Friday, July 19, 2019

FSW's High Octane Returns to Arena Saturday Night...Boyz vs Following - Suede vs Flamingo

Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) returns to the FSW Arena Saturday night July 20th. BELL TIME 7PMish. New FSW Nevada State and FSW Tag Champion Hammerstone along with his partner Graves, and Gabriel Gallo who played a key roll in FSW10. Sefa Fatu is also scheduled which should make things very interesting.
FSW Heavyweight Champion Chris Bey had plenty to say last week regarding who he wants to see next in an FSW ring. He went through a list including TJ Perkins, John Morrison and of course Jon Moxley. It’s safe to say we’d love him against any of those three and I’m interested in hearing what he says about the Kross victory. He made no bones about how important it was and where it put him among the all-time great wrestlers who’ve been through Southern Nevada. The Living Las Vegas Legend has enough quality talent looking for FSW Gold to keep him very busy for the rest of 2019.
No Limits Title Damian Drake (c) vs Ice Williams – We previewed this match two days ago and won’t rewrite it here. Great match and I hope it’s the Main Event. 

Suede Thompson vs Nick Bugatti w/Mazzerati  - As much as I’m looking forward to the No Limits
Title match this one is a close second. One, it will be entertaining with these three and how Suede deals with the Evil Vixen Mazzerati is worth the watch. Two and most important both guys need this one. Yes, Suede broke his losing streak at FSW10 winning the Bockwinkel, but a singles win over Bugatti puts him right back in the title mix. Bugatti is coming off a disappointing loss at FSW10 after his wild chair-throwing feud with Drake and Greg Romero, so the Italian Flamingo has a point to prove against Thompson. He came back with a lot of pomp but the circumstances have worked out in his favor. Good one.

Bonus Boyz (Clutch Kucera & Sugar Brown) vs The Following (Cut Throat Cody & Jakob Austin Young) – Ok this one may actually be second only because I’m excited to see Ice get a One on One Title shot. The Following were very impressive in their win over Hater Nation at FSW10 you immediately heard folks clamoring for more. Well…they’re back again and a win over another team with Sugar Brown on it could put them into the Tag Title mix. CTC didn’t look like he’d been out of the ring at all. His moves were crisp and if you spend too much time worrying about the cutter he’ll submit you. Jakob Austin is consistency personified. They got the biggest pop at FSW10 and likely will Saturday night. Anytime you count out the Bonus Boyz they find a way and have a legitimate beef with Cody i.e. Beers and Bodyslams in case they need added motivation. The best thing to happen to Clutch and Sugar was Gods of War winning the Tag Titles because they have a fresh opponent for a Title shot if they get the W.

Matt Vandagriff vs Tomaste – It’s easy to look at Tomaste and think comedian Gallagher but this isn’t about comedians it’s about a quality wrestler and he's a dangerous opponent for Vandagriff. Tomaste is very smart and calculating in the ring. He knows when to take flight but is comfortable with the match on the ground by picking his spots and he’ll need to do that with the Flip Artist who works best from the air.
Remy Marcel vs Shaggy McLovin vs Kyle Hawk vs? – Not sure who the surprise person is and I have a few ideas, but regardless if Remy Marcel wins he should get a No Limits Title shot. Winning Scrambles are just as important as winning singles matches in the No Limits division and Marcel has been superb. He didn’t get the Cash in the Case but that was far from a No Limits match, and he’s one of the favorites if not the favorite. Kyle Hawk is due for a big win. He lost a tough one to Vandagriiff at Beers and Bodyslams in June but it was clear that Hawk can compete with anyone. His blueprint against Vandagriff should be followed by Tomaste as he was very successful at keeping him down for the majority of the match and had chances to win. Shaggy is not a rookie. He had a non-title match against Drake recently and a win here could put him right back in the ring except this time for a Title shot.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Ice Williams is Confident going into No Limits Title Match...

Photo: FSW

On Saturday Night July 20th at the FSW Arena Ice Williams has his chance. Many have been clamoring for the rookie to get a one on one shot against “The New Age Daredevil Damian Drake and his Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) No Limits Championship. BELL TIME 7PMish. Williams has had opportunities that many in his position only dream of. He is one of only three to compete this year in the No Limits Scramble, Limitless Tournament, and Cash in the Case (Matt Vandagriff & "Chief" Owen Travers). Both these guys had one on one Title shots against Drake and since Travers is the former Champion there are various rematch clauses with him, but the “Flip Artist” has also had his chance at the Gold.
While it’s impressive to qualify for those bouts as a rookie Ice isn’t looking just to be in a Title Fight. He wants to win the big matches  and loves the spotlight which was obvious with his monumental ring entrance at FSW10. Williams made the challenge and as expected the fighting Champion Drake accepted. Be careful what you wish for right? Not necessarily.
The challenger comes into this contest with a lot of confidence and why shouldn’t he. Ice is a matchup nightmare with his size, speed, and well-crafted counter-attack. The rookie is acute at setting traps and baiting opponents into wrestling his match keeping opponents at range with disciplined aerial strikes. Williams knows when to jump and when not to. He doesn’t fall in love with his air attack to the point of overuse and disguises it well when necessary. Ice loves to keep his distance, strike using his range and surprising opponents with the speed. This isn't the first time he's called his shot. 
After the Limitless pairings were announced he boldly predicted a Final including himself and FSW Heavyweight Champion “Ultimate FinesserChris Bey…he was summarily bounced in Round 1 by Funny Bone. There is no one to look ahead to or look past this time as the Champion will be right in front of him. Damian Drake is also coming in with confidence after winning again at Sam’s Town Live. He’s won all three times at the Casino shows in 2019 and you could easily argue they were three of his best performances considering who he shared the ring with. The Challenger called out Drake on Social Media again last week saying he’s gotten under his skin. That could be the case and Ice likes to play the mental game, but here’s the problem. Greg Romero and Nick Bugatti got under his skin for months and Drake responded by vanquishing them with a decisive victory at FSW10.  
Some people don’t perform well when angry, but Drake does. He responds best when there is a perceived disadvantage. Although if he got caught looking ahead you could understand with potential big money Casino Fights with TJ Perkins or Douglas James (or both?) on the horizon. Yet if he doesn’t win Saturday there’s none of that and even those closest to the Champion has acknowledged how tough the Challenger will be for him speculating it’s his toughest defense yet. That’s bold considering he beat Vandagriff, Jake Atlas, and won the 3 Casino Shows, but we’ve unpacked why Ice is dangerous.  However, nobody believes in Ice Williams more than Ice Williams and he will be ready Saturday night. This should be the Main Event. Can’t Wait.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

All Eyes on Hammerstone Saturday Night at FSW Arena?

Saturday night July 20th all eyes will be on Hammerstone and that’s right where he wants them. The new Nevada State and Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) Tag Team Champion will address the Arena crowd for the first time since the stunning turn of events at FSW10 June 23rd. However, he’s not the only one the FSW Fans want to hear from. Why did Graves turn on former Nevada State Champion Sefa Fatu? We certainly understand why he would want to win tag gold but why would he reunite with Your Boy Hammer who double-crossed him just a couple years ago.  
Let’s take a quick trip back in time to the end of Gods of War. On March 31st, 2017 at Collision Course in the Silverton Hotel Hammerstone Cashed in the Case for a Heavyweight Title shot against Eli Drake. After winning his first FSW Title, Kevin Kross congratulated him in the ring and shared a hug with his Gods of War Tag partner Graves. Then in the midst of the feels and the cheers he made this fateful statement: “It’s just a shame you’ve outlived your usefulness,” and gave Graves a jump kick right on the button. It was the first day of 602 as FSW Heavyweight Champion split into 2 long Title reigns and the official end of their partnership. Or so we thought...
The dissolution of their partnership didn’t stop Graves from FSW success. He was the first Nevada State Champion and held it until Sefa took the Blue Belt at No Escape January 25th. There was no evidence of friction and Fatu made a turn in a different direction as a babyface after the match. After 
Hammer and Sefa’s MECCA IV classic, Graves teamed with Fatu against Hammerstone and his new FSW confidant Hell Hound Gabriel Gallo. The victory went to WAR! and “The Problem” when Sefa hit the frog splash on Gallo.
Graves beat Shogun Jones to qualify for CITC and there was no doubt he was a major favorite to win the case. We even discussed his chances here prior to the Tenth Anniversary. My buddy and I had this conversation before driving to Sam’s Town Live for FSW10:
Me: If Graves wins CITC he could cash in on the Sefa-Hammer winner.
My buddy: Or Hammerstone could win and Graves could cash in with Hammer and turn heel.
Me: That’s not going to happen.
Later that night when Graves and Hammerstone stormed the ring to cash in on One Percent (Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson) and win the FSW Tag Titles:
My buddy looks at me: I told you they would do it.
Me: *Thinking- With the crowd screaming would anyone notice if I punched him in the face?
Now Graves and Hammerstone are reunited as Tag Team Champions and they could hold the straps for the foreseeable future. We fully expect One percent to return and get the rematch they have to be clamoring to the FSW Championship Committee for. In fact, they were nowhere to be seen by the merch tables after the final bell rang where Isaacs and the former JNeez are a staple. Sefa was there and just a few tables from his nemesis who gloated with the Blue Belt. We know Fatu wants a rematch, and hopefully has found some friends because he will need backup because one person you can’t sleep on in this equation is the Hell Hound Gabriel Gallo. He helped Hammerstone beat Fatu in the first place when he lifted him up at the count of 8 and has been by his side for the duration of Hammer & Sefa’s feud of the year. There were discussions and matches to determine the best faction in FSW history during the anniversary, but if these three monsters manage to stay together that conversation in the future may only include this group.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

BVW Post Fight: Frank Retains, gets Funny Bone Next...Sky High Title Shot?

Big Valley Wrestling (BVW) Heavyweight Champion Frank the Tank retained his BVW Title Sunday afternoon after an F5 on Da Shade and the resulting pinfall. Da Shade you ask? The match was scheduled to be Frank and Sean Black, however, earlier in the card the Champ came to the ring and called out the most well-known thrower of Shade in Southern Nevada. Shade was added to the Championship match and it was turned into a Triple-Threat.
The match was all over the place and with Sean Black outside the ring, Kevin Ducqets got revenge on an unprovoked attack by Black earlier on the card. Ducqets successfully defended his Las Vegas Championship over Tommy Purr who challenged his manhood following their interview. BVW Commissioner Rocky T was scheduled to appear but there was a change of plans unbeknownst to Purr. After the contest, Sean Black stormed the ring and attempted to take out the Champion. This proved a mistake as Ducqets 
was quick to capitalize and even the score. It’s easy to see the Big Valley Championship Committee putting this one together in the future. July 28th?
With Black out of commission, Frank took control and got the victory. After he dispatched Da Shade the announcement was made that Frank the Tank will defend the Big Valley Gold against the DEMIGOD of DEATH Funny Bone on July 28th. This just got a lot tougher for the Champion. Bone creates a million matchup problems with his versatility and toughness.
Prior to the announcement, it looked like Big Dirty could be next for Frank but to no avail and he may have been left out of both Title pictures so what about Congo Crush? Bobby Bemer’s new “wrestler” made his presence known with the demolition of Bad Boy Brady in his Big Valley debut. Crush had no trouble with his smaller opponent and Big Dirty would be a major step up in competition for him. Let’s see if Bobby Bemer is willing to put his new man in against someone of Dirty’s caliber. Big Dirty collected a win over Captain Buggy in a bout that was tougher than expected. The pirate clown was able to keep his larger on the mat taking his leverage away. However, it wasn’t enough as the Big Valley stalwart prevailed.
Sky High (Robbie Lit & Mondo Roxx) and former BVW Tag Team Champions Exceptional and Tenacious battled to a double-count out. Nothing was resolved in this highly competitive contest. E & T wants to continue to prove they're “The Best around” using crisp well-executed double-teams to wear down the recently returning Lit. They kept him in the corner tagging in and out cutting the ring off. Once Roxx was tagged in the melee continued until all four men were outside the ring and the double count-out was the result. The BVW Tag Team Champs Fresco-Dinero (Fresco-Mattic & Mondo Dinero) came to the ring again after a Six-Man win (w/Santana Jackson) earlier and attacked Exceptional and Tenacious. It doesn’t look like Fresco-Dinero has interest in E & T and openly challenged Sky High. That’s a great bout, and hopefully, the young Aviation brothers work out the kinks before a potential Championship match. If they do…

Friday, July 12, 2019

Big Valley Wrestling Presents: Fight To Fund

Sunday afternoon July 14th Big Valley Wrestling (BVW) presents Fight To Fund a Fundraising Event for
BVW Champion Frank The Tank’s family in an effort to return his deceased mother in law Sheila Olive home to Kentucky. The card takes place at the home of BVW since Day One the Sahara Event Center. BELL TIE 2PM. It will be an emotional night for everyone as BVW reaches out to help one of their own. Lots of questions to answer as BVW heads into the second half of 2019 and the Heavyweight Title will be on the line in the Main Event.

BVW Heavyweight Championship – Frank The Tank vs Sean Black –Great Champions compete regardless of the situation and 300-day BVW Champ Frank The Tank wrestles with a heavy heart Sunday against Sean Black. The great athletes say during times of tragedy that once the bell rings they forget everything that’s going on around them and focus. Frank will be in that situation on Sunday. For 10 months he’s had a stranglehold on the Championship and Sean Black is a nice guy but this is business, and he wants to be Big Valley Champion. We know where Frank’s heart will be on Sunday and unfortunately for Sean the rest of him will be in the ring and is a force to reckon with.

Exceptional and Tenacious vs. Sky High (Mondo Rox and Robbie Lit)- The winner has to have dibs on a Tag Team Title Match right? These two teams do not like each other and the tensions will be high for both at the Sahara Event Center with so much on the line. Robbie Lit returned from injury to a giant pop and pairs with his brother again in pursuit of Gold. Will the former Champs get back to their winning ways and regain the BVW Tag Team Titles? They have to beat Sky High first.   

Primo Pulpo the Manager of BVW Tag Champions Fresco-Dinero (Mondo Dinero & Fresco Mattic) took to Twitter saying the Champs will be “ready to defend” against whoever comes out of the E&T-Sky High matchup Sunday afternoon. Fresco-Dinero Cut the Check on The Ballards two weeks ago and Pulpo has them rounding into form as they begin the second half of 2019 as Champs. Pulpo isn’t the only Big Valley Head Coach busy right now. With the collection of quality managing in BVW like Pulpo and Toom E. Gucci around Bobby Bemer is constantly fine-tuning his Dealership this time adding Congo Crush to the fold. Bemer says he went on “safari after safari” to return with Crush. The Monster from parts unknown has been recruited by Bemer to take hold of the Big Valley Heavyweight Division. He’s a throwback to Kamala the Ugandan Giant and Abdullah The Butcher so we’ll see if the Dealership Boss can guarantee he can keep his “new discovery” under control. If he can, then Crush is a legitimate threat to either Frank or the new 2X Las Vegas Champion.
Kevin Ducqets ruined the Sucka Free Parade by regaining the Las Vegas Gold and defeating Leon Hater. As Ducqets goes into the Second half of the year he’s certainly in the conversation for BVW Wrestler of the Year and is more confident than ever after once again beating his nemesis. He proved his loss at the Gold Coast was an aberration and now looks to stamp his name among the great Champions in Big Valley history. What’s next for the New/Old Las Vegas Kingpin?

The Cockpit w/Tommy Purr and Special Guest: Rocky T

Plus! Big Dirty, Captain Buggy, and newcomer Otto Von Clutch.

The second half of the Big Valley year begins Sunday!

From Facebook: "Shelia Olive was an incredible person. Anyone who knew her knows she was an angel here on earth. She was kind, loving, sweet, funny, and just the best person to get to know. She was very easy to get along with and was just an awesome person to know. She transitioned from this life to eternity on 6/26/2019. When we contacted her life insurance company, we were informed that her policy lapsed late last year. We now reside in Nevada and need help getting her home to Kentucky to rest with her mother and sister. If you have it in your heart, please help us by donating whatever you can. We appreciate any help. If you can't donate, please share, and ask others. Everyone deserves to be laid to rest. Please assist Shelia in being able to do so. We thank you in advance.
The family of Shelia Olive."
R.I.P Shelia Olive
From Big Valley Wrestling: Shelia Olive was the mother in law of BVW Heavyweight Champion and Co-head trainer of the BVW Training Academy, Frank The Tank. We here at Big Valley like to help our wrestlers in times of need because the bond of wrestling does not stop after you've left the ring. It continues, because we are family, and Frank's family is like our extended family! His family is in need of financial support for the extensive expenses of Shelia's funeral. On July 14th, we're going to present a special fundraising wrestling event where the proceeds will be donated to helping The Family of Shelia Olive.
Donations will be accepted at the event as well.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

FSW Champ Chris Bey on John Morrison: "Payback is a Bitch."

Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) Heavyweight Champion the “Ultimate Finesser” Chris Bey has had a 2019 many wrestlers would only dream of. He beat Killer Kross at FSW 10 to continue a dominant run as Champion and things go his way there will be even more dream matches on the horizon including two former WWE Champions and the current FSW MECCA Grand Champion.  
I asked the Champ his thoughts on his Title run so far, “If we’re being honest, I didn’t come to Vegas with the plan to become the FSW Heavyweight Champion, the facts are, when you’re the best this is what happens. I started it off by beating Hammerstone, I’ve defended it 6 times in the past 208 days and I wish I could defend it more.”
During his Reign, he’s faced “Iron Heart” Douglas James, “Uptown” Andy Brown, Shogun Jones, and his brother Suede Thompson. He also debuted with IMPACTWrestling and Ring of Honor (ROH) and while the 23-year-old is pleased with vanquishing Killer Kross at FSW 10 makes it clear he is far from finished in 2019. “I am a fighting champion and the proof is when I just made history and became the first FSW superstar to beat Killer Kross clean in that ring and I did it at our biggest show ever in the main event. A man that Moxley just came after (in Killer Kross), so does that not imply that I am next or should I just go sign my name on the petition?” Bey made it clear “I’ll find him (Moxley) if he don’t come for me.”
Who else does he want in the second half? “Regardless, I have submitted my legacy as a Living Las Vegas Legend and no one can ever take that away from me. As for who am I looking at in the second half? I want everyone who wants to prove they’re the best. Whether that be TJP, Ice Williams, or anyone outside of Vegas who wants the opportunity to submit their legacy by defeating me.” What about his old friend Johnny MECCA/Morrison who was very much a part of the MECCA assault with Kross? “Ahhh how could I forget. I owe him an asswhooping. He tried to make an example out of me, and he may be off doing his other things but rest assured that when I see him, it’s on sight. Payback is a bitch.” MECCA V?
Any of those opponents would be a great match for Bey as his stock rises and the legacy grows. The Champion returns Saturday, July 20th for High Octane and it’s a safe bet he’ll have a lot to say at the FSW Arena.

It's a Dogfight: Exceptional & Tenacious vs Sky High July 14th...

Sunday, July 14th at Big Valley Wrestling’s (BVW) Fight to Fund a Fundraiser for Sheila Olive Sky High (Mondo Roxx & Robbie Lit) looks for a possible Big Valley Wrestling Tag Team Title shot and a win over the former Champions could do the trick. The brothers Roxx and Lit formerly known as Chill and Blaze team up after Robbie returned last time to the Sahara Event Center after being out for five months with an injury. While his brother was out “The Ace of Diamonds” Mondo Roxx has gotten over with the Las Vegas fans with his energy, enthusiasm and not to mention by winning matches. He qualified for Limitless and certainly has the confidence to win Gold. They changed the name to complement their Aviation background and now Mondo’s bomber jacket makes perfect sense.
Exceptional and Tenacious (Ricky Triforce Tenacious & Alexander Braven) have had a rough go of it lately in BVW and the former Champions hope to get back in the win column by bringing Sky High down to Earth. In their defense, for a variety of reasons they haven’t worked together consistently since they dropped the belts. They were supposed to team last time out until Braven was unable to compete but then Roxx showed up. Tenacious teamed with Roxx a month ago and things were going swimmingly until Ricky got an “accidental” punch in the face for his hard work. That led Braven to intervene in a Roxx beatdown, but they didn’t anticipate the return of Robbie who came to assist.
This feud has stretched across years and state lines with more on the line Sunday afternoon than winning a grudge match. If Sky High comes out with their hands raised it’s hard to argue they wouldn’t be next for the Tag Champs Fresco-Dinero (Mondo Dinero & Fresco-Mattic) who are making their BVW Title reign look easy. Roxx and Lit are tough to gameplan for. Their speed and quickness can’t be duplicated in a camp, and we saw prior to Robbie’s injury just how difficult it can be.
However, Exceptional and Tenacious have been in huge BVW matches before. They held the straps for nearly a year and would like nothing more than to thwart their rivals advance. Either of these teams could pose a real threat to the Champions who are doing the best wrestling of their careers right now. Fresco-Dinero under the expert tutelage of their Manager Primo Pulpo has blossomed into a dominant force in Big Valley.
We know Tenacious is not impressed with the current Champs but least of all with his opponents on Sunday, and didn't mix his words, “I never liked my brother, so when I think of Mondo and Robbie I already get mad. But I've got something better than a brother, Or a Vest friend, I've got the instrumental to my lyrics, I've got the sequined TAG team machine, I've got The Exception. And together, we'll knock any flight out of the sky. Buckle up Sky High, cuz you're crashing down this Sunday at BVW.

What's in a Name? Why Douglas James is now "Iron Heart"...

Douglas James announced earlier this month that he was no longer going to use the nickname or
moniker “Relentless” anymore. In some cases, this wouldn’t be news, but in DJ’s the name “Relentless” has been a major part of his wrestling brand as a whole, and who he is as a person. He came back earlier this year from a serious hip injury and has begun adding Championships to the trophy case again taking the Limitless Tourney in April and the DOA strap in June.
You think nicknames/moniker don’t matter? What about “American Dream” “The Brain” “Stone Cold” “Hitman” “Nature Boy” or the “Heartbreak Kid?” All of them can be referenced without ever mentioning their name, and are as important as the wrestler themselves and it sometimes even signifies who they are as a person not just as a talent. 
Example: Did you see the WrestleMania XIII match between Stone Cold and Hitman? Get it? We’ve all seen wrestlers struggle until they connect with a name or character i.e. Stone Cold was The Ringmaster first.
Since James announced on July 4th that he was one year sober I expected a nickname along that line. Two days ago he announced that he is now “Ironheart” Douglas James and the name fits. I was curious why he decided to make a major change like this?
Well, I am relentless by nature. It's just who I am. I am doing well with wrestling but I'm not on the main stage and Darby Allin at All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is using relentless now. Nothing but respect, but I'm not going to be second fiddle to anyone. My heart got me to where I'm at. I live for this and can’t be broken. I have a heart of iron, so that's how Iron Heart was born.” Allin’s signing with AEW was announced by him spray painting “Relentless” and he has the word tattooed on the back of his neck. I’m not saying a name in ink signifies ownership or some folks would have a lot of problems with exes.
It’s a smart decision and sharing a name with someone who is going to be on TV weekly in a few months may not be the best idea. James said even though it’s a major decision it wasn’t difficult, “I understand how the game works, so it wasn’t a tough decision but had to make sure I was being true to me.” He said he had a few ideas before he settled, “I was thinking fearless, limitless, but Keith Lee or timeless, but I think iron heart really fits who I am and is a bit more unique.”  Finally, was he asked to do it? “Nope. My own decision.” 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Is CWFH Stepping into the Pay-Per-View Market?

The owner of the United Wrestling Network (UWN) David Marquez posted on Facebook earlier today: “Are you ready for a United Wrestling Network Championship Wrestling from Hollywood Pay-Per-View.” No details were given as to where and when so it’s left for us to pontificate. I enjoy Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (CWFH) and would like to see them attempt a Live PPV. 
My first question was who could headline it? Eli Drake was with IMPACT and certainly still is a headliner and he’s already competed once in Hollywood since his release so it’s not out of the question we could see him more often. Drake vs UWN TV Champion Scorpio Sky would be an excellent match as long as the story was quality leading up to it. I'm not certain those two would be able to do regular TV especially after Sky goes to weekly TV with All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Rarely do I buy a PPV just for the Main Event so CWFH certainly has to be able to provide a solid card top to bottom.
Facebook Post by David Marquez today
They can do it with guys like Hollywood Heritage Champion “Uptown” Andy Brown, Royce Isaacs, UWN Tag Champions Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe & Luster the Legend), Double Platinum (Chris Bey & Suede Thompson), Tyler Bateman, Adrian Quest, Heather Monroe, and The Soul Burners (Tomaste & Ryan Taylor). If you are hosting a PPV you are looking for eyeballs outside of your state and CWFH is on National Television so the potential reach is there and the show is also available on Fite TV for free so they have the seemingly obvious partner to stream it. Fite is also the Live Streamer for PCW ULTRA who is based out of Southern California and is the only company in the Wild West hosting live PPV’s regularly.
Is a PPV even feasible? Yes. Marquez has plenty of partners. They have close ties still with the resurgent National Wrestling Alliance, but they’re locked in tight with ROH although a partnership there may be unlikely. He has ties with IMPACT, WWE, and New Japan to name a few, this news is in the wake of the UWN’s recent announcement of a new promotion in Las Vegas called Silver State Pro Wrestling. CWFH has already begun broadcasting their show in the Las Vegas Valley on MyLVTV on Friday night after Ring of Honor (ROH).  

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Is Jon Moxley a Long Term Option for FSW?

Las Vegas is hopefully breathing again from back to back Earthquakes Thursday and Friday, Jon Moxley’s arrival last night in Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) to face Killer Kross, and finding out my Mom was a hero putting a fire out in her neighbor’s yard I’d say it’s been one of the wackiest July 4th weekends in my memory. Now that we’ve MAYBE settled a smidge let’s look into the possibilities with the former Dean Ambrose.
 It’s safe to predict the next time we see Kross and Mox will be at MECCA V September 29th and if that happens it’s also safe to predict another Sam’s Town Live sell-out. I’m not sure how far Moxley is booked, so we don’t know yet if Survival of the Fittest August 17th is out of the question although it wouldn’t be against The Tollman. I can certainly think of some matches.
What’s most encouraging is that the inevitable match with The Killer doesn’t have to be his last one in FSW. AEW Owner Tony Khan said this following Moxley signing with AEW in relation to competing in the Indies: From  "He is a multi-year contract, he will be on a full-time deal," Khan confirmed. "When we go weekly, he's going to be full-time. Same as some of the guys, especially when the schedule is light, I'm open to him working some international and indie dates. He is full-time with us, domestically, essentially he's our guy. Yeah, he's going to do some international and indie stuff, but he's definitely an AEW full-time wrestler.”
So according to Khan, Moxley would still be able to compete with FSW even after he’s exclusive and AEW begins weekly television on TNT in October on Friday nights. Prior to his injury Mox was an Iron Man who never missed dates and he may pursue another busy schedule. He told TMZ “I feel like I’m 18 again,” before his return to the Indie scene in June, and his victory in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) over Juice Williams winning the IWGP US Title. The fact he lives in Las Vegas may give FSW the upper hand with bookings, and there is plenty of talent here that would keep him busy. I spoke to our AEW reporter with Last Word on Pro Wrestling about his deal and she surmised that “as long as he isn’t on TV it should be fine.”
However, we will see how flexible his schedule really is once the TV gets hot for All Elite and whether he will be allowed to remain active on the Indie scene. He has a one year opt out in his 3-year deal, so if Indies is that important to Jon, and clearly they are, then having that poison pill in the legal paperwork gives him the leverage to continue that freedom. No matter what happens it’s great to see FSW get the praise and attention it deserves as arguably the top promotion out west. They made a major statement as a company last night and the partnership with Super Heel Promotions certainly looks to be fruitful so far.  

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Survival of the Fittest Set for August at Sam's Town Live...

Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) confirmed Survival of the Fittest will be held Saturday, August 17th at Sam’s Town Live. This will mark the first time since selling out the place for FSW10 as they hope to keep the momentum going through the summer. FSW is also returning to the FSW Arena on Saturday night July 20th and either August 2nd or 3rd but I was told it looks more like Friday the2nd. 

Hopefully, we’ll get some answers to the questions raised from FSW 10 like:
Who is next for Damian Drake?
What will Chris Bey say to the fans that turned on him?
Where was the referee?
When will Shogun Jones have a match without a strange finish?
Why Graves Why?

Nevada State and FSW Tag Champion Hammerstone posted a photo of himself on Social Media (of course) with Graves and Gabriel Gallo as #Projectbodycount. It’s certainly a fitting name for what looks to be a devastating trio from the Grand Canyon State. In case you lived under a rock recently Your Boy Hammer won the Nevada State Title and the FSW Tag Tiles after reuniting with Gods of War partner Graves at FSW10. You can bet they’re pushing towards August 17th and will be very dangerous again at Sam’s Town Live. The former Champ Sefa Fatu has a lot of friends and we know he has family, so you can be sure the former Champ will be ready to “whoop somebody’s ass” when he steps back in an FSW ring.
Last week I erroneously included Shaggy McLovin on my list of rookies. The change was made and I added Macho Mouse. However, Macho and Fresco-Mattic traded GIF’s as a result of the Mouse’s earlier exclusion in the article while I praised Fresco and his Tag Team exploits. Here’s hoping Macho and Fresco will be able to settle their differences in the squared circle. To be fair it’s a good match on paper and both Man and Mouse are tall and lean, so there wouldn’t be any real height advantage. Plus it’s a bout between two of the top rookies in Las Vegas which is always appealing.
Congratulations to Kenny King on getting the biggest win of his career at Ring of Honor’s (ROH) Best in the World against Jay Lethal last weekend winning their best of Three series 2-1. King finished the contest and the series with a Royal Flush after hitting another Lethal Injection. It was good to see King get the best of the former ROH Champ in what could be a springboard to his own ROH World Title as he’s been ROH Tag Champ (w/Rhett Titus as All Night Express) and is a 2X ROH TV Champion.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

FSW Boss Joe DeFalco Talks Killers and Why FSW 10 was Special...

Friday night July 5th at the FSW Arena Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) and Super Heel Promotions Presents Killer Kross’ Natural Born Killers featuring Frank Mir and Austin Aries. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion Mir arrived on Sunday, June 23rd after Aries interrupted Kross’ promo following his loss to Chris Bey
We had a chance to speak to FSW Boss Joe DeFalco about how this whole idea came to be? “Kross talked about stuff like this couple of years ago. Now with Stephan Bonnar, Mir and other MMA guys training to wrestle and with the success of Bloodsport, we thought now with UFC fight week it was the perfect time to try and kick it off.” July 3-7 is International Fight Week coupled with Jon Jones at UFC 239 Saturday night. The card is loaded and DeFalco was happy with who they got, “We got exactly who we wanted with Mir and a legend like Dan Severn and mixed with Kross, Bonnar, "Filthy" Tom Lawlor, and (Simon) Gotch was a good get.”
Relentless” Douglas James, Scarlett Bordeaux, “Pain Train” Dave Mazany, his sister Gina “Danger” Mazany are on the card along with “Warlord of Weird” Sinn Bodhi, and Ryan Couture. I asked how he felt about the show a couple days out, “Not enough time honestly to put it together,” DeFalco continued, “but we're at the FSW Arena so we don't need to sell as many tickets.” Did he anticipate another one? “We are hoping to do it 3-4 times per year based around the UFC in Vegas.”
He said the plan is not to be a series of cards with one-off fights as DeFalco explained, “We want to establish first and hopefully we will have a champion because everyone needs to fight for something. First impressions are most important and if it's clunky then nobody will care.  Bloodsport ran WrestleMania week so had good buzz but the 1st one was ok and the 3rd was crazy.”
FSW has partnered with Super Heel Promotions for this event and this is the first time they’ve worked together and DeFalco wasn’t shy about his concerns, “Aaron (Aaron Portier w/Super Heel Promotions) and his partner hit me up about meeting and said they were interested in partnering up and investing in MECCA. I pitched this idea and they were all over it.  Aaron works with MMA and Boxing with Roy Jones etc. He’s a huge wrestling fan, and this was a good fit to get their feet wet and try and learn the business. I told them I'm not interested in helping another company water down the market. Why go into business yourself?”
Now that some time has passed and the smoke cleared I asked how he felt about FSW 10 and he said, “Our 10 year anniversary was a special thing that everything came together and we were blessed to have so many people there. The kids sold over 300 tickets most they ever sold, so those $10 tickets really blew things up and the show was stacked. It was a total perfect storm.” DeFalco isn’t one to sit around in the bowels of the FSW Arena and pat himself on the back, “so now we have to capitalize on the turnout and find new venue companies wanting what we can offer.” The work never ends for the FSW Boss.

Monday, July 1, 2019

PCW ULTRA Announces More for No Quarter August 9th...

PCW ULTRA announced more matches this morning for No Quarter on August 9th including the ULTRA Openweight Championship as Champion Mil Muertes defends his Belt against Dan Maff who we all remember from the WARBEAST bloodbath at WrestleSummit, and Tessa Blanchard defends her Women’s Crown against Sumie Sakai. The result of a DEFY Title Match in the Northwest will either be another chance to win Gold for one or it could be a truly “Relentless” Three-Way Dance.
Artemis Spencer will defend the DEFY 8XGP Title against Matt Sydal “if” he is still the champ by that date. Spencer has a DEFY Title defense against "Relentless" Douglas James on July 26th at Washington Hall in Seattle and needs to get past him first. That is easier said than done, but Artemis has a list of wins any champion would be proud of. Despite his win over Rey Fenix a few weeks prior, he shocked the Wild West when he beat Shane “Swerve” Strickland for the Cascade Gold to close 2018. However, he has followed it up this year with wins over Dezmond Xavier, MJF, Ethan HD, PCW ULTRA Ultra Light Champion “SuperstarJake Atlas, and former WWE Cruiserweight Champ TJ Perkins
Matt Sydal is a gifted wrestler who lost the first quarter of the year with injury and missed a shot at the PCW ULTRA Tile early this year as a result. Sydal can work anywhere in the ring and has a
smooth aerial attack that looks effortless. ULTRA also announced that Douglas James faces SCHAFF and Brian Pillman Jr. in a Three-Way Dance which could also be a DEFY Title bout. Junior beat Douglas James in June at Mind Crawler and SCHAFF won his ULTRA debut in a Four-Way. The Monster dropped a tough one to DJ in Portland last month and could look to exact some revenge. Despite the match confusion last time with the “Baddest MOTHER F***ER in Pro Wrestling” he prevailed against three lightning quick guys Eli Everfly, Matt Vandagriff, and Lucas Riley. Some thought he should have won easily, but remember last fall when Hammerstone was heavily favored in a similar contest that Everfly prevailed in. Never underestimate the power of a guy with a green tongue.
DJ knows all about “The Fly” but even if he is DEFY Champion he just needs a win in Wilmington. James has yet to get his hand raised since his triumphant return to ULTRA from injury in January. This hasn’t affected him elsewhere winning Gold in Oregon, but there is little doubt wins in the ULTRAtorium mean more. He’s been embraced by the fans and is easily one of the most popular wrestlers and they would like nothing more than to see him get a victory back home. Brian Pillman Jr. spoiled it last time out and will have to contend with SCHAFF also. We can hope the bleach blonde has grown out.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Who are the Top FSW Rookies so far in 2019?

Editors Note: Shaggy McLovin was originally on this list and he is not a rookie. He was replaced by Macho Mouse.

As the smoke clears from FSW10 we are at the halfway point of the wrestling year. The young talent in Las Vegas is plentiful with two standout rookies and a few that are just waiting for them to slip. We examined some of the top rookies to see who to watch for the rest of 2019. In fact, there are some intriguing matches within this group that would be great to see. Who’s the top FSW rookie up to this point?

Ice Williams
You might be surprised to see Ice Williams on this list of rookies and so am I. However, when I got confirmation from FSW on who qualified as a rookie Ice is one of them. It’s also possible he isn’t one but I listed him anyway if for any other reason than his awesome entrance at FSW10. I digress. He has qualified for the No Limits Scramble, Limitless Tournament, and Cash in the Case. His naysayers will point out that he didn’t win any of those, but it’s not as easy as some people may think to even get into those matches. Obviously, there were reasons some didn’t compete in all three but Ice, Matt Vandagriff, and Owen Travers is the only 3 who were in each. Williams has tons of promise from his personality, talent and his pure enjoyment to be in front of a crowd. Ice Williams is the clear front runner as Top Rookie.
Hero Lu at FSW Arena

Hero Lu
What’s not to love about this young rookie? He has the whole package to be a force in FSW very soon. The strength is there and he matches up with any heavyweights physically. It would be good to see him in some Openweight matches to see how he handles guys with more speed and quickness. There were rumors he was going to face FSW Champ, Chris Bey, a few weeks ago and that would have clearly been a good indicator. Lu has a presence and confidence that was on display in tough matches this year against Shogun Jones and new Nevada State Champion Hammerstone and picked up his first win in the Arena against the next rookie on the list…

Fresco has the size, look, and a sound microphone game already. He has begun booking regularly with FSW and the success will come as his experience grows. The height is legit which creates tons of mismatches and as he gets bigger and stronger it will be interesting to see where his development goes. His team with Mondo Dinero (Fresco-Dinero) won Tag Gold in Big Valley Wrestling (BVW) and are working together more in FSW. They were part of a high profile Four Way Tag match at Beers and Bodyslams acquitting themselves quite well, and we’ve already made our feelings known about them facing Bonus Boyz (Clutch Kucera & Sugar Brown).

Mondo Rox 
One of the most exciting and popular rookies in Las Vegas is Mondo Rox. The youngster from Albuquerque has a strong fan base and this kid loves every second of the attention. His ring work is solid and he qualified by winning a Four Way for the Limitless Tournament where he lost in Round 1 to No Limits Champion Damian Drake. Rox draws a lot of energy from the fans and looks to them for support throughout his matches. Mondo is usually booked in large tags or Scrambles in FSW so it would nice to see him against other No Limits contenders like Shaggy or Ice to see where his game is. This young man has a bright future in the No Limits division. 

Santana Jackson
The star of MJ LIVE recently teamed with the “King of Dong StyleJoey Ryan at Beers And Bodyslams, and was in the Nick Bockwinkel Memorial Battle Royal. Jackson paired with “Pain Train” Mazany at the FSW Arena, but we haven’t seen him one on one with No Limits competitors the likes of Ice, Shaggy, or Mondo. We don’t know if Jackson is going to be an eventual Title contender with improvement or more of a special attraction.

Macho Mouse
I added the MOST Macho Mouse after I removed Shaggy McLovin since we were notified he is not a rookie. The first time I got a glimpse I thought he was silly, but I've grown to be quite entertained by the young rookie. He delivers the elbow from the top effectively and is over with the Las Vegas fan base. Similar to Mondo Rox he wrestles in scrambles and tag matches so an opportunity in singles for him would be nice to see where his development is. Anyone on this list would be a quality upgrade in competition for him, but just like Santana Jackson we don't know yet if he is going to be a legitimate Title contender or a unique entertaining gimmick. Macho has the size and skill to give other young FSW stars problems if he starts to climb the rankings.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

PCW ULTRA UltraLight Title: "Superstar" Jake Atlas vs TJ Perkins

PCW ULTRA announced today that “Superstar” Jake Atlas will defend his Ultra Light Championship August 9th against TJ Perkins at No Quarter at the ILWU Memorial Hall or the ULTRAtorium for the converted. BELL TIME 8:30PM. Atlas is coming off his victory at Mind Crawler against Trey Miguel and a win over Perkins would be career-defining to this point.
Atlas is the top Cruiserweight in SoCal and with wins over Dezmond Xavier at WrestleSummit and now Miguel sealed it for now, but Perkins has been very impressive in his return to the Indie ranks this month. He beat Aussie Adam Brooks last time in Wilmington and had a tough Time-Limit draw with ULTRA fav “Relentless” Douglas James on Sunday here in Las Vegas. There were no signs of rust as Perkins looked better than ever and he will need to because nobody has been hotter than the “Superstar.”
If anyone is going to beat him then the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion is a likely candidate, but that’s easier said than done. His height and athleticism make Atlas a match-up nightmare at Cruiserweight and utilizes his reach advantage with vicious aggression. He’s one of the best strikers in the Wild West and can stand and trade with anyone in the division. Atlas may want to turn this into a slugfest to stay out of the traps Perkins loves to set for his submissions on the mat. This match is a Main Event anywhere.
"The Baddest Mother F***er in Professional Wrestling" SCHAFF returns to ULTRA after getting a victory in a Four Man Scramble at Mind Crawler as does Brian Pillman Jr. who also picked up a win in his debut. Matt Sydal is on the card and was scheduled to face former ULTRA Champion Shane Strickland earlier this year but was forced to bow out due to injury. Talented cat. Maybe he gets his Title shot against ULTRA King Mil Muertes who beat Swerve to win the Gold at WrestleSummit in April and took down Sami Callihan last time out. Any of those three would be dangerous opponents for Muertes. ULTRA and DEFY Tag Champs WARBEAST (Almighty Sheikh & Jacob Fatu) and ULTRA Women’s Champion Tessa Blanchard is also scheduled.
If you haven’t made the trip to the Long Beach area for an ULTRA show I highly recommend. One of the best shows I’ve been to this year. The crowd is passionate, committed and has a ton of energy from the first bell to the last. Great place to watch wrestling.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

FSW & Super Heel Announce Austin Aries, Frank Mir, and Tom Lawlor

Three more HUGE names have been announced for Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) and Super
Photo: FSW
Heel Promotions
inaugural event Natural Born Killers (NBK) July 5th at the FSW Arena. We saw the return of Austin Aries Sunday night with Frank Mir and announced he is his client and both will be competing at NBK.
Austin Aries “just wins Championships.” Personalities aside “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” is a 2X Ring of Honor (ROH) World and 3X IMPACT World Heavyweight Champion. He is arguably the best X-Division star in history where he is a 6X Champion. Aries can do anything in or out of the ring. He has superior grappling skills and rarely does he not hold that advantage in a match. Despite his tremendous in-ring work, his ability to play the mental game with opponents and fans is legendary. In many cases, he has an opponent beat before the bell rings as Aries takes residence inside their head. One of the top heels in the business. Period.
Frank Mir is one of my favorite fighters. I didn’t appreciate how good he was until I listened to him call the fights for World Extreme Cagefighting back in Urijah Faber’s heyday.  He helped me understand the nuances of fighting with his expert analysis. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion beat Tim Sylvia by breaking his arm at UFC 48 to win the Title. Unfortunately, Mir was injured when a car knocked him off his motorcycle. He was subsequently stripped of the belt, but when he returned Mir climbed right back into the Title picture when he survived the Brock Lesnar assault and caught him in a kneebar to get the submission win. Now a jiu-jitsu Black Belt Mir was the Coach of his Team on The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 before his bout with Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira who was the other Coach of his own team. For the first time in his career, Nogueira was knocked out by Frank in the Second Round. Mir and Aries interrupted Killer Kross to announce their arrival and look to prove who the baddest man is in the building that night. 
"Filthy" Tom Lawlor was on Mir’s Ultimate Fighter Season 8 team, and this is the first time we’ve seen Lawlor in the FSW Arena since May and he has a stranglehold on the MLW Title. Lawlor loves to fight whether it’s in MMA, Cage Match, Death Match, or in a Bar Room. While he has plenty of technical ability Lawlor seems much more comfortable in scrap and makes every effort to turn his matches into brawls. It makes no difference who his opponent is because his style plays anywhere with anyone. Really fun guy to watch.
Killer Kross, Stephan Bonnar, Gotch, Scarlett Bordeaux, Dave and Gina Mazany and "Relentless" Douglas James have already been announced for the card that merges Professional Wrestling and Mixed-Martial Arts on the debut event.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

What's Next for Sefa Fatu...A Trilogy?

Sefa Fatu vs Hammerstone FSW10

The ProblemSefa Fatu was beaten by three men Sunday night at Sam’s Town Live and it cost him the Nevada State Championship. He’s made it clear he intends to get the Blue Belt back but he knows now what is in store for him going forward. Fatu thought he had an ally in former Champ Graves and we witnessed Sunday night that he’s the furthest thing from. It was a classic swerve double-cross that still has some Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) faithful trying to figure out their lives. Now “The Problem” is going to need friends soon because Hammerstone is difficult enough to beat by himself so with the rest of this Arizona wrecking crew in place, he’s nearly unstoppable. 
He likely will find committed allies in former FSW Tag Team Champions One Percent (Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson) who are still trying to find the truck that hit them roughly 48 Hours ago and left with the Belts. We may get a Six-Man Match as Gabriel Gallo would team with the reunited and new FSW Tag Champs the Gods of War (Graves & Hammerstone). While the Two-Time Tag Champs are excellent they have an agenda too in trying to get their own Gold back. Fatu endured plenty of insults from Hammerstone going into the match Sunday and it has to still be eating at him that he didn’t close the deal. There were obviously circumstances beyond his control, but it doesn’t change the fact there is a new Nevada State Champion.
Fatu is scheduled to compete this weekend for the Title in the Arizona Wrestling Federation (AWF) and won their Wildcard Rumble June 1st to earn the shot and has a great chance to soften the sting of losing the Blue Belt. In fact, Hammer is in the match along with AWF King WATSON, so Fatu gets
his hands on him pronto. However, the Nevada Gold was the first in his home promotion. His Dad and many members of his family were at Sam’s Town when he won the belt in January, so the importance of regaining that Championship cannot be understated. That aside he has had two excellent matches with “The Business” and you could argue he had him beaten in both times. It was more egregious Sunday night since Gallo literally came to the ring and helped up his buddy before the ten count. We’re not used to seeing Hammerstone require this much teamwork, but it’s obvious that despite his words he understands just how dangerous the Son of Rikishi truly is since it took three men to take the Title away.
A rematch with Hammerstone is a massive Main Event and would the third fight in a trilogy that has yet to see a clean win. That’s part of what’s made it so compelling and why I believe it’s been the feud of the year in FSW. How will the young star respond to this adversity? Well, if it’s anything like the rest of the Samoan Dynasty it won’t be long until we call Sefa Fatu a two-time Nevada State Champ.

Monday, June 24, 2019

FSW10 Post Fight: Suede Wins, Drake Lives Victoriously, Bone and Bodhi KILL IT

Suede Thompson got back in the Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) win column at a sold-out Sam’s Town Live winning the Nick Bockwinkel Memorial Battle Royal at the FSW 10th Anniversary Show last night. Thompson eliminated Gabriel Gallo to get the victory and erase any doubts whether there was Suederade left in the tank. We got the answer loud and clear and I don’t mean those “wrestling trunks” he wore to the ring. It was a quality win in a match that featured young stars like Shaggy McLovin, Hero Lu, WATSON, Sandra Moone, C-Lassic, Macho Mouse, Mondo Rox, and tag team Fresco-Dinero (Fresco-Matic & Mondo Dinero).
Once again when it mattered most the “New Age DaredevilDamian Drake lived victoriously defeating Nick Bugatti and Greg Romero to retain the FSW No Limits Championship. As expected the match was wild and crazy but came full circle in the end. As expected Mazzerati got involved sliding a chair in the ring, but Drake stopped it and chin-checked her with a perfect throw knocking her off the ring apron to the floor. One triangle averted, but another on the horizon. Douglas James and TJ Perkins fought to a Time Limit draw and both are top contenders for the No Limits Championship. If those two have a rematch the winner would walk into a Title shot.
Graves won the Cash in the Case, but that was just the beginning. He turned on Sefa Fatu and helped his new old friend Hammerstone win the Nevada State Title. Later on, he cashed in the briefcase with “The Business” and they took down Tag Champions One Percent (Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson) who had just seemingly retained against The Soul Burners. The Gods of War have returned to FSW and now have the Tag Team Titles. With Gallo in the mix, we could be looking at a very enticing Six-Man with Sefa and 1% taking on last night's Arizona Wrecking Crew. Sefa Fatu and One Percent lost nothing dropping the belts. They were completely blind-sided in both cases and will certainly have a rematch at some point.
The popular Death Match item the Staple Gun was put to good use in Funny Bone and Sinn Bodhi’s Heaven and Hell Match. I was admittedly lukewarm on this one and completely wrong. I enjoyed it very much and I think it was the best match of the night. Legos, tacks, guardrails, and a casket were
all part of this war. Funny Bone even stapled his photo to Bodhi’s head and then signed it getting a big pop. Bone got the win and we want to also congratulate him on his new documentary called – I AM Funny Bone.
The "Ultimate Finesser" Chris Bey stopped the clock and defeated Killer Kross clean and got the biggest win of his career. Bey continues his stranglehold on the FSW Heavyweight Championship and his star in Vegas may not be brighter. After the match, Kross was speaking was interrupted when Austin Aries returned. Aries was eventually joined by former UFC fighter and submission master Frank Mir. They announced that Mir would be part of Natural Born Killers on July 5th.
The Following (Cut Throat Cody & Jakob Austin Young) beat newly inducted into the FSW Las Vegas Wrestling Hall of Fame Hater Nation (Leon Hater, Legacy, Sugar Brown) after Cut Throat Cody made Legacy tap. They got one of the biggest pops of the show.
Shogun Jones beat Kenny King by Countout. I would like to see that one done again. I honestly don't think Kenny King would ever get booed in Las Vegas no matter how big a heel he is elsewhere.

#AndSTILL: Chris Bey Stops the Clock...Beats Killer Kross

The “Ultimate FinesserChris Bey removed all doubts to his legitimacy and became a Living Las Vegas Legend spearing Killer Kross through a table and retaining his FSW Heavyweight Championship in the Main Event of their 10th Anniversary Show Sunday night. I spoke to Bey before the match and asked him how he felt, and he said simply, “I’ve been waiting my whole life for this. I’m tired but I’m ready.” He certainly was and took the fight to the Challenger from the opening bell. Unfortunately, an ill-advised decision to Irish whip Kross was blocked and he was unceremoniously tossed out of the wrestling ring.
Kross threw Bey around at will making multiple soft covers. They went outside the ring and the Champion grabbed a chair and that idea back-fired when Kross punched it and knocked him down. It was clear the Champ intended to be aggressive but he was bordering on overanxious and overaggressive which nearly cost him. They exchanged shots and Bey showed his toughness, but most of the time the “Ultimate Finesser” lost the exchanges. Bey was put through a table again just like he was at MECCA, but the Champion wasn’t going down. He kicked out of Doomsday which threw the Challenger into a state of shock. Kross grabbed another table and set it up in the corner.
Here’s where the Champion adjusted. He was done trying to overwhelm The Tollman and settled into
his counter-attack which is what makes him so so dangerous. He took his time and baited him. Then he seized his opportunity and gained the advantage and had the Challenger reeling. Bey hit another frog splash which his opponent kicked out of almost from instinct because he didn’t look right. He stumbled in front of the table in the corner and Bey hit the spear. Ball Game. The biggest match of his career became the biggest win of his career.
What a victory for a man who is rapidly becoming one of the great Champions in FSW history. He’s now beaten arguably the two best of all-time in Hammerstone and Killer Kross, so who could he make an IMPACT against next? He could be looking for revenge against Morrison, or with TJ Perkins, and now Austin Aries in the mix who knows. There are lots of options for the 23-year-old Superstar.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Scrambled No Limits Title: Damian Drake vs Nick Bugatti vs Greg Romero

The top of the No Limits division has been crazy to say the least. Champion Damian Drake has been locked in a struggle with Greg Romero and Nick Bugatti to retain his Title, but has the chance to close the deal tonight in a Triple-Threat. A Steel Chair has been the centerpiece of this wild No Limits feud as all three competitors has used one at some point or another. The hate is real in this one and here’s a breakdown of tonight’s No Limits Title Match at the Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) 10th Anniversary Show tonight at Sam's Town Live. BELL TIME 5PM.

Nick Bugatti has the toughest hill to climb in this one. He likes to slow the pace down and work on specific body parts. He won’t have that option here may rely on the “assistance” of Mazzerati who may be at ringside. If she slithers into Sam’s Town Live she’ll be part of the plan and is certainly willing and able. Anytime Mazzerati is in the building she has to be accounted for. "The Italian Flamingo" has been inches away from the No Limits Belt and if Romero hadn’t interfered once and refused to count the pin in another he’d likely be Champion again.  

Greg Romero has kicked up a lot of dust since he got involved in Daredevil business at Against All Odds Rumble back in December of 2018, and the chair throw that took out Drake started a chain reaction leading to tonight. Since then all we’ve seen is dust. Romero wasn’t able to beat Bugatti either, and the Champ came wielding the steel chair taking out both of them in the Number One Contender Match. However, he got the pin at Beers and Bodyslams in an 8 Man Tag and looked really comfortable even chasing Shogun Jones out of the ring after the contest. It’s not easy to look good against Bugatti in singles to be fair, but this is a scramble and Romero likes to create space which makes him even more dangerous with this stipulation.

Damian Drake got the win at MECCA IV pinning Trey Miguel but lost in the Limitless Tournament Final to Douglas James leading pundits to speculate that DJ is really at the top of the division now. However, Drake has beaten Shaggy McLovin, Suede Thompson, Jake Atlas, and Matt Vandagriff during his reign, and the aforementioned Scramble. He’s had multiple opportunities to finish Bugatti and has been unable to do so as the Italian Flamingo has been successful at grounding the “New Age Daredevil.” This style of match sets up perfectly for the Champion though where he can use his speed and open up the offense for his deadly aerial attack. It's the best scenario for Drake with this stipulation and look for him to deliver again on the Sam's Town Live stage.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Disco Inferno goes into FSW Hall of Fame...

Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) announced yesterday that Disco Inferno is the third inductee into the FSW Las Vegas Wrestling Hall of Fame. Disco will be inducted with the late FSW SuperFan Eileen Bruno and Hater Nation tonight at 7PM at the FSW Arena.
After my stint in the Navy and an Alaska adventure, I returned to watch wrestling right around 1995
and went right back to World Championship Wrestling (WCW). When I first saw him I thought it was one of the dumbest character gimmicks ever but I figured he would job out a few times and we would never see him again. That may have been the plan but instead, it was the beginning of a career that so far has spanned three decades. He annoyed the crap out of me, and I couldn’t stand him from the first time I saw him dancing under a disco ball. Every time he would be on TV I would cringe and make some comment about how much “I hate this effing guy.” Of course, that was the WHOLE point.
You would hear his music hit and he would make his way to the ring with that smug grin on his face, but then he would grab the microphone, insist on dancing and on and on it seemed. My skin would crawl and I couldn’t wait for him to finish so he would get the shit beat out of him. I’m not sure there was anyone I enjoyed seeing lose more than Disco. He has a real talent for making you hate him and not everyone is good at that.
Disco really is a great heel but he also had a nice degree of success in the ring. He arrived in WCW in 1995 and during the early years of his career wrestled Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko, Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Diamond Dallas Page. In September 1997 Disco beat Alex Wright to win the WCW Television Championship on Monday Nitro and held the Title until Perry Saturn won the strap in November. He’d win the TV Title again and would also add the Cruiserweight and Tag Titles during his WCW career. He was with the company until the second to last Monday Nitro in 2001.
His FSW career began in 2009 as the first Main Event at the Silver Nugget. He has since shared the ring with Remy Marcel, Kenny King, Raven, Michael Modest, Eli Drake, and Tommy Dreamer. He returned June 13th at Beers and Bodyslams teaming with UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar in a Tag match against Joey Ryan and Santana Jackson at Downtown Neonopolis.
Despite his distaste for women’s wrestling in some ways, he’s been a pioneer. In October of 1997, he wrestled Jacqueline in what was billed as a “Man vs Woman” Match here in Las Vegas at Halloween  Havoc.

The intergender match was uncommon then but Disco has made a name for himself recently in facing the likes of Scarlett Bordeaux, Ashley Vox and Tessa Blanchard on IMPACTWrestling. FSW Boss Joe DeFalco said that “Disco is the most hated wrestler in Las Vegas” when I posed the question recently and that could well be accurate since he might be the most hated man on IMPACTWrestling too only part-time. Disco has had a major part in the training of several of FSW’s top stars including Killer Kross and Chris Bey who are in the Main Event tomorrow night. He also co-hosts a podcast with Konnan called Keepin it 100 and his brutal honesty is refreshing even if he still finds a way to get under your skin. I never thought I would see Disco Inferno and Hall of Fame in the same sentence, but we do, and it’s deserved. Congratulations Disco.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Is One Percent already the Best Team in FSW History?

One Percent at MECCA IV
Regardless if One Percent (Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson) loses the Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) Tag Team Titles Sunday night at FSW 10th Anniversary they are one of the greatest teams in FSW history. The Champs won the Gold for the second time on December 1st at the FSW Arena against the Bag Boyz (Chris Bey & Suede Thompson) ending a feud in Las Vegas that began last summer. Since that night Isaacs and Nelson have been dominant. They beat the Bonus Boyz (Clutch Kucera & Sugar Brown) in the cage at No Escape, The Rascalz (Zachary Wentz & Dezmond Xavier) and 4X FSW Tag Champions Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe & Luster the Legend) at MECCA IV and it was then you started hearing the whispers whether the current Champs are indeed the best team in the company's history. If you have a discussion about the best teams in FSW’s ten-year history Reno Scum, Suburban Commandos (D-Unit & T-Rent), Bonus Boyz, and Whirlwind Gentleman (Jack Manley & Remy Marcel) would all be mentioned and rightly so. The Suburban Commandos had two Title reigns longer than One Percent’s current 204-day mark (as of FSW10). Reno Scum are 4X Champions and have the longest reign in history but have lost to Isaacs and Nelson multiple times since last year as did the Boyz and Gentlemen.
The Champs wrestled squash matches since MECCA IV but had a tough Title defense June 1st against Pump Patrol (Curt Matthews & Jared  Wayne). Some pundits thought the Champions should’ve had an easier time with the team making their FSW debut and maybe lost the edge they had earlier this year. I enjoyed the match and thought One Percent needed one like that, but after the win, the Soul Burners (Tomaste & Ryan Taylor) attacked the Champs leaving them in the ring and issued a challenge. The fight was signed and here we are.
However, the Soul Burners’ continue to poke the bear. Tomaste called out Isaacs and Nelson on
Soul Burners layout One Percent June 1st
Social Media saying they will be taking the FSW Titles back to California. He certainly has a right to be confident. The challengers dominated the Bonus Boyz earlier that evening and didn’t care about the Champs “legacy” when they cracked 'em over the head with a drum. Taylor and Tomaste beat RMB with a methodical, grinding attack plan and if they can duplicate that Sunday we could have a Title change.
Yet this may be just what One Percent need. Maybe the Pump Patrol match was tougher than it should have been but attacking them hasn’t been the card to play previously. The Bonus Boyz also attacked the Champs at the Arena before a Sam’s Town Live show but Nelson and a bloody Isaacs retained in the cage at No Escape. Every time One Percent has needed to rise to the occasion they’ve done it and we should expect no different, but they could be in for a big challenge Sunday. A win will go a long way towards cementing their legacy.