Featuring: ACH, Drew Gulak, Johnny Cockstrong, Nick Talent, Doug Summers, AR Fox, Brian Fury, Julian Starr, Mark Angel, JT Dunn, Steve “The Turtle” Weiner, Anthony Stone, Jonny Mangue, Sugar Dunkerton, Pinkie Sanchez, Aaron Epic, Mikaze, Mark Shurman, Darius Carter, Taka Suzuki
Upstart existentialist promotion Beyond Wrestling held their Crises Precipitate Change show over the weekend of November 19th and 20th, 2011 in North Andover, MA. As some of you may well be aware, Beyond Wrestling is built on the concept of wrestling for wrestlers – there’s typically no fans in the audience, only the other wrestlers on the card watching on as the wrestlers express themselves. In the months leading up this event, Beyond began its expansion into fan attended shows with About Time and Back In Flesh. Crisis was a return to the original formula. However many Beyond mainstays, like Chris Dickinson, Corvis Fear, and Team Beyond, were unavailable due to injury or retirement. This led to multiple new faces making their first appearances in the true Beyond environment, hence the title.
Another big change is that this is the first show in Beyond Wrestling’s new partnership with YouTube. The video is available On Demand for $9.99 there as well as on Smart Mark Video.
Note: Beyond Wrestling applies a ranking system for its wrestlers, which affords wrestlers certain privileges and perks for building up wins, such as making their own matches. I’ll be including each wrestler’s rank with their name, so if you see them with a +, they’re doing well, a – means they need to do better, so here we go…
Your announcer is the almighty Denver Colorado (the man, not the place).
AR Fox [-2] vs. Johnny Cockstrong [+12]
Cockstrong is the current leader in Beyond Wrestling. Most of Cockstrong’s offence involves him trying to stick Fox’s head in his trunks. No wonder he has such a good record. AR Fox comes in intimidated by “the cock,” understandably.
Fox pulls off a nice delayed stomp on Cockstrong. He follows it up with a sweet Skin the Cat into a dropkick in the corner. However, he soon runs into the “Cock of Steel”. Cockstrong spins Fox around in a chair, and then hits the Shining Cock on him. Cockstrong may well be one of my new favourite wrestlers. Fox jumps into the other ring in the building and hits a Tope Con Hilo out of it onto Cockstrong on the floor. Fox then leaps off the other ring, hitting a legdrop onto Cockstrong on the apron of the official ring. Why wasn’t World War 3 like this? Cockstrong shrugs off the Lo Mein Pain and hits the In The Pants Piledriver to put AR Fox away. Cockstrong moves onto +13 points, dropping Fox down to -3. Really fun opener, and I’m happy to see there’s another Cockstrong match later on this show.
Nick Talent [+1] vs. Doug Summers 
Sugar Dunkerton is so happy to be at Nitro… then realises it’s not the year 2000. Talent is a member of the Academy of Anatomy, with teammate Mark Angel seconding him at ringside. This is Summers’ Beyond Wrestling debut, I’ve previously seen him in a 10 person tag in CHIKARA that didn’t particularly impress me with the way it went, so let’s see how he fares here in singles competition.
Both men take time to figure each other out, and it’s Summers who utilises his conservative style to take the early advantage. Talent takes a couple of shortcuts to try and get ahead. Funny moment at this point – Dunkerton takes Talent’s entrance gear and puts it on to goof about. Summers hits a superkick on the outside, but in a bid to take control, Talent careers him into the ringpost, and then hits a facebuster on Summers to the outside.
Talent makes a lot of easy mistakes throughout this match, which Colorado puts down to not having Anthony Stone in his corner anymore, instead of the less experienced Mark Angel. However, Talent does take control, but it doesn’t last long, and Summers hits a Shining Wizard to put him down. Summers lays waste on Talent in the corner, but as the ref tries to break it up, Talent pokes him in the eye, and hits a spin out facebuster for the pin. Talent moves onto +2, dropping Summers to -1.
Brian Fury  vs. Julian Starr 
Fury is the head trainer at the New England Pro Wrestling Academy, which is hosting this show, which Colorado notes is geared up with the intention of training its students to get them onto television. Fury takes on his top prospect Julian Starr here. Starr, who is built for TV, hits some very agile moves to begin with, but his trainer Fury takes control shortly afterwards.
Starr uses some lucha tactics to overwhelm Fury, which given his size is very impressive. Fury hits a superkick to take the advantage back, which prompts a Shawn Michaels style song from ACH. Big boot from Fury with Starr’s head on the apron. Both men are being a bit unsettled with the atmosphere of only wrestlers watching them. Fury gets Starr in a vertical suplex position, but drops him onto the ropes and to the outside.
Colorado points out that Fury is wrestling a very deliberate style here, as he’s opened up his school for this event to take place in, and wants to prove a point against anyone. Starr comes back with a Lung Blower on Fury, but can’t take advantage right away. Missile dropkick from the top gets two for Starr. Fury hits a Black Tornado Slam for two. Fury shrugs off a Tornado DDT, but Starr fights back and gets it on the second attempt, for two. Starr goes for a Springboard Moonsault, but Fury gets the knees up. However, Starr then hits a Blue Thunder Bomb for the win. The student beats the teacher, and goes +1 over -1.
Drew Gulak [-2] vs. Mark Angel [+10]
Gulak needs the win here over one of Beyond Wrestling’s best performing stars in the Academy of Anatomy’s Mark Angel, who’s undefeated going in (Angel bears a striking resemblance to recent CHIKARA recruit/douche Mr. Touchdown).
Gulak uses wrestling nuances to take the early control, but Angel’s strength takes over. The early story here is ring savvy versus pure strength, and they’re canceling each other out. A very even contest, with Gulak holding his own against the powerful Angel.
Angel takes control with some shoulder tackles, transitioning into an armbar. Vicious clothesline by Gulak that messes Angel up. Gulak then dominates Angel with some pure submission holds. Angel comes back with a dropkick right into a pin attempt for two. Angel goes for a handspring off the apron, but Gulak chops him in that position and takes control from there.
Gulak with a unique take on an ankle hold to put a lot of pressure onto Angel, but Angel somehow gets out. T-Bone suplex by Angel for two. Diving clothesline by Gulak off the top, but is too exhausted to take advantage. Gulak firing off suplexes like they’re going out of fashion. Super Spinebuster by Angel gets the three. Fantastic game of human chess in this one, as Angel moves onto +11, dropping Gulak down to -3.
Johnny Cockstrong [+13] vs. JT Dunn [+1] vs. Steve “The Turtle” Weiner [-3] vs. Anthony Stone [-3]
This is the last match filmed on Day 1, and Cockstrong has his choice of match here against three New England talents. Some of you will know Weiner from his CHIKARA ventures. Others will “know” him from Wrestling Road Diaries, and I’ll say no more about that.
Dunn and Stone fight on top of their opponents, but Cockstrong and Weiner have a thumb wrestling contest on the bottom, and the pile comes tumbling down. Dunn nails Weiner with a reverse Lung Blower, and “Turtle Elimination” comes quickly for poor Weiner, as Cockstrong pins him. Cockstrong moves onto +14 by eliminating Weiner.
Dunn and Stone seemingly work together to try and get rid of Cockstrong, but both of them feeling some pain in… yeah, you know where. Eventually, Dunn and Stone go to war with each other, and some fun three way wrestling ensues. Cockstrong whips Dunn to the opposite corner, not realising that Stone was coming off the top with some high impact double knees. That gets the three, moving Stone up to -2.
Stone traps Cockstrong in a front facelock dragon sleeper, but Cockstrong turns it into an inside cradle for two. Stone goes for the double knees again, but Cockstrong ducks it, and hits the Go to Cock… but is interrupted by RD Evans’ theme music. No RD Evans, but instead, some double knees by Stone, who gets the pin, knocking off the Beyond Wrestling points leader, dropping him back down to +13. Stone moves onto -1.
King of the Armory (#KOA) (Sugar Dunkerton [+2], Pinkie Sanchez [+3] & Aaron Epic [+7]) vs. Academy of Anatomy (Mark Angel [+11], Nick Talent [+2] & Anthony Stone [-1])
Day 2 begins with a trios match. Sanchez and Angel start us off. Epic is coming off winning the Tournament for Tomorrow which was uploaded for free on Beyond Wrestling’s YouTube channel[1. See the finals of the Tournament of Tomorrow here as Epic takes on ACH.]. Standoff between Sanchez and Angel. Epic in now with Stone. Epic tries for an armbar, but Stone does well in countering it. The final pairing to start is Dunkerton and Talent. Dunkerton gets in Talent’s face, pointing out where he’s falling short, and Talent’s had enough, shoving Dunkerton’s face. It falls apart with all six men in. Then it goes to the outside and gets crazy quickly.
Suplex/Submission combo by Stone on Epic, followed by a combined Boston Crab/Texas Cloverleaf, and then a Crossface, which Sanchez breaks up. Dunkerton kills Stone with lariats in the corner, and invites Sanchez in for some double team offence. Triple team work by the #KOA, neutralising Stone. Dunkerton frustrates the Academy of Anatomy by offering Stone’s hand for the tag, then yanking it away. Stone fights back, but eventually the #KOA overwhelm him.
Stone somehow traps Dunkerton in a pendulum/surfboard, and then gets a rear naked choke on him. Stone reminds me a lot of a Shinya Aoki/Kazushi Sakuraba type guy with some of the submissions he’s pulling off here, he’s the one who’s impressed me the most so far. Stone makes the needed tag to Angel, and he runs wild on the #KOA. However, the numbers game tells again, and Epic gains the advantage on Angel. Overhead Exploder by Angel on Dunkerton, Talent taking out Sanchez. Stone rebounds off the ropes and hits his high knees on Sanchez, accidentally taking out his partner Talent in the process, but gets the three anyway. Talent is not happy that Stone knocked him off the top rope, and storms off in a huff.
Mikaze [+1] vs. Mark Shurman [+1]
Two more local New England guys here, Mikaze probably best known for a brief run in Ring of Honor in early 2006. Both men are +1 due to teaming up in a non tournament match during the Tournament for Tomorrow and getting the win.
Shurman is clearly built for television just like Julian Starr earlier, and makes his point by launching Mikaze into a concrete pillar. Shurman is all cocky early, hitting big moves on Mikaze and showing off. Mikaze comes back with unique fridge based offence (as in there’s a fridge in the building, and Mikaze slams its doors onto Shurman), and follows up with a spin kick. Another one puts Shurman down for two. Mikaze, the self styled “American Sasuke,” tries to tire Shurman out, but Shurman’s sheer power puts the match back in his favour. Mikaze comes back, however, and follows a double knees up with an imploding senton for the win. The wrestlers at ringside loved that, and an impressive showing by Mikaze, who moves onto +2, sending Shurman back down to 0.
Drew Gulak [-3] vs. Darius Carter [-4]
A battle of two men who need a win ever so badly. Carter blames his -4 record on his former Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous partner, TJ Marconi, who he intended to confront on this show, but Marconi’s injured, so instead Carter has to deal with Drew Gulak.
Gulak takes control early with a headlock armbar, but Carter fights out of it, and works on Gulak’s wrist. Gulak takes over and schools Carter with submission wrestling. A fantastic exhibition of body part work and technical style by Drew Gulak here.
Carter sees an opening, however, and uses vicious tricks to get on top, following it up with a sweet dropkick. Gulak eats a boot to the face for two. Carter seems a bit unsure about how to deal with Gulak here without cheap tricks, but then kicks Gulak flush in the face. Gulak whips Carter right into the concrete pillar, and goes back to work in the ring. Gulak has snapped, piling in right on Carter, and then locks on a single leg crab, with stomps to the shoulder blades, but Carter somehow fights out of it.
High knee to Gulak’s face by Carter, and Carter then snaps on a sleeperhold, with his feet on the ropes for leverage. The wrestlers are solidly behind Gulak here. Gulak is inches from giving in, but powers up and fights back. Snap powerbomb by Gulak gets a close two. Severe open hand chop by Gulak, but Carter comes back with a uranage back breaker that would have got 3 if it wasn’t for showboating. Discus lariat by Gulak gets two. Small package exchange is followed by pressure by Gulak for two. Gulak runs into a big boot, and then eats a high impact frontface Lung Blower for the three. Carter and Gulak exchange records, Carter moving up to -3, Gulak falling to -4. Gulak has impressed with his wrestling skills here, but then falling victim to two flash losses.
Pinkie Sanchez [+2] vs. Taka Suzuki [-1]
Despite losing a point earlier in the trios match, Pinkie Sanchez wants some of Taka Suzuki here, having seen him in the aforementioned non-tourney match the day before. Denver Colorado compares Suzuki to Akira Tozawa, so it’s interesting to see how similar they are.
Suzuki specialises with kicks early, taking control of Pinkie with a lot of them, as well as some bodyslams and chops. They spill to the outside, and AR Fox can’t resist getting a shot in. Pinkie whips Suzuki into a bin, and then hits a stomp off the apron to the floor. Suzuki fires back with chops and a standing dropkick for two. Soon enough, Sanchez takes control with a camel clutch, but Suzuki fights out of it. Suzuki misses a charge, but he neutralises Sanchez on the top. Pinkie shoves him off, and hits a low dropkick to Suzuki’s knee.
Pinkie reaches into his tights, has a “little tug”, and applies a submission hold, making Suzuki smell the hand. Vile. Sanchez grabs the leg and hits a senton on the leg, painful for Suzuki. Bodyslam by Suzuki onto the turnbuckle, dropping Pinkie on his head. Delayed dropkick to the corner gets Suzuki two. Kick/lariat combo keeps Suzuki on top, and a bridging backdrop driver gets two. Pinkie gets an inverted dragon screw to take the advantage back, and works further on Suzuki’s bad leg. Chop battle won by Suzuki with an enzuigiri for the near fall.
Springboard DDT by Sanchez puts him back on top, but he can’t capitalise right away. He hits the Shining Hiney, but that just makes Suzuki mad. Another Shining Hiney gets two. Pinkie Sanchez wins with a moonsault. Very impressive showing by Taka Suzuki, but Pinkie goes back up to +3, dropping Suzuki to -2. Sanchez offers Suzuki a spot in the #KOA after the match.
Jonny Mangue [-1] vs. ACH [+1]
Time for the main event on this show, and if anyone can adapt to the unique atmosphere of a Beyond Wrestling show, it’s “The Last Dragon” ACH. Fans donated money to Beyond Wrestling in order to get ACH flown in, and they’re about to get their money’s worth.
Even early, with the bigger Mangue standing up well to ACH. They match up evenly with big boots at the same time. Series of chops by ACH, and then hits a headscissors and a gutbuster for two. ACH tees off with kicks to the chest, but Mangue comes back with a series of kicks and headbutts in the corner. Split legged moonsault to the outside by ACH, and he lands on his feet. Remarkable.
ACH then proves that he’s not just about flashy moves and the incredible, utilising some ground work to keep Mangue down. Knee strike to the head by ACH, who then channels Kofi Kingston in the building he was trained in by hitting a Boom Drop from off of Mangue’s back for two. Headbutt to the midsection by Mangue, followed by a Rock Bottom and rolling headbutt for two.
ACH tries a move off the concrete pillar, but Mangue blocks it, and headbutts ACH off it. ACH runs up the wall (seriously), and lariats Mangue off it. Spinning kick by ACH for two. Mangue locks in the Jaws of the Jaguar, but ACH bridges out of it for a two count. Double handed choke bomb by Mangue gets two. Mangue eats two ACH knees to the back and front for two. Superkick by Mangue, which he follows up with headbutts in the corner for two. Mangue heads to the top, but ACH dropkicks the middle rope to crotch him. Draping Hero’s Welcome gets two for ACH. Samoan Drop by Mangue, and he heads to the top, but ACH hits a Flash Kick. Jaws of the Jaguar locked on by Mangue, ACH tries the Rampage Bomb, but he can’t get it, and the ref calls the match in Mangue’s favour.
This was a neat introduction to Jonny Mangue for me, and he proved he can hang with a guy like ACH. Both men at this point with a neutral 0 record. Standing ovation from all the wrestlers at ringside ends a fine card.
If you want a pure wrestling show full of undiscovered talent mixed with a sprinkling of top names, then Crises Precipitate Change is clearly for you. With no fans, and just the support of the other wrestlers on the card, it keeps the focus purely in the ring, and also allows you to see just what wrestlers look for in their wrestling.
Sitting down to watch this show, I was looking to see just who would impress me that I had not seen before, and names such as Johnny Cockstrong, Anthony Stone, Taka Suzuki and Jonny Mangue stood out as ones to look out for. Also, you’ve got great performances here from more familiar names such as Drew Gulak and Mark Angel, and the obvious greatness from the likes of AR Fox, Sugar Dunkerton, Pinkie Sanchez and ACH. Aaron Epic is another wrestler who should be getting more attention from bigger companies.
Beyond Wrestling’s “Crises Precipitate Change” is currently available for streaming worldwide on YouTube here for $9.99 as well as Smart Mark Video here. I watched this show on YouTube, and it’s a great quality stream for nearly 3 hours of action, so if you want something different in your wrestling, and you’ve got 10 bucks in your bank account, I encourage you head on over to either site and watch this show.
Beyond Wrestling’s next public event, “Burst the Bubble”, will take place on May 12th at the Knights of Columbus in Bridgewater, MA – information on how to attend that show is on Beyond Wrestling’s Facebook page.