It was high flyers, hard hits, and lucha libre (oh my!) Saturday night as Ronin Pro Wrestling made its return to the Broward College South Campus gymnasium for their sixth show. Before the show got under way, Ronin announcer Chris Santiago introduced Ronin interviewer Kid Cadet as she sang the National Anthem.
It was a tag team affair that kicked the show off as the team of Alex Green and Evan Markopoulos took on Aron Agony and Gabriel Black. The latter took on TECH at Ronin’s last show, but they were unable to pick the W. Green and Markopoulos gain an early advantage in the bout by beating on Agony and isolating him so he could not tag Black. However, the speed and quickness of Agony and Speed was no match for Green and Markopoulos as the former got their first win as a team in Ronin.
At Ronin’s next show on July 25, there will be a Fatal Four-Way match to crown the undisputed Ronin Heavyweight Champion. “The Fitness Guru” Joey Bricco and Donovan are two of the four men that earned their spot in the match with Bricco winning the Ronin Rumble his spot and Donovan earning his place with the best singles record in Ronin. Two matches took place to determine the remaining two slots in the upcoming championship match, but there were some interesting developments that involved all four competitors.
Alex Chamberlain faced Deimos and “The Hashtag Warrior” Edward Malken in a triple threat bout to see who will get the third spot in the title match. Malken’s attempt to perform his “nippleplex” was averted by Deimos and Chamberlain early on when they both attacked Malken. From there, Chamberlain and Deimos were focused on beating the holy hell out of each other. There was a great spot in the match as Malken found himself in a precarious situation, perched on the top turnbuckle as Chamberlain was ready to hit a superplex. However, Deimos positioned himself to deliver a powerbomb on Chamberlain while Chamberlain hit Malken with a devastating superplex. From there, Malken couldn’t recover as Deimos hit him a spear, which gave Chamberlain the opportunity to deliver a Fireman’s Carry Facebuster to win the match.
“The Fitness Guru” Joey Bricco, who was accompanied by Buff Swellington, went one-on-one with Dash Maverick. Maverick really pounded away on Bricco with things getting a little interesting when Maverick confronted Swellington. With Bricco garnering the attention of the referee, Swellington hit a stunner on Maverick, giving “The Fitness Guru” the easy win. The exhausted Bricco cut a promo afterwards on how he picked up the win “all by himself” and proclaimed how he will win the championship Fatal Four-Way in July. Bricco left the ring and sat down in the back of the gymnasium to watch the next match, which features his former protégé and upcoming opponent: Donovan.
Aside from his first loss in Ronin (courtesy of Bricco getting pinned in a six-man tag match), Donovan has been on a roll as he got ready to take on his next opponent/victim is Maxwell Chicago. Chicago did everything he could to prevent the start of the match including getting some fitness tips from Bricco. Frustrated, Donovan chased Chicago around the gym and into the ring. Swellington did his best to distract Donovan during his match, but it just added more fuel to the fire. After finishing off Chicago and winning the bout, Donovan beat Swellington “like a government mule” with a steel chair. Chamberlain came out to calm down the big guy, but it was all a ruse as he hit Donovan with a Fireman’s Carry Facebuster.
Another triple threat match took place for the last spot in the July Ronin championship match as Aron Agony made his second appearance of the evening when he took on Jessy Sorensen and Nick Fame. Agony got the drop on both Fame and Sorensen as they stood face-to-face when Agony hit both of them with a flying dropkick. However, Agony was taken out early on the match when he was sent flying to ringside. The action mostly took place between Fame and Sorensen as they did everything they could to get the pinfall. Agony eventually made a comeback as he hit a Swanton Bomb on Fame, only to find himself on the receiving end of Sorensen’s superkick to pick up the win.
Alex Chamberlain came out to talk to Sorensen about “making the right call” until Donovan charged the squared circle for some payback. What ensued was an all-out brawl that saw the Ronin locker room empty out in order to hold back Donovan and Chamberlain. Sorensen solidified his “partnership” with Chamberlain by hitting Donovan with a superkick.
Monster Tarver and Jeff Boom seeks vengeance on the team of Eddie Graves and Teddy Stigma aka The Savages after Boom was beaten by Stigma and The Savages laid the smackdown on Tarver after Tarver’s victory against Graves. Accompanied by Trina Michaels and Amy Rose, the Savages used the two-on-one advantage as much as they could as they took turns attacking Boom behind the referee’s back. Distractions were bound to happen with Michaels and Rose at ringside. Rose took one for the team when got spanked by Boom, but Michaels got the last laugh when she distracted Boom long enough for Graves to spit whiskey in the face of Boom. One running knee attack later, the Savages were able to walk away with a victory.
In the match of the night, TECH and Aaron Solo faced off against Team Lucha aka Lince Dorado, Cruz and Rios. TECH and Solo attacked Team Lucha before the match could get under way. Mike Monroe, TC Read and Solo did their best to ground the high-flying luchadors including Monroe hitting a big sitdown powerbomb on Dorado. It didn’t last long as Dorado, Cruz and Rios hits some acrobatic maneuvers on TECH and Solo including Cruz delivering a top rope superplex to Read on top of Monroe, Solo and Rios followed by a moonsault from Dorado to the floor onto his tag partners and opponents. Teamwork was the key to victory as Dorado, Cruz and Rios hit Swanton Bomb, moonsault and splash in order to get the win.
An excellent story was told throughout the match-up between “The Knockout Artist” Chris Hero and “The American Sasuke” Mikaze. It was basically David vs. Goliath as Hero utilized the strength and height advantage over Mikaze to dominate his opponent. It mostly a one-sided affair that was reminiscent of WWE matches like Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena at SummerSlam 2014 or Kevin Owen vs. Sami Zayn at NXT Takeover: Rival. Hero really took it to Mikaze with a series of devastating strikes and hits meant to keep the high-flying Mikaze grounded. Mikaze uses a brief burst of energy to make a comeback with a couple of kicks and flying top rope knee drop. Hero lived up to his nickname as he served up a Tombstone Piledriver, some Big Boots to the face and an elbow KO and tried to pin his fallen foe, but Mikaze kicked out a the last second. Angry and pissed off, Mikaze went on a rampage that ended quickly with Hero hits back-to-back elbows to the head and scoring the pinfall victory.
In the main event of the evening, former WWE Superstar “The Darewolf” PJ Black (FKA Justin Gabriel), who was accompanied by Johnny Ferrari and his customized megaphone, went mano-a-mano with Mr. 450 in ‘The Clash of the 450 Splashes.” This was a bout that delivered some spectacular death-defying maneuvers from Black and Mr. 450 with Black doing to the best he can to win with a suicide dive and a corkscrew splash on Mr. 450 to the outside. Mr. 450 was able to bounce back when he hit back at Black with some German Suplexes including one he hit on the former WWE Superstar from the top rope. Everything looked for Mr. 450 especially after he was able to nail Black with his 450 Splash, but everyone was shocked when Black kicked out. Black came back with his own 450 Splash and almost came away with the win when Ferrari distracted the referee and Mr. 450 rolled up Black to get the three-count. Ferrari made it clear that the distraction was not an accident as he turned his back on Black. Despite all of that, Black was in good spirits as he challenged Mr. 450 to a rematch, only for the victor to decline the offer.
Ronin Pro Wrestling will be back once again at the Broward College South Campus gymnasium on July 25th where the first-ever Ronin Heavyweight Champion will be crowned when “The Fitness Guru” Joey Bricco, Alex Chamberlain, Donovan and Jesse Sorensen battle it out Fatal Four-Way match. For more information, check out roninprowrestlling.com.