Here at Sports Obsessive, we like to think of ourselves as the new Home Of Independent Wrestling. Our goal is to bring you news, reviews, and articles on those promotions that don’t get mainstream media coverage, no matter if they’re a juggernaut like NJPW or somewhere further down the totem pole.
The House Of Pain Wrestling Academy is the definition of further down the totem pole and until yesterday I didn’t even know they existed.
The problem is that there’s so much wrestling out there in YouTube land, and across the internet as a whole, that sometimes promotions slip me by, but thanks to a re-tweet from Cedric Alexander advertising the first episode of their new weekly show, I decided to give it a watch and see what they’re all about.
And you know what that means.
It’s time to lace up our boots and head to the ring for the House Of Pain Wrestling Academy: Ep. 1 Review.
“The Loudmouth” Davey Thompson vs. Riley “Super” Nova
So let’s get this out of the way, shall we?
This is all new to me.
Not the writing or the reviewing of the show, though if you read some of the opinions people spout about me online you’d start to wonder, it’s very rarely, if at all, that a promotion comes into my line of sight where I know nothing about any of the wrestlers involved.
Yet, this is the situation I found myself in and not just with “The Loudmouth” Davey Thompson and. Riley “Super” Nova, but the rest of the card as well and I really don’t like going into situations blind.
However, by the time that this opening bout was over, I realized that I had nothing to worry about.
Both Thompson and Nova put on a decent curtain-raiser with the former playing the villain very well, including a nice eye rake, while the latter managed to get the win after reversing a move into a roll-up.
It had a good pace to it through-out, which I like, and after the bell, The Loudmouth stuck the boots into his adversary until “Diamond” Dave Andrews rushed the ring, signaling that this was far from over.
A good way to kick off the show.
Winner: Riley “Super” Nova
Nate Ajax vs. “Big Papa Goose” Troy
When I was 15, I spent my time usually sitting in a field with my mates, drinking cheap ass cider and smoking tabs.
Nate Ajax is 15 and he spends his time beating up people in a wrestling ring.
Kind of makes me feel I should’ve done something with my life.
I really enjoyed this. I liked the way “Big Papa Goose” Troy spent the first part of the match explaining each move he was locking in as he did it, I liked the way Nate Ajax threw it all back in his face whenever he got the chance to, and I like the way the two gelled to put on a very good battle.
There’s no denying that Nate Ajax is still learning his craft, but there’s also no denying that he has the natural talent to go as far as he wants in this business. He’s fast, agile, and strong and these are the three cornerstones of the industry today.
“Big Papa Goose” Troy would pick up the 1-2-3 here, spitting in Nate’s face before hitting him with a wicked-looking DDT, which he followed up with a knee to the back of the head that should’ve cleared it clean off Nate’s shoulders, but I suggest you keep a close eye on Nate Ajax.
He’s got that special something.
Winner: “Big Papa Goose” Troy
Joseph “The Fallen” Star vs. “Diamond” Dave Andrews
Having already seen “Diamond” Dave Andrews earlier in the show run out to make the save for Riley Nova, it was time to see what he could do in the ring alongside Joseph “The Fallen” Star.
This was a good old fashioned fight and I loved it. I’m as big a fan of flippy maneuvers and high flying as the next man, but sometimes all I want is to watch two guys get in the ring and try to beat each other to death with their bare hands. Which is what Joseph “The Fallen” Star and “Diamond” Dave Andrews did here.
Yes, there were moments where both used the turnbuckles or the ropes to hit a move, including a Jumping DDT from Star that was brutal, but this was about as rough-house as you can get.
Hard chops, stiff kicks, an amazing Flying Back Elbow or three, this was a great scrap that ended when Davey Thompson bum-rushed the squared circle to exact some revenge on Andrews for interrupting the kicking he was handing out to Riley Nova earlier in the evening.
This led to Nova making the save this time, but as Stixx said;
A Tag-Team rivalry seems to be born”
and I’m more than happy with that outcome.
Winner By DQ: “Diamond” Dave Andrews
Will I drink a beer too the House Of Pain Wrestling Academy?
Damn right I will.
Every wrestler has to start somewhere and on this showing the House Of Pain Wrestling Academy is a very good place to go get your footing. It’s obvious that the students are well taught and even though they’re learning on the job, not one of them put a foot wrong on this inaugural episode.
They’ve made a convert of me and it’s made me wonder why more wrestling schools or smaller promotions don’t use this same format to show off their talent and push themselves into the wrestling communities consciousness?
If you’re reading this and you do then please, feel free to hit me up over on Twitter and I’ll gladly check you out with a thought to a review, but as for House Of Pain Wrestling Academy, color me impressed and I’ll be back next week for your second episode.
I’m going to finish up this review the way I’ve been finishing up everything I’ve been writing over the past couple of weeks and that’s by reminding you that during this crisis we all find ourselves in, don’t forget that you can play your part.
If you love wrestling then support those whose livelihoods are going to be affected by this outbreak. Head over to Twitter and say hello, buy their Merch, donate to the companies with Go Fund Me pages who are trying to raise the cash to put on no audience shows to keep their people in work and all of us entertained, because now is the time we need to stick together.
Look out for each other, spare a brother or sister a dime and, most importantly of all, stay safe, Wrestling Community.