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January 2017: Road to ESW Empire State of Mind


When one thinks of Cruiserweights, Levi Tundra certainly isn't the kind of wrestler that fits the mold. Although technically a Middleweight, Tundra's style relies heavily on strikes, slams and brawling, not fast paced, high flying offence one usually associates with Cruiserweights. That's why when AAA announced they had signed him up, many fans couldn't help but raise an eyebrow. Tundra certainly has the charisma and star quality to make it past the limits of ESW's stomping grounds, but this was not the way most people expected it to happen. Meanwhile, the New York based promotion announced the signing of "The Perfect Storm" Zeke Garret. The North Carolina native was released by CPWE just before the new year rolled in, but his talent didn't leave him waiting long in the unemployment line. At age 25 and with significant skills further honed by AWF's developmental territory, Garret is considered a hot prospect, though unless ESW find a way to give him the exposure needed, they may soon see him depart for greener pastures.

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Match Card for ESW Empire State of Mind
January 2017

ESW Heavyweight title match: Grayson Royce vs Cornbread Grits Jr
Straightedge vs Emperors (Stout & Rex)
ESW Tag team titles match: Hassan & Jones vs TW3
Seventh Street Saints vs The Cult (Chase & Destruction)
Zeke Garret vs Bradley Merton
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ESW Heavyweight title match: Grayson Royce vs Cornbread Grits Jr
Straightedge vs Emperors (Stout & Rex)
ESW Tag team titles match: Hassan & Jones vs TW3
Seventh Street Saints vs The Cult (Chase & Destruction)
Zeke Garret vs Bradley Merton
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ESW Heavyweight title match: Grayson Royce vs Cornbread Grits Jr
Straightedge vs Emperors (Stout & Rex)
ESW Tag team titles match: Hassan & Jones vs TW3
Seventh Street Saints vs The Cult (Chase & Destruction)
Zeke Garret vs Bradley Merton
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ESW Heavyweight title match: Grayson Royce vs Cornbread Grits Jr
Straightedge vs Emperors (Stout & Rex)
ESW Tag team titles match: Hassan & Jones vs TW3
Seventh Street Saints vs The Cult (Chase & Destruction)
Zeke Garret vs Bradley Merton
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ESW Empire State of Mind 2017
Held on January 2017 at McGaw Arena, Tri State, U.S., in front of an audience of 3.209 people
Shown on Q-TV for less than 0.01 ratings (3.770 viewers)

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"The Perfect Storm" Zeke Garret vs "The Wall Street Wizard" Bradley Merton
Debuting as more or less himself a.k.a. one of the fans living the dream as a wrestler, Garret got a great reaction from the Tri State fans for his first match with ESW. The only one not excited was Merton, who was out to teach the youngster a lesson in humility. Garret hit all his trademark moves and showcased what he can do, taking advantage of the fact that Merton didn't know what to expect and pushing him to the limit, which allowed the Wall Street Wizard to showcase some well polished Technical and Performance skills. Desperate not to loose to the rookie, Merton resorted to a handful of tights for the win, finger on his temple as the ref raised his hand in victory to point out that he had outsmarted Garret.
Grade: D+ 48

Before retreating backstage and perhaps angered by fan support towards Garret, Bradley Merton got hold of a mic to cut a "Welcome to ESW" promo on the youngster, improvising well to point out that it takes more than skill alone to make it, obviously hinting at his own 'superior smarts'
Grade: C- 57

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Seventh Street Saints vs The Cult (Chase & Destruction)
Saints had fans and teamwork experience on their side, the question here was would those be enough against the ruthless aggression of their opponents, especially when Destruction's overwhelming power combined with the craftiness of Chase. All four men put up a good performance, with Kenta Shiozumi especially trying out some new puroresu-inspired striking spots that got over with the fans. It might have been that momentum that cause the appearance of...
...the Hellspawn himself, Thorne! ESW fans were shocked to see the occultist make an appearance, but immediately embraced him with chants as the understood he was a perfect fit for the Cult as he attacked Kenta Shiozumi to end the match with a DQ.
Grade: D 47

No longer confined by the rules of a wrestling match, the three heels teamed up to viciously beat down on the Seventh Street Saints. It was no surprise here that Destruction really shone in this role, but there was more to come. Once satisfied with the damage inflicted, Thorne got on the mic to introduce himself as a character and announce he would be taking over leadership of the Cult. His mic skills were good enough to justify the move, though Chase's facial expressions in the background may have ruined the unscripted segment a bit. Wrapping it all up, Thorne challenged anyone backstage to come out and wrestle him, sending fans into a frenzy in expectation of an 'impromptu' debut match to go with the big star's surprise appearance.
Grade: C- 54

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Thorne vs Joey Relamano
Relamano was the one to answer the challenge, coming out to fight Thorne in what was bound to be an uphill battle. Despite the flow of the match clearly being circumvented to work around Relamano's shortcomings while at the same time showcasing Thorne's abilities, the Chicago native seemed to be both on a bad night and visibly tiring by the second half of the match, but fortunately the hype was enough to prevent the match from tanking completely before Thorne delivered the Dagger To The Heart for the finish.
Grade: C 60


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ESW Tag team titles match
Hassan & Jones vs TW3
Seeing Notorious 187 come out with Deep Freeze surprised fans as it surprised the champions, while the announcing team was quick to point out that TW3 was both the name of a tag team and a group, so without the participants having been announced previously, this was actually a legitimate lineup. Just like all the other matches between TW3 and the reigning champions, this too was a wild, out-of-control brawl that spilled outside the ring quickly. What was different was the chemistry and experience between these members of TW3 just wasn't there; and while Notorious might be good enough on his own too, Deep Freeze was thrown off more than once, allowing his opponents a comeback. Taking advantage of this disconnect, Hassan hit Deep Freeze with a spine crunching suplex to the apron in display of some impressive new Technical skills to go with his partner's sharpened Performance skills. Just as the big man recovered, he had to question what he was seeing....
...because Lil' Dante was there, looking disappointed. Quick to capitalize on the distraction, Jones hit Freeze with the Salvage Job and with Hassan holding Dante back from breaking the pin while 187 was knocked out, the champions got the win to retain.
Grade: C 65

While Hassan & Jones retreated backstage with the titles, TW3 were left behind to deal with the fallout. Lil' Dante got a mic to speak his mind and say he was never told about this match, let alone agree to it, making all this a betrayal. With Deep Freeze still recovering, Dante's words stung hard to infuriate him, but it was 187 who prevented the two from fighting, answering Dante's charges with some great off-script improv to point out that his ego just couldn't stand to see him and Freeze win the titles, so he just had to come out and cost them the match.
Grade: C 62

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Straightedge vs Emperors
Can Ian Stout get any better at grappling and submission than he already is? Apparently he can and that's what he showed in this match, keeping Boone to the ground to eliminate most of the agile big man's aerial offense. Boone is no stranger to technical wrestling either of course, so he was able to fight back while putting up a great match. Rex and Tundra were the weaker halves of their teams in comparison, Tundra especially and it was no surprise the Emperors hit him with Rome Wasn't Built In A Day to get the win.
Grade: C+ 67

Main event time, with challenger Cornbread Grits Jr making his entrance first with a wicked grin on his face as he would finally be getting his hands on Royce with the ESW Heavyweight title on the line.
Grade: D 46

Clearly more over than his opponent, or anyone else on the roster for that matter, ESW Heavyweight champion Grayson Royce came out to a loud pop from the fans, joining Grits in the ring for a main event too long in the making.
Grade: C+ 68


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ESW Heavyweight title match
Grayson Royce vs Cornbread Grits Jr
Both men were well aware this match had a lot of history behind it, practically dating back to Grits' ESW debut, so they took it easy and paced themselves, letting the heat build up as the match escalated toward a big finish. CGJ attempted to soften up his opponent with kicks, avoiding arm strikes to keep his distance. Royce however took the shots and eventually managed to grab his opponent's leg, whipping him down to the mat for a stretch. Well aware that this was where Royce was at his strongest, Grits did everything to escape his predicament and after suffering a few painful holds, finally managed to force a rope break. Hinting at his tours of Japan with HLG, Grits went all puroresu and let his defenses down, openly challenging Royce to chop him, before retaliating with some chops of his own that echoed around the McGaw Arena. He even hit a couple of aerial moves as he struggled to get the advantage over Royce, but also showed good awareness in not getting carried away; Grits is no high flyer and his finisher is a submission one, so the match was quickly back to grappling. However, Royce too employs a submission finisher and there's no doubt he's the better wrestler of the two, so after a near-half hour epic, he finally managed to lock the Crossface in the middle of the ring, beating Cornbread Grits Jr. and successfully defending the gold in an early candidate for ESW's best match of the year.
Grade: B 81

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February 2017: Road to ESW Flames of Liberty


Known mainly for his stint with Dynamite USA, Thorne made a surprise appearance to not only join ESW but also take the reins of the Cult during ESW Empire State of Mind last month. "The Creature of the Night" might be leaning a bit towards the gimmicky side of vampirism with his antics, but there's no doubt he has the occult aura, popularity, in-ring and mic skills to fill in the spot the likes of Harvey Keenan and C.J. Weston held before him. The man he wrestled in his debut however seems to be following the opposite path. After yet another disappointing performance not befitting his "dependable veteran" reputation, Joey Relamano reportedly had a post-show fallout with the promotion's head booker Heyman E. Danger due to the latter's sharp criticism. Although no official announcement has been made, it seems this might cost the Chicago native his job with the company, as they do not seem to have anything in creative terms for him in mind anyway and his attitude and performances aren't helping. If not, he is likely to leave the company on his own, as the atmosphere has begun to turn against him.

The influx of new talent continues and this month it was AAA's Mac Kinney who signed a deal with the New York based promotion. Fan speculation has been wild as to the motives behind the pick, from "response to AAA signing Tundra" to "replacement for Relamano" and some even pointing to the budding friendship between him and the promotion's figurehead Grayson Royce after the latter joined AAA. Whatever the case may be, Kinney is known for his 'smarter than thou' obnoxious geek character, meaning he would be a good fit for the Royal Court next to "The Wall Street Wizard" Bradley Merton, yet somehow he was announced as wrestling Chief Strongwolf Jr. for his debut ESW match, so his repackaging is expected with much anticipation.

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Match card for ESW Flames of Liberty
February 2017

ESW Heavyweight title match: Grayson Royce vs Insanity
Chris Boone vs Notorious 187
Thorne vs ?Returning ESW Alumni?
Levi Tundra vs Johnny Chase
ESW Five Boroughs title match: Logan Prince vs Titus Flint
Destruction vs Kenta Shiozumi vs Zeke Garret
Mac Kinney vs Chief Strongwolf Jr
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ESW Heavyweight title match: Grayson Royce vs Insanity
Chris Boone vs Notorious 187
Thorne vs ?Returning ESW Alumni?
Levi Tundra vs Johnny Chase
ESW Five Boroughs title match: Logan Prince vs Titus Flint
Destruction vs Kenta Shiozumi vs Zeke Garret
Mac Kinney vs Chief Strongwolf Jr
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ESW Heavyweight title match: Grayson Royce vs Insanity
Chris Boone vs Notorious 187
Thorne vs ?Returning ESW Alumni?
Levi Tundra vs Johnny Chase
ESW Five Boroughs title match: Logan Prince vs Titus Flint
Destruction vs Kenta Shiozumi vs Zeke Garret
Mac Kinney vs Chief Strongwolf Jr
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ESW Flames of Liberty 2017
Held on February 2017 at McGaw Arena, Tri State, U.S., in front of an audience of 3.238 people
Shown on Q-TV for less than 0.01 ratings (4.390 viewers)

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Mac Kinney vs Chief Strongwolf Jr
Coming out in his usual geek ring attire, Mac Kinney made his ESW debut in an extremely short match against the mountain of a man that is Chief Strongwolf Jr. Between his sympathetic looks and selling for the second generation wrestler, Kinney won over a fair share of fans, a fact that seemed to get under Strongwolf's skin as he got more and more violent, leading to his disqualification.
Grade: D+ 49

Barely able to stand on his own two feet, Mac Kinney had his hand raised by the ref, before he grabbed a mic to introduce himself as the accountant of "The Wall Street Wizard" Logan Prince, saying he was willing to go through beatings like this if it meant he'd be able to get to Prince and sort out their differences.
Willing to put Kinney's claim to the test, Prince and the Emperors took to the ring. After some good improv trash talk from all three, Kinney was assaulted, with Strongwolf Jr joining the beatdown that left the newcomer bent and broken in the middle of the ring.
Grade: C 60

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Destruction vs Kenta Shiozumi vs Zeke Garret
Whether lost in the mid- and undercard or overshadowed by their allies, all three men had something to prove in this match. Destruction got the lion's share of the offense in from bell to bell, overwhelming both his opponents with sheer power and even combining his power moves into bone crunching sequences. Shiozumi was fighting for survival as he was mostly on defense, the few offensive moves he hit looking dangerous and extremely sloppy. Garret played a part in the later stages of the match, making his heroic comeback to hit Destruction with some high velocity moves, before Kenta caught him mid air to reverse into a powerslam and stay on top for the pin while Destruction was trying to make his way back into the ring.
Grade: D 41


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ESW Five Boroughs title match
Logan Prince vs Titus Flint
Kenta Shiozumi's victory must have inspired Flint, because he entered this match looking more fired up than usual. On the opposite corner, Prince was cool and cocky as ever, taking breaks outside the ring to break down the pace of the match and get in Flint's head. Titus gave chase and got in some offense, before Prince duped him into a reckless attack he reversed. Most of the remainder of the match was fought outside the ring, before Prince was able to sneakily choke Flint with some cables, bringing him gassed back into the ring for the big finale to retain the title.
Grade: D+ 50

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Levi Tundra vs Johnny Chase
Without any teammates to rely on, both men were forced to up the ante from their usual style and their improved Performance skills reflected just that. Chase peppered his attacks with a lot of trash talk, teasing Tundra as being overrated, but once Tundra finally had enough and his rage carried him to a counteroffensive, he hit the Arctic Tundra to silence both Chase and his critics outside the ring.
Grade: D+ 50

Thorne, new leader of the Cult, came to the ring in assistance of Chase as he helped him get back on his feet. He then grabbed a mic to tell Chase and everyone in attendance that as new head of the Cult, he wanted to showcase his power and provide Chase with a present to compensate for his loss. A sacrifice, a lamb to the slaughter...
It was then that Lee Harrison was brought to the ring, captive and tied onto a stretcher in order to remind everyone that he's still on the shelf with an injury. Not that Thorne seemed to care, as he called for the timekeeper to ring the bell...
Grade: C 62

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Thorne vs Lee Harrison
Thorne took perverse pleasure in torturing a bound and injured Harrison, the ESW alumni selling all of Thorne's offense to showcase some improvement in his Performance skills. Although Harrison eventually broke free of his restraints, the booking of the match made sure he was protected enough, avoiding any moves that would expose his very real injuries. Despite his heroic comeback though, Harrison couldn't help but fall to Thorne, with Chase watching gleefuly from ringside as the Cult's leader hit Harrison with a Dagger to the Heart to win the match.
Grade: C- 56

Getting between the ropes for his scheduled match against Chris Boone, Notorious 187 grabbed a mic to cut a quick promo, telling his TW3 teammates to stay out of the match. While he understood their desire to help him out, given the recent history, this was likely to cause more harm than good, so they might as well let him handle his business on his own.
Grade: C- 56

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Chris Boone vs Notorious 187
187's pre-match warning meant he was out to wrestle a straightforward competitive match against Boone, though the possibility of interference from Lil' Dante and/or Deep Freeze was always a possibility that hung over the bout, adding tension to the fight. Using his size and power advantage, Boone was able to take on the Notorious one in a blow for blow contest, before switching up his game to neckbreaking suplexes and high flying offense, moves that look even more impressive when executed by a man his size. As the match went on, it was clear 187 not only was running out of options but also out of steam. Sensing his opportunity, Boone picked up the pace to fully exhaust his opponent, leading to him locking the Elevated Boston Crab in the middle of the ring for the tapout.
Grade: C 61


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ESW Heavyweight title match
Grayson Royce vs Insanity
Not seen in January's Empire State of Mind, Insanity returned to headline February's Flames of Liberty in a title match against Grayson Royce. While the bout had little to no buildup behind it, Royce's history with the Cult since the days of Keenan and Hunter provided for an interesting backstory, especially since Thorne's arrival seemed to revive the faction. The contrast between Royce's methodical approach, amateur wrestling background and mat grappling skills and Insanity's crazy dives made for an interesting match, though its slow pace seemed to benefit Royce more than it did his challenger. Still, it was an open, competitive match and one the Cult didn't mess up by interfering. Sadly, that meant that Royce was ultimately able to lock in the Crossface and retain.
Grade: B 78

Grabbing a mic after he was announced as the winner and still hyped by all the adrenaline in his system, Royce announced he wanted to fight Thorne, even if that meant he'd have to put the title on the line. Spent and exhausted, Royce was poor when trying to improvise his speech, but at least he kept it short and simple enough to avoid making a complete fool of himself.
Grade: C+ 67

Show grade: B- 71
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March 2017: Road to Manhattan Meltdown


Both Heyman E. Danger and Payl Haydon have often been called some variation of "wrestling's mad genius" but when these two joined forces to lead ESW, no one expected them to make a move like the one they announced just before the end of last month. Having spent nearly a million dollars to bail out struggling Mexican promotion EMLL, the two men announced the company's purchase with much fanfare in an unexpected move that shocked the wrestling world. "We've always been unconventional" Danger said "and that includes our strategy as much as it covers our product. East Coast stations wouldn't put us on the air, but Quebec's Q-TV did. Same thing now, EMLL's name value was able to get us a TV deal with Los Deporte Hoy, bringing our shows to fans in Mexico and the South West." TV exposure seems to be the main motive behind this unusual union, with Paul Haydon having made his dreams of taking ESW up to Cult size public not long ago. "It's a two-pronged attack" the owner of ESW stated. "If we can't take over the country from within, we'll lay siege to it from both North and South." As of yet, it is unknown whether the company was completely disbanded or whether ESW cherry-picked their spoils of war. The only thing certain is EMLL's TV show "Arte de Luchar" has been cancelled, with Los Deporte Hoy now set to broadcast only ESW's monthly shows.

The final EMLL Campeono Nacional Mexicano before the promotion's closure, Nathanial Black is a dark and twisted individual who is known for being more than a little persuasive around those he can easily corrupt. A very articulate and well spoken individual, Black rarely raises his voice as he is of the belief that if you are important enough, people will listen no matter how softly you orate. Given his skills, position with EMLL and a gimmick reminiscent of Harvey Keenan and C.J. Hunter, Black is widely considered as a natural fit for ESW's prime heel group, The Cult and many fans consider it a no-brainer for Black to continue his career with the New York based promotion.

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March 2017

ESW Heavyweight title match: Grayson Royce vs Thorne
Chris Boone vs Cornbread Grits Jr
Tiberious Rex vs Titus Flint
Dirk Ivers vs Mystery EMLL wrestler
ESW Tag titles match: Hassan & Jones vs Bradley Merton & Chief Strongwolf Jr
TW3 vs Joey Relamano, Mac Kinney and Zeke Garret
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ESW Heavyweight title match: Grayson Royce vs Thorne
Chris Boone vs Cornbread Grits Jr
Tiberious Rex vs Titus Flint
Dirk Ivers vs Mystery EMLL wrestler
ESW Tag titles match: Hassan & Jones vs Bradley Merton & Chief Strongwolf Jr
TW3 vs Joey Relamano, Mac Kinney and Zeke Garret
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Chris Boone vs Cornbread Grits Jr
Tiberious Rex vs Titus Flint
Dirk Ivers vs Mystery EMLL wrestler
ESW Tag titles match: Hassan & Jones vs Bradley Merton & Chief Strongwolf Jr
TW3 vs Joey Relamano, Mac Kinney and Zeke Garret
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ESW Manhattan Meltdown 2017
Held on March 2017 at McGaw Arena, Tri State, U.S., in front of an audience of 3.662 people
Shown on Q-TV and Los Deporte Hoy for 0.24 ratings (185.600 viewers)


Show was off to a strong start with Ian Stout and Logan Prince talking about their empire now also expanding south to include Mexico, an obvious reference to ESW's purchase of EMLL. Both men were dynamite improvising on the mic and got a great reaction from the fans as they struck a great balance between comedy, gimmickry and blurring the lines between kayfabe and reality.
Grade: B- 71

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TW3 vs Joey Relamano, Mac Kinney & Zeke Garret
"Guided" by veteran Relamano, Kinney and Garret teamed up to take on the ever dangerous TW3. In theory at least, as Garret matched and Kinney surpassed Relamano's performance, with Kinney showing some new combo lacing skills to boot. On the opposite end, internal tensions between TW3 did not allow them to work in unison and overwhelm the opposition to turn this into a wild brawl like they usually do, but they still worked a good match, with Deep Freeze hitting some new power moves as well as teaming up with 187 for both men to showcase their improved Performance skills with a new taunt. However, it was Dante who scored the pin for his team, knocking out Relamano with the Dante's Peak while his two teammates were busy keeping the smaller rookies on the corners in a vicious gang beatdown.
Grade: C- 56

Post-victory, Dante offered his had for the fistbump, with the other two seeming hesitant, but joining in. TW3 seemed to be on the same page tonight, but there was still undeniable tension under the surface.
Grade: C 62


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ESW Tag Team titles match
Hassan & Jones vs Bradley Merton & Chief Strongwolf Jr
Between Merton's smarts and Strongwolf's size as well as both those men's imrpoved Performance skills regarding the basics of wrestling, champions Hassan & Jones had their work cut out for them. As one of the biggest men on the roster, Chief Strongwolf Jr was able to beat both opponents on their own brawling game, before slamming them down with simple but powerful moves. Merton came in to pick his spots over the fallen duo, but this might have been the wrong call as it only took a burst of desperate exhaustion from Hassan to nail him with a Harlem Lariat. Strongwolf tried to break up the subsequent pin, but inspired by his partner, Jones rushed in a desperate charging spear that may have not knocked Strongwolf off his feet, but at least it threw him off course long enough for the ref to count to three.
Grade: C 60

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Dirk Ivers vs Rich Barnes
Known as Kid Swagg in Mexico, Richard Barnes had fled there after many unsuccessful gimmicks in the US to reinvent himself...as a rapper, turning his very curse into a blessing by parodying it. EMLL was the first promotion in that country to portray him as a rebellious anarchist and one look at the man was enough to know why. Now fighting in an ESW ring under his real name, Barnes fought with impressive tenacity, storming Ivers with a hail of blows and moves he had no idea how to defend against. Despite Barnes being relatively unknown in the Tri State area, he certainly earned himself plenty of new fans, even if he ultimately lost to the dastardly Ivers due to a handful of tights involved in the final pin attempt.
Grade: D+ 49

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Tiberious Rex vs Titus Flint
Looking to hone his chops as a singles wrestler while Kenta Shiozumi recovers from injury, Titus Flint fought Tiberious Rex in a match that enabled him to get a better grasp on his Rumble skills. Rex was obviously the favorite to win here and he did just that once he hit the March of the Legionaries, but Flint made him work hard for it, pushing the match well past the sixteenth minute point.
Grade: C- 53

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Chris Boone vs Cornbread Grits Jr
Grits may have lost his title match against Royce a couple of months prior, but his improvement and popularity had him constantly trying to crack the main event scene. A victory over Boone here would help him achieve just that, but the big technician wasn't going to yield that easy. With Grits pushing things thanks to his strong style bashing, Boone was forced to upgrade his Rumble skills in order to survive until he could get a hold on Grits in an attempt to control his weight. Showing what he's learned in Japan on the matter, Grits fought right back, producing a wonderful trade of holds and counterholds between the two, both standing and on the mat before Boone hit a surprise German Suplex. Smartly using his height to increase the arc of the slam, the Tennessee native hit Grits with a second German and went for the trifecta but couldn't complete the combo as Grits slid away to hit the Southern Discomfort and finally score a major win over one of ESW's top guys.
Grade: C+ 70


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ESW Heavyweight title match
Grayson Royce vs Thorne
Royce got his request, as last month he'd challenged the new leader of the Cult to a match, but this was a case of "be careful what you wish for" as Thorne was more than ready and able to fight back, providing an answer to everything Royce threw at him. Using his reversals to play mind games with the champion, Thorne made the best of his character in gimmick-unfriendly ESW, before seizing his moment to attack and push Royce to his limits. The match kept on building from there as the pace picked up, but just as Royce finally managed to lock in the Crossface some twenty minutes since the start of the match...
...Nathaniel Black made his (much anticipated) ESW debut, calm and collected as usual. Picking up the ESW Heavyweight title from the timekeeper's table, Black climbed the apron to get in the ring and hammer Royce in the face with the gold, leading to him retaining via DQ.
Grade: B+ 84

Still cool and cautious, Black returned the title onto the timekeeper's table and grabbed a microphone instead, returning to the ring for a signature smooth sermon to introduce himself as both Royce and Thorne lay on the mat groaning. Whether he had joined the Cult, was out on his own or even seeking to build his own cult, no one could tell. Black certainly wouldn't.
Grade: C 62

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April 2017: Road to ESW Reach Out


You read that right folks, ESW is back on the road with their monthly outreach wrestling show, ESW Reach Out, only this time they're heading south of the border! Marketed locally as ESW Lucha Estado Imperio, the show is clearly an attempt to capitalize on the promotion's sudden urge in popularity with Mexican fans after the purchase of EMLL. Well aware that seeing their shows on TV only won't earn them a lot of new fans, the New York promotion are heading south to put up regular monthly shows for their local fans there, as well as in hopes of making up their purchasing expenses through massive ticket sales.

It's been a matter of when, not if Cornbread Grits Jr would break to the main event scene and last month it was "Punk Rock" Chris Boone who did the honors and put him over. However, as excitement fades down and information starts to pour out, it was revealed that Boone apparently suffered a minor relapse to his party animal days as he was caught sneakily drinking alcohol backstage before the show. This may have influenced the decision to have him lose the match as punishment for his transgression, though whether things stop there or this is the start of a bigger problem remains to be seen.

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Match card for ESW Reach Out/ESW Lucha Estado Imperio
Champion vs Champion: Nathaniel Black vs Grayson Royce
Voorhees vs Zeke Garret
Non-title match: Logan Prince vs Rich Barnes
Insanity vs Mac Kinney
The Emperors vs The Seventh Street Saints
The Cult (Thorne, Destruction, Dirk Ivers, Johnny Chase) vs Chris Boone, Levi Tundra, Ahmed Hassan & Desmond Jones
Pre-show: Joey Relamano vs Chief Strongwolf Jr
NPre-show: Notorious 187 vs Dios Cortes
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Champion vs Champion: Nathaniel Black vs Grayson Royce
Voorhees vs Zeke Garret
Non-title match: Logan Prince vs Rich Barnes
Insanity vs Mac Kinney
The Emperors vs The Seventh Street Saints
The Cult (Thorne, Destruction, Dirk Ivers, Johnny Chase) vs Chris Boone, Levi Tundra, Ahmed Hassan & Desmond Jones
Pre-show: Joey Relamano vs Chief Strongwolf Jr
NPre-show: Notorious 187 vs Dios Cortes
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