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LWA Circus Maximus VI Arena Report

Posted by reimaginejournalism on June 28, 2009

By Kari Williams

Lethal Wresting Alliance underwent monumental changes on June 20 at Circus Maximus, including a new LWA Heavyweight Champion, the retirement of the LWA Medallion and the introduction of three new medallions. The 102 fans at the Knights of Columbus hall got their money’s worth and then some at what one could argue was the best show of the summer, thus far.

“Thee” Brandon Espinosa and Mike Sydal took on Dash Rando and Rebelucha, accompanied by Super Electro, in the opening bout. Despite never tagging together, Rando and Rebelucha worked extremely well as a team. The highflying styles of the two men meshed perfectly, creating a formidable offense. They sent Espinosa running to Sydal for comfort on more than one occasion.

Rebelucha and Dash Rando took on Mike Sydal and Brandon Espinosa in the opening match of Circus Maximus VI. Photo by Kari Williams

Rebelucha and Dash Rando took on Mike Sydal and Brandon Espinosa in the opening match of Circus Maximus VI. Photo by Kari Williams

Still, even with the absence of “Irresistably Flawless” Brandon Aarons, B.A.B.E.WATCH kept their opponents on edge. The one-man advantage for Rebelucha and Rando worked in their favor, as they decisively won the match with double frogsplashes followed by double pinfalls, with Rebelucha pinning Sydal and Rando pinning Espinosa.

Adam Raw announced Tim Alley as the new LWA Commissioner due to Raw vacating the position for a spot on the active roster. Alley quickly addressed the problems within the LWA—President Luke Roberts’ recent actions, the pairing of Shorty Biggs and Dorian Victor for the Tag Title match and $15 front row tickets. In his first act as commissioner, he announced the retirement of the Medallion and the introduction of the Medallion Triad. A wrestler must obtain all three medallions (Torment/Submission, Pain/Pinfall, Brutality/No Disqualification) to earn a shot at the Heavyweight Title.

The first of the three medallions, Torment, was put on the line as “Spitfire” Davey Vega returned to take on “All American” Adam Rich. Both men did their best to wear down the other for a submission victory. Vega focused his attack on the lower back, in hopes of setting up the Texas Cloverleaf.

Spitfire Davey Vega and All American Adam Rich wrestled for the first of three new LWA Medallions, The Medallion of Torment, in which the match can only be won via submission. Photo by Kari Williams

"Spitfire" Davey Vega and "All American" Adam Rich wrestled for the first of three new LWA Medallions, The Medallion of Torment, in which the match can only be won via submission. Photo by Kari Williams

Rich would not be deterred and did everything in his power to combat Vega. Despite Rich’s power and his ‘hulking up,’ Vega had worn down the All American more throughout the bout to force him to tap to the Texas Cloverleaf.

Alley announced that the winner of the following match would earn the Medallion of Pain. Eric Allen had to try and defeat Gorgeous Jordan, formerly XXX Jordan Lacey. Jordan addressed the crowd, saying that when he lost to Jeremy Wyatt, he said that XXX would never be in the ring again.

Gorgeous Jordan, formerly XXX Jordan Lacey, returned to take on Eric Allen in a match for the Medallion of Pain, which could only be won via pinfall. Photo by Kari Williams

Gorgeous Jordan, formerly XXX Jordan Lacey, returned to take on Eric Allen in a match for the Medallion of Pain, which could only be won via pinfall. Photo by Kari Williams

Lacey needed time to collect his thoughts, forget the fans and focus on the LWA title. Jordan barely gave Allen any chance for offense. Jordan’s time away from the ring did more harm than good for Allen, as the gorgeous one pummeled Allen relentlessly from bell to bell. Jordan decisively pinned Allen to become the second Medallion winner of the evening.

The Submission Squad of Pierre Abernathy and Evan Gelistico defended their LWA Tag Team titles against the Luke Roberts-assembled team of Dorian Victor and Shorty Biggs. Victor attempted to convince the fans and Biggs that he had changed, and it appeared that way when after Abernathy and Gelistico raised his hands, he attacked them.

Evan Gelistico wears down Shorty Biggs during the LWA Tag Team Title match. Photo by Kari Williams

Evan Gelistico wears down Shorty Biggs during the LWA Tag Team Title match. Photo by Kari Williams

From that point on, Biggs and Victor looked as if they would work well together. But the cohesiveness of the Submission Squad, and Roberts’ presence at ringside deterred the unlikely tandem. In the closing moments, Victor turned on Biggs, powerbombed him, and allowed Abernathy to get the pin and retain the titles.

After the match, Roberts got on the mic and told the crowd that he was proud to represent the LWA fans, Jeremy Wyatt as the Heavyweight Champion, and Victor himself. He then verbally assaulted Biggs, who attacked Roberts in retaliation and told Victor that he “will rue the day [he] crossed the Don Mega.”

Once returning from intermission, “Spoiled” Steven Kennedy battled Gary the Nightowl, with Tiffani LaFane, in a street fight for the Medallion of Brutality. The two men wasted no time in taking the fight to the outside, where they battled through the crowd and where Gary forced Kennedy to collide with the brick wall. As Kennedy and Gary made their way back to ringside, Gary pulled out a screwdriver to use on Kennedy.

Spoiled Steven Kennedy punished Gary the Nightowl only moments after being thrown into the brick wall. Photo by Kari Williams

"Spoiled" Steven Kennedy punished Gary the Nightowl only moments after being thrown into the brick wall. Photo by Kari Williams

However, Kennedy wrestled it away from the Nightowl and dished out the punishment. Minutes later, Gary brought a ladder into the mix, which signaled the beginning of the end. Both men threw each other into the ladder on more than one occasion, but it was Kennedy powerbombing Gary onto the ladder that sealed his fate. Kennedy walked away with the Medallion of Brutality and talked about K.C. Karrington’s match with Wyatt, saying that he will always be there for Karrington.

“The Japanese Nightmare” Kahagas made his LWA debut against Mark Sterling in an impressive bout. Sterling looked hesitant to start the match, but once it got underway, fans witnessed Sterling’s tenacity yet again and Kahagas’ athletic expertise.

The fierce and intense Mark Sterling punishes the debuting Kahagas after the two battled outside of the ring. Photo by Kari Williams

The fierce and intense Mark Sterling punishes the debuting Kahagas after the two battled outside of the ring. Photo by Kari Williams

The Japanese Nightmare took the fight to ringisde, and just barely escaped a Kendo Stick hit from Sterling as they battled through the crowd. Once they made their way back to the ring, Sterling dominated, but the unorthodox Kahagas would not go down easily and pulled out all the stops. That was not enough to stop Sterling, who used his wit and ring presence to secure the win by pinning Kahagas with his feet on the ropes for leverage.

K.C. Karrington had his work cut out for him in the main event, as he challenged Wyatt for the LWA Title. In a brawl that lasted nearly 40 minutes, these two athletes threw everything at each other, but the desire to be champion willed both of them on. Wyatt treated Karrington as an unworthy contender but soon realized that Karrington would not lay down for the champion.

K.C. Karrington proves to Jeremy Wyatt that he will be taken seriously in their battle for the LWA Heavyweight Title. Photo by Kari Williams

K.C. Karrington proves to Jeremy Wyatt that he will be taken seriously in their battle for the LWA Heavyweight Title. Photo by Kari Williams

Both men went to unbelievable lengths to prove who the better competitor was, including Karrington launching over the top rope onto a wounded Wyatt on the outside. Many nearfalls and narrow escapes occurred, one of them being Wyatt inadvertently hitting himself in the head with a steel chair as it bounced off the ring ropes.

Wyatt and Karrington brutalized each other in the nearly 40 minute battle for the coveted title. Photo by Kari Williams

Wyatt and Karrington brutalized each other in the nearly 40 minute battle for the coveted title. Photo by Kari Williams

At one point, even the referee became a victim. Wyatt could have retained his belt after connecting with the lightning spiral, but with the ref down, he resorted to having Sterling interfere on his behalf. Biggs saw the events unfolding and chased Sterling to the back before any damage could be done. Karrington then hit Wyatt with a DDT from the second rope and made his dream come true.

Adam Rich, Adaw Raw, Shorty Biggs and Steven Kennedy came out to celebrate Karringtons title win moments after he pinned Wyatt. Photo by Kari Williams

Adam Rich, Adaw Raw, Shorty Biggs and Steven Kennedy came out to celebrate Karrington's title win moments after he pinned Wyatt. Photo by Kari Williams

To witness the aftermath of Circus Maximus VI, join LWA in House Springs, MO at the Knights of Columbus Hall on July 25.

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LWA Feb. 21 Arena Report

Posted by reimaginejournalism on March 2, 2009

By Kari Williams

LWA put on their best show of the year Feb. 21 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in House Springs, MO with 130 in attendance. From the opening match to the main event, there was not a single match that left fans disappointed.

The much anticipated and promoted six-man tag match for the LWA Tag Team Titles kicked off the night, as Evan Gelistico, Pierre Abernathy and Davey Vega tried to take down K.C. Karrington, Steven Kennedy and Gary the Barnowl. Gary and Abernathy started the match up and fought relentlessly.

LWA Starts the night of strong with an exciting 6 man tag match.

LWA Starts the night of strong with an exciting 6 man tag match.- Photo Credit Brian Kelley

However, Abernathy began to overpower Gary, giving the Submission Squad the early advantage. The moment that Gary tagged Kennedy, everything changed. Kennedy cleared the house and delivered the patented “Go That Way!” kick to Gelistico with the help of Karrington. It was not long until Abernathy was back in the ring and taking control, allowing Vega and Gelistico to double and triple team their opponents. Halfway through the bout, Tiffani LaFane cornered a confused Gary and convinced him to walk with her backstage, giving the Squad an extra advantage. Unfortunately  , LaFane’s cunning work was not up to par, becaue the Egos had more fire after Gary and LaFane flew the coop and dominated in the three on two situation to retain the tag titles.

“Future” Donovan Ruddick and XXX Jordan Lacey came to the ring next, talking about their match against LWA Heavweight Champion Jeremy Wyatt and the LWA Vice President Jewels. They proclaimed that they would rid LWA of Jewels and Wyatt, which prompted the VP to make her way to ringside.

Jordan Lacey makes a deal with Jewels, but you should never make a deal with the devil –Photo Brian Kelley

Jordan Lacey makes a deal with Jewels, but you should never make a deal with the devil –Photo Brian Kelley

She confessed that she cannot compete in the match and offered Ruddick a title shot against Wyatt as a settlement. Jewels also stated that “Thee” Brandon Espinosa—who came to prove the claim—would be Wyatt’s replacement in the match. Commissioner Adam Raw felt that Lacey needed a substitute as well and announced that Mark Sterling would do the honors.

After that debacle, Shorty Biggs and Dingo wrestled an impressive bout—one of Biggs’ best to date. Biggs appeared more focused on the task at hand than in previous months, and it showed, seeing as he made Dingo scratch and claw for a victory.

Dingo stretches Shorty Biggs as Ref Eric Davis ask if Biggs wants to quit- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Dingo stretches Shorty Biggs as Ref Eric Davis ask if Biggs wants to quit- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Filled with technical wrestling and pure athleticism, these men went toe-to-toe, with each man only mere milliseconds away from securing a win. In the end, with both men fighting with everything, Dingo defeated Biggs, who offered his hand to Dingo as a sign of respect.

Shamus O’ Flannery was pumped for his match with Super Electro- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Shamus O’ Flannery was pumped for his match with Super Electro- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Super Electro took on Shamus O’ Flannery in an electrifying, fast-paced bout. Complete with an electrical shock to O’ Flannery and multiple high-risk maneuvers on O’ Flannery’s part, it was hard to find anyone who did not enjoy this match.

Shamus O’ Flannery slowed down just enough to get his picture taken in this fast paced match- Photo Credit Brian Kelley

Shamus O’ Flannery slowed down just enough to get his picture taken in this fast paced match- Photo Credit Brian Kelley

Although not lengthy, O’ Flannery proved his worth when he secured his first victory since returning to LWA over Electro after a frog splash.

The ever-flamboyant Mike Sydal was in action next against “The Technical Messiah” Nick Tyson, in what one best describe as a personality conflict. When Sydal came to the ring, he declared that he is tight, tan and toned. Not one to sit around and wait for a fight, Tyson took it to Sydal, who put up an extroardinary fight in which each man scored multiple near falls. Sydal attempted to gain a pyschological advantage, but to no avail.

Mike Sydal puts all his weight on Nick Tyson – Photo Credit Kari Williams

Mike Sydal puts all his weight on Nick Tyson – Photo Credit Kari Williams

Tyson’s experience and tenacity in the ring far outweighed Sydal’s mind games. Sydal’s antics only seemed to anger The Technical Messiah, but Sydal did not go down willingly and even used submission holds against Tyson.

Nick Tyson struggles to defend a submission from Mike Sydal- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Nick Tyson struggles to defend a submission from Mike Sydal- Photo Credit Kari Williams

In the end, the flamboyant interim member of B.A.B.E.WATCH succumbed to pain and tapped out to the Gateway City Stretch.

After the match, Abernathy emerged to attack Tyson, which was followed by the entire Submission Squad and Gary.

Tiffany Lefane and Pierre Abernathy with Gary the Barn Owl ?? – Photo Credit Kari Williams

Tiffany Lefane and Pierre Abernathy with Gary the Barn Owl ?? – Photo Credit Kari Williams

Dingo made the save for Tyson with the aid of a steel chair, chasing the Squad away. Tyson and Dingo then revealed an alliance through a handshake.

Once the intermission ended, LWA President Luke Roberts and Raw came out to celebrate Mardi Gras and throw beads to the fans. Roberts then brought up the former LWA wrestler he wanted to bring back, and Raw revealed that he himself was the only wrestler who would stand up for the fans and bleed LWA. Jewels then brought up the fact that Raw turned his back on LWA one year ago, stated that Raw would have to work his way up and she will make it as difficult as possible.

“Irresistably Flawless” Brandon Aarons took on the masked newcomer Dash Rando. Unsure of Rando, Aarons looked reluctant to begin.

Brandon Aarons takes on Dash Rando in his LWA debut- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Brandon Aarons takes on Dash Rando in his LWA debut- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Rando quickly got the fans on his side, while the fans got to Aarons with their catcalls and accusations. Despite being new to LWA, Rando put up an impressive fight against Aarons, but Aarons held his own and did his best to overpower Rando.

Brandon Aarons welcomes Rando to the LWA with a crushing elbow- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Brandon Aarons welcomes Rando to the LWA with a crushing elbow- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Ultimately, Rando’s abstract arsenal proved too much for the “Irresistably Flawless” one, and Rando racked up his first victory with the company.

Aarons’ counter-part, Espinosa, was in action next, teaming with Jewells against Lacey and Sterling. In, essentially, a two-on-one bout, Espinosa started off against Sterling and did his best to hold his own.

Jordan Lacey sends Brandon Espinosa flying- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Jordan Lacey sends Brandon Espinosa flying- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Being unable to tag his partner, who refused, severely hindered his chances of winning for the team, especially when Lacey and Sterling began making frequent tags.

Mark Sterling and Jordan Lacey double teams Brandon Espinosa – Photo Credit Brian Kelley

Mark Sterling and Jordan Lacey double teams Brandon Espinosa – Photo Credit Brian Kelley

At one point, when Espinosa was down, Lacey nearly got his hands on Jewels, but, out of nowhere, Sterling lunged at his partner, and prevented him from doing so.

The devil herself makes Jordan Lacey  pay with trusting her earlier as Dorian Victor and Mark Sterling ambushes the former LWA Champion –Photo Credit Kari Williams

The devil herself makes Jordan Lacey pay with trusting her earlier as Dorian Victor and Mark Sterling ambushes the former LWA Champion –Photo Credit Kari Williams

Jewels waited on the outside and Espinosa walked away as Dorian Victor came to attack Lacey, ending the bout in a no-contest.

The main event, with Ruddick challenging Wyatt for the Heavweight Title, proved how much these two competitors want that belt. They held nothing back, and Wyatt began attacking Ruddick before the bell even rang, trying to gain the unfair advantage.

Wyatt attacks Ruddick early to offset the power of “The Future” – Photo Credit Kari Williams

Wyatt attacks Ruddick early to offset the power of “The Future” – Photo Credit Kari Williams

Wyatt’s underhanded tactics did nothing to deter the 6’9” monster, who terrorized Wyatt inside and outside the ring. At one point, Ruddick had Wyatt in the air and planned to slam him into a table located next to the entrance ramp, but Wyatt countered and sent Ruddick flying.

Wyatt uses the air attack but The Future was ready and powers Wyatt with a devastating blow to the mat- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Wyatt uses the air attack but The Future was ready and powers Wyatt with a devastating blow to the mat- Photo Credit Kari Williams

After regaining his composure and focus, Ruddick went for, and connected with, his impressive powerbomb that sent Wyatt clear across the ring.

The Future was 3 seconds away from the LWA Championship but Dorian Victor distracts the ref- Photo Credit Kari Williams

The Future was 3 seconds away from the LWA Championship but Dorian Victor distracts the ref- Photo Credit Kari Williams

Before Ruddick had a chance to cover Wyatt for the three count, Sterling and Victor interfered, allowing Wyatt to steal the win with a roll up.

Sterling disclosed that after his match against Wyatt back in June that he knew they had to team up. He went on to say that Wyatt is the champion and the brains, and he is the muscle in the group. Then he made it known that Victor was never poor, that it was just a cover up, and Jewells was behind all of it.

To find out how this feud develops, do not miss the second LWA Double Shot on March 6 and 7. The first night is in Granite City, IL and the second in O’ Fallon, IL. For more information go to lwawrestling.com.

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