DEFY held their first show earlier this year that featured an amazing main event between Cody Rhodes and Shane Strickland (Killshot of Lucha Underground) for the GFW NEX*GEN Title. Also appearing at the first show were Jeff Cobb, Matt Cross, and Davey Richards making a run in.
The second show takes place in less than two weeks, and looks to be one to be talked about for a while as it will house Quarterfinal matches to crown the first DEFY Champion.
They will be having an online service soon, but since it is a brand new promotion they are still working things out, so everyone will be able watch it soon!
Here are some videos from the first show...
The "Fan Yells Stardust" video that went around the net (dude was right next to me lol)
The laws to put on a wrestling show in Washington are pretty strict, and explain why we have never had a whole lot of bigger names come through, or why WWE doesn't come here more than once or twice a year. This is why the new promotion is such a big deal to many of us, since something like this hasn't really been done in Washington, at least since I've been following. Here is a quote from an article on a local news site...
I may this info a bit off, but if I recall from what I heard from some friends of mine that wrestle..."Each individual wrestler has to be licensed just like an MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter has to be licensed, we have to get a blood test and a physical. In order to put on a show, you have to pay a booker's fee, you have to pay a percentage of the ticket, in addition to some sort of fee that involves the tickets. We have to have paramedics on site the whole time which, if our sport is done correctly, then no one gets hurt any way," said Michael Leveton, who is a Lucha Libre Volcanica wrestler.
If there is a wrestling school that puts on a show (like a majority of the local promotions we have), then they don't have to follow these laws hand in hand, but they can't OFFICIALLY charge for people to enter, and just have a donation bucket out. Apparently Lucha Va Voom came through a few years ago and almost got shut down due to some of these "laws" not being followed to a T.
I was talking to Matt Cross at the last DEFY show, and he was saying that when he applied for his "Fighting License" he had to put down his Win/Loss record and a ton of other details, which is pretty silly for pro wrestling, so he just put down 200 wins, 0 losses
There is a bill that is trying to get passed to "Legalize Wrestling" in Washington, and loosen up the rules on it because many feel it is more of a theatrical experience than an actual sport, which in many senses it is.