Independent Focus: Previewing PWG's All Star Weekend 8; Loaded with Big Matches

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Independent Focus: Previewing PWG's All Star Weekend 8; Loaded with Big Matches

In many ways, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla serves as a sort of monthly all-star showcase of the top independent wrestlers in the world today.

The promotion features many homegrown stars but has also become known as a place where dream matches happen, a place where top stars who are more well known for their work in places like Ring of Honor and Dragon Gate USA come to collide in matches that many die hard fans fantasize about.

One of their biggest weekends of the year takes place this Friday and Saturday in Reseda, Calif. All Star Weekend 8 features two incredibly stacked cards featuring some of Southern California’s finest competing with some of the independent scene’s premier talent.

Both shows are loaded with huge matches. Here is the announced card for Friday night’s show:

  • The Dynasty (Joey Ryan and the returning Scorpio Sky) vs. The Fightin’ Taylor Boys
  • Willie Mack vs. Kevin Steen
  • El Generico vs. Ricochet
  • Austin Aries and Roderick Strong vs. The Cutler Brothers
  • Kenny King vs. Chuck Taylor
  • Akira Tozawa vs. Eddie Edwards
  • Low Ki vs. Alex Shelley
  • World Tag Team Title Match - The Young Bucks vs. The RockNES Monsters
  • World Championship Match - Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chris Hero

There are some big matches scheduled for night one, but none bigger than the main event for the PWG World Championship.

Hero and Castagnoli, one of the best tag teams in wrestling today, will put friendship aside and fight for PWG gold. (Photo courtesy of S. Finkelstein - getlostphotography.smugmug.com)

Many fans know Castagnoli and Hero as the Kings of Wrestling, arguably the top team in professional wrestling today. On Friday night at All Star Weekend 8, the Kings will clash for championship gold.

Hero, a former PWG World Champion, wants the title back. He has tried and failed to regain the belt. His most recent crack at the gold came at last October at The Curse of Guerrilla Island, where he competed against Castagnoli, Joey Ryan and Brandon Gatson in a four-way for the then vacant title.

Castagnoli came out on top that night and has been at the top of PWG ever since. He has racked up impressive defenses against El Generico and Joey Ryan. If he wants to retain his championship on Friday night, he is going to have to defeat his best friend and tag team partner.

Scorpio Sky makes his return to PWG on Friday, teaming with Joey Ryan once again as the Dynasty. They will face off with Brian Cage Taylor and Ryan Taylor, who make up one of the best up and coming teams in PWG.

TNA star Alex Shelley, one-half of the Motor City Machine Guns, returns to PWG on Friday night as well. He is scheduled to go one-on-one with Low Ki in what should be an outstanding display of athleticism and could potentially be the most exciting match of the entire weekend.

One of the most interesting developments of All Star Weekend is the reunion of Austin Aries and Roderick Strong, one of the most dominant tag teams in ROH history.

Austin Aries and Roderick Strong are still thought of as one of the most dominant teams in ROH history. They reunite this weekend in PWG.

They were both members of the Generation Next stable and enjoyed a lengthy run with the ROH World Tag Team Championships during 2006.

They have also both achieved incredible success as singles wrestlers in ROH and elsewhere. This weekend, they team up for the first time in years in a PWG ring. On night one, they have to face The Cutlers, one of the most impressive up and coming teams on the independent scene.

All Star Weekend 8 also marks the final appearances of Akira Tozawa in PWG for the time being. He is scheduled to return to Dragon Gate in Japan, but not before he takes on the current ROH World Heavyweight Champion, Eddie Edwards, on Friday night.

On Saturday night, Tozawa will once again team with Kevin Steen as the Nightmare Violence Connection. They came within an inch of winning the 2011 DDT4 tournament in March but ultimately fell to the Young Bucks.

This fan favorite team will see action one more time as they take on Johnny Goodtime and Johnny Yuma, the RockNES Monsters, who Steen single-handedly wrecked after a 4-way tag match at Kurt RussellReunion II in January.

Goodtime and Yuma will be looking for revenge. Steen and Tozawa will be prepared to bring the violence. It is just one of the many interesting matches scheduled for night two of All Star Weekend 8.

Low Ki has enjoyed much success since returning to the independents. He could leave All Star Weekend as PWG Champion. (Photo courtesy of S. Finkelstein - getlostphotography.smugmug.com)

Here is a look at the rest of the announced card for Saturday night.

  • The Dynasty vs. The Cutler Brothers
  • Ricochet vs. Chuck Taylor
  • Eddie Edwards vs. El Generico
  • Willie Mack vs. Chris Hero
  • The Nightmare Violence Connection (Steen/Tozawa) vs. The RockNES Monsters
  • World Tag Team Title Match - The Young Bucks vs. Austin Aries and Roderick Strong
  • World Championship Match - Claudio Castagnoli vs. Low Ki

Depending on the outcomes of night one‘s title matches, the champions and challengers on night two could change.

If Hero defeats Castagnoli for the PWG World Championship on Friday, he will make his first defense on Saturday against Willie Mack. If The RockNES Monsters become the tag team champions on Friday, they will defend the belts against Steen and Tozawa on Saturday.

If the champions retain on Friday, it will be Castagnoli vs. Low Ki for the PWG World Championship and The Young Bucks will defend their tag titles against Aries and Strong on Saturday.

Both nights look to be jam packed with top-notch wrestling and with such huge championship implications, there is surely a lot on the line during All Star Weekend 8.

These shows are well worth checking out if you are a wrestling fan looking for something different. PWG delivers some of the best in-ring action around these days and if these events turn out like their past few, chances are they will not disappoint.

For more information on All Star Weekend or PWG, check out their official web site and keep an eye out for future updates, news and notes from the independent wrestling scene here on Bleacher Report.

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