The first barbed wire match in the history of Polish professional wrestling took place recently in Warsaw 2020 as part of the PpW show “Brawl For The Puppies.” The event was titled so as the purpose of the show was to raise funds for a local animal shelter. PpW is currently running shows out of buildings and drawing crowds and HOT crowds at that. With every fight drawing larger and larger crowds, this could be the next big thing in Poland!
Let’s take a closer look at the match. Viking, who’s announced as fighting out of Prague, goes one on one with the hometown star Johnny Blade. Things start out pretty fast as Viking gets dropkicked into the barbed wire by Johnny Blade. The crowd, who is super hot throughout this entire main event, starts an early “Holy Shit!” chant.
Viking and Blade quickly end up brawling outside of the ring and through the crowd. Viking tries to kick Johnny Blade through a table but ends up going all the way outside and into the real world, the non-wrestling world, and they brawl outside for a minute or two.
Once they make their way back to the ring, Viking starts pulling some treats out of his goodie bag. Apparently, he raided the kitchen and drills Johnny Blade over the head with a cheese grater before bending it over his face.
Somehow these two end up making their way back into the ring through all of the barbed wire and continue this vicious onslaught on each other. Viking grabs a light tube and smashes it over Johnny Blade’s back and glass flies everywhere, it even strikes the camera!
Not much later, Johnny Blade decides to return the favor and absolutely obliterates a bloody Viking across the back with a light tube of his own.
The fans in attendance are totally into the match the entire time, going back and forth chanting each competitor’s name and loving every minute of it. Johnny Blade decides to scale to the top rope, and does so with the help of a milk crate since there is only one rope due to the barbed wire stipulation. Blade takes flight from the top turnbuckle with some type of light fixture that has fluorescent light tubes inside and lands a splash on Viking. Johnny Blade takes it all in after landing the splash and looks around like he’s having the time of his life.
Viking is eventually able to put Johnny Blade away with a choke slam/spine buster hybrid type of move on top of a small junk yard’s worth of debris including glass and thumb tacks.
Overall, this was an entertaining but very violent match. Excellent work from two competitors who very clearly love professional wrestling and enjoy putting their bodies and livelihoods on the line to put on a great show. This won’t be a match that true grappling purists will be into but I think once “barbed wire” is in the title of the match stipulation, that will usually be the case.
I am very excited to see what PpW has in store next. With the type of energetic crowd they are pulling in and the risks they are willing to go through to put on a show that will thrill that audience, I think we’ll continue to see some exciting and violent firsts coming from PpW in Poland.