Imperial Pro April 22 Preview

Imperial Pro April 22 Preview

Every spring, approximately 1.5 million Peeps get eaten.

Tomorrow night, in Bristol, it’s payback time. At least, that’s the inspiration for the show name for the next Imperial Pro Wrestling event, “Attack of the Peeps”. It happens Saturday, April 23, as Imperial Pro returns to its “home” venue, the community center of Realife Church, located at 1317 Weaver Pike in Bristol, TN.

Front row tickets are sold out, but general admission tickets remain available for $12 apiece. Kids 12 and under get in free.

Here is the current announced lineup:

Axton Ray defends the Imperial Championship against Hunter Drake. Axton is a local favorite who just returned from his first tour of the United Kingdom.

Kenzie Paige Henry defends the Imperial Women’s Title against Alice Crowley. Kenzie recently announced she had signed a contract with the National Wrestling Alliance.

Greg Rocker defends the Hickory Tree Hardcore Title against CJ Knight, Big Al and Toby Farley.

Jason Kincaid vs. AJ Cazana

Judi-Rae Hendrix vs. Michelle Green

The Golden Egg Battle Royal

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Imperial Pro Talent Lineup Includes Jimmy Hart, Tatanka, Redbeard, More

Imperial Pro Talent Lineup Includes Jimmy Hart, Tatanka, Redbeard, More

Imperial Pro Wrestling is loading up the card for its next event, “This One’s For Trea”, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 19, from Tennessee Middle School in Bristol. Bell time is 7:30 p.m.

On Monday, Imperial Pro announced Tatanka, Erick Redbeard, Jimmy Hart, Jillian Hall and Glacier for this event.

All of the proceeds from this event will go to the family of Trea Leonard, an assistant coach at Tennessee High in Bristol who passed away last fall.

“The Mouth of the South”, Jimmy Hart is in the WWE Hall of Fame. After coming into wrestling in the Memphis territory, where he spent years as the nemesis of Jerry “The King” Lawler, Hart joined the WWF in 1985. The list of wrestlers he’s managed read like a who’s who of the names of the 1980s and 1990s.

Tatanka was a fixture for WWE in the first half of the 1990s, going on a lengthy undefeated run and challenging Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania IX. Later, Tatanka turned heel and joined the Million Dollar Corporation led by Ted DiBiase.

You might know Redbeard better as Rowan, part of the Wyatt Family in WWE and a three-time tag champion with the late Brodie Lee. He also worked with Daniel Bryan before going on a brief singles run.

Glacier was part of WCW during the Monday Night Wars era. These days he spends time taking independent bookings and helping train at the Nightmare Factory, the de facto All Elite Wrestling training facility in Georgia.

Jillian Hall spent nearly five years on the WWE roster after a stint in developmental, then located at Ohio Valley Wrestling. A former Divas Champion, Hall is now a trainer, with her pupils including Judi Hendrix, who also is booked for this event.

The full announced lineup includes the following:

Kenzie Paige Henry (C) vs. Judi Hendrix for the Imperial Pro Women’s Championship

Also Appearing:
-“The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart
-Erick Redbeard (fka Rowan)
-Jillian Hall

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Southeast First Preview

Southeast First Preview

Matt Griffin thinks that independent wrestlers in the Southeast get overlooked on the national scene.

He hopes that Southeast First changes that.

A collaborative effort featuring eight different promotions in the region, Southeast First emanates Friday, January 21, from the Roger Spencer Community Center in Tyrone, GA. Bell time is 7:30 p.m., and general admission tickets remain on sale. The event also will be streamed live on IWTV.

The rec center in Tyrone is the home venue for ACTION Wrestling, but several other companies are involved:

Southern Honor Wrestling, based in Atlanta
PWX Wrestling, based in Charlotte
New South Wrestling, based in Alabama
TWE, based in Chattanooga
Southern Underground Pro, based in Nashville
Scenic City Invitational, based in Chattanooga

“The south does not get the respect it deserves,” said Griffin, a former independent wrestler himself and the promoter of ACTION. “We want to try to bring the Southeast to a better level of prominence and have some of these wrestlers who haven’t been seen outside the Southeast get seen. Sometimes, the only things you can find of somebody are a single-cam shoot on YouTube. There’s still a lot of great wrestlers here who don’t get the credit that some in the Northeast and Midwest do.”

Perhaps ACTION’s top talent is featured in the main event, as AC Mack challenges Alex Shelley for the IWTV World Title. You probably know about Shelley and his accolades and exploits. Mack has held the ACTION, SUP Bonestorm and SHW Titles. He also won last year’s Scenic City Invitational tournament. Griffin described the Mack-Shelley bout as “the biggest match I could possibly think that we could put on.”

Other matches include:

Owen Knight defends the SHW Title against Kyle Matthews

Jon Davis defends the PWX Title against Drew Adler

Rolando Perez defends the New South Title against Brandon Williams, Donnie Janela & Chris Crunk in an Elimination Match

Merc defends the TWE Title against Damyan Tangra

Violence Is Forever (Kevin Ku & Dominic Garrini) take on current ACTION Champion Arik Royal & Jaden Newman

Adam Priest vs. Anthony Henry

Landon Hale vs. Eli Knight

Bojack, BK Westbrook & Diego Hill vs. Ashton Starr, Bobby Flaco & Brogan Finlay

It’s not hyperbole to label this as the most significant event in ACTION’s three-year history.

“It’s been a long term goal for me to book wrestling that matters,” Griffin said. “If you draw 500 people it’s great, but if no one outside the building sees your show, what does it matter? This is 2022 now.”

Be sure to check this site on the night of the show, as we’ll be reviewing one of the matches from this event for Day 21 of our 365 Wrestling project!

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