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FULL IMPACT PRO HEATSTROKE 2009 RESULTS: 2 STEEL CAGE MATCHES COMING ON OCTOBER 3RD

By Richard Trionfo on 2009-08-08 18:47:37
Full Impact Pro Wrestling returned to action with their annual Heatstroke show. The fans in Crystal River, Florida got to see three title matches and a few wrestlers return to the FIP ring, some after a long absence.

Here are a few stories coming out of Heatstroke

Controversy in Tag Title Match

Erick Stevens and Roderick Strong defended the FIP Tag Titles against the British Lions in a hard hitting No Disqualification Match that ended with a bit of controversy. Due to the original referee being knocked out after an accidental super kick, a second referee came to the ring and both were involved in the finish of the match. While Roderick Strong had Tommy Taylor in the Stronghold, Chris Gray had Erick Stevens pinned with a rollup. There was confusion in the ring because one referee thought that Stevens and Strong won the match while the other referee thought that The British Lions won the match. After checking the replay, it was determined that Strong and Stevens did win the match.

A rematch has been announced for FIP’s return to Crystal River on October 3rd and there is more detail below.

Steel Cage Matches Announced for October

When Full Impact Pro Wrestling returns to action on Saturday, October 3, 2009, the steel cage will return to Crystal River for two of the title matches. Because of the controversy in the Tag Title Match between champions Roderick Strong and Erick Stevens and the number one challengers The British Lions, Sean Davis demanded that the British Lions get another title match, but inside of a steel cage.

Later in the night, after Davey Richards successfully defended his FIP World Heavyweight Title against Kenny King, Kenny King appeared to be fed up with the constant interference by Sean and Phil Davis at ringside. King wants a chance to see if Richards can beat him without that interference so he wants to face Richards inside a steel cage.

The last time that a steel cage was used in FIP was at Cage of Pain II in September 2007 which featured a bloody and violent eight man steel cage match between the YRR and the unusual alliance of Black Market and the Heartbreak Express. Kenny King was a participant in this match.

Another Roadblock for the Dark City Fight Club

Now that Jon Davis has been medically cleared to wrestle again, the Dark City Fight Club was back in full force. They thought they were going to face the members of the YRR in a No Disqualification Match, but after a few minutes of chasing Chasyn Rance and Sal Rinauro through the Crystal River National Guard Armory, they thought they had things under control once they had them in the ring. That was not the case because The Shane Twins with Ron Niemi and Rain came out and attacked the Dark City Fight Club and Leva.

Here are the quick results from the show:

Match Number One: Bobby Dempsey defeated Tim Donst
Match Number Two: Too Fast Too Furious (Jerrelle Clark and Nooie Lee) defeated Brett Thunder and Caleb Konley
Match Number Three: Bruce Santee defeated Grizzly Redwood
Match Number Four: TJ Perkins defeated Nigel McGuinness
Match Number Five: Erick Stevens and Roderick Strong defeated The British Lions (Chris Gray and Tommy Taylor) to retain the FIP Tag Titles
Match Number Six: Chris Jones defeated Mike Sydal
Match Number Seven: Rhett Titus defeated Brad Attitude to retain the Florida Heritage Title
Match Number Eight: The YRR (Sal Rinauro and Chasyn Rance) defeated Dark City Fight Club (Jon Davis and Kory Chavis) in a No Disqualification Street Fight
Match Number Nine: Davey Richards defeated Kenny King to retain the FIP World Heavyweight Title

Here is a more detailed recap of the show:

Match Number One: Bobby Dempsey defeated Tim Donst

Donst controls the early part of the match by outwrestling Dempsey and getting a few near falls. Donst works on Dempsey’s arm but Dempsey shows off his agility and reverses. Donst regains control by using some creative ways to work on Dempsey. Dempsey is able to take control of the match when Donst gets a little too cocky and when the straps went down, it was time for Dempsey to hit the Death Valley Driver for the three count.

Match Number Two: Too Fast Too Furious (Jerrelle Clark and Nooie Lee) defeated Caleb Konley and Brett Thunder

Lee and Clark control the early part of the match by outsmarting their opponents. Thunder and Konley gain control when Thunder distracts the referee to allow Conley to interfere. Clark tries for a springboard move but it is thwarted when Konley hits the ropes. At this point, Thunder and Konley keep Clark in the ring to wear him down and keep Lee on the apron or the floor. Thunder hits an Exploder suplex on Lee and Konley follows it with a slingshot leg drop but he can only get a two count. Clark and Lee are able to finish off Konley with a drop kick by Clark while Lee hits Code Red.

Bruce Santee comes out and he says that he knows that the best talent is in FIP and he wants to go to the top and he needs to face the top guys. Santee makes an open challenge.

Grizzly Redwood comes out and he says that he might not be the biggest but he accepts Santee’s challenge.

Santee says that he knows about some of Grizzly’s victories but those people are not on the same level as him so he will take the challenge.

Match Number Three: Bruce Santee defeated Grizzly Redwood

Santee tries to make it an even battle by getting on his knees. Santee uses his significant size advantage and hits a delayed vertical suplex while walking around the ring talking to the fans. Redwood takes advantage of a mistake by Santee and Redwood hits a rana followed by a low bulldog for a near fall. Santee recovers and gets the three count with the Big Dump.

Match Number Four: TJ Perkins defeated Nigel McGuinness

McGuinness tries to work on Perkins’ wrist and shoulder. McGuinness starts to work on the arm. Perkins avoids being thrown out of the ring and he is able to change the momentum in the match as he starts to work on Nigel’s leg. Perkins puts McGuinness in a Cloverleaf but Nigel makes it to the ropes. McGuinness hits the Tower of London but Perkins is able to kick out. Perkins is able to fight off the former Ring of Honor World Champion to get the three count after a Victory Roll.

Match Number Five: Erick Stevens and Roderick Strong defeated The British Lions (Tommy Taylor and Chris Gray) to retain the FIP Tag Team Titles

The challengers try to get the advantage by attacking Strong and Stevens as the bell rings, but the champions are able to fight them off as things move to the floor. They return to the ring and Strong and Stevens work over Taylor while Gray is on the floor, but Gray takes Strong to the floor. The Lions work on Stevens in the ring but Stevens does his best to fight out of the disadvantage. As soon as Strong returns to the ring, Stevens is able to hit a double shoulder tackle from the turnbuckles. Stevens is sent to the floor and that allows Taylor and Gray to work on Strong. Strong almost hits the referee with a forearm, but he stops short. The referee is not so lucky with a Chris Gray super kick that knocks the referee down. A second referee comes out to the ring and when the first referee recovers, Gray has Stevens rolled up while Strong has Taylor in the Stronghold.

There is some confusion because while one referee made the three count, the other saw Taylor tap out. It is determined that Taylor tapped before the three count so Strong and Stevens retain the titles.

It was time for intermission and it was announced that on October 3rd, Roderick Strong and Erick Stevens will defend the FIP Tag Titles against the British Lions again, but inside a steel cage.

Match Number Six: Chris Jones versus Mike Sydal

Jones works on Sydal’s arm at the start of the match but the newcomer to FIP is able to gain the advantage over Jones with a suplex and neck breaker. Jones tries for a German suplex, but Sydal is able to land on his feet and Sydal hits a moonsault. Jones is able to counter a cross body with a drop kick and finishes off Sydal with an Asai DDT.

Match Number Seven: Rhett Titus defeated Brad Attitude to retain the FIP Florida Heritage Title

Titus works on the arm but when Attitude starts to work on Rhett’s arm, the champion seeks refuge in the ropes or behind the referee. Rhett gives Attitude ‘the thrust’ but Brad grabs Titus’ bow tie and then press slams the champion. Titus is able to regain control of the match thanks to help from Phil Davis who is at ringside with him. Titus starts to work on Attitude’s knee. Attitude is able to recover and he gets a few near falls after a neck breaker and delayed somersault senton from the apron. Attitude goes up top but Titus goes to the floor so Attitude hits a pescado. After getting a near fall, Sean Davis distracts the referee and that allows Phil to give Titus the title belt and Rhett hits Attitude with it to get the three count.

Match Number Eight: Sal Rinauro and Chasyn Rance defeat the Dark City Fight Club (Jon Davis and Kory Chavis) in a No Disqualification Street Fight

The bell rings and The YRR leave the ring but the Dark City Fight Club follow them around the building and into the locker room. Eventually, Davis and Chavis have the YRR cornered and they work over Rinauro and Rance. Before they can finish off the YRR, Mike and Todd Shane come to the ring with Ron Niemi and they attack Davis and Chavis. They put Rinauro on top of Davis to get the three count.

After the match, Ron Niemi gets on the mic and he says that he got an offer he could not refuse so he decided to bring the Shanes to FIP.

Match Number Nine: Davey Richards defeated Kenny King to retain the FIP World Heavyweight Title

Richards gets frustrated with King’s early offense and he threatens to go to the back and then he brings a chair to the ring. Once Richards returns to the ring, he starts to work on King’s back. King uses some high impact maneuvers to regain control of the match. The referee is distracted by Richards and that allows Phil and Sean Davis to attack King but King hits a somersault splash onto the Davises. King gets a few near falls and then he decides to go up top but he gets crotched by Richards. King recovers and he tries to hit the Coronation but Richards is able to get close enough to the ropes that Phil Davis can grab Richards. Richards works over King and puts him in a cloverleaf but King makes it to the ropes. Richards hits the DR Driver but he can only get a two count. He tries for another but King escapes. King with an inside cradle but Phil Davis gets involved and rolls Richards over to get the three count.

After the match, Richards and the Davises attack King but King fights back and hits the Coronation on Richards. King takes the belt and then he gets on the mic and he suggests that since he had Richards beaten twice but he had help from Sean and Phil Davis that they have another match but inside the steel cage.

Heatstroke 2009 Thoughts:

The crowd was about the same size, if not a little larger than the last show.

This was the first time that I saw Tim Donst work and I enjoyed his match with Bobby Dempsey. I don’t know if the crowd was quiet for this match because they had not seen either wrestler before or they worked a basic mat based match instead of a high impact match. After seeing the rest of the show, I am not sure why there was a lackluster reaction from the crowd.

I was a bit surprised to see TJ Perkins get the victory over Nigel McGuinness. I think Nigel is one of the best wrestlers in the business right now and the win by TJ gives TJ a lot of credibility with fans who are not familiar with his work. TJ has been elevated to another level with the victory. Maybe it will get TJ a Florida Heritage Title match.

I thought the tag title match was okay, but there seemed to be too much going on at times. The match was very stiff. I wonder if there is still tension between Gray and Taylor because Tommy was very hesitant to join Heartbreak Enterprises, but he was fine working with them. There seemed to be a bit of confusion with the finish of the match and nobody really knew who won the match until a few minutes after the problems were resolved.

While I was impressed with Tim Donst’s debut, I thought Mike Sydal’s debut was not as good. It didn’t help that he was trying to work a face versus face match against one of the biggest faces in the company, and the crowd in Crystal River works better when there is a face and heel.

It seems like there has been a pattern where any title match involving a member of Heartbreak Enterprises ends up with the member of Heartbreak Enterprises retaining not because of the wrestler, but because of the tangential features. A few months ago, why did Davey Richards need to have outside interference when he had Brad Attitude in a Cloverleaf three times during the match? Why did Rhett Titus need to be handed the title belt by Phil Davis to win against Brad Attitude? It has almost gotten to the point where TNA was with Jeff Jarrett title matches when you knew that fifteen steps were going to be followed before the finish. You are waiting for the interference before thinking that the finish is coming.

I understand why Sal Rinauro and Chasyn Rance were running from Jon Davis and Kory Chavis, but it lasted too long and was only missing Yakety Sax playing in the building.

I don’t know what to expect from the feud between the Dark City Fight Club and the Shane Twins, but at least we won’t wonder when Dark City Fight Club will get their title match until this feud is over.

With the way that Davey Richards’ title defenses have been, I really hope that the match in the steel cage in October will restore something to Davey Richards’ title reign (even if he ends up losing the title in that match). As I mentioned above, there has been a lot of interference in Davey’s title matches and it makes his ability secondary to the way that he escapes with the title. Davey Richards is one of the top wrestlers today and he shouldn’t be a cowardly heel.

When Kenny King announced that he wanted a cage match against Davey Richards, I wonder if Kenny remembered the last cage match he was in for this company because it was the Cage of Pain II match. After the violence that we saw in that match, I would expect Kenny to be afraid of any fence.

Full Impact Pro Wrestling returns to the Crystal River Armory (8551 West Venable Street, Crystal River, Florida 34429) on Saturday, October 3, 2009 with an 8:00 pm bell time. Already announced for the show is a Double Main Event with both matches inside a steel cage. For the FIP World Heavyweight Title, Davey Richards will defend the title against Kenny King. Roderick Strong and Erick Stevens will defend the FIP Tag Team Titles one more time against the British Lions of Tommy Taylor and Chris Gray.

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