Sadly living in Eastern Iowa, Cedar Rapids wrestling fans rarely get to see many great live wrestling shows without traveling at least to Chicago. The Cedar Rapids Pro Wrestling Examiner hopes to remedy that by bringing you a look at great shows you might otherwise miss in Wrestling Worth Watching.
Pop quiz: what is the most watched wrestling show in the world today? If you said Raw, you’re no longer correct. As of the end of January, those honors go to Ring Ka King. Fans here in Eastern Iowa and around the States may not have ever heard of it, but its debut was watched by over 15 million fans in India. And with an hour of television twice a week, it may be one of the most entertaining products as well.
The show is produced by a joint partnership between Endemol (producers of international hits like American Idol and its international variations) and TNA Impact Wrestling. It runs with a mix of regular TNA talent, various American talent (some of which are former TNA employers) and a group of new Indian talent trained by the company’s backstage agent Savio Vega.
Written by former Smackdown writer (and recently announced new head writer of Impact Wrestling) Dave Lagana and produced by former TNA writer Dutch Mantell, the show knows how to present simple, but solid, storylines with quality matches.
The show is mainly in Hindi but with plenty of English mixed it from the American stars. The first episode goes straight in to the opening tournament for the Ring Ka King Heavyweight title. The 8 men in the tournament mark an interesting cross section of the talent involved: Magnus (Sir Brutus Magnus here), Scott Steiner and Matt Morgan represent TNA. The young Indian wrestlers are represented by Mahabali Veera, a muscular young man with a great look, and the boxing inspired Maxx B. Former TNA talent Sonjay Dutt is joined by two men that have never made TNA appearances to fill out the roster: Chavo Guerrero Jr and Dr. Nicolas Dinsmore (WWE’s Eugene dressed up like a doctor).
Veera is featured in the very first match of the show against the not-so-good Dr. Dinsmore. Though still green Veera comes off looking good against the experienced Dinsmore. He moves on to the second round after a spinebuster (a.k.a. the Veera Bomb).
Another former WWE talent makes his appearance next. American Adonis, formerly Chris Masters, puts on an Adonis Lock challenge, not unlike his Master Lock challenges when Lagana wrote his early appearances half a decade ago.
In the main event of episode 1, Magnus falls to Matt Morgan after a convincing Carbon Footprint.
Now the in ring action here isn’t going to set anyone on fire, but the storylines are clear despite any language barrier. The talent is solid, unique and outside Veera, highly skilled. This is a good solid wrestling program.
The show airs internationally on Colors TV, but only those with expansive digital cable and satellite packages are like to have the network. Fortunately the program has been made easily available on Youtube for fans in the Cedar Rapids corridor or nationwide. Check out the full episode on the left of the page.