#WrestleManiaWeek Preview – Capitol Wrestling: Ready or Not (4/7/19)

On Sunday at noon, New Jersey’s Capitol Wrestling holds its WrestleMania week event, Ready or Notin Ridgefield, New Jersey at 12pm, airing live on Fite.tv. It’s a nice little appetizer before the Big Event kicks off later that afternoon, highlighted by the return of one of Ring of Honor’s legendary original factions, Special K. Still some surprises to announce, including the opponent for women’s star Roni Nicole.

Grudge Match: Paul Jordane vs. Ken Dixon

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Paul Jordane is a monster, standing at 6’7″ and nearly 270 lbs. The Big Man enters on Sunday in a grudge match against a veteran of MCW Pro (formerly Maryland Championship Wrestling) in Ken Dixon. These two have been at each other’s throats – verbally and physically – for months now, and on Sunday, they were square off in a hotly anticipated grudge match.

Death Match: Jeff Cannonball vs. “Jersey Devil’s Deacon” Zac Amico

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Zac Amico is a deranged lunatic. To those who don’t watch wrestling, they may recognize him from his work with Troma Films, such as the two Return to Nuke ‘Em High movies. But this twisted soul is also “Jersey’s Devil Deacon” in Capitol Wrestling and is as dark and demonic in pro wrestling as he is in Hollywood. He may have bitten off more than he can chew on Sunday, as he faces a hardcore specialist in Jeff Cannonball, an 8-year veteran of wars in Game Changer Wrestling (GCW), Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) and Hardcore Hustle Organization (H2O), where he’s a 2x H2O Heavyweight Champion.

Anthony Bowens vs. Darius Carter

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Anthony Bowens has been a prospect on the verge for years now (he’s been on the WWE’s radar for some time) and is a veteran of the Jersey scene with Pro Wrestling Syndicate (PWS) and WrestlePro. He’s embroiled in a brutal best of 5 series with another emerging star in Darius Carter, a man who has risen the ranks with Beyond Wrestling, Tier 1 Wrestling (where he’s the reigning 2x Tier 1 Champion), Warriors of Wrestling (WOW) and much more. This series is getting down to the wire and on the biggest weekend of the year, these two will pull out every stop, especially Bowens, who is down 2-1 so far in the series.

Capitol Freestyle Championship: KC Navarro (c) vs. Australian Suicide

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KC Navarro is one of New Jersey’s hot young stars and the four-year pro is already making waves in CZW. He’s the reigning Capitol Freestyle Champion and on Sunday he faces an Aussie international superstar in Australian Suicide, who has been making a name for himself in Mexico with AAA the past six years. This will be a contest of athleticism and a real treat for those watching the event.

International Incident Triangle Tag: Aussie Open (Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher) vs. The Ugly Ducklings (Rob Killjoy & Lance Lude) (w/ Coach Mikey) vs. Hot Boiz International (Eric Martin & Lucky 13)

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A huge triple threat tag team goes down at Ready or Not, featuring three big teams. Aussie Open is arguably the hottest tag team in the UK indie scene right now. The team of Mark Davis Kyle Fletcher are the reigning 2x ATTACK! Tag Team Champions, as well as former champs with PROGRESS, HOPE and 2x Defiant Tag Team Champions – they’re also the current tag champs in Germany’s Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw).  The Ugly Ducklings are one of the US indie scenes most underrated tandems, and Rob Killjoy Lance Lude will be looking to make an impression. Despite not getting the same attention as many teams in the US, they’re the reigning FEST Wrestling Tag Team Champions and former 2x Premier Wrestling Xperience (PWX) Tag Team Champions and Rockstar Pro Tag Champs. Hot Boiz International is a newer team that combines old school with the new. Lucky 13 is a 15-year pro who has spent the majority of his career in hardcore promotions like CZW (where he’s a 2x CZW World Tag Team Champion with Danny Havoc) and Hardcore Hustle Organization (H2O), where he’s the current reigning H2O Heavyweight Champion. He’s pairing with a young star in Eric Martin, who has also worked with CZW and spent some time earlier this year at the wXw Wrestling Academy in Germany.

Capitol Wrestling Championship: Matt MacIntosh (c) vs. Eddie Kingston vs. Sonny Kiss

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The reigning Capitol Champion, Matt MacIntosh, is another Jersey indie scene standout, who also started with PWS and moved over to WrestlePro, where he was also their champion for a while. On Sunday, he defends his title in a triple threat against two opponents who couldn’t be more different. Eddie Kingston is a 20-year veteran and former CHIKARA Grand Champion, IWA Mid South Heavyweight Champion and CZW World Heavyweight Champion who is as physical as they come. The other is All Elite Wrestling (AEW)‘s Sonny Kiss, himself a New York/New Jersey area breakout star, who brings youth and athleticism to the table for what should be a great contrast in three very different styles.

Special K (Slim J, Azrael & Deranged) vs. Rising Sons (HC Loc, Colby Corino & Jordan Oliver)

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Back in the earliest years of Ring of Honor, there was a rambunctious stable of young wrestlers who defied the laws of physics (and gravity) and helped launch a revolution in the US indies. Special K featured an impressive list of members, including Joey Mercury, Jay Lethal, and many more, as they captured the ROH World Tag Team titles in 2003. But by 2005, the squad had dismantled and they all went off on separate journies. But now, three of the original members are reuniting and bringing back that era of unpredictability and innovation back to the ring as Azrael (aka Angel Dust), Slim J and Deranged all reunite as Special K to remind the indie world who they are and where they came from.

At Capitol’s Ready or Not, they’ll be staring across the ring and an old foe. HC Loc was also around back in those days, and he ran with a rival gang in ROH called The Carnage Crew, that featured Loc and Tony Devito, who also won the ROH World Tag Team titles in 2005. For this war, Loc has found two younger soldiers. Jordan Oliver is one of CZW’s emerging young stars and the reigning CZW Wired Champion. He’s only 19 years old, but he’s also just signed with Major League Wrestling (MLW). Loc’s other teammate on Sunday is Colby Corino, son of former ECW World Champion Steve Corino who has also had his battles in ROH and is currently fighting in EVOLVE as part of The Unwanted with Shane Strickland, Joe Gacy and Eddie Kingston.

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