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One half of the voices of Explosive Pro Wrestling, and the 2009-2010 WPW Commentator of the Year, Mean Dean Olsen brings WPW all the latest on the EPW scene.
With the level of greatness in EPW in 2010, 2011 definitely has some high expectations to live up to. I personally have faith that 2011 will be even bigger than 2010 and the wrestling year for Explosive Pro Wrestling begins at Goldrush 4, February 26th at the Vasto Club in Balcatta. This event will take place at the same venue as Re-Awakening 9, a night where many big things happened and I’m sure this night will be no different. This month I would like to take a look at two of the match ups announced for the fourth annual Goldrush show.
Now before I talk about the matches themselves, I would like to look at the history of Goldrush, I know this is only the fourth, but each of the previous shows have had major matches and title changes at each of them. At the very first Goldrush on February 16th 2008, the team of the European Union (Johnny Wimbledon, The Don and Marcius Pitt) defeated the Fighting Hellfish (Tyler Jacobs and Chris J Lazareth) to become the EPW tag team champions. At the same show Bobby Marshall dethroned Shane Haste and became the EPW champion in a brutal match that anyone who witnessed, would never forget.
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Goldrush 2 took place on March 21st 2009 at the Queen’s Park Rec Centre and in another historic night of wrestling we witnessed a fast paced match that saw Blitz Team get the victory over Dan Moore and Chase Griffin to win tag team gold. The main event of the show had Bobby Marshall beat Davis Storm to once again wear the EPW championship. Although Bobby’s reign was short lived (he was powerbombed through a table and injured at the hands of Richter after the match) it was another night in which both titles changed hands.
On the 17th of April 2010 Goldrush 3 took place at the Cyril Jackson Rec centre. At this show Chase Griffin was crowned the new hardcore shield holder after battling it out in a six man hardcore battle royal that saw weapons and blood a plenty. Of course the main event of that show was massive, Jamie Jurah ended the epic title reign of Richter and begun his first ever EPW championship reign. So you see every Goldrush show has had title changes including the EPW championship changing hands at every Goldrush. This makes things very interesting going into the show on February 26th.
On this show we will see the Tag Team championship titles on the line when Jonny Wimbledon and Chris Vice are up against Team Allstar, (“The Don” Michael Morleone and Sebastian Sander). With EPW’s red hot tag team division going from strength to strength this match will be one not to missed. At Re-Awakening 9, Wimbledon and Vice proved they are here to stay, taking out the Blitz Team and retaining the titles. Meanwhile, Team Allstar had a huge 2010 and after the Riot Den match with the Blackest Hour at Road to Glory they are on a roll and are hoping to ride that wave of momentum into Goldrush 4 and finally get themselves the tag team titles. What a match it will be, three powerhouses and one of the most sly devious wrestlers in EPW history, take that and the great level of tag team matches as of late, and this one will be fantastic.
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The other big title match that had been announced is that Davis Storm will be defending his newly won EPW championship against the 2010 Invitational champion, Marcius Pitt. This one won’t disappoint, Pitt had a spectacular 2010 and just keeps getting better each time he steps in the ring, and this was proven at RA9 when he beat Carlo Cannon and Kiel Steria to win the invitational trophy. Davis Storm on the other hand fought so hard all throughout 2010 to finally get the EPW title back around his waist and you can bet he’s not going to want to part with it. Many factors could come into play with this match; Storm has the experience and is definitely more comfortable in a big match environment. Pitt on the other hand has that determination and desire, the “eye of the tiger” as Apollo Creed would say. Two tough, strong, athletic wrestlers at their physical peak colliding in the squared circle, what a great way to start 2011.
It is only a matter of time before Explosive Pro Wrestling returns to the Vasto club to tear the roof off with another great show. History shows that titles change hands at Goldrush shows, What will happen this year? You’ll have to be there to find out on February 26th, I hope to see you all there. Until next time keep supporting local wrestling and stay tuned to epwperth.com