Last night (Nov. 20, 2016), FloSlam announced their newest partner promotion, Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore.
All three of HOH’s December events will be broadcast live on FloSlam, plus past HOH shows will go up in the FloSlam archive starting in January. If you’re not familiar with House of Hardcore, it’s probably best to think of them as a little bit of ECW and a lot of dream matches. They’ve even had a working agreement with Japan’s Pro Wrestling NOAH in the past, so it’s a good solid value add for FloSlam, and I’m excited to see what they have for us.
Which is a solid segue to discuss what’s been announced for these shows— House of Hardcore 21: Blizzard Brawl (December 3) features Al Snow & Dave Herro taking on Abyss & Dameon Nelson in an unsanctioned steel cage match, what should be a wild brawl with Bob Holly against Sami Callihan, an interpromotional battle of high flyers in Lucha Underground’s Matt “Son of Havoc” Cross vs. Raw’s Tony Nese, as well as Bull James vs. Kevin Thorn.
House of Hardcore 22 (December 16) sees Broken Matt Hardy one-on-one against Tommy Dreamer in a steel cage, Sami Callihan vs. Brian Cage, John Hennigan vs. Rey Fenix, Tony Nese vs. Lio Rush, and a six-man tag between Dan Barry and two mystery partners on one hand and Eddie Kingston, TJ Marconi, & Vik Dalishius on the other where if Barry’s team loses, they’ll all be banned from House of Hardcore!
Only one match is confirmed for House of Hardcore 23 (December 17) at press time, but it’s a doozy— TNA’s Moose vs. Lucha Underground’s Brian Cage! HOSS WAR!
And today, FloSlam affiliates in the World Wrestling Network kicked off what they’re promising as a huge week of Black Friday news by announcing that change is coming to Florida’s Full Impact Pro.
Gabe Sapolsky, WWN Vice President of Talent Relations and Head of Creative, is personally taking over booking duties for FIP, effective with their next show, Everything Burns (January 8). Concerns of FIP becoming Evolve 2: Evolve Harder are being dismissed, Gabe promising that FIP will retain its own identity and be something new, calling it the “Wild West.”
The roster will be experiencing some turnover as part of the shakeup, with FIP World Heavyweight Champion Fred Yehi, FIP Florida Heritage Champion Martin Stone, AR Fox, Sami Callihan, Shane Strickland, Dezmond Xavier, Jon Davis, Dave Crist, Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara, Jason Cade, Austin Theory, and Anthony Henry all confirmed for Everything Burns.
It’s a really good lineup, both from a sheer talent perspective and from a point of keeping some of the best elements of the current FIP roster and bringing in hot talent like Xavier, Theory, and Henry to freshen things up.
There you have it, folks.
A double-barreled shot of big news for FloSlam. I’m pretty excited about all this, are you?