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Heel Turns: Philly goes hardcore

Posted by Achilles Heel On November 14

Achilles HeelOn a week in which WWE Network featured shows focusing on ECW, it’s only fitting that Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore comes to the 2300 Arena, formerly the ECW Arena, for Saturday’s House of Hardcore VII.

There should be plenty of action, if not the same level of mayhem that occurred during ECW shows. The Hardys (Matt and Jeff) take on the Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson)  in a marquee tag team matchup. If you like tag team wrestling, former TNA champions The Wolves (Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards) will battle Harry Smith and Lance Archer.

If you’re nostalgic for ECW, Tommy Dreamer will have an Old School Extreme Rules match against Ethan Carter III. Beulah McGillicutty, a former ECW regular and now Dreamer’s wife, will be in Dreamer’s corner, allegedly for the last time.

Austin Aries’ open challenge was accepted by Drew Galloway, who has enjoyed tremendous success on the independent scene after being released by WWE (as Drew McIntyre) earlier this year. In a match that might attract CHIKARA fans, Eddie Kingston battles Jigsaw. Christian York takes on Brian Myers.

There definitely is a TNA flavor to the event. With TNA not having any scheduled events until late January in the United Kingdom, the Hardys, the Wolves, Aries and Carter all are trying to stay busy. TNA knockouts Gail Kim, Thea Trinidad and Velvet Sky are also advertised as being at the show.

Dreamer & Co. want it to seem like old times – with a fresh batch of talent – at the old ECW arena this Saturday (7 p.m.). If you can’t get to the arena, Saturday’s show will be House of Hardcore’s first Internet pay-per view.


SURVIVOR TEAMS: It appears the teams are set for the traditional elimination-style main event at Survivor Series on Sun., Nov. 23. Team Cena includes John Cena, Intercontinental champion Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Sheamus and, apparently, Ryback. Team Authority consists of Seth Rollins, Kane, Rusev, Mark Henry and Luke Harper.

There should be some friction between Henry and Rusev, who were feuding this fall. With the exception of Rollins and Ziggler, both teams feature large powerhouse wrestlers. But Rusev and Harper are both fairly agile for large men.

Other matches announced for Survivor Series are Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt, and A.J. Lee defending the Divas Championship against Nikki Bella. WWE needs to announce a few more matches soon. A traditional elimination-style Survivor Series match could involve tag teams or Divas.


SURVIVOR GAMES: In last week’s Heel Turns, the Greek god of wrestling noted that he likes the buildup to the main event of Survivor Series. The competition to get wrestlers to join Team Cena despite the pressure from The Authority was fun to watch.


END OF THE LINE? Wednesday’s Impact Wrestling is the last episode TNA has taped. Unless TNA finds a place to tape shows, not to mention a TV network to air the show, this will be the last live Impact Wrestling for a while. Achilles Heel hopes this isn’t the end for TNA.


TAG TEAM FRENZY: Ring of Honor will kick off TAG WARS 2014 on Nov. 22 in Baltimore. The Young Bucks will face Matt Sydal and ACH in what should be an action-paced match. In another first-round match, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian will face B.j. Whitmer and Jimmy Jacobs. Another first-round match pits Mark and Jay Bristoe and Jay Lethan and J. Diesel.

In addition, Adam Cole takes on Brian Kendrick in an interesting fight. Cedric Alexander and Tommaso Ciampa will battle in a no-disqualification bout.


CHIKARA IN NEW ENGLAND: CHIKARA presents events Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in Massachusetts and Connecticut before returning to Philadelphia on Dec. 6 for “Tomorrow Never Dies” at the 2300 Arena, the former ECW Arena.


WRESTLEMANIA TICKETS: WrestleMania tickets go on sale to the public this Saturday. WrestleMania XXXI will be held at Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, in Santa Clara, Calif.


ROSS IS THE BOSS: Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling, which is presenting New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestling Kingdom live on Jan. 4, announced that legendary broadcaster Jim Ross will broadcast the event. Thinking that an announcer, even one as great as Ross, will bring in an audience is a risky move, but the Greek god of wrestling approves of the move.

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