A Pay-Per-View by GCW
Given pro wrestling’s checkered past of handling homosexuality, it’s no wonder that most gay wrestlers used to hide their true identities from their boss and co-workers for fear of being hazed, bullied, or worse. You always hear horrific stories about how openly gay wrestlers were treated in some bigger companies, like the time that Fred Rosser’s boyfriend was blurred out of a WWE Network show for some reason. After calling it out, he was sidelined and fired soon after. Another quite infamous case was the legendary innovator Chris Kanyon, who claimed to have been fired from WWE due to people finding out he was gay. He was mercilessly hazed on live TV, including a brutal unscripted attack by The Undertaker that injured not only him, it led to his termination soon after. Sadly, this is said to be one of the reasons he took his life in 2010.
Rather than treating LGBTQ people like a punchline ala Billy and Chuck or Lenny Lane and Lodi, modern wrestling seems to have FINALLY somewhat matured. In 2022 it is no longer cool to hide gay people or make fun of them, and you are starting to see far more openly gay and trans wrestlers pop up. You can see this change the most in companies like AEW, who have had a trans champion and numerous gay wrestlers featured prominently, and GCW, where wrestlers like EFFY are possibly the face of the company and has put on a cool event like this featuring everyone on the spectrum you can imagine.
Above is the list of all of the WrestleMania Weekend GCW shows, and so far I have watched four. 33% Let’s Goooooooo!
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- Jai Vidal defeated Carlos Romo (12:53)
- Max The Impaler (w/Amy Rose) defeated Edith Surreal by Count Out (11:17)
- Jordan Blade defeated Kidd Bandit and Killian McMurphy and Rico Gonzalez and Shay Purser and Sylvio Milano and The Whisper in a 7-Way Scramble Match (12:38)
- Keita Murray defeated Billy Dixon (12:32)
- Pretty in Pink (Kenzie Paige & Dillon McQueen) defeated AC Mack & Ashton Starr, Ace Perry & Devon Monroe and MSP (Aiden Aggro & Danger Kid) in a Four Way Tag Team Match (14:33)
- Dark Sheik (w/Pollo Del Mar) defeated Parrow (11:26)
- Allie Katch defeated Dango (13:02)
- Pimpinela Escarlata defeated Effy (10:56)
As I’ve stated before, my methodology for this is to avoid giving arbitrary star ratings or anything resembling the typical ratings people give in wrestling reviews. I usually go through the show and pull a half-dozen or so things that I thought were significant or that I liked. You might think some of my choices are dumb and that’s okay – we all like different things!
Max The Impaler is a BEAST:
I saw a few Max The Impaler matches before ROH “crapped the bed” and was pretty surprised that Sinclair Broadcasting not only allowed Max to wrestle men (occasionally), but be announced as being non-binary at a pay-per-view. Considering how insanely right-wing that stain of a company is, actively forcing their partner networks to run conspiracy propaganda ads, it truly shocked me! Max is awesome and just seethes the same sort of energy that a 2008 Awesome Kong did, and for me that’s an instant way for me to take notice. Here’s hoping Tony brings them in for the new version of ROH!
Quite the Showing for Kidd Bandit:
Despite being nearly killed at one point in the match, Kidd Bandit looked like a star in her debut here. I recall seeing her masculine version on AEW a few times during the pandemic, and she was an impressive high flyer despite her size. Now she has been winning new fans left and right on both social media and the ring. Kidd Bandit will be a wrestler to watch in 2022.
I knew I’d love this match:
Just on paper a match between Parrow and Dark Sheik looks amazing. I’ve been a fan of Parrow ever since the first Free The Narrative Pay-Per-View. The dude is a Behemoth of a man and exudes the sort of presence that should make most wrestlers crap their pants. Dark Sheik is someone I found out about when I was watching occasional Hoodslam episodes and was easily the best wrestler there, glad to see her getting some wider recognition.
What an Entrance:
The moment Queen queued up over the loudspeaker and Dirty Dango rolled out dressed like a sea captain I knew this was going to be great. As my readers may know I love me some Allie Katch, so seeing this pairing was a match I never knew I needed. Usually, Allie is pretty serious so “getting weird” with Dango is just what she needed. This is definitely the sort of comedy match that made the fans go absolutely crazy considering there was a heated lap dance contest in the middle!
While some people see the Mexican wrestling tradition of the Exótico somewhat problematic, it’s really no different than a wrestling version of drag queens and has produced some legitimate wrestling legends throughout the years. Hell, you could argue that WWE’s own Goldust (now in AEW under his “real name” Dustin Rhodes) was an American Exótico. Pimpinela Escarlata is probably the most world-famous example, outside of perhaps Cassandro, and is a perfect person to have on this show. She was a staple on the first few seasons of Lucha Underground, and always seemed to have fun on there. Effy gave Pimpi a real send-off at the end of the match eventually resulting in one of her trademark kisses.
I’m not part of the LGBTQ Community (other than being a supporter), but I had a blast watching this show. I knew of a handful of wrestlers on here, but it brought a number of people to my attention I had never heard of, especially some of the tag teams featured in the tag match. As a show to bring awareness to the Gay Community when we STILL have conservative lawmakers trying to take us back into the 1950’s, something like this making Texas that much more gay was probably just what that state needed. Fun show, glad I watched it!
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