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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.