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C*4 “A History of Violence” Review (3/19/16)

Last time, I kicked off our C*4 coverage, recapping “Underground Volume 2,” which turned out to be a great event featuring Space Monkey facing Mathieu St. Jacques in the main event. This time I don’t have to pay again, as “A History of Violence” is included in the double-package $9.99 steal available on Smark Mark Video. With that being said, this looks just as good, if not better on paper than February’s outing. Brent Banks and 2 Cold Scorpio TEAM-UP, Space Monkey faces Twiggy, and in the main event, “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela makes his way across the border to challenge Mathieu St. Jacques for his C*4 Championship. All this and much more on this March card. Let’s get into the show.

Decker Lockhar vs. Deeno Benjamin vs. Evan Adams vs. Kevin Blanchard vs. Qefka the Quiet vs. Sebastian Suave

Six man mayhem’s are never bad ideas on paper to kickoff a show. Some of you may know Suave from his current tenure as one-half of the Overdogs, mostly in Smash Wrestling. This was a fun opener and did what it had to do for 10 minutes. I enjoyed everyone in the match, and spent some time trying to figure out what exactly Qefka’s gimmick is. He’s like half clown half WEIRD GUY. Kevin Blanchard absolutely stole the show and put on a performance clinic, with an excellent sequence with Suave, pulling out a cartwheel superkick (like Hanson’s lariat but a superkick), and a springboard double storm which I don’t think I’ve ever seen. Tons of dives were hit including Adams landing on everyone. Suave speared into Lockhar’s gut which triggered a four man tower of doom. Adams hit a spiral tap but was pinned after Suave hit the Suave Effect. Cannot complain at all.

Cecil Nyx vs. Joe Gacy

Two bigger men clashing here. Some of you may know Gacy from the United States indies. Nyx clutched it on the last show, being under the weather sick as a dog. Matches like this make me proud of Canadian indies as well as supporting the “underground”. This was unreal for still being short. It was a hoss fight magnified into an atmosphere that has one rule: keep telling the other guy “fuck you”! These guys kept bringing it at a pace they didn’t even have to work, but they did. They stole the show and performed numerous surprising moves for their size. The match would transition from segment to segment, of both kicking out of what each other gave – with pure hatred attached. Spears, fighting spirit, Whisper in the Winds, lionsaults, THE RINGS OF FREAKING SATURN, a top rope exploder, a Blue Thunder Bomb, and a handspring stunner; all delivered, plus so much more. Cecil sold being nearly dead well, rising back up only to fall back down. Gacy went for a swanton but missed and was rolled-up, as Nyx steals the victory. I liked the finish as it progressed things in the future well, including Nyx’s character, but I wish we got an insanely epic final chapter to this mini-hoss extravaganza. Great stuff. You need to check this out.

Jonathon Rukin & Velvet Jones vs. Michael Von Payton & Vanessa Kraven

Some intergender action, and my first time seeing Rukin and Jones together as a two man squad instead of in a huge multi-man. Some may consider me not a counicssour of fun wrestling, but when it’s not offensive, it’s an awesome sight to see. This was simply a fun tag match. You don’t need to know anything ongoing storylines, you just sit back and watch entertainment. Velvet is a dude that could be in WWE right now in a comedy tag team, he’s so Rich Swann, he’s like his twin but even more flamboyant and goofy; it’s fantastic. That’s why the Rukin combination caps it all off, because he’s the side big brother … man … type of partner that backs him up. Then we’ve got Kraven and Payton which is hilarious as a combination, they’re both huge and separate genders. Almost like an awkward brother/sister combo. The match was built around Velvet consistently flirting with Kraven, but it was more a show-tell flirt than a “look I’m doing this because it’s intergender” part of the show. This resulted in hilarious moments, including Velvet getting down on his knees. Payton and Kraven bumped heads, which led to Kraven taking the pin to the surprise of myself after a splash.

Shane Sabre vs. Viking

Holy shit. This was less than 10 minutes but told a great story. Sabre’s booking in C*4, even on these two shows I’ve seen, has contained so much variety and is putting him on an intriguing path. He lost a barn-burner (sans that botch) to Speedball Mike Bailey at the last event, and the next month is IN A WAR OF STAPLES vs. Viking, a hardcore wrestler who’s very intimidating upon first exposure. This spilled in and out of the ring, but built to a massive spot in which Sabre brought out a hardcore side, stapling local fliers on Viking’s face, even multiple. However, only a minute or two later, Viking brought back a surge of offense and spiked Sabre into the mat with a piledriver variation for the win. Quick, simple, and effective. This show is already a favorite of mine because of the past few matches and this one.

(C*4 Tag Team Championship) John Greed & Tarik (c) vs. Stu Grayson & Thomas Dubois

C*4 selected Grayson’s partner, as he couldn’t challenge alone. Of course, the two are rivals. Greed and Tarik are an interesting combination as it’s a perfect example of doing something different than another promotion is with two talents (Smash). This was a wild ride, and one of the most unique tag matches I can recall watching. Grayson and Dubois would either not work together at all, or finally come together in the culmination of a mini in match storyline. For nearly the entire match, Grayson would attempt to win the titles alone, teasing hot tags, but never actually delivering. This resulted in a brilliant spot that saw Greed hold the ropes open, and Stu flew out of the ring. Stu hit a double pele and finally made the hot tag. You’d think they’d work together from then on out, but nope. Dubois went all out, even giving Greed a powerbomb off the top rope, but eventually Stu tagged himself in; which resulted in a massive hockey fight. They interwove offense to their opponents then went right back to hating each other. It was fantastic to see unfold. Dubois hit a tombstone on Stu, and went up top for a splash, but Sebastian Suave interfered. DUBOIS KICKED OUT OF THE FIVE TON SPLASH! However, a Penalty Kick and another five ton splash combo won the match for the champions. This was on the verge of very good, it was a good title defense which told a great, classic story in a whole new way. The interference wasn’t harmful either, as Evan Adams prevented Suave from doing anything further. Another bright spot on the show.

Giant Tiger’s manager, Twiggy ran-down the audience and explained that unless an air horn was confiscated, the match would not begin. Tiger rubbed the horn on his ass and Twiggy broke it over his leg. They continued to explain that in order for the match to start…(this) and (this) need to happen, etc. “You wrestle him, and I wrestle you…” was signed, sealed, and delivered. Giant Tiger vs. Space Monkey happens first.

Space Monkey vs. Giant Tiger

This didn’t go long at all. Monkey won via roll-up.

Space Monkey vs. Twiggy

This was solid for however long it lasted. Another short match. Twiggy is a hilarious heel and brings the banter not just on the mic, but in ring as well. He shouted at the crowd that the match was “about to get real boring now!” He also provided the troll chin-lock that’s not even original anymore, but works like a charm everytime. Space Monkey hit the MONKEYNOKU driver for a near fall. Monkey kipped up only to be low-blowed. The ref was slapped in the face which led to a disqualification. Once again, not much, but it worked fine, maybe even good.

Post-match came a marvelous segment, with Twiggy cutting one of the promos of the year. He promised he’d be disqualified in every single match he’s in for the rest of his C*4 career because he knows how much people like DQs. He also exclaimed that “this is the moment that I declare war on this fucking company,” putting the space mask on Monkey and posing for pictures. Tiger also mocked the crowd, asking them to cheer for Monkey now, and the two left.

2 Cold Scorpio, Brent Banks & Franky the Mobster vs. Cheech Hernandez, Christopher Bishop & Facade

All these guys, more interestingly 2 Cold Scorpio, Brent Banks, and Facade in the same ring. What a time to be alive. As expected this was a completely goofy match, that interpreted some solid work from everyone involved. Frankie the Mobster twerked; if that isn’t “your moneys worth” than I don’t know what is! Speaking of Frankie, he also executed a LUCHA ARM DRAG. Scorpio still has it, or at least is able to wrestle still, and hit a twisting splash and a somersault leg drop. Banks and 2 Cold didn’t work together enough which sucked as a hopeful thing I wanted to happen. Everyone hit their spots and Frankie went nuts again, this man is very good at entertaining the masses. Facade hit a spin kick after walking the ropes for the leap but that was the last batch of offense he’d get in. Even the ref splashed Facade on the corner (albeit by accident). A chokebomb, 2 Cold moonsault, Frankie suicide dive, Banks splash combo on the whole team got the coolest trio on the block the win over Facade. I legit want this team for 2016 King of Trios, especially vs. Team Sendai Girls. Slightly joking. Fun for a co-main and another no frills “let’s have some fun” type of match, I’m glad they gave Brent the pin.

(C*4 Championship Street Fight) Mathieu St. Jacques (c) vs. Joey Janela

“The Bad Boy,” one of Dustin’s favorite wrestlers, invades C*4 and looks to do what Space Monkey couldn’t do last show, although the title is, actually on the line this time. Plus it’s a Street Fight. Much like every prior match on the show, this was also unique and set a completely different tone than any other match on the show. This had a surprise street fight stipulation, yet wasn’t built like Sabre/Viking; it felt like a classic-paced main event with the stipulation added for added effect. Janela’s limbwork was fantastic, kicking away at St. Jacques, which even made for a hilarious commentary reference to Owen Hart’s “I kicked your leg outta your leg” line in a promo. This still spilled to the outside like all street fights, but found its way back inside quickly. Janela took TWO piledrivers, one on the apron, and on on the C*4 title, but he kicked out both times. I enjoyed the limbwork vs. overpowering lumberjack dynamic. Janela lived up to the “Bad Boy” moniker, trying to win the title at any cost. He put the ref in the way of a table so St. Jacques speared him through instead. This led to back and forth teases of “I could have won had the ref been up”. The finish was great. Janela hit St. Jacques with the title but he kicked out. A Death Valley Driver onto a chair even was kicked out of. It wasn’t overdone fighting spirit but it felt right, like a war. Janela got in a little more offense but passed out in the Canadian Cloverleaf. St. Jacques retains the C*4 Championship in a unique main event that made its way through the street fight stipulation very well.

“A History of Violence” is one of my favorite shows of the year thus far. Was there any match of the year contenders? No. Was there anything close to five stars? No. But, the guys over at C*4 paced this show, put it together, filled the right names in the right places, made certain things last just long enough, and placed unique sets of circumstances on each match that made the show feel that much more special as a viewer. There was nothing bad, everything was heavily enjoyable, and the most important part of the show was variety. We had multi-man mayhem in both singles and tag matches, we had intergender done right in a comedic way, we had a hardcore match that went the perfect amount of time, we had angles furthered, and a well paced main event that made both guys feel like big deals, and overdid nothing resulting in an accurate finish that adds another “great match” check to the checklist of Mathieu St. Jaques reign as C*4 Champion. Lastly, shoutout to commentary for being awesome. They added a lot to the show and walked a hard-to-walk fine line between comedy and calling the action. Until next time.

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