FITE Fest HOT TAKE
"It's the most wonderful time of the year."
- Edward Pola and George Wyle
Yes, we all know that song was written for the holidays, but if you love professional wrestling, really truly love and cherish all of professional wrestling in its different styles, forms, chaos and energy, then this week is your personal Christmas morning and FITE has all the gifts you could ever dream of wanting to open, all week long.
It all kicks off this Thursday March 31st at 11:00am Eastern as FITE goes live from Dallas, Texas all weekend with the FITE FEST EVENT CENTER, broadcasting from the center of Wrestlecon as FITE's esteemed team of professional wrestling experts, analysts, and stars welcome surprise guests from every realm of professional wrestling, breaking down and predicting all the major events taking place in the Lone Star State and all the up to the second news that unfolds around all things set in Dallas.
WRESTLECON will kick off that Thursday, featuring several live events that will be included in FITE's exclusive WRESTLECON BUNDLE. It kicks off Thursday with an insane double-header of action featuring the first-ever AAA Lucha Libre live event being held on the biggest week of the year as luchadors galore will wrestle, brawl and sail into the stratosphere, headlined by the incredible Psycho Clown brawling across Wrestlecon against AAA and Impact Wrestling star Black Taurus while the AAA Cruiserweight Championship will be defended as Laredo Kid takes on global phenoms Bandido and Flamita.
After AAA, the 2022 Mark Hitchcock Memorial Supershow will feature an insane bevy of talents from around the world as Atsushi Onita, Low Ki, The Briscoes, Homicide, Tomohiro Ishii, The Rock N' Roll Express, PCO and more face off in dream matches that scale the heights of generations and imagination, with a special bonus of $5,000 offered to the best match as decided by the fans live in attendance!
On Friday, New Japan Pro Wrestling will present their first-ever Wrestlecon live event, Lone Star Shootout as former NXT Champion Killer Kross will battle the legendary Minoru Suzuki in a match that radiates badassery. Chris Dickinson will face the Stone Cold Pitbull, Tomohiro Ishii and the stars of New Japan Strong will etch their names in the NJPW time capsule as they all strive to make history.
After New Japan, Impact Wrestling will submerge FITE viewers into the Multiverse of Matches as stars from around the world and all corners of the pro wrestling cosmos appear to battle against Impact's best - former NWA Champion Nick Aldis, the ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoes, Jay White and more will combat Impact's stars, plus The Ultimate X will be erected, bringing Impact's signature match to Dallas.
Saturday, Wrestlecon closes out with the inaugural USA vs. The World event, as renowned British Cruiserweight Champion Michael Oku defends his title against former Impact World Champion Rich Swann while stars from Mexico, Canada and more seek to create an international incident live from Dallas.
The Wrestlecon bundle will also feature several additional magnificent events. Thursday night March 31st at 11 PM EST, The Major Figures Podcast goes live as Matt Cardona, Brian Myers, Chelsea Green, Swoggle and the rest of their passionate cast of characters take to the stage live to discuss life and in and around professional wrestling, action figures and life itself.
Then, Friday April 1st, podcast Superman Conrad Thompson has quite the evening at The Thuzio SuperShow Live! Eric Bischoff, Jeff Hardy, Jeff Jarrett, William Regal and more - all on stage at the same time! - share stories and anecdotes about their life experiences touring and competing in the king of sports, professional wrestling, exclusively live on FITE as part of the Wrestlecon bundle.
After months of anticipation, hype and hope, it is official, Ring of Honor is now owned by AEW President Tony Khan and the ROH letters will be resurrected on Friday 4/1, live from Dallas for the 2022 edition of Supercard of Honor. ROH kicked off the frenzy that is now centered around Wrestlemania week back in 2004 and this year, lots of speculation surrounds what a ROH under Khan ownership will be: What AEW stars could enter the forbidden door? What former ROH Champions could return? What will happen when FTR and The Briscoes finally get to throw down? Who will emerge the undisputed Ring of Honor World Champion: Bandido or Jonatham Gresham? What Ring of Honor stars will remain with the promotion as it evolves into its next form? The only way to see who lives and dies by the Code of Honor will be to order ROH SUPERCARD OF HONOR on FITE!
Professional wrestling has always been about Clashes of Champions and diving into the surreal and underground edge of humanity, so who better to guide you through that upside down portal than FITE as we present The 2022 GCW Collective Bundle taking place all weekend in Dallas as well.
Joey Janela's Spring Break has always been the heart and soul of GCW's biggest weekend of the year and in 2022, it's so massive, it's evolved into two distinct special nights. On Thursday March 31st, WWE Hall of Famer X-Pac will step out of retirement to battle Janela in a true grudge dream match as Sean Waltman seeks to end the path of destruction Janela has brought to AEW, GCW and beyond. That same night, GCW's AJ Gray called his shot and challenged GCW Champion Jon Moxley for the most prestigious title in Game Changer Wrestling. In a promotion where nothing is out of bounds, they will certainly seek to push things beyond extreme boundaries. On Saturday April 2nd, Spring Break will continue with The Clusterf*** Battle Royal, the first-ever meeting of EFFY and Minoru Suzuki and more!
That is only the tip of the iceberg that is the GCW COLLECTIVE Bundle as all pro wrestling cultures and lifestyles will be celebrated over the course of this weekend - from the hard-striking Knockouts of Josh Barnett's Bloodsport, to the diversity of GCW: For the Culture, to the shock and awe of Gring Loco's THE WRLD on Lucha to the romanticism and spectacle of Effy's Big Gay Brunch, there is something for everyone under the GCW rainbow, where insanity and diversity intersect like no other place in the pro wrestling universe, spotlighted exclusive on FITE.
As if THAT wasn't enough, Booker T and Rob Van Dam return to the ring as part of the Reality of Wrestling (ROW) Texas Bundle, which will see the WWE Hall of Famers in action, the first-ever Sherri Martel Invitational tournament featuring the brightest female stars in action and the stars of Booker's ROW in action against World Class Pro Wrestling stars including Jacob Fatu, Tim Storm, The Mysterious Q and many more
No matter who your favorite stars are, no matter what promotion's banner you fly and no matter what match you are counting the seconds down until the combatants climb through the ropes and begin slugging it out, professional wrestling unites us all. It binds us and keeps us together, even as we argue and debate the merits of who and what we like about it - it's all the thing that we look forward to every time there is a major event - and there is no bigger, more massive major event than this weekend.
On behalf of FITE, welcome to the most wonderful time of the year. Enjoy the mayhem and the bloodshed and the action and the emotional release that comes with the roller coaster that is professional wrestling at its best.