EPW @ The Deen: FULL RESULTS
03rd June, 2018
The drinks were cold but the action was hot as Explosive Pro Wrestling took over The Aberdeen Hotel for the W.A. Day long weekend. A stacked card was on tap as the wrestlers of EPW looked to pick up victories on the road to Evolution.
Julian Ward vs “Loverboy” Lochy Hendricks
The first match of the afternoon saw a determined Julian Ward taking on the interstate challenger, ‘Loverboy’ Lochy Hendricks. Hendricks is a rising star from the eastern seaboard and was looking to make a name for himself here in the west against Ward. Julian Ward was also looking to make a statement with a victory after being left laying in the middle of the ring, thanks to a post-match attack at Collision Course by Gavin McGavin.
Both men exchanged moves early, looking to gain the ascendancy. A clever Ward sidestep caused a confused Hendricks run the ropes in an impromptu cardio display, which was later put to a halt by the solid left fist of Ward. Hendricks was then able to regain the advantage with a crafty counter as Ward sat perched on the top rope. This was matched with an equally as crafty Uranage from Julian Ward which helped to turn the tide. Ward then lifted the ‘Loverboy’ up for his Bomb Valley Death and the pinfall.
Winner: Julian Ward
Dan Steel vs Jordan Bishop
The next contest at The Deen saw Jordan Bishop taking on Headhunters member, Dan Steel. Bishop is looking to find his footing post-Solution, whereas Steel was angling to add to his case regarding his (and The Headhunters) self-proclaimed mishandling from those in EPW management. The Headhunters have been on a roll and are undefeated since Jarrad Slate kicked his former SMDK tag partner Dan Moore to the curb.
Bishop started this match with a ton of fire and seemed to have momentarily caught the rampaging Steel off-guard. Steel was knocked down long enough to launch off the top for a Flying Headbutt, however, he was then able to avoid the kamikaze strike. This shifted control to Steel, who did not let up. Some absolutely brutal strikes in the corner with his knees and a punt kick figuratively sent Bishop’s head into The Deen’s former basketball hoop. This write-up cannot do this justice, you’re going to need to check this out when EPW @ The Deen joins Vimeo on EPW’s From the Vault.
Bishop was left bloodied and dazed, but that didn’t stop Steel repeatedly headbutt a clearly incapacitated Bishop until the referee mercifully stopped the match. This brutality won’t go unnoticed by those in EPW as Steel and the Headhunters continue to leave their mark.
Winner: Dan Steel by K.O.
‘The World Beater’ Damian Slater vs Kiel Steria vs ‘The Real Wrestler’ Gavin McGavin
Three highly decorated EPW athletes jostling for their position took the stage for the third contest as Damian Slater, Kiel Steria and Gavin McGavin battled it out in a Triple Threat Match.
Whilst Slater has his eyes on his EPW Tag Team Championship match against Generation Zero at Evolution, the ‘World Beater’ was looking to remind the EPW fans and competitors just who he is in singles competition. Kiel Steria was out to put a win in the record books to stop the slide stemming from his Collision Course loss, whereas Gavin McGavin was just, as always, out to prove why he feels he is the uncrowned No.1 contender in EPW.
Known for their high in-ring intellect, both Slater and McGavin were set to outsmart each other by sliding out of the ring and leave their opponent to the waiting Kiel Steria. This resulted in leaving a singular and confused Steria in the centre of the ring without an opponent. Not to be outdone, Steria followed the two men to the floor and the match eventually got underway.
The action was set at a rapid pace as Steria used his hybrid power/high-flying game to try and unseat the technical duo of McGavin and Slater. Steria even resorting to breaking a pinfall attempt with a Swanton Bomb from the top rope. Slater thought he had the victory with his Slatality but hadn’t done enough to neutralize the triple threat. At the end of the day, it was McGavin who delivered the decisive blow with what may be a first in professional wrestling; the “loaded Australia Post parcel” for the three count on Steria.
Winner: ‘The Real Wrestler’ Gavin McGavin
After the match, McGavin revealed his 2017 Wrestler of the Year Award had been in the parcel and took to bragging about his victory to the EPW faithful at The Aberdeen Hotel. The bragging was short lived as Julian Ward emerged from the back, attacking ‘The Real Wrestler’ with a steel chair. In scenes reminiscent of Collision Course, Ward pinned McGavin beneath him with the chair and demanded a match at Evolution. With no other choice against a determined Ward, McGavin accepted. Ward only then advised this would not be a regular match, it would be a LAST MAN STANDING MATCH, which left McGavin in shock in the middle of the ring.
Taylor King and The Taylor King Taskforce (Tipene and Jack Edwards) vs Generation Zero (EPW Coastal Champion ‘The Big Rig’ Scotty Ryan and EPW Tag Team Champions Allyson Cruz and Hayden Zenith)
A fired-up and focused Generation Zero was out to take Taylor King to task in six-person tag team action. With AZ Vegara and The Untouchables in the Gen Zero’s future plans, the trio looked to put together an impressive victory as a group. For ‘The Child Star’ and his Task Force, it was a chance to upset Gen Zero and continue their avoidance of Gorgeous Garry.
Gen Zero controlled the match early as Tipene and Jack Edwards were left to do the heavy lifting, while an opportunistic King waited in the wings. Edwards was made to work for his pay cheque as Gen Zero left their hand impressions all over his back and chest. While he was nursing those vicious slaps, Tipene was set on regaining his precious sunglasses as Scotty Ryan played “Keeping’s Off.” King attempted to take advantage when it looked like the Task Force had created an opening, but it was short-lived as Gen Zero showed their continuity as a team. Jack Edwards was sacrificed to Gen Zero as they all covered him for the 1-2-3.
Winners: Generation Zero (Scotty Ryan, Allyson Cruz and Hayden Zenith)
AZ Vegara and Jay Taylor vs Street Gang Hooligans (‘Mr AK47’ Alex Kingston and Logan Grey)
More tag team action followed as The Street Gang Hooligans took on the throwback team of AZ Vegara and Jay Taylor. AZ and JT are former tag team champions who showed shades of familiarity when they momentarily combined their efforts in the four-way match at Collision Course. Kingston and Grey were focused on the win and some positive momentum.
Before the bell could even sound, The Street Gang Hooligans showed their trademark disregard for the ring and gravity when they launched themselves over the ropes, onto their opponents and into the audience at The Aberdeen. Bringing Vegara and Taylor back into the squared circle, they showed no signs of letting up as the match officially began.
Whilst Kingston believes they have been behind the 8-ball as a team since Hot Summer’s Night, The Street Gang Hooligans came across as a well-oiled machine. AZ and Jay Taylor showed glimpses of the teamwork that had them reign supreme in the EPW Tag Team Division for 336 days. The glimpses were short-lived though, as miscommunication and ego had them struggling to recapture the form completely. The top-class tag team that is Kingston and Grey capitalized on this as they hit Taylor with the Iron Lotus for the victory.
Winners: The Street Gang Hooligans
‘Gorgeous’ Garry Schmidt vs ‘Mr Natural’ Cal Cousins
Cal Cousins entered the Aberdeen Hotel spewing a sermon from atop of his perch, condemning the crowd for their alcoholic indulgences. In addition to being anti-meat and anti-dairy, it appears ‘Mr. Natural’ is also anti-alcohol. Gorgeous Garry put an end to the lecture as he interrupted and threatened to shove Cal’s carrot in… an uncomfortable place. And we don’t think he was talking about the back of a Volkswagen.
‘The Non-Stop Catwalk Show’ looked to send a message to Taylor King through his match with Cousins, all the while having a little fun along the way. Continuing the momentum of conquering The Taylor King Challenge at Collision Course, Gorgeous Garry was in firm control of the match when Cal Cousins attempted to dupe the referee with the classic “I got hit below the belt” ploy. The problem with this attempt; the referee was looking directly at Gorgeous Garry the entire time.
After having a little more fun at Cousins’ expense, Gorgeous Garry put him out of his misery with the Drop Dead Gorgeous and the three count.
Winner: ‘Gorgeous’ Garry Schmidt
EPW CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
EPW Champion ‘The Don’ Michael Morleone vs Marcius Pitt with Amber
In the main event, ‘The Don’ Michael Morleone faced the challenge of the five-time EPW Champion, Marcius Pitt. Pitt has notched up some big victories in recent months in tag team competition against Moustache Mountain and Generation Zero’s Scotty Ryan and Michael Morleone. It was the latter victory and pinfall over ‘The Don’ that earned Pitt this championship opportunity.
‘The Don’ on the other hand has been knocking down all challenges thrown his way, though his mindset after the vicious attack from ‘The Smashing Machine’ Chris Vice at Hot Summer’s Night has been questioned. His courage and fortitude, however, cannot be questioned after challenging Vice, but recent decisions have raised a few eyebrows.
Regardless, this was a big fight as Pitt took it to ‘The Don’ with some vicious German Suplexes. Not content to rely on his pure talent, Pitt also distracted the referee as Amber looked to take some cheap shots at Morleone. ‘The Don’ rose to the challenge and fired up, thwarting both Pitt’s offence and Amber’s distractions.
A lesser man may have seen their championship slip away when Pitt delivered an F5, but ‘The Don’ refused to give in and kicked out of what seemed like a very long two-count. Pitt would attempt this again but Morleone countered, and with his patented Choke Bomb was able to secure the victory and retain his EPW Championship.
Winner: And still EPW Champion ‘The Don’ Michael Morleone
Before ‘The Don’ could appreciate his hard-earned victory, a suspicious video began playing on the big screen. There were reports prior to the match that the next challenger for the EPW Championship had been set. Who could have predicted that ready to throw down this challenge was ‘Cash Money’ Carlo Cannon?
Cannon appeared on the screen with a menacing and different look. Proclaiming to be perfection, he announced in no uncertain terms that he would be at Evolution, and ready to rip the EPW Championship away. Without hesitation, Morleone stepped up and announced that he and his EPW Championship reign would not be going anywhere anytime soon.
This ended a massive afternoon of action at The Aberdeen Hotel as all eyes now firmly look toward Evolution. Back at Bodyslam Central on Saturday, June 16, it is going to be a night that could shake EPW to its core.
An EPW Championship match, A Last Man Standing Match and an EPW Tag Team Championship match all headline Evolution! Get your tickets now at https://epwperth.com/event/evolution-2018/
Photos thanks to Pix Photography