@PrimeWrestling Closes It’s Doors…For Now

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I saw a tweet from Prime Wrestling that I had been fearing. They had an official statement from Joe Dombrowski about their product. If you want to read the full statement, go here. These are the highlights for me though.

In the beginning of 2013, Fox Sports acquired SportsTime Ohio, the network we aired on since 2007. Formerly independently owned, STO was undergoing a slow transformation into a more corporate environment. With that change came new policies, rules, regulations and requirements. One of those requirements, in the form of an insurance policy, would have more than doubled our annual budget for producing a television show. By the end of July 2013, the new network structure was in place, and PRIME Wrestling was temporarily pulled from the airwaves until these new requirements could be met.

I’m glad we don’t have to keep an insurance policy for Stunt Granny. Granted, if it doubled our budget, we’d still be at $0.00 so we could afford it.

With that in mind, and a heavy heart, it is my duty to make public & official for the first time, that Wrestlelution 6 on October 20 of 2013 was the last scheduled PRIME Wrestling live event for the foreseeable future.

I had missed the original airing of the show because of a busy weekend and I had planned to review it the following week and talk about it with my usual partner in crime for all matter Prime Wrestling Dan Kuester. Unfortunately, I saw the writing on the wall with many people (Benjamin Boone, Aaron Maguire, Johnny Gargano and even Joe Dombrowski among them) essentially writing a eulogy for Prime Wrestling before it became official today.

I’m very proud of Wrestlelution 6. I feel it was one of our strongest events ever, if not the strongest. It was an incredible “final chapter” for a company and for everyone who was such an important part of it. For the final story to be told to be the handful of members of the “PRIME Foundation” re-claiming the legacy of what they had built from the forces working against them was beautiful and poetic. All usual merchandise shills aside, I really hope all of you who have ever supported us watch that show, be it on DVD or digitally, through us or Smart Mark Video or anywhere else. It means a lot to me, and I hope it means a lot to all of you.

Prime Wrestling does mean a lot to me which is why I’m sure to throw in some money to watch this last show finally and review it instead of being a chicken. It means a lot to me because I started writing the review back during their first season on Sportstime Ohio when we were on the Pro Wrestling Torch. Wade Keller had asked all of us in The DEJ Audio Experience to also do a weekly column. I happened to catch this program and since I hadn’t had much writing experience, I figured a recap was an easy way to bang out a column. We decided to found Stunt Granny because of content issues at the Torch. When the second season of Pro Wrestling Ohio started, Aaron Maguire emailed us at the Torch to ask where the reviews had gone. Realizing we could pull in an audience looking for reviews of their product, I started reviewing PWO on Stunt Granny. That has lasted five years and I’ve met a lot of great people who were connected with the product. Many of the wrestlers would talk to me about my reviews, positive or negative, at the meet and greets which was gratifying to hear. They were also offering of their time to come on our podcasts. More voices could have been heard on this site had I not dropped the ball and forgotten to book them. I have always thought of it as a quality league that was helping up and comers and with a few of them (Zema Ion, Ethan Carter III and Madison Rayne in TNA, Colin Delaney in a short stint with the WWE and now Luke Harper of the Wyatt Family) making it to the national stage. I think a few deserve more than they have gotten already. I’m looking at you, Johnny Gargano. I will miss this product, even if it isn’t as slick as WWE or TNA, and so will our page. To all of you involved, good luck in your future endeavors. – Kevin

#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!

Stunt Granny Interview Series – @BenjaminBoone1 of @PrimeWrestling

Two years ago, we had “Amazing” N8 Mattson for Wrestlelution 4: Overdrive. This year, we greet his partner in the Sons of Michigan, Benjamin Boone. Kevin & Dan get off to a rocky start with Mr. Boone because of Dan’s tardiness. We get around to asking the hard hitting questions when we talk about someone else who has angered Boone recently and that’s Jay Flash. What does Boone think about Flash’s one victory in three attempts? Was he expecting bigger challenges when he issued the open challenge that brought out Flash three straight times? Another one of his opponents at Wrestlelution 6: The Art of War is Aiden Veil. What are his strengths? The Sons of Michigan brought Bryan Castle into Prime Wrestling as an enforcer. What does Boone think now that he’s an opponent at Wrestlelution? Will they use his trade mark head band against him? Kevin & Dan do take time to address the write ups of the “lost” episodes of Prime Wrestling in which the Sons of Michigan complain about not being in the faction wars in Prime Wrestling. Will N8 Mattson & Boone add their tag team partner Bobby Shields to the Sons? What did he have to say about failed prospects like Ben Fruith and Zack Gowen? Do they have anyone else in mind? Not all secrets are that easy to pry away from Boone, but he does talk about the gloriousness that would be the Sons of Michigan reigning supreme over Prime Wrestling. Join us for the latest in the Stunt Granny Interview Series when you click below!

#ROH Is The Worst Part XIII

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Nothing in this week’s episode made me irate. But they did have several examples of why they are an awful company.

The Error: The production for the World Championship was terrible.  My Take: So third rate. I continue to compare this league to Prime Wrestling for a reason. They now both have Fox behind them, since Fox Sports bought out Sportstime Ohio, but ROH has the bigger budget yet all of their work comes off as smaller budget compared to Prime. It’s incredible. I tried to find the video on Youtube but ROH is ashamed of it so it isn’t posted.

The Error: Matt Taven is yelling at Kevin Kelly when the match finish happens. My Take: The match was a four way match to determine who would take on Taven next for the ROH TV Title. I would assume that Kevin Kelly has an idea of when the match will conclude unless an injury occurs. That’s right, injuries don’t change things in ROH. My error. Point being, Kelly should know when to get Taven to flip out on him. It makes his opponent seem meaningless. Probably because he is but that’s another problem for another column.

The Error: Kevin Kelly makes fun of #PartyBoys then continues to use it through out the match. My Take: I think it’s perfectly fine for an announcer to mock a heel’s persona. When Mitchell Cool makes fun of Zeb Colter, he continues to mock him even if the zingers are terrible. Kevin Kelly made fun of the use of the hash tag during Mike Sydal and Zizou Middoux’s entrance. Fair enough, now rip on them for it. Kelly instead starts complimenting their in-ring work saying things like “#PartyBoys are looking strong in this match.” Christ on a pony Kevin, did you not take a single broadcasting class?

The Error: The tag team titles are playing hot potato. My Take: A couple of weeks ago, Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero) beat reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish). During their Inside ROH segment, they said that Forever Hooligans lost to the American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) at an un-televised event. Kevin Kelly then tells us that the American Wolves have since lost the titles but he doesn’t tell us to whom. How fucking dumb! What’s the point of the update then?

The Error: For bring out the guy who is helping to fund you. My Take: He must be ashamed to be on TV. I have no idea why he agreed to it. I don’t remember what his name is and I don’t care enough to rewind. All the TV executive needs to do is check out the competition, which he should do every now and again. None of them have champions leaving the company. Kenny King and Jay Briscoe to ring a bell, right? ROH invigorated their Championship by crowning Jay Briscoe as champ after they killed the Championship with the Kevin Steen vs Jim Cornette feud that morphed in SCUM vs. Jim Cornette feud which morphed into a Steve Corino led SCUM which waging war on ROH. Since SCUM’s defeat (only a three weeks ago in TV terms), it seems they’re writing a palate cleansing angle to “Restore honor” to ROH. The main part of this palate cleansing should be the champion that did it. Unfortunately, they’ve got to look like the third rate company they are, not re-sign Jay Briscoe and have a ROH World Championship Tournament.

The Error: Kevin Kelly tells us to go ROHWrestling.com and fill out brackets for the World Championship tournament and play along. My Take: You have got to be kidding me. I would download the WWE App, uninstall it and re-install it for a week straight before going to ROHWrestling.com and filling out a bracket. ROH is the worst. -Kevin

#PrimeWrestling – Live Events Only

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Unfortunately, Prime Wrestling has taken a hiatus. One of the reasons I waited to make this post is because I still needed to do one last review. The other reasons I didn’t post was because it was made not long before my vacation. I also didn’t get an alert which means I’m likely to miss anyone’s post. So this is the post from August 4th.

Fans,

As some of you may have noticed, PRIME Wrestling TV is currently in the midst of a brief, temporary hiatus from SportsTime Ohio.

As STO continues to evolve in its transition from an independently-owned entity into a more corporate environment under the Fox Sports banner, there is certain protocol and requirements that must be met both from a Fox corporate level, as well as on a programming level.

PRIME Wrestling is currently in the midst of transitioning and evolving certain aspects of our business model & programming internally in order to better suit both our needs & the needs of the Fox network to ensure a long and prosperous business relationship moving forward.

This situation does NOT in any way affect our live events, which will proceed as planned, especially October 20’s Wrestlelution 6 at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex in Parma. We will be providing more thorough recaps of our live events here in order to prepare our great fans for what will still be a breathtaking Wrestlelution spectacular.

Stay posted here to PRIME Online for further updates, and we thank all of you for your continued support and belief in our product, staff, and talent! We would not be here six years after our formation if not for the loyalty you show us!

I will definitely be there for Wrestlelution 6. It’s a shame that their pre-Wrestelution show which recorded the night before this post will not be aired. They will be doing written reviews on their website. Episodes 185 & 186 are posted there now. You don’t get my witty commentary but it’ll do in a fix. At least they aren’t having Justin LaBar do it. At least I hope not. I’m sure it’d be a gem just like his article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about how Sin Cara will never make it. Glad you went out on a limb. I’ll get fellow Prime Wrestling aficionado Dan Kuester on the horn later this week to talk about this topic and more on Prime Wrestling. -Kevin

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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#ROH Is The Worst Part I

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Ring of Honor deserves to be covered by no wrestling websites, even our dumpy little space. But I can’t resist bashing these morons. I had a good chuckle to myself that the last show I watched them on Tuesday and the announcers were talking like the show aired before their pay per view. I suppose if I had no life and watched at 5 PM on a Saturday I could have viewed it before the iPPV. That’s why I had to write this article though. The only non Raw crowd related article that grabbed my attention on Prowrestling.Net was that ROH’s iPPV feed crapping out, again. I don’t know why they deserve a spot on a syndicated show even if they’re in terrible time slots like 5 PM on  Saturday and Monday morning at 12:05 AM because reruns of Two and a Half Men always run over. The crapped out feed shows why I will not be attending their show that they will have here in Columbus. TNA has at least progressed far enough along that I would probably go to their show if the price is reasonable. I will most definitely be going to Raw that is at Nationwide Arena especially now that I renewed my PSL. Just recently, I ordered an iPPV from Prime Wrestling. A much smaller company than ROH. I had absolutely no problems with their feed. I even went back to watch it several times with no problems.

I am considering quitting watching their program because I watch too much TV anyway. But part of me wants to continue to rip off Jeremy’s old idea of “What TNA Did Right This Week”. Except, I’m going to take one moment from each show and illustrate why ROH is the worst. If I entertain myself and hopefully you, I’ll continue to watch this dog shit. -Kevin

Stunt Granny Interview Series: Joe Dombrowski of #PrimeWrestling & The Montreal Theory

Joe Dombrowski, the play by play man of Prime Wrestling, has taken his time to put together a two disc DVD about the infamous “Montreal Screwjob”. The first disc tells the official story that has been given to us by the WWE. The second disc tells a more interesting tale called the Montreal Theory. It questions whether Bret Hart was in on the story with Vince McMahon. The presenters, such as Steve Corino, Raven and Kevin Kelly, have a number of theories but they don’t all match. The disc can be purchased at Wrestlecon on April 6th & 7th. To learn more about it, go here. Mr. Dombrowski will also provide us with special insight on the product that he calls, Prime Wrestling. Did Dombrowski ever fancy himself a wrestler? Which league brought him his first job? Who are the influences on his announcing style? Why did they change the name from Pro Wrestling Ohio to Prime Wrestling? Their next taping is at the Cleveland Agora. What delayed the most recent taping? Is it a homecoming since the taping is in Cleveland? The last question is, will Dan be able able to attend Wrestlelution? Join him and Kevin for this special interview.

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