Thursday, April 24, 2014
-Commentators: Mike Tenay & Jeremy Borash.
-Seiya Senada d. D.J. Shiima Xion via moonsault to retain the X-Division Title (6:10 aired).
-Commentators: Mike Tenay & Taz.
-Kurt Angle d. Rockstar Spud(w/ Ethan Carter III) with the anklelock. EC3 attacked Angle after the match but Willow The Wisp ran him off.
-Women's Champion Madison Rayne called out The Beautiful People(Angelina Love & Velvet Sky) since they wanted to give her a "makeover". The war of words led to a fight and the numbers caught up to Madison; Brittany Garrett ran in to help but was thrown out of the ring. Sky dropped Rayne with the In Yo' Face(sitout Pedigree) and they put a paper bag over her head.
-Bobby Lashley d. Kenny King by countout. Lashley caught a Buff Blockbuster and turned it into a delayed vertical suplex, but King rolled out of the ring to avoid a spear attempt and walked away for the countout.
-Montel Vontavious Porter d. Austin Aries with the Drive-By(low-flying boot) after a missed 450 Splash.
-Bobby Roode & James Storm d. Bully Ray & Phil Gunner when Storm pinned Gunner after the Last Call superkick.
-The Beautiful People(Angelina Love & Velvet Sky) d. Women's Champion Madison Rayne & Gail Kim when Angelina rolled up Rayne with a handful of tights.
-Added to Sacrifice: The Bro Mans(Robbie Eckos & Jessie Godderz) defend the Tag Team Titles with D.J. Shiima Xion as their tag team partner in a handicap match against The American Wolves(Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards).
-Abyss d. Brutus Magnus by DQ when Magnus stopped a chokeslam with a blatant kick to the groin. Magnus beat down Abyss with a chair after the match and then manhandled the referee; Heavyweight Champion Eric Young(who was on commentary) hit the ring but got mulekicked by Magnus and took a chair beatdown as well.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
-Commentators: Tom Phillips & Byron Saxton.
-Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston d. Alberto Del Rio(non-title) after the Big Ending (4:20). Wade "Bad News" Barrett addressed the champion from his podium afterwards.
-Hornswoggle(w/ Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, & Jinder Mahal) d. El Torito(w/ Los Matadores); the outside parties got into a confrontation and the distraction led to Torito missing the moonsault, allowing Hornswoggle to win with the Tadpole Splash (4:49).
-Sheamus O'Shaunessy d. Titus O'Neil via Brogue Kick (6:14).
-Ryback(w/ Curtis Axel) d. Tag Team Champion Jimmy Uso(w/ Jey Uso) after Axel's distraction led to the Shellshock and pin (13:12).
AAW Pro Wrestling #9
-Commentators: Phil Colvin & Derek St. Holmes, Esq.
-Zero Gravity(Brett Gakiya & C.J. Esparza) d. Dan Lawrence & Markus Crane; Esparza suplexed a running Gakiya into a modified 450 Splash on Crane for the pin (8:51).
-Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana & "The Murderous Monk" Juntai Miller d. "The Human Massacre" Keith Walker & Tweek Phoenix(w/ Kevin Harvey & Nikki Knight) when Cabana pinned Phoenix after a fireman's-carry drop onto the turnbuckles while standing on the second rope (10:42). (Tweek runs his mouth a lot...he should be a comedian or something...)
-"The Money" Matt Cage d. A.C.H. to retain the Heritage Title after raising the knees to block a frog splash and rolling him up while holding the ropes (13:04). Cage laid out A.C.H. with the title belt after the match, but then he was confronted by Juntai Miller. Miller got the better of the fight but Cage rolled out of the ring before he took too much abuse. (Wonder if we could see the A.C.H.-Matt Cage feud in this neck of the woods sometime...)
-Next week: Shane Hollister vs. Jimmy Jacobs for the Heavyweight Title, plus Silas Young-Eddie Kingston II.
The intimate venue means that even a smaller crowd can sound great for these shows...and it definitely worked on this night with the hardcore-style main event. Fox 2 News' April Simpson was in the house to check out the show...seems like she's a bit of a wrestling fan. Woo.
Was in good company for the night with local comedy compatriots Landon Meyer and Matthew Rude of the Rude Moose Radio/Kayfabe Poker Night podcasts. I occasionally make an appearance on their shows to hype the independent scene...Landon's been to a few indy shows in the past but this was Matt's first non-Ring Of Honor indy show. They definitely had a good time and hopefully they'll be coming to more shows down the line. Check out their podcasts at:
Your ring announcer was Chris Roedel(with Ben Simon doing a few announcements), your referees were Michael Crase and Jay King.
Absences from the announced lineup: Dan Walsh(scheduled to face Alexandre Rudolph) and Kevin X(scheduled to face Brandon Gallagher).
Everett Connors vs. Chase King: I guess this was unofficially a "dark match". MMWA/South Broadway had notable presence on the show as several guys made their Dynamo debuts, including these two. King recently returned to action after a hiatus of about a year and is now a rulebreaker at South Broadway; Connors is extremely new with only a few matches under his proverbial belt. King countered one bodyscissors victory roll attempt into a German suplex, but Connors got it on the second try for the flash pin and (I believe) his first win in 4:29.
"The Littlest Viking" Jake Parnell vs. Ace Hawkins(w/ Brandon Espinosa): Parnell may be dropping his given name completely as he's only been announced as "The Littlest Viking" lately. The undercard matches were kept relatively short on this night, as I figured they might for a midweek show. Espy's involvement led to Ace getting the win in 5:33...and Rudolph made an appearance to carry his partner away from the ringside area. Heh.
Executive Director Mark Bland made an appearance...no big angle, just general show hype.
"Night Train/Gorgeous/Great One" Gary Jackson vs. "The Alternative" Brandon Gallagher: Gallagher was hyped as being on a winning streak, but it came to an abrupt end against the local veteran. Sometimes the simple psychology works...the bad guy gets cocky, goes for the same move a second time, and gets countered. It worked in the opener and it worked here as Gary countered Gallagher's second suplex attempt into a small package at 5:24. Cue epic tantrum...bwahahaha. Gallagher's hair isn't as blue as it once was, but he still got some Katy Perry chants...
"The American Viking" Alexandre Rudolph vs. Da'Marius Jones: Travis Cook made an appearance to "scout" Jones; he had a talk with Da'Marius before the match as Rudolph was held back by the ring announcer and refs. That put Jones in the bad-guy role for the evening, but Rudolph is powered by STAG BEER~!(official sponsor of Dynamo Pro Wrestling at Off Broadway) so he was the definite crowd favorite. Landon and Matt were very impressed by Rudolph's Goozleplex finisher...it ended the match at 7:12. Travis had another talk with Jones after the match, but no tension surfaced on this evening.
Tag Team Champion "The Don Mega" Shorty Biggs vs. Brandon Espinosa(w/ Ace Hawkins): It seemed like this was just getting warmed up when Hawkins ran in for the disqualification...no match time was announced but it was a bit over five minutes. Hope to see a longer match between these two at some point. Parnell came back out to even the odds, putting Mark Bland in the Teddy Long role of booking a HOLLA HOLLA TAG MATCH, PLAYA~!
Tag Team Champion "The Don Mega" Shorty Biggs & "The Littlest Viking" Jake Parnell vs. Brandon Espinosa & Ace Hawkins: Now that Ace is a bad guy, he'd better keep a close eye on that Missouri Wrestling Revival "Sexiest Wrestler" trophy...awards don't tend to last long in wrestling environments. The good guys got some laughs by messing up the hair of the Elitism duo...heh. Shorty cleaned house after the hot tag and then brought Parnell back in to finish off Hawkins with the 450 Splash at 6:06, evening the score from the earlier singles match. (For future reference, Shorty tells me that the Bumrush Brothers' double-team finisher is called the "Order 66"...so put that in the mental Rolodex.)
They took a lengthy intermission to set up the main event...
"Dirdey" Jake Dirden vs. Tag Team Champion Outtkast, House Of Fun Hardcore Match for the Heavyweight Title: I don't think I'd ever seen this style of match before. A set of keys were suspended above the ring to be retreived via ladder. Weapons were chained to the ringposts and the keys unlocked the padlocks for each weapon. I had flashbacks to a previous gimmick match with a briefcase on a pole where the keys didn't work so well...it wasn't too bad in this case. The wrestlers simply had to try different keys until they found the one that unlocked the weapon in question.
Landon and Matt were cringing at some of the weapon spots in this one...the ladder lawndart spot was the biggest "holy $#!+" moment of the bout. People were shocked that Dirden didn't come up bloody after that one...there was no blood in this one, but certainly not for lack of effort. The table WOULD NOT BREAK...again, not for lack of effort. The metal spike never got DIRECTLY used...otherwise we would have seen some crimson for sure. I still remember the last-man-standing match that Outtkast had with Billy McNeil in the GCW days where he took TEN kendo stick shots to the head...this time around, he took five or six and it still sucked to watch. That didn't finish off Kast, but the Asiatic Spike finally sealed the deal at 27:59(!). Dirden's basically a tweener these days, so we got mutual respect after the match...yay.
Anywho, fun night of wrestling action...and the plate is full for the next month or so:
-Saturday 4/26: SICW in East Carondelet
-Friday 5/2: SLA in Alton, IL
-Saturday 5/3: DPW in Fenton, MO(Stratford Inn)
-Saturday 5/10: DPW in Glen Carbon, IL; MMWA in St. Louis, MO
-Saturday 5/17: SICW in East Carondelet(Bobby Heenan)
Good night, good luck, and #yaywrestling.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Ace Hawkins(w/ Brandon Espinosa) d. "The Littlest Viking" Jake Parnell; Espinosa grabbed Parnell's foot to distract him and Hawkins got the win with a jumping DDT.
"Gorgeous" Gary Jackson d. "The Alternative" Brandon Gallagher by countering a suplex attempt with a small package for the pin.
"The American Viking" Alexandre Rudolph d. Da'Marius Jones(w/ Travis Cook "scouting" a potential new talent) after the Goozleplex.
Tag Team Champion "The Don Mega" Shorty Biggs d. Brandon Espinosa(w/ Ace Hawkins) by DQ when Hawkins interfered; Parnell hit the ring to help and Executive Director Mark Bland ordered an impromptu tag match.
Tag Team Champion Shorty Biggs & Jake Parnell d. Brandon Espinosa & Ace Hawkins; Shorty dropped Hawkins with a uranagi and Parnell got the pin on Ace after a 450 Splash.
"Dirdey" Jake Dirden d. Tag Team Champion Outtkast in a House Of Fun Match to retain the Heavyweight Title. Keys were hung above the ring to be retrieved via ladder; they could be used to unlock weapons that were chained and padlocked to the ringposts. The weapons were a set of steel chairs, a table, a kendo stick, and a briefcase with a mystery weapon. Outtkast got the keys first and brought the chairs into play; this led to Dirden being hung from the Tree Of Woe with chairs sandwiching his head as Outtkast lawndarted the ladder into his face! The table proved to be sturdier than expected; Outtkast caught Dirden on the ladder and used the kendo stick for a White Russian Legsweep, sending both men crashing down onto the table. Undettered, Dirden chokeslammed Outtkast onto the table and it still didn't break! Outtkast somehow survived the assault and got the briefcase from the final ringpost, bringing out a metal spike...he nearly choked out Dirden with it, but Dirden was able to fight out of the predicament. Dirden fought back by bashing Outtkast in the head repeatedly with the kendo stick...Shorty came out to root for his partner and Kast incredibly kicked out of the pin attempt, but finally succumbed to the Asiatic Spike as he passed out in the hold. After Outtkast regained his wits, Dirden shook his hand in a show of respect after the war they had been through!
Main Event this week has:
-Big E Langston vs. Alberto Del Rio
-Sheamus O'Shaunessy vs. Titus O'Neil
-Jimmy Uso vs. Ryback
-El Torito vs. Hornswoggle
NXT this week has:
-Jimmy & Jey Uso & Sami Zayn vs. The Ascension(Konnor O'Brian & Rick Viktor) & Corey Graves
-Tyson Kidd vs. Mason Ryan
-Angelo Dawkins vs. Tyler Breeze
-Travis Tyler vs. Alexander Rusev
-Paige Knight & Emma Tayla vs. Sasha Banks & Charlotte Flair
Superstars this week has:
-Big E Langston vs. Damien Sandow
-Kofi Kingston vs. Titus O'Neil
Smackdown on Friday has:
-Antonio Cesaro vs. Jack Swagger
-Jey Uso vs. Curtis Axel
-The Brotherhood(Cody Rhodes & Goldust) vs. The Wyatt Family(Luke Harper & Erick Rowan)
-Santino Marella & Emma Tayla vs. Johnny Fandango & Layla El
-Natalya Neidhart vs. Tamina Snuka
-In action: The Shield(Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, & Seth Rollins), Alberto Del Rio, Wade "Bad News" Barrett, Damien Sandow, Titus O'Neil, Ryback
Raw on Monday 4/28 in St. Louis, MO has:
-Daniel Bryan, John Cena, & The Shield(Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, & Seth Rollins) vs. Randy Orton, Batista, Bray Wyatt, & The Wyatt Family(Luke Harper & Erick Rowan)
-Rob Van Dam vs. Wade "Bad News" Barrett - Intercontinental Title Contender Tournament
Extreme Rules is on Sunday 5/4:
-Daniel Bryan vs. Kane - WWE Title Extreme Rules Match
-John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt - Cage Match
-The Shield(Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, & Seth Rollins) vs. Evolution(Triple H, Randy Orton, & Batista)
-Big E Langston vs. Contender Tournament Winner - Intercontinental Title
-Paige Knight vs. Tamina Snuka - Women's Title
-"R-Truth" Ron Killings & Xavier Woods vs. Alexander Rusev
Upcoming episodes of XPlosion have:
-O.D.B. vs. Brittany Garrett
-Seiya Senada vs. D.J. Shiima Xion - X-Division Title
Impact on Thursday has:
-Bully Ray & Phil Gunner vs. Bobby Roode & James Storm
-Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Austin Aries
-Bobby Lashley vs. Kenny King
-Kurt Angle vs. Rockstar Spud
-Madison Rayne & Gail Kim vs. The Beautiful People(Angelina Love & Velvet Sky)
Sacrifice is on Sunday 4/27:
-Eric Young vs. Brutus Magnus - Heavyweight Title
-Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode - Table Match
-Kurt Angle & Willow The Wisp vs. Ethan Carter III & Rockstar Spud
-Phil Gunner vs. James Storm - I Quit Match
-Seiya Senada vs. Tigre Uno - X-Division Title - Match 3 Of Best-Of-3 Series
-Madison Rayne vs. Angelina Love - Women's Title
-Ken Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw - "Committed" Match
RING OF HONOR(www.rohwrestling.com)
Next show is Saturday 5/10 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
-Adam Cole vs. Kevin Steen - Heavyweight Title
-Appearing: Kazuchika Okada, A.J. Styles, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin Liger, Shinsuke Nakamura, Gedo, Jado, Yujiro Kushida, Takaaki Watanabe
ROH has a show on Saturday 5/17 in Manhattan, NY:
-Kazuchika Okada vs. Michael Elgin - IWGP Heavyweight Title
-Appearing: Adam Cole, A.J. Styles, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin Liger, Shinsuke Nakamura, Gedo, Jado, Yujiro Kushida, Takaaki Watanabe, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows
ROH has a show on Friday 6/6 in Carbondale, IL.
ROH returns to Collinsville, IL on Saturday 6/7.
GLOBAL FORCE WRESTLING(www.globalforcewrestling.com)
Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.
ST. LOUIS ANARCHY(www.slawrestling.com)
Next show is Friday 5/2 in Alton, IL featuring a "Lethal Lottery" tournament:
-Gerald James vs. Taaki Watanabe - Heavyweight Title Best-Of-3-Falls Match
-Davey Vega vs. Chris Hero
-Alex Shelley vs. A.C.H.
-Kyle O'Reilly vs. Jonathan Gresham
-Jojo Bravo vs. Danny Cannon
-Lethal Lottery Participants: Jeremy Wyatt, Evan Gelistico, Angelus Layne, Christian Rose, Mat Fitchett, Devin Cutter, Mason Cutter, Arik Cannon, Zakk Sawyers, Alex Castle, Brandon Espinosa, Darin Corbin
-Adam Raw & Alexandre Rudolph vs. Dan Walsh & Jordan Lacey
SLA has a show on Friday 7/25 in Alton, IL:
-The Young Bucks vs. The Hooligans
Next show is Saturday 5/3 in Fenton, MO.
Dynamo has a show on Saturday 5/10 in Glen Carbon, IL.
Next show is Saturday 4/26 in East Carondelet, IL:
-Ken Kasa vs. Gary Jackson - Classic Title
-Jake Dirden vs. Flash Flanagan
-Ron Powers & Chaz Wesson vs. Ricky Cruz & Bull Bronson
-Heath Hatton vs. "Iceman" Howard Moritz
-Appearing: Jim Hoffarth, Matt Cage, Chris Hargas
SICW has a show on Saturday 5/17 in East Carondelet, IL:
-Appearing: Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Next show is Saturday 5/10 in St. Louis, MO.
Next show is Saturday 6/14 in Kansas City, KS:
-Jeremy Wyatt vs. Ace Steel
-Derek Stone vs. Stevie Richards
-Appearing: A.C.H., Mark Sterling, Mike Sydal, Bradley Charles, Tyler Cook, Davey Vega, Mat Fitchett, Evan Gelistico, Pierre Abernathy, Gary Jay, The Hooligans, Lucy Mendez, "Iceman" Howard Moritz
Next show is Friday 5/2 in Des Moines, IA:
-Tony Sly vs. Gage Octane - Heavyweight Title
-Jimmy Rockwell vs. Mike Sydal - Pure Wrestling Title
-Sexy & Smooth(Ryan Slade & A.J. Smooth), Mad Dog McDowell, & Derek Cornell vs. The Rage Brigade(S.M. King, Nate Redwing, Devin Thomas, & Jon West)
-30-Man Gauntlet For The Gold
-Zach Thompson vs. Bradley Charles
3XW has a show on Saturday 5/10 in Hartford, IA:
-Jimmy Rockwell vs. Devin Carter - Pure Wrestling Title - Street Fight
-Zach Thompson vs. Devin Thomas
-Ryan Slade vs. William Stone
-Mad Dog McDowell & J.D. Riggs vs. S.M. King & Nate Redwing
-Levi McDaniel vs. Derek Cornell
-Aaron Masterson vs. Cuco Santiago
-Supafli vs. Brady A. Dezire vs. Ray Stryker
Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.
Next show is Saturday 5/31 in Granite City, IL:
-Makaze(Blacklist) vs. Jeremy Wyatt(Team Anarchy)
-Mat Fitchett(Team Anarchy) vs. Jojo Bravo(Blacklist)
-Steven Kennedy(Resurgence) vs. Gary Jay(Egobusters)
-Billy McNeil(Resurgence) vs. Dan Walsh(Egobusters)
-Bolt Brady(Resurgence) vs. Jordan Lacey(Egobusters)
-Outtkast & Christian Rose(Blacklist) vs. The Submission Squad(Evan Gelistico & Pierre Abernathy)(Team Anarchy)
-Ricky Starks vs. Jordynne Grace
Next show is Saturday 5/10 in Vienna, MO:
-Shane Somers vs. G.Q. Smooth - NWA Central States Title
-Evan "Money" Morris vs. Raphael King - NWA Affliction Title
WRESTLING INVADES ALTON(no website)
Next show is Sunday 4/27 in Alton, IL:
-Gavin Alexander vs. Napier - For The Vacant Heavyweight Title
-Jason Rodgers vs. Jordan Rodgers
-Jimmy D vs. Kidd Riot vs. Symon Phoenix
-Brandon Espinosa vs. Joey Grunge
-Mike Cope vs. Darkside - East St. Louis Street Fight
-Tyler Copeland vs. Chris Savage
DRAGON GATE USA/EVOLVE(www.dgusa.tv)
Next show is Friday 5/9 in Queens, NY:
-Uhaa Nation & A.R. Fox vs. Trent Barreta & Anthony Nese
-Chuck Taylor vs. Drew Gulak
-Johnny Gargano vs. Biff Busick
-Rich Swann vs. Caleb Konley
-The Bravado Brothers vs. Ethan Page & Walking Weapon
-Fire Ant & Green Ant vs. Jigsaw & Tim Donst
EVOLVE has a show on Saturday 5/10 in Brooklyn, NY:
-Johnny Gargano vs. Rich Swann - I Quit Match
Next show is Saturday 4/26 in Cornelia, GA:
-Mikael Judas vs. Mike Posey - Heavyweight Title No-DQ Match - Title Can Change Hands On A Countout
-Shaun Tempers vs. Ace Rockwell - Young Lions' Title
-Slim J vs. Seth Delay vs. Todd Sexton vs. Anthony Henry vs. Bobby Moore vs. Corey Hollis
-Stryknyn vs. B.J. Hancock
-The Washington Bullets(Jon & Trey Williams) vs. The Urban Assault Squad(Shadow Jackson & Nemesis) - Tag Team Titles
PRO WRESTLING GUERRILLA(www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com)
Next show is Friday 5/23 in Reseda, CA:
-Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly - Heavyweight Title Submission-Or-Knockout Match
-Kevin Steen & The Young Bucks vs. Cedric Alexander, Andrew Everett, & Trevor Lee
-Ricochet vs. A.C.H.
Next show is Sunday 5/25 in Easton, PA.
WRESTLING IS FUN(www.wrestlingisfun.org)
Next show is Saturday 5/3 in Norristown, PA featuring the Tag World Grand Prix:
-Bracket B Participants: The Baltic Siege(The Estonian Thunderfrog & The Lithuanian Snow Troll), Los Ice Creams(Ice Cream Jr. & El Hijo Del Ice Cream), The Bloc Party(The Proletariat Boar Of Moldova & Mr. Azerbaijan), The Throwbacks(Mark Angelosetti & Dasher Hatfield), Knight Eye 4 The Pirate Guy(Lance Steel & Jolly Roger), Team Benchmark(Bill Daly & Will Ferrara)
WIF has a show on Saturday 5/24 in Easton, PA featuring the Tag World Grand Prix:
-Participants: The Devastation Corporation(Blaster McMassive & Max Smashmaster), The Osirian Portal(Amasis & Ophidian)
HOUSE OF HARDCORE(www.houseofhardcore.net)
Next show is Friday 6/6 in Poughkeepsie, NY:
-Tommy Dreamer & Abyss vs. Team 3-D(Bully Ray & Brother Devon)
House Of Hardcore has a show on Saturday 6/7 in Philadelphia, PA:
-A.J. Styles vs. Kevin Steen
House Of Hardcore has a show on Saturday 6/14 in Valley Center, CA:
-The Young Bucks vs. Bad Influence(Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian)
Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.
Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.
Next show is Thursday 5/1 in Clarksville, IN:
-Ian Rotten vs. John Wayne Murdoch - Fans-Bring-The-Weapons Match
-B.J. Whitmer vs. Christian Rose
-Michael Elgin vs. Jonathan Gresham
-MsChif vs. Heidi Lovelace
-Hy-Zaya vs. Reed Bentley
-Danny Cannon vs. Kongo Kong
-Mitch Page vs. Derek Neal
Next show is Friday 5/2 in Merrionette Park, IL:
-Shane Hollister vs. ? - Heavyweight Title
-Kevin Steen vs. Jimmy Jacobs - Winner Faces Hollister Later In The Night
-Silas Young vs. Eddie Kingston - Cage Match
-Ryan Boz vs. Keith Walker
-Heidi Lovelace vs. Veda Scott
-The Men Of The Year(Michael Elgin & Ethan Page) vs. Irish Airborne(Jake & Dave Crist) - Tag Team Titles
AAW has a show on Saturday 5/31 in Pontiac, IL:
-Michael Elgin & A.C.H. vs. Shane Hollister & Kyle O'Reilly
Next show is Sunday 5/18 in Austin, TX.
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Monday, April 21, 2014
-Intercontinental Title Contender Tournament: Wade "Bad News" Barrett d. Sheamus O'Shaunessy after stopping a suicide dive attempt with the Bullhammer.
-Los Matadores(Fernando & Diego) & El Torito d. Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal, & Hornswoggle(w/ Heath Slater); Torito pinned Drew after Los Matadores hit the double torture-rack drop with Torito adding a mid-air Whoopee Cushion from the top rope.
-Tag Team Champions Jimmy & Jey Uso d. The Brotherhood(Cody Rhodes & Goldust)(non-title); Cody had Jey set up for Crossrhodes, but Jimmy had made a blind tag and superkicked Cody for the win. Cody was upset about the loss and stormed off without his brother...then Ryback & Curtis Axel(who had done commentary for the match) attacked the Usos.
-Emma Tayla(w/ Santino Marella) d. Layla El(w/ Johnny Fandango) after her own version of the Cobra.
-Intercontinental Title Contender Tournament: Rob Van Dam d. Antonio Cesaro(w/ Paul Heyman) by countout; Jack Swagger(w/ Zeb Colter) got involved and ran Cesaro into the ringpost behind the referee's back, leading to the finish. Swagger saved Zeb from a post-match giant swing, but he took the giant swing himself.
-Women's Champion Paige Knight d. Aksana Raudoniene(non-title) with the Scorpion Crosslock.
-Alexander Rusev(w/ Lana Perry) d. Sin Cara with the Accolade(camel clutch).
-John Cena d. Bray Wyatt & The Wyatt Family(Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) by DQ in a handicap match when Harper & Rowan gang-attacked Cena after he hit the F-U on Wyatt. Bray planted Cena with the Sister Abigail after the match. The other fan vote choices for Cena's match were a one-on-one bout with Harper or a two-on-one handicap match against Harper & Rowan.
It's a popular saying: Real life is what happens when you're making other plans. My plans for the previous weekend were derailed by a stay in the hospital for acute bronchitis(with a side order of high blood pressure). Just about everyone has probably lived their lives with some sense of invincibility...then you get a wake-up call that things need to change. Whether that be sleep habits, diet, housekeeping, or some combination of the three...gotta do better with that.
Missed a few things at the MMWA show at South Broadway: The SBAC debut of Evan Gelistico, the return of Chase King, a turn to rulebreaking for J-Mal Swagg, and the revival of the long-dormant Tag Team Titles. Saw the two tag matches on YouTube, at any rate.
At any rate, attendance was decent for Dynamo's return to Glen Carbon after a six-month absence(soccer season had the venue booked solid). A combination of nice weather and a holiday weekend may have affected the turnout. Crowd energy doesn't always translate well in this venue...it's more spacious than the usual places where I see indy shows, so maybe that's it. Several people returned to action after being absent from the Missouri shows: Jackal, Steven Kennedy, Billy McNeil, Shawn Santel, and Mauler McDarby.
Davey Richards was originally scheduled to challenge Jake Dirden for the Heavyweight Title, but TNA commitments ix-nayed that plan and Dirden faced Jeremy Wyatt in a rematch from the recent Fenton show. Otherwise, the announced lineup was intact.
Your ringside crew was Chris Roedel(who did most of the ring announcing), Luke Roberts(who handled the extra announcements), and Ben Simon(who was apparently a bit under the weather and took it easy as a result). Your referees were Michael Crase and Jay King.
As with Fenton, the show started with some talk-type stuff. Keny G promoted his upcoming stroke benefit which now has a location(the Glen Carbon venue) and a date(Saturday 7/12). He said Santana Garrett(aka TNA's Brittany) would almost definitely be there and he would try to get Scott Hall and Larry Zbyszko as well.
It was probably a good idea to bring people up to speed on recent happenings; Dynamo hadn't been in Glen Carbon since last October. Since then, Dan Walsh lost the title to Dirden and the Tag Team Titles switched from the Bumrush Brothers to the Black Hand Warriors back to the BRBs. On top of that, Ricky Cruz had his attitude change and Travis Cook has been playing tag team roulette in a sense.
Executive Director Mark Bland allowed Jeremy Wyatt's "humble" request for a no-DQ match in the main event...any underhanded tactics by Wyatt would be perfectly legal, but it seemed to play into Dirden's wheelhouse as well.
Jackal vs. Ricky Cruz(w/ Lucy Mendez): Ricky's in full "dude, where's my title shot?" mode, but Bland is telling him to work his way back up the ladder. This was the shortest bout of the night; Jackal's aerial offense went awry and Ricky finished clean with the Cruz Control in 2:11.
Mike Sydal vs. "The Fittest Wrestler On Earth" Mark Sterling: Sterling's had a few WWE tryouts in recent months with another on the way; cool to hear. These two have faced each other a few times in the past(to say the least). Fine bout; Sterling avoided the yoga mat moonsault and won with an Air Raid Crash in 7:17.
"Walking Reality" Dan Walsh vs. "The Alternative" Brandon Gallagher: Gallagher has darkened his hair with only a hint of blueness remaining. Walsh can't really call himself "The Polar Vortex" any more since winter is over. This one had been building since January when Gallagher began sticking his nose into Walsh's business, costing him multiple matches. Gallagher took advantage of Walsh's anger, repeatedly ducking through the ropes and then leaving the ring completely. The proverbial torpedoes were fired in the closing sequence and the ending made sense in the context of the feud; Gallagher successfully got into Walsh's head and escaped with a DQ win as a result in 9:28.
Steven Kennedy vs. "Showtime" Bradley Charles: SBC's nickname is a good indication of his mood for the evening: "Showtime" means rulebreaker, "Sir" means fan favorite. With K.C. Karrington on a break from the in-ring wars, Kennedy seems to be trending in a different direction(as hinted by his promos for the upcoming PWCS show). I figured Kennedy would do a promo to establish this, but SBC took matters into his own hands by attacking him from behind. Good underdog spots for Kennedy out of that...it looked like Charles had things wrapped up, but a last-second crucifix reversal led to Kennedy's win in 6:41.
MsChif vs. Lucy Mendez: Lucy established her role in the early segment with Ricky...not that MsChif was going to get booed. This got more time than I expected, oddly...I don't think I've seen too many of Lucy's matches with her in the rulebreaker role. MsChif got the win with the Desecrator in 14:00(!).
"The Irish Luchador" Billy McNeil vs. "The Littlest Viking" Jake Parnell vs. "Dynamite" Danny Cannon: This was an interesting dynamic compared to the rest of the card as all three men were fan favorites and worked a fast-paced style of match. I wonder if it would be a good idea to reintroduce the Light Heavyweight Title; there are several people on the roster who would fit into that niche. Cannon's not a big guy, but he has a good build and a LOT of intensity...have only seen him a few times. The ending was...unique to say the least and seemed to come out of nowhere, but it was a good case of reality ensuing as it relates to the usual trainwreck spot. Cannon had low-bridged Billy out of the ring and hit a major somersault plancha...Parnell teased his own dive like crazy, went to get his Viking helmet, then stumbled on the ropes and hung himself up. However, that meant he was the lone competitor in the ring as the referee's count reached ten...making Parnell the winner at 6:11.
WWE eventually made all multi-way matches no-countout-no-DQ to solve the problem of who would win if only one person was counted out or disqualified. That came up once when The Rock had a triple threat Intercontinental Title defense with Triple H and X-Pac; Rocky took a walk to get counted out and save his title. However, that left the ring announcer at a loss to name the official "winner". Random side note, but it was somewhat relevant here.
The Bumrush Brothers("The Don Mega" Shorty Biggs & Outtkast) vs. The Professionals(Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby)(w/ Travis Cook): Within Dynamo, Travis has bounced from the Ken Kasa/Dave Vaughn duo to the Black Hand Warriors(Michael Magnuson & David DeLorean) to the Professionals in the past several months. Kasa is SICW Classic Champion and Vaughn is on a break from wrestling, so they've been absent from Dynamo for a little while. That led Travis to seek other clients and get the Tag Team Titles away from Shorty and Outtkast, if only for a few months. Santel & McDarby sneak-attacked the BRBs after they regained the belts in Fenton, leading to this matchup.
While Santel & McDarby had been aligned for a while in other promotions(MECW), this was my first time seeing them in an official tag match; in fact, this was McDarby's in-ring debut for Dynamo after having been in Santel's corner at previous shows. Really good extended bout here as Santel & McDarby worked well as a unit. As previously noted, the tag team scene in the area has really blown up in recent months. A close finish saw Outtkast small-package McDarby for the pin at 12:17; after that, Shorty hyped Outtkast's House Of Fun championship match at Off Broadway.
"Dirdey" Jake Dirden vs. "The Belt Collector" Jeremy Wyatt, no-DQ match for the Heavyweight Title: It turned out to be a rough night for the officials...I forget who officiated the Gallagher-Walsh match, but both refs took abuse in this one. Wyatt had a visual fall with Michael Crase down, so I guess he has plenty of motivation for another rematch. On the other hand, he intentially belted Jay King so he only had himself to blame when he didn't pin Dirden after the subsequent belt shot. As it turned out, Wyatt lived by the sword and died by the sword...Dirden returned the belt attack in kind for the final win in 19:49.
Quite a few things could stem from the aftermath...Walsh is already feuding with Gallagher and now may have an issue with Wyatt as well. Parnell got involved in the situation and his tag partner Alexandre Rudolph may be brought into things as well. Of course, the next Dynamo show is tomorrow night so we won't have long to wait for the fallout from this show...
I don't have full results from WLW in Richmond on Saturday, but the Facebook page says that Leland Race won the Heavyweight Title from Elvis Aliaga and Jack Gamble joined the Black Hand Warriors...hmm.
Tuesday: DPW in St. Louis(Off Broadway)
Saturday: SICW in East Carondelet
Friday 5/2: SLA in Alton, IL
Saturday 5/3: DPW in Fenton
Saturday 5/10: DPW in Glen Carbon; MMWA in St. Louis(South Broadway)
Good night, good luck, and #yaywrestling.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
-Todd Sexton d. The Laredo Kid(w/ Miss Rachael) with a forward-roll leglock. Sexton fought with "The Modern Classic" B.J. Hancock after the match; Joey Rhymer entered the fray to un-even the odds but "The Stray Cat" Brodie Ray Chase ran them off.
-C.B. Suave d. Seth Delay to retain the T.V. Title; Suave rolled through a rana by Delay and pulled the tights on the rollup pin.
-"The Five-Star King" Anthony Henry d. "The Revelation" Shane Marx; Miss Rachael was at ringside as she manages both men. Rachael's high-heeled shoe was brought into the match after the referee was knocked down, leading to Henry using it to knock out Marx for the win.
-"Hit For Hire" Bobby Moore d. "The Temptation" Shaun Tempers(w/ Agent/Attorney Jeff G. Bailey) by countout; Tempers retained the Young Lions' Title. "The Real" Slim J and "The Seven-Figure Deal" Ace Rockwell came out to watch the match from the ringside area. Slim J took the loaded elbowpad away from Moore and Rockwell ran away with Tempers' "Temptation" cologne, leading to an argument at ringside. Moore had the presence of mind to re-enter the ring, leading to Tempers getting counted out. It was announced that Tempers would defend at Hardcore Hell in a four-corner match with Moore, Slim, and Rockwell. Bailey demanded that the stipulations be set up so that Tempers wouldn't lose the title without getting pinned.