Empire State Wrestling returned home to the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall in North Tonawanda, NY this past Saturday Night, and yours truly was in attendance.  As usual, those ESW guys put on one hell of a show.  Recap after the jump!

A cool thing about ESW is the fact that they show promo videos at the start of the shows, something that a lot of the indies don’t do.  This show kicked off backstage with Jordan Olivencia interviewing Cade Cassidy, the former Coverboy.  Cassidy’s new gimmick is that he’s got OCD.  In the promo, he was trying to figure out if there were an even or odd number of chain links in the fence behind him.  He said that his match with former partner Tommy Caliber couldn’t happen.  He’d left Caliber in his past, and bringing his past into his present or future would screw up the space-time continuum.  Good stuff, loving the new gimmick.

Next, Jordan interviewed Barry and Brian Hardy.  The Caesar interrupted, then was punched in the face following Barry Hardy’s “magic trick.”  Caesar then challenged the father-son team to find a partner for a six man against himself, Tommy Mandrake, and Superbeast.  Barry said he had somebody in mind.  Brian said he had the tights ready.

The show proper started off with the usual announcements from ring announcer Olivencia, who is, as usual, interrupted by ESW Champion Chris Cooper.  Cooper brags about his victory at WrestleBash in a cage match against Jonny Puma.  The song “Celebration” starts to play, and Cooper’s former tag team partner, Mastiff Will Calrissian, came to the ring, sporting a wig after having his mullet cut by Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake at the last show.  Mastiff says that it’s time to celebrate.  We’re not celebrating the fact that it’s Jordan Olivencia’s last show.  We’re not celebrating the fact that it’s Pepper Parks and Kevin Grace’s birthdays.  No, we’re celebrating accomplishments.  First, we’re celebrating the fact that Cooper is still the ESW Champion.  Second, we’re celebrating the fact that Mastiff’s mullet has “grown back.”  Third, Mastiff has a surprise for Cooper.  The ESW Tag Team Championships have been returned to them (Brandon Thurston, one half of the now former Tag Team Champions, is on duty in Iraq.  Come home safe, Brandon!).

Kevin Grace interrupts the festivities, but when he tries to touch Mastiff’s “mullet,” the Tag Team Champions start to attack.  Pepper Parks hits the ring to chase them off, say happy birthday to a few of the fans at ringside, and welcome us to the show!

Danny Danger def. Josh Thor

Thor is a newcomer here in ESW.  He held his own in this match with Danny Danger, but Danger’s high flying offense proved too much for him, as he hit the Danger Zone for the victory.  Following the match, Thor proclaimed that he’s “never coming back to this stinkin’ town.”

Caesar’s Legion made their way to the ring for their six-man tag against the Hardys, accompanied by Purple.  The Hardys hit the ring, and Caesar demanded to know who their partner would be.  Enter the Western New York Icon, Jonny Puma!

Barry Hardy, Brian Hardy, and Jonny Puma def. Caesar’s Legion

A vintage tag team match here (did I just say “vintage?”  I really need to mute RAW on Mondays).  The Legion kept Brian Hardy away from his corner, but when he finally got the tag to Puma, it wasn’t long before he found himself alone in the ring with Caesar.  Puma nailed the Jonny-on-the-Spot for the victory as the Hardys held off Mandrake and Superbeast (with Mean Mike taking care of Purple).

Following the match, Puma gave Caesar a wedgie, embarrassing him.

Party Guy Brett Mednik def. Jordan Casey

Mednik unveiled a new gimmick for this one – that of a big fat party animal, complete with Hawaiian shirt and beer dispensing football helmet.  He spent the early part of the match drinking a beer while wrestling, until Casey knocked it out of his hand.  Mednik got more aggressive, knocking Casey out of the ring before chugging another beer.  Mednik picked up the win with a powerbomb.

Newly crowned Interstate Champion “Inferno” Johnny Adams issued an open challenge for his title before the show.  The challenge was answered by Chase Taylor, whom my girlfriend has dubbed “The Sort-of Big Show” based on his look.

“Inferno” Johnny Adams def. Chase Taylor to retain the ESW Interstate Championship

Taylor controlled a lot of this match, until Adams managed to nail a Brain Kick and turn the tide.  He hit his finisher to pick up the win and retain his title.

The Bonecrushers def. The Kovacs

Matt and Michael Kovac made a huge mistake – they tried to attack the Bonecrushers before the match.  The twins from Puerto Rico picked up an easy win in this one.

Before the next match, it was announced that an ESW fan had passed away between the time of the last show and this one.  A moment of silence was observed.

Mastiff insisted on an in-ring introduction, which Jordan Olivencia reluctantly read.  Pepper Parks was introduced, and we’re ready for action.

Pepper Parks def. Mastiff

Two extremely capable wrestlers, both of whom were in the PWI 500 for 2009, Mastiff and Parks put on a well executed comedy match.  They started things off seriously enough, but after knocking Parks down, Mastiff yelled out to the crowd “Watch this, I saw this on TV!”  He drops to the canvas and starts pounding the mat a la Randy Orton, but when he goes for the RKO, Parks shoves him off, then nails an Attitude Adjustment.  Parks sets up for Sweet Chin Music, but Mastiff grabs the microphone and says he saw that move on TV, so he’s not getting up.  When he does, he locks up with Parks, who whips him to the ropes and then nails the superkick anyway.  Mastiff kicked out of the subsequent cover, knocked Parks down again, spat water, then went for a Pedigree.  Parks reversed it into a backdrop.  Mastiff started acting like the Ultimate Warrior, and the pair re-enacted the Hogan/Warrior match from WrestleMania VI.  In the end, Cooper came out to help Mastiff, but Kevin Grace rushed the ring with a birthday cake.  The cake was smashed into Mastiff’s face, and Parks scored the pinfall victory.  Awesome match!

Time for intermission while they clean up the ring.  I grabbed a slice of pizza and took a minute to say hello to Barry and Brian Hardy, who both remembered me from last time.  Those guys, along with Pepper Parks, are guys who truly appreciate what the fans mean to this business.  Speaking of Pepper, I made it a point to call him “Jesse Guyver” after his SmackDown match under that name.  I spoke briefly with Jordan Olivencia, who confirmed that this was indeed his last show, though he didn’t want it to be.

Back from intermission, Jonny Puma and several other ESW wrestlers came to ringside to present Olivencia with a gift – a special tribute video to thank him for his time with the company.  As most of the wrestlers made their way to the back, Puma insisted that Olivencia introduce him one last time.  Before he could finish the introduction, however, Ryot appeared behind him and shoved him to the canvas.  Puma tried to attack, but Ryot overpowered him, locking him in a Claw hold.  Caesar took the microphone and said that Puma is going to pay for what he did to him earlier in the night.  He says that the fans worship Puma as a God, but that even Gods can die.  With Puma unconscious at this point, Ryot held him up for Caesar, who painted Puma’s face to look like his own.  Caesar and Ryot left the ring, with Caesar bowing to Puma on his way out.  He stopped to tell a nearby cameraman that “the joke… is over.”  Very cool stuff with The Caesar.  It’s cool for him to go from the jovial, fun loving, happy-crazy character to the dark, demented, cold and calculating character.  I like it.

Tommy Caliber def. Cade Cassidy by Disqualification

Cassidy’s new OCD germophobe gimmick is awesome.  He wears a surgical mask to the ring and sprays sanitizer on everything.  He held his own with Caliber early in the match, but faked passing out when Caliber removed his surgical mask.  When Cassidy’s rollup attempt failed, the match got physical, even resulting in Cassidy bleeding from the mouth.  Cassidy continually attempted to choke Caliber through the match, which ultimately wound up getting him disqualified and costing Caliber his shot at revenge, despite a victory.

Curtis Lee Walker def. James Santel

Santel is another newcomer to ESW, but didn’t really stand a chance against veteran Curtis Lee Walker, who made short work of the rookie.

Chris Cooper def. Kevin Grace to retain the ESW Championship

Mastiff accompanied Cooper for this one, and continually interfered.  For some reason, the referee didn’t bother ejecting him from ringside.  The end came when Grace tried to suplex Cooper back in the ring, but Mastiff pulled his legs out from under him, holding them down so he couldn’t kick out of the pin attempt.

Mastiff and Cooper assaulted Grace after the match, but Pepper Parks once again made the save.  He then told the Tag Team Champions he had an idea (to which Kevin Grace said “I usually like your ideas!”).  At the next show, September 11th, Parks and Grace will challenge Famous for the ESW Tag Team Championships!

I had a great time at this show, and I’m disappointed that the next one is three months away.  These guys always put on a good show.  WWE calls themselves the greatest value in entertainment, but they’re not – this is a much better value.  For $13 at the door I got in to a fantastic show, and for just two bucks more I had a slice of pizza and a Pepsi.  WWE can’t beat that!

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The founder of BoredWrestlingFan.com and it’s parent company, Fropac Entertainment, ThinkSoJoE has been a wrestling fan since he first saw WWF television in 1986 at the age of four. His first wrestling memory was Hulk Hogan on Saturday Night’s Main Event talking about getting King Kong Bundy in a cage at WrestleMania 2. Sixteen years later, he met Hulk Hogan on the eve of WrestleMania X-8. On December 9, 2013, he legitimately won a Slammy Award (Best Crowd of the Year). ThinkSoJoE currently hosts the weekly BWF Radio podcast.

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  1. this was definately a great show! i had a lot of fun doing the show and an even better time watching it! i remember speaking to you at intermission and it was pretty cool. (btw, it took me a while to originally find this website and now its on my favorites lol) my favorite match was probably the 6man tag or the mastiff,parks match. all the wrestlers are great, but since ive know mastiff a long long time, (since high school actually) and pepper parks is an amazing wrestling on his own (havent known him that long) that match really caught my eye. overall it was a great show. even though hearing the loss of Mark Oship was a hit, as they say, "the show must go on". As always we are happy to see you update on the show. And as always, we always appreciate and respect your opinions! ty

    • Thanks for dropping by, glad you enjoy the site! I like to give you guys in ESW as much exposure as I can, because it truly is a very enjoyable product, and a great value for the money. I always post on our facebook and twitter when you guys have a show coming up in hopes that other fans in the area may come out to support you. Thanks to you and the entire ESW crew for putting on an amazing show every time, and being down to earth enough to take time to hang out with the fans during intermissions and after the show. One of these days I'll make it out to the after party with you guys!

  2. i missed the after party as well. lol…so you know this is jordan olivencia….better to get that out in the open now lol i like my mystery. it was a great show. and im sad i have to leave it. but i will be watching this site as well as the ESW site to keep up on current events in wrestling. i will be attending shows from time to time too….when i can at least. every person in the back area are down to earth guys and girls. they enjoy to "wow" the fans as much as the fans enjoy the shows. they do appreciate all the exposure from this site and from you guys.

    • I figured it out when you said you remember talking to me during intermission. I only really got a chance to talk to you, the Hardys, and Pepper Parks. I do remember you telling me you were going to try to make the after party for the next show. If I don't have a lot going on around that time as far as my band, I'll be trying to get out there afterward too. Any word on who's taking your place?

  3. no idea on whos taking my place. i know someone from rochester was asked….but other than that i assume it will be Capt. Dan. i cant wait to see a show as a fan someday…basically meaning not to enter the ring lol. i wont be at the sept 11th show for sure but the one after that im going to try as long as my schedule is open. i am in a band too lol what instrument do you play?

    • I do vocals and a little bit of guitar in a metal band. If you're free June 19th, we're playing just around the corner from the fire hall at Sikora Post in NT. We're called thinksobrain.

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