Friday, August 28th, 2009
Venue: Royal Theatre, Castlebar
Attendance: circa 800 people
Scotty (Too)/The Hotty def. Justin Sane via the W-O-R-M
“Picture of Perfection” Shawn Maxer def. M-Dogg 20 via Submission
“Lord of the Manor” Paul Tracey cut a promo about being above everyone else and degraded the fans in a sort of watered-down Chris Jericho, yet nonetheless entertaining and heat-inducing, way. Joe E Legend’s music hit and interrupted him. Joe called for a test of strength but Tracey backed away and made his way out of the ring. As Legend posed for the crowd soaking in their adulation – a regularly used foolhardy decision – turning his back to the rampway Paul Tracey hit him with his cane knocking him out for a while.
Joe E. Legend Vs. Lord of the Manor Paul Tracey announced for later on tonight.
Omen defeated (Dublin, Ireland’s) “Suicide Machine” Paddy Morrow
Decent reception for Morrow but he was knocked into ‘the morrow’ or possibly next week after a devastating Black Hole Slam by Omen. Huge ovation for his Swanton Bomb and Suicide Dive.
Side note: It seems that while WWE do not let wrestlers win in their home town very often, from what I’ve seen of Paddy Morrow, he doesn’t get to win in his home country!
Sabu, sporting a mach-3 style shaved head defeated ???? (During the interval I took too long outside and missed the start of the match. I think it may have been Joey Cabray via seated chair leg-drop onto opponent through table. Much longer appearance than his previous visits to the west of Ireland. Huge pops when he brought out and utilised chairs, tables and the guardrails. Botched his first attempt at the springboard elbow – which, all in all, is a good showing for Sabu compared to some of his bouts with the ‘e. I was disappointed there wasn’t a “You F’d up!” chant or an “ECW” chant but then most wouldn’t have heard either the ‘F’ word or the original ‘ECW’ so there ya go. Can’t win ‘em all.
Joe E. Legend defeated “Lord of the Manor” Paul Tracey
Chants of “He’s a Legend” “Joe E. Legend” and other variations of cheers that end with the word Legend echoed throughout the match. Nice amount of heat for Tracey, quite a few near falls and a good match, as always from Legend, to get the crowd hot enough for the main event but not burnt out.
RVD and X-Pac defeated Rene Dupree and Kid Kash via 5 Star Frog Splash.
The Main Event saw four former World Wrestling Entertainment employees collide in a tag-team match. It had been announced as the Main Event after the curtain-jerker – opening match and the hype had built into a frenzied crescendo – fortunately it didn’t disappoint.
Rob Van Dam and X-Pac took on AWR champion Rene Dupree and Kid Kash in a very back-and-forth, to-and-fro, ebb-and-flow battle with reversals of moves and fortunes, tags-in and tags-out but as Van Dam was besting Dupree, the man who defeated him for the AWR World Championship earlier this year, X-Pac hit his signature Bronco Buster in the corner, while Van Dam took down Dupree and connected with the Five Star Frog Splash for the victory.
X-Pac and Van Dam posed for photographs in the ring after the match but disgusted by the loss Kid Kash took a youth’s foam finger and ripped it in two before storming backstage.
Joe E. Legend
LotM Paul Tracey