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RADICAN'S UWF "FIRST BLOOD" PPV BLOG 6/26: Ongoing "virtual-time" coverage of debut PPV

Jul 8, 2011 - 3:50:57 PM
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RADICAN’S URBAN WRESTLING FEDERATION “FIRST BLOOD” PPV BLOG REPORT
MANHATTAN, N.Y.
HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM
PREMEIERED JUNE 26, 2011
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The show started with Gina Torres from allhiphop.com with a breaking news report. She said Uncle Murda had been arrested today in a confrontation.

-We went to an intro package with some highlights. Steve the Hustler was shown talking to some men on the street. He told them to get everyone to NYC to get the money back into their pockets.

-Larry Legend introduced the show from the ring. Louie Ramos came down to the ring and took six unprotected chairshots from a man from another crew member. I guess the idea is that different wrestlers represent different crews that are formed under a rapper. Murder One took out what looked to be a shank and cut up Ramos. They showed a graphic for Murder One, who represents Atlanta. Ruckus & Grim Reefer came out with a rapper. They also represent Atlanta.

Uncle Murda apparently freed from prison came out with EC Negro & KC Blade. They represent Brooklyn and if I couldn’t pause the DVD I’d have no idea where anyone is from. Murda said this is his town. Julius Smokes is on commentary, but I wouldn’t know that unless I knew who he was. They’ve also got Atlas Security working the event. Brisco the rapper came out with Dope & Creed. They represent Florida.

Dope & Creed won the match after Negro & Blade hit a double piledriver and posed for the fans. Creed ran in and stole the pin. Smokes said Uncle Murda needs to teach Blade & Negro a lesson. Brisco danced after the match.

-They showed a lot of different people talking about money. I think the SAT’s were in one of the segments. Another segment featured one guy giving another guy some money, so I guess they’re happy.

Billie Blu, who is a rapper wanted some money from Bestia, so he could give his girl his shopping money. They showed Rasche Brown. He said he holds down Kirkwood. They showed Murda backstage with Negro & Blade. Homicide was there as well. Murda said he’s down with Ramos after he got beat down. Murda told Homicide he has to beat Kingston. Brown walked up to Buck, who is a member of Blu’s crew and knocked him down in the hall. Façade then walked in and Bestia trying to steal his money.

-Larry Legend was in the ring telling the fans to watch out. Bestia and Facade brawled down to ringside and the announcers said this was a match to qualify for the UFW Title tournament. This was pretty good with both guys hitting some nice moves, especially Facade. Bestia ended up winning after powerbombing Facade through a table. After the match, Bestia got beat down by Blu and his crew because he didn’t have Blu’s money.

-Mellie Mel was shown with Steve the Hustler, who runs UWF. They were meeting at a house somewhere. Someone called them and told them that Eddie Kingston was going to join Mel’s crew after some negotiations. I guess Kingston was with Red’s crew. I have no idea who Red is.

-Homicide cut a promo putting down Kingston. He said he had everything and Kingston had nothing. Mellie Mel gave Kingston a pep talk before their match, which is apparently part of the UWF Title tournament. Larry Legend did the formal ring intros. Homicide is representing Uncle Murda and Kingston is representing Mellie Mel. One of the announcers said that the winner advances to the finals of the title tournament.

-The way this show has been presented is confusing because the characters haven’t been properly introduced. The concept of the show hasn’t been explained well either throughout the show. This would be much better if more of the foundation was in place so that people could better understand what’s going on.

-The referee’s where a black t-shirt that say “REFEREE” on the back. The announcers have mentioned that a pinfall can take place anywhere including the ring, outside the ring, and even on the streets.

-The production is fine in terms of lighting and how the ring looks. There isn’t much of a crowd in attendance. So they blacked out most of the Hammerstein Ballroom.

-Homicide and Kingston brawled on the outside. They ended up back inside the ring where Homicide nailed Kingston with a pair of running kicks in the corner. Mel and Murda took in the action at ringside. Both men had a lady with them. Kingston fired back and drove Homicide face-first into the canvas. Homicide locked in a submission, but Kingston countered and went back to work on Homicide. Homicide fired back and slammed Kingston’s leg into the ring apron. They brawled on the outside again and Homicide nailed Kingston with the guardrail. They had a chop battle in the corner. Homicide no-sold Kingston’s chops and nailed him with a headbutt.

Kingston fired back with a yokuza kick, but Homicide countered a charge in the corner and hit a suplex. Homicide hit a neckbreaker, but Kingston kicked out. Kingston fired back with a suplex and a spinning back fist, but Homicide kicked out. Kingston hit a sliding forearm, but Homicide kicked out again. Homicide cut off Kingston up top and hit an ace crusher. He followed up with the cop killa for the win. This was a solid match and the best thing on the show so far.

-Uncle Murda got into the ring and swore in celebration of Homicide’s win.

-The SAT’s (I think) encountered someone on the street. The man told them Uncle Murda has a problem. I guess his name is Slick and he’s with Uncle Murda. The SAT’s are with Red Café apparently. They told him to take care of his problems with Miami.

-Eddie Kingston was shown backstage. He said it was far from over between them.

-Three men were shown outside in the dark. They talked about making some money with Uncle Murda. I think it’s KC Blade & EC Negro with another man. They told the third man to handle some business for them.

-Bestia was shown outside. He said he had f----- up.

-They showed Dope & Creed (I think) outside the venue on the street. Another man came up to them and offered them money for drugs. A bunch of people ran in and beat up Dope. Creed went to a car and he got jumped as well. Someone took something out of the car. They then threw Creed into the car and ran down the street.

-Homicide was shown backstage. Homicide talked to some men. Homicide ran into a car. The men chased Homicide and shot at the car as it drove down the street.

Overall thoughts: What I got out of this is that there are a bunch of “crews” that are captained by rappers with several wrestlers in each crew. Each crew represents a different city or territory. It seems that all of these crews are interested in money. I had to pause the show several times to figure all of these things out.

The main problem for UWF going forward is that they need to explain things much better. It was confusing to figure what was going on here and why the wrestlers were fighting. I’m guessing Homicide is facing Bestia in the UWF Title Tournament finals, but I’ve got no idea. One of the announcers said the winner of Homicide-Kingston was advancing to the finals.

A lot of people talked about money during the show. Money seems to make everyone happy, but it really wasn’t explained why money was exchanged and what that had to do with the actual wrestling stories.

One cause of concern was the unprotected chairshots on Ramos at the beginning of the show. That has to go due to what we know about chairshots and the ramifications they have on people that take them.

Despite all of the confusion, if UWF can clean up the execution of their concept, I think they could have something down the line. I know the people in UWF have said they’re in it for the long-haul, so the first thing they should do is explain everything better and let people know who the announcers, wrestlers, and rappers are and what their goals are as well.

UWF can only be described as “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” meets pro wrestling if you are wondering what this is all about. It’s a concept that’s different than anything I’ve seen with the potential to cater to the hip-hop market, but it won’t survive if they don’t make some changes going forward.

Check your cable listings for replay times of UWF’s “Fist Blood PPV.” For more information on UWF, visit urbanwrestlingfederation.com.

Contact Sean at PWTorchSean@gmail.com


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