4th of July Flashback: Big Ben Cromwell vs The Patriot in a Flag Match

The 4th of July is a day to celebrate everything America, including pro wrestling. That’s why I wanted to feature a Flag Match I had as Big Ben Cromwell against former WCW/WWF star The Patriot at UPWA Battle of Morris County on 5/10/14 in Morristown NJ.

The Flag Match is (typically) done to culminate the feud between a proud American and an evil foreigner from any country, even one that’s an ally of the US like Big Ben Cromwell’s motherland: England. That or it being a gimmick to attempt to reach a wider audience. There are 2 types of Flag Matches: one where the wrestler getting the winning fall gets to raise their flag or one where the wrestler who climbs up and takes down their flagpole first wins (like capture the flag).

This contest was the latter, unlike my only other Flag Match to date when the Japanese Assassin took on The Patriot was the former. Both times, the US flag was raised high at the end.

For this match, Cromwell hit The Patriot with a sneak attack, but the tables turned and Patriot attacked Cromwell. That was until an attempted bulldog was thwarted and Cromwell gained the advantage. Eventually after both got some advantages and some flag grabbing attempts, a double clothesline occurred that turned into a race for each wrestler’s respective flag. Cromwell slipped and that enabled The Patriot to win the match.

Chris Avery Queling’s History in 6-Way Pro Wrestling Matches

6 Way Pro Wrestling Match

There have been several small battle royals that I’ve been in with 7 or 8 wrestlers in certain companies (ECPW). Even more chaotic than that is the 6-way match in pro wrestling. That’s because 6 wrestlers battle at the same time with no restrictions. Typically, the first person to get a pinfall or submission will win.

On Thursday July 13 at WrestlePro’s Freedom Fest State Fair event, Chris Avery Queling will be in a 6-way match against:

  • Impact Wrestling star Mario Bokara who CAQ has wrestled once before in singles action as Big Ben Cromwell & faced off with in a recent rumble match
  • Dan Maff who has a very similar hard-hitting style to CAQ
  • Anthony Bowens who CAQ had an intense rivalry with and wrestled in singles competition earlier this year
  • Chris Payne who CAQ has teamed with on one occasion in a 10-man tag team match
  • Mike Verna who CAQ has never faced or teamed with before

This will not be my 1st 6-way match, as he has had several back when he was the Scranton Strangler. Here is a list of the 6-way pro wrestling matches that I’ve been a part of.

Scranton Strangler vs Brian XL vs The Drunken Swashbuckler vs The Revolting Blog vs The Lifeguard vs Habib From the Car Wash

My maiden 6-way match took place on Halloween night 2014 in Rahway, New Jersey. The Lifeguard replaced CPA who suffered an unfortunate head injury earlier in the day. This match started off fast and furious with a dive followed by the Scranton Strangler mask getting ripped off of my face. I wound up getting it back on, but upside down. After moving out of the way of a Revolting Blob dive, the match broke out into some action until the Strangler was on the bottom of a Tower of Doom… chokeslamming Brian XL and Swashbuckler who were superplexing Lifeguard. Right after, Habib delivered his knees to me for the win.

Scranton Strangler vs PJ Black vs Brian XL vs “The Lifeguard” Mike Del vs Bobby Wayward vs Johnny Howl

I replaced Shynron who was out with an injury on February 21, 2015 in Rahway NJ. This was an honor for me since this was one of PJ Black’s first independent matches after he left WWE, where he wrestled as Justin Gabriel. Mike Del was managed by former WWE diva Ashley Massaro, who did not get involved in the match. After getting a basketball thrown in my face and getting dived on by PJ Black & Brian XL, more action came about until another Tower of Doom where I helped deliver a stacked superplex. Afterwards, I mistimed a move and fell head first onto the ring stairs, so I was on the floor when Bobby Wayward made Johnny Howl submit via a stretch muffler.

Scranton Strangler vs Bobby Wayward vs Anthony Bowens vs CPA vs Delroy vs Nikos Rikos

This match happened outdoors on July 25, 2015 in Union NJ. At one point in the match, I pulled CPA in the ring by his throat, but got thwarted by him. I also remember wrestling around with Anthony Bowens (who will be in the 6-way match CAQ is in on July 13) and Delroy who I also remember double teaming Nikos Rikos on. Eventually, Bobby Wayward used the stretch muffler to make CPA submit.

Scranton Strangler vs Kyle Reynolds vs Starman vs Bobby Wayward vs Anthony Bowens vs Valerio LaMorte

The most recent 6-way match I took part in September 26, 2015 at the Edison Fall Family Spectacular. I know Valerio LaMorte had bought his spot from Nikos Rikos. I don’t remember many details of the match, but I know the Starman won via a brainbuster on Valerio LaMorte. This was actual the Scranton Strangler’s last match before he got transformed into Dr Acula on Raven’s Restler Rescue.

I expect the upcoming Chris Avery Queling vs Mario Bokara vs Dan Maff vs Mike Verna vs Chris Payne vs Anthony Bowens 6-way match to be the most exciting one I’ve been in yet. Come on down to the Freedom Fest State Fair in Allentown, New Jersey that opens at 5 for some carnival rides and then head to the wrestling that starts at 7 pm. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/professional-wrestling-featuring-ryback-cody-rhodes-and-hornswoggle-tickets-34150804977.

Kicking Ass and Popping Cherries: I’ve Had Many Wrestlers’ 1st Matches

Pro Wrestling Debut Matches

This past weekend at a private event, I wrestled the first match of one of the students at the Create-a-Pro NJ school. It made me wonder how many wrestlers I had the first match for. I went back into my match archive and counted them out. I'm not … [Continue reading]

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro at the Freedom Fest State Fair in Allentown NJ on July 13

WrestlePro Allentown NJ July 13 2017

WrestlePro will be having another Thursday night event. This time, it's at the Freedom Fest State Fair at the Horse Park of New Jersey (626 Route 524) in Allentown on July 13th. Chris Avery Queling will be in action in a Sensational 6-Way Match … [Continue reading]

Watch Your Language? Profanity in Professional Wrestling

Pro Wrestling Profanity

A big topic in wrestling has been the advent of the PG era in WWE and how things would be better if it could go back to the edgier Attitude Era. When the wrestlers could curse and the situations were more risque. Whether that's true or not is … [Continue reading]

What I Learned: Justin Roberts’ Best Seat in the House

Justin Roberts Best Seat in the House

The books I typically read are about the careers of pro wrestlers. However, other personnel are also traveling the same grueling schedule including backstage management, referees and ring announcers. And former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts is … [Continue reading]

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro on Saturday June 10 in Keyport NJ

WrestlePro Keyport NJ June 10 2017

For the first time in a year, WrestlePro returns to the St Joseph RC Church (376 Maple Place) in Keyport NJ! Chris Avery Queling will be in action on this night against Impact Wrestling star Fallah Bahh. CAQ and Fallah have wrestled each other 2 … [Continue reading]

Coming Soon: CAQ Property Of Psych Ward Shirts

CAQ Property Of Shirt

Chris Avery Queling merchandise is finally here! This will be the debut T-shirt that's a play off of the popular "Property Of" shirts. It will be as pictured, black text on white. They will be available in sizes small through 5XL and is the … [Continue reading]

Recent Match: Chris Avery Queling vs Anthony Bowens

Chris Avery Queling vs Anthony Bowens

This is Chris Avery Queling's longest WrestlePro match to date. He faced Anthony Bowens, whom he blindsided to cost him the WrestlePro Championship. This match happened at Starland Ballroom on Friday February 10, 2o17 and took so long because of the … [Continue reading]

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro on Saturday May 20 in Rahway NJ

WrestlePro Rahway NJ May 20 2017

WrestlePro returns to the Rahway Rec Center (275 East Milton Avenue) on Saturday night May 20 and will feature a huge main event between Cody Rhodes and Joey Janela. They are making big waves on the independent wrestling scene in very different way … [Continue reading]