Friday, June 7, 2013

Wrestling is Respect: Rebirth Review

Pro Wrestling Respect is Reborn as Wrestling is Respect!

For those who may not know, this is a promotion that was originally named PWR - Pro Wrestling Respect. It started up in early 2010, and from what I can gather, it appeared to be a promotion that featured a lot of talent from the ROH Wrestling Academy, like Grizzly Redwood, Andy Ridge, The Bravados and Bobby Dempsey, as well as trainers Delirious & Daizee Haze and other recognizable ROH Talent like Prince Nana & Ricky Reyes. I guess you could think of it as ROH's developmental territory. The promotion ran a number of shows in 2010, but stopped running shows several months later. In 2013 it was resurrected under the "Wrestling Is..." Banner to form Wrestling is Respect. This is there first show under the new banner.

Wrestling is Respect - Rebirth
Boonton, New Jersey 1/27/13

1.) Green Ant vs. Mike Quackenbush: ***1/4

These two wrestling the opening match at CHIKARA's Season 11 Premiere The Thirteenth Hat, and it seems fitting that the teacher & student would do so again on this show. I enjoyed this one. If you're look for real scientific wrestling, this is exactly what it was. Quack gets the win and Green Ant asks for a future rematch on a future show, which Quack agrees to.

2.) Drew Gulak vs. Leech Landa: **3/4

Gulak cuts a promo before Leech Landa comes out. Is it just me, or does Leech Lauda look a lot like Cheeseburger from ROH wrestling under a mask??.....I think it is Cheeseburger!! The match itself wasn't that bad. Gulak put forth some pretty interesting offense & Landa (who I'm pretty sure is Cheeseburger) looked good as well.

3.) Ophidian vs. Gran Akuma: ***1/4

This is a rematch from a contest they had at Wrestling is Fun! Show a few months prior (and you can check out my review for that show here on the blog as well). This was a pretty solid match. I would say it's a little bit better than their previous contest. Midway through the match, Amasis makes an appearance on the balcony, next to the Commentation Station, which throws Ophidian off his game. Gran Akuma eventually picks up the win.

After the match, Akuma offers a handshake but Ophidian spits 'venom' in his face.

4.) Kimber Lee vs. Angel Orsini: **1/2

A decent women's match. The crowd seemed to be into it, and there was some fine action.

5.) Frank O'Rourke vs. The Estonian ThunderFrog: **1/2

I guess O'Rourke's gimmick is that he gets really annoyed when people called him 'Francis' and insists on people calling him 'Frank'. ThunderFrog gets a pretty good ovation. A fine match...nothing overly good, but fine for what it was.

6.) Veda Scott vs. Saturyne: **1/4

This is actually my first time seeing a Veda Scott match. Interestingly, she's playing a heel here. The match itself was ok, though the action, I don't think, was as good as the previous women's match.

7.) Oleg The Usurper vs. Soldier Ant: **1/4

Oleg is apparently replacing Grizzly Redwood, who is out with an injury. Again...fine for what it was. They did a combination of brawling on the outside, wrestling, and some comedy stuff. Oleg eventually picks up the win over the Militant Mat Mite.

8.) The Shard vs. Delirious: ***1/2

Jigsaw was supposed to wrestle here but he apparently called an audible and sent his new tag team partner The Shard to face Delirious. This was easily the best match of the show. Delirious was his usual self (very entertaining) and The Shard proved just how good of a wrestler he can be. Delirious picks up the win and cuts one of his usual incoherent promos, putting over the revival of Pro Wrestling Respect in the form of Wrestling is Respect.

Overall: 6.75/10

While this isn't a show that has anything outstanding or really noteworthy, their is some good stuff on here. Quackenbush/Green Ant and Ophidian/Gran Akuma were very entertaining and The Shard/Delirious match was an pretty solid Main Event. Like all the other "Wrestling Is..." Events, this one is only $5, which compensates for some of the match quality. Still, I found it overall easy to watch (just under 2 Hours) and entertaining.

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