November 22, 2005
â€“ Larry Goodman
NWA Wildside (minus Bill Behrens) returned â€œfor one night onlyâ€� in the unlikely town of Soddy Daisy, Tn. Itâ€™s a suburb of
Chattanooga that happens to be the hometown of several performers associated with Wildside as well as the legendary Terry Gordy.
The show was held at the Soddy Daisy High School as a benefit show for the wrestling team. And benefit they did. The promoters not so
much. The house was decent enough (approximately 500 people for a gate of 5K plus the shocking amount of offerings generated by
Jake Roberts). When it came down to the distribution of the proceeds, well, letâ€™s just say that it appears the school picked up a few
tricks of the trade from the fundraiser they did with Bert Prentice earlier in the year.
It turned out to be no better than an average show by Wildside standards, a show that had more than its share of problems. The crowd
was mostly casual fans that didnâ€™t react strongly to the mere presence of the TNA talent much less the Wildside crew. Worse, a
number of things happened that made it next to impossible to suspend disbelief.
Dan â€œThe Dragonâ€� Wilson opened the show with the announcement that the cage match stipulation for the main event had been
scrapped (they couldnâ€™t find a way to get the cage inside the building). In its place, Tank & Iceberg were going to defend the NWA
Wildside Tag Team Titles against Pomp & Circumstances in a Falls Count Anywhere match. The crowd voiced their approval of the
(1) Crazy Francis beat Adam Roberts (with Andrew Alexander) at 11:15 and then Tank & Iceberg beat the f### out of the both of â
They could have achieved the same objective in about half the time and doubled the impact. Roberts, a red-blooded Alabamian, went the
Easy Heat 101 route by making disparaging remarks about the state of Tennessee. Francis was too generic for an insane guy. The
taped-face gimmick he used in NAWA was more distinctive. The heat died once the match started, as neither one did much to connect
with the crowd. Roberts used a Yakuza kick to take over. Alexander interfered freely to help Roberts maintain control. The crowd started to
get into it when Francis reversed a figure four leglock. Francis hit a Shining Wizard. Alexander distracted ref Ryan Michaels. Francis went
after Alexander and took a shot in the back for his troubles. Roberts tried for a nonchalant cover and Francis reversed it with a crucifix pin.
Tank and Iceberg brought the violence. Jeff G. Bailey said Pomp and Circumstance (the hometown heroes) were too cowardly to get
inside the fence with his guys. All the refs were at ringside looking totally impotent. Baileyâ€™s ordered his monsters to end Francisâ€™
stinking life. Pomp & Circumstance (Ace Rockwell & Shaun Tempers) hit the ring and the monsters bailed out. Given the size disparity,
this was hard to swallow. P & C needed to be toting some heavy artillery to make it believable. Rockwell said Tank and Iceberg were in
for the ass kicking of the century.
(2) Three Guys That Totally Rule (Seth Delay & â€œPreciousâ€� Patrick Bentley & Chad Parham) beat Delirious & T. J. Dalton &
Hayden Young in 18:04
NWA Anarchy owner Jerry Palmer was at ringside in the useless role of babyface manager. Both teams tried to rev up the crowd with their
intros. Delay ripped on the Tennesseansâ€™ love for the color orange. Said they watched football in orange on Saturday, hunted in
orange on Sunday and picked up trash in orange on Monday. Excellent work all the away around in the early going. Not much heat
though, because the crowd didnâ€™t seem to be familiar with any of these guys. Delirious disappeared under the ring and sneaked up
behind Parham who freaked. Parham was Mr. Personality, as he has shed any resemblance to the Gabriel character to become a card
carrying member of Three Guys. At 7:50, Delirious suffered a self-inflicted hotshot when Parham pulled Delay out of harms way. Good
heat spot. Parham hit a slingshot senton and strangled Delirious with his scarf. Delirious went into the deep sell. The crowd got behind
him pretty good here. At 15 minutes in, Delirious gave Delay a colossal hotshot and hot-tagged Dalton. Bentley took a sky high backdrop
from Dalton. They hit a series of hot moves down the stretch that really brought the crowd into the match. Delirious hit an impressive
guillotine legdrop. Young nailed a flip dive right on the money. Delirious did a top rope Hart Attack. Young used Caprice Colemanâ€™s
diamond cutter variation (Thermal Shock). The ref got preoccupied with the action on the outside, allowing Gabriel to pin Dalton with a top
rope double stomp. Best match on the show for action.
(3) Adam Jacobs beat David Young in 8:14
Andrew Thomas was back from TNA to referee. Jacobs got the first genuine heel heat of the night with his prematch routine of posturing
and facial expressions. In the opening minute, Jacobs went up for a leapfrog and Young kicked him the groin. Jacobs started bumping
like mad. Jacobs teased a piledriver that Young reversed with a backdrop. Jacobs crotched Young into the tree of woe and hit his
baseball slide/dropkick. Jacobs posed. Jacobs scored with a pescado. But there was no water in the pool for his moonsault. Young
rallied with a flatliner and a spiral faceplant, but Jacobs cut him off with a superkick for a two count. Young popped the crowd with a Liger
Bomb. Both men barely beat the 10 count. Young hit the spinebuster. Young went for a back cover and Jacobs rolled a shoulder at 2.9.
Jacobs won it with a sunset powerbomb that reads better than it looked. Good match but the finish was a letdown. There were some big
moves in this match that only got near falls, so the finish called for some devastation.
Some of the high school wrestlers were brought into the ring and introduced to the crowd. The segment ended with two of the wrestlers
going into business for themselves. One kid chokeslammed the other kid. The victim didnâ€™t sell it at all.
(4) Traci Brooks (with Andrew Alexander) beat Daizee Haze (7-8 minutes)
Brooks did a lengthy tease before removing a long shirt that concealed the goods. She called the predominately teen-aged male
audience perverts merely for doing what comes naturally. The special referee was Abram Boise from Real World. They wanted to book
Miz, but he wasnâ€™t available, so they got Boise as a substitute. Sadly, Boiseâ€™s presence proved detrimental, as he was beyond
clueless about pro wrestling. He had to be told to slap the mat when he was making a pin count. Brooks faked a knee injury. Haze
offered Brooks a get well card in the form of her giant daisy, but Alexander strangled Haze with her own gimmick. Brooks dominated the
body of the match with basic heeling. Haze gave Brooks a heart punch (is Ox Baker still alive?) and followed up with a Yakuza kick. Haze
scored a frustrating visual fall, while the ref was being distracted by Alexander. Haze went after Alexander. Brooks went after Haze. Haze
ducked and Brooks put on the breaks to avoid a head on collision with Alexander. The finish looked like seven kinds of ass. Haze tried for
a forward rolling cradle, but Brooks countered with major assistance from Alexander. Boise stood there looking at the three of them until
he was ordered to make the count.
Alexander, the American Idol wannabe, accused Boise of stealing his spotlight and told him to go back to Real World. Boise turned his
back. Alexander attacked him. They did a series of abysmal spots that were the epitome of amateur hour. Boise almost landed on his
head trying to take a backdrop. The credibility of pro wrestling was taking a beating on this night.
(5) Elix Skipper (with Jerry Palmer) beat Kory â€œRainmanâ€� Chavis in 11:38
It was all Skipper for the first six minutes: Dropkick, ropes walk moonsault to his feet, corkscrew pescado, spinning back kick, double
mule kick. Out of desperation, Chavis raked the eyes and hit the Spinesplitta for a near fall. Chavis put his good old-fashioned brawling
skills to use. He used Skipper as a human bowling ball and the plastic chairs in section A as pins. Chavis used both bottom rope and
middle rope versions of the catapult-the-opponentâ€™s-throat-into-the-rope move. Skipper came back with the Overdrive. It wasnâ€™t
as well timed as he would have liked. Both men down. Skipper busted out a sweet springboard spinkick, and Chavis barely hooked the
ropes with his foot to avoid a three count. Chavis got a big near fall with a Michinoku Driver. Skipper hit the Play of the Day to score the
pinfall. Good match.
Roberts brought the coach of the Trojans wrestling team, Coach Brooks, into the ring and told the crowd to ante up some money for a
good cause. Robertsâ€™ voice is really shot but he got the point across. He asked for 100 dollar bills. Roberts said he made a lot of
mistakes but he was man enough to admit it. Roberts then disclosed that he had seven kids and hadnâ€™t raised any of them. He
urged the parents in the crowd to do better. It took a while, but Roberts had the balls to stay with it and fans began tossing bills into the
ring. They had collected a minimum of $300 before it was over.
(6) Jake Roberts pinned Murder One (with Nigel Sherrod) with a DDT in 11:21
Roberts didnâ€™t look a day over 75. Apparently, the snake couldnâ€™t make the trip. The crowd hated Sherrod. Heâ€™s a natural
a##hole as a manager. Sherrod told the ring announcer that he didnâ€™t know how to do his job (true) and introduced M-1 as a four-
time NWA Wildside Tag Team Champion. All things considered, Roberts was pretty mobile for a guy coming off of a hip replacement.
Roberts even took a mini flatback bump off the losing end of a test of strength. Twice, M-1 escaped from the DDT. Roberts sold an
injured hand like there was no tomorrow. There may not be too many more tomorrows in his case. Sherrod got involved and stole money
out of Jakeâ€™s pocket. Without the benefit of security rails (and no security presence at ringside), a fan was able to take liberties with
Sherrod. Jake made the comeback and hit the short arm clothesline. Fans were calling for the DDT. M-1 blocked another DDT but one
more attempt did the trick. 1..2..3. Roberts laid Sherrod out with a DDT in the postmatch. Roberts then frisked Sherrod and cleaned out
(7) Falls Count Anywhere: Pomp & Circumstance (Ace Rockwell & Shaun Tempers with Coach Brooks) beat Tank & Iceberg (with
Jeff G. Bailey) to win the NWA Wildside Tag Titles in 9:54
The Falls Count Anywhere was a convenient excuse for all out mayhem with P & C absorbing most of the punishment. P & C brought a
trash can filled weapons to ringside. They started brawling all over the gym. Tank and Tempers both juiced. Iceberg suplexed Rockwell
on the gym floor. Iceberg blasted Rockwell with two chairshots (not the plastic ones) and an ungodly senton backsplash. Iceberg brought
barbed wire into the act. Tank did the Psycho curbstomp on Rocwell and the even sicker middle rope double stomp to the gut of
Tempers. Ace surprised Iceberg with a missile dropkick and used the barbed wire on him. White Trash ran in and waffled Tank with a
stop sign. Tank managed to stay on his feet. Rockwell then hit a blockbuster to score the pinfall. Wilson announced P &C as the new
champs. Iceberg extended his hand to Rockwell and tried to double cross him, but Rockwell wouldnâ€™t fall for it. P & C nailed the
monsters with belt shots to close the show.
The consensus of the lockerroom was that Roberts was in a delightful mood, as he was telling stories all night long to anyone that would
listen. Roberts also did good business at the gimmick tableâ€¦Azrael missed the show due to transportation problemsâ€¦â
€�Nightmareâ€� Ted Allen was at the show.
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