‘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*
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!
Matt Cross is quite possibly the most widely-known, well-traveled and successful U.S.-based pro wrestler to never have a full-time contract with a national wrestling organization.
Matt’s conquering of professional wrestling & reality television continue this week, as Matt is scheduled to appear on the NBC reality series “American Ninja Warrior”, a series which challenges people from around the world to complete a physically challenging, complex, and grueling obstacle course of unique stunts to win a grand prize of $500,000 and the honor of being called American Ninja Warrior. The website states you need “courage, determination, and heart” to succeed, all qualities Matt certainly has an abundance of.
PRIME TV #166: Megalomaniacs (Marion Fontaine vs. Matt Cross)
Watch it now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYsGB9UAJgU
“Megastar” Marion Fontaine vs. “M-Dogg 20″ Matt Cross
One of the biggest stories to come out of Wrestlelution 5 was the amazing athletic contest between Matt Cross and Petey Williams that many say stole the show. However, it seems to have almost been overshadowed by the news of Vic Travagliante betraying former close friend Justin LaBar to side with Marion Fontaine & Aaron Maguire, and the constant attention and adulation the group has attempted to gather ever since. Matt Cross is out to make sure PRIME Wrestling remains about the wrestling and not the political landscape. Can he get the job done against this new power trio? Vic will be at ringside joining Aaron & Joe Dombrowski on commentary, and we will also get word from Vic on his official explanation for what he did to Justin LaBar!