For the International Wrestling Syndicate, it is the determination to build on a successful 2004; to continue to offer the best wrestling in Canada; and to build on the breakthroughs that our wrestlers had around the world as our hardcore ambassadors brought IWS action to the Northeast and to Southern California; to Germany and to England.
For IWS star the Triple X "Sex XXXpress" Sexxxy Eddy, the New Year is a time to set his goal on regaining the IWS title, "Last year, I was the IWS' Sex Ambassador - I wowed them in Germany; I dazzled them in Britain; I brought them to their feet in New Jersey. In Delaware I made the finals of the Tournament of Death, drinking my own blood to do it, and that led to me winning a share of the Combat Zone Wrestling tag team title and becoming one of the biggest stars that Philadelphia has ever seen! This year, I'm going back on the road and I'm doing it with the ultimate fashion accessory: the IWS belt." Which would mean beating Franky the Mobster at Praise the Violence, "Hey, don't get me wrong. Franky has shown that he's a great champion - pinning Pierre Carl Ouellet twice in two months - but if you ask me, Franky is a man who is wound a little too tight. I don't know if it's too much caffeine or something else or if it's because he makes the ladies scream in fright instead of making them scream in delight, but he definitely needs to relax. So, at Praise the Violence, I am going to take the burden of the IWS gold off his shoulders when I pin him one, two, three in the middle of the ring and become the IWS champion for the third time."
Franky's partner in crime, Kevin Steen has resolutions of his own: wrapping up unfinished business with his mentor Pierre Carl Ouellet. With Kevin Steen making his Ring of Honour debut February 19th against B-Boy at the same time that he is a regular with CZW in Philadelphia, JAPW in New Jersey and PWG in California, Kevin's schedule is becoming increasingly tight. On January 15th, in what may be his last match in Canada for some time, Mr. Wrestling will take on Pierre Carl Ouellet to settle once and for all who is the best: the student or the teacher.
The IWS Baby Oil Phenom, EXesS begins the year with one burning desire: to take revenge on his old boss, Commissioner Joseph FitzMorris and the Commissioner's assassin, the Evil Ninja. Last month, those two men attacked EXesS backstage ruining an IWS dream match between EXesS and Sexxxy Eddy. That is a match that EXesS badly wants to give to the fans, but first he's taking out the Commissioner and his Ninja.
Also scheduled for Praise the Violence, Player Uno will continue his quest to crack the IWS roster as he competes in a dark match against Shinjiro.
HellStorm is a man who has already earned his place on the IWS roster… as a tag team specialist. But this does not satisfy the man who calls himself "Quebec's Only Pure Wrestler!" The Quebec City native has been badgering Commissioner Joseph FitzMorris for months to give him a singles match citing his match against Damian last April as proof of his ability. The Commissioner finally relented over Christmas promising to find Hell Storm a suitable opponent. At Praise the Violence, HellStorm will face Calgary Stampede's "King of the Suplexes" Kid Nichols, as Nichols prepares for his upcoming WWE SmackDown dark match.
Other matches will be announced on IWS Bloodstream scheduled to be released this Friday.
Like the IWS' fans, IWS co-owner Danny Cox was horrified by the actions of his partner Manny Elefthriou during Season's Beatings - firing Kurt Lauderdale in the middle of the ring, taunting the crowd and ex-IWS wrestler the Arsenal and nearky starting a riot in the process. Over the holidays, Danny Cox released the following statement:
"On behalf of myself and Carol, I would like to wish the best of the holidays to all of the fans, staff and wrestlers of the International Wrestling Syndicate. We are very fortunate in the IWS to have the support of the best fans in the world, who followed us to seven different venues this year and cheered us on as we made great breakthroughs - appearing on PPV across Canada; getting our IWS wrestlers booked around the world and most nights seeing them steal the show; and seeing our videos taped, edited and released around the world by Smart Mark Video.
But even if 2004 was our most successful year to date, we did have some small failures along the way. On behalf of the entire IWS management team, I would like to extend my apologies to the IWS fans and the IWS wrestlers for what happened in the ring at Seson's Beatings on December 18th. It never should have happened and I am taking steps to ensure that it never happens again. I would also like to thank Franky the Mobster and Pierre Carl Ouellet who, in a very difficult situation, saved the show with a dynamite main event.
As you all know I have always been a big supporter of free speech. It has come to my attention that my partner Manny has been doing his best to suppress the footage of what happened December 18th between himself, Kurt and the Arsenal. I have given permission to Mike Burns of Smart Mark Video to release the footage of what happened that night, unedited, but I think that I need to do more. It turns out that one of our "broomboys" was shooting footage at the show for a mini-documentary that played on CFCF-12 before Christmas. I have decided to make the footage that he shot of that incident available to all of our fans on the IWS web-site. Decide for yourselves.
Again, I would like to wish all of our fans the happiest of holidays, I would like to thank you all for supporting us during 2004 and I invite you to stick around in 2005 as we plan on having an even better year to come."
Please note that this footage was shot by a student on his personal camera, and is an incomplete version of the incident. A complete professionally shot version of the incident is available on the Smart Mark Video VHS and DVD of Season's Beatings. Contact Smart Mark Video at http://www.smartmarkvideo.com
The Internet Wrestling Syndicate presents Praise the Violence, January 15th at Unison Bar et Billiard, 3500 Boulevard Cote Vertu, Montreal, Québec. Card subject to change. Doors open at 7:00 PM, IWS Bloodstream begins at 7:30 PM, show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are fifteen dollars. For information about the show e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or order from www.xrv.com/its or 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.)