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Young David Finlay, son of Dave ‘Fit’ Finlay made his debut in Germany in 2012. He is a three time Georgia State qualifying amateur wrestler, and himself a fourth generation professional wrestler. Young Finlay found himself in Cape Town doing missionary work during his gap year, when his father, ‘Fit’ Finlay quick about locating the country’s finest wrestling organisation and getting his son involved. You might know of Dave ‘Fit’ Finlay’s other successes such as his current position as producer of WWE. He is also a trainer and of course acclaimed professional wrestler with longstanding careers in WCW and WWE. And so it was his call to the AWA that led to David’s enrolment at the School of Hard Knocks. After four months of hard graft, David has graduated to AWA’s competition level, and will be forced to prove his mettle in an elimination style fight against three of the organisation’s hardest hitters. Enter Max ‘The Body’, Johnny Palazzio and the title-holder, Vinnie Vegas. Finlay leaves South Africa two days after the House of Pain. Will he be leaving with the SA Cruiserweight Title around his waist?
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FROM NERD TO WRESTLER
VINNIE “The One Man Show” VEGAS
The current Cruiserweight Champion Vinnie Vegas, who has been branded by many as being pound-for-pound the best wrestler in SA, is set to face longtime rival the “Italian Stallion” Johnny Palazzio in the main event on the September 30th at Parow Civic Center. Known as “The House Of Pain”, Parow Civic Center has been the AWA’s battle home ground for many years, hosting some of SA wrestling’s best matches. The self-proclaimed “One Man Show”, Vinnie is no stranger to success at “The House of Pain”. Success, however, has never come easy.
Now residing in Athlone, Vinnie grew up in Mitchell’s Plain surrounded by many bad influences such as crime and gangsterism. Encouraged from an early by his parents to stay on the straight and narrow path by working hard while encompassing a strong sense of morals and discipline, Vinnie matriculated from Mondale Secondary School and went on to complete his National Diploma of Information Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. As a youngster, Vinnie was an introvert, spending most of his time reading comic books and playing video games. A nerd by definition. It was also at this early age that he became captivated by the larger than life spectacle that is professional wrestling. Collecting all kinds of wrestling memorabilia such as magazines, posters and action figures, Vegas had discovered he had a passion for the squared circle action. Finding inspiration in wrestling heroes and role models, he would also harbor a dream of one day competing in a wrestling ring. Many would mock that dream as Vinnie was but a scrawny kid, but he would not be deterred and thus, after completing his studies, he contact Shaun Koen and the AWA in March 2004.
Still, having never competed in sports at school level, Vegas initially struggled with athletic aspect of wrestling but stayed determined by never losing sight of his goal by mastering the technical aspects.
His hard work would soon pay off as he would get to make dream come true with his wrestling debut in August 2005 against William McQueen. But with dreams accomplished, new goals arise and championship glory was in “The One Man Show’s” sights. An opportunity would eventually come when Vinnie competed against fellow challenger William McQueen and then-champion Johnny Palazzio in the first ever ladder match in June 2007. And even though he would not attain victory on that night, Vegas would continue to press forward by competing and perfecting his craft. He studied many matches from all over globe including America, Europe and Japan, and incorporated many of their styles into his own. It had also expanded his arsenal of wrestling moves to a unique collection that continue to “wow” audiences at every show. Trademark moves such as his “Raging Storm”, super kick and flying elbow are not only used to inflict pain onto his opponents, but would soon bring in championship gold. And his first championship success would eventually come in December 2009, by winning the Coca Cola Royal Rumble title when he eliminated 25 members of the AWA roster in a single match. Happy, but with a hunger not yet satisfied, Vinnie continued to focus on winning the Cruiserweight title. He would then receive another opportunity for the title against the then-champion Mr. Money, one year later. This time, a seasoned and more experienced Vinnie Vegas accomplished his goal and became the AWA Cruiserweight champion.
Since then, he has become a 2-time Cruiserweight champion and thanks to wrestling, he has traveled and competed all over South Africa, including in Swaziland. These days, Vinnie has new goals and dreams. When asked, he says that as the current champion and a near 10 year veteran, he’s current goal is to be a role model to not only the fans but to the new up and coming wrestlers that he helps train at the AWA HardKnocks Academy. He also looks forward to competing at the “House Of Pain” on September 30th. When asked for a quote, he said: “It’s another one for the bucket list. Another goal. To defend a championship in the main event of the “House of Pain”. Not many wrestlers can stake that claim. I’ve prided myself of being a “genius of hard work” and getting this opportunity proves that when you set your mind on something you want, you can accomplish it!”
You can see Vinnie Vegas, Johnny Palazzio, Shaun Koen, AWA Heavyweight Champion The Oz and the rest of the AWA roster compete on September 30th at Parow Civic. As well as on October 5th in Kraaifontein at the Grand opening of Allies Meats on Old Paarl road where the wrestling will be no cover charge at the “Parking Lot Brawl”.
For all your enquires and Bookings contact Shaun Koen on 082 4560792
The curtain closer, ultimate House of Pain for 2013 is almost upon us. That includes the pulse-racing, 22-man, Coca Cola Royal Rumble on Thursday 5th December 2013! There can be only one winner, don’t miss out on this edge-of-your-seat battle. You won’t be disappointed!
On Thursday, the 4th of July, the Africa Wrestling Alliance, once again, opened up its doors to the public. It was time for another serving of HOUSE OF PAIN at the Parow Civic Centre and the night promised to dish up some serious action indeed.
The most contested and anticipated match would be to determine the rightful ‘Lion of Africa’, with two of South Africa’s biggest stars battling it out for the bragging rights. No one could have guessed what was about to play itself off. But first, this happened:
In the first match of the night, the team of Ed Electric and newcomer, Mark 1, took on Mr. Money and Zaheer Bayat. The latter duo took control of the early stages of the match and controlled the pace beautifully, until Ed Electric was able to swing the momentum with his destructive leg-over neck breaker. His rookie partner added his weight nicely to control Mr. Money. The rich man was able to escape with a tag, but Bayat soon fell to the tactics of The Cape Minstrel and Mark 1. A rolling body press from Zaheer provided the opening for Mr. Money to clean house with a spine buster slam and soon completed the audit with a devastating fireman falcon arrow. Victory for the sub-continent duo.
In the second outing, things started off slowly between former AWA Heavyweight champ, Johnny Palazzio and former Lightweight kingpin, Max ‘the Body’, as the two tried to intimidate the other by absorbing as much of each other’s blows as they could withstand. The dam walls soon overflowed and they were throwing each other from pillar to post in quick time. After initially taking charge with a fisherman’s buster, Max was thrown to the outside of the ring, where impact with the HoP floor swung things in Palazzio’s favour. A double clothesline brought balance back to the battle and Max was back in charge soon after, until he missed an elbow drop aimed at the Italian Stallion’s noggin. Johnny kept the sceptre for a long time, until a massive falling forward slam from the Cameroonian ended his momentum. Unfortunately for Max, he overreached and missed with a moonsault off the top rope. Moments later Palazzio hit the Stallion DDT and got the pin fall victory.
The third offering saw heavyweights; Missing Link, Von Steel, Oz and Sam Swiegers take on each other. Swiegers was quick to point out that Link had apparently lost his chain, which led to the masked man being swarmed by the others. Clearly Swiegers had the wrong info and the big man produced his favourite toy from beneath his outfit and sent the opponents scattering. During the match, each competitor tried to take charge. Von Steele nearly crushed Oz’s spine with a Nelson Bomb. Oz chopped the hell out of Missing Link. Link clotheslined Von Steele’s head off and Swiegers spinning heel kicked Oz. Eventually (and inevitably) the action spilled out of the ring. Link and Von Steele continued brawling in the drinks stand, while Oz ended up smashing a chair across Swiegers’ back and slammed him on the barren floor. Meanwhile, Link returned a bloodied Von Steele to the inside of the ring and drilled him with a chain-wrapped fist. Clearly still dazed, Sam Swiegers, entered the ring illegally and tried to finish the match with his Anaesthesia submission finisher. The referee would have none of it and Swiegers ended up with a Missing Link boot to the ribs and Oz pulling him out of the ring. While Oz and Sam tangled outside, Missing Link finished off the weekend German and collected the “w”.
Two current Champions were up next as the Cruiserweight belt holder, Vinnie Vegas, took on the Lightweight champ, The Little Hillbilly. The action was quick, as expected, and soon Vegas, accompanied by the lovely Kaystar, took over with a thudding side slam. A second effort, however, saw the nimble countryside high-flyer reverse into a spinning head scissors takedown. Later in the match as Vegas was able to take the initiative with a fisherman suplex, none other than Johnny Palazzio sauntered to ringside. Although the Mitchells Plain star was able to maintain the upper hand, he was visibly distracted by his old foe’s presence. The One Man Show’s lack of concentration provided an opening for the Hillbilly, who produced a beautiful electric chair into hurrancarana combo. Vinnie was able to take back the charge with a beautiful swinging neck breaker and it looked like a closed case when he hit the mark with an elbow drop from the top rope. A courageous kick-out from the Hillbilly led to a brief comeback, but a missed wishbone press ended up in a Vegas superkick that nearly took off the Lightweight champ’s head. He somehow survived and with a concerned referee, Kenny Macqueen, checking him up, Palazzio lured Vegas to the outside, where he hit Vinnie with a bottle and whipped him into the ring stairs. After stumbling into the ring, a stunner from Hillbilly sealed the match in his favour, but the drama was far from over. Palazzio continued the beating, until Kaystar low-blowed the Stallion. This drew the ire of Johnny who served the valet with a body slam. Appalled by the gesture, Mr. Money ran out to make the save. The end result? A tag match between Vinnie Vegas / Mr. Money and Johnny Palazio / Little Hillbilly.
Next up was the battle between men, both laying claim to the moniker, ‘Lion of Africa’. The North/South battle between Cape Town’s Shaun Koen and Joburg’s Ananzi started with Koen asserting his power over Ananzi. A brief comeback by the northerner only led to the larger lion from the south levelling him with a cross body press. Ananzi was, however, able to mount a proper rebuttal and laid Koen out with a cracking flying clothesline. He wasn’t able to maximise the pressure with his split-legged moonsault and seemed to inflict damage upon himself, as well in the process. This provided enough space for Koen to get on top, but after the match boiled over to the outside, both wrestlers were counted out after losing focus in the chaos…..
… and then we were reminded that the Oz hadn’t cashed in his “Golden Ticket” contract that he won at the previous year’s Battle Royale. According to prize, he was entitled to any match, at any time, under any conditions. His suggestion: A four-on-two no disqualification handicap match where any of his teammates (The Missing Link, Sam Swiegers & Von Steele) could win him the AWA title by pinning either of the opponents (Koen and a very unwilling Ananzi). What followed was a mauling by the four-man team on the Champ, Koen, with Ananzi doing everything to avoid tagging in. Shaun made a brave comeback and managed to tag in a surprised Ananzi, who actually offered resistance after eating some of Oz’s slaps. It looked like the Lions were getting on the same page, when the younger lion tagged in the older one and proceeded to low blow him. A combined book-end by Link and the treacherous Ananzi was followed up by a soaring splash off the top rope by Oz, who was able to claim the title the same way he lost his first title: Cashing in the golden ticket.
Finally it was time for the Battle Royale to determine the winner of 2013 Golden Ticket contract as well as a splendid new trophy, sponsored by the good folks at CARS INC. The action was wild and furious and the final three appeared to be Max, Ed-Electric and Sam Swiegers. With Sam ailing on the mat, Max and Ed were tussling on the ropes in order to eliminate one another. Suddenly Swiegers pounced and eliminated Max and then there were two… or so we thought. Ed’s sidekick, Roper, had hidden in the crowd and appeared out of nowhere to aid his Minstrel friend. Eventually Swiegers used his size advantage to eliminate the nuggety competitor, who ended up pulling Swiegers out of the ring underneath the bottom rope. With Roper re-entering the ring and assisting Ed in pounding on Sam, the former MMA fighter clamped a guillotine choke on both of the Klopse and continued to pull them over the top rope, with the whole lot tumbling to the hardwood floor. Swiegers got up and slid back into the ring and after confirmation from both refs, was declared the winner of the match, as he had never been deposited over the top rope.
It was a thrilling cliff-hanger finish to a night that contained everything from excitement, treachery, laughs, spills and controversy.