MICHIGAN WRESTLING ORGANIZATION PRESENTS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22ND @ 3:00 PM
WATERFORD RECREATION CENTER
5640 Williams Lake Rd. Waterford, MI
ADMISSION: $5.00 at the door. Ages 5 & under FREE
With an annual event that has the reputation of being the most unpredictable night in the Michigan Wrestling Organization’ s annual calendar, there was a lot of question of what was in store for Trick-or-Slam’s 20th anniversary as an MWO supercard. No one could have foreseen the amount of chaos that not only shook the foundations of the Waterford Recreation Center, but that of the organization as well.
On October 22, the MWO returned to Waterford for Trick-or-Slam, an anticipated card that advertised six matches on the card, including three title defenses and two elimination tag team matches. With a different set in place, the atmosphere inside the center was truly one of a big show feel. From the opening match to the main event, fans in attendance witnessed a lot of big happenings, many of which will surly play a major role in the immediate future. Here are some of the highlights from the 2017 edition of the organization’s fall-time extravaganza.
TWO TITLE REIGNS REMAIN; ONE CHANGES HANDS –
Two of the three defending champions were able to retain their respective championships in impressive outings. The Uprising’s Real Deal Michael Reaver remains the MWO heavyweight champion following his physical rematch with former titlist the Creature Feature John Campbell. Much like their initial showdown at SummerSmash, Reaver was depending on assistance from his Uprising partners Blackwell and Brother Will Vendetta (more on Blackwell below), but Campbell was prepared for the outside interference. However, with the no holds barred mantra surrounding the match, the Real Deal was able to leave Waterford with the MWO Championship title in tow.
The Clouse Brothers emerged victorious in a controversial defense of their MWO Tag Team championships by winning their long-running feud with The Bromance. At the tail end of the match, Jason “the Basher” Clouse was tapping to the Superstar Alex Crow’s cross arm bar but the referee’s attention was on the brawl between Jacob Brawn and Pure Fury Jeff Clouse. This opened the door of opportunity for the Basher to score a pinfall over Crow following a Basher Smasher.
One titleholder who was not as lucky was the Fabulous Scotty Fraytown, who lost his MWO Great Lakes championship to the popular Bam Grizzlee in a Lumberjack Match. The victory avenges Grizzlee’s loss to Fraytown in August and gives the mountain man his second championship in the MWO in 2017.
UNIONS DISSOLVE IN VIOLENT FASHION –
Several partnerships and unions met their demise during the course of the 20th annual Trick-or-Slam. Making major headlines is Blackwell, who turned his back on The Uprising and manager Simon Paige at the end of MWO champion Real Deal Michael Reaver’s title defense against John Campbell. Blackwell has been a cornerstone of the group and was a huge influence in Reaver’s title win over Campbell in August, and again at Trick-or-Slam. But after the match, Blackwell stunned everyone by dropping Reaver in the ring in an apparent divorce from the group he helped create.
The tag team of The Bromance also dissolved in shocking fashion, as Jacob Brawn attacked the Superstar Alex Crow following their failed bid to regain the MWO Tag Team titles. Even more shocking was that Crow’s long-time personal assistant Jessica Monroe sided with Brawn in the attack. Crow had to be helped to the dressing room and reportedly was taken directly to a local medical facility. No futher updates regarding the Superstar’s injuries have been announced.
One of the elimination tag team matches also provided a surprise betrayal that will likely be a focal point of the MWO Television title division. Team Leedy teammates Cesar Ashur and reigning TV champion A.Wicked were involved in an altercation after Ashur slammed Wicked and walked away in a shower of jeers from the fans. It’s expected that Cesar will now look to challenge Wicked for the championship.
LEEDYGETS PAIGE; CROSS, TERYN LIKELY
TO RECEIVE TITLE SHOTS WITH BIG WINS
With his team’s opening match victory at Trick-or-Slam, THEE Cody Leedy will have an early Christmas present on Sunday, December 17. Team captain Leedy and the Darkstar Logan will the surviving members and winners against Team Blackwell, a combination primarily made up of members of The Uprising and Positive Promotions. But due to a prematch stipulation, the win now sends Leedy into Christmas Clash and a one-on-one match with Simon Paige. The manager of The Uprising was obviously upset with the result but said he will find a way to defeat Leedy at Christmas Clash.
The other elimination match saw Victor Cross emerge as the sole survivor in a match he captained against Old School Ric Caurdiea’s squad. The story here was the internal conflict between Team Cross members the Valor Society and Fat Tony & Adrian Anderson that erupted in a big fight. Somehow, Cross managed to get the win and is now in line for a shot at an MWO title in the very near future.
Another superstar moving up the ranks is Jack Teryn, who has now defeated Skullz in back-to-back supercard matches. Teryn’s latest victory over the Ruler of Parts Unknown was in a Rest in Peace Match, a stipulation that was thought to be an advantage for Skullz, but it was Teryn who is moving up the standings in the MWO.