Kamikaze Pro: Bank On It 2

Kamikaze Pro
Bank On It 2
Meadway Sports & Social, Birmingham
26/10/14

kami2I’m dusting off my fingertips to unleash hell on WordPress again, at least on a one-off basis. The latest instalment from the wonderful Kamikaze Pro promotion from Birmingham was just too good to simply watch – I had to have my say. Just looking at the card going in I knew this wasn’t going to leave me short for words and I wasn’t one bit disappointed. I came for the legendary Hardcore Holly but came away with that and so much more. I don’t like to overegg the pudding and so will try to keep it short and swift, as all good blogging should be. That being said, the sheer carnage of this event would be difficult for anyone to sum up in few words.

T-Bone v Eddie Dennis

The opening contest saw two of the country’s top heels going face-to-face. Something had to give. I’m a huge mark for “The Pride of Wales” and so knew that I would be rooting for the latter. As it turned out, the majority of the crowd felt the same way. Maybe it was out of respect for his work, or perhaps those people just hated the Welshman a bit less than they did T-Bone. Nonetheless, they were firmly behind Dennis. We were all left happy and content when Eddie got the win after a predictably physical and intense contest. These two never pull any punches and this encounter was no different. This was a great way to kick off the show. As Eddie Dennis stood tall and received a very generous applause from the crowd, I had a feeling this would be a strong show.

The Hunter Brothers v Miracle Violence Connection(c)
for the Kamikaze Pro Tag Team Championships

The stalwarts versus the up-and-comers. What a contest this was set to be! The crowd were heavily into this, throwing out the usual “Tipton!” and “Tash!” chants at their respective heroes. The in-ring work itself certainly didn’t disappoint. The opening stages consisted of a lot of great chain work. Tyler Bate has to be the best prospect in the region. For me, he barely has an equal. Great look, excellent work, top kami1guy. He showed off all of those qualities but was eventually cut short by some well executed logical tag team work from The Hunters.

As things looked to be going against his team, Dan Moloney encouraged Tyler to use the title belt to get a cheap win. The man with the moustache was having none of it and so Dan took matters into his own hands. Behind the referees back, he used the belt to knock down his opponent and pick up the pinfall victory. The discension between MVC continued after the bell. Moloney looked very pleased with himself as he held both the titles up in the air as his own. As excited as I am by them as a tag team, I’m looking forward to seeing how this rift develops.

Leah Von Dutch v Nixon Newell

Crowd favourite Nixon Newell put up a great fight against her international counterpart LVD, who was trained by WWE Hall of Famer “Edge”. She was on top for most of the match, but in the end she fell victim to a devastating spear – just one of the tricks the Canadian picked up from her legendary trainer. The two shared a classy embrace after the bell and should be proud of putting on a great match and continuing to both further legitimise womens wrestling.

Money in the Bank Ladder Match
“Dynamite” Pete Dunne v “Number One” Damien Dunne v Chris Brookes v Robbie X v “Flash” Morgan Webster v Ethan Silver

This match was just ridiculous… ridiculously good. You just have to see it (search Kamikaze Pro online and get the DVD) If you haven’t seen the match, there is nothing I can really say to efficiently describe it to you, but I will do my best. There were so many epic dives, the best of which was probably when Nixon Newell returned to the ring to dive off a ladder to the outside on to all six men. That was just one of many highlights. The strikes were brutal, the use of the ladder was both innovative and shocking. Rarely have I seen a match which was more deserving of the “Holy shit” chant.

After an unbelievable performance from everyone in the match, and even those who weren’t in the match, it ended rather controversially. After a herculean effort, my trainer and personal favourite Pete Dunne looked set to capture the briefcase, only to be low blowed kami3and screwed by Robbie X. The latest member of the Church of Ryan Smile (that’s not a real faction name, but maybe it should be) grabbed the case from the top of the ladder and was declared the winner.

The blow was softened somewhat when the suit came to the ring and informed us that Pete Dunne will get a one-on-one match with Robbie at the next show, with the briefcase on the line. The whole crowd knew that Pete deserved the win and were very happy to receive such good news.

The World’s First Ever “Scat Monkey on a Pole Match”
Marshall X v Sebastian Radclaw

This match lived up to it’s title. It was unique, insane and quite unlike anything I’ve seen before. Whenever Radclaw is involved you know you’re going kami4to be entertained and Marshall X is one of the best talkers on the independent scene without a doubt. The two of them made us all laugh in the early going but that quickly transcended into brutal chaos. As they brawled around the venue, a precarious tension filled the air. Marshall threw his opponent into a wall, and almost straight through it, leaving a visible dent. He then tried to perform a vertical suplex on the whimsical Radclaw on the floor next to the bar, but unfortunately suffered that fate himself.

A battle which involved both a ladder and a pole (both of which looked unstable) was topped off when Chris Brookes ran in to cost the “Black Messiah” the match. His interruption allowed Radclaw to climb up and retrieve his beloved monkey from the top of the pole and any fear that one of these guys may end up getting seriously hurt in a bid to entertain us thankfully evaporated. A celebratory gremlin dance in the ring from Radclaw, Scat Monkey and a horde of delighted little ones followed.kami5

I was both surprised and impressed with the level of quality in this match. I expected it to be funny, but I didn’t expect it to be as athletic, brutal and downright scary at times. This was just another example of this show outdoing its own billing.

Hardcore Holly v Ryan Smile(c)
For the Kamikaze Pro Championship

The main event was as solid and stiff as I expected. Everybody in wrestling knows that Bob Holly doesn’t pull any punches and he doesn’t hold back. The man who won several Championships in WWE is now in his 50s but that didn’t show. He looked the part and he produced the goods. The All Day Star more than held his own though. By all accounts, he completely endeared himself to the legend with his effort and I’m not surprised.

These two went back-and-forth for some time and produced a main event worthy of such kami6an entertaining and chaotic show. To my absolute shock, Holly caught Smile in a spinning Alabama Slam and captured the Kamikaze Pro title, ending the now epic reign of everybody’s favourite bad guy. The drama didn’t stop there. Robbie X – famous for stealing Money in the Bank from Birmingham hero Pete Dunne earlier in the night – surged to the ring and demanded they cash in his opportunity. He was quick to take advantage of an exhausted and beleaguered Hardcore Holly and become Kamikaze Pro Champion himself for the first time.kami7

This was a show you really shouldn’t have missed. Pretty much everything important that could have happened did. All the guys and gals had top matches. The big title changed hands twice. It was just immense! Hardcore Holly topped off the show by giving an emotional speech to a sold out crowd who were clearly in love with the man.

To take things to a new echelon of greatness, I even got to meet the man himself and express my love for his book (previously kami8reviewed on this site). He was a top performer and a top pro but by no means the only shining light from this show – one of the best independent wrestling shows I’ve ever had the joy to watch.

Onwards and upwards for Kamikaze Pro!

Craig [Editor]

For All Mankind

Video

One of my all-time heroes Mick Foley has a new DVD out entitled ‘For All Mankind’ – I got it yesterday but still haven’t watched it yet. I really can’t wait to get the chance to bang it on. Maybe I will even post a review on here. I love those WWE documentaries. They never fail to take me close to tears. Anyway, all of this got me watching YouTube videos of all my favourite moments from Mick’s career as Mankind, Dude Love, Cactus Jack and of course himself. I’ve decided to list my three favourite moments. It’s been a tough choice, and they won’t be ranked in any order. They may be predictable choices, but that’s because they are awesome. I hope you enjoy.

Mick Foley wins his first WWF Championship

Check out the video above if you want to get some goosebumps reliving the moment that the world’s favourite underdog first broke the mould and achieved the ultimate success of winning his first WWF Championship. It happened right at the heart of the Monday Night Wars involving Raw and WCW Nitro. It’s so satisfy to remember how the pathetic WCW commentators thought they were getting one over on their competitors by breaking an age old code of the business and giving away the results.

They sarcastically commented on the fact that Foley was going to capture the title later that night. Due to this moronic decision, 600,000 switched channels at that moment to see it happen. As the video tells, Nitro never won in the ratings again. This is the best perfect example of how much of a favourite Mick was with wrestling fans everywhere.

To underestimate his popularity and disrespect him like that was a sin worthy of it’s consequences. As he was hoisted on the shoulders of D-X in the centre of the ring and presented to an overjoyed crowd at Raw, it was a special moment for the man himself, the fans and the company as a whole. The event was one of the starting points for the eventual domination the then WWF would have over WCW in the last few years of it’s existence.

The Undertaker and ‘the cell match’

Of course I had to mention ‘that’ match. Mankind was subjected to some of the most horrific violence in the history of WWF/E during this bout. He had suffered much worse in Japan and ECW, but for someone to take so many risks and sustain so much punishment in the most famous wrestling company in the world was unheard of. He was thrown off of the cell through the announce table, choke slammed through the cell and onto the ring, slammed onto pins, hit with chairs, you name it, he took it.

The match was brutal but undeniably entertaining and endurably memorable. It was the match that defined Mick Foley as one of the toughest ever. He demonstrated the attributes that have made him so loved by fans. His refusal to let the show die, his determination to go as far as he possibly could to entertain us, and his ability to tell a compelling story in the ring. I think that this match and it’s pivotal moments paint a picture of the Mick Foley we all love and admire. It will surely never be forgotten.

Edge & Mick Foley v Terry Funk & Tommy Dreamer

This match from One Night Stand 2006 may not have been on most people’s lists, but I think it’s one of Foley’s best matches by far. The singles match against Edge at Wrestlemania earlier that year would be up there in the running too. I loved Mick’s book The Hardcore Diaries talks a lot about the build-up to this match, both on and off of television. It’s a cracking read and I’d highly recommend it.

I loved the book, but I loved the match even more. There were so many dynamics to it that made it so important and memorable. The fact that as a face Mick had faced Edge in that brutal match at Wrestemania which involved him being speared through a burning table for the finish. All the dastardly things Edge and Lita did building up, which are chronicled well in the book. All of the history between Foley and Terry Funk. Even the respective women who were at ringside and eventually got involved in the bout.

The barbed wire table, burning barbed wire 2×4 and a lot of other brutal devices were employed. It was a match I’ll never forget. It was a match that told a great story with a lot interesting sub-plots. It was a pivotal match in the different careers of all four men.

The bottom line is Foley is God! Please feel free to leave some comments detailing your favourite moments from Mick’s career. Follow, like or reblog! If you liked what you read, pass it on to some friends. I really appreciate all the help. Thanks a lot for reading!