Saturday, February 16, 2008
Tucker over "The Baron" Malkavain
Johnny Vinyl, Rockin' Randy & Pierre Abernathy over Pappy to keep LAW Tag Team Titles
Flash Flanagan over Slim Pickens
Idol Bane over Derrick King in a "Love/Hate" Match
----40 paid, 60 in the building…with a gate close to $240…Flash came out first and then Slim came out to no music to challenge Flash again. Flash was in disbelief that Slim would even want another match after the beating he took the last week…Before the main event, Brandon Espinosa held a raffle to see who would be his Valentine. The winner received a box of candy and their picture taken with Espinosa. After Brandon let the young lady out of the ring, TGB came from the front door with a chair and cracked him over the head. Very little color, refs and security tried to reason with TGB after two chairshots and a brainbuster on the chair TGB announced that in two weeks at LAW "Leap of Faith" it would be TGB vs Espinosa in a Ladder Match for the LAW title…Idol Bane defeated DK in another brutal contest with the help of Jeff O'Dell handing Bane some kind of foreign object. Allowing Bane to hit Derrick with a Haymaker for the 1,2,3…Arnez is out because he has been have blackouts for shoot. Apparently he got a clean bill of health this week, so look for the return of Psycho/Arnez with Pappy sometime in the next few weeks.
Before I jump head-first into my subject matter for this edition, I just want to make a brief comment on last Sunday’s festivities at the “Nightmare” Ken Wayne School of Professional Wrestling. I posted a press release on the event earlier this week and then Brian Tramel posted his thoughts on the event. I don’t know if words could adequately describe the feeling of the moment. I’m not even sure that a DVD of the event could properly display the emotions surrounding the night.
It was one of those “special” moments in wrestling. I’ve had a handful of them in my nearly eight years in the wrestling business, or what’s left of it anyway. Promoting Lethal Attitude Wrestling’s Black River Brawl in 2003 with my then-partners, working on several high profile WWE/MCW cards as a member of the Memphis Championship Wrestling crew and managing the Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton) against the Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) in front of 2,500 fans in Waynesboro, Virginia in 2004, all come to mind but last Sunday joins the list of “special” moments in my career. I could go on and on about it, but I won’t. Congrats to Eric and Kid for graduating!
This week, I want to focus on two events in the national wrestling scene. First, late last week it was announced that WWE SmackDown! will no longer be broadcast on the CW Network at the conclusion of this television season, which I believe will wrap up in late August or early September.
That is really unfortunate, but not unexpected. I guess the writing was on the wall a couple of years ago, when the network moved the show from Thursdays to Fridays.
Do I think SmackDown! will find another network? Certainly.
I think wrestling is still viewed as viable by television officials. Maybe its not as strong as it was during the mid-1980’s and then again in the 1990’s with the then-WWF, WCW and ECW all appearing on national TV stations, but I think someone will want SmackDown!
There is some talk of the MyNetwork TV station picking it up, which I think would be a nice fit. It would be a step down from CW, however, MyNetwork may be willing to get behind the show since it would likely be the highest rated program on the network.
Of course, USA and SciFi are other options discussed. I think of those two, USA would be the most likely. Despite being tied to NBC Universal, through the shows on its cable companies, I just don’t see NBC picking up a weekly series. Saturday Night’s Main Event is probably the best we can hope for on that network.
Lately, I believe that SmackDown! has been the most solid show of the WWE’s three brands. Most of the outrageous storylines and in-ring talk fests are reserved for Monday Night Raw. I’ve enjoyed watching MVP move up the ladder and think there is a money feud between he and Matt Hardy when Hardy returns from injury. Edge is by far the best heel in the business today and Vicki Guerrero has improved. I’m not a huge fan of their “love” storyline, but it has logic in the sense that Edge will do anything to maintain his status as World Heavyweight Champion.
Good luck to WWE in their search for a new home of SmackDown! I’m sure we’ll have good news to report at some time in the future.
Last week also brought news of the demise of the working agreement between WWE and Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). Every time there is a split, it brings me back to 2001 when I was working for then-WWE developmental territory Memphis Championship Wrestling.
We had just completed a four straight show tour that featured several stars such as Rikishi, Jerry Lynn, Raven, Stevie Richards, Ivory and the APA. I basically discovered the news on the internet before it was revealed the following weekend to the boys.
I could feel something wasn’t going right during the tour. WWE officials who were there didn’t seem happy and MCW officials acted a little odd about things. Then the big news came.
Several guys were released from their deals and others were sent to either OVW or the new, at the time, developmental territory Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA).
It was a tough moment.
I can sympathize with the guys recently released and those in the OVW area trying to work toward a deal.
While I understand WWE wanting to move their talents to the Florida Championship Wrestling promotion, I think they should develop their territory system more fully.
During the territory days, a worker would enter a territory, stay for a year or two and then move on to another territory. Usually, each territory had different rules and different things to learn. What may work in Memphis might not work in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a matter of fact, I’m positive it didn’t. Oklahoma fans liked the more hard-hitting, amateur style of wrestling perfected by such greats as Danny Hodge. In Memphis, even today, you saw a little comedy mixed in. I don’t think the old “he’s got an illegal chain,” spot would go over as well in Oklahoma.
Even more recently as the mid 1990’s you could see Knoxville, Tennessee fans enjoying the style of Smoky Mountain Wrestling while that would not get over to the hardcore fans of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
If the WWE had territories spread out across the country, they could develop a nice curriculum. In Territory No. 1, you learn this. In Territory No. 2, you learn this and finally in the last territory you learn the “WWE TV” style that you need. Then you would have a well-rounded athlete.
However, there seems to be a push to rush everybody up. This is the result of injuries and a current lack of top name stars. It’s hard to blame WWE for bringing up a Bobby Lashley too soon, but sometimes it backfires as we have seen with Lashley recently asking for and receiving his release.
These are two interesting stories that we will follow throughout the year. What will happen with SmackDown!? How will OVW proceed? Will FCW succeed or fail as a developmental? Will Brian Tramel win the WWE Title?
Those are all important questions to answer this calendar year.
That’s all for this week. Be sure to tune in, or I mean log onto the site, this time next week for another edition of The Thompson Perspective where I discuss someone who I think has been underutilized and underappreciated. Also, don’t forget to order your copy of the RRO Yearbook 2007. It’s a nice collector’s piece.
Take care all.
(Brian Thompson may be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org)
--Rich Tate's Atlanta Wrestling nostalgia - This day in Atlanta Wrestling history 2.15.08
34 years ago: Mr Wrestling II DDQ Cowboy Bill Watts in the main event at the City Auditorium while Ron & Terry Garvin beat the 750 pound apiece twins Billy & Benny McGuire to keep the tag team titles, and in a Memphis special, Jerry Lawler, managed by Gary Hart went to a draw with Jackie Fargo
--The 14 teams competing on 3/1 at the three-day King of Trios tournament promoted by CHIKARA Pro are Demolition & One Man Gang, Mitch Ryder & Larry Sweeney & Shayne Hawke, Tank Toland & Bobby Dempsey & Sara Del Rey, Kudo & Susumu & Miyawaki, Shawn Reed & Marcus O'Neil & Reno Diamond, Acid Jaz & Willie Richardson & Marshe Rockett, Gran Akuma & Chick Taylor & Icarus, El Generico & Super Smash Brothers, Arik Cannon & Northstar Express, Akua & The Immortals, Lince Dorado & Pantera & Incognito, Kobra Kai & Super Xtremo & La Sombra, Los Ice Creams & ?, and Tim Donst & Drew Gulak & Andy Sumner
JC Crowe b Justin Spade
Rob C b Zack Storm
Steven Green b Damien Payne (w/Fetish) by DQ when Fetish attacked Green as he applied a Boston crab to Payne
Tim Renesto & Lee Cross (w/Charming Charles & Lisa Fayzon) b Gangster & Shawn Hoodrich when Renesto pinned Hoorich
Mark Anthony (w/Charming Charles) b Steve O
PGWA Champion Nikki Roxx b Portia Perez
LT Falk & Cousin Jason X b Quinton Quarisma & Jay Phoenix in a 2/3 falls match to win the USWO Tag Team Championship
Mitch Ryder b Chris Michaels in a #1 contender match by hitting Michaels with a chain
USWO Champion Kid Kash b Mitch Ryder after Michaels came out to distract Ryder, allowing Kash to get the pin----125 paid with a gate over $1,200...I was expecting a PGWA Title change as Perez is back next week here vs Melissa Coates.
Friday, February 15, 2008
I just heard that Carolina Wrestling legend Johnny Weaver passed away today. I was lucky enough to be around Johnny a few times. On the times that I was around Johnny he was a class act. It’s a shame when a class act like Johnny leaves us. It’s just another reminder to me that that glory days of wrestling are gone.
When I got my shot in the Carolina’s it was Nikita Koloff who got me a try out with Nelson Royal. At the time Nelson was starting his own promotion called ACW. They were starting out on the NBC affiliate station WCNC in Charlotte I believe it was at twelve noon. I was supposed to work one match the night of my try out. It was only my second time in the Carolinas and I was booked for Crockett the next night in Norfolk. When I arrived in the building in Mooresville, NC it was packed. I then found out none of his scheduled referee’s had showed up. I had to do all the matches it was a long night for me. I also got the job and was the regular referee for the company after that for as long as it lasted. So I packed up the car and moved to North Carolina. I lived with Nikita Koloff for quite awhile. I had achieved part of my dream of being employed full time by a wrestling company.
It was a shame the company didn’t make it, it was under funded. It was a good company and Nelson was a good man. It was a shame that it was opened in a place that had been pretty much burned out by the NWA. I do believe people wanted to work for Nelson but when you don’t have the funding to put in the time it’s a recipe for disaster.
The other problem the company had was trying to push to many of Nelson’s students at one time. He had a good wrestling school but most of his guys had been jobbed out on Crockett TV. It would have been ok to push one or two but he pushed six or eight. He had some stars and they all worked hard but he tried to help to many people.
I can say this Nelson Royal was one hell of a worker even for an older guy he was tough as nails. I asked Paul Jones one time how good Nelson was in his youth and he said “I can tell you this you couldn’t out work him and you sure couldn’t blow him up”. If Nelson had just focused on the business perhaps things would have been better. Who knows it’s all hindsight but it was an interesting time in my life for sure. It created many stories which I am sure I will talk about here on the site.
This was a tough day the son of a legend was arrested for DUI this morning and we lost a legend just another sad day for wrestling.
The picture for this article is from a show in Yonkers NY. It was a three way dance with Nikolai Volkoff, George “The Animal” Steele and Thunderfoot #2 (Gene Ligon). The match was refereed by “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino
This has been a piece of my mind.
Tennessee Independent Wrestling Federation returns to action:
Saturday Feb. 16th, 2008 Trenton, Tn. at Trenton Peabody High School
7:30 p.m. Belltime
Proceeds to benefit the High School Baseball Team
X-3 vs. Dazzlin’ Dixie and Dre’ Black
Wildside vs. Danny B. Goode
Big Nasty Bob vs. Lawman Williams
Also Appearing: Hardknocks Hooligan,The High Rollers, Jon Seymour, Samoan Raja, Hotrod, Jon Seymour, Dr. Doom, The Outlaw and more.
Ticket Prices: $7.00 Ringside and $5.00 General Admission at the door
Advance Tickets on sale at the High School Office.
1. Derrick King, Dustin & Scott Starr beat Alan Steele, Johnny Dotson, & Nicholas Doom.
2. Shock beat Brandon Groom.
3. Jerry Lawler & Brian Christopher beat The Sexy Assassins.
4. XWF Cruiserweight Champ Kid Kash beat "The Convict" Jamie Dundee via DQ.
5. Memphis Wrestling Southern Champ Mabel beat Mordecai.
6. Jerry Lawler & Brian Christopher beat Robert Gibson & Todd Morton.
7. Jerry Lawler & Brian Christopher won a "battle royal."
8. Jerry Lawler & Jimmy Hart NC Kamala & Cory Maclin. After the match, Maclin was saved by numerous members of the Ford family (a prominent political family in Memphis).
----Crowd was 3,758 with an average ticket price of $8.58; they had a gate close to $32,243. Wow!!
----Here is a story that was posted on www.1wrestling.com after the show.
MEMPHIS SHOW DRAWS 3758 PAID ATTENDANCE
7/12/2004 10:32:42 AM
A storyline that played out over several weeks on Memphis TV paid off with a paid gate of 3758 fans on Saturday night at the MidSouth
For the past several weeks Jimmy Hart has been involved in a
storyline that turned Jerry Lawler heel and Kamala face. Hart had
hoodwinked Kamala into signing a recording contract with him and Cory
Maclin finally was able to show Kamala that the contract was heavily
tilted in Hart's favor with Hart taking 70% of everything Kamala
made. During the same time frame Hart was able to convince Jerry
Lawler to trust him and to allow Hart to manage him.
The main event for the Saturday night show was Hart & Lawler vs
Kamala & Maclin.
The show was promoted as "Throwback Night" and ticket prices were
reduced to $10 ringside and $5 general admission. Concessions were
reduced to $1, and the concession stand was totally sold out at
intermission. Promoters pushed the low prices to help attract local
fans back to the show.
The promotion, Memphis Wrestling, airs a weekly television show in
Memphis that consistently draws ratings in excess of 4.0.
The 3758 fans were the most to attend a local show in Memphis in
----As the week went by, The Fords being at the show was the most talked about thing.
Wrestling crass even for Fords
By Wendi C. Thomas
July 15, 2004
I have long labored under the belief that elected officials should
have a certain deportment.
Polite. Respectful. Articulate. Free from unseemly behavior that
could cast aspersions on the profession.
Sure, this dream was rattled by Dick Cheney's childlike declaration
that cussing sure does feel good.
We won't even talk about what Bill Clinton did with that woman and
It's been hard to maintain this delusion in Memphis, what with folks
inviting colleagues to fight, and shooting out of cars on the
interstate, and declaring their butts genetically too big for cheap
And now, caught on tape is the wrestling debut of the Ford family.
Toting around the hope-against-hope that pols act as if they have
good sense is hurting my back, not to mention my brain.
So I will do as the gospel song advises. I'm gonna lay down my
burdens, down by the riverside.
For those who missed the stunt, state Sen. John Ford, County
Commissioner Joe Ford, and Jake and Isaac Ford (two of Harold Sr.'s
sons) open a smallish can of whoop-butt at the Mid-South Coliseum
After the Ford family was spotted in the audience at Memphis
Wrestling's "Throw Back Night," someone came up with the brilliant
idea to lure them into the ring.
"I guess they wanted to add some excitement to it," Joe Ford said.
The tape shows Jerry 'The King' Lawler taunting Joe Ford. "If it
wasn't for that man right there, I'd be the mayor of this fine city
today," Lawler complains.
Well, that's not exactly true. Ford came in second and Lawler third
in the 1999 mayoral race. But I digress.
Promoter Jimmy Hart adds fuel to the fire, yelling, "Who wants to
drive a Ford when you can drive a Cadillac?"
Lawler and Hart were paired in the tag-team match, as were the
Ugandan Giant Kamala and promoter Corey Maclin.
When Kamala turned on Maclin, a Ford family friend, that was the
clan's cue to get to scrapping.
"That was the scheme, that we were going to (Corey's) rescue," Joe
Now, if County Mayor A C Wharton were to get in the ring, it might be funny. Such behavior would stand in stark contrast to his polished professional demeanor; the satire would be overwhelming. Not so much with the Fords, whose personal lives tend toward the messy.
Given that the public deems politicians only slightly more honorable
than used-car salesmen, why would four Fords squander even a smidgen
of credibility on a stupid stunt?
"Some people probably would say that, but everyone I've heard from
said, 'Congratulations, you won the match,' " Joe Ford said.
"It wasn't anything I was ashamed of."
Saving the Ford family from themselves (Harold Jr. excepted) may be a frustrating exercise in futility.
But for the rest of the local elected officials, I ask this:
If you're invited to make a guest wrassling appearance, just say no.
Contact Wendi C. Thomas at (901) 529-5896 or send an e-mail.
----Critics on the Mempho Yahoo board had this to say..
"Never figured on 4 matches though- almost every one! One Lawler match is fine. 4 is way too many!!! The younger guys need to be promoted a little more. If they don't, we'll all be seeing Jerry wrestle with his walker...LOL"
----That is strange since we still talk about this to the day. I also came across stuff that had LAW running everything weekend in Dyersburg, TN at the Entertainment Center and DCW had a big show planned in Selmer, TN with Lolipop, Danny B and more.
Credit: Mempho Wrestling Yahoo Group and www.prowrestlinghistory.com
Thursday, February 14, 2008
-Around Memphis clips
1st quarter 3.8 [63,966 viewers]
-Kamala joins Corey angle
-Mabel vs Doom
2cnd Quarter 3.3 [56,075 viewers] [-7891 viewers]
-Shock vs Dotson
-Lawler vs Morton
3rd Quarter 3.8 [63,126 viewers] [+7051 viewers]
-Brian C interview
4th quarter 2.1 [35,257 viewers] [-27,869 viewers]
12 Week Average: 2.7 [45,712 viewers]
12 week low – 1.9 [31,395 viewers] 12.22.07
12 Week High 3.8 [63,798 viewers] 11.24.07
From start to finish: [-28,709 viewers]
What was Memphis Watching??
News Channel 3/CSI Miami 8.74 [146,736 viewers]
----Friday night for USWO @ Stadium Inn in Nashville, TN…PGWA Champion Nikki Roxx will defend her title against Portia Perez LT Falk, Mark Anthony, Chris Michaels, Michael Jablonski, Anthony Cevantes, Quinton Quarisma, Gigolo Jay Phoenix, Xavier Mustafa, Shawn Hoodridge, Tim Renesto, New York Gangster, Damien Payne, Kevin Dunn, Petey Wright, JC Crowe, and more.
----Friday night for SAW in Millersville, TN Gary Valiant [w/Miss Boogie],Hammerjack, Arrick Andrews, Big Rig Bully, Sean Casey [w/Samantha], Chris Bomb, J-5, Indian Outlaw, Mason Raige, Nore Havoc, Hammerjack, Kory Williams, Vic the Bruiser and more.
----Friday night in Osceola, AR for MCW with MCW Champion Frankie Tucker, TW Justice, The Medic, Jackhammer, Bad Luck Lucky, The Hambone Express, Tank, Pimptacular, White Lightning, Tojo Yamamoto Jr, Suicidal Youth, Kilo. Mr. Excitement, Hillybilly Nate and more.
----Friday night for LAW in Rector, AR Derrick King, Flash Flanagan, Slim Pickens, Tommy Redneck, Stan Lee, Psycho, Arnez, Dell Tucker,Idol Bane, Jeff O’Dell, “The Golden Boy” Greg Anthony. Pappy and many more.
----Friday night for The Future of Wrestling has a show at the TFW Arena on No. Eason Blvd. (Auburn Rd.) in Tupelo, MS with Max Steele,Nick Grymes, Josh Matthews, Neil Taylor, Shawn Reed, Chris Styles, Anita Page, "Bad Attitude" Tony Dabbs, LSD, Chris Chaos, T-Byrd, The New Age Cowboys ("Southern Thunder" Chris Kilgore & "Son of the South Josh Holly), Devon Raynes, Crazy-n-Sexy (J-Kid & Curly Moe), Bless, Chazz, Chop Top the Clown, Uncle Vinnie the Blade, Hunter Montgomery Jackson, and much more. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 8:00.
----Saturday night in Savannah, TN for XOW with Jerry Lawler/Bill Dundee vs “Family of Pain” [Mickey Ray/Sarge O’Reilly], “The Posse” [Simon Reed/Lil Chris] vs “Southern Saints” [Josh Matthews/Chris Styles Brandon Barbwire, Anton LeVeigh, Tatt2, Reno Diamond, Tony Dabbs, CJ Cash, Kid-J, Lil Devil, Lil Bit, Sue Young, Nick Grymes vs Bishop, Danny Morris and more.
----Saturday night for USWO/ATL in Nashville, TN at the Stadium Inn with Kid Dynamite, Dyronic, Chris Norte, Kevin Dunn, JD Fluffy, The Nazi Terror, Damien Payne, Lee Cross, New York Gangster, Tommy Capone, Boy, Richard Lowe, Homo Hillbilly Quincy, Xavier Mustafa, Shawn Hoodridge and more.
----Saturday night for RWA in Jonesboro, AR at the King’s Sportatorium with Jazz, Rodney Mack, Prince Tavian, Deadly Dale, Medieval, San Francisco Treat, Loose Cannon, Rottn Randy, Ali Stevens, Chazz Wesson, Cameron Cage and more.
----Saturday night for JWS in Booneville, MS with David Cox, Damion Rage, Dustin Burcham, Robert Rose, AC Styles, Dalton Storm, Chris Stevens, Izzy Rotten, Fusion, Brett Michaels, Psycho, Justin Rhodes, Chris Fontaine, Casanova Kid, Dirty Sanchez, Neil Taylor, Bonecrusher, Buzz Harley and more.
----Saturday night in Ripley, TN with TLCW Washington ST, TGB Greg Anthony, Flash Flanagan, Derrick King, Tatt2, Tim Grind, Albino Rhino, Tommy Redneck, Dell Tucker,Ike Tucker, Brian Steele, Shannon Lee, Allan Steele,. “Black Label Society” [Void/Robbie Douglas/AJ Bradley], “Naughty By Nature” [Pokerface/Rude],Sue Young and much more!!!
----Saturday night New Blood Wrestling @ Country Nights 1901 Saint John Ave - Bell time 8:00 PM in Dyersburg, TN Kilo, Mark Justice, Tim Edwards,Dustin Starr, Jeremy Moore, Motley Cruz, 187, Arnez, Tommy Redneck and more.
---- Saturday Night ASWF - At The Valiant Arena 201 Hwy 67 N Tuckerman Ar. (870) 349-2050 Belltime 7pm. Tickets: All Seats $6 Traci Brooks, Dirty Little Dave, “West Coast Mafia” [California Dream/Big Al], Scott Fury, Austin Lane, Nikki Lane,Cody Murdoch, , Chuck Fears, Seth Sabor, Wild Bill,”American Degenerates” [X-Kaliber/Morgan Lane], 1 Cody Only [formerly Cody Daniels], Tommy Wayne, Casino Kid, Johnny Harper, Tim Hanson, Mac Daddy, Demon X and more.
----Sunday afternoon 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Championship Wrestling in Florence, AL @ Florence Lauderdale Coliseum for a benefit show with Bubba Boodrow, Shadow, Rick Hayes, Fire & Flame, Blackbirds, Koko Ware, Tracy Smothers, Kaleb Kastle, Spade, Enigma, Jay Popular, Blake “The Roz” and more.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I have been writing for this site now for several months. I originally started writing for two reasons. The first was motivated by my issues with Jerry “The King” Lawler. The other was because I decided that I was going to give my opinion of things in the business. The wrestling business of today was not the business that I grew to love starting in nineteen seventy nine. I have found the business of these days to be come boring and mundane and at times I struggle for something fresh to write about. I will now only write one guaranteed article a week. My article will be on Friday nights and will maintain the same format. If there is something that occurs in the business that I have a passion to write about I will throw a special article on the site. The rest of this article will give you an idea what it was that got me attracted to the wrestling business to begin with. If you have been reading my article up to now I appreciate you taking the time to read my thoughts and opinions. If you by chance are a first time reader I welcome you to the site and or my articles.
As a young boy growing up in Yonkers, NY, I had no interest in professional wrestling at all. I didn’t know who anyone was and didn’t care. What I did know was that all the other kids knew Chief Jay Strongbow, Billy White Wolff, "Polish Power" Ivan Putski and "Wrestling’s Living Legend" Bruno Sammartino. I was so bored hearing about it I couldn’t stand it. In those days the WWWF was on television at midnight on WOR-TV channel 9 the home of my New York Mets. It was broadcast at 12:00am Sunday morning which is Saturday midnight. I normally was long asleep and had no desire to even try and figure out what this wrestling stuff was all about. Well one day the Mets happened to be playing on the West Coast so their game was going to air at about 10:00pm with no chance of it finishing by 12:00am Sunday morning. That west coast road trip caused the by this time WWF to air at 5:00pm. In those days we only had five TV channels and with nothing else to watch I started watching the WWF. I can barely remember what happened on the show but I do remember watching Ivan Putski hit someone with his Polish Hammer for the first time and I think that from that moment I was hooked. I continued to watch each week always rooting for my hero Polish Power Ivan Putski. In those days Bruno Sammartino was mainly a commentator, you heard references to his greatness but you never really got a chance to see it on television.
I found my attraction growing to professional wrestling over the weeks and months. In that time, the best I can remember, they started to run some angles on television. I remember things like Capt. Lou Albano pulling the leg out on Ivan Putski so Dick “The Bulldog” Brower could pin him. In those days people, that was a hot angle Capt. Lou Albano had so much hate people came to the building to see him get murdered. He was a former wrestler mostly known for being part of a tag team called The Sicilians with Tony Altimore (long time WWF employee) and in those days he was a large man who dressed like a bum. I can recall a big angle with Nikolai Volkoff and Bruno Sammartino where Fred Blassie caught Bruno in the face with a cane. I will say though that the angle I remember the most was between the North American Champion, a very young and scientific wrestler, named Ted DiBiase. I felt very lucky that after all these years I was able to sit down at the IHOP in Orlando Fl and talk about that angle with Ted DiBiase. He remembered it as vividly as I did.
It was a match that I found out years later was filmed in the Agricultural Hall in Allentown PA. In those days there wasn’t a way to find out where the matches were filmed so I never knew where TV was done. It was a match for the North American Title with the challenger being led to the ring by a man I would later consider a friend Ernie Roth (The Grand Wizard of Wrestling) he was Pat Patterson. It didn’t seem like Patterson could get the best of DiBiase at anything. I watched Patterson get out wrestled the entire match. The match as being refereed by a young Mario Savoldi who seemed to be a great referee and later along with father Angelo became a promoter in the northeast. At a certain point in the match the referee went down and Patterson reached into his trunks for the brass knuckles. This was probably the pivotal moment that turned me in a wrestling fan forever. It wasn’t long and DiBiase was “out cold” and the referee was coming “back to life” and Pat Patterson was now the North American Champion. I believe the year was nineteen seventy nine and I was hooked. I was infuriated that the arrogant Patterson who couldn’t get the best of DiBiase at all was now the champion. In those days I was a total believer in the legitimacy of wrestling. It was that match that moment that made me a believer. In the years to follow, when I actually broke into the business, I got to have many conversations with Pat Patterson and finally now I got to discuss the match with Ted DiBiase.
It wasn’t long after that DiBiase would have his last match in the WWF against a youngster name The Incredible Hulk Hogan in Madison Square Garden. The North American Title also went away when Pat Patterson captured the Intercontinental Title in a tournament that was announced as taking place in Rio de Janeiro. They may as well have said it took place in parts unknown. In those days you could get away with that type of stuff. Who knows why the one title went away and they made a new belt for Pat Patterson. All I know is he was a great heel and I wanted DiBiase to get even so bad I couldn’t stand it. Those were the days for sure.
The Agricultural Hall in Allentown was the place several angles started. It was the place where Hulk Hogan started feuding with Tony Atlas. The crowd watched when Hogan went up for the big leg drop on Mr. USA. Tony Atlas. They really went nuts when he missed it. Does that give you any idea how long ago it was? I recently watched that angle again. I had completely lost track of a crowd doing that when Hogan missed the leg drop.
I hope this gave you some feedback into why I came to love Pro Wrestling.
The picture in this article was my very first match at the Ridgewood Grove arena in Queens NY. The arena doesn’t exist anymore but many of the top names in the wrestling business worked there. This building was a fairly regular stop for the WWWF and WWF for many years. In this match I worked with two guys who did not speak English. It was quite a night for me small show only fifty fans. I didn’t remember to ring the bell to start of finish the match. I can tell you I don’t ever remember forgetting that again. I sure learned from my mistake. If I have already run this picture I apologize but I felt like it should be with this article.
This has been a piece of my mind
Coach’s Corner 2.06.08
----During my drive Sunday afternoon, I really did not know what to expect. I was wanting to witness something really good. I did not want to write bad things about their graduation match. Guess what?? I didn’t have to look far for pro wrestling as Kid Nikels and Eric Wayne put on a first class match along with Ken Wayne putting together a first class show. I drove home that night happy that I was part of wrestling. I was happy that I was part of this ceremony. The small crowd that witnessed this was part of something very special when it comes to this sport. True emotion and just a very appreciative crowd of what Ken Wayne has done with this school.
----The school seems to be located “too hard to find”, but I am also very horrible with directions. When I got out I was not sure I was at the right place. It looks like a large storage center from the outside. As soon as I walked in, the first person I saw was my long time friend Brian Thompson and then I knew I was in the right place. On my way to talk to Brian, I ran into Wayne [a RRO reader] and it was nice to finally meet him, even though he is a Packer fan. LOL Brian and I chatted a moment and he seem to be as excited as I was to finally be there. I finally got to shake Ken’s hand and say hi. Ken wasn’t talking much, so I knew he was a bit nervous. Believe me I first met Ken over 20 years ago and I have never known him to not want to talk. LOL
----As the time got closer to 6:00 PM more wrestlers and family came in. I got the opportunity to meet Matt Rivieria and Bill Ash for the first time. I also said hello to John Steele and later was introduced to Richard Bressler. Derrick King, Dell Tucker, “The Baron” Malkavain, TLCW ref Kaleb, Dell Tucker and Mark Tipton all came in. “Crazy” Luke Graham JR came up to me and shook my hand. I had no idea who the hell he was. LOL All the photos of Luke I have seen, he is like 50 lbs bigger. Jim Casey showed up dressed like he was at the matches in the 90s.
----At 6:00 PM on the dot, the lights went down and we were treated to 20 minute video about Eric Wayne and Kid Nikels on a big screen. This was a first class video put together by Ken. It went over the hard time it was to get through the wrestling school. They talked about most people did not that Nikels had it in him to become a wrestler and Wayne said that he quit a few times. This kind of video package could be used to get people over on Memphis TV. After the video, these two kids were OVER and you knew everything you needed to know going into that bout.
----The anticipation for the match was up in the whole crowd. You could just feel it. Brian Thompson got in the ring and introduced both guys. They came out to their music and both were greeted with applauds. As explained in the press release, to graduate from the school, each wrestler had to avoid being pinned or forced to submit by the opponent during a time frame of 60 minutes. Each wrestler was also allowed just two rope breaks during the contest. It came off as a legit contest and felt that way many times in the match.
----The match itself was a nice mix of everything. At the start, Eric Wayne’s mom was yelling so much that I thought it was going to be a distraction, but it seem to let everyone else know it “ok” to cheer or boo and the crowd got into it. One of the first big pops of the night was when Wayne slapped Nikels and then Nikels hit Wayne hard in the ear with a forearm. Unknown to me at the time, but Wayne was working with a busted eardrum he suffered in a match with Cassidy O’Reilly. The first 15 minutes was back and forth with them just seeming to feel each other out. They also never hit the ropes during this portion of the bout. Their hold for hold matwork was to par with anyone in this area. There are very few guys in this area that could have kept up with that pace. Rope breaks were used in places that made the feel that the holds were real. The scary thing was that some of the holds were so tight that I know those guys were in some pain. Wayne had Nikels arms behind his back with his shoulders almost touching each other. You could see the skin turn different colors and I just knew one of his arms was going to pop out of socket. A couple of times it looked as if Wayne pissed off Nikels for shoot as Nikels would just got haywire trying to get hold of him.
----The next 15 minutes, the pace of the match actually seem to pick up. They did a lot off the ropes and into the turnbuckles. At the 30 minutes mark, I told Derrick King that the next 30 minutes would be the test, because at that point the match was almost flawless. Well, they continue to have a good match with various things thrown in which each guy getting heat and trading off. The pace was steady and at no time did you think – “Damn, this is boring..” Pin attempts were traded and I really thought at a few times that Nikels was pinned. They did a few real creative spots out of the turnbuckle leap frog spot with Nikels cutting off Wayne a couple of times. At the 55 minute mark, you could tell the guys were so tired and they were supposed to be. No pins were made and the match was considered a draw. The medic came out to give oxygen to Wayne after the bout and they gave both guys water. It came off so legit.
----I have little criticism of the match. There are just a few guys in this area that actually could keep up this kind of pace for a bout for 60 minutes. At times the arm to arm exchanges in irish whips were..well…they looked like rookies. The build of knowing that it was going to a draw kept you from actually cheering for the finish. That was part of the drama taken away, even though at times I thought Nikels might have screwed up and got pinned. Believe me – saying this and doing it is two different things – the last 5 minutes should have been just a bit faster paced – trying for pin after pin after pin. But, with that all said and done, RRO has its first bout of 2008 to go over four stars this year - [****1/4]. All I can say to the guys that did not see this bout – get the DVD. For those that were there – top it!!
----The show finished off with Brian Thompson introducing all the wrestling personalities in the crowd including putting over Yearbook 2007 and the site. Thank you Brian!! Ken Wayne then got in the ring and thanked everyone. Both students came out to be told that they did graduate from the school and Ken gave them plaques. This was emotional for Ken and Eric with both hugging and crying. This was legit emotions – something you don’t see enough of in this business. The whole presentation was like watching a movie with a happy ending that made you cry.
----I had the chance to bs with everyone after the show. And, yes, Ken talked then. LOL It was a special evening and I am so glad I was there. The main consensus of the wrestling people that were there was that it was a real good bout. Most of them said they didn’t think they could do an hour. One of the guys said, and I will kayfabe him here, that he might be able to do an hour bout, because he has worked a 20 minute Motley Cruz finish. LOL God, I loved that!!
“He will have to have a good steady partner in this dance and most I have talked with feel that Kid Nikels will provide that for him,”
Coach’s Corner 2.06.08
----Finally, I had to include the quote above because Kevin Nikels was an excellent dance partner for Wayne that night. A guy that most people felt would never make it in the business went out and finished a 60 minute bout. He accomplished something that most guys never do in the business. This is really nothing against RRO 2007 Rookie of the Year Ramsey Cahill, but both Nikels and Wayne were robbed when it came to that award this year. Thanks to everyone involved in this bout – fun time was had by all.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
----They air clips from various TV shows they were on promoting “Throwback Night” on July 10, 2004. Jerry Lawler comes out with Jimmy Hart. Lawler says that Maclin has got Kamala on his side by telling Kamala that Hart tried to cheat him out of money. Lawler slaps Maclin.
----Maclin calls for Kamala to come out. Hart comes out with him, but Maclin tells Hart to leave. Kamala talks!! He says that Hart is his friend and Hart gave him a diamond ring. Maclin destroys the ring with a hammer to show Kamala that the ring is “phony”. Maclin says he will fight Lawler with Kamala as his partner. It is signed Kamala/Maclin vs Hart/Lawler – tonight! Maclin then does a good promo.
----Mabel by DQ over Nicholas Doom Ms Kelly by DQ when Mordecai [Kevin Thorn] jump in and beat up Mabel. Mabel interview was next after a break.
----Shock beat Johnny Dotson with Ms Summer. They are trying to get over the fact that if Shock wins tonight he gets Summer. Shock is trying to go after Summer, but then Brandon Groom comes out. Dotson/Groom run Shock out of the ring. Groom does a promo for the match.
----Bill Dundee comes out for an interview. Kid Kash comes out with the XWF Cruiserweight Title. Dundee slaps Kash. Good stuff.
----Lawler/Hart come out and Brian Teigland says that Maclin has just left. Lawler goes out in the crowd and kisses some girl. Hart takes off his shirt. Todd Morton beats Lawler by DQ when Brian Christopher jumps in. Robert Gibson makes the save and they set up another match for the show.
----Robert Gibson/Todd Morton interview. Hart comes out and says that Gibson is wearing the same thing he did 20 years ago. LOL
----Brian Christopher interview with April Pennington. Brian still putting down Hart and says that April should be their manager. Hart says quit skirt chasing like your old man to Brian and Brian says, “Quit smarting everyone up. Kayfabe man..” LOL Hart was so ON during this show. Brian C/Hart shake hands for “tonight”. Maclin comes out and gets in the ring. Hart removes his shirt again and says he is going to take Maclin on. Maclin jumps Hart as he gets in the ring. They do a pull-a-part between Maclin/Hart. Good stuff!!
----The show ends with Maclin talking to Lawler again on the phone. Corey was laughing at ANYTHING Lawler would say. He was almost giddy. LOL I think he might have a crush on Lawler.
----Maclin promos for this show were good…Kamala cracks me up when he talks…Who was the chick that Lawler kissed??...Nicholas Doom is under contact now with WWE developmental in Florida…Kash/Dundee skit was good…Todd Morton was a bit out of shape here, but still a damn good worker…Hart’s commentary during the Morton/Lawler match was just classic…If you have a chance to see this show – watch it just for Jimmy Hart!! He was sooooo good!!
----CLICK HERE for the full report of this show when it first air from Mempho Yahoo Group. Also look for a special FLASHBACK on Friday involving the 7.10.04 card.
Duo graduates from wrestling school following 1-hour match
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. - A two-year journey came to a successful end Sunday afternoon as Eric Wayne and Kevin "Kid" Nikels completed their requirements to become the first two graduates of the "Nightmare" Ken Wayne School of Professional Wrestling.
The duo competed against each other in a one hour match held at the wrestling school, which is located at 201 E. Jefferson, Bldg. No. 2, in West Memphis.
To graduate from the school, each wrestler had to avoid being pinned or forced to submit by the opponent during a time frame of 60 minutes. Each wrestler was also allowed just two rope breaks during the contest.
Despite finishing the one-hour match, the decision of success or failure was still left in the hands of school owner/operator Ken Wayne. After watching Sunday evening's performance, there was no doubt in Wayne's mind about the outcome.
"I am so proud of these two," said Wayne following the match. "I would not have put these two into this situation in front of a viewing audience if I didn't think they could accomplish this goal. But, there is always a chance that something will go wrong. Fortunately that was not the case."
Approximately 75 people attended Sunday night's event. The crowd included a mixture of fans, professional wrestlers, wrestling journalists and family members of both combatants.
Attendees from the wrestling business included Bill Ash, Matt Riviera, Derrick King, Mark Tipton, Dell Tucker, Baron Malkavain, "Gentleman" Jim Casey, John Steele, Brian Thompson, Richard Bressler, Debbie Wayne, Brian Tramel and "Crazy" Luke Graham, Jr.
"I am very honored that so many people took time out of their busy schedules to come and be a part of the match," said Ken.
Eric Wayne and Nikels took two similar yet different paths to reach their monumental moment.
Both decided at a young age that they wanted to become wrestling superstars. However, for Eric, becoming a wrestler was the continuation of the family's business.
"Both my grandfather and father were wrestlers," said Eric. "And they were very successful. I watched my dad for so many years and heard all of the accolades he received. I knew then that I wanted to do the same thing."
Despite being the heir to the Wayne family-wrestling dynasty, Eric could have picked a different trainer. He opted to learn from the same man who taught him about life in general, his father Ken.
"There was no doubt in my mind about who I wanted to train under," Eric said. "Just traveling with my dad, other wrestlers and people in the business would tell me how smoothly he did everything and how good it was. By being around Dad I was able to learn what was right or wrong even then."
Growing up in the Tupelo, Miss., area, Nikels became a wrestling fan and started have a few "matches" of his own.
"I would wrestle around with my dad when I was about 4-years-old," said Nikels. "At that time I thought, wow it would be neat to be a wrestler."
As Nikels grew older, he still followed wrestling. His dream was put on hold for a short time until a chance meeting with Eric.
"We were working at the same place and we started talking about wrestling," Nikels said. "Eric told me about his dad's school and I became interested again in becoming a wrestler."
Nikels then visited with Ken and the two discussed the possibilities of Nikels training at the school. First impressions certainly were proved wrong.
"My first thought was this boy isn't going to do anything," Ken said. "But I am so glad I am wrong."
Nikels worked hard to get into the proper physical condition to endure the training required by the school.
In 2006, Eric and Nikels joined other classmates to begin their training. They are the only two students of the very few session to survive and arrive at the graduation point.
They began competing on the independent wrestling circuit in November 2006, facing each other at a Don Bass/Jim Casey promoted card in West Memphis.
Since then, they have traveled primarily in the Mid-South, Nashville and Mid-West areas to sharpen their skills.
For more information on the "Nightmare" Ken Wayne School of Professional Wrestling, log on to www.nightmarekenwayne.com, call (901) 831-4198 or e-mail email@example.com.
(Note: Be sure to watch the site for Brian Tramel's perspective on the 1-hour contest.)
As expected it has highly papered, but attendance was around 3500 according to the box office. Dark matches:
1. Curry Man def. Two local DJs
2. Sonjay Dutt and Consequences Creed beat Rock and Rave Infection (w/o Christy Hemme - must not have been the plane ticket) when Creed pin Rave. Lots of heat and Creed got a really good pop as he's local.
The crowd was really pissed off about the Commission not allowing the Mesias/Abyss match to take place. Whenever the Commission was mentioned there was tremendous heat. Lots of VERY loud "Bullshit!" chants for the finish of the Roode/Booker T match. It cheapened Booker. Kong is way over and appears to be developing a following.
1. Jay Lethal (who singlehandedly stole the the show)
2. Booker T.
3. Consequences Creed (local and somewhat expected)
4. Somoa Joe
5. Eric Young
1. SC State Athletic Commission (no real surprise)
3. Robert Roode (and not in a good way, considering the match finish)
Surprisingly they didn't hype nor even mention the Aiken, SC house show.
Tennessee State Fairgrounds
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Shane Williams & Shawn Shultz vs. The Naturals
Shane Smalls vs. LT Falk
Tracy Smothers vs. Steve-O
Christian Jacobs vs. Keith Knox
Teddy Tender vs. Wayne Adkins
----Good to see Christian Jacobs back in the ring.
Credit: Mempho Yahoo Group
American Professional Wrestling (APW) hosted by the White County Police Dept. for the Special Olympics
Feb. 23, 2008
White County Fairgrounds
Featuring: "The Stryking Image" Chris Stryker, Johnny Hawk, Casino Kid, "Malibu" Matt Boyce, Mark Wolfe, Justice, Halo, Danger Zone (Hot Rod John Ellison and "Dangerous" Dave Cox), "3G" Eric Wayne, Kid Nickels, Gregory King, Eric Slade, and more.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Ryan SoFine over "Dangerous" David Cox by DQ. RSF had a chain but Cox got it and used it, and was caught by the referee.
Brett Michaels over Parental Advisory member Izzy Rotten by DQ due to interference by Studd & Tony.
Neil "The Real Deal" Taylor w/The Weasel defeated Curly Mo w/Dirty Rell Mo.
Parental Advisory (Studd & Tony) defeated The Southern Saints (Chris Styles & Josh Matthews) to retain the TFW Tag Team belts. The mysterious masked man interfered in the match again, but was unmasked by Chris Styles and revealed to be former TFW General Manager Joey Lynn.Joey Lynn is now a member of Parental Advisory.
Next was a cage match between "Prime Time" Nick Grymes and Max Steel for the TFW Championship. Winner and new Champion is Max Steel.
Credit: Randall Lewis
Family of Pain (Sarge & Mickey Ray) came to the ring, along with their manager Hollywood Jimmy Blaylock, to run their mouths. Then they beat up XOW owner Billy Russ. Jerry Lawler jumped in to make the save. Lawler issued a challenge to FOP, he & Dundee vs. FOP for later in the show. FOP accepts.
"Bad Attitude" Tony Dabbs & Lil' Devil beat CJ Cash & Kid-J.
Next was "Live Wire" Steven Harmon vs. The Grappler. I had never seen either of these guys in action, and I was not really impressed with either one. Crowd was quiet during the match. Nothing special about this match, winner was Live Wire.
Next was an unusual match for the XOW Cruiserweight Championship, Tattoo vs. Anton Leveigh. Tattoo came to the ring wearing the XOW Cruiserweight belt, and Leveigh came to the ring wearing the IWA Cruiserweight belt. It was decided that both belts would be on the line. Just before the match started, two additional wrestlers came to the ring and decided to make themselves part of the match (this was stupid). They were Night Train and Johnny Sick. The match was an over-the-top-rope elimination match until there were two contenders left, and then the championship was to be decided by pin fall. Johnny Sick made the first half of the match less than fun to watch. I do not know where they found him, but they need to send him back. Night Train & Johnny sick were eliminated by going over the top rope to the floor, leaving Tattoo & Anton Leveigh in the ring. These two had a good match once the other two were out of the way. Eventual winner was Tattoo, who left with both belts. Good show of sportsmanship at the end.
Next was mixed tag team action, "The New Nature Boy" Kevin White & Sue Young w/Gary White beat Brandon Barbwire & Little Bit.
Next was a match for the XOW Tag team belts, The Posse (Lil' Chris & Simon Reed) beat Josh Matthews & Big Daddy KC. KC was a last minute sub for Chris Styles, who was in the hospital in Tupelo. This was not a bad match, but it was not a great one, either. The Posse was in top form, as was Josh Matthews. Now, I am not going to down Big Daddy KC too much, because I am sure he & Josh had never worked together before, but he was just not a good fit. The match never really clicked like it should have. It was not a bad match, but it was not great either.
Next was XOW Champion Bishop beat by DQ Neil "the Real Deal" Taylor w/Tony "The Weasel" Watts. This was a very good match. The Weasel was all over the place interfering in every way possible. Kevin White, Sue Young, & Gary White ran in and beat Bishop down. Bishop wins by DQ and retains the belt.
Just before the main event, some kid won $80.00 in the 50-50 drawing, and also won the right to escort Lawler & Dundee to the ring. That kid was absolutely in hawg heaven. I am not sure which he was more excited about, carrying Lawler's crown to the ring or his newly won fortune, but he was one happy kid.
Main event was Jerry "The King" Lawler & "Superstar" Bill Dundee w/Grady Watson vs. Family of Pain (Sarge & Mickey Ray) w/Hollywood Jimmy Blaylock. This was a good match, old school all the way, and the crowd loved it. Lawler was hit with the chain and FOP picked up the win. After the match, Lawler issued a challenge for a re-match with the following stipulations: If FOP wins, Lawler & Dundee will never wrestle in Savannah again. If Lawler & Dundee win, they get the tag team belts (from another organization) that Sarge & Mickey Ray wore to the ring. Blaylock accepted the challenge for FOP. The match will take place when XOW returns to Savannah in a few weeks.
Crowd of approx. 275 seemed happy at the end of the show.
Credit: Randall Lewis
----120 paid with 150 in the building with a gate close to $720…Nikki Lane came out and they did an angle where she was fighting with Justin Smart’s girlfriend…Murdoch challenged Cody to a “Death Match” for next week…They did a Malibu Matt contract signing…Acid came out back to ASWF but Fury blinded him with alcohol in an angle. Scott Fury jumped him, but Seth Sabre made the save… They ran an angle with WCM coming out saying that “Family of Pain” is coming in next week vs “American Degenerates”. Then out of no where a lawyer came out and stripped AD of the belts… Next week: Nikki Lane vs Traci Brooks, ASWF Title Match: Austin Lane vs Smart, Death Match: Cody Only vs Cody Murdoch, FOP vs AD and more.
----Ike Tucker beat Albino Rhino with a roll up. A very quick bout, but nothing wrong with it. Rhino beat up Ike after the match injuring his knee. [*]
----It was announced that Tim Grind had suffered an injury and he would not be at the show. Flash Flanagan came out and said that Grind was scared and even Grind’s girlfriend [Flex] was not there. Angelina comes out and says she will fight Flash. Flash laughs at her and tells her that there is only one woman in TLCW – Ms Vanna [Sue Young]. Flash ends up hitting her with a kendo stick and giving her the “Razor’s Edge”. Flash then threaten to beat me up because of the Yearbook. And then he stole one as he left.
----“Black Label Society” [AJ Bradley/Robbie Douglas] beat Cody Melton/Drew Donavon. Good psychology. Douglas has improved since the last time I seen him. Melton is not much better, but is not bad. Donavon took the heat and did a good job taking an ass whipping. Melton got the hot tag and then tagged Donavon back in, which lead to Melton/Drew hitting heads and BLS getting the roll up for the win. After the match, Melton beat up Drew. [**1/2]
----Mark Tipton brought out “Rockin” Randy to strip him of the Cruiserweight and Hardcore belts, because he could not defend due to an “injury”. “The Baron” Malkenvain jump him and continue to beat on his wrist. Baron is very good in this role.
----Dell Tucker beat Slim Pickens in a real good bout. Tucker’s heel persona was not much, but the fans do not like him. This was a solid bout and both guys worked real hard. Heat spot was great as Pickens attempted to gut Tucker with his shoulder while standing on the apron [and then do the sunset flip spot—EVERYONE DOES THIS!!], but Tucker then just cuts him off blasting him with a knee. At one point Slim was coming out of heat and tried a bulldog on Tucker, but Tucker reversed it into a side suplex. Tucker used the ropes to pin Pickens after a sunset flip. This was the best bout I have seen Tucker in. Melton jumped Pickens after the bout – DK/Donavon made the save. [***]
----Alex Krisis beat by DQ over Flash Flanagan in a non-title match. Flash had said earlier that he would fight anyone. Krisis came out to a good pop. Another real good solid bout. Krisis did a dive between the top and second rope onto Flash. Heat started a little after that. Krisis made his comeback and got the claw on Flash. Flash hit him in the nuts for the DQ. They signed a return for next week with Flash’s Unified Title vs Krisis with Flash bringing in a special ref. [***]
----Derrick King/Stan Lee/Seth Knight beat Malkenvain/Greg Anthony/Alan Steele. Another good solid bout, but it seemed to be missing something. All 6 guys worked hard. Spots with the Baron at the start with every time DK would hit him, he would not sell. DK hit him with a superkick and he sold like someone drove a stake in his heart. [Baron is a vampire – get it!! LOL]. William Gibson was the ref, because he said Bill Rush was “tied up” with something in the back. Steele did an “Alabama slam” on DK out of a turnbuckle spot that looked like it killed him. Lee did a few spots and then tagged out to Seth, who took the heat. Seth was good here. Finished had William Gibson not counting the pin, but then Bill Rush came out. DK hit a superkick to TGB and Seth pinned him. Rush pulled Gibson’s shirt over his head and DK hit him with a superkick. Crowd popped for the finish. Not enough Stan Lee in the bout. [**3/4]
----140 paid with 160+ in the building with a gate close to $800...I would have Ike, just use “IKE” and kill the Tucker thing…Rhino is in riot gear and it was over with me…I believe Angelina is a trainee out of the TLCW school. She did a good job…Before the BLS bout, AJ got on the mic and talked about everyone getting awards, but that they had beat everyone that received awards. Sort of a worked-shoot type thing. Good spill…Dell Tucker needs a fancy robe and some flashy tights with him being a heel…Flash said, “You know what I did to Tavian” on the mic during the build up for next week referring to the incident where Tavian slapped Ms Vanna…They are trying to get Baron over, but I would have put Rhino in the main. They need to go ahead and do a “Bounty Hunter” type gimmick with him…Stan Lee returned last week and I was told he got a huge pop…At some point in the show Lammarus Brooks, SEW promoter and TLCW announcer, was doing a mic spill talking with Coco Anderson about him not having his photo in the Yearbook 2007. I think Idol Bane and Chris O’Neal were supposed to be at the show…Thanks again to TLCW for helping with the book. It is well appreciated.
Medieval beat Deadly Dale
Prince Tavian came out next and told the Owner and commissioner of the Royal Wrestling Alliance Frank Martin that he would not be wrestling tonight. He was tired of fighting the She Hawk Jazz. The Prince said he was going to take his rightful place in the RWA and sit on the throne that is by the wrestler’s entrance. With no music or warning Jazz hit the ring dressed in street clothes and beat the Prince down.
Rodney Mack was next and it was time for the 5 minute “White Boy” challenge. Gary Diamond's music hit. This was the 4th week in a row that Gary has accepted the challenge. He took Rodney out of the ring and fought him all over. Then out of no where Gary hit a sunset flip catching Rodney at the right point and Gary got the 3 count. The crowd went crazy and Gary was congratulated by those at ringside. Rodney grabbed the mic and told the crowd that it was a fluke that there was no way that Gary could beat him even on his deathbed. Rodney asked for 5 more minutes, he begged Gary to get back in the ring for 5 more minutes. Against better judgment Gary got back in the ring with Rodney and the second 5 Minute “White Boy” challenge started. About 2 minutes in the match Gary rolled up Rodney for his second win of the night at this point the crowd was crazy. Rodney got his chain and hit Gary while he was not looking. Gary was busted open bad from the beating Rodney was giving him. Several security personal tried to help Gary but Mack took them out. He was out of his mind at this point. He picked up the Ref and body slammed him. Frank Martin jumped into the ring and suspended Mack for 2 weeks without pay.
They ran an angle next since Ali was not there for his match. Next was the Handicap Match featuring Ali Stevens fighting Cameron Cage and Chazz Wesson with Rodney Mack. If Ali wins he gets 5 minutes with Rottn Randy. Randy and his crew came out. But it was not Cameron Cage it was the Masked Russian Assassin and Chazz Wesson. Randy told the crowd that Cameron was still suffering from head and neck injuries from the chair shots that Ali gave him. Randy went on to explain that he was on I 55 early Saturday morning and just happened to see who he thought was Ali Stevens car get run off the road. Jazz then came out to confront Randy. She told the crowd that Ali and she are good friends that they travel down the roads together and always keep in touch with each other since they are on the road so much. Just a way to make sure everyone gets to the shows ok. She told Randy that if he thinks that he got away with something and has the night off then think again. Ali had a couple of his guy's from his Dog Pound here. Out came Malek and Retro.
The Russian Assassin and Chazz Wesson beat Malek/Retro. After the match Malek turned on Retro. Rottn Randy and The Prince came out and double teamed Retro. Jazz came out and made the save. Jazz challenged Rottn Randy and The Prince to a match against her and Ali Stevens. Frank Martin signed the match giving Rottn and the Prince the option for signing the contract or being fired. They both agreed but Rottn put in a stipulation that if they win they get 5 minutes with Mr. Martin. All parties agreed on the match for next week.
Next was the main event. Jamie Jay and San Francisco Treat. This was a fan Lumberjack strap match. About 30 fans surrounded the ring with belts. SFT and Jamie went at it for a couple of minutes before Jamie threw SFT out of the ring and the fans started beating him. SFT was thrown out on each side of the ring and everyone got the chance to put the leather to him. Jamie too was thrown out of the ring only to get to shake hands and hug the lumberjacks. The match ended with SFT rolling up Jamie Jay for the win. SFT then grabbed a fans belt and started whipping Jamie. Jamie's Mom then jumped into the ring and started whipping SFT with her belt. Jamie's mom then clothes lined SFT over the top rope. Jamie told the crowd not to miss next week because he was going to do something he has never done before and never will again. It is a one time only event by Jamie Jay. Plus next week Frank Martin made
the match fans pick the weapons match.
----150 in the building…Marks hate Loose Cannon here and smarks do too..LOL…I was told that Jamie’s mom has actually worked before in the business. Anybody know more about this??...Ali was home suffering from the flu.
Those dates are open and available if any local promoter wants to book them.
They were last in the area locally last summer during a run as the CWA Championship Wrestling Tag Team Champions. CWA was promoted by Rodney Grimes and the duo battled the Posse for the belts.
For pricing inquiries, please e-mail Beau at SSWKing@aol.com
Replacing Chris Styles in CHIKARA's King of Trios tournament will be Reno Diamond. So, it'll be The Southern Saints (Shawn Reed & Marcus O'Neil) teaming with Reno Diamond.
Credit: Michael Humphreys
For Immediate Release
PGWA TITLE MATCH SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 15
The Professional Girl Wrestling Association is pleased to announce a title match for the PGWA Championship, to be held in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, February 15.
PGWA Champion Nikki Roxx will defend her title against Portia Perez. Hailing from Canada, Perez recently scored victories in two consecutive matches against Roxx in other independent organizations, and on the basis of those wins, has demanded a third match, with the PGWA belt on the line.
Perez was already booked to appear for the United States Wrestling Organization in Nashville on the 15th, but with no opponent scheduled. Owing to the past working relationship between the PGWA and the USWO, it was quickly determined that Roxx would be booked to face Perez, and that PGWA Commissioner Penny Banner would sanction the bout as a title match.
This championship match has been dubbed the “St. Valentine’s Melee!”
Many fans know that Nikki Roxx has achieved tremendous success and exposure lately in TNA, where she wrestles as “Roxxie Laveaux”. She won the PGWA title in the spring of 2005, having traveled to Manchester , England to challenge Pippa L’Vinn for the belt. In the three years since, Roxx has defended her crown against a number of top contenders, including MsChif and Christie Ricci…both former NWA Women’s World Champions. This will be a rare opportunity for Nashville fans to again see her live in action.
Portia Perez is fast emerging as an important figure in the sport, and has dazzled audiences across Canada, the United States and Mexico , as well as in several European nations. Her recent victories over Nikki only underscore her worthiness as a contender for the belt.
This will be the first time since 2006 that the PGWA has held a match at the Stadium Inn in Nashville. The PGWA’s relationship with the USWO and promoter Tony Falk goes back several years before that, when the promotion successfully hosted a great many PGWA matches and even entire cards at its facilities. The PGWA has also had an excellent working arrangement with another Nashville-area promotion, Southern All-Star Wrestling, and looks forward to continuing to work with both SAW and the USWO to bring quality women’s pro wrestling to the Volunteer State. Certainly, Nashville pro wrestling fans are blessed to have these two outstanding promotions in their region, and they have responded by giving both organizations large turnouts at their weekly cards.
The Stadium Inn is located at 10 Interstate Dr. in Nashville . Belltime is 8:00 PM, and tickets are only $10.00.
Dyronic b Lee Cross(w/The Diva Lisa Fayzon) by DQ when Fayzon hit Dyronic with her chain necklace
Tim Renesto (w/Charming Charles) b Rob C
Petey Wright b Shane Smalls to win the USWO Jr. Championship (I'm sure TVD will be happy to hear this, lol)
USWO Tag Team Champions Quinton Quarisma & Jay Phoenix b LT Falk & JC Crowe when Phoenix pinned Falk after Crowe turned on him. Crowe was introduced as "Juicy JC" the third member of "Hangin' Tough"
Mark Anthony (w/Charming Charles) b New York Gangster
USWO Champion Kid Kash b Mitch Ryder and Chris Michaels in a 3-way when Kash dropkicked Ryder into Michaels as they were arguing, allowing Kash to roll up Ryder
----94 in the building with a gate close to $1000...Next Friday: PGWA Championship match with Nikki Roxx (c) vs Portia Perez. Also Michaels vs Ryder in a #1 contenders match as well as 2 matches scheduled for tonight but didn't happen due to illnesses-2/3 fall tag title match with Quarisma & Phoenix vs Falk & Cousin Jason X and Anthony vs Steve O...
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Listen and call in tomorrow as Jamie Dundee returns to 'Cheap Heat Radio' at 10am central time. You never know what will happen, maybe Jamie's dad Bill will call in for the third time to crash this interview as well. Call in with your questions and comments for Jamie. (347) 848-8101.
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----I will be posting as much as I can today until I head out for West Memphis, AR for the Graduation Match for tonight. I will be posting the Arena Report from Ripley, TN probably sometime tomorrow and try to get caught up on all the results.
----Everyone that pre-ordered a book – your book was shipped on Friday afternoon via MEDIA MAIL – you should have it by this coming Friday. If you wanted and book this weekend and was unable to get one – order it today from the publisher – CLICK HERE!! If you want to wait for one of the “Book Tour” stops, you are actually saving 30% off the book, because of postage.
----The second leg of the “Book Tour” is not completely confirmed yet, but I plan to be on the road on 2.22.08 and 2.23.08. I will also be in Bruce, MS on March 8, 2008, which could feature a “special guest” on the tour with me. Jerry Lawler will be at that show and I am sure that everyone that gets a book – Lawler will be happy to sign the book for you.
This evening, “3 G” Eric Wayne will face Kid Nikels in a 1-hour match that will determine each wrestler’s success or failure in completing their training tenure at the “Nightmare” Ken Wayne School of Professional Wrestling.
The match will take place at the wrestling school, which is located in West Memphis, AR.
Eric and Kid began training approximately two years ago. They had their first official match, against each each other, for Don Bass and Jim Casey at a show at West Memphis’ VFW Hall in November 2006. I had the pleasure of attending that match and I can honestly say it did not resemble a “first match.”
Of course, that “non-first match” feel comes from the excellent training provided by Eric’s father, wrestling legend “Nightmare” Ken Wayne.
Ken had a marvelous career that took him across the country and around the world. In my opinion, he is one of the most underrated performers in our industry’s history. I think it is a shame that many of today’s fans will not get the chance to see a Ken Wayne match live and in person. That’s the sad truth as many of the veterans of my childhood move on to other careers or other aspects of the wrestling business.
I first met Ken in the summer of 2003. When I was still a partner in Lethal Attitude Wrestling (LAW), we were touring several towns in Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas. One of our markets was my native town of Dexter, MO. On one occasion, Ken traveled to the town with Jim Casey, who was managing for LAW at the time.
I interviewed Ken in the locker room area that evening for one of our VHS releases. Ironically, that night began a friendship between Ken and I that endures to this day.
Ken came on board in LAW as a booker to help Derrick King with the chore.
I won’t go into grave details, but later that fall both Ken and I left LAW to pursue other options. Ken continued to wrestle around the country, while I began working as an agent for Bobby Eaton.
However, our paths continued to cross. In late 2004, Ken became a partner with Robert Gibson and another businessman to form All-Pro Championship Wrestling in Columbus, MS. I ended up working with Ken there and our friendship continued.
But all friendship talk aside, I have much respect for Ken Wayne. I get caught in two or three hour long conversations with him all the time. He has so much knowledge. That knowledge unfortunately has been wasted. I’ve heard the knowledge passed on to younger wrestlers only to enter one of the worker’s ears and exit the other. And we wonder why we STILL wrestle in front of 20 paid in crap towns instead of moving up? Makes you think doesn’t it.
Anyway, I was saddened when Ken decided to retire in the spring of 2005. I had the privilege of ring announcing his final match in a Mississippi town for APCW.
While his in-ring career was complete, his career was far from over.
Ken had considered starting a wrestling school for some time. However, working around the country prevented him from focusing primarily on the school. With his in-ring career complete, Ken now had the time to do just that – focus on the school.
He started the school in 2006. I can’t remember the exact number of students, but the first class included Eric and Kid.
Bobby Eaton and I visited the school that spring. I remember seeing Kid for the first time. I wasn’t sure if he would endure. I’m proud to admit to everyone reading this, that I was dead wrong.
He has put in the time, the efforts, the passion – everything that it takes to be successful in this business.
The same goes for Eric. Imagine having to follow in the footsteps of your father. Can he be as good as his dad? It’s a tough challenge, especially as a young wrestler. Now, double that scenario. Eric not only represents his father Ken. He also represents his grandfather, Buddy Wayne.
So after two years of training and a little more than a year of working independents in several states, Eric and Kid will battle for 1-hour. If one of the guys gets pinned or submits, that worker fails the class. However, the match will continue so the other has a chance to complete the hour exam.
And, if they complete the hour and it is not pleasing to Ken Wayne, it still will not matter. Their success or failure lies in his decision-making hands.
They will also get only two rope breaks during the entire hour. After that, a rope break will no longer matter.
I’m proud to be involved with this special evening as the ring announcer and commentator along with my old partner John Steele. We are going to witness something special. I’m glad that Brian Tramel is going to be in attendance to both see the school and the match. I think he will be impressed.
This is the way wrestling training should be done - a long journey that culminates with a major test. You don’t go to college for three weeks and suddenly get a degree. Unfortunately too many of the so-called “workers” in our area and the entire country at this time have that kind of training. Learn three moves and you are a rassler kid! Funny they know three moves and draw about three people. Go figure!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this particular rant session. In the coming weeks, I plan to look at this past week which was a sad week in wrestling with the cancellation of WWE’s Friday Night SmackDown on the CW Network and the termination of Ohio Valley Wrestling’s status as a WWE developmental territory. The OVW deal brought me back in time to when Memphis Championship Wrestling lost its deal in the summer of ’01, when I was working for that company.
I’ll also look at a local former wrestler/manager/booker who I believe is never truly appreciated. I’ll just tease for now with the initials of “BB.” You figure out!
Until next time, take care all.
(Brian Thompson may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)