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Under the Radar: The latest news from the world of independent professional wrestling

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Things have definitely gotten interesting in the world of pro wrestling

Kenny King, one half of The All Night Express, the current Ring of Honor (ROH) World Tag Team Champions, appeared on TNA Impact last night and as a result, sees himself no longer affiliated with the Philly-based promotion.

TNA is apparently making use of some of CHIKARA's and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's talent while the former also deals with ROH. They held a joint event in Chicago back in April and their Grand Champion Eddie Kingston will do battle with the ROH World Champion Kevin Steen in the next few weeks.

But CHIKARA is also planning a giant WrestleMania weekend show next year with Dragon Gate USA who always find themselves at odds with ROH thanks to some bad blood.

Yeah, certainly interesting.

Check out the latest news after the jump.

Ring of Honor

Well, the big news coming out of ROH is the aforementioned Kenny King situation. The company felt they had a "gentlemen's agreement" with their now-former tag team champion while King was looking to get paid.

Chasing' that paper, ain't nothing wrong with that.

There's still no word on what ROH plans to do with the tag straps or Rhett Titus, King's All Night Express partner but I wouldn't be surprised if the belts were held up with The Briscoes and Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team vying for them. Shock of shocks, that would be.

This is fresh of The Wrestling Observer reporting dismal numbers for ROH's latest TV tapings in Baltimore as well as the cancellation of two shows due to lack of ticket sales.

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for the 10-year old promotion?


The next show is still a few weeks away but CHIKARA is still making moves to make the 2012 King of Trios its most memorable yet.

Here's a rundown of the teams already slated to appear:

  • The Extreme Trio - Tommy Dream, 2 Cold Scorpio and Jerry Lynn
  • The Batiri - Kodama, Obariyon and Kobald
  • F.I.S.T. - Johnny Gargano, Chuck Taylor and Icarus
  • The Throwbacks - Dasher Hatfield, Mr. Touchdown and Sugar Dunkerton Matt Classic
  • Ring of Honor - The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) and Mike Bennett (~!!!)
  • The Spectral Envoy – UltraMantis Black, Hallowicked and Frightmare
  • Team JWP – Commando Bolshoi, Tsubasa Kuragaki and Kaori Yoneyama

The big news, of course, being Mr. Touchdown snubbing Sugar Dunkerton in lieu of getting the masked Colt Cabana on his team. Perhaps the newest Throwback will get a bit of comeuppance as a result of his action at Chikarasaurus Rex?

In the mean time, keep track of Archibald Peck as he journeys back home...

First Philly then New York City which was followed by Stamford and then Montreal. This week, Peck finds himself in Ottawa. Where will he pop up next?

Dragon Gate USA/EVOLVE

On July 28th and 29th, DGUSA invades Detroit and Chicago. Now both cards are starting to come together. After Open the Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano defended his title against Chuck Taylor, he promised Akira Tozawa the next show. That match will go down in Michigan as well as YAMATO taking on Ricochet and a tag team battle between the team of El Generico and Samuray Del Sol against CIMA and AR Fox.

YAMATO takes on Jon Davis the following evening with Tozawa going toe-to-toe with Generico. And to crown the new Open the United Gate Champions, CIMA and AR Fox will take on Ricochet and Rich Swann.

Keep your eyes peel to future editions of Under the Radar for card update.


The promotion ran Absolution VII last weekend. Check out the results:

Barbed Wired match: Rickey Shane Page defeated John Thorne

There was a between-match brawl between The Submission Squad (Gary Jay, Evan Gelistico and Pierre Abernathy) and Da Latin Crime Syndicate (K-Fernandez, Luis Diamante and Joey Snake).

Six Pack Challenge: Eddie Kingston defeated Arik Cannon, Façade, Drake Younger, Ethan Page and Davey Vega.

Bare Knuckle Brawl: Marion Fontaine defeated Colin Delaney

AI Tag Team Championship match: The Batiri (Obariyon and Kodama) defeated Youthanazia (Matt Cross and Josh Prohibition) (c) and Aeroform (Flip Kendrick and Louis Lyndon) to become the NEW champions

Texas Bullrope match: The Duke defeated Jock Samson

ACH defeated Adam Cole

Intense Championship match: B.J. Whitmer defeated Bobby Beverly (c) to become the NEW champion

The Briscoe Brothers defeated Irish Airborne (Jake and Dave Crist)

AIW Absolute Championship match: Tim Donst defeated Eric Ryan (c), Shiima Xion and Johnny Gargano to become the NEW champion

There you have it, Cagesiders. Any other news you'd like to discuss?

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