This Weekend’s Best Indie Wrestling Shows

Progress Chapter 84

Progress

Venue: Electric Ballroom (London, England)

The triple-threat match featuring WALTER vs. Chris Ridgeway vs. El Phantasmo vying for Defiant’s Internet Championship at a Loaded TV taping last December gave us a brief view of the type of chemistry Walter and Ridgeway can have inside the ring.  

That chemistry went as expected, some chops, dropkicks and powerbombs from WALTER, who looked his usual dominant, menacing self.

Lesser known chemistry would be that of Jordan Devlin vs. Travis Banks, the match that was supposed to happen at NXT UK Takeover Blackpool, but didn’t due to a Banks injury.

Devlin proved himself a worthy adversary for the saver of days, Finn Bálor, at Empress Ballroom. He’s one of the brightest talents on the NXT UK roster, but Banks, a former Progress champ, still presents a formidable opposition and a notable hill to climb.

NXT UK regulars such as Trent Seven, Jinny and Mark Andrews round out a card that’ll please the British faithful looking for hard-hitting action.


AIW: Hail to the King, Baby

AIW - Hail to the King

Venue: Tadmor Shrine (Akron, Ohio)

Legendary former NWA champion Harley Race will make a special appearance on a card that features three standout matchups.

“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams defends his AIW Absolute championship against Pretty Boy Smith. Williams has recently been on the winning side of various tag bouts as a member of Juice Robinson’s Lifeblood stable in Ring of Honor and New Japan, but he was less successful in his last title defense, losing his Powerbomb.tv independent title to Orange Cassidy at Beyond Heavy Lies the Crown. Smooth is nicknamed the “Seven-Foot Savage” but he lists himself as a more modest 6’9’’. Lately, he’s found success in the Pennsylvania promotions Revenge Pro and Ryse.

A three way match will decide the Intense championship, when title holder Matthew Justice takes on Wheeler Yuta and Tre Lamar. Yuta, who has firmly established himself as an indie name to see, defeated Louis Lyndon at AIW’s Welcome to the Party, Pal. Lamar, a frequent tag partner of Chase Oliver on AIW shows, looks to finally prove himself as a singles competitor.

All Elite Wrestling will be represented on the card in the women’s bout, when All In alum Britt Baker takes on the Boricuan Bad Ass Tasha Steelz. This will be Baker’s first match back in AIW since she beat Allie Kat at WrestleRager 3 last August.


AAW: Art of War (Chicago, Illinois)

Art of War

Venue: Logan Square Auditorium (Chicago, Illinois)

No countouts. No disqualifications. Just professional wrestling for the wrestling fan. That’s the simple calling card of Chicago-based AAW.

The Lucha Brothers, Sami Callihan, Eddie Kingston, AR Fox, Sammy Guevara, Curt Stallion, David Starr and a host of other established indie veterans will be on hand to make this year’s edition of the sold out Art of War show another memorable affair.


Women’s Wrestling Revolution: Widowmaker

Widowmaker

Location: NYWC Sportatorium (Long Island, New York)

Psycho Circus 17 will be the prime time main event of New York Wrestling Connection’s Saturday doubleheader at the Sportatorium. But the all-women’s opening show looks to be the superior card top-to-bottom.

Beyond Wrestling regulars such as Kris Stadtlander, Penelope Ford, Skylar and Solo Darling will blend well with an assorted lineup that will be headlined by former WWE diva and TNA knockout Lisa Marie Varon.

Coming off an impressive showing at ICW: Party and Bullshit, Maria Manic is scheduled to take on Vanity.

The tag match featuring the Tournament For Tomorrow duo of Darling and New York local Willow Nightingale will be one to watch, as they take on Allie Kat and Veda Scott.

Speaking of tag teams to watch: Ashley Vox and Delmi Exo will face Harlow O’Hara and Terra Calaway in a rematch of their TFT bout.

This WWR show will likely feature a future NXT Women’s champion, just like the shows of the past.

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