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Friday saw new US promotion Girl Fight Wrestling hold their debut show in Charlestown, Indiana. The sister promotion of Indiana-based Stricktly Nsane Pro Wrestling, the show was also broadcast live on Internet Pay-Per-View and featured a mix of established stars and up-and-comers.
The main event saw Crazy Mary Dobson tap out to the veteran Jazz in a passable match that, despite picking up towards the end, saw both women significantly lacking their A-games. On the undercard, Jessicka Havok and Leva Bates had the surefire match of the night, as Havok took out Leva (dressed as Mortal Kombat‘s Kitana) with the Air Raid Crash in a solid effort. However, Leva would get her revenge shortly afterwards, coming out victorious in a sloppy nine-woman battle royal by last eliminating Havok and Miss Natural.
Technical difficulties (such as the lack of sound for the first three matches – something they say will be fixed by Monday in the re-edit) marred the first part of the show, making the opening bouts somewhat of a chore and a challenge to watch. Of those contests, Miss Natural’s victory over Thunderkitty was the most impressive-looking, although the choppy nature of the feed made it difficult to keep track of the match.
Meanwhile, Nevaeh did the best she could in a winning effort against a very green Lil Naughty, and masked debutante Miss Dark Shadow was an unfortunate victim of circumstance going into her very first match, her originally scheduled opponent Candi Devine being replaced at the last minute by Shadow’s own mother Lady Vendetta, and resulting in a poor outing which saw a nervous-looking Shadow pick up the win.
As the newest addition to the North American women’s wrestling scene, it’s hard not to feel sympathetic to Girl Fight Wrestling after their first show. Wrestling-wise it was a mixed bag, with some solid action interspersed between a little too much filler, and a couple of performances from wrestlers that perhaps need a bit more refinement before returning to iPPV.
As for the production, technical difficulties have become a grim inevitability with iPPVs nowadays, but even by those standards, not having any sound and such a choppy feed for the first three matches is pretty bad. Overall, I’d give this one a miss. However, the talent and ideas are clearly all there, and I am certainly willing to see how Girl Fight Wrestling fares in handling these teething problems next time round.
Did you catch the iPPV? What did you think?