In October of 2012, Princeton Pike was the ACW Champion, and was predicted to be the longest reigning Heavyweight Champion in company history. "The miniBOSS" Diaz had just defeated Skull for the Light Heavyweight Championship just a few months earlier and was mostly viewed as a transitional champion by not only the wrestling fans of Maryland, but by many in the locker room. Many thought it would only be a matter of time before Skull won the championship back. Tag Team competition was mainly focused around the D-Line who were about to face one of the biggest tests of their careers in facing the Briscoe Brothers with the ACW Tag Team Championships up for grabs. Kacee Carlisle was as dominant as ever, winning the ACW Women's Championship earlier that year. Little did I know how things would change in one years time.
Kindred shocked everyone to win the ACW Championship from Princeton Pike at "Twas the Fight before Christmas 2012." Princeton Pike would never be seen in ACW again after that night. Kindred has successfully defended the Championship ever since. Skull never regained the Light Heavyweight Championship. Instead, he won the King of Maryland Tournament in true underdog fashion by defeated then TNA Superstar Christian York in the finals. He has kept himself in the ACW Heavyweight Title picture ever since. Diaz still remains the ACW Light Heavyweight Champion, gaining victories over Chris Wylde, Blk Jeez, Shane Strickland, Robbie Marino and even holding his own against the Heavyweight Champion: Kindred. Kacee Carlisle has been just as dominant, defeating everyone put in front of her as well becoming one of the best women's wrestlers in the country by winning the NWA World Womens Championship in addition to defending the ACW Women's Championship. And, while we havent seen D-Line or the Briscoe Brothers on an ACW event in quite some time, tag team competition is the hottest its ever been. Pretty Ugly had the best second half of 2013 out of all ACW competitors, winning 3 other Tag Team Championships before winning the ACW Tag Team Titles. The emergence of teams such as Fed-Up and The Winners, as well as appearances by BLK OUT, THC, Country Strong and many others have made the competition fierce in the Tag Team ranks. Last but not least, the emergence of talent like Pat Anthony, Desert Storm, and Andy Vineberg as well the the rise of Prodigy, the King of Maryland Tournament and moments like the record attendance at ACW Chaos in Carroll County have made 2013 a year to remember.
Things have changed tremendously in a years time. But, the more things change, the more they stay the same.as always, ACW continues to bring you exciting matchups and the best up and coming talent in the state of Maryland, This will continue in the coming year. As the year closes and we look back at 2013, we know that this awesome year would have never been possible without YOU; the ACW fans. We thank each and every one of you for supporting us this year. We ask for your continued support as we take things to the next level in 2014. Without you, none of this is possible. From everyone involved with ACW: THANK YOU for a great 2013. We look forward to raising the bar again in 2014.