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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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

NAWA Springfield Fair September 4, 2021

My family and I were camping for Labor Day weekend at Pinegrove Campground and Cottages in Medway and we saw that the Springfield fair was that weekend so we decided to check it out.  

This is the 141st annual Springfield Fair and according to a couple people there it might be the last as the Fairgrounds are up for sale.  It was kind of expensive to get in at $13 each, and then after you drive through the gate to park they charge you $3 for parking.  We were surprised to see that there are no rides, and and only a couple games that are "homemade" not typical carnival games. Except for one food truck there was no typical fair food and all the buildings were built and maintained by the fair.  

They did have a lot of activities for the kids, they had the antique tractor pulls, the night before the demolition derby, lots of horse events, livestock, trucks pulls and professional wrestling.  So there was a lot to watch, but it was very different that there were no rides or games to speak of. 

Wesley participated in the Kid's Woodmen's day and walked away with two ribbons, for the cross cut and the pulp throw.  He was so damn excited that he won those ribbons, and he got a $20 check that he didn't care about at all.  

Pro Wrestling was presented by the North American Wrestling Association.  It was a classic fair show that opened with a battle royal with the winner getting a title match in the main event. Also the competitors in the match eliminated people setting up matches for the rest of the card.

The Competitors: Guatemalan Prince Rafael, Crash Landing, NBK, Cousin Larry, Frank Jaeger, Big Cat Tyler Adams, and John "The Bomb" Bryar. 

Bomb eliminated by Crash, Jaeger, & NBK
Bomb pulled Crash out over the top rope
Cousin Larry by Rafael
Big Cat by NBK & Jaeger
NBK by Jaeger
Rafael by Jaeger to win the battle royal and the right the Challenge the King of the Fair Champion in the main event

John "The Bomb" Bryar pinned Crash Landing after a Michinoku Driver

Cousin Larry pinned Guatemalan Prince Rafael with a polish hammer and whoopie cushion

"Big Cat" Tyler Adams pinned NBK after a chokeslam

King of the Fair Champion: "Lights Out" Lee Miller pinned Frank Jaeger with a handful of trunks.

This will be Jaegar's final match in Maine for the foreseeable future as is in the guard and is being deployed for a two year mission.  Jaegar got the pin but Miller's foot was on the ropes causing referee Chris Berry to restart the match. 

This was a very good fair show, the weather was gorgeous, the fans were into it and Wesley loved it.  That's all that matters to me that he loved being at wrestling. 

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

A Daffney Story

In August of 2007, I attended the NWA Legends Fan Fest in Charlotte, North Carolina with my good friend Jimmy. It was my first wrestling convention and a fantastic weekend that has stuck with me for years. I saw Tully Blanchard’s final match, The Rock N Roll Express wrestle The Midnight Express, met dozens of legends, and got to spend quality time with one of my best friends.

During that weekend, something else happened that became a highlight for me. I met one of my favorite wrestlers Daffney.

During the first day of the con, Jimmy visited the Highspots table and was helped by a cute woman who showed him a variety of small wrestling belts. It was a regular encounter that was nothing special, just two wrestling fans browsing a wrestling vendor’s table.

A few hours went by and autograph sessions occurred, more vendor browsing happened, and we spent time interrupting legends as they walked from one section of the Hilton to another to snag photos. Occasionally, Jimmy and I would split up due to him having a photo op experience or just browsing different tables, and it was during one these moments that I noticed the HighSpots girl chatting with a young woman named Talia Madison, who is now known as Velvet Sky. I saw a toy Cruiserweight belt over the HighSpots girl’s shoulder and it finally clicked to me who she was. She was Daffney from WCW!

I was blown away. I was a huge Daffney fan in those late years in WCW and had attempted to follow her career after WCW closed. There wasn’t much information online and I had chalked her up to just another lost female wrestler from the late 90’s/early 2000’s like Ryan Shamrock.

Daffney was not at the convention as a guest. She just happened to be there working the HighSpots table. I went about browsing the various vendors until Daffney went back to the HighSpots table and then I nervously walked over to greet her.

I remember sheepishly saying, “Daffney?” She looked up and smiled a huge smile. I’m assuming she was happy that she was recognized amongst a crowd of legends.

I told her how I was almost positive that was her and I apologize for not recognizing her earlier. I told her what a huge fan I was of her work with Crowbar and how she was by far my favorite female wrestler in that 1999-2000 time frame. She was incredibly gracious and thanked me and I asked her if she would mind signing my poster.

At the NWA Legends Fan Fests, they would give you a large poster that you could get signed by all the legends in attendance. I presented her with my poster and she smiled and said, “Well… I don’t mind signing it, but I’m definitely no legend.”

And in what has to be the cheesiest thing I ever said to a female I responded with, “Well to me your a legend.”

Again she smile, I blushed, and she happily signed my poster and put a huge heart next to her name. I asked if she would mind taking a photo and she happily obliged and for years, it’s been one of my favorite celebrity encounters. 

Last night, Daffney Unger passed away at the age of 46.