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New Generation
Written: February 2011

Matthew Palmer defeated Robert Evans to win the ACW Heavyweight Championship, in the main event of our flagship event, Guilty by Association 5. Those are the words that very few people ever expected to hear. Except of course, those who follow the constantly evolving revolution.


Wrestling, more than any other medium, can be classified into particular “eras”. The man or woman who defines the time period, and dominates the landscape. Eras can be broken into years, or even decades, but more often than not they are reflected by the men or women who capture our attentions the most. By the end of Guilty by Association 5, an already emerging new era was given an adrenaline boost. The era of the next generation.

Unlike some eras, this one has a clearly defined beginning. The end of the old era came August 8, 2010. “Fall From Grace”. The main event, the biggest match in ACW history: “Mr. Showtime” Scot Summers defending his ACW Heavyweight Championship against “One Man” Mike Dell. Winner is Champion, loser must leave ACW. In a match including two of the original three men to main event the first Guilty by Association, Summers defeated Dell, in an intensely emotional match that saw the entire roster surround the ring to say goodbye.


One of the founders of Anarchy had to say goodbye, but the organization has a whole refused to stop. The very next month, “Distrust, Dismay, and Antisocial Behavior” was headlined by two men outside the usual bunch. ACH, in his very first main event, challenged Robert Evans, his second one-on-one main event, for the Young Guns Under-30 Championship. In a scene reminiscent of a few weeks prior, ACH was lifted into the air in celebration by several of the younger and newer wrestlers in the ACW locker room after winning the U-30 Championship. The evolution was shown, and the revolution was on.


For the next few months, more and more young and hungry competitors broke through the mold, and emerged as fierce competitors. ACW has never been criticized as having the same and stagnant landscape, and the months between August and October proved it. Breakthrough performances by people like ACH, Portia Perez, the Submission Squad, Flippy Sh!t, and countless others made ACW the home to showcase new and growing talent.

Arguably the next major spark in what would become the new era for Anarchy came that November, at the 5th Annual Lonestar Classic. On the same night Robert Evans captured the ACW Heavyweight Championship, the namesake tournament saw four young faces advance to the semifinals: Mat Fitchett, Davey Vega, Evan Gelistico, and Matthew Palmer. In the end, Matthew Palmer defeated Evan Gelistico win the prestigious trophy. It was a fitting victory: At the start of 2010, many had written off Matthew Palmer. It appeared as if his days in the ring were over. But determination kicked in, and Palmer refused to quit. On the same token, Evan Gelistico started the year being seen only as a tag team specialist. But Gelistico climbed through the ranks, showing a newfound aggression and tenacity. Neither man was considered a heavy favorite going into a battle against seasoned veterans, but both fully showcased that they truly belonged. The stars of the next generation were shining.


Which brings us to Guilty by Association 5. The biggest and one of the most important shows of the year. The flagship event. The pinnacle of success. The night where heroes become champions, and champions become icons. No Guilty by Association at this point had been headlined by anyone other than one of the original Anarchists. “Mr. Showtime” Scot Summers, “One Man” Mike Dell, “Biohazard” Jaykus Plisken, Jimmy Jacobs. All original Anarchists, and the usual suspects to main event the biggest show of the year. But not this year. The fifth edition of this event was headlined by two men with an incredible 2010, and the fastest rising stars. Robert Evans and Matthew Palmer. Two of the best wrestlers and entertainers ACW has ever seen. Two men who broke through the proverbial glass ceiling in professional wrestling. Two men who when given the chance, can and will steal the show each and every time. In the end, Matthew Palmer emerged victorious, and became the ACW Heavyweight Champion, the first heavyweight championship ever in his career.


Without any question, the new era of Anarchy has begun. The next generation of wrestlers have stepped up, and showcased why they deserve all the recognition they’ve earned. The world is constantly changing and evolving. It’s only natural that ACW follows suit. No one can tell how long an era will last. But one thing is for certain: We have entered the next stage of the revolution.



Any Way You Want It
Written: November 2010

On November 14, 2010, Robert Evans did what many thought was impossible. In the center of the ring, Evans made “Showtime” Scot Summers submit to an armbar, and won the ACW Heavyweight Championship. The reaction by the majority of the people in attendance was the same:

Shock.

I watched the whole event unfold. With my camera pointed in the ring, my eyes were darting across the fans. During the match, everyone was screaming and cheering. Dueling chants in perfect rhythm. Allegiances had been made, and not a single voice was silent.

Until Showtime began tapping the mat.

In that very instant, for only a moment, the entire arena was abruptly quiet. There was no screaming, no yelling, and no chanting. Only silence. Jaws had been dropped, and eyes had become wide. People were confirming with those around them if they had in-fact just seen what they thought they did. It wasn’t until the second time the words “Midnight train goin’ anywhere,” were heard over the loudspeaker that everything began to sink in. By the time the next verse of “Don’t Stop Believin’” started, the eruption began.

Evans was stunned in the center of the ring. He couldn’t believe it either. He sat there, holding his first Heavyweight Championship in his arms, his eyes fixed on the gold. Outside the ring,every fan was on their feet. The longtime Robert Evans fans were jumping up and down,hugging each other in delight that their hero finally did it. Nearly everyone else was standing,some even on their chairs, singing along their favorite victory tune. The Showtime Crew was in disbelief, their jaws hanging open as they shook their heads. Robert Evans took to the turnbuckle and held the gold high over his head. For the first time in his long career, he was Champion.

And I had tears in my eyes watching it all happen in front of me.

I have not had a long career in the wrestling business. I’m still a rookie in every sense of the word. I didn’t go to my first indy show until January of 2009. In a small auditorium in Plano,Texas, I was one of 12 people who made up the crowd that night. My date and I made up one entire side of the crowd. This was my first indy show ever, so the first match was the one that would set the bar for me. The very first wrestler I ever saw came to the ring, as the music started playing.

“Any Way You Want It”

Robert Evans was the very first wrestler I ever saw on the independent circuit. I had never seen anything beyond what I saw on television before, and here comes this guy dressed as a superhero to Journey. But as soon as he got into the ring, I was blown away by his ability. He set the bar for me, and what to expect from independent wrestling. Out of the six matches on the card, he was the only name I really remembered.

I spent that next summer seeing a lot more, and learning a lot more about the wrestlers in Texas.

I interned with a company in Denton (XCW), and started my career in the wrestling industry. I did whatever job they gave me, from camera operator to ring announcer. I would see Robert Evans from time to time, but I knew he had so much more to offer.

I went to my first ACW show in August of 2009. I was back in Austin for school, so this was going to be my home promotion. The first few matches blew me away. I knew that I wanted to be a member of ACW by the end of the Trios match between the Smurf Nation and the Submission Squad. But the third match of the show sealed it for me, when I heard the oh-so-familiar tune.

“Any Way You Want It”

Out comes Robert Evans to what is still one of the loudest ovations I have ever heard in my life. I had never heard a crowd get that fired up for a single person before. I was just happy to see a face I recognized from the few months I had been to shows. But even that match itself was on a whole different level. He wasn’t some comedy sidekick, and he wasn’t a fool. He was comical,but a serious and legitimate threat. Every person in the crowd ate up everything he did, and he was by far the star of the night.

Over a year later, and Robert Evans is the new ACW Heavyweight Champion.

2010 will go down in history as one of the most emotional years for ACW. Nearly every show has a moment that leads somebody to tears. For me, without question, seeing Evans finally win the belt is the number one on my list.

It’s a victory for everyone out there, who just didn’t stop believing. Congratulations Robert, you earned it.