Ah. Wrestling Society X. If there was a company that I would say needed to be resurrected more than ECW and classic NWA, it’d be WSX. Throughout it’s 9 episode MTV run, WSX had some of the most batshit crazy high flying stunts and insane hardcore deathmatches this side of the Pacific ocean. With a stacked roster of big Indy names, to former XPW (ugh) wrestlers, and even former WWE guys, the show was a mix of that crazy Cage of Death show your one buddy went to last year, WWE style editing and storytelling, bad Scy-fy movie acting, and that one Dragon Gate DVD you bought a while back because another buddy told you it would blow your mind.
And I’m going to review not just every episode that was produced, including the unaired 10th episode, but also the webisodes that were produced along side and were included in the Box Set, which I highly recommend anyone to buy because the bonus features make it worth it. So without any more dilly dalying, let’s take a look at WSX Episode 1.
The WSX intro is a pretty cool video. It’s a 1st-person shot of a guy running around an underground like setting inter cut with shots of WSX wrestlers doing what they do. I love it. With the generic rock song playing along, it gets you set into the atmosphere and tone of the show, an Underground kind of setting with grit and grime everywhere.
MATCH #1: MATT SYDAL (Evan Bourne to you WWE People) W/H LIZZY VALENTINE VS. JACK EVANS
Our first real shot of the ring is when WSX Announcer Fabian Kaelin welcomes all to WSX and is so into the whole Intro, he makes Don West selling stuff seem tame and relax. That said, I love the ring design. It looks run down, worn, and has seen better days, again, really setting us into the atmosphere and feel for the promotion.
Our opening contest is heel Matt Sydal, with his college sweetheart Lizzy Valentine, taking on the perpetual “King of the #FlippityFlips” and full time Eminem Wanna-be, Jack Evans.
We start the action with Evans doing a spinaroonie which causes the crowd to chant “You got served” at Sydal. Sydal, not being one who takes kindly to being served by Mr. Vanilla Ice, launches into some flips and tricks. It goes back and forth until Sydal hits Evans with a spinning back kick and after an unsuccessful pin attempt, latches on the Siamese Twin submission, which more people need to do because it looks awesome. Evans gets the rope break and kicks Sydal so hard he sells it by landing on his neck. Ziggler, take notes.
We get more flips and tricks until another flip to the outside where the commentators (will talk more about them at the end of this review series) remind us that there are no mats in WSX, just concrete. Why do I feel Bill Watts had something to do with that? Both try to get back in the ring, but Lizzy, not just being eye candy, hangs onto Evans, and doesn’t get DQ’d because I guess there are no DQ’s in WSX. This sets up an awesome spot where Evans gets out, uses Lizzy as a step stool and hits Sydal with a tornado DDT. Awesome. Evans then hits the 630 Splash for the win. Afterwords, he puts the moves on Lizzy who, despite being used as a step ladder not a few seconds ago, seems smitten at first before going to attend to her boyfriend.
This was great for what it was. Not too long and really set up what WSX is about: Being different and awesome. There was no psychology, but that isn’t what it was supposed to have.
Rating: 2.5 Flippy Flips out of 5.
After that, we get a look at the tag teams of WSX and some promos leading up to the WSX Rumble with words from cats like New Jack, Justin Credible, Catty- I mean Teddy Hart, etc.
MATCH #2: 10 MAN WSX RUMBLE MATCH
The Rules: starts out as a Royal Rumble match and when all the participants have arrived, the match then becomes a Ladder match. There is an exploding cage and electric barbed wire. I see someone is trying to win the prestigious “Trying too hard to be edgy” award.
Entrant #1 and #2: Justin Credible and Teddy Hart
Teddy throws a water bottle right at Credible to which look like it hurt to which I laughed my ass off. They proceed to do some moves, Teddy doing the flips that got him banned from ROH, which leads into…..
Entrant #3: Kaos
Kaos starts to clean house until Teddy starts no selling his offense (naturally) and then Justin and Teddy start to double team Kaos.
Entrant #4: Vampiro
Vampiro is the king of cleaning house, I swear, because the cleanhouse spot with him in this was awesome. Throwing clotheslines like they were nuthin’ and giving out chokeslams from hell. Damn. That is how you make an entrance.
We come back from commercial to see that Entrant #5 Puma is already out from a chokeslam by Vampiro and now Entrant #6 Alkatrazz is now in.
Entrant #7 6-Pac (X-Pac)
6-Pac hits the facebuster. That’s really all that happens until
Entrant #8: Chris Hamrick and Entrant #9 New Jack
We only see these two backstage for like 4 seconds as New Jack gets angry (Shocking, right?) at Hamrick for being a racist, according to the commentators. Can I just say I freaking love New Jack? He never ceases to entertain me being angry almost 24/7 and beating people up. Anywho, Hamrick and Jack fight a bit until Jack dumps Hamrick to the outside and also goes out to eliminate himself. The refs try to stop New Jack from inflicting more damage but Jack just doesn’t have any of it and hits him with a guitar. Jeff Jarrett would be proud.
Things break down as Alkatrazz’s partner, Luke Hawx eliminates Kaos and by doing so both get dumped into the Electric Barbed wire which explodes which transitions into New Jack jumping off a balcony and breaking Hamrick through a table. Chaos, chaos everywhere.
Alkatrazz is dumped out by vampire as we get……
Entrant #10 Youth Suicide
Teddy is eliminated and the ladders are now in play. Youth puts down thumbtacks because EXXXXXTREEEEEEEMMMMEEEE(!!!!!!!!) and I note that the ladders are 15-20 feet tall. Not that big in WWE, HUGE in smaller companies. Anywho, Vampiro freaking powerbombs Suicide into the thumbtacks (#Irony) as 6-Pac gets the first contract. Justin Credible is now climbing up with Suicide and Vampiro as Credible knocks Suicide into the cage, Vampiro hangs on and gets the contract and almost immediately after that it cuts to credits with one of the most jarring edits I have seen.
Overall, a really rushed and chaotic match, but I feel like they were trying to go for that and does set up Vampiro and 6-Pac at the next show. I guess it was good in that regard, but as a normal match, meh.
2 Overbooked Matches out of 5
While the wrestling was meh for the most part, the show was entertaining for the most part and for a 22 minute show, they packed in quite a bit. So far a good opening for the show as we all hop all aboard on the WSX train. CHOO CHOO MUDAFOKKAS!
Final Grade: 2 out of 5