REVIEW: Central States Wrestling – Horsemen Country (2022)

A Live Wrestling Event by CSW

After the amazing time I had at my first Central States Wrestling show, Rise of an Outlaw, I just knew that I had to score some tickets for the next show. Still held in Overland Park, Kansas at the Camelot Ballroom, this became a “standing room only” event as soon as everyone got in, maxing the venues occupancy out entirely. The good news is that the next show will be in a larger building, so fingers crossed the same crowd comes out for that one as well! The main draw here was an appearance by wrestling legend “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson and his up-and-coming son Brock Anderson. Fans that paid a bit more had the opportunity to meet both stars, get some autographs, take pictures, and listen to a live questions and answers segment. Two copies of the old NWA TV Championship were also raffled off, which seemed to be a success.

While I am no stranger to local wrestling shows, CSW actively puts on the best one in the area in my opinion. It’s structured like any of the big TV wrestling shows, has great fan interaction, and the Youtube version rivals some of the “bigger” promotions that are featured on Fite.TV. Hell, some of those companies, none of which I will name here, have FAR worse production values, the shows are impossible to hear, and usually run far too long. This show hits the sweet spot for me, and is easily one of my top wrestling-related things I’ve discovered all year.

For anyone wanting to watch this, it is thankfully FREE on Youtube – a link is posted below.

If you want other wrestling shows, 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 some of these, but FITE has a solid interface and has been worth it so far.

As always, this show is absolutely FREE on Youtube:

The Card:

  • Mike Outlaw Defeated “The Black Diamond” Luke Langley
  • “The Raees” Arjun Singh w/ Roscoe Leech Defeated The Beer City Bruiser
  • “The Quad-Fatha” Camero Jackson Defeated “The Big Strong Boy” Ethan Price
  • For The First Time Ever: “The Mile High Magnum” Dak Draper Defeated Moonshine Mantell w/ Greg Jovi
  • SK Bishop w/ Roscoe Leech Defeated Anaya Howlett w/ Coach Frass Azab
  • Hoodie Howlett w/ Coach Frass Azab Defeated Campbell Myers w/ Roscoe Leech
  • Luigi Primo Defeated “The Connoisseur” Niles Plonk
  • Main Event – AEW Star – Brock Anderson & Ace Steel w/ “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson Defeated “The Monarch” Jeremy Wyatt & “The Ice Pick” Vic Capri

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!

Arn was Awesome!

Getting to meet Arn Anderson was great – I’ve always been a huge fan and missed another opportunity to see him at a show years ago. He was cool to talk to, was very generous with his time, and put on a great Q&A session. I was happy to have spent a little extra cash to be able to take part in all of it. Bummer I was like three numbers away on the raffle to win the belt, but I suppose there’s always next time!

Feud of the Night:

One of the funnier moments of the whole show was the ongoing battle between the ring announcer, Space Cowboy Jason Jones, and the fans. You know that thing people started doing during matches when the announcer says “one fall” and the crowd yells it back? Mr. Jones was not about to let that happen during the whole show except for one instance when he “accidentally” forgot to keep talking and let one sneak through. I have no doubt the “One fall” thing is annoying, and good on The Space Cowboy for having fun with it!

Roscoe Leech is Amazing:

Every company needs an insufferable heel manager, and Roscoe Leech fits the bill in spades. Billed as “KC’s premier talent agent”, he has his hands in just about every underhanded dealing in CSW, and the dude is great at it! I can never get over his terrible dye-jobs on his facial hair that he seems to have at every show, this time a random jet-black mustache, which is something that really adds to the character. Usually at local shows, managers are just random dudes that might be training or somesuch, but Leech takes the job and runs with it.

A Big Weekend for Camaro

While wrestling “The Big Strong Boy” Ethan Price may not seem like a tough challenge, Camaro Jackson took that match and absolutely dominated in every way, looking like a billion dollars in doing so. Dude is built like a freight train and appears to be very strong, so he’s definitely someone to keep an eye on. After this show, he also appeared on NWA 74 out of St. Louis, which immediately made me smile!

SHAME ON YOU!

I now know who My Son’s favorite wrestler from CSW is, and it is easily “The Mile High Magnum” Dak Draper. He bought a novelty foam finger that says “Shame on You!” and proceeded to say that to people all week, something that led me to end up explaining it to everyone as it happened. This match was apparently the culmination of a feud that started in another company, but was never allowed to finish, so this had years of animosity baked into how each performer carried themselves. Moonshine Mantell (w/ Greg Jovi) is an impressive athlete, but Draper got the upper hand, and left through the crowd, cementing his standing with the fans as a HUGE fan favorite. Here’s hoping at the next show he can win the gold and be “The People’s Champ” as well. Highlight for me was a moment when Jovi attacked Draper with a ring bell, knocking him out. My Son went absolutely nuts trying to wake him up – patting his leg and nearly freaking out – Draper made the count and rolled in at 9, a fact that my son took credit for all week. “I saved him!”

He Make a The Best Pizza!

You may have seen him on TikTok or even cameos on AEW, so there’s no denying that Luigi Primo is running wild lately on the internet. Comedy wrestling is not for everyone, but Primo entertained the hell out of everyone at the show, and made me an instant fan!

The Main Event!

I’ve always loved Ace Steel due to his frequent appearances for WLW, and this match was no exception to that as he and Brock Anderson (with Arn) took on Vic Capri and Jeremy Wyatt. Brock still has a bit to go, but looked pretty solid here, so one can see he’s been training hard. This was an overall great match, and a solid finisher to the night. I’m somewhat bummed to hear that Ace is no longer affiliated with AEW (if you can trust the dirtsheets), so here’s hoping he does stuff like this around here more often.

Conclusion:

This was an awesome show, and was every bit as strong as the previous event. It was great seeing Arn, Brock and Ace, as well as the contracted guys that are always there. Match of the night (for me) was probably Dak Draper vs. Moonshine Mantell – but with that said, the entire card was awesome from top to bottom. Even the guys in the dark match did a great job. If you are looking for something family-friendly (maybe a couple of bad words) to do in the Kansas City area and don’t want to drop tons of money on live entertainment – I’d recommend seeing a CSW show. Hell, it’s good just to watch it on Youtube for free if you can’t make it – it’s better than some bigger companies. The next live event is on November 5th, and looks to have an amazing main event! I’ll definitely be there, so stay tuned for a review, and this time I promise I won’t wait like two months to post it!

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