Outside the Ropes: XSE: Battle for Plymouth, Plymouth, IN – May 26, 2018

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Xtreme Sports Entertainment (XSE) held Battle for Plymouth at the Life Plex Gymnasium complex in Plymouth, IN at 7:00pm on Saturday, May 26.  As you drive from Valpo to Plymouth, you know the intersection where the Hacienda Mexican Restaurant is?  The large building a bit farther behind the strip mall is Life Plex, and it is a really nice & spacious fitness and rehabilitation facility!

This was an exciting night of wrestling, power outages, notably drunk or stoned attendees stumbling around, and Ring Announcer Ryan Anderson laying the smack down on someone who didn’t listen to his instructions the first time!  Here’s the recap:

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The first match featured Officer Rod Street versus Fireball.  In his usual pre-match remarks, Officer Street pronounced the name of the town “Ply” <rhymes with Fry> – “Mouth” <as in Mouth of the South>.  That was funny.  Rod Street’s posse didn’t use the numbers game to their advantage enough, and Fireball got the win.

Cletus Farmer came out to try to have an episode of “The Barnyard” and conduct an interview with Ames about his match later in the night with Scotty Young, but things got derailed pretty quickly, and with the addition of Travis Trendbender in the ring, it was decided that Cletus would get a make-over later on.  His combination of overalls with flip flops was particularly offensive to Travis.

Having recovered from his first match, Rod Street came back out with the rest of The Police Department (this time with Eva Lonis) to have an 8 man tag match against the team of Jorge Bravo, Moxie Mollie, Akira the American Yakuza, and Anthrax Rudo.  After a bit of chaos, Moxie Mollie pinned Eva Lonis.

The Rat Pack was introduced before the third match, some music played, and … one guy came out.  If I’d been to more PWK shows recently (shame on me!) I’d know his name.  But does one man really equal a pack?  Anyway, he was dressed snappily (Travis Trendbender would approve, I’m sure) and carried a clipboard.  For the rest of the night, he was wordlessly observing matches – is the Rat Pack open to new recruits?

The third match was Rick Vidal against Russ Jones.  This was an intense match, and I’m sure both guys were sore afterwards.  Russ Jones got the win, but I don’t think it was as easy as he thought it would be!  Below left: Russ Jones tries to pop off Rick Vidal’s head like a bottle cap.

During intermission, some guy picked up one of his sons and pretended to slam him on the edge of the ring.  And we all know that theapronitsthehardestpartofthering!  This is a good way to accidentally hurt your kid, and an even better way to draw the wrath of Ring Announcer Ryan Anderson, because who wants to be sued for negligence, anyway!  Ryan gave a stern warning for people to not touch the ring, and as he was saying this, the Dad picked up his other son and started to do the same thing.  Ryan was about to give him some hands!  So yeah, intermission was exciting I guess.

After intermission, the Midwest Monsters came out to defend their RCW Tag Team Championships against Mitchell Taylor and Anthony Lee.  I didn’t hear his partner’s name clearly, and even Mitchell Taylor admitted then only reason his partner was there was because Taylor hired him to do all the work.  Eventually Taylor realized he wasn’t getting his money’s worth, and the Midwest Monsters defeated the other pair.  Below left, you can see that Mitchell Taylor didn do nuffin, and below right, he is about to become two dimensional.

Before Match 5 got underway, Cletus came out to display his new wardrobe, which consisted of his same overalls, some sneakers exchanged for the flip flops, and a blue sportscoat.  The clothes make the man, Mr. Farmer.

Match 5 was a high energy match between Ames and Scotty Young.  Ames promised to kiss Young on the lips before the match was over, and the crowd was more eager to see this than you’d think they’d be.  The match was interrupted for a few seconds when the power briefly went out, causing Scotty Young to yell, “Who put me in the dark match?!” Not only did he get the punchline, he got the win.  Well, he did get kissed by Ames, too, so how much winning is that in the long run?

The main event of the night had Nick Cutler vs Jake Omen.  This was a match full of clever stalling tactics, loud & impactful strikes, near falls, and jokes from the crowd about Cutler’s chest hair.  Jake Omen eventually got the pinfall.  If we kept score in wrestling, the total number of counts would have been about 51-50 in Omen’s favor.

In the picture above right, Cutler is about to chop Omen; Omen moved out of the way, and Cutler smacked the ring post with a shot that echoed off the rafters.  Ouch!

The next XSE event in Plymouth will be on Saturday August 04, with special guest Ricky Reyes, AKA Cortez Castro from Lucha Underground!

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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 nwiwrap.wvlp@gmail.com Google calendar, where I try to keep up to date calendar postings of shows in and around the NWI region.

* or 9pm, or 9:30pm, or anytime before or after, depending on how much stuff there is to cover! 

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