"The thrill of entertaining" Duke Cornell's response when asked why he puts his body through hell traveling from City to City to wrestle.
Tomorrow night in Omaha Nebraska a crowd of wrestling fans will pack the Side Room in The Ralston Arena to witness the Anniversary show Of Magnum Pro Wrestling, a local company who draws good crowds and has been around over 7 years. There main event will feature local stars TJ Benson, Jayden Drago, JC Slater, and Heavyweight Title Holder Duke Cornell in a 4 way dance for the championship.
Cornell is the champ, put he plays The heel, or bad guy if you will in the match. Once a baby face (good guy) Duke was part of Guns and Beer a popular stable of midwest wrestlers. But Duke decided to turn his back on the fans an Aline himself with the heel faction of NOW This Is Wrestling. He jumped JC Slater and stoled his title. Not content with just doing that he also stole not only Slater's girlfriend but the engagement ring he planned on giving her as well.
Not all snakes crawl is Dukes motto, it's even on his merchandise which my son wears to the shows with pride. Now why would a small child root for such an evil rule-breaker? Well it's because I told him a little more about Duke then he likes to let on.
Duke has been wrestling for close to 9 years. He's a family man with a wife and children. On the weekends he leaves his 9-5 job and travels across the Midwest area. He works shows in IL, SD, MN, all over. He's talented enough to go between being a good guy or bad guy depending on the company, and at the end of the weekend he comes back to Nebraska and heads back to his day job only to do it again the next week.
This is the life of the average Indy worker, but Duke is above average. I met him in Twitter where I plug my various articles and videos and we hit it off. He did an interview for my site to protmote an upcoming Magnum show, that went over very well. Very soft spoken and approachable he's very different from his character. And it's because of the difference I chose to write about him.
Every other day we hear about John Cena meeting a make a wish kid, which is great. Sadly no one covered here locally what Duke recently did. So I decided to change that.
One of Dukes trademarks is his long black hair. So when I saw he chopped it all off I asked why. He said he cut it off to donate it to be used for wigs for sick children who have lost there hair. He didn't brag about it, he didn't promote it, he just did it to be a good man.
So now with short hair the man who wears a gimmick eye patch will continue to drive from town to town away from his family on the weekends. I asked him why he chooses to do it, and he replied "Too much desire to succeed."
This Saturday night my family will be part of the crowd cheering on the Magnum Pro Wrestlers, and even though Duke will be one of the most hated men in the building he will still manage to sneak in a hand slap to my son and entertain the crowd. And mostly likely he will do it somewhere else the next day.
By the way if your ever in Omaha Nebraska be sure to go to Ted and Wally's Ice Cream, they have a flavor named after Duke Cornell.
It's time again for another wrestling like it was a movie review we I forgo the stupid match by match star ratings people have grown accustomed to. Today's review is from my favorite company AAW based out if IL. Know for High-Flying and Hard hitting action AAW is know for no count outs, no dq's, just wrestling. Today's show is currently stream on Highspots Network, it's Hell Hath No Fury from 11/4/17
The card is as follows
1. AAW Heritage Championship #1 Contender Match: AR Fox vs. Austin Theory vs. Curt Stallion vs. Myron Reed vs. Stephen Wolf vs. Zema Ion
2. Chuck Taylor & Colt Cabana vs. The Hooligans
3. AAW Womens' Championship Tournament First Round: Delilah Doom vs. Veda Scott
4. AAW Womens' Championship Tournament First Round: Kylie Rae vs. Su Yung
5. Michael Elgin vs. Shane Strickland
6. Fans Bring The Weapons: Connor Braxton vs. Paco
7. Eddie Kingston vs. Trevor Lee
8. AAW Tag Team Championship: The Besties in the World vs. Scarlet & Graves(c)
9. David Starr & Jeff Cobb vs. OI4K
10. AAW Heavyweight Championship: Josh Alexander vs. Rey Fenix(c)
It's now time to sit down for an explosive night of action, the crowd is already fired up as they always are and we are set for the opening match a 6 pack challenge which basically a 6 way match. A great way to start the show with every high spot in the book being hit in the opening minuets. DJZ, who I've had the privilege of seeing live stole the show and got the win earning himself a title shot against Penta El 0M
Now that the insane opener is done it's time for some good comedy action as The Hooligans battle Colt Cabana and Chuck Taylor it what was a laugh riot. The Hooligans played the fools and they ended up getting outwitted by Colt Cabana after a fun series of exchanges in the end as Cabana and Taylor went over.
Veda Scott and Delilah Doom were next in the opening round of the women's title tournament. Good mic work to play to the crowd in but a fairly slow match with lots of holds and rest spots. Doom ended up making a big rally from behind in a fun fashion to get the pin and advance in what was unfortunately a slow point of the night.
The crowd was a little quieter but Kylie Rae vs Superman Yung changed that with a fantastic fast paced match. The crowd was into everything both lady's did and Rae got a huge pop when she scored the pinfall in this match.
Now things start to get hot again as Michael Elgin takes on Shane Strikland in one of the most competitive matches I have ever seen. Both men pull out every move they have in a 20min classic. Strickland was hitting everything he had but 2 Elgin Bombs sealed his fate as Big Mike pulls out a win. The crowd was absolutely insane during this match you could literally feel the energy coming from your tv.
Fans bring the weapons for the next encounter as PACO takes on Connor Braxton. These two battle it out with a guitar hero game set, pumpkins, a cheese grater, bats, and even plastic sliver wear. Connor, who I find beyond entertaining even got out his signature hover board to turn things in his favor. And in what was a vicious spot he piled everything into the center of the ring and covered it in thumbtacks. Sadly for Connor PACO hit a reversal and sent him crashing through the weapons pile and getting the pin in a match that was as humorous as it was violent. The crowd was nuts and the match was awesome
Trevor Lee came down next and reminded us how he was an Impact Superstar. His opponent Eddie Kingston came out, and Trevor gave him a chance to simply leave the ring. Eddie didn't listen and the two went at it. They ended up having a good solid match that Eddie was about to win until Cobb and Starr came out to distract Eddie giving Trevor the win. Short but fun and it gave the crowd a chance to catch there breaths from the last match just in time for the tag title match
The Besties in the World took on Zachary Wentz and Desmond Xavier in what was a surprisingly short match. The story throughout the match was the teased decention between the Besties as they kept inadvertently hitting each other. However there arguing works to there advantage as they manage to pull out the upset and win the titles.
OI4K vs Jeff Cobb and Matt Starr is out next and this is the one I had been waiting for. This match was a cornucopia of violence. These 4 men battled all over the building and through the crowd. Trashcans and chairs are everywhere. OI4K turns the tide in their favor but Trevor Lee comes out to cause the distraction allowing Cobb and Starr to get the Duke. A great post match brawl erupts as Eddie Kingston and AR Fox both hit the ring causing Cobb, Starr, and Lee to escape the ring
The main event is next as Rey Fenix defends his heavyweight title against a Mystery Opponent who happens to be the returning Josh Alexander. The two put on an absolute clinic, with Alexander doing his best to keep the High-Flying Fenix grounded. That strategy doesn't work long enough as Fenix is able to explode and get the win in a fabulous main event that the crowd was crazy for
However after the match the arena went dark and when the lights came back on Jimmy Jacobs was standing in the ring to challenge Fenix for his heavyweight title at the next show. The two have an intense standoff and both leave setting up the next show and sending the fans home buzzing.
AAW continues to show why they are one of the top Indy leagues out there. The show was a spectacular event with something for everyone and I love when a show ends setting up the next event. That's is story telling at it's finest
Overall if this was a movie I give it a good 3.5 out of 5 Stars!
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It's time for another Wrestling Like a Movie Review. For those unfamiliar, I will breakdown a wrestling card I just watched and give it a final rating as if it were a movie. I don't do match by match star ratings as people who never wrestled should not give them, IMO.
This review covers Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's Mystery Vortex IV which is now streaming on the Highspots Network, a service I highly recommend getting if your a wrestling fan.
For those new to PWG, it a promotion that's very punk rock, if you will. Hard hitting matches filled with Highspots keep the hot crowds entertained. No railings are used and fans sometimes will crowd and clap on the ring apron. From High flying, to comedy, to violent brawls PWG is considered by many the best Indy Company in North America.
Mystery Vortex IV features an outstanding card
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla presents "Mystery Vortex IV" held December 16, 2016 in Reseda, CA
Candice LeRae vs. Trent?
ACH vs. Trevor Lee
Pete Dunne vs. Matt Sydal
Death by Elbow (JT Dunn & Chris Hero) vs. reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly)
Number One Contender Match
Adam Cole vs. Chuck Taylor
Non-Title Tag Team Match
The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. "Mr. Athletic" Jeff Cobb & Matthew Riddle
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Championship Title Match
Zack Sabre, Jr. (Champion) vs. "The Villain" Marty Scurll (Challenger)
Up first is a great way to start off a show as Trent? And Candice Learae put on a hell of an entertaining opener to set the pace. Its a man vs woman match where Trent? Shows amazing psychology, playing a heel who doesn't want to beat up a woman, but is so dastardly that he has no problem nailing her with tombstones, suplexes, power bombs. Candice doesn't back down, holding her own, at times dominating, and even taking a second to spit in Trent?'s face. It still doesn't matter when he hits the Dudebuster ending her comeback. Great way to start off strong as the crowd was hot and loved the beginning.
We keep it going with a favorite of mine in ACH taking on a favorite of my son's, Trevor Lee. The crowd still is on fire as these two keep up the pace. ACH is amazing hitting codebreakers, a Muta Lock, stunners, and his dreaded mushroom stop. Trevor is no slouch though fighting back hard with Superman elbows, and his nasty pick. No matter how great ACH is he was unable to recover from a moonsault crossbody as Trevor wins.
Everything has flown perfectly and has not slowed down as we move into Pete Dunne vs Matt Sydal. Both men worked hard, yet delivered a more methodical pace to help us catch our breath for a second. Amazing hard hitting wrestling with forearm shits, spin kicks, and moonsaults to liven it up. Dunne worked Sydal over as if it were a torture scene from say Lethal Weapon for a good chunk of the match only to see Sydal spring back to life and mounting an amazing comeback before hitting his shooting Sydal press for the win. Amazing job from these guys who really told a hard hitting story
Death by Elbow are up next to battle reDragon in a nice almost throwback to 80s tag team wrestling. This was Chris Hero's last match before heading to NXT and it was a heck of a swan song. Hero hit ever move in his arsenal even his chasing the dragon elbow. Everyone worked hard to give Hero a proper send off in which he was able to give the fans close to 30min to show why he is moving up to NXT. An emotional moment for the crowd and everyone involved.
Adam Cole and Chuck Taylor are now out for a number one contenders match. Chuck, probably the biggest good guy out there is so excited about being number one contender he hips around the ring in sheer almost giddy delight. The hilarity ensues when Cole is announced at weighing in at 1188lbs so Cole charges the announce booth to correct this but get jumped by Chuck who holds him so the announcer can tickle him. After that we have a great high flying match to kick off the 2nd half of the show with the crowd going insane when Chuck pulls out the win.
The Young Bucks are out next to take on Jeff Cobb and Matt Riddle in what needs to be seen to be believed as if this was a fight scene from a movie it would be up there with They Live. Cobb with his size and strength ragdolls both of the Bucks until they gain an advantage throwing kicks, Terminator dives, apron powerbombs, everything they have. They are then able to work on Riddle, taking advantage of his bear feet. At one point Nick holds his bear foot so Matt can superkick him. Slingshot xfactors are next out of their arsenal Riddle throws Matt into a Cobb German suplex. From there both teams give everything they have left. Double team moves from the Bucks, heabutts and suplexes from Cobb, Riddle even hits Bro To Sleep in mid air in on Matt. But it's the Tour of the Islands from Cobb that puts the Young Bucks down in what is truly an amazing match and reason enough to go to Hot Topics and buy some Young Bucks Merchandise
And finally we get to the last battle of the night. Zack Saver Jr defends is title against Marty Scurll. Scurll earned his title shot by winning Battle of Los Angeles and he's determined to capture that title.
What follows is an beautiful display of athletics that you won't see anywhere else. With the two chain Wrestling Saber rolls into his disarmer but it's quickly countered by Scurll however turned around by Saber who floors Scurlll with ferocious uppercut. That sends everyone to their feet. The chain Wrestling continues only know power moves are added. Saber gets locked in a chicken wing but eacapes and hits a step up rana into an arm breaker. That can't keep Scurll down who even escapes a liger bomb into a butterfly lock. More counters, kicks, and chicken wings. Scurll, nicknamed the Villian for a reason throws powder in Sabers eyes but it's not enough to stop him from hitting Rings if Saturn for a win in an incredible finish to an epic show.
From too to bottom this is a perfectly paced card that's a cross between a John Woo movie and The Naked Gun. If you want to laugh watch this show, if you want drama and psychology watch this show, and if you want edge of your seat action watch this show.
Currently available on DVD this is also streaming on The Highspots Network, along with tons of other PWG shows. If your a wrestling fan it's definitely something to subscribe to.
Watch this show and sit in amazement as this is excitement at it's very best
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars
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Jessicka Havok, the current and first AAW Women's Champion has been a staple on the independent wrestling scene for quiet some time. It's no secret that if you read my wrestling like a movie reviews I call her the best woman's wrestler in the world today.
She's a monster in the ring and performs power moves as well as high risk moves better than most men. She's such a dominant force it's not a shock to see her in intergender matches beating the hell out of her male opponent.
Dressed like a cross between Harley Quin and a warrior straight out of Contagion she's a dangerous yet beautiful site to behold. However if you follow her on Twitter that's only the half of it.
Jessicka has legions of men and women who follower her because she inspires then. Often posting picks of her working out people respond in kind and thank her for posting as a way to inspire them to not only be themselves but to get healthy in the process.
An avid superhero fan Jessicka is also a gamer. She has her own Twitch channel which she streams on most nights. A lot of times she streams for animal charity. Now as you know if you've listened to our show I am a huge animal lover. So to show support Everytime Jessicka is streaming, and I catch it I'll throw up a link and a pic to notify everyone here on social media.
Below is a link to her Twitch Channel, let's help her score more views, I promis it's a lot of fun
If you are a wrestling fan and you were lucky enough to grow up in the 70’s and 80’s you experienced a true boom in the sport. Sure we had the famous Attitude Era and the Monday Night Wars in the late 90’s and early 2000’s but the 80’s produced some of the best wrestling out there. We had WWF who brought wrestling to the forefront of mainstream popularity with there over the top gimmicks and characters. Hulkamania was running wild to say the least. You had the AWA, which if you’re a Midwesterner like myself you were no doubt a fan. That was old school wrestling. Lets not forget about the best produced wrestling television show out there, the UWF who had the toughest hard hitting in your face blood and guts athletes in the world. The Von Eric’s were putting the deadly Claw Hold on the state of TX in WCCW. And the you had without a doubt the greatest company ever. Jim Crocket Promotions. Think I’m lying? Ask any fan, and old school wrestling fan and they will back that statement up. They had the best story’s, the best in ring action, the best stipulations. They had RIc Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Magnum TA, The Road Warriors, they had them all. They were on level playing field with the WWF, then sadly it all came crashing down. Luckily for us fans, Elbow Productions, in association with Highspots has put together an amazing documentary on the subject. Jim Crockett: The Good Old Days. Available on a 3 disc DVD set, and currently streaming on the Highspots Wrestling Network
The first thing I will say regarding this documentary is that is made from a third party. Why would I mention that you ask? Because it’s the only way to get an unbiased look at things. The WWE Documentaries are fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but they tell only there side of the story. Many times things are changed in there favor. When your dealing with 3rd party companies making a documentary there is no bias, no ulterior motive, just something made out of love for the product involved. This is without a doubt the most detailed documentary I have ever seen. This goes all the way way back to the beginnings of the promotion, and features more interviews then I have ever seen complied into one sitting. The unique aspect is there is no narration, the interviews have been edited together in such a compelling way that they are actually telling the story to you. It was on such a large scale I emailed Michael Elliott from Elbow Productions and asked how long it took to gather and piece all this together in such a perfect linear fashion. He replied “It took close to a year to compile all the interviews that we shot for the Good Old Days documentary. We traveled to several different states including traveling to Texas to meet with Jim Crockett Jr. which was a huge get for the documentary and a really awesome experience.”
We start out with the basic origin story of how Big Jim Crockett would promote various shows in the Charlotte area, but he always had the most love for wrestling. Although the business was always called "Jim Crockett Promotions," it used a variety of pseudonyms as brand names for specific TV shows, newspaper and radio ads, and even on event tickets, themselves. Among those brand names were the generic standbys, "Championship Wrestling" and "All Star Wrestling"; as well as "East Coast Wrestling"; "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling"; "Mid-Atlantic Championship Sports"; "Wide World Wrestling"; and, "World Wide Wrestling" When Big Jim passes away the company was taken over by his sons, Jim Crockett Jr, who ran everything behind the scenes, and David Crocket who would often appear on TV in a figure head type Role. In 1981 Jim was elected as president of the NWA, which was what I primarily knew the promotion by. Around this time Ted Turner had discovered the power of Cable Television, and as he had a soft spot for wrestling gave crocket the 6:05 time slot on Saturday evening. And guys, believe me when I say, every wrestling fan knew the 6:05 time slot.
As things progress we learn about the plane crash that Ric Flair was in, the origin of Starcade, and even the dreaded Black Saturday when Vince McMahon purchase the 6:05 time slot for his syndicated WWF show. Luckily that didn’t last long and TBS has Crockett back on the air and everything was exploding for them. Shows at the Greensborough Coliseum would shut traffic down on I95. Billboards would be over town promoting the big events. Ric Flair was the heavyweight champion of the world, and was also considered the best wrestler in the world. He had his legendary gang The Four Horsemen with him every step of the way. The Rock n Roll express had all the girls crying in the stands when Ricky Morton would be getting beaten up. Dusty Rhodes was always chasing a member of the horsemen, and booking behind the scenes as well. This Doc covers all that in great detail and more. Watching and reliving these story’s and angles and being able to hear about all the backstage goings on was incredible to watch.
We also go in-depth to the tragedy that befell Magnum TA. Magnum was the top baby face in the world right under Hulk Hogan, and he was set to win the heavyweight title from RIc Flair. That was the companies Plan A, B, and C, Magnum wins, and is pushed to the moon. But sadly on October 14, 1986 Magnum was in a horrible car accident, that ended his wrestling carrier. In fact it’s a miracle that he was ever able to walk again. This Documentary not only takes you further than anyone else regarding the emotions of the wrestlers at the time, but you hear from Magnum Himself. Its discussed in great detail, with newspaper clippings, and magazine photos. If you were a fan of Magnum TA this segment alone is a must have. Truthfully every segment makes this a must have, but Magnum’s will no doubt bring a tear to your eye.
We go through the list of various bookers that handled the territory, to their first PPV, to the inception of the Clash of the Champions specials, To being the 2nd company in the world right behind the WWF. In fact many people at that time considered, and rightfully so that JCP was the better promotion. But sadly the story does not end happily as lavish lifestyles and spending eventually led to the downfall of the promotion, and the eventual sale to Ted Turner who rebranded it WCW. Its nearly impossible for me to go into complete detail about all you will see as this covers the entire history and linage of the promotion.
This is without a doubt the best wrestling documentary on the planet. Never have so many people been interviewed for a single show. The line up is a whos who of wrestling. The Crockets, Dusty Rhodes, Magnum TA, Ole Anderson, Baby Doll, The Rock n Roll Express and too many more to even mention. By blending in high quality interview footage with old school gritty arena footage you get an experience that cant be described. You feel as though you are at the matches, as well as sitting in your living room watching these interviews. The documentary clicks in a little over 2 hours, and I still cant stress enough how amazing it is. I’ve read almost every wrestlers autobiography, and combined they do not even scratch the surface of all that is covered her. Elbow Productions should have gotten an Oscar nod for Best Documentary when it comes to this as the hard work put in delivered the best wrestling story ever told. Im just sad that it didn’t end on a happy note.
The documentary is streaming right now on the Highspots Network. Or you can purchase the 3 disc DVD set directly from Highspots Supersotre. The 2 extra DVD’s are all bonus footage. Below is the listing of the discs.
DISC 2 SPECIAL FEATURES and BOUNS MATERIAL
DISC 3 BONUS MATERIAL
INTERVIEW BONUS MATERIAL FROM:
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars! Amazing!
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I don't think there is a wrestling fan alive who didn't enjoy ECW. The counter culture phenomenon founded in 1992 by Tod Gordon and booked by (then also owned by) Paul Heyman. It was the alternative to the cartoon style that the then WWF and WCW had become. With story lines that used realism along with blood, shock, and awe, it was the company that changed the landscape of professional wrestling.
It was a short lived run, that ended when the company went under in 2001 but the memories people have live on. I for one will never forget watching WWF around the time of Survivor Series and watching Bret Hart cut a promo against his opponent at the PPV, Diesel. He gave the standard television interview and stated, "Im going to get you, you big dummy" yes fighting words for the ages. It was after the show ended I popped in a tape of the last ECW TV show, which was getting ready for there big show, The November To Remember. I saw a Guns n Roses November Rain video inter cut with all the angles leading up to the show, wrestlers saying how they were going to crucify there opponents, everything that an adult, of teenager would find exciting.
There were no count outs, no disqualifications, fans brought weapons for wrestlers to use. Matches often spilled into the crowds, and sometimes into the streets, or in one case a hockey arena with a game going on. Dives off of balcony's, glass matches, barb wire battles, and possibly the best assortment of characters you will ever see in a wrestling promotion.
Yes, I like everyone else from that time have a soft spot for ECW. The good folks at Highspots realized this and have created a show entitled Legend of the Extreme. Now in its second season, the new episode just went up on to watch on their network. The show takes you behind the scenes of the promotion and is hosted by ECW Historian Mike Johnson. The new episode is about Characters of ECW, and the guests include, The Blue Meanie, Shane Douglas, and the always entertaining New Jack.
This episode, of the documentary series is an absolute blast to watch to say the least. The entire series is great but the fact that all three of these men had such different characters made it one of the most entertain episodes to date. I cant give you a transcript, or give everything away for that matter, but it should come as no shock when I say that New Jack stole the show.
The Blue Meanie discusses how Nova, Stevie Richards, and himself were the comedy characters of the show, and at one time even did a parody of the Jackson 5. Meanie mentioned how he wanted New Jack to be mad about it and tell them not to do it, but to his chagrin was told to do it a Jack wanted to see it.
Shane, who was the face of ECW for most of its conception as "The Franchise" told a great story how all the boys in the back were marks (fans) of the others guys characters and would always be in the back watching from behind the curtain, and would often give the boys standing ovations when they came through. The comrodery of ECW was always legendary, but hearing about the bonding and brotherly love these guys had for not only each other, but the promotion as well is always amazing to hear.
And then there is New Jack, the most colorful of all ECW Characters, because if you listen to him, he was just being himself. He reflects on getting over and diving, but the highlight of the whole show is the story he tells about the USWA Owner Jerry Jarrett speaking with him to think of a name that "People like Jack use in the hood" to name a new wrestler. He decided on calling the guy "Homeboy", yes that is the name some poor guy got saddled with.
If you were, or still are a fan this is a must watch series. You can watch it on the Highspots Network. The subscription only runs 9.99 a month and the amount of shows on there is mind blowing to say the least. its a must own service for any wrestling fans.
As I consider my reviews based on a film critic I am call this a documentary review and giving it a high recommendation.
overall 3.5 out of 5 stars (Sorry I wanted it to be long)
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"Bombshell!! Super Shoot!!" These are the words that ring out multiple times from the mouth of Billy Jack Haynes during his shoot interview video entitled "Billy Jack Haynes: a conspiracy theory'
Now first off, a couple things. For those unaware a wrestling shoot interview is when the Wrestler in question answers questions as himself, not in character. They are usually very entertaining, especially if your interested in the inner workings of the Wrestling business. Second thing as you know I do reviews as if I was watching a film. So with it only involving 2 people, and the props that Billy Brought I will look at it as if it were Breakfast at Tiffany's on drugs. Also I don't want to give to much away so I will primarily cover the topics he discusses.
This was filmed back in 2006 but I never got around to ordering the DVD so needless to say when it got added to the Highspots The other day I was anxious to finally watch it. In fact if you are a fan of shoot interviews and round tables Highspots Network has over 400 up for streaming now and they continually add more and more, thus making it a must have service for wrestling fans.
Bill is either the greatest actor, or worker if you will of all times, or he's just bat shit crazy, or possibly both. He apologizes for being high on methadone durring his first interview and even pulls out a methadone pamphlet for some reason.
Billy explains this may be the last time you see him, as there has already been an attempt on his life. For proof of this he pulls out a picture of himself beaten half to death. He wondered why he's local paper in Oregon didn't cover it, but he found out they are owned by a corporation in New York, where Vince McMahon operates out of. Thus assuming Vince had it covered up?
Billy talks in detail about how Vincent Kennedy McMahon should have his middle name changed to Killer and goes in to list all the people that Vince killed over the years. He also has pictures of all of them. Sadley, I must point out that 90% of these people were not working for the WWE when they died.
Billy keeps yelling "Bombshell" and begs us to get the children out of the room as this is to heavy for them. Because his final topic is the Benoit Murder Suicide. Yes this is a theory that, well, is definitely different than all the others.
So based on the intensity of Billy, and the fact he truely believes what he's saying makes him either the greatest method actor (worker) in the business or just nuts. But because of the entertainment this provides, and no not all in a make fun of way I actually rate this high. You actually believe that Billy is speaking directly to you. It's almost as if you are in the room talking to him.
Now before I give this a rating I have to say that review aside this is actually sad at times. Billy, pulls no punches and if you have seen other interviews with him you know he had a traumatic life. He is a straight shooter who will admit he is a sociopath, as well as an addict. I was always entertained by Billy from his Portland run to WWF he was a tremendous talent in the ring. He's suffered numerous concussions and other injury's for our entertainment so I wish him nothing but the best in life
With that said I give this one 3.5 out of 5 stars
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AAW is without a doubt the hottest Indy promotion out there in my opinion. Its so good I don’t even look at it as an Indy. To me it’s a major company with a talent line up that any promoter would die for. Based out of Illinois AAW shows bring a crowd of regulars and rabid fans that I haven’t bared witness to since the early days of ECW. Shows are ran monthly (on occasion twice monthly) and AAW even offers season ticket passes to there shows. Something that all independent companies should look into. They have amazing production values and the work rate from the wrestlers is second to none. They also have the story lines I like, because you know my reviews focus on the entire event as if it were a movie, and not the individual match star system that is faulty beyond belief when it comes to reviewing shows.
Going through the Highspots Network AAW is on there with 57 events up to stream. I have fallen a bit behind lately over the last few months, but Defining Moment is now up for streaming. Here is the card
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1. Connor Braxton vs. PACO
2. Jeff Cobb vs. Joey Janela
3. The A Team (Davey Vega, Mat Fitchett, & ACH) vs. Team Tremendous (Dan Barry & Bill Carr) & Colt Cabana
4. Shane Strickland vs. Matt Riddle
5. Trevor Lee vs. Keith Lee vs. AR Fox
6. AAW Heritage Championship: Brian Cage vs. Penta El Zero M (c)
7. AAW Tag Team Championship: Oi4K (Jake & Dave Crist) vs. Zachary Wentz & Dezmond Xavier (c)
8. Zema Ion vs. Cody
9. Title vs. Mask: Rey Fenix vs. Sami Callihan (c)
The story on this show centers around one match. That is the main event Fenix vs Callihan, which is the culmination of a year long feud. Yes one entire year has been building towards this match. Callighan had lost his Heavyweight championship to Fenix’s brother Pentagon. Callighan has friends though in OI4K and during a tag match in which he teamed with Jake Crist he pinned Pentagon who was teaming with Fenix to win the title back. After this he began to wrestle Fenix and on one night stole his sacred luchador mask. Pentagon ran down to cover his brothers face, and now another chapter of the feud had begun. Callighan would wear the mask he stole around his neck taunting Fenix every chance he got. Finally after run ins, jumping’s, rematches, tag matches, everything you can think of Fenix put his mask on the line against Callighans title at Defining Moment 2017. Would he win the title he has been chasing or would Callighan be able to unmask Fenix for the world to see? I’ll tell you but first lets talk about the rest of what we saw.
With a hot crowd as always we were treated to a nice balance of comedy, brawling, high flying, and even chain wrestling. Conn Braxton and PACO put on a great opener that brought the crowd to life early. Jeff Cobb and Joey Janela were putting on a hard hitting match with Cobb dominating. AR Fox came out to distract Cobb midway through to help further there storyline that began a month prior. The A Team (Davey Vega, Mat Fitchett, & ACH) vs. Team Tremendous (Dan Barry & Bill Carr) & Colt Cabana were up next for what was the comedy match of the night. Colt Cabana can do comedy wrestling like no one else. And what really sets him apart is his amazing athleticism and psychology. Trevor Lee, who can now be seen on Impact Wrestling was out next to face Keith Lee, and probably one of the most amazing wrestlers I have seen, AR Fox. Fox put on an absolute clinic of high flying death defying moves, and Lee, and Lee were both on fire as well. The crowd had a great time during this one.
Cage vs Pentagon was up next and was a great showcase for Pentagon. He hit all high kicks and signature moves, and Cage is definitely the best big man in the game right now. Cage who is probably close to 300lbs of solid muscle pulls off standing back flips and can bump for Pentagon like hes superman. Fantastic quick match Up next were OI4K AKA Jake and Dave Crist who took on the tag champs Zackery Wentz and Desmond Xavier. This was a fantastic match featuring plenty of brawling and high flying. OI4K is quiet possibly the best tag team in the world right now. I am so glad they are on Impact wresting so they can show off their skills to a larger audience on national tv. Up next is the co main event with Cody taking on Zema Ion. Cody may be the big star but its Zema who stole the show. He gave Cody the best match hes ever had in my opinion, and any company would benefit from booking him.
And then we go to our main event. Callihan and Fenix. A year in the making. And it was amazing. If this were a movie it would be one of the best fight scenes ever. These two amazing athletes pulled of moves and counter moves that have never been scene before. High Flying, brawling, in and outside the ring these two busted their asses for and to the delight of the crowd. This is definitely a match of the year candidate. The drama and excitement was second to none. The crowd practically comes to life in your house as you watch this they were so rabid for it. Callighan proved that he is quiet possibly the hardest worker out there today. From false finishes to a bit of old fashioned heel cheating Fenix pulled out a win from thin air in what was definitely a tremendous feel good moment.
From the great story, to the extremely high production levels AAW once again delivered a winner with Defining Moment 2017. The DVD/ Blu-ray are available from Highspots, its offered on VOD as well. If you subscribe to the Highspots Network its currently up for your streaming pleasure. I cannot recommend this one enough fans. To Subscribe to the Highspots Network click HERE for AAW Official Page click HERE
Overall 4 out of 5 stars!