EXW Adrenaline Rush â€“ April 26th
A few adjectives flooded to my mind upon my first glimpse at this man named Lucha Star. Tall. Thin. Energetic. Gravity-less. And throughout the quick match, all I could think of was how his pseudonym fit him like an expensive suit. But on the flip side of his flippy side, Clutch brought the usual dose of power, that surprisingly made for a good fit. It was a solid opening, altogether.
Winner: Lucha Star
I didnâ€™t realize just how long it had been since weâ€™d heard Johnny Roxxâ€™s voice until he started one more edition of â€œOn The Roxx.â€ Damn, where on earth has he been? He proudly discusses the achievements of the Freak Squad like a proud papa bear, inflating their already at-capacity egos even further. And who could blame him. He brings out two of the three members, but it isnâ€™t long before Mr. Derick Neikirk himself enters. In a flurry of words and insults, a main event is set. Dom and Derick would face each other, putting up Derickâ€™s Heavyweight Belt, and Domâ€™s Elite Championship, title for title. Gallo was also to be banned from ringside, and if he got involved, the Freaks would be stripped of their tag titles and Elite title. Heatinâ€™ upâ€¦
Finally! A real matchup between these two. The last time I saw them, it was bittersweet. Fox was jumped during his entrance for an all-too-short disaster. But that night, the Prophet came back from another long hiatus. So it was a win-win. But, back to the present. For someone I could fit in my pocket, Shadow Fox has an undeniable power about him, with a sharp offense and blunt style. And Basura stole the control like it had never been taken from him. Iâ€™m intrigued by these two, and would like to see them truly tear each other apart sometime soon.
Winner: Ray Basura
Ah, Moshpit. Heâ€™s one of the few that can find the healthiest balance of fan interaction and in-ring action. He gets crazy reactions from the audience every time he enters, but still provides the entertainment the fans paid for. And Willie Mackâ€¦what a catch. These two fit together perfectly, and I was floored when Mack hit one of the most graceful moonsaults Iâ€™d ever seen. It was a hard fought battle, and an abruptâ€”yet impressiveâ€”finish.
Winner: Willie Mack
Steve Osborn was present to escort Woodrow out, and ended up sitting at the announce table. Shane looked absolutely splendid, drawing most of the focus onto him. And I must declare him the Master of Chops, as his always make my stomach hurt. I searched for quite some time to figure out an adjective that described Woodrowâ€™s performance that night, and it was â€œtimidâ€. Iâ€™ve seen great things from him, but his stern face seemed to overpower everything else. But I must say, his meaner, aggressive attitude is simply magnificent. The win he picked up was so quick, I barely knew it had happened.
Winner: Woodrow Santanelli
Cedric the Hitman
Miracle Mike James
I simply adore matches where I donâ€™t know who Iâ€™m rooting for. Itâ€™s like the ultimate win-win, or win-win-win in this case. This match unfolded beautifully, telling a real storyâ€¦something most matches neglect. Is that too â€œrealâ€? Oh well. Cedric rolled out of the ring early, and Hellman and James decided team up momentarily against him. But like I said, it was momentarily. Soon, it was every man for himself, as they couldnâ€™t decide where they wanted to remain. Inside the ring, outside the ring. Soon, Cedric was comfortable on his back, while Hellman and James fought over who would pin him. Another lightning-quick series of maneuvers would cause Cedric to pull Miracle Mike out of Hellmanâ€™s path of fury, just long enough to take advantage for himself. This had to be one of the most random Triple Threats, but ended up being one of the best Iâ€™ve seen.
Winner: Cedric the Hitman
Of course, no night would be complete without Tyson Tyler and Johnny Stamboli! They walk out, bestowing a new nickname on SteveÂ
Balls Osborn. The banter goes back and forth, but has definitely been more interesting on Twitter (Tyson, Steve). Steve says he needs to make â€œan example of Tylerâ€, suspending him for the evening, and placing Stamboli in a handicap match.
JB Bad and Jay Garland
I could nearly feel Stamboliâ€™s laughter as he scoffed at the short attempts to take him out. This match was over before it started. But in the best way.
Winner: Johnny Stamboli
Val Venis then made his way out, itching to get his hands on the Freaks, and questioning the main event. Soon, through a combination of words, Matt Hardyâ€™s music cued up, with Matt Hardy (Johnny Manson) walking outâ€¦or stumbling out. Val asks Matt if heâ€™s able to compete, to which Matt slurs â€œas long as I have these pills!â€ and chugs the bottle. Words are exchanged, before Hardy slams his water on the head of Val (which, might I add, all landed on my table, and face). This led straight into a matchâ€¦
Hardy (Manson) goes for the Twist of Fate, but is stopped. It takes absolutely no time at all for Val to pin Hardy in one of the most bizarre (see:Â awesome)Â matches Iâ€™ve ever seen.
Winner: Val Venis
Val stands over the broken â€œHardyâ€, before imploring him to take the message heâ€™s sending. â€œItâ€™s all fun and games until you lose someone you care about.â€ Iâ€™m almost positive I donâ€™t have to explain that one!
Dom â€œThe Bombâ€ Vitalli
Title for Title
Iâ€™d like to say Iâ€™m surprised to see that Vitalli had a louder group of fans than Neikirk, but itâ€™s become the norm. Everyone wants a piece of the Freak Squad. But I digress. What started out slow, morphed into something huge. Neikirk was an absolute beast. The fight moved outside the ring, where Neikirk hit Vitalli with a suplex on the concrete that made my hand shoot up to my mouth, shocked. And it definitely did not stop there. These two menÂ absolutely tore each other apart, in one of the best matches Iâ€™ve seen in my entire life. The back and forth was ridiculous, the spots were insane, and I started to wonder who would come up victorious. The bell rang at a random time, distracting Neikirk long enough for Dom to assault Neikirk with a chair. But it wasnâ€™t over until Dom delivered a Superkick, and then an elbow drop.
Winner: Dom Vitalli
An uproar swept over the crowd, but it was a good one. Everyone was exhilarated to see the last piece of gold fall into the hands of the Freaks. The celebration was spectacular, as Gallo tossed Dom two cans. In true Stone Cold fashion, he smacked the two together and took a long swig. In totally NOT Stone Cold Fashions, the cans were of Diet Coke, Domâ€™s signature drink. Well, thatâ€™s how a stable takes over.
So, whatâ€™s next? Dom holds the Elite Title, Tag Team Title, and now the Heavyweight Title. The Freak Squad has EXW by the balls, and I certainly like that view. Which is something I never thought Iâ€™d say.
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And all Arizona residents: These boys are gearing up for their big show on May 29th, at the Celebrity Theater in Downtown Phoenix. Who will be there? All these fabulous men, as well as Bill DeMott and Tommy Dreamer. Now, how could that show get any better? Well, if I know these boys like Iâ€™m certain I do, theyâ€™ll find a way.
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