Preview: DEFY Wrestling – DEFY 50 (2/26/22)

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DEFY Wrestling returns to Washington Hall in Seattle to celebrate again on February 26th with DEFY 50! This will be their 50th event presentation, presented by Topo Chico, hot off the heels of their successful Year 5 anniversary show. Jonah Rock will be making his debut; both Clark Connors and Kevin Knight will be making their returns to DEFY. Speaking of returns, Shane ‘SW3RVE’ Strickland will be back in a DEFY ring for the first time since March 2019’s Dragon Spirit event. Interim DEFY Champion Christopher Daniels will also defend his title against the White Rhino, Clark Connors. DEFY 50 presented by Topo Chico is sure to be a rockin’ night in the Emerald City and here is a full rundown of the festivities. 

Full Card for DEFY 50, Presented by Topo Chico: 

  • ETHAN HD vs. Titus Alexander
  • SCHAFF vs. Jonah Rock
  • Handicap Match to Determine DEFY Fate
    Cody Chhun & Guillermo Rosas vs. Midnight Heat & Levi Copper
  • DEFY Tag Team Championship Match
    Bollywood Boyz (c) vs. Rocky Romero & Kevin Knight
  • Shane ‘SW3RVE’ Strickland vs. Nick Wayne
  • DEFY Interim Championship Match
    Christopher Daniels (c) vs. Clark Connors

Handicap Match for DEFY Fate
Cody Chhun & Guillermo Rosas vs. Midnight Heat (Eddie Pearl & Ricky Gibson) & Levi Copper

Now, this is a match with very high stakes for Cody Chhun and Guillermo Rosas. This is a match in which their very fate and ability to compete at DEFY Wrestling is on the line. Midnight Heat seems bound and determined to exorcise both fan favorites from DEFY, no matter the costs. So much that they are not challenging the Bollywood Boyz for a rematch for the DEFY Tag Team Championships yet. Instead at DEFY 50, they will team with Levi Copper in a handicap match against Chhun and Rosas. Chhun had previously taken a pin in a loser can’t compete at DEFY match previously against Midnight Heat, so now he has the opportunity to get back into the fold and help his friend and partner as well. So will it be Chhun and done or Chhun is done, taking his C4 tag team partner with him?

Shane ‘SW3RVE’ Strickland vs. Nick Wayne

Following his release from WWE, Shane ‘SW3RVE’ Strickland came home to DEFY at Year 5. He crashed the coming-out party of Nick Wayne with Darby Allin and challenged Wayne to this match at DEFY 50. Why did SW3RVE come home now, after being away for nearly three years? Why did he challenge the star on the rise? As stated in this interview with Jim Valley, SW3RVE is here to show everyone that it’s still SW3RVE’s house. After a valiant but unsuccessful effort against Daniels, and accepting an AEW contract, things are looking up for Nick Wayne. However, his status as the PNW’s premier athlete and biggest star is now being challenged by Strickland. At DEFY 50, this is a can’t miss match as two of the very best square off for the first time.

DEFY Interim Championship Match
Christopher Daniels (c) vs. Clark Connors

The news of his next challenger was revealed by Daniels in a post-match interview at Year 5. At DEFY 50 the crafty ring veteran steps into the ring with another PNW original, the White Rhino, Clark Connors. This is yet another first-time-ever encounter as the DEFY Interim Championship is on the line. While Daniels has been successful in defenses thus far, he’s got a size disadvantage against the much bigger Connors. Connors has also survived one of the world’s toughest training programs in the NJPW Los Angeles dojo. However, while the hometown crowd and some statistical advantage are on the side of Connors, it’s also his first title opportunity. There will be nerves and possibly other emotions involved that could give the ring general Daniels just enough of an edge to walk out of Washington Hall with the gold.

There’s only one way to know how things shake out on February 26th at DEFY 50 presented by Topo Chico and that’s to find out for yourself. Standing room-only tickets are still available as of press time!

If you are unable to attend DEFY 50 in person, it will be available later on as part of DEFY on Demand and Powerslam. TV! This event is 16 and over and there are updated COVID-19 protocols in place. If you are attending this event, please give it a look over so you don’t miss out! 

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