Preview: ACW/Rogue Women Warriors ‘The Chemicals Between Us’ (10/13/18)

Tri State indie veteran Twisted Tate is the owner of Stevens, Pennsylvania’s Atomic Championship Wrestling (ACW), a Mid Atlantic indie promotion that’s been running since 2000. In 2016, they introduced their women’s division, Rogue Women Warriors, crowning their first Rogue Women Warriors Champion in Angie Skye. On Saturday October 13, the two divisions unite for The Chemicals Between Us, with a card spotlighting many regional indie talents, some emerging talents and a few international stars who are ACW or Rogue Women Warriors regulars.

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Former ACW Heavyweight Champion Scotty Jeffreys is currently in his second reign as the ACW Tri-State Champion, and he’s defending his title in a battle royale against eight other wrestlers, who will be looking to make a name for themselves in ACW.

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ACW veteran Jon Dahmer (who was spent over a decade with Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW)) is looking to add more gold to his trophy case. The former 3x CZW World Tag Team Champion and ACW Tag Team Champion is going at it with a different partner this time in former ACW Heavyweight Champion Ox Hogg. A win for the Dahmer and Hogg duo could put them in contention to claim the ACW tag titles that are currently vacant. They’re set to face a bruising tandem of East Coast veterans. Stockade is a veteran of nearly 15 years, whose been a regular with New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC), American Championship Entertainment (ACE), Beyond Wrestling, and more hardcore promotions like H20 and CZW. The former 2x NYWC Heavyweight Champion and H20 Heavyweight Champion is pairing up with 23-year Tri State indie veteran Rob Noxious, the longest reigning ACW Tri State Champion, at an unbelievable 889 days. Noxious and Hogg have some unfinished business after their last singles encounter ended in a double count out back at September’s A Little Piece of Heaven.

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Former Ring of Honor (ROH) star Colby Corino is the 22-year old son of former ECW and ROH legend Steve Corino. Since leaving ROH, he’s been working his way up through indies such as North Carolina’s Carolina Wrestling Federation (CWF) Mid Atlantic, Premier Wrestling Federation (PWF) and Premiere Wrestling Xperience (PWX), as well as Virginia’s Vanguard Championship Wrestling (VCW). He made his ACW debut this year and promptly became the ACW Cruiserweight Champion. At The Chemicals Between Us, Corino puts his title on the line against the unpredictable Jimmy Lloyd from Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) and CZW. Facing the new Prince of American Hardcore, Corino will be in for a fight.

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In Rogue Women Warriors action, another former ROH star, Veda Scott, makes her return to the promotion, after debuting this past August. Since leaving ROH, Scott has been wrestling mostly in Europe of late, with Germany’s Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw), the UK’s Revolution Pro (RevPro), Riptide, Pro Wrestling: EVE and Southside Wrestling Entertainment (SWE), plus Japan’s DDT Pro. She still works the US with SHIMMER and Shine as well. She’s facing 5-year pro and former Rogue Women Warriors Champion Tess Valentine. Valentine has worked a few times with RISE and MCW Pro (formerly Maryland Championship Wrestling) as well as other Pennsylvania indies.

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This past weekend, Trixie Tash made her Beyond Wrestling debut, facing her trainer and mentor (and Rogue Women Warriors Champion) LuFisto. Tash got a warm welcome from the Beyond crowd, so expect her to break out in 2019. But first, she’s facing former MCW Pro Women’s Champion Sahara Se7en, an emerging indie star from Virginia whose starting to shine in MCW Pro and her home state promotion, NOVA Pro Wrestling. This could be a preview of two of the top women’s indie stars from 2020.

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Canadian indie star and IMPACT Wrestling Knockout KC Spinelli is returning to Rogue Women Warriors for the first time since losing to Tess Valentine this year. The near 10-year veteran of such promotions as SHIMMER, Women’s Superstars Uncensored (WSU), Smash Wrestling, and Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW) is going head to head against another of the new emerging stars in current reigning and 2x MCW Women’s Champion and former CZW Medal of Valor Champion Brittany Blake. The 27-year old Blake debuted with WSU in 2013 and has gone on to work for CZW, MCW Pro, NOVA Pro, Queens of Combat (QOC) and more.

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A match-up featuring two relatively new stars to the sport, including 19-year old Riley Shepard. Despite her young age, Shepard has already debuted with Ring of Honor in their Women of Honor division, at two sets of TV tapings and at June’s ROH NYC Excellence show. Her opponent, Lady Frost, spent two years as a valet/manager on the indies before entering the ring herself less than a year ago. This past March, she appeared on WWE RAW, as Jamie Frost, in a loss to Asuka and recently took part in a Beyond tryout. She’s the partner of ACW Heavyweight Champion Victor Benjamin in the tandem, The Pretty Proper. Another showcase of two women who are just at the beginning to make their marks in the sport.

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A former MMA fighter, Shane “InYaFace” Chojnacki is better known to the Mid Atlantic wrestling region as ACW Heavyweight Champion Victor Benjamin. With Lady Frost at his side, Benjamin won his first ACW Championship last month at Little Piece of Heaven, in a triple threat against G-Raver and his opponent at The Chemicals Between Us, Breaux Keller. Keller is a former ACW Heavyweight Champion himself, who has also competed on several CZW Dojo Wars.

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The 21-year veteran of the Tri State indies and former ACW Tri-State Champion Twisted Tate will have his hands full as he faces one of the hardest men in pro wrestling today, in Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) Heavyweight Champion Nick Gage. Tate has fought some customers over his two decade career – including Rogue Women Warriors and former ACW Heavyweight Champion LuFisto – but very few are more maniacal than Nick F’n Gage. This will not end well for Tate, even if he should win.

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Rogue Women Warriors Champion LuFisto has been having an amazing run of matches of late, against some pretty top notch opponents – she herself has hinted that her 20+ year career is winding up sooner than later, and she seems to be on a dream match tour of her own. In the past year, she’s faced the likes of Scotland’s Viper (aka Piper Niven) and Kay Lee Ray, Mercedes Martinez, Killer Kelly, Su Yung, Zeuxis, and more, and this weekend will face Toni Storm at wXw’s Femme Fatales tournament in Germany. At The Chemicals Between Us, she faces stiff competition in former CHIKARA Grand Champion Kimber Lee. In some ways, this is a rematch from their previous encounter at SHINE 50 this past March, where Kimber Lee faced LuFisto for the Shine Championship. LuFisto got herself disqualified so Kimber Lee got the win, but not the prize. She’ll get another shot at some of LuFisto’s gold, as these two indie greats collide once again.