A.G. West, Ashley Vox, Brandon Behm, Buddy Romano, Christian Casanova, Creepy Kids, Dan Terry, Dastardly Doug Summers, David Loomis, Dean Livesly, Derek Mathews, Doc Ozone, Eddie Loomis, Frank Champion, Ian Griffin, Kellan Thomas, Mike Dube, Mike Paiva, NCW, Northeast Championship Wrestling, Redd Roche, Richard Pacifico, Rob Araujo, Robbie The Giant, Ruy Batello, Santa Claus, Sean Feeney, Shady Shay Cash, Shane Daley, Steve "The Turtle" Weiner, The Heavy Hitters, The Loomis Brothers, The Lumberjake, The Professor, The Underground Anarchy, Tim Lennox, Tripleicious
Northeast Championship Wrestling
Norwood Elks, Norwood, MA USA
February 20, 2015
“Collision Course 2015”
Ring Announcer: Shane Daly
Referees: Redd Roche, Mike Dube, others unidentified
1. Derek Mathews & Dan Terry (“Cross Fit”) v. Frank Champion & Shady Shay Cash (“The Heavy Hitters”). W – Cross Fit
The Living Hercules Dan Terry appeared in all his glory along with a less-than-godlike Mr. Andrews who despite the goofing around has slimmed and toned himself considerably. He’s now likely somewhere between the 270 the fans think he is and the 217 of his dreams.
The most notable part of this match was when Cross Fit threw Mr. Champion over/through the top rope and the entire cable system became detached from the ring posts. Amazingly, Champion walked away apparently unhurt. Cash was put out of the match early by some kind of sneaky maneuver on the part of Cross Fit which The Professor couldn’t see clearly. He eventually came back to the ring area and started to gain momentum when the newly trim Andrews sneakily rolled him up for the pin.
2. Buddy Romano v. Matt Louden. W – Louden
Buddy was tasked with filling time while the Ring Crew made repairs to the top rope. Mr. Romano criticized the crowd for its lack of understanding of just how beautiful a man he is. He sported a bandage over one ear and claimed to have a busted eardrum. The crowd did not seem persuaded and continued to heckle the male model. Cries of “Muffin Top” were heard, particularly from vastly out-of-shape spectators who were unaware of their contribution to Mr. Romano’s point.
Mr. Romano did well against the Canadian Louden and it looked like he would prevail when he decided to use Louden’s bullhorn to brain the Northerner. Surprisingly the siren function went off right in Romano’s bad ear. The pain was unbearable and Louden took advantage for the pin. Bad luck for the superior wrestler but Mr. Louden was smart enough to capitalize.
3. New England Championship: Ian Griffin v. Robbie “The Giant” Araujo (C). W – Araujo
The Giant spent most of the match toying with a man twice his height. He used the ropes effectively as springs to launch himself as a missile against Griffin. Much of the match was outside the ring after an impressive suicide dive by Robbie. At one point Mr. Griffin thought he had won and even held the belt up. Referee Roche declared a two count and feet on the ropes.
The Giant finished the match by launching an attack off the top turnbuckle and rolling Mr. Griffin into a Small Package. After the bell Robbie graciously gave Mr. Griffin a bonus of two Face Busters and a series of kicks in the head outside the ring as he left the ring area.
4. Ruthless Ruy Batello v. Steve “The Turtle” Weiner. W – No One
Mr. Weiner was a no-show and Ruy Batello insisted on a formal count out so he could have a cheap win on his resume. He then decided to attack one of the Camera Men. He savagely beat the innocent until Paiva and The Lumberjake came to the rescue. They saved the man’s life but then The Creepy Kids came out and teamed with Batello for an ambush of BFF.
The Lumberjake challenged The Underground Anarchy to a match where if he and Mr. Paiva prevail, Lumberjake gets to have a go at the sneaky Feeney.
2014 Season Awards
Commissioner Livesly awarded:
Tag Team of The Year -The Underground Anarchy
Rookie of The Year – Christian Casanova
Wrestler of The Year & Most Popular – Kellan Thomas
Best Non-Wrestling Personality – Red Roche
Best Manager – Ashley Vox
The awards ceremony went off the rails as Mr. Summers and Ms. Vox tried to take the rest of the awards, one of which was apparently meant for Richard Pacifico. David Loomis intervened and a match ensued.
5. Dastardly Doug Summers (with Ashley Vox) v. David Loomis. W – Loomis
This was a confusing start. Summers and Vox ruined the awards ceremony by claiming that they deserved the rest of the honors. Young Loomis intervened and the certificates were smashed and broken glass was all over the apron. Summers and Loomis then proceeded to have a legitimate match.
In the course of the contest Referee Dube was knocked cold. Richard Pacifico emerged in civilian garb and put on a striped shirt in time to count out Summers. This was confusing and weird, but a fun exhibition for the fans.
6. Christian Casanova v. Tripleicious. W – Casanova
Young Casanova, a student of Brian Fury, is now ready to take on top veterans on his own. He faced the four-time NCW Champion with courage. Tripleicious was, as we found out later, just getting warmed up. He punished the newcomer severely, though Casanova held his own. Somehow Mr. Casanova managed to reverse a flip and get a clean pin on his opponent. He then wisely left the room.
7. The Underground Anarchy (Brandon Behm & Tim Lennox with Sean Feeney) v. BFF (The Lumberjake & Mike Paiva)
Revenge time. BFF took the Creeps to school the old fashioned way. BFF did some hairdressing by pulling and twisting Behm’s trusses to inflict severe pain. BFF took advantage of their different sizes and body types in a display of intelligent wrestling. The Lumberjake used Paiva as a battering ram (feet first) and eventually The Showoff used his giant partner as a diving platform, springing off his shoulders through the air for a pin on Behm.
The U.A. showed their usual maturity, whining to Referee Dube and crying like little girls after their defeat.
8. NCW Championship: “Riot” Kellan Thomas (C) v. “Simply God’s Best” G.A. West with Doc Ozone. W – Thomas
The Professor questioned Thomas’ conditioning at first sight but he proved that he is in top form. G.A. West is in the best shape of any athlete in New England but The Champion showed he’s up to any one. This was a back-and-forth contest between two deserving men.
Doctor Ozone might have been over-confident this evening. He started the match by heading to the bar for a drink. We thought the drink would end up in Thomas’ eyes but Ozone apparently enjoyed it himself.
There was plenty of dangerous moves in this match that left us holding our necks and hoping no one was permanently injured. G.A. West set Thomas up for a finishing Superplex when The Champion reversed it for the pin.
Tripleicious came in after the bell with a Pile Driver ambush of Mr. Thomas. This was Dirty Pool to the extreme and no doubt when he revives, Thomas is going to do something about this.
Tripleicious ended his stunt with a final insult. At first it looked like he was doing something obscene with the doll Keppler but he finished by Pile Driving the inanimate Manager. Something has to be done about this miscreant.
Next Show: March 13, 2015
The one-and-only Mistress Belmont. We stand amazed.
The Professor and The Co-Conspirator say forget about the snow and enjoy some of the best wrestling available in New England. We’ll be at both shows so please say hello if you see us.
Friday Night Feb. 20th
Saturday Night Feb. 21st
An Evening With Sean Gorman
Zullo Gallery, Medfield, MA USA Feb. 12, 2015
The Professor and The Co-Conspirator braved the New England cold to attend Sean Gorman’s book reading. The Zullo Gallery was filled to capacity. Mr. Gorman was in great form, and appeared more than comfortable addressing the crowd which included his Medfield friends, people from the world of wrestling, and his mother.
Gorman’s friend Danielle, who wrestled as Adrianna and was portrayed as Rose in the book, introduced the author. He opened with a strange and funny story about backing up a toilet while visiting Dachau concentration camp outside of Munich. Not your standard opener, but this is Gorman.
Mr. Gorman explained how he got into wrestling and some of the mechanics of what a manager does to a mostly non-wrestling audience. He spent much of the talk discussing his writing process, and reflecting on the experience of writing a memoir. This was not a wrestling event, but was instead more about the man himself.
Mr. Gorman took questions and gave an equivocal answer as to whether or not he’s through with wrestling. The Professor got the impression that he may well be done.
There were some prominent people in the gallery from the world of wrestling. “Adrianna”, Brian Fury, Caleb Seltzer, and Mad Dog Matt Storm to mention a few.
Sean Gorman acquitted himself well and honestly in front of his friends, colleagues, loved ones. The evening was a success and it was worthwhile for the attendees. (No one was taking pictures, which is unusual in this age of cell phone cameras. Otherwise, The Professor would have included a shot or two).
The Professor recommends you read (and buy) Mr. Gorman’s book. His writing is tight and honest. It’s a must for those of us interested in the history of New England Independent Wrestling.
The Professor’s Review of Until We’re Strangers Again by Sean Gorman:
The Professor has only seen Mr. Gorman in action one time at a Chaotic Show towards the end of his reign there. The intensity of the crowd’s disdain for him spoke volumes.
The Professor picked up this book on the recommendation of Edward Wise, a well-known expert on New England Wrestling.
Sean Gorman grew up in Medfield, MA, a small suburban community outside of Boston. On a personal note, this was interesting because The Professor also grew up in Medfield, though never meeting Mr. Gorman as they are a decade apart.
Mr. Gorman is authentic and honest in this memoir with almost none of the self-serving butt covering and rationalizations that make most so-called autobiographies unreadable. This book is compelling as a human story, not just as a snapshot of an era of New England Wrestling.
“People who comprehend a thing to its very depths rarely stay faithful to it forever. For they have brought its depths into the light of day: and in the depths there is always much that is unpleasant to see” – Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human.
The personal journey Mr. Gorman took through life and Wrestling is an interesting one. He’s honest about his troubled childhood as a fatherless boy growing up as a misfit. He went to Emerson College in Boston where he earned a degree in Literature. His first job was selling personal ads for The Boston Phoenix, a now-defunct faux alternative newspaper. This was Gorman’s first encounter with the hollowness of Corporate Life, helping to form his opinions of the corporate world, which extend to wrestling and the WWE.
Gorman found his niche as a Manager in an era when Managers were either cut to save costs or were replaced by eye candy “Valets”. Sean Gorman honestly confronts, and laments, his own place in the contemporary Wrestling Business – the reality that he was born too late and that the big time and the financial awards would remain forever out of reach.
“The compliments always had a dull edge to them. In the end, I had a talent for something that was no longer viable in an industry that was all but dead.”
This book has an overall feeling of sadness, though Gorman never considers himself a victim.
One flaw in an otherwise well-told story is that Mr. Gorman does not tell us what he did to support himself after he left his first job at The Phoenix. This information would give important insight into the economics of Wrestling. How workers who typically get an envelope with enough money for gas and drinks pay their bills day-to-day while chasing a dream is of real interest.
Gorman remains his own man. Independent, defiant, prideful, and ultimately realistic:
“But our honor was never questioned and our loyalty was never sold. We never accepted the idea of “sports entertainment” and we always had each other’s back.”
Until We’re Strangers Again
by Sean Gorman
Paperback: 442 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 20, 2014)
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