ECWA Apr 7th 2012 SUPER 8 RESULTS

 

“Greek God” Papadon wins the 2012 ECWA Super 8 Tournament- Results and Notes by Brady Hicks. Visit www.thebradyhicks.com

East Coast Wrestling Association at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club in Newark, Delaware–Bandido Jr defeated Azrieal [10:20] … “The Handicapped Hero” Gregory Iron pinned Kyle Matthews [9:53] … Bobby Fish beat ECWA Mid-Atlantic Champion Kekoa The Flyin Hawaiian [12:16] by submission in a non-title match … ECWA Heavyweight Champion “The Greeknin God” Papadon pinned Anthony Nese [11:13] in a non-title match … ECWA Tag Champions The Midnight Sensations defeated Fusion-DS and The Flatliners in a Triple-Threat match [15:59], pinning The Flatliners to retain their titles … Bandido Jr pinned Gregory Iron [7:13] … Papadon defeated Bobby Fish [15:27] … Mr. Ooh La La won a Battle Royal [27:33], last eliminating ECWA owner Mike Tartaglia … Papadon pinned Bandido Jr [17:42] to win the 2012 ECWA Super 8 trophy. (04/07/12)

 

Newark,Delaware, April 7, 2012–“The Greek God” Papadon made East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) history at the 16th annual ECWA Super 8 tournament tonight, pinning TNA star Anthony Nese, Bobby Fish, and Bandido Jr in one evening to become the first man to walk into – and win – the tournament as ECWA Heavyweight Champion.

 
Previously, “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels won Super 8 as champion, but only after winning the title during the course of the tournament.
“I’m honored, but not surprised,” smiled the man once so hated – but tonight cheered – by the ECWA faithful. “I did exactly as I said … and KNEW I would. Now I only hope the wrestling world was taking notice, as they have so many times in the past.”

 

The road was a difficult one for The Greek God, who had to defeat one of TNA’s fastest-rising X division stars, in Nese, in the first round.

 
Round One – Papadon vs. Anthony Nese
Papadon’s first-round match against TNA star Anthony Nese was a very hard-fought battle, and one that did not leave him unaffected. After sustaining a series of brutal suplexes, kneelifts, and a punishing 450 Splash from the top rope, Papadon was able to catch his fellow New Yorker off-guard, quickly pinning him after a running European-style dropkick in just over 11 minutes. For the big TNA television star, the night was already over. For Papadon, however, a long and dificult journey was only just beginning. It was now on to the second round, where Papadon would be forced to contend with the internationally savvy Bobby Fish.

 
Round Two – Papadon vs. Bobby Fish
No handshakes, and apparently no respect by Fish, who rejected an attempted show of respect by the usually hated champ, just prior to punishing him with  suplexes and a springboard moonsault off the apron. In the end, it was another running dropkick’ this time to the back of Fish’s head at the 15 minute mark that was enough to bring this match to an end, and to propel Papadon into the finals.

 
Unfortunately for Papadon, the final round of the Super 8 tournament presented its own set of challenges, in the form of luchadore Bandido Jr, brandishing traditional lucha mask in honor of his father at ringside.

 
Round Three – Papadon vs. Bandido Jr
With Bandido Sr watching on from his ringside seat, Bandido Jr turned in the fight of his life against Papadon, punishing him with aerial maneuver after aerial maneuver before he fell victim to a Papadon piledriver.
With trophy standing beside the very proud Greek God, Papadon could do little but gleam as he looked back on the milestone he had just achieved. After holding both the Super 8 trophy AND ECWA Heavyweight title high above his head as the standing crowd and all of his tournament peers looked on, Papadon grabbed the microphone and exclaimed, “For years, I’ve wanted this tournament so bad. It’s such a great pleasure, the fans are some of the greatest and most loyal fans in independent wrestling today. Thank you so much to all of you who helped make this possible for me.”

 
In other opening round tournament matches, Bamdido Jr pinned his tag partner Azrieal, Gregory Iron defeated Kyle Matthews and Bobby Fish forced Kekoa The Flyin Hawaiian to submit to a leglock submission, after working over his knee for more than 10 minutes. One additional second-round matchup saw Bandido taken to the limit by Gregory Iron, only to come out on top in the end.

 
In addition, longtime ECWA veteran – and perrenial underdog – Mr. Ooh La La shocked most of his fellow locker-room mates and fans by winnng a Royal Rumble-style invitational battle royal, last eliminating the owner of the ECWA, Mike Tartaglia. Ooh La La, who emerged from the backstage as the #3 entrant, immediately fainted when left alone in the ring with both members of The Nigerian Nightmares. After being revived, he would later slide under the bottom rope to come to the aid of his manager, “Coach” Jim Shorts, who was injured when Ooh La La bumped into him and knocked him out of the ring after being intimidated by AHTU. During that time, the match was seemingly won by newcomer Mustafa Aziz, at which time Tartaglia emerged from the back and paid him to eliminate himself from the match. In his arrogance, Tartaglia totally forgot about Ooh La La, who was still at ringside and was able to sweep in to toss the former Hitman over the top rope, and earn a shot for hmself  at any title in the ECWA, on any date of his choosing.

 
In other action, reigning ECWA Tag Champions The Midnight Sensations successfully retained their titles with a big Triple-Threat match win over former champions The Flatliners and Fusion-DS. With Fusion, The Sensations, and Flatliner Burns laid out outside the ring after a Burns suicide dive, Asylum found himself the victim of a brutal assault by the massive Nigerian Nightmares, as the crowd watched on in horror. Never ones to let bygones be bygones, Asylum and Burns would make an appearance later in the night during the Invitational Battle Royal, to return the fight back to The Nightmares and get some vengeance, costing them the match.

 

For more Super 8 coverage visit

 

Snapmare.com: http://www.snapmare.com/ECWA2012Super8Coverage.html

 

Hell in a Cell Press: http://hellinacell.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/ecwa-16th-annual-super-8/

 

Hank Stoklosa’s Photos: http://sode.smugmug.com/Sports/ECWA/040712-ECWA-SUPER-8/22331835_kW3SRj#1785678266_fQKGFdm

 

Joe Ferrera’s Photos: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=383809834987065&set=a.383809531653762.96101.256408164393900&type=1&theater

 

Listen to Greek God Papadontalk about his Super 8 win w/ Greg DeMarco& Patrick O’Dowd on the Greg DeMarco Show:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gregdemarco/2012/04/11/the-greg-demarco-show-wrestling-the-sheik-returns

 

GreekGod Papadon talks about his Super 8 win w/ Brady Hicks on IN THE ROOM:
http://thebradyhicks.com/2012/04/in-the-room-with-short-sleeve-sampson-and-papadon/

 

Papadontalks about his Super 8 win on the Tony Layne Show:
http://tonylayne.podcastpeople.com/posts/45967 — with GreekGod Papadon

 

 

 

TODAY SAT, APR 7th is the ECWA SUPER 8 in NEWARK, DE

 

Doors Open 6:00 PM  for a Meet & Greet w/ the Super 8 competitors!!!!

 

East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE!

16th Annual SUPER 8 Tournament
Sat, Apr 7th, 2012
Greater Newark Boys’ & Girls’ Club
109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place
Newark, DE 19702

Doors Open: 6:00 PM (Meet & Greet w/ the Super 8 competitors!)
Bell Time: 7:00 PM

All ECWA events are FAMILY FRIENDLY!

TICKETS AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE, VIA PAY PAL & AT THE DOOR
For info and reserved seating call (609) 220-5598
or e-mail at: info@ecwaprowrestling.com

Order tix online at http://ecwaprowrestling.com/ecwa/about/tickets/

FOR DIRECTIONS:
http://ecwaprowrestling.com/ecwa/about/directions/

 

Scheduled Card (subject to change)…

This year’s competitors announced so far…
#1- “Greek God” Papadon (Bio: http://ecwaprowrestling.com/ecwa/super-8/papadon-bio-2/ )
#2- Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian (Bio: http://ecwaprowrestling.com/ecwa/super-8/kekoa-bio/)
#3- Bobby Fish (Bio: http://ecwaprowrestling.com/ecwa/super-8/bobby-fish-bio/ )
#4- Tony Nese (replacing Amazing Red http://ecwaprowrestling.com/ecwa/2012/04/01/red-out-nese-in-super-8-this-sat-apr-7th-5-days-away/)
#5- Azrieal (Bio: http://ecwaprowrestling.com/ecwa/super-8/azrieal-bio/)
#6- “Handicapped Hero” Gregory Iron (Bio: http://ecwaprowrestling.com/ecwa/super-8/gregory-iron-bio/)
#7- Kyle Matthews (Bio: http://ecwaprowrestling.com/ecwa/super-8/kyle-matthews-bio/)
#8- Bandido Jr (Bio: http://ecwaprowrestling.com/ecwa/super-8/bandido-jr-bio-2/)

 

SPECIAL NON-TOURNAMENT MATCH
For the ECWA Unified Tag Team Titles

VERSUS

VERSUS

SPECIAL NON-TOURNAMENT MATCH

TRIPLE THREAT MATCH for the ECWA Unified Tag Team Titles
(2 men in ring at a time, tags, team that scores the pinfall wins the titles, Sensations DO NOT have to be pinned to lose the titles)

“The Midnight Sensations” Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields (c) vs. former Champions “The Flatliners” Asylum & Matt Burns vs. former 2-time Champions “FUSION DS” Matt Saigon & Damian Dragon

 

PLUS…

The OPEN INVITATIONAL BATTLE ROYAL is back Apr 7, 2012 as part of the 16th Annual ECWA Super 8 Tournament in Newark, Delaware!!!

Winner of the Battle Royal receives a championship match for any title in ECWA at any time of the winner’s choosing!!!

“Beautiful” Bobby Shields
848 lbs NIGERIAN NIGHTMARES (Maifu & Saifu) and Tiki
AHTU
Aramis Stinson
Bobby Dempsey
Cha Cha Chance
Chris Wylde
Coach Jim Shorts
“The Last Warrior” Greywolf
The French Mime, Jean-Jean LeBon
John Skyler
Kid U-S-A
MMA Press Agent Gus Grand
Mr. Ooh La La
MUSTAFA AZIZ
Ricky “the Model” Martinez
Russian Assassin
Shane Strickland
Steven “The Fever” Walters
Timothy Richards

 

Singing the National Anthem at the Super 8 will be TARA. Check out TARA’s new single “Gotta Get It” available on iTunes now!!! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000481426445

Card subject to change.

* Delaware Dept. of State Advertising Permit # 148

 

NOTE: AMAZING RED checked in with ECWA via Twitter. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts. And thank you to Tony Nese for agreeing to serve as his replacement this Sat, Apr 7th at the Super 8 in Newark, Delaware…. http://www.twitlonger.com/show/gprv9k

TwitLonger

Jonathan Figueroa (@AmazingRed1)

Posted Wednesday 4th April 2012 from TweetCaster

I would like to inform everyone that on Saturday April 7th, I won’t b at ECWA’s Super 8 tournament, due to a family emergency! I’m so srry about it guyz, but family stuff is always 1st to me. Thanks 4 understanding guyz

 

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Bleacher Report by Dean Dixon
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1093979-previewing-the-16th-annual-ecwa-super-8-tournament

SNAPMARE.COM Coverage of 2012 SUPER 8:
http://www.snapmare.com/ECWA2012Super8.html

16th ANNUAL ECWA SUPER 8 (Apr 7, 2012) PREVIEW:

 

SNAPMARE.COM Coverage of 2011 SUPER 8:
http://www.snapmare.com/ECWA2011Super8Coverage.html

2011 SUPER 8 HIGHLIGHTS:

 

TNA IMPACT! SPIKE TV, Mar 1, 2012: Chris Daniels (Super 8 1999 finalist, 2000 & 2004 winner and former ECWA Heavyweight Champion) v AJ Styles (S8 2002 finalist) v Frankie Kazarian (S8 2003 semi-finalist); ODB v Madison Rayne; Zema Ion (Shiima Zion, S8 2011 semi-finalist) vs Shannon Moore (S8 2008 quarter-finalist); Bobby Roode (S8 2002 quarter-finalist), Austin Aries (S8 2004 finalist, S8 2011 semi-finalist) and Bully Ray v James Storm, Samoa Joe and Brutus Magnus. So 7 OUT OF 11 MALE WRESTLERS on TNA MARCH 1, 2012 CAME THROUGH THE SUPER 8!!! Many like Chris Daniels, Austin Aries, Bobby Rode (then Boby Rude), AJ Styles, Kazarian got their first big East Coast exposure and first PWI Magazine exposure from the Super 8! This year there are 8 competitors, some who some you know, some you don’t. One thing is for sure, EVERYONE will know them more after the Super 8 on Apr 7, 2012 than before!!! The Super 8 was the FIRST, the ORIGINAL, the MOST RECOGNIZED and still is the BEST 8-man, single elimination tournament in pro wrestling! Be there Apr 7, 2012 in Newark, Delaware for GreekGod Papadon, Kekoa, Bobby Fish, AMAZING RED, Azrieal, Gregory Iron, Kyle Matthews and Bandido Jr. For tix call 609.220.5598! Tix are ONLY $15 adult and $10 for kids 12 and under!!! Many others charge $20-25-30 for ringside and this IS the Super 8!!! “ECWA … become a fan all over again!!!”- Joe Zanolle, ECWA, Matchmaker

 

I can’t wait for this year’s East Coast Wrestling Association SUPER 8 TOURNAMENT! This year is the 16th Annual edition. It is the oldest, most recognized and most covered tournament of its kind. It has served as a platform to many future stars. But to clarify, the Super 8 is not about Joe Zanolle or Mike Tartaglia or founder Jim Kettner or the ECWA itself. It is about 8 professional wrestlers looking to prove they are the best of the best. Looking to prove that professional wrestling is still alive, that there are new stars waiting to break through, that there are new stars ready and able to have the torch passed to them and to help carry on the tradition of this business into the future and beyond. This year’s participants “Greek God” Papadon, Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian, Bobby Fish, AMAZING RED, Azrieal, Gregory Iron, Kyle Matthews and Bandido Jr all have different levels of experience and exposure and all bring their unique talents and skills to the table this year. Like any competition, there is only one winner, but as a collective field of 8, there are no losers here. There are 8 winners! I am proud to serve as the caretaker of this event and promise to do my best to help maintain this tradition. Make sure you check out the Super 8 on Apr 7, 2012 in Newark, Delaware, PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING the way YOU remember it! I guarantee you will “become a fan all over again!” – Joe Zanolle, ECWA, Matchmaker

RED OUT, NESE IN SUPER 8 THIS SAT, APR 7th (3 days away)!!!

Amazing Red informed ECWA matchmaker Joe Zanolle on Saturday, March 31st that he would be unable to attend and compete in the 16th Annual Super 8 on April 7th, citing a family emergency he needed to tend to. ECWA sends Red and his family best wishes.

Replacing Red is TNA IMPACT! Wrestling Star Tony Nese!!! Tony had a great series of matches with 2011 Super 8 semi-finalist Shiima Xion (now Zema Ion) on IMPACT! and also recently had a match vs Austin Aries vs Zema Ion vs Kid Kash!

Tony was also a 2008 ECWA Super 8 semi-finalist where he competed as Maverick.

Nese has been a standout at New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC), ROH, EVOLVE, DG-USA and many other Northeast independents!

“I apologize to the ECWA fans for this inconvenience,” said Zanolle. “As much as I was looking forward to see Red compete in the Super 8 as he did in 2002, I fully understand that family comes first and hope he and his family are OK. Having said that, the Super 8 is not about one person, but rather a spirit, an ideal of giving exposure and a platform to a new generation of performers and giving the fans the very best wrestling today.”

“Tony Nese is a great fit for the tournament and we are lucky to have him. Nese knows all about the Super 8, having competed in the 2008 edition, and jumped at the chance to win the trophy that eluded him 4 years ago.”

“ECWA fans were recently treated to a great match on March 3rd in Newark, Delaware as Nese took on Alex Reynolds,” Zanolle continued. “Many of our fans loved Nese and requested his return. One door closes, another opens. Needless to say, Tony belongs in the Super 8 and I look forward to all that he brings to the table.”

The Super 8 is ONLY 5 days away! Papadon, Kekoa, Bobby Fish, Tony Nese, Azrieal, Gregory Iron, Kyle Matthews and Bandido Jr!!! Plus Triple Threat for the Unified Tag Titles, Midnight Sensations (c) vs. FUSION DS vs. Flatliners!!! And last but not least, the ECWA Over the Top Rope Invitational Battle Royal for a shot at any ECWA Title!!!

Over 35 stars for ONLY $15 (adults) and $10 (kids)!!!

Call Mike at 609.220.5598 for tix NOW!!!

 

Tony Nese had such a great match with Alex Reynolds at ECWA on March 3rd, that fans requested to bring Nese back!!!

Nese recently had a fantastic 3-match series against Zema Ion (fka Shiima Zion) on TNA IMPACT! TV

After his ECWA March 3rd appearance, Nese returned to TNA IMPACT! TV on March 22nd to take on Austin Aries, Zema Ion and Kid Kash!

Tony Nese competed in the 2008 ECWA Super 8 as Maverick. Standing, left to right- Shannon Moore, Nese, Chase Del Monte, Aden Chambers (winner), Loca Vida, Alex Koslov. Kneeling, left to right- Scott Reed, Frankie Arion.

 

Tony Nese scores an impressive pin fall win over the man he replaces in the Super 8 this year, Amazing Red!!!

 

Tony Nese defeats 2011 Super 8 Semi-finalist Shiima Zion (now Zema Ion) on TNA IMPACT! TV!!!

FLATLINERS RETURN TO ECWA AT SUPER 8

In a special non-tournament match at the 16th Annual ECWA Super 8 on Apr 7, 2012 in Newark, Delaware, one of the most devasting tag teams of all time and former ECWA Unified Tag Team Champions*, The Flatliners (Asylum and Matt Burns) will return for a title shot at the ECWA Unified Tag Team Champions! The current champions The Midnight Sensations (Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields) have 2 titles defenses against FUSION DS (Matt Saigon & Damian Dragon) (Mar 3 and Mar 10) before Apr 7th!! So it will a title match with either FUSION DS or the Midnight Sensations defending against the Flatliners at the SUPER 8!

*The Flatliners defeated FUSION DS (Matt Saigon & Damian Dragon)in the quarter-finals of the K-CUP Tag Team Tournament on Nov 19, 2011 in Newark, Delaware for the ECWA Unified Tag Team Titles before losing them to the Logan Brothers (Matt & Bryan) in the semifinal round!

For tix and info call 609.220.5598

“ECWA … become a fan all over again!”

HOW PAPADON QUALIFIED FOR THE SUPER 8 (video)

At the 44th Anniversary Show of the ECWA on September 24th, 2011 in Newark, DE, 2011 ECWA SUPER 8 Champion Tommaso Ciampa faced ECWA Heavyweight Champion “Greek God” Papadon. The stipulations were, if Tommaso Ciampa won, he would become the ECWA Heavyweight Champion. If Papadon won, he would receive an automatic spot into the 16th Annual ECWA Super 8 Tournament on April 7, 2012.

Let’s take a look back now, to Papadon vs Ciampa, Title vs. SUPER 8 spot!!!

ECWA September 24, 2011 ECWA Heavyweight Champion Greek God Papadon defends Championship against ECWA 2011 Super 8 Winner Tomasso Ciampa from Michael Tartaglia on Vimeo.

KYLE MATTHEWS & BANDIDO JR LAST 2 MEN ENTERED INTO 2012 SUPER 8

The 7th man entered into the 16th Annual ECWA SUPER 8 Tournament on April 7th, 2012 in Newark, DE is KYLE MATTHEWS!!! Kyle is a 9 year pro out of the Atlanta, Georgia area. He was trained by Georgia wrestling legend the late “Nightmare” Ted Allen and Jimmy Rave. Kyle has tournament experience as he competed in the Chikara Young Lions VI, 2011 Shamrock Cup and the NWA North American Title Tournament. Kyle has had great matches with ROH Champion Davey Richards, World Champion Daniel Bryan and NWA World Champion Adam Pearce.  Kyle has worked for NWA, ROH, DG-USA and EVOLVE. Most recently, Klye wrestled Jon Davis of the Dark City Fight Club at EVOLVE on January 14, 2012 at the last event at the ECW Arena before renovations.

Rounding out the field of 8 this year is BANDIDO JR!!! Bandido Jr. is an 8 year pro out of North Jersey. He was trained by Homicide and his greatest inspiration, his father El Bandido. Bandido Jr has had many great battles in JAPW and many other northeast wrestling promotions. He recently joined the ECWA roster and has decided to wear the mask during his ECWA tenure to honor the tradition started by his father. With big wins over “Beautiful” Bobby Shields and Danny E, Bandido Jr has become one of the most popular wrestlers in the ECWA today. Bandido Jr. joins his tag team partner and good friend Azrieal (who he competed with in the recent ECWA K-CUP Tag Team Tournament and also holds the CZW Tag Team Titles with) in this year’s SUPER 8!!!

The complete list of this year’s competitors in the 16th Annual SUPER 8 is…

#1- “Greek God” Papadon

#2- Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian

#3- Bobby Fish

#4- AMAZING RED

#5- Azrieal

#6- “Handicapped Hero” Gregory Iron

#7- Kyle Matthews

#8- Bandido Jr.

For tix call 609.220.5598

“ECWA … become a fan all over again!!!”

Kyle Matthew is the 7th man entered into the 2012 ECWA SUPER 8!!!

Bandido Jr is the 8th man entered into the 2012 ECWA SUPER 8!

FUSION DS in MUSIC VIDEO (video)

Former East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) Unified Tag Team Champions Matt Saigon & Damian Dragon, known as FUSION DS, were recently featured in a music video, “Lucha Libre” by Italian rock band NUV.

 

Saigon and Dragon won the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance (TWA) Tag Team Titles from the Best Around, Bruce Maxwell and TJ Cannon, in January 2011 in Voorhees, NJ.
 
In May 2011, FUSION DS defeated Christopher Rockwell and Sam Shields, the Midnight Sensations, for the vacant ECWA Tag Team Tiles and also to unify both the TWA and ECWA Tag Team Championships to become the first ECWA/TWA Unified Tag Team Champions.
 
FUSION DS defended the championships throughout 2011 and were ranked the number 10 tag team in the world several weeks by Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Magazine online at www.pwi-online.com.  This marked the first time ever that any ECWA champion(s) had ever been ranked in the PWI overall top ten, which is usually reserved for WWE, TNA, NWA and international wrestlers.
 
FUSION DS’s title reign ended at the ECWA K-CUP Tag Team Tournament in Newark, DE in Nov 2011 when they were defeated by Asylum and Matt Burns, the Flatliners, in the quarter-final round.  The Flatliners then lost the championship to the Matt & Bryan Logan in the semi-finals.  The Midnight Sensations, old rivals of FUSION DS, then defeated the Logan Brothers in the finals for the Unified Tag Team Title and the K-CUP trophy.
 
Following their loss at the K-CUP, FUSION felt slighted by the fans who began to rally behind the Midnight Sensations and voted the Sensations ECWA Tag Team, Match and Moment of the Year in ECWA’s Year End Awards in on-line voting.
 
In January 2012, FUSION DS saved the Midnight Sensations after the Sensations defeated the Nigerian Nightmares in a very tough title defense and a brutal post match attack by the Nightmares.  After chasing the Nightmares off with chairs, FUSION helped the Sensations back to their feet only to brutally attack them with a series a chair shots!!!
 
With the roles now reversed, and the Sensations now the favorite of the ECWA fans, FUSION DS has vowed their new attitude will lead them to become the first ever 2-time Unified ECWA Tag Team Champions. However, the defending champions, who bill themselves as time traveling, karate aliens from the Triton Moon sent from the future to save tag team wrestling, say different and promise to send FUSION DS away empty-handed.
 
The Midnight Sensations have 2 title defenses scheduled against FUSION DS, first at ECWA SPRING BATTLE!, Mar 3, 2012 in Newark, Delaware and then at the YMCA of Salem County, Mar 10, 2012 in Carney’s Point, NJ.
 
For tix and info cal 609.220.5598
 
 
 
“ECWA … become a fan all over again!”

GREGORY IRON 6th MAN ENTERED IN SUPER 8 (video)

The 6th man entered into the 16th Annual ECWA SUPER 8 Tournament on April 7th at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls in Delaware is GREGORY IRON!!!

Gregory is known as the “Handicapped Hero” as he wrestles with cerebral palsy that affects his right arm and partially his right leg also. Iron wrestles for Pro Wrestling Ohio (PWO) and also Chikara. Recently, Iron was selected as first runner for Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Magazine Year End Awards as Inspirational Wrestler of the Year, was featured on Fox and Friends to make a bid to be in this year’s WWE Royal Rumble and was also endorsed by current WWE Champion CM Punk and Colt Cabana!!!

Gregory Iron joins “Greek God” Papadon, Kekoa, Bobby Fish, AMAZING RED and Azrieal in this year’s tournament!!! Two competitors remain to be announced!!! For tix call 609.220.5598. “ECWA … become a fan all over again!”

"Handicapped Hero" Gregory Iron has been entered into the 16th Annual ECWA SUPER 8!!!

Gregory Iron was the first runner up for the 2011 Inspirational Wrestler of the Year in PWI Magazine (March 2012 Issue)

 

Greg’s Story…

Born with cerebral palsy, Iron had a rough childhood as he was often ridiculed for it by peers and classmates.  Iron did share a close bond though with his grandmother, who first got him interested in pro wrestling and developed a common love of wrestling.  Sadly, Iron lost his grandmother to bone cancer in 1995.  Iron also had a tough home life as his mother became addicted to drugs and alcohol, which resulted in emotional and even financial woes and, ultimately, led to the passing of his mother from a drug overdose.

Despite all of these obstacles, the one thing that occupied Greg’s mind and motivated him was his love of pro wrestling. 

Greg always wanted to be a part of wrestling, though he never thought he could actually be a wrestler.  That changed when he saw one legged wrestler Zach Gowen perform in 2003.  Greg  slowly began to get hope that maybe he too could live his lifelong dream.
 
In 2006, at 19, Greg began to make that dream a reality, and had his 1st match in July, 2006.   Greg has not looked back since, always trying to improve and better himself.
 
Greg wears handicapped symbols all over his gear, because not only is it a distinguishable symbol, but it’s a powerful symbol.  Greg says, “To most, the handicapped symbol represents weakness and shame, but I want to make people look at it and see strength, and inspiration… to know any dream is possible to attain, no matter who you are.”

WWE Champion CM Punk and Colt Cabana endorse Gregory Iron!!!(Warning!! Foul Language)

Lince Dorado VS Gregory Iron from Bob Gendler on Vimeo.

AMAZING RED’S WRESTLING SCHOOL and DOCUMENTARY (video)

The AMAZING RED returns to the ECWA on April 7th, 2012 in Newark, Delaware for the 16th Annual ECWA SUPER 8 Tournament. RED is a former 2x ECWA Heavyweight Champion and also competed in the 2002 ECWA SUPER 8 Tournament.

Be there LIVE for the SUPER 8 on Apr 7th! For tix call 609.220.5598

In the meantime, check out RED’s other projects, including his House of Glory (HOG) wrestling school in New York and his DVD documentary the Life of Amazing Red!!!

Amazing Red Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/theofficalamazingred?sk=wall

House of Glory: http://www.houseofgloryonline.com/

The Life of Amazing Red (DVD):
http://www.houseofgloryonline.com/site#!__site/shop

http://www.facebook.com/theofficalamazingred?sk=wall#!/theofficalamazingred?sk=app_208195102528120

SNEAK PEEK of The Life of Amazing Red (DVD):

AZRIEAL – 5th ENTRANT INTO 16th ANNUAL ECWA SUPER 8 – APR 7, 2012 (video)


 

AZRIEAL

AZRIEAL is a 10 year veteran who recently made his ECWA debut on November 19, 2011 at the K-CUP Tag Team Tournament in Newark, DE. Azrieal and Bandido Jr. (who currently hold the CZW Tag Team Titles together) has one of the matches of the year when they defeated Johnny Silver & Alex Reynolds in the quarter finals before losing to the eventual tournament winners and current Unified Tag Team Champions “The Midnight Sensations” Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields. Azrieal also recently debuted on National TV on TNA IMPACT! WRESTLING!!! Azrieal joins “Greek God” Papadon, Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian, Bobby Fish and AMAZING RED in the SUPER 8 this year!!! 3 more spots remain!!!

Website: http://www.facebook.com/azrieal

Height/Weight: 5’9 180 lbs.

Hails From: Bueno Aires, Argentina

Years Pro: 10

Feuds: Jay Lethal,,Christan York

Trained By: Homicide

Style: American Cruiserweight with technical influences

Finishers: W.M.E Worst Move EVAHH!! (Top rope, double stomp to the head), Top Rope Frog Splash

Titles Held:
CZW Tag Team Champion (current) w/ Bandido Jr
RCW Champion (current)
JAPW Lightweight Champion (4x)
JAPW Tag Team Champion (2 times)w/ Jay Lethal , w/ Dixie
ICW Tag Team Champion w/ Grim Reefer
GSPW Tag Team Champion w/ Mike Matrixx
2004 NWA Upstate Tag Team Tournament Winner w/ Jay Lethal
2003 Japw Lightweight Tournament Winner

Feds Worked For:
Ring of Honor – PA
Impact wrestling – FL
Dragon Gate – Japan
Combat Zone Wrestling – PA
East Coast Wrestling Association- DE
New York Wrestling Connection-NY
Jersey All Pro Wrestling – NJ
Germany Pro Wrestling- Germany
World Xtreme Wrestling – PA
Pro Wrestling Syndicate – NY
Maryland Championship Wrestling – MD
Family Wrestling Entertainment-NYC
International Wrestling Cartel- PA
LUCHA VA VOOM- NJ, NY, MA
Real Championship Wrestling – MD
Impact Championship Wrestling – NY
Victory Pro Wrestling -NY
Fight the World- NY
NWA Wildside – GA
American Championship Wrestling- NJ

Inspirations: Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Eddie Guerrero , Dean Malenko, Chris Jericho

Aspiration: To win the 16th Annual 2011Super 8 tournament. I would love to expand my overseas experience, and continue to grow and mold myself into the best wrestler that I know I can be. My goal is to make a living through this sport that I fell in love with at the age of 7.

TWA TITLE NOW RECOGNIZED BY ECWA

 

Since TWA Heavyweight Champion and the self-proclaimed REAL Champion Breaker Morant insists carrying around the TWA belt with him, ECWA has decided to officially recognized the championship! Ever since that announcement was made, the response from members of the roster looking for a shot has been overwhelming, and from both sides of the dressing rooms!!! AHTU has his first shot on Mar 10th, but Chris Wylde, Kekoa, Aden Chambers, Chris Rockwell, Sam Shields, Cole Callaway, Corey Blaze, Damian Dragon, Matt Saigon, Johnny Silver, Alex Reynolds, CUJO and even Mr. Ooh La La all want a piece of Breaker!!! Huh, go figure, Blackheart is not too popular in the locker room! Breaker is going to have to be every bit as good as he says he is to fend off this onslaught of challengers!!!

AMAZING RED ENTERED INTO 16th ANNUAL SUPER 8 (video)

AMAZING RED joins “Greek God” Papadon, Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian and Bobby Fish in the 16th Annual ECWA SUPER 8 Tournament, Apr 7, 2012 in Newark, DE!  Last 4 competitors to be announced soon!!!

Visit Red’s fan page at http://www.facebook.com/theofficalamazingred and his wrestling school at www.houseofgloryonline.com.

For tix to the SUPER 8 call 609.220.5598.

“ECWA … become a fan all over again!”

 

16th ANNUAL ECWA SUPER 8 IS COMING SAT, APRIL 7, 2012 to NEWARK, DELAWARE, FIRST 3 COMPETITORS ANNOUNCED

The East Coast Wrestling Association’s (ECWA) annual Super 8 Tournament is the oldest and most recognized pro wrestling tournament in the United States. The inaugural tournament took place in 1997 and gave many of today’s stars their first big break on the East Coast including Daniel Bryan (aka Bryan Danielson, American Dragon), Christopher Daniels, Austin Aries, the Hardy Boyz and many more. Each year, Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) magazine has recognized and covered the tournament in depth. Many of today’s top independent stars in the United States and abroad grew up reading about the Super 8 in PWI magazine and were inspired by the prospect of one day competing in the Super 8 and fulfilling their dreams of being a professional wrestler! The tournament also inspired pro hopefuls who otherwise might have been considered too small to be a pro as the tournament has highlighted the junior heavyweight style.

In 2011, for the first time ever, the Super 8 Tournament was held outside of Delaware and took place in Voorhees, NJ at the Flyers Skate Zone.

This year, April 7th 2012, the Super 8 comes home to the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club in Newark, DE*, Bell Time 7 PM, which hosted the tournament from 2005-2010. They tournament was held at Saint Matthews Parish Hall in Wilmington, Delaware from 1997-2004!

Last year’s Super 8 (2011) saw Tommaso Ciampa emerge victorious after reaching the finals in 2009 and 2010, when he defeated 2010 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Rookie of the Year, Adam Cole, in a stellar battle. Since then, Ciampa has been on an undefeated streak at Ring of Honor (ROH) wrestling. Also, Austin Aries, at a cross roads in his career, returned to the tournament that gave him his first national exposure in 2004. Since then, Aries has gone on to be a full-time performer at TNA IMPACT! Wrestling. Shiima Xion (aka Zema Ion) has gone on to TNA IMPACT! Wrestling following last year’s Super 8.

This year, with the Super 8 Tournament returning home to Delaware, a whole new field of 8 competitors are looking to make a big name for themselves in hopes of future national success, as some so many past Super 8 performers have experienced. First competitor in the 16th Annual ECWA Super 8 on April 7th is the current reigning ECWA Heavyweight Champion, the “Greek God” Papadon. Papadon earned his spot in the tournament in a match against 2011 winner Tommaso Ciampa. Papadon defeated Ciampa on September 24, 2011 in Newark, Delaware at the 44th Anniversary show where it was the ECWA Title vs. an automatic spot in the Super 8. Papadon, a 12 year veteran of the sport and the East Coast independent circuit won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship his second night in the company when he defeated crowd favorite, the giant MEGA on March 5th, 2011 in Newark, Delaware and is undefeated in the ECWA! Since that time Papadon has defeated many greater challengers and many which were deemed ECWA Match of the Year candidates in its 2011 Year End Awards on-line poll including title defenses against Tommaso Ciampa,#1 Johnny Silver, Alex Reynolds, “Heart Killer” Chris Wylde, Chase Del Monte, Matt Saigon and more! Papadon was also voted by the fans of the 2011 ECWA as Wrestler of the Year. Papadon also has tournament experience as he participated in the 2011 Jeff Peterson Cup and has won the New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC) Master of the Mat twice. He is also a former NYWC Heavyweight Champion and also former NYWC FUSION Champion. While being one of the most hated men in ECWA history, ECWA faithful fans recognize and appreciate the skill he possesses.

Second competitor entered in this year’s field of 8, is the current ECWA Mid-Atlantic Champion, Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian! Kekoa is a 5 year pro who after much success in the Lehigh Valley area independent wrestling promotions, Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian debuted for the ECWA March 5th, 2011 and has taken the promotion by storm. Kekoa has consistently been a part of some of the best matches in ECWA in 2011 including bouts against Chris Wylde, Jonathan Gresham, Ricky “the Model” Martinez and two incredible matches with Adam Cole, the second of which was called Match of the Year by many ECWA fans. On Nov 19th, 2011, Kekoa captured his first ECWA championship when he won the ECWA Mid-Atlantic Title from “Heart Killer” Chris Wylde, who had held the championship for nearly a year and had only suffered two losses previously in ECWA to Tommaso Ciampa and “Greek God” Papadon. Kekoa, with all his momentum from an impressive 2011, heads toward the Super 8 Tournament looking to use the prestige of winning the tournament to catapult him to the next level. As a note of trivia, this is the first time in ECWA SUPER 8 history that both the Heavyweight and Mid-Atlantic champions have been entered into the tournament. Will both Papadon & Kekoa make it to the SUPER 8 with both their title reigns still intact?

The third competitor entered into the Super 8 this year is Bobby Fish!!! Bobby is a 9 year pro who was trained by Tony DeVito & LEGENDARY WWE Hall of Famer and 7-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Harley Race!!! Bobby works EVOLVE and other Northeast independent promotions stateside and is a regular in Japan for the NOAH promotion. Bobby has tournament experience as he was a participant in the 2011 Global League Tournament in Japan (NOAH) and was also a finalist in the Jeff Peterson Cup 2011 in Florida (FIP). On Saturday night, January 14, 2012, Bobby wrestled what was billed as the last pro wrestling event at the ECW Arena before renovations as he defeated Sami Callihan via submission for EVOLVE. Bobby is one of the most impressive pure grapplers today, a top athlete and definitely deserves to compete in the SUPER 8!!! The remaining five remaining competitors in the Super 8 will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

For a history of the Super 8 Tournament visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecwa_super_8

16th Annual ECWA SUPER 8 Tournament Competitor Bios:

The “Greek God” Papadon or The “Greek God” Dimitrios

Papadon Website: facebook.com/GreekGod Papadon

Height/Weight: 6’0″ 231 lbs.

Hails From: Corinthos, Greece

Years Pro: 12

Feuds: Tony Nese, Dan Maff, John Silver, Tommaso Ciampa, Chris Wylde, Azrieal, Alex Reynolds

Trained By: Homicide & Mikey Whipwreck

Style: Hybrid Style w/ Japanese Puroresu influence (Can wrestle any style. I incorporate everything at all times, traditional American, Strong Style Japanese Puroresu, Mexican Lucha Libre, Technical European, High Flying, & Submissions into my arsenal.)

Finishers: Alpha Omega(shinning wizard), Alpha Omega v 2.0(shinning wizard to the back of the head), In God I Trust(jumping pildriver), H.O.A.(heels of Achilles aka ankle lock), Icarus Wings (reverse rings of Saturn submission), Mt. Olympus Flying Head Butt

Titles Held:

ECWA Heavyweight Champion

NYWC Champion

NYWC Master of the Mat Winner (2 times)

NYWC FUSION Champion NYWC Interstate Champion

NYWC Tag Team Champion (w/ Havok as the Solution)

NWA Cyberspace/Shockwave Heavyweight Champion

NWA Cyberspace/Shockwave Internet Champion

NWA Cyberspace/Shockwave Tag Team champion(w/ Havok as the Solution)

LIWF Television Champion LIWF Tag Team Champion (w/ Havok as the Solution)

JAPW Tag Team Champion (w/ Havok as the Solution)

JCW Tag Team Champion (w/ Havok as the Solution)

SSCW Tag Team Champion (w/ Havok as the Solution)

USAPW/UXW Tag Team Champion (w/ Havok as the Solution)

IWA-PA Tag Team Champion (w/ Havok as the Solution)

Feds Worked For:

East Coast Wrestling Association – DE

New York Wrestling Connection – NY

Dragon Gate USA – PA

Full Impact Pro – FL/NY

Ring of Honor – PA

Federated – NY

Jersey All Pro Wrestling – NJ

All Star Wrestling – England

World Xtreme Wrestling – PA(now in FL)

World Xtreme Wrestling C4 – PA

Impact Championship Wrectling – NY

East Coast Lucha libre – NY

WORLD-1 – NJ

Long Island Wrestling Federation – NY

NWA Cyberspace/Shockwave(aka CSWF) – NJ

Jersey Championship Wrestling – NJ

Stars & Stripes Championship Wrestling – NJ

USA Pro Wrestling – NY

Victory Pro Wrestling – NY

IWA – Pennsylvania – PA

IWF – Michigan – MI

Pro Wrestling Unplugged – PA

Summit Promotions – England

Lucha Xtreme Wrestling – NY

Inspirations: Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn, William Regal, Fit Finlay, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, Ric Flair, Sting, Great Muta, Jushin Thunder Liger, Masahiro Chono, Lance Storm, HHH, Dynamite Kid

Aspirations:

 -First and foremost, to win the most prestigous tournament in all of wrestling, the 16th Annual 2012 Super 8 tournament.

 -To make history and be the very first wrestler to ever walk in ECWA Heavyweight Champion and walk out that night both champion and tournament winner.

-Be the very best I can be.

-Get signed by the WWE & headline Wrestlemania. -Ultimately, my goal is to make my living through wrestling.

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Kekoa The Flyin Hawaiian

Website: Facebook.com/FlyinH  

Twitter.com/KekoaFH

Height/Weight: 5’11” 198lbs

Hails From: Manoa Hawaii

Years Pro: 5

Feuds: Adam Cole, Sebastian Cruz, Bill Daly, Chad Evans, Ricky Martinez

Trained By: Bill Daly, Mongoose, Buzz Bentley

Style: American high flyer with technical background

Finishers: 5-0 Slam (standing firemans carry into back slam)

Titles Held:

Current ECWA Mid Atlantic Champion

AIWF World Tag Team Champion

PXW TV Champion

BWO Tag Team Champion

BWO United States Champion

LWO Heavyweight Champion

LVW Heavyweight Champion

PAW Heavyweight Champion

WXW C4 Ultimate Hybrid Champion

First LWO Liberty Cup Champion

First LVW Heavyweight Tournament Winner

PWI’s “One To Watch” 2011

Feds Worked For:

World Wrestling Entertainment

Ring of Honor

East Coast Wrestling Association

Combat Zone Wrestling

Allied Independent Wrestling Federation

Body slam wrestling Organization

Liberty Wrestling Organization

East Coast Pro Wrestling

World Xtreme Wrestling C4

Lehigh Valley Wrestling

Pennsylvania All Star Wrestling

Pro Xcitement Wrestling

Inspirations: Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat

Aspirations: First and foremost, to win the most prestigious tournament in all of wrestling, the 16th Annual 2012 Super 8 Tournament. I would also love to expand my overseas experience, and continue to grow and mold myself into the wrestler I dream of becoming. Ultimately, my goal is to make a living through this sport and be a full time professional wrestler contracted with World Wrestling Entertainment

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 Bobby Fish

Website: https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=736580498

Height/Weight: 5’11” 217 lbs.

Hails From: Saratoga Springs, NY

Years Pro: 9 years

Feuds: Eddie Edwards, Kyle O’reilly, Astushi Aoki

Trained By: Tony Devito, Harley Race

Style: A blend of American technical and Puroresu style, with Muay Thai and MMA influence.

Finishers: “Sleeps with the Fishes” (jump spinning hook kick), “The Fish Hook” (heel hook submission hold), Moonsault

Titles Held:

NOAH pro wrestling – 2011

Global League Tournament participant

NOAH 2011 award winner

NECW Heavyweight Champion (current)

FIP 2011 Jeff Peterson Cup finalist

CPW Heavyweight Champion (former)

PWU Tag Team Champion (former)

Feds Worked For:

Pro Wrestling NOAH (Japan)

EVOLVE (Northeast USA)

Ring of Honor USA)

New England Championship Wrestling (Northeast USA)

Pro Wrestling All – Stars (England)

Jersey All Pro Wrestling (Northeast USA)

IWA Mid-south (Midwest USA)

Westside Xtreme Wrestling (Germany)

Full Impact Pro (Southern USA)

*Amateur kickboxing record of 2-0. Scheduled to fight on Jan. 28, 2012 at Strikeforce Promotions Muay Thai event in Voorhees, N.J.

Inspirations: The Great Muta (Keiji Mutoh), The Dynamite Kid, Ricky Steamboat

Aspiration: To win the 16th Annual ECWA Super 8 Tournament. To continue to wrestle overseas and gain greater exposure in the United States as well!

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Also, make sure you check out ECWA LIVE! in March 2012. SPRING BATTLE takes place on Sat, March 3, 2012 at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club in Delaware* and then ECWA returns to the YMCA of Salem County in Carney’s Point, NJ on March 10, 2012!

For all info and tickets to the ECWA and SUPER 8 call 609.220.5598 or email info@ecwaprowrestling.com

 WEB PAGE: www.ecwaprowrestling.com

 ECWA SUPER 8 WEB PAGE: http://ecwaprowrestling.com/ecwa/about/ecwa-super-8-april-7-de/

 FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/groups/124627284251717/#!/groups/124627284251717/

 ECWA SUPER 8 FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/events/274727819258112/

 All ECWA events are FAMILY FRIENDLY! Card subject to change!

*Pending approval of State of Delaware

“ECWA … become a fan all over again!”