“The Prince of Perth” Jay Taylor vs Del Cano
Jay Taylor has been a consistent but perhaps undervalued performer on EPW shows for the last 12 years. Recently, he has decided to take his frustrations out on rookies and other members of the EPW School of Pro Wrestling. Sick of seeing his training partners being bullied by Jay, Del Cano decided to step up to the plate.
Del Cano is one of the most underrated wrestlers in Explosive Pro Wrestling. His offense is spectacular and his toughness has never been questioned. It could be argued that he might be a bit too fun loving and has an inability to take things seriously but he dispelled those claims almost immediately when the bell rang for this bout.
Del Cano was all over Jay in a heartbeat. Clearly he wanted to send a message that he was here to fight and wasn’t intimidated by Jays bullying tactics in the lead up. He nailed a picture perfect moonsault and generally had Taylor on the back foot for the majority of the match. Unfortunately for Del Cano, this isn’t Taylors first rodeo and he managed to weather the storm before hitting a cutter out of nowhere to pick up an important win.
Although Del Cano didn’t get the win he sent a message to all of EPW that he’s coming and he isn’t about to back down from a challenge. 2020 could be his breakout campaign.
The Street Gang Hooligans (Logan Grey & Alex Kingston) vs Plague (Dan Steel & Aaron Hawk)
EPW Tag Team Championship – Street Fight
I could talk about the shooting star press off a giant ladder to the outside. It would be rude not to mention the swinging neck breaker off the top rope onto a ladder inside the ring. It would be borderline criminal not to talk about the chair covered in thumbtacks which was pivotal in the end result of this match.
Really you only need to know two things. One, is that Plague would end up victorious, mostly due to the 4 vs 2 numbers game. Two, that this incredible match is available for free in full right here.
THIS is Explosive Pro Wrestling.
Dan Moore vs Julian Ward
2019 Invitational Tournament Final
The Invitational tournament final featured two very different wrestlers walking two very different paths. Julian Ward used to be EPWs nice guy who just couldn’t quite get it done in big matches. This was his chance to see if his new arrogant do whatever it takes Untouchable demeanor would give him the boost required to take the next step. Dan Moore on the other hand, is still EPWs nice guy. He has continuously threatened to no longer be Mr nice guy, but he clearly doesn’t have it in him. He’s just too dam nice.
The match itself was fantastic. Crisp, clean, hard hitting and a perfect example of what Explosive Pro Wrestling is all about. Moore surprised Ward with a TKO right after the opening bell and almost won the match right there and then. Unfortunately that would prove to be his best shot. The longer the match wore on the more his ribs bothered him and the more Ward zeroed in. This had an inevitable feel about it and sure enough, Ward, EPWs most improved wrestler in 2019 as voted by the fans, would walk away with the Invitational Trophy and the title shot that comes with it.
What’s next for both of these guys is going to be one of the most fascinating stories of the summer. For Moore, will he (or can he) shake the nice guy tag and elevate himself like Ward has? And as for Julian Ward, he has a date with the EPW Champion…
Watch this space.
Pics courtesy of Pix Photography