If you listen to the Indy Project you know I’m a big fan of watching various stuff on YouTube. While I was searching random indy wrestling stuff I came across WildKat Sports. I heard of WildKat a couple of months ago with the announcement that they would be apart of WrestleCon 2014. On their YouTube page I found they had a entire tournament broken up into match by match videos. Not only was I going to be able to watch the whole tournament the production values were actually rather good. This is not something you run across too often so I wanted to give this a go. Came across only a few guys I knew which meant I discovered a lot of people I wasn’t too familiar with which is a joy. Without further a do here are my thoughts on WildKat’s Quest for the Best:
ROUND 1: BOLT BRADY VS VORDELL WALKER
This match doesn’t get a hug amount of time which is sad since Vordell Walker is the bomb! This was actually the match that brought me into this entire tournament. I’ve heard some good things about Brady but he looked a little awkward here. He looked like a fun Rubberband Man guy to take Walker’s offense but with an interference finish so quick into the match it is hard to tell. I blame Blake Wilder for making this match end so prematurely. The few minutes we got were solid but I would feel dirty giving this match a rating.
ROUND 1: STEVE ANTHONY W/ HARPER VS BU KU DAO
Both of these men wrestle in TCW which is where I know them from. Steve Anthony wrestled much differently from what I’ve seen. I took away a lot of the flash I had seen and worked more hard nosed than I’ve seen. Think that really helped things here. Clearly Bu Ku Dao was not made to look like real competition for Anthony. This makes Anthony look strong for the Semi-finals which is all well and good but doesn’t make this match stick out. This was more to set up later things so as far as the scheme of the tournament I can’t fault the squash.
WINNER: STEVE ANTHONY
ROUND 1: ERIK C. JONES VS WES ADAMS
Well this was boring. Erik C. Jones wears pink tights and moves his hips like a cocky SOB. WOO! Wes Adams is so bland that I feel if he were a food he’d be untoasted white bread. My one plus with this match is that Jones acted so darn confident after hitting a suplex. A normal, everyday, suplex. Even the commentator had a WTF moment. Wes Adams finishing this off with a Complete Shot was icing on the bland cake.
WINNER: WES ADAMS
ROUND 1: JOE KANE VS MIKE DELL
This match included two people I know nothing about and it ended up being my favorite of the first round. Mike Dell seems really generic but at the same time really polished so I guess it balances out. I was not expecting some high flying out of the guy but he brought a little bit of that to the table. Kane was a burly individual in this one. Very little flash but he was throwing a whole lot of hurt. This probably got the most time out of all the first round matches which isn’t saying a ton with most of the matches getting around 7 minutes but they used the time well.
ROUND 1: SGT. SOCORRO VS RUDY RUSSO
I’m not sure if this match or the James vs. Adams match was more dull. Found out that Russo was trained by Chavo Guerrero Sr. and somehow I think I would have appreciated it more if he just mentioned that throughout the match. There was nothing special about him. Sgt. Socorro may have been less special. Rudy was the heel of course since Socorro is meant to be a former military man. This match somehow got a decent amount of time compared to the other matches. This match ended with a roll-up and a hold of the tights, the only way it could have ended I suppose.
ROUND 1: LUKE HAWX VS JACK JAMESON
It seems in every random indy Hawx has worked the past year he has been billed as something special and pushed hard. Haven’t seen anything spectacular in the man this match did not prove otherwise. His opponent was supposed to be Haniel T. but he had a pre-match video that said he won’t be in a tournament to prove he’s the best since is already the best. Jack Jameson was his replacement but he looked a notch below Hawx’s skills. Really short match to get over Hawx I suppose. Hawx’s finisher is a blockbuster? Welp…
WINNER: LUKE HAWX
SEMI-FINALS: LUKE HAWX VS MIKE DELL VS BOLT BRADY
Another short match in a tournament with a bunch of them. Mike Dell showed off some heelness in this which it was pretty disappointing that I went through a whole match of his without knowing his alignment. Bolt Brady had one nice dive in this one that showed off a ton of athleticism that made me wish even more that his match with Vordell Walker got some real time. The finish in this one had Dell being a jerk coming back to bite them in the butt. Wish I could write more about this one but there isn’t a lot to write.
WINNER: LUKE HAWX
SEMI-FINALS: RUDY RUSSO VS STEVE ANTHONY VS WES ADAMS
This match had a focus which made it almost an instant improvement over the last semi-final match. The heels of Anthony and Russo ganged up on Adams that at times backfired. That at the least gave this a theme. Wasn’t anything spectacular but it accomplished a goal. Steve Anthony looked like the most talented guy in the ring even if he was a chicken shit. Harper helping out through this match even though he didn’t seemed to need it is a nice touch to get him to the next round
WINNER: STEVE ANTHONY
FINALS: LUKE HAWX VS STEVE ANTHONY
Steve Anthony and Luke Hawx were former tag partners until Anthony decided to join up with his manager Harper. Both men came hot out of the came which was a welcome change to the tournament. Not knowing much about the background of WildKat going into the whole thing the commentators made it easier to understand storylines and whatnot. This gave the finals that little extra since it wasn’t just a match for the first ever WildKat Heavyweight Championship. This match was shaping up really well for a good if basic title match. Then for some reason they threw in a wonderful overbooked finish. I was invested in seeing this tournament end and they do it in the cheapest of ways. Harper interfering for Anthony to win the tournament seemed like something that would happen and make sense since he is an integral part of the feud between Anthony and Hawx it seems. They went above and beyond though and threw in a ref bump plus interference from a large man in a mask and Anthony going straight to the cover. To end this on a positive note, unlike in most matches I did like both men’s finishers being kicked out of. No big move in the tournament had been kicked out of at that point so those nearfalls actually had a bit of impact behind them. In the end though this was an average match that had the potential to be at least a good finish to a weird tournament.
WINNER:STEVE ANTHONY-NEW WILDKAT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
OVERALL: This tournament is not that good. To be fair a lot of the matches were not given much time at all so there is no way of knowing if this tournament could have been better with some more time behind matches. That was the one thing that really hindered this tournament probably more than anything else. I’m not saying the tournament would have been great but it would have at least upped the quality of a few of the matches. This tournament was free so if you see an upcoming card of WildKat’s that you are interested in this would probably be a nice introduction to the company.
Sam DiMascio- @Concrete1992