Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Hunters become the hunted

Roger Matheus vs. Abyss
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On Saturday night, Impact Wrestling's Abyss made an appearance at Stride Pro Wrestling's Lockerroom Melee show. It was a successful fundraiser for Community Consolidated School District 204 in Pinckneyville, Illinois. The 6'7'' monster met with fans prior to the show for a meet and greet. Then it was time to face his challenger, former Stride Pro Wrestling champion, Roger Matheus.

Known as the Mad Viking, Matheus has been on the path of destruction in recent months, taking out any and all who get in his way. He was briefly stopped in his tracks Saturday night as Abyss took Matheus to task. The two brawled for a few minutes (something they've done before) until the Midwest Monster Hunters hit the ring and attacked both men. It makes perfect sense, Abyss and Matheus were the two biggest monsters on the card.

Bo Sawyer and Jason Tiller were confident this was a one and done attack as they fled back to the locker room. That's when Abyss invited the former Stride Pro Wrestling tag team champions back into the ring for a fight. The Monster Hunters balked and declined the challenge. General Manager Sam Hunter had other ideas and offered Sawyer and Tiller two solutions; 1) get in the ring and fight or 2) be fired. The MWMH love money almost as much as hunting, so they reluctantly got back into the ring.

Abyss and Matheus, despite beating the hell out of each other minutes earlier, came together and fought the former champs. The brawling came to an end when Matheus scored the pin and he and Abyss celebrated to the cheers of hundreds of fans in attendance. To my recollection, it's the first time Matheus has had the entire audience on his side. Would the Mad Viking be changing his ways?

I'll have more thoughts on the show on this week's My 1-2-3 Cents podcast. Be sure to listen. 

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