In a first round match-up in this years Reggie Rivers King of Maryland Tournament, Kindred faces off against independent wrestling standout BLK Jeez for an opportunity to advance to become the 2016 King of Maryland Tournament winner. For BLK Jeez, this is an opportunity to reestablish himself in ACW after a long hiatus. For Kindred, this is so much more.
For those who don't know, this years tournament and every one thereafter will be dedicated to the memory of Reggie Rivers, a former King of Maryland Tournament winner who tragically passed away last year as a result of a motorcycle accident. Reggie competed in ACW as Prodigy PTV and won multiple championships during his run in ACW. He was a locker room leader, a mentor to many and Kindred's best friend in the wrestling business.
Kindred becoming the King of Maryland this year would be ultimate tribute to his late friend and the perfect way to turn a year of tragedy into triumph. As great as it would be, the one thing that it wont be is easy. His first round opponent is one of the best in independent wrestling today in BLK Jeez.
BLK Jeez resume speaks for itself. He is a former CZW Heavyweight, Junior Heavyweight, and Tag Team Champion in addition to being a former Best of the Best Tournament winner. He has won multiple cruiser-weight championships in the state of Maryland, but has never won a championship in ACW. Still, all of the above accomplishments show what kind of competitor BLK Jeez is: a very tough one.
Kindred has been on top of the mountain here at ACW as heavyweight champion, something his opponent has not done. Regardless, he will need to bring his A game if he wants to defeat his opponent and advance in this years tournament. Will Kindred continue his path to pay the ultimate tribute to his late friend? Or will BLK Jeez show everyone why you always bet on BLK?
The only way to find out is to be there, as ACW Presents the 2016 Reggie Rivers King of Maryland Tournament. Visit www.adrenalinewrestling.com for more details
In 2013, Sicend was entered into the very 1st King of Maryland tournament and to say he was an underdog is an understatement. In a tournament featuring the likes of Princeton Pike (better known as Mr Touchdown), Maryland Wrestling legends Christian York and Adam Flash, Ruckus and Blk Jeez, the likelihood of the leader of Riot City coming out on top seemed impossible. Through heart, determination, and tenacity, Sicend shocked the #ACWFaithful and won the tournament by defeating Christian York in the finals. Now, the very first King of Maryland is a favorite to win this years tournament much like York was in 2013, and will be facing a man considered by many as the underdog in Michaels Amaydo.
After not being entered in last years tournament due to obligations surrounding the ACW Championship, Sicend makes his return to King of Maryland after competing in back to back finals in 2013 and 2014 (winning in '13, losing to Prodigy in the finals in '14.) After losing the ACW Championship to Ruckus in November at GoldRush, the leader has a lot to prove going into this years tournament. After losing his rematch inside a steel cage in early February, a tournament win would go a long way in stating his case for another ACW Heavyweight Championship opportunity in the future.
Sicend has the experience and has proven that he can win in a situation like this. After all, in 2013, he battled through the tournament and beat TNA Superstar Christian York in the finals despite suffering numerous injuries in the previous rounds. In 2014, he found himself in the finals yet again, ultimately losing to Prodigy. His high-risk aerial offense has paid off for him in years past. In 2013 and 2014, all of his opponents were either high flyers or brawlers. This year, the first opponent he faces, utilizes a much different offense than opponents in previous years.
For those not familiar with Michael's Amaydo, lets just say that he is a man of many "personalities. " One is Michaels's, a very talented former amateur wrestling who is considered by some to be the best kept secret in professional wrestling. the other is apparently his "manager" Lars Madison, a manipulative alcoholic who seems to be in control of the other "personality." If you have ever seen Michael's perform, you can immediately notice how skilled this up and coming competitor is in the ring. Unfortunately, his win-loss record currently does not reflect how talented he is, which some point point to the influence of Lars over Michael's Amaydo.
Regardless of the influence or the win-loss record, Amaydo has put together a string of very impressive performances over the last several months. At Twas the Cage Fight before Valentines Day, he controled most of his contest with PJ Parker, until the "Lars" Factor reared its ugly head, resulting in a loss once again. Make no mistake, Michaels Amaydo has the talent and ability to become King of Maryland. However, he will need to devote 100% of himself to winning this tournament. It more than likely is easier said than done in his case. After all, some of the greatest battles a man will ever face, come from within.
Who will advance in this first round matchup? The only way to find out is to be there, April 1st, when ACW Presents: The 2016 Reggie Rivers King of Maryland Tournament.
In the first round of the 2016 Reggie Rivers King of Maryland Tournament, the 2015 King of Maryland Louis G Rich will face off against long time rival and ACW Light Heavyweight Champion, Diaz. For those who don't know, this match was the finals of last year's tournament in which Louis G Rich won. But, a lot has changed since last years finals.
After winning the King of Maryland Tournament, Louis G Rich focused his attention on the ACW Light Heavyweight Championship held by his upcoming opponent, Diaz. In a series of matches that can be described as nothing short of amazing, Louis G Rich was unable to win the championship from "The miniBOSS." There is no shame in that. Over the last 3 years, many opponents have tried and failed to take the Light Heavyweight Championship from Diaz. However, coming up short in that series of matches killed The King of Maryland's momentum, and he soon experienced a series of losses in addition to the loss of his manager, when Andy Vineberg left the company in December.
For Diaz, his year continued with him doing what he does best: successfully defending his Light Heavyweight Championship over and over again. Not to say there wasnt a few roadblocks along the way. His rivalry with JD Smooth took a toll on his health after the brutal series of matches they had in 2015 and early 2016. Though as brutal as those matches were, the Light Heavyweight Champion still persevered. "Diaz has to be the most reliable performer in ACW today," said one unnamed ACW competitor. "If I were a betting man, I would say that he has a good shot at adding a crown to go along with that championship this year."
It would not be the first time that a competitor made it to the finals two years in a row. Sicend reached the finals in the 1st and 2nd King of Maryland Tournament, with a tournament victory in the 1st. Both competitors in this match could be the 2nd competitor to achieve this IF they reach the finals. Can Louis G Rich continue his path to becoming a two time King of Maryland, or will Diaz start his journey to the crown once again? We'll find out April 1st when ACW presents The 2016 Reggie Rivers King of Maryland Tournament.
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