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.