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MAYHEM ON MILLS: HALLOWEEN HORROR FIGHTS II
OCTOBER 13, 2019, 3:00PM
ORLANDO, FLA. AT WILL’S PUB A/K/A WILL’S SPORTSATORIUM
REPORT BY TOM STOUP, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Estimated attendance: 200
The event was presented by Total Punk and sponsored by Goose Island, Jim Beam, and Natural Light. Prior to bell time, a live set was played by Kinky Prawn. A special $5 “Effy Punch” was available at the outdoor bar, made with Effin Vodka, Cruzan Rum, Hornitos Tequila, Pinnacle Gin, and Jim Beam. Aria Blake and Salina de la Renta could be spotted spectating from the front row.
“Mighty Mean” Mongoose Malone and Chuck Steak welcomed the “wrestlemaniacs” and hyped the upcoming matches. Malone comically encouraged the crowd, “Come on, let me hear you say… something!”
1) Jamie Senegal defeated Drennen, Teddy Stigma, and Wolfe Taylor. Stigma was out first, and helped fans carry their shady canopies closer to the ring for a tighter atmosphere. Drennen was out last and blew a snot rocket at the fans. Senegal insisted the official feel his legs as a weapons check. Drennen tried to convince Senegal and Taylor to team up on Stigma, spurring a “f— you, Drennen chant” as well as a 3-on-1 attack that cleared the ring. Drennen and Taylor brawled on the outside as Senegal and Stigma took it to one another between the ropes. Taylor reentered with chops on Senegal. Senegal pumped up the crowd by stomping the mat but got shut down by a suplex into the turnbuckle by Drennen. Drennen demanded, “How much Drennen suck now, huh?” Drennen and Wolfe went to superplex Senegal, and Stigma hoisted them into a tower of doom. The crowd chanted, “Holy mackerel!” All four wrestlers sold to a count of 6, with Stigma to his feet first. Taylor attempted a truce by handing out Busch Lights. Drennen refused his, so the official drank it before Drennen suffered a stunner party. Each wrestler took turns covering for two, and then in a role reversal the official tried for a cover and after the other wrestlers counted two he insisted it had been three. Stigma warned, “I haven’t done this in a while,” then dove over the top rope onto his opponents. Senegal sprayed beer on Stigma as Taylor attacked Drennen with a traffic cone. Taylor backdropped Drennen on the baking pavement as Senegal and Stigma brawled to the band stage. Senegal choked Stigma with a foreign object. Taylor tried to stuff Drennen in a Porta Potty but Drennen drilled him with a trash can and the two put each other through a door that had been set up against the ring. Senegal and Stigma fought back into the ring, and Senegal countered a fireman’s carry into a cradle for the win. Under the 87-degree October sun, Chuck Steak lauded the four-way as “Hot, hot, autumnal action.”
(Stoup analysis: A perfectly suitable opener featuring crowd favorites… and Drennen. As a babyface Stigma is able to take the ownership he feels for this promotion and wear it on his sleeve, and little touches like moving the canopies go a long way to bolster the infectious camaraderie between the fans and the performers that makes us want to keep coming back.)
2) Hunter Law pinned Jason Cade. Cade danced with members of the crowd, and relished his fans’ adulation. Law tried to replicate the reaction but only received boos. Cade won the early tests with a wristlock and a shoulder block, sending Law to regroup. Law dumped out Cade’s bottle of water and asked, “Are you hydrated now?” Cade leapfrogged Law and sent him to the outside again with a head scissors takedown. A fan dumped water on Law’s head, and Cade sank thick chops into Law’s chest. Cade went for a springboard but Law knocked him off the top rope and went to repeat Cade’s series of chops. A pair of Law fans helped held Cade against a metal support beam, but Cade slipped away and Law’s chop hit the beam. Law rallied with more chops, and imitated Ric Flair. Cade countered but then paused, saying, “Hold on, my d—.” Law used the opening to hit still more chops, a headlock, and a surfboard stretch. Law whipped Cade to the ropes, nailed a dropkick, and took a bow. Cade fought back with rights, and a flying clothesline from the top turnbuckle. He survived Law’s counter attempts and hit a handspring facebreaker good for two with Law’s foot finding the bottom rope. Law hit a loud snap suplex for two. He shouted, “Off with his head,” but was met with a knee to his face before he could land his finish. Cade went for a frog splash but Law got his knees up and rolled him up for two. Both wrestlers took a startling bump to the pavement when Law dove to the outside and caught his foot on the middle rope. Cade began bleeding lightly next to his right eye. The wrestlers quickly recovered and Law hit a full nelson suplex for two. A sequence of near falls ensued as the combatants rose against their fatigue. From what had to that point appeared to simply be a spectator’s role, Law’s girlfriend Aria Blake hurled a pair of jiggling plastic breasts at Cade. The Big Mouth Billy Bass-esque “Jingle Jugs” novelty gift shattered on the ring rope, but the distraction was enough to allow Law to hit his “Off with his head” finisher for the win. Chuck Steak addressed the crowd with his signature dry humor, saying, “I’m just as disappointed as you are.”
(Stoup analysis: An easy candidate for match of the day alongside the main event. Cade and Law always show out and this was no exception. Plus I got to learn all about “Jingle Jugs” in order to accurately report on that item’s involvement in the finish, so, let it never be said indie wrestling isn’t educational.)
3) Bums R Us (Milo Beasley & Ray Beez) defeated Fabulous Fitness (Big Kahuna Khan & “The Fabulous” Coach Kiki Roberts via pinfall. Playing to the crowd, Roberts took the mic to introduce himself and his tag partner. He said Khan wants to be a cruiserweight and led Khan and the crowd in a set of five squats. He then turned on the “slobs” in the crowd, and congratulated himself for making everyone five squats closer to having a good body. Roberts took shoulder blocks from Beasley and complained how hot the canvas was. The crowd chanted “suck it up!” Roberts nearly fell again but Khan tabled behind him for the save. Beasley kicked Khan’s behind, and Khan also whined about the heat of the canvas. Beez tagged in and repeatedly pressed the begging Roberts to the hot mat. Khan tagged in but soon sound himself at the mercy of an ankle lock. Roberts tried to save his partner but got caught in an ankle lock of Beasley’s own. Fabulous Fitness fought out and kept control of Beez with a double atomic drop and quicker tags. Disoriented, Beez eventually reached for a tag from the wrong corner and Roberts played along to mock him. Beez finally found Beasley for the hot tag, and Beasley took it to Roberts. As the action broke down, Beez lifted Roberts in a fireman’s carry and cannonballed into Khan in the corner. He covered Khan for a close two that was counted as a three. Roberts got in Chuck Steak’s face, then took a mic to curse out and ridicule the crowd for cheering for cheaters. Chuck Steak said, “Well boy howdy.”
(Stoup analysis: Always a riot, Fabulous Fitness are a highlight of any show they’re booked on. Whether this winds up serving as Beasley’s revenge, or whether the controversial finish leads to further matches, we can count on the next thing either of these teams do at future Mayhem on Mills events being entertaining.)
4) Effy pinned Parrow. Billed as “Bear vs. Daddy.” Parrow entered with Effy’s rival, Drennen. Effy threw his light pink, spiked jacket over Parrow’s head and pounded away at the heavy lifter. The openly homosexual Parrow caught a leap from the openly pansexual Effy with one hand, slammed the fishnetted wrestler to the mat and declared, “I’m going to f— his gay ass up!” He caught another leap, again with one hand, and backdropped Effy into the corner for two. Effy tried to slam Parrow but couldn’t lift him, and got slammed himself. Parrow covered Effy but lifted his shoulders at two and called for Drennen, who appeared with weapons including a door that Parrow set up in the corner. Parrow went to powerbomb Effy through the door but Effy bit his head then speared him through the door. Effy hit a Thesz press for two. He hooked Parrow’s head with his leg and slammed it into a flattened chair for two. He hit Parrow across the back with the chair, and climbed to the top turnbuckle. Parrow recovered and superplexed Effy onto two chairs, then powerbombed him through a metal trash can for two. Effy flipped off Parrow, who chokeslammed him onto two chairs then again onto the bare canvas. Parrow went for one final chokeslam, but Effy countered with a body scissors roll-up for the victory. Effy was quick to flip Parrow off again, then got attacked from behind by a chair-wielding Drennen. Jamie Senegal ran in for the save by low blowing Parrow, kicking a chair into Drennen’s face, then kissing Effy on the mouth to uproarious cheers.
(Stoup analysis: Of the Orlando scene, the imposing and dominating Mike Parrow of MLW and NWA notoriety is one of the biggest draws for me, whether he is wrestling solo or in his tag team “The End” with Odinson. In this case, his hurling of an Ugly Duckling off the roof of Will’s Pub is what originally put Mayhem on Mills on my radar and others’. Effy, for his part, is arguably the most popular male wrestler working this region, so this booking is a testament to what the relatively young promotion is capable of. Effy and Drennen have been feuding since the first Mayhem on Mills event in which the wrestlers infamously battled out on to the street, and it would appear the final chapter has yet to be written.)
5) Serpentico defeated Chuckles the Clown in a coffin match. Chuck Steak introduced the match as “scheduled for… getting in a coffin.” He asked “is that sanitary” as the officials pulled a plastic skeleton from the coffin, then adding, “I mean, I heard he wasn’t wrestling anymore, but…” Chuckles entered with his own coffin, which he psychotically banged his head against. Serpentico immediately brought a chair in the ring, and Chuckles responded by yanking a kendo stick from his coffin. Chuckles won the first exchange with his weapon, then lifted and rammed his coffin into Serpentico’s head. Maniacally exclaiming “Yes, yes, yes,” he leapt onto the propped-up coffin from the top turnbuckle and rode it down onto Serpentico. Chuckles chopped Serpentico on the outside, taking high-fives from fans in between and declaring, “One for you! One for you!” Serpentico slammed Chuckles’ fingers in the official coffin at ringside, then whipped the clown into it, nearly toppling it from its platform. Chuckles went for his kendo stick, calling it “Excalibur,” but took a kick to the chin. He rallied into a blue thunder bomb, and got his kendo stick strike in after all. Serpentico toppled into the coffin but drew from it a chair, which he hurled at Chuckles. He wailed away on Chuckles’ back with the chair, even propping a second chair on the fallen clown king for extra damage. Kendo stick strikes followed, and Serpentico punctuated them with a jab to Chuckles’ gut. Chuckles flailed to fight back, but Serpentico dropped him with a handspring cutter. Serpentico drove the edge of a chair into Chuckles’ crotch, then hit that chair with another chair. Serpentico dumped Chuckles into the coffin and stood over him, but Chuckles reached up like Sissy Spacek in “Carrie” and clutched the Puerto Rican’s crotch. Chuckles shouted, “You sick Chuck,” then repeatedly smacked a chair propped on Serpentico’s groin with his kendo stick. He caught Serpentico in a sidewalk slam onto his own coffin in the ring. The crowd chanted, “Chuck him up” as he propped the coffin in the corner. Serpentico rallied and hit a swanton. Chuckles rolled into the official coffin, and Serpentico followed. The two brawled until Serpentico throttled the clown and screamed “Die” with his eyes wide. Chuckles clutched Serpentico’s head, got him back in the ring and backdropped him through the lid of the coffin in the corner. Chuckles went to give a Death Valley driver into the official coffin, but Serpentico countered. The two teetered on the edge until Chuckles lifted Serpentico into a powerbomb into the coffin still in the ring, then immediately into a follow-up sit-out powerbomb. Chuckles tried to remove Serpentico’s mask on the apron. Serpentico threw a chair at Chuckles, which Chuckles caught. He then hit that chair into Chuckles’ head and the clown tumbled into the official coffin. Serpentico climbed to the top turnbuckle and hit a leg drop into the coffin before slamming the apparatus shut for the win. A crew outfitted in Serpentico masks marched to ringside to serve as pallbearers as Serpentico celebrated.
(Stoup analysis: This felt like a mismatch to me on paper, but between Serpentico’s signature chair spots, Chuckles’ disturbing antics, and creative use of the coffins, it more than earned its second-to-the-top billing.)
6) Troy Hollywood pinned Snoop Strikes (with Sawyer Wreck) to retain the Mayhem on Mills Championship. Strikes snatched the title belt and celebrated with it before the match began, then disrespectfully dropped it at Hollywood’s feet. He started the action with a sudden sunset flip powerbomb for a close two. Hollywood countered a frog splash with his knees, then hit a huge gut check for a close two of his own. The two traded rights, and one of Strikes’ strikes tore Hollywood’s chain from his neck. Wreck nursed Strikes on the apron with a bottle of water. Strikes hurled Hollywood over his shoulder but Hollywood landed on his feet, then ran into a stunner. As Hollywood revived, Strikes found a sunset roll for two. Hollywood did the five-knuckle shuffle, complete with “You can’t see me” taunt, for two. Strikes hit a backstabber in the corner for two. He climbed to the top turnbuckle but Hollywood sent him flying to the outside with a high knee. As he revived, Hollywood punted him back down from the apron. Strikes threw Hollywood into the crowd, causing fans to soak themselves with their own drinks. The two fought to Jason Cade’s merch table where Hollywood put Strikes through some folded chairs. The two fought back to ringside where they countered piledriver attempts back and forth after Hollywood shouted “rest in peace.” Wreck interfered with a chokeslam on Hollywood, and Strikes hit a frog splash for a near fall that felt like three. Hollywood inadvertently superkicked Wreck in the face, then Strikes inadvertently kicked her in the midsection. The sun setting dramatically behind her, Wreck grabbed both men by the throat for a double chokeslam and a massive pop, then left them both laying. Strikes went for a pin but Hollywood got his foot on the rope. Strikes picked up the belt and struck Hollywood with it. Hollywood eventually recovered and threw a chair into Strikes’ head. Hollywood hit a final gut check for the win. A fan poured beer in Hollywood’s mouth as he celebrated. Hollywood offered a handshake, but Strikes refused with a middle finger and threw a fit as he made for the exit. Hollywood took the mic and said, “You may be one hell of a wrestler but you need to get that stick out of your ass.” He encouraged everyone to raise their middle fingers and say, “F— Snoop Strikes!” He enthusiastically high-fived fans as the show ended. Trish Adora had previously been involved in the Hollywood/Strikes feud, and was advertised for this event but did not appear.
(Stoup analysis: In what may have been foolish considering Strikes’ ever-growing presence on MLW Fusion, I selfishly had the perpetual show stealer pegged to nab the title here. That both Hollywood and Wreck were put over speaks to the loyalty those wrestlers and the brand appear to have to one another. Wreck is a consistent standout at every Mayhem on Mills show I’ve attended, and I would love to see her one-on-one with Hollywood for the title in the near future. Judging from the reaction her double chokeslam received, I’m not alone.)
Chuck Steak announced the next Mayhem on Mills event for December 15th at the cross-street Orange Studio. Treehouse Lee was spotted near the venue exit, and said he’d be wrestling at the next show. Burning Itch played a live post-show set as fans mingled.
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Tom Stoup co-hosts the “PWT Talks NXT” Dailycast and reports on NXT TV from inside the Full Sail Live studio. Follow @TomStoup on Twitter.