Last week we saw the Legacy of Champions unveil it’s product to the world and we’d definitely like to see them follow that up with something damn fine. I happen to work for the company so I’m all for it to be successful. If you haven’t read my column before I try to be as unbias as possible. Sure, I’m a big fan of some of these guys and there’s some guys that I myself probably would think twice about before signing but this’ll be as up front and honest as I could ever be.
So sit back, relax, go make yourself a coffee and grab a biscuit. Maybe a cake. This might take a little. Load up your iTunes because today’s theme song is “I’d Like to Have a Beer with Duncan” by Slim Dusty. If you haven’t heard this song before, you’re really gonna enjoy it’s simplicity. Slim is a country singer from Australia, Bazza happened to give me a CD so I loaded it up onto my iPhone and have enjoyed Slim’s work. I wouldn’t buy it… but it makes a nice support act to…
Flipside: A Legacy of Violence | Hartoberfest Edition! (41)
With all things jiggy let us get things under way. The show opened up with one Celeste Darkheart fronting the camera for a special news bulletin. While she’s got some presence on screen, she sure does prattle on. I’d like to see her work with a voice coach on delivery. She’s sure to have a key role in future LoC programming. It sure was nice to see a third party pushing this Umaga / Ninja K feud. As for the editing team, I would have preferred to have seen this particular segment a little later on. We just saw our Legacy Champion being crowned. LoC plugged it all week as Hartoberfest and we open up to Celeste Darkheart? Mis-management on the production team’s behalf. I think somebody might get a slap on the wrist over that one.
Speaking of Umaga, I have to say I just love the nickname of the South Sea Shadow. I can see the t-shirts. Literally. They should be available in the Legacy store online on the website soon. If they’re not already. I’ve barely got time to check my emails let alone peruse the LoC website for t-shirts that I get a good deal on ;) There’s a wonderful balance of light and shade to Umaga. He seems to ooze charisma despite not showing that charisma in the typical Vince Jacobs sense. He knows how to work the screen. He knows how to work a mic. I think honestly, this Underground storyline which seems to have started between Ninja K, Umaga and Celeste really is going to be interesting and between me, you and the gate post… I think it’ll over shadow the Legacy title scene. Ssssh! THAT! being said… I was disappointed in the screening of the bludgeoning of Ryan Billows. I think Legacy of Champions programming went too far. For the fact that Reihana (and bookers) pushed the envelope WAAAAYYYY too far with this one. I’m all for a little bit of blading. But THAT was too far and I think that it would seriously hurt the Legacy’s relationship with their network. I mean, a TV-MA rating (which I disagree with since kid’s are the back bone to any promotions budget) fair enough but this isn’t the Asylum. This is a professional wrestling program and although they’re looking to push the Underground as a literal Underground… this was too far for a wrestling show. This isn’t MMA Entertainment. This is Sports Entertainment. Wrestling.
All the spectacles you’d expect to be associated with Shawn Jessica Hart, the Legacy Champion, were there. Even a donkey. I like the fact LoC are willing to go out on a limb and put a light-hearted character as the jewel in their crown. SJH has so much talent and it is great to see the accolade bestowed upon him. I don’t think you’d see ACW pinning their strap to Ikan Jobtayoo or GCW putting one on Rikki Roxx. The interactions between Jon Katz Jr, Brandon Thomas and co. was enjoyable. They seemed to have a really great chemistry on the screen and are comfortable with what they think each other is going to give. It really works well from a fan’s perspective and I’m sure the guys at head office agree. The opening segment with the Legacy Champion kinda set the tone for the whole night. Insanity. It’s a big risk from the LoC bookers to play this type of scenario on their second show. Did it work? Well, that’s a different story altogether. Personally, the idea of Thomas in an Evening Gown match even makes me chuckle. I’m sure Teddy Caldweller is cringing at the idea of a whole show dedicated to gimmick matches.
The match between Brandon and Aria Murphy was to be expected. Honestly, I’m a little shocked to see a program, mini-program at least, between Thomas and Murphy but it’s gonna put that Starlet title on the map. Despite it’s length, the match gave LoC fans everything. Violence and T&A. Murphy has a fantastic physique and I’d imagine Playboy would be in contact with her soon for a photo shoot.
Suicide and Fanatic have obvious chemistry. You can see the respect that Fanatic has toward Suicide and it resonates in their segment. For me, it was kinda like watching V from V for Vendetta talking to V from V for Vendetta. They are perhaps a little too similar to appear in the segment without some shades of black or white. It was all shades of grey. While both are great performers, their spot on Violence could have been cut a little shorter. I was waiting for one of them to warn us about the Ides of March.
I spoke before about vocal coaches and spoke last time I wrote this column about a particular wrestler needing to take the time to work on vocal technique. Well, pleased to say, Oliver Ranken must’ve adhered to my advice because his segment with Rodney Castles was a vast improvement for the star. I said it last week, and I’ll say it again, the LoC future could very well rest on the shoulders of that young man. As for Austin Advent. I don’t understand LoC’s thoughts here. He gets to speak for a little too long. Someone upstairs must think the kid’s got talent but when he gets on the mic I just seem to cringe. This guy needs to get with the writers, get with an improve coach, get with a vocal coach… SOMEONE! LoC should hire someone like Sonny Silver to teach this kid how to heel it up because he isn’t getting boos from me for playing the bad guy… he’s getting boos from me for stealing television time. I felt bad for Ranken having been thrown to the wolves in an Advent segment. I’m sorry… in understand this guys a heel but he seems more like a bunion to me.
Their match was an interesting gimmick. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of a cock on a pole match (maybe down Fr’isco way?) but it was certainly something that seems SJH would make up himself. Right off the bat, however, Ranken and Advent seemed to have some chemistry in the ring. Despite the hardcore spots and the strange gimmick of the match, this was really a great showcase of wrestling. Ranken proved my thoughts on his potential and his future right here. My only issue is with how it ended. A) what’s with another LoC curtain jerker ending with EMTs rushing the ring? Is this a theme? Is there an unwritten law about losing the first match leaving on a guerney? You know, an unwritten law like lesbians have to have bad haircuts. B) this hurt Ranken. I have to tell you, I’m becoming a bit of a Ranken mark and despite this obviously going into a program (because there was no reason for that chairshot, even HWF bookers would agree) I don’t think this match did Ranken any favours. A busted timekeeper’s table. A rooster and a chairshot… I think it only hindered the image of a potential blue chipper and kind of reminds me of legendary WWF/WWE hazing. Pay your dues. Except… I don’t think Advent has any dues owed so that makes no sense. No selling the chairshot kept that monster about him but all in all, this would have worked better with that brilliant shot of the rooster perched on Ranken’s head. Kudos to the LoC production team for snagging that epic moment. Never work with children or animals.
The debut of Blitzkreig Funk was perfect. A nice simple and clean spot and it really gave us a window into what these two are all about. Frankly, I love the idea of Germans trying to clear the reputation of Germany. It’s a fantastic gimmick and gimmicks aside, these two could run storylines on personality alone.
Their match with Allied Powers was a pretty decent debut. There didn’t appear to be an enormous amount of chemistry, I guess they just seemed to clash in style. Hans Wilhelm and Bastian Von Bismarck were applying rest holds that seemed to drag the energy out of their debut. Typically, I see Allied Powers as enhancement talent, and they’re the best in the biz at it. I think they might’ve been shocked in the briefing about rest holds for a debuting tag team given their experience and veteran status in the Legacy of Champions. I think it would have worked better if they minused the rest holds but hindsight is a wonderful gift, ain’t it?
If there’s anyone in the Legacy of Champions that gets this old road agents heart pumping it’s Trey Vincent. I’ve followed his career for sometime, there’s no hiding my love for Brawlers in a Budget who have put together some of the craziest and whackiest stuff I’ve ever watched. The sheer chaos, bravado and total disregard for right and wrong the BOB bookers have has always impressed me. It’s like if the Upright Citizens Brigade ran a wrestling promotion. Back to topic though… Trey seemed to be on game tonight. Last week, he was a little clogged up like a swine flu sufferer’s bronchioles. This week he was silk. I mean, sure, the arena ban of Trey was telegraphed by this being Hartoberfest and all, but I like the way he went on to deal with it. He’s playing the playboy face ever so nicely but there still seems to be that thin line between heel and face with Trey. I’m not sure if they want to push the neutrality on TV, but I think they definitely need to remove the line. He needs to go one side or the other. Maybe some telegraphing? Maybe a swing?
Midnight Cowboy has that nice Texan drawl and he seems to ooze charisma. Nice and competitive last week on Violence and a match with one Aran Thompson tonight to set the tone of his run in LoC. His segment with Remy Leroux seemed mysterious and unnecessary, I don’t think the pair have any history nor do I understand why Midnight Cowboy gives a good God damn. Their chemistry in a segment seemed a little forced and I’m not sure if they’re pushing a program between the pair or it was to put over Leroux. I don’t think it did either.
Speaking of Aran seems to have shaken a little of that microphone rust he was suffering from last week, but not all of it. I still find him a little congested and forced but I think as programming ticks on we’re going to see him shine and come out of his shell. I did love the little rant as he wandered to the ring. Call me old-school. Call me a touch of a Y2J mark… but I dug it’s simplicity. Sometimes promotions need to remember the K.I.S.S. rule to programming. With that being said… I think there was probably a little too much Aran on this show. He seemed to be popping up here, there and in your underwear. Overkill destroys pushes. I’d have liked to have seen his screenings end after the Cowboy match. The last Mr. Relentless segment could have been screened NEXT week.
Onto their match, I can’t comment on chemistry. They must have some creative fans in LoC or this was dubbed in over the top. That chant can’t be real? Does Legacy plant people in the crowd, in one particular section, to chant on cue? This one was clearly to put over the heelness of one Aran Thompson because I don’t think Midnight Cowboy got anything out of that match. If anything, it probably hurt his reputation. Putting across in the same intelligence league as a hammer. Didn’t Dolph Ziggler just beat the Great Khali like this on Smackdown!? A little smack back from MC didn’t bring him anything back in terms of overness. The fans seemed to cheer, I think, just because Thompson got what was coming to him.
Veteran and flyweight, Tyke, did an in-ring promo which seemed to confuse me. He spoke about the debuting tag-team Blitzkrieg Funk with a disdain for German people. I’m fairly certain that D-Day isn’t a fragile subject these days so I’m not sure if he was looking for heat or pops from the Orlando fans. Seriously, he goes on to talk about gas masks right after talking about the Germans and I just had to cringe. I can see some anti-Semitic letters of disproval coming through from the LARGE Jewish populous of Florida state. I don’t think the segment had any reason to be on Violence and maybe Tyke had a clause to be at X amount of events per month. I like Tyke as a character but as strong as his debut was last week on Violence, this took away from it. The only thing I liked was staring at Jet. What? I am a man! And this man likes what he sees.
I mean gimmick matches are gimmick matches, but I have to say the thought of Tank Adams fighting with pillows gives me a mild satisfaction. I mean seriously, the guy has shades of Viscera and is probably one of the scariest guys my retinas have displeasured to combine shades and tones. But to see him with a pillow? It humours me. I’m not entirely sure what LoC are doing with the tag titles. A transfer into the hands of the Flying Vergamovs from a pillow fight? This can only be confusing for the fans. Are they trying to start a program or end one? I’m not sure where this was going from a booker’s perspective but they’ve obviously got something in mind. The change was a bit quick but gave the fans a title change, which they love to see removed from the bad guys ;)
I guess I’m somewhat of a Khristian Keller mark. I’ve really gotten into what he has to offer as a wrestler and entertainer and most of the time, his spots are hit in miss. In terms of this week’s segment… it was a miss. Which makes me a sad American Panda. </ BOB> I don’t think this really did anything. Didn’t hurt him. Didn’t put him over. Just told us what we already knew. Pushing a program he hasn’t got.
Hype video for the “Golden Bear” Steve Windsor. I’m sorry… who? I must’ve missed the memo but seven long years for a guy who nobody knows? It’d be like if Screech went to FWO… oh. Right. My bad.
I’ve reserved the last section for the main event portion of proceedings. To me, I felt the match took a little long to deliver the point. There was good chemistry between K2 and Suicide but everybody was too distracted by the presence of Hart & Co. at ringside. Be that as it may, it was still entertaining in the ring. I just thought it could have ended a little sooner. There were only seventy-nine kickouts and fourty-three shoulder ups. C’mon guys… the victory for Suicide was already telegraphed… it took WAY too long to get to the bleeding obvious. This main event was a work. It was a piece of Sports Entertainment (always in capitals, you spell God with a capital G) but it wasn’t master crafted. I just thought that match coulda come and gone a little quicker.
The beat down at the end was well played and the only thing it lacked was a rant from Shawn Hart. All in all, the whole SHOW lacked a rant from Shawn Hart. He just won the Legacy Championship for the sake of Pete. Whether you like him or not, you’re expecting some rant. And this show missed a lot of Hart for something dubbed Hartoberfest. Bookers dropped the ball on this one and there really wasn’t enough Hart… it was more Overfest with some heels really clambering for the rights of being bad and mean. I don’t think we saw a face get the upperhand all night. It was a decent outing by the LOCKERS (thanks K2) but I don’t think any programs really hit the ground running, despite some promising outings throughout.