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Andrew’s MLW Battle Riot Special Ratings & Review: 7/27/2018

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Well we had a new champion last week, and now we get MLW’s first 2 hour special for Battle Riot. The Battle Riot is their Royal Rumble, with the only noticeable difference of, submissions can eliminate people.

This should be fun to see how MLW handles this first 2 hour show and we’re given a surprised before any action in the ring happens. Tony Schiavone is joined by a different announcer, Matt Striker is joining Tony tonight.

So with an announce team upgrade and a big event feel, let’s see what the show gives us.

 

Myron Reed vs Kotto Brazil

A lot of athletic back and forth that ends in a kip up stare down. But everything continues to go one for one until Reed hits a Springboard Seated Senton for a near fall, then a Scoop Slam for another near fall. Reed keeps up the offense into the corners before Kotto counters a splash attempt and hits a Wrecking Ball Dropkick for a quick 2.

Kotto applies an arm capture crossface that Reed needs to struggle out of, but then we see a few athletic maneuvers before both men crash into each other after dual Crossbody blocks. Myron gets caught across the middle rope which allows for multiple strikes sending Reed to the outside, and Kotto hits back to back Suicide Dives, tries a third, but Reed counters, sends Brazil to the outside and lands a Flying Hip Attack,

Springboard Uppercut gives Reed a near fall, but now it’s time for Myron to put something together. Brazil gets sent into the corner, as he catches Myron’s head, drives it into the middle turnbuckle and a German Suplex gives him a 2 count. Frog Splash attempt from Kotto is almost countered, but Kotto lands on his feet and applies a Trailer Hitch submission for a near submission victory.

Reed matrixes under a Kotto back springboard attempt, hits a Cutter for 2. 450 Splash attempt from Reed, lands on Brazil”s knees for a near fall for Brazil. Inside Out Stunner gave Reed an opening but Kotto pulls a Standing Sliced Bread out of nowhere for the victory.

Winner: Brazil via Stranding Sliced Bread

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Kaci Lennox is interviewing MJF, *insert smarmy crap and happiness for New York since he was born there*, ya MJF, is an incomplete acronym. Maxwell “Just Freaking Awful”.

Kaci Lennox is backstage again, this time with Konnan talking about why he came out of retirement for Battle Riot.

Short trailer for LA Park coming to MLW

Kaci again (I love her), this time with Joey Ryan talking about his Middleweight title match against MJF. Adds a few funny moments about needing to cut weight so no more lollipops and no baby oil for this match.

More Kaci, this time with Team Filthy and the Battle Riot carousel pull. A little discussion about the match last week against Jimmy Havoc, but Tom Lawlor makes a funny excuse and pulls his number.

 

Inaugural MLW Middleweight Championship Match: MJF vs Joey Ryan

Joey does his thing, sharing the lollipop with a fan, oiling up, and then we go to commercial.

After the commercial the match starts and he immediately goes to the “touch it” spot. Full arm drag and twist from Joey, but countered by MJF, until Joey hits a kip up and does a reversal of his own. A lot of jawwing back and forth since they’re both more known for characters than ring work. MJF hits a leaping through the middle rope Arm DDT and starts driving repeated knees into the arm. From there, MJF locks in an Armbar to keep working over the arm he already damaged.

MJF keeps yelling at the crowd and working on the arm, but Joey slides through with wrist control and hits a Wristclutch Exploder Suplex. A little back and forth until Joey catches MJF with a Spinebuster and gets a 2 count.

Arm Capture Side Slam gives MJF a 2 count, as the two competitors begin trading some slaps. MJF spits on Joey, ducks under the lariat, says wait and pokes him in the eye. Both men run into each other, and MJF falls face first into Joey’s crotch. Then when they both get up, MJF tries an Inverted Atomic Drop and injures himself. Joey goes for the lollipop in the mouth spot, sticks it in MJF’s mouth, uses the referee as a shield, pokes Ryan in the eye and then hits a Package Shoulderbreaker, all while keeping the lollipop in his mouth.

Winner: MJF via Package Shoulderbreaker

Rating: **

 

Kaci Lennox with an in-ring interview asking MJF how he feels. He buries the crowd, but all I take from this, is I’m glad red is my favorite color anyway, cause with Kaci’s outfit, it was gonna become my favorite color regardless.

Vanessa Craft now backstage with the Death Machines, but Sami Callihan sends her away and they make their picks.

Kaci Lennox with Swoggle, makes a WWE writer jab, but hey, more Kaci is a good thing.

Highlight package of the Bounty storyline, starting with Brody King, Sami’s blind side attack and Low Ki’s victory.

Vanessa Craft with Salina de la Renta and Low Ki. Vanessa looks scared as Salina announces a Black Friday Management and Promociones Dorado partnership. Low Ki with a nod to Gary Hart and original MLW. Salina ends the interview with the Iceman from Top Gun teeth chomp. 

 

40 Man Battle Riot Battle Royal

Out first, Pentagon Jr and second is Rey Fenix. Should be interesting with how hard they go after each other when there’s a new entrant every 60 seconds. Also should be noted that Fenix and Pentagon are currently MLW Tag Team Champions.

Fenix shrugs and offers a hand shake, Pentagon takes it and kicks him as the two trade some sexy lucha moves and locomotion cradle attempts. Stereo High Kicks send both men to the mat as the third person is Brody King. King lays in immediate chops on both and then lariats into the corner, before the Lucha Bros start working together. Nice tandem cannonball/monkey flip from Fenix and Pentagon.

4th participant is Kenny Dykstra…no Doane…Kenny Doane, the other one is a lawsuit. Spirit Squad chant kicks up before dual Superkicks knock him down, and then King and Doane start working together. Number 5, Tom Lawlor, the best thing in MLW. Lawlor immediately goes after King and sinks in the rear naked choke, and submissions do eliminate people in this match. So Brody King is the first one eliminated from the Riot. Lance Anoa’i comes in 6th but runs into Fenix after only a small glimmer of offense.

Kenny tries to eliminate Pentagon as number 7, Rey Horus comes in. Horus goes after Doane, and then Pentagon grounds him with a Hammerlock -commercial break-

After the commercial Fenix almost eliminates himself as number 8, the Taskmaster Kevin Sullivan shows up with a golden railroad spike. Lawlor catches him in the Rear Naked Choke after Sullivan knock a few people down with right hands. Fallah Bahh is number 9, the Filipino big boi, tells Rey Horus “No, No No”. Crossbody from Bahh flattens Horus. 10th entrant is Swoggle and he immediately bites Fallah”s butt and German Suplex Kenny and Fenix. Pentagon misses a kick and gets Suplexed. Lance Anoa’i ends the small Suplex City as Samu comes in at 11 headbutting everyone.

Samu goes to the corner to celebrate and Lance eliminates his dad. ACH is 12th and we just see a lot of strikes. Swoggle starts lighting up ACH before Pentagon kicks him. Konnan gets the unlucky number. Hasta la muerte despues! Rey Horus steps up as Konnan puts Horus in the Paradise lock,spins out of Lawlor’s moves and goes for the Tequila Sunrise but ACH breaks it up.

Barrington Hughes comes in and him and Fallah Bahh have a belly bump as Swoggle tries to interfere but Lawlor chokes him out with a Guillotine. Jimmy Yuta is 15, and starts putting together some offense as Hughes takes out Lance, Kenny and Konnan. Fallah Bahh, Pentagon and Fenix wipe each other out as Kotto Brazil comes in to a significantly more empty ring.

Rey Horus tries to jump on Barrington, but Hughes tosses him into the corner and splashes the soul out of him. 17th is Richard Holiday. Holiday tries to avoid Hughes but Hughes goes after him. Fred Yehi flies in to try and help out fellow Team Filthy member and he and Lawlor murder Brazil. Jason Cade shows up at 19 while Yuta is still in the ring, and the bickering continues, but they all try to gang up on Barrington. Hughes drops Horus out and everyone except Tom Lawlor spills over the top trying to eliminate the big man.

Teddy Hart is 20, and he just does a Moonsault onto the group of people on the outside. So Teddy eliminates himself and doesn’t care. -commercial break-

Vandal Ortugun is 21, starts trading strikes with Lawlor, but this isn’t close. Armbar and Vandal taps. Mikey Mondo derps to the ring, Lawlor seems confused and insulted. Mikey keeps a whistle in his mouth to add comedic effect during the rear naked choke. FINALLY NOT A JOBBER! PCO is 23! Lawlor grabs a strike and tries a Fujiwara Armbar, into a Crossface but then transitions to ground and pound. LA Smooth at 24, another Samoan taking it to PCO. PCO levels Smooth with a Lariat and gets the 3 count. Simon Gotch trying to come in at 25 to help his teammate Tom Lawlor. The Team Filthy members gang up on PCO at 26 counts down and ends up being Homicide, Mr. 187. Homicide goes after PCO and Team Filthy just stands there and watches.

Davey Boy Jr is 27, and starts going after Gotch and Homicide. Lawlor interferes when the attention is on Gotch, but he starts taking on both Team Filthy members. Blue Meanie is the 28th guy, and does his Meanie dance in his bWo belly shirt. Meanie tries to make friends with Homicide, but Homicide kicks him and eliminates him while Team Filthy takes out PCO. Michael Patrick of the Dirty Blondes is next out, and he’ll add some size to the people in the ring, but he’s a tag team wrestler, so it’s not likely he has a shot. Big number 30 is Sami Callihan. Sami eliminates Homicide immediately  and then allies with Michael Patrick to try and take out Gotch. An elbow and Enzuigiri save Gotch -commercial break-

Three quarters of the way through the participants, we come back from commercial to see Sawyer Fulton run in at 31, which means there are 2 Death Machines and 2 member of Team Filthy. The Death Machines go after Davey Boy Jr and they struggle to take out the baby bulldog. 32, the former champion, Shane ‘Swerve’ Strickland goes right after Callihan. The last Death Machine Leon Scott comes in at 33, and they focus Strickland and Davey Boy. They finally get out Smith, as Simon Gotch and Tom Lawlor try to take it to them. Drago enters in next, as starts kicking whoever is down and bites Callihan’s foot. Leo Bryan, the other half of the Dirty Blondes is in there now as they take it to Gotch, and try weaken Team Filthy.

Even though he lost the Middleweight match, Joey Ryan manages to draw 36 and goes after Callihan. The other half of the Middleweight match MJF shows up next, and him and Ryan pick up where they left off. Team Filthy eliminates both Middleweight competitors. Jake Hager draws so late and it’s a good position for him at 38. Hager eliminates Leon Scott as the other Death Machines try to eliminate Hager. John Hennigan is the next to last entrant as he flies in on Callihan. Hennigan eliminates Michael Patrick with a little rope-a-dope.

The last man to enter is Jimmy Havoc, and he goes right after Drago and dumps him over the top even after a missed Acid Rainmaker. Swerve Stomp on Leo, as he then gets tossed out even after Havoc takes Strickland’s attention. Hennigan with a Small Package on Sawyer Fulton -commercial break-

In off the commercial Shane throws Havoc out,  Sami tries to eliminate Swerve, but he holds on and they fight on the apron. Piledriver onto the apron eliminates Swerve, Lawlor chokes out Callihan over the rope and he slinks off the apron. Hager takes out Hennigan, which leaves two Jake Hager and Tom Lawlor, number 38 versus number 5.

Driving Spinebuster from Hager on to Lawlor as he takes him to the top turnbuckle following a near fall. Lawlor applies the Triangle Choke over the top turnbuckle, Hager turns it into a Powerbomb for a 2 count. Jake keeps trying to throw out Lawlor, Lawlor slips out and tries to eliminate the bigger man. Hager fights out and Lawlor hits a desperation German Suplex. Tom Lawlor looking for a 17th wind, as the two men start striking with uppercuts and forearms. Lawlor gets the best of the exchange with some kicks and quick rabbit punches, as he then starts a succession of mid kicks followed by a running Front Kick, for only 2.

Lawlor goes for the Rear Naked Choke as Hager keeps trying to toss Lawlor but slowly starts dropping. Hager rolls through the choke and applies an Ankle Lock as Lawlor tries to find a way out of it.  Lawlor goes to the ropes for leverage but falls down, as the crowd chants “Please Don’t Tap”. Tom starts biting his hand to not tap, and walks up the ropes to try and get leverage out of the  Ankle Lock. Lawlor manages to flip Hager out of the ring and land on the apron as Jake goes crashing to the floor. Lawlor goes in at 5 and now has a title shot whenever he chooses.

Winner: ‘Flithy’ Tom Lawlor

Rating: ***

Post match interview with Matt Striker and Tom Lawlor, gets across that Lawlor finally gets the guarantee he deserves and the L in MLW will stand for Major LAWLOR Wrestling.

Thoughts:

Now like I’ve gone over before, and recently in POD is War, Battle Royals, Royal Rumbles, I don’t grade highly. It’s more of an “entertaining” or “train wreck” kind of perception. Just too many moving pieces, too many obviously filler moments with jobbers and comedy that grading a Rumble the same way as a regular match really just isn’t fair.

That being said, the show was pretty damn good. I don’t care for Joey Ryan or MJF, so their shtick doesn’t add to a match for me, so even though I wasn’t a fan of it, it might resonate better with others. We do however see the right guy win the Battle Riot. Tom Lawlor really should be the face of the franchise, cause not only is he a legit fighter with his MMA background, he’s extremely charismatic and a likable tweener.

Also purely biased point here, the more Kaci Lennox is on the screen, the happier I am. So if you keep her as the main interviewer, I will have less and less to complain about. MLW put on a damn good show, check out their YouTube channel over the weekend if you didn’t see it live.


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Ring Warriors: Episode 3 Review

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Ring Warriors

As I prepared for a drive to Guthrie, Oklahoma for a show I sit down for a cup of coffee and new episode of Ring Warriors. We open the show with a promotion of the Grand Championship tournament and get promised two quarterfinal matches in this hour. Our commentary team includes Austin Aries again this week. Ken Resnik finally gets introduced before he speaks with Dante Brown and Michael Tarver. Michael Tarver is still jacked to the gills and he can cut a promo. A cheesy promo, but a promo. Same goes for Wes Brisco but he doesn’t sound quite as confident.

 

Quarter Final Match: Michael Tarver w/Dante Brown vs Wes Brisco

Wes Brisco comes out like a white-hot babyface. I really hate that Wes wears his tights over his boots. Tarver wearing MMA gloves doesn’t make sense at all. If you’re legitimately trying to hurt someone like the character you play, why would you wear gloves the insulate your punches and stop landing a knuckle on a cheekbone or chin? I’m not sure how stiff Tarver really is but his kicks look brutal. They’ve been going back and forth all match. I don’t remember Tarver being this decent of a worker. I popped for Aries’s line about rather having Bronco Lubich as the referee. We go to a nice cinematic shot of the announce team as Wes Brisco wins by an Indian Death Lock he calls the Brisco Lock.

Winner: Wes Brisco

 

The Hotshots (Cassidy Riley & Chase Stevens) vs The Demi-God of Death and Dark Child

I will say The Hotshots have the build I like to see in wrestling, they don’t look like bodybuilders but they look powerful. Reverend Joseph Nelson apparently a southern preacher gimmicked manager sends Funnybone known now as The Demi-God of Death and Dark Child fka as Chance Prophet. Not much has changed with Dark Child’s looks since my first review of Ring Warriors. This match is an all-out brawl. Cassidy Riley sets up for a tag team move and Chase Stevens has to wait for Dark Child to get in position to pick his ankle which looked kind of clunky. They set up the move after the disqualification by Dark Child pushing the referee. Then Stevens misses the neckbreaker when they finally get to hit the move.

Winners: The Hotshots

 

We now get a pre-tape on the Slambino family. They come to apparently extort Joe’s New York Pizza in Las Vegas. The owner seemingly convinces them to make a pizza instead of taking the money from the register. One of the Slambino’s presumably the boss puts cheese on the pizza before the sauce causing the whole family to go off on him. They all leave and he leaves taking the uncooked pizza with him saying “I’ll cook it at home!” This whole scene took any honest heel heat a mob family gimmick could get out from under them.

 

Quarter Finals Match: Jeff Cobb vs Luke Hawx

We start off with an interview with Jeff Cobb. I popped when Jeff said that Luke Hawk “Ain’t no altar boy.” then how convenient as the interviewer mentions Luke being a big dude here comes Luke towering over Jeff Cobb. Just like that, it’s time for the main event. Classic Jeff Cobb once we go through a series of tie-ups he lands a wrestling takedown as you’d expect from a 2004 Olympic Wrestler from Guam. Luke Hawx got major air on the dropkick. Most dropkicks land somewhere near the chest, Luke has his feet on either side of Cobb’s head. Both men threw many variations of the suplex. Jeff Cobb shows his athleticism with a standing moonsault. Luke Hawx stands on the outside of the second rope then moonsaults into the ring onto Cobb in a anything you can do I can do better moment. Luke Hawx shows his ring generalship by grabbing the rope instead of kicking out this late in the match. Cobb hits a standing dropkick which hits Hawx in the chest while he’s sitting on the top rope. Another pop when Aries mentions giving Luke Hawx “Option C” to allow him to win the title. While on the outside Austin Aries starts distracting Luke Hawx allowing Jeff Cobb to slide in before the count out. This was hands down my favorite match so far in both episodes I have seen.

Winner: Jeff Cobb

 

This felt very much like an old-school Southern wrestling show. Wes Brisco, The Hotshots, and Luke Hawx are definitely Southern style workers and the people they worked with worked with that very well. Again the cinematic views before and after each break, whether they were shot from drone or helicopter, are stunning. Ring Warriors is quickly becoming one of my favorite wrestling promotions on TV today.

 

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Sonoran Championship Wrestling BATTLE|LINES Results (9/21/18)

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SCW Battle Lines

SCW (Sonoran Championship Wrestling) returned to The World Famous Nile Theater on Friday night, September 21, for BATTLE|LINES! Tensions were high all night, and the rowdy crowd in attendance were treated so some amazing action.

By the end of the night we had a new (but reluctant) tag team, fans begging for more EJ-Calder, one pissed off challenger, and the revelation of perhaps the strongest force ever to hit SCW…

Full results:

Navajo Warrior pinned Alex Salyers
Salyers reminded everyone of the reasons he asked for “the biggest, baddest, and most respected man in Arizona,” and then promptly punched him in the face. The legendary competitor proved too much in the end.

SBR & Cole Wright (with Travis Lee) beat Awesome Andy & Aguila
Two brand new teams in SCW brought the action early and never stopped, bringing the fans to their feet on multiple occasions. In the end, Travis sprayed Andy with Body Spray, leading his team to victory. After the match it was obvious that SBR & Cole had no clue what Travis was up to.

The Heat Seat with Pete The Heat and special guest Sergio Vega
Pete The Heat welcomed Sergio Vega, who explained that he was attacked at the border on his way to August’s Big Trouble In Little Mesa. He didn’t see the attacker, but did notice that Jay Garland was wearing a Sergio Vega shirt when he left the building with Thugnificent that night. The Hawaiian Lion entered the ring to remind Sergio to focus on their match later in the evening, and that the Arizona legend fully intended on ending the year-plus reign of the champion.

SOS (with June Jackson) pinned Morgan (with Adrenalyn) in a No Disqualification Match
June Jackson announced that she would not be participating in the match, but “supervising” as her best friend, SOS, battled Morgan instead. Morgan didn’t come alone, bringing back-up on the form of Adrenalyn! All four women battled throughout The Nile, but in the end a (legal) chairshot from SOS allowed her to score the pin after June blasted Adrenalyn with a tire iron.

EJ Sparks and Calder McColl battled to a time limit draw
In another first time ever encounter, EJ and Calder brought the fight in a big way, neither letting up for the duration of the match. Calder connected with an Air Raid Crash, but EJ kicked out of the pinfall attempt right before time expired. Calder was frustrated, but the two men embraced to end a match that fans are already asking to see again.

Toom E Guci addressed the crowd
SCW co-owner and general manager Toom E Guci announced that on October 19, we will celebrate two years of Sonoran Championship Wrestling  at Run The Gauntlet. Competitors will compete in the biggest Gauntlet ever, spanning the entire evening, and the winner will have the ability to make any match they choose. Toom revealed that the first match of Run The Gauntlet.

SCW Tag Team Champions Jay Garland & The MITH and Impulse Champion Thugnificent fought The Brothers Of Wrestling (Evan Daniels & R-Three) and LJ Ramos to a no-contest
Toom E Guci got the answers he was seeking when these six men jumped into action. LJ Ramos was (seemingly) injured during the match, and was rendered unable to continue and helped to the back. The 3-on-2 advantage proved to be too much for the BOW, and when all hope was lost LJ returned to the ring! Once LJ was tagged in, he stood face-to-face with The Man In The Hood, but turned around and attacked Evan Daniels! Garland, Thugnificent, MITH, and Ramos maintained a 4-on-2 advantage until EJ Sparks ran to confront the four men. Before EJ could do anything, June Jackson snuck in and hit EJ with a low blow, leading to a 5-on-1 attack on the fan favorite. Jay Garland took the mic and revealed that Genesys was reformed, much to the dismay of Toom E Guci.

SCW Heavyweight Champion Sergio Vega pinned The Hawaiian Lion to retain his championship
After defeating Ricky Mandel to earn this championship opportunity, The Hawaiian Lion took the fight to the champion, but there was no backing down for Sergio Vega. Lion connected with an Axe Bomber late in the match, but was slow to cover. Sergio kicked out, but Lion immediately latched onto a Coquina Clutch. Sergio got to the ropes multiple times, and referee Scott Johnson had to pull Lion off of Sergio. Lion protested, but that gave Sergio the opening he needed to score the victor. Lion snapped after the match, taking out his frustrations on the champion and refusing to release the Clutch. The Navajo Warrior hit the ring to finally break Lion from the hold, restraining him before he could do more damage to the champion, the official, and potentially his own career.

Sonoran Championship Wrestling returns to The Nile Theater on Friday, October 19, 2018 for Run The Gauntlet! Don’t miss this night of non-stop action as the SCW roster attempts to Run The Gauntlet from start to finish.

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James’ Ring Warriors Results & Review (9/16/18)

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Ring Warriors

Rolling out of bed at 6:45 on a Saturday morning for no reason is far from my idea of a good time. But this morning is different, today is the first episode of Howard Brody’s Ring Warriors TV show on WGN America. Words cannot begin to describe how happy I am when I see a new promotion getting a national TV deal. So that being said the good folks right here at The Chairshot and myself will be bringing you a weekly review.

Austin Aries is the first face we see as he tells us the belt collector and a taping with some names I immediately recognize including Kahagas, Desi Derata, Jeff Cobb, Kahagas, even stars from the original Ring Warrior show such as Alex Chamberlain and Chance Prophets. Blake Chadwick and Larry Brannon welcome us but are quickly interrupted by the title collecting, banana eating, Austin Aries.

Austin Aries seemingly cut his usual babyface promo before leaning heel the goes beyond this saying he was pulling out of the Ring Warriors Grand Championship tournament and he was part owner of Ring Warrior. My favorite part was the scrolling breaking news update across the bottom of the screen confirming that he, in fact, had become a partner of Ring Warriors. He then makes his first executive decision and joins the commentary team at the Sam’s Town Casino tapings.

Damian Drake vs Martin Casus

Our first match sees a guy I’m a huge fan of and think highly of Martin Casaus, Lucha Underground’s Marty the Moth, taking on a guy I’d never heard of. Austin Aries compares Martin to a “jacked Jack Black” in typical fashion. It was a classic big man little man story with Martin Casaus throwing Damian Drake around. Drake reminds me of Will Ospreay not just in appearance but in what little offense we saw. It didn’t take long for Casaus to hit Lights Out and pick up the win.

Winner: Martin Casaus

Desi Derata vs Santana Garrett

We get a promo from Santana Garrett mentioning that her first match was with Ring Warriors and she won the Ring Warriors Ladies Championship. Desi Derata I’ve had the pleasure of working with many times with the Imperial Wrestling Revolution, now the World Class Revolution. Desi has a solid 5-6 inch height advantage so she gets the majority of the middle offense before being cut off by Santana Garrett. Garrett lands a beautiful side Russian leg sweep and floats over into a pin attempt. Santana Garrett attempts a handspring only to have her hair pulled allowing Desi to hit the North Wind. Oddly the referee stopped counting the pinfall. Austin Aries refers to the referee as Mr. Lahey, which being a Trailer Park Boys fan popped me.

Winner: Desi Derata

We now get a promo from Wes Brisco, son of WWE Hall of Famer Gerald Brisco. Wes says he is here to prove to people that the black cloud that followed him is gone and he is here to win the Ring Warriors Grand Championship. He says he’s never going to quit, he is going to remember the bad times to make sure he solidifies his name in the history books.

Luke Hawx vs Chris Bey

Luke Hawx looks as jacked as ever and the “Southern Stomper” looks ready to go. Luke Hawx interrupts Chris Bey’s entrance and demands to be announced first. The 19-year veteran of the business is quickly taken down by the high flying, fast paced offense of Chris Bey. Hawx turned it around and slowed it down landing a series of chops, the first of which almost sent Bey over the ropes. Chris Bey jumps on Luke Hawk’s back before jumping up and stomping the back of his head. Luke Hawx catches Bey in mid-air and puts him away after a series of backbreakers. Luke then proceeds to help Bey up after the match raises his hand and even does the head rub like you would give a kid who just lost.

Winner: Luke Hawx

Kahagas vs Alex Chamberlain

Ken Resnick gets us some comments from The Tokyo Monster and his manager Dante Brown. Alex Chamberlain has definitely put on some muscle and looks older which makes him look more like a wrestler and less like a kid. Austin Aries teases an Impact Wrestling title match in Ring Warriors next week. Kahagas and Chamberlain go back and forth trading blows and brawling in and out of the ring. After a few meetings with the barricade, Chamberlain is seemingly out of this match. A Stan Hansen like lariat out of the corner almost ended Kahagas’ reign of punches on Chamberlain. After a series of sneaky pinfall attempts an inside cradle puts The Tokyo Monster away.

Winner: Alex Chamberlain

Words cannot begin to describe how impressed I was with this show they’re truly blending old and new school wrestling. Having homegrown talent that’s had time to mature and hone their craft as well as some of the up and coming names on the independent scene vs trying to us former major company names to draw in fans is a smart move in my opinion. Seeing Ken Resnick made me smile as I remembered ever post Mean Gene AWA show I had watched. The staging was simple but effective. The video production including David Marquez of the United Wrestling Network and his own promotion Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, was phenomenal. The in-ring action can only really be shot one way but the cinematic shots of the commentators, the matches themselves during the pre-break segments, and the drone shots of Las Vegas were gorgeous. I must say Howard Brody and the Ring Warriors crew might have just made me a morning person.

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