It’s been a busy week for HIAC Talk Radio as far as news and noteworthy events. This past week on the podcast (available here), we were joined by Ryan “Riptide” Hollis as he was heading into his biggest fight yet for Legacy Fighting Championships. While he was unsuccessful on his quest to defeat highly touted US Gold Medalist, Henry Cejudo, Hollis has nothing to be upset about as he took a world class athlete to the limits in a 3 round decision loss. More on Legacy Fights in a moment.
Saturday is notable for a few reasons. First, Combat Zone Wrestling, or CZW, returns to Voorhees, NJ for their annual “Cerebral” iPPV. Headlining this card is the final battle between “Bulldozer” Matt Tremont and “Chainsaw” Joe Gacy. While most fans and onlookers are getting ready to see these to rip each other to shreds in their “House of Horrors” match, I know both guys very well having worked with both of them through my time in independent wrestling, and through the podcast.
On a personal level, I know both guys are trying to exorcise their demons of what has been a disappointing 2013 for both of them. Tremont at this time last year was about to headline CZW’s biggest show of the year, “Cage of Death”. Likewise, Gacy was mere months away from getting his first major singles push in CZW as he headlined the first few shows of the year taking on MASADA for the World title.
What has happened since then is anyone’s guess. Both have been engaged in a battle of wills against each other for the remainder of the year whether it was 3 way, 4 way, 6 man tags, and everything else in between. Both feel that they can offer CZW so much more in terms of matches, and both feel that it’s time for them to standout from the rest of the pack. In my view, that makes this match very dangerous for both men. They are going to go all out to prove to the fans, and CZW management that they should not be overlooked.
The match could go either way, quite honestly, but my prediction is a Tremont victory in what will be the most violent match in the history of the Flyer’s Skate Zone.
In other matches,
CZW Wired Championship:
Alex Colon (C) vs. Andrew Everett
Ron Mathis w/Drew Blood vs. Lucky 13 w/Devon Moore
***If Lucky wins, Devon Moore gets a match with Drew Blood!***
AR Fox vs. Chris Dickinson
Bombshell Tag Team Attraction
Kimber Lee & ??? vs. Nevaeh & Christina Von Eerie
“The Product” David Starr & “The Juice” JT Dunn vs. Shane Hollister & Caleb Konley
“The New Flavor” Shane Strickland vs. “The World’s Suavest Luchador” Latin Dragon
And, knowing CZW, the promotion is likely to add a few unannounced matches. It’s advertised as a 7:30PM bell, but again, this is CZW—and, there is another show directly before this one (WSU), so, it’s more than likely a 8:00 to 8:15PM start time.
Also on Saturday night, Fallon Fox will return to CFA 12 live on AXS TV. This fight is for the Women’s Bantamweight title.
In other news, getting back to the Legacy Fights earlier tonight, the entire card delivered and shows hope for the smaller regional promotions, such as Legacy FC to gain a footing in the national market. Some guys certainly made a claim for themselves to be taken a little more seriously in the MMA world as a whole. One of the names that comes up to me is Ryan “Babyface” Benoit. Benoit was absolutely dominating and vicious in his 1st round TKO (4:53) over Cody Fuller. Also, making a name for himself was Damon Jackson who submitted Javier Obregon in the opening televised match.
As for Hollis, it looked as if he did not account for Henry Cejudo’s strength. The former Gold Medalist in Wrestling was simply overwhelming on the ground. While Hollis was certainly active on the ground, he could not come up with his signature submissions that he has made a name for himself. For Hollis, he needs to regroup and recharge. He’s young and can certainly find a way to make a name for himself. As for Cejudo, he showed that he is on his way to bigger things. Hollis was no pushover, and Cejudo passed this tough test.
Here’s the complete TV results:
Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Chris Feist by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Henry Cejudo def. Ryan Hollis by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Holly Holm def. Nikki Knudsen by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 1:18
Ryan Benoit def. Cody Fuller by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:53
Charles Byrd def. Mike Jasper by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Damon Jackson def. Javier Obregon by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 2, 4:12
Coming up this week on the HIAC Talk Radio Network:
Monday 9PM – “Obey the Puck” (3): Dan and Kelly return to recap the world of hockey.
Tuesday 930PM – “Moose Knuckle Radio” (2): Don, Justin, and Robert return to discuss the Playstation 4, DDP Yoga, and many other popular topics. They might even make a phone call or two.
Wednesday 900PM – “HIAC Talk Radio” returns with the “Wrestling Roundtable” with Emil Jay from CZW and Brady Hicks from PWI and “In the Room”.