The first of two Fete Music shows held over the weekend of November 29 – 30th by “Beyond Wrestling” was aptly titled “Alive & Kicking”. Making their return to Fete for the first time in over three months Beyond went big with an elimination tag main event that featured an East Coast (read: Beyond Wrestling) team against a West Coast (read: PWG team). The highlight of the show was obviously the fact that the Young Bucks were in the building but man so much good stuff happened before that.
- Good lord Biff Busick and “Speedball” Mike Bailey. Is anyone having a more underrated 2014 than Mike Bailey. In my opinion he absolutely stole the show at CZW “Best of the Best 13″, and he’s had MOTYC with Kevin Steen and Biff Busick in C*4. Here’s the crazy thing about Bailey – even knowing eerything that I know about how great he is, I’m still SHOCKED at how awesome this match was. It’s inconceivable to me that someone who has been on such a hot streak can still manage to be so underrated. I have to assume it’s the fact that he doesn’t wear shoes. The great thing about this match is that you can’t really hear the strikes on the raw footage, but you can watch the people at ringside — every time Bailey connected with a kick, someone ringside would cringe. I’ve seen a lot of people talk about this being the best Beyond match of the year — it’s certainly one of the best and a match you should absolutely go out of your way to catch.
- Biff in Fete Music. There is nothing else like it. I can’t think of a single independent wrestler who has a similar impact on an entire room than Biff Busick in Fete Music. I know that certain promotions have their “favorites” which is to be expected, but Biff Busick shows up in Fete Music and the entire atmosphere changes. His ring entrance is unlike anything else that happens during a Beyond show, the crowd could be in a coma before he comes out and they’d all be singing in unison. Busick has the capacity to turn the entire atmosphere in Fete Music around -and that’s not just based upon this match, I’ve been in the room and felt it happen before. He provides a palpable jolt of electricity to the proceedings, it’s amazing. If you’re on the fence about going to a Beyond Wrestling show you should absolutely do it if only to experience Biff Busick before he’s gone forever, and let’s face it, Biff will be gone sooner or later to greener pastures.
- The Young Bucks Anywhere. Here’s the thing about the Bucks, everyone else around them seems less important. Just like I find it hard to compare Biff’s presence at Fete Music, it’s hard to put into words what the Young Bucks are. They do not have an equal. Even the teams that are theoretically on the same level do not feel equal. In the main event, a 10 man elimination tag it always felt like there were 8 guys in the match and two *super* stars. That’s the impact of the Bucks. The only thing I can compare it to is when Eddie Guerrero made those independent dates early in the 2000’s. It always felt weird that Eddie was wrestling in ROH or IWA:MS and even though he’d be in the ring with Punk and he’d play it off like they were equals, at that time, you knew they weren’t. It’s the same thing with the Bucks. The difference is that they Bucks haven’t reached that level by being global WWE stars, they’re global stars to be sure, but they’ve done it by basically just being great tag team wrestlers who are also over the top characters that people have grabbed onto.
- The Passion of Dan Barry. The main event was wild, and it’s basically impossible for me to recap it and do it any justice, so I’ll focus primarily on the end. After a wild match the match winds down with Trevor Lee and the Bucks against Dan Barry. I loved the story that those four told with Barry just basically going balls out trying to keep all three of his opponents separated and look for an opening to pick them off one by one. The damned numbers game is too much for him but he is able to snipe Trevor Lee and even the odds, and then the beautiful destruction of Dan Barry commences with the Bucks using all of their tandem offense to systematically break Barry down — but he keeps kicking out, and he won’t die. Ultimately the end is a foregone conclusion, there is no way that Barry can survive and win the match against the best tag team in the world – but he kind of convinces you for a moment that they can’t beat him. I loved the story, and the Bucks finally putting him down was inevitable but still depressing and it immediately made me want to watch Team TREMENDOUS/Young Bucks from the Sunday show (still to come), which I’m assuming was the whole point.
- A dumb thing at the right time. One of the highlights of the 10 man main event was a Brian Cage (Taylor) moment where he body slammed every member of the East Coast team, and then proceeded to body slam every member of his own team. Cage then picks up the ref and does bicep curls with him before indiscriminately tossing him over the top rope and into a pile of the other competitors. In a vacuum it was the dumbest thing I’d ever seen (throwing the ref) but because it came during a comedy spot I laughed out loud. It’s call context.
- A dumb thing at a dumb time. On the flip side, Brian Cage pulls JT Dunn onto the Fete Music stage and proceeds to a perform a delay vertical suplex while 8 guys comically stand on the floor getting ready to catch Dunn. The problem is that they’re just standing around holding each other and waiting for the suplex to end — they’re not fighting, they’re not engaging, they’re literally just standing and looking up for someone to be dropped like 9 feet on top of all their heads. It is the single dumbest thing I’ve ever seen in a wrestling match and I mean that without hyperbole. It was so stupid that it took me right out of the match. Look I know wrestling is choreographed, but the art form part of it is to not let me see the wires. If you’re just going to go out there and do something that only works if the 8 other guys not involved are all standing on their spot and comically waiting for a thing to happen then that’s not art, it’s nothing, it’s stupid and lazy and I hated it.
- The Dave Cole/Anthony Stone Feud Continues to be Great. Cole and Stone were genetically engineered in a lab to wrestle each other. I’m sure of it. A 2 out of 3 falls match is a risky proposal when you’re heading into Hour 5 of a wrestling show for many people (those who went to the Secret Show first). Heading into the match Stone was up 3-2 in the series. Because I’ve been watching wrestling my entire life I knew that meant that Cole would win the first fall, Stone would win the second fall and then we’d know whether this feud was over or not by who won the third fall. It’s not easy to find new things to do when you’ve wrestled each other all over New England for the better part of a year but this match managed to show me some new things. I love, love, loved the Super Dave Cole bomb to put Stone away and the fact that Cole tied things up at 4-4 in what is apparently a Best of 9 series is awesome. It was already announced that this feud will end on December 28th at “Ends Meet” and even though I know it has to conclude, these two were born to wrestle each other.
- The other rivalry match didn’t work as well for me. I liked Jay Freddie/Brian Fury III enough but I wasn’t crazy about everything leading up to the final sequence. I liked how the end of the match built off the previous two matches but something about this one just didn’t really click for me. I think the best way to describe it was Freddie’s sharpshooter — it was a sharpshooter and it got him the win, but it was ugly as sin. Also in fairness, something completely out of either guys control but the commentary team for this match was pretty disinterested in the match. I’m okay if I never notice you on commentary and I like when you enhance a match but if I notice you because you’re negatively impacting my enjoyment that’s not great. Freddie wound up getting Fury to tap in the sharpshooter and in theory he wins the feud 2-1 but we’ll see if there’s another chapter to be written in this one.
- Matt Tremont, Beyond Wrestling’s Performer of the Year. I’m not turning in my ballot right now but I can’t think of someone who elevated their game more in 2014 than Matt Tremont. When this year began I never thought I’d be anxiously anticipating a match between Tremont and Silver Ant, and yet I couldn’t wait to see this match and I was not disappointed. I loved the story being told — Tremont is a brute, so he’s throwing haymakers and Silver Ant tries to brawl back but keeps getting cut off at the knees. When Silver Ant takes things to the ground, or works submissions Tremont has NO counters — his only escape is that he’s so strong that when Silver Ant puts him in a hold, he turns it into a pinning situation so Silver has to break it. It was kind of genius, and the story was how could Silver Ant use his technical advantage versus how could Tremont use his brute strength without playing into the opponents hands? A highlight for me was Silver Ant twice on the outside sliding into the ring holding Tremont’s arm into a triangle choke. The second time Tremont just picked Silver up and power bombed him into the steel post that is ringside. Ultimately Silver gets the win when Tremont makes a mistake and Silver Ant gets a quick roll up for three. I’ve loved Tremont this year in Beyond and this match was no exception. Great work all around in this one.
- I don’t really have anything to say about this match. At some point during the show Kimber Lee and Drew Gulak teamed up to wrestle Cherry Bomb and Pepper Parks. As weird as it sounds, this match was a completely nothing to me. The highlight was probably Pepper Parks doing bicep curls while choking Drew Gulak with a resistance band that Cherry Bomb threw to him while the ref was distracted, that was actually pretty great. Also, Trevor Lee kept saying that Pepper Parks had “peanut butter complexion” and HOLE-E-SHIT that is a delightful thing to hear from a Southern. Other then that it was a fine match that tried to tell a nice story. The whole time I just wanted Kim and Cherry to hug it out and beat the tar out of Pepper and Gulak so there’s that. At the end Kimber Lee gets the alligator clutch pin on Pepper Parks and she remains undefeated and undefeatable in Fete Music.
- Da Hoodz make The Influence look great, get me upset in the process. So “Alive & Kicking” takes place on Saturday night with “Tournament For Tomorrow 3″ set for Sunday afternoon. We already know Da Hoodz are going to wrestle The Young Bucks on Sunday. On Saturday they take on The Influence and make them look like a billion dollars. Seriously you will never see a better The Influence match. Here’s the problem. Earlier in the day we watched them get legit squashed by the Devastation Corporation, and we know that they’re RWA trainees who aren’t particularly great. If Da Hoodz can blitz them, why should we even contemplate a world where Da Hoodz can beat the Bucks? I did love the end of the match though where Da Hoodz used the Bucks, assisted tombstone finisher to get the win and taunt the Bucks in the process. Make no mistake, in a vacuum this is a good match that speaks volumes about Da Hoodz ability to pull solid matches out of anyone, but in context it does make them look kind of weak heading into the biggest match of their career.
- Hey Colin Delaney and John Silver are here. I will watch John Silver toss anyone around a wrestling ring at any time. So that was a fun thing to see.
- The opening four way answers an age old question. Did you realize the EYFBO stood for “Entertaining Your Fuckin’ Balls Off”? Seriously is that what it means, if that’s true I will always be thankful for the opening match for explaining that to me. The traditional four way match at Fete was a tag team match featuring the Osirian Portal, EYFBO, M1nute Men and The Batiri and it was exactly the type of clusterfuck insanity that gets you hyped up for a wrestling show. The match was really hard to follow for purposes of a recap but there was a dance off in the middle that was pretty great. The Osirian Portal wind up winning after one of the most ridiculous nonesense moves I’ve ever seen (and at this point I’d already seen two Shynron matches) where a handstand turns into Ophidian being on Amasis’ shoulders and hitting a tower suplex on Devin Blaze which leads to the pinfall victory for the Portal. I’m not saying it made a ton of sense, but I enjoyed the heck out of it.
Match of the Night: Biff Busick v. “Speedball” Mike Bailey
Performer of the Night: Matt Tremont