The Mania Of WrestleMania IV

Meaning to find a theme for this blog for awhile. I’ve done show reviews, DVD reviews, my own personal thoughts. But I like history in wrestling. I like looking back and telling a story of what could have been, breaking kayfabe of course.

What a perfect place to start than WrestleMania IV.

WrestleMania IV in 1988 could arguably go down as one of the worst WrestleManias of all time. It was over four hours long and a staggering 16 matches total. But their was an interesting story surrounding this event. Many stories intertwined.

Let’s backtrack a bit. Hulk Hogan entered 1988 as the WWF Champion.

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However, he was slated to take time off after being on top for four years and was going to star in “No Holds Barred.” By this time, they had turned “Macho Man” Randy Savage babyface and were grooming him for the WWF Intercontinental Title, which was being held by The Honky Tonk Man, and to be the top babyface in Hogan’s absence.

Hogan would drop the title, controversially, to Andre The Giant on a live edition of The Main Event that aired on NBC in prime time. It drew one of the largest TV audiences in WWF history, 33 million to be exact, even though promotional media already put out that WrestleMania IV would crown a new champion. And you can’t forget the great Hebner Twins angle that cost Hogan the title in the first place. Andre sold the title to “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, who even made a few “defenses” on house shows before WWF President Jack Tunney stripped him of the title because you just can’t buy titles. Unfortunately for DiBiase, those shows drew poorly with him “on top” so that didn’t help his case.

Vince McMahon had been building DiBiase to be the heir to Hogan’s throne, though, in his absence and win the title at WrestleMania IV in the tournament final. Instead, The Honky Tonk Man pulled a power play. He refused to drop the title to Savage and threatened to jump to Jim Crockett Promotions with the title if he was forced into doing the honors. Vince then went with an alternate plan, and that was to have Savage go over DiBiase in the WrestleMania IV final.

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The top graphic was the original bracketing. Savage and DiBiase could have met in the semi finals. Once Honky Tonk Man pulled his bullshit, they went with the second/bottom graphic that can be seen on the WWE Network for $9.99.

Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat later said that none of the wrestlers were told of their finishes or who was going over ahead of time and he was assuming he’d go over Greg “The Hammer” Valentine in the first round, since he was regulated to tag team wrestling by this point, and have a WrestleMania III rematch with Savage in the second round. That wasn’t the case, since Steamboat had given notice and was on his way out and jobbed to Valentine in just about five minutes.

So, we ended up with the great build up to the following year’s WrestleMania, which saw Hulk Hogan upend Randy Savage for his second WWF Title reign. DiBiase ended up getting the Million Dollar Belt as a consolation prize. And The Honky Tonk Man became the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time, before being squashed by The Ultimate Warrior at the first SummerSlam that August in Madison Square Garden. Of course, it’s not without some controversy here as WWF Magazine subscribers got the WrestleMania IV result a week before the PPV aired, spoiling who won it all.

Another story going into this event was Jim Crockett Promotions running their first Clash Of The Champions head to head with WrestleMania IV. For free on WTBS. The main event featured NWA World Champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair defending against relative newcomer, Sting. A match that would make Sting a star.

The Crockett’s weren’t happy with Vince’s powerplays. Vince forced cable companies to choose Survivor Series in November 1987 over Crockett’s Starrcade event, and they chose Vince since he was running the hot machine then. Vince then ran the first Royal Rumble in 1988 for free on the USA Network against the Bunkhouse Stampede PPV. So the Crockett’s retaliated with a free Clash Of Champions.

Clash was the better show that night, but media coverage was all for WrestleMania. Hell, even CNN ran a somewhat lengthy piece the next day on WrestleMania IV, with no mention of The Clash.

My favorite little tidbit from this night is that when Demolition won their first WWF World Tag Team Titles that night, Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard were losing their NWA World Tag Team Titles, who would then go on to end that very Demolition reign over one year later.

Randy Savage became an even bigger star after this night was over. He won four matches, walked out WWF Champion and had fantastic wardrobe changes, coordinating with Miss Elizabeth. Savage and DiBiase would go on to have better matches, as it really didn’t make sense to have a classic here because of all the outside the ring bullshit going on.

This was all done off the top of my head, so if I missed things, don’t shoot me. Just wanted to have some fun with this. Hopefully you learned something you never knew. Or just had fun going down memory lane again.

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Thanks for reading. Comments welcomed, topics encouraged. Would love to do more of these so if you have ideas, I’m here!

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FWE Presents “Matt & Nick’s Excellent FWE Adventure”

Family Wrestling Entertainemnt (FWE) decided to branch out with their DVD/blu ray releases and released a Young Bucks compilation entitled, “Matt & Nick’s Excellent FWE Adventure.”

I had the pleasure of catching a sneak peek of the documentary portion of the this set, which is a cool thing to watch. The opening includes a Young Bucks highlight package from the FWE ReFeuled weekend back in October, and has narration from Jigsaw, Joey Ryan and Tommy Dreamer, talking about The Young Bucks style and what they mean to FWE and the wrestling business.

Spliced into this is highlights of Tommy Dreamer vs. Drew Galloway from FWE ReFeuled night two, which was one hell of a war, as Galloway has a lot to prove since his days of being portrayed as a joke in WWE as Drew McIntyre. My favorite part of this footage is the locker room stuff involving Dreamer and Galloway, which is a cool thing to watch if you are a fan that has never peeked behind the curtain before. Galloway gets a little choked up talking about the opportunity FWE gave him that night to prove to everyone that he is the real deal.

We also get a great video package, including multiple camera angles, of the insane FWE ReFeuled night two main event TLC Match, which featured FWE Tag Team Champions Tony Nese & Jigsaw defending against The Addiction, Adrenaline Express and, of course, The Young Bucks. As great as the package was, make sure you go out of your way to watch the match in it’s entirety as it really is a great, insane ladder match.

This portion of the set ends with The Young Bucks backstage reflecting on the TLC Match. They talk about the business, where they are at and talk about real life as well. FWE executive Conrad joins in on the conversation and they all talk about the weekend as well as the future for The Young Bucks, who walked out of the weekend as the FWE Tag Team Champions. They definitely come off humbled by their position in the business and seem to enjoy every minute of it.

If you are a Young Bucks fan, why wouldn’t you go out of your way to get this? It’s $35 for the set, and you can get it on either DVD or blu ray format, same price for each, which is a hell of a bargain. Nine incredible matches, which include:

FWE Back 2 Brooklyn
* Petey Williams & The Young Bucks vs. Jay Lethal, Paul London & Brian Kendrick

FWE No Limits 2013
* The Young Bucks compete in a guantlet match
* The Young Bucks vs. Adrenaline Express

FWE Welcome to the Rumble 2
* The Young Bucks vs. Tony Nese & Jigsaw
* Welcome To The Rumble Match

FWE Grand Prix Round One
* The Young Bucks vs. Adrenaline Express vs. Bandido Jr & Trent?

FWE Grand Prix Final
* The Young Bucks, Jigsaw, Wes Draven, & Orange Cassidy vs. Adrenaline Express, Rhett Titus, Joey Ryan, & Candice LeRae

FWE ReFueled Night 1
* The Young Bucks vs. The Addiction

FWE ReFueled Night 2
TLC Match: FWE Tag Team Champions Tony Nese & Jigsaw vs. The Young Bucks vs. The Addiction vs. Adrenaline Express

How do you not get this?! I’ve seen them all and I can tell you they are great and well worth the price of the set. In addition, you get to see the Bucks do commentary on these matches! You get a great insight of what was going on in those particular moments.

Absolutely get this if you’ve ever wanted to break the fourth wall down and get some cool candid locker room footage that no other promotion will bring to you.

You can pick up this set at http://fwewrestling.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=215

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FWE Is For Real

Not many promotions in this country captivate my attention anymore. I do follow a lot of promotions via DVD but not many give me any desire to make me go out of my way, spending money on a ticket, gas and tolls.

Family Wrestling Entertainment (FWE) is one of those companies that I make it a priority to go live and enjoy. And it’s been like that for several years now. They bring a who’s who of professional wrestling and put on some of the best shows anywhere.

The guys behind the machine are Jordan Schneider, Conrad, Michael Law, and AJ Pan, who are four of the coolest guys I’ve ever met in wrestling. And they put a lot of hard work into the product and get a lot out of their investment.

They ran their first show just under four years ago in Brooklyn, NY. The main event was Charlie Haas vs. Shad Gaspard. They also had former Total Nonstop Action (TNA) World Champion Eric Young on the card. And they used a lot of local, solid talents to fill out the rest of that card, like The Midnight Sensations (Sam Shields & Chris Rockwell), Azrieal and Bruno Marciano.

They were creating a buzz and no one even knew what was in store.

I attended their third ever event, their debut in Manhattan at 3 Legged Dog Studios, which is right down the street from The World Trade Center. The location, to me, just seemed like it was a big deal. And there hadn’t been any independent promotions running in New York City, so I figured why not?

They brought in Charlie Haas again, along with his wife Miss Jackie, Jay Lethal, Eric Young, and Jillian Hall as the “names” to draw the crowd. I remember seeing former ROH owner Cary Silkin there, taking in a show and being in awe of what he was watching.

The buzz was getting bigger.

Their popularity was growing, so big they had to leave the intimate 3 Legged Dog Studios. Crowds grew and so did the big name stars that they were booking.

Now, it was like going to an all star game. You saw all the best wrestlers in the business not under contract to WWE or Ring Of Honor (ROH) competing for FWE. Matches you could only see in an FWE ring.

Now they were booking Tommy Dreamer, Rob Van Dam, John Hennigan (Morrison), The Young Bucks, Paul London & Brian Kendrick, Carlito, Matt Hardy, Colt Cabana, and loads more. And getting “indy darlings” like Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano, Joey Ryan, Candice LeRae, and Orange Cassidy. While mixing it in with lesser known, but damn good wrestlers, such as Bandido Jr, Sam Shields, Wes Draven, Jorge Santi, and Alex Reynolds.

FWE was creating a formula for success. And they’ve been airing their shows on iPPV, which is reaching fans all around the world! Their success is now taking them across the country. And even getting some press in TMZ!

2014 is not even over yet and FWE has 4 shows announced, not to say they don’t have anymore scheduled. On March 11, 2015, FWE flies across the country and runs their first show outside of New York state in sunny Hollywood, CA! And to top it all off, they announced the main event of that show as FWE Champion John Hennigan vs. AJ Styles in a 2/3 Falls Match, first time ever!

Independent promotions aren’t supposed to cross time zones, let alone state lines, right? FWE isn’t any local independent promotion. They are traveling the country and there’s no reason why you can’t be a part of the happening!

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2014 JCW J-Cup Tournment VOD Review

The good folks over at Jersey Championship Wrestling (JCW) have asked me to review the concept that put them on the map, the J-Cup Tournament, 2014 version. I obliged them because I was dying to see this show as I heard good stuff about it.

The J Cup first took place in 2000, which was won by Judas Young. Over the years, a who’s who of professional wrestling have competed in this tournament. Names such as “The World Warrior” Low Ki, “The Notorious 187” Homicide, The Amazing Red, “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush, “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson aka Daniel Bryan, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Jay Lethal, Trent Acid, and CM Punk have all come through this prestigious tournament.

As seen on his WWE Blu Ray, CM Punk fractured his skull in the 2002 tournament, a nice little factoid.

When JCW went on sabbatical, NWS took over the tournament in 2005, and JCW took it back this year.

This event took place on November 14, 2014 in Manville, NJ. Your commentators are former WWE commentator Matt Striker and former JCW Tag Team Champion Steve “Monsta” Mack.

JCW J Cup Quarter Final: JCW Extreme Champion Bandido Jr vs. “The Prince Of Queens” Brian Myers vs. Chris Sabin vs. The Grim Reefer

None of the titles are on the line in this tournament. The last singles tournament JCW held was won by Bandido Jr on September 13, 2013, where he won his current title. Brian Myers formally competed in WWE as Curt Hawkins and is looking to reboot his career, and here was one of his first steps. Chris Sabin recently held the TNA World Title and is also a former TNA X DIvision & Tag Team Champion. Reefer has been a mainstay of the northeast independent wrestling scene for over 10 years.

Match opened up with a fast sequence between Bandido and Sabin. This match was pretty quick, in action and in length, as Reefer then came in and hit a flurry of his offensive moveset before Myers caught him with a fall rack Rock Bottom to eliminate him from the match.

Just as fast as that happened, Sabin caught Myers with a springboard Tornado DDT to pin him and eliminate him from the match. It was now down to the original two. Bandido busted out some of his trademark dives, impressing the fans in attendance. However. Sabin’s veteran prowess kicked in and he pinned Bandido with All Hail Sabin to move onto the semi finals.

JCW J Cup Quarter Final: JCW Champion “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela vs. Lance Anoa’i vs. Jaka vs. “Too Hot” Steve Scott

Janela is fresh off of defeating QT Marshall for the JCW Heavyweight Title. Jaka was originally scheduled for this tournament, but was bumped off and replaced by TNA wrestler “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards, but when The Wolves cancelled this booking in favor of another, Jaka was brought back in.

Everyone gangs up on Jaka to start, which was smart since he was all power in this match. Lance, son of former WWE World Tag Team Champion Samu, uses his size and aerial dominance to try and take control of this match, but that was not to be as he was the first one eliminated, thanks to Jaka’s choke bomb.

Scott and Janela briefly work together, and rightfully so, to take down the powerful Jaka. Scott hits a Code Breaker, followed by a hard forearm smash from Janela and Scott hits a running knee strike on Jaka to get the pin.

With the match coming down to Scott and Janela, we see Scott’s Selfie gimmick come to life as he had Janela tied up in the ropes. That wouldn’t last long as they exchanged several brutal superkicks, but it was Janela that persevered and nailed Scott with a forearm smash followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb to get the win and advance to the semi finals.

JCW J Cup Quarter Final: Teddy Hart vs. Frightmare vs. Shane “Swerve” Strickland vs. Jigsaw

Teddy Hart was a last minute replacement for Davey Richards. Before the match, Teddy shakes hands with everyone, but once he gets to Jigsaw, Jigsaw refuses and instead kicks Teddy.

The match starts off fast paced as everyone is in there at once. Teddy wastes no time in hitting a moonsault, which he impressively hits on Jigsaw on the unprotected wooden floor. Teddy hits a flying DDT and manages to tweak his knee, which would be a factor, but seems to hit big moves using his knee, like several powerbomb lung blowers.

One of which he delivers to Jigsaw, which he uses to pin and eliminate him with. Teddy gets out of the ring to continue to sell his knee injury while Strickland and Frightmare do battle in the ring until Strickland catches Frightmare with a standing Spanish Fly to pin him.

Down to Strickland and Teddy, Teddy continues to hang out on the outside of the ring and Strickland patiently awaits him to come in. Teddy, selling the knee, hits one move during this whole deal and that was his hanging cradle DDT, in which he gets the pinfall with to advance to the next round.

JCW J Cup Quarter Final: Sabu vs. “The Dirty Daddy” Chris Dickinson vs. Lucky tHURTeen vs. Pinkie Sanchez

Sabu and Pinkie start the match by brawling all around ringside with Pinkie taking the brunt of the punishment. At one point, tHURTeen was standing on the top rope when Sabu threw a chair at his head, which caused tHURTeen to fall to the exposed wooden basketball floor and on top of unfolded steel chairs. I think the one thing I took away from this is that Sabu throws way too many chairs. With that said, tHURTeen was the first one eliminated when he fell prey to a flying Arabian Facebuster courtesy of Sabu. Sabu was soon gone, thanks to a running Razor’s Edge (Sorry, didn’t get the name of it) from Chris Dickinson. After his elimination, Sabu refused to leave ringside and nailed Dickinson & Pinkie with chairs. Dickinson didn’t back down as he went after Sabu outside the ring, finally chasing him off. Dickinson then finished off Pinkie with the running Razor’s Edge to advance to the semi final.

Sabu and JCW had a much publicized meltdown in JCW owner Ricky O’s post show assessment, so it’s safe to say we won’t see Sabu in a JCW ring anytime soon.

JCW J Cup Semi Final: “The Dirty Daddy” Chris Dickinson vs. Chris Sabin

No rest for Dickinson as he comes back out immediately for his semi final match against Sabin. Dickinson slowed down the pace in the early portion of the match, and relied on his power to overcome the speedy Sabin. Sabin switched that up as he tried to wear down the tired Dickinson with arm bars and headlocks. Sabin then sped things up as he went on to hit Dickinson with a series of moves, only for Dickinson to be one step ahead of him and shock Sabin with an inside cradle for the pin and to advance to the final.

JCW J Cup Semi Final: JCW Champion “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela vs. Shane “Swerve” Strickland

That’s right, not Teddy Hart like it was supposed to be. Teddy’s knee injury proved to be too much of a hindrance and bowed out. And since Strickland was the runner up, he takes Teddy’s spot. While Strickland tried to take to the air, Janela did a good job of keeping it grounded. Janela was on defense for a lot of the match, shades of rope-a-dope. Janela mounts a comeback which leads to a pretty cool trading sequence of kicks and forearms. Janela was then able to catch Strickland with a Blue Thunder Bomb to get the win and advance to the final.

Non Tournament Tag Team Match: The Garden State Gods vs. Nate Mustang & Justin Cono

The Gods are former Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW) Tag Team Champions Eric Corvis & Myke Quest. This was a filler match. The Gods got the win when they hit Mustang with a form of a cradle driver.

JCW J Cup Final: JCW Champion “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela vs. “The Dirty Daddy” Chris Dickinson

The first J Cup winner, Judas Young, stepped in Matt Striker’s place on commentary for this one, and that’s all I’ll say about that. They actually met in the final of the JCW Tag Team J Cup tournament back in March, when Janela & Rhett Titus defeated Dickinson & Aaron Epic to become the JCW Tag Team Champions. They previously had a singles match back in June when Dickinson pinned Janela.

They beat the hell out of each other. Chairs were eventually brought in, showing how bad these guys wanted to win this and join the elite list of names that have won this previously. Janela hit a pretty impressive Van Terminator on Dickinson at one point. They gave each other everything they had, and it was tough keeping the other one down. Dickinson hit his running Razor’s Edge, but Janela kicked out. Janela hit a trademark moonsault double stomp, but Dickinson kicked out. They fought each other on the top rope, both tried jockeying for position, but it was Dickinson that hit a powerful top rope powerbomb on Janela to finally get the pinfall and become the 13th winner of the JCW J Cup Tournament.

Fun show overall, I enjoyed it a lot. It clocks in a just under an hour and half. You can catch this show, as well as other, on demand at http://www.jerseychampionshipwrestling.com/#!video-on-demand/csxq . Make sure to LIKE JCW on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JCWprowrestling for information of the tons of shows they will be running in 2015.

The guys that do a lot of work behind the scenes don’t get much credit, but I’d like to give a lot of credit to the man behind the videography of JCW, Matt Owen. He puts in a lot of hard work setting up the show and does even more work in post production getting the videos up in a timely fashion.

Promoters, I can review your shows, too. Send me DVDs, let me peruse your on demand library, give me all access pass at your shows ;), and I’ll take a look at them on my blog.

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Rahway Indy Warz

Wars have waged for centuries, countries fighting for their independence. Armies defending their rights. Often seen as the last resort to end a conflict. It doesn’t end well. People get hurt, people die. More often than not, their is a resolution and a clear cut winner.

The United States fought England in a war for their independence, and won. The Allies came together to take down The Axis Powers in World War II, and succeeded.

Vince McMahon bought his competition and ended The Monday Night War when he completed his purchase of World Championship Wrestling.

Wait, that’s not a right comparison. Unless you ask those on the northeast independents, Rahway, NJ specifically, then it’s a real merciless war.

Pro Wrestling Syndicate (PWS) ran their first event in June 2007 in Garfield, NJ, boasting a show that had some great talent on it like Trent Acid, Alex Shelley, Samoa Joe, Abyss, and WWE Hall Of Famer Koko B. Ware.

Before moving into the Recreation Center in Rahway, NJ, PWS only ran 14 shows. They folded several times during that span. It become a joke on the northeast indys.

Then, PWS woke up. They had structure. They ran shows. Successful shows! A lot of shows! Not a worry in the world. The opened up a school in Rahway, a successful one. They had a short lived female division. They were drawing in the thousands. They even had their loyal fan base buy into a kickstarter so they can get local television, which they had already set for January anyway.

So why the insecurities?

Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW) ran their first show in the Rec Center in December 2003. Slowly but surely, attendance would rise, thanks in part to the budding feud between Homicide and Teddy Hart. I went to my first JAPW show in 2004, When Worlds Collide, to see Vader. What I ended up was seeing an array of talent that brought me back. Guys like Dan Maff, Jay Lethal, The Amazing Red, and Samoa Joe had me in awe. I was a fan.

Dark match that night was Kevin Matthews vs. Danny DeManto. #Foreshadowing

JAPW was hot, packing that building every month, except during the summer. Booking big name talent. The old saying was that you came for the legends but stayed for the homegrown talent. JAPW then started to sputter and lose it’s identity. Before you know it, they were gone. I thought for good. But I held out hope.

PWS unofficially “took over” The Rec Center, which was dormant since JAPW ceased full time operations in 2011, not counting spot shows since. JAPW owner Fat Frank even went on Facebook and gave PWS his blessing to take The Rec Center. All was right in the world.

Then Frank woke up.

He teased it for several years, the full time return, but Frank never went through with it. He decided earlier in 2014 that November 15 was going to be the big return date. And JAPW CFO Jeff Shapiro would not return to any other building than the building they put on the map: The Rahway Rec Center.

So now, it was on.

PWS had a hard time grasping this. They like being the only show in town, including bullying workers into choosing sides between them and another rival and longtime New Jersey indy staple, Jersey Championship Wrestling (JCW). Those that chose PWS were well compensated for making the “right” choice. But would lose out on working with different talent to learn from by picking a side in the war.

Pat Buck spent weeks on end on a podcast telling his listeners that JAPW was going to cancel. They didn’t. He felt disrespected that they wanted to run in the building JAPW established. His cronies would rant about it on social media, but have since deleted it, or just got buried in the other bullshit posts they’ve made.

I haven’t attended a PWS show in quite some time, but I do collect the DVDs. As a fan, I watch EVERYTHING. (Un)fortunately. They do have a good formula. Guys shit on PWS for using their students to sell tickets, but I don’t mind that. Making money is making money. They run a successful school, in which some of the tuition money is used to put back into the promotion, like for rings, entrance setup, lighting, among other things. But not the expensive talent.

That money comes from the vendors you see on the outer perimeter of The Rec Center each show. PWS gets them to overpay for the big name talent, in which PWS doesn’t take a hit, but the vendors don’t ever get a return on their investment. They end up losing money.

But PWS makes the money, so that’s what counts. Right?

I stopped attending their shows because I felt it was the same old thing. I like that they have a school, developed their students and have them in high profile matches on the card. Eric Tapout’s love of ridiculous gimmicks is such a turnoff though. And where else can they hone their craft?

The only way to get better in wrestling is to be paired up with someone that is better than you so you can learn. Students against students does what for them? Same old shit. There’s nothing lazier than booking Suicidal Six Ways every show while showcasing the same guys. For some reason, Matt Macintosh is constantly in these matches, and he’s better than 90% of the roster. Hell, might be the absolute best there.

I should mention Mario Bokara in that same breath, too, as this guy is one of the hardest working wrestlers I know and I’m glad he’s in the spot he’s in. I think JAPW dropped the ball on him big time several years ago and PWS is allowing him to shine.

Dan Maff is another wrestler I have enjoyed for the better part of 12 years. Unfortunately, he is a victim of this war. If there was one name that should have been on JAPW’s return show, it was him. Four time JAPW Champion, six time JAPW Tag Team Champion. Was the heart and soul of JAPW for years, even when he returned from sabbatical. He should have been a huge part of JAPW’s return, instead, he wasn’t.

I was glad to hear that PWS drew a respectable crowd seven days after JAPW’s return. It’s a healthy sign that indy wrestling in New Jersey can survive good, quality shows. It’s the underhanded tactics of PWS that bothers me, but it’s their business and they can do what they want.

It didn’t help matters when Frank proclaimed on November 15 in Rahway that JAPW was looking to take their building back. It sent PWS staff & workers in a frenzy in their facebook group, feeling disrespected by such an act.

War, in this case, is good. Healthy competition is good. Interest is up, talent is a lot more on their toes and it lowers the risk of being burned out by seeing the same wrestler constantly on all these shows. I don’t think I could handle seeing Kevin Matthews in the main event in PWS, JAPW and JCW, to be honest.

The bottom line is: Let them fight! Fuck it! It’s fun for the fans, we like the gossip and it keeps shitty workers from appearing in multiple promotions in Rahway.

 

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