AS I SEE IT 2/13

Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets

We saw the results of not having the ECW Arena this past Saturday, as Combat Zone Wrestling debuted at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voornees, NJ last night in the promotion's return to New Jersey and its first show in the post-ECW Arena era.

A snowy and icy night didn't help things with crowd size, which I suppose wasn't bad given a new location and weather, but clearly wasn't Arena sized. Then, with those who were at the show; a decent sized and vocal segment were not happy about a show that saw no blood and pretty limited violence, and pretty much crapped on the main event yelling nonsensical crap at the ring; more so for the show than anything Gulak or Vortekz did or didn't do.

It didn't help when Larry Legend did his traditional ring bit to get the crowd going, and talked about the ring being filled with blood.

It'd hard to say if that lack of traditional CZW style was because of any New Jersey rules, or to make a good impression on the Flyers Skate Zone management. The venue WOULD be a good sized location for Best of the Best, and CZW has still not announced a venue to BOTB, so that might have been another reason for behaving themselves. But the bottom line is, that if that's the cost for CZW running this venue, they'd be better off not doing so unless it's a wrestling centered shows like Best of the Best.

Match results:

* Greg Excellent defeated Niles Young in the opener. Largely a comedy match. Post-match, Mia Yim challenged Excellent to a TLC match at the Philadelphia return show on March 10. This segued into...

* Alex Colon defeated Kimber Lee by pinfall . The Runaways' Joe Gacy & Ryan Slater interfered to no avail. and beat on Ruckus and Alex Colon post-match.

* CZW Tag Team Champions Azrieal and Bandido Jr. defeated "The Runaways" Joe Gacy and Ryan Slater

* Drake Younger defeated Adam Cole

* Sami Callihan defeated DJ Hyde by submission with a Stretch Muffler. Post-match, Matt Tremont had a stare down with Hyde and talked about Tournament of Death this June.

* In the "Ultraviolent Trial Series" match (which consisted of two tack strips and some tacks in the ring): Danny Havoc defeated Rory Mondo

* In the 6 man tag, Dave Crist, Mr. Tofiga, and the returning Chuck Taylor (replacing UHAA Nation) defeated Jake Crist, AR Fox, and Lucky

* BLK Jeez defeated Homicide in a "Voorhees Street Fight" (as far as I know, Voorhees doesn't have streets, just ways to get to the local mall and main drags)

* In the three way CZW World Title #1 contenders match, there was a non-finish, as the match between MASADA, Devon Moore, and. "Ego" Robert Anthony went to a draw after a double pin by Devon Moore and. "Ego" Robert Anthony. After the match, both have been declared winners and will wrestle SCott Vortekz on March 10.

* In the main event, new CZW World Champion Scotty Vortekz defeated Drew Gulak

Until next time...

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