Thursday, March 28, 2019
There are now 8 competitors announced for the two-night two-day event April 26th and 27th in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, FSW No Limits Champion Damian Drake, "Superstar" Jake Atlas, and "Relentless" Douglas James were announced earlier and "Dirty" Dom Kubrick, and "Chief" Owen Travers qualified in Los Angeles March 16th.
Two more qualifying matches are scheduled to take place April 12th in Las Vegas.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJP is booked with PCW ULTRA for June in Los Angeles which is exciting because of the number of quality matches on that roster. However, he could end up back in Las Vegas. TJP won the Cruiserweight Classic and subsequently became the first WWE Cruiserweight Champion. He won the title defeating Johnny Gargano, Rich Swann, Japanese Star Kota Ibushi, and Gran Metalik to win the 32 Man event in 2016. Perkins held the Title for a month before dropping it to Brian Kendrick in October. It wasn’t any better after that. The odd video game character he had didn’t fit, and it just didn’t work. I’m a fan of his and believe WWE had someone who could be very good. (We’ve said that before haven’t we?) It didn’t pan out that way. Fortunately, his WWE deal is up in May and the 34-year-old can get back in the ring. June is when he can accept Independent bookings and Las Vegas is likely, hopefully, might be, has to be, on his list. TJP has a relationship with FSW, so we’ll see what transpires.
The last time we saw him in an FSW ring he beat Jakob Austin Young at Luck of the Draw on November 21, 2014, at the Silverton. It’s not fair to label Perkins as just a high flyer. That was one of the problems with the “WWE Affair” is that he has a solid ground game with an ability to mix in submissions which is what made him successful in the tournament. He was able to ground opponents, wear them down, and utilize the aerial attack.
TJP’s return to the Indie scene could mirror similar returns like Sami Callihan, Cody, Austin Aries, Rich Swann, or Neville/ PAC. There are so many great matches for him just out west that is tantalizing to think about like Chris Bey, Damian Drake, Jake Atlas, Andy Brown, Douglas James, and the list goes on. It’s a shame he can’t compete in the Inaugural Limitless Tournament because he’s a top seed from the jump. Next year.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Tonight at the FSW Arena Versus Pro Wrestling presents: Press|Start as “The Flip Artist”Matt Vandagriff defends his Level Up Championship against “The New Age Daredevil” Damian Drake in the rubber match of their budding rivalry. BELL TIME 5PM Saturday’s Main Event features two of the top young stars in the Wild West as Drake won the first here in Vegas and Vanda got the second in Cali at Ground Zero March 9th. The winner faces Versus Champ Sledge at the Level Up Expo at the end of April.
Not only is this the third singles match, but these two have also competed in multiple scrambles for the No Limits Title, so they certainly know each other. Regardless of who wins tonight where do they go from here? The Limitless Tournament is next month, so it’s possible these two will see each other again, and there are plenty of other contenders for the No Limits belt in FSW. In a short time, Matt Vandagriff has amassed a strong following with his “Flippy shit” arsenal.
I would like to see both men let it all go as they’ve settled for slugfests in their previous matches. This match settles it….for now.
Another prospect on the card is Kyle Hawk of Arrow Club. He’s one of the young wrestlers who understand what being a heel means. Hawk gets a lot of heat and does nothing to make the fans cheer him. Being a heel is a lost art form. Once I tried to talk to him after a show and he was a complete jerk, then asked me to buy merch. I didn’t, but I was impressed. He was the same way outside the ring and rarely do you see it. Don’t be nice to me at the merchandise table after you flipped me off and called me fat. I expect you to still be an asshole because that’s what I came to see. (Yes I'm comparing them) MJF is the standard bearer for heels in my opinion because he never changes. Neither does Hawk. He’s always in a bad mood and takes great enjoyment in the displeasure of the fans by beating down their Babyfaces. He’s improving in the ring and is winning more often which is obviously good.
Hawk recently got a tag win with Ricky Mandel who faces another fave in Sandra Moone. I forget sometimes that Mandel was Hollywood Heritage Champion five years ago, but he’s still young in the business and has a bright future. He’s become a regular in 2019 with FSW and getting a win over another top prospect in Versus continues the upward trend. With the early success, we may see more of Hawk and Mandel together in the future.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Sefa Fatu retained his Nevada State Championship last night by disqualification against Hammerstone last night at MECCA IV. The match had the potential to be a war and it was. Both men used everything in their offensive arsenal to get the win. It looked at one point that Hammerstone was going to close out the match. He started taunting the Champ with “you’re not ready for this.”
Unfortunately for Hammerstone the Uso was ready. He fought back and gained control of the contest with quick strikes and a Superkick that put “The Business” down. After some back and forth Hammerstone took the Nevada State Title and knocked out Fatu. However, the Champion recovered and did damage of his own before the former FSW Champion scrambled down the ramp. The FSW faithful have embraced Fatu in his title reign and he’s even beginning to warm up to the fans. Nothing is going to change the young Uso’s intensity and he needs it because the FSW Championship Committee isn’t keen on granting easy title defenses in 2019, and
Speaking of young Champions “The New Age Daredevil” Damian Drake retained his No Limits Title in the opening match Scramble that set the bar high from the jump. Douglas James, Matt Vandagriff, and Trey Miguel put on a display of high flying athleticism Sam’s Town hasn’t seen in a while. As usual, the Las Vegas crowd was slow to arrive and too bad so sad for them cuz this one was awesome. Drake got the pin and now will be able to focus on next month’s Limitless Tournament. Two more qualifiers will take place April 12th for the 16 man Two City, Two-night tourney. Drake made his Ring of Honor debut Saturday against Chris Bey, and I saw Drake Friday the night before his debut. He sat alone and watched all the matches very intently. He was probably going over in his head what he would do the following night, and it reminds me of the story Stone Cold tells about Dutch Mantell. Mantell told Austin to look through the curtain and watch every match. He did and the rest was history. Drake is passionate about his craft and it shows as he keeps piling up impressive win after impressive win.
|Bey Krosses paths with a Killer|
MECCA IV at Sam’s Town Live closed out an incredible weekend of Professional Wrestling in Las Vegas Sunday night. Former Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) Champion Killer Kross made a triumphant return to the Fight Capital at the expense of current FSW Champion Chris Bey who was on the receiving end of a power slam through a table.
Jack Evans was Bey’s scheduled opponent but was unable to make it to Las Vegas, the Champ issued an open challenge answered by Johnny Morrison (I know, it’s easier) the MECCA Grand Champion. Morrison informed Bey that he would be taken to SlamTown and called out his scheduled opponent Teddy Hart. Teddy responded with choice words for both Bey and Morrison and the match turned into a Triple-Threat.
The Major League Wrestling (MLW) Middleweight Champion Hart stayed outside and let Morrison and Bey collide for a large portion of the match. The strategy worked because Hart got his opportunity and connected on multiple aerial moves, and slams. Chris Bey got his own offense in and never looked out of his element. He made his Ring of Honor debut this weekend and the stage is never too big for him. During a late match scrum former FSW Champion Killer Kross returned and took out his anger on the current FSW Champion. Kross put “The Ultimate Finesser” through the
Kross calmly explained to Bey, “I think the world of you, but there’s a pecking order here.” It’s safe to say the FSW Champ would love to get either man in the ring, but the big money fight is Kross. He’s been the talk of wrestling the past year and a high profile win over Kross would be career defining at this point. Bey has wrestled and beaten Kross before, but it was a different time, different man, and different monster. For Bey to take a fight with this monster he needs to go to that dark place, and it changes people. Look at what happened to Morrison and Valkyrie.
It will be good to see where Bey’s head is at when he returns to the FSW Arena. The stakes have just gotten a lot higher with a Killer in town, but don’t underestimate the man from Virginia. He’s risen to the challenge every time regardless of the opponent’s size, (Shogun), strength (Hammerstone), or speed (James). He’s poses many obstacles in the speed game against a guy who doesn’t possess great footwork, so he can keep him off balance. Inside the ring is the easy part and how he handles the mind games outside of it would be the difference.
One Percent retained their tag team Titles with another impressive win of the Triple-Threat variety over The Rascalz and former FSW Champions Reno Scum. Nelson pinned Dezmond Xavier after they connected on Hush Money. The Champs solidified their position at the top of the heap this weekend against All Elite’s SCU in Fresno and last night. Who’s next for the Champs is tough to project. Either the Scum or Rascalz would be very tantalizing, or another tussle with the Bonus Boyz. No matter who it is they’ll be dealing with a team that’s getting better every time they step in the ring.
Brian Cage won a competitive match with Shane “Swerve” Strickland in what may be the man from Tacoma’s final Indie matches. Strickland is rumored to be going to WWE, or Ring of Honor since they’re the only exclusive companies. Cage returned from his quest to win the IMPACT World Championship to turn in a strong performance. It stuns me how athletic cage is for a man his size. It’s not even the moonsaults and flips. It’s his speed into transitions and the quickness in his move execution that puts him in the right position. “Swerve” had the right game plan and took the “EF’n Machine” off his feet and worked his enormous leg. Unfortunately for him Cage was just too much. Cage is not only the top contender in IMPACT he holds the Warrior Wrestling Title in Chicago and has looked dominant anywhere he appears.
Sinn Bodhi became the special guest referee during Nick Gage and Funny Bones match when referee Cody was unceremoniously knocked out by the two competitors. Bodhi turned the match into a street fight and both men went and grabbed extra tables and chairs under the ring. Sinn turned on his Tag Team partner knocking Bone off the turnbuckle which led to a Gage pile driver through a table to get the pin.
There wasn’t a bad match at the card and the crowd was in it the whole time despite the potentially energy killing intermission. Great weekend and a fun way to wrap it up and FSW is back at the Arena Saturday March 30th. BELL TIME 7PM.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) had a big weekend with 7 stars competing with Ring of Honor (ROH) Friday and Saturday night at Sam’s Town Live. FSW Heavyweight Champion “The Ultimate Finesser” Chris Bey made his Ring of Honor debut against a familiar foe. A foe so familiar they were 2018 FSW Match of the Year. His opponent was none other than No Limits Champion “New Age Daredevil Damian Drake. There’s comfort in familiarity and these two men have wrestled and trained together the last few years. Suede Thompson, FSW Tag Team Legends (No Pun) Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe & Luster The Legend), Mazzeratti, and Katie Forbes also appeared.
Las Vegas native Damian Drake did the proverbial double just like Bey, and competed on the IMPACT tapings in February and made his ROH debut last night.
Drake has seen success come rapidly since winning the No Limits Title in a grueling Cage Scramble at No Escape January 25th. The muscle Drake has added to his frame is paying off with a couple of hard-fought wins against Matt Vandagriff and “Superstar” Jake Atlas. Those were tough fights and Drake finished both with devastating knees to the back of the head.
Reno Scum are 5X FSW Tag Team Champions and the most decorated tag team in Las Vegas Independent Wrestling History. Some think they’re best days are behind them, but when IMPACT and ROH come calling you clearly are still doing something right. These two guys compete every time they get in the ring with quality matches. Happy to see them back.
Chris Bey has been on fire since last summer winning the Best of the West Title, FSW Title, and his second consecutive Against All Odds Rumble in December. "The Ultimate Finesser" beat Douglas James, Owen Travers, and Shogun Jones in his title defenses, so he hasn’t ducked anyone... Bey is a gifted wrestler who can compete with athletes of any size. He faced Luchasaurus at IMPACT and Damian Drake at Ring of Honor and had a good match with both. It’s only a matter of time before Bey departs his second-home in Southern Nevada for the greener pastures of the “exclusive deal” and either ROH or IMPACT would be lucky to have him.
Bey’s brother, best friend, and Tag Team partner Suede Thompson made his debut on Friday night and proved why it’s always good to keep ring gear with you at all times. Thompson confirmed after the show he dislocated his shoulder four minutes in when he got pulled off the turnbuckle by his opponent Brian Johnson, but you couldn’t tell and Suede had an entertaining match.
Mazzeratti made her triumphant return with L’s to the forehead at the FSW Arena in February with Nick Bugatti. She teamed with Katie Forbes against ROH Talent. We last saw Forbes face FSW Women’s Champion Taya Valkyrie at No Escape in January. Forbes competed with Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE) in India, Battle Championship Wrestling (BCW) in Australia, and WOW Women of Wrestling in Los Angeles (as Khloe Hurtz). Mazzeratti has competed in Southern California and throughout the Indie Scene and her potential return improves the FSW women’s division and she certainly will want to be in line for a shot at the Title.
It's "The Problem" vs "The Business" for the Nevada State Championship. The Champion Sefa Fatu fears no one and comes to MECCA IV as dominant as any Nevada State Champion in Future Stars of Wrestling history. Hammerstone held the FSW Title longer than anyone and comes to the Fight Capital looking to show the upstart that he ain’t left yet. “The Problem” beat Graves to win the Gold and then had to fend off the monster from Arizona Gabriel Gallo. He’s been in there with big guys, but none with Hammerstone’s athleticism and devastating power game. “The Business” was embarrassed last time out by Douglas James and wants to rectify that against the future of The Samoan Dynasty.
Here’s the MECCA MATCHUP for Sefa Fatu vs Hammerstone:
When Sefa’s on Offense he wants to use his very consistent strike game. Open hand strikes can arrive from any angles, but just like his future WWE HOF brothers, the “Superkick” is real. He can connect in tight space which is rare but doesn’t want to get too close to Hammer to avoid the vice-like grip of the 250 pounder from Glendale, Arizona. Sefa has a very smart aerial game, knows when to utilize it, and the Frogsplash ends fights. One thing Fatu has learned is patience. He knows when to step away and that’s smart because Hammerstone’s pressure is suffocating so a patient methodical Gameplan will be key. One wrong move and he gets caught in a slam or suplex and the whole fight changes. If the pace quickens Fatu still must be careful of the jump kick. It’s not Hammer’s most effective weapon, but when he hits it opponents go down hard.
Fatu’s Keys to Victory: Maintain range and distance with crisp accurate strikes. Don’t make it a power match.
When Hammerstone’s on Offense he wants to close the distance and apply constant pressure. There are no frills to “The Business.” He wants to grab a hold of you as quickly as he can and slam you like a rag doll. Simple and straightforward, very tough to stop. Hammerstone is one of the strongest grapplers in Wrestling and once he gets you in his mitts it’s not easy to escape. Fatu wants to be in rhythm, and Hammerstone must smash that. He needs to set the tone right away and rarely is that an issue, and wants to make sure the youngest Fatu doesn’t gain any confidence. Hammer wants to push the match in the corner where he can suffocate the Nevada State Champion with dirty boxing, throwing elbows, and knees. The 28-year-old is very adept at setting defensive traps for his explosive jump kick. The move isn’t always accurate, but Hammer loves to throw it and he’ll connect if given enough chances. Even if it doesn’t hit the chin, a shot to the sternum or shoulder puts you down. Not many out West execute a power game like “The Business” and it could be a major problem for Fatu.
Hammerstone’s Keys to Victory: Close distance, Apply pressure with dirty boxing. Set Transition Traps. Championship Experience
Last night I went and saw Ring of Honor 17th Anniversary at Sam’s Town and what a terrific show. I’m going to Los Angeles today to see LA LUCHA’s Episode IV and then, of course, The MECCA on Sunday back here. ROH 17 was one of the best live shows I’ve ever been too. The ROH crowd is in it from the beginning and never gets stale. It’s a lot more fun to invest in the matches when everyone else does too. Here are some takeaways from last night:
|That's right I'm wrestling in ROH.|
SUEDE! SUEDE! SUEDE! SUEDE! – FSW and Las Vegas' own Suede Thompson came to the top of the ramp and those of us who knew cheered enthusiastically. It was a great surprise to see him and he wrestled well against Brian Johnson. I spoke to Suede after the show to congratulate him turns out ROH asked him that night Thompson said, “They asked me do you want to wrestle? I said ya.” He was ready to wrestle just in case. Says a lot about the guy which is why Suede is such a respected professional and accomplished grappler. He’s currently one half of the UWN Tag Champs with his brother Chris Bey. Super stoked for you Suede!
LETHAL VS TAVEN EPIC! This was my first 60 minute time limit draw live and I didn’t even realize it had been that long. The bell rang, Time Limit Draw was ruled by the assigned official, and Marty Scurll took the belt. The match was terrific as both guys fought like hell. I thought Taven had a chance to win it last night. He kicked out of
THE BRISCOES ARE HERE – and they lost the belts. It was my first time seeing them live and they lost the titles. I didn’t think they would, but Brody King and PCO went out and earned it. It was a brutal match with multiple guys getting busted open. Jay Briscoe after going hard into a chair in the corner and the monster PCO because of
Looking forward to Los Angeles tonight. Hammerstone vs Gage and Brown vs Hart are the matches that stand out to me, but frankly any matches with Hammer and Brown I’m interested. Teddy Hart created a traffic jam for folks trying to get out of Sam’s Town Live last night posing for pictures with fans and handing out drink tickets to the Nerd Bar show downtown. I didn’t go cuz if I did you wouldn’t be reading this. The LA LUCHA team works their tails off and I’m excited to go check out what they got goin’ on. Good luck tonight!
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Monday, March 4, 2019
|Leon Hater stops Frank "The Tank" Sunday in BVW|
To the disappointment of Vitamin C lovers everywhere the “King of the Lemonade Stand,” Manny Lemons was unable to make it to the Fight Capital Sunday to face Big Valley Champion Frank “The Tank” at Sahara Events Center. Instead, the “Chain on a Pole” match was contested between Frank and Leon Hater who ended up in the match after interfering with Kevin Ducqets’ destruction of masked luchador Mismatch #2. Ducqets returned the favor and helped Frank retain the title against Hater, but Leon challenged his mortal enemy again putting his career on the line against Ducqets at the Cauliflower Alley Club in April at the Gold Coast. Date TBD.
Exceptional Alexander Braven and Ricky Triforce Tenacious Tag Team legacy in Big Valley wrestling were secured before they entered the ring Sunday afternoon attempting to hold the BVW
|New BVW Tag Team Champs Fresco-Dinero|
The biggest problem the Champions had yesterday was staying out of their own way. Five different times in the match they collided with each other destroying any momentum they gained as the pressure of the moment may have gotten the best of them. Fresco-Dinero missed the first two, but third times the charm as their patented double-clothesline ended it. The new Big Valley Tag Kings are young, hungry, and poised for a good run.
Friday, March 1, 2019
|Photo: The Seattle Times|
We found out last week that FSW No Limits Champion Damian Drake, “Superstar” Jake Atlas and “Relentless” Douglas James have earned their spots in April’s two-city Limitless Tournament. Today we found out two of the Limitless Tournament qualifying matches will be held at LA Lucha’s Episode IV.
Former No Limits Champion “Chief” Owen Travers will face Sonico on March 16th. It’s a surprise to see Travers in a qualifier after his extended No Limits Title reign, but maybe the loss last week to “The Flip Artist” Matt Vandagriff at the FSW Arena pushed him here. It’s a tough spot because Sonico arrives from Seattle with a great reputation and is a dangerous opponent for the former Champ. Travers had trouble with The Flip Artist’s aerial attack and he’ll get more of the same from the Seattle lucha. Sonico enters the ring at the Inoki Dojo with a lot of hype, and Travers has been in the ring with guys like this before, so what gives in this qualifier that’s sure to be a good one?
|photo: Big Valley Wrestling|
For the first time in Big Valley Wrestling history, there will be a Chain on a Pole Match for the BVW Championship. Two grudge matches with Titles on the line headline the card at the Sahara Events Center 800 E. Karen here in Las Vegas, NV. BELL TIME 2PM.
Heavyweight Champ Frank the Tank will defend his title against “The King of the Lemonade Stand” Manny Lemons in the Main Event. Big Valley Wrestling in their official announcement on Facebook makes it clear, “The Steel Chain will hang on a pole attached to the ring, a pinfall or submission cannot be made until the chain has been retrieved, the participant who retrieves the chain can USE the chain. The Steel Chain can break, bound or better the participants of this match.” Manny Lemons asked for this match after Frank used the chain against Manny to retain the Title on February 10th at High Tension. Sunday is the beginning of what could be the biggest week in Lemons’ professional wrestling career. He can win the Big Valley Title on Sunday and then return to his home state of Utah and become the first Devotion Championship Wrestling Titleholder on Saturday, March 9th in Salt Lake City.
The Champion is not to be overlooked. Frank is more agile than he looks with solid footwork and delivers heavy, stiff blows wearing down opponents. He is very tough to take off his feet, and Manny will need plenty of Lemons to withstand the punishment and avoid being the recipient of the chain.
“Exceptional” Alexander Braven and Ricky Triforce Tenacious attempt to hold the BVW Tag Team Titles for one complete year Sunday against their bitter enemies Fresco Dinero. Fresco and Dinero came to the ring dressed as the Tag Team Champions completely humiliating the Champions at High Tension. To complete the Number One Contenders each won in singles action against the Champs. The challengers certainly seem to have momentum on their side going into this match, but don’t count out Exceptional and Tenacious. You don’t hold onto any Tag Team Championship for a year by accident or luck, and they’re ready to prove to everyone they’re the best tag team in Las Vegas.
If you didn’t see the Street Fight in February between Las Vegas Champ Kevin Ducqets and Leon Hater go to YouTube and watch it then come back here. I’ll wait……….Great match right??? I know. The fact Big Vig got involved just made it more interesting. He’s the Champ’s insurance policy? We’ll see…
I’ve heard the argument that Hater should get a rematch because of Vig’s involvement, but it was a street fight so anything goes. Ducqets could have the Tag Champs and Frank the Tank interfere and it’s all legal. I would love to see these guys do it again with even more baking pans and chairs.
Also appearing is Santana Jackson star of MJ Live.
Also appearing is Santana Jackson star of MJ Live.