champs 3.0 taking on the team 17 and The Shard, Sara Del Rey finally meeting Meiko Satomura in a match originally scheduled for JoshiMania and Grand Champion Eddie Kingston defending his strap against Jigsaw.
We will, of course, keep you informed of any and all matches added to both shows. Just like we'll keep you up to date with Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur, the company's second foray into iPPV territory. Scheduled to go down on June 2 in their homebase of Philadelphia, PA, the huge event promises to continue the great impression left with High Noon, CHIKARA's iPPV debut from November.
Check out the first Special Report for the event below:
All has been quiet on the DragonGate front since their trio of WrestleMania weekend shows but EVOLVE is popping off like crazy.
EVOLVE 12 and 13 are set for next weekend, May 11 and 12, respectively. EVOLVE 12, from Charlotte NC, will allow fans to vote which bout will serve as the title match from the following:
AR Fox (2-1) vs. Sami Callihan (3-4)
Ricochet (3-2) vs. El Generico (0-1)
Fit Finlay (2-0) vs. Jon Davis (1-1)
Low Ki (2-0) vs. Jigsaw (1-0)
Johnny Gargano and Samuray Del Sol vs. Chuck Taylor and Silas Young
The card for EVOLVE 13, from Concord, NC, is still coming together but looks like this so far:
Open The Freedom Gate Title Match: Johnny Gargano vs. winner of Four-Way Match
Four-Way Match - Winner Gets Title Match That Night: Chuck Taylor (7-3) vs. AR Fox (2-1) vs. Jigsaw (1-0) vs. Samuray Del Sol (0-1)
Sami Callihan (3-4) vs. El Generico (0-1)
Low Ki (2-0) vs. Jon Davis (1-1)