the TreyFabe 100 (March 2014 to August 2017)

Indy Wrestling bloggers never truly retire…right?  But sometimes they do move on. Turns out I will be moving a few hours west, to the Columbus area, from the Pittsburgh area here in a few weeks.  My three years plus here in Western PA have been great ones for my silly little blog I created as a joke to put one of my buddies over in Tulsa a few years ago.  I’d like to thank all of you for reading along…end of day this is still a joke of a blog in which I try to put my friends over but I do try to be serious from time to time – because for my money there is no better experience than going down to a local wrestling show and seeing some grown men and women in tights throw each other around…..outside of this fifteen bucks I spent in Izmir one night but that is a whole other story.

As I did when I left Tulsa, I am ranking the top wrestlers and wrestling personalities during my stay here….unlike when I left Tulsa…I’m not stopping at 50 on my rankings…in the spirit of Don West I am doubling my list to 100 people for the same cost.

I definitely plan to be around and catch shows whenever I can in the Pittsburgh area…especially some of the bigger shows like Reloaded and Super Indy and Girl Fight and pretty much every Five Star Wrestling show.  

Thanks everyone who has read the blog, shared it, commented on it, told me I am insane and I have no clue what I’m talking about – you’ve all helped inspire me to keep this silly little rag going.

To the rankings, be forewarned I’m going out with no shame in my game:

  1. Andrew Palace – though I rarely cheer for him to win, these past few years I have seen him grow from some goofy dude with some magical goggles gimmick to a wrestler that gives his body and spirit to put on solid match upon solid match.  He gets bonus points for bringing a rabid fan base to the matches including that sexy girl with the tattoo sleeve.
  2. Justin Plummer – dude was gracious enough to endorse my blog and give me some exclusive interviews…stay tuned in 20 years or so me and him have a massive shoot interview planned, no holds barred
  3. Sorg – this ranking also goes to everyone involved with Sorgatron Media and the Mayhem Show podcast – this area should be thankful for the service and access to that service that Sorg and crew provide.  From producing DVD’s for IWC and RWA as well as interviewing local and national talent weekly, they do a lot behind the scenes to make the local wrestling scene accessible to fans.
  4. Corey Futuristic – Corey holds a special place for me because he was the first person I saw wrestle when I moved to this town.  Also, we pregamed once before a show so you know, bonus points.  
  5. Ray Lyn – not only is she a great wrestler, but she once gave me advice about staying true to my writing style that inspired and motivated me and is something I will always cherish.
  6. T-Rex – did you see how Bradley marked out when T-Rex appeared at Reloaded?  It was show stopping.
  7. Facade – dude always puts on a show…just like Palace he puts his body on the line no matter the crowd size and it is appreciated, a real great talent we have in the area.
  8. Gory – another one who gives his all at all times.
  9. Mempho Mofo – steals every show he is on with his badass charisma
  10. Jimmy Vega$ – I’m legit scared of this guy, thanks Sorg.
  11. Krystal Frost – the only girl that nearly made me have a heart attack on the spot, sweet holy sexiness.
  12. The Fraternity – Channing Decker and Trent Gibson – complete dominance of the tag team scene
  13. Big D Dave Kich – complete dominance of the announcing scene
  14. Nick Lendl – a Dave Kich understudy
  15. Shane Douglas – I met him at a convention when I first got here and he told me some cool stories.  He was always one of my favorite wrestlers, I was totally marking out.  Was able to see him wrestle for three different feds in town and marked out every single time.  Love the guy.
  16. Kingpin Brian McDowell – the first wrestler that really came up to me and thanked me for writing about IWC.  The funny story is, I had never written about him or met him, so it meant a lot that he told me that.
  17. Dan Hooven – from photographer to wrestling trendsetter – quite a journey this guy has had despite pulling the wool over my eyes time and time again.  He gets bonus points for destroying the Sorgatron Media table.  Up yours Rizz and Bobby.
  18. Calvin Couture – has brought nothing but pure sex appeal to the ring not seen since peak Adrian Adonis.
  19. Santana Diamonds – main evented the best card I saw in my time here…should be main eventing more often but some of these promoters keep dropping the ball with his untapped potential.  Ranked below Calvin because Calvin would squash him if and when they ever meet in a ring.
  20. Crusher Hansen – dudes gimmick is hilarious.  You have to go see him once.
  21. J-Rocc – GIVE IT UP ONE TIME!!!!
  22. Chris LeRusso – the pop he got at the last ROH show nearly took the walls off the building.  We’re lucky to see this superstar as often as we do.
  23. Sera Feeney – I got major lust in my eyes for Sera Feeney for real.  She carried the women’s four way match last year, wish I was around in the days when she was more active but I’d probably have a restraining order if that was the case.
  24. Officer Dan Murphy – Threat Level Murphy has arrived and the wrestling world has been put on notice.
  25. Darin Dinero’s hair – it’s damn near immaculate
  26. Joe Rosa w/Ashley – ok full disclosure…I just wanted to put Ashley on the list
  27. Dylan Bostic – gone too soon because the blonde bomber agreed to a dang loser leaves town match, gah!
  28. Big League John McChesney – works the merch booth better than anyone else, dude has sold me shirts two sizes too small for me, that is talent!
  29. Tommy Dreamer – when Dreamer won the IWC title I pissed my pants it was probably my second favorite moment during my time here
  30. Diamond Joe Rogers – hoagies and street fights, the man is a legend.
  31. Virgil – why do you guys keep letting him come to your shows?
  32. Bulk Nasty – if I didn’t put him on the list he said he was going to flush my head down the toilet at Court Time
  33. Wild Child Lee Ryans – when he came out from the curtains and lip locked some poor unsuspecting girl I said to myself – this is why I come to these damned shows!
  34. Angel Dust – without a doubt the most underrated female wrestler in the game
  35. CJ Sensation – would have ranked higher but lost points due to a complete lack of loyalty
  36. Wild West – first time I went to an RWA show these dudes got a pop that was equal parts Road Warriors and Von Erichs
  37. Wardlow – dominant force that I have never seen pinned so far as I recall.
  38. Jack Pollock – ranked below Wardlow until he can defeat him in the middle of the ring.  Bonus points for admitting that he enjoys comic books.
  39. Britt Baker – two words:  Queen B.
  40. Jessie Belle Smothers – the RWA version of Britt Baker
  41. Ginger – my favorite redhead since Sixteen Candles era Molly Ringwald
  42. Chest Flexor – as Joe Rogers once said, pound for pound one of the best wrestlers in the area.  He backs it up too as I’ve seen him in battle with guys that are three or four times bigger than him.  He’s like a scrappy little Wolverine, with a ponytail and shinier outfits.
  43. Dalton Castle – true story..I was walking past his merch table one time and he said hey man I have 2XL and I was like dude thanks for calling me fat and he said no man it is just that you have broad shoulders.  So yeah, he gets props for that save.
  44. RC Dupree – most artistic promos out there
  45. Jock Samson – best dabs in the industry, just ask the next guy on the list
  46. JaXon Argos – if you didn’t know he was voted IWC Rookie of the Year don’t worry, he’ll tell you
  47. DJ Z – has put on some battles for this area’s fans, and major props for his recent comeback from injury.  There is no stop in this guy.
  48. Su Yung – no woman better get in the ring with Su unless they want a brawl
  49. Jake Garrett – nice guy, hard worker, fierce competitor, great interviewee.
  50. Ricky Steamboat – dude let me (and many others) put on his Hall of Fame ring and take a picture with him in a ring!!
  51. Plato Meramac – a rising star…if I was here three more years he’d probably be at the #1 spot
  52. Ganon Jones Jr. – another big brute of a guy that I’m totally scared of.  Wasn’t a PA show but I saw him in Ohio vs Ricky Shane Page and it was a helluva match.
  53. Duke Davis – another big guy that I sadly have only seen a few times but I really like his energy.
  54. Maria Manic – my future ex-wife.
  55. Shawn Phoenix – a rising erm….phoenix in the area.  Another person I am just now getting to see wrestle live that I think has a huge future in this area and beyond.
  56. LuFisto – a legend that we are lucky to have wrestle in this area from time to time…speaking of…
  57. Katie Arquette – in just over half a year of ring experience she is about to have a cage match with LuFisto holy hell
  58. Jami Jameson – best and most devastating moonsault in the area, ask Chest Flexor what happens when he lands one on your head
  59. Dezmond Xavier – does not wrestle here enough…great to see him on Impact recently after the great matches he had here in 2016
  60. Keith Haught – the Bearcat is always full of energy and has no problem baring it all lemme tell ya
  61. Shane InYaFace – has had some good matches against LeRusso and was also in the infamous New Kens Street Fight so he gets points for that
  62. Jonathan Gresham – everyone will remember where they were the time they saw Gresham tap out LeRusso.  Gresham also had two great matches against Josh Alexander that were two of my top ranked matches in my time here.
  63. Chelsea Green – my buddy Justy Rhodes future ex-wife
  64. Upper Echelon (PB Smooth and Colby Redd) – the tag team that I foresee completely taking over the area and many other areas in the very near future
  65. EYFBO – really wish this tag team had more than one match in this area during my time here
  66. The Carnies – same for this tag team
  67. Dennis Gregory – I really like how this Founding Father would always bring alcohol to the ring but he loses points for never offering me any
  68. Remy Lavey – took me a bit to warm to Remy but he improves match upon match and you should really check out his work in PCW Cleveland to see a whole other side of Remy that is a bit more macabre
  69. Tess Valentine – put on a great show in her match vs Angel Dust in New Kens…and lately has been working the PWX scene.  A great rising talent
  70. Marshall Gambino – the enforcer of the area…a well respected street fighter
  71. Sonjay Dutt – have written my tales of Sonjay in other posts…we first connected back in Oklahoma, it’s always great seeing him
  72. Deonna Purrazzo – she is blowing up in Women of Honor and Shimmer lately but dang I’d like to see her back in a Western PA ring battling for a title
  73. Josh Alexander – the Super Indy title run that could have been will sadly be Josh’s story thanks to them dang border patrol agents
  74. David Lawless – the Gavel is another wrestler that I’m only just now getting to see and appreciate.  Bonus points for handing out business cards on the way to the ring.
  75. RJ City –  Dude is hilarious and talented but since he didn’t give Rizz a birthday shoutout on Twitter he lost a high ranking
  76. Justin Idol – always up for a good scrap, a wily veteran
  77. Jinx – perhaps the future of women’s wrestling in this area?  Outside of the ring she is always kind whenever I’ve run into her and that is definitely appreciated.
  78. Lee Moriarty – Lee! Lee! Lee! Lee! Lee! Lee!….
  79. Maxi Maxx – she loses points because her dang boyfriend is always at the shows, hanging at the merch table when I’m trying to get my lust on
  80. Billy Ruxpin – big dude that I ranked low because he gets to hang out with Corey more than I do
  81. Shane Taylor – speaking of big guys, lets get a Shane Taylor vs Billy Ruxpin match
  82. David Starr – only saw him once in town, and it was enough to make me a huge fan for life.  Dude oozes talent.
  83. Pepper Parks – true story, Pepper lost to me in a flex off….or maybe he was just feeling sorry for the fat out of shape mark that is me….
  84. Super Hentai – I never got to see peak two time Super Indy champ Hentai but I did buy the DVD’s so I could enjoy this local icon.  The few matches of his I did get to see I really enjoyed.
  85. Shirley Doe – thanks Shirley for signing my Super Indy I DVD.
  86. The Cogar Brothers – these dudes do not look it, but they are absolute beasts on the mat once the bell rings.  I was highly impressed with them the last time I got to see them.
  87. Edric Everhart – has put on great matches the few times I got to see him.  
  88. Londyn Ali – helping to spearhead the rising PWX women’s wrestling scene
  89. Matt Taven – real cool dude the times he was at IWC.  Missed a lot of time recovering from a leg injury but seems to be getting back to form.
  90. Amazing Maria – a tough competitor that will give any woman in this area a tough match
  91. BC Steele – I think BC is a little mean for making the wrestlers he manages wear his shirt and not theirs.  It doesn’t help that Bulk Nasty does not know how to read
  92. G-Raver – ranked low solely because I only got to see this madman wrestle the one time.  I’m totally scared of this guy as well.
  93. Cherry Bomb – she loses points not because of the limited work she has done in this area, but because she broke up Laurel Van Ness’s marriage on Impact.  (It’s still real to me)
  94. Renee Michelle – Shortly after I met her she ended up in the Mae Young Classic.  Renee if you are reading this, you’re welcome.
  95. The Rev Ron Hunt – bonus points for participating in the New Kensington Street Fight
  96. Sandman – didn’t get to see him wrestle, but getting to see him cane people and pour beer down fan’s throats was more than enough for me.
  97. EC3 – when I met EC3 at an Impact show I shook his hand and said ‘you’re the man’ and he replied ‘I am the man’ – I laughed, we bonded, he gets ranked.
  98. Marti Belle – Marti really digs my Dirty Dancing t-shirt.  
  99. Lewis – gotta give props to anyone who carries out a nerd gimmick the way Lewis does
  100. Adam Cole – meh, he has a few good moves.
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IWC Threat Level Murphy Review

Full disclosure, I have some cake I need to be eating right now…so I’m just going to jump into my review, run down, and rankings of last nights International Wrestling Cartel (IWC) Threat Level Midnight show.  Hold onto your seats ladies and gentlemen…

  • The opening match was a surprise addition – as The Upper Echelon (Colby Redd and PB Smooth) and Kevin Blackwood defeated ‘Fast as Hell’ Ian Maxwell, ‘Hitman for Hire’ Mister Grimm, and James Drake in an entertaining six man contest
  • SIDE NOTE:  In a battle of fashion, Nick Nedel bust out a nice shiny suit to announce in, so Big D Dave Kich countered with a smooth as ice white tuxedo.  Kich 1, Nedel 0.
  • Team Storm were all set to take on the Mega Plowers in a Flag Match, but a video played that was filmed earlier in the evening, in which the Plowers got attacked by some masked men who took out Magnum CK, leaving Jock Samson without a partner
  • SIDE NOTE:  the masked men’s identities were not revealed but my sources are telling me it may have been the Faces of Change
  • Jock Samson found himself a new tag partner, in the guise of Shane InYaFace, clad in red, white and blue
  • In a match in which both teams had opportunities, Team Storm got their flag first and won the flag match, upsetting Jock who was not happy with his new partner – end of day though Team Storm have been working together for a bit and Jock and Shane had not, so certainly the outcome of the match had much to do with in ring chemistry
  • The Fraternity came onto the big screen announcing they’d be back in August for Caged Fury, and issued an Open Challenge for the event for their tag team titles
  • SIDE NOTE:  Not sure who will answer that challenge, some early guesses include Golden Chic, The Sauna Club, or even the Hardy’s who the Fraternity scared away already earlier this year
  • Andrew Palace kicked out of some brutal moves by Gringo Loco before finally landing his kidney driver and winning an amazing match
  • Despite constant interference, Wardlow was able to defeat Jack Pollock and retain his IWC Heavyweight title…there was a ref bump just when Wardlow was about to get the victory, which led to Team Storm working over Wardlow and hand Pollock a chair to use on Wardlow
  • At that point, Andrew Palace’s music played, which caused Pollock some concern, JaXon was standing behind Pollock but Pollock thought that maybe it was Palace, so he knocked out his partner with the chair, and Wardlow was able to capitalize and land his White Flag slam finisher and get the victory
  • IWC head honcho and certified meatball Justin Plummer came out to announce a few things – one is that at Caged Fury Wardlow would have to defend his title against Jimmy Vega$ in a steel cage, and that at Caged Fury Palace and Pollock would settle it once and for all in a War Games match, and that by the end of the night they would have to find two partners each
  • In a four way elimination match to determine the #1 contender to the Super Indy title, and what was the esteemed TreyFabe Match of the Night – Anthony Henry in an upset defeated Chris LeRusso, Jonathan Gresham, and DJ Z
  • Match was too awesome to write about – buy the DVD if you want to see this one
  • LeRusso first eliminated Z with a small package, and then he eliminated Gresham as well after Gresham was attacked with a flag by a pesky JaXon Argos who had no business being ringside
  • LeRusso and Henry then fought it out mano y mano, with Henry getting a clean pin and the respect of the Court Time audience in the process, looking forward to any and all appearances by Henry going forward
  • The match between Marshall the Bull Gambino and Jami Jameson against the Sexy Talented Dudes was declared a no contest after Officer Dan Murphy came in and cleaned house – making the event change its name from Threat Level Midnight to Threat Level Murphy
  • Chest Flexor was unable to wrestle due to the concussion he received from Jameson at the Beaver Falls show, so Corey Futuristic took his place in the contest alongside Billy Ruxpin
  • Chest also believed he was a referee on one occasion, concussion after effects are real folks
  • SIDE NOTE:  It was great to see Wild Child Lee Ryans back at ringside supporting the STD’s
  • If you read my predictions here on Breaking TreyFabe, you would know that I predicted some title changes this week…generally I am 100% wrong, but I did ok for this card
  • Britt Baker’s stranglehold on the IWC Women’s Title, a title only she has held, came crashing to end after a back drop driver by new champion, an absolute Icon of women’s wrestling – LuFisto
  • LuFisto was able to escape the BrittMission twice in this contest, I’m not sure if anyone has ever escaped that move before, so again, BUY THE DVD when this one comes out folks
  • Now, I figured this would lead to an instant rematch between the two at Caged Fury, but I was wrong…you see after Britt and LuFisto shook hands after the match, Katie Arquette and Calvin Couture came out and attacked LuFisto
  • This caused LuFisto to issue a challenge to Arquette at Caged Fury…inside the steel cage – so yes folks you are reading it now – in what will be the first women’s catch match in IWC history – it will be Katie Arquette challenging LuFisto in August….everyone knows I love me some Katie but she is going into this match as a huge underdog
  • SIDE NOTE:  ran into a couple before the show that drove all the way from Binghamton to see LuFisto – so yeah LuFisto if you or Mr. Fisto are reading this it is always an honor to have you at an IWC event (and don’t forget to contact us at the Mayhem Show for a podcast interview…cheap plug)
  • Next up came out Bulk Nasty and his manager BC Steele with a bag full of $10,000 cold hard cash – awaiting to see if Dan Hooven would answer their bell to bell challenge
  • Keep in mind, no one thought Dan Hooven was going to show up to this, he had not been seen in Pennsylvania since Bulk issued the challenge…personally I had heard he was on a cruise ship with Diamond Joe Rogers in the hopes that this whole vendetta with Bulk would fade away
  • To the surprise of everyone in attendance, Dan Hooven did show up and him and Bulk put on a slugfest
  • To neutralize the interference of BC Steele, Santana Diamonds came to the aide of Hooven, and this distracted Bulk enough so that Hooven could pull out his secret weapon, a camera
  • Hooven used the flash setting on his camera to blind Bulk and get a rollup victory over the big bully..and what should be a decisive ending to their feud
  • Next up Plummer came out to call out Palace and Pollock to see who their War Games partners would be…Pollock chose his obvious Team Storm stablemates, JaXon Argos and RC Dupree
  • SIDE NOTE:  for real, RC Dupree is cutting the best promos right now outside of Fandango and Breeze’s Fashion Files segments
  • Team Storm laughed at Palace, who had no partners with him, until out came Jonathan Gresham…Team Storm attacked Palace and Gresham as they had a 3 on 2 advantage until out came someone who had not been in an IWC ring for over a year, the Tinder Assassin himself, Elizabeth PA’s own – Darin Dinero!!
  • War Games is set for Caged Fury, Team Storm vs Andrew Palace, Jonathan Gresham, and Darin Dinero – Gresham must be licking his chops at getting a chance to pound on Argos inside of a steel cage
  • In the main event, a match that had all the makings for a classic, John McChesney landed a clean and hard superkick onto Adam Cole to win the IWC Super Indy title for a sixth time
  • The match was noted for Cole taking McChesney to chinlock city, and for McChesney battling back from a severe shoulder injury incurred during the match, that had him grimacing in pain – not sure how Big League pulled this one out but he showed why he is the fabulous one…that being said…who wouldn’t want to see Big League and Cole go at it one more time in a 60 minute Broadway?

Overall a great night of wrestling with some surprises, a comeback, and an injury that leaves the future of the Super Indy title in question – if McChesney can’t defend next month against the mandatory challenger Anthony Henry, does Henry get a shot at someone else to earn the title much the same way LeRusso did last year?  Maybe Henry vs Cole vs LeRusso vs Couture?  Just throwing out money ideas for ya Plummer…you’re welcome.

The roster of the IWC is stacked these days…so I’m changing up my rankings.  Instead of the standard top 10 I have been doing…I’m doing top 10 rankings for the Heavyweight and Super Indy divisions, as well as keeping the top 5 rankings for tag teams and women. Enjoy, and heck state your rankings or flame mine in the comments section.

IWC Heavyweight Rankings
Champion:  Wardlow

  1. Officer Dan Murphy – he’s been wreaking havoc as of late and has a file on everyone, including Wardlow – so the IWC has been put on notice – there is indeed a Threat Level in place at IWC and it is Threat Level Murphy
  2. Jimmy Vega$ – gets his cage match in August, will this be his last shot at IWC gold?
  3. Andrew Palace
  4. Jack Pollock – Pollock and Palace get their payoff in a War Games match in August
  5. Dan Hooven – win after win over Bulk Nasty has this rookie on the rise
  6. Kingpin Brian McDowell – should always be in consideration for the title picture despite an extended absence
  7. Darin Dinero – back and better than ever
  8. Calvin Couture – don’t let his size fool you, he can bring it
  9. Bulk Nasty – still a tough opponent despite never ever being able to beat Dan Hooven
  10. Keith Haught – the Bear Cat having a solid year, needs a title shot at some point

IWC Super Indy rankings
Champion:  Big League John McChesney

  1. Anthony Henry – won a #1 contender’s match, so he gets the 1 spot
  2. Adam Cole – rematch?
  3. Chris LeRusso – came up just short in the contender’s match
  4. Gory – always needs to be in Super Indy title conversation
  5. Jonathan Gresham – cannot seem to get over the hump and get the gold, it’s coming though
  6. Santana Diamonds – has gone toe to toe with some of the bigger competitors in IWC, he can dive though…I’d like to see him in next year’s Super Indy
  7. DJ Z – still getting his bearings back after his major injury this year, I see him getting the belt back sooner than later
  8. Shane InYaFace – is the red, white, and blue a permanent look for Shane?
  9. Gringo Loco – this dude brings it, more of him please
  10. Plato Meramec – one of the smartest competitors on the roster, watch out for this guy

IWC Women’s Rankings
Champion:  LuFisto

  1. Ray Lyn – if you read my blog, you know why she’s at the 1 spot
  2. Britt Baker – she can’t be happy after losing the belt that she created
  3. Katie Arquette – huge challenge coming up for Katie
  4. Jinx – keeps on improving every time I see her
  5. Chelsea Green – need her back in an IWC ring asap

IWC Tag Team Rankings
Champions:  The Fraternity

  1. Team Storm – JaXon Argos and RC Dupree with a huge victory and it seems that Canada has the tag team division on lock
  2. Jami Jameson and Marshall the Bull – still have a guranteed shot at a title match that they earned in Beaver Falls, it will be cashed in by year’s end, but against who?
  3. The Upper Echelon – I have a feeling these guys want to answer The Fraternity’s challenge real bad, they are hungry
  4. The STD’s – get well soon Chest Flexor
  5. The Carnies – need to see these dudes back in town too

I know this was a lengthy read but there is tons going on in one of IWC’s best years since I’ve moved to town just over three years ago.

Be sure to catch up on all the goings on by purchasing some DVD’s or downloading some events from the official distributor of IWC events at http://www.indywrestling.us/

If you noticed last night, they had to add seating due to a high walk up crowd last night, so do not delay in purchasing your tickets for Caged Fury on Saturday, August 19th as well as keeping abreast of their schedule by visiting their website at http://iwcwrestling.com/

I am sadly going to miss Caged Fury next month due to a previously schedule vacation – but I do thank you for reading this review and hope to see you at the matches soon enough.

 

IWC Threat Level Midnight Preview

International Wrestling Cartel (IWC) has been on fire as of late, and this week they got another stellar card lineup for Threat Level Midnight (TLM)

I missed last year’s July show, Wipeout, what many say was one of if not the top IWC show of 2016 – because I was on vacation in England.  Well I’m here to say that I have cancelled my trip to Ibiza this weekend and will instead be in Elizabeth, PA on Saturday night to check out this show.

Full disclosure, I will be missing the August Caged Fury show as myself and Krystal Frost will be on our honeymoon, so while I usually like to do one preview at a time, what I am going to do in this post is not only predict the match results for Threat Level Midnight, but I’m going to propose a few matches that I’d like to see at Caged Fury.

  • Bulk Nasty and his manager BC Steele have issued a $10,000 challenge for Dan Hooven to show up to TLM, here’s the thing….I can’t really predict the outcome of this match as Hooven has done nothing but run from Bulk these past few months, so there is no evidence to support the fact that Hooven will show up.  
  • Now, the only reason that Hooven may show up is that I hear he makes bad decisions at parties, and he may show up strictly for the cash…guess we’ll see on Saturday
  • Jami Jameson and Marshall the Bull Gambino will be taking on Chest Flexor and Billy Ruxpin from The Sexy Talented Dudes (STDs).  If you were at the Beaver Falls IWC show you would know that Jameson basically gave Flexor a concussion when he did the Country Hammer Moonsault from the top of the gymnasium onto Flexor’s head…so Chest will be out for revenge with his heavy, Ruxpin
  • That being said, Jami and Marshall are on a roll as of late, and I got them winning this one
  • In what will be an exciting contest, Gringo Loco visits IWC and will take on IWC fan favorite Andrew Palace.  I see Palace taking this one in a hard fought battle
  • In a four way match to determine the #1 contender for the IWC Super Indy title, we will be seeing Chris LeRusso vs Jonathan Gresham vs Anthony Henry vs DJ Z  
  • Any fan of wrestling will want to watch this match, I just saw some recent footage of Z training, and he seems 100% healed from his injury that he recently returned from – I see DJ Z taking this one, getting the pin on Henry while arch rivals Gresham and LeRusso take themselves out of the contest by getting counted out, slugging one another outside of the ring
  • SIDE NOTE:  I think this will set up a Gresham vs LeRusso grudge match to settle their score, inside a steel cage, at Caged Fury
  • In a Flag Match, we will have John Cena vs….oh wait sorry wrong night….Team Storm will be facing the thorn in their side, the Mega Plowers
  • I see this match being a squash, with Jock Samson dabbing all over JaXon Argos, because let’s face it, RC Dupree can only carry JaXon so far
  • In what some will see as an upset, but will not be an upset to me, LuFisto will win the IWC Women’s title, defeating Britt Baker and taking away the grasp she has had on that belt since its inception, I think Britt will be on the wrong side of LuFisto’s Burning Hammer
  • SIDE NOTE:  Outraged, Britt will invoke her rematch clause and will get it, this time though she will be taking on LuFisto in a steel cage, at Caged Fury.  I’ve always championed a Britt Baker vs Ray Lyn cage match, but I’ll settle for Britt vs LuFisto in a cage
  • This is not the only title I see changing hands this weekend, oh no.  I told everyone I was going bold with my predictions and boy am I…you see I’ve got Big League John McChesney defeating Adam Cole for the Super Indy title
  • Big League will not do so cleanly though, he will get some help from someone or a group of someones, not sure who, and in doing so will bring back Team Big League, to be managed by Heel Bradley (Ruthers)
  • SIDE NOTE:  Distraught, Adam Cole will leave IWC and go join the IWC developmental territory that most refer to by its proper name, NXT
  • In the main event, for the strap, Wardlow will be defending his IWC Heavyweight title against Jack Pollock
  • Here’s the thing, Jimmy Vegas and Justin LaBar are banned from the building…but this does not mean that Team Storm is banned, which gives Pollock a bit of an advantage
  • But….Andrew Palace also has some skin in this game, so I see him interfering to neutralize Team Storm, with the match ultimately ending in a no contest
  • SIDE NOTE:  IWC head honcho Justin Plummer, tired of all the interference in every Heavyweight title match, will create the ultimate match to settle the score, at Caged Fury – a four way match between Wardlow, Pollock, Palace, and Jimmy Vegas

Tickets are going fast – make sure to reserve yours now by visiting the IWC website – http://iwcwrestling.com/

You can download and watch the events that brought us to Threat Level Midnight by purchasing them at http://www.indywrestling.us/

Feel free to put your predictions in the comments section.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you at the matches.

Stomp Out Cancer Review

Some of the top local independent wrestling talent from half a dozen, if not more, different federations from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia – booked on one super card of sorts that had some in ring debuts, in ring returns, and some first time ever matches – am I dreaming here?  

This really happened this past Saturday night folks at the Stomp Out Cancer event thrown by the Tressler brothers in conjunction with Ryse at the Stronghold in Lemont Furnace, PA.  There were all sorts of fans from many different federations I noticed in attendance at the event, as well as several local dignitaries in the scene…but enough about Bradley Ruthers.

Here’s the highlights, side notes, inside jokes, and obligatory plugs of what was a fun and entertaining lengthy evening of pro wrestling (to those who I have never seen wrestle before I hope I got all the spellings down right if not please shoot me all corrections):

  • The pre-show opened with the Steel City Classic Tag Team Gauntlet
    • Party Gras (Lord Zoltan and Justin Sane) opened the contest against Golden Chic (bae Calvin Couture and Robert Parker Williams w/BC Steele)
    • SIDE NOTE:  the manager for Party Gras dressed the way my uncle would to a Jimmy Buffet concert
    • Party Gras won the first stage via countout, as Golden Chic had another match later in the evening they were more concerned with
    • The Sexy Talented Dudes (Corey Futuristic and Chest Flexor w/Ginger) won stage two over Party Gras
    • SIDE NOTE:  Corey with some stiff kicks in this contest, he must have got hyped from watching the very stiff Kid Sensation vs Low Ki match from Super Indy 1 – available from http://www.indywrestling.us/
    • Corey and Chest won stage three as well, defeating the debuting Sauna Club (Dan Hooven and Santana Diamonds), with Corey rolling up a distracted Dan Hooven
    • SIDE NOTE:  The Sauna Club seemed highly distracted by the ra….erm…women that were ringside, nearly getting counted out and at one point asking “What body look like?” to a female that had shouted at Santana to take his shirt off.  I had only previously heard that phrase when eating hoagies in Butler but that is a whole other story
    • The Thought Police (Plato Meramac and Officer Dan Murphy) won stage four, defeating a by then winded Corey and Chest
    • Squadron M (Payton Graham and Drake Braddock) won stage five, in a squash over The Thought Police
    • SIDE NOTE:  Officer Dan Murphy was probably tired from a long day of arresting delinquents on a hot summer’s day, or The Thought Police surely would have won the contest
    • System Elite (Edric Everhart and Ty Cross) defeated Squadron M to win stage six
    • System Elite then went on to beat Team AIW (Big Twan Tucker and Parker Pierce) to win stage seven of the gauntlet
    • SIDE NOTE:  In both of System Elite’s stage wins to that point, they may or may not have used brass knuckles, my angle was a bit blocked
    • In the final stage, System Elite this time I’m sure used some brass knuckles, defeated the team of Marshall the Bull and Jami Jameson – to become the winners of the Steel City Classic Tag Team Gauntlet
  • This was just the pre-show folks!  
  • Since System Elite’s win was under dubious measures, a rematch was set up for later in the event of System Elite vs Marshall and Jami, one on one
  • In the opening match of the main card – The Reaper Matt Conard defeated The Gavel, Flawless David Lawless, this was a very well fought contest as I had expected it to be
  • Next up was an eight person tag team contest that pit Da Munchies, Joseline, and The Bearcat Keith Haught against Calvin Couture, Robert Parker Williams, Jake Garrett, and the unbeaten in five years returning to the ring BC Steele
  • This match had flying twinkies, some bare skin, a dance off, and I’m sure all sorts of other fun stuff but folks I really wasn’t paying attention, you see
  • SIDE NOTE:  In the corner of the Golden Chic/Garrett team was a one Krystal Frost – and sweet baby Jesus all I have to say is who is she, does she like bloggers, and where has she been my whole life?
  • For real, I would admittedly swerve for Darin Dinero (more on that later), but I would swerve right back and around again for Krystal Frost
  • Oh yeah, and the team of Da Munchies, Joseline, and Keith Haught got the win after Keith did a splash and pin on BC
  • Ring announcer Hammering Hank Hudson joined in on Da Munchies dance party after the match
  • In the next contest, Shawn Phoenix and Lee Moriarty were putting on a classic match that was butting up against the time limit, and looked to be a possible draw until into the ring stormed The Founding Fathers (Dennis Gregory, Dean Radford, and Justin Idol w/Norm Connors)
  • The Founding Fathers were taking out Phoenix and Moriarty (the match was ruled a no contest) – when out came Brandon K with the save – which set up a six man match later on in the evening between The Founding Fathers and Phoenix, Moriarty, and in a surprise announcement, Brandon K
  • Special guest ring announcer Noelle announced the next contest, in which Katie Arquette w/Calvin Couture defeated Honey Badger with a roll up as Calvin distracted Badger
  • After the match Calvin yelled at Noelle for what he perceived to be poor ring announcing, so she slapped him and celebrated in the ring with Honey Badger
  • SIDE NOTE:  Calvin took a bit of abuse throughout the evening but nobody rocks a silver lamé jacket the way he does lemme tell you
  • In a suicidal six way match – Stryder took advantage of an opportunity to pin The Bouncer, after Shane InYaFace had done all the dirty work.  Also in the match were Kalam, Troy Lords, and my money favorite for that contest Noctus
  • The match had the top move of the night, and it wasn’t even by a wrestler, as at one point during the match referee Joe McCoy did a picture perfect dive onto the wrestlers who were brawling outside the ring
  • SIDE NOTE:  As Bradley Ruthers was walking to his seat during intermission, some ring entrance music began to play – Bradley was quick to point out that this was not his ring entrance music – stating that his ring entrance music is Daft Punk
  • After intermission, Marshall the Bull and Jami Jameson got their revenge on System Elite, with Jameson landing his patented and devastating moonsault onto Edric and getting the pin.  During the match Marshall was able to get the brass knuckles and exact a bit of just rewards on System Elite’s faces
  • In what was the match of the night, Shawn Phoenix, Lee Moriarty, and Brandon K defeated The Founding Fathers.
  • Some highlights of the match included Dennis Gregory just tossing Phoenix like a beanbag outside the ring…this was followed up by dives from Lee and Justin Idol – these guys were giving it to each other
  • Just when The Founding Fathers were taking control, due to the help of Norm Connors interfering, Dean accidentally knocked Norm from the ring apron, which led to Brandon K superkicking Dean and getting the pinfall victory
  • In a hardcore match which saw many a chair flying into each other’s faces, G-Raver defeated Shirley Doe
  • G-Raver did a senton onto Doe, who at the time was covered with two chairs, and then got the pin in a brutal contest
  • I’d be remiss not to mention the other referees not mentioned thus far who lent their time to this charity event – CJ Sensation, Jake Clemons, and Josh Mane – who did what they could to control the flow of the evening
  • In the main event we had the four main elimination match between Jack Pollock, Christian Black, Duke Davis, and man crush Darin Dinero
  • Dinero eliminated Black
  • Duke basically eliminated himself, hitting the referee with a chair after double suplexing Pollock and Dinero – if Duke would have kept his head in the match he may have won but dude is a loose cannon that hates everything, including the rules of the match – thus Brandon K made the decision to disqualify Duke from the contest
  • This left Dinero and Pollock to battle it out (basically the Pride of Elizabeth, PA vs the Pride of Canada), and after exchanging some hard blows and suplexes to one another, Pollock landed a flying kick to get the pinfall victory over Dinero much to my disappointment

Overall it was a great night of wrestling, for an even greater cause – that included some impassioned speeches by Norm Connors and Dennis Gregory about how important efforts to help Stomp Out Cancer really are.  

If you were unable to go to the event that is ok, as the event will be able to order via either DVD or download as soon as it is edited by the fine folks at Sorgatron Media – you will be able to purchase it at local events in the area or at http://www.indywrestling.us/

You can also make a donation to the American Cancer Society at the donation link on their website – https://donate3.cancer.org/?lang=en

You can see the talent that was in the ring at events all over the area – for up to date postings of events in the area join the Western PA wrestling fan group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/379789505553828/

As always thanks for reading, and I’ll see you at the matches.

 

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Stomp Out Cancer & Other News

I know everyone is busy this summer with their grilling out and their float trips and whatever else it is you people do in the sun.  As for me, I stay indoors (unless I’m at a Black Diamond show) and enjoy me the finest in independent wrestling that the area has to offer.

Here are some upcoming highlights I wanted to touch on

July 22nd, IWC returns to Elizabeth, PA for their Threat Level Midnight event – I will do a whole preview of that event next week, so will only say that tickets are available at http://iwcwrestling.com/

RWA, who i sadly have been unable to hit up a show for this year, has had a lot going on with some sort of election angle that looks hilarious – as all things that involve Mempho Mofo do – their next event is September 2nd in West Newton, PA – you can find info out about that event at their website at http://rwalive.com/index.html – the one thing I want to mention about their September show is that one of the top women’s wrestlers in the land – Holidead – will be in action – you do not want to mention a rare Pittsburgh area to check her out.  I fully think you’ll be seeing her on television soon.

Also on July 22nd, no flyer yet, but KSWA is having Brawl Under the Bridge III featuring Demolition Ax against Shawn Blanchard.  This event will be in Homestead from what I’m hearing.

Now, if you really wanted to hang out with Ax…as well as his partner Smash, you should have been at Diamond Joe’s Five Star Hoagies in Butler, PA – it was the second successful event that iconic promoter Diamond Joe Rogers has held at his hoagie shop.  As a fat guy, I can attest that the food there is great.  As a wrestling fan, I can attest that Joe’s meet and greets have been fun so far and there will be many more to come.  Be sure to keep up to date on Joe’s events (including an upcoming Night of Legends show in September) – by liking his Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/DiamondJoesFiveStarHoagies/

Black Diamond Wrestling is presenting Lego Mania this coming Saturday at the Bellaire Toy and Plastic Brick Museum.  This event is an early 1pm start and is certain to be fun, plus the admission includes museum admission so it is a 2 for 1 deal.  Catch up with Black Diamond on their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BlackDiamondWrestling/

But the main thing that is happening on Saturday, July 15th, is the Stomp Out Cancer event that is going to be the best wrestling show in the area this weekend.  As a member of the Punjabi Peace Accords, I am happy to see different companies coming together for an important cause, I wish events like this would happen more often but hey, let’s be real here folks – in professional wrestling egos run rampant – from the fans to the talent to the podcasters….heck even the bloggers have egos (fyi follow me on Twitter @treygar and don’t forget about my every now and then women’s wrestling column at http://www.indywrestling.us/ )

This event will be at the Stronghold, behind Laurel Mall, in Lemont Furnace, PA. Doors at 6pm, pre-show at 630pm, and bell time at 7pm.  Sorgatron Media will be on hand selling DVD’s from their library and there may be some Super Indy I DVD’s still left which I recently purchased and highly recommend.

100% of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society, which is amazing and a testament to the great folks running this event.

Many of the matches for this event involve multiple wrestlers and/or tag teams – here is the match lineup so far.

  • Jack Pollock vs Christian Black vs Duke Davis vs Darin Dinero – Dinero has not been in the area for a minute – am looking forward to seeing him in the ring again.
  • Robert Parker Williams, Sheik Abdul Hassan, and Jake Garrett (with manager BC Steele) will be taking on Party Gras and Keith Haught.  The Bearcat is always fun to watch.
  • As if a four way dance doesn’t get you excited – how about adding a few more men and making it a six way dance – that is what is happening as it will be Thomas Adams vs Stryder vs Troy Lords vs The Bouncer vs Noctus vs Shane InYaFace – I don’t know everyone in this match but I do know Noctus enough to know that he is the one to watch in this match!
  • Queen of the Silver Screen Katie Arquette will be taking on Honey Badger in a women’s contest
  • The Gavel, Flawless David Lawless will be taking on Matt Conard – I’m definitely excited to see this matchup
  • G-Raver will take on Shirley Doe in what is a match of some legends of this area
  • Advertised as well is The Founding Fathers in the same building as legendary promoter Norm Connors
  • Lee Moriarty goes up against Shawn Phoenix in what will be the flippy contest of the night…and my early pick for match of the night given what I’ve seen of these two high flyers recently
  • That being said….the match I’m most looking forward to is the Steel City Classic Tag Team Gauntlet featuring the following tag teams:  The Sexy Talented Dudes, System Elite, Squadron M, Robert Parker Williams and Calvin Couture, Big Twan Tucker and Parker Pierce, Jami Jameson and Marshall the Bull, the Thought Police, and the international debut of one of the hottest hyped tag teams in the area in recent memory, the Sauna Club.
  • Sauna Club has been a trending topic (next to Jack Pollock, of course), and there is no telling what their debut will bring – but it may be a debut on the same epic level as Emmalina if my gut is right on this one

So yes, there is loads of wrestling talent on display this Saturday night, so let’s show some support for a good cause and get entertained by some of the best this area has to offer.  I will be in attendance, probably sitting beside Calvin Couture’s cousin since we’re going out for a late dinner after the show.

More news on the Stomp Out Cancer event can be found at their Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/stompoutcancerpgh

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you at the matches.

Girl Fight Review

Had a great night of women’s wrestling action at the PWX Wrestleplex in McKeesport, PA last night – as part of the Queens of Combat/Girl Fight card.

Here’s some quick results:

  • The Sea Stars defeated The Fella Twins in the opening match – great showing as always by The Sea Stars, my first time seeing The Fella Twins and I was highly impressed by their antics and hijinks – it was not enough though as The Sea Stars did just enough to counter The Fella’s constant interference when the ref wasn’t looking to get the win in a great match
  • Quick question – where was Jawsolyn!?!?  She usually steals the show
  • Amazing Maria defeated Londyn Ali by disqualification – while the referee was putting away the brass knuckles that Maria was trying to use, she handed Ali a chain and pretended as if she had been punched by Ali – leaving the referee no choice but to disqualify Ali and give Maria the win
  • Gotta watch out for them old school veteran moves there Londyn
  • Scarlet defeated Jinx in a match that I wish would have gone a bit longer – did everyone catch Jinx’s recent Women of Honor match?  She’s having a good rookie year.  My first time seeing Scarlet and she is double jointed which is both impressive and scary to see up close!
  • Madi Maxx defeated Ingrid Isley, though Isley had Maxx near defeat many times, Madi used her resources and got herself a victory….perhaps with a little leverage from the ropes…I know Madi is after the PWX Women’s Title, but wouldn’t mind seeing a rematch between her and Ingrid
  • In a huge upset, Mandy Leon defeated Maria Manic via submission.  Match went out into the crowd a bit as they exchanged chops.  Both women totally brought it to one another and I need to see more of this and I need to see it now.  This was totally going to be my match of the night until….
  • Su Yung defeated Mickie Knuckles in what can only be described as a Falls Count Anywhere No Holds Barred Extreme McKeesport Street Fight – Su Yung retained her Girl Fight and Queens of Combat titles
  • The action went outside quick, Knuckles suplexing Su Yung onto the entrance stage, Knuckles slamming Su into the ring post…action spilling into the stands, concession area, the merch area, past the men’s bathroom, up the stairs, and outside into the parking lot
  • After trading punches while sitting on chairs, as one does, Su was able to toss Knuckles through the two chairs from the top rope and get the pinfall victory – amazing match by these two as they left it all in the arena and we all thank them both for it

 Overall a great event, and word on the streets of McKeesport (and word travels fast on them streets let me tell ya) – is that either Queens of Combat, Girl Fight, or both will return to the WrestlePlex in January –  perhaps even running on some sort of regular or semi-regular basis.  This is great news for wrestling fans.  

Be sure to stay tuned by keeping up with the following:

PWX news can be found at their website – http://www.prowrestlingexpress.com/

Queens of Combat news can be found at – http://combatqueens.com/

Girl Fight news is generally updated first on their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/GirlFightWrestling/

Plug:  A good interview with Jinx on the Wrestling Mayhem Show podcast can be found here – we would definitely like to welcome the rest of the talent from Girl Fight to join our podcast sometime – http://www.indywrestling.us/indy-mayhem-show/indy-mayhem-show-154-jinx/

Thanks for reading (follow me @treygar for links to my blog and women’s wrestling column) and I’ll see you at the matches.

 

BDW Marina Mayhem Review

Went to my first Black Diamond Wrestling event yesterday at the historic Misty River Marina in Toronto, Ohio.

The event was held outdoors, and was a fun climate to watch an event sitting along a deck, drinking an IC Light, and watching some wrestling with the Ohio River as a backdrop.

As always when I cover a federation I have not covered before, keep in mind when reading this that I am not current with the storylines so my commentary will not be as on point as it is with other federations I cover on the regular.

To the results:

  • In a fun fast paced opening match, Zach Hunter defeated masked luchador Christiano Negro via pin after a fireman’s carry slam
  • In an odd pairing of a match – the wiry welterweight Shawn Phoenix defeated massive heavyweight Billy Ruxpin.  Ruxpin was throwing Phoenix all over the place but Phoenix was able to overcome and hit Ruxpin with a splash off the top rope
  • Remy Lavey and Matt Conard defeated Keith Haught and Dan Sandwich in a tag team contest, the BDW commissioner hit Keith with Conard’s BDW championship belt and the bad guys were able to steal a win
  • Duke Davis defeated Chest Flexor in another match that seemed a mismatch at first, with Duke being the size of about 10 Flexors – but ended up being a great contest
  • Duke took out Flexor with a powerbomb after his groin area took quite a bit of punishment from the always resourceful Chest Flexor
  • Some news on this contest – I had seen Duke wrestle before and he had a pretty nice fan base whistling for him….in this match however the redhead that was sitting next to me was clearly a Chest Flexor Girl – so Chest old buddy you may want to look into talking to that girl, she may be a keeper
  • SIDE NOTE:  Have seen Duke at two feds now but really wouldn’t mind seeing him at some of the bigger feds in the region (no disrespect to the feds I’ve seen him at – just want to see him going toe to toe with some of the other beasts in the area)
  • Speaking of Bulk, Bulk Nasty, who has no love loss when it comes to Breaking TreyFabe, got his just desserts when he lost to Lewis
  • Bulk was making fun of Lewis and commenting how upset he was with not getting an opponent which he felt was more his size – going as far as saying of all the wrestlers on the card that were available for him to face, he was facing a mere ‘nerd’
  • Bulk got overconfident, and when he was going to toss Lewis backwards while standing on the middle rope in the corner, Lewis must have shifted his weight as Bulk fell backwards with Lewis on top of him, pinning him for what may or may not have been a quick three count by referee Josh Shield, who Bulk had been picking on throughout the match like the big bully that he is
  • SIDE NOTE:  After the match Josh was seen high tailing it out of the ring, to the parking lot, and out of Ohio as quick as possible for fear of having to face an angry Bulk in the dressing room – Bulk does not take to losing well
  • In the main event – and what was the match of the night – Edric Everhart won the BDW Diamond Division championship, ending the 800 day reign of what is now former champion Ty Cross
  • The match involved brawling in the crowd and Everhart tossing Cross’s head into a U-haul truck
  • Everhart finished him up with an array of superkicks and a cutter

Overall a fun event with some great matches, the only negative being that despite the crowds chants for someone to be thrown into the river – no wrestlers attempted tossing their opponents into the river.  I’m sure that is being saved for the next Marina event.

Follow Black Diamond on Twitter @BDWWrestling for more information on future events.

Also, a good interview with Jake Garrett from BDW was recently taped, you can scope out that interview with the Mayhem Show podcast here: http://www.indywrestling.us/indy-mayhem-show/indy-mayhem-show-165-jake-garrett/

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you at the matches.bdw