Friday, December 4, 2015

The Last Refuge Of the Scoundrels: CWF Mid-Atlantic BattleCade '16 Preview

Lee and Royal are big reasons why CWF Mid-Atlantic needs your attention
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
We're getting to the end of the year, and, for one of the best (and perhaps most underrated) promotions in the country, it means one thing, and one thing only. CWF Mid-Atlantic is going to try and knock our socks off again. And I, for one, am betting on them. Because they might be the best promotion that not enough people are talking about. BattleCade, their end of year spectacular where we assume all of the major storylines will be ended in satisfying fashion. But what if you're like me, and can't get down to Burlington, NC for the big show but are still a fan of this company? Welcome aboard. I'll help.

I know it seems weird to say that CWF Mid-Atlantic is underpraised. This is the promotion of Andrew Everett and Trevor Lee, after all.

But if you think of CWF and think only of the two men you just saw in that admittedly SWANK music video, I feel like you're missing out. There's Lance Lude, an undersized little ball of Red Bull, sugar rush, and the best beard on the indies. I will brook no arguments on that last point. There's Arik Royal, who more clearly and believably reps the idea of being the Ace of a company so well that you want certain people to come and notice how he's doing it. There's Cedric Alexander, who is explosive without being a parody of the term.

But above all else, it's their domineering heel faction that has gotten me here. You see, like a proper Southern wrestling company, the heels run the thing. And right now, the big heel faction is the Riot. They're sort of a Carolina variant of the BDK. And they ran roughshod over the place, caused brawls everywhere, and generally acted like horse's asses.  And they were running roughshod over the company until about two weeks ago.

What happened 2 weeks ago? Well, the whole thing fell apart. And so at BattleCade, you have to assume the Riot finally breaks apart. That is the only thing I'm sure about. But that's okay. Because I trust CWF Mid-Atlantic to put on one hell of a show. And so should you.