also known as "P-W-G! P-W-G!" or "Support Indy Wrestling!"
Tonight, my brother-in-law and I had the great pleasure of going to our first indy show. It was only a few miles from where we lived and with a sweet looking card, we just had to go.
It was Pro Wrestling Guerrilla holding the event. They’re the newest fed around here run by some SoCal regulars Paul T., Excalibur (no relation to our very own beloved Satire penman), and Joey Ryan. This was the first round of their “Bad Ass Mother 3000” tournament to crown the first ever PWG Champion.
Now that the backstory is out of the way, I have to say, the past couple of weeks, I haven’t been too much in love with what WWE’s been giving us. Basically, McMahon-O-Vision. Too much McMahon and not enough wrestling. Don’t get me wrong, I still watch the shows since there are still a few small things I look forward too. But as a whole, it’s been pretty depressing as of late. Well I’d like to say thank you to PWG. Thank you for popping my indy wrestling cherry. Thank you for giving me hope and teaching me that wrestling is alive and well. I know it sounds sappy but top to bottom, it was an awesome show. Great crowd atmosphere. Funny ass stuff going on too.
The place itself, well, the American Legion Hall wasn’t too big. The ring was on one side while the crowd was on the other side. It was right under a vent and the lighting so obviously, not too many high-risk moves would be pulled off since you’d end up hitting your head. Yeaaaaaah…
While we were waiting for the show to start, my first “mark out like a bitch” moment was when I saw Jamie from Tough Enough 3 in attendance. I was rooting for her the whole way through. Plus she was kinda cute. I wanted to walk up to her during intermission but she had left to go to the locker rooms for something. Then at the end of the show she was busy talking to some guys at the back of the room. I really didn’t feel like waiting around. Plus I was pissed, I bought new batteries for my digital cam and 5 minutes after putting them in, I got a “low battery” warning. What a bitch.
Ok, on to the show:
Show opened with PWG brass Paul T. and Excalibur out to welcome the fans. Excalibur apologized for not being able to wrestle tonight since he was “injured” after a beat down from Scott Lost at an APW-LA show last week.
I’ll go thru the match results quickly since it’s tough to remember what all the finishes were.
Hook Bomberry vs. Super Dragon Hook was the only one on this card I had no idea about going into the show. He’s small, medium built, Asian-looking, looks like an MMA fighter. Super Dragon, well obviously, is Dragon-like. Know for his “Psycho Driver”. This match was a good mix of mat wrestling and strong style. Lots of stiff forearms going on. Most of the folks in the crowd were regulars and knew the guys well. They were jokingly calling Hook “midget” and later had a crazy “HOOK BOMBERRY! HOOK-HOOK BOMBERRY!” chant going. When that wasn’t going on, it was “SU-PER DRA-GON *clap-clap, clap-clap-clap*”. And this one guy was doing it over and over and never stopped. Up until he was chanting it by himself. We were all in stitches. Suddenly, Super Dragon jumps over the railing and shuts up him. This was pretty funny. Like I said, lots of stiff chops, forearms and some painful looking submissions. Super Dragon won, I can’t remember with what. I think it was a submission. Sorry for the lack of detail, my head’s still spinning. But this was probably my second favorite match of the night.
Colt Cabana vs. MDogg 20 When MDogg came out, I thought he’d just taken a shower. He wore tights that looked like track pants but it looked like they were soaked. Turns out it was just some weird shiny material that looked wet. Colt Cabana came out to…”Copa Cabana”. What else? He wore a bandana and black tights with red trim on it including a logo with a red C within a red circle. People kept calling him “Target”. Funny stuff. The best part is, while all this stuff is going on in the match, they play off the crowd and joke around with us. Great interaction. Good match. Cabana pulled off this moved that looked like an Emerald Fusion but instead of sitting down, he lifted his knee and dropped MDogg’s head right on it. Cabana won with the “Colt 45” which starts out in an underhook position, he then sets them over his shoulder and drops down.
Scorpio Sky vs. Joey Ryan Scorpio Sky looked like a Mortal Kombat character. In one “ouch” spot of the night, Scorpio Sky went up to the top rope. It was the corner that was right by the a/c vent. Well, he leapt forward, hit his head right on the vent but was able to pull off a missile dropkick. Joey Ryan still managed to pull out the win though but looked like his neck was hurt after. Good wrestling.
Disco Machine vs. Adam Pearce Disco Machine is like the Americanized “Do-Fixer” member (for the Toryumon fans out there). He comes out dancing in similar trunks and mask as Magnum Tokyo’s. He also carries a disco ball. He gets in the ring and has the ref or announcer hold the disco ball above him as he dances. Next, “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce came out. He wears a robe like Flair but wrestles like Lawler (more on this later). His manager Van Der Pol looks like Richard Karn from Home Improvement/Family Feud. He held up a sign that said “YOU HAVE HERPES” on it as he came out. Anyway, pre-match, Pearce challenged Disco to have a dance-off with Van Der Pol. He agreed. They judged the winner based on crowd applause, as everyone cheered for Disco, Pearce attacked him to start. Pearce has a single shoulder singlet (like Lawler) and baggy pants. He did the fist drop from the corner. First he climbed up to the top rope and his head was pretty much in the rafters. No go. He did it from the bottom rope. He put Disco away with a piledriver. Crowd was way behind Disco and cheered for him on the way out.
At this time they went to intermission. Like I said, I saw Jamie signing an autograph and taking a picture with a little girl. I was then going to walk up but she left to go to the back. D’oh.
They had a merchandise table selling tapes and DVD’s of PWG’s first ever show from last month. Chris Daniels sat at the table signing stuff too. They were selling Curry Man shirts and pictures as well. Didn’t really have too much cash on me so I passed.
Frankie Kazarian vs. Scott Lost Hell yes. I marked when Frankie came out to “You’re the Best” from the “Karate Kid” soundtrack. He came out drinking a Diet Pepsi Twist. At one point during the match, he’d slide out and take a sip. This was a battle in the crowd for who was cooler. Smooth action from Lost and Kazarian with lots of reversals. Crowd was back and forth in this one but sided with Kazarian at the end as he won with the “Wave of the Future”. Due to the low-ceiling, there was no chance of seeing the “One Man Revolution”/”Flux Capacitor”. At the end, they shook hands and Frankie downed his Diet Pepsi Twist. Cool guy indeed.
Tony Kozina vs. B-Boy Some of you might remember Tony Kozina from Heat last month as he and Buddy Wayne jobbed to Jindrak and Cade. B-Boy is the 2002 SoCal wrestler of the year. He was mega-over. He’s also blowing it up now on the East Coast in the “HI-V” group in CZW. B-Boy’s got great charisma and smooth movements too. Almost like The Rock. Kozina got way more offense in this match than he should’ve, IMO. But I got to see B-Boy bust out the “Facelift” (opponent is laying in the corner with their head on the bottom turnbuckle, B-Boy runs from the opposite side with a dropkick). B-Boy also hit the Shining Wizard. One odd sequence in the match, B-Boy in the corner sitting on the top rope. Kozina gets up and climbs up in front of B-Boy, B-Boy pushes him down, Kozina gets back up. They did this 4 times in a row. Geez. It finally ended with Kozina giving B-Boy a top rope hurricanrana. Then in another sequence, Kozina reverses a B-Boy move and gets set to give him a powerbomb. B-Boy sees how close he is from his head hitting something and is like “OH SHIT!” before he gets powerbombed. Funny spot. Lots of “GREMLIN!” and “MIDGET!” insults directed at Kozina. Oh yeah, at the start of the match, B-Boy does this pose where he clenches his fists and bangs them on his head. He got the ref to do this but Kozina refused to. Actually, he did it once but not properly. The whole match they were telling B-Boy to make him do it. After B-Boy won with another variation of the Emerald Fusion, Kozina got up and he did the pose which got him over with the crowd. Good match, but like I said, too much offense from Kozina.
TARO vs. NOSAWA The battle of the all-capital letter guys. Yes! TARO is way over. He’s real skinny, looks barely 110 pounds. He wears a red mask with horns on it. NOSAWA, some of you may know from Juggalo Championship Wrestling or from CMLL. He’s JCW’s champ right now and came out with the belt (managed tonight by Paul T.). Lots of chops and NOSAWA kept on tugging on TARO’s horns. A couple spots looked a little sloppy. NOSAWA won thanks to interference from Paul T. Crowd got into it with NOSAWA who constantly did his trademark taunt of flipping the crowd off. On the way out, some guy kept yelling “YELLOW DEVIL!” at him then mooned NOSAWA. NOSAWA flipped him off and called him a “motherfucker” or something. I think some other guy also yelled something in Japanese to NOSAWA. They traded insults with NOSAWA getting the upper hand resulting in a “YOU GOT PUNKED!” chant.
Christopher Daniels vs. Hardkore Kidd This was the last match of the evening. Hardkore Kidd came out with his trusty bearded manager El Jefe. They came thru the opposite side of the hall and made everyone look stupid since we were all looking the other way waiting. Good reaction for Daniels but later it became mixed. Crowd was pretty split on this one. Hardkore Kidd is a big guy in person. Kidd did some flying. These guys worked pretty smoothly. Daniels won it with the “Angels Wings” (sitout pedigree). After, he got into it with this guy in front of us and took him down with the punk of the night: “Me, Pay-Per-View. You, second row.”
At the end, we both went home knowing well that good wrestling still lives on. Folks, if you’re not too pleased by what WWE gives you, find the alternatives. TNA, ROH, CZW, Japan, Mexico, whatever. A good place to start though is your local indy feds. Start researching, mingle with other fans. You never know, you could be watching the future stars of tomorrow. I know I saw many tonight, especially Daniels, Hardkore Kidd, B-Boy, Kazarian, and so on.
I’m bummed I didn’t get to meet Jamie. But oh well. Favorite matches of the night: Hook Bomberry vs. Super Dragon Frankie Kazarian vs. Scott Lost
The B-Boy match would be up there too if he just got more offense.
I guess the whole intimate setting made the night more fun. Being around "chant marks" at these events are alright when it's all in good fun and when it helps the wrestlers get loose and add something to the match. The crowd definitely made this night better.
PWG’s next show after the conclusion of the “Bad Ass Mother 3000” tournament tomorrow in the City of Industry (which I’m not going to), is October 4th in LA. This time around they’re bringing in AJ Styles and the Briscoe Brothers. Chris Daniels is also there. Something tells me Daniels is gonna walk away with the title tomorrow and we’ll have a TNA vs PWG champion showdown. I’d love to go to this show. Don’t know if I will.
If you actually read all of this, bless your heart. I know, there’s a lot of stuff, but really, I just wanted to get the word out, “SUPPORT INDY WRESTLING!”. There’s some great stuff out there that a lot of us have yet to see.
Thanks for your time, Wieners.
For your time, here are some pix I took at the event. Most of them came out blurry. After my shitty batteries started to conk out on me, I had to use the “compressed flash” option which basically uses the natural lighting and no flash. Good quality but it’s a slow shutter speed which means the camera needs to be real steady or else it’ll be really blurry.
Is that NOT the same MDogg20 from the Backyard Wrestling tapes? He looks so much bigger, older, and not him now, if it's him. (I'm guessing it's not... but what kind of freak would steal an AIM-style ringname from another guy?)
Show sounded pretty good. The next show in October sounds even better. A lot better than what we get around these parts.
Yes, it is the same MDogg from the Backyard Wrestling game. And though he was listed on the site as MDogg20, I think he was just announced as MDogg.
And I guess, yeah, the indy feds that use alot of older talent and guys who should be retired by now may not be as fun to watch. You really have to research, find the feds with the "unknowns", since that's where the action is. That's the young talent getting their start. But Lynn and Sabin don't sound bad and hey, you never know, the crowd might have some fun with Buffy.
For the less fortunate without any good indy feds nearby, there's always tapes of other good feds such as ROH or MLW or CZW (I know CZW gets a bad rap for their ultraviolent stuff, but their wrestling is good at times. People should check out their Best of the Best tournament which SoCal's own B-Boy won this year)
Originally posted by chillHmmm. Sounds like a cool indy show. But if that's what most digital cameras look like (and I know they don't), then I never want to own one.
no, it was just me. the battery problems caused me to changed to a setting that was really shake-sensitive, but it saves battery life since the batteries I bought were crap. I guess I got what I paid for with those batteries (they were $2).
Originally posted by GrubbyLongJohns...also known as "P-W-G! P-W-G!" or "Support Indy Wrestling!"
Colt Cabana came out to…”Copa Cabana”. What else? He wore a bandana and black tights with red trim on it including a logo with a red C within a red circle. People kept calling him “Target”. Funny stuff. The best part is, while all this stuff is going on in the match, they play off the crowd and joke around with us. Great interaction. Good match. Cabana pulled off this moved that looked like an Emerald Fusion but instead of sitting down, he lifted his knee and dropped MDogg’s head right on it. Cabana won with the “Colt 45” which starts out in an underhook position, he then sets them over his shoulder and drops down.
Ah, Colt Cabana. This dude is one of my indy favorites. His work for us in ACW-NWA Wisconsin has been stellar. Having a Coke gimmick, his feuds with CM Punk (who's got the Pepsi yin-yang tattooed on his shoulder) have been legendary.
Originally posted by GrubbyLongJohnsNext, “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce came out. He wears a robe like Flair but wrestles like Lawler (more on this later). Pearce has a single shoulder singlet (like Lawler) and baggy pants. He did the fist drop from the corner. First he climbed up to the top rope and his head was pretty much in the rafters. No go. He did it from the bottom rope. He put Disco away with a piledriver. Crowd was way behind Disco and cheered for him on the way out.
"Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce was also one of our fed's top babyfaces back in the early days. His heel turn and subsequent cage match with Dino Bambino was the first main event I ever shot for ACW-NWA WI. Incredible. Too bad he moved to Cali after his trip to the WCW Power Plant didn't work out, ended up becoming a complete d*ck, and going over a guardrail during an ACW return in 2001 to swing at a fan who was on his case...and almost hitting a retarded kid. Pearce is an ass. Talented, but an ass.
During May and June 1998, Giant came to the ring smokin'. Here's an example from the 15.6.98 Nitro: CHRIS ADAMS v. SMOKIN' GIANT - hey! This is a no smoking facility! It runs like this: Adams: "C'mon, let's fight!" Giant: