|PAC vs. El Generico
AAPW Main Event
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@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
2012 was a great year for me personally in the world of professional wrestling. I had my first (and last match), got to see the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania live in person, and experienced my first two live Chikara shows.
So I've decided to share 5 things that I think need to happen in 2013. I'm basing my thoughts on the promotions that I regularly watch WWE, Chikara, TNA, and Pro Wrestling Collision. I was going to include ROH, but I've literally seen one show this year (a live event in Chicago)
Photo courtesy: WWE
It wasn't long after that I learned that PAC had been signed by WWE. He's toiling away now in developmental, but with Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Big E Langston all being called to the main roster, I'd like to think that others will follow suit in 2013. There is a lot of talent in NXT, but in my opinion, Neville tops the list. I know he's new there and the chances of him moving up that quickly may be unrealistic, but with a resume like his, I feel he deserves a spot on the main roster, but I hope he doesn't get moved up and then lost in the shuffle. Timing will be everything in 2013.
|Mr. Touchdown & me
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It seems that the next logical step would be a shot at the grand championship. Don't get me wrong, Kingston has had an outstanding year too, holding the title since the end of 2011 when it was created. Angelosetti has earned a shot at the big belt. It seems right now he's still tying up the loose ends from the feud with Archie and Veronica. I'll be curious what happens in the first couple of months of Chikara's new season in a couple of weeks. Hopefully before the year's end, Touchdown will have at least earned a shot at Kingston.
|ODB & Eric Young as Knockouts Tag Team Champs
Photo courtesy: TNA
|Bull Bronson vs. Justice
AAPW Summer Chaos
Photo courtesy: Bullbronson.com
Besides all the competition he's mowed over in AAPW, Bronson made it to the finals of the 7 Deadly Sins Deathmatch Tournament in Chaos Pro Wrestling. Seeing the pictures from that event proved to me that Bronson is without a doubt a legit bad ass, but really I already knew that. Bull is also a former NWA Midsouth Heavyweight champion as well. 2013 looks to be a promising year for this still rising star.
|Christian Rose & Matt Cage
Photo courtesy: Jason Wilkey
I want more indy talent to get a shot on the national scene. Besides Hatton and Hawkins, guys like Matt Cage, Christian Rose, Brandon Espinosa, Joey O'Riley, Bull Bronson, Alex Castle, The Great Cheyenne, and Angelus Layne all deserve a chance to shine on the national stage. As Chikara continues to grow in popularity, I'm hoping some of these guys can find a place with the company. Of course as more NXT guys get called up to the main WWE roster, it'll create openings there as well. Indy wrestling is the lifeline for the national scene. It's time for all of us to start supporting these men and women more often.