Pro Wrestling King had a celebration of their 10th anniversary at the Bourbon Park Pavilion in Bourbon, IN on Saturday April 15, 2017 at 7:30pm.
I have to say that this was the most comfortable I’ve ever been at a wrestling show recently. The weather was perfect, and the pavilion is set to be nearly wide open, with large doors open on all sides. (For those in Valpo, imagine what the Butterfield Pavilion would be like if it was open to the evening breeze on 3 sides.) And, the plastic folding chairs were slightly more comfortable than the metal folding chairs present at a lot of other shows. I also love that wrestling gets me out to nice little towns like Bourbon, which I might never otherwise visit. I hope the chamber of commerce knows this!
Anyway, this was a long night (a little too long, but what the heck, it was a birthday party) with 10 matches. The first match featured two well known stars, in Nick Cutler vs. Flawless Dave Allen. Of course I was pulling for Dave Allen because he has been a guest on NWIWRAP, but Nick Cutler got the win by pulling on the tights.
The next match pitted Idol Heinze vs. Jorge Bravo vs. Shady Chris Xion in the battle of inappropriate wrestling footwear. Idol Heinze confirmed his shoes were the best non-boots by choking out Jorge Bravo. (OK, Shady’s might have been OK since they looked boot-sih but were hard to see under his long pants. But if his footwear was really the best, he should have won, right?)
In a tag team match, Kip Michaels and Cletus Farmer took on newcomers DW Kelley and Jason Storm. (I think he was announced as Storm, I didn’t hear it clearly.) I had never experienced Kip Michaels before this show, and now I’m sad I have not seen him more. He was a riot. The match ended when Kip and Cletus each pinned one of the others simultaneously.
Theo Storm, probably mad that yet another Storm showed up in PWK, came out and made an open challenge for his PWK On-Line Championship. (I hope I didn’t use too much cellular data viewing this match.) Accepting the challenge was … Adam Bueller! After a nice match involving action in and out of the ring, and shenanigans involving chairs, Adam Bueller came out on top.
Next up, Jayden Quick, Kenny Kage, Cam, and Sadon had a 4-way elimination match to determine who was the #1 contender for the On-Line Championship just won by Bueller. Kenny Kage spent a good part of the early match beating up Jayden Quick outside the ring, with the help of his mean cane-wielding manager. Cam was accompanied to the ring by Spirit of Detroit, who also entertained outside the ring via live streaming on Cassidy’s phone. Cam and Saleh remembered this was a wrestling match and stayed in the ring for a while. Saleh and Cam eventually were eliminated, leaving Kage and Quick, and Quick got the final pinfall. Chants of “Bueller’s gonna kill you!” followed him to the back.
After intermission, Shawna Reed faced Hayley Shadows and Heather Owens. For a while, this seemed like a 2-on-1 match as Shadows and Owens worked together to take out Reed. But, eventually, Shadows and Owens started bickering with each other and Shawna Reed got the win.
With Brutus Dylan injured, Tank picked up partner Lightning Bolt Johnson and they challenged Spirit of Detroit for SOD’s PWK Tag Team Titles. Late in the match, LBJ had Jon’tae Kieth tied up in a corner, while at the same time Cassidy Kieth had grabbed a chair to try to whallop Tank in the opposite corner. Tank moved, and Cassidy’s attempted chair shot bounced off the corner turnbuckle and back into his own head. As he spun around, dazed, Jon’tae was coming out the corner with a superkick intended for LBJ or Tank, but it missed and hit Cassidy. Even the imposing Cassidy Kieth can’t stand up after both an inadvertent chair and a kick; down he went. Your new PWK Tag Team champs are Tank and LBJ, known as Electric Warfare. The Spirit of Detroit immediately call for their rematch, which is set for this coming weekend (same time, same place) in a Detroit Street Fight … which probably means the winners are determined by the first team to drop their opponents into a pothole.
Hardcore Harry comes out for his match with Dick the Bruiser Jr, to the tune of Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey. That’s an odd song to come out to for a heel, I’m just saying. I prefer to keep believing Harry will keep his shirt on, but no such luck! During the match, Samson White comes out to ringside to get involved on behalf of Harry, and Fireball comes out to even the odds. In grand WWE fashion, as we return from commercial, this has turned into a tag team match, which Dick the Bruiser Jr and Fireball win. A funny & adorable scene played out during the chaotic part of the match, as Bruiser Jr was outside the ring. He picked up an empty chair to try to take into the ring, and was immediately followed by a young kid yelling, “Hey, that’s my dad’s chair!!”
In the final match, Steven Drochner successfully defended his PWK Kingdom Championship against Ames in a Street Fight.
The next PWK event is already this weekend; PWK Camelot is Saturday April 22 at 7:00pm Eastern at this very same Bourbon Park Pavilion in Bourbon Park, IN.
If you’re so inclined, check out the Northwest Indiana Wrestling Action Program (NWIWrap) broadcast Sundays at 9:30pm, right after Mostly Metal, which runs Sundays from 8-9:30pm, on WVLP 103.1FM in Valparaiso, IN. If you’re not in Valpo, catch it streaming on http://www.wvlp.org and the Tune In Radio app. Rebroadcasts happen Wednesdays 10pm – midnight, and NWIWrap is archived on YouTube, just search for NWIWrap. You can find @NWIWrap on Twitter. And you can subscribe to the firstname.lastname@example.org Google calendar, where I try to keep up to date calendar postings of shows in and around the NWI region. Because WRESTLING!