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By Mike Johnson on 5/19/2023 7:57 AM

Tri-State Wrestling presents DOUBLE DOWN

May 13, 2023

Fitton Center

Hamilton, Ohio

Attendance: 140

Match 1: “Pac Man” Justin Xavier defeated “The Viral One” Millz Hendrix via pinfall

These two athletic young athletes started the show off with a bang, showing off their aerial skills. After a back-and-forth contest, Xavier was able to get the win with a spinning back kick to spoil Hendrix’s TSW debut.

Match 2: Sam Beale defeated Blake “Money” Wright via pinfall

This was a hard-hitting affair between Beale and the former college football star Wright, who was appearing in TSW for the first time. “The Permanator” kept his roll going by earning the victory over Wright with his Perm-Roll finish.

Next, TSW broadcaster Joe Dombrowski brought out Tre’ Lamar to talk about all the speculation regarding his actions during the TSW Heavyweight Championship match at Squared Circle Expo in April. Lamar’s involvement in the match ended up allowing VsK to hit Myron Reed with the championship belt and earn the victory to retain his title. After entering the ring, Lamar stated that what happened was an accident and that he wanted to bring Myron out to apologize and bury the hatchet. Reed entered the ring as well and said despite how angry he was about Tre’ costing him the match, he’s willing to forgive him due to their history as friends and training partners. However, Myron stated that after this, he doesn’t want Tre’ to be involved in his business any longer. The two competitors shook hands to the appreciation of the crowd.

Match 3: GPA defeated 12 Gaige via pinfall

The veteran GPA took on another up-and-comer in 12 Gaige, who was returning after making his TSW debut in March. Gaige put “The Academic Standard” on his heels with some of his inventive offense, but GPA managed to regain control and hit the Straight-A for the win.

After the match, GPA helped 12 Gaige to his feet and shook his hand, seemingly giving the young man kudos for the match. Instead, it was the beginning of a sneak attack, as GPA clotheslined Gaige and began attacking him again. However, GPA received his own shock when the giant Erick Redbeard emerged from the back to the ring. GPA feigned fighting Redbeard before rolling outside. But before he could get away, 12 Gaige was there to send GPA right back inside, where Redbeard had his Claw Slam waiting. With GPA out on the mat, Redbeard and 12 Gaige celebrated with the cheering fans.

Match 4: “The Firestarter” Jake Crist with Bobby Olsen defeated “Certified” Luke Kurtis via pinfall

This contest was one of the matches of the night, with the veteran Crist taking on the former OVW Rush Champion Kurtis, who was appearing in TSW for the first time. Kurtis shined bright with plenty of offense throughout. However, the Ohio native Crist defended his home turf by picking up the win.

Match 5: “The Golden State Gold” Carson Drake defeated “The Fanny Pack Kid” Kal Herro via pinfall

Herro, another former OVW Rush Champion, brought his “Fanny Pack Party” to TSW for the first time in this battle against the loud, brash Drake. “The Fanny Pack Kid” was an instant hit with the Hamilton fans, showing off his variety of skills and athleticism. Unfortunately, Drake was able to back up his words and get the pinfall thanks to a low blow behind the referee’s back.

Match 6: “The Young GOAT” Myron Reed and  “The Wolf of Wrestling” Stephen Wolf defeated TSW Heavyweight Champion VsK and Tre’ Lamar via pinfall

VsK surprised virtually everyone in the arena by announcing Lamar as his mystery tag team partner just before the match. Lamar himself appeared to grudgingly take the assignment, much to the chagrin of Reed after the two had seemingly put aside their grievances earlier. The contest went back and forth throughout, with Reed and Wolf regaining their chemistry as a tag team from years before and VsK and Lamar somehow finding ways to coexist, despite Tre’s reluctance to clash with Myron at various points. Near the end, VsK once again tried to use the TSW title belt to get the win, but this time Tre’ was able to halt VsK from using it and allow Myron to knock VsK down with a kick. However, that opened the door for Reed to eventually take Lamar out with his signature Flame On springboard cutter for the win.

After the match, VSK high-tailed it to the back clutching his championship, while a dejected Lamar exchanged glances with Reed before heading through the curtain as well.