ARWPRO held a fundraiser event at Edison Junior- Senior High School in Lake Station, IN at 7:30pm CST on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
In the opening match, Dante DVS took on “The Masked Cubbie“. In previous events, the team of Los Supervillianos (Dante DVS and Superbad Santana Starks) imploded, leading to a “loser leaves ARWPRO” match between the two – which Dante DVS won. He complained that clearly The Masked Cubbie was Starks in disguise; new ARWPRO owner King Bishop told Dante is was up to him to prove it. He could not, though, as The Masked Cubbie came away with the victory.
In their second meeting, this time with Prodidy’s Indiana State Championship on the line, Rockstar Jonny Nigh faced Dakota Prodigy. Prodigy was accompanied to the ring by Moxie Molly, and Nigh was accompanied by his manager Michael Allen. Allen made it known that he did not like being in the building and near the ARWPRO crowd; Nigh took the higher road by greeting audience members. Allen was not happy with Nigh catering to the audience like that. Late in the match, Allen slipped Nigh a steel chain to use on Prodigy, but after considering it for a moment, Nigh declined and threw the chain back to Allen, who then left in disgust. Then the match ended in a 10 minute time limit draw, much like the previous match between Nigh and Prodigy.
The third match pitted Punisher 747 and BOW against The Family: Mike Anthony & Ivan Manson. Of course, Charlie, Joey Rak, and Old School Manson (OSM) accompanied them at ringside. The Family handled Punisher 747 for quite a while in the ring; as the match degenerated into the usual Family chaos, OSM got into the ring to interfere, but was knocked down and covered by BOW; the ref counted the pinfall, not seeing (or seeing, but being tired of The Family’s shenanigans) that someone not in the match was being pinned.
Fresh off being pinned in the previous match and still knocked silly, Old School Manson fell to Willie Richardson. He’s 0 for 2 on the night!
Next up was a 6-man tag match between the team of Theo Storm & Kevin Storm & Spike Davis (ex-Dashing Dick Davis, I guess) and the team of The Picture Show & Kevin Graves. As the match went on, Chazz Moretti approached the ring area and walked around observing the participants, as if scouting someone. But who? Things started going downhill for the Storm Brothers, and so Theo stomped off to get their tag team belts, so they could just get out of there and abandon their teammate Spike Davis. Moretti took advantage of the break to hop up on the ring apron, where Graves and The Picture Show had Davis cornered. Moretti displayed a Roman Emperor-like thumbs up into thumbs down signal – and Kevin Graves low blowed both his partners and joined Davis in a beat down of The Picture Show! The Storm brothers joined back in on the fun, too. After everything calmed down, Moretti introduced his newest acquisition,the tag team Fatal Attraction – Kevin Graves and Spike Davis!
Max Holiday took on Ruff Crossing in my favorite match of the night. Max Holiday made sure to get on Ruff’s nerves with his grunts of “Hoo! Hoo!” For the first couple of minutes, it was fun to watch Ruff Crossing get aggravated by this. After a few more minutes, I almost started rooting for Ruff Crossing to make him stop. Heh. After a nice match full of high impact moves and several teases of finishing moves (Crossing’s lariat and Holiday’s boot to the face), Officer Rod Street and Lt. Eva Lonis approached ringside, probably to discuss a recent traffic ticket or something with Holiday. While Lonis, who must have received her regular ring attire back from the cleaners after last week’s RCW show, discussed law enforcement with the ref, Street gave an assist to Ruff Crossing on Max Holiday, leading to Crossing clobbering Holiday with his cowbell (what good cowboy wrestler doesn’t have a cowbell, after all), and Holiday got pinned. Street would soon regret this move, though!
In the last “full” match of the night, Officer Rod Street faced Mr. 3% Jon Hudson for Hudson’s ARWPRO Title. Street was again accompanied by Lonis, but no other SWAT members. Eventually, Lonis distracted the ref while Street maced Hudson in the eyes, allowing Street to get the surprise roll up pin, ending Hudson’s reign as champion at a record 499 days! As Street celebrated, though, Max Holiday came out. He was sporting a head bandage from his encounter with a cowbell, but more importantly, he was sporting his ARWPRO Golden Ticket, allowing him to challenge for any title at any time. And so Max Holiday got his revenge on Street for interfering in the previous match by winning the ARWPRO Title and ending Street’s quite short reign as champion. For the record books, Hudson’s tenure as champ lasted 499 days. Street’s – 499 seconds? Actually less!
The event ended with a brand new ARWPRO World Title holder – Max Holiday. At the next ARWPRO event, Saturday April 8 at the American Legion in Lake Station, wrestlers Grin and The Machine make their returns!
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