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Shamrock Slam

3/17/2012 - Santa Maria, California

 

CONTROVERSY REIGNS AS SHAMROCK SLAM ENDS
A unscheduled title match ends with a new Heavyweight Champion

 

 

SANTA MARIA, CALIFORNIA (VP) -- Another packed house in Santa Maria, as over 1,000 fans jammed into the Lakeview Jr. High School Gymnasium for Shamrock Slam.
The first thing most people noticed was the new "look", as new ring skirts, turnbuckle pads with 'V' logos, and a new look entrance way with banners featuring some of the top names to ever compete in Vendetta Pro Wrestling. The show was kicked off as ring announcer Donovan Troi welcomed everyone to the show, and informed everyone that this event was being recorded for DVD, produced by Highlight Media. Things then got underway as Vendetta Pro Wrestling brought plenty of hard-hitting, high-flying and exciting action. All three Championship titles would be on the line on this cold, rainy evening, and all three title matches would end with some sort of controversy.
The All Pro Wrestling / Vendetta Pro Wrestling Unified Tag-Team titles would be on the line in the Dos Perfectos Four-Way Invitational. The team of Greg Hernandez 'Y' Jesse Jimenez have been undefeated for a full year, successfully defending the titles in both organizations against stiff competition. On this night, they would take on three other teams. Ricky Ruffin, who was the first to accept the challenge, paired up with the undefeated Jefferson T. Stahr. Mucha Lucha members Tenchismo and Fernando Estrella would also pair up--for Estrella, this would be his first appearance on a major event, so this was an even bigger opportunity for him to become a breakout star in Vendetta Pro. Clay Tawzer, the rebel rouser, teamed up with a drinking buddy of his in The Drunken Irishman.
The Vendetta Pro Wrestling Tri-Force title was on the line, as Rik Luxury--along with his manager, Markus Mac--would defend the title against both the returning Famous B. and the debuting "New Age Punisher" B-Boy!
The Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship would be on the line in the evening's main event, as Sunami would defend against Gangrel The Vampire Warrior. What happened after this match caused the biggest controversy of the night, and will have far-reaching effects.
Here now are the results of this epic event! This is Shamrock Slam! This is Vendetta Pro!

 

 

Opening Match
"Apostle"
Judah Matthew
w/ Pastor Phipps
-vs.-
"The Golden Boy"
Dylan Drake

The night's opening contest would see one of the young stars from the Vendetta Pro Wrestling Academy taking on one of Northern California's top competitors.
In his previous appearance in Vendetta Pro, Dylan Drake challenged for the Tri-Force title against both JECKLES and then-titleholder Dana Lee. While unsuccessful in that match, he has proven himself outside of Vendetta Pro as one of the most talented competitors, having been a two-time APW Universal Heavyweight Champion. On this night, he was looking to improve his standings to possibly challenge for a Vendetta Pro title.
Standing in his way was "Apostle" Judah Matthew, who was accompanied to the ring by the Pastor Kodi Phipps. At Reflexion, Apostle looked good against veteran competitor Gangrel. Now, he was looking to make his name by closing the book of Dylan.
This was a decent back-and-forth contest. Drake tried early on to lock in his "Bay-to-Breaker" Sharpshooter, but Apostle's leg strength would not allow him to lock it on. Pastor Phipps played a huge role on the outside, taking every opportunity he could to choke or otherwise attack Drake when the referee was dealing with Apostle's sins against the book of regulations. Still, all of this was not enough to stop "The Golden Boy" from completing his quest for Vendetta Pro gold, as Drake struck down upon Apostle with a high crossbody to pick up the pinfall and the victory.

Winner by Pinfall:
Dylan Drake

 

 

Vendetta Pro Wrestling Tri-Force Championship
Famous B.
-vs.-
"The New Age Punisher"
B-Boy

-vs.-
Vendetta Pro Wrestling Tri-Force Champion
"Wrestling Personified"
Rik Luxury
w/ Markus Mac

Back at Reflexion 2012, Rik Luxury became the first man to have held both the Vendetta Pro Heavyweight title and the Vendetta Pro Tri-Force title. Although the prestige is with the Heavyweight title, in many ways, the Tri-Force title is actually more difficult to keep as one has to defend the title against two competitors instead of just one. Never one to be accused of a lack on confidence, Luxury came out as cocky as ever, along with his manager--the self-professed Manager of the Century--Markus Mac. Together, there was nothing that could stop these two.
Luxury's opponents weren't exactly pushovers. Famous B made his return to Vendetta Pro, after having traveled all over California and across the country. He's appeared on Pay-Per-View, proudly representing the West Coast in the Urban Wrestling Federation. Now, he wanted to show the Vendetta Pro fans that not only was he back, but that he was better than ever!
The second challenger was the debuting "New Age Punisher" B-Boy. No stranger to championship gold, this man has held the APW World Wide Internet Championship--a title which Rik Luxury also currently holds, but would not be on the line--as well as the PWG World Tag-Team Championship. B-Boy has competed across the country and world wide, so his credentials earned him a opportunity at the Tri-Force title.
This match featured differing styles that oddly blended well together. Famous B, known as a high-flyer with some technical ability. B-Boy, a street fighter but also an underrated technician. Luxury, known for his technical prowess but not bad when it comes to fisticuffs.
Unlike many title matches, the Champion is actually at a bit of a disadvantage in a Tri-Force match, as he can lose the title without being involved in the decision. Again, the Tri-Force title is actually more difficult to retain than the Heavyweight title. Luxury learned this the hard way, when Famous B landed the "Fly as I wanna B" onto B-Boy to get the pinfall and become the new Champion!

Winner by Pinfall
and NEW
Vendetta Pro Wrestling Tri-Force Champion:

Famous B.

After The Match:
Rik Luxury was understandably enraged at the loss of his Tri-Force title, even though neither man defeated him personally for it. Markus Mac, Luxury's manager, said that he was screwed out of the title and that it is typical of Vendetta Pro Wrestling. He then called in the Commissioner, who was at ringside doing commentary for Highlight Media. Joseph Duncan, the Interim Commissioner of Vendetta Pro Wrestling, got into the ring and was confronted by Markus, who stated that if something wasn't done to fix the situation that they would "walk". Duncan stated that he realizes the value of a great talent like Luxury and that Vendetta Pro did not want to lose his services. Duncan then went on to state that in a way, Markus has done him a favor. Apparently, when Vendetta Pro returns to Lakeview Jr. High School on Friday, May 11th for Melee 2012, that he had a man coming in who needed a quality opponent, and that Luxury definitely fit the bill. If Luxury can win, it would go a long way in proving that he should receive an opportunity at one of the titles that he has previously held. At Melee 2012, Rik Luxury would face...

Former WWE & TNA Superstar

"The Dominator"
Bobby Lashley

Instead of being happy about the opportunity, Markus Mac was in shock that his client was going to be put up against "The Dominator"--the current Shark Fights Heavyweight MMA Champion, four-time All-American wrestler, three-time amateur champion and two-time ECW World Champion. Leaving the ring along with Luxury, Mac said that they'll be there, but that they demanded Duncan to 'fix this' and that he 'fixed nothing'.

 

 

Singles Match
"The Rock of Love"
Billy Blade

w/ "Wildside" Vega Velocity
-vs.-
Former WWE Superstar
"The Masterpiece"
Chris Masters

The always impressive Chris Masters made his Vendetta Pro debut, taking on one-third of the Midnight Delight in Billy Blade. Then again, you never take on only one of them, as Vega Velocity also came down. To be fair, Velocity does have a valid managerial license. Early on, Masters easily outpowered "The Rock of Love", until Blade went to his trademark kicks to even things up. Blade lit Masters up with the Unskinny Chop, but this only served to anger the bigger former WWE Superstar. In the end, Masters went for the Masterlock, when Velocity ran in to save him--only to end up in the Masterlock himself! From behind, Blade nailed a blatant low blow, which prompted the referee to call for the bell. The two Midnight Delight members slipped away leaving Masters cringing in the ring.

Winner as a result of a Disqualification:
Chris Masters

 

 

Singles Match
"Gorgeous"
Joey kAos

w/ Jezabel
-vs.-
WWE Tough Enough Contestant
"Tumbleweed"
A.J. Kirsch

The former Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion took on the man who many argue should've won this last season's WWE Tough Enough, the one they call 'Tumbleweed'.
Joining kAos at ringside was Jezabel, and don't let her lovely looks fool you, she's just as dangerous as any man on the outside and she proved it several times during the match. However, towards the end, she tried to distract A.J. to allow kAos to come up and nail him from behind, but A.J. moved and kAos nailed Jezabel! Moments later, it was A.J. coming off the top rope with a flying elbowdrop for the three count and victory.

Winner by Pinfall:
A.J. Kirsch

 

 

Six-Man Tag-Team Match
Creepshow
Brawlin' Bo Cooper, J.D. Horror & Sledge
-vs.-
Parental Discretion
Mario Banks, Sam Knight & Mike Menace

At Reflexion 2012, Mario Banks turned on his trainer and mentor, Brawlin' Bo Cooper. The former Investment Banker then aligned himself with Sam Knight and Mike Menace. Cooper was saved by, of all people, the team of Sledge and J.D. Horror--the same man who himself had been brutally assaulting Cooper for nearly a year. Seems out of the bloody conflict came a sort of mutual respect between Cooper and Horror. Banks stated that he was tired of Cooper leeching off of him. Knight stated that he was looking to make a name for himself, and had no problem doing do at the expense of Cooper or the other two members of Creepshow. Menace, basically, is always looking for a fight and he found one.
As expected, this was more of a fight than a wrestling match. Parental Discretion looked impressive, but once they realized they weren't simply going to be able to outfight Creepshow, they left the ring--opting to fight another day. Meanwhile in the ring, Creepshow patiently--or perhaps, impatiently--took the countout victory, before chasing after their three rivals. The fight continued well after the bell, and eventually spilled to the outside. There are reports that this battle went as far as to involve an automobile chase. More on that will be reported if and when confirmed.

Winners as a result of a Countout:
Creepshow

 

 

Dos Perfectos Four Corners Tag-Team Invitational for the
All Pro Wrestling / Vendetta Pro Wrestling
Unified Tag-Team Championship

The team of
Ricky Ruffin
&
Jefferson T. Stahr
-vs.-
Mucha Lucha
Tenchismo 'Y' Fernando Estrella

-vs.-
The team of
Clay Tawzer
&
The Drunken Irishman
-vs.-

Unified Tag-Team Champions
Dos Perfectos
Greg Hernandez 'Y' Jesse Jimenez

Dos Perfectos, having gone a full year undefeated, beating teams from both Vendetta Pro Wrestling and All Pro Wrestling, issued an open challenge to anyone who could form a team. The Commissioner's office suggested to three Vendetta Pro Academy graduates that they should enter, and that per the challenge issued, they could pick any teammate. Ruffin selected J.T. Stahr, while Tenchismo selected Mucha Lucha amigo Fernando Estrella (who made his first appearance on a major event). Tawzer gave a clue as to who his partner was, but did not explicitly announce him until in the ring as his drinking buddy The Drunken Irishman. Tawzer was able to put his power to good use, while Ruffin and Stahr displayed their smooth technical moves. Mucha Lucha took to the air with quick, high-flying moves. But it was Dos Perfectos who again outsmarted everyone. The match would feature two men at a time in the ring, with any legal competitor being able to tag out to anyone waiting in a corner. Towards the end, all eight men in the match were involved both inside and outside the ring, but the two legal competitors were... Greg Hernandez, who rolled up and pinned the other legal man--Jesse Jimenez! Hernandez even went as far as to grab the tights for extra leverage, and the referee called for the three. Outside the ring, a bewildered Jesse Jimenez couldn’t believe what had happened, and he openly questioned his tag partner until it hit him–he just retained the title as Dos Perfectos were declared the winners and still Unified Tag-Team Champions.

Winners by Pinfall
and STILL

All Pro Wrestling / Vendetta Pro Wrestling
Unified Tag-Team Champions

Dos Perfectos

 

 

Singles Match
SoCal Crazy
-vs.-
Hijo de Rey Misterio

These two exciting Luchadores brought no shortage of excitement to the ring in this event. SoCal Crazy, one of Southern California's most popular high flyers, going head-on against the son of Rey Misterio Sr and cousin of WWE's Rey Mysterio. As expected, this one took to the skies as well as out of the ring. In the end, Misterio pulled off the win, but SoCal Crazy put in a great effort and the crowd voiced their approval of the efforts of both competitors.

Winner by Pinfall:
Hijo de Rey Misterio

 

 

Main Event
Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship

Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion
Sunami
-vs.-

Former ECW, WWE & TNA Superstar
Gangrel
The Vampire Warrior

Gangrel won this opportunity at Reflexion 2012 when he won the Battle Royal to open the show. He further cemented his status as Number One Contender when he later defeated "Apostle" Judah Matthew. You would think he would've been in a better mood, but instead, the Vampire Warrior came into the match in what can only be describe as a state of near-rage. The defending Champion, on the other hand, came to the ring nearly as joyful as he was when he first won the title.
Gangrel dominated large portions of the match, and seemed unusually cocky, often asking the crowd "this is your Champion?" Still, Sunami's fighting spirit was on display, as the Vampire Warrior couldn't keep him down. The one weakness in Gangrel's game is that he is easily frustrated, and it became clear that he was becoming frustrated with his inability to keep the Champion down.
During the match, some anonymous figure came to ringside, dressed in black with a black hat, cape, and a Guy Fawkes mask covering his face. Although he never directly attacked, he did circle the ring several times. It is unknown who this person is, or what his agenda was, but towards the end of the match he got Gangrel's attention by climbing up onto the ring apron when it looked like Gangrel might have had Sunami just about defeated. This momentary distraction allowed Sunami to get up to his feet, and when he did, the anonymous figure then dropped back to the floor. When Gangrel turned around, he walked right into a perfect position to allow Sunami to lift him up onto his shoulders and deliver the "F-SU", which allowed Sunami to make the pin and get the one, SU, three for a SU-ccessful title defense. SU know it!

Winner by Pinfall
and STILL

Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion:
Sunami

After The Match:
Gangrel was clearly puzzled and frustrated by the appearance of the anonymous figure. He left the ring, while Sunami celebrated his victory. The celebration didn't last long, as "Wasting The Dawn" by The 69 Eyes began playing, which was a signal that former titleholder Shannon Ballard was about to make his way out--nobody even knew he was in the building! When Ballard did so, he confronted Interim Commissioner Joseph Duncan who was at ringside providing DVD commentary for Highlight Media about a paper that he signed earlier in the evening. Ballard said that the paper was for a return match for the Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship, and that he wanted the match right now. Duncan got on the mic, and said that he agreed to a return match but that Sunami had just been through a war with Gangrel and that the match shouldn't take place on this night. Ballard then took the mic, and said to the crowd that it looked like their hero, the man they came to see, was going to let them all down. Duncan then took the mic back, and asked Sunami if he wanted the match tonight. Sunami said--to paraphrase the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, "Shell Yeah!".

 

 

Bonus Match
Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship

Shannon Ballard
-vs.-
Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion
Sunami

The Champion, making his second title defense in less than an hour, looked surprisingly good against the fresh Canadian challenger. Ballard, being the former Champion, didn't seem to be any worse for wear after recovering from a minor arm injury that nearly kept him out of action at Reflexion 2012. Sunami's fighting spirit seemed to know no bounds, as he was clearly fatigued but still had enough to deliver a well-executed SU-perplex to Ballard off the top turnbuckle, and looked to be ready to end things with a SUsault when suddenly, Ballard was rolled out of the ring by... his identical twin Shane Ballard! We hadn't seen Shane in well over a year since suffering a major leg injury, but now, Shane had managed to pull off the switch without the referee noticing! Shane rolled out of the way of the SUsault, and then make the cover for the three count to steal the Heavyweight title for his brother!

Winner by Pinfall
and NEW

Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion:
Shannon Ballard

After The Match:
Shane celebrated his "win" in order to help maintain his cover. The referee didn't notice until he slipped out and saw Shannon Ballard still lying on the ground. The official then spoke with the Interim Commissioner (who was still providing commentary for the DVD while trying to also take in what just happened), and was told of the treachery that took place. Soon, Shannon Ballard got back into the ring, and along with twin brother Shane, began to assault Sunami. From the crowd came Sunami's tag partner and best friend, Kadin Anthony, to even up the score. Anthony, not booked on the card, was in his street clothes. Then, Billy Blade and Vega Velocity rushed in to give the Ballards a numbers advantage. After a significant beating, Duncan finally unplugged from Commentary, took the mic, and ordered the men to stop. Reluctantly, they did so, only to hear what the Interim Commissioner had to say. Duncan said that it was not within his power to overturn an official's decision, so unfortunately, the decision stands and Shannon Ballard is the recognized Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion. However, if the Ballards and the Midnight Delight think that there will be no consequences, that they have another thing coming. In fact, at Melee 2012 in Santa Maria on Friday, May 11, it will begin with Billy Blade being put into a match against...

Former WWE & TNA Superstar
Matt Hardy

Blade immediately got out of the ring and confronted Duncan, backing him up towards the curtain with his fist drawn back and protesting. Duncan said that not only will he face Hardy, but that other actions will be taken to correct this situation. Still, the end result is that Shannon Ballard has become the first-ever two-time Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion, and he has managed to do so in a way even more controversial than his first reign. What will the Midnight Delight and the reunited Ballards have in store for Vendetta Pro, and what will the Commissioner's Office response be?

 

 

Pictures of this event are available from We Flash Photography at:
http://weflashphoto.smugmug.com/Events/Shamrock-Slam/22002847_2ktjmd

 

 

Vendetta Pro Wrestling's next event will take place on Saturday, April 15th as we make our debut in Ridgecrest, California for April Cruels Day at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Then, the very next night, in conjunction with the Cauliflower Alley Club, it's Casino Royale at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada!

 

 

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