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Woooo doggy what a GREAT show! Let's get this recap cracking:

JT Dunn vs. Anthony Henry: So for us here in New England, and especially in Rhode Island, JT Dunn is SUPER over. He's easily one of the name guys for the feds up here and has recently done some work with TNA and is a personal favorite of mine. They asked the crowd before the show if there were any first timers in the crowd and quite a bit made noise so when JT came out to a one of the biggest pops of the night, it must have instantly established him as a big deal with the fans who weren't familiar. The match was great and had a lot of false finishes. I was unsure if it was the right match to start the card with, but Henry & Dunn delivered. The highlight for me was when they were on the outside of the ring, and Henry had Dunn against the railing right in front of me and my buddies. Henry ran around the ring and was going to clothesline JT over, which he failed at earlier. When Henry took off, my buddies stood up and moved and I sat there defiantly...until JT Dunn came spilling over the railing and landed right in my lap. His feet were all but two feet from kicking me in the face. But I'm a badass and didn't even flinch. The end came sort of out of nowhere with Henry scoring the upset win. Instantly gave Henry credit with the fans because JT is coming off of a win over ZSJ and his reputation in these parts is teflon, so a loss doesn't hurt him in the least.

Maria Manic vs. Tessa Blanchard: Ok, alright, three things that I learned from this match: Tessa Blanchard is stunningly gorgeous in person. Maria Manic is HORRENDOUS in the ring. Tessa Blanchard can take anyone and at least make the match respectable. Honestly, I can't really say much about Manic because, as I already established, she's down right awful. Tessa is not, and it's shame she got stuck with Manic. Blanchard won after the match dragged on for a bit. The only real knock on the card.

David Starr (c) vs. Keith Lee for the wXw Shotgun Championship: Going in to the night, I told my buddies that this match was going to steal the show. I'm a David Starr mark and he might be the most charismatic guy on the indies right now and Keith Lee lives up to his moniker of "Limitless." However, my prediction for it being MOTN was off...because, when it's all said and done, this just may be my 2017 Match of The YEAR! I know it's early in 2017, but holy hell. HOLY. HELL! I don't know where to start: they tried established Starr as the heel and Lee as the face, but they were both so over that there was no way fans were going to draw the line. Starr dwarfs in comparison to Lee, and these two guys played into it wonderfully. It started out comical with both guys engaging the crowd, then it got down to business and they totally ran away with the show and didn't look back. It's hard to explain this match without seeing it because some of the stuff they pulled off is amazing given the size differential. I'll just cut to the chase: after a great showing, Starr was able to squeak out the victory and the moment that bell rang the entire place erupted and every shot to their feet and gave a MAJOR standing ovation for both men. This was the first time where I've seen a live match where everyone was in consensus on how stellar the bout was. I truly hope that they post this match online, because I will watch it over and over again and you guys deserve to see it as wrestling fans. Go and support David Starr. Go and support Keith Lee. They are two of the best things going on the indie scene right now.

Ricochet vs. Flip Gordon: I'm a big fan of Flip Gordon and I obviously know and respect Ricochet, but once these guys came out, I was totally shot. My energy was almost gone after that MOTY candidate, and I didn't know how much I had left...but these guys didn't let me down! Admittedly, it took a few minutes for me to really rebound and get in this match. As you'd expect with Ricochet and a guy nicknamed 'Flip', this was a match that Jim Cornette would have HATED to watch. They had great chemistry and hit some wonderful spots, which given the lower ceilings in the venue made it more impressive. Similarly to the last match, given how over Flip Gordon is here in New England and how popular Ricochet is, there wasn't a clear cut heel/face dynamic and honestly the crowd was pretty split which I thought was great for a guy like Flip. Ricochet would go on to get the win, and similarly the crowd gave a huge ovation for the two men (only about half the crowd stood up for this one though.) After the match you could sense the respect both men had for one another, and I think that Ricochet did a wonderful job of making Flip Gordon look strong tonight despite him taking the loss.

TK O'Ryan (c) vs. Mike Bennett w/ Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat as the Special Ref for the XWA Title: This storyline has been going on for about 3-4 months now. The premise is simple: TKO is the young, brash, arrogant champ who is apart of the The New Kingdom with Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia (they currently hold the 6 man tag titles on ROH) and Bennett is the former Kingdom member who is obviously with TNA now. Bennett is sort of the "ace" of XWA you could say, and draws people in and is super entertaining despite not being the most talented guy. He's fun. I'm a TKO mark but I always pop for Bennett because you can see he loves what he does. Anyway, if Starr/Lee didn't fully burn me out, then Ricochet/Flip took whatever was left because I was a little flat for the main event. As opposed to the more brawling, psychology and spot based matches earlier in the card, this one fell under the 'sports entertainment' title and told more of a story as opposed to a fluid match. There was a funny part early on where Bennett had TK on the mat in a headlock and TK reversed it so Bennett was being pinned. Calmly, Steamboat walked over and nudged Bennett with his legs to roll him back to where he was and off of the mat. Long story short, Bennett won the match and the title which honestly was a bit surprising because he doesn't need the belt, nor does the belt need him. However, in the scope of the story, it worked. TKO has a win over Bennett, and now The Miracle has one over TKO. Plus, when they gave the belt to Bennett he did gazed at it for a minute and really sold that this was a crowning achievement for him. Again, if you're a new fan and you hear how this guy on national TV every week is looking at this title for your local fed as if it's the culmination of his career, that tells me it's an important belt to have and I want to know where it goes from here. It worked and I was fine with the outcome.

30 Man Xtreme Rumble: This started closer to 11pm and I was gassed. Done. Exhausted. It's your typical Rumble match rules, but when it gets down to the final 4, it turns in a fatal 4 way. They had a bunch of bingo hall type guys in the match, sprinkled with names that are pretty big for our local scene (Vinny Marseglia of The New Kingdom, Rude Boy Riley, Christian Casanova, Ace Romero and Flip Gordon.) There was always one or two guys in the ring at all times to hold it together and keep things flowing nicely. The big surprise of the night came when the lights cutout after a countdown. I laughed because Marseglia (who's gimmick is essentially a hyper active, cocky punk) was sitting on the steps (avoiding elimination 90% of the match) and mocking sat there making gong noises as if Taker was coming out. But it was...Gangrel! I popped because his entrance theme is always a nostaglic moment for me...but boy he's seen better days. He looks ran down. Anyway, the final four consisted of Rude Boy, Flip and two other guys who didn't really move the neddel for me. It came down to Rude Boy and Flip and they put on a solid showing to close the night out despite midnight rapidly approaching. Rude Boy went over, and it was then announced that XWA (who has been teasing a new title for some time) were making Rude Boy vs. Flip a Best of 3 series to be played over the next few months with the winner getting the new title. Again, this establishes the belt instantly with either guy winning it and does a good job of honoring two guys have really made XWA a priority and it'll keep the fan base wanting more (I'm ALL IN on these guys going at it for 3 matches.)

Simply put, this night was beyond my expectations. JT Dunn vs. Anthony Henry was a slug fest. Ricochet vs. Flip was fantastic. TKO vs. Bennett told a great story. The Rumble was serviceable. But David Starr and Keith Lee? Like I said earlier: Match of The Year contender.
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Woooo doggy what a GREAT show! Let's get this recap cracking:

JT Dunn vs. Anthony Henry: So for us here in New England, and especially in Rhode Island, JT Dunn is SUPER over. He's easily one of the name guys for the feds up here and has recently done some work with TNA and is a personal favorite of mine. They asked the crowd before the show if there were any first timers in the crowd and quite a bit made noise so when JT came out to a one of the biggest pops of the night, it must have instantly established him as a big deal with the fans who weren't familiar. The match was great and had a lot of false finishes. I was unsure if it was the right match to start the card with, but Henry & Dunn delivered. The highlight for me was when they were on the outside of the ring, and Henry had Dunn against the railing right in front of me and my buddies. Henry ran around the ring and was going to clothesline JT over, which he failed at earlier. When Henry took off, my buddies stood up and moved and I sat there defiantly...until JT Dunn came spilling over the railing and landed right in my lap. His feet were all but two feet from kicking me in the face. But I'm a badass and didn't even flinch. The end came sort of out of nowhere with Henry scoring the upset win. Instantly gave Henry credit with the fans because JT is coming off of a win over ZSJ and his reputation in these parts is teflon, so a loss doesn't hurt him in the least.

Maria Manic vs. Tessa Blanchard: Ok, alright, three things that I learned from this match: Tessa Blanchard is stunningly gorgeous in person. Maria Manic is HORRENDOUS in the ring. Tessa Blanchard can take anyone and at least make the match respectable. Honestly, I can't really say much about Manic because, as I already established, she's down right awful. Tessa is not, and it's shame she got stuck with Manic. Blanchard won after the match dragged on for a bit. The only real knock on the card.

David Starr (c) vs. Keith Lee for the wXw Shotgun Championship: Going in to the night, I told my buddies that this match was going to steal the show. I'm a David Starr mark and he might be the most charismatic guy on the indies right now and Keith Lee lives up to his moniker of "Limitless." However, my prediction for it being MOTN was off...because, when it's all said and done, this just may be my 2017 Match of The YEAR! I know it's early in 2017, but holy hell. HOLY. HELL! I don't know where to start: they tried established Starr as the heel and Lee as the face, but they were both so over that there was no way fans were going to draw the line. Starr dwarfs in comparison to Lee, and these two guys played into it wonderfully. It started out comical with both guys engaging the crowd, then it got down to business and they totally ran away with the show and didn't look back. It's hard to explain this match without seeing it because some of the stuff they pulled off is amazing given the size differential. I'll just cut to the chase: after a great showing, Starr was able to squeak out the victory and the moment that bell rang the entire place erupted and every shot to their feet and gave a MAJOR standing ovation for both men. This was the first time where I've seen a live match where everyone was in consensus on how stellar the bout was. I truly hope that they post this match online, because I will watch it over and over again and you guys deserve to see it as wrestling fans. Go and support David Starr. Go and support Keith Lee. They are two of the best things going on the indie scene right now.

Ricochet vs. Flip Gordon: I'm a big fan of Flip Gordon and I obviously know and respect Ricochet, but once these guys came out, I was totally shot. My energy was almost gone after that MOTY candidate, and I didn't know how much I had left...but these guys didn't let me down! Admittedly, it took a few minutes for me to really rebound and get in this match. As you'd expect with Ricochet and a guy nicknamed 'Flip', this was a match that Jim Cornette would have HATED to watch. They had great chemistry and hit some wonderful spots, which given the lower ceilings in the venue made it more impressive. Similarly to the last match, given how over Flip Gordon is here in New England and how popular Ricochet is, there wasn't a clear cut heel/face dynamic and honestly the crowd was pretty split which I thought was great for a guy like Flip. Ricochet would go on to get the win, and similarly the crowd gave a huge ovation for the two men (only about half the crowd stood up for this one though.) After the match you could sense the respect both men had for one another, and I think that Ricochet did a wonderful job of making Flip Gordon look strong tonight despite him taking the loss.

TK O'Ryan (c) vs. Mike Bennett w/ Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat as the Special Ref for the XWA Title: This storyline has been going on for about 3-4 months now. The premise is simple: TKO is the young, brash, arrogant champ who is apart of the The New Kingdom with Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia (they currently hold the 6 man tag titles on ROH) and Bennett is the former Kingdom member who is obviously with TNA now. Bennett is sort of the "ace" of XWA you could say, and draws people in and is super entertaining despite not being the most talented guy. He's fun. I'm a TKO mark but I always pop for Bennett because you can see he loves what he does. Anyway, if Starr/Lee didn't fully burn me out, then Ricochet/Flip took whatever was left because I was a little flat for the main event. As opposed to the more brawling, psychology and spot based matches earlier in the card, this one fell under the 'sports entertainment' title and told more of a story as opposed to a fluid match. There was a funny part early on where Bennett had TK on the mat in a headlock and TK reversed it so Bennett was being pinned. Calmly, Steamboat walked over and nudged Bennett with his legs to roll him back to where he was and off of the mat. Long story short, Bennett won the match and the title which honestly was a bit surprising because he doesn't need the belt, nor does the belt need him. However, in the scope of the story, it worked. TKO has a win over Bennett, and now The Miracle has one over TKO. Plus, when they gave the belt to Bennett he did gazed at it for a minute and really sold that this was a crowning achievement for him. Again, if you're a new fan and you hear how this guy on national TV every week is looking at this title for your local fed as if it's the culmination of his career, that tells me it's an important belt to have and I want to know where it goes from here. It worked and I was fine with the outcome.

30 Man Xtreme Rumble: This started closer to 11pm and I was gassed. Done. Exhausted. It's your typical Rumble match rules, but when it gets down to the final 4, it turns in a fatal 4 way. They had a bunch of bingo hall type guys in the match, sprinkled with names that are pretty big for our local scene (Vinny Marseglia of The New Kingdom, Rude Boy Riley, Christian Casanova, Ace Romero and Flip Gordon.) There was always one or two guys in the ring at all times to hold it together and keep things flowing nicely. The big surprise of the night came when the lights cutout after a countdown. I laughed because Marseglia (who's gimmick is essentially a hyper active, cocky punk) was sitting on the steps (avoiding elimination 90% of the match) and mocking sat there making gong noises as if Taker was coming out. But it was...Gangrel! I popped because his entrance theme is always a nostaglic moment for me...but boy he's seen better days. He looks ran down. Anyway, the final four consisted of Rude Boy, Flip and two other guys who didn't really move the neddel for me. It came down to Rude Boy and Flip and they put on a solid showing to close the night out despite midnight rapidly approaching. Rude Boy went over, and it was then announced that XWA (who has been teasing a new title for some time) were making Rude Boy vs. Flip a Best of 3 series to be played over the next few months with the winner getting the new title. Again, this establishes the belt instantly with either guy winning it and does a good job of honoring two guys have really made XWA a priority and it'll keep the fan base wanting more (I'm ALL IN on these guys going at it for 3 matches.)

Simply put, this night was beyond my expectations. JT Dunn vs. Anthony Henry was a slug fest. Ricochet vs. Flip was fantastic. TKO vs. Bennett told a great story. The Rumble was serviceable. But David Starr and Keith Lee? Like I said earlier: Match of The Year contender.
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I don't know anything about the Indy scene but I'm glad you had a good time.
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Wonder how much a Steamboat appearance fee is in 2017?
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One of my favorite workers, TK O'Ryan (1/3rd of The New Kingdom, and ROH's 6 Man Tag champs) recently broke his leg at an ROH show while hitting a pretty tough spot. Here's the video if you feel inclined to watch:


It sucks because he's a young guy who is really starting to get some traction. He's a big draw up here in the Northeast (XWA & NEW use him as a main eventer) and as I just noted has gotten some good burn in ROH by being mentored (in real life) by Matt Taven. Damn shame but I'm already looking forward to his return when he's 100%.
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A lot of big name's for the local/East Coast region. I'm looking forward to pretty much every match, JT Dunn & David Starr are two of my favorite workers today, but I'm willing to bet than Gresham vs. Flip will steal the show. I preach it all the time, but if you've never seen a David Starr match, please do so.
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I'll be headed out in about 90 minutes with my buddies to attend the show. Pretty excited. They've added some more matches to the card, but nothing worth noting. I still anticipate Gresham/Gordon to steal the show. Also, Mike Bennett & Maria Kanellis are almost always at their shows in some capacity, and I'd love to them come out and cut a promo announcing their deals with WWE. It seems unlikely, but Mike is pretty much the promotions ace and he also co-runs their training school with Matt Taven and is very much rooted heavily with the fed. It would be a really cool moment to see that.

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Here we go: First off, the show started ON TIME! Very much a surprise.

Triple Threat Cage Match: Mike Graca vs. Josh Briggs vs. Ace Romero: This was a match that, name wise, probably wouldn't move the needle for anyone not familiar with XWA or certain feds in the area. This was definitely a good way to pop the crowd and get the show started. Graca's gimmick is that he's unhinged and a bit tapped which worked well because he was by far the smallest guy in the ring. Briggs is very, very tall and has a solid look while Acey Baby is just a land mass of man. He's grown a lot on me the more I've seen him. Anyway, everyone got their stuff in, and Graca took some nasty bumps and even jumped off the top of the cage and hit a double-cross body on the other two men. Eventually the match came to an end when Graca tried escaping, Ace climbed up with him and BOOM, chokeslam off the top rope. 1-2-3. Acey Baby wins.

Afterwards, Anthony Henry came out. He is such a good heel, man. He has natural heat and seeing he holds wins over JT Dunn and Mike Bennett (the two posterboy's for XWA) the people don't like him. He cuts a promo saying that JT Dunn won't make it because he has a headache (later clarified to be a concussion) and that Henry doesn't have a match. He's going to take his title and go home. As he goes to leave, out comes Vinny Marseglia. Vinny says that his opponent, Anthony Bowens, had to back out at the last minute and that now Vinny is out of a booking for the night. He says he wants a shot at the belt, people pop for it. Then David Starr comes, even more of a pop! Starr said that on Thursday and the XWA's weekly show, he beat Henry 1-2-3 in a non-title match so that in turn makes him the no. 1 contender for the belt, so HE wants a shot too! Then out comes Starr's original opponent for the night, Kyle The Beast (more on this guy later) who says if everyone is booking themselves, then he's in on the title match as well. Elimination Fatal 4 Way fro the belt is book for the main event.

Squash match between a really big guy and two smaller guys: Nothing to see here.

No. 1 Contender Match: Christian Casanova vs. Jason Blade vs. Elia Markopolus vs. Brick Mastone: The XWA is introducing a new title called The Fire Brand Championship. Travis 'Flip' Gordon is one of the people in line for it, and this match was made to determine the second. Blade is a former XWA champ, the Elia guy is a new face, Brick Mastone got A LOT better compared to the last time I saw him and Christian Casanova is a big fan favorite (super athletic, and his gimmick is basically a wrestling Michael Jackson.) What started out as a little wonky turned in to a good match that made for an entertaining watch. Ultimately, Blade went over and he'll face Flip Gordon at a later date.

Flip Gordon vs. Jonathan Gresham: I'll note that by this point, the crowd had cooled off a bit and wasn't that hot during the matches. This was an intriguing blend of styles: the high flying Gordon vs. the mat technician Gresham. Watching Gresham work reminded me a lot of Zack Sabre Jr for sure. There was actual psychology in this match and we saw Gresham work Flip's elbow for what felt like forever. Both had their stuff, and eventually Flip went over after hitting a springboard 450. I've seen Flip at almost every XWA show I've gone too and he has this aura about him that he could definitely make a big break one day. I don't know what his promos are like, but he's super fun to watch in the ring and I'd like to see someone open a door for him.

Jeff Cannonball vs. Tony Deppen: Post intermission match. No clue who Deppen was but he played the pompous, smarmy heel so well. He ripped a kids sign to shreds. Heel Heat 101. Cannonball is a CZW guy, so...yeah. It was a No Holds Barred match. Now, earlier in the week a Christmas movie was filmed at their event center so a lot of the props were still set up. A 20 ft. high wooden Christmas tree, 7 ft tall Gingerbread men...you name it. So yes we saw the giant star on the tree used as a weapon. Yes we saw the tree get used to bury an opponent. Yes we saw people get suplex through the gingerbread men. Yes, Jim Cornette was somewhere cursing his mind out. I thought this was going to be horrible, but it turned out to be a fun match with Cannonball going over.

Local tag match I won't really dive in to: It was serviceable.

Elimination Fatal 4 Way for the XWA Championship: Vinny Marseglia vs. Kyle The Beast vs. David Starr vs. Anthony Henry (c): This is about the time where I put David Starr over cause he rocks. Anyway, the crowd was CLEARLY pro-Vinny and pro-Starr and anti-Henry for sure. No one really knew much about Kyle The Beast...but we all did very, very quickly. He's a large man with half of his face painted, but wow, the stuff he did was impressive. He played the big monster and took everyone out with ease. He played the role of high flyer and hit a suicide dive to the outside. He did brute stuff. He did flippy stuff. KYLE THE BEAST ROCKS! They booked Kyle to look good, and eventually he was the first eliminated after everyone hit a signature move and all three men pinned him. He came out to the ring to crickets but left with a horde of new fans, job well done Mr. The Beast. Anyway, Vinny was eliminated next but I can't recall how. He's fun to watch, I don't know what capacity ROH is using The Kingdom at the moment with TKO out, but Vinny is a good worker and good for a laugh. It came down to Henry & Starr and these guys tore the house down. They both traded offense, and at one point Starr was chopping Henry so hard that he cut his chest open...ouch! There was a dreaded ref bump, and Henry hit his finisher but there was no count. He stopped, waved for another ref who ran in and counted 1-2--th...Starr kicks out! Big pop. Henry wasn't pleased and super kicked the replacement ref while the original regained his whits. Starr snuck in his finisher, boom! 1-2-KICKOUT damn it damn it damn it! They had a sequence where one slipped out of the others finisher and tried locking in theirs, only for the opponent to slip out, etc. Eventually, Henry hit his finisher and pins Starr, 1-2-3. Those two really ran away with it at the end.

My takeaways: David Starr is great both in the ring and on the mic, please support him. Anthony Henry is such a heel, not the Kevin Owens 'he's cool!' type of heel...just, ugh, he's arrogant and you hate him. Kyle The Beast is a guy to keep your eyes on, because he was highly impressive. Flip & Gresham had a unique clash of styles that worked very well together. I FINALLY got my TK O'Ryan shirt I've been waiting to buy (he finally had new merch ever since his broken leg and was selling them at the show so I had to support the cause.) I'm curious where this leads us with the XWA title: Henry is still champ, technically both he and Starr hold a victory over the other man and need a rubber match now but Dunn has been in a running feud with Henry for a few months and he's owed his title show. Dare I say...Triple Threat? I'd be front row for that seeing JT Dunn & David Starr are two of my favorite workers today.

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Sounds like a fun show, google searched David Starr ended up on his cagematch.net had no idea CZW did PPVs.
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Damn, UD40, you holding down the thread by yourself. But I just saw some Rey Mysterio pics from a MCW show on IG earlier.
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I've really lucked out that the Northeast has some high end indie feds. I didn't attend my first indie show till this past July and I caught the bug. Since then, I find myself highly invested in these guys as workers. Guys like JT Dunn, David Starr, Keith Lee, TK O'Ryan, Vinny Marseglia and Flip Gordon are people that I consider to be "must watch" and will attend if they're on the card. Before getting involved in the scene, I also viewed "indie" wrestling to be ROH, NJPW, etc. but I didn't even know the half of it.

What I really like about XWA is that they offer feuds to follow. They give their students a weekly show to work, and the ones who show improvement get to round out their bigger events and are rewarded with storylines of their own. Their bigger draws (Dunn, Anthony Henry, TKO, etc.) are almost always involved with some sort of angle. It's perfectly booked; they give you something to latch on to and be invested in without over shadowing their overall product.
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Put some respeck on New Japan's name #2 promotion in the world.
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