Went to another Winnipeg Pro show last night. Always fun, the venue they have if fucking awesome and the crowd is always into everything.
Card got a little messed up, as Effy wasn't able to get across the border so the original main of Bussy v Jody Threat/Josh Alexander got nerfed. Instead they made Allie v Jody into a match for the inaugural women's championship (they had the belt ready, so my guess is that was originally going to be debuted at their next show in December) and Josh Alexander issued an open challenge for the Impact title.
Devon Monroe d. "The Rhinestone Cowboy" Steven Crowe 2nd time I've seen Devon and he is so fun and charismatic live. Crowd wanted to cheer Crowe, because who doesn't want to cheer the dude in the debazzled country and western get up with the skeezy mullet? He was dick enough during the match to keep the crowd on Devon's side
Josh Alexander d. Roy Cheeks Cheeks is super green and Josh did a great job of holding his hand and getting him through a strong match. Very much an over-matched rookie versus the over-confident champion match. Cheeks got some nice believable moments of shine before Alexander killed him dead dead dead
"Sweet" Bobby Schink d. Michael Richard Blais Blais is doing some sort of quasi-Satanic priest thing. Bobby Schink drinks maple syrup and gets hulk up powers from it. Schink is a Winnipeg mainstay, if you've been to a show at any point in the last ten years in the Peg, he was probably on the card. He's a goofy looking dude, but charismatic and the crowd always loves him. After winning he challenged the winner of the main
WPW Women's Title Jody Threat d. Allie Katch This was their rubber match. Jody beat Allie in Ottawa a while ago, Allie beat Jody at the last show and now Jody wins the belt. Bit of a foregone conclusion, because Jody is on every show, but still a fun match that went up onto the stage where Allie took a gnarly bump on a suplex. Fun moment, as WPW put the belt on a plinth during the match (yes, a plinth) and while fighting up the stage, Allie and Jody comically stopped and gingerly walked by it with their hands up in order to not knock it down, before resuming fighting. Allie's my dude, so I was hoping she'd win, but was not to be. Talked to her after the show and she absolutely loves the people who run the promotion, so I'm hoping she becomes a semi-reg
"Jacked Jesus" Tommy Lee Curtis d. James Roth Roth definitely has fans for a very specific reason. Crowd started chanting "Daddy" at him. Curtis used weasely heel tactics to steal the win. I like Curtis because his gimmick is that he's super jacked (he wears a surplice to the ring, but tears off the sleeves as he comes down), but he's actually not in that impressive of shape. Likes doing curls while choking his opponents with his resistance band. Perfect lower card heel
Taryn from Accounting d. Free Range Kara Surprisingly the crowd was totally on the side of Taryn, chanting "death and taxes" throughout the match. Probably because she carried the majority of it. Kara is a great seller, but it meant that she spent most of the match on her back while Taryn got to shit talk and look like a killer
Red Hot Summer d. Rylie Jackson/Kevin O'Doyle As much as the crowd loves Bobby Schink, they looooooove Red Hot Summer. Specifically Sammy Peppers. Crowd's favourite spot of the night was when they put O'Doyle in the tree of woe (took both to life him), crotched Rylie into his face and then tipped him over so that his crotch landed on Rylie's face. It's the simple pleasures of wrestling that are really the best.
WPW Men's Title AJ Sanchez d. Mo Jabari Never heard of Jabari, but thought he was really impressive. Sanchez is 300+ but is not afraid to stooge. Won with shenanigans on a ref bump and low blow. Schink came out to run off Sanchez and revive the ref with the restorative powers of his maple syrup
Sometimes I wish they ran more, but only putting shows on every 2-3 months means the crowd is not burnt out seeing the same locals over and over. There are other promotions that run more regularly, but WPW shows have this really fun, playful energy