Written by: Brad Dykens from Online World of Wrestling
Full Impact Pro made its debut in Arcadia to what I would guess was their biggest crowd to date. Coming off what I would call their worst show ever, they certainly hit a home run with this event. They started with a bang as two of the top independent wrestlers in the country put on a wrestling clinic in the opening match. Spanky vs Roderick Strong was perhaps the 2nd best match of the night behind the main event ( 8 / 10 ).
The second match pitted Dave Prazak’s Asian giant Ryze taking on the rising star Antonio Banks. I still think Ryze is really green but has the potential to be something big in the wrestling business with the proper guidance. Antonio Banks continues to impress me and he is building momentum with each and every victory in an FIP ring ( 6 / 10 ).
The four-way fray was won by Salvatore Rinauro and involved Jared Steel, Rainman and Kahagas. The storyline here was that Sal Rinauro is the new “protégé” of Spanky, who was at ringside cheering for his buddy ( 6 / 10 ).
Dave Prazak deprived the Arcadia fans of seeing a Tag Team championship match, but instead let his DP Associates compete in separate singles matches. First up, Fast Eddie Vegas defeated Dunn (from the Ring Crew Express) but it took interference from Jimmy Rave to score the victory ( 6.5 / 10 ). It was really fun to see Dunn, and later Marcos, wrestling outside of the spot fest ROH-style they have become known for. They are actually really good wrestlers as singles and as a team. Jerrelle Clark showed up to make the save and morphed into a match where he pinned Jimmy Rave in a 1-on-1 bout ( 7.5 / 10 ).
The Carnage Crew joined forces with Marcos (of the Ring Crew Express) for a six man tag team match against The Heartbreak Express & Don Juan. I have always hated the Carnage Crew, I still don’t understand The Heartbreak Express, and Don Juan annoys me — despite all that I have to admit it was a decent match ( 6 / 10 ).
In a grudge match stemming from an incident that happened the night before, the “Modern Miracle” Steve Madison finally showed some personality and challenged former WWE Superstar James Gibson. It was a heated affair with both men doing their best to destroy the other, but it was Steve Madison who had his hand raised at the end of the match. Scoring a victory over James Gibson is a huge feather in your cap, even if Madison had to wrap a steel chain around his fist and crack Gibson in the head to do it! ( 7.5 / 10 ).
The main event was an “Anything Goes” match between FIP Champion Homicide and C.M. Punk. Punk stole the FIP belt several months ago at an ROH show in New Jersey and has been claiming to be the FIP Champion ever since. Good prevailed over evil on this occasion as Homicide defeated Punk and reclaimed possession of the FIP belt. It was an incredible match and the crowd was emotionally invested into every intense moment ( 9 / 10 ).
Final Thoughts: I’m really happy to see attendance growing for FIP events. The crowd was really vocal during this show and there were a lot of kids there having the time of their lives. That’s what wrestling is all about. Good on Full Impact Pro for putting out a quality family-friendly product.