“Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Wrestling Society X turns 10
Ten Years, hard to believe that it’s been that long since Wrestling Society X’s pilot was shot for MTV. The short-lived wrestling program was plagued by first run scheduling issues. The series would be seen in repeats throughout the MTV Family; MTV, MTV2, MTV Tres, as well as the additional content WSXtra airing on MTV.com. The show wasn’t short on talent by any stretch, even if the action sometimes resembled something dreamed up by the front office of ACW . The over the top production was campy and definitely hurt the product. But the wrestling was pretty good.
The roster was made up of Seth Rollins (Tyler Black), Mil Muertes (Ricky Banderas), Vampiro, Son of Havoc (Matt Cross), Matt Sydal, Jack Evans, Colt Cabana (Matt Classic), Luke Hawk, Sean Waltman, Teddy Hart, not to mention SoCal Guys like Joey Ryan, Scorpio Sky, B-Boy, Jacob Diez, Disco Machine, Human Tornado, Kaos, Aaron Aguilera, and so many more. I remember watching the show thinking that at the time they had literally the best tag team division in wrestling.
Kevin Kleinrock recently was interviewed by Wrestling with Wreget where he spoke to the issues with working with TV executives, scheduling difficulties, and the MTV production of the show. After this project, MTV would unsuccessfully try their luck at wrestling again with Lucha Libre USA. Kevin went on to become one of the driving forces of Masked Republic (which has been responsible for Lucha Libre merch as well as television development for Lucha Libre) as well as the editor for Rudo Can’t Fail, the only English speaking Lucha Libre Magazine (which I occasionally write for). What are your favorite memories of WSX? Visit our message board and discuss.
WWE Network’s Global Cruisweight Series
One of the saving graces of wrestling in the mid 90s was World Championship Wrestling’s Cruiserweight Division. The excitement of the division was never replicated in the WWE, that is until now. Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger, Ultimo Dragon, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, Chris Jericho, Rey Misterio, Juventud Guerrera, Psychosis, Chavo Guerrero Jr., and SoCal’s very own Blitzkrieg. WCW’s Cruiserweight Division became synonymous with high risk maneuvers and fast paced wrestling. The “series” is set to debut on the WWE Network on July 13th and will have 32 participants from across the globe. Triple H recently told Scott Fishman of Channel Guide Magazine “When we say 32, we’re looking at every corner of the world. I have [William] Regal out there in every corner of the globe trying to find not only the ones who people are aware are the best, but other who nobody is aware of quite yet. We want to put them in this and let’s see what they can do.” HHH would go on to say later that they weren’t going to be able to use anyone with a contract, specifically mentioning New Japan Pro Wrestling. But specifically said they were planning on working with Progress and Rev Pro out of the UK and EVOLVE.
I have it on good authority that William Regal has been in attendance to many of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s shows, I would venture to guess that you’ll see some of the stars of PWG appear on the Network Special. But what about some of the other great “Cruiserweights” in SoCal? TJ Perkins? Ryan Taylor? Kevin Martenson? Scorpio Sky? Eli Everfly? Chris Kadillak? SoCal Crazy? I’m sure I’m missing plenty of more obvious names, but this tournament has all the potential to create some new WWE stars. I know I’ll be tuning in on the 13th. Will you? Leave a comment bellow with who you want to see in the tournament.
Please Help Jon Ian & Ben Tomas
As promised last week, I will give anyone who donates to both Jon and Ben one of the limited edition SoCalUNCENSORED pins . I’ve already given a few a way. I’ve only got about 15 left. If you want one, please make a contribution to the recovery funds for both Ben and Jon and I’ll be happy to send you your push pin, for being a friend to our SoCal family.
This week on the the Rosas Report Ray talks about traveling all the way to New Mexico to wrestle a team that is also from Los Angeles. Ray speaks about the joy’s of the Road Trips, I’ve become a big fan of the Rosas Report. Ray answers fan mail. Ray’s podcasts remind me of Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling, only in good ways. Ray is self-deprecating, but it always feels like you’re laughing with him, not at him. It doesn’t hurt that Ray plugs this wonderful website.
There have been some new and updated online stores to open. If you’re a fan of these wrestlers visit their sites and order some stuff.
Ryan Kidd: http://ryankiddpro.blogspot.com/
If you want a cheap plug, use the email at the bottom.
Upcoming SoCal Events
Meet Rob Van Dam & Christy Hemme in City of Industry, February 20 @ 10:30
AOW Live in 29 Palms, February 20 @ 4:00 PM
Internacional Lucha Libre in San Diego, February 20 @ 5:00 PM
EWF in San Bernardino, February 20 @ 7:00 PM
UEW “Passage 2 Pain” in East Los Angeles, February 20 @ 7:00 PM
FCW “Kontrolled Kaos” in San Diego, February 20 @ 8:00 PM
OCCW in Midway City, February 21 @ 1:00 PM
Fusion Pro Wrestling in Los Angeles, February 21 @ 5:00 PM
If you are visiting any of the shows this weekend, please shoot us the results and we’ll credit you on the website.
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