Warrior Wrestling 8 Review, Results, and Reaction
Warrior Wrestling 8 took place from Marion Catholic high school in Chicago Heights, Illinois. This was my first time going to an independent wrestling show and this did not disappoint. We got to see some of the very best wrestlers in the World.
Impact World Champion Tessa Blanchard defended her Warrior Wrestling Women’s title in a War of Attrition match. I will explain what that is later, what an innovative match!
Going into the show I was excited about Bully Ray taking on PWI Rookie of the Year Brian Pillman Jr. Seeing Impact tag team champions The North in person. I wanted to see Lance Archer win the Warrior Wrestling Championship in the main event. Lance is a former IWGP United States Champion. The dude is an animal in the ring. Lastly, I was really looking forward to seeing Ren Narita. I love his work.
Let’s get into the show!
Cavernario vs Templario
I have never seen either of these guys perform but I was pleased with both men. Both were really good in the ring and both were good at getting and keeping the crowd involved. It was your typical luchador match with exciting moves and big spots. Cavernario has a pretty attire as he is basically a luchador Fred Flinstone. Cavernario picks up the win via pinfall.
Robert Ego Anthony with Frank the Clown vs Warhorse
This match was a lot of fun from the very beginning. Warhorse was incredibly over with the Chicago crowd. He had a lot of energy and wears Ultimate Warrior like facepaint. Frank the Clown is hilarious. I have never seen his schtick before. I have only heard horrible things and this Chicago crowd was all over him. That made me love him. His delivery in his promo was incredible. He knew exactly what to say and how to deliver it. Frank the Clown was one of the stars of the night.
As far as the match went, both guys could really work. Robert Ego Anthony has great size and look. At the end of the match is was Anthony getting the pinfall victory over Warhorse much to the dismay of the crowd. After the match, Anthony said he had something special for Frank. He is giving Frank his spot in tonight’s War of Attrition World Heavyweight Title match.
Looks like Warhorse got his revenge after the show!
Alex Shelley vs Ren Narita
This was a match I was really looking forward to and it didn’t disappoint. I am a huge fan of Narita’s work and I expect him to be a star five years from now. This match was technical, fact-paced, and hart hitting but at the end of the day, Shelley got the win via submission. The crowd was torn during this match. After the match, the two shook hands and showed each other a great deal of respect.
StrongHearts vs The Rascalz
This match was the match of the night to me. What a performance put on by all 6 men! This match was physical, hard-hitting, and an athletic showdown. Stronghearts was so fun to watch in person. They really knew how to work the crowd.
Their chops on the Rascalz were so loud you could probably hear them in New York. Cima is always a pleasure to watch. The Rascalz were awesome to watch. All three of them showed why they are three of the best up and comers in the World. The crowd was so energetic during this match. Back and forth chants for each team. In the end, Stronghearts would pick up the victory via pinfall. But really we, the fans, were the real winners for getting to watch such a great performance. After the match, all 6 men embraced and shared a moment with each other and the crowd. Now that was an exhilarating match!
Bully Ray vs Brian Pillman Jr. in a Chicago Street Fight
This was really fun. Bully Ray is one of the best heels in the business. He is so darn good on the mic. He tells Pillman that this could have been a regular match but he had to run his mouth so now it will be a Chicago Street Fight. Pillman had no issues with it and we were on. These guys tore into each other in and out of the ring. Bully would hit Pillman with some devastating chair shots across the back. At one point Pillman was begging Bully to hit him in the head with the chair. Bully acted as he would and then low blowed Pillman instead. Pillman showed guts, moxy, and charisma in this match and refused to stay down. Bully eventually powerbombed Brian through a table for the 1-2-3. After the match Bully got back on the mic and told Pillman he just earned his respect and asked him to shake his hand. Pillman did and they left. Really fun street fight. Bully Ray still has IT and Pillman could really be something one day.
Warrior Wrestling Women’s Championship War of Attrition Match: Tessa Blanchard (c), Britt Baker, Madison Rayne, Taya Valkyrie, Kylie Rae, Big Swole, Rae Lynn, and Tasha Steelz
First of all, I want to say this match would have easily been the match of the night if it wasn’t for that amazing 6 man tag earlier. Anyway. Let’s get into what a War of Attrition match is. It starts with 8 men or women, in this case, women. The 8 women are blindly put into two teams of four. They have a 4 on 4 match and determine a winner. The winning team of the 4 on 4 then will break down into two teams of two. So a second match starts now a two on two match. The winners of the two on two match square off one on one for the title. What an awesome concept!
The teams for the match were pretty one-sided for the 4 on 4 match. On one side we had Tessa, Britt, Madison Rayne, and Taya Valkyrie. The other consisted of Big Swole, Rae Lynn, Kylie Rae, and Tasha Steelz. I loved Steelz music she had some awesome charisma. This match was awesome. These women tore the roof off of Marion Catholic High School. Tessa’s team would end up getting the victory.
We now will get a tag match between Tessa and Taya against Baker and Rayne. This was solid as well. Not as good as the 4 on 4 but good. Taya and Tessa get the win setting up a one on one match for the Warrior Wrestling Women’s title.
This match was so good. They fought in the ring, outside, through the crowd, into the rafter, and more. They beat the heck out of each and put on an awesome show. The crowd was hot for Taya they really wanted a new champ, but they did not get one. Tessa Blanchard defeated Taya Valkyrie to retain her title. GREAT match!
The North vs The Space Pirates
The North is a dominant unit. They are the current Impact Tag Team Champions. This match was for those belts. The Space Pirates were fairly entertaining but this match was all about the North. All Ego Ethan Page is the real deal. He has the look to be a HUGE deal in the wrestling industry. He has so much charisma. He reminds me of a bigger Miz just a really funny dude who could work. The North worked the crowd great throughout the match and picked up the 3 for the win.
Jonathan Gresham vs Daga
Wow. That’s all I have to say about this match. If there is video of these two out there somewhere it should go on youtube for hot to chain wrestle. These guys put on a great wrestling match. Submission attempts, grappling, and phenomenal moves. Both men are incredibly strong and athletic. Gresham is awesome to see in person and his mask is even cooler. Great match. The crowd was really into this one. Gresham picks up the win here.
World Heavyweight Championship War of Attrition Match: Mike Elgin, Brian Pillman Jr., Lance Archer, Sam Adonis, Frank the Clown, Aramis, Black Taurus, and Andrew Everett
This match was fantastic. These guys put on a great show starting with their entrances. Lance Archer’s entrance is the best. He came out and destroyed security as usual which was awesome. I was shocked to see Andrew Everett isn’t actually a giant. When he came out I turned to my fiancee and said this dude is a giant. He comes through the curtain and he is certainly not a giant but he is extremely entertaining.
The 4 on 4 match broke down into teams of Archer, Taurus, Aramis, and Frank the Clown against Sam Adonis, Mike Elgin, Andrew Everett, and Brian Pillman Jr.
Pillman Jr. took the place of the injured Warrior Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Brian Cage.
This match was all over the place. Archer laid out his teammate Frank the Clown before the match started which was hilarious. Team Elgin ends up getting the win after Elgin gets the pinfall. Since Elgin got the win and there was no champion in the match Big Mike got to pick his partner. He chose the “Giant” Andrew Everett.
The two on two match is now Brian Pillman Jr. working his third match of the night and Sam Adonis against Mike Elgin and Andrew Everett. After a great back and forth tag match with physicality and high spots. Pillman Jr. and Adonis pick up the win.
Let me tell you something about Sam Adonis. He is going to be a STAR one day. I absolutely loved this dude. He stuck out like a sore thumb in this match to me. He has the look and charisma to do big things in this business.
Pillman Jr. and Adonis go one on one for the Warrior Wrestling Championship. Back and forth they went as Pillman was wrestling his fourth match of the night. At the end of the match and the end of the night, we have a NEW Warrior Wrestling Champion…Brian Pillman Jr. In an epic night walks out the champion.
What a match and what a night!
From start to finish this show was awesome. It was a great crowd with even better in-ring action. StrongHearts and The Rascalz was easily the MATCH OF THE NIGHT. Some superstars who stood out to me include Sam Adonis, All Ego Ethan Page, and Frank the Clown. Lance Archer is AWESOME to watch in person pure entertainment.
Congrats to Brian Pillman Jr. for winning the Warrior Wrestling Championship.