#PrimeWrestling – Krimson Cuts a Promo for Wrestlelution 6: The Art of War

This coming weekend is Wrestlelution 6: The Art of War on Sunday the 20th on both iPPV and if you want to see it live in Parma OH with a bell time of 3 PM. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend. Unfortunately, Prime Wrestling wasn’t able to air their last four episodes. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go because of a Blue Jackets game. Fortunately though, they were smart enough to have their best promo man cut a new promo for his Prime Wrestling Championship defense against ECW, TNA & WWE alumni “The Manbeast” Rhino. His work has been excellent and this promo is no exception. Tonight, I will be interviewing Joe Dombrowski about the entire card so I hope this whets your appetite. – Kevin

Stunt Granny Interview Series – @RickeyShanePage & @FairToAar of @PrimeWrestling

The Megalomaniacs started to take control of Prime Wrestling at Pressure Rising earlier this year. Part of that equation was bringing some new muscle in the form of Ricky Shane Page. This year at Wrestlelution 6: Art of War, Page will be taking on Bobby Beverly. At the announcers table or by his side, agent Aaron Maguire will be there. They combined their Megalomaniac powers on this interview. Luckily Dan & Kevin were up to asking the hard questions. How did Maguire meet Page? Why did Maguire bring Page into the Megalomaniacs? Kevin asks Ricky how it was to choke out Justin LaBar since he’s wanted to do it since LaBar joined then Pro Wrestling Ohio. Dan asks Maguire if he is worried about being assaulted at ring side since Page attacked Dombrowski earlier this year. Bobby Beverly has cost Page a pair of shots at the Prime Wrestling Title against Krimson. Does he want another shot at the title without interference? Is Johnny Gargano on his hit list since he has helped Beverly? The guys get around to asking Aaron how he feels about the other match ups that comprise the best of three series for the Prime Wrestling Commissionership. The matches are B.O.M.B. – the Brotherhood of Mustachieod Brawlers – team of Marion Fontaine & Jeremy Madrox against the Handicapped Hand Guns of Gregory Iron & Zach Gowen for B.O.M.B.’s Prime Tag Team Titles and Matt Cross taking on the man who stabbed him in the back, Matthew Justice for the TV Title. Will Marte Belle be a factor in the later match? Would Ricky be able to grow a mustache as good as Fontaine & Madrox? If the Megalomaniacs lose this series, do they have a back up plan? Will Maguire reveal that plan? Find out when you click on the link below!

#PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 13

Jeremy Madrox is set to wrestle Johnny Gargano in the opening bout. The offense was split between the two early. The big news was Marion Fontaine taking off a few weeks. Gargano went for a dive outside but had to chase Madrox who had moved around the corner. Madrox caught Gargano with a knee to the head when he tried to sling shot back in. Madrox worked over Gargano’s back. Joe Dombrowski and Aaron Maguire talked more about the new referee than the WWE has talked about their referees all year. Gargano caught Madrox charging in with a boot. Gargano nailed the Elijah Express (Anybody remember that name?) Gargano caught a resting Madrox with a suicide dive. Gargano got the sling shot spear the second attempt. Madrox came back with a running elbow in the corner. Gargano reverses an Irish Whip and turns it into Uniquely You. Marti Belle distracts the ref. Matthew Justice distracts Gargano. Madrox rolls up Gargano with a handful of tights. Dombrowski questions where Gargano will go from here.

Analysis: The end of the match is really irritating me after a very well wrestled match. I haven’t seen much of Madrox in the ring but he held up his end of the bargain against Gargano. I understand the double distraction technique but it makes no sense seconds after taking a finisher. I get that he cheated to win, which heels should do, but his recovery was miraculous. Then Dombrowski questioning what Gargano does next? How did the baby face announcer not go the indignant route for how the bad guy had to cheat to win? Then you can say Gargano will get them another day. Score: +1.

Vic Travagliante was being interviewed by Michael Cash. (Welcome back? Nice guy when I met him after Wrestlelution 2.) Vic has plans for Gargano so that’s why he’s not firing him. Cash questioned Vic about his call with Rhino. Analysis: He made up with Gargano the last we saw. You can play the mercenary card but these are basically the same guys that burned him last year, if he sides with Megalomaniacs. Score: +1.

Bobby Beverly has never felt better in his career. He feels he’s close to getting back in the title picture but there are too many groups in Prime Wrestling. He helped Gargano so that he can serve notice to Prime about his goal. Analysis: I’m not sure how helping Gargano serves that notice but that’s the best he’s done on the mic since he tried the country boy gimmick at the end of last year. Score: +1.

Gory was set to take on Mr. RBI Isaiah Bonds. He brought Gory back into the ring with a sling shot. RBI was all over Gory early. Gory turned it around with a trick knee. Gory tried to wear down Bonds. RBI turned a cross body into a power slam. RBI elbowed Gory a la Dusty Rhodes. Gory knocked Gory off the top rope. Gory double stomps RBI for the win. Analysis: Solid stuff. The power slam was a little rough in the transition area but otherwise good. Score: +1.

Nicki Valentino needs a contract with the Megalomaniacs. Vic tells him what he has in his stable already. Valentino babbles and then tells Vic he will impress him. Analysis: Is there a clause in his current contract that says “No character development ever.”? He does goofy pet raccoon fine. Score: 0.

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Dan’s Blog: I Swiped Dusty’s Mailbag

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While catching up on my reading of all things on the Stunt Granny site I realized that Dusty has been jumping into the mailbag with both feet answering questions that the wrestling intelligentsia needs to read up about. Not being all that creative myself I visited the Stunt Granny World Headquarters (Don’t ever show up unannounced again. -Jeremy) and managed to grab a bag full of mail for myself. Then I stopped off in New York and took a few things off Matt Brock’s desk also (it was interesting that no one seemed to care about taking that stuff but I digress). I tried to figure out how to break into Wade Keller’s email so I could steal some of his “Ask the Editor” questions but he’s got that account triple protected.  I suppose it’s because “Ask the Editor” seem to make up the majority of the Daily Keller Hotlines!

Anyway, I digress.  Speaking of the Torch, let’s jump into Question One.

Question #1: What’s this I hear about super internet phenomenon “zourah” going on a rant about the way the Torch deals with Bill Watts?  Doesn’t this guy know that Watts was the most racist, sexist, homophobic, all around bad person that ever existed in wrestling?  (M.M.—Pittsburgh, PA)

Answer #1:  Yes, unfortunately my rant is still somewhere stuck in Eric Nelson’s phone because he could not figure out how to get a one hour audio from his phone onto the web. I should mention that I have had a very polite discussion with Mr. Keller about my feelings on this particular subject and I now do respect his view on the entire situation when Watts was fired. I still don’t see things the same way myself but that’s fine.

As for the meat of the question, let’s just compare Watts to everyone’s current God of Wrestling Vince McMahon.

McMahon wins the “PC” game for sure in his public statements. Both he and Watts worked with well known figures in the wrestling business who happen (ed) to be gay.  Again, McMahon has worked more closely with Pat Patterson but Watts did work frequently with Jim Barnett and with a few exceptions he worked fairly well with him.

As for acceptance of gays, Watts said some very un PC things to be polite in an interview. McMahon had his baby face tag team leading children in chants of F***** for at least six months in the early ‘90s.  Advantage Watts

If you were/are an African American wrestler who would you want to work for?  Well unless you really hated distasteful language I’m thinking you would be better off working for Watts. I know The Rock is arguably the biggest deal ever in wrestling but Watts promoted JYD as a hero in Mid South while Vince promoted him as someone who could barely speak complete sentences. No promoter has ever given so many African American wrestlers chances to be at the very top of the card than Watts.

In closing, I’d argue that the premise of your question is ridiculous. I can go into great detail about my thoughts on sending that interview to higher ups at TBS eighteen months after the interview was conducted but that’s a topic for another day.

Question #2: That brilliant “zourah” guy hasn’t chimed in much on Prime Wrestling lately.  What’s up with that?  (A.MG – Cleveland, OH)

Answer #2: I think my contributions to the audio side of things lately have not been of sufficient quality to impress the premier reviewer of Prime on the ‘net Kevin DiFrango I suppose. (It’d really help if I stayed current with the product. They’re even going every other week and I’m still slacking off. – Kevin) If you haven’t been reading his reports go ahead and do so before you read this. I’ll wait for you to finish!

I’m pleased to see that they are going to have “Wrestlelution 6” this year as I was starting to wonder. It wouldn’t work so great if WWE said they were having WrestleMania “sometime between April 1 and May 30” but I know Prime Wrestling is not WWE. (Their next taping is this weekend being billed as a “Wrestlelution Prelude” in Parma OH. -Kevin)

There are things I like about the “Evil Vic” storyline. He does have good timing in his segments but man the evil GM thing just seems too derivative for this promotion. I expect better. I do not agree with Kevin on Ricky Shane Page. I’ve warmed up to him and like his promos (although hitting the announcer has no place on TV. Joe should hold himself to a higher standard than that.  What would Gordon Solie do?) quite a bit.  He’s not at Krimson level on the promos but he is quite good. Nicki Valentino is hilarious and adds quite a bit to the show. I really liked his interaction with Bryan Castle a couple weeks ago. We will see what the big event is for WL 6 and I’m sure we will have a good discussion about it.  Aaron Maguire continues to be the highlight of the show on a week in and week out basis. (More on some of these subjects in my Prime Review after I edit that column. -Kevin)

Question #3:  So what else is out there under the radar that I’m missing? I hear that super smart “zourah” guy always watched USWA, SMW, ECW and other indy feds back in the day.  (S.S. – Rockville Centre, NY)

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#PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 12

Matthew Justice is taking on Michael “The Bomber” Facade for the TV Title at the top of the show. The highlight of the beginning of the match is the bickering between Joe Dombrowski and Aaron Maguire. It was a slow start. Facade fancy arm dragged Justice out of the ring. Facade drop kick Justice into the guard rail. Justice dropped Facade neck first on the top rope. Facade head scissored Justice over. A big clothes line turned thing in Justice’s favor. Justice slammed Facade then hot dogged during the pin. Justice thought he threw Facade out of the ring but he held on to the top rope. Facade walked the top rope and drop kicked Justice. A pair of atomic drops by Facade was followed by a leg lariat. Justice gave Facade a face buster. Facade got tossed outside. Facade super kicked Justice. He got a two count from a spring board bulldog. Facade kicked Justice to the outside. Facade nailed a spring board 360. Marti Belle low blowed Facade. Justice gave Facade a top rope DVD. Justice is the new TV Champion. They kiss in the ring.

Analysis: This match was solid but not great. Facade still tries to do too much. Justice looked rusty. It didn’t help that Dombrowski pointed out how little he has wrestled since coming back to Prime Wrestling. Score: 0.

Bobby Beverly wanted to explain why he is supporting Johnny Gargano and Prime Wrestling against all of these factions. He gives a good defense of Prime promo. Analysis: Much better than his “Man of the earth” promos. Score: +1.

Bryan Castle is taking on JJ Deville, who weighs 165. Deville goes for the head band. Castle splashes him in the corner. Deville fires back but doesn’t phase Castle. Backpack chin jacker is the winner for Castle. Analysis: It was what it was supposed to be, a squash match. Interesting finisher for a big guy though. Don’t you follow up with a splash to reinforce your size? Score: +1.

Gregory Iron & Zack Gowen pound on some doors. Gowen explains that they are locked out. They are going to overcome the obstacle of locked doors like they have with every other challenge in their lives. Iron said that they’re going to come back stronger than ever. Gowen saves they’re going to save the company or die trying. They go back to kicking the door. Analysis: The door pounding parts were cheesy in a bad way. The promos were good though. Score: +1.

Nicki Valentino is taking on Aiden Veil. I’m not liking Late Night’s chances. Veil worked over Valentino’s left arm with various moves. Veil double chopped Valentino. Nicki took over with axe handles to the back. Valentino choked Veil while he distracted the ref. Nice. Veil slammed Valentino from the top rope. Veil got a two count from a bulldog. Veil gave Valentino a modified White Noise. Valentino gave Veil the old trick knee. Valentino follwed with a DDT. Valentino bragged to the camera. Veil rolled up Valentino for the win.

Analysis: Good match up. Veil is on his way up. He had a good showing in his tag match and his singles bouts. Valentino is filling his role well. Score: +1.

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#PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 10

Marion Fontaine came to the ring to interrupt what the opening of the show. Fontaine was out there to taunt Zach Gowen with his own cane. Gowen got in early offense. Fontaine shoved the ref at Gowen to create an opening for himself. Gowen got a boot up on a charging Fontaine. He then missed a second corner charge. Gowen no sold a DDT. Gowen nailed a swinging neck breaker. Fontaine shoved the ref into the ropes to knock Gowen off the top. Fontaine tried to attack Gowen with his own cane but he missed. Gowen rolled him up for the three count. Fontaine attacked Gowen after the match. Gowen got the upper hand. Vic Travagliante came out and tossed Gowen from the building. Security escorted him out.

Analysis: The match was good. I’m not a fan of the baby face getting the upper hand already though. Vic and company just took over. They need to look dominant for at least a show. Several shows would be much better. Score: 0.

N8 Mattson came out for a match. Bobby Beverly was his opponent. They exchanged basic moves. Mattson went to the outside after an enziguri. Beverly kicked Mattson in the chest while on the apron. Mattson gained control with a jaw jacker. Beverly chopped Mattson. A running leg lariat by Mattson led to a reverse chin lock. Beverly elbowed out but ran into a knee. Mattson got two after a leg drop. Mattson missed a corner splash. Beverly fired away. Beverly nailed a kick to the face. Beverly got two from a back breaker. Mattson lawn mowered Beverly from the ropes. Beverly gave Mattson a power slam like flap jack. Beverly super kicked Mattson for the win.

Analysis: Beverly turned it up at the end of the match but it wasn’t his best performance. I’m still not a fan of his “Salt of the Earth” and “Regular guy” gimmick. Bleck. Score: 0.

Johnny Gargano gave us a history lesson on Prime Wrestling. He is most proud of his championship in Prime Wrestling. Gargano said Prime is like his family. He said him and others like Gregory Iron and Matt Cross make this league what it is. He is pissed at both the Dead Wrestling Society and the Megalomaniacs. Gargano isn’t going to sit back. He told us that Matt Cross had to go home to clear his head. Gargano asked for someone to join this lop sided fight. He said the war begins next week. Analysis: Good stuff out of this guy as usual. Not sure how he isn’t in TNA or the WWE. Score: +1.

Because Zach Gowen was thrown out earlier tonight, the tag team championship was a handicapped match. Gregory Iron took on Marion Fontaine & Jeremy Madrox. They tried to attack Iron but he turned it around on them. Iron sling shotted on Fontaine & Madrox on the floor. Madrox held Iron back from getting back into the ring. Fontaine took advantage by super kicking him. Madrox & Fontaine took turns hammering on Iron. He countered a move into head scissors. Iron DDTed Fontaine but he wasn’t legal. Fontaine & Madrox did a side slam & leg drop combo. Fontaine tossed a belt to Madrox. He missed Iron but distracted the ref so that Fontaine could nail him with the other belt. Fontaine & Madrox won the tag team titles. Vic Travaglainte tossed Gregory Iron from the building.

Analysis: I liked the victory but it was almost the complete opposite of the opening match. They over killed how they needed to beat Gregory Iron. It’s two on one to start with. It’s been done that way before but I think it makes the heel look too weak. They organized & executed the match well. Vic tossing everyone he doesn’t like is a good idea. I hate heel commissioners who keep people around. Make your life easy, toss the thorns in your side. Score: +1.

Vic Travagliante got a formal introduction from Pedro De Lucca. Vic told us that we’re all welcome for being in the presence of him. Vic invited Justin LaBar down to the ring. He is going to be Vic’s assistant. Vic sent LaBar to the back to clean their bathroom. Matt Justice is mad because no one ever talked about him. He said he isn’t a Megalomaniac but he’s with them. He has a match for the TV Title. Justice goes to the back to see his signing bonus. Vic orders Krimson down to the ring. Vic tells them to join forces. All he has to do is give Vic the Prime Championship. Vic tells Krimson he’ll be his worst nightmare. Kirst & Gory come out for the save. And they stop the show.

Analysis: So are they turning the Dead Wrestling Society baby face? It’ll be interesting to see if Gargano ends up joining forces with the DSW to rid them of a larger problem. I’m no fan of evil commissioners so this one will be tough to follow. LaBar being the put upon lackey isn’t going to make matters any better. Matt Justice leaving out his own departure to the WWE should be a point brought up later so hopefully Cross will get the chance to reply. Score: 0.

Final Score: 2/5. Final Analysis: I was warned of this episode by both Dan and Jeremy. It lived up to the disappointment. The show cut too early. The lighting wasn’t great. The sound wasn’t the best. Evil commissioners blow. -Kevin

#PrimeWrestling – #PressureRising Interviews II

barometerPrime Wrestling decided to do review shows from their iPPV on regular TV. I won’t review the matches since I already did that here. They didn’t show the matches in their entirety but they showed the ends to all of the matches. I’m not a fan especially since they were still shilling the iPPV. DJ Korey was our host.

Benjamin Boone was mad about not having an opponent. He invited anyone from past or present to fight him. Analysis: What else can you do when you have no opponent and no direction in character? Not his best work.

Melissa introduced Aiden Veil & Logan Schulo. They talked about their band and didn’t act all that excited. Analysis: She was more peppy than them. I don’t care for the band thing because they sound more serious about it than 3MB. You need to tie the theme into the promos more if you’re going to be serious. I’m thinking something like Fandango. You could cheese it up and say “We’re going to drum our opponents out of the ring.” It needs a bit of a spark but these guys are a first show team. I’ll give them some leeway.

Louis Lynden did his promo in black & white while wearing an old Chinese straw hat. Lyndon talked about how big the match with Michael Facade was for him. He said he wanted to shine and prove himself in Prime Wrestling. The crane will fly in new directions. Analysis: Lyndon brings something fresh. I dig his metaphors even though I’d beat most people up about it.

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Justin LaBar gives his good bye speech. I enjoy the crowd chanting “You got fired” again. I fast forwarded through the rest of the segment with Nicki Valentino. Time saving all over this episode since this was covered in my iPPV review.

Krimson got a video. “A good man would prefer to be defeated rather than defeat injustice by evil means” was his theme against Johnny Gargano. He said he’s going to put Gargano to the test at Pressure Rising. He said he will be resurrected like the morning star. Johnny Gargano said that Krimson makes a living getting in people’s heads but he can’t do that to him. Gargano said he is in Krimson’s head. He told Krimson it will be his darkest day and that he’ll shine like a bright star. Gargano concluded by saying he’d still be champion after Prime Wrestling. Analysis: Krimson is still adding to his catalog of good or great promos. I wonder if he’s the one searching for the philosophy quotes week in and out. Gargano continues to round out his body of work on the mic. Good work for the main event.

This episode was stranger than the first one because the only back and forth promos were about the main event between Krimson and Gargano. Gory & Kirst didn’t get to counter Veil & Shulo. The TV Champion Michael “The Bomber” Facade didn’t have a response to Lynden. The episode would have been better with those promos added. Prime Wrestling had a taping March 16th so I’ll hope the new episodes start soon. -Kevin

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