Preview: AAW – Art of War (02/21/20)

AAW Pro has done it once again with a quality card scheduled for February 21st where their annual Art of War event is set to blow the roof off of Logan Square Auditorium. On top of Mance Warner’s World Championship Celebration that will occur during the show, we also have some big returns, exciting debuts, and plenty of talented wrestlers looking to make a good impression in Chicago’s #1 indie promotion. 

InFAMy (Deonn Rusman & Joeasa Williamson) vs Travis Titan & Benjamin Carter

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First up is a match consisting of graduates of the Black & Brave Academy, located in Davenport, Iowa. owned and operated by former AAW stars Marek Brave and Tyler Black AKA Seth Rollins. Infamy, which consists of Deonn Rusman and Joeasa Williamson, is a more established duo than their adversaries, but Travis Titan has an edge in that he is the only competitor in this match to have appeared on an official AAW show. Regardless of the result, this match is sure to get some new eyes on faces that could be the talk of the wrestling world in the coming years.

Hyan & Savannah Stone vs Christi Jaynes & Kenzie Paige

Next up is a showcase of four members of the evergrowing women’s division in AAW. With former champion and longtime stalwart of AAW Jessicka Havok absent from this month’s card, in her place are the likes of Hyan and Savannah Stone who have both made an impact on the company over the past few years and look to defeat the team of Christi Jaynes and Kenzie Paige. While Jaynes (who just made her AEW debut this past week) and Paige haven’t participated in as many AAW shows as their adversaries, this could be their opportunity to raise their name value in one of North America’s biggest independent companies.

Zicky Dice vs PACO

Next up is a battle between resounding fan favorite and former AAW Heritage Champion Paco and AAW newcomer Zicky Dice.  After losing the Heritage belt to Hakim Zane, Paco is looking to find his way back into the title picture with a win at the February show. Alternatively, Zicky Dice, who is best known for his work in NWA, will look to make a big impact in his first AAW appearance by making an example out of Chicago’s favorite underdog.

Stephen Wolf vs Nate Webb vs Clayton Gainz vs Karam vs Jake Lander vs Ace Perry

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Much like cards in the past, AAW is once again providing a 6-Man Scramble that is sure to provide some great action from some members of the roster who are a bit lower on the card. All of these men have competed in AAW in the past to varying amounts of success, but they all are looking to get a win to begin their ascent to the top of the card. A big standout for this match is Karam, who has been on a roll since aligning himself alongside Hakim Zane last year and will likely carry that momentum into The Art of War.

Nick Gage vs Mathew Justice

A match between two GCW regulars who have yet to get a win in AAW, Nick F’N Gage takes on Matthew Justice in a match that is sure to turn the Logan Square Auditorium into a warzone. Both men are hard hitters, and although this is a different company, you have to expect Nick Gage is in no mood to play nice after recently losing the GCW World Title. Can Justice survive a match with The King, or will Nick Gage continue his losing streak in AAW?

#1 Contender’s Match for the AAW Title – Josh Briggs vs Fred Yehi vs Hakim Zane vs Jordan Oliver

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On the same night that Mance Warner is set to have his championship celebration, a new contender for his World Title will be determined in a match between four of AAW’s rising stars. Jordan Oliver, Josh Briggs, Fred Yehi, and current AAW Heritage Champion Hakim Zane will do battle for a shot at the Big Belt at some point in the future. None of these men have gotten a shot at the belt in the past, making this the biggest match in each of their AAW careers to date. As for whoever wins, will they have something to say at the champ’s celebration later in the night?  

TJ Perkins vs ACH

Next is a match between two former WWE Superstars, as ACH does battle against TJP in a special singles match. Two of the very best Jr. heavyweights in the game today have the opportunity of stealing the show if both men are on top of their game. With ACH being a former AAW World Champion, this also is one of his first stops on his way to getting his title back at some point down the line. As for TJ Perkins, he has only appeared in AAW once before in a losing effort against Myron Reed. Will TJP be able to even his record in AAW against the former Ace of the company?

AAW Women’s Title Match: Kris Stadtlander (c) vs Jody Threat

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In her very first defense of the title, AEW Star Kris Statlander will take on Canadian Independent wrestler Jody Threat in their first-ever meeting. After winning the belt from reigning champion Jessicka Havoc at Windy City Classic XV at the end of last year The Galaxy’s Greatest Alien’s return to Chicago has been highly anticipated by the AAW faithful. Jody Threat, on the other hand, has only competed in dark matches for AAW and has earned her shot at the title through her outstanding work all around the indie circuit. While the returning champion is looking for her V1 in the company, Jody Threat could end Kris Stat’s reign before it even gets going.

AAW Tag Team Title Match: Besties in the World (Mat Fitchett & Davey Vega) (c) vs Firefox (AR Fox & Myron Reed)

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In what is likely to be the main event match of the evening, the Besties in the World take on Myron Reed and AR Fox. Fox, who recently returned to AAW at New Dawn 2020, is immediately looking to seize the AAW Tag Championships for the second time alongside Myron Reed. In their way, however, are the most proficient champions in AAW History. With an accumulative 700+ days and 18 successful defenses as champions, the Besties in the World are the team to beat in AAW. With this being their first tag team match in over 6 months, the returning team of Firefox is going to have a tall mountain to climb when they battle the Besties.

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