MPW Slammin’ Saturday Night 8/4/12 Recap!
Vandal Drummond calls me at about 2:20 pm on Saturday afternoon to let me know he’s picking me up to go to this show. He tells me he’ll be at my place between 2:30 and 3:00 pm which gives me a good 10 to 30 minutes to get ready, but in reality its Vandal Drummond so I just add another 30 minutes. He runs on Mexican time. He did tell me Fisico Nuclear would be joining us this time which meant we would have to be in our best behavior as far as the things we talk about, which apparently didn’t last very long. He did show me the book on Martín Karadagian that I’m supposedly going to translate for him….Its over 700 PAGES!
We arrive at Simi Valley around 5 pm. Spent some time talking to Scott Walton about the good ol’ days of pro wrestling. Said hello to Riki Ataki, Frankie Dee, The Hobo and a few others who were there. At about 6:30 we take our seats to watch the pre-show festivities with kids doing a martial arts exhibition and who should walk by us but Steve ‘Dr. Lucha’ Sims. Time to interrogate Dr. Lucha to get the latest lucha libre inside information from him! He told me everything he could in under 30 minutes. Dan Farren came over and stopped the interrogation! BOO DAN!
They announced the winner of the wrestling school, MPW Bump U, t-shirt logo contest.
Pre-show also included the Architects of Anarchy (Vandal Drummond, Riki Ataki, Frankie Dee, Crayz and Ms. Sonya) cutting a promo and attacking B.S. Cohen.
Show starts with Brawlin’ Bo Cooper coming out wearing a suit. Dapper Bo Cooper! Bo Cooper tells the fans he has two herniated discs from years of taking wrestling bumps and recently had an ingrown hair in his chest that resulted in him getting a staph infection that resulted in him having to go to the hospital recently. He tells the fans that the doctors advised him to stop wrestling while he recovers from the infection and he’s gonna take time off for the herniated discs as well. Bo is forced to vacate the MPW World Title. Commissioner Farren tells Brawlin’ Bo Cooper that whenever he’s given the green light to return to the ring that his spot in MPW would still be there and then goes on to ask Bo to continue as part of MPW. Commissioner Farren then calls for The Hellkid to come out and Hellkid shows up with a valet. The Commish then announces that since Hellkid is the #1 Challenger to the MPW World title that he would be awarded the belt. Hellkid’s celebration is cut short when the Commish tells him that as champion he must defend the title tonight against Logan X, who comes out to the ring to the fans delight.
J.J. Steele beat Billy Blade
Steele won with the frogsplash on Blade. Good opener. Blade was booed by the fans, which is always surprising since ’80s rock music is very popular with wrestling fans.
Tofer Cash beat Brett Walters
Tofer Cash is part of Tex Tunney’s Territory Kings. Tex came out in a wheelchair along with Lester Talbot. He announced he was going to be running for office in Simi Valley against some local politicians. I missed the previous show, but I think on that show Tunney might have recruited Walters to join the Kings, but was turned down and he was not happy. Good, short match. Walters is one of the students from MPW’s Bump U wrestling school. Sold most of the match. I saw Cash when he made his first appearance a few months back in MPW. The little I’ve seen of him, he’s looked good in the ring.
Ryan Morals beat Sam Chowder
Good match. Poor Sam Chowder with that name, but more on the name later. He’s a fun energetic wrestler. Guessing he’s pretty new to the business. Morals is an old school heel. I grew up in Texas and he reminds me a bit of “Hollywood” John Tatum. I couldn’t boo Ryan Morals as I think I was sitting next to his relatives at this show. After Morals beat Chowder, he asked him to join him and dump the Barroom Saints. Sam seemed a bit undecided.
The Hobo beat Shawn ‘Crippler’ Christain
Good match between two babyfaces, but Hobo is one of the more popular guys at MPW, so fans were rooting for The Hobo to win. Christain came close a few times, but Hobo retains the MPW Maximum Title. After the match, The Hobo wanted to mention that his trainer and the first MPW Maximum Champion, G.Q. Money, was in attendance and wanted to thank him for everything he’s done for his career. The Hobo asked G.Q. to get in the ring and they embraced. G.Q. then attacked The Hobo and took the belt with him. I’m looking forward to a feud between those two.
Whiskey Fist MacIntosh beat Omar “Slam” Duncan in a Loser Leaves Town Match
This was a match-up between former tag team partners. Whiskey Fist was joined by some other guy wearing a kilt. Duncan was accompanied by Tex Tunney and Lester Talbot. Whiskey tried to get Duncan DQ’ed when he threw his flask at him and then pretended to be knocked out in the ring. Referee was distracted, so Duncan threw it back at Whiskey Fist and then he pretended to be knocked out. Whiskey Fist threw it back and dropped to the mat, but referee Jay Stone saw what was going on and told the two to continue with the match. Both guys argued that the other should be disqualified. Match continued and they both fell to the outside were I believe Whiskey Fist tied Duncan’s bootlaces to Tunney’s wheelchair and won via countout.
Omar Slam Duncan is gone! I’ll always remember the basketball gimmick, the big fro, losing the hair match and Omar’s smile that brightened up every place MPW has booked a show at.
Jimmy Mayhem & Mr. Tanaka beat Dr. Alchemy & Scatman Negro
Short match. Probably went a few seconds as Mayhem and Tanaka just squashed their opponents. They then forced their opponents to kiss Jimmy Mayhem’s shoes. They then demanded more opponents and out came Spectre & Gene Ericson.
Jimmy Mayhem & Mr. Tanaka beat Spectre & Gene Ericson
Tanaka and Mayhem did quite a number on Ericson. Spectre got some comebacks in, but it wasn’t enough to stop Mayhem & Tanaka. Mr. Tanaka got the win for his team by using the green mist.
The Barroom Saints beat Fern Owens & Hed
This match was pretty physical as it got off to a quick start with a hard and very loud chop by Fern Owens. Saints got the win, but were really worn out by Owens and Hed.
After the match The Architects of Anarchy came out to the ring and Riki Ataki shows the Barroom Saints that they have a contract signed by someone who is part of the Barroom Saints for an MPW tag team title match against the Architects of Anarchy at this show. Barroom Saints don’t know who this person is and then Sam Chowder comes out and tells the Barroom Saints that its his name and that he signed the deal because the Saints don’t care about him and only care about the belts. Sam Chowder leaves. Architects attack the Barroom Saints and the match is on…
Architects of Anarchy beat the Barroom Saints for the MPW World Tag Team Titles
I think the contract Riki Ataki had that the Saints signed stated that the Architects could wrestle the match under “Freebird Rules” so any two out of the three could be in the match. Crayz spent some time ringside with the fans, but did get in the ring a bit to help his team. Architects got the win when Crayz threw powder at one of the Saints and he got pinned. New MPW Tag Team Champions. We were discussing Vandal Drummond’s title history and that might have been his first title in his 30-something (give or take) year career. He later said he might have won a title in another local indy fed, but there might have not been a belt.
Crayz spent some time cleaning the ring to make sure the ref didn’t see all the powder.
Hector Canales w/ “his mom” beat Nikki The New York Knockout for the MPW Women’s Title
Hector Canales arrived with his ‘mom’ and was upset that he wouldn’t get a rematch for the MPW World Title against Brawlin’ Bo Cooper. He said he didn’t want to wrestle Nikki so he left. Nikki then told him to stop being a mama’s boy and wrestle her. Canales returned and agreed. Good match. Hector again with some great comedy. His mom seemed concerned her son would lose. Nikki had the edge early in the match. Canales used his strength advantage over Nikki as the match went on. He kept showboating a bit during the match and it gave Nikki a chance to make a few comebacks. Nikki had the win late in the match, but the ref was distracted by Hector’s ‘mama’, who threw her cane into the ring. Hector used the cane to hit knock Nikki out and get the win.
Hector Canales wins the MPW Women’s Title!
POST-MATCH HECTOR CANALES CELEBRATION!!!! YAY!!!
One of the highlights of MPW shows! Hector announces that the belt will now be known as the “Real Man’s Championship”. Hector and his mom leave to celebrate.
Logan X beat The Hellkid for the MPW World Title
Match was a Simi Valley Street Fight as that was what I believe Brawlin’ Bo Coooper and The Hellkid’s match was originally going to be, so they kept the stip for this match. Short brawl. Logan X used a garbage can. It ended with Logan X jumping off a table onto The Hellkid, who was laid out on a table, for the win. Logan X then celebrated with all the kids in attendance.
Another fun show. MPW is booked very old school with some progression heading into future shows. On this show they built up an upcoming feud between The Hobo and G.Q. Money (which I’m sure G.Q. will have to mention why he turned on Hobo and stole the belt), The Architects of Anarchy winning the belts and likely wrestling under “Freebird rules”, Hector Canales as women’s champion (LOL!), and Logan X winning the World title. Plus, there’s still Tex Tunney’s Territory Kings and what they’ll do now that Omar “Slam” Duncan’s gone and Mario Banks not being around.
After the show, The Architects of Anarchy members, Riki Ataki and Vandal Drummond, issued a challenge to Figure-4 Weekly’s Bryan Alvarez, who retired, but the Architects want a match and found a reason for Bryan to comeback as they kidnapped regular contributor to the F4W/WON web site, Steve “Dr. Lucha” Sims. This could be an opening for thecubsfan or Kris Zellner to replace Dr. Lucha as bi-weekly lucha podcast invitees!
Photo Credit SoCalUncensored’s Chad Simplicio