Welcome, melted icemen and goose droppings! How far can I make it into this recap of night one of the inaugural Tournament of Flight before making a Top Gun reference? Probably not very far. After all, this is what I call a target-rich environment.
We began the night and the Tournament of Flight with Bracket C action, as “The Artist” Jake Crist faced “The Obsession” Caleb Konley. It was a faced-paced affair that kicked off the tourney with a flair. Konley did his best to keep up with “The Artist,” but it was not his night. Quicker than a nun’s first curry, Crist applied the Work of Art to defeat Konley. “The Artist” will face the winner of the other half of the bracket, AR Fox versus Myron Reed.
“The Neon Ninja” Facade went head-to-head against the luchador Aero Boy in our first match from Bracket D. Facade had a good amount of fan support, but it was the man who began training in the art of lucha libre at 13 years old that stole the show. Aero Boy took flight and crushed Facade with a Swanton Bomb on the landing. Three seconds later Aero Boy knew he would move on to face the winner of the contest between Jeremiah and Mentallo.
The third contest of the evening pitted Nate Wings against “The Realist” Alex Daniels in Bracket B. Man, that Daniels really is a dead ringer for Ben Affleck. Nevertheless, Wings showed he’s no pushover by hitting an amazing Casadora-bomb to take Daniels out of the competition. Wings, one of Rockstar Pro’s day one originals, will move on to face the winner of Aaron Williams versus Scorpio Sky.
I was having a great time watching some of the best high-flyers in the business. Then Jon Murray’s music began. He had a mic in hand too. What have I done to deserve this!? Murray announced that even though he’s not in the Tournament of Flight he still wanted to be a part of the show. He invited a number of wrestlers to compete in a “Jon Murray Pro Rules” Mosh Pit Scramble. Entrants included Dementia DeRose, Jaxon Vile, Damien Parker, Cole Radrick, Pompano Joe, Ace Austin... Shakespeare, Kyle Maverick, and the new American Luchacore Champion “The Dream” Daniel Winchester. At least Murray didn’t put himself in the match! Probably for the best, as his foot looked extra wonky. This match had all the craziness one could expect in a mosh pit. In the end, Winchester blasted Austin in the face with his Luchacore belt to KO him and win the match. Good thinking, kid! Anything goes under “Jon Murray Pro Rules.”
Next, we saw a massive clash of styles in Bracket A with “Hot Shot” Danny Duggan versus Space Monkey to take us halfway through our first round match-ups. Monkey had a lot of fan support, even after he consumed his own feces. As Duggan advanced toward him, Monkey threw a banana peel under his foot. Duggan lost his footing, giving Space Monkey an opportunity to crack his opponent in the face with a Tail Whip. Three seconds later, Space Monkey would move on to face the winner of Shane Strickland versus Zachary Wentz.
“Juggernaut” Jeremiah went toe-to-toe with “Zombie Hunter” Mentallo in our second Bracket D match. This was an excellent match-up featuring two agile and powerful competitors. Jeremiah skillfully wrapped Mentallo up win an O’Connor Roll and even bridged into the pin! Jeremiah will face Aero Boy to determine which competitor will enter into the Fatal Four-Way Final.
Our second contest in Bracket B matched up “The Baddest Man Alive” Aaron Williams and Scorpio Sky. It was an incredibly hard-hitting match. Neither man would be intimidated by the other. In the end, Sky rocked Williams with a Fatal Answer to move on in the tournament. He will face Nate Wings in the next round.
We had another break in tournament action, as Night Ryderz (Dustin Rayz & Alex Colon) took on Canadian Wrestling’s Elite (Tyler Colton & Shane Saber) in a tag team match. Night Ryderz and CWE had an epic confrontation at Amped, and it seemed as if each group was hungry for more. Once again, CWE were pure aggression. They targeted Colon, keeping the Body of Night Ryderz in their half of the ring. Saber rocked Colon with a Bicycle Knee before Colton splattered him with a Wheelbarrow German Suplex to get the pinfall. CWE are proving that Night Ryderz do not hold a monopoly on violence at Rockstar Pro.
Our penultimate match was one that everyone at Rockstar Pro and in the Rockstar Nation had been talking about. In the second pairing of Bracket C, it was “The Whole Foxin’ Show” AR Fox versus “Hot Fire” Myron Reed. This one was absolutely amazing. Seeing Fox and Reed in the ring together was like seeing the same performer at different stages in his career. You have to subscribe to Rockstarpronetwork.com just to see this match! In the end, Fox hit Reed with Lo Mein Pain before finishing him off with a 450 Splash. What an incredible match! Fox will face Jake Crist to determine which wrestler from Bracket C will head to the finals. You don’t want to miss this one!
Our main event was Shane Strickland versus Zachary Wentz. I can’t bring myself to focus on it. It just hurts too much. The action was as incredible as expected, and Wentz won with a Daytonian Destroyer. He’ll face Space Monkey in the finals of Bracket A. There. I did it. Moving on.
Night Two of the inaugural Tournament of Flight begins in mere hours. Be there at 1106 E. 3rd St. in Dayton, OH at 7:30 to catch the semi-finals, the Fatal Four-Way final, plus the Rockstar Pro World Championship is on the line as “Gem City Queen” Nevaeh defends against “The Lost Girl” Samantha Heights. We’re gonna take you right into the DANGER ZONE! Don’t be a loser your entire life. Come see us live, subscribe to Rockstarpronetwork.com, or watch us on the FITE TV app. Until next time, I remain your Rockstar Pro color commentator and the Voice of Professional Wrestling.