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LOW-KI NAMED FOR OCTOBERS HUGE TOURNAMENT
The APW King of Indies Tournament 2001 Committee has announced that LOW KI has been confirmed as the next competitor selected to participate in the 2001 KOI. This young and talented wrestler has only been a professional for a few short years, but has amazed and dazzled indie wrestling audiences and federations around the country with his lightning fast high flying style.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Low Ki developed an interest in professional wrestling, as do most, from being exposed to it at an young age. Since given the opportunity to step foot into the squared circle Low Ki’s ability has developed very quickly, and his "live or die" attitude for each match proves it. The athleticism, balance, and flexibility he utilizes can be attributed to his many years studying and training as a martial artist through Aikido. Low Ki began his training in St. John the Baptist Church located in Bedford Stuyvestant, Brooklyn in February of 1997. Through the guidance of fellow wrestlers Homicide and Mabutu, Low Ki developed very well with the given environment. Also, through the help of Aikido, Low Ki developed a very strong flow, which aide in his movements coming out very smoothly.
This young star has recently become the talk of many online wrestling websites for his awe inspiring ring performances, gaining indie wrestling fans respect across the world. He has performed several "dark" and televised matches for the WWF and was the winner of the ECWA Super 8 Tournament in 2001. Can he add a King of Indies crown to his Super 8 title? Join us at King of Indies 2001 to find out.
This years installment of the premier indy wrestling tournament in the nation The King of the Indies has been expanded to include 16 of the top indy wrestlers in the world and will be held over a two day period in Vallejo, California. The excitement surrounding KOI ‘01 continues to grow with this announcement and will continue to grow in the coming weeks and months as more announcements are made about who the sweet 16 for KOTI ‘01 will be.
Amateur wrestling clinics, free mini camps, training sessions and more will take place during the day with Ribs-N-Wrestling Bar-B-Q, after-parties and other chances to rub shoulders with wrestling legends taking place during the evenings. In addition to all the festivities, picture/autograph sessions with Cauliflower Alley Club legends will make the "Wrestling’s Week of Legends" an unforgettable experience for wrestling fans of all ages.
As details become available they will be posted on the official King of Indies website at http://www.kingofindies.com As well as http://www.allprowrestling.com and also be sure to visit our friends and colleagues at http://www.caulifloweralleyclub.org
We look forward to an exciting KOI Tournament Showing for Low Ki and all of our KOI participants in 2001. With his martial arts background Low Ki would fit in extremely well with the working style in Japan and with the fact that APW has started relationships with both New Japan and NOAH, we could be seeing much more of Low Ki in the very near future including the prestigious KING OF INDIES 2001 tournament.
MORE INFO ON LATEST KOI PARTICIPANT
Title History: ECWA Super 8 Tournament Champion, LIWF Light heavyweight Title, FWA Heavyweight Title, IWO Light Heavyweight Title, Jersey Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title, Won MCW Tag titles with Airborne in the inaugural T-3 tag tournament. Accomplishments: ECWA Super 8 Champion, several appearances on WWF TV and with WWF "dark" matches, MCW T-3 Tournament winner with Airborne
KINGOFINDIES.COM UP AND RUNNING
The official site of this years King Of Indies Tournament is up and running at full-speed as we speak. Head on over to www.kingofindies.com, and check out all the information you may have missed in past online newsletters. This site is your main source for all information on the biggest wrestling event of the year! Detailed profiles of all 16 participants are being added each and every time a new man is announced. You will be able to find anything and everything you need on tickets, hotels, restaurants, legends and most of all, the tournament itself!
APW RESULTS FROM VALLEJO (7/28/01)
All Pro Wrestling's "Frantz, Modest & Morgan...Return From NOAH"
Pacific Sport Center - Vallejo, Ca.
Saturday, July 28th 2001
After taking almost two months off, APW returned with a big show for the fans of Vallejo, California. A big triple main event, headlined by the APW debut of "Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce, as he would take on "Natural One" Michael Modest. A very big turnout on this night, perhaps one of the biggest of all shows at the Pacific Sports Center so far this year. After ring announcer Joseph Lee made his famous statement "Let's Get Ready To Wrestle"...it was time to start the action.
Tommy Blaze vs. Sean Patrick O'Doule
Winner: Tommy Blaze in 5:17 ( * * * )
UPW Heavyweight Championship
Samoa Joe vs. Sheik Ali Boom Boom (with Buddy Cotello, Esq.)
Winner: Samoa Joe in 6:59 ( * * 1/2)
Interview with "Team NOAH" (Jardi Frantz, Donovan Morgan & Michael Modest) - Three of APW's top superstars made their return to the promotion after very successful tours with Japan's NOAH promotion. All three men got in the ring and talked a little about their time overseas. Frantz talked about all the differences between Japan and America (in terms of wrestling & fans), and mentioned he has now been inspired to become as good as the wrestlers he met over in Japan, if he busts his butt on his in-ring work and on getting his body in the best shape it can be. Morgan got the mic next, and talked about how well he and Modest were received during their time, and how they would be going back for future tours. Morgan called Japan a "wrestling paradise". Modest's turn, and he had a little more to say than Jardi & Donovan.
Modest put down the wrestling fans here in the States, and called them "morons" for loving whatever the WWF was doing. "They are more concerned with who's screwing who, than the actual wrestling". The fans in Japan understand and appreciate the actual wrestling, and don't care about the goofy television storylines. Modest also mentioned how hard he worked on his body, and said how most people using being a wrestler as an excuse to drink, party & do drugs. He then mentioned The Original Westside Playaz, and talked about Robert Thompson's body looking like a bowling ball and a fat garbage man.
Of course, The Playaz were having none of this...and out they came! Jimmy Ripp (who is now sporting brand new teeth!)...said they might just have to beat down the big stars of Japan right then and there. Tony Jones then said that they were forgetting who the first man to work in Japan was (Jones wrestled for BattleArts over a year ago), and he didn't expect a big ceremony marking his return. Robert Thompson said that anything Modest is associated with turns to crap. WCW, Urban Wrestling...and now Bomber predicts the fall of NOAH in the near future. He even called Donovan the "Future Failure", if he hangs around Modest any longer. Finally, tempers flared to the boiling point, and all six men were in the ring brawling. Frantz, Morgan & Modest cleaned house within a couple of minutes though, and sent The Playaz packing. Modest then got the mic and put the finishing touches on the beatdown, saying that he is going back to NOAH for the next year, and will be on every tour for the next 12 months!
Congratulations to the APW guys who went to NOAH and did us all so proud! We are glad to see you back, but also glad you will be going back to Japan to kick some more butt over there. WWF & WCW missed the boat on Modest a few years ago...now it's Modest's turn to rub it in their faces.
The Snott Brothers (with Betty Beefcake) vs. The Original Westside Playaz (with Jimmy Ripp)
Winners: The Original Westside Playaz in 8:05 ( * * 1/2)
Tag Match Aftermath...
After the match, Betty Beefcake really laid into Jimmy Ripp on the mic...and rightfully so, feeling her men had been cheated out of the match. Betty called him "crackdaddy", and this got Ripp to come out to the ring and get in Betty's face. The Mack Daddy threatened to smack Betty around the ring, but before he could lay a hand on her, The Snotts came to the rescue, and leveled Ripp with a double briefcase shot. Then they set up Ripp for the ever-popular "Biscuits & Gravy!" Betty rubbed her rear right in the face of the manager of the Playaz, and the fans of Vallejo loved it! Maybe they didn't get a win in the record books, but Betty gave Ripp exactly what he deserved.
Interview with "Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce - One of the 16 men who will take part in this October's King Of Indies tournament in Vallejo, Adam Pearce, came to the ring for a quick interview. Pearce totally slammed all the fans of Vallejo, and his opponent for the night Michael Modest. He talked about winning tonight, and most importantly, coming back to Vallejo this Fall, and winning the KOI Tournament. A great promo, one of the best i have heard in a long time. The way he talked, and drew heat from the fans, reminded me of Chris Daniels. Glad to have "Scrap Iron" in APW.
"Kamikaze Kid" Jardi Frantz vs. "Innovator" Vincenzo Massaro
Winner: Vincenzo Massaro in 11:07 ( * * * * )
APW Tag Team Championship
Mark "Bison" Smith & "Bad Boy" Boyce LeGrande (with Xtacy) vs. The Ballard Brothers (with Cheerleader Melissa) - Smith & LeGrande make their first tag title defense against one of APW's mainstay tag teams, The Ballard Brothers. I have lost track of how many times these guys have tried to win the tag titles, and came within inches of taking the gold. Throughout the week, many fans on www.allprowrestling.com have been talking about the Ballards winning the titles, since Boyce & Mark were thrown together last minute, and it was a fluke win when they beat OWSP's to win the gold. The Playaz even said they weren't expecting Smith to be Boyce's partner at the last show, and that was their excuse for being caught off-guard.
Winners: The Ballard Brothers in 13:11 ( * * * )
APW Worldwide Internet Championship
Frankie "The Future" Kazarian vs. "Future Legend" Donovan Morgan
Winner: Donovan Morgan in 10:19 ( * * * )
"Natural One" Michael Modest vs. "Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce
Winner: Pearce/Modest battle to a DRAW in 10:43 ( * * * 1/2)
Part 11: The Giant
After several hard bouts with "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, Bret "The HitMan" Hart & then WCW World Champion Goldberg, Diamond Dallas Page was in for the biggest challenge of his career and not in terms of career but in terms of physicality against The Giant (now known as The Big Show), who was already by this point a former WCW World Champion and a very physically imposing man at 7'2"and 475lbs. at that time. DDP was clearly the underdog in this matchup. In his bouts with Savage, DDP was the underdog because of the "Macho Man"'s past record in big matches. In this case, DDP was the underdog just simply because of the size plus there was doubt whether his finisher (The Diamond Cutter) could even be applied to the monster!
Their bout would finally take place at WCW Starrcade (the same night that Goldberg was screwed out of the WCW World Title by Kevin Nash). The Giant, predictably, dominated the match up despite giving up several years of experience to DDP. The Giant, however, became a victim of his own confidence as he went for his patened chokeslam with DDP on the top rope. As he lifted Page off to slam him down, however, Page somehow hooked in his "DC" move on the way down! The power of Page combined with using The Giant's own momentum was enough to make the Diamond Cutter effective enough to get the three count and an upset win. Not long after that, The Giant left WCW and made his way to the WWF.
NEXT: A Freak, A World Title, A Triad
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As the Evil Scientist said to the unsuspecting damsel, "Everything is going according to plan."
As I said last week, Angle is now intertwined in an angle with Booker T. It happened a lot sooner than I anticipated, but it occurred nonetheless.
This brings me to a point, which can be engendered in one, simple question:
Is this whole angle too simple and easy to predict?
I say this because I have seen this angle coming from a mile away, and I have predicted it better than most of the past WWF angles that I have taken an interest in. So, either I have become rather good at this prognostication, I have some sort of knack at reading this angle in particular, or this angle is truly an easy one to decipher.
I hope it is because I am just getting better, because if this angle is really getting that simple, then the enthusiasm for it will be shallow, and it may be severely damaging to pro wrestling.
Let's face it...wrestling is run by one organization, and that is the WWFE. Yeah, I know there are small to mid-size federations all over the place, but I am talking about the national, financially solid, world-known international federations. I am talking about the WCW and the WWF, and they both happen to be owned by the same company. There is little choice, and both of those large feds are intertwined in an angle that is designed to put enough impetus into the WCW so that it can move on into it's own timeslot and audience base. As this angle goes, so goes both the WCW and the WWF.
When the WCW originally failed, the viewership dropped from an 8.0 to a 4.0. Now, it has made up half the loss, and only because of Herculean efforts by the workers and magnificent planning by the booking committee. Obviously, the best piece of this pie was the ECW inclusion, but the whole package has been so effective that there are 50% more people watching pro wrestling on TV right now than there were 6 weeks ago. However, what is happening now? Has the initial push lost steam?
I was very put off by the Stone Cold heel character that was portrayed on Raw and Smackdown. He went from badass to cowardly idiot in 22 hours. Of course, this was done to get him over as a heel, and put Angle over as a face, but the fans were giving Austin all SORTS of heel heat, right from the get-go on Raw. I think Angle was over enough to begin with. Also, as the week progressed, Austin got even more pathetic and cowardly, and as Booker was pushed into a Championship match with Angle, thus firing up their program, Austin was getting lined up for the program HE will be in with the Rock, which in and of itself seemed obvious to me.
Again, is this too simple, or am I a genius?
Another part of this invasion is the Undertaker and DDP. That seems to be a Summerslam Hell in a Cell match for sure, especially after Undertaker hit Sara with a chair. Bad DDP! Yet, again, this angle seems stalled, as DDP was pretty much dominated by 'Taker again, like before and at the last PPV. I said last week that DDP had to make a better opponent to the Undertaker, or he wouldn't be taken seriously. I think this week was a step in the wrong direction.
Now, what about this "shallow" phenomena that I talked about earlier? Well, I have seen that the standard wrestling fan has developed a pretty good case of long term memory loss (and that is a FACT...not an opinion). I can explain that really easy....when somebody comes up to me and tells me that HHH was WWF Champion for a really long time. I looked in the Title Histories section of this website, and I counted about 9 months total that he was World Champion.....in three installments! Yes, that was a real statement that I got from someone I work with, and the fact of the matter is that the Sports Entertainment (I use that title on purpose)industry has conditioned fans to title changes every 2 to 3 months. People want angles to develop, grow, change, and go away in short order, and they are not very forgiving about failure. This angle, as important as it is, MUST be done right, or all the WWF-related federations will get hurt. If there is predictability about it, or if there isn't enough material in the angle itself (this means BIG NAMES), then it will burn out, the fans on the Net will dissect it, the rags will blast it, and people will turn it off, and quickly, if only because Vince has sought fans with short attention-spans and limited patience.
If Vince and the bookers can't keep the enthusiasm and suspense in this program, it will be devastating to the industry.
However, when all else fails, remember I told you about it here, first.
Since I already gave the proper props to this site, I will give the proper ones to mine, bodyslam.cc. Come early and often for all your wrestling needs.
See you next week for another Connection.
by Earl Oliver
SmackDown came to us on tape from Mellon Arena in Pittsburg, PA...but I missed it because I was out of the house at a rehearsal and forgot to set my VCR - sorry. I hear that Kanyon was handed the WCW US Title by Booker T and also that Kurt Angle demanded a WWF Title match against Steve Austin but was given a shot against Booker T instead...and beat him. So Angle is now the WCW Champ - fancy that... Also, I gather that the big angle of the night was the speculation about whether or not the Rock will choose to return to the WWF (yeah...right...like there is really any question about that.)
Raw comes to us live from the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and opens with a video recap of some of the show I missed on Thursday. They then go to the arena where Tazz, Paul Heyman and Tommy Dreamer come to the ring. Dreamer escorts Mike Cole to the backstage area so that Heyman can take his seat at the announce table. Tazz rants in the ring about how tonight will be historic for the Alliance. He declares that Booker T will get a rematch against Kurt Angle, and will return the WCW Title to the Alliance. He then turns to the subject of the Rock, and personally guarantees that Maivia will come back and join the WCW/ECW faction. This brings the Millennium Bug to the platform to tell Tazz to, "...shut the hell up!" He mentions Tazz's work on the MTV series "Tough Enough" and suggests that perhaps he should star on another MTV program, "Jackass". He then runs to the ring and puts the New York City native away in under a minute.
Backstage, Vince is doing the finishing touches on some "Welcome Home" decorations in the Rock's dressing room when the Commissioner and Tajiri come in bearing gifts. They have some pies for the Rock - blueberry, cherry, apricot, etc. Vince reminds them that the Rock likes a different kind of pie... Then he notices that Tajiri has already sampled a slice of the berry pie. Tajiri is sent to the ring to try and wrest back the Hardcore Title, while we go to commercial.
Tajiri faces Rob Van Dam for the WWF hardcore Title. Van Dam dominates the early going after taking a hard shot to the face. The pace of this match is curiously slow, considering who the competitors are. This is nothing like a classic ECW light heavyweight match. Could it be that McMahon is afraid to let these guys show their usual frenetic style? In the end, RVD hits a 5 Star Frogsplash and takes the pin to retain his title.
Backstage, the Alliance bigwigs (Shane, Stephanie, the Austins) are adding to the Welcome Back decorations, including Debra's "famous" cookies. Nick Patrick arrives to tell them that the Rock is approaching the arena inhis limo. Then Booker T shows up and talks strategy with Austin while he samples a cookie. It is apparent that he is not impressed with Debra's baking...
The Big Show stops Vince backstage to talk about names for his tag team with Billy Gunn and also some marketing ideas. Vince listens for a minute or so and then brushes him off telling him, "I don't care if you call yourself "Double Trouble Crap on a Stick"! Show says, "That's it!" He likes the first part (he apparently didn't hear the Crap part...)
Mike Cole interviews Kurt Angle backstage. Angle is confident about retaining his title later tonight - and he challenges Austin for his title at SummerSlam. Out in the parking lot, the McMahons(Jr. and Sr>) are arguing about who will welcome the Rock back. A limo pulls up...and Kanyon gets out.
Next up, Matt Hardey and Lita vs. Torrie Wilson and "Hurracane" Helms in a mixed gender tag battle. It looks like Torrie has been training hard - she is definitely coming across as much more "rough & tumble" then she was in her WCW personna. The idea, however, that she can keep up with an athlete like Lita is ludicrous. She does, however, manage to win the match for her man by delivering a low blow at the critical moment.
Backstage, Austin admits to Booker that his wife's cookies suck, then goes on to deliver a pep talk.
At WWF New York, Test wishes Kurt Angle well, despite being reminded of the beating he suffered a few weeks back at tahe hands of the WWF locker room.
The WCW Title match is a no DQ affair which begins out in the aisle. First a bunch of WCW guys run in to interfere and then that is countered by the WWF lower tier as WWF officials run in to try and pry them apart. All this happens before the competitors even make it to the ring...then we go to commercial.
The contestants brawl on into the ring as the WWF/Alliance war continued in the back. The match is highly competitive, with plenty of give and take on both sides until Angle manages to hit an Angle Slam on the second try, and slaps on the ankle lock...then Steve Austin runs in. Angle is back to fighting off the Alliance. The WWF ref (Earl Hebner) gets bumped, which brings Charles Robinson in to take his place. Angle attacks Robinson, but the distraction allows Austin to sneak in a Stunner! Hebner returns to the ring and counts the one-to-three. Booker T has regained the strap. Afterward, Austin runs out of the building, jumps into has truck and speeds away as Angle follows him out of the building.
After the break, Debra offers Kurt a cookie. He breaks it in her face telling her that her cookies suck, and so does her husband. He likens what he did to the cookie to what he plans for Austin's ankle.
Lance Storm and Kanyon took on Edge and Christian in a kind of heels vs heels tag match. Some real nice action from these two teams, good fast pace...like the Tajiri/RVD match should have been. Edge hit a big Impaler DDT right toward the end, but Kanyon runs in and face jams Edge so that Storm can cover him for the pin. Backstage, Booker is in the midst of celebration when Kurt Angle runs in and attacks.
Backstage, the Commissioner again reports that the Rock is on his way. This time he is able to positively identify the limo that McMahon sent to pick up Maivia.
Kidman (who appears to have bulked up considerably lately) defended his WCW Cruiserweight Title against the WWF Light Heavyweight Champ, X-Pac, and loses! This puts both of the Light Heavyweight straps in the hands of the WWF. The highlight of this match is a spectacular shot that Waltman takes on the outside. He rushes Kidman at the corner of the ring, springs into the air and then runs face first and astraddle into the ring post (ouch!!) Afterward, Heyman declares that X-Pac has "Unified" the two titles. Is this Vince's game?
This time the limo disgorges...Howard Finkel? He was sent to pick up Maivia but got the directions mixed up.
Backstage, the Dudleyz vow to put Sara Calloway (Mrs. UT) through a table tonight...and then FINALLY! The Rock arrives...somewhere in the neigborhood, apparently.
The Undertaker and Kane took on the Dudleyz in a Table Match as Diamond Dallas Page stalked Sara at ringside. The crowd came to their feet as UT walked the ropes amd then attempted to chokeslam Devon through the table, but DDP interefered and broke it up. Bubba then grabbed Sara and had her in position for his powerbomb off the second rope. But Sara started pounding on his head and Kane was able to rescue her. UT chokeslammed Bubba through the table ansd the match was over. Back in the parking lot, a white limo pulled up amd out stepped the Rock!
All the McMahons are in the ring waiting for the Rock to arrive. Maivia arrives at the ring and Shane talks about the various times that Maivia has been screwed over by Vince, Steve Austin, HHH, etc. Vince tries to defend himself as the crowd takes up the Rocky chant. Shane bounds forward to shake his hand - but Vince shoves his way past his son - and gets Rock Bottomed!! Shane then extends his hand again. The Rock smiles at him, takes his hand...and puts the Rock Bottom on him as well!!! The crowd is going crazy as Maivia drops the People's Elbow on Shane. The Rock then addresses the crowd, "Finally, the Rock has come back...to the WWF!"
At least that's the way I see it...
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