30 in 30 Reborn: BCW’s Old Channel

by Daniel Johnson


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The full Brew City Wrestling (BCW) YouTube channel can be found here.

Here are the facts about BCW’s Youtube channel:

Number of videos: 53 with an additional 24 on promoter Frank DeFalco’s channel. There are 77 videos in total.

Frequency new videos are added: The channel has not been updated for almost a year and a half, but at the channel’s peak a new upload was made about once every two weeks.

Frequency full shows are added: No full shows have been added and given that the last clip was uploaded in March 2013 it is unlikely any full shows will be added.

Total views of the most popular video: 841

BCW opened it’s doors in Wisconsin nearly 10 years ago in 2005. The promotion has active Facebook and Twitter pages, but their YouTube channel died for all intents and purposes in March 2013. The channel only features one match, which has pretty good production quality actually. The match is filmed with only one camera, but has clear picture, good lighting and commentary. Other than that the channel consists exclusively of short bits and promos mostly done in front of plain white walls as backdrops. Some major independent stars appear on BCW’s YouTube channel including Kevin Steen, Steve Corino and Mickie Knuckles. That being said all they do is cut promos in front of plain white walls. The promotion did have more video content elsewhere at one time through the now defunct Justin.tv. It is kind of a shame more BCW content doesn’t pop up in a centralized location. On a hopeful note a BCW video was recently added to this Vimeo account and promoter Frank DeFalco also occasional adds short BCW clips to this YouTube channel.

A recommended clip:

Shank Barzini vs. Oliver Cain

The venue for this match might be modest, but the crowd is red hot for this BCW match fought for the ZERO 1 USA Midwest X Division Championship. Champion Oliver Cain put his title on the line against the larger, but also agile, Shank Barzini.

Despite wrestling for ZERO 1 USA and being an X division wrestler, Cain often works a more grounded style and as such the beginning of this bout is not surprising when Cain wrestles Barzini down. Actually, for a while the two have a technical showcase going on until Barzini challenges Cain to knock him down. Cain hits two running shoulders, but since those are ineffective he runs off the ropes again and topples Barzini with a leaping shoulder block.

You’ll have to ask Barzini how hard Cain’s strikes are, but the most important quality is that they look hard. Later on in middle of a series of strikes Cain hits what sounds like a devastating kick and the commentators sell it beautifully by saying they could feel the vibration of it.

The match closes with a screwy finish when Cain goes for a crossbody and Barzini catches him, puts him in an airplane spin and bumps the ref. From there Cain has the match won on two occasions, but when the ref awakens he counts for Barzini. However, this decision must have been overturned at a later date because Shank Barzini doesn’t appear anywhere in the title lineage. That doesn’t stop Cain from taking Barzini’s hat and rubbing it on his crotch to end the clip.

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