Pro Wrestling King held Sir Lancelot at LaVille Jr-Sr High School in Lakeville, IN on Saturday May 14, 2017 at 7:00pm. This was a fundraiser for the school’s special needs program.
Note that Sir Lancelot is not a casting call for a remake of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but it is a wrestling show! The name actually makes sense, because a previous event was “Camelot” (It’s only a model!), and the new name was able to continue that theme and also work in the school’s team name, which is the Lancers! An upcoming show is titled “Legend of the Sword”. Someone has been watching too much Merlin.
At the last PWK event at this school, the big bleachers were down, but this time seating was set up in 3 rows of chairs around each side of the ring, and one small section of small bleachers. I think this helped, because having a relatively small crowd spread over bleachers in a large gym makes things seem more empty.
To start the night, I noted that Ring Announcer Ryan Anderson not only was limping from his bad knee but also sounded like he was dying of pneumonia, so Ryan, I hope you’re feeling better! He called all the announcements from the music & bell table away from the ring, except for one time when a certain wrestler – see below – pulled the dastardly move of making him walk over to the ring to hand off the mic.
A special pre-show match started things off so that those of us who can tell time and arrive a bit before the start of the show would get a treat. It was a somewhat trimmed down over the top battle royal, featuring about 8 wrestlers including Irish Whip O’Doul, The Maltese Tiger, Jayden Quick, Jackie Chen, and the Celtic Nightmare (with one or two others I did not know). Some of these guys would return in other matches later on. They came out, did their thing for a few minutes, and the Celtic Nightmare ended up the winner.
The opening match on the main card was delayed while we observed the surprise match between Eric King and his laptop as he worked a bit to select the proper entrance music! He was probably nervous with Ryan Anderson looking over his shoulder. But then we got underway with a six-man scramble, featuring the Maltese Tiger, Irish Whip O’Doul, Jackie Chen, the Celtic Nightmare, JC Bunyan, and Ox Baker Jr. JC Bunyan was excited to see superfan Colton D. wearing a JC Bunyan shirt. Also on the apparel side of things, it turns out that tonight, JC Bunyan’s green plaid shirt almost matched the Celtic Nightmare’s green plaid kilt, and I’m so glad one of them was not wearing both items … although I see a tag team possibility in their future, perhaps the Fashion Nightmares? After much pounding on each other and people diving onto other people standing outside the ring (“Goddammit!” — Randy Orton), the Maltese Tiger scored a pinfall while 4 other bodies were still lying on the floor outside the ring.
Next up was tag team action, the Total Radicals Max Beardslee and Zach Mein vs. BD Smooth and Devin Shaw. Sometimes a match with lots of silly dialog between the folks in the ring can be quite entertaining, and this was such a match. Shaw in particular also showed off some moves. Shaw and Smooth got the win.
In the third match, another tag team match, Tony Thunder (with Mr. Tiddlywinks) and Jorge Bravo defeated Cletus Farmer and Big Fish Remboski. I had not seen Big Fish before and he was pretty smooth for a big man (and big in terms of tall and hefty, not big in terms of overflowing the tights in all the wrong places). For those of you counting at home, at this point on the card, we’ve had three matches and have seen 14 wrestlers. (This goes up to 15 or 16 if you count the pre-show match.)
Match 4 was Ames vs. Shady Chris Xion. This was a lot of fun, although after the first three matches, with this one having only two people in the ring, it seemed like a lot of wasted space. That’s a lie, these guys used ALL the space, inside, out of, and above the ring. Either one is always crowd pleasing each time I’ve seen them, (although with Shady, you have to take “pleasing” quite loosely, maybe “crowd antagonizing”?) so having them together in a match was a good time. A minor wardrobe malfunction did not get in Shady Chris Xion’s way, and he got the win with the use of a chain while the ref wasn’t looking. (His name is Shady, after all…)
During intermission, I had a match of my own, me against one of Hardcore Harry’s world famous meatball subs – their presence at the event was announced in advance on Facebook to great fanfare. My battle was trying to eat it without making a mess, which was impossible. But damn, it was a good sandwich. No pictures, though, I have my dignity. However, remembering that I could take pictures with my phone, I can now provide visual evidence of the matches in the second half.
We continued with DW Kelley taking on Sadon. I like Sadon more each time I see him; and, I gather that DW Kelley is relatively new on the scene, but it looked like he held up his end of the bargain quite well. That’s him in the green tights, by the way. Sadon got the win.
Now, up until this point in the evening, Ryan Anderson had been able to do all his ring announcing from the comfort of the music / bell table by the curtains. But the Police Department came out for their match, and Rod Street needed the mic in the ring, and so the meanie made Ryan start walking on his bad knee to the ring, until a sympathetic bystander carried the mic the rest of the way. And then, after that, Street cut his intro short because when he asked “Do you know who I am??”, several people yelled “YES!” and so he just said, “Well, … OK then.” Meanwhile, Deputy Dave was the victim of budget cuts as his spool of Caution tape ran out before he was done wrapping the ring. Oh, by the way, the Police Department (Rod Street, Deputy Dave, and Lt. Eva Lonis) were taking on Team Legend-dairy (Matt O’Hare, Alexander S. Kirk, and Cynnamon) in a 6-person tag match. Eva Lonis and Cynnamon did some pretty good scrapping, especially outside the ring. Pictured here is Deputy Dave heroically trying to make a tag to his partner. The Police Department wins after spraying Kirk with mace.
Steven Drochner, PWK Champion, comes out with his manager Damien Saint, and they complain about the open challenge forced on them by promoter Eric King. The person accepting the open challenge is … Fireball. Fireball gave it a good try, but it didn’t take long for Drochner (and Saint and his cane) to overcome him so that Drochner could retain the PWK Title.
And now it was time for the main event, a match that apparently grown men voluntarily participate in, and other grown adults (like me!) enjoy watching – a barefoot Lego death match! It’s Adam Bueller vs. Jayden Quick. When he came to the ring, Quick was followed by a tall guy in a purple shirt, and I have no idea who he was. As the two got closer to the ring, purple shirt guy was attacked by Damien Saint, who must have still had issues to work out after the last match. From the ring, Quick saw his pal being clobbered by Saint, but was like, “<shrug> You’re on your own, dude.” The match started with a nice game of “lock up around the outside of the pile of Legos and try to get the other guy into it”. But eventually we got around to them stepping on Legos, falling on Legos, getting slammed on Legos, and throwing Legos at each other. Yes, both of those men in the picture are barefoot. Yes, those colored specks are Legos. I’m 50 years old, and I just typed “Lego” multiple times. I love wrestling in all its craziness. This match went on for a good while, and Adam Bueller ended up winning. Afterwards, Jayden Quick vowed to find a way to defeat Bueller eventually.
For the final tally, on the main card we had: 8 matches, 28 wrestlers, 3 managers, one teddy bear, one ring announcer in need of a doctor, one can of mace, one set of ripped pants, one meatball sub, and hundreds of Legos. Not bad for ten bucks.
It looks like the next PWK shows in Northern Indiana are a double-header on June 16 and June 17, 2017, with both shows at Bourbon Park Pavilion in Bourbon, IN. One June 16, Kongo Kong and Robbie E guest star in “A Sudden Impact on Skull Island”, and on June 17, the usual cast of characters such as in this recap appear in “Legend of the Sword”. Keep up at http://www.pwk1.com/
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