Tuesday, July 27, 2010

FLWA South Haven, MN 7/24/2010

This past Saturday night French Lake Wrestling Association was one of the attractions for South Haven Day. There was a little rain just before bell time but it stayed away for the rest of the night.
In the opening contest Billy Blaze defeated Cooter.
In a special attraction ladies match Allison Wonderland defeated Mystik Sexton with a manager who's name I forgot. I think it might have been Vanesa.
In tag team action Johnny Parks & Brody Hoofer won by DQ over Sammy Savard & High Roller STX w/ Mago. The DQ came when Mitch Paradise came out to attack Hoofer & Parks. During this 3 on 2 beat down the ring broke. Former WWE superstar Rikishi came out to even the sides at 3 and he asked FLWA acting commishener Heavy D to make the main event a 6 man tag. Heavy D said it would happen.
Horace the Psychopath defeated Chadwick Wentworth III (The Black Stallion) to become the new FLWA champion. At some point this match became a hard core match and a golf club, lawn chair, hammer and garbage can were used.
Rikishi, Brody Hoofer & Johnny Parks defeated Sammy Savard, STX & Mitch Paradise in a six man tag match. After the match High Roller Mago got the stink face from Rikishi.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Tragos/Thesz 2010 Hall of Fame Waterloo, IA 7/10/2010

On Saturday July 10, 2010 The Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum inducted 5 wrestlers into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame. The museum in located in downtown Waterloo, Iowa and they had their first class of Hall of Fame members inducted in 1999. The majority of the museum is dedicated to armature wrestling but one of the rooms is filled with some of the most interesting items from pro wrestling past. On display are many ring jackets including some worn by Larry Hennig, Mr Wrestling and Bret Hart as well as title belts worn by Ted DiBiase and Lou Thesz.
The class of 2010 included Terry Funk, Paul Vachon, Warren Bockwinkel, George Gordienko and Stanislaus Zbyszko. Funk and Vachon were present to accept their HoF plaques at the ceremony.
Mick Foley received the Frank Gotch award from Kent Sesker of the museum.
J Michael Kenyon received the Jim Melby award for excellence in pro wrestling journalism. He was presented the award by melby's daughter.
Rene Goulet received the Lou Thesz award for his charity work. Thesz's widow Charlie was there to present the award to Goulet.
Danny Hodge was at this years ceremony to accept Warren Bockwinkel's HoF award as Bockwinkel's son Nick was unable to attend. If you have the chance to meet the man that Jim Ross says is the best pro wrestler alive do not ask him to put you in a headlock. He may be almost 80 years old but he still knows how to make it hurt.

Monday, July 12, 2010

IPW Waterloo, IA 7/9/2010

This past weekend I drove down to Waterloo, Iowa for the George Tragos/Lou Thesz 2010 Hall of Fame inductions at the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum. On Friday night Impact Pro Wrestling presented a card at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center as part of the HoF weekend festivities. Before the card there was a Q & A with Mick Foley and Terry Funk and then a Fan Fest with many of the HoF members and award winners. This was my first time at an IPW event so there were many wrestlers who I had not seen before.
In the opening match James Jefferies defeated Sparrow w/Kiandra. Jefferies got the win while holding on to the ropes but ref Billy J was out of position to see the rule braking. Sparrow attacked Jefferies after the match.
IPW tag team champions Justin Decent & Ugly defeated Marshall Scott & Montoya X to retain their belts.
ROH champion Tyler Black defeated AJ Smooth.
Harley Jackson pinned Anthony Drake in less then 2 minutes. Drake looked a little like Beautiful Bobby from the Half Pint Brawlers TV show on Spike. Drake sure looked like a midget compared to the much larger Jackson.
IPW heavyweight champion Tony Sly defeated Matty Star to retain the belt.Sly got the pin after his manager hit Star with the title belt.
Nicky Free pinned former 2 time ROH champion Austin Aries.
The main event for the night was a 20 man over the top rope battle royal with the winner recieving $5,00 and a shot at the heavyweight title. Matty Star won the match when he eliminated Tony Sly.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

Mick Foley and Terry Funk will be in Waterloo, Iowa this weekend for the George Tragos/Lou Thesz professional Wrestling hall of Fame class of 2010 inductions. Funk will be inducted into the HoF and Foley will receive the Frank Gotch award. Both men will take part in a Q & A on Friday night before the IPW card. Check out the web site for more details. Dan Gabel International Wrestling Institute and Museum

Friday, July 02, 2010

PWA South St. Paul, MN 6/26/2010

For the second Saturday in a row Pro Wrestling America had one of their annual shows. This week it was at Kaposia Days in South St. Paul, MN in the VFW parking lot. Once again it was a beautiful day for outdoor wrestling.
In the opening match Contrast defeated Udo in the battle of the masked men.
Horace the Psychopath defeated The Brauler in the second match.
Tommy "Spiderbaby" Saturday defeated rookie Denis "The Menace" Michael.
Mystik pinned Heather Zumhofe.
Billy Blaze pinned Buck "Rock N Roll" Zumhofe with some help from Lenny Lane. After the match Zumhofe challenged Lane to a weasel suit match at an up coming show. Zumhofe first had his weasel suit match against Bobby "The Brain/Weasel" Heenan probably over 20 years ago.
JB Trask & Rob Ivy w/ Kimberly & April Allure defeated Shimdog & Lenny Lane when Ivy pinned Shimdog.
PWA champion Mitch Paradise w/ The Professor retained his belt when he beat Arya Daivari. This was a switch from last weeks card as Paradise was the bad guy and Daivari was the good guy. I think this was the first time I've ever seen Daivari getting cheers from the fans.