25 and Under: Alexander Hammerstone Debuts at WCWC Against Former WWE Superstar Gangrel

by Daniel Johnson

Alexander Hammerstone vs. Gangrel

Alexander Hammerstone gets introduced by the fiendish Morty Lipschitz in this match for the West Coast Wrestling Connection (WCWC) at an event in the Houck Middle School in Salem, Oregon. Alexander’s gimmick is that of an arrogant young man, who even sometimes just goes by the singular name, Hammerstone. Kind of like Cher, but with a penis (presumably).

Hammerstone cuts a promo before the match where he says former WWE superstar Gangrel, his opponent for the night, used to be something special, but now, “He’s just ordinary.” Gangrel then comes out to a hip hop version of his Attitude Era theme from WWF, The Music Vol. 3 and it is on! Although Hammerstone attacks Gangrel from behind, Gangrel controls most of the beginning of the match. Another former WWE wrestler, Matt Striker is on commentary for the bout and heels it up, but gives Gangrel his props saying, “Gangrel beat my tail all over this building.” WCWC must be handing out some serious cash to get all these ex-WWE guys.

In any event Hammerstone takes charge with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex then a clothesline followed by a boot and some choking. When the match spills outside of the ring Hammerstone clotheslines Gangrel to the unmatted floor. Good thing Hammerstone isn’t the stiffest worker. If another young lion like Kazuki Hashimoto hit that move, Gangrel might have been broken in two (evidence).

As the bout comes to a close Gangrel makes a comeback, but Striker just can’t sit back and be happy for his fellow WWE alumnus. Striker runs to the ring with a chair, which distracts Gangrel long enough for Hammerstone to schoolboy the big vampire for a three count.

To see the full results from this WCWC show click here.

For more exciting encounters from the 25 and Under series click here and here.

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WCW Breaking News 7/24/14

by Daniel Johnson

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*Contrary to online rumors Bill Goldberg no showing his WCW main event match with Chuck Palumbo on this week’s WCW Tuesday Nitro is not a dig at WWE for CM Punk recently leaving the company. Goldberg’s morale has said to be in decline since the company briefly shifted focus away from Goldberg and onto Tokyo Magnum. Despite Goldberg’s previously reported masterful politicking that saw him squash Magnum in the main event of WCW Backstage Assault 2013 to such an extent Magnum needed to be repackaged, the master of the jackhammer has been increasingly difficult to work with.

*Speaking of CM Punk, WCW’s attempts to hire the free agent have been less than fruitful. Sources say that when WCW head of talent relations Kevin Nash called the former WWE Champion directly Punk simply responded, “Because the last time we worked together went so well.” Although Nash has praised Punk for his walkout, the WCW brass is pulling out all the stops to get Punk under contract. Two of Punk’s more well known friends, Colt Cabana and Cliff Compton are rumored to have been offered six figure deals to sweeten the pot.

*Tokyo Magnum’s repackaging as Burn, which debuted this past Tuesday is said to be the brainchild of Tony Schiavone. Schiavone has been lobbying hard to get the WCW higher ups to make him the new head booker following Vince Russo‘s departure from the company. Since WCW’s former poster boy, Sting has left the company to sign with WWE and may even wrestle a match for WCW’s legendary rival, WCW executives are all about damage control. Burn, made up in red face paint will have no kayfabe connection to Tokyo Magnum and Magnum’s past with the company will not be acknowledged. Burn will be promoted as a younger, more capable version of the past his prime Sting. To quote Schiavone, “That’ll put butts in the seat.”

* With the debut of wrestler Bobby Lashley for MMA company Bellator being heavily hyped, WCW is keen to make their own mark on MMA. Sources say Australian fighter Sam Greco, who has worked with WCW in the past was approached about having an extended run in WCW. Negotiations fell apart when WCW would not budge on one condition of signing Greco, which was that Greco would have to compete in an MMA fight in a yet to be determined MMA company. Since Greco is now 47 years-old and has not competed in an MMA bout in nearly a decade it is tough to argue with him. Rumors that WCW will next approach Bob Sapp with a similar offer are unconfirmed.

*Adolfo Tapia aka La Parka aka LA Park aka the wildly successful Pinkie Parker (based on the television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) will not be returning to WCW.  At least not in the immediate future. Bronies everywhere are reportedly dismayed even though Tapia himself is not a brony. Sources say Tapia was made an attractive offer, which would include him heading a comedy stable called the Pinkie World Order (PWO) based on the decades’ old stable the New World Order (NWO). Someone behind the scenes is apparently really into having a comedy stable invade WCW because rumors are flying that plans for a Wrestling Society X (WSX) stable, which as previously reported were nixed in 2012 have recently been revisited. With Fabian Kaelin no longer being an option for WCW to sign and MTV (where WSX previously aired) reportedly having no interest in working with WCW it is unknown how or if any plans will get any further than just small talk at WCW creative meetings.

*Scott Steiner will be at home doing himself an egg until further notice. The retired grappler’s commentary has touched a nerve with censors and his tirade during the Kimberly Page/Spice match, which resulted in a two minute long bleep is said to have been the final straw. Scott Steiner has a litigious history so it is unknown if he will file suit against WCW or if WCW will hand him another duty to squash any beef.

*WCW Bash at the Beach 2014 scheduled for this Sunday is shrouded in mystery. With the only two matches announced being Buff Bagwell taking on Sean O’Haire for the WCW United States Championship and a battle royal being held for the long vacated WCW World Television Championship anything could happen. Since it is very unlikely current WCW World Heavyweight Championship holder, Bill Goldberg will be on the card it is even possible a second battle royal for a vacant championship will be held. Let’s just hope Tank Abbott won’t be penciled in to win either.

Disclaimer: Unless you had a guitar broken over your head by Jeff Jarrett or were traumatically violated by the rhino of The Flock you should know that none of this actually happened. The real WCW was purchased in 2001 by the company that would become WWE.

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Old School Flashback: Cousin Bubba Battles Austin James for $500 at PWI

by Daniel Johnson

Cousin Bubba vs. Austin James

Cousin Bubba takes some verbal abuse in this clip from Pro Wrestling International (PWI) when heel Austin James mocks him for being a pig farmer and says he could beat him anywhere, anyplace. Bubba agrees to wrestle James the following week when James says he’ll put up $500, which Bubba will get unless James can beat Bubba in five minutes.

Unlike some other clips I’ve posted from the Indianapolis, Indiana based PWI this clip does not feature commentary by “The Real Deal” RD Reynolds aka the man later behind Wrestlecrap. On the plus side the clip includes the PWI Championship Wrestling intro which looks to be straight out of 1983 despite being produced in 1995. Perhaps with mainstream wrestling in the gutter at the time, producer R. Jeffrey Smith was going for a retro look to remind folks of wrestling’s heyday.

At any rate Dave Yearwood calls the action alongside James’ own kin, Dallas James. Despite having one of his “relatives” call the match James gets no love on commentary. With good reason too! In the shortest five minutes that have ever taken place (around three minutes and 45 seconds unless the match was going on at the same time as that eightiestastic intro) James just cannot put Bubba away. To James’ discredit the moves he tries to put Bubba away with only range from a punch to a schoolyard push to a very slow “running” stomp. Bubba makes it to five minutes and gets a third of a month’s rent for a Manhattan apartment. Perhaps with money in the bank Bubba, 1987′s first winner up of the Uncle Elmer lookalike contest, then let the pigs run free for a few days.

For more old school PWI action click here and here.

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25 and Under: Josh Shooter Gets His Stink on RCW

by Daniel Johnson

Josh Shooter vs. Luke Santamaria

The phrase breakneck speed gets thrown around a lot, but it would be tough to accurately describe this match from Riot City Wrestling (RCW) in Australia any other way. Josh Shooter, still a teenager when this bout took place, starts his offense by kicking Luke Santamaria in the gut then following it up with some strikes. Within a minute Luke has hit Shooter with a headscissors’ attack, forced him into a handshake of all things then dropkicked Shooter out of the ring after Shooter got tangled in the ropes.

Shooter eventually really heels it up when he slows down the pace of the match with a run of the mill slam and a bit later a suplex. However, Shooter really shows what a bad guy he can be when he locks Santamaria in a submission then reaches in the back of his trunks for several seconds. Shooter gears up for the dreaded stink palm, which is exactly what it sounds like. Rather than get his palm in Santamaria’s face, Santamaria knocks the stink palm in Shooter’s face instead. From there Santamaria tries to win the match in three very different ways. Santamaria hits Shooter with a big splash then clamps on a guillotine and finally finishes him off with an ace crusher.

Since this match took place Shooter has traveled outside of his native Australia and worked for Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW). More recently in 2014 he has been working for Melbourne City Wrestling (MCW) where he has wrestled since 2012. There he recently had a best of three series with another young Australian talent named JXT. As Shooter’s match with Santamaria shows, he has a knack (some would say a curse) for making the man he loses to look really good so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that JXT won that series.

For more in the 25 and Under series featuring Australian talent click here and here.

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WSU: Brittany Blake Graduates and Wrestles Nevaeh

by Daniel Johnson

Brittany Blake vs. Nevaeh

Ten days ago Women Superstars Uncensored (WSU) held WSU United. The event featured LuFisto retaining the WSU Championship against Mickie Knuckles and The Juicy Product, “The Juice” JT Dunn and “The Product” David Starr infamously winning the WSU Tag Team Championship. A more low key match on the card was recent CZW Academy graduate, Brittany Blake taking on WSU veteran Nevaeh.

Before the match Blake cuts a promo saying how so many people doubted her after breaking her leg, but the same day WSU United took place was the same day she graduated from the CZW Academy. Blake starts the match by going to the top rope and surprising Nevaeh with a dropkick. From there Blake lands some strikes to Nevaeh’s face, but then gets caught with a roaring elbow. While in control Nevaeh hits a slam, belly-to-back suplex and a snap suplex in rapid succession. Blake shows some fighting spirit by continuing to hit strikes until the bitter end, which comes when Nevaeh catches Blake coming off the ropes and plants her with a tombstone piledriver. After the match WSU Spirit Championship holder Niya comes in and attacks both women. At this rate Niya will soon be feuding with the entirety of the WSU locker room.

For the full results of WSU United click here.

For more WSU action click here and here.

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25 and Under: “The Fat Daddy” Mack Williams at FWF

by Daniel Johnson

“The Fat Daddy” Mack Williams vs. Lumberjack Monroe

There is no getting around that hefty wrestlers who can work like John Tenta, Bam Bam Bigelow and Vader are getting rarer and rarer as I’ve written about before. So when I first read about an indie wrestler named “The Fat Daddy” Mack Williams wrestling for the Funkafied Wrestling Federation (FWF) based out of Delaware I was intrigued.

Then  I found out Williams wasn’t a hair over 200 lbs and had a white rapper gimmick. At first I was tempted to claim false advertising. After all shouldn’t he at least spell fat as “phat” if he’s going to promote himself that way. Then I found this promo on his YouTube channel. He describes himself as a chubby chaser so I guess weight does play into his gimmick even if he’s pretty slim himself. Actually, Williams may be a little bit more than just a chubby chaser in the traditional sense because pretty much all of his opponents on his YouTube channel are bulky.

As for Williams’ encounter with Lumberjack Monroe it is not the prettiest match ever. It gets tough to suspend disbelief with spots like Williams throwing two dropkicks that barely graze Monroe and Monroe still selling them. However, any time you have a chubby chasing white rapper wrestling a lumberjack you’re bound to have some fun. For the finish Monroe catches a super kick from Williams, gives him a belly-to-belly suplex and beats him with a big splash! That will teach Williams to pick on fat people!

For more in the 25 and Under series featuring slim wrestlers click here and here.

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CZW Dojo Wars: Connor Claxton Has a Rematch with Frankie Pickard

by Daniel Johnson

Connor Claxton vs. Frankie Pickard

At Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) about a month ago CZW Dojo Wars 3 took place. Connor Claxton and Frankie Pickard aka Frankie James wrestled on the very first match of CZW Dojo Wars 1 and since then have continued to wrestle in the opening match of all CZW Dojo Wars including at CZW Dojo Wars 3. The two are creating a nice little rivalry to distinguish themselves from other CZW talent and it will be interesting to see how each man rises up the ranks.

Claxton gains control of the match early on by scooping Pickard’s leg. From there Claxton applies an armbar. Claxton goes on to work Pickard’s arm throughout the remainder of the match. Pickard doesn’t take this lying down and at one point even imitates Bob Backlund by attempting a crossface chicken wing. Although Pickard hits the same beautiful overhead belly-to-belly suplex he put Claxton away with in their first CZW Dojo Wars encounter this time Claxton kicks out at two. Claxton then takes Pickard down from a fireman’s carry position and goes back to the same armbar he started the match with. This time Pickard taps in short order and Claxton gets the win. DJ Hyde and Drew Gulak must be pleased with these two.

For the full results of CZW Dojo Wars 3 click here.

To watch Claxton and Pickard’s first match for CZW Dojo Wars click here. For some older CZW action click here.

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UWC: Preacher Finneus James Wrestles a Former ECW Mainstay

by Daniel Johnson

Preacher Finneus James vs. Nunzio

Preacher Finneus James has been having a busy 2014. Earlier this month he wrestled for Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), making his CZW Dojo Wars debut at CZW Dojo Wars 4. Aside from that, matches keep popping up on his calendar including this one against ECW veteran Little Guido aka Nunzio (in the WWE and beyond) for United Wrestling Coalition (UWC) based in New Jersey.

This match is full of shenanigans because while Nunzio comes out with UWC’s resident harmless goofball, Silly Billy, James is accompanied by his devious valet, Arlene. For such a short match the two also put in a good amount of mat wrestling. Yet, for all that wrestling Nunzio ends up slapping James repeatedly in the back of the head like they were in a schoolyard fight. Aside from using his valet to cheat James has a meat and potatoes move set in this outing. He gets a series of two counts with moves like a crossbody, a forearm and a kick to the head. Nunzio on the other hand pulls out some less traditional moves like a Rocker dropper from the second rope.

The finish comes down to James heeling it up and arrogantly covering Nunzio, which backfires on him allowing Nunzio to win with a crucifix.

For the full results of CZW Dojo Wars 4 where Preacher Finneaus James made his CZW Dojo Wars debut click here.

For more action featuring classic ECW talent click here and here.

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25 and Under: The Sebastian Radclaw Show

by Daniel Johnson

Sebastian Radclaw vs. Tyler Hawke

Sebastian Radclaw is not just a wrestlers, he’s also a reality TV star…and by reality TV star I mean he has his own hidden camera show on YouTube. As the above clip demonstrates Radclaw is a lovable goof of a wrestler. As such it should come as no surprise that in his reality show he’ll pester strangers by asking them for thing like their phone number, to go sailing with him and to give him “a slice of that ass.”

As for Radclaw as an in-ring performer he’s quite charismatic and agile. In the above match he works for Pro Wrestling Pride (PWP) in his native United Kingdom. Unfortunately for Radclaw his opponent, Taylor Hawke is not alone and has his partner in crime, Calum Cain on the outside. It soon turns into a numbers game as Cain trips Hawke and then later goes on to take cheap shots throughout the bout. Heck at one point Cain even locks a camel clutch on Radclaw outside of the ring. Although Radclaw climbs to the top rope at one point and hits Hawke and Cain then nearly wins it all with a DDT, ultimately Radclaw taps to a Boston crab reminiscent of Chris Jericho’s lion tamer in WCW.

To paraphrase The Shawshank Redemption, after the match I wish I could tell you that Sebastian fought the good fight, and Hawke/Cain let him be. I wish I could tell you that, but PWP is no fairy-tale world. On the plus side Radclaw recently got his own page on cagematch.net, so he has got that going for him!

For more in the 25 and Under series featuring some more lovable goofs click here and here.

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EPW: John Wayne Murdoch Wrestles Josh Crow

by Daniel Johnson

John Wayne Murdoch vs. Josh Crow

This match from the Indiana based Evolution Pro Wrestling (EPW) took place just last month at EPW Up to the Task. The bout has an intimate setting with a small crowd, which leads to the heel, John Wayne Murdoch, getting heckled relentlessly, which really boosts the entertainment value of this clip.

Murdoch is a wrestler originally from Tennessee who like a more famous stocky southern wrestler, Dusty Rhodes has a unique pattern on his gut. Whereas Rhodes looked to have a big splotch of dried semen (evidence) , Murdoch has a far less disturbing three dots. Rather than focusing on dried semen too much in this post though, perhaps what is more important to note is how well Murdoch can work a crowd. Although early on Murdoch gets walloped by Josh Crow with moves like a hurricanrana, some arm drags and a stiff sounding soccer kick, Murdoch doesn’t let that get him down. Minutes later Murdoch is belittling the crowd with his boasts of, “I’m taking the time to tell you I’m the best. I’m the best. I am the best wrestler here.” Purposely repetitive for sure and the crowd eats it up right before Murdoch eats a suicide dive.

Then you have the heckling, which in conjunction with Murdoch’s heel work takes this bout to another level. Yes, for all the choking, hair pulling and other heel tactics pulled from Professional Wrestling 101, Murdoch gets called on it. Some of the standouts include, “You have hair, you should have empathy,” “You better count that pinfall you scoundrel ref,” and the hall of fame heckle, “You’re like The Grinch only your heart never grows. It’s just a shiny little cat turd in your chest.” Unfortunately, an attempt to start a “cat turd” chant is unsuccessful.

Murdoch is also surprisingly agile given his build, which he demonstrates at the end of the match by finishing Crow off with a sunset flip into a piledriver from the ropes.

Murdoch has been having a banner year as aside from EPW he also recently debuted for Beyond Wrestling. Most recently at the Beyond Wrestling Sleeper Cell Music City Taping (full results here) just days ago Murdoch wrestled a whopping three matches against Sugar Dunkerton, Mikey McFinnegan and Shank Barzini, respectively.

For the full results of EPW Up to the Task click here.

For some more action from Indiana click here and here.

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