Friday, October 14, 2011

AWF Hayward, WI 10/08/2011

The American Wrestling Federation had a TV taping at the Hayward Sports Center this past Saturday night. The AWF Saturday Night Slam TV show can be seen on channel 45 in the Minneapolis/St Paul area.
IMG_5637AWF COO Tony DeNucci came out before the matches started to address the fans. He was interrupted by El Muerte who said he wanted a match. DeNucci said he would wrestle El Muerte later in the night.
IMG_5674Gunner Clash defeated Apostle 13 after a kick to the jimmy.
IMG_5726“The All Star” Paul Brewski pinned John Johnson. After the match Johnson attacked Brewski because he is a sore looser.
IMG_5771Tony DeNucci defeated El Muerte in a no DQ match. El Muerte means The Death in Spanish.
IMG_5871“Live Wire” Johnny Parks pinned Armageddon after a top rope leg drop. This was my first time seeing Armageddon and he is a really big guy.
IMG_5951Wild Cat defeated “6% body fat” Rob James after a moon sault. This was my first time seeing Wild Cat in action after hearing a lot about him.
IMG_6073AWF champion Arya Daivari pinned Craven Knyte to retain the title.
IMG_6286Wild Cat won the Hayward Rumble to become the new number one contender for the AWF championship. All the wrestler from the night were in this match.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

PTW Bloomington, MN 9/30/2011

A new pro wrestling promotion has started up in the MSP area.This past Friday night Prime Time Wrestling held their first ever pro wrestling event at the Bloomington Knights of Columbus.
IMG_5045The card started with PTW commissioner Dave Tobin telling the fans that there would be a tournament taking place over the next 6 months to crown the PTW champion. Lenny Lane came out to say that he should be champion now. The rest of the wrestler came out one by one all to say that they are just as good as Lane. It was a nice way to introduce all the wrestlers on the card to the fans.
IMG_5089Chiropractor DC defeated Denis the Menace Micheals. After the match a women named Tiger Lilly came to the ring and dragged Micheals by his ear to the locker room. I have never seen Lilly before.
IMG_5212Mikey Wipeout vs Apostle 13 ended in a double count out.
IMG_5254Former WCW Cruiser Weight champion Lenny Lane defeated The Rain Maker by submission. This was my first time seeing The Rain Maker. In the promo at the beginning of the card he said that he’s only had two matches so far in his pro wrestling career.
IMG_5342The Magic Man defeated Udo by pin fall. The Magic man has had fewer matches then The Rain Maker.
IMG_5491In the main event Mitch Paradise pinned John Johnson after choke power bomb. In all the years that I’ve been photographing Paradise’s matches this was the first time I saw him bleed. Paradise got a bloody nose when Johnson hit Paradise with his elbow.
IMG_5506After Paradise beat Johnson the lights went out. When the lights came back on a 7’ masked man was in the ring attacking Paradise. I have no idea who that masked man was. PTW has a second event scheduled for October 28th at the Bloomington Knights of Columbus so maybe more will be revealed about Tiger Lilly and the masked man.

Monday, October 03, 2011

BCW Crystal, MN 9/16/2011

Born Champions Wrestling returned to the Crystal Community Center for a Friday night of wrestling action. This nights main event was a cage match.
IMG_3714BCW champion Darin Corbin and the Entourage came out at the start of the card. Corbin got on the mic and talked about how bad Minnesota wrestling is and how it’s now his time to step to the top and knock off all the vets. “Playboy” Pete Huge came out to answer Corbin’s challenge. Huge has been wrestling in Minnesota for over 12 years.
IMG_3768In the first match Udo defeated Cameron Cross.
IMG_3828Arya Daivari & Judd Jennrich retained the BCW tag team title in a match against 3 other teams.
IMG_3934Craven Knyte pinned Arik Cannon (#200 in the 2011 PWI 500) in a #1 contender match. Fans at ring side were telling ref Rob Page that Knyte had his feet on the rope during the pin but Page didn’t have his glasses on so he didn’t see it.
IMG_4062Horace the Psychopath defeated Kamikaze Klecker.
IMG_4142Venom got revenge on his former 101 Proof partner Bret O’Brian with a 3 count. But it was a short revenge as O’Brian and a couple of thugs beat up Venom after the match.
IMG_4266BCW champion Darin Corbin (#294 in the 2011 PWI 500) defeated “Playboy” Pete Huge to retain his title. Corbin had some help from those same two thugs that helped O’Brian. Looks like Corbin’s stranglehold on the BCW belt continues.
IMG_4484In the main event Ryan Cruz defeated “6% body fat” Rob James in a cage to become the first BCW Rivals champion. Cruz gave James a top rope ‘boom shakalaka’ through a table to get the 3 count. I hate taking photos through a cage.
BCW is scheduled to return to the Crystal Community Center on November 18th.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

MIW Spring Lake Park, MN 9/10/2011

After shooting ring side at an afternoon show I went home and ate dinner then headed north for an Minnesota Independent Wrestling event. MIW was at Biffs Sports Bar. A few years ago when they promoted at this same place the matches took place out side in a tent but this year they were inside. Four of the wrestler that were on the afternoon show were also on this show.
IMG_3076The show started out with MIW owner Terry Fox coming to the ring to tell the fans of the passing of Little Tokyo on September 6th at the age of 70. Fox then brought out Bad Boy Brian to say a few words about Little Tokyo. Then there was a 10 bell salute.
Little TokyoLittle Tokyo (seen here from 1993 at a show in Columbia Heights, MN) was part of a match at Wrestlemania III.
IMG_3086Mitch Paradise did a Paradise Pit with Rob Ivy and James Jeffries. Paradise picked on Jeffries small size.
IMG_3169Mystik Sexton defeated Ann Brookstone with Paul Brewski by DQ. The DQ came when Brewski tripped Sexton.
IMG_3235Arya Daivari pinned El Bano after a magic carpet ride.
IMG_3279Ugly & Justin Decent defeated Rob Ivy & Mitch Paradise when Decent pinned Paradise. Ugly has been to MIW a few times before but this time he brought his tag team partner with him.
IMG_3384Horace the Psychopath defeated Chris Jordan.
IMG_3470MIW champion “Playboy” Pete Huge defeated James Jeffries to retain the title. Jeffries kick out after one G-Spot from Huge but couldn’t kick out after the second one.
IMG_3544Mystik Sexton & Bad Boy Brian defeated Ann Brookstone & “All Star” Paul Brewski. This match was made by Terry Fox after the ladies match earlier in the card.