04/07/2012 – NWA Main Event Report from 4/5 in Nashville
From Rusty Emerson:
I was going to talk about the main event first, but I think I’ll make you all at least scroll down. I’ve upgraded from a legal pad to a digital voice recorder, so tonight
promises more snarky then usual.
Very intimate crowd last night, I guess due to the bad weather. Well, tonight showed very well why you always get more then your money’s worth at NWA Main Event!
Very disappointed as the referee, Stacey Sykes, was missing his Studded Leather Belt of Authority.
Match #1 – Shane Steel vs. Eric Hayes
Very weird to see Shane Steel up first, and in a solo match. That let me know right there it was going to be a weird night. Steel sucks less and less every week, and
entertains in a very Lance Storm kind of way. Technically proficient, gets the job done.
I’m well known in my distaste for Eric Hayes, and I have to be clear, its not that he does a lot badly, just that he doesn’t stand out as doing anything particularly well.
I’m on the fence for a bit, but decide to watch the match.
Steel bails to start, and takes his time getting back in. They do some mat wrestling, where both men do well. Hayes has the first arm drags of the night in. The guys really
didn’t click well, probably due to a last minute reworking of the show.
We try to tap as Hayes is put in a submission hold, but the referee doesn’t recognize us.
Steel springs to life and starts some pinning combinations. The end is a mystery to us, as Hayes runs the ropes by Steel and Steel goes flat on his back, with no
apparent contact made. Hayes covers and gets the win, as Steel starts complaining to the referee, about what I’m not really sure. Even Chickenhat was confused by the
Match #2 – Eric Hodge vs. The Lumberjack, David Knox
I believe he was introduced as “The Crippler” last week, and even JT had a hard time remembering who Hodge was. The new guys need “Hello, my name is….” Tags I
Knox comes out with Took and an Axe Handle. Digging the whole “Crazy Canuk” gimmick. Chickenhat comes back over to confirm its Knox. Might have three men in the
booth eventually? The security guy checks Hodge down for bodily fluids with his blue light.
Knox shows off both his superior strength, and the legendary Canadian politeness. Knox was full of fire and aggression. Hodge didn’t get to show a whole lot. Hodge
attacks the left leg aggressively. Knox makes his comeback, and threatens to use the Axe Handle. Knox sells the leg injury, then Hulks up for his comeback. Nesmith
comes out and spits in his face, and Knox charges up the heel stairwell chasing after Nesmith. Hodge wins via countout. Knox comes back out to collect his Axe Handle,
upset he got counted out.
Match #3 – Kevin Kardashian w/ Victor Van Glorious & Jamey Farrari vs. The Expendables vs. The Elements of Wrestling.
Shawn Fatal and Kaden Sade lock up to start. The Elements have a bright future if they can just survive to their 20’s. They are bumping machines. Only in a match like
this is Larry Cooter the heavyweight. (Cliff and I noticed with some distress that he and I add up to more then all six men involved in the tag match.) We get tired watching
three shows in three nights, we don’t know how some of these guys wrestle three times in three nights.
Kevin Kardashian and Jamey Farrari work over the Cooter. Ugly inconsistency here, as sometimes when a wrestler in the ring slaps one of the guys in the corner, it’s a
tag, and other times its not. Needs to be consistent there.
Matt Madison gets an extended bit of time getting worked over. The Expendables go for the Fatal Cooter, but Shawn Fatal is knocked down on the corner. The end comes
with the Elements of Wrestling once again down on the ground outside the ring. Fatal pins Kardashian, as Larry Cooter tosses around Victors Backgammon case. He
tosses it out of the ring, and I worry Victor will lose his dice. He needs them for crap games later.
Match #4 – Chris Norte w/ Prince Omar Al Kazan vs. Psycho Medic
Not “The Goods”, but the Bad, Chris Norte, once again rocking the Honest Abe beard. Psycho Medic is maybe half an hour from his last shift at work. He was actually
really physical Friday at Southern All-Star Wrestling, so Cliff theorized his physicality is directly proportional to his pay. If so, well, we got hugs to start….. draw your own
(You know the difference between Chris Norte and Abraham Lincoln? Lincoln was a good wrestler. I kid, I kid. Actually, Lincoln was a very accomplished wrestler. As is
Norte, but that ruins the joke.)
Slow start to the match, and Norte tries to go home early, only for Psycho Medic to drag him back in. Some gentle wailing on each other. Lots of interference from Omar,
but Psycho Medic overcomes it to pick up the win.
Match #5 – “Rusty’s BroCrush” Jeremy Flynt vs. Dyron Flynn for the NWA Mid-American X Division Title.
Nice to see Flynt in a title match. Jeremy comes out to the theme from the Greatest American Hero “Believe it or not”, and I can’t believe it. (If he ever forms a tag team, he
needs to come out to the theme from Bosom Buddies.)
These two have a very ground-based match, and I can not believe how flexible Jeremy Flynt is. Flynn stretches him out but good. I’m glad Flynn is short, because he is
smart, talented, a phenomenal wrestler, and has a smoking hot girlfriend. Life needed to do something to humble him.
They take the action outside, where Jeremy lights him up with some chops. You should hear how good they sound on my recorder. The crowd tells Dyron Flynn that if he
wants to sit at ringside, he needs to pay his $8 like everyone else.
They get in a series of submission holds and pinning combinations. Flynt catches a break as he breaks a pin on a long, long, long three. The end comes with JT
counting down, and Flynn struggling to hang on. He taps, just as time has expired. Dyron Flynn slinks out with a victory. Jeremy offers a handshake, and Flynn shakes
hands, then gives him a kick downstairs. Great match, elevated Jeremy, and makes Flynn look like a fighting champion.
Jeremy joined us for a short chat afterwards, digging the digital recorder. Always a pleasure to talk to the guys.
Match #6 – Jason Nesmith vs. JT Gibson
Jason Nesmith comes out alone, without Omar, Shane Steel, or anyone else. He gets in the ring and takes the mic from JT. Nesmith complains that JT stole his thunder
by spoiling that he was taking Seven’s place vs. Nick Iggy tonight. Then he throws his water bottle on JT, dousing him. JT takes off his coat and tie, and pulls his shirt out.
As he closes the distance to Nesmith, Jason just unloads on JT with a flurry of blows, bringing JT down. He busts open JT hard way, and stops to pick up JT’s phone
which had fallen out of his coat, and bounces it off of JT’s skull. You could tell after about the second punch that Nesmith had left the reservation, and this was not a work.
Now, I actually understand Nesmith’s position here. He’s the heel, he can’t get worked by the announcer, but this is JT Freaking Gibson we are talking about here. One
punch knocked him down, from that point, use you’re wrestling skills to get him in a hold and under control if you were worried he was trying to get Froggy with you. For
his side of things, JT admits he was angry about the water, but denies that he was moving to attack Jason Nesmith.
Once they are separated, Nesmith says the second part of his announcement is he quits. All the remaining wrestlers, heels and faces are out, and they all look upset.
Nick Iggy takes control and gets on the mic, saying he’s here and ready for a match. He says he wants a match with someone. Jason Nesmith, Dyron Flynn, Seven, he
doesn’t care. I really respect him and Dyron Flynn for being cooler heads, and making chicken salad out of a really messed up situation. Dyron had to be tired and upset,
and confused, but he came out there and did the best he could. Charles, Porter, and JT had gone upstairs to talk about what just happened, so someone had to take
charge, and those two did. Gained a lot of respect for Iggy tonight, although I did like the line “beat up the announcer, it doesn’t happen in my house” … um, yeah, it just
Match #7 – Nick Iggy vs. Dyron Flynn w/ Omar Al Kazan for the NWA Mid-American Heavyweight Title.
The match itself wasn’t really memorable, I think I even missed the rollup for the pin. The ending was funny, as a fan really, really, really wanted to fight Dyron Flynn. A
very surreal ending to the show, as it really looked like Omar was going to have to be in the position of having to be the one to thank everyone for coming and to have a
good night, but Gentleman Charles came out at the end.
Will we have any heels next week?
The Fave Five
1. Nick Iggy – This young man really stepped up tonight, and I have a ton of respect for his maturity and cool.
2. Jeremy Flynt – Ok, it was a meager crowd, but they popped for him, and he combines entertainment value with good wrestling skills.
3. Psycho Medic – A good entertaining brawl. Always a crowd favorite.
4. David Knox – I’m becoming a Knox fan. I like the lumberjack, and he shows good intensity in the ring. Hate that this may be derailing his storyline.
5. Matt Madison – The ladies love Matt.
Feeling the Heat
1. Dyron Flynn – Dyron stepped up and showed why he is the total package.
2. Omar Al Kazan – Could get heat on a stepladder.
3. Shane Steel – Strong and silent but gets the job done. I wonder how this will impact him as well, as he and Nesmith were getting a solid tag push.
4. Chris Norte – Does the Bad step up into the Goods?
5. Kevin Kardashian – a relatively quiet week for Kevin, Happy Birthday, you Tubby Bastard.
So, what happens next? Is Jason Nesmith blackballed from Middle Tennessee and parts beyond? Can he and NWA Main Event make up? Where does this leave the
COME SEE THE SHOW NEXT WEEK!!!!! I can’t stress this enough, this is the best value for your entertainment dollar in Middle Tennessee. If you like good wrestling, they
have Dyron Flynn and Jeremy Flynt. If you like high flying action, there’s the Expendables, Kevin Kardashian, and the Elements of Wrestling. If you feel like heckling bad
wrestling, it’s on there too. And the best snack bar in town, they tell me. I almost broke down and bought a corn dog this week, maybe next week. Just get there!