Various indie news, including ROH and Booker T. teaming up during Wrestlemania weekend and CZW getting TV exposure.
PWT’s James Caldwell is reporting that ROH has entered in to a working relationship with Booker T. and will be involved in his fanfest convention. Any fan who purchases tickets to ROH’s April 3rd show will get in to Booker’s convention (taking place in the same venue, on the same day) for free. In addition, anyone who attends Booker’s fanfest gets $10 off an ROH ticket.
Booker talks about ROH’s involvement in the show (and how they could have blocked it from happening in the same venue as their show) in his interview with Scott Fishman at the Miami Herald. Apparently, he’ll be making a special appearance at their show as a way of saying thank you for their help, but he’s not promising any of the big names who will be at the convention (which now includes Stan Hansen; take note, Pulse Glazer) will be doing the same.
PWI’s Mike Johnson is reporting that tech centric cable channel G4 will be filming footage at Combat Zone Wrestling’s 3/14 show in Philadelphia. The focus of the footage will be on CZW’s Ultraviolent Underground Championship. CZW’s touting it as their first “first national special”, but there’s no word from either party as to whether G4 will devote an entire show to the promotion or just be filming a segment for one of their shows.
Apparently, this isn’t G4’s first flirtation with a wrestling show, but they’ve never pulled the trigger on any of the pilots they’ve filmed, which included a lucha show filmed in Tijuana.
Other indie news and notes from Johnson:
-Bob Holly and Debra McMichael/Austin are taking indie bookings and doing shoot interviews. Seperately, mind you.
-Balls Mahoney and Justin Credible were among the talents screwed out of money owed them by the promoter of an EWA show in Butler, PA over the weekend. The promoter, Joseph White, is said to have left in the middle of the show without paying a number of talents (including Mahoney, whom he owed $500). After White left, Credible and other wrestlers refused to go on, ending the show. Mahoney’s attempt to locate White at his house was fruitless. He’s also deleted his e-mail and Myspace accounts. It’s apparently going to take a trip to civil court to sort things out.
-Jerry Lawler will take on Snitsky at a benefit show being promoted by indie promotion Northeast Wrestling. Nunzio, Crowbar, Jim Duggan, Velvet Sky, and Big Daddy V/Mable/Big Nelson are also scheduled to appear at the show. The show will take place on March 14th.
-Masada won IWA Mid-South’s 2009 King of the Deathmatch Tournament over the weekend, going over film star the Necro Butcher in the process.
-Former TNA Knockout Mickie Knuckles/Moose has suffered another leg injury.
-There will be a bus trip from New York to Philly for Chikara’s King of Trio’s tournament, which will take place at the former ECW Arena. Everyone from Bryan Danielson to Glacier will appear, and you can find out more about it here.
Tags: Balls Mahoney, Booker T, Bryan Danielson, Chikara, CZW, Indies, Jerry Lawler, Jim Duggan, Justin Credible, ROH, Velvet Sky, Wrestlemania Weekend