AS I SEE IT
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
CZW returned to Delaware for what was one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had as a wrestling fan…Tournament of Death VIII at the Markland family farm (aka heel wrestler DJ Hyde) in Townsend, DE. We’re talking a rural area, folks…rural enough that this came into play in a very scary way at the show’s end…rural enough that the property had a tree stand for hunting (no deer were used as weapons at TOD…maybe next year).
This event was one of the best organized events with plenty on the farm grounds, port-o-potties, well-organized concessions, and the usual BYOB adult beverages, which (as always) some fans handled better than others. The “Deathstock” jokes actually seemed to fit as there were at least three pre-show barbecues going on pre-show (not counting the concession stand).
Tournament of Death VIII had a good strong crowd (higher than Observer crowd estimates), that hung in there through a long afternoon into evening, although got impatient with the non-tournament matches that prececded the main event, as you’ll see in later results.
Cinderblocks were stacked up with light tubes stuck through them, panes of glass, and light tube bundles around the ring. Thumbtack Jack puts a dildo in DJ Hyde’s mouth. A predictable “you suck dick” chant gets started Thumbtack Jack gets slammed through the cinderblock contraption. Here’s where it gets really sick. DJ Hyde gets a (presumably gimmicked) cinderblock and breaks it over Thumbtack Jack’s head. Later, Thumbtack Jackjust INJECTS DJ HYDE WITH A SYRINGE, If you think it was gimmicked, the syringe was hanging from DJ Hyde’s arm at one point. Later, Hyde responded by putting twor syringes through Thumbtack Jack’s cheek. Jack later answeed him by driving Hyde through a pane of glass set up on two stacked cinderblocks and setting the glass on fire. If that wasn’t enough, after Hyde was stuck in the ropes putting acupuncture needles into Hyde’s head. After the melee, Thumbtack Jack advanced by pinfall.
Wrestlers need time to heel up a litle bit. So CZW puts non-tournament matches in usually at this point in TOD. Fans, however, also crap on these matches each and every year, usually for no good reason.
In those matches:
Final round/200 light tubes and panes of glass deathmatch
In the main event, Thumbtack defeated Nick Gage by forfeit…well, sort of.
Here’s where the rural location of this match caused a bigtime problem. Nick Gage went through one section of the light tubes woven through the ropes, and suffered a BAD cut under his ribs, bad enough that he got out of the ring immediately. Given all the sick spots of the day, it’s oddly ironic that a fairly “routine” deathmatch spot caused this kind of bigtime injury.
Here’s where booking on the fly came in… Given that CZW had absolutely no choice, an impromptu battle royal started, with Jon Moxley jumpting Thumbtack Jack, follwoed by Sami Callahan, joined by DJ Hyde, followed by Drake Younger, Scotty Vortekz, Zandig, Dysfunction, Brain Damage. Zandig seems to have won the battle royal and is first declared champion, then tells the crowd “I don’t put myself over at my own shows”, more or less declares the main event a forfeit and declares Thumbtack Jack the 2009 winner.
An ambulance seemed to take forever to get to the venue (one story was that it sat at the end of the property and refused to come in until police got there). After the ambulance finally decided to come in. Local officials wound up having to bring in a chopper (yes, the farm was large enough that a chopper could land) to take Gage to a local hospital. Gage was reported as of this morning to be OK, although having lost a lot of blood. The story is that Gage wanted to somehow try to work the main event match, and CZW was smart enough to prevent him from doing so.
To close, more this week on wrestling doing good…
Wolverine Pro Wrestling returns to Skateland West (37550 Cherry Hill) in Westland, MI. Sunday, June 28th for A Mid-Summer’s NightMARE!
Not only will this be a night of pro wrestling but it will also be to support autism research. 40% of all ticket sales goes to the Autism Society of Michigan. Belltime is 6:00 p.m. WPW will once again have a stacked line-up with plenty of new additions including former WWE and ECW Star Kevin Thorn! WWF Legend and one of the longest reigning Tag Team champions in the history of WWE/F, Demolition Ax (a.k.a. The Masked Superstar) will also be in action June 28th.
Combined the pairing of Kevin Thorn and Demolition Ax will be holding a professional wrestling Seminar/Fan Axxess which is open to the public! The cost will be just $30 and you will get the opertunity to step in the ring with both stars, get basic or advanced in-ring training, get advice on the mic, plus learn more about the wrestling business in general! Also scheduled for a Mid-Summer’s NightMARE include (but not limited to):
“All Nite” Adam Renolds
Sam Farmer makes his WPW debut
Ashton Amhurst will make is Michigan Wrestling debut
Tickets: VIP (Exclusive Meet and Greet and priority seating) $25/Gneral Admission $20/CEP Students with School I.D. (14-18)-$10/Kids 13& Under$5. For more information please go to Wolverine Pro Wrestling or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
To conclude, a note from CZW’s Sabine Kernaghan on their efforts to raise funds at the 2009 Walk Now for Autism Research. Sabine works professionally in special education and has worked on behalf of autistic children for some time.
On June 13 (yes, just before Best of The Best) Shawn, Kylie, the rest of Noah’s Ark and I will be walking in South Jersey for Autism. If you can’t make it to the show and wish to donate I will paste the Noah’s Ark team page team website here for online donations.
As always, I need to leave you with some facts about autism:
Until next time…
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