Blog: Want some fun? Give an Indy show a shot
Apr 9, 2012 - by Mike McMahon
Two weeks ago, I attended an Indy show for the Millennium Wrestling Federation in Melrose, Mass. The headliner was MWF Heavyweight Champion Low Ki defending his title in a fatal four way against “Slyck” Wagner Brown, ROH vet Tomasso Ciampa and former WWE brawler Dave “Fit” Finlay. The card also featured Al Snow, Carlito, Bushwhacker Luke and Paul Bearer, along with some of the best up-and-coming talent in the Northeast.
I’ve been watching wrestling for a long, long time. These four men put on one of the most intense, physical matches I’ve ever witnessed in a long time and sent the crowd of a few hundred home buzzing.
Brown took a bump on the guard rail that looked painful, slamming hard on his sternum and falling back on to the floor. Low Ki and Finlay clobbered each other with stiff kicks, punches and dive to the outside that involved all four men drew a “this is awesome!” chant from the crowd.
This match wasn’t in front of thousands of people. It wasn’t on pay-per-view or television. But, it was one of the best matches I’ve seen in a few years.
So what’s my point?
Go to an Indy show. You won’t see John Cena, CM Punk or the Rock, but you will see tomorrow’s stars. You’ll see hard-working guys putting on excellent matches.
Here are some other impressions:
– I’m a big Scott Reed fan. I’ve seen him in the New England circuit for a while and can’t understand why he isn’t inked to some sort of deal with WWE or TNA yet. There’s just something about him. He has a character that keeps my eyes peeled on the ring every time he’s out there. His matches are fun to watch and he has a look … there’s just something about that guy. He has a look about him where, if you saw him in a restaurant or at the mall, you might not know who he is, but you know he’s somebody. You might remember Reed from his WWE match on ECW against the Boogeyman in 2008.
– Julian Starr, a 22-year-old rookie from Haverhill, Mass., has nearly stolen the show the last two times I’ve seen him. Back in September, he pulled out an impressive 450 splash and is an exceptional high-flying athlete. He has a swagger to him, and he should, he’s good. I’ve seen him work as a face, but he’s even better working as a cocky heel, reminiscent of an early-90’s Shawn Michaels.
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