Thursday, August 28, 2014

Midweek wrestling

TNA XPlosion

-Commentators:  Jeremy Borash & Rockstar Spud.
-The Bro Mans(Robbie Eckos & Jessie Godderz)(w/ D.J. Shiima Xion) d. Mike Knux & The Freak(w/ Crazzy Steve & Rebel); Robbie E clipped The Freak as he held Jessie up in a vertical suplex, leading to Jessie falling on top for the pin (4:59 aired).

TNA Impact

-Commentators:  Mike Tenay & Taz.
-Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley(w/ Montel Vontavious Porter & Kenny King) d. Tommy Dreamer via spear in a non-title street fight.
-Taryn Terrell d. Madison Rayne after a Diamond Cutter.
-Low-Ki, Tigre Uno, & Crazzy Steve d. Homicide, Manik, & D.J. Shiima Xion when Low-Ki pinned Manik with the Ki-Krusher.
-Rhino d. Ethan Carter III(w/ Rockstar Spud) by DQ when EC3 hit Rhino with a chair.
-The Great Senada(w/ Cowboy James Storm) d. Austin Aries; Storm tripped up Aries on the top rope, then Senada blinded Aries with green mist and pinned him after a close-range superkick.
-Kurt Angle(w/ Team 3-D & Ken Anderson) welcomed Sgt. Chris Melendez to the TNA roster.  Melendez never gave up his goal of becoming a wrestler despite losing a leg in Iraq.
-Team 3-D(Bully Ray & Brother Devon) won a non-title triple threat match with The Hardy Boys(Jeff & Matt) and Tag Team Champions The American Wolves(Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) when Devon pinned Edwards after the 3-D.

WWE NXT

-Commentators:  Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, & Jason Albert.
-NXT Tag Team Champions The Ascension(Konnor O'Brian & Rick Viktor) d. Those Guys(That Guy I & That Guy II) when Konnor pinned That Guy II after the Fall Of Man(legsweep/flying Euorpean uppercut combo) (1:06).
-Ring announcer Jojo Offerman introduced the new NXT General Manager:  S. William Regal.  Regal brought out NXT Champion Adrian Neville to announce his challenger for Takeover II...after verbal contributions from Tyson Kidd, Tyler Breeze, and Sami Zayn, Neville said he'd face all three of them in a four-corner match.  Regal made it so.
-Backstage, Veronica Lane interviewed Regal...he announced Neville & Zayn vs. Kidd & Breeze for the main event.
-Bayley Rose d. "The Boss" Sasha Banks with the Belly-To-Bayley Hugplex (3:16).  Renee Young interviewed Bayley about her upcoming shot at NXT Women's Champion Charlotte Flair at Takeover II; that brought out Charlotte for a rebuttal.
-Bull Dempsey d. Angelo Dawkins(back in the black nerd gear that he had once before and then dropped for no reason) with the Bulldozer(Northern Lights Bomb) (2:47).  Dempsey faces Mojo Rawley at Takeover II.
-Backstage:  Devin Taylor interviewed The Legionnaires(Sylvester Lefort & Marcus Louis) about Lefort's hair-vs.-hair match with Enzo Amore at Takeover II.
-Tyson Kidd & Tyler Breeze d. NXT Champion "The Man That Gravity Forgot" Adrian Neville & Sami Zayn.  Zayn accidentally hit Neville with the corner boot when Breeze moved out of the way, then Kidd tagged himself into the match.  Kidd and Breeze argued and Kidd shoved Breeze into a Blue Thunder Bomb by Zayn; Kidd threw Zayn out of the ring and stole the pin on Neville (8:11 aired).  Zayn leveled Kidd with the corner boot after the match...then took a good long look at the title belt.

Comedy Part 522: Hey Guys, I'm Hosting Open-Mic

Location: Hey Guys Comedy
Emcee: Me
Lineup: Gary Lynn, Greg McClintock, Jon Maddy, Caleb Mahoney, Joshua Slobe, Zac Coffman, Joe "The Animal" Lancey, Tracy Nichols, Wayne Wiskow, Arlo, Josh Funneman, Kathy Zeman

I had a busy night as both emcee and timekeeper. The rain may have kept a few people away but the audience was still pretty good. I'm working out a few new-ish bits so I didn't get as many laughs as I could have, but my focus was on the hosting part of the evening. Didn't mean that I didn't make mistakes, but things went smoothly for the most part. Bruce Veach announced few shows of note for 2015: Aaron Brooks will be headlining a weekend in January and Bobcat Goldthwait will be appearing at the club as well...woo.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WWE Main Event

-Commentators:  Michael Cole & Byron Saxton.
-Rob Van Dam d. Seth Rollins by countout.  The fight spilled out of the ring and RVD reversed an Irish whip into the barricade near the timekeeper's area, then beat the ten-count back into the ring (9:14 aired).
-Adam Rose(w/ Rosebuds) d. Curtis Axel after the Party Foul(snapmare driver) (4:51).
-Goldust & Stardust d. Los Matadores(Fernando & Diego)(w/ El Torito) when Stardust pinned Diego after the Dark Matter(modified Flatliner) (8:22 aired).  Stardust threw Torito out of the ring afterwards.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This week in wrestling

WWE(www.wwe.com)

Main Event this week has:
-Rob Van Dam vs. Seth Rollins
-Adam Rose vs. Curtis Axel
-Los Matadores vs. Goldust & Stardust

NXT this week has:
-Adrian Neville & Sami Zayn vs. Tyson Kidd & Tyler Breeze
-Bayley Rose vs. Sasha Banks
-Angelo Dawkins vs. Bull Dempsey
-In action:  The Ascension(Konnor O'Brian & Rick Viktor)

Superstars this week has:
-Adam Rose vs. Curtis Axel
-"R-Truth" Ron Killings vs. Johnny Fandango

Smackdown on Friday has:
-Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
-The Big Show & Mark Henry vs. The Wyatt Family(Luke Harper & Erick Rowan)
-Sheamus O'Shaunessy vs. Mike Mizanin
-Rob Van Dam vs. Seth Rollins
-Jack Swagger vs. Alexander Rusev
-Jimmy Uso vs. Stardust
-Paige Knight vs. Emma Tayla

Night Of Champions is on Sunday 9/21:
-Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena - WWE Title

Survivor Series is on Sunday 11/23 in St. Louis, MO.

TNA(www.tnawrestling.com)

Impact on Wednesday has:
-The American Wolves(Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs. The Hardy Boys(Jeff & Matt) vs. Team 3-D(Bully Ray & Brother Devon)
-Bobby Lashley vs. Tommy Dreamer - Street Fight
-Austin Aries vs. The Great Senada
-Rhino vs. Ethan Carter III
-Low-Ki, Tigre Uno, & Crazzy Steve vs. Homicide, Manik, & D.J. Shiima Xion
-Taryn Terrell vs. Madison Rayne

World Cup premieres on Friday 9/5:
-Team Angle:  Kurt Angle, Ken Anderson, Davey Richards, Seiya Senada, & Madison Rayne
-Team Roode:  Bobby Roode, James Storm, Kenny King, Samuel Shaw, & Angelina Love
-Team Young:  Eric Young, Bully Ray, Phil Gunner, Eddie Edwards, & O.D.B.
-Team EC3:  Ethan Carter III, Brutus Magnus, Robbie Eckos, Jessie Godderz, & Gail Kim

RING OF HONOR(www.rohwrestling.com)

ROH TV this week has:
-Michael Elgin vs. Cedric Alexander - Heavyweight Title
-The Briscoe Brothers(Jay & Mark) vs. War Machine(Todd Hanson & Raymond Rowe)
-Moose & Robert D. Evans vs. Adam Page & Tadarius Thomas

Next show is Saturday 9/6 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
-Michael Elgin vs. Jay Briscoe - Heavyweight Title
-reDRagon(Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish) vs. The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson) - Tag Team Titles - Best-Of-3-Falls Match
-Jay Lethal vs. A.C.H. - T.V. Title - No Time Limit
-A.J. Styles vs. Adam Cole
-Bad Influence(Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian) vs. Roderick Strong & Jimmy Jacobs
-Cedric Alexander vs. Silas Young

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ST. LOUIS ANARCHY(www.slawrestling.com)

Next show is Friday 10/3 in Alton, IL:
-Gerald James vs. Angelus Layne - Heavyweight Title Best-Of-3-Falls Match
-Davey Vega vs. Michael Elgin
-Kyle O'Reilly vs. Jojo Bravo
-A.C.H. vs. Cedric Alexander
-Arik Cannon vs. Trevor Lee
-Zakk Sawyers vs. Christian Rose
-The Hooligans vs. The Viking War Party(Alexandre Rudolph & Jake Parnell)
-Darin Corbin vs. Mikey McFinnegan
-Bolt Brady vs. Dan Walsh
-Appearing:  Brandon Espinosa, Dangerous Deveroux, Alex Castle, Dorian Victor

DPW(www.saintlouiswrestling.com)

Next show is Saturday 9/6 in Fenton, MO.

DPW has a show on Friday 9/19 in Glen Carbon, IL.

SICW(www.sicw.org)

Next show is Saturday 9/20 in East Carondelet, IL:
-Heath Hatton vs. Ken Kasa - Classic Title - Travis Cook Barred From The Building
-Red River Jack vs. Ricky Cruz
-Jake Dirden vs. Bull Bronson
-Gary Jackson vs. Mohamad Ali Vaez
-Daniel Eads vs. Flash Flanagan
-Appearing:  Koko B. Ware

SICW has a show on Saturday 9/27 in Fairmont City, IL.

MMWA(www.mmwastl.com)

Next show is Saturday 9/13 in St. Louis, MO(South Broadway) featuring the King Of St. Louis Cable Tournament:
-Brandon Espinosa vs. Dave Osborne vs. Brian James - Two-Fall Match(First Fall For Osborne's Survivor Title, Second Fall For Espinosa's Heavyweight Title)
-Everett Connors vs. Sean Orleans - Jr. Heavyweight Title
-Tournament Participants:  A.J. Williams, Da'Marius Jones, Moondog Rover, Gary Jackson, Barackus, J-Mal Swagg

MMWA has a show on Saturday 9/27 in Herculaneum, MO.

PWCS(www.facebook.com/pwcswrestling)

Next show is Saturday 10/25 in Granite City, IL.

HIGH RISK WRESTLING(highriskwrestling.bpt.me)

Next show is Sunday 10/12 in Belleville, IL:
-Appearing:  Michael Elgin, Blake Belakis

METRO PRO WRESTLING(www.metrowrestling.com)

Next show is Saturday 12/6 in Kansas City, KS:
-Adam Pearce vs. Ace Steel

3XW(www.3xwrestling.com)

Next show is Friday 9/5 in Des Moines, IA featuring the King Of Des Moines Tournament:
-Tournament Semifinals & Finals
-Devin Thomas vs. Jimmy Rockwell - Tournament Quarterfinal
-Hype Gotti vs. Matt Cage - Tournament Quarterfinal
-Ryan Slade vs. ? - Tournament Quarterfinal
-Nate Redwing - Tournament First-Round Bye
-Zach Thompson vs. Mallaki Matthews - Pure Wrestling Title
-Brian Ash vs. Gage Octane
-Mad Dog McDowell, A.J. Smooth, Devin Carter, Derek Cornell, & Ray Stryker vs. Inked Aggression(Abu Colussus & Levi McDaniel), Brady A. Dezire, S.M. King, & Kraig Keesaman
-Bradley Charles vs. Matty Starr
-Jon West vs. Aaron Masterson

3XW has a show on Saturday 9/13 in Hartford, IA:
-Jeremy Wyatt vs. Tony Sly - Heavyweight Title
-Inked Aggression(Abu Colossus & Levi McDaniel) vs. Mad Dog McDowell & J.D. Riggs - Tag Team Titles
-Zach Thompson vs. Brady A. Dezire - Pure Wrestling Title
-Geek Singh vs. Bradley Charles
-Cuco Santiago vs. Aaron Masterson
-Hype Gotti vs. Derek Cornell

WLW(www.harleyrace.com/WorldLeagueWrestling.htm)

Next show is Friday 8/29 in Vienna, MO.

CSCW(www.nwa-ccw.com)

Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.

WRESTLING INVADES AMERICA(no website)

Next show is Sunday 9/14 in Edwardsville, IL:
-Napier vs. Moose - Heavyweight Title
-Gavin Alexander vs. Jayson Virtue
-Matt Cage vs. Brandon Espinosa
-Symon Phoenix vs. Darkside - Global Title
-Jimmy D vs. Kidd Riot vs. Shadowyz
-Jonathan Gresham vs. Chase King vs. Da'Marius Jones

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DRAGON GATE USA/EVOLVE(www.dgusa.tv)

Next show is Saturday 9/13 in Queens, NY:
-The Bravado Brothers(Harlem & Lancelot) vs. The Colony(Fire Ant & Silver Ant) - Open The United Gate Titles
-Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Timothy Thatcher

EVOLVE has a show on Sunday 9/14 in Brooklyn, NY:
-Ricochet vs. Uhaa Nation - Open The Freedom Gate Title
-Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Biff Busick

ANARCHY WRESTLING(www.anarchy-wrestling.net)

Next show is Saturday 9/13 in Cornelia, GA:
-Billy Buck vs. Stryknyn
-Geter vs. Jagged Edge

PRO WRESTLING GUERRILLA(www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com)

Next shows are Friday 8/29, Saturday 8/30, and Sunday 8/31 featuring the Best Of Los Angeles Tournament:
Night One:
-Kyle O'Reilly vs. Drew Gulak
-Bobby Fish vs. Brian Cage
-Roderick Strong vs. Biff Busick
-Michael Elgin vs. Tommaso Ciampa
-Cedric Alexander vs. Trevor Lee
-A.J. Styles vs. Brian Myers(fka Curt Hawkins)
-Chuck Taylor, Kenny Omega, & Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Adam Cole & The Young Bucks
-Bad Influence(Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian) vs. The Inner City Machine Guns(Ricochet & Rich Swann) vs. The World's Cutest Tag Team(Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae)

Night Two:
-A.C.H. vs. Kenny Omega
-Ricochet vs. Chris Sabin
-Adam Cole vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
-Candice LeRae vs. Rich Swann
-Chuck Taylor vs. Johnny Gargano
-Matt Sydal vs. Chris Hero
-The Young Bucks vs. Bad Influence(Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian)
-Drew Gulak & Biff Busick vs. The Unbreakable F'n Machines(Michael Elgin & Brian Cage)

CHIKARA(www.chikarapro.com)

Next shows are Friday 9/19, Saturday 9/20, and Sunday 9/21 in Easton, PA featuring the King Of Trios Tournament:
-Tournament Participants:  The Spirit Squad(Kenny Doane, Mikey Mondo, & Johnny Jeter); The Spectral Envoy(Ultramantis Black, Hallowicked, & Frightmare); Team UK(Mark Anrews, Pete Dunne, & Damian Dunne); The Colony(Fire Ant, Worker Ant, & Silver Ant); The Devastation Corporation(Max Smashmaster, Blaster McMassive, & Flex Rumblecrunch)

WRESTLING IS FUN(www.wrestlingisfun.org)

Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.

HOUSE OF HARDCORE(www.houseofhardcore.net)

Next show is Saturday 11/15 in Philadelphia, PA.

SHIMMER(www.shimmerwrestling.com)

Next shows are Saturday 10/18 and Sunday 10/19 in Berwyn, IL.

SHINE(www.shinewrestling.com)

Next show is Friday 10/10 in Ybor City, FL.

IWA MID-SOUTH(iwamidsouthwrestling.webs.com)

Information on upcoming shows will be posted when it becomes available.

AAW(www.aawrestling.com)

Next show is Friday 9/12 in Berwyn, IL:
-Shane Hollister vs. Eddie Kingston - Heavyweight Title

ACW(www.anarchychampionshipwrestling.com)

Next show is Sunday 9/21 in Austin, TX.

Missouri Wrestling Revival: http://www.missouriwrestlingrevival.com/
St. Louis Wrestling Community: http://community.livejournal.com/stlwrestling/

Leave a comment or e-mail: patrickab7@yahoo.com

Monday, August 25, 2014

WWE Raw

-Commentators:  Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, & John Bradshaw Layfield.
-Alexander Rusev(w/ Lana Perry) d. Jack Swagger; Rusev repeatedly beat down Swagger until the referee stopped the match, awarding it to Rusev.
-Antonio Cesaro d. Rob Van Dam via Neutralizer to earn a shot at U.S. Champion Sheamus O'Shaunessy(who did commentary for the match).  Cesaro took another close look at the belt after the match, then threw it back in Sheamus' face.
-Women's Champion Paige Knight d. Natalya Neidhart(non-title) after the Paige Turner.  A.J. Lee made a post-match appearance and Nattie took down Paige with a discus lariat, so A.J. took advantage by...hugging Paige and kissing her hand.
-Goldust & Stardust d. Tag Team Champions Jimmy & Jey Uso by countout; Jey tweaked his knee when he hit a running plancha onto Stardust, leading to Stardust being the only one of the two to beat the ten-count.  The titles didn't change hands due to the countout and Goldust accused the Usos of getting counted out on purpose...then he and Stardust attacked the Usos and did more damage to Jey's injured knee.  Ladies and gentlemen, we have a heel turn.
-Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler d. Damien Sandow(non-title) after the Zigzag; Mike Mizanin did commentary.
-Roman Reigns d. Seth Rollins & Kane by DQ in a handicap match when Rollins hit Reigns with the Money In The Bank briefcase.  Rollins & Kane set up Reigns to be advanced-curbstomped onto another pile of cinberblocks, but Reigns fought off both men.
-Los Matadores(Fernando & Diego)(w/ El Torito) d. Heath Slater & Titus O'Neil when Diego crucifixed Slater for the pin.
-Bo Dallas d. Kofi Kingston after the turnbuckle-walk Bo-dog.  Bo spoke his mind after the match and Swagger ran out to deck him.
-John Cena d. Bray Wyatt(w/ Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) by DQ when the Family members interfered; The Big Show & Mark Henry made the save.
-John Cena, The Big Show, & Mark Henry d. Bray Wyatt & The Wyatt Family(Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) when Cena made Harper tap out to the STF.  Cena delivered post-match F-Us to Rowan, Wyatt, and Harper.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Anarchy Wrestling TV #447(Hostile Environment Highlights)

-Commentators:  Brett Wolverton & "The Untouchable" Jeremy Vain.
-"Country Jacked" Corey Hollis d. "Do Or Die" Chip Day with a double-underhook brainbuster (9:12 aired; finish didn't air).
-"The Italian-American Bad Boy" Tommy Penirelli won a ten-man Mega Rumble for a T.V. Title shot.  Jeremy Foster(#1) and "The Violence Artist" Trevor Aeon(#2) started the match; The Vandal was #3, "The Encore" Kevin Blue was #4, and "The Undead Luchador" Supernatural was #5.  Penirelli was #6 and Lars Manderson was #7...Manderson quickly eliminated Blue, Vandal, Foster, Aeon, and Supernatural.  Alex Avgerinos was #8 and went after former partner Manderson, but Joey Rhymer(w/ Miss Rachael) was #9 to assist his stablemate.  "The Stray Cat" Brodie Ray Chase was #10.  Manderson & Rhymer eliminated Avgerinos and Chase, but a miscommunication led to Manderson knocking Rhymer over the top and Penirelli threw out Manderson for the win (11:16 aired).  Manderson dropped Penirelli after the match with IT'S THE BIG FOOT followed by a Falcon Arrow...so C.B. Suave came out and demanded that the title match start right away.
-"The Italian-American Bad Boy" Tommy Penirelli d. C.B. Suave via grapevine anklelock to win the T.V. Title (3:08).
-"The Technician" Todd Sexton & "Hit For Hire" Bobby Moore won a three-way dance with The Washington Bullets(Jon & Trey Williams) and The Urban Assault Squad(Shadow Jackson & Nemesis) to retain the Tag Team Titles.  The UAS members were DQed when the referee caught Shadow with one of the title belts that Moore had brought into the ring (elimination didn't air).  The remainder of the match took place under Texas Tornado rules; Sexton knocked out Jon with Moore's loaded elbowpad and Moore threw his partner out of the ring to steal the pin (14:33 aired; finish didn't air).

Dynamo Special Comment

Now, as promised, a special comment about Saturday's Dynamo Pro Wrestling show at the Sports Academy in Glen Carbon, Illinois.

Writing these commentaries isn't always easy.  I've been accused of going easy on aspects of shows that probably deserved more criticism.  I've known some of the people in the local wrestling scene for a long time and, admittedly, biases do exist.  That being said...I didn't think this was a very good show.

Pre-show notes:  For a little while, the only match announced on the Facebook event page was Ricky Cruz & Brandon Espinosa defending the Tag Team Titles against Shorty Biggs & Outtkast (since the Bumrush Brothers got a non-title win over Cruz & Espinosa in Eureka).  A few days later(presumably due to Espinosa not being available), it was changed to Ricky defending the Heavyweight Title against Shorty (another Eureka rematch, as Shorty defeated Ricky by DQ at that show).  A few more matches were posted, but the Facebook event page took down the Ricky-Shorty match for some reason...that match did still happen, though.  Other announced matches were Dirden-Kasa, Rando-Fantastic, Bite Club-Professionals, and Aarons vs. Paco vs. Gallagher.

The attendance was okay...but the crowd noise was really bad for most of the night.  Some matches got decent fan response, but people were deathly quiet for other portions of the night.  That's been a problem for the Glen Carbon venue for a while; I'm starting to wonder if it'd be best for Dynamo Pro to search for a new Illinois venue.

The Bite Club(Rocket Mapache & Jackal) vs. The Professionals(Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby)(w/ Travis Cook):  "I'm A Travis Cook Guy" T-shirts now exist...may have to pick one up.  Simple storyline here:  The Bite Club ended the Black Hand Warriors' Tag Team Title reign so Travis sent his other tag team after them for some payback.  Would like to see more of Santel and McDarby; they're an underrated tag team.  They seem to have found some middle ground on their ring attire with the jeans over the wrestling tights.  At any rate, Mapache got the pin on Santel after he and Jackal hit splashes off opposite turnbuckles at 8:07.

Steven Kennedy vs. Danny Adams:  Kennedy has been a face in recent months, but Adams didn't actively work heel so the match came off a bit flat in that regard.  The in-ring work was fine by itself, but the fans weren't really invested in the match.  Kennedy pulled out a few old-school moves, including a Splash Mountain for a late near-fall.  Kennedy got the win with his old finisher, a running middle-turnbuckle moonsault, in 8:28.

Brandon Aarons vs. Paco Gonzalez vs. "The Alternative" Brandon Gallagher:  I've said a few times in the past that multi-way matches have jumped the shark for me; three-way bouts are particularly tricky depending on the face/heel balance.  If it's two heels and one face, the formula tends to be "heels double-team face, then fight each other over who gets the win".  In a case like this one(two faces and one heel), the heel tends to bide his time and let the other two fight it out.  That was the case here as Gallagher took advantage of the situation...Paco went up for the frog splash and Gallagher pushed him off the turnbuckles, then rolled up Aarons with a handful of tights at 5:22.

Mike Outlaw vs. Sir Isaac:  This was a face/face matchup between two of Dynamo's newest rookies.  I had only seen Isaac in the battle royal at the July Glen Carbon show and this was his first singles bout.  Unfortunately, a face-vs.-face match between two relatively unknown competitors didn't amount to much emotional investment on the part of the fans in attendance.  Would like to see these guys against different opposition in the future, though.  Outlaw won by blocking Isaac's sunset flip off the second rope in 6:05.

Executive Director Mark Bland called out Heavyweight/Tag Team Champion Ricky Cruz to set up the stipulations for the main event.  The no-disqualification stipulation made sense since Ricky got disqualified against Shorty in Eureka to save his title.  Bland stumbled over the announcement a bit, but he made Outtkast the special guest referee for the main event.  I'm not a big fan at all of stacking the deck against a heel...it's bass-ackwards.  What's the payoff supposed to be...a match between Ricky Cruz and Mark Bland?  Who does that really help?

Dash Rando vs. Cavana Fantastic:  This stemmed from a match in June when Fantastic turned on Rando in a tag match against the Professionals.  The crowd was dead for this match as well...it was a comedy character who rarely wins and a comedic heel who just resurfaced after a long sabbatical.  Cavana finally hit the superkick after a few tries and pinned Rando with feet on the ropes at 5:17.

Outtkast vs. Elvis Aliaga:  Thankfully, Aliaga went back to his heel roots after being a face at previous Dynamo shows in Fenton.  It was an uphill battle after the previous few segments, but at least this match had a standard face/heel structure.  It was solid for what it was; each man escaped the other's signature moves and Outtkast escaped a TCB(Falcon Arrow) attempt, getting the rollup pin in 6:23.

"Dirdey" Jake Dirden vs. "Ironman" Ken Kasa(w/ Travis Cook):  These two had some great battles in SICW over the Classic Title; I was looking forward to this one after it was announced.  It seemed like a condensed version of the matches they had in SICW.  Dirden's Asiatic Spike is over as a finisher, but his variation of the move where he delivers a thumb strike to the throat and essentially throttles the opponent to the mat for the pin...not so much.  That ending seemed to fall flat with the fans(as did several things on this night)...Dirden got the win in 7:49.

The intermission was oddly timed as it didn't happen in the middle of the show, but toward the end after seven matches with two to go.

High Level Enterprise(Jack Gamble & Jon Webb) vs. The Black Hand Warriors(Michael Magnuson & David DeLorean)(w/ Travis Cook):  This stemmed from a World League Wrestling storyline; Gamble had joined the BHWs in both WLW and Dynamo, but double-crossed them in WLW to rejoin his partner Webb and regain the WLW Tag Titles.  Travis did some pre-match mic work with Gamble to establish the storyline...again, a lot of stuff on this night was an uphill battle when it came to getting the fans into things.  My friends noted DeLorean's resemblance to Kevin Steen both in looks and in some of his moveset.  They traded a lot of big moves in the home stretch; myself and my friends were wondering if it'd end on a rollup of some kind after all of that, but that wasn't the case.  DeLorean pinned Gamble after a top-rope Air Raid Crash(!) in 13:27.

Heavyweight/Tag Team Champion "The King Of Chaos" Ricky Cruz vs. "The Don Mega" Shorty Biggs, no-DQ match for the Heavyweight Title, referee Outtkast:  Neither guy got much of a reaction when they came out, sadly.  Outtkast made a few early fast-counts for Shorty's pin attempts before settling into a more standard cadence.  There were plenty of bells and whistles in this one...Outtkast tried to stop Ricky from using weapons on a few occasions(but it was no-DQ!).  There was a weird dissension tease when Shorty used Ricky's brass knuckles against him and Outtkast was randomly occupied with something at the timekeeper's table and didn't count the pin fast enough.  Cruz finally brought in a chair and whacked Outtkast with it when he tried to stop him...at that point, who could really blame him?  Bland tried to get involved and was accidentally knocked off the apron by Shorty when Cruz sidestepped him.  Jay King took over the officiating as Outtkast was helped to the backstage area...Ricky stunned Shorty with the knucks and superkicked him for the pin at 11:52.

No local wrestling in my area next weekend, from the looks of things...I won't mind a weekened off at this point.  Hopefully Dynamo can rebound in the future...they're the next show on the personal schedule as they're back in Fenton on September 6th.

Upcoming:
-Saturday 9/6:  Dynamo in Fenton, MO
-Saturday 9/13:  MMWA in St. Louis, MO
-Friday 9/19:  Dynamo in Glen Carbon, IL
-Saturday 9/20:  SICW in East Carondelet
-Saturday 9/27:  SICW in Fairmont City, IL; MMWA in Herculaneum, MO

Good night, good luck, and #yaywrestling.