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WRESTLECIRCUS HELD THEIR FIRST WRESTLING EVENT IN AUSTIN AND HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS

WrestleCircus is a new indepdent wrestling promotion doing events in Austin, Texas. They are the new kid in a wrestling city which is home to Inspire Pro Wrestling and Anarchy Championship Wrestling. Being that this was their first event, I expected to see a few blunders and for things to run not so smoothly. Those were presumptuous assumptions on my part because this was one smooth production. It even started on time! That is a rarity when it comes to some of these wrestling show.This was different though. Right from the start, things were on point. The ringmaster for the evening was rambunctious and colorful, a true master of ceremonies. Here we go!

The action started off with Trevor Lee vs. Jordan Len-X. This was an impressive opening bout and a sign of things to come. Lucha Underground’s Willie Mac and Bullet Club’s Adam Page next buttered up the crowd and left them yearning for more insane action. Mike Dell took on “Dirty” Andy Dalton, a man whom I am told lives up to his nasty gimmick. I’ve honestly never heard people pop so loudly for Andy before. It was awesome. “Supercop” Dick Justice vs. “Gentleman” Jervis provided some comedic relief in a match with a time limit of “one year”. This made room for more hard hitting action as we saw a cruiserweight showdown featuring DJZ, Scorpio Sky, Ricky Starks, and Aaron Solow. Former PWG star Scorpio Star went home with the victory. Sammy Guevara vs. WWE’s Tony Nese was another high flying rager. Tony has the power and ability. Sami has the attitude and move set. Props to both of these warriors.

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Laredo Kid vs. “Texas Lion” Carson was an impressive showing of power versus quickness that saw the luchador score a pinfall. I am not familiar with Laredo Kid’s work with Mexico’s AAA but will have to peep his matches after seeing some of his seriously fly moves (pun intended).

Leva Bates vs. Jessica James vs. Christi Jaynes was a ladies three way tangle that left me a bit disappointed. Austinite Christi Jaynes won the match but to me the hardest and most impressive worker in the match is Jessica James. She is a fantastic athlete and it would have been nice to have seen her showcased a bit more.

(OUR INTERVIEW WITH KEITH)

The show stealer for me was Keith Lee taking on Donovan Dijak. These two have more chemistry than Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing. Excuse me for dating myself with that comparison but they did a tango that would drive any seasoned or novice wrestling fan into a frenzy. Lee and Dijak could show the non-believers why wrestling is an art form. If these two did a “best of 100 match”, I would seriously watch every single showdown. Hell yes and bravo!

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The main event saw Colt Cabana, EC3, Ray Rowe, and last minute addition Lance Hoyt in a fatal fourway. The action was what you would expect from these four bruisers. As an Ohio expatriate, it was nice to see two Clevelanders in the main event. EC3 and Ray Rowe made their hometown proud, displaying much finesse and skill. They certainly know how to engage and captivate an audience. Colt Cabana and Hoyt held it down as well. Colt is a one smart man. His mix of comedy and wrestling is always a hit. And Lance Hoyt! The man is just a terror. He looks and acts the part. Lance Hoyt is the definitive wrestler. He perfectly embodies the sport with a huge presence. Putting these four together was a good choice.

My only complaint about WrestleCircus would be the lack of local talent going over. When you have such impressive Texans on the card as Keith Lee, Jessica James, Ricky Starks, and Sammy Guevara; seeing them all lose was kind of a bummer. These men and women should be propped up and displayed as winners. Keith Lee is the Inspire Pro champion and an imposing, talented up-and-comer currently doing work for Ring of Honor. Seeing him lose in front of a native crowd was a bit displeasing, even if his match was insanely good. But hey, nothing is perfect, right? For the most part WrestleCircus did a fantastic job in all areas. One small flaw certainly did not ruin my evening. In fact, I had a blast.

Wrestling is a world where we can lose ourselves and be caught in the present moment. We forget our worries and watch these gladiators give up their bodies for our entertainment. In a way they are martyrs.

WrestleCircus presented some of the best current wrestling talent in the country. Win, lose, or draw, everybody looked fantastic at “The Opening Act”.

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