Shame on me for only realizing seven weeks in that Warrior Wrestling have been airing a weekly ‘best of’ series on YouTube. It’s a smart move on their part. With so much uncertainty around running shoes at the moment, a free compilation series is a great way to get new eyes on your product and keep your name in people’s minds. Warrior Wrestling, of course, is much beloved on the independent scene, and I must admit to only having seen a few of their matches, so I’m excited to see via this series what they have to offer.
So, without further ado, let’s go straight to the ring!
Rhyno vs. Beast Man (Stadium Series 3)
It’s strange to see Rhyno these days as a kind of cuddly elder. I remember being a little terrified of him in ECW. I’m happy he’s still around though. Beast Man is a caveman the size of Yokozuna but angrier…didn’t think that was a sentence I’d ever write!
A quick side note on the football stadium setting—I love it! I’m a sucker for non-typical wrestling venues, and the stadium set up happily reminds me of those big outdoor shows the likes of the NWA, Mid-South and World Class would hold in the 80s, not forgetting Showdown in Shea. Who says tradition is dead in wrestling?
This match was a lot of fun. We had everything from an attempt to attack Beast Man with a lawn chair to Rhyno having his head slammed into a ringside drum (dig that beat!), Beast Man punching the ring post and having a bonzai drop countered with a chair to the Beasts’ balls. Thankfully he got the win after dodging a top rope elbow and nailing the Gore for the 1-2-3.
Was this a pure wrestling classic? No, and that’s fine—not everything has to be. Was I entertained from bell to bell? Hell yes! More Beast Man please!
Six-Person Scramble: Ace Austin vs. Rich Swann vs. Andrew Everett vs. Isias Velazquez vs. Gringo Loco vs. Bryce Benjamin (Warrior Wrestling 4)
A ‘Six-Person Scramble’, for those who don’t know, is basically a six-man free for all: no tags necessary, and the first person to get a pin or a submission wins. Sounds good to me.
This was a very entertaining collision and a bit shorter than I expected (ten minutes approx). This meant that the likes of Austin, Velazquez and Benjamin didn’t get as much of a chance to have a moment to shine, but what they did was crisp and stood out.
On the flip side, Rich Swann and Gringo Loco had a smooth-as-silk exchange early in the match that was a delight to watch, a six-man superplex spot was genuinely impressive, and Andrew Everett did his best Andre the Giant impression while he choke slammed everyone in sight (I could have done without him choke slamming himself, but it did at least raise a smile).
Ace Austin capped off the fun with a running brain buster to take the win. Good stuff!
Eddie Edwards vs. Austin Aries
I believe this might be around the time Austin Aries was having some issues with Impact’s management. I could be wrong though. Aries gets on the mic to start and runs down Edwards, calling him a wannabe Tommy Dreamer. Edwards tell him to bring it, so Aries does—with a kick in the balls!
This wasn’t a bad match by any means, but it did seem strangely heatless—until the last three minutes.
The last three minutes made it all worthwhile.
Edwards tried to suplex Aries over the top rope to the floor. Instead, Aries hit a neck breaker across the second rope, sending Edwards to the floor in brutal fashion. Edwards got to the apron, only to be cracked across the neck with a hard Kendo stick shot. Aries went to follow up with a dive under the middle rope, to be stopped by a Kendo stick shot to the head from Aries. Back in the ring, Aries found himself wearing a bin over his head as Edwards had at him with seven vicious strikes of the stick. This provoked a near-beaten Aries to give Edwards two middle fingers in defiance—big mistake! Edwards gave Aries another stiff kendo stick shot to the head before locking in a stick-assisted Last Chancery for the Aries tap out.
What an ending! Talk about bringing the drama…
I really enjoyed this show. It was a really easy watch; just three matches up front for your viewing pleasure with no other shenanigans. There was actually a nice variety of styles on display too amongst the three matches, as we got a hoss fight, a high spot/athletic contest, and a street fight, with a little bit of comedy sprinkled amongst the first two matches. Variety is the spice of life, as they say.
Warrior Wrestling has quickly made a name for itself as one of the best promotions on the independent scene. If you haven’t had the pleasure before, do yourself a favour and check out this show. You won’t be disappointed.
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