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As I sit down a few days after the opening night of AIW’s Jack of All Trios tournament, I realize the show was non-stop blur of action. This follows the theme of that day for me. I woke up and never stopped moving while I prepared to make the trip and once I arrived in Cleveland, I tried to jam in as much as I could. I started by arriving at the venue to make sure I knew the area. From there I went to a temple/ occult shop I’ve been meaning to visit for over a year. Then I headed back toward the venue, garbed some Cambodian cuisine to go, and finished eating during the first match.
The premise of the show is that the winner of AIW’s tourney receives a spot @ Chikara’s King of all Trios show in Philly.
The show started with a revival of a heated rivalry from AIW’s past Da Latin Crime Syndicate of Luis Diamante, Joey “The Snake” Diamante & K. Fernandez Defeated The Homeless Handicap Connection in a fun match that due to the trios format of the show added a new ally to Greg Iron & Hobo Joe His name is Robert Paulson. A Rugged competitor who was trained by AIW’s own Christian Faith and ECW’s Little Guido. Paulson who already bored a striking similarity to my homeless hero, decided to bond with his teammates by dressing like to Hobo Joe, complete with tore up Jeans and black tee shirt. Paulson looked so much like Hobo Joe that even his own partner mixed them up. Allis the trickery and cohesion of Da Latin Crime Syndicate proved too much for the make shift team of miscreants and Greg Irons.
Ryan & Dynamite were AIW tag champs in late ’08 and early ’09. After losing not just the tittles but a bitter feud against Faith In Nothing at last years Absolution, TJ disappeared from the spotlight while Bobby Beverly stepped up to the plate and helped Ryan regain the tag tittles. Along with the defection of FIN’s long time manager Aaron Bower.
It was cool for me to finally see Super Oprah after over a year. She was supposed to be at Dragged to Hell and Nightmare Before X-Mass 3 but for some reason she wasn’t. Fontanie’s mustache was rocking as always and Oprah gave the crowd her trade mark spots such as the tampon claw. I believe the Diaper sporting Sinclair stole the spotlight and two words sum it up perfectly….. FECES CHOP!
Blackballed (Lamont Williams, Josh Emanuel & Randy Smith vs. Team Jobber (Corey Winters, Ben Fruith & Dave the Potato
The third match was something that intrigued me for reasons that had nothing to do with wrestling. Lamont Williams supposedly* threatened me on the Indy message board if I didn’t keep his name “out of my mouth”, which it never really was. They are running a race card angle with AIW owners Fat Nick, John Thorne, Chandler Biggins & Nick’s tag team partner in Alpha Beta Duke THE DUKE!!! The details and minutia
Leading up the match aren’t worth recapping. The bottom line is Blackballed will be the whipping posts for the owners and THE DUKE at Absolution V.
What stands out to me from the match is how Blackballed keep acting as if every thing was real. At one point Randy said something to the effect of: Do you think this a work, to me from the apron. Which I replied with “Duh!” And “Then Why are you here?”
Predictably Blackballed decimated the jobbers finally ending with Lamont Pile driving Dave the Potato out side of the ring. Which resulted in the ref stopping the match and Blackballed moving on in the tournament?
I don’t remember the crowd reacting much to this match. However I was having so much fun heckling the hells I probably didn’t pay much attention to the crowd. I remember Thorne & ABD chasing off the heels before they could beat on the jobbers more did get a big pop from the crowd.
After match the heels were leaving the building with me heckling them out when Josh stares at me for at least a good minute. All the while I kept saying “yes” and “may I help you?” Until Lamont came and walked him away. I think the whole concept and the way they’re doing it is stupid. I did have a lot of fun with it.
The last match before intermission was Alpha Beta Duke & John Throne vs. Team LWA Showcase of Pierre Abernathy, Evan Gelistico Gary Jay, with Davey Vega.
The story for of this match was me sitting next to the “ Cleveland president of the Chikara fan club. Who I lovingly refer to as “Prez”. He hates the LWA crew for getting booed out of the building at last years King of Trios show. Just watching his reactions to the match got a pop out of me. Although I’m sure the highlights of the match for the other fans are Fat Nick’s Moonsualt & Davey Vega’s failed attempt at helping his teammates.
The Soul Touchaz of Acid Jazz, The Urban American Dream Wille “Da Bomb” & Marshet Rocket beat Team Clash of Tanzick, Benny Menzeno & “Ace High” Cameron Sky
All I really remember about this match now is that it was a lot of fun and showcased athletic ability and comic timing.
Team Beyond (Johnny Mangue (pronounced Mang-way), Chase Burnett & “The Last Dragon” Zane Sliver beat The name sakes of the tourney the Jack of Love (Jefferson Saint, Jack Verville, & Chest Flexor)
Again, “Prez” Was the highlight of this match for me. While he loves Sliver & Burnett, He decided that he hates “The Smooth Savage” with a passion! The hate for a trained wrestler who’s actually talented unlike so many others clogging up the Indies riled me a bit. So, every time Mangue did something impressive, (which was quite often) I would point it out and put it over big time to “Prez”. His reactions entertained me to no end.
The ladies broke up the Trios action with Jessika Havok defeating Alison Kay. This match has come under fire as the only bad match on the show. Frankly I was paying more attention to the two lovely young ladies and the reactions of the eighteen year old red blooded male sitting next to me to care about work rate.
Team No Mercy of Intense Champion Chris Dickenson, “No Mercy” Tommy Mercer & “Mr. Insanity Toby Kline beat Team IWA-EC of Mad Man Pondo, Zac Vincent & Elkview Adam (Replacing Jon Moxley)
This match was crazy. They beat the hell out of each other. I don’t even remember what the finish was. I do remember that Pondo did more actual working in that one match then any other I’ve ever seen him in.
Now time for the Main Event…
Team Oreo: Johnny Gargano & Areoform ( Luis Lyndon & Flip Kendrick) beat Shiima Xion, Facade & in what may be the biggest let down in AIW history! Corvis Fear
I was a bit skeptical about the big surprise because I knew Jason Gory & SJK were working in Pittsburgh that night. I just couldn’t think of a realistic third that would make sense in Psycho Sexual Panic, The most over the top raunchy, unpredictable faction in AIW’s history. Considering that the group was the formed by Uncle Delicious Himself Jimmy Demarco, I guess there wasn’t one.
That aside, I’ll be the first to say it. You can’t take a damn thing against Corvis’ ability! The match was Freaking INSANE!!
Unfortunately Johnny announced that they changed their name form Team Oreo to Team Areoform. All I could think was now AIW chooses to go P.C.!!! Thorne can tear up bibles in the ring! Chandler can attempt to RAPE an unconscious women! Fat Nick can use a gigantic Dildo as a weapon but god forbid they call a team with one Caucasian and two Afro-Americans team Oreo!
I’m getting sick of writing. So all wrap up my review of the match and show with this: Aside from the nonsensical race card angle and Corvis joining team PSP, The show made a lot of sense was a ton of fun and felt like a complete show including an actual finish!
Random Stories: During the show Johnny Mangue came out and watched the main events. I followed “Prez” and watched as he told Mangue he doesn’t like him. Which Mangue didn’t care about.
After the match in which Dave the Potato & his fellow jobbers were destroyed by Blackballed I see Dave walking around just fine without a scratch on him. All I could think was; Wow! The hundred pound untrained ticket seller doesn’t even respect the trained workers enough to sell a beating for the angle they keep saying is “real” half an hour after the match!
The only gimmick Chris Dickenson sells are chops for $1. I felt bad for Chris because he always busts his ass and I always see him limping around after shows. I’ve been chopped before by some ROH students awhile back among others and I figured why not. So I gave him a dollar and took the most brutal chop I’ve ever felt in my life.