Toronto rocked by RWA, rockers
By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Sports
You know that you're in for a good show when you arrive, and see printouts of SLAM! Wrestling pages.
Such was the case on Friday night, as the Renegade Wrestling Alliance presented Ring'N'Ears at The Opera House in Toronto.
In between sets by rockers Trigger Happy, Bad Blood, ADF, Twin Fold, Random Killing, and Blank Stare, the RWA put on its best impression of a true ECW show.
It started with a frying pan and ended in a battle royale fire. Throw in one drop from the balcony, and you've got one pretty good show.
The highlight of the night for this reporter was the Hollywood Hunks (Stunning Sean and Custom Made Man) with Raquel against The All-Knighters
(Joey Knight & Robin Knightwing) with C.J. Lane. The action inside the ring quickly deteriorated into a brawl, which led to pure mayhem outside the ring. All four took it into the crowd, throwing small tables at each other, and eventually leading into a quick run through the bar. Even more amazingly, nothing was broken behind the bar, and no spectators were hurt. Later, the two valets, Raquel and C.J. Lane started going at it, and the crowd went bananas. The match led very well into the show this Saturday night in Hamilton at the East Kiwanis Boys' and Girls Club (45 Ellis St.), where The Hollywood Hunks & Raquel will face off against The All-Knights & C.J. Lane in a mixed-tag match. On the way out of the building, Custom Made Man apologizes to one of the bartenders for their unexpected visit.
L'Artiste comes down hard on Dangerboy Derek Wylde in a shot from the balcony at The Opera House. -- Greg Oliver, CANOE
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In a match for the RWA light-heavyweight title, L'Artiste faced off against the champ, Dangerboy Derek Wylde. The two had faced many times in the past, and it showed in how well they worked together. Again, outside-the-ring manoeuvers were the rule, not the exception. At one point, L'Artiste climbed into the balcony and then dropped onto Wylde from above. The end was a bit of a mess, but worth a laugh none-the-less. An ally of Wylde came to the ring, and tossed him a roll of coins to use against L'Artiste. However, the roll of coins busted open, spilling change all over the ring. The ref looks at Wylde questioningly, and asks what's all the change from. A fan in the crowd yells out 'that's your paycheque!' and The Opera House erupts in laughter. The distracted Wylde is rolled up by L'Artiste, and a new lightheavyweight champ is crowned.
The opening match saw a four-way match with Seattle Kid vs Wild Bill Skullion vs Major Punishment vs Sexy Baby Jamie Jackson
. Skullion arrived with a frying pan, and proceeded to dent it severely against the noggins of his opponents. Later in the match, a busted-open Skullion spreads tacks on the mat, with the intention of putting his opponents on them. Of course, the reverse happens, and Skullion takes the bump. Sexy Baby's manager Scotty "the Body" Simpson also takes a bump onto the tacks. The four-way match was eventually declared a four-way DQ, as the crowd chants ECW.
The Mercenary, a member of the Royal Canadian Mayhem Patrol, took on Total Lee Awesome in the second-to-last match. Awesome, who is the biggest of the RWA bunch and faces the WWF's Edge Saturday in Hamilton, didn't have too much problem coming out on top. The three-man RCMP tried to turn it into a chain match at one point, but couldn't get Awesome locked in. Awesome slammed all three RCMP members before scoring the pin on The Mercenary.
Dane Jarris beat Gord Rease and his diminutive manager Otto Baun in a handicap match.
The final match of the evening was a battle royale that was won by the band Bad Blood -- they were
elminated right away, but the last wrestlers in the ring eliminated
themselves ... the band ran back in and claimed victory.