Johnny Gargano vs. Michael Elgin on Friday

Nov 21, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck

November 23, Turners Hall, Cleveland, Ohio. Absolute Intense Wrestling presents Hell On Earth 8, and for the first time ever, it’s Johnny Gargano vs. Michael Elgin. Allow us to repeat: Johnny Gargano. Michael Elgin. First. Time. Ever.

Johnny Gargano is a man who needs no introduction to AIW fans. A former Absolute and Intense Division champion, he returns to AIW focused and ready to face one of the biggest challenges of his career after a successful trip to Japan. Gargano has come to define Absolute Intense Wrestling since joining the company, and has taken part in many of AIW’s most talked-about matches. He’s captured titles in Chikara, DGUSA, and all over the world. He’s the whole she-bang, the bee’s knees, the cat’s pajamas…

But he’s never seen anybody like Michael Elgin before.

The Canadian powerhouse may be making his AIW debut at Hell on Earth 8, but 2012 has been his breakout year. He’s racked up classic encounters in ROH and PWG, most notably being awarded five stars by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter for his match against Davey Richards. The man they call “Unbreakable” isn’t visiting Cleveland for the sights. He’s on a mission to unseat Gargano from his throne as the King of Cleveland, cementing his place once and for all as one of the best on the independents.

This Black Friday, dozens of retail giants will tell you that they’re offering once-in-a-lifetime deals. That’s all well and good, but only Absolute Intense Wrestling is offering you a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a chance to see two highly touted, extremely skilled, world traveled competitors lock it up for the first time ever. Tickets for Hell On Earth are just $15, and you don’t have to wait in line in the cold to get them. Visit for tickets, or and for more information and match announcements!

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