6/12 Global Force Wrestling results: First event headlined by Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. The New Heavenly Bodies, Jim Cornette appears
Global Force Wrestling Live Event
Report by Dot Net reader Jonny "Mad Dog"
I bought a ticket soon after reading GFW would hold its first show ever on my travel route back home from vacation and couldn't wait. As an aspiring professional wrestler myself, if I couldn't be on the card, I could be there in person in the seats at least and shake hands.
I got to the minor league ballpark an hour before the show officially started at 6:30 PM and the parking lot looked to be filled about a third of the way total. There were far more cars than when I scoped out the place earlier in the day. I got a band for my VIP ticket and saw to my immediate left at the entrance a bunch of tables set up for various wrestlers' merchandise and the like. Stars such as Jamin Olivencia were shouting and hyping themselves and others. Jamin was hyping Moose in particular, being that he was right beside him. The Jarretts, Jim Cornette, the Best Friends, and the Bullet Club were big hits at the tables, Thea Trinidad was later as well. I picked up a program and got some signatures and they had the whole deal going on for the usual live event merch prices (more on a funny story on that below).
A man resembling Christopher Daniels that was some sort of former news affiliate was our announcer for the evening.
1. The Tate Brothers beat Trent Barreta and Chuck Taylor. Out first were "The Best Friends" Trent Barreta and Chuck Taylor. They cheered at first, then booed after heeling it up with hilarity ensuing soon after and throughout the match (they pretended to play ball and we made fun at the idea they had to "earn" lyrics to their entrance theme). Their opponents were the fan-friendly twins, the Tate Brothers (wearing gear similar to The Young Bucks, who I said wanted their gear back). This match was a bit basic and easy-going for my more hardcore and tight taste, but passed, as it was definitely a family-oriented event. Being in the front row with other people some may call "smarks" or members of the IWC, we had fun with the calling out the seemingly homoerotic antics of the Best Friends. Both teams and teams later in the night used moves similar to the 3D at some point, and one such move was the Tate Brother's finisher. The Tates included lots of combos in their arsenal and the Best Friends laid it thick concerning 2-on-1 attacks. The Tate Brothers won in roughly 10 minutes.
2. Thea Trinidad beat Lei 'D Tapa. At this point, it seemed that they were going with the separate entrance areas for those some would consider "babyfaces" and "heels", something Jarrett's former company did in earlier days in their history. I have mixed feelings about it, and the "heels" were always out first tonight. Lei 'D Tapa laid it on heavy with power moves, as expected. Thea Trinidad looked great tonight, and has improved since I last saw her. She won in roughly 5 minutes with a form of a roll-up.
The aforementioned boisterous Jamin Olivencia was out first and "heeled" it up by verbally bashing the announcer and making him re-pronounce his name "correctly" and would shout out his name several times throughout the match. His opponent was Sonjay Dutt to a good reaction. Sonjay was good as always, he's definitely a professional and the matches tonight were getting progressively more "tight", despite Sonjay Dutt using a simple splash to finish Olivencia rather than the double-foot stomp we've become accustomed to. Sonjay won in roughly 10 minutes.
3. Moose defeated Kevin Matthews. Moose was over big time. While Matthews seemed to win, soon after in that the match was restarted or continued after another referee came in because he saw Matthews use the ropes to his advantage. Matthews took a spear for his efforts by Moose. It was a typical Moose match, just extended by a few minutes and he showed signs of improving on a week-by-week basis. Moose won in roughly 15 minutes. After the match, Moose bumped fists with some of us at ringside. I told him he's a future world champ and just needs to dump his current managers.
There was a 20-minute intermission. I figured those coming in with a family and fan-friendly "indy" event mindset knew what they were doing. During this time for the usual 20 dollars, one could get a picture taken with Thea Trinidad. I and many other males did with enthusiasm.
4. Chris "The Adonis" Mordetzky beat Dustin Starr. "Local boy" Starr was the most over person on the card tonight by far. There were many "Five Star" chants, and I said they should make it "Ten Star." and "The Adonis" saw many stars tonight, despite a cloudy night sky. However, Mordetzky was able to "eek" out a victory with his patented "Master Lock" full-nelson hold on a seemingly passed-out Dustin Starr in roughly 15 minutes. This was second, if not tied for match of the night.
Jim Cornette delivered a passionate promo about Dusty Rhodes, Memphis Wrestling, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, and other legends, which the New Heavenly Bodies tore into prior to the main event. They were, in turn, verbally ripped a new one by Jim Cornette as the Bullet Club's Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson made their entrance to a great ovation.
5. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson beat The New Heavenly Bodies. There was much chanting and clapping during this match, and this was the match of the night if ties aren't allowed. If one has seen a "typical" Bullet Club match when they are playing to the crowd and not in it for themselves. This was standard fare, but the Jim Cornette dynamic, as well as the Bullet Babe, made it a bit different. The crowd popped big at Jim Cornette popping one of The New Heavenly Bodies in the back with his trademark racket after the New Heavenly Bodies started wrestling dirty with what appeared to be brass knuckles. The Bullet Club won with their finishing combo in roughly 15 minutes.
After the match to bring the night to a close, Jeff Jarrett and Jim Cornette were taking pictures with fans for (you guessed it) 20 bucks. The crowd and I KNEW the announcer was building up to that when he was hyping it, and popped after he said the price.
Notes: I was in full GFW apparel with my hat and tank-top and brought what appeared to be the crowd's only sign, which read "THE AMERICAN DREAM IS FOREVER" in tribute to the recently passed legendary Dusty Rhodes. It was cool to hold it in the ring after the show.
GFW is apparently using a green-roped six-sided ring.
The final turnout was not announced but it looked as if maybe a fourth to a third of the ballpark was filled in total. There's a learning curve given that it was GFW's first show, with mainly wrestling-related news sites, podcasts, and local news affiliates for advertising.
The night was humid and somewhat hot, but it cooled off as the night went on, yet remained humid, so extra points for those in the longer matches.
Whoever that security chief we've seen on TV for various promotions for the past decade-and-a-half should be paid well. He seems to know what he's doing all the time.
I hope they come to the northern region of Texas sometime, but appear only to be visiting the southern and central areas later this summer. I enjoyed myself after being a bit overwhelmed at first. I found my footing after seeing how accommodating they were.
Bob Backlund Jr. was in his suit-shirt and tie and was waving a racket of his own and was very into much of the show with much chanting and clapping. He had some zingers too. I'm proud I shook so many hands tonight, his included.
The most over faces were the recently passed Dusty Rhodes, Dustin Starr, The Bullet Club, Jim Cornette, Jeff Jarrett, and Moose.
The heel heat went to The New Heavenly Bodies, Chris "The Adonis" Mordetzsky, and Kevin Matthews.
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