Hello, hello! This is Miranda and welcome to The Front ROW, where I’ll be giving you another look into Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling. Today we take a look at episode 8, the first part of three of the July 14th show. It seems that every show I go to gets better and better, and this one proves it, beginning with simply the video quality. With that said, let’s get down to business!
Segment: The show kicks off with a flashback of Jared Steel’s victory over Abel Andrew Jackson, Robbie Gilmore, and Ayden Cristiano for the ROW Internet Championship. We are then taken into a backstory of Keith Remmington’s—or Jared Steel’s—life. He claims Keith Remmington is a family man with a wife of 16 years, 2 children, and a job coaching and teaching. However, Jared Steele is a (self-proclaimed) ass-kicker. Jared Steel has been in the wrestling business for 13 years, and is making his way to the top! He claims Rockstar Robbie Gilmore and the ROW Heavyweight title is his next target, and his ultimate goal is to be on the “big stage”.
Ayden Cristiano vs. Mitch Baxter: Accompanied by an ill-dressed Reyna, Cristiano is facing Mitch Baxter tonight, who hasn’t been seen in the ROW since one of the first episodes. Baxter is probably one of my favorites, and one of the most charismatic characters to appear in the ROW. The match is pretty slow, and gets interesting when Cristiano pulls Baxter’s hair while in the turnbuckles. Cristiano quickly turns to a submission hold for control, and Baxter eventually comes back with the same idea. At one point, Baxter kicks Cristiano out of the ring, then suicide dives onto Cristiano, barely missing the cameraman. It’s evident throughout the match that Baxter is over with the crowd, with the several “Let’s go, Baxter!” chants going on. Cristiano takes control from Baxter for a while, until Baxter comes back and performs a sunset flip into a pin for a 2-count. Another attempt to pin from Baxter fails, when the referee is distracted by a screeching Reyna, causing Cristiano to roll away. Baxter takes the win with a poorly executed jumping cutter.
Interview with Rockstar Robbie Gilmore: The head X-Girl, Stryke, interviews Robbie Gilmore. She asks what has changed since becoming ROW champ, and where the title will take him. Short and sweet interview, and not too much to say about it, except that I really like the guy of course, haha.
Sexy Steve DeMarco vs. Kid Ransom: So, the newly renamed “Sexy” Steve DeMarco (who I don’t find all TOO sexy, but okay) will have a bout against the country boy, Kid Ransom. Ransom is a strong crowd favorite (mostly because his family is taking up two rows of seats) and he claims his domination in this match. The match really kicks off when Ransom gives DeMarco a clothesline he won’t easily forget. DeMarco is knocked out of the ring, and Ransom attempts to attack him from inside, only to have it backfired. DeMarco takes control of the match from this point forward, until a point where he hops out of the ring to taunt the crowd, including Mama Ransom, who slaps him right across the face. Ransom tosses him back into the ring, and sets DeMarco up for a painful-looking Spinebuster and the win! After the match is over, Ransom walks over to celebrate with his mom, who is probably more over for the rest of the show, than Ransom himself was for that match.
Jared Steel vs. Cedric Pain for the ROW Internet Championship: The crazy Cedric Pain is brought out by Mrs. Bates (an orderly/nun?) and is donning a straightjacket. I’m guessing they wanted to take his “crazy” gimmick to the next level, because he also had a red contact in one eye, and some kind of foam coming from his mouth. It was kind of awkward to witness this in person, actually. Steel takes advantage of Cedric Pain immediately upon the bell’s ring, until Pain works on Steel’s left arm with an arm bar. This match wasn’t particularly interesting in my opinion, seeing as I don’t care much for either man. At one point, Cedric Pain goes for a headbutt to Steel, who dodges it, causing Pain to fly out of the ring. After Pain returns to the ring, Steel hits him with the “Steel Driver” DDT for the win and retention of the Internet title.
The live show itself was really fun and entertaining to attend, so I’m looking forward to the next editions of the taping of the show.
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And here is the video of the show: