MCW Shamrock Cup VII, IWC’s Summer Sizzler, & 7/7 IWA Deep South

Reported by Adam Martin of
On Monday, July 9, 2007 at 3:34 AM EST

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Once a year, the superstars of Maryland Championship Wrestling pay tribute to their friend, the late Brian Howser, aka Shane Shamrock. This year, the 7th Annual Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup took place on Sunday, July 8th in Dundalk, MD. And, for the first time, the qualifying matches, and the participants in those matches, were determined via the lethal lottery. Results of the qualifying matches include: "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels def. "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal, Josh Daniels def. MCW Cruiserweight Champion Derek Frazier (non-title), Delirious def. Christian York, Human Tornado def. Azrieal, and Sonjay Dutt def. "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards.

In the 6-man elimination finale, Josh Daniels defeated Christopher Daniels, Delirious, Human Tornado, Sonjay Dutt, and 2006 Shamrock Cup Winner Ruckus to win Shamrock Cup VII. Josh was then presented with the Shamrock Cup trophy and the original (and retired) MCW Light Heavyweight Championship by the Howser family. (Note: MCW retired the Light Heavyweight title after the death of Shane Shamrock). Daniels received praise from the entire MCW locker room, and from special guest, former WWE & WCW World Heavyweight Champion CHRIS JERICHO.

In addition to the tournament, fans were treated to an incredible MCW Heavyweight Championship Match. The match was originally scheduled to be Champion Adam Flash vs. Joey Matthews. However, Creative Control (The Bruiser, Jimmy Cicero, & Tom Brandi) would attacked Matthews in an attempt to knock him out of the title match. Matthews was taken to the dressing room for medical attention, forcing MCW Owner Dan McDevitt to find a replacement. McDevitt chose Danny Doring to take Matthews' place. Doring had originally defeated Flash at May's Xtreme Measures event, only to have the result overturned by Creative Control's Kimberley McDevitt & Zachary Shane. With special guest referee Jeff Jones (appointed by Dan McDevitt), Doring came close to winning the title once again, only to be attacked by Creative Control. Doring was saved by his tag team partner Danny Jaxx, or so he thought, as Jaxx attacked Doring, knocking him out with the title belt. With Doring out, Flash believed that he had retained the title. This is, until Joey Matthews returned to take the title shot that was his in the beginning. In the end, Matthews overcame the interference of Creative Control to win his first MCW Heavyweight Championship, and thus, ended the year-long reign of Adam Flash.

The seven-month long feud between The Bruiser & "The Real Deal" Patrick Brink finally came to a head, as they met for the first time in a one-on-one match. This No-Holds-Barred match saw Brink drop Bruiser through 2 steel chairs, enroute to victory.

Creative Control's bad night continued as their personal ring announcer, Joel Oresky, who tried to take over the ring announcing duties from MCW ring announcer Larry Kennedy Phillips, was knocked out by Phillips after tensions reached a boiling point in the ring.

All was not bad for Creative Control, as Tom Brandi & Jimmy Cicero won the tag team battle royale, eliminating The Ghetto Mafia to become the #1 contenders for BLK OUT's MCW Tag Team Championship. BLK OUT vs. Creative Control will take place at MCW's next event on September 9th.

Official Results
Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup VII
"The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels def. "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal
Josh Daniels def. MCW Cruiserweight Champion Derek Frazier (non-title)
Delirious def. Christian York
Human Tornado def. Azrieal
Sonjay Dutt def. "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards

Adam Flash vs. Danny Doring ended in a no-contest
Joey Matthews def. Adam Flash to win the MCW Heavyweight Championship
"The Real Deal" Patrick Brink def. The Bruiser in a No-Holds-Barred Match
Creative Control won the #1 contenders tag team battle royale
Josh Daniels defeated Christopher Daniels, Delirious, Human Tornado, Sonjay Dutt, and Shamrock Cup VI Winner Ruckus to win Shamrock Cup VII

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IWC’s Summer Sizzler culminated in what was one of the most anticipated one-on-one meetings in recent memory: The man who has rightfully been dubbed “The Baddest Man in IWC" Ray Rowe, with Cleveland Mafia partner J-Rocc in his corner, taking on the current TNA X Division Champion “The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe. Two men with an intensity and a style like no other. Both men refused to give an inch to the other in what quickly turned into a highly physical contest. After Rowe was dropped ribs-first into the steel turnbuckle bolt, it was feared the match may end prematurely. As Rowe’s corner man J-Rocc prepared to throw in the towel, Rowe physically stopped his partner, demanding the match continue. Rowe would recover in superhuman like fashion, kicking out of the musclebuster and escaping the Kokina Clutch. However, once Joe was able to lock in the Kokina Clutch for the second time, Rowe’s body finally gave out, and Samoa Joe was deemed the victor. However, it took everything Joe had within him and a broken rib to stop the suplex machine known as Ray Rowe.

IWC Champion Dennis Gregory’s true colors continued to shine through at Summer Sizzler. Just two months after using his longtime friendship with promoter Norm Connors to manipulate Norm into firing other heavyweight title contenders, and deeming Gregory the number one contender, only to see Gregory capitalize on these shortcuts to capture the IWC Title, Gregory sank even further. Apparently the firings of past champions weren’t the only strings he was able to pull, as from the front door of the building came Sebastian Dark and crooked referee Steven Colter, apparently re-instated into the company. When Norm Connors attempted to object, he was handed a mysterious envelope by Dark, the contents of which seemed to make the esteemed promoter quite upset. With HENTAI already in the ring as well, Gregory announced the reformation of the Unholy Alliance, and that the entire Alliance would be there in person on August 4 at No Excuses 3. While HENTAI’s body language seemed to indicate a few reservations of some of Gregory’s proclamations, its apparent the most lethal and dangerous faction in IWC history is now back and as strong as ever, thanks to the man who had fought harder than anyone to rid IWC of the Alliance last year, Dennis Gregory.

Gregory wasted no time organizing deals for himself, striking in the Super Indy Title defense of “Sweet & Sour" Larry Sweeney against “Fabulous" John McChesney. McChesney had become consumed in recent months over his inability to recapture his fourth Super Indy title, and Gregory picked the opportune time to persuade the Fabulous One, interjecting in the match behind the official’s back, and bloodying Sweeney badly on the outside. Gregory and McChesney shook hands, cementing McChesney’s apparent arrival to the Unholy Alliance as well, as McChesney’s obsession over the Super Indy Title seemed to overrule his loyalty to the IWC brand and locker room. Sweeney fought through the pain, fought through the loss of blood, but as McChesney opened the wound further, the champion only grew weaker. After a McChesney frog splash, Sweeney had no more left in his system, and McChesney had captured his fourth Super Indy Title in very large part to Dennis Gregory. After the match, Chris Hero, a close friend of Sweeney’s who was actually brought back into IWC by Dennis Gregory, was noticeably very upset about Gregory’s actions toward Sweeney. The situation erupted into a violent brawl backstage later in the show that needed several members of the locker room to step in between.

Gregory’s Heavyweight Title defense later that night against previous champion Ricky Reyes was conveniently officiated by longtime Alliance sympathizer Steven Colter. But as Colter began to show signs of his old biased ways, promoter Norm Connors summoned referee CJ Sensation to oversee the action. However the numbers game became too much, and Sebastian Dark’s involvement, as well as John McChesney’s blatant interference led to Dennis Gregory retaining the championship. The entire newly-reformed Unholy Alliance, minus HENTAI who was sitting in on commentary for the DVD release, took liberties on Reyes, and also Bolen who had attempted to make the save but was also outnumbered. However, Sterling James Keenan made his long-anticipated IWC return, clearing the ring of Gregory and company, and the battle lines had officially been drawn again. SJK accepted Norm Connors’ personal apology, and also accepted a proposed shot at the IWC Heavyweight Title, but first SJK wanted the other individual directly responsible for SJK losing his title opportunity: Brent Albright.

IWC Tag Team Champions Michael “The Bomber" Façade and Johnny Gargano shocked the IWC world by surviving the Tag Team Title Gauntlet at Super Indy VI to become the new tag team champions. Façade & Gargano were out to prove it wasn’t just a fluke, but had their work cut out for them against former three-time champions Mickey & Marshall Gambino, along with Viki Gambino at ringside. The Gambinos were indeed able to end the Façade/Gargano feel-good story, despite J-Rocc at ringside personally endorsing and aiding the new champions. J-Rocc was able to temporarily counter-act the involvement of Viki Gambino until The Hollywood Balds made their presence known, allowing Viki to inflict more damage, spraying an unknown substance into Gargano’s eyes, leaving him temporarily blind. Mickey & Marshall took advantage of a 2-on-1 situation, and annihilated Façade with a super bomb en route to victory. After the match, the assault continued, with all five members of The Family standing tall.

However, The Hollywood Balds defeated Sexual Harassment in a #1 Tag Title Contender Match earlier in the night thanks to a miscommunication between Eric Xtasy & Justin Idol. Xtasy & Idol had already hit their signature move “The Rose Creeper" to cap off one of the most bizarre and unusual tag team encounters in IWC history. However, with Eric Xtasy on the ropes celebrating instead of attempting a cover, the Balds recovered and scored a shocking win. With The Hollywood Balds earning the right to the next tag team title shot in that match, will the glory of the gold re-create a rift in the Gambino Family?

Jon Bolen was victorious in his first official match back in IWC, defeating Chris Hero who was hired by Dennis Gregory to dispose of Bolen, who had ruined Gregory’s victory celebration and post-match attack on Ricky Reyes at Super Indy VI. Bolen scored the win with his patented Meltdown maneuver.

“Da Good Guy" Azrieal moved one step closer to Super Indy Title contention by defeating former champion “Balls Hot" Troy Lords who in spite of losing, showed an increased aggressive streak and heightened determination to once again wear IWC singles gold.

After absolutely stellar nights in singles competition at Super Indy VI, Shiima Xion & Jason Gory reformed their Babyface Fire tag team to great success, defeating young ROH prospects Ernie Osiris & “Sugarfoot" Alex Payne.

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IWA Deep South returned to the beautiful state of Alabama for a 7-7-07 show titled “Risking It All." The place was the National Guard Armory in Sylacauga.

The overarching storyline was further escalation in the Mid-South/Deep South war. Ian Rotten’s amazing promo was gasoline on the fire.

In the ring, the quality was there. There wasn’t one bad match on the show. As expected, Quackenbush/Rave was excellent. Daffney and Knuckles had a really good match. Younger vs. Freakshow was just plain nuts. Overall, I rated it a shade below their last two shows. Some of that was the crowd.

Deep South crowds usually have great energy, but that wasn’t the case last night. The ceiling of the place was coated with acoustic tiles to deaden the sound, which was they last thing this show needed. The building in Pell City was a lot nicer, but they lost it. Rumor has it that a veteran with stroke is out to eliminate hardcore wrestling in the state of Alabama.

(1) Chrisjen Hayme defeated Salvatore Rinauro and Patrick Bentley and Jarrett Tyler in a four way elimination match in a total time of 16:51. Hayme’s entrance was the only one that got much response. Rinauro tagged Hayme before the lock up. Hayme and Tyler went at breakneck pace until Hayme pinned Tyler with an elevated dragon suplex at 2:27. Rinauro tagged Bentley and did play-by-play commentary, until Bentley and Hayme wised up and brought him in the hardway. Bentley nailed Rinauro with a series of big moves. The fireman’s carry flipped into a backbreaker was sweet. But Rinauro caught Bentley with an O’Connor Roll using the ropes at 9:16. Rinauro soon gained the advantage on Hayme. He channeled a little Rick Rude here. Rinauro ate a dropkick to set up Hayme’s comeback. Hayme got a thee count with a reverse huracanrana, but Rinauro’s feet were clearly on the ropes. Referee Jimbo Fisher caught his mistake and called for the restart. Rinauro hit a floatover stunner and his turnbuckle-assisted Pele, but couldn’t but Hayme away. Hayme hit a muso to score the pinfall. Decent match. Dead crowd, which was pretty much the story all night.

(2) Chuck Taylor beat Kory Chavis in 10:02. The crowd gave Chavis a warm welcome. Taylor’s quirky smart ass humor was in full effect. He slapped Chavis across the face and paid dearly for it, as Chavis punished him with a series of power moves. Taylor took over when Chavis missed a running high kick. He ordered the parents of a crying infant to make that baby shut up. Taylor hit a belly to belly suplex and was all full of himself. Chavis pasted Taylor with an enzuigiri up side the head to start the comeback. His high kick connected for a near fall. Taylor scored with a missile dropkick and hit a cutthroat neckbreaker for a near fall. Taylor called for the Awful Waffle, but Chavis blocked it and hit the Spinesplitta for a false finish. The finish saw Taylor shove referee James Dewberry into the ropes to crotch Chavis on top. Taylor brought Chavis off the turnbuckle with a sick Splash Mountain style piledriver. After the match, Taylor scared the bejeezus out of a little girl and made her cry. Some really poor judgement there. The crowd gave Chavis a “please come back" chant.

(3) Mickie Knuckles beat Daffney via submission in 9:55. Daffney was coming off an awesome performance against Mike Jackson Friday night on the Wrestle Birmingham show. She did about the most stellar jobs of selling a knee injury I’ve ever witnessed. And she was great at it again here. Surprisingly, Daffey got a stronger entrance pop than Knuckles. Daffney did the test of strength deal where she kept switching hands. Then she pinched Knuckles. Daffney reversed a cravate into an inverted facelock. Knuckles popped her in the jaw and said, “I can’t bend like that." Daffney’s bad knee went out. Knuckles went after the knee with a vengeance, contorting it with leglocks. The “Scream Queen" was screaming. Knuckles was showing her cold-blooded killer side, and the sympathy factor was clearly with Daffney. Knuckles strapped Daffney to the tree of woe. But Daffney grabbed Knuckles by the head and flipped over her for a sitout reverse DDT. They got into a wicked chop exchange. Daffney’s chest was covered with red welts after the match. Daffney spiked Knuckles with a crossed-ankles spinning headscissors. Knuckles got right back on the injured knee. She applied a full nelson leglock combo and Daffney tapped. As grueling as the match was, there were no hard feeling afterwards. Good round of applause for both.

(4) Ricochet beat Iceberg in 7:31. It was the ultimate David and Goliath scenario, and these were two guys that could make it entertaining. Iceberg bullied and no sold and then systematically and sadistically destroyed Ricochet. Iceberg was having a good old time. He hit a classic gourdbuster and pulled Ricochet up at the count of two. Iceberg planted Ricochet on the turnbuckles. Out of nowhere, Ricochet leapfrogged Iceberg for a flying reverse DDT. Ricochet went right back up for the 450 to get the pin. Iceberg was a sore loser. He decked ref Jimbo Fisher and pancaked Ricochet with a Ground Zero splash.

(5) Cabana Man Dan beat Insane Lane in a respect match (9:11). Lane is over. He’s a lot like Necro Butcher. Lane looks horrible and he’s not very athletic, but he has a deceiving amount of skill and an unflinching willingness to take psychotic quantities of punishment. CMD was stretching him early. Lane reversed with a body scissors pinning combination. Lane hit a spinning one-armed side slam and continued to toss CMD around. Dan lured Lane over near the ropes and tied his knee in knots. Dan did the flip flop chops to Lane’s chest – 25 with each flip flop. Lane hit a capture suplex to spark the comeback. He used an airplane spin and miraculously showed no ill effects to his knee. Lane dropped Dan on his head with a pumphandle maneuver but no pin. Lane planted Dan on the top turnbuckle to set up his finisher. Dan countered by launching a Shiranui from the middle rope. Lane kicked out just after the three count.

Dan refused to shake Lane’s hand and slapped him. He slapped Dewberry as well. Hayme came out and Dan shoved him aside. He’s become a complete arrogant asshole of late. Lane said Dan was developing a bully complex.

Ian Rotten cut an enraged, venomous promo to open the second half. He railed against internet posts stating that the injury he suffered when Freakshow drove a railroad spike into his eye was fake. Rotten targeted a guy in the first row as known as Wheelchair Matt as one of the culprits, calling him “a retarded wheelchair asshole." Rotten said his surgery cost 9K and the recovery time cost him two months of being able to earn a living. Rotten said the fans didn’t know about that because they were on welfare. He totally reamed out the fans of Deep South. His comeback were so quick and devastating to where none of the fans wanted to mess with him. A fan pointed out that Rotten was wearing an Alabama hat. Rotten said Bear Bryant was his hero, but Bryant was rolling in his grave. He wiped his ass with the hat. He addressed a dried up prune of a woman in the first row. “I hope you have your first orgasm in 40 years and drop dead." Rotten said he was hardcore royalty. He promised to deliver Freakshow’s head on a silver platter on 9/1 in Pelham. It ended with Rotten daring a fan to try him, and the refs had to coming running out to intervene.

(6) Mitch Ryder pinned Brad Armstrong after hitting him with the Tennessee chain in 12:15. A total throwback to old school southern style. Ryder did mic work disrespecting the fans and his opponent. He must have the raspiest voice on the planet. Armstong’s reply was short and sweet. “The talking’s over. Don’t sing it. Bring it." Quick pin attempts by Armstong to start. Ryder took a TO. Armstong did his classic babyface flurry and Ryder bailed again. Ryder heeled. The crowd got behind Brad. Ryder grounded Armstrong and used the ropes for extra leverage. Armstrong came back with some great looking punches. He hit a flying bodypress and Ryder rolled through for a two count. Armstrong used a flying crucifix for a near fall. Ref bump. Ryder pulled out the chain. Pow! It knocked the spit out of Armstrong’s mouth. 1-2-3.

Armstrong said that was more than a closed fist. The crowd told him the truth of the matter. Armstrong said Ryder needed back up, but he had some back up of his own, and it was ba-ba-bad to the bone. Armstrong said he was going to get his daddy for a tag match on 9/1.

(7) Mike Quackenbush beat Jimmy Rave via submission with the Lightning Lock Beta to retain the IWA Deep South Title in 18:56. With Quackenbush egging him on, Rave did a lot more wrestling and a lot less stalling than his last time in Deep South. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Quack is an awesome babyface. They did a clever spot where Quack applied the first of many leglocks and Rave got the break by biting the bottom rope. Rave said he never smelled so much stink in one place and ordered the people to move back. They didn’t. Quack clotheslined Rave over the top, sat him down in the first row and chopped the hell out him. Quack asked Rave how it smelled. Quack said he didn’t like feeling disconnected from the crowd and asked them to slide their chairs closer. They did. Rave took over with a hotshot into the turnbuckle. Rave slammed Quack’s face into a chair and poured a Coke over his head. Rave did a side Russian legsweep into headscissors/armbar combo. Rave gnawed on Quack’s fingers when the ref wasn’t looking. Rave choked him with his wrist tape. Quack hit a dragon screw legwhip. Quack blocked two superplex attempts and hit a springboard back elbow. That got the Quack was on fire now. Rave went for a high knee and took a bump over the top. Quack gave Rave a wicked kneebreaker on the apron. Quack applied the figure four. Rave made the ropes. Rave scored close near falls with a spear and a knee to the face. Rave went to the top. Quack stunned him with a palm strike and hit a top rope huracanrana. Quack applied the inverted cloverleaf and Rave tapped.

(8) Freakshow beat Drake Younger in a hardcore falls-count-anywhere match (9:22). They wisely saved all the blood and guts for last. A variety of weapons were strewn around the ring. Younger called Sylacauga a piece of crap town and vowed to whip the hell out of the people’s hero for putting his mentor out of action. Younger slipped on a dive attempt as Show was circling the ring. Fortunately, he got enough hang time to make contact. Younger swung for the fences with the tack bat, and Show was bleeding from multiple puncture wounds within the first minute. Show gave Younger a fallaway slam onto a ladder that was propped against the ropes. The crowd chanted his name. Show used a studded crutch and Younger juiced. Show stomped a barbed wire chair onto Younger’s head. Younger was gushing from around the ear. Show gave Young a sidewalk slam on a barbed wire chair. Show laid Younger to waste with a brain cell killing chair shot. He set up a steel coffin of chairs with a ladder on top. But it was Younger that gave Show a huracanrana into the steel coffin, which got a well deserved “holy shit" chant. Show kicked out. Younger hit a Samoan drop onto the ladder and Show kicked out again. Younger puked a small puddle in the ring and carried on. For the finish, Younger took a top rope flip bump through a light tube and barbed wire table that was conveniently placed at ringside.

Rotten lead a contingent of Mid-South wrestlers including Knuckles, Ryder, Taylor and Ricochet into the ring to beat give Show the beatdown. That sparked a “Fuck Mid-South" chant. They also laid out Deep South owner Kevin Brannen. Rotten ended it by draping his IWA Mid-South t-shirt over Show’s body. The Mid-South guys left through a side door dragging Younger with them. Freakshow recuperated enough to address the fans. He said he started this war himself and he was finishing it at Pelham.

NOTES: Low Ki makes his IWA Deep South debut on 9/1 in Pelham…For their next Tuesday night show in Elkmont on 7/10, Full Throttle Wrestling is bringing in Traci Brooks, ODB, Seth Skyfire and Tracy Smothers...Rotten said he expected to receive clearance to wrestle on 7/20 and planned to do a match on 7/21…As always, the DVD of last night’s Deep South show will be available through Smart Mark Video with color commentary by Quackenbush and Rinauro among others.