Dr. Keith Report – July 24 2007

Dr. Keith Report – July 24 2007 – Dr. Keith Lipinski of www.drkeithshow.com
A complete listing of upcoming big shows…and whacky hijinx…

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Aches and pains a real part of professional wrestling
JASON GILMER, [email protected]
Published July 24, 2007
Championship belts come and go for professional wrestlers, but battle scars last forever.
From dislocated jaws and shoulders to broken necks to a ripped-off ear, professional wrestlers have injured themselves in just about every way over the years.
With flying bodies, steel cages, baseball bats wrapped with barbed wire, fire, tables, chairs and thousands of screaming fans who want to be entertained, there are plenty of ways, reasons and motivation for wrestlers to put their bodies on the line.
“I’ve lost count of how many injuries I’ve gotten from wrestling,” former WWE superstar Rikishi said.
Outcomes of matches may be scripted, but when a grappler gets hurt, he must play through the pain or take time off.
“When people say that wrestling is fake, I tell them that I’ve had two neck fusions and need to get a third one, I need to get both knees replaced, and I had 11 knee surgeries and a back surgery, but thank goodness wrestling is fake or I might have really gotten hurt,” said Terry Taylor, a former wrestler. “Whether it is real or not, it’s like stunt work. You still take the falls, there’s still danger. They think we’re actors and we’re not.”
This year alone, World Wrestling Entertainment has had several main-event wrestlers take time off due to in-the-ring injuries. The past six holders of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the main belt on ‘Smackdown,’ have suffered injuries within six months of their reign. The latest one, Edge, was stripped of the title last week after he tore his left pectoral muscle and will miss four months of action.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling says less than five percent of its grapplers have suffered in-the-ring injuries. And there’s no way to calculate the amount of time wrestlers on the hundreds of independent circuits across the country have missed.
While much has been written and talked about concerning the premature deaths of pro wrestlers outside of the ring – including Chris Benoit last month – in-the-ring deaths have also occurred.
Story lines might change and fans who pay to see a superstar in their hometown could get stiffed because of injuries. Fans who hope to see something extraordinary, may end up with nightmares from a grisly injury.
Whatever it is, in-the-ring injuries are as much a part of wrestling as a talent’s arsenal of moves or a referee who gets distracted during a match’s crucial moment.
“No amount of money is worth your body, I’m sorry,” said Duncan’s Bill White, who has more than 40 years of experience in the ring.
Don’t say fake
A television reporter once made the mistake of asking wrestler “Dr. D” David Schultz if his sport was fake. Schultz showed him, slapping him to the ground and then hitting him again.
Schultz isn’t the only wrestler to take umbrage to the question, “Is wrestling fake?”
These days, fans – and reporters – are careful not to make the same mistake.
“They know it’s real. Most of the time now, they don’t say fake,” said former WWE superstar Dustin Rhodes, who wrestled under the moniker “Gold Dust.” “They say, ‘We know it’s choreographed, but do you really get hurt? Are the chair shots real? Yes they are. Is that real blood? Yes.’ ”
Rhodes certainly knows about injuries, as the scar across his right hand can attest. He suffered four broken metacarpals and underwent surgery after he did his longtime finishing move – a bulldog – to Road Dogg Jesse James.
“Ultimately, at the end of the day, injuries are going to happen,” American Wrestling Alliance commissioner Dale Gagne said.
Slow motion and ringside seats give fans a better view of how a match is conducted and how injuries occur. Wrestlers often continue their match after they get hurt, but sometimes there’s too much pain.
Paramedics are occasionally used to progress a story line, but sometimes they are needed.
“Everybody asks (if it’s fake),” Boiling Springs wrestler T.J. Mack said. “But how do you fake a chair shot?”
“How do you fake falling through the air 20 feet?” his brother and tag-team partner Kirby Mack said.
Is bigger, badder better?
One of wrestling’s biggest bumps occurred when The Undertaker threw Mankind (Mick Foley) from the top of a cage into an announcer’s table 16 feet below.
“As God as my witness, he is broken in half,” announcer Jim Ross said during the 1998 pay-per-view King of the Ring in Pittsburgh after Foley landed just feet from him.
Foley got up, got back on top of the cage and was thrown from the top of the cage into the ring. After the match, WWE chairman Vince McMahon made Foley promise to “never do anything like that again,” Foley wrote in his book “Have a Nice Day.”
During that classic match, Foley dislocated his jaw and shoulder, bruised a kidney, broke two ribs, lost a tooth, received 14 stitches and suffered a concussion. The incident stoked his popularity.
Those two moves may have triggered the rise of insane antics from wrestlers. If Foley was the groundbreaker, others would try to follow his lead.
“The reaction of the crowd was phenomenal,” Foley wrote. “I have never experienced or seen a reaction like it before, and I doubt I ever will again.”
“When Mick Foley did the plunge off the top of the cage, I think he raised the bar to a level that is basically unachievable,” said Mike Mooneyham, author of “Sex, Lies and Headlocks: The Real Story of Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation.”
“That bar was raised to a level where it would be stupid to see other guys try to imitate that, but a lot of them did.”
Back flips off the top rope out of the ring, a leap from the top of a 20-foot ladder and matches with hard-core rules soon followed.
“It’s only going to get worse. They do all this stuff, these young guys and God bless them that they can,” Rhodes said. “Violence and sex, that’s what (fans) want. If it’s not violent enough, they don’t want to watch.”
Matches with chains, leather straps and scaffolds – which were popular in the 1980s – aren’t enough anymore.
The need for more action and entertainment has grown as the wrestling business grew from a regional to a national phenomenon.
“Things have to keep getting bigger, better, faster and stronger like everything else,” Gagne said. “We have to continue to add elements to the wrestling business.”
From someone dropping an opponent from high above to baseball bats covered with barbed wire, fans cheer loudest when something gruesome happens.
Wrestling promotions, though, such as WWE and TNA now stop some wrestlers from doing moves that are deemed too dangerous.
“First, we hire great athletes,” said Taylor, the director of talent for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. “Then, we have the ability to say no to a dangerous move or – and I would have never said this 10 years ago – stunt. We try to protect our wrestlers from themselves more often than not.”
Subject to change
Sometimes, it’s in small print at the bottom of the poster, but promoters always let fans know – cards are subject to change.
When it comes to pro wrestling, anything can happen and injuries are often one of the ways story lines develop and championship belts change.
Earlier this year, Triple H was going to be in the main event at WrestleMania 23 on April 1, but he tore his right quadriceps on Jan. 7 and hasn’t returned to the ring since. Instead, WWE used a John Cena-Shawn Michaels title match.
“(Injuries) put major kinks in story lines,” Mooneyham said.
On June 24, TNA Wrestling had one of its largest pay-per-view broadcasts and had to change its tag-team title match because Scott Steiner was in a Puerto Rico hospital instead of in Nashville for the show. Two weeks earlier, Steiner took a kick to the throat and suffered a lacerated trachea, which required surgery. Doctors also induced a coma and he stayed in the hospital for two weeks.
Instead of a historic match between two of the sport’s best teams, Rick Steiner teamed with Road Warrior Animal for the match against Team 3D (formerly the Dudley Brothers).
“We’re very sorry that Scott got hurt … but the show has to go on. People still paid their $30 for the pay-per-view,” Taylor said. “They want to see Scott Steiner, and when we can’t produce Scott, we have to come up with something that is a suitable and equal replacement as best we can.”
Stopping the injuries
Many wrestlers have a long list of injuries they’ve endured in the ring and the surgeries that follow, but most wouldn’t dream of doing anything else.
Some promotions have turned the corner from old-school pro wrestling to a brand of sports entertainment that involves outlandish stories, moves and matches.
“I think the envelope has been pushed so far,” Kirby Mack said. “When people start getting tired … you have to come up with something else to spark their interest.”
Going back to your grandfather’s wrestling simply won’t work. Young fans want high-flying spots and chair shots.
As long as that continues, in-the-ring injuries will also continue.
“I don’t think there’s any way around it. It’s just the nature of the business,” Mooneyham said.
“I don’t think we’ll ever go back to real mat-oriented wrestling where guys have rest holds on each other for a minute or two.”
And wrestlers will continue to do the high-risk moves.
“You have to be a special person to be a professional wrestler,” Rikishi said. “You have to sacrifice a lot.”
Sometimes, even your body.
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At 63, bad guy Bill White still going strong, getting the job done
JASON GILMER, [email protected]
DUNCAN — At 63 years old, Bill White can still walk through a curtain, door or into a crowd of wrestling fans and his character is immediately known — he’s a heel. Always has been. Always will be.
A perennial bad guy, White carries off that aura. From his walk to his stance to his actions in the ring, White made a living as the person fans love to hate.
“I was a heel all my life. I enjoyed what I did,” White said. “I could do the things the way I wanted to do it. It was a lot more fun.”
From his days as “Wild Bill” or “Cowboy Bill,” to his time under masks as “The Scorpion,” “Masked Medic” or “Blue Demon,” White, who moved to Spartanburg in 1978, worked across the country for promoters under different gimmicks.
His hard work in the ring, masterful skills as a technical wrestler and someone who strived to be an old-school wrestler gained him plenty of respect.
After 47 years in wrestling, the Duncan resident will still get into the squared circle. In his prime, he wrestled between seven and nine times a week. Now, he wrestles five or six times a month.
“Bill’s presence — you know he’s a wrestler,” said former tag-team partner Doug Hawkins. “He’s not going to go 100 mph, fly off the ropes and do somersaults. You know when you see Bill coming to the ring that he’s a real wrestler. You’re looking at a mean wrestler who’s going to get in there and brawl. You don’t see a lot of that anymore.”
White’s ring actions, commitment to the business and respect from his peers was expressed last summer when he was honored by the Cauliflower Alley Club.
And that is certainly a bigger accomplishment than any championship belt that White ever strapped across his waist.
“What we’ve been compared to is like a pianist being asked to play Carnegie Hall or an actor getting an Academy Award,” Cauliflower Alley Club board of director Karl Lauer said. “It is a high honor. We don’t honor people lightly.”
With a barrel chest and thick legs, White, who owns a trucking company, still looks fit enough to take down Ric Flair and has trained up-and-comers in the business he wants to protect.
Whether he was a main-event wrestler or one of the first matches of the night to warm up the crowd, White went out and put on a good show for the multitude of fans who saw him over the years.
“I have no regrets for ever wrestling,” White said. “I wouldn’t even change the way or what I did when I wrestled … I never was one who stood out. I had a job to do, and I just liked doing my job.”
“Wahoo (McDaniel) told me one time that Bill could go in the ring and make anybody look good,” said Jerry “Chief Jay Eagle” Bragg, who runs American Pro Wrestling in Spartanburg. “I’ve got respect for him. The fact that Wahoo had respect for him meant a lot to me.”
The mantle in White’s home has a framed certificate sitting on it with a picture of former wrestler and movie actor Mike Mazurki’s cauliflower ear.
That puffed ear is a symbol for the Cauliflower Alley Club.
White is happy to not have a similar looking ear, but he feels blessed to be a part of the group. He was one of seven honorees by the club in June 2006. Of all the professional wrestlers in the business’ history, the club has honored a small number — almost 250.
He was recommended for the honor and it was voted on by a board of 27 members, made up of wrestlers, actors and promoters.
“When you’re honored by your peers for something you’ve done, it gives you a big head,” he said. “A lot of my friends and relations all talked to me. It took me about three months to come back to earth. It was a big honor and still is. When I go there, they put that honor circle on the badge and people look at you and say, ‘Wow.’ It makes you stand out a little bit.”
“He was honored in the Cauliflower Alley Club as a wrestler for his years of accomplishment and dedication to the wrestling business,” Lauer said. “Bill has always been what the wrestling world calls a true worker or performer.”
Other than the nomination and vote by the board, wrestlers must have more than 20 years of service to the business (unless injury forced them into retirement) and have worked for multiple organizations and promotions across the country.
A star-studded list of wrestlers has been honored by the non-profit organization that enjoys yearly get-togethers and has donated more than $50,000 to a multitude of causes.
Lauer said the club is “considered the elite organization in the wrestling, boxing and stunt world.”
Wrestlers such as Harley Race, Brett Hart, George Steele, Baron Von Raschke, Ox Baker, Jimmy Valiant and Jimmy Snuka have been honored by the group.
White is certainly in elite company and has a career that shows he should be there.
“He’s what you’d call an accomplished wrestler,” Lauer said. “He’s a wrestler first and a showman second. And that’s what promoters really looked for back then.”
“I didn’t know Bill real well — certainly knew who he was. He was a guy that was respected in the business,” said former wrestler and Four Horsemen manager J.J. Dillon.
“I always said the toughest test in the business was the test of time. Bill spent so many years in the business. He wasn’t a one- or two-year flash in the pan in the business. He was good at what he did and stayed in the business for a long time.”
The plane in Toronto was grounded due to the weather, but fans had paid to see wrestling matches.
Guys such as Baker, Ole and Gene Anderson and the Flying Scotts were on the bill. They needed other people to wrestle with them.
So when promoter Frank Tunney asked White on that night more than 20 years ago if he’d brought his other outfits with him, White knew what was coming.
“I wound up wrestling four times in one night and made the people believe I was four different people,” he said. “It was a good night. A fun night.”
“He’s wrestled under so many names that some people don’t know him when you mention the name Bill White,” Lauer said. “He’s known in his home area, but people don’t recognize his name outside the area.”
Mention the names “The Scorpion,” “Blue Demon” or “Masked Medic” and fans will know the persona — just not the man under the mask.
White was able to pull off different matches and make fans believe there were different wrestlers under each mask.
He carried the outfits around, because he never knew when Jim Crockett Sr. or Jr. would need him in a mask.
Sometimes, fans would think White had disappeared for months in certain territories, but he would still be wrestling there.
He could use one of his other gimmicks for a while and then reappear under his own name.
“Actually as Bill White, I could be gone for a year and then ‘The Scorpion’ would show up,” he said. “That’s what kept my longevity in the Mid-Atlantic area.”
While he primarily worked in Crockett’s Mid-Atlantic territories, White would sometimes venture out to other territories for six months or so.
A trip to Germany that was scheduled for six weeks once turned into three months.
He received phone calls from promoters across the country. Some even called at 3 a.m., and White said “yes” to them each time.
“I think Bill’s contribution to the business was his ability to make others look good in the ring,” promoter, trainer and wrestler Les Thatcher told Slam! Wrestling magazine. “As I said during the (CAC) presentation; guys like Bill are the foundation, the heart of the industry.
“Without people like this it would be difficult for the top stars to get over. There have always been individuals who were pushed because of something other than their in-ring skills, and it takes people like Bill White to make them look good to the public.”
The biggest crowd White ever wrestled in front of was 180,000 in Germany, and he was in the main event against then-European champion Otto Wanz.
Stories like those are easy for White to recall. He has a few scrapbooks with clippings from newspapers and magazines, along with photos and programs from matches.
He has a Japanese magazine that wrote about a match he had more than 20 years ago and detailed the match for several pages.
“I’ve been completely around the world three times,” he said.
Not to mention matches in New York City’s Madison Square Garden and San Francisco’s Cow Palace. With sponsorships from Seiko and Samsonite, White toured Japan three times.
Wrestling has sent him on trips to Japan, New Zealand, Africa, Australia, South America, Brazil, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada.
“Is there any place left?” White asks after he rattled off the long list.
White got his start in Florida after he returned from a stint in the Army in 1964.
He went to do some roofing work at a camp that promoter Eddie Graham was holding, and World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Jack Brisco was in town to do a demonstration for the kids there.
The problem was there wasn’t anyone there for Brisco to work with. White wrestled in high school and at Penn State, so he helped out. White was asked if he wanted to try and be a professional wrestler, so he tried out and got a callback the next day.
“I went and tried out and wouldn’t give up,” he said. “That was my mistake.”
Forty-seven years later, White is still a professional wrestler, even if he gave up the business full time in 1992.
The photo could easily be a who’s who among the top wrestlers ever. Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Jesse Ventura, Rick Martel, Nick Bockwinkel, “The Iron Sheik,” Gene Okerlund and so many others are posed in the black and white photo.
One wrestler is missing from the American Wrestling Association lineup, though — White was behind the camera.
White was never a household name to peripheral professional wrestling fans, but he was a tough competitor and made everyone else look better in the ring.
“They liked me to wrestle on TV because I made people work,” he said.
He worked in the AWA with plenty of superstars and was in the ring with many more.
“I asked Wahoo one night, ‘What do you think of Bill White?’ ” said Bragg, who was McDaniel’s tag-team partner for years.
“He said ‘He’s one of the toughest SOBs I’ve ever wrestled. But he’s never got the recognition he deserves because his personality isn’t flamboyant. The harder I hit him, the better he liked it.’ ”
Through championship runs — like a stint as the Texas tag-team title holder with Tully Blanchard — White did things his way. He could be rough in the ring, but he was always professional.
He won a United States championship from Rickey “The Dragon” Steamboat only to lose it back to Steamboat a week later.
During that time, though, White won matches against Robert Gibson (of Rock ’N’ Roll Express fame), “Wildfire” Tommy Rich and Mike Graham.
Old-school is a term most often used to describe White.
He was a wrestler’s wrestler, someone who was more interested in exchanging holds on the mat than jumping off a turnbuckle for a quick response from the crowd.
“Bill is great in the ring. He’s an old-school wrestler,” Hawkins said. “He can get down and wrestle you hold for hold. You’re not going to see many men his age get in the ring and try the things he does. He can do a standing drop kick and kick you right in the chin.”
It’s not unusual for White to show up at American Pro Wrestling on a Saturday night.
He and Hawkins held the organization’s tag-team straps for about a year, so he’ll go over to watch. Or just talk about the sport with others. Or help out a younger wrestler.
“I can’t say enough about the wrestling business,” White said. “The wrestling business has offered me and afforded me everything.”
“He wasn’t flashy or a high flyer. He wasn’t over the top in terms of what his character was. He didn’t wear a pink tutu or make-up. Bill was good and solid in everything that he did,” Dillon said. “Guys like Bill were the foundation of the business. You needed guys like that.”
The wrestling business has been good to White. It’s helped him send his kids to college, buy a condo at the beach and in Las Vegas and a new motorcycle.
“I thought I’d die in the business,” White said. “If the Crocketts still had it and it was still the old venues and the territories, I’d still be out there. I’d be out there like (Ric) Flair.”
For now, White will enjoy his time in the ring for as long as he can. He walks, exercises, eats his vitamins and tries to stay fit.
He has to. He never knows when someone will call and want him to wrestle.
“When you can get the people and raise them up out of their chairs and then sit them down, and raise them up and sit them down again, then you’ve done your job. I pride myself on being able to do that,” White said.
“I can still do it.”
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TNA Hard Justice – Sunday August 12, 2007 – iMPACT Zone, Orlando, FL
1.       TNA World/IWGP Heavyweight/TNA X Division/TNA World Tag Championship “Winner Takes All” match: TNA World & IWGP Heavyweight champion Kurt Angle vs. TNA X Division & TNA World Tag Team champion Samoa Joe
2.       Christian Cage vs. Chris Harris
UFC 74: Respect – Saturday August 25, 2007 – Mandalay Bay Events Center, Los Vegas, NV
1.       UFC Heavyweight Championship Bout:  Randy Couture Vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
2.       Josh Koscheck vs. Georges St-Pierre
3.       Kurt Pellegrino vs. Joe Stevenson
4.       Patrick Cote vs. Kendall Grove
5.       Roger Huerta vs. Alberto Crane
6.       Renato Sobral vs. David Heath (Dark)
7.       Frank Mir vs. Antoni Hardonk  (Dark)
8.       Clay Guida vs. Marcus Aurelio  (Dark)
9.       Travis Lutter vs. Ryan Jensen (Dark)
WWE SummerSlam – Sunday August 26, 2007 – Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1.       WWE Championship Match:  John Cena vs. Randy Orton
UFC 75:  Champion vs. Champion – Saturday September 8, 2007- O2 Arena, London, UK
1.       UFC & PRIDE FC Light Heavyweight Championship Unification Bout: Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson
2.       Matt Hamill vs. Michael Bisping
3.       Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Cheick Kongo
4.       Houston Alexander vs. Alessio Sakara
5.       Thiago Silva vs. Tomasz Drwal
UFC 76: Knockout – Saturday, September 22, 2007 – Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
1.       Chuck Liddell vs. Keith Jardine
2.       Mauricio Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
3.       Diego Sanchez vs. Jon Fitch
4.       Tyson Griffin vs. Thiago Tavares
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ROH (Ring Of Honor – www.rohwrestling.com)
July 24th: It is going to be a very unpredictable night in Edison, NJ when ROH returns to the Inman Sports Center this Saturday. You will see the final eight participants in the “Race To The Top” tournament fight it out in three rounds of single elimination action. There will be no time limits and there must be a winner in all the “Race To The Top” tournament matches. The best will rise to the top in Edison. The brackets are listed in yesterday’s ROHwrestling.com Newswire so you can try to predict the tournament and what matches will take place in Edison. The only sure thing is that you will definitely see the top talent in some unique matches. The first round contests will take place this Friday in Long Island. Save 20% on tickets to both shows until Wednesday night at ROHwrestling.com.
July 24th: There will be two non-tournament matches on Saturday in Edison. They will both provide a lot of action. There will be a Six Man Mayhem with the competitors that do not advance past the first round of the tournament (graduates of the ROH Wrestling School might also be added to this Six Man Mayhem). The other match will be very interesting as it will be the $10,000 Tag Team Challenge. Captains will be selected after the Long Island show. The Edison event will see each captain pick three team members. The two teams will then compete in an eight man tag and the winning team will split a $10,000 prize. There is no telling who will be on what team, but they will have to cooperate with that much money on the line. The captains will get to pick anyone who is not active in the “Race In The Top” tournament. The talent pool for this bout already contains ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay & Mark Briscoe, Austin Aries, Roderick Strong, Bryan Danielson, Nigel McGuinness, Jimmy Rave, Shane Hagadorn, Mitch Franklin, Gran Akuma, Rhett Titus, Alex Payne and Ernie Osiris. Many more top names will be available after the eliminations in the tournament. This promises to be a once in a lifetime match.
July 24th: Check the main page of www.ROHwrestling.com and the ROHwrestling.com message board Saturday in the AM for more information on the matches that night in Edison as well as the captains for the $10,000 Tag Team Challenge. ROH officials will put this information on the site as soon as they arrive home from the Long Island event.
July 24th: Don’t forget there are THREE big sales going on at www.ROHwrestling.com until tomorrow night. You can now get 20% off every item at ROHwrestling.com including all ROH live event tickets, great shoot interviews with the Straight Shootin’ Series for only $5 including One Man Gang, Mr. Fuji, Butch Reed, The Midnight Express, Brad Armstrong and many others and get one free FIP DVD for every three FIP DVDs you purchase. FIP is refreshed with new talent and hot matches. Check out the following titles as part of the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE FIP DVD sale at ROHwrestling.com:
– FIP Best Of CM Punk Vol. 1 “Declarations” (check out a free trailer at http://www.rohvideos.com/watch?v=ATWYOr-gME8 and on ROHvideos.com)
-New Year’s Classic 2007 (must see Dragon Gate style match as Jack Evans & Roderick Strong team up for the final time vs. Jimmy Rave & Shingo, Brent Albright vs. Erick Stevens, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Larry Sweeney)
-Florida Rumble 2006 (Bryan Danielson vs. Erick Stevens, Delirious vs. Austin Aries, Roderick Strong vs. Hallowicked, Davey Richards vs. Gran Akuma plus much more)
-Cage Of Pain (check out a free trailer at http://www.rohvideos.com/watch?v=cmu9rMBLhH4 and on ROHvideos.com)
-Fallout 2006 (Roderick Strong vs. Davey Richards, Matt Sydal vs. Shingo)
-Payback (CM Punk vs. Colt Cabana in a 45 minute classic plus Samoa Joe & many others)
-Bring The Pain (CM Punk vs. Bryan Danielson 2/3 Falls masterpiece plus Roderick Strong vs. Austin Aries)
-Check the article on the main page of www.ROHwrestling.com for complete details on all three sales plus a list of all the great FIP and Straight Shootin’ DVDs available. Act now because THE SALES END TOMORROW NIGHT!!!
July 24th: We have a major announcement to make regarding perhaps the most intense feud raging now in ROH. If you saw “Respect Is Earned” you saw the violent altercation between ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay & Mark Briscoe and the duo of Kevin Steen & El Generico. Since that time the intensity has only escalated. Now ROH has signed these two teams to settle things in August in a series of matches. You will witness the fallout of ROH’s first PPV in Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford and Manhattan. Save 20% on tickets to all these shows now at ROHwrestling.com. Here is a listing of the upcoming series pitting The Briscoes vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico.
-August 10th, Boston, MA: Briscoes vs. Steen & Generico in a Non-Sanctioned Boston Street Fight.
-August 11th, Philadelphia, PA: Briscoes vs. Steen & Generico in singles bouts. Match ups and stipulations to be announced.
-August 24th, Hartford, CT: Briscoes vs. Steen & Generico in a Steel Cage Match (details on rules will be announced soon)
-August 25th, Manhattan, NY: Briscoes vs. Steen & Generico in a 2/3 Falls Match.
-If The Briscoes retain the ROH World Tag Team Titles this weekend some of these bouts will be made into title matches.
-Save 20% on tickets to all these shows until tomorrow night at ROHwrestling.com and see the damnedest series since Bryan Danielson vs. Homicide in 2005.
Friday July 27, 2007
Deer Park Community Center (41 Homer Avenue Deer Park, NY 11729 moved from Sports Plus Entertainment Center)
Race To The Top Tournament – Night One
1.       ROH World Tag Team Titles Match:  Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Bryan Danielson & Nigel McGuinness
2.       FIP World Heavyweight Title – Four Way Fray:  Roderick Strong vs. Austin Aries vs. Jimmy Rave vs. Gran Akuma
3.       Race To The Top Tournament – First Round Match – Bracket A:  BJ Whitmer vs. Pelle Primeau
4.       Race To The Top Tournament – First Round Match – Bracket A:  Davey Richards vs. Jigsaw
5.       Race To The Top Tournament – First Round Match – Bracket B:  Erick Stevens vs. Chris Hero
6.       Race To The Top Tournament – First Round Match – Bracket B:  Delirious vs. El Generico
7.       Race To The Top Tournament – First Round Match – Bracket C:  Claudio Castagnoli vs. Hallowicked
8.       Race To The Top Tournament – First Round Match – Bracket C:  Matt Sydal vs. Mike Quackenbush
9.       Race To The Top Tournament – First Round Match – Bracket D:  Matt Cross vs. Brent Albright
10.    Race To The Top Tournament – First Round Match – Bracket D:  Jack Evans vs. Kevin Steen
Saturday July 28, 2007
Inman Sports Club (990 Inman Avenue Edison; NJ)
Race To The Top Tournament – Night Two
1.       Race To The Top Tournament – Second Round Match – Bracket A: Whitmer/Primeau winner vs. Richards/Jigsaw winner
2.       Race To The Top Tournament – Second Round Match – Bracket B:  Stevens/Hero winner vs. Delirious/Generico winner
3.       Race To The Top Tournament – Second Round Match – Bracket C: Castagnoli/Hallowicked winner vs. Sydal/Quackenbush winner
4.       Race To The Top Tournament – Second Round Match – Bracket D: Cross/Albright winner vs. Evans/Steen winner
5.       Race To The Top Tournament – Semi-Final Match:  Bracket A winner vs. Bracket B winner
6.       Race To The Top Tournament – Semi-Final Match:  Bracket C winner vs. Bracket D winner
7.       Race To The Top Tournament – FINALS:  TBA vs. TBA
8.       $10,000 Tag Team Challenge: TBA vs. TBA (two team captains are chosen that morning, they pick three guys who are not in the second round of the Race to the top and share the winning prize)
9.       Six Man Mayhem Match:  TBA vs. TBA vs. TBA vs. TBA vs. TBA vs. TBA
Already signed:  Jay Briscoe; Mark Briscoe; Austin Aries; Roderick Strong; Bryan Danielson; Nigel McGuinness; Jimmy Rave; Shane Hagadorn; Mitch Franklin; Gran Akuma; Rhett Titus; Alex Payne and Ernie Osiris
Friday August 10, 2007
Roxbury Community College – Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Ctr (1350 Tremont St Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120)
Death before Dishonor V – Night One
1.       Non-title, non-sanctioned – Boston Street Fight:  Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico
2.       ROH World Title Match:  Claudio Castagnoli vs. Takeshi Morishima
3.       Austin Aries & Erick Stevens vs. Roderick Strong & Rocky Romero
4.       Jack Evans vs. Davey Richards
5.       Winner faces SHIMMER Champion the next day:  Lacey vs. Daizee Haze
Already signed: Bryan Danielson; Nigel McGuinness; Chris Hero; Larry Sweeney; Matt Sydal; Tank Toland; Bobby Dempsey; Brent Albright; Jimmy Rave; BJ Whitmer; Matt Cross; Jigsaw
Saturday August 11, 2007
Pennsylvania National Guard Armory (2700 Southampton Rd, Philadelphia, PA)
Death before Dishonor V – Night Two
1.       Non-Sanctioned – Philadelphia Street Fight:  No Remorse Corps (Roderick Strong, Davey Richards & Rocky Romero) & Matt Sydal vs. The Resilience (Austin Aries, Erick Stevens & Matt Cross) & Delirious
2.       ROH World Title Match (if Morishima is still champion):  Brent Albright vs. Takeshi Morishima
3.       Bryan Danielson vs. Mike Quackenbush
4.       SHIMMER Championship Match:  Sara Del Rey vs. the winner of the 8/10 match between Lacey/Haze
5.       Chris Hero & Jigsaw vs. Claudio Castagnoli & Nigel McGuinness
6.       Stipulation TBA:  Jay Briscoe vs. TBA (either El Generico or Kevin Steen)
7.       Stipulation TBA:  Mark Briscoe vs. TBA (either Kevin Steen or El Generico)
Already signed: Jimmy Rave; BJ Whitmer; Daizee Haze;
Friday August 24, 2007
Connecticut Expo Center (265 Reverend Moody Overpass, Hartford, CT)
Caged Rage
1.       Steel Cage Match:  Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico
Saturday August 25, 2007
Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom (311 West 34th St. New York, NY)
1.       ROH World Title Match:  Bryan Danielson vs. ROH World Champion
2.       Two-out-of-Three Falls match:  Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico
Friday September 14, 2007
Michigan State Fairgrounds & Expo Center (1120 W. State Fair Ave, Detroit, MI)
Saturday September 15, 2007
Frontier Park Field House (9807 S. Sayre Avenue Chicago Ridge, IL)
PPV Taping #3
Friday November 30, 2007
Montgomery County Fairgrounds (1043 S. Main St, Dayton, OH)
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PWG (Pro Wrestling Guerrilla – http://www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com)
Sunday July 29, 2007
Burbank Armory (3800 W. Valhalla Dr., Burbank, CA, 91505)
Giant Sized Annual #4 – Fourth Anniversary Show
1.       PWG World Championship Match:  El Generico vs.  Bryan Danielson
2.       PWG World Tag Team Championship Match – Best 2 out of 3 Falls:  PAC & Roderick Strong vs. The Briscoe Brothers (Jay & Mark Briscoe)
3.       Unsanctioned Street Fight For Scorpio Sky’s Reinstatement:  Joey Ryan vs. Scorpio Sky
4.       Non-Unsanctioned Street Fight: Kevin Steen vs. Necro Butcher
5.       Fergal Devitt vs. Davey Richards
6.       Austin Aries vs. Rocky “Azucar” Romero
7.       Human Tornado vs. Tony Kozina
8.       The Dynasty (Karl Anderson, Chris Bosh, & Scott Lost) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt “Mr. Instant Replay” Jackson & “Slick” Nick Jackson) & TJ Perkins
Plus Ronin, Top Gun Talwar, PWG Commissioner of Food & Beverage Excalibur, Commissioner of Wrestling Dino Winwood, and more!
Friday August 31, 2007
Burbank Armory (3800 W. Valhalla Dr., Burbank, CA, 91505)
2007 Battle of Los Angeles – Night One
1.       2007 BOLA – First Round Match – A Block:  Chris Hero vs. Joey Ryan
2.       2007 BOLA – First Round Match – A Block:  Chris Bosh vs. Roderick Strong
3.       2007 BOLA – First Round Match – A Block:  Jimmy Rave vs. Matt Sydal
4.       2007 BOLA – First Round Match – A Block:  Doug Williams vs. Bryan Danielson
5.       2007 BOLA – First Round Match – B Block:  Tyler Black vs. Claudio Castagnoli
6.       2007 BOLA – First Round Match – B Block:  PAC vs. Jack Evans
Saturday September 1, 2007
Burbank Armory (3800 W. Valhalla Dr., Burbank, CA, 91505)
2007 Battle of Los Angeles – Night Two
1.       2007 BOLA – First Round Match – B Block:  CIMA vs. Human Tornado
2.       2007 BOLA – First Round Match – B Block:  Scott Lost vs. SHINGO
3.       2007 BOLA – First Round Match – C Block:  Nigel McGuinness vs. Rocky Romero
4.       2007 BOLA – First Round Match – C Block:  Davey Richards vs. Kevin Steen
5.       2007 BOLA – First Round Match – C Block:  Susumu Yokosuka vs. Dragon Kid
6.       2007 BOLA – First Round Match – C Block:  El Generico vs. Super Dragon
Sunday September 2, 2007
Burbank Armory (3800 W. Valhalla Dr., Burbank, CA, 91505)
2007 Battle of Los Angeles – Night Three
1.       2007 BOLA – Second Round Match – A Block:  Hero/Ryan winner vs. Bosh/Strong winner
2.       2007 BOLA – Second Round Match – A Block:  Rave/Sydal winner vs. Williams/Danielson winner
3.       2007 BOLA – Second Round Match – B Block:  Black/Castagnoli winner vs. PAC/Evans winner
4.       2007 BOLA – Second Round Match – B Block:  CIMA/Tornado winner vs. Lost/Shingo winner
5.       2007 BOLA – Second Round Match – C Block:  McGuinness/Romero winner vs. Richards/Steen winner
6.       2007 BOLA – Second Round Match – C Block:  Yokosuka/Dragon Kid winner vs. Generico/Super Dragon winner
7.       2007 BOLA – Semi-Final Match – A Block:  TBA vs. TBA
8.       2007 BOLA – Semi-Final Match – B Block:  TBA vs. TBA
9.       2007 BOLA – Semi-Final Match – C Block:  TBA vs. TBA
10.    2007 BOLA – Semi-Final Match – Finals:  TBA vs. TBA vs. TBA 
Friday October 26, 2007
Studio Jenny (1 Avenue Jenny, 92000 Nanterre Paris, France)
Co-Promotional Show with Queens of Chaos Wrestling
Already signed: Joey Ryan, Jack Evans, Super Dragon
Saturday October 27, 2007
The Mountbatten Centre (Alexandra Park, Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth, UK PO2 9QA)
Co-Promotional Show with International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom
Already signed: Joey Ryan, Jack Evans, Super Dragon
Sunday October 28, 2007
Musik Palette (Kettwiger Str. 20 45127, Essen, Germany)
Co-Promotional Show with Westside Xtreme Wrestling
Already signed: Joey Ryan, Jack Evans, Super Dragon
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FIP (Full Impact Pro – http://www.fullimpactpro.com)
Friday, August 18, 2007
National Guard Armory (8551 W. Venable St., Crystal River, FL)
Heatstroke 2007 – Night One
1.       Bunkhouse Brawl:  Black Market (Shawn Murphy & Joey Machete) & The Heartbreak Express (Sean & Phil Davis) vs. The YRR (Kenny King, Jason Blade, Sal Rinauro & Chasyn Rance)
Already signed:  Roderick Strong; Erick Stevens; Jay & Mark Briscoe; Jimmy Rave; Davey Richards; Necro Butcher; Delirious; Sal Rinauro; Chasyn Rance; Kenny King;  Jason Blade; Tyler Black; Marek Brave; Danny Daniels; Trik Davis; Dave & Jake Crist (Irish Airborne); Steve Madison; Seth Delay
Saturday, August 19, 2007
Turner Agri-Civic Center (2250 NE Roan St., Arcadia, FL 34266)
Heatstroke 2007 – Night Two
Already signed:  Roderick Strong; Erick Stevens; Jay & Mark Briscoe; Jimmy Rave; Davey Richards; Necro Butcher; Delirious; Sal Rinauro; Chasyn Rance; Kenny King;  Jason Blade; Shawn Murphy & Joey Machete (Black Market); Sean & Phil Davis (Heartbreak Express); Tyler Black; Marek Brave; Danny Daniels; Trik Davis; Dave & Jake Crist (Irish Airborne); Steve Madison; Seth Delay
Upcoming FIP shows
September 28 – Inverness, FL
September 29 – Crystal River, FL
November 16 – Crystal River, FL
November 17 – Arcadia, FL
December 7 – Melbourne, FL
December 8 – Crystal River, FL
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CZW (Combat Zone Wrestling – www.czwrestling.com)
Saturday August 11, 2007
New Alhambra Sports & Entertainment Center (7 Ritner Street Philadelphia, PA)
Dishonorable Conduct
1.       Stipulation TBA – CZW Ultraviolent Underground Title Match:  Brain Damage vs. Drake Younger
2.       4 Corners of Pain – CZW Iron Man Title Match:  “Mr Insanity” Toby Klein vs. Freakshow vs. Insane Lane
3.       Ladder Match – CZW Junior Heavyweight Title:  Scotty Vortekz vs. Cloudy
4.       Unlucky 13 Staple Gun Match (have to put 13 staples in your opponent and then you can pin/submit him):  Dustin Lee vs. Danny Havoc
5.       DJ Hyde vs. Steve “Monster” Mack
Already signed:  Ruckus, Team AnDrew, Chuck Taylor, Ricochet
Upcoming CZW Shows
September 8, 2007
October 13, 2007
November 10, 2007
December 8, 2007
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JAPW (Jersey All Pro Wrestling – www.japw.net)
Saturday September 8, 2007
Rahway Rec Center (275 East Milton Avenue Rahway, NJ)
Saturday October 27, 2007
Rahway Rec Center (275 East Milton Avenue Rahway, NJ)
10th Anniversary Show
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IWA-MS (IWA Mid South – www.iwamidsouthwrestling.com)
Saturday July 28, 2007
Don Preston Rec Center (14500 Kostner Avenue Midlothian, IL)
1.       Winner Takes All – IWA-MS Heavyweight & IWA-MS Light Heavyweight Title – No Countout…No DQ…One Fall to a Finish:  Chuck Taylor vs. Brandon Thomaselli vs. Low Ki
Already signed:  Joey Ryan, Human Tornado
Saturday August 4, 2007
Capital Sports Center (1915 Gladden Road Plainfield, IN)
1.       Anything goes, fans bring the weapons:  Ian Rotten, Corporal Robinson & Drake Younger vs. Insane Lane, Freak  Show & Tank
2.       Toby Klein vs. Roderick Strong
3.       Necro Butcher vs. Davey Richards
Sunday August 5, 2007
Alley Cats (929 S. Indiana Avenue Sellersburg, IN)
1.       Flaming Ropes Match:  Ian Rotten vs. Freak Show
2.       High Impact Tables (can set the tables on fire or jump off the bus or roof of the building and put someone through a table):   Mad Man Pondo & Too Tuff Tony vs. Tank & Insane Lane
Sunday August 19, 2007
The Venue (800 Lexington Ave. San Antonio, TX)
1.       Low Ki & Hotstuff Hernandez vs. Necro Butcher & Masada
2.       Mickie Knuckles vs. Jazz
3.       IWA Mid-South World Heavyweight Title Match:  Chuck Taylor vs. Chris Hero
Saturday September 8, 2007
Capital Sports Center (1915 Gladden Road Plainfield, IN)
Kings of Extreme
Sunday September 9, 2007
Alley Cats (929 S. Indiana Avenue Sellersburg, IN)
Friday September 28, 2007
Don Preston Rec Center (14500 Kostner Avenue Midlothian, IL)
Ted Petty Invitational 2007 – Night One
1.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – First Round Match:  Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki
2.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – First Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
3.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – First Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
4.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – First Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
5.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – First Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
6.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – First Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
7.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – First Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
8.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – First Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
9.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – First Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
10.    2007 Ted Petty Innovational – First Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
11.    2007 Ted Petty Innovational – First Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
12.    2007 Ted Petty Innovational – First Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
24 Participants: 
1.       Chris Hero
2.       Mike Quackenbush
3.       Claudio Castagnoli
4.       Matt Sydal
5.       Davey Richards
6.       Alex Shelley
7.       Low Ki (facing Samoa Joe in the first round)
8.       Samoa Joe (facing Low Ki in the first round)
9.       Eddie Kingston
10.    BJ Whitmer
11.    Nigel McGuinness
12.    Joey Ryan
13.    Drake Younger
14.    Billy Roc
15.    Human Tornado
16.    TBA
17.    TBA
18.    TBA
19.    TBA
20.    TBA
21.    TBA
22.    TBA
23.    TBA
24.    TBA
Saturday September 29, 2007
Don Preston Rec Center (14500 Kostner Avenue Midlothian, IL)
Ted Petty Invitational 2007 – Night Two
1.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – Second Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
2.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – Second Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
3.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – Second Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
4.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – Second Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
5.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – Second Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
6.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – Second Round Match:  TBA vs. TBA
7.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – Semi-Final Match:  TBA vs. TBA
8.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – Semi-Final Match:  TBA vs. TBA
9.       2007 Ted Petty Innovational – Semi-Final Match:  TBA vs. TBA
10.    2007 Ted Petty Innovational – Finals:  TBA vs. TBA Vs. TBA
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IWC (International Wrestling Cartel – www.IWCwrestling.com)
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Court Time Sports Center (95 Enterprise St., Elizabeth, PA 15037)
No Excuses 3
1.       IWC World Heavyweight Title Match:  Sterling James Keenan vs. Dennis Gregory
2.       IWC World Tag Team Titles Match:  Gambino Brothers vs. BabyFace Fire (Shiima Xion & Jason Gory)
3.       Super Indy Title Match:  “Fabulous” John McChesney vs. Delirious
4.       Southern Comfort (Tracy Smothers & Chris Hamrick) vs. The Burning River Brigade (Josh Prohibition & M-Dogg Matt Cross)
5.       Brent Albright vs. Jon Bolen
6.       “Balls Hot” Troy Lords vs. Azrieal
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Big Spring Community Center (2 Chestnut St., Newville, PA 17241)
Newville Knockout 3
1.       Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles
2.       Dennis Gregory vs. “Sweet N Sour” Larry Sweeney
Heavyweight Title!
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CHIKARA (Chikara Pro Wrestling – www.chikarapro.com)
Sunday August 5, 2007
New Alhambra Sports & Entertainment Center (7 Ritner Street Philadelphia, PA)
Maximum Overdraft
1.       F.I.S.T (Gran Akuma & Icarus) vs. The Briscoe Brothers (Jay & Mark)
2.       NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title Match:  Mike Quackenbush vs. Black Tiger
3.       Best 2 out of 3 falls:  Sara Del Ray vs. Daizee Haze
4.       La Parkita Original vs. Payaso del Futuro
5.       Young Lions Cup Match:  Chuck Taylor vs. TBA (open challenge!)
6.       The Order of the Neo-Solar Temple (UltraMantis Black & Hydra) & The Southern Saints (Shawn Reed, Justin Reed & Chris Styles) vs. Jigsaw, Shane Storm, Player Uno, Tim Donst & Moscow, The Communist Bovine
7.       Cheech & Cloudy & Delirious vs. The Colony (Soldier Ant, Fire Ant & Worker Ant)
8.       Ricochet vs. Eddie Kingston
Friday August 17, 2007
Riverside Beneficial Assoc. (1742 Pear Street Reading, PA)
Here Come the International Invaders: 1st Stage – Attack of the Phantom Sith
1.       Tim Donst vs. Alex SUGARFOOT~! Payne
Saturday August 18th, 2007
American Legion Hall (935 Main St. Hellertown, PA)
Here Come the International Invaders: 2nd Stage – Revenge of the Clone Menace
1.       Lince Dorado vs. Shayne Hawke
Saturday September 22, 2007
TBA  Philadelphia, PA
Lettuce Entertain You (And Other Puns)
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UWA Hardcore (UWA Hardcore Pro Wrestling – www.uwahardcorewrestling.com)
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SHIMMER (SHIMMER Women Athletes – www.shimmerwrestling.com)
Saturday, October 13th, 2007
Eagles Club (6309 26th Street Berwyn, IL)
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UWF (United Wrestling Federation – www.uwfusa.com)
Friday August 3, 2007
Fayetteville, NC
Already signed: Chris Sabin; Alex Shelly; Scott Steiner; Ron Killings; Senshi; AJ Styles; The Naturals; Dustin Rhodes; Team Macktion; The Human Tornado; Sabu; Andrew Test Martin; Joey Mercury
Saturday August 4, 2007
Jacksonville, NC
Friday September 21, 2007
Capital Punishment II
Courtland High School (Spotsylvania, Va)
Already signed:  JBL, Faarooq, Sgt. Slaughter, LAX, Senshi, AJ Styles, Abyss
Saturday September 22, 2007
Spotsylvania, VA
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OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling – http://www.ovwrestling.com)
Friday July 27 2007
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
1.       WWE World Heavyweight Title:  John Cena vs. Sean Spears
2.       Casey James vs. Jerry Lawler
Friday August 3 2007
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Special Guest:  Finlay
Friday August 10 2007
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Special Guest:  Matt & Jeff Hardy
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NWA (National Wrestling Alliance – http://www.nwawrestling.com/)
Sunday August 12, 2007
Hilton University Place Hotel (8629 J.M. Keynes Drive, Charlotte, NC)
1.       NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament – Semi-Final Match:  Claudio Castagnoli (Terry Funk Bracket winner) vs. Brent Albright (Lou Thesz Bracket winner)
Saturday August 18, 2007
Squamish Recreation Centre (100 Capilano Road North Vancouver, BC)
1.       NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament – Semi-Final Match:  Adam Pearce (Harley Race Bracket winner) vs. Bryan Danielson (Jack Brisco Bracket winner)
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Dr. Keith Lipinski

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