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The NWA Anarchy event schedule for June-December 2009 is as follows.
NWA ANARCHY TV TAPING REPORT For
With Hostile Environment ’09 featuring War Games on the horizon, NWA Anarchy taped two hours at the NWA Television Arena in Cornelia Saturday night.
NWA Anarchy Owner Jerry Palmer opened talking about the Fanfest/fundraiser on July 18. A portion of the proceeds will go to the family of Reid Clark, the son of a Hall County Firefighter battling Cerebral Palsy. Palmer promised fans they were in for one of the craziest nights of wrestling of the year (prices raised to $15).
(1) Todd Sexton beat Kareem Abdul Jamar in . Jamar wanted to start the match with a tip off. Ref Dee Byers obliged, but Sexton grabbed the basketball and bounced it off the WrestleVision. Jamar slapped Sexton’s face and they were off and running. Sexton tried to turn Jamar’s face into hamburger meat. Jamar sold Sexton’ Muay Thai knees like he was going to cough up a kidney. Sexton won it with a Tiger Driver.
Sexton said he wasn’t an opening match guy. As we should all know by now, he’s “The Excellence of Sexecution” Todd Sexton.”
A video message from Shadow Jackson was shown on the WrestleVision. Greg Hunter explained that the video was shot three weeks ago in the aftermath of
Jeremy Vain followed with a promo that was nothing short of awesome. It was a key test being his first time in front of the fans as the heavyweight champion, and he passed with flying colors. Vain entered the ring accompanied by a security guy carrying a Polaroid camera. Vain said he was the new people’ champ. He knew the people were upset, but they had nobody to blame but themselves. Vain explained that when he left their hero with a broken ankle, Palmer gave
(2) Malachi beat Bo Newsome to retain the Young Lion’s Championship in . They opted for a Japanese Strong Style flavor. The action was fine, but the crowd wasn’t feeling it at all. It was back and forth with high impact moves for near falls with stiff chops mixed in and no heat. Malachi won it with the diving headbutt.
Postmatch: Sexton hit the ring and was poised to knock Newsome out with the running knee, but Malachi stepped in to protect Bo. Sexton backed off. I was waiting for Vain to blindside Malachi.
A Rowdy Friends promo aired on the WrestleVision. Jessco Blue was talking about a five night Merle Haggard tour that ended in Hiawassee and fighting some SOB security guy and Merle lighting them up with a bunch of beers. Fun stuff. Don Matthews said they ran Jeff Lewis out of town, and their buddies, the Wild Bunch were going to become the number one contenders.
(3) El Veterano IV beat Mike Posey in . Posey forced Greg Hunter to introduce him as “the greatest ref on the planet…the sexiest man in the world…the hottest wrestling commodity out of Alabama…and the one man the **** in Cornelia can’t have.” Hunter told Posey he couldn’t say “hoes” on TV, so Posey said it for him. The masked luchador, IV hit a quebrada for an early near fall. Posey clipped IV’s knee, dissected the body part and applied some swank submissions. Out of nowhere, IV dropkicked Posey’s ankle and pinned him with La Magistral cradle. Posey is an excellent athlete and very entertaining as heel. It will be interesting to see how his role develops.
(4) New Wave (Steven Walters & Derrick Driver) beat Hate Junkies (Dany Only & Stryknyn) to retain the NWA Anarchy Tag Team Championship in . The debuting Hate Junkies are being brought up from the APW farm team, so to speak. New Wave busted out the double teams early including their giant swing/dropkick combo called the Wheel of Fortune. Stryknyn interfered to set Walters up for a lariat from Only. Crowd got behind Walters with the first chant of the night. Only cut off a comeback with a nice spinebuster. The champs made short work of Junkies after the hot tag with a double codebreaker and the Unskinny Bop on Stryknyn for the pin by Driver. A solid tune up match for the champions.
(5) Azrael (with The Reverend) beat Iceberg via DQ in . Iceberg charged the ring like a giant sized Rhino. Azrael cut him off and they brawled on the outside. Byers called for the bell with both men on the floor. Berg kicked the middle rope into Azrael’s nuts. Berg destroyed Azrael with the running knee. Crowd chanted for one more but Berg tattooed Azrael’s forehead instead. Berg went for the cannonball splash, and Azrael got the hell out of the corner. Azrael gave Berg a receipt for the running knee. The Reverend howled with delight. Iceberg made Azrael miss with a cannonball, and both men were down. Azrael fired up the knee strikes, but no water in the pool for his frogsplash. Iceberg crushed Azrael’s back with a Ground Zero. Berg pulled a coat hanger out of the ringpost. The Reverend ran out the back door. Berg wrapped the wire around Azrael’s throat for the DQ. Decent match but the best was yet to come.
Postmatch: Iceberg choked the life out of Azrael with the coathanger. The Rejects tried to save him, but Palmer held them at bay with his axhandle. Rejects were going nuts. Crowd was going nuttier. Azrael was draped over the middle rope and left for dead by Iceberg. Iceberg grabbed the axhandle and started walking tall toward the Rejects, who ran for their stinking lives. Palmer had a new mantra - “That’s one down. That’s one down. That’s one down.”
That concluded hour number one. Vain’s promo and the postmatch of the main were unquestionably the highlights. The coat hanger scene should make great TV. The crowd popped for entrances and finishes but not much heat during the body of the matches.
The second half opened with a video vignette featuring Entourage in which they introduced Mike’s sister Mercedes as a new member. One can only hope she fares better than female characters typically do in Cornelia. Andrew Alexander said they were focused on the titles, and anybody that got in their way would suffer.
(6) The Entourage (Mike Mosley & Andrew Alexander with Jay Clinton & Mercedes Mosley) beat Dustin Knight & Anthony Henry in . Clinton, with his Afro wig held in place by a chinstrap, again had the job of rolling out the red carpet for Entourage. Mercedes was out there as well, looking a bit like a deer in the headlights, but with that body, attention was not much focused on her facial expressions. Alexander used the old school forearm shots to the chicken chest of Knight. The faces pulled off a nice combo wherein Knight slid through Alexander’s legs and tripped him up and Henry followed with a slingshot splash. Alexander impaled Knight on the top rope with the help of
(7) Brodie Chase (with Seth Delay) pinned Orion Bishop after Delay clocked Bishop with his trusty brass knucks (). Due to what he perceived as the general incompetence of the Anarchy refs, Posey sent Byers to the back and took over. Bishop got a mild pop, which is more than he’s been getting. Early on, Bishop was building up a head of steam, so Chase shoved Posey in the way and bailed out. Bishop’s power game looked impressive against a guy the size of Chase, especially the fallaway slam. Bishop popped Delay to cut off his interference, but Chase clipped Bishop’s knee with an assist from Posey. Chase locked in a knee bar. Bishop kicked out of the pumphandle neckbreaker. A collision left both men on the canvas. Bishop made the full-fledged comeback hitting a Samoan Drop for a near fall. Posey got distracted allowing Delay to use the knucks. I came away feeling like a program with Chase could help Bishop.
(8) Talent & Money (JT Talent & Drew Pendleton III) beat Wild Bunch (Billy Buck & Chris King) in a number one contenders match (). Crowd remains split on T & M. Wild Bunch were taking it to the former champions in the opening minutes. Talent accidentally bumped into King, but Pendleton clotheslined his ass just the same. King played babyface-in-peril. Talent’s offense looked very good here. There was nice spot where King took a chest bump in the corner and Pendleton caught him on the rebound with wheelbarrow facebuster. Huracanrana for the hot tag. Buck got his Samoan Drop, but it paled in comparison to the one Bishop hit in the previous match. T & M hit the Bail Out and Talent pinned Buck.
Entourage hit the ring and destroyed Wild Bunch with their finishers. Mercedes slapped Buck. Talent and Money walked away refusing to get involved. Matthews and Blue made the save. Hate Junkie appeared on the WrestleVision. They had downed Rowdy Friends’ beer supply. Only said they were going to crush Rowdy Friends like their beer cans. Rowdy Friends ran to the back. Kinda dumb. I didn’t get beating Hate Junkies clean and then starting them in a program on the same night. Makes both teams look bottom of the barrel.