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
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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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As we roll on out of February and head toward March in what has been a VERY weird “winter,” if you can call it that, one thing has remained certain about 2017 thus far and that is Cape Championship Wrestling is absolutely on FIRE!!! With nearly 500 people in attendance for Caged Chaos, one had to wonder how that sort of attendance number could be topped. It was easy to see when CCW announced that “Broken” Matt Hardy would be in attendance for February’s Tag Team Warfare event! And let me tell you this, the AC Brase Arena building was loud and rowdy, with numbers near 600 for this show!! If you weren’t there, for one, you missed out on an AMAZING night with the best that CCW has to offer, as well as stories that will go on as we get ever closer to the Super Show happening April 22nd during the annual Cape Comic Con event!! And for those who weren’t there, stick around, because I’ll fill you in and get you up to speed as best I can!
The crowd was already on the edge of their seat as CCW promoter Ken Murphy came out to welcome everyone and get right into things as the announcement of the new GM was how the show was kicked off. There was speculation as to who would be filling the role, ranging from CCW’s own Jason Wells and Lee Montgomery, to the mastermind of the Pinnacle, Jeff O’Dell. However, we were greeted by an old, familiar face as none other than OSBY TOMLIN came out from the back to assume the role of GM for Cape Championship Wrestling. For those of you who are not aware of who Osby Tomlin is, he was set to be entered into the CCW Title tournament on the debut show last year and was poised to be a top star within CCW. Unfortunately, the lasting image of Osby coming from that first show was him leaving his boots in the ring, retiring from wrestling, due to sustaining a broke neck only a few weeks prior. So to be able to see Osby back in that CCW ring, and getting a loud “Welcome Back Osby” chant, was an awesome way to kick off the show. Osby brought out the tag belts, which look great by the way, and wasted no time getting things going!
The first match featured the team that I was most hyped about seeing in this tournament, Roscoe Eat Lisa. I’ve been hoping to see these guys over here since CCW got started up and now my wish has been granted!! Truth be told, I’ve been following Zakk and Mikey for a few years now, having seen them both start out over in various Southern Illinois promotions and was impressed with them as singles competitors. When they began tagging and working together well, I knew there was something insanely special about what they had going. And so far, they’ve gone all across the states over the past few years, blowing the roof off places. They’re crazy and they have fun in the ring while they do their thing, but they’re winners, so its a special blend of fun in the ropes. Their opponents, however, were no slouches either. Prior to Saturday, Brandon “Espy” Espinosa was set to be paired with Sarah Summers, as its been rumored of an agreement between Espy and The Pinnacle. News broke on Friday that “Sweet” Sarah Summers was injured and would be held out of the ring. So Espy and, presumably the Pinnacle, reached out to a former foe, yet a former partner all the same, Ace Hawkins, to fill the void. As many of you know, Espy is a former, longstanding Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri State Champion, having recently lost the title to Barackus. Ace Hawkins, in a controversial decision, won the title from Barackus a couple weeks ago. Interesting turn of events, needless to say. So with a power packed first match, we were off! REL hit the ring in their usual frantic pace to a huge ovation, which I was happy to hear seeing as it was their debut. The crowd was mixed on Espy and Ace. They squared off back last year and from that time, Espy had become more of a fan favorite, where as, we never really wanted to get behind Ace, although he tried to convince us otherwise. And this match equal parts hard hitting and high flying. Espy was able to delivery some thunderous blows to the guys in REL. Zakk took a lot of punishment early on, especially. The crowd kept trying to feed REL energy to rebound and keep going, but it was met with much opposition from Ace and Espy, often times using underhanded techniques. Toward the end of the match, The Pinnacle’s ring leader, Jeff O’Dell, ended up at ringside and tried handing Espy the MWR Missouri Championship to use as a “victory enhancement aid” and wrap up the match. I know there was Espy/Pinnacle collusion!! Espy opted not to do so, which gave Roscoe Eat Lisa an opening, to which they took advantage and capped off the match. Ace Hawkins grabbed his MWR title, but before leaving, decided to hit Espy with it. I guess that means now maybe Ace and The Pinnacle are cohorts? Espy sure seemed discouraged by all of it, but we cheered him out of there for his troubles. REL took the win and advanced to the semi final round of the tournament with that one.
Up next was Sarge and Lil Bit going up against Blaster and his mystery partner! Jeff O’Dell brought Blaster to ringside and, much to his disliking, found Blaster more interested in paying attention to his admiring fans. Jeff tried his best to grab Blaster and get him into the ring, but to no avail, as Blaster literally drug Jeff all around the ringside. With Brandon Barbwire being taken out of the tournament for his title match, Jeff O’Dell searched high and low to find a suitable replacement and was able to find…SYN!! Syn is an athletic young man from, well, looks like the rough part of the neighborhood. He looks like a man who is ready for a fight at any moment and came to the ring prepared for just that. I’ve heard his name mentioned before, attached to battles with NRG and other competitors based in the Mid South, but this was my first time seeing him live. Sarge and Lil Bit carried a lot of the action early on until Syn tagged himself in. From there, he was able to shift the tide of the match, with a bulk of heavy blows to Sarge. Lil Bit was able to pick up the speed at times, but it seemed like no matter how hard she tried, Syn and Blaster would keep the pace in their favor. I was almost to the point of thinking that Syn and Blaster had this one locked up, but in a last wave of energy, Sarge was able to get Syn in the corner with Lil Bit, all the while Blaster was winding up in the opposite corner. Blaster charged, Lil Bit and Sarge moved, and Syn took the full force of the beast, which caused Blaster to bounce back to the middle of the ring, where a waiting Lil Bit launched off Sarge’s back, for a seated senton and the victory! Sarge and Lil Bit advanced to the second round. After the match, Jeff O’Dell came back with Brandon Barbwire in tow and unleashed a verbal fury right on Blaster in the middle of the ring. He mentioned that Blaster was brought in to be a dominant bruiser yet has only taken loses, all the while becoming a fan favorite. Then, Jeff took Blaster’s cherished PWU Zilla Award for best CCW moment…AND DESTROYED IT! He threw it down and stomped on it right in Blaster’s face. Brandon Barbwire then took liberties as he smashed Blaster with the CCW championship belt. All seemed lost for poor Blaster when suddenly, Syn re-appeared from the back!! He ran Brandon and Jeff out of the ring and to the back! It appears that Syn is NOT going to affiliate himself with The Pinnacle after all! He helped Blaster back onto his feet and handed him the remains of the Zilla as both guys received a huge ovation of appreciation as they left the ring.
Moving along, one of the odds-on favorite teams, “Farmer” Billy Hills and Dell Tucker, Farmer in the Dell, came out with Jeff O’Dell and Sweet Sarah Summers, as they were showered in a loud chorus of boos from the CCW faithful. In true fashion, Billy took this time as an opportunity to get in the face of many sitting ringside, handing out insults like Halloween candy, while the dark, brooding Dell Tucker perched himself on the top turnbuckle as he watched his Pinnacle brethren handle his work outside. Their opponents were the mentor and student, Jason Vaughn and JD Wilk! Before the match, Pro Wrestling Unscripted’s own 5 Star Man, Asa Gray, interviewed JD in the backstage area. JD said that he’s excited about where he is and thankful for his training from Jason Vaughn, but that he was also ready to show that he is his “own man” and on his own path. Was this foreshadowing something? Or was it simply JD saying that he is like the son striking out on his own once his time of growing at home is done? The pair came out together and seemed fired up for their chance at retribution from the brutal attack at Caged Chaos and they hit the ground running! JD started things off and was able to get momentum flowing his way, showcasing his beautiful dropkick. Which, honestly, is right up there with greats like Jim Brunzell and Bob Holly. Jason was tagged in and quickly continued the momentum of the match. It was short lived, though, as Dell and Farmer used their dirty tricks to keep Jason away from JD, who was frantically waiting in the corner. Farmer and Dell both took turns targeting and attacking Jason’s left knee, which is still feeling the effects of Farmer’s attack last summer, even at one point taking his brace off and moving his pad down for a more centered attack. As JD tried his best to will Jason to their corner, it was met with equally as much opposition from Farmer and Dell. With one last shot, Jason finally found himself out of the crosshairs of the Pinnacle…..and JD left him. Right as their hands were about to touch for the tag, JD looked at his mentor, hopped down from the apron, and walked toward the back. I guess he was truly foreshadowing this. Dell and Farmer took this opportunity to capitalize on Jason Vaughn’s disbelief to cap off the match, take the victory and move on. Now we wonder, is JD going to be a member of the Pinnacle moving forward? Or was this just his way of making it apparent that he has no more space for Jason Vaughn to be in his life? We’ll keep an eye on this!
The final match of the first round featured the second debuting team in this tournament, the LA Hustlers. And let me tell you, they made quite the impression from the start! They like to talk, but as we found out, they are very willing to let their actions speak loudly as well. They took their time getting to the ring, as to let us all soak them in and give them a chance to dish it out to the ringside fans. Their opponents, though, are two of the biggest names within CCW, Austin Lane and Hollis Giroux, a Mega Powers sort of team, who was ready to come and do some kicking!! The appropriately named “Team Kick Your Head In” came out to one of the loudest ovations of the night. Both Hollis and Austin have won over the hearts of the CCW fans from their earliest days and have continued to give us great matches in the ring. The LA Hustlers posted a video going into the match saying that they were going to offer Hollis a cigar to join them and leave Austin hanging, which they did, in turn, Hollis denied their offering and this match was ready to get going! And go it did!! These four put on a great match with a lot of back and forth energy. It was pretty obvious that these two were one of the better matched pairings on the tournament sheet and it truly showed. The Hustlers were able to use their cunning ways to take advantage of the match, with a few tags behind the referee’s back. However, as was the case with both teams, as soon as one side gained an advantage, the other was able to quickly change that. I thought this was a match that could go on for an hour or better! It seemed as if Hollis and Austin clicked well, throwing in several tag based moves, one of which I thought was very cool! Hollis got Lamonte in a wheelbarrow position and dropped him down into a Codebreaker, performed by Austin, while Hollis maintained his hold on Lamonte’s waist. Then, Hollis hit a German suplex! I don’t know what you call that, but I called it awesome, myself! I thought this was going to finish the match, but Lamonte quickly rolled out of the ring. Bradley rolled back in and was about to attack Hollis, but noticed Austin Lane coming at him from behind. He sidestepped the move, allowing Austin to hit Hollis on accident! Oh no!! With this, Austin was launched out of the ring, Hollis pinned and the LA Hustlers took the win to advance. After the match, Hollis and Austin bickered in the ring and I thought we were about to see a fight break out! Thankfully, cooler heads did prevail and they shook each other’s hands, sending us to intermission happy.
Coming out of intermission, the semi final round of the tag tournament kicked off with Farmer Billy Hills and Dell Tucker taking on Roscoe Eat Lisa, in what was sure to be one exciting match. And it lived up to that in all ways! The power and execution of Farmer in the Dell versus the speed and excitement of Roscoe Eat Lisa met head first in the middle of the ring as two of the heavy hitting favorites in this tournament squared off. Early on, it seemed as if the high flying energy of Roscoe Eat Lisa would be their key to victory, as they kept Billy and Dell moving a lot and seemed to have control of the pace of the match. However, it didn’t take long for Billy and Dell to grind the action to a halt, slowing things down more, and using their force to keep Mikey and Zakk down. With a few well timed questionable tags and moves, Billy and Dell looked to be cruising right to a win. But, it wasn’t that easy, as the energy just wouldn’t go away from the Roscoe Eat Lisa guys! They dug deep and found the energy reserves needed to make a hard push for the win. But, it would come to a sudden end as Dell and Billy were able to stop the epic comeback and take the win in devastating fashion, moving one step closer to the CCW Tag Team Titles.
The next semi final match featured the LA Hustlers, going up against Sexy Sarge and Lil……no its not Lil Bit this time!! Its…MARNI GRAS!!! The other personality of Lil Bit came out in glowing fashion, igniting the crowd into a frenzy! What an entrance! This match took a bit to get started, as Sarge took plenty of time talking down both Bradley and Lamonte of the LA Hustlers, who themselves were taking the time to poke fun of Sarge and Marni Gras. However, once this match got started, it was on! Sarge got the momentum early on in the match and wasted no time dispatching both members of the Hustlers out of the ring. It didn’t take long for the Hustlers to reverse the flow of the match and once Marni Gras tagged in, they took advantage of their size differences. Much to her credit, though, Marni withstood the fury of attacks coming from both members of the LA Hustlers and was able to eventually weather the storm to turn the tide of the match. Suddenly, Sweet Sarah Summers made her way out from the back! Sporting her pink wrist cast, she set up shop alongside the ring and caught the attention of both Sarge and Marni Gras. During this moment of hesitation, Lamonte saw his opening, rolled up Marni Gras, and took the win for the LA Hustlers. Sarge and Marni were still in disbelief as Sarah entered the ring and attacked Marni Gras from behind. Suddenly…NIKKI LANE APPEARED!!!! For the first time EVER in a CCW ring, we were able to see one of the toughest women around! Nikki hit the ring and quickly tossed Sarah Summers out of the ring. Marni extended her hand as a token of thanks and appreciation to Nikki for helping her during the attack. However, Nikki slapped it aside, flexed her muscles and left nearly as quickly as she entered. Ladies and gentleman, Nikki Lane is here!
We found ourselves moving along to the final round of the Tag Team Title Tournament, featuring Farmer Billy Hills and Dell Tucker going up against the LA Hustlers. Both of these teams, well, they didn’t really have the fans support. I chose to cheer for Farmer and Dell, largely based on the fact that Lamonte soaked us with water on his way out. He said he was hot, or something. I don’t know. I didn’t buy it. This match started out slow, as both teams took extra time sizing each other up, trying to find a way to gain the advantage. At one point, Bradley and Farmer Billy were hitting the ropes and each other so hard that you could feel the force of the impact reverberating throughout the arena building. The teams traded blows, tagging in and out, with neither team truly able to gain an advantage. Finally, Billy and Dell seized an opportunity to single out Lamonte and use their power to wear him down and keep him from tagging in Bradley. This went on for quite some time, with Farmer and Dell working as a very cohesive unit. Apparently, the Pinnacle must have had some training sessions that involved watching a lot of Midnight Express and Rock n Roll Express matches!! The Hustlers were never really able to regain any sort of momentum, even as Bradley decided to throw himself into the match. The team of Farmer Billy Hills and Dell Tucker were working together so well that they finally found an opening and capped off the match with a combination of a kick and powerslam that allowed them to seal the deal, becoming the inaugural CCW Tag Team Champions!! The Pinnacle now holds all the gold!! Billy wasted little time telling everyone that, as well as calling out Matt Hardy, who was in the back getting ready for his match, challenging Matt and Jeff Hardy both to a tag team match! And it didn’t stop there, as Billy cornered CCW owner Ken Murphy, letting him know exactly what he thought about him and rubbing the belt right into Ken’s face. Wow!! What a show of dominance!!
And then…the grand finale. Brandon Barbwire, the longtime CCW champion, took on his biggest challenge to date, “Broken” Matt Hardy in a CCW championship match!! Brandon had called out Matt Hardy a few weeks ago after the match was first announced and prior to the show, Matt Hardy retaliated, calling Brandon an obsolete mule as only the Broken one can. This match started off all Matt Hardy, as the “delete” chants clearly got in the head of Brandon Barbwire. The action spilled outside, at one point right in front of us, with Matt using the barriers as a weapon. It didn’t take long, though, for the champ to regain his composure and mount a comeback offense against Matt Hardy. Brandon even took time to mock Matt by making fun of the poses that the former Hardy Boy did during one of his previous versions of himself, long before he became broken. As the action intensified, the battle became more and more even, with neither man able to secure a pin fall. No matter what they pulled out of their pocket, it was met with an equally potent form of defense. Matt called for his Twist of Fate signature, which was blocked by Brandon, who then tried to do the move himself. In one of the funnier moments of the night, the action spilled out of the ring again and we saw Brandon and Jeff O’Dell having words with each other. Unbeknownst to them, Matt was close behind, grabbed the Pinnacle members heads, and clanked them together like a couple of coconuts! Jeff O’Dell was out on the floor!! This seemed to be the advantage that Matt needed, making it a true one on one match, as he prepared for deletion! However, Jeff grabbed Brandon before he could get back into the ring, which lead to a 10 count from the referee! Matt Hardy is the winner by count-out! Not exactly how we wanted to see things play out, but, in the back of my mind, I think we knew that The Pinnacle wouldn’t allow anything to be clean. However, I have to give credit to the champ. He went toe to toe with Matt Hardy in the ring and put up one heck of a fight!!
And…that was it! Fans had a chance to meet and greet with Matt Hardy in the ring. I hung around a bit to chat with Kyle and Daryl with Sigs From the Bigs, as well as Tony Kozina, Zakk and Mikey from Roscoe Eat Lisa, CCW referee Kelly Blankenship and then the champion himself, Brandon Barbwire. It was a VERY fun night with action from start to finish. We’ve also got a few new stories going forward to the March show, which is set up for March 25th. A few matches have been announced already. We’ll see Brandon Espinosa and Ace Hawkins in a rematch for the MWR Missouri Championship, a tag title match with Freebird Rules, featuring D’Mone and Farmer Billy Hills against Syn and Blaster, a triple threat match between Sarah Summers, Lil Bit and Nikki Lane, a grudge match between JD Wilk and Jason Vaughn and a championship match between Sexy Sarge O’Riley and Brandon Barbwire. There’s no telling what else we may see happen between now and then!!! So be sure to hit up the links I’m about to shoot your way, plus, join us on our newly launched Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TalkingSmit. So until next time, stay cool and we’ll see ya!
Heyooooooooooo!!!! Isn’t today awesome? If for no other reason than you’re alive and breathing, plus you’re on this website, how can you NOT be excited!? Well, let me give you one more reason to be excited! CAPE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING!!! We’re just a few days away from their second show of 2017 and if this is a sign of things to come, 2017 is going to be a huge year. I’ve said that a lot so far in this young year. I mean, really, we’re only 53 days into this thing! That’s like, what, 15% or something? I don’t math very well. But I’m not here to talk about math!! Just….JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!!!
You’re seeing things right, that IS Broken Matt Hardy and he’s headed this way to potentially DELETE the CCW Champion, Brandon Barbwire. This came about rather quick early last week, I believe it was, but it lead to a huge boom in ticket sales as I hear that the floor area is nearly, if not completely, sold out at this point! I’ll have some more on that in a bit, but first, let’s dive into what this show was built on and that’s the tag team tournament!
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of tag team wrestling. I grew up watching tag teams like the Hart Foundation, British Bulldogs, Arn & Tully, Midnight Express, Rock & Roll Express, Freebirds and many, many great cornerstone tag teams of wrestling. I have always enjoyed the dynamic and strategy of a tag team match. The sneaky heels using distraction to get the upper hand on their opponents, the plucky faces fighting back with all their will, hot tags, the addition of a manager, it all makes for an amazing spectacle that I feel is, at least on a grand level, very undervalued and under utilized in today’s wrestling world. However, if you keep an eye out on the independent wrestling scene across the country and world, you’ll see that there is quite the re-emergence in tag team wrestling. From a bigger level of stalwart teams like The Wolves, The Briscoe Brothers and the Young Bucks, to the next wave of stars like OI4K, The Carnies, The Hooligans, and my personal favorite…Roscoe Eat Lisa. Let’s dive on into and attempt to dissect this tournament.
Since I just mentioned them, let’s talk about REL. They’re my favorite to win this. I’ve been seeing both Mikey McFinnigan and Zakk Sawyers growing in wrestling for several years now. Both started out in the Southern Illinois area and even had great matches with each other, but they’ve since found themselves operating as one of the most entertaining tag teams across the states, having great matches against The Hooligans, Viking War Party, and the Ugly Ducklings, among many other teams. I promise you that there’s a great chance that they’re going to leave a lasting impression and potentially steal the show. They’re facing off against a team of Brandon Espinosa and “Sweet” Sarah Summers. This leads me to wonder if the rumblings of Espy in the Pinnacle are becoming more and more true? He sure showed a mean streak during Caged Chaos as he attempted to destroy Tony Kozina. He denies that, but, we all saw and heard the devastation. This is an interesting pairing, because you know that Jeff O’Dell will be out there, which could present some obstacles. Also, Sarah Summers is the wild card in this, as she isn’t exactly as “sweet” as her moniker leads on. She’s got a mean streak and I think we’ll see it. In the end, though, I think that Roscoe Eat Lisa will take the round one victory.
Up next is a team that I’ve yet to see live, but have heard about for many years and that’s the L.A. Hustlers. These guys have quite the reputation in the Mid-South area, facing off against big names like Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee, NRG, even being featured on the TV show “Wrestling With Death” as well. They’re no strangers to the ring and they’re a couple of rough guys. They bring a damn bat to the ring! But, they’re proven champions. They’ve been champions all over, so they know how to handle themselves in a match setting like this. I’ve heard others putting them to be the odds on favorites of this tournament and I can’t say that they’re crazy for thinking that. But, on the other side of that bracket, are two of the standout stars of CCW, Hollis Giroux and Austin Lane. Hollis has captured the hearts of the CCW faithful since his debut match on the very first CCW card last summer. He’s gone from being a new guy in town to a top contender in CCW, even getting a title shot at Caged Chaos. And his partner is none other than the Best of the Best, Austin Lane. By now, we all know that Austin came to CCW last August and went toe to toe, move for move with Ricochet, and that match helped put his name in the upper echelon of, not only CCW, but the independent scene as a whole! And to put these two together!? On paper, you’ve gotta say that two guys who have been #1 contenders to the CCW title have GOT to be a heavy favorite. Will they be able to coexist? Or will we see a Mega Powers scenario all over again? I’m hoping for the former and I’m going with Austin/Hollis to take round one.
Moving along to another great match, we’ll be seeing our second mixed tag team, with Sexy Sarge O’Riley and Lil Bit (or Marni Gras? I’m not sure which side of her is coming out to fight) pairing up in what I consider to be the dark horse team of this tournament. Sarge came back last month at Caged Chaos in a winning effort against the “Nephilim” D’Mone (to which Pinnacle leader Jeff O’Dell blamed faulty ring ropes) and then inserted himself into the title picture by calling out Brandon Barbwire at the end of the show. Lil Bit, while on the losing side of things at Caged Chaos, wowed the crowd in November down in Delta, as she was the sole survivor of Pinnacle vs CCW in the 4 vs 4 match, pinning Farmer Billy Hills. That victory ultimately set up Caged Chaos, as team CCW chose that stipulation heading into December. Two partners with a wave of momentum surely have the advantage, right? Well, standing across from them is the CCW sensation…BLASTER!!!!! Quite possibly the most popular entity in CCW, Blaster has found his way right into the hearts of the CCW fans from his debut, even garnering a Blaster section! He may be aligned with the Pinnacle, but you couldn’t find a hotter name on that roster right now. His partner….well apparently we’re just going to have to wait and see!! Originally, it was the champ, Brandon Barbwire, but since Matt Hardy is on a gold quest right now and has decided that his deletion skills are needed here, Brandon was pulled from the tournament. I haven’t heard any rumblings yet about who his partner will be, but, I have a few guesses. Davey Richards WILL be in attendance…..so its possible. We also haven’t seen CJ Shine in a while, either. Plus, I mentioned D’Mone earlier, and he’s not on this card. We’ll all find out Saturday night!! As much as I enjoy Blaster and all his glory, I think I’m going to have to go with the heart and experience in the team of Sarge and Lil Bit for this one.
And last, we’re going to see one heck of a grudge match in this one, as the team of Dell Tucker and Farmer Billy Hills (FARMER IN THE DELL!!) will be taking on JD Wilk and Jason Vaughn. If you missed out on Caged Chaos, JD Wilk, a trainee of Jason Vaughn, made his debut in winning fashion last month in the cage. The kid has an outstanding dropkick, by the way. However, he was quickly introduced to the dark side of the wrestling world, as he was brutally beaten down, alongside his mentor Jason Vaughn, at the hands of Dell Tucker. I just want to say that Dell Tucker is a damned savage! He taped Jason Vaughn to the ropes, assaulted him with a chair, attacked JD with a chair. It was chaos!! Not to mention that Farmer Billy Hills and Jason Vaughn have a rather storied history, dating back to last summer when, when, WHEN BILLY FREAKING RAN JASON VAUGHN OVER IN A TRUCK!! I think that, with all of the history between these guys coming together, this match may very well be the best match of the first round, possibly even the entire night. It will definitely be the most emotionally fueled match we’ll see. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone was limping away or being carted out of that ring at the end of this one. Shoot, we may see all four of these guys beat each other to the point that they spontaneously combust. Left, right, boom. Truth be told, I could see the winner of this first round match to move on to the finals and truth be told, and man this is a hard one for me to pick, I see Dell and Farmer moving on. That’s hard for me to say. I’m a big Jason Vaughn fan, shoot, I’ve known the guy for many a moons and I think that he’s got a ground, young talent with JD, but I don’t know, there’s something dangerous about Farmer in the Dell. I think we’ll see it.
So moving on, that leaves us with Farmer/Dell, LA Hustlers, Sarge/Lil Bit and Roscoe Eat Lisa. My final round pick is going to be Farmer/Dell and Roscoe Eat Lisa for the CCW tag titles. You know who I want to win, but truth be told, Farmer/Dell….man….they are just looking tough to me. It’ll be a great tournament!! Who do you predict?
I can’t wrap this up without talking about the main event. Did you think I had forgot about that? BROKEN MATT HARDY IS COMING TO CCW!!! OF COURSE I WOULDN’T FORGET!! This will be HUGE. Brandon Barbwire was heated, and I mean he was on FIRE livid at the conclusion of Caged Chaos, calling out the front office, specifically former GM Hunter Hendricks, about how he felt slighted. And you know, he has a point! There’s been a little bit of a Brandon vs CCW vibe throughout his title reign. Granted, it doesn’t help that he’s won matches in nefarious ways, either. I mean, he slammed the belt into the head of Jake Dirden, shoot, he turned on Jason Vaughn in the debut title tournament to align with The Pinnacle. But, through it all, the man has been able to stand tall, keep his composure, and retain the title and for that I give him credit. However, his level of competition is stepping up in a big way on Saturday night. Broken Matt Hardy and Brother Nero, Jeff Hardy, have set out on a gold conquest across the world this year. Matt is coming to focus on his solo effort of gold acquisition and honestly, he may very well be the man to knock off the longstanding champion. We all know the story on Matt Hardy and the Hardy Boyz, going back to the Attitude Era of WWE days and how they electrified crowds with their high energy style. I dare you to watch any of the TLC matches with themselves, the Dudley Boys and Edge&Christian and not leave walk away going “wow” after seeing that. Over the years, Matt has kept himself in the public eye, reinventing himself, to where we see him now. Yeah, Broken Matt Hardy is weird and sure,
some most of the things he says are beyond absurd, but the fact of the matter is that he is still on top of his game. He’s going from city to city, maintaining his dominance, and taking belt after belt along the way. Get ready for some fireworks, folks, because this one is going to light up Cape Girardeau!
I’m SALIVATING at the thought of this card. I almost feel as if CCW put this card together just for me (hey, a man can hope, right?) with the tag teams and the talent involved in it. I’m serious when I say that CCW is becoming one of the best independent wrestling promotions in the country. Not just in the bootheel, not just in this area or the state, but the whole freaking country. If you haven’t been to a show, come to this one. You’d better act fast because tickets are selling out! But, get out there and check out the CCW action because they have a great amount of talent that step through those ropes to perform. Its a great show, with a wonderful presentation, and a lineup of great men and women. So, if you have any questions about CCW or anything else, check out these links at the bottom and I hope to see you this Saturday at the AC Brase Arena Building for Tag Team Warfare!! SEE YA!
Hey all!! Smitty back in the saddle again and man let me tell you, I’ve got some awesome info for you all!! I don’t want to waste anymore of my time, or yours, so let’s get down to the nitty gritty and talk about what you all came here to read about: CAPE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING!!
CCW hit 2017 running, already building up toward the big Comic Con show coming in April, which is slated to be their major event of the year. So on this road to Comic Con, the first stop was this past Saturday night’s event, Caged Chaos!! Seven matches, all inside the imposing structure that is a steel cage!!
Unfortunately, Davey Richards was pulled off the show due to his contract status with TNA. HOWEVER, CCW brought in the one and only Brandon “Espy” Espinosa to take the spot of Davey Richards. After that was announced, Tony Kozina felt that he needed a little support in his corner, so he brought in former ROH World Champion, Kyle O’Reilly to be in his corner!! What!?!? YUP!!! One of the hottest free agents on the market was live and in person at the A.C. Brase Arena building!! I’ll touch on that later, but now, here’s what you missed if you weren’t there!
The first match of the night featured the CCW sensation, the incomparable, the…the…BLASTER!!! Thanks to Mr. 100 from Pro Wrestling Unscripted, I was given my own Blaster Section sign as I arrived at the Arena Building and fortunately, we were all seated near each other, so the Blaster Section was out in full force!! Blaster was slated to take on THE Cody Wilson, the master of Midwest Strong Style, in this intro match. Debuting a new singlet look (and one hell of a mustache), Cody looked poised to come in and kick ass. Prior to the start of the match, General Manager Hunter Hendricks came out and announced that the match would be a Triple Threat match and that the third man would be debuting superstar and trainee of “The Fury” Jason Vaughn, JD Wilk!! JD made his professional debut in December for Stride Championship Wrestling and after a tough training regimen in the Vaughn dojo, JD finally made his CCW debut! The action kicked off in a fury, as Blaster took out both of his opponents early. It didn’t take long for JD Wilk to show off his incredible athleticism with a beautifully executed drop kick. As the match progressed, Cody Wilson took over and in a move that nearly ended the match, hit a devastating Canadian Destroyer (Kansas City Destroyer now?) on JD Wilk. Blaster finally had his chance to shine, as he began to dominate his opponents. It looked as if Blaster would take the win, however, JD Wilk came flying out of seemingly nowhere to connect with a big kick and taking the win in his CCW debut! The future looks very bright for this young man. He has a great attitude, solid look about him and is very athletic. Keep his name fresh in your mind! In fact, all three in this match got a round of applause from me!
Up next featured Phoenix, who debuted in CCW at the November show in Delta, taking on another Kansas City newcomer, Mason Mallon! What is in the water up in Kansas City? They just keep churning out talent! Expectations were high going into this match as Phoenix and The Cody Wilson tore the house down in November. There’s something about Phoenix that you can’t help but just gravitate toward. He’s always so excited to get in the ring and outside the ring, he’s humble, gracious and just an all around good guy. Mason Mallon, on the other hand, well I think he’d rather kick you in the face than shake your hand! He seems to have a mean streak about him, and it showed in this match, as he wasted very little time delivering some strong shots to Phoenix and using his size advantage to muscle Phoenix around. To his credit, Phoenix weathered the storm and several times, used some crafty escapes to avoid any further punishment. It looked like the size of Mason Mallon would be too much for Phoenix, but with one last gasp, Phoenix countered a powerslam, then squared up on the side of Mason Mallon’s head with a single leg dropkick from the corner. Lights out, 1-2-3, bam, Phoenix is your winner!!
The third match of the night was a feature match of the night, featuring Brandon “Espy” Espinosa against The Tornado Tony Kozina!! Espy came out first, sporting a new Pokemon League Champion jacket, and seemingly less interested in the crowd compared to previous trips to CCW. Tony was out next and looked in great spirits, which got even higher when he stopped at the midway point of the ramp, pointed back to the curtain and brought out his secret weapon, KYLE O’REILLY!!! Kyle’s presence turned the crowd up to eleven and shot a jolt of energy into the venerable veteran, Tony Kozina. Who, sidebar, I believe trained Kyle O’Reilly several years ago! Great connection! This match was explosive!! When you have two veterans of this caliber in the ring, fireworks will happen. And this was no different. The action went back and forth, with Espy taking an early position of dominance, using the cage to his advantage as he slammed Tony into all sides. It already looked as if Espy was poised to make short work of Tony Kozina, however, using his veteran abilities and quick thinking, the tides changed and Tony began to overpower his opposition, using Espy’s tactics against him! Several times, Tony was near to climbing out of the cage, yet foiled by Espy. In a further attempt to foil Tony, Espy grabbed the keys from CCW referee Kelly Blankenship, and tucked them away in his tights!! This match featured a great blend of high flying and hard hitting action, with many moves taking place from the ropes and on top of the cage. At one point, Espy even pulled Tony back into the ring from the other side of the cage using Tony’s own goatee!! As the match raged on, Espy got the bright idea to, as he told us in the crowd, “kill this guy” with the bottom rope!! And I’m talking literally using the bottom rope! He got a wrench out, loosened up a turnbuckle, and began to use the rope and the turnbuckle itself as a weapon!! Any normal human would have probably been done at that point, but Tony used his veteran wit and heart to withstand the rope attacks, even at one point turning it on Espy, to finally take down Espy and secure the win!! WOW!!! WHAT A MATCH!!
At this point, there was an intermission, during which fans were able to get into the cage and take a picture with Kyle O’Reilly and Tony Kozina. I opted not to do so, but did spend time talking with JD Wilk, who was there with a longtime friend Paul Pierce, as well as Jason Vaughn and several other of the CCW faithful. Intermission was rather lengthy to the point that everyone’s favorite redneck, Farmer Billy Hills, came out doing what he does best…talking…and threatened to kick everyone out of the ring. Good ol Billy. That got things in motion and the second half was ready to go!
To kick off things after the intermission, Jeff O’Dell came out again (it was a five shirt night, just to let you know) and brought out the man just north of Purgatory (or was it south? Either or I suppose), The Nephilim, D’Mone! D’Mone made his debut at the Delta show in November as well and put CCW on notice with his evil swagger and high levels of athleticism and power. You can take one look at the man and, judging by his built, realize he means business. But, standing in his way on Saturday was none other than the returning, SEXY SARGE O’RILEY!!!! Porn Star Dancing is back and it didn’t take Sarge ANY time to let us all know. Ever see a man in a pink thong? Ever want to see a man in a pink thong? Watch a Sarge match! But he was back with a vengeance and a renewed attitude, ready to show CCW what they had been missing for the past several months. In a match that I thought would feature a contrast of styles, this one ended up showcasing strength against strength! D’Mone dominated early, but the veteran ways of Sarge kept him in the match. He’s been around the block a few times and in matches like this, it really shows. Which is no slight to D’Mone, but Sarge has invaluable experience. This match was close, though, as both guys made attempts to get out of the cage and at one point, D’Mone was close to the door. As great as this match was, it did end in a bit of controversy. D’Mone was attempting to scale the cage and get out when Sarge caught him from behind. To get D’Mone back down, Sarge hit a neckbreaker on D’Mone and they both came crashing down! In the process, D’Mone’s leg was wrapped up between the top and middle rope! Seeing this, Sarge scaled the cage and hopped out for the win. However, Jeff O’Dell and D’Mone both were upset that the referee wasn’t able to free D’Mone from his predicament. Referee Lane Austin did the best he could, though! You try freeing a man who is frantically kicking around! So far, the Pinnacle wasn’t having a very good night.
Moving along, we came to a match that developed during the November show, when Dell Tucker turned on team CCW after he and Jason “The Fury” Vaughn collided during the 4 on 4 main event from Delta. Dell felt that Jason caused his elimination during that match, to which he responded with an Inziguri kick to the back of the head. That ignited the fire between the two and this match had hard hitting, grudge match implications written all over it and let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint. Let me preface this by saying….Dell Tucker is savage. Just a brutal, ruthless person. I’ll go into more detail later. These two met face to face in the middle of the ring and immediately began throwing haymakers at each other. Punch after punch, blow after blow, these two did not let up. During the match, Dell began to shift the focus of his attacks to Jason Vaughn’s knee, which we all know was injured during the attack by Billy Hills last summer. Dell put Jason into an STF at one point and several other knee based attacks. But, the gritty “never give up” nature of Jason Vaughn willed him through the submissions and kept him in the match. Jason NEARLY had this match won, as Dell came off the top rope only to be caught and thrown down by Jason’s F-5. However, it would not be enough to keep Dell Tucker down for good. Dell capped it off in the ring, but things didn’t end there! Dell began another savage attack on Jason, seeing him go out to the crowd for a steel chair, going after the knee of Jason and even duct taping Jason to the ring ropes!! After a few minutes of this, JD Wilk came out to save his mentor. However, JD met the same fate as Jason, as Dell was able to dispatch JD as well. Ultimately, Dell Tucker was pulled out of the ring and headed to the back, but I’d suffice to say that we haven’t seen the end of this rivalry yet.
Speaking of rivalries, Little Bit and Farmer Billy Hills have a rivalry brewing, stemming from the ending of the show in Delta, where we saw Little Bit win the match for team CCW, by pinning Farmer Billy Hills, who would not attack her. I guess he does have standards deep down in him somewhere. But, after the November match, Little Bit pushed Farmer too far with some comments on the microphone, pushing him to his limit and igniting another fire within the Farmer. So for this match, Farmer Billy Hills paired up with his main squeeze, Sweet Sarah Summers as the power couple squared off against Little Bit and the returning, The Best of the Best, Austin Lane! And this match wasted no time getting underway. Billy and Sarah surprised Little Bit and Austin with a sneak attack from one side of the cage. Action spilled out all over the Arena Building floor as it took quite some time to get all four of the competitors into the ring. Back and forth the action went, until Austin went down hard and appeared to be hurt as he curled up in the corner. This left Little Bit in a two-on-one situation, fighting for her team against Billy and Sarah, who had no problem taking turns keeping Little Bit down. Austin was able to rally to get back in and help Little Bit, but it was too little, too late and you could see that his injury was hurting him quite a bit. In a move of desperation, Little Bit took to the top ropes and tried to recreate the finish to the Delta show with a high cross body. This time, Billy was ready. He plucked Little Bit from the air, delivered a STRONG powerslam, and that allowed Sarah to follow up with a pin for the 1-2-3. After the match, Billy threatened further violence with a pair of brass knuckles, however, Jeff O’Dell was able to talk the big guy out of it as the CCW Power Couple of Farmer Billy Hills and Sweet Sarah Summers took the win!
At last, it was time for the Caged Chaos Main Event, featuring the number one contender to the CCW title, Hollis Giroux, going up against the stalwart champion, Brandon Barbwire. As with every match, Brandon went into it with a chip on his shoulder, feeling slighted by CCW General Manager Hunter Hendricks over the recent months. On Saturday, the odds again looked to be in the favor of the challenger and Hollis came out fired up and ready! These two have taken their games to new levels with each passing month and this is one match that I truly feel showcased the best of what CCW had to offer. And it did not disappoint in one bit. Both Hollis and Brandon went toe to toe, move for move during the course of this match, in which we saw action high atop the cage as well as powerful maneuvers inside the confines of the ring. This match was a truly epic, see-saw battle!! Just when you’d think Brandon had the edge, Hollis came fighting back. Hollis would have Brandon down and the champion would use a surge of energy to fight his way out of it! This went on for nearly 30 minutes (possibly even longer! It felt like forever!) until Brandon began to wear Hollis down following several high impact moves. However, once again, The Pinnacle yelled for controversy as several pins were not counted by referee Lane Austin as Double H watched on from outside the ring. Was Lane being paid off? Was it just an oversight? Will we ever know!? Jason Wells will address this further, however, these “pins” allowed Hollis to keep himself in the match. But, it was all for naught, as Brandon finally showed why he is the reigning, defending CCW champion and finally outlasted Hollis in a valiant effort, as Brandon was able to step out of the cage and onto the floor.
That wasn’t the end of the night, though, as Brandon took a moment to get on the mic and vent his frustrations with how he feels he’s perceived by the CCW staff as well as how he feels like he is being cheated during his title run. It was a promo nearing pipe bomb proportions when suddenly music hit and…SARGE O’RILEY COMES OUT FROM THE BACK!!! Sarge said that, in not so few words, he is coming back in March for the title and that Brandon and The Pinnacle better be ready!! What an ending! WHAT A NIGHT!!
That sets things going forward to February, which will feature a tag team tournament throughout the night, in which we will see CCW stars paired with one another, pairs such as Blaster and Brandon Barbwire, Dell Tucker and Billy Hills, Austin Lane and Hollis Giroux, plus more! Also, coming in for the tournament will be top teams such as the LA Hustlers and one of my favorite teams out there right now, ROSCOE EAT LISA!!! I’ve been mentioning these guys for a while and to finally see them in CCW makes me beyond happy!! Tickets for this go on sale this coming Thursday, February 2nd, at 5 pm. Get those seats early because I have no doubt that CCW shows will be filling up more and more in 2017!
Which, if you’ve been following along on CCW’s pages, you’ve seen that they’ve already announced some Comic Con information. Girl Fight will be in town on Friday, April 21st with a great women’s show, featuring Leva Bates (Blue Pants from NXT) as well as other top stars from around the globe, then on Saturday, CCW has booked Jeff Cobb (also known as Matanza from Lucha Underground), the world famous sleazeball Joey Ryan and Colt Cabana! Comic Con is shaping up to be HUGE already and its still just January!!
As always, I’m going to hit you with a bunch of links that you can use to see more recaps from Saturday night, as well as stay up to date on what is happening in 2017 with CCW! Thanks for reading and be sure to give all these fine folks some love on your way out! See ya!
Hey all!! Jared back at ya and man have I come back with a purpose this time!! Its time to talk about Cape Championship Wrestling!! Now, I’ll have a bigger post that I’ll put up later with a bit more detail about CCW. If you want more information on your own time before I get around to telling you about it, head on over to http://www.capewrestling.com or if you’re active on Facebook, like them at https://www.facebook.com/CapeChampionshipWrestling/?fref=ts
I can talk all day about CCW and at some point, I’m going to! But today is focused. Laser focused with pinpoint accuracy! Well…I don’t know that we’ll go that far because, let’s be serious, there’s NOTHING about me that is 100% accurate. I’m human after all, and a moderately lazy one at that. However, today comes along at the right time to do so. Its my Year End Review of CCW! With 2016 days away from finally being over (which, I think we can all agree has been a pretty rough year all around) and a fresh start on the way, I thought it was a great time to take a chance back to reflect on a great first year of action in Cape Championship Wrestling.
CCW officially fired out of the chamber in July at the Osage Center right here in Cape Girardeau, with a monthly show every month after except for this month, as to allow for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. During my Year End review here, I’m going to talk about my favorite match from each card, then I’m going to pick my favorite match of the year, my favorite talent of the year and then talk about hopes, thoughts and predictions for 2017.
The first card in July featured a 3 match tournament for the CCW belt, which featured talent such as “Sexy” Sarge O’Riley vs Brandon Barbwire and Billy Hills vs Jason Vaughn. We saw the debut of the Pinnacle, being lead by the boisterous (is that too much credit?) Jeff O’Dell, and were swerved in the end, as Jeff O’Dell formed his group with Sarge, Billy Hills, Sweet Sarah Summers and, unexpectedly, Brandon Barbwire, who was crowned the very first CCW champion. Also that night, we had Davey Vega vs Hollis Giroux, Jake Dirden vs Genesis and Lil Bit vs Diamond Doll. This night got the wheels turning and got the CCW crowd familiarized with the talent that would be coming in. Myself, being a big Jake Dirden fan, was beyond ecstatic that he was going to be a part of CCW. I was also very excited to see Davey Vega, Billy Hills and Jason Vaughn. At the end of the night, I was enjoying everyone, both new to me and those I was familiar with! CCW far exceeded my expectations and, even though I already knew that I would support everything they would do, this first show cemented that with me. Looking back at that show, it really is hard for me to pick a favorite match. I loved the Davey vs Hollis match. I really enjoyed the story telling in the matches with Brandon Barbwire, too. So as I think on it now, I think the match with Brandon Barbwire and Billy Hills in the finals of the CCW Title Tournament will be my match of the night for the debut CCW show.
Up next was probably my favorite card of the year for CCW and that was the August show, CCW Homecoming at the AC Brase Arena Building. As a side note, if you get a chance to check out a show at the Arena Building, please do. It has such a vintage, old school feel about it. In fact, Elvis played concerts there, Metallica played live in the 80’s with Cliff Burton, even the Poffo family brought their ICW shows to the Arena Building in the 80’s, featuring Randy “Macho Man” Savage prior to his signing with the then WWF. This show featured my favorite star of the independent scenes, Ricochet, the Paducah, Kentucky native taking on a veteran of the Mid South wrestling scene, Austin Lane, the Best of the Best. We also saw CCW debuts of “Tornado” Tony Kozina, CJ Shine, BT Daramola, Dale Wylde and the Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Champion Brandon Espinosa. Obviously, my favorite match of that night was Ricochet vs Austin Lane. That night, I got to meet Ricochet (which, truthfully, it wasn’t the first time as I met him several years ago prior to him becoming the name that he is now) and I also became a fan of Austin Lane. Wow that was quite a match. However, I do have to talk about Billy Hills vs Espy as that was truly a great match in itself with a lot of dramatic sequences. The women, Lil Bit and Diamond Doll, also had one of their best matches in CCW that night as well. And, I can’t go without mentioning the story telling involved with Jake Dirden and Brandon Barbwire in that championship match. So with that second card, we were beginning to see just how great CCW as going to be.
Come September, CCW moved back over to the Osage Center in a card called Best of the Best, as we were treated to Austin Lane vs Brandon Barbwire in a dual stipulation match. If Austin won, he would become the number one contender to the CCW title. However, if Brandon won, he would earn the right to Austin Lane’s nickname the Best of the Best (and, just so Brandon remembers, Austin is from rope to rope, pillar to post the BEST OF THE BEST). Austin Lane also had some help in his corner as one of the craziest people to ever step foot in a ring, PSYCHO, made his CCW debut. Also, we witnessed what became the most important debut in CCW’s short history…THE DEBUT OF BLASTER!!! That alone was worth the price of admission! This night had several great matches. The Diamond Doll vs Lil Bit “I Quit” match was VERY intense, many times my wife and I were gasping with a “holy crap” feel as they just tore into each other. Brandon and Austin exceeded the expectations I had placed on that match, as it offered the full spectrum of entertainment in the ring from funny spots, to high flying moments, to some very dramatic moments. It was a wonderfully done match from the pre-match build up all the way to the final bell. However, the match that night that I’ll pick as the best match was Brandon Espinosa vs Ace Hawkins for the MWR Missouri Championship. Wow, is really all I can say. Two former tag partners putting on one heck of a match for that strap, featuring a plethora (do you even know what a plethora is?) of 2.99999 counts, high flying, hard hitting action. I could do nothing more than stand and applaud afterward as the crowd, fittingly, gave them multiple “this is awesome” chants. Well deserved!
For October, CCW went on the road for the first time to Chaffee, Missouri, home of the Red Devils, for the Red Devil’s Revenge show! This was a fun night, as we had James Ellsworth, yes the WWE superstar, live in the building against Tony Kozina! CJ Shine and Brandon Espinosa squared off in a hard hitting match, we saw the debut of THE Cody Wilson in a triple threat with Hollis Giroux and Jake Dirden, the in-ring debut of Ms Sweet Sarah Summers, the CCW debut of Marni Gras, a great title match with Brandon Barbwire and Austin Lane, and a gritty street fight grudge match with Jason Vaughn and Farmer Billy Hills. Three matches stand out to me on this one, as the MWR Title match with Espy and CJ Shine was a GREAT match to get the night started and was probably the best match I’ve seen CJ Shine in so far. I did feel bad for him, though, as Espy can chop a man’s chest off. Secondly, the title match was simply amazing. The War Child motorcycle group was there to make sure that The Pinnacle wasn’t going to interfere in this match, which was a great addition to that title match. However, the match of the night for me that night was Farmer Billy Hills vs Jason Vaughn. This stemmed from an incident in the summer where Billy Hills (although he won’t admit to doing this) RAN OVER Jason Vaughn in his pick up truck. So these two brutes had it out, beating each other with chairs, kendo sticks, tables, toy ponies (true story, bro) and so much more. The action spilled out of the ring many times, ultimately ending in ring with Jason getting the W and putting an end to this intense feud.
The last show of the year for CCW featured another debut, as CCW debuted in Delta, Missouri for Knockout November! Brandon Barbwire and Hollis Giroux were set to main event with a title match, along with Lil Bit and Sarah Summers squaring off, Austin Lane and Billy Hills in a #1 contendership match. a 4 on 4 Team CCW vs Team Pinnacle match, as well as talk of a mystery opponent, picked by Jeff O’Dell, for Jason Vaughn. However, injuries plagued this card as not only Austin Lane was hurt, but the CCW gold jewel himself, Brandon Barbwire, was ruled out of commission due to some sort of intense training injury. He seemed fine by me. But who am I to really know what happened, right? However, we were still treated to a great show as another Mid South legend, Dell Tucker, made his CCW debut. In the kick off match, another young talent from Kansas City, Phoenix, took on THE Cody Wilson in just an amazing match and a great debut by Phoenix. I had a chance to talk with the young man at intermission and I do hope to see him again in the future. Jeff O’Dell had two big secrets up his sleeve. His mystery opponent for Jason Vaughn was D’Mone, a beast out of Memphis who is built like a brick wall and athletic as he was strong. Also, unbeknownst to us, JEFF O’DELL BROUGHT BACK BLASTER!! Blaster came out to take on Dell Tucker and was quickly dispatched, then stuck around as part of the Pinnacle vs CCW 4v4 match. With this match, the winning team would be able to select their stipulation for the first card of 2017 in January. In the end, team CCW won as Lil Bit pinned Farmer Billy Hills in a surprising upset, resulting in CCW selection the STEEL CAGE as their stipulation for the show in January. Hands down, Phoenix and Cody Wilson had the match of the night for me, but if I picked it #1, 1B would be the 4 vs 4 tag match between CCW and The Pinnacle, setting up January’s show.
So, overall, my match of the year for CCW is going to Ricochet vs Austin Lane. But so many great matches happened that I talked about in my ramblings up there. CCW really came out of the gate swinging from their first show and I have to really hand it to Ken Murphy, Jason Wells, Lee Montgomery, Adam Rister and Double H for delivering such a great product in 2016. All of that action only happened in four months!! Can you imagine what 2017 has in store?
Speaking of 2017….
January is firing off hard and heavy with the return to the AC Brase Arena. Look at that card! Just look at it!! WOW!!! 2017 will be a banner year for wrestling here in Cape Girardeau, with talks of a HUGE show coming up in April that will coincide with the annual Cape Comic Con, which is also put on and promoted by Ken Murphy. This annual event usually features current/former wrestling talents and this year, it sounds like CCW’s April show will be their Wrestlemania equivalent with a lot of hype already surrounding it. So, if you haven’t had a chance to go to a show and are a wrestling fan, get your tickets now!! And, be sure to check out some of these great links to keep updated on everything CCW!
http://www.podzilla1985.com/ (click on the Pro Wrestling Unscripted shows)