Dark match #1 Buddy System vs Bad Boyz
This was for the BTW tag team championship. Because this is the “Extreme” version of VIP, the Buddy System came out to Sandman’s music and paid tribute to the Extreme Icon right down to telling Christi Jaynes she didn’t belong in the main event. (The last part did not happen. Please don’t kill him.) It was a fun hardcore battle to start off the night. It was exactly what the crowd needed to begin.
Winner: Bad Boyz
Dark match #2 ASF vs Byron Anthos vs Nate Collins vs Jaxon Stone
ASF is one of Texas’ top talents. Anthos and Collins have probably been the most successful male students from DFW All-Pro Academy, with respects to The Crew. What surprised me was the chemistry between ASF and Stone. This is my advice for promoters. Book ASF vs Stone. It reminded me of the way that Kurt Angle and Rey Misterio Jr. had that special chemistry of big guy-little guy.
Collins attacked Anthos after. Good for them that they get to have a feud maybe in VIP.
The actual show started and Tony the DFW All-Pro Announcer couldn’t bring himself to cuss (even though he did in the preshow). So out came Reiza Clarke and Korey to put him through a table. Reiza was one of the unsung heroes of the night. She is so good on the mic and should be given freedom to utilize that more before her matches. Hint, hint. With somebody to develop that, we’re onto something.
First match: Lou Gotti vs Warren J
This was originally supposed to be Lou vs JD Griffey but Griffey is busy in somewhere called Mexico City debuting for the longest running wrestling promotion in the world (CMLL) like that’s a big deal or something. (It is, and attend CMLL is what I want to do for my 40th birthday. If you all could convince my wife to do so with me, that’d be great.)
Okay, enough about me. There was an Alex Shelley seminar earlier in the day he chose the replacement for Griffey (the other person chosen from the seminar was Jaxon Stone). Warren J was a very solid choice. He is one half of a tag team called Fly Def out of Booker T’s academy. He has an amazing look and could be a potential star.
There were some moments of this match that clicked really well. These two have not built up their chemistry together well so I think there is more potential in the future. I’d like to see Fly Def maybe against Lou & Angel Camacho.
Second match: Killa Kate w/Nástico vs Christi Jaynes
This match was billed as a Tap or Snap match. Kate obviously had the advantage here because of her mat game. I really like how they played the story here. Kate knew she had the advantage and kept trying to come up with a way to come up with a new sneaky advantage. Christi instinctually kept going for a pin much to her frustration. The finish ended with an arm hold on a chair.
I’d like to see these two continue. Maybe with a Nástico neutralizer?
Third match: Angel Camacho w/Nástico vs Justin Credible
Wow, so I’ve been avoiding reviewing this show because of this match. I like to be positive. I’m a huge Camacho fan and think he’s one of the Southwest’s best Big Men. This was thankfully not a very long match. Credible got the ECW pop, was going to cut a promo but there were mic issues all night (I think it’s a venue issue because DFW All-Pro in the VFW doesn’t have issues). And not that I expected Heat Wave ’99 (RVD & Jerry Lynn vs Credible & Lance Storm was the main event), but this was not that guy. There was a crowd brawl and we got blood from Credible. Then Camacho with the pin.
So that was that. I would like to see Camacho have a good big guy feud. One that would make money is Black Taurus. Or Mecha Wolf. Maybe Big Daddy Yum Yum. Just putting this out into the universe.
Fourth match: Will Allday vs Isaiah James vs Alex Shelley
I’ve written plenty about how I feel about Allday and James. Both deserve a big name for the spotlight or the chance to work with a top caliber name like Shelley. Probably the most painful moment for me (vicariously) came when Shelley grabbed both by their members. After watching Shelley for years and years in TNA (since the Goldilocks “Baby Bear” days) it was really great to see him live. And there was no phoning it in.
Fifth match: Taylor vs Gage
Story time. Early 2001, I was in a time of transition in my life. Things were not going well for me. I was 20 and didn’t have a lot going on. ECW and WCW had just shut down and the then-WWF’s product was spiraling downward in quality. One of the things that kept me going was this newfound world (for me) of the indies. There was one in particular out of Philly called Combat Zone Wrestling or CZW for short. A lot of guys who are now legends in wrestling came through at that time: Kassius Ohno/Chris Hero, Jimmy Rave, Sonjay Dutt, some dude named CM Punk. Every month I waited for the next VHS tape to come out. And if I got any disposable income I’d use it to get old CZW tapes. It’s one of the things that kept me going through a very dark time in my life I didn’t have a lot to live for. Out of the many regulars, there was a tag team called the H8 Club with a wrestler by the name of Nick Gage. So you see why this match was a big f’n deal for me.
I admire what Shane Taylor has done. He controls his own destiny and owns his own brand. I’m intrigued to see what emerges from this stage of his career. I guess these two haven’t met in the ring before. Taylor began it saying, “This concludes the technical portion of our show.” But I gotta say. It was more technical than I thought it was going to be. There were some incredibly painful looking spots on the chair(s). This was kind of a dream match I didn’t know I needed.
Hey promoters, if you want to book a match that will send the fans home happy, this is one. And if this is just their first match, what can they do with more?
Sixth match: Cryme Tyme (c) vs Gino & Joe Alonzo w/Lance Romance
Now speaking of that 21-year-old kid who discovered CZW, my mother and I did attend our local indy PCW in Arlington. Not faithfully but a few times. I remember 20-year-old me talking to Jazz like she was the second wrestler in my life I’d ever talked to and me dying inside not believing this moment was happening (That would also be nearly 40-year-old me’s reaction speaking to her as well.). There was this one manager with a trench-coat that led the bad guy faction that I always hated. His name was Lance Romance.
Well it’s pretty much 20 years later. Lance doesn’t work as a performer very often. Where he keeps his most value is as a mentor and elder statesmen to the crop of indy workers in Texas (and in some cases beyond). Some of his more recent charges include Austin Theory, Gino and some dude you might see on tv sometimes called Sammy Guevara (and believed in him when literally nobody else in Texas did). When he manages it’s a special experience and you watch him manage like the rest of the world watches Edge wrestle in 2020.
So when Lance chooses you, you are what is known as a Lance Guy™️. Curious to see if I could pick up who the mystery tag partner might be, I was observing, seeing what Lance Guys™️ I could spot in the building. I had spotted two. I really thought this was going to be Brysin Scott. But when it came time for the match, Lance introduced Gino’s tag team partner. It was Joe Alonzo, a guy whose mic work I’ve seen some of thanks to social media. He took a mic and it was gold. In 3 minutes he had the entire crowd hating him and ready for his decapitation.
Cryme Tyme always brings about a very fun atmosphere. Both are so good on the mic with such natural charisma and the crowd loves seeing them. I don’t hear the pop getting quieter like you do with some other acts. A wrestler looking to develop themselves on the mic would be wise to sit at their feet.
The match itself was wild and insane. Or I guess it was. Some of the fighting was close to me. But a lot of it went on in the crowd on the other side of the arena. It was a really fun brawl and fit in perfectly with the VIPX format.
Winner: Cryme Time
Seventh match: Barrett vs Homicide
So while we’re talking about 21-year-old me, I did fall in love with a wrestler’s work once by the name of Homicide. He wrestled a match once I saw on tape that completely blew me away. And hasn’t stopped blowing me away any time I’ve seen him live.
This match itself had a few painful moments but both took them pretty equally. What I liked most about this match was that they had a focus and a purpose. They made it about trying to get the ladder and get the belt. Sometimes in ladder matches they just smack each other around with it like they don’t have a belt to win.
Winner and new champion: Homicide
I didn’t see Homicide winning. This opens up new possibilities. Who gets Homicide first? Shane Taylor? Will Allday? MASADA? (Which will either be the most technical match of all time or the most ultra-violent or perhaps both?)
Seventh match: Ali Bama vs Su Yung
Brief proud moment. I was there for Ali’s literal first match. Here she is taking on Su f’ing Yung. I love Ali’s growth into the competitor that she is now. She’s built herself a reputation as Texas’ Hardcore Queen. And she hasn’t been afraid to mix it up with anybody of any gender, even participating at a Deathmatch event in San Antonio late February. THIS is why Su made the perfect opponent for Ali. Both could have a technical match. But this really wasn’t a “technical match” kind of show. We had quite a bit of blood from Ali. And as Su gave, so she took. Both took some very crazy stage dives. In the end it was Su’s red mist that got the best of Ali.
Main event: MASADA vs Andy Dalton
This was originally supposed to be New Jack vs Dalton but he had to bow out because of an injury. So I’m not sure if Dalton got any luckier. This match was everything you would expect from a MASADA-Andy Dalton Death Match Fans Bring the Weapons, tarp decorating the ring and all. Dalton bled like crazy, and it put the exclamation point on a very wild night.
All in all… Sometimes I have to remember that not every wrestler will be available for a meet and greet. But when you have 4-5 big names on the show that don’t normally appear, you kind of expect more than one out there. I don’t know whose fault it is and it’s probably an individual case by case basis. Also it’s not a VIP thing. I remember going to a show once hoping I’d get to meet LA Park. And Jack Evans. And Kylie Rae. It happens.
The VIP brand usually has several really solid technical matches. Here if you’re wanting technical matches, really only Allday-Isaiah-Shelley is the only one I’d say to go out of your way to see. However if you like the art of professional wrestling, there are 6 other really solid matches that should be available on the main card.