Impact, Indies, and Insanity: August 5, 2021

But first — the NFL is back, as Dallas is taking on Pittsburgh in Canton, Ohio to open the preseason.  The CFL is also back in action, but in the regular season opener, as Hamilton faces Winnipeg.

Meanwhile, on Impact, it’s Kenny Omega and the Good Brothers facing Frankie Kazarian, Sami Callihan, and Eddie Edwards; Chris Bey tries out for Bullet Club against Juice Robinson; Jordynne Grace and Rachael Ellering go up against Fire’n’Flava; an X-Division #1 Contenders’ match features Jake Something, Rohit Raju, Daivari, and Trey Miguel; and on the preshow, it’s Crazzy Steve facing Fallah Bahh.

After the jump, your weekly dose of the indies.

Here’s your breakdown:

  • WORCESTER, MA — Beyond Wrestling is back on Thursdays with Dong Work For Yuta (Tonight, 8PMET, IWTV)!  (No, that’s not a very unfortunate typo on my part; it’s a Frank Zappa reference.)  Member of the high society Alexander James and Logan Easton LaRoux face Pretty Proper!  Kings of the District face the Shook Crew!  Megan Bayne battles Masha Slamovich!  Chris Dickinson battles Rhett Titus!  Wheeler Yuta takes on Max^H^H^HSlade in a no-DQ match!  It’s bangers all the way down!
  • CHATTANOOGA, TN — Oh, yes, my friends, it is time for the weekend extravaganza known as the Scenic City Invitational (Friday and Saturday, 7:30PMET both nights, IWTV)!  Sixteen combatants go at it in a tournament to crown the Southeast’s best wrestler!  Here’s your first round matchups:
    • AC Mack vs Big Beef Garvin
    • Adam Priest vs Daniel Makabe
    • Alex Kane vs Steve Manders
    • Arik Royal vs Derek Neal
    • Brett Ison vs Jaden Newman
    • Cabana Man Dan vs Jeremy Wyatt
    • Daniel Garcia vs Graham Bell
    • Jon Davis vs Logan Creed
  • First round is Friday, the rest is Saturday — but wait!  Saturday afternoon is a special Futures event (2PMET, IWTV)!  Nine combatants face off in three-way action, with the winner getting a guaranteed entry into next year’s SCI!  The preliminaries are:
    • Billie Starkz, Chase Holliday, Ron Bass Jr
    • Eli Knight, Landon Hale, the Whisper
    • Merrik Donovan, Mo Atlas, Robert Martyr
  • CHICAGO, IL — AAW is back and ready to go with Savages And Kings (Saturday, 6:15PMCT, FITE)!  Allysin Kay defends the Women’s title against Melanie Cruise!  Madman Fulton battles Mance Warner!  Colt Cabana and Larry D face off in Forbidden Door action!  And up top, Eddie Kingston battles Fred Yehi… but in a tag team match, and neither man is telling us who their partner is!
  • OBERHAUSEN, GER — WXW has made it to 20 years, and they want to celebrate with you (Saturday, 1900CET, taped for on demand)!  Marius Al-Ani puts the big gold on the line against Jurn Simmons!  The Arrows of Hungary defend the tag belts against Anil Marik and Robert Dreissker!  Prince Ahura will face a challenger determined by lottery as he defends the Shotgun title!
  • LOS ANGELES, CA — GCW continues touring the country, this time putting on No Signal in the Hills (Saturday, 8PMPT, FITE)!  Nick Gage faces the Dark Sheik!  Chris Dickinson takes on Starboy Charlie!  Mance Warner and Matthew Justice defend the tag gold against Allie Katch and EFFY!  44OH look to defeat big names Joey Janela and Marko Stunt!  AJ Gray battles Lee Moriarty!
  • CAMP LEAPFROG — Somewhere near Parts Unknown, we get ready to celebrate Abby Jane’s 21st birthday (Sunday, 1PMET, IWTV)!  Abby will join Hallowicked and UltraMantis Black in facing Travis Huckabee, Dan Champion, and Sidney Bakabella!  Masha Slamovich battles BLANK!  Janai Kai and YOYA challenge for the tag titles against Boomer Hatfield and Molly McCoy!  Matt Makowski goes shoot-style against Thunderfrog!
  • WILLIAMSTON, NJ — IWTV celebrates their Independent Wrestling Championship making it to 100 title bouts (Sunday, 5PMET, IWTV)!  Wheeler Yuta will defend the big one against Daniel Garcia!  Lee Moriarty and Trish Adora face Kris Statlander and Orange Cassidy!  John Wayne Murdoch tries to tame the Warhorse!  Adam Priest tangles with Jonathan Gresham!  The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple (Hallowicked/Frightmare/UltraMantis Black) face a 1% triumvirate (Logan Easton LaRoux, Alexander James, Richard Holliday)!

So, about the AAW show — as I mentioned the main event puts Eddie Kingston and Fred Yehi on opposite sides of a mystery partner tag match.  Let’s whet your appetite for that by showing them going one on one: