Arena Reports 2/5 Combat Zone Wrestling in Philadelphia: Four Title Changes, skirting of commission rules
Feb 7, 2005 - 12:12:00 PM
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WWE Smackdown TV taping
February 5, 2005
Philadelphia, Pa. at Viking Hall (a/k/a ECW Arena)
Report by Bob Magee of www.PWBTS.com, PWTorch.com correspondent
In a 180 degree turn-around from January, CZW hit a home run last night in front of a crowd up considerably from the embarassingly small crowd at their January show... for their sixth anniversary show, entitled "Only the Strong: Scarred for Life."
Even with what looked like a promotional re-set with four title changes; the bigger story is that ultraviolence of the traditional CZW style returned... in a creative way that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission can't regulate... via video screen live from backstage "after the CZW show is over" in a 2005 high-tech (and live) version of the old school Southern "non-sanctioned/lights out match".
(1) Derek Frazier defeated cult favorite/yet heel Heretic in a good match.
(2) Chris Hero & Claudio Castognoli defeated D.J. Hyde & Jon Dahmer in a good match with Dahmer and Hyde more than holding their own, with Hyde particualrly impressive and Dahmer freed from having to carry the CZW students in another match. LOTS of plays with Hero and the cravat.
(3) Skayde defeated Milanito Collection AT in a great Toryumon/lucha libre style match. Milanito Collection AT doing his bit as the Asian who thinks he's an Italian male model... with an invisible dog trhat he walks to the ring to boot... is incredibly hilarious and somehow fits right in.
(4) The debuting (fans hope) Flying Hurricanes retained their IWS Tag Team Titles defeating Beef Wellington & El Generico and Ghost Shadow & Spyral and All Money Is Legal
(5) BLKOUT (Kenny Kingston and Sabian) defeated Super Dragon/Exclaibur in an incredibly good match with BLKOUT more than holding their own. The finish saw Super Dragon hesitate in hitting Sabian with the Psycho Driver with Sabian then surprising him with the huracanrana and fold-up pinfall.
(6) In a falls count anywhere match, Adam Flash defeated Kaos in a short but good match that saw Flash come off the new area that once was the stage at the ECW Arena onto Kaos laying on a table. They won over the crowd, which crapped all over their match last month (which became the main event after Messiah didn't make it to the show) and was ready to do again before they started bumping like crazy.
(7) H8 Club defeated Team Ca$h ("Spyder" Nate Webb and Chris Cash with JC Bailey at ringside... which figured into the finish) to become CZW Tag Team Champions) Both Gage and Pain came out looking like the pair who once stole an indy all-star show at the ECW Arena called "Breaking the Barrier", sponsored by the then-major website SCOOPS with their working boots on bigtime. JC Bailey turned on Team Ca$h after a schmoz at the beginning where he was upset that he hadn't gotten to defend the titles after having won them for Team Cash at the first place at Cage of Death 6.
The one spot that is still echoing in my head as this is being typed was the sound of the shot of Nick Gage to the face of Chris Cash that could be heard audibly in the crowd.
A rather interesting side note was the rant of Justice Pain, going off on a tirade against Nick Mondo about "Mondo not being retired... because he (Pain) said so>"
(8) Frankie The Mobster (IWS Champion) defeated CZW Iron Man champion) B-Boy in a IWS Heavyweight Title vs. CZW Iron Man Title match. Perhaps it's in the storyline to come, but B-Boy didn't look really happy about dropping the belt.
(9) Mike Quackenbush pinned Alex Shelley and Sexxxy Eddy and the debuting The Arsenal (from IWS) to win the CZW Junior Heavyweight Title in an early nominee for Philadelphia indy match of the year . This match is worth any fan buying this tape/DVD in and of itself... .which fans can do at Smart Mark Video.
The crowd gave all concerned a full-out standing ovation... which tells you all you need to know as those come pretty rarely in Philadelphia.
(10) Ruckus defeated The Messiah to become CZW Heavyweight Champion While there was no way they'd be able to come up to the level of the last match they did their best. Ruckus
Thus the "official CZW show ended".
The lights in the Arena were turned out and... "after the CZW show ended," ultraviolence returned to the ECW Arena... as CZW did what they now call "Ultraviolent Underground" in what the fans viewed as a "screw you moment" to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.
The State Athletic Commission has gotten considerable heat for allowing WWE to do its barbed wire cage match at the No Way Out PPV, despite there being a ban on the books in Pennsylvania against barbed wire and light tubes since 2002; including numerous contacts made to state legislators and to the governor's office complaining about the one-way enforcement of these regulations.
Presumably, this is what all concerned came up with as some form of compromise... thus giving fans what they want in some form, letting WWE get away with violating the State Athletic Commission's regulations, and winking at CZW's way of getting around State Athletic Commission regulations in a way they can't touch.
The match was set up backstage in classic CZW style ultraviolence with a barbed wire cage (using the Cage of Death cage), light tubes, and a scaffold. This "Ultraviolent Underground Title" was suspended from the ceiling backstage of the ECW Arena. The match was viewed by the live crowd from the CZWtron.
In the match, by the way, J.C. Bailey defeated Necro Butcher to win what is essentially the Death Match Title, called the "Ultraviolent Underground Title."
If anyone had any doubts that this match wasn't live (unlike a remote death match taped from the CZW school and aired on the CZWtron at the March 5, 2004 show between Zandig and Joker, who was leaving to join the U.S. military)... .the mic going out and JC Bailey having to fiddle with it to talk to the crowd... proved it well enough, as well as the raw switches between the two cameras set up backstage... not to mention fans seeing Bailey come out bloody after his match after the show really ended.
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