2013 Super 8 Champion Damian Dragon returns to host
The ECWA Super 8 Tournament has had it’s share of amazing stories…. Stories of redemption, sorrow, and sometimes the tournament has defined or justified an entire career.
Last year was a prime example of the latter. Damian Dragon was a man who fought and clawed his way through the vast independent wrestling scene for the better part of 17 years. Trained by WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Rodz and former WWE star Big Vito, he was given the tough skin and pedigree to succeed and reach the pinnacle of the profession. But as such is the dark side of wrestling, Dragon’s incredible talent was often overlooked and forgotten among the crowded Northeastern indy scene. Dragon still refused to take no for an answer fighting to earn respect brushing with many of today’s wrestling elite such as former WWE star’s Colin Delaney, Matt Striker, ROH’s Tommaso Ciampa, former ECW star Steve Corino, among others. But little did Dragon know a chance, supposed to be one time only, tag team match would forever change his destiny and finally get him to the mountain top that long eluded him.
2011 in the TWA, he tag teamed with 2014 Super 8 competitor Matt Saigon as a make shift team for a one off match. But with the fans responding so well, they decided to form Fusion DS. When TWA owner Mike Tartaglia bought the ECWA he brought many of TWA’s mainstays with him including Dragon and Saigon. Fusion would then go on to become quite possibly the most popular tag team in ECWA history winning 3 ECWA tag team championships. They even traveled all over the East Coast winning the 2012 Samoan Cup and would go on to appear several times for ROH. Still years past with the ultimate goal of being in and winning the ECWA Super 8 tournament just out of reach. Dragon was losing faith he would ever get the chance to be in the tournament he read about for so many years in PWI magazine.
That’s when it happened…. Heavily supported by a huge fan base he calls his “True Believers”, ECWA management decided to give him the chance to battle his way to the trophy 17 years after he started his career.
And he didn’t disappoint… backed by his fans and his family, of which his wife is a former wrestler and manager herself as Foxy Foxxy, he put on one of the most memorable Super 8 tournament runs in the now 18 year history of the event. Dispatching ECWA fan favorite Chris Wylde, then former WWE tag team champion Mike Mondo, and longtime rival ‘Greek God’ Papadon he finally hoisted the Super 8 trophy for all to see. Not only did he showcase his talent but he made a statement that dreams DO come true when you have a never say die attitude. Deciding it was a better time than any to call it a day, Dragon removed his boots and officially retired from professional wrestling. Many tears were shed that night in 2013, but it was the proverbial cherry on top of an amazing career.
And he just couldn’t stay away from the ECWA, Damian Dragon has agreed to return to the tournament that he won just a year ago to be the HOST! He will no doubt receive a very warm welcome as he officiates the opening ceremony and makes sure the crowd has a great time.
So don’t miss your chance to see and spend some time with Damian and see what has been the place where so many great superstars of the WWE, TNA, and ROH got their first big break. Don’t miss this event!
East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE!
18th Annual ECWA Super 8 Tournament
Sat, April 5, 2014
Greater Newark Boys’ & Girls’ Club
109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place…
Newark, DE 19702
Doors Open: 6:00 PM
Bell Time: 7:00 PM
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Scheduled Card (subject to change)…
18th Annual Super 8 Tournament Competitors
#1- “M-Dogg 20” Matt Cross.
#2- “Maple Leaf Machine” Kao Storm
#3- Steven “The Fever” Walters.
#4- “The Southern Savior” John Skyler
#5- Ricky “the Model” Martinez
#6- “The King of the Midway” Oliver Grimsly
#7- Gran Akuma
#8- “Vietnam Phenom” Matt Saigon
ECWA Tag Team Title Match
D-LINE (BodySnatcher & Black Ice) (c) vs. Team CK (Kage & Sean Carr)
8-MAN Elimination Match to determine the 4th competitor in the 4-way Match for the vacant Heavyweight Title in June!!!
Chris Wylde vs. MONSTER AHTU vs. ? vs. ? vs. ? vs. ? vs. ? vs. ?
with special Guest Host, 3-time ECWA Tag Team Champion and the 2013 Super 8 Champion DAMIAN DRAGON!!!
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