By Kari Williams
Wars raged, battles ensued and rivalries became very personal at HVW’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.” With 117 fans in attendance, anything could, and did, happen. Lines were crossed, clashes escalated from levels of respect to full-out rage and fury.
The explosive night started off with “TNT” Keny G announcing that two semi-final matches would take place to determine who would face off for the HVW Tag Team Titles. In the middle of Keny’s spiel, Absolute Wrestling Radio Co-host Mark Bland showed up to prove the naysayers wrong. Bland claimed, among other things, that HVW was trying to be South Broadway Athletic Club (MMWA-SICW). Just as Keny began to defend himself, “Future” Donovan Ruddick came out and pummeled Bland. Nearly the entire locker room emptied to split the two.
In the first tag team title semi-final match, the Bandana Mafia (Pierre Abernathy and Evan Gelistico) took on Neil “Diamond” Cutter and the Blackhart. Gelistico and Blackhart started the match, with Abernathy waiting in the corner, threatening to unmask Blackhart.
Throughout the bout, the Bandana Mafia worked as a much more cohesive unit than Cutter and Blackhart, which greatly aided their efforts. Frequent Mafia double-teams wore down the unorthodox opponents. However, Cutter had Gelistico almost ready to tap as he locked him a brutal submission that seemed to have no way out. But Abernathy got the tag and put Cutter and Blackhart’s title aspirations on hold.
Mike Sydal wrestled the cocky “Peoria Pride Champion” Eric Allen in the following contest. Sydal’s fast-paced style kept Allen at a distance most of the match. With the fans on his side and athleticism galore, Sydal looked poised for victory.
Nevertheless, Allen’s frustration showed, and he soon resorted to underhanded tactics. Only moments before Sydal was sure to get the one, two, three, Allen caught Sydal in a pinning predicament. The Peoria Pride Champion had the tights, but the referee did not see; and, despite the fans and Sydal telling him otherwise, the decision was not reversed.
Mark Sterling put his PWE United States Championship on the line against the Crazy Luchadore
Rebelucha and Gary Jay. Sterling fought an uphill battle from the get go, as the fans had it out for him, and Rebelucha and Gary looked to be on the same page. The champion took some time out of the ring to strategize, while his opponents went at it. As soon as he found an opportunity, Sterling snuck back into the ring.
Much to the fans’ delight, he got what was coming to him, as Gary caught him before he could do any major damage. Gary’s high-flying meshed well with Rebelucha’s ‘rebelutionary’ antics as they tried to wrestle the belt from Sterling. The time out of the ring early on appeared to give Sterling that extra advantage he longed for, as he took out his aggression on Rebelucha. Once the damage was done, Sterling tossed Gary to the outside and covered a weakened Rebelucha to retain.
“Thee” Brandon Espinosa, accompanied by “Irresistibly Flawless” Brandon Aarons, had his hands full against the debuting Mississippi Madman. Espinosa was a little more than hesitant to get in the ring with Madman; he went so far as to pummel through the crowd and cower behind the fans, with Aarons quickly following suit.
After much deliberation, Espinosa manned up and stepped into the squared circle. Madman let Espinosa get in a free shot on more than one occasion, but Espinosa could not budge the behemoth, let alone knock him off his feet. Madman dominated the better part of the bout, and easily got the pin on the cocky Espinosa after Espinosa attempted to make Madman tap out. Not even Aarons’ presence at ringside could distract Madman.
After intermission, Keny announced that a battle royal would take place to determine who the best of the best is in HVW. The battle included Sean Vincent, Kabal, Alexandre Rudolph, Gary Jay, Evan Gelistico, Jimmy D, Mark Sterling, Neil “Diamond” Cutter, Brandon Espinosa and Pierre Abernathy, among others.
Chaos ensued and wrestlers were thrown to the outside at a fairly fast pace. Rudolph appeared to dominate the majority of the match, eliminating numerous competitors. Jimmy D and Rudolph ended up as the final two. Rudolph easily tossed Jimmy out the ring and claimed victory.
Santana G had her chance to get some revenge on Aarons for his actions at the last show, as she teamed up with “Spitfire” Davey Vega in her debut match. Aarons looked to Jessika Haze as the tag team partner of his choosing, and the battle got underway.
Both teams worked extremely well together and Santana looked impressive against Haze, a former women’s champion. Aarons and Haze had the two-man advantage with Espinosa and Magic Man lingering at ringside. But the Santana’s determination to make an impression outweighed everything else, as she took control in the closing moments, connecting with a standing moonsault to Haze for the victory.
Missouri Wrestling Revival Owner Josh Ray brought out Jeremy Wyatt to address the fans and talk about the upcoming MWR Pro Wrestling Showcase where Wyatt will face off against Dingo. Wyatt berated nearly every fan in attendance, and complained about not having a match for the night. Ray and Keny responded by giving Wyatt the opportunity to wrestle on HVW’s Oct. 10 show, but his opponent has yet to be named.
Dingo faced Tony Kozina in Kozina’s HVW debut in one of the most athletic and hard-hitting contests of the night. These two tremendous athletes took each other to the limit. Reversal after reversal and hold after hold, neither man would give an inch. Countless pinfalls left the fans begging for more. Kozina’s more grounded attack meshed tremendously with Dingo’s desire to fly.
When Dingo delivered a stiff kick to the back, it seemed to set the final moments of the match in place, as he speared Kozina, as well as connected with a flying cross body. Dingo ended the match with a small package as yet another reversal to Kozina. After the match was over, Kozina extended his hand to Dingo as a sign of respect for the battle they endured.
The second semi-final match for the tag titles took place next, as Full Contact Dojo went up against The Hooligans. The hard-hitting style of the Hooligans nicely complimented the high-risk feats of the Full Contact Dojo. Both teams used extraordinary teamwork and delivered an exciting match. Full Contact Dojo went completely airborne in an attempt to win a chance for the coveted titles in their debut.
They launched themselves between the top and middle ropes onto their dazed opponents. In the end, it was the illegal tactics of the Hooligans that wound up walking away victorious and as possible HVW tag team champions.
Kahagas and Ruddick went ballistic, in every sense of the word, in the main event for Ruddick’s HVW Heavyweight Championship. As The Livewire Champion did his best to walk away with two belts, Ruddick did everything in his power to utterly destroy The Japanese Nightmare. The battle lasted only mere moments in the ring before Ruddick and Kahagas sent fans running out of harm’s way as they pounded each other with steel chairs and a kendo stick.
Nothing was off limits for the two monstrous brawlers, even the inside balcony. Ruddick’s demise came at this point, when Kahagas sprayed the 6’9” Monster with green mist, blinding him. Kahagas used that opportunity to climb the balcony and launch onto the Heavyweight Champion, who he positioned on a table.
The Tokyo Monster walked out of the building holding both the Heavyweight and Livewire Championships, while Ruddick had to be helped to the back thanks to Mark Bland’s interference—a chair shot to Ruddick’s head and the always-present verbal abuse—which was one of the deciding factors of the match.
To witness The Hooligans take on the Bandana Mafia to crown the first ever HVW Tag Team Champions, to see Ruddick and Bland finally go at it and to see Wyatt’s mystery opponent revealed, take the trip to Granite City, IL on Oct. 10.