Fire Pro Wrestling held Fire Pro 135 at 6:30pm on Saturday June 17, 2017, at Impact Christian Church in Merrillville, IN.
To start the show, Drex O’Dell came out with his manager, who berated Drex for being an embarrassment at the last show, where he wrestled without his partner Mustafa and lost. His manager (you’d think I would have learned his name by now!) said that he went out and found Drex a different partner for tonight to get different results. That partner: The Punisher. The opponents: The Bambino Family! During the match, The Punisher stepped aside when Drex needed some help with a tag; Drex tried his best (see the pic to the left where Drex is working hard and Punisher is standing off to the side taking the rest of the match off. Eventually Drex got pinned. After the match, Punisher came in and decked Drex with a chain-wrapped fist.
The next match featured Austin Fury against an unnamed (at least for me, maybe he was introduced but I missed it) masked opponent. Austin won pretty quickly, and then got on the mic and asked for some better competition. Out came Roach! Roach and Fury tore the place up until the bell rang to announce the end of the 20 minute time limit. It’s a draw! One pic below shows Austin dropping onto the unnamed opponent in black, and the other shows Fury getting dropped on by Roach.
Next up we had The Cavalier Club of CK1 (with no fancy robe, booo) and Stone Hands Slater Wallace taking on Flash Harris and his partner … Mike Strong? I know his name was Mike because Flash got the crowd to chant Mike! Mike! Mike!, and he had “Strong” down his tights. Here we saw lots of dastardly heel work, ref distraction, and temper tantrums from The Cavalier Club, and they eventually got the win. Here they celebrate afterwards. Giddy up.
Johnny Motley defeated Kyle Cross in a good match, then got on the mic to demand higher level championship opportunities.
In the final match, Jeremy Hadley defeated Flawless Dave Allen to retain his FPW Heavyweight Championship. The quote of the night came from Dave Allen, who yelled – having just kicked Hadley in the face – “Now that’s how you kick a dude in the face!!” After the match, the Cavalier Club ran out to beat on Hadley. When the FPW general manager got on the apron to give Allen the business about all these shehanigans, Allen slapped him (wow, it was a loud slap!) and drew a 30 day suspension for that. Since FPW shows are a month apart, I’m expecting we may see Dave Allen back and still up to no good at the next show.
Now this was the first local show I dragged my wife and kids to, they agreed to go along since the next day was Father’s Day and this was their king’s wish. They all said it was better than they thought it would be 🙂 ; I checked with my daughters for their reactions, and here is a summary of the categories I offered and their answers:
- Best match: Fury vs Roach
- Hottest wrestler: “Zebra Pants” aka Johnny Motley
- Least hot: Stone Hands Slater Wallace because of his “nip slip outfit”
- Who you don’t want to meet in a dark alley: Punisher
- Best wrestler to take home to Mom: Flash Harris
- Most likely to be arrested: Austin Fury, CK1 (don’t blame me, I just report it!)
- Most likely to be on a TV sitcom: Roach, Flash Harris, or CK1
- Best outfit: Zebra pants, Punisher’s chain
- Most likely to quit wrestling and become a preacher: Mike Strong (someone please correct me on his name if needed!)
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