Promotion: Impact Pro Wrestling
Time/Date: 12 p.m. Friday July 20, 2017
City, State: Waterloo, Iowa
Venue: Five Sullivan Brothers Event Center
Dan Gable International Wrestling Museum Hall of Fame Event.
This year there was an afternoon show and an evening show. Every year at this HOF event there are evaluation matches that are watched by Gerald Brisco, JJ Dillon and Jim Ross. The wrestlers then get feed back after all the matches. For the first time these evaluation matches were open to the public as an afternoon show. The matches were scheduled to start at noon. I got to the venue a little after noon and had missed the first few matches as they had to start early.
Stephen Wolf (@StephenWolf309) defeated Bucky Collins.
Logan Lynch (@theloganlynch) pinned Air Wolf (@officialairwolf).
Also new this year to the IPW HOF show was the Hall of Fame Classic tournament. This was an 8 man tournament with the 4 first round matches taking place during the afternoon show. In the first tournament match Curt Stallion (@CurtStallion) defeated Myron Reed (@TheBadReed).
ACH beat Penta El Om (@PENTAELZEROM)in a first round match.
Chuck Taylor (@SexyChuckieT) defeated AJ Smooth (@AJSmoothGJP) in a first round match.
Shane Strickland (@StricklandShane) beat Shelton Benjamin (@Sheltyb803) by count out in the last first round match. This was the main event of the afternoon show.
Chuck Taylor pinned Curt Stallion to advance to the finals of the Hall of Fame Classic.
Shane Strickland defeated ACH to advance to the finals.
Next up was the 8th annual Lou Thesz Cup battle royal. This match featured many of the wrestlers from the evaluation matches.
Tyler Jones won the Lou Thesz Cup battle royal.
James Jeffries (@TheRealJDouble)defeated Tony Sly.
This was Tony Sly's last match.
IPW womans champion Miss Frankie Jay defeated Sierra Avery, Brooke Valintine and Kiandra in a 4 way match to retain the title.
The IPW tag team champions Matty Star & Sparrow won a 4 team match to retain the titles.
After intermission WWE superstar Chad Gable came to the ring and brought out Dan Gable.
IPW champion Ryan Slade defeated Nicky Free to retain the title.
Chuck Taylor pinned Shane Strickland to win the Hall of Fame Classic. At the time of this match Strickland was a champion in 3 promotions (CZW, WrestleCircus and Defy) and Taylor was the PWG champion. Their titles were not on the line during this tournament.
Ray Feuring defeated Malice.
Myron Reed, B. Brian Blair (@Killerbee1B) & Wes Brisco defeated AJ Smooth, Justin Decent & Aaron Von Barron.
Tickets are on sale now for next years event July 26-28, 2018. This is a great event for pro wrestling fans. Legends and current stars at this years event included Baron Von Raschke, Stan Hansen, Magnum T.A., Paul Orndorff, Jim Brunzell, Jason Jordan and Sabu.