Santa runs, broken buses and anxiety attacks honestly couldn’t stop me from getting to Exeter to see PWP’s Christmas show featuring Rhino last night (or hopefully last night depending on how long this takes me to write!)
I’ll also get it out of the way. I did get my photo taken with Eddie Ryan (and Jason Larusso…) so I think I win.
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WARNING : As always the end is rather photo heavy, I kind of forget that not everyone has fast internet so just be warned.
The UK Dominator – Rhino – Eddie Ryan Q&A
I brought tickets to the Q&A session purely because I wanted to hear from Rhino, didn’t realise that the other two would be there which was a bonus really. It was possibly one of the most interesting things I’ve gone to in my life, the only other thing I think I found as interesting was going to a Q&A session with Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor) at a Sci-Fi thing years back.
I ain’t even going to pretend that I remember half of what was said but I don’t tend to go to these kind of things and when I do I always enjoy it. I’ve spent over half my life watching Rhino wrestle and it was interesting to get to hear him talking about his career. He was a proper gentleman too and engaged with the crowd as much as he could. I liked how he always had something positive to say and seemed really happy to talk about just about anything.
Similarly it was interesting to hear what the UK Dominator had to say as well as Eddie Ryan. The UK Dominator was hilarious as he always is and Ryan was interesting. Which kind of sounds weak I know.
Was nice to hear what Rhino had to say and it made me appreciate Eddie Ryan’s fingers much more.
Gideon & Lomax vs Samie Sahin & Panda Cub
Winners : Gideon & Lomax
I can not even explain the happiness that Samie Sahin brings to my life. I’ve seen him twice and both times he’s lost but he’s like a little (OK pretty giant compared to me) ball of happiness.
Samie held his own to start the match up, some great moments when he got to wiggling his booty at his opponents to their distaste. The Panda’s mask was brilliant but I can’t really remember him doing much other then get beat up a lot.
Gideon and Lomax worked well as a team and they had the outside support of both the UK Dominator and Vixxen, the other members of House of Bones, which didn’t go well for Vixxen who, OK, did cause enough of a distraction twice for her team to get the upper hand and the win but also got a kiss from Samie….
Actually what am I saying she’s probably pretty lucky to get a kiss from Samie.
It was a great opening match. Gideon and Lomax are a great team, Samie was just awesome and watching all of them (well other then Panda) was like watching titans go at it. I mean even from a distance they just look giant. Gideon’s outfit is possibly the coolest thing I saw all night, actually he was pretty damned cool.
Robbie Caine vs Darren Saviour
Winner : Robbie Caine (DQ)
First off I would like to say this about Mr Blue Trunks. I STILL don’t have a photo of him. I mean I have blurs, I have a half decent photo of him but someone put their hand in front of his face, I honestly feel like the fates don’t want me to ever have a photo of him. Seriously it was a joke after I failed to get one at the PWA anniversary show AND the Hurricane show but after some of the photos I got last night I’m 100% sure for some reason I will just never get a good photo of him.
I only want a good photo of him now purely because in three events I’ve managed to never get a good one, though I guess some from the ending were not too bad.
Robbie Caine is brilliant, I do like assholes though and Welsh people amazingly. Which is funny because the instant they realised he was Welsh both my mum and Ros hated him, I didn’t realise we were meant to hate the Welsh I think they are adorable!
I’ve written all this and not mentioned the match at all. It was pretty brilliant, I’ve liked Saviour every time I’ve seen him but I bloody loved watching Caine beat him up. Funnily enough though it was Saviour who got a yellow card for hitting Caine with a water bottle and then a red card for using the exposed turnbuckle that not only did Caine expose but the ref instead of fixing it just threw the cover away in confusion. It was a odd few moments at the end of a good match.
Caine is actually pretty scary and looks like he could take your head off in a second and Saviour can be extremely fast (like a blur.) Saviour wasn’t too pleased about being DQ’d, ref got dropped for the decision. Not that I wasn’t cheering on Saviour or anything. … Poor ref.
JD Knight / Tommy Dean / Scotty Essex vs The Lionhearts / Ultimo Tiger
Winners : The Lionhearts / Ultimo Tiger
My biased is firmly in the washing machine with my Lionhearts t-shirt but I’m still claiming this as the joint best match of the night.
First off just how much Scotty Essex sparkled might not be good for his health. His hair also looked very much like candy floss, I was sure I was watching a Disney villain walking out to the ring. You don’t know what odd is till you see JD Knight standing next to Essex, you couldn’t get two people that contrast more really.
Secondly I loved Ultimo Tigers cape. I mean I love the Lionhearts capes too but boy was Tigers cool?!
It was a great match. It was the first time I saw the Lionhearts wrestle together, as you all know I got a Lionhearts T-Shirt in support of Ryan but Larusso is awesome. I mean I love Ultimo Tiger (Thundercat. …) but I would have been happy to see the Lionhearts on their lonesome. I liked the mixture of the two styles and it was all so very nearly seamless. I loved Larusso just sat in the corner dazed for like 3 or 4 minutes till Ryan whacked him to tag him in. Their double team finisher isn’t as good as PJ Jones and the UK Dominators though…
Wait…. Ultimo Tiger did also wrestle and was awesome. He always is. I love his energy all through the match and he worked pretty well with the Lionhearts. Plus JD Knight is always great fun to watch (when Justin Sysums Cape, which is NOT cool like the Lionhearts/Ultimo Tigers, isn’t in the way) but it was kind of Scotty Essex that stole it for their team. Obviously the glitter gives him super powers because he was amazing. I don’t know why I’m still amazed at his style in the ring I should know what to expect but I was still pretty amazed.
(I believe I covered up my fangirling well at the end there…)
Big Grizzly(c) vs The UK Dominator vs Chris Andrews vs Rhino
(PWP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH)
Winner : Big Grizzly
Well… I wanted to see Rhino up close and personal and I was about three seats away from the action when the fight ended up going into the audience and right next to where I was sitting. I don’t think I could have gotten closer without Rhino actually beating me up instead.
It is one of those matches which was exciting because it was all over the place, everyone was on their feet because you couldn’t see unless you were and it kept splitting into two so you were spoilt for choice. Very little of the action stayed in the ring or at least I was so busy watching Rhino and Big Grizzly beating each other up right next to me that I didn’t really notice when Andrews and the UK Dominator got back in the ring. I know they did because I turned around and saw Andrews throwing Dominator around like he was a bag of air or something, he defintely earns his title as the Devon Powerhouse that one does.
I couldn’t really explain it to you. You just kind of had to be there. Rhino was hilarious with the headband thing he kept taking off someone and either putting it on himself or Grizzly. At one point House of Bones came down to help the UK Dominator but we’re sent back to the locker rooms by the Lionhearts. I was spoilt for Eddie Ryan all night really.
I wanted to see the UK Dominator gored. Sad times.
Big Grizzly won after putting Andrews through a table. Funnily a table Andrews and the ref put together… I’m sure he had his reasons!
Kiezer vs Rhino
Winner : Rhino
You can’t really call it a match. Kiezer come down and gobbed off and just after being reminded we never got a gore from Rhino we DID get a gore from Rhino.
King of Christmas Rumble
Winner : Samie Sahin
Is this the right place to do a “Eddie Ryan wuz robbed!!!11!!!!” post? I think it is. Dude was magnificent, Lomax is a ass…
Seriously though I know we all know by now I’m a Eddie Ryan fan girl, the cat was let out of that bag two months ago and I’ve been trying to cover the cracks in my demented little fangirl bubble since. This is why I’m a fan of his though.
True fact before last month I couldn’t tell you what he looked like other then he had a beard so no “you only like him because he’s attractive” shit please, in fact why the hell anyone ever brings that up I don’t bloody know (you know who you are!) I think Roman Reigns is attractive and the most boring wrestler I’ve ever had to watch.
He made the match. He was everywhere. Heck if you took your eyes off him ten seconds later he was screaming and you were looking at him again. He was the second guy in (only because Kiezer wouldn’t get out) and he kicked ass. Obviously that was the point because there ain’t no point to have someone who hid in the carnage and came out last anyway being the person to be “screwed” but Ryan was pretty magnificent. It’s WHY I paid attention to him to become a fan. Everything about him is just brilliant to watch. He always is.
Of course regardless of all that I’m happy Samie won… I dunno sulky Eddie Ryan and Samie winning was probably the best result ever. Lomax cheated and it broke my heart but to be honest it was funny how a giant like him could be completely missed. Him vs Samie in the opening match was like the unmovable object meeting the unstoppable juggernaut so it was great to see it again at the end. All joking (and fangirling) aside and I do really like Lomax.
To be fair I think Darren Saviour was also screwed…. I say think because I can’t remember if it was him eliminating Caine and then Caine eliminating Saviour or if it was someone else. It’s stuck in my head with those two but it could have been someone else.
Larusso was great in there too. At one point all the big nasty ones ganged up on him and it was sad because he looked tiny compared to everyone else.
It’ll be Samie vs Grizzly for the title in February (I’m going to the event! Can’t wait!) Now that will be a clash worth watching!
It was another great night though obviously as always for people with anxiety things are always going to go wrong and even when you plan for things to go wrong its going to trigger you so just be careful when travelling (my train just didn’t work so we were 50 minutes late then walked into a crowd of people and I felt like turning back and going home before the event even started! Happy I didn’t!)
There is a whole bunch of their events I’m planning on going to at the start of next year including their return to Plymouth. It was a lot of fun.
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My favourite matches of the night were the Six Man tag and the Christmas Rumble but Samie really stole the show.
Meet & Greet
Yeah the review is over this is just basically the fangirling even more section (long term followers of my blogs will be used to this from 5 years of F1 blogging!)
I’m kinda proud of myself. First off Lomax pfft my t-shirt and my comeback might have been weak and pointless but I made it. No one pffts at my Lionhearts t-shirt!
Secondly I didn’t throw up when I got close to Eddie Ryan. Maybe because I was busy laughing at Robbie Caine flirting with Ros to wind her up after he was told she’s shy… Eddie Ryan is tall… or I’m just short. .. Either way he isn’t real, I’ve stood next to him he isn’t real. I vaguely remember looking at him once and then being blinded.
I also asked Rhino on my lonesome to have have a photo with him. Why is this important? I suffer from anxiety and can’t ask for help at a supermarket! I almost cried standing next to the Lionhearts one of whom I’d only seen on that very night! Rhino, dude who I’ve supported since I was 10, just walked up to him and asked for a photo.
Honestly I’ve shaken Kurt Angles hand, asked Rhino for a photo and had a hug from Colin Baker but I can’t even look at Eddie Ryan close up without wanting to cry.
I have also just realised in a blog roughly 2,200 words long 1000 of those words are probably Eddie Ryan’s name. I have it out of my system and will never mention him again (well… other then in our end of year look back blogs, he’s made at least one top 10!)