ECWA Wargames! (7/14/12)

ECWA has a way of “Raising the Bar” month after month. After one of the best independent cards of 2012 on June, 2nd, ECWA returned last night to Newark, DE as they presented WarGames!

Picture by Hank Stoklosa

The crescendo of violence that has been building for nearly a year between the nefarious Blackhearts and ECWA came to an even more violent conclusion when Chris Wylde unleashed a fireball into Breaker Morant’s face to win the match for Team ECWA. In the co-main event, in a rematch from the 2012 Super 8 Quarterfinals, Papadon again defeated former TNA star, Anthony Nese, in a match that ECWA fans will likely talk about for a long time.

Results:

Ricky “The Model” Martinez pinned Cole Calloway.

“Kid America” Mike Kehner defeated Corey Blaze in a stretcher match.

Mr. Ohh La La successfully defended the ECWA Mid Atlantic title when challenger Mike Tartaglia was counted out.

FUSION D.S. retained the ECWA Unified tag Team titles after defeating The Slophunters (Johnny Silver and Alex Reynolds). after the FUSION Destroyer.

“Greek God” Papadon successfully retained the ECWA Heavyweight title after pinning Anthony Nese following the “Wrath of God”.

Team ECWA (Chris Wylde, Kekoa, Aden Chambers, and Papadon) defeated Team Blackheart (Bobby Shields, Breaker Morant, Mustafa Aziz, and Josh Daniels w/ Joel Goodhart) after Breaker Morant surrendered after Wylde threw a fireball in Morant’s face.

Thoughts:

What can possibly be written to fully describe the intensity and violence that was exhibited in the WarGames? Simply put, with Team ECWA’s back to the wall for a few reasons, Chris Wylde had to literally fight fire with fire. Yet, this was after months upon months of sneak attacks and brutality from the hands of the Blackhearts.

Wylde has had to put up with vicious kendo shots to his back, bowling pins, Joel Goodhart’s stomps, baseball bats, and even a moving car driven by Bobby Shields. He dove off of scaffolding, driven people through tables, and even bled to defend the integrity of what he feels as his company.

Chris did what he felt was necessary. In doing so, he has shown that he will do what’s needed even if that means stooping to the level of his opponents.

On the other end of the spectrum is “Greek” God Papadon. Whether or not Papadon is “The Greatest Unsigned Talent Today” or not is not open for debate. What is open for debate is why he decided to come to the aid of Team ECWA only to minutes later attack a prone Chris Wylde. Just what statement was Papadon attempting to make?

ECWA officials wasted no time in announcing a match between ECWA Champion Papadon and TWA Champion Chris Wylde slated for September 15th at the 45th Anniversary Show. It will be a title unification match. It very well could be the most important match in ECWA history. Can Wylde end the reign of Papadon?

In other action last night, Papadon successfully defended his ECWA title turning back the challenge of Tony Nese. Papadon and Nese have had a storied past in both ECWA and especially NYWC. Both have said that they strive to top each match. Last night, they did just that and treated fans of ECWA with a verifiable classic that will long be remembered in the history of ECWA.

Also worth mentioning is the impressive list of challengers that Papadon has defeated on this storied title reign:

  1. Defeated MEGA to win the title (March 5, 2011)
  2. Defeated Bazooka Joe via DQ (May 7, 2011)
  3. Defeated Chris Wylde (July 16, 2011)
  4. Defeated Tommaso Ciampa to win a spot in the 2012 Super 8 (Sept. 24, 2011)
  5. Defeated Matt Saigon (Oct. 15, 2011)
  6. Defeated #1 Johnny Silver (Nov. 5, 2011)
  7. Defeated Chase Del Monte (Nov. 19, 2011)
  8. Defeated Alex Reynolds ( Jan. 7th, 2012)
  9. Defeated #1 Johnny Silver (March 3, 2012)
  10. Defeated Aden Chambers (March 10, 2012)
  11. Defeated Mr. Ohh La La (May 5, 2012)
  12. Defeated Kekoa (May 5, 2012)
  13. Defeated Adam Cole (June 2, 2012)
  14. Defeated Tony Nese (July 14, 2012)

Picture by Hank Stoklosa

Overall, Papadon is undefeated in ECWA. He has amassed a 19-0 record in the company. Say what you will about Papadon, but there has never been a sheer force of dominance in ECWA, or any other promotion ever. To say he is the most successful ECWA Champion in its long history is an understatement. Quite literally, Papadon has carried ECWA from the ashes of the Kettner era and into the new era. Possibly, without Papadon and the house he built, there would be no quality wrestling in Delaware.

All that said, Papadon must now face a man who has been baptized in his own blood while defending the honor of ECWA. Wylde will be a man possessed as he not only looks for revenge against Papadon, but as he looks to avenge his loss against Papadon from a year ago. Yet, the Chris Wylde of 2011 is not the same Chris Wylde of 2012. They say that violence changes a man. In this case, violence has changed Wylde to a man who not only faces challenges head on, but also picks himself up after being knocked down. This is a man who asked Breaker Morant for another skin ripping kendo stick strike. This is a changed man.

To hear more about this event, be sure to listen to “Hell in a Cell Talk Radio” every Wednesday Night at 9:30PM EST. This week, we will recap “WarGames” and much more!

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