Saturday night saw the IWF hold their first show at their New home! St Joseph's Hall in Gateshead, were all of the weekly training sessions are held was actually filled to capacity on out first show! We even had to turn away fifteen people ( They all received free tickets to our next show there ) . There is normally 4 weeks for planning and advertising before a show and on this one due to unforeseen circumstances and getting the hall a new entertainment license and such like brought us down to only two weeks.
With the posters going out later than normal we were not really expecting a huge turnout, so we were very happily surprised, apart from problems with the DJ booth and the referees tops going AWOL, the show went great. We shall have the creases ironed out before the next show! Here for those who did not attend is a detailed report of what happened.
JUNIOR TAG MATCH
DAVE & MAX HEAT Vs THE WOODY BOYS (RD WOOD & BOOGIE NIGHTS)
WINNER = WOODY BOYS
The show kicked off with a Junior Tag Match featuring the teams of Dave and Max Heat vs. The Woody Boys.
Very interesting match. The Woody Boys won this one and won the fans over as they have done on each show they have appeared. Watching these two teams you get to see who has influenced them in their styles of grappling. The Woodys are like scrambling the Dudleys, Too Cool and 3 Count together and watching what happens. Dave Heat is like a younger Christian while Max Heat clearly idolizes Chris Jericho. This could be a bad thing but they bring enough of themselves into their matches to not let their influences take over. After a hard fought bout Dave Heat took a 3D followed by a pin from Boogie Nights for the victory.
IWF NUMBER 1 CONTENDERS MATCH
JED "BAD BOY MASTERS vs. JIMMY BLADE vs. WEAPON X
WINNER = JED MASTERS
This match was fantastic the three men brought a lot to the plate and really knew how to keep the audience involved in this one, with the crowed cheering for local boy Masters, Weapon X who is normally a fan favorite had his work cut out with Blade wanting revenge for their last two encounters. This match went for about 9 minutes and was relentless, all three men gave it their all constantly battering each other with a battery of power moves. At then end of the match, the finish went as follows Jed Masters was gored by Weapon X who was promptly knocked cold with a huge diving DDT. Blade then grabbed the prone Masters to deliver his finisher "The Blade Runner" but when Masters was hoisted into the air he reversed out of it and delivered a new move from his arsenal, which was a diving Neckbreaker / Elbow drop combo to score the pin. Masters will face the title holder at the next show.
IWF Commissioner Eric Scarbro then called the Tag Team Champs, The Avery Brothers to the ring. Shaun "The Storm" and Chris "Youngsta" Avery representing "D-Unit" were joined by ladies Champion and Youngsta's girlfriend Phoenix. The reason for this became apparent as Commissioner Scarbro had brought them down to celebrate Youngsta's 18th Birthday with the crowd, after everyone joined in singing happy birthday to the surprised lad Judge Mental appeared and delivered his own message to the brothers. To chants of "you sold out" the Judge turned heel and offered the champs to join him, when they got physical and the offer was rejected. A angry Judge sentenced them to lose their titles against opponents of his choosing. This turned out to be non other than Karl Harker and Paul Parisio.
Harker and Parisio, who had defeated the Avery's twice In Scottish Championship Wrestling had decided to give their team one more try after a very bad falling out, Kenny Morrison owner of SCW had tried to patch things up between the two but with an easy match in the Avery's and the chance to take their titles and a night out with the Judge they could not refuse! After attacking the champs they then laid waste to Phoenix as well, cementing the feelings of the crowd against them.
IWF JUNIOR TITLE
LIAM "THE PLAYER" ATKINSON vs. PAC vs. "ALL THE TIME" CHRIS PRIME
WINNER = THE PLAYER
This was the second three way dance of the night, and the crowd were screaming for a Pac win against his long running adversary The Player, where as the previous match had been more power moves and a mixture of technical and brawling moves, this was high flying and technical all the way. With Diving Shooting Star Presses from Pac to the outside and Prime on the inside it looked like Player was about to drop his title, the Aerial assault continued until Player climbed the ropes to Superplex Chris Prime and to even the odds out, Pac then put up a valiant effort but player still took the win and retained his title.
After half time IWF champ Assassin took to the ring to and managed to enrage the crowd with his speech, after claiming their was no one to face him and he had the night off he was joined by the Judge. After the Judge reminded him that they used to be tag champs and best friends he asked him to join him, to a surprised audience Assassin refused, the Judge claimed that this was the first and last time that he would be crossed by his former partner and sentenced him to face an opponent of his choosing this being NWA UK Hammerlock Fan Favorite Paul Vault
Paul came out to a mixed reaction from the crowd, this was changed to a chorus of cheers when he got on the mike and trashed the Judge, claiming that all he had come for was a shot for Assassins title and to beat the Champ fair and square. When the Judge complained Vault made a move for the Judge who fell flat on his face running from the ring!
TAG TEAM MATCH
LEE KYLE & HARRY PAYNE Vs. TOO HOT TO HANDLE (BOBBY JACKSON & HOT ED)
WINNER = TOO HOT TO HANDLE
Kyle and Payne who have been battling back and forward with each other put their differences aside after Lee Kyle gave Payne the chance to impress him by tagging with him. To Hot To Handle who have just fought each other as well were performing back as a team, we were to see who would make the best of this precarious situation, after a fast tag team bout the victors were Too Hot to Handle who shown that their was no dissent in their group, whereas in the losing team Lee Kyle wasted the Younger Harry Payne for losing him the match. I feel this one is far from over!
IWF TAG TEAM TITLE
THE AVERYS Vs. KARL HARKER & PAUL PARISIO
WINNER = THE AVERYS
This one was for a matter of pride, the Avery's had been beaten twice by their opponents and were not going to let it happen again especially on their home turf. Harker and Parisio battled the brothers black and blue but found that they were getting as good as they gave. The Ref was getting wise to the cheating of H & P and all hell broke loose double team after double team was performed to a stalemate, when the Ref managed to regain control the Avery's had Harker on the outside and Parisio in, they doubleteamed him with some vicious knee kicks with a double DDT on Parisio to their kneecaps followed by a double superkick. As Youngsta pinned Parisio, Shaun Avery took a diving dropkick to Harker who was trying to make the save and made sure that the mat was slapped three times
ASSASSIN Vs. PAUL VAULT
WINNER = ASSASSIN
This was one hell of match, the two men were equally suited with both having a powermoves and highflying arsenal of moves at their call, the match went back and forward in each mans favor with Assassin clearly upset that he had to wrestle that night, after they took the match outside the ring and traded moves back and forth, a nasty suplex by vault to assassin on the outside followed by vault reversing an Irish whip sending Assassin into the ring post and knocking him cold, Vault rolled the champ back in the ring and was distracted by a returning Judge Mental. Vault climbed to the top and Hit a MoonSault but was stunned when Assassin recovered and moved away in time. Assassin got up and exposed the turnbuckle ready to smash Vault onto the exposed steel, when the Ref pulled him away Assassin delivered a low blow to Vault followed by a slam and next to the ropes. The judge grabbed Vaults feet and Assassin pinned him, the Ref did not see and counted three and gave the belt to Assassin.
At this point the crowd were livid, the Judge rolled in the ring and started to verbally assault Vault until the big man got up and started to push the judge around, backing off like the coward he is the judge pushed Vault into Assassins way who smashed the Judges solid steel briefcase down on the head of Vault. As the two celebrated there reunion over the fallen Vault, Jed Masters ran in and cleaned house of the two and helped up the fallen Vault. After Masters took the mike and challenged Assassin for the next show at St Joseph's, Vault grabbed Assassins Belt and handed it Master who then proceeded to try it for size and left with the belt.
A great show of wrestling with a fantastic audience who were well up for watching the matches, we return to the venue on Saturday the 1st of May.