01-26-2002, 12:05 AM
I'm just posting quick results for now, I should have a review up tomorrow (actually later today) some time. A very good show.
Lemon Grove, CA
Jon Jon b. Jin Hinyou
Lil' Cholo b. R2K
Demento, Goalie Howe, & Preston Scott b. Mase, SoCal Loco, & a guy I didn't catch his name.
Chip Adams b. Joey Ryan to retain the WCWA California Title
Primetime Peterson b. Jason Allgood
The Dynamics b. Matrix & Street Style to retain WCWA Tag Team Titles
B-Boy b. Spanky & Pinoy Boy (Spanky eliminated Pinoy Boy then B-Boy eliminated Spanky)
Frankie Kazarian b. Hardkore Kidd to become the new WCWA Heavyweight Champion.
Big Babbi Slymm b. Iceman John Black
01-26-2002, 01:14 AM
Some little kids were running tickets, merchandise, and security before the show. Nothing like a 10 year old kid ordering you to wait outside.
Venue is kinda old looking but its nice enough. Not like I care what it looks like as long as the climate inside is decent and the surroundings don't impede the wrestlers.
Total attendence looked to be about 150. Good turnout for a SoCal indy. 35 or so were there just for Big Baby Slim, which is important to remember...
: Jon Jon b. Jin Hinyou
Alright for an indy opener. Guys are from WPW, I've never heard of either. They didn't do anything especially bad or good. Just there.
: Lil' Cholo b. R2K
They did a few slick lucha spots including a number of arm drag variations and a cool spot where Cholo threw R2K under the bottom rope and he slid head first into a chair on the outside. They also mistimed a few things. Indyish lucha match, Cholo looked pretty good.
: Demento, Goalie Howe, & Preston Scott b. Mase, SoCal Loco, &
: a guy I didn't catch his name.
Boring match. Mase and the mystery man were very green. Demento didn't do any comedy, so he was pretty worthless. When Howe and Loco worked together it was pretty good (since they've been working together for some time), but when they were with others it dropped off. Scott, I guess, is the most experienced, so probably shoulda spent the most time in the ring, but it didn't seem that way. Forgettable match and forgettable post-angle, where DJ Medina convinced Mystery Man and Maivia to turn heel and forget their past gimmicks while Mase stayed face and got beat up before the MS Express saved him.
: Chip Adams b. Joey Ryan to retain the WCWA California Title
Good match. Both guys are fundamentally sound, but both also lack some charisma. Ryan played heel here and was face in MPW, although his character appeared exactly the same in both instances. He looks goth and does a few goth manneurisms, but doesn't differentiate himself as heel or face very well. Adams played to the crowd a little but once it got going his ring presence dropped considerably. It's something most indy wrestlers need to improve on. They didn't appear to blow any spots and the match built well to some near finishes. Adams won with a sleeper, after reversing a Ryan sleeper earlier, in a tribute to Roddy Piper, as Adams wore a kilt to the ring. Even though you may scoff at the idea of a sleeper winning a match in this day and age, it worked well within the match's context, considering the homage and the earlier sleeper spot by Ryan. I'd rate the match ** to **1/2, pending a video review.
: Primetime Peterson b. Jason Allgood
Decent match. Peterson plays a good heel. This was the first time I'd seen Peterson wrestle since he wrestled Allgood in CCW almost a year ago. Both guys were solid, Peterson showed more charisma than Adams or Ryan, but the match didn't build as well. Around **.
: The Dynamics b. Matrix & Street Style to retain WCWA Tag Team
Bad match. It looked like the Dynamics flubbed a few spots, including one where Street Style attempted to slam one, but his foot got caught up in the ropes, causing them both to fall to the ground, although that could also be blamed on Style for attempting the move too close to the ropes. But make no mistake, the Dynamics did mistime other stuff. Matrix did the matrix spot where he falls back on one arm to dodge a move, hooray! But he wasn't GAY Matrix, which made me sad :(. Match ending was weird because the Dynamics did a miscommucation spot where they accidentally struck one another but rather than the MS Express take control, the Dynamics immediately took down their opponents and put on stereo figure fours. Sure made the MS Express look incompetent with that spot. Interference from Mystery Man and Maivia led to the Dynamics winning. It's good that their building an angle to a future match, but this match just wasn't good, and it's doubtful any tag title matches are going to be good as long as the Dynamics are champs unless this was a fluke performance by them.
: B-Boy b. Spanky & Pinoy Boy (Spanky eliminated Pinoy Boy then
: B-Boy eliminated Spanky)
Best match of the night. They did some good three way spots in the beginning, including a real nice PB running somersault plancha onto Bboy and Spanky on the outside. Spanky worked heel (sadly), Bboy worked face (gladly), and PB worked face too, I guess. The match built well which isn't always the case in 3 ways, which is a testament to the guys understanding of psychology. It lead towards some high impact suplexes and other moves with Bboy eventually putting Spanky away with a real good brainbuster. This plus his MPW match makes Bboy a shoe in for Wrestler of the Month, I think. He's also the most over wrestler in WCWA sans one very large black man. Spanky was real good here, but it's always better when he's working face. Lift our spirits Spanky and let us cheer you!
: Frankie Kazarian b. Hardkore Kidd to become the new WCWA
: Heavyweight Champion.
DJ Medina informed us at the beginning of the show that TNT and Jason Redondo were missing the show due to contractual obligations, whatever that was supposed to mean, so the Kazarian-Kidd match was now for the Championship. The fans weren't familiar with Kazarian so they never fully got behind him during the match even though they were firmly against Kidd due to his past appearance in the fed and his pre-match mic work (which included his questioning why a town that smelled like shit was named Lemon Grove... good question...). He also dedicated a move to a "slut" in the audience that was likely about 15 years old. Oh that wily Hardcore Kidd, always insulting people! The heat in the match was dissapointing, though not suprising due to the aforementioned unfamiliarity with Kazarian. They also did way too much back and forth offense through most of the bout, with neither gaining momentum. Since Kidd never gained firm momentum for a long period, Kazarian couldn't sell for a long period, and the crowd couldn't build support for him through hope spots and "face in peril" spots. Kazarian eventually won after a series of roll ups. Adams, the Dynamics, and Medina came out to present him the new belt. He was good enough here so that next show when he defends the belt the crowd will probably be firmly behind him, especially if his rats come to town.
: Big Babbi Slymm b. Iceman John Black
We wondered at first why this would main event, since it seemed like a reletively unimportant match compared to the title matches, but thunderous "Slymm" chants before his entrance definitely squelched those doubts. An entire side of the crowd rushed to greet him as he came out and throughout the match the crowd was rabid, cheering him as though their lives depended on his success. I was more impressed with Black's work. He showed some nice kicks and submissions, in addition to looking pretty fluid and connecting well with the audience as a heel. Slymm looked slow, light (in his strikes, not his appearance), and mis timed several things, including a somersault bump off a lariat that woulda looked pretty impressive with his size if the lariat hadn't missed by so much due to him doing the bump too early. Slymm isn't a bad wrestler, but he's green and mediocre, but since a third of the crowd is there to see him, he's easily the most over wrestler in the area and gets one of the greatest reactions anyone in SoCal has ever got (it rivals that of Super Dragon at the SOTR finals).
Overall a good show, definite thumbs up. There were intangibles that made it better such as the black guy who consistently and constantly both glared and gave a thumbs down to John Black during the main event. There was also the little girl that burst into tears when her hero Slymm got whacked in the back by a John Black chairshot after the main event. Then there was Chip Adams who gave me the finger. But we're both Bears fans, so all is well. There was also Jason Jr., a little red headed kid in green pants that was helping out at the show that just might be Jason McCord's long lost little brother. And who could forget my friend Adan being asked to do ring announcing for half a show; when Adan woke up this morning, did he think he'd get to mingle with the WCWA superstars and announce their names during the show? Of course not!
This show was good enough to make me a fan of WCWA, next show, with the same roster, should have a strong enough line up to get me to come again and hopefully others.
AIM - neoJMC
01-26-2002, 01:26 AM
I am sure he is not my brother, however I might be the boys father, I send a check every month, I just don't know who it goes to or what it is used for. Maybe that is who it's going to. I think if that kid was wearing my ref gear, he would be a dead ringer for that kid in "Problem Child".....
01-27-2002, 08:18 PM
I thought the show was a definite "thumbs up".
For the most part the match quality was good and the timing of all the matches was good( not too long)...something MPW could learn from. No disrespect , just a suggestion because I thought that the last MPW show dragged in spots.
The match of the night was Spanky vs. B Boy vs. Pinoy Boy. Geez , Pinoy sure has improved and showed me a lot. Spanky has some great charisma and is truly one to watch for in the future considering he hasnt been in the businees that long.
AND . . . .
Big Babi Slymm ( Big Tony) was over. Actually that was one of the loudest pops Ive ever heard for an indy guy...serious!
WCWA may be on the right track and good luck on the next show.
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