Never ones to shy away from chaos, Absolute Intense Wrestling pulled out all the stops last night for their debut internet Pay-Per-View show, “Girls Night Out 8”.
In the first of the two main events, Allysin Kay was set to defend her AIW Women’s Championship against a mystery opponent. That person turned out to be a returning Mickie Knuckles, wrestling her first AIW match since vacating the title due to pregnancy in April last year. The pair brought the pain to each other, taking the match to the outside with Knuckles hitting Kay with a huge German suplex onto the stage, and Kay narrowly missing with her trademark machete. In the end, however, it was “AK47” who emerged victorious, choking out Knuckles to retain her championship.
Her next opponent for the title was also decided last night in the closing match of the show. The first half of “Girls Night Out 8” had consisted of four singles qualifying matches, with the winner of each going on to take part in a ladder match for the number one contendership later that night. Addy Starr pulled off a surprise victory on her AIW debut against a Sassy Steph who can’t seem to buy a win in AIW at the moment, Athena and Kimber Lee had an excellent match which culminated in Athena picking up the win with an O-Face, Veda Scott defeated Leva Bates (dressed as Daredevil) in a solid but unspectacular match that was hugely improved by Veda and Gregory Iron’s promo at the start (something about petroleum jelly? I don’t know…) and “Crazy” Mary Dobson defeated Annie Social despite interference from Social’s stablemates to complete the line-up.
The ladder match itself was a brutal and unforgiving encounter, with spots galore as these four women gave their all to get the contract hanging from the ceiling. From Veda Scott getting crushed between a ladder and Addy Starr’s knees, to Athena and Dobson both getting put through tables, to Athena hitting an O-Face from the top of another ladder, this was a frenzied and raucous affair that made that AIW Women’s Championship contract seem like the most important thing in the world. Alas, when the dust cleared, it was Veda who emerged victorious, ascending the ladder and taking the contract, setting a match in stone between her and Allysin Kay for a later date.
Elsewhere on the card, Angelus Layne and her incredible hair impressed in an Absolute Opportunity match for a place on the AIW roster, defeating Jodi D’Milo in an superb match that saw both talents bring out their ‘A’ game, and I would be more than happy to see both wrestlers back in an AIW ring in the near future. Finally, Nikki St John and Heidi Lovelace of The Social Network defeated Angeldust and KC Warfield in a great tag team match despite an awkward interference finish.
All in all, “Girls Night Out 8” can certainly be considered a success. The final two matches more than made up for any blips along the way, and are worth the money alone. The rest of the card, while hardly breaking any ground, was a solid display of wrestling and most importantly of all a great deal of fun, and being able to watch the show live on iPPV was a nice novelty, with decent enough production and hilarious (if a little non-sequitur) commentary. Just don’t get me started on the fans in attendance! On the basis of the two main events, I would definitely recommend ordering the replay. Here’s hoping this isn’t the last we’ve seen of AIW and the “Girls Night Out” series on iPPV!