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Monday, December 26, 2011

Ring of Honor (ROH) - "Final Battle 2011" Review

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ROH delivered on its final iPPV of the year with Final Battle 2011.  The event was highlighted by some great wrestling, wicked chair shots and the rise of a new challenger to the ROH World Championship.  With over 4 hours of action, this is a show you don’t want to miss!

In the main event, Davey Richards defeated Eddie Edwards to retain the ROH World Championship after a kick to the head that was final able to keep Edwards down.  These two grapplers embody the “American Strong Style” of wrestling and showed it in a match that went 40 minutes.  Coming off the heels of their classic match at Best in the World 2011, Richards and Edwards caught lightning in a battle again as the two went toe to toe delivering every move imaginable.  It was obvious the training that Edwards did with UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn took hold as Edwards had a mean streak in him that never presented itself before.  But it was not enough as Richards proved once again he is the cream of the crop in ROH.

In the bout that will have ramifications leading into 2012, and was probably match of the night, Kevin Steen defeated Steve Corino in a No DQ Match.  As a result of the finish, Steen is now back in ROH.  It was a violent affair as there were several chair shots that had damaging effects on both wrestlers.  After the bout, Steen left a trail of bodies with his package piledriver and caused a scene that will not soon be forgotten. With the victory, Steen was full of gusto and confronted Richards after his ROH World Title bout with Edwards.  Steen is definitely a force to be reckoned with and now that he is reinstated back in ROH it might be up to Richards to match Steen’s intensity in the ring with the ROH World Championship on the line.  Only time will tell…

- "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin Def TJ Perkins

- Tommaso Ciampa (w/ The Embassy) Def Jimmy Rave to remain Undefeated

- Jay Lethal Retained The ROH World TV Title Over "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett (w/ Maria & Brutal Bob) & El Generico

- Kevin Steen Def Steve Corino In A NO Dq Match - As A Result Steen Is Back In ROH

- The Young Bucks Def The Bravados, Future Shock, Coleman & Alexander And The All Night Express To Earn A Future ROH World Tag Team Title Shot

- Roderick Strong Def the returning Chris Hero in the Roderick Strong Open Challenge

- The Briscoes Def Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Haas & Benjamin) To Regain The ROH World Tag Team Titles For A 7th Time

- Davey Richards (w/ Team Richards) retained the ROH World Championship against Eddie Edwards (w/ Dan the Beast Severn)

IZW Wrestling Roundup - December 26, 2011

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The New Year is right around the corner and it marks the changing of the guard in IZW.  Coming off of the heels of Chaotic Christmas on GFL.tv, IZW will look very different in 2012, beginning with its next show on January 7.  Looking back at all of the results and ramifications of Chaotic Christmas, one has to wonder what kinds of changes were set in motion at the iPPV.  

The title picture is murky at best.  “The Real Deal” Aaron Neil defeated his longtime rival and former IZW World Heavyweight Champion, Jermaine Johnson in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match to claim the championship that Neil has been pursuing for over 12 months.  For Neil, coming off of one of the biggest victories of his career and becoming IZW’s only 5-time World Heavyweight Champion, it doesn’t seem like things could get much better for the new Champ.  But this is IZW where things can change in an instant.  How long will Neil’s reign last before he is dragged down by the pack of wolves that permeates the IZW locker room?  Anyone who is familiar with the former Champ Johnson knows he always has a backup plan and don’t be surprised if he executes his plan sooner than later.  Johnson clawed tooth and nail for over a year to remain the champion and he’s not going to give up his belt that easy.  

In other news, Brent Albright quit IZW at Chaotic Christmas.  After cheap-shotting Johnny Z in the backstage area before their scheduled No Holds Barred/No DQ Match and then coming out like a conquering hero in front of the Impact Arena faithful, Albright was given a little of his own medicine as Double D stepped up to the plate and defeated the former NWA World Champion in a match that saw Double D overcome almost insurmountable odds.  Albright couldn’t stand his first singles defeat in IZW and had a meltdown right in the middle of the ring after the match.  With the victory Double D not only defeated a former WWE and ROH Superstar, but he ran “The Shooter” out of the company and out of the business.  This bout was definitely a career-defining match for Double D.

With Johnson’s loss and Albright’s departure from IZW, Impact Inc. is on shaky ground.  The foundation has been cracking for weeks and at Chaotic Christmas, there was a seismic shift in the once dominant stable.  Randy Price’s and Michael Barry’s post-match scuffle only added fuel to the fire for the onetime faction that looked to be as tight as the Four Horseman.  With Price seeming to break away from the group and assert himself as an individual in IZW, nobody can predict what is going to happen with Johnson and Barry, who as of this writing, are still in Impact Inc., along with IZW Commissioner Jeff Wolfenbarger.  Will Wolfenbarger be able to rally the troops on January 7 and put the pieces back together?  Will he be able to reach out and make backroom deals with other members of IZW to retool and reload Impact Inc.?  Or have we seen the end of the group that’s run roughshod over the Oklahoma territory?

Tune in to GFL.tv Saturday January 7 to watch and find out all of these and other questions as Impact Zone Wrestling returns with its weekly FREE pro wrestling series leading up to its next iPPV Violent Valentine on February 11.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

International Tournament of Ultimate Fighting "Calling a Champion" Preview

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The International Tournament of Ultimate Fighting makes its debut on the GFL Combat Sports Network with Calling a Champion on December 24 emanating from the cold and rugged country of Russia.  The exciting 10-bout card is loaded with the top fighters in Europe and will showcase some of the rising prospects in all of MMA.  ITUF has two 4-man tournaments (93kg and 60kg) along with a Super Fight that pits one of Russia’s rising stars against a battle-tested American.  

In the main event, Tony Lopez (25-6) fights Shamil Abdurahimov (5-1) in a Super Fight.  Lopez is a multi-time King of the Cage Champion along with a Bellator and WEC vet.  Abdurahimov is on a 3-fight win streak including wins against UFC vets Thierry Sokoudjou and Jeff Monson.  Lopez has shown great durability throughout his career being very hard to KO or submit.  Lopez is comfortable going for submissions or standing and banging on the feet so look for him to mix up his attacks during the bout.   Abdurahimov is a strong grappler with a strong top game and likes to finish fights with ground and pound.  Look for him to try and get Lopez to the mat quickly and end the fight early with a TKO from strikes.   This should be an action packed scrap from the opening bell.  

Two tournaments also highlight the night’s action in the 93kg and 60kg weight divisions.  Fighters from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Holland, and other MMA hotbeds compete in a tourney that is sure to produce new stars.

Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on December 24 as International Tournament of Ultimate Fighting presents Calling a Champion on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.  Watch the stars of tomorrow compete today.  See the rising prospects in Europe fight in front of some of the most avid fans.  Be a part of the excitement and order this iPPV from the GFL Combat Sports Network. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ring of Honor – "Final Battle 2011" Live IPPV on GFL ROH World Champion Davey Richards Battles “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards

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This Friday, LIVE on www.GFL.tv Ring of Honor (ROH) closes out a historic 2011 with its most talked about iPPV of the year, Final Battle 2011.  3 ROH titles will be on the line, including the most coveted singles championship in the game, the ROH World Title. Tune in December 23 to see the most cutting-edge professional wrestling group in North America. 

In the main event, ROH World Champion Davey Richards battles “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards in a rubber match.  Earlier this year Richards defeated Edwards to win the World Title at Best in the World 2011.  It was a grueling and exhausting match and one of the standout moments in ROH history.  In 2010, Edwards defeated Richards in the finals of a tournament to crown the first ever ROH World TV Champion.  It seems these two only lock up when the stakes are at their highest and that is exactly what is going to happen on December 23.  For this bout, Richards will have Team Richards at his side while Edwards has enlisted the help of UFC Hall of Famer Dan “The Beast” Severn.  Richards is known for his variety of submission holds and true grit inside of the ring and now with the help of Severn, Edwards has added the debilitating Dragon Sleeper submission to his arsenal and has also acquired a nasty streak of his own by working with one of the greatest shooters in the world.  Will this match be the final blow to the American Wolves?

The ROH World Tag Team Titles are also at stake as the World’s Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas) defend against the Briscoe Brothers (Mark and Jay).  This feud has taken a turn for the worse as the Briscoe Brothers have decided to gain an advantage by any means necessary and that included hurting Benjamin’s ribs.  The Briscoes are hell-bent on winning their 7th World Tag Team Titles and ready to do anything and everything to make that happen at Final Battle 2011.  It’s still unknown how Benjamin will enter the match.  He will be far from 100%, but if the WGTT has proved anything over their nearly decade-long run as tag team partners, it’s that Haas and Benjamin are always at their best when their backs are against the wall.  This is one of those situations.  The Briscoes have called their bluff and now it’s time for the WGTT to respond.  

Jay Lethal defends his ROH World TV Title in a 3-Way Match against former TV Champ El Generico, and “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett.  Lethal has made a triumphant return to ROH over the last several months and this bout against the enigma that is El Generico and the rising star Mike Bennett will be Lethal’s toughest test to date.  Bennett believes he should already be the World TV Champ and he will use Final Battle 2011 to prove it once and for all. 

Steve Corino battles Kevin Steen in a Grudge Match where the rules are simple.  If Steen wins he is reinstated as a full member of the ROH roster.  If Corino wins, Steen is gone for good.  Corino used to mentor Steen so this is a classic matchup of teacher versus student.  Although Corino may have taught Steen about the intricacies of what goes on inside of the squared circle, he cannot account for what goes on inside the mind of Kevin Steen.  Steen has everything to prove in this match against the former World Champ Corino as this is a career defining match for the young Canadian.  Steen will also have extra incentive as ROH Executive Producer Jim Cornette will be at ringside for this bout.  Steen would love nothing more than to stick it up Cornette’s backside and if he beats Corino, figuratively that’s what he will be doing.
  
Also scheduled to wrestle is former ROH World Champion Roderick Strong in the Roderick Strong Invitational Challenge.  The opponent is a mystery but one thing is for sure.  Strong will look to make an example out of the challenger and use it as a reminder to the wrestling fans that it should have been him in the main event battling for the ROH World Title.

The only way to watch this iPPV is to order it at www.GFL.tv.  GFL.tv has cemented itself as the leader in pro wrestling iPPVs and Final Battle 2011 is the exclamation point on the end of the year.  Order now!

The full card is listed below.

World Title Match
Davey Richards with Team Richards defends vs. "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards with UFC Hall of Famer Dan "The Beast" Severn

World Tag Team Title Match
Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas defends vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe

World TV Title Match
Jay Lethal defends vs. El Generico vs. "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett with Brutal Bob

Grudge Match
Steve Corino vs. Kevin Steen

*If Steen wins he is reinstated.
**Jimmy Jacobs is the guest referee
***Jim Cornette will be in attendance at ringside
Roderick Strong Invitational Challenge
Roderick Strong with Truth Martini vs. ????

Tag Team Gauntlet Match
The All Night Express vs. Future Shock vs. The Bravados vs. The Young Bucks vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander

*The winning team will receive a future shot at the World Tag Team Titles
Also scheduled to appear: TJ Perkins vs "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin with Truth Martini
Tommaso Ciampa with The Embassy vs. former Embassy Member Jimmy Rave

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Total Mayhem - "Mayhem at the Marriott" Preview

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Utah’s premier cage fighting event returns as Total Mayhem presents Mayhem at the Marriott LIVE on December 31 at the Marriott Ogden in Ogden, Utah.  Fight fans, help celebrate the end of 2011 and ring in the New Year with an action-packed MMA card broadcast exclusively on GFL.tv.

In the main event, undefeated Jon Neal (4-0) battles Steve Walser (5-3) in a battle of Utah’s finest.  Neal has defeated 3 of his 4 opponents by stoppage all in the first round.  Walser is on a two-fight winning streak and looks to put the first loss on Neal’s perfect record.  Neal has a background in wrestling so look for him to try and get Walser down to the mat earlier where he can work for control to land some strong ground and pound or work for a submission.  Walser is a grappler himself so he is comfortable on the ground and probably even more so on his back.  It’s a spot that he is likely to see at least once during the match as Neal will probably be able to land a takedown.  From there, Walser is his most dangerous with armbars and chokes.  It should make for a very interesting and entertaining matchup.

The co-main event, DeAnna Bennett (2-0) fights newcomer Jamie Herod.  Bennett will have the experience advantage and with 2 victories under her belt it should serve her well, especially in the opening round.  For Herod, she was supposed to fight in November in Las Vegas, but that bout was scratched so she has had an even longer training camp to prepare for this bout.  Women’s MMA is growing by leaps and bounds and it’s because of fighters like these two women.  Expect a barnburner in this co-main event.

Watch the champions of tomorrow compete today!  Don’t miss this loaded event as Utah’s own Total Mayhem presents Mayhem at the Marriott on December 31 exclusively on GFL.tv.  Send 2011 off with a high octane MMA event.  Order now!

TaKe-On Productions - "Rising Stars" Review

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Muay Thai is back as TaKe-On Productions presented Rising Stars to a rabid crowd in Queens, New York.   The card featured 11 total bouts, with two title fights and an 8-man tournament.  It was a thrilling night of fights as high level striking was on display all night, with blistering kicks, punches, knees and elbows doing damage at every turn.  

Stoney “Catfish” Morales (16-4) defeated Osvaldo “June” Dominguez (9-5) by TKO (injury) in Round 1 to win the Northeastern WKA 155 lb title.  It was a surprising turn of events as Morales and Dominguez got off to an explosive start, and then on the second throw of the night Dominguez dislocated his rotator cuff in a freak accident.  The referee called a halt to the bout and once realizing the severity of the injury called the fight off.  It was an anti-climactic end to an otherwise great card.  No doubt Morales and Dominguez will hook up down the line and finish what they started at Rising Stars.  

In the second title fight of the night, Jess Ng defeated Rhea Fontanilla to win the NY State Title.  Ng dominated on her way to victory and proved that fighting like a girl is not a bad thing as she got her hand raised in victory.

Advancing in the tournament was Akio Nakasone by decision, Freddy Cheung by KO, James Gregory by decision, and Andrilo "Junior" Suarez by decision.  These four men will advance and square off in 2012 at Battle at the Beacon to determine the winner of the 155 lb MAX 8-man tournament.

The only way to watch this thrilling 11-bout card with great knockouts and hard fought decisions, is to order it exclusively through the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv.  Be sure to catch all of the action on GFLOnDemand as TaKe-On Productions presents Rising Stars.  Order now!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

IZW "Chaotic Christmas" Review

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The 5th Annual IZW Chaotic Christmas was the culmination of a year’s worth of feuds, rivalries and jaw-dropping moment for Impact Zone Wrestling.  The 7-bout card featured great wrestling and in-ring action from top to bottom by all of the competitors, but it will be a night that is forever remembered as a legacy defining moment and match for the grapplers who faced off in the main event.

Michael Barry and Cody Jones kicked off the night in a battle for Barry’s Impact Division Championship.  Barry defeated Jones, but Jones gave Barry more than he bargained for as this bout showed that Jones has a bright future in IZW.  But at this stage of their respective careers, Barry was just a little craftier and did the little things that make and keep you a champion.  Barry imposed his will both physically and mentally showing Jones and putting the IZW locker-room on notice that “Mr. Saturday Night” is raising his game up to a new level for 2012.  Jones did show moments of great athleticism as he bounced off the ropes like a bumblebee, but Barry would always end Jones’ high flying offense by quickly grounding Jones with a suplex or other stiff move.  The end came when Barry defended one of Jones’ high flying maneuvers and delivered the Saturday Night Special for the pinfall victory, retaining his Impact Division Title.

Next up was the first women’s tag team match in IZW history as Erica and Miss Diss Lexia took on Starr and Kyra Maya.  This bout showed that women’s wrestling is alive and well in Oklahoma as these four females put on a great show with Erica and Miss Diss Lexia getting the victory.  Erica showed that she is the Queen of High Flying, while Miss Diss Lexia, Starr and Kyra Maya all showed some solid mat work.  It was some great teamwork that spelled the end for Starr and Maya as Erica cleared house knocking Maya out of the ring and softening up Starr for Miss Diss Lexia.  Miss Diss Lexia then suplexed Starr and rolled in to a pin and got the 1-2-3.  

Double D VS Randy Price ended in a No Contest when Michael Barry’s run-in and subsequent falling out with Price ruined an otherwise great start to a match that had all the makings of a classic.  The bout was billed as a no interference match and it was something Price was hell bent on making sure stayed that way.   While it lasted the bout was a back and forth match between D and Price with each man gaining the upper hand and then losing it just as fast.  But then Barry hit the ring, with chair in hand.  After a brief verbal back and forth between Price and Barry, Barry cold-cocked Price and set things off.  Price then went after Barry, tackling him to the ground and issuing a beating that was over a month in the making.  Price landed two crippling Piledriver 1-2-3’s (one onto a chair) on Barry leaving his lifeless carcass on the mat.  Jeff Wolfenbarger tried to intervene and got a chair shot right in the head.  The sound of the steel on Wolfenbarger’s head left a sickening thud that got the crowd amped up as they had been waiting for months to see the IZW Commissioner get his comeuppance.  

Backstage the Future Hall of Famers destroyed Bernie D leaving him for dead.  It seems like Brad Michaels, Eric Rose and Wage are trying to get an early start on their 6-man tag team match for later in the night.  Bernie D was left lying on the concrete floor totally incapacitated.  

In a curious turn of events, the hotly anticipated No Holds Barred Match between Johnny Z and Brent Albright was shelved as during Z’s introduction (with Albright already in the ring), Z was shown backstage in tremendous pain hollering Albright’s name.  Albright then grabbed the house mic and explained what had happened.  He jumped Johnny Z backstage and had his NHB Match in the back.  As Albright continued to talk and gloat in from of the Impact Arena faithful, Double D’s music hit and he came out to challenge Albright to a NHB/No DQ Match of his own.  Albright accepted and it was on!

The match was all over the arena, including behind the announcer’s table in the stands and oh yeah, in the ring.  Alright sent Double D flying off the announcers’ table onto a row of tables but Double D countered with a flinging Albright into a steel fence that doubles as a steel cage for cage matches.  The action finally made its way to the ring where Albright dished out more punishment on the smaller Double D who was now down to one good leg.  But fans of Double D know, he has the heart of a lion and would not give up.  Albright lifted D up for a vertical suplex, but D turned the tables flipping maneuvering out of the hold and rolling up Albright for a quick 1-2-3!  Double D had done it.  He knocked off the most feared man in the IZW locker room “The Shooter” Brent Albright in a match that had no rules.  After the match, Albright ranted and raved on everything from his dislike for how IZW was organized, to Lawton, Oklahoma calling it a “hell hole”, to the fans of IZW and finally quit!  This was huge news as Albright had a sort of career rebirth since joining IZW earlier in the year.  Now with him walking out on the company that gave him an opportunity to resurrect his career the future looks daunting for the grappler known as “The Shooter”.  

The Future Hall of Famers (Brad Michaels, Eric Rose and Wage) defeated the outmanned team of John O'Malley and Gary Tool ( ½ of the IZW Tag Team Champions, the Old School Suckas) in a Handicap Match.  Earlier in the night FHF took out Bernie D backstage and the beating was such that Bernie D had to leave in an ambulance.   O’Malley and Tool took it to the FHF in the early going, no doubt spurred on by Bernie D’s absence.  But the longer the match went on, the more the tide turned for the FHF as the numbers game finally started to work in their favor.  Finally Brad Michaels was able to grab a chain level Gary Tool with it while the referee was distracted by the other four combatants.  It was a valiant effort by the outnumber team of O’Malley and Tool, but it was not to be as the rebranded FHF continue to carve out their mark in IZW.  

Chaz Sharpe defeated Rage Logan in a match that saw outside interference.  Sharpe and Logan went back and forth until the end when Rage grabbed his megaphone looking to end Sharpe’s night.  This spurred Jordan Jacobs down to the ring where he delivered a crushing running kick to Logan’s face knocking him out.  Sharpe got the easy pinfall victory on the fallen Logan.

In the main event of the night and a year in the making “The Real Deal” Aaron Neil defeated Jermaine Johnson in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to win the IZW Heavyweight Title.  The 30-minute match had fans on their feet throughout and rightfully so as this bout put an exclamation point on the night, nay the year, for IZW.  The first pinfall went to Aaron Neil as he won by getting Johnson to submit to the Boston Crab.  Johnson was smart as he tapped out quickly instead of taking more punishment in trying to fight of the submission as he might ordinarily do in a single fall match.  The second fall went to Johnson a few minutes later who took to the air and delivered a variation on a flying clothesline.  Going in to the third and final fall it looked like Johnson had the edge.  Being the smaller wrestler, Johnson had better cardio conditioning and once he locked on his patented cobra stretch, the move that has gotten almost everybody to submit, it looked like it would be another successful title defense for JJ.  But Neil fought out of the hold and delivered a series of hard overhand rights that dropped Johnson to the mat.  What came next was incredible.  Johnson managed to gain a second win and transitioned into a series of power moves himself, including coming off the second rope for his flying clothesline that got him his first pinfall.  But Neil would not be denied.  Neil was able to leverage Johnson up into a Real Drill position from the second rope and drop Johnson down hard on the mat.  That was finally enough after over a year to vanquish the former IZW Champion.  In doing so, Neil now adds to his legacy as a 5-time IZW Heavyweight Champion!  The locker room emptied and joined Neil in the ring to show him respect and congratulate the new champion, Aaron Neil. 

Dead Serious MMA - "Dead Serious Two" Review

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Hard hitting MMA action returned to the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey as Dead Serious MMA presented Dead Serious Two on the GFL Combat Sports Network.  Fans got to witness a great card as 7 of the bouts ended in either KO or submission on the evenly matched 15-bout card and a tri-main event with three titles on the line.

In the main event Stephen Regman (6-2) defeated Michael Sanders (4-2) via split decision to retain his Welterweight Title.  It was a bout that could have gone either way and was definitely the “fight of the night” as both Regman and Sanders gave everything they had in this championship bout.  Regman got the decision off of landing cleaner shots, but Sanders always pushed ahead and set the pace for a lot of the fight.  This would be a great rematch as both men showed they can impose their will in spots and with both fighters still being relatively new to MMA if they fought a second time it could be a totally different fight as they would have learned a lot from this first fight and fixed holes in their games.  This main event, was a great ending to a fun night of fights.    

In another title fight of the evening, Chris Sladky (3-0) defeated Jonathan Pecyna (4-3) by rear naked choke in Round 1 to win the Dead Serious Lightweight Title.  The former champion Pecyna stayed true to his high throttle fighting style, but the undefeated Sladky was there to counter Pecyna’s mistakes and once things hit the mat, Sladky was able to maneuver around for the fight ending choke.

Daniel Carbonel (6-6) defeated RJ Starace (3-4) to win the Dead Serious MMA Featherweight Title by triangle choke in Round 3.   For Carbonel, four of his six wins have come via submission and his grappling game was what got him the victory against Starace.  This bout was so evenly matched that it came down to the final round with the fight still being up for grabs.  Carbonel left no doubt though as he when thing went to the ground for the final time, he transitioned to an advantageous spot, and slapped on the fighting winning triangle choke for the victory and the championship.  

Dead Serious Two was even better than the first installment.  With 3 titles on the line, this is a high stakes event that MMA fans have to see.  Be sure to catch all of the action and watch the stars of tomorrow compete today as the Dead Serious MMA presents Dead Serious Two exclusively at GFL.tv.

Ring of Fire 42 - "Who's Next" Review

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Ring of Fire made its return to the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv with Ring of Fire 42 – Who’s Next.   ROF 42 played to a packed crowd at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado.  The 11-bout event had pure action throughout the night as 9 of the bouts ended in either KO or submission.  ROF is the top MMA organization in the Rockies and has produced some of the sports best fighters including Carlos Condit, Shane Carwin, Duane Ludwig and Donald Cerrone.  Who’s Next is sure to have many of the leaders of the next generation of fighters so make sure to order this event on video on demand and check out the stars of tomorrow, today.  

In the main event, UFC vet Tyler Toner (13-3) defeated Nick Macias (9-5) by unanimous decision after three rounds in a featherweight bout.  It was a great bout as both men went back and forth with wild striking exchanges throughout the bout.  The majority of the fight was standup which favored Toner as Macias tried to get the fight down to the mat multiple times, but Toner had strong takedown defense.  Toner really asserted control in Round 3 as he landed several overhand rights that found their mark.  Toner also had the better conditioning going into the last round and that served him well as he was able to keep up a pace that Macias could not stay with and withstand the takedown attempts.  Toner earned a hard fought victory and ended Macias’ 4-fight winning streak.  It was a great main event.  

In the co-main event, Lacey “The Lady” Schuckman (6-4) defeated Michelle “Bobcat” Blalock (1-1) by guillotine choke in Round 2 to win the ROF Young Guns Women’s 125 lb Title.  The bout started with a lot of clinch work and Greco grappling.  It continued in the second round when Blalock was looking for a takedown as the two women stood against the cage and that’s when Schuckman cinched up the choke and dropped to the ground getting the tapout and stunning Blalock and the crowd.  Most insiders expected the grappling advantage to go to Blalock but as MMA has shown time and time again, it’s a sport of inches and Schuckman found her opportunity and went for it.  

Former IFL Lightweight Champion Ryan Scultz (22-11-1) defeated Angelo Duarte (8-8) by rear naked choke in Round 1.  Shultz made the drop down to featherweight and still looked very strong in the lighter division.  Schultz clipped Duarte with a left hook and then wrestled for position ending on Duarte’s back where he landed several hard punches to the body.  Schultz secured a body triangle while on Duarte’s back and unloaded more punches, and secured the fight ending submission.   

Ring of Fire 42 – Who’s Next is one of the finest cards to date from ROF.  Exciting fighters from around the West filled out the card showcasing several rising prospects competing inside of the cage.  The only way to watch this exciting 11-bout card is to order it exclusively on GFL.tv.  Order now!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thai Fight - "Finals 2011" Preview

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Thai Fight is back as it presents its final installment of the year with Finals 2011 from Bangkok, Thailand live on December 18 exclusively on the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv.  The tournament finals are now set and Muay Thai fans around the world will get to see two five round championship matches along with several top contenders’ matches as Thai Fight ends the year with a bang.

Buakaw Por. Pramuk from Thailand faces Frankie Giorgio from Australia in the 154 lb tournament finale.  Buakaw has been dubbed a “national treasure” of Thailand and is the heavy favorite going into the bout against Giorgi in front of his homeland of Thailand.  This is a matchup of conflicting styles in this super welterweight battle as Buakaw is a precision striker, who darts in to land strikes and then moves to a safe distance before his opponent can launch his own attack, while Giorgio has been compared to the movie character, Rocky, for his ability to wade into punches and kicks and absorb a lot of punishment while dishing out his own.  Giorgi will need a Rocky-type performance as Buakaw has not been beaten since his days where he dominated K-1 many years ago.  

Kem Sitsongpeenong from Thailand battles last year’s Thai Fight Tournament Champion, Fabio Pinca from France in the 147 lb tournament final.  Pinca’s WBC World Welterweight Championship will also be on the line in this bout as he looks to repeat as Thai Fight Champion in back to back years.  Kem defeated Pinca earlier in their careers but this bout will be an entirely different animal.  Both fighters have grown since their first meeting and if anything, all it will do is light a fire under Pinca’s belly to avenge the loss.  Kem will have the home crowd at his side and will need all the help he can get as Pinca has been on a hot streak for the last two years.  Pinca is also a wizard at tight grappling and clinch work, so he will prove a tough test for Kem when they two go to battle on the inside.    

If you love nonstop, full-throttle striking, then Thai Fight – 2011 Finals, is must-see TV.  This event concludes one of the deepest Muay Thai tournaments ever.  Watch as the brave warriors display the science of the eight limbs and use punches, kicks, knees and elbows as they take the final step into becoming tournament champions.  Order this event exclusively at GFL.tv.

Monday, December 12, 2011

IZW December 10 Free TV Show on GFL.tv Review

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The night started off with Johnny Z coming down to the ring to cut a promo on his opponent at Chaotic Christmas, Brent Albright.  After the vicious beating Johnny Z laid down last week on Albright, the fans were eager to hear what “The Natural Born Leader” had to say.  But Johnny Z was interrupted by Albright who came on the ImpactTron and delivered his own sick and demented promo.  Albright promised to go after Johnny Z’s leg once again.  Suffice to say, Albright looks to be healed up enough that come December 17, both men will step into their No Holds Barred/No DQ Match as close to 100% as you can get in the sport of wrestling.  Although one thing is for sure, after their bout, neither man will ever be the same again. 

In the opening match of the evening, “Bad” Brad Michaels used his patented superkick to defeat the mysterious Midnight Rider.  Midnight Rider offered up some offense of his own including an atomic drop, but it was not enough to defeat the Future Hall of Famer.  Michaels has shown that not only is he a great leader of men, but he is also quite the wrestlers inside of the squared circle.  He has his detractors to be sure, but Michaels has the in-ring ability to compete with anyone in the IZW locker room.  And adding Wage and Eric Rose as his running mates will only increase Michaels’ influence with the confines of IZW.

Cody Jones then showed up backstage with Michael Barry’s IZW Impact Division Title in tow.  Jones told Barry he could come get his title at Chaotic Christmas, so it looks like Barry will be defending his title against the young, up and comer, Cody Jones.  Jones has a great opportunity to make and immediate impact in the promotion.  A win over Barry on December 17 would do just that.  

Next up was a verbal sparring match between Erica and Starr.  It was also the first chance to see who their mystery partners at Chaotic Christmas would be.  Starr brought out Kyra Maya and the two started to double team Erica before Ms. Dyslexia came out to make the save and throw her hat in with Erica.

Aaron Neil and Double D defeated The Future Hall of Famers (Wage & Eric Rose) after Johnny Z changed a handicap match into a tag match by adding Double D to Neil’s team.  Wage used his strength advantage to throw his weight around and stifle Double D’s athleticism.  D finally made the tag to Neil and “The Real Deal” cleared the ring of both Rose and Wage.  In a great show of strength, Neil had both Rose and Wage up for the Real Drill, but Rose managed to escape while Wage took the move full force.  Double D then executed a perfect cross body block from the top rope onto Rose and Neil got the pin.  It was great teamwork by Double D and Aaron Neil.  

IZW Tag Team Champions The Old School Suckas (Gary Tool and Bernie D) defeated Impact, Inc. (IZW Champion Jermaine Johnson and Randy Price).  In the weekly soap opera that is Impact Inc., Michael Barry came out to the ring and decided to insert himself into the match.  Johnson had Tool on the ropes and was setting up a tag for Price when Barry got in the ring and set off a heated argument between Impact Inc.  Johnson was then left alone in the ring as Tool made the hot tag.  The Old School Suckas delivered the Old School Driver and got the pinfall on Johnson while Barry, Price and Wolfenbarger continued to argue outside of the ring.  

Kevin Morgan defeated Soto Miyagi.  This match was like a lamb being led to slaughter as Morgan destroyed Miyagi inside of the ring and would not cover him for the explicit purpose of being able to continue his punishment.  Finally, Morgan covered Miyagi and ended the cruelty.  

Kyra Maya defeated Ms. Dyslexia after a brutal belly to back suplex that folded Ms. Dyslexia up like an accordion.  Maya showed some great strength inside of the ring as none of the other females on the IZW roster can match her strength wise.  Ms. Dyslexia and Erica will have to use their speed at Chaotic Christmas if they are going to have a shot at beating Starr and Maya. 

In the main event, John O’Malley defeated IZW Impact Division Champion Michael Barry by disqualification.  It was a great back and forth match between O’Malley and Barry with each grappler taking it to his opponent.  The ending came when Future Hall of Famer, Brad Michaels, came out to the ring and decided to get an early jump on his match on December 17.  Michaels grabbed O’Malley’s foot, causing him to trip and Barry was immediately disqualified.  Eric Rose and Wage then came down to assist Michaels in a 3 on 1 beating of O’Malley.  The Old School Suckas came out to even the odds and were able to fend off the Future Hall of Famers.  This score will finally be settled between these two factions in a 6-Man Tag Match at Chaotic Christmas next Saturday.  

After the main event, Jermaine Johnson issued one final challenge to Aaron Neil…a hotdog eating contest.  As Johnson stuffed his face with juicy wieners, Neil loaded up a single dog with ketchup.  Tons and tons of ketchup.  Neil then threw the ketchup grenade right at Johnson’s face for a direct hit.  Neil followed it up with squirting more ketchup in the face of the IZW Champ and ending things with a Real Drill for good measure.  Johnson was 0-3 in challenges leading up to Chaotic Christmas, but the only contest that really matters is what happens inside of the ring on December 17, live on iPPV.

Ultimate Reno Combat 29 "No Mercy" Review

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Northern Nevada’s premier cage fighting event, Ultimate Reno Combat 29, returned with No Mercy at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada and is now available on video on demand.  The 10-fight attraction, which had all the fights finish by either KO or submission, included an exciting title fight in the light heavyweight division as a new champion was crowned.

In the main event, for the URC Light Heavyweight Title, Brandon Costa (4-0) from Uriah Faber’s Ultimate Fitness defeated Carlos Sanchez (2-2) by TKO in Round 1 to become the new champion.  Costa set the tone early when he got Sanchez down to the ground and delivered a variety of punches to Sanchez’ head and body.  It was a one-sided affair as Sanchez could not get off of his back and by the time the round was over, the referee had seen enough and Costa was the new URC Champion.  The undefeated Champ is going to be a handful for any competitor in the URC cage because of his strong takedowns and wrestling. 

In the co-main event, Oscar Ramirez (6-2) of Reno Academy of Combat defeated Julio Rios (1-1) by rear naked choke in Round 1.  The featherweights got off to a quick start as both were throwing punches in bunches in the standup game, until Rios got the fight to the mat.  Tactically it was not the best move as Ramirez then transitioned into a choke for the fight ending submission.  Ramirez has been a steady force with URC and is a fan favorite for his ability to put on fights like this and finish them in spectacular fashion.

Watch the champions of tomorrow compete today!  Don’t miss this loaded event with 11 bouts as Northern Nevada’s only cage-fighting organization, Ultimate Reno Combat 29 presents No Mercy on December 9 live on pay-per-view and exclusively on GFL.tv.

In Depth Preview of IZW "Chaotic Christmas" on Dec. 17 Live on GFL.tv

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IZW closes out the year with a BANG as Chaotic Christmas comes to the Impact Arena and those watching on GFL.tv live on December 17.  The card features a bevy of top matches including a main event that has set the Oklahoma circuit and surrounding territories on fire for an entire year.  If you’ve never watch Impact Zone Wrestling, now is your chance to see the hottest promotion in the Mid-South region before the year is over!

In the main event, IZW Heavyweight Champion, Jermaine Johnson, defends his title against #1 Contender, “The Real Deal” Aaron Neil.  Johnson has had a stranglehold on the belt for over a year, which he won by defeating Neil.  For over 12 months, Neil has been chasing Johnson and trying to corner him into a match, where the two could square off one on one.  After winning the Monsters Bash Battle Royal at Halloween Hangover, Neil will finally get that opportunity at Chaotic Christmas.  But it won’t be an easy task for Neil.  Johnson has epitomized the meaning of a fighting champion as he has defended his title on almost a weekly basis for over 52 weeks straight.  He’s battled a “who’s who” of the IZW roster and always found a way to retain the title.  

“How does Aaron Neil feel when he’s going into a matchup that he can’t win and that I can’t lose?  This match is more important to me than to Aaron Neil.  I don’t care that he’s been chasing this title for over a year.  It’s mine!  The IZW title, the World Championship, it’s all about meeeee,” Johnson quipped.

But Neil poses a different challenge.  At 6’2” and well over 300 lb, Neil’s size is one variable that cannot be fully accounted for.  Combine that with Neil’s athleticism and it’s almost an unbeatable combination.  Neil will not wilt when the spotlight is one him as he has tons of big match experience against some of the sport’s best, including battling former World Champions, Vader and Dusty Rhodes.  A 10-year vet, there’s nothing Neil hasn’t done or seen firsthand and now he believes the time is right for him to once again become IZW Heavyweight Champion.

“I always have the IZW Championship at the forefront.  That is the ultimate goal for anyone within the company. I’m one win away from reaching that goal and on December 17 at Chaotic Christmas I fully intend to capitalize on the opportunity.  Johnson dropped the ball as champion; I’m here to pick up the slack,” Neil said.

In the co-main event, Johnny Z fights Brent Albright in a No Holds Barred/No DQ Match.  This feud has been built on violence and inflicting serious pain.  Both wrestlers seemed to take things up a notch on a weekly basis leading to their final showdown of the year at Chaotic Christmas.  But even in the world of professional wrestling, this rivalry has crossed a line that very few feuds have ever treaded on.   It’s a match that won’t be for the faint of heart as this bout is sure to take years off of the careers of both Johnny Z and Albright.

“Everyone knows I took a couple years off and got away from the limelight.  When I joined IZW I was still trying to find my place and what I wanted to do.  This feud with Johnny Z has gotten my heart pumping again for the business.  It’s brought out a part of me that I tried to bury a long time ago… ‘The Shooter’.  I’m not just talking about a nickname on the back of my trunks.  I’m talking about what that title implies.  I’m one of the most decorated and talented grapplers in the world.  With these hands, I can go hold for hold with anybody in this sport. I’ve been in the ring with all of the greats and tore houses down around the world. But that part of me I voluntarily put on the shelf, because it overwhelmed everything else in my life.  Being ‘The Shooter’ is an all-consuming fire,” Albright said.

“It’s something I don’t want my children to ever see, but unfortunately on December 17 at Chaotic Christmas on GFL.tv, because of Johnny Z and his actions, my kids, his kids and the whole world is going to see what can happen when ‘The Shooter’ is let loose.  He is going to pay the price for bringing me into IZW.  He is going to pay the price for challenging me to a No Holds Barred/No DQ Match.  It’s going to be something him and his family will remember forever.  Because when they wake up on Christmas Day and get ready to take their family, holiday picture, there is going to be Johnny Z, a broken man, with a broken spirit.  He might be in a full body cast by the time I’m done with him on December 17.  When the picture is snapped over at the Johnny Z house on Christmas morning it’s going to be a life-long reminder for him and his family that he should have never messed with ‘The Shooter’ Brent Albright.  He should have never tried to step up to the big leagues and he should have never brought me into IZW,” concluded Albright. 

As for “The Natural Born Leader” Johnny Z, there is not a tougher wrestler on the planet.  Johnny Z has made a career off of outsmarting his opponents and at times shown a vindictiveness that is uneasy to watch.  But this match is going to come down to a good, old fashioned, back alley brawl, and Johnny Z seems up to the challenge. 

“Brent Albright’s not somebody to be taken lightly.  He’s a former WWE and ROH star and a former NWA World Champion.  He attacked my knee, my leg, my livelihood.  And what did I do?  I came back, Brent.  And I started looking for you.  And when I finally did find you, what did I do?  I kicked your ass right in the middle of the ring, just like I’m going to do December 17,” Johnny Z said.

“I believe he’s going to again go after my knee and my leg and try to end my career at Chaotic Christmas.  I believe that 100%.  But you know what else I believe?  No matter what, I’m not going to quit fighting.  Sometime during our match, I’m going to pull down my knee pad, exposing my hard, boney knee and bash it on the side of his head.  I’m going to kick Brent’s teeth so far down his throat, that he’s going to be able to chew his food with his ***hole,” Johnny Z promised.

On December 17, IZW presents its most anticipated card of 2011.  All the stops are going to be pulled out.  There’s never been a better time to get acquainted with the wildest and most rugged, rough and tumble federation on the Independent scene.  Tune in to GFL.tv and order Chaotic Christmas on iPPV and watch as IZW takes the wrestling world by storm.  

The entire card reads as follows.

IZW Heavyweight Championship: Jermaine Johnson (c) VS Aaron Neil
No Holds Barred/No DQ Match: Shooter Brent Albright VS Johnny Z
6-Man Tag Team Match: John O'Malley & Old School Suckas VS Future Hall of Famers (Bad Brad Michaels, Wage, Eric Rose)
Double D VS Randy Price
Impact Division Championship: Michael Barry (c) VS Cody Jones
Women’s Tag Team Match: Starr & Kyra Maya VS Erica & Ms. Dyslexia
Rage Logan VS Chaz Sharpe
To learn more about all things IZW related, visit us at any of these online locations.
Website: izwrestling.com
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/IZWOklahoma
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImpactZoneWrestling
Twitter: @IZW_Oklahoma
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dead Serious MMA - "Dead Serious Two" Preview

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Hard hitting MMA action returns to the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey as Dead Serious MMA presents Dead Serious Two on December 17 live on the GFL Combat Sports Network.  Dead Serious MMA is planning to blow the roof off in Rahway by giving the fans a MEGA 23-bout card and a tri-main event with three titles on the line.

In the main event, Dead Serious MMA Featherweight Champion RJ Starace (3-3) fights Daniel Carbonel (5-6).  Starace won the title at the inaugural DSMMA event in October with a unanimous victory in a bout that was a barnburner.  The champ is back and ready for his first title defense as he looks to keep his career moving in the right direction.  For Carbonel, three of his five wins have come via submission, so don’t be surprised if Carbonel looks for a takedown early in Round 1.  Carbonel is on a two-fight win streak and looks to make it three in a row and take home the Dead Serious 145 lb title in the process.  The featherweight division is one of the sport’s most exciting divisions, so don’t blink during the main event, because it will look like two Tasmanian Devils attacking one another.  

In another tri-main event, Stephen Regman (5-2) fresh of a victory at Dead Serious One and the reigning Welterweight Champion will defend his title against Michael Sanders (4-1).  Regman is known for his hand speed and power, but he also showed in his last fight that he has great cardio conditioning and enough in the tank to win a hard fought decision as well.  For Sanders, he is coming off a submission victory in less than a minute for a championship in another organization, so expect him to want to pick up right where he left off and look to take Regman down to the mat and apply another quick submission.  

In the third title fight of the evening, Dead Serious Lightweight Champion Jonathan Pecyna (4-2) battles undefeated fighter Chris Sladky (2-0).  Pecyna won the title by choke in spectacular fashion and is set to defend his title and end 2011 with a bang.  All four of Pecyna’s wins have come via stoppage (either KO or submission) and because of that, he is always a fan favorite.  Sladky is coming into the bout with less experience, but still an impressive start to his budding MMA career.  This bout should be full throttle for three rounds or however long it lasts.  

East Coast MMA is ready to deliver again!  Be sure to catch all of the action, including 3 title fights,  LIVE on December 17 as the Dead Serious MMA presents Dead Serious Two exclusively at GFL.tv.

CFFC 12 - "Pollard VS Soto" Review

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Cage Fury Fighting Championships returned to Atlantic City, New Jersey as it presented its final installment of 2011, CFFC 12 – Pollard VS Soto at the Resorts Hotel and Casino.  The exciting card had 6 of 11 bouts end in either KO or submission and showcased some of the top fighters on the East Coast headlined by a title fight in the welterweight division.  CFFC has been on a rampage since its re-launch and this card only added to its growing legacy.  

In the main event, Greg Soto (9-2) defeated “The Surgeon” Pollard (5-3) by triangle choke in Round 2 to win the CFFC 170 lb Championship.   Pollard was coming into the fight the newly minted champion but found that defending the strap is sometimes harder than winning it in the first place.  It was a great showcase of all things MMA as Pollard tried to use his striking advantage while Soto wanted to get things down to the mat.  The first round saw an exchange that had both men take punishment, but in Round 2 it was Soto who was able to exert his will and get the fight to the ground and keep it there where he could utilize his advantage and he did just that, getting the tapout victory and becoming the new CFFC Welterweight Champion.  The 170 lb title has been a hot potato for CFFC with three different fighters holding it in 2011.  2012 should bring more great action and fights in this stacked division.   

In other action, Chris “The Story” Liguori (14-9) defeated Don Carlo-Clauss (7-6) by split decision in the fight of the night.  It was a back and forth scrap with each man doing damage and after three hard fought rounds it came down to the judges.  Liguori was awarded the victory and it was probably because of his ability to constantly come forward and initiate much of the action.  Both fighters landed several hard strikes, but Liguori’s determination and pressure showed that he was handling the punishment better.  A well-deserved victory for Liguori and a tough loss for Carlo-Clauss. 

Be sure to catch all of the action on video on demand as CFFC 12 – Pollard VS Soto brings down the house on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.  See the rising stars on the East Coast compete in front of some of the most avid fans in the country.  Be a part of the excitement and order this iPPV from the GFL Combat Sports Network. 

IZW Media Blitz Leading up to Chaotic Christmas on Dec. 17 on GFL.tv

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December 11, 2011

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The PR blitz leading up to Chaotic Christmas on December 17 on iPPV at GFL.tv has been nonstop and there is plenty of great content available online for pro wrestling fans to view to get up to the minute breaking news and stories from the top Independent wrestling organization in the Mid-South region, Impact Zone Wrestling (IZW).  IZW has been front and center with numerous media opportunities in the last several weeks, with the top wrestling websites and radios shows covering tons of IZW-related material.  With more exposure and attention being placed on IZW than ever before, we wanted to let our growing fanbase know where you can find some of these great news stories and reporting covering the wrestlers and promotion of IZW.  

Including:

*Brent Albright interview with AngryMarks Radio on 11/24 at http://angrymarks.com/?ArticleID=16095This is Albright’s first radio interview in some time and he reveals what he has been up to recently with IZW, and takes a trip down memory lane and discusses some of his feuds under the WWE banner.

*Aaron Neil interview with HitTheRopes Radio on 11/27 at http://www.hittheropes.com/htrradio/wrestling-show/htr-radio/132-episode-19-wwe-survivor-series-recap-and-eric-watts-interview  (Neil’s interview starts 110 minutes into the show).  Neil reveals his beginnings in pro wrestling, his history with IZW, some of the highlights of his career and his feud with IZW Heavyweight Champion Jermaine Johnson.

*Jermaine Johnson interview with ATG Radio on 11/28 at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/all-timegreat/2011/11/29/atg-radio-with-lamon-brewster-and-kyron-butler (Johnson’s interview starts 78 minutes into the show).  Johnson discusses his start in the business, how far he was willing to travel to train, the beginning stages of his career leading up to where he is now, the importance of IZW being the trailblazer in professional wrestling for a free, weekly, iPPV series, the partnership between IZW and GFL.tv and what that means for the future of the promotion and so much more.   

*Brent Albright interview with Wrestling Observer/Figure 4 Weekly on 11/29 at http://www.f4wonline.com/ in the Members Only audio section.  An informative look at Albright in this 50-minute interview, which covers his entire career.  Hear Brent’s reasons for joining IZW after taking a break from the business, his start in pro wrestling, time in Ohio Valley Wrestling and his epic feud with CM Punk, his WWE stint on Smackdown, his thoughts on Christ Benoit and all of the fallout, time in ROH, winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, greatest matches and feuds, and most important his upcoming No Holds Barred/No DQ match with Johnny Z at Chaotic Christmas on December 17 at GFL.tv.   

Some of the premier wrestling websites (along with the aforementioned) have also covered IZW shows, previewing and reviewing events and special promotions and marketing deals including Wrestling Inc. at wrestlinginc.com, PW Torch at pwtorch.com and PW Insider at pwinsider.com.

Please visit and follow all of these sites as they continue to support IZW.

There has never been an easier time to get connected to IZW.  

To learn more about all things IZW related, visit us at any of these online locations.

Website: izwrestling.com
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/IZWOklahoma
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImpactZoneWrestling
Twitter: @IZW_Oklahoma
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Monday, December 5, 2011

IZW December 3 Free TV Show on GFL.tv Review

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Jermaine Johnson kicked off the festivities of the FREE IZW December 3 show on GFL.tv with another episode of the “All About Me Show” which got fans at the Impact Arena riled up and chanting for Aaron Neil, Johnson’s opponent at Chaotic Christmas.  Neil came out to meet Johnson in the middle of the ring and readied for a fight against Johnson but instead Johnson tried to switch gears and get Neil to face him in anything other than a wrestling match. This week it was in a rap contest.  Although it might have looked like a mismatch for Johnson in the beginning, Neil put together quite the freestyle and had the fans chanting “Real Deal” by the end.  This extracurricular loss has to be the most humiliating for Johnson yet, as Neil is far from a rap impresario and all Johnson ever does is talk about himself.   

Next on tap was a great video package and Part 1 of “Silent Fury: Inside the Mind of a Deaf Wrestler” on IZW wrestler Chaz Sharpe.  Sharpe is looking to make his mark inside Impact Zone Wrestling and his fellow IZW wrestlers spoke candidly about Sharpe and his hearing impairment.  Sharpe’s story is very inspirational and shows the dedication, respect and love that Sharpe has for the wrestling business as he continues to pursue his dream in becoming the first ever deaf World Champion.  Part 2 is set to air next week on IZW TV.

For the in ring action, Cody Jones defeated “Mr. Money” Randy Price.  Price used his size and strength advantage well through the majority of the match, delivering a power slam for what looked like a pinfall, but Jones was able to kick out at 2.  The end came after another strange turn of events.  Price whipped Jones into the ropes but was reversed by Jones in the process, and when Price came off the ropes he was accidentally tripped up by Jeff Wolfenbarger, Price’s manager.  Price confronted Wolfenbarger and turned his attention away from Jones long enough for Jones to jump off the second rope and deliver a double knee drop to Price’s jaw, stunning “Mr. Money” and giving Jones the victory.  This continues an inexplicable pattern of Price seeming to get screwed by his own team, Impact Inc., dating back to Halloween Hangover.  After the match Double D came out and challenged Price to a One-On-One Match at Chaotic Christmas.  Price accepted the challenge, much to Wolfenbarger’s disdain, but you have to wonder with friends like Impact Inc., Price doesn’t need any enemies. Double D was all too willing to point out the odd trend that has continued to go against Price thanks to Impact Inc., and Price seemed to grudgingly agree as he was happy to take on Double D one-on-one.

Starr came out to the ring and to throw hot coals in Erica’s direction.  Starr degraded Erica’s physical attributes but Erica got the last laugh as she was backstage and rummaged through all of Starr’s clothing throwing most of it on the ground.  This back and forth between Starr and Erica set up a match for later in the show.  Exactly what Erica wanted.

 Soto Miyagi and Chaz Sharpe defeated Nemesis (Rage Logan and Shawn McHale).  For Logan it was an opportunity to defeat the two opponents who have beaten him in consecutive weeks, but it was not to be.  Logan and Sharpe put on a great display of mat wrestling and matched each other tit for tat.  The ending came when McHale accidently hit Logan instead of Sharpe, knocking Logan off of the ring apron.  The stunned McHale was then rolled up by Sharpe for the pinfall.  

Double D defeated IZW Champion Jermaine Johnson in a non-title bout.  The end came after Randy Price, who along with Jeff Wolfenbarger accompanied Johnson down to the ring, would not give the Johnson the championship belt to use as a weapon against Double D.  Johnson was distracted as he was still trying to get the belt from Price, giving Double D and opportunity to hit the de-facer for the pinfall victory.  After the match, it looked like Price wiped his hands of the whole situation, not wanting to get involved in extracurricular activities, and possibly turning over a new leaf.  

Starr was able to extract some type of revenge even though she lost by DQ against Erica when Starr used a belt to choke Erica almost to unconsciousness.  Erica came out wearing some of Starr’s clothing, the clothing that she had tossed around the locker room earlier in the nigh.  This lit a fuse under Starr as she was more concerned with hurting Erica than winning the match, and that is exactly what she did.

Aaron Neil defeated Brent Albright by count out.  Neil and Albright were like two bulls in a china shop issuing out punishment at every turn.  First Neil would get the upper hand and then after a scramble or reversal by Albright it was his turn to do damage.  Neil delivered a devastating spine buster, which is used as a setup for his Boston Crab finisher, but this time Albright was ready and rolled out of the way from the debilitating submission move.  Neil got Albright up for his Real Drill finisher, but Albright slipped out of Neil’s clutches and after a quick Greco battle for positioning, Neil was in perfect position for a belly to back suplex, but the crafty “Shooter” delivered the most devastating move of the match, a back leg kick right between the goal posts hitting its target on the button, so to speak.  Neil crumbled in pain, writhing around on the mat.

With Neil incapacitated, Albright’s attention quickly turned to Johnny Z who was doing commentary in the announcers’ booth.  Albirght walked up the ramp and started jawing back and forth with Z and was eventually counted out by the referee awarding the victory to Neil.   Albright was looking to finish what he started ahead of Chaotic Christmas as the injured Johnny Z was still hobbled on crutches.  But to Albright’s amazement and everyone else in the Impact Arena, Johnny Z got up from his chair and started throwing punches in bunches at Albright’s head.  The bolos kept coming as Johnny Z hit Albright with everything he had, knocking the former NWA World Champion back down to the ring.  What comes around, goes around as Johnny Z showed that his injured knee is not as badly damaged as once thought, when he delivered a soccer kick right to Albright’s package, dropping him instantly.  Johnny Z followed the “kick heard ‘round the world” with more stiff punches and kicks to Albright’s head and face.  This was a case of whatever you can do, I can do better.  As Johnny Z was now the wrestler dishing out tons and tons of punishment to the helpless carcass of Brent Albright.   If you mess with the bull, you’ll get the horns and nobody is more dangerous when backed against a wall than “The Natural Born Leader” Johnny Z.

EPIC Fighting 9 "CA State Finals" Review

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EPIC Fighting returned to GFL.tv as the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, California played host to EPIC Fighting’s biggest and best show yet, EPIC Fighting 9.  The stacked card is the culmination of a lot of great performances by amateur MMA fighters in the Golden State as the hotly anticipated California State Mixed Martial Arts Finals took place.  Fighters from both Southern and Northern California will be competing in this impressive event where the stars of tomorrow will compete today.  Champions were crowned in several weight classes including, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight.  That’s 8 divisions and titles that were decided on the most stacked amateur card to ever hit California.   

In one of the co-main events, Richard Parra (7-4) defeated Francisco “Panchito” Castro (5-4) by TKO in Round 3 in a featherweight championship bout.  Parra trains at The Pit, world famous for being the home of former UFC Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and you could see the 145 lb Parra utilizes some of the same strengths as the former UFC Champ.  For Parra this makes 6 of his 7 wins coming via KO or TKO.  It was a back and forth fight, something that was favoring Castro as he likes to wear down his opponents and grind them out, but it was not to be as Parra still had enough in the tank to stop Castro in the third.  These two featherweights put on a great performance for the raucous crowd.  

In another high profile match Lamar Reed (5-0) defeated Mike Flach (5-1) by decision to win the middleweight championship.  Reed is a 2X All-American in college and placed at the Greco Nationals so he implemented a smart gameplan and out wrestled Flach to earn a clear cut victory.  Much of Flach’s offensive weapons were nullified by Reed’s wrestling as Flach likes to strike on his feet, but those opportunities were few and far between in this bout.  With Reed’s wrestling background and a constantly improving standup game, look for him to turn professional in 2012 and start to make waves on the regional scene in California and the surrounding areas.   

Other champions included Radames Garcia (135), Trace Gray (155), Brandon Wilson (170), Brandon Hester (205), Michael Ortega (230), Leo Cantu (265).

You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event.  Be sure to catch all of the action on video on demand as EPIC Fighting presents EPIC Fighting 9 featuring the California State Mixed Martial Arts Finals on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.

Cut Throat MMA - "Invasion 4" Review

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Cut Throat MMA returned with Invasion 4 at the La Sierra Banquet Hall in Aurora, Illinois.  Cut Throat MMA has quickly established itself as one of the hottest MMA organizations in the Midwest and is a breeding ground for the sports future stars as it has several different series’ of MMA events that is promotes throughout the region.  Invasion 4 was chalk full of great fights on the 10-bout amateur card  and once again showed why they are the premier MMA proving ground of MMA in the Midwest region.  

In the main event, Carlson Gracie’s Sam Ferguson (3-1) defeated Andrew West (2-2) by armbar in Round 1.  Ferguson got a takedown early on in the fight and improved his position on the ground eventually securing mount where he unloaded a barrage of punches.  With only seconds remaining in the round, Ferguson saw an opening and grabbed West’s arm and spun around for the armbar and submission victory.  A great showing by another student in the long line of Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  

In the co-main event, Carlson Gracie’s Tom Shoaff (6-0) defeated Cody Smith in Round 1 via KO.  Shoaff showed that there’s more than just grappling at Carlson Gracie’s Academy as he landed a picture perfect uppercut that ended the fight midway through the opening round.  For the undefeated Shoaff, it was another win that shows he is clearly ready to turn professional.  It was a great night for Carlson Gracie’s Academy as the students went undefeated on the night.

If you like submissions and knockouts then this is the card for you.  Don’t miss this exciting event.  Cut Throat MMA brings you another fully loaded card with Invasion 4.  All 10-bouts ended in dramatic fashion and not one went to a decision.  Watch the hottest Midwest MMA prospects compete in the Cut Throat MMA cage.  Order this event now, exclusively through the GFL Combat Sport Network at GFL.tv. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

"Warriors Cup XIII" Review

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Weapons 9 Promotions presented full contact Muay Thai in Lincroft, New Jersey with Warriors Cup XIII and streamed on GFL.tv.  The evening’s festivities overcame some pre-show challenges, and the 14-bout pro/am card delivered in the ring and made for an exciting night of standup fights with some of the best Muay Thai action in the States.

The scheduled main event, between Gabriel Varga and Justin “The Purple People Eater” Greskiewicz was cancelled a day before the event because of an undisclosed injury to Greskiewicz.  Nevertheless, the fights inside of the ring still showed that Warriors Cup XIII was worth the price of a ticket and/or to watch on the GFL Combat Sports Network.  

In the night’s final pro bout Ryan Murray defeated James “B-52” Smith by TKO (doctor stoppage) due to a torn bicep at the end of Round 2.  With the victory, Murray wins the vacant WBC Muay Thai National Super Cruiserweight Title.  The action heated up midway through the round when Smith delivered a series of punches and knees that forced the ref to give Murray a standing 8-count.  In Round 2, it was Murray who began to go to work with some stiff shots, both punches and kicks that seemed to take the air out of Smith.  The fight looked to be tied up at one round apiece heading into the third round, but the doctor stopped the bout in between rounds after Smith was unable to continue with his injury.  

The other pro bout of the night saw Ognjen Topic defeat Anthony Demaio by TKO/doctor stoppage (cuts) in Round 2.  Round 1 was a solid round of action, but neither fighter wanted to open up his full arsenal.  The end came after Topic was able to land a solid elbow and cut Demaio near the eye in Round 2.  The cut was pretty deep as blood started to immediately poor from the wound.  That single strike was enough, as the bout was halted by the referee so the doctor could check Demaio and the fight stopped.

New to Muay Thai?  If the answer is “yes” then you need to order his iPPV and see what happens when fighters are allowed to use all 8 points of contact instead of only 2 as in Western Boxing.  If you love action-packed striking, Warriors Cup XIII is your type of event.  With a national title at stake watch as these fearless gladiators put it all on the line to earn a victory in one of the most grueling and punishing combat sports in the world.  Order Warriors Cup XIII exclusively from the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ultimate Reno Combat 29 "No Mercy" Preview

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Northern Nevada’s premier cage fighting event returns as Ultimate Reno Combat 29 presents No Mercy LIVE on December 9 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.  Be there live to watch this 11-fight attraction including a title fight and if you can’t make it to Reno watch online at the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv.

In the main event, for the URC Light Heavyweight Title, Brandon Costa (3-0) from Uriah Faber’s Ultimate Fitness battles Carlos Sanchez (2-1).  Costa has had all 3 of his bouts inside the Ultimate Reno Combat cage and has delivered every time winning two by TKO including his most recent fight in October.  Sanchez brings a high risk/high reward style to the fight as all 3 of his bouts have ended in the first round, with two being victories for Sanchez.  Fight fans won’t want to blink as these two gladiators square off with everything at stake. 

Also featured on the stacked undercard is URC favorite Oscar Ramirez (5-2) from Reno Academy of Combat versus Michael Hutchins (2-0) from Sektion 8 Fight Team in a flyweight contest.  These two 125 lb fighters should tear the house down with their nonstop action inside of the ring.  This bout could be a “fight of the night” candidate as both men have cardio conditioning that is through the roof.

In other action Naseef Ashkar (0-1) from Team Sharp Nux fights Mychal Clark (0-0) from Weapons Factory in a welterweight scrap.  Both athletes are new to the game and this will be a great fight for them to decide if MMA is for them.  Expect Ashkar and Clark to come out banging and set a fast pace in the standup department.  

Watch the champions of tomorrow compete today!  Don’t miss this loaded event with 11 bouts as Northern Nevada’s only cage-fighting organization, Ultimate Reno Combat 29 presents No Mercy on December 9 live on pay-per-view and exclusively on GFL.tv.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

CFFC 12 - "Pollard VS Soto" Preview

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Cage Fury Fighting Championships returns December 10 to Atlantic City, New Jersey as it presents CFFC 12 – Pollard VS Soto at the Resorts Hotel and Casino.  The exciting card is loaded with the top fighters on the East Coast and is headlined by 4 TITLE FIGHTS!  CFFC has been on a rampage since its re-launch and MMA fans in the Tri-State area won’t want to miss this stacked card.  

In the main event, CFFC Welterweight Champion, Chip “The Surgeon” Pollard (5-2) defends his title for the first time against UFC veteran Greg Soto (8-2).  Pollard won the title last July in an upset against former champ Joey Rivera by TKO due to cuts.  Things won’t get any easier for the new champ as his first title defense is against Soto who just had a 3-fight stint in the UFC.  Pollard got the nickname “The Surgeon” because of his pinpoint accuracy and he will need to be on-point with his strikes as Soto is grappling wizard so if things hit the mat, it will be to Soto’s advantage.  

The CFFC Light Heavyweight Title will also be on the line as undefeated amateur Daniel Holmes will make his pro debut against Chris “The Finisher” Sydnor (1-5).  Holmes was quite impressive during his amateur tenure, even winning a title.  He looks to make a splash into the professional ranks as he is fighting for another title in his first pro bout.  For Sydnor, he fought for and won earlier this year in CFFC by KO and that victory made quite an impression on the CFFC officials as they now matched him up in a title fight.

Chris “The Story” Liguori (13-9) battles Don Carlo-Clauss (7-5) for the vacant CFFC Lightweight Title.  Both fighters have fought at 170 lb their entire careers, so this will be an interesting fight to see if the added weight cut will have adverse effects on their performances.  Earlier this year, Liguori had a hard fought, tough, split decision loss in a CFFC Welterweight Title, but came back strong in his next bout picking up a victory by KO.  For Liguori, a win against Carlo-Clauss would close out a busy year with CFFC on a great note for the Ricardo Almeida protégé. Carlo-Clauss is coming off of a tough loss on the Strikeforce: Fedor VS Silva card and looks to put that past him and close out the year as CFFC Lightweight Champion.  Carlo-Clauss’ biggest attribute is his cardio conditioning as he likes to grind out his opponents for decisions, so the extra weight cut down to 155 lb could be very instrumental into Carlo-Clauss’ game plan going into the fight.  Expect a “fight of the night” here as these two gladiators will come out guns blazing.  

The final title on the line will crown the CFFC Featherweight Champion as undefeated fighters Steve Perez (2-0) fights Dan Cion (3-0) in what is sure to be a barnburner.  Perez won both of his fights earlier this year inside the CFFC cage by submission and looks to make it number three against Cion.  For Cion, who is also a CFFC veteran, he prefers to pressure his opponents for a whole fight, and where them down and winning by decision.  It will be a clash of styles and game plans as these to 145 lb scrappers hook horns in the CFFC cage.  

Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on December 10 as CFFC 12 – Pollard VS Soto brings down the house on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.  See the rising stars on the East Coast compete in front of some of the most avid fans.  Be a part of the excitement and order this iPPV from the GFL Combat Sports Network. 

IMPACT ZONE WRESTLING (IZW) GIVING AWAY FREE VIEWINGS OF iPPV CHAOTIC CHRISTMAS ON DECEMBER 17!


December 1, 2011
Impact Zone Wrestling (IZW) – Chaotic Christmas
Saturday December 17, 2011 @ 8pm (ET)
Impact Arena in Lawton, Oklahoma
Live on the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv

IMPACT ZONE WRESTLING (IZW) GIVING AWAY FREE VIEWINGS OF iPPV CHAOTIC CHRISTMAS ON DECEMBER 17!

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With two weeks left before Chaotic Christmas, Impact Zone Wrestling (IZW) is in a charitable mood.  We are giving away 3 FREE viewings of our last iPPV of the year on December 17!  Everything has come down to this.  IZW Heavyweight Champion Jermaine Johnson defends his belt against his toughest challenger and winner of Halloween Hangover’s Monsters Bash Battle Royal, “The Real Deal” Aaron Neil.  These two have been on a collision course for over a year since Johnson captured the title from Neil in November 2010.  This bout could be Neil’s final chance to right a wrong and dethrone Johnson, one of the most gifted wrestlers to ever compete in IZW.  

Also scheduled for Chaotic Christmas is a grudge match to end all feuds as Brent Albright fights Johnny Z in a No Holds Barred/No Disqualification Match.  Albright has quickly proved that he is cut from a different kind of cloth when it comes to violence and cruelty, but IZW co-owner and founder, Johnny Z is ready to see Albright’s brand of crazy and raise him in the brutality department.  So how can you see these two matches and the whole Chaotic Christmas card for free?

To be eligible all you have to do is visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ImpactZoneWrestling and LIKE and COMMENT on any of our threads posted on our wall.  You can even start a thread of your own.  

Each week, one winner will be randomly selected and notified to receive a promotional code that will enable a free viewing of Chaotic Christmas on December 17 on GFL.tv

Already LIKED and COMMENTED on our Facebook page?  Great, then you are already entered in the drawing.  If you’ve only LIKED us, then you just need to COMMENT to be eligible.

Don’t miss the most exciting iPPV of the winter when IZW presents Chaotic Christmas on Saturday, December 17 at 8pm ET on GFL.tv.  Don’t be late to the party.  Get on the IZW bandwagon now, become a fan of the most exciting promotion in the Texhoma area and Mid-South region as it sweeps across the globe and continues to expand thanks to the worldwide distribution deal with GFL.tv.  

This star-studded, HD-event will be streamed live to the GFL Roku Channel, iPhone, iPad and the latest Droid mobile devices and of course all Internet-connected computers.  

To learn more about all things IZW related, visit us at any of these online locations.

Website: izwrestling.com
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/IZWOklahoma
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ImpactZoneWrestling
Twitter: @IZW_Oklahoma
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