Promotion: Pro Wrestling America
Date: June 21, 2014
City, State: Belle Plaine, MN
Venue: On North Miridian St near Main St. for German Days festival.
DOUG defeated Billy Blaze.
Ricky Love pinned Ariya Daivari.
El Bano defeated The Brauler.
John Johnson beat Kody Rice.
Big Sepp defeated Mitch Paradise to become the new PWA champion.
Big Sepp used a chair to get that belt.
The main event was a battle royal with Mitch Paradise, Sweet Stevie, The Brauler, Ricky Love, The Big Picture, Big Sepp, Kody Rice and El Bano. These battle royals are known as one of the most dangerous matches for a reason. When Sweet Stevie was tossed over the top rope by Paradise he hit the back of his head on the street pavement and knocked himself out. Paramedics took him out on a stretcher after the match was over.
Mitch Paradise won the battle royal when he eliminated Big Sepp.
Promotion: F1RST Wrestling
Date: June 14, 2014
City, State: Minneapolis, MN
Venue: First Ave night club
Yabo Gustobo pinned Ruff Crossing.
Sweetpea changed from a comic book geek into a superhero while hula hooping.
Up next was the Pabst Blue Ribbon 10 wrestler rumble. Order of entry was Yellow Dog, Rob Justice, Wildcat, Aaron Corbin, "The Day Walker" Alex Castle, Venom, the Yeti, Mikey Danger, Udo and John Johnson.
Wildcat won the PBR rumble after sending John Johnson over the top rope.
Wildcat was awarded this awesome trophy but he was not able to enjoy it for very long as John Johnson destroyed it.
Banner Pilot played a 15 minute set.
"Playboy" Pete Huge defeated Horace the Psychopath.
"The Anarchist" Arik Cannon beat "6% body fat" Rob James.
Queenie Von Curves did a burlesque dance.
Zero Gravity ( CJ Esparza & Brett Gakiya) defeated The Northstar Express ( Darin Corbin & Ryan Cruz).
Banner Pilot played another 15 minute set.
Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana pinned Ariya Daiavari in the main event.
On Monday night the WWE was at Target Center in Minneapolis for a RAW broadcast. The main event that night was The Shield & John Cena VS The Wyatt Family. Before Erick Rowan was part of a main event at the Target Center he used to wrestle across the street at First Ave for F1RST Wrestling.
Erick Rowan, then know as Thoruf Marius, VS Rasche Brown in 2008.
Another wrestler on RAW this Monday at Target Center was Seth Rollins. Back in 2007 he was across the street at F1RST Wrestling's first event.
On the third F1RST Wrestling event Seth Rollins, then known as Tyler Black, was in the main event against Kid Krazy.
This Saturday night F1RST Wrestling and Pabst Blue Ribbon present Wrestlepalooza IV at First Ave. This event features Arik Cannon, Horace the Psychopath, Ariya Daivari, Colt Cabana, Wild Cat, Yellow Dog, The North Star Express, Rob James and many more. Besides the pro wrestling there will also be music from punk band Banner Pilot and burlesque by Queenie Von Curves & Sweetpea.
This cool poster for Wrestlepalooza IV was done by David Witt. I last wrote about Witt back in August 2009 when I went to a wrestling art show in St. Paul, MN.
I am a pro wrestling ring side photographer based in the Minneapolis area. Since 2003 I've been a contributing photographer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated/The Wrestler/Inside Wrestling. My photos have also appeared in The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Punk Planet, Out and City Pages.