VIP Wrestling “This Means War” 6-12-2015

Another night of professional wrestling is in the books. My mother, little girl and I got a wonderful front row seat. During the night we would find ourselves in the crossfire, escaping just about every match. So if I did not take good enough notes, self-preservation and my daughter’s preservation were chief priorities. Matter of fact, when the action got close, my mother would move to protect me, like I’m not 35 and bigger than her. But I digress.

Ring announcer Keith Roberts introduced two guys who have been behind the scenes in Anthony Mercer and Chavez. They said they were the greatest tag team. They were wanting an opponent. Note to self: Never issue an open challenge when War Machine is in the back.

Bonus match: Anthony Mercer & Chavez vs. War Machine

What? You thought this was going to be a technical masterpiece. Really great story about my mother-when War Machine came out, she got up and moved out of the way. The wrestlers were on the opposite side of the ring. That was just the power of their presence. They were walking to the ring, and she felt like she needed to move.

There are two ways of looking at this. The story was that War Machine was put over as an unstoppable force. Also Mercer and Chavez were guys who are learning the wrestling business. They got the chance to step in there with two guys who are big names in one of the Top 3. It was a really good learning experience for them.

Winner: War Machine

We had a 10-bell salute for Dusty Rhodes and the wife of our color commentator who had passed away earlier that morning. We went right to the action.

First match: Barrett Brown vs. Scott McKenzie

I missed McKenzie’s initial run, but he was one of the biggest things in Texas from what I read. He turned heel recently on Randy Wayne at MPX. He came out tonight first match against Barrett. Last year Jiggle-O James Johnson had a little bit of a career rebirth I called the “Johnsonnaisance.” This year I think we might be on the cusp of a “McKenziesance.” He’s not a flippy-floppy guy necessarily. He’s just big, tough, Texas type of guy. One of the highlights for me was Barrett trying for a rana where McKenzie caught him and powerbombed him onto the ring apron. Ouch. It was a very good opener. If you got the DVD, this would be worth watching again. Barrett is so good at selling every move and making it look important.

Winner: Barrett

They brought out a table, everyone thinking it was a match contract signing. The crowd chanted, “This won’t end well.” GM JT LaMotta came out introducing his top signee Jerome Daniels. Unfortunately in the crowd was Keith Lee, whom I believe is classified as a dwarf planet by NASA. Jerome signed his contract.

Second match: Bad Boyz (Seph Annunaki & Little Tony) vs. Flying Jackasses (Frankie Fisher & BC)

Bad Boyz are two guys who complement each other really well. You have Seph’s finesse, and Tony’s toughness. I didn’t see the usual comedy out of Frankie. He was a bit more serious. He spent most of the match taking the Bad Boyz’ punishment. Everything you would expect out classic tag team wrestling. We had a double bionic elbow from the Jackasses. Dusty tribute #2. BC hit the spear for the win.

Winner: Jackasses

Third match: Tim Storm vs. Apoc

Both these guys were part of the same tag team The Dark Circle. These guys are local legends. When Tim Storm wanted to have a match with Apoc, you knew it was going to be good. We started off with good old-school wrestling. Then Jason Silver’s music hit, and he started on the mic. This was now a triple threat match.

Real third match: Tim Storm vs. Apoc vs. Jason Silver

So Jason Silver brought in the flippy-floppy that Storm & Apoc were hoping to avoid. I had kind of just wanted to watch Storm and Apoc do their thing. Maybe that was the point of this match. I’m not sure. Silver won outta nowhere with at least a 450 splash. Geometry was never my strong suit.

Winner: Silver

After the match, Apoc was really upset with Silver for getting involved. Storm looked like he was going to calm him down. And then Tim Storm did what every one in the crowd knew he was going to do but still popped for it anyway. He attacked Silver and put the beatdown on him. Apoc and Storm put an old school beatdown on Silver. Then Silver’s tag team partner Gregory James came to the rescue. It did not last long as Apoc and Storm started the beatdown on Greg. The babyfaces came out of the locker room and we have a Dark Circle reunion!

Keith Lee was introduced and asked about who he wanted at the next match. Keith said he wanted Lou Sterrett.

During the intermission we got to meet a lot of wrestlers. Roderick Strong was very classy, as were War Machine. Franco D’Angelo had t-shirts in youth sizes and was so great to my daughter. And ignore what I said about Storm and Apoc earlier. They were total class acts and great with the fans.

Fourth match: Lou Sterrett vs. Franco D’Angelo (c) with Keith Lee as the special guest referee

This was for the Texas Outlaw Promotion Championship (a company that runs out of Mineral Wells). This is how good this was done. For a few minutes I felt that Keith Lee wouldn’t turn heel on Franco. If you’re buying this DVD, this will be one of those that you will want to watch. Mostly to see Keith Lee’s size. And Franco’s. Sterrett has worked for some top-tier indies (it took me a while to realize who he was). He moves through the air a lot more than you would expect somebody of his size to. Knowing his background from the Midwest, it’s no surprise. These guys had pretty good chemistry together, and Sterrett kept the crowd in it. Sure enough, Keith Lee attacked Franco for the pin.

Winner and new TOP champion: Sterrett

Fifth match: Andy Dalton (c) vs. Roderick Strong

Yeah, um, so I got to see Roderick Strong live. I remember first seeing him on an ROH tape (Yes, I said tape) as a tag team with Austin Aries. This match was contested under “Strong Style Rules,” whatever exactly that means. Dalton is one break away from having the great discovery of his talent. I dare say he is where ACH was 3 years ago. He took a lot of punishment from Strong, but he gave it back to Strong too. I didn’t write down too much. Just get the DVD. This match alone would be worth the price. Roderick Strong got the pin, and we celebrated. But then… JT LaMotta announced that since it was under “Strong Style Rules” and you could not win through pinfall. Then Strong got distracted long enough for Andy Dalton to get the pin. (I think. I got distracted.)

Winner: Dalton

I’m so confused but we all know that this was Dusty Rhodes tribute #3. The Dusty Finish.

Main event: Simply Irresistible (“Jiggle-O” James Johnson & “The Show Stealer” Matt Palmer) vs. Steele Money (Kenny Steele & Orion Taylor) vs. Absolute Arrogance (Ricky Starks & Carson) vs. War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe)

That was a mouthful. Yeah, you try to write in detail a high-paced, action filled with these 8, especially when you are forced to evacuate a chair because Hanson is about to moonsault from the top rope onto 7 wrestlers where your chair is. Get the DVD. I cannot describe this with justice. Steele Money was out first once they were attacked by Storm and Apoc. (That oughtta be a really good feud.) Simply Irresistible was eliminated next. Then it was War Machine vs. Absolute Arrogance. All 8 of them brought it. But it was the heels that walked away with the inaugural tag championship.

Winner: Absolute Arrogance

With my little girl’s help (kind of ), they announced the next show we would see a main event of ACH & The Young Bucks vs. Andy Dalton & Absolute Arrogance.

All in all… This was a very action-packed show. Of course I’m going to call the 4-way tag match “match of the night.” All 8 delivered. Strong-Dalton would have been match of the night on any other card. I popped majorly for The Dark Circle reunion. I am going to love the feud between Dark Circle and Steele Money. And my little girl had a nice birthday’s eve present.

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IHWE Old School Hustle Night 2 6-7-2015

First match: Barrett Brown vs. Tex As Red w/ his stuffed puppy

These matches were for TV and were pretty short. So my notes here are going to be here too. I’m loving “Evil Barrett.” I haven’t seen him work much as a heel, and I’m liking what I’m seeing. Tex As Red’s gimmick is that he’s, um, simple. He had his stuffed puppy. Barrett took it during the match and threatened him. Barrett gave him a low blow with the ref’s head turned and got the pin.

Winner: Barrett

Second match: Kristopher Haiden w/ Kenny Steele vs. Rodney Mack w/BiG ramp Kenneth Wade

I used to watch Redd Dogg, who would later become Rodney Mack in the WWE, with my mom back in the NWA Southwest/PCW days. It was cool to be able to pass along the Rodney Mack love to my daughter. It was a nice, short match, exactly what it needed to be. Kenny & Haiden surprisingly have a good chemistry together. No surprises about who was going to win.

Winner: Mack

Third match: Brian Breaker & Jake O’Brien vs. Drake Gallows & One Man Sam Stackhouse

I liked what I saw from Drake in this match. He had a pretty cool moonsault from ringside. This is not the match I expected the high-flying from.

Winner: Breaker & O’Brien

Fourth match: Joe Angelo Garcia vs. Kenny Steele vs. Jason Silver vs. Moonshine Mantell

This was probably my favorite match of the tv taping. I really like all 4 of these guys. Kenny was the only heel, still selling the loss from Mack to his tag partner. Each of the 4 guys got to shine here. I loved the huge dive from Silver. Moonshine won with the big power move.

Winner: Moonshine

Fifth match: Jiggle-O Johnson (c) vs. Ashton Jacobs

This was one of my daughter’s many bathroom breaks. 5 hours of wrestling + 5-year-old + lots of matches with no Athena=lots of bathroom breaks. The crowd seemed to be in it & loving it.

Winner: Johnson

The DVD portion of the night began.

Sixth match: Mike Foxx vs. Franco D’Angelo with Rodney Mack as the special guest referee

I guess with Mack as the guest referee you had the only guy who could control the two? I thought it was interesting that these two guys would be the main event anywhere in Texas. Yet here they were in what was basically jerking the curtain. What I wrote down is that nobody told these guys they weren’t the main event.

Winner: Franco

After the match, Li Fang & Kevin Cross along with Nigel Rabid went in for the attack with Rodney Mack coming in for the save. Commissioner Matt Avery made a match- Li Fang, Kevin Cross & Nigel Rabid against Foxx & D’Angelo.

Seventh match: Nate Andrews (c) vs. HBQ for the IHWE California Championship

This was cool to see a little bit of talent exchange. This was bathroom break #2. Poor HBQ bares a resemblance to Kofi Kingston so had to hear “New Day sucks” chants the whole match. We had a really cool splash onto HBQ by Andrews onto the floor. Andrews pinned HBQ but his legs were entangled in the ropes. Rick Manning listened to the crowd and restarted the match so HBQ could walk away with the pin.

Winner and new champion: HBQ

Eighth match: Barrett Brown vs. Gregory James vs. David Fuller

Barrett & Greg have such an incredible chemistry together. Tag Team, opponents, taking tickets, whatever these guys do, you know they will bring it. Greg is usually the heel when they have feuded in the past. It was interesting to see Evil Barrett and Good Greg (BTW, would “Good Greg” be the most generic indy wrestling name of all time?). Barrett wanted Fuller who didn’t show up at first. Fuller showed up, punched Barrett a few times and told Barrett he booked this match so Greg could give him the beating he deserved. At first I saw Andy Dalton and knew what everybody knew. Andy Dalton was going to turn on Greg. There are just some things you know in this world. Death, taxes and an Andy Dalton heel turn.

Winner: DQ

Ninth match: Delilah Doom vs. Jessica James vs. Barbi Hayden vs. Athena

This was one of the matches of the night. These are all 4 incredible athletes. Plus they put together a very entertaining match. The most important person in the crowd loved this match. And that was my little girl. She loved all 4 and was very much into the match. And I would put this up against anything you’d see on SHIMMER, Shine or WSU. These are some of the top indy talents in the world. And they did a lot with the amount of time she had.

Winner: Jessica

Tenth match: Dexter Hard Times, Gary Tool & Canyon w/Steve Moody vs. Rodney Mack & The Blackbird Posse w/Todd Diamond

I can’t remember seeing the Posse before but I swore I did. In addition to the Mack, I watched Canyon at the same time. He was such a good heel in the area. I also used to yell Mr. Bean at Steve Moody. Dexter still looked great. It was hard not to yell “Todd has Herpes” at Diamond which I couldn’t since I was right next to my 5-year-old. This was the nostalgia of the night. It was great seeing everyone again.

Winner: Mack & Posse

After the match, Canyon talked about he and Mack’s long history together. Everybody shook hands. I was 20 watching them again in NWA SW or PCW.

Eleventh match: Carson vs. Americos

I blinked and I missed it. Carson super kicked Americos and he was done.

Winner: Carson

Twelfth match: Carson vs. Steve Anthony

This match went from Baron Corbin squash to match of the night contender. Steve Anthony came out to Americos’ rescue. Then these guys put on what is one of the matches of the night. Though I’m familiar with the name, this was my first time to see him live. This match delivered. I could tell it was going to be a good match because my daughter had to go to the bathroom. When I got back, the crowd was still really into it. It didn’t rely on flippy-floppy to get the crowd. They were chanting “Awesome match” at one point. The finished happened when I was away. But Carson used the belt on Anthony.

Winner by dq: Anthony

Thirteenth match: Ray Rowe vs. Cherry Ramons

Rowe is becoming my favorite male wrestler. This is what I knew had potential to be the match of the night. Not a lot of people were familiar with Cherry’s work up to this point in DFW. I know him from his work with Inspire Pro in Austin. So he surprised a lot of people, except me. I knew these two guys were going to really bring it. Rowe is well-known in DFW for his work in VIP and of course through this thing called ROH. Excellent match, worth buying the DVD when it comes out.

Winner: Rowe

Fourteenth match: Rabid Empire (Kevin Cross, Li Fang & Nigel Rabid)  (c) vs. Mike Foxx & Franco D’Angelo

As this match began I wrote down somebody was going to turn heel. I mean, it’s Foxx. Death, taxes, an Andy Dalton heel turn and a Mike Foxx heel turn. You can set your watch to it. But no heel turn. Nigel went in there exactly when he should. I think the swerve here was that there was no heel turn.

Winner and new tag champs: Foxx & D’Angelo

Main event: Thomas Shire (c) vs. Charlie Haas

The stipulation behind this match was that if Charlie Haas he would retire from wrestling. Not just here but every other promotion. Black Bart was going to hand the winner the belt. At one point legendary referee James Beard was taken out. Carson & Barrett Brown came out to interfere. Black Bart got in the ring, the crowd popping over the legend laying down the law. He stood next to Shire with his branding iron facing off against Carson & Barrett. And then Black Bart did what everybody expected out of Black Bart. He attacked Shire. James Beard was revived to do the 1-2-3 for Charlie Haas.

Winner and new champion: Haas

After the match Ray Rowe came out to clean house but he joined this group. Haas, Carson, Barrett, Rowe, Andy Dalton and Black Bart created a group called “Outlaw Inc.”

All in all: It was a very enjoyable night. This will be out on DVD. When it does, I would get it for the Ladies’ 4-way, Carson-Anthony, Ramons-Rowe and the Black Bart heel turn. Also if you are wanting some nostalgia, I’d take the Old School 6-man.

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Inspire Pro-In Their Blood 2

The following will contain adult language:

I now face the unenviable, self-imposed task of trying to put Inspire Pro Wrestling in Austin into words. This was my birthday present to me. My wife let me get a hotel room, rent a car and eat Fazoli’s in Waco without her. So a big thanks and shoutout to her for an incredible present. I got a huge ticket hook-up that gave me the opportunity to sit front row and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience (Thank you, Luke). Brandon Stroud thanked everybody and hyped up the crowd and gave the warning about if you have to be a garbage human, go be one at home, don’t do it here. He has this great boyish charm that Austin loves. He was interrupted by his arch rival Lance Hoyt. And all people when they see Lance Hoyt, especially when Hoyt has tried to hurt him in the past, shy away from getting near him. Lance wasn’t going to hurt him. He just came tonight to do some commentary.

First match: Thomas Shire w/Nigel Rabid vs. Mr. B vs. Keith Lee w/Chris Trew.biz & Roxie Castillo

I think I got everybody. Some of the storylines and personalities are new to me. If I miss anybody I apologize. This is my first time to see Mr. B who has a very interesting story from my research. I liked Trew.biz and Roxie. She’s the most adorable thing in Inspire not named Delilah. So Shire had stolen the belt rather than winning it. It belonged to Keith. There is a list of people you do not mess with. Keith is very high on that list after Chuck Norris and Saraya Knight. He was announced as being from “the desert planet of Tatooine.” I counted the “Holy shit” chants. We had 3. One came from Shire colliding with Keith Lee and learning why Keith Lee is an immovable object. B, Shire and Rabid were recovering ringside when Keith Lee did like a 450 plancha onto them. Shire took a lot of punishment. His back was very red.

Winner: Keith Lee

Nigel tried to take the belt but Chris and Keith apprehended them. My jaw hit the floor about 5 times during this match.

Second match: Pump Patrol (Jared Wayne & Curt Matthews) vs. Erik Shadows & Matt Riot

I love Pump Patrol’s gimmick. They are a good tag team character. They have a common purpose, matching tights. Sometimes that’s missing in the bigger companies. These guys also do the comedy really well. Shadows and Riot are incredible to watch. There was good crowd interaction. The finish was a double moonsault from Shadows & Riot onto the Patrol.

Winner: Shadows & Riot

The winners took the mic and said that coming would be a tag team belt and division. When it came time for that, they were going to be ready.

Third match: Mike Dell vs. Barrett Brown

I was pretty intrigued by this one. Mike is a well-traveled veteran. He knows what reaction to get out of a crowd and how to get it. Barrett has so much natural talent. When I first saw Barrett he was so stoic. Now he is developing more of a personality with his experience in front of crowds. Hopefully he finds that balance between personality and his mystique. There was plenty of technical goodness. And then it deteriorated. Right into my chair. This was a crazy brawl that moved away from me. That place was so packed you weren’t moving. Dell threw down the ref, and more chaos ensued.

Winner: No contest

There was a crazy pull-apart where they had to just about bring in The Texas National Guard to separate them.

Fourth match: JoJo Bravo vs. Thomas Munos w/a representative of the Tom Tom Club

This is my first time to see Munos “Ultimo Sex Symbol” and the lovely member of his Tom Tom Club. From what I understand it’s a different one every time. That is how Triple H got started if anybody remembers it. JoJo thanked the one person who had been faithfully supporting him: Nigel Rabid. Interesting. I’m not sure if the young lady had any wrestling training, but she did a wonderful job of selling and taking the scoop slam. JoJo put Munos in a crazy submission hold, and he submitted.

Winner: Bravo

Nigel came out to celebrate. I see that being a good pairing.

Fifth match: Delilah Doom w/ Chris Trew.biz & Roxie Castillo vs. Athena vs. Jessica James

I was really looking forward to this match. With Delilah and Roxie there was just way so much more cuteness than is humanly possible. Chris talked about Delilah’s start and how far she’s come. And then out of nowhere came Angelus Layne with the attack. It was brutal. Yeah, um, Delilah was out of the match. Keith Lee came to the rescue. And Angelus did not back down from Keith Lee!

Real Fifth match: Athena vs. Jessica James

They were ready to get started when out of nowhere came Veda Scott. THE Veda Scott. The Unadvertised Surprise Veda Scott. She was accompanied by her lawyer whereby she announced she was in that match.

Just Kidding, Here’s the Real Fifth Match: Athena vs. Veda Scott vs. Jessica James

Being the huge mark I am for women’s wrestling, you had 3 women who have competed for SHIMMER AND Shine Wrestling. I was in heaven. I was so blown away by the fact I was sharing oxygen with Veda Scott, I have no idea what happened in the match. The finish was incredible and everything you’d expect from Veda. Athena hit her O-Face and goes for the pin. Veda pulls her off and throws Athena outside the ring. Veda goes for the pin, and 1-2-3, first ever Women’s XX Division championship.

Winner: Veda

I died. I didn’t expect her to show up, and the finish was so Veda.

The intermission was incredible. It was a who’s who of indy wrestling from Ray Rowe to Ricochet to Athena to Joey Ryan to Angelus Layne (who is even prettier in person) to Donovan Danhausen to Franco D’Angelo.

Sixth match: Steve O-Reno (c) vs. Donovan Danhausen vs. Ricochet vs. Jiggle-O James Johnson w/Chris Trew.biz & Roxie Castillo

I don’t know if Inspire Pro makes DVD’s, MP4’s, wooden engravings, however the kids are watching these days. If you get a chance to, find this match. Actually, watch this whole show. This match alone was worth the drive. Brandon Stroud, as he was announcing the match, said, “Ladies and gentlemen, holy shit, this is happening.” Jiggle-O is loved in Austin because he’s just the right amount of energy for them. Steve O-Reno is so ridiculously over with the crowd. I had never seen Danhausen before but had heard about his work at Dreamwave in IL. Holy crap. Learn this name. Before too long, he will be tearing up the Midwest and now Texas and expanding outward from there. And Ricochet. I have never seen a ring so covered in streamers. All 4 of these guys delivered. I’d like to say I kept detailed, copious notes. You try taking notes of the 4 of these guys doing their technical acrobatics. All I know is that my jaw cracked the floor several times. I kept on telling myself humans should not do this.

Winner: Steve O-Reno

The guys must have been doing Rock-Paper-Scissors for who had to follow this. Because this was like following Robin Williams at The Comedy Store. So Franco D’Angelo took on the unenviable task of following that match. He explained why he threw in the towel for Matt Palmer. Nobody was missing Matt Palmer. Out came his real-life lady Athena. They had a back-and-forth on the mic. And then Franco accused her of riding Palmer’s coattails to the main event. And Athena unloaded verbally. She challenged Franco to a match at the next show. The next show has so many potential “match of the nights,” but this one could steal the show.

Seventh match: Ray Rowe vs. Ricky Starks

This match was as good as it looked on paper. Ray Rowe is quickly becoming one of my favorite wrestlers. Ricky Starks is so charismatic, so full of energy, so entertaining. These guys really brought it. We started off in the ring in what was a really entertaining technical wrestling match. And then a magic button went off, and Ray turned to the crowd, “Ladies and gentlemen, the technical portion of this match has ended.” And then the brawl started. At some point they were out fighting. Rowe was in a chair, and Starks ran off and charged at him only to slightly slap him in the face. It was so Starks. This could have main evented any show in the world. Lance Hoyt looked like he was going to interfere so Brandon Stroud went to stop him on the ramp by holding his leg. That was extremely brave. As Hoyt was going to attack Starks, Starks moved with Rowe getting the attack and Starks getting the pin.

Winner: Starks

This set up two matches: Starks vs. the winner of Dalton/ACH and Ray Rowe vs. Lance Hoyt. Wow.

Eighth match: Tim Storm & Angelus Layne vs. Joey Ryan & Delilah Doom

Due to a personal family emergency, Candice LeRae was not able to be there. So Inspire made due with this situation the best they could. Being the SHIMMER mark I am, I popped for seeing Angelus. Joey did the Blow Pop thing and had some fun with the crowd. So if you’ve never seen Delilah, imagine cuteness in human form. She has so much fun and personality. So if you can’t have Candice, if you’re The World’s Cutest Tag Team, Delilah is a pretty good substitute. And Tim Storm is so old-school and classic. One of the highlights for me was the Boobplex which Joey did twice. After that he told Delilah to do the Ballsplex on Tim Storm. Spoiler alert: She couldn’t pick him up. Not with that dislocated shoulder. I got a little starstruck so I didn’t write down or remember the finish.

Winner: Storm & Layne

I know that Tim Storm had to physically move Angelus to the back. Now that Jessicka Havok is tearing up TNA, I think Layne fills the void of that totally unhinged monster. Also I watched Joey Ryan wrestle twice this weekend on a losing team. You don’t have to be buried every time you lose. Great talents always work their way through the losses.

Main event: Andy Dalton (c) w/Tim Storm vs. ACH w/Ricky Starks

Before the match, front row got to go bang in the ring as they do in CHIKARA and PWG. I’d never gotten to do that before so I died again. This match. What I write will be unable to capture the emotion, the story, the struggle these men faced. Andy Dalton was at his heeliest. More than anything, they wanted the belt. They were going to do every move they knew how to do to pin the other guy or make him submit. I just sat back and watched these two tell their story. Actually sitting is not a very accurate word as they fought everywhere and I was front row so I was standing in the aisles desperately trying not to block everyone’s view. As a fan, I watched these two guys give everything they could. I’ve seen some pretty incredible matches live. But I think I daresay this has to be the greatest match I’ve ever seen live. The finish was screwy but was so Dalton. With the ref out, Dalton did a low blow, did his finisher and picked up the win.

Winner: Dalton

At the next show, Steve O-Reno announced he would be cashing in his title shot. The June 21st Clash at the Bash show looks pretty incredible.

All in all… There were 6 matches on this show that were main event quality. Inspire puts on one crazy, incredible show. I dare call them the best promotion in Texas.

Andy Dalton needs to be on a national stage on a regular basis. So do Ricky Starks and Keith Lee. Donovan Danhausen was a huge surprise. Let’s see this guy get more opportunities. Lance Hoyt was great, “encouraging” Brandon Stroud on the mic, ringing the bell and even leading the crowd in a stirring rendition of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”

Thank you to everyone who worked to bring about this show.

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MPX 100-May 30, 2015

Once every 5-6 years,  I get the opportunity to experience my birthday on a Saturday. So since my birthday was actually on a Saturday, I took my daughter to wrestling. It was still a sweltering pit of a humid Texas May. But there was a lot of excitement and energy in the crowd. I splurged for front row seats because The World’s Cutest Tag Team was there. I got to meet the World’s Cutest Tag Team who were wonderful. We opened the night up with a pre-recorded interview with Matt Palmer and Athena. This was a big opportunity for them, and they were going to rise to the occasion. The MVP of the night was Kody Kox because he wore a suit.

First match: Trust Fund (Viktor Tadlock & Joey Garcia w/Jamie Oller) (c)  vs. Flying Jackasses (Frankie Fisher & BC)

Since the Trust Fund is a bunch of rich brats, the Flying Jackasses did a Robin Hood video package where they were going to beat them, effectively stealing their belts. Then they came out dressed as Robin Hood and Little John. It was nice, creative and went well with the crowd. Frankie is a good entertainer. You’re going to get a different type of match out of him than flippy floppy. He also pays tribute to Eddie Guerrero well. He tripped around Jamie Oller and blamed it on him. The ref made him leave ringside. Highlights of the match: BC had Garcia up in a vertical suplex for a 16-count, which I counted with my daughter. (See, wrestling can be educational.) Tadlock had BC in his version of The Razor’s Edge, but BC reversed it and turned it into a GTS. With Tadlock and Garcia dazed, BC went for the double spear.

Winner and new champions: The Flying Jackasses

The crowd was very happy. Good moment.

Second match: Kristopher Haiden vs. Kenny Steele

Steele came out with a lot of fire and energy. This guy has come a very long way in the past 5+ years. (I remember when he was training & working security.) Haiden worked as the momentum killer in this match. Any time Kenny would come out fighting with any fire, Haiden would do a power move to halt his progress. The highlight for me was Kenny gliding over the top turnbuckle onto Haiden. Kenny is such a crazy sick athlete. And I know he’s only begun to crack the surface.

Winner: Haiden

Third match: Jerome Daniels vs. Mike Foxx in a Street Fight

My little girl was ringside and got a five from Mike Foxx. I guess she’s a second generation Foxx fan. Both guys came dressed and ready for a street fight. This was a wild plunder fight. The craziest move of the match was a back body drop from Foxx where Jerome went through the cords and unplugged the main lights for filming. It was really fun watching everybody scramble to fix it while the match went on. We had a sidewalk slam on a chair that bent. We had a snap suplex ringside right in front of us. Mike Foxx went through a ladder. We had a kendo stick, cookie sheet, trash can lid, tons of plunder. We had another powerbomb that broke the ladder. We had tons of nearfalls. Foxx won with his version of the Stunner.

Winner: Foxx

This was such good plunder match. It reminded me a lot of a bunkhouse match.

Fourth match: Franco D’Angelo vs. Lance Hoyt

2 DFW legends going at it. You just sat back, and let the story tell itself. I’ve never seen this side of Franco before. He was a cross between cowardly heel and human game of chess player. (I’m not calling Franco a coward because his arms have the same circumference as my head.) The highlight of this match for me was Franco bashing Lance Hoyt into the guardrail right in front of me. I never saw a TNA/WWE/NJPW/GFW superstar get bashed in front of me when I was 5. My daughter is so spoiled. Franco took a chair from the front row. With the referee taking a ref bump, Franco was about to use a chair and Hoyt punched him through the chair. The ref looked up at him and saw a chair and Franco laid out. So the ref dq’d Hoyt.

Winner by dq: Franco

Didn’t like the finish, but it was a nice clash of titans.

Fifth match: Randy Wayne w/James Hawke (c) vs. Steven Kirby in a bullrope match

Some matches get better when you realize everything that went along with it, like Mankind-Undertaker Hell in a Cell or Shawn Michaels-Stone Cold at Wrestlemania 14. We knew there would be blood, and I saw blood pretty early on. I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. I later saw the gash in Randy Wayne’s head. I’m not sure if he needed stitches, but it looked bad. These two hosses didn’t need any help beating the stuffing out of each other. But they had all the help they needed in a bullrope. The phrase I always hear is “violence… for the sake of violence.” The finish was Wayne pretty much hog-tying Kirby for the pin.

Winner: Randy Wayne

Loved the finish, loved the violence, loved Melanie (Wayne’s lady) being involved (She does the scorned woman thing very well as we learned when Frankie feuded with her brother.). The new referee looked familiar, but I couldn’t quite place it. Somebody mumbled something about Scott McKenzie, who I know has done a lot in Texas, my fandom just never overlapped with his stardom. He reffed a few matches of the night, raised Wayne’s hand and then… beatdown. He ripped off the ref shirt. It is on…

Main event: The World’s Cutest Tag Team (Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae) vs. The World’s Hottest Tag Team (Matthew Palmer & Athena)

When I first heard TWCTT was going to be here on my birthday, this is the match I wanted but didn’t tell anybody in case it didn’t happen. When this was announced, I got really excited. I’d been telling my daughter about Candice for months so she would be excited about seeing her in addition to Athena. (She once threw a legitimate fit because Athena was not booked.) Joey Ryan had the Blow-Pop exchange with a fellow on the row behind us. This is how close we were. That is through the guardrail from our seats.

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I had one of the most embarrassing moments as a wrestling fan. My daughter likes throwing streamers but is too shy to actually throw them so she had me throw them at the two ladies, Candice and Athena. The streamers I threw for Candice did not unroll. So this perfectly round roll of streamer rolled right to Candice’s feet. Oh, the embarrassment. Athena/Palmer’s entrance was incredible. She had full banner entrance with both wearing masks painted up.

And of course since I’ve waited a long time for this particular match so as soon as it began, my daughter turned to me and said, “Daddy, I have to go to the bathroom.” Thankfully from where I was I could still see it. This was a very fun match to watch. We did a chicken fight. And then Candice and Athena tried to do real wrestling moves on top of their respective guys. And then the match got more serious. I’m not sure if this match was filmed in its entirety, but I recommend finding it on Youtube or wherever the kids are watching this stuff nowadays. Palmer got the superkick on Candice. Athena did the O-Face on Joey for the pin.

Winner: Palmer & Athena

After the match, the Trust Fund came out for the opportunistic attack on Palmer & Athena. Candice & Joey came back in the for the save and, as ACH would gleefully yell, “Sportsmanship.”

All in all… A great birthday present for me. My daughter was really into this most of the night. I got to meet Candice and Joey which was incredible for me. Forgive me for being biased, but the main event was the match of the night. The tag title change was great to see live, plus the Robin Hood thing was really creative. Wayne-Kirby and Foxx-Daniels were insane brawls. It was a wonderful birthday present.

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MPX Presents Mr. MPX 5-16-2015

We had a very solid night with a lot of good stories told. This was a very full night of wrestling. We had an entire 8-man tournament, a title match, a surprise and a tag team ladies match. The action started very quickly.

Round 1 First match: Kristopher Haiden vs. Barrett Brown

I hadn’t seen Haiden in an MPX ring for a while. It was nice to see him back there. My daughter is quickly becoming a huge Barrett Brown fan. It’s fun to hear all her “whoa’s” when watching. Haiden knows what to do when you face Barrett. He acted as a frame for Barrett to do his flippy-floppy stuff. Barrett also made Haiden seem larger than life. In a very nice short match for these two, Barrett won.

Winner: Brown

Haiden made the win look believable.

Round 1 Second match: Jerome Daniels vs. Viktor Tadlock w/ Jamie Oller

My daughter wanted food in this match. By the time we were done sitting down, the match was over. Jerome had him in a hold and refused to let him go.

Winner: Jerome

Jerome has lost it over losing the title. Tadlock had to go to the hospital and even checked in on Facebook from the hospital. I haven’t seen that before. Now he is taking it out on those closest to him. Randy Wayne arrived with James Hawke. They announced Randy was there. He flipped everybody off to a large pop. Could it be that he has tapped into a Stone Cold vibe?

Round 1 Third match: Steven Kirby vs. Mike Foxx

I was really looking forward to this one on paper. If I remember correctly, Foxx was who Kirby was facing when Kirby tore his ACL. I was pretty happy with this match. Kirby kept the crowd in it. As somebody who has watched Kirby’s career from the beginning, he has always understood he is in front of the crowd and knew how to keep them engaged. We also had Kirby jawing with Randy Wayne. Our heckle section kept on chanting, “We want Randy.” It was a good, decisive win for Foxx.

Winner: Foxx

After the match, Randy Wayne attacked Kirby for the beatdown. Something tells me this will be a good feud. And there is no question who the crowd will be behind.

Round 1 Fourth match: Moonshine Mantell vs. “Unholy” Gregory James

Before this match, Mantell and Greg tried to do a promo or something. My location last night, the crowd making too much noise, who knows what it was, but I couldn’t hear everything. Mantell was apparently trying proselytize The Unholy, which was comical because he brews moonshine. I was really uncomfortable by it. The crowd was not uncomfortable. They took an enormous dump all over it. The match was good. Greg and Moonshine have different styles so there was something different. Moonshine comes from a different school than a lot of guys so he provides a different experience. He’s not going to flippy-floppy. He still knows how to work with the flippy-floppiers. But he’s a hoss, in this case, a bully. The possibilities of guys I’d like to see him fight are very big (no pun intended)-Scott Murdoch, Keith Lee, Tadlock, Alex Reigns, Eddie Kingston, Luke Gallows, Michael Elgin, Ray Rowe. Moonshine grabbed the referee in front of Greg during one of his high-impact moves. Greg could have pinned him but no ref available. Moonshine got his move in, woke the ref and got the 3-count.

Winner: Moonshine

Round 2 Fifth match: Jerome Daniels vs. Barrett Brown

My daughter was binge-watching Frozen videos on Youtube by this point. So she did not enjoy this match as much the last Barrett match but loved her Youtube videos. Welcome to 2015. Jerome is mad, angry, his world is crumbling around him. He lost the belt and now wants it back and will do anything to regain that. Barrett did a huge rana onto Jerome on the floor. You know the RKO outta nowhere? Jerome can apply the submission hold outta nowhere. The crowd had a little fun with this match. They have decided that Jerome looks like Will Smith. So they started doing the Fresh Prince theme song from memory. I was impressed. I wish people thought that I looked like Will Smith. The only celebrities people think I look like are usually Seth Rogen or Sami Zayn.

Winner: Jerome

Out came Kristopher Haiden saying he built this company (pretty much truth) and it was embarrassing he wasn’t even originally asked to be in the Mr. MPX tournament. He was angry and wanted anybody. He forgot the most important rule. DON’T SAY YOU WANT ANYBODY UNTIL YOU KNOW WHERE KEITH LEE IS!!!

Sixth match: Kristopher Haiden vs. Keith Lee

My first thought was Oops. So imagine Fantastic Four’s The Thing. Take off the rocks. That’s what Keith Lee looks like. Not only does he look like “The Thing,” he moves like a cruiserweight. There are a very small group of wrestlers that size who can move like he does. I invoke the name Uhaa Nation, which is not a name I use lightly. At first I was thinking Haiden is going to die. Keith is going to kill him. But… I was surprised. It was a much more competitive match than I thought we were going to have. Haiden got in some offense. But this was a vehicle for Keith.

Winner: Keith

Round 2 Seventh match: Mike Foxx vs. Moonshine Mantell

By this point, Jerome was going in the finals. So we all knew Mike Foxx was going to win. The only question was how was he going to get there. And the unrelenting magic of the 5-year-old reared its ugly head again. She had to use the bathroom. So I did not have the chance to take detailed notes like I thought I should have. Foxx finished it off with what I call the Foxx-KO.

Winner: Foxx

I know I call it the Foxx-KO after Randy Orton’s RKO. But if I remember my Texas wrestling history, Foxx has used it longer than Orton. Hopefully somebody will correct me if I’m wrong. Moonshine went after a post-match beatdown. He went after Foxx with a chair. Bad. But Gregory James came out to the rescue. After their match, I wouldn’t mind seeing Greg and Moonshine feud. Who is next for Moonshine? Greg? Foxx?

Eighth match: Baby Dumplins & Barbi Hayden vs. Livi La Vida Loca & Athena

This is the match my daughter most wanted to see. We had streamers to throw at Barbi AND Athena because she watches way too much SHIMMER and couldn’t decide which one to throw it at. (Sorry, Livi) If I am correct, Baby Dumplins’ career is still in its infancy. She is still finding her identity. We’re still working on who her gimmick is. Personally I’d turn her into Amy Lee. She is way too friendly and bubbly to be the baby face she is. Livi has a lot of energy and can convey a lot of emotions. The match had its strengths. Athena and Barbi can do their SHIMMER strong style all day. Livi can tell her story well. Baby is a work in progress. I think she’ll get there. But the biggest problem: the crowd was not in this match. The match was well-put-together. There just wasn’t a crowd behind it.

Winner: Baby & Barbi

Finals Ninth match: Jerome Daniels vs. Mike Foxx

I wrote down after the beatdown, “Foxx is really injured. There’s no way he wins this… right?” That was the story of this match. Jerome was vicious. He was like a shark who smelled blood. He went after all of Foxx’s weakness from the Moonshine Mantell beatdown. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this before. He took off Foxx’s boot and went after the injury. Jerome gave him everything and Foxx found a way to kick out. Foxx went for his Foxx-KO, and Jerome pushed it away, doing the thinking finger. He turned around and Foxx did it again. This is the ending, right? No, Jerome kicked out. Out came Tadlock fresh from his hospital stop. He’s angry at Jerome so he’s going to hit Jerome with the belt, right? Nope, he hit Mike Foxx to give Jerome the pin.

Winner: Jerome

Main event: Matt Palmer (c) vs. Carson

The main event was a guy named Carson taking on Palmer. I’m sure there’s an Ochocinco or Heisman Trophy joke somewhere in there. The crowd, hot, tired, fatigued at this point, had a little fun. They chanted “Barbi’s better” and “Cowardly Lion” at Carson (“The Texas Lion”). It went through a nice crescendo, from the jockeying for position into the offensive explosion. My daughter was still engrossed in her YouTube videos, but I found myself saying, “Whoa” a few times. The finisher was Carson doing a stunner with Palmer immediately jumping back up, super kicking him in the face for a 1-2-3 count.

Winner: Palmer

All in all: I’m not much of a fan of tournaments. But this one juggled a lot of complex storylines and even started some new storylines. I got 1o matches. So with tickets for me and my daughter, it was $1.50 a match. It’s a better deal than other companies in the area. The work was pretty good. Randy Wayne is getting an INSANE crowd reaction. The guy could ritualistically sacrifice kittens to the evil deity of your choice, and the crowd would chant, “One more kitty! One more kitty!” To repeat, I’m looking forward to Moonshine-Greg or Moonshine-Foxx and Wayne-Kirby. Palmer is a very believable champion. There were some things I had never seen before. The company is trying new things. Some will work. Some won’t.

The heat & humidity need to be addressed. They’ve needed to be addressed ever since we started going nearly 6 years ago. But things are changing in this area. There are going to be 7 promotions running a show in DFW before July 1st: VIP, BTW, TOP, VIP, NWA Smash Mouth, IHWE and of course MPX. And that’s not including Austin’s promotions, the Lucha promotion in Dallas, NWA Texoma in Sherman or ones I don’t even know about. Used to MPX WAS the only game in town. Now we’re coming into a time of competition. I’m going to pay my hard-earned money to sit in a sweltering gym with no air circulation in a Texas May? Is it time to find a new venue?

Of course I’ll be back next show. I’ll see Candice and Joey, the World’s Cutest Tag Team.

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VIP Wrestling-Mundo vs. ACH: Good for Business 5-1-2015

Seems like I just did this a week ago. It’s because I did. Interesting and unpredictable. That’s a good description of this show. I had my wife and sister-in-law with me in addition to my favorite wrestling-watching buddy-my daughter. Both have been in love with Johnny Mundo for years.

First match: Barrett Brown vs. Curt Stallion vs. Bolt Brady

My apologies to these 3. They wrestled a very excellent match. And you can either take meticulous notes or watch the match. This was my first time to see Stallion. I believe he’s a West Texas guy. I’d be interested in seeing him again. And who wouldn’t want to see Barrett vs. Bolt? Brady did an insane suplex onto Barrett. The finish came from a Swanton bomb from Barrett for the 3-count.

Winner: Barrett

Second match: Graham Bell vs. Matt Palmer

Graham Bell was making his debut. He was one of the people cutting promos wanting ACH. He impressed them so much that they brought him in to give them an opportunity. My daughter wanted me to throw my streamers at Palmer. Palmer did what Palmer did. He went out, bumped & sold like crazy. I think this is a match worth trying to watch again. I’d also like to see Bell against somebody other than Palmer to figure out if he’s good or was just facing Palmer. I apologize there’s not more to write about this match. My daughter took my notebook to write down her own “notes” on the match, which are largely unintelligible.

Winner: Palmer

JT LaMotta retired for the second time that I’ve seen.

Third match: “The Gangster” Lou Sterrett vs. Raymond Rowe

This to me was the sleeper match of the night. Sterrett is becoming one of my new favorites. He is very versatile. You can see him dive, technically wrestle, whatever you would like to. He keeps the crowd engaged. And Rowe looks like he just stepped out of a MSNBC weekend prison documentary. When I’m watching Rowe he is so mesmerizing. He’s so focused and a word I don’t use very often-“believable.” After I’ve been a wrestling fan for 19, I don’t use that word very often any more. Sterrett has such a good reaction, getting “You suck” chants followed by “That’s Not Gangster” and “Still Not Gangster.” Rowe had his share of fun during the match, asking the fans, “Who sucks?” and then getting a huge reaction. During the match Shane Taylor came out to interfere. Rowe and Taylor had a stare-down. Rowe had it outside the ring. So Sterrett stayed in the ring and received the countout.

Winner by countout: Sterrett

After the match Guest GM Matt asked Rowe if he might want to bring his friend War Machine next show to get their opportunity for the tag titles. My apologies to the tag team who gets that draw in the card. Also he brought in Kristopher Haiden to get another shot. Haiden said he was here to “punch bitches in the face.” Apoc who was sitting close to me said, “So he’s going to be wrestling girls now?” Then once Haiden got out of hand, he was fired faster than Vince Russo.

Fourth match: Flying Assholes (Frankie Fisher & BC) vs. Unholy Complex (Gregory James & Jason Silver)

(Sorry, Mom.) We all throw toilet paper in the ring as we would streamers for the A-Holes. A young lady in the crowd saved a roll for my daughter, which was wonderful. My daughter is so beloved there. Since there was no Athena or Barbi Hayden, my daughter wanted to throw her pink streamers in for the A-holes. Frankie does the comedy so good. He and BC know how to differentiate themselves from the rest of the card. While everybody else is flippy-floppy-ing around, they are providing a break. I enjoy their matches but for different reasons than I enjoyed-say-the main event. The match did transition into a place where Greg and Silver got to do their thing. I thought we were going to have a break-up of those two but it didn’t happen. During the match the Bad Boys isolated BC leaving Frankie alone.

Winner: Unholy Complex

Fifth match: Shane Taylor (c) vs. Tim Storm w/Miss Tiffany

Round about this match my daughter began her meltdown because neither Athena nor Barbi Hayden were scheduled. I’m not kidding. There were actual tears. I like Taylor. He is a thick, imposing hoss. And Tim Storm is an ageless wonder. I swear the guy gets younger every time I see him. Out came Ray Rowe to interfere.

Winner: No contest

It was an awesome pull-apart between Taylor and Rowe. I think I will REALLY enjoy these two feuding. After the match Tim Storm put over this company and pointed out Apoc in the crowd (who I market out for getting to sit close to). They talked about the long history they have in Arlington and challenged him to a match next show. Yes, please.

Main event: ACH (c) vs. Johnny Mundo/Morrison

I can’t believe I wrote that. Funny story. My daughter’s meltdown culminated in my wife having to escort my daughter out to the lobby for some water and then came in just after Mundo’s entrance. The funny part is that entrances are her favorite. So she missed her favorite part of the wrestler she attended for. But it got better for her. Much better for her. I’ll get to that.

How do you describe a match between ACH and Johnny Mundo? You have two of the most naturally-gifted athletes, charismatic balls of energy in all of wrestling today. So I put down the notebook and enjoyed the dance. What were some of the highlights I remember?During the introduction, they introduced Mundo by his many names, and not to be undone, ACH announced several of his nicknames, including Fresh Prince and The Carlton Banks of Wrestling followed by him doing the Carlton. Yes, that happened. Both had such amazing chemistry. There was some aerial action that had Johnny laid out on the row in front of us. My wife and sister-in-law turned into teenage girls meeting Justin Bieber for the first time. My sister-in-law took a picture uttering the phrase, “You’re so hot.” (I told you it got better for her.) There was also a nerf basketball hoop ACH held over Morrison’s head & had a fan alley-oop the ball while he hit Morrison. After nearfalls galore, ACH walked away with the win.

Winner: ACH

After the match John Morrison extended his hand yelling out, “Sportsmanship.” Just like ACH would. Awesomeness. Out of nowhere came Andy Dalton attacking him. Dalton said he had a title shot. He was going to cash it in right now.

Main event #2: ACH (c) vs. Andy Dalton

This was a short match. Dalton went for the pin and ACH kicked out. Then he went for the win.

Winner: ACH

It was announced we were going to get a TLC match between Dalton and ACH next show. In the aftermath JT LaMotta announced he was going to take the vacant GM position. However Dalton’s rematch started… now.

Main event #3: ACH (c) vs. Andy Dalton

During the surprise Andy Dalton walked away with the pin AND the belt.

Winner and new champion: Dalton

All in all…What an excellent show. This has at least 3 matches that are must-sees: the opener, Rowe-Sterrett and Mundo-ACH. Stallion and Bell had decent showings. I’d be interested to see more of what they have. I kind of groaned a little at LaMotta being heel GM. Just like I groan for The Authority in WWE and Kyle Valo in MPX and anywhere else I see it. LaMotta’s an excellent heel, and I know the money is always made in the babyface’s pursuit. I’m just a little fatigued of this in wrestling in general. My daughter was not happy over no ladies matches, but this isn’t Pennsylvania or Ohio where you can throw a stone and hit 3 ladies wrestlers. Again, an excellent show that gives fans a very full card with wrestlers we don’t see everywhere else.

I am really looking forward to June 12th. Chris Sabin, War Machine, hopefully ACH-Dalton in a TLC match.

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VIP Wrestling-One Shining Moment 4-24-2015

One of the wildest, most unpredictable wrestling shows I have ever been to is in the books. One of the things that made it wildest had absolutely nothing to do with the show or wrestling. Right at the moment we got in line to check in, everybody’s phones started going off with the Emergency Broadcast system. Unfortunately it was not “only a test.” A tornado warning happened. So we were all evacuated to some conference room. I’ve had shows start better. Of course this is no fault of theirs, but it was quite annoying.

We got out of the room towards the last so we didn’t get a first row seat. My daughter was not pleased. I was happy that we would not take our lives into our own hands. At least not as much. As a wrestling fan, have I mentioned she’s spoiled? The night began with a recording of Bobby Williams talking to Claudia about how the Bad Boys were not going to show up. So we all knew that at some point they were.

First match: Simply Irresistible (Matt Palmer & James Johnson) vs. The Manliest Men Ever (Larry Canis & Michael Shafer)

So we had a face vs. face opener. Palmer and Johnson have matching tights and look like a tag team more than they have before. The Manliest Men are quite over with this crowd. I think they should be known as “Team Needs a Shave and a Haircut.” Shafer is a very agile big man. You don’t expect some of the moves that come out of him. This was everything an opener should be. There was some great stuff outside the ring, lots of innovation, stuff I haven’t seen before. The biggest compliment I could give this match was that I thought either would win at any time.

Winner: Simply Irrestistable

Second match: Lou Sterrett vs. Moonshine Mantell

Before the match Lou cut a promo on Mantell, putting over his training and background, but that because Lou was a veteran, Mantell needed to shine his boots. This was the sleeper match of the night. Mantell is one “shining moment” away from a developmental contract with one of the big 3. He is probably the person on the show who most looks like he’s ready to start in NXT tomorrow. Both guys gave some devastating chops to each other. Sterrett’s facials were great and he did a great job of listening to the crowd. The Gutwrench Suplex from the top rope was a pretty cool visual. At one point, Sterrett did a dive onto security where best I can figure out somebody died.

Winner: Sterrett

Third match: Steele Money (Kenny Steele & Orion “Payday” Taylor) vs. Flying Jackasses (Frankie Fisher & BC)

Well, this was supposed to be SM vs. the Bad Boys. Well, we were taken to a vignette showing Frankie & BC having been attacked by-you guessed it-The Bad Boys. Well, guess who came through the crowd finding their seats having just bought a ticket trying to find seats. Again, you guessed it-The Bad Boys. As they were trying to find their seats, Kenny got on the mic. Since The Bad Boys were in their street gear, why not have a street fight?

Revised third match: Steele Money (Kenny Steele & Orion “Payday” Taylor) vs. Bad Boys (Anthony Black & Seph Annunaki) in a Street Fight

I’m going to be honest. I didn’t take very good notes. When you have your mother and 5-year-old on the second row of a street fight, your thoughts are not taking copious notes. Your thoughts are survival. We had some crazy stuff happening. As the match progressed of course it left the ring and main room. And since we’re in a hotel, it ended up in the pool. No surprise, once they were laid out before the match, the Flying Jackasses came back in for the save. I didn’t catch the finish but I do know it was a wild crowd brawl.

Winner: Steele Money

Fourth match: Absolute Arrogance (Ricky Starks & Houston Carson) vs. Unholy Complex (“Unholy” Gregory James & Jason Silver)

It has been way too long since I’ve seen Ricky Starks. He was one-third of the greatest match I’ve ever seen live. He is probably one of the best natural talents in the state and perhaps-the country? Carson has one of the best physiques out there. Greg and Silver had good chemistry together. This was a fun, entertaining match. At one point with a distracted ref we had from AA what WWE Hall-of-Famer Dusty Rhodes would have referred to as “Clubb’rin’.” I think the team of Dick Murdoch & Dusty Rhodes would have approved. Silver did some amazing “face in peril” stuff. I didn’t write down how the finish but Arrogance walked away with the win.

Winner: Absolute Arrogance

Fifth match: Barbi Hayden vs. Jessica James with Livi La Vida Loca as special guest referee

Before this match, my little girl was invited to the ring to be recognized as the Extreme Hardcore Princess. (Sorry, Jewells Malone.) Announcer Keith Roberts reminded the crowd that they were nowhere near as hardcore as my daughter. Thank you Keith and thank you fans for making that a special moment for me. This was the match my daughter had waited for. We threw streamers. Last week when we went shopping for streamers we couldn’t decide between Barbi or Jessica for which one to throw streamers for. So we got one for each.

I put the notebook down and wanted to enjoy the match with my daughter. So sorry I didn’t take very good notes. But all I could think of was that this match was every bit as good as anything that you’d see on a SHIMMER, Shine or WSU. And being a tad bit biased, I think this might have been the match of the night. Add Delilah Doom, Su Yung, Angel Blue, Kat Green, Serena Mercury, some chick named Athena, we have a hotbed of women’s wrestling in Texas. These are two of the best ladies on the independent scene in North America.

Winner: Jessica

After the match, Barbi attacked Livi and then Absolute Arrogance came out to help. Out came the Jackasses for the save. A sign of matches to come? And of course as the match was over my daughter turned to me and asked, “Dad, can we go home now?” We all know who she thought was the main event.

Main event: African American Wolves (ACH & AR Fox) vs. Dirty Minds (Andy Dalton & JT LaMotta)

Yeah, so who WASN’T looking forward to this match? You have two of the top stars in the world, the incredible, one-of-a-kind, ROH star ACH and matchless, talented, without equal former Evolve champ AR Fox. Andy Dalton is being recognized more and more on a national stage. And LaMotta is a very versatile veteran. He can do anything and everything. So this was poetry. And with these 4 guys you just sat back and watched the story. The highlights for me are anything Andy Dalton does to get the crowd disgusted. Fox was an amazing “face in peril.” And ACH and AR Fox had a little bit of dissension and then started pushing each other. Then ACH yelled out, “Foooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxx!!!!!!!! Get the tables!!!!!!!!!!!” And then Andy Dalton had one of the biggest moments of his career. He pinned AR Fox.

Winner: Dirty Minds

After the match ACH took the mic and talked about his future match against Johnny Mundo (Morrison on May 1st).

All in all… It was a very nice start to their tag team tournament. All the booking choices made sense. My daughter loved it. This is how I know. She never wanted to play any of the games on my phone. The ladies match was match of the night. Andy Dalton really got the chance to shine. If you are not booking him yet, get with the program. The match that surprised me most was the opener. I didn’t expect that out of those 4.

Lots of things were against the promotion, like a tornado warning. I think they still found a way to bring about a very entertaining show.

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