Category: ECWA News

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IN THE ROOM with Bobby Fish

This week, massive database problems plague, forcing Brady Hicks to stream a LIVE one hour version of IN THE ROOM exclusively on WEXP 1600 AM in Philadelphia. Fortunately, you are reading this which means the database issue has been resolved and life on can carry on as usual. Check it out as independent standout – and international star – Bobby Fish stops by to talk about his entry in the 2012 ECWA Super 8 tournament, plus Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Brady Hicks – with Derrick McDonald – break down all that they know about this year’s WrestleMania so far. Be sure to check out ECWA Super 8, Saturday, April 7 in Newark, Delaware, and thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Kekoa The Flyin Hawaiian, Adam Cole, and CZW Owner DJ Hyde

This week IN THE ROOM, an action-packed show in which Brady Hicks welcomes the #2 entrant in the East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA)’s 2012 Super 8 tournament – Kekoa The Flyin Hawaiian! Be sure to check out this great interview with one of wrestling’s top young independent prospects, as he gives his thoughts on ECWA’s Super 8 legacy, the competitors in this year’s tourney, and all that the future might hold. All that, plus CZW owner DJ Hyde calls in to the show to talk about all that has been going on with the ultra-hardcore promotion of late, and Brady and the gang are also joined by Adam Cole, of Ring of Honor and CZW, as he talks about all that has been happening in his world. Great show all around! Plus, Brady, Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Mike Bessler, and Derrick McDonald talk Raw, Elimination Chamber, what has (and hasn’t) been working as WWE continues to push toward WrestleMania, and the importance of real, legitimate pushes for guys like Zack Ryder and Santino Marella.

IN THE ROOM with Papadon

This week IN THE ROOM on WEXP 1600 AM Philly and, a special AD-FREE edition of the show, sponsored by the East Coast Wrestling Assocation (ECWA) 2012 Super 8 Tournament. This week, Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Brady Hicks, along with DJ and Derrick McDonald welcome reigning East Coast Wrestling Association heavyweight champion “The Greek God” Papadon … the first entrant in the 2012 ECWA Super 8 tournament. Papadon talks all the competition he will face in this year’s tourney, being champion heading into the tournament, how he qualified for this year’s tournament by beating last year’s Super 8 winner, and “The Greek God”‘s thoughts on the other men he will face on April 7th in Newark, Delaware. Plus, the gang talks WWE Raw and Elimination Chamber, and the New York Giants’ Brandon Jacobs appearing on TNA Impact.

IN THE ROOM with Kekoa

This week, Brady Hicks and Anthony Sarlo are LIVE IN THE ROOM once again, courtesy of Spreaker Radio, San Francisco as well as WEXP 1600 in Philadelphia. The gang are joined by the ECWA’s Kekoa, as he gears up for his big match this Saturday in Newark, Delaware against Adam Cole. This ECWA show – as well as the Devastation Wrestling Federation’s show in Pennsauken, New Jersey that same night – will feature appearances by TNA’s Robbie E. In addition, Brady and Anthony talk WWE Raw and TNA Bound for Glory. Enjoy!

IN THE ROOM with ECWA’s Papadon, Chris Wylde

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This week IN THE ROOM, Brady Hicks and DJ get together to talk TNA’s Destination-X pay-per-view, WWE’s Money In The Bank pay-per-view, and what is wrong with TNA lately. All that, plus ECWA Heavyweight Champion Papadon and Mid-Atlantic Champion Chris Wylde get together to talk trash about their upcoming battle in Newark, Delaware.

IN THE ROOM Flashback: Shiima Xion

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In lieu of a new Wrasslin’ Roundup this week, is proud to present this special look back at Shiima Xion’s special appearance on IN THE ROOM last February, just prior to this year’s ECWA Super 8 tourney. We here at the site are so proud of our close friend for catching the attention of TNA / Impact Wrestling, and are looking forward to checking out his match at Destination-X in July! Go Filipino Flex Factory!


IN THE ROOM Flashback: The Adam Cole Interview

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Even though he has been featured on ROH and WWE TV, Adam Cole took what many consider to be a major step into the spotlight with his stellar performance at this year’s ECWA Super 8 tournament. On July 16th, Cole makes his return to the ECWA for a  show at the Newark, Delaware Greater Boys and Girls Club, where he will take on Kekoa (who has also been featured on this site).
Check out this classic edition of IN THE ROOM, in which Cole sat down with Brady Hicks prior to Super 8. It’s a can’t miss. And if you haven’t had the opportunity, be sure to check out the Super 8 tournament on Some of the top names in the industry have, including the almighty one who’s opinion really matters Dave Lagana, Steve Corino, and “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels. Each have called it one of the best shows of the year.

Kekoa – How high can he fly?

Many times we sit at a local wrestling show at a high school or a fire hall and say to ourselves, “Wow, that guy’s pretty good”.  I’m guilty of this myself sometimes.  However, with the exception of finding work at one or two other indy promotions, most of those

The Flyin' Hawaiian

that “wow” us keep wrestling where they are.  Occasionally though, we see someone that creates so much buzz that they can’t be ignored.

Kekoa the Flyin’ Hawaiian debuted in ECWA on March 5th, 2011.  He was actually a replacement for Mr. Scotty Wright, who was injured and unable to wrestle Chris Wylde for the ECWA Mid-Atlantic title.  While he was unsuccessful in his attempt, Kekoa certianly made an impression that night.  So much so that ECWA officials along with PWI contributor Brady Hicks, who was in attendance, contacted PWI and asked them to take a look at the Flyin’ Hawaiian. 

I happy to say the result is an introduction article to appear in this month’s issue of PWI, which should be on shelves by May 24th.  This announcement was just days after Kekoa and CZW’s Johnathan Gresham “stole the show” according to many at the May 7th ECWA show.  If you get a chance to see Kekoa, take it.  For our sake, I hope he’s around here for a long time.  But the sky’s the limit for this high flyer. 

Congratulations Kekoa – may this be the launch your career was looking for!

Tommaso Ciampa Finally Wins Super 8 Trophy

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May 1, 2011, Voorhees, New Jersey–Apparently, the third time really was the charm for Tommaso Ciampa, the long-frustrated, two-time East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) Super  8 runner up who had suffered finals losses to Nick Logan (2009) and Austin “Consequences” Creed (2010) in years past, casting heavy doubt on his own ability to get the job done. This year, however, in his third attempt at Super 8 glory, Ciampa outlasted the natural acrobatic ability of Rich Swann, the hard-hitting lucha style of Shiima Xion, and an ultra-dangerous Adam Cole Panama Sunrise (Canadian Destroyer) before pinning Cole to finally win the Super 8 championship he has coveted for so long.

“I’m absolutely speechless,” said an exhausted Tommaso only moments after scoring the final pinfall over Cole. “Coming into today, I just couldn’t shake the feeling that this would be my year. The fact that I’ve finally won this trophy just makes the third time all-the-more special.”

From the moment Ciampa walked into the arena for the show’s opening medal ceremony, he had a different kind of demeanor, more serious and certainly had this air he would let nothing slip by him. Even his decision to pick up the coveted trophy just prior to his first-round match against Rich Swann – and the bad luck that should have brought – did not seem to matter on this night. Last year, Ciampa could only watch on from a distance as the man who defeated him in the finals, Austin Creed took home the coveted trophy and signed with WWE only days later. In Ciampa’s mind, it should have been him all along.