ACW (Acme Championship Wrestling) held the John Hendle Benefit Show at Kankakee Valley High School on Sunday November 12, 207, at 2:00pm CST. This show was special for the ACW family, as it helped out some people close to the organization.
The show opened with a chorale from KVHS singing the national anthem. They sounded awesome, good job, kids! Once they were done, they managed to leave the ring without incident, which was kind of disappointing. I expected at least one attempted DDT.
Match 1: Crimson Dynamo and Justin Myers lose to El Muchacho and Rockstar Jonny Nigh. I’m pretty sure El Muchacho is not Mexican. But that’s OK, I don’t think Crimson Dynamo is really colored red either. Below left: Jonny giving Crimson Dynamo a clothesline.
Match 2: Jared Kripke defeats Adam Bueller. Bueller threatens to bore the crowd to death with a five minute headlock on Kripke. Fortunately Kripke was having none of it. Below right: Bueller kicks Kripke.
Match 3: Bradley Alexander Dawson, fresh off the golf course, defeats Billy the Kid by cheating! After the match, Jimmy Holmes is ready to take a picture with a raffle-winning fan in the ring, but Dawson claims it is HIS ring, and if Holmes wants it, he has to fight for it. Holmes pretty quickly proceeds to turn Dawson’s lights out with a punch, and the fan gets an extra special pose! Below left: Billy the Kid getting a hole in one. Below right: a KO’d BAD poses with Jimmy Holmes, Billy the Kid, and a lucky fan.
Match 4: Dave Allen defeats Johnny Motley. This match went on for quite a while before Allen gets the win. (That’s a good thing! The match was a lot of fun, so it was good that it was a long one.)
Match 5: Austin Fury v. Quinn Whittock v. Joey Dalton v. Xavier Black. This fatal four way was fast paced, very exciting, and ended pretty quickly. They packed a lot of action in, though! By the time I started thinking, man I should get a picture, Xavier Black was getting the pin!
Both before the show and during intermission, you could tell people were in the wrestling spirit, as chants of “WHAT?!?!” could be heard everywhere. Now, this was likely because the house music was set to ear splitting levels making it near impossible to carry on a conversation, but still….
Match 6: TK Zero and Cliff Caviar vs. Top Gunns. Now let’s do some math – TK Zero and Cliff Caviar were announced as weighing in at 400 pounds. Caviar is thin as a rail and can’t account for much of that, so TK Zero must be one hefty dude! The Top Gunns were announced as 500 pounds, so with Ref Zoran Trpeski in there as well, we had over half a ton in the ring. Not bad! I suppose TK Zero and Cliff Caviar got in some offense before they lost, but the only pictures I have show Ace from Top Gunns taking each of them out.
Match 7: Triple threat: Rick Raid vs. Macho del Silver vs. Drex O’Dell. Now wait a minute, wasn’t …. oh, nevermind. Macho del Silver wins this one, and he will be the supreme ruler of ACW’s lucha stars until Macho del Gold makes his arrival. Here, Rick Raid and Macho argue over who gets to try to pin Drex O’Dell. I wonder why Drex looks so tired?
Match 8: A match years in the making! Dueling Facebook promos boiling over and broadcast by the media juggernaut of WVLP! It’s Jeremy Hadley vs. Tristin Hayze. The intensity of this did not take long to ramp up to 11, as the two combatants tore into each other outside the ring before the bell rang. They went at it around the ring, in the chairs, up the bleachers, over towards the concession stand, and into the cinderblock wall. Ref Jeremy Tillema called for extra muscle from the back to help get them separated; the extra muscle hustled out and stood watching, like “yeah, those two are really going at it, huh?” You were a big help, thanks, guys! Once they got in the ring, they battled back and forth until Hayze finally came out on top after a kick to Hadley’s noggin. Below left: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Warfare Jeremy Hadley! Below right: Ref Tillema gets help from the timekeeper, as the timekeeper drags the prone Hadley out of the ring by grabbing his wrist and sliding him slowly towards the edge. I’m pretty sure that’s not proper Red Cross First Aid procedure for handling an unconscious person with a possible head or neck injury, but I guess that’s why they all sign waivers.
My inside sources (hey, Jeremy!) report that attendance was likely a bit over 200. Good work for charity!
I think the next ACW show is Winter Warfare 5, and it should be coming up on or around December 9. I’ll edit this when I come across more specific info. I know I’ve seen something about it, but I wasn’t smart enough to save it on Facebook.
Also, the Demotte Boxing Club – sort of home base for ACW training – is having a fundraiser sparring night on Saturday November 18 at 6pm, at Lincoln Elementary School in Roselawn, 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 8:00-9:30pm CST, 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!