Welcome to a rootin, tootin good time ya’ll! You’re going to get so sick of my Western puns and humor, but I digress. This is the first edition of The Independent Wrestling Round-Up. One-stop shopping for all your non-major wrestling company news. For clarity sake, we are using having a television program as the cutoff for major versus non-major companies. For places like ROH and MLW, small compared to WWE or IMPACT, have television programs. You can find news and notes on those organizations in Mark Blake’s Week in Review. Lucha libre company news for promotions like AAA, CMLL, and the Crash can be found in Esto es Lucha! every week with Netto Gonzalez. This column is intended for companies on the rise and in need of a little extra spotlight.
WrestlePro announced several upcoming matches for Return to Rahway on September 14th:
KM and Fallah Bah defend the WrestlePro Tag Team Titles against Craig Steele and Danny Doring
Sami Callihan vs TJ Crawford
Orange Cassidy will be making his WrestlePro debut against Bobby Wayward.
Joey Janela vs. Dan Maff – Janela’s last match in Rahway
AEW vs WrestlePro
SoCal Uncensored vs. Pat Buck, Anthony Bowens & Matt Macintosh
🚨TICKETS NOW ON SALE🚨@AXSTVFights live WOW TV tapings return at The Belasco in DTLA on September 18th & 19th! A limited amount of VIP tickets are available that include a meet n’ greet with the WOW Superheroes. 🍿 🤩 #WOWSuperheroes
Link to buy> https://t.co/nXuD5DrCcW pic.twitter.com/tXqMthnBAD
— WOW (@wowsuperheroes) June 28, 2019
Women of Wrestling will rise again for a second season, debuting on September 7th. Their next set of tapings will be at the Belasco in Downtown Los Angeles on September 18 and 19. Some tickets are still available. As we count down to the season premiere, stay tuned to the Pro Wrestling Post for our #WOWofTheDay series. WOW is part of AXS TV’s Saturday Night wrestling block, representing some of the best in women’s and independent wrestling.
— SoCal UNCENSORED (@socaluncensored) July 20, 2019
PCW Ultra has a new weekly series on YouTube, entitled Mutiny.
PWG has slowly and steadily shared the names of the field for the 2019 Battle of Los Angeles tournament. They are listed in the order they were revealed by the company.
A-Kid, Jonathan Gresham, Artemis Spencer, Darby Allin, Mick Moretti, Orange Cassidy, Bandido, Caveman Ugg, Jake Atlas, Tony Deppen, Rey Fenix, Lucky Kid, Joey Janela, Brody King, and Barbaro Cavernario.
While on the topic of tournaments, the first half of the field of CHIKARA’s 2019 King of Trios has been set. The trios are as follows:
The Pump Family (Scott Steiner, Petey Williams, Jordynne Grace)
The Four Nations (Jack J. Bonza, Mick Moretti, Adam Hoffman)
The Carnies (Tripp Cassidy, Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy)
The Embassy (Prince Nana, Jimmy Rave, Sal Rinauro)
The VeloCities (Jude London, Paris DeSilva, Mat Diamond)
F.I.S.T. (Icarus, Tony Deppen, Travis Huckabee
The Crucible (Ophidian (The Herald), (The Whisper)The Harbinger, Lance Steel (The Jewel))
The Creatures of the Deep (Oceanea, Merlok, Hermit Crab)
One more on the tournament front. RISE Wrestling will be hosting a Regional Rising Star tournament. It has been broken down into brackets and the first will take place on September 1st. This is the Mid-West bracket and will feature the following talent: Hawlee Cromwell, Laynie Luck, Sierra, Queen Aminata, Elayna Black, Heidi Katrina, Big Mama, and Valentina Loca.
The promotion WrestleCircus has made the painful decision to close its doors for good. This is following a recent messy situation regarding their last booked show, scheduled for July 28th. Details were sketchy and there was lots of radio silence. However finality final came, and all that’s left are the memories of what was. If you purchased tickets to their final show, Beyond Wrestling is offering to give you access to their show Americanrana for free. You can contact them here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This section will cover wrestler-specific news and notes. First up, a short video on Mercedes Martinez was released by Now This. They cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, talking about her life, her career and the sisterhood of wrestling.
Pro wrestler Mercedes Martinez has been proving why women should have a place in the ring for 18+ years — here's how she's built a strong 'sisterhood' to make the sport more safe and inclusive pic.twitter.com/syToMwM6Nc
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 18, 2019
A documentary is now in the making on the career of Charlie Morgan. Charlie was recently forced to retire due to injury.
The Charlie Morgan Story
Fresh into retirement from the squared circle, new documentary in the making.
— Charlie Morgan (@charliemorganuk) July 18, 2019
Ophidian the Cobra announced his return to the UK for an extended tour. You can see him September 9th through October 1st. Reach out to local promotors if you want to see him in your area!
Fans in Chicago made an immediate connection with @CandidlyCandy_ at #RISEPJ. Candy Lee returns to RISE November 1 at LA ESCALERA in Berwyn, IL! Tickets: https://t.co/fdmVwaETlV 📷 Rob Meyers pic.twitter.com/wlDKzIacVD
— RISE Wrestling (@RISEdtwa) July 2, 2019
Candy Lee will return to RISE in November for their event La Escalera. She made her debut at RISE’s recent Pride event, Pride & Joy. This was also the New Zealand superstar’s North American debut.
That’s it for this week! I’ll catch you back here, same bat time, same bat channel for more news and notes. If you see something you think is worth spotlighting, I am open for suggestions! My Twitter is @BrandiWritesPW, feel free to drop me a line.