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ROH: Night of Hoopla and Reclamation


Ring of Honor has finally pulled back on its ban on digital cameras, just in time too: Gregory Davis was able to capture all the glorious, pants-free moments of Night of Hoopla in Chicago. He then traveled to Milwaukee for night one of Reclamation. Enjoy our photos and read the full results of the tour here. There’s also a photo or two courtesy former ROH champion “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards, welcome to the staff! Be sure to check out his new DVD here.

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AAW: Day of Defiance 2013 Gallery


It was a dream match that many thought would never happen. But it did, and it was glorious. Mixed Martial Archie vs. Davey Richards. Alone, the epic battle would have been worth the price of admission, but there was also an excellent match between Heidi Lovelace and Miss Natural, an entertaining “Hoopla Uncensored” with Truth Martini and Joey Eastman, an awesome display of action between the teams of ACH/Michael Elgin & Richards/Kyle O’Reilly, Sami Callihan and Shane Hollister beating the shit out of each other. Perhaps most significantly, Eddie Kingston, arrived in AAW and put the entire roster on notice.

This May 17th show is already available for purchase: VOD  DVD MP4

Photos 1-118 by Gregory Davis, 119-138 by Christopher Codina.

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AAW: Point of No Return 2013 Gallery


At AAW’s Point of No Return, we saw Silas Young and Jimmy Jacobs prove that even without titles they could still be at the forefront of the roster. We saw the AAW debut of Rich Swann, who seemed to find the Eagles Club a fine roost from which to perform his avian arsenal. We saw Truth Martini offer Saraya Knight a dollar to take out MsChif. We saw ACH and Kyle O’Reilly take things to another level in the Last Hero’s first defense of the AAW Heritage title. And we saw Michael Elgin and Davey Richards in a battle worthy of an early Match of the Year nod.

See the photos from the first AAWSHIM weekend show below from Gregory Davis (1-39) and Christopher Codina (40-54).

AAW: Point of No Return

April 12th, 2013 – Berwyn, IL

  1. Silas Young defeated Jimmy Jacobs
  2. Colt Cabana and Junthai Miller defeated Dan Lawrence and Markus Crane
  3. AAW Heritage Championship contender’s match: Lamar Titan w/ Kevin Harvey and Nikki Mayday defeated Rich Swann and Louis Lyndon
  4. Losing team must break up: Keith Walker and Tweek Phoenix w/ Kevin Harvey and Nikki Mayday def. The Northstache Express (Darin Corbin and Marion Fontaine)
  5. Shane Hollister w/ Markus Crane and Scarlett def. Sami Callihan
  6. MsChif, Christina Von Eerie, and Heidi Lovelace def. Saraya Knight, Miss Natural, and Taylor Made w/ Truth Martini
  7. AAW Heritage Championship match: ACH (c) def. Kyle O’Reilly
  8. AAW Tag Team Championship match: Irish Airborne (Jake Crist and Dave Crist) (c) def. Arik Cannon and Mat Fitchett
  9. AAW Heavyweight Championship: Michael Elgin (c) def. Davey Richards

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Beyond Wrestling and St. Louis Anarchy: Double Trouble Review

Featuring: ACH, Johnny Gargano, Eric Corvis, Jonny Mangue, Chase Brunett, Zane Silver, Matthew Justice, The Pitboss, The Hate Junkies, dany only, Strknyn, Arik Canon, Darin Corbin, Christian Rose, The Submission Squad, Evan Gelistico, Gary Jay, Pierre Abernathy, Dale Patricks, Remi Wilkins, Heidi Lovelace, Nate Stone, Reed Bentley, Tripp Cassidy, Davey Vega, Eric Ryan, The Kentucky Buffet, Alex Castle, Matt Cage, The Hooligans, Devin Cutter, Mason Cutter, Mark Angel, Drew Gulak, Aaron Epic, Pinkie Sanchez, Sugar Dunkerton, The Slaughterhouse, KJ Crush, Maserati Rick, Tony Banks, Rickey Shane Page, Dan Walsh, Johnny Cockstrong, RD Evans

Available on DVD for $12 hereMP4 for $12 here, VOD for $10 here.

Photos Courtesy Wayne Palmer 

On the day that their purchase of Women Superstars Uncensored was confirmed, Beyond Wrestling ventured to Absolute Intense Wrestling’s stomping ground, Turners Hall in Cleveland, in Ohio. But instead of AIW, they had a different dancing partner, in the form of St. Louis Anarchy. The mid-west cousins of Austin’s ACW had perhaps their biggest platform yet for this show. Did Beyond and SLA dare to try and one up AIW on their home turf? Indeed, they dared.

1. Eric Corvis [+11], Jonny Mangue [+2] & Team Beyond (Chase Burnett [-7] & Zane Silver [-3]) vs. Matthew Justice [-1], The Pitboss [+7] & The Hate Junkies (dany only [+4] & Stryknyn [+2]) – Team Beyond versus Team Kill Everyone In Beyond, essentially. Pitboss is facing his former Doom Patrol stablemate, Jonny Mangue, with some new, more like-minded partners in Justice and The Hate Junkies. Prior to this Mangue had helped Pitboss and Chris Dickinson make life hell for Corvis, Brunett, and Silver, but the “Smooth Savage” changed his ways this year and worked with his former rivals.

The match started with a big brawl that spilled to the outside very quick. Team Beyond got the early advantage, but the storm was weathered, and dany only puts his team in control. The “Shitboss”… sorry, Pitboss (only reporting what was chanted) continued to work over Zane Silver, but after a few minutes, Silver made the tag to Eric Corvis. After losing the advantage, the wrestlers at ringside got Corvis back in it by singing the Rocky theme.

Later on Mathew Justice, Pitboss and the Hate Junkies found themselves stacked up together, when Zane Silver dropkicked off the top rope onto all of them in a unique moment. dany only then created another one by suplexing Burnett into a DDT on his own partner Silver. After another melee, Justice caught Corvis with a low blow, and hit two DVDs into the corner on him for the win. A good opening contest, a bit crazy in places, but it had a nice flow. Johnny Cockstrong noted on commentary that The Beasts had a 200lb combined advantage on their opponents, and it ultimately told.

2. Arik Cannon [0], Darin Corbin [0] & Christian Rose [0] vs. The Submission Squad (Evan Gelistico [0], Gary Jay [-2] & Pierre Abernathy [-1]) – Cannon’s team came out to B.o.B, which Rose noted was not the song they originally intended to come out to. The Submission Squad were looking for a great performance here, with two of the members on losing records going in.

Things were off to a rough start for the Squad when even the referee found himself bodyslamming Gary Jay. As this is a St. Louis Anarchy match, and therefore competed under Anarchy Rules, the match continued. Then there was gigantic showdown between “Big Daddy” Pierre Abernathy and “Ginger Madness” Darin Corbin, and then there was the the usual slo-mo sequence (which Robert Evans, on commentary, followed suit in slo-mo calling). The Squad then took control and Evan “Kick the World” Gelistico pretty much took Christian “Born to Hurt” Rose’s face off. Appropriate. Arik Cannon (the Dastardly Urban Fiend as Evans put it) put down his PBR long enough to come in and run riot all over the Submission Squad. Things then went bonzo gonzo, and Jay used a break in the confusion to pull Cannon’s tights for the pin, and earning a huge win for the Submission Squad.

3. School Of Roc Tag Team Sole Survivor Elimination Match: Dale Patricks [0], Remi Wilkins [0] & Heidi Lovelace [0] vs. Nate Stone [0], Reed Bentley [0] & Tripp Cassidy [0] – Availible in its entirety above, this was a sole survivor elimination match: once a team is completely eliminated, the remaining members of the other team must wrestle each other until there is one winner. A sort of mini Cibernetico. Continue reading

Beyond Wrestling: Crises Precipitate Change Review

Featuring: ACH, Drew Gulak, Johnny Cockstrong, Nick Talent, Doug Summers, AR Fox, Brian Fury, Julian Starr, Mark Angel, JT Dunn, Steve “The Turtle” Weiner, Anthony Stone, Jonny Mangue, Sugar Dunkerton, Pinkie Sanchez, Aaron Epic, Mikaze, Mark Shurman, Darius Carter, Taka Suzuki

Available on Demand: YouTube -$9.99  and Smart Mark Video – $9.99

Upstart existentialist promotion Beyond Wrestling held their Crises Precipitate Change show over the weekend of November 19th and 20th, 2011 in North Andover, MA. As some of you may well be aware, Beyond Wrestling is built on the concept of wrestling for wrestlers – there’s typically no fans in the audience, only the other wrestlers on the card watching on as the wrestlers express themselves. In the months leading up this event, Beyond began its expansion into fan attended shows with About Time and Back In Flesh. Crisis was a return to the original formula. However many Beyond mainstays, like Chris Dickinson, Corvis Fear, and Team Beyond, were unavailable due to injury or retirement. This led to multiple new faces making their first appearances in the true Beyond environment, hence the title.

Another big change is that this is the first show in Beyond Wrestling’s new partnership with YouTube. The video is available On Demand for $9.99 there as well as on Smart Mark Video.

Note: Beyond Wrestling applies a ranking system for its wrestlers, which affords wrestlers certain privileges and perks for building up wins, such as making their own matches. I’ll be including each wrestler’s rank with their name, so if you see them with a +, they’re doing well, a – means they need to do better, so here we go…

Your announcer is the almighty Denver Colorado (the man, not the place).

AR Fox [-2] vs. Johnny Cockstrong [+12]

Cockstrong is the current leader in Beyond Wrestling. Most of Cockstrong’s offence involves him trying to stick Fox’s head in his trunks. No wonder he has such a good record. AR Fox comes in intimidated by “the cock,” understandably.

Fox pulls off a nice delayed stomp on Cockstrong. He follows it up with a sweet Skin the Cat into a dropkick in the corner. However, he soon runs into the “Cock of Steel”. Cockstrong spins Fox around in a chair, and then hits the Shining Cock on him. Cockstrong may well be one of my new favourite wrestlers. Fox jumps into the other ring in the building and hits a Tope Con Hilo out of it onto Cockstrong on the floor. Fox then leaps off the other ring, hitting a legdrop onto Cockstrong on the apron of the official ring. Why wasn’t World War 3 like this? Cockstrong shrugs off the Lo Mein Pain and hits the In The Pants Piledriver to put AR Fox away. Cockstrong moves onto +13 points, dropping Fox down to -3. Really fun opener, and I’m happy to see there’s another Cockstrong match later on this show.

Nick Talent [+1] vs. Doug Summers [0]

Sugar Dunkerton is so happy to be at Nitro… then realises it’s not the year 2000. Talent is a member of the Academy of Anatomy, with teammate Mark Angel seconding him at ringside. This is Summers’ Beyond Wrestling debut, I’ve previously seen him in a 10 person tag in CHIKARA that didn’t particularly impress me with the way it went, so let’s see how he fares here in singles competition.

Both men take time to figure each other out, and it’s Summers who utilises his conservative style to take the early advantage. Talent takes a couple of shortcuts to try and get ahead. Funny moment at this point – Dunkerton takes Talent’s entrance gear and puts it on to goof about. Summers hits a superkick on the outside, but in a bid to take control, Talent careers him into the ringpost, and then hits a facebuster on Summers to the outside.

Talent makes a lot of easy mistakes throughout this match, which Colorado puts down to not having Anthony Stone in his corner anymore, instead of the less experienced Mark Angel. However, Talent does take control, but it doesn’t last long, and Summers hits a Shining Wizard to put him down. Summers lays waste on Talent in the corner, but as the ref tries to break it up, Talent pokes him in the eye, and hits a spin out facebuster for the pin. Talent moves onto +2, dropping Summers to -1.

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AIW: Nightmare Before X-Mas Live Report

Photos courtesy Wayne Palmer

Absolute Intense Wrestling’s fifth annual Nightmare Before X-Mas show, while not implicitly Christmas-themed, did have its fair share of presents, surprises and joy. Most notably in the form of surprise visits from Jason Gory and Matt Cross, not one but TWO Colt Cabana matches, ACH’s first (and please, not last!) AIW appearance, showings from both Beyond Wrestling and St. Louis Anarchy, and Dave “Potato Dawson” getting the ever-loving crap beat out of him by Johnny Gargano. And that is only the tip of the pro-wrestling iceberg.

There were two pre-show matches, both of which I arrived in plenty of time to see and document properly this time.

A. Luis Diamante defeated Jason Gory – The first pre-show match saw Luis Diamante, representing Da Latin Crime Syndicate against surprise visitor Jason Gory, representing the Dead Wrestler Society from PWO. Gory got a pretty solid reaction on his way out to the ring, as I think we were all pretty surprised to see him there. The match itself wasn’t terribly long but had a lot of solid action, including some big top-rope moves from Gory. Unfortunately, one of those top-rope moves cost Gory the win when Diamante moved out of Gory’s landing zone.

B. Jarek 1:20 defeated Mazerati Rick – It was recently announced that AIW and Beyond have entered into a partnership; talent from Beyond will be at all future AIW shows. I for one am very excited about this. This particular show saw obvious crowd favorite Jarek 1:20 take on Mazerati Rick. Jarek spent most of the match having the heck beat out of him by Rick. Jarek only gained the upper hand after yelling “TIME FREEZE” while Rick was on crouched on the top turnbuckle. This froze everyone in the ring minus Jarek himself. He hauled himself to his feet, caught his breath, and turned time on again. Instead of laying helplessly on the mat, he dropkicked Rick in midair and pinned him for three. I cannot get over my love for Jarek’s magician persona and the way he plays it.

1. The Duke defeated Jock Sampson via countout – The show proper opened with Jock Sampson’s in-ring debut against The Duke. He stepped into the ring with a rope, cowbells and a chorus of boos. He took the mic for a moment just to threaten to kill everyone’s family if anyone started a “Galifianakis” chant. Naturally, a “Galifianakis” chant started almost immediately. The Duke came out shortly thereafter. It didn’t take much action for Galifian—I mean Sampson to exit the ring and attempt to run away like a bitch. Duke wouldn’t let him things continued at ringside, though it lead to Duke getting thrown into the barricade. Sampson hopped into the ring and onto the turnbuckle to announce that “I am the best of all time!” to which the crowd responded by starting an even more insulting look-a-like chant. Sampson tried to keep his momentum going with a big leap off the top rope, but Duke was able to move out of the way. Duke came back with a spinebuster and then sent Sampson over the rope with a lariat. Jock Sampson pouted at ringside and got counted out. He then grabbed his rope and cowbells and took after Duke with them. After beating him up for a few moments, Husk—I mean Sampson went on the mic to complain that he actually won the match, because throwing him over the top rope was a disqualification. He called us a bunch of virgins as a final salvo and stomped backstage.

2. ACH, Mat Fitchett, and Davey Vega defeated The Submission Squad (Evan Gelistico, Gary Jay, and Pierre Abernathy) – St. Louis Anarchy Offer Match – This was one of the matches I was most looking forward to. It took exactly one match to turn me into an ACH fan, which was him versus AR Fox at Beyond. If you haven’t seen that match yet, what are you doing here, go watch it. I’ll wait.

Just based on that one match alone I knew we were going to be in for a treat. Putting him with Fitchett and Vega, however, was perfection. ACH was a boss with the hugest leap I’ve ever seen in my life. And I don’t mean distance, although he did make it most of the way to the other side of the ring, but I mean height. I mean really high. I mean ten feet into the air and if that’s an exaggeration, it’s not by much.

Fitchett was also pretty boss, though he spent a great deal of time getting kicked around by various members of the Submission Squad and being victimized by “Stiff Ginger” Gary Jay’s particularly sharp chops. He had a gorgeous Fosbury Flop onto everybody at ringside and a beautiful Shooting Star Press towards the end of the match. That, in conjunction with ACH’s gigantic Frog Splash, lead the good guys to victory .

I’ve only recently become aware of the St. Louis Anarchy company, and I have to tell you, I’ve never been more sad that I don’t live in Missouri.

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ACW: Beyond Good and Evil 2011

In his seminal work “Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to the Philosophy of the Future,” Friedrich Nietzsche deconstructed Western philosophy by challenging, among other things, the notion of a universal human morality. Nietzsche felt that moral frameworks based on the dichotomy of “good” and “evil” were inherently flawed, and should be done away with in order to create a new philosophical paradigm. Nietzsche saw good and evil merely as pretentious moral dressing on the real driving force behind human behavior der Wille zur Macht, the Will to Power. Nietzsche saw this Will to Power, the struggle to reach the highest level in life, at the core of both human actions and a driving force in nature itself.

In Anarchy Championship Wrestling‘s appropriately titled Beyond Good and Evil 2011, these Nietzschean ideas played out in pro wrestling form. Even in a company based in anarchy, ACW wrestlers are usually seen as proponents of either good or evil. However this show suggested that, at the end, this division was not clear cut. Ultimately all were driven to act by their personal ambition, and not a moral imperative. We saw fan favorites brutalize each other in an effort to become the face of ACW. We saw reviled villains work against each other for temporary gain instead of uniting for the greater evil.  We saw greed turn partners against one another, honorable men taking shortcuts to achieve success, and an act of revenge driven by a hatred so pure that it would be impossible to understand, let alone judge.

It was also Fan Appreciation Night, Portia Perez’s Birthday Palooza and the Halloween show, for those who like their moral annihilism with fun costumes. Here’s how it went down.

Additional photography courtesy TexasAnarchy.com.

Beyond Good or Evil

The Mohawk, Austin, TX
Sunday, October 23, 2011

A. ACW Tag Team Championship: Rachel and Jessica’s Excellent Tag Team (c) defeated Jordan Jensen & Jojo Bravo,  The Halloween Crew (Jack-O-Lantern & Black Rocker), Mat Fitchett & Gregory James – Rachel and Jessica came out in amazing Buffy and Faith outfits. That, combined with the riffs of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer opening theme, threw the Lost Boys into a blood frenzy and they attacked the Tag Champs as they entered. A cowardly act, considering this match was an open challenge for the titles. They’ve been attacking RaJETT for months claiming they deserve a shot, and they could have placed themselves in the match if they shows. Apparently, the Lost Boys felt they weren’t ready to face RaJETT head on. Perhaps with good reason, considering how the match transpired.

As she often does when called into a multi-person pre-show match, Jessica James to charge and kicked all sorts of ass. She even had time to compare heights with Jojo Bravo and play a game of trick or treat with The Halloween Crew. They were stingy with their Butterfingers, driving JJ to scream, “Look motherfucker, I want my candy!” She eventually got some from friendly audience members without any casualties.

Rachel Summerlyn’s Mr. Pointy (running Yakuza kick) took out JJJB, a super crusher by Fitchett ended Halloween early for the Crew, and then RaJETT tootsie-rolled their way to another title  retention. The World’s Greatest Tag Team Vampire Slayers were happy about the win, but still pretty miffed about that attack from earlier.

Note: “Too Much Metal” Gregory James was dressed as Mat Fitchett’s usual Tag Team partner Brent Masters. He seemed like a natural fit, so a “Too Much Flippy Shit” trio down the line would be nice.

B. Four Way Match for ACW American Joshi Championship Athena (c) defeated Barbie Hayden, Portia Perez, and Lillie Mae – Athena came out dressed as ACH, the non-evil, non-female version of herself. This Barbie didn’t come with any costumes, wisely as she was making her ACW Portia. Portia is just scary enough on her own. She welcomed Hayden to the American Joshi Division by savagely choking her out. Almost immediately though, Portia was upset again by Lillie Mae with a School Girl. Lillie came very close to scoring another huge win, but Athen’s Charming Heroine had the Glow tonight and finished off Lillie with a top rope Frog Splash to retain the title.

1. Ken Carson defeated Chingo del Santo - Chingo was, inexplicably, dressed as a Taco. Ken Carson, also made his ACW debut and wasn’t nearly as fan friendly as Barbie. He was still very impressive, and his performance drew The Takeover’s Jaykus Plissken ringside for a bit of scouting. Carson scored the upset win over the Texas Taco with a Boston Crab.

2. Team S.E.X. (High-Roller Hayze & Johnny Axxle) w/ Chris Trew defeated The Lost Boys (Jason Silver & Sky de Lacramosa) – The Lost Boys came dressed as two soap opera actors (not from True Blood or The Vampire Diaries, too obvious). They should have picked less conspicuous, or at least more intimidating, disguises as The Slayers made a run in and got a measure of revenge for the earlier attack. A wicked double team Air Raid Crash later scored Team S.E.X. the win. They scored again after the match as the girlfriend of a fan chose to follow them back to the S.E.X. suite.

3. Jaykus Plisken defeated Shawn Vexx – Jaykus came out wearing a Red Lantern shirt, which meant his power was fueled by rage. Indeed he nearly ended the life of a fan who got a bit too personal about Type-O-Negative. He saved enough of that anger to survive a gallant effort by former ACW Heavyweight Champion Shawn Vexx. He called out Vexx on his “baby mama drama,” which is just cold-blooded. They had a good, long fight with Jaykus controlling most of it. However towards the end, Vexx delivered four straight picture perfect German Suplexes, and looked on his way to the win, but Jaykus pulled out a wicked backbreaker from nowhere to earn a narrow victory.

4. ACW U-30 Championship: JC Bravo (c) defeated Slim Sexy, Killah KASH, Gregory James, Khris Wolfe, Berry Breeze (w/ Chris Trew) – JC Bravo costume was perhaps the most esoteric of the night, as he was the Spirit of the New Wave (next year, we demand Post-Punk). Like any ACW scramble this was mad. Khris Wolfe’s #KingsRoadBeastMode is even more intimidating now that a beard is in the mix (Bryan Danielson, your move). Killah “Monster” Kash continued to show improve, but fell short of winning his first ACW gold.

The beef between Breeze and Bravo proved far from over. JC picked up the win in the match, but Breeze attacked him after (no doubt at the urging of the devious anti-hipster Chris Trew). Chingo had to make the save for his fellow Legionnaire but, boy, was Bravo pissed. He demanded the microphone and said he was tired of being jumped on and wanted to prove that he can take on anyone. He then right then and there laid out an open challenge for another defense of his title. Shockingly that led to…

5. ACW U-30 Championship: Chingo del Santo defeated Champion JC Bravo (c) to become the new Champion – Yes. Even after suffering the betrayal that destroyed the Smurf Nation, Chingo allowed his ambition and greed to overcome him.  He jumped the already worn down Bravo from behind and effectively stole his best friend’s title. We’ve heard that Bravo will explain his actions in the future, but it’s hard to think of any possible justification. JC was in no condition, mentally or physically, to have another match that night. Chingo should have been talking him out of his crazy Cowboy challenge. Instead he saw gold, and took it in a shameful way.

6. Angel Blue with Darin Childs defeated Barbie Hayden – If any ACW fans wanted to know what it’d be like to be berated by a foul-mouthed Lady Gaga, they found out at BGE 2011. The eloquently vulgar Angel Blue showed off her new, lovely costume with her same, hateful mouth. Barbie Hayden had another chance to prove herself in the AmJo division, she was more than just a pretty package. She took quite a beating from Blue (who transformed into an angry female Ziggy Stardust once her wig came off), but definitely held her own. Angel “Poked-Her Face,” (her pun, not ours) and got the win after a very good match. Angel Blue gets better every time out, and Barbie is a great addition to the Division.

7. ACW Heavyweight Championship Match Darin Childs (c) w/ Angel Blue defeated Jeff Gant – Another impromptu title match. This time young Jeffery demanded a shot at the man who has been bullying him for the past year. The ref-turned-rookie actually did quite well while it lasted, but an Avalanche style Fall From Grace put an end to the boyhood dream, for now.

Darin’s victory celebration was short lived. Former ACW Champion, Joshi Division hater, and all around dick JT LaMotta made his surprise return and attacked Darin, declaring an intent to recapture the title he once held.

8. Just Willie, Bolt Brady, Ricky Romida & Jessica James defeated The Submission Squad (Pierre Abernathy, Evan Gelistico, Gary Jay & Athena) – This was originally meant to be a 6 man tag. Athena made her way out to the ring with her Squad and called out Lady Poison. Instead Jessica James emerged from the curtain and after suggesting that Lady Poison may no longer be with us, she challenged Athena and they were added to the bout.

The Submission Squad is already a top crew, and Willie, Brady, and Romida are steadily working their way up the ACW ladder. The addition of James and Athena, who’ve already had epic battles in the past, lead to an absolutely stellar match. Evan Gelistico was the Orange Lantern, which represents avarice. He took the time in the match to call out Johnny Saint (someone make this happen) as he worked over Bolt Brady. Perhaps it was the arrogance that cost them, but the slick team work of the Submission Squad did not bring them the win here. After the match Jessica James and Athena had to be pulled apart. It’s probably not over between those two.

9. ACW Anarchy Televised Title Match: “Mr. Showtime” Scot Summers (c) w/ Stan Summers defeated Davey Vega with a Triple Rolling Brainbuster - Showtime was dressed as the Yellow Lantern, whose abilities are powered by fear. That was very appropriate since Summers expressed a rare hesitation when talking about this match. Showtime had broken his hand a few weeks prior to this show. That’s a bad injury to go into any match with, but even worse when you’re facing a former ACW Heavyweight Champion and member of the Submission Squad. Summers made it clear he had not gotten over his loss to Robert Evans at last year’s Lone Star Classic, where he was forced to submit to an arm bar and lost the ACW Title.

The first phase of the match was almost an MMA exhibition, with Vega uses his submission skills to counter Summers mat wrestling strength. Summers hand clearly bothered him, in those early exchanges. Things got ugly soon after as Summers busted open his knuckles badly. Somehow, someway he was able to fight through the pain of broken bones and open wounds during several close submission attempts. Survival was only half the battle, because he still had to beat Vega and Vega would not say die. Not to suplexes. Not to brainbusters. Not to a brainsuster on a chair. It took three rolling sheer-drops, with the final being on steel, to put Vega down.

Amazing match. Afterwards Summers offered this profound praise to Vega, “There’s something about you that, when you come from behind the curtain, everybody believes in you.” Indeed.

10. ACH vs. “Centerfold” Matthew Palmer went to a No Contest - When this special, fan pleasing dream match was announced, Palmer stated publicly that he as the “Son of Anarchy” probably couldn’t keep up with the Next Best in the World ACH. A lack of confidence? Not quite. As the familiar intro of “In the Air Tonight” was cut short and the J Geils Band started to play, fans saw the glorious return of the smiling, dancing, posing “Centerfold” version of Matthew Palmer. This aspect of Palmer hadn’t been seen for about a year, and was especially unexpected given his recent obsession with MASADA. But, after all, it was fan appreciation night. Palmer seemed to put aside his personal goals to give the fans what they wanted, and they wanted greatness.

This needs to be said a lot when you’re covering good wrestling, but I’m not sure if it’s ever been more necessary: There are not words to adequately describe this match. It was hard-hitting, fast paced, innovative, high-flying, technically sound, and everything in between and outside and beyond that. The knuckle lock sequence in the opening minutes was as fresh than almost anything else I’ve seen this year. Yes, the knuckle lock. That was just a start of what was the match of the night, possibly year, possibly eternity. That’s how it felt in that moment, at least. Wrestlers gathered on the balcony to watch with all the fans as everyone knew something special was happening.

As the back and forth “Let’s Go Centerfold!” “A-C-H” filled the streets of downtown Austin, Palmer climbed the far wall of the venue and invited ACH to join him for something amazing and reckless. However, as soon as ACH made his way up Palmer quit the match, telling the fans he doesn’t appreciate them at all, and disappeared into the night. Everyone was left shocked, confused, and mostly angry after being robbed of a conclusion to what could have been a timeless match. As everyone sat in stunned silence, only one person seemed to know what they wanted to do next…

11. ACH defeated Mat Fitchett – Anarchy’s Young Lion, Mat Fitchett, is always looking for an opportunity to prove himself. It’s part of the reason why fans have embraced him so. However his timing here  just seemed wrong. ACH was worn out from a grueling match while Fitchett had plenty of time to recover from his pre-show appearance. With the dick move Chingo pulled earlier, it did not reflect well on young Fitchett. Matt came at ACH 100MPH hoping to score the big win quickly, but paid for his unbridled ambition when ACH countered the Shooting Star Press (via knees) and got the pin.

12. Darin Childs & “Cookie Monster” Rachel Summerlyn defeated Portia Perez & JT LaMotta – This was a “Mystery/Dream Partner Tag Match.” Portia’s hand was tipped early when JT made his attack on Darin. This time he came out dressed as Scott Hall, which was awkward since a fan in the audience had the same idea. Yes, LaMotta is the same guy who spent the first half of the year making life hell for all the ACW Joshi. However, Portia hates all the other women in ACW just as much, maybe even a little bit more, so the team made sense.

Darin Childs’ mystery partner was a special birthday surprise for Portia, on Portia Perez Appreciation Night. Very special indeed as Portia’s personal nutritional hero/fashion icon the Cookie Monster showed up! Sadly everyone was amused, but Portia. She was probably following her instincts as her eternal rival Rachel Summerlyn was under the suit. In spite of Darin’s affiliation with The Lost Boys, Rachel agreed to team with him in order to get another shot at P2. Predictably they tried to kill each other. It got ugly enough where their partners had to hold them back.

JT Lamotta looked very solid here coming off an injury. His attitude toward women seemed to have improved slightly, as he mostly worked well with Portia. Only mostly, because towards the end of the match he tried to bargain, then steal, a kiss from Portia. She promptly superkicked his teeth out, effectively removing him from the match. This incident occurred shortly after the Lost Boys came out and attacked Rachel. Jessica James followed, barefoot, all four brawled to the backstage area not to be seen again. That left just Darin and Portia and Portia’s wrench.

In order to understand what happened next we have to backtrack to the start of the show. Being the Halloween event many fans came in costume, but one stood out a bit. A tall, deliberate man came wearing an intricate Rorschach costume. It looked so good that I snapped a couple of photos while he sat there. Motionless. Through the pre-show. Through all the matches. He did not cheer. He did not check his phone or grab a drink. For 4-plus hours he just sat and intensely watched every single match. He did not make any movement, until the very end of the main event.

When Portia went to her corner to fetch her wrench and put Darin down for good, “Rorschach” rose from his seat, took the wrench off the apron and sat back down. This distracted and confused Portia long enough for Darin to hit the Fall From Grace and earn the pinfall. As Darin went to the back, Portia stood in the ring still in shock. Shock turned to horror as the man masked, trench-coated man mad his way into the ring. As Anarchy’s personification of Evil, Perez has never backed down from anything or anyone. That night she saw or maybe felt something beyond evil. Pure hatred, divine retribution, and brutal revenge from the man who revealed himself to be Robert Evans! Yes, the former “King of Anarchy,” whom Portia spurned all the way back in January, made another unbelievable return to ACW. As he promised, he hurt Portia in the most painful way at her most vulnerable moment. After driving Portia to the mat with a Reverse Styles Clash, Evans got on the microphone and sang “Happy Birthday” to her in the most chilling way possible. He posed briefly for the fans, then walked out of the venue leaving Portia in a sad heap as the crowd roared. Happy Birthday, Portia.

And that was Anarchy. As usual, all the matches were at least solid, most good, a couple outstanding, and one was the sort that redefines wrestling. Another great, unforgettable night of wrestling from one of the best companies in the world. Enjoy the pictures. Buy the DVD, and add ACW to your live wrestling “Bucket List” because there’s nothing else like it in the world.

DDS will be on hand for one day of this weekend’s ACW Fun Fun Fun Fest shows. Until next time, enjoy the photos and match below the cut:

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Saturday Morning Wrestling VI

Some of my earliest memories of wrestling involved anxiously waiting for Jem to go off so that I could kick my sister out of the living room and watch Bret Hart or Sting save the day. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we can not just relive those moments, but do so with different, new wrestling from all over the world. Here’s the latest installment of Dirty Dirty Sheets’ Saturday Morning Wrestling.

Hanan also contributed to his report. Photo 1 courtesy LA Weekly. Photo 2 courtesy @Luke_the_3.

ROH – Chris Hero vs Kenny Omega

Ring of Honor will be returning to TV very soon, and that’s a great thing. Here’s one of the best feuds from their previous run on HD Net. Your hero, my hero, Chris Hero takes on Multi-Promotional-National-Dimensional sensation Kenny Omega. Be sure to check out ROH”s site for a 25% off weekend sale.

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ACW: From Innocence to Insanity V

Anarchy Championship Wrestling is unstoppable. Just a few weeks ago at Queen of Queens, they put forth a convincing case that the ACW American Joshi Division contained “Best Women’s Wrestling in the World.” This past weekend ACW demonstrated that it simply puts on some of the best, most entertaining, and most diverse, shows in all of wrestling. ACW wrestler Killah Kash summed it up best on twitter prior to the show:

ACW Line Up:

  • Men vs Men
  • Women vs Women
  • Men vs Women
  • Big Name vs Rising Star
  • Hardcore
  • Softcore
  • Parkcore

Wow. You won’t see this at [other shows].



No other company delivers the same type of show ACW. Oddly, that became apparent when a delay in the arrival of the ring lead to an impromptu session of ACW Four Square. Fans witnessed the likes of Chris Hero, ACH, and Biss in an intense rendition of the school-yard favorite. No one seemed to mind that the actual wrestling portion of the show would be starting fairly late.

While there was no official winner, The Submission Squad’s Evan Gelistico was dominant for extended periods due to his reach advantage and creative ball serve. Likewise, the supernaturally tall Chris Hero went for long periods without elimination, but was ousted multiple times by the speed and athleticism of Athena and ACH. It seemed to all be Innocent fun until, after a bit of smack talk, Hero threw a sucker punch at ACH. At that point the ring had arrived, and thus began the Insanity.

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ACW 3rd Annual American Joshi Queen of Queens Tournament

Just before the 3rd Annual American Joshi Queen of Queens Tournament, Anarchy Championship Wrestling put out T-Shirts that boldly claimed their women’s division possessed the “Best Women’s Wrestling on the Planet.” Having seen every company with a claim to that title live, we think ACW has every right to make that statement. That goes double especially after last night. Once again, ACW topped its previous efforts and put on what fans and wrestlers seemed to agree was hands their best Queen of Queens tournament. There was not a single bad match on the show, with several that were just phenomenal and multiple people having the best matches of their entire careers. If you’re a fan of wrestling this is a show you must buy on DVD when it is released.


A. Gary Jay, ○ Evan Gelistico, and Berry Breeze defeated × Slim Sexy , Rico Rodriguez, Chingo Del Santo  with the St. Louis Stretch submission – Athena came out with The SS, but had to be carried to the back as she was all too excited to see Chingo whom she believes is Edward, a werewolf from the sparkle vampire movie series she loves. The Suicide Squad seemed entirely disinterested in teaming with Berry, which is understandable since for all their dickish ways the Squad knows the value of friendship (Berry previously betrayed all his friends in the now defunct “Smurf Nation” which Chingo was a member of). The dysfunction didn’t affect the outcome, as Squad did their thing, won the match, then tossed Berry out of the ring for fun.

B. Mat Fitchett defeated Khris Wolfe, Highroller Hayze, Matthew Palmer, Pierre Abernathy, and J.C. Bravo – A fast-paced and very entertaining match. Khris Wolfe utilized some King’s Road Beast Mode before falling to Matthew Palmer (who came out in MASADA garb, a nod to his quest to defeat the Death Match monster). Palmer then took out three people, including himself, leaving highflyers Fitchett and Bravo to do their thing before Mr. “Flippy” took it with a brainbuster onto the knees.This was listed as an Anarchy Televised match, so you’ll be able to watch it on ACW’s youtube channel. Make sure to do that, because it’s unskippable.

Main Show

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