ECWA and Extreme Rising team up again

ECWAECWA and Extreme Rising team up again!

A few months ago, Extreme Rising had a scheduled show for Saturday March 8, 2014. It was the very same day that ECWA was presenting ‘Spring Battle III’ live in Newark, Delaware. However, due to unforeseen circumstances the Asylum Arena aka the former ECW arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had to cancel Extreme Rising’s show forcing Extreme Rising management into crisis mode hoping to somehow appease the fans and the men they had contracted to be on their show.

That’s where a brilliant partnership with the ECWA came into focus!

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‘M Dogg 20’ Matt Cross is the 2014 ECWA Super 8 Champion

ECWA‘M Dogg 20’ Matt Cross is the 2014 ECWA Super 8 Champion!

Saturday April 5, 2014 marked year 18 of the most prestigious independent wrestling tournament… the ECWA Super 8! And what a night of fun, shocking moments, thrilling finishes, and surprises it was! Here’s a brief recap of the results coming out of this historic night:

*Damian Dragon would make his way to the ring to present the opening ceremony for the tournament only to be shocked when referee Phil Sly and his attorney came to the ring. Sly’s attorney went on to serve Dragon with papers seeking to collect damages for Dragon “injuring” his client last June. Dragon responded by tearing up the papers and giving the attorney a well timed Stone Cold Stunner*

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Year 18 of the ECWA Super 8 may be the best ever

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The ECWA Super 8 Tournament is the oldest and most prestigious tournament in the world of independent professional wrestling. A lot of today’s stars in WWE, TNA, and ROH got their first big break as unknowns in the single elimination tournament. Even today, just being selected as an entrant is a top honor and on most wrestler’s bucket lists before their career is over. But how much impact has the tournament really had? Here’s a brief history lesson:

The Super 8 Tournament was the pet project of former ECWA owner Jim Kettner back in 1997. It was a revolutionary idea that created a new whole world and style of wrestling. Back in the 1990’s, independent wrestling was still caught in the past of larger than life, slower paced wrestling that was more popular in the 1980’s. Kettner recognized things had to change. And so he went about changing the landscape forever… the wrestlers chosen could fly… really fly around the ring at high speeds and do amazing  high flying moves off the top rope. The idea took off big time! Fans loved the fast paced action and Delaware got to see some of the top talent in the country. Names like Billy Kidman, Ace Darling, and Reckless Youth ushered in a future filled with names today’s wrestling fan would know. Names like the Hardy Boys, Christopher Daniels, Brian Kendrick, Austin Aries, and even WWE’s Daniel Bryan all either won or had great showings in the tournament.

The unique hard hitting style was a revolution on the indies on the East Coast. Soon every company copied the style… wrestlers changed their style… and even whole companies were created copying the Super 8’s wrestling… As a matter of fact Ring of Honor was created from the idea of the Super 8. Some of  founding fathers were Steve Bradley, Donovan Morgan, and Low Ki —- all former Super 8 competitors.

And so on Saturday April 5, 2014 in Newark, Delaware at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club the l8 year legacy of the Super 8 continues. This year is filled with some of the best professional wrestlers in the entire country!

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The final spot in the ECWA Super 8 tournament goes to a familiar face: ‘Vietnam Phenom’ Matt Saigon

ECWAThe final spot in the ECWA Super 8 tournament goes to a familiar face: ‘Vietnam Phenom’ Matt Saigon!

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.

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The 5th competitor entered in the 18th Annual ECWA Super 8 Tournament is Ricky ‘The Model’ Martinez

ECWAFew 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.

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Papadon talks about meeting Vince McMahon, and more

Papadon“The Greek God” Papadon recently participated in an interview with PWMania.com. Papadon covered topics including WWE, meeting Vince McMahon, the creation of his persona, his experience on the independents, Extreme Rising and his goals for the future. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Working In WWE: WWE is a well oiled machine. They’re very well organized. They have the pyrotechnics in one place, catering in another, the writers in some other area. Everyone knows what they have to do without stepping on each other’s toes. Way different from independent shows. I’ve been to indy shows where I show up and the ring’s not there yet. Or the shows start a half hour late.

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ECWA announces first 2 entrants in their 2014 Super 8 Tournament

ECWAECWA announces first 2 entrants in 2014 Super 8 Tournament!

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.

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ECWA presents New Year’s Resolutions III January 25, 2014 in Newark, DE

ECWAECWA presents New Year’s Resolutions III this Saturday night at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club in Newark, Delaware. We have the rekindling of old rivalries, debuts, and a lot more of that familiar ECWA attitude. ECWA promises to ring in the new year the right way this weekend and the night’s action will be white hot! Don’t believe me? Read on:

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