Warrior Wrestling capped off their year with a three-night Stadium Series. It was certainly a daunting task in the midst of a pandemic but seemed like a massive success. Safety guidelines were respected and in return, we got some of the best moments in wrestling this year. You should check out the shows because they’re available on FITE. However, until then check out our top 10 moments of Warrior Wrestling’s Stadium Series.
10) Sam Adonis opens night 2
The top 10 Stadium Series moments begins with an opening match. Sam Adonis versus Jake Something was an impressive curtain jerker that certainly would have main evented other shows. It was a great match because the two big men employ different strategies. Something’s strength contrasted with Adonis’s agility perfectly. Adonis also capped off the match with a brilliant 450 splash.
9) Brian Pillman Jr. entrance from the end zone
Brian Pillman Jr was a fighting champion during the Stadium Series due to defenses on two of the three nights. Each time he entered through the crowd from the back end zone. Pillman power walking through the crowd with a group of cheering kids running behind him was a scene out of a Rocky movie. I certainly believe Pillman is now a hero to young fans across Chicagoland.
8) The Beast Man made an impression
Beast Man Husk made a figurative impression in the minds of Warrior fans. He also made literal impressions in the chest of his opponents. The Beast Man’s top rope seated senton is one of the most impressive moves in wrestling. It’s right up there with WARHORSE’s elbow, which we also got to see during the Stadium Series. The Beast Man was beaten by Rhino but the clash between the two heavyweights added to the Beast Man’s stock.
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7) The Rascalz stole the show
It could be argued that the Rascalz were involved in the best match on each of the three Stadium Series nights. On night one they defeated Myron Reed, Chris Bey, and Jordan Oliver. The match was so impressive that it earned Miguel, Xavier and Wentz a show-stealing triple threat number one contender match on night two. Trey Miguel impressively defeated his stablemates and earned a shot at the Warrior title. However, we’ll talk more about that later.
6) Tay Conti’s first independent match
Tay Conti’s career recently took an unexpected turn because of her WWE release. However, this gave Conti the freedom that led her to AEW and Warrior Wrestling. Conti teamed with fellow AEW star Luchasaurus to defeat Chris Bey and Ray Lyn on night 2. Conti was impressive while kicking the hell out of her male and female opponents.
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5) Mike Bennett returns to the independents
Speaking of stars that recently left the WWE, Mike Bennet also recently gained his freedom. This has led to stops in the NWA and Warrior Wrestling’s Stadium Series. He was successful in his return to the independents due to beating the world-famous Cheeseburger. He left to chants of please come back.
4) Madison Rayne says goodbye to the independents
Madison Rayne has been a fixture on the independents since 2005. Unfortunately for us, Rayne has decided to leave the independent scene due to her increasingly busy schedule. However, she tried to leave with the Warrior Women’s Championship on night 3. In a finish that mimicked WrestleMania 24, Kylie Rae said “I’m sorry, I love you”, hit a couple of superkicks and ended Rayne’s independent career. The moment was bittersweet.
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3) Kylie Rae wins the Warrior Wrestling Women’s Championship-
On night 1 Kylie Rae took on champion Tessa Blanchard. The hometown Rae was clearly the fan favorite but Blanchard reveled in the jeers anyway. Kylie caught Blanchard in a roll-up and became the new champion as a result. It was a great addition to the captivating story that is Kylie’s career. It also evened up the series between the two combatants at 2-2 in singles action.
2) Joey Janela dives off the goalposts
The spot of the Stadium Series goes to Joey Janela on night 3. Janela squared off against Robert Ego Anthony and Frank the Clown in a No Holds Barred Street Fight. This was because Frank and Anthony ambushed Janela on night 2. However, Janela got his revenge after a brutal match. Janela ascended the goalposts and Swanton Bombed onto a prone Frank the Clown and Robert Anthony. It was a leap the will be remembered for years to come.
1) Trey Miguel wins the Warrior Wrestling Championship
As previously stated, Tre Miguel and the Rascalz were the MVPs of the Stadium Series. Miguel capped off the Series by defeating Brian Pillman Jr and Brian Cage to become the Warrior Wrestling Champion. The best way I can describe the crowd’s reaction was an “O-damn! He f’n did it” pop. It ended a great run by, then champion, Brian Pillman Jr. It was also fitting that the Stadium Series’s best performer left with the title.