ISW Summer Slamtasia DVD Review

Jerome Cusson

Jerome Cusson has been a professional wrestling fan since late 1994. Having started out as a fan of WWF, he eventually expanded his horizons into WCW and ECW. After the unfortunate deaths of these two companies, Jerome's interest in wrestling nearly came to an end before he discovered independent wrestling. Let the love/hate relationship with wrestling continue.

5 Responses

  1. wrsisyphus2 says:

    Yeah, it was a direct shot at Wrestling is Fun, because the promoter of IWS has some kind of lame one-way juvenile beef with Mike Quackenbush. He’s on CZW’s forum and comes across as a huge loser.

  2. Matthew John says:

    Great review just two corrections. Dickinson did let us know over a week before as well as posting a very clear post on his FB page about his new job. Other promotions may have missed it but he in no way “no showed”. It is “Mike Rotch” not Krotch. As a follow up to the smart mark wrsisyphus2. The juvenile beef is the exact opposite. Mike Quackenbush has a problem with ISW. Facts, damn pesky things.

  3. Baldip says:

    Above commenter seems to know everything about how we run shows, yet can’t even get the promotion’s initials right! :-)

    As the other huge loser out there who’s participating in running these shows, can honestly say that we had no say in that entire banana bit. The guys came up with that on their own. If you don’t want to believe me, that’s fine…I can only tell you what I know, and that’s that we give guys a ton of creative freedom to have fun, and that’s what they chose to do.

    Dig the review! Much appreciated. I know this is far more of a “workrate” heavy site, and I know that’s because that’s what the market is for. Not knocking that at all. I just really appreciate that you’re giving us a fair shake, and being honest. I’d rather read one C+ grade review with constructive criticism than ten A+ reviews putting everything over and saying that nothing was terrible. I can completely agree that this show would’ve come off better in front of a better crowd…we experimented with doing an afternoon show, and found that it hurt our draw a lot. Who would’ve known a lot of people are working Saturday afternoon in Ottawa? I wasn’t there due to family commitments, but I heard a LOT of that was said by fans at C*4 later in the evening. Ah, well. Live and learn. The opening line about us being the punk rock outfit of independent wrestling is honestly one of the most flattering compliments I’ve ever been witness to, as that’s exactly what we’re going for – doing it our way. Seems to slowly be working.

    Also, just to clarify – Chris Dickinson wasn’t a no-show in the least. He’d contacted us days before the show and informed us that he was going to have to miss the event due to an opportunity with his “real life” occupation that he couldn’t pass up on, and handled it with total class. He went ahead and informed the world via his Facebook, and we put the word out there via social media as well. Can’t speak for his actions with other promotions, but he hasn’t wronged us and is welcome back at any time in the future.

  4. Ian says:

    ISW should be the first promotion that comes out of people’s mouths when talking about who will fill the void left by Chikara. Like Chikara, they know how to bring the element of fun. In ring and on commentary, every show is filled with legit laughs. But what they bring to the table that Chikara never did is the feeling of danger and unpredictability. Again, with the punk rock analogy, it has a feeling where things could go flying off the rails anytime. And while they have the colorful characters and outlandish gimmicks like Chikara, they are the polar opposite. They are dark and absolutely not politically correct. You will never hear a “Holy Poop” chant at an ISW show. They are closer to NC-17 than R, and definitely not G. I was huge Chikara fan buying at least 15 shows a year for many years. ISW is my new go-to for outrageously larger-than-life wrestling. I’m looking forward to checking out this show.

  5. 1 – The promoter of “IWS” is in prison. We miss you, Uncle Manny.

    2 – “He’s on CZW’s forum and comes across as a huge loser.” – No, I’m not. And even if I was, I wouldn’t post about some “one-way juvenile beef”. Aren’t you one heck of an insider? Stop making things up.

    3 – If it was a shot at “Wrestling is Fun” – I guess Jaka using a whole bunch of bananas against Tremont at C*4 later that night was a HUGE diss to them! Oh shit. Shot’s fired.

    Thanks for the comment, though.