On 21 January, Toronto based independent promotion Smash Wrestling will host their Any Given Sunday 6 event. In the previous five years, Any Given Sunday (A.G.S.) has showcased many incredible talents including Candice LeRae, Matt Cross, Johnny Gargano, Drew Gulak, Rosemary, Allie, and Chris Hero vs. A.J. Styles in 2014. This year Smash has pulled out the big guns by adding Matt Riddle, Joe Hendry, Mark Haskins and many more to the list.
In this article, I will go over some of the great matches on the card, and hopefully, I will see you at the show. It will certainly be can’t miss.
Sebastian Suave vs. Tarik
Suave and Tarik went toe to toe and had the crowd on their feet on 17 December at No Change My Heart Shall Fear. Tarik walked away with the victory but became a victim of the numbers game when Suave’s manager, Anthony “Kingdom” James got involved in the post-match festivities. At Any Given Sunday 6 they will face off once more and I have to think that Tarik will be better prepared for Suave and James and their dastardly ways.
Super Smash Bros (Evil Uno & Stu Grayson) vs. Halal Beefcake (Idris Abrahim & Joe Coleman)
In a match that could possibly see the winners challenging for the new Smash tag team championships at a future show, two teams of fan favorites will battle it out. The Super Smash brothers have recently embraced their darker sides and look to beat the Halal Beefcake who are on a roll as of late.
Kevin Bennett vs. Mark Haskins
Bennett has taken it upon himself to spend the last few months calling out former Smash Wrestling champion Mark Haskins. He has taken to social media and even created a music video and accompanying song aimed at trying to draw Haskins into a fight. He went so far as to call him out at the last event knowing full well that Haskins was not even in the country. Sami Callihan answered the call then but now Haskins has responded and accepted the challenge. Bennett is always joined by his bodyguard’s Tank and Muscles who try to insert themselves into all of his matches. Haskins will have to pay close attention to them if he is going to pull out the win and get some sort of revenge on Bennett.
Scotty O’Shea vs. Joe Hendry
Scotty O’Shea spends most of his time accusing Smash management of conspiracies and has recently joined forces with Kevin Blackwood to form the team of Kill/Screen. If Joe Hendry is not careful he could find himself baptized in his own blood much like Blackwood was before joining O’Shea. Hendry who was known for his elaborate and funny entrances when he was dubbed “The Local Hero” has since become a much more serious “Prestigious One”. He is looking to establish himself as a contender for the championship and will have to find a way to beat O’Shea while keeping Blackwood at bay.
Kevin Blackwood vs. Allie vs. Carter Mason vs. Lionel Knight vs. Jeff Cobb
Allie (formerly Cherry Bomb) has cemented herself as one of, if not, the top Female star in Smash Wrestling. She is also regularly featured on Impact Wrestling and has held the Knockouts championship. She has the chance to add to her legacy at A.G.S. if she can beat the other three. Blackwood and Mason faced each other once previously at From The Ground Up. It was the main event of Smash’s prospects showcase and certainly lived up to the hype. With Blackwood walking away with the win, Mason is out to settle the score. Knight made his Smash return at Smash 100 in a match vs. Shane Sabre. Previous to that he had not appeared in Smash since 2015. If he can pull off the win this would most certainly propel him into a more regular role on the Smash roster. A not so last-minute addition to the match Jeff Cobb has a serious chance of winning this whole thing. His previous appearances have produced possible show stealer, match of the night matches and he probably has every intention on bringing the same intensity to A.G.S.
Matt Riddle vs. Brent Banks
Matt Riddle debuted in Smash at last months No Change My Heart Shall Fear where he took on “Speedball” Mike Bailey. After the match, he announced he was returning and issued an open challenge to anyone on the Smash roster. Smash original Brent Banks answered the call and both are hoping for a big win to propel them into the Smash Heavyweight championship picture.
Smash Tag Team Championship Ladder Match: Well Oiled Machines (Braxton Sutter & Psycho Mike) vs. Tabarnak de Team (Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois)
Smash wrestling crowns their first tag team champions in their first ever tag team ladder match. The Well Oiled Machines consisting of Mike Rollins and Braxton Sutter have had quite the whirlwind year. They went from almost breaking up to providing some of the most memorable moments of not just this year, but in the history of Smash Wrestling. Their entrance alone at Smash 100 is one of the personal highlights of my year. Mathieu St- Jacques and Thomas Dubois makeup TDT and have had quite an impressive year on their own. Their match versus the London Riots at the F8ful Eight tournament in March could easily be voted match of the year. They also recently debuted on Impact Wrestling in a segment with Ohio Versus Everybody. Both teams will be battling to try and become the first ever Smash tag team champions.
Smash Championship: Tyson Dux (c) vs. Frankie TM
Frankie had a title shot in November at Go Hard or Go Home but it did not end the way he wanted. Recent wins against Kevin Bennett and Joe Hendry have earned him a second chance at the Smash Wrestling championship and I am sure he does not intend on squandering his chance. Tyson Dux prepares for another hard hitting title defense. Dux has defended his title more than any previous Smash champion with eighteen successful defenses including against Jimmy Havoc, Petey Williams, Jay White, and Joe Hendry. Dux has also just become the longest reigning Smash Wrestling champion and does not show any signs of slowing down.
Any Given Sunday 6 takes place from the Phoenix Conert Hall in downtown Toronto, Ontario with doors opening at 4pm and belltime at 5pm. Tickets are still available at www.smash-wrestling.com