Indy News Update #2 for February 16, 2011
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This week IN THE ROOM, indie wrestlers RICH SWANN and SHOCKWAVE THE ROBOT join Brady Hicks and announce their candidacy for the 2011 ECWA Super 8 tournament. Find out what both man and the machine think they bring to the table that will bring them Super 8 success. Check out these two totally different–yet equally compelling–interviews! All that, plus talk of The Rock at WrestleMania. Check it out at

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All that, plus–also available on–IVAN KOLOFF interviews with Rich Baker on FOR THE LOVE OF WRESTLING, NICK CVJETKOVICH’s sixty minute, tear-filled interview with Brady Hicks regarding his close friend Shawn Osbourne, fantasy Diva vs. Knockout booking, debates over WWE’s PG rating and fraud wrestlers on Facebook, plus details of ITR’s upcoming Match Madness tournament.
East Coast Wrestling Association, Voorhees, New Jersey– The 2011 ECWA Super 8 Tournament is looking a little bit more dynamic than ever before, with the introductions of up-and-coming lucha star Rich Swann and the internationally savvy Shockwave the Robot on this week’s edition of IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks.

Shockwave, who is billed as “The World’s Only Breakdancing Wrestling Robot,” is quickly becoming one of the most popular and recognizable pro wrestlers and entertainers in the world today. Now … could those in attendance this April 30th in Voorhees, NJ finally find out what wrestling fans in Japan and other parts of the world have known for years? Shockwave The Robot is a seasoned wrestler capable of taking the tournament. Shockwave sets himself apart from pretty much any other wrestler in the squared circle. Complete with his spectacular ring entrance, laser lights and Co2 confetti blaster, his original wrestling style/persona includes a stupid fresh flyboy breakdancing exit complete with audience participation. “Can you break it down?”

In 2009, Shockwave was #500 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s top 500 wrestlers. Current WWE star Dolph Ziggler and former WWE stars such as Duke The Dumpster Droese and Zeus have all been #500.

Joining Shockwave in the 2011 Super 8 class will be up-and-coming lucha libre style-wrestler Rich Swann. For the past three years, Swann has been collecting experience in promotions such as EVOLVE, Dragon-Gate USA, Combat Zone Wrestling, and Maryland Championship Wrestling, among many other companies. With his unique aerial ability, could this disciple of Adam Flash and Trent Acid have what it takes to Standing 450 Splash his way into the big time?

“This is very exciting for me,” commented Swann, prior to coming on the air. “I feel like I have a lot to prove in this tournament. In the past I’ve faired well against guys like Sami [Callihan] who have already been announced. I can’t help but think this year … this time … could help get me to that next level.”

Of course, Swann and Shockwave each face an uphill battle in this year’s Super 8 tournament. As announced in recent weeks, they will be joined by two-time Super 8 runner up Tommaso Ciampa, indie standout Sami Callihan, and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s 2010 Rookie of the Year, Adam Cole. This year’s tournament will take place at the Flyers’ Skate Zone in Voorhees, 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 tickets and information, call (609) 220-5598. For more information on Shockwave, please visit

Shockwave the Robot
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 2,500 kilowatts
Hails From: The Electric City
Years Pro: 3
Fueds: Mecha Mummy; Great Sasuke; Mr. Ooh La La; Nicky Benz
Trained By: Max Moon; The Shockmaster
Style of Wrestling: Can download and program any wrestling style to adapt to opponent
Finishers: The Turntable; Static Shock Leg Drop; 450 Splash
Titles Held: The Intergalactic Championship; Planet Rock Tag Team Championship (with Afrika Bambaataa)
Federations Worked For: Zero One Pro Wrestling (Japan), Hustle (Japan), Main Stream Wrestling (Canada), Ultimate Championship Wrestling (Canada), Apocalypse Wrestling Federation (Canada), IWA (Puerto Rico), Galaxy Wrestling Association (Neptune), Transdimensional Wrestling Federation (Mercury), Tri States Wrestling Alliance (NJ), Jersey All Pro (NJ), ECWA (DE), World of Hurt Wrestling (MA), NWA Capital (NY), TSW (Vermont), Independent Wrestling Entertainment (Maine), Rampage Pro Wrestling (GA), CWA (TN), LA Dojo (CA)….Internal Processor indicates that this website may not have the capacity to hold the rest of this information.
Inspirations: Jushin Thunder Liger, The Great Sasuke, The Blue Blazer/Owen Hart, The Hurricane, Rapmaster P.N. News, Eugene, Scotty 2 Hotty, Junk Yard Dog, Repo Man, The Yeti, Mantuar, Man Mountain Rock, The Ding Dongs, Arachnaman, Phantasio & Iron Mike Sharpe
Aspirations: “To be the first and only Robot to win the 2011 Super 8 tournament and dance in celebration with one lucky fan! To continue my travels while on planet earth and be funky fresh.”

Rich Swann
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 170 lbs
Hails From: Baltimore, MD
Years Pro: 3
Feuds: Sami Callihan
Trained By: Adam Flash; Trent Acid
Style of Wrestling: Lucha Libre
Finishers: Standing 450 Splash
Titles Held (including tournaments): RCW Light Heavyweight Champion
Federations Worked For: CZW; EVOLVE; Dragon Gate-USA; MCW; RCW; 1CW
Inspirations: Ruckus; Trent Acid; 2 Cold Scorpio
Aspirations: “To win the Super 8 and make a living full-time in the pro wrestling business.”

Thanks for supporting the In the Room podcast on To leave a message for the show, you can e-mail us at or call (206) 337-1031. And while you’re at the site, be sure to check out great interviews with AJ Styles (8/9/10), Kurt Angle (10/8/10), Serena Deeb (11/8/10), Madison Rayne (6/8/10), and Kevin Thorn (10/25/10).

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.

Magen Boys Entertainemnt sent this in:

Rethink Rumble

Magen Boys Entertainment in conjunction with Twin Wrestling, and Green House Graphics host the 2nd annual Rethink Rumble to give a younger audience the opportunity to witness legendary wrestlers grapple towards the fight to end breast cancer.

The legendary wrestlers will take the stage at the Warehouse event venue at 2-35 Carl Hall Road. Our wrestling lineup includes: The Iron Sheik, Eugene, Kurrgan (the large evil villain in Sherlock Holmes), Bushwacker Luke, and Screech from Saved by the Bell, Tatanka and many more. The Rethink Rumble is sure to provide an entertaining night for the family all in support of Rethink Breast Cancer.

Tickets are on sale now for $50.00 VIP which includes a meet and greet as well as, preferred seating and General admission tickets are $25.00 and are available for purchase at: or at our office if paying by cash located at 2600 John St, suite 104 Markham, ON.

CHIKARA sent this in:

CHIKARA: All 8 bouts for this Sunday’s Easton, PA card confirmed!

This Sunday afternoon, February 20th, the CHIKARA gang rolls back into The Palmer Center of Easton, PA for a show we’re calling “Clutch of Doom!” Be there live as we present these 8 electrifying bouts:

Fire Ant & Soldier Ant vs. Claudio Castagnoli & Tursas

Jigsaw vs. Tim Donst

The Osirian Portal vs. Los Ice Creams vs. 3.0 vs. Daizee Haze & Delirious

Sara Del Rey vs. Madison Eagles

UltraMantis Black & Hallowicked & Frightmare vs. Obariyon & Kodama & Kobald

Eddie Kingston vs. Max Boyer

Ophidian vs. Icarus

The Throwbacks vs. The UnStable

Tickets & directions available here:

Season 10 begins here:

“Caught in a Cauldron of Hate”
2.19.2011 – Saturday Evening
Live @ The Goodwill Beneficial Assoc.
100 Madison Ave.
in Reading, PA!
The action starts @ 7:00 pm!

“Clutch of Doom”
2.20.2011 – Sunday Afternoon
Live @ The Palmer Center
4100 Green Pond Road
in Easton, PA!
The action starts @ 4:00 pm!

“Operation Big Freeze”
3.12.2011 – Saturday Evening
Live @ The Campbell Street Center
600 Campbell Street
in Williamsport, PA!
The action starts @ 7:00 pm!

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