Indies and Insanity: September 19, 2019

Okay, so note to self: next time Sunday has a PPV, the thread goes up at 5ET, not 7ET.  Thanks for covering, Scott.

Tonight’s NFL Game of the Week of the Day is Tennessee facing Jacksonville.  If you prefer the college game, Houston and Tulane face off.  In addition, we have the WNBA playoffs.

But you’re here (in theory) for wrestling, so let’s see what the weekend brings.

Here’s your indie roundup for the weekend, and we start with a big one:

  • IT’S THE BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES!  PWG runs their annual 24-man tournament bringing some of the biggest names of the scene together.  Here’s this year’s first round pairings, presented in alphabetical order:
    • A-Kid vs. Lucky Kid
    • Aramis vs. Rey Fenix
    • Artemis Spencer vs. Jonathan Gresham
    • Bandido vs. Puma King
    • Black Taurus vs. Darby Allin
    • Brody King vs. Caveman Ugg
    • Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Jeff Cobb
    • David Starr vs. Orange Cassidy
    • Dragon Lee vs. Rey Horus
    • Jake Atlas vs. Jungle Boy
    • Joey Janela vs. Mick Moretti
    • Penta El 0M vs. Tony Deppen
  • First round is tonight (starting in about 4 hours) and tomorrow, with the Quarters, Semis, and 3-way Final on Saturday.  In addition, non-tournament matches over the weekend include Bandido and Flamita facing the Lucha Bros, Aussie Open challenging for the tag titles against the Rascalz, and the Saturday all-star match named after PWG legend and victim of autocorrect, Tomato Camper.  (If there isn’t at least one thumb up a butt, the crowd will be disappointed.  It’s that kind of match.)
  • Tomorrow, AIW is holding Bobblehead Night in Cleveland, so named because D’Lo Brown is in the house!  He teams with Twan Tucker to face Parker Pierce and Daniel C. Rockingham!  Plus, Tom Lawlor defends the big gold against KTB, Britt Baker has one last match before AEW calls against Mercedes Martinez, and Dominic Garrini celebrates his MLW signing by taking on Alex Shelley!
  • ICW-NY holds Kick In The Door 2 tomorrow night.  It’s a lighter card than normal, but Sami Callihan and Teddy Hart main event, while Louie Ramos and Markus Crane are in… (checks notes)… a Four Loko Deathmatch?  They got corporate sponsorship??
  • Freelance Wrestling is running a doubleheader this weekend.  It starts tomorrow with I Want to Believe, where Ethan Page defends the big gold against Rickey Shane Page and Hornswoggle!  In addition, Jordynne Grace faces Thunder Rosa (aka Kobra Moon from LU), and the EWR legend Jody Fleisch faces Isaias Velasquez!  Then…
  • …on Saturday, we get Game of the Genders!  Every match an intergender match!  Highlights are Craig Mitchell facing Jordynne Grace, Shotzi Blackheart against Isaias Velasquez, and the Four Star Heroes taking on the Sea Stars in tag action!
  • Two tournaments this weekend, as Black Label Pro is running Turbo Graps 16 on Saturday!  It’s a day-night doubleheader out of Indiana.  The first round, again in alpha order, is:
    • Allie Kat vs. Danny Adams
    • Carlos Romo vs. Wheeler YUTA
    • Erick Stevens vs. TBA
    • Ethan Page vs. Jody Fleisch
    • Gary Jay vs. Matthew Justice
    • Jake Parnell vs. Lucky Kid
    • Jack Something vs. Nick Gage
    • Jeremy Wyatt vs. Tom Lawlor
  • In addition, non-tournament matches include D’Lo Brown vs. Jordynne Grace, Bear Country vs. Dominic Garrini and Kevin Ku, and Hornswoggle vs. Marko Stunt!
  • EVOLVE runs twice this weekend!  First, it’s #135 on Friday, from NYC!  WALTER takes on JD Drake in non-title action!  In Pick Your Poison action, Austin Theory takes on Babatunde, while Josh Briggs faces Kassius Ohno!
  • Then on Saturday, from elsewhere in NYC — look, it’s a big town — it’s #136!  Austin Theory and Josh Briggs square off for the big gold!  WALTER and Kassius Ohno face off!  JD Drake and Anthony Henry collide!  Shotzi Blackheart meets Kris Statlander!
  • And if there’s EVOLVE in New York, there’s SHINE — Shine 61 will be Saturday afternoon before EVOLVE 136!  Allysin Kay defends the big gold against Shotzi Blackheart!  The tag titles are on the line in a street fight between Gabby Gilbert/Luscious Latasha and Aerial Monroe/Aja Perera!  Ivelisse faces Mercedes Martinez in singles action!
  • Beyond is putting All Hands on Deck in Rhode Island Sunday afternoon!  Chris Dickinson faces Ken Doane!  Josh Briggs takes on MJF!  Erick Stevens goes one-on-one with KTB!  And in a hoot of a tag match, Bear Country will face Team Tremendous!
  • Glory Pro is also Sunday afternoon, with Thunderstruck!  Eddie Kingston defends the big gold against Curt Stallion and PACO in a triple threat!  D’Lo Brown’s tour continues as he faces Jake Something!  Jody Fleisch battles Myron Reed!  And the Besties in the World get a dream match against the Rock and Roll Express!
  • And to wrap up a crazy weekend, PWX are in North Carolina with 2 Close 4 Comfort!  Slim J puts the big gold on the line against TJ Boss!  Ethan Case and John Skyler challenge The Revolt for the tag gold!  Saieve Al Sabah defends the TV title in a four way against Fred Yehi, Cam Carter, and Colby Corino!  And the WorkHorsemen go 2/3 falls with Drew Adler and Tracer X!

WHEW.  Big weekend, folks.  Let’s cool down with an Indie Match of the Week!  From Beyond Wrestling, we have CHIKARA mainstays the Nouveau Aesthetique (BLANK and Still Life) taking on the Gentlemen’s Club (Chuck Dustin Taylor and Orange Cassidy).  Enjoy!

(Bonus point for the best response to “What is Orange Cassidy thinking in this picture?”)

Bring the insanity!