ARWPRO held a fundraiser for the Fighting Eagles wrestling club at Edison High School in Lake Station, IN at 7:00pm on Saturday May 12, 2018.
The show opened with a fatal-four-way for the Indiana State Championship currently held by X-Calibur; the challengers were Dave Allen, Maverick Cage (with Chazz Moretti), and Johnny Showtime. Often the action was split 2-on-2 as Allen and Cage seemed to get along well due to their common dislike of Johnny Showtime and X-Calibur … or at least until it came to pinfalls, where they each interfered with pinfall attempts of the other. As usual, X-Calibur spent a lot of time in the air. The match ended when X-Calibur hit a shooting star press / 450 splash / some such crazy thing on Maverick Cage; Dave Allen instantly pounced on X-Calibur, hitting him and throwing him aside, and then taking over the pinfall on Cage himself. And so Dave Allen is your new Indiana State Champion for ARWPRO. Note that the Moretti Agency is 0-1 on the evening so far.
Next, in a match rescheduled from a weekend with crappy weather and snowstorms, Stacy Shadows (with Chazz Moretti) challenged Moxie Mollie for Mollie’s ARW Women’s Championship. This was probably Moxie’s toughest challenge to date, but at some point in the match Shadows lost her cool and shoved the ref, drawing a DQ. And so Moxie Mollie retains (escapes with?) her Women’s Championship. Below left, we see Moxie on the receiving end of a suplex, and then we also see that it took 4 refs to restore order after Shadows went berzerk. (Well, three are restoring order and one is supervising!) We’ll have to see who Chazz Moretti unearths next as an opponent. But, note that the Moretti Agency is now 0-2 on the evening.
Ivan Manson took on Old School Manson and Rancid Joey Rak in a handicap match, since the he and The Family still have a beef. You know, watching Mad Dog Ivan Manson slapping hands with fans as he enters is just … strange. Manson won the match after a stunner on Rak, but then the Family ganged up for a beating of Manson after the match. Max Holiday ran out for the save. Now the pictures here may not look exciting, but you have to imagine the sound of the impact from what’s pictured in progress. OSM and Ivan Manson are two very large mammals, and one of them simply dropping the other on the mat like in the left pic (1) makes a very loud noise, and (2) makes you wonder for a minute if the ring is going to stay up. Then Manson coming off the turnbuckle with a double flying clothesline probably set off seismometers somewhere in Illinois.
Tag Team Champions Aggravated Assault (B.O.W. and Punisher 747 with Chazz Moretti) tried to defend their titles from The Mexecutioners (Santana Starks and The Machine), but the Moretti Agency went 0-for-3 tonight, as the Mexecutioners won the match. This happened when Machine gave a dropkick to one of the members of Aggravated Assault, while Santana Starks was waiting to roll him up quickly for the three count. The Mexecutioners are our new ARWPRO Tag Team Champions. Oh, and Chazz Moretti got hit over the head with a pinata (whose name was Chico, I believe) afterwards.
Next, we had a triple threat match between the Manchester Hooligan Drex Odell, Teleporting Nick Cutler, and Brandon Blaze. Cutler spent the first part of the match trying his best to stay out of the action; he was probably out of breath from using his powers to teleport from Bourbon, IN. Below left, we see him shoving Blaze into a waiting Odell powerslam (out of the way, ref!). Eventually, Brandon Blaze got the win after Drex ODell missed him with a moonsault (below right), and Blaze pinned the dazed Odell.
The main event had Ruff Crossing trying to take Max Holiday‘s ARWPRO Heavyweight Championship. The end of this match was crazy, and I guess we could say that Ruff Crossing was a bit “Dusty” from riding the trails! First, Ref #1 got clobbered and rolled outside the ring. While he was out of action, Crossing hit Holiday with his cowbell and tried a pin. Luckily, Ref # 2 sprang into action from the back and counted this pinfall. The match seemingly ended with Ruff Crossing as the new Champ! But, Ref # 1 came to his senses and was aghast at these events, and ordered the match restarted. In the chaos that followed, Ref # 2 got kicked in the face, Holiday got Crossing reacquainted with a boot named Sue, and Ref # 1 counted the proper pinfall, allowing Holiday to retain his title.
ARWPRO is in action next at Live in the ‘Ville, Hessville, IN that is, as the town shuts down the north end of Kennedy Ave for a festival on June 1 and 2. ARW will have shows on both of those days! Times and other details are still TBA.
If you’ve read this far, you might like wrestling? So maybe, 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 email@example.com Google calendar, where I try to keep up to date calendar postings of shows in and around the NWI region.
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