we got the bus, 5 hours down from liverpool to see pwg and we were slightly bummed by the non-appearences of joe/evans/roderick etc, especially myself as a huge roh fan as well as pwg, hoping to see those guys live...but as soon as we got to the train station at orpington, and could smell that distinct odor that told us there were a large number of wrestling fans near, we knew we'd done the right thing making the trip..there was wrestling in the air...INDY WRESTLING~!
standing outside the orpington halls for like an hour in the rain was a little gay, but it was cool to see the pwg guys welcoming everybody as they walked past and telling us to enjoy the show toniight (teasing us that they might be naked)...once the doors opened though, the meet and greet was really cool, i got some really good pics that i'll post at the end of this with a few of the guys, was ridiculous to see the line for aj compared to everybody else..and i dont think anybody actually bought any of ricky reyes poloroids unfortunately..guy looked bored..but oh well, i got pics with super dragon, excalibur, joey ryan, el generico and dino...was really bummed i got no pics with ref kane or ref partridge though...
we took our seats, front row baby, seemingly at the perfect side of the ring because it was the side opposite the ipw-uk faithful where the majority of the dives to the floor seemed to happen...and we were just close enough to be able to see dinos reactions through the whole evneing...seriously, the way they have like audio commentary on some dvds (think jbl at the ecw ppv) there really should just be a camera fixed on dino all night as a special camera view that you can choose on the dvd (think pornos)...dude was hilarious all night with the singing of kanes theme tune, his banter with the crowd and the teasing of ref-partridge, shit was great...if you didnt work it out already i am pretty gay for dino.
the opener 6 man was fun, spud impressed me and i've not seen too much of him, he was a good symaphtic figure for ronin etc to get heat on, and the match was pretty much your typical opening 6 man with a couple of sweet dives and a hilarious performance from topgun talwar (double clothesline with the blowup doll~!)
the second match seemed kind of oddly placed, with martin stone the ipw champ vs ricky reyes and i think this was the only match all night that had difficulty drawing people into it..i suppose it was just the change of pace from the fast paced opener, but i didnt really see much in martin stone from all the rave reviews i've seen about him since he was announced as rodericks replacement, that were telling me i'd see something special..but i'd give the dude another shot...
quicksilver vs scorpio sky was as great as you'd expect with the 2 of them knowing each other so well..scorpio dominated it, getting heat on quicksilver, a great spot was when people were clapping for quicksilver to get out of a hold, scorpio-"you're clapping for me right?"...and scorpio was also was fucking hilarious using his AB'S~!! as a weapon, as well as taking every possible moment to remind us to look at the ab's..i came away a huge fan of his..
kazarian vs andy simmonz was good, andy was easily the most hated man in the building after what happened the night previously at ipw, and it was a bunch of fun to hate on the guy...match itself was so so, but that wasnt the point, our saviour kazarian beat the evil andy boy simmonz and thats all that matters..despite how uncomfortable it feels to have a dude who looks like a dirty ass porn star as a our saviour..but yeah fuck it...
Joey Ryan vs johnny strom was next, it was a blast to see magnum jr in person as hes one of my favourite wrestlers right now, despite that i dont speak american...and he got a decent amount of heat, especially for him using the bootscrape ("you want samoa joe, i'll give you samoa joe!")..the finish was trypical joey ryan bullshit that left us on that side of the building (and dino winwood) coughing on chalk/mysterious white powder for the rest of the night...i'm also pretty sure that this was the match where the middle aged lady got almost knocked over with a dive...she learnt the hard way that when people shout "move~!" you really should fucking move..
intermission was crashed by scorpio sky on the mic again, reminding us both, to look at his abs and to buy his merchandise
as well as treating us to some kareoke....
things picked up again with steen vs generico, which was a fucking surprise for me..i quite like generico, but have never been such a big fan of steen, so they blew me away when they put on a fantastic match with some great nearfalls and build to the big moves...it brought out the first "this is awesome!" of the night, a chant i fucking despise, but i cant say it was undeserved, they went balls out and really delivered...
AJ vs Jody was again really good, maybe not as good as the previous match but it was still quite the spectacle...fleish still has it, and kept up with aj..the only bad thing about the match being the retarded kids chanting "tna, tna" at a pwg show they paid money to attend..but fuck it, the match was great and was a pleasure to see both guys live..
the main was for the tag titles, super dragon and davey vs bosh and lost, and this was again a really good match...i keep saying that, but i enjoyed pretty much everything on the show, just because of the work ethic of the pwg wrestlers and the fun vibe that you have through the night...the match itself was good stuff, super dragon has such a great dickish presence about him, it was great for me to finally see him live, and the match was fun even if i wasnt too sure who was getting heat on who, or who they were trying to get people to hate/boo (everybody is probably the logical answer, as we had 4 class-a dicks in the ring)..but yeah davey richards impressed alot, arrogance are a fucking great tag team and super dragon..well super dragon was just super dragon.
overall as i said before, the work ethic of the pwg wrestlers and the hilarious and family like vibe of the whole roster made this probably the most fun wrestling show i've ever been at, i had as much fun as i did at joe/kobashi last year, and while i've enjoyed watching pwg dvds nothing compared with the live experience, and i really really hope that they come back soon...
i'm going to leave this with some pictures and just say thankyou pwg for making this happen!
me and exchalibur^^ gutted that disco machine wasnt around when i got this taken..
me and the one and only magnum jr^^
generico! who didnt break charctor the entire evening at the meet and greet or after the show or anything..
the god, dino winwood^
oh and uh yeah..my last pic with super dragon is fucked up because my friend told us the pic was taken so i think i blinked or closed my eyes or soemthing...though due to the majestry of pohotshop i have been able to edit it and you cannot tell.