Last night, I attended my very first Beyond Wrestling show in Providence with my friend Gladys. The event promised to be a great time, and going by reports I'd seen from Dot Net Staffer Zim (who I had the privilege to meet yesterday) and from Gladys' firsthand accounts, I knew I was in for a great time. I had no idea.
Before the show, we mingled with the fans and a few of the wrestlers. Some of them have been guests on the podcast Gladys and I cohost with our mutual friend Jaycee, called the Squared Circle Cafe. It was very cool to meet some of the people I've talked to on BlogTalkRadio.
1. John Silver beat Stockade, Buxx Belmar, and Latin Dragon in a four-way. All four worked hard, but I find the Buxx Belmar gimmick to be extremely disgusting. I am glad I didn't opt to go to concessions right when I arrived, because I would have thrown up. Silver won via powerbomb, afterwards declaring himself to be the "King of the Four Way."
2. Kevin Steen vs. Biff Busick ended in a no-contest. This ended pretty quickly as the Young Bucks ran out to put the boots to Biff before Team Tremendous ran out for the save. This set up a logical change for the main event to a six man. I want logic in my wrestling, and this made sense.
3. Kimber Lee defeated Drew Gulak. Both of them were awesome. I thought this was the second best of the night overall. Kimber Lee beat Drew and afterward Drew put Lee over as a great worker, which was absolutely accurate. Drew had dominated much of it, though.
4. Aaron Epic pinned Dave Cole. This started with a conga line! As I wrote on my twitter feed, "I went to a wrestling match and a freaking conga line broke out!" Team Epic won when Aaron Epic stole the pin from Sugar Dunkerton. Wild match.
5. Tommaso Ciampa pinned Jaka. This fight was all over the place, including toward us near the Beyond DVD table. I was ready to bolt, although this would not be the first time of the night I would find myself close to the action. Ciampa won via Project Ciampa.
6. Juicy Product (JT Dunn and David Starr) over The Colony (Fire Ant and Green Ant). This was great, and I really enjoyed the ring announcer introducing the match as the "F***ing Tag Team Match"! Juicy Product won when Dunn hit the rolling elbow on Fire Ant. After the match, Dunn said that he had unfinished business with Chris Hero and was challenging him for Beyond's return to Fete June 22nd.
Intermission. This was a good chance to catch our breath, although I was worrying about time at this point because Gladys (like me) does not drive, so we were using public transportation and the last bus is at 8 PM. As the intermission ended, the Crusade for Change (who definitely live their gimmick, as I saw them treating several fans rather crudely) came out. They ran down Beyond for the show being called "Unbreakable" after Michael Elgin and demanded competition.
7. Crusade for Change (TJ Marconi and Darius Carter) beat Tabarnak De Team (Mathieu St. Jacques and Thomas Dubois). Good choice for a second half opener. This ended with the Pop Up European Uppercut combo from Crusade for Change for the three. This was the second time I got kinda close to the action, as they brawled near the concessions just moments after I left!
8. Michael Elgin pinned Mike Bennett. A brutal beatdown. Elgin won with the Elgin Bomb. Denver Colorado then entered the ring and gave Elgin both his and Bennett's pay for the night. Yes, this is a thing. He also presented Elgin with a painting which was a nice touch. "Dirty Daddy" Chris Dickinson then came out, cut a promo on Elgin and challenged him to fight. Elgin wanted to do it right there, but Denver Colorado stepped in and said no. He booked it for the July 27 Beyond show at Fete instead.
9. Mount Rushmore (Kevin Steen, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson) beat Team Tremendous (Dan Barry and Bill Carr) and Biff Busick. We had to leave during this match because of the transit issues. Steen and the Bucks won when Steen hit the Package Piledriver on Dan Barry followed by the Indytaker from the Bucks. Afterwards, the Bucks ran down the Juicy Product, who ran down and hit simultaneous superkicks on the Bucks. A challenge has been issued by Juicy Product for the July show.
Overall, I had a lot of fun, and I only wish transit would've permitted me to stay a little longer. Beyond is the most interactive promotion I have ever come across, which makes it a lot of fun.