Team 3D and Franky the Mobster Will Make Three at the Medley Blood, Sweat and Beers September 22nd, 2007 in Montreal
What are the ingredients for a show that you know will be great in advance? Take a promotion with a history of delivering the goods: the International Wrestling Syndicate in Montreal. Prepare a great venue: the beautiful downtown Medley where the IWS has never had a bad show. Hell, never had a show that was less than great. Invite a Special Guest: TNA’s Team 3D (formerly known as the Dudley Boyz). Mix in the Feud of the Year: the Briscoe Brothers vs. Montreal’s own Steenerico (Kevin Steen and El Generico). Toss in a Hardcore Main Event with two men known for taking stupid amounts of punishment: IWS Champion Viking and IWS Owner, PCP Crazy F’N Manny. Put every title on the line. Add Ladders. Have two stars return from injury: Lufisto and Dru Onyx. Include all the regular IWS maniacs. Invite the Hardcore Soldiers of the IWS. And tell the world:
It’s Blood, Sweat and Beers 2007. It serves a thousand. Order your piece now, before it’s too late.
IWS Blood, Sweat and Beers 2007 Card: Saturday, September 22nd, 2007 Medley, 1170 St-Denis (corner Rene Levesque) Metro Berri-UQAM Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
IWS Hardcore Match for the IWS Title: IWS Champion Viking vs. IWS Owner PCP Crazy F’N Manny
Special Attraction: TNA’s Team 3-D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) and Franky the Mobster vs. Pierre Carl Ouellet and “Paranoid” Jake Matthews and Brick Crawford
Cross Border Feud of the Year Match: Steenerico (El Generico and Kevin Steen) vs. The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe)
Ladder Match for the IWS Canadian Title: IWS Canadian Champion Max Boyer vs. EXesS vs. Jimmy K vs. Kid Kamikaze
IWS Tag Team Title Match: IWS Tag Team Champions 2.0 (Shane Matthews and Jagged) vs. The Super Smash Brothers (Stupefied and Player Uno)
Grudge Match: The Green Phantom vs. Sexxxy Eddy
Inter-Gender War: Damian vs. Lufisto
Tag Team Turmoil: Madkastle (Dru Onyx and Justin White) vs. SLI 2007 (Fred la Merveille and Kenny the Bastard) vs. Twiggy and a Mystery Partner
IWS Blood, Sweat and Beers 2007 Preview
They are the most decorated tag team in history: nine times WWE Tag Team Champions, eight times ECW tag team champions, and WCW Tag Team Champions as the Dudley Boyz, as well as Tag Team Champions of NWA, TNA and Japan’s Hustle as Team 3-D. And now they are coming to Montreal and they will wrestle for the International Wrestling Syndicate at the Medley in a team with Franky the Mobster against Manny’s Mastodons, the most fearsome group of heavyweights ever assembled in Quebec: Three time WWF tag team champion, veteran of WWF, WCW, ECW and Japan, Pierre Carl Ouellet and his partners, the shovel-waving maniac “Paranoid” Jake Matthews and Brick Crawford.
Franky the Mobster will be looking for revenge after being put though a table by these monsters at IWS Hardcore Heat 2007, but he also has to worry about watching his back. Is IWS Owner PCP Crazy F’N Manny flying in Brother Ray and Brother Devon so that PCO can prove that he is still one of the best heavyweights in the world? Or will Franky the Mobster find himself double-crossed by Team 3-D, who are after all being paid by Manny? Will Brother Ray be yelling, “Franky! Get the tables!” or will he be putting Franky through a table?
(Of course on the other side of the equation, how reliable do PCO and Brick Crawford consider “Paranoid” Jake Matthews to be? After going bell to bell in the main event of Hardcore Heat 2007, the eight man “Bastard child of Survivor Series and War Games” match, Jake shook the winner of the match (Kevin Steen)’s hand. Only the influence of Jake’s wife and manager, Lollypop, kept Jake from turning on Manny then and there. The hall of mirrors question is: Can Manny and PCO and Brick Crawford trust Jake Matthews? And even twistier: Can the man known as “Paranoid” Jake Matthews trust Manny and PCO and Brick Crawford to trust him?)
Team 3D may be the best tag team of our generation. The best tag team on the North American independent wrestling scene just might be a team from Quebec going by the odd moniker of Steenerico: Kevin Steen and El Generico. They have made their name and reputation by crossing the border and invading the territory of Jay and Mark Briscoe, the Briscoe Brothers. That feud has become the feud of 2007, helping to sell-out arenas all over the place. Now the Briscoes have been given a chance to cross back over the border and to invade Kevin Steen and El Generico’s turf and to inflict a beating on these hometown heroes in their backyard. I did not understand why the Briscoes demanded that we jack up the air conditioning in the Medley on September 22nd. We thought it an odd request, until they explained that “Revenge is a dish best served cold!”
More than a year ago at Breakout 2006, Manny fast counted to give EXesS a victory over Viking and help EXesS keep his IWS title. Beef Wellington led a walk-out of the fans and staff of the IWS until Manny, in a panic, agreed to restart the match leading to Viking’s victory. In the confusion of the near-riot, the IWS title belt disappeared. Ever since, Manny has refused to pay to make a new belt to put around the waist of a man that he despises, and Manny has done everything in his power to crown a new champion that he could be proud of. Finally, after throwing everything including the kitchen sink at Viking, Manny has decided that if he wants the job done right, he will have to do it himself.
The irony is that what Manny sees when he looks at Viking is a younger, Frencher version of himself: a brawling, beer-swilling, drug-hazed madman willing to do anything and everything in and out of the ring to win. I need to warn people: this will not be a wrestling match. Manny was never much for wrestling even before El Generico retired him at Blood, Sweat and Beers 2002. And like Manny, Viking is more partial to chairs than chain wrestling; more interested in arms meaning weapons than arm bars; more likely to inflict head shots than head locks. No, this will not be a mat wrestling classic, this is going to be a war. You want Blood? You want Sweat? You definitely want Beers! This match will have your fill of all three.
Also defending his title at the Medley will be IWS Canadian Champion, Max Boyer. Already known as one of the best pure wrestlers in Canada, Max wants to prove that he is a complete wrestler and in order to do that, Max has asked to defend his title in a ladder match. You don’t get much tougher than his opponents: the young, fearless IWS rookie, Jimmy K; a veteran of every IWS ladder match at the Medley, and former IWS Canadian Champion, Kid Kamikaze; and the most hated wrestler in Quebec, EXesS. The Baby Oil Bully did not qualify for this match the way the other three men did by beating someone in a qualifying match. (In fact, Maxime Boyer beat EXesS at Hardcore Heat 2007 in his qualifying match.) EXesS demanded his place in this match, threatening to ruin the match for the fans if he was refused. He may not come into the match with momentum, but EXesS may be the most dangerous man in the fight, having won every title in the IWS but the Canadian title and with a ruthless streak a mile long and a ladder high.
The Dukes of Delusion, 2.0, Jagged and Shane Matthews are putting their titles on the line at the Medley as well. They would like to reassure their fans that there is no way that the Super Smash Brothers, Player Uno and Stupefied are walking out with the belts, despite the fact that the Super Smash Brothers just beat Up in Smoke, Cheech and Cloudy, at Hardcore Heat 2007, a team that beat 2.0 earlier this year during the Candido Cup.
Explained Jagged, “It’s really very simple. We had no desire to face Up In Smoke, we freely admit that we blocked that rematch from happening in the IWS, but see Up in Smoke are like PAPER.” Interjected Shane Matthews, “Rolling paper.” Jagged continued, “Exactly. Uno and Stupefied are like SCISSORS, so they cut that PAPER, they beat Cheech and Cloudy. But at the Medley, they are going to find out that me and Shane, we are ROCK. And we are going to break their SCISSORS with our ROCK and then bash our ROCK all over their stupid heads!”
One of the most anticipated matches at the Medley will be the one featuring the resident IWS God of War, Damian, going up against the First Lady of Hardcore, Lufisto, in her first match in the IWS since seriously injuring her back late in 2006 and forcing her to take a break from the IWS (and relinquish her CZW Ironman Title) An injury she suffered in a match against Damian, a match she won. So, not that they needed an incentive to turn the violence dial up to eleven, but let’s recap briefly: Lufisto will be looking for revenge for the injury given to her by Damian that put her on the shelf for more than six months, while Damian will be looking for revenge for what he has told me he considers “A humiliating loss. Women have no business being in the same ring as men and they especially have no business beating men in the ring. She ruins the credibility of our business every time she gets in the ring. Well, I will show her some credible strikes. By the time I am finished, she will regret ever thinking that she was the equal to a man.”
Two men no strangers to violent confrontations in the IWS are en route to a mid-air collision at Blood, Sweat and Beers 2007: Sexxxy Eddy and the Green Phantom. From the very first days of the IWS at Wally’s Pub, these two men have disliked each other, but their brief run as tag team champions has turned antipathy into hatred and the feud seems to be bringing out the worst of each man. Eddy had a major tantrum at Hardcore Heat 2007 and the Green Phantom is so on edge that when he was featured as a guest on Mitch Melnick’s radio show on Team 990, rather than defending wrestling the way that I spent four hours briefing him to do, he snapped and put Mitch’s co-host Andie Bennett through a table with a pile driver.
If Twiggy can find himself a partner by September 22nd, he will be allowed to compete in a match featuring the new team of Madkastle (Dru Onyx and Justin White) and the established team of the SLI 2007 (Fred la Merveille and Kenny the Bastard). If it was up to Dru Onyx, Twiggy would be unsuccessful in his quest, not because Onyx has one iota of fear of Twiggy, no matter who his partner is, but because Onyx does not want to be distracted from his goal: putting a hurt on Fred la Merveille for humiliating Onyx’ prize graduate of the Torture Chamber, Justin White, by beating the Superbrat with a dollar store fake hand at Hardcore Heat 2007. As for Fred? He just wants to dance, dance, dance… Course, if I was Fred I would be worrying about the Crazy Dru Onyx walking around with blood in his eye.
IWS Blood, Sweat and Beers 2007. It promises to be the wrestling party of the year. The Hardcore Soldiers of the IWS are all invited. Bring friends. Blow their puny little minds clear off.
The International Wrestling Syndicate proudly presents Blood, Sweat and Beers 2007 Saturday, September 22nd 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 .
We do plugs department I have just under thirty VIP tickets left. If you want them email me at Llakor@hotmail.com or call me at my office (Monday to Friday 11-6) 514.285.4591
Also, I have been writing my Strong Style Typings, brief profiles of the matches here: http://the-w.com/thread.php/id=33663 (More will be added the closer that we get to the Medley.)
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Non-Wrestling Plug the Two. The film festival that I was organizing the YoungCuts Film Festival had a very successful run at Cinema du Parc August 16th to 23rd. Thanks for asking. I am working at getting the majority of the one hundred films on line for you to see at www.YoungCuts.com
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Ah, so we've got at least one optimist here. And I suppose you're right, Z-- things could be worse. We could have Mark Henry as the WWF Champion. (shudders)... Although, whether or not that'd be better than having Hogan is up for debate.