I probably attended more than three dozen wrestling shows during 2018. It would be hard to go back and get an exact count; I maintained a page of most of the wrestling shows I knew about in the Northwest Indiana region during 2018, but I certainly didn’t attend all of them … and to look back to early 2018 and try to remember which ones I actually saw would be too much for my 52 year old brain. I collect recaps of most shows I attend, either by simply talking about them on the radio or actually bringing equipment and recording delayed radio coverage of the event. For some shows, I write up a recap and post them here on this web page, and below are links to some of those write-ups, too. I plan on continuing this into 2019 and have some pages already prepared – such as this (currently small) list of shows coming up in 2019.
If you want to relive some excitement from 2018, you can find a list of NWIWRAP Episodes (which contain recaps or delayed audio coverage) of many events in the top level NWIWRAP menu item to the left; also, there is a more compressed list at the bottom of this post. Or, you can go look at written recaps through the blog post archives in the left menu here; also, there is an itemized list at the bottom of this post.
So that we can all keep track of what’s going on, here is a list of many regional promotions, their current titleholders that I can remember or could find out about, and their first announced show in 2019. I don’t remember exactly who calls their main title a “World” title or a “Heavyweight” title or a “World Heavyweight Supreme Commander of the Universe” title, so for these purposes, they are all called the Heavyweight Title:
Heavyweight: Ivan Manson
Tag Team: The Mexecutioners
Indiana State Championship: X-caliber
Women’s: Moxie Mollie
First show of 2019: January 12, 2019, 7:00pm Central, at American Legion Post 100 in Lake Station, Indiana.
ACW (ACME Championship Wrestling)
Heavyweight: Dave Allen
Intercontinental: Jared Kripke (get well soon!)
Tough Man: Billy the Kid
First show of 2019: Friday February 8, 2019, 7:00pm Central, at DeMotte Boxing Club, DeMotte, IN.
Heavywight: Trog the Caveman
Tag Team: Top Gunns
First show of 2019: “Hammerlocked”, Saturday February 9, 2019, 6:30pm Central, at St Mary Hildebrandt Hall, Griffith, IN.
Black Label Pro:
Heavyweight: All Ego Ethan Page
Indiana Championship: Kobe Durst
First show of 2019: “BLP Unplugged”, Saturday February 2, 2019, 4:00pm Central, at Rds Gym, Crown Point, IN.
NGW (New Generation Wrestling Indiana):
Heavyweight: Justin Myers
Tag Team: Pinnacle FC
Hoosier State: Brentley Alexander Dawson
First show of 2019: Saturday January 26, 2019, 6:30pm Eastern, at Morgan County Fairgrounds, Crawfordsville, IN.
PWK (Pro Wrestling King):
Prime Heavyweight: Jake Omen
Prime North American: Mitchell Taylor
Prime Tag Team: Rat Pack (Diesl Tracz, Steven Drochner)
Prime Ladies: Moxie Mollie
Heritage: Jayden Quick
Legends Live Women’s: Sadie Vandercamp
Legion Ladies: Shawna Reed
First announced show of 2019 (but may not end up being the first on the calendar): “Wrestling Legends Live”, Saturday March 23, 2019, 7:00pm Eastern, at Century Center, South Bend, IN.
RCW (Revolution Championship Wrestling)
Heavyweight: Russ Jones
United States: Douglas Stout
Tag Team: Brutus Dylan and Kevin Storm
Women’s: Melanie Cruise
First show of 2019 : “Call To War”, Saturday March 23, 2019, 7:00pm Eastern, at Battell Center, Mishawaka, IN.
Recapping 2018: Recaps or delayed audio coverage of several events in 2018 broadcast on WVLP 103.1FM in Valpo:
- Episode 67: delayed audio coverage of NGW Dec 15 2018
- Episode 65: delayed audio coverage of ACW Nov 30 2018
- Episode 64: delayed audio coverage of NGW Nov 10 2018
- Episode 63: recap of BLP Big Trouble in Little China
- Episode 62: delayed audio coverage of Backbreaker Oct 20 2018
- Episode 60: delayed audio coverage of PWK Oct 06 2018
- Episode 58: recap of RCW: Revolution Rumble
- Episode 57: delayed audio coverage of Backbreaker Aug 25 2018
- Episode 56: Recap of ACW at Rust Belt Rebellion
- Episode 54: audio recap of RCW: 11th Annual Slam Cancer Benefit Show
- Episode 51: Recap of ACW School’s Out, XSE Battle for Plymouth
- Episode 49: Audio Recap of NGW 10th Anniversary Show
- Episode 48: Recap of ACW Friday Fight Night 2, Audio Recap of Backbreaker Wrestling: On the Ropes
- Episode 47: Recap of ACW Hebron Havoc 3 and ARWPRO at Morton HS
- Episode 46:
Recapping 2018: Written recaps of several events in 2018 posted here on metalprofessor.com:
- Outside the Ropes: Black Label Pro November 03 2018 #BLP10
- Outside the Ropes: XSE / PWK A Night of Havoc, Friday Oct 19, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: RCW Revolution Rumble, Sat Sept 15, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: ACW at the Rust Belt Rebellion, Sat Aug 18
- Outside the Ropes: RCW’s The Devil Cannot Die, Fri June 29, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: ARWPRO at Live in the ‘Ville, Fri June 01, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: XSE: Battle for Plymouth, Plymouth, IN – May 26, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: ACW School’s Out, at Lincoln School, Roselawn, IN, May 18, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: ARWPRO at Edison High School, Lake Station, IN – May 12, 2018
- Some pics to go with the audio recap: NGW 10th Anniversary Show, April 28, 2018
- Some pics to go with the audio recap: Backbreaker Wrestling – On the Ropes, Sat Apr 21, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: ACW Franklin Fight Night 2, Friday Apr 20, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: ARWPRO at Morton High School, Sat Apr 14, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: ACW Hebron Havok 3, April 13, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: FWF Crossfire, Saturday March 24, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: ARWPRO, Saturday March 10, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: ACW March Meltdown, Fri Mar 09
- Outside the Ropes: ACW St. Valentine’s Day Bash, Fri Feb 16, 2018
- Outside the Ropes: Backbreaker Wrestling – Winner Takes All, Sat Feb 03, 2018
And as always, if you want to try to keep track of regional shows with me, you can pull in the NWIWRAP Google calendar into your own; I try to keep it updated with the events I know about; just go into your own Google calendar and the search for / import the calendar associated with firstname.lastname@example.org.