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Kenny Omega Says Top EVOLVE Star Can Become the ‘Foreign Shibata’, Jim Ross Names Wrestling’s Next Breakout Star

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According to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard, during last week’s AXS TV conference call to promote the upcoming “G1 in San Francisco”, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega said he believes current EVOLVE Champion Matt Riddle can become the “foreign Shibata” in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Riddle responded to the compliment from Omega with the following.

“That means a lot coming from Kenny Omega,” said Riddle. “One stallion to another, it’s a true compliment. I know how hard he’s worked and how long he’s been in the business. For that guy to even know who I am, and for him to think that highly of me just from watching my work, is just outstanding.

Jim Ross Names Wrestling’s Next Breakout Star

Barrasso also spoke with WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, and during the interview, JR had the following to say on pro wrestling’s next breakout star.


“Ospreay is the next breakout star, but only if he can stay healthy,” said Ross. “He has a great upside, without any question, but the questions concern the style and how he works. Calling his matches, I’ve seen him get up after I thought he hurt himself or broke something in his body. At some point, you don’t need a medical degree to figure out the fact that when you take bumps on surfaces that were never intended to be bumping surfaces, and you do it for too long, the cumulative effect is going to be negative.

“He has a great imagination and he’s a great improvisationalist, and he’s really good with strikes and submissions. So if he leaned a little more on the other aspects of ‘The Aerial Assassin’–he doesn’t have to do a moonsault to the outside to be an aerial assassin, he just needs to land on a surface that will half-ass welcome your body to it.

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STF Underground Episode 90 – Is Tomasso Ciampa Royal Rumble Bound? Hard To Kill Recap, Where Does AEW Go After A Lackluster Dynamite?

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Welcome once again to another episode of STF Underground!

In this episode we talk about:


  • AEW Dynamite’s Lackluster Episode
  • Is Tomasso Ciampa Main Roster Bound?
  • Hard To Kill Recap
  • Can MSK Succeed In The WWE?
  • “Wrestling Apologists”
  • Dusty Cup Surprises
  • AND MUCH MORE!

 

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Limitless Wrestling 2020 Vacationland Cup Results: New World Champion Crowned In Must-See Tournament

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Limitless Wrestling crowned a new champion on Saturday night at the third annual Vacationland Cup in Yarmouth, Maine. While the promotion has continued to produce shorter weekly shows on IWTV during the pandemic, this marks their first full-length card since February 22.

Last week I had the opportunity to interview one of the competitors in the tournament, “Top Talent” Christian Casanova, whose attitude and obvious passion for the craft make it hard to ignore why he’s considered one of the best up-and-coming names in the Northeast.


Not only did Casanova wrestle one of the best singles matches of the night in the first round against CJ Cruz, but he went on to survive a main event four-way elimination match to win the 2020 Vacationland Cup AND the vacant Limitless Wrestling World Championship.

While I’ll have more thoughts on the show later this week, I highly recommend checking it out on IWTV. You can use the code “LIMITLESS” at checkout for a free five-day trial. Every match ranged from good to very good, with Daniel Garcia and Lee Moriarty stealing the show early in the night with a bout that every indie should be looking to book in 2021.

That’s not to say you can check out after the second match, as all three of the other first round matches delivered big time, creating an awesome main event, and a must-see tag team match between the Maine State Posse and Team Sea Stars. There’s really nothing bad here, and after the last few weeks of “mainstream” wrestling on TV, a show full of good/great matches with clean finishes and satisfying outcomes absolutely hits the spot.


Quick Results:

1. Davienne def. Becca

2. Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match: Daniel Garcia def. Lee Moriarty

3. Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match: Christian Casanova def. CJ Cruz

4. Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match: JD Drake def. Kevin Blackwood

5. Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match: Alec Price def. Ace Romero

6. The Beverage Barons def. The Prestige

7. Maine State Posse def. Team Sea Stars

8. Rip Byson def. Big Beef

9. Vacationland Cup Finals: Christian Casanova def. Daniel Garcia & Alec Price & JD Drake to win the vacant Limitless Wrestling World Championship

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Limitless Wrestling 2020 Vacationland Cup Airs Tonight On IWTV, Watch For Free

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Northeast independent promotion Limitless Wrestling will close out 2020 this evening with their third annual Vacationland Cup, a one-night tournament streaming exclusively on IWTV.

The stakes are higher than ever this year, after former Limitless Wrestling World Champion Anthony Greene left the title in abeyance when signing with WWE back in August. Only two men have ever held that title since its inception, Greene and Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and both have gone on to sign with major promotions. The winner of tonight’s Vacationland Cup will not only take home the coveted trophy, but the title as well.


Before we jump into what’s on the card, you can join us in watching the 2020 Vacationland Cup tonight at 7:00 PM ET streaming exclusively on IWTV. Use the code “LIMITLESS” for a five day free trial and watch the entire show for free. IWTV carries a large number of independent promotions across the United States and beyond, with a library of on-demand content from groups like AIW, Freelance Wrestling, GCW, Beyond Wrestling and more.

The actual tournament will feature eight competitors facing off in four first round singles matches. MLW World Middleweight Champion Myron Reed was originally scheduled for the show, but could not attend due to travel issues. A four-way match was held last weekend to determine his replacement, with CJ Cruz emerging victorious.

CJ Cruz will take on “Top Talent” Christian Casanova in the opening round. Check out our recent interview with Casanova, which also acts as a preview for this tournament. The other first round matches are Alec Price vs. IMPACT Wrestling’s Ace Romero, JD Drake vs. Kevin Blackwood, and Daniel Garcia vs. Lee Moriarty.

The winners of those four matches will advance to a Fatal 4-Way elimination match to determine the tournament winner as well as the new Limitless Wrestling World Champion.

Also announced for today’s card is the Maine State Posse, Aiden Aggro and Danger Kid, taking on the Sea Stars, Ashley Vox and Delmi Exo, hot off their recent appearance in the IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Tag Team Championship Tournament.

Here’s the full lineup:

Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match
CJ Cruz vs. Christian Casanova

Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match
Alex Price vs. Ace Romero

Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match
JD Drake vs. Kevin Blackwood

Vacationland Cup Semifinal Match
Daniel Garcia vs. Lee Moriarty

Vacationland Cup Finals
TBD vs. TBD vs. TBD vs. TBD

Davienne vs. Becca

Rip Byson vs. Big Beef

Maine State Posse vs. Team Sea Stars

The Prestige vs. Beverage Barons

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