This was The Professor’s first HOB event so apologies for missing names of people who are new to me. Please post corrections in comments and The Prof. will change inaccuracies.
House of Bricks Wrestling “BaseBrawl”
June 21, 2014
Clegg Field New Bedford, MA USA
1. “BaseBrawl” – for the HOB Southern New England Championship. Team 1: “Superstar” Shawn Candido, Monster Mack, Trainee 1, Chris Piro, J.B. Tickle. Team 2: Shady Shay Cash, Cipriano Abruzzi, “The Clinic” Christopher James, Everett Briggs, (not sure of last man). W – Tickle
The ring was set up in the middle of a Baseball Diamond. There were Baseball implements like Catchers Masks, Whiffle Ball Bats, Bases, and Catcher Shin Guards in the ring that the Wrestlers were free to use on each other (they did liberally). Both teams entered the field for a Battle Royal style contest.
BaseBrawl. Image: The Professor
BaseBrawl. Image: The Professor
BaseBrawl. Image: The Professor
New Southern N.E. Champion. Image: The Professor
This was a crazy, funny, and fun match to watch. The guys got creative in classic Battle Royal fashion, using the Baseball paraphernalia to wail on each other. It was amusing to watch different workers sell the Whiffle Bat as an offensive weapon. Some highlights were when Cash hit Monster Mack in the groin from behind. Trainee 1 got revenge by throwing the massive Cash over the top rope. Candido pinned by Briggs, Abruzzi pinned by Tickle. Last 2 standing were Tickle and Briggs. Briggs had Tickle prone on the canvas and went for a high spot. Too slow. Tickle woke up and pushed Briggs off to the ground. Tickle wins the HOB Southern New England Belt.
One of the fun things about traveling to new promotions is seeing people you know in very different lights. At HOB Shawn Candido is a beloved figure. The Professor thought back to the many boos he’s given Candido over the past year at SPW where he’s considered, at least to The Professor and The Co-Conspirator – a Heel (We respectfully call him “A BUM”).
2. Anthony Stone vs. David Baker. Double Count Out
Anthony Stone is possibly the most explosive athlete in New England Professional Wrestling today. He’s a human spring. The man has not one ounce of fat on him, and looks like a Boxer or MMA practitioner. He’s not the biggest, but he’s among the strongest. The Professor saw him wrestle last night in Hudson, MA (see LPW report) and he looked like he just got back from a vacation tonight.
Stone & Baker. Image: The Professor
David Baker is a big, strong man. This was the Professor’s first look at him and first impressions led to expectations of a lumbering style. Not so. He has the skills and good quickness for such a large individual.
Stone entered the field and got great interaction and response from the fans (made up of mostly Little Leaguers shot out of a cannon). There were some fans in bleachers behind a six-foot chained link fence (including The Professor). Mr. Stone was over that fence in a millisecond and up in the bleachers slapping hands with fans. Just as quickly he was ringside. His flips and acrobatics remind The Professor of Sabu, though Stone’s style is all his own.
Stone & Baker. Image: The Professor
This match as spirited as Stone had the guts to do mat wrestling with a guy much bigger than him. Lots of high spots, even from Mr. Baker. Baker missed one of his jumps off the top rope and The Professor thought the ring might collapse when he landed. The guy is big. It looked at one point that Baker had Stone after a tremendous Body Slam but Mr. Stone’s foot found the ropes. Both men took the match out on the grass and as a result were counted out. The crowd objected audibly and chanted “Five More Minutes!” but the ref rightly stood his ground. Both men held each others’ hands up in a sign of good sportsmanship. Great match all around.
3. The Refflers (Five Star Scott Ledeur & Chris Matrix) vs. The Beasts (Rev. Redemption & Colossus). W – The Beasts
Referee: Dan Tanaka
The Professor is quite familiar with The Refflers and Reverend Redemption from watching their blood feud at SPW. The Preacher brought Colossus, a man the Professor hasn’t seen but is as huge as Black Wolf, one of Redemptions other cronies.
Getting Heat. Image: The Professor
Capitalizing. Image: The Professor
Punishment. Image: The Professor
Matrix and Colossus. Image: The Professor
The Refflers came out and got serious Heel Heat, whipping the kids (and adults) into a frenzy. The Beasts came out as Faces to the affirmation of the fans. This was a case of two normal size men vs. Behemoths. The Beasts outweighed The Refflers by a factor of 2.5. The Refflers used their considerable skills admirably but the experience, size, and downright viciousness of The Beasts were the deciding factor. Matrix (The Professor remembers it as Matrix but the picture shows Ledeur) at one point managed to get Redemption on the ground with a beautiful Clothesline. He tried to capitalize but The Reverend is too smart and got up too fast. Young Matrix also got away with an Eye Scrape. (The Professor likes things on the level, but when faced with this situation, a good cheat is just smart business). Ledeur found himself tangled in the ropes and was punished for it. Matrix tried punching Redemption’s considerable padding to no avail.
It was over when The Redemption kicked the prone body of Scott Ledeur out of the ring and performed a deadly Neckbreaker on Matrix. 450 pounds is a lot of Neckbreaker. After the pin and the bell, Colossus did a devastating Power Bomb on Mr. Matrix. It was a miracle he walked out of the field on his own power.
Dignity Intact. Image: The Professor
The Refflers are a great team and The Professor has had, and will have, more to say about them and their careers. They are on the move. Facing a team like The Beasts is part of their journey.
4. Johnny Angel vs. “Sweet” Scott Ashworth. W- Ashworth & Angel Tag Team
“Heavenly” Johnny Angel and “Sweet” Scott Ashworth are two seasoned veterans who waited a long time to meet each other to resolve some existing conflict. Mr. Ashworth entered the ring area in a crazy fluorescent hat that was reminiscent of Dusty Rhodes. His whole dancing demeanor was like Dusty. A third-party entered the mix to cause trouble and distraction – The Cubador. The Professor has not seen any of these three men so it was a bit confusing at first. Apparently The Cubador is a “Super Villain”. He tried to make some jokes that sort of got over and then made it apparent that he disliked both men and was there to cause trouble.
Interference. Image: The Professor
The Cubador interacted with the audience, grabbed a lot of mic time, and was a general pest. He tripped both men from outside the ring. Eventually Mr. Ashworth gut slammed him off the apron and he went flying to the grass, stumbling out of the field. He then returned with a friend (a very large man whom The Professor did not identify).
Backup. Image: The Professor
The Cubador’s associate started making threats and causing disruption. Mr. Ashworth then proposed that the match be changed to a Tag Team contest – Ashworth & Angel vs. Cubador & Associate. Somehow this was sanctioned and the fun (and comedy) commenced.
Nuisance. Image: The Professor
It’s Good to Have Friends. Image: The Professor
Eventually Johnny Angel put on the Cubador’s Cape and splashed the Super Villain off the top rope for the pin. The winners then danced and pranced to the young crowd’s delight.
5. “The Human Nightmare” Evan Sixx vs. Big Rick Fuller. W – Fuller
Evan Sixx (Siks) is one of the most devastating and unbeatable men in New England Pro Wrestling. He is currently a member of Mr. Fabulous’ Team “The End” at NECW where he is truly frightening. It was weird for The Professor to see him as a Face. He and Big Rick Fuller put on a good technical match – surprising for two big men. Fuller had the upper hand throughout and ended Mr. Sixx’s night with an audible Body Slam for the Pin.
Big Men. Image: The Professor
Sixx & Fuller
Sixx on Top. Image: The Professor
6. Nikki Valentine & Rob Hagan vs. Amanda Fox & Chris Cruise. W – Valentine & Hagan
Nikki Valentine, one of the top 3 Women in New England (Professor’s Ranking) looked to be in the best shape ever. She wrestled last night in Hudson and like Mr. Stone, looked like she just came from a Spa weekend. The Professor finds inter-gender matches to be sometimes a bit disjointed and confusing and this one was both. The high point was Ms. Valentine, who carried the match. Her best move was a dive off the top onto the other three on the field below. She knocked everyone over like ninepins and bounced right up. This was the Professor’s first look at Ms. Fox. She didn’t do as much as he had hoped. The Professor has heard good things about her and is hopeful that she will appear in some other NE Promotions as we need to build the female ranks.
Fox & Valentine. Image: The Professor
2 on 2. Image: The Professor
This was Ms. Valentine’s match on her home turf. She deserves a championship somewhere very soon. Top of her game.
7. “Kid Reflex” Eric Dylan vs. David Nieves. W – Nieves
The Professor has seen both of these men at other promotions (SPW, NECW, PWF) and respects both as technicians with very different styles. Dylan and Nieves are not cookie cutter wrestlers. They each bring something unique and personal, which is what makes Indy Wrestling so much better than the corporate factory model.
Dylan & Nieves. Image: The Professor
Mr. Dylan as more moves and is arguably better scientifically, but Mr. Nieves has a measured, mature approach. This was a good match that could be used to show students the right way to execute holds and tactics.
I’m The Man! Image: The Professor
Arguing. Image: The Professor
More Arguing. Image: The Professor
The match was decided when Kid Reflex got frustrated at not being able to put the veteran away. He was distracted and Nieves put a Face breaker on him and got the pin. Mr. Dylan did something cool that demonstrated his showmanship. He ran the bases and got a gang of perhaps 40 kids to chase him out of the field. He’s a pro.
8. Main Event for HOB Heavyweight Championship. “Nature Boy” Gary Gold vs. Aaron Amadeus (C). DQ
Referee Dan Tanaka
The Professor is quite familiar with the Legendary Gary Gold from his work in Showcase Pro Wrestling. He was a bit surprised to see him with a title shot because in The Professor’s mind Gary was retired and just getting back into Wrestling. Either way, he’s maybe 25 to 30 years older than Amadeus, and just attempting this shows the mettle of the man. Impressive.
Gold & Amadeus. Image: The Professor
Mr. Gold focused on Mr. Amadeus’ leg, kicking it repeatedly until the Champion was hobbled. He wrapped the leg in the ropes, smacked it into a ring post, and would have bit it if he had the chance. Both men put in a vigorous performance, each being thrown out of the ring numerous times. Gary showed that an old dog has tricks when he slammed Amadeus into the chain link fence. Then, Gold bumped into the referee and knocked him out. He then got Amadeus into a Figure Four Leg Lock and Amadeus submitted audibly. There was no doubt here. A second ref had entered the ring and declared Gold the new Champion.
Caught in Fence. Image: The Professor
It looked great for Mr. Gold and not great for Mr. Amadeus until Referee Tanaka woke up and disqualified Mr. Gold. A major frustrated argument until ultimately the senior official (didn’t get the gentleman’s name) upheld the DQ.
My Leg Hurts. Image: The Professor
Gary challenged Amadeus to a Texas Death match as Mr. Amadeus limped across the field to the exit. Amadeus countered that “I don’t need to – I beat you twice.” The crowd chanted “You Tapped Out” as Amadeus disappeared with his belt.
The Professor was quite impressed with the HOB show. This is an excellent promotion deserving fan support. The Professor will be back no doubt.