Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Bey vs Graves Intertwines Multiple FSW Titles Again...

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The  Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) Heavyweight Title Bout Friday Night is filled with intrigue and it’s a good damn matchup. FSW Heavyweight Champion Chris Bey teamed with Sefa Fatu last time out and faces the former Nevada State and current FSW Tag Champ Graves. WAR! WAR! WAR! Wait, can we still do that? Regardless that’s just what we could be in store for this weekend. “The Ultimate Finesser” defends the FSW Gold for the first time since his Legendary win at FSW10 over Killer Kross. Bey assisted “The Problem” and now he will go it alone, but that works out just fine for the “Living Las Vegas Legend.”
Graves is strong, powerful and with high-quality submissions creating a multitude of issues going into this contest. The least of
which is Hammerstone and Gallo who are in the building and will force our hero to have eyes in the back of his head. There is no reach advantage, but with Graves’s power and strong base, he looks to get his hands on opponents to make them suffer. Any limb or body part in his hands he tries to rip from the roots and inflict damage.
As usual, the speed advantage is Bey’s (always), but the Challenger has great feet, moves well, rarely gets flat-footed, and NEVER stops applying pressure. He will keep coming forward which plays to the Champs pinpoint counter-attack. Chris wants you right in front of him and cutting the ring off is fine because he can finesse his way through the ropes and corner with the best. Even though you know how fast he is opponents always look surprised when they see it in the ring. He’ll take one to deliver three and once the Champ is in rhythm it’s tough to regain control. The biggest danger could well be Graves cohorts, Hammer and Gallo. How will they fit into this and what about Sefa Fatu? We know he certainly has a score to settle?
Chris Bey has been FSW Heavyweight Champion for 230 days on Fight Night and it will take another special performance, but that’s what we’ve come to expect from the “Ultimate Finesser.”





FSW Announces Three Fights Signed for Friday Night...


First, it’s great to hear that Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) Boss Joe DeFalco is back home and I’m positive will be at the FSW Arena Friday for the go-home show before Survival of the Fittest August 17th at Sam’s Town Live. He’s never missed one in Ten Years at the Helm so don’t expect that to change. It would be the Upset of the Year. Don’t bet on it. Beat it Cal.
FSW confirmed three matches have been signed for Friday Night’s Edition of High Octane at the FSW Arena. BELL TIME 7PM. Ice Williams will get his chance at revenge against the shovel wielding, "New York Legend" Remy Marcel, MMA Star Kyra Batara will face the Evil Vixen Mazzerati and Kyle Hawk battles Greg Romero.
After his near victory against the No Limits Champion Damian Drake the “self-proclaimed” No Limits Champ steps into the ring against the man that whacked both with a shovel two weeks ago. Ice Williams was irate on Social Media calling for Marcel’s head in a video tirade soon after the attack. It was his first one-on-one shot against Drake for the Gold and as The FSW Boss put it, “Remy Marcel ruined everything.” Now Marcel is one win away from that No Limits Title shot as no action was taken by the FSW brass. Will Ice be able to keep his head together, stay calm, and get the win? It’s hard to bet against the talented rookie, and don’t forget about Slime E. oops Sal E. who really is a difference-maker at ringside. What will Damian Drake have to say about all this? Regardless, the Daredevil has had one hell of a title reign.
The FSW Women’s division has gotten a big boost with the recent return of Mazzerati who faces FSW newcomer and MMA Star Kyra “Mogwai” Batara. Mazzerati will need to use all her dirty tricks to pick up a win against “Mogwai.” Batara boasts an 8-4 record in the cage and is coming off a three-fight winning streak. After taking a year off with a back injury “Mogwai” picked up a submission win when she returned to Combate Americas in April. She’s a jiu-jitsu practitioner who’s won three fights by submission and most everyone in attendance would love to see Mazzerati tap.
Greg Romero never got the No Limits Title shot against Drake one-on-one and with the Legend digging into the mix he’s on the outside looking in. Now he’s booked against Kyle Hawk who is looking for a big win and was awfully close to one last month. Hawk narrowly missed against “The Flip Artist” Matt Vandagriff at Beers and Bodyslams so collecting a W against the former No Limits Champ may push him into the No Limits Title conversation. The pressure is on Romero. He was a little “unlucky” I suppose, but he still had a chance at FSW10 (Didn’t get pinned). A loss here could be tough to overcome with a jam-packed No Limits division sporting guys like Douglas James, Vandagriff, TJ Perkins, and of course Ice and Remy.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

BVW Post Fight: Frank & Ducqets Retain, Fresco-Dinero Qualify, and Congo Crush Destroys...


In front of a standing-room-only crowd in the sweltering Sahara Event Center Frank The Tank retained his Big Valley Wrestling (BVW) Championship by disqualification over Funny Bone and Kevin Ducqets beat Sean Black with a little help from his friend. Bobby Beamer and Congo Crush want a Title shot and no BVW contract was awarded.
There was the talk of a rematch minutes after Frank The Tank was properly awarded the Disqualification victory over the DEMIGOD of Death Funny Bone after he dove onto referee Cody outside the ring. However, it looked like Bone may take the belt away from Fat and Furious when Referee Ben (Not that one) stormed the ring to replace Cody. When it looked as if Funny was going to finish it Cody stumbled into the ring and waved off the contest. Unfortunately for Cody Funny Bone didn’t think it was a proper DQ and promptly delivered a low-blow and a Double-Stomp for good measure. Fans heckled the poor ref as he was helped up the ramp. No word from BVW El Jefe Benny Espinosa if a suspension will be handed down.
“The Delinquent” and Still Las Vegas Champion Kevin Ducqets retained his Title with a hard-fought Sergeant Major returned and provided assistance by decimating Sean Black. It was No-Disqualification so anyone can help and it happened right in front of the assigned official. If Major is providing cover for Ducqets he should keep the Las Vegas Strap around his waist for the foreseeable future.
win against Sean Black in a bout that stretched into the SEC roller hockey rink. After both athletes checked each other into the boards Ducqets found it necessary to punch-out an unsuspecting wrestling student. The poor kid was still holding his jaw well after the confrontation. It reminded me of another young kid who got Super-Kicked by Pentagon Jr. at last February’s IMPACT show. Ducqets wore Leon Hater’s shirt to the ring this afternoon and said on Tommy Purr’s show he respected Leon. Amends?
The Manager of the BVW Tag Team Champions Primo Pulpo looked calm and relaxed before the show even joking around with a young fan prior to the opening bell. He had good reason to be
confident as Fresco-Dinero (Fresco-Mattic & Mondo Dinero) left no doubts who the Big Dogs were in the Big Valley. They Cut In Half Mondo Rox and got the pin in the Tag Team Triple Threat Match. The win earned them the right to compete in the Sin City Survival Match where the winner gets a Title shot at any BVW Title. Would both men go after a singles belt or do they want to ensure nobody tries anything shady to steal their Titles. Huge Advantage.
"Exceptional" Alexander Braven & Ricky Triforce "Tenacious" lost again and unfortunately, nobody cares about Braven. The former Champs continue to avoid the winners pay window like Tenacious avoided singing lessons. They’ve been far from the best around and will need to do some soul searching if they want to get back to the Top Spot. Did I say Top Gun? Nope I said Sky High (Mondo Rox & Robbie Lit), who had their chances in this one and will be a force to reckon with the remainder of 2019. The brother’s looked more cohesive this time out, and as Robbie gets more comfortable lookout. Lit was holding his shoulder when he left went up the ramp so hopefully, it’s just a standard ring knock.
Big Dirty took out RecklessR.L.Washington to earn the other spot in the Sin City Survival Match at the SEC Labor Day Weekend. Dirty showed off some rather skillful grappling technique against Washington which took the youngster by surprise. Dirty’s name fits and he likes to make his bouts physical and stiff, but he slowed this one down keeping his opponents on the mat. It was a very intelligent gameplan against a wrestler who’s offense is generated by moving and creating space. There was none of that and Big Dirty picked up the W.
Congo Crush was dominant again this afternoon getting his hand raised again in Las Vegas. Crush
had a few more issues with his opponent Xavier, but nothing that Bobby Beamer can’t iron out. The fans chanted “Title Shot” as the “Killa of Godzilla” went up the ramp. With Beamer at ringside Congo Crush is a threat to any of the singles Championships and there are plenty of options for the man from Parts Unknown such as Big Dirty and Sean Black.
The High Flying SensationSteven Andrews and “CharmingBiagio Crescenzo pinned each other and for the second consecutive time they both “won.” So El Jefe quickly responded and said they’ll settle it (hopefully) September 1st at the Biggest and the Baddest in a Best of Three Falls Match. Crescenzo immediately attacked Andrews before the bell rang and it was a wild affair from that point on. These two match up so it could take hours to get a winner. Whoever gets the contract will have certainly earned it.
Captain Buggy picked up a victory over Bad Boy Brady, and the Luchadores were dynamic as always. It was a great show this afternoon despite the fact it was hot. I’m not saying it was “Africa Hot,” but it was close Matthew.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

UWN's Silver State Pro is Top Priority in Las Vegas...

United Wrestling Network (UWN) owner David Marquez has had a busy summer popularity of CW30 in Memphis, a PPV tease, and the announcement of  with the Silver State Pro Wrestling in late spring. UWN recently met with Television officials in Reno as part of their plan to broadcast statewide. Some of the major stations up North are KTVN, KRNV, KOLO-TV, KRXI Fox 11, and their sister KNSN TV which is an affiliated MyNetworkTV station. Why is that important?

KNSN could be the favorite to air the broadcasts in Reno for two reasons; One, CWFH is already broadcast on Friday night in Las Vegas on MyLVTV (Part of MyNetworkTV). Two, they're owned by Fox who is making a major commitment to Pro Wrestling in October with WWE’s SMACKDOWN LIVE may want to spread the wrestling love locally. David Marquez and the UWN are about coming to Nevada, and it looks to be their top priority. You certainly can’t argue the logic. Las Vegas has rapidly become one of the hottest markets in the United States made hotter by Double or Nothing in May with All Elite Wrestling (AEW).  More meetings are scheduled here in the next few weeks, and with the announced Summer timetable we may get more details soon.
Las Vegas Wrestling Scene has learned that the first few weeks of Silver State Pro may actually be shot in Southern California at Championship Wrestling from Hollywood’s current home the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, CA. That’s likely based on when they find a suitable location in Las Vegas, or maybe even Reno?
All this could be moot and the Silver State Pro broadcast may just replace Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (CWFH) in a couple months in the MyLVTV slot after Ring of Honor (ROH). There will be talent from CWFH here in Las Vegas, but they are also looking to bring in new wrestlers. Several who compete in Hollywood
already wrestle here regularly with FSW. Will the talent be thinned out, or will it create more spots for grapplers who want to venture into the Vegas Valley more often? UWN is using more Nevada talent than ever before and intends to do live events in 2020.

They're not the only ones. Vampiro recently announced his new Dojo/school called Lucha Fight Club scheduled to open August 1st. Versus Pro Wrestling also announced were side by side with Vampiro and his new enterprise which may have been a lifeline for the young promotion who is no longer booking shows at the FSW Arena.
This has been one of the wildest wrestling years in recent memory. From the emergence of Chris Bey, Killer Kross’ Return, Double or Nothing, and Jon Moxley at the Arena the sport is as hot ever here in Southern Nevada. We can only imagine what’s next?

Here’s a link to the original announcement in May:

Hammerstone will Represent MLW at N-1 Victory in August...

Yesterday Major League Wrestling (MLW) announced a new partnership with Pro Wrestling Noah in Japan:

It is with great honor that Major League Wrestling partners with Pro Wrestling NOAH to form an alliance. This all-encompassing partnership will feature athletes exchanged between the two organizations as well as opportunities to share content in addition to other opportunities. The partnership will commence with an MLW wrestler participating in the 2019 N-1 Victory tour that commences this August.  The wrestler will be revealed at a later date.

“Pro Wrestling NOAH has a rich history of promoting some of the grandest wrestling bouts in the history of the sport,” said MLW CEO and Founder Court Bauer. “This is a very exciting partnership.  We look forward to joining NOAH and beginning a new voyage for a new era.”



The wrestler at a later date didn’t take long to announce and should’ve been an easy choice. MLW National Openweight Champion Alex Hammerstone is going to Japan in August to rep The League. Your Boy Hammer is undefeated in singles and tag competition since arriving in February. He defeated Brian Pillman Jr. to become the first MLW National Openweight Champion. Recently on Fusion, he dominated the Hart Foundation’s, Davey Boy Smith Jr. before the second generation Bulldog attacked with a chair earning the disqualification. Hammerstone has been to Japan before, and in 2017 he beat 7’ 5” Brazilian Beast Montanha Silva on the night of the Karl Gotch Cup. 

The newly minted N-1 Victory for 2019 is a round-robin tournament that had recently been held in the winter and was known as Global League. Traditionally the winner of the tournament receives a shot at the GHC Championship. Yoshihiro Takayama won the first edition of the tournament in 2010, and other notable winners are Yuji Nagata, Takeshi Morishima, KENTA, and Naomichi Marufuji. To say that Your Boy Hammer is on fire this summer is an understatement. Not only did he collect the MLW Openweight Title, but he’s still putting work in Vegas recently doing the double at FSW10  picking up the Nevada State and FSW Tag Team Titles.


Friday, July 26, 2019

Preview: Big Valley Wrestling: Brave and the Bold July 28th


Big Valley Wrestling (BVW) continues their busy summer this Sunday, July 28th with The Brave and the Bold at the Sahara Event Center. Two Titles are on the line and two qualifiers with three spots up for grabs in the inaugural Sin City Showdown on Labor Day Weekend. This is a strong card and Big Valley looks to keep the momentum going that started with Unstoppable in June. Happy Birthday to everyone’s favorite Wrestling Singer Ricky Tenacious.
Las Vegas Title: No Disqualification:  Kevin Ducqets (c) vs Sean Black – Katie bar the door because this match is not for the faint of heart. Kevin Ducqets lost the Las Vegas Championship at Cauliflower Alley but showed his true metal by ultimately retiring his bitter enemy Leon Hater at Unstoppable June 30th to the chagrin of the fans. He forcibly removed Sean Black from his HW Title Match two weeks ago and now has to deal with the Challenger one-on-one. Black is a very happy guy and rarely brings less than a smile to the ring, but will need a different demeanor against Ducqets as Hater found out. It’s great to be cheered, but sometimes you can’t worry about that and he’ll need to put his head down and go get that belt. A no disqualification sets up nicely for the Champ, but Sean Black is as tough as they come. Match of the night/afternoon?
Three-way tag (Non-Title): Fresco-Dinero (Fresco-Mattic & Mondo Dinero) (c) vs Exceptional & Tenacious vs Sky High (Robbie Lit & Mondo Rox)- It could be easy for the Big Valley Champions to take this match off and not worry about qualifying for the Sin City Showdown. That’s not what these Champions do. They need to win this match to keep their foot on the throat of the Tag Team division and be sure   Primo Pulpo will have his Charge’s ready. Ricky Tenacious is so serious about this match he moved his training camp to Santa Barbara early this week to get away from any potential distractions. Don’t let the vacation stuff fool you. E & T need a win really bad if they want to remain in the Tag Team mix. Even the prolific voice of BVW Johnny Rock has speculated the former Champs are done, and it’s been a minute since they got hands-raised together, so it’s difficult to dispute what Rock implied. Sky High had flashes two weeks ago and more time together again will only help these talented brothers. Lit returned from injury a month ago and a win here could be the jet fuel needed to win Big Valley Gold.



Sin City Survival Qualifying match: Big Dirty Vs. Reckless R.L. Washington – When Big Dirty vanquished Captain Buggy last time out he looked at Reckless and said, “This is for you.” It was game over for the clown pirate, and now he has his sights set on Buggy’s partner. He may not necessarily “look the part” but one thing he does a lot of in Southern Nevada is win matches. Dirty wants to win Big Valley Gold and he can’t afford any slips against his young foe.  

BVW Contract rematch: "High Flying Sensation" Steven Andrews vs "Charming" Biagio Crescenzo – After the controversy at Unstoppable this one is one of the most anticipated contests Sunday afternoon. Who will walk out with a BVW contract? Here’s our preview of the match:

BVW Heavyweight Championship: Frank The Tank (c) vs Funny Bone – Frank has been dominant as Big Valley Champion and Funny Bone doesn’t care. Bone will be at the SEC hell-bent to “murder his face” and win the Gold. Frank has had tough opponents during his nearly 365 day run as Kingpin although many close to Big Valley believe this will be his toughest defense yet. Frank is big and strong and cannot let Bone create space. If the match is methodical and strategic it favors the Champion, but Funny Bone is an expert at making you fight his fight. Very hard to bet against Frank.
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Also: Bobby Bemer returns with his monster Congo Crush, and Captain Buggy will be here. There will also be a Lucha Libre Tag Match featuring Nefasto y El Tigre vs Unam y Pantera 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Will Big Valley Contract be Charming or High Flying?

In front of a packed house at the Sahara Event Center, three men vied for a Big Valley Wrestling (BVW) contract, and when the smoke cleared it was a potential match of the year, and maybe it’s most controversial. Now the two men left standing will meet for the coveted contract and the opportunity to be a member of the Big Valley Roster. Both are Champions in California and would be tremendous additions to the Las Vegas Wrestling Scene. The whole sordid tale began at Unstoppable last month when Simon Lotto, "The High Flying SensationSteven Andrews, and "Charming" Biagio Crescenzo competed for the BVW deal. It began with Biagio and Lotto bickering in the center of the ring. It was a bluff and viciously attacked Andrews in the corner with right hands that may have had him eating soft food for a spell. The Alpha Omega star got his wits together, and turned the tide with a Corkscrew Plancha that took out both men, and sent the Charming one to the floor. When Andrews attempted to press the pace he was shuttered by a perfect right by Lotto who followed that one up with a couple more for good measure.  
Each man was trading moves until Andrews hit a perfect Spaceman Senton out of the ring that had the crowd gasping for air. As the match wore on Lotto was outside the ring and Biagio caught Andrews in a submission position. I’m not sure if Steven knew where he was or was trying to twist out when he executed a pinning combination on his opponent, but then while the pin was counted he tapped on Biagio’s face and submitted. It looked as if Andrews would be declared the winner, but another referee got involved and the cumulative decision became a draw. Big Valley President Benny Espinosa ruled decisively before anyone had left the ring and El Jefe announced that Andrews and Biagio would square-off 1-on-1 this Sunday at Brave and the Bold for all the marbles.
These two combatants match up very well together. The 23-year-old is solid as a rock, and though he may not be the tallest he is one of the strongest pound for pound in BVW. Crescenzo caught Andrews in mid-air, rolled and turned it into a side slam/driver. Whatever it was you couldn’t help but be impressed. He’s stocky with a good base, quality submission skills, and don’t take his strikes for granted. He delivered some beautiful punches in their first encounter, and Andrews probably still has nightmares from those blistering shots.
The Sensation has a superb aerial game that he makes look effortless. He’s smooth but got caught multiple times by Crescenzo who was well prepared. Complacency has lost many a wrestler a Championship, and the SoCal star needs to be wary of his more than capable opposition. The High Flying Sensation wants to avoid a slugfest at all costs but has to be more disciplined in the air to avoid the pitfalls from June 30th. Biagio enters this match with the momentum and believes he should have gotten the victory last time they shared a ring.
What fireworks can we expect Sunday afternoon? Very simple, the winner gets the contract.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Funny Bone vs Frank The Tank is No Laughing Matter...


There is nothing funny about the Big Valley Wrestling (BVW) Heavyweight Championship contest between DEMIGOD of Death Funny Bone and BVW Champion Frank The Tank on Sunday, July 28th. BELL TIME 2PM. It was announced that Bone would be making his long-overdue return to the Sahara Event Center minutes after Frank pinned Da Shade at the Sheila Olive Fundraiser almost two weeks ago. 
Funny Bone has been a fixture on the Las Vegas wrestling scene for over a decade and will take on the 350+ LB Titleholder in a match that is an amazing contrast in styles. Frank is the Behemoth with stunning agility who can perform suicide dives but prefers to work in space by propelling off the ropes to create offense. He won a Triple-Threat in his last defense pinning Shade after his originally signed opponent Sean Black became pre-occupied by BVW Las Vegas Champ Kevin Ducqets, but that’s none of my business though. Frank has been the Champion for nearly a year, but Sunday’s opponent may be his toughest one to date.
Your DEMIGOD of Death is so much more than just cool gear and an even better ring entrance. Bone can fight, folks. If you saw his match with Sinn Bodhi you’d understand. Funny has been in the ring with more than his share of opponents when he didn’t have the size advantage. He's one of the most versatile wrestlers in the Wild West. He’s won equal parts singles and Tag Gold and when you consider who trained him it should be no surprise. Nick Bockwinkel was not only one of the greatest singles wrestlers of all time, but his tag team with Ray Stevens won multiple AWA World Tag Titles in the seventies.
Funny Bone’s style works anywhere. He can do the flying stuff if you like, but he’s more than comfortable getting down and dirty. In fact, I think he prefers it judging by his wars in Town this yearNick Gage and the aforementioned Warlord of Weird. Even though he likes to fight it’s not easy to keep him down. Funny Bone constantly attacks and wastes little time between moves which allow little recovery time for his opponents. This strategy would work well for him against Frank because the BVW Champ wants to slow the match down and deliver punishment. Getting your hands on him is easier said than done and The Tank certainly will have his hands full Sunday afternoon.
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If anyone is capable of stopping the Tank continuing to steamroll BVW it’s the DEMIGOD. The 37-year-old is as good as ever. He won his second Best of the West (BOTW) Title earlier this year and continues to headline cards all over the Wild West. Will he be able to stop the Tank and walk out of the SEC as the new Big Valley Champion?
Check out www.iamfunnybone.com and learn about the docuseries he is involved in. It has a fascinating bio about his family life and the people who have helped him develop and become the wrestler he is today. Really Good Stuff.
Good news from the Sheila Olive Fundraiser two weeks ago as Big Valley Wrestling confirmed that Ms. Olive was indeed able to get home to Kentucky although the family still has some expenses. The show was a major help for Frank and his family, but make no mistake that he still hates you.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Cut Throat Cody is back and says - "I'm not a Nostalgia act."


Thursday, June 13th was a typically warm summer night in Las Vegas and the Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) throng below the Nerd Bar had just watched the Bonus Boyz (Clutch and Sugar Brown) pick up a Tag Team Scramble win when out of the crowd came Cut Throat Cody. CTC delivered a picture-perfect Cutter on Sugar Brown and the place went crazy. He sprinted through the back and out of sight that evening, but it was just a new beginning.
At the FSW 8th Anniversary Cut Throat Cody defended his No Limits Title against Suede Thompson at Sam’s Town Live. He lost a great match, but dropping the strap wasn’t the worst part. He had a torn rotator cuff and what he didn’t know was the injury would lead him to an ill-fated European adventure, early retirement, and a new drive to pursue what he wanted all along.
When I got injured I was left in a very bad place financially. I was presented an opportunity to get work on a series of Magic shows for Costa which is a European cruise line.” Magic wasn’t any kind of unrealized life goal for CTC, but became more of a necessity, “There was a summer that I got a magic kit. My friends and I played with it a lot. But eventually, put it down after getting bored with it. Magic is something to be good at takes a lifetime of dedication and practice to perfect. My heart was always with Wrestling. I respect magic immensely, and I have many friends that have helped me in order to get me ready for the job. The only reason I stepped into that world was out of need due to my injury, and while I was learning what was needed it seemed like it would be possible to pull off. But it would never compare to what Wrestling was to me.”
Cut Throat Cody has been a wrestling fan since he was a child “My very first memory of Wrestling was a Big Boss Man promo on Saturday Nights Main Event. But it wasn't until WCW Capital Combat that I became hooked.” He continued, “I was a HUGE Robocop fan, my Mom's boyfriend at
the time knew this and ordered that PPV. Watching it back it really was one of the worst angles ever. But at 5 years old I was enamored. Sting remained a favorite of mine for years. After that, as I got older I became a fan of Mankind and the Undertaker. That was one of my favorite feuds in Wrestling. Once I got into my teenage years I started learning about ECW, then I really started finding out about Puroresu and Hayabusa is still to this day one of my absolute favorites.”
Not only was CTC a fan of Mankind as a grappler, but also for his wisdom and stories, “Have a Nice Day from Mick Foley I think was one of if not the most important books on Wrestling ever written. Pure Dynamite (Dynamite Kid of British Bulldogs) was eye-opening as well,” Any particular passage move you? “The opening of Foley's first book with the story about how he lost his ear was enough to hook me in for the rest.” Although the his interest in stories and characters wasn’t confined to the squared circle, “I was a big comic book kid, so any reading was typically done with the intention to follow along with what was in store for the X-Men going against Magneto. I was a big Marvel fan, but anything Alan Moore (Watchmen author) touched was gold, also I'm a big Todd McFarlane fan.” Cody even managed to incorporate his love of Comics into his wrestling attire, “For a fun fact the Watchmen logo was always incorporated into my Crash Test Cody gear. Also, my Cut Throat gear was inspired by Spawn.”
Last year he challenged Nick Bugatti in what was billed as a retirement match. He explains, “Before the match with Bugatti I had been out for close to 12 months as well after tearing my rotator cuff in a losing effort against Suede Thompson for the FSW No Limits Championship. I was currently learning the shows, and I had signed my (cruise line) contract a few days before the match.”
It’s funny how what you think is the plan ends up being far from it, “I was working with my Girlfriend at the time and unfortunately due to things far beyond our control we were both let go from our contracts. Once we got home things unraveled further and we had to part ways. Which looking back on was the best thing to happen for me, as my heart was absolutely not 100% committed to being a Magician's Assistant on a cruise line. At the end of the day, I am and will always be a Professional Wrestler. Not to say I didn't give my all, and I did intend of staying away from Wrestling for good. But if you believe in the saying "Everything happens for a reason." That would probably help with putting the frame on what would come to be for me.”
There was no doubt what he would do upon his arrival, “When I was on the ship all I would do was watch Wrestling videos I brought on a hard drive with me. So my mind was always still on it. The first day I got back home I went to the FSW training facility. It took about 2 months after that before I started fully training for the return.” That June Summer night wasn’t business as usual for the FSW Star, “At Beers and Bodyslams I was concerned that people wouldn't remember me. I had been gone for about year from FSW, so my nerves were kinda wrecked. After I hit the Cutter and bailed I felt a little more satisfied, but not completely.”
He was booked for FSW10 with Bryce Harrison and Jakob Austin Young as The Following facing Hater Nation (Leon Hater, Legacy, and Sugar Brown). However, there would be no Harrison, so CTC and Jay CafĂ© would stand atop the ramp themselves, and described his emotions, “At that point, everything was so chaotic backstage that by the time The Following's music hit things actually started to come together. My overall fear of not being remembered was vanquished for sure. Even though we were down a man with Bryce Harrison not being there I knew from the reaction alone that we would be able to pull the match off.” The Following easily got the biggest pop that night and may have had the most merch in the SOLD OUT crowd. Weeks later the emotions are there, “I'm still humbled by it all,” he said, “It's a nice feeling to know that JAY (Jakob Austin Young) and I were still capable of getting a strong reaction.”
Cut Throat made his long-awaited return to the FSW Arena this weekend saying, “Saturday played out a bit more calm for me, my nerves we only sparked by knowing that we were stepping in with the R.M.B. Sugar and Clutch are hands down one of the longest standing Tag Teams in FSW. Their body of work has only grown since coming back from China with OWE.” Despite the raucous approval from the FSW fans, there was little doubt how the Boyz would feel,  “Also I stirred the hornets’ nest by dropping Sugar at Beers and Bodyslams, so I knew they both would have something to prove that night. The hatchet is buried between us now, I have nothing but respect for Sugar and Clutch. We only had the chance to face off against each other once before. So to be able to do it again was a great feeling.”
What’s next for Cut Throat Cody?Of course, right now as far as the local scene goes I am exclusive to FSW. But out of state, I have started working for Cactus League Wrestling based out of Arizona. Which is an awesome promotion that brings in former WWE stars such as Chris Masters and even rising names like (AEW)Darby Allin. They are working closely with a lot of the Vegas guys so to see them grow is exciting. I'll be on their next show on August 4th. I'll be opening myself up for other outside bookings in the next coming months.” We discussed Arizona’s legendary team Keepers of the Faith, “KOTF is amazing, fun fact ahead. I actually filled in for  Gabriel Gallo with Dom during a show for PHX. A now-defunct promotion in AZ. I had a blast teaming with Dom Vitalli. I was hoping it would lead to something down the road. But due to health issues, Greg DeMarco had to step away from the company.”
CTC is also a trainer and has been since 2014, and his list of students is impressive such as IMPACTWrestling’s Killer Kross, Nick Bugatti, Chris Bey, Damian Drake, Sandra Moone, and many others. One thing is clear for Cody. Despite having won Cash in the Case, No Limits Title and Tag Gold the end is far from near and his immediate goals are clear, “As far as what I want to achieve, I think right now the most important thing is to show I'm not a nostalgia act. At 34 years old I can still go with the best of them.”


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Did Remy Marcel Dig into No Limits Title Shot?


Whether he’s a beatnik, a badass, a Gentleman, or a Legend Remy Marcel has had a Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) career anyone would envy and despite potential misgivings from FSW Boss Joe DeFalco is a first-ballot FSW Hall of Famer. His FSW Championship resume is better than nearly anyone else on the roster and was the first No Limits Champion, FSW Heavyweight Champ, and Tag Team Champ (w/Jack Manley as The Whirlwind Gentleman). You didn’t forget the “Bro with the Fro” did you? Guess who else has been No Limits, FSW Heavyweight and multi-time Tag Champion? *whispering - Chris Bey. Ya, that Chris Bey. The one who’s turned the FSW Arena into “Bey’s House.” Bottom Line: Remy Marcel is pretty good.
Remy’s been a fixture in Las Vegas since 2010 when he became the very first No Limits Title in a Ladder Match in August. He held that belt for more than a year until Legacy ended his reign in August 371 days later. Then in 2013 after his brief FSW Title reign, Marcel teamed with the aforementioned Manley to win the first of three FSW Tag Titles. The Whirlwind Gentlemen have been one of the Top Teams in FSW virtually since their inception, and have been in the ring against the likes of Reno Scum (Adam Thornstowe & Luster the Legend), Bonus Boyz (Clutch & Sugar Brown), One Percent (Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson), and The Following. The Gents returned from China in 2018 and lost their last FSW Title shot against One Percent in December.
Then on May 11th, Marcel returned to FSW as “The New York Legend,” without Manley, and with semi-slimy, yet successful Manager Sal E. and prior to last night had done his talking by winning matches. The attitude and the look may be different, but the results were the same. Although he may have dug himself a hole or into a Title shot depending on how FSW Officials look at his unusual landscaping skills yesterday evening. Marcel came to the ring with a shovel and knocked out Damian Drake and Ice Williams during their No Limits Title match at the FSW Arena. DeFalco went on Facebook last night and was none too pleased with the shovel wielding grappler’s actions saying “Remy Marcel ruined everything” ending a terrific No Limits Title bout. There has been some displeasure between both parties (DeFalco & Marcel) so we can only speculate how it may turn out. If we know Drake and Ice they’ve already reached out to the FSW Boss, not for suspension but a match against Marcel. Damian Drake has to feel like he’s been here before. He just got done dealing with Nick Bugatti and Greg Romero with the chair shots and now this. What about Ice Williams? He gets his Title shot and... Maybe Remy didn’t believe he’d get a shot at Gold so he decided to take matters into his own hands albeit a smidge aggressive. With the next Arena show just two weeks away it’s possible we’ll find the "New York Legend" across the ring from one of the two guys he took out.
Now we know where Marcel and Sal E’s focus lies, that much is clear. The cheers he was getting may come to an end since he beat down two of the most popular folks in Las Vegas and that may well have been the point. Marcel’s Championship pedigree would be enough to keep me up at night if I’m Drake or Ice, and throw Sal into the mix (see Mondo Roxx) and we could have a new No Limits Champ.


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?

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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 Wrestlinginc.com  "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.