Wrestling Is Art is a new promotion in the New England area. I don’t know much about the company as far as who owns it or who runs it but in the end that doesn’t really matter. The show I went to tonight was only their second event (they ran their debut event last night in Haverhill, MA last night).
The doors opened pretty much on time, which for any indy show is a miracle! My front row ticket was waiting at the table and I got in quickly without a hitch. I commend them for running a very tight ship!
After a few minutes the gimmick table started to fill up with wrestlers. I talked to Denver Colorado (the man, not the city). I got a picture with Chuck Taylor then talked to my old buddy Colt Cabana for a few minutes. Soon it was time to begin the matches. I was pleased to see that the ring announcer was Gavin Loudspeaker (is there any event where he isn’t working?)
Drew Gulak vs. Mike Quackenbush
Gulak really impressed me at National Pro Wrestling Day so I was excited to see what he could do in the ring against Quackenbush. I was expecting a lot of high flying acrobatics from Quack but it turned out to be more of a mat war with lots of holds and reversals. It took the crowd a while to warm up and they were pretty quiet for most of this match. So much so that I could hear Denver Colorado (the man, not the city) over at the commentary table. I also heard them calling a couple of spots in the ring. Both men spent a lot of time working on each other’s arms (which made me think of Ole and Arn Anderson – that was their strategy). I don’t recall the finish but Quackenbush won. It was a good match just not what I was expecting. The first time I saw Gulak he reminded me of an MMA fighter and he did so again tonight, keeping Quackenbush on the mat. I got to talk with him during intermission and he was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and was very appreciative of my praise.
AssailANT vs. Francis O’Rourke
Francis got on Gavin’s case right of the bat for announcing him as “Francis” instead of “Frank”. The crowd really enjoyed calling him Francis. I don’t know a lot about AssailANT but this match was more about the crowd getting on O’Rourke’s case than cheering for him. O’Rourke got the win after a fairly good back and forth match. It was nice to hear the crowd wake up for this one!
Anthony Stone vs. Jaka
Jaka’s entrance reminds me a lot of the Tazmaniac/Taz gimmick. Anthony Stone is a smaller guy and this is the first time I’ve seen him in action (I did get to talk to him at National Pro Wrestling Day but he didn’t wrestle). Jaka really beat the crap out of Stone in this match! Stone did hit a crazy dive over the ropes onto Jaka on the floor that was insane. Stone ended up with red welts on his back and chest and he really took a beating. Jaka got the win by submission, I think. I liked Jaka and look forward to seeing him again.
Aaron Epic, JT Dunn & ThunderFrog vs. The Batiri
I brought a roll of toilet paper to throw when the Batiri got in the ring. One of them saw it in my hand and yelled “don’t you throw that!” which was funny. I enjoyed seeing ThunderFrog at National Pro Wrestling Day and I enjoyed the gimmick tonight too. They did a bit where ThunderFrog’s hammer got left on top of the ref and he couldn’t get up for a minute or two (and missed a pinfall attempt because of it). JT Dunn made some incredible dives to the outside. I’ve never seen him before but I would like to see him in a singles match to see just what he can do. Lots of double and triple teaming in this match and lots of silliness with the ThunderFrog’s hammer (which I find hilarious). The Batiri got the win here after a triple-team move on ThunderFrog.
During intermission I got pictures with Mike Quackenbush, Sugar Dunkerton (who really liked my One Man Gangnam Style shirt), JT Dunn, Sidney Bakabella, Gavin Loudspeaker and Drew Gulak.
Darius Carter vs. Brian Fury
I wasn’t familiar with either of these guys but Carter comes out in a suit, acting like a rich snob. He got a lot of heat by berating the crowd. Brian Fury seems like a no-nonsense badass kind of guy. Not a bad match, maybe a little sloppy at times but nothing too bad. Fury wins with a Boston crab!
AR Fox vs. Tim Donst
I was really looking forward to this match and it did not disappoint! Fox gave us some of his usual acrobatic offense, this guy can do things that I’ve never seen before and he makes it look easy! Donst delivered a move that looked devastating – basically a powerbomb onto the ring apron that had Fox favoring his back for the rest of the match (good selling by Fox?) Fox was going to hit Donst with his finisher (Lo Mein Pain) but Donst grabbed onto the cameraman’s shirt, preventing the move. Donst then won the match with a top rope STO. I was surprised to see Donst win, but it was a great match and I feel like Donst deserved it.
Devastation Corporation vs. F.I.S.T.
Devastation Corporation’s manager, Sidney Bakabella really cracks me up. He called Gavin Loudspeaker “Mike Mcguirk” and invited him to his hotel room, he made a reference to Fritz Von Erich and Kerry Von Erich in his pre-match rant, and at one point he called the referee “Lubich” (in reference to World Class Championship Wrestling referee Bronko Lubich). The guy is hilarious! F.I.S.T. consisted of Chuck Taylor and Sugar Dunkerton. The story here was that Chuck and Sugar don’t really get along. Sugar wants to be part of the team but Chuck is a jerk to him. Taylor spent most of the match avoiding the tag and making Sugar stay in the ring against the two big monsters. Chuck actually left at one point, went outside, came back in and threw some snow at the guys in the ring. Funny stuff!
When I saw Sugar a couple of weeks ago I thought his in-ring work was sloppy, but tonight he looked much better. Chuck Taylor ended up deserting Dunkerton, leaving him to fight on his own. Sugar put up a valiant fight but he couldn’t overcome the odds. Devastation Corporation picked up the win.
Green Ant vs. Colt Cabana
Gavin had us come up to the ring to do the “drum roll” for his main event introduction which was fun. Green Ant had some fans in the crowd which Colt took exception to and that was kind of funny. This was a good back and forth match with some comedy (after all it is Colt Cabana). Nothing revolutionary here, just a good solid match as you would expect from these two. Green Ant worked on Colt’s leg quite a bit and Cabana did a good job of selling it throughout the rest of the match (unlike some guys who seem to forget that their leg is supposed to be hurt). Cabana finished him off by dropping him onto the top turnbuckle. I actually have video of this because I was trying to take a picture and I accidentally took video instead!
Overall, I thought the show was great! It was very well run, started on time, had an excellent intermission with lots of wrestlers available for autographs and pictures and had good matches. Hopefully they will run again in Bridgewater. If so, I will be there! I’m not very good at estimating crowd sizes but I think there were just shy of 100 people in the crowd tonight.