Event Review: Ring of Glory Wrestling: The Great Commission
NOTE: The opinions of this article are strictly the opinions of Jim Boy Star and not the rest of the Sunset Flip staff.
Ring of Glory Wrestling: The Great Commission
This week’s Event Review is out of the box. It’s a Christian based promotion run by Vince Russo. What? You have never heard of such a company? Neither have I, which is exactly why I am excited to try it out. The card features wrestlers such as Mike Sanders, Mark Jindrak, Ron Simmons, D-Lo Brown, Sean Waltman and more.
Percy Pringle aka Paul Bearer starts off the show and basically tells me to sit back and enjoy. Scott Hudson is giving us a rundown on some people that are involved in the promotion.
Goldilocks interviews Rodney Mack and Jazz.
Bull Buchannan vs Rodney Mack with Jazz
Rodney Mack will be playing the good guy role and even has a saying on his clothing saying “Back the Mack”. I’ll back him for this match cause I like Mack better than Buchanan. So the match starts and I hate Scott Hudson’s announcing. However, it is nothing that he is saying. The sound quality sounds like he announcing to the entire live crowd and it is just annoying. Jazz helps Bull Buchanan gets the win. Percy comes back out and the arena turns red. So my take at this point is Percy represents the devil and he successfully lured Jazz away from her husband.
Verdict: Decent. The actual match was not terrible but not great either.
Goldlocks interviews Air Paris, Jimmy Rave, CJ Summers, and Sal Rinauro for their Stairway to Heaven match later on.
Mike Sanders and Eric Watts vs D-Lo Brown and Disco Inferno
I was bored by Mike Sanders’ promo. There was something about 3 Wise Men and Christmas. D-Lo Brown comes out and apparently has a problem with them talking about the “True Meaning of Christmas”. D-Lo and disco Inferno try to convince everyone that Sanders and Eric Watts that what they are doing is wrong.
Okay, so Glen Gillberti/Disco Inferno turns on D-Lo. Then he does the YMCA and then the people’s elbow, which Hudson calls “The Village People’s elbow”. I now want a turn every match for the rest of the night. However, Gillberti pinned D-Lo for the win?
Verdict: Decent. Another decent match but a really confusing finish.
The arena turns dark and Percy is back with Jazz. Percy introduces Mark Jindrak. Mark Jindrak picks on the ring crew member who is fixing the turnbuckle. The ring crew member gets saved by Mike
“Spike Dudley” Hyson.
Mike Hyson vs Mark Jindrak
This was definitely the best match of the night. Mike Hyson wins in an upset as he was getting dominated most of the match. After the match Jindrak threatens to put Hyson through a table and he delivers on his threat.
Goldylocks interviews Mike Sanders, Glen Gillberti, and Eric Watts. Gillberti claims the fans deserve to hear him singing “Stayin Alive” LIVE.
Jason Sensation is in the ring to honor Ron Simmons. This was such a boring and long segment. I wish I could give it a “terrible” but I can’t because it was not officially a match.
As Simmons leaves for the broadcasting boost, Glen Gillberti comes back and he wants Jason Sensation to do an impersonation of him. He beats up Jason and then D-Lo comes out and then Eric Watts and Sanders come back out. Simmons comes back and helps D-Lo.
Percy is back in the ring with Kevin Northcut and Percy has scissors. And here comes Sean Waltman
Sean “Syxx-Pac” Waltman vs Kevin Northcut
Syxx Pac gets the win and after the match Northcut shakes his hand. Lights go off and Percy is mad. I think I could count this as another turn except the opposite way. Northcut turns good.
Goldylock interviews Vince Russo asking about the Stairway to Heaven match and Russo said he didn’t come up with it. It came from a much higher power than him.
Stairway to Heaven Match
CJ Summers vs Sal Rinauro vs Jimmy Rave vs Air Paris
This was a great match. Jimmy Rave won by grabbing the sword of the Spirit. Lights go after the match and Percy and Jazz confront Rave. Jimmy Rave seems to have a decision to make if he wants to join Percy. Jazz then takes the microphone. She challenges Trinity, who is in the audience, but instead gets her student Rain.
Jazz vs Rain
Trinity did eventually run in but it pretty much became a handicap match. But I think Rain was the only one acknowledge as the winner.
Verdict: Bad. Just not a good match. Not much else to say.
Goldylocks interviews jimmy Rave with the Sword of Spirits
The next segment is Jimmy Rave’s decision if he is going to turn to Percy with the Sword of Spirit. Someone named Asa comes out and talks down to Percy. I’m guessing he represents all the good and Jesus. Percy gets his group to attack Asa. This is where Northcut officially turns good to try to help Asa but gets beat down by the rest of the group. Syxx Pac runs in and Percy’s group gets chased away.
The end of the show is basically what you may see in church. It featured Asa motivating the Christian fans and praised the lord. AJ Styles also makes an appearance.
Overall thoughts: The Stairway to Heaven was the highlight of the event. I get why the Jazz stuff happened but I wish the Stairway to Heaven match was the main event. You have to keep in mind that this is a Christian event so the super long prayer session at the end was understandable.
Final Verdict: Good. I know, I was shocked with my decision too. There were some good matches. Obviously, if you are strong in your religious beliefs and those beliefs are not Christian beliefs, you probably want to stay away from this. But, as a wrestling fan, this was not a bad event. Some things confused me on the event (why Gillberti was able to pin D-Lo for the win), but I don’t think logic was something this show was really striving for. It was the message of their higher power. It is on Netflix so check it out, at the very least, I found it interesting since it truly was a different kind of wrestling show and different format I never experienced before.