MPX Wrestling – One Shot 9-29-2018

We opened the night with Dave Segan. Dave Segan has purchased the services of Taylor Blackburn. Maybe Taylor can use that money to purchase the services of hairstylist Rachel Rose.

The Bearly Gentlemen came out and expressed their frustration.

First match: Dmitri Alexandrov vs T-Ray

I haven’t seen Dmitri much. I have no idea if he’s actually Russian or not. I just love this gimmick. T-Ray is a stud. Good heel work. I like both these guys. The goal was to put over Dmitri. All went over well. T-Ray claims to be the best-kept secret in Texas. Her certainly has a claim to being one of the tops, though I think there is some steep competition like Myka Madrid, Jazzy J. Serious, Sebastion Envy, Reiza Clarke, somebody south of the Brazos or West of the Pecos I’m not familiar with yet (sounds like a good idea for a tournament or something, hint, hint).

Winner: Dmitri

Second match: Chandler Hopkins vs Korey Konstantine

My wife was having a difficult time at the house while I was watching this and I said, “Look, it’s Chandler Hopkins without his shirt.” (This is me trying to make up to my wife all the times my jaw drops when I see Machiko.) This was my first time seeing Konstantine. Good gimmick, good matchup. Chandler sure has become one of the top go-to guys for the company. Any spot you need the face to fit in? Put in Hopkins.

Winner: Hopkins

Third match: Sebastion Envi vs BC

I hated this storyline. The loser is fired. I hated it with Bagwell and Hennig. Too much heel GM tonight. I, for one, like Envi in the ring. And do you really want to tell your fans that one of the competitors puts you to sleep? (See Lance Storm) The match was pretty well-worked though.

Winner: BC

Yeah, so Envi is fired. And so was Curt Hennig.

Fourth match: Baby D vs Angel Blue w/Livi la Vida Loca

Livi is totally my homegirl even if she were a villain here. I learned a few weeks ago that if she volunteers to take a picture of you and another wrestler, beware. You may end up with a few selfies of her you have to explain to your wife.

Angel Blue is arguably the best heel in Texas, male or female. The way she is able to tap into a crowd to find hatred. Baby D is my kid’s’ favorite wrestler.

Livi wanted in on the action. 2 against 1? Not so fast as Machiko walked to the ring and made this a tag match. (BTW, I love the red, white & blue hair color.)

Real Fourth match: Baby D & Machiko vs Angel Blue & Livi La Vida Loca

These are 4 workers who are very familiar with each other so it flowed strongly. Blue & Livi did a divide and conquer strategy and it worked.

Winner: Blue & Livi

Machiko & Baby D came to blows after this match.

Post intermission So Cool came out. Very good mic work from Kiefer Bartek, Cam Cole & Rachel Rose. Cole has a very good speaking voice. I could see him transitioning there after the in-ring time is over.

Fifth match: Ryan Remington (c) w/Jamie Oller vs Michael Shafer

I’ve been watching Remington since the beginning of his career. Like, I remember when he used to check the bag of toys I would bring in to keep my little boy occupied as a security guard. Tonight was different for me. I finally saw “it” in him. You know, you always look at a tag team, and you wonder which one is Shawn? Which one is Marty? The Impact Players (2017) may not have a Marty. What if they’re both Shawns? (I sound drunk or high. I’m neither.)

Shafer brought 100% and gave Remington everything. Shafer is a big man. Remington looked so strong after this.

Winner: Remington

Sixth match: Cody Dickson vs Frankie Fisher

Usually I’m more unbiased with the menfolk wrestling. (I will verbally gut you like a fish should you say anything about Thunder Rosa, Hyan or Dalys la Caribeña.) But I think I might have a new favorite male Indy wrestler. Here’s an unstoppable submissions guy who is going to weaken a specific body part until he gets you to tap out. Frankie isn’t a Dean Malenko ring technician. But heel or face, but one thing I’ve found is that he always finds a way to elicit an emotional response. I’m nowhere close to having seen enough MPX matches this year, but I would call this a match of the year contender.

Winner: Frankie

Main Event: So Cool (Kiefer Bartek & Cam Cole w/Rachel Rose) vs Blind Justice (Steven Kirby & Ryker James) vs Impact Players (2017) (Tommy Becker & Dave Segan w/Jamie Oller & Taylor Blackburn) vs DTF (Andy Dalton & Brent McKenzie)

If I wasn’t old enough to be her 16 & Pregnant dad, I’d say Rachel Rose is pretty hot. Now I just make sure she has enough gas in her car and tell her to ask her mother. The fanny pack is pretty awesome. I swooned enough over the duo earlier. Bartek reminds me a lot of Jaxon Stone. Have these 2 met yet?

Ryker James is massive. Kirby is not a small man. And Ryker is a head above him.

At some point Becker and Dalton will have a feud. When it does, the former will become a legend.

For a few seconds, I was wondering what Brent McKenzie was going to do onto the crowd of people. Ryker James left that to the imagination by attacking him.

Winner: So Cool

This was quite the the brawl. Lots of people involved and lots of entertainment.

All in all… A good offering from MPX. The last two matches were very good. We’re watching some guys (and girls) come into their own.

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Heavy Metal Wrestling 9-28-2018

So I tried a thing on Twitch. It’s great to see wrestling companies out there doing things with new technology. More companies should try this out.

The show started around 9:30 CST. Wrestling companies, (not just this one), why can you not start when you say you are going to? I’m not saying this like I’m a paying customer; I wasn’t. But there were some who were. One thing I noticed away is there were no ring barriers and no security. Were people even given chairs? This is an extremely dangerous environment for not only the wrestlers but the fans as well. Especially with the first match, which was a battle royal.

First match: Battle Royal

Y’all there were 20-people in this thing and I knew about 5 of them. There was just no way I could make detailed notes watching this thing. There were a lot of guys from the area’s schools. A huge shoutout to the men and women who have trained these guys. I know we had Reality Students, Hybrid, TWA, AAPW and anybody else? Some of the names here sound like they were created by one of those Facebook memes where you take the color of your underwear and the last thing you ate. Think about your names and personas. Look around in the industry for similar-sounding names. Just because the guy is your favorite New Japan wrestler doesn’t mean you should take their last name. I could have also done without the drummer feeling it was his responsibility to hit the symbols anytime anything happened.

What I look for in these battle royals is who stands out? Who do you notice during the match? Who stays with you after? There were a few who stood out, but you can’t always catch everybody in a battle royal situation. Not everybody is going to have that encyclopedic knowledge of who they just saw. Sometimes you won’t catch everybody, but you might find yourself saying, “Oh hey, it’s that guy [or girl]” after a good performance.

Aaron Mercer was a huge standout for me. Give him time. He has potential to go far. Dre Brenner was another name who stood out for me. But the impact came from Moonshine. When Moonshine’s music hit, it was like Kane showing up to the Rumble.

Winner: Moonshine

Moonshine said he wanted Zac Taylor. Now.

Second match: Moonshine Mantell vs Zac Taylor

One thing I have to give Heavy Metal credit for is a certain air of unpredictability. It reminded me a lot of AIW where things can happen any time. I’m not here really to critique matches. There’s vets and stuff out here for that. The two wrestled a good match in front of a really hot crowd.

Winner: Moonshine

May we all have the impact at our workplaces that Moonshine did tonight.

Third match: Bryan Keith vs Johnny Bedlam

So Bedlam was the hometown boy here. Bryan “The Bounty Hunter” Keith was a standout for me here. Guy shows up with the pancho like he’s out of the Old West. This guy is a really good despicable heel you Boo with a smile. Reminds me of GPA.

Winner: Keith

Fourth match: Fly Def vs The Epitome of Wrestling

So there are two up and coming tag teams in Texas. I love the names of both. I’d really like to see Fly Def in a few different environments to see how they adapt. EOW are two guys with the Rick Steiner ear guards. I like the heel gimmick and feel like there’s something there. Fly Def demonstrated some of their mat abilities against the amateur wrestlers.

Winner: EOW

Fifth match: Jazzy J. Serious vs Douki vs Aran Seras vs Kagura vs Ethan Price

I know Douki from his work in the Lucha scene up in Dallas and of course who does not know the work of The Many Evolutions of J. Serious. Aran is hoss. Price is a good villain. He needed to be in a different match. J. Serious is one of the best hidden treasures North of the Brazos River.

Winner: J. Serious

Sixth match: Kody Lane w/Ethan Price vs Ricky Starks

Starks was in total troll mode. Not sure it worked in the Heavy Metal crowd. The man wore a Morrissey t-shirt in honor of his favorite metal artist. I applaud you, Sir. Lane and Starks are so talented. It’s just like watching two artists paint on a blank canvas.

Winner: Lane

What’s with all the dick punches?

Seventh match: Terrale Tempo vs Great Scott

This was a really fun crowd brawl. Terrale is one of Texas’ best all-around workers. Also props to Kiefer Bartak for the run-ins and interference. He is the only man on Earth as far as I’m concerned allowed to sport a manbun. Tempo won with a Texas Clover Leaf outside the ring.

Winner: Tempo

Eighth match: Myka Madrid & Rachel Rose vs Jenna Lynn & Alex Gracia

This was Rachel’s in-ring debut. She came out like she had learned every heel trick in the book. I love Myka whenever I get to see her. Jenna is like Delilah Doom 5 years ago. She’s a sweet kid that never stops smiling (one of the signs I’m getting older is when I see a girl like that and say, “What a sweet kid” rather than “Where have you been all my life?”). And Alex Gracia is one of the people I root for. Not only does she look like she was manufactured in a fitness model factory, she carries herself as a professional and understands the business side of the wrestling business.

Jenna is a lot farther than she should be at her experience level. There was some really excellent work. And it was hard to believe this was only Rachel’s first match. And Myka does not get the credit she deserves.

Winner: Jenna & Alexa

Ninth match: Shigeyuki Kawahara vs Low Rider

Japan vs AAA. I’m familiar with Low Rider with his Lucha work. And I’m not sure if he just now debuted on AAA, but I marked out for seeing him on it. We did the technical in-ring stuff, but this also had a wild crowd brawl.

Winner: Kawahara

After the match, a lady ran into the ring to get her cookie sheet. I shouldn’t have to say this, but that moment should have never happened. There should have been security protecting both the wrestlers and the fans.

Main Event: Thomas Shire vs PCO

Professional wrestling can be a strange place. What if I told you one of the hottest names in 2018 is Pierre of the Quebecers who last peaked in 1994? Somehow he has found a way to reinvent himself as this cyborg badass. Shire is a great opponent for PCO. He’s like the 80’s college wrestler. No flash. No pizzazz. Just wrestling.

Winner: Shire

All in all… I got this show for free so I’m trying to keep that in perspective. Houston, Austin & San Antonio are hotbeds for some great wrestling now.

Jesus “Ricardo” Rodriguez was very good on commentary.

There were some really good matches on the card: Kawahara-Low Rider, Lane-Starks, Tempo-Scott. A really fun night even if it reminded me I’m too old to be up this late.

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MPX Wrestling -Once Upon a Time 9-22-2018

2018 is a remarkable time. With it comes a miracle of modern technology. Sitting in the comfort of my living room, I am able to watch archived wrestling shows from my local wrestling promotion. It makes sense for the CZW’s and SHINE’s and EVOLVE’s to have one. MPX, a regional wrestling promotion now has one. While there are a lot of wrestling companies out there, MPX means a lot to me. Both my kids, it was their first indy wrestling show they ever went to, and for my boy specifically, it was the first venue I ever took him to. So, at the very least, I’m invested in this company emotionally. My wife won’t let me go every Saturday night to wrestling. But now this way I don’t ever have to miss a show. I will have my way of gushing and getting emotional. But this will not be the article for it.

Okay, Engage Serious Journalist Mode.

First match: Jason Silver vs Sky de la Crimosa

Jason has one mode. Kamikaze. My question is why did this match happen? What was its purpose? This is like Hawk fighting Animal. I know they’ve had their feuds and have moved on from this. But after a feud like this, why are these guys having an opener? I got the point. Silver had lost last week so he needed a win back. It just seemed like these two could have been given more time.

Winner: Silver

Second match: Cody Dickson vs BC

Cody Dickson is a total stud and I think he has a bright future ahead of him. He fits the Evolve/Japan/Ring of Honor model. BC (or as he’s known in my house, Batman) is one of those guys I root for to succeed. He’s a legitimately good guy with a lot of passion for what he does. Plus, weighing in at tons of swag makes me happy, though I don’t think the DMV will be pleased with me when I try using that on my drivers license.

So the match was pretty entertaining. Dickson uses his MMA skills to attack BC and work on the knee. I just love that kind of wrestling and psychology. Show me a wrestler who goes into his match with a strategy. Treat this like a competitive athletic competition.

Winner: Dickson

After the match, Frankie Fisher came out to the rescue. No longer fun-loving Fisher.

Third match: Impact Players (2017) (Tommy Becker & Ryan Remington w/Jamie Oller) vs Blind Justice (Steven Kirby & Joey Garcia w/Rey Ortiz)

Why is Blind Justice a thing? Like, why are they together? Who do they find their identity through? I’m new to the storyline, so I need some remedial assistance here. I’m very impressed with the Impact Players (2017). Oller on the mic, Becker and Remington being total heat magnets, just a great combination all around. Why were these two fighting? Do they need a face to counterbalance? I’m totally okay with a feud, and I think Garcia-Becker could put on some really good matches. I was very impressed with the work here.

Winner: Blind Justice

Fourth match: Sebastion Envi vs. Prince Kanu

I love Envi. He’s like a little package of fury. The two wrestled for a bit. It was a friendly bout that looked like it might disintegrate. Envi has always been one of my favorite high flyers and a guy I felt didn’t get the credit he deserved. I see Kanu is working as a face for the first time I’ve seen him. I could see him getting some support behind him. He might make a good contender for Segan.

Winner: Kanu

Fifth match: Aron Sykes vs. Byron Anthos

I have watched Sykes since the beginning of his career. I think there might be something there. What’s up with the apron? Not the ring apron. An actual apron. This is going to sound crazy, but here goes. Anthos needs to do a tour of Mexico. He’s such a character, and I think he’d get pretty over in lucha environments. Sykes is a natural face, but the two wrestled a very decent match. He needs more work as a heel. I think the commentary team did a good job to tell us WHY this match was happening. There is a lot of promise for these two. Just keep working on themselves and building their brand.

Winner: Anthos

Sixth match: Dave Segan (c) w/Jamie Oller vs Baby D for the Prospects Championship

I am LOVING what Dave Segan is doing right now. It reminds me of what Gregory Iron did as AIW Intense Champion. The guy has a very talented and expressive face. Another guy he reminds me of is GPA up in Chicago. He is just such a smarmy despicable heel with a very expressive face. The way this Prospects Championship works. After winning it, you have to win 4 consecutive opportunities. Once you do, you have a title shot you can turn in at any moment, much like Money in the Bank. This is Segan’s 4th defense. Big stakes here. If her height were measured by the amount of fight in her, Baby D would be 9’6. After the really excellent feud they had, this is her opportunity to turn spoiler. Except tonight was not her night.

Winner: Segan

Segan now has a title shot. Any time. Any place.

Seventh match: Rey Ortiz vs Andy Dalton vs Simon Grimm

I know that Simon Grimm played the character the WWE wanted him to, but holy crap, where was this worker in NXT/WWE? His mat work with Dalton was excellent. Ignoring the fact he is the heel, I like Ortiz. He’s the Suplex specialist around this part (as long as Nicole Savoy is not around). And Dalton is Dalton. Put him in the ring, he knows how to make a match memorable.

Winner: Dalton

All in all… Much love and kudos to MPX for their network. There is so much talent there and the possibilities for every match is endless. Match of the night was Dickson-BC and performer of the night was Segan.

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Dallas Championship Wrestling-What Doesn’t Kill You-September 20, 2018

Hey, I’m back. It’s really been 18 months since I’ve blogged. I tried podcasting and when it comes to wrestling recaps, podcasting was not my ministry. As the great Dusty Rhodes was famous for saying, you dance with the one who brung ya.

The venue was okay. One person working the door made the intake a little difficult. And being outside in the sprinkles made our hair a little difficult. (Thank God for hats, amirite?) The production values are good and the company is ran well.

Dark match: Baby D & Guy with Spartan stuff on his gear vs. Somebody Omega & Somebody Devine

I have no idea who the 3 trainees are. The only one I knew was Baby D. She wasn’t advertised so it was a good surprise. The Spartan guy had a good dropkick and spinebuster. The guys are trainees so I will give them time to develop before I really go all in. I want to see a match stipulation where the only way to win is to put Baby D in a corner.

Winner: D & partner

First match: Steve O-Reno vs. Randy Wayne w/Miranda Gordy (kind of)

I’m familiar with Steve’s matches from his work in Austin. He is an amazing talent. I haven’t gotten to see him doing much heel work so this was fun to see this side of it. Randy Wayne had been attacked by somebody with white shoes. Out came Mr. Sunshine who looks like he shows up at the Comic Con dressed up as Col. Sanders (like Dolph Ziggler must). I am so tired of heel authority figures in wrestling. I want to go back to 1992 Jack Tunney.

I am thinking of a poor young man who becomes smitten with this young, pretty blond and asks her out. She agrees, and they arrange on a time. He pulls up to the house, rings the doorbell and much to his chagrin, the pretty blond’s dad answers. And it’s not just any dad. It’s this guy. There’s like, a top 5 of wrestlers I would least like to see: Tracy Smothers, Haku/Meng, Nikita Koloff, New Jack, and of course Gordy (not in that order). That’s what I think of seeing Miranda. I love what Gordy is doing in Randy Wayne’s corner in general. They have created some legitimate heat with the Von Erich stans. It’s great to watch people be worked in 2018 still. Ms. Gordy was not allowed to be in his corner. She had, however, bought a ticket and was sitting at ringside, ever so innocently drinking her beer.

Randy Wayne was working on one knee for this. A one-kneed Randy Wayne can still out-wrestle most of Texas. When the ref tried to check Wayne for foreign objects and stuff, Wayne flipped him off. That’s our guy. He plays the antihero role well. So the story became how much punishment can the bad knee take? Also, how was Miranda Gordy going to get involved?

Winner: Steve O-Reno

In the end, Steve was too much too handle. It was a strong match. Randy lost the match yet lost nothing. Forgive me if I got the order of events wrong, but at some point the man with the white shoes was revealed to be Tommy Becker, wearing what had to be an Oompa Loompa costume. And then the Impact Players (2017), attacked Wayne, bringing to the rescue the Impact Players opponents.

Second match: Jerome Daniels vs Nate Collins

I remember the first time I saw “The Concrete Cowboy” Nate Collins. It is the perfect gimmick for him. Texas has no shortage of cowboy gimmicks, but none of them look like Collins. The man has a certain likability and charm. He’s bigly over with this crowd. My challenge for him. You’re quite over with your home crowd. The challenge is going to be in finding new ways to get over outside DFW.

I love watching people reinvent themselves. Jerome has made a metamorphosis from a traditional, catch as catch can to a more mat-based wrestler. In a world where everybody is doing Reverse Knife Edge Chops, Suicide Dives and the same flippy dippy, it’s nice to see a wrestler focus his offense on the mat. Also it was good to give Collins the experience of working with an experienced vet on the mat.

Winner: Jerome

A refreshing match, good respect between the two.

Third match: Ashton Jacobs vs Kody Lane

Because I’m narcissistic and think people outside Texas might stumble upon this, if you are not booking Kody Lane, get on it. I believe he was trained by ACH, if not trained, at least mentored. The guy oozes talent. I’m not sure where he is yet, but I think he and his tag partner Zac Taylor are close to becoming one of the top tag teams in Texas, if not THE top. And when it’s time, the two will split and become top main eventing talent. I’m not sure what Jacobs’ goal was in this match. He kept the crowd engaged and served as the heel to Lane’s face.

Winner: Lane

Fourth match: Thunder Rosa & Lacey Ryan vs. Lady Poison & Wesley Crane

It’s going to take me forever to get onto the actual match. Thunder Rosa is my favorite wrestler, and one of my favorite people in the wrestling industry (along with her husband Brian). I try to have my daughter spend as much time around her as I can, even if it’s just watching her in action. Lacey Ryan is now a sentimental favorite for me. When I was a young adult navigating the tape-trading world, the roster of actual women’s wrestlers was pretty small. It was Simply Luscious, Alexis Laree, Alison Danger, Hailey Hatred and a duo known as the Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew, known as Lacey and Rain. I watched these two fight in CZW, IWA Mid South (where they got felt up by Joel Gertner-women’s wrestling has come so far), any promotion that had a women’s match. Now Lacey Ryan is a worker unique to DCW. Lady Poison is the alter ego of Jessica James. I’ve always thought she was one of the best technical wrestlers in Texas. This was my first time to see Lady Poison in person. The ring presence she has with this character is top notch. It’s so different from the work I’ve seen her put in as Jessica. And Wesley Crane. Right now Fuego del Sol is Oklahoma’s top talent in my opinion. But when it comes to awe, mystique, ring presence, Crane might have him slightly beat. The name that comes to mind is Sami Callihan, a name I do not use lightly.

The story here is that Crane was Lady Poison’s tag partner. She has him under her spell. It was a fun match to watch. Would Rosa or Lacey break the spell and overcome their rival?

Winner: Poison & Crane

What an intergender tandem. I think there could be some interesting matches that the two could have.

Fifth match: Jaxon Stone vs. Brent McKenzie

So I remember Jaxon since his early days coming up in the business. He’s had one focus since he’s got started and has gone on to be one of the best unsigned talents in the world. He relocated to Philly to learn from some of the top promotions. He has always been a heel, but as I see him branch out, I see more and more of the depth. He’s had more comedy in this match than I remember him having before. What this match reminded me of was Andy Samberg vs Andre Braugher on Brooklyn 99. McKenzie was no-nonsense and was the perfect straight man for this match.

Winner: Jaxon Stone (Everybody)

Sixth match: Gregory James (c) w/The Insidious Follower vs Andy Dalton

I’ve seen these guys wrestle each other in so many different places and cities. Yet they still find new ways to tell new stories. No, I didn’t take notes. Some things are meant to be enjoyed as a fan and not a blogger. I think the big move everybody will be talking about is the dive onto Greg where he moved and Dalton took one of the sickest bumps I’ve ever seen live. The greatest match I’ve ever seen live was Dalton vs ACH in Inspire Pro in Austin. Every time I see Dalton he seems to want to replace that match with one of his.

Winner and new champion: Dalton

A few months ago, Dalton had suffered a big injury. He had found a way to recover and not only that, he found a way to win the belt. Hence, “What Doesn’t Kill You.”

Main event: The Impact Players (2017) (Tommy Becker, Ryan Remington & Dave Segan w/Jamie Oller) vs The International Playaz Club (Gino, Sammy Guevara & Chandler Hopkins)

Remington has a new singlet. It’s very trimming on him. All 6 of these guys have the potential to be something special (though I guess if you’re a AAA champ you’re a little farther along than the rest). I had the privilege of watching Texas’ future live for a bit. It was a great night to be a fan.

Winner: Impact Players

All in all… It was great to do one of these again. I did miss it. I really like the people running this company so I want them to succeed. Shows on Thursday nights can be kind of iffy for my attendance, but they usually put together good cards for the price you pay.

This card had a lot going for it. Dalton-Greg are always magic, the main event was fun, Thunder Rosa is the G.O.A.T. and incapable of matches that are less than extraordinary and a one-legged Randy Wayne could outwrestle anybody. It was a wonderful night of wrestling.

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MPX-Treme 2-18-2017

This was kind of a must-attend event for me. MPX brought in the Innovator of Violence within driving distance. I could write an entire blog of a 17-year-old kid discovering ECW in an Apter mag and wondering who this Tommy Dreamer fellow was. I was somehow first in line to meet Tommy Dreamer. Not only was he so nice and took the time to meet with me, but he took time to meet with every person in line and was very talkative, a true ambassador for the industry.

First match: Jason Silver vs. Richter 5-0 w/ Magnum JA

This was not a very long match. They teased a Richter/Magnum break-up. Poor Magnum took a beating in this match. Silver served as a backdrop to the story at play here. Richter threw some chairs into the ring, recalling us all the #1 rule in wrestling. If you bring a chair into the ring, it will be used against you. Good comedy, nice first match of the night.

Winner: Silver

Later on in the night, we find out Richter 5-0 had passed away. If it weren’t for the Swedish Terror Attack or the Bowling Green Massacre, this would be the #1 story.

Second match: Kyle Hawk vs. Americos

So we have Native American Hawk up against star-spangled patriotic Americos. Knowing my history, not sure why Hawk is the heel. (#justsayin) You’re going to hear me use the word “chemistry” a lot tonight. These two guys have excellent chemistry together. You had 2 high-flyers just going at it and doing their thing. I wrote down “We doing the main event now?” Excellent showing from these two guys.

Winner: Americos

Third match: Frankie Fisher vs. The Jersey Jackass BC

This is the Texas equivalent of Hawk fighting Animal, Ax fighting Smash, Edge fighting Christian. These guys have been a long running tag team, probably one of the top based in the Dallas area. And this is them dissolving. What a brutal match. As lyrical and crisp as Hawk and Americos was, this was savage. I wrote down the words, “Now it begins.” This match could have been the main event.

Winner: BC

Only thing is who am I supposed to be going for. My time is not generous enough to be able to afford every week at MPX. I think Frankie is good, but maybe this is one of them progressive thingies where neither are faces or heels.

Fourth match: Baby D vs. Machiko

Speaking of chemistry, these two have worked together plenty so they knew exactly how to have their short match to further their feud. Baby D is such a tough lady and can hang with anybody in Texas, male or female. Plus I know she continues to work through her injury so I have mad love for her. And I’ve had the biggest crush on Machiko since I first saw her. Not taking anything from her work inside the ring, but she is totally hot and to me is one of the top unsigned wrestlers in Texas. Baby D is a great comedy wrestler and Machiko played a great straight woman for the comedy. Good face, good heel.

Winner: Baby D

Fifth match: Franco D’Angelo vs. Steven Kirby

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how far Franco has come. Remember that 4 years ago, Franco had a debilitating car wreck that should have killed him. For him to be walking, much less in that ring is a small miracle. Also it’s easy to forget how far Kirby has come. Somebody chanted “You lost weight at him.” No s***. I used to attend shows when he was 400 pounds +. Now he’s got to be half that size or better (or at least looks it). It was such a good big man match. And you could really feel the drama. Well-done.

Winner: Franco

The loser of this match is taking the #1 spot in the Texas Rumble. So Kirby has the Ric Flair role of early in the Rumble and does most of the work.

Sixth match: James Johnson vs. Barrett Brown vs. Marcus Rose

Marcus Rose is a heat magnet, and he sure has found a way to parlay it into some bookings. He’s not even in the same galaxy as these two yet, and I think that was the point of this match. Barrett and Johnson have-you guessed it-really good chemistry together. Johnson is now calling himself “The King of Texas Cruiserweights.” He is always somebody who finds a way to reinvent himself. Speaking of reinventing himself, I think Barrett’s hair and beard is one of the best things to happen to his career. I’ve been watching him since he was 16. As he’s grown out the beard and hair, it’s given him a new edge and doesn’t make him look like you need to take him home and feed him. Rose is a slimy, despicable bad guy.

Winner: Johnson

Main event: Tommy Dreamer vs. Michael Shafer

There has been a few times I’ve marked out over entrance music. 1997, seeing the Undertaker. A few weeks ago, hearing Bobby Roode’s “Glorious” live at an NXT show. Hearing “Radioactive” for Cherry Bomb at SHIMMER Vol 80. And last night hearing Alice in Chains’ “Man in the Box.” It took me back to the 17-year-old kid wanting Tommy to beat “Mr. Monday Night” Rob Van Dam. ECW songs always embodied the wrestlers, whether Tommy or Sandman’s “Enter Sandman” or Balls Mahoney’s “Balls to the Wall.”

Now of course Nigel Rabid wasn’t going to let Tommy have a hardcore match. That would be unfair to Shafer. So we had an actual wrestling match. And then Nigel Rabid made the mistake of interfering in this match. Tommy took the mic. “Yeah, you know this crowd wants to see a hardcore match. I’m tired of wrestling owners not giving the fans what they want. We’re doing this my way.” (Ruff paraphrase) Then the match we wanted to see began. They brawled through all the crowd. Tommy used the trash can on Shafer. One of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen at a wrestling event-after the action moved on, the fans picked up the trash to put it back in.

When the action moved back to the ring, Tommy got out his kendo stick. You couldn’t help but smile at the fact you knew what was about to happen. They did the Irish whip and stop just before you went through a table spot. But Tommy used the kendo stick for a Side Russian Leg Sweep followed by a Spicolli Driver (It’s original name before John Cena re-appropriated it as an Attitude Adjuster.) through a table.

Winner: Tommy

After the match, Tommy thanked the fans. He mentioned he was 46, which my first thought was has anybody told HIM that? Of course if you know one of his principal mentors Terry Funk, you know that moment’s not coming for a few years.

All in all… There is an old saying “Never meet your idols.” That is NOT true. I’ve had the chance to meet a few: Dusty Rhodes, Jerry Lynn, Mick Foley, Animal, Dudley Boyz, Cherry Bomb, Nicole Savoy, Athena/Ember Moon (some of those my daughter’s too). With the exception of a few (not mentioned here) they have been rewarding experiences and wonderful people.

Great matches from Hawk-Americos, Brown-Johnson, good matches from Franco-Kirby, Frankie-BC and Machiko-Baby D, but you know I only have one match of the night and that was Tommy Dreamer. Thank you for a very fun night.

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VIP Wrestling Love Steel Hurts

A wonderful night of professional wrestling is in the books. We began with the pre-show match. VIP put out a poll and these two finished the highest so they were given the opportunity.

First match: Jaxon Stone vs. Jastin Taylor

Jaxon Stone is close to being the complete package. He pretty much has everything. He is fresh off his stint in wXw. You think he’s a face until he demands silence to take off his coat. Jastin has great athleticism and moves like he’s smaller. (He also looks like Gordon from Sesame Street so I pop for him from an inner toddler level.) You can see the European influence in Jaxon. Not overwhelming but enough to see some changes. The guys really took the most of their opportunity. I wrote, “We doing the main event already?” The story was that neither could beat the other.

Winner: Draw

After the match, ring announcer Keith Roberts asked the guys if they were willing to go into OT. Jaxon refused as he was only being paid for 10 minutes. Perfect. I’d love to see these guys go at it again.

Second match: Steve Anthony vs. Jerome Daniels

We all know that Steve Anthony is one of the most talented complete workers in the South. He looks kind of like Buff Bagwell, but with talent and without calf implants. But he’s even surpassing my expectations in this new incarnation. (BTW, I’m in the living room writing this wearing my Pretty Boy Killers tee, not in my mother’s basement in my underwear.) Anthony was announced as being from “Anywhere but Arlington, forget that, anywhere but the Dallas area, never mind, you all suck.” (Forgive me for misquoting anything.) Jerome is super-over in the area. It was a good match-up to start the night. Both guys were very evenly matched. Something else I didn’t foresee. This match had comedy spots. The Steve Anthony match was the comedy match of the night. I repeat, the Steve Anthony match was the comedy match of the night. Props to the fans when Jerome’s trunks were pulled down and the crowd chanted to fan of CW’s The Flash Jerome “That’s a real flash.” Unfortunately Anthony proved to be too much and took the victory.

Winner: Anthony

Third match: Extr Talent-ED (Ricky Starks & Aaron Solow) vs Vet Club (Tim Storm & Adam Asher) w/ Kristopher Haiden

I liked the mix here. You had Tim Storm with Rick Manning as referee. Tim Storm reminded everybody that he is NWA World Champion, whereby, Ricky Starks said the NWA is about as relevant as a floppy disc. And most wrestling fans fit into these two groups. The story here was “Is Rick Manning corrupt or not?” And they told the tale of “old school” vs “flashy.” Solow had a surprise roll-up pin.

Winner: Extra Talent-ED

Not very happy, the Vet Club took it out on Manning and several security guards. (Poor Michael)

Fourth match: Fuego del Sol vs. Barrett Brown vs. ACH

You have 2 guys who are where ACH was about 10 years ago. Fuego has a lot of buzz around him. Barrett is one of the finest talents in Texas. And ACH was announced as “The Guy Who Pays His Bills With This Shit.” ACH had a heckler (which is really funny because he’s a legend and a god in Texas), and paused to handle her. After he took off his shirt, he made eye contact with her and said, “See, this right here? This is more action than you will get this entire month.” So you had three incredible high flyers going at it. They began with trading superkicks. I literally wrote down “I give up.” This was a recapper’s worst nightmare. One of the things I wrote down was we had 3 simultaneous superkicks. I was just blown away by the work these guys put in.

Winner: Barrett

It was a surprise moment and pin. ACH belongs on a national stage (*cough, cough, 205 Live). I see this as a kind of passing the torch locally. It’s time for Barrett to reach that next stage, whatever it may be.

Fifth match: Delilah Doom vs. Thunder Rosa

I had the chance to meet Rosa before the show. What a wonderful ambassador and representative for her industry. Also you can tell that she puts a lot of work into her physique. And I’ve said this before, but I’d rather my daughter emulate a Thunder Rosa than some Disney starlet who’ll be in and out of rehab for a decade. Also, watch the California independent scene. There is so much talent contained in that one little area. And speaking of things to watch, keep an eye out for Delilah. No lie, I am a huge fan of hers. She is like sunshine in human form. Things are beginning to come together for her on a larger stage. RISE (which is kind of like NXT for SHIMMER) has built a company around her and some other names. This is one of the best matches I’ve seen Delilah have. Both ladies delivered a match of the night contender. Nothing I can say here. Might I say “The Best Women’s Match I’ve Ever Seen Live”?

Winner: Rosa

After the match we had sportsmanship and “Please come back” chants for Rosa. I forget at what part of the night this was, so I’ll just put this right here. The Hip Hop Express came out and we got to hear Kenny Steele spit out some bars. And then when it was Orion Taylor’s turn, we got to hear the secret confession. Taylor is not into Hip Hop that much. He likes country. This was not acceptable for Kenny and BC (the manager). They put the beatdown on Taylor. These two have such a long historic past (some of it which even includes me), I am all about seeing these two go at it in the future.

Sixth match: Sammy Guevara vs. DJ Z

Sammy has all the talent and ability in the world. He is one right audition from signing with a top company. His youth has gotten him in some trouble in the past. But now you can see some more maturity in him and in his work. This was originally supposed to be Matt Cross. But because of an injury, Cross was out and if you can’t deliver Matt Cross, DJ-freaking-Z is a pretty good replacement. I have been a fan of DJ Z ever since I discovered AIW (and he had the huge fro). These two clicked. I wrote down it was like seeing a fight in zero gravity. During the match, DJ Z looked right at my area while he and Sammy were fighting outside and told us to move. Note to self, when he says do that, DO IT. Sammy and DJ Z were fighting right where my chair was. ANOTHER Match of the Night contender.

Winner: Guevara

Yes, that’s right. In the span of a few months, Sammy has defeated Zack Sabre Jr. and DJ Z.

Seventh match: New Jack & Action Jackson vs Certified G’s w/The Thug Syndicate

Okay, so this was a New Jack match. No 450 splashes or anything. But first the Certified G’s put out a challenge. This match was going to be on their terms. They were going to have a real wrestling match with AJ & New Jack. If they could last 10 minutes, they would have a falls count anywhere match. So some poor security guard had to take New Jack’s trash can o’ fun from him. That has got to be in the list of “History’s Worst Jobs.” To nobody’s surprise, this match went the 10 minutes. But the greatest part was the crowd was behind it every second. At the end of the 10 minutes, the match got a “This is wrestling” chant. I repeat a New Jack match got a “This is wrestling” chant. Once the 10 minutes were over, the match deteriorated and went outside. I did not go out there because I didn’t feel like fighting a crowd to see all the goodness.

Winner: Certified G’s

This was the perfect match placement. While that quartet was participating in carnage, the ring crew got to work on the steel cage assembly.

Main event: Pretty Boy Killers (Shane Taylor & Keith Lee (c) ) vs. War Machine (c) (Ray Rowe & Hanson) in a steel cage

I don’t use the word epic very often. This is about as close as I get. The two teams took forever to get in the ring. And even then, it took a while for all 4 to get into the cage. Ray Rowe was the smallest guy in this match. Think about that for a minute. So many “Holy —-” moments. 4 incredible men giving everything. An epic match, an epic feud, 4 epic talents. Hard to take notes when you’re watching a match of this caliber.

Winner: PBK (and new tag champs)

After the match, the 4 had a moment and hearing Ray Rowe on the mic yelling, “Hey, you, stop leaving, you are not going anywhere” was great.

All in all… What an incredible night. So much talent on this card from top to bottom. 4 must-see matches: ACH-Barrett-Fuego, Delilah-Rosa, Sammy-DJ and of course the main event. The MVP of the night was ring announcer Keith telling the guys yelling Sweet on every 2 count that they would be escorted out.

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MPX Wrestling-Evolution 9-24-2016

This was my first time to enter the new MPX arena. It is completely night and day compared to the old one. There is this weird new advancement they have at this place called air conditioning. AND they have a new advancement called “family seating.” So you’re in a couch, they bring you some chilled adult beverages (depending on your age) and you enjoy a front seat in style. I dare call it best package wrestling deal in the Dallas area. This is MPX’s building and you can tell they are right at home there.

Kody Kox welcomed us all, hyping the night. The night got off to a rocking start.

First match: Franco D’Angelo w/ James Hawke vs. Nobe Bryant

There is a faction of the more traditional old school wrestlers managed by Hawke. I’ve seen Hawke since the dawn of his career. To see him right now the mouthpiece of a top faction makes me very proud of him. He has turned his heat from X-Pac heat to genuine heat where you boo him with a smile. Between Franco and Nobe, they’ve both wrestled each other so many times. They knew exactly what to do. I’ve seen Franco as heel, face and “it’s complicated.” What I liked about this one is that he had a different heel style than I’ve seen elsewhere. Nobe is a total athletic stud. Nobe usually has the best chops in Texas, but tonight I think Franco might have bested him. This was about them setting up the two of them as qualifiers for the Prospect title. Neither could best the other. It got really intense and they ended up outside too long for the double countout.

Winner: Double countout

Second match: The Faithful (James Johnson and Scott McKenzie) vs. Team FIP (Donovan Danhausen & Jason Cade)

If you are unfamiliar with Full Impact Pro, part of the WWNLive family, here is their site. I would say it’s the place you go to before you go to EVOLVE. Johnson & McKenzie have been in the area forever. They were a good match-up for these guys. I’ve seen Danhausen since his time in DREAMWAVE when they brought him down to Austin to wrestle for Inspire Pro. Guy is insanely good. Danhausen did the face in peril really well for a long time. Cade has a certain fluidity. There is something there to where he would have some good matches with our high flyers here.

Winner: Faithful

Third match: Randy Wayne w/ James Hawke vs. Kenny Steele w/Nigel Rabid vs. Baby D

Intergender matches are really delicate, but handled correctly, they can work. Apparently last week Kenny had some injury where Nigel kept telling everybody he was okay. And it was played to death and then went viral. So after Nigel was done he gave Kenny the mic and Kenny cut one of the greatest promos I’ve ever heard. “I’m ok.” Pop of the night. Baby D has come a long way with her work. This was also a very interesting story on paper. You had country-tough, former marine Randy, gifted, natural athlete Kenny and then Baby D. At first the boys just kind of ignored her. Then she made them acknowledge her. She looked like she belonged in there. Now she was facing the opposite direction. So I’m not sure what exactly happened. Some say she might have kissed Wayne for the 3-count. I’d be more terrified of the repercussions from Mrs. Wayne.

Winner: Baby D

After the match Nigel talked and gave Kenny the mic to reproduce the greatest promo I’ve ever heard, “I’m ok.”

Fourth match: Low Rider vs. Steven Kirby

So Kirby has recently lost the belt and is trying to work his way back up to the top. I’m sure I’ve had to have seen Low Rider wrestle before. Nevertheless I liked what I saw there. Low Rider at first didn’t want to face Kirby. I mean, he had a partially drunken bottle of something alcoholic. I want to say Jack Daniels, but that is not where my specialty is. So Kirby did all his moves while still holding on to the bottle. I liked the match’s concept. Here is the guy on his way back up. He goes against the luchador rudo.

Winner: Kirby

Fifth match: Douki vs. Jerome Daniels w/Jamie Oller

I tried googling the name Douki to translate it. Turns out it’s complicated to translate. Turns out it’s also pronounced “dough-key” and not “doo-key.” However thank you wrestling fans for chanting that at him after we found out that was his name. This is my first time to see Douki. He’s billed as the “Japanese Luchador.” Jerome has reinvigorated his career by adding the MMA moves arsenal. This match had really good mat wrestling. If you like watching mat technicians, this was your match. I’d go so far to call this the sleeper match.

Winner: Jerome

We found out that next week Jerome gets Jigsaw.

Sixth match: Frankie Fisher vs. Kevin Cross w/ Nigel Rabid

Frankie is angry and wanted the 7′ Cross. The story was about trying to take down the massive 7-footer. Angry Frankie means we don’t get to see the comedy, which is one of my favorite parts about him. The climax of the match came when Cross was finally toppled. However when he toppled, it was onto the ref. As expected, the referee was motionless. Then came out Kenny to interfere and cause Cross to win the match.

Winner: Cross

It was then announced we would be seeing Frankie vs. Kenny in a hardcore match, where if Frankie wins, he gets 7 minutes in the ring alone with Nigel.

Main event: Brandon Collins (c) vs. Matt Palmer

This match had so much good one-night build-up. We got to get our pictures with champion Collins in the pre-show. Palmer came out to join him as a surprise because they’re friends, right? Then later on, they were interviewing Collins and Palmer approached him, asking him how he’s doing, how his knee was, which was it again. And then the action began. Palmer was cold, calculating. He took some advantages and was ruthless, going after the bad knee. The onslaught continued. We had a crazy crowd brawl (btw, MPX, a few security guards wouldn’t hurt) where somebody was back body-dropped onto the couch behind me. But whatever Palmer gave Collins, it was not enough. Collins retained.

Winner: Collins

All in all… First of all, I LOVE the new building. A lot of MPX’s problems have been resolved with this venue. I liked Douki & Low Rider. And of course, I loved seeing the guys from FIP. And they raised more questions I need answering. What will become of Frankie vs. Kenny, Jerome vs. Jigsaw? It was great to be part of the family again.

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