Source Wrestling has had a little bit of turmoil recently, with one of the co-owners breaking away to form another promotion months after this event but this won’t be about that.
In February 2022 Source Wrestling organised a two night spectacular to kick off their 2022 season after a raucous return at the end of 2021 (at the aptly titled ‘Returns’ event.
Night one featured a number one contendership match that would be settled on the show I’m checking out (because night one hasn’t been uploaded to YouTube) plus some shenanigans that lead to some of the additional matches to this card.
It’s been a while since I’ve watched Source Wrestling, with their pre-pandemic Mayhem show being that last one I checked out, so a lot of the faces have changed, along with the ownership changing hands. New horizons, new ventures etc.
Taylor Vite defeated Stone Malone by pinfall.
Thanks to my recent watching of Combat League Wrestling, I’ve got a lot of appreciation for Taylor Vite built up recently. I mean, he is a weasel, an arrogant scallywag, but he’s bloody entertaining. His comedic timing is impeccable and Stone Malone more than played along to maximise it.
Vite put his brains to work to combat the brawn of Stone Malone. A very simple story of Taylor Vite targeting the right arm and shoulder of Malone to neutralise the rolling forearm that Stone was looking for.
It was a quick finish with ‘The Tactician’ Vite sidestepping a spear into the corner, Malone hit the ring post which allowed Vite to roll up Stone and use the ropes for leverage.
This warmed up the crowd with some nice interaction. The more I see of him, the more I enjoy watching Taylor Vite. I think this was one of, if not the first time, seeing Stone Malone in action and he has a good look, brings the power, and is sure enough to let the fans be involved. He looks like a brute and wrestles like one but adds a little cheeky charisma into the bargain. I like it.
A really enjoyable opening bout. The ending was a bit out of nowhere in terms of investing the crowd but the shock factor and Vite’s smugness after the fact made up for it.
Xero defeated Shaun Faegan by pinfall.
This was the next match on the playlist Source Wrestling uploaded, and if it was the next match on the show it suffered from one major flaw. This match was built on Shaun Faegan targeting attacks on the right arm and shoulder of Xero.
No that’s not deja vu you’re suffering from.
Having been so used to the creepy, slow motion, methodical Xero. This was a very human iteration with him actually conversing with the crowd. That was jarring. my criticisms of Xero have always been committing to the creepiness throughout and without that being there from the offset I got to see more of him in-ring which was solid.
This was announced as Shaun Faegan’s first match and when that’s the case I always add a level of leniency because there’s always going to be some first match nerves. I like the look with the kilt, nowadays there are a lot of bald headed, bearded, AND tattooed fellas in pro wrestling (and in the whatever I do, see: me), so there needs to be something to have someone stand out from the pack. In Source alone there’s also Luke Matthews rocking the same facial look. So the kilt is a nice touch.
Channeling Rory McAllister of The Highlanders, Faegan looked confident in the ring, my only request is to either go without the t-shirt, or switch to a sleeveless vest if the body confidence isn’t quite there. It’ll just look aesthetically better in my opinion.
Xero won with a very nice cross armed electric chair drop, with a bridging pin, which looked ace.
The match was good, a lot to take in from my own preconceptions but the crowd were loud in support for Xero, and Faegan did a very solid job for his debut. Just a shame two matches in a row had the same overarching theme.
Luke Matthews defeated Leo McLean by knockout.
Speaking of Luke Matthews, he has his work cut out for him in the next match. Unfortunately this was a hard one to watch. It didn’t help that both were presented as good guys, making it difficult to pick a side, coupled with there being so much miscommunication, awkward moments, and just an overall misfire in co-ordination. It was like a big brother swatting away their wee brother at times. Leo McLean got a good slap in that got a big “oooh” reaction.
The match mercifully ended after McLean accidentally struck Matthews near the crotch with a low dropkick, Matthews saw red and battered McLean until the referee called for the stoppage.
There were plenty good ideas but the execution fell short in my opinion.
KoE (Kai Williams-King & King Killa) defeated Working Men’s Club (Scott McManus & Matt Daly) by pinfall.
I saw Matt Daly’s arse crack far more than I ever needed to in this match. It was only second on the annoyance scale as KoE wearing mismatching trainers, that will forever grind my gears.
The majority of this was sheer buffoonery. McManus and Daly being idiots with KoE being irritated by them. Daly lost a boot due to them apparently being steel toe capped, Working Men’s Club took a tea break, we got an accidental crotch headbutt (with added hard hat for good measure), the referee was sent to the back several times for reasons unknown, along with other silly moments.
A comedy match won’t be for everyone but to enjoy it it needs to have far more hits than misses. This didn’t hit. It dragged on and the crowd weren’t as receptive to mask it being never ending. It finally ended with KoE hitting a Flapjack/Flatliner combo on Scott McManus.
On a positive note, when it wasn’t attempts at comedy, Kai Williams-King looked particularly impressive in the ring, hitting a nice standing moonsault and also a uranagi that had plenty of impact.
Overall though? Not for me.
Bobby Roberts defeated Lucha DS by pinfall.
Before the next match Bobby Roberts got on the microphone to have a whinge about the state of Source Wrestling, and it’s lack of actual wrestling and singled out the previous tag team match… fair enough. Robbie Wishart marched into the ring and gave Roberts a match against Lucha DS.
As always, Lucha DS was a big fan favourite, hitting the 619 and Swanton early on before Roberts took over. A brawl around ringside, a big powerbomb in the ring, Big Bob doing Big Bob things.
Match finished quickly with a big beefy lariat to wrap it up for Bobby Roberts. Roberts followed up with a Stunner for added bastardry.
Quick match, effective to have the big bad Bobby kill a hero, like The Rhino smacking about Spider-Man. Lucha DS is very good, always good for a flip or two to hype the crowd before Roberts dashed all hope.
Luke Aldridge defeated Brodie Adler by pinfall.
Aldridge dominated the action early on, using his height and general hatred for the constant “Ostrich” chants directed at him to fuel his offence. Adler fought back to land a big Samoan Drop that got a big cheer.
Just as it looked like Adler was building some momentum, Aldridge hit a ripcord DDT for the win.
A short match but had the nice plot points of Adler being unusually outmatched for power, her likability makes her easy to cheer for which matches up with Aldridge being pretty easy to find deplorable by shouting his own name. Good stuff.
Derren J Blair defeated Alexander Darwin MacAllan by pinfall.
Before the main event ADM stormed out and challenged one of The Downfall and didn’t care which one. Wishart was back on the microphone to bar Griffin and Athena from ringside and made the match.
After some avoidance of action from Blair, ADM finally grabbed a hold of Derren to hit a cradle tombstone piledriver.
ADM dominated until Blair started spamming knees to face to rock MacAllan. ADM got back to dominating but after an errant forearm into an unsuspecting referee it got a bit chaotic. ADM hit three piledrivers to Blair but Luke Aldridge ran out to hit a ripcord DDT on ADM and dragged Blair’s arm on top for the win.
Griffin and Athena returned to attack ADM, only for the lights to go out and come back on to reveal Xero in the ring with a chair to send them scurrying.
This was a bit of fun, I enjoyed ADM’s Undertaker tribute, smashing Blair about like nobodies business before shenanigans lead to The Downfall squeaking out a win. Special shout out to the Razor’s Edge buckle-bomb from ADM. Lovely.
Source Wrestling Championship – Daihlan Hendry defeated Grant McIvor by pinfall to win the Source Wrestling Championship.
An now for something completely different. Grant McIvor took over his own ring announcement to inform the crowd that he is indeed still doing the wrestling before paying tribute to the greatest wrestler to come out of Green Bay, Wisconsin by calling out his own surname twice. Love it.
The match started slowly with both men grappling and countering evenly with each wrestler grabbing any body part available to wear down the other.
Hendry got sent to the outside which looked to have rattled him which McIvor jumped on with Hendry being the plucky warrior hanging on.
The two kept fighting before Daihlan knocked McIvor off the second rope and then threw himself off the top rope for a Senton and the win.
An excellent wrestling match. Moments were called back and built upon. Hendry almost won but McIvor got his foot on the ropes, the next big chance for Hendry saw him book both legs to make sure. McIvor worked on the legs early on to combat the double knee gutbuster which meant when Hendry finally hit it he couldn’t get to the pin straightaway. After Hendry got rocked on the outside McIvor targeted the head and then the arms to make it harder for Hendry to get up and balanced. It all made sense. I like logical progression of the story.
A fantastic main event, it is a shame that Daihlan Hendry had to vacate the title without a defence due to injury but his victory was great, highly emotional and from the reaction in the venue, very much earned.
Grant McIvor is a brilliant wrestler, I sure hope he’s still doing the wrestling.
Overall it was a mixed show for Source from my eyes, plenty positives though. The opener, the main event, two great pieces of bread with the filling having some good and bad pieces. I’m interested to see where The Downfall goes from here along with Shaun Faegan’s trajectory.
For an eight match card and it having 75% of the matches being good to fantastic, in my opinion, that’s not a bad ratio.
Of the matches I didn’t enjoy, thankfully wrestling is subjective and if someone out there did like them then it works for them. It just didn’t hit the spot for me.
You can watch the full show on YouTube, like I did, here: