It’s human nature to strive to be the best, to succeed in your chosen field. In professional wrestling, it is to be a champion. Men will sink to low depths, commit despicable acts and do anything it takes to achieve this goal. It’s all about the gold and in front of 300+ fans at Bodyslam Central, Explosive Pro Wrestling presented the seventh annual Goldrush.
Goldrush would begin with two teams that are no strangers to each other, looking to break the deadlock in their series of matches. McMassive faced The Dropkicks throughout 2013 in several types of matches, but in 2 on 2 competition they were tied at 1 win a piece.
The deadlock between the teams would be broken following a Massive Slam on ‘The Big Rig’ Scotty Ryan. Then Gavin McGavin & ‘Mad’ Mike Massive would hit the McMassacre on ‘The Big Rig’ and, with Leo Pratt trying to assist his partner, Massive would sit on top of both of them for the pinfall. McMassive 2, The Dropkicks 1.
Next up, the cocky self proclaimed ‘Prince of Perth’ Jay Taylor would face ‘The Golden Boy’ Damian Slater. The well travelled Slater was pumped for his EPW return after a 2 and a half year absence, and was looking to make it a victorious one.
Following a back and forth contest, the South Australian would work his way out of an attempted cutter by JT. Following two superkicks to the cocky Taylor, he would hit the Slatality for the win. Following the bout, the victorious South Australian would grab the microphone and would go on to say that “He made this place”.
Slater would continue, “I am the BEST in Australia and have scratched and clawed to get the top and yet would not get bookings from EPW”. Even with the disdain he has for EPW and Perth in general, ‘The Golden Boy’ has the EPW Championship in his sights. Something he would put into action later in the night.
After dominating the New Gen over the past few months, leading to cracks showing in their solidarity, The Solution came into Goldrush full of confidence against Team Red Can. With Coach Banks yet to be cleared by his doctors to compete, the bout would essentially be a 2 on 1 Handicap Match.
Hughesy would come out with his usual fire and fight to start the match gaining the advantage on Warship… until Banks would make the huge mistake of tagging himself into the contest. Richter and Warship would take full advantage of this error of judgement, working on the Coach’s injured knee until Warship would put away Banks with a huge gore for the victory.
Is this the end of the New Gen’s stand in face of the Solution’s growing power?
‘The Behemoth’ Sebastian Sander would make quick work of ‘The Bolly Boy’ Eddy Bombay and even though Sander made claims at the Great Aussie Bash that he would no longer be distracted, that didn’t seem to be the case.
With his valet Amber at ringside in a sack, Sander could have had the match over quicker than he did, but even whilst wearing a sack, Amber would take the former champion’s mind away from the match. Even so, Bombay provided little resistance to ‘The Behemoth’ and he would eventually fall to a Jackhammer.
It was now time for two former New Gen teammates to clash as ‘The Rising Star’ Hayden Zenith would take on ‘Gorgeous’ Garry Schimdt. ‘The Gorgeous One’ would be accompanied ringside by his un-named Image Consultant.
Schmidt’s new image consultant would provide a major distraction throughout the contest. She would assist Schmidt to victory after distracting both the referee and Zenith, allowing ‘The Gorgeous One’ to roll-up ‘The Rising Star’ for the three count.
Dan Moore would be introduced to the ring by ‘Mean’ Dean Olsen and would hand over his Invitational Trophy to EPW Board of Directors head Tyler Jacobs to officially gain his shot at EPW Champion ‘The Smashing Machine’ Chris Vice. The champion would join Moore in the ring to shake his hand ahead of their upcoming match.
Damian Slater would make his presence felt as Moore was about to leave the ring, putting the championship challenger through the commentary table! Moore would be taken out of Bodyslam Central on a stretcher as ‘The Golden Boy’ would make a challenge to Vice for the title, which the champion would accept.
After considering walking away from wrestling after losing to Chris Vice in an EPW Championship Match at the Great Aussie Bash, Alex ‘AK-47′ was issued a challenge by the head of EPW’s Board of Directors, Tyler Jacobs. Kingston would have to pass ‘The Gauntlet of Greatness’ and take on several of EPW’s best from its past and present to prove how much he desires to be a future EPW Champion. First up was former 4 time EPW Champion and one half of the current EPW Tag Team Champions TMDK, Marcius Pitt.
In a match pitting brute strength against athleticism, Kingston’s speed would frustrate Pitt early before the equal record holding former champion would seem to have AK-47 down and out, with a multiple series of suplexes. With both men exhausted, having given their all, the end of the match would come following a top rope chop battle. Kingston would gain the advantage with knocking Pitt of the ropes with a series of forearm shots.
With Pitt down, Kingston would hit his patented frog splash for the win. Both men would show respect to each other following the hard fought contest. A huge win for Kingston, and the first one down in ‘The Gauntlet of Greatness’. Who will the head of the Board of Director’s have lined up for Kingston at Collision Course?
Following the bout the Solution’s Richter and the Warship, not done for the night, would attack Pitt, with Richter crushing Pitt’s leg in a chair. Kingston would return to run the Solution off and assist a injured Pitt to the back. We are yet to hear how bad the injury suffered by Pitt is, but one thing is for sure the Solution will now be in his sights.
The odds were certainly stacked against the longest reigning Hardcore Champion in EPW history as ‘The Don’ Michael Morleone had to defend the title against 19 other men in a Hardcore Battle Royal. The match would see debuting talent, rookies and even the return of an EPW Original (Anda Nothica) enter Bodyslam Central with a weapon of their choice and the possibility of becoming a champion on their minds. Once the weapons had been placed in the middle of the ring… the match would begin.
In the ensuing mayhem and violence, the eliminations lead to the final 4 men in the ring. Gavin McGavin, Hughesy, Jay Taylor and Warship were all looking to become the new Hardcore Champion. With ‘The Man From the Local’ eliminating Warship, ‘The Don’ would outsmart everyone as he reappeared from nowhere to eliminate the lovable larrikin.
Morleone and his manager ‘The Mind’ Lukey Bolland celebrated with a champagne shower, as Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” played with Bolland singing the words to his champion as the 500+ day reign continues.
And now it was time for the main event. After taking out the original challenger ‘The Nice Guy’ Dan Moore earlier in the night, ‘The Golden Boy’ Damian Slater was confident he would take the belt back to South Australia and another championship to his already impressive resume’.
The biggest threat to Vice’s championship reign since ‘The Smashing Machine’ won the title at November’s Re-Awakening XII, Slater would push the champion to his very limits. Slater’s dreams of becoming EPW Champion would come crashing to reality when Vice would slip out of an attempted Slatality to roll the South Australian up for the three count!
With ‘The Smashing Machine’ continuing his domination of EPW, ‘The Golden Boy’ was left in the ring lamenting his loss when Dan Moore appeared! Thought to have been in hospital following Slater’s earlier attack, the furious Moore would attack Slater and the two would end up brawling throughout Bodyslam Central. They were separated by EPW crew members just as Moore was about to put the South Australian through a table, returning the favour for earlier in the night.
Wild-eyed and in an absolute rage, Moore would TKO one of the crew through the table as Slater taunted him from the entrance way. Will we see Moore and Slater clash later in 2014?
McMassive (Gavin McGavin & ‘Mad’ Mike Massive) defeated The Dropkicks (Leo Pratt & ‘The Big Rig’ Scotty Ryan)
‘The Golden Boy’ Damian Slater defeated ‘The Prince of Perth’ Jay Taylor
The Solution (Richter & Warship) defeated Team Red Can (Coach Banks & Hughesy)
‘The Behemoth’ Sebastian Sander (w/ Amber) defeated ‘The Bolly Boy’ Eddy Bombay
‘Gorgeous’ Garry Schmidt (w/ his Image Consultant) defeated ‘The Rising Star’ Hayden Zenith
Alex ‘AK-47′ Kingston defeated Marcius Pitt
‘The Don’ Micheal Morleone (w/ ‘The Mind’ Lukey Bolland) last eliminated Hughesy to win the 20 man hardcore battle royal and retain the EPW Hardcore Championship. Other competitors included Anda Nothica, Bodhi McKenzie, Eddy Bombay, Elliot Forbes, Gavin McGavin, Gorgeous Garry, Hayden Zenith, Jarrad Slate, Jay Taylor, John Dozer, Koala Mask, Leo Pratt, Liam Mendel, Mike Massive, Sam Fantastic, Scotty Ryan, Troy and The Warship
‘The Smashing Machine’ Chris Vice defeated ‘The Golden Boy’ Damian Slater to retain the EPW Championship
EPW returns to Bodyslam Central on April 26th with its next big event Collision Course. Stay tuned for more details. Before then, join us at the Malaga Markets on March 22nd for 3 fun filled sessions of FREE wrestling action. Sessions will take place in the food court at 11:30 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm!