Full results from XICW PROVING GROUND (SEASON 4 EPISODE 3)
Sunday, January 7th in Warren, MI
It was revealed at the top of the show that Johnny Devine -- who many fans felt was unfairly inserted into the main event Proving Ground title picture -- was unceremoniously held back at the US-Canadian border. Therefore, the main event triple threat between himself, fellow challenger Malcolm Monroe III, and Proving Ground Champion Jaimy Coxxx would now be the one-on-one championship rematch between Coxxx and former champion MM3.
Before that, however, MM3 had his first shot at the XICW Lightweight Championship, held by “Wrestling With A Vet” Season 3 co-winner Travis Titan, which was this episode’s fan-made match picked by a raffle winning fan. Both XICW Warriors went full throttle, with MM3 having little regard for his match later in the night. In the end, it cost both of them, as neither wrestler could answer the referee’s 10 count, ending the bout in a draw. Titan retained his title, and during a big ovation from the crowd, allies Jaimy Coxxx & The DBA helped bring the fan favorites back to their feet.
In a singles preview of later “Wrestling With A Vet” tag team competition, Jack Price (with teammates Alex Weir, Dre Jacobs, & manager Johnny Delicious) took on George Mac (with teammates Willy Watts & Blake Acumen). Price added an element to his mix of speed, strength, & agility, as he showed his first signs of taking shortcuts with Delicious’ encouragement. Price utilized a sleeper hold to bring down the massive Mac -- who was brought back to fighting form thanks to a liquid creation by “The Chemical Cruiserweight” Blake Acumen) -- then followed up with another sleeper (hiding an ether-soaked rag) for the knockout victory over Mac.
In a special tag match challenge, The Void (now merely Jay Maynard & Aaron Orion) took on “The Hyena” Matt Hagen, who was given the chance to choose a mystery partner. Hagen, however, was twice spurned by teammates in the last few months, & didn’t bother to pick a partner. Therefore, he was assigned one by the Proving Ground committee, which was a former opponent of Hagen’s, XICW hopeful Billy Ray Daniels. The new team showed promise individually, but in the end, The Void showed greater teamwork than their unwilling partners, isolating Daniels & taking him down for the victory. After the match, Daniels struck Hagen in the back of the head with a precision superkick, seemingly trying to show his viciousness to The Void. After the match, Hagen declared himself “a hyena without a pack”.
In an impromptu moment, Johnny Delicious brought out Downriver Champion Dre Jacobs, who has been treating his title like garbage since winning it in July. Delicious hand-picked “downriver’s best” opponent for Dre that night, the debuting Sean Lawhorn, but Dre destroyed him with relative ease, pinning Lawhown after 2 brutal lariats. Delicious made another open challenge when the music of Isaiah Broner hit. Broner eyed down Dre as Delicious continued to run his mouth, all while The DBA snuck into the ring behind Dre. The referee called for the bell, Dre turned around, & DBA laid him out with a death valley driver, scoring the quick win & becoming the new Down River Champion.
Up next, “The Mane Event” Justin Mane was able to score his first big XICW victory over El Ridiculoso. He then joined the commentary team, as the man who cost him his match last episode, John E. Bravo, took on the new Down River Champion The DBA. The ringside area was crowded and hectic as Bravo was joined by his “Wrestling With A Vet” teammates “The Suplex Shogun” Jackson Stone & Alexander Beardslee, while DBA was flanked by Isaiah Broner, XICW’s Little Warrior Noah Gochanour & fan manager Stephen Hall. Referee Ric Vivyan had a busy match himself. Shogun was ejected for interference, then Beardslee for the same offense. DBA’s crew saw it fit to get involved as well, with all 3 being ejected next. While the ref was distracted, Mane came to ringside & slid The DBA a steel chair. Instead of using it, DBA channeled the Eddy Guerrero, tossing the chair to Bravo & falling to the mat. Vivyan took one look at the situation, and as anyone else would think, presumed that Bravo did the deed, calling for the DQ. Mane got a measure of revenge, & DBA retains his Down River Championship.
As Season 4’s “Wrestling With A Vet” competition rolled on, Team Watts (composed of Blake Acumen & team captain Willy Watts, accompanied by George Mac) dubbed themselves the “Big Black Concoction” on their way to battling The Death Squad (Alex Weir & team captain Dre Jacobs, led by Johnny Delicious & accompanied by Jack Price). The two top scoring teams from Episodes 1 & 2 battled for supremacy, and like in Price’s earlier match, we saw the first signs of “Weaponized” Alex Weir taking shortcuts, including Weir bashing Acumen with a security baton on the way to a powerbomb/neckbreaker combo by Death Squad for the victory.
With Marcus Everette unable to compete due to illness, team captain The DBA returned to the ring, joined Isaiah Broner to battle the BROguns (“Suplex Shogun” Jackson Stone & Alexander Beardslee, accompanied by team captain John E. Bravo). The change-up potentially helped influence the outcome, as did the ferocity of Isaiah Broner, as he hit a double spear on his opponents, continuing the winning ways for DBA as they scored the victory.
The final “Wrestling With A Vet” tag match of the night, The LOTUS (represented by “The Murderous Monk” Juntai & team captain/Midwest Heavyweight Champion Gavin Quinn) took on “Party of 3” (represented by Cyrus Satin & Louie Perez, accompanied by team captain El Ridiculoso). In their first tag match within XICW, GQ and Juntai showed that they were completely immersed as a team, leading them to victory.
In the elimination segment, a VIP ticket holder who won an exclusive raffle drawing was allowed to grant immunity to one team for that night’s elimination. That fan chose Party of 3, who it turns out would have indeed been up for elimination! In the end, Team Watts took home to top score, and Team Bravo was sent home, with Bravo laying out Beardslee after the verdict.
In the main event, XICW Proving Ground Champion Jaimy Coxxx made his first defense of the title in a much anticipated rematch with MM3. Both agreed that they should give the fans a little more bang for their buck, and fight “as only family can” in an Old School XICW Rules match, meaning anything goes. MM3 tried to make a statement in the match, attempting to hit the champ with his own finishing move, but Coxxx proved he knew his own playbook well, countering into a northern lights pin to retain. Still, both showed respect at the end of the bout, and fans were excited to see where both would go from here.
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