What is it going to take to make Southern California Wrestling, the pinnacle of professional wrestling? Man in Black vs. King Tommy on iPPV tonight, should be awesome. 21 years ago today the Pay Per View aired that got me back into wrestling. Also what are these CWFH Hollywood Rumors…
I am SoCal…
“We Produce the Best In the World… We Are Changing the Sport…” Intensity personified, Samoa Joe only moments after defeating Willie Mack at a Championship Wrestling from Hollywood showcase shared a much desired diatribe on the fans, wrestlers, promoters, and everyone who makes the Southern California scene special. With passion dripping out of every word, Joe declared himself SoCal. But what has changed in the two years since? Not much, if anything. Southern California was a hotbed of professional wrestling. Was…is… debatable. Ring of Honor doesn’t have shows in SoCal. Evolve doesn’t run in SoCal. Am I the only one waiting on that Chikara show? Thanks Quackenbush! I guess the point I’m trying to make is that Joe is right. The talent is here. Even if Pro Wrestling Guerrilla says differently, I firmly believe that SoCal has some of the best talent in the world.
This week Ray Rosas posted his intentions to keep wrestling, which by his own admission he was questioning. Rosas also made the case for those who do not share the passion to step aside. And I applaud his tenacity.
But what will make SoCal great? What will it take to show the wrestling world that light shines from SoCal and casts the rest of them in the shadow? It’s more than the promoters, more than the wrestlers, more than the fans, but working in accord with the common goal of making SoCal great. Will that day ever come? Probably not, but I’m ready. We’re here for you SoCal, fans… wrestlers… promoters… we’re here to promote the positives. We are here to share your successes. Let’s do it. Let’s make SoCal a beacon of hope for wrestling fans around the world.
EWF: Clash of Kings Tonight Live from Covina or on IPPV
The legacy of the Empire Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship that has a legacy of 20 years (as Gary Yap will be quick to tell you) has pitted HIM vs. King Thomas the 1st tonight from the EWF Arena or live via IPPV. The first ever Empire Wrestling Federation Champion Bobby Bradley lost his championship to the Irish Assassin this week, just a mere19 years ago from Tuesday. This match has a few narratives going into it. The King, in only his second match returning to the EWF after sustaining injury, is getting a shot at the Empire Championship. Of course that plays to Gary Yap’s point about the EWF using the same faces repeatedly. The Man in Black hasn’t faced someone the size of Wilson, not even close. As well as Tommy has a little extra for Gary, considering that it was just a few weeks back at SoCal Pro that Gary Yap saw to cause the distraction that led to Tommy Wilson to get KO by Anthony Idol and gave the victory to Ricky Mandel. Ultimately tonight’s card looks fantastic and if you can’t make your way out to Covina, checking it out via internet pay per view is a great option.
When Worlds Collide
21 Years ago Today (November 6th), I was introduced to Rey Misterio Jr., Psicosis, La Parka, Eddie Guerrero, Konnan, Chris Benoit, and Louis Spicolli. I had occasionally watched Lucha Libre when I was younger. My brother was fascinated by it and I have to admit I was in, who doesn’t like a wrestling ninja turtle. When Worlds Collide was a AAA Pay Per View produced by Turner Sports aka WCW. They sold out the Los Angeles Sports Arena. My brother and I had talked about going to this show. I can’t remember why we didn’t go, but I remember watching it later wishing I would have been there live. I don’t know if we saw the show live or if we ended up with a VHS copy, but it was a fun pay per view. Prior to this PPV, I was nearly finished with professional wrestling. I would watch less and less of Monday Night Raw, I got tired of the cartoon like aspect of professional wrestling. I’d spend less time watching WCW’s Saturday Night on TBS. Wrestling became dull to me. It was the arrival of Misterio, Psicosis, Guerrero, and Benoit that restored my interest in pro wrestling. I remember being hooked on Misterio and Psicosis right away. It wasn’t long after this Pay Per View that the above mentioned would wind up in ECW and later WCW. It’s a shame the WWE hasn’t released it on the network yet.
United Wrestling Network
Sunday CWFH will host another round of television taping from the Oceanview Pavilion in Pt. Hueneme. Featuring: Hollywood Heritage Champion “Pretty” Peter Avalon, United Wrestling Network Television Champion “Main Event” James Morgan, Vermin, Hobo, Cold Cold World, Bateman, Big Duke, Eric Watts, and many more. I have learned recently that there are rumors speculating that a northern expansion for CWFH could be on the rise. It seems there was a lot of positive feedback on the Showcase in San Francisco from earlier this year and that something big will be announced soon. As soon as we have confirmation, we’ll report more. The latest episodes from Hollywood are up at the Patreon Streaming Service for the UWN. Episode 232 that aired on Halloween featured Rebel Renegades taking on Tag Game Strong, the feud between Sasha Darevko and Che Cabrera continued in the ring, Cold Cold World facing Dan Joseph & Jared Vargas and in the Main Event, United Wrestling Network TV Champion James Morgan vs. Kevin Martenson. Did you know if you miss the KDOC-TV airing at 4PM on Saturdays that you can catch the YouToo America (from computers not mobile devices) 9PM, Pacific. Outside of SoCal you can see the show in Kansas City on Time Warner Sports Mondays at 8:00PM and starting Sunday October 25, CWFH can be seen on WFBD-TV Channel 48 Pensacola, FL at 1:00PM. If you’re going to Hell in a Cell this weekend make sure you look for the CWFH Street Team as they’re handing out one of a kind unique CWFH News Papers. Lastly CWFH will return to the Oceanview Pavilion on Sunday November 8th for the next round of Television Taping.
Upcoming Events in SoCal
Meet Lucha Underground Catrina at The Wrestling Guy Store in Huntington Park
EWF in Covina, Friday November 6 @ 8:00 PM
RIW Lucha Libre in Los Angeles, Saturday November 7 @ 4:00 PM
Unity Pro Wrestling “Suburban Showdown” in Torrance, Saturday November 7 @ 7:00 PM
MWF Lucha Libre in Los Angeles, Saturday November 7 @ 8:00 PM
CWFH TV Taping in Port Hueneme, Sunday November 8 @ 3:00 PM
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