Reported by Adam Martin of WrestleView.com
Georgia Wrestling History for June 28, NWA Main Event, + NECW review
On Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 5:33 PM EST GEORGIA WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 06/28/2008
World Wrestling Entertainment will be at the Taylor County Coliseum in Abilene, TX, tonight. (Rich Tate)
Ring of Honor will be at the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge, IL, tonight. Advertised: Jimmy Jacobs versus Austin Aries; Nigel McGuinness versus Jerry Lynn; Bryan Danielson versus Claudio Castagnoli; Brent Albright & Roderick Strong versus Adam Pearce and a mystery partner; Kevin Steen & El Generico versus Tyler Black & Necro Butcher; a lights out match featuring Chris Hero versus Pelle Primeau; Jay Briscoe versus Erick Stevens; and a four-way featuring Alex Payne, Rhett Titus, Silas Young, and Delirious. Also advertised are appearances by Jonny Fairplay, Larry Sweeney, and Daizee Haze. Results from the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton, OH, on June 27: Shane Hagadorn & Tank Tolland over Mitch Franklin & Silas Young; Tyler Black over Delirious; Claudio Castagnoli over Jay Briscoe & Brent Albright in a three-way; Erick Stevens over Bryan Danielson; Necro Butcher over Austin Aries; Kevin Steen & El Generico over Jimmy Jacobs & Joey Matthews; Chris Hero over Roderick Strong; and a double disqualification was called in the title versus title match between ROH World Heavyweight Champion Nigel McGuinness and NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce. (Rich Tate)
Great Championship Wrestling debuts in Villa Rica, GA, on June 28 with a special show at Johnny's Pizza. The advertised card includes a GCW Heavyweight Title match with Johnny Swinger defending against Micah Taylor. Cru Jones defends the GCW Interstate Title against J-Rod. Murder One faces Scotty Beach in a No DQ Street fight. Also advertised are Orion Bishop and John Bogie. 7pm bell time. For more info call 678-840-5111. Results from the GCW show on June 26 in Phenix City, AL, at the GR8 SK8 Plex, with a reported sellout crowd of 320: Shaun Banks pinned Scotty Beach. J-Rod pinned Zero Tolerance. Tex Monroe & Alex Silva beat Orion Bishop & Murder One (with Wicked Nemesis). GCW Interstate Champion Cru Jones (with Quentin Michaels) pinned Micah Taylor when Johnny Swinger interfered. GCW Heavyweight Champion Johnny Swinger & Sonny Siaki (with Quentin Michaels & Tracy) beat David Young & Bull Buchanan when Siaki pinned Young. Princeton Gainey III announced that he fired The Bruiser and would be looking for another wrestler to manage in addition to attempting to sign Randall Johnson. He spent the night scouting Zero Tolerance. Taylor McKnight made the announcement that Diane Hewes had scheduled the matches for next week, including a one night 8-man singles tournament and Swinger (c) vs. Micah Taylor for the GCW title & Tracy Taylor. Quentin Michaels said Hewes only gets half of what she wants and made it a title match only. McKnight said Hewes had named Tracy Taylor as special referee for the match. (Larry Goodman)
AWA World-1 South will be at Buck’s Place in Ellaville, GA, tonight, located at US Highway 19 South and 997 South Broad Street. Bell time is 8:00 PM. Advertised: the Bug defends the W1S Southern Heavyweight Title against Tommy Rich; Jake Roberts versus Lou Cypher; Jake Slater versus Chick Donovan; a three-way featuring Pete Cannon, Brokishi, and Pain; Ricky Romeo versus Francisco Ciatso; and Barney Rumble versus Big Bank Barfield. Call (229) 942-0902 for more information. (Rich Tate)
The advertised card for the Prime Time Pro Wrestling show tonight at the Community Center in Manchester, GA, is as follows: Colt Derringer vs. Rob Adonis, Truitt Fields vs. Hayden Young, Sal Rinauro vs. Ace Rockwell, Southside Trash vs. Ron Stalker & Dustin Powers, Frankie Valentine vs. Adrian Hawkins and Thomas Britain & Simon Sermon vs. El Loco, Jr., & JJ Flash. Bell time is 8 p.m., with a Kids Fest at 6 p.m., and pics and autographs with the wrestlers at 7 p.m. (Larry Goodman)
Championship Wrestling Overload presents “Bad Blood” tonight at the Johnson County Recreation Department in Wrightsville, GA. Doors open at 7:00 PM, and bell time is at 7:30. Tickets are $6 for adults, kids 6-12 get in for $3, and kids under 6 get in free with a paid adult. Advertised: "The Prodigal Son" Bobby Joiner will defend the National Heavyweight Championship against "The Bulldog" TW James. In a triple threat match for the #1 contender's spot for the CWO Tag Team Championship: Shawn Hunter & Will Allen vs. Ringlord & Kage vs. Flatline & JT Crews. Iron Bear will defend the CWO Southern States Championship against Cynder. Loco Motive will take on CWO Tag Champion Damien Dread. Derrick Andrew Reynolds will take on CWO Tag Champion Damien. Cowboy will take on Colonel Ivan Parker. Also advertised: “The Chainsaw Wielding Madman” Leatherface, "The Steel Scorpion" Mad Mac Davis, and the CWO debut of “The Big Game Hunter” Johnny Camo. (Thomas Bugg)
The All-Star Wrestling Network returns to the Wrestleplex in Fort Valley, GA, tonight at 8:00 PM. AWN will be having a one night tournament to determine the new AWN Heavyweight champion. In the first round, it is advertised to be Paul Warfield vs. Iron Will, Shawn Hunter vs. Mike Kross, Sam Slaughter vs. "Dark Rebel" Jerry Thompson, and Pitbull vs. Ash. The winners advance until only one is left standing as the new champion. Tickets are $8 for ringside, $6 for general admission, $5 for Military and seniors, $4 for kids 7-14, and free for kids 6 and under. For more information call (478) 397-5734. (Brian Slack)
Down South Hardcore Wrestling will be having a show at the Multiplex in Darien, GA, tonight benefiting the kids of the Sam's Memorial Church of God basketball team, collecting money for uniforms, traveling expenses, etc. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Advertised: Cameron LaRue vs. The Phoenix, Morbid Angel & T-Money vs. The Gangsta Nation, Morgan Davis vs. Unknown Artist, and a 10 Minute Locker Room Invitational - basically United States Champion Dallas Riley is challenging anyone in the DSHW locker room to go 10 minutes in the ring with him. (Thomas Bugg)
Global Championship Wrestling will be in Pell City, AL, tonight at the Civic Center. Advertised: In a GCW Heavyweight title match, Jesse Pain defends the belt against Theodore Tutwiler III w/Howard C Cross. The Samoan Soldiers defend the GCW Tag Titles against Joey Lightning & Adam Armor. Antonio Garza vs. "Wild Thing" Will Owens. In a mixed tag grudge match, Genni Right & Maddog vs. Veronica Fairchild & David Young. Soul Crusher vs. The Nasty Kritter. The INHuman Fly vs. "So Fine" Frankie Valentine. Bell time is 7:30 PM and admission is $10. (Brian Slack)
Report from the June 27 United States Wrestling Organization show at the Stadium Inn in Nashville, TN: 75 graced the Stadium Inn with their presence. Our USWO official is Mark Owen. It is announced that there will be NO wrestling at the Stadium Inn next weekend due to events downtown. Psycho Medic vs. Intern went to a no contest when Quinton Quarisma & J.C. Crowe ran out and attacked both. USWO Jr. Champion Shane Smalls beat Brian Casey and Cousin Jason X when Smalls pinned Casey, Seven (with Charming Charles) beat New York Gangster. Lee Cross beat Jason James in a "loser gets whipped by fans who win a raffle" match. In an interesting note, Ronnie "BA" Brown appeared at the show last night and he had to adjust James' attitude a couple of times. Andy Douglas beat Tim Renesto (with Charming Charles) by DQ when Charles ran in and hit Douglas with his cane. Quinton Quarisma & J.C. Crowe beat LT Falk & Damien Payne 2-1 in a 2/3 fall/no countout/no DQ match to win the vacant USWO tag Team Championship. (Larry Goodman, courtesy of Jimmie Daniel)
DISCLAIMER: GWH is not liable for any card changes, cancellations, etc. We can only report what is reported to us. As always, we suggest you check with the promotion within 24 hours to verify information posted here.
Jerry Lawler did a guest spot during the Tony Clifton (Bob Zmuda) show at the Georgia Theater in Athens Friday night. Click here for a clip of the confrontation between Lawler and Clifton. (Larry Goodman)
Click here for Richard Berger’s updated Perspectives on Wrestling, featuring another installment on the history of hardcore wrestling. (Rich Tate)
Happy birthday to Bob Kelly (72), Bill Dromo (71), and John Heidenreich (36).
In Memoriam: Larry Kasaboski (70, 1985).
JUNE 28, 1920 (MONDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – PONCE de LEON BALL PARK (J. Hume McDonald – Promoter) > Jack Wilson defeated Captain Gordon at 10:30 > Jack Wilson defeated Chick Williams at 13:00 / Notes: Captain Gordon and Chick Williams substituted for John Demetral in the matches with Jack Wilson.
JUNE 28, 1934 (THURSDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – MORELAND ARENA (Promoter – Unknown) > Charlie Norman versus Young Gotch > Hugh Winn versus Wayne Coleman > Ted Radcliffe versus John Mauldin / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.
JUNE 28, 1935 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – RIVERSIDE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Sammy Miller versus Foy Rivers > Glenn Cowan versus Emilio Firpo > Honey Boy Hackney versus Totem Pole Anderson / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. John Mauldin was credited as being a referee for this card.
JUNE 28, 1946 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tiny Oxford defeated Joe Kirkland by disqualification > Ralph Garibaldi and Nick Carter wrestled to a draw > Johnny Long & Joe Marsh defeated Jack Hader & Dick Lever > The French Angel defeated Jack Dillon
JUNE 28, 1951 (THURSDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Nick Carter and Mike Paidousis wrestled to a draw > Don McIntyre defeated Babe Zaharias > Ben Morgan defeated Lou Plummer
JUNE 28, 1954 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Harry Smith versus Jack Steele > Don McIntyre versus El Toro > Jerry Graham versus Chief Big Heart > Art Nelson versus Clyde Steeves / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.
JUNE 28, 1956 (THURSDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rocky Columbo defeated Danny McShain by disqualification > Red McIntyre defeated Jerry Graham by disqualification
JUNE 28, 1957 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Oni Wiki Wiki defeated Red Dugan > Rip Hawk defeated Al Massey > Freddie Blassie defeated Jack Curtis > Southern Heavyweight Title Match (No DQ / No TL): Kurt Von Brawner* defeated Don McIntyre / Notes: It is unclear as to how Kurt Von Brawner came to be recognized as Southern Heavyweight Champion. He had been billed as such in Marietta since June 7, 1957, and had lost the title to Don McIntyre on June 14, 1957, in Atlanta. The program we have for this card continues to reference Bill Hartman (Ticket Sales) and Simon Davis (Timekeeper) as part of the office staff in Atlanta. According to the program, the “Live Atlanta Wrestling” television program can now be seen “on Channel 11 every Wednesday night at 10:45”, minus the previously noted Budweiser Beer sponsorship. There was a mention in this program of the passing of Tom Jenkins on June 19, 1957, as well as the fact that Edouard Carpentier had defeated Lou Thesz for the NWA World Heavyweight Title in Chicago, IL, on June 14, 1957. It was announced that Mike Clancy would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.
JUNE 28, 1960 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Leo Garibaldi and the Mighty Yankee wrestled to a draw > Midget Match: Cowboy Bradley defeated Tiny Roe > Gorgeous George defeated Doug Gilbert / Notes: Gorgeous George was escorted to the ring by his valet Jeffries.
JUNE 28, 1961 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Dillon, Tommy Bell & the Masked Phantom (2) defeated Doug Kinslow, Johnny Reid & Guy Mitchell > Texas Death Match: Marco Polo defeated Jerry Graham
JUNE 28, 1963 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Don McIntyre – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tim Geohagen defeated Jack Bence > Bill Dromo defeated Bulldog Lawley > Corsica Joe defeated Dick Steinborn > Matt Jewell defeated Bull Williams > Chief Little Eagle defeated Johnny Weaver > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Lou Thesz* and Ray Gunkel wrestled to a draw / Notes: Lou Thesz had been the reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Buddy Rogers on January 24, 1963, in Toronto, ON. It was announced that Dick the Bruiser would be wrestling on the card on July 12, 1963, and that Rip Tyler, Judy Grable, the Proud Rebel, and the Fabulous Moolah would be wrestling in Atlanta soon.
JUNE 28, 1966 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Bence and Jack Armstrong wrestled to a draw > Danny Little Bear defeated Pancho Rosario > Dick Steinborn & Mario Galento defeated the Infernos / Notes: J.C. Dykes managed the Infernos.
JUNE 28, 1969 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WQXI STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Dromo defeated Tony Nero > Bob Armstrong defeated Skandor Akbar > El Mongol & the Professional defeated Paul DeMarco & Assassin #1 / Notes: This was taped for the “Atlanta TV Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral.
JUNE 28, 1974 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jack Welch and Steve Keirn wrestled to a draw > Bill Dromo defeated Big Mac > Hurricane Hester defeated Don Kernodle > Jerry Oates defeated Big John by disqualification > Ron & Terry Garvin defeated Roberto Soto & Bob Orton, Jr. > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Mr. Wrestling #1 & the Professional defeated Ole & Gene Anderson* by disqualification > Brass Knuckles Match: Buddy Colt defeated Louie Tillet / Notes: Jimmy Garvin managed Ron & Terry Garvin.
JUNE 28, 1975 (SATURDAY) – GRIFFIN, GA – GRIFFIN-BARNESVILLE SPORTS PALACE (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Derrell Cochran defeated Moose Morowski > Abdullah the Butcher defeated Mike McCord by disqualification > Hair Match: Bob Armstrong defeated Billy Spears > Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr., defeated Mike Stallings & Mr. Wrestling #1 / Notes: Following the match between Bob Armstrong and Billy Spears, Mike Stallings and Mr. Wrestling #1 had to restrain Spears while Armstrong shaved his head. During the event, Moose Morowski was seen standing at ringside laughing at his friend Spears. Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher. Gary Hart managed Dick Slater and Bob Orton, Jr. Ron West was credited as being a referee for this card.
JUNE 28, 1976 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mitsu Hata defeated El Bracero > Ron Bass and Skip Young wrestled to a draw > Jerry Oates defeated Yasu Fuji by disqualification > Dick Slater & Abdullah the Butcher defeated Thunderbolt Patterson & Mr. Wrestling #2 > Lights Out Cage Match (No TL): Ted Oates defeated Wayne Cowan / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher.
JUNE 28, 1977 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Richard Blood defeated Charlie Fulton at 12:00 > Randy Savage defeated Don Kernodle at 11:00 > Pak Song defeated Mike Stallings at 6:00 > Thunderbolt Patterson defeated Waldo Von Erich by disqualification > World Tag Team Title Match: Ole & Gene Anderson* defeated Mr. Wrestling #1 & #2 / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Pak Song.
JUNE 28, 1978 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Rick McGraw versus Charles Daugherty > Len Denton versus Pez Whatley > Rick Martel versus Pete Austin > Tommy Rich, Stan Hansen & Mr. Wrestling #2 versus Ole Anderson, Ivan Koloff & Abdullah the Butcher > Georgia Heavyweight Title Match: King Kong Mosca* versus Dick Slater / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Rock Hunter managed Abdullah the Butcher.
JUNE 28, 1979 (THURSDAY) – ROME, GA – ROME MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM (Charlie Harben – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tommy Rich versus Ivan Koloff > Bob Armstrong & Ray Candy versus Blackjack Lanza & the Masked Superstar / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Bobby Heenan managed Blackjack Lanza and the Masked Superstar.
JUNE 28, 1982 (MONDAY) – TALLADEGA, AL (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tom Prichard and Chick Donovan wrestled to a draw > Michael Hayes defeated Buzz Sawyer by disqualification > Tommy Rich defeated the Masked Superstar > The Freebirds defeated Ole Anderson & Buzz Sawyer
JUNE 28, 1984 (THURSDAY) – WHEELING, WV (Les Thatcher – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Jake Roberts defeated Dale Veasey > Nikolai Volkoff defeated Tommy Rogers > Les Thornton and Tim Horner wrestled to a draw > The Spoiler defeated the Masked Superstar > Brad Armstrong defeated Ted DiBiase > Ron Garvin & the Junkyard Dog defeated the Road Warriors / Notes: Paul Ellering managed Jake Roberts, Ted DiBiase, the Spoiler, and the Road Warriors.
Larry Goodman sent this report in:
NWA Main Event
Airing June 14, 2008 on Nashville’s ION affiliate WNPX 28
Taped June 10, 2008 at the Nashville State Fairgrounds Sports Arena
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The show opened with a man in a Patriot mask sawing a log. There was a dilapidated shack in the background. “This saw just can’t cut it,” he said. Cut to a shot of the mask, gloves and an “NWA Tradition” t-shirt lying on the window sill.
The NWA Main Event broadcast team Jason James and Tyler Clemens informed us that the masked man was El Jackador.
(1) Shank “The Freak” Barzini beat. J. T. Lightning. Two guys in from Coliseum Championship Wrestling. If your thinking Shank Barzini would be a Mafioso type dude, you would be wrong, as Barzini is a gothic tatted up guy, who looks likes Azrael (NWA Anarchy) with a Mohawk. Mostly Barzini killing his undersized opponent with power moves. At one point, Lightning damn near landed on his head taking a powerslam. At another, Barzini potatoed Lightning to where he was too loopy to kicked out. Barzini let up on the pin and ref Jerry Ryman stopped his count. Barzini went up top high risk with a moonsault. No reward. Lightning made the big comeback. Finish saw Lightning come up short on a twisting high crossbody off the middle rope. Barzini managed to catch him and roll through for a pin that the camera missed.
The first of several ads ran for the Slam Jam 2008 on June 21. They’ve added Marc Anthony vs. Ali Stevens for the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title along with the Nick Gulas Memorial Battle Royal. The June 17 card features a contract signing for that match along with L.T. Falk vs. Eric Wayne and Andy Douglas vs. Payne.
(2) Steven Green pinned Damien Payne (with K-9 Kohl) in 7:20. An impromptu match ordered by NWA authority Jeff Daniels to punish Payne for putting the figure four on Green after their match last week. They were putting over Green’s flying, as he was on fire early using a huracanrana and a half-assed Stinger splash to score near falls. Kohl distracted the ref so Payne could use a low blow on Green. Clemens said with the Naturals broken up, Payne and Kohl were the best tag team in the company. Typical heel tactics by Payne. He applied a sleeper. Green refused to go to beddy-bye and broke it with a jawbreaker. Nice dropkick by Green for a near fall. Payne raked the eyes and took his sweet time setting up the figure four. Green reversed it with an inside cradle for the pin.
(3) Steve-O beat “Juicy” J. C. Crow. JIP with Clemens talking about this amazing headstand popout move by O that we did not see. Crow took advantage of O’s aggressive nature with a hotshot variation to take over. Crow either has short arms or a long torso. In any case, a weird looking body with a Dennis Condrey looking head on top of it. Crow launced a relentless assault on the arm with a cross armbreaker, a Fujiwara armbar, a Crippler Crossface and single arm DDT. O hit the the most overused double down move in indie wrestling - the enzuigiri. O was running wild until Crow gouged the eyes. Crow went for a leaping corner splash. O was long gone and Crow ate the turnbuckle. O nailed Crow with a superkick to score the pinfall.
Steve-O cut a promo for his match against Slacker J next Tuesday. Problem being that the advertised card listed Barzini as O’s opponent.
We saw Marc Anthony and Charming Charles somewhere in the bowels of the Fairgrounds Arena. Anthony was still wearing the World War II helmet with the inscription “Ronnie P. Gossett,” but this time, he had a toilet seat around his neck and a can of Alpo in his hand. Anthony said they didn’t listen to Ronnie P., because they weren’t ready for “Atomic Dogg” Ali Stevens, who had come to take Charles’ belt. “Not my belt,” said Charles. Anthony said to beat Stevens, you had to walk in his shoes. Anthony gobbled up some of the dog food and poured the remainder on top of his head. The dog food produced a disgusting, brown residue that ran down Anthony’s face onto the toilet seat. Need I say more. Charles again said Anthony was crazier than an outhouse rat and got the hell away from him.
(4) Andy Douglas & L. T. Falk pinned Shane Smalls & Damien Payne in 12:02. Falk worked most of the way for the face side. Once again, he used a ton of arm drags with flippy lucha flourishes. Falk took the heat with another long segment working the arm and lots of shenanigans behind the back of ref Jamie Ferrari. Falk hit a swinging neckbreaker and hot-tagged Douglas. His house cleaning looked terrific. Douglas hit a flatliner on Smalls and Payne made the save. The heels did a stellar collision spot. It was breaking down, and after being Mr. Law and Order last week, Ferrari had clearly gone soft. Douglas kicked out a double flapjack. Falk kicked out of a double team gutbuster. Smalls and Payne locked arms to block a double sunset flip. Ferrari kicked them apart and made the three count.
An Adam Pearce promo aired for his NWA World Heavyweight Title defense against “Boogie Woogie Boy” Gary Valiant on the June 14 NWA Top Rope show. Pearce managed to disrespect Boogie, the state of Tennessee, Jimmy, and even Big Mama all in the same promo. Sweet.
Falk cut a backstage promo for a match against Barzini next Tuesday instead of his advertised opponent, Eric Wayne.
Smalls cut a promo on J. T. Lightning, raising the production department’s batting average to .333 on promo/match combos. Smalls said he would blow through anybody to get his NWA Mid-America X Division Title back from Falk.
Ali Stevens vs. Marc Anthony (with Charming Charles) was presumably a no contest. Anthony was hiding near the babyface dressing room and attacked Stevens from behind. Anthony was wearing streetfight gear. He was dragging Stevens around by his own chain. There was this awesome spot where Stevens split a table over Anthony’s head. They brawled on the far side of the arena and up into the bleachers. The other wrestlers came out in an attempt to pull them apart. Daniels and promoter Mike Porter were out there. Off camera, Anthony knocked Daniels down. Stevens did a dive off the bleachers. Clemens called it a 10 foot drop. That’s wrestling measurement, so in actuality it was more like 6 feet. Quite a melee.
Assistant Commissioner Gordon and Daniels were backstage. Gordon said George Gulas was going to The Board to get a decision before Tuesday night. Daniels cut a wrestler style promo guaranteeing a contract signing Tuesday night for a match with a stipulation where somebody was going to be get hurt.
A Stevens promo closed the show. Steven admitted he had to have some screws loose to walk around with a 15 foot chain barking like a dog, but Anthony was stupid crazy because he didn’t get the job done.
There are two things you cannot do. You do not fight a man’s women in her kitchen, and you don’t come in a dog’s back yard, cuz you’re gonna get bit, punk.
Closing Thoughts: You could have skipped the first 30 minutes of this show and missed very little of consequence. How hard could it be to either edit the promos out or do a new ad? The second half saved it with two memorable segments, the Anthony vignette and the promo by Daniels. The only good match was the tag bout. Barzini/Lightning and O/Crow were OK matches with lousy finishes. It never ceases to amaze me the way guys will put together a match with all kinds of moves and not take care to hit the most important one- the finish. There wasn’t anything offensive about Green vs. Payne. But nothing especially good either. Green reminds me of Slim J (NWA Anarchy) at an early stage of development. Green should delete the Stinger splash from his repetoire - it's not a move most little guys look good doing. Payne makes me think of 80s wrestler Doug Sommers. The announcers fawn over Steve O like he’s a top level babyface. Based on the last two weeks, I don’t get what they see in him, although his match this week was a big improvement. Airing promos for matches that aren’t happening does not speak well for Main Event’s quality control. Neither did the camera work on this show, as they missed two finishes. Today’s fans have seen so much, it’s tough for anything to generate a visceral response, but the Anthony vignette did it for me. There’s a bizarre and twisted form of genius at work here – a truly memorable segment. I enjoyed Pearce’s promo. As far as TV helping to draw crowds, Mike Sircy’s biggest card of the year featuring the NWA World Title match had the benefit of ads on both SAW and Main Event and drew no better than they did the month before. The tag match had a very good finishing sequence. Falk worked his ass off again. There were points in last week’s match where Falk appeared to be reach beyond the limits of his athletic ability, but not a problem this week. The Stevens/Anthony brawl was not as effective as the clips of their brawl from the previous week. The action was fine, but the segment cried out for a second camera or a better angle or anything to get close to the action. I loved Daniels promo. The guy could always talk. The crucial thing was his personal guarantee of a violent stipulation match for the big show. This was the poor compared to the previous two weeks of Main Event.
Brad Dykens of OnlineWorldofWrestling.com sent this in:
NECW Birthday Bash 7: Caged Fury
August 18, 2007 - Quincy, Massachusetts
Reviewed by Brad Dykens ([email protected]) on June 27, 2008.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM NECW.TV
“Straight Edge” Brian Fury vs. “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards: Brian Fury was fighting for an opportunity to challenge for D.C. Dillinger’s Triple Crown. Not even interference from the Triple Crown champion and “Manager of Champions” Sean Gorman could break Fury’s heart and determination on his way to achieving his dream of winning NECW’s Triple Crown. It was later ruled that interference would not be a factor in the future title match because it would take place inside of a “15-foot” high steel cage. Which brings us to tonight’s card……
TAG TEAM GRUDGE MATCH
DNA (T.J. Richter & Max Bauer, w/Sensational Scott Reed) vs. The Arion Brothers (Frankie Arion & Alex Arion): Alex Arion defeated all three members of DNA the previous month to get his brother, Frankie, reinstated as a wrestler in NECW. I’m not sure if the Arion’s are real life brothers but they sure as hell don’t look like siblings. They managed to work very well together and scored the victory to cement their reunion. The crowd respectfully welcomed Frankie back into the NECW fold, as T.J. Richter threw a fit in the ring and extracted himself from DNA to set out on his own.
Chris Norman & Handsome Johnny + WWE champion Lexxus: Handsome Johnny cut a heel promo, promising to “cash in his thoughts” and issue a challenge to one of the champions of NECW. Johnny then approached the extremely cute WWW (Women’s) champion Lexxus and suggested they go on a date after the show. Lexxus declined the offer, but Johnny told her to “call me” anyway.
WWE WOMEN’S TITLE MATCH
Lexxus (champion) vs. Tanya Lee (challenger): Both of these competitors could be poster-girls for the theory of not judging a book by its cover. Each stands about five feet tall, weighing around a hundred pounds, but don’t be fooled into thinking they are just a couple of flakes. That was the mistake I made last year when I experienced these two fire-crackers for the first time. Tanya Lee, who was without her manager Sean Gorman, is not used to being the challenger, having lost the WWW title to Lexxus six days earlier after a long eight month reign as champion. Highlights of that match (Lee vs. Lexxus vs. Jana vs. Natalia) are included in the Extras section of the DVD. For their Birthday Bash 7 rematch, Lexxus successfully retained her WWW title with a convincing victory over the unusually tame Tanya Lee.
BACKSTAGE (TAPED EARLIER)
Handsome Johnny + Brandon Locke: Handsome Johnny camped out at the door with a steel chair and smashed NECW Television champion “The Real Deal” Brandon Locke with the chair upon his arrival!
NECW TELEVISION MATCH
Brandon Locke (champion) vs. Eddie Edwards (challenger): The two-time Iron 8 champion, “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards, was attempting to add some more hardware to his trophy shelf as he challenged Brandon Locke for the NECW Television title. Both men started the match with a great deal of caution, as the bout escalated into a game of human chess. There was a very old school feel to this contest. It probably helped that Edwards was out there without his devilish manager, Sean Gorman, who was pre-occupied backstage helping D.C. Dillinger prepare for his cage match later. For a few brief moments, Edwards got desperate and resorted to some dirty tactics, but settled back into a classic wrestling match for the remainder of the battle. I guess “Die Hard” Eddie should go back to being a rule-breaker because obeying the rules caused him to come up short in his pursuit. Brandon Locke retains his NECW Television title in a match which will surely be featured on the Best of 2007 DVD (coming soon).
IN THE RING
Brandon Lock & Handsome Johnny: Handsome Johhny entered the ring and praised both men for wrestling “one hell of a match.” Johnny said he was coming back to NECW for championship gold, and challenged Brandon Locke put his TV title on the light right here right now. Locke wisely refused, having just survived in a grueling match with one of New England’s toughest wrestlers. Johnny proceeded to call Brandon a sissy until Locke snapped and beat up the Handsome one and left him laying in the middle of the ring!
ANYTHING GOES FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE MATCH
Big Rick Fuller vs. Evan Siks: Big Rick Fuller is one of the true giants of independent wrestling. I find it so hilarious when NECW announcer Sheldon Goldberg refers to Rick Fuller as a “former World Championship Wrestling star.” Sure he had a cup of tea with WCW but he could hardly be classified as being a “star.” My only memory of him in WCW is getting Torture Racked by Lex Luger. Although it IS quite an accomplishment to have worked for a company as big as WCW. Anyway. This war of the heavyweights ended with “The Human Nightmare” Evan Siks scoring a quick roll-up out of the blue for the victory. Fuller immediately assaulted the referee for committing what he considered a travesty of justice!
Chris Norman & Evan Siks + Michael Sane: Chris Norman approached Evan Siks to ask him what plans he had in his future. The psychotic Michael Sane jumped out of a box that was supposed to be a birthday present for NECW fans. Sane, whose middle name most likely starts with “N,” destroyed Evan Siks and snapped Siks’ neck before proclaiming “I’M BACK!” - This Michael Sane guy is one of the most convincing psychopathic characters I’ve ever seen on an independent show.
BALLROOM BLITZ (INTERGENDER) GRUDGE MATCH
Sean Gorman (tuxedo) vs. Nikki Roxx (evening gown): Nikki Roxx, known to TNA fans as Roxxi Laveaux, was catapulted to independent stardom during her long stint in NECW. One of Roxx’s final acts as unofficial queen of NECW, was to teach the irritating manager of champions, Sean Gorman, a lesson in this Ballroom Blitz - a combination Tuxedo/Evening Gown match. Announcer Sheldon Goldberg remarked “this looks like the top of a wedding cake gone wrong.” Nikki looked almost too good in her beautiful purple evening gown. Sean Gorman said he had nothing to prove, and tried to walk out of the match. Lexxus (mmmmm Lexxus) prevented Gorman from escaping, and tossed him back into the ring to deal with his fate - getting beat up by a girl. There’s no shame in getting beat up by Nikki Roxx; in fact, show me the sign-up sheet and I’ll put my name down. Lexxus acted as a one-woman Lumberjack, pushing Gorman back into the ring every time he tried to escape. Is it wrong that I found myself cheering for Sean Gorman, whose objective was to rip the evening gown from Roxx’s spicy hot body? My prayers went unanswered, as Roxx managed to rip the tuxedo piece by piece off of Gorman’s scrawny body - handing him the ultimate humiliation in front of the NECW fans.
NECW TRIPLE CROWN STEEL CAGE MATCH
D.C. Dillinger vs. “Straight Edge” Brian Fury: As usual, the term “15 foot high steel cage” is just an expression, as thing cage was no more than seven feet above the ring’s surface, plus two feet above the floor - unless D.C. Dillinger is 13 feet tall. The steel cage was used to prevent any of Sean Gorman’s troops from interfering, but that didn’t stop “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards from trying. NECW President Shelton Goldberg took care of Edwards and then slammed the cage door on Dillinger’s face after he got mouthy with Goldberg. Both men were bloodied by the end of the match, which saw Brian Fury do a spectacular Superfly Splash off the top of the cage onto D.C. Dillinger and scored the pinfall to become the new NECW Triple Crown champion!
BONUS MATERIAL: There is lots of extra material included on this DVD like post-match interviews with Brian Fury and an extremely irate D.C. Dillinger. Plus highlights from the fourway match where Lexxus captured the WWW championship, the contract signing between Dillinger & Fury, and finally a promo by “Manager of Champions” Sean Gorman hyping the Ballroom Blitz match. All of this stuff happened before the event so I highly recommend watching the Extras BEFORE you watch the actual event. Another kick-ass DVD from New England’s most respected wrestling promotion.
Reviewed by Brad Dykens ([email protected]) on June 27, 2008.
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