WINDSOR, ON - On Saturday night, a little bit of South Philadelphia came to Windsor, Ontario, as Border City Wrestling presented A Night of Extreme, a stacked show that reunited ECW originals Jerry Lynn, Little Guido, and Team 3-D.
Approximately 600 fans packed the Assumption Catholic High School gymnasium to see the extreme legends in action in matches against some of the best indy talent on either side of the border. Based on their reactions throughout the night, it's safe to say that nobody went home disappointed. Indeed, BCW continually aims to set new standards for itself in terms of quality and in value for money.
The main event saw Team 3-D take on the team of Tyson Dux and Joe Doering, two former students of Can-Am Wrestling, the school owned by Scott D'Amore. It appears Scott didn't teach them in the art of good judgment, because they boldly accepted a last-minute change of terms to the match from a traditional tag match to Team 3-D's specialty: a Tables Match. The match started off with Team 3-D using their size and experience against the youngsters who, with Doering's power and Dux's technical acumen and sheer underhandedness could easily find success as a team on an international stage if they so chose. They laid an extended beat-down on Devon while Brother Ray and the supportive crowd tried to urge him to make the tag. As it looked like Team 2-D were going to put away Team 3-D once and for all, their cockiness cost them, and Devon was able to escape and make the hot tag to Ray, who quickly cleaned house to the crowd's delight. They hit the Wassap! headbutt, and shortly thereafter came the familiar cry of "Devon... get the tables!" -- this time 600-strong. A 3-D on Dux and the crowd exploded with the veteran team's victory. After the match, the team brought into the ring a couple of kids from the crowd and presented them each with a piece of the broken table as a souvenir. A short thank you promo later, and BCW's Night of Extreme came to a close.
Team 3-D's win was the only one for the extreme stars. Earlier in the night, Little Guido (aka Nunzio) pulled out all the stops, including hitting his patented Sicilian Slice legdrop, but couldn't beat Phil Atlas who rolled him up for a surprise pinfall. And in a technical masterpiece, Johnny Devine beat Jerry Lynn. This one saw Devine punish Lynn's lower back early in the match; later, when Lynn finally was able to mount a comeback, he tried for the cradle piledriver but his back gave out, allowing Devine to capitalize by taking Lynn down and using the ropes illegally to pin him. Like Team 3-D, the crowd was solidly behind Nunzio and Lynn, both of whom looked to be in exceptional shape and haven't lost a step since being released from WWE and TNA respectively. Lynn in particular looked like he was even younger than when he was on TV.
In other action: Cody Deaner beat N8 Mattson after a flying mullet headbutt from the top; Conrad Kennedy III and Jonny Bravo defeated the Bump 'n' Uglies; a singles match between Danyah and PJ Tyler turned into a tag team match when Hayley Rogers and Jaime D got involved - Jaime D gored Danyah for the win; Brad Freaking Martin hit a Spanish Fly on Crazzy Steve to win a four-way also featuring Jake O'Reilly and Gutter; and Judo Jason Temple got humiliated when one-legged sensation Zach Gowan accepted his open challenge and pinned him after a moonsault - after the match, Tony Smallz came out and destroyed Gowan.
BCW's renaissance, after its four year hiatus, continues with the company's 15th Anniversary show coming up in either late November or early December (BCW owner Chuck Fader is currently in negotiations with venues, as the school schedule may prevent a return to Assumption). While the company has not yet announced the names of any special guests, Fader has promised that the event will include more than a couple of major names, in addition to the many stars from the company's heyday years of the late '90s.
Photo gallery from A Night of Extreme
"Bloodthirsty" Bob Kapur had a great trip to Windsor, but is somewhat disappointed that Chatham Burgers now closes at 10pm, as opposed to 2am like it did back in the day. Share your nostalgic memories of Chatham Burgers, BCW, or anything else at firstname.lastname@example.org