Indy News Update #1 for February 2, 2011
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This week IN THE ROOM, Brady Hicks and Kevin McElvaney welcome the second man to sign up for the 2011 ECWA Super 8 tournament in Vorhees, New Jersey, indie standout SAMI CALLIHAN. Check it out as Sami talks his experiences in Combat Zone Wrestling, Dragon-Gate USA, and a number of other promotions, the way the fans have taken to him, and all that he feels he still has left to achieve in this business. All that, plus Brady and Kevin break down WWE’s Royal Rumble ppv and look forward to WrestleMania, and Brady calls out Awesome Kong. Check it out at

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EAST COAST WRESTLING ASSOCIATION, Vorhees, New Jersey–“The New Horror” is coming to the ECWA Super 8 in Vorhees, NJ. The question is … will the fans AND SAMI CALLIHAN’S POTENTIAL OPPONENTS ever be prepared? This week on wrestling journalist Brady Hicks’ weekly IN THE ROOM podcast, Sami Callihan threw his name in the hat as the SECOND competitor to compete at Super 8, joining Tommaso Ciampa in one of the most prestigious indie wrestling tournaments in the world today.

A wrestler for about five years, Callihan has fought against … and devastated … some of the top talent in companies such as CZW, ROH, EVOLVE, DG-USA, and JAPW, garnering a reputation among his peers as one of the toughest, most brutalizing wrestlers in the world today. According to his peers and a number of wrestling experts, the man’s presence in this tournament automatically makes him a heavy favorite. “This will be a different kind of opportunity for me,” observed an unusually calm Callihan, prior to recording this week’s episode of IN THE ROOM for “Not only is it my first time stepping into an ECWA ring, but I hope it will also be my first time wrestling several of the other guys in this tournament.” With a smile, he added, “I just hope they’re ready for the horror that will ensue.”

As Callihan alluded, little is actually known about who will be joining him and two-time runner up Tommaso Ciampa in the 2011 Super 8 tournament. As was announced last week on IN THE ROOM, this year’s Super 8 tournament will take place at the Flyers’ Skate Zone in Vorhees, NJ, a move ECWA owner Mike Tartaglia hopes will make it more accessible to ADDITIONAL ECWA fans in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, while still being being close to Delaware. Either way, it will make this year’s Super 8 tournament more centrally located than ever before.

Tune in each week to the IN THE ROOM podcast on, as a new member of the 2011 Super 8 class is announced. For more information on Super 8, keep checking back at and For more information on Sami Callihan, please visit

Sami Callihan
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 200 lbs
Hails From: The Last House on the Left, South Jersey
Years Pro: 5
Trained By: Heartland Wrestling Association, under Cody Hawk, Les Thatcher, and Shark Boy
Style of Wrestling: Hybrid of Japanese Strong Style and Submission based
Finishers: Stretch Muffler submission; A Forearm to Remember (running forearm)
Titles Held: Jeff Peterson Cup (2010); CZW Ironman Champion and “Best of the Best” finalist; WXW Germany Tag Title (with Jon Moxley); JAPW Tag Title (with Chris Dickinson) and Jr. Heavyweight Champion; Force 1 Pro Heavyweight Champion; Ted Petty Invitational finalist; IPW Super Jr. Tournament finalist; Revolution Strong Style Tournament finalist; Candido Cup Tag Tournament finalist; Shamrock Cup Tournament finalist
Federations Worked For: ROH; DG USA; CZW; EVOLVE; JAPW; Force 1; CHIKARA; WXW Germany; IPW; IWC; Luchacore; ICW; British All-Star Wrestling; IWA Mid-South; IWA East Coast
Inspirations: Vader; Stan Hansen; Chris Jericho
Aspirations: “To become the BEST wrestler … IN THE WORLD.”

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Brady Hicks has been writing about wrestling for more than 15 years, for Web sites, newspapers, and magazines. He is a contributing writer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated and is also the host of his acclaimed weekly podcast – In the Room.

Joe Dombrowski sent this in:


PWO has been on an aggressive campaign in recent weeks to continue to grow and develop its presence in various social media outlets. PWO is already a smash success on Facebook, recently debuting a special Fan Page ( due to the popularity of the original PWO Profile Page approaching Facebook’s limitations on total number of friends allowed. We also have an ever-growing presence on YouTube ( with total PWO video views in excess of 115,000 and counting!

You can add PWO’s latest social media venture to that list, as we debut on Twitter! Follow us now @PWOwrestling for up-to-date news, rumors, facts, videos, and interactive discussion with PWO management! Show your support and help us expand into this exciting new venture. PWO management are in talks over ways to make each of our online interactive experiences special and unique, and potential ways to bring full episodes of PWO TV online as well! Stay tuned!


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PWO Wrestling is a regional independent professional wrestling organization based in Cleveland, Ohio and owned and operated by PWO Productions. PWO TV airs weekly, every Sunday night at 10:00 EST on Sports Time Ohio, official network of MLB’s Cleveland Indians. Sports Time Ohio is available in 4.5 million cable homes, and nationwide via premium satellite sports packages. We at PWO stress family-friendly entertainment and present some of the most compelling personalities in independent professional wrestling today including Johnny Gargano, “M-Dogg 20” Matt Cross, Shiima Xion, Portia Perez, Jason Bane, Michael “The Bomber” Façade, Aeroform and more! Some of wrestling’s most timeless legends have also stepped foot in PWO, including Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and King Kong Bundy. PWO is proud to work alongside several charitable organizations and worthy causes such as Cleveland’s Cops & Kids program, Cleveland Police Athletic League, the local Army National Guard, among others. Live events are held routinely throughout eastern Ohio. For more information on PWO, please visit or e-mail

IWF Premier Pro sent this in:

As we continue in a new decade, the sport of professional wrestling sits at a crossroads. Mainstream “sports entertainment” has transformed this art form into a global phenomenon, carving a niche for itself as a glorified soap opera that caters to a young, impressionable audience while simultaneously alienating the very fan base that molded its foundation. Attached to the success achieved by this monopolizing juggernaut is a stigma that has left diehard fans afraid to embrace the business they love… Until NOW… Amidst the virtual genocide of true professional wrestling, the presence of independent thinking has survived.
On Sunday, February 13th, 2011, IWF Premier Pro Wrestling celebrates this near forgotten tradition with the 2nd Annual A3 Championship Tournament LIVE from the Buffalo Rose in historic Golden, Colorado! 12 of the Rocky Mountain region’s top athletes vie to become the next holder of the A3 Cup, a concept designed to spotlight up and coming wrestlers from one of the hottest territories in the United States. Short for “Amplified, Altitude, Aggression”, the A3 title opportunity has attracted an elite roster of competitors from Colorado and its surrounding states that promise to deliver one of the greatest nights of pure wrestling this region has witnessed with no other titles on the line.

The 12 competitors have been selected, and randomly seeded in 6 first round matches. The brackets are as follows;

Chris Wrath – Dallas, TX vs. Tragan Ender – Fighting Out Of Limbo
Kyle Hawk – The Reservation, NM vs. The Miracle That Is Tony – Huntington Beach, CA
El Pansaco – Mexico City, Mexico vs. Prodigee – Mile High City
The Superstar – Paradise City, AZ vs. Golden Starr – Denver, CO
Patrick McDaniels – Georgia vs. Rob Ryzin – Denver, CO
Brandon Morris – Olympia, WA vs. Jason Noel – CO Springs, CO

The winners of all 6 first round matches will then be thrown into a hat and drawn randomly to form 3 second round matches. The victors of those matches will then meet in a 3-Way Dance to crown the new A3 Cup Champion.

Presale tickets to this historic event are available at the very low price of just $5.00 for kids 7-13 and $10.00 for adults at www. iwpromotions. com, and will also be available the day of the show at the venue for $7.00 kids and $12.00 adults. The Buffalo Rose is located at 1119 Washington Avenue in Golden, Colorado Showtime is 6:00 PM MST, with the doors opening at 5:00 PM. All seating is general admission so arrive early for the best possible seat. In addition to the fast paced, high flying style of the participants, there will also be some of our IWF Premier super stars taking turns as special guest commentators for the evening and the bar will be serving reasonably priced spirits to those over the age of 21 and food all night long. This is a night that no true wrestling fan in the rockies will want to miss, so get your tickets early and help us make history yet again on the 13th!