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.

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

WrestlePro Allentown NJ July 13 2017WrestlePro 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 against former opponents Impact Wrestling star Mario Bokara & Anthony Bowens, Dan Maff, Mike Verna and Chris Payne. CAQ’s best friend Bobby Wayward will defend the WrestlePro Championship against Impact Wrestling star KM Kevin Matthews. Both matches should be intense.

Also scheduled to wrestle are three former WWE superstars. Here are their scheduled matches:

  • ROH World Champion Cody Rhodes & Pat Buck vs The Heavenly Bodies
  • Ryback vs John Silver
  • Swoggle & WrestlePro Trios Champions The Beach Bums vs JOB Security

There are also several other matches on tap. The scheduled contests so far include:

  • 1st Annual Freedom Fest Battle Royal
  • ROH star Flip Gordon vs Johnny Clash
  • Team Espanikos vs WrestlePro Tag Team Champions Habib & CPA and Kip Francis Stevens
  • Liza Viero vs Kasey Catal in a Create-a-Pro Women’s Showcase Match
  • An open challenge made by Shawn Donovan
  • MCW’s The Dixon Line (Joe Keys & Rob Locke) in action

The Freedom Fest State Fair offers free parking, carnival rides, entertainment, attractions and admission for kids under 36″. The matches will take place from 7-10 pm, while the fair itself opens at 5 pm on Thursday July 13. All ages are welcome and tickets for the wrestling event start at just $25 on EventBrite.

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro on Saturday June 10 in Keyport NJ

WrestlePro Keyport NJ June 10 2017For 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 other times: for UWA in 2010 at a street fair in Passaic NJ and in 2014 at the Scott Epstein Memorial Show in Garfield NJ. CAQ was unsuccessful both times.

Also already announced is a contest between Lucha Underground star Brian Cage and WrestlePro standout Anthony Bowens in a battle of muscle men who can do phenomenal things in the ring.

If you’re a fan of hardcore, then you’ll enjoy a grudge match between Dan Maff and Pat Buck in what is being deemed Maff’s Madness. The last Maff’s Madness match involved loads of weapons and ended with Maff & Starman bleeding.

Former ECW tag team The FBI (Little Guido and Tracy Smothers) are slated to take on Taboo Crew, while former WWE superstar Kevin Fertig (fka Kevin Thorn & Mordecai) will face Beefcake Charlie in a battle of the big men.

Also announced is a match between The Heavenly Bodies & The Apple Corps to determine the #1 contenders for the WrestlePro Tag Team Championship in what could be the sleeper match of the night.

Other wrestling stars scheduled to appear and/or be in action include:

  • “Bad News” Wade Barrett
  • Hardcore Holly
  • The Shockmaster
  • Rene Dupree
  • Simon Gotch of Vaudevillians fame
  • Savio Vega
  • Impact Wrestling stars KM & Mario Bokara
  • Keyport’s own Coach D representing Team Espanikos
  • WrestlePro Champion Bobby Wayward
  • New WrestlePro Tag Team Champions CPA & Habib
  • Chris Payne
  • MCW star Rayo
  • And more!

Doors open for a meet & greet at 5:30 and the matches begin at 7:30. Tickets are available at http://wrestleproonline.com/61017.html.

Recent Match: 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 concussion Bowens suffered during an NXT taping.

The match started off with fists flying and CAQ wound up getting clotheslined onto the floor. Right after, Bowens dove on CAQ and brought him back into the ring. But a reversal of fortune occurred and CAQ took control until Bowens fought back and tried to throw CAQ out the ring but he hung out and counter Bowens.

At 11:30, the camera crew had a rare screw up and missed a big maneuver: a DDT onto the apron. This led to a long 2 count and CAQ getting angrier. He attempted a piledriver, but Bowens reversed into a backdrop. CAQ attempted to do a belly-to-back suplex from the top rope, but Bowens reversed and got in a flurry of offense until JOB Security came down and distracted him long enough for CAQ to hit his clothesline finisher.

The match starts at 6:38 if you want to fast forward to it, but there is an interview with WrestlePro Champion Bobby Wayward beforehand.

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 and this 1st-time-ever match should steal the show.

Another big match that will be taking place will be between former NJPW & ROH star Bobby Fish and Impact Wrestling star Fallah Bahh. After vanquishing Michael Elgin, this will be a much different contest, as Fish wrestles a much different style.

Speaking of ROH, Colt Cabana will be in action against Alex Reynolds in what could be the sleeper match of the night. Impact Wrestling star Mario Bokara will be taking on Dan Maff in a grudge match, which should be hard hitting & violent.

Other matches scheduled include:

  • Impact Wrestling Grand Champion Moose vs Impact Wrestling star KM: Kevin Matthews
  • WrestlePro Tag Team Champions The Heavenly Bodies vs Apple Corps vs Taboo Crew vs Habib & CPA
  • WrestlePro Trios Champions Team Espanikos vs The Beach Bums
  • Chris Payne vs Craven Varro vs Johnny Clash vs Talon vs Bear Bronson vs Delroy Alexander
  • Anthony Bowens in action
  • Chris Steeler vs Buster Jackson vs MCW’s Jeremiah

Doors will open for a meet & greet at 5:30 pm and the matches start at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the WrestlePro website.

Throwback Match: Chris Avery Queling vs Punishment Martinez

This match is between the two men known as Chris Avery Queling and Punishment Martinez, but they’re known by their old names Big Ben Cromwell and… The Punisher. Not much difference for Martinez, but a lifetime ago for CAQ. It took place at an ECPW Adrenaline taping on November 11, 2012 when CAQ was just 3 years in the wrestling business.

It was a battle of the big men that lasts just under 5 minutes, but features a lot of hard-hitting action and some power moves. It also is definitely some foreshadowing of the success both of these wrestlers went on to achieve 5 years later, CAQ being undefeated in WrestlePro and Punishment Martinez being a part of ROH and New Japan.

Big Ben Cromwell was managed by Lance Profit and this match was actually the beginning of a babyface turn for Punisher who was undefeated at the time of this match. It’s a different start for the match and a unique way that Cromwell got the upper hand on Punisher.

Watching it back, the commentary was very distracting in some aspects, but it was the big story of the company at the time. It’s good that the wrestling got the announcers’ attention at certain points and it did make me curious to see The Godfather vs Kodiak Bear.

CAQ and Punishment only got into the ring together one other time in tag-team action. The match starts at the 53 second mark, so enjoy some vintage CAQ (or BBC in this case).

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro at Starland Ballroom on April 29

WrestlePro Starland Ballroom April 29 2017WrestlePro returns to Starland Ballroom (570 Jernee Mill Road) in Sayreville, New Jersey on Saturday night April 29, 2017. Chris Avery Queling will participate in a 30-Man Rumble Match for a shot at the WrestlePro Championship.

Also advertised for the match are:

  • Singles Wrestlers: Pat Buck, Mario Bokara, Dan Maff, Alex Reynolds, Chris Steeler, Buster Jackson, Johnny Clash, Hot Dog Starkes, Hush Holiday, Icon Dan Ramm
  • Tag Teams/Group: The Heavenly Bodies, Team Espanikos, Dirty & Durable, The Beach Bums, The Amazing Graysons, JOB Security
  • There will also be a few surprises

A battle of the big men will commence as NJPW star Michael Elgin makes his 1st WrestlePro appearance against Impact Wrestling star Fallah Bahh. The Impact Wrestling Grand Champion Moose will also be making his WrestlePro debut as he’ll face off against Chris Payne in a non-title contest.

Speaking of Impact Wrestling, Kevin Matthews (KM) will be going against Dan Maff in a grudge match that’s sure to be hard hitting. An eclectic 6-way match will take place as former WWE superstar Swoggle, independent standouts David Starr & Flip Gordon, “The Big Deal” Craig Steele, Craven Varro & MCW’s Dante Caballero.

Other matches scheduled for this event include:

  • NXT star Deonna Purrazzo & Beatrice “The Barbie Killer” vs Maria Manic & Vanity
  • Matt Macintosh of the Apple Corps vs CPA & Habib
  • Delroy Alexander vs Alex Reynolds

Two wrestling legends will be appearing at this event: WWE Hall of Famer & former 3-time World Champion Diamond Dallas Page (DDP) and former WWE/ECW superstar The Blue Meanie. There will be a signing at 6 pm and matches begin at 8 pm. Tickets are available on the WrestlePro website.

Upcoming Event: WrestlePro at WrestleCon on Thursday March 30 in Orlando FL

WrestlePro Wrestlecon Orlando FLThis next event will be perhaps the biggest of Chris Avery Queling’s career. He will be in action at the WrestlePro event taking place at WrestleCon happening on WrestleMania weekend in Orlando.

There are several big-name matches scheduled, including the 1st-ever match between former WWE superstar Ryback & ROH/independent wrestling sensation Colt Cabana and former WWE superstar Cody Rhodes taking on Lucha Underground star Brian Cage. Speaking of Lucha Underground stars, Jeff Cobb (aka Matanza Cueto) will be making his WrestlePro debut against Impact Wrestling star Fallah Bahh in a battle of big men who can move.

One of the more unique matches scheduled is Brandi Rhodes (the wife of Cody) going one-on-one with “The King of Dong Style” Joey Ryan in what is the culmination of some bizarre incidents on several independent events where Joey has “interacted” with Brandi. Speaking of unique, hilarity will ensue as former WWE superstar Swoggle will take on TNA star Grado.

Other matches and wrestlers scheduled for the event include (but are not limited to):

  • Former WWE and ECW superstar Tommy Dreamer vs Chris Payne in what could be the most violent match of the night
  • The BWO (Nova, Stevie Richards & The Blue Meanie) vs Pat Buck, Kevin Matthews & Mario Bokara who just won a brutal match at the last WrestlePro event
  • Bobby Wayward vs former TNA & GFW star Sonjay Dutt vs Anthony Bowens vs Matt MacIntosh for the WrestlePro Championship
  • The Heavenly Bodies vs Da Hit Squad for the WrestlePro Tag Team Championship
  • Nikos Rikos vs Delroy vs CPA vs Buster Jackson vs Beefcake Charlie vs Shawn Donovan
  • The Taboo Crew (Craig Steele & Micah Jenkins) w/ Gino Gotz & Vanity vs Team Espana w/ Coach D vs The Apple Corps (Valerio LaMorte & Maxwell Jacob Feinstein)

The WrestlePro at WrestleCon event will take place at the Wyndham Orlando Resort (8001 International Drive) in Orlando, Florida. Bell time will be 8:30 pm and tickets are available on the WrestlePro website. WrestlePro will also be at WrestleCon itself with special guests Ryback and former WWE superstar Bad News Wade Barrett.

Upcoming Event: BBWF Aftershock on March 26 in North Plainfield NJ

BBWF Aftershock Divisional Invitational

BBWF returns to the International Club & Sports Bar (433 Somerset Street) in North Plainfield, New Jersey for their Aftershock event on Sunday March 26. Chris Avery Queling will be part of the Divisional Invitational featuring other wrestlers such as:

  • Red Scorpion
  • Thunder Joe Scott
  • Izzy Reyes
  • Cory Dillinger
  • Mathias Glass
  • And more!

BBWF Aftershock March 26 2017

There are several big matches scheduled for this event including a North Plainfield Street Fight between TNA star Robbie E and “The Icon” Dan Ramm. There will also be a singles match between former NXT superstar Bull James and Marc Hauss, who were on opposite sides of a tag team match at BattleMania.

An interesting Intergender 4-Way Tag Team Match is also on tap, though it’s unknown if the men and women can wrestle each other. Former WWE & ECW star Nunzio and Michele D, Damian Gibbs and Antoinette Marie, Big Money Juan Vargas and Vanity & CPA and BBWF Women’s Champion Terra Calaway will be the teams.

Speaking of champions, 2 title matches are scheduled as BBWF World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Martinez will defend against Mike Verna, Valerio LaMorte & Chris Envy in a fatal 4-way match and BBWF Primetime Champion Prince Akkanatan goes one-on-one with Buster Jackson.

Here are the other scheduled matches for the event:

  • BBWF Tag Team Champions South Philly’s Finest vs The Heavenly Bodies & Fallah Bahh in a handicap match
  • Dan Maff vs Shawn Donovan
  • Pat Buck vs Michael Blake
  • Team Espana vs The Beach Bums vs Taboo Crew for #1 contendership to the BBWF Tag Team Championship

Doors open at 6 pm and the matches will start during the meet & greet happening between 6 & 7 pm when the event officially begins. Tickets are available on the BBWF Aftershock EventBrite page.

Upcoming Event: UPWA Battle of Morris County 2017 on March 25 in East Hanover NJ

UPWA Battle of Morris County 2017UPWA made its New Jersey return on Saturday March 25 for Battle of Morris County 2017 at Precision Sports Performance (50 Williams Parkway) in East Hanover. Chris Avery Queling is scheduled to be in action against Habib From the Car Wash.

That match may be one of the 4 1st-round matches in the Carolinas Championship Tournament, which was started when the former champion Mike Orlando won the UPWA Championship from former WCW star The Stro in January.

Speaking of The Stro, he will be competing against “The Big Deal” Craig Steele in what is the most interesting contest of the night.

Three championships will be on the line at Battle of Morris County 2017:

  • Cruiserweight Champion James Anthony vs Lucha Underground star Ricky Reyes
  • Tag Team Champions Prince & Property vs Team Espana
  • Women’s Champion Terra Calaway vs Nikki Adams

According to the poster and Facebook event page, there are several other wrestlers scheduled for this event including:

  • Chris Payne
  • Delroy Alexander
  • Mike Del
  • Kenny Bengal
  • Yuta
  • Patrick Scott
  • AC Gamble
  • Jamie Senegal
  • Sho’ Nuff

Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the matches begin at 7 pm. Tickets are available on the UPWA website.