2006: A Year In Review For IPW
December 23, 2006
Welcome to the greatest thing you'll read this week! That's right, it's another edition of Blackjack's Wrestling Blog! First of all, happy holidays to everybody reading this!
Two weeks ago, I was set to write about the aftermath of Seasons Beatings. Instead, just 2 days after that show, I was told there would be ANOTHER show. For the first time in history, IPW promoted two shows within less than a week. Needless to say, I think our fans walked away from both shows very happy. Feedback has been awesome for both shows, and I've been contacted by many people who are anxious to get their hands on the Christmas Stratusfaction DVD.
I'm not going to talk about the results of the matches too much, simply because they can be found elsewhere on this site. I will say that IPW Heavyweight champion Doctor Love, and Mr. Smiley beat the living hell out of eachother at Seasons Beatings in a "street fight". After interference from The Alliance and the rest of the locker room, I had no choice but to declare their match a no-contest. Six days later, Smiley of course defeated Love in a non-title match. Needless to say, I would think Smiley will be in line for an actual title shot in February. Perhaps IPW President Ted Eaglin will get it right, and ban The Alliance from ringside.
Of course the big story coming out of Christmas Stratusfaction, was the fact that we had 7-time WWE Women's champion, Trish Stratus at our show. Of course, Stratus has been in Muncie filming the show, Armed & Famous, set to air on CBS on January 10th. Stratus and other celebrities have teamed up with the Muncie Police Department in the newest television reality show. Stratus was fantastic! She came in not knowing what was going on, and served as the special "enforcer" in the Love/Smiley match. She questioned my calls in the ring a couple of times, but I let it slide ;) She also got a huge pop from the crowd when she knocked Justin Tyme into a casket! CBS had a camera there filming the entire match, and odds are, some of it will air on CBS sometime in late January, or early February... we don't know for sure. The publicity IPW got out of this was great as well. Roughly two dozen wrestling news sites reported on it, as well as WWE commentator, Jim Ross, who mentioned it on his independent website. Also, for those who don't know, this was Trish's first wrestling appearance since she retired from WWE, which simply made it that more special.
I don't mind saying this to anyone... THAT is how we should've ended the show! Instead, as Trish was mobbed by the fans, we started our 8th and final match of the evening, a tag team match between Atlas & A.C. Knight against Team P.R.M., from Rose City Championship Wrestling. Frankly, it wasn't fair to those four guys to attempt to follow up that segment. It was a decent match, and perhaps they'll have a chance to work it again at a future show, when more people are actually paying attention.
The show also featured an unusual 12-man blind fold battle royal. Despite announcing his retirement on December 9th, "Pitbull" Rodney Fultz returned for this and won the match! Needless to say, his back took a huge beating in the match. He suffered even more damage in a rematch against Pastor Pain afterwards. Hopefully the damage isn't too severe, and Pitbull can return to the ring someday.
Of course, we ended the year on a bang, and we're looking forward to kicking off 2007 with a bang as well! Rumor has it, IPW will be having a reunion show that includes several names from the past returning to IPW. Due to various negotiations still ongoing, I cannot say at this time who is scheduled to appear. Just keep checking back to IPW-Wrestling.com for all of the details!
2006 was an incredible year for IPW. We ended up having 5 shows, and hope for even more than that in 2007. As we look back at 2006 though, here top 10 events of IPW for the year. Some of them are good.... some, not so good.
10. The women return to IPW
9. Mennaker, out.... Eaglin, in!
8. The re-birth of The Alliance
7. He's here.... no, he's not!!!
6. IPW presents Year-End Awards
5. Where the hell are the tag team titles?
4. Syndrome's path to stardom
3. "Pitbull" Rodney Fultz announces his retirement
2. Trish Stratus invades IPW
1. Doctor Love cashes in
Well folks, that's all I've got. Let's hope 2007 is even better for IPW than what 2006 was! And as always, we wouldn't have had a great year if it wasn't for YOU, our many, many, fans! Have a Merry Christmas, folks, and a safe, and happy new year!
See ya in 2007!
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