ECWA has been around for almost 50 years now… half a century of top notch wrestling put on by some of the world’s best wrestlers. A company that lasts that long has to keep innovating for the future… and innovate it did back in 1997 when former ECWA owner Jim Kettner invented the Super 8 Tournament. Originally, it was to crown an ECWA TV Championship, a now defunct championship. But the buzz behind the performers’ showing created massive buzz in the indy circuit, especially picking up PWI Magazine’s interest and coverage. And so it grew into a phenomenon! Wrestlers from all across the country begged and fought for the chance to be among the chosen eight. A good showing, and more importantly a win, in the tournament almost guarantees national coverage. Most of the past competitors went on to HUGE things in the wrestling industry whether it was in WWE, WCW, ROH, or even Japan.
Some of the notable names that have competed in or won the Super 8 Tournament:
-WWE NXT star Austin Aries
-Former WWE Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan
-International Superstar Low Ki
-ROH and TNA star Christopher Daniels
-IWGP Jr Tag Team Champion Rocky Romero
-Former WWE Tag Team Champions Jeff AND Matt Hardy
-Former WWE Tag Team Champion Brian Kendrick
-ROH Champion Adam Cole
-WWE NXT Tag Team Champion Tommaso Ciampa
And that’s literally just barely a list of the amazing names that all wrestling fans know and love that have competed under the ECWA banner at the Super 8 Tournament.
With that in mind, this is year 21 of the famous single elimination tournament! ECWA management wanted to make a huge splash with fresh, young talent competing for all the glory. The search didn’t go very far before they found exactly the kind of athlete and wrestler that embodies what the Super 8 stands for.
Perhaps one of the most interesting and flamboyant men to ever take part in a Super 8 Tournament….
He’s strong, powerful, and knows how to use rhythmic gymnastics to his advantage…
THE SECOND ENTRANT INTO THE 2017 ECWA SUPER TOURNAMENT IS TIMMY LOU RETTON!
Retton trained with North Carolina based Seymour Snott and debuted back in 2014. North Carolina is known for it’s hard hitting, technically based wrestlers and Retton is no different. As a former Olympic gymnastics champion, he utilizes a unique move set that combines his natural gymnastic ability along with his heavy hitting offense that includes everything from bone shattering spine busters to a devastating shooting star neck breaker. Using ribbons, various dance moves, and even wearing furry boots most opponents tend to be distracted by his flamboyant persona but it’s all to gain any advantage he can in the ring.
Working for companies like CWF, FSPW, and GOUGE he’s made a name for himself quickly as someone to watch out for in the years to come as a rising star. Surprisingly agile and fast for a man of his size, Timmy Lou makes it a habit to fly around the ring doing all sorts of aerial attacks that catch everyone, fans included, by surprise.
It’s no wonder he was the famous number 500 in this year’s PWI 500 list!
It’s easy to see why he was chosen to be the next young, and hungry wrestler ready to fight for his chance to hoist the Super 8 trophy… winning gold is just in Retton’s blood!
Needless to say this is HUGE news for upcoming tournament in April! Stay tuned for more entrant announcements and even bonus matchs being added as the weeks go by and we get closer and closer to the date!
The Super 8 Tournament this year is already the BIGGEST MUST SEE EVENT in independent wrestling! Here’s all the information released so far:
East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA)
2017 ECWA Super 8 Tournament
Saturday April 29, 2017
Woodbury Heights Community Center
741 Helen Ave
Woodbury Height, NJ 08097
Doors will open: 6 pm
* Arrive early for a special meet and greet with all 8 entrants*
Showtime: 7 pm
All ECWA events are family friendly!
TICKET INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED SOON! STAY TUNED!
2017 ECWA Super 8 Tournament Participants
1- LIO RUSH
2- TIMMY LOU RETTON
MUCH MORE INFORMATION TO BE RELEASED SOON!
Here’s all ECWA channels to watch for all the info on the Super 8 and all ECWA shows:
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