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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 here, MP4 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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Beyond Wrestling: About Time DVD Review

Beyond Wrestling – “About Time”

July 23rd, 2011
Heirloom Arts Theatre – Danbury, CT
Availible on LookMaNoFans.com for $9-$12.

  1. Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno & Player Dos) vs. Aeroform (Flip Kendrick & Louis Lyndon)
  2. Leon St. Giovanni w/ vs. “The Juice” JT Dunn
  3. Aaron Epic vs. Amber
  4. Academy of Anatomy (Nick Talent & Mark Angel) vs. Team TREMENDOUS (Dan Barry & Ken Scampi) vs. D.U.I. (Anthony Stone & William Thorne) vs. Connecticut Superstars (Dave Cole & J-Busta)
  5. RD Evans vs. Jarek 1:20
  6. Throwbacks (Sugar Dunkerton & Dasher Hatfield) vs. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (Darius Carter & TJ Marconi)
  7. Cockstrong Carnival – Participants Include: Cecil Nyx, Tuck Hanson, GLAAD Badd, Veda Scott, Stan Styles, Addy Star, Steve “Turtle” Weiner, Josh Thor, Fredo Majors
  8. Mat Fitchett vs. Jonny Mangue
  9. Team Cockstrong (Johnny Cockstrong, Corvis Fear, Chase Burnett, Zane Silver) vs. The Submission Squad (Davey Vega, Gary Jay, Pierre Abernathy, Evan Gelistico)

It was only a matter of time. Beyond Wrestling’s post-modernist, no-fans-in-the-audience, wrestling-by-wrestlers-for-wrestlers philosophy created so much buzz that, ironically, a growing number of fans wanted a chance to experience a show live. There was some question as to whether Beyond’s specific formula could be brought to the public in a genuine way. After all, the raucous crowd made up entirely of other wrestlers was part of what made Beyond unique. Likewise, the contrast between HD visuals with the underground, “Fight Club” style environment was something that would be difficult to capture in a traditional venue. Beyond also had a number of concepts, characters, and traditions that an uninitiated fan would have a hard time sorting through live. Some feared the aspects that made Beyond stand out would need to be changed or minimized in order to make a successful transition from its private enclosed gyms to an open public theatre.

However, any such fears were allayed roughly 15 seconds after the cameras started to roll. Flip Kendrick and Louis Lyndon, Aeroform, made their way to the ring and are given a typical Beyond greeting by wrestlers around ringside. You see Corvis Fear, Pinkie Sanchez, and TJ Marconi singing, dancing, and Houston hopping to Lil Flip’s “Game Over” as the high-flying brothers entered. As stated on commentary, this show was done to bring the two communities, Beyond fans and Beyond wrestlers, together. So the Beyond locker room was ringside behaving as ridiculously as it would be at any other Beyond taping. The only difference this time was that fans were lucky enough to be in the mix dancing, chanting, catching diving wrestlers etc., all right along with the Beyond roster. In order to ensure home viewers got a similarly engaging experience,  Beyond eschewed the traditional hard camera and only used two HD handhelds. This succeeded in capturing the personal feel of earlier Beyond DVDs in the new, larger venue.

With the atmosphere settled, the card itself retained authenticity as well as it was filled with a number of “Only in Beyond” matchups. Two tag team bouts, Aeroform versus The Super Smash Brothers and CHIKARA’s Throwbacks versus Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous highlighted this. Each team looked good, but it was the lesser known team of Marconi and Carter that stood out, showing star potential with both their wrestling ability and charisma (no easy feat when across from someone like Sugar Dunkerton).

Fresh faces JT Dunn and Leon St. Giovanni had a solid, smooth bout. Giovanni looked like a natural, which his manager, talker extraordinaire Jon Harder, made sure to let everyone know. ACW’s Young Lion Mat Fitchett faced Beyond’s home-grown super athlete Jonny Mangue. Both demonstrated why they’ve garnered so much confidence from the promotions that are grooming them to be the next big things.

The Four Team tag match was, expectedly, insane. At one point it looked like someone had emptied a dump truck filled with sweaty, unconscious wrestlers onto the floor of the Danbury Heirloom Arts Theatre. In a similar vein, the “Cockstrong Carnival” was entertaining from beginning to end. The purpose was to showcase wrestlers who, like its namesake Johnny Cockstrong, liked to have a bit of fun while they’re wrestling. It was generally a good, fun time…until Inter-Species Wrestling’s cute and cuddly psychopath Addy Star showed up. She stole the show with a brief but impactful appearance, delivering the sickest Sliding D this side of Masato Tanaka to Stan Styles (after Cock-slamming, suplexing, and force-feeding him). It was an unforgettable moment, as was Josh Thor decapitating poor Steve Weiner, the crowd chanting for GLAAD Badd to do something terrible to Veda Scott, and Thor slugging it out with the decidedly un-fun Fredo Majors. Good stuff all around.

The Match of the Night battle is a three-way between ACW/ROH/CHIKARA/Everywhere standout RD Evans taking on Beyond’s Man of Illusion Jarek 1:20, an inter-gender brawl between WSU’s Amber and Aaron “Kanye” Epic, and a Captain’s Fall Elimination match between ACW’s Submission Squad and Team Cockstrong.

RD Evans did what he always does. He disarmed everyone with his humor and wacked charm, before blowing them away with his skill and frightening intensity.  Jarek comes from much the same mold, and matching these two up was genius. Evans has already conquered much of the United States 2011. Here’s hoping Jarek brings his one-of-a-kind style to more fans in the 2012.

Beyond is known for its hard-hitting intergender matches and the brawl between “The Encore” Aaron Epic and Amber may have been the most brutal yet. You can probably blame Dunkerton who started a “Whoop dat trick!” chant as things got under way. Amber gave the crowd what they wanted and immediately cracked Aaron with a vicious elbow strike, and then another.  Epic recovered and countered with an elbow of his own and a kick right to Amber’s grill. Things just got madder from there.

Amber is one of the more imposing women on the scene and she had no trouble throwing Epic, in between back chopping him or trying to kick his teeth out. Epic’s known for his knockout power and he needed every bit of it in this phenomenal battle. I’ve always enjoyed Amber’s work, but this was the best she’s ever been. The crowd, fans and wrestlers alike, helped make the match as they were hot for it from beginning to end. This was another case where Beyond tried something different and it paid off ten-fold.

The main event saw Beyond’s heroes Justice League, Cockstrong, Fear, Novak, Burnett, and Silver take on of its top villain, Davey Vega, and his Secret Society of Super-Villains, The Submission Squad. It was a Captain’s Fall 8 Man Tag Team Match, as Vega and Cockstrong are in a heated race to be points Champion in Beyond. A potentially infinite number of pinfals, therefore points, could be scored until either of the team captains was pinned. Early on Vega’s crew, looking more like the Suicide Squad, gave up a number of falls until Vega stepped in and things really got going.

Earning his @StiffRoboGinger Twitter handle, Gary Jay laid into his opponents whenever Vega wasn’t beheading them with discus lariats. Cockstrong, as always, courageously used his incurable case of priapism1 to his advantage. Novak busted out his Super Ultra Combo of Destruction. Vega somehow managed to survive having his finisher stolen and done to him on the top turnbuckle, and so on. Everyone was on point, except the dead tired ref who was forced to keep up with all of it.

There’s no need to spoil the end of this epic clash of super teams, but it does have a shocking twist that ACW followers especially will want to see.

As usual, all the action on the show can be viewed with or without commentary. While Denver Colorado is informative as always, you should definitely try the live audio option at least once. It, coupled with the lack of hard camera, delivers an extremely visceral experience. You’ll feel like you were at the show, minus having to deal with the triple digit temperature.

Altogether, About Time featured 9 matches with 41 wrestlers. The quantity was much less important than the variety. Here was a cross-cut of the current crop of young talent wrestling in the US. The diverse mix lead to lots of good matches, and three really good ones. However the show overall felt better, and more important, than even the sum of its parts. About Time came across a lot like the early days of Ring of Honor. The time when you would see unknown young wrestlers from across the country come together to put on groundbreaking events that redefined wrestling for a generation. There’s even a group of guys from a Texas promotion trying to steal stealing the spotlight like TWA’s Danielson, Spanky, and London used to2. Beyond invited this favorable comparison even more with its second live taping, Back in Flesh,  where Davey Richards and Johnny Gargano faced Jonny Mangue in a Round Robin Challenge.

Yes, big things are happening for this small, but rapidly growing company. This show brought Beyond to a new environment but everything that made the promotion intriguing and unique remained. We recommend this DVD to all wrestling fans (Amber lovers and ACW Fanarchists especially should give it a look). But you don’t have to take our word for it. Beyond has provided tons of media from this event to preview. Below is a playlist of clips from several of the matches. Enjoy!

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DDS was provided with a review copy of this release. It is available for purchase at LookMaNoFans.com for $12.

  1. Priapism is a potentially harmful and painful medical condition in which the erect penis or clitoris does not return to its flaccid state, despite the absence of both physical and psychological stimulation.
  2. Of course The Submission Squad and Mat Fitchett are based in St. Louis and RD Evans has moved to the East Coast, but Anarchy defies geography.