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Electric SCU-oVe main event caps off amazing Warrior Wrestling 4

Electric SCU-oVe main event caps off amazing Warrior Wrestling 4

By Mike Pankow

March 21, 2019

The first and possibly only match between So Cal Uncensored and Ohio Versus Everything left Marian Catholic High School buzzing late last Friday night.

SCU’s Christopher Daniels, top, and Frankie Kazarian perform the “Best Meltzer Ever” to oVe’s Jake Crist to win the main event six-man tag team match at Warrior Wrestling 4 on Friday, March 15. (Photo by Mike Pankow)

SCU’s Christopher Daniels, top, and Frankie Kazarian perform the “Best Meltzer Ever” to oVe’s Jake Crist to win the main event six-man tag team match at Warrior Wrestling 4 on Friday, March 15. (Photo by Mike Pankow)

The wild six-man tag team main event at Warrior Wrestling 4 capped another action-packed night from Steve Tortorello’s fledging promotion in south suburban Chicago Heights.

SCU, the trio of Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky emerged victorious over oVe’s Sami Callihan, Dave and Jake Crist when Daniels and Kazarian hit their finisher, the Best Meltzer Ever – a combination moonsault and tombstone piledriver – on Jake Crist and Kazarian recorded the pinfall.

The main event also featured a run-in from Jessicka Havok running in to attack members of SCU with Kylie Rae and Britt Baker coming in for the save. Kylie performed a suicide dive onto both Havok and Callihan wiping both of them out.

SCU saluted the crowd after the match before they head to All Elite Wrestling for “Double or Nothing” at the end of May.

Brian Cage successfully defended the Warrior Wrestling Championship by outlasting all three members of the Rascalz, Dezmond Xavier, Trey Miguel and Zachary Wentz, in a four-way match in the semi-main. After several minutes of frenetic action with the three high-flyers and the “Machine,” Cage hit the Drill Claw to polish off Xavier.

After the match, Wardlow came out to challenge Cage for the championship. Moments later, Tortorello announced Wardlow would get the title shot at Warrior Wrestling 5 on Sunday afternoon, May 12. Wardlow pinned IMPACT Wrestling superstar Moose earlier in the evening in the third match of the night.

The opening match was a six-man scramble match with Ace Austin, who recently debuted with IMPACT, pulling out the victory by pinning Rich Swann in a match that also featured Bryce Benjamin, Andrew Everett, Gringo Loco and Isaias Velazquez plus plenty of high-flying moves.

The bout featured a five-man superkick on Everett, who was continuing his “Andrew the Giant” gimmick from Warrior 4. Everett also took turns chokeslamming each of his opponents and when he ran out of foes, he flopped onto his own back as if he chokeslammed himself.

Next up was another chapter in the budding rivalry between “The Ego” Robert Anthony and Brian Pillman Jr. With Chicago’s own heelish Frank the Clown at his side providing a distraction, Anthony got the one-up on Pillman again.

Afterward, Frank pulled out scissors and handed them to Anthony, who cut off a lock of Pillman’s hair. This set up a rematch between the two at Warrior 5 in a Hair vs. Clown match. If Anthony wins, Pillman’s mullet will get cut off, and if Pillman wins, he gets five minutes in the ring with Frank.

Wardlow, the current International Wrestling Cartel champion, followed his mildly surprising victory over veteran Moose. Some fans continued to chant “who” toward Wardlow, putting a chip on the shoulder of the jacked-up superstar from Cleveland. Wardlow debuted to the chants of “who” during the Freelance Free-for-all at Warrior 4 in January.

Then Chicago’s own Kylie Rae, who arguably is the hottest act in Chicago wrestling over the last three months, defended the Freelance Wresting World Championship against Britt Baker.

The highly-competitive match between two future AEW superstars was cut short by Havok in her first interruption of the night. Havok’s attack on both Kylie and Baker resulted in a no-contest in what was supposed to be a semifinal to crown the first-ever Warrior Wrestling Women’s Champion.

Callihan and the Crist brothers then marched out to the ring to join Havok and said they were taking over. Austin Aries came from behind the curtain for his match with Eddie Edwards and started verbally sparring with Callihan. Warrior Wrestling officials then cleared oVe from the ring to set up the next match.

Edwards defeated Aries in a pure wrestling match by disqualification when Aries hit Edwards with a walking stick he brought out to ringside. The match turned into a fight when both brawled near the entrance way before heading back to the ring. Moments later, Aries resorted to using the stick, causing referee Brian Stiffler to call for the bell. After the match, oVe came out to the ramp when Aries was heading toward backstage and the confrontation nearly got physical.

Aries and Edwards will square off for the third consecutive event when they will participate in the promotion’s first-ever steel cage match at Warrior 5.

The card was tweaked a bit with the absences of Ethan Page and Jungle Boy due to family matters and the comedy six-man tag team match was changed into a three-way tag match with Hornswoggle and Kongo Kong against Matt Knicks and Chris Castro against the Black Label Pro Tag Team champions Space Pirates (Space Monkey and Shane Sabre).

In a bout that featured Hornswoggle biting Knicks’ backside and 6-foot-7, 375-pound Kongo Kong performing a suicide dive, the Space Pirates emerged victorious when they stacked up Knicks for the pinfall after Knicks slipped on a banana peel (yes, you read that right).

In the final match before intermission, Sammy Guevara, who was trained at Booker T’s school in Texas, bested Chicago resident DJZ in a duel of high-flyers. The cocky Guevara flipped DJZ the bird before the match before DJZ eventually returned the favor.

Both men took turns with technical wrestling and aerial mastery. There were plenty of spots, including Guevara’s shooting star press outside the ring on to DJZ, whose body was stretched between the ring apron and the guardrail. DJZ hit a reverse hurricanrana. Guevara also hit the Spanish Fly twice, including once off the top rope, but he won the match when he rolled up DJZ by holding his tights.

After intermission, Sam Adonis, arguably the hottest heel in Warrior Wrestling, came out to the ring for his scheduled match with LA Park, who was running late due to travel issues. Adonis challenged anyone in the back to come out and face him, but LA Park entering the ring through the crowd and attacked Adonis to start the match.

What followed was a bit strange to say the least, Adonis coaxed referee Jeremy Tillema to kick LA Park in the head and to also hit the veteran luchador with a strap. Once LA Park turned the tables on Adonis, he focused his rage on Tillema, pouring beer down his pants and whipping him with the strap.

After some brutal moves exchanged between the two, including a suicide dive outside the ring by the man formerly known as La Parka in WCW, LA Park got the duke after Pat Monix came out to the entrance stage to distract Adonis, who suffered his first loss in four Warrior Wrestling appearances.

Lisa Marie Varon, right, controls the arm of Jordynne Grace during their PROGRESS Women’s Championship match at Warrior Wrestling 4. Grace successfully defended the title and will face Tessa Blanchard at Warrior Wrestlng 5 to crown the first-ever Warrior Wrestling Women’s Champion.  (Photo by Mike Pankow)

Lisa Marie Varon, right, controls the arm of Jordynne Grace during their PROGRESS Women’s Championship match at Warrior Wrestling 4. Grace successfully defended the title and will face Tessa Blanchard at Warrior Wrestlng 5 to crown the first-ever Warrior Wrestling Women’s Champion. (Photo by Mike Pankow)

Next up was the hard-hitting affair between Jordynne Grace and veteran Lisa Marie Varon for the PROGRESS Wrestling Women’s Championship. Grace outlasted the former Victoria to advance into the Warrior Wrestling Women’s Championship match at Warrior 5.

The match seemed like a friendly affair and Varon congratulated Grace afterward, but then snapped and hit Grace with the Widow’s Peak. In Varon’s final year of wrestling, this may have been her final appearance in a ring in the Chicago area, but then again, she may have planted seeds for one more match at Warrior before that year is over.

Since there was no winner in the bout between Kylie Rae and Baker, Grace needed an opponent for the Women’s Championship match at Warrior 5. Tortorello announced Tessa Blanchard would return following her one-event suspension to meet Grace in a rematch from Warrior 2 last summer.

The show concluded with Cage’s title defense and the thrilling SCU-oVe main event.

The wrestling card and fan fest drew approximately 800 fans and raised about $7,000 for student scholarships.

The VIP Fan Fest again was wildly popular with the longest lines for SCU and Varon, whose Squared Circle restaurant was a staple in Lincoln Park for a few years before closing down. LA Park didn’t make it to the show until around bell time, but he had hosted an ample amount of fans after the show.

During the fest, members of oVe were clowning around as they did various Original ECW poses with their fans. Juice Pro Wrestling Podcast and 2 Heels and a Face Wrestling Podcast also interacted with fans while internet sensation Stone Cold E.T. also appeared.

The next Warrior Wrestling event will be Mother’s Day afternoon, right back at Marian Catholic with a matinee start time of 2 p.m. for the main card and a noon start for the VIP Fan Fest. It should be an interesting and stacked day of local wrestling with ROH and New Japan Pro Wrestling’s War of the Worlds show at the Odeum in Villa Park at 7 p.m.

For a photo gallery from the event: https://www.windycityslam.com/photos

Members of oVe, Jake Crist, from left, Dave Crist and Sami Callihan, pose with a fan while doing a tribute to ECW legend Sabu during Warrior Wrestling 4 Fan Fest.  (Photo by Mike Pankow)

Members of oVe, Jake Crist, from left, Dave Crist and Sami Callihan, pose with a fan while doing a tribute to ECW legend Sabu during Warrior Wrestling 4 Fan Fest. (Photo by Mike Pankow)

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