Meltzer Driver FTW!
Meltzer Driver FTW!

On Friday night, January 23rd, in Mesa, Arizona – The Steel Cage crew was lucky enough to be in attendance at International Wrestling Federation’s special event – The Chosen One – where they crowned their first ever IWF Heavyweight Champion.

The night featured the best wrestlers on the independent scene, including: Tomasso Ciampa, Matt Sydal, Uhaa Nation, Brian Cage, Drew Galloway, Biff Busick ACH, Chris Hero, The Young Bucks, Trevor Lee, and MORE…

Not only was it perhaps the best night of live wrestling we’ve witnessed (and we were in attendance for Pro Wrestling Guerilla’s Battle of Los Angeles 2014!), but the guys who killed themselves in the ring were gracious enough to stick around and speak with us for you to hear! Tune in to hear Biff Busick discuss the independent wrestling scene, ACH talk about the Stone Cold ACH phenomenon and the difference between fans & critics, and Brian Cage in his first interview after winning the IWF championship.

ALSO – The Young Bucks talk about the #SuperkickPiracy movement, their preference for life on the indy scene – and they don’t hold back at all when it comes to their stance on TNA and WWE at this point in their career.

Hosted By: Joshua Schlag (@thesteelcage / @schlizzag)

Interviews By: Derek Montilla (@cap_kaveman).

Music by The Black Furies, courtesy of Music Alley.

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Joshua Schlag

For most of the last 30+ years of my life, I've been watching WWE. As a kid, Monday Night Raw hooked me from the start. From Bret Hart and Razor Ramon, to Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, to CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.. I've witnessed the ups and downs and I'm proud to have enjoyed pro wrestling through the years.

Though I now watch in a much different fashion than I did when I was a kid (finding out Vince McMahon was the owner and Jack Tunney no more than a figurehead was like finding out Santa Claus did not exist), I feel like I have a much greater appreciation for the hard work pro wrestlers do and the things they sacrifice to entertain us.

It's still real to me, dammit!