Hardcore Heat: Strong Style Typings
Over the next few days, I will be announcing a match a day for Hardcore Heat on this blog.
IWS Title Match
IWS Champion Beef Wellington vs. El Generico
It wasn't supposed to be like this. There was a time when Beef Wellington and El Generico were best friends, roommates, running buddies. They were supposed to conquer the world of independent wrestling together.
But when opportunity knocked on the door of their apartment, it knocked for El Generico alone. And quietly, Beef seethed at the rejection.
El Generico hooked up with Kevin Steen and for a time the travel, the acclaim, the praise turned his head and Steen and El Generico tried to tear down the IWS forcing Beef Wellington into the thankless task of defending the promotion from its' two biggest stars. And Beef quietly raged at the injustice.
Then having held the promotion together with spit and duct tape and string, Beef watched El Generico and Kevin Steen come to their senses and to his astonishment they were both immediately accepted by the fans and both men in short order became IWS Champions, Kevin Steen for the second time, then El Generico for the second time, then Kevin Steen for the third time. While Beef Wellington, the man who had saved the IWS, didn't even rate a title shot.
I would tell you that something snapped when that happened, but that wouldn't be true. What really happened is that Beef's mask of humour slipped and we all saw the vicious cynical sociopath that was always lurking underneath.
Beef took the IWS title and his path to that belt and his time as champion have been nothing less than a series of desperate shortcuts. Ether in the FBTW; the lights going out to beat Steen; the Sleeper to beat Manny in the Triple Hell Death Match; 10 consecutive low blows on Franky the Mobster; a 3-Way vulture pin to save his title at X.
This match however promises to be different. For the first time in a long time, Beef has a goal more important to him than saving his title: punishing a former friend.
El Generico thinks that this match is about trying to win the IWS Title for the third time and sure that's important; El Generico thinks that countering Beef's desperate cheating is his biggest challenge and sure that could be relevant.
But what El Generico doesn't understand, can't understand is how much resentment and anger and betrayal he left behind that day when the door knocked and the opportunity at the door was for just El Generico, leaving his best friend and roommate behind. That anger and resentment and bitterness has been festering for the better part of five years. Beef had a brief chance to harness it when he teamed with Viking against Steen and El Generico, but in that match he was restrained in his actions - held back by rules, by civilization, and by what the fans expected from him.
Beef has none of those restraints anymore. He could care less about the fans, he ignores the rules and the only civilization that Beef believes in now is the one of tooth and claw, of the loaded boot and the closed fist, of the choke hold and the low blow.
I have tried explaining to El Generico what awaits him at Hardcore Heat, but I don't think that the Generic Luchadore has ever hated anything or anyone enough to understand the depths of Beef's hatred. I fear that on August 29th, El Generico will find out the true meaning of hate and to be honest, I am a little scared for him.
Of course, if anyone is up to the task it is the man who was literally born in an IWS ring, perhaps the greatest wrestler not just in Quebec, but in all of Canada, the Generic Luchadore, El Generico.
A Message from Nic Paterson
According to "our beloved leader" Nic, he has just signed to compete in the IWS "Canada's Greatest Athlete".
No clue what that means, I guess we will all find out at Hardcore Heat on August 29th.
IWS DVD & Ticket Special
I now have copies of the IWS Tenth Anniversary show X in my office. They are $20, or you can get the DVD and a VIP ticket to Hardcore Heat for $30 (or you can get a ticket for the ISW show 4 Years of This?!. Special is good until August 23rd. You can pay by paypal: Llakor@hotmail.com or contact me at that e-mail address for more details.
Inter Species Wrestling returns with 4 Years of This?! on Sunday, August 23rd, at the Foufounes Electriques, 87 Ste-Catherine East, Montreal. Doors open at 7:30PM, Bell rings at 8:00PM. Tickets are $15.00. 18+ Card and Times subject to change.
International Wrestling Syndicate presents Hardcore Heat on Saturday, August 29th, at the Just For Laughs Museum Studio, 2101 Saint-Laurent, Montreal. Doors open at 8:00PM, Bell rings at 9:00PM. VIP Tickets are $20, Regular Tickets are $15.00. 18+ Card and Times subject to change.