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Beyond Wrestling
The Battle of New England Returns
August 30, 2015
Fete Music
Providence, RI USA

Promoter: Drew Cordeiro

Ring Announcers: Rich Palladino, Larry Legend, Drew Cordeiro

Referees: Michael Santana, Kevin Quinn

Mr. Cordeiro decided to hold a show in the dog days of summer to keep the Fete momentum going.  While the crowd was smaller than the Americanrana sellout last month, the energy was strong.  It was announced before the show that Matt Tremont would not appear due to injury.

1. Battle of New England Challenge Match 1: Kimber Lee & JT Dunn v. EFYBO (Ortiz & Draztik).  W. Lee & Dunn

Dunn and Lee worked well as a team, meeting everything EFYBO had with a bit more.

EFYBO have no class. The expected and unnecessary “S.M.D.” stuff came out fairly early in the match. Not only is this kind of thing loathsome, its tired. Just wrestle for God’s sake. Kimber Lee showed these two miscreants what it means to be beaten by a much smaller woman.

Lee outsmarted, and frankly out-powered, Ortiz and Draztick to escape a potential double team on her missed Superplex attempt, by giving one of the jerks a nasty Hurricarana.  Lee finished Ortiz with a Power Bomb off the top rope for a nice roll up pin.

Defiance. Image: The Professor

Defiance. Image: The Professor

Stength & Balance. Image: The Professor

Stength & Balance. Image: The Professor

2. Last Time Ever Match: Nick Gage v. Sugar Dunkerton.  W. – Gage

You have to give Mr. Dunkerton points for guts.  He was quickly in over his head and managed to at least evade Nick Gage for the first part of the match.  He tried science, chairs, and even a face-to-face sit down. Nothing worked. Gage finished him with a Pile Driver and Back Breaker combination. Gage pinned Dunkerton with his foot while standing over him in triumph.

The Professor saw Dunkerton in the men’s room shortly after the match and praised his effort as a great match. Mr. Dunkerton responded with “for who?”.  Not every night is your night. He put in a respectable performance against someone who can probably only be defeated by another hard core specialist.

Sweet Sugar. Image: The Professor

Sweet Sugar. Image: The Professor

The King. Image: The Professor

The King. Image: The Professor

Man-To-Man. Image: The Professor

Man-To-Man. Image: The Professor

3. Scramble Match for CLL World Championship: Johnny Cockstrong v. Stockade v. David Starr v. Eric Corvis v. “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams v. Shynron (C).  W. – Shynron

For most of this contest there were only 2 men in the ring.  Everyone brought something and it seemed there was no dominant player.  A highlight was when Starr decided to attack Referee Santana.  Never a smart move politically.  Corvis and Shynron held Starr and Santana Super Kicked Starr.  Shynron kept his title with a second rope 630 on Cockstrong, resulting in a definitive pin.

Cockstrong & Stockade. Image: The Professor

Cockstrong & Stockade. Image: The Professor

These Rarely End Well. Image: The Professor

These Rarely End Well. Image: The Professor

4. Gauntlet Match: “Crusade For Change” – The Minutemen (Devin Blaze & Tommy Trainwreck)& Darius Carter v. Detective Dan Barry & Da Hit Squad (Mafia Maff & Monsta Mack).  W. – Crusade For Change

Barry faced the three crusaders alone at first.  It was not going well when Da Hit Squad entered the fray and evened things up.  Da Hit Squad were making life very hard for The Minutemen when they smashed them through the exit doors. The Minutemen capitalized by locking Mafia and Monsta out of the building, freeing them to focus on Barry.  “Urkel” Carter beaned the detective with the bell and got a cheap pin. A bell beat down commenced. Barry would have been beaten senseless had not his recovering partner Bill Carr entered and saved him.

Da Hit Squad Mean Business. Image: The Professor

Da Hit Squad Mean Business. Image: The Professor

It's Good to Have Friends. Carr Saves The Day. Image: The Professor

It’s Good to Have Friends. Carr Saves The Day. Image: The Professor

5. The Beaver Boys (John Silver & Alex Reynolds w. Rex Lawless) v. The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett w. Maria Kanellis).  W. – The Kingdom

Taven and Bennet are two of the best workers on the circuit today.  They are right behind The Young Bucks in the chase for “Best in The World Tag Team”. Unfortunately they don’t do much wrestling when they hit Providence (admitted by Taven on mic). They fool around and frankly waste the crowd’s time as well as their opponents’.  The Kingdom have taken the comedy too far to the point of obnoxiousness.  Guys – time to show what you have and dial back the gags. You are at risk of hurting your reputation. The Professor is a huge fan of comedy wrestling but this is too much.

Too Much Fooling Around. Image: The Professor

Too Much Fooling Around. Image: The Professor

The Beaver Boys always give the paying fans their money’s worth in terms of wrestling work and spectacle.  The Professor heard a fan call Silver a “Honey Badger”.  How true.  The Beaver Boys did their jobs tonight and Bennett got lucky to pin Mr. Silver after his distraction by Ms. Kanellis.

6.  Lick of Death v. Blow Pop Match: Karlee “Catrina” Perez v. Joey Ryan  W. – Perez

We expected some gross out stuff and got it good.  Mr. Ryan started by pouring baby oil into his trunks.  There was plenty of blow pop sight gags including Perez shoving one in a particularly painful spot.  Once the nonsense was over with, these two put on a real scientific match with a credible victory by Ms. Perez. (Kingdom, hope you took some time away from looking in your mirrors and watched this skillful balance of comedy and wrestling).

Ms. Perez at one point had Ryan in a CTFO (Mike McCarthy’s legendary choke hold) but was just not strong enough to bring it home.  She finished Mr. Ryan with another variety of choke hold submission.  This after multiple suplexes and plenty of science. Great match.

Joey Ryan. Image: The Professor

Joey Ryan. Image: The Professor

Belly-to-Back Suplex. Image: The Professor

Belly-to-Back Suplex. Image: The Professor

Submission. Image: The Professor

Submission. Image: The Professor

7. Battle of New England Challenge Match 2: Da Hoodz (Cash & Pyro) & Anthony Stone v. Team Pazuzu Doom Patrol (Dickinson, Sanchez, & Jaka). W – Team Pazuzu Doom Patrol

This was the match of the night.  Mayhem, insanity, and brutal dominance by Pazuzu. It was surprising just how badly Da Hoodz and Stone underestimated The Doom Patrol.  Stone ended up unconscious and rolled indignantly to the floor.  Pyro took multiple power bombs from Dickinson and barely survived the bout.  Da Hoodz and Stone will no doubt regroup and be back for their revenge. This isn’t over.

Combat. Image: The Professor

Combat. Image: The Professor

Jaka and Pinkie. Image: The Professor

Jaka and Pinkie. Image: The Professor

Stone Down. Image: The Professor

Stone Down. Image: The Professor

8. Battle of New England Challenge Match 3: Rich Palladino v. Larry Legend.  W. – Unclear Mess Appearing as DQ

Rich Palladino entered the ring expecting a legitimate match.  Legend didn’t even change out of his Wal-Mart Tuxedo.  He brought in the whole gang to beat the heck out of his fellow announcer, who after being strangled disappeared from sight.  All hell broke loose as Lee and Dunn entered, followed by The Kingdom who turned heel and held Dunn as his partner was savaged.  This was ugly, ugly, ugly.  After tonight its hard to see a path to defeating Team Pazuzu.

Skunks. Image: The Professor

Skunks. Image: The Professor

A Plea For Water. Image: The Professor

A Plea For Water. Image: The Professor

9. Donovan Dijak v. C.J. Parker.  W. – Dijak

Dijak took the mic and complained that he was “scheduled to appear” with no opponent.  Promoter Cordeiro tried to explain that nobody was willing to wrestle him. Dijak threatened to leave the company when C.J. Parker walked over from the merch table and took him on.

Parker was one of the few men of late who could counter the size, strength, and skill of an ascendant Dijak. The match was filled with brutality, high spots (evaded by the other man most of the time), and scientific skill.  Parker seemed on the verge of victory with several submission holds but Dijak showed his Brian Fury training and managed to escape.  Dijak gets a clean pin and Parker storms out, giving the bird to the crowd and vowing to never return to Beyond Wrestling.

Earned Arrogance. Image: The Professor

Earned Arrogance. Image: The Professor

Parker Unafraid. Image: The Professor

Parker Unafraid. Image: The Professor

Almost. Image: The Professor

Almost. Image: The Professor

10. Main Event: A.R. Fox vs. “The Octopus” Jonathan Gresham.  W. – Gresham

These two went toe to toe for most of the match.  Fox started things with 3 suicide dives back to back on a dazed Gresham who struggled to regain his footing outside the ring.  The level of skill displayed by both wrestlers was impressive.  Fox used his wife to trip Gresham and at one point she had him in a Full Nelson. Things went awry and Mrs. Fox ended up with a spit red substance in her eyes.  Referee Santana tended to her, distracting him from seeing Fox tap.  Fox got out of it but moments later found himself in another submission hold from which he could not escape.  Gresham wins by submission.

Interestingly, this was the second submission loss for Fox at Beyond in as many shows. The Professor tends to think fluke.  We’ll have to see.

Going For The Kill. Image: The Professor

Going For The Kill. Image: The Professor

Gresham & Fox. Image: The Professor

Gresham & Fox. Image: The Professor

Victory. Image: The Professor

Victory. Image: The Professor

Next Shows:

Sept 26 2015
Fete Music
Providence, RI

Sept. 27 2015
Somerville Armory
Somerville, MA