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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Indy Minute - Your weekly source for independent wrestling news



The NXT/Indy Wrestling Minute, your favorite part of Ring Rust Radio, is back again with a ton of news and results from all around the indys. Even though my segment on the show got cut a little short this week, there’s always plenty more than get covered each episode so let’s get right into it!

  NXT TV
  Titus O’Neil opened the show, saying it’s an honor and privilege for the NXT Universe to be in presence of a WWE Superstar like him. He came down to NXT because guys like Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville came to Raw, his show, and took up time from Superstars like him and now the show is “NXTitus” and Sami Zayn comes out to interrupt him. Sami calls Titus a “giant buffoon who couldn’t win a match to save his life” and references Titus getting beaten up by the bunny.
  Adrian Neville comes out and says if anyone is going to defend NXT, it’s going to be him. Tyson Kidd then comes out, says Titus has a point and that the difference between Sami and Adrian is that Neville is NXT Champ. (I noticed a small PWG chant start here) William Regal came out to a huge reaction and says this is a “fighting show, not a whining show” (man, I wish they would take that advice for Raw). Regal then makes Zayn and Neville vs Tyson and Titus.
  Emma makes her return to NXT and take on the Women’s Champion Charlotte. It’s really too bad Emma has fallen so far out of grace on the main roster because she’s got a lot of personality and is really talented in the ring too. But she made one mistake (and I insist that she just forgot to pay for that iPad case and didn’t try to steal it) and now she can’t even get a spot on Superstars. Charlotte defeated Emma with the Natural Selection. 
  Hideo Itami (or the wrestler formerly known as Kenta) makes his NXT in-ring debut against Justin Gabriel. Itami gets a huge reaction from the crowd. I actually really like his new gear, though I’ll always miss the brown and yellow Kenta gear. In an interview with Renee Young a few weeks ago, Itami said that “My style is kick” and in this match with Gabriel, he proved that.
  This match was actually a decent back and forth and not just an Itami squash like I would’ve predicted. Itami did a great job working until his hard-hitting strikes took over the contest. He even hit a brutal kick to Gabriel’s face as he went for a leapfrog as well as a basement dropkick in the corner (like B-Boy’s face wash). His finisher seems to be a vicious top-rope doublestomp, which works great for him. After Itami picked up the win, the Ascension hit the ring and beat down Itami, laying him out with the Fall of Man. When they were champs, the crowd loved the Ascension but now that they’re beating up Itami, the crowd is booing them like crazy.
  Baron Corbin squashed CJ Parker again (second time? Third time?). Drake is the ref. Corbin hits him with the Sister Abigail/Downward Spiral move called “End of Days.” Seems like they’re giving him a lone wolf, silent badass gimmick (especially since there’s a wolf on his ring entrance vest).
  In a pre-taped segment, Enzo and Big Cass are in the gym and Carmella, from the hair place (Hair) where they got the hair removal cream, who says she got fired because of the two and says she’s here to fight. Seems like Enzo and Cass are getting a manager. 
  In the main event, Sami and Tyson start in the ring but Neville quickly tags himself in to the surprise of Sami. Zayn then tags himself back in and hits a standing moonsault on Tyson, trying to show up Neville and draws a “Better than Neville” chant and Neville doesn’t look amused. It’s clear that Sami and Adrian aren’t on the same page.
  Titus and Tyson proceed to work over Sami for the majority of the match. When Neville makes his way back into the match, Sami involves himself to try and keep Titus from interfering as Neville looks to hit the Red Arrow on Tyson. The ref has to stop Sami which lets Titus push Adrian off the top, letting Tyson get his knees up and earn the pin. After the match, Sami and Adrian have words with each other and the friction between the two continues to build after the events of NXT Takeover.

  A few more NXT notes:
  There were a few NXT releases last week – Kendall Skye and Troy McLain. Skye, a Diva, never appeared on TV and McLain may or may not have been on TV at some point (though I can’t recall).
  Also, Wildkat Sports’ Bu Ku Dao has allegedly been signed to NXT. He had a big going away party at the most recent Wildkat show titled "Bu Ku Dao or Die."
  There’s also a rumor that Prince Devitt’s name has been chosen for when he actually debuts – Finn Balor. Sounds kinda odd at first but I think it could work pretty well. Definitely not the worst name I’ve heard come out of NXT.
  And a note about NXT Takeover, it appears that the design on Bull Dempsey’s trunks was actually the logo for the XFL team the Orlando Rage.

 Also, this:


  Ring of Honor is hosting a TV taping in Wheeling, West Virginia on September 27 where reDRagon will defend the tag team titles against Jimmy Jacobs and Roderick Strong of the Decade. Also, Matt Sydal makes his return to ROH and will face AJ Styles. 

  If you don’t watch ROH TV you should check out the episode that aired last week where Kyle O’Reilly faced the IWGP Heavyweight champion AJ Styles and the Young Bucks took on the Briscoe Brothers. Both matches were incredible and you can see ROH TV each week on ROHwrestling.com.
  And this week on ROH TV, The Kingdom (Adam Cole and Michael Bennett) will face The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) and Silas Young will meet Michael Elgin for the ROH World title. (Obviously this was filmed several weeks ago as Elgin has since lost the World title to Jay Briscoe and I think Young is out with an injury currently.)

  Ring of Honor “Champions vs All Stars” on October 11 in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  The ROH Champions will meet four of the top stars in the company in a huge 8-man tag match. Jay Briscoe (World), Jay Lethal (TV), reDRagon (tag team) will take on Mark Briscoe, ACH, Roderick Strong, and Adam Cole.
  This huge match has several implications - Briscoe vs Briscoe; Adam Cole is a former World champ and Roderick Strong has a tag title shot with Jimmy Jacobs this weekend in Wheeling, WV on the “Reloaded” tour and if the Decade were to earn the straps, his spot on the All Star team would be up for grabs.

  There were several upcoming ROH events announced recently:
  -Survival of the Fittest will take place over two nights on Nov. 7-8 in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio
  -Glory by Honor 13 will take place in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 15
  -ROH’s 13th Anniversary show will be March 1, 2015 as the company makes its debut in Las Vegas, Nevada

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s “Destruction” took place in Kobe, Japan on Sept. 21.
Results are:
  -CHAOS (Alex Koslov, Rocky Romero and Tomohiro Ishii) def. Bullet Club (Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson and Yujiro Takahashi)
  -Alex Shelley, Bushi and Maximo def. Suzukigun (El Desperado, Taichi and Taka Michinoku) via DQ
  -Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima), Jushin Liger and Tomoaki Honma def. Blue Justice Army (Captain New Japan and Yuji Nagata), Manabu Nakanishi and Tiger Mask
  -Kazushi Sakuraba and Toru Yano def. Suzukigun (Minoru Suzuki and Takashi Iizuka)
  -Ryusuke Taguchi def Kushida to become the new IWGP Jr Heavyweight champ
  -Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito def. Bullet Club (AJ Styles and Tama Tonga)
  -Bullet Club (Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows) def. CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi) to retain the IWGP Heavyweight tag team titles
  -Togi Makabe def Hirooki Goto
  -Hiroshi Tanahashi def Katsuyori Shibata
  -Shinsuke Nakamura def Bad Luck Fale to become the new IWGP Intercontinental champion (to regain the IC title you could say)

--Though there was many problems with the stream (Meltz said he couldn’t watch most of it and UStream wouldn’t do anything about it; other said they ordered it but couldn’t watch; some couldn’t even order it) and it was said this would be the last NJPW show offered by UStream, those who watched it said that in the credits, it mentioned you’ll be able to get the next NJPW show, “King of Pro Wrestling,” on UStream so we’ll have to wait and see.

At King of Pro Wrestling, the card will be:
-AJ Styles vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
-Kazuchika Okada vs Tetsuya Naito
-Yoshi-Hashi and Shinsuke Nakamura vs Katsuyori Shibata and Hirooki Goto
-Tomohiro Ishii vs Yurjio Takahashi
-Ryusuke Taguchi vs El Desperado
-The Timesplitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) vs Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) vs The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson)
-Kazushi Sakuraba and Toru Yano vs Takashi Iizuka and Minoru Suzuki
-Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Davey Boy Smith Jr and Lance Archer
-Bushi vs Chase Owens
-Kota Ibushi, Tomoaki Honma, Yuji Nagata, and Togi Makabe vs. Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows and “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson)

Results from Chikara’s King of Trios, which took place in Easton, PA over three big nights of action. The VOD replays are already online at www.smartmarkvideo.com if you want to check out what was said to be a great tournament with some stellar non-tournament action.

Night 1
-Team UK def. Bloc Party
-Gekido def. KE4PG (Knight Eye for the Pirate Guy) and Princess Kimber Lee
(Jigsaw wouldn’t fight Jolly Roger even after Shard and 17 try to force him to)
-Spirit Squad def. Odditorium
-Flood def. Spectral Envoy 
(Deucalion makes an appearance with Delirious. Delirious was said to have attacked Mantis. Before this match, The Flood brought Lithuanian Snow Troll out to the ring on a leash.)
-Devastation Corporation (Max Smashmaster, Blaster McMassive and Flex Rumblecrunch) def. Team Extravaganza (Jervis Cottonbelly, Thunderkitty and Marion Fontaine)
-3Peck0 def. BDK Cubed
(After the match, Nokken attacks Ares and Cube is unmasked as Jakob Hammermeier. Jakob seems to be in control of the BDK now. Also, the last time we saw the Eye of Tyr, Dr. Cube controlled it which seems to suggest that Jakob and the BDK now control the artifact.)
- Golden Trio def. L.A.X.
-The Greenhorn Mafia (Kid Cyclone, Create-A-Wrestler and 3quinox) shows up and Hallowicked orders them to the back. (Hallowicked is the head trainer at the Chikara Wrestle Factory, which is why he is ordering the Greenhorn Mafia around)
-Arctic Rescue Ant takes out Worker Ant (assailANT?) with his snowboard but Worker is able to return and The Colony defeats Colony: Xtreme Force. 

Cosby Sweater Dr. Cube is actually Jakob Hammermeier!
Night 2
-In the first Rey de Voladores qualifier - Rich Swann eliminates Chuckie T, Tigre Uno eliminates Swann and Shynron eliminates Tigre Uno to win the first qualifying match of the mini-tournament
-3Peck0 def. Gekido.
(Shard and 17 don't trust Jigsaw after KE4PG situation and won't tag him in. Shard and Jigsaw get into shoving match which leads to Shane Matthews tapping Shard with a Boston Crab. Quack comes out to try and recruit Jigsaw back to Chikara heroes and Jigs pushes him, says he doesn't need anyone.)
-In the Battle of the Bowties, Rockstar Spud makes Bryce Remsburg wear a bowtie too. Juan rips bowtie off Bryce and wins with a German suplex.
-Greenhorn Militia challenge Deucalion. Says they'll attack him from behind if necessary
-Devastation Corporation def. Team UK
-In the second Rey de Voladores qualifier - Sanada pins Christopher with his feet on the ropes, Amasis pins Fox and Sanada pins Amasis with mist then a superkick and will face Shynron to decide who is King of the High Flyers.
-Golden Trio def. Spirit Squad when Icarus taps Kenny with the Chikara Special
-“Smooth Sailing” Ashley Remington def. Yoshi Tatsu with a delayed German after Juan interfered and Tatsu kicked him in the head
-The Flood def. The Colony when Deucalion has Soldier Ant attack Worker Ant. Afterward, Hallowicked and Batiri attack the Flood. The Greenhorn Militia attacks Deucalion and unmask him, but Deucalion kills C.A.W. and 3quinox with the Choke Breaker. Kid Cyclone escapes and Hallowicked grieves for his students.

Deucalion looks just a freaky without the mask as he does with it.
Another shot of Deucalion without the mask. There was speculation he was a
former ROH student named Davey Andrews but that doesn't appear to be correct.

Night 3
-Golden Trio def. The Flood when Icarus taps Volgar with Chikara Special. After the match, Icarus freed the Snow Troll but Snow Troll low blows Icarus and the Flood lays out the Golden Trio. (Snow Troll under spell of Eye of Tyr?)
-Devastation Corp. def. 3Peck0. (3Peck0 painted like Dev. Corp.)
-Mark Andrews def. Oliver Grimsley
In the 10 team tag gauntlet:
-Los Ice Creams def. Old Fashioned (Jervis Cottonbelly and Marion Fontaine)
-N R G def. Ice Creams
-Colony Xtreme Force def. NRG
-Batiri def. Xtreme Force (Missile and Arctic)
-Osirian Portal def. Batiri
-Portal def. Bloc Party (Boar and Prakash Sabar, that XPac guy)
-Portal def. Colony (Silver and Worker)
-Portal def. Team UK(Damien Peter Dunne)
-Wrecking Crew (Jaka and Oleg) def. Portal to win (Bakabella hits Ophidian with sack of coins after Barber got taken out)
-Submission Squad def. Gentleman's Club in Atomicos (Cibernetico?) tag (Chucky T, Drew Gulak, Orange Cassidy and Swamp Monster).
-Shynron def. Sanada to win the Rey de Voladores. Shynron gets misted but recovers to hit second rope 630.
-In the King of Trios finals, the Golden Trio faced the Devastation Corporation. Icarus kicks out of Death Blow but another to Dasher and Dev Corp win KoT.
-After the finals, the Flood celebrates and Jimmy Jacobs demands the Grand Championship be handed over to Eddie Kingston or he'll end Chikara for good. Icarus the belt is worthless if Chikara dies and hands it to Kingston. Kingston turns on the Flood and chases them from the ring and the heroes celebrate.


Smash Wrestling hosted the annual “Can-USA Classic” in Toronto this past weekend – an all women event where a team of wrestling from Canada and a team from America compete for supremacy. This year, Team Canada was captained by LuFisto and Team American was captained by Amazing Kong.


Results are:
-Kimber Lee def. Xandra Bale following a distraction from Cherry Bomb (USA 1, Can 0)
-Veda Scott def. Jewells Malone (USA 2, Can 0)
-Cherry Bomb vs Courtney Rush resulted in a double DQ after Kimber Lee interfered followed by a brawl between Kimber Bombs and Xandra Bale/Courtney Rush. Bale and Rush challenged Kimber Bombs to a match later that night.
-Vanessa Kraven def. Allysin Kay (USA 2, Can 1)
-Angie Skye def. Heidi Lovelace (USA 2, Can 2)
-Taeler Hendrix def. Leah Von Dutch (USA 3, Can 2)
-Courtney Rush and Xandra Bale def. Kimber Bombs (USA 3, Can 3)
-LuFisto def. Amazing Kong to give Canada the win, 4-3.
After the finals, Courtney Rush was awarded the MVP of the tournament and Canada teammate Vanessa Kraven knocked her out with a big boot during the presentation and left the ceremony.

The next Smash Wrestling event will be “This is Smash…” on October 26 features:
Johnny Gargano vs Josh Alexander (First time ever meeting)
World’s Cutest Tag Team (Joey Ryan and Candice LeRae) vs Pepper Parks and Cherry Bomb
And the return of the Young Bucks!

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