Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Basso Blog – Chamber of Extreme

ECCW wasted no time in jumping from one blockbuster event to the next. Less than a month after the 2012 edition of the Pacific Cup, ECCW brought to Surrey the 2nd edition of Chamber of Extreme.

Just before I break down the card and my thoughts on it, I want to talk about the history of the event. As I mentioned, it is only the 2nd edition of the show and had it’s inaugural showing this time last year. Basically, the “Chamber of Extreme” is a cage match… but with no escape. A fence sounds the ring, garnished with barbed wire to prevent any escape attempts. The combatants battle it out inside the confines of the fence with weapons until someone is pinned, submits or straight up can’t continue. The structure and rules for the match itself were created by El Phantasmo, who defeated Scotty Mac in the match last year.
Ravenous Randy & Alex Plexis def. Artemis Spencer & Tony Baroni

The event started out with a stellar opener between 4 of the most talented wrestlers ECCW has to offer. After months of back and forth competition, Artemis Spencer & Tony Baroni tagged for this match, which I found interesting. Whether it’s against each other or with each other, Spencer & Baroni have such good chemistry it doesnt matter what they’re doing. I don’t have a whole heck of a lot to say about this match other than it was one of the best tag matches the ECCW had seen since for quite some time. Everyone got their spots in but it wasn’t a lengthy match, which I liked. In the end, The Riot got the pin to secure the victory and retain their ECCW Tag Team Titles. These guys all blended very nicely and it was a fun way to get the event started.

The Riot are settling nicely in to their Tag Title reign, while ECCW may have a new duo on their hands with Spencer & Baroni looking very sharp together in their debut as partners. Look for that to perhaps become a spirited rivalry should The Riot overcome the jerks in The Administration.

KC Spinelli & Sammy Hall def. Mary Jane & Raven Lake

Just before I dive headlong in to this match I wanted to talk a bit about the crowd. It was hot. For the first time in a long time the Surrey crowd was hot. I’ve never spoke of it before but there is something about the Surrey crowd that is very … eerie. Anyways, needless to say I prefer the excitable hipsters at the RCC and feel they bring a bit more to the cards. The Surrey crowd does have it’s charm but it seems to take way more to bring them out of their seats.

Anyways, sorry gals. In two feuds that have been brewing for a while, Sammy Hall tagged with KC Spinelli to take on her mother Raven Lake and Spinelli’s arch rival Mary Jane Payne. I wanna give my piece of both feuds as I think they are both very new ideas for the Supergirls division.

On one end you have Sammy Hall battling her overbearing mother Raven Lake who seems to want to punish her daughter in every which way. This one has been building for a while, with Raven Lake even going as far as bullying her daughter in to surrendering Supergirls title matches to her. While Sammy isn’t afraid to lock up with Lake, she has never been the instigator or been overly aggressive either.

On the other end, you have Supergirls champ and lovable babyface KC Spinelli standing off against The Administration’s new slag Mary Jane. Mary Jane is probably the best thing to happen to the division since… Taya Valkyrie changed gear. She is the rotten heel the division has needed for a while. She has no redeeming qualities. She’s the perfect heel. She looks like a snotty brat. She talks, acts and behaves like that awful ex-girlfriend you could only have nightmares about. It’s so easy to hate her. Nothing against her personally as I’m sure she’s like any normal girl but I feel she plays her role to a tee. Nicole Matthews was a rotten heel but she could back it up and win matches cleanly. Mary Jane just seems like a dirtbag, through and through. She’s the perfect candidate to take on Spinelli.

Once again, this match timed out to perfection. Everyone seemed to get their spots in (though I don’t recall Spinelli missing her moonsault again) and the match wrapped up in a just under 10 minutes. Spinelli and Hall walked away victorious with Lake and Mary Jane undoubtedly plotting revenge. I really enjoyed this match. It was the best Supergirls tag match in a while and I’m really interested in both of the feuds going forward. ECCW has something good going with these four gals at the moment.

Michael Sweetser def Andy the Dreadful Bird

Yes, you read that caption correctly. Michael Sweetser defeated Andy the dreadful bird. Nicole Matthews was set to take on ‘Sweets’ but she injured herself and was forced to forfeit. I don’t want to say I’m happy Matthews was injured, but I’m happy the original match didn’t take place. To be frank, whenever Matthews is involved in those gag-type matches (IE: v. Chuck Awesomesauce, v. Katrina Valentine) they generally don’t go over too well and are often times cringeworthy. I had a feeling that was coming with this match, so I was happy the swap was made for Andy.

Speaking of cringeworthy… Andy’s entrance! At first I felt I was being a bit harsh on Andy for his very light hearted character and after receiving a massive backlash from fans and wrestlers alike for my comments, I cooled my jets and gave him credit where credit was due. He’s a fantastic wrestler. His contest with Alex Plexis in the opening day of the Pacific Cup this year was some of the fastest wrestling I had ever seen. He truly is a marvelous talent. However, when I see a row full of Surrey’s most blood thirsty fans cower in sheer terror at the sight of Andy flapping his wings and swaying his arms, something is wrong! I’m sure these are the same guys who have been watching Michelle Starr simulate sex with other men for over a decade too. Andy isn’t exactly building up his tough guy image and you know what happens when you don’t build that up… ask Ray Brooks!

To the match, Sweets actually came in wearing a singlet and looked very trim. In the process, he made me feel like a complete jerk for taking a poke at his weight in my Halloween Hell blog. My bad, Sweets. Either way, it was comical and at the same time impressive that Sweetser actually looked like he came to wrestle! It still made no difference as Andy proceeded to toss his bleach blonde adonis of an opponent around the venue but was interrupted by who else but The Administration with one of their trademark run-ins! Andy had planned ahead as The Riot came storming out to even up the odds and battle The Administration to the backstage area. Just as it seemed Sweets had run out of lifelines, he was sent a guardian angel… carrying a police baton. Shawn “Ice” LaFleur made a b-line through the crowd, slid under the bottom rope and pretty much cleaned Andy’s clock with his retractable police baton. Sweets rolled his lifeless body over for the cover and that was that.

I wouldn’t have bought Andy winning the Hardcore Title but at the same time, I don’t know how many more title defenses can go the way of an interference bonanza. If that is the case, I can see myself getting bored with Sweetser’s Hardcore run fast. I have a feeling that may be the case, which will lead ECCW to revert back to the always reliable Plan B: Put the belt back on Moondog Manson.

In the positives column, I absolutely loved the return of Ice. From the vicious baton lashing to the pink v-neck shirt used for the smarmiest of cheap heat, Ice aced his comeback test and now looks to take the place of an injured Nick Price in The Administration. The Riot/Administration rivalry seems to be heating up and it will be interesting to see where it goes from here.

Cremator & Hellion def The Bosom Buddies (w/ Miss Mandy) in a Bunkhouse Brawl

BUNKHOUSE FREAKING BRAWL! My favourite of all brawls, before Cafeteria brawl & Boilerroom brawl. Jordy Taylor & Ray Brooks of the Bosom Buddies were feeling lucky or probably just needed a pay check when they decided to take this match. They met two nasty dudes in Cremator and his minion, Hellion. The Bosom Buddies had a memorable entrance that included Miss Mandy with clothes on and handing out free cowboy hats! Not often do wrestlers come out with free gifts so that was a little added bonus. Also, Miss Mandy has seemingly transformed from busty trailer park wench to adorable country sweetheart. I think the new role fits her very nicely. Let’s just hope it sticks.
The crowd was very much behind Mandy and her men, but it didn’t do a whole heck of a lot for them. Ray & Jordie have been the lovable underdogs for a long time and something just don’t change.

Despite putting up a decent fight, Brooks eventually succumbed to a sidewalk slam from Cremator was and pinned for the three count. After the match, Jordie was visible pissed with his partner, possibly signaling some tension between the two. The match itself while being violent, wasn’t overly memorable but may serve its purpose should something blossom, feud-wise, with Brooks & Taylor.

At first I didn’t peg Jordie for a heel and really was behind his lovable loser character. However, after closely watching Jordie and how he works in the ring, his mannerisms, his facial expression or lack there of… it all spells heel to me. While I’m a huge fan of the Bosom Buddies and now Miss Mandy, I will admit it would be interesting to see what happened if man maybe lost his marbles and went bat shit on Brooks. Once again, a little fantasy booking.

Scotty Mac def Danni Deeds

While being one of ECCW’s most legendary performers, something tells me Scotty Mac doesn’t take himself too seriously sometimes. This was the match where Scotty was forced to dawn Deeds’ tye-dye gear for the match per stipulation. The match was a quick one but served it’s purpose as far as entertainment was concerned. You can tell Deeds & Scotty have worked together a few times over the years because their matches are pretty well put together. Deeds got about as far as he could by humiliating Scotty with his gear but really it would have made no sense to humiliate Scotty a 2nd time, which made Deeds losing very sensible.  Scotty, despite looking like a j-off pulled the victory and got back some of his dignity. Good match. Good entertainment. Not too lengthy. I approve. No complaints. Let’s move on.

Chamber of Extreme
Sid Sylum, El Phantasmo, Azeem the Dream & J-Sin Sullivan vs Aaron Bolo, Ethan HD, Bishop & The Natural

To be honest, I have a few side notes on this match… but not a whole heck of a lot to say about it. It was conducted in an elimination format with wrestlers entering every few minutes. The match started with Sylum & Bolo. One of my notes I made during this one, is how much I liked Bolo when he’s a heel and not a face. He’s almost a carbon copy of Pete Powers as a face. Big and muscly but just isn’t over. They now have him heel and it works like a charm. Dude doesn’t need to say a word. It’s working for me anyways.

The match obviously had its violent side and there is really no need to get in to that. One of the shockers for the match was J-Sin Sullivan. Why you may ask? Well, he turned on his team. It caught me off guard and I thought it was wicked… until he gave his reason as to why. Natural came plodding to the ring with an envelope screaming “I’ve got your money, big man”… Yes. Sully did it for the Benjamins. The crowd seemed confused as hell and even after Sully screamed “I did it for the money”… people were still confused. I thought perhaps they could have given a better reason for Sullivan to turn. Doing it for the money seems like a pretty easy out.

Anyways, after Sullivan turned on his team… he left to the back! I guess The Administration was running low on funds after Natural’s dry cleaning bill came in or they would have paid Sullivan to actually complete his job. Apparently, they paid him just enough to waste Sylum as he was treated to a ringside table for two. Poor Sylum. We’ll go for wings soon.

After Sylum was hauled off, the match returned to it’s barbaric ways with each team killing the other. Bishop was bleeding like a stuck pig. To make matters worse… he was performing in the walking cast he got at Pacific Cup injuring his ankle. Bishop is made of steel and I don’t care who knows. The guy is an absolute robot of a man.
Another big surprise came after all members of The Selection were eliminated. The Natural himself announced himself as the mystery man and actually took part in the match. Give credit where it is due, Natural put his body on the line for the fans. Show in and show out Natch pokes the fans and he re-paid them for the months of abuse, taking some gross bumps and in turn losing the match for his team. El P & Azeem survived the contest and put an end to the feud with The Selection. It will be interesting to see what happens with Sullivan after he turned his back on his team.

There it is! Only a week late! My recap of the Chamber of Extreme. Find my tops/flops below.

Tops: Women’s Division/ Return of Ice

I summed it up pretty well earlier. The Women’s division has some heated battles going on right now. In particular, Mary Jane is coming across as a dastardly heel. Her feud with Spinelli is just getting started and I think it could be a good one! Also, Raven Lake & Sammy Hall’s feud is just beginning to cook! The Women’s division is really looking up in the ECCW!

I also loved the return of Ice. It’s been a while since ECCW had an impromptu return that shocked us… and thankfully, we finally got one. Can’t wait to see Ice’s work moving forward.

I can’t discredit the stuff the guys did in the main event either though which definitely deserves a very honourable mention.

Flops: The Hardcore title situation

It seems they’ve run out of ideas here. The belt is being passed around like a dutchie and matches that I once used to look forward to, are becoming gag fests. It’s nothing against those involved but they need to freshen up that storyline somehow. It started before Halloween Hell and has dragged on until now. I can easily say I’ve become bored with it.

This was actually a very good event wrestling and match-wise. Besides my minor storyline or character gripes, the matches themselves and the actual physical wrestling that went on was top notch. In every match, the talent were really on their A game that night. No match fell short of expectation.

This recap is my OPINION and my OPINION only. If you would like to reach me, you can tweet me at @CDBasso or email me at bass0_@hotmail.com

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