The Jerry Lynn retirement show was held in the Minneapolis Convention Center ballroom, and I heard from people in the crowd that they had over 1000 people, which is a damn good turnout for Indy Wrestling in this area! The place was almost full, even though I made my way to an area where there were about 15 or so empty seats...I have had a cold this week and didn't want to infect others. And yes, I had hand sanitizer, which I used before shaking people's hands.
There were a few vendors tables, (one of which was Tommy Dreamer, selling the House of Hardcore gear, which I happily turned over cashmoney for), and they looked pretty lively as well.
Still, it was a nice set up, lots of room and a LOT of people, a nice mix of ages as well, although in the area I was sitting in, it was all guys who were around my age (and probably Jerry Lynn's age).
Luke Hawx & Scott Summers & Perry Saturn vs. Ariya Daivari & John Johnson & Aaron Corbin
Hawx and Summers had a punk gimmick while Johnson and Corbin were heel Scotsmen. OK, I guess they were Scotsmen, since they had kilts. Decent opening match, with Saturn getting a decent pop, and staying on the apron for most of the match. Hawx and Summers use the Total Elimination and Saturn gets the pin. Nice way to get the crowd into the show.
Winners: Luke Hawx & Scott Summers & Perry Saturn
Rhino vs. Black Stallion
I was looking forward to this. I have seen Stallion on a LOT of local cards, and he's great at getting heat. I had heat with him since he didn't come to the ring wearing his Yellow or Red Lantern trunks....
He came to the ring with a manager who had hair like Doc Brown in the Back to the Future movies. Rhino gets a big pop as he enters. They have a few feats of strength bits where they come out even, which the crowd was simply not buying. They have a good back and forth match, with neither getting the upper hand. When Stallion's manager interferes, Rhino leaves the ring to chase him around the ring...he takes too long and is counted out.
Rhino lines up to gore Stallion, who gets out of the ring, leaving his manager to take the GORE! GORE! GORE!
Winner: Black Stallion by DQ
Blue Meanie & Al Snow vs. Craven Knight & Renny D.
LONG start to the match as Snow comes out without Head, then goes into the back and takes his time coming out. I was near the ramp, so I heard him arguing with Head, but it was lost on the crowd who couldn't tell what was going on. When he came out with Head, got a much bigger pop.
The first half of the match was pure comedy bits, almost like a Harlem Globetrotters show. The heel demanded a dance off, danced terribly, then attacked Meanie and Snow after they had danced for a bit.
Snow took most of the beating through the match and finally got the pin.
Winners: Blue Meanie & Al Snow
Sabu vs. Arik Cannon - No DQ
Cannon gets a pop as big (if not bigger) than Sabu, as was very over as he is the hometown boy. Great match by both guys here. Lots of plunder and lots of near falls. Cannon gets busted open and Sabu does a great job with him. I LOVED this match, even if there wasn't a need for Cannon to get busted open. Sabu gets the win, and the crowd cheers for both of them at the end.
At this point was intermission, where I ran into some old friends, picked up House of Hardcore's first show on DVD, thanked Tommy Dreamer for the years of entertainment he's given me and saw that Tommy "Spiderbaby" Saturday and Mick Karch were there.
Darrin Corbin vs. Tommy Dreamer
Corbin came to the ring in Tiger pattern trunks, which caused a drunk guy behind me to shout "Let's go Zubaz" for most of the match. It was a chant that was funny for about a minute or so and quickly transitioned to annoying.
The match started with Corbin insulting Tommy, saying he was coasting on his time in ECW, his wife was a whore and his kids should be ashamed....and Tommy answered the insults by making it a Hardcore/Extreme Rules match!
This led to my section chanting with the first few wrestling holds,such as "Hardcore wristlock" and "Hardcore rope break." It...