Pro Wrestling Guerrilla presents Kurt Russellmania at Wrestlereunion 4 on January 30, 2010!
By Silverback, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Staff Writer
December 22, 2009 – With January 30, 2010 just over a month away, we are pleased to announce the next two matches that will be taking place at Kurt Russellmania, live at the LAX Hilton as a part of Wrestlereunion 4, presented by Highspots!Escape From LA Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Tag Team Championship Title Match
The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson – Champions) vs. Human Tornado & Chuck Taylor (Challengers)
— At the conclusion of the 2009 Battle of Los Angeles, newly crowned Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Champion Kenny Omega gave an earnest and emotional speech about how much winning the tournament meant to him, and how Pro Wrestling Guerrilla was such a great place to wrestle (obviously not great enough *cough*DDT*cough*). Omega also mentioned that despite their in-ring rivalry, he and the World Tag Team Champion Young Bucks had become friends thanks to the amount of time spent traveling together, and how knowing and competing against the Bucks made Omega a better wrestler. When it came time for Matt and Nick Jackson to congratulate Kenny Omega on winning the title and the tournament, they did the unthinkable and attacked Omega, who just finished wrestling his third brutal match of the night. Clearly, the friendship between Omega and the Bucks was a one-way street, and with Omega’s tag team partner Chuck Taylor absent that night, things were looking dire for the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Champion.
However, just when it seemed that it could get no worse for Kenny Omega, some unlikely saviors appeared: Colt Cabana, Rick Knox, and El Generico. These three men, arch rivals of Omega’ in 2009, were able to put their grudges aside and come forward to help battle injustice, even when fighting on behalf of someone they may not like. Like Batman, Superman, or Animal Man! Having three allies step up like that was an eye opening experience for Kenny Omega, and it was at that moment he knew that The Young Bucks were the biggest threat facing Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and the very universe itself. That is why Kenny Omega is dedicating himself (from many thousand miles away), and his newfound allies to fighting the scourge of The Young Bucks in 2010!
Wow, that was a lot of recapping. In case that was too much to read, war has been declared within Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Kenny Omega is like Winston Churchill, commanding troops from afar, and The Young Bucks are like Ghengis Khan, leading the Golden Horde into battle themselves. Sorta makes The Young Bucks seem like the good guys, but whatever.
Because he is unable to face The Young Bucks himself, Kenny Omega has asked his staunchest ally, Chuck Taylor, to take on the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Tag Team Champions in his place. Normally, it is not enough to simply request a title match, which is why Chuck Taylor will team with Human Tornado at Kurt Russellmania. Because Tornado and El Generico, 2 Skinny Black Guys, are the Number One Contenders for the Tag Team Titles, and El Generico is already set to face Jushin Thunder Liger on January 30, 2010, the Number One Contendership has been transferred to the sole possession of Human Tornado (it was notarized and everything). With this transfer of power, that means that Matt and Nick Jackson, The Young Bucks, will be putting their titles on the line against Human Tornado and Chuck Taylor, 2 Skinny Black Guys of Low Moral Fiber at Kurt Russellmania!
What a convoluted way of saying fans in attendance at Wrestlereunion 4 will be in store for an awesome Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Tag Team Championship title match!
Stargate Singles Match
Brandon Bonham vs. Brandon Gatson
— When word of this match came down from the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Board of Directors, everyone, and we do mean everyone here at the office was surprised to hear that Brandon Bonham, who took Pro Wrestling Guerrilla by storm in 2008, would be making his long awaited return at Kurt Russellmania. This is huge news, and cause for celebration! But then we were confused when word came that this match will be “like Scorpion fighting Sub Zero,” with no further explanation. Are both of these guys ninjas? Is it because one guy wears yellow and the other guy wears blue (sometimes)? Will this match end in a Fatality? A Friendship? A Bestiality? How about the Board of Directors stick to directing things, and let our department stick to writing things.
While the battle between the New Guy and the Newer Guy is an intriguing subplot in this match, the return of Brandon Bonham is a potentially huge development for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla in 2010. When Bonham left after the 2008 Battle of Los Angeles, he had made it to the second round of the tournament where he was defeated by Nigel McGuinness (TNA Wrestling’s Desmond Wolfe), but in order to reach that point, Bonham had to defeat Kenny Omega, now current Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Champion, in the opening round. If Brandon Bonham shows no signs of ring rust after fourteen months away and is able to defeat Brandon Gatson, Bonham could very well be just a match or two away from Number One Contendership, and a rematch with Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Champion Kenny Omega.
But it is unfair to let Brandon Bonham’s return to the ring overshadow the accomplishments of Brandon Gatson, who after just four months with Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, was two victories away from becoming World Champion. After winning the 2009 Battle of Los Angeles Qualifier at Against the Grain, Gatson was able to reach the semifinal round of the tournament, defeating Nick Jackson and Alex Shelley along the way. Though he would eventually be eliminated from the tournament by Roderick Strong, Brandon Gatson was able to defeat two of the biggest names in independent professional wrestling, and in doing so, put the world on notice that he had arrived, and will be a force to be reckoned with in 2010. A victory over a fan favorite like Brandon Bonham would greatly enhance Gatson’s standing in the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Championship title picture, so one would have to imagine that he will go all out at Kurt Russellmania, especially if it helps him get closer to the prize that eluded him at the 2009 Battle of Los Angeles.
These two phenomenal contests join the two huge matches already announced for Kurt Russellmania:
Sky High Three-Way Match
Chris Hero vs. Roderick Strong vs. “The Whole F’N Show” Rob Van Dam
Big Trouble in Little China Singles Match
El Generico vs. Jushin Thunder Liger
Kurt Russellmania takes place on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the LAX Hilton as a part of Wrestlereunion 4, presented by Highspots. The LAX Hilton is located at 5711 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90045. Event information is available on the official Kurt Russellmania mini-site. Ticketing information for Kurt Russellmania and Wrestlereunion 4 can be found on the official Wrestlereunion 4 website Video recording devices are not permitted. Card subject to change.