Glory Pro Wrestling “Cemetery Gates” Results: Vetter’s Review of Mike Outlaw vs. Bryan Keith for the Crown of Glory Championship, Josh Alexander vs. Warhorse, Davey Richards & Rocky Romero vs. Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett, Laynie Luck vs. Allie Katch in a submission match, Max the Impaler vs. Jake Something
By Chris VetterProWrestling.net Contributor (@chrisvetter73)
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Glory Pro Wrestling “Graveyard Gates”
Aired on FITE TV
March 31, 2022 in Dallas, Texas at Fair Park
This morning show was the first of 12 events at The Collective in Dallas, Texas as part of Wrestle Mania Weekend. Veda Scott and Sam Leterna were on the commentary. Attendance at this 11am show was sparse, possibly 100, with far too many front row seats open.
1. Myron Reed defeated Carlos Romo, Danny Jones and Shane Saber in a four-way match at 8:13. The advertisers explained that it was an international flavor opening. Romo is from Spain and Saber is from Canada; I saw them on different shows later this weekend. Danny Jones competed regularly (as an enhancement wrestler) on NXT UK. Romo has green hair on top of his head.
Reed hit a huracanrana from the corner on Jones. Jones applied a Boston Crab on Romo. Jones hit a piledriver on Saber on the ring apron at 6:00. Reed dove through the ropes, grabbed an opponent’s head and hit a cutter on the ground. Romo missed a moonsault. Reed hit a springboard-back-stunner followed by a Death Valley Driver on Saber to score the pin. Fast but sometimes clumsy, I’m sure I don’t know each other.
2. Tootie Lynn defeated Jani Kai at 6:38 a.m. Lynn appeared in NWA this year. She shook hands with fans at ringside and won the GCW Women’s Title belt. Kai has a unique look with the sides of his head shaved. She had a strong performance at the Bloodsport event later that day. Kai hit a few back kicks at 2:30, and she was in charge early. Tootie retaliated with a few leg kicks. Lynn suddenly put on a Fujiwara armband and Kai tapped. This finish came out of nowhere. Decent game.
3. Jake Something Overcame Max the Impaler in an intergender match at 9:33. Max uses “them/them” pronouns and is the “non-binary nightmare”. I haven’t seen Max since ROH ended. Something leveled Max with a forearm early on. Max fought back and performed a bodyslam. Something responded with its own bodyslams. Something hit a clothesline at 4:30 and towered over.
Max fought back with clotheslines and they picked up Jake. Jake was bleeding from the forehead and Max nailed a headbutt to the wound. They exchanged clotheslines. Max was also bleeding on his forehead and Veda Scott wasn’t sure Max and Jake were cut. Jake nailed a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall at 8:30. Max also hit a slam. Jake hit Big Bossman’s side slam to get the pin. Although I don’t usually like intergender matches, Max is so big that they looked pretty believable against a man, even one as big as Jake Something.
3. Xavier & Karam defeated Warren Johnson & Zach Mason & Moses the Deliverer & Rahim of Sweden & Camaro Jackson & Kenny Alfonso in a four-way match to retain the titles at 6:58. I’ve never seen any of these eight guys before. Karam has a great physique and he gave someone a guerrilla floor press. Warren Johnson took a dive over everyone on the floor. I have to add that it’s great to have two knowledgeable women commenting to help me know who these guys are and part of the story between them. This action was fast and fun. The champions knocked an opponent down in the air, hit a shot as they came down, and scored the pin.
* Footage released from a previous Laynie Luck defeating Allie Katch event by DQ. Katch was lucky in a Boston Crab, but luck hit the ropes; when Katch did not let go of her submission hold, the referee disqualified her. That led us to the next game…
4. Allie Katch Defeated lucky laynie in a submission match at 11:09. The announcers agreed that a submission match favored Katch. Luck applied an STF at 3:00. Katch hit a sit-out slam to Luck’s chest as they fought in the corner. Katch wrapped Luck’s body around the ring post and Luck screamed in pain. In the ring, Luck again applied an STF at 7:00. They brawled to the ground, where Luck hit a piledriver, and they were both down.
Back in the ring, Katch grabbed the referee to escape a submission hold. Katch applied a Boston crab; Luck came to the ropes, but the commentators explained that there was no rope break in this match. Katch sat down for extra pressure as Luck was on the ropes, and Luck tapped out. It was really good.
5. Davey Richards and Rocky Romero defeated Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett at 12:25. Richards and Romero teamed up at ROH ten years ago. I’ve seen a lot of Vega and Fitchett at Chicago AAW, and they’re really good and underrated. Vega and Fitchett wore identical red clothes. Vega and Richards faced off to open. Fitchett and Romero arrived at 2:30 p.m. and they are about the same size.
Romero hit his endless clotheslines on both opponents at 4:30. Fitchett hit a standing moonsault on Romero. Romero hit a No. 2 sliced bun mid-ring and hot-tagged Richards at 7:30. In a cool spot, Richards applied ankle locks to both opponents at the same time. Richards threw Romero at their opponents. Romero hit a brainbuster; Richards hit a double stomp over the top rope, and they had a near fall at 10:00.
Fitchett hit a Pele Kick on Richards. Richards unloaded her hard kicks into each opponent’s chest. Richards and Vega traded HARD chops and forearms. Richards hit a German out suplex. Richards put Vega on his shoulders; Romero hit a double kick to the head as Richards turned him into a Death Valley pilot, to score the pin on Vega. Really, very good game. So good to see Richards again, healthy and like he never missed a step.
* A leaked video of Dan the Dad in his St. Louis neighborhood. Kody Lane moved to the area. They argued and exchanged blows. They agreed to have a “loser leaves the block” match at The Collective. Yes, a bit silly, but it fits the Dan the Dad gimmick.
6. Dan the Defeated Dad Kody Lane in a “loser leaves the block” match at 10:16 a.m. I first saw Lane at one of the other collective shows; he has long blond hair, a good physique with a large tattoo on his back. Dan the daddy ran to the ring and attacked Lane. They fought on the ground. Advertisers explained how “Dan the Dad filed 48 noise complaints against Lane” in recent months. They brawled in the ring and used weapons like trash cans and ladders. Lane hit a senton splash for a near fall at 4:30.
Lane hit a few chair shots in the back. Dan did a windup and hit a hard shot, then a DDT at 7:30. Dan hit a face plant on an open chair for a near fall. Dan threw Kody into a ladder set up in the corner. Dan hit a Bubba Bomb. Kody missed a single-leg Lionsault over the top rope, and Dan went to work on the injured left ankle. Dan applied a Figure Four Leg Lock and Kody tapped. It was fun; The Dan the Dad gimmick is good indy entertainment.
7. Josh Alexander defeated Warhorse at 2:04. Alexander had a huge pop. They blocked each other’s attack early. Alexander put it on his shoulders and hit a Finlay Roll forward at 2:30. Alexander slowed him down with a sideways headlock. Warhorse hit a flying forearm at 6:30, then a missile dropkick to the top rope. Alexander got another Finlay Roll. Warhorse applied a Sharpshooter, but Alexander hit the ropes at 9:00.
Alexander hit a (Mark Henry) World’s Strongest Slam on the ring apron. Warhorse dove through the ropes, and they both crashed deep into the rows of fans (and empty seats). The ring announcer indicated that we had two minutes left in the allotted time. In the ring, Alexander caught him and applied an ankle lock, but Warhorse reached the ropes. Warhorse hit a double stomp to the chest as Alexander was caught in the ropes. Warhorse hit another double stomp for a near fall, and they were both down by 1:00 p.m.
Alexander hit a superplex off the top rope, but Warhorse landed a rollup jackknife for a near fall. Alexander hit a release German suplex, then the butterfly arm piledriver for the pin. Another very good game.
8. Mike Outlaw defeated Bryan Keith to retain the Crown of Glory Championship at 2:31. I don’t know these two blacks at all. Keith came out first wearing a serape (Mexican jacket) and a cowboy hat. They are about the same size and weight; Outlaw reminds me of a bigger, thicker Cedrick Alexander. Outlaw has a red stripe on his black pants, while Keith wore plain black pants. There were intense blockages to begin with. (Announcers talked about Too Cold Scorpio appearing at a show later in the weekend, and what a huge match it will be; sadly, Scorpio missed the show.)
They traded stiff chops at 5:00. Outlaw hit a hard dropkick and Keith rolled to the ground. Davey Richards is at ringside and the announcers pointed it out. The crowd cheered Bryan Keith. Keith hit a popped powerbomb for a believable near fall at 10:30. Outlaw hit a twisted suplex in the corner, and he went for a one-legged crab, but Keith escaped at 12:00.
Outlaw once again applied the one leg crab and the crowd cheered Keith loudly as he reached the ropes. They traded blows in the middle of the ring and Outlaw hit a stunner. Keith hit an enzuigiri. Outlaw got a rollup jackknife for the pin. Decent game. They shook hands.
Final Thoughts: Richards and Romero vs. Vega and Fitchett were just as good as I expected, and it’s the best game. Alexander vs. Warhorse was really good, and I wouldn’t argue with anyone who thought it was better. The main event is a distant third best. The show lasted just under two and a half hours.
The rest of the card was solid and entertaining, but not spectacular either. I really like the video thumbnails showing why some of these matches were happening. Dan the dad is fun. It was my second Kody Lane game this weekend, and he impressed.
Learn more about this promotion at www.gloryprowrestling.com. They return to St. Louis, Mo. on April 24 with Jake Something vs. Minoru Suzuki and Davey Richards vs. Mike Outlaw.