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By: Brandis Outlaw

It’s been almost a week since I graced the doors at Turner Rec Center entering into a highly anticipated show that is Metro Pro wrestling and I’m still in a small daze.

For those that are even acquainted with me even perhaps in passing knows that I love professional wrestling. I go to every show that I possibly can and to say that last Saturday was the most intense favorite nights that they’ve ever done words couldn’t describe.

The incredible hot night started before the show began with standing outside in the sweltering heat in line waiting to get inside. A few of my friends from the wrestletalk podcast that I weekly contribute were in attendance and doing a segment making predictions as well as tailgated. What made it special was one of my growing top favorite wrestlers Mike Outlaw came from out back and chatted with us for a bit and ate a couple of hot dogs. You never really have that transparent experience much in the fandom of pro wrestling where wrestlers and fans can actually have a conversation the entire time besides fangirling/boying for 10 minutes and hyperventilating.

Each and every show stands on its own and this one is another one in the books for metro pro ( que DJ kaleed saying “and anotha one” ) Top talented debuted and made returned appearances at Metro Pro among were Hype Gotti and KLD even Global Force Wrestling champion Sonjay Dutt showed up and put on incredible performance last Saturday night.

Sonjay’s match against Devin Thomas is the water from the desert that fans truly thirst and appreciate for. The reason being is that it didn’t have all the flash and style and entertainment that mainstream pro wrestling today thrives off of and can’t break from. It was pure both guys came out, shook hands and really fought for a win. No taunting, no long speech and repetitive sentences how bad they’re going to beat someone and end up cheating or losing, or spend half their allotted time arguing with fans it was absolute pure wrestling and talented. Plain and simple: No drama.

Devin Thomas ended up with the win but Sonjay graciously earned Metro Pro fans respect by saying how great he was able to be a part of tonight, and gave Thomas his blessing on become a great wrestler and how we needed to support him.

The match of all matches or as ring announcer Don Diablo says “The main event. Of. The. Evening!” Jeremy Wyatt vs President Michael Strider.

This match has been building for over a year and a half where it all started  around December of 2014 and Wyatt was facing Derek Stone Strider came out dressed as a referee and started counting when Wyatt had the pin but stopped short of the final count Wyatt confused why and then strider had his hired bodyguards rough up Wyatt from that point all the way until July 30th 2016 Strider put Wyatt against many opponents from all over the country Ricky Cruz, Matt Striker, Christopher Daniels, Money Matt Cage, Ace Steel and even survived a 60 minute Iron man match ( talk about old school huh?) against long metro Pro rival Mark Sterling.

Yet, there’s two sides to every story and Strider defends his case numerous times he spoke to the Metro Pro crowd claiming that he’s doing what’s best for the company and for Wyatt but. “He gives him credit where credit is due that no matter who he faces Wyatt knocks them down. “ (Quoted from Wrestletalk podcast on July 28, 2016) Until June 4th Wyatt  surprisingly came out to the ring after being defeated by Rhino in April loosing not only his title belt which Rhino sold to Strider for 10 grand but as well as losing his job.  Wyatt said that he still has one last match in him and he’d like to beat Strider to go out in style. Along with announcing his retirement and leaving it in the ring for one final match and especially against Strider this also meant Strider would have to come out of his 4 year retirement to fight once again. Strider giving his aviator shaded sly smirk and suddenly taking the glasses off and looking around the crowd as they chanted “one more match, one more match or the favorite “ Let’s go Wyatt, clap clap clap-clap-clap” then he instantly became perplexed and shouted at everyone under the sound of his voice . “ You want a match, you want me to come out of retirement you got it.”

Everything was left in the ring and you’d be hard pressed to find if anything was left out. The beginning was intense blow by blow definitely a brawl but it quickly turned into “who’s going to need an ambulance at the end of the night. Majority of the people, myself included with hands over their mouths, God being called, and ew look at that man he’s bloody.” We were warned before it started that we may needed to get out of the way should it spill out of the ring, and did it ever. Jeremy throwing Strider down into a pile of folding chairs which cut his back, then again into a folding table which completely gave Strider a red bloody mask completely gory and gruesome, total primitive.

During one point of the match both men were on the second and third turnbuckle and you could see at Strider’s profile blood leaking, spewing out like a punctured bag. Another time on the opposite side Wyatt had Strider cornered and he wiped strider’s blood on his shirt in an x and then flipped him off, blood dripped on the floor in front it was a total chaos like watching a grisly horror movie. The best of the year. Every time I go to a Metro Pro event they top their last show every single time and it’s only going to get better.

Wyatt came in at the end and pinned Strider for 1, 2, 3 count and the entire place erupted! President Strider was carried out by a couple of bodyguards and about 3 refs. Both men bloody and I’m sure bruised. Wyatt stood in the ring and streamers thrown like the image of Ring of Honor when a wrestling talent leaves the company, and gave a heartfelt speech. Thanking everyone and the fans many times over but as well more so encouraging the fans to invite people and come for everyone that is in Metro Pro’s locker room how much they sacrifice to entertain us. Incredibly smart and courteous especially to those that will continue to be here after he’s left the company.

Now like a Lost episode, there’s questions left unanswered. What happens next? Metro Pro is in the middle of have a tournament for the vacant Metro Pro Wrestling championship that Wyatt use to own. What will Strider focus on now that Wyatt is gone? Will Wyatt be the mystery Santa this year? Come back as the president? Or is he truly done for good?  Will the wrestlers who gave into cheating their way into Strider’s good graces rule over Metro Pro or will there be a revolution with all the good guys coming together to overthrow Strider. Who is the next guest superstar to grace those gym doors?

Next event is August 27th at the Kansas City T-Bones stadium at 7pm guests include Tommy Dreamer, and Hacksaw Jim Duggan along with many of Metro Pro’s favorites. This does count as one of the Metro Pro events but this doesn’t seem like the classic story line driven Metro Pro show, to me it feels more like an exhibition as this is the first time that Metro Pro has done something like this. It’ll be interesting to see. I hope to take part of the VIP package that they’ll have!

 

Until the bell rings!

Brandis

Most or all of us are aspiring to one day get in the ring or strut around the ring because we own it or are stage crew putting it together, (Well my dreams) but I’m so excited that there’s another school opening here in the Midwest. Located in Lenexa, Kansas. Called Kansas City Pro Wrestling Training Center. I hope to provide more information as time goes on. Even I’m interested because there is so much opportunity for those who want a start somewhere and not even just in the ring but from there to the ticket booth. There’s opportunity.  For now, there’s a link attached that leads you to Missouri Wrestling Revival’s page while you’re there tell them I sent you. ^_^  Peace out everyone talk to you real soon.Click here —> Missouri Wrestling Revival  <——

 

Besides the bigger wrestling promotions, there’s always local independent ones going on and my personal favorite is Metro Pro Wrestling. I’ve only started going in the summer of 2013 and although it’s been my third time going, I’m always a happy giggling school girl or a kid at Christmas when I go. It feels so much more intimate, and the cost, oh don’t get me started on the cost. a chance to sit front row doesn’t cost much and to say whatever you want and be heard from the stars is fantastic too (as long as it’s appropriate) but I never met so many cool wrestlers even those that are widely known like A.C.H and Mike Sydal and Adam Pearce.
Adam Pearce was the first guy I saw when I started watching Metro Pro. Sydal technically was because my mother gave me a newspaper that had an article about him in it, but once I looked on Youtube at the archives list, Pearce was the first guy I saw. He’s incredible; he really gives a sense to me of what I remembered watching Stone Cold and the Rock use to do back in the day. Making his presence known, it was just when he talks you listened, and his in the ring skills matched his badass attitude it was just like yeah “I can side with this guy.”
Instead of getting into each match and who won what because like the other review I just posted, this one is old as well (The event took place on Dec. 6th) but, I’m still reeling on how cool it was to actually go seven feet behind the seats and talk to the wrestlers out there. I remember running, well not really running but I turned and he was right there into a wrestler called Mad Dog, very well known throughout Metro Pro and I’m sure through the Indy promotions but it was my first time witnessing his talent and I fell right in line with the other fans cheering him on. I didn’t care, I truly have no favorites when it comes to pro wrestling; everyone gets a A++ in my book. I told him that he did a great job and so did everyone else back in the locker room. And it’s true they did. The show was great and I even think I got some pictures taken of me. Only because I sat front row, and I may have shouted out some comments towards the wrestlers when we were cheering or booing but hey it’s all in fun right?) ^_^
Like any shopper who scores big deals at a store, I walked away a happy wrestling fan that. I can’t wait until January 31st for the next Metro Pro event it’s definitely going to be great! Already it’s been announced that Jeremy Wyatt will take on Christopher Daniels for the main event. I love Jeremy Wyatt because he’s metro’s own, so yeah I’m biased. But in all honesty, I rarely heard of Daniels I just know he was really famous on TNA but I have no doubt he’ll definitely make the show worth being a part of as a Metro Pro fan.

Yes, it’s three weeks late, I get that; but it doesn’t mean we still can’t talk about how awesome it was, well, for me it was. Anyway, STING made a great appearance and although it’s got some tongues and jaws moving, he just did appeared , showed up, put a move on HHH and left; one thing for sure, they’re carrying this appearance all the way to next year’s slammys probably .
Which brings to Dolph winning the Intercontinental Championship again; Horaay for Mr. Ziggler! During this match it was excellent yet, it felt like the beginning was a bully match to me, meaning that most of the time Luke would throw Dolph around, into a guard rail, on a ladder, body slam him or knock him down when Dolph would set up a move.
What I do appreciate is how much now Luke and Erick are coming into their own as characters; as we’ve seen them mostly behind Bray Wyatt giving stoic stares and giving punches to Brays opponents when given the chance but, it’s nice to see that each have taken a side and are not caught up in both being considered the bad guys. The match was good and they each really gave it their all they ended up with a lot of cuts and bruises. OUCH!
Another match I would like to cover was the Usos vs. The Miz and Damien Mizdow (Sandow), I say Sandow you say Mizdow. Tomato, Potato; Anyhow for those who are not aware, the Miz in the past Smackdown’s and Raw shows have made passes towards Jimmy Uso’s wife Naomi; telling her that he could get her into Hollywood and have auditions for top movies and shows. Jimmy, if you know how Jimmy gets being on Total Divas, gets irritated and would come out and punch Miz square in the jaw; Damien of course would follow suit and get on the floor. HAHAHA we all laugh. The match of course ended with Miz hitting one of the Usos with the title resulting in a disqualification, making The Miz and Mizdow (Sandow) winners but still the title holders.
My reaction? I love The Miz and Damien Mizdow (Sandow) favorite guys ever since I saw them in 2007 and 2012. It wasn’t until oh say last week that I saw a few matches where they worked together in OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling) It is cool to see them work together a few years later in the famous ropes that is WWE; while it’s really fun to finally see Damien gain a massive follow, not like he’s never had it before, but it’s definitely being vocalized every time he raises his hands. I feel like all superstars that are shown love from their fans love it and appreciate it. I’m so anxious to see when Damien is going to capitalize on his fans and stop mimicking and actually do his own thing; whether it’s going back to being an intellectual savior of the unwashed masses or becoming something different whatever it will be I know for sure he’ll do an excellent job.
Because this review is so late I’m not covering every single match but Roman Reigns is back. It’s great to see him just give out superman punches during the John Cena and Seth Rollins match. All I can say is welcome back and keep doing what you do best, punching and body slamming people also yelling before you tackle people. Good Job
Of course those who watched knows what happened but being the analytical or nitpicking person that I am I noticed a lot of words that were used repetitively over and over and over (you see where I am going with this) again. My reasons are my own, but I’d like to point out some of the over used words they used during the TLC pay-per-view which was “Demolition derby” “Social Media get involved” “Freak” to describe Luke Harper and Rowan “crazy” “Lunatic fringe” for Dean Ambrose even mentioning that Dolph Ziggler had “Krispy Kreme eyes” because “they’re glazed over.” Did anyone else notice that? I found it way to amusing, I mean come on does Dolph even like Krispy Kreme doughnuts? I thought that was fun to mention because the commentators can say some pretty vivid metaphorical things and I always get a kick out of it whether I’m laughing or I sit there confused ready to give them the business.
WHEW! Congratulations we’ve made it to the end! That wasn’t too hard now was it? I know it was just as hard for me because I was writing this long thing. I hope you got something out of it if not let’s just take a deep breath and exhale. Coming up very soon this week will be a video blog. Next week, I’m hoping to watch other wrestling promotions like an episode of ROH or TNA and review those instead of just WWE. Have a great Holiday you guys, Merry (Insert holiday here).