Reckless Youth returns the ECWA 20th Annual Super 8 Tournament this Saturday

Special Super 8 Tournament Interview: Reckless Youth

 

            The ECWA is holding it’s annual Super 8 Tournament on Saturday April 23, 2016 at the Woodbury Heights Community Center in Woodbury, NJ. But this year is no normal edition of the infamous tournament responsible for launching the careers of some of today’s biggest wrestling stars. This year is an ALL STAR EDITION! ECWA management picked some of the biggest, most accomplished, and most impressive past participants to fill up this year’s field of eight. Only past winners and participants were considered! This year’s field alone has three past winners looking to make history! And it’s a second chance for those participants who fell just short last time.

 

However, the Super 8 Tournament is steeped in independent wrestling history. The men who have performed in the tournament are some of the most respected professional wrestlers to ever step foot in a ring. It’s that fact where ECWA started looking into the companies’ history to find a special guest host for this year’s tournament. In fact they found two! The first man though is widely considered on the short list of best indy wrestlers ever… he wrestled all over the world and country including for the WWE…  and he even fought in 3 Super 8 Tournaments! Still widely cited as inspiration for this generation’s men and women on the independent scene this man needs no further introduction.

 

That man is RECKLESS YOUTH!

 

We took some time and asked Reckless Youth aka Tom Carter a few brief questions about his career and the Super 8 Tournament, hope you enjoy:

 

1. You were in 3 Super 8 Tournaments. What did that mean to you and your career?

 

RY: I was heavily influenced by the 1994 & 1995 Super  J Cups as well as the 1996 J-Crown when I first broke into wrestling. The opportunity to be a part of, on the forefront, of something similar in the US with the first Super 8 in 1997 was enthralling. Reflecting back, I sometimes wonder if Jim Kettner was that forward thinking on leading this effort in the US or if he didn’t even realize that it would become as popular and revered as it has come to be in wrestling. I can tell you, personally, that my involvement in the Super 8’s (1997, 1998, & 2001) only amplified my wrestling career by furthering my footprint into areas of the business that I would not have otherwise been able to do without those experiences. I could never thank Jim Kettner enough for those opportunities and to be apart of such a rich wrestling history.

 

2. You were one of the innovators of the fast paced, high flying style that was first originated in the tournament and is now the norm in indy wrestling. Why do you think that style become so popular so quickly?

 

RY: The simple answer is that it was such a stark contrast to what was going on in the Indy scene at the time. When I trained under William Regal during my time in WWE developmental, he would always say “it’s so old it’s new” when referencing a wrestling style or hold. The truth of the matter is that the “fast paced, high flying style” was nothing more than a rehash of what Tiger Mask was doing in the early 80’s. It was so old it was new! I can’t even take credit for ushering it into the US because Tiger Mask did it on a tour in the US back in ‘82 which left a lasting impression on all who witnessed it.

 

3. In your opinion, how has indy wrestling changed for the better and the worse since your retirement?

 

RY: Let’s get one thing right out of the box: I’m not retired. I’m just not accepting bookings at this time. I never officially retired and could always accept bookings again in the future, HAHA!

 

As far as comparing my time in wrestling to now, it would be difficult because I don’t find myself involved enough to comment. I don’t watch too much wrestling on TV and rarely attend a local event now but I can tell you I did see some significant shifts while I was actively wrestling that did cause concerns. WCW being bought by WWE caused a ripple effect that I still believe is being felt today which has hurt wrestling in my opinion. Indy wrestling was directly tied to the power struggle between the major companies. Not only did it provide more possible career options for Indy talent, it also led to larger Indy interest that helped fans and wrestlers alike. Think about a time when there was much greater possibility of seeing a wrestler from an Indy show appear on national TV in the near future. That had a direct effect on the performance as well as a greater attraction for the fans.

 

4. How does it feel that even after all these year’s people still consider you to be one of the best? How about when they say they still copy things you did as Reckless Youth?

 

RY: I’d like to say that I ushered in the era of lightweights in US wrestling but that would be very prideful. The truth is that many guys had a hand in that during that period of time and I’m so sincerely grateful to have been apart of it. I’m flattered when I hear that I had so much influence during what seemed to be a very influential time. I can only hope that any mark I’ve made was a positive one that could be reflected on long after I’m gone. I had a sincere passion for Indy wrestling and loved being a part of it. Wrestlers like Johnny Hotbody and Tony Stetson drew me to a love of Indy wrestling and always made the price of admission worth every penny for me. It’s my hope that I was able to give back and do the same for the fans.

 

We hope that you enjoyed hearing from one of the best professional wrestlers to not only grace an ECWA ring but any ring… period. Tom Carter aka Reckless Youth will be on hand at the All Star Super 8 Tournament as co-host. He will help make history once again as he helps crown the biggest Super 8 Champion in ECWA history! Be there on Saturday April 23, 2016!

Napalm Bomb is now in the 20th Annual ECWA Super 8 Tournament

 

ECWA is one of the longest running independent wrestling promotions in the country. In the almost 50 years of history, top notch professional wrestling has always been the companies calling card. The men and women who have sacrificed their bodies for the ECWA faithful many times have become house hold names whether it’s been in WWE, TNA, ROH, or even around the world! One of the main reasons for that is the long running Super 8 Tournament… which is coming up on it’s 20 year anniversary! The Super 8 is a one day, single elimination tournament for the much sought after Super 8 trophy. And with victory comes the spoils… all of our winners get national magazine exposure which has often led to bigger and better things! Our winners and participants list reads likes a who’s who of today’s wrestling stars. Names like Austin Aries, Christopher Daniels, Matt & Jeff Hardy, Low Ki, WWE’s Xavier Woods, and perhaps the biggest name to never win the tournament, former WWE champion Daniel Bryan! How’s that for a lasting legacy? The Super 8 has been copied and replicated dozens of times over the years since the 1997 inaugural show. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery and ECWA is proud of it’s history of innovation!

 

20 years… that’s a long time for anything to last. So ECWA management wanted to do something special to celebrate  this HUGE occasion that the fans would truly enjoy. What innovation come out of this brain storming? It’s been announced that on Saturday April, 23, 2016 it will be an ALL STAR EDITION of the tournament! The only men who will be selected to participate are past winners and participants. That means ANYTHING can happen! ANYONE from the past could be in this year’s tournament. Maybe a chance at redemption for those that fell just short!

 

The field of 8 had been officially fully announced but due to contractual obligations Super 8 participants Robbie E and DJ Z had to pull out of the tournament. TNA, the company they both have contracts with, announced a new set of TV episode tapings they had to be apart of. But that goes to show you the kind of superstar wrestlers you can see on any given year in the ECWA Super 8 Tournament!

 

But NEVER FEAR wrestling fans ECWA immediately went to work and found two replacements that are sure to excite everyone. The first was announced just a few days ago… former WWE star Scotty 2 Hotty.

 

And now we find out the last replacement to round out the field of 8!

 

This man is one of the strongest, hard hitting, and tough professional wrestlers to ever step foot in a ring. He’s won championship gold all up and down the East Coast throughout his career which includes heavily publicized runs in MCW and the ECWA. He’s been a member of the Black Wall$treet… the Legion of Destruction… and just last year gave one of the most impressive, gutsiest and awe inspiring performances in not just the 2015 Super 8 Tournament but in ECWA and tournament history! It was so highly regarded the fans in attendance gave him a minutes long standing ovation even in a loss in the Quarter Finals.

 

He’s a heavy fan favorite and quite frankly of the biggest kept secrets in Independent wrestling today…

 

That man is the NAPALM BOMB!

 

You have heard that correctly… the powerhouse is back and jumped at the chance to be apart of this year’s tournament. Word on the street is that he’s looking to top last year’s performance and give the BEST performance in Super 8 history en route to being the BIGGEST SUPER 8 CHAMPION IN INDY WRESTLING HISTORY!

 

Can Napalm Bomb storm into the Super 8 Tournament and take victory away from 7 other hungry competitors? Only time will tell!

 

So now all 8 participants have been announced for this year’s ECWA All Star Super 8 Tournament are as follows: 2015 champion Jason ’The Gift’ Kincaid, former ECWA champion and 2012 winner ’Greek God’ Papadon, 2014 Super 8 Finalist ’Southern Savior’ John Skyler, ECWA Heavyweight Champion ‘Hybrid’ Sean Carr, 1997 participant and 1998 Super 8 Finalist Danny Inferno, the ONLY Grand Slam Champion in ECWA history and the 2008 Super 8 Champion Aden Chambers, former 2 time WWE Tag Team Champion SCOTTY 2 HOTTY, and now 2015 Super 8 Quarter Finalist NAPALM BOMB!

 

This is shaping up to be a fast paced, hard hitting tournament with all these men chasing down history. Needless to say this is a can’t miss event!

 

This is GROUND BREAKING NEWS that will shake independent wrestling to it’s core! The ALL STAR SUPER 8 TOURNAMENT is going to be the BIGGEST SHOW in independent wrestling history when it’s all said and done, and you can bank on it. Saturday April 23 is a date to mark on your calendar ASAP!

 

What’s even better NON- TOURNAMENT MATCHES have been announced!

 

After numerous appearances of WWE’s NXT, ECWA Women’s Champion Deonna Purrazzo is defending her title against WWE Tough Enough Contestant Chelsea Green!

 

AND

 

A HUGE 6 MAN TAG TEAM MATCH WITH ALL TITLES ON THE LINE!

The PCA- ECWA Tag Team Champions Ricky Martinez & Damian Adams and ECWA Mid Atlantic Champion Azrieal vs. Bobby Shields & the debuting SOB’s (Sons of Brooklyn) Talon & ‘The Man of Steel’ Mike Verna

 

*If Azrieal is pinned, whoever makes the pinfall will become the NEW ECWA Mid Atlantic Champion

 

*If either Adams or Martinez are pinned, whoever made the pinfall will be able to choose a partner to be the NEW ECWA Tag Team Champions

 

 

To keep updated:

 

ECWA Webpage: www.ecwaprowrestling.com

 

ECWA Twitter: @ECWAwrestling67

 

ECWA Facebook Group Page: http://facebook.com/groups/124627284251717/

 

ECWA Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/pages/East-Coast-Wrestling-Association-ECWA-Independent-Pro-Wrestling/201532843216939

 

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW! As always please call (609) 220-5598 for information, reserved seating and all things ECWA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former WWE Superstar Scotty Too Hotty headlines the 20th Annual ECWA Super 8 Tournament

Replacement for the Super 8 Tournament is a former WWE Star!

 

ECWA is one of the longest running independent wrestling promotions in the country. In the almost 50 years of history, top notch professional wrestling has always been the companies calling card. The men and women who have sacrificed their bodies for the ECWA faithful many times have become house hold names whether it’s been in WWE, TNA, ROH, or even around the world! One of the main reasons for that is the long running Super 8 Tournament… which is coming up on it’s 20 year anniversary! The Super 8 is a one day, single elimination tournament for the much sought after Super 8 trophy. And with victory comes the spoils… all of our winners get national magazine exposure which has often led to bigger and better things! Our winners and participants list reads likes a who’s who of today’s wrestling stars. Names like Austin Aries, Christopher Daniels, Matt & Jeff Hardy, Low Ki, WWE’s Xavier Woods, and perhaps the biggest name to never win the tournament, former WWE champion Daniel Bryan! How’s that for a lasting legacy? The Super 8 has been copied and replicated dozens of times over the years since the 1997 inaugural show. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery and ECWA is proud of it’s history of innovation!

 

20 years… that’s a long time for anything to last. So ECWA management wanted to do something special to celebrate  this HUGE occasion that the fans would truly enjoy. What innovation come out of this brain storming? It’s been announced that on Saturday April, 23, 2016 it will be an ALL STAR EDITION of the tournament! The only men who will be selected to participate are past winners and participants. That means ANYTHING can happen! ANYONE from the past could be in this year’s tournament. Maybe a chance at redemption for those that fell just short!

 

The field of 8 had been officially fully announced but due to contractual obligations Super 8 participants Robbie E and DJ Z had to pull out of the tournament. TNA, the company they both have contracts with, announced a new set of TV episode tapings they had to be apart of. But that goes to show you the kind of superstar wrestlers you can see on any given year in the ECWA Super 8 Tournament!

 

NEVER FEAR WRESTLING FANS! One of the replacements has already been confirmed!

 

This man has been in wrestling for a whopping 27 YEARS! And he is certainly one of the most accomplished men to ever step foot in an ECWA ring! He was a participant in the 1998 Super 8, reaching the semi-finals! He has worked around the globe for WWE… wrestling at Wrestlemania and the Royal Rumble on numerous occasions during the Attitude Era… he’s a former WWE Light Heavyweight Champion but MOST IMPORTANTLY a former 2 time WWE Tag Team Champion… he is easily one of the most recognizable, CHARISMATIC, and MOST POPULAR wrestlers in the history of professional wrestling…

 

He is one half of the fun loving, break dancing TOO COOL!

 

The letters W-O-R-M have made wrestling fans laugh and cheer for almost 2 decades…

 

That man is SCOTTY 2 HOTTY!

This is not a drill! You have in fact read that correctly! SCOTTTY 2 HOTTY is stepping foot in an ECWA ring for the first time in years! He is coming to put the feather in the cap on an almost 30 year wrestling career! He will easily be the most popular man in the building come Saturday April 23!

 

Can SCOTTY 2 HOTTY dance his way into the hearts of the fans and claim the coveted Super 8 trophy!

 

Can he become the oldest man to ever win a Super 8 tournament? He’s chasing down history folks!

 

So now all 7 participants have been announced for this year’s ECWA All Star Super 8 Tournament are as follows: 2015 champion Jason ’The Gift’ Kincaid, former ECWA champion and 2012 winner ’Greek God’ Papadon, 2014 Super 8 Finalist ’Southern Savior’ John Skyler, ECWA Heavyweight Champion ‘Hybrid’ Sean Carr, 1997 participant and 1998 Super 8 Finalist Danny Inferno, the ONLY Grand Slam Champion in ECWA history and the 2008 Super 8 Champion Aden Chambers, and NOW former 2 time WWE Tag Team Champion SCOTTY 2 HOTTY!

 

And there’s still ONE MORE REPLACEMENT COMING!

 

This is shaping up to be a fast paced, hard hitting tournament with all these men chasing down history. Needless to say this is a can’t miss event!

 

This is GROUND BREAKING NEWS that will shake independent wrestling to it’s core! The ALL STAR SUPER 8 TOURNAMENT is going to be the BIGGEST SHOW in independent wrestling history when it’s all said and done, and you can bank on it. Saturday April 23 is a date to mark on your calendar ASAP!

 

What’s even better NON- TOURNAMENT MATCHES have been announced!

 

After numerous appearances of WWE’s NXT, ECWA Women’s Champion Deonna Purrazzo is defending her title against WWE Tough Enough Contestant Chelsea Green!

 

AND

 

A HUGE 6 MAN TAG TEAM MATCH WITH ALL TITLES ON THE LINE!

The PCA- ECWA Tag Team Champions Ricky Martinez & Damian Adams and ECWA Mid Atlantic Champion Azrieal vs. Bobby Shields & the debuting SOB’s (Sons of Brooklyn) Talon & ‘The Man of Steel’ Mike Verna

 

*If Azrieal is pinned, whoever makes the pinfall will become the NEW ECWA Mid Atlantic Champion

 

*If either Adams or Martinez are pinned, whoever made the pinfall will be able to choose a partner to be the NEW ECWA Tag Team Champions

 

 

To keep updated:

 

ECWA Webpage: www.ecwaprowrestling.com

 

ECWA Twitter: @ECWAwrestling67

 

ECWA Facebook Group Page: http://facebook.com/groups/124627284251717/

 

ECWA Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/pages/East-Coast-Wrestling-Association-ECWA-Independent-Pro-Wrestling/201532843216939

 

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW! As always please call (609) 220-5598 for information, reserved seating and all things ECWA!