It ends this weekend.
Three shows and that’s it. Squared Circle Wrestling will be no more after Sunday’s final show at the Pastime Athletic Club.
The remaining cards – Thursday in Binghamton; Friday in Elmira; and Sunday in Syracuse will likely not disappoint in any shape or form.
There have still been questions as to why this is happening and it’s been explained, but in the end, it’s really nobody’s business why 2CW is closing. Between the owner Josh and his management team, they made the decision to go out on top. Since the decision a few months ago, there have been different reactions from the fan base. Some condone, some are shocked, some still don’t believe it.
It’s doesn’t matter why, anyway. Reality is this – it’s happening.
Those who are fans have their own 2CW story. Mine is simple – I needed something new to take photos of and I wanted some wrestling. My first card was in Binghamton and I saw Mikey go through the flaming table, courtesy of Jason Axe. Not long after, I went through an extended bout of unemployment and 2CW was my escape from reality.
I have a lot of fond memories of this company and what it’s done. Is it sad they are ending it? Sure. But going out on top is a wonderful thing – and it gives all of us fans a chance to say a proper goodbye.
Now, though, it’s time to celebrate 2CW and what it has done. I can’t offer enough thanks to all those who have performed, but I’ll do my best. (Note to my regular readers: I don’t usually have color in my fonts, but I decided to have the 2CW colors for the “thank you” part of this post).
Thank you, Josh, for giving us great independent wrestling, making us feel part of something special, and delivering time and time again.
Thank you, Sean Carr, for growing in front of our eyes and becoming a great champion and one many of us will follow for years to come.
Thank you, Brute, for every lariat you’ve delivered. I always cringe (and enjoy) watching you send somebody sprawling.
Thank you, Young Bucks, for being outgoing, fun, and amazing talents who outperform pretty much everybody on every card.
Thank you, Captain our Captain, for making Gilligan’s Island cool again.
Thank you, Kevin Graham, for being that cocky old-school heel who is easy to hate but just as easy to cheer for.
Thank you, Cheech. Yes, deal with it – somebody is thanking you.
Thank you, Bin Hamin for showing us that the USA vs (insert insurgent person/country here) is still awesome and that if the character is done right, it gets over time and time again.
Thank you, Dick Justice, for defending ‘Merica.
Thank you, Eddie Edwards, for every chop you’ve delivered to make the crowd wince, yet continue to watch as you red up somebody else’s chest.
Thank you, Cherry Bomb for showing women’s wrestlers can be athletic, attractive, outgoing, and amazing athletes.
Thank you, Colin Delaney, for always putting on one of the best shows and having one of the best entrance themes out there!
Thank you, Brodie Lee, for sharing a cookie after a Binghamton card with my buddy Kevin. Well not really share, but pose for a photo anyway.
Thank you, Jason Axe, for power bombing Mikey through a flaming table at my first 2CW show. I was instantly hooked.
Thank you, Dalton Castle, for being the party peacock and … because you are just awesome.
Thank you, I.B. Green, or Rob Cook, or Cook … stick to a name, will ya?
Thank you, Isys, for making Weekend at Bernie’s relevant again!
Thank you, Jay Freddie, for showing that you can chase your dreams and make them reality.
Thank you, AR Fox, for defying gravity and showing athleticism like not many others.
Thank you, Isys Ephex for putting it all on the line and finding a way to keep people interested, in one shape or another.
Thank you, Gregory Iron for being an inspiration.
Thank you, Slyck Wagner Brown, for knowing how to play a crowd, and knowing even better how to perform.
Thank you, Ted Goodz, for having one of the most energetic entrances and fun-loving style out there.
Thank you, Pete D. Order for all those doughnuts you used to bring to the ring.
Thank you, Pepper Parks for putting on so many solid matches.
Thank you, Sami Callihan for the moments you’ve created in a 2CW ring.
Thank you, Kevin Steen, for being one of the best out there and always delivering.
Thank you, Joe Gacy, for being the chainsaw and performing at such a top-level and for being part of the 2CW history.
Thank you, Portia Perez … just because.
Thank you, 2CW fancast for giving me something to listen to and enjoy over the years.
Thank you, 2CW fans, for making every event fun because the people really can put something over the top.
Thank you, 2CW leg, just because.
As for some of the big names who’ve graced 2CW’s ring …
Thank you, Hacksa… HOOOOOOOO! USA! USA! USA! USA!
Thank you, Dudley Brothers, for passing the torch to one of the top young and talented teams in the world today.
So many to thank
There are, honestly, so many others who should be thanked. From the stars who have graced the ring, to other “local” talents who have been mainstays in the federation for so many years. I just can’t individually thank each one without becoming too repetitive. So, with that in mind allow me to thank the following:
Biff Busick, Jake and Dave Crist, Johnny Gargano, Matt Cross, Jessica Havoc, John Morrison, Davey Richards, Rich Swann, PAC, Claudio Castagnoli, Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk, RVD, Raven, Loca Vida, Studly Steve, Michael Christopher, EMT, Jasper Whipple, Steve Cruz, Kage, Jimmy Olsen, all the referees, and anybody else I may have forgotten.
2CW has been an incredibly fun time to watch and I will miss it going forward, but at the same time, I’ll keep all these memories and know how great it was and how it was just amazing to be part of the run.
If you are reading this and have some memories you want to share or have some thanks you want to give, drop it in the comments below. I’d love to see some other people’s thoughts and such!
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