Step Inside the Bunker...
Short-lived Professional Wrestling
promotion aired on MTV
Presented as an "underground" fight-club, taking place in the WSX Bunker, the focus tended to be on high-flying in-ring action, boosted by a ton of pyrotechnics and MTV production style. While criticized for its obvious use of planted audience members, the thirty-minute episode length, some questionable musical guests, and announcers that oozed Totally Radical
faux-edginess, generally the matches themselves were of high-quality, the wrestlers had some interesting (and often hilarious) gimmicks, and the explosions were pretty cool. During its run, additional matches, promos and commentary was shown online at the show's website.
All in all, it had the marks of a promotion that had just started to find its voice when it was Screwed by the Network
: MTV took offense at a spot where wrestler Ricky Banderas set opponent Vampiro on fire, and pulled the show from the schedule. The rest of the episodes were quickly burned off in a single night, with the final episode unseen until the DVD release.
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"Trope Society X":
- Acrofatic: Vic Grimes.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Matt Cross and Teddy Hart, "The Filth & the Fury".
- All-Star Cast: Some of the best indy talent out there from Ring of Honor, Dragon Gate and Pro Wrestling Guerilla! You had Colt Cabana, Tyler Black (Seth Rollins), Jimmy Jacobs, Masato Yoshino, T.J. Perkins, Joey Ryan, Genki Horiguchi, Human Tornado, Matt Sydal...
- Artistic License: The Cartel, a stable of Mexican gangsters, lays dead fish on their beaten opponents. The commentators note that they borrowed this gimmick from The Mafia, who doesn't otherwise have a presence on this show.
- Balls of Steel: The Human Tornado
- The Beautiful Elite: MTV would make sure that attractive and cool looking young people were seen in the front rows of the crowd. Some of them were probably plants.
- Chickification: Lizzy Valentine was a trained wrestler herself but was relegated to being Matt Sydal's girlfriend and manager. Could technically be justified as there were no other women on the show for her to wrestle, though it wouldn't have exactly been hard to find any more on the indies.
- Deep South: The Trailer Park Boyz
- Disco Dan: That 70s Team
- Emo Teen: DIFH [Doing It For Her] (Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black)
- Gorgeous George: Matt Sydal
- Human Popsicle: Matt Classic (better known as Colt Cabana), a wrestler recently revived from the 50s who uses hilariously outdated wrestling maneuvers and survives on a diet of "raw eggs, mayonnaise sandwiches and cigarettes".
- Impressive Pyrotechnics: Every episode opens with flame jets in the ring posts and a lot of explosions added in post. A lot of episodes ended with Stuff Blowing Up in spectacular fashion.
- Let X Be the Unknown
- Parts Unknown: Jimmy Jacobs, from "The Dark Side of a Broken Heart"
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Jack Evans
- Real Men Wear Pink: Teddy Hart wears pink ring gear since he's a Hart and that's his family's colour.
- Screwed by the Network
- Shown Their Work: Compared to other musical guest commentators, rapper Pitbull knows his stuff about wrestling.
- The Smurfette Principle: Lizzy Valentine, the sole female member of the roster.
- Spot Monkey: Nearly the entire roster
- Stuff Blowing Up: For example, the WSX Championship has twice been won via pinfall in an exploding coffin.
- Totally Radical: The entire production. The commentators have often been accused of this.
- X Makes Anything Cool