A little something that I put together for a British web-site that wanted more details of the feud.
Time-Line for the Sexxxy Eddy vs. The Arsenal feud
Extreme Dream Part One (February 2002): Cracks in the Sexxx & Violence team start showing as Eddy announces that he only entered the team in the tournament so that he won't have to defend his title.
Extreme Dream Part Two (March 2002): Mistress Rose, Eddy's valet, gets knocked off the apron. While Eddy is checking on her, the Arsenal gets double-teamed and thrown out of the ring, Eddy gets double-teamed and pinned, and they are eliminated from the tournament. The Arsenal snaps, beats the crap out of Eddy and steals the IWS title.
Know Your Enemies (April 2002): The Arsenal faces Eddy for the IWS title. Eddy wins when Precious Lucy interferes on his behalf kicking off a feud between Precious Lucy and the Arsenal that runs most of the summer. (including a bloodbath between the two in July where they had to sweep the blood out of the ring after the match.)
Freedom to Fight (May 2002): Eddy defends his title in a four way elimination match with the Arsenal, Green Phantom and PCP Crazy F'N Manny. Eddy convinces Phantom & Manny to team up to eliminate the Arsenal first. Eddy loses his title to the Green Phantom.
Tournament of the Icons (June 2002): Eddy wins the Tournament of the Icons beating the Arsenal in the final. The Arsenal had to beat Dru Onyx, TNT and Precious Lucy to advance. Eddy beat Steve Royds and Brutus Beefcake.
Un F'N Sanctioned (August 2002): Eddy, The Arsenal and Dru Onyx fight a three way dance to determine the number one contender. Dru Onyx pins Eddy when the Arsenal hesitates on the outside torn between going up top to break the pin and diving through the ropes to do it.
Blood, Sweat and Beers (September 2002): Eddy beats the Arsenal, but the Arsenal seperates Eddy's shoulder with a T-Bone Suplex from the top rope through a table.
Body Count (May 2003): Eddy returns to the IWS from his injury. In his first match he is scheduled to face the Evil Ninja. The Arsenal disguises himself as the Evil Ninja to soften up Eddy for his new tag team partner.
Scarred For Life (June 2003): In a Nightmare Tag Partners match, Eddy and the Arsenal are teamed to face the Green Phantom and EXcesS69. When Arsenal's spot as number one contender is put on the line in the match, a free for all breaks out. In the match, the Green Phantom and EXcesS69 get simulataneous pins which leads to them getting a shot at the IWS tag team titles at Hardcore Heat. Afterwards, the Arsenal and Evil Ninja attack Eddy backstage which gets Eddy and the Arsenal suspended for a month.
Hardcore Heat (July 2003): Eddy and the Arsenal are both suspended and do not compete. During the show, the Arsenal's manager Iron Mike Patterson reveals backstage that the Arsenal is in Cuba, and that the attack on Eddy was arranged deliberately so that the Arsenal could get suspended and go on vacation without losing his spot as number one contender. Eddy is pissed.
Born to Bleed (August 2003): The Arsenal beats Dru Onyx in a ladder match for the IWS title with help from the Evil Ninja and the returning Hardcore Ninja Number One.
Un F'N Sanctioned (September 2003): Eddy, still limping from being power bombed on the stage by Dru Onyx sees the Arsenal attack and disrobe his friend and co-star Carol Cox, the owner of the IWS. Eddy confronts the Arsenal backstage. Despite his injury, Eddy has to be pulled off the One Man War by four men (The Flying Hurricanes and Los Latinos). The Arsenal stuns those backstage by challenging Eddy to an IWS death match at Blood, Sweat and Beers.
The Arsenal has laid his IWS title on the line to face the one man that he has never beaten, his former tag team partner, the Triple X “Sex XXXpress” Sexxxy Eddy. After the Arsenal attacked IWS Owner Carol Cox during Un F’N Sanctioned, Eddy came to the defence of Carol, his friend and frequent co-star, back stage. To everyone’s surprise, the Arsenal challenged Eddy on the spot to an IWS Death Match at Blood, Sweat and Beers. What kind of Death Match the champion has in mind is not clear as yet, but the Arsenal is the self-proclaimed “master of painful innovation”
As the team Sexxx and Violence, the Arsenal and Sexxxy Eddy were once the most feared tag team in Canada. While great individually, as a team they wreaked havoc, letting nothing stand between them and victory, not the rules, not the referees, not even the health of their opponents. Together, they engineered two IWS title reigns for Sexxxy Eddy. When the IWS announced the Extreme Dream tournament to crown the first ever IWS tag team champions, it seemed like the Arsenal would finally have gold of his own. But Eddy treated the tournament as an excuse not to defend his IWS title, rather than an opportunity to add extra gold. When Sexxx and Violence were eliminated from the tournament, many things were broken, never to be repaired. The Arsenal and Sexxxy Eddy’s partnership ended, their friendship was torn apart and the Arsenal’s sanity snapped like a twig.
For most of 2002, Eddy and the Arsenal fought with the One Man War coming up short, time and time again. Mind you, the Arsenal has a slightly different take. In the Arsenal’s twisted view of IWS history, “Eddy only beat me because I let him. He only pinned me because I allowed him to. And Eddy knows that. He know that the one thing that he has never beaten is my mind. In my mind, I have never been pinned.” They say that history is written by the victors. Next Saturday, the Arsenal will try to rewrite the IWS history books.
The Green Phantom and EXcesS69, the IWS Odd Couple and still IWS tag team champions, will defend their title against le Syndicat de Lutte Internet, Damian Decarie and Viking Ville Marie. This match came about when the Svengali of le Syndicat de Lutte Internet, Fred le Merveille, convinced the number one contenders, Crazy Crusher and Nightmare Manson of Xtreme Revolution, to give up their title shot so that they could face Don Francesco’s goons, Tomassino and Eric Mastrocola instead. Many tag teams spend a career fighting for a chance to compete for tag team gold. Xtreme Revolution do have a score to settle with Don Francesco, but in their anger has this young team blown their shot at becoming champions?
In a match that has been brewing for months, Beef Wellington will face his treacherous former partner, Kid Kamikaze one-on-one in a “Loser Leaves Westmount” match. Beef Wellington is known for his crowd pleasing offence, while his former tag partner is a great ring technician. The stakes have never been higher for the Westmount Warrior, but can even Beef’s dreaded ass-punch overcome Kid Kamikaze, the Westmount Playboy?
Two of Canada’s finest young wrestlers, Kevin Steen and El Generico, will face off against the veteran Pierre Carl Ouellet in a three-way dance. Both Kevin Steen and El Generico are renowned for their aerial ability, but as PCO demonstrated at Un F’N Sanctioned, he too can fly. Against either Steen or El Generico alone, PCO would have the advantage of size and experience, but can he take both men at once? In a match like this, the only sure winners are the fans.
Also during Blood Sweat and Beers, Dru Onyx, on the verge of embarking on a tour of England with NWA Hammerlock, has asked permission to address the IWS fans. It is hoped that the Bajan Bomber will explain his actions at Un F’N Sanctioned, where he horrified the capacity crowd by ambushing Sexxxy Eddy and power bombing him on the entrance ramp.
Last year, Blood, Sweat and Beers was declared by IWS fans to be the best show of 2002. This year already promises to rival that historic show.
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