Sunday, September 15, 2019

Independent Title Changes I've Seen

Previously I did a post about the Title Changes That I Have Seen Live and later More Title Changes That I Have Seen Live where I focused in WWE, WCW, Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling.  So for fun I decided to do one on the independent shows I've been to.  I keep a record of all the wrestling shows that I've attended and for Indy shows I have about 95% of those.  I didn't start keeping track straight away.

March 13, 1998 Middle School, Bath, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

The Power Twins: Dave & Dean defeated The Pascagoula ShipBuilders: Tony DeVito & Mike Bell to win the vacant EWA Tag Team Championships.

The story line was that DeVito and Bell threw the belts in the Kennebec River after not winning them.  This was done to explain why they didn't have physical championships.  Also this was the only match that Bell & DeVito used this tag team name in.  Pascagoula, Mississippi is where Ingalls Shipbuilding is located.  They are a direct competitor to Bath Iron Works, so cheap heat!

April 18, 1998 The Armory, Lewiston, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

Kidd USA defeated Light Heavyweight Champion: "Sports Illustrated Legend" Robbie Ellis to win the Championship

Initially I thought this match would be a passing of the torch considering Robbie's age at the time of the match.  Little did I know that I would be seeing Mr. Ellis in the ring for more than 10 more years.

Women's Champion: Jamie West defeated Women's Intercontinental Champion: Nasty Sherri to unify the titles.

It's hard to count this as an actual unification match, both ladies had belts that they came into the promotion with. They were just declared champions and then quickly unified the belts.  Didn't make much sense.

June 6, 1998 The Armory, Lewiston, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

Light Heavyweight Champion: Kidd USA defeated Latin-American Light Heavyweight Champion: El' Mascarado to unify the championships.

Same as the unification of the women's titles, not making much sense to declare the titles just to unify them a short time later.

August 8, 1998 The Armory, Lewiston, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance 

No-DQ Match: Master Sandy defeated Heavyweight Champion: "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas to win the championship.  About a dozen guys jumped  Tony before the bell and busted him open, a short time after the match officially started Sandy pinned Atlas to win the title.  This match got a full page in Pro Wrestling Illustrated after.  It was a significant moment in wrestling history for a Women to win what is thought traditionally as a man's championship.

March 6, 1999 The Armory, Lewiston, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

"Centerfold" Steve Ramsey defeated Light Heavyweight Champion: "Latin Fury" Luis Ortiz to win the championship.

Ortiz didn't actually defeated Kidd USA to win the title, USA no showed the event and Ortiz was awarded the title although a fictitious title change was announced the day of the show.

June 5, 1999 The Armory, Lewiston, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

Alexander Worthington the 3rd w/ Dominic defeated Light Heavyweight Champion "Centerfold" Steve Ramsey w/ Precious Lucy to win the championship.

"Centerfold" Steve Ramsey w/ Precious Lucy defeated Light Heavyweight Champion: Alexander Worthington the 3rd w/ Dominic to win the championship.

Damon D'Archangelo defeated Kidd USA in win the Hardcore Championship in the tournament final.

Referee Larry Huntley with EWA Hardcore Champion Damon D' Archangelo - courtesy of Larry Huntley

This was a very long Television taping where several weeks of shows were filmed including the entire Hardcore Championship tournament.

July 24, 1999 The Armory, Lewiston, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance 

Kentaro-San defeated Heavyweight Champion: Master Sandy w/ Dave Vicious to win the championship.

This was a screw job, EWA Vice President Dan Mason was the special referee and after Kentaro-San threw salt into Sandy's eyes she attacked Mason who then awarded the title to Kentaro who turned out to be Josh Shea the heel commentator and not an actual wrestler.

September 26, 1999 The Armory, Lewiston, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance 

"Delicious" Dave Vicious defeated Heavyweight Champion: Josh Shea to win the title.

This was a massive squash match with Shea doing a stretcher job

January 14, 2000 Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Easter Wrestling Alliance

Kidd USA defeated Hardcore Champion: Damon D'Archangelo to win the championship

"Centerfold" Steve Ramsey defeated Light Heavyweight Champion: Mark Jaguar Nugera w/ Josh Shea & Precious Lucy to win the championship

February 19, 2000 Multi-Purpose Center, Lewiston, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

Alexander Worthington the 3rd w/ Dominic defeated Heavyweight Champion: "Delicious" Dave Vicious w/ Master Sandy to win the Championship

March 25, 2000 Americal Civic Center, Wakefield, MA
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

Damon D'Archangelo defeated Matt Masterman to win the vacant Hardcore Championship

Kidd USA defeated Light Heavyweight Champion: "Centerfold" Steve Ramsey to win the championship

April 8, 2000 Edward Little High School, Auburn, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

"Extreme" Adam Hastey defeated "Mr. Muscles" Frankie Armadillo & Hardcore Champion: Damon D'Archangelo to win the championship

June 10, 2000 Americal Civic Center, Wakefield, MA
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

"Brutal" Bob Evans defeated Hardcore Champion: "Extreme" Adam Hastey to win the championship

Revelations: Kildevil & Apocalypse w/ Armageddon defeated The Damned: Mad Dog & Draven w/ Dr. Payne & Centerfold Steve Ramsey & Damian Houston to win the vacant tag team championships

August 12, 2000 State Fair, Skowhegan, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

"Mr. Muscles" Frankie Armadillo w/ Dr. Payne defeated "Extreme" Adam Hastey & El' Tornado to win the vacant Hardcore Championship

October 21, 2000 University of New England, Portland, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

Steve Ramsey & Damian Houston defeated Tag Team Champions: The Damned: Mad Dog & Draven w/ Dr. Payne to win the championships

November 4, 2000 Multi-Purpose Center, Lewiston, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

The Damned: Mad Dog & Draven w/ Dr. Payne defeated Tag Team Champions: Steve Ramsey & Damian Houston to win the championships

December 9, 2000 Gilman Street School, Waterville, ME
Eastern Wrestling Alliance

"Extreme" Adam Hastey & Alexander Worthington the 3rd w/ Dominic defeated Tag Team Champions: The Damned: Mad Dog & Draven w/ Dr. Payne to win the championships

January 26, 2001 Stevens Ave Armory, Portland, ME
Eastern Wresting Alliance

"Enforcer" Larry Huntley defeated Kildevil & Hardcore Champion: "Mr. Muscles" Frankie Armadillo w/ Dr. Payne to win the championship

April 13, 2001 Stevens Ave Armory, Portland, ME
Eastern Wresting Alliance

The Asian Contingent: Sun Dragon & Kamikaze defeated The Shooters: Aaron Morrison & Adam Booker, "Mr. Muscles" Frankie Armadillo & Chris Venom w/ Dr. Payne, & Tag Team Champions: "Extreme" Adam Hastey & Alexander Worthington the 3rd w/ Dominic to win the championships

May 11, 2001 Stevens Ave Armory, Portland, ME
Eastern Wresting Alliance

Don Juan DeSanto pinned Mike Steele to win the vacant Heavyweight Championship

June 1, 2001 Stevens Ave Armory, Portland, ME
Eastern Wresting Alliance

The Elements of Suicide: Onyx, Cinna, & Rukkus defeated Tag Team Champions: The Asian Contingent: Sun Dragon, Kamikaze, & Josh Shea to win the championships in a six-man tag

 "Mr. Muscles" Frankie Armadillo w/ Dr. Payne & Mistress Vanessa defeated Hardcore Champion: "Enforcer" Larry Huntley w/ Hardcore Honey to win the championship

June 30, 2001 Stevens Ave Armory, Portland, ME
Eastern Wresting Alliance

The Asian Contingent: Sun Dragon & Kamikaze defeated Tag Team Champions: The Elements of Suicide: Onyx & Cinna to win the championships

August 3, 2001 Stevens Ave Armory, Portland, ME
Eastern Wresting Alliance

The Elements of Suicide: Onyx, Cinna & Rukkus defeated New England Champion: El' Tornado and Tag Team Champions: The Asian Contingent: Sun Dragon & Kamikaze winning only the tag team championships

September 7, 2001 Stevens Ave Armory, Portland, ME
Eastern Wresting Alliance

Gauntlet Match:
Kildevil & Chris Venom w/ Dr. Payne and the HCI defeated Kilgore & KL Murphy
The Damned: Mad Dog & Draven defeated Kildevil & Chris Venom w/ Dr. Payne and the HCI
The Damned: Mad Dog & Draven The Asian Contingent: Sun Dragon & Kamikaze
The Elements of Suicide: Onyx & Cinna defeated The Damned: Mad Dog & Draven to win the championships

February 22, 2002 The Middle School, Auburn, ME
Eastern Wresting Alliance

Louis Barboza defeated Hardcore Champion: "Mr. Muscles" Frankie Armadillo w/ Dr. Payne to win the championship

April 5, 2002 Stevens Ave Armory, Portland, ME
Eastern Wresting Alliance

Stephan Q. Ramsey w/ Dominic pinned New England Champion: El' Tornado to win the championship

The Damned: Mad Dog & Draven defeated Tag Team Champions: The Egomaniacs: Mike Steele & Johnny Idol to win the championships

September 28, 2003 Bill William Gym, Danbury, CT
XboKu Pro Wrestling

Nocturne won an elimination match for the vacant Light-Heavyweight Championship

Wayne the Convenience Store Guy w/ Tara Charisma defeated Boogalou, Anthony Michaels, & Nick Nosious to win the vacant R&W Heavyweight Championship

April 10, 2004 YMCA, Augusta, ME
All Star American Wrestling

Johnny Heartbreaker defeated Andre Lyonz, Brian Black, & "Boston Bad Boy" Jason Rumble w/ Vixen to win the vacant Heavyweight Championship

Mighty Mini defeated "Hot Stuff" Paul Hudson in a two out of three falls match to win the vacant Cruiserweight Championship

Mind & Matter: Dr. Heresy & Maverick Wild defeated The Elite: "Enforcer" Larry Huntley & Sonny Roselli and Cueball Carmichael & Handsome Johnny to win the vacant Tag Team Championships

Brian Black pinned Heavyweight Champion: Johnny Heartbreaker w/ "Boston Boy" Jason Rumble w/ Vixen to win the championship

December 17, 2004 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
New Wrestling Horizons

Michaels Inc: The Brothers Dangerous: Donny & Danny w/ Quentin Michaels defeated The Elite: "Enforcer" Larry Huntley & Sonny Roselli to win the vacant Tag Team Championships

Maine State Champion: "Rugged" Rick Daniels w/ Dr. Payne pinned Heavyweight Champion: Hardware to win the championship


January 25, 2005 Skip's Bar Buxton, ME
New Wrestling Horizons

The Elite: "Enforcer" Larry Huntley & Sonny Roselli defeated Tag Team Champions: Michaels Inc: The Brothers Dangerous: Danny & Donny to win the championships

March 19, 2005 Boys & Girls Club, Gardiner, ME
New Wrestling Horizons

Cameron Matthews pinned Maine State Champion: "Mourning Star" Marcus Hall to win the championship

"Enforcer" Larry Huntley & Dangerous Donny defeated Tag Team Champions: The Big Islanders: Makua & Kahoku to win the championships

February 21, 2007 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
NWH / AWA North Atlantic

Makua defeated "Hot Stuff" Paul Hudson, "Canadian Moondog" Mark Moment, & John "The Bomb" Bryar for the vacant Television Championship

"Enforcer" Larry Huntley pinned "Boston Bad Boy" Jason Rumble for the vacant Heavyweight Championship

 American Muscle: "Too Fit" Eric Atlas & "Heartbreaker" Chase San Antone defeated Dangerous Alliance: Donny and Danny to win the vacant Tag Team Champions

April 18, 2007 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
AWA North Atlantic & PWA

69 Degrees: Cameron Matthews & Paul Hudson defeated Rain & Pro Zac for the vacant PWA Tag Team Championships

Scott "By God" Vegas won a Krazy 8 Elimination match for the vacant PWA New England Championship

"Boston Bad Boy" Jason Rumble defeated Legion "Freakin" Cage for the vacant PWA Heavyweight Championship

Dangerous Alliance: Donny and Danny defeated AWA-NA Tag Team Champions: American Muscle: "Too Fit" Eric Atlas & "Heartbreaker" Chase San Antone to win the titles

February 20, 2008 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
AWA North Atlantic

"Sweet Tooth" Jimmy Capone & Donny Dangerous defeated John "The Bomb" Bryar and Mark Rage to win the vacant Tag Team Championship

February 20, 2008 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
AWA North Atlantic

Luke Robinson & Larry Huntley defeated Sonny Roselli & Television Champion: Cameron Matthews when Robinson pinned Matthews and was awarded the title

Mervin Greenwald pinned Twin Cities Champion: Jivin' Jimmy Capone to win the title

March 29, 2008 Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, FL
UXW Pro Wrestling

Skull Von Crush pinned Vordell Walker to win the vacant United States Championship

June 19, 2009 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
Pro Wrestling America

Latin Revoluition: Tony Torres & Antonio Rivera w/ Jenna Santiago defeated Tag Team Champions: Superfecta: Mark Moment and Cameron Matthews w/ Vernon Envy to win the titles

Nick "Flash" McKenna defeated Tommy Lane & New England Champion: Scott "By God" Vegas to win the championship

July 17, 2009 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
Pro Wrestling America

Kactus pinned Hardcore Champion: Mark Moment to win the title, defended under 24/7 rules

Scott "By God" Vegas w/ Johnny Primer defeated Cameron Matthews & New England Champion: Nick "Flash" McKenna to win the championship in a Triple Threat Ladder Match

August 8, 2009 Hilton University Place Hotel, Charlotte, NC
NWA Legends Fanfest



2 Cold Scorpio defeated NWA National Champion: Phil Shatter to win the title, the decision was later reversed


August 14, 2009 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
Pro Wrestling America

Superfecta: Cameron Mathews & Mark Moment defeated Tag Team Champions: Latin Revolution: Tony Torres & Antonio Rivera to win the championships

Nick "Flash" McKenna defeated "H2O" Ryan Waters & New England Champion: Scotty "By God" Vegas in a body bag match to win the championship

September 10, 2010 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
Independent Wrestling Entertainment

Shane Alden defeated Luka Sharp & Television Champion: Ricky Williams to win the championship

November 10, 2010 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
Independent Wrestling Entertainment

Mistress Belmont pinned Women's Champion: Barbi with her feet on the ropes to win the championship

April 8, 2011 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
Independent Wrestling Entertainment

Capital Punishment: Fox Vinyer & Rob Coleman defeated Tag Team Champions: Scotty "By God" Vegas & "Enforcer" Larry Huntley when Kyle Huntley interfered to win the championships

May 6, 2011 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
Independent Wrestling Entertainment

"Tower of Power" Mark Moment defeated Jimmy Capone in a ladder match for the vacant Television Championship

February 3, 2012 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
Intergalactic Wrestling

Jimmy Capone pinned Kactus to win the vacant Heavyweight Championship

March 25, 2012 The Civic Center, Augusta, ME
Big Time Wrestling



Scufflin Hillbillies: Cousin Larry & Uncle Sonny defeated Tag Team Champions: Black Talent Wrestlers: Bobby Ocean & "Slyck" Wagner Brown to win the championships

April 21, 2012 Newbegin Gym, Gray ME
All Out Mayhem

New England Wrecking Crew: Joe McBrady & Steve Ruppard w/ Beavis defeated Tag Team Champions: Ryan London & Roadblock to win the championships

"Extreme Strongman" Gino Martino w/ John Cena Sr. pinned Heavyweight Champion: "The Living Legend" Larry Zbyszko to win the championship

April 26, 2012 Gilman Place, Waterville, ME
Live Pro Wrestling



"Prodigy" Mike Bennett pinned Robbie to become the inaugural United States Champion

May 11, 2012 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
Intergalactic Wrestling



Chris Camaro pinned Scotty Vegas to win the vacant Catch Championship


Johnny Highlander Primer pinned North East Champion: Jimmy Capone to win the championship

June 2, 2012 Davey Lopes Recreation Center, Providence, RI
PWF Northeast



Universal Champion: Ryan Bisbal w/ Ivy pinned Heavyweight Champion: "King of Old School" Steve Corino in a No Holds Barred match to unify the championships

August 4, 2012 City Side Event Center, Brewer, ME
Independent Wrestling Entertainment


"Extreme Strongman" Gino Martino won the vacant Heavyweight Championship last eliminating "Big" Gene Geroux in a Battle Royal

March 29, 2014 Portugal Verde Soccer Academy, New Bedford, MA
Top Rope Promotions

The Prestige: "H2O" Ryan Waters & Matt Magnum defeated Tag Team Champions: Anthony Greene & Mikey Webb to win the championships

September 13, 2014 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
Independent Wrestling Entertainment

Primer Inc: Joseph Primer & Crash Landing defeated "Jivin" Jimmy Capone & Alex Taylor to win the vacant Tag Team Championships

December 19, 2014 The Community Center, Fairfield, ME
MainEvent Wrestling

The Knuckle Busters: Stone & Bareknuckle Burly defeated Tag Team Champions: Sonny Roselli & John "The Bomb" Bryar to win the championships

"Boston Bad Boy" Jason Rumble pinned Heavyweight Champion: "Tower of Power" Mark Moment to win the championship


January 19, 2019 American Legion Hall, Orono, ME
Let’s Wrestle!

Let’s Wrestle Rumble: Davienne won the 30 person match last eliminating Kalvin Strange to win the Let’s Wrestle Championship


March 9, 2019 National Guard Armory, Westbrook, ME
Limitless Wrestling

Limitless Wrestling Championship: MJF defeated "Retro" Anthony Greene, JT Dunn, & Ace Romero pinning Anthony Greene to win the championship

courtesy of @wrestlechick207 on the twitter.
September 6, 2019 The Expo, Portland, ME
Limitless Wrestling

"Retro" Anthony Greene defeated Limitless Wrestling Champion: MJF to win the Championship.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Limitless Wrestling at the Portland Expo live report 9/6/2019

Friday night September 6, 2019 Limitless Wrestling presented their 4th Anniversary show Know Your Enemy emanating from the historic Portland Expo!  I was so excited to have front row for this show because this is one of the most historic buildings for wrestling in Maine.

Built in 1914 it is the second oldest arena in continuous operation in the United States.  On March 5, 1929 World Heavyweight Champion Gus Sonnenberg defeated Ned McGuire in two straight falls.  On April 2, 1945 Leo Numa defeated Manuel Cortez by disqualification when referee Babe Ruth called for the bell.

The first time I can find that the WWWF ran at the Expo was July 19, 1966 with King Curtis Iaukea defeating Johnny Valentine in the main event.  In his book Bob Backlund talks about wrestling then WWF Champion "Superstar" Billy Graham to a blood double count-out on December 6, 1977.   For over 11 years the WWWF/WWF ran month shows at the venue.  In 1978 the WWF would move to the newly opened and larger Cumberland County Civic Center, now Cross Insurance Arena.  My dad went to the matches here regularly and saw the legends like Graham, Backlund, Putksi, Andre the Giant and others.

I myself have only attended one wrestling show at the Expo, which was the last wrestling show the venue hosted.  March 16, 2003 Maine Event Wrestling featuring Robbie Ellis, X-Pac, Brian Christopher, Raven, Mike Quackenbush vs. Reckless Youth in a 2 out of 3 falls masterpiece and The Fabulous Moolah and The Great Mae Young in tag team action against Don Montoya & Towel Boy Adams.  I sat in the bleachers on this night.

Alex and my son Canaan headed down to the expo together.  I was shocked at the length of the line when I got to the door.  They had to broken down to VIP, Front Row & Floor GA, and bleacher GA.  I loved the set up and the Limitless Wrestling ring skirt, it just look so good.  I also liked that there was plenty of room for the wrestlers merchandise tables away from the seating.


I picked up a few packs of the Limitless Wrestling trading cards and in total managed to get five cards signed.  I'll post about them another day.  I didn't take many pictures of the show because I just wanted to watch the wrestling.  Not to mention I knew the pictures weren't going to come out well because of the lighting and that I don't bring my camera with me.  These photos are courtesy of @wrestlechick207 on the twitter.

Ace Romero pinned Dan Maff

This was a hell of a fight and what a great way to open the show.  It got the crowd to their feet for the entire contest and these guys beat the hell out of each other.  Maff got Romero in a torture rack position and gave him a burning hammer right on the top of Ace's head!  It was sick, in a good way!  Ace the pin after a monster clothesline.  I hope we see Maff back in a Limitless Wrestling sooner than later.

Christian Casanova pinned Leyla Hirsch


AR Fox was supposed to be Casanova's opponent but he simply no showed.  Hirsch was supposed to be in the scramble match but I was glad to see her in this match instead.  It was a great match, I felt that Hirsch held control for the majority of it but she fell victim to Casanova's scissors kick.

The New Hart Foundation: Teddy Hart & Davey Boy Smith Jr. defeated The Work Horsemen: James Drake & Anthony Henry



This match lived up the the hype that I had built in my mind.  First off I love Hart's and Smith's entrance theme, it's just a great tune.  This match was basically a tornado match with action in the ring and a lot on the floor.  We were treated to several amazing moonsaults by Teddy.  I don't how he and 2 Cold Scorpio manage to just float through the air like they do.  It's amazing!



The Foundation managed to isolate Henry in the ring and Smith got the pin winning the match for his team.  After the match Hart cut one of his standard promo's with Smith chiming in that Limitless was a great audience.

Drake and Henry squabbled after the match with Drake being upset with Henry over the loss.  Henry slapped Drake before leaving the ringside area.

Kevin Blackwood pinned JT Dunn

I was excited about this match.  It seemed fitting that they face off after Blackwood eliminated Dunn from the vacation cup last month.  This was good match with Blackwood getting the quick roll up pin on Dunn which popped the crowd.  Dunn was quite hated by the fans tonight.

Maine State Street Fight: Maine State Posse: Aiden Aggro & Danger Kid defeated Alexander Lee & Brandon Kirk with Joey Eastman

Holy shit!  This one needed to be seen to believed.  They used trash cans, thumbtacks, a door, a barbed wire wrapped door, a lobster pot, and more.  It was brutal with action both inside and outside the ring.  Kirk has his tongue stapled to the top turnbuckle, nasty.  Also Lee handcuffed Danger Kid's earlobe to the bottom rope, Kid has big gauges that he removes before the match, nastier! Kirk was busted open early in the contest and then later when he took the lobster pot to the head it really tore him open bad.




This essentially eliminated Kirk from the match leaving Lee to be double teamed by MSP.  They handcuffed Lee and powerbombed him on the barbed wire door.  They then crushed him on the lobster pot for the three count.  MSP may have won this match but I feel the war is far from over.

The Butcher & The Blade defeated "Filthy" Tom Lawlor & "Dirty Daddy" Chris Dickinson



This was the first match back from intermission and sadly I think the crowd was still spent from the Street fight.  That or maybe these teams just didn't mesh tonight.  I felt like things were a bit off.  For me though the coolest moment in the match is when Lawlor gave The Butcher an airplane spin!  It was a good one too.


Finish saw Butcher pin Lawlor

DL Hurt defeated Jody Threat, Jon Silver, Harlow O'Hara, & Puf

This was a great match!  As will all scrambles we got action both in and outside the ring.  Jody Threat even skateboarded in some offense.  She dished out a head scissors and a spear before eating a superkick.  Hurst picked up the win with a dominator type move on Threat.

Hair vs. Career: Kris Statlander & Ashley Vox defeated Jeremy Leary & Skylar



In this match it was Stat's career and Leary's hair on the line.  If you would have told me that Leary was going to lose this match and have his head shaved I would have lost that bet.  The match was great with Leary being a giant asshole the whole contest.  After Statlander pinned him with her finisher the crowd erupted!  They started cutting his hair in the ring and then at ringside Bradford finished the job.  It was an awesome moment.



Retro AG defeated Limitless Wrestling World Champion: MJF

This was a very anticipated match and the perfect finish to the Limitless Wrestling four year anniversary event.  About two minutes into the match MJF hit Greene with a deliberate low blow for which the referee called for the bell.


Randy Carver, Limitless owner, restarted the match making it no DQ.  The match quickly went to the floor and around ringside.  This match was not as crazy as the street fight but they didn't their fair share of damage to each other.



Finish came right in the center of the ring after a step up tomikaze by Greene on MJF.  Biggest pop of the night the referee hit the three count.  Every person in the building was on their feet!  We all wanted this bad for AG.


Post match MJF shook AG's hand and quickly raised his arm before exiting to the back.  I'm not sure who the next opponent for AG is going to be.  I'd like to see him square off with someone I haven't seen him wrestle in Limitless yet like Kevin Blackwood.

Limitless returns to the Portland Club on October 25th with Gangrel, tickets are on sale September 16th at the website.

Also Let's Wrestle returns on October 12th in Orono, tickets are also on sale right now for that show.  Front row is $12 and General Admission is $10.  I'll be there with my kids.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Wrestlers on TV Shows: The 90's Part 1

When I started this post I didn't realize just how big it was going to be so here I bring to you Part 1 of Wrestlers on TV Shows: The 90's.

Check out my others posts about Wrestlers on TV Shows in the 1950's & 60's, 1970's and 1980's.


Boy Meets World
Season 2 Episode 21 "The Thrilla in Phila" Aired May 5, 1995
Season 3 Episode 13 "New Friends and Old" Aired January 19, 1996
Season 4 Episode 9 "Sixteen Candles and Four-Hundred-Pound Men" Aired November 15, 1996

Leon White aka Big Van Vader guest starred on all three episodes as Francis Albert Stecchino Sr. the father of Bully turned Good Guy Frankie Jr played by Ethan Suplee.  The season 4 episode also features Earl Hebner, Bruce Prichard as Brother Love, and Jake "The Snake" Roberts.    The first episode Vader was working for WCW, the second he was and Independent, and the third and final episode he was wrestling for WWE.


Lonesome Dove: The Series & The Outlaw Years
Season 1 Episode 17 "Traveler" Aired May 1, 1995
Season 1 Episode 21 "Snowbound" Aired May 29, 1995
Season 2 Episode 10 "Day of the Dead" December 14, 1995
Season 2 Episode 13 "Angel" January 27, 1996
Season 2 Episode 17 'The Hideout" March 21, 1996
Season 2 Episode 18 "Partners" March 28, 1996
Season 2 Episode 22 "Love and War" May 16, 1996

Lonesome Dove was a western drama that aired in syndication in the United States and on CTV in Canada.  The Second season was renames Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years.  Bret "Hitman" Hart guest starred on all these episodes as Luther Root a trapper and guide that is a friend of Newt Call who the show is centered around.


Honey I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show
Season 2 Episode 8 "Honey, I'm Wrestling with a Problem...and the Chief"
Aired November 21, 1998

Bret and Owen Hart both appear in this episode.  They are playing wrestlers that are injured at the Szalinski's residence and they have a big match coming up.  So Wayne and his friend have to take their place in the match using one of Wayne's wacky inventions in the process.  What I find interesting is at the time this was filmed Bret was working for WCW and Owen WWE.



Superboy
Season 3 Episode 10 "Mindscape"
Aired December 8, 1990

Superboy was a half hour syndicated show that ran four seasons from 1988 - 1992.  In this episode an alien creature attaches himself to Superboy's body causing him to have horrendous nightmares.  Including one where "Total Package" Leg Luger guest stars as Super Boy Mark II and evil version of the boy of steel.


That 70's Show
Season 1 Episode 15 That Wrestling Show
Aired: February 7, 1999

Kitty makes Red take Eric and the gang to the local wrestling matches.  There they watch The Rock playing his father "Soulman" Rocky Johnson as he battles Ken Shamrock who was listed as Wrestler #1 in the credits.  Also on the show at Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, The Big Cat Ernie Ladd, and "Judo" Gene LeBell as the referee.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Wrestler on TV Shows: The 80's

Wrestlers have been guest starring on television shows going back to the 1950's.  I previously posted about this on two separate occasions: The 1950's & 60's and 1970's.  Now let's take a look at the fabulous 1980's.


Married With Children
Season 2 Episode 22
Aired May 1, 1988

Married With Children ran for 11 seasons on Fox from 1987 to 1997 and was one of my favorite shows.  King Kong Bundy appeared in the Season 2 finale as Uncle Irwin celebrating the Bundy Family reunion.  Bundy would also appear in as himself in a season 10 episode.  This was not Bundy's only television outing as he appeared in two other shows in the 1990's as well.


A-Team
Season 4 Episode 7 Body Slam
Aired November 12, 1985


Hulk Hogan calls on his old friend BA to help him with mobsters that are trying to shut down the youth center he's financing. Other wrestlers appearing in the episode  that were uncredited were The British Bulldogs: Davey Boy Smith & the Dynamite Kid, "Mean" Gene Okerlund, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Dave Hebner, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Corporal Kirchner, Rick McGraw, Big John Studd, & Greg "The Hammer" Valentine


Season 4 Episode 21 The Trouble with Harry
Aired March 25, 1986

Hulk Hogan returned in this episode along with William Perry to aid the A-Team in who is helping a washed up boxer from his troubled past.


Learning The Ropes
1 Season 26 Episodes
Aired September 18, 1988 - March 31, 1989

This Canadian produced show aired on CTV in Canada and in syndication in the United States.  It starred Lyle Alzado as a teacher who works as the professional wrestler The Masked Maniac in the evening.  The show featured many guest and cameo appearances from the National Wrestling Alliance.  "Dr. Death" Steve Williams was Alzado's stunt double in the show wrestling the matches that were featured in each episode.  Other wrestlers that appeared included "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Sting, Lex Luger, The Road Warriors: Hawk & Animal, Ron Simmons, Dick Murdoch and more.
 

This show as yet to be released on home video and I doubt ever will.  You can find episodes on YouTube though. 


Queen Kong

Dee Booher, better known by her ring name of Queen Kong was a wrestler that performed in the ring for over a decade.  She got her start mud wrestling before joining up with GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and also wrestled in  GLOW creator David McLane's POWW: Powerful Women of Wrestling.  Booher also guested starred in so many television shows in the 1980's she gets her own entry.

Hardcastle & McCormick Season 3 Episode 10 "Strangle Hold" aired 11/18/1985

Night Court Season 5 Episode 4 "Ladies Night" aired 10/22/1987


Mama's Family Season 4 Episode 6 "Mama Mania" aired 11/21/1987

Night Court Season 6 Episode 15 "The Game Show" aired 2/15/1989

Amen Season 3 Episode 21 "Sing, Sister, Sing" aired 4/15/1989

My Two Dads Season 3 Episode 5 "Joey Gets Pinned" aired 10/29/1989

Booher also guest starred in several shows in the 1990's and was cast in many movies over the years.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Future of The Wrestling Insomniac

When I started this blog four and a half years ago it was because as an outlet for me to share my love of professional wrestling.  That and to help pass the time on the midnight shift during the down times.  Hence the title The Wrestling Insomniac. 

On August 19th I was offered and accepted a new job in the State of Maine system where I will be off the midnight shift.  In fact come September I'll be working Monday thru Friday 0730 - 1600 hrs with weekends and holidays off. 

The level of excitement that I have for this life changing career change is immeasurable.  That being said I'm not sure where this blog will fall with my new schedule.  I don't plan on shutting it down, not by a long shot, I'm just not sure I'll be making as frequent posts as I have in the past.  Maintaining this blog is surprisingly a lot of work and at times it's difficult to find content for these pages.

This blog is a passion project and my love for professional wrestling continues to grow with each passing day.  I'll continue to post my live event reports, share my signed trading cards, and write about the things that fascinate me the most in the world of wrestling.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Buying Wrestling Tickets

I love professional wrestling and I want to see it succeed, the only downfall to that is it makes it so much harder to buy wrestling tickets during those times when wrestling is popular.  We are in one of those times.  Except this boon is like no other boon that we have had before.

With my WrestleMania XXIV, Hall of Fame, and Midday Madness tickets, 2008
Thanks to the Internet and streaming we can consume wrestling from around the world live no matter where we are on many different devises and platforms.  Because of this we have companies from other countries coming and running shows in the United States, something that never would have happened 10 years ago.

New Japan talents has been appearing on joint shows with Ring of Honor for years, however in July 2017 they ran two solos shows in Long Beach, California.  In 2018 they ran six solo shows and now in 2019 almost a dozen.  AAA is running Madison Square Garden this September and in Los Angeles in October, Progress Wrestling from the UK has run tours in 2017 & 2018 and independent companies from around the world pack in the fans during WrestleMania weekend. I myself went to RevPro and NJPW in New York this past April.

All of this makes it very difficult to get the best seats when buying tickets. 

The first time I ever got wrestling tickets was with my Dad when I was nine years old in 1989.  We went to the Ticketron outlet at the back of the Sears and my Dad but us tickets to WWF.  That's how you did it back then at the box officer, by phone, or at an authorized ticket outlet.

My first wrestling ticket stub, this image is two tickets placed together to from one as they tore opposite ends, 1989
My next couple of wrestling shows my friends bought the tickets.  My first experience buy wrestling tickets was driving down to Boston and standing outside overnight for WCW Monday Nitro, you can read all about it here.
My first of many wrestling shows in Boston, WCW Monday Nitro, 1997
It wasn't too long after that when Ticketmaster exploded and online ticket sales became the way to buy tickets for most venues.  This meant to try and get the best tickets standing in line or ordering by phone became a thing of the past as you were competing with everyone that had a computer and the fastest Internet connection. Some venues tried to stagger the on-sale time so the box office could sell tickets for an hour before online sales launched but that didn't last long.  

In fact many venues have multiple pre-sales if you a member of a certain club or credit card.  Also Ticketmaster jacks up the prices of tickets with their platinum seating charging astronomical prices for tickets.  For instance the New Japan show at MSG advertised front row at $290 and yet Ticketmaster made those tickets platinum premium seating charging over $700 each.  I'm not going to even start with secondary ticket sellers.

New Japan at Madison Square Garden, April 6, 2019
The Augusta Civic Center handled their own ticket sales until switching to Ticketmaster in 2004.  Prior to that they had no online ticketing just by phone or at the box office so in April 2003 I stood in line overnight at the Civic Center for tickets for the July 29, 2003 Smackdown Brand house show.  I met my buddy Rood for the first time that night and in the last 16 years we have gone on many wrestling adventures.

I got the last two front row tickets and it was my first time getting front row for WWE.  It was well worth it as at that show Vince McMahon appeared on the Brother Love Show with Zack Gowen and the cared was main evented by Brock Lesnar & Kurt Angle vs. John Cena & Big Show.

Some smaller venues like The Colisee in Lewiston & The Lowell Memorial Auditorium handle their own ticket sales and have online ticketing.  I managed to get front row in Lowell for two ROH PPV's All Star Extravaganza VIII in 2016 & Best in the World in 2017 and front row for War of the Worlds.  Having front row for those PPV's were amazing!  

But no matter if it's Ticketmaster or a smaller venue the same thing always happens to me.  I get all excited because I want to get front row, so I sit down in front of my computer and start hitting the refresh button as the butterflies building in my stomach.  Then when tickets pop up I move as fast as I can and except for a few instances I'm always initially disappointed because I don't get what I want. 

I'll tell my friends and they are always happy and positive about it, but not me, not for a couple hours actually.  I don't know why I put myself through it but I do.  Every time!  For instance when New Japan Pro Wrestling Fighting Spirit went on sale on July 26th at 10am I was up in northern Maine at a campground, we were actually leaving that day.  After getting all pack up I went into the lounge area where I could get on the wi-fi.  The night before I had logged up and checked everything out and it was fine.

Ten am hits and I start to try and buy tickets and it's moving like sludge.  At first I think it's the ticket website because I knew these tickets would be a hot item.  Finally it comes back and it's fifth row in the parquet, not even floor seats.  I search again and it gives me balcony.  So I go to buy the parquet seats and the Internet crashes.  I can't get back on and I have no cell reception for data.  That's it we are not getting tickets.  

We head down the road and notifications on my phone start going crazy so I drive until I see a good place to pull over and I pull up the website and as it's now 25 past ten and I'm know I'm getting nosebleeds, but I want to be there.  So I check the sections because you can pick you seat and there's nothing on the floor.  I then selected four tickets best available and it gave me second row on the floor and I didn't hesitate.  Got super lucky.  New York and Philly sold out in a couple hours, maybe less, and currently there aren't many left for Lowell.

upcoming New Japan in Lowell, 9/27/2019
In the past for indy shows I never bought tickets in advance, just show up at the door and typically you can get front row or general admission isn't bad.  Now with Limitless Wrestling, I get that same pit in the stomach feeling.

For their fourth anniversary show on Sept 6th, VIP and Front sold out in under three minutes and over 250 sold within the first hour.  I was lucky and got a VIP.  Part of me is happy that Limitless is doing so well and packing in the fans, but another part of me wants to not stress about getting tickets.

My least stressful wrestling ticket buying experiences in the last three years are the WWE shows at the Augusta Civic Center because I have no interest in front row, I go to the box office where I can pick out my seats and I buy particular ones in the $25 section and they are a great view.  Also by going to the box office I save all the Ticketmaster fees and just pay the venue's $2 per ticket fee for the twenty five dollar ticket is $27 and not $38 each.

I also want to add that I have an album with every single ticket stub I have ever gotten from any event that I went to that was ticketed, other than the movie theater.  Wrestling, concerts, monster trucks, sporting events and more.  It's really fun to go back and look at them when I add the new ones to it. 

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Signed Trading Cards: Anthony Greene, Wes Brisco, Teddy Hart, Caleb Konley, & More

This post looks at cards that I got signed at the recent Pro Wrestling Experience show on August 1st in Fairfield, Maine.  You can read all about that show here.


"Retro" Anthony Greene

These two cards make it 23 cards that I have signed by Greene, the most I have signed from one person.  The card on the left from the July 2019 4 Corners Cards platinum series trading cards set.  The center card was released  in 2019 by Go Fight Pow as part of their wrestling trading card game.  The card on the right is not a card at all but a sticker that AG was selling.  It just looks cool.

Check out 4 Corners Cards and Go Fight Pow for these and their other cards.  Also Greene has them for sale himself.


Caleb Konley

I bought these cards from Caleb at the show, he cut me deal because I bought a DVD as well of the this years Mark Hitchcock Supershow from New York as I was at that show.  The card on the left, I have no idea who released it.  The card on the right is Konley as Star Lord for the FSCW: Fantasy Supercosplay Wrestling promotion.


Wes Brisco

This card is from the 2013 Tristar TNA Impact Wrestling Live set.  The son of Jerry Brisco this card is his first every wrestling trading card.


Teddy Hart

This card was is part of the Joey Janela Spring Break 3 Part 2 card set that was released by GCW: Game Changer Wrestling in 2019 in conjunction with the event.


Cam Zagami

This card is part of the Limitless Wrestling series 1 trading cards released in 2018.

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