Entrant number 5 chosen for the 2017 ECWA Super 8
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. These men weren’t household names when they competed… just young, hungry wrestlers looking for a chance. You know these men AFTER the fact… that’s the story of the Super 8.
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 athletes and wrestlers that embodies what the Super 8 stands for.
With 4 men already chosen, ECWA management took a look around the Northeast indy scene for a wrestler waiting for his chance to break out… to finally show what he’s worth. Someone looking to show off if you will…
And they found a man who’s brash… outspoken… capable of doing AND saying almost anything at any time…
THE FIFTH ENTRANT IN THE 2017 ECWA SUPER 8 TOURNAMENT IS ‘THE BAD BOY’ JOEY JANELA!
Janela is one of those young, incredibly talented guys who had quite the interesting start to his career. Lying about his age so he could wrestle on a random indy show, he almost learned wrestling on the fly…. Literally. However, it’s during this time period when he would garner his legendary reputation that still follows him to this day. His habit of being a cocky, arrogant, almost insufferable person caused him to not be a huge favorite in many locker rooms. No gimmicks. That was Joey Janela in a nutshell!
BUT… as he grew as a performer and learned wrestling he turned that hate into his now persona that’s taking him to all kinds of new heights! Dubbing himself ‘The Bad Boy’ he’s still as cocky and arrogant but only to the fans and opponents that cross his path. Working for companies like CZW, House of Glory, PWS, NWS, and TONS more he’s developing a huge fan following.
Able to fly like a cruiserweight but hit as hard as anyone, Janela’s offense is devastating… quick hitting… and effective to take down opponents who are often times distracted by his antics. On top of that, he’s willing to do almost anything… from jumping off tables, roofs, ladders, and turnbuckles… to defeat an opponent. The fans love him… and love to hate him!
This adds a unique twist to this year’s Super 8. A guy who’s bite is just as good if not BETTER than his bark!
It’s easy to see how a guy who loves to show off like Joey Janela can steal all the spotlight for himself and hoist the Super 8 trophy!
The Super 8 Tournament just might be BAD this year!
Needless to say this is HUGE news for upcoming tournament in April! Stay tuned for more entrant announcements and even bonus matches 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- ‘MR. 500’ TIMMY LOU RETTON
3- ‘MR. EXCELLENCE’ BRANDON SCOTT
4- THE ZOMBIIE KING
5- ‘THE BAD BOY’ JOEY JANELA
MUCH MORE INFORMATION TO BE RELEASED SOON!
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