I had a great time representing Legacy Wrestling, as well as Wrestling Done Right at the first ever South Jersey Wrestlefest presented by Double Stomp Video and Matt Tremeont. The Legacy table got a lot of visitors who bought DVD’s and t-shirts as well as spent time talking to me about the company and what I do at WrestlingDoneRight.com. There is no doubt in my mind that Legacy, and every promotion at the convention got a lot of new fans last night. Here’s a quick rundown of the card with my thoughts on the matches.
CTW: NJ Charity Wrestling Showcase Match, Rude Boy Riley vs Kyle The Beast-
I went in not knowing anything about either man, and both impressed me. Beast is a large imposing figure with scary face paint that moved around well for a man his size. He had good gear and obviously takes training seriously. I was even more impressed with Riley who had an incredible look that reminded me of a young CM Punk. He was quick, agile, and athletic. I would definitely like to see him in Central Pennsylvania and preferably in legacy Wrestling.
Rockstar Pro Wrestling: Showcase Match,"White Trash Messiah" Ron Mathis vs Nate Wings-
Two more guys I didn’t know that also impressed me. Mathis reminded me of a cleaner cut (but not much) Briscoe brother. Tough as hell, and skilled in the ring. He could wrestle or fight, which is always a great thing. Wings was very good but very small. So small that it almost looked like child abuse when Mathis was on offense. I don’t say that to be rude towards Wings, because he’s very, very talented, but I hope he bulks up soon. My neck is bigger than one of his thighs! Good match though.
Combat Zone Wrestling: Showcase Match,"The Lariat" DJ HYDE vs Lio Rush-
Outsized, over powered, and one would think slightly intimidated having to face the “boss,” Rush gave Hyde everything he had in an entertaining match that saw Hyde come out on top only when he realized that he needed to take the smaller, faster, determined Rush more seriously. It was evident that Hyde was impressed and very proud to have Rush in CZW.
DOJO WARS: 10 Person Tag Team Showcase Match
Conor Claxton/Blackwater/Curt Robinson/Brittney Blake/Qefka
Frankie Pickard/George Gatton/Penelope Ford/Dan O'Hare/Tropper Audubon
Very difficult to keep up with, but Blake, Pickard, and Gatton were the stars of the match in my opinion. Pickard is a technical guy and seems to have gotten down a lot of stuff over the last few months. He has a simple/plain look that doesn’t bother me, but I think he could benefit from some type of gimmick or style. Brittany Blake is very over, and hasan AJ Lee kind of quality to her. Gatton, another plain style of guy is also very over with the New Jersey crowd. I see these three being ready to break out with a few tweeks to their style and substance.
On Point Wrestling: Showcase Match (Non-Title),"Bad Boy" Joey Janela vs Drew Blood
Subbing or Drew blood was Jeff Cannonball who has come on like a house of fire in On Point so far this year, and getting in a match with the champ, one of the hottest rising stars in all of wrestling will only help Cannonball keep rising as well. The rules seemed to have been tossed out for this bout as both guys hit each other with chairs and kendo sticks throughout the bout. The end came when Janela set up a steel chair center ring, got Cannonball to kis kees and jammed his head through the back of the chair, laying it on the seat. Janela then climbed to the top rope and delivered a flying double stomp onto cannonballs head! It was brutal to say the least.
VOW: Vicious Outcast Wrestling Showcase - 3 Way Dance, Andrew Palace vs Jimmy Nutts vs FAÇADE
-This was as good as I thought it would be as all three of these guys gave it everything they had. Nutts was an amazing “heel” throughout the bout with Palace and Façade playing up the crowd big time. Palace is so high energy he makes me tired watching him, and Façade is always over with his acrobatics and stunning valet Dani, that Nutts was distracted by several times. The ending came out of nowhere when Nutts pinned Palace even though it appeared Façade had broken it up. Still though, it was one of the best bouts of the night over all.
DAWG Showcase Heavyweight Title Match,(c) Dirty Money vs AR FOX
Fox out maneuvered Money all match long, but the Dirty one refused to stay down, kicking out of nearly every major move Fox could put on him. Money’s manager was a constant nuisance as well and Mrs. Fox had a hard time trying to combat that. The crowd, always electrified by Fox was stunned when Money held on to the rope causing fox to miss his finisher Low mein pain, then pinning Fox with aid from the putting his feet on the ropes and also getting a hand from his ever present manager. Even though coming up short, the entire bulding chanted “AR Fox, AR Fox” after the bout had ended.
Inter - Species Wrestling Showcase: Other Title Match, (c) Fluffy vs Kai Katana
Floppy was what I thought he would be, a mental patient that wears a bunny mask and comes to the ring to “Here comes Peter cottontail.” That’s just the kind of thing Inter-Species fans love so, it is what it is. I’m a fan of Katana and enjoyed seeing his performance but he couldn’t overcome the girth of Floppy and fell just short in an okay match.
NYWC: Tag Team Showcase Match (c) Stockade & Joe Gacy vs Flawless & Lawless
Gacy and Stockade are the two singles champions of NYWC which tells you they must be a solid company as both men are solid single performers, but I was very impressed with the team of Flawless and Lawless. They are massive men with great agility that worked well together. The match was a very good tag team match that saw the two single champions pull it out, but as a fan of legitimate teams that aren’t just two guys tagging because they have nothing else to do, I loved Flawless and Lawless and I definitely want to see more of them, including in Legacy who are in need of tag teams.
ACE: Showcase Match TJ Marconi vs Astro Morales
Not being familiar with these men, or their promotion I was fairly impressed. Both looked good, performed good, and put on a good match over all. I do feel however that Marconi tried to make up for an average performance the rest of the night, performing like a man possessed during the Rumble match and demanding attention at intermission. He showed me his huge personality far more in those two instance than he did in his match, but the crowd was dead most of the night and could have played a big part in me not enjoying his match as much as I could have.
Valkyrie Women's: Showcase Match (c) Kacee Carlise vs Nyla The Destroyer
Pretty entertaining matchup between hard hitting and amazing heel Carlisle, and the new Nyla Rose (Now Nyla the Destroyer). Nyla is much better as a monster heel than a fan friendly American Indian. The two ladies took it to each other pretty hard but Kacee’s entourage helped her pull out a cheap victory. I would have honestly liked this more if it would have been a fair one on one match up. I understand Carlisle’s entourage is part of her gimmick, but they hurt the match quality in my opinion.
The main event is set to be a 30 man inner promotional Rumble!
As I mentioned earlier this is where Marconi shined. He walked out with a big card for his next match/event tucked into his pants advertising it to all the fans before he entered the ring. He word an “ACE” hat during the match and had a lot of fun with it. After being eliminated he took that card and had wrestlers that were still participating in the match autograph it. You had to be there to understand the humor in this. It did a lot to draw attention to Marconi in a positive way. Besides that, the match was very hard to follow even though they called out promotions so many at a time (much better than having everyone start at once!) DJ Hyde stood in a corner all match long holding a kendo stick, as such being assured that no one would approach him. After nearly everyone was eliminated Hyde came to life and wound up one of the final two against one of his students George Gatton. It was a complete mismatch as Hyde dominated Gatton for several minutes until suddenly something just seemed to go off in the rookie. Gatton fought back time and again against the stunned Hyde. At one point, as Hyde re-gained the advantage and hit thunderous chest chops, Gatton reversed a Hyde corner rush and flipped him over the top rope to the floor, winning the Rumble!
Over all it was a very good and quite successful South Jersey Wrestlefest. Thanks to Double Stomp and Matt Tremont for putting it all together and making it fun and exciting. Here’s hoping this was just the first ina string of them for years to come. Here are the performers I was most impressed with and would be very happy to see appear for Legacy Wrestling (not mentioning those already having appeared before in the future)
-Rude Boy Riley
-Matt the Beast
-Flawless and Lawless