Holy crap, there is so much indie wrestling going on right now.
Now that Raw 1000 has come and gone, we can focus on more important matters like WHY DID ACH LOSE THE ACW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP?!
And OHMYGOD ARE WE GOING TO ACTUALLY SEE JOHNNY GARGANO AND AKIRA TOZAWA TOMORROW NIGHT?!
The answers to those questions are "I don't know" and "hell yes." The latter depends on if you are ordering Untouchable 2012, the first of Dragon Gate USA's doubleshot of shows this weekend.
The second is Enter the Dragon 2012: Third Anniversary Celebration and features Tozawa against El Generico. Oh, be still my beating heart.
Both shows are available for order here and can cost you as little as 20 bucks for both.
That's a hell of a deal.
But enough chit chat, let's get down to brass tacks!
For indie wrestling goodness after the jump!
Ring of Honor
The biggest news coming out of ROH this week is next month's Boiling Point event will now be LIVE on iPPV! Featuring a main event of World Champion Kevin Steen defending against CHIKARA Grand Champion Eddie Kingston, the promotion made a wise choice to make this available to fans worldwide.
And so far, six teams have been announced for the tag team tournament to crown new champions.
- Lancelot & Harlem Bravado
- The Briscoes
- The Young Bucks
- The Guardians of Truth
- Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
Which two teams will fill the remaining slots?
SARA DEL REY~! I'm stoked "The Queen of Wrestling" is getting a shot at the Grand Championship this weekend even if she is WWE-bound. Usually this means, as in the case of Brodie Lee, the challenger will come up short but who knows what CHIKARA has up their sleeves.
My Cageside colleague Thomas Holzerman has an EXCELLENT piece regarding this weekend on his own site, The Wrestling Blog, so if you're as much a CHIKARA fanatic as the two of us or if you're trying to figure out what all the hubbub is about, check it out.
Here are the line-ups for this weekend:
Saturday from South Portland, ME
Grand Championship match: Eddie Kingston vs. Sara Del Rey
Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw, UltraMantis Black, and Hallowicked vs. The Young Bucks and The Heart Throbs
Green Ant vs. AssailAnt
Tim Donst and Jakob Hammermeier vs. Obariyon and Kodama
Frightmare vs. Ophidian
Scott Parker, Shane Mathews, and Gran Akuma vs. Soldier Ant, CombatAnt, and DeviAnt
Sugar Dunkerton vs. The Shard
Young Lions Cup X four-way eliminator: Jivin' Jimmy vs. Cameron Matthews vs. Anthony Stone vs. Kobald
Sunday from Everett, MA
Campeonatos de Parejas match: The Young Bucks (c) vs. The Throwbacks
Sara Del Rey vs. Icarus
Young Lions Cup X four-way eliminator: ACH vs. Vinny Marseglia vs. Aaron Epic vs. JT Dunn
King of Trios preview: The Spectral Envoy vs. Soldier Ant, CombatAnt, and DiviAnt
Jigsaw vs. Jakob Hammermeier
Sugar Dunkerton vs. Ophidan
3.0 and Gran Akuma vs. The Batiri
Dragon Gate USA/EVOLVE/SHINE Wrestling
Huge, HUGE, HUGE weekend for DGUSA as they present a doubleshot of shows from Detroit and Chicago. Cageside will be providing live play-by-play coverage for both events and you can watch along with us by ordering the events here. Starting at low at $9.99, these shows are not to be missed.
Here's the card for tomorrow night, Untouchable 2012:
Open The Freedom Gate Title match: Johnny Gargano (c) vs. Akira Tozawa (<--- YES!)
CIMA and AR Fox vs. El Generico and Samuray Del Sol (<--- DOUBLE YES!)
YAMATO vs. Ricochet (<--- FREAKIN' TRIPLE YES!)
Grudge match: Rich Swann vs. Chuck Taylor
Super Smash Brothers (Player Uno & Player Dos) vs. The Scene (Caleb Konley & Scott Reed) with Larry Dallas
And here's Sunday's, Enter the Dragon 2012: Third Anniversary Celebration:
Open The United Gate Decision match: CIMA and AR Fox vs. Ricochet and Rich Swann
El Generico vs. Akira Tozawa with Christina Von Eerie (Yes, please!)
I Quit match: Johnny Gargano vs. Chuck Taylor (Ooooooh, baby!)
YAMATO vs. Jon Davis
Super Smash Brothers vs. Arik Cannon and Pinkie Sanchez (FANTASTIC~!)
The Scene vs. Zero Gravity
Samuray Del Sol vs. Shane Hollister
Masada vs. Jake Manning
Everyone's favorite progressive, post-modern but flat-out awesome wrestling promotion is back tonight for Swamp Sessions.
Here's what you can expect:
3 Out Of 5 Falls match: Aaron Epic vs. Dave Cole
Mark Angel vs. Biff Busick
The Batiri (Obaryion, Kodama, Kobald) vs. Slaughterhouse (KJ Crush, Maserati Rick, Tony Banks)
Captain's Match: Johnny Cockstrong (C), Dan Barry, Ken Scampi, Bill Carr vs. RD Evans (C), Pierre Abernathy, Evan Gelistico, Gary Jay (SUBMISSION SQUAD FTW~!)
Grudge match: TJ Marconi vs. Darius Carter
Grudge match: Drew Gulak vs. AJ Evers
Tag Team Tornado match: Shaolin Death Matchine (Chris Dickinson & Magic) vs. The Beasts (The Pitboss & Matthew Justice)
Jonny Mangue vs. Matt Taven with Kasey Ray
Tag Team Gauntlet match: Eric Corvis and Chase Burnett, Julian Starr and Elia Markopoulos, Anthony Stone and Kellan Thomas, JT Dunn and Mark Shurman, Steve "Turtle" Weiner and Tim Hughes
With a special ACH/Brian Fury match for advance ticket holders.
Anarchy Championship Wrestling
This past Sunday, at From Innocence to Insanity 6, ACH lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Jaykus Plisken. I know, I know, I'm heartbroken too. I hope this is and isn't an indication that ACH won't be featured as prominently in the Texas promotion.
Is because the entire world needs to know how awesome ACH is and isn't because that means I won't get to see him live as often.
Barbi Hayden also captured the American Joshi Championship in a four-way match and the team of Davey Vega and Matthew Palmer won the tag team straps in another four-way match. That one had ladders, though.
ACH will get his rematch August 5 at Fall From Grace but it'll be a three-way with Rachel Summerlyn, fresh off a win over Lady Poison, getting a crack at Plisken's recently won belt.
Pro Wrestling Guerilla
Threemendous III went down last weekend and saw Kevin Steen defend his title against Willie Mack and Super Smash Brothers defend their titles against The Young Bucks and Future Shock in a ladder match.
Tag team ladder matches were all the rage last weekend!
Michael Elgin defeated Sami Callihan and TNA outcast Joey Ryan picked up a win using what else but the Tazzmission to finish off Famous B.
The California promotion returns the first weekend of Septemeber with their annual Battle of Los Angeles tournament.
Some first round match-ups have already been announced -- including a left coast rematch of Davey Richards and Michael Elgin -- and we'll keep you updated on the entire card as it draws near.
That's it for this week, Cagesiders. How'd ya like that?