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Filsinger Games Update (July 2016): AWE and Tier-1 Wrestling

Filsinger Games’ late Spring releases saw the spotlight shown on two up and coming independent wrestling companies in the U.S.: Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment, and Tier-1 Wrestling out of New York. A six card set was produced for each company, and this article will cover both of those set. The Hierarchy is the big faction in the AWE, led by AWE Champion Jimmy Rave. For fans familiar with Rave due to his work in NWA Wildside, Ring of Honor, and TNA, his arsenal will be familiar to you. He comes equipped…

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Beyond Wrestling “C5” Review

Due to a neck injury suffered by Brandon Watts (the C5 vertebrae to be exact, hence the show name) last month, Beyond Wrestling held a matinee show as a fundraiser to alleviate the costs of the medical bills repairing the injury would bring. The match between Dave Cole & Anthony Stone and Da Hoodz scheduled for “By Popular Demand” three months prior never took place, as Da Hoodz attacked Cole and Stone with baseball bats and left them in no condition to fight. With animosity building up between the two…

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“The Kevin Steen Show: Chuck Taylor” Review

Interview This took place on 12.13.2013, the day before Chuck would compete on “Cage of Death XV” and Steen would compete at ROH “Final Battle 2013.” This is less of an interview and more of a conversation between Taylor and Steen, which I think is a positive. Steen does ask some questions prompted by what he reads off of Taylor’s Wikipedia page, as well as his own experiences with Chuck and the companies in which they’ve worked together. They discuss Taylor’s formative days of training, the companies he worked for…

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Best on the Indies: “Tries His Hardest: The Chuck Taylor Story” Review

Interview The interview was filmed some time in 2008 in the ECW Arena. It’s very short at just under 50 minutes, not even scratching the surface of Chuck’s career. He talks about how he got into wrestling and then training. Something I didn’t know was that Chuck fell out of wrestling but then got back in because he was an ICP fan and heard they were on RAW. He was a fan of the Rock. I wonder if he knew the Rock would tweet him seven years later? The high-fliers…

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Beyond Wrestling “Head Over Heels” Review

After three months, Beyond Wrestling returned to Somerville, MA for a big show, including two first time dream matches as the co-main event! Shynron was supposed to face Lio Rush tonight but a face injury kept Rush from competing tonight. He issued an open challenge and put his CLL International All Stars World Championship against the man who answered the challenge: Chuck Taylor. We’ve seen these two wrestle in CHIKARA before and this was more or less the same as those matches. Given his propensity for working with high-fliers, Taylor…

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¡VIVA CHIKARA! – “The Sizzler”

Jerome Cusson joins Kevin Ford and Justin Houston for this month’s edition of the show. The trio talks about all the fun, awesome changes coming to CHIKARATopia before diving head first into previewing and predicting this weekend’s “Tightrope” card. What do they think of Jigsaw’s first singles match in CHIKARA in over 3 years? Which wrestler do they hope gets a character change? Which mystery team(s) could appear? What will become of the Throwbacks after the main event of this card? All these answers and more await you! To play…

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Filsinger Games Update (June 2016): EVOLVE, Freelance Wrestling, and Cauliflower Alley Club

Filsinger Games’ “Spring Fever” releases have come and gone, and this month we take a look at those sets, a sneak peak at the future, and information on Filsinger’s annual Summer convention! With its recent association with WWE, including two entrants in the Global Cruiserweight Series, EVOLVE has enjoyed more visibility and success than ever before. Their third Filsinger Games expansion includes 8 first time ever cards including some of the top up and coming talents in professional wrestling today. Part of the reason EVOLVE has also enjoyed more success…

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Beyond Wrestling “Territorial Pissings” Review

While most of the wrestling world was in Dallas during WrestleMania weekend, Beyond Wrestling returned to the Aurora in Providence, RI to present “Territorial Pissings”, carrying on some issues from their February events and welcoming back some special guests. This would set the tone for a month in which the Rhode Island area would see the debut of the Women’s Wrestling Revolution (booked by Beyond Wrestling owner Drew Cordeiro), an NXT live event, and the return of Ring of Honor to the area for the first time in four years….

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¡VIVA CHIKARA! – “Eight Pillars of Woe”

CHIKARA is celebrating it’s 14th birthday across the pond! Justin and Kevin are here to talk all four Aniversario events, including some really intriguing matches and unique cards. Justin also talks about Season 16 and his rediscovered love of CHIKARA. The pair talks about Hallowicked’s crazy new blog with a bunch of theories on who could be joining his army soon, as well as their of Pinkie Sanchez. Grab some cake and a party hat and enjoy the ride! NOTE: Kevin sounds kinda crummy the last 15 minutes. Sorry! To…

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Best on the Indies: “Big Rig: The Brodie Lee Story” Review

Interview This was conducted the night before Brodie Lee’s final match in CHIKARA against Eddie Kingston (3.24.2012). Eddie Kingston also served as the interviewer, which makes for some awesome banter, as Lee just relentlessly gives Kingston crap the entire time. Brodie speaks about starting out in the Upstate New York independent wrestling scene, burying it to a pretty significant degree. He has some fond memories of fellow wrestlers he befriended and certain matches, but by and large he thinks the scene is mostly filled with “Shindies.”He would travel with his…

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