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By "BLOODTHIRSTY" BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling


I have seen the future of pro wrestling in Canada, and am pleased to report that it looks pretty bright. Particularly if the action shown on the upcoming Pay Per View offering "Pro Wrestling Superstars: Past, Present, and Future" is any indication. The special, airing on July 27th and 31st on Viewer's Choice Canada, is one of the continuing series offered by Toronto's Aaron Weiss.

For the low cost of $5.99, fans can see highlights from last month's Internet Wresting Synicate 5th anniversary show in Montreal (see SLAM! Wrestling's write-up of the live show here).

The show is most well-known for the return of "Sycho" Sid Vicious to the ring, his first match in over three and a half years, since his leg was violently broken during a WCW pay-per-view. Sid, representing the "Past" in the show's title, initially fires up the crowd, as he is announced as the partner for Pierre Carl Oulette (formerly of WCW and known as Jean Lafitte during his WWE days) in a tag team royal rumble (joined in progress). The two superstars clean house on everybody, with Sid chokeslamming and powerbombing anything that moves. With near reckless abandon, they send their opponents flying into the crowd (there are no ringside barriers, so people are literally launched into the seats), until there are only two others remaining.

At this point, Sid, completely exhausted by the looks of him, cuts a promo that is entirely incomprehensible (as is his custom), swearing at some fans for no apparent reason, and thereby cooling down the immense heat that his entrance built up! To paraphrase Bobby Heenan, the man truly has a millon dollar body, but a ten-cent brain. After Sid's promo, he and Oulette (PCO) square off against the last two participants in the rumble, Kid Kamazake and Karl Lauderdale, in what amounts to nothing more than a squash match. It's too bad, as I would have liked to see what those two could do -- Lauderdale is a pretty big guy and it seems that he probably could have put on a good match. Fortunately, the PPV spares us from Sid's post-match diatribe that Yves Leroux described in his earlier recap of the show.

Though Sid's return is pretty interesting, the real reason you should buy the show is to see the current IWS stars, wrestlers that, given time and opportunity, will indeed be the future of pro wrestling.

Match 1: Syndicate Lutte d'Internet (SLI) vs. The New Breed

For the IWS Tag Team Championship

This match is very solid, as both teams pull out all the stops. The match -- in fact, the promotion -- has a real ECW feel to it, as it spills out into the crowd early and often. New twist here in that there are no ringside barriers, so there's no separation between the fans and the action.

Some of the moves used are really innovative, including a huge Swinging Tornado DDT and a big swinging sidewalk slam into a backbreaker. SLI do a series of quick moves onto their opponents in the corner, including rolling kicks, senton splashes, and the like. The SLI hit a sick-looking spiked Vertebreaker for the pinfall on one of the New Breed, to get the win and retain their belts.

Match 2: "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen vs. XS 69

Another solid effort here, as Steen impresses with some really interesting offense. The match spills into the crowd, literally within 15 seconds of the opening bell. The first holy s*** moment of the match comes when XS 69 charges at Steen, only to get scoop-slammed onto a metal staircase -- ouch! Steen unloads with a big powerbomb to XS, dumping him painfully against the edge of the ring apron. Later, he flattens XS with a giant somersault plancha off of the balcony -- truly impressive, given that Steen's not really a cruiserweight. It's mentioned that Steen was trained by Oulette, which is evident in the way he uses some of the same big impact moves that PCO dazzled crowds with in his WWE/WCW days. Steen lands moves that anyone on Monday or Thursday night would be proud to steal, including a fluid moonsault escape from an arm bar, which he transitions into a DDT. He also nails the hapless 69 with a super backbreaker off the top rope. A nasty looking sit-down package piledriver ends the match. If you can't tell, I'm truly impressed by Steen, and wouldn't be at all surprised to see him on a weekly show anytime soon.

Match 3: Pierre Carl Oulette vs. El Generico

For the IWS Championship

PCO starts off apologizing to the fans. As the champion, he wanted to give them something special tonight, and he regrets that he has been paired up against the underdog Generico, whom he considers as unworthy of a title shot.

Generico doesn't take to kindly to this dimissal, naturally, but can do little to prove PCO wrong. He takes a number of moves from the big man, bumping like crazy for the champ. As Oulette goes for his top rope senton, Le Cannonball, Kevin Steen runs out to ringside, and throws the champion off the top rope. PCO recovers, and tries to grap Steen. But as he does, El G schoolboys him for the pin, and we've got a new IWS champion!

Before he can bask in his new glory, El G gets pearl-harboured by Steen, and flattened by a big piledriver. Steen, having won the right to a title match anytime he wants by defeating XS 69 in the last match, decides to have it now. A pin on the near-dead Generico is purely academic. Or is it? Generico won't give up the belt that easy, and Steen is in for a fight! But only a short one, as it turns out. Steen hits another piledriver after about a minute, and pins Generico, thus making him the new champion. Clearly, a feud with PCO is in the cards.

Hopefully, Weiss will be able to showcase more of the IWS talent in future versions of "Pro Wrestling Superstars: Past, Present, and Future", as this show only provides a mere taste. The first couple of matches are definitely worth the price of ordering the show. And even if the younger IWS talents don't win you over like they did me, then it still may be worthwhile, if but for the curiosity factor of seeing Sid's comeback match.

"Bloodthirsty" Bob Kapur has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling for a long-time. He has just gotten word that his dream interview may become a reality shortly. Email him at bobkapur@hotmail.com.