More US Indie Veterans Making AEW Debut on AEW DARK

This coming episode of AEW DARK is already showing a slew of US indie stars making their debut with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), with JD Drake and JJ Garrett announced for their first AEW singles matches. In another multi-man tag match on the same episode, several other US indie veterans will be making their AEW debut, with West Coast stars Levi Shapiro and Daniel Joseph and Southern indie star “Fry Daddy” Aaron Frye joining AEW DARK regular M’Badu to face the tandem of Joey Janela, Sonny Kiss & Bear Country.

For over a decade, Levi Shapiro has been a staple on the West Coast indie scene, where’s a regular competitor with All Pro Wrestling (APW) in Hayward, California as well as featured on Championship Wrestling From Hollywood (CWFH). Shapiro has also had notable stints with the likes of Vendetta Pro, Gold Rush Wrestling, West Coast Pro Wrestling, and Big Time Wrestling. While the bulk of his career has been with the vibrant California indie circuit, he’s also competed in the Pacific Northwest with 3-2-1 BATTLE! and in Eastern indies with Black Label Pro and Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW). A long-time tag team specialist, with Buddy Royal in The Classic Connection, the are 3x APW Tag Team Champions, 2x Pro Championship Wrestling (PCW) Tag Team Champions, as well as capturing tag titles in Vendetta Pro and Gold Rush Pro. Shapiro is no slouch in singles action either, as he’s currently the APW Worldwide Internet Champion and the reigning UWN Television Champion in CWFH, and featured recently on UWN Primetime Live. In early 2020, Shapiro made his WWE debut on 205 Live (under the name Joe Furrer) in tag team action against The Bollywood Boyz (Samir & Sunil Singh).

Daniel Joseph is an 8-year veteran of the West Coast indies, where he’s also a regular competitor with CWFH, as well as Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF), Millenium Pro Wrestling (MPW), and Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW). Joseph is a former MPW Heavyweight Champion and MPW Tag Team Champion, and a former UWN Television Champion as well. One of Dan Joseph’s biggest rivals has been the man he’ll be tagging with, Levi Shapiro.

“Fry Daddy” Aaron Frye is also an 8-year veteran, with the Atlanta, Georgia native a regular competitor in the Southern indie circuit. He debuted with NWA Atlanta in 2012 and has since gone on to star with the likes of Luke Gallows’ WrestleMerica, All-Star Wrestling Network (AWN), Peachstate Wrestling Alliance (PWA), Southern Fried Championship Wrestling (SFCW), and ACTION Wrestling. Frye is a 2x WrestleMerica Heavyweight Champion as well as a former NWA Georgia Junior Heavyweight Champion and PWA No Limits Champion. Frye has also had appearances with WWE, facing Tony Nese on 205 Live in 2018 (as Jonathan Pierce) and on NXT in 2019 against Dominik Dijakovic as Aaron Frye.


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