Just when you thought things couldn’t get more exciting in the world of the United Wrestling Network, what with the debut tapings for Championship Wrestling from Atlanta last week, the mothership, Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, decided to up the ante.
A whole explosion of information has erupted over social media in the last day or so, with some very exciting names and matches being announced, plus some dates to mark in your calendar…
Prime Time Live Returns, But Not to Television…This Time
This coming Thursday, September 16th, Prime Time Live, the great series of events that the United Wrestling Network aired weekly on Pay-Per-View last year, is returning for a show to celebrate its first anniversary. It won’t be televised, rather its a house show held at 2811 E. Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90023.
What the show will be, however, is an awesome celebration of the great melting pot of talent that were those original run of Prime Time Live shows, as well as a demonstration of the quality of talent Championship Wrestling from Hollywood is going to have at its disposal when its hosts it’s first new TV tapings in several months on October 2nd.
Scheduled for the event are some big matchups and names, including:
- Hollywood Heritage Champion Jordan Cruz vs. Dan Joseph
- UWN Tag Team Champions The Bodega vs. Midnight Heat
- UWN TV Champion Levi Shapiro (w/Howdy Price) vs. Jordan Clearwater in a non-title match.
- PPRay vs. Reno Scum
- Beef Candy
- Ruby Raze
- Jazette Marie
- Drake Frost
- Hero Lau
- Cezar Bononi
That’s a damn solid line-up! Most notable is the return of Reno Scum, Adam Thornstowe and Luster the Legend, who have history in Hollywood, being former UWN Tag Team Champions from December 2017 to January 2019. They are also known for their work in ROH and Impact!, and their smash-mouth style will be very welcome back in Hollywood, especially if they find themselves in the ring with the UWN Tag Team Champions, The Bodega.
Speaking of the champs, one of the highlights of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood over the last twelve months have been the awesome matches The Bodega have contested with Midnight Heat (formally 4 Minutes of Heat). The two teams just seem to have awesome chemistry, meaning that if you’re in the audience on Thursday, you are in for an absolute treat.
One man who is not in for a treat is Jordan Clearwater as he takes on the UWN TV Champion Levi Shapiro, in what I’m sure Jordan is unhappy is a non-title match. Luckily for the fans in attendance, both Clearwater and Shapiro are great talents and are sure to put on a clinic in that ring. Just watch out for Howdy and for that glove of Levi’s, Jordan!
Hollywood Heritage Champion Jordan Cruz is going to have his work cut out for him as he takes on the unpredictable temprement of Dan Joseph. Joseph has already been trying to get into Cruz’s head on Twitter, comparing Cruz with the title belt to a kid drowning in his dad’s jacket, as well as accusing Cruz of crying on Twitter all the time. It won’t be crying the champ will be doing in the ring, Dan…
Meanwhile, for long-time Hollywood fans, the sight of Ray Rosas and Peter Avalon reuniting as the team of PPRay, even if it’s for only one night, is sure to give just the right hit of nostalgia for those who remember how great this team was. Both men have been on different paths since then, but all roads lead to Hollywood.
Speaking of which…
October 2nd Gives Two-For-One Value!
New tapings, new location. After the TV taping at the Oceanview Pavilion that had been planned for June fell through for undisclosed reasons, Championship Wrestling from Hollywood has found a new home at The Commerce Casino & Hotel for their taping on October 2nd.
And what a taping it’s going to be. Not only is Championship Wrestling from Hollywood hosting its first taping in several months, allowing the promotion to reset in terms of storylines and present new characters and talent, but the UWN is also going to tape Prime Time Live on the same night, airing it live on Fite! What a way to bring Hollywood back to the audience! Not only do the live audience get a treat, with two shows for the price of one, but the larger audience gets to see the return of Prime Time Live on Pay-Per-View. When you combine that with Atlanta launching, Memphis killing it, and the return of Hollywood, this edition of Prime Time Live seems to be a fitting celebration of an exciting new era in the United Wresting Network.
And boy, if David Marquesz hasn’t managed to agree some exciting appearences for Hollywood! The likes of Watts, Adrian Quest and Heather Monroe might not have been seen in Hollywood in recent months, but on October 2nd, we get the following names:
- David Finlay
- Taylor Rust
- Danny Garcia
- Juicy Finau
Now that’s impressive! Even Hollywood is opening the so-called Forbidden Door. David Finlay is an especially great signing; he’s a well-known, high quality talent whose partnership with the flaymboyant Juice Robinson in New Japan and Impact is rightfully celebrated. He brings legitimacy and quality to the tapings with his appearence and I’m excitied to see what he does.
Taylor Rust, meanwhile, is a much travelled name, having appeared in CWFH as a founder member of the Vermin stable and been a Heritage Tag Team Champion with Joey Ryan. He has appeared in Pro Wrestling Guerilla, been a member of Team Filthy in New Japan Strong, wrestled for WWE and is currently wreslting for Ring of Honor, where he just beat Jake Atlas on their Death Before Dishonor Pay-Per-View this past weekend. He’s a really great guy to have on your roster and I’m excited to see him back in Hollywood once more.
Saying that, the person I am most excited about is Daniel Garcia. He has been killing it on the independent scene in recent months and had a cracker of a match with Jacob Fatu at West Coast Pro Wrestling’s Get In Where You Fit In event last month. His technical skills remind me of the likes of Zack Sabre Jr, and he’s a guy everyone seems to be talking about at the moment. He’s a great catch for Hollywood right now.
Then there’s Juicy Finau, who is exceptionally popular right now in West Coast Pro Wrestling. He’s a big man who can move, and he always gets a great reaction from an audience. He recently beat the UWN TV Champion Levi Shaprio back in July, although the title was not on the line. Could we see Juicy look to capatilise on the momentum he has over Levi in WCPW and claim that UWN gold around Levi’s waist?
Everyone loves Blake “Bulletproof” Troop’s commentary. We all know he’s legit. Now he’s going to bring that legitimacy into the ring as he takes off the suit and makes his professional wrestling debut on the taping. Can he transition from MMA to pro wrestling, from the commentary desk to the ring? I can’t wait to find out.
Lastly, the opening match has been announced and it shows David Marquez making good on his New Japan connections (David Marquez Productions being responsible for the production of the New Japan Strong shows). In what promises to be a hard-hitting scorcher, Karl Fredericks, Clark Connors, and Alex Coughlin are set to take on Kevin Martenson, Taylor Rust and Daniel Garcia. If you’re not pumped up by that announcement, you might want to get someone to check your pulse for you…
These are exciting times for Championship Wrestling from Hollywood and the United Wrestling Network as a whole. While the Atlanta tapings almost seemed to diminish the importance of Hollywood with the emphasis that was put on the show as the new flagship of the UWN, Hollywood is coming out fighting here. The break seems to have done the promotion good, allowing it to take stock and replenish its roster. With that in mind, you could almost call the Hollywood taping and Prime Time Live event on October a relaunch for Hollywood, a resetting of its direction. That they’ve done it in such style only adds to the excitement.
To quote LL Cool J though, whatever you do, just “don’t call it a comeback”…