EPW Vendetta: Full Results
The Road to ReAwakening 17 has officially begun. Last Saturday night at the appropriately named Vendetta, EPW’s finest looked to settle the score at Bodyslam Central.
EPW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
EPW Tag Team Champions The Untouchables (Damian Slater and Marcius Pitt) w/Amber vs Nacho Friends (Del Cano and El Nacho Taco) w/El Grande Calita
The Tag Team Championships were on the line when the action kicked off at Vendetta. The Untouchables were defending their titles for the first time since dethroning Generation Zero back at EPW Evolution. The Nacho Friends, on the other hand, were looking to prove they are as effective in the ring as they are entertaining by causing an upset.
Riding high with victories over both versions of Generation Zero and Moustache Mountain, The Untouchables appeared to be taking this match a little lightly. This led to a few scary moments as they came within milliseconds to losing their championships and a whole deal of pride. The deviously delightful Amber attempted to distract the challengers with a sultry dance on the apron only to be met with El Grande Calita channelling his own ‘inner-Mamacita’ and matching her dance moves.
Despite being able to counter the distraction, The Untouchables experience and class shone through as they finished the match with A Cut Above and the pinfall.
Winners: And STILL EPW Tag Team Champions, The Untouchables
Before EPW Vendetta 2018, we attempted to get a word with Dan Steel as the Headhunters EPWPerth were set to face off against the Street Gang Hooligans, and the team of David Nero & Kiel Steria.Unfortunately for me, he was in a mood.Unfortunately for the cameraman, he has a solid punch.And now, unfortunately for Dan Steel, he is being sued to cover hospital bills.#epwvendetta #epw #epwperth #explosiveprowrestling #thetimeisnow #bleedblue #perthevents #perthisok #perthprowrestling #professionalwrestling #prowrestling #australianwrestling #wrestlingaustralia #independentwrestling #indywrestling #wrestlinglife #wwe #wwenxt #nxt #wweaustralia
Posted by Anna Ashley on Monday, August 27, 2018
Backstage, a frustrated Dan Steel was pacing before The Headhunters triple threat tag team match to determine who would be the next challengers for The Untouchables. He was in no mood to chit-chat with Anna Ashley, and sucker punched the unfortunate cameraman to bring an end to the intrusion.
Dean Olsen took to the ring to introduce the competitors for the Block B side of the EPW Invitational Tournament. The Voice of EPW welcomed Hayden Zenith, Tyler Jacobs and Gorgeous Garry for the face-off. Conspicuous by his absence was Billy Williams, who appeared on the screen rather than the centre of the ring. He sent a chilling warning to the EPW locker room as he appeared to pull some piece of paper out of a jar.
Taylor King and The Taylor King Taskforce (Jack Edwards and Tipene) vs Julian Ward, Jonathan Wimbledon and Jordan Bishop
Taylor King and The Taylor King Taskforce took to the stage to further the recent successes of “The Child Star” against the team of like-minded individuals in Julian Ward, Jordan Bishop and Jonathan Wimbledon. These three men have been recuperating, after Bishop and Wimbledon were targeted by THEM, and Ward was recovering from the Last Man Standing Match at Evolution against Gavin McGavin.
Ward, Wimbledon and Bishop battled well, but the chemistry between Taylor King and his Taskforce was proving quite the challenge to overcome. Regardless, Ward looked to have the victory won with his patented Stirling Bridge Slam (Uranage) before the cover was interrupted. In the end, it was the unwavering loyalty of Jack Edwards and the muscle of Tipene that kept Taylor King shielded from too much harm and importantly– defeat.
Staying one step ahead thanks to his Taskforce, Taylor King can’t stop picking up victories, defeating Jordan Bishop with an Achy Breaky Neck.
Winners: Taylor King and the Taylor King Taskforce
After the match, Julian Ward composed himself on the ring apron. Although he didn’t suffer the pinfall, this was two losses on the trot for the man always determined to earn his pints. Before he could make his way to the back, he was ambushed in the dark by Azazal, who viciously sent him into the ringside guardrail. As attention turned to the video screen, it was revealed that Billy Williams had pulled Julian Ward’s name out of the jar.
EPW COASTAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
EPW Coastal Champion “The Big Rig” Scotty Ryan vs AZ Vegara vs “The Prince of Perth” Jay Taylor
The odds were not in the favour of the champion Scotty Ryan as he defended his EPW Coastal Championship against both AZ Vegara and Jay Taylor in a triple threat match. Whilst “The Big Rig” technically had a 33 ⅓ chance of winning, his odds would drastically go down should the former EPW Tag Team Champions have found a way to work together.
In the beginning, it appeared as though the Taylor Made Diamonds had put their differences aside to use their numbers advantage to beat down Ryan. However, as sure as things change, the more they stay the same and the ego of both men would get the best of them.
The squabbling led to fisticuffs as the battle broke down to a more traditional triple threat approach. With a seemingly more equal playing field, “The Prince of Perth” seemed to have claimed the EPW Coastal Championship with an impressive and opportunistic Cutter from the top rope. Demonstrating the fight and spirit that “The Big Rig” has had during his championship reign, he prevailed against the challenger and notched another successful title defence in the books with the Lumbar Check and a 1-2-3.
Winner: And STILL EPW Coastal Champion, “The Big Rig” Scotty Ryan
Anna Ashley attempted to get a word with Jordan Bishop before they were interrupted by a happening outside Bodyslam Central. As they hurried outside, they found Dan Steel being assaulted. Before anyone could get a look at the hooded assailant, they retreated, leaving the Headhunter lying.
EPW INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINAL: BLOCK B
Hayden Zenith vs Tyler Jacobs
Hayden Zenith and Tyler Jacobs collided in the first Block B Semi-Final of the EPW Invitational Tournament. Tyler Jacobs had not been seen in Bodyslam Central for a few months as he spread his message and Hayden Zenith was looking for a form of redemption since losing the EPW Tag Team Championships at Evolution.
The two men traded offence at the beginning of the match looking to advance in Australia’s longest professional wrestling tournament. It was a solid, competitive matchup with Zenith eventually shifting gears towards a win… when Jacobs rolled to the outside and called out.
A quartet of what we can only assume is the “Children” that Tyler Jacobs has been referring to appeared from all sides of the ring to distract and attack Zenith. Hayden was caught off-guard and fell victim to Jacobs’ Lights Out stomp and was eliminated from the Invitational Tournament.
Winner: Tyler Jacobs
EPW INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINAL: BLOCK B
Gorgeous Garry vs Billy Williams w/ Azazal
In the evening’s second Block B Semi-Final, Gorgeous Garry primed himself for a contest with the self-proclaimed “Demigod of EPW” in Billy Williams. As Garry waited in the centre of the ring, Billy Williams appeared to slowly stalk his way to the ring. When he paused on the entrance ramp, Garry discovered an innocent EPW staffer had been used as a decoy, hidden under a robe and Billy’s mask.
Williams attacked Garry from behind whilst Azazal menacingly surrounded the action. “The Nonstop Catwalk Show” could barely get out of the blocks before Billy Williams blatantly waffled him with a steel chair; immediately losing the match by disqualification. Delivering the Eye of the Storm to Garry, it was clear that Billy Williams had no interest in the EPW Invitational Tournament, and was only there for blood.
Winner: Gorgeous Garry by DQ
No.1 CONTENDERSHIP FOR THE EPW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Street Gang Hooligans (Alex Kingston and Logan Grey) vs Kiel Steria and David Nero
Prior to the commencement of the match, it was announced The Headhunters had been removed from contention due to the attack suffered by Dan Steel earlier in the day. Perhaps appropriately so, the two teams who had their match interrupted at Evolution by the said Headhunters, finally had the chance to find out who was the superior team and earn the No. 1 contendership for the EPW Tag Team Championships.
The Untouchables watched on at ringside to see who their future challengers would be. They and the fans at Bodyslam Central were treated to an athletic contest which, at times, defied gravity. Steria and Nero worked well together, gaining some confidence and continuity as a team. They managed to isolate Logan Grey as they expertly kept him away from any chance of tagging in Kingston.
Grey showed us why he is a former EPW Champion and refused to give in, eventually managing to make his way to “AK47.” Whilst both teams dug deep and proved just how much the championship opportunity meant, it was ultimately the extra experience of the Street Gang Hooligans that would win the day. As they combined to deliver the Iron Lotus to David Nero, the Hooligans would punch their ticket to a future EPW Tag Team Championship Match.
Winners: Street Gang Hooligans
The Untouchables would leave their ringside position to taunt the winners and brandish their gold in the face of the Street Gang Hooligans. Before they could get carried away, Dean Olsen took to the ring to make a huge announcement: On November 3 at the Claremont Showgrounds, the main event of ReAwakening 17 will be The Untouchables defending their EPW Tag Team Championships against the Street Gang Hooligans… in a LADDER MATCH!
EPW CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: STEEL CAGE MATCH
EPW Champion “The Don” Michael Morleone vs “The Real Wrestler” Gavin McGavin
In the main event of Vendetta, “The Don” Michael Morleone defended his EPW Championship against “The Real Wrestler” Gavin McGavin. The match was made at Hell or Highwater when Morleone offered a second chance at the championship in the hopes of shutting up the brash McGavin.
McGavin attempted to catch “The Don” unawares by attacking him before the champion could enter the cage. However, Morleone showed his smarts by countering and getting the upper hand. The leader of Generation Zero was full of fire as he pressed the advantage whilst McGavin looked to escape the cage.
As the match progressed, “The Real Wrestler” started to show the tact that has seen him rise up the rankings of EPW, collecting championships and awards along the way. McGavin focused his attack on Morleone’s legs in the hope of preventing the champ from climbing the cage. Employing a multi-faceted gameplan, Gavin McGavin also manipulated the joints in The Don’s hands, injuring them in the hopes of rendering the Choke Bomb ineffective.
Showing the heart and never-back-down attitude synonymous with his EPW Championship reign, Morleone refused to give in and managed to deliver a devastating Choke Bomb from the top rope, which was very nearly enough to put the challenger away,
Sensing that Morleone would not lay down, McGavin shifted strategies and attempted to slip, slide and climb out of the cage. The ghosts of cage matches past looked to haunt “The Real Wrestler” as Morleone locked in a Sharpshooter reminiscent of his Gen Zero stablemate Scotty Ryan. Seemingly more prepared this time around, McGavin reached for a pair of brass knuckles he had bought into the cage earlier.
With the challenger reaching for this foreign object, Hayden Zenith raced out to cageside to warn his Gen Zero cohort. The Sharpshooter was broken as Morleone scolded Zenith in an effort to sending him away; the Champion as always was determined to prove he could win without assistance.
Rather than leaving, Hayden Zenith entered the cage to plead his case. Sensing an opening, McGavin attempted to clobber Morleone from behind with the knuckles. Zenith swung a steel chair back and drilled McGavin to save his leader. Instead of a pat on the back, Morelone grew more frustrated, pleading for Zenith to leave so he could do this on his own. He didn’t want McGavin to have any excuses to hold on to.
It appeared that the message finally got through as The Don turned back toward McGavin to end the match on his terms when shockingly Hayden Zenith took the steel chair to the back of his own teammate! The Don turned to Zenith in an effort to make sense of his actions but before he could process it, Zenith levelled Morleone with a chair to the head. Gavin McGavin began to stir enough to drape an arm over the fallen Gen Zero leader for the three!
Winner: And NEW EPW Champion,
“The Real Wrestler” Gavin McGavin
After the match, Gavin McGavin proudly brandished the EPW Championship as Hayden Zenith stared at Morleone. As the new EPW Champion continued to taunt the crowd, “The Big Rig” Scotty Ryan raced out to confront Zenith, who promptly scaled the cage to avoid him.
As Vendetta came to a close, many questions were answered, such as who would advance in the EPW Invitational Tournament and who would be challenging The Untouchables for their EPW Tag Team Championships. However, that being said, a lot more questions were raised.
How will The Untouchables react to the announcement they will be defending their championships against the Street Gang Hooligans at ReAwakening in a Ladder Match? Who will advance to the EPW Invitational Tournament Finals? Where to next for Hayden Zenith and Generation Zero? And what is in store for EPW with Gavin McGavin as its first ever Grand Slam Champion and new EPW Champion?
We will be searching for these answers as the Road to ReAwakening continues at EPW at the Deen on September 9 at the Aberdeen Hotel. Stay tuned to epwperth.com and social media for all the latest news and info.