Deadlock Pro Wrestling is a podcast and a wrestling info site. It seems to be now a weekly Wrestling show too, called FIRE. And the first 2 episodes are mighty fine.
What’s So Good About It?
The crowd is FIREd up. They want to chant and no one is going to stop them. There aren’t hordes here, the room is fairly small, but it adds to the feeling that although this is new, the crowd at time-served with Deadlock Pro Wrestling and they know these wrestlers. That adds a shorthand you can’t manufacture.
Picture quality is pin sharp. It looks expensive. They don’t do anything to challenge the set up they have, like go outside or to the back, but the colours are deep, the show looks important and that’s a real plus.
Yeah, but what about the matches?
Alright, alright, I was getting there. They of course get the ground zero bonus.
What Do You Mean By That?
Well, everything seems new and fresh. Some if the wrestlers may be unfamiliar. The atmosphere you want to create still has a bow on it. And you can start laying the road to the Deadlock Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship.
This is what they do in DPW. With tourn a ment, no less. Now, that could have been a bore. But it was rather fine.
Pick Us Some Matches, Then
From Ep. 1 I’d probably favour the main event.
Andrew Everett v Rosemary
Everett is billed at 7ft 4″. Rosemary has never really been to my liking.
Both things were incorrect. This was a match of the year contender.
Well, you had;
Rosemary patted down by the ref who found 2 knives in her boots, about which Everett commented ‘that’s f*cked up’. He didn’t seem to mind the cleaver she brought to the ring.
Rosemary pulled out the signature tarantula hold over the ropes and trumped it with a sweet sling blade. She improved on a nice scorpion deathlock with a running Muta lock. Yes, a Muta lock. From a run. They both goozled and choke slammed each other.
The green mist was kicked out of Rosemary’s mouth and Everett immediately hit his falcon arrow finisher for a kick out! And Everett couldn’t go for the top rope shooting star press due to a low ceiling so he managed it from the 2nd strand for the pin.
It was fast, fluid and fantastic. Follow that, Deadlock Pro Wrestling! Calvin Tankman and Donnie Ray did. Not before Donnie was seen closing a door and telling us ‘I wasn’t doing nothing in there’ at the same time as a blowtorch came into the view. This ‘meltman’ is a worry. And very entertaining.
He also sold a huge Tankman pounce and meaty chops, but hit a lovely spinning kick through the ropes and a strangely brilliant corkscrew splash for a long 2 count. And then another from a sliding lariat. ‘Heavyweight Hustle’ Tankman got the pin from a back fist, massive spinebuster and then another backfist, just to make sure. Sometimes it’s difficult to make Tankman matches competitive, so fine is his work, but Donnie made me believe he might secure an upset. That’s classy, Deadlock Pro.
Is That It?
Ooh no. Not nearly. I knew Lucky Ali. But Kidd Bandit, whose promo was a video game and social media chat, was new to me. And I’m delighted to make his acquaintance. Why? This first-ever match for the North Carolina promotion was a bit of a breathtaker.
At one point the Kidd went under the ring and popped up to a wheelbarrow, almost set up for a DDT and then decided on a ‘rana. And then the crowd scattered when he knocked Lucky Ali out of the ring and Kidd Bandit decided to follow him, but was caught and slammed onto the empty chairs. Move of a very good match? Bandit winding up to a lock then a suicide dive into a DDT on the lime green carpet outside. But Ali seemed to have had enough of this and after a cartwheel head kick, there was a running lariat to the back of the head for a pin.
First Deadlock Pro Wrestling match. First Deadlock Pro Wrestling classic.
And The Tag Team Match Wasn’t Half Bad Either
Delinquents v The Reality
Managed/represented/quite liked by scenester Chris Danger – big reaction from the crowd – the Reality worked well together. But then so did Mikey Banker and Josh Fuller, who we saw trying hard against huge Bojack in the 1st episode, and their promo was rather good too. Early on the smaller Reality man, Chance Rizer, picked up the massive Delinquent Banker but then couldn’t do anything with him, so his partner Patrick Scott, the bigger man in that team, called out Fuller.
But soon Banker was in, stepping on his back and immediately elbow dropping him. And just to put a cap on it, he has his partner spin Rizer’s legs round to a nicely done backbreaker. Nice Reality throw and cutter for a long 2, too. There was good double team shenanigans here, including Fuller’s amazed face when he realised he could get to his corner for the tag was a picture.
Yeah, the Reality had the bigger time bigger-upper and so they of course got the pin. Opponent held, Scott fell forward as Rizer came off the top with an elbow to the back of the neck. Done. Nice tag team introduction. Nice match.
Yes, very much so. Looked good and the way Deadlock Pro Wrestling played it is with the sureness of a promotion which has been going for years. There’s enough going on here to make me watch for a long time to come.
Welcome, Deadlock Pro Wrestling. I think we’re going to be good friends