IZW on Jan. 5th: It All Comes Down To This
by Greg DeMarco
“The Hawaiian Lion” John Williams. Three time–and reigning–Impact Zone Wrestling World Heavyweight champion.
“XXX” Lawrence Tyler. Three time former IZW World Heavyweight champion. The only man to ever hold Rising Phoenix Wrestling’s NWA-Arizona Heavyweight championship. Lion and XXX are two names that have become synonymous with Arizona wrestling.
Both men have traveled the US and abroad, honing their skills and proving their worth against the very best competition. Both men have heard the fans chant their name and jeer their very existence. Both men have been heralded as the best Arizona has to offer.
It All Comes Down To This: This Saturday night, January 5, 2008–Impact Zone Wrestling hosts the unification supershow–a once in a lifetime event for the fans that have supported Impact Zone Wrestling and Rising Phoenix Wrestling get to see the most prestigious titles in Arizona wrestling history get unified, crowning the top wrestler and tag team in the state of Arizona. And it doesn’t get any bigger than the main event, which will see the top championship in IZW unified with the top championship in RPW.
On March 27, 2007, The Hawaiian Lion captured his third IZW World Heavyweight championship by defeating Peter Goodman. Since that date, Lion has been unstoppable in beating all comers here in Arizona. Lion has also taken the title and defended it successfully in Japan, solidifying it as one of the top championships in the world. But since winning his third championship, he has yet to step into the ring with “XXX” Lawrence Tyler.
On August 12, 2006, “XXX” Lawrence Tyler became the first (and subsequently only) NWA-Arizona Heavyweight champion, outlasting “The Professional” Scott Lost, Lil’ Nate and, of course, the Hawaiian Lion to win the Four Way For The Gold. For nearly 18 months, Tyler has been impossible to beat, losing one tag team match in getting pinned by “The Combat Vet” Johnny Dynamite. On the very next show, Tyler avenged that loss, pinning Dynamite in a defense of the NWA-AZ crown.
The last time these two squared off in a one-on-one match was January 3, 2006, when Tyler beat Lion in an IZW championship match. In actuality, these two man have faced each other numerous times, trading victories and losses throughout the state and the entire Southwest. But the stakes have never been higher. Simply put, this Saturday night, one man will earn the right to call himself the very best wrestler in all of Arizona.
January 5, 2007, 7:30 PM
The Broadway Recreation Center, Mesa, Arizona
IZW/RPW Title Unification Match
IZW World Heavyweight Champion “Hawaiian Lion” John Williams vs. RPW NWA-Arizona Heavyweight Champion “XXX” Lawrence Tyler
IZW/RPW Title Unification Match
IZW Tag Team championships The 602 Wrecking Crew (Jacob “The Riot” Herzberg & “The Irish Handgrenade” Marty Murphy) vs. challengers Native Blood (Navajo Warrior & Ghostwalker)
The winning team will also be awarded the vacant NWA-Arizona Tag Team championship
Impact Zone Wrestling Invitational Tournament Finals
“Feature Presentation” Jay Garland vs. “New York Giant” AJ Summers vs. Antonio Mestre
Mask Vs Mask (loser must unmask)
Mucha Reigns w/Beaver Las Vegas vs. Lucha Reigns
Rising Phoenix Wrestling’s Two Most Popular Superstars Collide
Country Bear vs. Johnny Dynamite
Plus more matches yet to be signed! And don’t miss a special stunt performed by IZW’s resident daredevil “Fearless” Jack Bull, and the return of TNA’s RelliK “REDRUM”. It all goes down this Saturday, January 5th at the Broadway Recreation Center in Mesa, Arizona.
For more information, please visit www.impactzonewrestling.com and while you’re there, be sure to watch the latest episode of IZW Impulse!