Preview: OWE Toronto, Night 1 (8/7/19)

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SummerSlam Week is nearly upon us and much like WrestleMania Week each April, the week ahead of WWE’s second-biggest PPV of the year is drawing record numbers of international promotions running events in the host city. This year’s SummerSlam runs in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Canada’s largest city is seeing a flurry of great action in the week leading up to SummerSlam on Sunday. On Wednesday, August 7, China’s Oriental Wrestling Entertainment (OWE) – one of the partner allies of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) – kicks off the week with OWE Toronto, a 4pm matinee show in Toronto that has a strong AEW presence on the card. There are still tickets available and if you use the code FlyingPrince, you can get 30% of the ticket prices. A few last-minute line-up changes, but still an amazing card and a great way to preview some of the talents you’re bound to see come over to AEW in the years to come.

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Brandon Cutler vs. Bolo Fung

AEW’s Brandon Cutler – seen heavily in Being The Elite and who made his AEW debut at the Double or Nothing‘s Casino Battle Royale – is on Wednesday’s card and he’s facing “The Drunken Master” Bolo Fung. Fung is well versed in Canadian wrestling, as he’s worked extensively with Mississauga’s Battle Arts Academy (Santino Marella’s wrestling school).

Alexander James vs. Sammy Guevara

Alexander James is in town for Germany’s Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw), but the 9-year pro is getting an opportunity to shine on OWE Toronto’s card on Wednesday. Originally starting out in the US indies, where he was trained by Adam Cole, Rich Swann, and DJ Hyde, he went from MCW Pro, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) and other US indies to Germany’s wXw in 2017 and has become part of one of the top tag teams in Europe in The Crown alongside Jurn Simmons. James is facing off against another AEW star in Sammy Guevara, one of the most exciting young high flyers in the game today.

Sunny Zhai vs. Buck Gunderson

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Sunny Zhai has also had his hand in Canadian indie wrestling, performing regularly with Toronto’s Superkick’D. He’s facing Canadian indie veteran Buck Gunderson, who has had plenty of experience working in the Orient. Last year did a tour with China’s Middle Kingdom Wrestling (MKW) and in 2017 worked with Kaientai Dojo in Japan.

The Dark Order (Evil UNO & Stu Grayson) vs. #StrongHearts (T-Hawk & El Lindeman)

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Another huge AEW presence in this match as two teams that will be vying for the AEW World Tag Team titles down the road clash on Wednesday afternoon. The Dark Order (formerly Super Smash Bros) are Canadian indie legends, who made their AEW debut under The Dark Order this year. These longtime veterans are former Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) World Tag Team Champions and are early favorites to capture the AEW tag titles. #StrongHearts are CIMA‘s faction and the two youngsters of the squad, T-Hawk and El Lindaman, will be representing the group in tag action.

“The Flying Prince” Gao Jingjia vs. Mike “Speedball” Bailey

Gao Jingjia, “The Flying Prince”, is the heir apparent in OWE and one of the world’s most gifted high flyers. WWE Superstar Ricochet recently tweeted his praise of this young Chinese sensation who will be making his North American debut this week for both OWE shows in Toronto. On Wednesday afternoon, he faces one of Canada’s top indie sensations in Mike “Speedball” Bailey in what should be an amazing confrontation.

CIMA & Christopher Daniels vs. Private Party (Marq Quen & Isaiah Kennedy)

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Another monstrous AEW showcase at OWE Toronto, as CIMA and his Fyter Fest opponent Christopher Daniels team up together to face the future of AEW’s tag team division. CIMA is OWE’s “Ace” and the man responsible for the alliance with AEW, and at 41 years old, still continues to thrill at the highest level – as seen at Fight for the Fallen in a cracker of a match against Kenny Omega. Omega and Daniels are facing a set of highlight reels in Private Party. One of the top indie tag teams on the East Coast, they were signed to part-time deals initially, but after a show-stealing performance at Fyter Fest in a tag team triple threat, the duo was signed full time to AEW. High flying and innovative could describe all four men in the ring for this one and it’s sure to be a strong candidate for match of the week.

Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world, as well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world.

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