Kevin Steen, the Internet Wrestling Syndicate champion, is having the month of his dreams. Last Saturday, October 9th, he had a triumphant return to the famed Viking Hall, winning a tag team match with Crazy Crusher against the team of El Generico and EXcesS69. This weekend, Kevin Steen has a tryout for WWE developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling, in front of legendary wrestling manager James Cornette; the hockey equivalent of trying out for the top Montreal Canadians farm team in front of Scotty Bowman. On Oct 30th, Mr. Wrestling is scheduled to return to Rahway, New Jersey to defend his IWS title against Florida’s top wrestler Roderick Strong, the “King of the Back Breakers”. A good month by anyone’s standards.
There is just one fly in the ointment (or perhaps the proper word is “mouche”) - Fred la Merveille. On October 23rd, during Blood, Sweat and Beers, Fred the “chef” of the Syndicat de Lutte Internet has a shot at winning Kevin Steen’s IWS title. Normally Fred, distracted by his passion for politics, French and Quebec, might be an easy opponent for Kevin Steen. But Mr. Wrestling made one simple mistake: he ignored Fred to concentrate for his defence against Roderick Strong. Now Fred la Merveille has something to prove. Worse for Kevin Steen, Fred has decided that this match is nothing less than a fight for the honour of Quebec. If Kevin Steen refuses to represent Quebec properly in the States by speaking French, then Fred must win the IWS title and do it for him. As IWS fans know, Fred la Merveille is never more dangerous than when he is on a crusade.
Fred’s compatriots in the SLI, Damian and Viking, will be looking to get back their gold at Blood, Sweat and Beers. The former tag team champions lost their title without getting pinned as the Flying Hurricanes, Takao and Kenny the Bastard, won a stunning Table, Ladders and Chairs match to become the new champions. Immediately after losing the belts, the SLI challenged the Flying Hurricanes to a rematch. The ‘Canes accepted without hesitation. Neither team has been pinned since January. At Blood, Sweat and Beers, for one team that streak will come to an end.
One man determined to avoid a rematch is the IWS’ Master of Mirth, Beef Wellington. Originally scheduled to face Dan Paysan in a “RAGU on a Pole” match, Beef convinced his roommate and occasional tag team partner, El Generico to switch bookings for Blood, Sweats and Beers. So, El Generico will face Dan Paysan (sadly, due to a food allergy, RAGU will not be involved in the match.) Meanwhile, much to his dismay, Beef Wellington is scheduled to face... Franky the Mobster.
Two of the biggest men in Quebec wrestling are set to clash at Blood, Sweat and Beers. After Freedom to Fight, Kurt Lauderdale trash talked Pierre Carl Ouellet back stage, annoyed at the way PCO man handled Kurt’s tag team partner, Kid Kamikaze. Screaming that only he was allowed to beat up Double K that way, the Career Killer had to be dragged off PCO by pretty much the entire IWS roster combined. PCO accepted Kurt’s challenge on the spot, although the three time WWE tag team champion seemed confused as to who Kurt was exactly. While PCO has years of experience on Kurt Lauderdale, the Career Killer does have a number of impressive victories to his credit, including a win against PCO’s old tag team partner: Jacques Rougeau Jr.
While his tag partner is in the fight of his life, Kid Kamikaze will be fighting some one else’s fight. After saving Commissioner Joseph FitzMorris from EXcesS69 at Freedom to Fight, the Westmount Warrior will attempt to ingratiate himself even further with his boss by taking out EXcesS69 permanently. This will be a match-up of two of the finest technical wrestlers in all of Canada. EXcesS69 may have a slight edge in skill, but Kid Kamikaze has an enormous advantage because he has all the ethics of a rattlesnake.
Also scheduled to wrestle at Blood, Sweat and Beers are the self-proclaimed “most professional tag team in Quebec” : 2.0. The Sultans of Smirk, Shane Matthews and Jagged have decided to book their own opponents, choosing this month from the New Breed, HellStorm and from Extreme Revolution, Crazy Crusher. Calling this jury-rigged team “Extreme Breed”, 2.0 seems to be counting on Crusher and HellStorm not being able to get along. One possible complication is the injury that Crusher suffered while tagging with Kevin Steen at the Combat Zone Wrestling show in Philadelphia last week. No doubt 2.0 will be just heartbroken at having to face HellStorm in a two on one match.
The Internet Wrestling Syndicate presents Blood, Sweat and Beers October 23rd at Unison Bar et Billiard, 3500 Boulevard Cote Vertu, Montreal, Québec. Doors open at 8:00 PM, IWS Bloodstream begins at 8:30 PM, show starts at 9:00 PM. Tickets are fifteen dollars. For information about the show e-mail email@example.com or visit the Internet Wresting Syndicate at their web-site: www.syndicatewrestling.com For information about IWS merchandise & DVDs, our wholesale prices or our customer referral program e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or order from www.xrv.com/its & Freedom To Fight is now available from Smart Mark Video: www.smartmarkvideo.com
(To reach Unison on foot, go to metro Cote Vertu and take either the 121 or 177 bus and get off on the corner of Cote Vertu and Beaulac. For those coming to Montreal from outside of town, take Autoroute 13, turn off on the 40 service road to Cote Vertu and take Cote Vertu to Beaulac.)
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