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“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.” - S.D. Gordon
For devout Christians, Easter is all about resurrection, and for children it’s about finding a basket full of goodies. On Saturday, April 7th BCW’s Easter Weekend Extravaganza was not only a resurrection with in ring performances by living legends Tommy Dreamer and “The Franchise” Shane Douglas, but the event also made it easy for children, ages 5 to 99, to find a squared circle full of goodies. Buffalo Championship Wrestling made sure to put its mark on quality sports entertainment with a well balanced card full of surprises. Click here to watch the action packed show finish. With Empire State Wrestling’s loaded BrawlFest held less than a week later, there’s no doubt that Western New York wrestling fans are benefiting from the two feds apparent “Monday Night War”-esque competition. According to BCW officials, the 3 hour show boasted over 200 fans in attendance. Its success has prompted BCW to promise a future appearance by ECW alumni Johnny Swinger and also wasted no time in announcing the next event for Saturday, May 26th at the Lake Erie Italian Club in Lackawanna.
***Heels (bad guys) are listed first, followed by faces (good guys)
Match #1: Bobby Stone VS Rip Impact
Looking like a miniature Big Show, Stone was quickly gained heat from the crowd. While a face, Impact relies on his arsenal of moves to get the crowd into the match. By far one of the best worked matches of the night and a well-chosen opener for the card.
Winner: Rip Impact via pinfall.
Match #2: Jeremiah Bradley VS Evan McCloud VS “The World’s Most Huggable Wrestler” Bryan Castle
By far, the best ring psychology of the night. These three wrestlers were able to effectively play off each other while consistently eliciting cheers and jeers from the crowd. Bryan Castle is like Bam Bam Bigelow meets Colt Cabana, and is certainly one to watch. Bradley boasts Mark Henry sized stature and McCloud is a cross between Fit Finley and Hornswoggle.
Winner: Jeremiah Bradley via pinfall.
BCW Heavyweight Champion “Big League” John McChesney w/ Caesar & Waylon Reavis (lead singer of metal band Mushroomhead) incited Tommy Dreamer to setup the night’s non-title, hardcore rules main event.
Match #3: The Yankee Outlaws (Nick Paradise & H.C. Loc) VS Iron Clad (Frank the Tank & Ron Falco)
Lots of personality in this match. With his experience in ECW and Ring of Honor, HC Loc knew how to work to the crowd. Frank the Tank moved the crowd with his ariel antics, and Ron Falco was arguably the best fit of the roster.
Winner: The Yankee Outlaws via pinfall.
30 Minute Intermission
Match #4: T-Rex Express (Troy Buchannan & “Retro” Rex Atkins) VS “Sik” Rik Matrix in a handicap match
A slow paced match. Matrix has been feuding with T-Rex Express for months, and following the close of the match he stated it’s just beginning. Atkins and Buchannan exemplify tag team chemistry and work well together as heels. Overall, the match was one of the longest of the night and had a classic ’80s feel to it.
Winner: ”Sik” Rik Matrix via pinfall.
Match #5: Krimson VS Mean Marcos
A considerable mismatch in size, but Marcos was able to flawlessly showoff his elaborate technical and high-flying repertoire. A 10 year plus veteran on the circuit, Krimson’s “dark” gimmick gave the crowd something to taunt. Chants of “Vampiro,” “Sting,” and “Papa Shango,” rang throughout the match as a commentary on his facepaint. Some of the most exciting moves of the night were committed in this match.
Winner: Mean Marcos via pinfall.
Match #6: “The Franchise” Shane Douglas VS “Buffalo Bad Boy” Brian Jennings
Chants of “You still got it” rang from the start. Certainly Douglas is a master of the mic. He went from crowd favorite to despised heel in less than 60 seconds. This was a well booked match. Jennings, the hometown hero matched up well in size and experience against the seasoned veteran.
Winner: Brian Jennings via pinfall.
Match #7: “Big League” John McChesney VS “The Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer
As soon as this non-title match added the “extreme rules” stipulation, the fans expected weapons, outside the ring action, and interference from McChesney’s entourage. They weren’t disappointed. Dreamer geniusly took advantage of his surroundings to deliver a truly hardcore yet comical match. Highlights included him shoving McChesney into a hockey net while proceeding to celebrate the goal. The true victim of this match were the refreshments. Countless assortments of soft drinks and snacks were snatched from the audience and used as weapons and at one point Dreamer drowned himself under a box of popcorn for a mid-match energy boost. Filled with plenty of spots, and chemistry, this match was worthy of main event status. Following the match Dreamer celebrated with interuptions from the locker room. Click here to watch the show’s finale.
Winner: Tommy Dreamer via pinfall.
Be sure to check out BCW, announcer/comedian Chris Gullo, and of course Tommy Dreamer, and Shane Douglas.
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“The Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer celebrates his victory over “Big League” Brian McChesney in a hardcore rules, non-title match from Buffalo Championship Wrestler’s 1st Annual Easter Weekend Extravaganza on Saturday, April 7th in Orchard Park, NY.
Mick Foley is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. His wrestling personas are extremely creative, his hardcore style raised the bar in terms of what was expected of wrestlers in the 90s and his Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker in 1998 was one of the all-time great bouts for its extremity and shock value.
I’ve read Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks and Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker than Wrestling, both essential reading for wrestling fans. In fact, it was Have A Nice Day in 1999 that kickstarted the trend of wrestlers releasing autobiographies, even though most would be ghostwritten, unlike Have A Nice Day. Foley has always been involved in various projects outside the ring, and his latest enterprise is stand-up comedy. If you’ve read Foley’s books you’ll know he’s an exceptional storyteller, so I was looking forward to seeing him live.
The evening at Sheffield City Hall began with a ‘meet and greet’ and Mick took time to pose with every fan who wanted their photo taken with him. There wasn’t much time to talk but my friend chatted to Mick for a short while about The Rock and John Cena and their ongoing feud (Mick verified that it is pretty likely the two do hate each other in real life). Mick also had a very noticeable limp, so you can be assured he isn’t putting that on when he’s walking down to the ring in WWE.
Mick’s whole UK tour has been compèred by comedian and wrestling fan, Chris Brooker, and the first support act was wrestler-turned-comedian Steffen Peddie. Both Brooker and Peddie included a lot of wrestling-related stories and gags, and the crowd, who were mostly males in their mid-20s, lapped it up. The second support act was Martin Mor and he had the crowd in hysterics. He was a very tough act for Foley to follow so after Mor had performed it was a good time to take a short break.
Following the intermission Foley was introduced by Brooker to deafening applause and chants. He came on to his WWE entrance theme and his first joke was to pretend to be upset with the entrance music. He exited and re-entered, this time dressed as Funkasaurus and to Funkasaurus’ entrance music. This was a joke that about half of the audience got, but it’s typical Mick, as during his career he’s made plenty of jokes in promos knowing that only some of the audience will get them.
Before getting into his material Mick requested that the audience refrain from chanting anything during his set. This was probably a wise move as it meant the set was all about him and not some wise guy in the second row.
‘The Hardcore Legend’ started off with some traditional gags then moved onto longer, wrestling-based monologues. Mick is a naturally interesting guy, and I felt he was most engaging when he wasn’t trying to be funny. He told stories about meeting Tiger Woods, sharing a hotel room with Jake “The Snake” Roberts and the time Al Snow revealed everything to a crowd in Canada; I’d read some of these stories before in Mick’s books, but it was still enjoyable to hear him tell them.
There were times when his stories and jokes were hard to follow though. It’s obvious he hasn’t been doing stand-up for that long, as his comedic timing and personality aren’t quite at the level of other professional comedians, and some of his jokes are perhaps overthought.
So the crowd weren’t laughing as hard as they had at Martin Mor’s set, but the combination of wrestling insight and humour went down well. Saying that, I’m not sure how much non-wrestling fans would have got out of the evening. Mick did say at the start of the show that he wanted to make sure those who didn’t know anything about wrestling still felt involved, but some of his humour does hinge on knowing who certain wrestling characters are. Mick ended with a joke completely unrelated to wrestling — a gag about Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” — and then there was a Q and A session that lasted about five minutes.
Mick seemed to really be enjoying himself touring the UK and he even tried to inject some British vocabulary into his set. It’s a testament to his popularity over here that he sold out many of the dates on this tour, even though his last UK tour was only three months ago.
All in all, I feel stand-up comedy is perhaps the wrong label for Mick’s show. It’s obvious Mick has tried hard to write a funny set, but the most enjoyable aspect of his show were the wrestling stories with a simple punchline at the end. It was interesting to bump into a couple of people I knew at the show, and it highlighted to me just how many people know who Mick Foley/Mankind is, and I feel most people went to simply see one of their wrestling heroes talk. Next time perhaps he doesn’t need to try so hard.
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I was already looking forward to seeing Sting on this tour – it’s been his first visit to the UK in a decade, and probably his last ever appearance here – but then days before the tour began Hulk Hogan announced he would also be making his first visit to the UK since 1994. This was going to be unmissable.
We set off to arrive at the MEN Arena in plenty of time, enjoy a beer and browse the merchandise before watching the show, but we ended up stuck in traffic just outside Manchester. The show’s starting time of 7:30 came and went, and although we were getting constant updates from friends at the show, sitting in the car waiting for the traffic to improve was painful. We eventually made it to the arena around 9, parked the car and rushed down to our seats, just as the interval was ending and the second half of the show was beginning. We’d missed four bouts, including Austin Aries, Crimson, A.J. Styles and Mickie James, but the real good stuff hadn’t happened yet.
The first main event of the evening was for the World Heavyweight Championship, with current holder Bobby Roode up against Samoa Joe. Roode was getting some big boos and Joe was getting just as many cheers, but Bobby managed to successfully defend his title in a well-paced match. Joe stayed in the ring for a while afterwards, pulling out an English flag and showing his appreciation for the fans’ support.