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Pain For Pride XI (2018)
PFPPoster2
Promotional poster featuring various EAW Elitists
Theme song(s) "Enter The Circus" by Christina Aguilera
"The Moment" by Tame Impala
"Live in the Moment" by Portugal. The Man
"Monster 2.0" by Jacob Banks feat. Boogie
"Jumanji" by LOUDPVCK featuring Reese LaFLARE
"Bury Me Face Down" by grandson
"Hands on the Bible" by Local H
"High" by Sir Sly
"All Goes Wrong" by Chase & Status feat. Tom Grennan
"10:37" by Beach House
Details
Promotion Elite Answers Wrestling
Brand(s) Empire
Dynasty
Showdown
Voltage
Date June 21-24, 2018
Venue Las Vegas Motor Speedway
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Pay-per-view chronology
Culture Crisis (2018) Pain For Pride XI (2018) Midsummer Massacre (2018)
EAW Pain for Pride Festival (2018) chronology
EAW Pain For Pride X Pain For Pride XI (2018) EAW Pain For Pride XII

Pain for Pride Festival (also billed in print ads as Pain For Pride XI) was the eleventh annual Pain for Pride professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and EAW Network event produced by EAW for their Empire, Dynasty, Showdown, and Voltage brands. The event took place June 21 through 24 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The card comprised twenty matches. In the main event, Diamond Cage defeated Rex McAllister to become the new EAW Champion. In another main event match, Astraea Jordan defeated Madison Kaline to become the number one contender for the EAW Unified Women's Championship. Other matches saw Noah Reigner become Mr. Cash in the Vault, as well as a career versus career match where Theron Nikolas defeated CM Banks.

Production

Background

EAW partnered with Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) to host the event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the location of EDC's flagship event in Las Vegas every year, for 4 days. By mid-March 2018, Pain For Pride XI had already sold 280,000 tickets for the entire event. Of these tickets, 200,000 of the tickets purchased were passes for multiple days of the event, 130,000 of the tickets purchased were for all 4 days, 50,000 were gold pass tickets including Pain For Pride Axxess, and 30,000 premium pass tickets including PFP Axxess, EAW Hall of Fame attendance, all 4 festival days, room & travel accommodations, among others.

Storylines

At Showdown's Supershow EAW Wrath of the Dragon (2018), Diamond Cage won the No Way Out Match to become the number one contender for the EAW Championship. Later that night, Rex McAllister retained the EAW Championship against Cameron Ella Ava, confirming Rex McAllister vs Diamond Cage for the Showdown Pain for Pride main event. On the May 19 episode of Showdown, a confrontation between CM Banks and Theron Nikolas ended in Banks offering a "solution" to their problems in the form of a Career versus Career match.

On the May 17 episode of Empire, two major matches for Pain for Pride were announced by GM Flannery McCoy: Sienna Jade versus Stephanie Matsuda in a title unification match and Madison Kaline versus Astraea Jordan in a #1 Contenders match with the winner getting to face the winner of the aforementioned Jade versus Matsuda on the first episode of the next season.

Event

Pre-show

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Preliminary matches

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Main event matches

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Matches

No. Results Stipulations
1
Diamond Cage def. Rex McAllister (c)
Singles match for the EAW Championship
2
Chris Elite (c) def. Malcolm Jones
Singles match for the EAW World Heavyweight Championship
3
Darkane def. Scott Diamond (c)
Singles match for the EAW Answers World Championship
4
Stephanie Matsuda (EAW Women's World Champion) def. Sienna Jade (REVOLT! Freeweight Champion)
Singles match to unify the EAW Women's World Championship and REVOLT! Freeweight Championship into the Unified Women's World Championship
5
Theron Nikolas def. CM Banks
Career vs. Career match
6
Astraea Jordan def. Madison Kaline
Grudge match for the #1 Contendership to the Unified Women's World Championship
7
Noah Reigner def. Erebus Jennings, Devan Dubian, Raven Roberts, Consuela Rose Ava, Lucian Black, Kevin Hunter, Lucas Johnson
Cash In The Vault ladder match
8
Cameron Ella Ava and Mr. DEDEDE (c) def. Charlie Marr and Daryl Kinkade, The Dragon Slayers (Michael Shaw and Samuel Steele)
Triple Threat tag team match for the EAW Unified Tag Team Championships
9
Remi Skyfire def. Chelsea Crowe (c), Daisy Thrash, Kianna Carter, Stella Star
EAW Specialists Championship Scramble
10
Xander Payne def. The Revenant (c), Alex Bowden, Damon Diesel
Fatal 4-Way match for the EAW New Breed Championship
11
Andrea Valentine def. TLA, Hurricane Hawk, Andrei Sokolova
Fatal 4-Way match for the EAW Openweight Championship
12
Prince of Phenomenal (c) def. The Heart Break Boy
Ladder match for the EAW National Elite Championship
13
The Jaded Hearts (Sienna Jade and Kassidy Heart) def. The Crowe's Nest (Jael Arcana-Rosario and Raven Roberts) (c)
Tag Team match for the EAW Empire Tag Team Championships
14
Impact def. Jamie O'Hara
Singles match (Loser will not be able to challenge for an EAW World Title for the rest of their EAW career)
15
Ahren Fournier (c) def. Lars Grier
Singles match for the EAW Interwire Championship
16
Jack Ripley won the 24/7 Contract Battle Royal
Winner gets the 24/7 Contract earning them an EAW title match of their choosing at any time
17
Terry Chambers def. Nemesis
Career vs. Facepaint match
18
Woogieman def. Shaker Jones (c)
Singles match for the Big Bhaker Championship
19
Johnny Ventura def. Cody Marshall (c)
Hardcore match for the EAW Hardcore Championship
20
Zakkii def. Cameron Ella Ava
Zakkii's farewell match
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
PFPPoster2alt

The alternate Pain for Pride XI poster

The Festival

As the name suggests, in addition to Pain For Pride XI being a wrestling event, it is also a music festival. EAW reporter Kathy Kush stated while announcing details for the event, "The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is set up as a 'miniature town', due to the multiple stages that are all taking place at once featuring performers and notable DJs. This will return for Pain for Pride Festival, with rides, attractions, as well as stages featuring other performers for the entire day beginning at 3 PM and well into the night – even while action is taking place." Jumbo titantrons displaying the Pain For Pride matches are to be placed throughout the park, "making the action visible to just about everyone in the venue", even if they are watching an artist perform.

PFP-Festival-Setlist

The promotional poster for Pain For Pride Festival

Performing artists

Pain For Pride Festival includes a diverse group of artists from genres such as hip-hop, rap, pop, rock, heavy metal, and electronic. Headliners for the festival included Eminem, Lana Del Rey, Metallica, Migos, Alicia Keys, SZA, Logic, Deftones, Lupe Fiasco, and Lil Uzi Vert. Artists from the Pain For Pride soundtrack were also added to the festival such as Tame Impala, Portugal. The Man, Local H, and Sir Sly among others. The lineup underwent an array of changes before its official announcement - the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cardi B were originally slotted for Del Rey and Keys' spots but ultimately not brought in due to the Peppers' break from tour and work on new music along with Cardi B announcing her pregnancy. Rumors also swirled for weeks prior to the announcement that acts like The Weeknd, Post Malone, and 30 Seconds To Mars were approached to headline.

Event schedule

During the 4 days of the festival various artists are to perform on one of 5 stages: "Cosmic Meadow", "Wasteland", "Neon Garden", "Basspod", and "Sky Bridge". Each stage besides "Cosmic Meadow" houses a certain style of music (ex. "Wasteland" being the place for rock and metal artists).

June 21st, 2018 (Thursday)

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June 22nd, 2018 (Friday)

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June 23rd, 2018 (Saturday)

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June 24th, 2018 (Sunday)

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