Sunday, September 26, 2021

Limitless Wrestling: Euphoria 9/25/2021 6th Anniversary Show

It's time, once again, for Limitless Wrestling!! This time the 6th Anniversary show Euphoria, September 25, 2021 from the AMVets Hall in Yarmouth, Maine. 

Roy, Canaan, and I drove down to the venue getting there about 5pm, so we could park at the building in the paved lot and not in the overflow. It was supposed to rain all afternoon, glad that it held off for everyone waiting to get in.  Super odd that Mikey wasn't at the show this weekend.  He was in Massachusetts for a sports weekend.  Friday Red Sox vs. Yankees at Fenway, Saturday the Basketball Hall of Fame, and Sunday Patriots vs. Saints.  

Another sellout and a super pumped crowd for a great night at the matches!  Limitless has a new shirt by Dave Cole, a design based on the Portland Sea Dogs minor league team, I grabbed one for Mikey and I'm glad I did as it sold our extremely fast. 

Fatal Four Way: Lee Moriarty vs. Brad Cashew vs. "The Prize" Alec Price vs. "Ghetto Ninja" Nolo Kitano

This was a one fall to a finish match, we saw Kitano last month in Herman in a six man tag, but this is being billed as his official Limitless debut.  Moriarty got a big ovation when he came out, Price got a huge one.  The fans are turning him face.  Cashew was the most despised. 

Cashew jumped Price at the bell knocking him out of the ring leaving Taiga Style and the Ghetto Ninja to start in the ring.  This was an excellent opener with lots of action inside and outside of the ring as you'd expect in a fatal four way.   At one point lee locked in a submission on three opponents at once.  
Price got the pin on Nolo after the Prize Kick.

Post Match: Lee put over Price as being the future in Limitless.  JT Dunn ran in through the crowd and hit Death By Elbow on Price and then Lee.  He cut a promo on Randy for not being booked on the Anniversary show,  that he build Limitless, that wrestlers like Hero, Sabre Jr, Dijak, and others would call Dunn to see if Randy was worth taking a chance on.  He stated that he would show up at every show and singled out Price as young talent he was going to hold down.  

Ace Romero came out to the ring.  Dunn backed down but told Romero that these fans don't care about him and he shouldn't care about them.  Garcia came out leading too

Ace Romero vs. Kevin Blackwood with Limitless World Champion: "Red Death" Daniel Garcia

Garcia distracted Romero and before the bell rang Blackwood hit Ace in the back and then in the head with a steel chair.  He was going to hit Ace again but referee Nate Speckman pulled the chair away.  Once Ace said he was ready the referee called for the bell.

Blackwood went for a fast pin attempted after his double stomp off the top rope, but Ace kicked out.  Blackwood held the advantage for the majority of the match, but Romero eventually battled back.  When he Blackwood set for his finish Garcia entered the ring with a chair, Ace grabbed the chair and the two played tug a war with it.  Blackwood went for a knee strike on Ace, but hit Garcia.  Ace hit the package piledriver Blackwood for the win.

Post match Garcia and Blackwood argued and Garcia walked out leaving Blackwood in the ring. 

MSP: Danger Kid & Aiden Aggro vs. The Workhorsemen: Anthony Henry & JD Drake

This was a return tag team match from the 2019 Vacationland Cup that saw MSP walk out with the win.  Henry was signed by the WWE in January 2021 and was released in July.  This was his third match since being released and the first time teaming with Drake since July. 

MSP jumped Henry and Drake right at the bell as they were attempting to shake MSP's hands.  This was an aggressive match with Henry and Kid really laying into each other for the entirety of the contest.  Legit I thought they were shooting on each other at one point, but they were just being snug.

This match was tag team excellence, quite frankly, with Kid taking the heat before making the hot tag to Aggro.  The isolated Drake and hit their finish, which Drake kicked out of.  The Workhorsemen then isolated Kid with Henry landing a stomp off the top rope and Drake a moonsault for the pin.

Post Match Henry cut a promo about being back, about teaming with Drake, and how now they were 1-1 with MSP and they need to have a third match.  Drake demanded that MSP shake their hands, which they did and then Drake kissed Kid on the mouth.

Eight Person Tag Team Match:  Davienne, Becca, and The Sea Stars: Delmi Exo & Ashley Vox vs. Prestigious: "Main Attraction" Mac Daniels, Channing Thomas, & "Notorious" BRG and Jon Alba

The stipulations, if Team Davi Wins Jon Alba is banned from Limitless for the rest of the year, if Prestigious wins then Davi becomes their bitch. This match has been built over the last few months.  Prestigious has matching gear, as they should, the girls also had matching gear which was unexpectedly awesome!

It was a very good match, the guys worked over Ashley for a time and then Becca.  I've said this before, when Becca is taking punishment, the just pulls empathy from the fans like no one else.  When Alba thought they were firmly in control the tagged in, only to have the girls comeback isolating Alba.  After a horrendous beating the dragged him into the corner for Davienne baseball slide dropkick into the ring post.  This usually looks pretty rough, but god dam this was just plain aggravated assault.  

Davienne dragged Alba back into the ring and locked in a Boston crab.  Prestigious tried to interfere and the girls all locked in submission holds immobilizing them and forcing them to watch seal his own fate tapping out.

Art Canvas Death Match: Ava Everett vs Love Doug

This falls count anywhere death match was the culmination of a months long feud dating back to the Road Season 3.  Ava had some sweet custom air brushed gear while Doug was in jeans and t-shirt.  These two beat each other up good, Doug impaled Ava with skewers and Ava stabbed Doug in the head with scissors.  They had large art canvases in the corners that they went through.

Finish came when Doug set up a barbed wire door on two chairs, Ava got a ladder and then Doug slammed Ava off the ladder onto the door to the hard floor getting the pin.  I have to give it up to both of them for the intensity of the match and for they were willing to risk in the match.  

Intermission time to clean up the ring and for wrestlers to sell some merchandise.  

"Iron" Rip Byson vs. 1 Called Manders

It's hoss fight time!  I never tire of these.  Rip and Manders did not disappoint brawling in and out of the ring.  Sitting in chairs and trading shots leading to Rip's cactus elbow off the apron.  In the ring they traded doctor bombs!  More than one!  Then they traded headbutts with Rip getting the better of Manders finishing the match with a sick burning hammer.  What a friggin fight!

"Smart" Mark Sterling came out with VSK to cut a promo about the tag team competition in Limitless and how they are a top team.  There had been sporadic microphone problems through-out the evening and it just stopped working for Sterling, who thought it was a personal attack.  He demanded a match which lead to

"Smart" Mark Sterling & VSK vs. The Mane Event: Jay Lyon & Midas Black

Another solid tag team match.  During the match I messaged Randy that I'm a big fan of the multiple tag team matches on a show.  VSK and Sterling really are a solid team as are the Mane Event. Sterling and VSK tried to cheat with a misdirect on the referee and a pair of brass knuckles, it didn't work out on the first attempt, it did on the second.  VSK went for the arrogant pin on Midas, but he rolled VSK over for the crucifix pin and the win.  

Limitless Wrestling World Champion: "Red Death" Daniel Garcia vs. "Alternative" Anthony Greene

Garcia came out without Kevin Blackwood.  After the bell rang we got a bit of a stand off before they both just went at it, and they didn't let up for 25 minutes.  Both men displayed why they are in the main event, spots they have worked hard for and deserve.  I was extremely torn because I love both of these guys and am grateful that I get to watch them do what they do best live and in person. 

I didn't get many great pictures of the match because I was too busy watching it.  Go out of your way to watch this on IWTV when it premiers.  I popped big for the criss cross spot! 

Near what would be the end of the match Blackwood ran out and ate a superkick in the aisle for his efforts. Garcia locked in the sharpshooter, a move he's won many matches with, and as he leaned back AG manager to role up Garcia and trap his shoulders for a three count becoming the two time Limitless Worlds Champion.  I was shocked by the finish, happy for Greene and sad for Garcia.  

In a cool moment Garcia handed Greene the title.  He said for the past he has made Limitless the best independent wresting in the United States, and now it was AG's job.  I really hope this doesn't mean Garcia is done with Limitless.

Post match Prestigious ran in attack AG which brought Ace out who started well but was overwhelmed by the trio.  Sober by Tool blasted out over the speakers, music that no one was familiar with but I popped hard for it.  Dirty Dango stepped out to a big ovation, his first appearance since being released by the WWE.  He walked to the ring and cleared Prestigious from it.  He then challenged the trio to a match in Hermon on October 15th against himself, AG, & Ace.  He then told AG he might come after that belt after that. 

Dango then did the Shawn Michaels pose and AG ran behind him lifting the title, Ace then joined in and Dango altered his pose and I managed to capture the moment.  It legit looked like it was a spontaneous moment based on AG and Ace's reactions.  

Limitless returns on October 15th at the Morgan Hill Event Center in Hermon with Dancing on Thin Ice.  Already confirmed to appear is Davienne, Eddie Edwards, and the six man tag of Dirty Dango, AG, & Ace vs. Prestigious.  

Limitless returns on October 23rd in Yarmouth at the AMVets Hall with Fresh Blood.

So, back in the day Dango wrestled in the Eastern Wrestling Alliance under a mask as Sun Dragon, one half of the Asian Contingent then later Johnny Curtis.  During his EWA years there was a faction called the Hardcore Institute lead by Dr. Everette Payne and their entrance music was Sober by Tool.  I always associate that song with my time in the early years of the EWA, the best times.  

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Vacationland Pro Wrestling September 18, 2021

Mikey and I headed north to Brewer for Vacationland Pro Wrestling to check out the barbed-wire death match between Mason X & JP O'Reilly.

Mikey wanted to grab some dinner at Mad Kat & Company, the old city side restaurant.  The food was very good, and it's extremely nice inside.  Roy joined us at Mad Kat and the three of use headed over to the venue, an old warehouse that operates as an indoor flea market.  It appears as though they push the merchandise aside to make room for the ring and chairs.  

This was my first time going to a Vacationland Pro Wrestling show, I had forgotten that Matt Sydal was advertised for the show, the barbed wire death match was the draw for me.  

Five Way Match:
Prince Rafael vs. "Lights Out" Lee Miller vs NBK vs Mark Moment vs. Zakk Ramses

This was a solid opening match featuring brawling inside and outside the ring.  Zakk Ramses is a big dude with a good ascetic look, didn't really get to see a lot of what he could do in the match but he looked good.  He hit NBK with a big chokeslam, he really got him up!  Moment then hit Ramses in the dick and pinned NBK to secure the win. 

Jesse Nolan with Blade Bandit vs. Alexander Lee with Jacob Hess

The ole teacher vs. student match.  Blade kept trying to interfere and Hess would chase him around the ring and hold him off.   Blade jumped on the apron as Lee was signaling for his finish on Nolan, Hess got on the apron jaw jacking with Bandit.  Nolan pushed Lee into Hess then rolled Lee up for a school girl pin getting the upset victory.

Post match Hess went after Lee for hitting him.  A bunch of people jumped in the ring separating them leading to Lee getting on the mic to try to say something, but the damn this kept cutting out.  Lee just yelled his point and challenged Hess to his debut match at the next Vacationland Pro show.

The Syndicate: Blade Bandit & BA Tatum vs. Cousin Larry & Johnny Primer

Larry came out crammed his thumb up everyone's butts, except his own, and took a beating for the majority of the match.  He made the tag to Primer who got a bit of offense in then Larry got back in the ring.  Primer went for a cross body, Bandit caught him, but Larry was right behind him tripping him allowing Primer to get the pin and the win for his team.

Matt Sydal vs. Vinny Pacifico 

This was a very good match!  Honestly I can't believe that Matt Sydal was at the show wrestling at the indoor flea market. Not a lot of flippy shit in the match but it was crisp.  Sydal got the pin with a version of roll the dice.  

Ace Romero vs. Bobby Ocean

Great match, best on of the night!  Ace is Ace, and Ocean has been around a long time.  Ace got the pin after a sick package piledriver.  

Jacob Drifter vs. Steve Off

My first time seeing Off, punk rocker gimmick, and a new look for Drifter.  Off got the pin. 

The Competition: Champ Mathews & Conner Murphy vs. Malik Logan & Nuka The Great

Mathews and Murphy dominated this match and really took it to Nuka for the majority of it.  Finally Nuka made the hot tag bringing in Logan who cleaned house causing the match to break down.  Logan had Mathews down for the three count but Murphy pulled the referee out of the ring breaking the county.  Nuka held Mathews and Logan went to hit Champ, who moved causing Logan to hit Nuka.  Feeling irrationally betrayed, Nuka spit mist in Logan's face leaving him susceptible to corner chaos and the Competition picked up the win.

After this match they took an intermission to set up the ring for the main event. I swear to God, and I'm not the only one, that swears this match was advertised as a no rope barbed wire match.  We were all curious to see how they were going to rig the barbed wire, but then they started wrapping the ropes with the barbed wire.  I'm not complaining but that's not what we expected.  They had some other weapons around the ringside as well. 

Barbed Wire Death Match: JP O'Reilly with Chad Epik vs. Mason X with NBK

Mason X is out first with NBK.  I'm not sure which how many Mason X's there have been but as he made his entrance we starting listing off all the people that we were aware of that portrayed Mason X.  The character essentially work coveralls and a Jason Voorhees style mask.  This version wore the mask but had on a sleeveless shirt, work pants, and boots. 

O'Reilly came out also wearing a Mason X mask, no Penguin he was serious, as he should be.  O'Reilly is no stranger to the death match, he competed in the 2017 IWA Mid-South "So You Want To Be A Death Match Star?" tournament.  

Both guys get in the ring, intense stare down and then they locked up and O'Reilly transitioned into a side headlock!  We weren't expecting that. Mason was first into the wire, and then O'Reilly ripped Mason X's mask off.  Wasted opportunity to have him lose the mask in a match.

The wrestled on the floor, hit each other with barbed wire bats, chairs, the ring post, I mean we were several minutes in and no one was visibly bleeding.  Before the match the warned if anyone had a faint of heart or was squeamish to blood they should leave.  Chad Epik promised us that blood would fall like rain.  No one was bleeding, that was not lost an anyone watching this.

O'Reilly got thrown or dove at Mason who moved and he fell very hard on a barbed wire wrapped shopping cart.  The battled on the floor some more, made it back into the ring.  The ref got wrecked by Mason, NBK attacked O'Reilly when he got the upper hand on Mason. Chad Epik got in the ring and I think poured hot sauce in his mouth, I couldn't tell.  NBK fled to the back and Mason backed down.  

O'Reilly got busted open and was bleeding at this point.  They set up a barbed wire door on two chairs with a bundle of light tubes on it.  They climbed up on a riser next to the ring and Mason threw O'Reilly off crashing onto the mat.   Mason climbed down and got the pin winning the match.

Here's my gripe, Mason X wasn't visibly bleeding, now I'm not blood thirsty but if you are going to willing participate in a barbed wire death match where the promotion is warning fans of the violence with blood and gore then you need to deliver.  If you not willing to do it, that's fine, don't put yourself in that situation.  I'm not saying that Mason didn't cut up or hurt, or put himself in danger, but it wasn't evident that he did by my or anyone else watching.  O'Reilly delivered.

In the end, I spent Saturday night hanging out with my friends watching wrestling, and that's never going to be a bad night.   

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