SoCal News & Notes 10/18/2016

In today’s news and notes we look at SoCal Pro vs. Poway Football, another name confirmed for Lucha Underground “En Vivo” in Escondido, local wrestlers getting East Coast bookings, another women’s show coming to SoCal, and more. Click for the news and notes.

Last week during a 10 News in San Diego prep football segment, they featured a football player from Poway High School, Peter Neill, with a story about how in the off season he was in training to be a pro-wrestler. In the story he claimed that he had been training for the past 6 months, 3 days at week at SoCal Pro (identified in the story as SoCal Wrestling). Footage from a recent SoCal Pro event was shown a couple of times. The first sign that maybe something was amiss was Peter Neill explaining how he had been practicing “flops”. Apparently he did actually go to SoCal Pro’s school once, to check it out, but never stepped in the ring. SoCal Pro actually has him on video saying “my body won’t be able to handle this” and he never came back.

SoCal Pro was upset about the story, and started questioning it on social media. They have stated they were not made aware of the story beforehand nor were they ever contacted to verify its accuracy. SoCal Pro was not happy with the story as they don’t want people to think an untrained wrestler represents their training. 10 News removed the story, without issuing any updates are acknowledging it, and the school along with the football coach, Damian Gonzalez, began blocking anyone who mentioned it on social media. The student’s parents have also filed Facebook complaints to have SoCal Pro’s post about the issue removed. 10 News has not responded to any of SoCal Pro’s contact attempts, nor has the coach, or the school.

Maybe the most ironic part of the whole story is that on Poway High School football’s website, there is a quote by the coach that says “Football is the avenue that develops strong character, work ethic, discipline, team-work, and good sportsmanship. Our student athletes learn the importance of ethics and values while playing and understanding the great game of football.

Earlier today Brody King was announced as the first entrant into Gold Rush Pro Wrestling’s2016 APW Young Lions Cup” in Northern California on November 5th. The tournament always features some of the top newer wrestlers throughout California, and last year’s event featured the 2015 Southern California rookie of the year in Douglas James, the runner-up in Thunder Rosa, and Max X who was also nominated.

EWF has “suspended”, in storyline, “Mega King” Tommy Wilson until December due to the superkick he gave Ashley Grace at the Sabotage show earlier this month.

Taya Valkyrie will be part of the November 5th Lucha Underground “En Vivo” show in Escondido that part of the Escondido Tamale Festival.

RISE, which was created by Kevin Harvey in association with Shimmer, is running a combination seminar and women’s wrestling show on November 10th in Berwyn, IL they are calling “RISE1 – Ignite.”  A few SoCal regulars such as Kikyo, Heather Monroe, and Shotzi Blackheart will be there. It looks like RISE2 will be held in the Los Angeles area in January.

More info on their debut event is available at

There are still tickets available to the NXT show in Bakersfield on October 29th.

WWE has added a house show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 30th as part of their holiday tour.

Yuma will be heading to the East Coast and making his CZW debut on their November 19th show. He will be facing Homicide.

Belator MMA has announced a show on January 21, 2017 at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles featuring Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen.

Upcoming shows:


Extreme Midget Wrestling in Norco, CA


VWE in Imperial, CA

Millennium Pro Wrestling in Moorpark, CA

Extreme Midget Wrestling in Santa Ana, CA

Vendetta Pro Midget Mania in Santa Maria, CA


EWF in Mentone, CA

RIW in Inglewood, CA

Baja Stars in San Diego, CA

UEW presents Hellbound in East Los Angeles, CA


CWFH TV Taping in Port Hueneme, CA (Free event)

OCCW presents The Halloween Purging in Los Alamitos, CA

Extreme Midget Wrestling in New Cuyama, CA

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