With WWE and TNA quiet this weekend (shocker there on the TNA front), it was several independent promotions that made waves not only in the ring, but in the news as well. EVOLVE Wrestling produced two highly acclaimed events despite injuries to two of the top stars prior to the events which necessitated some reshuffling of the cards, while CZW made headlines for more negative reasons coming off of their New Heights event on iPPV. We start there…
CZW Signs Live PPV Deal
News broke this weekend that Combat Zone Wrestling has signed a deal to hold live PPV events that will be distributed via Stonecutter Wrestling to traditional PPV outlets. Joining the list of independent promotions with their own streaming service, CZW has also begun CZW Studios, an on demand streaming service featuring past events and more. In the ring, CZW held their New Heights event over the weekend. They didn’t light the world on fire, as Dylan Hales writes here.
ROH Returns to Hopkins, Minnesota
Ring of Honor held a non-televised live event in Hopkins, MN, on Saturday. It was the first ROH event in the city since April, and the promotion came in with a main event of Roderick Strong vs Kyle O’Reilly vs AJ Styles.
* Mark Briscoe def. Danny Duggan
* War Machine def. Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser (Tag)
* ACH def. Dalton Castle
* Michael Elgin def. Matt Taven
* Michael Bennett def. Moose, Will Ferrara, and Cheeseburger (4-Way)
* Adam Cole def. Bobby Fish
* ODB & Jay Briscoe def. Jay Lethal & Truth Martini (Tag)
* Roderick Strong def. Kyle O’Reilly, AJ Styles (3-Way)
New Japan Alive 2015 concludes
New Japan Pro Wrestling held a three show mini-tour in preparation for next week’s G1 Climax 25 tournament, and the final night on July 12 was available live via NJPWWorld. Joe Lanza reviews the event here, which is notable due to the lack of Katsuyori Shibata due to an apparent injury.
Global Force Wrestling in the Midwest
Jeff Jarrett’s GFW ran three ballparks in the midwest this weekend, featuring a weekend long storyline of Eric Young trying to get Jeff Jarrett’s King of the Mountain championship back for TNA.
Highlights from the weekend included Colt Cabana and AAW wrestler Matt Cage debuting with the group on 7/9, Magnus defeating Tommaso Ciampa on 7/9 and Kongo Kong on 7/10-11, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows defeating Takaaki Watanabe & Seiya Senada on 7/11, and EVOLVE’s Johnny Gargano defeating Eric Young in the main event of the Lake County, OH, show on 7/11.
Timothy Thatcher wins DGUSA & EVOLVE Championships
In what Warren Taylor called a “complete surprise” in his EVOLVE 45 review, Timothy Thatcher defeated Drew Galloway in the EVOLVE 45 main event to win the DGUSA Open The Freedom Gate Championship and EVOLVE Championship. It was a surprise, and completely odd, seeing as how much of the buildup for the following day’s EVOLVE 46 was that Drew would defend each title separately as a makeup for Biff Busick missing the events due to injury. Instead, Thatcher won the title, and did not defend the belts separately the next night at all. Also at EVOLVE 45, Zack Sabre Jr took on Roderick Strong which earned strong praise from across the wrestling world.
At EVOLVE 46 on Saturday night, Timothy Thatcher retained his championship against Chris Hero on a show that also saw NJPW’s Beretta battle the former EVOLVE Champion Drew Galloway. You can check out Warren Taylor’s EVOLVE 46 Review here.
Samoa Joe makes final AIW Appearance
In the main event of Absolute Intense Wrestling’s Absolution X on Friday in Cleveland, Team AIW (Young Bucks, Johnny Gargano, Alex Daniels, and Josh Prohibition) defeated Dudes on TV (Samoa Joe, Ethan Carter III, Matt Cross, Zema Ion, and Ray Rowe) when Prohibition pinned Rowe. It was Joe’s final appearance for the company as he goes full time with WWE’s NXT. Also bidding adieu was Josh Alexander, who is retiring from wrestling. Alexander lost the AIW Championship to Ricky Shane Page in the semi-main event. Candice LaRae suffered a knee injury on the event, forcing her to cancel a booking later in the weekend.
Tyrus (fka Brodus Clay) appears on Fox News Channel
On Sunday night’s Greg Gutfeld show, current TNA Impact Wrestling star Tyrus joined the program to discuss Ariana Grande and man buns. Yep. Tyrus has been making the rounds on all the popular platforms these days, the most important of which being the most recent Shake Them Ropes which you can catch on iTunes! You can watch Tyrus’ appearance in the video below, cued up to his entrance, until YouTube pulls it.