Hey all!! Long time no talk!! Things have been slow here, mostly because of the fact that I took a little mini-vacation! That sorta thing doesn’t happen too often, so when I do get the chance to get away for a bit, I tend to drop off the grid for a while. Not to say that I don’t love y’all. I do. But, sometimes, we all need that little bit of me time. That break is over, though, and we’re getting back into the swing of things and with that, I just noticed that Cape Championship Wrestling has posted the new flyer for the upcoming Homecoming 2 show! Check it out!
Mandy Kennedy has provided some great photos and I believe that Brian over at Big Skink Tales, has put out another great flyer! There is a lot of hype surrounding this card and with great reason. First off, its been one year since the Best of the Best, Austin Lane, debuted in CCW and coming up at the Homecoming 2 card, he gets a title shot in the first EVER CCW ladder match! That’s just huge! Let’s take a look at the card!
LADDER MATCH FOR THE CCW CHAMPIONSHIP
Hollis Giroux W Jeff O’Dell
THE LAST MAN STANDING MATCH
CCW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
The LA Hustlers
Brandon “Espy” Espinosa
Jaxsyn Crowley & Cody Wilson & Tatt2
Ace Hawkins & Dexter Roswell & JD Wilks
GM Position v Jason’s Services
Justin Smart vs Jason Vaughn
“Farmer” Billy Hills
GFW Grand Champion EC3
“Smoking Hot” Nikki Lane
Yeah, you read that right!! NINE FRIGGIN MATCHES!!! HOLY CRAP!!! Jason Wells, the COO/head booker of CCW, did a brief Facebook live prior to recording with Podzilla 1985 last week saying that normally he doesn’t like to go over 8 matches, but with Mikey striking out on his own (R.I.P. Roscoe Eat Lisa, we’ll miss you dearly) and wanting to get on the card, he had to slide him in. And against a GREAT competitor in the small yet feisty Marko. This will be a great match for the CCW faithful to see what Mikey has in terms of being a singles star, which I have seen in action a few times myself, so I know that we’ll all be in for a treat as far as that goes. And to Marko’s credit, you know that anytime he steps in the ring, there’s a chance for some electricity. This match will be one you do NOT want to sleep on and is an early darkhorse candidate for Match of the Night.
Sarah Summers will find herself in a different position on the 26th as she will be a fan favorite for the first time in CCW. Sarah has been aligned with The Pinnacle since day one and now, due to being ousted by Nikki Lane and Jeff O’Dell, Sarah finds herself added to the list of people who want to destroy The Pinnacle. We all know, though, that is no easy task. Not only is Nikki Lane one of the top women’s wrestlers in the area, she also has strength of numbers behind her. In any Pinnacle match, there’s always the chance that not only will Jeff O’Dell put himself into the match in some way, but one of the other of the Pinnacle members could show up and interfere. With the crowd behind her, expect Sarah to turn things up a notch into an area that we haven’t seen before. This should be a fun match and go a long way, too, in the Women’s Championship hunt.
Jason “The Fury” Vaughn, who last month won his roster spot back after a two-on-one handicap match with Justin “The Juice” Smart and General Manager Osby Tomlin, returns in a rematch with Justin Smart that features an interesting set of stipulations. Did you think that Osby Tomlin would be able to stay out of this feud after losing the match last month? Please. Osby has set the stipulations for this match, making it quite possibly even more high stakes than before. If Justin Smart wins the match, then Osby Tomlin will get the services of Jason Vaughn to do in any way he pleases. I could see Jason fetching coffee, shining wrestling boots, washing gear, maybe even walking dogs. And that’s just the tip of that iceberg! There’s no telling what sort of dark place that Osby could go with his demands of Jason. However, should Jason Vaughn come out of that match as the victor, then Osby Tomlin has said that he will step down as the GM of CCW!!! There’s a chance that we could very well see the last of Osby Tomlin on the 26th! This match has a LOT riding on it, so you can expect it to not only be hard hitting, but, quite possibly featuring an appearance by the GM in some way, shape, or form.
Speaking of matches with a lot riding on them, the Sexy Blasters reunite once again in a tag title rematch against the CCW Tag Team Champions, the LA Hustlers. If you were keeping up with the Hustlers going into last month’s match at the Anniversary show, you saw how confident and focused they were about getting the tag titles and they did just that! Granted, they DID have a well placed chain in a shoe. Nobody ever said that the Hustlers play by the rules. They’re a ruthless pair, but Bradley and Lamonte mean business in that ring and will do whatever it takes to get the gold and win a match, something they’re not shy about saying. But, the LA Hustlers are squaring off against arguably two of the most popular wrestlers on the CCW roster, Blaster and Sexy Sarge O’Riley. There’s no denying the massive wave of popularity that propels these two in each match. The crowd is 100% behind them every time out and it shows in how they are able to control things. Last month could be considered a fluke by some, but I don’t want to discredit the LA Hustlers, as they are a tough team who work together better than most out there. You do have to wonder how they can change up their game in this defense, though. Either way, expect this one to be a hard fought match.
Things have been a little rocky for Brandon “Espy” Espinosa these past few weeks. He lost his CCW Heavyweight Title match against Hollis Giroux, then lost his MWR Missouri Championship to Ace Hawkins, and followed that by losing his match to Billy Hills. Needless to say, Espy could use a win with his run as of late. It won’t come easy at all, though, as Espy steps into the ring with one of the toughest in CCW, D’Mone. If you go back a bit, you’ll remember D’Mone was a part of the tag team with Billy Hills in a match against Blaster and KLD. Even though D’Mone did put the big guy on his ass in the match, they were still unable to secure the titles. Even though he wasn’t on the card last month, he did make his appearance in the match with Billy Hills and Espy to aid in helping his Pinnacle teammates attack Espy. All that has set up what I think will be an outstanding match.
Ace Hawkins has been on quite the run as of late. Not only has he regained the Missouri Championship Title, but he’s also forming himself a nice following in CCW. I mean, if you can’t get the fans to cheer, find people that you can make cheer, right? Dexter Roswell was his first follower, after Ace humiliated him in June at Inferno. Last month, Dexter made his way to ringside and handed a letter to young upstart, JD Wilk, which ended with JD following Dexter to the back. It seems now that the Cheering Section is growing by the show. The cheering could come to an end, as Syn, er, the man formerly known as Syn, now known as Jacksyn Crowley, will try his best to get retribution from an attack by Ace in June. Ace attacked Jacksyn following a match with Justin Smart, which left Jacksyn out and headed to the hospital. However, Jacksyn made his presence felt at the Anniversary show, giving us a glimpse of what to expect in the very near future. To aid him, Jacksyn has recruited the always exciting, the InkCredible Tattoo as well as the returning THE Cody Wilson. This will be a great chance for Cody to get back at Ace, which has been a bit of the impetus of this feud. Jacksyn saved Cody from a further beating by Ace back at the Ashlynn McClure Memorial show. To repay the favor, Cody is siding with Jacksyn in this big six man tag match. Will Ace add another to his cheering squad? Or will Jacksyn be able to get others to see what Ace is up to?
Billy Hills is a desperate man. Or so he says. One thing that is VERY much for sure is that going into this match, Billy Hills has absolutely nothing to lose. Originally slated to square off against Moose, Billy now has a new opponent and it could be trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble. That’s right. Global Force Wrestling’s Grand Champion, Ethan Carter III, aka EC3, has been tagged as the replacement in this match and will be putting his GFW Grand Championship on the line! Look for a side of Billy Hills that we’ve yet to see so far in CCW. Going into it with the mindset of having nothing to lose could be a fairly dangerous situation for EC3, as Billy is one of the toughest around. I don’t know that we’ve seen a completely unleashed Billy Hills yet, so this is going to be a treat for us in what could truly be a career changing moment for Billy. Will The Pinnacle factor into things? I have to think so. EC3 is no slouch. Sure, he got his start in TNA/Impact years ago thanks to his last name, but his pedigree is strong. Sure, he’s sarcastic and cocky, but his in ring work speaks for itself as he’s defeated a who’s who among wrestling’s elite, including Matt Hardy and Kurt Angle. If you’re looking for a match that could blow the roof off the place, this one is likely to be it. Is it just me, or are we seeing a different side of Billy here lately? Guess we’ll see if more of that comes out!
Brandon Barbwire has been set on destroy since he was ousted by The Pinnacle back in April at the Super Show. And now, he’s yet again going face to face with his biggest challenge, figuratively and literally, Matheus. Matheus has been unrelenting in going after Brandon Barbwire since his big debut at the Ashlynn McClure Memorial show in May. These two have locked on to each other and neither look like they’ll back down until the other is defeated and left in a pile on the mat. So far, they’ve fought to a draw back at inferno and last month, they were part of the big tag team main event featuring Matheus, Hollis Giroux, Brandon and Bad Ass Billy Gunn. So by now, they’re definitely no strangers to one another. This could be the biggest feud in CCW right now and one that has the potential to go for a long time. Neither guy knows how to quit. And for every strength that one has, the other has their own counter ability. Matheus is just a beast of a man, as we have seen. The mad Viking warrior has size, quickness and strength working in his favor. But one thing that makes Brandon Barbwire stand out above anyone he’s faced is his resiliency. No matter who or what comes at him, he does not back down. Sure, he took the easy way out before when he was the crown jewel of The Pinnacle. Some things weren’t always on the up and up, but even through that, Brandon is a fighter and that has been what we have come to love about the man. I don’t feel that we’ve even began to see what is in store between these two, but I’m excited to be along for the ride.
The main event of Homecoming 2 will have a familiar feel to it. It was one year ago that The Best of the Best, Austin Lane made his CCW debut, taking on the international high flying phenom, Ricochet. I, like so many other, came in expecting to see Austin Lane be all hype and no substance, but left a huge fan of the man. And now that we’ve all had the chance to see him for a year, we’ve had even more of a chance to be wowed many times over. Austin Lane has earned his spot as the #1 contender once again. Across the ring from him this time will be Hollis Giroux, the reigning CCW champion and the new crown jewel of The Pinnacle. Jeff O’Dell has done a great job of putting his man in the right spot at the right time. However, this time around things will be completely different. For the first time EVER, the CCW Heavyweight Title will be decide in a ladder match! Many times I’ve stated that Austin Lane should be the CCW Champion. I thought this after his match last year with Ricochet, I thought that when he became #1 contender against Brandon, twice, and I still feel the same way. And this isn’t being said to discredit Hollis Giroux at all. I’ve said it many times that the progression of Hollis Giroux, right in front of our eyes nonetheless, has been spectacular to watch. He has found his footing and improved leaps and bounds from where he was when we saw him a year ago. He earned that title! And he’s a great champion in terms of his image. But, to say that Hollis is on Austin’s level is a stretch. Austin truly is the best of the best, whether he’s in the ring, on the mic or anywhere in between. This will be a hard fought match for both competitors. We have to wonder a few things as well. How involved will The Pinnacle be, especially with Jeff O’Dell wanting to keep the title in his camp? Will Psycho be there? If not, would anyone come out to even the numbers game in Austin’s favor? There are plenty of questions going into the card. Thankfully, we’re less than two week away!
I know that I sound like a broken record when I say that this CCW show will be one that you don’t want to miss. I’ve been saying it for well over a year now. I mean it 100% and will continue to mean it 100% every time that I say it! The action right now is at a fever pitch! From the top to the bottom of the card, everyone involved has something big at stake! So, be sure to scroll back up and hit the links, get your tickets, and get ready to do some cheering!!! Things are about to get crazy!
Well, its now official, we can put the final punctuation mark on the first year for Cape Championship Wrestling. And what an unbelievably remarkable year it has been. In just ONE year, Cape Championship Wrestling has taken the wrestling world by storm, not only in Southeast Missouri and the surrounding areas, but on a much larger level just the same. CCW has booked some top tier talent in their short time, including a small who’s who of independent wrestling, featuring Ricochet, Jeff Cobb, Joey Ryan, Colt Cabana, Broken Matt Hardy, Kyle O’Reilly, Crazzy Steve, and most recently, the one and only Bad Ass Billy Gunn!! As a side note to that, the inner teenage in me exploded with excitement so much after hearing he was coming to Cape, which was announced at the Inferno show last month. I’ve long been a D-Generation X fan, I may or may not have gotten in trouble in school for telling people to suck it, so this was a way of helping things in my life come full circle, in a sense. However, even though I was pumped for Billy Gunn, I was even more amped up to see what would transpire in the ring with our regular CCW roster members, as their stories would continue to unfold in front of us.
One more time, here is the beautiful flyer for the Anniversary Show. Take it in, man!
The opening match was supposed to be a title match for the Missouri State Championship between Brandon “Espy” Espinosa and Farmer Billy Hills. However, last weekend in St. Louis, Espy lost the title to the one and only self cheering section, Ace Hawkins. But, the Farmer/Espy match had plenty of bad blood behind it, as it was Farmer who cost Espy the match, and the CCW Title at Inferno last month. Espy was set on taking his shot at the big guy and making an example out of him for what he did. However, as we’ve come to see on a regular basis, the Pinnacle rarely plays by the rules and tends to use their strength in numbers to their advantage. And they did just that, as Jeff O’Dell, Dell Tucker and Matheus made their presence felt, unleashing an attack on Espy at the onset of the match, severely hindering him from the start. And it looked like Billy was going to be able to kick into cruise control until we all realized that Espy doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit. And he came firing back with some very stiff shots of his own. Espy is one of those wrestlers who has multiple gears and you can never count him out until he is down for the three count, which often times can take a LOT to get him there. These two battled each other so fiercely that we were sure that the only way this match would end would be in a TKO. Billy has impressive striking that helped match him well with Espy. We thought it was over at one point when Espy hoisted Billy on his shoulders, on the top rope mind you, into a rolling fireman’s carry/death valley driver sort of move! What impact! That didn’t end it, though, as one last member of The Pinnacle, D’Mone, who wasn’t even scheduled to be on the show, came out to ringside for one more distraction and an attempt at taking Espy down. Espy dispatched him with a super kick, but it was enough of a distraction for Billy, who capitalized on the moment, rolling Espy into a pin and taking the 1-2-3 victory in what many considered to be an upset! It just furthers the feud that’s raging between, well, The Pinnacle and everyone who isn’t, but its a huge victory for Billy Hills as he’s embarking on more of a solo run.
Up next, the CCW Tag Team Titles were on the line as the Sexy Blasters, Sexy Sarge O’Riley and The Man, The Myth, THE BLASTER took on two of the cockiest yet most self-assured men, Bradley and Lamonte, the L.A. Hustlers. For the last month, the L.A. Hustlers have been guaranteeing victory in this, saying that they only come for gold and now that they are making CCW a regular home for themselves, they were turning up the intensity. In fact, we’ve seen them share pictures and videos of them in the gym working out and getting their heads in the game to take the belts. As we all know, you can talk a lot but its the in ring actions that back it up and we know what Sarge and Blaster bring to the table. Sarge is one of the most experienced and loved talents on the CCW roster and anytime you’re paired up with a man as popular as Blaster, you have that “third man” with you when the crowd gets in your corner. And believe me, the crowd wasn’t getting in the L.A. Hustlers corner! It was a hotly contested match as the Sexy Blasters took the opening momentum and managed to keep the Hustlers from creating any offense. After an early Blastoff Clothesline in the corner, it seemed as if the Sexy Blasters were going to run right through the Hustlers en route to another successful defense. That wasn’t the case, as any tag team can tell you, experience together goes a long way. We saw that with the L.A. Hustlers once again on Saturday night, as not only did they use their years of teaming to their advantage, but also their ability to bend the rules in their favor. Multiple times, referee C-Lo was tending to one corner of the ring, allowing for the Hustlers to blindly tag in and out without being noticed. These sneaky and underhanded tactics kept the Hustlers fresh all the while the Sexy Blasters struggled to tag. Suddenly, big bad Brad was knocked off the apron by his own partner LaMonte as Sarge ducked out of the way of a clothesline. This allowed for the hot tag to Blaster! It seemed destined to be all over, but, little did we know that while he was on the outside, Bradley was loading up his shoe with a chain. He came back in with two thunderous kicks, one connecting squarely to the side of the face of Blaster! The champ was down! Hustlers with the pin, the 1-2-3, and just like that, CCW had new Tag Team Champions! Just as they had predicted, the L.A. Hustlers have claimed the gold! On their way out, Bradley proudly swung his chain around, as if it was his way of saying “I don’t care how we did it, but we got what we came for!” and that’s exactly what happened. Just like Jesse “The Body” Ventura said, “Win if you can, lose if you must, but ALWAYS cheat.” I think we see that being true with the Hustlers. After the match, the Sexy Blasters were treated to a large ovation of thanks as they exited the ring. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of them, though.
Moving along, we had another tag match, featuring Ace Hawkins and his own personal cheering squad, Dexter Roswell, hit the ring as they prepared to square off against Roscoe Eat Lisa, one of the best tag teams on the independent circuit! Ace came out to his usual chorus of boos as it was apparent that he just wasn’t getting that many people to cheer for him. Dexter carried a sign, as he usually does, with “The Proclamation of Acclimation” on it, in hopes that he could get some attention for their team. I don’t believe it worked, Dex. Roscoe Eat Lisa, on the other hand, hit the ring to a HUGE ovation of appreciation (see, I can rhyme, too) from the CCW faithful, with a thunderous “Bark Bark” chant erupting, much to their delight. And then, the match got started in a furry, as the teams brawled to the outside. At one point, Mikey unbuttoned Dexter’s dress shirt and unleashed two devastating chops to the chest, which left Dexter’s chest immediately red. From there, Mikey and Zakk traded off on kicking Dexter and Ace, who were set up in chairs in the corner of the barricades, at one point, toppling a barricade just down from where we were sitting! It was pandemonium! Roscoe Eat Lisa used their tag expertise to control the match with quick tags until Ace, with his usual array of sneaky attacks, put that to a quick halt. At one point, Ace connected on a huge kick that immediately left Zakk with a black eye. Ace and Dexter kept the match in their corner of the ring, controlling the pace at that point, even seeing Ace with his patented Dab Attacks. However, Ace got a little too excited to Dab and missed a high flying attack that helped turn the tide back to Roscoe Eat Lisa’s favor. Then, music began to ring out and a man appeared from the back wearing a rather dressy attire. Syn!? It was Syn!!! If you remember at the Chaos show, Ace attacked Syn in retaliation from the Ashlynn McClure Memorial show in May, sending Syn out indefinitely. We were told that Syn would be out for a while, but, it looks like he’s back, in a new form and clearly has his sites set on Ace Hawkins! All the while we were watching Syn come out, Roscoe Eat Lisa hit their finisher, got the 1-2-3 and took home the win! What a great match!
As we gathered our emotions from one tag match, we went right into another one, this of the mixed gender variety. The Pinnacle members Nikki Lane and the birthday boy, Marko Stunt, accompanied by Sarah Summers and Jeff O’Dell, teamed together to take on CCW Women’s Champion, Marni Gras, and the Inkcredible Tatt2, in what was definitely a match to ignite the crowd. After both teams made their way down to the ring, Marni Gras grabbed the mic, saying that she had a surprise for us, since it was the One Year Anniversary show. A familiar tune played and all of a sudden, out walked DIAMOND DOLL!! DIAMOND DOLL IS BACK!!! After being out of action for nearly a year, Diamond Doll returned to CCW to a very welcoming and thunderous ovation. THIS definitely put the momentum in favor of Marni Gras and Tatt2, even though they were going up against The Pinnacle. In an attempt to squash that prior to the match, Jeff O’Dell tried to get the crowd to chip in on Marko’s birthday by passing the box around. I think I put a sticker in there. So…I hope you enjoyed. It came from the heart. This was a fast paced match from the word go, as Tatt2 and Marko went at each other, featuring a flurry of quick roll up pins by Tatt2 before Marko could even take his shirt off to get ready. Tatt2 held a huge advantage over the diminutive warrior Marko until Marko was able to tag in Nikki Lane. Nikki is a very strong woman and she was able to slow down Tatt2’s attack with a series of deep armbars and swing momentum her way for a brief moment. That is, until Marni Gras hit the ring and hit that ring she did! She came with a flying furry of attacks at Nikki Lane, even warding off a double team attempt from the Pinnacle members. But, the Pinnacle, as they always manage to do, fought back with a few of their own little tricks, most notably some outside help from Sweet Sarah Summers. The match went back and forth, even spilling out of the ring at one point! It looked over at that point, as Nikki Lane hit her famed Princess Plex on Marni Gras in the middle of the ring! The only issue was that Marni was NOT the legal person in the match! Ultimately, order was restored and Nikki hit another Princess Plex on the then-legal Marni Gras, only for Marni to dig deep and find a way to kick out at two! Nikki signaled for the end and began to climb on top when suddenly, Sarah Summers tried to enter the ring. This caused Nikki to lose her balance, crashing down to the mat. While Nikki and Sarah began to argue, this gave Marni Gras enough time to regain her composure, hit her finisher and wrap up the match with the 1-2-3! After this, Sarah and Nikki continued to argue while Jeff O’Dell struggled to separate them. As they argued, Jeff seemed to finally give up and gave the signal for Nikki to attack Sarah!! Sarah was ousted from The Pinnacle!! After the attack, Jeff and Nikki left the ring while Sarah remained, receiving a HUGE ovation from the crowd! It looks like The Pinnacle has one more person targeting them, and I believe that Sarah and Nikki will be a BITTER feud!
That ended the first half, so I had a chance to walk around and talk to a few folks. Mrs. Smitty made her famous cupcakes, so she was busy making sure that everyone was taken care of in that regard. We had two GREAT friends of ours down from Iowa, so they got some bbq nachos and I went to talk to a few of the guys. I managed to make it over to the table where D’Mone was sitting. I offered my hand out for a shake and a way to patch things up over our differences. He shook my hand and said that things were cool. So that made me feel better. I then, inadvertently, photo-bombed a picture with Sarge and one of his young fans. Oops! I had a chance to talk to Kyle and Darryl at Sigs From The Bigs, but only for a brief moment. I always enjoy talking to them. Same for Patrick at F&M and J from Spooky’s Customs and Collectibles.
After a quick break, we were back and the first match of the second half of the card featured the highly anticipated in-ring return of CCW General Manager, Osby Tomlin! If you go back a year ago, Osby Tomlin, who was set to be a part of the inaugural CCW Championship Tournament, was forced to retire due to a serious neck injury. However, Osby, after over a year off from the ring, decided to come out of retirement to face Jason “The Fury” Vaughn. As you know, this feud has been boiling since earlier this year, after Osby fired Jason from CCW. Jason has since made it his goal to get back into that CCW ring and on Saturday, he finally had his chance to get his roster spot back. To do so, he had to take on not only Osby, but also Justin “The Juice” Smart, who made his in ring debut at last month’s Inferno show. Joining the GM and The Juice at ringside was Jason’s former protege, the young high flyer, JD Wilk. This match had high stakes, and it showed, as Jason came out of the gate on fire, tossing The Juice around like a ragdoll. That all changed once Osby hit the ring. The momentum took a hard turn into the GM’s favor as he unleashed a ferocious bevvy of attacks onto Jason. You could tell that the past year of being away from the ring was being released with every forearm, knee and suplex that Osby delivered. There was a moment where The Fury was regaining control of the match when something interesting happened on the outside. Dexter Roswell came up to JD Wilk at ringside and delivered a note. JD read it, smiled, then walked away from the match! Is Ace’s cheering section growing? Time will tell! Back in the ring, though, Osby was using his “GM’s advantage” to distract referee Lane Austin from the attack that The Juice was delivering to Jason on the outside. This lasted for quite some time, quickly draining The Fury of energy. The action returned to the ring, where The Juice and Osby took turns dismantling The Fury, with quick tags in and out to keep one another fresh. Things were looking rather bleak for The Fury, as well as his chance to once again be a full time part of CCW. Justin and Osby were setting up Jason to finish him off, when suddenly, The Fury used his last bit of energy to reverse the move! He launched Justin into Osby, knocking the GM from the apron and grabbed The Juice for his famed Fury Smash!! He squeezed out the last of The Juice for the 1-2-3! Jason “The Fury” Vaughn is once again a full time member of the CCW Roster!! What a match!!! Afterward, as Osby and Justin left ringside, the Fury’s children came to the ring to celebrate with their Dad, who was one proud, happy man!
The next match was one that I believe I was most excited for and that was the Number One Contender’s match between The King of Darkness, Dell Tucker, and The Best of the Best, Austin Lane. These two are no strangers to each other, having had many battles over the years, even being a multiple time match of the year. Knowing that, we were all excited and had high expectations of this match and just let me say, they didn’t disappoint. Before the match started, Austin, knowing that he was facing the numbers game against The Pinnacle, shocked the CCW crowd as he called out his own personal security for the evening, PSYCHO!!!! Psycho and his sidekick, Kayte, who has been the muscle for Austin Lane once before, came out to another thunderous ovation from the crowd. With the odds a little more even, Austin and Dell got in the ring and this party started! The two started out in an impressive chain wrestling showing, with neither Austin nor Dell able to gain an advantage during their sequences. The pair would go back and forth attempting to gain the upper hand when suddenly things looked rather grim, as Austin came down hard on his left ankle while attempting a leap frog. He grimaced in pain, even pounding the mat, as C-Lo threw up the dreaded X, signaling that someone is hurt. It looked as if the match would be going to Dell due to injury, but there is absolutely no quit in Austin Lane. I’m pretty sure that he would continue the match if his foot had been cut off! He found some athletic tape, did a quick tape-up and then hopped back up to face Dell Tucker. This gave Dell an open invitation to attack the foot of Austin, however, and Dell did just that. Multiple strikes and submissions from Dell did a lot of damage to Austin and slowed the match considerably. Dell worked Austin inside and out of the ring to try and gain an advantage to take the match but the Best of the Best just would not give up. Its not in him to do so! Every time that Dell seemed poised to win, Austin would kick out, reverse a hold or block what Dell was hoping to accomplish. Multiple times, even, Dell had Austin up on his shoulders, ready for the GTS, yet Austin found his way out. Austin ALMOST had the match after a combination of a GTS followed up by the package pile driver, but Dell was able to kick out! Dell finally hit his GTS and even a package pile driver of his own, but Austin would still not give up! Finally, it seemed as if Jeff O’Dell had enough and he hopped up on the apron to attempt an interference. I think he forgot about Psycho on the outside, though. I don’t know that I’ve heard a man scream that loudly before! Psycho, along with Kayte and his fork, chased Jeff around the outside of the ring. As C-Lo attempted to restore order, Dell decided to take matters into his own hands and hit Austin with a blatant low blow! After that, it was time for one more GTS to truly attempt putting Austin to sleep and Dell into the #1 contender spot. However, the guts and determination of Austin were just too much as he escaped the GTS one last time!! However, this time would be the last as Austin furiously locked in a STF. Dell fought for what seemed like an eternity, but it wouldn’t be enough, as he finally gave in to the pressure of the hold! CCW has a new #1 contender, the Best of the Best, Austin Lane!!! WHAT A MATCH!!!
At that point, I think its safe to say that we could’ve all gone home happy, but true to CCW’s form, there was still one more match left to go! The main event featured Pinnacle member’s Matheus, the Viking beast, and his partner, CCW Heavyweight Champion, Hollis Giroux, squaring off against Brandon Barbwire and the one and only, Bad Ass Billy Gunn! The former DX member and New Age Outlaw hit the AC Brase Arena building to a THUNDEROUS applause from the over 500 solid in the arena!! We were treated to a roaring rendition of Billy’s longtime mic work where, if you’re not down with that, then he had two words for ya! Its crazy to think that, 20 years later, this is STILL as popular as it is! It echo’d throughout the arena building and set the tone for the match. Brandon and Hollis got things started. You can tell that with every move he makes, Brandon Barbwire has the goal of destroying the Pinnacle in the back of his mind. Everything has more force and meaning behind it when it is directed at a Pinnacle member. Brandon jockeyed for position against Hollis for a bit, then he decided to tag in Billy Gunn. As soon as Billy hit the ring, Hollis ran away to tag in the bigger Matheus. Now, its not very often that you see a guy who matches up in size with Matheus, but Billy Gunn did just that. Matheus was able to take Billy to the mat quickly, but a few well timed and well placed side kicks put big Matheus on the mat and quickly out of the ring. As the action spilled outside, Matheus was able to gain some ground on Billy with a few well placed strikes of his own before getting things back into the ring and hitting a cannonball dive onto Billy Gunn. Hollis Giroux was tagged in and seemed poised to wrap things up, but a well timed boot to the face by Billy allowed him to tag in Brandon and things were fresh all over again. For a bit at least. That momentum didn’t last long and suddenly, The Pinnacle had Brandon Barbwire back on the ground. With a series of quick tags between Matheus and Hollis, they mounted a big advantage on Brandon, all the while keeping him from tagging in Billy Gunn. That momentum came to a screeching halt as Brandon Barbwire dug deep into his energy reserves to hit a DDT on Matheus and then tag in Billy! It seemed all over except for the formalities at this point. Billy cleaned house and then pandemonium broke out! All four combatants were in the ring. Matheus sent Brandon flying to the outside, then Billy launched Matheus out! It looked like Hollis was done!! Billy hit the Fame-Asser!! 1-2-3!!! That’s it!!! Billy and Brandon have defeated The Pinnacle!! From out of nowhere, Billy Hills flies into the ring and begins assaulting Billy Gunn. AND ITS AUSTIN LANE!!! Austin Lane hits the ring for the save, clearing it of all the Pinnacle members, and makes sure that Hollis knows he is coming for him at Homecoming 2!
HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY CCW!!! WOW!!! That was just, from top to bottom, one of the most solid cards that CCW has put on. I loved the tag matches, as I’ve made very well known for a while now, as they truly showed off some great competition in the matches. My match of the night is split. Austin Lane and Dell Tucker put on such a phenomenal match, showing how well they’ve scouted each other over the years, but at the same time, Osby Tomlin, Justin Smart and Jason Vaughn put on one hard hitting, hard fought match. Its a toss up!! They were both SO good. I can’t pick. And that’s not to discount the other matches, either! They were all good!! To the talent that was in the ring, seriously, pat yourself on the back for such a great job on Saturday night. You men and women truly owned that ring on Saturday. But, I feel as if we’re being spoiled here a bit because that’s literally how EVERY CCW card is these days! I’ve yet to leave the show saying “you know, they just weren’t that good tonight” because every show has just been a great show. CCW is firing on all cylinders right now and the attendance at these shows has reflected that. There were over 500 on Saturday night, we’ve seen that many for Matt Hardy as well, and its rare to see anything under 300+ these days! Its all systems go right now for CCW and if what they have done in just one year is any indication of where things are headed, then all I can say is don’t miss a thing!
If you did happen to miss this past weekend, you can always catch up on the action every Wednesday night on the Fite TV app. The crew that is heading that up (Zach Price and Mandy Mae Kennedy filming, Seanan Young, Asa Gray, Dalton Anthony and Ally Hebert on commentary and Osby Tomlin editing the show) have been doing a PHENOMENAL job at presenting CCW to the world. And if you are unable to catch Chaos on Wednesday nights at 6, each episode goes into the On Demand part of the app, so you can watch it any time you’re able to after that. Also on Wednesday’s, the Pro Wrestling Unscripted team that does the CCW Chaos commentary records a new episode, that is usually posted late that evening or early the following Thursday. Definitely bookmark that or download the Podbean app. I’ve got the link on my links page for all this, plus many other awesome friends we’ve made along the way, as well as ways to communicate with your favorite CCW stars!
I’ll be coming back again to, hopefully, get around to writing my note of thanks for one amazing year of CCW. I’m still thinking on that. I don’t believe I can sit down and do it justice by just clacking something out. I’ll also come back when we have the flyer for the Homecoming 2 show, but for right now, we’re looking at an amazing slate of matches! I’ll be back later to talk more about that!
That’s all for this time. As always, thanks for tuning in…er…reading in…ya know what, thanks for clicking the link! There we go! We appreciate you guys so very much for reading the recap and we hope to see you at a CCW show! I know that the talent in the ring would love that as well! Hit up those links and give those fine folks some love and we’ll see you next time!! KUMINAYEAHAH!
To quote the late, great Stuart Scott “its time, right about that time” and indeed it is time: Time to talk about CCW!!! I know, I know, I promised an entry between the flyer release and now talking about one year of CCW, but, I got to thinking about it a bit more and decided that I would take in the One Year Anniversary show before I reflect on things. That will give me a great punctuation on one year, rather than more speculation. That and work has hit its busy stretch, so, by delaying it a bit I should have some more time to really gather my thoughts on things. But, that’s not what we’re here for today. As is tradition around here, its the Monday before the upcoming show, so we have to do some previewing!!
To keep things fresh in your mind, here’s the upcoming show flyer:
Dang doesn’t that look good? Props to the design and marketing team that CCW has producing their flyers as they are always on their game and do just a bang up job of getting us hyped up for a show! And one more time, here is the card slated for Saturday night.
Hollis Giroux & Matheus w Jeff O’Dell
Missouri Wrestling Revival Championship
“Farmer” Billy Hills
Brandon “Espy” Espinosa
Inter gender Tag Match
Tatt2 & Marni Gras
Nikki Lane & Marko
CCW Tag Team Title Match
The Blaster “Sexy”Sarge
Justin “The Juice” Smart & Osby Tomlin w JD Wilks v Jason Vaughn
#1 Contender match.”
The King of Darkness” Dell Tucker vs “The Human Highlight Reel” Austin Lane
Dexter Roswell & Ace Hawkins vs Roscoe Eat Lisa
Whew. Dang. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to contain myself!! This may very well be the best card that they have put on so far! Let’s dive in.
First up, the tag match featuring Ace Hawkins and his new partner….cheering squad…lackey? I’m not exactly sure how you would describe it, but whatever Dexter Roswell is to Ace now, they are teaming up on Saturday night. If you go back to last month’s Inferno show, you’ll remember that the two had a phenomenal match, resulting in Ace taking the win and then preceding to force Dexter down on his knee to cheer for him. Which, side note, I’m curious to see what Ace has in store for this. Does he recruit more, younger talents to cheer for him and join him? Time will tell. What I do know is that they need to have their boots tied tight, because they’re going up against the tag team powerhouse, Roscoe Eat Lisa. REL has won their spot in the hearts of the CCW faithful with electric performances, going back to their CCW debut earlier this year in the Tag Team Warfare tournament, nearly making it to the final round. And that’s all it took for them to let everyone in CCW know that they aren’t called one of the premier tag teams on the independent scene for nothing. Zakk and Mikey have an odd approach to matches, but possess a chemistry and teamwork ability that very few have, not to mention tag team experience. This one should light the crowd up in a heartbeat! My heart tells me that Roscoe Eat Lisa should win this one…but there’s something devious about Ace and Dexter that says to not count them out.
Up next, the CCW #1 Contender Match, featuring The King of Darkness Dell Tucker going up against the Best of the Best, Austin Lane. This match has happened before in other promotions and has been in the running for match of the year multiple times. I expect nothing less between these two. I’ve said it many times here, but Dell Tucker is a savage. He stops at nothing to win matches with his devious outlook on things. And with the stakes being a possible title shot, you KNOW that he won’t be pulling out any stops. Plus, with Jeff O’Dell being at ringside, Austin is already at a disadvantage in this one. But, its Austin F’n Lane that we’re talking about here!! He’s not called The Best of the Best or The Human Highlight Reel for nothing. He goes out and gives 200% (yes, I said 200%) in Every.Single.Match. Austin has made it very clear that he wants to tear apart The Pinnacle piece by piece to get to that title, and so far, he’s accomplishing just that after his early Match of the Year performance last month with Marko Stunt. This is shaping up to be another potential Match of the Night, even a Match of the Year candidate as these two know each other well and know what they are getting into going into it. Both men are coming off wins at Inferno, so with momentum in their favor, expect nothing less than an Asa Gray (that’s 5 Stars) in this one. I think Austin comes out with this match in the end, but, what toll will it take on him going up against an intense opponent like Dell Tucker? We’ll find out.
For the past several months, Jason “The Fury” Vaughn has been embroiled in a feud with CCW’s own General Manager, Osby Tomlin. Osby fired Jason over Facebook, of all places, stating that The Fury’s attitude had gotten out of hand and that he was, to sum it up, not wanted in CCW. However, I think the fans said otherwise, as Jason is still one of the most popular wrestlers with the fans today. Jason ran in on JD Wilk just days after being fired, and he even donned a mask and wrestled against JD as the “Lawless Outlaw” at the Ashlynn McClure Memorial. Things came to a heated boil at Inferno as Osby brought The Fury to the ring. In the ring stood debuting CCW talent, Justin “The Juice” Smart, who had just won his debut match against Syn. That will be very important as I unravel this story. The Fury was told that there would be a contract signing and that Osby would meet him in the ring. The contract stated that The Fury was set to square off against The Juice at the Anniversary show. So Jason said he didn’t care what the contract said, he just wanted to sign it and get in the ring. After a brief stare down between Jason and Justin, Osby separated the two combatants and delivered a bombshell to us all. The contract stated that The Fury was set to face The Juice, plus one other person in a handicap match. Then…it happened. Osby delivered a THUNDEROUS clothesline to lay out Jason Vaughn, then quickly announced that he was indeed the other person!!! Osby, who over 400 days ago, laid his boots in the ring at the very first CCW show, is coming out of retirement!! My mouth was left wide open and so many in the crowd were in a state of shock and disbelief. I have to assume that CCW management is not too thrilled about this, but, here we are. This rivalry comes to a head on Saturday! Can the Fury withstand two? I think so. But, a returning Osby Tomlin can be a very dangerous man, having sat for over a year, watching CCW develop and build without him for many months. To say he’s motivated is an understatement. And he has a fresh body in The Juice to help him all the same.
I’m a fan of intergender tag matches and we’ve seen several of them already in CCW’s young time, but I don’t know that we’ve seen one quite THIS exciting yet. The Queen of the Women’s Division, Marni Gras is squaring off with the exciting, the Inkcredible, Tatt2 going up against members of The Pinnacle, the always dangerous Nikki Lane and the pint sized phenom, Marko. This may very well be the dark horse contender for the Match of the Night, because this has multiple levels of excitement built into it. Marni Gras/Little Bit and Nikki Lane have an intense feud that has been building since earlier this year when Nikki Lane made her CCW debut. Nikki made it very clear that her goal is to be the #1 woman in CCW, and quite possibly the planet, and has done her best to prove that she is every bit of that. Except for when it came to the CCW Women’s Title Match. Marni Gras was able to use her quickness and never give up attitude to take the gold to become the first ever women’s champion in CCW. This bad blood continues to boil and I expect that this won’t be settled for quite some time. However, this time around, an interesting twist has been added to it. Marko, Jeff O’Dell’s personal bodyguard, who wowed the fans in his in ring debut last month in a losing effort to Austin Lane, will be added to the mix as will Tatt2, one of the most spectacular high flyers in the region. This will be a match showcasing speed and quickness all around and one that if you blink, you could miss a ton of action! Will be see the possibility of Marni Gras and Marko meeting up in the ring at some point? I wouldn’t rule it out, as Marni has a pinfall victory over Billy Hills, after all. Or could Nikki Lane use her impressive strength to take out Tatt2? The Pinnacle will be in full force in this one, but will it be enough to overcome the guts and perseverance of Tatt2 and Marni? Definitely keep your eyes open wide for this one, it shouldn’t disappoint.
The CCW Tag Team Titles will be defended on Saturday night as the Sexy Blasters reunite once again in a title defense against the returning LA Hustlers. The LA Hustlers make no bones about how they view themselves, which is the best tag team on the planet. Their goal is one thing: gold. Lots and lots of gold. They’re training hard right now, too, as they have the tag championships in their sites. But, can they derail this train that’s ran by Blaster and Sarge? Its no surprise that Blaster has become one of, if not THE most beloved superstar in CCW this year. The fans are fully behind him right now and any time you add Sexy Sarge to the mix, its going to be hard to go against their momentum. Sarge, the crafty veteran, has the love and support of the crowd almost on the same level as Blaster, which can almost create a third man situation, putting the LA Hustlers at a deficit early on. But, if we know one thing about the LA Hustlers, its that they have no problems at all going whatever it takes to win a match, whether its interference or even relying on that baseball bat that Lamonte brings with him to ringside. And with a clear goal of gold, I’d have to say that the LA Hustlers will be even more deadly than ever before. However, c’mon, you can’t deny that Blaster and Sarge have the champion’s advantage in this one. I’m anxious to see how this will turn out. Blaster has had some serious contenders step up in his title reign that he’s knocked off, plus he has a very good chemistry with Sexy Sarge. I expect the Sexy Blasters to hang on to the belts, just know that if it happens, the Hustlers aren’t going down without a fight.
We were slated to have a match for the Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri State Championship between Brandon “Espy” Espinosa and Farmer Billy Hills on Saturday night, but over the weekend, Ace Hawkins defeated Espy to win the title back. And, as far as I know, its a title victory that is standing. So, now, we have one heck of a grudge match, I guess? Either way, this match won’t disappoint. Espy has had his hands full from The Pinnacle as of late, so a chance for him to get back at them is likely something that is high up on his list. Especially seeing as how it was Billy Hills who helped Hollis Giroux retain his title. If you go back to last month’s Inferno show, Billy Hills hid under the ring and grabbed Espy’s ankle, keeping Espy from answering the ten count, which resulted in his count out loss to CCW Champion Hollis Giroux. The motivation is there for Espy. Billy Hills, though, is one of the most cunning individuals in CCW. The fans hate him, and shower him in boos, from the moment he walks through the doors. Whether he’s flipping merch tables, nearly inciting riots, or even challenging fans to fights, Billy knows how to get under people’s skin. And he does it with this excited look in his eyes every single time. He knows what he’s doing. Its the mental game and very few have been able to match it. Espy has his own tricks, though. We’ve seen him don the face paint and use that to get into his opponents heads before. Even though he used it last month, could we see it again? Its always possible. To make this match even more interesting is, we’ve seen this match once before in CCW, going back to last year’s Homecoming card. Espy took that one, so you know that Billy is ready to come out swinging, maybe even more so than usual.
The main event for Saturday night features The Pinnacle’s crown jewel, Hollis Giroux, CCW Champion, teams up with his new Pinnacle stablemate, the monster viking, Matheus. Matheus made his debut in CCW in devastating fashion by interfering during the match between Hollis and Brandon Barbwire, hitting a monster chokebomb that left Brandon laid out in the middle of the ring. Matheus is one of the most physically imposing and intimidating members of the CCW roster and now that he has sided with The Pinnacle, it makes them even more dangerous. Not only do they have strength in numbers, they have crazy talent across their members and now they have this big enforcer. Its a crazy situation right now with how much talent they have and normally, I would say that they would run over anyone. But I’m not. Brandon Barbwire, the former CCW champ, is also making it very well known that he doesn’t care so much about going after the title as he wants to destroy The Pinnacle. The group that he was the star of now has a target. And to help him do just that, he’s enlisting the help of the legendary Badass Billy Gunn!! The former New Age Outlaw and Degeneration X member is coming to CCW to team up with Brandon Barbwire. Billy Gunn has his own experience in taking down stables and factions. Look what he did to the Nation of Domination back in the Attitude Era. Plus, you have to figure that many of the other stars of the CCW roster are growing tired of the Pinnacle and their shenanigans. This could turn into an all out war. This will be an epic main event, so be sure to get a soda or energy drink or something to get ready!
Wow. What a freaking card. But, I must make note that it is missing Pinnacle member D’Mone. Now, I do have to address this. D’Mone feels like I have disrespected him due to skipping over the fact that he took the mighty KLD off his feat and, as D’Mone put it, “Put him on his ass” during my last report. D’Mone, trust me man, I will never set out in my writing to disrespect you. And if you feel like I owe you an apology, I’ll say here that I am sorry you read into it that way and, furthermore, I would be more than happy to talk to you at the next show you’re at. I’ve got nothing but respect for ya, truth be told.
That’s how it goes sometimes, though. But, I’m not about this to promote myself. All this that I do, its for CCW. The talents, the owners, the bookers, the social media directors, everyone affiliated with CCW mean a lot to me. That’s why I do this. I’ll dive into that later on when I recap one amazing year in Cape Championship Wrestling. In the meantime, don’t forget about the weekly FITE TV show, CCW Chaos, that airs each Wednesday night at 6pm. Also, make sure to check out Pro Wrestling Unscripted each week (usually releases late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning) to hear about CCW as well. I’ve redone a few things on the site, so rather than having a big list of links down here at the bottom, I’ve made an updated links page up at the top, which now has links to your favorite CCW wrestlers fan pages, twitter accounts and much more. Keep up with all the action from your favorite stars of Cape Championship Wrestling and beyond! I hope you’re as excited about the Anniversary show as I am, as you never know what could happen!!! I’ll see you at the Arena Building!
The flyer has been released for the upcoming CCW Anniversary Show and WOW does it look awesome!!! The digital marketing crew at CCW has done a fine job once again. Check it out!
Check that out!!! And if you missed the last post, here’s the card for the 29th
Hollis Giroux & Matheus w Jeff O’Dell
Missouri Wrestling Revival Championship
“Farmer” Billy Hills
Brandon “Espy” Espinosa
Inter gender Tag Match
Tatt2 & Marni Gras
Nikki Lane & Marko
CCW Tag Team Title Match
The Blaster “Sexy”Sarge
Justin “The Juice” Smart & Osby Tomlin w JD Wilks v Jason Vaughn
#1 Contender match.”
The King of Darkness” Dell Tucker vs “The Human Highlight Reel” Austin Lane
Dexter Roswell & Ace Hawkins vs Roscoe Eat Lisa
I’ll have my match preview/predictions blog up the week leading up to the show, so be sure to look for that. I am also working on a bit of a One Year retrospective blog that I hope to have out at the end of this week or early next week, where we talk about all the happenings over the last year. That one could get LONG as I am often one who does that, plus I have a ton of great memories of this past year anyway! CCW has been one of the most fun things to come into our life and its also become something that has introduced us to a swath of new people, many of whom are now people that we consider friends. That will be a special one here at Talking Smit, so keep your eyes open for that coming soon! Until then, be sure to scroll up top to our links section and give some love to everyone! They are some great folks who do a lot in wrestling, social media and in CCW. Take care!
Its Monday and time to talk a little bit about one of our favorite things, Cape Championship Wrestling! They’re coming up on their One Year Anniversary and this show is shaping up to be HUGE!!! Its crazy to think that we were looking at the Super Show back in April as THE biggest CCW show of the year, but, much like CCW is able to do, they’ve managed to put on shows that are just as good, shoot, if not BETTER than the Super Show!!! Right now, CCW has such a great roster of talent, as well as a connection to some of the best and biggest indy names across the country. And, as a special treat, they’re bringing in none other than Bad Ass Billy Gunn, the iconic D-Generation X and New Age Outlaw member for the main event!! On top of that, we get to see the in ring debut and wrestling return of CCW’s own GM, Osby Tomlin!
If you missed the news on Friday, tickets were flying out left and right. So fast, in fact, that CCW got close to setting their all time day one sales record. At least that was what I last heard. They may have beaten it because I saw that only after about an hour into the sales. This makes me so happy to see as it was just a year ago that we were anticipating their first show. I plan on doing a post about that as we near the one year show, but I’ll talk about it a bit here. We weren’t sure what to expect. We knew that we were beyond excited to see things that were about to unfold. I knew a few of the names on that first card, names like Osby Tomlin, Farmer Billy Hills, Jason Vaughn, Jake Dirden, Davey Vega and the special guest, former WWE star, Trevor Murdoch. I went in expecting a fun show but never in my wildest dreams did I expect that we would be getting the gift of CCW that we received. And in just a year, they have skyrocketed to a level that can take other organizations YEARS to accomplish. They’ve got a great team in ownership and I will continue to brag about them for many years to come.
While we wait on the flyers to be posted, here is the card that is coming for July 29th!
Hollis Giroux & Matheus w Jeff O’Dell
Missouri Wrestling Revival Championship
“Farmer” Billy Hills
Brandon “Espy” Espinosa
Inter gender Tag Match
Tatt2 & Marni Gras
Nikki Lane & Marko
CCW Tag Team Title Match
The Blaster “Sexy”Sarge
Justin “The Juice” Smart & Osby Tomlin w JD Wilks v Jason Vaughn
#1 Contender match.”
The King of Darkness” Dell Tucker vs “The Human Highlight Reel” Austin Lane
Dexter Roswell & Ace Hawkins vs Roscoe Eat Lisa
So…that’s a big card!!! And you KNOW that I’m excited because of the tag team matches that are on tap. I LOVE tag team matches in wrestling and will be beyond excited to see these. Don’t forget to tune in on Wednesday night’s for CCW Chaos on the FiteTV app or on the Fite TV link down there. And as always, be sure to check out our friends down here and show them some love! And if I don’t see you before then, don’t go blowing yourself up on the 4th of July!
I know that I say this a lot, but hear me out. If you missed out on this past Saturday night’s show, CCW Inferno, then you missed out on a LOT. And not just wrestling action!! I’m talking about furthering stories even more as things head into the one year anniversary show in July. And on top of that, the action reached a fever pitch in the ring as we saw some of the best action in a CCW ring in quite some time. Here’s the flyer, in case you missed it before.
You can already see that this card was stacked to begin with. One of the many strengths of CCW right now is its roster. Its diversely stacked with insane talent top to bottom. Plus, Jason “The Brain” Wells, head booker of CCW, has a far-reaching network of talent across the independent wrestling scene, which has him ready to add people at a moment’s notice. That was the case on Saturday in a couple matches, which I’ll let you know more on in a bit. So, let’s get started, shall we?
The opening match featured the in ring debut of The Pinnacle’s body guard, Marko Stunt, going up against one of the most talented wrestlers in the world, the Best of the Best, Austin Lane. Now, due to Marko’s small stature, most just assumed he was nothing more than a comedy bit orchestrated by Jeff O’Dell. However, we were soon impressed by his abilities. The match started off in what seemed like a quick ending, as Austin attacked with a flying kick, followed up with a package pile driver that looked like things were soon over. However, referee Lane Austin had not signaled for the match to start. This brief moment allowed Marko to regain his composure and then what unfolded next was a match unlike any we had seen since Austin Lane took on Ricochet last year at CCW Homecoming!! And when I say this was a 5 star match, I truly mean this was a 5 star match!! Both guys matched each other’s athleticism and energy, seeing Marko unleashing a high flying arsenal, much to the surprise of many in attendance. Austin matched him, move for move and the tide of the match was even for the biggest part. Marko used his quickness to an advantage and it seemed like he may be able to do the impossible and take a win from Austin, but in crunch time, the veteran Austin Lane was able to finish off the match in a big way, with a top rope package pile driver to seal the deal. But holy crap. This match was SO good and it has just taken over the top spot for CCW Match of the Year in my opinion. 5 Stars all around as far as I’m concerned.
With a lead off match like that, how could you top that? Well the women came out to do just that! Nikki Lane and Marni Gras squared off to see who would be crowned the first ever CCW Women’s Champion. These two have had an intense rivalry going back to February with constant interferences in matches and confrontations in between. With gold on the line, you KNEW that these ladies would be bringing it and they did just that. It showcased the strength of Nikki Lane against the speed and guts of Marni Gras. This match started out in a flurry as Nikki hit a neckbreaker on Marni, but the resilient Marni fought back through a barrage of forearms and head slams to the turnbuckle to hit a beautiful hurricanrana off the top rope. Marni draped Nikki over the middle rope for her trademark rope assisted armbar, yet Nikki was able to endure it, find a way out and turn the momentum to her side with a sit out facebuster. And this would be the pace of the entire match!! Nikki hit a top rope side slam, only for Marni Gras to rally back and push through to hit a flipping neckbreaker. These women were pushing each other to their limits in pursuit of the gold and they were pulling out all stops! At one point the action spilled outside and Nikki flung Marni Gras into the side of the ring! We thought that Nikki hit her so hard that Marni Gras exploded into a pile of glitter. She was nowhere to be found! But, soon we realized it was only a trick, as Marni Gras came out from under the ring to surprise Nikki! But, this was short lived as Nikki, furious at this point, hurled Marni back into the ring and hit her signature Princess Plex!! It was all over at this point, but she was too close to the ropes! Marni Gras got her legs on the rope to break the pinfall! At this point, Nikki was beyond frustrated as she let senior referee Kelly know that she wasn’t happy with that call to break the pin. And in that moment, Marni Gras, using her last bit of energy, rolled up Nikki into the small package. 1-2-3!! We have the FIRST CCW Women’s Champion!! Marni Gras has taken the belt!!! What an AMAZING match by these two women!!! This puts Marni Gras on top of the mountain, but breathing down her neck will be Nikki Lane, Sweet Sarah Summers and whoever wants to step up to the champion. Wow what a great way to start your championship reign!!
So after two top notch matches, we were supposed to be seeing a grudge match between THE Cody Wilson and THE Ace Hawkins. However, unfortunately, Cody has a foot injury that is holding him out of action until the end of summer. This lead to our second in ring debut of the evening featuring the man who is set on making wrestling, and CCW, great again, the one and only Dexter Roswell!! Now, Dexter is your typical politician. He’s a smooth talker, hypes his platform and is dressed to the nines. He came out and grabbed the mic, letting everyone know that he was exactly what wrestling and CCW needed to make wrestling great again. This did not set well with the Ace that runs the place, Ace Hawkins, as he came out in his rather incensed state of mind. He let Dexter know that he was the one making wrestling great again and that the CCW fans wouldn’t cheer for him, so they wouldn’t cheer for Dexter either. That started a corner pose-off, where neither guy could get the crowd in their favor. Never the less, Dexter offered a handshake prior to the match, but, only before using some hand sanitizer, just to make sure that Ace wasn’t carrying many germs. It didn’t take long for the action to get underway. Dexter left a great impression on many of us throughout the match, as he was able to use his youth and determination to match Ace early on and use that to his advantage. Ace, however, quickly began using his speed advantage and his veteran prowess to take control of the match with a well-time use of Dexter’s necktie. But that set up a heavy offensive run for Ace, using his high flying ability, his speed and, well, maybe a few of his underhanded tactics to his advantage. Dexter DID try to put a hat to the famous Top Rope Dab that Ace likes to do, even setting up his own flying crossbody. But, it was never enough. Ace finally wore down Dexter and hit him with the Ace Crusher to call it a match. Afterward, he berated Dexter to the point that Dexter, down on his knees, was forced to cheer for Ace. Are we about to see the beginning of a new group between the two? Its interesting to think of what could happen!
The next match featured another CCW in ring debut match, where we saw Justin “The Juice” Smart, an arrogant talent from Sikeston, Missouri, taking on one of the top stars in CCW, SYN!!! The Juice was showing his cockiness from the start, as he snubbed fans for high fives and then draped himself across the ropes in the corner waiting. This match got started off hot as, from out of nowhere, Ace Hawkins came flying from the back and attacked Syn from behind! This, stemming from the Ashlynn McClure Memorial show where Syn saved Cody Hawkins from Ace, lasted quite some time, draining Syn of energy that he should have been using in his match with The Juice. And you could tell throughout the course of the match that the pre-match attack wore him down quite a bit. For a guy who was making his return to professional wrestling after a brief time off, The Juice looked ready to go and maintained his offense well throughout the match. Syn, much to his credit, fought back as best as he could. He has no ounce of quit in his body, sometimes no love either, as he hurled himself over the top ropes to attack Justin on the outside. It just wasn’t enough, though, as The Juice had far too much, well, juice in his tank for this match and in the end, he over powered Syn to take the win in his CCW debut.
At the conclusion of the match, The Juice stayed in the ring as GM Osby Tomlin came out with JD Wilk. This set up Osby calling The Fury, Jason Vaughn, to ringside. If you go back to the Ashlynn McClure Memorial show last month, you remember Jason Vaughn got the upper hand on Osby as he wrestled as The Bootheel Outlaw in a match against JD Wilk. Jason, who had been fired by Osby earlier this year, made it very clear that the things Osby was saying about him, that he was all about the money and didn’t care about the fans, were not true allegations and that Jason would be getting back into a CCW ring. After last month, Osby decided to set up a meeting with The Fury in the middle of the ring and Jason Vaughn hit the ring to a huge pop. Its clear that the fans are still 100% behind The Fury. Osby let Jason know that he had a contract in his hand for Jason to sign, if he wanted, to give him another match. Jason was more than ready to sign the contract as he grabbed it and let Osby know that he didn’t care what the match, stipulation or anything about it was, he just wanted to sign it and get it over with. After Jason signed the contract, Osby had a devious look on his face. He said that Jason should have read his contract over a bit more carefully as he had just signed up for a match with The Juice. Quickly, Jason and The Juice started sizing each other up, almost coming to blows before Osby separated the two. That’s when Osby let Jason know that it wasn’t just a one on one match but rather a two on one handicap match. And then, the unthinkable happened. OSBY TOMLIN CLOTHESLINED JASON VAUGHN!!! At that point, Osby let Jason know that the other person in that handicap match was none other than himself. OSBY TOMLIN IS COMING OUT OF RETIREMENT!!! WHAT!?!?!?! OSBY IS BACK!!! Owner Ken Murphy came out to get Osby and The Juice to the back, almost coming to blows with his GM. What a moment!! Big Curtis Boss, at that point, announced it was time for intermission and I think it was rightfully time as everything to this point had just blown our minds. Wow!
Coming out of intermission, things fired off with another CCW debut as we saw the mad Viking monster, Matheus, taking on former CCW champion, Brandon Barbwire. These two developed bad blood last month as Matheus came through the crowd down at Lawless Harley Davidson to attack Brandon in the ring, aligning with The Pinnacle and allowing Hollis Giroux to take the win and retain his title. Things heated up rather quickly between Matheus and Barbwire as they were throwing some STIFF strikes at one another. It looked like both of these guys were out for blood. This is another step on the way for Brandon Barbwire to dismantle the Pinnacle, but from the looks of things, its a BIG step as Matheus truly is one of the most imposing people on the CCW roster right now. Brandon isn’t a small person by any means, but Matheus’ size made Brandon seem smaller than usual. Just to get this image in your mind of the size of Matheus! This match was split down the middle the whole way through. Every time that Brandon had a pinfall attempt, Matheus would power out and vice versa. The drive of Brandon Barbwire to take down the Pinnacle, the fire in his eyes, was VERY apparent on Saturday, as he came at Matheus with everything he had in his arsenal. On the other side of it, Matheus did the same to Brandon. This match was truly anyone’s match as neither competitor could get enough momentum in their favor to take the match!! Toward the end, Brandon and Matheus traded moments where they would attack their downed opponent in the corner until referee Kelly had to pull them apart after a 5 count. Finally, Kelly had enough of that and called for the time keeper to ring the bell to end the match. Jeff O’Dell, furious at the decision, jumped up on the apron to contest it. But Kelly insisted that since neither competitor would follow his instructions. Then, Kelly called for help and the locker room emptied. Pinnacle members came out for Matheus, other CCW roster members came out to hold back Brandon. And that STILL didn’t work, as both opponents continued to lunge after each other. It was sheer chaos!! GM Osby Tomlin came out and as people were finally being pulled apart, said that since things weren’t settled this time around, they would be squaring off in the ring again next month at the One Year Anniversary show, but in a tag match. Matheus would be teaming with Pinnacle member D’Mone going up against Brandon Barbwire and….BAD ASS BILLY GUNN!!! The legendary DX member, half of the New Age Outlaws, THE ASS MAN HIMSELF BILLY FREAKIN GUNN IS COMING TO CCW!!! What a huge announcement by Osby Tomlin!!!
Wow! What a night and we still had 3 matches left!! Up next was Dell Tucker, on his own this time, going up against Tatt2 in a grudge match between the two. Tatt2 and Dell Tucker are staples of the MidSouth wrestling scene and have crossed paths many times over the years. This feud has continued to boil until they both decided to take things into the CCW ring. This was a match that I was very anxious to see, because even though they did have varying styles, they could both match each other well. Dell Tucker, who I still believe to be just an insanely ruthless punk in the ring, has very deceptive speed to be able to keep up with the high flyers. Tatt2, who may be the quickest person on the roster, packs a LOT of power in his smaller frame. From that alone, I knew this match would be special. And it was all that, plus some! Tatt2 clearly had the fans behind him from the start, so much that it began to affect Dell, as he took time to point and call out multiple members of the crowd. From that, Tatt2 used his quickness to attempt two quick roll up pins on Dell. Tatt2 kept the pace up as he flipped Dell Tucker into the ring from the apron, following it up with a flurry of kicks into the corner. It looked like from there, it would be smooth sailing from there until Tatt2 made one mistake and that was all it took for Dell to get back into the match. With a thundering boot to the face, the tide shifted, allowing Dell to begin slowing the pace with his power. Tatt2 would try to escape or quickly attack, to which Dell would continue to power Tatt2 down. Dell began attacking body parts with submissions. It was looking like the tide had shifted enough that Dell would take it, but the competitive fire burning in Tatt2 just wouldn’t go out. He found some more momentum, took the skies a few times and just when it seemed like his high flying artistry would win this match….he was caught. Dell Tucker was able to pluck Tatt2 from the sky and then…boom. Go To Sleep!! Tatt2 crumpled to the canvas after the devastating knee strike as Dell covered for the three count and taking this leg of the victory in their ongoing war!
The co-main event featured the Pinnacle member tag team of Farmer Billy Hills and, this time around, D’Mone, going up against quite possibly THE most popular superstar on the CCW roster, BLASTER and his partner for the weekend, none other than KLD himself, Kevin Lee Davidson!! Talk about a power team right there! If you’ve never seen KLD work, you would be blown away by the agility that he has for his size! Couple that with the sheer, brute power of Blaster and you had what many considered to be the odds on favorite to win at Inferno. But, when you’re dealing with The Pinnacle, you know that there is strength in numbers. At any given time, you could have four, five, maybe even six people to deal with at ringside with that motley crew. Plus, the dirtiest heel in the business right now, Farmer Billy Hills, is always such a wild card in his matches. You never know what he will do to gain the upper hand. And let’s not forget about the Nephilim, D’Mone. Sure, he doesn’t say much, but he doesn’t need to!! His actions speak loud and clear, with many of those moves being swift, accurate and deadly. I think that once you take those things into consideration, you’ll see how evenly matched things were. WHICH IS WHY CRAZZY STEVE WAS IN THE HOUSE!!! CCW knew that Blaster could use a bit of help keeping things in line outside, so former Impact Wrestling star Crazzy Steve decided to bring his crazy ways to CCW! KLD and Billy started out and, for the first time in quite a while, Billy was unable to use his size to take down an opponent. Multiple times, he attempted a shoulder block in which KLD shrugged it off and taunted in return. After a couple minutes of going back and forth, KLD finally dropped Billy to the mat to a thunderous ovation! Billy quickly tagged in D’Mone to change things up, but his barrage of strikes only seemed to further anger the bigger KLD. Then finally, it was time for Blaster!! Blaster stormed the ring and kept the momentum until he tried one too many Blastoff corner clotheslines. At that point, D’Mone was able to catch the big guy, get a quick pin attempt in and then tag in a rested Billy Hills. From there, Billy began laying into Blaster with hard forearms, strong kicks, even beard pulling and chokes! It was all systems go for Farmer and D’mone from there as they neutralized Blaster to their corner and kept the momentum halted in their favor until one mistake allowed Blaster to garner enough strength to get into his corner and tag in a hot and ready KLD! He DESTROYED D’Mone with punches, clotheslines and a corner cannonball. It looked like things were working into the champions favor when Billy Hills decided to steal Curtis Boss’ chair and play a little bit of Pinnacle style baseball. But, as he was there to do, Crazzy Steve didn’t allow it, eventually spraying Billy in the face with his red mist. And that was all she wrote. Blaster came back in, made D’Mone go Catatonic and that was that!! Blaster and KLD retained the CCW tag team championships!!!
And that led us to the main event, Hollis Giroux, the CCW Champion, going up against Brandon “Espy” Espinosa, the Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Champion, in what was guaranteed to be a barn burner of a main event. Hollis elected to hit the ring first and right by his side were every member of The Pinnacle, lead down by their ringleader, Jeff O’Dell. They hit the ring, strutted around, then turned to face the entry way to wait on Espy. As Espy’s music hit, nobody was walking out from the back. Did Espy decide against the match? All the lights were off in the arena building when suddenly, a shadow came from the crowd and entered the ring….was it? IT WAS!!! Espy, who donned his dark, demonic facepaint, was standing behind The Pinnacle and they had NO clue!!! Finally, Espy tapped on the shoulder of Marko, who quickly bailed out of the ring. After that, the lights came on and the rest of The Pinnacle saw who was standing behind them, causing them all to bail! IT WAS ON FROM THERE!! Espy gained an early advantage and was looking to hit that Brainbuster as quick as possible, but Hollis managed to escape to the outside and regroup with his Pinnacle teammates. Hollis attempted to take his belt and go home, but Espy was having none of that plan, as he launched an attack outside, flooring the champ in front of the fans. Things finally returned to the ring, where Hollis was able to right his ship and take control of the match, turning things down ever so slightly to fit his pace. Ever since aligning with The Pinnacle, Hollis has a bit of a new style where he is able to slow down a match and then systematically attack his opponent, usually with vicious strikes to the face, before wearing him down. This was no different. Even when Espy tried to fight back, Hollis was able to blocks the attempts of Espy and keep things in favor of the new jewel of The Pinnacle. While the action was continuing inside, Jeff O’Dell shouted his instructions from outside the ring, while Matheus and Marko taunted the fans outside. The Pinnacle was hitting their stride in full form, with all the parts doing their job. Every now and then, Espy would slip a few attacks through Hollis’ defense and work toward setting up that big Brainbuster, but every time, Hollis would slow things down again. With one final gasp, Espy warded off a springboard roundhouse kick by Hollis to FINALLY hit a sequence of moves that ended with the Brainbuster. It looked over, but quickly, Marko hopped up on the apron to distract Espy, followed by Matheus charging in close behind. This lead to the fight spilling out to the arena building floor where ANYTHING was possible at this point. Hollis grabbed a chair and swung at Espy, but miss, hitting the corner post instead. All the while, referee Kelly was in the middle of his 10-count. As the count drew closer to 10, Hollis hopped in and Espy….did not. Espy was stuck outside!! Why couldn’t he get back inside? As Kelly counted to 10, we finally found out what kept Espy outside. It was Billy Hills!! He had been hiding under the ring the whole time!!! As Hollis let everyone know he was still the champ, Espy rolled Billy into the ring and delivered a crushing Death Valley Driver, to send the message to everyone that….you don’t cross Espy.
WHAT A FREAKING CARD!!! Seriously, from start to finish, every match was so insanely good. This may have been the best card that CCW has put on to date. Holy crap. I seriously want to thank all the wrestlers on the roster who put on this amazing show, as well as Big Lee Montgomery, Jason “The Brain” Wells, Barry Karafa and Ken Murphy for bringing all the action to us, Curtis “The True Ass Man” Boss for his great announcing and for Mandy from Voyage Visions and Zach Price for recording things for future Fite TV tapings.
Speaking of the Fite TV tapings, be sure to tune in every Wednesday at 6PM to catch the CCW Chaos show! After two episodes, the show keeps getting better!! Mr 100, Big D, The Five Star Man and Ally have done such an AWESOME job in their commentary roles. I can’t praise the Pro Wrestling Unscripted crew enough for their work, both in the Chaos tapings, but on their podcast as well. If you haven’t tuned into the podcast, I’ll give you a link down below. Hit that up and give them some love. I’ve got a lot of folks down here who would love for you to check em out, share their work, comment, interact, just show em some attention and appreciation because they’re all a hard working bunch of folks.
Most importantly, keep sharing things with CCW! Its taken off to a level that, truth be told, I could not have predicted one year ago. I knew last July that I was beyond excited for professional wrestling in Cape Girardeau and after one show, I knew that we would be supporting everything they do. Little did we know it would be at the level that it is right now, emerging as one of the hottest promotions not just in this area, but in the United States altogether! I’m not doing this as something to make a brand about myself or try to promote myself. I’m doing this as a wrestling fan who just truly enjoys talking about one great product that is right here in my back yard.
That’s all for this time around, but we’ll be coming back with the upcoming card for the One Year Anniversary show, as well as talking about the ticket packages for Billy Gunn when they are released, and much more! KUMINAYEAHAH!!!
We’re less than a week away from Cape Championship Wrestling’s Inferno card, which is guaranteed to be hot, featuring seven AWESOME matches, as well as the promise of a huge announcement and more!! Have you seen the card yet? If not, check it out!
The opening match of the night is, in my opinion, one that could potentially steal the show. We get to see the Best of the Best, back and healed up, taking on Marko Stunt in his CCW debut. Now, Marko has been viewed as just Jeff O’Dell’s little lackey, however, Marko, while small in stature, can go hard against the best of them. And he’ll need to. Austin Lane’s nickname isn’t just a fancy saying to sell merchandise. He is the true embodiment of that in every aspect and gives 110% every time. On top of that, Austin recently went on a vacation to heal himself, so knowing that he is coming back in rested and healed makes him THAT much more hard to pin. Trust me on this, everyone following this match will need to bring their A game on Saturday night.
Up next, Brandon Barbwire gets his shot at the viking beast, Matheus, stemming from the attack at the Ashlynn McClure Memorial. Matheus came through the crowd during the main event, shrouded in mystery, and proceeded to attack Brandon Barbwire, which lead to Hollis taking the win. For those unfamiliar with Matheus, all you REALLY need to know is that he’s a destroyer. The monster of a man has a big challenge, as Brandon Barbwire has found a new level of motivation since losing his title and being ousted from The Pinnacle at the Super Show in April. Brandon has made it very clear that he is taking out the Pinnacle, one by one, and will stop at nothing to do it. Brandon faces what may be his strongest opponent on Saturday, but I think that he is up to it.
We were set to have a grudge match between Ace Hawkins and THE Cody Wilson on Saturday, one that had us VERY excited. However, Cody was unfortunately set back due to an injury. Rather than pull out altogether, Ace requested a new opponent and filling in for Cody will be the debuting Dexter Roswell!! Dexter is a Stride Championship Wrestling school graduate as well as the leader of a revolution to make wrestling great again in Southern Illinois. He’ll need to be on his A-game, as he is stepping into the ring with the Ace that Runs the Place, Ace Hawkins, who is working on cementing his name among the best in Cape Championship Wrestling. Will the former Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri State Champion regain his winning ways? Or will Dexter Roswell make an impressive debut? This match has a chance to stand out, so don’t sleep on it at all!
We will still be seeing a grudge match on Saturday night, featuring two of the midsouth region’s toughest and most entertaining competitors. Dell Tucker, a former CCW Tag Team Champion alongside Pinnacle member Billy Hills, will be taking on the high flying and exciting Tatt2. Now, I don’t know exactly when this beef started between the two. They’ve both been working alongside each other for quite some time, so this is something that may have been boiling for a while at this point. One thing I DO know is that this match will feature a bit of a styles clash between them. Dell Tucker has a ton of agility and athleticism in his style, but I don’t know that its enough to be able to keep pace with Tatt2 for a whole match. Dell, to his credit, is also a guy who can control the tempo of the match in his own way by grinding the pace down through submissions and powerful moves. However, if Tatt2 gets a chance to fly and push things to his level, oh man, get ready for some fireworks!! I can’t honestly pick a winner in this one, but I know one thing, we’ll be watching this match with amazement in our eyes!
The women of Cape Championship Wrestling will finally be getting their chance to crown a champion in a match between Marni Gras and Nikki Lane! From how I understand it, CCW has absorbed another wrestling organization from the midsouth, something along those lines at least. This organization featured Nikki Lane as their champion. The title that she held with them will be rebranded as the CCW women’s championship and this match will crown the first, official, CCW women’s champion. Its nothing new that the feud between these two is escalating on a regular basis. We’ve seen this thing building since February, when Nikki first appeared in a CCW ring to help Marni Gras escape an attack from Sweet Sarah Summers. Since then, we’ve seen Nikki take her allegiance to the Pinnacle and focus her attacks on Marni Gras/Lil Bit. Much to her credit, however, Marni Gras is one of the toughest women on the planet. Able to withstand attack after attack, she keeps on fighting. And that is something that really makes her stand out in the CCW Women’s division. She’s fast, athletic and is a complete all around performer. This feud is far from over, but it will be interesting to see how crazy things get in the ring when a title is on the line. And, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw an appearance from Sarah in this match, just to make sure that she isn’t forgotten when it comes to the title.
The CCW Tag Team Titles will be on the line in the co-main event. The former champion, Billy Hills, will be joined this time by his Pinnacle stablemate, the Nephilim, D’Mone, as Jeff O’Dell hopes to lead his team back into gold. Standing against them will be the CCW Champion and one of THE most popular people around, BLASTER, teaming up with one of the top names in the midwest, Kevin Lee Davidson!! KLD worked in Cape Girardeau last year for the Comic Con Show and now that he is taking bookings again, he is setting his sites on Cape Girardeau once again. This will be a barn burner because all of these guys are very strong, as we’ve seen before. KLD is deceptively quick for his size and we know that D’Mone can take to the sky if need be. Its hard to really pick someone with the advantage in this one. Clearly, you would point to the champions to have the “champion’s advantage”, sort of a home court thing. But then you realize that they are dealing with The Pinnacle, a group who is known to be rather sneaky, thanks to their leader Jeff O’Dell. I guess that’s why CCW has brought in former Impact star CRAZZY STEVE!!! Steve, while not part of the match itself, is set to be the special enforcer to make sure that things don’t get too out of hand. Will he have to use force to do that? I guess we’ll find out. But that will level the playing field in this match by a large margin.
Lastly, the CCW Title Match will be a GREAT way to go home. Hollis Giroux, the new crown jewel of the Pinnacle and CCW Champion, will take on current MWR Missouri State Champion, Brandon “Espy” Espinosa in a match that could be a 5 star match. I truly believe that. Hollis has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year since he made his debut at the inaugural CCW show and has proven that he has what it takes to be the man in CCW. He needs to make sure that he’s got his boots laced extra tight, because if not, Espy will wear him out. Espy has over a decade of experience in the ring and it shows every time he steps between the ropes. He’s held multiple titles and is one of our favorites in CCW. Now, with the thought of becoming CCW champion and holding another belt, you KNOW he has to be extra motivated in this match. Can Espy make it happen? Or will The Pinnacle find out a way to win their champion yet another title match? It could go either way. If Espy puts on his warpaint like he said, then we could see a changing of the guard. It will be interesting to see how things unfold on Saturday night, but I do know one thing, both of these guys are coming in hot!
On top of this great card, we’re also going to see CCW General Manager Osby Tomlin come to the ring to have a face to face meeting with Jason “The Fury” Vaughn. If you go back to last month, you’ll remember Jason surprised everyone by wrestling as the Bootheel Outlaw against JD Wilk, only to reveal himself after the end of the match. This feud with Osby and Jason is getting to a fever pitch, so there’s no telling what Osby has in store to deal with Jason Vaughn.
That’s about it for the preview!! As promised, CCW will be making some big announcements for the upcoming One Year Anniversary show in July, as well as other exciting announcements about the company. Don’t forget to get the Fite TV app on your phones/tablets/computers/streaming devices to check out the weekly CCW Chaos shows! Which, if you haven’t seen the first episode, its up on their archive (https://www.fite.tv/watch/ccw-chaos-ep-1/2kdhn/) and I do have to say that it is GREAT!! The group at Pro Wrestling Unscripted did a knock out job of commentary on the first show and I believe that, even as good as that was, its only going to be getting better in the future! Its hard to believe that so much has happened in less than a year!! The future sure is bright around the CCW community, so make sure that you’ve got shades. I’ll be back next week with a post show recap, so in the meantime, be sure to hit up these links down at the bottom and visit some of our good friends.
Hey all!! Its the Smitster back with you today and man, oh man, do I feel rough!!! Haha not how you expected a blog to start, huh? I’ve been slapped in the face with a sinus cold/infection and it knocked me out pretty good over the weekend. Cough syrup is still disgusting, by the way. I just can’t get on the same page with that stuff. But ya know, I don’t think any of you awesome folks stopped by here today to learn about my snot issues haha. No, no, no, we’re here to talk CAPE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING, BAY-BAY!!! I’m sure you’ve seen it by now if you follow them on social media, but the flyer has been posted for the CCW Inferno event on the 24th. Check it out!!
This show will follow in succession of a string of just amazing shows this year that CCW has put on. I’ll be doing my full on preview/write up in the coming week or so. But you can tell that this is going to be a great show!! KLD is BACK on the independent scene and its awesome that CCW is going to be one of his first shows back on the indy scene. Also, the in ring debut of Marko Stunt should be one that you don’t want to miss, especially seeing as how he’s going up against one of our absolute favorite wrestlers in the world, The Best of the Best, Austin Lane. Also debuting will be the Viking Beast, Matheus, in a match set up from the Ashlynn McClure Memorial 5 show, going up against Brandon Barbwire. We’ve got TWO grudge matches, one featuring THE Cody Wilson vs THE Ace Hawkins, as well as Tatt2, making his return to settle a score with Dell Tucker. Plus, CCW will have THREE championship matches on this card. KLD will team with Blaster going up against the Pinnacle members D’Mone and Billy Hills. Nikki Lane makes her return to battle Marni Gras in a battle for the CCW Women’s Championship. And Brandon Espinosa, the Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Champion will step between the ropes to take on CCW Champion, Hollis Giroux. Plus, we have General Manager Osby Tomlin set to have an open discussion with Jason Vaughn, stemming from Jason’s surprise return last month.
AND to spice it up a notch, it was just announced earlier by CCW staff members Big Lee, Jason Wells and Barry Karafa that former Impact star CRAZZY STEVE will be in Cape Girardeau on June 24th as a special enforcer during the Tag Team Championship match!! Along with that, he will be signing autographs and doing meet and greets with the fans throughout the evening!! What an amazing bit of news!!
But, that’s not all the big news we got!!! As we found out recently, Cape Championship Wrestling has inked a deal to become part of Fite TV, where their show, CCW Chaos, will be aired. The dates were still unsure until today, when it was also announced that starting on Wednesday, June 14th, CCW Chaos will have a weekly spot on Wednesday nights at 6pm on Fite TV!! Our friends at Pro Wrestling Unscripted, part of the Podzilla1985 podcasting group, are handling commentary, so if you haven’t listened to PWU yet, hit that link down here at the bottom!! And, if you want to know how you can watch CCW Chaos, Wednesday nights at 6pm, follow this handy dandy little link right here https://www.fite.tv/how-to-watch/
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HEYOOOOOOOOOO!!! What’s going on all you awesome folks? Sorry that this has taken so long to finish up. Its been a busy week in the world of the Smits, where work has been longer each day! But, this was going to be done one way or another! So here we go!!
If you didn’t get down to Lawless Harley Davidson this past Saturday night, you missed a truly amazing night of professional wrestling. It was the Ashlynn McClure Memorial 5 show, benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and the numbers I heard coming from that were SO amazing!! At the end of the night, CCW was able to raise $2168.50 on Saturday night alone, bringing the grand total of the Ashlynn McClure Memorial to $10,429.50. That is SO awesome. I know that Jason Wells was so happy to have been able to do that much for Ashlynn’s family and in her honor to go toward St. Jude. And I’ll have more on that as we go on.
This, like has been said by several others, may have been one of the best CCW cards to date. The atmosphere inside Lawless HD was rowdy and intimate, as we were toward the back of the building and packed in tight. The acoustics made everything sound like it was turned up to 11 and the action in the ring was at a high level. We were also treated to several debuts during the show, featuring a new referee CLo, as well as new talent from the likes of El Campeon, Aaron Clay, Evan Gelistico and…a name I’ll discuss later. Plus, it marked the first show featuring Hollis Giroux, the new CCW champ and Pinnacle member, defending his title. Wanna know what happened? Scroll on down!
The first match featured one of the best on the roster, Brandon “Espy” Espinosa, the current Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Champion, defending his title against the monster Barackus. These two have quite the history, as earlier this year, Barackus defeated Espy in St. Louis to lay claim to the Missouri State Championship. Since that match earlier this year, Ace Hawkins took the title from Barackus, then Espy reclaimed it just a couple weeks ago. So that set the stage for this heated rivalry to burn once again. You could tell that Barackus came out with the intent of getting that belt back at every cost. And at times, it seemed like he was destined to do just that. The size and power of Barackus was apparent, as he swatted, launched, lifted and slammed Espy in every way possible. But, in true champion’s form, Espy kept fighting. The thing that I’ve noticed about Espy from watching him over the years is that he has multiple gears throughout a match. Much like an endurance race, he can shift gears to keep himself in the match, even summoning strength and power from deep within. So many times, Barackus had Espy down on the mat and it seemed as if a three count was happening, when Espy would kick out. He even withstood Barackus landing on his head at one point!! It is that drive and determination that carried Espy to another level on Saturday. Just when you thought he was down and out, he came fighting back. After trying so hard throughout the course of the match to lift up the monster Barackus, he was finally able to do it!! He had Barackus on his shoulders in a fireman’s carry, launched him down and took the three count!! What an AWESOME first match!! Afterward, Espy and Barackus, much to Barackus’ chagrin, shook hands in the middle of the ring. Much respect from those guys and much respect to them from us as well.
Moving on, we saw the return of the LA Hustlers, one of the top teams in independent wrestling, back in CCW once again. They’re quite a pair, Bradley and Lamonte, with how they carry themselves. I will say, though, they are an intimidating pair. As they come out, they stare down every person that they walk by. Or they shower them with water. Or words. Its an intimidating site!! And it was no different on Saturday night. You never know what the Hustlers are capable of doing when they walk through those curtains! One thing for sure, though, is that they were getting ready to be met head on by youthful energy as KC’s Finest, a pair of Phoenix and the debuting Aaron Clay, burst through out from the back. Phoenix has been a part of CCW since last fall and has made quite a name for himself down here in Cape Girardeau as a singles competitor. This time, however, he brought with him Aaron Clay, a man who has traveled the world over and came back to start a career in wrestling. In short time, he has become an emerging talent from the hot bed area up in Kansas City, and you could tell as soon as he hit ringside on Saturday night that he was ready to go. Phoenix and Aaron had full fan support from the start and early in the match, controlled everything. One of the most fun spots involved their tag in/out sequence. Similar to how New Day in WWE would do their Unicorn Stampede, KC’s Finest had their own version where one member would put his hand on their opponents chest while the other gave a hard chop to tag himself in. It was really cool!! But, things didn’t stay good for KC’s finest forever, as the veteran minds of the LA Hustlers took over. As they often do, shady tactics were used by the Hustlers. That’s just how they work! But they used these to get themselves back into the match. As hard as KC’s Finest tried, they could never get themselves back into the match as the Hustlers were just too much. In the end, the Hustlers used their devastating combo to wrap things up and take the win. After the match, KC’s Finest were treated to a nice round of applause for their efforts and I truly hope to see both of these guys back again!
Moving along, it was time for the Lawless Open Challenge. Going into it, we knew that JD Wilk was going to be in the ring. Over the past few months, JD Wilk has turned into quite the self-absorbed young man. To say that he thinks rather highly of himself may be a bit of an understatement. With that, though, I do have to say that I think he’s one of the future stars in wrestling and is truly someone to keep an eye on. He is quick, can jump and move and will take it to the air with ease. If he could just quit being so freaking cocky, I think we’d get along great!! But, as it is now, I’ll compliment his skills and leave it at that! His opponent for the night was a hired gun brought in by the ownership of Lawless HD and simply known as the Lawless Outlaw. He had a mask, similar to La Parka’s and had a very athletic build. He wore a CCW Ashlyn McClure shirt and a pair of what looked like work boots and pants. Clearly, this person had an identity worth concealing. Whatever the case, the fans were behind him 100% from the start, as were the workers at Lawless, who revved up motorcycles throughout the course of the match!! What a setting!! Both the Outlaw and JDW kept pace with each other in a very crisply worked match, as it took a while for either competitor to ever gain the upper hand on the other. Back and forth, the momentum shifted multiple times. For every flip, high risk move and arrogant pose that JDW came with, the Outlaw was right there, matching him move for move with his own varied style, ranging from a strong style to an equally competent high flying style. This was a match that I thought would NEVER end as they were so equally matched, when suddenly JD hits a near 3 fall move. The Outlaw kicked out, JD was furious, but JD regained his composure and was ready to attack as he climbed to the top rope. Suddenly, the Outlaw, who was playing possum, jumped up from the mat, grabbed JD and hit…The Fury Smash? What was that? Suddenly…IT IS JASON VAUGHN!! THE OUTLAW UNMASKED TO REVEAL HIMSELF AS JASON VAUGHN!!! The Fury is back in CCW!?!?!? Osby Tomlin came out and said that The Fury got one over on him and coming up at CCW Inferno, Jason and Osby would have a meeting in the ring. Wow!! After the match, Jason addressed the accusations from Osby in which it was stated that Jason didn’t care about his fans and only cared about the money. With that said, he walked over to Ashlynn’s parents and wrote a $500 check to donate!! I think we’re seeing that this feud with Osby and The Fury won’t go quietly into the night! And it seems as if we’ve got a healthy and rejuvenated Jason Vaughn on our hands, too!! Watch out!!
As we rounded out the first half of the night, we saw a mixed tag match featuring Sweet Sarah Summers of The Pinnacle and her new little boy toy, El Campeon. I heard Jeff O’Dell say that he found El Campeon in the streets and brought him with him, it kinda looks like maybe he was…well…doing things for money that we’ll just leave to your imagination! Their opponents were the power duo of Syn and Lil Bit, two of the top in their respective divisions. Sarah and Lil Bit have had a long standing feud for just under a year and it seems as if that fire will not die down at all. They are ferocious competitors who have waged war with each other. Syn has also had his fair share of battles so far with members of The Pinnacle, as he has, in quick time, shown that he is truly rising up the ranks in CCW. How would El Campeon fit into the mix on his debut? Not too bad, if I must say so myself. The boy toy looked very ready for a fight as he stepped in and he controlled the better part of the match early on. He even had an opportunity to work with Lil Bit and showed that he had no problems whatsoever squaring off against the women as he carried on his attacks early on. Then came Sweet Sarah Summers, who, let’s be honest, is not sweet at all. She’s a ruthless woman who stops at nothing to win matches. I don’t know that there is anything that’s too underhanded for her. Ref Lane Austin had his hands full in this match, trying to keep an eye on not only Sarah, but Pinnacle leader Jeff O’Dell outside, who is just as devious as his clients. But, it didn’t take long for Syn and Lil Bit to mount some offense against El Campeon and Sarah Summers. Syn and Lil Bit had great chemistry, going back to times where they’ve worked together for other promotions over the years, and it showed very well as they seamlessly tagged in and out, all while keeping the momentum of the match going. It looked as if The Pinnacle would be doing Pinnacle things to take the match, but in the end, it was not enough for Syn and Lil Bit, as their veteran prowess and tag team ability proved too much for Sarah and El Campeon.
At intermission, I walked around and talked to a few folks. I picked up a couple Billy Hills shirts and in the process, had an opportunity to get my picture taken with him. He was happy to get my money, but, none to happy that I was standing there in front of him. Even my best efforts to make him smile for the picture failed!! Mrs. Smitty picked up a brand new Cody Wilson shirt, which if you didn’t get, make sure you pick up next time!! I’ll be sure to post a picture of them all next time. Along with those, I chatted for a brief bit with Espy, Barackus and the iconic Tracy Smothers, who was so cool to talk to. He’s still in good shape and very much into the wrestling scene. Lastly, I had a chance to talk with Barry Karafa, who is a new part of the CCW ownership group. Barry is one of the coolest guys that we’ve met thanks to CCW coming together and I have no doubt that he will be helping with even bigger things in the future!
Coming out of intermission, we were treated to a highly anticipated tag match. Tatt2 was set to tag with Davey Vega, but had to pull out just prior to the event. That left many of us wondering who would fill that void. Enter…EVAN GELISTICO!!! Evan, who made his CCW debut in this match, is no stranger to the wrestling world, having been a multiple time tag champion in multiple St Louis area organizations, as well as part of the fabled Submission Squad, that featured Pierre Abernathy, Davey Vega, Gary Jay, Athena (now known as Ember Moon in NXT) and Dingo as well, who worked all over the country!! For me, this was an absolute treat and I hope upon hope that we get more of Davey and Evan in the future. Mrs. Smitty was all in on Evan when she saw his Groot socks and we are both big fans of Davey Vega. We’re also big fans of Cody Wilson, who was in the opposing corner with his tag team partner, the Ace that Runs the Place, THE Ace Hawkins. THE Ace Hawkins and THE Cody Wilson, I guess THE tag team? Something like that. It was an interesting pairing as Cody has steadily been getting more and more of the crowd behind him whereas Ace, try as he might, can’t get the crowd to cheer for him even if he paid us to do so! It was a case of teacher vs student against a veteran team in which you could already see a bit of the writing on the wall. Davey and Evan started out with an exciting array of…..headlocks. Riffing on the twitter beef from the previous week started the match off in a humorous way, but it didn’t take long for the former Submission Squad tandem to find their groove and control the match. But, in typical Ace Hawkins fashion, he took to rule bending early on to get himself and Cody back into the match. Early on, poor Cody took quite the beating and at one time, Evan gave him a helicopter spin that must’ve gone 25 revolutions. I lost count because even I was getting dizzy watching it! Ace came roaring back in the match and, thanks to his tactics, got Cody involved once again. Ace was shouting out commands for Cody all night, but the craziest thing was Cody’s drop kick from the apron to the outside!! I did NOT expect that, but it was just brutal. We were able to finally see more of what Cody had to offer in terms of his strong style approach with his kicks, knees and strikes. It felt like a great showcase of his ability. Unfortunately, it was not enough. Davey and Evan, using their multitude of abilities, regained control of match and ended it with a devestating Brain Eater combination for the win. After the match, a furious Ace Hawkins decided to “teach the kid a lesson” and viciously attacked Cody Wilson. Thanks to Syn, who came in for the save, the attack ended and Cody was able to escape further damage.
Up next, we were treated to another great tag match, featuring the former CCW champions Farmer and the Dell going up against Sexy Sarge O’Riley and CCW Tag Champion, Blaster, known as Sexy Blasters! And, to our surprise, they came out with none other than the living legend Tracy Smothers in tow with his big whoopin stick! Tracy got on the stick and talked about great matches over his career in Missouri and some of the tough competition, then said that Dell and Billy were probably Honda riders and that the real men, Blaster, Sarge and himself, were Harley guys. It was a blast to see Tracy there as the equalizer. Plus, we even got to see new ref C Lo and Sarge have a nice little dance off before the match! But then, it all got down to business quick with Sarge and Billy starting things off in a flurry of punches. Sarge got the advantage fast and early, even delivering a big smacker of a kiss right on Billy’s lips!! Then it was time for…BLASTER!!! As Billy frantically tagged out, Sarge went over to bring in the tag champ to go to work and he did just that, using his side to slow down Dell. It didn’t last forever, though, as Dell and Billy reversed the tide of the match and isolated Blaster in their corner. From there, they used a succession of highly questionable tags to keep each other fresh as they delivered a beating on Blaster. You could see Tracy Smothers getting madder by the minute as he was helplessly watching everything unfold from across the ring. Finally, he had enough when Jeff O’Dell attempted to trip Sexy Sarge. Tracy grabbed his stick and ran over to the ringside right as referee CLO was ejecting Jeff O’Dell!! It finally happened!! Jeff was ejected from ringside!! In the meantime, Jeff was adamantly refusing to leave, so CLo ushered Jeff to the back and for once, the Pinnacle was actually outnumbered!! Then, out of the back, here comes Brandon Barbwire!! Vowing to destroy the Pinnacle one by one, he jumps up on the apron and delivers a stiff enziguri style kick to the back of Farmer Billy Hills head! That allowed Blaster to hit him with the Blast Siren just in time for CLo to return to the ring!! 1-2-3 AND STILL!!! The Sexy Blasters defeated Farmer and the Dell!! What a match!!!
As we regained our bearings, the lights went out and we were treated to a very exciting dance routine which lead to the introduction of a new wrestler in CCW, Justin D’Air, the Neon Icon! Justin has been working the St Louis and Midwest wrestling scene for quite some time after being trained by Harley Race, taking on a who’s who of talent including Espy, Ace Hawkins, and Mike Sydal, among others during his young career. Saturday night, he took on another living legend inside the squared circle, the tough, old school warrior Tony Kozina, who brought with him the Canadian Jr Heavyweight Championship, which he put up for grabs in this match. Both guys had the crowd behind them and it was such an even split that we didn’t know who to cheer for! If you’re a fan of mat-based wrestling and grappling, then this was the match for you. Justin D’Air had the speed and quickness, but Tony Kozina is no slouch either and has this innate toughness about him that instantly gives him the advantage. For every high flying attempt that Justin would bring to the match, Tony was right there, using his grappling abilities, to slow down the match tempo and keep the high flyer grounded. This match would go back and forth for much of the time, with a variety of headlocks, arm drags, hip toss takeovers and much more. You could see hints of frustration from the eyes of Tony and Justin, but also this blossoming respect as the match went on. Literally every move that one would attempt, the other was right there with their own counter. It was really one of the best technically sound matches that I have seen in person in my entire life. In fact, it felt a lot like an Eddie Guerrero vs Dean Malenko match from back in the mid 90’s. There was a moment where Justin had a chance to get things to swing in his favor when he did a bouncing arm drag, where he would jump from the second rop to the top rope, down and up for about four bounces, then launched Tony across the ring. It was quite the site to see and it got the crowd solidly behind him! But, a mistimed vault to the outside by Justin failed, Tony immediately regained control. As a last gasp, Justin was able to get Tony down for a 450, but the top rope splash failed to connect. And that was all she wrote. It took just a little bit, but Tony was finally able to wear Justin down and take the win with a roll up. Afterwards, both competitors completely exhausted, they shook hands and acknowledged each others abilities in the middle of the ring. What a match!!
And we still had one match to go!!! Brandon Barbwire, the former CCW Champion and crown jewel of the Pinnacle, squared off with the new main man in Jeff O’Dell’s master plan, Hollis Giroux. With a new swagger, music and style, Hollis strutted to the ring, ignoring the fans that were once so solidly behind him, worried now only about himself and The Pinnacle. Brandon Barbwire has vowed to take out the Pinnacle, one by one, and with his rematch clause enacted, he looked to start from the top. The match wasted no time getting fired up, as both competitors launched fists at each other’s face, with eventually Brandon winning out and sending Hollis over the top rope. There was a new fire in the eyes of Brandon Barbwire on Saturday, one of intensity, passion and revenge. Brandon controlled much of the opening of the match until an attempt at a superplex turned out bad, giving Hollis an opportunity at taking over the match. And that he did, taking a chance to beat down the former champion, Hollis even made his way outside to gloat and spit his gum at the fans in attendance. Hollis’ new swagger sure isn’t winning him any fans, that’s for sure! But, Brandon being the fighter that he is, wasn’t about to let Hollis strut around and end the match so easily. Both competitors began fighting, each one taking the other up to a new level, as we saw many near three counts over the next several minutes. It was back and forth until Jeff O’Dell tried to intervene once again, as he is so apt to do. Jeff hopped up on the apron to keep Brandon from attempting another superplex, but suddenly, Jeff fell off! Immediately, Jeff grabbed his leg, writhing in pain. With that, CLo hopped out of the ring and threw up the dreaded X sign of injury. Nobody came out from the back, so CLo decided to walk Jeff to the back himself. That left the ring unattended by officials. Suddenly, a large, hulking figure entered the ring from the corner of the stands. His face was covered and he was wearing a black duster jacket, so nobody knew who he was!! He went straight for Brandon Barbwire and hit him with a HUGE double choke bomb. And then, he took off his mask and revealed himself. ITS MATTHEUS!!!!! THE STRIDE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING CHAMPION!!! MATTHEUS HAS COME TO CCW!!! Suddenly, the power has shifted firmly into the hands of The Pinnacle with this big addition of their new guardian. CLO came back out to count the 3, giving Hollis the win. Afterward, Jeff O’Dell ran back out, showing how good of an acting job he could do, to celebrate with his champion and his new acquisition. Then, Hollis went after Brandon with a chair and attempted to end the career of Brandon Barbwire when suddenly, ITS ESPY!!! Brandon Espinosa came from out of nowhere into the ring to clear the house. After rushing off Hollis, Espy laid down a challenge for the CCW Inferno show in June for the CCW Title!!! WOW!!! ESPY VS HOLLIS!!!!
With that being said, the CCW Inferno card has already been released. Here’s what it looks like!
Hollis Giroux w Jeff O’Dell
Brandon “Espy” Espinosa
CCW Tag Team Championship Match
The Blaster & Kevin Lee Davidson “KLD”
NEW CCW Woman’s Championship
HOLY CRAP!!! WHAT A CARD!!!! This will be yet another great card, carrying on the standard of excellence that CCW has been since its inception. CCW will be crowning its inaugural Women’s Champion, plus the in ring debut of Marko Stunt and one BIG main event!!
Also, don’t forget about Fite TV, where CCW Chaos will be debuting sometime in June from what I am hearing. Big Lee Montgomery said that the first episode is awesome and I can’t wait! With the knowledge that GM Osby Tomlin has with video editing, the interviews and commentary from the Podzilla 1985 crew, and the top notch action that the CCW roster brings to the ring, I have no doubt that people worldwide (or at least nationwide) will enjoy this product. I know that I sure as heck do and I, again, want to thank everyone involved with CCW for making it such a great show for all of us! And don’t forget to hit up these links down below to some folks that we think a lot of as well! I know they’d appreciate it. Until next time…OOOOOH YEAAAAAAAH!!!
Wow I have been behind as of late with everything, because there’s been a LOT going on in the world of Cape Championship Wrestling!! If you haven’t been following them, be sure to visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or their home site, all of which I will link down here at the bottom as always. Jason, Lee and Ken have all been busting their tails and its paying off more and more! The big piece of news that came out a couple weeks back was that CCW will be joining up with the FITE TV Network!! There are a lot of quality programs on there, including groups like Ring of Honor, Rockstar Pro, ICW and even Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling. If you want to know how to watch CCW when their show debuts, follow this link https://www.fite.tv/how-to-watch/
Also, this coming weekend is the Fifth Annual Ashlynn McClure Memorial show, and it will be coming to you live at Lawless Harley Davidson on the Outer Road between Scott City and Cape Girardeau. Have you seen the flyer? Its awesome!! This show is another great, stacked event!
Already, you can see that just by taking a quick glance at this flyer, that the action is going to be INSAAAAAAAAAANE (say that like Ray Gillette from Archer for the best effect) this weekend. And, coming in after the CCW Super Show, the biggest yet in CCW, you KNOW that we’re going to be seeing a big show to live up to the bar that was set back in April.
First, let’s take a look at the card:
CCW Heavyweight Champion
(C)Hollis Giroux w Jeff O’Dell v Brandon Barbwire
Dell Tucker& Billy Hills Hills v (C) Sexy Sarge & The BlasterTatt2 & Davey Vega v Ace Hawkins & Cody WilsonEl Campeón & Sarah Summers vs Lil Bit & Syn
Canadian Unified Jr heavyweight title match
Justin D’air vs (C)Tony Kozina
Jd Wilk vs Lawless Open Challenge (Lawless Outlaw?)
The L.A Hustlers vs KC Finest
Brandon “Espy” Espinosa vs Barackus
Espy and Barackus will be taking on each other in a hard hitting match, which will actually be a rematch for the Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Championship. Espy regained the title he held for much of 2016 in a match with Ace Hawkins last week. If you go back in time, Barackus defeated ESPY on South Broadway in St Louis back in January to take the title from the long time champion. In the time since, we have seen Ace Hawkins defeat Barackus to take the belt and defend it in CCW multiple times, including a GREAT 5 star match with Syn at the Super Show. However, with Espy back atop the MWR Mountain, which side of Espy will we see? In this event, we have to assume it will be the most aggressive side that he has shown in matches against Ace Hawkins and Tony Kozina, because Barackus means BUSINESS! He’s a big guy who debuted in CCW in March in a losing effort to Kyle O’Reilly. But, in that match, he showed everyone in CCW that he shouldn’t be taken lightly. Expect this match to be hard hitting.
The LA Hustlers are back and have decided to call CCW home and they intend on inserting themselves right into the CCW Tag Team Title picture. But, before they do that, they are taking on the KC Finest. Now, I’ve heard very little about KC’s Finest, but what I have heard leads me to believe that this match is going to be a great match for them in CCW. I mean, who better to have your first match in CCW with than against one of the top teams in the region, the LA Hustlers? I just hope that they know what they’re getting into, because the Hustlers don’t care who you are, all they care about is winning and getting the gold.
JD Wilk is back after missing the Super Show with a lingering shoulder injury. Word is that he is back in peak shape, possibly better than before, and is ready to wow the crowd once again. His opponent is, well, somewhat of a mystery. Apparently, the crew down at Lawless Harley Davidson put out an open challenge for JD Wilk and it has been answered. The only thing we know is that the unknown combatant is being called the Lawless Outlaw and its said that Lawless Harley Davidson is very high on this person and think that this will be one of the best matches of the night! With that being said…who could it be? I’ve heard rumblings of it being a wide range of people, but they said he’ll come in with with rage and fury. So, whatever that means, we should expect it to be a solid match as JD Wilk in his young career is already making a big wave in the wrestling waters as he has started to branch out all over the country. This could be a darkhorse candidate for match of the night.
The Great White North will be represented by the venerable veteran Tony Kozina, as he brings his recently won Canadian Unified Jr Heavyweight Championship to Cape Girardeau to defend against a CCW newcomer, but veteran and star of the midwestern independent scene, Justin D’Air. Justin has gone toe to toe with many folks such as Ace Hawkins, Brandon Espinosa, Mike Outlaw, AJ Gray, and Mike Sydal, among many other great stars, he is definitely one to be seen. If you enjoy the aerial styles of folks like ACH, Tatt2 and Ace Hawkins, then you are going to LOVE watching Justin D’Air in the ring. With all this hype, though, don’t forget that he’s going up against a living legend in Tony Kozina. Tony has been around the business for nearly 20 years and has shown no sign of slowing down. In fact, he’s putting on some of the best matches of his career now! We’ve seen Tony win an epic war against Espy in a cage and tangle with CJ Shine before. He knows how to do it. So this will be a match that you will have to pay extra careful attention to, or you could miss something amazing!
Moving along on the card, its the first match featuring The Pinnacle, in which we see mixed tag action with El Campeon and Sweet Sarah Summers teaming up to go against Syn and Lil Bit. Now…first off…what kind of place did Jeff O’Dell wind up in where he finds someone named El Campeon? Now, if you translate that, it means the champion. But c’mon now Jeff. Where do you find these people? Granted, thank you for finding Blaster..but…anywho. Its a circus in that group sometimes. That being said, they still manage to win matches. Sweet Sarah Summers, who really isn’t sweet at all, can be one of the dirtiest players in CCW and if you don’t watch her every second, she’s going to pull one over on you. However, their opponents are two of the toughest in Syn and Lil Bit. The more we’ve seen from Syn in the past few months, the more we’ve come to realize that he’s a big match kind of guy. His match against Ace Hawkins for the Missouri Championship at the Super Show stole the show and showed everyone in attendance that night what he is capable of. And Lil Bit, well, what hasn’t already been said about her? She’s one of the most consistent in ring performers and is the stand out of the women’s division by and large. However, her and Sarah Summers have developed quite the nasty feud throughout 2017 and I imagine that bad blood will still be boiling on Saturday. Look for this one to be exciting!
In a night packed with tag team matches, one that will, hands down, be one of the most fun matches you can see and that is the match featuring Tatt2 and Davey Vega pairing up to take on the duo of Ace Hawkins and THE Cody Wilson. I, for one, am already marking out at the thought of this match. Four of the most electric talents on that roster are going to be in the ring at the same time! How can you NOT be hyped for this? Davey Vega, the Missouri Wrestling Revival 2016 Future Star award recipient has shown many times that he is truly one of the hottest names on the independent scene. His partner, Tatt2, may still be fairly new to the CCW crowd, but in a short time he has already won over the majority of the people there with his insane athleticism and high flying moves. The team across the ring from them intrigues me. Its no mystery that I am a big fan of THE Cody Rhodes and if he has a chance to truly show us everything he’s got, he WILL be a major player in CCW down the road. He’s teaming up with The Ace that Runs the Place, Ace Hawkins, the former MWR MO Champion, in a tandem that presents both power and speed. BUT, and this is the big but…can Ace and Cody co-exist to be competitive against Tatt2 and Davey? I don’t know that I can see them being able to hold it together with the amount of ego that is there. We’ll find out. I think this has the potential to be the match of the night, so don’t sleep on what will happen here.
The Man, The Myth, The Wrestler, THE LEGENDARY BLASTER will be teaming up with fan favorite Sexy Sarge O’Riley to defend the CCW Tag Team Titles in a rematch against Farmer in the Dell, Dell Tucker and Farmer Billy Hills, after the upset victory at the Super Show. Jeff O’Dell better have an ace up his sleeve…or knowing him, a Marko, because I don’t think that the reign of the Blaster will be one and done. Especially when he has Sexy Sarge on his side. As much of a fan favorite as Sarge is, he still has motivation on his side to destroy The Pinnacle after they ousted him last year, much the same that Blaster does now. However, as we all know, you can NEVER count The Pinnacle out in any match. Especially when it involves Dell Tucker and Billy Hills. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it many times, Dell Tucker is a savage. He’s just got this unstable, ready to snap at any minute sort of aura about him. And we’ve seen it happen! If you think back to Caged Chaos, he DESTROYED Jason Vaughn during and after the match. And what else needs to be said about Billy Hills? My Lord, that guy causes more commotion each week. Yelling at kids, taunting the fans, flipping merch tables, heck, I think he punches kids in the parking lot. He’s ruthless and arrogant…but dammit can he wrestle. He wears people down in the ring with his systematic approach to a match and, coupled with Dell Tucker, they truly are a force to be reckoned with. We know that Billy, much like Sarah, are in it for the money to pay their bills. With Blaster’s momentum on the uptick, could we soon be seeing a shakeup in The Pinnacle? Expect this match to be brutal.
Speaking of The Pinnacle, the main event features the newest member of The Pinnacle and new CCW Champion, Hollis Giroux against the former crown jewel of The Pinnacle, Brandon Barbwire. This is still something that I haven’t wrapped my head around. I was in such a weird place with how I felt about Brandon Barbwire. I booed him, I admit to doing that, but I also cheered for him. Reason being, I cheered for him because in the ring, its hard to find a person more consistent each and every night than Brandon Barbwire. He truly showed that he was capable of being a competent champion. But, his slimy alliance with Jeff O’Dell and The Pinnacle always left a bad taste in my throat because I KNEW…I KNEW he was better than that. But, when you have a friendship, you are loyal. And Brandon was, to a huge fault, a fault huge enough to cost him his title and his spot in The Pinnacle. Now, we see Hollis Giroux, who debuted at the very first CCW show and instantly put himself right into everyone’s hearts with his performances against a who’s who of competitors, taking that spot held by Brandon Barbwire. I want to hate Hollis now as well, but its the EXACT same scenario all over again! He’s better than that. I think we all know it. Maybe his youthfulness clouded his judgement, or promises of better and bigger things by Jeff O’Dell made their way into his brain. Regardless, come Saturday, we’re going to see a war, a multi-sided war, that will likely not be settled with just one match. Hollis has the target on his back now and Brandon is the first one to take the shot. I think its clear that Brandon wants to get his title back, but at the same time, he’s going to get just as much enjoyment out of taking down The Pinnacle in the process. This has only just begun and we’ll see the first round of it on Saturday.
So there you go, folks! What do you think about that? I think it will be the PERFECT card coming off the Super Show to keep fueling the rise of CCW among the independent wrestling ranks. On top of the great action that I mentioned, its also shown on the flyer that the Wild Eyed Southern Boy himself, Tracy Smothers, will be down at Lawless Harley Davidson during the event! How cool is that to see a living legend right here in Cape? Make sure to visit him!
Keep an eye out for Super Show dvd’s, as I believe they are set to be released soon, also shirts for the Ashlynn McClure Memorial are being made as well, plus some other really cool things on the horizon! Be sure to check out Pro Wrestling Unscripted (link down there) for their preview show featuring Jason Wells and I believe Brandon Barbwire as well. There is so much to be excited about in the world of Cape Championship Wrestling and I believe that this is still only the beginning! So strap in for the ride! Don’t forget to check out the links down below to some great friends that we’ve made along the way and folks that we’re dang proud to support! Until next time, get out there and run wild, brothers (and sisters)!