Summer Sizzler show in Maryland went down this Friday courtesy of EWA and it was interesting. We’ll talk more about their Eliminator match in a bit, but that main event was a barn burner. And the War Pigs out did themselves this time.
Match 1: DB Crass and friend vs Eddie Blas and Syler
Rating: 3/5 bows
“I’m a hit him right there”
“Cheer for him now”
After the doctor distracted the ref, Blas tried to reason with him
Preshow match again this time with Blas, who is proving himself to be a main event contender. Crass and Blas started off first with Blas starting off strong to all of Crass’ moves. Once he got near Syler, Syler helped Blas with and arm trap and went to town on Crass, until Crass rolled out and snatched Syler when he went to make chase. He slammed him on the barricade and then rolled him back into the ring, and trapped Syler in the ropes and used his cronies ringside to help beat him down. A headlock submission was counted out by the ref and Blas gets tagged back in once Syler can get up. Blas goes top rope for a cross body and that should have been it, a clear three count, but the ref was distracted by Dr. Doom and missed it. Blas goes to the ref to explain the situation and grabbed by his opponents and held while slammed by Crass. The bad guys win with this tactic and gloat ringside, while Syler and Blas stand confused, again, by the bad ref call.
Match 2: Pierce and Austin Everette vs The War Pigs
Rating: 4/5 bows
He didn’t even use this in the street fight
Since Pierce had car troubles, we get Justin Bieber.
Watch out Biebs
Is that Thomas?
whoops, thats my partner…
Taking out the trash
When it comes crashing down and it hurts inside…
Post match stay down beat down
Before the show started, we heard that Hyde had some car trouble and wouldn’t be there to help defend their tag belts, so Cory Bush, the leader of Gravity, was asked by Versace to offer some help. He agreed, but offered up Austin Everette aka Justin Bieber to the fans, to be the partner. And the War Pigs never gave either one of them a chance. As soon as the announcer introduced War Pigs, they jumped into the ring, and the fight was on. War Pigs hurled their opponents at one another, then slammed them together, then hit them with a wildly swinging ladder. The fight went to the streets next and Everette and Pierce never really got back into it, the War Pigs grabbing anything, even a giant Thomas the Train head, and beating them down. Versace tries to help Pierce and one of the War Pigs is on the receiving end of a trash can lid, but his partner comes to his aid and the action is now outside the barricades and around the entrance area. Pierce is holding a War Pig and Everette goes for a running clothesline, but connects with Pierce instead when the Pig squirms away. Pierce is down and a table is set up while the other War Pig removes Everette and Versace from the area to dent a trash can on their bodies. Pierce is set up on the table and the first War Pig goes and gets a ladder apparatus, and wheels it over to the area. He climbs. He salutes. He falls, and Pierce is out. War Pigs. New Champs.
Match 3: Jordan Evans vs Tyson Creed
Rating: 3/5 bows
Creed jumps the bell
Everette still hurting
Dancing by himself
He just side stepped him
The Blue Chipper Evans had Everette in his corner, still hurt from the previous match, and as this duo prepped for the match, Creed rushed into the ring, taking Evans out before the bell. Evans rolls out as soon as he can and Creed goes after him, via suicide dive. Back inside, Evans stomps Creed, and slams him into a headlock submission before letting him out just to slam him again. But the second time, Creed was up quick, tossing Evans into the corner for a nasty forearm that knocked Evans down. Creed was back on him quick for a drop kick and then a leg drop. Evans is hurting, but manages to go top rope, sitting for a second dancing and celebrating his next move. Creed was not amused and when Evans finally went for the splash, Creed simply side stepped him, sending Evans crashing down. Headlock forward slam by Creed and Evans is unable to kick out. Creed wins.
Match 4: Mr. Jones vs Eel O’Neal
Rating: 3/5 bows
O’Neal checking his surroundings
Face to the corner
Kicking the sunshine out of him
If you recall, after an unsuccessful tag match last time, Mr. Jones turned on O’Neal, destroying him after the match. Now, these two get to see who’s the bigger man. O’Neal quickly went after Jones, right at the bell, capitalizing on the jump and slamming Jones quite a few times. Jones crawls to the corner to escape and manages to hit O’Neal, but O’Neal quickly tosses him to the corner post and O’Neal is down. Jones slams O’Neal across the ring, the ring post hitting O’Neal in the mouth. O’Neal is dazed and Jones is able to get him into a headlock, gloating with a head stand while O’Neal is flat on the mat. O’Neal tries to come back with a running head slam, but Jones is up quick and O’Neals chest is kicked hard. A mini brawl and Jones rolls out, but O’Neal jumps over the top rope on top of him. The ref counts, both men out and at the last second O’Neal rushes back in, Jones unable to and O’Neal is the victor by DQ.
Match 5: Tim Taylor vs JB Junior vs AK Willis
Rating: 3/5 bows
Catch these hands?
Early roll up
He’s soaring, flying…
Triple threat time, and Willis, not respecting his smaller opponents, offered a test of strength that quickly turned into a punch off to Willis. Willis was sent out of the ring and Taylor went for a quick roll up to Junior, but it was entirely too early. A solid exchange followed, and Junior and Taylor shock hands, showing their respect to one another, before Willis broke this up with a slam to Junior. Taylor is sent out of the ring now and Junior does what he does best, goes top rope for a slam. Willis however catches him and sends him into a suplex. Meanwhile, Taylor is back and he’s top rope, setting up for an across the ring move, but Willis shakes the ropes and Taylor is out again. Willis slams Junior and tries to remove his mask and goes into a headlock. Taylor is back in while Junior takes a moment to recover, but Willis power bombs him. Another few moments and Willis has Junior in the corner, but Taylor comes back in and its a triple suplex that sends Junior flying. Another punch off and Willis tries to pin Taylor but Junior is top rope to break up the pin and pins one himself, winning the match.
Match 6: DA ELIMINATOR
Rating: 3/5 bows
So, this is a unique to EWA with a five man tag match, each new fall having a new stipulation. And each stipulation isn’t announced until the previous fall. So opponents must be on their feet, never really knowing what can happen next and who might need to be protected til later, given everyone’s talent and move set. And, they get an unexpected competitor with Brian Pillman Jr being in this match. Stipulations are as followed:
- Bagpipe brawl
- Rock paper scissors
- Defying gravity
- No DQ
- Casket match
Most stipulations are familiar to wrestling fans and some are…well…new to everyone. I’m not entirely sure what a bag pipe brawl is, and rock paper scissors isn’t exactly wrestling… but hey. Defying gravity was essentially the floor is lava and a casket match is another unique to EWA (only casket match in Maryland!) and the idea is, if you’re in the casket, you’re done. Pillman started with Mears, getting beat up pretty good til Drake was tagged in to beat up Pillman more. Someone got out and the next pinfall was called. This lead to Pillman getting Kushnir in a headlock. So, someone on the bad guys side jumped in and got him in a headlock. Repeat with the good guy team. Repeat again, until everyone is in the ring in a headlock. Kushnir even grabbed the ref in a headlock until he finally called order and Kushnir tapped. Bagpipe brawl was next and the Grimy Scots enjoyed the music while everyone fought. Mears went after Pillman again, with a four corner back bump and I believe Mears was eliminated after. Next up, Rock Paper Scissors, with Pillman cheating a little to one up Cruz, then using ‘Scissors’ to poke his eyes. Next up, Defying Gravity and the bad guys decided Bush was perfect for this role, as the leader of Gravity and not someone who goes down easily. Pillman got him in in the ropes and then on the other side, so another win was but a push away. But Bush’s entire team rallied behind him, pushing him back a few times before the big man went down. No DQ next and Grizzly was in with his previous tag partner against Pillman and Drake. Chaos ensued when the ref couldn’t keep track of the legal man, and both sides brawled outside the ring. A low blow from Drake to Grizzly lead to an easy pin. Last announced stipulation was a casket match, and Pillman jumped in against the last remaining bad guy Drake. With so much confusion and chaos with everyone fighting ringside to help their man out, Pillman had a bit of trouble getting Drake into the casket. Even Drake’s girl tried to help distract, but ultimately, Drake went in and the good tag men won. Interesting match, definitely different, a little hard to keep order with that man people out, but unique.
Match 7: Saul Esparza vs Bill Ward
Ratings: 3/5 bows
“Shake my hand”
Choking with is singlet. I guess thats not a foreign object
Stretching his opponent
Post low blow
JB Junior has some issues with his new friend
He didnt’ win….
After putting a ‘mask’ on Ward, he’s ready to join the dark side
Syler to the rescue
The announcer has a new look. And it matches.
A teacher versus student match of sorts, but its clear Esparza doesn’t respect his elders too much. A brief handshake that was turned into a hold, and Esparza showed he’s ruthless when it comes to wrestling. More technical moves until Ward went on the run, hip tossing Esparza for a pin. Action went outside to the announcers table, but Ward was quick to return the action to the ring, working the leg of Esparza until Esparza decided to choke his opponent out, first with hands then with his singlet. Some kicks in the corner and Ward was hurting, but was able to get an upper cut in. Esparza then used some submission holds, I imagine taught by Ward, to stretch him out a bit. Ward got Esparza into the corner and did some head punches and then a corner near the groin kick, until Jim, who was ringside with Esparza, intervened and grabbed Ward by the head and slammed him on the ropes. Esparza went for a roll up that Ward kicked out of, and he was bent over talking to Jim, when Ward snuck up behind him, but Esparza was aware of his surroundings and got a low blow in. I believe the ref saw it and called for a DQ. JB Junior comes out now and stares down Esparza. These two had a heck of a match last time and Junior came up short. Shockingly, Junior turns on Ward, appearing to be on Esparza’s side and helps attack Ward, masking him with a bag then going top rope. By Syler comes out to a huge pop and stops it, brawling with Esparza and sending Junior running. Jim sees a moment to mask the announcer with the bag. It matches his outfit really well, don’t you think?
Match 8: Sly Scarpone vs Jai Kole
Rating: 3/5 bows
SLY. SLY. SLY.
“Knock me out you’ll regret it Kole.””
Caught mid air
You can see Sly got the pin…
Sadly, no new champ via DQ
That’s a mean right.
Still your champ.
Heavy is the head that wears the crown, but after all this time, Kole isn’t showing any signs of distress. He’s always as cool and confident to each match he’s been in, and fighting his former tag partner didn’t seem to bother him one bit. Holds to start the match until a pop up drop kick by Sly showed Kole it wasn’t playtime. Kole clotheslines Sly out of the ring, but Sly was quick to grab his head and pop him on the ropes. Sly jumped on the apron but Kole knocked him back down again, and jumped out to chop him a few times. Back inside, Sly went for a slam then a pin, but had to know it was too early to get the win. Some top rope action next, but Sly got more damage than he gave, Kole was dominant, but Sly tried top rope again, and was snatched mid air by Kole who slammed him twice. Somehow, Sly got Kole down and went for a headlock, locking it in tight, and we can see Kole tapping, but his manager was distracting the ref. The managers antics caused a DQ loss to Kole, so Sly wins the match but not the championship. Enraged, Sly hits everyone in the ring and leaves. Despite their new black eyes, Kole stays with his man to celebrate another win.
Match 9: Jesse O’Ryan vs Tjay Sykes
Rating: 4/5 bows
Already has an issue with Jesse’s girl
Looking as regal as ever
Not wasting a second
Tuning up the band
Kicks heard around the arena
Took his head off
“I didn’t touch him ref”
Match of the night. Last show, Sykes came out at the end and destroyed O’Ryan and we knew this wouldn’t end pretty. And it certainly was a hard hitting, amazing match. Sykes comes out, making a beeline for O’Ryan’s wife, who really didn’t want to get involved, but Sykes insisted. And O’Ryan, came out strong and rushed Sykes from the bell, taking him out at the knee. It was on and I don’t think Sykes expected it and spent a few moments regrouping, until O’Ryan went outside the ring. Still underestimating the man, he stood looming over him, until O’Ryan grabbed him by the leg and dragged him down and out of the ring. Outside, they chopped one another, Sykes fully in control by the end, dragging O’Ryan ringside in front of his wife again, and then slamming him on the apron. He tossed him around outside after that before slamming him inside the ring. But O’Ryan was quick int he corner with a kick. But Sykes took him to another corner and tossed him off, gloating to the fans again. An unexpected hurricanrani and Sykes was once again confused as to how he lost control. He gained it quickly again and left O’Ryan hurt in the center of the ring, as he finds a corner and starts tuning up the band…It’s denied and O’Ryan kicks back, starting a super kick party that was so loud. Sykes yelled in O’Ryans face and O’Ryan goes dirty and spits in Sykes face. One more super kick and O’Ryan is down. An insane flip power slam by O’Ryan and the ref is forced to start a count, both men lying motionless. Top rope action by O’Ryan next and the action spills outside again, with O’Ryan taking Sykes out. They end up once again in front of O’Ryan’s wife and she gets a few hits in before the ref is able to stop it. Back inside, O’Ryan climbs the ropes like a madman, hitting a double knee facebreaker, that some how, Sykes kicks out of. So O’Ryan snatches his arm, getting his knee on Sykes back and pulling hard, harder until Sykes has to tap. O’Ryan retains, and Sykes grabs a mic, telling the crowd he has earned his respect, finally.
What a show! Sykes is a force to be reckoned with, and an amazing wrestler and somehow, O’Ryan got the win. Next show is Friday September 13th. Be sure to check it out.