WINDSOR, ON – Just shy of 25 years old, Windsor, Ontario’s Border City Wrestling has pretty much found the perfect formula for success: put on a show that features some of wrestling’s biggest historical names, add in some of the industry’s brightest current stars from international companies, the independents, and from the company’s sister school, Can-Am Wrestling Academy, add in some TV-level professional production, and offer the fans unique experiences that give them more than their money’s worth. Saturday night’s “Excellence” show was no exception.
The show, which took place at the new St. Clair College Athletic Centre, was highlighted with a rare Canadian appearance by former WWE champion, and now Lucha Underground star Rey Misterio Jr. He teamed up with former Impact Wrestling star, the popular Cody Deaner to square off against the cocky RJ City — in what was surprisingly his debut match for the company — and the monstrous Kongo Kong, the current BCW Can-Am champion. The match was a fun affair that had the nearly 1,300 fans in attendance on their feet in support of Rey and Deaner. After one too many cheap shots from the outside by Scott D’Amore, Kong’s handler, Anthony “Santino Marella” Carelli, who accompanied Deaner and Rey to the ring, had seen enough. He entered the ring and hit D’Amore with The Cobra, knocking him down and onto the middle rope, where he joined RJ who had been sent there seconds earlier. This allowed Rey to hit them both with a 619 (renamed a 519 on this night in honour of Windsor’s area code), while Deaner knocked Kong down on the outside. Deaner got back in the ring and spiked RJ with a DDT, leaving him prone and down for the count after a Booyaka Splash by Rey.
After the match, Rey, Santino and Deaner celebrated with the fans, taking selfies and signing autographs as they made their way to the back.
1) Before the show, VIP ticket-holders were treated to a free autograph session from all of the talent on the show, and special guest, WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana, while Super VIPs also got a special meet and greet experience with Rey.
2) In an exclusive match for VIPs, Jay Maynard beat Tomer Shalom.
3) Impact Wrestling Knockout Allie pinned KC Spinelli after a Death Allie Driver. After the match, Impact Knockouts champion Sienna came to the ring. She and Spinelli beat down Allie until Rosemary ran in for the save. Rosemary suggested they have a tag team match, which she and Allie won after some miscommunication between Spinelli and Sienna.
4) Reverso won the Doug Chevalier Memorial Gauntlet Match after eliminating Jake Something. Others in the match included: Joe Coleman, “Mr. Adventure” Stone Rockwell, Jon Bolen, Dave Quicksilver, Sycho Mike Rollins, Karou, Sebastian Suave, and Movado.
5) The two Global Forged finalists beat Bolen and Johnny Bravo. After the match, Bolen flattened both of the finalists, one of whom will be appearing at Impact Wrestling’s Bound for Glory PPV event in Ottawa in a few weeks.
6) WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne beat Aiden Prince. After the match, Dunne offered a handshake but then swatted Prince’s hand away, so Prince clocked him with a superkick.
7) Petey Wiliams won a great four-way battle against Tarik, Idris Abraham, and Kiyomiya after he hit a Canadian Destroyer on Tarik.
8) In a match for the Impact Tag Team Championship, champions OVE successfully retained over Brent Banks and Phil Atlas. After the match, Atlas turned on Brent, and seemingly severed their BCW Tag Team Champion partnership.
Impact Wrestling’s Jeremy “JB” Borash handled the introductions for the next match.
9) In a match taped for Impact Wrestling, A1 challenged Eli Drake for the Impact Global Championship match. After taking a pummeling from the powerful A1, a desperate Eli bumped the ref into the ropes as A1 was going for an aerial assault. This caused A1 to fall down and crotch himself on the top turnbuckle, leaving him as easy pickings for Drake to get the pin.
10) Cody Deaner and Rey Misterio Jr. w/ Anthony “Santino Marella” Carelli beat RJ City and Kongo Kong w/ Scott D’Amore.