The Academy Wrestling - Dawn of a Champion
We made our way to the Academy with excitement filling out the arena in Madeley, today was to be the day where Academy Pro Wrestling crowned its first champion. Speaking with a few of the wrestlers before the show you could tell it was an achievement they wanted and in most cases, they needed it. You can only be the first-ever champion once and history cannot be rewritten once it has been made.
The principle of the day is simple 8 men arrived to compete for a chance at putting their names in the history books, however when the dust is settled only one can leave as The Academy Heavyweight Champion.
The show kicks off with a crowd countdown before the main man on the mic Stewart makes his way to the ring with Tommy Gunn, they are here to hype the crowd up for the night's proceedings and they remind us of the championship tournament to come. Stewart reminds us how far academy has come in such a short space of time and then introduces the commentary team for the evening Simon Brown and Templeton Cruise (the man of a thousand entrance songs)
The Format of the night is revealed there will be 4 quarter-final matches with a 15-minute time limit if the match doesn’t have a winner then no one will progress to the semis.
CJ Connors Vs Big Mike Wyld
For those who haven’t been keeping score this match as a lot of history already and this being a for a place in the semi’s only raises the stakes. The 2 men have beaten and battered each other over the Academy already this year so this should be good.
CJ Connors starts the match by retreating to the outside already showing that the time limit doesn’t affect him. Collar and elbow up and Big Mike Wyld pushes him to the corner and Connors decides that discretion is the better part of valor. Wyld wins the collar and elbow tie-up for the second time and again teases the big chop.
Big Mike Wyld chases Connors around the outside but Connors gets the cheap shot in and takes the big man down. Connors start works the big man's leg around the post and then again in the ring. It seems Connors has got a game plan and he is sticking to it. Shots to the knee and again working the big man not letting him get to his feet. Nice turnbuckle dropkick and Connors gets the first 2 count of the evening.
Wyld tries to mount a comeback but is halted and Connors locks in the figure 4 in the middle of the ring Wyld’s shoulders are down but only a 2 count. Connor is being merciless in this match much like a dog with bone zoning in on the leg and not let Wyld get in the match. There is another slight flurry with chops from Wyld but not enough to gain control. Connors goes up top but gets swatted out of the air Wyld goes for broke but can’t get Connors up for the finish and Connors goes for the schoolboy and gets his feet on the rope for the 3 count.
A Dominating first appearance by Connors did what he needed to and with a performance like that The Purge could have a Heavyweight Champion in their ranks by the end of the night.
Winner - CJ Connors
Up next is the next member of the Purge, Joe Black and he is going against Damo Scorpio. Again just like the last match, there is plenty of history and no love lost between these two competitors.
Joe Black Vs "The Blue Arrow" Damo Scorpio
The Purge already has one member through to the semis can they go 2 for 2. Collar and elbow tie-up by black twice and both times he wins the battle of strength. Scorpio giving up quite a bit is in size but makes up for it in quickness. Scorpio goes for a Leg Sweep misses as Black jumps over it and they both hit boots to the midsection.
Battle of speed across the ring is won by Joe Black as he nearly takes Scorpio’s head off with a vicious Lariat. He sets Scorpio up on the turnbuckle and then hits a Running Shoulder Charge, moves him across to a new turnbuckle, and again hits more Shoulder Thrusts. Black lets his guard down and is hit with a Running Dropkick. But not too long before Black regains control of the small Scorpio with a Sleeper.
Scorpio tries to kick and punch his way out but is just knocked back down by Black. The second time of asking Scorpio dodges the Clothesline and hits a Running Sling Blade. Scorpio is now trying to build the crowd up goes up top for a Crossbody but is caught with a Spinebuster that even the enforcer Arn Anderson would have been proud of. Black goes back to the mid-section of Scorpio.
Scorpio tries another Crossbody but again is caught by Black and hit with a Fall Away Slam. Sit-out Gutbuster by Black takes the wind out of Scorpio. Black goes for the finish with a Swanton but misses, Scorpio hits the Running Dropkick and we are now seeing a test of who wants it more as an old fashion slug feast. Black goes for the Pop-Up Powerbomb but it gets countered, into a quick Roll-Up for the 1,2,3 and the match is over.
The first 2 through to the semis is CJ Connors and Damo Scorpio
Winner - "The Blue Arrow" Damo Scorpio
Eddie Cobain Vs Ajax
Jayme Future makes his way to the ring. Said he has come all the way from Shrewsbury to see us tosspots. He says he is the Ace of the Academy and he has picked the next Ace of the Academy and Operation Gold Cobra is a go and he introduces Eddie Cobain. The two-together portrait a scene that belongs in a Broke Back Mountain movie. Stewart brings out Cobain’s opponent which is the high flyer Ajax.
Cobain starts by taunting the crowd and gets a lock-up center of the ring which is won by Ajax who locks in a Headlock and then goes Around the World before a Schoolboy for 2. Cobain still getting wound up by the crowd goes for another tie-up but meets the same result. Snapmare Handstand Dropkick combo by Ajax and Cobain tries to compose himself on the outside of the ring. Cobain with the Hotshot on the middle rope.
Then he goes for the Choke on ajax and takes the offense to the corner with Chops to the chest and back. Cobain adjusted the momentum to a more comfortable pace for him hitting the European Uppercut for a 2 count. Ajax ducks the Clothesline and hits the Neckbreaker but cannot capitalize on this as Cobain hits the Knee and get the control once again before the momentum goes back to Ajax with a Clothesline and then gets sent to the outside.
Ajax goes for the Backstabber but is pushed away and is then caught with a Fireman’s Carry Suplex and then hits a Modified Rainmaker into The Sister Abigail and confirms his spot in the Semi-Finals later in the evening.
Winner - Eddie Cobain
Joey Sanchez Vs Luke Basham
The Last Match of the Quarter Finals is about to take place and the man most people would consider the favourite Luke Basham is to take on another front runner in Joey Sanchez. This match could give us the Winner of the Whole Tournament.
The match starts off with a staredown between the 2 fan favourites neither of them is wanting to give an inch but a handshake as a sign of respect and now we are going to get down to business. Basham gets pushed back by Sanchez in the feeling-out process, another tie-up but this time Basham is one doing the pushing to Sanchez these 2 are fairly even in the opening movements. A test of strength leads to Sanchez getting in the double leg takedown on Basham. Basham hits a Stiff Forearm and then hits a Tope Suicide Dive to the outside.
Sanchez returns the favour by hitting an over the top Crossbody to the outside. Sanchez goes to trade right hands on the outside with Basham. This match is going to be an all-out slugfest and they are trading bombs on the inside of the ring before Basham hit a Hard Clothesline. Hard Body Slam by Basham followed by an Elbow Drop gets a 2 count. Basham goes hard with the Forearm shots to the corner. Before Basham runs at Sanchez and ducks the Clothesline attempt and then gets caught with an RKO from a Springboard attempt.
Both men have given it there all and are fighting to beat a ten count in the middle of the ring. Again, this goes back to who wants it more by trading bombs in the middle of the ring. Basham gets a second wind hits a Belly to Belly but gets stopped short with a Boot to the Face and an Elbow. Sanchez looks to take control but Basham counters it again with a Splash and Drive-by Boot to the corner.
Basham hits the Blue Thunder Powerbomb for a 2 count. Basham sets up for a Spear but is caught with a Code Breaker for a 2 count. This has all the writing of going the distance as neither man is willing to give away their chance to be crowned champion 5 minutes left in this match. Out of nowhere Future appears on the balcony and distracts the pair of competitors.
Both competitors remember that they were currently in a match and as such quickly get back to the action. Sanchez goes for the Superkick but is caught in the Ankle Lock but a Roll Through by Sanchez for a 2 count.
Basham hits a Big Boot again only to get a 2 count, Irish Whips traded by the pair before Basham hits a Springboard RKO only to get another 2 Count. Time is running out and both men are going for broke Basham hits the Spear at this point everyone is wondering what will it take to put one of the competitors away. Sanchez hits the mark with his Superkick but again not able to put Basham away. Sanchez locks in the Sharpshooter but it is countered into a Leg Bar however sadly the time elapsed for this match and Eddie Cobain got a Bye into the Final.
The 2 Warriors show respect to each other before leaving the arena, however, this match is a showcase of what the Academy has to offer with 2 of the Best Talents in this region of the country, giving it there all and not giving an inch to each other.
Winner - Draw
Due to the 15 Minute Time Limit being reached
The Second Half of the show kicks in with Stewart and Tommy Gunn coming back out to kick off the show again. They instantly raise the tone by getting the crowd amped for the upcoming matches. Tommy Gunn resumes his timekeeping duties for the event. Stewart gets us straight into the Semi-Final Match which is CJ Connors against Damo Scorpio who overcame his Purge brethren earlier on in the Quarter Finals.
CJ Connors Vs "The Blue Arrow" Damo Scorpio
Scorpio is no stranger to the power game of Connors who is looking to build on his impressive outing earlier in the evening when overcoming Big Mike Wyld in convincing fashion. Whereas Scorpio was dominated for large portions of the match with Black but still managed to get the victory. Both combatants will want this done as quickly as possible to save their energy for the Final Match against Eddie Cobain for the Academy Championship.
Scorpio realises he must move quickly if he is to get the upper hand and as soon as the bell rings he hits the Running Dropkick, and then goes for a quick burst trying to knock Connors off his stride. However, Scorpio can’t keep the pace due to some possible injuries that occurred earlier on and are soon on the receiving end of Connors' aggression. Who hits 2 Running Strikes in the corner and then hits a Running Daniel Bryan Style Dropkick in the corner nearly knocking Scorpio into the middle of next week.
Connor again on the offense chokes Scorpio in the corner and then in the corner, Scorpio looks like he is still feeling the effects of the earlier battle and Connors like a shark going for blood hits a Belly to Belly concentrating the main attack to the midsection. Scorpio is trying to mount a brief come back but is caught and then driven into the corner and strikes dished out.
Scorpio eventually manages to hit a kick but it knocks Connors to the outside where he can recoup and catch his breath. Scorpio goes for the drive but is caught and Connors hits a Vicious Body Slam onto the outside ring steps which caused some major damage. This is where Connors picks the remains of Scorpio up off the floor and then rolls him into the ring.
Connors goes for a Running Splash in the corner but this is dodged by Scorpio, Tornado DDT and then a Coup De Grace from the top is hit but Connors as the ring presence to get his arm under the rope makes Scorpio drag him into the center of the ring for a 2 count and cause some discomfort for Scorpio as well, due to the hurt ribs and back.
Connors hits a Mini Pop-Up Powerbomb but gets caught by the ref with his feet on the ropes. Scorpio then from out of nowhere after getting placed onto Connor’s shoulders for a possible Electric Chair Drop, manages to do a reversal into a Victory Roll for the win.
Winner - "The Blue Arrow" Damo Scorpio
After the match, Black and Connors take their frustration out on the smaller Scorpio by going for an all-out assault on Scorpio throwing him into the railings and hitting Scorpio across the bridge of the back with a Steel Chair multiple times. The Purge showed no signs of any remorse and hit Scorpio with the Magic Killer to bring the punishment to an end.
Scorpio didn’t have much time to recover before the Main Event and it wasn’t even sure if he would even be able to compete in the Main Event, Cobain must have been in the back rubbing his hands together knowing that making history is within reaching distance, by just turning up and either being declared the winner by default due to Scorpio being too injured or by defeating Scorpio who has been weakened by going through the Purge and their assault already. So in Cobain’s mind, the Main Event was already in the bag, and that he will be the Victor and First-Ever Academy Champion by the end of the night
We now have a break away from the Tournament as the next match we had up next, was a Tag Team Match featuring The Metro Club (members Danny Devine & Lord Graham Thomas being accompanied by Jasabel) and they will be against Harry Cruise & Micky Rowley
Tag Team Match
The Metro Club Vs Harry Cruise & Micky Rowley
Both teams face off and The Metro Club tries to get a jump start but get Hip Tossed and Body Slammed for their troubles. Harry and Micky then start doing double team moves on Danny Devine. Devine slides out of the ring where LGT is there to provide support but as Micky was about to do a dive onto them, Jasabel grabs Micky’s leg to put a stop to that and cause a distraction which Devine and LGT jumped on.
The Metro Club cut the ring in half on Micky, showing great tag team experience, but also with the added cheap shots by Jasabel and LGT. Devine starts beating down on Micky