The Kevin Steen Victory Tour Continues!
The Kevin Steen Victory Tour keeps rolling on, despite a brave attempt by Fred la Merveille to derail it by beating Steen for the Internet Wrestling Syndicate title last Saturday, October 23rd. In fact, Fred would be IWS champion right now, if his minion, Damian, had not turned on his “chef” attacking Fred and helping Kevin Steen defend his title to conclude a very successful Blood, Sweat and Beers gala.
Damian declared to the stunned crowd that after more than a year, the Syndicat de Lutte Internet had brought Quebec no closer to independence, despite all of Fred la Merveille’s promises. In a furious French tirade, Damian insisted that Quebec would never have its independence and that Fred la Merveille was simply leading people on. Damian went on to say that he wanted to get booked in the United States just like Kevin Steen, something that Fred would never to be able to do for him.
The Kevin Steen Victory Tour continues with a successful defence of his IWS belt last night, in Rahway, New Jersey against Florida’s best wrestler, Roderick Strong in front of an enthusiastic crowd, for Jersey All Pro Wrestling’s Halloween Hell gala. Next Saturday, Steen travels to Quebec City to face the “King of the Old School” Steve Corino. The following weekend, Kevin Steen will board a plane to make his West Coast debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, as he and El Generico will face off against one of California’s best tag teams Quick Silver and Scorpio Sky.
Blood, Sweat and Beers began with Kevin Steen bragging about becoming the hottest new indy star in North America. Fred la Merveille cut him off and verbally assaulted the IWS Champion in French, accusing him of betraying his heritage by refusing to speak French. “Notre Fred Nationale” also said that when Kevin went to the States, it was obvious that he didn’t go there to represent Quebec or to represent the IWS, that he went there just to represent himself. An infuriated Kevin Steen responded, telling Fred that he was a great clown but a lousy wrestler. Fred’s rebuttal was a low blow with his trusty Quebec flag that sent Kevin Steen whimpering to the mat.
The first match of Blood, Sweat and Beers pitted the Sultans of Smug, 2.0, Shane Matthews and Jagged, against the make-shift team of Nightmare Manson from Extreme Revolution and Hell Storm from New Breed. This team had been “created” by 2.0 in the hopes that this spontaneous team would result in an easy victory. Manson and Hell Storm did have a rocky beginning with some miscommunications, but as the match continued the two men found some common ground and began working smoothly together… much to 2.0’s dismay. In desperation, 2.0 managed to put Manson and Hell Storm through a table on the outside of the ring and scrambled back into the ring for a count-out victory at 11:45.
Dan Paysan and El Generico electrified the IWS crowd with a daredevil high-flying contest. As the match progressed, it became obvious that Dan had done his homework as he countered or avoided most of El Generico’s signature moves. The partisan crowd chanted “Brain Buster” on numerous occasions, but Paysan frustrated El Generico (and his fans) every time, but Dan for his part was never quite able to put El Generico away despite many chances to do so. Finally, Dan made one tiny mistake and El Generico put him away with a Super Brain Buster followed by a 450 splash to get the pin at 15:12.
Prior to Blood, Sweat and Beers, Beef Wellington was scheduled to face Dan Paysan. Beef wriggled out of that match by arranging for his roommate El Generico to face Dan. Unfortunately for Beef, that led directly to Beef being challenged to a match against a much more dangerous Italian: Franky the Mobster. Beef started the match by mocking Franky’s fanny pack by wearing one of his own and Franky quickly demonstrated why he is considered one of the most dangerous heavyweights in Canada when he destroyed Beef’s fanny pack to start the contest and then destroyed Beef with a breathtaking suicide dive barely a minute into the contest. Beef rallied and realizing that he needed to weaken his adversary, picked a body part to work over with every move in his arsenal: Franky’s posterior. This gambit was very nearly successful, but in the end Franky was just too strong and he put Beef away at 11:49. After the match, Franky grabbed a chair to punctuate his victory at Beef’s expense, but Beef was able to steal the chair and give Franky a ringing chair shot to the Mobster’s derriere before fleeing for his life. An incensed Franky attacked senior IWS official P-Nut as a Beef substitute.
Kid Kamikaze and EXesS, two men who both claim to be the best technical wrestlers in Canada, put on a wrestling clinic as they put on a match that wouldn’t have been out of place in Japan. The two men experimented with ways of bending bones and popping ligaments as they twisted and countered and blocked each other into Escher tableaus of pain. In the end, it was EXesS who was just a tiny bit better than Kid Kamikaze, twisting Double K into a move that was half submission and half pin, winning by pin-fall at 13:01. After the match, the Evil Ninja attacked EXesS at Commissioner Joseph FitzMorris’s prompting leading to the Ninja giving ExcesS a sick tombstone pile driver on two chairs. When Kid Kamikaze went to thank the Evil Ninja however, the Evil Ninja attacked Double K as well. Apparently, more than a year of craven toadying by Kid Kamikaze towards Commissioner Joseph FitzMorris have been completely pointless.
In a rematch from Freedom to Fight, the new IWS tag team champions defended their title against former champions, le Syndicat de Lutte Internet. Since the Flying Hurricanes won the title in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match, the SLI had never actually been pinned for their titles. In short, the two teams beat the living hell out of each other as the SLI, Damian and Viking proved once again that they are the stiffest team in Canada while the Flying Hurricanes, Takao and Kenny the Bastard proved once again that they are the most resilient. The match turned on a mistake by Viking. Frustrated by being unable to keep Kenny the Bastard down, Viking dragged him to the apron to power bomb him to the floor, but Kenny reversed the move, used Viking’s momentum against him to haul the big man onto his shoulders and dropped Viking on to the floor. Damian was easy pickings for the combined Flying Hurricanes after that and he was pinned after taking an Unpredictable Motion at 14:14.
Despite blowing out his knee in the first minute of his match against Pierre Carl Ouellet, Kurt Lauderdale very nearly pulled off the victory against the three time WWE tag team champion. PCO, like the veteran that he is, went after Kurt’s knee like a shark dividing the crowd right down the middle between those cheering for him and those cheering for the Career Killer. With only one good wheel, Kurt put up a brave fight, but was finally pinned at 15:23.
As a result of lingering injuries caused by a vicious and reckless shovel driver given to him by US indy wrestler Trent Acid, fan favourite Sexxxy Eddy was not able to wrestle. But he did come to the ring to deliver a few chosen words to Trent Acid, including making it clear that Trent Acid was no longer welcome in Montreal, after making verbal threats that he would attack Mike Burns of Smart Mark Video at the next IWS show. Eddy also apologized to his valet D-Vyn for giving her a rough time after Trent Acid slung D-Vyn over his shoulder and took off with her. In fact, Eddy was on his knees, about to show the crowd how best to apologize, when Commissioner Joseph FitzMorris interrupted and chewed Eddy out for talking about matters in public best left back stage.
In the main event of Blood, Sweat and Beers, Fred la Merveille made the crowd believe that he was going to walk out the IWS champion. Kevin Steen found himself on the defensive early on as Fred demonstrated that he could match Kevin Steen move for move and hold for hold. After many near-falls for both men, with the action flowing in and out of the ring, Kevin Steen allowed himself to be distracted by Fred’s curvaceous femme fatale valet, Elsa Bangz. This nearly proved disastrous, as Elsa levelled Kevin with a low blow and followed up with a picture perfect tornado DDT. When Fred followed up with his “101” pedigree finisher, the entire building was convinced that Fred had just won the title… until Kevin Steen got his shoulder up just barely in the nick of time. Looking for something to finish off Kevin Steen, Fred prepared to hit his “101” pedigree on a chair, until Damian hit the ring and convinced Fred to use their double team “Tueurs de Policiers” instead, but when Fred turned his back on Damian to set up the move, Damian attacked his “chef” and the “maudit traitre” helped Kevin Steen put Fred away with a vicious Ohtani kick before Steen put Fred through a chair with his package pile driver for the win at 19:45.
The Internet Wrestling Syndicate presents Born to Bleed, November 20th at Unison Bar et Billiard, 3500 Boulevard Cote Vertu, Montreal, Québec. 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 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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