As the eyes of the wrestling world look to Orlando, and to Wrestlemania, the independent promotions look to share the spotlight. And when all the independent promotions are in town, all of the best independent wrestlers are there. Live from WrestleCon is the WrestleCon Super Show, featuring an array of stars and matches you might not otherwise get to see, including huge names such as Mike Elgin, AR Fox, Sami Callihan, Ricochet and Will Ospreay. Two global championships will also be defended, as Impact World Heavyweight Championship Bobby Lashley goes up against Jeff Cobb in a battle of the big boys, and the DDT Iron Man Heavy Metal Weight Champion Joey Ryan defends his title in a 20-man battle royale. The WrestleCon Super Show comes live from Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive on March 31, 2017, kicking off a huge week for wrestling fans.
+ Team Ospreay (Will Ospreay, Drew Galloway, Lio Rush, Marty Scurll & Ryan Smile) vs Team Ricochet (King Ricochet, Sami Callihan, AR Fox, Dezmond Xavier & Jason Cade): this featured some of the most incredible action I have ever seen, but it still was very choreographed, especially with the various 5 vs 5 moments. Some mid-match shenanigans may well be my none-wrestling moment of the year. At least three of the people in this match are among my favourite indy wrestlers, so I admit I may be a bit biased. Either way, the athleticism should appease everybody
+ Cage (w/ Melissa Santos) vs Johnny Mundo (w/ Taya Valkyrie) (Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match): this match had great action between two of Lucha Underground’s biggest players, and featured at least a handful of wild weapon useage, and one particular table spot that had me wincing. Whether a specter of things to come between the two or just a one off, I was suitably entertained
+ Bobby Lashley (c) vs Jeff Cobb (Impact World Heavyweight Championship): a strange audio mistake during his entrance only added to Lashley’s holier-than-thou attitude, but this soon turned into a really stiff big man slug-fest. Both are incredibly athletic, both are incredibly powerful, and neither are afraid to try and rip the other in half if the situation calls for it. This was a good match
+ Flip Gordon & Sammy Guevara vs Angelico & Jack Evans: even though Evans was very obviously not yet recovered from his injury, this was still an overall enjoyable contest. I think ‘dialed back’ is the best way to describe it, but everyone, especially Evans, worked with what they had and managed to make it work
+ Joey Ryan (c) defends the DDT Iron Man Heavy Metal Weight Championship in a 20-Man Battle Royale: it is no surprise this was very silly, but it was still so much fun. A handful of surprise entrants ranged from cringe-inducing to hilarious, but this was never going to be a technical showcase, and in terms of enjoyment it succeeded
– The Hardys (Broken Matt & Brother Nero) vs The Lucha Bros (Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M): admittedly, this was very strangely paced with lots of far too obvious set-ups. The hype of seeing these teams face each other — two teams of legitimate, real life brothers — soon gave way to many much too obvious moments, and sadly a particulary uninspired ending. I just wanted some more
– Low Ki vs Shane Strickland: I’m not sure when the last time I saw Low-Ki in action was, and it didn’t look like he had skipped a beat. Ironic that Strickland’s other persona is named Killshot, because every one of Low Ki’s attacks looked like a killshot, especially one brutal looking apron move. Strickland is so smooth, but something about the two never clicked in the way I wanted it to
– ACH, Mascarita Dorada & Mike Elgin vs Caleb Konley, David Starr & Trevor Lee: as far as openers go, this was fine. Nothing overly spectacular, aside from the size difference between the minuscule Dorada and the monstrous Elgin being on the same team. Starr continues to be one of the more underappreciated indie talents
– the commentary team was going a bit too hard in making fun of the WWE, and overall it really damaged the show. It came across far too petty, and made the whole show look like a minor-league promotion
> I loved the various entrance songs used. It was jarring, but refreshing to hear some actual songs
Should you watch this event: None of the matches were particularly great in terms of technical, high flying or brawling factors, but they were all so much fun that it is hard to fault the show for what it was trying to be. The more purist-fans may not find as much enjoyment, but if you are a fan of any competitor in particular, check out their match and you might just feel like watching the rest as well.