Wrestling is Art: Pop
Haverhill, Massachusetts 2/16/13
1.) Frank O'Rourke vs. Sugar Dunkerton: ***1/4
O'Rourke is still yelling "don't call me Francis" & "Frank!" at the fans. Dunkerton encourages the fans to call O'Rourke "Francis" in some shenanigans during the match. Overall, this match was actually pretty good and competitive. Once again O'Rourke shows his consistency as a performer but it would be Dunkerton who would pick up the win.
2.) Kobald vs. Jervis Cottenbelly: **1/4
An interesting match up here. Kobald messes with the fans during his entrance. He also messes with Jervis Cottenbelly by putting on his entrance coat & hat before unceremoniously putting the boots to him. A very entertaining contest. Typical of the kind of match you would see in CHIKARA.
3.) The Batiri (Obariyon & Kodama) vs. Drew Gulak vs. The Estonian ThunderFrog: ***1/2
This is a very odd tag combination in the form of Gulak & The ThunderFrog. I actually thought this was a pretty good match. Found it to be really entertaining. Gulak was definitely the best looking out of the four and The Batiri were in very good form here, while The Estonian ThunderFrog was busing being....The Estonian ThunderFrog. Very solid tag team match.
4.) Chuck Taylor vs. AR Fox: ***3/4
I was really loving this match. Taylor looked good as his usually does but Fox was on fire. He proved just how awesome he is and that he deserves a top spot in any promotion that uses him. The crowd was really into it and this was easily the Match of the Night.
5.) Jaka vs. "Lightning" Mike Quackenbush: ***1/2
The only real complaint I have about this is that Jaka, at points (mainly at the beginning), actually wrestled technically with Quack, which the exact opposite of how I think a guy with that gimmick should wrestle. You never saw someone like Umaga wrestling like that. Other than that, this was a really good match. This was easily the best Jaka match I've seen and Quack looked solid as he usually does. Very good action in this one.
6.) Tim Donst vs. Colt Cabana: **3/4
There was some silly comedy stuff in the beginning with Colt Cabana's dad, who was at the show (I think this was actually featured on BotchaMania). These two put on a pretty solid wrestling match, though it wasn't one of the best matches on the show. Donst uses the Turnbuckle Cap on Cabana when the ref wasn't looking to pick up the win.
7.) The Devastation Corporation (with Sydney Backabella) vs. Green Ant & assailANT: ***
I think this is the first time assailANT & Green Ant have teamed together in two-on-two action. This was another solid match. While not as good as some of the other matches (you could blame that on the Devastation Corporation). It was still an enjoyable contest. The Devastation Corporation get the win but The Colony gets the last laugh when the rip Sydney Backabella's shirt off (which I'm sure embarrassed Backabella) to end the show.
This is easily the best "Wrestling Is..." Show I've seen, and probably one of the best "Wrestling Is..." Shows ever, up to this point. I never found a dull moment in this one as every match proved to be entertaining. Taylor/Fox had the match of the night, and when compared to the final two matches, this should have probably been the main event. This is also the largest "Wrestling Is..." Show, in terms of attendance, that I have seen thus far. There is no doubt....if you're interested in getting any of the "Wrestling Is..." shows, be sure to get the debut show of Wrestling is Art!!