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¡VIVA CHIKARA! – “heXed Men’s Sky”

Justin and Kevin couldn’t help themselves when starting the show with off topic conversation. After some chatter about “No Man’s Sky” and the comic book “Planetary”, Justin and Kevin talk about their experience watching the second “Hour of Power” and preview CHIKARA’s first ever Network Special airing this Sunday! Every match is run down in detail with predictions, including thoughts on who else could join Hallowicked’s army, who could be making a return, and what direction they expect certain characters to take. Get prepared for the official Summerslam appetizer! To…

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CHIKARA vs. SMASH Wrestling Review

Toronto, ONT – 7.24.2016 The Striking Vikings (Dasher Hatfield & Oleg the Usurper) [CHIKARA] vs. Super Smash Bros. (Evil Uno & Stu Grayson) [SMASH] Grayson is the former Player Dos/Stupefied. He and Oleg pummel each other before the bell even rings. Uno and Hatfield pull them apart, but get knocked down and sent outside. Oleg tosses Grayson to the corner and gives him a chop. Grayson blocks some head shots and rocks Oleg with a pair of uppercuts and a chop. Oleg splashes him against the ropes. Hatfield tags in…

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Beyond Wrestling “Flesh” Review

Depsite being the most interactive independent professional wrestling product today, Beyond Wrestling had never traversed the platform of iPPV…until now. Beyond Wrestling served up “Flesh” on the afternoon of EVOLVE 65 in Melrose, MA, and for the first time ever presented a live show via iPPV on the WWN Live channel. Instead of their usual 10 match offerings, Beyond held a six match showcase with five matches being served up exclusively on their BeyonDemand service. The show opened with Jonathan Gresham and Zack Sabre, Jr. competing in their second match…

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Beyond Wrestling “Ripped Off in the Prime of Life” Review

The issue between Matthew Riddle and Chuck O’Neil has evolved over the past few months. O’Neil jumped into Riddle’s match with Tommaso Ciampa when Riddle refused to relinquish an armbar when Ciampa got to the ropes, leading to a bad call for the referee who decided the match was a No Contest. Riddle and O’Neil had a singles match at Beyond’s crossover event with House of Glory in New York. In that match, O’Neil gave Riddle a taste of his own medicine by not releasing his armbar when Riddle got…

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¡VIVA CHIKARA! – “Two Hours of Power”

There’s been a ton of CHIKARA news since the last episode, and Justin Houston and Kevin Ford are going to talk about it! First up is the Hour of Power, what they liked and how the experience of watching it live was like. They discuss Chuck Taylor no longer being with the company and what that means to them as fans before moving into talk about the current King of Trios field. Then it’s on to the weekend of events CHIKARA is holding in Canada, including two really fun looking…

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Beyond Wrestling “GIGANTIC” Review

If you’ve listened to me on podcasts or follow me on Twitter, you’re aware of how much I love “hosses” in wrestling. Of course when it comes to a Hoss, size matters, but it certainly isn’t everything. There’s a finesse, a style, a type of “smash mouth” aggression that comes with carrying the title of being a Hoss. You could only imagine my excitement when Beyond Wrestling announced a show called “GIGANTIC”, in which they would showcase some of the most noteworthy hosses in wrestling today. Ironically, the show would…

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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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