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

"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

The Masked Dudes Of Doom | 2008

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

ECCW Clash of The Titans | 2015

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 return to the Northwest and debut in DEFY, 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.

El P debuts in DEFY at DOOMSAYER in Seattle on September 27th. It's 21 and over with full bar and food at the Historic Washington Hall. Tickets are on sale now with very limited seating still available HERE


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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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2019 Portland dates revealed!

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2019 Portland dates revealed!

DEFY returns to Hawthorne Theatre for more 2019 dates!

Swerve vs. Aries at the Hawthorne Theatre | West Smith

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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2019 Seattle dates revealed!

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2019 Seattle dates revealed!

DEFY returns to their Seattle home of Washington Hall for 2019 dates!

Randy Myers adorned in streamers. By. West Smith

Randy Myers adorned in streamers. By. West Smith

DEFY Wrestling has come to an agreement with the Historic Washington Hall to remain as the Seattle home for 2019 21+ events. 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.

March 8 (Tickets on Sale Wednesday, January 9th)

May 10

July 26 & 27

November 30

In addition to these new dates, you can see DEFY back at Washington Hall on January 19th for DEFY NEVER DIES (tickets here) and February 9th in Portland at the Hawthorne Theatre (ticket info to be released soon)


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DEFYNOW KICKS OFF OCT.26TH IN SEATTLE

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DEFYNOW KICKS OFF OCT.26TH IN SEATTLE

DEFYNOW event series launches on OCT.26th!

It was announced at last Friday's DEFY8 that October 26th, 2017 will see the debut of DEFYNOW - an intimate event series held in "The Lodge", a downstairs performance room in the historic Washington Hall.

"DEFYNOW will be a series of smaller scaled shows that can occur between our larger numbered shows and act as an opportunity to really feature more of the best Wrestlers in the world while showcasing a greater number of upcoming West Coast and Northwest area Wrestlers." - Jim Perry / Owner, DEFY

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DEFY kicks off DEFYNOW with Texas-based Indie firebrand, Sammy Guevara - who can be seen in such places as PWG, Impact Wrestling, The Crash Lucha Libra and other top indie promotions around the world. 

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A presell was held during intermission of DEFY8 and all 1st-Row Tickets were sold out but some 2nd-row seats and GA standing will be available for sale this Friday, October 6th at DefyWrestling.com

More details such as start time, card, etc will also be released on Friday. 

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