REVIEW: Modern Age Grappling 1 (2022)

A Wrestling Pay-Per-View by Terminus

So, I was today years old when I realized that Terminus had a second series of shows called Modern Age Grappling. Thankfully, Fite.TV had the first show available in their Fite+ catalog, so I wasted no time in jumping in and giving it a go. This is a relatively short show with just four matches and an interesting rule set involving “European Rules” which are six rounds of five minutes each unless a pinfall, submission etc. happens. I’m not sure if this is the “TV show component to Terminus” I was yearning for, but it has exactly the same roster, so I will have to see if they cross-over at all later on. I was happy to see Colt Cabana on here, both doing commentary and teasing a match here or there, as I love the guy and wish he was on TV more.

For anyone wanting to watch this, I would recommend Fite.TV. you can get some FITE credits (10 dollars I believe) with the following code: “6m6lyyn”. I’m sure there are other ways to watch it, but FITE has a solid interface and has been worth it so far.

The Card:

NOTE: All matches were held under European Rules (6 five minute rounds).

  • Josh Woods defeated Will Ferrara in Round 3 via submission.
  • Jonathan Gresham defeated Invictus Khash in Round 4 via pinfall.
  • Baron Black defeated Adam Priest in Round 2 via submission.
  • Brian Johnson defeated Rhett Titus in Round 4 via pinfall.

My Thoughts:

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!

Josh Woods is a Beast:

I got back into ROH about the time I signed up for Fite.TV, so I missed out on his stuff prior to winning the ROH Pure Championship towards the end of the “Sinclair Days”. I have, however, enjoyed what I have seen so far, and am very glad he’s getting some TV time in AEW at the moment. In any match he’s in, he dominates and really shows what you can do with a more technical wrestling approach.

Invictus Khash Needs to Get Some Wins:

Invictus Khash is one of those guys that has been on AEW a number of times as well as every Terminus show, usually taking the pin. He’s a pretty solid worker, and I’d love to see him get some wins pretty soon. I don’t want him to be like Baron Black and constantly take losses left and right. Speaking of which…

YAYYYYYY!

He finally did it, the crazy SOB did it! It’s not like he’s never won a match ever or anything, but we rarely see Baron Black getting his arm raised ever, so this was almost like some sort of bizzarro world type stuff here.

Next Show ought to be Great:

The main event of this show was solid, with Brian Johnson doing everything he could to secure the win, even bending the rules as much as he could get away with. Commentary likened him as “some kind of lawyer” due to knowing every in and out of how the rounds worked, and ways he could exploit this – including a time where he dumped water all-over the ring under the pretense of cooling off, only to use the puddle as the lynchpin of his shady win over Rhett Titus. Post-match, in an interview with Colt Cabana, Johnson attacked Cabana after he got called out for his actions. Cabana got the upper hand, sending Johnson retreating. Now very furious, Cabana issued a challenge to Johnson at Modern Age Grappling #2 which happened on June 30th.

Conclusion:

This was a pretty good show, but suffered from issues related to it being pretty barebones when it comes to production and having a very obvious small budget. My biggest issue with this show is some baffling camera work where the cameraman appears to be in the ring with the wrestlers, and the viewers are treated to what appears to be a POV shot of a trampoline in action. Perhaps I’m spoiled with my local federation of choice, Central States Wrestling, but these smaller shows don’t need to have such janky camera work and production values. Otherwise, this was a solid concept for a wrestling show, and I will definitely watch more if they have it on Fite.TV. Modern Age Grappling 2 happened in late June, and as of right now is NOT on the streaming service, so I really hope it was recorded in some way. If more pops up, I will do more write-ups, so keep an eye open.

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