DEFYWrestling presents the Super 8XGP this Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at Washington Hall in Seattle, WA. Artemis Spencer has quietly had one of the top titles runs in all of indie wrestling and will need to draw on that momentum because he needs to win three times to retain his DEFY 8XGP Championship. SCHAFF returns to DEFY, so does his new rival “Ironheart” Douglas James, and DEFY/PCW ULTRA Tag Team Champions WARBEAST (Jacob Fatu & Josef Samael) defend their Titles against Lucha legends.
Super 8XGP First Round
Artemis Spencer (c) vs “Ironheart” Douglas James
Welcome back to DEFY DJ and guess who you get to wrestle? The 224-day DEFY 8XGP Champion who enters as the favorite and a ton of momentum. His last two outings saw him beat TJ Perkins and Jake Atlas and now, Mr. PCW ULTRA Douglas James heads back to the Cascades to try and pull the upset. He’s won Gold already in the Northwest and won the Limitless Tournament in Las Vegas this past April. With this contest on his home court, Spencer will be very tough to beat. Will Douglas be able to take his success from last month to Washington Hall and takedown arguably the best DEFY Champion yet?
Matt Cross vs Judas Icarus
For the first time since losing to Ultimo Dragon, last March Indie Legend Matt Cross gets back into a DEFY ring. He takes on young star Judas Icarus who is part of the hottest Tag Team in DEFY The Uprising (w/Eli Surge). However, this is an entirely different ballgame, and the 38-year-old will be tough to stop in this spot. We still don’t know if the success Icarus had in Tag will translate into singles competition, and Matt Cross is an outstanding barometer to measure it.
SCHAFF vs Christopher Daniels
The Baddest Mother F***er in professional Wrestling SCHAFF has had issues with a revolving door of opponents lately up and down the coast. However, it’s settled that his first-round opponent is indeed AEW’s Christopher Daniels. He will need all of his power in this one because Daniels is as tough as they come. He’s shared the ring with plenty of opponents larger than him and will concoct the appropriate strategy. SCHAFF needs to be patient and not go too fast. Daniels likes to counter he will bait him in to take the Monster out of his game.
Mike Santiago vs Cody Chhun
These two shared a ring in June dropping a Scramble to the aforementioned SCHAFF, and now they face-off for the right to compete Saturday. Santiago is a former Tag Champion with Ethan HD as Amerikan Gunz, but since they lost to WARBEAST in May and now he’s gone the single’s route. That hasn’t worked well for him in the Scramble or in a prior defeat to Brian Cage. Chhun has been wildly successful in the Tag Team Division with multiple partners, but he’s lost his last two forays in singles competition. They were Scramble matches of course, and now we’ll really get to see what Chhun is capable of one on one.
Super 8XGP Non-Tournament Matches
Tama Tonga vs Ethan HD
The other Amerikan Gun meets one of the toughest wrestlers in the world in Tama Tonga. Ethan has been a force in the Tag Division with Mike Santiago, but a win over the New Japan star would propel him in the singles division. If he’s looking to get into the Title mix a win over Tonga is a great start.
DEFY 8XGP Tag Team Championship: WARBEAST (Jacob Fatu & Almighty Sheikh) vs Los PARKs (LA PARK & Hijo De LA PARK)
WARBEAST is bringing danger back and the Lucha Legends are fine with that. WARBEAST’s PCW ULTRA reign is pushing three years and when they added the DEFY 8XGP belts at WrestleSummit it’s possible they could have a similar reign in Seattle. Don’t count Los Parks out. Both are having a great deal of success in MLW, and have no problem with the standard “All Violence is Legal” rules that usually accompany WARBEAST.
Sloan & Travis Williams vs “Ravenous” Randy Myers & Danika Della Rouge
Sloan has the momentum going into this Intergender tag match with Danika. She beat her in Portland and brings the “Weirdo Hero” in to get revenge via the Tag route. Travis Williams has been less than Golden in his last few outings in Seattle. He lost to Guillermo Rojas earlier this summer and followed it up with losses to SCHAFF and SCHAFF again in a Four-Man Scramble last time out. Will Sloan be what he needs to get his hand raised?
Super Crazy & Guillermo Rosas vs La Raza (Leon Negra & Sonico)
La Raza stunned former DEFY Tag Champs One Percent (Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson) in Portland this June and will need all their aerial prowess and fan support against Super Crazy and Guillermo Rojas. Rojas lost with Cat Power last time out, and teams with the unorthodox and popular Super Crazy this time to try and get back to the pay window. A win by La Raza and they may be the next luchadors getting a Tag Title match.
Tama Tonga vs Joey Janela
All Elite Wrestling’s Joey Janela is back in DEFY to face Tama Tonga. The Bad Boy has become a cult hero in the Independent scene and his recent signing with AEW has only magnified his exposure. Tama Tonga pulls double-duty this weekend and he’s not in the tournament. This match will have tons of fireworks and the rabid DEFYance are just waiting for these two stars to hit the ring.
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