by Luke Raven (@ravenluke)
The end of October will see an exciting, spooky, breath-taking, and crazy night. No, I’m not talking about Halloween which will no doubt be littered Harley Quinn knockoffs this year. I’m talking about October 28th, when Pro Wrestling Revolver returns to the Seven Flags Event Center in Clive. A quick look at the card tells me we are in for another insane night.
The first Pro Wrestling Revolver show took place on June 10, 2016, in the same building. Lots of big names from the past and present put on a hell of a show. PWR brought Billy Gunn, John Hennigan (AKA Johnny Mundo, FKA John Morrison), PJ Black (FKA Justin Gabriel), Tommy Dreamer, Rhyno, Sami Callihan, Michael Elgin, Bob Holly, Scotty 2 Hotty, Arik Cannon, AR Fox, Jessicka Havok, Trevor Lee, and many others. It was an absolutely stacked deck for debut and it did not disappoint. Incredibly entertaining all the way through that included what had to have been a 20 foot flip off part of the Seven Flags Event Center. To editorialize a bit, the first show was absolutely one of the most fun wrestling shows I’ve ever been to in my 30 years on Earth. Every match had something different that kept the audience engaged throughout. Believe it or not, the next show has the ability to outperform the first show which is not something that should be taken lightly. The theme “Iowa Goes Lucha!” is absolutely the perfect moniker for the October 28th show.
The AR Fox Open Invite Scramble returns to steal another show. The ultra-talented Fox will defend his victory from the June 10th show against five men: Davey Vega, Mat Fitchett, Ethan Case, Matthew Palmer, and Anthony Henry. If the sequal is anything like what we saw during the summer then you can expect some of the best bell-to-bell action in all of the indies. To put it bluntly, if you took a shot every time you will say “Holy shit!” during this match then Mercy Hospital will have an abundance of alcohol poisonings coming in.
The intimidating Jessicka Havok will be seeing “Man Scout” Jake Manning standing across from her in a Battle of the Sexes. Havok made quick work of her male opponent in June, so it will be interesting to see how Jake Manning game plans for her. Two things are for sure: Havok will be bringing the destruction and Manning is always prepared.
In a match of Lucha Underground regulars, Chavo Guerrero will be facing Marty “The Moth” Martinez who is coming off an absolutely brutal Weapons of Mass Destruction match against Killshot. Guerrero is a mainstay in lucha wrestling. He easily has the experience advantage of Marty, but The Moth’s lack of morality might carry him to a victory.
Returning to Clive is former TNA X Division Champion Trevor Lee. Truly one of the best young wrestlers on the planet, Lee will be bringing his hard hits and already impressive resume to our great state. Originally Lee was scheduled against PJ Black, however, two recently broken ankles from a base jump more than likely will force Black from the match. A replacement for Black has yet to be announced.
The most anticipated match for man will see two Iowa debuts as Brian “The Machine” Cage squares off against Fenix. If you watch Lucha Underground then an introduction to these men isn’t necessary. If for some awful reason you don’t watch LU (and, seriously, what is wrong with you?) then you better strap in and be ready to pick your jaw up off the floor. Cage stands in at 6’0” and weighs around 300 pounds of pure, unadulterated muscle. This guy is a mountain who moves like a luchador. Don’t believe me? YouTube his top 50 moves. It will be the best nine minutes you’ve spent this week. While you’re doing that, feel free to watch anything that Fenix has ever done. Here is a man that is able to contort his body in midair in so many different variations that an Olympic gymnast would be jealous. Fenix is the absolute definition of “luchador.”
In a triple threat match current TNA X Division champion DJ Z will look to beat the odds against Gringo Loco and CMLL’s Triton. Nothing can be written here about DJ Z that hasn’t been written a million times before. Gifted with natural talent and charisma that others would give up their life savings for DJ Z is one of the most talented performers on the TNA roster. Triton (FKA Metal Blanco) is easily one of the best wrestler’s in the historic CMLL promotion. Having wrestled for five years under the Triton persona he has grown as a performer and all those attending on October 28th should be excited to witness something special.
In a TNA versus ROH battle the young Caleb Konley will face “The Last Real Man” Silas Young. Konley is a well-traveled veteran on the independent circuit who has started to gain notoriety for his hard work by being signed to TNA just this year. Fans of ROH are very aware of who exactly Silas Young is and what exactly is his modus operandi. He wants to bring manliness back to wrestling. The grizzled vet has recently struck up a friendship with the Beer City Bruiser after a long feud with Dalton Castle.
Last, but not least is the Students versus Teachers six man tag match. Ohio Is For Killers (OI4K) team of Sami Callihan with brothers Jake and Dave Crist will continue to imprint lessons into their young protégés Cade, Xavier, and Wentz. Something tells me OI4K isn’t quite finished teaching the young men. They’ll try and take the youngsters to school the easy way or the hard way.
The Pro Wrestling Revolver shows are quickly becoming a favorite in the Hawkeye State with front row tickets long sold out. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of options to see the show with General Admission tickets at $20, second row seating at $25, and special meet and greet tickets at $30. You cannot go wrong with any of these options. Meet and greet starts at 6PM, doors open at 7PM, and the show starts at 8PM on Friday, October 28th. Everyone here at Pro Wrestling Iowa hopes to see you there as IOWA GOES LUCHA!