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Rising Starr Primed for AAW Spotlight

The upcoming AAW Take No Prisoners show may go down as the day a new Starr takes over.

David Starr challenges AAW Heavyweight Champion Sami Callihan in the headline match at Chicago’s Logan Square Auditorium on May 11. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The first-match bell will ring at 7:30 p.m. Those interested in going need to nab tickets fast as only standing-room only ($20) seats are available. You can purchase tickets by clicking here.

Starr oozes with contempt for Callihan in a fiery tirade from the official AAW preview promo you can watch below:


The founder of AAW’s “WRSTLING” faction essentially calls Callihan a sellout for signing a deal with Impact Wrestling in February. Starr claims that the AAW Heavyweight Champion chased down that offer after failing with his first big deal. For those unfamiliar, Callihan starred as Solomon Crowe in NXT from 2014-15.

“Sami used to know what it was like to be an independent professional wrestler,” Starr told the AAW camera crew. “But the first chance (Sami) got, (Sami) ran for a contract. (Sami said) ‘Oh my God, please get me off the indies right now because I can’t hack it.’

And then (Sami) went there and he couldn’t hack it. So, (Sami) went back to indies. (Sami said) ‘Oh, I’m an indie talent and the death machine is back.’ No! You went off and shilled yourself for another contract. Guess what, Sami? Spoiler! You’re going to fail again.”

Starr will look to continue a rough patch for Callihan. He dropped the Impact X Division Championship to Rich Swann at the Impact Rebellion pay-per-view show in Toronto on April 28.

“I don’t have to work indie wrestling shows anymore,” Callihan fired back. “I do it because I love professional wrestling.”

A victory over Callihan also would highlight a steady, two-year climb through the AAW ranks for Starr. He debuted with AAW in a Fatal Four-Way loss to Arik Cannon on February 4, 2017. Since that time, he’s defeated indie powerhouse names such as Eddie Kingston and Jeff Cobb, and also teamed with Kingston to win the AAW Tag Team Championship belts in 2018.


AAW teased this match by having Starr’s “WRSTLING” faction, which includes Kingston, Jake Something and Curt Stallion, jump Callihan. They descended on Callihan after he defeated Brody King for the title in a steel cage match at The Windy City Classic XIV in December. You can watch the video of that and promos from Starr and Callihan below:

Callihan has since defeated Curt Stallion and Jake Something at AAW Lucha City Limits and Hell Hath No Fury, respectively. However, Starr feels it’s his time now.

“Let’s think about what David Starr has done with AAW, and think about the past two years,” Starr said. “I walked into Logan Square and I beat the three-time champion, Eddie Kingston. I won the AAW tag team titles. I have been associated with some of the best professional wrestlers on the planet.

I have been associated with Jeff Cobb. You can see how he’s doing. I have been associated with Trevor Lee. I created WRSTLING, which put AAW on the map. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know someone is (typing) right now, ‘What about Tommaso Ciampa? What about Seth Rollins? Doesn’t matter. David Starr is the one who made AAW what AAW is right now. I made AAW the best independent professional wrestling company in America.”

Starr will look to avenge his only other AAW Heavyweight Championship opportunity. He lost to ACH at the 2018 WRSTLING Rulz Show.


Starr and Callihan know each other well. Their rivalry spans several promotions over the past four years. Callihan defeated Starr at Combat Zone Wrestling’s Cage of Death in December 2015. Meanwhile, Starr successfully defended his wXw Shotgun Championship against Callihan in 2017. Starr also knocked off Callihan at Beyond Caffeine in April 2017.

These two also have worked various tag matches against each other. Starr teamed with Cobb and Lee to defeat Callihan and Jake and Dave Crist at AAW Art of War in January 2018. In addition, Starr teamed with Impact Champion Brian Cage and Minoru Suzuki to defeat Callihan, Juice Robinson, and Hiroshi Tanahashi at the WrestleCon Mark Hitchcock Memorial show in April 2018. More recently, WRSTLING got a victory over Callihan, Mat Fitchett, Davey Vega, and AAW Women’s Champion Jessicka Havok at AAW Art of War a few months ago in February.

AAW Take No Prisoners Card

Where: Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 North Kedzie Blvd., Chicago
When: Saturday, May 11, doors open 6 p.m., first bell 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Available here
Match Card: 
Heavyweight Championship – Sami Callihan (c) vs. David Starr
Women’s Championship – Jessicka Havok (c) vs. Thunder Rosa
Heritage Championship – MJF (c) vs. Mance Warner
Tag Team Championship – LAX (c) vs. Besties in the World
Singles Matches – TJP vs. Myron Reed; Josh Alexander vs. Adam Brooks
Plus: PENTA EL 0M; Rey Fenix; Fatu w/ Armando Estrada; Jake Something; Kimber Lee; Team Tremendous; Jimmy Jacobs; Krist Statlander; Ace Romero; Zachary Wentz; Dezmond Xavier; Trey Miguel.


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