The Ultimate Boston Bad Boy?
For many fans, Mikey Vee has been the quintessential BG East wrestler. In the course of at least two dozen matches and almost two decades(!) of action exclusive to BG East, his haircuts and gear often changed, but never his style. Always the punk, Mikey has intimidated opponents (or tried to) with his muscle and boundless self-confidence. Some call it arrogance, but Mikey is so full of himself he doesn’t care what you call it – but he definitely has that undefinable “it” that’s the trait of superstars in every field.
Mikey always played the heel with style, without resorting to outlandish gimmicks or campy exaggeration. He had the body (and what a body!) as well as the moves and muscles to back up his natural propensity to heel. Even when his gear suggested a classic babyface, a good-guy, a rookie, a jobber or whatever, he always had that cutting edge, that caustic wit, and that intensity of purpose that has kept audiences intrigued and in suspense year after year. He’s a heel in the classic mode: vain, bossy, and ready to cut corners – anything for a win, the cheaper and easier the better. If he lost a match now and then, it was erased from memory, and he demanded that everybody else forget about it too.
Imagine our surprise, then, when Mikey told us he had turned a new leaf. He said that he was through with the “Boston Bad Boy” image he had so meticulously constructed match after ring match. “Fair and square” was how he was going to play it from now on. Clean living and good sportsmanship were his new mottos. He wanted to put himself to the true test of athletic endeavor and so he insisted that we book him a match in the BG East mat room. Mikey wanted to break from the ring where he had built his bad boy reputation to show off the new skills he had acquired through his training in grappling and martial arts.
We had our doubts! After all, it wouldn’t be the first time if was all a ruse! But Mikey seemed so genuine and earnest that it was hard to turn him down. He looked determined to clean up his act and redeem himself in the eyes of the fans. Maybe, just maybe, the old German proverb was wrong, and a man can jump out of his own shadow.
Mike is unusually affable before the match, introducing himself and steering clear of the usual cocky wisecracks, eager to prove he has been born again as a kinder, gentler competitor. “Usually I have a bit of attitude, a nasty side,” Mikey understates the truth with almost too much sincerity. “But I’ve been fighting a long time, man. You know? I want to get that away from me. Still gonna fight tough. But I don’t want you to think I’m an asshole, okay?” He extends his hand, and Matt Reid gamely shakes it.
Matt is no stranger to stiff competition. He has faced some of the toughest customers in BG East history: Rick Samson, The Brooklyn Bodywrecker, and Bulldog Barzini, to name just three. These are big, brutish battlers with reputations for scorched-earth destruction in combat. Matt was well aware of Mikey Vee’s reputation when he agreed to a best three out of five fall submission match against him. Like all wrestlers worth their salt, Matt is a game and earnest competitor, ready to take on any challenge or challenger.
After a long, huffing lockup Mikey takes Matt down and rides him, rapidly shifting from one side of the man to the other. Matt reverses, quickly and smoothly, and Mikey grumbles, “Not bad, you prick.” But then Mikey reverses and gains a rear choke hold on Matt, triumphantly announcing, “How’s that for a reversal, huh?” Matt struggles to escape, and for somebody who has supposedly turned a new leaf, Vee seems to relish his opponent’s agonized groaning and writhing a bit too much. To his credit, Mikey breaks clean as soon as Matt submits. When Matt evens the score in Fall 2, Mikey uncharacteristically praises the man on his win. But as the match heats up, Mikey’s veneer of hail-fellow-well-met begins to tear at the seams. Mikey resorts to rabbit punches to weaken his thicker and heavier foe. “That’s the old Mike Vee,” he exults. “I knew he was somewhere!”
Gaining three submissions, not all of them fairly, Mikey confesses that he got “a little out of control there” and offers Matt one more fall, winner takes all … this time 100% clean and by the book, hand on his heart. Reid reluctantly accepts. Will Matt regret his decision? Will Mikey keep his word, even at the risk of losing all? One answer to both these questions: Get real, bros. This is a BG East match – and entertaining as hell!