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EL GRAN APOLLO (Former TNA & Puerto Rico star) defeated MIKE DIBIASE in
NWA ANARCHY TV EPS #167 ONLINE NOW at http://nwaanarchy.net/main/
MATCH #1 SEXTON & TECHNICIANS VS SLIM J, BO & TK
MATCH #2 TRUIT FIELD & SHAUN TEMPERS VIGNETTE
MATCH #3 TALENT & MONEY IN RING
MATCH #4 AZRAEL VS CHRIS KING
MATCH #5 ENTOURAGE VIGNETTE
MATCH #6 ENTOURAGE VS FUNK, DAY, JAMAR & KONLEY
MATCH #7 GREG HUNTER WITH DON MATTHEWS
MATCH #8 KIMO VS TRUITT FIELDS
NWA ANARCHY TV EPS #168 ONLINE NOW at http://nwaanarchy.net/main/
MATCH #1 MALACHI VS MAYNE VS HAWKINS
MATCH #2 JEREMY VAIN & MR ADONIS VIGNETTE
MATCH #3 GREG HUNTER WITH DON MATTHEWS
MATCH #4 DELAY, CHASE, T & M VS NEW WAVE & P & C
MATCH #5 ICEBERG VS SHADOW
5/2 NWA Anarchy Report by Larry Goodman
NWA Anarchy returned to the NWA Arena in Cornelia Saturday night for their first television taping since Hardcore Hell.
It was a very good follow up show. No bad matches. Storylines were advanced in a satisfying way, shockingly so in the case of the heavyweight title. There was no need to start a lot of new directions because the main stories are fresh, providing the imaginative minds at the helm plenty to work with.
Attendance was 120. Decent heat for a crowd of that size. They picked their spots, and that's becoming the norm. The fan base has evolved.
(1) Skirra Corvus (with The Reverend) defeated Chris King and Kyle Matthews in a triple threat match by pinning King at 5:55. But thing the key thing about this match was the performance by Corvus. He’s been part of Rejects for a while now, and merrily curbstomping heads in his wake, but this was his inring debut. Talk about a perfect fit for the Rejects. The sack over the head and weird ghoulish face paint work visually. But it's the stringbean of a body and an amazing flexibility that allows him to do stuff nobody else is doing that sets him apart. Taco Delgado was back as red carpet roller outer. Turns out it was a busy night for him, but we all know Mexicans don't shy away from manual labor. It opened with heels doubling up on King. Then King got to shine with some nicely executed one-on-two spots. The spot in this match had a nice rhythm to them. Corvus did a kneeling Matrix move that was off the hook. As Matthews and Corvus fought over who would make the pin, King nailed them with a double bulldog. Corvus busted a kneeling/standing variation of cattle mutilation on King. Matthews broke it up with a top rope double stomp on Corvus. Matthews tried for a slingshot suplex and got dumped by King. Corvus blocked King’s rocker dropper and curbstomped him for the three count. It didn’t have great heat, but this was one fine opener.
Todd Sexton hit the ring with a running knee on King. The fans got on him about tapping out to Slim J at Hardcore Hell. Sexton said it was disprect for the Young Lions to be booked, while he was left off the card. “The excellence of Sexecution” (yes, he actually said that) challenged any of the Young Lions to a match.
(2) Technicians (Bobby Moore & Tyler Smith) beat Rowdy Friends (Jessco Blue & Billy Buck) via DQ in 6:43. Blue is over as this crude, zany backwoods guy. It’s best not to ponder what that says about the Cornelians.
Postmatch: Don Matthews lectured Blue about acting more civilized.
Official Express (Mike Posey & Wes Adams) cut an excellent debut promo to position themselves as the heel challengers for the tag team titles. Posey referred to
(3) Iceberg pinned Orion Bishop in 7:49. Doing a rematch from Hardcore Hell was not the original plan here. Adjustments, however, had to be made. This was similar to that match – a test of wills between two behemoths. A powerslam shook Bishop up. Advantage Iceberg. Bishop answered with a knockdown lariat. Bishop hit DDT and went to work on Iceberg’s knee. The Reverend was spouting disparaging remarks about Iceberg’s performance. Bishop ran his face into the turnbuckle on a mad rhino charge, and Iceberg pounced with the Ground Zero.
Postmatch: Iceberg helped Bishop up. The Reverend went ballistic and stormed to the back. Iceberg and Bishop exchanged nods of respect, and fans were popping for Berg.
On the Wrestlevision, we saw a backstage interview with Truitt Fields conducted by Greg Hunter. Fields talked about his history with Phil Shatter (currently in
(4) Slim J & Bo Newsome beat Seth Delay & Brodie Chase when J submitted Delay at 8:02. Chase has gotten in phenomenal shape for his age. Hell, for any age. You don’t see guys walking around with deltoids like that. The babyfaces worked on Delay’s arm early. The highlight was an up and over into a deep arm drag by Newsome. Chase clotheslined Newsome from the apron. The heat was a showcase for Chase to beat on the kid. He powerbombed the bejeezus out of Newsome punched the “pretty boy” in the face. When Newsome kicked out of a double team neckbreaker, the crowd got behind him huge. J cleaned house with the hot tag, until Delay didn’t know which end was up. Fishermanbustah! Chase made the save. Chase went for another powerbomb, but J headscissored him over the top. J locked Delay in the Roach Clip. He fought it hard before tapping.
Postmatch: Mr. “Hands of Steel” Delay put J’s lights out with the brass knucks. J was down and out for a while, but he got a pop when he rose and made it to the back under his own power.
NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Champion Shadow Jackson was introduced by Greg Hunter. The place went nuts. “The People’s Champion” addressed his flock.
The feel good moment of 2009 was disrupted by the appearance of Jeremy Vain on the ramp.
(5) Malachi beat Azrael (with the Reverend) to retain the Young Lion’s Division Championship in 4:25. Again, Malachi tried to trade strikes with Azrael. He must be a glutton for punishment. Malachi hit a bridging german suplex to spark a high impact comeback. It looked like Azrael was going for a Ted Bundy off the ropes. That would have been completely insane, not that I would put it past Azrael to try it. Like at Hardcore Hell, Azrael took the bump and got pinned with the frog splash. Good match but Azrael shouldn’t be losing clean to anybody in under 5 minutes, and definitely not in the same manner he lost two week ago. I pictured it as a real test for Malachi, like 8 minutes worth with Azrael avoiding the frogsplash like the plague.
(6) Jeff Lewis & Andrew Alexander (with Jay Clinton) beat Chrisjen Hayme & El Veterano IV in 7:23. Hayme & IV went lucha style on Alexander. Hayme used a Gedo Clutch for a near fall. Hayme went to the top and fought off interference by both Lewis and Clinton. Taco ran out for further distraction, and Alexander caught Hayme with a hotshot. As per usual, Lewis feasted on an incapacitated foe. Hayme escaped from a double vertical suplex to make the tag. IV started flying around. His stuff didn’t look bad at all. IV tagged Hayme and hit a double jump dive to the outside. Lewis then pinned Hayme with a lightning fast spinning neckbreaker.
(7) Mikal Judas pinned Mike Mosley in 2:45 with El Crucifijo. No loss of fan love for Judas. Mosley hit him with his book before the bell. Judas made a quick comeback and goozled him. Mosley escaped, then dodged a corner clothesline and took Judas off his feet with a lariat for a two count. That should not have happened. No near falls for this guy. Judas busted Mosley’s lip with the corner clothesline and tossed him half way across the ring with his finisher.
Judas had a message - “To be or not to be. Kimo is not meant to be.”
(8) New Wave (Steven Walters & Derrick Driver) beat Official Express (Mike Posey & Wes Adams) to retain the NWA Anarchy Tag Team Titles in 11:20. Official Express were billing as being from
(9) Shaun Tempers (with The Reverend) pinned Truitt Fields (with Ace Rockwell) to retain the NWA Anarchy Television Championship in 6:07. The pop for Fields and Rockwell tied with Slim J’s for second behind the one for
Postmatch: The Reverend showed his warped approval of Bailey and Kimo’s assistance. My mind sickens at the prospect of this unholy alliance of formerly bitter enemies.
NOTES: Anarchy has added a rare fifth Saturday show on May 30…Shatter was booked on a tour of Bolivia through David Marquez of NWA Showcase…J.T. Talent is out of action due to a back injury suffered in that brutal match at Hardcore Hell. He plans to be back in action at the next TV taping…Official Express defeated Hayme & former NWA Wildside star Adam Jacobs to win the NWA Alabama Tag Team Championship on April 11 in
Alternative Pro Wrestling ran their quarterly supercard, “Spring Break Bash” in
90 in attendance – less than APW has done for their supercards over the past year. All of those shows featured defenses of the main singles title, the Southern States Championship. This show had a triple main event of tag matches with the tag titles on top, but no individual match that seemed as compelling. Crowd heat was not a problem because by its nature, the Cherry Street Gym is a very loud building.
It was pleasure to attend a show of this type that didn’t fall into the trap of over reaching. The pacing was just right with matches properly placed on the card. It was built on solid booking rather than hot shot gimmickry. They got the whole thing done in two hours.
The APW roster has about a half dozen NWA Anarchy regulars and a lot of guys that are trying to get to that level. The temptation is to allow guys that aren’t sufficiently seasoned to be overexposed in matches that go too long. That didn’t happen here.
(1) Kevin Duncan Enterprises (Saint Anthony & Brandon Parker with Kevin Duncan) won the Kevin Duncan Invitational Tag Team Gauntlet.(a) Dreadlock & Kelly Casanova beat Chase Richards & Brandon Paradise in 2:30 when Casanova pinned Richards. (b) Friday Night Franchise (Ryan Michaels & Matt Sells) eliminated Dreadlock & Kelly Casanova in 2:10 when Michaels pinned Casanova. As for the first two matches, it’s like Baron Von Raschke used to say. That is all you need to know. (c) FNF beat Fabulous Superstars (Matt Mercer & Aaron Lee) in 4:20. Things got interesting. Heel subterfuge set up Superstars doing a number on Michaels’ knee. Mercer has a touch of the old school flamboyant personality. Crowd got hot for Michaels. He caught Lee with an inside cradle for the three. Superstars gave Michaels a postmatch beating. (d) Duncan Enterprises saved the choice spot for themselves. They DESTROYED the knee of Michaels, then beat on Sells. Michaels took the hot tag and cleaned house with the leg as good as new.
(2) Jacob Ashworth beat Mike Posey in 6 minutes. A grudge match of sorts between two former referees. Posey is back as a wrestlers after falling victim of the numbers game among WWE refs. At a chiseled 160 pounds, Posey as a heel is a tough sell. No doubt the guy is athlete with ability. I see him as a high flying lucha type - more along the lines of Evan Borne. Ashworth was too big to ref. Of late, he’s been serving as the commissioner of APW. Ashworth knocked Posey on his ass for an early pop. Posey tried to show how bad he was by outwrestling Ashworth. Didn’t work out quite the way he hoped, so he snapped Ashworth’s neck off the top rope and hit a springboard missile dropkick to take over. Nice mean face by Ashworth as he worked up to reversing Posey’s abdominal stretch. Not the hold for a small guy to use on a big guy in any case, but this looked ridiculous because Ashworth forgot to sell it. Posey decked Ashworth with an enzuigiri and introduced a chair. The chair shot missed Ashworth and smacked Posey in the head as it rebounded off the ropes. It’s tough to make that finish look believable and it didn’t. I can’t think of too many places where Ashworth as the baby and Posey as the heel would work, but it did in Royston.
(3) Jeremy Vain (with Taco Delgado) beat Donovan Sweet (with Lollipop) in a Loser Leaves Town Match (12 minutes). Vain made an unsuccessful attempt to rid APW of Sweet by stuffing him in the trunk of Taco’s car and ordering his flunky to drive him to
(4) Slim J & Shadow Jackson & Don Matthews beat Southern States Champion “King” Seth Delay & North Georgia Champion Dustin Knight & John Carnage (14:55). Stipulation was if either champion lost the fall, they had to give the winner a title shot next week. It made for an interesting story. Carnage was there to protect the champions from having to cough up a title shot, while the faces were torn between working together to win the match and going after a title shot as individuals.
As a result, J challenges Delay for the Southern States Title on May 8.
(5) Devil’s Rejects (Azrael & Skirra Corvus) beat Chris King & Mystery Partner Billy Buck in 7:41. Nice pop for Buck, who has been away for about 5 months. There’s something not quite right about seeing Rejects without the Reverend. The reunited Wild Bunch opened hot with double teams. Azael tripped up King and the heat was on. King was screaming during Azrael’s choke hold. I guess it’s a nerve hold. Corvus hit a springboard splash. Crowd really got behind King, who escaped a backdrop for a nice diving hot tag. The advantage was short lived. Corvus pinned Buck after a double team curbstomp. If the idea was to get Rejects over as a formidable heel team, this was the right way to do it.
(6) Kareem Abdul Jamar & Bo Newsome beat Dany Only & Stryknyn) to win the APW Tag Team Titles in 10:55 All four of these guys are showing marked improvement. Only comes out in a skull mask. Stryknyn wears a gas mask into the ring. Kareem wears an orange Harlem Crush jersey. Newsome failed to wear the gear Jamar had chosen for him. Only used a cheap shot on the break. The faces made him pay with a splash combo. Jamar pumphandled Stryknyn and kicked him the ass. Only shrugged off a dropkick to start the heat on Newsome. They worked a series of well-executed spots with Newsome fighting for the tag and being cut off. Only used a Muta power drive elbow. Only locked in a sharpshooter and Newsome got a ropes break. Strkynyn hit a sweet release german suplex. The hot tag lead to a double team on Stryknyn and a save by Only. Only hit a reverse tombstone on Jamar, but Byers ruled he was not the legal man. Stryknyn covered and Jamar kicked out. Jamar went for a tag that inadvertently knocked Newsome off the apron. Jamar leapfrogged Stryknyn and the heels collided. Jamar hit an X factor on Stryknyn and Newsome followed with a frogsplash for the pin. Good match. Strong finish.
NOTES: Michael Gentry has replaced Brett Wolverton as the ring announcer here.
NWA Charlotte Show Shut Down by Authorities by Larry Goodman
With their largest crowd ever in the buildling, the April 25 NWA
According to Jay Joyce of NWA Charlotte, numerous personnel from both the fire and police departments descended on the building shortly after the 8pm bell time. The promotion was informed by the fire department that they were responding to a complaint. The first action taken was to prevent any more fans from entering the building. Joyce said there were over 800 people inside but everyone had a seat. The fire department then determined that the building lacked the necessary central fire alarm and fire suppression system (sprinklers).
The fire department did allow five matches to be completed before shutting down the show including the advertised main event, Raven vs. Lodi, the cruiserweight TLC title match (won by Josh Magnum), and the introduction of III (Ryan O'Reilly, Mikael Judas and Phil Shatter - 3 is better than 4 being their catch phrase). Promoter JD Costello got in the ring to explain what was happening and the crowd disbursed in an orderly fashion. Joyce said despite the problems, the show was very well received by those in attendance.
Costello was in meeting with
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