Angel Ortiz, Beyond Wrestling, Bill Carr, Brian Fury, Chris Hero, Da Hit Squad, Da Hoodz, Dan Berry, Dan Maff, Darius Carter, Donovan Dijack, Donovan Dijak, Eddie Edwards, Eric Spicely, Ethan Page, Evil Uno, EYFBO, Jaka, Jonathan Gresham, Jordynne Grace, JT Dunn, Kimber Lee, Kobe Durst, Larry Legend, Mafia, Matthew Riddle, Mike Draztik, Monsta Mack, Pinkie Sanchez, Providence, Rich Palladino, Ryan Galeone, Sami Callihan, Sammi Callihan, Shynron, Smiley, Space Monkey, Speedball Mike Bailey, Steve Mack, Sugar Dunkerton, Team Pazuzu, Team Tremendous, The Professor, Veda Scott
State of The Art
February 28, 2016
Providence, RI USA
Promoter: Drew Cordeiro (Denver Colorado)
Ring Announcer: Rich Palladino
Referees: Tony P., Manny Souza, Kevin Quinn
Timekeeper: Steve “The Turtle” Weiner
The first (technically 2nd since an earlier show was added) Beyond Wrestling event at Aurora. Our first impression was that the room was too small but it turned out that Aurora supports the Beyond formula well. Aurora is going to work. We were shut out of last month’s Somerville show due to a quick sellout. Get your tickets within a day or two of availability, particularly given Aurora’s smaller capacity.
1. TFT3 v. TFT4 Winners: Team Tremendous v. Da Hit Squad. W. Da Hit Squad
Da Hit Squad in an opening match? When you have a show this deep, yes. We got the feeling that Da Hit Squad was taking it easy on Team Tremendous. After their relatively smooth victory, Draztick and Ortiz came out and challenged the legends to a match. Challenge accepted.
2. Shynron v. Smiley. W. – Shynron
Lots of acrobatics from two talented aerialists. Shynron gets the pin coming off the second rope.
3. Veda Scott (with Ryan Galleone) v. Jordynne Grace. W. – Scott
Scott is so accomplished and savvy that she might have been on the way to a win without her goon boy toy slapping Ms. Grace. Veda Scott gets the pin in a cheap victory. Grace challenged the goon to a match which we expect Mr. Colorado to book.
4. Alpha 1 Wrestling Showcase Zero G Championship: Kobe Durst (C) v. Space Monkey. W. – Durst
The Simian Astronaut dominated the champion. Durst tried everything in his arsenal and almost didn’t finish the job before he managed to come off the ropes with two knees to the spaceman’s face for the pin. Loudmouth Ethan Page came out and “congratulated” his fellow Canadian.
5. Ethan Page v. Sugar Dunkerton. W. – Dunkerton
Page should never have called Mr. Dunkerton “Sugar T#$S” and “the worst paint ball player ever”. He embarrassed himself by exposing his pasty posterior in an attempt to force Sugar to kiss his A**. Dunkerton got the better of him and managed a weak splash which looked like he might pass out himself. Dunkerton gets the pin and Page stumbles out with his heinie sticking out for all to see. We wonder if this damaged Mama Colorado’s food sales.
6. Best in New England: Brian Fury v. Eddie Edwards. W. – Fury (Submission)
God vs. God. The fans were clearly behind Edwards. One brave fan yelled encouragement to Brian Fury early in the match stating that Edwards is “overrated”. The room went quiet as 200 people stared at the dissident.
This was the match of the night with probably 100 or more chops encouraged by the fans. Edwards mostly had the best of things. At one point both men came through the ropes and coincidentally landed on spectators David Cash and Chris Pyro, Da Hoodz. What luck for all involved. Despite multiple escapes Fury finished the TNA star with a cruel crab.
7. First Time Ever: Jonathan Gresham v. Chris Hero. W. – Gresham
Hero must have 80 pounds and 10 inches of height on the diminutive Gresham. He dominated the smaller man early and made some seriously disrespectful comments that ended up blowing up in his smug face. Two pile drivers could not stop The Octopus. Gresham used his head and focused on the big man’s knee, stomping it and eventually twisting it to the point where he could pin Hero.
Gresham was thrown to the concrete at one point and was seriously dazed. As he came to, he pulled himself up on a standing fan who attempted to help him up. Gresham is small but he is solid muscle. The fan could barely budge him. (it was TWP, so trust this analysis). Anyone who thinks they can beat this guy because he’s short is naive. He is one of the most intelligent scientific wrestlers on the scene today. Not to mention he has heart. JT Dunn foolishly attacked Gresham after the bell and was admonished by Hero. We doubt seriously if either man will ever underestimate Gresham again.
8. Evil vs. Eviler: Evil Uno v. Pinkie Sanchez (with Christina Diamond). W. – Evil Uno (Submission)
Who outside of Team Pazuzu could be more evil than Pinkie Sanchez? No one comes to mind. Pinkie thought that Ms. Diamond would be his ace and it didn’t turn out that way. Evil Uno tied both wrestlers up in the end and forced El Presidente to tap.
9. Open Challenge: Matthew Riddle v. Speedball Mike Bailey. W. – Riddle (Submission)
Before the match Riddle was mocked by Mr. Spicely, who mentioned his own upcoming MMA fight and the fact that Riddle is alienated from the sport. The open challenge was answered by Mr. Bailey and the crowd exploded. The men brought MMA style savagery to this contest. Riddle managed a leg lock submission on the fan favorite.
10: Donovan Dijack v. Sammi Callahan. W. – Dijack
A fantastic main event. Callahan gave Dijack a harder time than virtually any of his Beyond opponents. The big man took a beating and was visibly suffering. He finished Callahan with a Feast Your Eyes and pin. Both men hugged, and Sammi, in a show of good sportsmanship raised Dijack’s hand. Then he Pearl Harbored the man from Tyngsboro. Dijak was saved by the intervention of Brian Fury who derisively said to Dijack “Now we’re even”.
April 2, 2016
Providence, RI USA