Saturday, September 7, 2013


On September 1st, Inspire Pro returned to the Marchesa Theater with WIRED FOR WAR – an event which matched the company’s debut show in its number of surprises, breakouts, and shocking moments. After only two shows, Inspire Pro has left its mark on the Texas wrestling scene, and has fans looking toward a bright horizon.

Check out the results from the WIRED FOR WAR event here.

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At last month’s THE BEGINNING event, Jordan Jensen stormed the ring following JoJo Bravo’s victory over Alex Reigns, and dealt a vicious beating to his former tag team partner, which was thwarted by Chairman Greg Symonds. Before WIRED FOR WAR could even start, Jensen invaded the ring and immediately called out JoJo. Instead, he got Chairman Symonds.

Symonds cut Jordan a deal. If Jensen could defeat an opponent of his choosing, he would earn himself a contract, but would be permanently banned if he were to lose. Jordan added one stipulation before accepting: if he won, not only would he get a contract, but he would also be placed in Championship semi-final match at the next show.

It was then revealed that Jensen would have to go through none other than “The Mind Of Wrestling” JT LaMotta. Jensen mounted spurts of offense throughout, but it seemed as if the more seasoned veteran Lamotta would keep Jensen off the roster. That was until long-time rival of LaMotta’s, “Dirty” Andy Dalton distracted Lamotta enough for Jensen to hit a flash stunner and score a pin. While Jensen is now officially an Inspire player, he and Dalton don’t appear to be making enemies fast.

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People were eager to see how The Great Depression would stack up against a larger opponent following his victory over Jeff Gant back in July. This month, the masked giant locked up with prized Dory Funk Jr. student, Thomas Shire, and the results were a little… weird.

Depression has established a dominate streak with this matchup, as the mysterious Penny Arcade continues to pull the puppet strings. Shire attempted to mount a comeback late in the game, landing a flurry of offense on the brute. However, Depression locked on a deep Von Erich claw, which dug into the eye of Thomas Shire, forcing the referee to stop the match and award it to The Great Depression.

Post-match, Shire was clearly irate over the official decision, but thankfully “One Man” Mike Dell left the commentary table to talk him down. Shire will return to Inspire Pro action in October with a lot to prove.

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History was made as tag team wrestling was put on display for the first time in Inspire. Out first were the duo of AJ Summers and Jared Wayne – the self-proclaimed Pump Patrol, on a mission to save the “fatties of Austin” from themselves. Ironically, for a pair of guys who praise the virtue of hard work in the gym, their attempted short cut in the ring eventually cost them the match against Puerto Rico’s Dagger Brothers. While both teams demonstrated great inner-team chemistry for the duration of the match, Wayne attempted to blind his opponent with a handful of protein powder, which accidentally blinded his partner, Summers. Mike Dagger capitalized by locking in a Sharpshooter for the submission victory.

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Dangerous, young upstart Barrett Brown was originally scheduled to face Jaykus Plisken at WIRED FOR WAR, but due to personal reasons Jaykus was unable to compete, leaving Brown without an opponent. Chairman Symonds invited Brown to the ring to address the situation. Instead, Barrett expressed he had something to get off his chest.

Last month, Ricky Starks had made the claim that Championship finalist Davey Vega didn’t deserve his spot in the main event. Brown expressed that if anybody’s ability ought to be in question, it’s Starks’. Never short on words, Starks in his own unique way declared Brown to be overrated.

Symonds quickly decided that he would give both men the opportunity to ultimately prove their opinions in the ring. Symonds also added the stipulation that if Starks lost, his opportunity to face Shawn Vexx later that evening in a qualifying match in the Inspire Pro Championship Tournament would go to Brown.

This led to a hard fought, spirited contest by both men, which saw Ricky Starks able to cement himself over Barrett Brown, earning his match later in the evening against Shawn Vexx.

The returning Greg James’ absolute war with Andy Dalton at our THE BEGINNING event made cemented the fact that “The Unholy One” is a man to keep your eye on. However, the questions surrounding Greg’s newfound darkness only thickened at WIRED FOR WAR when a hooded man known Morbidus accompanied him to the ring.

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The unholy one once again unleashed a vicious onslaught, but Jeff Gant mounted a comeback, showing a great deal of heart, tenacity and innovation. Though, those traits did not prove to be enough as James usurped Gant with his signature butterfly neckbreaker.

As Gant offered a handshake as a show of respect, Morbidus removed his hood to reveal a familiar face. Morbidus immediately hit Gant with a black mist, followed by a shining wizard, and finally a brutal running knee to the face, which knocked the youngest gun out cold. Afterward, the duo carried Gant out of the building in a ritualistic fashion. What does this mean for Jeff Gant and what more can we expect from “Unholy” Gregory James and Morbidus?

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Two of Texas’ top heavy hitters were looking for redemption following losses at our July event. It seemed as if this newfound alliance with Jordan Jensen would prove to be a factor in the early going. However, Jensen thought better of angering “The Cowboy” and soon retreated to commentary. Claxton and Dalton would brutalize each other throughout the entire encounter, but a well-placed cowboy boot to the head of Dalton would signal victory for James Claxton, making up for his previous loss. Dalton, on the other hand, will have to go back to the drawing board.

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This was a clash between two of the best wrestlers in the state of Texas, and the brutality that these two warriors brought overshot expectations. Inspire Pro knew that nothing would contain these two, therefore the match was deemed a “Full Contact” match, meaning all striking was legal. Both exchanged shot after shot, with neither man being able to put the other away. Rowe took a brainbuster from Summers, while Summers suffered Ray’s signature “Death Rowe” maneuver, but neither man would say “die.” The violence escalated when Summers power slammed Rowe onto a pile of chairs on the ring steps, rendering Rowe unable to answer to the referee’s 20-count.

Afterwards, Summers’ victory was rudely interrupted by Mr. Sistine and his personal assistant, with some fashion advice. That was until these two competitors were able to put their differences aside long enough to put these fashionistas down with their respective finishers. Afterward, Scot took the mic and thanked Ray Rowe for a match that pushed it to the limits. Ray Rowe responded by thanking Scot for the war.

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Ricky Starks wrestled for the second time of the night following Rowe/Summers, and the prevalent opinion was that the young competitor might be too spent to effectively compete against multi-time Texas heavyweight champion Shawn Vexx. Ricky looked decidedly less playful as he made his entrance, and that same attitude carried over into the ring. With the winner advancing on to the Championship semi-finals, both competitors refused to underestimate each other.

At one point, Vexx had Starks pinned, and was a milli-second away from advancing. However, in the last quarter second, Starks had enough drive to get his foot up on the rope.  The match resumed, with Starks receiving a battery of maneuvers from the classic Vexx catalog, including the “East Boogie Driver.” However, after another valiant kick out, Ricky scored with the “Absolute Driver”, sending him into next month’s three-way against both Scot Summers and Jordan Jensen.

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In the main event, three evenly matched competitors gave it their all in the hopes to gain a spot alongside Davey Vega and one other in the historical match that will crown the first Inspire Pro Champion. This bout could have gone a multitude of ways, however Bolt Brady would face the first elimination after taking Mike Dell’s signature “Dell-bow” following a superplex on JoJo Bravo. It then came down to Bravo and Dell, and it was another “Dell-bow” directly to the heart of “The Heaviest Sumo” that stopped Bravo’s chances and put Mike Dell even further down the path to championship glory.

However, as Mike Dell thanked both Brady and Bravo for the competition, the new filthy duo of Jordan Jensen and Andy Dalton emerged to put a beat down on the two spent competitors. That was until JT LaMotta returned to make the save, chasing off Andy Dalton, the man who cost him victory earlier in the evening. LaMotta would then call out Dalton, stating that while his career was coming to an end soon, he is always up for a fight. The challenge has been laid to Dalton.

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