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Today I’m taking a look at a match from Southern Underground Pro (or, as they’re often referred to online, SUP Graps) and their I Am King event in 2019, where Allie Kat took on Savanna Stone. This is only the second or third time I’ve seen Allie Kat in action and my first time watching Savanna, so hooray for novelty and let’s get to the match.
By the way, you can watch this and all SUP events to date on Independent Wrestling TV. Introductions for this one start at the 33-minute mark.
Allie Kat is a SUP Graps regular and this is her sixth appearance for the promotion. She’s also got one of the more well-established characters on the independent scene today, as a cat who wrestles (No, really, it’s highly entertaining). Meanwhile, this is the SUP Graps debut for Stone, who’s about two years into her career at this point.
Allie Kat is not only the established presence for SUP Graps, but also the crowd favorite–to the point she draws huge “meow!” chants that begin during her entrance and continue intermittently throughout the match. The story they tell is a longstanding wrestling trope — the hometown favorite going against the latest invading villain — and both play their roles quite well.
Allie Kat has tons of charisma and brings a whimsy to her in-ring style that is infectious. She also can get physical when she needs to; case in point, a snug-looking hip attack and cannonball senton in succession during her comeback, and a wicked forearm smash to precede the finishing stretch. Stone, meanwhile, shows a solid savvy in a heel role that belies her relative inexperience. The heel heat focuses around Stone and trying to mangle Allie’s left arm by any means necessary, and she does a fine job changing it up, with the usual arm-related offense you’ve seen a billion times in matches intermingled with some casual savagery such as manipulating the fingers and outright biting the hand on a couple of occasions.
I found the finishing stretch compelling, even though it included one of my pet peeves — repeating the same spot or match after a miscue on the initial attempt. In the greater story, with Stone working Allie’s arm, it all works out, as it provided another of several incidents where Allie is unable to hit her finishing move (that would be the Pussy Piledriver). Ultimately, Allie is able to hit the piledriver and score a hard-fought victory.
I’ve talked before about my work in wrestling as a commentator from time to time, so naturally, I find myself focusing on the commentary when it’s there. Dylan Hales and Steven McCash are on the call for this match and do a very fine job, and I’m not just saying that because I’ve known Dylan online for years. They sneak in nuggets of greater context without taking away from the action happening in the ring. When Allie Kat goes to do a dive to the floor on Stone but doesn’t have the nerve, setting her up for an ambush that targets the left arm, the pair of commentators quickly and succinctly summarize Allie’s past hesitancy on dives. This also produces the line of the match from McCash, who encourages Allie to go for it because she’s got eight more lives if she misses. Top. Notch.
-This is my first time really checking out this promotion aside from a few clips on YouTube and the occasional gif, and that needs to change. The production values for the event are excellent, from the different camera views to the crystal-clear sound of the commentators to just the overall look of the video.
-To help with the “underground” feel, we’re in an intimate environment with a pretty low ceiling. There are no seats, so it’s literally standing room only for everyone. The ring announcer, Righteous Jesse, is especially intense… so intense that I kinda want to get the guy hooked up with a throat lozenge sponsorship or something.
-Speaking of the intimate environment, this event was filmed at The Basement East, a renowned venue in Nashville that unfortunately suffered catastrophic damage last March when a tornado hit the Nashville area. It’s since been rebuilt and looks to reopen in February according to their website.
Final Rating: 5.9
What is the goal of a wrestling match? Everyone has their own ideas. Is it to tell a story — whether as a standalone match, part of a greater ongoing tale, or both? Is it to give both competitors a chance to showcase their skills? Is it, simply, to engage the crowd? This match succeeds on any of those fronts, and I came away wanting to see more of both ladies going forward, as well as more of SUP Graps.
It’s back to WCW in 1992 for another scrap featuring the Dangerous Alliance.
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