30 in 30 Reborn: Ericules Wrestling Promotions’ Channel

by Daniel Johnson

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The full Ericules Wrestling Promotions’ (EWP) YouTube channel can be found here.

Here are the facts about EWPs Youtube channel:

Number of videos: 41

Frequency new videos are added: The channel was very active from October 2010 to February 2011 adding around 10 videos each month. However, since then not a single video has been added.

Frequency full shows are added: No full shows have been added and given that EWP doesn’t even appear to be a thing anymore it is extremely doubtful any will.

Total views of the most popular video: 38,842

Based out of Morristown in east Tennessee, EWP ran shows from as early as 2008 to as late as 2011. This channel almost exclusively consists of full matches run out of the National Guard Armory in Morristown. At the group’s peak they ran two shows each month out of this venue. These days little survives of EWP online aside from their official website, which has long ceased to be updated, and the odd live show report. The EWP roster ranged from old school type heels like Shawn Shultz to whacky characters like “The Bean Station Sensation” Ericules who presumably ran the promotion. After all the non-EWP commercial featured on their channel has his face all over it. Speaking of their local talent, “The King of Kingsport” Beau James may have the greatest wrestling promo pic of all time. In addition to these performers the channel also featured some wider known wrestlers like The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton and Tommy Mercer aka TNA’s Crimson. The video quality for the channel is great with clear picture, good lighting, match graphics and commentary.

A recommended clip:

“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton vs. Shawn Shultz

This clip opens with “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton backstage cutting a promo on Shawn Shultz when Shultz and manager, Tony Lucassio see fit to interrupt him. Shultz puts Eaton over for his match against Ric Flair way back at WCW Clash of the Champions XV: Knocksville USA in the early 1990s, but then puts himself over. Before that segment ends Tommy Mercer tells Eaton he has his back.

Lucassio tries to put his hands on Eaton before the match even starts, but then Eaton starts serving out some strikes. Shultz fights back and when Eaton is on the ropes, Lucassio chokes him behind the referee’s back. Typical Professional Wrestling 101 stuff here. Eaton was well into his fifties when this encounter took place so the big spot of the match is Eaton Irish whipping Shultz and hitting him with a back elbow. Luccasio distracts the referee and Eaton to save his boy allowing Shultz to reach into his tights for some knucks. Shultz decks Eaton and gets the pin. After this Shultz continues the onslaught by hitting and choking Eaton leading Mercer to come out. Mercer then grabs Shultz in a chokeslam position, but gets distracted by the manager. Luccasio gets grabbed instead, but Mercer just lets him go. Well, that ending wasn’t very satisfying.



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