Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Comedy Part 788: More Work In Progress

Location:  Westport Funny Bone
Emcee:  Will O'Donnell
After:  Will O'Donnell
Before:  Nathan Orton

Made the list and went up first after the emcee, so the audience(such as it was with a cold snap and a rainy night) wasn't quite warmed up yet.  At least I had a chance to try out my new material...I'm still working out the wording of my Tide pod joke.  Tomorrow night I'm hosting the first show of this year's Hey Guys Comedy contest...hope to see you there!

WWE Stuff + This Week In Wrestling

WWE Smackdown

-Commentators:  Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, & Corey Graves.
-Kevin Owens d. Dolph Ziggler via superkick after a distraction by Sami Zayn.
-The Riot Squad(Ruby Riot, Sarah Logan, & Liv Morgan) d. Smackdown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, & Naomi Night when Riot pinned Becky after the short-arm soccer kick.
-The New Day(Big E Langston & Xavier Woods)(w/ Kofi Kingston) d. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable when Woods pinned Benjamin after a Shining Wizard.
-The Bludgeon Brothers(Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) d. Eduardo Especial & Orville Rogers when Rowan pinned Rogers after he and Harper hit the double Razor's Edge.
-WWE Champion "The Phenomenal" A.J. Styles d. Baron Corbin(non-title) with the springboard forearm.  Owens & Zayn attacked Styles after the match, leading to a four-way brawl.

WWE Mixed Match Challenge

-Commentators:  Michael Cole, Beth Phoenix, & Corey Graves.
-U.S. Champion "The Glorious" Bobby Roode & Smackdown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair d. Apollo Crews & Nia Jax(w/ Titus O'Neil & Dana Brooke) when Roode pinned Crews after the elevated DDT.

WWE 205 Live

-Commentators:  Vic Joseph & Nigel McGuinness.
-Cruiserweight Title Tournament:  "The Best-Kept Secret" Buddy Murphy d. Ariya Daivari with a pumphandle Samoan Drop.
-Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado(w/ Kalisto) d. Evan Daniels & Corazon Nogato when Lince pinned Nogato after the shooting star press.
-Cruiserweight Title Tournament:  Mustafa Ali d. "The Extraordinary Gentleman" Jack Gallagher with the 0-5-4(imploding 450 Splash).
-Quarterfinal matches:  Cedric Alexander vs. T.J. Perkins, Kalisto vs. Roderick Strong, Mustafa Ali vs. Buddy Murphy, and Mark Andrews vs. Drew Gulak.

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WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT(www.wwe.com)

NXT this week has:
-Andrade Almas vs. Johnny Gargano - NXT Title vs. Gargano's Career
-"No Way" Jose Valenzuela vs. "Velveteen Dream" Patrick Clark

Main Event this week has:
-Rhyno & Heath Slater vs. The Revival(Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder)
-Gran Metalik vs. Tony Nese

Elimination Chamber is on Sunday 2/25:
-Braun Strowman vs. Elias Samson vs. John Cena vs. Roman Reigns vs. "The Miz" Mike Mizanin vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor - Elimination Chamber Match
-Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley Rose vs. Mickie James vs. Sonya Deville vs. Mandy Rose - Raw Women's Title Elimination Chamber Match
-The Bar(Antonio Cesaro & Sheamus O'Shaunessy) vs. Apollo Crews & Titus O'Neil - Raw Tag Team Titles
-Asuka Urai vs. Nia Jax
-Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt

Fastlane is on Sunday 3/11:
-A.J. Styles vs. Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler - WWE Title
-Bobby Roode vs. Randy Orton - U.S. Title
-Jimmy & Jey Uso vs. The New Day(Big E Langston & Kofi Kingston) - Smackdown Tag Team Titles

WrestleMania XXXIIII is on Sunday 4/8:
-A.J. Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura - WWE Title

TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION(www.impactwrestling.com)

Impact on Thursday has:
-Johnny Impact vs. Ethan Carter III
-Bobby Lashley & Eddie Edwards vs. Ohio Vs. Everything(Jake & Dave Crist)
-Moose vs. Alberto El Patrón
-Matt Sydal vs. Petey Williams - Grand Title
-The Latin-American XChange(Angel Ortiz & Santana Draztik) vs. Trevor Lee & Caleb Konley

RING OF HONOR(www.rohwrestling.com)

This week's TV show has:
-Silas Young vs. Kenny King - T.V. Title

Next show is Saturday 3/3 in Manhattan, NY
-The Addiction(Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian), Scorpio Sky, & Shane Taylor vs. Marty Scurll, The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson), & "Hangman" Adam Page
-Flip Gordon vs. Cody Rhodes
-Soberano Jr. vs. "The Punishment" Damien Martinez

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

Honor Rising Part 1 on Friday 2/23 has:
-Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, & Chase Owens vs. Cody Rhodes, Marty Scurll, & "Hangman" Adam Page
-Hirooki Goto vs. "Beer City Bruiser" Matt Winchester - NEVER Openweight Title
-Dalton Castle, Jay Lethal, & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. "Switchblade" Jay White & The Best Friends(Trent Barreta & Chuck Taylor)
-Yujiro Kushida vs. Flip Gordon vs. Hiromu Takahashi
-Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson)
-Jushin Liger, Delirious, & Cheeseburger vs. The Guerrillas Of Destiny(Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) & Hikuleo
-Katsuya Kitamura & Toa Henare vs. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi

Honor Rising Part 2 on Saturday 2/24 has:
-Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi vs. Cody Rhodes & Marty Scurll
-Dalton Castle vs. Trent Barreta - ROH Heavyweight Title
-"Switchblade" Jay White & The Best Friends(Trent Barreta & Chuck Taylor) vs. The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson) & "Hangman" Adam Page
-Bad Luck Fale & The Guerrillas Of Destiny(Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) vs. Jushin Liger, Delirious, & Cheeseburger - NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Titles
-Flip Gordon & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi
-Jay Lethal, Juice Robinson, & David Finlay vs. Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens, & Hikuleo
-Toa Henare vs. "Beer City Bruiser" Matt Winchester

LUCHA UNDERGROUND(www.luchaunderground.com)

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

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GLORY PRO WRESTLING(www.gloryprowrestling.com)

Next show is Sunday 3/25 in Swansea, IL featuring the Gateway To Glory Tournament:
-Jake Something vs. Hakim Zane - Crown Of Glory Title
-Tournament Semifinals & Final
-Edvin Kudic vs. Kobe Durst - Tournament Round 1
-Sage Philips vs. Cole Radrick - Tournament Round 1
-Air Wolf vs. Pat Monix - Tournament Round 1
-Donovan Danhausen vs. Xavier Walker - Tournament Round 1
-No New Friends(Kevin Lee Davidson & Danny Adams) vs. The Viking War Party(Alex Herzog & Jake Parnell) vs. The Space Pirates(Space Monkey & Shane Sabre)

GPW has a show on Sunday 5/6 in Collinsville, IL:
-Jake Something, Myron Reed, Paco Gonzalez, & Stephen Wolf vs. Curt Stallion, Barackus, & The Boys From Jollyville(T-Money & Russ Myers) - Ultimate Survival Match
-Jeff Cobb vs. Moose
-D.J. Shiima Xion & Everett Connors vs. The Work Horsemen(Anthony Henry & James Drake) - United Glory Tag Team Titles
-Gary Jay vs. Jake Parnell - Knockouts-Only Match
-Darby Allin vs. Hakim Zane
-Tyler Matrix vs. Maxwell Jacob Feinstein

DPW(www.dynamoprowrestling.com)

Next show is Saturday 3/31 in St. Louis, MO(Concordia Turners Gym).

SICW(www.sicw.org)

Next show is Saturday 3/24 in East Carondelet, IL:
-Ken Kasa vs. Marc Houston - Classic Title

MMWA(www.southbroadwayac.com)

Next show is Saturday 3/10 in St. Louis, MO.

PWCS(www.pwcswrestling.com)

Next show is Saturday 2/24 in Alton, IL featuring the St. Louis Invitational Tournament:
-Davey Vega vs. Danny Adams - Gateway Heritage Title - Referee Greg Jovi
-Tournament Semifinals & Final
-Mike Outlaw vs. Paco Gonzalez - Tournament Round 1
-Mat Fitchett vs. Thomas Shire - Tournament Round 1
-Gary Jay vs. Christian Rose - Tournament Round 1
-Everett Connors vs. Matt Kenway - Tournament Round 1
-Donovan Danhausen vs. Josh Bishop
-Edvin Kudic & Allie Kat vs. Chris Mac & Angelus Layne
-Appearing:  Dominic Garrini

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

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

WLW(www.harleyrace.com)

Next show is Saturday 3/10 in Moscow Mills, MO:
-"Superstar" Steve Fender & Brandon Espinosa vs. Scott Steiner & Kyle Roberts - Tag Team Titles
-Jayden Dominic Rose vs. Jack Gamble - Jr. Heavyweight Title
-Ace Hawkins vs. Karim Brigante - MWR Missouri Title
-Rex Fults vs. Jaden Roller
-Appearing:  Arn Anderson, Cowboy Bob Orton, J.J. Dillon, Jimmy Hart

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

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

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

Next show is Saturday 3/3 in Marion, IL:
-Jay Spade vs. Tony Flood - Heavyweight Title
-Jose Magnifico vs. Anonymous - Stride Cup/Legacy Title Tournament Final
-Bull Bronson vs. Roger Matheus
-The D.R. Party(Dexter Roswell & Scott Phoenix) vs. Heath Hatton & Ax Allwardt - Tag Team Titles

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

Next show is Sunday 3/11 in Centreville, IL:
-Tyler Copeland & Benjamin U. Trust vs. Leone Mephisto & P.T. Beckham

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

Next show is Saturday 3/10 in Madison, IL.

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

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

CCW(www.capewrestling.com)

Next show is Saturday 2/24 in Cape Girardeau, MO:
-Austin Lane vs. Rumble Winner - Heavyweight Title
-20-Man Riot Rumble
-The Pinnacle(Hollis Giroux & Roger Matheus) vs. Mikey McFinnegan & Marko Stunt - Tag Team Titles
-Diamond Doll vs. Sarah Summers - Women's Title
-Brandon Espinosa vs. Bishop Kage
-"Sexy" Sarge O'Riley vs. Van Van Horn - Hair vs. Hair Match

PROVING GROUND PRO(www.facebook.com/PGPwrestling/)

Next show is Saturday 3/24 in Petersburg, IL.

NATIONAL WRASSLIN' LEAGUE(www.nwleague.com)

Next show is Saturday 2/23 in Overland Park, KS:
-Jeremy Wyatt vs. Eddie Kingston - Kansas City Title
-The Foundation(Michael Strider & Ace Steel) vs. The Besties In The World(Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) - Tag Team Titles - Street Fight
-Gary Jay vs. Maverick - Spirit Of NWL Title
-Marti Belle & Savanna Stone vs. Carolina Rodriguez & Laynie Luck
-Dak Draper vs. Christian Rose
-Fuego Del Sol vs. Leonel Howlett
-Jet Royal & Anthony "Sharkbait" Gutierrez vs. Everett Connors & Rasheed Ali
-Buddy Shepherd vs. Niles Plonk

NWL has a show on Saturday 3/10 in Kansas City, KS.

NWL has a show on Friday 3/16 in O'Fallon, MO.

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

Next show is Thursday 4/5 in Kenner, LA:
-Timothy Thatcher & WALTER vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Munenori Sawa
-A.R. Fox vs. Will Ospreay

EVOLVE has a show on Friday 4/6 in Kenner, LA:
-Matt Riddle vs. Daisuke Sekimoto
-WALTER vs. Darby Allin

EVOLVE/WWN has a show on Friday 4/6 in Kenner, LA:
-Keith Lee vs. Daisuke Sekimoto - WWN Title
-Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Munenori Sawa - EVOLVE Title
-Chris Dickinson & Jaka vs. Timothy Thatcher & WALTER - Tag Team Titles
-Matt Riddle vs. Will Ospreay

PRO WRESTLING GUERRILLA(www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com)

Next show is Friday 3/23 in Reseda, CA:
-Chuck Taylor vs. Keith Lee - Heavyweight Title
-Matt Riddle vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
-Will Ospreay vs. Adam Brooks
-Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz vs. Flamita & Bandido
-Jeff Cobb vs. Jonah Rock
-Brody King vs. Jake Atlas vs. Eli Everfly vs. Douglas James
-Rey Horus vs. Joey Janela

CHIKARA(www.chikarapro.com)

Next Hour Of Power is on Saturday 2/24.

Next live event is on Saturday 3/17 in Philadelpia, PA featuring the Young Lions' Cup.

ANARCHY WRESTLING(www.facebook.com/ThisIsWhyWeWrestle)

Next show is Saturday 2/24 in Cornelia, GA:
-Gunner Miller vs. Logan Creed - Heavyweight Title
-Slim J & Seth Delay vs. Corey Hollis & Brady Pierce
-The Northern Lights(Dynamic Dexter & Stevie Ray Frost) vs. Disorderly Conduct(Will Kaution & Keith Cage)

HOUSE OF HARDCORE(www.houseofhardcore.net)

Next show is Saturday 4/7 in New Orleans, LA.

SHIMMER(www.shimmerwrestling.com)

Next show is Saturday 4/7 in Kenner, LA:
-Nicole Savoy vs. Mercedes Martinez - SHIMMER Title
-Nicole Matthews vs. Toni Storm
-Shazza McKenzie vs. Tessa Blanchard - Heart Of SHIMMER Title

SHIMMER has shows on Saturday 4/14 and Sunday 4/15 in Berwyn, IL.

RISE(www.rise-wrestling.com)

Next show is Friday 4/13 in Berwyn, IL.

SHINE(www.shinewrestling.com)

Next show is Saturday 3/10 in Woodside, NY:
-Lufisto vs. Mercedes Martinez - SHINE Title
-Priscilla Kelly vs. Candy Cartwright - Nova Title
-Vanessa Kraven vs. Dementia D'Rose - Anything-Goes Match
-Rainbow Bright(Luscious Latasha & Gabby Gilbert) vs. Ruthless Ambition(Maria Manic & Penelope Ford)
-Kiera Hogan vs. Aerial Monroe

AAW(www.aawrestling.com)

Next show is Friday 3/16 in Merrionette Park, IL:
-Jessicka Havok vs. Hudson Envy - Women's Title
-Appearing:  Jushin Liger

ACW(www.anarchychampionshipwrestling.com)

Next show is Sunday 2/25 in Austin, TX:
-Jason Silver vs. Gregory James - Heavyweight Title
-Ricky Starks vs. Jimmy Jacobs - T.V. Title
-Masada & Yul Hubbard vs. A.C.H. & Kody Lane - Tag Team Titles
-Sage Sin vs. Christi Jaynes - Joshi Title
-Angel Blue vs. Scotty Santiago

Missouri Wrestling Revival: http://www.missouriwrestlingrevival.com/
St. Louis Wrestling: http://www.saintlouiswrestling.com/

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Monday, February 19, 2018

WWE Raw

-Commentators:  Michael Cole, Jonathan Coachman, & Corey Graves.
-Gauntlet Match(non-title):  Seth Rollins d. Roman Reigns via rollup (12:47 aired).  Rollins d. John Cena after the advanced curbstomp (38:41 aired).  "The Drifter" Elias Samson d. Rollins with the Drift Away v2.0(swinging fisherman buster) (43:44 aired).  Finn Bálor d. Elias with the Coup De Grace(top-rope double-stomp) (55:47 aired).  Intercontinental Champion "The Miz" Mike Mizanin(w/ Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas) d. Bálor with the Skull-Crushing Finale (1:04:02 aired).  Braun Strowman d. Miz(w/ Axel & Bo) with the running powerslam for the final win (1:11:30 aired).
-Next entrant to the WWE Hall Of Fame:  "Double J" Jeff Jarrett.  Wait, WHAT?!?
-Apollo Crews & Titus O'Neil(w/ Dana Brooke) d. Raw Tag Team Champions The Bar(Antonio Cesaro & Sheamus O'Shaunessy)(non-title) when Apollo rolled up Cesaro (4:32).
-"The Boss" Sasha Banks, Bayley Rose, & Mickie James d. Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss, Sonya Deville, & Mandy Rose(w/ Paige Knight) when Sasha made Alexa tap out to the Bank Statement(modified Crippler Crossface) (12:00 aired).

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Glory Pro Results From Edwardsville, IL

-Alpha Omega(Camaro Jackson & Kenny Alfonso) & Nathen Edwards d. “The Master Of Hairflips” Brandon Aarons, “Eye Candy” Elliot Paul, & Graham Bell when Edwards pinned Elliot after a pop-up Death Valley Driver (5:24).
-”The Warhorse” Jake Parnell d. “The Stiff Robo Ginger” Gary Jay after a double-stomp to the back of the head (11:23).
-”The Wounded Owl” Lufisto d. Savanna Stone with the Burning Hammer (9:41).
-No New Friends(Kevin Lee Davidson & “The Millennial” Danny Adams) d. The Pride(Matt Kenway & Edvin Kudic) when K.L.D. pinned Kudic after the spinebuster (10:43).
-A.C.H.(subbing for Trevor Lee) d. Tyler Matrix with the Buster Call(brainbuster) (14:58).
-Everett Connors & D.J. Shiima Xion(substituting for previous tag team partner “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin) d. The Besties In The World(“The Miracle Worker” Davey Vega & “The Dirty Rook” Mat Fitchett) to retain the United Glory Tag Team Titles; The Besties set up for their double-team Brain Eater (brainbuster onto the knee/flying knee strike), but Connors got out of it and Fitchett hit Vega by mistake. Connors sunset-flipped Vega for the pin as D.J. Z frog-splashed Fitchett to cut him off (15:29).
-”The Mad Dragon” Hakim Zane won a six-way match with “Sensational” Stevie Fierce, Gringo Loco, “The Fresh Prince Of Mid-Air” Trey Miguel, “Rich Homie Juice” A.J. Gray(subbing for Sami Callihan), and Brandon Espinosa when he made Espy tap out to the Crippler Crossface (11:06).
-The Boys From Jollyville(T-Money & Nasty Russ Myers)(w/ Barackus) d. “Hot Fire” Myron Reed & “The Leader Of The Pack” Stephen Wolf; T-Money pinned Wolf after a top-rope splash by Myers (9:42).
-Jake Something won a triple threat match with “The Lone Star” Curt Stallion and Paco Gonzalez to retain the Crown Of Glory Title. The Boys From Jollyville got involved after the referee was knocked down, then Myron Reed ran out to help before Barackus entered the fray as well. The extra parties were cleared out, leaving Something and Paco to finish things; Something pinned Paco after the Fire Thunder Driver (16:10).
-Tetsuya Naito d. A.R. Fox with the Destino(sitout Asai DDT) (12:25).

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Weekend wrestling

WWE Main Event

-Commentators:  Vic Joseph & Nigel McGuinness.
-Heath Slater(w/ Rhyno) d. Curt Hawkins via rollup.
-Cedric Alexander d. Ariya Daivari with the Lumbar Check(belly-to-back double-knee backbreaker).

ROH TV

-Commentators:  Ian Riccaboni & Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana.
-Jay Lethal d. Flip Gordon with the Lethal Injection(rope-handspring Cutter) (10:18 aired).
-Women Of Honor Title Tournament:  Brandi Rhodes d. Karen Q by faking an ankle injury, then luring Karen into a small package for the flash pin (5:00 aired).
-The Young Bucks(Matt & Nick Jackson) & "Hangman" Adam Page d. The Addiction("The Almighty" Christopher Daniels & "The Heavy Metal Rebel" Frankie Kazarian) & Scorpio Sky to retain the Six-Man Tag Team Titles .  SoCal Uncensored initially won when Daniels pinned Matt Jackson after Scorpio Sky hit him with one of the title belts behind the referee's back (9:50), but Bully Ray made an appearance as Ring Of Honor's new "enforcer" and ordered the match to be restarted.  That led to Matt pinning Daniels after the Bucks hit the Meltzer Driver(springboard-somersault spike Tombstone) (0:33 of the restart, 10:23 total).
-Next week:  "The Last Real Man" Silas Young vs. Kenny King for the T.V. Title.

Saturday SICW Results From East Carondelet, IL

-Keith Smith Jr.(w/ “The King Of Chaos”, Ricky Cruz) d. Mauler McDarby with the fireman's-carry double-knee gutbuster (8:52).
-Moondog Rover d. “The Enforcer” Jimmy D after a cross-bodyblock (6:12).
-Billy McNeil d. Waco after a flying elbowdrop off the top to the back (8:04).
-”Your Canadian Hero” Sean Vincent & “The Wrestling Machine” Dave Vaughn d. “Volatile” Curtis Wylde & Bubba Troll(w/ Wyldefyre) by DQ when Troll threw Vincent over the top rope (10:39).
-Bobby D d. “The Icon” Chris Hargas(w/ Travis Cook) by countout when Hargas and Cook walked out on the match (0:54).
-”Night Train/Gorgeous/Great One” Gary Jackson d. The Big Texan by DQ; Waco passed in a roll of tape which Texan used to bind Jackson to the corner, then beat him down past the referee's five-count (9:04).
-Flash Flanagan d. Superstar Steve Fender(w/ Travis Cook) by countering a leglock into a rollup pin while holding the ropes (19:03).
-”Ironman” Ken Kasa d. “Big Country” Clint Poe(w/ Big Daddy) to retain the Classic Title; the referee was bumped and Big Daddy attempted to interfere, but Poe accidentally knocked his manager off the apron. Kasa hit Poe with Big Daddy's cane while the official was still dazed and scored the pin (11:03).

WOE Special Comment

Now, as promised, a special comment about Sunday's Wrestling Over Everything show at the River's Edge Community Center in Centreville, Illinois.

DISCLAIMER:  I'm biased.  Deal with it.

This is my story and I'm sticking to it:  Previous WOE shows had started at 6 PM on Sundays.  I had gotten a Facebook event alert, but I didn't think much of it as wrestling shows are usually tagged for the time the doors open(i.e. an hour before bell time).  As it turned out, the posters and flyer did have 5 PM as the start time and I'll be more careful with that in the future.  (I made a similar mistake last year when I forgot about Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling's move to an earlier start time, going from 8 to 7 PM.)  I left relatively early(*I* thought) and got to the building around 5:30, only discovering as I walked in the door that the show was in progress.  Oops.  (If the videos of the first three matches of the show are put online, please let me know so I can check them out.)

While The Landlord was seemingly driven out of power at the previous show, he appeared to still be in charge on this night.  Darkside had been set up as the new General Manager between shows but was nowhere to be found at this event.

Your ring announcers were Chris Kaelin & Moe Romero-Kennedy; your referees were Jason Pemberton and Will Chambers.

Early results:  "The Infamous" Tyler Copeland d. Tony Esteem(in his WOE debut) with the Last Chancery; The Big Texan d. Benjamin Ulysses Trust with the double-underhook powerbomb, but the younger and smaller Trust put up a good fight.  "The Predator" Jake Prater was dominant against the masked Orange Lazarus, putting him away with an old-school powerbomb(I arrived at the venue during this bout and saw the ending).

D.J. Brown vs. Brandon Espinosa:  Brown is a Memphis competitor and was making his debut appearance in the St. Louis area against a mainstay of the region.  While Brown had a competitive showing against the multi-time titleholder, Espy picked up the win via brainbuster in 13:48.

Leone Mephisto(w/ Ace Roberts) vs. "The Notorious" P.T. Beckham for the Heavyweight Title:  Beckham was a fan favorite by default in this matchup, vowing to make the most of his biggest opportunity to date.  Beckham very nearly made the most of his chance as he nearly had the champion beaten after a Skull-Crushing Finale...but Tyler Copeland ran out to pull Beckham from the ring, ramming him into the ringpost before attacking Mephisto!  The referee called for the bell at 11:42...while the target of Copeland's aggression was clearly Mephisto, he had attacked Beckham first so Beckham was awarded by disqualification victory.  Mephisto and Beckham ganged up on Copeland(with Beckham pissed that he had been denied a potential title victory), but Copeland got some unexpected help from Benjamin U. Trust...that set up a tag match for the next show on March 11th.

Intermission~!  Official Ben Simon Concession Count(tm):  Bottle of water.

Jayson Virtue vs. The Enforcer vs. Azrael "The Nightmare" Knight(w/ Celina) vs. David X:  This was a match to determine who would become a full-time member of the WOE roster; all four men appeared to be from the Cottage Hills Wrestling Alliance, though Virtue had competed for Wrestling Invades Alton/America.  I had seen Enforcer the previous night at World Powerhouse Wrestling; David X was once one-half of the #PROSTATUS team with the man now known as P.T. Beckham.  This match was just a bit disjointed and featured more than one instance of a person whiffing on a top-rope move and then going for the pin anyway.  I got the best impression of Azrael Knight of the four...maybe I'll see more of him down the line.  At any rate, Virtue got the winning fall on Enforcer after a superkick in 5:17.

The next match was delayed slightly as the bottom rope broke loose...it took a few minutes to fix things up before the event could proceed.

Billy McNeil vs. "The Unholy Father" Richard Faith for the Interstate Title:  Faith had the size and power advantage, but Billy had the speed and agility as well as the experience edge.  Faith was able to slow the pace to maintain control, but McNeil rallied late in the contest.  He went to the top rope to finish, but Faith shoved the referee into the ropes and then crotched McNeil on the top turnbuckle.  With the official down, Faith bashed McNeil in the head with his "good book" and then finished with the Blackhole Slam in 8:47 to win the Interstate Title!

"2.0" Da'Marius Jones & LaMarcus Clinton vs. The Sabotage Squad(Krispy 2 Pop & John Boi) for the Tag Team Titles:  I wasn't sure what to expect here, but these two teams worked really well together.  With time, perhaps Jones and L.M.C. will gel into a really strong tag team combination.  It was the best I'd seen the Sabotage Squad look in the short time I've been watching them.  It looks like the feud between these two tandems will continue as they fought to a ten-minute draw, the bell ringing right after the champions hit their Flapjack/Paydirt combo on Krispy.  (By my stopwatch it was closer to 11:25, but hey.)

I've got a full weekend ahead of me with Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling tonight in East Carondelet, Illinois (at 7 PM, not 8!).  Also, I am making my commentary debut for Glory Pro Wrestling on Sunday afternoon, so I'm looking forward to that...it should be a great show!  The month of February will wrap up with Pro Wrestling Championship Series next Saturday in Alton, IL with the St. Louis Invitational Tournament.

That's my special comment for this, the ninth wrestling show I've attended in the year 2018.  Good night, good luck, and #yaywrestling.

-PB, Watching Wrestling Wrong Since 1991

P.S. We are all marks.