Thursday, April 27, 2017

WWE NXT

-Commentators:  Tom Phillips, Nigel McGuinness, & "Showtime" Percy Watson.
-Nikki Cross entered the ring to start the show, calling out Ruby Riot to "come out and play"...not surprisingly, Ruby wasted no time in entering the ring and the two women brawled.  Referees and security guards attempted to restore order but had trouble separating them.
-Backstage:  NXT Champion Bobby Roode was interviewed about his altercation with Hideo Itami...he called it a cowardly and unprovoked attack from a man who was unaware of how the landscape had changed in his absence.  If Itami wants a title shot, he'll have to earn it.
-Drew McIntyre d. Andrade "Cien" Almas with the flying boot (3:54).
-Backstage:  General Manager S. William Regal announced that Ruby Riot vs. Nikki Cross would take place later in the show.
-Vignette:  Roderick Strong talked about his upbringing, which was fairly rough...when your mom shoots your dad, that's not exactly a storybook family life.  He talked about concealing his emotions since he saw them as weaknesses...that hit close to home for me.  His mother has overcome her past issues and supports him in his career.  He was mentored by Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart at a young age and was encouraged to stick with the wrestling thing.
-Aleister Black d. Kona Reeves with the Black Mass(spinning kick) (1:18).
-Backstage:  Ruby Riot was interviewed about her feud and upcoming match with Nikki Cross.  She said she would put the issue to rest tonight on her way to the NXT Women's Title.
-Backstage:  Almas was interviewed on his way out of the building, but he was occupied with the ladies escorting him to his vehicle...
-Ruby Riot vs. Nikki Cross never officially started as Cross attacked Riot from behind, re-igniting their previous brawl.  Referees and security guards had to separate the two once again...but they were as effective as before as Ruby dove off the entrance stage onto Nikki!
-Backstage:  Regal met with NXT Women's Champion Asuka Urai, announcing that a women's battle royal would take place on next week's show to determine her next challenger.  Asuka seemed unimpressed.
-Tyler Bate d. "The Extraordinary Gentleman" Jack Gallagher with the Tylerdriver '97(tigerdriver) to retain the United Kingdom Title (10:11 aired).  "The Bruiserweight" Pete Dunne, Mark Andrews, Wolfgang Young, & Trent Seven were seated in the front row for the match.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Smackdown, 205, This Week In Wrestling

WWE Smackdown

-Commentators:  Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, & John Bradshaw Layfield.
-"The Phenomenal" A.J. Styles d. Baron Corbin by escaping a powerbomb attempt and getting the pin with a sunset flip (7:01 aired); U.S. Champion Kevin Owens did commentary.  Owens and Corbin attacked Styles after the match; Sami Zayn made the save, but was blindsided by Owens before Owens laid out Styles with the pop-up powerbomb.
-Beat The Clock Challenge:  American Alpha(Jason Jordan & Chad Gable) d. Primo & Epico Colon; Gable pinned Epico after he and Jordan hit the Grand Amplitude(Jordan belly-to-back throw into Gable bridging back suplex) (5:17).
-WWE Champion Randy Orton d. Erick Rowan with the RKO in a non-title no-DQ match (8:53 aired).  Jinder Mahal confronted Orton after the match, leading to a three-on-one beatdown by Mahal and Harv & Gurv Singh(formerly Sihra).
-Beat The Clock Challenge:  Breezango(Tyler Breeze & Johnny Fandango) d. The Ascension(Konnor O'Brian & Rick Viktor) when Fandango pinned Viktor via Falcon Arrow (2:41).
-Naomi Night vs. Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Women's Title ended in a no-contest when Natalya Neidhart, Carmella Van Damme, & Tamina Snuka(w/ James Ellsworth) attacked both women (6:44 aired).

WWE 205 Live

-Commentators:  Tom Phillips & Corey Graves.
-"The Outlandish" Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa d. "The" Brian Kendrick & "The Scottish Supernova" Noam Dar when Tozawa pinned Dar after a Shining Wizard (5:24).
-"The Premier Athlete" Tony Nese d. Mustafa Ali by DQ; Drew Gulak was doing commentary and pulled Nese out of the ring when Ali had him set up for the imploding 450 Splash (7:26).  (Graves explained that Gulak making contact with Nese got Ali disqualified.)  Ali took out Gulak after the match with a somersault plancha off the top rope.
-Cruiserweight Champion "The King Of The Cruiserweights" Adrian Neville d. "The Extraordinary Gentleman" Jack Gallagher with the Rings Of Saturn(non-title) (10:51).  Neville attacked Gallagher after the match, prompting Austin Aries to run out for the save and fight with Neville.

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WWE(www.wwe.com)

NXT this week has:
-Tyler Bate vs. Jack Gallagher - United Kingdom Title
-Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade Almas
-Aleister Black vs. Kona Reeves

Main Event this week has:
-Rhyno vs. Titus O'Neil
-Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado vs. Tony Nese & Drew Gulak

WWE has an NXT house show on Friday 4/28 in St. Charles, MO.

Payback is on Sunday 4/30:
-Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt - WWE Title House Of Horrors Match
-Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho - U.S. Title
-Adrian Neville vs. Austin Aries - Cruiserweight Title
-The Hardy Boys(Matt & Jeff) vs. Antonio Cesaro & Sheamus O'Shaunessy - Raw Tag Team Titles
-Bayley Rose vs. Alexa Bliss - Raw Women's Title
-Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
-Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe

TNA(www.tnawrestling.com)

Impact this Thursday has:
-Moose vs. Davey Richards - Grand Title
-Christina Von Eerie vs. Ava Storie - GFW Women's Title
-The Veterans Of War(Crimson Mayweather & Jax Wilcox) vs. Fallah Bahh & Mario Bokara
-In action:  Kongo Kong

RING OF HONOR(www.rohwrestling.com)

ROH TV this week has:
-Jay Lethal vs. "Hangman" Adam Page vs. Silas Young vs. Jay White
-Coast To Coast(Leon St. Giovanni & Shaheem Ali) vs. Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia
-Matt Sydal vs. Travis Gordon

Next show is Friday 4/28 in Milwaukee, WI:
-The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson) vs The Addiction(Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian)
-The Briscoe Brothers(Jay & Mark) & Bully Ray vs. Dalton Castle & War Machine(Todd Hanson & Raymond Rowe)
-Jay Lethal vs. Silas Young
-Marty Scurll vs. Delirious
-Shane Taylor vs. Cheeseburger vs. "The Punishment" Damian Martinez vs. "Beer City Bruiser" Matt Winchester
-The Motor City Machineguns(Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs. Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia
-Jay White vs. Adam Cole

ROH has a show on Saturday 4/29 in Hopkins, MN:
-The Addiction(Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian) & Dalton Castle vs. The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson) & "Hangman" Adam Page
-The Briscoe Brothers(Jay & Mark) vs. The Motor City Machineguns(Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley)
-Marty Scurll vs. Ken Anderson - T.V. Title
-Matt Taven vs. Adam Cole
-Bully Ray vs. Silas Young
-Jay Lethal vs. "Beer City Bruiser" Matt Winchester
-Jay White vs. "The Punishment" Damian Martinez
-War Machine(Todd Hanson & Raymond Rowe) vs. Rhett Titus & Shane Taylor

ROH returns to the St. Louis area on Sunday 6/4 in Collinsville, IL.

NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING(www.njpw.co.jp/english)

Friday's episode of World Pro Wrestling has:
-Hirooki Goto vs. Kenny Omega

Wrestling Toyo Province is on Saturday 4/29:
-Tetsuya Naito vs. Juice Robinson - IWGP Intercontinental Title
-Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Takaaki "Evil" Watanabe
-Hiromu Takahashi vs. Ricochet - IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title
-Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, & Toru Yano vs. Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, & Chase Owens
-Hirooki Goto, Will Ospreay, & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, & TAKA Michinoku
-Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, & David Finlay vs. The Guerrillas Of Destiny(Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) & Yujiro Takahashi
-Ryusuke Taguchi & Yoshi Tatsu vs. Seiya Sanada & Bushi
-Roppongi Vice(Rocky Romero & Trent Barreta) & Jado vs. Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & El Desperado
-Jushin Liger, Hirai Kawato, & Tomoyuki Oka vs. Tiger Mask IV, Katsuya Kitamura, & Syota Umino

Wrestling Dontaku is on Wednesday 5/3:
-Kazuchika Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale - IWGP Heavyweight Title
-Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kenny Omega
-Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ricochet, & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Takaaki "Evil" Watanabe, Seiya Sanada, & Bushi - NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Titles
-War Machine(Todd Hanson & Raymond Rowe) vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. The Guerrillas Of Destiny(Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) - IWGP Tag Team Titles
-Yujiro Kushida & Juice Robinson vs. Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi
-David Finlay vs. Cody Rhodes
-Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano, Roppongi Vice(Rocky Romero & Trent Barreta), & Jado vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & El Desperado
-Togi Makabe, Tiger Mask W, & Tiger Mask IV vs. Yuji Nagata, Jushin Liger, & Manabu Nakanishi
-Will Ospreay & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
-Yoshi Tatsu & Hirai Kawato vs. Tomoyuki Oka & Katsuya Kitamura

LUCHA UNDERGROUND(www.luchaunderground.com)

Next new episode on Wednesday 5/31 has:
-Johnny Mundo vs. Willie Mack - Heavyweight Title "All Night Long" Match

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NATIONAL WRASSLIN' LEAGUE(www.nwleague.com)

Next show is Saturday 4/29 in Kansas City, MO:
-Thor Theriot & Bob Holly vs. Jeremy Wyatt & Michael Strider
-Maverick vs. Lakota Red Cloud

NWL has a show on Sunday 5/7 in St. Louis, MO:
-Maverick & The Blood Brothers(Davey Gibson & Mathew Grundy) vs. Todd Letterman, Cornell Douglass, & Brother Castle

DPW(www.dynamoprowrestling.com)

Next show is Saturday 5/6 in St. Louis, MO(Cinco De Mayo Festival).

SICW(www.sicw.org)

Next show is Saturday 4/29 in Millstadt, IL:
-Gary Jackson & Ken Kasa vs. Chris Hargas & Bubba Troll
-Flash Flanagan vs. Marc Houston
-Miss Monica Passeri vs. Wyldefyre

SICW has a show on Saturday 5/20 in East Carondelet, IL:
-? vs. Chris Hargas - Classic Title Tournament Final - Best-Of-Three-Falls Match - Referee Ricky Cruz
-Flash Flanagan vs. Curtis Wylde vs. Marc Houston - Classic Title Tournament Semifinal
-Bruiser Brody Memorial Battle Royal
-Appearing:  Abdullah The Butcher, Barbara Goodish, Charles Thesz

MMWA(www.southbroadwayac.com)

Next show is Saturday 5/13 in St. Louis, MO:
-Ace Hawkins vs. Brandon Espinosa - Heavyweight Title Series - MWR Missouri Title Ladder Match
-Barackus vs. J-Mal Swagg - Heavyweight Title Series
-Moondog Rover vs. Da'Marius Jones - Heavyweight Title Series

PWCS(www.pwcswrestling.com)

Next show is Saturday 6/10 in Alton, IL:
-Davey Vega(Ego Busters) vs. Alex Rudolph(Blacklist) - Gateway Heritage Title
-Arik Cannon(Blacklist) vs. Danny Adams(Ego Busters)
-Mat Fitchett(Resurgence) vs. Darin Corbin(Submission Squad)
-Paco Gonzalez(Resurgence) vs. Everett Connors(Submission Squad)
-Sean Orleans vs. Matt Kenway(Submission Squad)
-Myron Reed vs. Shane Mercer

GLORY PRO WRESTLING(www.gloryprowrestling.com)

Next show is Sunday 5/7 in Alton, IL:
-Michael Elgin vs. Penta El Cero Miedo
-Jason Kincaid vs. Myron Reed - Crown Of Glory Title
-Sami Callihan vs. Curt Stallion
-Louis Lyndon vs. Danny Adams
-Jason Cade vs. Paco Gonzalez
-David Starr vs. Everett Connors
-The Besties In The World(Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. Zero Gravity(Brett Gakiya & C.J. Esparza) vs. The Boys From Jolleyville(T-Money & Nasty Russ) vs. Matt Kenway & Aaron Dzinic
-Gary Jay vs. Ethan Page vs. Space Monkey vs. Jake Something vs. Brandon Espinosa vs. Tyler Matrix vs. Johnathan Wolf vs. Hakim Zane vs. Alex Daniels vs. Jake Parnell

Glory Pro has a show on Friday 5/26 in Alton, IL featuring the Tag Team Title tournament:
-Michael Elgin vs. Keith Lee
-Kyle O'Reilly vs. Curt Stallion
-Rey Fenix vs. Myron Reed
-The Besties In The World(Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) vs. The Fraternity(Channing Decker & Trent Gibson) - Tournament Round 1

Glory Pro has a show on Sunday 7/9 in Belleville, IL:
-Michael Elgin vs. Cody Rhodes
-Appearing:  A.R. Fox, Austin Theory, Space Monkey

Glory Pro has a show on Sunday 8/20 in Alton, IL:
-Appearing:  Jeff Cobb, Scarlet & Graves(Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz), Ohio Is 4 Killers(Jake & Dave Crist)

PRO WRESTLING RESURGENCE(www.facebook.com/ProWrestlingResurgence)

Next show is Friday 5/12 in Sauget, IL(Pop's):
-Everett Connors vs. Joey Ryan - Heavyweight Title
-A.C.H. vs. Paco Gonzalez
-Michael Elgin vs. Curt Stallion
-Danny Adams vs. Jason Roberts
-Davey Vega vs. Mat Fitchett vs. Brandon Espinosa vs. Stevie Fierce
-Battle Royal
-Appearing:  Jake Parnell, Austin Blackburn, Zicky Dice, Aaron Dzinic, Evan Gelistico, Ryan Good, Matt Kenway, Rob Matter, Adrian Surge, Cornelius Wyverstone

HIGH RISK WRESTLING(www.facebook.com/hrwstl)

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

WLW(www.harleyrace.com)

Next show is Saturday 5/13 in Troy, MO:
-Jon Webb vs. Jayden Fenix - Jr. Heavyweight Title

GATEWAY ELITE WRESTLING(www.facebook.com/TheGatewayElite)

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

STRIDE PRO WRESTLING(www.facebook.com/Cmaprowrestling/)

Next show is Saturday 5/6 in Pinckneyville, IL:
-Heath Hatton vs. Roger Matheus - Heavyweight Title Tables-Ladders-And-Chairs Match

WRESTLING OVER EVERYTHING(woe-wrestling.webnode.com)

Next show is Saturday 5/20 in Centreville, IL:
-Leone Mephisto vs. Kyle Roberts - Heavyweight Title
-Da'Marius Jones vs. LaMarcus Clinton - Interstate Title
-Brian Valor vs. Brandon Espinosa
-Barackus vs. B.T. Daramola
-The Sabotage Squad(Krispy 2 Pop & John Boi) vs. The Founding Fathers Of Anarchy(Gavin Alexander & Richard Faith)
-#PROSTATUS(Shane The Pain Train & David X) vs. The Diamond Dogs(Luke Langley & Graham Bell)

CENTRAL STATES CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING(nwaccw.x10.bz)

Next show is Friday 6/30 in Waynesville, MO.

WORLD POWERHOUSE WRESTLING(sites.google.com/site/worldpowerhousewrestlingstl/home)

Next show is Saturday 4/29 in Collinsville, IL:
-Gauge Evans vs. Victor Cortez - Heavyweight Title
-Marcellus Knyght vs. Ivan Strokgenovf - U.S. Title

NEW BREED WRESTING(www.facebook.com/NewBreedMO)

Next show is Saturday 5/6 in Chillicothe, MO:
-"The Iceman" Howard Moritz vs. Duke Cornell
-The Math Magician vs. The Common Core - Midwest Pop Icon Title

CCW(www.capewrestling.com)

Next show is Saturday 5/20 in Cape Girardeau, MO.

RINGSIDE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING(rcwprowrestling.blogspot.com)

RCW has a show on Saturday 5/6 in Lebanon, MO:
-Appearing:  Ricky Steamboat

3XW(www.3xwrestling.com)

Next show is Saturday 6/2 in Des Moines, IA.

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EVOLVE(www.wwnlive.com & www.dgusa.tv)

Next show is Saturday 5/20 in Summit, IL:
-Matt Riddle vs. Kyle O'Reilly

EVOLVE has a show on Sunday 5/21 in Livonia, MI:
-Matt Riddle vs. Jeff Cobb - WWN Title

PRO WRESTLING GUERRILLA(www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com)

Next show is Friday 5/19 in Reseda, CA:
-Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Trent Barreta - Heavyweight Title
-Rey Fenix & Penta El Cero Miedo vs. The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson) - Tag Team Titles
-Sami Callihan vs. Adam Cole
-Lio Rush vs. Mark Haskins
-reDRagon(Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish) vs. Matt Riddle & Jeff Cobb
-Michael Elgin vs. Shane Strickland
-Keith Lee vs. Trevor Lee

CHIKARA(www.chikarapro.com)

Next show is Saturday 5/6 in Philadelphia, PA:
-Juan Francisco De Coronado vs. Oleg The Usurper - Grand Title
-Infinite Gauntlet Match
-Missile Assault Man vs. The Proletariat Boar Of Moldova
-Silver Ant vs. Frightmare

ANARCHY WRESTLING(www.facebook.com/ThisIsWhyWeWrestle)

Next show is Saturday 5/13 in Cornelia, GA:
-Jacob Ashworth, The Hate Junkies(Stryknyn & Dany Only), & Gladiator Jeremiah vs. Gunner Miller & Team TAG(Kevin Blue, Billy Buck, & Chris Spectra)

HOUSE OF HARDCORE(www.houseofhardcore.net)

Next show is Friday 5/19 in St. James, NY:
-Tommy Dreamer vs. Cody Rhodes

SHIMMER(www.shimmerwrestling.com)

Next shows are Saturday 7/8 and Sunday 7/9 in Berwyn, IL.

SHINE(www.shinewrestling.com)

Next show is Friday 5/12 in Ybor City, FL:
-Lufisto vs. Leva Bates - SHINE Title

IWA MID-SOUTH(iwamidsouthwrestling.webs.com)

Next show is Thursday 4/27 in Jeffersonville, IN featuring the Candido Cup Tournament for the vacant Tag Team Titles:
-Candido Cup Semifinals & Final
-Scarlet & Graves(Zachary Wentz & Trey Miguel) vs. Hot Chocolate(Sugar Dunkerton & Myron Reed) - Candido Cup Round 1
-Headbutts & Light Beers(John Wayne Murdoch & Mance Warner) vs. Ray Waddell & Brandon Taggart - Candido Cup Round 1
-The Ugly Ducklings(Lance Lude & Rob Killjoy) vs. The Rat Pack(Mallaki Matthews & White Mike Jordan) - Candido Cup Round 1
-Ohio Is 4 Killers(Dave & Jake Crist) vs. Larry D & Aaron Williams - Candido Cup Round 1
-Juggernaut Jeremiah vs. Zodiak

IWA-MS has a show on Saturday 4/29 in Memphis, IN:
-John Wayne Murdoch vs. Aidan Blackhart - No-Rope Barbed-Wire Match
-Billy The P vs. Rick Brady - Boxing Match
-Biff Wellington III vs. Mitch Ryder - Street Fight
-Aaron Williams vs. Zodiak

AAW(www.aawrestling.com)

Next show is Saturday 5/6 in Chicago, IL:
-Michael Elgin vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
-Bobby Fish vs. Trevor Lee
-Eddie Kingston vs. David Starr

ACW(www.anarchychampionshipwrestling.com)

Next show is Sunday 5/21 in Austin, TX.

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

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Raw + XPlosion

WWE Raw

-Commentators:  Michael Cole, Booker T, & Corey Graves.
-Raw Tag Team Champion Matt Hardy(w/ Jeff Hardy) d. Sheamus O'Shaunessy(w/ Antonio Cesaro) after the Twist Of Fate (6:27 aired).
-Austin Aries & "The Extraordinary Gentleman" Jack Gallagher d. Cruiserweight Champion "The King Of The Cruiserweights" Adrian Neville & T.J. Perkins when Aries pinned Perkins after the Discus Fivearm (joined in progress after pre-bell fighting; 3:14 aired).
-Kalisto d. Braun Strowman in a dumpster match by dropkicking his feet out from under him on the ring apron, causing him to drop feet-first into the dumpster (5:07).  Strowman destroyed Kalisto afterwards with multiple chokeslams before throwing him into the dumpster and pushing it off the entrance stage.
-Dana Brooke d. Alicia Fox with the fireman's-carry Michinoku Driver (1:23); Emma Tayla came out to observe the match.
-Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor(subbing for Enzo Amore who was attacked before the match), & "Big Cass" Colin Cassady d. Samoa Joe & The Bullet Club(Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) when Rollins pinned Anderson after a windup short-arm rising knee strike (5:56).
-"The Boss" Sasha Banks d. Alexa Bliss by countout when Alexa walked away from the match (2:38); Raw Women's Champion Bayley Rose did commentary and tried to bring Alexa back to the ring, only to be blindsided by Alexa.
-Apollo Crews d. Curt Hawkins with the delayed Blue Thunder Bomb (2:09).
-Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose & Chris Jericho vs. "The Miz" Mike Mizanin & Bray Wyatt(w/ Maryse Ouellet-Mizanin) ended in a no-contest; Miz fought most of the match on his own until Wyatt appeared in the fray and attacked Ambrose.  Wyatt laid out Ambrose, Jericho, and even Miz with Sister Abigails to close the show (joined in progress; no closing bell; about 8:00 aired).

TNA XPlosion

-Commentators:  Jeremy Borash & "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero.
-Robbie Eckos d. "Mr. M80" Marshe Rockett after the Boom Drop(full-nelson faceplant) (5:41 aired).
-Commentators:  Jeremy Borash & Josh Mathews.
-Angelina Love(w/ "The Lone Wolf" Davey Richards) d. M.J. Jenkins after a running forearm smash (6:20 aired).
-Adam Thornstowe of Reno Scum d. "The Chesterfield Plague" Bram Cameron by countering an attempted Brighter Side Of Suffering(elevated DDT) with a small package for the pin (4:30 aired).  Bram attacked Thornstowe afterwards and "The Wildcard" Eddie Kingston hit the ring to join him, but Luster The Legend made the save.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday NWL Results From St. Louis, MO

-Ring announcer:  Ben Simon.  Referees:  Michael Crase & Sean Orleans.
-Tommy Flagg(w/ August Marshall) d. Jay Lutz with the Flatliner after Drew Gold interfered (6:43).
-Christian Adonis & The Underground(Adam Ryan & Jackie Lee Bosch) d. Neon Iverson, Buddy Shepherd, & "Takedown" Javy Torres; Adonis pinned Iverson after the reverse neckbreaker (11:31).
-"The Bull City Boss" Cornell Douglass & Brother Castle d. The Blood Brothers(Davey Gibson & Mathew Grundy); Douglass pinned Grundy after Castle powerbombed Grundy into the ring apron (11:56).
-Jack Foster d. "The Billion-Dollar Brother" Emmett DuBois(w/ Clayton Fox) by DQ when Fox interfered by hitting Foster with a briefcase (2:19).
-I-70 Series:  The Royal Blood(Jet & Jax Royal) d. The Party Crashers(Boulder & Spike); Jet pinned Spike after the shooting star press (7:39).  (Kansas City 8, St. Louis 4)
-I-70 Series:  "The Man Without Fear" Blaine Meeks d. "Greatness" Marcellus Gaines(w/ Drew Gold) via rollup after Gold's interference backfired (13:15).  (Kansas City 9, St. Louis 4)
-"The Raging Bull" Maverick d. St. Louis Champion "The Five-Star Phenom" Todd Letterman by DQ when Cornell Douglass & Brother Castle interfered (19:03); The Blood Brothers made the save, setting up a six-man tag for May 7th.

Weekend wrestling

WWE Main Event

-Commentators:  Tom Phillips & Corey Graves.
-Titus O'Neil d. Curtis Axel with the Clash Of The Titus (4:13).
-"The Premier Athlete" Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari d. Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado when Ariya pinned Lince after the hammerlock lariat (6:42 aired).
ROH TV

-Commentators:  Ian Riccaboni & Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana.
-"The Notorious" Shane Taylor(w/ Caprice Coleman) d. Lio Rush after a sitout chokeslam (4:39 aired).  The Motor City Machineguns(Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) hit the ring to check on Rush afterwards, but Taylor and Coleman attacked them and left them laying.
-Top Prospect Tournament Final:  Josh "The Goods" Woods d. "The Southern Savior" John Skyler with his modified kneebar (8:01 aired).  "The Product" David Starr attacked Woods after his win.
-"The Villain" Marty Scurll d. "The Heavy Metal Rebel" Frankie Kazarian to retain the T.V. Title; Scurll attempted to throw powder in Kazarian's eyes but got the referee by mistake.  In the chaos, "Hangman" Adam Page got involved and threw a chair at Kazarian's head, allowing Scurll to get the rollup pin (7:13 aired).  Heavyweight Champion "The Almighty" Christopher Daniels checked on Kazarian after the match as Scurll proclaimed that there was no competition left for his belt...but that brought out "Rebourne" Matt Sydal to confront him!
-Next week:  Jay Lethal vs. "Hangman" Adam Page vs. "The Last Real Man" Silas Young vs. Jay White.

SICW Wrestling Explosion

-Commentators:  Larry Matysik, Herb Simmons, & Drew Abbenhaus.
-Bubba Troll vs. Cowboy Marc Houston ended in a no-contest when Curtis Wylde attacked Houston; Wylde was seeking retribution for Houston's interference in his tournament quarterfinal match in March.
-Guerrilla Warfare(The Big Texan & Waco) d. "Big Country" Clint Poe & "The Enforcer" Jimmy D; Waco pinned D after he and Texan hit a sideslam/top-rope elbowdrop combo.
-Promoter Herb Simmons announced that the title tournament final would be a best-of-three-falls bout and brought out the special guest referee for that match: "The King Of Chaos" Ricky Cruz! Ricky had a lot of history with the tournament participants, but he promised to call the match down the middle to ensure a rightful winner.
-Superstar Steve Fender(w/ Travis Cook) d. Bobby D after a swandive headbutt.

SICW Special Comment

Now, as promised, a special comment about last Saturday's Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling show at the Community Center in East Carondelet, Illinois.

DISCLAIMER:  I'm biased.  Deal with it.

With Saturday night open, I made my way to East Carondelet for SICW's monthly offering.  The semifinals of the Classic Title tournament were up in the air as Cowboy Marc Houston had interfered in the Flash Flanagan vs. Curtis Wylde quarterfinal to cause a no-contest.  The other semifinal would take place on this night with Ken Kasa(having beaten Superstar Steve Fender and Dave Vaughn) squaring off with old friend and rival Chris Hargas(who had defeated The Big Texan and Gary Jackson to reach this point).  For his part, Houston would be in a battle of super heavyweights with Bubba Troll.

The attendance was pretty good, though not a packed house as with some of their bigger shows.  I could see people saving themselves for the big show in May; that one will probably be loaded.

Your ring announcer was Drew Abbenhaus; your referees were Shaft, Jay King, and Nick Ridenour.

The show actually started about ten minutes before 8:00 with the announcements from Drew and promoter Herb Simmons.  They announced a ten-bell salute for a longtime fan who had recently passed away.  Sean Vincent came out to push a new SICW promotion where the wrestlers would visit hospitalized children.  Herb pushed the big May show as the anniversary at Wrestling At The Chase...on top of Barbara Goodish and Charlie Thesz(widows of Bruiser Brody and Lou Thesz, respectively), Brody's old rival Abdullah The Butcher would be in the house as well!

Steve Davis of "Memories Of Elvis" sang the National Anthem, then it was tournament update time.  Herb said that Flanagan was not in attendance(said to be injured in March) and the semifinal would take place as a triple threat match in May:  Flanagan vs. Wylde vs. Houston.  The finals would take place at the end of the night with the winner of the three-way facing the winner of tonight's Kasa-Hargas match.  (I assume Flanagan's absence was the reason for this little do-si-do.)  We were told that he would be at the Millstadt event, at any rate.  Herb also teased a special guest referee for the tourney finals.  Larry Matysik once again did television commentary for a few early matches...last month was his first live ringside commentary in many years.

Bubba Troll vs. Cowboy Marc Houston:  So who was the fan favorite in THIS one?  They started brawling right out of the gate, so it was a good thing that I didn't expect a technical classic in the first place.  Before things could even get going, Curtis Wylde attacked Houston from behind and caused a no-contest in 2:15...this was presumably revenge for Houston's interference in Wylde's match the previous month.  Wylde retreated after getting his proverbial pound of flesh, leaving both match participants in a bad mood.

Flaming Freddie Fury vs. Johnny Blade(w/ Big Daddy):  Blade defeated Fury's close personal friend Purple Passion in March; Fury brought Passion's mask with him and hung it on the ringpost for inspiration.  Other than Fury's usual schtick, Blade controlled the majority of the matchup and won with the figure-four leglock in 6:48.

"Your Canadian Hero" Sean Vincent & Moondog Rover vs. "Volatile" Curtis Wylde & "The Unstable" Dave Vaughn(w/ Wyldefyre):  Moondog presented Wyldefyre with candy before the match, but Wylde knocked the box out of her hands...aww.  The referee had to scramble to clear the chocolates off the wrestling mat before any of them got squashed.  Vincent's history with both opponents is well-documented.  Wyldefyre attempted to interfere in the match but Curtis accidentally elbowed her off the ring apron.  Curtis didn't seem to care too much about the well-being of his #1 Ginger at that moment...in the meantime, Vincent cleared the ring and pinned Vaughn after the Death Valley Driver in 13:45.  For the second time, Moondog carried Wyldefyre away from ringside...that left Wylde frantically searching for her, but he still had time to speak to Drew at ringside about his Classic Title tournament chances.

Intermission~!  Official Ben Simon Concession Count(tm):  Pepsi, cheeseburger, Coca-Cola, and a freebie cheeseburger at the end of the night.  Woo.

"Big Country" Clint Poe & "The Enforcer" Jimmy D vs. Guerrilla Warfare(The Big Texan & Waco):  Former MMWA Tag Team Champions Texan & Waco reunited in March but lost to the team of Poe and Sean Vincent.  I haven't seen a whole lot of Poe thus far but he seems decent; he regularly competes in Indiana and Ohio where he occasionally teams with Marc Houston.  Unfortunately, the more experienced tandem was able to keep him out of this match for the most part.  Jimmy D was in the ring for most of the match...even after Poe got a hot tag and cleaned house, he quickly re-entered the ring for a Rocket Launcher with Poe.  I didn't see a tag, but D took the fall not long after that...Waco pinned him in 11:23 after he and Texan hit a sideslam/top-rope elbowdrop combo.

Heath Hatton vs. Ax Allwardt:  This was a surprise return for former Classic Champion Hatton, who had been primarily focusing on his home promotion of Stride Pro Wrestling in Marion, Illinois.  Despite being a fan favorite in recent months, Ax wasn't going to beat out Hatton in popularity and reverted to his more aggressive attitude.  These two know each other VERY well and have faced each other often, dating back to All American Pro Wrestling and continuing through Pro Wrestling Collision, SICW, and Stride Pro.  Ax focused on the arm after Hatton hit the ringpost shoulder-first; he nearly got the win after a mule kick and piledriver(he can now use it here since Ron Powers retired) but Hatton rolled out of the ring to escape defeat.  When Ax finally brought him back into the ring for a pin attempt, Heath got a foot on the bottom rope.  Hatton was able to rally and trap Ax in the Crippler Crossface(that's how he beat Ken Kasa for the Classic Title!), but the time limit expired in 15:00 (give or take a few seconds, going by my stopwatch...but I defer to the announced time).

Bobby D vs. Superstar Steve Fender(w/ Travis Cook):  Travis has scored a formidable acquisition, bringing his New Breed Wrestling protege to his stable in SICW.  This was a good solid matchup with Bobby D putting up some resistance, but Fender finally got him down for good and delivered a swandive headbutt to win in 5:18.  (It was especially impressive when you consider the low ceiling and the fact that D was over halfway across the ring!)

Intermission numero dos~!  This led into Herb's official announcement of the special guest referee for the tournament final, and it turned out to be a true surprise:  "The King Of Chaos" Ricky Cruz!  The former Classic Champion was making his first official appearance at a wrestling show since his retirement; it was especially notable since he didn't seem to part with SICW on the best of terms.  He promised to call the match down the middle, despite his prior history with most of the remaining tournament participants.  It was also announced that the tourney final would be best-of-three-falls with a sixty-minute time limit for full OLDSCHOOL~! points.

"Night Train/Gorgeous/Great One" Gary Jackson vs. Jayson Khaos:  Jackson delivered THE RULES~! before the opening bell, which is usually a bad sign for him(a la Kane's pyro).  Khaos had posted on Facebook about his excitement going into the match, as Jackson was his mentor early in his career.  Unfortunately, the match was derailed by an early groin injury to Khaos, leaving him to stall and retreat for most of it.  Khaos resorted to underhanded tactics like manhandling the official and delivering an unseen low blow.  The bout ended with Khaos trapping Jackson in a sleeperhold while both were in the ropes, drawing a DQ in 6:34 when Khaos refused to release the hold at the five-count (despite Drew accidentally announcing it as a countout).  Jackson vowed to get revenge on Khaos...hopefully Khaos will be able to bounce back from his injury for an eventual rematch.

"Ironman" Ken Kasa vs. "The Icon" Chris Hargas(w/ Travis Cook), Classic Title Tournament Semifinal:  I was just waiting for Travis to proclaim Hargas to be a born-again Syrian, but nope.  Despite the hand-to-ringpost spot that ended the March show, the injury focus was on Kasa's ribs after Dave Vaughn's previous spear on the edge of the ring.  They did a slow build since they were going for a long match, but the crowd was somewhat partisan in favor of Hargas so it made for an odd atmosphere.  Both guys delved into their submission hold arsenals to wear each other down...Hargas was able to deliver the F-5, but took too long to cover and only got a near-fall.  He got Kasa in the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring, only for The Ironman to make his way to the ropes.  Kasa was able to hang Hargas upside-down from the turnbuckles, then deliver a Van Terminator-style dropkick from the adjacent middle turnbuckle!  However, Hargas was able to get to the ropes to escape defeat.  The fight spilled out of the ring and Kasa kicked away an approaching Travis Cook, but the momentary loss of focus was costly as Hargas delivered a modified F-5 into the ring steps!  Hargas dragged Kasa back into the ring and delivered one last F-5 for the hard-fought win in 22:06!

Hargas had cemented his place in the tournament finals and would be the fresh man at the end of the night...whoever his opponent would be(Flanagan, Wylde, or Houston), he would have already competed in the triple threat semifinal earlier in the evening.  Travis was even more vocal than usual, claiming Herb had rigged the game with Cruz as the referee...but we'll see how things play out in May.

Sadly, this weekend will be wrestling-free for me as I've had to work on Friday and Saturday nights and am also scheduled to work on Sunday evening.  That meant skipping the Cape Championship Wrestling doubleheader and I'll also miss the National Wrasslin' League event on Sunday night.  My job situation has been a work in progress as I will start training on Monday to work for American Income Life Insurance...I don't know if salesmanship is my thing, but I guess I'm ging to find out.  I would like to get to a point where my evenings aren't taken up by my job, so I'm hoping for the best.

Next Friday, WWE's NXT brand has its first St. Louis-area house show at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri.  The timing was unfortunate as the post-WrestleMania callups meant that Shinsuke Nakamura(among others) would not be on the show.  Despite that, I'm looking forward to seeing a bit more of the developmental crew in action, as well as competitors from the cruiserweight division.  As for Saturday, SICW returns to Millstadt, Illinois and I should be able to make it to that show.

That's my special comment for this, the fifteenth wrestling show I've attended in the year 2017.  Good night, good luck, and #yaywrestling.

-PB, Watching Wrestling Wrong Since 1991

P.S. We are all marks.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Show results

|Friday CCW results from Cape Girardeau, MO featuring the Luna Vachon Memorial Tournament:

-Leva Bates d. Sarah Summers.
-Mickie Knuckles d. Miss Monica Passeri.
-Amazing Maria d. Laynie Luck.
-Nikki Lane d. Li'l Bit.
-Leva Bates d. Amazing Maria.
-Mickie Knuckles d. Nikki Lane.
-Mickie Knuckles d. Leva Bates to win the tournament.

Friday HOH results from Metuchen, NJ:

-Bull James d. T.J. Marconi.
-Rhett Titus d. Action Ortiz.
-Little Guido Maritado, Devon "Crowbar" Storm, & Pat Buck d. Vic Dalishus, Hale Collins, & Gigolo Justin.
-Alex Reynolds d. Matt Striker.
-Brian Cage d. Montel Vontavious Porter.
-Sami Callihan d. Bobby Fish.
-Tommy Dreamer & Bully Ray d. The Spirit Squad(Kenny Doane & Mikey Mondo) in a street fight.

Friday PWG results from Reseda, CA:

-Lio Rush d. Rey Fenix.
-Matt Riddle d. Adam Cole.
-Jeff Cobb d. Keith Lee.
-Michael Elgin d. Kyle O'Reilly.
-The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson) d. War Machine(Todd Hanson & Raymond Rowe).
-Heavyweight Champion Zack Sabre Jr. d. Dick Togo in a non-title match.
-Chuck Taylor d. Marty Scurll in a street fight.

Saturday CCW results from Cape Girardeau, MO(credit to Ben Simon):

-"The" Ace Hawkins d. Syn with the somersault Ace Cruser to retain the MWR Missouri Title.
-Roscoe Eat Lisa("The Big Mustache On Campus" Mikey McFinnegan & "Zesty" Zakk Sawyers) & Sarge O'Riley d. Red Daniels & The L.A. Hustlers(Bradley & Lamont) when O'Riley made Daniels tap out to the mandible claw.
-"Mr. Athletic" Jeff Cobb & Blaster d. Farmer Billy Hills & Dell Tucker in a no-holds-barred match to win the Tag Team Titles; Blaster pinned Tucker after Cobb's Tour Of The Islands(rewind powerslam).
-D'Mone Solavino won a triple threat match with Brandon Espinosa and Darius Lee when he stole the pin on Lee after Espy's turnbuckle brainbuster.
-Leva Bates & Marni Gras d. Sarah Summers & Nikki Lane.
-"The Miracle Worker" Davey Vega d. Joey Ryan via forward-roll cradle.
-Hollis Giroux won a four-corner match with Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana, Austin Lane, and Brandon Barbwire(C) to win the Heavyweight Title; Giroux pinned Barbwire after hitting him with the title belt.

Saturday WLW results from Richmond, MO:

-Mike Sydal d. Air Raid.
-Rex Fults d. Roy Lewis.
-Lucy Mendez won a triple threat match with "Miss Natural" Heather Patera and Miss Monica Passeri to retain the Women's Title.
-Jack Gamble fought Mark Sterling to a time-limit draw.
-Steve Anthony & Superstar Steve Fender d. Kyle Roberts & O'Rion Creed.
-Leland Race d. Karim Brigante to win the Heavyweight Title.

Saturday HOH results from Philadelphia, PA:

-Matt Striker d. Chuckles.
-Alex Reynolds d. Little Guido Maritado.
-T.J. Marconi & The Now(Hale Collins & Vic Dalishus) vs. John Score, Pat Buck, & Tom ? ended in a no-contest.
-Juventud Guerrera d. C.W. Anderson.
-Brian Cage won a triple threat match with Rhett Titus and Action Ortiz.
-Montel Vontavious Porter d. Bull James.
-The Hardy Boys(Matt & Jeff) d. Bully Ray & Tommy Dreamer.
-Penta El Cero Miedo d. Sami Callihan.

Saturday EVOLVE results from Woodside, NY:

-Matt Riddle d. Timothy Thatcher to retain the WWN Title.
-A.C.H. d. Austin Theory.
-EVOLVE Champion Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Drew Galloway ended in a no-contest.
-Kyle O'Reilly d. Keith Lee.
-Chris Dickinson & Jaka d. Catch Point(Tracy Williams & Fred Yehi) to win the Tag Team Titles.
-Ethan Page d. Darby Allin in a last-man-standing match.

Saturday AAW results from LaSalle, IL:

-Stephen Wolf & Trey Miguel d. Nick Brubaker & C.J. Esparza.
-Mike Hartenbower d. Danny Adams.
-Paco Gonzalez & Ace Perry d. Bucky Collins & Connor Braxton.
-Chuck Taylor d. Alex Daniels.
-Mat Fitchett d. Zachary Wentz.
-Bob Holly d. Mil Muertes.
-Gregory Iron & Veda Scott d. Mike Hartenbower & Samantha Heights.
-Michael Elgin d. Daga.
-Ohio Is 4 Killers(Jake & Dave Crist) fought Rey Fenix & A.R. Fox to a time-limit draw to retain the Tag Team Titles.

Saturday Anarchy Wrestling results from Cornelia, GA:

-Heritage Title Tournament:  Jeremy Foster d. Shawn Shultz.
-Heritage Title Tournament:  Billy Buck d. Tommy Penirelli.
-Heritage Title Tournament:  Ryan Vega d. A.J. Gray.
-Team TAG(Kevin Blue & Chris Spectra) d. The Hate Junkies(Stryknyn & Dany Only).
-Chase Jordan d. Ugly Kid Joe.
-Cyrus The Destroyer d. The Approved(Bobby Moore & Adryan Hawkins) in a handicap match.
-Jacob Ashworth d. Gunner Miller to retain the Heavyweight Title.

Sunday EVOLVE results from Brooklyn, NY:

-Ethan Page d. Austin Theory.
-Tracy Williams d. Tag Team Champion Chris Dickinson.
-Tag Team Champion Jaka d. A.C.H.
-Keith Lee d. David Starr.
-Kyle O'Reilly d. Fred Yehi.
-Zack Sabre Jr. d. Lio Rush to retain the EVOLVE Title.
-Matt Riddle d. Drew Galloway in an I Quit Match to retain the WWN Title.