Metro Pro Wrestling: These Guys Get It
Five episodes of Metro Pro Wrestling is all I needed. In five episodes this management team has proven that they get it! They know what pro wrestling is all about.
While checking out episodes 94-98 on their You Tube channel, KCMetroPro, I've come across some really fun and entertaining matches.
You're not gonna see five-star classics here, but you're gonna see really fun encounters. If you complain about how boring Ring of Honor is, you might like Metro Pro. The emphasis is definitely on the less technical aspects of the craft.
DDTs, Spears, Kicks to the face! You'll see a guy get picked up and body slammed. That's always a good time right?
But storytelling, arguably the most important piece of the wrestling puzzle, is where Metro Pro shines.
I saw a Japanese guy in face paint beat a dude down for insulting his cultural identity.
I watched a sleazy heel take advantage of a mentally impaired super-athlete, recruiting him into a cult.
And I saw a grizzled veteran win the Heavyweight Championship on free TV.
That veteran thanked the entire locker room for letting an old fart like him walk in, have fun, smile, and do his damnedest to entertain the fans.
This is wrestling!
Having a television show like this, available for all to see, it screams professionalism. It tells you that Metro Pro management can get things done where others struggle.
That's because they have a real, honest to God producer in Chris Gough. Chris has a background in journalism, the WWE and the Metro Sports Channel he currently works for.
As a result, the stage is set for a quality product to shine.
The cameras are all in the right spots, especially camera one, located above the third rope, just like you'll see on any WWE show.
And the Turner Rec Commission in Kansas City, Kansas is the perfect venue for a promotion this size. This facility has a nice stage set up where the boys can all make classy entrances and lot of the fans come back month after month, becoming familiar with the wrestlers and vice versa. This creates a fun, intimate environment, where the performers can feed off the energy of the crowd.
Bull Schmitt patting a little kid on the head after winning the heavyweight title is the most vivid memory I have of this promotion so far.
And because Chris Gough is former WWE creative, he and the rest of the Metro Pro management can make the most of this production.
Chris Gough and Dave Borchardt are your commentary team, talking you through every episode. Chris is the star here. The man has been blessed with a great voice for calling wrestling matches. For reasons never discussed, he roots for all the bad guys and Dave is constantly calling him out on it. Dave is no slouch himself, he holds his own, making a fool of Chris every chance he gets.
I have never heard two broadcast partners tell each other to shut up so many times during the same match.
There are shades of Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon here.
You get the best of both worlds with Metro Pro. You get solid in-ring action and all those Jerry Springer/soap opera moments that no wrestling promotion is complete without.
Bottom line is this: Metro Pro Wrestling is a triple threat. It's a very well produced show. The in ring action is solid. And the story lines are not only existent, they're actually pretty entertaining.
Every wrestling fan should know about this promotion and I urge you to go check their full length episodes on You Tube, unless you're lucky enough to live in the fine states of Kansas, Missouri or Nebraska, where the show airs Saturday night at 11pm on Metro Sports.