Even though both Mikey D and Joey V debuted in War Wrestling as singles wrestlers, their mark has been made over the past two years as Team VD. Will Mikey D beating four other men on January 19th at War X for the Respect Title change that?
“Blood, Sweat, & Fears 2″ in October was another chance for Team VD to fistbump after they were victorious in a three-way dance against the Scarboni’s and the Alpha Breed, but things have not always been so easy for the popular duo. One of the first times that Mikey D and Joey V tagged with one another they came out as losers, this time to aforementioned Scarboni’s in a tag team scramble match that took place in December of 2010 at Cold War.
As the calendar changed to 2011 Team VD found themselves rising up the tag team ranks and swimming with the sharks as in February they got their first big chance to make a statement by taking on Sherman Tank and Chris Hall, collectively known as Badd Company. Team VD came out on the winning end every time that a title wasn’t on the line to stay in the title hunt, but just couldn’t dethrone the champs whenever Badd Company defended the belts against them.
One of the downsides to having so many great tag teams on your roster is that sometimes scramble matches are needed to make sure you can showcase them all, and this was the case in May 2011 at “Beatdown at the Dogpound 2″ as Team VD once again tried to prove that they were for real as they did battle with their old foes the Scarboni’s, as well as the Painkillers (a team that had beaten a month prior at Unstoppable), and the duo of Johnny Wave and Juice Jennings, collectively known as Tropic Thunder. In one of the matches of the night it was once again the Scarboni’s who stood tall and had their hands raised while Joey and Mikey were left to ponder how one got away and soak in the cheers from the fans for their performance.
The rest of 2011 was a mixed bag for the duo as they traded wins and losses with the likes of Tank, various members of the International House of Pain including then War Wrestling Champion Kaden Assad. Fansgiving in November closed out a decent first year of tagging with another three-way tag match performance against the Painkillers and the Scarboni’s.
With some seasoning and matches against the top tag teams that War Wrestling has to offer it was 2012 where Team VD really made their mark, in both singles and especially tag matches. Both Joey V and Mikey D have always been accomplished singles wrestlers in other promotions, but it was not until they began to take Lima by storm as a tag team that people started to take notice of their individual skills in the ring. Joey V started off his 2012 in War Wrestling by defeating the man then known as Gutter as Mikey D was not able to be at the event that night. Ryan Edmonds and Joe Brooks found themselves as the first team to try to take out Team VD in 2012, only to find themselves looking up at the lights when the match ended and the fist pumping began.
For all of the successes that Mikey D and Joey V have had in singles matches and as a tag team there has always been one thing that has eluded both of them….a championship belt here in War Wrestling. With the unexplained absences of Joey V the past couple of months it has been Mikey D that has stepped it up and shown a dedication to becoming a singles champion. In December at “Hell Has Frozen Over” Dodge proved that can win on his own as he was victorious over one of the men who had already qualified for the 4-Way Respect Title Match at War-X in January when he bested Eli McFly.
January 19th, 2013 is a night that Mikey D will never forget. That is the night he bested Christian Vaughn, Aaron McCormick(no relation), Hakim Zane and the man who would later prove to be a thorn in his side in Eli McFly to become War Wrestling Respect Champion, the first in company history. Before he could even get a look at the belt however it was McFly who laid him out and ran off with the belt. The question in all of this is simple: where was Joey V?
What are Joey V’s thoughts on his partner picking up a championship on his own merit and talent? Nobody knows, we have not seen or heard from Joey Vengeance here in months at War Wrestling. Will he be in attendance at “Aftermath” on March 9th as Mikey D takes on Robby “Super” Starr in his first title defense, and if so what must he be thinking about the success of his partner? Will he feel disrespected and think it should be his own success that everyone should be talking about, or will he be happy to see his running buddy with a title?
I for one can not wait to see Joey V back in a War Wrestling ring, especially to see what the future of Team VD holds.
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