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In The Net Sports Complex
AR Fox vs JT Dunn in a first round match in the Legacy title tournament began the night, and what a way to open the show! Dunn and Fox have wrestled a few times across the Country, and every match has been stellar, and this would be no different. Dunn, working the strong heel, did so excellently. Fox was very over with the Legacy crowd, and worked that to his advantage throughout the match. Dunn and Fox threw everything they had at each other, even while knowing that one of them would have to wrestle again later that night, but it was Fox who came out on top after hitting lo mein pain and a 450 splash for the pin
The second contest, also to decide who would advance in the Legacy title tournament, saw two of the brightest up and comers on the indy scene today, as Eddie Smooth took on Joey Janela. This match was everything I thought it would be as the two young lions tore into each other immediately and the paced never slowed. Smooth, much more familiar to this crowd, still didn’t play the face, and Janela began to receive greater appreciation the more his talent was realized. After several “please don’t die” chants from the crowd, Smooth managed to hit his “photo finish” elbow drop for the big win.
Next up Kimber Lee took on Hania The Howling Huntress to decide who would be the very first woman to be crowned the Legacy Women’s champion. In a match that stood toe to toe with any other from this evening, Kimber Lee just edged out Hania after a very hard fought and tightly contested battle of spirit and wills.
Shane Strickland and David Starr then put on what was possibly the best match of the evening, something that on a night full of matches of this caliber is very hard to determine, but these two used every kind of skill available in the art of pro wrestling to keep the crowd entertained and paying attention. From fun spots to high spots, to crowd interaction and outside interference, this match had it all. It’s too bad Dunn had to get Starr disqualified, but seeing the former “Juicy Product” bring their feud to Legacy is great!
Dunn however wasn’t satisfied to simply screw over his former friend and partner. Dunn, followed by Kimber Lee, iPhone in hand filming the entire “scene,” said he was holding the show hostage until he was put into the Legacy title match. Dunn claimed he deserved it, even though losing to AR Fox in the opening match up! Legacy General Manager Kevin Murphy didn’t seem all that bothered by Dunn’s actions, and inserted him into the finale, changing it from a Fatal Four way to a Five Pack challenge!
Legacy then decided to feature local star TJ Mathis in a gauntlet match. This was in replacement of a “Dr. Ruthless” appearance, as Ruthless was injured a few weeks ago and could not make this show. Mathis, growing in skill weekly, has an incredible look. He ran through local performers Officer Hetfield, Ark Ripper & The Masked Madder in pretty quick succession. However; DJ Hyde then ran in from the crowd and took out TJ Mathis. Hyde then grabbed the house mic and said if Legacy wants to use Combat Zone Wrestling stars on their roster, he’ll show them what CZW is all about!
The crazed, and almost rabid looking Laszlo Arpad, the wild man from Hungary that seems to have snapped since coming to Legacy wrestling, came to ringside with Miss Brianna, BooKoo Buck$ to battle veteran Gran Akuma in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. After a hotly contested fight (as this was no “match,” both men fought all over the venue) Arpad picked up the win. It’s only fair to point out that Buck$ did indeed seem to “save” Arpad at one point, pulling referee Bryce Remsberg out of the ring as he was making the three count on Arpad.
The Bloodbound Warriors then battled Team CK in a special tag team attraction to decide the No. 1 contenders for the Legacy Tag Team Titles. Carr, being the smallest man in the ring, worked the crowd like a showmen, while using his speed and cunning to avoid Red Scorpion and Greywolf as much as he possibly could. The Blood bound Warriors worked together as they always do, and while Carr and Kage didn’t show any kinks, I have to believe it was their lack of recent matches together (Carr has been doing a lot of solo work) that cost them in the end, as mis-communication lead to their downfall, allowing the Blood Bound Warriors to pick up the victory after a classic tag team battle.
Then it was time for an insane “5-pack” main event match for the Legacy Heavyweight Championship! This match, a who’s who of indy wrestling, featured AR Fox vs JT Dunn vs Eddie Smooth vs Shane Strickland vs. PJ Black! There’s no way I can recap this match and do it any kind of justice. All five men went to war, and put their bodies on the line in a “do anything you can” effort to be crowned the first ever Legacy Heavyweight Champion. Each man appeared to have the match won more than once, but with so many participants, a pin break up was always available, until Fox managed to just slightly outlast the other four men and pin Dunn (once again) to be crowned the new, and first ever, Legacy Heavyweight Champion.
Kevin Murphy came to the ring and awarded the Fox the belt, but then clotheslined him and called out Eddie Smooth, Laszlo Arpad, and BooKoo Buck$. An old nemesis of Murphy’s, local wrestler Richie Nightmare, then made his way to the ring, steel chair in hand, but nailed Fox with a ridiculously stiff chair shot and then stood silently by as Murphy, and his cohorts further attacked Fox, and gave the belt to Smooth who held it aloft and celebrated as if he had just won the title! Nightmare would not comment afterwards, and Murphy told me that all he would say is that “you keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer!” Murphy and “Hollywood’s Finest” then celebrated their actions. Legacy Wrestling’s next event will be on Saturday August 22nd at “In the net” in Palmyra, Pa.
I love straight up wrestling that is as serious as it can possibly be, while still being professional wrestling. I love good “story lines” but if you can’t do them well, then I’d rather see fewer of them, and very few seem capable of doing them well. I love Ring of Honor, and New Japan pro wrestling more than any other, because they don’t give you anything too over the top, too unbelievable, or silly, and they don’t have many “characters” that make you shake your head and wonder if we are in the 1980’s WWF all over again. I go to a lot of independent wrestling shows, and while I almost always enjoy something they have to offer, I often find cringe-worthy matches, gimmicks, angles, and characters as well. In an attempt to try and “draw” every kind and type of fan, promoters want to put on a show that consists of every kind and type of wrestler and wrestling match you’ve ever heard of or seen. Instead of simply appealing to “pro wrestling” fans, they want to appeal to some “casual” market that will come see a wrestling show to laugh, or to even mock, or to sing along by following the bouncing little ball, etc. etc. Too often you get two or three matches with guys that are so green you’d think they’d never been trained. Then you’ve got the local guys that get on a show because they sold three dozen tickets to buddies and family members. I’ve bemoaned all the stuff in the past and if you’re even vaguely familiar with WDR, you know what we are all about. Well, tomorrow, Saturday June 6th you can actually come SEE what we are all about!
Legacy Wrestling makes their debut at In The Net Sports Complex, in Palmyra, Pa. just down the road from Hershey, Pa. In the Net is a tremendous venue for professional wrestling. The indoor double soccer field looks like a minor Astrodome of sorts, and Legacy’s presentation will simply be all the better in such a building. Add to that fact that every performer on this card is a serious as can be, straight up, majorly athletic, professional wrestler, and you have the makings for a major event. You definitely have the makings for a total display of what I call “Wrestling Done Right!”
The opening match ups, or “undercard” are so good that I hate labeling them as such. The former Hungarian Heavyweight champion, and former UWE United States Champion, and current FSW Heavyweight Champion, Laszlo Arpad, managed by Miss Brianna, will be challenged by long time indy veteran Gran Akuma in a falls count anywhere match! Seriously, how does one call this an undercard match? Some will have to be prepared to inform the Palmyra Police department that this is just a wrestling match going on, as I am sure the ruckus will be so bad they may indeed be called. Then we’ve got The Massive Blood Bound Warriors, Greywolf and The Red Scorpion, taking on multiple tag team title holding Team CK, where the winners will advance to the third Legacy card, to battle the winners of another tag match, that will be on the second Legacy card, winners becoming the first ever Legacy Tag Team Champions! So on the “undercard” we’ve got an insane falls count anywhere match, as well as a number one contender match up for the Legacy tag team championship!
Then we’ve got our first Legacy Wrestling Women’s champion being determined in a match between the tough as nails Kimber Lee, and the agile and quick Hania the Howling Huntress! These two are absolutely two of the greatest female workers on the indy scene today, and both could honestly hold their own against any man on the card. Anytime these two face off it’s special, but here we’ve got a title on the line! This match could honestly main event just about anywhere.
Finally, a tournament to crown the first ever Legacy Wrestling Champion! Everyone who is anyone that’s not been scooped up by Triple H for WWE’s NXT brand is in this tournament. Winners of their match, advance to a Fatal Four Way match against PJ Black (formally Justin Gabriel of WWE fame)! JT Dunn will battle AR Fox, these two have faced off a few other times in different parts of the Country and every fan that’s seen one of these match ups are still raving about it. David Starr battles Shane Strickland in a personal battle the two are waging all over the Country. Friends, and work out buddies, these two have recently gotten in each other’s way on their way to the top. This tournament matchup is personal! Then we’ve got two of the hottest new comers on the scene today in Joey Janella and Eddie Smooth! Many veterans have squared off with these two guys and have walked away with one in their loss column. Both men are frequently labeled “show stealer's” so what will happen when they square off for a chance to advance to the Legacy Wrestling Championship match? PJ Black (aka Justin Gabriel) hasn’t been shy in regard to this match either. He’s told me personally that I need to refer to him as “King of the Indies” and that he is “the biggest risk taker in all of indy wrestling!” None of these comments sit well with the six men fighting to get into the final with him, nor does the idea of him getting a bye just because of where he came from. Whichever three men win their matches, to wind up in the final against Black, it’s going to be absolutely unbelievable.
This is my last ditch effort to get you to come to this show. You will be witnessing wrestling history as I am completely confident that Legacy Wrestling is going to be a new standard bearer. I am certain this is the beginning of something really, really, special. I promise you that “history will be made as Legacy’s are laid!”
Well, Legacy Wrestling has advertised Matt Cross for their second show already, before the first show has even been held (see it this Saturday in Palmyra, Pa). As excited as I am by that, I’m left wondering how many central Pennsylvania fans will be even half as excited. Had they advertised a retired WWE guy, or a slightly better known TNA guy, I’m certain the buzz would be better. I mean who cares if Matt Cross is a star in Lucha Underground? Who cares that he’s worked for Ring of Honor, CHIKARA, and Wrestling Society X (on MTV), and who cares that he was a stand out on the fifth season of WWE’s “Tough Enough” program. Cross has stared in Indy darling promotions such as A.I.W. and C.Z.W. and spent three solid years in the afore mentioned Ring of Honor before becoming not only a star in the hotbed Lucha Underground, but a champion as a member of the Trios Champions with Ivelisse and Angelico. I mean Stone Cold Steve Austin is a fan of Matt Cross/Son of Havoc, but hey, why should that matter? Wouldn’t it better for Legacy to go out and pay a small fortune for a former WWE guy that doesn’t wrestle anymore, but will definitely sit at a table and sign autographs instead?
No, it wouldn’t be smarter. “Legacy” is so named because it’s time for someone to step forward and create a new “LEGACY in independent professional wrestling. It’s time that someone said “Here is where the future of wrestling lives.” Yes, everyone says that, but then they all fall back on bringing in the past. I love and respect wrestling’s past, don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate the legends, or those who “paved the way,” but there is so much incredible wrestling talent out there not performing for WWE, TNA, NXT, or even ROH (whom I do NOT consider an “indy” company) that someone could step up and focus 100% on those wrestlers and have the best show around. I’m telling you right now, that company is “Legacy Wrestling.”
I’ve told you all about the amazing tournament to crown the first ever Legacy Wrestling Champion. I’ve gone on and on about the tournament matchup’s between Eddie Smooth, Joey Janela, AR Fox, JT Dunn, David Starr, and Shane Strickland, where three of those men will advance to a fatal four way match against former WWE star, PJ Black (formally Justin Gabriel) for that beautiful championship belt. Those match ups are worth the mere $15 Legacy is charging for ALL TICKETS. I have not however focused on the other matches. Matches so good that I cannot call them “undercard.” We’ve seen the internet go insane over the quality of women’s matches being held by the WWE’s NXT brand, and rightfully so. Well, I can promise you that Kimber Lee vs. Hania The Howling Huntress will be just as great as any match you’ve ever seen in NXT. I can tell you that because both Hania and Kimber are two incredible talents that can hold their own with any of the men on this card, and they will be battling to become the first Legacy Wrestling Women’s Champion. Charlotte vs Natty Neidhart, and Sahsa Banks vs Becky Lynch were amazing matches. I loved them as much as anyone, but I know that I will see a match every bit as good as those, if not better, on Saturday, June 6th, at In The Net Sports Complex in Palmyra, Pa. because they are Wrestling’s Legacy!
I also know that when the Blood-Bound Warriors take on team CK to determine the first number one contenders to the Legacy Wrestling Tag Team titles, that it will be amazing as well. Sean Carr perfected tag team wrestling, and is currently perfecting the singles game, but for a chance at Legacy Gold he’s going back with his old friend, Kage to prove they are one of the best teams out there. These two men complement each other like no one else. Power and speed, strength and finesse, Team CK have battled with some of the top names in wrestling, so who can stop them? How about the absolute monsters “Greywolf and The Red Scorpion?” Training at “The Monster Factory” where they have been tag team champions, these two are the modern day Powers of Pain. Walls of muscle, each man is still capable of moving faster than you’d ever imagine. I’ve seen each man wrestle a high flyer like Carr in singles action, and all I can say is, don’t let them catch you. This tag team battle is going to be intense, and without a doubt will set the tone for indy wrestling tag team action anywhere.
Finally, we’re going to see the former, and longest reigning Hungarian Championship Wrestling, heavyweight champion of all time, Laszlo Arpad take on one of the only men alive, brave enough to accept a falls count anywhere match against him, Gran Akuma! Arpad has collected titles all over the world, literally, and now wants to show Legacy Wrestling that he’s a serious contender there as well. Akuma is a long time veteran of wrestling, and is out to stop the brash youngster, and prove that he is still a measuring stick for anyone wanting to claim greatness on the wrestling scene. As crazy as this battle will be, Arpad has been signed by Miss Brianna, BooKoo Buckz. Brianna is a well-known manager in the Eastern region, having managed an elite faction known as “Hollywood’s Finest.” Frustrated with the inner workings at one of the companies she was with in the recent past, she has secured Arpad to stake his claim in Legacy Wrestling so she can prove that she has one of the best eyes for talent in all of the business. Akuma, unfazed by this is certain nothing can help Arpad prevail over his experience.
While it’s nice to meet the legends, and shake the hands of those who paved the way, for me, it is more exciting to watch history being made, to watch the future unfold right in front of my eyes. WWE’s NXT is out there scooping up the hottest independent talent because even they see where wrestling is heading these days. Triple H and Vince McMahon see the handwriting on the wall, and they are acting on it. I mean Kevin Owens (formally Steen in ROH) just pinned John Cena on a WWE live network event! Vince McMahon demanded they sign Samoa Joe due to the crowd reaction to his one-time appearance on NXT! It’s time for all of you to stop looking in wrestling’s rear view mirror as well, and start looking into the coming sunrise so you can see wrestling’s LEGACY!