Photos by Brian Krieger
The bad part about being a decision maker is you are never going to make everyone happy and someone will always question you. But, you have to go with your gut feeling…
Since Sean Carr defeated Matt Saigon for the ECWA Heavyweight Championship on Oct 17, I have been inundated with correspondences saying that that Saigon’s foot was on the rope when Referee Mike Kehner (subbing for Senior Referee John Finegan who was knocked down during the match) made the 3 count for Carr and ruled him the winner and new champion. Then I started receiving photographic evidence. And now I have the video footage.
So I talked to both Referee Mike Kehner and John Finegan last week. As evidence by his ruling, Kehner did not see the foot on the rope. John Finegan, however, revealed that he indeed did see Saigon’s foot on the bottom rope and as he was regaining his senses from an errant Sean Carr superkick.
As a former referee myself, I am old school and the referee’s decision is final. If you take that authority away from the referee, every decision will be questioned. But, I also believe that there are always exceptions to the rules and that every situation is unique.
In this case, the assigned referee for the match DID see the foot, but the substitute referee did not and made the count.
Again, whatever decision I make will be questioned and I can’t make everybody happy, but I have come to a decision.
Effective immediately, I am revoking the ruling of Mike Kehner in this match. Due to photographic, video evidence, overwhelming eye witness accounts and the account of the assigned referee John Finegan, Matt Saigon’s foot was indeed on the rope. Therefore I am ruling the match a NO CONTEST and Matt Saigon retains and still is the ECWA Heavyweight Champion!
1. I am requesting that Sean Carr return the physical ECWA Heavyweight Championship belt to me in 7 calendar days (no later than Tues, Nov 3 by 11:59 PM EST).
2. I am signing a rematch with the two to main event the ECWA 4 LIFE!- The Homecoming, Sat, Nov 21 at the Asbury UMC in New Castle, Delaware, with champion Matt Saigon defending against challenger Sean Carr. Also, in an effort to avoid any future discrepancies, I am officially assigning two referees to officiate this match. Both referees will work in accordance with each other in officiating and ruling on the outcome of the match!
Hope to see you all for the big rematch, Sat, Nov 21! For tix and infoecwaprowrestling.com or call 609.220.5598.
Photos by Brian Krieger, Joe Zanolle
It has been announced that Shockwave The Robot will make his return to the ECWA on 11/21 when he takes on JD “Bamm Bamm” Browning in a special featured matchup in New Castle, Delaware!
Kyle & Chuck Payne have requested their ECWA Tag title rematch against Ricky Martinez & Damian Adams, and matchmaker Joe Zanolle has granted this match to take place 11/21 in New Castle, De!aware! This means that the scheduled match between Team PCA and Bobby Shields & Azrieal is now a Triple Threat Match for the tag team championship!
New champion Deonna Purrazzo has signed a contract to defend her title against fellow ECWA Women’s Super 8 ChickFight competitor Terra Callaway. This match will go down at ECWA 4 Life on November 21, 2015 in New Castle, Delaware!
As seen at the 2015 Women’s Super 8 ChickFight, Mid-Atlantic Champion Bobby Shields has chosen Azrieal as his tag team partner as they prepare to take on the Tag Team champions Ricky Martinez and Damian Adams when the ECWA makes its much-anticipated return to New Castle, Delaware on November 21st for ECWA 4 Life. Check out this Web site exclusive match from the 48th Anniversary Show to find out why Azrieal is so pumped!
And order ECWA’s 48th Anniversary Show on DVD to check out all of the other great action in stunning high definition, including Matt Saigon defending this ECWA title against CW Anderson, the vicious falls-count-anywhere battle between Chris Wylde and Zac Conner, and the bloody, brutal barbed-wire baseball bat match between Breaker Morant and Corey Kastle!
ECWA proudly presented the Super 8 ChickFight Tournament on Saturday October 17, 2015. It was a night of new champions, debuts, and a fantastic display of professional wrestling by all involved. Here’s a brief recap & results review for those that may have missed the event:
Super 8 Quarter Finals
Brittany Blake defeated Terra Calaway via small package: The much stronger and bigger Calaway dominated this match from beginning to end. Even with an impressive display of power, Blake’s resourcefulness proved true as she rolled up Calaway for the pinfall out of nowhere.
Deonna Purrazzo defeated Miranda Vionette via submission- What started as a game of the two opponents one upping each other turned into an impressive display of chain and mat wrestling. Vionette, a relative rookie, made too many mistakes. Purrazzo capitalized and scored a victory using the Fujiwara armbar.
Kennadi Brink defeated Savannah Evans via pinfall- Evans was a last minute replacement but certainly didn’t wrestle like one. Her size and strength put Brink on notice early on. But with Brink’s new look came new moves as she put on an impressive display of speed attacks for someone more known for her power. In the end, Brink’s experience was too much and she scored a victory.
Tessa Blanchard defeated Daysia Gilbert via slingshot suplex- Gilbert was also a last minute replacement but impressed going toe for toe with last year‘s champ. However, Tessa’s vastly grown in the last year and with growth comes strength as the girl with a famous last name would not be denied a victory with her trademark sling shot suplex.
PCA (Ricky Martinez & Damian Adams) w/ AJ Pan defeated the Extreme Rednecks (Chuck & Kyle Payne) w/ The Don to become the NEW ECWA Tag Team Champions- The Rednecks came in on a huge roll as of late. But the PCA is not known for playing fair… Chuck and Kyle took turns mostly dominating the challengers and keeping AJ Pan out of the equation. But in the end, a distraction caused by Meisure Ooh La La’s assault of the Don and the Rednecks inability to communicate proved too much as Ricky Martinez downed Chuck for a 1..2..3.
Bobby Shields retains the ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship via DQ- Shields came to the ring and issued an open challenge to anyone in the locker room. Enter Ricky Martinez. A great back and forth match ensued. Martinez would seemingly close in on a victory but the resilient champion would rally. Just as it looked like Shields was closing in on a victory, Martinez would deliver a low blow ending the match in a DQ. Afterwards, the PCA would beat down Shields repeatedly.
Super 8 Semi Finals
Deonna Purrazzo defeats Brittany Blake via submission- The feisty Blake came out on all cylinders attacking Purrazzo. Flying around the ring with a beautiful mixture of aerial and ground attacks it looked like curtains for the Italian beauty. But Purrazzo’s MO lately seems to be weather the storm and brutality attack her opponent. Weakening Blake slowly but steadily the strategy worked once again as Purrazzo forced Blake to submit.
Tessa Blanchard defeats Kennadi Brink via submission- This one promised to be a slugfest and it was from start to finish. Tessa trying to steadily weaken the much stronger Brink. And Brink trying to deliver deciding brutal blows. Back and forth they went trading impressive moves. But as such is the case in most Super 8 matches one miscue by Brink and Blanchard immediately went for the kill forcing her to tap out with a Crucifix armbar. And almost as if sending a message to her fellow Super 8 finalist, she held it on for a few seconds afterward.
Sean Carr defeats Matt Saigon to become the NEW ECWA Heavyweight Champion- In what could very well be the craziest Heavyweight title match in ECWA history, this was one to remember. Carr, the cocky loudmouth, proved yet again he’s an amazing wrestler with a great display of ground and pound on the now former champion. Saigon’s power was neutralized for most of the contest but tried to steal one at the end… unfortunately an unconscious ref, Carr using the belt to hit Saigon, a new ref, and then a controversial ending as Carr pinned Saigon to win the championship despite seemingly having his foot on the bottom rope as the referee counted 3 made for one crazy ending as Carr wins the championship.
Super 8 Finals
Congratulations to new Heavyweight (Sean Carr), Tag (Team PCA), and Women’s (Deonna Purrazzo) champions, all crowned at Women’s Super 8 ChickFight!
Results to follow.
Mid-Atlantic champion Bobby Shields has issued an open challenge for his title at Women’s Super 8 ChickFight! Who will step up?! Stay tuned!
Women’s Super 8 ChickFight competitor and ECWA star Brittany Blake sat down with Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Brady Hicks and Kathie Fitz at a recent indie show to talk about the show, her love of Halloween, traveling the world, and getting asked to Homecoming! Check it out! And for more Brady Hicks interviews, visit thebradyhicks.com!
Former Mid-Atlantic champion Napalm Bomb has posted a video update as he continues to recover from surgery! We here at ECWA wish Napalm nothing but the best in a speedy recovery, regardless of what Joel Blackhart may want!