Beach Club Pro “World Title Tournament - Night 1”
August 8, 2000
Live from Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
DUN DUN DUN DUN.
GET THE FUCK UP.
DUN DUN DUN DUN.
SIMON SAYS GET THE FUCK UP
The rollicking crowd for the debut wrestling show from Beach Club Pro stood and yelled in anticipation and excitement as “Simon Says” by Pharohe Monch rumbled over the speakers throughout Sam’s Town. Out from the curtained area stepped Dennis Rodman dressed in a black and maroon leisure suit befitting his status here in Las Vegas, Nevada. The crowd roared with approval as “The Worm” walked down the short aisle to the ring, clapping hands with fans. He entered the ring with a microphone and hushed the crowd.
“What’s up y’all crazy mother fuckers?!?”
Almost as if on queue, the relatively small crowd began an early and deafening chant of BEE CEE PEE BEE CEE PEE.
“Welcome to the debut show for Beach Club Pro here in Las Vegas, Nevada!”
More applause as the crowd heard the hometown shouted out by The Worm. Many in the front row began slapping the railing for added effect.
“I don’t want to take away from what y’all are gonna see tonight, cuz it’s gonna be wild. It’s gonna be unique, and it will have the wrestling world buzzin. This promotion may have been a dream of mine, may have come from my confused lil’ head, but it is not about me. It’s about the guys who are gonna show you what real wrestling looks like here in the year 2000. Over the next few weeks, y’all are gonna see the tournament to crown the World Champion here in Beach Club Pro, but that’s just a start. Every week we will debut new talent, we will pull out shit you ain’t ever seen before and we are gonna blow your gat damn minds. Best believe, BCP is here and TONIGHT, the new wrestling world is put on notice!”
“Simon Says” played again as Rodman held his hands up to applause. The giant man smiled as he left the ring to the back.
Match 1: Los Infernales (Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero) w/ El Satanico Vs. Johnny Swinger & Simon Diamond
The first match in Beach Club Pro history delivered hard hitting tag team action for the live crowd. Pairing two rule-breaking teams against one another was an interesting wrinkle, but the familiarity the crowd had with the late ECW tag team Swinger & Diamond allowed for them to get some uncharacteristic cheers. Bucanero & Guerrero had lucha legend El Satanico in their corner and he played a crucial role throughout the match, constantly attempting to trip up Swinger & Diamond when the ref wasn’t looking. It wasn’t all shenanigans, however, as the Infernales team both hit suicide dives to the outside, laying out their opponents. Around the 9-minute mark, the match broke down into a glorified brawl, with Bucanero in particular taking it to Diamond on the outside, throwing him into the guard rail and nailing him with big stomps to the gut and head, busting him open. Back in the ring, Guerrero and Swinger provided the crowd with some high-flying moves and reversals. As Swinger took Guerrero up top for a superplex, Guerrero was able to flip out, leaving Swinger prone on the turnbuckle. Guerrero hit a big kick to the back of Swinger’s head and followed up with the Guerrero Special from the top for the 3-count!
Winners: Los Infernales (Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero)
Match 2: Satoshi Kojima & Ikuto Hidaka Vs. Maunakea Mossman & Tatsuhito Takaiwa
The second match of the night featured a preview of what to expect when World Title Tournament first-round opponents Satoshi Kojima and Maunakea Mossman faced off with smaller partners in town. Much of the match was worked between Takaiwa and Hidaka as Takaiwa used his signature huge moves against the much faster Hidaka. The energy was palpable when Kojima and Mossman both tagged in to face off against one another however, as the two went directly into a chop exchange. Kojima won out, but as he celebrated by knocking down Mossman, was unaware that Mossman had gotten up, and as Kojima turned around, he ate a boot right to the face. After knocking Kojima off the ring apron, Mossman and Takaiwa showed their dominance, as Mossman hit the Hawaiian Smasher (TKO) on Hidaka, as the legal Takaiwa followed with a deadlift German Suplex for the win. After the match, an angry Kojima rushed in to protect Hidaka, before standing nose to nose with a smiling Mossman.
Winners: Maunakea Mossman & Tatsuhito Takaiwa
Match 3: Justice Pain Vs. CW Anderson
World Title Tournament First Round (Death Bracket)
Barbed-Wire Whip Match
The “Barbed-Wire Whip” in question in this match appeared to be a 10-foot long bullrope wrapped in barbed-wire as the crowd audibly gasped when it was brought to the ring. The whip was laid in the center of the ring as Justice Pain and CW Anderson stared at each other from opposite corners. Pain had hate in his eyes, almost salivating at the thought of inflicting damage to Anderson. Anderson, for his part looked a bit frightened, even protesting with the ref about the validity of this stipulation. As the bell rang, Anderson immediately ran towards the whip, but Pain was smarter and quicker - nailing Anderson with a dropkick much to the crowd’s pleasure. Instead of grabbing the whip, Pain instead followed with stomps to Anderson’s body. Anderson rolled out of the ring to catch a breath, but was surprised by tope over the top from Pain. Pain relished in the cheers from the crowd and threw Anderson back into the ring. Anderson struggled to make it to his feet, but when he did, he was shocked to see Pain holding the whip in his hand. Anderson begged off instantly, dropping to his knees with his hands up as if to surrender. Pain egged the crowd on and he walked slowly toward Anderson. He held the whip as if ready to strike, but instead booted him right in the face, laying him up in the corner. Sitting prey to Pain, Anderson was then on the receiving end of multiple whip crack shots of barbed-wire across his legs. Anderson tried to escape, but Pain grabbed him, and began to rake his head with the barbed-wire end of the whip. Blood streamed down Anderson’s face, as he looked ready to pass out. Pain wrapped the whip tighter around Anderson’s head and upper body before he delivered a Half-Nelson Suplex out of the corner. Anderson lay prone on the ground, his face an intense shade of red. Pain rolled him over and pinned him for the squash win, leaving Anderson looking dead inside the ring.
Winner: Justice Pain
As CW Anderson was being helped out of the ring, the sudden loud intro to “Si Senor” by Control Machete hit the speakers and out walked Konnan dancing to the beat, followed by his new, young talent Ricky Banderas. In the ring, Konnan cut a promo with his usual lines, but focused on making fun of the match that Justice Pain and CW Anderson just had. Konnan claims that Ricky isn’t a death match wrestler, but will wipe the floor with Nick Mondo and anyone else on his way to winning the title. Konnan’s usual charisma on the microphone wins the crowd over during his promo, they turn slightly against him when he states after Banderas wins the title, he’ll have to bring in his own scouted talent to provide any sort of competition.
Match 4: Tom Howard Vs. Tomohiro Ishii
World Title Tournament First Round (Strong Bracket)
In a match that stole the hearts of the audience, American Tom Howard and Tomohiro Ishii put on a clinic in hard-hitting wrestling while defining exactly what we should expect from the BCP Strong Division. For 13 minutes, Howard surprised the crowd with many high kicks and suplexes, while Ishii continually popped up from landing on his head to deliver strong lariats. As much as Howard was able to give Ishii, he also had to take it back, as Ishii refused to go down for the count. A standing ovation came from the crowd as a exchange of chops and lariats finally ended with a huge Howard spin kick, himself collapsing to the mat after the exchange. Ishii was able to back Howard into a corner with chops and elbow strikes, but Howard’s mixed martial arts prowess was on full display as he was able to block one strike, drop, and roll away from Ishii, grabbing his ankle on the way for an ankle lock, before Ishii got the ropes with an escape. Ishii returned the favor, attacking Howard’s right leg repeatedly with elbows and submissions, causing him to hobble around the ring. The end of the match came in quick succession, as Ishii whipped Howard into the corner, who hopped up on the ropes, sprange off the top and delivered a twisting Blockbuster to a charging Ishii. Howard then picked up Ishii for a deadlift brainbuster, bringing him down right on his head and cinched in a seated front-necklock, causing Ishii to tap out. A tremendous match from start to finish.
Winner: Tom Howard
Match 5: Vampiro Vs. John Zandig
World Title Tournament First Round (Death Bracket)
10,000 Thumbtack Match
The fifth match of the night, and second death match started with four separate canvas bags filled with thumbtacks in each corner of the ring. Both fighters entered to huge applause, but perhaps the loudest reaction of the night came, when prior to the bell being rung, Zandig took one bag of thumbtacks out of the corner and poured it over himself like water, before taking a flat back bump onto them - thus leaving him bleeding before the match even got started. Vampiro nodded at Zandig, and as the bell rang immediately rushed him into the corner - charging him with shoulder blocks into the gut. Zandig, with his size advantage, used huge clubbing forearms to knock the wind out of Vampiro, kneeing him in the head and delivering a huge powerbomb into the tacks, only 25 seconds into the match. The crowd came unglued at this sequence and as Vampiro stood back up, ribbons of blood ran down his back as well. The rest of the match devolved into chaos. All the bags of thumbtacks were eventually emptied into the ring, but prior to that, Vampiro missed a top rope dive through a table, slipped off the ropes when attempting to dive on Zandig outside, and Zandig for his part seemed to bumble around the ring. Less than 20 actual wrestling moves took place during this match’s 19-minute run time, though the crowd popped at every big spot. The finish came when Vampiro kicked a charging Zandig in the gut, before lifting and dropping him with the Nail in the Coffin onto a pile of thumbtacks for the 3-count.
Main Event: “Dr. Death” Steve Williams Vs. “Man Beast” Manabu Nakanishi
World Title Tournament First Round (Strong Division)
The main event of the evening was all about muscle, as two of the biggest, strongest men in all of wrestling battled in a test of strength. Though the match was not worked as fast-paced as the previous Strong Division match, the legendary Steve Williams had a hell of a time with a man who resembled him in his younger years in Nakanishi. With both having ample experience in amateur wrestling, the match featured quite a bit of mat grappling, as both men jockeyed for position. Despite his Dr. Death’s experience, the vigor of Nakanishi seemed to win out during these portions of the match, consistently getting the upper hand against the veteran. Around the 11-minute mark, the match turned into essentially a battle of strikes. Each man turned the other’s chest purple with chops, each man hit the ground multiple times with lariats, and around the 17-minute mark, both seemed barely able to stand. Nakanishi appeared to finally get lasting blows on Williams, and as he lifted him up into a Torture Rack, Williams was able to slide out and surprise Ishii with the Murder Backdrop for the 3-count and victory! After the bell, both men stared at each other from their knees, and pointed at one another. Williams stood up, walked over to Nakanishi and shook his hand, before pulling him to his feet and raising his arms as well to applause from the crowd.
Winner: “Dr. Death” Steve Williams
Williams closed the show by cutting a promo about how he’s been in this business for almost 20 years, and while he’s won many titles along the way, he’s far from done. He put over Nakanishi as the future of not only BCP, but all of wrestling before claiming that the World Title belongs to Dr. Death.
Los Infernales def. Johnny Storm & Simon Diamond (10:40) (**3/4)
Maunakea Mossman & Tatsuhito Takaiwa def. Satoshi Kojima & Ikuto Hidaka (9:26) (***)
Justice Pain def. CW Anderson (3:35) (*½)
Tom Howard def. Tomohiro Ishii (13:17) (****)
Vampiro def. John Zandig (19:22) (**)
Steve Williams def. Manabu Nakanishi (21:01) (***½)