On November 17th, Randy The Rowdy Hillbilly will defend his PWA Heavyweight Championship at the PWA Arena against the new number one contender, "Outlaw" Tony James.
Since Randy defeated his biggest test yet in the form of Bjorn, many PWA fans have wondered what would be next for the Rowdy One and his PWA Heavyweight Championship. Well on November 3rd, we got an answer in the form of an announcement from PWA General Manager Nick Stevens. A battle royal to crown a new number one contender for the Heavyweight gold. Every active competitor in the PWA entered in the hopes of earning the next shot at the PWA's biggest prize. And despite strong showings from the likes of Chase Ryan, Tommy Forte, and PWA newcomer Kevin Cruit; it was "Outlaw" Tony James who came out on top.
After the match, Aaron Hurt interviewed a revved up "Outlaw". Tony said, "Everybody said we want to see the old Tony James. Well guess what, you're gonna get him." And Tony's words ring even more true when you watch his most recent in ring performances. His trademark aggressiveness and trash talk have been even more prevalent in recent contests.
Of course, the champion has a lot on his plate as well. Randy revealed on November 3rd, the same night as the battle royal, that he is nursing an ankle injury he picked up in his most recent title defense against Bjorn. A doctor's diagnosis put the Heavyweight Champion on the shelf for 4-6 weeks, but Nick Stevens is only granting Randy The Rowdy Hillbilly two weeks to recover. Nick Stevens has of course had issues with Randy going back to his days as the manager of "The Razorback" JT Hogg. "A lot of people know that I broke my ankle before, and I have a history with ankle injuries" said Randy. History shows that Randy will be a fighting champion, but one can only speculate the condition he will be in for his title defense on November 17th.
"Outlaw" Tony James is all too aware of Randy's ankle injury. " I don't care if Randy has a hurt ankle or a hurt head. I'm going for that ankle. Your Heavyweight Champion is gonna be laying at my feet in a big ol' mass." It's clear that "Outlaw" Tony James is as motivated as ever to capture his first PWA Heavyweight Championship, which would make him the second ever PWA triple crown champion, behind Randy himself. Randy is doing everything he can to rehab that ankle sprain before the 17th, but it will take another gutsy performance to walk out with that PWA Heavyweight title around Randy's rowdy waist.