AIW presents THE JT LIGHTNING INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT next Friday & Saturday nights, May 11th & 12th 2012, at 7:30 PM. Plus, there will be a pre-show meet & greet on Saturday May 12th, 2012 at 4:00 PM. This event will take place at the legendary Turners Hall in Cleveland, OH! Turners is located at 7325 Guthrie Ave., at the corner of Guthrie and 73rd.
Day One will consist of the first round of the tournament, including the following matches...
Two fan favorites are set to collide in opening round #JLIT action, as AIW Front Liner B.J. Whitmer clashes with Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana on May 11th! Since returning to professional wrestling in 2011, Whitmer has made his home in AIW, most notably clashing with Flexor Indistries in an effort to oust them from the company. Winning #JLIT and earning a shot at the Absolute title would be a definite step in the right direction, but standing across the ring from him will be international wrestling sensation and host of “The Art of Wrestling” podcast Colt Cabana, who returns to AIW after filming for his upcoming documentary “The Wrestling Road Diaries 2” at Gauntlet For the Gold 7. Will Whitmer’s will to win carry the day, or will the white Junk Yard Dog’s charisma and unique style see him through to the second round? Find out by being there, LIVE, at Turners Hall! Tickets at shop.aiwrestling.com!
It’s Flexor Industries vs. Batiri in round one #JLIT action! After scoring what many consider to be a HUGE upset victory over the AIW Front Line with The Chad and Chest Flexor, AIW Intense Champion Bobby Beverly has his sights set on the next step in his career, winning the #JLIT. He finds stiff first round competition in CHIKARA stalwart Kodama, one half of an impressive Batiri tag team looking for their first taste of championship success. Since debuting in professional wrestling, the Batiri have proven themselves to be one of the most dominant, aggressive, downright frightening tag teams in recent history. Beverly, however, is fresh off a career night that saw his team claim victory over Tim Donst, B.J. Whitmer, and Johnny Gargano. Can you trust in the thrust, or will the hellion of the Dark Army be one step closer to taking the #JLIT trophy back to his home on Bled Island? Find out on May 11! Tickets at shop.aiwrestling.com.
Tag team specialists collide in first round #JLIT action, as Louis Lyndon—one half of former AIW Tag Team Champions Aeroform—takes on Mat Fitchett of Beyond Wrestling’s Sex Bob-Ombs on May 11! Lyndon and Fitchett are no strangers to each other, as the two men squared off against one another at Beyond Wrestling’s Back in Flesh last year, but now both men are looking to break out in singles competition. In terms of momentum, the upper hand goes to Fitchett, who, along with Davey Vega, defeated the Submission Squad at Straight Outta Compton. But Lyndon, along with his blazing fast speed, boasts the support of Chest Flexor, who is seemingly always ready with the distraction (or a handful of baby powder). Who will advance to the second round of the tournament? Find out by being at Turners Hall on May 11! Tickets at shop.aiwrestling.com.
Spanky’s triumphant return to independent professional wrestling runs into the buzzsaw that is Tim F’n Donst in this very special round one #JLIT encounter! He’s been a champion in TNA, in WWE, and around the world, but it has been over half a decade since Brian Kendrick competed as Spanky, the name he helped revolutionize wrestling under. He faces Tim Donst, a disgruntled member of AIW’s Front Line who feels that he should have gotten a shot at Absolute champion Shiima Zion a long time ago. After losing Gauntlet for the Gold to a returning Johnny Gargano, Donst has all the motivation he needs to make a deep run in the tournament. Spanky, however, presents himself as a huge hurdle, and perhaps the biggest challenge yet in Donst’s young career. This is a dream match, and the best way to experience it is live in Cleveland, at Turners Hall. Be there on May 11! Buy your tickets at shop.aiwrestling.com!
For months now, Eric Ryan has been calling Shiima Xion to the floor, demanding he show his face at an AIW event, let alone defend his title. Ryan’s passion for the AIW Absolute title is unparalleled, and now, at #JLIT, he has a chance to force the Absolute Champion’s hand. To do that, however, he must first make it past Obariyon, of The Batiri. Obariyon, the undisputed master of the flying DDT, needs little more than the knowledge that he’ll be ruining somebody’s evening as motivation, and, given Eric Ryan’s standing with the AIW faithful, a first round exit would ruin a lot of evenings. Is it finally Ryan’s time, or will Obariyon play spoiler? Find out live on May 11! Tickets at shop.aiwrestling.com.
Lately, it seems like Rickey Shane Page has been unable to get over the hill. Despite a slew of great matches against the likes of B.J. Whitmer and Eric Ryan, R.S.P. has been unable to close, suffering a run of losses by submission. While not exactly known for his submission wrestling prowess, former AIW Tag Team Champion Flip Kendrick also brings his fair share of frustration to this first round #JLIT match, having recently lost his titles to the team of Matt Cross and Josh Prohibition. This is a chance for both men to get their AIW careers back on track, though one has to wonder if a sense of urgency and the presence of Chest Flexor will ultimately distract the popular Rickey Shane Page to the point that he takes another frustrating loss, or if it’ll motivate him in taking his game to the next level. Find out live on May 11 by buying a ticket at shop.aiwrestling.com!
In perhaps the most intriguing match of the evening, AIW Tag Team Champions Youthanazia are set to collide in first round #JLIT competition! After reforming in a Dream Tag Team Match at AIW’s Nightmare Before X-Mas 5, Youthanazia quickly shot up the tag team ranks, defeating Aeroform for the titles at Gauntlet for the Gold 7. They defended those titles against the Irish Airborne at Straight Outta Compton, but find themselves face to face in a rematch from the J.T. Lightning Memorial Show on May 11. Don’t miss out when one of the most exciting tag teams in wrestling turn their attentions on each other in an effort to capture one of the most prestigious tournaments in wrestling: Order your tickets at shop.aiwrestling.com today!
He’s venomous, he’s vile, and in a round one #JLIT match, the newly-focused Ophidian looks to make waves against Gregory Iron, wrestling’s handicapped hero! Ophidian and Iron have faced each other before as part of CHIKARA’s Joshimania weekend, but the stakes have never been as high as they’ll be on May 11, when a shot at the AIW Absolute Title is on the line! Will the serpent from the Nile’s snake style be enough to knock off Iron, or will the Handicapped Hero’s grit and determination once again win the day? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by being at Turners Hall! Tickets are for sale, right now, at shop.aiwrestling.com!
At AIW’s Straight Outta Compton, ACH took the world by storm by defeating AR Fox in a 30 Minute Iron Man Match—a surefire match of the year candidate that needs to be seen to be believed. Talking about the power of motivation, ACH made a promise to AIW’s fans that he was coming to #JLIT to take the tournament home. On May 11, he faces tough competition in the form of Davey Vega, one half of a Sex Bob-Ombs team who, recently, have been putting others in AIW on notice as well. Both men will put their blistering fast aerial attacks to the test, but only one can advance to round two! Find out who by being there at Turners Hall. Get your tickets at shop.aiwrestling.com!
PWG stand-out Willie Mack makes his AIW debut on May 11, and does so against “All Ego” Ethan Page in a round one #JLIT confrontation that is primed and ready to steal the show! While Mack’s entrance in the tournament has been anticipated for months, Page’s inclusion—a social media initiative supported by his #GNO6 opponent Eric Ryan, former AIW Women’s Champion Mickie Knuckles, and other notable figures in professional wrestling—and subsequent acclaim make him a dark horse for tournament success. Mack, though, is no pushover. Despite his size, “Chocolate Thunder” is capable of offence smaller men can only look at in jealousy, as indie wrestling legends like Chris Hero and Kevin Steen will attest. Can Mack pull off a huge tournament victory in his first weekend in AIW competition, or will Page live up to the hype? Find out on May 11, in Turners Hall! Tickets at shop.aiwrestling.com.
It’s a clash of two AIW favorites when Marion Fontaine takes on Michael “The Bomber” Façade in round one #JLIT action! At Straight Outta Compton, Fontaine interjected himself into a singles match between Façade and Colin Delaney, a match Façade eventually won by pinning the mustached Fontaine after the self-proclaimed “Extremely Cute Wrestler” abandoned the ring. If there’s any lingering ill will between Fontaine and Façade, they’ll get to settle it on May 11 while taking the first step towards contending for the Absolute Title. For tickets to this can’t-miss show, visit shop.aiwrestling.com!
“March Madness” returns to AIW when Archibald Peck takes on “Extremely Cute Wrestler” Colin Delaney in a round one #JLIT match, and yes, “Marchie” Archie will be accompanied by the lovely Veronica, who is none-too-pleased by this turn of events. One has to wonder if Veronica’s presence at ringside will motivate Peck to round two, or if she’ll merely distract him. One also has to wonder which Archie will show up to #JLIT, the nefarious leader of the band, or the fearsome Mixed Martial Archie? Despite these questions, nobody should overlook Colin Delaney, who has become extremely dangerous in his own right after splitting from his brother Jimmy late last year. The two had a violent confrontation at Nightmare Before X-Mas 5—after which Jimmy retired from competition—and since then, Delaney has been an unpredictable maniac, seemingly stoppable by himself. If Delaney is motivated to win the tournament, Peck could be in for a long night—the sort of night that caused Veronica to leave him in the first place! To find out what happens on May 11, pick up a ticket at shop.aiwrestling.com and be at Turners Hall to witness round one for yourself!
Day Two will see the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final rounds of the tournament! Plus, the following non-tournament matches...
During Girls Night Out 6, the legendary Mad Man Pondo made an unexpected appearance in the ring, laying out a challenge to “The Passion” John Thorne for a no-holds barred death match during day two of #JLIT competition. Despite being retired, Thorne has accepted the challenge! Pondo and Thorne have had wars before, most notably their hardcore match at Gauntlet for the Gold 3, and Thorne has had no problem revisiting his violent past, recently squaring off against Hailey Hatred in a brutal contest. This is only his second singles match since 2010, however, whereas Pondo has continued raising hell as only he can, particularly at Hell On Earth 7, in a brutal Fans Bring the Weapons match against Masada. Both men are as unpredictable as they are dangerous, and this promises to be a match not for the weak of heart. There will be blood on May 12—be there live at Turners Hall to experience it for yourself. Tickets: shop.aiwrestling.com
After winning the title in brutal, controversial fashion at Girls Night Out 6, AIW Women’s Champion Allysin Kay will defend her title during day two of #JLIT against “Girl Dynamite” Jennifer Blake. Blake made her return at #GNO6, besting a very impressive Kimber Lee, and may be making her final appearance in the United States before returning to AAA in Mexico. She’d love to take the AIW Women’s Title with her, and, if Kay is more focused on a promised rematch against Mia Yim than she is on defending her championship, Blake may do just that. This is a match you don’t want to miss: Two of the best women wrestlers in the world going at it for one of the most prestigious women’s championships in America. Be at Turners Hall on May 12 to see it for yourself! Tickets are available at shop.aiwrestling.com
Plus much much more!
Tickets to #JLIT are first come, first serve general admission, with online orders being admitted first! Tickets are $20 for each night, and $5 for the meet & greet. Ticket combo backs are $40 for both nights with the meet & greet included! Tickets and combo packs can be purchased in our store online, shop.aiwrestling.com!
If you're looking to stay in the Cleveland area for #JLIT weekend, we recommend the Cleveland Howard Johnson
, the official hotel of #JLIT! When calling to make your reservation, mention Absolute Intense Wrestling to get a discounted rate!