I do not frequently offer a twenty-four karat gold Llakor guarantee that a particular IWS show will be good. Medley shows sure, those we all know not to miss, but a regular IWS show? God knows, we always head into those hoping to put on the best show possible for our fans, but I hate to offer a guarantee.
But for Hardcore Heat 2007 this Saturday, I can positively guarantee that the boys are going to tear the house down. How do I know? Simple, I won’t be there. Since 2001, I have missed literally five shows. When the IWS historian is not at a show, you know that something historic is going to happen.
Since 2001, I have missed five shows. IWS fans still talk about all five shows in hushed tones. They include the show where a fan had a heart attack, the show where Carl XL went berserk, the show where the first IWS tag team champions ever were crowned, the show where El Generico beat Manny in a retirement match and where Dru Onyx and the Green Phantom first damn near killed each other in a brawl in a show that many still point to as the first IWS show where EVERYTHING worked (Blood, Sweat and Beers 2002), and the Vans Warped show where the IWS performed in front of 15, 000 people.
Not too shabby a list…
So, if you love wrestling, go to Hardcore Heat this Saturday. I can guarantee you that you will be mocking me for missing it for years.
Speaking of the Medley, as we prepare for Blood, Sweat and Beers 2007 September 22nd at the Medley, remember that Hardcore Heat represents a chance to buy VIP tickets for the Medley before they sell out and without paying taxes or service charges.
We are also pleased to announce that at Blood, Sweat and Beers there will be a four-way ladder match for the IWS Canadian title. To set up that match, there will be four qualifying matches this Saturday at Hardcore Heat.
Tag team partners, Fred la Merveille and Kenny the Bastard of the SLI 2007 will square off, as will two men who have had wars all over the province of Quebec, but are only just starting a rivalry in the IWS: former IWS Canadian champion Dan Paysan and the toilet-skirt wearing goth weird Jimmy K. Dan, obviously has the advantage in IWS experience and the thirst to reclaim the IWS Canadian title that he just lost to Max Boyer a couple of months ago. On the other hand, Jimmy K is fresh off his first win in the IWS and while a rookie to the IWS, has a lot of experience with the Dapper Don to fall back on.
Also fighting for a chance at the strap will be former IWS Canadian champion Kid Kamikaze going up against a man looking to be the first to claim the IWS triple crown: Sexxxy Eddy.
Finally, the current IWS Canadian champion, Max Boyer will be putting his strap on the line against another man who would like to be able to boast that he has held every belt in the IWS; a man just a little ticked off that Max Boyer claims that he is the best pure wrestler in the IWS; a man with a chip on his shoulder larger than his head frankly (and I say that believing that the man has a pretty swelled head and an over-inflated sense of his own importance): the IWS pretty-boy bully EXesS. No matter how much I dislike EXesS, there is no denying the fact that he is a great technical wrestler. This match could be a mat classic that fans talk about for years.
Earlier in the year, the Super Smash Brothers, Stupefied and Player Uno were crowned the Number One Contender’s to the IWS Tag Team Titles, but they saw there chances at the title thrown under a bus, consumed by the feud between the Hardcore Ninjaz and Scarred and Sexxxy (the Green Phantom and Sexxxy Eddy) Then, they watched helplessly as 2.0 snaked the titles away from the Ninjaz battered to the point of oblivion by their feud with the Phantom and Eddy. With the Phantom and Eddy not speaking (more like yelling loudly at each other) and the Hardcore Ninjaz on an extended sabbatical back in Japan, it would appear that the Super Smash Brothers have a chance to make a claim for 2.0’s belts, but first they will have to prove themselves to a team returning to the IWS after an extended absence: the high-flying Cheech and Cloudy. The Ganja Gladiators would like nothing better than another chance to shine at the Medley and look to make their claim to the spotlight this Saturday by beating the Super Smash Brothers.
Finally, in the main event, El Generico, Kevin Steen, Franky the Mobster and Damian will face off against Pierre-Carl Ouellet, Paranoid Jake Matthews and 2.0 (Shane Matthews and Jagged). I am nor entirely clear on the rules involved. It sounds like a complicated plot by Manny to isolate and beat the crap out of someone. From the explanation, 20 page rule book and pie-chart that 2.0 gave me, the match will start with two members of each team. Other team members will be added from each team at staggered intervals. Wrestlers can be eliminated at any time by pin-fall or submission, so it could be quite easy to end up with some three or four on one beatdowns. The winning team will be the one to eliminate the last wrestler from the other team.
(If it sounds like a weird combination of a Survivor Series match-up and War Games, I believe that is the point.)
Hardcore Heat, this Saturday. Go! And tell me what happened will ya.
Also expect Manny to announce who Team 3-D will be facing at the Medley on September 22nd, as well as other big announcements regarding special guests and matches.
The IWS presents: Hardcore Heat 2007, Saturday, August 18th, 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 7:30 pm, show starts at 8:30 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 .
(Phil Schneider reviews the NWA VA webcast every week. Downloadable at http://wrestlingnetwork.net/NWA_VA.html. Enjoy Mr Schneider, won't you?) What Worked Mike Vaughn v. Chris Escobar was a fine indy juniors match.