There is a new World Heavyweight Champion in Ring of Honor.
Eddie Edwards upset Roderick Strong tonight in the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center in New York City to become the 14th man to hold the gold in ROH.
He is also the very first triple crown champion in ROH history, as he is a former World Tag Team Champion and World Television Champion.
This news created such a buzz that Edwards was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter after his championship victory.
The popularity of ROH seemingly continues to grow, and this weekend they put on two big shows that received great reviews and buzz from fans on various social media networks.
Here is a look at the quick results from this weekend, with much thanks for the folks over at the ROH Forums.
"Defy or Deny" results from Plymouth, Mass.
- Mark Briscoe defeats Kyle O’Reilly.
- The All Night Express defeats Steve Corino and Grizzly Redwood.
- Tommasio Ciampa defeats Adam Cole.
- Chris Hero defeats TJ Perkins.
- The Bravado Brothers defeat Matt Tavern and Sid Reeves (Several sources could not confirm if this was his name.)
- Eddie Edwards defeats Michael Elgin.
- Christopher Daniels defeats Mike Bennett to retain the World Television Title.
- Davey Richards defeats Claudio Castagnoli.
- Roderick Strong defeats El Generico, Jay Briscoe and Homicide in the Defy or Deny elimination match. None of these men can challenge for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship as long as Strong is the champion.
"Manhattan Mayhem IV" results from New York City.
- Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly defeat Michael Elgin and Mike Mondo.
- Tommasio Ciampa defeats Grizzly Redwood.
- Mike Bennett defeats Steve Corino.
- The All Night Express defeats The Briscoes.
- El Generico defeats TJ Perkins.
- ROH World Tag Team Champions, The Kings of Wrestling defeat Homicide and Hernandez in a non-title match.
- Davey Richards defeats Christopher Daniels in a Pure Rules match.
- Eddie Edwards defeats Roderick Strong to become the new ROH World Heavyweight Champion.
Both shows sound like they were very good judging by fan reaction. It will be interesting to see what direction ROH heads now that Edwards is on top.
His first defense comes on April 1 in Atlanta, where Christopher Daniels was already scheduled to meet whomever was champion.
After their time-limit draw for the World TV Title at the Ninth Anniversary Show, this rematch with the World Heavyweight Title on the line is already looking to be epic.
I’ll have more on ROH, Edwards and the Atlanta iPPV events next week.
In CHIKARA news, the complete field for the 2011 edition of the King of Trios tournament has been revealed.
The event is perhaps the biggest weekend of the season for CHIKARA and this year’s tournament should be packed with the usual exciting, fast-paced action that fans have come to expect.
Here are the 16 teams that will make up the 2011 King of Trios tournament:
- Team F.I.S.T. (Chuck Taylor, Icarus and Johnny Gargano)
- The Colony (Fire Ant, Green Ant and Solider Ant)
- The Osirian Portal (Amasis, Ophidian and Hieracon)
- Da Soul Touchaz (Acid Jaz, Marshe Rockett and Willie Richardson)
- The Throwbacks (Sugar Dunkerton, Dasher Hatfield and Matt Classic)
- Mike Quackenbush, Jigsaw and Manami Toyota
- Sinn Bodhi and the Batiri (Obaryion and Kodama)
- Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (Tim Donst and two mystery partners)
- Team Australia (from NHPW - Percy, Kabel and Tama Williams)
- Team Michinoku Pro (The Great Sasuke, Dick Togo and Jinsei Shinzaki)
- Team Osaka Pro (Atushi Kotoge, Daisuke Harada and Ultimate Spider Jr.)
- Amazing Red and the Maximos (Wil and Joel Maximo)
- Team 3.0le! (El Generico, Scott Parker and Shane Matthews)
- The Spectral Envoy (UltraMantis Black, Frightmare and Hallowicked)
- Team Minnesota (Arik Cannon, Darin Corbin and the 1-2-3 Kid)
- Team Dragon Gate (Akira Tozawa, Super Shisa and Kagetora)
Yes, you read the final name in Team Minnesota right. Sean Waltman will be returning to his roots as the 1-2-3 Kid at this year’s King of Trios tournament. Though most know him as X-Pac, Waltman really broke out as the 1-2-3 Kid during the early days of Monday Night Raw.
He joins his fellow Minnesotans, Arik Cannon and Darin Corbin, to make up one of the more intriguing trios of the tournament.
There are several teams from Japan included this year. The Osaka Pro, Michinoku Pro and Dragon Gate promotions are all represented.
Team Dragon Gate, captained by Akira Tozawa, was the final team to enter the tournament.
Tozawa will be joined by Super Shisa and Kagetora, who are both former students of Ultimo Dragon and have mainly competed in Japan for Dragon Gate.
They may not be as well known in the United States as some of the members of the Dragon Gate USA roster, but this trio could very well have great success in the tournament.
Tozawa is one of the hottest wrestlers on the independent scene these days; he has been very successful in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, DGUSA and CHIKARA.
Team Michinoku Pro features Jinsei Shinzaki, who is most famously known for his time in the WWE during the mid-90s as Hakushi.
Just this week, several of his former WWE colleagues on Twitter, including Bret Hart, wrote that Shinzaki had lost his home and the restaurant he owned during the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
He is reportedly living out of his car because of the disaster.
It is not known if he will be able to make the King of Trios tournament, but Shinzaki and everyone else affected by this disaster are in our thoughts.
CHIKARA will reportedly be taking donations at the door during both nights of the tournament, which will go towards the relief efforts in Japan.
In other charitable news, Dragon Gate USA donated 20 percent of their DVD sales last week to the Red Cross in order to provide assistance to those affected by the disaster in Japan.
Speaking of DGUSA, they are gearing up for Wrestlemania weekend, which sees them head to the southern half of the United States for the first time ever.
On April 1, they will be in Burlington, N.C., for Open the Southern Gate, a show highlighted by the first ever Stable Shootout and the Breakout Challenge.
The Breakout Challenge consists of two four-way matches between some of the best young talents on the independent scene today.
The winners of those two matches will then go against each other later that night to determine who the breakout star truly is.
One four-way consists of Arik Cannon, AR Fox, Façade and Shiima Xion. The second will be between Jimmy Rave, Jon Davis, Kyle Matthews and Sugar Dunkerton. One of these 8 men will break out from the pack in Burlington.
Former reality TV star Johnny Fairplay will be in attendance at Open the Southern Gate. He promises to scout the best of the breakout talent. Here’s hoping that one of those eight guys remembers what Nigel McGuinness did to Fairplay when he got involved in a ROH event.
The Stable Shootout is another new concept from DGUSA. The Blood Warriors and Ronin, two of the top stables in DGUSA, will compete in a series of matches to determine just who the better team is.
There will be a dream partner tag team match, a one-on-one match between representatives of each stable and lastly, two one-on-one matches featuring opponents hand picked by members of the opposing stable.
Ricochet of the Blood Warriors has picked PAC as his partner for the dream partner tag match. They will go up against Ronin’s Chuck Taylor, who has picked Akira Tozawa as his partner.
In one-on-one action, the Blood Warriors’ CIMA will go up against Johnny Gargano of Ronin. This is a rematch from their excellent encounter at the DGUSA First Anniversary show.
Ronin has picked Jon Moxley as the opposition for Naruki Doi during the Stable Shootout. The Blood Warriors countered by choosing “The New Horror” Sami Callihan to take on Rich Swann of Ronin.
Meanwhile, Callihan recently posted a very unusual video on YouTube, issuing a challenge to one of the top stars of DGUSA, Masato Yoshino.
It looks as though Callihan wants to make his mark in DGUSA and plans on taking out Yoshino, who is one half of the Open the United Gate Champions and the current Open the Dream Gate Champion in Japan.
The match has been signed for Mercury Rising 2011 on April 2 in Atlanta.
This adds to an already huge card which includes the other half of the Open the United Gate Champions, PAC, defending his Open the Brave Gate title against Akira Tozawa. This marks the first time the Brave Gate title will be defended on U.S. soil.
Also on April 2, Austin Aries will be challenging YAMATO for DGUSA’s top prize, the Open the Freedom Gate title. If Aries loses, he leaves DGUSA.
The other main event match will continue the feud between Ronin and the Blood Warriors when Gargano, Taylor and Swann go up against CIMA, Ricochet and Doi in six-man tag team action.
The rest of the Mercury Rising 2011 card will be announced on Monday.
It is shaping up to be a huge weekend for DGUSA and we have not even mentioned the April 3 show, Open the Ultimate Gate 2011, which will feature the first-ever defense of the Open the United Gate titles.
PAC and Yoshino will put the belts up against CIMA and Ricochet in what has the potential to be the most exciting tag team match of 2011.
The remainder of the April 3 show is shaping up nicely and a finalized card should be announced in the near future.
That’s it for this edition of news and notes from the independent scene. Thanks for checking it out and make sure to visit the respective web sites of each promotion for more information about their upcoming events.