- Following the ReVival 27 main event Universal Championship contest between Hayes Hanlon and Brandon Youngblood, in which The Tower of Babel won his second Universal Championship, both men were attacked by the group of Tyler Adrian Best, Cecilworth Farthington, and FLAMBERGE. The presumed reformation of The Glue Factory made their impact felt as the show was going off air, only stopped from further brutality by the likes of Nate Colton and new 5 Star Champion Coral Avalon.
Of specific note was Best’s usage of his father’s famed finishing strike, I Kneed A Hero, the shining wizard that has only been kicked out of once since its debut. Hitting Youngblood with the strike sends a clear message about the Universal Championship Number One Contender’s intentions on claiming the title at Tropical Turmoil, all the more evident given, after ReVival went off the air, both Colton and Avalon had to help Youngblood to his feet. Youngblood was noticeably shaken up from the encounter, bleeding profusely from the mouth. The blow was later revealed to have caused at least two of the Tower of Babel’s teeth to have suffered significant chipping. Emergency dental surgery took place over the weekend in Youngblood’s home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and while the extent of the injury isn’t expected to keep him from ring action, he is also scheduled to undergo concussion protocols early in the week.
Youngblood is scheduled to address the situation on the 28th edition of ReVival, taking place in the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.
- The Anglo Luchador has kept things low key since Culture Shock, but he made some waves on a recent episode of The Undergroundcast with Angelica Brooks. The two talked about a few subjects, but the controversy arose when the subject of the High Octane Fighting Club (HOFC) came up. Stemming from a question about the Luchador’s pre-battle royale promo, the two delved into discussion about High Octane Wrestling (HOW) in general. Here’s the transcript of that section specifically:
Brooks: Why so hostile towards promotions like DEFIANCE and HOW?
TAL: DEFIANCE, that was less a shot and more just generality. They’re the other big dog in town with PRIME and HOW, I have no real hard feelings for people there who haven’t wronged me.
Brooks: But not HOW?
TAL: C’mon, Ange, I really don’t want to revisit those old wounds. You’re going to have me back at the Best Arena taking on a whole crew of people wearing eyepatches.
Brooks: What is it though? *laughs* I have to ask you the tough questions, you know.
TAL: If you really want to know, it’s just so much unearned arrogance. Like, they walk around like just because their continuous operation has been longer than ours that automatically, they should be paid deference to. And yeah, there are great wrestlers there. TAB used to be there, then came here and outlasted 40 other people. Dan Ryan, my old boss, great wrestler. Clay Byrd, despite the stupid hat…
Brooks: I feel like there’s a “but” coming.
TAL: HA, well, yeah, I mean, everything there just seems low rent with some derpy-ass motherfuckers running around with big accomplishments to their names. Scott Stevens is a Hall of Famer there? Really? I wish I’d never heard of him with all the bullshit orbiting his name. And don’t get me started on that HOFC shit.
Brooks: What’s wrong with that?
TAL: I mean, it’s just people dragging everything back into the mud, sitting around talking the crassest “yo mama” shit before getting into a cage and punching each other in the dick. Like, far be it from me to criticize other styles, and the people who do shoot-style fighting around the globe for real in actual sanctioned promotions and not the backyard of the fucking pirate millionaire, I respect them. I don’t respect people taking time on an actual wrestling show, where people like me and my opponent at ReV 28 do actual skilled combat. Fuck HOFC, and fuck Mike Best for bringing it back.
Brooks: That’s strong.
TAL: Tough questions require tough answers, Ange. You know me.
While some in the PRIME locker room were reportedly excited over the vitriol, others felt it cast the promotion in a poor light, especially given its stature in PWA along with HOW. We will have more on this as it develops.
- Vickie Hall was said to be “electric” backstage after Jonathan-Christopher’s victory over Cancer Jiles. Vickie could not stop screaming and shouting for joy, to the point that Dametreyus and the Enemigos had to ask her and the rest of the LOVE CONVOY to leave the arena.
Well, Dametreyus had to ask her. The Enemigos just stood there and glared.
Vickie said she was triggered by the request but wouldn’t let the Debbie Downers ruin their victory. She took her group out of the arena but said she would be back for ReVival in two weeks with a major announcement regarding Jonathan-Christopher’s next opponent. Jonathan-Christopher briefly returned to the arena and asked if he could use the facilities because he thought he was going to be sick from anxiety.
- The individuals responsible for throwing comic book pages into the stands were not detained by T-Mobile Arena security, as it is believed they got away. However, four green masks were found in the catwalk of the arena rooftop. The masks were similar designs as The Riddler masks used in the recent Batman movie.
- There was some chatter backstage after the opening four way on ReVival 27. After picking up a big win, it seems that Kohime Mori was approached by Terry Woods. The veteran was insistent that the two go out for drinks to celebrate.
After repeatedly informing Woods she was underage, Mori even went so far as to grab her ID to prove it. Woods brushed off the ID as fake, due to it being a Japanese driver’s license that he couldn’t read. Whether or not the two actually went anywhere is unknown.
- The new 5-Star Champion, Coral Avalon, was already hard at work capitalizing on his success, speaking to reporters after his unexpected victory over Nate Colton.
On his opponent, Coral said, “Good grief, every single one of those Colton kids hit like freight trains. Pretty sure I’m gonna feel each and every one of those forearms and suplexes in the morning. I know Nate’s probably disappointed, but… I know that he’s the future. He’s gonna be amongst the giants sooner rather than later, and I know he can stand with them.”
On his training regimen leading up to the match, “I study my opponents pretty extensively, so I knew a lot of what to expect from Nate. My usual training partner ruined his knee last month, though, so I had to resort to… well, non-standard training. I thank Olmec for his service.”
On the presence of Cecilworth Farthington and FLAMBERGE at ringside for his match, he was all smiles when he asked, “Obviously, they bought tickets, right?”
- After the events of ReVival 27, we caught up with Hayes Hanlon exiting the T-Mobile Arena, after being treated by Astrid Fihlguud and her team, and after once again failing to defend the Universal Championship.
“I won’t lie, I’m a lot more bummed about it than I thought I’d be,” he said. “But I’m glad Youngblood and I got the match we deserved. The bullshit at the end, though? That’s another thing entirely.”
With that segue, we asked for his thoughts on the newly re-formed Glue Factory, including Tyler Adrian Best, Cecilworth Farthington, and FLAMBERGE, who put on a display by beating the Event Horizon and the Tower of Babel after their match had finished.
Hayes took that opportunity to answer directly into the camera.
“Is it Glue Factory? Or Team Limp Dick? You fucking minor-leaguers don’t know when to sit in your corner and just enjoy the show, do you? Not smart. Not at ALL. But hey, I’m not going ANYWHERE. Come say ‘what’s up’ ANY. TIME. I’ll give Tyler and Flambo a swirly in the bathroom and Cecil can watch and take notes.”
Hanlon then pushed the camera away before continuing on to the parking lot.
- One day after ReVival 27 went off the air, news went around that the Winds of Change have agreed to a new one-year contract to PRIME in spite of its lack of a proper tag division to accommodate them.
The second generation tag team fell short of achieving their long-standing goal of becoming “forever PRIME Tag Team Champions” at Culture Shock, and both Joe Fontaine and Sid Phillips have been taking time off from wrestling afterwards. Fontaine had been seen in the Bahamas for the past two weeks, while Phillips’ whereabouts have largely been unknown. Which should be deeply concerning, because how exactly does a 6’5″ powerbomb boy go *missing*?
There’s no word yet on what the impetus for the sudden change of heart is, however, as it was expected that the Winds would test the open market and teases for their arrival in Japan had been airing in Bang! Pro Wrestling since the end of the Sekai Saikyou Cup. Neither Fontaine, Phillips, nor their families have offered any useful comments.
Fontaine’s father, Joey Malone, did offer a buffet of emojis though, so that’s nice. I think.
- As mentioned by the commentary team during ReVival, the flying knee utilized by Tyler Adrian Best is perhaps one of the most famous finishing moves in the history of High Octane Wrestling. “I Kneed A Hero,” popularized and named by Michael Lee Best, has only been kicked out of one time in its history, and held a streak of over five years without a single kick out.
While no official change has been made to Tyler’s bio at this time, the usage of the move against Brandon Youngblood is likely a response to the Streets Sweeper being one of the most kicked out of finishing maneuvers in all of PRIME. If TAB indeed adds this move to his PRIME repertoire, will he see the same success that his father had with it? And in fact, how will the elder Best react to his son using this move on television?
- We managed to catch up with a seemingly dejected Kenny Freeman moments after a tough loss to Tyler Adrian Best, and Kenny…well, he had very little to say.
“It sucks, and I hate it. Nothing like debuting new music and counting the lights. I am mad as hell about getting taken down by not only one but TWO Streets Sweepers, but at least this time I didn’t have to pay seventy bucks a pop for the honor. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go back to my hotel and take a damn nap.”
Pressed to speak on what comes next for the newly-minted Masters of the Moscowverse, Kenny simply shook his head before responding:
“No doubt we’re gonna be hearing from Ivan about this. I can’t say I’m thrilled with the idea, but somehow it’s out of my hands now. Wish me luck!”
With that, Kenny took off before we could ask the most important question on the docket…who’s gonna clean up the overturned catering table he left behind?
- Ivan Stanislav and Alexei Ruslan were spotted leaving the T-Mobile Arena with a Masters of the Moscowverse shirt a-piece. Stanislav’s shirt, which clearly was the largest size they had, still seemed woefully undersized, while Ruslan was checking the tag around the neck of his own shirt.
Stanislav looked grumpy. Which doesn’t really say much because he is perpetually grumpy, but nonetheless the t-shirts haven’t gone unnoticed by the two Russians.
- The T-Mobile Arena did not suffer from any sewage problems after the PRIME roster left the premises Friday evening. Said head of maintenance Art Blackwell, “My cousin-in-law is the head of maintenance over at the Paycom Arena, and I’m tellin’ you right now, the stuff he told me about what went down in the bowels of that building would give you nightmares. We weren’t about to be caught off guard and “in the shit” as it were. It’s like they always say: “You be ready for the shit, or else the shit’s gonna be ready for you.”
No one else has ever said that in recorded history.
- Sources close to Chandler Tsonda confirmed that the Model Citizen received a Toradol shot for an unspecified injury before the opening 4-way at ReVival 27. After a thirteen-year layoff, Tsonda was reported to have been “in rough shape” following a longer-than-expected stint in the Culture Shock Battle Royal and 7th place finish. It was confirmed via text message that this injury from the PPV lingered up to the show in Oklahoma City, though the sources would not comment on the injury’s nature. The Sultan of Style suffered significant back injuries during the ReVolution era, and has spoken multiple times about his refusal to undergo back surgery. Specifically, in his April appearance on the Handsome & Gretel podcast, he offered: “The only way a doctor touches my spine is if they do one of those Mortal Kombat fatalities where they rip it out of my throat.”
- After a week of activity that apparently concerned the other members of the referee team, Senior Officiant Timo Bolamba has decided that he will no longer be utilizing the Jabber app.
That’s it. No earth shaking news here, folks. Move along.
- Eddie Cross stated that there was an uptick in sales of his GG Tee after the recent advertising on the PRIMEporium. During a live stream in which he was talking about the challenge of vying for a title, he mentioned that he had seen some residuals and that his merch is making waves.
He then went on to say, “and if you like this content, smash that like button, subscribe, and turn on post notifications.”
- The grand opening of the Madhouse has come and gone, though the fans at home might not know it. The event’s release is going through some technical delays, due to the numerous camera angles and affronts to reality. When asked about an expected release date, a spokesman for the organization said, “shrug.”
He didn’t shrug; he just said the word.
Amazingly, almost no information about the event has leaked. This is thanks to an ironclad NDA, which states: “Nobody would believe you anyway.”
- No word on how Alexei Ruslan managed to air a reportedly unsanctioned commercial on the ReVival 27 telecast, and he doesn’t seem to be giving any additional information. When confronted backstage, Ruslan shrugged and simply stated, “The Scarlet Sickle asked that I help give more attention to her eventual match at PWA-02, in which she will defend the honor of Mother Russia and Ivan Stanislav. It was the least I could do.” He then snickered and walked away.
- Richard Parker has formally requested a personal security detail after a threatening note was found taped to the longtime PRIME commentator’s dressing room door Friday night.
According to the note, which was allegedly full of spelling and grammatical errors, seemingly promised that unless “Patrick” ceased his negative spoken opinion of Caner Jiles and the eGG Bandits, he would be doomed to die by “eating my butt to death” (as quoted from the message).
In addition to his security request, Parker has also made demands that Jiles and associates be barred from the arena at future PRIME events and thoroughly investigated for conspiracy. There’s no word from PRIME management on how these requests will be handled, though a “Detective Chickentenders” has reportedly expressed interest in picking up the case.
- When asked for a follow-up from his explosive appearances across the most recent ReVival, FLAMBERGE responded, “You saw what happened at the end of the show, and you want MORE news? Fuck out of here.”
- Though he refused ringside medical treatment following his battle against Paxton Ray, “the Escape Artist” Rezin nevertheless checked in with Dr. Astrid Fihlguud in the backstage infirmary before quitting the arena.
While there, the Goat Bastard gifted PRIME’s head medical practitioner with a vinyl copy of the Stooges’ seminal album, Raw Power.
“For all the tireless hours ya spend stitchin’ my crazy, self-destructive ass back together!” he reportedly said.
Rezin then passed out on the floor of the infirmary. It’s not immediately known if it was due to A.) severe blood loss, B.) copious intoxication, or C.) Astrid admitting she’s never heard of the Stooges.
- Fans who tuned in to ReVival 27 may have seen that a backstage conversation between Justine Calvin and Jared Sykes turned into a closed-door exchange in the wake of two hostile interactions with Ivan Stanislav and Alexei Ruslan, but what’s surprising members of the production crew is how quiet that discussion seemed to be. It’s no secret that both members of Eminence are colorful personalities in their own regard, which has some members of the staff scratching their heads.
“Honestly, it’s a little creepy,” said one member of the staff, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “A bunch of us heard the chair get thrown, and then it got real quiet. Like you couldn’t hear anything they were saying.”
“I just found the whole thing really unsettling,” said another. “Everyone on the roster is trained to fight, and I know that Ms. Calvin just set a company record as a champion, but that was really, really gross.”
Neither Sykes nor Calvin agreed to comment for this story.