Thursday, July 06, 2006

NIW Crystal, MN 6/30/2006

Night one of there nights of wrestling presented by Northern Impact Wrestling this night taking place at the Crystal Ballroom in Crystal, MN. This card was a warm up for the Impact Invitational that was being held the next two nights.
Before the official start of the card a pre show match was held between Robbie Thunder and Bobby Mafi. The more experienced Thunder got the 3 count in the end.
In the opening match Ash beat Joey Envy, Larry Sweeney, Kamikaze Klecker, Malikite and Micheal Elgin in an Impact carnival match. This was the first time Ash and Elgin wrestled in MN. In the photo it's Klecker in hot pink diving on to Larry Sweeney and Ash diving on to Joey Envy.
The NIW Impact champion The Prophet retained his belt by beating Jigsaw. This was my first time seeing Jigsaw but I've seen the ref who is pinning Jigsaw in the photo before as that is Bryce Remsberg. The comedy bits that Bryce does in some matches always gets the crowd going.
The NIW tag team champs Tep and Jones retained their belts in a 4 team match. The other teams involved in that match were The Northstar Express, 101 Proof and The New Generation. In the photo Cody O'Neill is dropping an elbow on Ryan Cruz of NSE who is being held by Aaron Corbin who just reunited with O'Neill after being apart since MPW stopped in the old training center.
Egotistical Fanstatical made his first trip to MN as he took on one of MN's best, Chris Jordan. But Ego went down for the 3 count in his MN debut. Ego can be seen in The Wrestler/Inside Wrestling vol 8 in a 2 page article with 2 of my photos.
In tag team action Rob James & Al B.C. beat Kid Krazy & Jimmy Jacobs as James pinned Jacobs.
BJ Whitmer beat Arik Cannon. This was BJ's second time in MN as he once wrestled for Steel Domain Wrestling.
Austin Aries, one half of the ROH tag team champions beat Benjamin Sailer.
In the main event Delirious made Horace the Psychopath tap out. This was as great as I thought it would be and even better. This photo was taken seconds before Delirious's foot hit one of those lights and broke it. Glass was all over the floor as Delirious hit the floor. That's when this match turned 'hard core'.

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