Blog: General impressions from an Indy show
Sep 24, 2012 - by Mike McMahon
Over the weekend I had the chance to check out MWF’s “Big Bang Birthday Bash” in Melrose, Mass. It’s only a short drive from my hometown and my son loves the up-close-and-personal experience you get at an Indy show. Plus, MWF does a great job bringing in a lot of former WWE stars.
Here are some general, quick-hit thoughts on the show and its participants.
– The Boogeyman gets it. In an age when I’m sure a lot of former WWE stars want to check in and check out of these Indy dates, grab their cash and leave, Boogeyman does it right. He’ll never be mistaken for Bret Hart in the ring, but he shook every hand, took hundreds of photos with fans and after he dismantled “Playboy” Jimmy James in the ring, picked up a dozen or so kids, brought them into the ring and had them do their best “Boogey walk.” He left a lot of kids with a lot of memories and it was really great to see. Stuff like that is what makes these type of shows so special, in my opinion.
And for those wondering, yes, even on Indy shows he carries a bag full of worms, which end up digested before his match is over.
Boogeyman doing his worm thing.tout.com/m/x4enj9?ref=t…
— Mike McMahon (@MisterMcMahon) September 22, 2012
– Want a name to keep eye on? Julian Starr. He’s been around the New England circuit for a while and the guy is fantastic. I’d compare his style and look to a mix between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler. He’s great in the ring, is one of the best high-flyers in the region, and as was proven on Saturday, has good mic skills and charisma. He’s young, too (only in his early-20s). WWE plucked Max Bauer, another New England talent, and signed him to a development deal recently. Starr could be next.
– There are two other guys who, for the life of me, I can’t understand why they aren’t under a developmental contract. Scott Reed is tremendous. He’s a DGUSA vet and the only knock on him is he’s undersized (in height, he has a good build). Then there’s Brian Fury, who is sort of the elder statesman (he also runs New England Pro Wrestling Academy in North Andover, Mass.). If my son ever wanted to train to be a pro wrestler, having done some research on the topic and obviously being a longtime fan and journalist covering the sport, there are only a few places I’d let him go, and Fury’s school is definitely one of them.
– Ron Simmons, who was on hand as the special enforcer for the Scott Reed vs. Dylan Cage match, has the hardest handshake of any individual I’ve ever met in my entire life. It’s Monday afternoon, and I’m still a little sore.