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This picture encapsulates everything exciting about this project, dude. This is AMAZING.

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August 2nd, 2000

They would have expected for him to show up late to his own event, but as the last reporters filed into the Pioneer Room at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino off the Vegas strip, there sat Dennis Rodman, unexpectedly seated and ready to kick off his major announcement. Behind him stood men in suits, though Rodman donned his typical sunglasses and casual wear. The squeak of his flip flops as he bounced his right foot indicated he had just come back from the pool.

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“Y’all sit down, I wanna get this shit started.” Rodman spoke into the microphone with his familiar voice. With everyone seated, Rodman began.

“Thank you all for being here. This is new for me, to be callin’ a press conference like this. I ain’t never done anything like this, but I’m ready to take a chance. All my life I’ve been taking a chance, from growing up, to the NBA, to the things y’all write about me in the papers. Back when I was kid, I wasn’t good enough to play ball. I tried, but I didn’t amount to shit - until I did. Then I gave almost 20 years to that game, and I missed so much. That’s why you’ve seen me do all kinds a things. I’m almost 40 years old, man. I gotta do something different.” 

“I love professional wrestling. I’ve loved it since I was a child growing up in Dallas. We used to get to see those Von Erichs, and I got to see Iceman Parsons and The Freebirds. I never got to go, but I loved it. When I worked with WCW three years ago, with Hogan and them, I knew this was the world I needed to move into. Wrestling got so hot it boiled over. The bubble burst. And I’m gonna blow that bubble back up.”

“I’m here to officially announce that I have secured a semi-permanent home here at Sam’s Town to produce a new wrestling program. Right now, we have the funding to run shows here - but we’re looking beyond the borders of Vegas. Right now, you see a lot of new companies starting up in the USA, in Australia, back up in Japan. The next generation wants to create something new in wrestling, something that ain’t never been seen before, and I’m ‘bout that. Las Vegas is already the place to be for the nightlife, for the party, for boxing. Starting today, with y’all as my witness - Las Vegas is the new home for professional wrestling, Rodman style.”

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you: Beach Club Pro.”

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“Yeah, the name’s a little funky. A little off kilter - that’s how we want it. You interested? Well then we did the damn job. Now the thing is, I wouldn’t know what I was doing if I was doing this alone. So I brought in one of my childhood icons to help me out. He’ll be relocating from Florida here to Vegas for this opportunity, but what the Worm was to basketball, this man was to professional wrestling for almost 40 years. The man in charge of the day to day operations - ladies and gentleman, “The Exotic” Adrian Street.”

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Adrian Street, ever the provocateur, walked out to applause from the sea of reporters who had not seen him in quite some time. Donning a purple “Sgt. Pepper’s” style coat and a freshly shorn bald head, he didn’t look quite like the glam icon of years past - but his small frame still cut an imposing figure. Street took to the microphone in his Welsh drawl: “Thanks Dennis. Ya see folks, this is a big opportunity here. Dennis contacted me at my wrestling school a few months ago and told me his vision for a new style of professional wrestling. I was skeptical at first, but when he could discuss matches of mine in Mid-South, obscure angles from World Class, and what he liked about his time in WCW, I thought I should hear him out.” 

Street continued, “He then told me about some of this stuff someone sent him out of the Philadelphia area. All this stuff with weapons, with barbed-wire, whatever these jokers could get their hands on. It’s a new world out there, and it took me a minute to get used to it, but the way the crowds reacted? That hasn’t been seen in decades. I told him, ‘Dennis, we gotta find these guys before somebody else does.’”

A brief highlight video played on the screen behind Dennis and Adrian, grainy footage of guys jumping off ladders, putting their opponents through tables, twisting them up in barbed-wire, a shot of someone going through a pane of glass. 

Dennis took the microphone back from Adrian, “But we also knew we wanted to feature the hardest hitting wrestlers in the world. Wrestling is beautiful, but it’s violent, right? Weapons are violence, blood is violence. But two people using their physical prowess to try and overpower the other? That’s beauty. That’s violence. It’s beautiful violence. And the next person I want to introduce helped me fill this roster the way I wanted. He’s a legend in America and in Japan and will be working from Japan on talent acquisition...and venue acquisition. Because we are going to Japan, baby. You better believe it. Ladies and Gentleman, the great Masa Saito.”

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The crowd is overcome with a loud gasp at the appearance of the recently retired wrestler. Hulking behind Dennis, he has a slight tremor in his demeanor, but is able to speak in rudimentary English. “Thank you Mr. Rodman. I am happy to help rebuild wrestling in Japan. And I believe that with the vision between Mr. Rodman, Mr. Street and myself, we can do that. I have signed some of the best young and veteran talent in Japan for Beach Club Pro and you will see them soon. Thank you.”

The crowd roars with applause, but Rodman holds up his hands to quiet them down.

“So what’s next? Haha, man...How ‘bout a lil’ tournament? We gonna kick off Beach Club Pro right. Starting next week, and over the next four weeks - we’re gonna get a little wild. A little crazy. And we’re gonna crown our first champion.”

Applause from the reporters. Adrian is handed the microphone.

“Two brackets. Eight men in each. One bracket, the “Strong” bracket. Each match will have a 20-minute time limit, pinfall, submissions and knockout only. The other, the “Death” bracket. Each match will be contested under a different set of rules each time. Expect blood.”

“In the “Strong” bracket, we will see a Hawaiian wrestler, known for his impressively violent bouts in Japan take on the man with the strongest arm, also from Japan, when Maunakea Mossman takes on Satoshi Kojima. We will see the former Green Beret Tom Howard take on the young, hard-hitting Tomohiro Ishii. The West Texas Redneck and veteran force Kendall Windham take on the most dominant UFC fighter alive Don Frye and in a battle of two of the biggest men in the competition, the man formerly known as Kurosawa, Manabu Nakanishi will take on one of the most decorated American wrestlers of all-time when he faces none other than “Dr. Death” Steve Williams."

Huge applause at that last announcement.

“In the “Death” bracket, we will see former ECW star, the technically sound CW Anderson, despite his protestations, fight one of the most intense people you will ever see in the wrestling ring, Justice Pain. A man on his way to becoming a legend in Japan, Tomoaki Honma will fight the unhinged, death-defying Ric Blade. The ever popular Vampiro, unafraid of pain, will try his hand at the world of extreme as he takes on a man who might not even feel pain in John Zandig. And in our last match of the bracket, “Sick” Nick Mondo currently has no opponent, as a VISA issue has removed the chance of his planned opponent showing up. When we nail down the opponent, we will make sure to announce it through all avenues.”

Suddenly, the door to the conference busts open, causing the reporters to turn their heads and look. Who walks through? K-Dogg, Konnan, in shades and a flannel. 

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“Ay, fuckin’ Rodman, man. You ain’t gotta look any further for this prick, Sick Nick to get his ass beat. I got ya boy right here.”

Konnan motions behind him and out walks a broad chested man with shoulder-length black hair.

“Yeah yeah, this is Ricky Banderas ‘ese. He’s from Puerto Rico, eh? And that title? Is his. ARRIBA LA RAZA!”

Konnan throws up a hand sign and does a “cut throat” motion, before turning with Banderas and walking back out the room. Everyone reshuffles in the room to find Rodman standing, smiling.

“Hope y’all ready for Beach Club Pro.”

With that, Rodman shakes hands with Adrian Street and Masa Saito and the three men walk out.

 

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Beach Club Pro cannot get started soon enough. We're in for a fun ride!

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Card for Beach Club Pro's First Show
Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall
8/8/2000

Maunakea Mossman & Tatsuhito Takaiwa Vs. Satoshi Kojima & Ikuto Hidaka
Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero Vs. Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger
World Title Tournament First Round (Barbed-Wire Whip Match): CW Anderson Vs. Justice Pain
World Title Tournament First Round: Tom Howard Vs. Tomohiro Ishii
World Title Tournament First Round (10,000 Thumbtacks Match): Vampiro Vs. John Zandig
World Title Tournament First Round: "Dr. Death" Steve Williams Vs. Manabu Nakanishi

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SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!! This poster is amazing! How can we all top this?

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On 8/3/2020 at 11:24 AM, LowBlowPodcast said:

I'm going to have to do a little bit of research on the group of guys that you have but this definitely looks like a fun kick start to what is going to be a wild ride.

Feel free to ask if you’re looking for recommendations on someone 

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For Immediate Release
August 5, 2000
Contact: Beach Club Pro - (702) 556-5566

Las Vegas, NV - Beach Club Pro owner Dennis Rodman, in partnership with Japanese talent liason Masa Saito, have announced the signing of two legendary wrestlers, with all contract negotiations and VISA paperwork completed and approved through the Nevada State Athletic Commission. 

On the 4th anniversary  (8/5/96) of their legendary match unifying eight different junior heavyweight titles, otherwise known as the J-Crown, Beach Club Pro is proud to announce the acquistion of The Great Sasuke and Ultimo Dragon as additions to their roster.

Rodman was ecstatic at the signings, stating that while the early weeks of Beach Club Pro will focus on the Strong and Death divisions of the tournament, his plans for worldly expansion also include a lively Junior division. "Both Dragon and Sasuke have seen what we plan to offer as a wrestling product, and as two individuals that have made their entire career on being on the forefront of change, they were happy to work with Saito on something that benefitted all parties."

There is no word yet on the shape this Junior division will take within Beach Club Pro, nor was Rodman willing to concede if he had made any other notable signings, but he promised we would find out soon. "The plan right now is for the Heavyweight Title tournament to be the focus of the next four weeks. You may see some new talent sprinkle in here and there, like (Ikuto) Hidaka and (Tatsuhito) Takaiwa on our first show. But rest assured - we promise something brand new for the future. Just ride with us for little ways, you won't be disappointed."

It remains to be seen just how Beach Club pro will look once their events start, but their desire for many different types of wrestling is evident.

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Love it. Sasuke and Dragon are two juniors that can work multiple styles so they definitely fit your promotion and the overall feel isn’t sacrificed by having them join 

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Really great stuff here, your use of that amazing poster and the set up for your tournament makes Beach Club Pro such a strong promotion.  Like LowBlow, I am not that familiar with a number of your competitors, so I plan to enjoy learning who they are through your writings, which to this point are rich in detail.  

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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

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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.

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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) 

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.
Winner: Vampiro

 

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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.

 

Results:
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)

 

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I was curious about your first show, because you set a high standard with your unique use of posters and graphics, which has been stellar and attention grabbing.  But now we come to what really matters ... the substance of your shows.

And you matched that standard with flying colors!

I am not the biggest fan of hardcore and extreme wrestling (although I did host a hardcore division in a former federation I wrote for that got pretty extreme) but I like your use of it here.  I thought in the Pain/Anderson match, waiting until the end to introduce the barb-wire whip was a great choice.

I have no clue who Maunakea Mossman is, but from reading the match, he is my new favorite wrestler in BCP.

I kind of hope Justice Pain takes out Konnan.  I just never liked him that much, but I grudgingly admit he got great heel heat with me on this show, so what he is doing is working.

Loved the show of sportsmanship between Dr. Death and Nakanishi to close out the show.

Great debut for BCP and the future here is wide open for sure!

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Card for Beach Club Pro's Second Show
Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall
8/15/2000

Gedo, Jado & Tatsuhito Takaiwa Vs. Elix Skipper, Ikuto Hidaka & Naomichi Marufuji
Manabu Nakanishi & Tomohiro Ishii Vs. Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger
World Title Tournament First Round (Barbed-Wire Board Match): Tomoaki Honma Vs. Ric Blade
World Title Tournament First Round: Kendall Windham Vs. "The Predator" Don Frye
World Title Tournament First Round (TLC Match): "Sick" Nick Mondo Vs. Ricky Banderas
World Title Tournament First Round: Maunakea Mossman Vs. Satoshi Kojima

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