CROSSING THE LINE 11: POINT BREAK
ST. ANTHONY’S HALL
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA
While I unfortunately missed their first event at the new venue, coming to St. Anthony’s Hall for their second event here was well worth the wait for another live C*4 show. This place has TWO bars, which meant a good time for all! The Vanier Club was a nice place and all, but this new hall is super loud which means that the atmosphere is absolutely electric. This is a stacked card and is the season finale, which means that things are going to be insane.
SPACE MONEY & A COUPLE OF DICKS (CECIL NYX & DICK JUSTICE) DEF. BRUTE VAN SLYKE & HIGH n’ MIGHTY (VELVET JONES & JONATHAN RUKIN)
This was a very fun way to open the show. Everybody in this match is super over with this crowd, with Brute being the only real heel—even though he has his supporters. Comedy wrestling mixed with some fun storytelling to end two standout rivalries (Space Monkey vs. Brute, and Cecil Nyx vs. High n’ Mighty) engaged everybody to the point that this never felt boring. Nobody got shot. A miscommunication between Brute and Velvet led to the finish, where the SPACE DICKS all covered Brute to win. The post-match was interesting, as Brute decimated Jones while Rukin looked on. This should bring us a good story for season 12.
TYSON DUX DEF. PEPPER PARKS
A great match that some are calling Match of the Night. We all knew that this was going to be good as soon as the match was announced. Tyson Dux is a wrestling machine. Pepper Parks is one of the best and most overlooked guys on the indies. Naturally, this was going to tear the house down… and it did. Pepper and Dux lit each other up with some chops that echoed around the building while putting on an insane clinic of a match. Dux eventually won by submission and I would gladly enjoy a rematch between these two underrated veterans.
C*4 UNDERGROUND CHAMPIONSHIP
BENJAMIN TULL © DEF. KEVIN BLACKWOOD, DANIEL GARCIA, PENELOPE FORD, JODY THREAT & KTB
C*4 goes all out with their multi-man matches and this was no different. Some guy next to me kept comparing Garcia to Randy Orton circa 2004 and it fits. Garcia shone in this match, but all six did really well to create a spotfest that also told a story of desperation to win. Jody Threat is definitely one to watch for the future, here’s hoping she makes an Impact somewhere soon. Tull managed to retain his title in this absolute craziness and is such a good heel champion. Thinking about it, a Benjamin Tull vs. PCO match would be nuts.
THE FRATERNITY (CHANNING DECKER & TRENT GIBSON) DEF. TDT (MATHIEU ST. JACQUES & THOMAS DUBOIS)
This was a very good tag team match that started slow but built up to a good pace that will lead to an eventual rematch. Le Tabarnak de Team are super over with the local crowd and this meant a party atmosphere for us around ringside. Decker and Gibson played the good chickenshit heels, but I felt the match went a bit too long. The ring work was really good and the rematch should be better, especially if it means a street fight brawl. The Fraternity winning was a shocker and deflated the crowd just a little bit (or maybe just the few guys beside me), but it worked to set up the eventual rematch with TDT getting a win back.
STU GRAYSON DEF. EVIL UNO
This grudge match certainly did not disappoint. Starting hot from the opening bell, these two friends-turned-enemies beat the ever living shit out of one another. Uno played the bigger heel to perfection, which made Stu’s fight to revengeful redemption look absolutely brilliant. This reminded me of the recent Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn feud but with its own local twist. A very good brawl and match that finally put an end to this feud. I hope we get an eventual Super Smash Bros reunion, because these two working together is always a good thing.
SHELDON JEAN & MICHAEL VON PAYTON DEF. BRENT BANKS & MARK WHEELER
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a crowd reaction as loud as this reaction for MVP—the amount of heat he draws definitely doesn’t help climate change. Sheldon Jean, hot off a heel turn, is really coming into his own on these shows and was a highlight against Banks and Wheeler. While Banks and Wheeler managed to connect with their impressive individual movesets, all the attention was on the team of Jean and MVP. The former foes turned friends walked out with the win and Jean’s star continues to be on the rise.
VANESSA KRAVEN DEF. “THE BEAST KING” FTM
FTM is one of the scariest looking dudes I have ever seen in my life. He has such a presence that helped put all the babyface sympathy on Kraven when she got attacked. As a little aside, I like how C*4 does their intergender wrestling. It doesn’t put the focus on the male vs. female aspect of the match, instead it is completely wrestler vs. wrestler. A true battle to see who is better. Kraven won this intense brawl and we finally got closure to this story with a handshake after the match.
C*4 TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
FIGHT OR FLIGHT © (VAUGHN VERTIGO & GABRIEL FUERZA) DEF. HEAVY METAL CHAOS (JAMES STONE & ALEXTREME)
This was the conclusion of the season-long feud between these two teams, with HMC looking to regain the tag titles after losing them to FOF at the last show. There was quite a scare at the beginning of the match when Vertigo spiked himself on a botch and everybody in the room was concerned for his well-being. That concern hurt the heat of the match but Vertigo, while looking loopy (not sure if that was real or if he was exaggerating his selling, if so bravo sir you had me fooled), eventually fought back and completed his flying spots alongside Fuerza. These two are a treat to watch and should be on the radar soon, they would probably be PWG favourites in a few years time. The Tornado Tag rules meant this was always fast-paced, and the right team won in the end. A very good match that was hurt a little by fan reaction following the scare of Vaughn Vertigo.
KOBE DURST © DEF. TEDDY HART, JOEY JANELA & PCO
This was the most fun match I have ever witnessed live. All four men are batshit crazy and this showed why. PCO is an absolute machine. Kudos to Kobe Durst, who took an awful powerbomb bump from inside the ring to the floor and continued to live. While admittedly not a fan of Teddy Hart prior to this match, he did so many cool spots here that he turned me into a fan. I must say, wooden doors being used in place of tables is such a cool visual and they make a super cool crunch sound. After the match, everybody put each other over and it is clear to me that Kobe Durst is going to be a huge star one day. This kid has it all. You need to watch this match! Insane!
Another great show from C*4 Wrestling. This company has one of the best atmospheres for a wrestling show that makes it such a fun show to watch. Everybody goes balls to the walls which makes this a very fast and fun show. If you are ever in the Ottawa area when a C*4 show is taking place, I would definitely suggest coming to watch it live. Many consider this as PWG: North and I can’t disagree with that statement. Absolute unit of a show.