8-16-13. Ottawa, On. K of C Hall. For those of you who don’t know what Fighting Back is, it’s an event held to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. It seems like everybody has been affected one way or another by this horrible disease and there has been donations made before by Indy wrestling organizations but this is something different. It started as a tribute to a fallen friend named Phrank Morin (who wrestled as Stinky The Homeless Guy) and just keeps going. I think it’s a worthwhile event and even though I wasn’t around to see Stinky wrestle or even to attend the first event I’ve been to the second and third. Fighting Back 3 wasn’t under any certain banner but a combination of several different promotions all coming together for the same cause.
This years event was to feature a who’s who among the Canadian indy scene along with former WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick however it was announced that the “Card Is Subject To Change” and due to missing his flight, Kendrick was unable to attend. Another man that couldn’t make it was the massive Franky The Mobster. However, with all of the talented men and women that were there it didn’t affect the night. One really cool addition to the event was the Montreal wrestling Legend Gino Brito, Sr. …a former WWWF Tag Team Champion and he was the promoter of International Wrestling when I first started watching.
Once again the Fighting Back Invitational was held and the rules (which I’ve stolen right from the event page) are as follows:
1) A total of 16 participants will compete in the 1st Round.
2) The 1st Round will be made up of TWO (2), Fatal Four-way Tag team matches.
3) The 1st Round teams, will be dictated by RANDOM LOTTERY for partner selection.
4) The winning team from each match will proceed into the 2nd Round Finals.
5) The 2nd Round Finals will be a Fatal Four-Way match, single fall.
6) The Winner of the 2nd Round Finals will be crowned the 2013 FBI Champion!
Here’s what happened:
- “Superstar” Shayne Hawke & Jae Rukin def. Jodi D’milo & Sexxxy Eddy; The Incredible Hunks; & “Charming” Chaz Lovely & Craigslist Homo. I’ve said before that Shayne Hawke is the hardest working man in wrestling and that’s because he is. He and Rukin teamed up to beat the others in a great start to the show featuring all sorts of action including several dives over the top rope. It also had a certain amount of sexual tension between Eddy and Jodi and even Craigslist was after, well, every guy but most of all Eddy. He finally did get a “hold” of him (for those wondering). Lots of laughs and even better wrestling.
- Matthieu St. Jacques & “Dirty” Buxx Belmar def. Vanessa Kraven & Jeff Fury; Cecil Nyx & El Hijo Del Bamboo; & Angie Skye & “The Handicapped Hero” Gregory Iron. Another action packed match involving a fine group of individuals and a 505 pound panda. I’ve talked about all of these wrestlers on here before with the exception of Gregory Iron. For those who don’t recognize the name, you may have heard of him as the only wrestler with Cerebral Palsy. I first saw him wrestle for Pro Wresting Ohio (PWO, now known as Prime Wrestling) and right away I was impressed by the fact that he did what he did despite the adversity and challenges but I was also impressed by the fact that he’s good at what he does. Truly inspirational. We also got the typical antics from Buxx including him “puking” water onto Vanessa…nasty man that Buxx! Quite a funny thing happened when a fan yelled out to Bamboo,”She has your sister on her legs!” referring to Angie who had white and black fur over her boots…Bamboo stared at her and she looked at him apologetically…how cute she is! You go from that to TdT’s own Matthieu St. Jacques doing what he does best and that’s kicking ass. Good win for Mean and Nasty.
The ISW ring announcer, Moohamed The Terrorist Cow came out to make the introductions to the next match…
- Pinkie Sanchez beat Addy Starr to win the ISW Undisputed King Of Crazy Title. Holy sh*t. That just about sums up this one. I’m a big fan of both of them and this was Pinkie’s rematch for the belt so I knew everybody was in for a real treat. These two tore it up or should I say the tore each other up! I know I’ve mentioned how crazy Pinkie is but I’m telling you this was brutal! Addy is the toughest woman wrestler in the world. Period. I don’t know how many times they chopped, punched, kicked and slapped each other and I don’t want to know but they should be thrown in jail for it! Pinkie got his title belt back and the first thing he did was rip the “Queen” sticker off the belt. This was Addy’s last match before she goes to England so Pinkie then put her over and they hugged. Lots of applause for an incredible woman and a fantastic match. Great job!
- Beef Wellington beat Twiggy. Even though Beef has officially retired from active wrestling, he makes an exception to wrestle at Fighting Back. Beef told Twiggy that he planned on having a whatever is under the ring match. This included a butterfly net and some inflatable toys…unusual weapons to say the least. Twiggy had his cohort(I’m sorry, I can’t remember his name) with him but it didn’t help him at all. Actually, it hurt Twiggy and even more so embarrassed him as Beef repeatedly rammed his head into his bare backside. Ugh! Yes we did get to see one of the most devastating moves in history…the Ass Punch! Twiggy is a very tough individual so it took more than that to put him away. The finisher was a gnarly looking one and you’d think I’d remember what it was but I don’t. I just remember yelling out OOOOOHHH! Maybe it was some sort of underhook piledriver type thing. I can’t even describe it. Either way, it was done on top of an inflatable toy! Never mind…Beef wins.
- “M-Dogg 20” Matt Cross def. “MVP” Michael Von Payton. For those who may not be familiar with Matt Cross, he’s been all over including ROH, CZW, Prime Wrestling and even on WWE‘s Tough Enough. My first time seeing him so I was glad he was announced as part of the lineup. MVP is the go-to guy for every event where they need a good opponent. He’s wrestled every major star, it seems, that makes his way through the different feds. Really good match inside and outside the ring from two immensely talented wrestlers. Cross gets the win.
- The Food Fighters def. The Badd Boys by DQ. The Food Fighters issued an open challenge and that was answered by the newly out-of-jail Badd Boys. My first time seeing the Badd Boys but they had a strong resemblance to the team know as 3.0. However, this team is a lot meaner than 3.0 and remind me of Demoltion to be truthful…just no makeup. Always a fun time seeing Pasquale The Italian Chef and his partner Bastion Snow and Pasquale brought out his ever present loaf of bread and even treated us to a set of breadchucks! The Badd Boys used the loaf of bread on Pasquale resulting in a DQ and they were so mad they ended up beating on their manager and son Rikki Baddcliff Demo style, however, they proceeded to carry him out with them. Good stuff.
- “Dirty” Buxx Belmar def. “Superstar” Shayne Hawke, Jae Rukin & Matthieu St. Jacques to become 2013 Fighting Back Champion. The 4 remaining wrestlers from the Fatal 4 Way matches compete for the title of Champ. Just reading the names in the finals should tell you how good the match would be! So much crazy action the fans had to evacuate their seats a bunch of times. These guys were giving it their all as they should! In the end, it came down to who wanted it the most. Impressive win for Buxx and he goes down in history as the 2013 Fighting Back Invitational Champion! Congratulations “Dirty” Buxx Belmar!!
- “Intrepid Traveler” Paul London & “Speedball” Mike Bailey def. The Super Smash Brothers. Four of the best right here in the main event. I’ve always spoken highly of all of them especially of Paul London. I first met him at a 2CW event in NY and since then was part of a crew that brought him in to out home town for an autograph signing and a show that wasn’t meant to be. I say wasn’t meant to be because Paul wasn’t allowed to stay in Canada.
There has been much speculation and pointing fingers from people that weren’t anywhere near the border that night. I was there. So for the record and for the last time: Paul London and four others (including me) were attempting to cross over the Canadian border into Cornwall when we were sent into the customs office. They proceeded to keep us there for an hour and a half while they basically interrogated Paul in front of us and then in a separate room away from us. They scoured through old rulebooks and searched on the computer for all they could against him. They even watched some of his matches. They then said he couldn’t stay in Canada because he didn’t have working papers. Even though he was trying to entertain the fine Canadian fans at a CWA event, they stated that if it was another venue it would’ve been fine but because it was a bar that he was scheduled to wrestle at, he had to leave Canada at once. Paul was devastated outside telling me, “Ryan, I’ve never no-showed!” I told him he still didn’t just because the customs agents had a hard-on for him and wouldn’t let him make the booking. My friend Tim and his daughter then brought Paul back to Malone, NY while my friend Justin and I went to the show to report the bad news. We left shortly thereafter. That’s exactly what went down that night so all the idiots with their guessing games can shut the hell up…finally.
Back to the show. Such a great match with all of the high flying action you’d expect from these guys. Paul even managed to get a lot of top rope moves out despite the low ceiling. The SSB are a helluva good tag team and I’m glad they were here to take on the guy that can take a beating better than anybody (Bailey) and my friend Paul London. Back and forth, back and forth it went until the the bell was rung. Such an amazing ending to a fantastic show for a wonderful event.
What a show! Thanks to all the wrestlers, promoters, staff, and fans they were able to raise $11,500 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Such a great time and such great wrestling! Thank you everybody! Go see the show next year!!
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