Written by: Bob Colling
International Wrestling Cartel presents Caged Fury
From: West Mifflin, PA
Opening Contest: John McChesney vs. Jimmy Rave: Rave dropkicks the arm of McChesney under the top rope in the early moments of the bout. McChesney takes Rave down to the canvas but gets countered quickly. Rave has an arm bar on McChesney but can’t get a submission. McChesney attempts a slingshot cross body to the floor but Rave stops John with a gut buster on the floor. Rave hits a double stomp and gets a two count. Rave works on the ribs of McChesney but can’t get a submission. Rave drops McChesney with a back elbow and works over McChesney with chops. Rave takes McChesney over with a northern lights suplex for a near fall. McChesney rolls Rave out of the corner but gets stopped by a clothesline. Rave has a modified surfboard on McChesney but lets go. Rave has a modified abdominal stretch on the mat but McChesney fights back with a dropkick and a spinning heel kick.
McChesney drops Rave face first to the canvas for a two count. Rave hits a back breaker and a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. McChesney plants Rave with a full nelson slam but Rave powers out at two. Rave hits a spinning cradle neck breaker but McChesney kicks out at two. Rave nails John with a running knee off the ropes but misses a second attempt. McChesney hits a cliffhanger DDT but only manages a near fall on the cover. McChesney heads to the top rope but gets crotched by Rave. McChesney hits a sunset flip off the top but Rave rolls through to hit the shining wizard and wins the match. (***. A good start to the show as it had some good energy and the crowd was into the action. This is around the time that Rave was really starting to find his groove and McChesney is clearly one of the top local talents for IWC.)
The next match was supposed to be New Jack taking on Balls Mahoney, but Mahoney didn’t make the show thus there is a new opponent for Jack.
Second Contest: New Jack vs. T. Rantula in a weapons match: Rantula works over Jack in the corner and digs a spike into Jack’s forehead to bust him wide open. Jack fights back with a strike to stop Rantula. Jack puts a trash can lid on the groin on Rantula and hits it with a gold club. Rantula slams Jack onto the trans can lid and heads to the top rope but Jack rolls out of the way very early. Jack heads to the top and whacks Ranutal with a steel chair to but Sebastian Dark enters to attack Jack. Rantula is up and choke slams Jack for the win. (DUD. Just the typical hardcore garbage from New Jack, no surprise there.)
Third Contest: Super Hentai vs. The Kabuki Kid: Kid leg drops the leg of Hentai in the opening moments of the bout. Kid works over Hentai in the corner and follows up with a dropkick. Hentai sends Kid to the floor with an arm drag and takes Kid out with a springboard moonsault to the floor! Hentai sends Kid into a fans boot as they brawled on the floor. Kid plants Hentai with a DDT. Kid locks in an interesting submission but Hentai won’t give in. Kid kicks Hentai several times to keep him on the canvas. Hentai nearly wins with a rollup but is stopped by a kick to the head. Kid continues to deliver kicks but Hentai kicks out at two. Hentai nearly pins Kid with a rollup. They both deliver clotheslines and they go down at the same time. Kid nails Hentai with two quick kicks. Kid heads to the top rope hitting a frog splash but Hentai kicks out at two. Kid goes to the top rope with Hentai but Hentai hits a superplex and wins the match. (**. It’s a quick match with the local guy going over is the right decision. I need to see Hentai in better match ups before knowing if he is solid in the ring.)
Fourth Contest: IWC Super Indy Champion Chris Sabin vs. CM Punk: A slow start to the match with neither man getting a cleat cut advantage. The focus of the match for the first three minutes is a headlock by Sabin on Punk but that comes to an end with a back suplex from Punk. Sabin comes out of the corner to hit a hurricanrana and dropkicks a seated Punk in the corner for a two count. Punk hits Sabin with a neck breaker followed by a delayed vertical suplex. Punk drives Sabin down with a back breaker and focuses on the lower back of Sabin. Sabin nearly wins with a crucifix pin but Punk maintains control of the match. Punk hits a double under hook back breaker for a two count. Punk sends Sabin hard into the corner back first. Punk controls Sabin on the canvas with a chin lock. Sabin drops Punk with a kick to the head. Sabin runs over Punk with a few clotheslines and works over Punk with strikes.
Sabin elbows Punk in the corner and hits a springboard dropkick from the apron for a near fall. Punk counters a hurricanrana attempt hitting a power bomb for a two count and locks in a camel clutch. Sabin plants Punk with a springboard tornado DDT for a near fall. Punk plants Sabin with an arm trapped DDT for a near fall. Punk nails Sabin with a big boot and a brain buster for a two count. Punk leaps off the top but is met with a dropkick in midair. Sabin attempted the Cradle Shock but Punk got out of it. Sabin counters a shining wizard to hit the Cradle Shock and wins the match. (***. It’s a good match that the crowd was into. The action started slow but once they got past the typical even start, they worked well together. I didn’t think their styles would mesh well, but I was pleasantly surprised.)
Fifth Contest: Al B. Damm vs. Josh Daniels: This is the debut of Daniels in IWC. Daniels controlled Damm on the canvas but they begin to trade chops which Daniels wins. Damm controls Daniels with a knee lift to the midsection. Daniels clotheslines Damm and hits a northern lights suplex. Damm battles back with chops in the corner but Daniels hits a German suplex for a two count. Daniels hits a superplex and goes to the top rope but misses a diving head butt. Damm hits a front suplex and a snap suplex for a near fall. Daniels hits an elevated Perfect Plex turning into a brain buster for the win. (*1/4. Daniels had some fun offense going on for himself, but Al B. Damm is just don’t an entertaining worker.)
Sixth Contest: Glenn Spectre & Shirley Doe vs. IWC Heavyweight Champion Eric Xtasy & Sebastian Dark: Doe and Xtasy kick off the match with Doe knocking Xtasy to the floor. Spectre is on the apron and knocks Dark down with a butt splash. Doe and Xtasy are brawling in the crowd while Dark and Spectre brawl at ringside. Dark and Spectre are in the ring while Xtasy sends Doe head first into the wall. Spectre butt splashes Dark in the ring and works over Dark with strikes. Spectre hits a butt splash in the corner and chokes Dark. Spectre and Dark work over the legs on Xtasy. Spectre and Xtasy trade go-behinds and have a standoff. They embrace and they kiss the referee before tagging out to their partners. Spectre and Xtasy have chairs but they sit down and watch Doe and Dark brawling on the floor. They are cheering their partners as Doe hit Dark with a suplex on the floor.
Spectre drops Dark across his knee but Dark takes Sepctre over with a German suplex. Dark drops Spectre across his knee and gets a two count. Dark crotches Spectre on the middle rope. Dark goes to the top and hits a sunset flip power bomb. Dark locks in one of the worst sharpshooters and is stopped by Doe with a shining wizard. Spectre hits a butt splash on Dark and here comes Doe. Doe runs over Dark with clotheslines but Dark hits a Un-Prettier. Doe is backdropped over the top to the floor. Xtasy plants Doe with the Happy Ending for a two count. Dark misses a top rope elbow drop hitting Xtasy. Spectre has Dark and spikes Dark with a humping tombstone. Spectre and Xtasy begin slapping each others butt before they attempt to kiss but they are stopped. Doe and Dark trade strikes with Doe hitting a clothesline for a near fall. Dark attempts a top rope clothesline but Doe low blows Xtasy sending him into Dark. Doe hits a TKO before putting an arm bar on Xtasy but Spectre helps his friend by putting Xtasy on the bottom rope. Dark whacks Doe over the back and over the head with a steel chair three times. Doe stops the referee from counting the three. Dark plants Doe with a modified spine buster for the win. (**. It wasn’t a completely worthless time though it went a little long. There was some minor comedy and the brawling wasn’t overly exciting, but it served a purpose, I guess.)
Seventh Contest: Sterling James Keenan vs. Solider: Solider arm drags Keenan to the floor to start the contest. Fans are tossing streamers into the ring as Solider takes Keenan out with a somersault dive to the floor. Solider hits a slingshot senton as Keenan rolls to the floor. Keenan uppercuts Solider and delivers a leg drop for a two count. Keenan takes Solider over with a snap suplex. Solider backdrops Keenan and delivers several forearm strikes. Solider drives the knee of Keenan across the apron two times. Solider wraps the left leg of Keenan around the ring post several times. Keenan hits an STO but can’t keep Solider down on the cover. Keenan drives Solider down with a back breaker for a two count. Solider dropkicks the knee of Keenan and a bulldog for a two count. Solider hits a middle rope senton splash for a near fall.
Solider locks in the cross face but Keenan isn’t giving in. Keenan is able to reach the bottom rope to break the hold. Solider stops Keenan with a jaw breaker and hits a springboard dropkick for a two count. Solider heads to the top rope hitting a missile dropkick but Keenan kicks out. Keenan hits a German suplex on Solider for a two count. Keenan hits a somersault neck breaker on Solider from the top but only gets a near fall. Solider hits a Juvi Driver but Keenan reaches the ropes on the cover. Solider gets crotched on the top rope by Keenan. Solider rolls over the back of Keenan and wins the match with a rollup. (**1/4. Solider is a good wrestler who had some exciting offense. It was his last match for a US tour and he connected with the fans thus winning over a top heel makes sense here. It was a proper sendoff for Solider, I’d say.) After the match, the IWC locker room comes out thank Solider for his work in the company.
Main Event: CM Punk, Michael Shane & Chris Candido vs. Bubba The Bulldog, Dennis Gregory & Jimmy Vegas in WAR GAMES: Vegas and Candido kick off the main event with Candido knocking Vegas down with a chop and a vertical suplex. Candido sends Vegas into the cage face first several times to control the match. Candido low blows Vegas and knocks him down with a right hand. Vegas sends Candido head first into the cage and begins to choke him. Vegas sends Candido into the cage head first again but Candido fights back with several strikes in the corner. Candido dropkicks Vegas in the corner to maintain control. Vegas drops to the canvas and Candido follows up with a series of leg drops. The next entrant for the match is…
Dennis Gregory enters the match and along with Vegas double teams Candido in the corner. Candido fights back with strikes to knock his opponents down, but that doesn’t last too long. The next entrant for the match is…
Michael Shane runs into the ring and cleans house on the heels. Shane replaces Shane Douglas who was pulled by TNA. Shane and Candido work over Gregory and Vegas in the corner with right hands. Gregory is knocked down following a double dropkick and Candido plants Vegas with a DDT. Shane sends Gregory into the cage head first. The final entrant for the Triple Threat is…
Bubba The Bulldog makes his way down to the ring and is worked over by Michael Shane and Chris Candido. Bubba is sent butt first into Gregory in the corner. The same happens for Vegas into Gregory. Shane backdrops Gregory as the final mystery partner is about to be revealed…
Norm Conners comes out as the final entrant, the owner of IWC. That is rather short as Bulldog rams the door into the face of Conners. Some more music plays and it is CM Punk to make the save. Punk cleans house with strikes on the heels. Conners is busted wide open on the floor. Candido is busted open as well as he works over Gregory. Candido sends Gregory into the cage head first. Bulldog sends Candido head first into the cage. Gregory is backdropped into the cage! Shane comes off the top to drop an elbow on Bulldog. Candido comes off the top to hit a diving head butt on Bulldog. Punk goes to the top of the cage. Punk leaps off to hit an elbow drop off the top of the cage. Punk puts a sharpshooter on Bulldog and Bubba has no choice but to submit. (**1/2. It’s a decent main event and a feel good way to end the show. Shane Douglas and Bam-Bam Bigelow were both supposed to be in the match but weren’t able to make the show. But, they did a fine job replacing them and Conners part was done well, too.)
A good show for the IWC here as there were a few good matches with nothing being overly awful, maybe aside from the New Jack match. It felt like a quick show to watch with just under two hours of material, and I didn’t feel disappointed at the end.
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