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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.

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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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THE RUST BELT HAMMER MANIFESTO; COMING OF AGE WITH UNDERGROUND CULTURE

Sometimes I try to pinpoint my weirdness. I want to know where it all started. Is it some sort of biological predisposition that has left me susceptible to the culturally abnormal? Or maybe I’m a product of my environment? I am no scientist or sociologist, but I want to talk about the latter; growing up in a place smack dab in the middle of Pittsburgh and Cleveland…the city of Youngstown. While not exactly living in a small place, I always looked at the near Cleveland, as some sort of artist paradise, a place where fledging weirdos ruled the land and couldn’t be bothered. This a bit of a distorted vision but it guided me through my youth. Continue reading THE RUST BELT HAMMER MANIFESTO; COMING OF AGE WITH UNDERGROUND CULTURE

MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE RUST BELT!!!!

I dare you to name a more miserable place in American than Gary, Indiana. You will surely come up blank. The place is an abysmal hole that no human should ever have to endure. The population has plummeted by 55 percent since 1960. The steel mills closed as unemployment skyrocketed simltaneously. It’s a familiar story to all of us brave people with origins in such cities. It’s no secret that the Rust Belt breeds freaky ass people that come equipped with character and controversy. Continue reading MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE RUST BELT!!!!

RUST BELT HAMMER COLUMN FROM MAXIMUM ROCK AND ROLL

BY MATT GREENFIELD
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Greetings and salutations to all of you rabid and raucous Maximum Rocknroll readers out there across the world. My name is Matt and I am from a very special region of the United States known as the “Rust Belt”. You may be familiar with some of our cities, along with their rich cultural and musical histories. I am talking about such cities as Buffalo, New York, Detroit, Michigan, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Akron, Chicago, Illinois, and also my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Continue reading RUST BELT HAMMER COLUMN FROM MAXIMUM ROCK AND ROLL

HORRIBLE FEST 2014 REVIEW AND PICTURES

Horrible Fest 2014 came and went in a furious blur. Drugs were consumed, fireworks were set off, sweaty dudes moshed, and bands raged with possessed punk rock passion. Iceage headlined the first night with a disappointing and monotonous set. It’s okay to have an off night, fellas. I ain’t mad at ya! The locals more than made up for it. Fat Vegan did an old school Cleveland style set where it’s miraculous that nobody lost an eye while Cruelster and Queens of Hell shredded Now That’s Class to pieces.

Night two was equally stellar with locals Hep*Z, Wetbrain, and Obnox absolutely dismantling the crushed competition. Cleveland was in full effect, hot damn! It’s a real shame I left before the Secret Prostitutes from Houston. They are a fun and unique KBD styled band. Pleasure Leftists took Homostupids slot which was perfectly fine with me. Singer Hailey does ghostly goth vocals reminiscent of a witchy Grace Slick that carry the bands dreary, proficiently played post-punk sound into an English field of dreams and despair. Unholy Two also murdered my ear drums with droning, hateful, noise-punk. Go get their new album on Austin’s 12xu! Continue reading HORRIBLE FEST 2014 REVIEW AND PICTURES

RACE, CLASS, AND ADDICTION IN SPORTS. ESPN 30 FOR 30’S “YOUNGSTOWN BOYS” DOCUMENTARY (TRESSEL AND CLARETT)

The story of Maurice Clarett is a fascinating one. ESPN’s award winning “30 For 30” documentary series did a great job of capturing the triumph and downfall of this kid from Warren, Ohio. I found a bootleg copy for free on YouTube and definitely wanted to share it with you faithful Rust Belt Hammer viewers.

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MY AWKWARD TEENAGE INTRODUCTION TO DIY PUNK ROCK SHOWS

My first ever musical performance was as the teenage singer of a happily sloppy grindcore outfit known as Combat Shock. Our show was in the booze free city of wonders, Canfield, Ohio. I organized the show in a sleepy little Christian neighborhood at the local Grange Hall. It was cheap to rent and had previously hosted a cool show I attended. I was the main organizer for this event, a clueless rookie of the scene. The show was a benefit for charity and had pretty impressive attendance. Only one problem, I didn’t know what the hell a PA system was. Oh lord! One of the many bands on the stacked bill just happened to bring a PA and offered to let me use their speakers for twenty dollars. Close call, I was already flirting closely with disaster. Bands kept the stage occupied, jamming one after another. Boy did I feel awesome with my spiky green hair and gas station attendant shirt decorated in patches. Punk rock glory!

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GROWING UP IN THE RUST BELT (PART 2) BY ZACH G

Between eleven and fifteen, life in Warren was hell. School was torture, and there was literally NOTHING to do without getting called a fag or getting pushed around in some way. When I lived in Maryland, for example, other kids were cool with the fact that I was 2nd chair trumpet in the school band, or that I was the lead role in the school play. In Small Town Rust Belt U.S.A., that’s the kind of accomplishment that gets you blacklisted from parties and generally ignored, mocked behind your back or out in the open. I tried to kill myself once by putting a BB gun pistol into my ear because in my thirteen year old brain that seemed like a perfectly reasonable way to effect suicide. Instead I lost my nerves and shot out the mirror in my parent’s bathroom. I figured if I didn’t have it in me to shoot myself I could shoot my reflection. Continue reading GROWING UP IN THE RUST BELT (PART 2) BY ZACH G