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  1. I've just deleted the original thread. I only check the activity tab to see what's new so was unaware there was any problems of people being unable to access the original Mitch Ryder thread. As has been said numerous times, for some reason the board can't deal with accents, quotation marks etc. in thread titles so just leave them off. FWIW I've had none of these errors here in the UK.
  2. Blazin’ Benny Chong is better known as B-Boy and he seems to go under both names here in UPW. This looks to be from TV as opposed to a commercial tape as it’s introduced by Doc Marlee and the Big Schwag. First up we get highlights of how Chong won the UPW Lightweight title, defeating both Prodigy and Devon Willis in a three way bout where he pinned Prodigy following a Death Valley Driver. Next we hear from Spanky who introduces himself in a backstage interview. He actually does a pretty good Shawn Michaels impersonation, showing that Jason Sensation was actually even less of a requirement for the Kliq 2000 in Memphis. The interview is just a run down of his career; trained by Shawn Michaels, signed a WWF developmental contract after only being in the business for five months, sent to Memphis where he trained under the likes of William Regal, Robbie Brookside and Bobby Eaton and already has one ECWA Super 8 under his belt. Now he’s in California and has his sights set on Blazin’ Benny Chong and the Lightweight title, because “chicks dig belts and he digs chicks!” It is from TV as after the two square up to one another and slap each other across the face we go straight to a commercial break. When we return it’s the champion who is in control. T-Bone suplex by Chong. Rear chinlock and Spanky is trying to get the fans to get behind him to fire him up. He escapes but a double clothesline sees both go down. They trade punches in the middle before Spanky connects on a leg lariat. Tornado DDT for a near fall. Chong avoids the frog splash and then thrusts Spanky in the throat. That was called the Incinerator and I think it’s supposed to be some sort of lethal blow by the way the commentators are talking it up and their subsequent surprise when Spanky kicked out of the cover. A couple of reversals and Spanky dumps him with a German suplex. He hits Sliced Bread #2 but Funky Billy Kim, who I hadn’t noticed up to this point, puts Chong’s leg over the bottom rope. Spanky goes for it again however this time Chong fights him off. The champ lands a big kick and then hits the One Hitter Quitter, which looks like Reckless Youth’s Northern Lights 2K1 bomb for the win. Not much to see here, even with a change of name B-Boy’s still not the most exciting of watches. The finisher does look nasty although he struggled to get Spanky up. I suppose we’ll see Spanky crop up in various indies now until the berth of Ring of Honor.
  3. Kyle McNeeley is better known as Onyx from NWA Wildside. Strange that he’s going by his real name considering he’s worked as Onyx on Metal previously and has ‘ONYX’ emblazoned in large letters down the right leg of his bottoms. I should’ve known what to expect after Haku’s match against Shawn Hernandez, but had expectations that McNeeley could pull something decent out of him on the back of his highly enjoyable squash against Albert. McNeeley takes a couple of decent bumps off a chop and a thrust kick, but nothing compared to the way Albert was throwing him around. We do get some OVW talk, Kevin Kelly having spent the week in Louisville as Jim Cornette was recovering from some abdominal surgery and he touches upon the “prospects” down there. Surprisingly Haku sold more for the smaller McNeeley than the larger Hernandez, even letting him hit a quesadora bulldog on him, still, the outcome was the same via Tongan Death grip.
  4. The match comes from IWA-PR’s TV which appears to have the name Impacto Total and I was lucky to be able to date through prwrestling.com on the Wayback machine. Pete Gas has moved on from Memphis to Puerto Rico, something I doubt he’s was overly joyed by. Madness’ second trips Gas from the outside and as he reaches through the ropes to grab him Madness nails him from behind. He throws him through the ropes to the floor where the second starts putting the boots in. That brings out Chaz Warrington and some other chap who run him off. Back in the ring Gas quickly starts firing back, lands a bodyslam and hits the Gas Mask for the win in approximately two and a half minutes. Gas and Chaz motion the belts sign afterwards indicating they may be taking a run at the tag team titles. When WWF are sending the likes of Pete Gas and Chaz Warrington, along with D-Lo Brown who is mentioned on commentary, to be regulars, it does nothing to dispel the notion that IWA-PR was the place they sent guys who they had no use for and who they hoped would quit on their own dime.
  5. Raven wins with the Even Flow DDT in about three minutes. He did pull out a Cactus clothesline and a Russian legsweep into the barricade but not the most exciting or memorable of enhancement matches. Jones hit a nice swinging neckbreaker although that was really it for him. This is a pretty “Jakked” episode of Jakked as we also have Donovan Morgan, Robert Thompson and Christopher Daniels doing some enhancing, the latter going against Jerry Lynn.
  6. First round in the ARS tournament match, the action joined in progress. Hamada’s left shoulder is heavily taped, so the story here is Yagi going after that. As we join them Yagi has got an armbar locked in, Hamada picking her opponent up and slamming her way out of the submission. Hamada goes upstairs, however Yagi is up and punches that shoulder to stop her in her tracks before arm dragging her to the mat. Now she’s going after Hamada’s other arm, crowbarring that one. Hamada shakes off the shotgun missile dropkick and a quick hammerfist puts a stop to the attempted flying armbar. The targeting of those arms appears to be paying dividends, although eventually Hamada does manage to hit a spinning powerbomb for a near fall. Another armbar attempt by Yagi. Hamada with a leg scissors take down into this awesomely crazy Lucha submission where she has Yagi all tied up and stretched out. After Yagi gets to the ropes, Hamada sits her up top and drives her face first into the canvas for the three and to advance to the next round.
  7. This was uploaded to YouTube, I’m assuming by an official Wildside account, although it has no date bar a Friday night show in 2001. Wrestlingdata only has a handful of results for Sapp in Wildside, the majority of which are in January, so the best bet is that this is from the same month. It will certainly be from the first few months of the year anyway, when Wildside was used as a developmental territory for WCW, where the Power Plant trainees and guys like 3 Count, Jindrak, O’Haire etc. would work house shows to get more experience. Onyx isn’t the tallest as it is but he looks like a midget next to Sapp. He tries to charge him but gets levelled by a bad looking clothesline. “Beast, Beast, Beast” chant for Sapp. After bouncing off him Onyx calls for a time out and starts dancing, Sapp doing the running man in response. Blimey, dance contests in 2001! A dropkick to the knee takes Sapp off his feet, Onyx then stomping and repeatedly kicking away at him. He does make a cover but gets pressed off with authority. Sapp gets back up and the end is nigh, a clubbing overhand dropping Onyx followed by a pair of elbows and finally a falling headbutt. I’m sure it was inevitable that Sapp would have eventually made it to WCW TV, although on the evidence of this who knows when that would be. He’s got bucket loads of charisma but he’d be the worst guy on the roster by someway based on what we saw here.
  8. Taken from Impacto Total television and the action already underway. Dutch Mantel is managing Singh and he’s doing a full on Arab gimmick complete with traditional clothing and turban. It’s so strange to see and a 180 from the Western ‘Dirty’ Dutch we’re used to. Banderas blocks a powerbomb on the wooden floor and then picks up a chair Singh had originally used against him, bringing it down across his back. The crowd were hot for that. Back in the ring Singh is on his knees pleading for mercy. Banderas misses a high frog splash off the top. Dutch passes his man a second chair but before he gets a chance to use it Banderas dropkicks it into his face and small packages him for the win. Mantel attacks Ricky after the match, his shots have no effect whatsoever though, and he ends up trapped in a Scorpion Deathlock. Zarruxx the Mummy and someone I don’t recognise comes to Dutch’s rescue leading to a shirt and tie wearing Victor the Bodyguard out to help Banderas. Victor ends up busted open, the four on two odds too many, his white shirt getting covered in blood. Chicky Starr manages to placate things seemingly having a foot in both camps. I don’t speak Spanish so have no idea what he and Victor are saying to each other, however even not understanding the language Chicky is engrossing with his delivery, especially when he wipes Victor’s blood down his own face for some reason.
  9. Golden jumps Onyx from behind as he’s greeting the fans on his entrance. Onyx is paying the price for getting on the wrong side of Jeff G. Bailey, someone who is already in a “salty” mood due to Al Getz being back on the scene. A dropkick sends Golden the floor where he looks to get some advice, and possibly a new game plan, from Jeff G. He drags Onyx out with him, however Onyx ducks his shots, slugs Bailey and then gives the pair a noggin knocker. As they return to the ring Onyx telegraphs a backdrop and Golden lands an elbow to the back of the neck. Did we ever find out if he was related to the Welch/Fuller/Golden family? The commentators are back at it with that again. Golden distracts the referee to Bailey can choke him over the middle rope. Discus lariat. He heads upstairs but jumps into a raised Onyx boot. Onyx is on the charge and as he hits his Black Out implant DDT finisher, Bailey signals for some help from the dressing room. Suicidal Tendencies, Adam Jacobs and John Phoenix rush out, attacking Onyx for the DQ. A number of lower card wrestlers/trainees try to make the save but they’re being kept at bay by the Cole twins who’re keeping guard. 450 splash by Phoenix. Wow, through the crowd comes a returning A.J. Styles just as the show goes off the air.
  10. Robbie Rage is the former one half of High Voltage, while Omen was under a WCW developmental contract, although never made television. Both are physical specimens. The match is for Rage’s Television title. It’s noted that Rage has just come back from a tour of New Japan where he teamed with Don Frye and to put over his “shoot” pedigree they talk of him making UFC champion Randy Couture tap out twice, even if it wasn’t in competition! Rage with a nice leg scissors takedown into a kneebar that forces Omen to go to the ropes early. Spinning leg trip by Omen. He then does that same leg scissors into a kneebar that Rage did on him. A great overhead belly to belly from the champion. High knee. Omen reverses the whip to the corner, picks Rage up and slams him to the mat. Snap suplex. A double clothesline sees both men go down. Rage is to his feet first and hits an Oklahoma Stampede. He lands an exploder but Omen kicks out of the cover. The challenger catches him with a powerslam for a near fall as the match goes one way and then the other. Rage reverses the Irish whip and looks as though he hooks Omen for a DDT only to roll through into a Misawa facelock. They’re too close to the ropes, however Rage with an immediate gut wrench and then he’s back at it with the same hold, this time Omen verbally submitting as his arms were trapped. The two former Power Plant graduates embrace post-match in a showing of mutual respect. An interesting, if at times clunky, watch. The commentators were trying to portray this as if it was “shoot style”, but it was more traditional pro wrestling with shoot style elements thrown in. Rage was someone who Paul Heyman was high on and you can see potential in he and Omen, although they could both do with losing some muscle mass.
  11. I hope this is better than the last time these two met in the Combat Zone. Zandig wants to see some real blood and wonders if the people want to see the most hardcore match in the history of wrestling? That’s some brag John! He says that this isn’t no gimmicked barbed wire like his (Dreamer’s) boy the Sandman used in Atlanta, this is for real, he’s for real and tonight Tommy Dreamer is going to find out how real CZW is! John House hasn’t seen Dreamer anywhere and doubts he’s even here. Of course he is and he’s not waiting for the ring crew to finish wrapping the barbed wire around the ropes. Hangman’s neckbreaker. Zandig gets backdropped over the top rope and over the bar that is next to the ring, already bleeding when he comes up. Dreamer takes him on a walk around the building but it’s another of those typical ECW walk ’n’ brawls we’ve seen plenty of, although he does get snap suplexed on the floor at one point. They continue out through the Emergency Exit and into the car park where Zandig crotches Dreamer across the hand railing. “C-Z-fucking-W!” The action returns inside, Dreamer taking a chair to Zandig’s arm which he had trapped in a second chair and bent around the ring post. Z-Barr grabs Dreamer’s leg allowing Zandig to take over. Testicular claw! As the two trade punches Gargiulo compares what we’re witnessing to Ali vs Frazier! Those nasty chair shots to the arm have played no subsequent part in the match by the way, being forgotten about immediately. After a low blow Zandig ends up tied in the Tree of Woe, a steel chair placed in front of him. Despite Z-Barr’s pleads for mercy the chair gets dropkicked into his face. DDT onto the chair. “E-C-fucking-W!” Jun Kasai shows up, who we’re informed is part of CZW Japan. His sledges have no effect on Dreamer but he does end up catching him with a DDT. Delayed Falcon Arrow by Zandig, who even keeps Dreamer held up with just the one arm while he flips off some fans. They set up a table, which doesn’t break when Kasai comes off the top with a splash, so resort to bridging it upright in the corner and whipping Dreamer through it instead. Justice Pain and the Wifebeater are out, Zandig getting Choke-N-Steined onto some light tubes. Jeez, Justice with a release German suplex on Kasai into even more light tubes. The mat is just covered with broken glass. Dreamer takes care of Z-Barr while in the ring Beater wraps Zandig in barbed wire and he and Pain then take it in turns to wallop Kasai with chairs. When Beater starts raking the barbed wire across Zandig’s forehead even Eric Gargiulo has seen enough, wanting some help out there. Justice lets everyone know that the H8 Club is back and tells Zandig that he runs this fucking company now. Dreamer says he’s seen a lot of sick shit but this blows ECW out of the door and that Zandig is more fucking extreme than he could ever be. Ever the worker, Tommy knowing which side his bread is buttered for the time being. Loud “C-Z-Dub” chant for those comments. Doug Gentry gets a close up of Kasai’s back as he exits the ring, absolutely shredded from that German into the light tubes. Zandig closes by challenging the three of them to a match on this Saturday’s show, guaranteeing the outcome will be different next time. It looks like the match just ended, so another non-finish in CZW. The final few minutes from when Wifebeater and Justice came out was crazy, up until that point though it was another half-hearted Tommy Dreamer effort. The match loses even more points for another non-finish in a main event.
  12. Tazz is confident that these two will tear it up here and put on a wrestling clinic. We get the WWF version of a ‘stand off’, and although you see a couple of fans get to their feet to give them a round of applause most are just blasé about it. Malenko rolls through on the Lynn sunset flip out of the corner, but as he tries for the Texas Cloverleaf the champion cradles him up. Deep, deep powerslam by Malenko. Lynn transitions to a sunset flip off the crucifix after first ducking a clothesline, they then run through the fabled Malenko/Guerrero sequence of pinfall attempts and reversals. That does get a slight murmur from the crowd who are still on the whole fairly indifferent to these two. Tazz talks about how he thought he was in Tijuana whilst he was watching that. Malenko with a suicideplex, Lynn cradling him on landing for a near fall. He looks for a Victory Roll but Malenko sits him in the top turnbuckle to block it. Lynn with a right hand to stun the challenger and a leaping tornado DDT sees him retain the strap. Dull. Lynn hasn’t gotten over one iota in the WWF and comes across very bland while Malenko is even worse. At this stage I’d just have Lynn go full on heel, not this slight tweener act he’s been playing, give the fans some reason to care about his matches or care about seeing his title potentially being ripped away from him.
  13. It’s all a bit easy for the ‘Lethal Weapon’ so he demonstrates a few one arm push ups after a flying shoulderblock. He runs through Nana with a double chop and now onto some clap push up. Nana gets his feet up on the Vader bomb and then floors Blackman with a clothesline. I don’t know if there has been any sweetening of the audio but the Prince is garnering a fair bit of heat. He tries some one handed press ups of his own, only to collapse to the mat! Blackman throws him over the top rope to the outside before dragging him up onto the apron and driving him into the ring steps. Back in the ring and Nana is backing off. A big kick is the set up for the Dragon sleeper and the Prince taps. Nana makes up for a clear lack of ability with personality and between him and Steve Blackman’s cool array of kicks this was a fun little watch.
  14. I think the only people missing are Dean Malenko and Essa Rios, which goes to show how little depth there is to the WWF’s Light Heavyweight division that when you have a Fatal Four-Way match it features two-thirds of said division. At least everyone was afforded an introduction here, unlike on Smackdown. What they weren’t afforded though was much time. All action for the couple of minutes it lasts, although that action primarily consisted of one man going for a pin and then another man breaking it up at two. After Lynn backdrops the Grandmaster over the top rope to the outside onto Taka he’s left all alone with Crash and immediately hits a high impact DDT for the win. He puts the boots to him post-match, continuing these slight heelish traits he’s been showing since he debuted in the WWF.
  15. A pretty sizeable ovation for Tajiri in this dark match, getting both “E-C-W” and “Tajiri” chants. Funaki has Taka Michinoku with him and they do the dubbed interview with some lame comedy about how Tajiri is not Japanese and is in fact from New Jersey, because if he was Japanese he would be like Kaientai and would be “evil”. Funaki gets backdropped out onto the apron where Tajiri kills him with this awesome kick, Taka selling that too by holding his face. Nice spinning heel kick followed by a standing moonsault. The crowd are “Ooh-ing” after everything Tajiri does at the moment. Funaki catches him with a pretty shoddy looking reverse crossbody off the middle. Tajiri with the handspring elbow after being whipped into the ropes. He ties Funaki in the Tree of Woe, getting a loud response from the crowd as he encourages them, and then nails him with a baseball slide, leading to more “E-C-W” chants. Rude Awakening neckbreaker for a near fall. Seated abdominal stretch, Tajiri smacking Funaki on the ass, the ‘making fun of the opponent’ spot that always went down so well in ECW for him. The two trade chops in the middle and no need to say who came out on top there. Funaki ducks a clothesline and dumps Tajiri with a belly to back. He comes in for a double axe handle although leaves himself wide open for a kick to the chest followed by another to the side of the head. Tajiri sits him upstairs but Funaki blocks his shot and hits an inverted tornado DDT for the win. “Gotta show those ECW boys that what they did there means nothing when they get here to the big leagues.” Tajiri took the vast majority of the match here and I thought looked real good in doing so, even if maybe he did tone things down slightly from what he would do in ECW. No Tarantula though.