ARWPRO held a show at American Legion Post 100 in Lake Station, Indiana on Saturday March 10, 2018 at 7:00pm.
Please forgive any errors and lapses in memory, as I’m writing this five days after the show. My schedule right after the show ended at about 9:30pm Saturday was to go home, get to sleep by 11pm, wake up at 4:15am (and note that clocks changed overnight, so I lost an hour of sleep! … I know, poor me), and head for the airport for a three day work trip.
Because March 10 was as close as we’d get to St. Patrick’s Day at ARWPRO, ring announcer Greg Hansen took the opportunity to let his Irish loose for a while while King Bishop trailed along hoping get a few of the candies that Greg was handing out.
The show opened with Jack Moody taking on X-Calibur for X-Calibur’s Indiana State Championship. My advice for Jack Moody is to stop pointing that thing at the audience! I seem to get pictures quite often of X-Calibur being upside down, and tonight is no different. Above right you can see him in the middle of a standing moonsault. This put away Moody and X-Calibur retained his title.
Next we had a few minutes of “King Bishop‘s Corner”, during which he followed up events from a previous show, where Heavyweight Champ Max Holiday defeated Ivan Manson in a title match, and there seemed to be a bit of respect shown between the two afterwards. Max Holiday came out with his manager Rat J. Flywheel, and Ivan Manson came out with Family patriarch Charlie Junior. The discussion turned to some barking against Chazz Moretti and how he had pulled the current tag champs Aggravated Assault away from Rat’s group the Scumbag Army. The tag champs came out, and the end result of it all was that tonight’s main event would be Max Holiday and Ivan Manson teaming against Aggravated Assault for the tag titles; but, if Max gets pinned, whichever member of Aggravated Assault pinned him would get his Heavyweight Championship, and if Ivan Manson got pinned, he would have to give up his membership in the Family.
Just as we thought KB’s Corner was winding dowm, someone else’s music started, and out came … Flawless Dave Allen! KB noted that Allen was not under contract to ARWPRO, and what the heck did he want? Allen talked about how he was one of the originals of ARW, and it was time to come back and make his mark. King Bishop offered a match between Allen and Johnny Showtime (of the Picture Show), and if Allen won, he would get a new contract with ARWPRO.
And, Dave Allen did win, so we can expect to see him around a lot more!
Charlie Junior came back out with Rancid Joey Rak and Old School Manson in tow, as the Family was about to take on The Mexecutioners; however, apparently Charlie has the power to change the terms of a match on the spot, since he announced it would now be a 3 on 2 match because “The Masked Prospect” needed to audition for membership in the Family. The picture to the right shows the usual story, where OSM is distracting the ref so that Charlie can get in his licks. But as familiar as that is, you can also guess how this turned out: the Mexecutioners pinned The Masked Prospect. Charlie, Rak, and OSM were not impressed, and left ol’ Maskie behind after the match.
During intermission, the ring tried to eat a few people, and here you can see one brave soul trying to rescue two people who had already been pulled under. (There was ring repair going on, and it was funny to watch one person crawl under the ring and disappear, then a second, then almost a third.)
The opening match of the second half of the show had The Derby Doll Lane Rosario (with Chazz Moretti) trying to unseat Moxie Mollie as the ARWPRO Women’s Champion. The picture above shows the Derby Doll waiting to pounce on Moxie Mollie. However, Moxie retained her title after getting the Derby Doll to tap to an STF-looking thing.
The Dark Horse Nick Cutler and Gregory Glover came out and promised each other good sportsmanship and a nice clean match. (You know how well that’s going to go, right?) There was a lot of banter, stalling, and chants of “Hairy Idiot” directed at Cutler. Once things finally broke down as predicted, Cutler got himself disqualified with a low blow to Glover. Then Cutler left the ring to grab the ring bell, and returned to set up a blow to Glover. Before he got his chance, some familiar music hit and out came the second surprise of the night. I could hear ol’ JR yelling, “Bah gawd, it’s Drex Odell!” Drex appeared like he was going to urge on Cutler in attacking Glover, but instead he clobbered Cutler, then went over to assist Glover. It looks like 2018 will be an interesting year for ARWPRO!
The main event had, as advertised earlier, Max Holiday and Ivan Manson against Aggravated Assault in a match that came with a flowchart full of stipulations. This picture shows how things went to start, with Aggravated Assault sending the ref over to check on Manson while they teamed up on Max Holiday. Chazz Moretti is surely standing by saying, “Gentlemen, tsk tsk, this is not good sportsmanship.”
At the end of the cheating and melees, Ivan Manson was pinned – and so due to the stipluations, he must give up his membership in the Family. And as the Family likes to do, they grieved the loss of one of its members by beating the crap out of him.
The next ARWPRO event is on Saturday March 14, 2018, at Morton High School in Hammond, IN.
If you’re desperate for something to do, check out the Northwest Indiana Wrestling Action Program (NWIWRAP) broadcast Sundays at 9:15pm, right after Mostly Metal, which runs Sundays from 8:00-9:15pm 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!