Preview: Black Label Pro ‘Wrestling Vacation’ (8/18/18)

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This Saturday, one of Indiana’s newest promotions, Black Label Pro, presents National Slampoon’s Wrestling Vacation, featuring some hard hitting action, plus a continuation of Joey Janela‘s quest to vanquish heroes of the past. Founded in 2017, Black Label Pro (BLP) made their debut last September with The Darkest Timeline two-night event, and has since gone on to become one of the most exciting new promotions to emerge from the US Midwest. In fact, while Joey Janela’s Spring Break 2 this past spring rocketed PCO‘s resurgence, the comeback tour actually began with BLP earlier this January, when PCO faced “All Ego” Ethan Page at BLP’s We’re Not The Mounties. But this Saturday, while BLP Champion Jordynne Grace will not be present, BLP still has a stellar, explosive card worth checking out. If you catch the event live on iPPV through Powerbomb.tv, the event will be announced by none other than SHIMMER‘s Dave Prazak.

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Sammy Guevera vs. Pat Monix vs. Gringo Loco

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A star for his first four years with his native State Texas promotion, Inspire Pro Wrestling, Sammy Guevera had a break out year in 2017, working with the likes of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), EVOLVE, Major League Wrestling (MLW), All-American Wrestling (AAW), WrestleCircus, Full Impact Pro (FIP), and Mexico’s The Crash Lucha, not to mention taking part in IMPACT Wrestling‘s Super X Cup. This year he added to that resume, debuting with Lucha Underground and Mexico’s AAA. Only 25 years old, the former 2x Inspire Pro Junior Crown Champion and WrestleCircus Sideshow Champion is only going to get better. He’s facing two men in this Triple Threat match-up, starting with another youngster in Chicago’s Pat Monix. In his hometown, he’s a regular with GALLI Lucha Libre, but of late he’s been toughening up in IWA Mid South and Freelance Wrestling. The two up and comers face off with another Chicago wrestler, 33-year old veteran Gringo Loco, another veeteran of Chicago’s GALLI, as well as Freelance, Game Changer Wrestling (GCW), AAW, and Cleveland’s Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW), amongst others. This will have its share of athleticism, but make no mistake. These guys can dish out – and take – their fair share of abuse.

Kevin Ku & Mystery Partner vs. Percy Davis & Mystery Partner

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Kevin Ku is a newcomer to the wrestling world, but he comes from the New England Pro Wrestling Academy where he was trained by Brian Fury. He also gained some national exposure as part of the recent Dojo Pro series put on in part by Ring of Honor on Amazon Prime, as well as making a name for himself in such promotions as Carolina Wrestling Federation (CWF) Mid Atlantic and Southern Underground Pro (SUP). He’s taking on another youngster in 24-year old Percy Davis from Lafayette, Indiana, who hopes to make a name for himself in his home state BLP, after spending his previous time with the likes of IWA Mid South, CWF Mid Atlantic, Rockstar Pro, Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment (AWE) and more. Davis made his CHIKARA debut this year as part of the Young Lions Cup tournament. This match will be a tag match and these two young Southern grapplers will be coming in with mystery partners, adding intrigue to an already exciting match up between two emerging Southern stars, as they two were former team mates at BLP Jam, until Ku turned his back on Davis.

No Consequences (Chase Oliver & Tre’ Lamar) vs. Space Pirates (Space Monkey & Shane Sabre)

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No Consequences is a stable on the independents that at times features the likes of AJ Gray, Malcolm Monroe III, and others, but on Saturday, the young tandem of Chase Oliver & Tre’ Lamar – both trained by WWE Superstars Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae – step into the ring under the No Consquences banner to face a wildly unpredictable Canadian duo in the Space Pirates. Space Monkey is as unruly as they get, a simian high flyer with a penchant for bananas, while his partner, Shane Sabre, is one of Canada’s loosest cannons. The duo are the current reigning Alpha-1 Tag Team Champions (Ethan Page‘s promotion) and these two are ready to bring the fight to the two young stars.

Kobe Durst vs. Josh Briggs

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Speaking of Alpha-1 (or A1), Kobe Durst is another of Canada’s rising new stars, having competed for A1 (where he’s a former A1 Alpha Male Champion and A1 Zero-G Champion)  and the reigning C4 Champion with Ottawa’s Capital City Championship Combat (C4). He’s also worked with Smash Wrestling and other Canadian indies, while making a name for himself in the US with Freelance Wrestling, Glory Pro and others. He heads into what will be bombastic match up against the powerhouse Josh Briggs (another student of Brian Fury) who has become one of the emerging new stars for Chaotic Wrestling (CW) in Massachusetts. The current reigning CW New England Champion didn’t take long to break out – last year he made his debut for the likes of Beyond Wrestling and Limitless, and this year has continued that momentum, with debuts with EVOLVE, House of Hardcore, MCW Pro, and more.

Mancer Rules Match: Mance Warner vs. Allie Kat

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Mance Warner has become one of the new faces of American hardcore, where he’s a 2x IWA Mid South Heavyweight Champion, and regular with the likes of Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), H2O and GCW. He’s also working with AIW, Glory Pro and others, as he spreads his insanity across the country. But one person not afraid of Warner’s lunacy is Allie Kat, an emerging star on the women’s and intergender circuit, whose got toughness beyond her years. A regular competitor with Texas’ Anarchy Championship Wrestling (ACW) as well as Queens of Combat (QOC), NOVA Pro Wrestling, AAW, and more, Allie Kat is here for a fight and she’s not intimidated by Mance Warner’s resume. She’s spent much of the past year fighting with another rough hellion in Shotzi Blackheart over the IWA Mid South Women’s Championship.

“Filthy” Tom Lawlor vs. CW Anderson

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MMA stars making the transition to professional wrestling is nothing new to the sport. MMA stars from Ken Shamrock to Dan “The Beast” Severn to Minoru Suzuki to current stars like KUSHIDA, Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler and Matt Riddle have all left their imprints on the industry. Much like Ken Shamrock, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor made his pro wrestling debut prior to entering MMA, in 2005 with Southern Championship Wrestling in Florida, before heading to the MMA world in 2007. He made his UFC debut in 2008 with The Ultimate Fighter before going on to 6-5 record in the UFC (and 10-6 record overall) before a suspension from the UFC in 2016. He’s spent his suspension honing his pro wrestling career, working with AIW and MLW, as well as becoming an impact player in BLP – Lawlor is a former BLP Champion. He was actually just released from his UFC contract this past Monday, just before his suspension was to be lifted in October. He’ll be heading into his match on Saturday with a new aggression, facing former ECW Superstar CW Anderson, in what is sure to be a match with extreme consequences. “The Enforcer” CW Anderson is a member of the kayfabled Anderson clan (a cousin of Arn Anderson and others) and was a longtime partner of Simon Diamond.

Joey Janela vs. D’Lo Brown

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Joey Janela is not only indie wrestling’s resident “Bad Boy” and one of the indie scene’s fastest rising stars of the past year, but he’s become determined to take out past wrestling legends, facing the likes of Marty Jannetty, Ultimo Dragon, The Great Sasuke, Teddy Hart, PCO, and The Invisible Man. His mission continues this Saturday, a day after he faces former WWE Superstar Hakushi (aka Michinoku Pro legend Jinesi Shinzaki) at Joey Janela’s Lost In New York, by facing former WWE Intercontinental Champion and 4x WWE European Champion D’Lo Brown in what should be a high flying match with lots of comedy.

PCO vs. Darby Allin

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PCO continues his astounding 2018, this time taking on a man that is literally the size of his right leg. But don’t mistake his size for weakness – Darby Allin is one of the most masochistic daredevils on the pro wrestling circuit today. While PCO has proven time and again this year he is most definitely “not human”, Darby Allin has proven almost the same. The seemingly frail young man has endured severe beatings from the likes of WALTER, Matt Riddle, Brody King, Sami Callihan and more, and walked away to fight another day (and in many cases, victorious). PCO is equally masochistic, but equally sadistic, and this will be yet another classic on both men’s resumes. Tale of the tape is misleading on this one – Allin is 5’8″ and 180 lbs. versus PCO’s 6’1″ and 275 lbs. frame – but this will be an absolute slugfest, with a lot of high intensity, unexpected high spots, and severe beatings all around.

Black Label Pro presents National Slampoon’s Wrestling Vacation LIVE this Saturday August 18, 2018 on Powerbomb.tv