ACW held the Back to School Bash at Lincoln Elementary School in Roselawn, IN on Friday Sept 22, 2017 at 7:00pm CST.
This was the first ACW show in a while, so it was good to see them back. I splurged on the front row seating, but I have to remember that sitting in the bleachers offers a better view of the ring (especially when the action goes out of the ring on the other side) and I may not be blinded by a flood light exactly diagonally across from me. Plus, if I sit too close, T K Zero picks on me.
ACW GM Michael Allen comes to the ring to start things off and is quickly interrupted by ACW Heavyweight Champion Drex Odell. Odell does not have an opponent yet for the night, and has – to his recollection – defeated everyone in the locker room. However, Rockstart Jonny Nigh comes out to correct him, saying Odell has not defeated him yet, and the title match is on for later in the show.
The first match was for Crimson Dynamo’s Tough Man title and the challenger was Cliff Caviar. T K Zero was at ringside with Caviar and provided interaction with the kids at ringside, including giving one kid fashion advice on his ugly shorts. Having a second man at ringside didn’t help Caviar, though, as he lost when his own head collided with the iron turnbuckle he had uncovered earlier, hoping to use it on Dynamo. He was so loopy from hitting his head that he forgot his stack of cash at ringside. Luckily a security guard picked it up, so Cliff Caviar, if you’re looking for your dough, see the security guy who was stationed stage left. He may have bet it on horses by now, though. I usually try to get one good picture per match, but I was so starstruck by Caviar’s ostentatious wealth, I didn’t remember to take one. Or, see that damn spotlight in the picture above? The couple of times I tried to get a picture of Caviar doing something fun, he was in that corner and the spotlight messed up my pictures.
After Caviar slinks to the back without his wad of cash, T K Zero remains in the ring for his own match, which is against Kyle Kaylor. At some point, Kaylor became so intent on beating Zero that he promised he would leave ACW if he couldn’t get the job done. I have to hand it to Kaylor, when he gets tossed out of the ring over the top rope, he makes a really good SPLAT noise on the floor. The kids at ringside T K Zero had been bantering with before start giving him grief, including yelling “Jigglybutt!” at him. This may have provided the distraction Kaylor needed to get the win and secure his position in ACW for the time being. If you can see into the corona of the spotlight here (don’t look directly into it!), you’ll notice a Kaylor-shaped object about to land on T K Zero.
The third match was challenger Austin Fury against Intercontinental Champion Xavier Black. All the young ladies at ringside were in a tizzy for this one. Here we see Xavier clobbering Fury as Fury was about to come through the ropes. This hard hitting affair was easily the match of the night, and Xavier Black retained his title. It wore Fury out, and you can also (below) see him taking a moment at the start of intermission after his match.
During intermission, all the kids in the audience took over the back half of the gym for an unsanctioned Battle Royal. It was too chaotic to make any sort of identification of the winner, but on the up side, no ambulances were called.
The first match after intermission was CK1 and Flawless Dave Allen against Jared Kripke and Xcaliber. CK1’s majestic robe was also present. He and Dave Allen tormented many of the people at ringside, and CK1 must have reminded the kids of their teachers because he yelled at them to ShutUp! so often. There was an ample amount of tag team shenanigans, and CK1 and Allen got the win when CK1 was outside the ring and able to hold down XCaliber’s feet while Allen pinned him. The blurry object below (left) is XCaliber coming off the top turnbuckle onto CK1.
The final match not involving educators and a shopping cart had Drex Odell defending his ACW Heavyweight Championship against Rockstar Jonny Nigh (above right, Odell shows Nigh how to clap his hands behind his back). During this match, the kids in the front corner were giving Odell the business, yelling at him things like, “How much do you eat every day??” I can’t believe these young kids are taught that body shaming the Champ is acceptable. I mean, when you make fun of T K Zero, it’s funny, but your ACW Champ deserves more respect, kids!
In the final match that caused lots of screaming kids and headache suffering adults, we had Jimmy Holmes vs Sadistic Slade. Sadistic Slade ambushed Holmes as he made his way around the ring, and it was off from there. The beatings involved a plywood board, a shopping cart, and many floatation devices perhaps from the Lincoln Elementary pool. Jimmy Holmes got the victory, and the kids went home happy.
I don’t know when the next ACW show is, but stay tuned to the list of upcoming shows at https://metalprofessor.com/nwiwrap/shows-in-2017/
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