PRO-WRESTLING WITHOUT PITY
ALL-STAR CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
COURAGE 107 - RECAPLET
18 MARCH 2010
* ACW World Champion was spotted backstage, nervously pacing up and down. That was, until one Jade Argent appeared and announced that he would be the next challenger for the World Title and the Bounty, which this week would be worth $600,000. Both men traded barbs for a bit, before Trey Vincent popped up; Argent's two Czech valets were with him. Trey stated his belief that Jade Argent would definitely be the man to end the Original Pulp Hero's run as Champion, thereby setting up a battle between Sports Entertainment's Present (TV) against Sport Entertainment's Future (Jade Argent) at the LEGENDS IV pay-per-view. Trey disappeared to have sexual intercourse with the two Czech valets, while Argent stuck around to throw one last insult at the Original Pulp Hero. Funnily enough, Alias didn't stick around for that.
* Khristain Keller was seen ranting away in SilverHAWK's office, bemoaning about how Argent attacked him at the FOR QUEEN & COUNTRY 2010 pay-per-view, costing him the Spirit Of ACW Title. Keller conveniently missed out the bit about attacking Ramey and Argent the previous week. HAWK called him out on that, but agreed that Argent's actions at the pay-per-view would not go unpunished. Keller stated that he didn't have anything to show in terms of titles or awards in his recent history, and insisted that he deserved a shot at the World Title as a way of changing everything. Keller took potshots again at Ramey and Argent, and threw one Trevor Wilson's way for good measure. Keller went on to suggest a series of weekly matches leading up to LEGENDS IV, and the overall winner would attain a shot at the World Title. SilverHAWK felt it was a good idea, but brought up again how Keller was embroiled in a developing antagonistic relationship with Jesse Ramey. All Keller had to say about that was he was looking forward to painting the walls with Ramey's blood.
* The first match of the show happened to have The SOBs taking on the tandem of Ulf German and Malk Al-Haq. The SOBs, not seen on regular ACW programming since the pay-per-view nearly a month prior, were looking to get back into the hunt for the Tag Team Titles. On the other side of the coin, Ulf and Malk were looking to make a splash in the division by working together on regular ACW programming for the first time after several matches as a tandem in the All-Star Academy. The result was a very spirited contest between both teams; all four men went all out, working very hard to win the match for their respective team. In the end, The SOBs prevailed in a great showcase for the Tag Team division. After the match, however, a beast of a man -- who looked like the same man who attacked Orlando Grant the week before -- popped up to dismantle The SOBs and Ulf German. By the time order was restored, the mysterious beast disappeared without a hint of emotion.
* Jenna McMullen had the unenviable task of helping introduce a new hire to the fans watching on in the arena and at home. Zhang Tao was his name; hailing from China, claiming to have some Zen-like powers that would help him in his wrestling, and also made subtle comments about the size of the chests of Spanish women. Classy. Zhang Tao mentioned once his visa issues were settled, we'd see him in action.
* Meanwhile, relatively new hire Sven Avsbern was sitting in his locker-room, looking not too happy. He was supposed to have a match with Kati, Trevor Wilson's helper-monkey. During the opening match, however, it was made known to Sven that somehow or rather Kati had gotten out of the match. Sven felt slighted, and made references to being considered unimportant enough to fight. Sven ended things by marching out of his locker-room to do something important; presumably to hit the buffet line.
* Jenna McMullen was showcased as being on her break next, and she was hanging out with Buddy Saxon. It seemed like a random pairing at first, but it was revealed through the course of their banter that Jenna's sister was going out with Buddy's uncle. Okay. Buddy was more interested in being forlorn over his winless streak. Jenna attempted to cheer him up, and her surprisingly-sensible pep talk worked on Buddy.
* The second match of the show was also a tag team match; the Pop Culture Phenoms, Tag Team Champions, defended against the tandem of Abilities (William T. Rex and Abraham Swift) who had earned a shot during one of the recent All-Star Academy events. The pace was breakneck from the moment the bell rang, and despite a fluid showing from Abilities, Ed and Klein were just on a whole another level and made rather quick work of their opponents. Once again, the Phenoms retained and did so in impressive fashion.
* That would not be the end of their night, though. Just as they were about to leave the ring heads held high, the lights went out. As per the course in recent weeks, the SlyTron came alive with mysterious eyes and an equally-cryptic message being delivered. This time, it appeared as if there was to be talk AND action. When the lights came back on? The tandem of Abilities had been strung up by the ring ropes. Ed and Klein declared innonence, and they were right to for they were soon maliciously attacked. It seemed as if The Entourage (Spike Saunders and Callie Urban) had landed in ACW; the former fWo Tag Team Champions sent a strong signal to the rest of the world that they were here to save ACW, no matter what it took to get the job done.
* After commercials, the Phenoms were shown backstage being tended to by medical experts. Rud Albion popped up to check on their conditions, before engaging in polite conversation regarding Johnny Depp and shaggers. At the end of it all, Albion made a sly reference to possibly one day challenging for the Tag Team Titles. Ed wisely pointed out that all Rud needed was a partner.
* Sharc and his valet Sarah were somewhere in the arena, with Sharc confessing for his sins. Sharc then got all awkward and dramatic, scaring even Sarah. It concluded with Sharc declaring that there was no God.
* Chris Moliano was in his locker-room, no doubt in the last stages of preparation for his showdown with Z that he'd been waiting for. Alas, referee Mark Shields conveyed the news that Z had not even made it into the country. Moliano was incredibly furious and threatened to explode until his paramour, also a referee in Paige Allen, calmed him down.
* Jenna McMullen graced us once again, this time conducting an impromptu interview with rising star Orlando Grant. Orlando talked about a variety of topics; including the beast of a man who attacked him the previous week and The SOBs & Ulf German earlier on in the show, fatigue at doing double-duty for ACW and the All-Star Academy... and most importantly, how he'd been granted a shot at the Scorpion Fighting Title. Orlando was candid about his chances, but ultimately underlined he was hungry enough to topple Omega and become the new Scorpion Fighting Champion.
* That led us right to Orlando and Omega battling it out, with the Scorpion Fighting Title at stake. It was a terrific fight, with Orlando really showing off the leaps and bounds he'd made since his debut (nicely enough against Omega himself) last October. Both men threw everything they had at each other, and it ended with Omega squeaking out the victory. After the match, Iceman came into the ring and attacked Omega, demanding that the time for games and unfair non-singles matches for the Scorpion Fighting Title was over. He officially challenged Omega to a one-on-one fight at LEGENDS IV with the title belt at stake.
* Up next was Jesse Ramey being given some air-time to wax poetic about certain topics, which was a spot hosted by... yes, Jenna McMullen. She was a busy bee indeed. Ramey spoke about his incredible match with Vince Jacobs at the most recent pay-per-view, and hinted that he'd like a rematch soon. Ramey also touched on his current situation with Khristain Keller and Jade Argent, suggesting who he would like to face at a match at LEGENDS. Ramey also stated that he would stay in the industry, and in ACW by extension, until the fans stopped caring for him. Judging by the reactions he was getting lately, it'd be safe to assume that Jesse Ramey was going nowhere.
* Shawn Jessica Hart was in action next against JP Boudreau, who'd been slowly developing himself in the All-Star Academy. Here, JP put up a spirited fight against the man that was almost the ACW World Champion. SJH's sheer awesomeness finally shone through after a tight battle, and The Prime Minister of Gettin' Sinister had picked up the win.
* However, SJH wasn't quite done. He expressed shame at what he did to referee Henry Irwonsen last week, and invited the most senior of officials in ACW to have an in-ring discussion next week. The idea would be to talk things out, and put everything behind them. Shawn seemed sincere in his desire to make things right.
* Renaud Cardinal, who had been stationed at ringside for the entire evening calling the shots, suddenly made his way backstage to have a chat with Midnight Cowboy. They must be really good friends. Cowboy talked about Trevor Wilson, unsurprisingly, and expressed that he would like one last chance at the Spirit Of ACW Champion. No gimmicks, no proxies; just him and Wilson, one-on-one. Cowboy ended by stating that he'd be watching Wilson's match against an undetermined opponent later that night with great interest.
* Next up, Vince Jacobs went nose-to-nose with Rud Albion. Both men appeared to be equally matched, with Albion taking the opportunity to once again display his unique style of offense. Vince Jacobs, with years of experience and a plethora of titles to his name, was not about to go down so easily and eventually did come out on top. Despite the very confusing attempted interference of Sharc's valet, Sarah. Sharc himself did pop up after the match, and got smacked in the face by Vince's boot for his troubles. Something was definitely going on between Vince Jacobs and Sharc.
* A slightly down-spirited Orlando Grant was seen traversing down a hallway, wondering what could have been during his match with Omega earlier on. He ran into Sven Avsbern, not seen since very early in the show. The two men had words, with Sven insinuating that Orlando and the rest of the Scorpion Fighting division were being silly fighting so hard about a title belt they knew nothing much about. Orlando put Sven in his place, to which The Swedish War Machine had no real comeback.
* Fresh off his win, Vince Jacobs was interviewed by John Mullins regarding several issues. Most pertinent of all was Vince being somewhat quiet recently. Jacobs responded by saying that he was sick and tired about talking the Hall Of Fame, because it should have been a done deal already. Vince also had some disparaging remarks about Jesse Ramey and Sarah, Sharc's valet. The former ACW World Champion told Sarah that he was awaiting an apology from her, and said it should be obvious where he could be found, hinting at the large star on his locker-room door.
* Trevor Wilson, ACW's only current double champion since he controversially resurrected the Television Title weeks ago, entered the ring amid much hate from the crowd. Wilson reiterated that Midnight Cowboy was done as far as the Spirit Of ACW Title was concerned, and candidly offered anyone in the back a chance to face him. As luck would have it, Spike Saunders answered the call. Spike (with Callie in tow) and Trevor appeared to have a pre-existing relationship from years ago, and despite Trevor's irritation that a ghost from the past had come back, the Spirit Of ACW Champion nonetheless went ahead with the non-title match.
* A match that began with much promise, and unfortunately ended within minutes. Just as the fight between Trevor and Spike was heating up, Midnight Cowboy came up with a brown sack in his hands. Callie Urban hopped into the ring and teamed up with Spike to deliver a double-clothesline to Wilson, drawing the disqualification.
* That merely allowed Midnight Cowboy to unbelievably hog tie Trevor Wilson, making the Spirit Of ACW Champion look like a roasted pig. The fans went crazy, and needless to say, Wilson was humiliated beyond belief.
* Backstage, Z mysteriously popped up, drawing confusion even from Mark Shields. Turns out, Z had merely bluffed that he was out of the country so that his match with Moliano would be postponed. Z went on say that he wanted Mark Shields to ask an important question, so Mark did; the bastard referee of ACW asked Z who he really was. Z responded with some quirky statements, but if one were to take the first letter of each sentence that was sprouted... one would get 'Z IS BORST'.
* A video package that touched on a bit of mythology featuring Koschei The Deathless played on the SlyTron for the second week in a row. Weird.
* Following last week's events, KSZ/Iceman was a match many was looking forward to. Including KSZ himself, who attacked Iceman from behind as the latter was making his way down to the ring. That got the match started prematurely. From there, the action was non-stop. Iceman tried his hardest to hang with Zimmerman's brilliance and even had moments where he could have won, but Keith dug deep and won the match with an amazing Cockscrew Brainbuster. Match of the night thus far, edging out Omega/Orlando by a hair. After the match, Keith shot a warning to Trey Vincent; judgment day was coming soon. Was the WWE bringing back that pay-per-view already?
* Buddy Saxon showed why he could have a career as a peeping tom, as he spied on Ed and Klein. Both men were having a bit of an argument for whatever reason, until Buddy stepped into the room. Hilarity ensued when Saxon said he was so excited he needed to me, and Ed deadpannedly told him there were places for that. Long story short, Buddy announced that he and a friend had formed England's Best... and they wanted a shot at the Tag Team Titles at the upcoming pay-per-view. Once Buddy left, Ed scoffed at the challenge and claimed that he and Klein were in for an easy payday should they make it to the pay-per-view.
* KSZ and Vince Jacobs had the same idea; both men were done for the evening and therefore decided to leave the arena. They ran into each other whilst doing so, and had a bit of a chat. KSZ told Vince how frustrated he was that Trey Vincent basically cheated his way to the #1 Contendership. Jacobs offered Keith some advice, who in returned insisted that Vince Jacobs really did belong in ACW's Hall Of Fame.
* Trevor Wilson had regained his composure backstage, and after doing what he needed to do and telling Kati what she needed to hear, proceed to pay a visit to Omega. It seems Trevor was asking for a favour of some sort. Sexual or not, nobody would know until next week.
* Finally, it was time for Alias to put up his World Title against glory-and-money-seeking Jade Argent. The match started off with Alias opening a can of surprise whoop ass on Argent. Slowly but surely, Jade got himself back into contention. Both men were equally matched and having standout moments... until predictably Khristain Keller popped up and headbutted Argent, earning him the disqualification win. Trey Vincent showed up next and screamed at Keller. Once banter was made, Keller revealed he would be happy to help Jade win the $600,000 by kicking the Original Pulp Hero's ass.
* That led briefly to a 2-On-1 Handicapped Match, which never got started. Because Jesse Ramey was the next man out and insisted that if Keller could help Jade, he should be able to help Alias. Naturally, SilverHAWK showed up on the SlyTron, pissed at the clusterfrussness that was developing. He thereby announced a Brothers In Arms Match; Alias and Ramey versus Keller and Argent, with the World Title and $600,000 still up for grabs for Jade Argent should he or Keller get the decision over Alias or Ramey.
* And that brought us to the tag team battle. All four men fought each other with vigour and immense intensity. It was eventually Jesse Ramey that managed to pin Keller, but it seemed as if Keller didn't kick out when he clearly could have. That caused Jesse to be incredibly upset and demand Keller to get back into the ring. Jade Argent, as one could imagine, was left empty-handed. And Alias looked into Trey Vincent's eyes, worried that the #1 Contender was not agitated over the fact that Jade didn't get the job done. No, Alias was more concerned with what Trey had planned next, as it seemed to dawn on Vincent that perhaps he needed to get the right people to do the dirty deed.
PRO-WRESTLING WITHOUT PITY
ALL-STAR CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
COURAGE 108 - RECAPLET
27 MARCH 2010
* Usually held on Thursday nights, COURAGE 108 took place on a Saturday night this week due to some unknown logistical issues, and kicked off in style with Jade Argent squaring off against Vince Jacobs. Argent looked good in there against the experienced Jacobs, and had plenty of cheating tricks up his sleeve. Vince being the old sly dog that he was had some cheats of his own to share, but had to bow down to Argent's debut of a move dubbed Spit Struck. Despite that, Jacobs emerged the winner after a handful of tights, exposing half of Jade's bum to the fans in the process.
* Vince Jacobs didn't have time to celebrate though, for Sharc came up and viciously attacked the multiple-time World Champion with a glass mirror! Sharc went on to annihilate Jacobs, and even threatened to cut him up with a sharp shard of glass. Trey Vincent of all people intervened in the nick of time, but Vincent had more sinister ideas in mind. Having seen Sharc's display against Jacobs, Vincent offered Sharc the opportunity to fulfil a longtime goal: taking out Alias, once and for all. Trey offered Sharc the chance to go up against Alias later in the show, a challenge which Alias himself accepted on Sharc's behalf. Alias vowed to Sharc that when they battled each other later in the show, it would be a fight to the death, and that Alias would match Sharc blow for blow.
* After all of that mayhem, senior referee Henry Irwonsen popped up on the SlyTron, talking about the history of ACW spanning 1993 to 1998. Irwonsen made reference to that time period being labelled as The Spirit Of ACW Era. A fantastic look at the rich history of the federation. Highly entertaining stuff.
* Z was chilling backstage, gloating over him pulling a fast one over Chris Moliano the previous week. Unfortunately for Z, SilverHAWK came up to him and laid down the law: injured or not, HAWK did not appreciate being made a fool of by Z's supposed no-show claim last week and ordered Z to take on Chris Moliano later in the show... or else risk being fired. Z didn't seem happy as he accept the ultimatum of the Boss, but just as quickly seemed okay with the turn of events.
* Next, Trevor Wilson was staring at his locker-room door. Mainly because it had been branded by Midnight Cowboy. That's right. Wilson wasn't quite shaking with rage, but it was clear that he was not pleased.
* Hometown boys Manuel et la Bull (that was indeed the official tandem name for the pairing of Manuel and Bull) took on Irish Spring next in a nice little tag team contest. It was made known to everyone that the match should have occured last week, but transportation problems plagued Irish Spring. After a fair bit of back and forth that highlighted the various abilities of all four men, it was Irish Spring that triumphed. Manuel et la Bull got a pretty nice reception from their native crowd, though. Perhaps they'll be offered a short-term contract?
* Alias and Jesse Ramey were having another one of their chats backstage. Alias was thanking Ramey for his assistance last week, and touched on the fact that he was officially World Champion for 100 days now. Ramey touched on Keller possibly letting himself be pinned by Ramey on purpose last week, and once again turned down a shot at Alias and the World Title.
* Callie Urban and Spike Saunders came out to the ring dressed in formal wear, making their first official address to the legion of ACW fans. The Entourage made mention of their mission to cleanse and save ACW. That was, until Buddy Saxon popped up on the SlyTron in a welcome bit of interruption. Saxon cut to the chase, stating that he felt The Entourage would try to challenge for the Tag Team Titles, but he and a friend had put forth a challenge to the Champions first. Saxon's friend was revealed to be Rud Albion, and they were the tandem of England's Best! All four competitors traded barbs for a bit, and eventually settled on two challenge matches for the night -- Buddy versus Callie, Rud versus Spike. Interesting times ahead for the Tag Team division.
* New hire Matthew Sanchez exited SilverHAWK's office having secured a contract, and revealed that he would have a State Of The Future address coming up later in the show.
* And then, it was time for Chris Moliano's screaming revenge. The match should have taken place last week, but Z's trickery prevented that from happening. There was no escape for Z this time, and the Caped Crusader quickly found himself feeling the full force of Moliano's unrestricted rage in the opening moments of the match. From there, Z somewhat let his guard down... and appeared to let Chris Moliano run roughshod all over him. Chris Moliano picked up the win, but it all seemed a little too easy. Everybody's suspicions were confirmed when Z taunted Chris with his final words of the night -- "was it worth it, Christopher?"
* Iceman followed up with another one of his profanity-laced rant backstage. The topic? The same thing he's been raving about for weeks; facing Omega for the Scorpion Fighting Title at LEGENDS IV. Still, it was effectively done as always and Iceman looks to be gearing up for a hellacious showdown with Omega.
* SilverHAWK popped up on the SlyTron to announce a World Series between three individuals who couldn't keep themselves in check; Keller, Ramey and Argent. Match 1 of the World Series kicked off moments later, featuring Ramey going one-on-one with the King **** Of **** Mountain himself.
* Unfortunately for Keller, an evenly-fought match ended in defeat for him, courtesy of a slight distraction from Jade Argent. Not to take away anything from Ramey, who continues to see his stock rise after another impressive showing in the ring.
* Backstage, JP Boudreau of the All-Star Academy was gearing up for a match with fellow Academy member Jack Harris. Naturally, JP was worried... but a chat with Orlando Grant on his iPhone seemed to put JP's focus back on track. As an aside, how many people have iPhones nowadays? Talk about overkill.
* The first of two challenge matches came up, with Buddy Saxon taking on Callie Urban. The former wanted to snap his losing streak, the latter would be featuring in her debut match in ACW. Saxon's and Urban's respective partners were at ringside, with Spike doubling up as the third man on commentary. Buddy and Callie had a great match together, going back and forth for about five minutes or so. Eventually, Callie kicked it into high gear and pulled out the victory.
* Which then brought everyone to the second challenge match; Rud Albion squaring off against Spike Saunders. Rud showed no fear despite his opponent's mammoth size, and the two men went toe-to-toe for a few minutes before Spike unexpectedly exited the ring and left with Callie Urban in tow. Rud Albion picked up the win via count-out, but it was evident that The Bronze Lion would have preferred a more definitive form of victory.
* One of the most hilarious segments in ACW history then transpired, with Trey Vincent venting his frustrations out on Jesse Ramey. The latter had somewhat saved Alias the week prior, and Vincent was not pleased about that. Cue his mockery of Jesse Ramey coupled with the low-level harrassing of backstage interviewer Jenna McMullen. Jesse responded back in kind with his own mockery of Trey Vincent. Eventually, Trey returned to the land of seriousness and vowed that revenge for his plans being thwarted would be served sooner rather than later.
* In the ring, Shawn Jessica Hart talked about making amends, obviously referring to his attack on senior referee Henry Irwonsen weeks ago. Ol' Irwonsen himself was invited down to the ring, and that's where things turned ugly. Shawn Hart forced Henry to admit that a mistake was made at the last PPV when it was ruled Alias had defeated SJH to retain the ACW World Title. Irwonsen refused to budge, and that resulted in SJH going absolutely ballistic. Until, surprisingly enough, Keith Scott Zimmerman rode in on the proverbial white horse to save the day. Shawn Jessica Hart basically reaffirmed his singular goal: the ACW World Title.
* SilverHAWK was not having the best of nights, it seemed, as he caught up with SlySports Executive Jeremy Hunt. A harsh exchange of words were had, and there appears to be bad blood simmering between the two authority figures policing ACW now. Still not much in the way of exposition regarding FIGHT NIGHT.
* In hiding ever since his defeat to Alias weeks ago, Jack Harris was back in the ring and took on JP Boudreau in singles competition. JP hung on as long as he could, looking somewhat credible for a while, until Jack's power eventually took over. The Pikey Madman won rather emphatically in the end, but it didn't end there. The mysterious attacker that had been targetting the members of the All-Star Academy on recent editions of COURAGE made his appearance again, and absolutely decimated JP Boudreau in front of Harris. The beast and Harris appeared to share a look of some sort, but nothing that suggested they knew each other.
* Trevor Wilson and Kati took their place in the ring next, with Wilson talking about how he couldn't further ignore something wrong that was going on. He was clearly talking about the way Midnight Cowboy had been reminding Wilson about his non-title victory a couple of weeks ago. To that effect, ACW's only current double champion called for MC to come down. After a short discussion, Trevor told MC that a title shot would be given so that matters could be settled for one and for all. It's worth nothing that Midnight Cowboy was receiving huge reactions from the fans, and it's obvious that the crowd loves him. Even with the beatdown Trevor Wilson rained down upon MC after a handshake to seal the deal.
* The Entourage were backstage, seemingly preparing to leave the arena. But, Spike Saunders did have time to offer some words of wisdom as to why he walked out midway through his match with Rud Albion. Callie Urban got in a few potshots at backstage interviewer Jenna McMullen. Rough night for Jenna, but then again, it's rumoured she supposedly likes it rough...
* And then, it was time for Trey Vincent and KSZ to get it on in the ring one more time. Both men exploded out of the starting blocks, but Zimmerman's tunnel vision on beating Trey meant that he was in control early on. Trey Vincent put an end to proceedings by attacking Keith with a black cane, drawing the disqualification loss. And as per the stipulations, that meant KSZ had earned himself a shot at the World Title on next week's broadcast of COURAGE. One question remained; would it be Alias or Sharc as his opponent?
* We wouldn't find out straight away since there was still a lot of time. That meant Matthew Sanchez had the opportunity to come out to the ring, and for a 18 year old kid, displayed quite a fair bit of gumption in addressing the capacity crowd. Sanchez didn't exactly endear himself to the crowd with his words, and issued an open challenge for anyone to face him in competition next week.
* Alias checked up on his old friend Henry Irwonsen backstage, who seemed to be in a safe condition. KSZ, getting a once-over on the leg that Trey Vincent had attacked during their match earlier, was thanked by Henry for the save even earlier in the show. Keith didn't make a fuss of it, and had a few words with his old rival Alias.
* Sven Avsbern was seen loitering backstage, and after spying on Kristinia Kage (who'd been toiling in the All-Star Academy in recent weeks) from afar, went up to talk to her. It seemed the two used to wrestle together, and Sven even knew Kage's late father. The two did a bit of catching up, and Sven put forth a proposal for Kristinia to be the Swedish War Machine's opponent in his debut match next week. Kristinia seemed okay with the idea, which brought a rather eerie smile to Sven's face.
* Hometown boy Carrachio Salfuego had the unique opportunity of competing in front of his family, friends and thousands of other citizens of Madrid. His opponent? The vile Iceman. Carrachio gave Iceman a run for his money for a few minutes, but the former Scorpion Fighting Champ eventually prevailed.
* Trey Vincent's awesome brand of insults made Khristain Keller the latest victim, and Vincent didn't hold back on letting Keller know his true feelings about what happened last week. Khristain acted all cool, but that wasn't enough to stop from Trey to just go bananas with his insults.
* Having earned a shot at the Tag Team Titles on a recent All-Star Academy event, the team of Rory Hayes and Johnny Long were eager to stop the winning streak of the Pop Culture Phenoms. Alas for the team known as RESPECT, Ed and Klein were in fine form, and dispatched off the challengers in record time to retain the Tag Team Titles.
* Which then segued into Ed going off on a rant about how underhanded The Entourage's methods of integrating into ACW were. That brought out Spike and Callie, which was a bit of a shock because it seemed as if they'd left earlier in the show. Naturally, Klein ran for cover and Ed & Spike got into a fist-fight in the ring. Within moments, Rud Albion and Buddy Saxon came sprinting down. Buddy had unfinished business with Callie, and so did Rud with Spike. A good ol'-fashioned pier six brawl had developed, which meant that the tag team division was once again well and truly alive.
* And finally, we came to the main event. Sharc against Alias. Sharc's mission since coming into ACW last year was to claim a victory over the Original Pulp Hero, and this time there was money & the ACW World Title at stake. An absolutely fierce contest between the two enemies unfolded, with neither wanting to give up. Counters, counters to counters and reversals galore were on display. In the end, Alias managed to squeak out the win courtesy of a victory roll. Immediately after that, Trey Vincent joined Sharc in a beatdown of Alias, only for KSZ -- yet again -- to save the day. Alias and Keith had an epic staredown to end the show, setting the stage for their showdown next week.
Grudge Match: Standard Rules
Sven Avsbern (1W / 1L) vs. Kristinia Kage (2W / 4L)
When a so-called friendly contest between two people who used to compete together many years ago goes south, the result is a rivalry that threatens to spiral out of control. Back on COURAGE 106, Sven Avsbern -- a legendary fighter in the European circles -- made his ACW debut and declared his intent to challenge for the Scorpion Fighting Title, once he felt he was ready. His debut match was supposed to have been against Kati on COURAGE 107, but somehow or rather Kati was given a free pass. Leaving the bitter Avsbern to realise he was well and truly at the bottom of the ladder in ACW.
Kristinia Kage has been in ACW since January this year, and it hasn't been a particularly easy time for the veteran. She too found herself drawn to the Scorpion Fighting division, but had to wait until the FOR QUEEN & COUNTRY 2010 pay-per-view to pick up her first victory; which came in the first leg of the now-famous Gauntlet Hell Challenge for the Scorpion Fighting Title. Since then, Kristinia devoted her time to the All-Star Academy as a means of polishing herself up, and managing to attain a certain degree of success.
That all led to a chance meeting between the two on COURAGE 108. Turns out, Sven and Kristinia used to wrestle alongside each other many years ago. In fact, Sven revealed he was very much good friend with Kristinia's late father. The two engaged in conversation with each other, and The Swedish War Machine eagerly proposed for his debut match to be against Kristinia herself. The latter didn't see anything wrong with that, and thus, the two met in the ring on COURAGE 109. Alas, calls for a friendly clash suddenly went awry, for Sven Avsbern flipped the script halfway throughout the match and turned up the heat. In the process, he very nearly mutiliated Kristinia, walking away with an emphatic victory.
Kristinia spent the following 30 hours recuperating in a hospital, but was completely furious over Sven's decision to abandon the notion of a friendly fight. Furious enough to demand for a rematch. Sven defended his actions, saying that while he did indeed agree to a friendly fight, he was sickened by Kristinia's abysmal showing and simply had to teach her a lesson. To that effect, Kristinia showed what she was made off during the rematch on COURAGE 110; attaining victory after punting Sven in the groin numerous times. Nothing concrete was settled, however, and there were rumours that perhaps one more match was in the works.
Now, at LEGENDS IV, it is official. Sven and Kristinia will do battle once more to find out just who truly is the better competitor. In an interesting twist, SilverHAWK has ordered this Grudge Match to be competed under Standard Rules. Which means, disqualifications do count. A departure, certainly, from the last two times Sven and Kristinia have fought; with both matches being contested under Scorpion Fighting Rules.
In fact, neither person has yet to compete in a match that wasn't governed by Scorpion Fighting Rules. And considering Sven's history as a fighter more than a wrestler, it would appear that at LEGENDS IV, both he and Kristinia will have to do some adjusting of styles and tactics.
Whatever the case may be, the stage is now set. Sven won the first encounter. Kristinia triumphed in the second encounter. It's tied at one apiece, and the rubber match is coming up at LEGENDS IV. Who will emerge victorious?
Only one way to find out; catch LEGENDS IV live from the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain!
The World Series - Finale: ???
Jesse Ramey (4W / 3L / 1D) vs. Jade Argent (2W / 3L / 1D) vs. Khristain Keller (2W / 3L / 1D)
When is a match... not a match? Well, read on and find out.
Jade Argent's recent resurgence in ACW has brought many a drama, but none more so than the messiness which has unfolded between himself and two other men; Khristain Keller and Jesse Ramey. Newly-christened 'The Right Attitude' Jesse Ramey has steadily worked his way up the ranks in any company he has worked in and is now back in ACW after a brief stint back in 2004, and looking to make a genuine run for glory. Jade Argent has won a multitude of accolades and as a proof of his excellence, constantly flaunts his fWo Cruiserweight Title at any and all ACW events. Finally we have the former ACW World Champion in Khristain Keller... and some would argue he is the accelerant which has seen a carrot dangled in front of all three men courtesy of SilverHAWK's decision to go ahead with a plan Keller himself came up with.
The World Series, baby. The premise is simple. Three men, three matches, with the best record between the three gaining a shot at the ACW World Title which could be used at any time. Simple things rarely turn out in such a way, however, and those three matches have seen all three men doing their very best to even the scores. Ramey bested Keller, Argent triumphed over Ramey and Keller knocked back Argent's challenge which has seen each man holding one victory and one loss. No clear winner in sight.
And as COURAGE 110 went off the air, there was absolutely no word on a resolution or a method on how to deal with the stalemate from SilverHAWK himself. Rumours are rife about the ideas the General Manager has to try and ensure that The World Series concludes with one man standing tall over the other two. One thing is definitely for sure, though. By the time LEGENDS IV is done with, there will be somebody who will have a shot at the ACW World Title which can be used at any point throughout the rest of the year. Who will that lucky man be?
Only one way to find out; catch LEGENDS IV live from the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain!
Grudge Match: Scorpion Fighting Rules
Andrew Fiasco (DEBUT) vs. Matthew Sanchez (1L)
Ever since debuting several weeks ago, young Matthew Sanchez has been rubbing people the wrong way. Not much is known about the 18 year old other than he is physically gifted enough to do anything he wants and comes from great lineage. Money is not an issue to him.
On the other side of the coin, Andrew Fiasco is a veteran in every sense of the word. He has been around the business for over 12 years and has worked hard in the independents to perfect his craft. Now, he has the opportunity to show his talents to the world, an opportunity he has dreamt of for the longest of time.
But what happens when someone spits on your dreams?
Matthew Sanchez could care less about what Andrew Fiasco wants and proved so by attacking him with a lead pipe unexpectedly right before Fiasco was about to make his ACW debut COURAGE 110. To make matters worse, moments before the attack, SilverHAWK had asked Fiasco to try and mentor the young upstart. This despite the fact that both men had a brief encounter involving an unfriendly exchange of words following Matthew's debut loss on COURAGE 109.
Following Matthew's unprovoked attack which saw the match being thrown out of the window, SilverHAWK has booked a rematch for LEGENDS IV between Sanchez and Fiasco. And with the hope of teaching the rookie Sanchez a lesson, has signed off on the match being contested under Scorpion Fighting Rules.
When one of the greatest athletes the business has ever seen faces one of the most determined men the business has ever seen, what can we expect? The fact that this grudge encounter will be fought under Scoprion Fighting Rules practically guarantees this is not a contest you’ll want to miss. Who will emerge victorious?
Only one way to find out; catch LEGENDS IV live from the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain!