Northeast Championship Wrestling
Norwood Elks, Norwood, MA USA
August 14, 2015
“Big City Rumble”
Ring Announcer: Shane Daly
Commentary: Atlee Greene, Toxic Tom Warren
Referees: Mike Dube, Redd Roche, David Montenaro
The Boss: Dean “The Beast” Livesly
Ringside Security: John Balis
1. Sensational Scott Levesque v. Robbie The Giant Araujo. W – The Levesque
What is Scott Levesque doing in an opening match? The premier wrestler in New England should be a main eventer. For that matter Mr. Araujo deserves a better spot on any New England card. It speaks to the depth of the card more than the status of the antagonists. That being said, this was a heck of an interesting match to get things going.
Daley, Levesque, Bass, & Dube. Image: The Professor
Tougher Than He Expected. Image: The Professor
Robbie made a fatal mistake: coming alone to a match which involved Rich Bass. When Bass is around, its two against one. The Giant opposed Levesque as well as anyone could have. He managed to flip the superstar out of the ring. When he tried a fancy roll move off the top rope it backfired, allowing Mr. Levesque to get a pin. There was some fan whining about grabbed tights but since Mr. Araujo was wearing a singlet it seems like sour grapes to this reporter. Bass distracted the referee after the bell which allowed Levesque to smash The Giant with a spine buster. The two of them beat down Robbie until Osiris and Doctor Ozone intervened. Bass and Levesque wisely took their well-deserved win and left the room.
Mind Your Own Business. Image: The Professor
2. Louden & Griffin v. Devine & Mattero (The Influence) v. Champion & Cash (The Heavy Hitters) vs. Lane & Dr. Cobblepot. W – The Heavy Hitters
Too many people for one match. It would have been better to have one of these teams face the Heavy Hitters and then go down in inevitable flames. Lane and Cobblepot had some flashy moves but size was the factor that put them out first. The Influence did a bit better but Cash and Champion were on their A game and used their size (launching each other in crushing corner splashes) to defeat the other teams.
The Heavy Hitters Wait For Their Moment. Image: The Professor
3. Osiris (with Doctor Ozone) v. “Dastardly” Doug Summers (with Ashley Vox). W – Osiris
This was expected to be an easy win for Osiris (a.k.a. G.A. West) but Summers turned out to be a formidable opponent. Some highlights: Summers smashing Osiris’ head into the merch table, Summers deftly applying an inescapable wrist lock on the mat to which Osiris would not tap despite obvious damage to his wrist, Osiris applying a powerful face buster that amazingly didn’t end the match. In the end Summers found a crutch and was going to use it on a dazed Osiris when Doctor Ozone got it away from him. Osiris did another face buster, this time leading to a pin.
Side note: Some tasteless fans were chanting a slur directed at Ashley Vox that was just over the line of acceptable discourse. Not cool. Jeer heels all you want but keep your petty bigotry at home please. Most of us are here to see wrestling, not to witness you making a jackass of yourself.
Osiris Would Not Tap. Image: The Professor
Victory. Image: The Professor
4. The Selfie Made Challenge. Verne Vicallo vs. Tomahawk. W – Unclear
Tomahawk survived the slam and should have received the $500 that Vicallo offered plus the $217 (his regular partner’s alleged weight) put up by an odly masked Dan Terry. Terry and Vicallo double teamed the native warrior and apparently stiffed him. The Loomis Brothers intervened and Tomahawk left the room. Not sure if he got the money or will be back to collect. He should charge these 2 big interest on funds owed him.
Masked Hercules & Selfie Narcissist. Image: The Professor
Tomahawk Accepts. Image: The Professor
5. Tag Team Title Match: The Loomis Brothers (C) v. Crossfit (Dan Terry & Verne Vicallo). W – Terry & Vicallo – New Champions
The slugfest turned into a sanctioned match in very short order. Vicallo and Terry gave the Loomis Brothers unexpected trouble considering they are not regular partners. They gelled somehow and did a lot of sneaking, double teaming, and just plain smart wrestling. Vicallo is a better technician than The Professor has given him credit for in the past.
Things ended when Eddie Loomis got into a discussion with the Ref about which Crossfit member was the legal man. Terry capitalized and came off the 2nd rope for a pin. Crossfit are the new NCW Tag Team Champs. Not sure where this leaves the svelte Mr. Andrews. Time will tell.
New Tag Team Champions. Image: The Professor
6. “Ruthless Anarchy” (Ruy Batello & T.J. Richter) v. The Lumberjake & Redd Roche. W – Lumberjake & Roche
Redd Roche had the guts to enter the ring with sworn enemies Richter and Batello. Redd is obviously not a trained wrestler and this took enormous courage. He managed to evade his foes and got in a few good licks, trips, and projectile moves that enraged Batello in particular. The Lumberjake was a supportive partner who covered a lot of the match. Good on Roche.
For some unknown reason Batello banished Tim Lennox from the ring area when the team entered. We’ll have to find out more about why.
At one point Batello had Roche in his clutches and was about to punch his lights out. The Lumberjake was having none of it. He ended up launching Roche from high in the air in an amazing splash on the giant Batello. Redd gets the pin on Batello in what had to be a humiliation for the big man.
The Lumberjake Down Temporarily. Image: The Professor
7. Championship Ladder Match: Kellan Thomas (Heavyweight Champion) v. Tripleicious (with Frank). W – Thomas.
Thomas came out with his face covered with a towel. When he removed the covering he was painted in an insane war paint. He had a crazed look the whole match. Apparently he had reached the mental limit of tolerating the abuse he’s received for months from Tripleicious and his goon Frank.
The wrestlers put in a good exhibition of a ladder match given the constraints of the low ceiling. The Elks Lodge is a function room more suited to wedding receptions than wrestling but in the indies, we all make due.
Frank was a thorn in Thomas’ side through most of the match until he was knocked cold and left prostate outside the ring. At one point a masked henchman knocked him off the ladder and disappeared out the front door. Tripleicious managed to tie Thomas in the ropes. He climbed the ladder and instead of grabbing the belt he went for a foot first dive at The Champion. Thomas dodged and Trip found himself tied in the ropes. Thomas got on the ladder and took his belt from the ceiling.
Thomas in War Paint. Image: The Professor
Thomas Trapped. Image: The Professor
Champion Sporting Shiny New Belt. Image: The Professor
After the bell Commissioner Livesly came into the ring and told Thomas that the belt was not going home with him. The fans were hushed with confusion as was Thomas. Livesly then produced a brand new belt and presented it to The Champion.
8. The Big City Rumble 30-Man Elimination Match: W – The Lumberjake
Battle Royals are hard to follow and in this reporter’s opinion should be used sparingly. No more than twice a year for a promotion on a monthly cycle. This format does provide opportunities for a lot of guys to get ring time and that’s important for talent development. The Professor will have more to say on his opinions on this genre later.
Hobbesian War of All Against All. Image: The Professor
Last Man Standing. Image: The Professor
This was a decent contest which having 30 men, it is a challenge to cite any real standouts. Every 5 minutes (est.) a new man entered. Elimination – standard over the top.
Here’s how it went in order of entry and elimination: Ian Griffin first in followed by Araujo, Paiva, Drew Solo (eliminated almost immediately), Dr. Cobblepot, Vicallo, Weiner (who threw Dr. C over quickly), Griffin,Terry, and Vicallo send Weiner over as a gang, Tomahawk, Levesque, Richter Osiris enter. Terry sends himself over the top after a missed attack on Paiva, Lane enters, Vicallo out, Summers enters, Lane out, Louden, Lumberjake enter, Louden out, Lobo, Billy Ware, Frank enter, Ware out, Lobo out, Richter out, Warner out, Monterro enters, Summers out, Lennox, Cash, Devine, Cousin Larry, Lennox enter, Devine & Monterro out, Batello, Champion in, E. Loomis in, Cash & E. Loomis out, Levesque out after an attempted dive at Osiris, Champion out, Larry out, Osiris out (Levesque and Osiris have nasty ringside battle tangentially including Bass and Ozone), Tripleicious in, Trip, Frank, Batello gang up on Lumberjake who eliminates Frank and Batello. Tripleicious and Lumberjake last 2 when Lumberjake sends Trip over the top and onto Frank. Lumberjake wins a shot at the title at Wrestlefest XI.
(See how difficult it is to chronicle 30 men in and 30 men out? It was just as difficult to follow as it is to read above. Some of this is likely wrong but The Professor does his best.)
Friday night September 25, 2015
Elks Lodge in Norwood, MA
7:30pm doors / 8pm bell time – $10 adults & $5 kids