We’re less than a week away from Cape Championship Wrestling’s Inferno card, which is guaranteed to be hot, featuring seven AWESOME matches, as well as the promise of a huge announcement and more!! Have you seen the card yet? If not, check it out!
The opening match of the night is, in my opinion, one that could potentially steal the show. We get to see the Best of the Best, back and healed up, taking on Marko Stunt in his CCW debut. Now, Marko has been viewed as just Jeff O’Dell’s little lackey, however, Marko, while small in stature, can go hard against the best of them. And he’ll need to. Austin Lane’s nickname isn’t just a fancy saying to sell merchandise. He is the true embodiment of that in every aspect and gives 110% every time. On top of that, Austin recently went on a vacation to heal himself, so knowing that he is coming back in rested and healed makes him THAT much more hard to pin. Trust me on this, everyone following this match will need to bring their A game on Saturday night.
Up next, Brandon Barbwire gets his shot at the viking beast, Matheus, stemming from the attack at the Ashlynn McClure Memorial. Matheus came through the crowd during the main event, shrouded in mystery, and proceeded to attack Brandon Barbwire, which lead to Hollis taking the win. For those unfamiliar with Matheus, all you REALLY need to know is that he’s a destroyer. The monster of a man has a big challenge, as Brandon Barbwire has found a new level of motivation since losing his title and being ousted from The Pinnacle at the Super Show in April. Brandon has made it very clear that he is taking out the Pinnacle, one by one, and will stop at nothing to do it. Brandon faces what may be his strongest opponent on Saturday, but I think that he is up to it.
We were set to have a grudge match between Ace Hawkins and THE Cody Wilson on Saturday, one that had us VERY excited. However, Cody was unfortunately set back due to an injury. Rather than pull out altogether, Ace requested a new opponent and filling in for Cody will be the debuting Dexter Roswell!! Dexter is a Stride Championship Wrestling school graduate as well as the leader of a revolution to make wrestling great again in Southern Illinois. He’ll need to be on his A-game, as he is stepping into the ring with the Ace that Runs the Place, Ace Hawkins, who is working on cementing his name among the best in Cape Championship Wrestling. Will the former Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri State Champion regain his winning ways? Or will Dexter Roswell make an impressive debut? This match has a chance to stand out, so don’t sleep on it at all!
We will still be seeing a grudge match on Saturday night, featuring two of the midsouth region’s toughest and most entertaining competitors. Dell Tucker, a former CCW Tag Team Champion alongside Pinnacle member Billy Hills, will be taking on the high flying and exciting Tatt2. Now, I don’t know exactly when this beef started between the two. They’ve both been working alongside each other for quite some time, so this is something that may have been boiling for a while at this point. One thing I DO know is that this match will feature a bit of a styles clash between them. Dell Tucker has a ton of agility and athleticism in his style, but I don’t know that its enough to be able to keep pace with Tatt2 for a whole match. Dell, to his credit, is also a guy who can control the tempo of the match in his own way by grinding the pace down through submissions and powerful moves. However, if Tatt2 gets a chance to fly and push things to his level, oh man, get ready for some fireworks!! I can’t honestly pick a winner in this one, but I know one thing, we’ll be watching this match with amazement in our eyes!
The women of Cape Championship Wrestling will finally be getting their chance to crown a champion in a match between Marni Gras and Nikki Lane! From how I understand it, CCW has absorbed another wrestling organization from the midsouth, something along those lines at least. This organization featured Nikki Lane as their champion. The title that she held with them will be rebranded as the CCW women’s championship and this match will crown the first, official, CCW women’s champion. Its nothing new that the feud between these two is escalating on a regular basis. We’ve seen this thing building since February, when Nikki first appeared in a CCW ring to help Marni Gras escape an attack from Sweet Sarah Summers. Since then, we’ve seen Nikki take her allegiance to the Pinnacle and focus her attacks on Marni Gras/Lil Bit. Much to her credit, however, Marni Gras is one of the toughest women on the planet. Able to withstand attack after attack, she keeps on fighting. And that is something that really makes her stand out in the CCW Women’s division. She’s fast, athletic and is a complete all around performer. This feud is far from over, but it will be interesting to see how crazy things get in the ring when a title is on the line. And, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw an appearance from Sarah in this match, just to make sure that she isn’t forgotten when it comes to the title.
The CCW Tag Team Titles will be on the line in the co-main event. The former champion, Billy Hills, will be joined this time by his Pinnacle stablemate, the Nephilim, D’Mone, as Jeff O’Dell hopes to lead his team back into gold. Standing against them will be the CCW Champion and one of THE most popular people around, BLASTER, teaming up with one of the top names in the midwest, Kevin Lee Davidson!! KLD worked in Cape Girardeau last year for the Comic Con Show and now that he is taking bookings again, he is setting his sites on Cape Girardeau once again. This will be a barn burner because all of these guys are very strong, as we’ve seen before. KLD is deceptively quick for his size and we know that D’Mone can take to the sky if need be. Its hard to really pick someone with the advantage in this one. Clearly, you would point to the champions to have the “champion’s advantage”, sort of a home court thing. But then you realize that they are dealing with The Pinnacle, a group who is known to be rather sneaky, thanks to their leader Jeff O’Dell. I guess that’s why CCW has brought in former Impact star CRAZZY STEVE!!! Steve, while not part of the match itself, is set to be the special enforcer to make sure that things don’t get too out of hand. Will he have to use force to do that? I guess we’ll find out. But that will level the playing field in this match by a large margin.
Lastly, the CCW Title Match will be a GREAT way to go home. Hollis Giroux, the new crown jewel of the Pinnacle and CCW Champion, will take on current MWR Missouri State Champion, Brandon “Espy” Espinosa in a match that could be a 5 star match. I truly believe that. Hollis has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year since he made his debut at the inaugural CCW show and has proven that he has what it takes to be the man in CCW. He needs to make sure that he’s got his boots laced extra tight, because if not, Espy will wear him out. Espy has over a decade of experience in the ring and it shows every time he steps between the ropes. He’s held multiple titles and is one of our favorites in CCW. Now, with the thought of becoming CCW champion and holding another belt, you KNOW he has to be extra motivated in this match. Can Espy make it happen? Or will The Pinnacle find out a way to win their champion yet another title match? It could go either way. If Espy puts on his warpaint like he said, then we could see a changing of the guard. It will be interesting to see how things unfold on Saturday night, but I do know one thing, both of these guys are coming in hot!
On top of this great card, we’re also going to see CCW General Manager Osby Tomlin come to the ring to have a face to face meeting with Jason “The Fury” Vaughn. If you go back to last month, you’ll remember Jason surprised everyone by wrestling as the Bootheel Outlaw against JD Wilk, only to reveal himself after the end of the match. This feud with Osby and Jason is getting to a fever pitch, so there’s no telling what Osby has in store to deal with Jason Vaughn.
That’s about it for the preview!! As promised, CCW will be making some big announcements for the upcoming One Year Anniversary show in July, as well as other exciting announcements about the company. Don’t forget to get the Fite TV app on your phones/tablets/computers/streaming devices to check out the weekly CCW Chaos shows! Which, if you haven’t seen the first episode, its up on their archive (https://www.fite.tv/watch/ccw-chaos-ep-1/2kdhn/) and I do have to say that it is GREAT!! The group at Pro Wrestling Unscripted did a knock out job of commentary on the first show and I believe that, even as good as that was, its only going to be getting better in the future! Its hard to believe that so much has happened in less than a year!! The future sure is bright around the CCW community, so make sure that you’ve got shades. I’ll be back next week with a post show recap, so in the meantime, be sure to hit up these links down at the bottom and visit some of our good friends.
Hey all!! Its the Smitster back with you today and man, oh man, do I feel rough!!! Haha not how you expected a blog to start, huh? I’ve been slapped in the face with a sinus cold/infection and it knocked me out pretty good over the weekend. Cough syrup is still disgusting, by the way. I just can’t get on the same page with that stuff. But ya know, I don’t think any of you awesome folks stopped by here today to learn about my snot issues haha. No, no, no, we’re here to talk CAPE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING, BAY-BAY!!! I’m sure you’ve seen it by now if you follow them on social media, but the flyer has been posted for the CCW Inferno event on the 24th. Check it out!!
This show will follow in succession of a string of just amazing shows this year that CCW has put on. I’ll be doing my full on preview/write up in the coming week or so. But you can tell that this is going to be a great show!! KLD is BACK on the independent scene and its awesome that CCW is going to be one of his first shows back on the indy scene. Also, the in ring debut of Marko Stunt should be one that you don’t want to miss, especially seeing as how he’s going up against one of our absolute favorite wrestlers in the world, The Best of the Best, Austin Lane. Also debuting will be the Viking Beast, Matheus, in a match set up from the Ashlynn McClure Memorial 5 show, going up against Brandon Barbwire. We’ve got TWO grudge matches, one featuring THE Cody Wilson vs THE Ace Hawkins, as well as Tatt2, making his return to settle a score with Dell Tucker. Plus, CCW will have THREE championship matches on this card. KLD will team with Blaster going up against the Pinnacle members D’Mone and Billy Hills. Nikki Lane makes her return to battle Marni Gras in a battle for the CCW Women’s Championship. And Brandon Espinosa, the Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Champion will step between the ropes to take on CCW Champion, Hollis Giroux. Plus, we have General Manager Osby Tomlin set to have an open discussion with Jason Vaughn, stemming from Jason’s surprise return last month.
AND to spice it up a notch, it was just announced earlier by CCW staff members Big Lee, Jason Wells and Barry Karafa that former Impact star CRAZZY STEVE will be in Cape Girardeau on June 24th as a special enforcer during the Tag Team Championship match!! Along with that, he will be signing autographs and doing meet and greets with the fans throughout the evening!! What an amazing bit of news!!
But, that’s not all the big news we got!!! As we found out recently, Cape Championship Wrestling has inked a deal to become part of Fite TV, where their show, CCW Chaos, will be aired. The dates were still unsure until today, when it was also announced that starting on Wednesday, June 14th, CCW Chaos will have a weekly spot on Wednesday nights at 6pm on Fite TV!! Our friends at Pro Wrestling Unscripted, part of the Podzilla1985 podcasting group, are handling commentary, so if you haven’t listened to PWU yet, hit that link down here at the bottom!! And, if you want to know how you can watch CCW Chaos, Wednesday nights at 6pm, follow this handy dandy little link right here https://www.fite.tv/how-to-watch/
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HEYOOOOOOOOOO!!! What’s going on all you awesome folks? Sorry that this has taken so long to finish up. Its been a busy week in the world of the Smits, where work has been longer each day! But, this was going to be done one way or another! So here we go!!
If you didn’t get down to Lawless Harley Davidson this past Saturday night, you missed a truly amazing night of professional wrestling. It was the Ashlynn McClure Memorial 5 show, benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and the numbers I heard coming from that were SO amazing!! At the end of the night, CCW was able to raise $2168.50 on Saturday night alone, bringing the grand total of the Ashlynn McClure Memorial to $10,429.50. That is SO awesome. I know that Jason Wells was so happy to have been able to do that much for Ashlynn’s family and in her honor to go toward St. Jude. And I’ll have more on that as we go on.
This, like has been said by several others, may have been one of the best CCW cards to date. The atmosphere inside Lawless HD was rowdy and intimate, as we were toward the back of the building and packed in tight. The acoustics made everything sound like it was turned up to 11 and the action in the ring was at a high level. We were also treated to several debuts during the show, featuring a new referee CLo, as well as new talent from the likes of El Campeon, Aaron Clay, Evan Gelistico and…a name I’ll discuss later. Plus, it marked the first show featuring Hollis Giroux, the new CCW champ and Pinnacle member, defending his title. Wanna know what happened? Scroll on down!
The first match featured one of the best on the roster, Brandon “Espy” Espinosa, the current Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Champion, defending his title against the monster Barackus. These two have quite the history, as earlier this year, Barackus defeated Espy in St. Louis to lay claim to the Missouri State Championship. Since that match earlier this year, Ace Hawkins took the title from Barackus, then Espy reclaimed it just a couple weeks ago. So that set the stage for this heated rivalry to burn once again. You could tell that Barackus came out with the intent of getting that belt back at every cost. And at times, it seemed like he was destined to do just that. The size and power of Barackus was apparent, as he swatted, launched, lifted and slammed Espy in every way possible. But, in true champion’s form, Espy kept fighting. The thing that I’ve noticed about Espy from watching him over the years is that he has multiple gears throughout a match. Much like an endurance race, he can shift gears to keep himself in the match, even summoning strength and power from deep within. So many times, Barackus had Espy down on the mat and it seemed as if a three count was happening, when Espy would kick out. He even withstood Barackus landing on his head at one point!! It is that drive and determination that carried Espy to another level on Saturday. Just when you thought he was down and out, he came fighting back. After trying so hard throughout the course of the match to lift up the monster Barackus, he was finally able to do it!! He had Barackus on his shoulders in a fireman’s carry, launched him down and took the three count!! What an AWESOME first match!! Afterward, Espy and Barackus, much to Barackus’ chagrin, shook hands in the middle of the ring. Much respect from those guys and much respect to them from us as well.
Moving on, we saw the return of the LA Hustlers, one of the top teams in independent wrestling, back in CCW once again. They’re quite a pair, Bradley and Lamonte, with how they carry themselves. I will say, though, they are an intimidating pair. As they come out, they stare down every person that they walk by. Or they shower them with water. Or words. Its an intimidating site!! And it was no different on Saturday night. You never know what the Hustlers are capable of doing when they walk through those curtains! One thing for sure, though, is that they were getting ready to be met head on by youthful energy as KC’s Finest, a pair of Phoenix and the debuting Aaron Clay, burst through out from the back. Phoenix has been a part of CCW since last fall and has made quite a name for himself down here in Cape Girardeau as a singles competitor. This time, however, he brought with him Aaron Clay, a man who has traveled the world over and came back to start a career in wrestling. In short time, he has become an emerging talent from the hot bed area up in Kansas City, and you could tell as soon as he hit ringside on Saturday night that he was ready to go. Phoenix and Aaron had full fan support from the start and early in the match, controlled everything. One of the most fun spots involved their tag in/out sequence. Similar to how New Day in WWE would do their Unicorn Stampede, KC’s Finest had their own version where one member would put his hand on their opponents chest while the other gave a hard chop to tag himself in. It was really cool!! But, things didn’t stay good for KC’s finest forever, as the veteran minds of the LA Hustlers took over. As they often do, shady tactics were used by the Hustlers. That’s just how they work! But they used these to get themselves back into the match. As hard as KC’s Finest tried, they could never get themselves back into the match as the Hustlers were just too much. In the end, the Hustlers used their devastating combo to wrap things up and take the win. After the match, KC’s Finest were treated to a nice round of applause for their efforts and I truly hope to see both of these guys back again!
Moving along, it was time for the Lawless Open Challenge. Going into it, we knew that JD Wilk was going to be in the ring. Over the past few months, JD Wilk has turned into quite the self-absorbed young man. To say that he thinks rather highly of himself may be a bit of an understatement. With that, though, I do have to say that I think he’s one of the future stars in wrestling and is truly someone to keep an eye on. He is quick, can jump and move and will take it to the air with ease. If he could just quit being so freaking cocky, I think we’d get along great!! But, as it is now, I’ll compliment his skills and leave it at that! His opponent for the night was a hired gun brought in by the ownership of Lawless HD and simply known as the Lawless Outlaw. He had a mask, similar to La Parka’s and had a very athletic build. He wore a CCW Ashlyn McClure shirt and a pair of what looked like work boots and pants. Clearly, this person had an identity worth concealing. Whatever the case, the fans were behind him 100% from the start, as were the workers at Lawless, who revved up motorcycles throughout the course of the match!! What a setting!! Both the Outlaw and JDW kept pace with each other in a very crisply worked match, as it took a while for either competitor to ever gain the upper hand on the other. Back and forth, the momentum shifted multiple times. For every flip, high risk move and arrogant pose that JDW came with, the Outlaw was right there, matching him move for move with his own varied style, ranging from a strong style to an equally competent high flying style. This was a match that I thought would NEVER end as they were so equally matched, when suddenly JD hits a near 3 fall move. The Outlaw kicked out, JD was furious, but JD regained his composure and was ready to attack as he climbed to the top rope. Suddenly, the Outlaw, who was playing possum, jumped up from the mat, grabbed JD and hit…The Fury Smash? What was that? Suddenly…IT IS JASON VAUGHN!! THE OUTLAW UNMASKED TO REVEAL HIMSELF AS JASON VAUGHN!!! The Fury is back in CCW!?!?!? Osby Tomlin came out and said that The Fury got one over on him and coming up at CCW Inferno, Jason and Osby would have a meeting in the ring. Wow!! After the match, Jason addressed the accusations from Osby in which it was stated that Jason didn’t care about his fans and only cared about the money. With that said, he walked over to Ashlynn’s parents and wrote a $500 check to donate!! I think we’re seeing that this feud with Osby and The Fury won’t go quietly into the night! And it seems as if we’ve got a healthy and rejuvenated Jason Vaughn on our hands, too!! Watch out!!
As we rounded out the first half of the night, we saw a mixed tag match featuring Sweet Sarah Summers of The Pinnacle and her new little boy toy, El Campeon. I heard Jeff O’Dell say that he found El Campeon in the streets and brought him with him, it kinda looks like maybe he was…well…doing things for money that we’ll just leave to your imagination! Their opponents were the power duo of Syn and Lil Bit, two of the top in their respective divisions. Sarah and Lil Bit have had a long standing feud for just under a year and it seems as if that fire will not die down at all. They are ferocious competitors who have waged war with each other. Syn has also had his fair share of battles so far with members of The Pinnacle, as he has, in quick time, shown that he is truly rising up the ranks in CCW. How would El Campeon fit into the mix on his debut? Not too bad, if I must say so myself. The boy toy looked very ready for a fight as he stepped in and he controlled the better part of the match early on. He even had an opportunity to work with Lil Bit and showed that he had no problems whatsoever squaring off against the women as he carried on his attacks early on. Then came Sweet Sarah Summers, who, let’s be honest, is not sweet at all. She’s a ruthless woman who stops at nothing to win matches. I don’t know that there is anything that’s too underhanded for her. Ref Lane Austin had his hands full in this match, trying to keep an eye on not only Sarah, but Pinnacle leader Jeff O’Dell outside, who is just as devious as his clients. But, it didn’t take long for Syn and Lil Bit to mount some offense against El Campeon and Sarah Summers. Syn and Lil Bit had great chemistry, going back to times where they’ve worked together for other promotions over the years, and it showed very well as they seamlessly tagged in and out, all while keeping the momentum of the match going. It looked as if The Pinnacle would be doing Pinnacle things to take the match, but in the end, it was not enough for Syn and Lil Bit, as their veteran prowess and tag team ability proved too much for Sarah and El Campeon.
At intermission, I walked around and talked to a few folks. I picked up a couple Billy Hills shirts and in the process, had an opportunity to get my picture taken with him. He was happy to get my money, but, none to happy that I was standing there in front of him. Even my best efforts to make him smile for the picture failed!! Mrs. Smitty picked up a brand new Cody Wilson shirt, which if you didn’t get, make sure you pick up next time!! I’ll be sure to post a picture of them all next time. Along with those, I chatted for a brief bit with Espy, Barackus and the iconic Tracy Smothers, who was so cool to talk to. He’s still in good shape and very much into the wrestling scene. Lastly, I had a chance to talk with Barry Karafa, who is a new part of the CCW ownership group. Barry is one of the coolest guys that we’ve met thanks to CCW coming together and I have no doubt that he will be helping with even bigger things in the future!
Coming out of intermission, we were treated to a highly anticipated tag match. Tatt2 was set to tag with Davey Vega, but had to pull out just prior to the event. That left many of us wondering who would fill that void. Enter…EVAN GELISTICO!!! Evan, who made his CCW debut in this match, is no stranger to the wrestling world, having been a multiple time tag champion in multiple St Louis area organizations, as well as part of the fabled Submission Squad, that featured Pierre Abernathy, Davey Vega, Gary Jay, Athena (now known as Ember Moon in NXT) and Dingo as well, who worked all over the country!! For me, this was an absolute treat and I hope upon hope that we get more of Davey and Evan in the future. Mrs. Smitty was all in on Evan when she saw his Groot socks and we are both big fans of Davey Vega. We’re also big fans of Cody Wilson, who was in the opposing corner with his tag team partner, the Ace that Runs the Place, THE Ace Hawkins. THE Ace Hawkins and THE Cody Wilson, I guess THE tag team? Something like that. It was an interesting pairing as Cody has steadily been getting more and more of the crowd behind him whereas Ace, try as he might, can’t get the crowd to cheer for him even if he paid us to do so! It was a case of teacher vs student against a veteran team in which you could already see a bit of the writing on the wall. Davey and Evan started out with an exciting array of…..headlocks. Riffing on the twitter beef from the previous week started the match off in a humorous way, but it didn’t take long for the former Submission Squad tandem to find their groove and control the match. But, in typical Ace Hawkins fashion, he took to rule bending early on to get himself and Cody back into the match. Early on, poor Cody took quite the beating and at one time, Evan gave him a helicopter spin that must’ve gone 25 revolutions. I lost count because even I was getting dizzy watching it! Ace came roaring back in the match and, thanks to his tactics, got Cody involved once again. Ace was shouting out commands for Cody all night, but the craziest thing was Cody’s drop kick from the apron to the outside!! I did NOT expect that, but it was just brutal. We were able to finally see more of what Cody had to offer in terms of his strong style approach with his kicks, knees and strikes. It felt like a great showcase of his ability. Unfortunately, it was not enough. Davey and Evan, using their multitude of abilities, regained control of match and ended it with a devestating Brain Eater combination for the win. After the match, a furious Ace Hawkins decided to “teach the kid a lesson” and viciously attacked Cody Wilson. Thanks to Syn, who came in for the save, the attack ended and Cody was able to escape further damage.
Up next, we were treated to another great tag match, featuring the former CCW champions Farmer and the Dell going up against Sexy Sarge O’Riley and CCW Tag Champion, Blaster, known as Sexy Blasters! And, to our surprise, they came out with none other than the living legend Tracy Smothers in tow with his big whoopin stick! Tracy got on the stick and talked about great matches over his career in Missouri and some of the tough competition, then said that Dell and Billy were probably Honda riders and that the real men, Blaster, Sarge and himself, were Harley guys. It was a blast to see Tracy there as the equalizer. Plus, we even got to see new ref C Lo and Sarge have a nice little dance off before the match! But then, it all got down to business quick with Sarge and Billy starting things off in a flurry of punches. Sarge got the advantage fast and early, even delivering a big smacker of a kiss right on Billy’s lips!! Then it was time for…BLASTER!!! As Billy frantically tagged out, Sarge went over to bring in the tag champ to go to work and he did just that, using his side to slow down Dell. It didn’t last forever, though, as Dell and Billy reversed the tide of the match and isolated Blaster in their corner. From there, they used a succession of highly questionable tags to keep each other fresh as they delivered a beating on Blaster. You could see Tracy Smothers getting madder by the minute as he was helplessly watching everything unfold from across the ring. Finally, he had enough when Jeff O’Dell attempted to trip Sexy Sarge. Tracy grabbed his stick and ran over to the ringside right as referee CLO was ejecting Jeff O’Dell!! It finally happened!! Jeff was ejected from ringside!! In the meantime, Jeff was adamantly refusing to leave, so CLo ushered Jeff to the back and for once, the Pinnacle was actually outnumbered!! Then, out of the back, here comes Brandon Barbwire!! Vowing to destroy the Pinnacle one by one, he jumps up on the apron and delivers a stiff enziguri style kick to the back of Farmer Billy Hills head! That allowed Blaster to hit him with the Blast Siren just in time for CLo to return to the ring!! 1-2-3 AND STILL!!! The Sexy Blasters defeated Farmer and the Dell!! What a match!!!
As we regained our bearings, the lights went out and we were treated to a very exciting dance routine which lead to the introduction of a new wrestler in CCW, Justin D’Air, the Neon Icon! Justin has been working the St Louis and Midwest wrestling scene for quite some time after being trained by Harley Race, taking on a who’s who of talent including Espy, Ace Hawkins, and Mike Sydal, among others during his young career. Saturday night, he took on another living legend inside the squared circle, the tough, old school warrior Tony Kozina, who brought with him the Canadian Jr Heavyweight Championship, which he put up for grabs in this match. Both guys had the crowd behind them and it was such an even split that we didn’t know who to cheer for! If you’re a fan of mat-based wrestling and grappling, then this was the match for you. Justin D’Air had the speed and quickness, but Tony Kozina is no slouch either and has this innate toughness about him that instantly gives him the advantage. For every high flying attempt that Justin would bring to the match, Tony was right there, using his grappling abilities, to slow down the match tempo and keep the high flyer grounded. This match would go back and forth for much of the time, with a variety of headlocks, arm drags, hip toss takeovers and much more. You could see hints of frustration from the eyes of Tony and Justin, but also this blossoming respect as the match went on. Literally every move that one would attempt, the other was right there with their own counter. It was really one of the best technically sound matches that I have seen in person in my entire life. In fact, it felt a lot like an Eddie Guerrero vs Dean Malenko match from back in the mid 90’s. There was a moment where Justin had a chance to get things to swing in his favor when he did a bouncing arm drag, where he would jump from the second rop to the top rope, down and up for about four bounces, then launched Tony across the ring. It was quite the site to see and it got the crowd solidly behind him! But, a mistimed vault to the outside by Justin failed, Tony immediately regained control. As a last gasp, Justin was able to get Tony down for a 450, but the top rope splash failed to connect. And that was all she wrote. It took just a little bit, but Tony was finally able to wear Justin down and take the win with a roll up. Afterwards, both competitors completely exhausted, they shook hands and acknowledged each others abilities in the middle of the ring. What a match!!
And we still had one match to go!!! Brandon Barbwire, the former CCW Champion and crown jewel of the Pinnacle, squared off with the new main man in Jeff O’Dell’s master plan, Hollis Giroux. With a new swagger, music and style, Hollis strutted to the ring, ignoring the fans that were once so solidly behind him, worried now only about himself and The Pinnacle. Brandon Barbwire has vowed to take out the Pinnacle, one by one, and with his rematch clause enacted, he looked to start from the top. The match wasted no time getting fired up, as both competitors launched fists at each other’s face, with eventually Brandon winning out and sending Hollis over the top rope. There was a new fire in the eyes of Brandon Barbwire on Saturday, one of intensity, passion and revenge. Brandon controlled much of the opening of the match until an attempt at a superplex turned out bad, giving Hollis an opportunity at taking over the match. And that he did, taking a chance to beat down the former champion, Hollis even made his way outside to gloat and spit his gum at the fans in attendance. Hollis’ new swagger sure isn’t winning him any fans, that’s for sure! But, Brandon being the fighter that he is, wasn’t about to let Hollis strut around and end the match so easily. Both competitors began fighting, each one taking the other up to a new level, as we saw many near three counts over the next several minutes. It was back and forth until Jeff O’Dell tried to intervene once again, as he is so apt to do. Jeff hopped up on the apron to keep Brandon from attempting another superplex, but suddenly, Jeff fell off! Immediately, Jeff grabbed his leg, writhing in pain. With that, CLo hopped out of the ring and threw up the dreaded X sign of injury. Nobody came out from the back, so CLo decided to walk Jeff to the back himself. That left the ring unattended by officials. Suddenly, a large, hulking figure entered the ring from the corner of the stands. His face was covered and he was wearing a black duster jacket, so nobody knew who he was!! He went straight for Brandon Barbwire and hit him with a HUGE double choke bomb. And then, he took off his mask and revealed himself. ITS MATTHEUS!!!!! THE STRIDE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING CHAMPION!!! MATTHEUS HAS COME TO CCW!!! Suddenly, the power has shifted firmly into the hands of The Pinnacle with this big addition of their new guardian. CLO came back out to count the 3, giving Hollis the win. Afterward, Jeff O’Dell ran back out, showing how good of an acting job he could do, to celebrate with his champion and his new acquisition. Then, Hollis went after Brandon with a chair and attempted to end the career of Brandon Barbwire when suddenly, ITS ESPY!!! Brandon Espinosa came from out of nowhere into the ring to clear the house. After rushing off Hollis, Espy laid down a challenge for the CCW Inferno show in June for the CCW Title!!! WOW!!! ESPY VS HOLLIS!!!!
With that being said, the CCW Inferno card has already been released. Here’s what it looks like!
Hollis Giroux w Jeff O’Dell
Brandon “Espy” Espinosa
CCW Tag Team Championship Match
The Blaster & Kevin Lee Davidson “KLD”
NEW CCW Woman’s Championship
HOLY CRAP!!! WHAT A CARD!!!! This will be yet another great card, carrying on the standard of excellence that CCW has been since its inception. CCW will be crowning its inaugural Women’s Champion, plus the in ring debut of Marko Stunt and one BIG main event!!
Also, don’t forget about Fite TV, where CCW Chaos will be debuting sometime in June from what I am hearing. Big Lee Montgomery said that the first episode is awesome and I can’t wait! With the knowledge that GM Osby Tomlin has with video editing, the interviews and commentary from the Podzilla 1985 crew, and the top notch action that the CCW roster brings to the ring, I have no doubt that people worldwide (or at least nationwide) will enjoy this product. I know that I sure as heck do and I, again, want to thank everyone involved with CCW for making it such a great show for all of us! And don’t forget to hit up these links down below to some folks that we think a lot of as well! I know they’d appreciate it. Until next time…OOOOOH YEAAAAAAAH!!!
Wow I have been behind as of late with everything, because there’s been a LOT going on in the world of Cape Championship Wrestling!! If you haven’t been following them, be sure to visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or their home site, all of which I will link down here at the bottom as always. Jason, Lee and Ken have all been busting their tails and its paying off more and more! The big piece of news that came out a couple weeks back was that CCW will be joining up with the FITE TV Network!! There are a lot of quality programs on there, including groups like Ring of Honor, Rockstar Pro, ICW and even Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling. If you want to know how to watch CCW when their show debuts, follow this link https://www.fite.tv/how-to-watch/
Also, this coming weekend is the Fifth Annual Ashlynn McClure Memorial show, and it will be coming to you live at Lawless Harley Davidson on the Outer Road between Scott City and Cape Girardeau. Have you seen the flyer? Its awesome!! This show is another great, stacked event!
Already, you can see that just by taking a quick glance at this flyer, that the action is going to be INSAAAAAAAAAANE (say that like Ray Gillette from Archer for the best effect) this weekend. And, coming in after the CCW Super Show, the biggest yet in CCW, you KNOW that we’re going to be seeing a big show to live up to the bar that was set back in April.
First, let’s take a look at the card:
CCW Heavyweight Champion
(C)Hollis Giroux w Jeff O’Dell v Brandon Barbwire
Dell Tucker& Billy Hills Hills v (C) Sexy Sarge & The BlasterTatt2 & Davey Vega v Ace Hawkins & Cody WilsonEl Campeón & Sarah Summers vs Lil Bit & Syn
Canadian Unified Jr heavyweight title match
Justin D’air vs (C)Tony Kozina
Jd Wilk vs Lawless Open Challenge (Lawless Outlaw?)
The L.A Hustlers vs KC Finest
Brandon “Espy” Espinosa vs Barackus
Espy and Barackus will be taking on each other in a hard hitting match, which will actually be a rematch for the Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Championship. Espy regained the title he held for much of 2016 in a match with Ace Hawkins last week. If you go back in time, Barackus defeated ESPY on South Broadway in St Louis back in January to take the title from the long time champion. In the time since, we have seen Ace Hawkins defeat Barackus to take the belt and defend it in CCW multiple times, including a GREAT 5 star match with Syn at the Super Show. However, with Espy back atop the MWR Mountain, which side of Espy will we see? In this event, we have to assume it will be the most aggressive side that he has shown in matches against Ace Hawkins and Tony Kozina, because Barackus means BUSINESS! He’s a big guy who debuted in CCW in March in a losing effort to Kyle O’Reilly. But, in that match, he showed everyone in CCW that he shouldn’t be taken lightly. Expect this match to be hard hitting.
The LA Hustlers are back and have decided to call CCW home and they intend on inserting themselves right into the CCW Tag Team Title picture. But, before they do that, they are taking on the KC Finest. Now, I’ve heard very little about KC’s Finest, but what I have heard leads me to believe that this match is going to be a great match for them in CCW. I mean, who better to have your first match in CCW with than against one of the top teams in the region, the LA Hustlers? I just hope that they know what they’re getting into, because the Hustlers don’t care who you are, all they care about is winning and getting the gold.
JD Wilk is back after missing the Super Show with a lingering shoulder injury. Word is that he is back in peak shape, possibly better than before, and is ready to wow the crowd once again. His opponent is, well, somewhat of a mystery. Apparently, the crew down at Lawless Harley Davidson put out an open challenge for JD Wilk and it has been answered. The only thing we know is that the unknown combatant is being called the Lawless Outlaw and its said that Lawless Harley Davidson is very high on this person and think that this will be one of the best matches of the night! With that being said…who could it be? I’ve heard rumblings of it being a wide range of people, but they said he’ll come in with with rage and fury. So, whatever that means, we should expect it to be a solid match as JD Wilk in his young career is already making a big wave in the wrestling waters as he has started to branch out all over the country. This could be a darkhorse candidate for match of the night.
The Great White North will be represented by the venerable veteran Tony Kozina, as he brings his recently won Canadian Unified Jr Heavyweight Championship to Cape Girardeau to defend against a CCW newcomer, but veteran and star of the midwestern independent scene, Justin D’Air. Justin has gone toe to toe with many folks such as Ace Hawkins, Brandon Espinosa, Mike Outlaw, AJ Gray, and Mike Sydal, among many other great stars, he is definitely one to be seen. If you enjoy the aerial styles of folks like ACH, Tatt2 and Ace Hawkins, then you are going to LOVE watching Justin D’Air in the ring. With all this hype, though, don’t forget that he’s going up against a living legend in Tony Kozina. Tony has been around the business for nearly 20 years and has shown no sign of slowing down. In fact, he’s putting on some of the best matches of his career now! We’ve seen Tony win an epic war against Espy in a cage and tangle with CJ Shine before. He knows how to do it. So this will be a match that you will have to pay extra careful attention to, or you could miss something amazing!
Moving along on the card, its the first match featuring The Pinnacle, in which we see mixed tag action with El Campeon and Sweet Sarah Summers teaming up to go against Syn and Lil Bit. Now…first off…what kind of place did Jeff O’Dell wind up in where he finds someone named El Campeon? Now, if you translate that, it means the champion. But c’mon now Jeff. Where do you find these people? Granted, thank you for finding Blaster..but…anywho. Its a circus in that group sometimes. That being said, they still manage to win matches. Sweet Sarah Summers, who really isn’t sweet at all, can be one of the dirtiest players in CCW and if you don’t watch her every second, she’s going to pull one over on you. However, their opponents are two of the toughest in Syn and Lil Bit. The more we’ve seen from Syn in the past few months, the more we’ve come to realize that he’s a big match kind of guy. His match against Ace Hawkins for the Missouri Championship at the Super Show stole the show and showed everyone in attendance that night what he is capable of. And Lil Bit, well, what hasn’t already been said about her? She’s one of the most consistent in ring performers and is the stand out of the women’s division by and large. However, her and Sarah Summers have developed quite the nasty feud throughout 2017 and I imagine that bad blood will still be boiling on Saturday. Look for this one to be exciting!
In a night packed with tag team matches, one that will, hands down, be one of the most fun matches you can see and that is the match featuring Tatt2 and Davey Vega pairing up to take on the duo of Ace Hawkins and THE Cody Wilson. I, for one, am already marking out at the thought of this match. Four of the most electric talents on that roster are going to be in the ring at the same time! How can you NOT be hyped for this? Davey Vega, the Missouri Wrestling Revival 2016 Future Star award recipient has shown many times that he is truly one of the hottest names on the independent scene. His partner, Tatt2, may still be fairly new to the CCW crowd, but in a short time he has already won over the majority of the people there with his insane athleticism and high flying moves. The team across the ring from them intrigues me. Its no mystery that I am a big fan of THE Cody Rhodes and if he has a chance to truly show us everything he’s got, he WILL be a major player in CCW down the road. He’s teaming up with The Ace that Runs the Place, Ace Hawkins, the former MWR MO Champion, in a tandem that presents both power and speed. BUT, and this is the big but…can Ace and Cody co-exist to be competitive against Tatt2 and Davey? I don’t know that I can see them being able to hold it together with the amount of ego that is there. We’ll find out. I think this has the potential to be the match of the night, so don’t sleep on what will happen here.
The Man, The Myth, The Wrestler, THE LEGENDARY BLASTER will be teaming up with fan favorite Sexy Sarge O’Riley to defend the CCW Tag Team Titles in a rematch against Farmer in the Dell, Dell Tucker and Farmer Billy Hills, after the upset victory at the Super Show. Jeff O’Dell better have an ace up his sleeve…or knowing him, a Marko, because I don’t think that the reign of the Blaster will be one and done. Especially when he has Sexy Sarge on his side. As much of a fan favorite as Sarge is, he still has motivation on his side to destroy The Pinnacle after they ousted him last year, much the same that Blaster does now. However, as we all know, you can NEVER count The Pinnacle out in any match. Especially when it involves Dell Tucker and Billy Hills. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it many times, Dell Tucker is a savage. He’s just got this unstable, ready to snap at any minute sort of aura about him. And we’ve seen it happen! If you think back to Caged Chaos, he DESTROYED Jason Vaughn during and after the match. And what else needs to be said about Billy Hills? My Lord, that guy causes more commotion each week. Yelling at kids, taunting the fans, flipping merch tables, heck, I think he punches kids in the parking lot. He’s ruthless and arrogant…but dammit can he wrestle. He wears people down in the ring with his systematic approach to a match and, coupled with Dell Tucker, they truly are a force to be reckoned with. We know that Billy, much like Sarah, are in it for the money to pay their bills. With Blaster’s momentum on the uptick, could we soon be seeing a shakeup in The Pinnacle? Expect this match to be brutal.
Speaking of The Pinnacle, the main event features the newest member of The Pinnacle and new CCW Champion, Hollis Giroux against the former crown jewel of The Pinnacle, Brandon Barbwire. This is still something that I haven’t wrapped my head around. I was in such a weird place with how I felt about Brandon Barbwire. I booed him, I admit to doing that, but I also cheered for him. Reason being, I cheered for him because in the ring, its hard to find a person more consistent each and every night than Brandon Barbwire. He truly showed that he was capable of being a competent champion. But, his slimy alliance with Jeff O’Dell and The Pinnacle always left a bad taste in my throat because I KNEW…I KNEW he was better than that. But, when you have a friendship, you are loyal. And Brandon was, to a huge fault, a fault huge enough to cost him his title and his spot in The Pinnacle. Now, we see Hollis Giroux, who debuted at the very first CCW show and instantly put himself right into everyone’s hearts with his performances against a who’s who of competitors, taking that spot held by Brandon Barbwire. I want to hate Hollis now as well, but its the EXACT same scenario all over again! He’s better than that. I think we all know it. Maybe his youthfulness clouded his judgement, or promises of better and bigger things by Jeff O’Dell made their way into his brain. Regardless, come Saturday, we’re going to see a war, a multi-sided war, that will likely not be settled with just one match. Hollis has the target on his back now and Brandon is the first one to take the shot. I think its clear that Brandon wants to get his title back, but at the same time, he’s going to get just as much enjoyment out of taking down The Pinnacle in the process. This has only just begun and we’ll see the first round of it on Saturday.
So there you go, folks! What do you think about that? I think it will be the PERFECT card coming off the Super Show to keep fueling the rise of CCW among the independent wrestling ranks. On top of the great action that I mentioned, its also shown on the flyer that the Wild Eyed Southern Boy himself, Tracy Smothers, will be down at Lawless Harley Davidson during the event! How cool is that to see a living legend right here in Cape? Make sure to visit him!
Keep an eye out for Super Show dvd’s, as I believe they are set to be released soon, also shirts for the Ashlynn McClure Memorial are being made as well, plus some other really cool things on the horizon! Be sure to check out Pro Wrestling Unscripted (link down there) for their preview show featuring Jason Wells and I believe Brandon Barbwire as well. There is so much to be excited about in the world of Cape Championship Wrestling and I believe that this is still only the beginning! So strap in for the ride! Don’t forget to check out the links down below to some great friends that we’ve made along the way and folks that we’re dang proud to support! Until next time, get out there and run wild, brothers (and sisters)!
Hey all!! I was putting some thought into this on my drive into work and I got to thinking….why not organize a bit of a rankings system for the men and women of Cape Championship Wrestling? This can be a fun way to spark up a debate about who should be next in line for title shots, who is on the rise, or who has cooled off in recent times! But first, honestly, I think we should meet the roster. And you can do that by visiting http://capewrestling.com/roster.html
We’ll work on expanding things a bit as well as we get going with this section as I’m not entirely sure just yet which direction I want to go with it. I’m a fan of lists, top 5, top 10, top whatever. Call me crazy, or just say that I’m too much of a fan of High Fidelity for my own good. Lists are a fun thing for me. I like starting conversations with “hey what’s your top 5 favorite bands?” or “who are your top 5 favorite wrestlers?” just to learn a bit about a person. So, this will help take my love of lists, my enjoyment of Cape Championship Wrestling, and kinda put them all together! Let’s dive into it and see where it leads us! Note that I am including people who have had at least three matches in CCW and are currently working with CCW, so you will notice names from Roscoe Eat Lisa, LA Hustlers, CJ Shine, Jason Vaughn and Jake Dirden not on the list.
CAPE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING POWER RANKINGS
#1 – Hollis Giroux – The newly crowned CCW Champion and member of the Pinnacle, Hollis has been with CCW since the debut show and quickly endeared himself to the CCW fans, becoming one of the fastest rising stars and having great matches with Sexy Sarge, Davey Vega, Austin Lane and Brandon Barbwire. Although his Pinnacle alignment may have lost him some fans, the fact of the matter is that Hollis is a top guy and proved that by winning the CCW Heavyweight Championship. Now, as we enter the reign of Hollis, the sky is the limit.
#2 – Brandon Barbwire – The long standing champion, Brandon Barbwire lost his title at the CCW Super Show, as well as his spot as the “crown jewel” of The Pinnacle. For many, that would knock a man down several pegs and force him to take a long look at himself before proceeding. Brandon Barbwire is not most men. He is one of, if not THE most resilient person on the roster and has proven it throughout the course of his eight month title reign. Sure, he had help from his Pinnacle stablemates and ring-leader Jeff O’Dell, but the fact of the matter is Brandon was able to weather all storms in matches against Jake Dirden, Sarge O’Riley, Austin Lane and Broken Matt Hardy, and still come out on top. Expect him to make life for The Pinnacle rather miserable in the coming months.
#3 – Austin Lane – From rope to rope and pillar to post, Austin Lane IS the Best of the Best, not only in the ring, but on the mic, in training and in his every day life. Austin has shown from his first match, a five star blockbuster against top international star Ricochet, that he can go toe-to-toe with anyone and give 110%. Austin has been in the number one contender spot from day one and continues to be there based on the fact that, as far as things go in the ring, he is the man to beat and, had it not been for The Pinnacle, he would have already had the gold. His feud with Brandon Barbwire and Hollis Giroux have proven that you will never count out Austin Lane.
#4 – Blaster – Make no mistake about it, Blaster has become one of the absolute most popular wrestlers on the CCW roster over the past few months. The man started out as a hired gun, brought in by Jeff O’Dell to be the muscle of The Pinnacle, he has since gone on to find his way into our hearts AND become a CCW Tag Team Champion with Mr. Athletic Jeff Cobb. Not to mention, Blaster won the Zilla Award this past year from the Podzilla 1985 Crew for CCW moment of the year! Blaster has been in the ring with many of the top names in CCW and I have no doubt that his hot streak and surging popularity will continue to rise throughout 2017.
#5 – Sexy Sarge O’Riley – The crafty veteran of CCW, Sarge has had quite the polarizing run in CCW so far. Starting out as one that the fans had no love for, Sarge has since found a place in the hearts of the CCW family after being ousted from The Pinnacle by Jeff O’Dell. Along with his tantalizing dance moves, Sarge is also a very formidable foe inside those ropes, having GREAT matches with the likes of Brandon Barbwire, Hollis Giroux, Syn and Blaster, to name a few. Sarge is slated to be tagging up with Blaster coming up in May at the Ashlynn McClure Memorial match, but you can expect big things for Sarge in the coming year as he continues to wow the crowds.
#6 – Farmer Billy Hills – While he may be part of The Pinnacle, make no mistake about Billy Hills, as his loyalty lies with himself and Sweet Sarah Summers….and money. Billy Hills has nearly incited riots before every match with his uncanny ability to ignite people with his words. I’m fairly certain that he’s punched a child, too! Not only has Billy gotten under the skin of everyone associated with CCW, including management like Ken Murphy or former GM Hunter Hendricks, Billy has had GREAT matches, including a hot feud with Jason Vaughn, a great match with Sexy Sarge, as well as tag matches against Blaster, Syn and recently Jeff Cobb. One thing you can’t do, though, is sleep on Billy Hills because, as mouthy as he is, he’s just as talented in that ring and is focused on getting to the top in any way possible.
#7 – Dell Tucker – The other half of the former tag team champions, Dell Tucker came in as part of team CCW back in December as a fan favorite. We had heard rumblings, though, that Dell was one who could not be trusted and it sure didn’t take very long for that to become apparent. Since then, Dell has found himself firmly ingrained in the fabric that is The Pinnacle. Simply put, Dell Tucker is a savage. We saw him nearly destroy Jason Vaughn’s knee, plus he’s been the mischievous half of the tag team with Farmer Billy Hills, often the one taking advantage of the situation to use, well, illegal options against an opponent. Dell Tucker is also a quick man on his feet, and able to use his size and speed to his advantage. He’s the perfect compliment to the power of Billy Hills and just as devious.
#8 – D’mone – The Nephilim comes in at #8 on the list this week after an impressive victory in the triple threat match against Espy and The Inkcredible Darius Lee aka Tatt2 and that also has him eyeing a higher portion of this list. The Tri-State Champion came into CCW in November in Delta and immediately made an impact in his match as the mystery opponent for Jason Vaughn. Another member of The Pinnacle, D’Mone has used his freakish athletic ability to maneuver around the ring and compliment his stopping power. As an added luxury, D’Mone was able to slide into the tag team title picture when The Pinnacle used the Freebird Rule during their defenses. D’Mone is a very dangerous person and one that has top guy potential, so look for him to break out in 2017.
#9 – Ace Hawkins – The Ace that Runs the Place, Ace Hawkins has been nothing but spectacular during his time in CCW. Debuting at Best of the Best in September at the Osage Center, Ace lost to Espy in the match of the night, but put himself into the forefront of everyone’s mind with his performance. He may be smaller in stature, but Ace has an unrivaled ability to fly around the ring in a sense of controlled chaos. Over the course of 2016 and into 2017, Ace put himself in a top spot around the state, allowing him to take home the highly coveted Missouri State Championship. While his ongoing feud with Espy has been a highlight for Ace in CCW, his match with Syn at Super Show was said by many to be the match of the night, and a great showcase of what Ace Hawkins is all about. While he may be a cocky, loud mouth, the fact of the matter is that Ace Hawkins is one of the most talented people in the ring at any given moment. And if you listen long enough, he’ll tell you all about it.
#10 – Brandon “Espy” Espinosa – One of the most consistent performers in this area, Espy first came to CCW as the Missouri State Championship at the Homecoming show last August in a winning performance against Billy Hills. In that time, he has defended his title against the likes of CJ Shine and Ace Hawkins and then went on to have a five star match in the cage against Tony Kozina. Although Espy is no longer the Missouri State Champion, you can never take him out of the running for that, or the CCW title. A veteran in the ring, Espy still has a ton of gas in the tank and will no doubt be making a case to be in the CCW title picture during the course of 2017.
#11 – Syn – Syn is one of the newer members on the CCW roster, but in a short time has shown why he was such a talked about talent. Originally brought in by Jeff O’Dell as a partner for then Pinnacle member, Blaster, Syn has gone away from The Pinnacle and had a great, albeit unsuccessful match against Farmer Billy Hills and Dell Tucker in the tag title rematch. However, Syn showed everyone what he was capable of in the Missouri Championship Title match against Ace Hawkins at the recent Super Show card. As I stated in the recap, you see a lot of Edge in the way Syn works in the ring and its hard not to admire his work. Although Syn is new to CCW, he’s a veteran of the squared circle and so I feel that he has the potential to be a breakout star now that he’s set to be with CCW in a full time spot. Keep an eye out for great things from Syn.
#12 – Tatt2 – Ok, so I said above that I’m going with at least three matches, but I feel as if I need to backtrack on this a bit and include Tatt2. Why? Because he’s insanely exciting to see in the ring!! In his short time here, he’s shown that he is one of the most skilled high flyers in this area, especially after finishing off Cody Wilson with the 450 Splash back in March. At the Super Show, even though he had a scary moment, he still finished off the match in a flurry of excitement and speed. Its hard to keep up with Tatt2 in the ring because he goes 100 mph from start to finish with one of the most energetic styles, but don’t let that mean he’s soft, because Tatt2 can dish it out just as hard. I can see some high profile matches in his future, so as long as he’s in CCW, be sure to keep an eye on him!
#13 – JD Wilk – One of the most promising young talents on the roster, JD Wilk has shown from day one that he is all about winning. The protege of former CCW member Jason Vaughn, JD came in as a bright eyed, happy go lucky kid with dreams of the big stage and bright lights. However, it didn’t take very long for us to see that JD had a much more sinister side to him. After leaving Jason Vaughn hanging in the Tag Team Warfare match, JD came out with a brand new attitude, one who only cared about himself, with no regard to his actions. Attitude aside, though, JD does have a promising future ahead of him if he can keep his head on straight. He has a very athletic build with plenty of power, but also the ability to take it to the air. For you baseball fans, he’s a five tool player, and all he has to do is get his mind focused on wrestling rather than telling everyone what he thinks of them. The sky is the limit with JD, just as long as he doesn’t soar too close to the sun.
#14 – The Cody Wilson – Here’s the thing about Cody Wilson, I firmly believe that we haven’t seen everything he can give us. His debut match was in Chaffee at the Red Devil’s Revenge in a three way with Hollis Giroux and Jake Dirden, in which we saw a small glimpse of what he had to offer. The following month in Delta, he had a match of the night against Phoenix, in a hard hitting contest that showed more of what he was about, but still left us wondering. Then in March, he took on Tatt2 in a match that featured strength vs speed, in which Tatt2 was able to use his energy to take the match. BUT, whatever you do, do NOT sleep on Cody Wilson. Sure, he is disrespectful and doesn’t care too much about the fans, but when you dive into the man himself, you can see that he’s one tough guy who will leave it all in the ring. The king of Midwest Strong Style, heavily rooted in the UK and Japanese styles, will be making a statement this year and turning some heads in the process. During the recent comic con panel, he said that he would care about the fans when they started to care about him and there’s no doubt in my mind that moment will be coming very, very soon. Expect some wars in his future and his name will be climbing the ranks.
#15 – Phoenix – Phoenix debuted in Delta in the aforementioned match with Cody Wilson and from that moment has endeared himself with the CCW fans. A very charismatic and likable young man, Phoenix is very happy to be where he is at any given time when he is in the ring. Although his record is 1-2 right now after falling to JD Wilk in March, there’s no doubt that Phoenix will have his chance to shine. He has deceptive speed and an uncanny amount of toughness, allowing him to withstand high amounts of punishment during a match. He, much like Cody Wilson, is one that I feel we haven’t seen all that he has to offer and its only a matter of time before he has a match that propels him further up these rankings.
CAPE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING WOMEN’S POWER RANKINGS
#1 – Lil Bit/Marni Gras – Whether she’s Lil Bit or Marni Gras, there’s no doubt that she is the ace of the Women’s Division in CCW and odds on favorite to be its first champion when that time comes. She has dazzled the crowd with her upbeat intros, fast in ring style and her “never say die” attitude in the ring. Also, her ability to grab an armbar out of any situation is very impressive. Lil Bit is also not afraid to get into the ring and mix it up with the male competitors, as she helped Team CCW win the Eight-Person Elimination Match in November by pinning Billy Hills, as well as working as Sarge’s tag partner at Tag Team Warfare, in which they advanced to the second round. She may be small in size, but don’t let that fool you, as she is one tough woman and very much deserving of this #1 ranking, and if we were to throw everyone on the roster together, a high ranking overall as well. She makes a tough case for a top star in CCW spot, so be sure to keep your eye on Lil Bit.
#2 – Sweet Sarah Summers – She may be sweet by name, but that is one of the last things that she is once she gets in the ring. Sarah Summers is about as dirty of a player in the game as there is, and she isn’t afraid to let you know, either. Sarah can mix it up in the ring with male or female alike and is able to hold her ground against anyone in that ring. She has a mean streak a mile long and isn’t shy about using underhanded techniques to gain the advantage in a match. On top of that, she’s a true heat magnet. She doesn’t need Jeff O’Dell and The Pinnacle to build up hate from the fans, she’s a natural at that all on her own. Sarah and Billy are the true power couple in CCW and, although they’re part of The Pinnacle, they’re all business and very clear that they are out for themselves. Sarah and Lil Bit have a heck of a rivalry built up right now, so as 2017 rolls on, expect more sparks to fly.
#3 – Nikki Lane – She may be new to CCW, but her career is far from it. Nikki Lane has wrestled the biggest names in women’s wrestling over a nearly two decade career already and she has no signs of slowing down. Nikki made a statement in her CCW debut that she is out for one thing and one thing only, to be the very first CCW Women’s Champion. While she may be affiliated with The Pinnacle now due to her recent tagging with Sarah Summers, you can bet that Nikki will use whatever she can to make her claim to be the #1 Woman in CCW. She has the strength and quickness to compete with anyone on any level and as 2017 rolls on, expect her to start turning heads and wowing people.
So there you have it!! Our first issue of the Cape Championship Wrestling Power Rankings!! Tune in each month after the show to see how things move around with each development that happens! As always, click those links down below to check out more about not only Cape Championship Wrestling, but some of our friends as well, who regularly deliver great content! Until next time….DAMN!
Hey everybodyyyyyyyyyy!!! Smitty is BACK!!! And let me tell you, I have been miserable the past couple days haha. Part of it is exhaustion after an action packed, busy weekend. But, to be honest, my allergies flared up on me, giving me a sore throat and a gnarly cough and it just knocked the wind right out of my sails. I had hoped to get this up MUCH sooner but hey, sometimes that happens. However, I have a LOT LOT LOT to talk about and if you were at the shows over the weekend (Girl Fight, Comic Con, Super Show) then you KNOW what I mean by having a lot to talk about!! So…HIT IT!
The first wrestling show of the weekend featured the women, in a co-promoted show with the Girl Fight organization, which is headed up by none other than hardcore icon Mad Man Pondo. This Eight Woman tournament featured Leva Bates (aka Blue Pants in NXT), Mickie Knuckles (seen in TNA as Moose), Nikki Lane, Sarah Summers, Lil Bit, Miss Monica, Amazing Maria, and Laynie Luck. These eight women were set to do battle to claim the inaugural Luna Vachon Memorial championship, honoring the life and career of one of the pioneer women of wrestling, who helped break down many barriers and was, in many ways, very ahead of her time in how she worked in the ring. It was truly an honor to be able to be in the crowd for this electrifying show!! I was obviously familiar with our local CCW women, Leva Bates and Mickie Knuckles, but the unknown aspect of the other three was very exciting for me. I knew that Miss Monica was the 2016 Missouri Wrestling Revival Woman of the Year, so there were some expectations with her. I’ve seen Amazing Maria pictured with Jason Saint over around OVW and I knew that Laynie Luck was fairly new to the area and had an affiliation with the NWL organization.
The first round featured CCW regulars Lil Bit vs Nikki Lane, where we saw The Pinnacle interfering once again, with Sweet Sarah Summers coming to ringside to trip up Lil Bit to allow Nikki to take the win. Mickie Knuckles squared off in a great match with Miss Monica, in which Miss Monica was able to stave off numerous power attacks, even injuring the left arm of Mickie, before finally the power of Mickie Knuckles was too much, allowing her to take the round one win. Amazing Maria and Laynie Luck put on a phenomenal first round match. This was one that was very exciting for me, having not actually seen either woman in the ring, so it was a great chance to take in a lot of new at once. Amazing Maria is so mean, she should be Mean Maria. I can’t recall how many times our row was shot an evil eye due to our chants of opposition toward her. It turned into a very hard fought match, with Amazing Maria taking the win to advance. And the final match of the first round saw CCW’s own Sweet Sarah Summers taking on Leva Bates, who came out in a dancing fury in her Fallout-themed “blue pants” and put on quite a show. However, as she has shown many times, Sarah Summers is no pushover and she stood toe-to-toe with Leva in a classic battle of strength vs speed. Ultimately, Leva was able to use her quickness to her advantage, plus some help from Lil Bit, and take the first round win.
Coming into the second round, we wondered how Mickie Knuckles would fare with her arm injury sustained in the opening round. She had it taped and came out on fire against her semi-final round opponent, Nikki Lane. Nikki wasted no time attacking the injured limb and mounting a quick, and focused offense. But, similar to Luna, there’s a fire that burns in Mickie Knuckles that is unexplained, allowing her to reach deep and weather a storm of that nature. Call it guts, call it craziness, whatever it is, she has that ability to take some punishment and keep going! And that’s exactly what she did as she turned the tide of the match, giving her enough momentum to advance onto the finals. The other semi-final round match pitted Leva Bates and all of her dancing excitement, against Amazing Maria, who came out more fired up than she was the round before! Maria didn’t much seem to care about the dancing antics of Leva, as she wasted no time bullying the smaller Leva and getting the crowd riled up in the process. Leva, being the resilient professional that she is, finally took control of the match and hit a big Pedigree AND an Unprettier later to seal the deal and head to the finals.
Our final match featured two women who had won us over throughout the night: Mickie Knuckles and Leva Bates. I had picked Leva to be a finalist, so I was pleasantly surprised at this match up, although I was hoping for one of our CCW ladies to make a run to the finals. Regardless, we were in for a treat in this final and it wasted little time. Both women shook hands in a sign of great respect, but once things got going, you would have thought that they were bitter enemies. Leva used her speed and quickness advantage at times, but Mickie was able to catch Leva and use her power, hitting a beautiful German suplex at one point. This was one of those matches that you wished could have gone on much, MUCH longer as it was so entertaining with multiple close calls and near three fall moments. The emotions were high, but in the end, Mickie Knuckles became the first Luna Vachon Memorial winner. At the end of the match, Mickie thanked everyone in the crowd, Mad Man Pondo, and her opponent Leva Bates, then delivered a beautiful message of praise for Luna Vachon. Mickie and Leva hugged in the ring and Leva thanked everyone for coming when suddenly, Nikki Lane and Sarah Summers ran out from the back to attack Leva!! Thankfully, after only a short moment, Lil Bit emerged from the back to defend Leva, who would go on to be her tag team partner for the Super Show portion of the weekend. What a GREAT event!! Girl Fight was something that, if you missed out on it, you truly missed a top to bottom spectacular show. And as a special treat, CCW main man Lee Montgomery booked local band Eurydice and St. Louis rockers, Final Drive, to put on a concert at the conclusion of the night.
We got in later that evening/early Saturday morning after hanging around a bit and talking to many of the CCW folks. We were sitting with members of the Podzilla 1985 Podcasting group and had a GREAT time chanting, cheering, booing and enjoying a great night of action. It was hard to go to bed, but we knew we had to since the Comic Con and CCW Super Show were on the horizon!
Mrs. Smitty decided this year that she was going to go in costume, which was a first for either of us in the five years that we have been attending the local comic con. I was VERY tempted to go as Pinnacle leader Jeff O’Dell, even changing shirts every so often, but decided that with the nasty weather, I would save my cosplay for another years. One of our closest friends and owner of the Jittery Monkey Podcasting Network, Greg Mehochko, came down for the annual Hooch’n’Smit Comic Con Adventure, this year bringing another generation, his son Garrett, to join in the on the fun. Since the Mrs. was taking a tad longer getting ready than she expected, she told us guys to go on out and start scouting the place and then she would come along later to meet us. When we got there, Leva Bates and Colt Cabana were set up for meet and greet opportunities just before going onto the main floor. Leva was great, chatting with so many people, but Colt Cabana seemed less than thrilled to be there. He talked to people and signed autographs, but, seemed like he would rather be anywhere else. And maybe I just caught him at a bad time. I’m not one claiming to be a Colt Cabana fan that much anyway, so that could also have something to do with it. Joey Ryan and Jeff Cobb came later and I’ll say this, those guys were super cool! Jeff Cobb talked my ear off about indy wrestling and Joey Ryan was just very down to earth…and not making people touch his dong. More on that later. The Comic Con was BIG this year!! So many vendors and this year had a much different feel to it, as it seemed like the quality of offerings were considerably higher. I’ll go into more details on the con after this, but I will sum it up by saying that Mrs. Smitty looked SUPER awesome as a broken porcelain doll and got a lot of good attention and feedback, we had an awesome time with the Mehochko men and we ate ourselves silly at a local Italian place known as Mario & Angela’s Italian Cucina. Like I said, expect a bit more details on the annual Cape Comic Con excursion a little later.
The energy in the AC Brase Arena Building was so electric as I showed up on Saturday night. As I was walking in, Farmer Billy Hills and Dell Tucker, the CCW Tag Team Champions, walked in past me through the front door and proceeded to flip over one of the F&M Memorabilia merchandise tables as they made their way to the back in the rowdy fashion that only those two can. THAT was how things started for me as I got there. Mrs. Smitty was back to do makeup once again, which she is working on her own blog for her experiences over the weekend, so I won’t go into much detail on that, but she was BUSY the whole weekend. We were going our own ways for quite a bit until she was able to come out. I found our seats and talked to friend Brian Kelley of Missouri Wrestling Revival for a bit, as well as the rest of the Podzilla 1985 crew and several of our regular CCW crew. Then…it was magic time!
CCW owner and promoter Ken Murphy came out to a thunderous applause, thanking us for being there and getting us hyped up for the Super Show. CCW introduced a new ringside announcer, Curtis Boss, who has been a staple of the regional independent scene in this area and he did a GREAT job of getting everyone hyped up!! After the National Anthem played, we were set!!
The first match featured Syn going up against the Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Champion, Ace Hawkins, in a match that I was BEYOND excited about! If you read the preview blog, you knew how hyped I was for that match and putting it as the Match of the Night candidate. And let me tell you, this match did NOT disappoint!! The Ace that Runs the Place came out hyping up his new shirt and really getting the crowd heated. He has this instant ability to get us booing him through his cocky attitude and borderline whiny way of trying to get us to cheer for him. Syn, on the other hand, is a man of very few words, but when he gets in that ring, he lights it up. He’s from the mold of guys like Edge and Christian and it shows in his movements. This match was quick paced, high energy and full of “HOLY CRAP” moments once it got going. Which, honestly, took a while because Ace was clearly trying to duck out of the match at multiple points until Syn finally tagged him with a hard right near the entrance and dragged Ace back to the ring. It didn’t take long for Ace to regain momentum through his high flying style, doing a tornado hot shot to the outside, followed up shortly by a vaulting drop kick. He was on his game! But, that would not deter Syn, a man who does not know the word “quit” and as hard as Ace was working to beat Syn down, Syn kept roaring back. After clubbing elbows to the side of Syn’s head and a pin fall, Ace was hit by a quick springboard body press by Syn that reversed the momentum. The match roared on until both Ace and Syn went up top and, in one of the coolest moves of the match, Syn NAILS Ace with a top rope Spanish Fly!! Ace was out!!! Syn rolls Ace over for the 1-2-3…..WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!!! Or…so we thought. Right at the last minute, Ace slid his foot under the bottom rope. Referee Lane Austin was unable to see this happen in the ring, so GM Osby Tomlin had to come out with the unfortunate news to Syn, which allowed Ace to remain the Champion in just one amazing match that I give a two sweet and a hell yeah! What a great way to start things off by setting the bar VERY high!!
Up next, a six man tag match featuring one of my favorite tag teams, ROSCOE EAT LISA, teaming up with the crafty veteran, the sexy one, Sexy Sarge O’Riley!! This trio was set to take on JD Wilk and the LA Hustlers, however JD Wilk sustained an injury earlier in the month and was forced to pull out. The LA Hustlers then went out and recruited newcomer, Red Daniels, to join their team. This instantly made them a powerhouse because, if you’ve never seen big Red Daniels before, he’s a very solid human being with a very mean look on his face. Couple that together with the rough approach of the LA Hustlers and you had one very dominant team. The crowd was 100% behind Roscoe Eat Lisa and Sexy Sarge as the crowd chanted “Bark Bark” and “Sexy Sarge” at the onset of the match and it didn’t take long for REL/Sarge to take control of the match, at one point delivering a tandem Stinkface/Bronco Buster to all three of their opponents. But, as you know, the LA Hustlers and their henchman, Red Daniels, weren’t going down that easy. Red even worked up enough confidence to do his own version of the Sexy Sarge Shake…although his hips lie just a bit. Sorry Red. You called me a jabroni, so you get no love. Haha but back to the match, The LA Hustlers and Red Daniels used a good variety of distraction and underhandedness to neutralize Sarge for the bulk of the match. Red, Bradley and Lamonte all took turns taking their shots at Sarge who was desperately trying to get back to his corner. Finally, Sarge was able to fight out of the control of the devious three and tag in Mikey who, in all of his beautiful, mustachioed glory, launched a tide-turning attack that saw him launch Zakk to the outside, followed up by Mikey himself taking to the air in his own death-defying leap! That set up the way she ended, with Sarge reaching in for his Sexy Socko and clamping it on Red Daniels, while Roscoe Eat Lisa handled the LA Hustlers! Finally Red fell on his back and tapped to end the match!! What a six way dance!!
The CCW Tag Team Titles were up for grabs next as Dell Tucker was back with Billy Hills as the whole Pinnacle operation came out in support, including D’Mone, Jeff O’Dell and Jeff’s pint-size bodyguard, Marko. Taking on The Pinnacle was the former Pinnacle member turned insanely popular fan favorite, Blaster, with his chosen tag team partner for the night, international superstar Jeff Cobb!! That’s right!! The night before, Mr. Athletic worked a GREAT match in PWG with Keith Lee and then flew into Cape Girardeau to team with the one and only Blaster in a tag title match! And Jeff wasted no time throwing himself into the mix as he threw Dell Tucker around like a piece of paper! Jeff tagged in Blaster, who Dell thought he could best, and Blaster continued the momentum of dominating Dell Tucker. Blaster and Jeff worked together as a team very well, almost as if they had teamed together before, with quick tags to keep one another fresh, all while cutting Dell off from tagging into Billy. At this rate, you would think that Blaster and Jeff Cobb would run through the tag champs fairly effortlessly, right? Wrong. We’re talking about The Pinnacle and where there’s a way to make something happen, they will definitely find it. Dell started by raking Jeff Cobb’s eyes, which lead to Dell finally tagging in Billy. The methodical loudmouth that he is scouted his opponent, finally hanging Jeff over the middle rope to choke with his boot. Suddenly, the tides had turned in the favor of the tag champs. Using a similar strategy as their opponents, Billy and Dell cut off the corner. The match began to go back and forth and we saw an example of Jeff Cobb’s freakish athletic ability, as he pulled off a standing moonsault/shooting star press combination as well as suplexes on both Dell and Billy. However, as the Pinnacle operates, they thought that they could pull a slick move and handcuff Jeff Cobb to the ringpost. Suddenly, it was 2 on 1, belts were involved and it looked as if Billy and Dell were going to use The Pinnacle numbers to their strength to take the match. Then, something crazy happened. A familiar music hit and, in one of the biggest surprises of the night, WWE Hall of Famer, Ron Simmons, emerged from the back!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!?! Billy and Dell were stunned beyond belief!! During this moment of hysteria and confusion, GM Osby Tomlin found the key to the handcuffs and freed Jeff Cobb, allowing him to come in and hit the Tour of the Islands, then throw Blaster down on top of Dell Tucker for the win. YOUR NEW CCW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS ARE BLASTER AND JEFF COBB!!! WOW!!!!
After the match, an intermission was held to allow fans to get into the ring for a photo with the new tag team champions and Ron Simmons. I walked around for a bit and talked to Brandon Espinosa and Davey Vega about tv shows, then ran into Sarge to say hi. There may or may not have been but probably was some attempted nipple grabbing. I also had a chance to talk to Zakk and Mikey and FINALLY pick up a REL shirt, then in the process, let Ace Hawkins convince me to pick up his new shirt. Which, truth be told, it is a nice shirt.
Coming back to action, we were treated to a triple threat match for the Tri-State Championship, held by D’Mone. D’Mone was flanked by Jeff O’Dell and his little heat-seeker, Marko. Espy, who was already in the ring, was showing high levels of disgust by the Pinnacle. Tatt2 came out to a high energy entrance as always, ready to bring it in this triple threat match. This was one that I truly could not pick a winner. Part of me wanted to go with D’Mone, solely because of the fact that he had strength in numbers working to his advantage. D’Mone attempted to take on both Espy and Tatt2 early on, but, he quickly learned that he wouldn’t be able to compete in a two on one situation. D’Mone was quickly dispatched from the ring while Espy and Tatt2 went toe to toe. This is a match that I would LOVE to see down the road. Neither opponent could truly get an upper hand on one another, even when D’Mone came back in. It was a stalemate for the longest time. Eventually, Tatt2 gained a slight advantage by using his quickness and aerial abilities to take down the champion, D’Mone, when again, that momentum was stopped as D’Mone used his strength to slow down the energetic Tatt2. How could anyone ever get a chance to win? That came in a pivotal, yet scary moment in the match where Tatt2 ran at Espy for a dropkick in the corner. Espy dodged it and it looked as if Tatt2 hit the turnbuckle pad, which forced him down on the ground, where his head bounced off the mat. He was clearly out, the dreaded X was thrown up, but the match continued on as Tatt2 went out under the bottom rope. Espy and D’Mone battled back and forth, neither man still able to grab the upperhand when, suddenly, TATT2 CAME BACK INTO THE RING!!! Nothing can stop this man!! He stormed back into the ring in a fury of kicks, but it was no use. He attempted to go up top, but Espy blocked it and then hit him with his patented top rope brainbuster, BRAINBUSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH, in what seemed like it would be the end. One thing to know about a champion is that to be a champ, you have to think like one, and D’Mone did exactly that. He capitalized on Tatt2 being down from such a huge move, so he grabbed Espy and launched him from the ring, pinned Tatt2 and retained his title!! What a match!! Truly a great match that could go any way at any given point, and was well deserving of a standing ovation.
The women took the stage next, as we were treated to the prettier side of The Pinnacle as Sarah Summers and Nikki Lane took on Marni Gras and Leva Bates!! This stemmed over from the previous night at Girl Fight, when Nikki and Sarah attacked Leva at the end of the Luna Vachon Memorial Tournament, prompting Lil Bit to enter the ring. On Saturday, it was a time for the other personas to take the stage as Lil Bit’s alter ego, Marni Gras, decided to appear in hopes of changing up the momentum, meanwhile her partner Leva came out to the familiar sound of Hooked on a Feeling, dressed as the one and only Star-Lord! The Pinnacle wasted no time, however, as the strength of both Nikki and Sarah overpowered Marni Gras early on, but that all came to a stop once Leva Bates was finally tagged in! She danced her way into the ring and quickly started in on Sarah Summers as a continuation from the night before, using her quickness to avoid the strength advantage going the way of Sarah Summers. But, once Sarah was able to tag in Nikki, the tide turned again. Nikki is one of the strongest women around and she uses that advantage on every woman she meets. As is the case with The Pinnacle, they used their sleight of hand abilities to distract the referee and use outside interference to their advantage multiple times. Marni Gras and Leva were basically at a four on two disadvantage, however, they showed their mettle and continued to fight back. Marni Gras, at one point, was in the ring for nearly 4 minutes, fighting off Sarah and Nikki, while Leva desperately waited on the tag. When that tag happened, you would have thought that the room exploded and the roof came off!! The energy ramped up as Leva and Marni Gras made one last push in the match!! Finally, Marni hit her running leg clothesline that I’ll refer to as the Bead Drop (surely there is a name now, right?), Leva hit the Unprettier and both women pinned their opponents, taking a stereo victory! What a great match and a sense of revenge from the previous night’s attack!
Prior to the next match, Ben Simon of Missouri Wrestling Revival, came to the ring to present Davey Vega with the 2016 MWR Future Star of the Year award, in honor of one HELL of a 2016 for Davey Vega. I firmly believe that Davey is on his way to much bigger things down the road, but for another night, we had him in CCW. His opponent was none other than the Sleazy One himself, Joey Ryan! All the way from California. And let me tell you, his mustache game was on point. Joey strutted to the ringside, giving away his blowpop, and posing to showcase all of his assets. Even oiling up in the ring like a true professional! Then…the focal piece…JOEY’S DONG!! Well…he didn’t just go flopping it out. But, if you’re not aware, look up Joey Ryan on youtube. His signature move is a suplex initiated by his penis, one of the most powerful in the world!! Davey Vega found out the hard way early on by trying to give Joey an inverted atomic drop and almost blowing his knee apart in the process. Davey did his best to avoid grabbing the mighty piece, and in the process, mounted a very solid offense. At one point, Davey hit a flying headscissors and a solid suicide dive to the outside. But, as we knew it would be, Joey Ryan’s dong was too strong for Davey Vega, ultimately setting Davey up for the YouPorn Plex. A strange thing happened after that….Davey kicked out. One of the few times you’ll ever see that happen!! Joey was stunned, Senior Referee Kelly was, but Davey knew he had an opportunity. Until…Joey pulled another blowpop out of his trunks! We’ve all seen this before! Joey stuck the pop in Davey’s mouth and set up for his Sweet Tooth Music super kick, BUT DAVEY BLOCKED IT!!! Joey was in disbelief again!! This time, Davey acted quick and rolled Joey up for the pin fall and the victory!! Many may consider this to be an upset, but in my opinion, its just another reason why Davey Vega is THAT freaking good!! What a match!!
Finally, the match of all matches, the CCW Heavyweight Championship Match!! Austin Lane, Hollis Giroux and Brandon Barbwire have had such a huge build up and multiple feuds between them over the last eight months for the CCW title that we KNEW this match would be huge. And to make things even crazier, Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana was thrown into the mix by GM Osby Tomlin as an added “bonus” of sorts. And early on, the focus was clear, take the champion out of the equation and they did just that. Brandon Barbwire was dropped to the mat by a flurry of super superkicks and he quickly ducked out. Suddenly, it was a free for all of roll up pins, one after another, each competitor trying to get the advantage on the other to take the title. The match itself was a no dq and it was one of those four way matches where Brandon did NOT have to be pinned to lose the belt. Everything was on the table and every man had a fighting chance. And everybody turned it up to 150% as we saw Austin Lane take a death defying suicide leap onto Brandon Barbwire very early on. That lead to Colt Cabana and Hollis Giroux in the ring, as Colt, using his veteran ring awareness, almost had a chance at taking the CCW title home to his studio apartment in Chicago. But as we have learned, even though he is the crown jewel of the Pinnacle, you do NOT count out Brandon Barbwire. He’s nothing if not resilient, and he made sure to get back into that ring to stake a claim in retaining his title. Suddenly, Brandon was the one in charge, fighting off person after person to end the match. Each of these four men were putting EVERYTHING on the line in this match!! Multiple times, a superplex nearly happened, each time failing, until finally, the big spot of the night!! Brandon had Hollis up in the corner when Colt, from out of nowhere, runs up beside Brandon to lend a hand. Then, Colt jumps down behind Brandon when here comes Austin flying in!! Colt picks up Austin, who then grabs onto Brandon, who is getting ready to suplex Hollis!!! It was madness!!! Ultimately, Colt power bombed Austin Lane, who hit a German Suplex on Brandon Barbwire, who was hitting a superplex on Hollis. OH.MY.GOD!! The crazy thing is…THAT WASN’T THE END OF THE MATCH!! They still had more in the tank!! Colt hit his patented Bionic Elbows, ala the Dream, on Brandon, which lead to Austin Lane charging in with a beautifully timed flying knee. And next, Hollis unleashed a spear on EVERYONE in the ring!! Hollis was in charge until a well-timed low blow by Brandon Barbwire shifted the advantage. The champ, using his dirty tactics, was back in the game and in control. After a near 3 count, Brandon went for his cherished belt. He asked Jeff O’Dell to throw it to him from ringside, so as Jeff O’Dell got up on the apron, we knew what was about to happen. Boy…were we wrong. As Jeff and Brandon talked over the belt, Jeff says “you want the belt?” to which Brandon loudly shouted yes…and he got the belt. Upside his head. By Hollis Giroux. HOLLIS HAS JOINED THE PINNACLE AND BRANDON HAS BEEN REPLACED!!! THE REF COUNTS TO THREE AND HOLLIS TAKES THE TITLE!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT I HAVE SEEN!!!
Needless to say…we were speechless. We never saw the double turn coming. The arena had this suddenly awkward vibe where we didn’t know who to cheer for, what we should say, anything. We just stood there with our hands over our mouths, eyes wide open, wondering what it was that we should do. All I do know for sure, is that Hollis Giroux has joined The Pinnacle, ousting Brandon Barbwire, and taking the reign of CCW Champion at the absolute biggest event in the history of Cape Championship Wrestling. The next day at the CCW Panel at the Cape Comic Con, Jeff O’Dell said that this has been in place from the beginning and that his main goal in The Pinnacle is to not only have the belts in CCW, but belts all over. Hollis just gives him one more person to go out and secure these belts. Meanwhile, Brandon Barbwire said that it is now his goal to make Jeff O’Dell’s life a living hell.
So that’s where we are after this event. I hear that there will be a DVD copy of this coming out and if you weren’t there, I can’t urge you enough to get it and watch these matches. It was seriously the best card, top to bottom, that CCW has put on. Every performer gave it their all and every match was a top notch match. I can’t praise these men and women enough for what they did for us as fans on Friday and Saturday night. It was truly a magical night and just a wonderful weekend all around. We bonded with many people and had such a fun time with all these people who have, in our eyes, become a family. I know that I can’t speak highly enough of so many people, from the talent in the back, to the braintrust that operates and runs things, to the Podzilla crew, and even the rest of the people who were just other fans like myself and the Mrs. who have become such a big part of our live over the past eight months. Here’s to a bunch more of months, and years, and good times ahead!
Now, where do we go from here? The Ashlynn McClure Memorial Show! That is coming up on Saturday, May 20th, at Lawless Harley Davidson down in Scotty City. More information will be coming as its released, so be sure to stick around for that. Also, be sure to visit all of our friends links down here at the bottom! They sure mean a lot to us and provide some top notch, quality entertainment as well. Whew. I’m still exhausted and emotionally unsure of a lot of things in that title picture. Hopefully this one didn’t get TOO wordy for you. But until next time, WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Hey all!!! Smitty is BACK with things!!! I took a bit of a break coming out of the March Malice show to enjoy my birthday and Wrestlemania, then we had family events, Easter and WWE here in Cape Girardeau. But, with all that is going on, I can’t forget about what is coming up this weekend!!! ITS THE CCW SUPERSHOW AND GIRL FIGHT!!! I’ll be hitting up on these events this week, but today, I think I’ll talk about the CCW Super Show. This is THE big event for Cape Championship Wrestling and they’re having it in conjunction with the annual Cape Comic Con, which is also hosted and promoted by Mr. Ken Murphy. This is one of the things that helped usher me back into wrestling from a part time sense, back to a full time fan and supporter. Its also what has helped get me more into the independent wrestling scene that is just amazing and running worldwide. And now, here we are! One of the best new independent wrestling organizations is right here in my own backyard in Cape Girardeau. In a short time, CCW has put their name on the map as not only a destination location for people in the region, but talent across the nation, featuring the likes of Ricochet, Matt Hardy, James Ellsworth, Kyle O’Reilly, Angelina Love and a whole slew of others have appeared! And, apparently, word is getting out more and more, because this coming weekend at the CC Super Show, they have brought in multiple big names!! Colt Cabana, Joey Ryan, Jeff Cobb and Leva Bates will all be on hand for Comic Con meet and greets, as well as working the card that night. So, check out the flyer below and then after that, we’ll have a quick card preview
I mean…that’s just what you’re seeing on the flyer!!! Here’s what the card looks like!!
CCW SUPERSHOW CARD
LEVA BATES “Blue Pants”
Brandon “Espy” Espinosa
MWR CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
THE L.A Hustlers & JD Wilk
ROSCOE EAT LISA & “Sexy” Sarge Oriley
CCW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
“Farmer” Billy Hills & Dell Tucker
BLASTER & LUCHA UNDERGROUND STAR
LUCHA UNDERGROUND STAR
The Main Event
CCW HEAVYWEIGHT Championship
Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana
HOW ABOUT THAT!?!?! What a freaking card!! Ok so here’s my quick rundown/preview.
The first match listed feature the ladies of CCW. Nikki Lane made her highly anticipated debut last month at March Malice and took no time putting the women’s division on notice. She’s teaming up with The Pinnacle’s own Sweet Sarah Summers, who has quite the feud with Lil Bit going on right now. Sarah has no problem playing dirty, but can her and Nikki co-exist after the triple threat last month? Lil Bit has taken a beating at the hands of The Pinnacle in recent months, but at the Super Show, she’ll have the assistance of Leva Bates, wrestling’s cosplaying sensation (also known for her stint in NXT as Blue Pants) working in her favor. I’m curious how these dynamics will work, also curious if the alter ego, Marni Gras, decides to show up as well.
Up next is a potential match of the night candidate, with a triple threat featuring the Inkcredible Darius Lee, aka Tatt2, Brandon “Espy” Espinose and D’Mone. Tatt2 debuted last month at March Malice and wowed the crowd with his athleticism and high flying abilities. Espy has become a regular in CCW and is one of the most consistent guys on the card, capable of having a top notch match every time he comes through. And D’Mone, the Nephilim, and sinister part of The Pinnacle, has stated that he will put his Tri-State Championship on the line in this match. Power vs speed vs athleticism will be the story of this match, and I expect this one will be a match that people talk about for quite some time.
Moving along, the Missouri Wrestling Revival-Missouri Championship is on the line as Ace Hawkins makes his return to CCW going up against Syn! Ace has somewhat of a loose affiliation with The Pinnacle, as the ringleader of that band of misfits, Jeff O’Dell, has made a point to put himself into Ace’s matches which also makes this match interesting in the sense that Jeff O’Dell was the man who brought Syn into CCW. If you go back to the February show, Jeff O’Dell picked Syn to be the tag team partner of Blaster in the Tag Team Warfare tournament. Syn has since ceased any affiliation with Jeff O’Dell, siding with Blaster again last month at March Malice and now has earned himself a title shot. Truth be told, I think this match is going to be my dark horse for match of the night. Both of these guys are just so good in the ring. You have Ace Hawkins, who has a high flyer approach against Syn, who reminds me of Edge in just about every way possible when it comes to working in the ring. Look for this one to be epic!
Two tag teams from February’s Tag Team Warfare will be making their return to CCW for the Super Show. The L.A. Hustlers, who came up short in the finals of the tournament, return and will be paired up with CCW’s rookie sensation, JD Wilk. JD has started to transform himself into somewhat of a cocky, self-absorbed youngster who seems to have forgot where he came from. However, he is making his mark with his high flying blend of power and athleticism. Plus, being teamed with two cocky rule breakers like the LA Hustlers is right in his wheel house. However, their opposition won’t take their actions lightly, as ROSCOE EAT LISA will be returning to CCW!! After quite the impressive showing at Tag Team Warfare, REL is coming back, much to the delight of not only me, but many in the CCW fanbase, to get a bit of revenge on the LA Hustlers. If you remember, the Hustlers were the ones who knocked REL out in the semi-final round of the tag team tournament. Not only that, but REL gets the craft veteran, Sexy Sarge O’Riley added to their side, with his real deal sex appeal. This is quite an eclectic mix of talent, but there’s no doubt in my mind they’ll deliver. I anticipate REL and the LA Hustlers to go at it strong and we may even see Sarge teach young JD a lesson or two.
Following that, we’ll see another title defense, as the CCW Tag Team Champions, Farmer Billy Hills and Dell Tucker put their belts on the line against THE MAN, THE MYTH…BLASTER!!! and his partner for the night, Jeff Cobb!!! If you’re unfamiliar with Jeff Cobb and why I’m treating him like such a big deal in my posts, you should head over to YouTube and look him up. He portrays the Monster Matanza on Lucha Underground, but he also has a VERY impressive resume on the indy scene. He made his debut for PWG, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, last May in an impressive match with Chris Hero and has inserted himself into the upper echelon of wrestlers working today. However, he comes in going up against The Pinnacle, and two of the best, in Farmer Billy and Dell. Dell Tucker is just a savage, but he can also get to you quick in the ring. And Farmer? Well…we all know what Farmer is capable of. If he’s not trying to start a fight with the fans, or CCW management, he’s using his size and strength to his advantage to wear his down his opponents. We all know that Blaster is the CCW sensation, amassing a huge following, but will Jeff Cobb be the equalizer that can help Blaster defeat the Pinnacle? If nothing else happens in this match, I want to see Jeff Cobb slam the crap out of The Pinnacle members…at least once…maybe twice or five times.
Another international star is up next, as the Sleazy One himself Joey Ryan, the King of Dong Style, makes his CCW debut, going up against one of the brightest rising stars on the scene today, Davey Vega!! Now, Joey has long established himself as a top guy in the world, working for multiple promotions, appearing on TV shows and, well, just showing the world how sleazy of a guy he can be. Davey Vega is becoming quite the road warrior in his own right, as he has started blazing a trail around the states and is seriously putting his name in the hat for the next breakout star. He was part of the CCW debut show, where we saw him take on Hollis Giroux, so he is no stranger to CCW. Expect a LOT of debauchery from Joey Ryan. In fact, if you’re not familiar with him, I STRONGLY urge you to check him out on YouTube. You’ll be in for a treat! This match is also another one with the potential to be a match of the night! Don’t sleep on this one at all!
And finally, the main event and the single most anticipated match in CCW, pits the reigning, defending champion Brandon Barbwire, the crown jewel of The Pinnacle, up against Hollis Giroux, the Best of the Best Austin Lane and Colt Boom Boom Cabana, in a fatal four way to determine the CCW Champion!! If you missed out in March, Hollis and Austin battled for the Number One Contender spot in a match that went to a draw, leaving GM Osby Tomlin no other choice than to make the title match at the Super Show a Triple Threat. However, it didn’t take long to make that 3 Way Dance a Fatal Four Way, as Osby quickly decided to add Colt Cabana to the mix! Now, we knew that Colt was coming, as he had announced a few months back that he had The Pinnacle in his site. And now, he’s got a front row seat right at the main man, as Colt will be in the title tournament to close out the night. Will the rift between Jeff O’Dell and Brandon Barbwire finally come to a head? Will Austin and Hollis take their rivalry in the ring to a new level? Shoot, will the craft veteran Colt Cabana take the CCW Championship back to his studio apartment in Chicago? If I were a betting man, I’m putting money on Austin Lane, who after coming THIS close on multiple occasions, to take that belt back home with him. However, it IS The Pinnacle we’re dealing with here. And let’s not forget Hollis, who has quickly become one of CCW’s most loved superstars. Its all happening!!
So that’s the quick preview for this Saturday’s CCW Super Show event!!! Be sure to check in throughout the week, as we’ll definitely be hyping up the Girl Fight show on Friday night and dive into the competitors of the Luna Vachon Memorial Tournament, as well as some more information about CCW’s big weekend ahead!
Also, as a quick personal note, many of you by now know Mr. 100 from the Podzilla 1985 crew. We’re fans of the PZ85 gang’s product and always link to them down here at the bottom of the page, but this time, I’m going to throw in another link to help out Mr 100. He’s got a bad hernia right now that is leaving him in immense pain and now, on top of that, is out a vehicle after it was involved in an accident over the weekend. Needless to say, he could use all the help that he can get right now. I know that these sort of gofundme projects can be met with mixed emotions and feelings, however, this is one that is important to us here at Talking Smit. Mr.100 is a stand up guy and is always more than willing to help others. Let’s help him. Here’s the link and if you can, hit it up and help him out
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Hey all!! Smitty back at you after one AWESOME weekend!!! Not only did we have a great birthday gathering with my (Jared) side of the family, but we were able to take in another AWESOME Cape Championship Wrestling card!! The AC Brase Arena Building was packed once again as the CCW faithful were out to support the crew and let me tell you, CCW did NOT disappoint us!! Take a look up there at the card and then stick around for some fun!
We did something different this time around. On our way to my parent’s house, Mrs. Smitty got the idea of doing a road trip, live broadcast! So I said…heck yeah!! We hadn’t gone live or recorded a video in quite some time, and its something we probably need to do more. I know, we’re still stuck in the 20th century with our blogs and what not, but hey, we love to write!! But, the live videos will become a part of everything. So here’s our live video recap!!
Enjoy that!! But I’ll sum things up in a bit quicker manner than the video. It was a longer one, but we had a lot to talk about and some cool folks to interact with while doing so! But anywho, here’s what’s going on!
For me, Ace Hawkins and Brandon “Espy” Espinosa stole the show right out of the gate. This is a rivalry that’s been going on for years. These guys have insane chemistry in the ring, whether they’re teaming or going to war against each other, so things are extremely fluid. Espy debuted a new look, similar to the Guerilla’s of Destiny but also akin to a Dia de Los Muertas skull as well. Very dark and sinister. In fact, Espy hit the aisle and stared directly at Ace and then hit the ring hard. We got such a great match from these two again and I was hoping that Espy would take the MWR Missouri Championship back home with him. I was emotionally drained from that one. So many near pinfall moments, so many hard hitting moments, just a GREAT opening match.
Up next was JD Wilk. Now, JD was supposed to take on Jason Vaughn, but if you kept up with the events this week, new GM Osby Tomlin decided to fire Jason Vaughn due to a variety of differences in the back. I’m not sure whether I believe that or not, but I do know that it ignited a fire in The Fury. However, with that being said, JD Wilk had an open invitation to anyone and it was answered by…PHOENIX!!! This kid, Phoenix, is so hard not to like. He’s all smiles and you can tell he loves to be in that ring. We thought that about JD, but, he seems to be getting a big head really quick. The match was great, though, and Phoenix really brought it to JD. Ultimately, JD was just too quick and powerful for Phoenix. But, after JDW got the win…JASON VAUGHN SHOWED UP!!! He came flying out from the back, defying the orders from GM Osby Tomlin, and delivered a MAJOR beating on JD in the ring. Osby came out with security to get Jason out of the ring and, surprisingly, he left without a ruckus. But, I believe the message has been sent to CCW management…Jason Vaughn wants his match.
We were treated to a variety of debuts on Saturday and one that I was very excited for was The Inkcredible Darius Lee, Tatt2, making his CCW debut. He’s an exciting, high flying, athletic wrestler from the Memphis area and his energy was something that hit the crowd hard! He was going up against another solid competitor, THE Cody Wilson. Cody is a no-nonsense guy that I still haven’t fully grasped yet, but I do know that he’s a strong style type who can take a good beating but still come back to dish it out. It was a contrast of styles, but it worked together very well as Cody is deceptively quick and has no issues taking things to the air if needed. However, it was apparent early on that the speed and quickness of Tatt2 would make it hard for Cody to hang in there. To his credit, he was able to keep pace for a while, but ultimately the speed wore him down. This match was capped off with a BEAUTIFUL 450 Splash from the top rope that got the crowd off their feet. A solid debut and I hope to see more of him.
Another debut was made in the following match, as the women of CCW took center stage! Coming up along with the Super Show next month, the women get a night all to themselves on Friday, April 21st, as Girl Fight brings the inaugural Luna Vachon Memorial Tournament, which will feature 8 of the best women around! On Saturday, we got to enjoy three of them, as Sweet Sarah Summers, Marni Gras and a debuting Nikki Lane, squared off in a triple threat match. Former TNA/Impact Star, Angelina Love, also made a CCW debut as she accompanied Marni Gras to the ring and stayed ringside throughout the match. This one started off featuring Marni Gras and Nikki Lane teaming up to take down Sarah Summers multiple times. However, this union was quickly tested as both women attempted pinfalls to win the match. This one went back and forth the whole match and it was one of those with a high number of near 3 count moments. In the end, though, Marni Gras took the win, but she’s got a big target on her back in CCW, as she has the other ladies gunning for her!
After intermission, we were treated to another debut, which was the monster Barackus! He’s a beast!! But his opponent, Kyle O’Reilly, is no stranger to taking down bigger guys! Kyle has this insane ability to attack people and never seems to slow down or let things affect him. However…BRACKUS IS A BEAST!! And he used his size and strength to keep Kyle immobilized throughout the match. That didn’t slow down Kyle, though, as he was able to use the quickness of his strikes to create distance from Barackus. Kyle focused his attacks on the legs of Barackus, in hopes of taking him out there to get him to the ground. Barackus, much to his credit, did not let that stop him from dishing out punishment at any opportunity, though. Kyle eventually did wear the big man down, even suplexing him down at one point, and wrapping things up with an armbar. Its easy to see why Kyle O’Reilly is a former ROH World Champion and rumored to be on his way to NXT. He’s a true professional in all areas and it was truly a treat to be able to see him in the CCW ring.
The next match was one that I was excited for, but at the same time, dreaded seeing at the same time. Hollis Giroux vs Austin Lane squared off in a number one contenders match. Both of these guys are fan favorites, probably two of the top in that department, and have cemented themselves within the CCW fans. The instant I saw Hollis square off against Davey Vega, I knew he had that “it” factor about him. Same as Austin and Ricochet, it was my first experience seeing Austin and he not only held his own in that ring last year, but he quickly had me watching the match, mouth wide open, saying THIS IS AWESOME, as it truly was. HOW CAN YOU PICK SIDES IN A MATCH LIKE THIS!? We tried not to. I cheered for both guys at every opportunity. It was, as I said in the video, on par with Hogan/Warrior at Wrestlemania 6. However, the way it ended, with both men rolled up, both shoulders on the mat, was satisfying in a disappointing way. If that makes sense. I was relieved that neither lost, upset that neither won, but hoped to see their friendship and ability to work together come out uncompromised. I hope that will remain. It was a match packed with so much emotion.
The tag title match was up next and, with Dell Tucker unavailable due to prior commitments, The Pinnacle opted for the use of the Freebird Rules, and brought in the Nephilim, D’Mone, to fill the spot next to Farmer Billy Hills. Their opponents were Syn and the man, the myth, THE LEGEND…BLASTER!!! After being ousted from The Pinnacle last month, Blaster returned with his tag partner once again being Syn, to get a crack at the tag titles. Farmer Billy Hills, in usual form, attempted to fight just about everyone in the audience. I’m pretty sure he was yelling at a baby at one point. Savage. You know that a match featuring The Pinnacle will be loaded with shenanigans, and it had plenty of that. Jeff O’Dell has a new bodyguard, the diminutive Marko, which added one more element of outside interference. Blaster and Syn fought them off well. We were able to see a lot more of Syn on Saturday than we did last month at Tag Team Warfare. Syn is VERY impressive in the ring. He’s athletic and quick, with a wide array of moves. I was glad to see him bringing it on this level. However, as hard as Blaster & Syn fought, they just couldn’t weather the Pinnacle storm, as Billy and D’Mone took the win. Afterward, they unleashed a furious beating upon Blaster in the middle of the ring until suddenly, Osby Tomlin appeared! He said that this was too much and that in April, Blaster would again be getting a tag title shot, but this time, his partner would be none other than JEFF COBB!!! WOW!!! Two beasts will set their sites on The Pinnacle!! For once, I think Billy Hills was speechless.
The final match featured the stalwart veteran, the Sexy one himself, Sexy Sarge, going up against CCW longtime champion, Brandon Barbwire. Sarge issued this challenge back in January after Caged Chaos. In the time following, Brandon has made sure to let everyone know that he thought Sarge was an old geezer. I think Saturday night reminded Brandon that Sarge still has a lot left in his tank. It seemed as if Sarge was trying to cave in Brandon’s chest with his chops. However, and I feel this is an area that is overlooked with Brandon, he is very resilient and able to weather a storm like that. I truly think that is one of the reason he’s been able to hold onto his title. Well, that and Jeff O’Dell. Maybe that alliance is on its way out. Brandon was able to wear down Sarge and take the win in this one. Although, I’m sure that we all agree that…BRANDON TAPPED!!! Jeff O’Dell saved his boy once again. After the match, Brandon was face to face with Hollis and Austin Lane as Osby Tomlin made his way out. Osby announced that, following the number one contender match earlier, Brandon would be facing Hollis Giroux at the Super Show. As well as Austin Lane!!! We got the triple threat. But then, the last big announcement of the night. Osby inserted a fourth into the equation, that being none other than….COLT CABANA!! COLT CA-BA-NA! COLT CA-BA-NA! The crowd erupted. In the meantime, Brandon was knocked on his back by Austin and Hollis, as those two celebrated before leaving. What a night!!!
As of now, here’s the card for the CCW Super Show. No flyer is out yet, but I’ll update it once there is.
Brandon “Espy” Espinosa
MWR CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
THE L.A Hustlers & JD WILKS
ROSCOE EAT LISA & “Sexy” Sarge Oriley
CCW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
LUCHA UNDERGROUND STAR
The Main Event
CCW HEAVYWEIGHT Championship
Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana
SO there ya go!! Check out the video for more details and fun with us, and while you’re at it, hit up the links below to visit our friends!! And as always, y’all stay cool!
Hey guys!! Did you think I forgot about you? Now, you know I couldn’t do that! We’ve been in a busy stretch of work and such lately. Spring is here and a couple weeks ago, it felt like it more so than it does today. So that brought folks out of the wood work to get things done. However, I had to take a break to get back into the groove of CCW and with good timing! This coming Saturday, March 25th, is March Malice, the final show before the HUGE Super Show in April!! This will be the last chance to set things in motion before we head to April’s epic card. If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at what’s on tap, feel free to scroll down and check out my last blog. And, for those of you like myself who prefer to see things, take a look at the match card flyer!
There’s quite a bit coming up on Saturday!!! The tag titles will be defended, with the Pinnacle taking advantage of the “Freebird Rule” by allowing another stable member, in this case D’Mone, to step into Dell Tucker’s place as they go up against Syn and Blaster.
We’ll be seeing two in-ring debuts on Saturday as well. The exciting, high flyer Tatt2, one of the brightest stars of the Mid South, will be coming to Cape Girardeau to take on THE Cody Wilson. Cody has cemented himself as a tough competitor in CCW, and if this is the opening match of the night, expect the bar to be placed VERY high. Another debut we’ll be seeing is Nikki Lane! We saw her in February as she came out to save Lil Bit from a continued Sarah Summers attack, yet she refused to shake Lil Bit’s hand afterward. It looks like Nikki is out to make a name for herself, and without the help of anyone! Expect some fireworks in the women’s triple threat match!
A match that has the potential to turn into a legit fight is JD Wilk and Jason Vaughn. JD left his mentor hanging out and defenseless in the ring in February after saying he was ready to make his own mark and be his own man. From what I’m hearing, Jason is NOT happy about this and I imagine he’s ready to teach the kid a lesson. Expect these guys to walk away with plenty of bruises at the conclusion. Although, I do have to wonder…will JD Wilk join The Pinnacle? Will an offer even be there? Sure does seem like it may head that way! Guess we’ll find out.
The match I’m looking at as one of the show stealing matches is Austin Lane vs Hollis Giroux. We almost saw these two come to blows at the conclusion of their tag match last month. However, thankfully, cooler heads did prevail in this one and it set up one heck of a number one contendership match. Both of these guys have had title shots and put on great matches with CCW champion, Brandon Barbwire, and I expect nothing less to come out of this one! Both Austin and Hollis are two of the top faces in CCW and I expect this to be a great showing.
Another match that may be a show stealer is the Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Championship match between Brandon “Espy” Espinosa and the current champion, Ace Hawkins. These two have had sort of a “frienemy” relationship for quite some time now. Over the years, they’ve both tagged and tangled with each other all across the map. They’ve gone toe-to-toe once before at last summer’s show at the Osage Center, and last month decided to team up in chance of taking the CCW Tag Titles. However, thanks to some interference on the behalf of Jeff O’Dell, Ace and Espy came to blows at the conclusion of their match. Is Ace in the Pinnacle now as well? I guess we’ll see, but I think that Espy is going to be fired up to not only get back at Ace, but regain his MWR Missouri Title! Look for these two to set that ring on fire!
The tag team title match will be a fun one, as CCW’s fan favorite, award winning superstar BLASTER will be teaming up to take on his former friends in The Pinnacle, Billy Hills and D’Mone. Returning to aid Blaster will be Syn, who teamed up with him last month in the CCW Tag Team Title tournament. Thanks to Syn, Blaster avoided a beat down at the hands of Jeff O’Dell and Brandon Barbwire. Those jerks, they destroyed Blaster’s Zilla award and everything! I have a feeling that Blaster will be trying his best, not only to win the match, but to get his hands on Jeff O’Dell. Gold is on the line in this one, so you know its going to be a good match!
And last, but most certainly not least, we’ve got the champ, the golden boy of The Pinnacle, Brandon Barbwire, putting his title on the line against the veteran, the sexy one, Sexy Sarge! If you go back in your history books to page one, this was the very first match in CCW, as Sarge and Brandon met in the opening round of the CCW Title Tournament. A lot has changed in that time. Sarge has gone from being an ally of Brandon in the Pinnacle, to being ousted and doing his best to take them down, one by one. So far, he’s done just that! Now its Sarge’s chance to get a crack at Brandon and that CCW title! Brandon may be calling Sarge an old man and throwing out all those jokes, but Sarge can go, and he’s going to do just that on Saturday!!
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What’s happening folks? Smitty back with you and even though it seems like we literally just came down from the high of the biggest CCW show to date, we’re already moving forward with another great show this month, titled March Malice!!! Here’s the first flyer for the show, hot off the presses!
Wow!!! And you thought that they would just take things easy in March as they get ready for the April Supershow? Nah bruh! They are BRINGING IT for March!! Let’s break down a few things that we see on this picture.
If you follow CCW on Facebook, you saw that they put up a great hype video for Tatt2, one of the most athletic guys in the Mid South area, as they announced that he would be coming to CCW. And he’s got a GREAT opponent for his debut in THE Cody Wilson. Cody has been down here a couple times at this point and every time has managed to put on a great match, even stealing the show. So I have no doubt that this will be an awesome match and if they put it on first, everyone else better be on their A game. This will be my first time seeing Tatt2 in person but after watching that hype video, I’m ready to see him!
Going up the card, we see that Jason Vaughn and his protege, JD Wilk, are slated to square off in a grudge match. If you remember in January, JD made his CCW debut in Caged Chaos, taking a win in a match against Blaster and Cody Wilson. Last month at tag team warfare, JD and Jason paired off and were looking to be a favorite in the tournament until JD, visibly frustrated with the match, jumped off the apron as Jason tried to tag him in and left the ring. Prior to the match, JD gave an interview talking about although he appreciated the training from Jason, he also wanted to be his own man. I guess this is his way of doing that! Will this match lead to a complete split between the two? Or are we just seeing a minor tussle? This will be answered on the 25th!
We’ll be seeing a second debut in CCW on March 25th as Nikki Lane comes into town for her first match. We first got a glimpse of her at the end of the match featuring Dell Tucker and Farmer Billy Hills against Sexy Sarge and Marni Gras. Sarah Summers had a hand in that match, then came into the ring to taunt and torment Marni Gras. However, to a huge reaction, Nikki ran to the ring and quickly dispatched Sarah to the outside. However, as Marni raised her hand to offer thanks, Nikki slapped it out of the way, flexed her muscles and exited just as quickly as she entered. That interaction is setting up a Triple Threat matchup for the 25th. Will we see Marni Gras or Lil Bit? Also, how will Sarah Summers wrist injury fare into this match? I know that many of us are looking to see Nikki Lane come in and be dominant, but will there be more surprises in store?
Nikki’s other half, the Best of the Best Austin Lane, will also be in action, taking on Hollis Giroux in a number one contender’s match. This is another match stemming from Tag Team Warfare, as we saw Hollis and Austin team up in a losing effort against tournament finalists L.A. Hustlers. At the end of the match, Hollis and Austin exchanged words and shoves and it appeared that things would come to a heated blow. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed, but you have to wonder if there’s more than meets the eye in this situation? I do know this fact and that is both of these men have been in the title matches as a number one contender and they know the importance of that position. I expect nothing less than a hard fought, five star match between these guys. Look for this one to tear the house down.
The tag team champions will be making their debut, although I’ve heard that The Pinnacle is going to be enforcing the Freebird Rule with this one, as I’m hearing that Billy Hills and D’Mone will be defending the straps for the pinnacle, as Dell Tucker has…well…I think its some sort of dark, strange reason that we really don’t want to get into right now. Their opponents will be CCW’s most beloved wrestler, BLASTER, teaming up with the returning Syn in a tag team title match. Syn came to the aid of Blaster after the dastardly Jeff O’Dell not only ousted Blaster from The Pinnacle, but also destroyed his Zilla award in the middle of the ring. Thankfully, Syn was still hanging around and came to help out Blaster, which in turn has set up another grudge match of sorts. You KNOW that Blaster would love to get his big, meaty hands on Jeff O’Dell. I imagine Syn would support that notion. But, as always with The Pinnacle, you’ve got the numbers game in their favor, having not only Jeff O’Dell but Sweet Sarah Summers in tow at any given time. This one will be tough for Blaster and Syn, but I think it will be fueled by a lot of hate and energy.
The co-main event is going to be a hard match to beat as well, featuring the Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Champion, Ace Hawkins, going up against his, well, sometimes frienemy, Brandon “Espy” Espinosa. Ace and Espy have a long standing feud that has boiled over more than once inside a CCW ring. Last summer, when Espy was still the MWR champion, these two battled in a match of the year candidate. Fast forward a few months and now Ace Hawkins is your MWR Champion and Espy is saddled in the middle of the pack as he works his way back up the rankings while getting this title match. These two are explosive and hard hitting, but you have to wonder how Jeff O’Dell is going to factor into this. After all, Jeff O’Dell could be blamed for this match. He came out and tried to get Espy to use the MWR title on Roscoe Eat Lisa in last month’s tag title tournament match. Espy declined, which lead to the end of the match, which saw Roscoe Eat Lisa take the win. Afterward, Ace picked up his title belt and whacked Espy right across the forehead. Does Ace have an affiliation with The Pinnacle now? It wouldn’t surprise me, as The Pinnacle is a home of champions. But, if I know anything, its that Espy won’t let this slide and will be out with those heavy fists ready to do damage.
And last, but most certainly not least, we come to the main event which features Sexy Sarge O’Riley squaring off against CCW Champion Brandon Barbwire. Brandon, who recently debuted on the Missouri Wrestling Revival Top 10 ranking in the #9 slot, managed to escape Deletion in his match against Matt Hardy last month at Tag Team Warfare. Granted, he did get some assistance from Jeff O’Dell, per usual, but if you go back to January during Caged Chaos, he may have let his mouth get him into a bit of trouble. At the end of the match with Hollis Giroux, Brandon unleashed a fury upon CCW management in how he has felt slighted. To an extent, I can understand his claims a bit as it did seem at times that GM Hunter Hendricks did harbor a good amount of ill will. But Brandon also made the mistake of saying that he hasn’t been challenged and that he’s withstood everything thrown at him. Enter Sexy Sarge O’Riley. Sarge came out and sat the kid in his place with his own choice words, setting up the championship match for March. If you want to go as far as to call Sarge “Old” “out of touch” and “not able to hang” then go for it, but I don’t think its a wise choice, as Sexy Sarge has shown from the very beginning of CCW that he can and will still hang with anyone he’s paired up against. This should be another great title match!
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