Thanks to Scott Steiner for showing the kids the relevance of statistics and mathematics.
The Professor has voted for The Fellowship for #1 Tag Team at Indy Power Rankings this week. We encourage you to support this amazing team whether you like them or not. They are the real deal and deserve international recognition.
Who we are and how the final vote is tallied: http://wp.me/P4kQ6t-1Winner of the online voting competition are “People Champs” for the week AND helps their overall ranking!
There is no award for second place but all votes that come in add to the tag team’s final ranking so vote away!Winner of the online voting competition will have their social media, merchandise, upcoming events, etc…promoted by us for a full week! Voting ends at 10 PM EST! 3/29
Listen to the Tag Team Top 5 Reveal here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elitepodcastnetwork/
Alabama Strap Match, Benny Blanco, Black Wolf, Brian Partington, Buck Nasty, Cargill Vinton, Chris Blackheart, Chris Mack, Chris Matrix, Dan Terry, Diabolical Scott Ledeur, DJ AC, Doctor Ozone, Donald Trump, Frank Rocha, G.A. West, Gary Gold, Jake DIamond, Johnny Campbell, Kool People, Kuma The Destroyer, Mickey O'Shay, Mr. Ed Smith, Nick Night, Richie Rich, Ronnie Ribs, Ryan McDowell, Sammy DeLeon, Sensational Scott Levesque, Sgt. Muldoon, Simply God's Best G.A. West, Superstar Shawn Candido, The Cartel, The Clinic Christopher James, The Fellowship, The Professor, The Refflers, Todd Harris, Travis Funk, Zack Belair
Showcase Pro Wrestling
March 26, 2016
Taunton, MA USA
Ring Announcers: Jake Diamond, Ryan McDowell
Referees: Senior Official Rob Sandow, Zack Belair, Senior Referee Emeritus Chris Mack
Promoter: Chris Blackheart
Commissioner: Mr. Frank Rocha
Director of Talent Operations: Derek Moore
The place was beyond sold out as staff struggled to squeeze in chairs for the overflow crowd. People were actually turned away. How often does that happen at an Indy Show? Marchiversary X was perhaps the biggest house for Showcase. Congratulations to all involved in the company on 10 years of success. There was barely room to move which made video and still work tough but we managed. We had to emphasize close in photography in order not to crush any little kids.
Pimp Daddy Mike Paiva and The Lumberjake were spotted in the crowd. We found ourselves wishing that they had been in The Gauntlet For The Gold which might have had a different outcome if these luminaries had not spent the night as civilians.
Former SPW Senior Official Chris Mack made a surprise appearance as guest referee. Mr. Mack relocated to North Carolina last year where he officiates at several companies. We spoke with him after the show and he tells us that he plans to return quarterly to SPW. Great news since he’s one of the top referees on the East Coast.
Full videos of these matches will be available after 10:00 p.m. EST on 29 March on our YouTube channel.
Match 1. Tag Team Championship Match: The Fellowship (Simply God’s Best G.A. West & Soldier of God Ronnie Ribs with Doctor Ozone – Champions) v. Kool People (DJ AC & Sammy Deleon with Benny Blanco). W – The Fellowship
Sometimes young teams get enough heat to be given a title shot even if they are not quite ready. This was the case tonight. Sammy and AC are only a few years in. They faced the #20 ranked team in the world who were not about to be embarrassed at the company’s top night of the year. The Fellowship gave the youngsters a cruel lesson in the unfairness of life, in what was the match of the night.
Match 2. Gary Gold v. Travis Funk. W – Gold (submission)
It’s rare for this correspondent to see a match between antagonists older than himself. Former Florida State Champion Gary Gold, in the final year of his career, faced long time adversary and sometime partner Travis Funk. Both men showed skill and energy despite the years. It was apparent how much more difficult it is to give and take the physical pounding the sport requires when you have outlasted all your peers.
Gold focused on old injuries of Funk’s, pounding on his bad leg and then finishing the cowboy with a figure four leg lock that a 20-year-old could not have withstood. Mr. Gold proclaimed his support for Donald Trump by donning a Trump hat post match. Predictably some of those in the crowd did not approve, though it brought a smile to this reporter, who shares Mr. Gold’s views.
Match 3. Chris Matrix v. Scott Ledeur. W – Matrix
The former Refflers’ final showdown. Matrix had vowed to leave Showcase if he lost. Scott Ledeur entered with 3 bodyguards, looking bigger than ever. The men brought an intensity worthy of Marchiversary X. Ledeur seemed to have blown the cobwebs out of his head and gave Matrix one of the toughest matches of his life. No more fooling around. The ex-friends showed the crowd the product of the SPW wrestling school and years of dedicated work. Matrix finishes Ledeur with a painful spine buster and a clean pin. It’s finally over and both men can focus on the future.
Match 4. Heavyweight Championship Alabama Strap Match: Superstar Shawn Candido (C) with Richie Rich v. Buck Nasty. W – Candido
The Champion was forced into this contest by the office who are sick and tired of his well-deserved title reign. (Their attempt at re-asserting control did not work out so well this evening). Buck Nasty has been undefeated for over a year, though the quality of his opponents has been called into question. Nevertheless, he did deserve a title shot, if for nothing other than patiently waiting his turn.
Nasty’s strap idea backfired on him in a big way. The wily champion used the strap to his advantage. Candido’s knowledge of physics allowed him to use the strap to vastly reduce Nasty’s size advantage. Buck was never able to get ahead in this match as Candido punished him more than we’ve seen anyone do before. Rich hardly had to do any assisting as Candido dominated. To be fair, Rich did prevent Nasty from tapping the fourth turnbuckle. Nasty unethically splashed non-combatant Rich which gave the champ an opening to stomp his head and time to touch the four corners.
Lesson: Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. Size and arrogance can’t beat brains, skill, and a dangerous confederate like Richie Rich. Nasty can now shut up and go to the back of the line. The golden age of the Superstar era continues.
Match 5. The High Class Cartel (High Class Rich Bass, Sensational Scott Levesque, Mad Dog Matt Storm, Rev. Redemption) v. The Front Office (Cargill Vinton, Nicholas Night, Chris Blackheart, Sgt. Muldoon with Hailey Hawkins). W – The High Class Cartel
This match was to determine control of the company. It did not go as planned for the Front Office. Beatings were delivered in both directions but in the end, the genius of Rich Bass prevailed. Stakes were so high that Referee Chris Mack was flown in from North Carolina just for this match. We found out that Rich Bass can actually wrestle and that it’s virtually impossible to beat two hall of famers and the premier wrestler in New England. We also saw the ugly side of corruption and betrayal, as Ms. Hawkins entered the dark side. Levesque pins Muldoon in a disaster for SPW management. We’ll see if this actually means a management change to the company in the coming weeks.
Match 6. 2016 Gauntlet For The Gold 30-Man Battle Royal. W – Benny Blanco
The Gauntlet is a bit different from most battle royals. The fans pick the order of entry from a basket of names at 2 minute intervals. Disappointingly, the 2015 Gauntlet winner was barred from the match (Candido). The returning Black Wolf was the first to enter. The Fellowship, Benny Blanco, and Chris Matrix were the final 4. West threw Blanco over the top rope and thought he had it won but apparently Blanco’s feet didn’t hit the floor. Benny sneaked back in and kicked West in the behind, sending him off the top rope. Blanco gets a title shot at a time of his choosing during the next 12 months. There’s so much action in a 30-man contest that we suggest viewing the video to get the full story when it comes out on March 29th.
Saturday April 2, 2016
126 Main St. Woonsocket, RI
There is tremendous heat in the independent wrestling scene in New England.
Showcase Pro Wrestling is the little company that could. It keeps going and going, presenting more shows than anyone and providing fans with an amazing array of veteran stars and new talent. Marchiversary is always a joyful celebration of the athletes and fans who make this possible. Check it out.
The Mulkeys were the ultimate losers of Southern wrestling. It was almost as if they were forbidden to belong to a gym. Or from getting any natural sunlight. Then one day….Thanks Brian Damage for the history lesson for our younger fans and for the memories for those of us to whom the new invention called “Cable” opened up the South.
(Image courtesy of http://www.midatlanticlegends.com)
In the past, I’ve often written of my affinity for the preliminary jobbers of yesteryear. Guys that looked like they were literally plucked off the street before a TV taping…given wrestling attire and asked to make others look great. Guys that had no wrestling training, pasty white skin with bad hair cuts and little to no definition physique wise. Bill and Randy Mulkey fit that description to a tee.
The difference between the Mulkey brothers and every other jabroni in the business, however, was that the Mulkeys grew a huge following. They became cult like heroes down in the mid-Atlantic region of the country. No gimmicks, snazzy catchphrases or 5 star matches…just an appreciation for their passion and commitment to pro wrestling. It was and is known a Mulkey Mania….a take off of the more widely known Hulkamania…and it does indeed exist to this…
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