The press release with the full card is being released on Wednesday, but I guess I can give you a preview.
Fred le Merveille vs. Hercules Ayala Jr.
Fred is a heat machine. He's been playing his face to francophones, heel to anglos gimmick for a while in the IWS and it just keeps building in intensity. Fred is one of the best story-tellers in the IWS (along with Beef and El Generico) He is also master of the goofy sell.
All of that said, Fred is going to have his work cut out for him facing the massive Hercules Ayala Jr. Fred does always have a card up his sleeve though. (sometimes an entire pack.)
Hercules will also have to convince the IWS fans that he can wrestle a full match since he has gotten a lot of heat for his performances in the past two shows as Los Latinos' second.
Le Syndicat de Lutte Internet Invitational
Damian & Viking issued an open challenge and Xtreme Revolution accepted. That's two sick teams facing one another. The SLI are considered by many to be the stiffest in Quebec. CCW's Xtreme Revolution are considered by many to be two of the best bumpers in Quebec. That's a mighty interesting combination. Mind you, the way that SLI worded their invitation, it could be interpreted that more than one team could accept that challenge...
Onyx vs. Sexxxy Eddy
Two former IWS champions facing off against one another. Onyx has just finished an impressive title run where he has shown real ability in the ring beyond just his power. His sidewalk slam finisher was dated when the Big Bossman was using it mind you.
Sexxxy Eddy has by now shaken off the slight ring rust that he had when he came back. (His match against El Generico at Born to Bleed may have been the best match that I have seen live this year.) Eddy seems to be trying to compete with EXcesS69 for the "best match of the night" every single IWS show.
Eddy and Onyx are both faces, but both Eddy and Onyx are good at respect matches. Of course, Onyx may be just a tad grumpy about losing his IWS title last month.
EXcesS69 vs. Kevin Steen
Before his knee injury, Kevin Steen was considered THE high flyer in Quebec. Since his injury, EXcesS69 has grabbed that title and run with it, making him a crowd favourite with the IWS.
Just to up the stakes a little, Steen has come back from his knee surgery convinced that he is the best wrestler on the planet. His arrogance rubs EXcesS69 the wrong way. So professional jealousy mixed with personal dislike for one another... I think that no matter what happens, the fans win.
Beef Wellington & Pierre-Carl Ouellet vs. Kid Kamikaze and Career Killer Kurt Lauderdale
The aftermatch of Hi-5 losing the tag titles and breaking up are still being felt in the IWS. This match is a direct result. When Kid Kamikaze turned on his partner with a thunderous chair shot at Born to Bleed, and began berating him for being a crowd-pleasing clown, no one could have predicted that PCO would run-in to make the save.
So, you have one of the best, most respected wrestlers in the province teaming with a highly regarded young superstar in the making teaming to fight two treacherous vermin. It should be a lot of fun and it will be interesting to see how PCO adapts to the IWS fans and the IWS style.
(IWS Title Match) El Generico vs. the Arsenal (c)
The Arsenal hand-picked El Generico to be his first opponent based on El Generico's five month losing streak. The one thing that we have learned during that losing streak is that El Generico is prepared to do damn near anything to win, whether that means putting his own body on the line or by nearly killing his opponent. Especially in his last match against Eddy, El Generico may not have won, but it was not for lack of trying. His running boots to Eddy's face in the corner were some of the stiffest that I have ever seen.
So the Arsenal may be underestimating his opponent just a bit. Add to that the fact that the Arsenal himself went through a long losing streak last year, only to break through dramatically at Payback's A Bitch and he hasn't lost a match since.
This match has gotten a lot of heat from some IWS fans who argue that at a downtown show in front of new fans, the IWS title should be fought between two bigger men. It is entirely possible that some people watching this match may ask why these two men are in the title match if they have never seen them before, but I predict that five, no two, hell ONE minute into this match and size will be forgotten, because these two men are pound-for-pound not just two of the best wrestlers in Quebec, they are two of the best wrestlers in the country (and heck most of the North-East)
Fans Bring the Weapons (IWS Tag Team Title Match)
The Evil Hardcore Ninjaz vs. The Green Phantom & EXcesS69 (c)
This is a match with a lot of questions surrounding it. Can EXcesS69 wrestle in two matches in one night? More importantly, will he be allowed to? I have heard that Commissioner Joseph FitzMorris is not happy that his good-looking young superstar is putting his physical appearance at risk during this match. EXcesS69 is signed to a ten-year contract by FitzMorris. What will the Commissioner do to protect his investment?
The Green Phantom, on the other hand, is in his element whether he has a partner or not. The Green Phantom has been involved in every FBTW match from the very beginning and, if memory serves, he has never lost in a Fans Bring the Weapons Match.
The Hardcore Ninjaz are back together again and their first match as a team is one designed specifically for their brand of insanity. Will the returning Hardcore Ninja Number One have the same vicious streak that his brother, the Evil Ninja, has demonstrated since they broke up?
Rumours swirl that the IWS referees have approached President Seska and asked (actually begged might be the better term) that she appoint a guest referee for this match. None of the IWS zebras it appears are anxious to be involved in the most brutal main event in the IWS. But who would be crazy enough to agree to ref this match?
Most importantly, what will the fans bring to this match? At last year's FBTW match, the fans brought enough insane material that CZW's Lobo called us "a bunch of sick fucks!" What instruments of destruction will the fans bring this year? FBTW only happens once a year for the IWS, and a lot of pent-up creativity goes into it. How much will the fan participation play in the ending of this match?
So what if it's not even Christmas yet? For this column, I've decided I'm going to stop ripping off other columnists, and go straight to WWE Magazine. It's time to look into the crystal ball of the future to see what will (and won't)