Resistance Pro Report
By: David Parker
The Big News: Resistance Pro begins its new TV show with looks at Harry Smith, Melanie Cruise, and Jay Bradley
The show began with a video that presented highlights from the promotion’s previous shows, showing some of the name talent that have wrestled for them, including Harry Smith, Rhino, El Generico, Vader, and Sean Waltman. The company’s owner, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, was also shown.
A man named Zach Thompson introduced the promotion as being founded by Corgan and Jacques and Gabriel Baron to present an old school product, combating current trends in wrestling. A clip of Corgan talking about it being a storyline-based promotion at last year’s Wizard World Comic Con was shown.
Thompson then talked about the company’s woman’s division, specifically Melanie Cruise. Clips from previous events showed her beating Cheerleader Melissa, Serenity, and Sassy Stephanie. A six-woman “First Come, Last Served” match from their “A Small Deadly Space” show was then shown.
Melanie Cruise defeated Taylor Made, Nikki St. John, Sassy Stephanie, Shelley Martinez, and Serenity. St. John quickly won the first fall, while Cruise was then shown winning the second fall. Cruise dominated for much of the fall. She hit two Burning Hammers, but St. John kicked out of both of them. St. John then made a comeback, but only got two-counts after hitting an X-Factor and a bulldog. She then went for a superplex, but Cruise pushed her off and hit a legdrop off the top rope to score the pin and retain her title. An okay match, though the rules of it were never clarified, which made it a bit confusing.
A promo for the DVD for their “Black Friday” event was shown. A commercial for their “Rise” event was also shown; it noted Harry Smith became the company’s first champion at the show.
A commercial for tonight’s (June 15) “Taken By Force” event was shown.
We returned to Thompson as he hyped upcoming talent Jay Bradley. He was shown beating various wrestlers at previous shows, including defeating Shawn “X-Pac” Waltman to become number-one contender. At “A Small Deadly Space,” he complained about not being booked, despite having a title shot and being 5-0 in the company. The Baron brothers came out and said they’d make time for him on the card, announcing that it’s “Vader Time.”
Vader defeated Jay Bradley. Vader slowly beat him down for much of the match. Bradley eventually made a comeback; when he failed to knock him off his feet, he hit an impressive bodyslam. However, Vader was able to knock him down and hit the Vaderbomb for the win. It seemed a bit odd to build up Bradley and then shown him losing his first match in the same show, though I assume there wasn’t much they could do about it given the circumstances.
Commercials for the DVDs for their “Vicious Circle” and “Obsession” shows were then presented. The feud between Harry Smith and Rhino was highlighted. They were followed by commercials for “A Small Deadly Space” and the upcoming “Taken By Force” show. It’s pretty obvious by this point that this show is essentially a one-hour commercial.
Thompson then hyped up Harry Smith. His wrestling background was noted, and his feud with Rhino was shown. After Smith won the R-Pro title, he told Corgan and Smith he wanted a title shot. At the next show, Smith defeated him, and Rhino put up his ECW title belt for another match. I thought he threw that belt into a flaming trash bin in TNA in 2006. At “Obsession,” the match went to a no-contest when Lou E. Dangerously attacked the referee; Corgan announced a cage match for the two belts at “A Small Deadly Space.”
Harry Smith defeated Rhino in a cage match to retain the Resistance Pro championship. Jeremy Borash did the introductions, and Raven was the guest referee. Neither man tried to escape the cage, so it appears it could only be won by pinfall or submission. They had a good back-and-forth match, though the cage wasn’t used very much. At one point, Smith had Rhino in a sharpshooter; Rhino tapped out, but Raven was distracted by Lou E. Dangerously. Rhino took control, but he failed to get a three-count despite hitting a piledriver and the Gore. Lou E. then walked into the cage with the ECW belt; Raven took the title belt from him and struck Rhino with it, and Smith got the pinfall. Lou E. then put the title on him. This was a lame way to end the match; isn’t the purpose of the cage to keep people out? It’s sillier when you think about the fact that the company is apparently trying to be old-school and an alternative to WWE.
Raven said Smith was a “good boy” because his mother told him to. He said that he should’ve had the ECW belt because he was the most famous champion, and Smith will continue to be the R-Pro Champion if he and Lou E. have any say in it.
Thompson ended the show by hyping the “Taken by Force” show. I thought it was funny that he noted that kids could get in cheaper, since I don’t know if a parent will want to take their kid to a show where Corgan might say “f***”. Another promo was shown, followed by the credits, and finally one more promo for “Taken by Force.”
An okay show. Besides the ending to the cage match, there wasn’t anything that was particularly bad, though besides the rest of the cage match, there wasn’t anything that you should go out of your way to see. While it didn’t ruin the show, one big problem is that the ring isn’t properly lit, so a small part of it was dark. It’s as if the shows were filmed without considering how it would look to someone at home. Also, while the commentary wasn’t terrible, I could’ve done without them swearing and trying to be clever.
If you’re in the Chicago area and have access to WCIU sister station U-TOO, the show airs on Sunday nights/Monday mornings at 2 am. It appears it will run once per month. Unfortunately, the company has poorly promoted this; the show is listed as “Paid Programming” on TV guides, so the only way you’ll know if the show is on is if you specifically try to look it up online. They’ve disappointed me in that regard.