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Re: Official Indy DVD Thread

Originally Posted by observer
Steve Karel’s first taping of the Urban Wrestling Federation, the promotion using major hip hop stars in conjunction with wrestling matches, took place on 6/3 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. It only drew 300 fans, and much of that papered, for a series of PPV tapings for one hour shows that start on regular PPV on 6/26. The rap stars taped promos all over the city. They also did some filming of brawls in a night club where they used fire and tons of weapons while the members of each team watched, another brawl taped in a back alley. Wrestlers were told not to wear usual wrestling wear but wearing more contemporary street wear. The performers were told of a second taping in October in Miami. As noted, it was like BET’s Iron Ring, only more violent as you have far more leeway in what you can do on a pro wrestling show than an MMA show. Billy Blue, Big Block, Uncle Murda and Brisco were among the rappers appearing. They had a tournament for the UWF title which came down to a four-way with Homicide (who the crowd saw as the biggest star), Ricky Reyes, Bestia (Damian 666's son Bestia 666 from Tijuana) and Rasche Brown. The crowd hated when Homicide was eliminated. It came down to Reyes vs. Brown with Brown winning via spear. Brown was from Big Block’s team and the team was in the ring smoking cigars after the match. The crowd was described as neither hot nor quiet. Reyes, the SATs and former WWE wrestler Ricky Ortiz were the ones who got the best reactions. The promotion spent a ton of money, with people staying at one of the nicest hotels in the city and all the talent had limo service. We were told the talent was given six month non-compete contracts, which means Homicide won’t be working in ROH or Dragon Gate USA any longer.
Looks like Cide is gone and it seems more likely with the Embassy angle they're doing. No great loss to them and the booking makes Embassy look good by banishing him.
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