IWC Night of the Superstars 5
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I took a driving trip down to Meadville, PA for the IWC Night of the Superstars. I didn't know what to expect because I have only been to one wrestling event in my life - a WWF Raw back in the late 90s at the Skydome in Toronto. The drive to Meadville was about four hours long and I hit a snowstorm at the state line between New York and Pennsylvania. The reason for going to the event was purely to meet Scott Hall. At first, the event seemed really disorganized and I started to fear the worst. An hour after meet & greet was supposed to start we were still waiting for stars to arrive. Booker T arrived... then half an hour later Jeff Jarrett came in with his gear. I still feared the worst because I know Scott Hall has had health issues in the past. Suddenly, Hall came into the auditorium. It was an exciting moment for me. I met Scott and had a nice chat with him. Later, there was a great wrestling event in the school's gym. Scott introduced the event, Booker T played manager for a tag team title match and Jeff Jarrett wrestled the local favourite. There was a lot more action actually. I had front row seats, but chose to go to the back of the bleachers to capture a more objective framing of all the action. These videos are the highlights that I recorded on my Canon 60D.
10. Dark Match with Lumberjack Leroux
This was the first match on the card and I'm pretty sure it wasn't on the card actually, hence the dark match title for this entry on the list. This was a fun three-man tag team match that got the night started off well. There was an amusing botch where Lumberjack Leroux went to tag in his opponents. The finisher for the match was great and one I haven't seen before. My captions in the video are just meant to be funny because the wrestlers arrived with no heat or back story and didn't present anything on the mic... so I filled in the blanks.
9. Tatanka Still Dominating at Age 54
Tatanka is a wrestler that stands out in my memory from when I was a kid. It was exciting to see him competing in the IWC event and his performance was very impressive given his age. His conditioning regimen must be ridiculously streamlined and his discipline must be second to none.
8. Abyss vs Table
This is an excerpt from a match with Abyss (admittedly I do not know the IWC wrestlers at all, so I can't name his opponent). It seems that either his opponent was a highly deceptive featherweight or there was some kind of miscommunication on where the prop table would be under the ring. I'm pretty sure that the table used in the ring was a real one, so that is pretty damn hardcore.
7. Meadville Fans Out of Control
So Meadville, PA is kind of a shitberg town. Maybe I'm an asshole because I'm from a city the size of Philly... but still, I calls it how I sees it. The event was great despite an acute degree of disorganization and dysfunction by the locals. One amusing element of the breakdown was that some of the fans didn't seem to understand kayfabe. Some in the crowd were downright irate at Jeff Jarrett's presence. Jeff and Karen were heckled to no end... to the point where Karen lashed out at an idiotic fan. There was an old man who got so riled up that the school principal had to come and console him. In a way I'm not surprised Jarrett wouldn't sell on his opponent's finisher... most of the crowd deserved better but some definitely didn't.
6. Jeff Jarrett and a Kiss for Karen's Ass
Jeff Jarrett was appropriately in the main event and went against the IWC wrestler who was considered the local boy (from nearby Erie, PA). It feels like Jarrett has been a heel forever, he even refused to sell on the local boy's victory. It was pretty funny, but in a way it would have ended the night better if Double J had been a bit more of a team player, as it were. Oh well, just the fact that he showed up is pretty impressive I guess. I was very impressed with the card for the event. IWC has been doing their superstars night for 5 years now, and the list of legends who show up in Meadville is incredible.
5. Booker T Spinaroonie Contest
Booker T almost started a spinaroonie contest with Rikishi's junior (just kidding). I don't know the names of these IWC kids, but they were enthusiastic and fun all night. After being interrupted from starting the contest, Booker T was cajoled into performing a spinaroonie. Perhaps IWC has the footage at their site. Twitter link to them is above.
4. Ray Lyn Getting StinkFaced
Ray Lyn is really great. She is part of that great tradition where the women in wrestling are valets who can wrestle, instead of divas who can valet. Wish they would bring that back. I hope that she gets an opportunity to break through to the WWE and I hope that she focuses on being a valet with moxie instead of a crude diva wrestler. By the way, that is Scotty 2 Hotty lounging across the turnbuckle. He showed up last minute because Jake "the Snake" Roberts cancelled last minute due to a family emergency.
3. Ray Lyn... Vicious AND Delicious
So, Ray Lyn was definitely a highlight of my trip to the IWC event. She is a great valet with lots of energy and attitude. She is part of that special tradition where the valet can wrestle instead of the diva trying to valet. I wish they would can the diva movement and bring back valet's like Miss Elizabeth and Woman. Ray Lyn would fit into that tradition very well and I hope to see her get an opportunity with the WWE.
2. Scott Hall Introduces the Event with Style and Class
Scott Hall is the reason that I went down to the States for this IWC event. I wasn't disappointed. He has great charisma that puts him in a truly elite class among the professional wrestling legends. He has had low moments and dark days in the industry wrestling with personal demons, but I am happy to see how classy he has been handling himself recently.
1. Survey Says... Another One for the Good Guys!
I met Scott Hall and had a nice chat with him. I felt rushed because I had a pack of aggressive nerd behind me in line. It reminded me of the Simpsons episode with Homer rescuing Mark Hamill at ComicCon. I would have liked to sit down with Scott and have a proper conversation. He is truly the most interesting person in the history of the industry.