HomeResults2020sBritWres: TNT Extreme Wrestling | Total Carnage Results | July 30th 2021

BritWres: TNT Extreme Wrestling | Total Carnage Results | July 30th 2021

It might seem pretentious to start an article like this with a reference to performance art but bear with me. There were times during tonight’s TNT show where if the surroundings were a white box art gallery in central London and not a nightclub in Liverpool people with double-barreled names would be talking about this as art. From the likes of Chris Burden and Marina Abramovic there have been plenty of artists willing to go through endurance tests, and pain, to make points about society and entertain the public. The 8 women who entered Total Carnage tonight aren’t far from being part of that tradition. The only reason one would argue otherwise is that wrestling is ‘low culture’ and performance art is “high culture”, but without snobbish boundaries the reality is clear. This was art. Pure and simple.

Session Moth Martina vs Kira Chimera – Lego Deathmatch:

Total Carnage: Round 1
It might seem strange to go from a discussion about the merits of performance art to one about how much it hurts to stand on Lego but here we are. Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of standing on a piece of popular plastic will know it hurts like hell. And for anyone not aware Martina is one the most entertaining people you’re ever likely to see in a ring, up against the scary Kira Chimera in a match equal parts fun and unsettling. The lego was obviously the focus of the match, but not just as a landing pad, both women also used it as a simple projectile at times. As much as Martina didn’t appear to want to win at the start instead wanting to get to the bar it was the Irish star who won to advance.

Alexxis Falcon vs Kasey Owens – Thumbtacks Deathmatch

Total Carnage: Round 1
From a match featuring something not designed to be sharp and scary, to something designed entirely to pierce objects. Seeing the many different ways these two very talented young wrestlers was a joy to watch, as much as something that is clearly pretty damn painful can be a joy to watch obviously. A great contest and Falcon had the chance to advance taken away by a distraction from her long term rival in TNT, Lizzy Evo. Those two will face off for the title at the companies next show but it’s Owens that advances.

Raven Creed vs Emersyn Jayne – Carpet Strips

Total Carnage: Round 1
Two women, I was seeing for the very first time clashing with carpet strips as the primary weapon of choice. Not that the spiked strips were the only ways these two battered one another. The sight of Jayne landing back-first onto the backs of two chairs will live long in the memory, as will the shattered carpet strips strewed across the ring at the end. It was Jayne who eventually advanced but both made a big impression and really laid it all on the line.

Gia Adams vs Molly Spartan – Kendo Sticks

Total Carnage: Round 1
Probably the most conventional weapon of the first round, given that kendo sticks are at least designed to hit people with. Not that their suitability for the task will have made it less painful as Adams and Spartan did their best to one-up each other with how hard they could swing the canes. A tough physical contest that like the other first-round matches managed to be varied in how it used the titular weapons. It was Spartan who came out the victor but Adams more than stood up for herself.

Semifinal: Emersyn Jayne vs Kasey Owens – Light Tubes and Tables

This is the point in the evening where the theme of punishment and endurance above pain comes to the fore as both women face their second match of the night. This time they were given two tools to use that provide loud and always shocking audible and visual explosions when used, tables and light tubes. Anyone who has never seen or heard a light tube explode live needs to understand the visceral rush of adrenaline it can bring, even to someone such as myself who is hardly a deathmatch connoisseur. Both women continued the evening by laying even more on the line and it was Owens who advanced in the end. Jayne certainly made a great impression with her performances as well though.

Semi final: Session Moth Martina vs Molly Spartan – Barbed Wire Chairs

After she didn’t really want to win her opening contest, wanting instead to go to the bar, Martina had to come out to face Spartan with chairs wrapped in barbed wire available. Her way to cope with this was to appear wrapped in bubble wrap, although Spartan didn’t want to make it easy for her by refusing to just end the match early. This was another strong showing from Spartan and the contrast between her intensity and the more lighthearted Martina meant there was more range to the match than there otherwise could have been. In a bit of a surprise given her reluctance to fight it was Martina who came out on top, denying us a She-Wolves clash in the final and leaving us wondering exactly which Martina we’d see for the final.

Final: Kasey Owens vs Session Moth Martina – Ultimate Deathmatch

Not much to say about this match beyond the sheer variety of plunder that came into play, including everything from the earlier rounds and more. Instead of the timid Session Moth Martina we were instead treated to the Session Goth. Martina would eventually win the match and the tournament as a whole but it was honestly Owens who came out on top in a wider sense. The absolute silence, when she fell from the top rope and missed a table entirely, was only matched by the noise when she walked back out to congratulate Martina later. How she was still standing is beyond my comprehension and huge props for her performance across the whole night.

Martina was presented her trophy by TNT Extreme Division Champion Clint Margera and it now seems we’ll see that two clash some time down the line. Should be an interesting sight to see.

Overall this was another great TNT show and to go back to the opening analogy, this really was a piece of extended performance art. The extent that these eight women pushed the limits of punishment for the furtherance of the story was exactly the kind of thing art critics would rave about if it were in the ‘right’ context. This style won’t be for everyone but it remains a compelling part of the wider tapestry of wrestling

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