AJ Punk, Classy Rob Massie, David Baker, Devin Blaze, Insane Dick Lane, Izzy Star, Jack Connor, Jason Devine, JT Dunn, Judge Chambers, Lucy Santana, Matt Dozer, Michael Santana, Mike Graca, Mike Montero, Nick Marchand, Renegade Wrestling Alliance, Revelation, RWA, Shady Shay Cash, Steven Broad, Steven Lust, The Chop Shop, The Influence, The Irish Warrior, The Middlesex Express, Thor Davidson, Tom Billington, Tom Petrangelo, Tripleicious
RWA Elite Status
February 13, 2016
The RWA Chop Shop
Providence, RI USA
Ring Announcers: Lucy Santana, Classy Rob Massie
Referees: Tony Patrangelo, others
Promoter: Devin Blaze
This was our first show at The Chop Shop. It’s a gritty second floor walk up in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence. Classic independent wrestling school and venue. It was 1 degree Fahrenheit outside and the building may not have been heated. The staff had to mop the bathroom several times to deal with the leaky plumbing. All in all, a great place to see a show.
We didn’t know most of the company personnel and many of the wrestlers so apologies for missing people or getting names wrong.
Match 1. Michael Santana vs. “The Mind Eraser” Mike Graca. W – Graca
Graca we’ve seen several times as he’s getting a push at NECW. Santana came to the ring with a baseball bat and Graca matched it with an industrial kitchen whip which was about 4 pounds of stainless steel. Graca’s peculiarities knocked Santana off his game and Graca dominated, finishing Mr. Santana with a pile driver.
Match 2. Judge Chambers v. Nick Marchand (with Cipriano Abruzzi). W – Chambers
The highlight of this match was when the jurist slammed Marchand on the splintery wooden floor. Both men were dazed and the referee counted to 9 before they got back in the ring. Chambers applied a back breaker and pin for the win. After the judge left the room Marchand called out Tripleicious. A woman (unknown to us but known to the crowd) and Mr. Bravo came out and ambushed the wrestler. Cipriano did nothing to come to his aid.
Match 3. Insane Dick Lane & Tom Billington v. AJ Punk – W. Lane & Billington
This was a bit ridiculous. Essentially two-on-one against a kid who looked 16 years old. The youth did well but could not in the end overcome the odds. Lane gets the pin and a beat down commenced. Liz B. saved the minor from serious damage. Now he can apply for his learners permit.
Match 4. Shady Shay Cash vs. Thor Davidson. W – Cash
Shay Cash has trimmed down considerably and looks great. He dominated the man from Boston throughout this contest. Thor did two shooting stars, the second one missed and Shay capitalized for the pin.
Match 5. The Irish Warrior v. Izzy Star. W – Irish Warrior
The giant Irishman dominated the flower child, finishing him with a power slam and pin. His reward was the unstable Devin Blaze proclaiming a “Surprise”: He was fired from RWA. Blaze also terminated the services of Da Hoodz, who disappointingly did not appear this evening.
Match 6. RWA Hype Championship: JT Dunn v. Tripleicious (C). W – Tripleicious
Despite fans making cheap shots about his age, Tripleicious was in top form. He gave the international superstar a heck of a beating, concentrating on one ham and keeping Dunn off-balance throughout the contest. At one point Dunn missed a spot and knocked out the referee.This allowed Trip and an unidentified giant confederate to beat the tar out of Dunn. When the referee revived, Trip was in a position to pin a semi-conscious Dunn. Dunn is indeed the salvation of independent wrestling but do not doubt (we said this at the end of last year’s NCW season) that Tripleicious is still in his prime and a danger to any and all opposition.
Match 7. RWA Tag Team Championship: The Influence (Mike Montero & Jason Devine) v. MAW Tag Team Champions The Middlesex Express (Steven Lust & Steven Broad). W – The Influence
The Middlesex Express entered the ring with their Mass Anarchy Tag Belts. They were plausibly in a position to walk out with 4 belts this evening. Our impression was that TME was the superior team and that The Influence got very lucky in beating them. Multiple reverse rollovers and plenty of beatings occurred. After The Influence’s victory, Mr. Blaze sent maniac Tommy Trainwreck in to beat up the champions. He did so easily and held their faces to see the video of Blaze announcing that they would face a reconstituted Minutemen next month in a “losers break up” match.
Match 8. Fatal Four Way for RWA Triple Crown Championship: Matt Dozer (C) v. David Baker v. Jack Connor v. Revelation Chris Sterling. W – Connor (New Champion)
Fatal Four Way matches are a great way for a champion to lose his title. It’s virtually impossible to fend off 3 opponents at this level. Dozer acquitted himself well but in the end Connor had the luck and pluck and took the belt. Each antagonist spend much of this match prostrate on the decaying, semi-frozen wooden floor. This was a high energy contest and was by far the most interesting and hard-fought match of the night. One highlight was a Dozer superplex on Carter. Dozer was given brass knuckles by his manager which Baker and Sterling managed to liberate from him. Carter drop kicks Dozer from the top rope for the pin and the championship.
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