Wow. Simply wow.
We knew in the planning stages of this show that Super Art Fight 11Â had a shot at being something truly special, but as the over 400Â of you who packed The OttobarÂ this past Saturday night know, the evening was truly one of our best.
With four stunning bouts and absolutely jaw dropping musical performances by Bear & WalrusÂ and headliners Anamanaguchi, it was an amazing way to end the summer and kick off the beginning of our packed fall season.
Each bout truly set the pace for the future of Super Art Fight, and if this show was ANY indication, we’re just getting started.
Here’s what went down.
Super Art Fight Tag Team Title Decision Match: Nick “Ghostfreehood” BorkowiczÂ & Kelsey “Killer” WailesÂ defeated TEAM IMPACT (Jamie “Angry Zen Master” Noguchi & Chris “Impact” Impink w/ Bryan “Silent But Violent” Prindiville) to become the FIRST EVER Super Art Fight Tag Champions
Truly a unique way to kick off the event, two teams full of SAF veterans clashed in a conjoined twin battle. Dressed as Batman villain Bane and a surreal monster respectively, Borkowicz and Wailes had Â their hands full with the now 3-person deep Team Impact, but their strong teamwork and unique combined style gave them the duke infront of the Ottobar audience. Â Three years into his career, our own Ghostfreehood can say he finally has achieved championship glory, and it will be interesting to see how he and Wailes lead the division through the rest of the year and into 2012.
“The Nicest Man in Super Art Fight” Brandon J. CarrÂ defeated Jamie “Brawlin'” Baldwin
What’s to say about Brandon J. Carr that hasn’t already been said? Racking up some VERY impressive singles victories over some of Super Art Fight’s best, he came into SAF11 with a head full of steam. Â It looked like that Baldwin, a former SAF champion, would derail the train that is Carr, but at the end of the 25 minute period, it was the bearded man from Virginia’s hand who was raised, and you have to believe that’s sent a very clear message to the SAF Title Committee.
Super Art Fight IDOL Finals: Darl “Apocalypse” GnauÂ defeated “The Business Ninja” Henry AlexanderÂ to gain a FULL-TIME Super Art Fight roster spot.
The final stage in a competition that brought together 16 amazing artists from across the United States, this was a hotly anticipated bout not just for the Super Art Fight faithful, but for our own roster, who packed the side stage to see who would be the next artist to join their ranks. Â Brooklyn’s own Henry Alexander had many a ninja trick under his sleeve, including shennaniganry alongside fellow ninja and Idol competitor “Charm City Shinobi” Dann Malihom, but Baltimore’s Gnau brought a silent rage to the canvas. Â The man covered in tattoos truly won over the audience, and on this day, his hand was raised in victory, bringing the Apocalypse to Super Art Fight. Â While not the last we see of ANY of the Idol competitors, Darl now will be seen in regular events.
MAIN EVENT: Super Art Fight Title BoutÂ Michael “Spaghetti Kiss” Bracco defeated Kelsey “Killer” WailesÂ to retain the SAF Title, his second defense of this, his second reign as champion.
Wailes truly came out swinging, dressed as the Bride from Kill Bill, but perhaps the pressure of two title bouts was one too many for her. Â Bracco wanted very badly to reclaim his singles victory back at Katsucon earlier this year, and he did – while wrapped in one of the most unique costumes ever seen in SAF history. Â At the end of 25 neck and neck minutes, the inital vote went to a dead solid tie, but upon a second vote, Michael Bracco, covered in blood, sweat, tentacles and perhaps too small of speedo, continued his reign on top of the Art Fight Mountain.
From here, of course, our next big event will be Super Art Fight 12, but that’s not without quite a few stops in between! Keep an eye here and on our upcoming shows page to see where we’ll be (heads up, Rockville and Connecticut!) as we are on the Road to SAF12, and as we saw last Saturday night – the sky is TRULY the limit.
Stick around to SuperArtFight.com for more coverage including the post-bout interviews from our own Eh Yo Dern! and show photos from on site photographer Erin Surrock. Gonna be some great stuff comin’!