Updated: "EL P is acting like a little punk." Artemis Spencer on declining EL P's challenge

Updated: "EL P is acting like a little punk." Artemis Spencer on declining EL P's challenge

EL P crashed DEFANCE FOREVER | West Smith

EL P crashed DEFANCE FOREVER | West Smith

"He's almost like a little brother to me, ya know? And, right now, I think he's acting like a little punk."

- Artemis Spencer on El P


Last month in Tacoma, the capacity crowd had their fill of shocking moments during DEFYANCE FOREVER. Not least of which was the stunning DEFY Championship match, which saw Schaff dethrone reigning kingpin and indie stand-out Artemis Spencer.


During his time as DEFY Champ, Artie represented DEFY around the world, defending his title a crushing 10 times and by this Fall will have competed in some of the most prestigious tournaments in all of Wrestling, Progress' Super Strong Style 16, the DEFY SUPER 8XGP (which he won), and PWG's BOLA.

The 2019 SUPER 8XGP Semi-Final victory over Matt Cross | West Smith

The 2019 SUPER 8XGP Semi-Final victory over Matt Cross | West Smith

During his reign in DEFY, Artemis' rising star hadn't gone unnoticed, and earlier in the card, on the very same night as his defeat, the Temple Theatre was granted witness to a run-in, mugging (of Jordan Oasis and Kevin Cook during their match) and open challenge by Bullet Club stand-out and fellow Canadian, Artie's old friend...El Phantasmo.

EL P challenges Artemis Spencer to a match in DEFY after trashing Tacoma | West Smith

EL P challenges Artemis Spencer to a match in DEFY after trashing Tacoma | West Smith

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The Masked Dudes Of Doom | 2008

"We literally grew up together, Riley (El P) and me, I mean I kinda even used to pick on him...I even got him into Wrestling, and it just so happens he has become one of the best, one of the best in the world, but I see the stuff he's tweeting and how he's acting out and I don't like it at all. It's not okay."

- Artemis Spencer

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ECCW Clash of The Titans | 2015

In 2017, paths diverged. Artemis, suffered a debilitating workplace injury when his foot was crushed by heavy machinery, leaving him on the injured list and convincing him at the time he'd never return to Wrestling again. While El P, frustrated by lack of opportunity and restless, broke out of the Canadian scene to start a new life in the UK, wrestling extensively for companies like Progress, and Rev Pro, he'd find success and big matches quick to come.


Just about two years later, Artemis is one of North America's biggest stars and DEFY Champion, El P attracts attention from the brass of NJPW and becomes one of Wrestling's brightest stars and controversial personality. Then enter DEFYANCE FOREVER, where their paths converge once again as El P comes home to the Northwest with a significant chip on his shoulder. Looking for showcase matches to cement his belief he's the best in the Northwest. Aiming first for his old friend Artemis Spencer.

"When he challenged me, I thought, that's just not right. You don't run into a company (DEFY) that's like my home, attack a couple of young Wrestlers while they're getting their showcase moment on a big show, and then tell me what to do, to challenge me. He's totally forgotten where he's come from and he's forgotten who he's talking to. I don't accept his challenge. Win a match in DEFY first then talk to me. El P, I don't accept your challenge." - Artemis Spencer

Despite the unknowns accompanied by El P's eventual return to the Northwest, former champion Artemis Spencer, will not be facing him at DOOMSAYER on September 27th in Seattle. He will instead take a short break from competition in DEFY after BOLA to rest and heal after completing a stunning DEFY record of 15 wins 2 losses.

UPDATED Sept. 18, 2019

Announced via Twitter; EL P is no longer accepting any match at DOOMSAYER and has dropped the booking completely.

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Introducing Travel benefits for DEFY fans

Introducing Travel benefits for DEFY fans

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Traveling to DEFY Wrestling™? Let us help you save some money while enjoying the best in the Northwest! From exclusive hotel offers, and dining discounts to city guides (coming soon) you can save while having it all with our new TRAVEL page. Plan your DEFY experience around great perks offered in Seattle, Portland and Tacoma!

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For July 26 and 27’s SUPER 8XGP, we recommend checking into our preferred place of stay Hotel Max. Located near Pike Place, Space Needle, and Seattle Art Museum, Hotel Max in downtown Seattle is an exciting home away from home for art & music lovers. For stays during DEFY weekends fans now get 15% off - just use the exclusive link below!


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DEFY brings NJPW and the Super J-Cup to Tacoma on 8/22!

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The SUPER J-CUP is ALIVE as DEFY brings New Japan to the Northwest for the very first time!

As reported by Wrestling Observer

NJPW is bringing the Super J-Cup to the United States.

At NJPW's post-Dominion press conference, it was announced that the Super J-Cup is returning and will be held across three shows in the West Coast of the United States this August. This will be the first Super J-Cup tournament since 2016.

The first round will be held at the Temple Theater in Tacoma, Washington on Thursday, August 22. The second round will then take place at the San Francisco State University Student Life Event Center in San Francisco, California on Saturday, August 24, and the tournament will conclude with the semifinals and finals taking place at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California on Sunday, August 25.

Tickets for all three shows will go on sale on Monday, June 24 at noon Pacific time.

Participants for the Super J-Cup have yet to be announced, but it will be a 16-wrestler tournament and will feature entrants from NJPW, ROH, CMLL, and other promotions.

Jushin Thunder Liger was announced as the producer of this year's Super J-Cup.


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Strickland looks to make WWE NXT "SWERVE'S HOUSE"

Strickland looks to make WWE NXT "SWERVE'S HOUSE"

The cat is finally out of the bag and former long reigning DEFY World Champion Shane Strickland has joined WWE NXT.

News broke today via WWE social channels. Strickland is in good company. Entering a class with former NJPW stand-out KUSHIDA and Lucha Libre stalwart Garza.

Shane Strickland ended out his DEFY run at the recent DEFY Dragon Spirit. Earning his first career loss to Darby Allin. Strickland will always be remembered as cornerstone of DEFY and the someone who helped launch the brand. DEFY wishes SWERVE all the best in cementing his name as one of Wrestling’s best. WHOSE HOUSE?



DEFY launches new series - DEFY RIOT

DEFY launches new series - DEFY RIOT

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Tickets go on sale today for DEFY RIOT, DEFY’s return to Tacoma for an ALL AGES event at the legendary concert venue JAZZBONES and here are some things you should know…

CONCERT STYLE: RIOT will be presented like a concert, whereas GA standing room on the main floor, next to the ring, will have no seats. Premium seating is available at JAZZBONES for those +21

RIOT IS A NEW SERIES: What some may not know is RIOT is more than a one off engagement. RIOT is a new series by DEFY that will focus on upcoming talent from the West Coast, local students, and the building of a women’s division. RIOT will be held in various venues, multiple towns, all over the NW.

DON’T BE A DICK: We require DEFY to be a fun, and safe space for those in attendance and RIOT is a chance for our +21 fans to lead younger fans by example on show etiquette.

See the beginning of DEFY RIOT at Jazzbones in Tacoma on June 16th TICKETS

WATCH Pentagón JR VS. Chris Ridgeway On New DEFY NOW

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WATCH Pentagón JR VS. Chris Ridgeway On New DEFY NOW

On this week’s DEFYNOW watch Pentagón JR vs Chris Ridgeway plus, Brian Cage vs Jack Evans. SUBSCRIBE NOW and watch below

Pentagón JR vs. Chris Ridgeway

plus, Brian Cage vs. Jack Evans

Brought to you from DEFY ON EDGE at the Historic Washington Hall

Hosted by Steve Migs / Commentary by Rich Bocchini

Chris Ridgeway Mini Doc by BEYOND GORILLA | Robyn Goding

Opening Music by Goddamned Animals | www.facebook.com/goddamnedanimals/

Additional Music by Vigil Wolves | www.vigilwolves.com

Poster Art Photography by West Smith / Edited by Nick Gattman / Opener by Luke Knecht


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WATCH Shane SWERVE Strickland bid farewell to DEFY

WATCH Shane SWERVE Strickland bid farewell to DEFY

A grueling match with DARBY ALLIN at March 8th’s DEFY DRAGON SPIRIT wraps up Shane SWERVE Strickland’s run in DEFY Wrestling.

Shane Strickland wraps up a storied DEFY career after a stunning defeat by Darby Allin. Strickland, will be remembered as the promotion’s fist real flag bearer, a two time DEFY World Champion with a stunning amount of defenses, and 462 total days as Champion.

Post- Dragon Spirit, correspondent Kevin Diers caught up with Strickland backstage and gave the two-time DEFY World Champion a chance to say some last words to The DEFYANCE.

Shane defended the DEFY Championship against a murder’s row of challengers after earning his inaugural run via victory in a 4 way match in Vorhees, NJ at CZW in 2017 against DEFY Champion Davey Richards, Lio Rush, and Joe Gacy.

Strickland lost the Championship to Artemis Spencer at DEFY On Edge in December of 2018. That match can be watched below on a new DEFY NOW for FREE for a limited time only.

More to details to come in regards to Strickland’s future.


WATCH SWERVE VS. ARTEMIS On New DEFY NOW

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WATCH SWERVE VS. ARTEMIS On New DEFY NOW

On this week’s DEFYNOW watch Shane SWERVE Strickland vs ARTEMIS SPENCER in an historic DEFY Championship match, plus, Cody Chhun teams with Randy Myers to take on The Pride. SUBSCRIBE NOW and watch below

DEFY CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Shane Strickland (C) vs. Artemis Spencer

plus, Randy Myers & Cody Chhun vs. The Pride (King Khash & Carl Randers)

Brought to you from DEFY ON EDGE at the Historic Washington Hall

Hosted by Steve Migs / Commentary by Rich Bocchini

Opening Music by Goddamned Animals | www.facebook.com/goddamnedanimals/

Additional Music by Vigil Wolves | www.vigilwolves.com

Poster Art Photography by West Smith / Edited by Nick Gattman / Opener by Luke Knecht


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WATCH Jimmy Havoc face Randy Myers before the big rematch on April 13th

WATCH Jimmy Havoc face Randy Myers before the big rematch on April 13th

Now see the rematch! It happens when DEFY Wrestling returns to The Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, April 13th

This event features the highly anticipated rematch between Jimmy F'n Havoc and the Weirdo Hero Randy Myers! These two met last year at Defyance United and have been chomping at the bit to face off one more time.

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DEFY Throwback Thursday: Jimmy Havoc Vs Randy Myers from "DEFYANCE UNITED" at The Historic Washington Hall in Seattle Washington.

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Subscribe to DEFYonDEMAND.com now to binge on past DEFY events and catch brand new episodes of DEFYNOW every other Thursday.

DEFY Wrestling can also be found on the Powerslam Wrestling Network, available on AppleTV, Roku, and Amazon. Powerslam.tv

Follow us @DefyNW on all social platforms

BEAR WITNESS, SCHAFF in new DEAD CROWN MUSIC VIDEO for song, "FAMILY"

BEAR WITNESS, SCHAFF in new DEAD CROWN MUSIC VIDEO for song, "FAMILY"

DEFY favorite SCHAFF appears in new DEAD CROWN music video for song FAMILY!

SCHAFF has made his name inside the DEFY ring over the last year and a half and now makes his way into a new scene, METAL. With the debut of their new single “FAMILY”, Portland band DEAD CROWN has signed with Stay Sick Recordings. and can be seen tomorrow with Outline In Color in Seattle (2/19 at The Funhouse) and Wednesday in Portland (2/20 at Paris Theatre) | For more info visit Deadcrown.com

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Dead Crown is a metal band from Portland, OR. Formed by members of some of Portlands top local and regional acts, they have set out on a new mission to deliver some of the heaviest, captivating music and live performances. In their first year as a band they embarked on two successful tours and started growing a fan base quick with their 2 singles “Dethrone”and “Black Sheep”. Their debut EP “Come Hell” received Billboard success as an independent release and was received greatly from fans around the world. The band was soon after approached by Stay Sick Recordings and offered a recording contract. With momentum on their side, Dead Crown has no plan of slowing down as they head into a new era on Stay Sick Recordings.

NEW SINGLE “FAMILY” OUT NOW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-M5_xBDFWo&feature=youtu.be

WATCH SWERVE VS. SCHAFF AND MORE ON NEW DEFYNOW

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WATCH SWERVE VS. SCHAFF AND MORE ON NEW DEFYNOW

On this week’s DEFYNOW watch Shane SWERVE Strickland vs SCHAFF in an explosive DEFY Championship match, Artemis vs. Fenix, and Cobb vs. Brody King! It’s a super sized episode of DEFY NOW!

Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King

Artemis Spencer vs. Rey Fenix

DEFY Championship | Shane Strickland (C) vs. Schaff

Brought to you from DEFY Dia De Los Muertos at the Historic Washington Hall in Seattle

Hosted by Steve Migs / Commentary by Rich Bocchini

Opening Music by Goddamned Animals | www.facebook.com/goddamnedanimals/

Additional Music by Vigil Wolves | www.vigilwolves.com

Poster Art Photography by West Smith / Edited by Nick Gattman / Opener by Luke Knecht


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Full SLAMTOWN Card revealed!

Full SLAMTOWN Card revealed!

The full reveal of Saturday, February 9th’s SLAMTOWN card has been revealed!


Rain, Snow or Shine - we will be bringing one of wrestling's biggest stars as John Hennigan, also known from his recent appearance on the hit CBS SURVIVOR: David vs Goliath show. Or his years exciting fans while working for WWE as John Morrison, or more recently as Johnny Mundo from El Rey Network's Lucha UndergroundJohnny Impact or even Johnny DEFY! John will be going one-on-one with wrestling's anti-superstar, Darby Allin. Darby has been tearing up the independent scene for months now and was highly impressive during his fight that spilled out all across the Hawthorne Theatre when he fought Shane Strickland last year. 

The DEFY World Champion, Artemis Spencer will be making his Portland debut as he puts his championship on the line against Maxwell Jacob Friedman. Friedman who goes by the name MJF had a very impressive 2018, and he has started 2019 with a bang by signing a contract with the newly formed All Elite Wrestling. These two men met last year during a six man tag team match in Seattle and since that moment have been urgently awaiting a singles match.

Also announced for February 9th may be the most anticipated match of the night. It's a match where both men have been extremely vocal about their dislike for one another. On one side of the ring we have "the Baddest Man in Wrestling," SCHAFF. On the other side we have veteran wrestler Hammerstone! Both of these men are heavy hitters, so if you're a fan of seeing heavyweights beat each other up this is the match for you!

A limited number of general admission tickets are still available at ticket link below!

Don't hesitate as our last four events have sold out!

WATCH JEFF COBB vs SCHAFF

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WATCH JEFF COBB vs SCHAFF

On this week’s DEFYonDEMAND THROWBACK watch JEFF COBB battle SCHAFF

DEFY Throwback Thursday: JEFF COBB vs. SCHAFF from DEFY CLUB Seattle Wrestling at the Historic Washington Hall in Seattle, Wa

DEFY Wrestling will return to Portland Oregon on Saturday February 9th 2019 with "DEFY PDX 4: SLAMTOWN" Tickets on sale at: DefyWrestling.com

Subscribe to DEFYonDEMAND.com now to binge on past DEFY events and catch brand new episodes of DEFYNOW every other Thursday.

Photo: West Smith


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DEFY offers VIP Tickets to MGM's FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY

DEFY offers VIP Tickets to MGM's FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY

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DEFY is teaming up with MGM and you can enter for a chance to win 2 VIP tickets to see the upcoming film, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY in Seattle and Portland.

The contest, is happening now on the DEFY facebook fan group page THE DEFYANCE and members are asked to Comment on the post with “what your wrestling name would be.” The most creative name will be contacted! Join The Defyance, find the post, comment with your name for a chance to win.

SEATTLE
2/5 SIFF UPTOWN 7pm
2/12 AMC Pacific Place 7pm

Portland
2/5 Regal Lloyd Center 7pm
2/12 Regal Tigard 7pm

**Winners will have to arrive 45 minutes before the screening to check in with the studio representative since this will be a very popular screening.**

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ABOUT FIGHTING WTIH MY FAMILY: Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cutthroat world alone. Paige's journey pushes her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

Website: www.fightingwithmyfamily.movie

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fightingwithmyfamily

Twitter: @fightingwmyfam

Instagram: @fightingwmyfam

#FightingWithMyFamily


SLAMTOWN COMES TO PORTLAND ON FEBRUARY 9TH!

SLAMTOWN COMES TO PORTLAND ON FEBRUARY 9TH!

DEFY WRESTLING RETURNS TO PORTLAND ON FEBRUARY 9TH!

Mark your calendars as Saturday, February 9th will be DEFY Wrestling’s return to the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon with DEFY SLAMTOWN. 

We will be bringing one of wrestling's biggest stars as John Morrison, also known from his recent appearance on the hit CBS SURVIVOR: David vs Goliath show. John will be going one-on-one with wrestling's anti-superstar, Darby Allin. Darby has been tearing up the independent scene for months now and was highly impressive during his fight that spilled out all across the Hawthorne Theatre when he fought Shane Strickland last year. 


The DEFY World Champion, Artemis Spencer will be making his Portland debut as he puts his championship on the line against Maxwell Jacob Friedman. Friedman who goes by the name MJF had a very impressive 2018, and he has started 2019 with a bang by signing a contract with the newly formed All Elite Wrestling. These two men met last year during a six-man tag team match in Seattle and since that moment have been urgently awaiting a singles match.

Also announced for February 9th may be the most anticipated match of the night. It's a match where both men have been extremely vocal about their dislike for one another. On one side of the ring, we have "the Baddest Man in Wrestling," SCHAFF. On the other side, we have veteran wrestler Hammerstone! Both of these men are heavy hitters, so if you're a fan of seeing heavyweights beat each other up this is the match for you!

One of Portland's favorite wrestlers, the Weirdo Hero from Kalamazoo Ravenous Randy Myers will be in action as well!

A limited number of general admission tickets are still available at the link below! Don't hesitate as our last four events have sold out!

Feature Photo by Amber Knecht | Use #SlamtownDEFY on social

WATCH 8X GP TAG FINALE ON NEW DEFYNOW

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WATCH 8X GP TAG FINALE ON NEW DEFYNOW

On this week’s DEFYNOW watch the crowning of the first ever DEFY TAG CHAMPIONS and the finale of the 8X TAG GP when AMERIKAN GUNZ battle BRODY KING and TYLER BATEMAN of VIOLENCE UNLIMITED. Plus, Cross vs. Puma King and more!

Classic Chhun vs. Carl Randers vs. Rosas

Puma King vs. Matt Cross

DEFY 8X TAG GP FINALS: Ethan HD and Mike Santiago (Amerikan Gunz) vs. Brody King and Tyler Bateman (Violence Unlimited)

Brought to you from DEFY CLUB Seattle Wrestling at the Historic Washington Hall in Seattle

Hosted by Steve Migs / Commentary by Rich Bocchini

Opening Music by Goddamned Animals | www.facebook.com/goddamnedanimals/

Additional Music by Vigil Wolves | www.vigilwolves.com

Poster Art Photography by West Smith / Edited by Nick Gattman / Opener by Luke Knecht

More videos from DEFY Wrestling


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VIDEO: WATCH SHANE STRICKLAND vs DARBY ALLIN

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VIDEO: WATCH SHANE STRICKLAND vs DARBY ALLIN

On this week’s DEFYonDEMAND THROWBACK watch SHANE STRICKLAND vs. DARBY ALLIN

DEFY Throwback Thursday: Shane Strickland vs Darby Allin from DEFY PDX I at The Hawthorne Theatre in Portland Oregon.

Shane Strickland will return to Seattle Washington on Saturday January 19th 2019 with "DEFY NEVER DIES: 2nd Anniversary" Tickets on sale at: DefyWrestling.com

Darby Allin will return to Portland Oregon on Saturday February 9th 2019 with "DEFY PDX 4: SLAMTOWN" Tickets on sale at: DefyWrestling.com

Subscribe to DEFYonDEMAND.com now to binge on past DEFY events and catch brand new episodes of DEFYNOW every other Thursday.

DEFY Wrestling can also be found on the Powerslam Wrestling Network, available on AppleTV, Roku, and Amazon. Powerslam.tv

Follow us @DefyNW on all social platforms


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WATCH Tommy Dreamer & Randy Myers battle Violence Unlimited on new DEFYNOW

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WATCH Tommy Dreamer & Randy Myers battle Violence Unlimited on new DEFYNOW

On this week’s DEFYNOW watch when the innovator of violence TOMMY DREAMER teams with the Weirdo Hero RANDY MYERS to battle BRODY KING and TYLER BATEMAN of VIOLENCE UNLIMITED

On this week’s DEFYNOW watch when the innovator of violence TOMMY DREAMER teams with the Weirdo Hero RANDY MYERS to battle BRODY KING and TYLER BATEMAN of VIOLENCE UNLIMITED, plus JEFF COBB, SCHAFF, ALLIE, DANIKA - all on a brand new Episode of DEFYNOW!

Tommy Dreamer and Randy Myers vs. Brody King and Tyler Bateman (Violence Unlimited)

Allie vs. Danika Della Rouge

Jeff Cobb vs. Schaff

Brought to you from DEFY CLUB Seattle Wrestling at the Historic Washington Hall in Seattle

Commentary by Rich Bocchini | Hosted by Steve Migs /

Opening Music by Goddamned Animals | www.facebook.com/goddamnedanimals/

Additional Music by Vigil Wolves | www.vigilwolves.com

Poster Art Photography by West Smith / Edited by Nick Gattman / Opener by Luke Knecht

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2019 Portland dates revealed!

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2019 Portland dates revealed!

DEFY returns to Hawthorne Theatre for more 2019 dates!

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Swerve vs. Aries at the Hawthorne Theatre | West Smith

DEFY Wrestling has come to an agreement with the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon to host more 21+ events in 2019. The new dates can be found below. Additional travel benefit offers are currently being worked on for those making the trip out to experience DEFY.

Saturday, February 9th (Tickets on Sale Now)

Saturday, June 15th

Saturday, August 24th

Saturday, December 14th


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Bocchini, Joey Ryan named Co-Hosts for DEFY NEVER DIES!

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Bocchini, Joey Ryan named Co-Hosts for DEFY NEVER DIES!

DEFYNOW commentator Rich Bocchini and Joey Ryan will co-host DEFY NEVER DIES

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DEFY’s 2nd Anniversary just landed two gust Co-Hosts as DEFYNOW’s Rich Bocchini and Joey Ryan will step in for Steve Migs to both ring announce and lead the DEFYANCE in getting LOUD.

Migs, who is the drummer for BRUISER BRODY has a show the same night as NEVER DIES and will return with PDX Slamtown as DEFY Host.

DEFY NEVER DIES is in Seattle at Washington Hall on January 19th and features SCU (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky) vs TEAM DEFY (Shane Strickland, Randy Myers, Schaff), and DEFY Champion Artemis Spencer battles Dezmond Xavier, plus more!

Limited Standing Room Tickets are available for NEVER DIES (but will sell out). Get them now here


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