The latest news on the Shinya Hashimoto Memorial Tournament, plus lots more news from B4W Pro/3KWrestling.
SHINYA HASHIMOTO MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT SET FOR AUGUST 28… 3 WRESTLERS ANNOUNCED
On July 11, 2005 the professional wrestling world lost an amazing athlete and man when Shinya Hashimoto passed away at the age of 40.Â Not only was Hashimoto a strong wrestler in the ring, winning the NWA World’s and IWGP championships plus selling out the famous Tokyo Dome multiple times, but Hashimoto gave a chance for young and hungry wrestlers to a furfil their dreams of wrestling in Japan.
As president of ZERO-ONE Fighting Athletes, Hashimoto and Yoshiyuki Nakamura were responsible for giving fighers such as Steve Corino, Spanky (WWE’s Brian Kendrick), Samoa Joe (TNA), CM Punk (WWE World champion), CW Anderson (ECW), AJ Styles (TNA), Alex Shelley (TNA), Frankie Kazarian (TNA), Simon Dean (WWE), Jay Lethal (TNA), Matt Striker (WWE), Mike Knox (WWE), Kevin Steen (ROH), Colt Cabana (ROH), plus many other fine independent wrestlers including our own Alex Anthony last year.
In early 2008, Mr. Nakamura and Mr. Corino asked the widow Hashimoto for her blessing to a US based tournament of young wrestlers competing in memory of their friend and her husbands name.Â She was happy to accept with hopes that one day their son, Daichi Hashimoto, will be able to compete.
In July of 2008, Ricky Reyes defeated Jerry Lynn and Ricky Landell to become the first Hashimoto Tournament winner.Â Lynn, the former ECW World champion, went on to win the ROH World championship. Landell went on to hold the American Wrestling Alliance championship, and Reyes took his momenteum to Puerto Rico becoming the WWC Junior heavyweight champion in less then three months of debuting.
This years field will combine a few veterans with a majority of the young fighting athletes that Hashimoto-san would be proud of.Â In the next coming weeks, all eight wrestlers will be announced but B4W & 3KWrestling are pleased to announce the first three competotors.
1. 2nd To None Alex Anthony-B4W North American champion
After his successful tour of Japan in October of 2008 and major pinfall victories over Steve Corino and King Kaluha, he became the first wrestler considered for this years tournament.Â A five year veteran and trained by CW Anderson, Anthony is having a breakthrough year.
2. Impact Eddie Osboure-PWA (Canada) Pure Violence champion
Osbourne is a fixture in the PWA promotion out of Ontario, Canada.Â He is the current Pure Violence champion and former 2-time PWA heavyweight and tag team champion.Â Serious as a heart attack in the ring, Eddie Osbourne brings a Canadian flare to the Hashimoto Tournament.
3. International Superstar Erico-PPW Australian champion
The ever-confident midwest staple Erico took a leap to the International circuit this year as he flew to Australia for a four month tour where he has been not only successful but has increased his skills ten fold.Â He is a former PPW Worldwide champion and on May 30 of this year won his first title in Australia defeated the young up and comer Craven to win the Australian championship.
Erico is coming to the Shinya Hashimoto Tournament to add exposure to the PPW promotion and is looking to make his name known on the East Coast.
Five more entertaints to be announced. So far none of the eight wrestlers in last years tournament have been given a seed.Â Only time will tell who will be added next.
The Shinya Hashimoto Tournament will take place Friday night, August 28 at the Langan Baseball Arena, 712 Ginesi Drive, Morganville, NJ.Â Tickets are only a amazing $12!
Get them through www.B4WPro.com, 3KWrestling.com, or by stopping by Langan Baseball anyday.
B4W PRESENTS “SUMMERTIME SHOWDOWN”
B4W Fighting Athletes present â€œSummertime Showdownâ€ live at the Jackson, NJ Knights of Columbus on Sunday afternoon, August 16 with a special 2pm belltime.
Tickets are $20 which includes general admission, food and drinks! You can get tickets at the Knights of Columbus in Jackson, NJ at 401 Bartley Road or by calling 732-642-1745 today!
Signed to appear so far:
B4W heavyweight champion “Dark Horse” Greg Spitz
B4W tag team champion Tommy Thunda
B4W tag team champion & 3KWrestling Openweight champion Chris Rockwell
Mr. Wrestling Steve Corino
Gordon P. Samsonite
and many more!
Last years event at the Knights of Columbus was nothing short of a great time.Â Food, drinks, and wrestling all for an economical price!
A CHANGE ON THE HORIZON FOR B4W & 3KWRESTLING?
In these tough economic times, the amount of money families spend on sports and entertainment has decreased dramatically.Â Independent professional wrestling has felt the sting more then many industries.
This past January, 3KWrestling Fighting Athletes out of Pennsylvania and B4W Pro-Wrestling out of New Jersey combined their efforts and unified their Heavyweight and tag team championship.Â One company was formed but lately there has been a shake up on how things should be run.Â Wrestling fans are sick of the inner wars between two companies and it has been done before.Â 3KWrestling and B4W have differences that only can be worked out in the boardroom.Â But there are additional factors and companies that want in on this dispute.
Details are sketchy at this point but the early word is that 3KWrestlng, B4W, and a few promotions from the past will combine their efforts to create one company.Â This one company will have a name from the past, but the goal is to put the best pro-wrestling out there for the fans at an economical price.
Stay tuned to Channel 77 (Ocean and Monmouth counties in New Jersey) on Wednesday nights at 8pm to watch all the breaking news on this new venture and direction that B4W and 3KWrestling are taking.
SAWYER BREAKS THE LEG OF KEVIN PAYNE!
They say breaking up is hard to do, but not for Ruthless Ryan Sawyer.Â Sawyer, the 17 year old prodigy, was enjoying a successful rookie year.Â With his partner and fellow Revolution Dojo standout Kevin Payne won the Premier (PWF/W-1) tag team titles and the UWC tag team titles.Â Then they started off 2009 with a bang by winning the B4W tag team titles.Â All seemed to be fine until they lost the B4W tag team titles to Tommy Thunda and Chris Rockwell on May 31.
Sawyer kept telling Payne that all was well, but the truth was that he was waiting for the oppritunity to turn against Payne.Â On June 27 during the Collision Cup battle royal, Sawyer not only elimated Kevin Payne but broke his fibia in the process!
Now Kevin Payne is on the shelf for at least eight to ten weeks and Sawyer can’t be more happy.Â In the coming weeks Sawyer will talk about this awful act of treason on TV.
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