Preview: Diaz(c) vs Sicend
Little did we know that on this day 4 years ago, the man then known as Skull would be entering his last week as ACW Light Heavyweight Champion. A little over 8 days later, he would defend the Light Heavyweight Championship against "The MiniBoss" Diaz and be unsuccessful. Little did we know, it would be the last time that he would hold the ACW Light Heavyweight Championship. In fact, little did we know that the Light Heavyweight Championship would not change hands for 4 years... and counting.
When the Diaz won the championship on June 30th, 2012 most believed that the man now known as Sicend would eventually win it back before years end. In October of that year, a rematch happened and Sicend was denied the championship yet again. So was Shane Strickland, BLK Jeez, Chris Wylde, and many others as the months followed. Before we all knew it, Diaz had successfully defended the championship for a full year. A very respectable title reign in this day in age. But here's the thing..... it was far from over.
Pat Anthony came close to ending the title reign around the 1 year mark in his hometown, but the victory was not meant to be as a technicality prevented it from happening. Robbie Illuminati tried for over a year to capture the championship, but was ultimately not successful in his pursuit as Diaz found a way to retain every single time. Even Robbie's tag team partner Ruckus stepped up to the plate, but could not dethrone the champion. JD Smooth practically tried to steal the championship from Diaz in a series of match, even he came up short.
Meanwhile, Sicend set his sights on the ACW Heavyweight Championship, which at the time was held by Kindred. For over a year, anytime the ACW Heavyweight Championship was mentioned, Sicend was thought to be one of its top contenders. After having the 2013 Match of the Year with Kindred and the late Prodigy PTV, and fighting for the title numerous times during the beginning of 2014, Sicend won the Golden Ticket in a ladder match that guaranteed him a title shot, anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Turns out the time would be Twas the Cage Fight before Christmas, the place would be inside a steel cage in Millersville, MD. After the ending of a title defense with then champion Prodigy PTV, Sicend cashed in his title shot and pinned Prodigy for the championship.
Sicend would go on to hold that title for a year, until the circumstances in which he won the belt came back to haunt him. Ruckus, who won the Golden Ticket opportunity earlier in the night came out to celebrate with Sicend after another successful title defense.... or so we thought. Ruckus smacked Sicend over the head with the briefcase and cashed in his title shot, defeating his former student and capturing the championship. Sicend's rematch inside of a steel cage would not be successful. A triple threat match 2 months later would take him out of the Heavyweight Championship picture. With a future ACW Championship opportunity out of the picture for the time being, it was time to go back to the drawing board. It was time to get back to what brought him to the dance in the first place. It was time to go back to get the championship he made his name on: the ACW Light Heavyweight Championship.
There is just one problem, that title hasn't changed hands in over 4 years. "The MiniBoss" is still the champ and even after the wars with Ruckus, Robbie Illuminati, JD Smooth and many others, he has shown no signs of slowing down. Right now, Diaz is as good as he has ever been. Take into consideration that when he defeated Sicend for the championship in 2012, he was not in the peak physical that he is currently in today. This is a much more well-rounded version of Diaz than the one Sicend faced in 2012. Will Sicend be able to do what no else has been able to do in 1,455 days? Or will Diaz guarantee himself a historic 4 year championship reign. Denton, MD, it doesn't get any bigger than this.
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