This Weekend’s Best Wrestling Shows

PWG Two Hundred

Friday March 1st, Globe Theatre (Los Angeles, California)PWG-Logo

At PWG’s last show Hand of Doom, the Los Angeles-based federation waved goodbye to federation regular Trevor Lee, who left for the bright lights of NXT following a loss to world champion Jeff Cobb.

After a successful title defense against Lee, Cobb will now turn his attention to rising star luchador Bandido, the man he beat to win the 2018 Battle of Los Angeles. That 24-minute bout, a triple-threat elimination match which also included current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Champion Shingo Takagi for the first nine minutes, was proof of just how well the powerful 263-pound Cobb and the highly athletic Bandido work together.

The PWG World Tag Team Championship will also be up for grabs when title-holders The Rascalz (Zachary Wentz and Desmond Xavier) defend against The Lucha Bros and LAX. If the Lucha Bros vs. Rascalz and Lucha Bros vs. LAX matches from recent IMPACT television tapings are any indication, this one should be an exciting action-packed affair.

Rounding out the card will be a three-way match: Jake Atlas vs. Jungle Boy vs. Trey Miguel, a tag-team match: Aussie Open vs. Best Friends and three singles matches: Laredo Kid vs. Puma King, Darby Allin vs. Brody King and Jonathan Gresham vs. David Starr.

PWG One Hundred, which took place in April of 2009, featured some of the current best wrestlers in the world: WWE champion Daniel Bryan, former WWE champion Seth Rollins, former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega, former IWGP Tag Champions The Young Bucks and former NXT Champion Sami Zayn.

A decade from now, we may look back at this show in a similar light and marvel at what this collection of performers went on to achieve.


GCW: To Live and Die In LA

Saturday March 2nd, Burning World Studios (Los Angeles, California)GCW To Live and Die In LA

Last November, New Jersey-based promotion Game Changer Wrestling made the trip out west to the Golden State for Joey Janela’s LA Confidential.

That card, which featured former WWE superstars Bob Holly and D-Lo Brown, was headlined by a GCW Championship bout between hardcore legend Nick Gage and actor/former WCW champion David Arquette.

Arquette won’t be returning for this show. Gage’s challenger this time will be Alex Colon, who possesses a bit more experience with hardcore style death matches than the Ready to Rumble leading man.

Colon has had some tough luck in GCW as of late, losing to the likes of Jun Kasai, Daisuke Masaoka and Homicide at recent events. Win or lose, however, the 34-year-old CZW regular, always tries his hardest to put on a bloody and brutal showing. With Gage in the mix, he won’t have trouble meeting an expected high violence quotient.

In a match that has the makings of a much lighter and comedic experience than the Gage-Colon brawl, Joey Ryan will face off against Orange Cassidy for the first time ever.

Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion and current Impact X Division Champion Rich Swann is a standout name on the under card. Swann will do battle with All Elite signee Jungle Boy in a match which should feature plenty of aerial acrobatics.

Rounding out the card will be many of the GCW regulars who were at the LA Confidential show: Eli Everfly, Jimmy Lloyd, Tony Deppen and KTB. Plus, there will be a GCW Hall of Fame introduction ceremony for the late great Invisible Man.


MLW: Intimidation Games

Saturday March 2nd, Cicero Stadium (Chicago, Illinois)

MLW Intimidation Games

MLW returns to Chicago for a three and a half hour taping of its FUSION show on beIN Sports.

The headline match of the card will be a World Title rematch pitting newly crowned champion “Filthy” Tom Lawlor against Lo Ki, the man he beat for the belt last month in Philadelphia. That was a surprisingly quick bout which Lawlor won after Lo Ki passed out from a rear naked choke.

The rematch will take place inside a steel cage.

The tag team titles will also be defended when champions The Hart Foundation, Teddy Hart and Davey Boy Smith Jr., take on MJF and Richard Holliday. Hart beat MJF for the MLW Middleweight Championship in Philadelphia. The two of them have been cultivating an interesting older veteran and young cocky up and comer dynamic.

The former tag team champions The Lucha Bros will also be in action. They will take on Team AAA: Taurus and Laredo Kid.

Various different types of styles will be on display throughout the rest of the card. LA park and Mance Werner will face off in a death match. Puma King and Hijo de LA park should give fans of the lucha libre style a treat. DJZ and Ace Austin will also compete in a Battle Riot qualifying match.


Rev Pro: Live at the Cockpit 39

Sunday March 3rd, Cockpit Theatre (Marleybone, London)

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Last April, Zack Sabre Jr. and A-Kid had a highly acclaimed, crowd-into-every-move match at White Wolf Wrestling’s Total Rumble 8 in Madrid, Spain.

A-Kid was able to get the best of Sabre in his home country. Now, the roles are reversed. It will be Sabre with the home ring advantage for this non-title fight.

A-Kid’s partner from Team White Wolf, Carlos Romo, will also be in action, when he takes on Rev Pro Cruiserweight Champion David Starr.

Three other singles matches have been announced for the show: Chris Brookes vs. Darius Lockhart, James Mason vs. Kurtis Chapman and Bobbi Tyler vs. Jamie Hayter.

Revolution Pro Wrestling is cementing its status as one of the most quality wrestling products in not just Europe , but the world. If A-Kid and Sabre can replicate the magic they created in Madrid, that reputation should keep on growing.

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