Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Night Fights (June 17, 2016)

Last week was all about the Duo Division, but with Supercard 80: Tower of Power XVI just two days away -- the best combinations in the league had done all they could to influence their positions. Saving themselves for the trials of a potential historic Duo Division Championship win; their absence opened the floor to some of the best solo fighters in the league!

With competition heating up around the Undisputed and Division 2 Championships, some of the biggest contenders were present for a packed Friday Night Fights! The announcement of next week's 2016 Mid-Year Grand Slam added a sense of urgency to set themselves up for a big run at Tournament 68!

The_Purple_Bunny had the biggest target on his back, still stinging from his Undisputed Championship loss at Pre-Show 80: DECEPTION/TPB II - The Rematch! It was VenoMark who stepped into The Great Arena to take the advantage, eager to prove himself as the next hot contender. He did so superbly, besting TPB in a hard hitting fight that arguably puts him at the front of title contention going in to Tournament 68! A result that challenges their seeding as #2 and #3.

The Great Genku attempted to take a more direct line to title gold, demanding the Division 2 Championship revert back to him in light of Poasty's shock return to injury! Officials intend to use thirty days grace before they make a decision about Poasty's status as champion, but assured they would not simply be handing the title out. Instead, King Ken was sent to test Genku's mettle -- a test Genku passed efficiently.

The potential sidelining of Poasty has several top contenders emerging to prove their worthiness for the Div.2 gold. Benjamin sent a particularly strong message, unleashing a +17 beat down to the 2016 Fighter for Europe Nephrite, who was still smarting from his loss to Hokey as part of The European Union's declaration of war on Monday Nights [6/13/2016]! Murdoink and NovaStarr also picked up solid victories.

With their hopes for a run in The Challenger 7 dashed, The Unholy Alliance of ElJobber & Mime opted to strengthen their attack on the Mid-Year Grand Slam. They bested TonyTheTiger and CaTigeReptile respectively.

Friday Night Fights will return on July 1st after the entire next week is dedicated to 128 of the best fighters eliminating each other in Tournament 68: Mid-Year Grand Slam 2016! Before that happens, the best in the Duo Division will take the test of Supercard 80: Tower of Power XVI, where "The Service Krew" Damo & DeathScepter will reunite in the #1 rung as they try to stop "Team Xtreme" Marz & Violent`J breaking their record of 10 successful title defenses!

Friday Night Fights (June 17, 2016):
9. VenoMark d. The_Purple_Bunny [+8]
8. Mime d. "The Predator" TonyTheTiger [+1]
7. ElJobber d. "The Guardian" CaTigeReptile [+2]
6. The Great Genku d. King Ken [+3]
5. Murdoink d. "The Secret Weapon" SubScorpTile [+2]
4. Benjamin d. Nephrite [+17]
3. NovaStarr d. "Portuguese Pegasus" Zentile [+1]
2. Sgtf d. Coltess [+1]
1. ]{0MBAT & tabmok99s_wife d. deadpool & MercWithMouth [+1]

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tower of Power XVI Preview

This weekend the best tandems in the Duo Division will fight for the ultimate opportunity at Supercard 80: Tower of Power XVI!

The legendary Tower brings together the ten top teams in the ultimate gauntlet for The Challenger 7: hopeful contenders who can claim the Duo Division Championship if they successfully run through eleven tiers of opponents! Once they have tried, The Tower of Power then turns on itself - fighting until only one team remains to face the Duo Division Champions!

History weighs heavily on this, the sixteenth Tower of Power! "The Service Krew" Damo & DeathScepter have reunited to try to defend their legendary record of 10 title defenses as Duo Division Champions. To give them the best opportunity, they have been granted the #1 spot on the Tower of Power. This gives them prime position to upset the dominant Hall of Fame Champions: "Team Xtreme" Marz & Violent`J!

How does Tower of Power history favour them? This is Team Xtreme's first time being part of the Tower of Power itself, but Damo & DeathScepter have extensive experience, including two final battles!

Former Duo Division Tower of Power Finalists:
1. The_Purple_Bunny & Jade (c) d. Hokey & Mime (#1) - Supercard 15: Tower of Power III (November 6, 2011)
2. Genku & ShingoEX (#2) d. DECEPTION & Onryo (c) - Supercard 20: Tower of Power IV (February 19, 2012)
3. m0s & Knickxasawrrrr (c) d. The_Purple_Bunny & Philip94 (#6) - Supercard 40: Tower of Power VIII (September 15, 2013)
4. Hokey & Mime (c) d. Kron & Porygonix (#5) - Supercard 45: Tower of Power IX (December 29, 2013)
5. Damo & DeathScepter (#2) d. Shoe & Artanix (c) - Supercard 60: Tower of Power XII (February 22, 2015)
6. Ratt & NightHawk (#1) d. Damo & DeathScepter (c) - Supercard 70: Tower of Power XIV (September 20, 2015)

Will the seemingly unstoppable Duo Division Champions be able to withstand the challenge of the ultimate survivor? Only one team will sharpen their power to fight for the gold! It all goes down this weekend - Sunday, June 19th!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016 Mid-Year Grand Slam Begins Next Week

It has cast a faint shadow across an action-packed month, looming on the horizon as the ultimate test for a conflicted arena. The wait is almost over as the third Grand Slam Tournament of 2016 is finally upon us! Tournament 68: 2016 Mid-Year Grand Slam begins next week with a 128-fighter single elimination bracket that will test the best and potentially steer us to the next #1 contender!

The randomly drawn bracket will be revealed as matches begin Monday, June 20th with a diverse field of some of the league's greatest competitors! Anchoring this action will be four top seeds selected by officials: Reigning Undisputed Champion and 2016 Grand Prix Warm-Up winner "The Hitman" DECEPTION will be #1 seed, 2015 Mid-Year Grand Slam winner and freshly dethroned champion The_Purple_Bunny will be #2, top contender VenoMark will be #3, and current reigning KFL Champion and 2014 Mid-Year Grand Slam winner Statix will be #4 seed.

To make way for the annual tournament major, Monday Night Invasion and Friday Night Fights will take a one week hiatus. Competitors appearing regularly on both programs will be included in the random draw, adding heightened competition as members of The Invasion, The Alliance, The European Union and The British Exit all vie for supremacy coming out of this past Monday!

The Mid-Year Grand Slam is a prestigious title unto itself, introduced permanently into the annual fight calendar as a fixture of the 2013 Grand Slam era! Its origins date back to Tournament 5, where Hall of Fame legends Crow and Kron escalated their legendary rivalry in a fateful final! It's been a tournament for surprises as well, though, as we saw in 2014 when Baraka_MK stunned everyone in an unexpected face-off against future Alliance champion: Statix! History shows - anyone could win!

Former Mid-Year Grand Slam Finalists:
1. Crow d. Kron - Tournament 5: War for the Kr0wn (May 15, 2011)
2. Genku d. Mime - Tournament 31: Mid-Year Grand Slam 2013 (June 30, 2013)
3. Statix d. Baraka_MK - Tournament 44: Mid-Year Grand Slam 2014 (June 29, 2014)
4. The_Purple_Bunny d. Kron - Tournament 56: Mid-Year Grand Slam 2015 (June 28, 2015)

Tournament 68: Mid-Year Grand Slam 2016 begins right after Supercard 80 - June 20th-27th!

Before the tournament you won't want to miss the epic Duo Division Championship event Tournament 80: Tower of Power XVI! It all goes down this Sunday, June 19th - with "The Service Krew" Damo & DeathScepter entering the Tower at #1 in the hopes of stopping Hall of Fame combination "Team Xtreme" Marz & Violent`J from breaking their 10 title defense record! A super-charged Duo Division Supercard to set the table for a massive Mid-Year Tournament extravaganza! Be here!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Breaking: Division 2 Champion Injured!

Just two days after his incredible upset victory for the Division 2 Championship at Pre-Show 80: DECEPTION/TPB II: "The Franchise" Poasty has suffered another career threatening injury!

Poasty only recently made his return from injury during the May 27th edition of Friday Night Fights. The return culminated in a grudge match with The Great Genku for the Division 2 Championship. A stunning match that delivered the so-called "Franchise" to his first championship!

It should've been the height of his career, but Poasty's eagerness to be a fighting champion led to a shocking turn of events in the 48 hours following his title victory! Intense training saw the champion push himself too far. His efforts to prepare responsible for re-injuring him!

League officials have declined to make any comment about the state of the Division 2 Championship at this stage, but those present could clearly see Poasty will not be in action any time soon. The Div.2 title has only been vacated once in its three year existence, voluntarily by The_Purple_Bunny.

Stay tuned for more updates relating to this shocking turn of events!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Night Invasion (June 13, 2016)

History will remember June 13th, 2016 as the day The European Union invaded Monday Night Invasion! Britain is at odds with Europe! Europe is at war with The Invasion! On-going tensions exploded as European combatants followed up The Greek Crisis & Chromatose's victory at Pre-Show 80 by flooding The Great Arena! They weren't the only hostile element present on Monday!

The Fallen capitalized on growing pressures against The Invasion, forcing spiritual leader and British Exiter ShawnMichaels into a rematch of the May 30th main event! LordSkarlet used the match to turn the tables on his Invasion nemesis, dominating the besieged leader in a convincing win! The victory puts him back in the driver's seat for a shot at the KFL Championship. UlcaTron & Corrupt hydraslash also picked up a valuable win, setting them up for this weekend's Supercard 80: Tower of Power XVI - where they'll have the chance to fight for the Duo Division Championship!

"The Greek Crisis" maxilos & proXade continued their campaign against "British Exit" Liam & nif, eking out a moral duo victory in a hard fought match. Their Pre-Show ally Chromatose had similar luck, overcoming TripleH with no trouble!

Will Europe's incursion set the table for a Duo Division Championship reign? The gold will be on the line this Sunday - June 19th! Unstoppable Hall of Fame Champions "Team Xtreme" Marz & Violent`J will defend the coveted titles against the team who can climb the ladder of success at Supercard 80: Tower of Power XVI!

Monday Night Invasion: Week 16 (June 13, 2016):
8. "The Fallen" LordSkarlet d. ShawnMichaels [+2]
7. Hokey d. Nephrite [+6]
6. "The Greek Crisis" maxilos & proXade d. "British Exit" Liam & nif [+1]
5. Loopster d. "Portuguese Pegasus" Zentile [+2]
4. "The Fallen" UlcaTron & Corrupt hydraslash d. "British Exit" Ironize & AcidicWonder [+1]
3. Chromatose d. TripleH [+1]
2. Shen_DuHBK d. Sgtf [+2]
1. MattHardy & Ghrimm d. "European Union" Red_Spaniard & giandavil [+1]

Supercard 80: Tower of Power XVI (June 19th, 2016)
(c) "Team Xtreme" Marz & Violent`J
C7: Ratt & NightHawk
C7: "The Invasion" Jason_Voorhees & edge

Weekly Rankings Recap - 6/12/2016

Pre-Show 80: DECEPTION/TPB II - The Rematch delivered a shake-up of the championships with DECEPTION rebounding quickly to regain the Undisputed Championship, and Statix successfully knocking back the heavyweight advance of Invasion recruit: Hokey!

These results will pose serious questions about the next crop of contenders. "The Fallen" LordSkarlet hovers as a circling shark around the KFL Championship, but the Undisputed title will likely have to wait for the annual Mid-Year Grand Slam later in June to find its top contender!

The rise of "The Franchise" Poasty delivered the greatest intrigue - new Division 2 Champion after a stunning win against arch-rival The Great Genku! The result shifts power back to the under 5k class after Genku's unusual request to fulfill his "Grand Path" of holding every title in his career. It remains to be seen if tensions between the two will compel Genku to remain in the second tier ranks, or if he will return his sights to higher goals.

With the Duo Division Championship to be on the line this weekend at Supercard 80: Tower of Power XVI - "The Service Krew Damo & DeathScepter did their campaign a world of good, knocking back VenoMark's attempt to upset their final run! "The New Generation" Baraka_MK & Onryo also evened out a rough run with a solid win against Jammer2Omega & Porygonix! How the Tower of Power will come together is still anyone's guess, but these teams, along with "The United" Shoe & Artanix seem to be frontrunners for the top spots!

Supercard 80 takes place this weekend - Sunday, June 19th! Weeks of scrambling will finally deliver the best Duos in the league to The Tower of Power, where they will all fight to upset the dominant Duo Division Champions: "Team Xtreme" Marz & Violent`J!

The Great Arena League Top Ten:
#1 (--) United: Shoe
#2 (+1) Banging
#3 (-1) ElJobber
#4 (--) AlbertBeefcake
#5 (--) Mime
#6 (--) United: Artanix
#7 (+1) "American Dream" Scott-Howell
#8 (+1) Jammer2Omega
#9 (-2) Benjamin
#10 (--) Hokey

The Great Arena Duo Division Top Ten:
#1 (--) Jammer2Omega & Porygonix
#2 (+2) "The Fallen" UlcaTron & Corrupt hydraslash
#3 (-1) "The United" Shoe & Artanix
#4 (-1) "Guardians of the Crow" Pink_Ranger & Ghostdragon
#5 (--) CCShadow & Scott-Howell
#6 (--) "The New Generation" Baraka_MK & Onryo
#7 (+1) McDaniel & fraysol
#8 (+1) "The Alliance" AlbertBeefcake & The_Hurricane
#9 (-2) "The Greek Crisis" maxilos & proXade
#10 (RE) "The Invasion" DaemonX & Banging

The Division 2 Under 5k Top Ten:
#1 (--) Banging
#2 (--) AlbertBeefcake
#3 (+1) "American Dream" Scott-Howell
#4 (+1) Jammer2Omega
#5 (-2) Benjamin
#6 (--) The_Hurricane
#7 (--) Knickxasawrrrr
#8 (--) "Silent Assassin" Ghostdragon
#9 (+1) Porygonix
#10 (RE) DaemonX

The Invasion/Alliance Independent Top Ten:
#1 (--) Banging (Invasion)
#2 (--) AlbertBeefcake (Alliance)
#3 (--) Hokey (Invasion)
#4 (--) The_Hurricane (Alliance)
#5 (--) DaemonX (Invasion)
#6 (+3) edge (Invasion)
#7 (+3) Jason_Voorhees (Invasion)
#8 (-1) Loopster (Invasion)
#9 (-1) Statix (Alliance) [KFL Champion]
#10 (-4) ShawnMichaels (Invasion)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pre-Show 80: DECEPTION/TPB II - The Rematch

A super stacked card had Pre-Show 80: DECEPTION/TPB II - The Rematch feeling like a main event Supercard! With three major championships on the line, and Tower of Power stakes up and down the card, it was guaranteed to be a historic night!

Just twenty-one days after The_Purple_Bunny made history as the first ever six-time Undisputed Champion, he found himself back in the firing line with his Supercard 79 opponent! "The Hitman" DECEPTION was targeting a quick comeback after his disappointing loss, which surprised many, ending a title reign that included a main event defense at Ultimate Grand Prix VI! The challenger seemed completely unphased by his recent loss. DECEPTION came in hard and fast, bamboozling a TPB who seemed fatigued after his sixth championship! The Hitman picked all the right spots, utterly destroying The_Purple_Bunny to restore himself back to the top as the Undisputed Champion!

It was a good night for The New Generation all around! Baraka_MK & Onryo had set the tone for DECEPTION earlier in the night, taking a competitive win from #1 ranked duo Jammer2Omega & Porygonix! The result picked up the tab from The New Generation's shock June 6th loss to The Invasion's DaemonX & Banging, and recent troubles with The United. They'll likely have to go through The United next week if they're to become Duo Division Champions.

The Invasion had their chips in a recruit that was controversially fired by The United: Hokey managed to fend off the aggressions of "The Fallen" LordSkarlet during Monday Night Invasion earlier this week. The win secured his chance to take the KFL Championship on The Invasion's behalf, but it seemed he may have expelled his best in dominating LordSkarlet! The Alliance champ Statix appeared to have Hokey's number, countering his attacks to take a well earned, comfortable win. The Invasion will have to continue to covet the object of power from afar!

"The Franchise" Poasty got his first taste of gold, ending the dominating reign of unlikely Division 2 Champion: The Great Genku. Genku was reluctant to defend the title against Poasty, who made his recent return from the injured list to issue the grudge match. Genku was languid in his efforts as "The Franchise" lived up to his name! A major moment in Poasty's career that left Genku fuming!

VenoMark & MKR weren't too pleased to see their best laid plans go awry, either. The #1 Tower of Power team Damo & DeathScepter managed to fend off the spiteful duo, who thought they might turn the tables for The Service Krew's sniping at Pre-Show 79! The Krew will go on to Tower of Power to try to stop "Team Xtreme" Marz & Violent`J surpassing their record of ten title defenses.

Pre-Show 80 also confirmed two of the Challenger 7 teams who will take on The Tower of Power! The only team to have ever defeated the champions in their Great Arena career: Ratt & NightHawk, took out the recently recalibrated The Unholy Alliance in an all-star encounter! Jason_Voorhees & edge will represent The Invasion thanks to their win over Rhyno & Grayback.

Chromatose was a surprising addition to a newly solidified European Union, joining "The Greek Crisis" maxilos & proXade in a beat down of "British Exit" ShawnMichaels, Ironize & AcidicWonder. The solid win is a strike back for the Europeans, who've taken exception to plans for British fighters to leave the League and join The Invasion!

Pre-Show 80: DECEPTION/TPB II - The Rematch (June 12, 2016):
14. "The Hitman" DECEPTION defeated The_Purple_Bunny (c) in a complete destruction! [+15] [Undisputed Championship]
13. Ratt & NightHawk defeated "The Unholy Alliance" ElJobber & Mime [+1] [Challenger 7 Qualifier]
12. Statix (c) defeated Hokey [+1] [KFL Championship]
11. "The Service Krew" Damo & DeathScepter defeated VenoMark & MKR in a decimation. [+3]
10. "The Franchise" Poasty defeated The Great Genku (c) [+1] [Division 2 Championship]
9. "The New Generation" Baraka_MK & Onryo defeated Jammer2Omega & Porygonix [+1]
8. "European Union" maxilos, proXade & Chromatose defeated "British Exit" ShawnMichaels, Ironize & AcidicWonder [+1]
7. Politics & Menas defeated "British Exit" Liam & nif [+1]
6. "The Invasion" DaemonX & Banging defeated McDaniel & fraysol [+1]
5. CCShadow & Scott-Howell defeated Unknown265 & mwgrant0 [+1]
4. "Portuguese Pegasus" Zentile defeated Nephrite in convincing fashion. [+2]
3. "The Secret Weapon" SubScorpTile defeated Benjamin [+1]
2. "The Invasion" Jason_Voorhees & edge defeated "The Invasion" Rhyno & Grayback [+1] [Challenger 7 Qualifier]
1. "The Guardian" CaTigeReptile defeated "The Predator" TonyTheTiger [+1]