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  1. Shark Boy’s ring gear doesn’t half look cheap. Steel takes a rest on the turnbuckles after the opening hip toss, almost as though he senses this is going to be an easy night for him. When he starts doing push ups and flexing his muscles, that only results in some homophobic slurs being slung his way from the rednecks. Actually it appears to be this one same voice abusing him and it’s bloody annoying. After Steel’s early dominance Shark Boy catches him with a hip toss followed by a bodyslam, the first two moves Steel had caught him with. Atomic drop and now Shark Boy is biting him on the backside, something which I’m sure will only exacerbate the abuse Steel has been getting. He bails to the floor and Shark Boy, fed up of waiting, chases after him, eventually catching up with him and slamming his head into one of the ringside chairs before throwing him back inside. Shark Boy cinches in a hammerlock that Steel tries to bodyslam his way out of. He keeps hold of that arm on the first effort, but when Steel repeats, he then slams him over the ropes so that Sharkie takes a fall onto the apron. That takes the wind out of him and things aren’t helped by a Steel ‘Shattered Dreams’. Running lariat in the corner. Steel shouts out “action personified” after a suplex but then hits only water as Shark Boy avoids the diving headbutt. The two trade blows in the centre of the ring, Shark Boy getting the better of things and backing Steel up against the turnbuckles where he unloads some more. Frankensteiner off the top for a near fall. Sharkie telegraphs the back drop and Steel with a release cradle suplex. He heads upstairs himself but is too slow and Shark Boy dropkicks the top rope causing him to crotch himself. Shark Boy goes for a second top rope rana, however this time Steel counters with a superbomb to move on to night two. I know they’ve been a prevalent theme throughout various Indies from the start of the year but the homophobic slurs, the “faggot”, the “queer” cat calls are bothering me more and more, especially as this has been two matches in a row where they’ve been clearly audible. Steel looked good here, although I have real issues with Shark Boy’s gear; the biting on the ass, of the hand also makes him come across more as a comedy wrestler as opposed to someone who you should take seriously. Maybe it was the crowd and this probably would’ve played better elsewhere but it just didn’t connect for me.
  2. Tara gets the “she’s a crack whore” treatment when she asks for silence from the MCW faithful. It looks like York and Matthews continued to work shots in MCW and them returning last month to drop the tag titles wasn’t their goodbye. A Matthews dropkick sends Carmichael to the floor while York with a cross armed neckbreaker for Divine. Carmichael ducks under the baseball slide, however when he backdrops York into the ropes he rebounds off them and catches him with a headscissors. Plancha off the top by Matthews. The action briefly returns to the ring until Carmichael sidesteps Joey and launches him through the ropes. It’s pretty much an assisted suicide dive, Matthews crashing into Divine, who is still on the floor, as well as the metal railings. Carmichael gets his knees up on the moonsault and then Divine reaches into the ring, grabs York by the hair and pulls him backwards over the top rope to the outside where he puts the boots to him. The champions get the heat on the challengers but they are the polar opposite to them in every way. York fights his way out of the superplex, shoves Carmichael to the mat and comes off the middle with a senton. Hot tag and the ladies are rather pleased to see Matthews judging by those screams! Face first full nelson slam on Divine and a reverse DDT for Carmichael. Some guy runs out from the dressing room and attacks York and Matthews although doesn’t fare that well as they give him their double hip toss into a sky high powerbomb. Top rope frankensteiner/flying elbow finisher on Carmichael but the referee refuses to count saying York isn’t the legal man. Hmm, if he’s such a stickler for the rules why didn’t he disqualify the champs for the outside interference? Matthews takes his partner’s place and makes the cover, but while the ref tries to get York back on the apron, the interferee returns and clocks Matthews over the back of the head with one of the title belts before putting Carmichael on top. Razor close near fall as Matthews surprisingly kicks out; I don’t know why though because a matter of seconds later a folding press with Carmichael placing his feet over the ropes for added leverage sees them retain. Just like last month York and Matthews were put over strong in defeat with it taking outside interference, an illegal belt shot and Carmichael using the ropes to put them away. It was cool to see York doing Matthews ‘FIP’ role and they both looked really good here, can’t say the same for the champions who are seriously bland. I would’ve liked to have seen more out of Tara, almost in a Sensational Sherri like role involving herself during the match as she was practically invisible after the opening promo.
  3. The Prototype runs out to save someone from a post-match double team and that segues into this match. A solid looking clothesline from the ‘Bad Boy’ that Cena takes a nice bump from. The in house commentator informs us that he, like the Prototype, is signed to a WWF developmental contract. Basil pretty much throws himself onto Cena who then dumps him to the mat with a Samoan drop. He goes to slingshot him into the turnbuckles but they’re too far away and Basil has to take an exaggerated bump in order to reach them. Scoop powerslam by the ‘Bad Boy’ for a two. Cena ducks the clothesline and comes back with a flying forearm, a dropkick and a one handed side slam, flexing his biceps with the free arm. Basil cuts Prototype off but he then reverses the Irish whip and the ref ends up getting squashed in the corner. Prototype with a Blue Thunder Driver however there is no-one to make the count, even though the commentator gives it a shot over the microphone! Damien Steele runs out and waffles Cena in the back with a chair and as he goes to collect a table, Rio, some jacked up Amazonian female, slams him before putting her considerable high heeled boots to him. The commentator calls for some help from the dressing room for Prototype, although considering everyone in the arena can hear him, makes you wonder why he didn’t just forewarn him they were coming in the first place? Steele powerbombs Cena through the table and with their job done he and Rio make their exits. Prototype makes a speedy recovery and with Basil not paying attention and left all alone, he puts him away with a dodgy looking sidewalk slam. Cena is insane physical shape here, not an ounce of fat on him and looking like he’s about to enter a bodybuilding contest. I have recollections from the Observer that Bad Boy Basil died young and it may have been when he was under this developmental deal because as far as I remember he never made it out of UPW. Talking of developmental deals, there is definitely a ‘look’ that the WWF goes for in the UPW guys that they sign; these two, Aaron Aguilera, Nathan Jones, John Heidenreich etc while someone like Samoa Joe who was there at the same time was passed over. The match isn’t very good at all, but it doesn’t overstay it’s welcome and does give us a very first interesting look at the man who would go on to be the face of the WWF for the best part of the next twenty years.
  4. Although this is taking place at Billy Anderson’s Gym, the same venue that IWC operates out of, there is something very backyard and amateurish about it. It’s like a couple of guys doing movez in front of a few friends in a wrestling ring. Quicksilver snaps his neck on the middle rope when they’re too close to it on a sunset flip, while there is one ludicrous moment where Sky hits a ‘Rude Awakening’ neckbreaker but Silver keeps hold of him, stands up and goes straight into a rolling suplex sequence. Scorpio lands a 450 splash at another point and that doesn’t even result in a pin attempt let alone it being the finish. Talking of which, the actual finish is missing, the tape cutting to a different match after a double clothesline. Both are clearly athletic and have potential but have a long way to go and need to go somewhere to hone that potential.
  5. What else would you expect Cheetah Master to come out to? It had to be ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ didn’t it! The world’s most annoying fan, ‘Hat Guy’, is visible in the front row, making himself known and exchanging verbals with Kevin Kelly. There’s no waiting for the bell here and this one is already underway. As Cheetah and Charlie go at it out on the floor, Street with a flying headscissors on Russ. Cheetah makes an early beeline for Kelly, but gets levelled by Charlie who is lay in wait for him. Pescado by Street, however Charlie then slingshots Russ from inside the ring out onto Cheetah and he. After a frantic start the action settles down. There is something so WWF about Kevin Kelly in his ‘Just Bring It’ T-shirt. Street and Cheetah pick up a couple of near falls, firstly by Street hip tossing his partner onto Russ and then Cheetah providing the assist on the legdrop. Russ reverses the Irish whip and Charlie with a knee to the back of Street from the apron. Some great double team work from the brothers here as they work over Street’s arm. Finally Kelly wants in and after pair of knife edge chops in the corner he’s Whoooing and dancing like he’s Ric Flair in there. Those have minimal effect mind and Street quickly switches positions with him. Before he is able to lay anything on him though Kelly ducks out the way and scampers back to his corner. There’s plenty of double and even triple teaming going on behind the referee’s back by the Haas team. Street flattens Charlie with a flying lariat and then dropkicks Russ in the back as they come a cropper on one of those double team moves. Tag to Cheetah who unloads on the brothers while Kelly drops down off the apron and out of reach just in case he fancied coming for him. Double axe handle by Russ and Charlie then wipes him out with a clothesline. Boston crab/camel clutch combination. Street is in to try and make the save, however he’s cut off by the referee. Kelly is so good as this chicken shit heel. Cheetah counters the banana split with a suplex, but the ref misses seeing the tag, distracted by Kelly. He lets it go anyway and Street with a pair of clotheslines for the brothers. As he sets Russ for a butterfly suplex, Charlie clubs him from behind. Street avoids the flip splash and as an unaware Charlie celebrates, takes it in turns to spike them with tornado DDTs. There’s only one man left and Street lies on the mat to tempt Kelly in. That works, although Kelly finally gets his comeuppance as Street pulls his shirt up over his head and blisters him with chops, while at the same time Cheetah wipes out the brothers with a plancha from the top turnbuckle to the floor. Fuck Kelly throws fire at Street and covers him for the win! Bloody hell, wasn’t expecting that at all. The Haas’ put the boots to Cheetah, attack the referee and a bunch of run ins follow, including someone who looks like Zandig but clearly isn’t. Was this the first match Kevin Kelly ever wrestled? It’s certainly the first time I can remember seeing him wrestle and he was a revelation in the chicken shit manager role. The Haas brothers were really good again, and on the back of that Jersey All Pro match against Da Hit Squad do feel like the future of tag team wrestling. It looks like this was a highly enjoyable card from ECWA based on the three matches we watched from it.
  6. Punk is doing the ‘Straight Edge’ gimmick here, telling everyone how the beer they’re drinking is poison and that it will rot their liver, give them cancer and put them in hospital. He asks how many of them have promiscuous sex which leads him to seeing if there are any ‘rats’ or members of the “itty bitty tittie committee” in tonight. As he goes on to say how he is better than all of them, he even gets in a zinger on someone who tries to heckle him. Bambino has undergone a pretty drastic hair cut since we last saw him in that six person tag, looking unrecognisable. He’s got some hard knife edge chops that he lays in on Punk after avoiding a cheap shot in the corner. Not to be denied, Punk does get in a subsequent cheap shot when the ref is between them to break the collar and elbow, only to fail to connect on an elbow drop. They work things around a side headlock until Punk takes Bambino down with a Sayama inspired drop toe hold, done at about a tenth of the speed mind! Impressed at his handiwork he then lies across the top turnbuckle. Punk throws Bambino through the ropes to the floor where Dave Prazak gets a couple of shots in. Sunset flip back inside and even though Punk cuts Bambino off with a clothesline, a pair of dropkicks later sees him taking to the outside. He gets hold of the house mic and tells everyone to shut up so that he can concentrate, otherwise he and “the manager of champions, the Sausage King of Chicago” will exit the building. If he was expecting quiet after his request it never went to plan! Punk stalls on returning to the ring eventually dragging Bambino out to the floor with him, although it’s Punk who ends up flying into the ring post and then onto the lap of a front rower. Release German suplex by Bambino. Punk reverses the tombstone piledriver and hits ‘That’s Incredible’ but takes his time climbing on climbing to the top turnbuckle, arguing with the fans, and misses the elbow drop. Missile dropkick for a two. Punk counters the quesadora, face planting Bambino to the mat, however as he picks him up for a piledriver the toe of Bambino’s boot pokes the ref in the eyes. 2000 is fast becoming the year of the unconvincing ref bump! Prazak goes to clock Bambino with something but ends up accidentally nailing Punk, although does redeem thing for his man by stopping the count. Punk avoids a flying Bambino who hot shots himself on the top rope and then hooks his shorts in making the cover for the win. Definitely an interesting period in the development of CM Punk as it’s a clear start to the ‘Straight Edge’ character that would go on to define him. I’d go as far to argue that he’s actually pretty good now in every aspect bar the wrestling itself. It’s like he’s got the ideas, but not yet the experience to put everything together which is why his ring work looks so rough a lot of the time.
  7. Francine is sporting a pair of nasty looking black eyes, a result of suffering a broken nose last night. Joel Gertner tries to portray himself as some sort of demigod of tag team wrestling, what with him having guided the Dudley’s to eight world titles and all, and claims that this is a historic main event. Kash is all over the World Heavyweight champion who wants no further part of him and tags out to the TV champion. Awesome double springboard huracanrana by Kash. He milks the tag to Van Dam, RVD then turning his back on his opponent to play to the crowd (shock horror, I know!) and briefly paying the price until blocking a shot and forearming Rhino in the jaw. Springboard leaping side kick. Rhino ducks the clothesline and wipes Van Dam out with a short stiff lariat of his own. Oh, Rhino is now using the ‘Big F’N’ Deal’ nickname, which we can add to the ‘Whole F’N’ Show’ and ‘New F’N’ Show’. I know that ECW is ‘extreme’ but that is pretty lazy. Huge military press, however Kash is in and kicks a leg out as RVD falls on top of him for a two count. Spinning heel kick and Rhino rolls to the floor. Credible goes to jump RVD from behind, but Kash cuts him off and clotheslines him over the top rope to the outside. Flip dive by Van Dam and never one to be outdone, Kash with a plancha over the ring post and into the aisle. Back inside Kash runs into an elbow and gets flattened by a superkick. Rhino hammers away on him and then gores him up against the turnbuckles. Francine passes Credible a chair which he slams Kash’s face into. The two trade hard slaps to the chest before a moonsault press by Kash that only gets him a one. Tag to Van Dam and he is more than holding his own in there against the two ECW title holders. He blasts Rhino with a chair and then dropkicks it into Credible’s face. Kash provides the assist on the Van Dam crucifix as they go about double teaming Rhino. Credible is in for the save but ends up sat on RVD’s shoulders in an electric chair position. A super ambitious super rana that they don’t quite pull off, Credible landing right on the top of his head. I re-watched that a couple of times and he was lucky not to break his neck. Van Daminator on Rhino. RVD climbs to the top, however Credible shoves him off and he crashes into the guard rail. Kash escapes ‘That’s Incredible’ and hits the ‘Money Maker’. Mike Kehner is about to make the count when he’s gored by Rhino who then piledrives Kash from the apron and through a table on the concrete. Fuck, that looked every bit as bad as that bump Credible took. As Rhino is stood all alone in the ring Joey Styles telegraphs the Sandman’s arrival by wondering if anyone can stop him. Sandman destroys a cane over Rhino’s head before being the recipient of a brutal cane shot to the back of the head from Credible. Here comes Steve Corino and he superkicks Rhino who falls backwards into the corner. Fonzie holds a chair in place, Van Terminator and Kehner comes too as RVD gets a pin over the TV champion. Kid Kash looked phenomenal here, Rhino a killer, RVD kept his annoying traits to a minimum and even Justin Credible was perfectly serviceable. A really enjoyable ‘ECW style’ TV main event and one where the expected interference at the end didn’t detract as Sandman was in and out to further his rivalry with Rhino and then Corino goes about continuing to establish himself as a face, his superkick ultimately leading to the Van Terminator and finish.
  8. The official orders Danger’s ‘Dick Clique’ to the back as he doesn’t want any interference in this three-way. ‘Big’ Dick persuades Sakoda to work together against the champion to eliminate him first, but that lasts all of fifteen seconds before Sakoda is breaking up a Danger cover. He then manages to convince Reyes into working with him and that does go better until the same inevitable pin breaking outcome. Both already double crossed by him Reyes and Sakoda team up, no surprises for guessing how that ends up though. Sakoda cinches in a camel clutch on the United States champion and rather than let him wear him down or possibly even get a submission, Danger applies a rear chinlock resulting in Keiji having to let go of the hold. Double sleeper spot. Combination drop toe hold/baseball slide dropkick on Sakoda. Danger with a swinging neckbreaker and he’s the first man eliminated. ‘Big’ Dick collects the title belt and makes his way to the dressing room thinking that he’s the new champion, forgetting its elimination rules. Reyes drags him back to the ring, sunset flip and he yanks down Danger’s trunks to complete. He’s in no hurry to pull those trunks back up mind, putting the boots to Reyes with his bare ass on display for all to see. Reyes avoids the fist drop off the middle, Danger punching the mat. Huracanrana, however as he goes for a second it’s countered into a pop up powerbomb for a two. Reyes escapes the swinging neckbreaker, looks for a Northern Lights, but Danger counters that into a DDT for another near fall. He lands the neckbreaker although this time they’re too close to the ropes and the champion gets a foot over them. Danger doesn’t realise what’s happened and for the second time in the match collects the title belt thinking it’s over. When he finds out that’s not the case he swings at Reyes, who ducks, and levels him with a spinning kick. Tombstone piledriver and Reyes retains the gold. The final couple of minutes of this were good, but the three-way part was generic and Reyes isn’t experienced enough to carry someone like Danger, who on the whole didn’t show much. The near fall laden closing stretch and kicking out of finishers is becoming a regular trend in Reyes’ matches.
  9. Things are much slower and measured here compared to B-Boy’s match with Reyes’ Los Gringos partner. B goes for a clothesline, Reyes slides between his legs, ankle trip and he drops a leg to the back of his head. Double running knee to the chest followed by a double leg cradle for a two. The Irish whip is reversed, B keeping hold of the arm and launching Reyes with an exploder. Cross arm bar transitioned into from a seated abdominal stretch and Reyes wriggles over to the ropes for the break. B-Boy is really early telegraphing the backdrop and gets spiked by a jumping DDT. A baseball slide dropkick sends him to the outside, although there is no dive or anything, the referee preventing Reyes from following up. B escapes the tombstone piledriver and hits a brainbuster before tying the champion in the ‘tree of woe’ and dropkicking him in the face. Reyes fires back and gets a two after a butterfly suplex. Boy avoids the ‘Stinger splash’ puts Reyes over his shoulder for a Death Valley Driver, but his swinging legs KO the referee. There’s no-one to count so B-Boy does so himself, getting the visual pin in the process. After a second Death Valley Driver the official comes around however Reyes grabs his hand to stop it coming down for the three. Tombstone by Reyes and another call back, this time B-Boy stopping the count like Reyes did after his DVD. Magistral cradle that B counters into a pinfall attempt of his own. Tornado DDT, hip toss into an implant DDT, Diamond Cutter, frog splash, near falls aplenty from both men. B-Boy lands on the apron after being back dropped over the top rope, sunset flip back inside but Reyes drops down on him and hooks his legs to retain the gold. The build to this match has been on the back of some simple and straight forward booking 101; Reyes interfered in B-Boy’s match with his Los Gringos partner, that led to a tag team match where B got a pin over the champion, which resulted in him receiving a title shot. There were some nice call backs in this, although it felt like they were trying to create an ‘epic’ with all the kick outs. I almost feel as though I need to watch this a second time as the constant kick outs were taking something out of me. Not at the level they were aiming for for me, however still a good match and interesting to note as well that B-Boy has been the common denominator in the vast majority of the better IWC matches.
  10. Jerry Lynn vs Steve Corino vs Yoshihiro Tajiri (ECW on TNN 8/4/00) Lynn and Tajiri start off working together, dumping Corino to the outside. Lou E. Dangerously is loitering around ringside for some reason. We’re not even two minutes in and Tajiri has already busted out the handspring elbow and Tarantula. Corino breaks up the Tarantula and as Tajiri falls to the apron he’s attacked by Jack Victory. Leg lariat for a two. Mule kick by Corino to escape the waistlock and a baseball slide dropkick for Tajiri who’s still going at it with Jacko. As Corino heads to help his man, Lynn with a plancha from the top turnbuckle to the floor out onto the pair. Tajiri suplexes Lynn back into the ring, lands a huracanrana, but then walks right into a Corino superkick. He backdrops his way out of the cradle piledriver before blowing the mist at Corino. Boot to the mid-section by Lynn, cradle piledriver and Tajiri is eliminated. It turns out Dangerously is now part of The Network and hands Corino a towel to wipe the mist out of his eyes. Corino blocks the tornado DDT but then misses the clothesline and Lynn with a belly to back suplex for a two. Sunset flip into a powerbomb. Reverse DDT for another two. Nice bodyscissors roll up by Lynn before they run through the Guerrero/Malenko sequence. Corino catches him with that deep powerslam, heads upstairs, but Lynn crotches him and hits a draping DDT from the top. He KO’s Victory who is up on the apron , makes the cover and as it looks like he’s got this in the bag Lou E. pulls the official from the ring to break the count. As Jacko complains to Mike Kehner about being attacked, Lynn grabs Dangerously, however he throws his phone to Corino who then blasts Lynn between the eyes with it when he turns around. In spite of that he is still able to get a shoulder up on the cover. Lynn with a go behind on the bodyslam, he goes for the cradle piledriver when Scotty Anton runs out. The Network distracts the referee as Anton clotheslines Lynn across the top rope. Corino with the ‘Old School Expulsion’ and the The Network steal a victory from ECW. They continue to attack him after the match and despite the fans chanting for RVD its Tommy Dreamer who makes the save, with Jazz also showing up, as this eventually segues into the next match. Tommy Dreamer vs Scotty Anton (ECW on TNN 8/4/00) Dreamer drags Anton off to the rear of the building and then back, which appears to be nothing more than a way of just clearing the ring of folk after the previous match. He goes to bulldog the ‘U.S. Male’ from the apron onto a ladder that he’d bridged between the ring and guard rail, however Scotty shoves him off and Dreamer crashes face first into it. Anton starts ‘the Clap’ which is surprisingly somewhat over already. Dreamer has been busted open above the eye and Anton immediately targets that cut. He sets up a second ladder across the middle turnbuckle but Dreamer reverses the Irish whip and Scotty takes the bump, back first, into it. Superplex whilst stood on the ladder. Jazz, who either never left or has returned to ringside, slides a couple of chairs into Dreamer and he lays the ladder across them. Anton blocks the attempted suplex and then suplexes Dreamer into the contraption that he’d just created. There are some hideously named moves in ECW, but Anton’s Scorpion Deathlock, called ‘the Clap Trap’ might very well be the worst of the lot. Somehow Mike Kehner misses seeing Jazz break up the submission by blasting ‘the U.S. Male’ over the head with a chair. Anton counters the DDT with a back heel trip when out comes Jerry Lynn looking for payback for earlier. Cradle piledriver is missed by ‘Blind’ Mike before Dreamer comes off the middle with an elbow to a chair over Anton’s face for the win. How Kehner missed the Jazz interference I’ll never know as he came across pretty incompetent in doing so. Anton looks a solid hand and is fairly charismatic, he’s just got that WCW lower card stench about him which is hard to shake off, to the point he’s already pegged, despite the turn on Van Dam, as a comedic mid-carder.
  11. Dr Tom is on commentary with Kevin Kelly here and both put Smothers over as someone who Tazz can’t take lightly, saying how he is unorthodox and can make you look bad in a minute. Tazz clotheslines him over the top rope to the outside where he slams his head into the ring steps. Tracey gets the jump on him when they return to the ring, dropping a forearm across Tazz’s throat and eliciting a decent heel response. Double leg takedown by Tazz who then unloads on his opponent. Northern Lights suplex for a two. Smothers reverses the Irish whip, Tazz ducks the kick and sinks in the ‘Tazzmission’ for the win. Out of Tracey’s WWF enhancement work I’d say the Headbangers tag match has the slight edge.
  12. Don Montoya welcomes everyone to the ‘Haas of Pain’ as he and Kristy Kiss are seconding the brothers tonight. When he says how they are the future of tag team wrestling, it gets a “WWF” chant, so everyone is wise to where they’ve been recently. Charlie has a few words of his own and the crowd’s response to that is “no mic skills” which takes smarkiness to a whole new level. Da Hit Squad’s manager Johnny D, who sounds like a potty mouthed Vince Russo, has someone he claims is going to break Kristy Kiss’ neck for a second time. This person is never introduced, identified and I don’t recognise her, but she does come out to ‘Last Resort’ which is fast approaching ‘Bawitdaba’ as the most overused entrance music of the year. Stereo back drops by DHS before they clothesline the Haas’ over the top rope and to the outside. Big suicide dive by Mafia, using some wooden steps to leap off to help him clear the ropes. Double military press slam on Charlie. Reverse falling headbutt for a two. Mack with a stiff clothesline, but as he sets himself for another, Russ pulls down the top rope and the brothers dump him over it to the concrete. Montoya gets in some cheap shots too as the Haas’ go about wearing Mack down. There’s now a “where’s your angle?” chant going on which means zip to me. Double shoulder tackle. Mack is thrown to the floor and Charlie then slugs Mafia on the apron. It’s all a ploy to distract the official though as Montoya interferes again behind his back before Russ flattens him with a somersault senton. That unidentified woman comes around and grabs Kiss as we get a super lame ‘catfight’, the one of them even appearing to be laughing as they ‘fight’. Clearly enjoying herself then! Combination Boston crab/camel clutch by the brothers. Mack avoids the Russ flip splash and levels Charlie with a clothesline. Hot tag to Mafia and these smarks are calling for “tables”. Stereo diving headbutts from opposite turnbuckles and Charlie with the save in the nick of time. Mafia kicks out of the Haas’ handspring moonsault/corkscrew leg drop finisher (which it sounds like they’ve called ‘Haastruction’) and they’re complaining to the official about the slowness of his count. Banana split/flying elbow to the groin and again Mafia kicks out. First time I ever recall seeing a ‘banana split’ done in wrestling. As they go for it a second time Mack hooks Russ’ ankle causing him to fall from the top. Small package by Mafia and DHS retain their Jersey All Pro tag titles. Mack’s parting shot for the brothers who it seems are on their way out is “have fun in Connecticut bitch!” The finish did feel as though it came out of nowhere, the crowd were ungodly annoying and I could’ve done without the ‘catfight’ but this was a really good tag match. Both teams looked great, especially the brothers on offense, and even writing this up now I’m still smiling at that ‘banana split’ they pulled out in the closing moments. They do need to come up with a better name than ‘Haastruction’ though for their finisher mind! Recommended.
  13. The match that was made last week after Ricky Reyes interfered in Rocky Romero’s singles bout with B-Boy. Peterson and Romero start us off and after a double dropkick that sees both men hit nothing but air, Primetime offers his hand, only for Rocky to make out like he’s going to accept but then run it through his hair instead. The two men tag out and B and Reyes work some nice exchanges, including Reyes busting out a ‘Cattle Mutilation’ and a single leg crab from B-Boy where he bends his opponent’s leg around his head. As B expects a ‘test of strength’ he’s wide open and a cheap kick to the sternum is the beginning of the Gringos working him over for a bit. B-Boy reverses the Irish whip, sit out hip toss and after making the tag they blast Rocky around the head with a double enziguiri. Brainbuster for a two count as Reyes is in to break up the pin attempt. Double basement dropkick to the front and back by Peterson and B-Boy. Rocky ducks a clothesline and catches B with a springboard DDT. Combination belly to back/middle rope elbow and now it’s Primetime saving his partner, something that will become a common theme over the next few minutes. Reyes tosses B-Boy out to the concrete where Rocky puts the boots to him behind the official’s back. Seated abdominal stretch with Primetime doing his best to rally the crowd from the apron. The back drop is telegraphed and B-Boy with an implant DDT on Reyes. Hot tag to Primetime who doesn’t really do much before tagging B back in. Crossface and as it looks like Reyes is about to get to the ropes, B-Boy drags him back into the middle of the ring. He appears to tap but Romero and Peterson are fighting it out in there and the match is continuing so guess he didn’t. B-Boy holds on after the piledriver, cradle piledriver and finally a Death Valley Driver as he gets a pin over the United States champion. That’s not lost on him and he challenges Reyes to a title match next week thinking that after that he deserves one.
  14. The first time I ever saw B-Boy (in CZW) he had hair, so even though you imagine him bald, seeing him with hair didn’t surprise me. He gets down on his knees and puts his hands behind his head to let the ref check him, almost like a criminal being frisked. Ricky Reyes is accompanying his Gringo partner to the ring for this bout. A good fast paced opening here, Romero landing on his feet as B-Boy rolls out the way of the Lionsault, but as he then runs at him, Boy ducks and pulls down the top rope, Rocky flying over it to the outside. Sit out hip toss for our first two count of the match. Romero is whipped into the corner, however he catches B with a headscissors and drives his head into the middle turnbuckle. Flying back elbow smash followed by his springboard senton/springboard twisting senton combination. Rocky’s chops wake B-Boy up and he hits some sort of spinning powerslam, although that takes as much out of him as it does his opponent. Top rope frankensteiner by Rocky for a near fall. B-Boy reverses the Irish whip and gets a near fall of his own after a chokeslam into a diamond cutter. Rocky ducks a clothesline and dumps B with a great looking belly to back suplex. Springboard DDT and this time its B-Boy getting a foot over the rope to stop the count. B counters the tornado DDT but as he heads upstairs Reyes trips him, interfering for the DQ. Primetime Peterson makes the save and Los Gringos bail at the earliest opportunity before a bit of mic work sets up a tag match for next week. A bit indyriffic at times, but I quite enjoyed it with the pace that they were both cutting and the innovation shown, however it’s yet another IWC SoCal match with an incredibly poor finish.
  15. This event is being held in an actual bar, no ring, and the Shamrock/Lawlor match is the main event on a four match card. The vibe they wanted was more your ‘bar room brawl, hence the name of the show, but it generally comes off more like a WWF hardcore match from the late 90s/early 2000s, especially when Shamrock was in control. Cosmetically he looks tremendous for a 54 year old man, although not sure the ‘World’s Most Dangerous Man’ moniker is still fitting. Things were much better when Filthy Tom was on offense as it actually resembled a fight then as opposed to a wrestling match. Lawlor applies a triangle choke at one point which Shamrock escapes from by slamming him to the concrete. As a TUF alumni you would think he’d remember what happened between Noah Thomas and Marlon Sims! They disappear into the women’s bathroom for a bit (all off camera) and next time we see them Lawlor is crawling on the floor, soaked and carrying a plunger. Are we meant to think that Shamrock gave him a swirlie in there? The plunger comes in to play, Lawlor using it for a modified camel clutch but it’s the ‘World’s Most Dangerous 54 year old’ who comes out on top, getting the ankle lock submission.