Review - Extreme Reunion
Thanks very much to Tony from the Shining Wizards podcast for this review of Shane Douglas’s Extreme Reunion show, which took place on Saturday (April 28th). Be sure to check out his websites:
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Review of Extreme Reunion
Well, after enjoying some fine cheesesteaks at Steve’s Prince of Steaks in North Philly, Eddie and I made our way to the National Guard Armory. Waited on line for 40 minutes and took part in some funny chants (and the doors opened at 6:30), and then we found out our tickets that were supposed to be at will call weren’t there. After waiting another 30 minutes to work it out we got two tickets for GA for $40 and awesome seats about 7 rows back. So the ticket people did us right. On with the show!
Well, not yet. 7:45 and still waiting. Ugh, I hate this shit. Eddie and I are playing fat to skinny ratio with the crowd. I guess 80% fat. And there’s no audio. So we got to see the old ECW TV intro and a Shane Douglas promo with no sound. Ugh.
So the opening was BLKOUT vs two masked guys. They were awesome, even turning a blown spot into something amazing. Ruckus went for a top rope moonsault and got caught in a rollup by one of the masked guys. Solid little opener.
Two bald guys and an Asian guy came out and yelled a lot. But the meathead that tried to talk on the mic (which no one understood) got his ass handed to him by the other meathead, and the asian guy ran away. It stunk. No one heard a thing.
A bit with Joel Gertner really went nowhere.
FBI vs BWO. Inchworm Rodman is the third for BWO, and no Tracy Smothers. So it becomes 2 on 2 anyway.
Funny spots included thumb wrestling and an attack on the dance contest. That dumb bald idiot from the previous bit stopped Stevie from finishing and the FBI steals one. And then Stevie kicks Rodman. Blech ending.
Al Snow and CW Anderson up next. Both guys are rocking beer guts. Very slow going, a lot of playing to the crowd with head. Someone threw a torso in the ring which got some torso chants. They almost threw the kid out but a “let them stay” chant actually worked. Now it’s just methodical aka boring so a “use the torso” chant breaks out.
Did I mention someone brought an infant here? Man, things have changed.
Anyway, this shit is going on waaaaaaay too long at this point. Terrible.
In a time stalling moment that would make Matt proud, some hooker is in the ring doing a shitty striptease.
In a great moment to make Matt proud, some Asian chick in the crowd showed her how it’s really done, showing some lovely tits not 20 feet from us.
Pukey vs Axl up now. They both bladed in full view of the crowd but it was the usual ECW through the crowd brawl. Axl wins with a ddt, and they hug it out in the end. It was short and inoffensive, well, not totally, but it was fine.
Intermission? It’s 9:37! Fuck me.
It’s 9:58. 20 minutes, my ass.
10:05. DJ Hyde hyped up TOD and Havoc/Gulak. Nice. I start a Gulak chant, and some fans shit on me. They called Gulak a dork. Ha.
Angel from Da Baldies vs the Gangstas 2 on 1 for a bit (oh and I forgot to mention Angel had his blade taped to his pinky in full view, even being 7-8 rows back it was totally noticeable) until BLKOUT came out and laid out the Gangstas. Impressive that the Gangstas sold for the guys, but man the crowd is shitting on this. They even stopped Natural Born Killers about 40 seconds into it. A “refund” and “fuck Shane Douglas” chant breaks out. The crowd really is starting to turn on the show at this point.
Raven vs Gary Wolf. God, more talking. Raven has a flock with a guy in a skull mask, a guido, a skinny guy, and Cripple H, some guy in a handicapped shirt that they used as a dart to hit Gary. He’s really crippled. Like can’t even walk crippled. And here comes the Sandman! And he’s so fucking wasted it’s unreal.
Meanwhile someone hit Cripple H with something from the crowd. And Sandman had a beer in front of us. He’s not in WWE shape anymore. But it was still cool.
So the Guido drops Sandman on his head and Gary hits a spinebuster on Guido for the PIN? Short and shitty. Sandman canes the cripple and he shares a case with Gary and some hot chick that I think is Gary’s girl. Fans are getting invited in to share a brew. It made the rubes happy, but there was no action from Raven and very little from Sandman.
Holy shit! Devon Storm in the house! And he’s taking on Jerry Lynn? Huh? No Justin Credible. Huh. Apparently Justin was wasted before the show, so we were told. Ugh. A “SAVE THE SHOW” chant breaks out.
And they did. Wow did they ever. Very few blown spots, but there was magic, including a top rope hurricanrana by Jerry Lynn to the outside! And there was a suplex by Devon through the guardrail! Oh, and at some point, i think someone was at ringside trying to fight Jerry Lynn and Devon. Couldn’t tell who it was but it was clearly a work.
Tons of chants against Shane Douglas now as he comes to the ring. Man, the crowd completely has turned on him and the show. He announces that Sabu was found unconscious in his hotel room. Then why not tell us at the beginning of the show? And no one told us anything about Justin Credible. So as Shane deals with people yelling and walking out, he announces 2 Cold Scorpio as Sabu’s replacement. Literally, Shane who is never at a loss for words, is watching a mass exodus of people heading for the exits. And that’s when we left.
It started good with the “new” guys, but then just went completely downhill. Jerry Lynn stole the show with Devon Storm, a testament to Jerry as well as Devon, but this could not save the show. The second best thing were the tittes, and she wasn’t even paid to do it.
What a disappointment! A huge one at that. Not much resembled an extreme show at all, and thank God for Jerry Lynn and Devon Storm, but I hope that Shane does the right thing and at LEAST rethinks this whole new promotion. I give him credit, he tried bringing in some young guys to sort of move on to a new generation. Even though these young guys could go, the show just felt like it was too bogged down with advancing stories rather than giving the crowd what they came for. When you sell your show as an extreme reunion, you pigeonhole yourself into what you are providing. Not delivering that is a huge mistake. Just bad decisions on this one.
I don’t think Shane can count on bringing back 2,000 people next time. If he gets 1,000 it will be a small miracle. Ugh.
Sami Callihan’s final words for Sabu
The biggest grudge match of this weekend will be Sami Callihan vs Sabu, no holds barred, at Dragon Gate USA: Mercury Rising on Saturday. Callihan has posted a series of promos on Youtube focusing on Sabu, he is the final one:
Thoughts: More good stuff from Sami, he continues the best American guy on the mic in DGUSA. This is a huge month for him, with the finale of his feud with Sabu and the Finlay rematch.
Resistance Pro: Obsession tonight! (+ video)
Resistance Pro: Obsession will take place tonight, at the Excalibur in Chicago. The show will headlined by Harry Smith vs Rhino 2, with both Smith’s R-Pro title and Rhino’s ECW title on the line. Here is the trailer for the match:
Thoughts: Looks good. A nicely done trailer too. Harry Smith lifting the ECW title will be weird if it happens.
If you attend the show, feel free to send a review to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll share it here.
DGUSA: Sami Callihan has more words for Sabu (video)
Sami Callihan is in Japan. He still doesn’t like Sabu. They will face off in a No DQ match at Dragon Gate USA: Mercury Rising.
Thoughts: Sami continues to excel on the mic. I hope the match is brutal in a wrestling way, and not just a weaponsfest.
Sami Callihan: Another promo on Sabu (video)
Sami Callihan has posted another promo hyping is upcoming match with ECW legend Sabu in Dragon Gate USA. The match will take place at one of the DGUSA shows in March. It was said that it will be the March 31st show on Heyman Hustle, but I can’t find anything from DGUSA or Callihan to back that up.
Thoughts: Another solid promo from Sami. Like I’ve said before, this match could turn out great, or it could turn out to be a big weapons mess. We’ll see.
Resistance Pro results (from last night)
Billy Corgan’s promotion Resistance Pro held their third show, Vicious Circle, in Chicago last night. Here are the results:
Triple Threat: Matt Cross won, vs Ricochet vs Mr 450
Steven Walters defeated The Sheik via DQ (Sheik refused to break the Camel Clutch after Walters reached the ropes)
Robert Anthony vs John Skyler (winner unknown)
Tag Team Tournament Match: Sugar Dunkerton & Aaron Epic defeated Dany Only & Eddie Graves
Note: Sugar D and Epic both have prisoner gimmicks, they’re led to the ring in shackles, then shackled back up after the match. By the way, I approve of the Misfits references in their opponents names.
Resistance Pro Women’s Championship: Melanie Cruise defeated Sassy Stephie
Jay Bradley defeated a couple of guys
The Rock N’ Roll Express defeated Kentucky Fried Buffet
Resistance Pro Heavyweight Championship: Harry Smith retained against Rhino
- After the match, Rhino wanted to keep going since he claimed it was a two out of three falls match. He offered to put his ECW world title on the line. Yes, you read that correctly. Billy Corgan came out and booked a Winner Takes All match for the next show.
Source - This great recap and review:
Thoughts: According to the review, the Rock N Roll Express were very impressive despite their age, and Harry Smith continued to get a John Cena esque reaction. A lot of people cheered for Steen over him at the last show, and Rhino here. I’d probably cheer for Steen and Rhino over Smith too.
I assume Rhino will win the title at the next show, since they can’t really declare Smith the ECW champion. I’m not disputing Rhino’s claim to the title though, it could be argued that the belt Rob Van Dam was awarded in 2006 was a new title altogether, just with the same name.
The review is well worth checking out, it’s a good insight into this new promotion.
Sami Callihan promo on Sabu (video)
Sami Callihan wants to destroy Sabu at WrestleMania weekend. He tells us about it here:
Thoughts: Another good promo from Sami. The match could be great, but it could also just devolve into a big hardcore mess. We’ll see.
CZW this Saturday!
CZW: Super Saturday will take place this Saturday (February 4th) at the Fountain Square Salvation Inn, 1337 S Shelby ST in Indianapolis, Indiana with a 7:30 pm bell time.
Tommy Dreamer vs Sami Callihan
CZW champion Devon Moore vs CZW owner DJ Hyde
Jake Crist & a Mystery Partner vs Dave Crist & a Mystery Partner
Greg Excellent vs Drake Younger
Matt Tremont vs Danny Havoc
"Ego" Robert Anthony vs Scotty Vortekz
Best of the Best spot: BLK OUT’s Alex Colon vs Aaron McCormick?
Navaeh vs The Runaways’ Kimber Lee
Uhaa Nation vs AR Fox
Thoughts: Looks good. This will be the second time Uhaa Nation and AR Fox have faced off in CZW, no doubt they will be out to steal the show.
PWS results (from last night)
The second night of WrestleReunion in Los Angeles was headlined by a “Pro Wrestling Superstars” show. Here are the full results:
Vader squashed two guys
The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg & Billy Gunn) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Scott & Rick Steiner) - Mick Foley was the referee
World Of Sport rules match: Fit Finlay defeated Colt Cabana
The Unholy Alliance (Tajiri & Mikey Whipwreck) defeated Cedric Alexander & Caleb Konley
Mascarita Dorada defeated Demus 316
Street Fight: Kevin Steen defeated Tommy Dreamer
Roderick Strong defeated “The Manscout” Jake Manning
Davey Richards defeated Harry Smith
El Generico & The Great Sasuke defeated The Young Bucks
The Godfather won a Legends Battle Royale, also featuring Matt Classic, Lanny Poffo, Raven, Tommy Dreamer, Robbie E, Jimmy Hart, Konnan, Dan Severn, Brutus Beefcake, Gangrel, Greg Valentine, Carlos Colon, Kevin Sullivan, Virgil, Jesse Hernandez, Piloto Suicida and more
Thoughts: Looks like a good balance of old school fun and cutting edge modern wrestling to me. My fellow IWE writer Adrian is a big fan of World Of Sport and the traditional British wrestling style, so he probably would have loved Finlay vs Colt Cabana.
The final show of the WrestleReunion weekend is a Pro Wrestling Guerrilla show, which is taking place right now! Full card here.
WrestleReunion - full schedule!
This weekend, WrestleReunion is coming to Los Angeles (The Westin Hotel, LAX, 5400 West Century Blvd)! Each day will be capped off with a wrestling show (Dragon Gate USA on Friday, Pro Wrestling Superstars on Saturday, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla on Sunday), but there will be a lot more stuff happening throughout each day. Here is the full schedule, taken from http://www.wrestlereunion.com :