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Big Changes For FIP
Full Impact Pro’s “Redefined” event on February 16th in Crystal River, Florida lived up to its name. The show saw a new chapter in FIP start. Future editions of the FullImpactPro.com Headlines will look at all the changes in more details. For now, here is the skinny on how FIP became “Redefined” on February 16th:
-Roderick Strong shocked everyone when he maliciously attacked Erick Stevens with a chair during their FIP World Heavyweight Title Match. The attack, done when the ref was knocked down (and it is questionable if Strong pulled the ref into harm’s way), gave Strong the win by countout and made him the new FIP World Heavyweight champion. This is the first time Strong crossed the line and turned on the fans in FIP.
-New lighting system giving the show a much better look.
-New mobile studio set.
-Live commentary to give the DVDs more energy.
-Dave Prazak lost his managerial license when his charge, Davey Richards, lost to Austin Aries in an explosive opening bout. FIP was “Redefined” right away here as DP Associates is no more. Prazak will now strictly do commentary for the FIP DVDs. This ends an over three year run by DP Associates in FIP.
-Lacey & Rain leave The YRR to join Tyler Black with The Age Of The Fall. This symbolizes that ROH and FIP will now have complete consistency with their characters and storylines.
-The Heartbreak Express of Sean & Phil Davis can never wrestle in FIP again. They lost a red hot handicap match to Shawn Murphy of Black Market. Murphy’s partner Joey Machete didn’t make the event as he was attacked by two masked men when he left his home. Murphy was viciously attacked by two masked men after this match. The Heartbreak Express were a staple of FIP and two time FIP Tag Team Champions.
-Who are the masked men and what does their future hold in FIP?
A new World Champion, no more DP Associates and Heartbreak Express, mysterious new talent and production improvements all led to FIP becoming “Redefined” on February 16th. Rumors are circulating that this was only the first step of FIP becoming new again. What will happen next in FIP? Looks like we’ll have to wait until March 22nd to find out.
Watch “Redefined” Highlights For FREE
Check the ROH Video Wire at www.ROHvideos.com later this week for highlights of the hard-hitting, brutal Roderick Strong vs. Erick Stevens FIP World Heavyweight Title Match plus more with The YRR. You’ll see some of the changes in FIP in the next ROH Video Wire, which you can watch for FREE at ROHvideos.com.
Talent Roster Announced For March
FIP will return to action on March 22nd, just one week before ROH is set to debut in Orlando, FL. You better believe that the March 22nd show will have ramifications for the ROH event. We’ll have much more info soon. The first talent roster for March 22nd has been announced. It will feature the return of former FIP Tag Team Champions Jay & Mark Briscoe. The Briscoes are already demanding a shot at The YRR. We’ll have news on this in the next FullImpactPro.com Headlines. Here is the skinny on March 22nd:
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 – Unfinished Business 2008
National Guard Armory
8551 W. Venable St., Crystal River, FL 34429
Doors open at 7:30 pm and show starts at 8 pm
Tickets are $20 Ringside, $15 GA & Kids 13 and under $10 GA
Advance tickets – $12 GA & Kids 13 and under $8 GA
To purchase advance tickets call (352) 422-4582 or go to www.FullImpactPro.com
-FIP World Heavyweight Champion Roderick Strong
-ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness
-The YRR of FIP Florida Heritage Champion Sal Rinauro, FIP Tag Team Champions Jason Blade & Kenny King & Chasyn Rance
-Jay & Mark Briscoe
-The Age of the Fall of Tyler Black, Lacey & Rain
-Plus many more to be announced in the upcoming weeks!!!