The International Wrestling Syndicate crowned a new heavyweight champion and new tag-team champions during Blood, Sweat and Beers 2007 at the Medley, on a night where IWS Owner PCP Crazy F’N Manny brought the Blood, the Dudleyz brought the Sweat and the fans b(r)ought the Beers!
Manny beat IWS champion Viking for the title with a little help from his friends D-Vyne, Jagged and Shane Matthews… and a little unexpected assistance from former Viking ally Beef Wellington. Earlier in the evening, Jagged and Shane Matthews lost their IWS Tag Team belts to the delight of the crowd as fan favourites the Super Smash Brothers (Player Uno and Stupefied) beat 2.0 for the gold. What everyone was talking about though, both fans and wrestlers alike, was the amazing effort of TNA’s Team 3D who came to Montreal to have a good time and to work.
IWS Blood, Sweat and Beers Results - Quick and Dirty Saturday, September 22nd The Medley, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Attendance: 823
IWS Tag Team Title Match: Super Smash Brothers (Player Uno and Stupefied) beat 2.0 (Jagged and Shane Matthews) in 9:06. New Tag Team Champions (16th Champions)
Damian beat Lufisto in 10:22.
Twiggy and Vanessa Kraven beat the SLI 2007 (Fred la Merveille and Kenny the Bastard) and Justin White and Tomassino in 9:56 when Vanessa hit Justin White with a power bomb and Twiggy followed up with a Senton Splash for the pin. Tomassino replaced a missing Dru Onyx. (There was a death in Dru’s family.)
Sexxxy Eddy beat the Green Phantom in 13:54 after interference by Eddy’s guests Mitch Melnick and Andie Bennett of Montreal radio’s Team 990 Sports.
Kevin Steen defeated Jay Briscoe in 15:57. El Generico and Mark Briscoe were both injured. Both got involved in the match anyway.
IWS Canadian Title Ladder Match: Max Boyer beat EXesS, KId Kamikaze and Jimmy K in 15:29 to retain his IWS Canadian Title.
Team 3D and Franky the Mobster beat Pierre Carl Ouellet, “Paranoid” Jake Matthews and Brick Crawford in 19:59 when Team 3D put Brick Crawford through a table. After the match, PCO was ranting about how he has no competition in the IWS. Sylvain Grenier came out, announced that he was a member of IWS now and challenged PCO to a match for the next Medley show January 26th.
IWS Title Match: IWS Owner PCP Crazy F’N Manny beat Viking in 12:17 after Beef Wellington gave Viking the E. Coli piledriver. Manny is the new champion. 19th champion.
Blood, Sweat and Beers 2007 began with an energetic match pitting the old school stylings of the IWS Tag Team Champions 2.0 (Jagged and Shane Matthews) against the young daredevils the Super Smash Brothers (Player Uno and Stupefied) who got the crowd into the match early with a thrilling dive sequence. 2.0 did their best with traditional tactics – trying to isolate Stupefied for the win, trying to cut the ring off, but the Super Smash Brothers had too much energy for 2.0 to contain. Uno hit his M. Bison top rope foot stomp to the top of Jagged’s swelled head and Stupefied followed up immediately with a frog splash for the win at 9:06.
Shane Matthews would like it to be known that every time that 2.0 has lost a title match, it was Jagged that was pinned. Not that he is pointing fingers or anything. Also, 2.0 have never won a match at the Medley, not that Shane is looking for an excuse or anything.
I am going to sound like an absolute creep for saying this, but there is something absolutely inspiring about watching Damian just level a beating on someone, even if – heck let’s really notch the creepiness level up here and say ESPECIALLY if the victim is a woman - like the First Lady of Hardcore, Lufisto. Not that she did not put up a fight, in fact Lufisto demonstrated that she is the better grappler. Unfortunately, on this night, Damian was by far the more effective striker winning with a knee stomp to the head off the top rope at 10:22.
Back stage, nursing her bruises, Lufisto confessed to me that she was still working out the ring rust after her serious hand and back injuries put her on the shelf for six months, “You know that I broke my hand when Necro Butcher hit my fist repeatedly with his skull, so maybe I am a little too cautious about hitting someone really stiff. It does not help that I made my return from my injury fighting against women in the Association de Lutte Feminin. The fact is that a punch that would knock any woman in ALF on her ass except maybe Vanessa Kraven. You hit Damian with that punch, and I did, he just sneers at you and asks for more! Next time, I won’t punch him like I was punching a girl!”
Speaking of the beautiful and dangerous Vanessa Kraven, she made her presence felt at Blood, Sweat and Beers as Twiggy’s mystery partner. They had their work cut out for them though as Justin White replaced the missing Dru Onyx with the hulking Tomassino. When that brute hit Kenny the Bastard with knife edged chops it sounded like someone was firing a shotgun inside the Medley. Kenny’s partner Fred la Merveille supplied the comedy relief for the evening, coming to the ring in a Montreal Canadiens jersey and leading fans in “Go Habs Go!” chants. The six foot tall bombshell Vanessa Kraven summoned her inner She-Hulk to take out Tomassino, leading to a victory for her new team as she power bombed Superbrat Justin White, leaving him prey to a Twiggy Senton Splash for the win at 9:56.
From gossip back stage, Vanessa Kraven agreed to be Twiggy’s partner at the last minute, “Because I have nothing better to do,” and while happy with the win, she sees no future for this team. Twiggy seems quite oblivious to this and envisions something a lot more permanent.
I should also mention that Dru Onyx missed the show after the sudden passing of his father, a fine, dignified gentleman who was a welcome guest at our shows when his son was wrestling.
It was my pleasure to act as hosts during Blood, Sweat and Beers for Montreal radio personalities, Mitch Melnick and Andie Bennett from the Team 990 ( www.team990.com ) They were there to cheer Sexxxy Eddy to victory over the Green Phantom. Andie had a legitimate beef with the IWS’ Hardcore Hero after the Phantom gave her a pile-driver through a table during one of Mitch and Andie’s broadcasts. (To see that go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khYV0_66af4 )
It looked like they were going to be disappointed when the Green Phantom gave Sexxxy Eddy an absolutely disgusting Phantom Menace from the apron through a table on the outside. Phantom dragged Eddy’s carcass back into the ring, propping him up on the top turnbuckle like a scene from Weekend at Bernie’s. Eddy’s valet, Hottie Hollie tried desperately to save her frequent co-star, but her axe-handle wouldn’t have broken through a sheet of dollar store tissue paper, let alone stopped the Green Phantom. It did piss him off though, as the Green Phantom has long been an opponent of women in the wrestling ring. Mitch Melnick and Andie Bennett freaked when the Green Phantom looked like he was going to reenact his attack on Andie with Hottie Hollie as the piledriver victim. Mitch went low, trash-talking the Green Phantom from ring-side, while his partner in radio crime went high with Andie rushing onto the Medley stage from which vantage she blitzed the Green Phantom with her drink (some fruity lemon concoction). As the Green Phantom staggered blind, the IWS’ human rubber band, Sexxxy Eddy sprang to life for the pin at 13:54.
Eddy would also like to mention that he made wrestling history at the Medley by being the first wrestler to suck on his valet’s tits in the ring. Those tits can be seen here: http://www.hottiehollie.com/ Honestly, I am not certain if this dubious achievement merely duplicates something that happened in Rob Black’s XPW and I am appalled at the possibility that I may have to do the research to find out. Also, how can I put this? When I say that this is a dubious achievement, I don’t mean to imply that I am opposed to tits in general and Hollie’s in particular or sucking on said tits, I just… I am just digging myself deeper aren’t I? Never mind. Moving on…
The fans were highly anticipating the match that would recreate the feud that has been burning up independent wrestling between hometown heroes Kevin Steen and El Generico and the Briscoe Brothers. Unfortunately, Jay Briscoe dislocated his foot in a motorcycle accident just prior to the show and El Generico was still recovering from injuries suffered in a ladder match against the Briscoes, so the IWS fans had to be contented with Kevin Steen vs. Mark Briscoe… which in my estimation was the Match of the Night.
The two men put on a clinic, starting out wary of each other tricks and gradually building in speed and intensity. When Kevin Steen looked to be in control, Jay Briscoe hobbled out on crutches to save his brother. When that eventually gave Mark the upper hand, El Generico limped out on a cane and somehow managed a one-legged OLE Kick to help give his Steenerico sidekick the upper hand. When Kevin Steen finally hit Mark with two package pile-drivers (the first on an open chair) for the win at 15:57, the crowd exhaled with a roar, suddenly realizing en masse that they had been holding their breath in delight for the last few minutes of the fight.
Just a quick kudos to both Jay Briscoe and El Generico who had every reason to stay home and rest, but instead came to the show (Jay on crutches, by plane, with a transfer in Toronto) to give everything that they could to help their tag team partners even if they could not actually wrestle.
Despite failing to win the IWS Canadian title, during the ladder match pitting Jimmy K vs. Kid Kamikaze vs. EXesS vs. champion Max Boyer, Jimmy K continued his meteoric rise through the IWS ranks. His triple stomp off Max Boyer’s back on the top rope, onto EXesS on the ladder and then onto Kid Kamikaze on the canvas was a thing of painful beauty. And I really want someone to get all Zapruder on the film for this match and count the rotations on his dive off the ladder. Because I could have sworn that Jimmy did two full rotations before hitting Kid Kamikaze. In the end, With Jimmy K and Kid Kamikaze having damn near kilt each other, Boyer was able to retain his title taking out the remaining man, EXesS by bum rushing him into a hangman on the ropes.
The painful irony of the hangman inflicted on EXesS is that in his legendary first match at the Medley during Un F’N Sanctioned 2003, EXesS faced off against and beat fellow IWS rookie, Kevin Steen. The not-yet Mr. Wrestling took exception to the loss and threw EXesS into a hangman on the ropes. No doubt this is a painful memory that EXesS will not thank Max Boyer for.
When the IWS announced that TNA’s Team 3D were going to be our special guests at the Medley, mixed with the enthusiasm was a certain amount of polite skepticism that “They will show up, collect their envelopes and go through the motions.” I am here to tell you that when they came to Montreal, they came with their working boots on!
Brother Ray set the stage by accepting a pair of old school taped-up glasses and declaring, “It’s true, we are TNA’s Team 3D, but tonight Montreal, tonight, we’re going to be the Dudley Boyz!” While their teammate Franky the Mobster, wearing the Dudley glasses, looked on, Bubba Dudley led the crowd in verbally assaulting their opponents, Pierre Carl Ouellet, “Paranoid” Jake Matthews and Brick Crawford. Bubba stepped things up a notch when the crowd went from chanting “Losers” at PCO, Jake and Brick (“What does that make us?” asked Bubba.) to chanting “Whore” at Jake’s valet (and wife) Lollipop. “I have got five dollars American,” Bubba asked Lollipop to the roar of the crowd, “What does that buy me?” Bubba announced that the match would be “An old school Dudleyville’s Table match.”
With six mastodons prowling the ring (Franky the Mobster and Brick Crawford were the smallest guys in the ring. How often can you say that?) it was inevitable that the ring would be incapable of containing their fury. They rampaged through the merchandise section sending myself, Pat Laprade (editor of the Quebec Wrestling Almanac) and my assistant Steve Rockamaniac scurrying for cover. (This is exactly why I put our DVD covers on the tables empty.) To my surprise, Bubba took time off from battering Brick into one of our merchandise tables (not the flimsy plywood ones either, the Medley has these 500 pound monstrosities that they let us use) in order to spend time smooching Dru Onyx’ gorgeous cousin. (Devon was macking on every female in sight before, during and after the match and at a Medley show he was spoiled for choice. Bubba was more selective.)
In an amusing bit, Bubba shoved Devon who shoved Franky who shoved Bubba, before all three roared, “Get the Tables!” Setting up the tables gave PCO’s team a breather and a chance to win the match, until PCO accidentally took out Jake (instead of Franky) with his “Dat Blue T’ing” clothesline. The Dudleyz then combined to put Brick Crawford through a table. IWS Referee Bakais, perhaps not quite up to date on the rules of a “Dudleyville Tables Match”, refused to award the Dudleyz the match as the result of the broken table and would not count three on Brick because he was wedged in the broken table with his shoulder off the canvas, so the Dudleyz shrugged and gave Jake the 3-D for the pin at 19:59.
I can not say it enough, the Dudleyz were GREAT. Not just in their match, not just with the fans, but all night. Gracious with their time, generous with their praise, even though the wrestler dressing room is on the second floor of the Medley, Devon spent almost all of the night watching the show downstairs from behind the stage and Bubba was there as well for most of the show. They demonstrated their immediate understanding and appreciation of the IWS product when the fans chanted “Dance Bubba Dance!” and Bubba did Fred la Merveille’s comedy dance to the roar of the crowd.
After the match, Bubba led the crowd in the traditional Montreal “Goodbye” chant to the losing team. He thanked Franky for being their partner for the night and polled the crowd on where they should go for entertainment, “Montreal, you guys have the hottest strippers in the whole world. I should go to Solid Gold? Thanks Montreal. Everybody, after the show, we’re all going to Solid Gold. Franky, you’re going to Solid Gold with us. Pierre, you were in the WWF. I kind of like you. You can come too… but not your partners!”
Bubba then gave away a piece of the table to a lucky fan, “Patricia, you can have this souvenir of the Dudleyz visit to Montreal. All you have to do… is take your shirt off! Just kidding, Patricia. She’s got wood. I’ve got wood!”
We all missed out Bubba. She was from Montreal. She definitely would have taken her shirt off. You just had to say please.
Devon then concluded by saying, “Montreal, you are most definitely the loudest when it comes to cheering the Dudleyz. So without further ado, O! My brother! TESTIFY!”
After the Dudleyz cleared out, PCO went a little berserk blaming his partners for the loss and declaring that he was sick of the lack of competition for him in the IWS. This brought out Sylvain Grenier who announced that he was in the IWS and that he wanted PCO at the next Medley show Praise the Violence scheduled for January 26th.
In the main event of the evening, the longest reigning champion in IWS history, Viking, faced off against IWS Owner PCP Crazy F’N Manny. The night that Viking won the title at Breakout 2006, the IWS title disappeared during a mini-riot led by Beef Wellington after Manny fast-counted the victory for then IWS champion EXesS. Beef threatened to lead the entire locker room and all the fans out of the IWS and when the Pied Piper proved that he could make good on his threat, Manny reluctantly restarted the match. In the fourteen months since, Manny consistently refused to replace the lost belt, refusing to spend money on a champion that he despised.
The irony of course being that Viking is a younger, crazier (and Frencher) version of Manny. They are both alcoholic brawlers. What Manny despises in Viking is what he hates in himself.
Manny promised that the main event would be a fight, not a wrestling match and the two men certainly delivered on that score, killing themselves with weapons and light tubes. Manny nearly decapatitated Viking by dropping a ring barrier on top of him and Viking nearly murdered Manny by jumping off the Medley’s second floor balcony on to him.
In the end, Viking was able to fight off the rather predictable appearance of Manny’s allies, his personal assistant, the smoking hot D-Vyne and his smirking softcore soldiers, 2.0. When Beef Wellington made an appearance and hit Manny with his famous top rope Ass Punch it appeared that Viking had the match well in hand. It was to the shock of everyone when Beef ambushed Viking with his E. Coli piledriver and with a demented glare left his former friend to be pinned by an equally puzzled Manny at 12:17.
After the match, 2.0 unveiled the new IWS belt and awarded Manny with it as the fans booed in disgust their new champion.
As much as I detest Manny (a lot) and as much as I hate the way that he has treated Viking (even more so), I have to admit the new IWS belt is AWESOME and I am glad that I was finally able to see it, even if it is around Manny’s waist.
I would just like to mention that Kevin Steen will be wrestling against ROH champion Takeshi Morishima for the ROH title, October 5th in Boston. For my preview including exclusive quotes from “Mr. Wrestling” go here: http://the-w.com/thread.php/id=33857
The IWS presents: Freedom to Fight, Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 at Bogey’s World Bar & Billiard, 3250 Cremazie Est (corner of Cremazie and St-Michel near the St-Michel metro), Montreal, Quebec, CANADA. Doors open at 7:00 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm, tickets are $20 for VIP, $15 for Regular. 18+, card and times subject to change. For more information go to www.syndicatewrestling.com or e-mail Llakor@hotmail.com .
The IWS presents: Season’s Beatings, Saturday, December 1st, 2007 at Bogey’s World Bar & Billiard, 3250 Cremazie Est (corner of Cremazie and St-Michel near the St-Michel metro), Montreal, Quebec, CANADA. Doors open at 7:00 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm, tickets are $20 for VIP, $15 for Regular. 18+, card and times subject to change. For more information go to www.syndicatewrestling.com or e-mail Llakor@hotmail.com .
The IWS proudly presents: Praise the Violence, Saturday, January 26th, 2008 featuring Sylvain Grenier vs. Pierre Carl Ouellet at the beautiful, downtown Medley, 1170 St-Denis, near the Berri-UQAM Metro. Montreal, Quebec, CANADA. Doors open at 7:30 PM, show starts at 9 PM. VIP tickets are $30, Regular tickets are $25. VIP ticket holders admitted first. VIP tickets are almost sold out so order them today. No reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketpro.ca or in person at the Medley box office. 18+. Card and times subject to change. For more information go to www.syndicatewrestling.com or e-mail Llakor@hotmail.com .
NBC killed it twice. I imagine at that point, Vince was pissed at them canceling it so quickly and just threw his hands up. Vince actually did NBC a *favor* by putting the league on a year earlier than he initially intended.