Few things in independent wrestling are more storied or important than the annual East Coast Wrestling Association Super 8 Tournament. The eight tournament is single elimination and is in year 18 of showcasing the top young stars in today’s independent scene. A list of past participants reads like a who’s who of notable wrestling stars such as WWE’s Daniel Bryan, Christian, the Hardy Boys, Xavier Woods, Austin Aries, and Christopher Daniels. Over the years thousands of fans have came to witness the next phase of history and who will become the next breakout performer.
This year is no different than any other year… the field of eight are being planned… and the first 2 entrants have been announced. We also will have a special guest host this year… last year’s Super 8 winner Damian Dragon who has since retired from the wrestling business.
The tournaments unique hard hitting fast paced style lead to the creation of Ring of Honor and has also lead to dozens of copy cat tournaments looking to bottle up the lightning that was created back in 1997. But there is only one original tournament that showcases wrestlers that are upcoming and the next break out star who could be on a television screen near you very soon. To this day, to get an invitation is considered a high honor and a signification of pure talent.
On Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club in Newark, Delaware the fans will witness the greatest happening in indy professional wrestling! Here’s a look at the first 2 participants:
‘The Maple Leaf Machine’ Kao Storm
Storm is a Delaware fan favorite who’s built a huge fan following in the First State. He’s wrestled in such companies as PPW and most notably DCW all over the state. Fans have long offered his name as a suggestion for the tournament and after waiting over 5 years to hear his name called ECWA management decided to give him the chance to showcase his high flying-technical abilities. He brings a different, unique approach to the Super 8 as he tries to claim the title for all of Delaware.
‘M Dogg 20’ Matt Cross
Cross actually was scheduled to be in the 2007 Super 8 Tournament but with an injury he was replaced by former TNA star Sonjay Dutt. So his entrance in this tournament is 7 years in the making! Cross is a high flying specialist who is more than happy to risk his own body in order to win. His style and even his heavily bearded appearance are reminiscent of WWE’s Daniel Bryan. He’s known for an amazing Shooting Star Leg Drop. Cross has wrestled in such companies as CZW, TNA, ROH, and was on the latest season of WWE’s reality contest show Tough Enough. It seems destiny for him to be in the Super 8… Can he take home the trophy that eluded him 7 years ago?
Link to the Super 8 announcement video showcasing both participants announced so far:
These two men are looking to set the ECWA arena on fire come April 5! If you’re a fan of independent wrestling you won’t want to miss this amazing night. More names will be announced over the coming weeks along with more attractions coming for the Tournament day itself.
The next ECWA show is on Saturday March 1, 2014… ‘Spring Battle III.’ Traditionally the event before the tournament has HUGE Super 8 implications and this one will be no different. Tickets are on sale now for this show and the Super 8 Tournament. This year’s design for the annual Super 8 t-shirt is complete and they will be on sale as well on March 1. Here’s a brief overview of the next event:
East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE!
SPRING BATTLE III
Sat, March 1, 2014
Greater Newark Boys’ & Girls’ Club
109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place
Newark, DE 19702
Doors Open: 6:00 PM
Bell Time: 7:00 PM
*A portion of the proceeds go to help support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
All ECWA events are FAMILY FRIENDLY!