Man, it’s been nearly two months since my last ESW fix – these guys need to start putting on more shows, or alternatively, I need to start going out to their parent company, Maximum Force Wrestling’s shows. Several of tonight’s scheduled matches were set up at Overdrive on September 11th, including ESW Interstate Champion “Inferno” Johnny Adams taking on “Bad Boy” Barry Hardy, Johnny Puma taking on Ryot, and the ESW Championship match between champion Chris Cooper and challenger Brandon Thurston. Let’s go!
September 11, 2010. North Tonawanda, NY. One year ago, Empire State Wrestling returned to existence with an event also titled Overdrive. The event capped with the man known then as Mastiff, Will Calrissian, literally cracking his skull on the ring apron, as his partner, Chris Cooper, stole the victory – and the ESW Tag Team Championships – in the ring. A year later, the team is once again Tag Team Champions, and set to defend against popular ESW stars Kevin Grace and Pepper Parks. This is ESW Overdrive 2010.
Empire State Wrestling returned home to the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall in North Tonawanda, NY this past Saturday Night, and yours truly was in attendance. As usual, those ESW guys put on one hell of a show. Recap after the jump!
The alternate title for this article is “why independent wrestling is better than WWE and TNA.” I just got back from Empire State Wrestling’s “Reckoning Day” event. This is my fifth ESW event, and I’ve never been to a bad show. This one featured a World Tag Team Championship match with the team of Famous – Will “Mastiff” Calrissian and Chris Cooper – defending against Brandon Thurston and Mike Radski, and a Casket Match for the ESW Championship as Kevin Grace defended against Ryot.
Photos, thoughts, and a half-assed results list, after the jump! (more…)
I love independent wrestling shows. I know I’ve mentioned time and time again that the first time I went to a local show, it was headlined by current TNA International Champion “Showtime” Eric Young, who was feuding at the time with “Dangerboy” Derek Wylde over the affections of Angel Williams, who went on to greater fame as TNA Knockout Angelina Love. Also on the card that night were The Original Sinn, who would later become Kizarny in WWE, and “Textbook” Tyson Dux, who represented Team International in TNA’s World X Cup a few years ago. Saturday Night, I attended Empire State Wrestling’s “Unbreakable” event, the follow up to November’s “OverDrive,” which you can read about here.
Finally, a review of an indy show here on BWF. Empire State Wrestling is a promotion local to Western New York that ran shows from August 2002 until November of 2006. Other promotions formed in the meantime, including NWA: Empire and Next Era Wrestling Niagara. Both of those promotions have since closed up shop, and from the ashes, Empire State Wrestling was reborn with their first show in nearly three years, ESW: Overdrive.
Overdrive featured the culmination of a tag team tournament that was originally supposed to be for the Next Era Wrestling Niagara Tag Team Championships, which were renamed and are now the ESW Tag Titles. Yours truly was in attendance…