Review: MCW New Horizons women’s show (14 June 2014)

Savannah Summers Miki Fortune Cory Lockwood PhotographyIt has been about 18 months since Melbourne Championship Wrestling offered an all-woman product for us to watch. The last one was the Fight Like A Girl DVD which offered bios and matches of the likes of Shazza McKenzie, Kellie Skater, Eliza Sway and KC Cassidy – and only one of those appears on this presentation.

New Horizons was a short all-women show ahead of the main product which took place later in the evening, and centred around the women of Riot City Wrestling based in South Australia state, as opposed to MCW’s home state of Victoria. Four women – Savannah Summers, Miki Fortune, Siren Monroe and Toni Storm – were vying for the chance to qualify for a triple threat match which would also feature defending champion Demi Bennett. The final match of the production is from that main show with Hard Way Inc’s Miami facing Cassidy in a Lumberjill Match.

Results

RCW Women’s Championship qualifier
1. Savannah Summers beat Miki Fortune with a TKO
RCW Women’s Championship qualifier
2. Toni Storm defeated Siren Monroe with a crucifix
3. Blair Alexis pinned Minzy Montana with the Platinum Reward (inverted DDT)
RCW Women’s Championship
4. Demi Bennett (c) beat Savannah Summers & Toni Storm in a 3-way. Bennett pinned Storm following a missile dropkick.
Lumberjill Match
5. Miami made KC Cassidy tap out to a wakigatame

Opinions

• Fortune tried to get a big move out of the gate, attempting a hurricanrana to the outside, only for it to be countered by Summers, saw her whipped into the guardrail, and allowed Summers to get the heel heat by doing nothing fancy. Barring the finish, the flashiest thing that she did was boot Fortune in the face following a schoolgirl roll-up attempt. Miki’s offence is quick in nature, as she rebounded with a headscissors and countered an electric chair drop into a DDT, but came unstuck when trying a wall-runner DDT, falling to a TKO.

• Going forward, Miki would be best served to really commit to her moves as Summers was having to bump for some pretty light shots. She seems nice enough, but more aggression would not go amiss.

Toni Storm Siren Monroe Cory Lockwood Photography• Incidentally, play-by-play commentator Andy Coyne mispronounced Fortune’s first name throughout the contest, despite the ring announcer and colour commentator Travis Euesden saying it correctly the whole time. Very irritating.

• Toni Storm is as mad as a box of frogs. A complete kook, she is utterly adorable and really easy to get behind. Her match against the no-nonsense Siren Monroe was an entertaining outing, with Monroe delivering the heavy shots and moves, while Storm used speed and well-placed kicks to fight back. The finish came following a big Siren spinebuster, but her lackadaisical cover allowed Toni to reverse it into the match-winning crucifix. I enjoyed this a lot.

• Blair Alexis outclassed Minzy Montana, who stepped in to fill the spot vacated by Vixsin due to injury. Using a lot of rear-end related offence, this was more of a squash match than anything. Montana did fine, but this wasn’t the best showing for her – meanwhile Alexis did the job of being the bruiser just fine. Nothing memorable here though.

• Fittingly, Demi Bennett v Storm v Summers was the best match of the show. With some nice triple threat moments, some aerial attacks, some of the hardest chops this side of Mercedes Martinez and really slick action all the way through, it was an exciting contest which showed off the Riot City Wrestling women’s division. Storm was the victim of Bennett’s missile dropkick to see this contest put to bed.

Demi Bennett Cory Lockwood Photography• I was really impressed with Bennett and can see why many have such confidence in her. She has a youthful, gung-ho attitude and isn’t afraid to really connect with her moves. When you include her height and age (she’s 5’9″ and just 17 years old), she is a real prodigy for women’s wrestling in Australia. However, while I like the Ed Hardy-esque t-shirt, I would recommend some wrestling gear, and especially some kneepads…

• Miami beating KC Cassidy in the Lumberjill Match which was more of an angle than anything. Following Cassidy’s dive from the top to the outside onto the lumberjills (though she was barely caught and hit hard on the floor), Siren Monroe rammed KC’s recently injured wrist into the guardrail and rolled her back into the ring so Miami could lock in the wakigatame for the tap out. The final shot was some handheld footage from Bennett filming Miami paying off Monroe for being her mercenary, which will likely set up something down the road – possibly Bennett and Cassidy against Miami & Monroe.

• If this show was a vehicle to get over some new stars and see who could be added to MCW’s female roster, then Bennett, Monroe and Storm certainly did a good job. Summers already wrestles on a semi-regular basis for the promotion so fans know who she is, but the others may have secured themselves more bookings with their work.

• As for the show itself – well, it won’t win any Card of the Year nominations and at 50 minutes long it is pretty short, but I can’t really complain. At US$4.99 for a 72 hour rental, it’s hardly going to break the bank, and there is enough on there to justify that price tag. Storm v Monroe and the triple threat title match are worth seeing, and you get the chance to see some of the rising stars in Australian women’s wrestling. If you’re keen, click here to jump the Vimeo page where it’s available, and feel free to leave a comment below if you do watch it. We would love to know your thoughts.

– Photos by Cory Lockwood Photography

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