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Northeast Championship Wrestling
Norwood Elks, Norwood, MA USA
March 20, 2015

“March Madness”

Ring Announcer: Shane Daly
Referees: Redd Roche, Rob Sandow
Commissioner: Dean “The Beast” Livesly
Commentators: Tim Kilgore, Toxic Tom Warren

1. Kenny Banks v. Christian Casanova.  W – Casanova

Mr. Banks was featured on a promo video before the show in which he complained about being near 40 years of age and living in a 400 square foot apartment over a garage.  He also opined on the reality of driving a 1994 car with 200K miles on it.  “Midlife Crisis” match was the term used.  Angst and rage directed at the twenty-year-old Casanova.

Sandow, Banks, & Casanova.  Image: The Professor

Sandow, Banks, & Casanova. Image: The Professor

Banks at one point pushed Referee Sandow, who pushed him back and onto the ground. Mr. Banks was lucky that Sandow was in a generous mood.  He could have disqualified the diminutive wrestler. (When are these guys going to learn that certain Referees can’t be intimidated?).  The match was dominated by Kenny Banks who showed the young Michael Jackson emulator just what a veteran can do.  Banks was about to finish the kid off by taking him off the top turnbuckle on to his shoulders when Casanova managed to reverse the move and did a flip/slam for the pin.  Both men shook and embraced in a demonstration of good sportsmanship.  Too bad some of the other athletes didn’t follow their example later in the night.

2. New England Championship: Ruthless Ruy Batello  v. Rob “The Giant” Araujo.  W – Araujo

The 333 pound Batello faced a 150 pound Araujo.  Despite the weight differential, Robbie held his own for most of the match.  The guy is not only a fantastic technical wrestler, it could be argued that his aerial abilities make him a Luchadore.  Batello for his part is the most nimble and quick man of his considerable size that we’ve seen in a long time.

Face Off.  Image: The Professor

Face Off. Image: The Professor

Pure Power.  Image: The Professor

Pure Power. Image: The Professor

As good as Mr. Araujo is, it looked like Ruy was on his way to the title.  He put 4 splashes in a row onto The Giant, weakening him considerably. The Lumberjake interfered and through basic distraction allowed Robbie to jump off the top rope and grab Batello by the neck with his legs.  He gets the pin.  Astonishingly, Roche missed all this and let things stand.  Batello may be a jerk, but he was robbed. The Lumberjake may have saved Araujo’s belt, but he did not help his reputation as a wrestler.

The Lumberjake Gets Involved.  Image: The Professor

The Lumberjake Gets Involved. Image: The Professor

3. Tag Team Triple Threat (non-title) The Heavy Hitters (Champion & Cash) v. The Loomis Brothers (C) v. Crossfit (Andrews and Mastone).  W – The Loomis Brothers

Commissioner Livesly announced that this was originally scheduled as a 4-way tag team title match but due to The Underground Anarchy no show, it would proceed as a Triple Threat non-title match.  Crossfit was not pleased and protested vocally.  Triple Threat matches are confusing enough but a tag team contest?  It made no sense.  The protocol and motivation for tagging was weird.  Why would anyone tag the other team to give them a chance at a win?  Few if any tags were made anyway.  The Loomis Brothers pulled out a win and The Professor was left wondering what he had just seen.

Chaos.  Image: The Professor

Chaos. Image: The Professor

4. Dastardly Doug Summers (with Ashley Vox) v. Tomahawk.  W – Tomahawk

Sportsmanship is a Two-Way Street.   Image: The Professor

Sportsmanship is a Two-Way Street. Image: The Professor

Summers acted like the punk he is and couldn’t resist slapping the Native American in the face when offered a sportsmanlike handshake.  Manager Vox behaved in her usual obnoxious manner.  She managed to insert herself behind Redd Roche’s back at one point, executing a flip and neck breaker on Tomahawk.  That was impressive. Tomahawk missed a spot off the top rope but recovered by using his momentum to do the same move off the opposite rope for the pin.  He then chased the poor sports out of the ring and tried on Summers’ beloved robe, much to his dismay.

The Victor.  Image: The Professor

The Victor. Image: The Professor

5. The Lumberjake v. Tim Lennox.  W – The Lumberjake

The stipulation of this match was if The Lumberjake won, Paiva would get an immediate shot at Feeney.  He won and Paiva got his shot.  Lennox made a big mistake by handling the Lumber Man’s fetish object, a piece of wood with some flannel attached.  This enraged the giant and Lennox got the *S$)#@ beaten out of him. Tim Lennox is one of the top talents in New England so this was no small feat.  Power Slam off the top rope for the pin.  Lennox limps home.

Creepy Kids.  Image: The Professor

Creepy Kids. Image: The Professor

BFF. Paiva & Lumberjake.  Image: The Professor

BFF. Paiva & Lumberjake. Image: The Professor

The Original Showoff Mike Paiva.  Image: The Professor

The Original Showoff Mike Paiva. Image: The Professor

6. Mike Paiva v. Sean Feeney.  W – Feeney

Paiva had little trouble inflicting pain and misery on the sneaky wrestler/manager.  He would have won handily had not Ruy Batello Pearl Harbored him and allowed Feeney to pin him (it took 5 tries even with Batello’s help).  Feeney clocked Paiva with a foreign object and got away with it. The Lumberjake then put a Choke Slam on poor Feeney who paid for his sneakiness.

Paiva Punishes.  Image: The Professor

Paiva Punishes. Image: The Professor

7. NCW Championship: “Riot” Kellan Thomas (C) v. Tripleicious.  W – Thomas (DQ)

Tripleicious earned this title shot by winning The Ox Baker Cup.  Not to mention his 4 prior NCW title reigns.  This was a bar fight, with much of the action taking place outside the ring.  Trip was on his way to a win when Roche disqualified him for nothing.  All he did was beat Thomas severely with the belt.  Everyone does this so what’s the big deal?  Tripleicious left the room with the belt that should be his in The Professor’s opinion.

Thomas Down.  Image: The Professor

Thomas Down. Image: The Professor

Puttin' The Hurt On.  Image: The Professor

Puttin’ The Hurt On. Image: The Professor

Roche, Tripleicious, Thomas.  Image: The Professor

Roche, Tripleicious, Thomas. Image: The Professor

Clash of The Champions.  Image: The Professor

Clash of The Champions. Image: The Professor

Next Show: April 10, 2015