30 in 30 Reborn: Mecca Pro Wrestling’s Channel

by Daniel Johnson

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The full Mecca Pro Wrestling (MPW) YouTube channel can be found here.

Here are the facts about MPWs Youtube channel:

Number of videos: 34

Frequency new videos are added: No new videos have been uploaded since March 2013. Uploads were never that frequent, coming on average a little over once a month.

Frequency full shows are added: No full shows have been added and it is doubtful any ever will. MPW has an active Facebook page, but I’d expect a new YouTube channel for MPW before I’d expect new uploads to be made.

Total views of the most popular video: 547

MPW is a promotion formed in 2010 and currently operating out of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. The channel mostly features match clips though three full matches are offered. Smaller name talent is primarily featured with names like The American Barbarian, Joey Valentyne and “The Rage” Randy Berry being some names to look out for. Speaking of Berry he has a segment with by far the biggest name featured on the channel, Rick Martel. It is just a shame that the footage looks like it was shot on a handheld camera from 1995 and has audio that sounds like screaming from an Aphex Twin video. However, YouTube channels should not be judged by one video alone as long as they have more content. The production quality is all over the place on this channel with videos like their DVD trailers being surprisingly cinematic. The full matches don’t have commentary, are quite dark and the video quality leaves room for improvement. It is pretty much just the raw footage shot out of one camera with no onscreen graphics.

A recommended clip:

The American Barbarian vs. Joey Valentyne

If you’re looking for a convoluted independent wrestling clip then here you go! Outside of the core action I’m afraid to explain too much of the happenings. I mean for goodness sakes MPW’s authority figure comes out to “Walk” by Pantera so if I get something wrong he and fellow Pantera enthusiast Rob Van Dam may come and put a beating on me. As this commissioner type would say, “Deal with that, jack!”

At any rate The American Barbarian holds the MPW Championship in this clip where he defends it against heel Joey Valentyne. With a big chain in hand and spouting a “huss” sound a fun game would be to pick out how many hosses Barbarian steals from/pays homage to. Bruiser Brody is the biggest one, but then again any heel worth their salt knows enough to steal/pay homage to him so you can’t hold that against this dude.

Valentyne’s cronies are ordered to leave the ring before the action starts. So being all alone Valentyne tries to gain control of this one by ramming Barbarian’s head into a turnbuckle, but being a barbarian and all the American no sells it. Instead Valentyne takes charge by tackling Barbarian’s legs and putting a hurting on him that way. Before long there is a referee bump and Valentyne’s cronies come back. Another referee replaces the badass commissioner (who is so badass he declared himself the ref too). However, while Valentyne has cheated to get a victory even the replacement referee won’t count for him. After this my mind started to overheat from trying to follow everything else going on. Well, at least the American, being a barbarian and all keeps his part simple and ends the bout with a powerbomb variation.



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