The 2012 Spindle City Rumble is now in the history books, and what a spectacular event it was. Over 180 fans packed the PAL Hall to cheer their favorites as the wrestlers of Top Rope Promotions fought their way through 29 others to get a shot at the heavyweight title.
In the opening contest, Kevin Perry made Interstate Champion the “Devils Reject” Brandon Webb tap out to a single leg crab to capture the championship. Perry, a former tag team competitor, has shown a lot of promise in the last few months. His recent bouts with Vinny Marseglia opened a lot of eyes to the talent of this cocky young rookie. At the young age of 20 years old, Perry has a lot of time to grow and improve. Things will only get better from here for the new TRP Interstate Champion. As for Brandon Webb, the very popular “Devils Reject” announced he would be taking a few months off from wrestling action, but would return to the ring when his years of injuries healed up.
The beautiful women of Top Rope came out next, as Luscious Latasha did battle with Alexxis Nevaeh and Kasey Ray. All three women put their best foot forward, and showed great athletics. The crowd was vocal for all three women at various stages throughout the bout, as each contestant traded emziguiris, bulldogs and even a handspring back elbow. But in the end, it was Kasey Ray who was able to squeak out the win over the two more veteran women.
The highly anticipated tag match between The Wingmen (Ladies Man and Mark Shurman) and Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia followed the ladies bout. Earlier in the evening, Marseglia met Taven in the ring during Taven’s homecoming speech and the two guaranteed victory. The match started off quick, with the two high flying athletes getting the better of the wildly hated Wingmen. After a pair of double springboard dropkicks, Taven and Marseglia lined up for double dives to the outside. But as Vinny went to soar through the air, Taven superkicked Marseglia right in the face. The crowd sat in shock and immediately understood what transpired. As the crowd sang Taven a chorus of boos, Mark Shurman jumped in the ring and got the easy pin on his prone opponent. Without much competition, the Wingmen have become the number one contender for the Aldens tag team titles. Taven on the other hand, it remains questionable why he kicked Vinny in the face.
In the semi main event, the “Prodigy” Mike Bennett pinned Matt Magnum in an outstanding match. The originally scheduled TRP Heavyweight Championship bout was changed last minute due to a rib injury that champion Biff Busick suffered several weeks ago at an event in New York. Despite being contractually obligated by Spike Dudley to defend the title at the Spindle City Rumble, Busick continued his streak of defying Spike’s authority and refused to wrestle. Magnum, a former TRP Heavyweight Champion himself, stepped up to the plate and tried his best to defeat Bennett. But the Ring of Honor star proved just why he is considered one of the most complete and all around best wrestlers in the world today. After 15 minutes of back and forth action, Bennett was able to gain the victory over Magnum. As is profile continues to rise across the world, it’s questionable how much longer TRP fans will be able to see the superstar in action at the PAL Hall. Bennett is certainly destined for bigger things. But Magnum has nothing to be embarrassed about. The match proved that, when inspired, Matt Magnum remains one of the most underrated and untapped talents in New England. The young man has all the tools it takes to make it to the next level, if he ever chooses to do so.
The 30 man Spindle City Rumble was the main event for the evening. Men from across the northeast pounced on the opportunity to become the number one contender for the Top Rope Promotions Heavyweight Championship. The 50 minute match saw many side splitting portions, as well as some hard hitting action. Early in the bout, referee Anthony Green entered the fray and convinced all the competitors to join him in the popular Gangnam Style dance. That didn’t last too long however, as Nick Steel soon interrupted the dance party and promptly made waste of all competitors. Later, the debuting Scotty Slade refused to get into the ring, and instead, provided live commentary of the rumble. This lasted for several hilarious minutes, until Frankie Vain forced Slade into the ring and tore into the competitor. Late in the bout, Matt Taven made his entrance to an epic parade of jeers. As he entered the ring, Taven took out Johnny Angel, Jason Blade and Nick Steel. As Taven stood tall in the center of the ring, Vinny Marseglia emerged from the entrance. As the next competitor, Marseglia immediately made his way towards Taven. The cocky and arrogant Taven flipped himself over the top rope and removed himself from the rumble before Vinny could get his hands on him. The Wingmen then attacked Marseglia and disposed of his limp body. Taven taunted the beaten Marseglia as he lay on the floor of the PAL Hall. The new Interstate Champion Kevin Perry also had a run in with Franky Vain. After Perry was eliminated by Vain, Kevin re-entered the rumble and managed to topple Vain over the top rope. Because other men were involved in the elimination, the referees called the elimination as legitimate. This angered Vain, and the two battled to the back.
In the end, it was Nick Steel who emerged the victor, after he and Jason Blade battled for over five minutes trying to throw the other over the top rope. Both competitors were exhausted, as each man entered the rumble at a relatively early spot. Just as Blade started to gain some momentum, he went for a hurricanrana. But it was Steel who was able to muster the strength to halt the maneuver, and instead, throw Blade over the top rope and onto the floor. Nick Steel will now receive a match against champion Biff Busick at the next PAL show. Steel is a former multi time TRP Champion, and in the last few months, has shown a renewed vigor for the sport. The crowd has reacted enthusiastically, and have gathered behind the wide chested suplex machine. The “Manliest Man” seems to have his hands full heading into the new year, both with Nick Steel and Spike Dudley.
Looking forward, the new year is looking to be an exciting one for Top Rope Promotions. The Wingmen are seeking to end the reign of the Alden Brothers, Kevin Perry and Vain are at each others throat, Marseglia has Taven’s size 13 superkick embedded into his head, and Nick Steel is gunning for Busicks title. And of course, where does Spike Dudley and Matt Magnum fit into all of this?
If you haven’t seen a Top Rope Promotions event at the PAL Hall, there is no better time than now. The action is beginning to heat up and the events just keep getting better and better. Stay tuned to the Top Rope Promotions Facebook page for news, media and upcoming events.