PWI names 21 Quebeckers to PWI 500 Including 16 IWS Regulars
With IWS Blood, Sweat and Beers at the Medley merely days away, the wrestling bible, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, released its annual list of the best 500 wrestlers on the planet this week, the PWI 500. Quebec had a record number of wrestlers on the list, 21, including 16 International Wrestling Syndicate regulars.
Recognized for their wrestling ability were the following: Kevin Steen (IWS), El Generico (IWS), Sylvan Grenier, Max Boyer (IWS), Viking (IWS), Jake Matthews (IWS), Dru Onyx (IWS), Sexxxy Eddy (IWS), Dan Paysan (IWS), Franky the Mobster (IWS), Bishop, Beef Wellington (IWS) (not the deceased Bif Wellington of Calgary), Player Uno (IWS), Chakal, Jagged (IWS), Tank, Justin White (IWS), MVP (Ottawa’s Michael Von Payton not the WWE’s MVP, both made the list), Pierre Carl Ouellet (IWS), Shayne Hawke (IWS), and Shane Matthews (IWS).
Being named one of the top 500 wrestlers in the world is always an honour, but this year more Quebeckers made the list than ever have before. In fact according to Pat Laprade, editor of the Quebec Wrestling Almanac, 21 Quebeckers on the PWI 500 more than doubles the best showing by Quebec on the list and even that would be going back to the mid 90s when the PWI 500 was still young.
So how do we celebrate this recognition that some of the best wrestlers in the world come from La Belle Province, something which most of us knew, but that the world is just starting to recognize?
Let me suggest two ways:
First, go out and buy a copy of the PWI 500 magazine. Its official release date is June 25th, but it can be found now on the shelves of most large magazine stores. If nothing else it makes a great autograph book. Even a confirmed psycho grump like “Paranoid” Jake Matthews can probably be persuaded to sign the magazine that lists his name as one of the best in the world.
Secondly, come see IWS Blood, Sweat and Beers this Saturday. Scheduled to wrestle are 14 of the 21 Quebeckers who made the PWI 500 list. In addition, Team 3D, the team formerly known as the Dudleyz, will be appearing, as well as the Briscoe Brothers who are invading Canada to get some payback on Team Steenerico (Kevin Steen and El Generico) who have been making their lives miserable all over the Northeast. Needless to say, all four of those men are on the PWI 500.
My math is a little rusty, but 14 plus 4 equals 18, which begs the question why my boss, PCP Crazy F’N Manny is bragging that he is going to try and push the number of PWI 500 members at Blood, Sweat and Beers up to an even 20?
We have always bragged at the IWS that the best wrestlers in the world show up for our Medley shows. This time around, we have proof.
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. 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 .
Our future shows: November 3rd, 2007 Freedom to Fight at Bogey’s December 1st, 2007 Season’s Beatings at Bogey’s January 26th, 2008 Praise the Violence at the Medley Tickets for all three shows will be on sale during Blood, Sweat and Beers.
We do plugs department I have just under TEN 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.)
Matt Fortune would like you to know that his web-site is http://www.fortunevideoediting.com/ And that you can now order the five thousand hour epic Kevin Steen shoot interview from him. (OK really it’s 2 ˝ hours. That boy has a mouth on him though.) For some strange reason, Matt would also like you to know that you will also be able to order it from Mike Burns at Smart Mark Video. Mind you, not to take any money out of Mike Burns' pocket, but Matt Fortune desperately needs a new wardrobe and to get laid, so buy it from Matt Fortune mmmm-kkkaaaay! (Yes, I can speak with some authority about the need to get laid. I recognize Matt’s desperate thousand yard stare from my own mirror, thanks.)
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
Looks like they're going with a different angle, attacking the independent contractor classification, so perhaps it will go further than other lawsuits. Personally, I'd love to see this one go against Vince.