September 23, 2007
Dudleys deliver, Grenier surprises at IWS in Montreal
By PATRIC LAPRADE - For SLAM! Wrestling
MONTREAL - The Medley in Montreal has been the scene of some of the International Wrestling Syndicate's greatest moments -- Kevin Steen's debut, Super Dragon and Chris Hero in 2005, Sabu in 2006, then NWA champ Christian Cage in March. Saturday night, it was two tag teams -- Team 3D and Mark and Jay Briscoe -- that stole the show.
Under the show name "Blood, Sweat and Beers", IWS matched up former WWE tag team champion Pierre-Carl Ouellet and Quebec veterans Jake Matthews and Brick Crawford against Team 3-D and the very charismatic Franky the Mobster.
The crowd of more than 600 fans jumped on its feet when Team 3-D were announced from Dudleyville and did their entrance. After putting their glasses they are so well known for, Brother Ray took the mic and said to the crowd: "Yes, we are Team 3-D, but tonight, we are the Dudley Boyz!" That was followed by a huge "E-C-W" chant. The match was then announced to be a Dudleyville Table Match with fans responding by a hearty "We want tables!" cheer.
Right at the beginning, Brother Ray was in the ring and another chant started, as the crowd started to yell "Dance Buh Buh Dance!", remembering his old ECW stuttering gimmick. To please his crowd, Ray called a time out and started to dance like he used to. Team 3-D had the crowd in the palm of their hands.
The match itself was a solid match with six big guys in the ring. The heels took over on Franky, just to see Team 3-D let him do the "Wazzzzzup" as Franky jumped from the third rope headbutting his opponent in the guts. Brother Ray powerbombed Crawford in a table for a two count followed by a 3-D on Matthews and that was it. Good match but most of all very entertaining match with a crowd who ate every single thing Team 3-D were doing or saying. Ray did a promo after the match thanking the fans, blessing Montreal and the segment ended with a "Please come back" chant!
As Team 3-D were leaving, PCO stayed in the ring with his partners, complaining that his guys didn’t do the job, that he was on the losing end once again and that he was getting tired of it. After Matthews and Crawford left, Ouellet started to say that no one is bigger and better than him in Montreal, that he is a former three-time WWE tag team champion, a former WCW Hardcore champion, that he wrestled for ECW, TNA and in Puerto Rico and basically no one had such a resume in the province of Quebec.
The lights went down at this very moment and only two words appeared on the giant screen and these words were: Sylvain Grenier! His Resistance theme music started playing and a very pumped up Sylvain Grenier made his IWS first appearance as he went head to head with PCO. He got a very good reaction from the crowd that quite frankly didn’t see this one coming. Even though Grenier had been criticized over the past years for his tenure in WWE, he received an excellent welcome as his arrival on the Quebec indy scene was waited ever since he got released by WWE.
It was another epic battle, a hard-hitting match that saw all kinds of moves like a DDT, front flip neckbreaker, cannonball, sit-down supplex, a death valley driver on the apron -- basically just great and insane moves that the crowd was really happy with. As Steen was going for his moonsault, the injured Mark Briscoe interfered and it was now a two on one. But Steen’s partner, El Generico came as well and did a beautiful Yakusa Kick followed by a frog splash from Steen but only for a count of two. After a series of false finishes, Steen ended it with his Package Piledriver for the win. In terms of wrestling, this was the match of the night.
The main-event of the show saw the IWS champion Viking in a huge old school hardcore match against IWS Owner PCP Crazy Manny. All kind of objects were used in the match, going from thumbtacks to light tubes to Viking jumping off a balcony on to Manny who was laying down on two tables superposed. After 2.0 interfered in the favour of Manny, the returning Beef Wellington came and ass punched Manny just to stab Viking in the back using his E-Coli on him and giving Manny the win as he ended Viking’s 14-month reign as champion.
In the other matches, Player Uno and Stupified, known as the Super Smash Brothers won their first IWS tag team title as they defeated 2.0, Shane Matthews and Jagged. In an inter-gender match, "The God of War" Damian won over "The First Lady of Hardcore" Lufisto. These were the first two matches of the show and it was a great way to begin as both matches were really good.
In a three-way tag team dance, the team of Twiggy and six-foot tall Vanessa Kraven won over the SLI, Fred la Merveille and Kenny le Batard and the team of Tomassino and Quebec’s 2006 rookie of the year Justin White. Sexxxy Eddy beat The Green Phantom in a grudge match between two former tag team partners. And finally, Max Boyer kept his IWS Canadian title in a Ladder Match against Kid Kamikaze, Jimmy K and Exess.
Next show at Medley is on January 26, 2008 but the next IWS show is on November 3, 2007.
Patric Laprade is the publisher of the Quebec Wrestling Almanac, where many of the above-mentioned wrestlers can be found. The three editions are still available at www.alquebec.com.