So, a couple of weeks ago The Regulars and I partook in another independent show. An independent show, or indy, is a small-scale wrestling show or promotion which is done a small arena such as a school gym, hall, garage, or any such venue. These shows have wrestlers who are either new up and comers, recently released starts from top-tier promotions, or semi-retired legendary wrestlers. These shows usually charge anywhere from $10 to $40 dollars per ticket and have a smaller, more intimate feel. Wrestlers are literally at arm’s reach and the show’s sound and fan interaction is more fun and exciting. The main reason why I go is to see the wrestlers who are well-known in the Indies who either are seasoned vets or who are ready to break through and become signed to the major promotions. I am always excited to see wrestlers who have been around the circuit for some time who are aware of the local fans, have a rivalry or two with other vets, or are well-known main-eventers and don’t mind putting over a newbie who is getting buzz from the industry and may possibly be at the door for the next big break. Wrestlers such as CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Chris Hero, Samoa Joe, Amazing Red, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn were once at this point in their careers. These were the times when the way wrestlers got a buzz was by tapes being passed around and fans would only share their own experiences of watching these wrestlers live. These days, wrestlers such as Danny DeManto, AR Fox, Drake Younger, Anthony Nese, Pinkie Sanchez, Eddie Kingston, and Dan Maff have the persona and wrestling skill which is recognized by the wrestling community as the true wrestlers who deserve a shot at the big time. Although wrestlers such as John Cena and Randy Orton are the promotion made mega stars, fans are drawn to the runts from the bingo hall that have made it because they feel like they were once just like them. So, with that being said, I bring to you…

Face and Heel of the Week

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Face of the Week: AJ Styles (IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Well, well, looks like someone has made themselves relevant again in the wrestling world. I say this because TNA President Dixie Carter didn’t believe that “The Phenomenal One” AJ Styles was able to be a money draw for the company. But it seems Styles was able to draw money overseas as well as make some wrestling fans happy domestically; after his surprising departure from TNA, Styles hit the indy scene and decide to do some traveling around the country and in Mexico showcasing his wrestling skills and when Japan came calling he answered. Styles defeated the then champion Kazuchika Okada and afterwards made his way back home to the US and battled in Ring of Honor’s PPV War of the Worlds, defeating Okada and Michael Elgin in a grueling match. AJ Styles has shown that although he has broken away from a major wrestling promotion, his name, star power and skills can still bring him gold and success.

 

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Heel of the Week: MVP (TNA)

While AJ is currently working out of Japan, MVP has come back from the Far East and is here to make a statement. After leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling, MVP landed in the States as the “not so silent” investor in TNA and began to use his weight to move the roster around in some big ways. Although it seemed he wanted to move TNA out of the clutches of Dixie Carter and place the company in the hands of the fans, that was quickly diverted once the taste of power was given to MVP. With help from Kenny King and Bobby Lashley, Mr. 305 has now placed himself in the position of number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight title and will square off against Eric Young for the title at Slammiversary. After his success in WWE and Japan, I can see MVP is poised to become the lead dog at a promotion that is searching for a new executive and heel.