ITR, ECWA Announce Indie Standout Sami Callihan as 2nd Super 8 Competitor


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EAST COAST WRESTLING ASSOCIATION, Vorhees, New Jersey–“The New Horror” is coming to the ECWA Super 8 in Vorhees, NJ. The question is … will the fans AND SAMI CALLIHAN’S POTENTIAL OPPONENTS ever be prepared?

This week on wrestling journalist Brady Hicks’ weekly IN THE ROOM podcast, Sami Callihan threw his name in the hat as the SECOND competitor to compete at Super 8, joining Tommaso Ciampa in one of the most prestigious indie wrestling tournaments in the world today.

A wrestler for about five years, Callihan has fought against … and devastated … some of the top talent in companies such as CZW, ROH, EVOLVE, DG-USA, and JAPW, garnering a reputation among his peers as one of the toughest, most brutalizing wrestlers in the world today. According to his peers and a number of wrestling experts, the man’s presence in this tournament automatically makes him a heavy favorite.

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“This will be a different kind of opportunity for me,” observed an unusually calm Callihan, prior to recording this week’s episode of IN THE ROOM for “Not only is it my first time stepping into an ECWA ring, but I hope it will also be my first time wrestling several of the other guys in this tournament.” With a smile, he added, “I just hope they’re ready for the horror that will ensue.”

As Callihan alluded, little is actually  known about who will be joining him and two-time runner up Tommaso Ciampa in the 2011 Super 8 tournament. As was announced last week on IN THE ROOM, this year’s Super 8 tournament will take place at the Flyers’ Skate Zone in Vorhees, NJ, a move ECWA owner Mike Tartaglia hopes will make it more accessible to ADDITIONAL ECWA fans in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, while still being being close to Delaware. Either way, it will make this year’s Super 8 tournament more centrally located than ever before.

Tune in each week to the IN THE ROOM podcast on, as a new member of the 2011 Super 8 class is announced. For more information on Super 8, keep checking back at and For more information on Sami Callihan, please visit

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Sami Callihan
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 200 lbs
Hails From: The Last House on the Left, South Jersey
Years Pro: 5
Trained By: Heartland Wrestling Association, under Cody Hawk, Les Thatcher, and Shark Boy
Style of Wrestling: Hybrid of Japanese Strong Style and Submission based
Finishers: Stretch Muffler submission; A Forearm to Remember (running forearm)

Titles Held: Jeff Peterson Cup (2010); CZW Ironman Champion and “Best of the Best” finalist; WXW Germany Tag Title (with Jon Moxley); JAPW Tag Title (with Chris Dickinson) and Jr. Heavyweight Champion; Force 1 Pro Heavyweight Champion; Ted Petty Invitational finalist; IPW Super Jr. Tournament finalist; Revolution Strong Style Tournament finalist; Candido Cup Tag Tournament finalist; Shamrock Cup Tournament finalist
Federations Worked For: ROH; DG USA; CZW; EVOLVE; JAPW; Force 1; CHIKARA; WXW Germany; IPW; IWC; Luchacore; ICW; British All-Star Wrestling; IWA Mid-South; IWA East Coast
Inspirations: Vader; Stan Hansen; Chris Jericho
Aspirations: “To become the BEST wrestler … IN THE WORLD.”

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