04/15/2012 – NWA Anarchy Report from Cornelia on 4/14
From Larry Goodman:
NWA Anarchy's April 14 event was a supremely entertaining follow up to Hardcore Hell, their best big show in a year or more.
They're a lot more to look forward to in Cornelia wrestling these days. It's all coming together.
Jerry Palmer’s turn to the darkside at Hardcore Hell set the NWA Arena on fire. The beloved former owner did the unthinkable when he laid out Brodie Chase and joined forces with the embodiment of evil, Jeff G. Bailey, flushing 7 years of goodwill down the drain in one fell swoop. Angle like this can’t be manufactured. We’re talking 80’s heat. If that wasn’t enough, NWA North American Champion Shaun Tempers emerged from Hardcore Hell with the NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Title due to Bailey’s interference.
Anarchy is on a roll and the entire locker room is feeling it. Everyone is stepping up their game. What choice is there?
The first hour was everything it needed to be. It opened with an unusually long talk segment that worked great because of the people doing the talking. The main event was a tremendous singles match that saw Anthony Henry regain the Young Lion’s Championship from John Skyler.
The second hour main event was off the hook.
120 was the count at the NWA Arena in Cornelia GA. The building was packed (over 200) for Hardcore Hell. Attendance at the TV tapings has been on the upswing, and they’re getting louder every time out.
An elated Jeff G. Bailey opened the show. He was almost levitating, calling the fans insects kneeling before the master. Bailey said Dove’s first mistake was rejecting his friendship, and the result has been nothing but stupid decisions. His second mistake was making Chase his special enforcer. Bailey said Chase has been pinned by the best – Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk and the Road Warriors (all true stemming from Chase’s stint as enhancement talent for WCW). Bailey said he went to the top of the list at Hardcore Hell, leaving Chase a broken, bitter, hollow shell of a man.
Bailey called out the NWA Elite (Se7en & Bryan Casanova minus Lane Vasser), and bragged about the destruction wrought on Johnny Dangerous, Slim J and Mikal Judas at Hardcore Hell. He said the time had come to pick a side. NWA North American/NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Champion Shaun Tempers and his protégé Bo Newsom came out, having already tipped their hand at Hardcore Hell.
Bailey called out the piece de resistance, “Mr. Anarchy” Jerry Palmer, rocking super cheesy sunglasses, a scummy straw hat and grubby facial hair.
Palmer said Dove was a manipulator who ran an abortion of a wrestling show, and he (Palmer) wasn’t being shown the proper gratitude. Palmer vowed to take his company back and burn the place to the ground. Palmer also threatened violence without identifying the targets by name. As good as Palmer was as the ultimate babyface owner, he’s even better as a heel.
Chase came out with Franklin Dove, the man that bought the company when Palmer wanted out. Anarchy’s technical wizardry threatened to send the segment down the tubes when the mic malfunctioned.
“Reverend” Dan Wilson and his Devil’s Rejects got things back on track in a big way. Wilson said Bailey was the one that threw powder in his eyes at Hardcore Hell, and if the chips had fallen differently, Azrael would be the one holding the titles.Wilson reminded Bailey of the casualties the Elite suffered the last time they tangled (Anarchy when it was at its best!). Wilson said Azrael had been robbed of the title it took him 15 years to get. “A man with nothing ain’t got nothing to lose.”
Cue up the music for Urban Assault Squad (Shadow Jackson & Nemesis). Nemesis said there was a lot of history going on and it was time to make some new history. Jackson promised to give the fans a main event for the ages. Everybody on both sides was bowing up, and the crowd was the “let them fight” chant. Bill Behrens was out there and the whole bit.
Ring announcer Bret Wolverton confirmed a 10 man tag as the main event. This segment was a whole lot of gab, but it was riveting gab, and it had all of Anarchy’s great talkers doing the talking.
(1) Bobby Moore & Andrew Pendleton III defeated Jacob Ashworth & Skirra Corvus in 7:20. This match had outstanding heat. Moore is one tormented man. The crowd is getting to him to where he’ll soon be taking Invega by the handful. Pendleton wanted Corvus. It turned out to be a prime example of an alligator mouth overriding a hummingbird ass, as Corvus gave him a beating. The key tide turning spot showed imagination -- Corvus used a matrix move to duck Pendleton’s clothesline, but Moore’s sliding clothesline connected. Ashworth was running wild with power moves when his self-proclaimed “friend” Tommy Daniels came to ringside. Moore capitalized on the distraction with a running kick to the face.
(2) Najasism vs. Joey Rhymer ended as a no contest at 3:45 due to the carnage inflicted by Jacoby Boykins. Extreme cruiserweight action here, as both guys are under 150 pounds. Fast paced with big moves and not bad at all, but damn I hate it when finishers are used in a cavalier fashion. Boykins showed up and unusually cruel punishment ensued. Boykins is a big strong dude and he manhandled the two tiny tots like small children.
John Johnson sauntered into the ring. Johnson said according the Mayan calendar the world would end on December 21, 2012, but the end came early at Hardcore Hell. Johnson extended the services of Boykins to the NWA Elite (to complete their five man team for the main).
(3) Anthony Henry regained the NWA Anarchy Young Lion’s Championship over John Skyler in 18 minutes. Skyler was making his first defense since beating Henry for the title at Hardcore Hell. He’s one of those little guys that is able to carry himself like a big guy. Henry was building up an early head of steam until Skyler knocked him off the apron and into the rail. Skyler slowed the pace. Skyler reversed an O’Connor roll with a rear naked choke, which was a really sweet spot. Skyler hurt Henry with a big combo. Henry showed great resiliency, too much so for the damage he had sustained, and got a big near fall with a powerslam. Henry had Skyler on the verge of tapping with the Texas Cloverleaf, but Skyler made the ropes. Skyler tried to submit Henry with his own finisher, and Henry used one of Skyler’s big moves (the slingshot spear) against him. When Skyler kicked out his frogsplash, Henry had the “what do a have to do?” look written all over his face. Henry tried for a tornado DDT. Skyler reversed it and hit Sliced Bread #2, and Henry kicked out. Skyler was the one starting to panic. An exchange of big shots left both men down. Skyler got the advantage and tried to go up top. Henry cut him off, and snapped of a huracanrana to set up the cloverleaf. Fans were chanting for like mad for Skyler to give it up. A terrific match. They mesh beautifully in the ring and they had the crowd all the way, There’s something uniquely wonderful about two guys of equal size squaring off in a compettive match. The near falls worked, partly because it was the only match on the show that had them. Henry’s win was a surprise because they foreshadowed just the opposite.
Moore and Pendleton returned to pound on Henry. Moore was about to end another career with a stuff piledriver when Buck hit the ring. Buck superkicked Pendleton but Moore escaped unscathed with a look on his face like had seen a ghost.
Ring announcer Bret Wolverton announced Moore & Pendleton vs. Henry & Buck for April 28.
(4) Steven “The Fever” Walters defeated CB Gibson in 6:30. Not much heat for this. Gibson was giving Walters a run for his money, so Walters punched Gibson on the break and brutalized him in the corner. The crowd showed no sympathy for Gibson. Walters cut off Gibson’s comebacks, until Gibson did a spinning headscissors into a reverse DDT. Something was missing in the execution. Gibson tried for the Yoshi Tonic (legtrap sunset flip powerbomb) and Walters reversed into a brainbuster for the win. Walters is not a happy man these days.
Daniels came out with a cane to chants of “Jersey Shore reject”. Daniels told Gibson he almost had it, and called out his “other best friend” Ashworth. As a token of his appreciation, Daniels offered to give Ashworth the cane he’s been using due to his leg injury. Ashworth wanted no such thing. Daniels then handed the cane to Gibson, who konked Ashworth in the back of the head with it. Daniels and Gibson laid Ashworth out. Corvus attacked Gibson, but Daniels broke the cane across his back. Daniels and Gibson also left Corvus laying with a combo move. Daniels was jumping around to make it clear that his leg was perfectly fine, not that anyone believed he was injured in the first place.
Wolverton announced Daniels & Gibson vs. Corvus & Ashworth for April 28.
(5) Seth Delay retained the NWA Anarchy TV Championship over “The Sin City Saint” Brandon Parker in 9:17. Match had early heat thanks to the crowd love for Delay’s antics. Delay reversed an armbar with an assist from referee Brent Wiley. At one point, Delay yelled at Behrens about the burst of static coming from the PA system. Parker gave the champion some rough treatment. He got two big near falls, and the fans weren’t buying them. Parker is a regular at APW in Royston where he’s a key guy, but he’s done very little at Anarchy. Delay avoided double flying knees and pinned Parker with a top rope elbow drop. Match was OK. However, the point of Parker getting so much offense was lost on me.
On the WrestleVision we saw UAS talking about taking the first step to regaining the tag titles. Palmer walked up with Casanova and Se7en. Palmer assured them they were just passing through. Palmer wrote Nemesis off as a hothead, but he and Jackson had a bond. Palmer told Jackson to trust him on this. He said a lot of people were going to get hurt, and he needed Jackson on his side. Jackson told Palmer he didn’t like what he was doing. Palmer told Jackson he needed to decide. Palmer and the Elite moved on. Nemesis asked Jackson why he was listening to Palmer. Jackson reassured Nemesis that Palmer would be listening to fists against his head
(6) NWA Elite (Se7en & Bryan Casanova & Shaun Tempers & Bo Newsom & Jacoby Boyins with Jeff G. Bailey & Jerry Palmer) defeated Devil’s Rejects (Azrael & Dany Only & Stryknyn with The Rev) & Urban Assault Squad (Shadow Jackson & Nemesis) in 15:54. This match had molten heat, and for a 10 man, it couldn’t have run much smoother. Credit goes to Dee Byers for a great job of reffing. Only and Casanova beat the living hell out of each other. Casanova has amped up his aggression. The early going saw an unexpected synergy develop between Rejects and UAS. The Elite took over on Stryknyn. Se7en's offense was sharper than usual here. Azrael romped and stomped with the hot tag and Tempers wanted no part of him. The crowd badly wants to see them go at it again. The Elite trapped Azrael and abused him bigtime. Boykins and Newsom got a chance to show they belonged with the big dogs. The fans broke out a loud Azrael chant. Amazing. This set up a truly hot tag to Jackson, who was hitting big moves right and left. It broke down to 10 man insanity. Se7en catapulted Stryknyn into the announcer’s booth. Bailey bolted to the back. In the midst of the chaos, Palmer cracked Jackson in the leg with his axhandle. Boykins then pinned Jackson with a spinning powerslam.
It appeared there would be no end to the beatdown on Team Anarchy. That’s when Mikal Judas entered and took the Elite down one by one.
The Rev bowed down to Judas. Meanwhile, one poor guy was getting so worked up at Palmer that he was about to have a coronary. Bailey ushered Palmer towards the back and told the guy he was saving his life.
Chase said the fans could plainly see who was standing tall and announced Azrael vs. Tempers in a title rematch for April 28.