Venue: J’s Place, Brantford, Ontario
2:45 pm Bell Time
Ref: Bryan Renda
OIW Notables in Attendance: Hellkat & Badass, Thorn, Maggie, Ashe Draven, Alexander Kelly
Show opened with Greg Boddam getting the crowd going, and his usual routine. There was mention of it being the 10th Anniversary since the passing of the late, great Owen Hart then followed by a 10 Bell salute. Opening contest was announced.
Robbie Reckless lost to “Retro” Rex Atkins
-Rex Atkins who was returning from an injury, returned at the IPW with a vengeance and made short work of the young Reckless. Atkins didn’t take too kindly to the fans in Brantford, Reckless seemed rather young, never seen him work before that. Decent little opener that did the job.
Next Mike O’Shea entered the ring to announce that since Sik Rik Matrix had won the IPW Grand Championship despite an injury at the last show, his injuries were far too severe and he couldn’t compete today. The title then was announced as held up and a single day tournament would be occuring.
This was interrupted by Troy “the Boy” Buchannan and his entourage consisting of the returning “Studly” Steve McKenzie and Zachary Springate III. Troy demanded that McKenzie put the belt on him, and called O’Shea a sucker for believing that Matrix was really hurt, and that Matrix was a coward and he knew it all along.
Troy announced that after tonight he would be the IPW Champion and that he ran Scott Chase, Ron Falco, and now Matrix out of the IPW and next O’Shea and that the face of Brantford wrestling and IPW would change forever.
After both Springate and McKenzie lied down for Troy, O’Shea announced that Troy would have the 1st match in the tournament against “Inferno” Johnny Adams.
Johnny Adams lost to Troy Buchanan after Troy rolled him up and pulled the trunks.
-The trio had a good laugh a the expense of Adams who tried to get the Brantford fans to rally behind him. Numbers game was too much for Adams, that eventually Renda ejected Springate from ringside, this gave McKenzie an opportunity to help his ally.
Scotty Turner def. Zachary Springate III
A great match, with good back and forth action. Several times irish whipped into the ropes with authority loosened the top rope which was tightened after this bout. Springate hit a nice handspring back elbow, Turner got fired up unleashed some chops and hit a combo of two snap suplexes and a fisherman suplex. Turner was too quick for Springate and was victorious. Post Match Springate was a sore loser and hit Turner with gutbuster. Turner advances in the tournament.
Primo Scordino lost to Rip Impact who went on to advance in the tournament. This was another good match which saw Rip trying to hit two of his finishers throughout both the Ripcord and Sliced Bread #2. Primo Scordino tried to use his power on several occasions but failed to get the job done. Rip Impact was wearing an Owen armband in tribute to the fallen superstar.
In A Non Tournament Match
The Hornet defeated “Studly” Steve McKenzie.
This match was interesting. Amy Victory had accompanied Hornet to the ring and was rubbing the Hornet’s shoulder pre-match. McKenzie claimed that after the match she would be rubbing his shoulders, among other things. Hornet’s lucha style was too much for McKenzie to handle which through off his equilibrium. Hornet wins, in both mens return to Brantford.
In the Final Match of the First Round
“Asian Nightmare” Kwan Chang defeated James Masterson
This was probably the best match I had ever seen Masterson compete in, as he continues to show improvement with wide array of submissions. Masterson was way over, and the fans were pretty into this one. Experience and ring savvy proved too much for Masterson as Kwan advanced using his pumphandle slam finisher.
In the Semi-Final Round
Troy “the Boy” Buchanan def. Scotty Turner by Countout to advance.
Troy had jumped Turner as he was making his way to the ring, after a beatdown, Troy rolled in a the count of 9, when Scotty couldn’t make it in the ring by 10. Turner was furious and demanded Troy get in the ring. Buchanan teased the idea, but then left.
Rip Impact def. Kwan Chang
In this much anticipated rematch from last IPW show, Kwan dominated most of the bout. Rip did execute a sharpshooter on Kwan, but Kwan was able to get to the ropes. Rip wins and advances to face Troy in the finals to crown a new IPW champion.
In The Semi-Main Event Ladies Tag Team Bout
Jodi D’Milo and Allison Valentine def “Anti-Diva” Kaitlin Diemond/Amy Victory w/The Hornet
Jodi came to the ring saying that the team of Diemond/Victory was a match made in hell. She continued to say that Diemond will never be able to co-exist with a diva like Victory. Jodi then announced Allison Valentine as her partner. All women were insisting that opposing teams would be going down tonight, much to the delight of Eggbert. Victory continued to show that she had been learning under the Hornet, with various armdrags etc. Valentine showed inexperience, but the others helped her through. Match seemed lost in a few places.
Winners: D’Milo and Valentine, post match Diemond and Victory blamed each other for the loss. Victory left with the Hornet, while Diemond shouted it was all Victory’s fault and that she would pay at the next show.
50/50 & Door Prize draws. 50/50 was $40 which some old guy won , it was rounded up to $40 after it was announced the total was $77 and change. Alex Kelly won more shit again! A child and another woman also won some Steelback swag.
In The Main Event to crown a new IPW Grand Champion
Troy “the Boy” Buchanan def. Rip Impact to win the title
-By this point in the show crowd was solidly behind Rip Impact to be the new Champion. Just as Rip was moments away from defeating Troy, D’Milo comes to the ring to distract the ref, this allowed Primo Scordino to come to the ring with a lead pipe and smash Impact. Troy pinned Rip and became the new IPW Grand Champion. He thanked all the fans of Brantford for supporting him, a real winner, and thanked beautiful Jodi D’Milo, and demanded that Matrix get told about this victory. Troy continued and said he didn’t care if it was 2 weeks, 6 months or 1 yr. Matrix was finished with IPW and wrestling altogether and Troy would make sure of it.
All in all I thought this was one of the better shows put on to the IPW to date. More kids than other shows, which allowed fans to be involved. It’s too bad that every show seems like its a restart as far as the championship goes, but helps to keep things interesting with a variety of faces all trying to capture the only title in the IPW. IPW continues to showcase a variety of Ontario’s young guns, and revolving door of great talent from NY state. Check out the next show to witness the growth and evolution of a more wrestling style product than sheer entertainment.