Forward Momentum: HVW's New Direction
Updated: Feb 12
High Velocity Wrestling is moving forward with a new direction for the company
High Velocity Wrestling returned with a vengeance to the professional wrestling scene on January 25 with Resurrected. The comeback event was over five years in the making and after months of planning behind the scenes, HVW rose up to reclaim its position as a top promotion in the Southeast.
But this was not the HVW that longtime fans remembered. This latest incarnation of the company featured some new faces and those new faces will be joined by even more at First Strike on February 29. The fact is that this HVW is embracing the future and reinventing its image in the process.
It’s no wonder that High Velocity Wrestling is moving in this direction. If there’s anything that fans have learned over the years, it’s that the industry cannot survive without an influx of new talent to carry it forward.
This was clearly evident during The Attitude Era. The old guard of the sport that had dominated for so long, was soon bypassed by the new regime, who didn’t ask for permission to succeed. Those stars were given opportunities to shine and they did just that. Had it not been for that transition, the sport may never have moved past The Monday Night Wars.
It’s only logical that High Velocity Wrestling chose to relaunch with a focus on the future, rather than depend solely on the established stars from the past. HVW is indeed looking ahead and there are some key components in the company’s vision of tomorrow. Chief among them are the stars that will likely be vying for the HVW Championship at some point in 2020.
Mitch Hurley is one of those stars. The California Dream is a newcomer to HVW, but his swagger and his confidence are very familiar traits, as many of the sport’s top stars share those qualities. Hurley knows who he is and he’s very comfortable in his own skin. He’s got the size and strength to dominate against any opponent, but he does not let that determine how he carries himself in the ring.
Hurley is a talented wrestler who depends on his skill, just as much as he depends on his physicality. Mitch knows that to rise to the top of HVW, he must do much more than just throw his weight around. He must prove himself as a pro wrestler and that’s exactly what he’s done thus far.
The Great Alexander Moss is another new face that’s determined to carve out his own niche in HVW. Like Hurley, TGA has an undeniable swagger and confidence that sets him apart from his opponents. But Moss is also convinced that in order to be successful, he must work hard and that means he wants to deliver between the ropes.
TGA’s upside is indeed tremendous and he brought that potential to the Fatal 4-Way Match at Resurrected. Moss defeated Thomas Extreme, Kidd Holiday and John Matthews in the first match of the night and in the process, instantly made a name for himself. TGA could very well be on his way to championship glory sooner, rather than later.
Of course the HVW tag team division should not be forgotten, as its becoming just as strong as the singles division. The New Age Villains are already a stand out duo, after just one match at Resurrected. Even though Nathan Cross and Ryan Riley got an assist from manager I.M. Righteous, The NAV wrestled a very impressive match against 1776.
Cross and Riley are extremely focused and they want to be known as the top tandem in HVW. It could very well be that The New Age Villains will rise to the top and if they do, then they will be joined by some other new teams that have the same mission in mind. South Side Films is one of those teams, as Mykrin Ballard and Bobby Ballantyne also made a definite impact on the fans at Resurrected.
But those fans are also talking about The Teller Brothers, who will make their HVW debut at First Strike. The Teller Brothers will be represented by Righteous, who is staking his claim as the self-described Tactician of the Tag Team Division.
Then there’s Jake Jacobs, who’s already making noise and he has yet to step into an HVW ring. That moment will come at First Strike, when he faces off against two other company newcomers, Taylor Pope and Erik Thompson.
HVW fans are also talking about the company’s brand new Ladies Division, which has taken the industry by storm. Women never competed in HVW until Resurrected and now they are the biggest story in the promotion. Sadie Lee Moss and Hayden Ramsey are two of the best and brightest in the sport today and they are bringing their raw talent to HVW.
Moss and Ramsey’s war is far from over and two new stars are coming in with them at First Strike. Lynzee Pike and Kaitlyn Marie will join Sadie and Hayden at First Strike in a tag team match, as the women continue to make history in HVW. Fans are more than excited for this new division, which is perhaps the best representation of HVW’s new direction.
All of this forward progress is being made possible by Owner and Promoter Gary Benfield, as well as the HVW Board of Directors, who have completely rewritten the company’s narrative. HVW fans wanted the greatest hits, but they also wanted the new jams as well. They’re getting both from High Velocity Wrestling, a company which is definitely moving forward.
Tom Clark is the Social Media Director and Lead Commentator for High Velocity Wrestling. He brings 10 years' worth of experience as a pro wrestling writer to the company and he is the host of two podcasts: The Official HVW Podcast and Tom Clark's Main Event. Both are available on iTunes, Google Play and YouTube