Pro Wrestling Magic is a developing wrestling promotion based out of northern New Jersey. On April 23rd, 2016, they held their SuperShow, which also served as a one year anniversary celebration. Talent was assembled from all over, and a brand new champion was crowned.
The show began with the arrival of PWM’s President, Chad Adams. He hit the ring with his bodyguard, The Peacemaker, at his side. Once inside the ropes, Chad took a moment to unveil PWM’s new gold: the Dark Arts Championship. The inaugural champion would be decided in a six-man elimination main event between Preacher, Smiley, Everett Cross, “Aviator” Joey Adams, Steve Off, and Hoost Traplash.
He then explained the rules that go along with that title: each competitor is allowed only one rope break, closed fists are legal, and there are no count outs.
After that, we got our first match, as Mike Donovan defended his Ace Fight Or Flight Championship in a Triple Threat against Aaron Bradley and Matty Ice. This was a fast-paced and very fun bout. Donovan, Matty Ice, and Aaron Bradley all had a considerable amount of chemistry, which I can only assume came from working together in ACE.
ACE, for those who don’t know, is another wrestling promotion from here in the north New Jersey area. PWM’s SuperShow was actually held in their house, the Mike Morgan Jr. Arena, in Wallington, NJ.
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Mike Donovan wound up securing a three count and retaining his title.
Next up: Magic vs. Joe Gacy (the man with one of the scariest entrances I’ve ever seen). This was a good match, in terms of the in-ring work. Everything was smooth, and the two men worked well together.
I don’t want to talk about in-ring work here, however. I want to talk about in-ring psychology. That made this match way better than I expected. It was a very clear and well-worked case of good guy versus bad guy. Magic’s entrance saw him dance down the isle, interact with kids the best he could, and just generally be a pleasant human being. Gacy’s, as I already mentioned, was terrifying.
He came out wearing a mask and dragging a baseball bat. He looked like he was going out to murder someone during a purge, as soon as he finished his match. Thankfully, Magic eventually defeated Gacy, securing a three count for the victory.
The next bout saw two young men step between the ropes: Danger Jameson and Wheeler Uta. This was a quick, back and forth affair, which eventually saw Jameson get the pin over his opponent, via rollup.
That takes us to the Pro Wrestling Magic Championship. That title is currently held by Juan Francisco De Coronado. At a recent event, a man named Matt Sells won the right to be called number one contender for that gold. Their match was supposed to go on later, but an in-ring interview with Sells was interrupted by the arrogant De Coronado, who took the time to run down his opponent, the fans, and even the USA.
Sells couldn’t let this stand, and decided he didn’t want to wait until later in the night. He demanded a referee come to the ring, so he could have his championship match immediately. He got his wish, and unfortunately, it ended up costing him.
After a hard fought match, Juan Francisco cheated to get the pin fall.
You know, because that’s what he does.
This allowed him to once again head home with PWM’s highest prize in his possession. Juan Francisco De Coronado has held that title for the better part of a year now. Will anyone come along and take it from Ecuador’s Man of The Year? We’ll have to wait and see.
This takes us to intermission.
The first match back was a Don Casamento Memorial Tag Team Tournament Opening Round Match. It pitted The Down Boyz against Crusade For Change (TJ Marconi and Darius Carter – who you can find on this episode of Tiger Driver ’91). This was a dynamite tag team match between two very talented teams. It was also brimming with personality.
All four took time to interact with each other, and the crowd. There was never a dull moment. The finish came around when The Down Boyz got Darius Carter up and nailed him with a Doomsday Device Dropkick. As such, The Down Boyz will advance to round two of the Don Casamento Memorial Cup, which will be held in full on May 21st in Cliffside Park, NJ.
Only one more match remains before the main event. It was Mark Out Entertainment’s Sorcerer’s Selection Match for the CZW World Championship. The champion, Matt Tremont, defended against Drew Gulak, a former CZW World Champion himself. These two brought their A game to the Mike Morgan Jr. Arena. They took the CZW rules stipulation and got everything they could out of it.
FYI: CZW rules means no rules. They’re a promotion renowned for their hardcore matches.
With that in mind, Gulak and Tremont did everything they could to give the audience a show. They took the fight to the outside, rather quickly, and let it spill all over the arena. They used everything they could as a weapon, from the walls, to a nearby garbage can.
The garbage can was only used because Gulak couldn’t find a steel chair. Of course, a little while later, Tremont looked under the ring and found himself one. This came back to bite him in the ass, as he ended up taking quite a bit of damage from it. The most painful of which had to be when he was irish whipped into it, head first, taking the shot in full.
None of that compares to when they took their fight outside the arena. This was before the business with the chair. For pretty much the whole match, the crowd was watching very intently. So, when Tremont and Gulak ventured outside, a significant portion of the crowd followed with them. The owner of the building was not happy (assumedly for insurance reasons – the building is also right next to a playground).
Security quickly blocked off the exit, restricting anyone’s ability to follow them outside. The men continued to battle, though, as some ventured back to their seats, while others stayed put and did their best to watch the action.
They obviously made their way back inside, and not long after, Tremont found the steel chair that almost helped spell his demise. Luckily, he wound up getting a surprise pin over Gulak. There was some controversy over the finish, as Drew Gulak claimed he got his shoulder up in time, but the ref claimed differently.
Perhaps those two will meet again in a PWM ring? Who knows? For now, all you need to know is that Matt Tremont is still the CZW World Champion.
Finally, we’ve reached the main event of the evening: the six-man elimination match between Preacher, Steve Off, Hoost Traplash, “Aviator” Joey Adams, Everett Cross, and Smiley. The winner gets crowned the inaugural Dark Arts Champion.
Quick refresher on the rules for this title: each competitor is allowed only one rope break, closed fists are legal, and there are no count outs.
Onto the match. It was full of action, as I’m sure you expected, given the fact that there were six competitors. However, the biggest moment belonged to Smiley, who hit this beautiful maneuver.
In the end, it all came down to Everett and Smiley. Steve Off eliminated himself by disqualification. Preacher, on the other hand, cleaned house a bit, eliminating Hoost and Joey Adams. Then Smiley dropped him for the three count, leading to Cross getting the upper hand on his final masked opponent, hitting his finisher, and securing the pin.
That brings the show to a close. Reminder: if you live in the north New Jersey area and want to check out the next Pro Wrestling Magic show, click HERE or HERE. Either link will provide you with the necessary info.
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