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KCXW: Destiny 2015 Review
15 February 2016

KCXW: Destiny 2015 Review

The Destiny event opens with what appears to be a dark match; a singles match
between Devin Omni and Marcus Knight.  I say a dark match because it looks to
have taken place much earlier in the day in front of fewer fans.  The match itself
did not take very long and it was almost 50/50 as far as offensive “possession.” 
The two wrestlers exchanged a few moves back and forth until Knight countered a
Shining Wizard attempt by Omni (who, remarkably, wrestled in socks with no shoes)
and connects with a Superkick that sent Omni to the mat in the center of the ring.
Knight then ascends to the top rope and unleashed a delayed-rotation 450 Splash
for the win.  A mild start to the show.

The first segment of the Destiny show had the two main eventers, Darrien Sanders
and ECW Original Angel Medina, going back and forth at each other on the mic.  It
was your normal “I’m gonna beat you and here’s why” that you see to open any
wrestling show – indie or on TV.  After their conversation turned physical, the locker
room emptied to separate these two. The main difference here was the presence of
KXCW President Jordan Smiley.  Smiley proposed a season-long point-based scoring
system for KCXW shows, and told Sanders & Medina that that point system would be
in affect that evening.  Smiley advised both men that they’d be drafting teams that
would compete at Destiny to see which team could score more points and earn that
captain the first pick in the 2016 wrestler draft.  Team Sanders became Sanders,
Logan Riegel (separated from his twin brother Sterling), “The Monster” Chaos, Troll,
and Enigma.  Team Medina ended up as Angel himself, Sterling Riegel, Bigg Dogg,
Captain Shabam, and Double D.  The two parties made their way to the back without
further conflict and the rest of the show got underway. 

The second match of the night, and the first for the start of the show was a tag team
match between Johnny Rocco & Hollis Giroux vs. The Marksman & KC Kyng.  This
entire 20 minute opening tag was methodically slow, and without too many big, notable
offensive maneuvers.  In smartypants wrestling lingo; there were a actually several
“hot tags” and “double downs,” as the fan favorite team of Giroux & Rocco tried several
times in several ways to swing the momentum of the match in their favor.  However, a
“blind tag,” a sneak attack and a Gutwrench Powerbomb by KC Kyng on Giroux would
see Kyng & the Marksman pick up a victory to the dismay of the crowd.  Kyng and the
Marksman celebrated in the ring post match until the Marksman unexplainably attacked
Kyng from behind, executed an inverted DDT and left him lying in the ring.  The
Marksman either yelled “Who are you?” or “Where were you?” to Kyng before he left with
KC's knee pad, so perhaps a further explanation will be needed or heard before the fans
will know ‘the why.’

Next on the card was Aaron Clay against “The Tribal Warrior” Angel Skycall.  This 14 minute
contest saw Skycall clearly outwrestle Clay from start to finish.  Skycall had a myriad of
amateur wrestling holds & maneuvers he used to keep Clay grounded on the mat, rarely
allowing the younger and smaller Clay to ever get up to mount an offensive attack.  Again,
there weren’t many notable offensive moves to report about save for a well-executed La
Magistral cradle by Clay.  However, the young Clay showed his inexperience and lack of ring
awareness as the one pinning combination he was able to use sent Skycall barreling into the
ring ropes, forcing an immediate break.  Skycall held Clay to the mat with front chanceries,
heel hooks, and Fujiwara armbars at for at least 12 of the near 14 minutes of the match, but
Aaron Clay would not stay down.  The end of this contest came when both competitors ran at
each other from adjacent ropes and Clay lowered his shoulder into Skycall’s midsection – a
move similar to the Monty Brown named “Pounce.”  Clay rolled into a quick cover and scored
a pinfall victory. 

Next up was an in-ring interview with the Riegel Twins who spoke about their point system
match between the two of them later in the night.  There didn’t seem to be any ill-feelings
toward each other, just a competitive spirit and a jointly expressed desire to put on a display
of their athleticism for their paying customers.

The next match at KCXW: Destiny was the first point-system match; a singles match between
Team Medina’s Bigg Dogg vs. Team Sanders’ Chaos.  This match was ostensibly a heavyweight
collision between two power-wrestling big men that utilized as many high impact maneuvers as
they had the energy to perform on each other.  There were several disregarded pages in the ol’
wrestling rulebook in this contest as this brawl resembled more of a traffic accident than a
wrestling match.  Both the inside of the ring and the turf (outside the ring) at Soccer Nation
served as the heavyweights’ battle ground.  Bigg Dogg was more the technician of the two;
hitting Chaos with a Belly-to-Belly suplex, a running Powerslam and even hit an impressive
Fall-Away Slam on his near 300 lbs. opponent.  Near the end of the match, Chaos was able to
avert a loss by placing his foot on the bottom rope after Bigg Dogg, remarkably, held Chaos on
his shoulders and delivered his Rabies Shot, a cutter out of a fireman's carry.  The
foot-on-the-rope routine was clearly the only way Chaos could’ve avoided a pinfall loss.  Bigg Dogg
tried to follow that attack with a running avalanche splash in the corner, but a sneaky vet move by
Chaos had him side-step Bigg Dogg and use a Schoolboy rollup for the win to give Team Sanders
a 1-0 lead. 

        The promotion held a battle royale next at what looked to be an intermission.  Many of the
undercard wrestlers took part in the contest, seemingly everyone who wasn’t in the final two
matches of the show.  The final four turned out to be Hollis Giroux, Enigma, Marcus Knight and
the Marksman.  Enigma and Knight eliminated Giroux and the Marksman simultaneously, and
then squared off against each other for another five to ten minutes.  Marcus Knight showed great
potential as an athlete but poor ring awareness as he left Enigma in either prone or vulnerable
positions several times in this over-the-top-rope battle royale in order to set up other maneuvers,
presumably to do more damage to Enigma.  In both wrestlers’ case, move attempts were utilized
more often than strategic planning in what I can only guess was the combatants’ desire to win
the match with some kind of style points.  Knight attempted to Superplex Enigma from the top
turnbuckle into the ring but was instead dumped unceremoniously to the floor by who was then
dubbed “King of the Battle Royale”; Enigma.

        The show resumes with a singles matchup between Kyle King and the “Spider Assassin” Curt
Gannon.  Gannon is accompanied to the ring by an unnamed man and unnamed woman who, unlike
most people ringside, never assert themselves into the match.  The two men exchange wrestling holds
and locks through most of this match, with very few if any power or technique-based maneuvers used
at all.   The match resembled more of a 12-round boxing match; where the first 11 rounds were feel
out rounds.  Gannon and King exchanged headlocks, chinlocks, side-headlocks, and side-chinlocks while
sprinkling a few strikes in between.  This goes on for approximately 14 minutes, as Gannon finally is
able to trap King in an inverted triangle choke hold.  However, without any visible signal from King, the
bell sounds and for moment I thought he had given up or that the referee was rescuing him similar to
how mixed martial arts referees rescue fighters.  As it turns out the fifteen minute time limit on the
match had expired and the contest was ruled a draw.  Gannon and his associates leave without
further incident and the show moves on.

        Next out is President Smiley again.  He informs the live crowd that there was to be a triple
threat hardcore match fought on this card, however “Smooth as Satin” David Cattin was the only
competitor to arrive to the arena. President Smiley invites David Cattin to the ring whom, after
praising the KCXW lockerroom for their performances thus far, awaits an answer to their two person
open challenge.  The Purple Phoenix quickly answers the challenge and marches immediately to the
ring.  Next, the surprising entrant turns out to be Lady Pride who brings two steel chairs with her. 
This match was exactly as was expected; a brawl from one end of the ring to the other and around
some parts outside of it.  This contest quickly devolved from a wrestling match with weapons to a
weapons match with wrestling in it.  Highlights include several weapon strikes to an opponent’s
head or face, a corner catapult into a chair propped on top of the turnbuckles and a second-rope
Front Flip Samoan onto a standing ironing board.  Earlier in the match, Cattin had propped a piece
of plywood in between two standing steel chairs on the outside of the ring, then placed what looked
like some steel mesh fencing on top of it for show.  In one of the most horrifying scenes on the card,
Cattin would later deliver a Crucifix Powerbomb from inside the ring to the outside on Lady Pride. 
She would only have that makeshift table setup to break her fall, essentially eliminating her from
the matchup.  Phoenix, still affected by the impact of the second rope impact from Cattin earlier,
put up little to no resistance to Cattin’s Superkick followed by a Cobra Clutch hold, and Phoenix
would be forced to submit shortly after it was applied.  The winner: David Cattin.

        The next match was the second in the point-system series of matches, and it was a two-point
tag match pitting Team Sanders’ Troll and Enigma accompanied by Dekin Cane & Raven Black vs. Team
Medina’s Captain Shabam and Double D.  Troll and Enigma used sound teamwork and isolation strategies
on Double D and Shabam as there were two separate occasions Team Sanders would have an opponent
on their side of the ring for at least 5 full minutes of a one-sided assault.  Enigma and Troll worked very
well as a team for the majority of the match and utilized the painful ineptitude of the average professional
wrestling referee to keep the momentum on their side for the majority of this match.  An unforeseen surge
of aggression from Double D at the end of the match was enough to surprise the more dominant team and
put them in a vulnerable state.  Despite not having too much offense for their team, Shabam & Double D
displayed a super-human level of heart when Shabam, after another assault, was able to tag Double D in
who finished a flurry of offense with a Pumphandle Power Slam on Enigma to capture a pinfall victory. 
That victory pushed Team Medina ahead for the first time tonight, with the score now 1-2.

        The semi-main event of the show was easily the match of the night; Sterling Riegel vs. Logan Riegel
in another point-system match.  These two identical twin high-flyers put on a display to be remembered
that looked more like a highlight reel than a single wrestling match.  It was obvious that the Riegel
brothers knew their tag team partners’ offensive maneuvers as they utilized move counters and counters
to move counters.  The crowd too was torn between which twin to root for, but they couldn’t have been
wrong in cheering on either Riegel from the four-star performance each man put on.  Highlights included
a second rope Shooting Star Press, a top rope Moonsault to the outside, a Falling-Tower Stomp from the top
rope, a pop-up catch counter converted into a DDT, a plancha suicida from the inside of the ring to the outside,
and the contest deciding maneuver: a standing, inverted Hurricanranna.  After a good 15 minute athletic
showcase of a wrestling match, Logan Riegel pinned his brother Sterling and proved himself the better twin,
at least on this night.  Logan’s win also evened the field for Team Sanders a 2-2 series tie.   

        The main event of the evening pitted Darrien Sanders against the ECW Original & Da Baldies member
Angel Medina in the final contest to determine who would get the first pick of next year's draft.  This match
had very little technique involved in it and got real ugly, real fast.  After the initial collar-and-elbow tie-ups,
I can’t recall very many wrestling holds or maneuvers used; instead heavy punches, kicks, elbow strikes
and stomps echoed throughout the now half-full venue.  A straight-knee attempt in the corner by Sanders
got him countered and dumped over the top rope by Medina, who gave chase immediately.  Sanders tried
to engage Medina in another fistfight on the outside, but Medina gained the upper hand with some
powerful, old-school style chops.  The highlight of this match had Medina overhook Sanders’ arms from
behind and encourage the front row fans to throw chops of their own at Sanders, who had been berating them
all show long.  Sanders escaped back into the ring with Angel giving chase again, then the brawl continued
inside the ring.  Another storm of punches and kicks from both men culminated in the closest two-count of the
match following Sanders second rope, double-foot stomp on Medina.  Sanders attempted the same maneuver
immediately afterward, but this time from the top.  Medina was able to roll out of the way, spring up to his feet
and hit Sanders with the Fallen Angel, his version of the Cutter.  Medina picks up the win and sends the crowd
home happy, while winning the event for his team with a final score of 2-3. 

        It was a show that had more potential than expertise, but KCXW: Destiny served as an entertaining event
that any fan of independent wrestling could certainly get into.  There wasn’t any shortage of effort from the
wrestlers on the card, but I do believe that the future is brighter for a majority of the roster.  I am Erick Strauss
and I’ll be writing more reviews for Kansas City-area wrestling events as I am able to see them.

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