Its November 2013, and Pat Anthony is fighting for the Light Heavyweight Championship against a man who had successfully defended that title for 17 months: Diaz. This is the perfect situation for Pat Anthony to rise to the occasion and win his first major championship in the Maryland Wrestling scene. After all, this championship match is taking place in his hometown in the very high school that he graduated from. That night, Pat Anthony went through that curtain and did exactly what he set out to do: defeat Diaz for the Light Heavyweight Championship......or so he thought.
Moments after his hand was raised, the referee looked back to see Diaz' foot on the bottom rope. The official had no choice but to restart the match, which Diaz eventually won to the dismay of everyone that attended the event that night. Though Pat deserved a one on one rematch after the controversial ending, he would never receive one. He would lose a loser leaves town match a month later. He went from challenging for the Light Heavyweight Championship to a man without a job in wrestling. While he eventually earned his job back and won 3 Tag Team Championships, to this day, he has never received an opportunity at Diaz Championship in a one on one match.
In case you're wondering Diaz is STILL running strong as the ACW Light Heavyweight Champion. If he is still champion by the time our return event comes around, he would have held the title for 4 years, an impressive run indeed. Ironically, it was his match with Pat Anthony in 2013 where everyone started to take notice to how long "The miniBOSS" had held that championship. Before that match, Diaz was looked at as a transitional champion. After that match, it was very clear that he was for real and Diaz was not shy about letting anyone know that. Victories over independent wrestling standouts like Ruckus, BLK Jeez, Robbie Illuminati, and Shane Strickland erased any doubt to the champion's credibility. It was a far cry from where Diaz was in early 2013, when he last competed for F.I.G.H.T.
In Diaz' time with F.I.G.H.T, while his performances were always strong, he never won a match in his entire run with the company. His record includes a loss to Sicend in the very first match in F.I.G.H.T history, a loss to Bobby Shields, a loss to Pretty Ugly in tag team action with Sicend, and a loss with Sicend to two students in their debut match. While this isn't the most impressive resume, this also isn't the same athlete we saw the last time around. Upon the company's sabbatical in 2013, Diaz dedicated himself to getting in better physical condition, improved his ring conditioning and in turn, became a more successful athlete as a result.
Pat Anthony's story with F.I.G.H.T is very similar. Not a win on his record during his time in F.I.G.H.T, though he had several strong performances against great talent like the late Prodigy PTV and Ring of Honor's Ernie Osirus. Since F.I.G.H.T went away in 2013, he has won multiple championships and improved tremendously in the ring. However, one thing still eludes him: a victory over Diaz.
This time, the stakes are higher. The winner of this contest will be one step closer to becoming the very first F.I.G.H.T Pro Championship. Will Pat Anthony finally rise to the occasion and best the miniBOSS? Or will Diaz turn him away en route to potentially capturing another championship?
The only way to find out is to be there on Friday, July 8th when F.I.G.H.T returns to action at GBoones Event Center in Boonsboro, MD. Get your tickets today to be a part of this special Live Broadcast Taping at GBoones Restaurant or at www.fightprowrestling.com. This is Original, This is Innovative, This is F.I.G.H.T.