Lots of stuff happened at Wrestlecon, most of which you can buy on iPPV at WWNLive.com and you can already download the CHIKARA show here at Smartmarkvideo. Greg was on-hand for plenty of it. Here are his pics from SHIMMER and CHIKARA, featuring the returns of Serena Deeb, Madison Eagles, and Amazing Kong, Ayumi Kurihara’s final US match, and Cheerleader Melissa taking back what’s hers. Oh, and a bit of Jyushin “Thunder” Lyger.
Here’s our final gallery from the most recent SHIMMER tapings. This was the one where Allysin Kay, as she long ago prophesized, got in the ring with The World Famous Kana (although rumor has it she’s still looking forward to a one-on-one confrontation). Also, Athena continued making her case that she is the best by taking on the best in Ayako Hamada. All this, and lots of ninjas. Enjoy!
SHIMMER Volume 50 saw the cross-generational Joshi dream match of Kana versus Ayako Hamada come to American soil, in what is now largely considered, “the best fucking match ever.” There was also the welcome return of SHIMMER original Lexie Fyfe, who looked fantastic in the main event elimination match. Please enjoy our photos, volume 51 and 52 are coming soon!
Greg, boss that he is, attended yet another three day international wrestling summit with the AAW/SHIMMER Weekend. Here’s his wonderful photos from the first of the four SHIMMER shows. This was the one where Athena found herself in the main event, Courtney Rush lost herself in the past, and, delivering on months of trash talk, Portia Perez actually, finally, for real beat Kana. Enjoy!
On January 13th, 2012, Resistance Pro held their second show, Rise, at Excalibur in downtown Chicago. The show featured the crowning of the first Heavyweight champion as well as the first defense of the women’s title. There were also a number of fresh-faces, notably the Resistance debut of Ring of Honor Champion Davey Richards and international sensation PAC. Creative director Billy Corgan would also make his first appearance before his unique, standing only, underground fight club/pro wrestling carnival creation.
The show opened with D’arcy Dixon interrupting ring announcer Chet Coppock as he attempted to introduce the opening contest. D’arcy, who was sporting a fitness model bikini, informed the crowd that she had advised the Briscoe Brothers to sit this show out whilst she scouted the other teams involved in a tournament to crown the first Resistance Pro tag team champions. She assured everyone, though, that she would give them something to look at, and proceeded to show off her physique with a series of poses.
It wasn’t long before Resistance Pro Women’s Champion Melanie Cruise approached the ring with her entourage: Taylor Made, going as The Matrix (cue leather), along with her personal assistant Nikki St. John and an adorable little pug. Melanie took the mic from D’arcy, who thought it wise to make her exit. Cruise demanded that she have her title match now as she had things to do, people to see. Her opponent, the tropical Skittles colored Serenity, made her way to the ring.
Resistance Pro Women’s Title – Melanie Cruise (with The Matrix, Personal Assistant Nikki, and Montgomery the Dog) (c) defeated Serenity - Serenity brought a lot of heart to this match, but it just wasn’t enough to get through the powerful Melanie or her devious entourage. Serenity did her best to get Cruise off her feet early, but Melanie was immovable, and quickly used her strength to beat down the challenger. Things didn’t get easier for Serenity when she went to catch her breath on the outside. Cruise brought her pug into the ring and used its cuteness to distract the referee while Taylor Made stomped Serenity on the outside. Not long after, Serenity found herself helpless across Cruise’s shoulders. Melanie dropped her on her face to take the three count. Post match, Taylor Made straddled the dazed Serenity and delivered a kiss.
Tonight, tonight in Chicago brings Rise, the second Resistance Pro show. Greg was live at the first taping and turned the everlasting gaze of his camera eye onto the sweet sweet in-ring action. Check them out as the stars fall in line for one more rock and roll, Pro Wrestling, show.
November 11th, 2011
Excalibur – Chicago, Il
- R-Pro Title Men’s Title Tournament Semi-Final: The Sheik defeated El Generico with a Spike Choke
- Kyle O’Reilly and Tony Kozina defeated Hallowicked and Matt Classic by submission by Guillotine Choke on Hallowicked by O’Reilly
- Jay Bradley defeated Icarus with a Lariat
- The Briscoe Brothers (w/ D’arcy Dixon) defeated Teddy Hart and Akuma with a Springboard Doomsday Device
- R-Pro Women’s Title Gauntlet Match: Melanie Cruise defeated Cheerleader Melissa, Miss December, Sassy Stephie, Serenity, Simply Luscious, and Taylor Made to become the 1st Champion
- Petey Williams defeated Colt Cabana and Necro Butcher with a Canadian Destroyer on Cabana
- R-Pro Title Men’s Title Tournament Semi-Final: Kevin Steen and D.H. Smith wrestled to a draw
WSU: Breaking Barriers II
November 19th, 2011
NYWC Sportatorium – Brooklyn, NY
- WSU Tag Team Championship Match The Boston Shore (c) vs. The International Home Wrecking Crew
- Loser Leaves WSU – Jennifer Cruz vs. Niya
- April Hunter vs. Jennifer Cruz
- NYWC Starlet Championship Match – Nikki Syx (c) vs. Violet vs. Gabby Gilbert vs. Jessie Brooks
- The Soul Sisters vs. The Belle Saints
- Becky Bayless vs. Rick Cataldo
- Melina vs. Lexus
- WAR GAMES MATCH – The Mid-West Militia vs. Team WSU
Wrestling Superstars Unleashed’s most recent iPPV left everyone who viewed it, whether in the crowd or at home, in absolute shock. The main event War Games match where Alicia, Brittney Savage and WSU Champion Mercedes Martinez took on the Mid-West Militia of Sassy Stephanie, Allysin Kay, and WSU Spirit Champion Jessicka Havok was mind-blowing from beginning to end. Before the match even started you could feel the air thicken with thoughts of blood and death as the Militia made their way to the ring, wearing skulls and screaming for flesh. Everyone knew something terrible and violent was going to happen. Both groups swore to “kill” each other multiple times prior to the show. Still, in spite of all the promises, warnings, and threats, everyone was left aghast at what actually transpired.
The match was, of course, a war. A long war of attrition filled with numerous momentum changes and memorable moments. From Allysin Kay getting wiped out by a running boot whilst hanging upside-down from the cage, to a Powerbomb/Diving neckbreaker combo from the ropes, to Alicia using her best-in-the-business running hip attack on both Stephie and Kay in the corner, to Mercedes uncharacteristically flipping off the Militia before wiping them all out with a dive, everyone poured their hearts out, and Havok her blood, in one of the best matches I’ve seen this year.
The match had no pinfalls and, as it progressed, it became harder and harder to imagine either team being willing to verbally submit to the other. That was until the machete. Echoing tactics used by Matthew Palmer in ACW earlier this year, the Mid-West Militia broke the barrier of what anyone would expect in a wrestling match and threatened to stab an unconscious Mercedes with a the massive, razor sharp blade. Alicia and Brittney were handcuffed to the ropes. Knowing they were helpless to stop it, save for screaming “I quit,” they grudgingly gave the Militia what the wanted and saved possibly saved Mercedes life.
A sick end to a sick match. Havok posed with the title as EMT’s were called to the venue to help Mercedes. Doomsday for Team WSU. Total victory for the Mid-West Militia.
It wasn’t all gloom at WSU though. The second most talked about match leading up to the show was the WSU debut of Melina. Before the match Serena Deeb, Melina’s originally scheduled opponent, came out and thanked everyone for their support during her injury and promised she would be back in the ring in a wonderful, emotional speech. WSU’s white jeans wearing workhorse, Lexus, did double duty and was substituted in as Melina’s opponent. A great choice as Lexus is constantly improving as a wrestler (while degenerating as a person), and deserved the recognition that this big match brought. Melina earned what may have been an upset over the woman who took Mercedes Martinez to the limit not long ago. Lexus and her Boston Shore partner Amber weren’t pleased with being beat by the newcomer, and attacked Melina post-match. Serena and Rain, who faced the Shore earlier in the night, ran them off. Unfortunately, Serena paid the price for doing the right thing and was assaulted backstage by Lexus, who is apparently aiming to take Portia’s crown as “Worst Person in the World” in 2012.
But you know who is a pretty awesome person? Melina. I met her the week before WSU at Wizard World Austin (more on that in our next ACW report), and she was definitely one of the nicest, coolest people I’ve met in the sport (and I’ve met a lot of great people). She told me beforehand that she was a bit nervous about her impending match and the high level of expectations. WSU is a completely different environment than where she wrestled at previously, and she had taken a bit of time off, but she adapted well, especially towards the end of the match. By all accounts everyone, save the Boston Shore I’m sure, had good things to say about her and I hope she continues to appear for WSU.
Before the top two matches Jennifer Cruz surprised many in her own way, as she sent the rising star Niya out of the promotion. Cruz didn’t have long to gloat, as she was immediately challenged by a revitalized April Hunter. April choked out Cruz and declared her intent to win the WSU title.
While the International Homewrecking Crew reunited, the Belle Saints broke up, due to a betrayal by Tina San Antonio that left poor Marti Belle in a sobbing heap. Nikki Syxx kept her NYWC crown while Rick Cataldo lost an eyelash or three to the returning Becky Bayless.
As always, WSU was eventful. While on the whole it didn’t match the magic that was the Uncensored Rumble iPPV, the main event is an absolutely must see. It’s already available on WSUwrestling.com. Below you can find some exclusive video we took of the Militia before the show, including the near riot they brought on. Enjoy it and more pictures below the cut. Peace!