BRM Reviews APW King of the Indies 2001: Night 1

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BRM Reviews APW King of the Indies 2001: Night 1

Post by Big Red Machine » Sep 7th, '18, 14:14

APW King of the Indies 2001: Night 1 (10/26/2001)- Vallejo, CA


Bison Smith is from “Pro Wrestling NOAH” rather than anywhere in Japan. Doug Williams is just from “England.” Adam Pearce is from Milwaukee? What happened to Chicago?

SHOW OPENING CEREMONY- cool

KING OF THE INDIES OPENING ROUND MATCH: Doug Williams vs. Adam Pearce- 6.75/10
A solid opener between two great workers, but the highlight of this match was the reaction to the finish from fans who apparently had never seen Chaos Theory before. Their minds were blown.

KING OF THE INDIES OPENING ROUND MATCH: Bison Smith vs. Tony Jones- 6.5/10
A solid power-wrestling match.

KING OF THE INDIES OPENING ROUND MATCH: Samoa Joe vs. Frankie Kazarian- 5.25/10
Joe was unrecognizably thin. The match felt disjointed, but you could definitely see that the potential was in these two.

KING OF THE INDIES OPENING ROUND MATCH: Donovan Morgan vs. Scoot Andrews- 6.75/10

KING OF THE INDIES OPENING ROUND MATCH: American Dragon vs. Spanky- 8.75/10
This was one of those matches that when you’re watching it even many years later you can still understand the sense of wonder that people felt while watching it. This felt a level above everything else (and obviously being the longest match so far by several minutes helps with that), and it also very much felt like the future. It felt fresh and new. These two were amazing together. Every single thing they did was so fluid, and yet at no point did it ever cease to feel real and raw, either. If anyone has more of these two facing off in this era, please let me know!

KING OF THE INDIES OPENING ROUND MATCH: Christopher Daniels vs. Super Dragon- 7/10
This was a great “big moves” slugfest that never forgot to make sure that every move meant something.

KING OF THE INDIES OPENING ROUND MATCH: AJ Styles vs. Jardi Franz- 7.5/10

KING OF THE INDIES OPENING ROUND MATCH: Low Ki vs. Vincenzo Massaro- 7.5/10

A very fun show from APW, and very easy to sit through as well. Everything was very good for the time it got which made this feel like exactly like it was advertised as: a tournament of the best independent wrestlers in the United States.


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Re: BRM Reviews APW King of the Indies 2001: Night 1

Post by cero2k » Sep 9th, '18, 11:11

was this the same Vincenzo Massaro from LU?

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Re: BRM Reviews APW King of the Indies 2001: Night 1

Post by Big Red Machine » Sep 9th, '18, 11:23

cero2k wrote:
Sep 9th, '18, 11:11
was this the same Vincenzo Massaro from LU?
Yes. When he was an actual worker and not a fat slob comedy dork.
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Re: BRM Reviews APW King of the Indies 2001: Night 1

Post by cero2k » Sep 9th, '18, 11:27

Big Red Machine wrote:
Sep 9th, '18, 11:23
cero2k wrote:
Sep 9th, '18, 11:11
was this the same Vincenzo Massaro from LU?
Yes. When he was an actual worker and not a fat slob comedy dork.
I knew he was a wrestler, but never imagined he went that far back, nor that he'd even be considered for a King of Indies.

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Re: BRM Reviews APW King of the Indies 2001: Night 1

Post by Big Red Machine » Sep 9th, '18, 12:14

cero2k wrote:
Sep 9th, '18, 11:27
Big Red Machine wrote:
Sep 9th, '18, 11:23
cero2k wrote:
Sep 9th, '18, 11:11
was this the same Vincenzo Massaro from LU?
Yes. When he was an actual worker and not a fat slob comedy dork.
I knew he was a wrestler, but never imagined he went that far back, nor that he'd even be considered for a King of Indies.
I mean... being an APW/west coast guy probably helped, as I don't think either him, Franz, or Kazarian really would have made it if the tournament was being held in, say Chicago (you'll note the lack of Hero, Red, and Punk, who were breaking out at this time or more known quantities likes Quackenbush, Reckless Youth, James Storm, Ace Steel).
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