Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thompson's Markives 12.24.2009: USWA Wrestling comes to Kennett, MO in February 1993

Welcome to the second edition of Thompson's Markives. For those who missed my first edition of the new column, this is simply a "flashback" look at the various live wrestling events I've attended since 1987. I call it markives, simply combining the term "mark" from wrestling with the meaning of the word "archive."

This edition will look at a United States Wrestling Association (USWA) card from Kennett, Missouri. This particular show took place on Feb. 12, 1993 at the American Legion Building. Let's do a little USWA background refresher before moving forward.

The USWA was the latest incarnation of Memphis Wrestling promotions owned by Jerry Jarrett and Jerry "The King" Lawler. In the late 1990's, Jarrett bought the declining World Class Championship Wrestling from the Von Erichs. He renamed it USWA and actually promoted in both locales. Jarrett's Memphis company, at the time known as CWA for either Championship Wrestling Alliance or Championship Wrestling Association, later took on the USWA name as well.

The Kennett American Legion Building hosted Memphis based cards for years and probably the most notable was a 1992 show featuring a recreation of the Tupelo concession stand brawl, featuring the Moondogs against Lawler and Jeff Jarrett.

Growing up, I really didn't see the Memphis promotions although I "sorta" followed them through the Pro Wrestling Illustrated family of magazines edited by Bill Apter. Many in the business called them the "Apter Mags."

Let me say this. I didn't follow the USWA because I didn't want to. I simply had no access at the time to get it. I lived in Dexter, MO, which was just miles out of the USWA TV distribution area. While towns less tha 20 miles south of Dexter could get Memphis programming on WMC TV-5, I could not because my cable system carried St. Louis area stations, including a St. Louis Channel 5. However, thanks to my grandfather's super powerful antenna, I was able to see the occasional USWA show. The reception was fuzzy, but hey I could hear the action which was all that I needed to get excited when I heard the mention that the USWA was coming to Kennett in February 1993.

I immediately asked my parents if it was okay to go. They agreed. Then the search for tickets began! Having only attended World Wrestling Federation cards, where early ticket purchases produced the best seats, I was really unaware that you need not buy a USWA ticket in advance to get a "front row" seat at this particular time in history. But, I still asked my dad to go to Kennett and get me a ticket. He did so and we ended up with a front row set of tickets for me, my mom and dad. I was in wrestling heaven!

As you can see from the flyer below, this show was pretty loaded for a local card. And I like this fact - only five matches and nine workers on the card with maybe one or two referees and an announcer. Let's run down the card shall we?

The results were as follows: The Master of Terror def. Scott Campoine; Miss Texas def. Leslie Balenger; "Nightmare" Danny Davis def. The Master of Terror; Brian Christopher def. Jeff Jarrett to retain the USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship; MAIN EVENT: The Honky Tonk Man def. USWA Unified World Champion Jerry "The King" Lawler in a non-title match.

Notes: I remember this being a decent crowd. Being only 12-years-old at the time, I didn't think about houses and gates (LOL). Not sure of an exact count, but pictures I have from this show the seats fairly full ... At the time I had no clue who the "Master of Terror" was. Could it have been my friend and mentor "Nightmare" Ken Wayne? Ken are you out there to help me answer this one? ... I had the chance to get wrestlers' autographs for the first time in my life. I secured the "John Hancocks" of Lawler, Jarrett, Davis, Campoine and Miss Texas ... I also was able to catch the Honky Tony Man's wrist tape. He had taken the tape off and used it to choke Lawler during the main event. He tossed it in my direction and with an assist from my mother, it was mine! Fans after the bout asked if we would show it to the referee to show that Honky was cheating. Heck no! This was a souevenir baby from one of the greatest WWF Intercontinetal Champs ever!!! ... My dad, who watched Memphis wrestling waaaaay back in the day, had no clue of the current product but was semi-familiar with the WWF. He knew the "Dangerous" Danny Davis, who did a heel referee gimmick and turned wrestler under the guidance of Jimmy Hart and the Hart Foundation in the mid to late 1980's. I informed my dad that the "Danny Davis" wrestling that night was NOT the WWF Davis ... This show introduced me to wrestling at a regional/local level. It was the first of several non-WWF/WCW shows I would attend.

Thanks for reading. In the next edition of "Thompson's Markives" I will review a Power Pro Wrestling show from the summer of 1999, held in the same Kennett venue. This show featured such names a pre-WWF Kurt Angle and Fatu in his days just before becoming Rikishi. Names who are very familiar to us locally such as Brandon Baxter, Corey Maclin, Derrick King and Alan Steele also worked this show. Stay tuned. I'll give you the full story soon! Have a Merry Christmas all.

(Brian Thompson may be reached by e-mail at

Happy Christmas to Everyone!! Twas The Night Before Christmas!!

----Just wanted to let everyone know that we will be slow around here today and tomorrow at the RRO Offices. I do not expect to post anything and hope everyone enjoys time with their families. My family and my RRO family wishes all of you a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!

----Posted below is something that has become a tradition here at RRO. As usual I change a little bit here and there, but some of it remains. Why?? Because it is still funny after all this time. I didn't even have to change the Eric Wayne line this year. Hopefully we will not have to put that in the next one!! LOL


Twas the night before Christmas, low was the house
Dustin Starr was smiling big and it was time for Klaus
In the dressing rooms, the workers were talking about Wrestler of the Year
Hoping they could wrestle and then go get a beer

The fans were marking out of their heads
Waiting to hear what Starr said
Out from the back came Eric Wayne
Who swore “I didn’t mean to kick him the face..DANG!!”

In the parking lot, arose such a mass
It was Derrick King from RRO Awards past
Standing by the window, it was his friend Jamie Jay
King yelled, “You know he is shady, night or day”

As I looked outside again at the new-fallen snow
Jimmy’s message board sucks, you know??
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a black man with blond hair holding a beer
He was so lively and wearing a crown on loan
His chest pushed out and he said, “It is the weekend, you know.”

Now PP !! Now Tatt2!! Now Midnight Gold!! Now Austin Lane !!
On Asylum!! On Seth Knight!! On Downtown Bruno!! On Ken Wayne!!
To the dressing room!! To the ring!! To the mat!!
Now hiptoss!! Now bodyslam!! Now rat!!

As the man made himself the center of the show
The fans were chanting “ Go, Starr , Go!!”
He yelled at the fans and said go home
I would rather be here all alone!!

He was dressed all in wrestling gear, from his head to his foot
And his gear was all tarnished with vodka and soot
His crown almost falling off the top of his head
“I will be the KING!!”, he proclaimed, only when Lawler is dead

His eyes—they were so blurry!! His speech so slurred!
His cheeks were red as cherry!! His vision was blurred!!
His mouth drooled like a sleeping bear
“Do you know who I am?? 3 time Wrestler of the Year!!”

The straw of his drink he held tight in his teeth
And smoke encircled his head like a wreath
Cody Melton was here for the night
He yelled, “Starr better not beat me, that is just not right!!”

He was colored and blond, a right grumpy man
And I laughed when he said he was the best in the land
A wink in his eye, a twist of his head
Wrestling in Mississippi again, oh I dread

He sprang out of the ring, to his crew gave a whistle
And away the workers flew behind him like the down of a thistle
But I heard him exclaim, as Tramel drove him out of site
“Merry Christmas to all, and I am Derrick King….DAMMIT!!

The Golden Circle "Christmas Editon 2009" by Greg Anthony

As they say "Tis the season". Christmas is like Wrestlemania for normal people. I always feel a little retrospective during the Christmas days. I'm reminded on how much things change yet how much they still remain the same. When I was 9 I asked for the WCW Galoob action figures and now I'm 28 and I asked for the WCW Galoob action figures in mint packaging. Christmas also has given wrestling some creative outlets to use in their programs. Here are some of my favorite moments.

It is common knowledge The Fabulous Freebirds revolutionized wrestling. Their look, their sound, their mere presence was historic for our business. As the antagonists to the ever popular Von Erich family they created good business everywhere they went. There are few wrestling moments that my uncles(whom aren't wrestling fans) still mention to this day. One of those moments is when The Freebirds attacked "Santa Claus". A brutal beating of St.Nick left kids crying, parents outraged and The 'Birds still atop the heel mountain in Texas. I don't know if this was the first Santa Smackdown in wrestling but its one I remember and it has been duplicated several times since.

One moment some may or may not be aware of is the existence of The Christmas Creature! Now the Memphis area has always been kind of a Bermuda triangle of wrestling, no wrestlers don't magically disappear(ok, occasionally on Beale Street) but rather just some unexplainable occurrences. Such as a gimmick like The Christmas Creature. Long before WWE Grand Slam Champion Kane was in fact 1/2 of The Brothers of Destruction, he was USWA's Christmas Creature. As good as a writer as I have been accused of being, even I don't have the words to describe this....

In closing, sometimes Christmas isn't about the best time or the worst present. My favorite Christmases aren't the ones were I got the most presents or had the most money spent on me. The Christmas that counts are the ones you remember, where you were or who you were with. For me personally its been a great year. My wife and I gave birth to our 2nd son, Xander. I've gotten to do what only a handful will ever do and that's be a tag team partner of a legend in Bobby Eaton. I've gotten to work with some of my dearest friends in the business and had the opportunity to make new ones. Last but not least I've gotten fill another passion of mine with this article. A creative outlet that I am thankful for, so to all that enjoy my work both inside and outside of the ring I say "Thank you" from the bottom of my heart because your praise is as good as gold.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

RRO AWARDS RACE 2009 Stage 3!!!

----Ok, this is Stage 3 and the final stage of the 4th Annual RRO Awards Race. Below are all rest of the categories and I am going to explain them and give me thoughts on picks. Unfortunately I have been so busy working with Yearbook 2009 [it is close to 400 pages!!!] that I forget to get a Columnist Consensus as of yet. I will post that later this week. Now to Stage 3!! If you are a member of the KAYFABE MESSSAGE BOARD, then you may click over and put all your nominations there. Or you may e-mail your picks, if you do not want to post them “in the open” on the board. Send your nominations in ASAP. PLEASE PICK 3 NOMINEES for each category!!! Send your e-mail to with subject: RRO Nominees. Deadline for these awards is Wednesday 12.30.09. You may also go over to the RRO AWARDS RACE blog by CLICKING HERE and get all the up to the date info on the awards!!! Below my picks and thoughts are the Columnists Consensus results from a poll I conducted via e-mail last week with them.

*Horizon Award: This is the award for the guy/girl/team that you think should have a TNA/WWE contract. This award was won by Eric Wayne last year with Byron Willcott [who has a contract] in close second and Dustin Starr placing in an award that he won in 2006 and 2007. I am going to leave Starr out of it this year as one of my picks, because I think it is just a given that he deserves a contract. The three guys I pick are Christian Jacobs, Matt Riveria and Tatt2. Tatt2 in third place because he has had a lot of opportunities this year that fell thru, but he has shined for the big time. Jacobs is a close second and I would have to give Riveria the nod here, because of all the out of wrestling things you see him do to just get his wrestling personality over. He is tailor-made for the WWE.

*Most Improved – Who got better in 2009? Angel-Lena, Jeremy Moore, Justin Smart and Crazy Train really have to be mentioned here. The guys work really hard and have improved. Angel-lena has gone from being GOD awful to have decent matches as a worker and is more confident around the ring. Christian Jacobs is my third pick here, because he has always HAD IT, but this year IT went just a bit better. Bishop has got tons better and has a great presence in the ring. My top pick would have to be Seth Knight just for his overall look and adding new stuff to his already stacked move set.

*Most Underrated – Brian So Fine, Shawn Reed, Ron Rage, Seth Knight, Devon Day and Mark Justice are six names I would start with. If any of those guys got nominated, I would see why. These guys have to be mentioned – they all are good at different levels. My top three picks are Kevin White [as he works lots of big shows and works hard in & out the ring], Maxx Corbin [he has a great wrestling mind, good on the mic and did a great job promoting a few shows] and my top pick would be Cody Melton. Melton has been on a lot of top shows this year and works real hard.

*Arena Report Match of the Year – These are the best matches that I witnessed at live events. This is hard to vote for some people because they do not see as much stuff as I do. But..if you attended one of these matches, then you know the quality of it. I have listed all the matches that scored [***1/2] or higher. Please pick three. I have highlighted my three picks.

-Eric Wayne vs Kid Nikels West Memphis, AR [***1/2] 1.23.09
-Kid Nikels vs Greg King Jr West Memphis, AR [***3/4] 3.06.09
-Pokerface vs Blalok The Blazer Jonesboro, AR [*** ½] 3.14.09
- Greg King Jr vs Eric Wayne vs Kid Nikels – 60 Minute Draw [****1/4] 3.15.09
-“East Coast Bad Boys” [Serpent/C-Money] vs Pokerface/Derrick King with Rashard Devon. Osceola, AR [***3/4] 4.03.09
“Genocide” [Albino Rhino/Maxx Corbin] beat Greg King Jr/Shawn Reed [*** ½] 4.04.09
- Devon Day vs Kilo Trenton, TN 4.25.09 [***1/2]
-Dustin Ring vs Eric Wayne West Memphis, AR 5.08.09 [****]
-Derrick King vs Austin Lane Tuckerman, AR 5.09.09 [****1/4]
-Jon Michael vs Scott Adams Ripley, TN 5.30.09 [***1/2]
-Dustin Starr vs Stan Lee Ripley, TN 5.30.09 [***3/4]
-Tank Benefit: 8-Man Elimination Team: Kilo/J Weezy/Gaylon Ray/Shannon Lee vs C-Money/Rockin Randy/Hardcore Yaw/Jon “Biscuit” Roberts 6.14.09 [***3/4]
-”Missouri Street Fight” - “Missouri Bad Boys” [Renegade/Mark Southern] with Cookie St. James vs “Law and Order” [Tim Davis/Ricky Hayes] [***1/2] 7.25.09
-Jon Michael vs Mark Justice Newbern, TN [***3/4] 7.25.09
-Street Fight: Derrick King vs Bishop Ripley, TN 9.12.09 [***3/4]
-Dustin Starr vs Stan Lee Ripley, TN 9.12.09 [****]
-"Dynasty" [Blalok the Blazer/Mike Anthony] with Reno Diamond beat "Natural Born Playas" [Southside Brawler/Pimptacular] Jonesboro, AR 9.19.09 [***1/2]
-Jon Michael vs Christian Jacobs Ripley, TN 9.26.09 [****]
-Eric Wayne vs Austin Lane West Memphis, AR 10.09.09 [****]
-Alan Steele vs Kid Nikels West Memphis, AR 10.09.09 [***1/2]

*TV Match of the Year: These are original matches that aired on TV this year. There has not been a lot, but I posted what I considered the top 6 bouts from TV. I have highlighted by three picks. If you think I missed one, then feel free to nominate it. The date shown is the air dates.

-Dustin Starr vs Kevin White Minglewood Hall 3.07.09

-Brian Christopher vs Doug Gilbert Hardcore Match Minglewood Hall 3.07.09
-Doug Gilbert/Tommy Rich vs Jerry Lawler/Brian Christopher Minglewood Hall 5.02.09
-Tatt2 vs Johnny Dotson Block Party 5.30.09
-Autozone Park Johnny Dotson vs Derrick King 8.08.09
-“Asylum” [Psycho/Pappy] vs “Full Scale Assault” [Xander Raines/Jason Steele] vs “SnS” [Syn/DJ Stunner] 9.19.09

*Best Wrestling Web Site –Dustin Starr’s “the Starr Treatment”, WNC, are my top picks. Starr has slowed down a bit at the end of the year, but he was THE site to go to all year long. Wrestling News Center is last year’s winner and good for world news more than local. My favorite promotion site is the EWE one.

*Columnist of the Year – Even though it is his own blog, Dustin Starr has been the guy to read this year. Greg Anthony always has good columns on here. Seth Knight, Jamie Jay [for being shady] and Eric Wayne all need a mention tied in third.

*Female Performer: Angel-Lena is my favorite here because she has been more places and works hard. Athena Eclipse is an ASWF mainstay and is not your typical diva. She breaks the mold and is really good at ringside. Jazz is easily the most over female I have ever seen live. Last year’s winner Su-Yung should get mentioned also, but she was not as much “in your face” as she has been due to no TV exposure.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My World - MAXXED OUT!! "Year In Review 2009" Video by Maxx Corbin

----There is some funny shit on here. Great job Maxx!!

RassleResults: MCW Osceola, AR 12.18.09

Friday Night was spectacular show! The fans were up and rocking as well as the wrestlers. Opening match was Miss Candy and Homer Lee vs Ms Innocent and Miss Nay Nay accompanied by Rashard. Miss Innocent and Rashard was up to no good pretty much the whole match. At one point Rashard had a hand full of powder and thought he was going to powder Miss Candy, he got kicked in the hand and powdered himself. Then turned around and was going to use the rest of the powder to dust Miss Candy off but she ducked and he powdered Miss Innocent, Miss Candy rolled up Miss Nay Nay for the pin. The crowd loved it!

Jeremy Spiker and J Rage vs Hambones 1&2, the match was up and the crowd just knew that these two young guys would take the older men. Well the young ones do have a little fire in their pants, however, the older the more experienced and the Hambones distracted the ref and nailed them with the bone. When that was successful the Hambones joined together and double suplex J Rage and made the pin. The crowd was shocked.

Third match was Knock Out Kidd vs Ray. After an intense match Ray took the pin.

The All American Frankie Tucker's tag team partner had car trouble and didn't make it to the show in time for the match. The match was booked against War Machine and Officer Hudson who begged Frankie to take a forfeit but everyone knows Frankie that wasn't happening. Frankie has been around along time and he was worked with some of the elite as well as some beginners. Frankie ,in our book, is a very underrated wrestler in this area. The stood behind him Friday night when he refused to take on both War Machine and Officer Hudson without a tag team partner. Go Frankie, let's give him a vote for Wrestler of the Year. The match was furious and full of action. Frankie took the win, Big Daddy hit the ring after Rashard tried to interfere.

The main event was East Coast Bad Boyz vs Pimp and Southside in a title match. The match was furiuous and C-Money as well as Spiro and the ref took a beating and of course they used their cheap shot signs to help him beat the Bad Boyz. They won the match but fans the fight is not over.

There will not be a show this Friday Night due to The Christmas Holidays! Big Daddy and the gang wants to give their fans time to spend with their families. Everyone at MCW wishes you a Merry Christmas!

Credit: Kim Wallace and MCW

Wayne's World: "Appearance Is Everything" by Eric Wayne

"Appearance is Everything"

If you've ever been around Tramel, Brian Thompson, or Derrick King...and several others, you've probably heard one of their favorite lines, "You know what's wrong with the business?"

This time around I figured I'd cover one of those problems. Appearance. Both inside and outside the ring, appearance is everything. When I was much younger, going to towns with my dad, he would always make me dress up. Well I never understood why it mattered so much until later when I started to referee and wrestle. Even when I was a kid, majority of the time I had to wear khaki pants and I collared shirt or something nice, "church clothes" as they've been referred to before.

I noticed that for the most part all the boys didn't look any different than the fans coming through the door. And that's when it hit me! I had to look different because I WAS different. Being part of the show means dressing the part before, during, and afterwards. Not to say I haven't occasionally done it because I have, but consistently showing up in shorts and T-shirt or something similar doesn't set you apart from the kid in the front row. It gives off the vibe that you're no different than the fans, and while that's true in some cases, its not true for a lot of the boys. Its hard to be taken seriously as a champion or even a wrestler if you show up looking like the ring crew.

Like I said, looking the part during the show is just as important. When I was about 6 or 7 I used to carry my "wrestling gear" to every town I went to. It all started when PG-13 had a midget and so did my dad as part of the American Eagles. I came up with the idea that since he was no taller than me that I could fill in if he ever no showed. So I started carrying shorts and a T-shirt as my gear. Sound familiar?

So of course I never wore that gear. But I noticed a lot of other "wrestlers" took my idea! A lot of guys were showing up, not only looking like everyday joes but would change into something similar and go to the ring. The only difference is they might have wrestling boots or would tape their wrists. The matches these guys were in usually meant an early intermission for the crowd. Reason being is that a lot of times the audience didn't seem to care to watch Wal-Mart Willy pretend to be a wrestler. The boys that usually had good matches were the ones with actual wrestling gear, whether it was just trunks or long tights or a singlet...the people sat there because the guy at least LOOKED like a wrestler.

Of course there are exceptions to these rules. But in general, that's really not the case. Dressing up only takes a few more minutes before you leave the house. And it makes you stand out whether you're just going down the road or to a bigger event. And as far as having gear goes, yeah its expensive. But its worth it. If its too much for you to afford, then you're probably in the wrong industry.

There's more where this came from on wnc's new series "Wrestling Unmasked". Be sure to check it out, it'll be interesting to see how much of it clicks with the boys around here.

RRO AWARDS RACE 2009 Stage 2!!! Send in Your Nominations Now!!

----You have until 12:00 Midnight on Wednesday 12.23.09 to have your voice heard in the 4th Annual RRO Awards Race!! CLICK HERE to read the categories and send in the e-mails or put it on the Kayfabe Message Board!!

Announcers Not Even Safe At NBW!!

----Announcer "Big" Dave Sims sent in the following pic. Not sure what happened here, but he got some good color.

RassleResults: USA Wrestling Selmer, TN 12.19.09

Derrick King beat Cody Melton

Chris Williams and Patrick Smith Defeated Bones & Killer

Shane Williams beat Keith ???

Michael Gilbert beat Matt Boyce after Garry White interfered.

Kevin White w/ Garry White & Su Yung beat Steve-O in a chain on a pole match

Steve- O won the battle royal.

Notes: On Jan 2rd, they are having their last benefit show for Bert Prentice with Doug Gilbert coming in to team with Steve-O against Kevin White & Michael Gilbert...Bert Prentice received all the proceeds for this event. There was 200 & 250 was in the building, over 1500.00 was raised at the gate for Bert...Kevin White worked really hard putting this show together and running the show.

Credit: swstudd

Garry White sent in the following about the event....

We would like to take this time to thank the owners of the civic center, the wrestlers, referee, and ring crew for donating their time and efforts to make this a successful show. You always hear about the brotherhood that's in wrestling but to witness it first hand was a amazing ordeal. All these people went on and beyond the call of duty to make sure we helped a brother in need.

Bert is still not doing as well as he should and he is in for a long road to recovery but the doctors has told him is cancer free and that's the most important thing right now. Again thanks everyone for being so gracious. Derrick and Cody came down and had to leave and go to Ripley for there show and I know that had to be extremely difficult trying to make it back to Ripley on time. Everyone there deserves a standing ovation for what they did. Thanks everyone and we hope to see everyone on January 2rd.

RassleResults: ASWF Tuckerman, AR 12.19.09 - Christmas With The King 2 Draws Big Numbers!!!

Brian Christopher

Our show was a blast this weekend with a near capacity crowd. According to Mr. Coffee and Betty Butler there were approximately 597 people accounted for. The ASWF would like to extend thanks to Nikki Lane, Betty Butler, and Jimmy Rhodes for their help in making this event possible.

The show would begin with Announcers T-Bone Terrence Ward and Magic Man Jimmy Rhodes along with Commissioner Ricky Rowland welcoming everyone to the show. Rowland would ask everyone to stand for the National Anthem before the show would get underway.

Our first match of the night was Lee Michaels and Chuck Fears taking on Kalaiki and Kevin Charles. Michaels did come to the ring alone but would be joined by Fears after his original partner failed to show. Charles would start off strong in this match with control early on. However, Lee's size would enable him to reverse the match in their favor with his speed and agility. Michaels would get a roll up pin over Charles.

Well just when you thought things were on the right track, Hollywood Jimmy Blaylock and his clique would come to the ring at first apologizing to the crowd for his actions the last time he was here. But just like anything good it doesn't last. Blaylock would reveal it was a joke. But soon enough The King himself would take to the ring to shut Blaylock up. But tempers would calm until the Main Event.

The second match of the night was for the ASWF X-Division Title. The Champion Christopher Lee would take on the challenger Vinny Romano. The match would be back and forth, but with a stroke of luck Romano would win the match and the title via pin fall. Commissioner Rowland would take to ringside and state that he was watching the match in the back and noticed Romano cheated. He would order the referee to restart the match and start counting him out. The referee would reach ten and declare Lee the winner and still Champion. Romano didn't see it that way and would run to the dressing room with the title. Commissioner Rowland would put Lee and Romano in a Last Man Standing Match next week for the title.

Our third match was a tag team match with Hot Rod John Ellison and Joshua Cross taking on Superstar Bill Dundee and Wild Bill. Bill would start off in control but control would slip as the ASWF HOF Ellison would start delivering his devastating right hands. Dundee would be tagged in later in the match and would take it to the outside and leave Wild Bill in the ring to deliver a stunner and get the win.

Tonight's fourth match was scheduled for One Fall. Tommy Wayne would take on Chris Styles. This would be an adrenaline fueled match with both wrestlers using their speed to their advantage. Tommy would gain control of the match and win via pin fall.

The fifth match of the night was a Triple Threat Tag Match. CM2 with Athena Eclipse VS Pure Destruction with Hollywood Jimmy VS LSD (Cody Only & Deadly Dale). This match was tough to keep up with. There was so much action in this match the announcers even had trouble calling the match! LSD would start off strong against CM2 and dominate the beginning of the match. But soon Pure Destruction would want in on the action and would leave exactly what their name says...destruction. Soon none of the contenders could take it anymore. Action was in and out of the ring. CM2 would use this opportunity to get the win via pin fall.

Our next match was Casino making his return to take on Kid Nikels in a singles match. Both would take turns controlling the match but Casino would make a huge comeback against the six foot four Kid Nikels. Brian Thompson, who explained earlier that Bobby Eaton was sick and could not make it, was the one who brought Nikels to Tuckerman. Thompson would ask Kid to bring Casino to the ropes and would hit Nikels by mistake, Casino would roll him up and get the pin. After the bell was rung, Nikels would shake Casino's hand and congratulate him on a match well done. They would both then turn their attention to Brian Thompson and begin to beat him to a pulp before he would eventually get away.

The Feature Match of the night was a Ladder Match for the reunification of the ASWF Title. In the previous weeks Idol Bane declared that he was the true Champion and would begin to carry out his own belt. There were so many ladders in this match it was scary. Both men put their bodies and careers on the line for the title. They would soon have set up the ladders in what appeared to be a bridge to the top. Idol would get caught up in the ropes and would look on in horror as Austin would climb to the top and get the belts.

The Semi-Main Event was the European Champion X-Kaliber and Grand Master Sexay Brian Christopher in a non-title match. Brian would perform at his best in this match not losing an inch to X-Kaliber. X-Kaliber would get a chain to try and even the odds, but it would be stolen by Christopher and he would use it on X-Kaliber when the referee distracted. He would pin X-Kaliber and get the win. After the match X-Kaliber would tell the referee that Christopher had a chain. The referee would begin to search Brian and he would toss the chain to X-Kaliber and show the ref. The referee would raise Christopher's hand in victory.

Our Main-Event was a Tag Match with Demon X and Johnny Hawk with Hollywood Jimmy VS Jerry "The King" Lawler and Seth Saber. The King and Saber would start off in control and hold on until Hawk would make his way in to show Saber some old school moves. The tide would soon turn when he would get the tag to The King and The King would start his punishment on Hawk and Demon X. The King would then tag Saber back in and he would get the pin over Demon X in what was the Match of the Night.

Credit: Terrance Ware @

Pic by Lily Willington

----Does Brian C look like Scotty 2 Hotty in that pic or what?? Is it just me??...I heard they did tons of advertising and footwork for this show. Guess what?? It paid off - almost 600 people!!...I was told Idol Bane/Austin Lane was "match of the night" by a lot of people - apparently they put on a great show...Omg!! I would personally like to apologize to Jerry Lawler for having to work both Demon X and Johnny Hawk. Well..I guess it is not my fault, but sorry anyway. Heard it was mostly Sabor taking heat and Lawler getting hot tag...They should have kept Nikels as a heel, if they plan to use him in the future.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Jason Reed: Picture of the Week

----Jason with Crazy Train this week. Reed has also promised that we will have photos and story of his accident in the ring that we have been working on for the last few weeks.

The Straight Flush "Wrestling Politics & Booking" by Pokerface

What does it really take to make it in wrestling? I would loved to say that it only takes talent, but if that were the case, alot more of the good wrestlers would have jobs in the big leagues. Sad to say as far as the big leagues go, it's all about who likes you and who you know. At the independent level, it also applies, but to a smaller degree. I've seen guys at the indy level try to pay politic and manipulate their way to the "top", so to speak. I've seen guys get preferential treatment or pushed because of who they drank, smoked, or hung out with. I,however, don't play those games. I admit, here and there , I've tried to politic or smooze, but it ain't my thing. At the indy level, what good would it do for you to be the top guy, be the champion, or get the best matches? Only the 100 people that pay to see it would know. It's like being student class president. It means something in high school, but outside those hallowed halls, it doesn't mean crap! I've seen guys who would quit a company or get mad because they couldn't be the champ. C'mon children! Wake up.

At this level, as Sid Vicious once told me, learn EVERYTHING that you can. It doesn't matter if you are the opening match or main event. Kissing the promoters ass, is still gonna get you the same honorable mention in your pay envelope at the end of the night. Now in the big leagues, it's different. I've heard guys complain about being overlooked our under utilized. It's a fact that for the most part you gotta play politics to get certain things done. But as in an article I read by Lance Storm, there are good politics and bad politics. Good politics is when you act as your own agent. You go to the powers that be with ideas and concepts. You "put yourself over" to the boss. You tell the company brass why you would be the best person for a certain match, angle, or title. Bad politics is almost the same, except you do a little mud slinging. You crap and downplay the next guy. Which one you play is solely up to you. You shouldn't be one of the guys who just sit back and just enjoy getting a check every week, or are just happy to have a job. Those are the guys who almost never standout and get released because creative doesn't have anything for them. The game is gonna have to be played. It's up to you how it's gonna be played. But politicking at this level, is like the hamster running on the wheel.

The second topic I wanna touch on, is booking. promoting, etc. In this area, on TV or not TV, the booking and product sucks. I've seen guys being put in positions and matches, because of, here we go again, politics. I've seen the booker put himself in every main angle and in every interview segment. I've seen where the booker is the champion, when he clearly isn't capable of being either. I've seen angles that were on RAW Monday night, wind up on an indy show a month later. Nobody is creative anymore. And week after week, it's the same guys in the main event. The bad part is that on a roster of about 20 or so, you may have 5 guys that are "over".

I recently had the opportunity, to take charge of a show, and "book" for a couple of weeks. In this particular company, I have good amount of input. booking or not. I have never abused that power. My goal was, and is, is to make EVERYBODY on the roster, if possible , a star. I book in very entertaining way. Probably not in the way that old schoolers would like. I believe in letting the people know who the characters are. I may do this in an interview or some other kind of segment. I believe in surprising the people. Giving the people something they don't expect. Making it so that the people are aware that anybody on the roster is capable of beating anybody at anytime. Curtain jerkers have beat main eent guys. Women have beaten seasoned veterans. As a booker or a member of the creative team, I'm willing to sacrifice myself for the good of the show. I'm willing to do damn near whatever to build the crowd. I show no ego. If I'm the champ, I wouldn't necessarily book myself in the main event. If I feel my match wouldn't be strong enough to close the show, I'd gladly step aside and let somebody else do the honors. I never center the show around myself or my boys. As the champ, I do however get more time for certain things than some. That's only because the championship should be the cornerstone of the company, you know, the brass ring. I don't book myself as invincible, but more as a chicken s@#$.

Anyway, I book in terms of dollars and cents. I try to get as many asses in the seats, so me and the other guys can sell more merchandise, more concessions can be sold, and hopefully a fatter pay envelope at the end of the night. Booking should be done wisely. Think outside the box. Think big, but realistically. I've been in a company that had the resources, but did nothing with them. They would book "superstars" and still draw 400 fans. If they booked the the regular talent they still drew 400 fans. Smart booking my ass!. In closing the key to booking is not rocket science, but at the same time it's not remedial math either. Give a damn! Make it a personal challenge to see if u can pack the building. See if, even with mostly sub par talent, if you can fill it up to the rafters.

Until next time, keep your pimp hand strong!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

RassleResults: NEW West Memphis, AR 12.18.09

-Kevin Charles beat Kolby Stern with a modified RKO

-Dan Matthews beat Justin Smart with a backslide

-Kid Nikels beat Wild Bill with a chokeslam

-Austin Lane vs Alan Steele ended in a no-contest when Kolby Stern & Kid Nikels interfered

-----Downtown Bruno was the ref for the night. Chuck Poe returns in February to help out...Eric Wayne did an interview explaining why he was on crutches and couldn't wrestle. I believe it is a spider bite...Was this Wild Bill from ASWF?? Omg..I hope Kid squashed him!!

RassleResults: USWO/ATL Nashville, TN 12.19.09

26 attended

Crusher Eric Hodge b Tiny Bear

David Matthews b Psycho Medic

Anthony Wayne b Bad Boy Dixon

Saint b Quinton Quarisma

USWO Jr. Champion Cody Weatherby b The Zodiac and Josh Crow in a 3-way when he pinned Zodiac

Damien Payne b Jamie Dundee by DQ when Dundee hit Payne with his hubcap

Deathwish b Saint & Kid Dynamite

Credit: Jimmie Daniel

A Piece of My Mind Dec 20th 2009 by "The Big Cheese" Sal Corrente

I wanted to write one final article for 2009 but had been struggling what to write about. I thought about many things Jerry Lawler and the most recent incident involving him and me along with his manager out of NY. I certainly want to mention the next WrestleReunion convention in Los Angeles Jan 29th-31st which presents Rob Van Dam, The Great Muta, Jushin Thunder Liger and Bruno Sammartino along with several other names and two nights of wrestling. You can get all needed information at . There is the death of Eki “Umaga” Fatu who although I wasn’t very close to him I was very close to his brothers and the rest of his family the Anoai’s. Then of course there is the lawsuit that has taken up so much of my life for the last two years and even before that WrestleReunion vs. Clear Channel now operating as Live Nation Television Holdings Inc.

I could have written about any and all of those things and probably should have already but I just wasn’t getting the motivation to write about it. I knew that sooner or later a topic would come to me. I received a phone call from “Carolina’s Own” David Isley that I couldn’t take because I was on the phone with T-Mobile. I then got a call from Rikki Nelson just as I was getting off the phone with T-Mobile and I saw a text from David Isley telling me that our old tag team partner and RAT Patrol member Cary “Colt Steel” Jackson had died from a heart attack. I had spoken about Colt this year with Michael Bochicchio of he told me that Colt trained him to wrestle it was something that I didn’t know. What I did know was that Colt had probably trained him right. He was just the kind of guy that could do it.

It was 1988 when I was working for the Crockett’s part time and was still being used by the New York State Athletic Commission on Indy and WWF events. It was somewhere in late 1988 when “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff told me that he had arranged a tryout for me with Nelson Royal for his new promotion. It was quite exciting because Nelson already had a deal where the show would air on the NBC affiliate WCNC TV 36 in Charlotte. I was to go down to Charlotte in November and making the booking. I would get to do one match and they would determine if I was any good or not. It was kind of intimidating because I wouldn’t know a lot of the guys but it was my chance at a real break in the business.

I got to Nikita’s house and after a short visit I drove to the building with his wife Mandy. It wasn’t long after I arrived that I found out that no other referee’s had shown up and I would have to do all the matches. It was that night that I first met two guys that I would still have regular interaction with over twenty years later David Isley and Rikki Nelson. In the long run I got the job and moved to Concord NC in February of 1989. It wasn’t long after the territory was in action that a guy came around named Colt Steel. He was a very quiet guy that everyone else knew and I had really never heard of. I came to find out that he had been trained by Nelson Royal along with many of the other younger guys that Nelson was looking to push. He eventually became part of the territory and was a good hand. He was a strong guy that could bump his ass off. He worked as a heel but I found out later although he didn’t like it was much he was a great babyface. He wasn’t a great talker so he would have needed a manager to really get over even in the old days but he could work. I always thought he would have been a great second man in a tag team. If you think about an in shape “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers you would have had Colt Steele. I remember one time Colt was wrestling Sam Houston in some Charlotte suburb he came into the territory once his dad Grizzly Smith took over the book. I don’t know what happened but something went wrong during the match. The next thing I knew Colt was firing up on Sam, Sam look terrified and he should have been Colt had a long fuse but he wasn’t one to fool with. It was clear Sam pissed him off I heard him say something to the effect of “Don’t you ever screw around with me again”. After that Colt settled down and got back to working with Sam. Once the match was over and I got back to the dressing room I told his dad things got rough in there. He said “yeah I could see that. I never knew what caused it but I also never saw it happen again with Colt. He just wasn’t one for many guys to fool with.

I can remember another night when a very young Ken Shamrock was booked against Colt. It was clear to us that the new kid on the block was very tough but very new to the business. I was getting ready for the matches when Colt approached me and was really concerned he had been told go twenty minutes through with Shamrock and couldn’t imagine how he could pull it off. In this match the young Steel was clearly the veteran but not seasoned enough to carry someone who was just starting to a twenty minute Broadway. I told Colt he should figure it out since all the young guys had all the answers lately. He said no I will do whatever you tell me to do if you just help me. So I went to Shamrock and laid the thing out for him. He was very agreeable to everything. Those two guys tore the house down doing almost nothing. This story continued several years later when a much more schooled Ken Shamrock was now booked against Chris “Tatanka” Chavis. I was approached by Shamrock he said “Can you help me out with Chavis liked you helped Colt out with me”. I said sure and those two guys tore the house down.

It was shortly after my trip to Australia for Rob Russen’s IWA where I did double duty as a referee and as Friday the handler of Kamala that Ugandan Giant that “The Big Cheese” was born. I named my group the Rat Patrol so being the leader of the Rat Patrol I thought that “The Big Cheese” was a good name. We got back to Carolina and started working shows for “The Wild Thing” Willie Clay. At the time The Rat Patrol idea was being born we were babyfaces but in time Colt and Isley and I turned heel. We had a lot of fun working for CCW in Concord and the surrounding area. I could tell stories forever about the good times and police escorts to our cars. We had heat and although the crowds were small in those days they were vocal and hated what the big mouth from NYC and his local boys (Colt and David) were doing to their hero Willie Clay. We eventually had enough and turned babyface joining together with Willie it was safer that way. We talk about the fun and the good times we had almost every week. I hadn’t seen Colt Steel in years since I don’t live in North Carolina anymore and an earlier heart attack put him out of the business. I can remember an outdoor show that we did for Willie when some local loud mouth fan who couldn’t stand me hit the ring Colt started putting the boots to the guy. The guy had to be nuts I’m sure he could have taken me but Colt would have killed him.

It is a shame that Colt isn’t remembered more he had worked Kansas City and Florida he even toured Japan once. There are You Tube matches of him out there I am gonna provide a link of one against Tommy Angel where I was actually the referee it is in two parts. The other is a match from his Japan tour. I can honestly say that day’s at Willie’s CCW were just a bunch of guys getting together that loved the business busting their tails to entertain people. It wasn’t very lucrative but I smile when I think about those days. We had so much heat that as soon as your music hit people were booing and throwing stuff.

Boy oh boy, those were the days, the guys that we worked with “Gorgeous” Gary Royal, Rikki Nelson, Rick and Speedy “The Ringlords”, “The Beastmaster” Rick Link, Nick of Time, Mabel and Mo who later went on to WWF, along with top names that came in from time to time. We would have guys like Jim Cornette and Stan Lane, The Freebirds, “The Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez, The Koloffs and the list goes on and on. If I left anyone out I am sorry what I am really focused on now is that three of the guys we worked with not that long ago are already gone they are The Bulldozer, The Buddah, and now my friend Colt Steel RIP in Cary Jackson you won’t ever be forgotten.

The picture on top is Colt Steel on the way to ring probably for Slim Baucom's NWA Charlotte but I can't be sure. The picture on the bottom is of Thunderfoot#1("Carolina's Own" David Isley) vs. Colt Steel. Sometimes we worked against each other sometimes with each other thats just how the Indy's are.