Friday, June 13, 2014

Metro Pro Returns This Weekend, but Is It For Good?

Will Jeremy Wyatt be defending the Metro Pro Title as a rebirth, or as a swan song?
Photo Credit: Kelly Kyle/Texas Anarchy
Metro Pro Wrestling returns to the Turner Rec Center in Kansas City, KS. The show has been in the works for awhile now, and everyone knows the drill by now. The wrestling starts at 6 PM local time, and afterwards, the documentary Wrestless will premiere. The show will be taped for television, and a good portion of Metro Pro regulars will be on-hand (the Iowa regulars will not be there, sadly). All in all, the show sounds like a formula for a successful return to business, doesn't it?

Except that it might not be a permanent return. I've heard rumblings that this show may only be a one-shot deal, a situation that I find paradoxical with everything I've read and seen announced. Returning to television, bringing in all the Champions (including International Dance Champ Iceman!), pairing up with United Wrestling TV... it just doesn't make sense that this show would be a last hurrah.

Then again, the promotion did go under last year due to turbulence with the cable network on which it was aired. Television can be a finicky mistress. Promoter Chris Gough has said that he doesn't want to do Metro Pro if he can't do it his way, and I couldn't imagine watching episodes on YouTube without ACH, without the Submission Squad, without the Monster of the Month coming in and having big matches with Jeremy Wyatt, without the full complement of regulars coming in on a consistent basis.

So if this show is a welcome back, then it will be a grand return. If it's a finale, then however bittersweet it will turn out to be, it will be fitting. Two tried-and-true Metro originals in Wyatt and Derek Stone will get showcase matches against Ace Steel and Stevie Richards, respectively. ACH and Mark Sterling will bring the house down if the Kobra Kai Dojo (Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett) and the Commission (Pierre Abernathy and Evan Gelistico) don't beat them to it. Top to bottom, this show will be part of one of the strongest weekends in the indies this year (along with Inspire Pro's show Sunday, and the IWC Super Indy tournament going on concurrently).

Who knows, maybe the announcement will drop that Metro Pro is coming back for good, and everything will be right in the world again. Another great weekly show will be back on YouTube, and the Midwest/Central States will be represented again with regular broadcasting. But even if it isn't, this final show will be historic, monumental, and downright fun. If you're near Kansas City, you need to be at Turner Rec.