Preview: Alpha-1 – Final Act X (11/17/19)

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Alpha-1, the promotion owned by IMPACT Wrestling‘s “All Ego” Ethan Page based out of Hamilton, Ontario, has emerged as one of Canada’s top indie promotions, with a great group of Canadian indie stars on the rise (many of whom have followed Page’s footsteps into the US indie scene) that compliment the national (and international) stars who come through the company. This Sunday, Alpha-1 presents Final Act X, an event ten years in the making, as Alpha-1 closes in on its 10th anniversary. You can watch Alpha-1 replays (and occasional live events) on IndependentWrestling.tv.

Space Monkey vs. Shane Sabre

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It’s a special challenge match as former A1 Tag Team Champions Space Pirates face off against each other in singles action. Space Monkey has had his share of success on the US indies before teaming with Shane Sabre, and has become a cult favorite with runs in CHIKARA, Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW), Freelance Wrestling, and many more, but since pairing with Sabre, the two Canadian indie standouts have been on fire. While they’re former A1 Tag Champions, they’re still the reigning Freelance Tag Team Champions in Chicago.

Punk Rock Pussy Kats (Jody Threat & Allie Kat) vs. Alpha-1 Originalz (Cheech & Eric Cairnie)

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Jody Threat is from just up the QEW in Toronto, but she’s made quite a name for herself since debuting with A1 last year. Since then, Threat has had an incredible year, working for PROGRESS Wrestling, Sendai Girls, Fight Club: PRO, as well as SHIMMER, RISE and Beyond Wrestling. She’s been working with Texas’ Allie Kat since early 2019 in A1, and the two have had some issues with Eric Cairnie throughout the past year. Cairnie is a 12-year veteran of the Canadian indies and a former 6x Pure Wrestling Association (PWA) Elite Champion out of the Kitchener/Guelph area, who is also a longtime veteran in A1. He’s pairing with New York City’s Cheech, a 15-year veteran of the US indie scene who has had some big wars in Ring of Honor, CHIKARA, Beyond and more – he’s also the reigning AIW Tag Team Champion with Colin Delaney in To Infinity And Beyond. Two grizzled veterans against two rising stars of the North American indies, the A1 Originals will be facing some youthful exuberance in the Punk Rock Pussy Kats.

A1 Outer Limits Championship, Ultimate Scramble: Justin Sane (c) vs. Steve Brown vs. Holden Albright vs. 1 Called Manders vs. Rohit Raju vs. Eddie Osbourne vs. Dan The Dad

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A huge scramble match for the A1 Outer Limits Championship. Justin Sane is a near 15-year pro and Canadian indie veteran, who is in the midst of his first reign as Outer Limits Champ. But don’t underestimate him, as he’s a former A1 Alpha Male Champion, A1 Tag Team Champion, and A1 Zero Gravity Champion as well. He faces a real menagerie of opponents in Sunday’s Ultimate Scramble. Steve Brown is another Canadian indie veteran of over 15-years himself – he’s also the reigning Great Canadian Wrestling National Champion. Holden Albright is a rising young grappler in the Canadian scene, while 1 Called Manders makes his A1 return as his stock continues to rise – he recently made his debut on Beyond’s Uncharted Territory. While he’s relegated to mostly comedic matches in IMPACT Wrestling, Desi Hit Squad‘s Rohit Raju (who also competes on the US indies under Hakim Zane) is a gem in the ring. Eddie Osbourne is a near 20-year veteran of the West Coast of Canada, where he competes for Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW), where he’s the ECCW Canadian Heavyweight Champion. And Dan the Dad!

A1 Tag Team Championship: The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) (c) vs. The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) vs. Fight or Flight (Gabriel Fuerza & Vaughn Vertigo)

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Huge triple threat for the A1 Tag Team titles, as IMPACT’s The North – featuring Page and Josh Alexander – look to defend their A1 tag belts. The North has emerged as the top tag team in IMPACT Wrestling, which isn’t surprising if you saw their run as Monster Mafia back in the mid-2000s, where they worked for Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), even winning the PWG World Tag Team titles. Speaking of PWG, one of the teams fighting for the A1 gold is the reigning PWG World Tag Team Champion duo of Zachary Wentz and Dezmond Xavier, who are no stranger to their IMPACT co-workers as part of The Rascalz. The third team is a team who have been rising the ranks of the Canadian indies the past five years in Fight or Flight. The 2x Capital City Championship Combat (C4) tag team champions are also regulars with Smash Wrestling. This match could be anyone’s game to win and a potential match of the night candidate.

A1 Zero Gravity Championship, Four Way Elimination: Trey Miguel (c) vs. BMD vs. Orange Cassidy vs. Kody Lane

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While Dez and Wentz are competing for A1 gold, the third Rascal, Trey Miguel will be looking to defend his A1 Zero Gravity Championship in a four-way elimination match on Sunday at Final Act X. AEW’s Orange Cassidy continues his run on the indie scene, despite being one of AEW’s most over acts out of the gate for AEW Dynamite, and he’ll be looking to add more gold to a hot 2019. Hamilton’s own Brett Michael David – affectionately known simply as BMD – is only a couple years in the business, but has already exceeded expectations, even breaking into the US indie circuit with Freelance Wrestling, Black Label Pro, AIW, and Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW)Kody Lane is another young star from the rising Texas indie scene and a regular with Anarchy Championship Wrestling (ACW) and Inspire Pro and in the Midwest with Glory Pro and St. Louis Anarchy. He made his A1 debut last year and would love to strike Canadian gold.

“GCW World Championship”: Rickey Shane Page vs. Killer Kross

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Rickey Shane Page continues to defend his Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) World Championship around the world, despite there being one problem. He’s not actually the GCW World Champ – last month RSP stole the belt from champion Nick Gage and the two have been locked into an international incident. On Sunday, he faces a real threat in IMPACT Wrestling exile Killer Kross, who continues to make every match a big fight feel. Kross seems very confident in his victory and recently reached out to GCW and Gage that he would be returning Nick Gage’s championship title belt sooner than later.

IWTV Independent Wrestling Championship: WARHORSE (c) vs. Mark Wheeler vs. Danhausen

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IWTV has an outstanding family of promotions available on its streaming network, creating the perfect “multiverse” to house its own Independent Wrestling Championship. The reigning IWTV Independent Champion is WARHORSE, another young star who is exploding in the latter half of 2019. Every since winning the title, WARHORSE has become a source of metal-infused inspiration who continues to “rule ass” everywhere he goes. He’s defending his title in a triple threat match on Sunday, including against one of his new allies, the enigmatic Danhausen. The third man with the shot is another emerging Canadian indie star in Mark Wheeler, who, apart from working with A1, Smash Wrestling, and Superkick’D in Canada, is also breaking into the US with Freelance, Glory Pro, and IWA Mid South.

A1 Alpha Male Championship: Kobe Durst (c) vs. Gregory Iron

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“The Blood Diamond” Kobe Durst is exploding in the US indie scene, particularly in the Midwest where he’s the reigning Black Label Pro Champion following an intensely physical feud with his mentor, Ethan Page. Despite his stock in the US soaring, he remains a pivotal centerpiece for A1, where he’s the reigning 3x Alpha Male Champion closing in on the one year mark. Durst faces Midwest veteran Gregory Irons, a man that Durst has ducked in singles action of late, choosing to face him instead in multi-man tag matches. A former AIW Intense Champion, Iron has held the A1 Zero Gravity and A1 Tag Team gold, but would love to add Alpha-1’s top prize to his trophy case.

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. You can catch all Alpha-1 replays at IndependentWrestling.tv.

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