The Mark Hitchcock Memorial Supershow 2024
April 4, 2024
2300 Arena
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The WrestleCon Supershow has been an integral part of WrestleMania Weekend for as long as the idea of WrestleMania Weekend has existed. Since 2018, it’s been officially named in honor of Mark Hitchcock, an independent wrestling fan who worked behind the scenes with the Highspots Network.

Invariably, the Supershow features most of the best talent in town for WrestleMania Weekend and, more often than not, is responsible for some of the weekend’s best and most buzzy matches – its appointment viewing in an increasingly packed and competitive schedule.

Emanating this year from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, it’s fair to say that the 2024 Supershow is a bit less exciting on paper than it has been previously. There are mitigating factors, though – not only are the bookers navigating a depleted independent scene, but they’ve had to rejig the card after the likes of Hechicero and Volador Jr were hooked because of visa issues.

That’s not to say that there aren’t things to look forward to. In fact, I’m most looking forward to seeing the CMLL talent still available for this show.

In what looks like a sure-fire candidate for match of the weekend, Mistico, Averno, Barbaro Cavernario, Villano III Jr, and Star Jr will be taking on Dragon Gate’s Dragon Kid, Shun Skywalker, Kota Minoura, Ben-K and YAMATO in a 10-man tag. Not only does this continue the Supershow tradition of entertaining multi-man tags, but it will be a phenomenal showcase of some of the best workers in town. Watch out, particularly for Barbaro Cavernario, who seems to have got his mojo back during the first quarter of 2024, and Shun Skywalker, one of the world’s best heels. With both promotions having great tag team traditions and all 10 guys being athletic as hell, the floor for this is very high.

That’s not the only tag match on the show, with Los Boricuas (Savio Vegas, Jose Estrada, Miguel Perez Jr & Huracan Castillo Jr) facing the Full Blooded Italians (Little Guido, Tommy Rich, Tony Mamaluke & TBA) in an eight-man. Billed as a Turf War, this match looks like the perfect hit of crowd-pleasing, ECW-leaning nostalgia.

Getting to see Tommy Rich is a highlight, as will be the reveal of the FBI’s mystery man. JT Smith would be brilliant, as would Sal E. Graziano if he’s still kicking about. Ray Jaz and Zack Clayton were included in the recent MLW and TNA reboots of the FBI but my gut says it’s more likely to be Chuck Palumbo or Vito. Either way, the reveal will be fun, the match should be packed with plunder and I imagine the FBI will be going over because of the venue they’re in.

Another match that will be heavy on plunder and outside run-ins is the Philadelphia Street Fight between Sami Callihan and the Emmy-winning actor Paul Walter Hauser. This match is the only one on the show with a current story behind it.

Hauser, a big wrestling fan, has had a couple of matches in Callihan’s Wrestling Revolver promotion, beating Matthew Palmer and Matt Cardona. The latter win involved a run-in from Bully Ray and set up this match, with Hauser wondering whether he’d got what it takes to hang with Callihan. This might not be for me, particularly with Callihan so limited since his ankle injury, but there’ll be a lot going on and it should be entertaining. Expect the Dudleys to be involved, given the backstory, the building, and Hauser’s love of them as a team.

The other three matches currently booked are all straight singles matches and all three involve members of the TNA roster.

Nic Nemeth, who’ll be challenging for the TNA World Title at Rebellion later in April, will face Joey Janela. On the whole, I’ve liked Nemeth’s work since leaving WWE – he’s worked hard to fit in in both New Japan and TNA. This is a more exposed spot, but I think he’ll do alright here against someone in Janela who is capable and will want to have a great match.

Josh Alexander will be involved in a first-time-ever match-up when he takes on former ECW World Champion Masato Tanaka. Tanaka might not be what he once was – he is 51 – but he can still go, and I have no doubt that he can have an excellent match with Alexander, one of my personal favorites and one of the world’s best workers. Aside from the 10-man tag, this is my most anticipated match on the card.

Rounding out the show is another first-time bout between Mike Bailey and Rob Van Dam. Bailey has been the star of the last couple of Mania weekends, while Van Dam has history with the Supershow having main evented the 2015 instalment alongside Sabu. He’s had a few shots in AEW over the last eight months or so and while I haven’t liked his work as much as some, he’s still capable and should gel nicely with Bailey.

With Matt Riddle and Titan also booked for this show but yet to be put in matches, the Supershow will definitely have grown in stature by bell time on Thursday. The 10-man tag looks to be a must-watch but to be honest; I don’t think you’ll go too far wrong checking this one out from start to finish.

Full WrestleCon The Mark Hitchcock Memorial Supershow Card

  • Rob Van Dam vs. Mike Bailey
  • Masato Tanaka vs. Josh Alexander
  • Joey Janela vs. Nic Nemeth
  • Team CMLL (Mistico, Averno, Barbaro Cavernario, Villano III Jr., Star Jr.) vs. Team Dragon Gate (Dragon Kid, Shun Skywalker, Kota Minoura, Ben-K, YAMATO)
  • Philadelphia Street Fight: Paul Walter Hauser vs. Sami Callihan
  • Los Boricuas (Savio Vega, Jose Estrada, Miguel Perez Jr., Huracan Castillo Jr.) vs. Full Blooded Italins (Little Guido, Tommy Rich, Tony Mamaluke, TBA)

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