Johnny Viper vs. Chrisjen Hayme from Empire Pro Wrestling 2013
From Dylan Hales:
On August 7th and 8th the first ever (and hopefully first annual) Scenic City Invitational tournament will be held at the Empire Arena in Rossville, Georgia.
In an effort to get people excited for this tournament and Southern independent wrestling in general, in the weeks leading up to the event, this blog will be looking at matches from each individual participant in the tourney. We hope you follow along, enjoy the matches, and find some new favorites along the way.
For more information on the Scenic City Invitational check out their Facebook page.
Post by Sam DiMascio:
With this being part of the Scenic City Invitational thing going on over here on Free Pro Wrestling, I was excited to see some of the southern cats I have missed out on. From what I gathered via various people, Hayme came across as someone ready to be a breakout wrestler from his area. And then he sorta disappeared. What better way to remind people that you are still PRETTY GOOD than [Editor’s note: Sam wrote “then” there. I need to point out publicly when he is being a jabroni.] being a part of a tournament that is a first of its kind. He faces Johnny Viper who I also know nothing about (but he is not in the Scenic City Invitational).
Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a darn fine match right here. You get that babyface shine. You get that Viper heat section. Then WAM BAM, you got yourself a good old indie stretch run. The match moves at a steady pace, giving everything some time to breath. Hayme comes off as a wonderful babyface with comeback attempts and selling that actually feels important. One thing that Hayme did that I thought was neat was his attempted strikes from underneath. Sure, Viper would smother him soon afterwards but even the mere idea of continually fighting despite being at the opposite side of momentum seems so foreign to most that it came off well here. Johnny Viper was pretty good too but came across as a foil for Hayme more than anything. The ending stretch run seemed like something that could be enjoyed by pretty much anyone. They do some nutty moves though they deviate from what seems like a clear set-up multiple times that you can’t really see them coming. Everything that looks impactful comes across as impactful. SPOILER: They do a Code Red from the second rope and it looks completely bonkers. Like, I shouldn’t be writing up this match, I should be posting a gif of it on Twitter dot com for some decent #numbers. If you are looking for a match that is easy to watch and has COOL STUFF then you have got a match to watch.