AS I SEE IT - 11/12/2002:
Philadelphia's Independent Super-Weekend Revisited
by: Bob Magee
The weekend of November 9th and 10th has passed and Philadelphia
got its super weekend of professional wrestling, with three shows within a
36 hour period that made all attending proud once again to say that they
were professional wrestling fans.
There was also a WWE RAW brand house
show at the First Union Center on November 9th, notable only for HHH's rants
at several people in the small crowd estimated at 4-5,000, one of the
smallest professional wrestling crowds in the building's
Back to the moments that made you glad to be a
First, in an afternoon show on November 9th before a record crowd
of 500 at Murphy Recreation Center, Ring of Honor began part one of
Philadelphia's Indy Saturday super-doubleheader.
People came to this
show from as far away as Japan, the UK, and Australia; and from as far away
in the United States as California.
- Homicide over Prince Nana
by submission in under three minutes.
- In the Tag Team Scramble
match, Jose and Joel Maximo (the SAT) defeated the teams of Dixie/Joey
Matthews (replacing the injured Insane Dragon, who was at ringside), Divine
Storm and the The Hit Squad.
The Gauntlet match followed, to the number
one contender for the Ring Of Honor Title:
- Michael Shane
defeated CM Punk in stage 1 of the gauntlet. Shane reversed a rollup, and
grabbed the ropes for leverage and a pin in about thirteen minutes. Punk
reluctantly shook his hand (obeying the Code Of Honor) before leaving.
Shane was being heavily heckled throughout this match.
- Paul London came out next and defeated Michael Shane with a pin and DDT in
about six minutes. Shane got on the microphone, called London's victory "cheap", and said he would not shake his hand in the "Code of
As Shane started to go up the aisle to leave the ring; when, out
of nowhere, Tommy Dreamer came out from the curtain to a tremendous,
extended ovation, and backed Shane into the ring.
Dreamer got loud
"Dreamer" and "ECW" chants as he got into the ring. Dreamer got on the
microphone, said that he was watching the show in the back, and would not
going to let Shane walk out without respecting the Code of
Dreamer got his moment, the farewell or salute of sorts that he
never got for his time in ECW.
In it, he thanked the fans, saying he
was "part of something very special for eight years, and now Ring Of Honor
was trying to make something special here." Shane then shook London's hand,
but immediately heeled, clotheslining him. Dreamer grabbed Shane and DDTd
him, to another thundering ovation.
Dreamer took the microphone one last
time, and asked the soundman, saying "he was feeling nostalgic.. to please
play his music" Dreamer exited to "Man In The Box".
London defeated Red with a shooting star press in about 6 minutes. In one of
the sicker spots of the night, Red his a rana as both he and Paul London
stood on the top rope at the same time, with the fans chanted "Please Don't
- American Dragon defeated Paul London with his "cattle
mutilation"submission finisher in about 11 minutes. AJ Styles would
then wrestle American Dragon in the second half of the show in the finals of
the #1 contender gauntlet.
- Christopher Daniels, Donovan Morgan
and Samoa Joe (with Simply Luscious) retained their Ring of Honor Tag Team
Trophy by submission over the team of Low Ki, Doug Williams and their
mystery partner (replacing Michael Modest) Homicide. This was a tremendous
match, going 26 minutes, with incredible action
- After intermission, Alexis Laree over Alison
Danger (with Mace of the Christopher Street Connection) in a brief
- Carnage Crew (HC Loc and Tony DeVito) defeated The Ring
Crew, Dunn and Marcos, with a sick looking second rope spike
- Xavier successfully defended his Ring of Honor
title over Jay Briscoe,
using a top rope neckbreaker
Styles defeated American Dragon in about 25 minutes with a Styles Clash to
win the #1 contender gauntlet to a full-on standing ovation from the crowd.
As Dragon was leaving the ring post-match The Prophecy (Daniels, Morgan and
Xavier) jumped Styles, but Jay Briscoe and Dragon ran in for the save.
In the main event, Shinjiro Ohtani and Masato Tanaka
defeated Steve Corino and Low Ki, seconded by Samoa Joe in about 16 minutes
with a springboard dropkick and spinning powerbomb on Corino for the pin at
the sixteen minute mark. This was a tremendous match, with Ohtani and Tanaka hitting all their trademark spots.
Ohtani and Tanaka came in to the
loudest ovation of the night. Low Ki replaced the originally scheduled
Spanky who was signed weeks ago by WWE.
For those interested in sampling
their product, Ring of Honor returns to Wakefield, MA (outside Boston) on
November 16th with Jay Briscoe and a
mystery partner vs. Mark Briscoe and a
mystery partner, Doug Williams vs. American Dragon in a 1/2 Hour Iron Man
Match, AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels and more.
ROH debuts in
Hamburg, PA on December 7th with AJ Styles vs. Xavier, Colt Cabana vs. CM
Punk, and Abdullah The Butcher and Homicide vs Carnage Crew.
to Philadelphia on December 28th with one match announced: Red vs. Jodie
For further information, go to the Ring
of Honor website.
Then, as people walked and ran (and buses
and vans drove) the five blocks between buildings, in front of an estimated
crowd of 1000 (the largest crowd since Cage of Death III last December), CZW
ran part II of the November 9th Philadelphia independent super-doubleheader,
entitles "Night of Infamy".
The show began at about 9:30 pm with the
usual video promo to get things going, with Lobo being jumped by Zandig and
parties unseen, as if to say
that this was a "Zandig show", and that there
would be no interruption in the main event, as occurred in Dover,
The results were:
- In what could best be described
as a comedy match, Ian Knoxx defeated Derek Frazier and Hurricane
- Jon Dahmer over GQ
- Josh Prohibition
over Nick Berk
- Chri$ Cash over Sonjay Dutt and Ruckus in a
- The Backseat Boyz and Sick Nick Mondo and
M-Dogg20 went to a no contest, as Ric Blade ran in to make the save after
Mondo got powerbombed through a table.
- Justice Pain and
Messiah over H8 Club
This was a good match with tons of stiff spots.
Messiah got powerbombed by Gage off the top ropes through a table. Justice
Pain gave Nate Hatred a belly-to-belly suplex off the other side's top rope
onto another table which didn't break.
Then, the sound recording of
the laugh from the mystery man who stole the CZW belt from the last show
skipped (intentionally). Nick Gage and Justice Pain ran to the stage,
demanded that the CZW broadcast team of Eric Garguilo and John House "tell
them where the voice was coming from", at one point throwing Eric Garguilo
off of the stage.
As the crowd was distracted by this, Messiah showed up
suddenly with the stolen belt... setting up Messiah as the man who "stole the
belt", and the challenger for Justice Pain at Cage of Death 4.
crowd, many of whom had been at the Ring of Honor show... were unbelievably
hot for the main event... which began at about 1:15 am.
the main event, Wifebeater over Zandig in "I Quit" barbed wire canvas/no
rope barbed wire wrapped with light tubes/fans bring the weapons death
Fans brought weapons including a mirror wrapped in barbed wire,
light tube wrapped crutches, a VCR, light tube bundles, a thumbtack and
light tube studded boxing glove, and a computer keyboard with thumbtack
In the finish, as Zandig had been beaten
bloody...Wifebeater pulled out the weedwhacker, got Zandig with it at least
twice, then poured salt on Zandig's bloody back.
Frank Talent came up
(in an angle) as if to stop the show because of the weedwhacker use. Zandig
basically shoved him aside, looked Wifebeater in the face and said "I
The show ended with the locker room coming out to give Wifebeater
a sendoff, with the crowd giving Wifebeater a loud cheering sendoff at about
1:45 am to Metallica cover of "Turn the Page" playing on the house sound
Wifebeater's retirement is legitimate, as he'll need a second
major surgery on his shoulder, originally injured at Cage of Death
CZW returns for Cage of Death 4 on December 14th, with the following
matches announced at last night's show:
- Zandig vs. Lobo in
the Cage of Death
- Messiah vs. Justice Pain for the CZW
- Sick Nick Mondo and the returning Ric Blade
vs. The Backseat Boyz
- Ruckus vs. MDogg 20 vs. Sonjay
Tickets for Cage of Death may be reserved by calling (856) 468-9147,
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or by using the CZW Online Ticket Reservations System at http://www.czwwrestling.com/Tickets/COD/cod4.html.
admission tickets for ECW Arena shows are also available at the door, or at
these remote ticket locations:
- Innersoul Body Piercing, 2c
Creek Road, Brooklawn, NJ (across from West Brook Bowling Alley) - (856)
- Somerton Beverages, 13510 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia,
PA - (215) 673-1900
- Ontario Street Comics, 2235 Ontario
Street, Philadelphia - (215) 288-7338
Then, the weekend concluded
with Premier Wrestling Federation's Vast Energy 2002 at Pottstown, PA's
Academy Hall; again featuring Shinjiro Ohtani and Masato Tanaka, as well as
the debuting American Dragon, and Reckless Youth.
Results of the show,
which again saw an excellent crowd with the best advance in PWF history, are
- Shinjiro Ohtani and Masato Tanaka won the PWF
Universal Tag-Team champions, defeating Steve Corino and C.W. Anderson in
the main event at Vast Energy USA.
- Chris Hamrick retained
his PWF Universal Heavyweight title, defeating Jay Briscoe with a second
- Zero-One International Junior Heavyweight
champion Low Ki defeated The Amazing Red, via the Ki Clutch
- Rockin' Rebel and Striker defeated Rapid Fire
Maldonado and Chi Chi Cruz.
- After intermission, Gino
Giovanni attacked Rob Dimension, only to receive a beating at the hands of a
returning Guillotine LeGrande. His return was short-lived however, as he
announced that he was relinquishing the PWF television title, as he was
retiring (LeGrande actually hasn't worked in months, but it was a nice
opportunity to recognize a longtime PWF worker); and that the TV title would
need someone to defend as... beginning Friday night, December 6th, the PWF
will be seen on Philadelphia's WGTW 48 at midnight every Friday, replacing
the currently airing WXW program.
- In a match that was as
good as you'd expect, PWF Junior Heavyweight champion Quiet Storm
successfully defended his title against the debuting American Dragon and
- U.S. champion Chris Divine defeated Jack
Victory by disqualification. After the match, Divine and Trinity were laid
out by Christopher Daniels and Simply Luscious.
- Samoa Joe
and Christopher Daniels defeated Joey Matthews and Michael Shane.
- Billy Bax defeated "Dynamite" Josh Daniels with a
belly to belly suplex.
- Da Hit Squad defeated The
The next PWF event will be December 8th at Academy Hall in
Pottstown, PA. Matches already signed:
- Jack Victory and
Joey Matthews vs. Amazing Red and CW Anderson
- For the PWF US
Title: Champion Chris Devine takes on Michael Shane
- In an 8
Man elimination match: The Latino Alliance takes on Rockin' Rebel, Striker
and Da Hit Squad
- For the PWF Junior Heavyweight Title:
Champion Quiet Storm defends against Reckless Youth
Hamrick defends the PWF Heavyweight Title and more...
Call (215) 793-6823
for tickets and information, or visit PWFprowrestling.com.
sum up the weekend, everyone succeeded.
This happened because
two promoters who haven't gotten along did the right thing for
Fans and promoters everyone need to understand is
that when competing promotions within a city or area cooperate, they all
make money. Too
many times, competing promoters get
into ego-driven pissing contests.
Fans get caught up in them, including
the fans of CZW, Ring of Honor and 3PW in Philadelphia. Readers can name
their own favorite local equivalent.
Neither Zandig or Rob Feinstein have
to trade Christmas or Hanukkah cards. But as smart businessmen, they need to
work together enough so that both of them make money if a situation like
this comes up again.
Perhaps they could consider bartering for time on
each other's TV programs, so as to cross-pollinate their
This very kind of situation will come up again on December
28th, as Ring of Honor is scheduled on the same night as 3PW...during
Jasmin St. Claire and Rob Feinstein don't get
along...that's no secret. What is or isn't going on is between
But both of them presumably like to make money.
for them to talk to each other, using intermediaries they trust, if need
This kind of cooperation is a priority for the three Philly-based
indies; if for no other reason that there's a guy called Rob Black around,
who can lose $10,000 or more with a show, and just use it as a tax
Zandig can't do that.
Rob Feinstein can't do
Jasmin St. Claire can't do that.
Therefore, these three
promoters need to work in some sort of cooperative manner until or unless
Rob Black is out of the Philadelphia market.
If you come to shows in the
Philadelphia area, and you agree, tell them. Send your thoughts to 3PW at email@example.com,
and to Ring of Honor at RFVideo1@aol.com.
Until next time...
(If you have comments or questions, I can be reached by
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org)