February 7, 2007
WSX: Vampiro emerges as first champ
By AMY LAWSON - SLAM! Wrestling
A second episode of Wrestling Society X is in the books, and what a night it was. Three matches were featured on the over-before- it-should-be show, which featured musical guests Three 6 Mafia in a uber-short performance before wrestling began.
In a WSX overview piece Monday, SLAM! Wrestling columnist Nick Tylwalk mentioned the ring announcer's over-the-top style. It's not just over the top, it's rabid. It's true that his job is to rile up fans and contribute to the underground feel of the entire event, but Fabian Kaelin's style can easily take on a hideous, too-loud-to-hear concert effect that distracts from the overall show. That said, the second week of WSX wasn't bad.
Match #1: Luke Hawx vs. the Human Tornado
Quick match. The Human Tornado, better known as Craig Williams, donning a getup rivaled (and resembled) only by Michael Jackson's in the Smooth Criminal video, got the match off to an interesting start by break dancing into moves. After a leg scissor takedown that landed Hawx (who could be Kenny Dysktra's twin brother) out of the ring, the Tornado flipped across and out of the ring with a move that I'm not even sure has a name. Hawx lay motionless while Tornado wrapped up the match with a DDT.
Winner: The Human Tornado.
Just after the match finished, a short brawl between Aguilera and Hawx ensued, with Aguilera's attempt to put Hawx through the table ending in his partner Kaos landing on the table instead. The confrontation was brief, but added a bit of WWE to WSX before the commercial break.
Match #2: That '70s Team vs. Team Dragon Gate
Much of this match consisted of team members running back and forth across the ring. While commentators remarked about the speed and agility of Japanese fighters Horiguchi and Yoshino, Joey "Magnum" Ryan (a dead-ringer for a younger version of Hacksaw Jim Duggan) stopped to take a puff of his inhaler.
Disco Machine Michael Mondragon took every opportunity possible to perform a short disco dance in the ring, including just before his partner delivered a kick to the face of Yoshino. The near-pin would have been a success had Yoshino not returned the favor by pulling down the shorts of Ryan to expose a black thong. Way too much information.
After delivering a superkick to Mondragon, That '70s Team won with the pin. Team Dragon Gate retaliated by breaking the guys' disco ball in the ring.
Winners: That '70s Team.
Between matches and commercials, a short promo for The Trailer Park Boyz, introduced by "White Trash Johnny Webb," played, announcing a match for next week against The Filth and The Fury -- Matt Cross and Teddy Hart.
Match #3: 6 Pac vs. Vampiro
The main event began with a spit in the face of Vampiro. After a headbut and a kick to the face, 6 Pac delivered a broncobuster that left Vampiro disoriented ... and missing a good deal of make-up.
Vampiro then choke slammed 6 Pac as crowds of teenagers in attendance cheered and overzealous commentators Kris Kloss and Bret Ernst did their best adding lots of commentary but little value to the show.
A drop-kick sent Vampiro out of the ring, and 6 Pac followed up with a tumbleweed over the ropes. It seemed the crowd was bracing for a big show of table-breaking, but after a quiet tornado DDT, Vampiro delivered a tombstone piledriver into an exploding coffin. That's right -- an exploding coffin. An exploding coffin. Vampiro emerges victorious, as the new WSX Champion.
Overall, the show was good, and it should be noted that it's obvious the creators and producers of WSX are trying really hard to deliver a solid show to audiences. Crowds in attendance may not be the tens of thousands that a WWE show has, but to viewers at home, that's okay.
With just a few kinks to iron out -- please, please work with Kloss and Ernst to help them sound less scripted -- WSX is beginning to deliver. Stay tuned.
Amy Lawson is an East Coast-based writer who would still do just about anything to meet Adam Copeland. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.