by Daniel Johnson
The full Windy City Pro Wrestling (WCPW) YouTube channel can be found here.
Here are the facts about WCPW’s YouTube Channel:
Number of videos: 29
Frequency new videos are added: No new videos have been added in over two years.
Frequency full shows are added: The channel doesn’t really have any full shows. It does contain an online series called WCPW Web Aggression Resurrection, but this series only lasted three episodes and the last episode was uploaded three years ago.
Total views of the most popular video: 2,817.
Big independent wrestling fans may be familiar with WCPW as the place where a very young Paul Heyman got his start or as the promotion Chicago-based wrestlers wax nostalgic about on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling. Of course, in it’s glory years it was known only as Windy City Wrestling, but when you notice the WCW initials it is easy to figure out why they changed it. If you look at the channel for the first time knowing this and expect something great then you will be incredibly disappointed. However, if you look at it for what it is, the husk of an online presence of a dead independent company then you may be content. Some matches look like fan cam stuff as they are shot on a single camera and contain no commentary. WCPW Web Aggression Resurrection is a step up in production when compared to other clips on the channel, but even the non-Web Aggression Resurrection clips have some decent action in them.
A recommended clip:
Barry Ryte vs. Thunderfoot
Although this clip is over nine minutes long, the match itself is only about five. Barry Ryte is loudly announced as being from Chicago, Illinois so that makes him the de facto baby face. Yet, Thunderfoot in his full blown Native American character doesn’t really heel it up much. Don’t get me wrong the amount of chops and chop variations he uses throughout the match can get annoying, but the match is too brief for him to anger the audience that way. Oh well, heel Tatanka was painful enough so perhaps it is for the best.
Ryte is a small guy, but doesn’t do a whole heck of a lot of aerial maneuvers. Thunderfoot surprisingly gets in arguably the coolest move of the match when he bounces off the middle rope and spins around for a leg drop. Ryte manages a nifty move as when he turns a sunset flip from the top rope into a powebomb. Before the match ends you can hear some Native American war cries from the crowd. That’s an interesting form of heckling. For the finish Ryte gets on Thunderfoot’s shoulders from the top rope and rolls him up. The ending is a tad anti-climatic, but a match with more or less two faces can be tough to pull off.
Editor’s Note: This post has been modified slightly as it is one of the first three installments of the 30 in 30 series. I decided to move the 30 in 30 series to the smooth runs section instead of the wrestling clips section of The Johnson Transcript since each piece focuses on more than just a clip. Also, I added a pretty banner to the first three pieces of the series, which began to be used when the fourth piece was first posted. All the text of this piece has remained the same.
Categories: Smooth Runs