Alternative Wrestling Show presents "Whippin' Some Ass"
April 30, 2005
City of Industry, California at the Frank & Son Collectible
Report by James Caldwell, Pro Wrestling Torch Team Contributor
- To begin the show, the wrestlers and staff of AWS saluted Chris Candido with a standard ten-bell salute. The entire locker room entered the ring to recognize Candido before starting the show. Very nice moment of reflection.
(1) Bigg E Biggz & Lonestar defeated Cyanide and "Hardcore Homo" Angel at 8:45 in a Hardcore Match. If you weren't alert or awake enough at 1:30 in the afternoon, all four wrestlers made sure you were with a complete brawling match, where several rows of seats were taken in the process of fans, steel chairs, and ladders being used. On one side of the ringside area (right next to where I was), Cyanide worked over Biggz, while Lonestar and Angel destroyed each other on the other side. Prior to the match, Lonestar brought a grocery cart full of steel chairs, and proceeded to smash several chairs over Angel's head. In the spirit of not continuing long-term selling, Angel fought back with some wicked offense including several chair shots to the head, resulting in Lonestar bleeding from the forehead. Angel set up a six chairs "musical chairs" style then placed Lonestar flat on the chairs. Angel wheeled the camera operating tower near Lonestar and proceeded to climb up the steps for an apparent back flip splash attempt. However, Lonestar hopped up to his feet and threw Angel off the steps into the six chairs down below. Lonestar completed the chair spot by flying off the steps with a big splash, sending Angel crashing to the floor. While Cyanide and Biggz were busy battling right next to where I was, Lonestar threw Angel back into the ring and pinned him for the victory.
(2) Rocky Romero defeated Scorpio Sky (w/Dino "Ric Flair" Winwood), Taru, and Lil' Cholo at 10:55 in an Elimination Match. Prior to the match, Scorpio Sky came out to Batista's theme music and proceeded to do the "machine gun" pose and entrance on the way to the ring. His manager, Dino Winwood, was sporting a Ric Flair-style toupee and did "whoos" prior to the match beginning. Very fun ring entrance. After some fast-paced action, the first elimination came when Taru delivered a nice sit down slam to Lil' Cholo and pinned him to bring the match down to three competitors. The next elimination came when Taru went up top for a high-risk move, only to be crotched across the top turnbuckle by Romero. With Taru woozy, Scorpio Sky ran up to the top turnbuckle and delivered an amazing huricanrana, which resulted in a pin for the second elimination. With the match down to Scorpio and Romero, both men delivered some false finishes until Scorpio signaled for the end, only to be under swept by Romero, who rolled up Scorpio with a small package for the victory. Best match of the show from a pure wrestling standpoint.
- After the match, Scorpio was none too pleased with the match outcome. Romero rolled out of the ring and mocked Scorpio, who was complaining about the match result. This led to an all-out Pier Six brawl between Romero and Scorpio. It was definitely one of the more intense post-match brawls I've ever seen. Referees ran into the ring to separate both men, but Romero and Scorpio were having none of any pull-apart. They continued to battle through officials, trying to get in some punches and blows. Eventually, Dino Winwood was knocked down by Romero, leading to a three-man brawl. The fans were hot for the brawl and all three men continued to brawl until Winwood took the brunt of a Romero right hand and fell hard to the mat. Romero eventually left the ring as Scorpio checked on Winwood. Romero picked up the house mic to tell Scorpio that he's a punk and should finish what he started. Scorpio answered back with his own verbal challenge, leading to the fight continuing outside of the ring. Romero told Scorpio to "step up" and do something about the altercation. Eventually, Romero waved off Scorpio and left to the backstage area. Scorpio dragged Winwood with him to the backstage area, completing the amazingly intense post-match altercation.
(3) Al Katrazz defeated Sexy Chino at 3:25. Before the match, Sexy Chino did some dancing ringside, getting the crowd excited for what amounted to one of the biggest mis-matches you'll ever see. Essentially, Chino is a super-skinny, scrawny wrestler without much in the way of mass or muscle to handle some like a much larger, bulkier Al Katrazz. Al Katrazz merely stood in the ring and shook his head knowing the mis-match that was presented in front of him. Chino ducked several clothesline attempts shortly after the bell rang, and danced to celebrate his accomplishment. Al Katrazz became frustrated and went outside of the ring to collect himself before re-entering to nearly take Chino's head off with a clothesline. Al Katrazz mercifully finished off the match with a powerbomb for the victory.
- After the match, Chino struggled to regain his footing, but still had enough energy to dance for the fans. To the tune of "Dance, Chino, Dance" Sexy Chino did his darndest to pull of some sort of dance number, only to be interrupted by a quite upset Al Katrazz. Al Katrazz delivered another sick powerbomb after being quite upset that Chino was able to dance after the match. Al Katrazz threatened to do more damage, but Bigg E Biggz ran into the ring to save Chino from further injury.
(4) Double Dragons ("American Dragon" Bryan Danielson & Super Dragon) defeated Nosawa & Kikuzawa at 13:40. Danielson came out with his trademark "Amish" beard and stroked it as if he was pondering great thoughts. Danielson had a huge grin on his face and he was enjoying all the beard comments from the fans. The match failed to get off to a hot start because both teams exchanged tags before any action went down. Nosawa was the guilty party for most of the stalling, showing a desire to lock up, only to tag out to Kikuzawa. Eventually, Nosawa started things off, but flicked off Danielson and called him "Jesus" because of the beard. Danielson merely played it off until later in the match when he delivered a double foot smash to Nosawa's head after telling him off for his "Jesus" comments. The match was erred on the sloppy side a bit too much, with Nosawa and Kikuzawa leaving a lot of light with their punches and kicks. Danielson was on the receiving end of a lot of the "light" offense, but did his best to sell the action. Super Dragon and Kikuzawa battled outside of the ring as Danielson executed 40 airplane spins on Nosawa back inside the ring. Very fun spot. Danielson wasn't as woozy and stunned as he usually is after a series of airplane spins, which enabled him to hit a Tiger Suplex with a bridge on Nosawa for the pin and win. It's always a treat to see Super Dragon, Danielson, and Nosawa in the ring, so I am thankful for that. However, the match was a little bit on the disappointing side from a variety of minor factors adding up.
[Intermission where we were instructed to spend lots of $$$ and support So Cal's finest photographer, Shane Kidder. Shane needs a new lens for his camera, so any donations are welcome to help him out. To check out his photos and/or make a donation, be sure to visit Shane's Photos.]
(5) Los Chivos (Enigma De Oro & Kayam) defeated Bigg E Biggz & R2K at 9:50 to retain the AWS Tag Team Titles . There was a lot of comedy mixed into this one with Los Chivos doing a lot of talking during the match. At one point, R2K delivered a kick to the groin on Enigma, leading to Kayam stretching out Enigma's crotch outside of the ring. Enigma re-entered the ring and asked why R2K did that. R2K didn't have an explanation, so Kayam merely extended his hand to recognize an agreement. In typical heel fashion, Kayam waited for R2K to turn around and bopped him in the face with a right hand. After knocking Biggz to the outside, R2K became victim of a double team spike Tombstone Piledriver, resulting in the pin and the win. Chivos wrestle an old-school style tag match because of their fifteen-year history in the business, so it was fun to watch them work.
(6) Human Tornado (w/"Queen of Extreme" Francine) defeated Joey Ryan (w/Jezebel) at 4:55. Originally, this was supposed to be Tornado vs. Chris Bosh (one-half of Arrogance), but Bosh was unable to make it to the show because he got into a fight with his girlfriend. True story as told to me by a little birdie. Before the match began, Joey Ryan took the mic and extolled the virtuous nature of Jezebel, because she is still "a virgin." This brought up plenty of catcalls from the fans and mocking laughter from Francine. Francine, wearing a traditional skimpy dress, hopped up on the apron to scream at Jezebel and Ryan before flashing our section of the ringside seats. Wowzers! After Tornado – who has one of the greatest comedic gimmicks you'll ever see – praised Francine's assets in his own unique way, the match began with a standard lock up. The action eventually spilled to the outside where Tornado leapt over the top rope with a somersault splash onto Ryan, crashing into several rows of chairs. Inexplicably, but without any complaints from me, Jezebel entered the ring leading to Francine entering the ring. Of course, when you take two beautiful ladies who don't like each other and mix them together, there's only one thing that can result...CAT FIGHT! The ladies wrestled around in the ring for a good thirty seconds before referee Johnny Paradise finally restored order. Once back in the ring, Tornado rolled up Ryan and scored the pinfall for the victory. I certainly wish the match would have been given more time because both men can work in the ring and are really fun and exciting to watch. However, seeing Francine in person certainly made up for the short match.
(7) Spymaster #2 (w/Mr. Vanderpyle) defeated Babi Slymm (w/So Cal Val~!) at 17:10 in a Lumberjack Match to capture the AWS Heavyweight Title. This match had plenty of intrigue going in because you had a) a match between two guys who have been feuding with each other for over a year, b) AWS wrestlers surrounding the ring with belts in hand to whip anyone who managed to escape the ring, c) Mr. Vanderpyle handcuffed to AWS Owner, Bart, and d) So Cal Val So Cal Val accompanying Babi Slymm to the ring. Prior to Saturday, she wasn't sure if she was going to be working the show, but as it turns out, she was indeed ringside for the Title match. YAY! The heel lumberjacks (including, but not limited to Joey Ryan, Rocky Romero, and Plague) gathered on one side of the ring while the babyfaces (including, but not limited to Human Tornado, Scorpio Sky, Bo Cooper, and Bigg E Biggz) gathered on the other side of the ring, with everyone ready to whip somebody. With the table set, the match began with Spymaster mocking the "Keep it Gangsta" chants from the crowd. The heels lumberjacks tried to play down the chants, while the babyfaces encouraged louder chants. Early in the match, both men spilled to the ringside area, leading to all the Lumberjacks crowding around the action. Order was restored, only to have Slymm fall to the outside, where he was whipped by the heel lumberjacks. Rocky Romero got in a real solid belt whip on Slymm's back while Joey Ryan meekly applied a "whipping" motion, if you want to call it that. Ryan merely played it off as "being in control."
Eventually, Spymaster found his way on the wrong side of town, causing him to be brutally whipped by the babyface Lumberjacks. With the babyfaces laying into Spymaster, the heels ran over and started whipping the babyfaces. Rocky Romero and Scorpio Sky picked up where they left off earlier in the show by whipping each other all the way to the backstage area. Tornado and Ryan did the same, leading to all of the Lumberjacks taking the brawl to the outside. With the Lumberjacks gone, it was Spymaster and Slymm alone in the ring. Spymaster pulled out a bag of powder from his trunks and waited for Slymm to turn around, leading to him throwing the powder in Slymm's eyes. Spymaster delivered his patented piledriver for the apparent victory, but Slymm kicked out at two! Mr. Vanderpyle, who was handcuffed to Bart ringside, had an absolute look of shock on his face. Bart merely laughed at the nearfall and Vanderpyle's look of disbelief. Slymm recovered and called for the end of the match, only to have Spymaster roll him up with a small package while using the ropes for leverage to score a three count and win the AWS Heavyweight Title.
- After the match, Spymaster joyously held up the AWS Title and celebrated the victory as Bart dragged Vanderpyle over to the corner of the ring. Bart uncuffed Vanderpyle, leading to Vanderpyle shoving Bart headfirst into the corner turnbuckle. Vanderpyle took off to the back, as he tried to avoid the impending retribution from Slymm. However, he was stopped short near the ring entrance and dragged back into the ring. The fans knew what was coming next and Vanderpyle took the beating of a lifetime from Slymm. In a very inauspicious move, Slymm stripped Vanderpyle of his t-shirt and undershirt, leaving a heaping selection of rolls exposed for all to see. As So Cal Val sold the disgusting nature of the scene, Slymm did one better by stripping off Vanderpyle's pants. As fans shrieked in horror, Slymm continued the beat down on Vanderpyle until Spymaster ran back into the ring to make the save. Slymm celebrated with the babyface lumberjacks as the fans gave Slymm a roaring ovation and a chant of "Keep it Gangsta." Spymaster somehow managed to drag Vanderpyle to the back as the show closed.
Notes of Interest
- For the next show at Frank & Son's on May 21, it was announced that Human Tornado and Babi Slymm will take on Joey Ryan and Spymaster 2 in a tag team match. More matches will be announced on the official AWS Website in the weeks leading up to the show. Based on what happened over the course of the show, a match between Rocky Romero vs. Scorpio Sky will probably also be added to the card.
- Some of the no-shows included the aforementioned Chris Bosh, Supreme, and Justin Credible. However, Credible had been removed from the card a few weeks ago after being on the original advertisement. A note from Bart prior to the show indicated that Credible was not returning Bart's phone calls about appearing on the show. Chilango and Durango Kid were advertised to take on Los Chivos for the tag team titles, but did not appear. Nevertheless, AWS certainly put forth another solid show for the So Cal fans.
Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback on the show if you attended or didn't go and want to talk about what went down. I hope to see everyone again for the next AWS show in May.
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