August 27, 2006
â€“ Larry Goodman
LAST WEEKâ€¦they kept the cameras rolling after the battle between former partners in Team Elite, Derrick Neikirk and Mike Knox, ended
in a time limit draw. The situation disintegrated into something akin to a rugby scrum, as about 10 guys from the dressing room and both
refs were unable to pry them apart.
Kenny Omega came out wearing a goofy Mardi Gras mask. DeMott said it looked like he took a left turn in Albuquerque.
Backstage promo by the fearsome looking â€œRussian Bearâ€� Oleg Prudius. I couldnâ€™t understand his English a whole lot better
than his Russian.
â€œI destroy you. I crush you. I break you. If you vill come to my vorld.â€�
(1) Oleg Prudius squashed Kenny Omega in 1:50
Prudius got a mix of heat and â€œUSAâ€� chants for his brutally bad version of the Russian national anthem. Prudius overpowered
Omega. Prudius yanked Omega up by his hair and gave him a forearm smash. Omega tried a high crossbody. Prudius made the catch,
put Omega in a firemanâ€™s carry and deposited him across the top ropes. Prudius brought him off with a fallaway slam. Prudius got
the pin with a variation of the torture rack drop.
Ric Flair headlines when DSW returns to Six Flags over Georgia on September 9.
An ad for the weekly Thursday night tapings at the DSW Arena aired. 20 minutes south of Atlanta at exit 221 off of I-75. Go 2.5 miles east
and itâ€™s on right behind Locoâ€™s.
Ray Geezy, the quintessential role model for the school-age viewers of DSW, talked about the last run-in he had with a teacher.
â€œPut me in detention. Kept me after class. All of a sudden. Rat-a-tat-tat! Thatâ€™s right. I knocked the sucka out. So if you wanna
teach me something, teach me in the ringâ€¦All I know is Iâ€™m gonna whup a teacherâ€™sâ€¦â€�
Off camera, DeMott yelled, â€œGeezy!â€�
Geezy made his ring entrance. DeMott said Geezy needed a win after the shellacking he took from Prudius last week.
(2) Matt Striker beat Ray Geezy in 4:23
Striker said he was an educated man and Geezy needed to learn a lesson. Striker slapped Geezy across the face. As Geezy lit into
Striker, DeMott characterized him as a man of the people. Striker did the big sell on atomic drop and Geezy leveled him with a lariat.
Striker begged for mercy, and took advantage of Gordyâ€™s hesitation with a poke in the eyes. Striker tied Gordy up in the ropes, landed
a dropkick to the back and slide-kicked him to the floor. Striker pointed at his brain. Striker dropped a pair of elbows for a near fall. Striker
complained about ref Rob Russoâ€™s count. Geezy fired back with forearms. Striker cut him off with an inverted backbreaker for another
near fall. Russo caught Striker red-handed as he tried to use the ropes for extra leverage. Geezy made the comeback. Geezy caught
Striker with the firemanâ€™s carry slam and hit the ATL legdrop, but Striker got a foot over the ropes. Striker shoved Russo. Russo
returned the favor. Striker keeled over and Geezy roll him up for a near fall. One kick to face and Gordy was down for the 1-2-3. DeMott
was surprised that Striker wasnâ€™t DQed for laying hands on an official. Postmatch, Striker held up a sign that said â€œStriker is
DSWâ€� and then tore it to shreds.
A highlight video featuring â€œ24/7â€� Derrick Neikirk aired.
Tommy Suede said he was always hearing about what a great athlete Montel Vontavious Porter though he was. Suede said the truth
about MVP was that he was â€œan egotistical, self-centered jerk.â€�
â€œTonight, weâ€™ll see who the MVP is in this match, because youâ€™re dealing with none other than â€˜Smoothâ€™ Tommy
Suede made his entrance. Sherrod said Suede was fast becoming a fan favorite, but you would have never known it from the response.
DeMott wondered what Suede was thinking with the â€œSpartacusâ€� hairstyle.
Cut to MVP with his ear glued to a cell phone as usual. MVP said that when Suede got in the ring with a world class athlete, he would
sweat. And when suede gets wet, itâ€™s ruined and needs to be discarded.
â€œAll those incredible, phenomenal, acrobatic aerial moves wonâ€™t help you at all, because youâ€™ll be just like everybody else.
Youâ€™ll be one more individual that learns that you donâ€™t have to like me, but one way or another, you will respect me.â€�
MVP asked if the camera guy if he had enough footage and resumed his phone conversation.
(3) Montel Vontavious Porter beat Tommy Suede via submission at 5:41
Porter said he didnâ€™t trust ring announcer Ted Guinness with his bling and brought it over to DeMott. Suede did a flashy armbar
reversal. MVP rolled into a shoulder stand and kicked Suede in the face. Suede wanted a test of strength. Suede got the advantage with a
knuckle lock. Suede did a pair of suplexes with the knuckle lock still intact. MVP went for a Canadian backbreaker, but Suede slipped
away to score near falls with a high crossbody and a huracanrana. MVP was in a state of discombobulation. Suede landed a stiff chop in
the corner. But MVP reversed Suedeâ€™s whip and nailed him with a Kawada kick. MVP gave Suede a double boot scrape and slid out
to the floor, where he pulled out a sharpie out and autographed a fanâ€™s poster. MVP hit a push-up gutbuster for a two count. MVP
choked Suede with his own arm, then spun him around into a back heel kick. But MVP did too much juking and jiving before dropping the
elbow, and Suede rolled out from under. Suede made the comeback and tried to show fire but no got no pop at all. Suede did a satellite
headscissors into a german suplex, a sweet move for a near fall. MVP countered Suedeâ€™s huracanrana attempt with a powerbomb
into the turnbuckles. MVP applied a crossface to get the tap out. MVP used his cell phone to take a snapshot of his latest victim.
â€œIf you thought last time was bad, when I tried to maim your pretty little face. That was just for fun. Imagine what Iâ€™m gonna do to
you to prove myself.â€�
Danny Gimondo promised to do Ryan Oâ€™Reilly in a manner that would leave no doubt as to who the man was in DSW, and who
deserved a title shot.
Oâ€™Reilly said he wasnâ€™t intimidated by Gimondoâ€™s statements. He was just angry. Oâ€™Reilly brought up the fact that
Gimondo jabbed him in the throat with a foreign object the last time they met, and said he didnâ€™t care how many times Gimondo had
to prove something to himself.
â€œI know. Rough House Oâ€™Reilly knows. That I only have to prove to myself one thing. And thatâ€™s to keep the gold, at home, in
the Rough House, right where it belongs.â€�
(4) In a non-title match, Rough House Oâ€™Reilly beat Danny Gimondo in 5:58
Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s entrance still got a great pop, but Knox got a better one. Gimondo wouldnâ€™t let him in the ring, so Oâ€™Reilly threw
his ring jacket in his face. Gimundo broke cleanly the first time, but you knew that couldnâ€™t last. They went back and forth on the arm.
Oâ€™Reilly grabbed a hammerlock. Gimondo backed him into the corner and unleashed an elbow to the chops. Oâ€™Reilly responded
with an Irish whip and hiptossed Gimondo as he rebounded off the buckles. Gimondo slammed Oâ€™Reilly down by the hair. Gimondo
dropped a knee for a two count. Gimondo brawled. DeMott said he knew for a fact that Assassin had asked Gimondo to enroll in Anger
Management classes. Gimondo measured Oâ€™Reilly for a trio of jabs and dropped him with big right. Gimondo tried to choke off the
champâ€™s air supply with a rear naked choke. Oâ€™Reilly rammed Gimundo into the buckles to break the hold. Oâ€™Reilly started
beating Gimondo to the punch. A shoulder block put Gimundo on the canvas. Oâ€™Reilly hit a flying lariat. When Oâ€™Reilly used a
back cover, DeMott said champion or not, he wouldnâ€™t pin Gimondo that way. Oâ€™Reilly went for the Roughshot, but Gimondo had it
scouted. Gimundo then nailed Oâ€™Reilly with his own finisher. Gimondo gloated before making the cover, and Oâ€™Reilly kicked out
before the three. Sherrod said Gimondoâ€™s pandering to the camera cost him the victory. Oâ€™Reilly blocked a Gimondoâ€™s
bulldog and caught him with an Oklahoma roll for the 1-2-3. Gimundo threw a hissy fit.
Derrick Neikirk said Mike Knox was a loose cannon and thatâ€™s what he liked about him. â€œI was always focused, and you were a
little bit off. Thatâ€™s what made us great.â€� Neikirk said Knox had become jealous of his accomplishments.
Tonight, I finish it. Weâ€™re not brothers anymore. Tonight, youâ€™re out of my life forever.â€�
Knox said he was disappointed with Neikirkâ€™s attitude of late.
â€œSee, I always knew you were a jerk. I always knew you thought you were a little bit better than everybody else, except me.â€�
Knox likened Neikirkâ€™s behavior to that of a rabid dog. He said their match last week was a dogfight and this week would be more of
â€œIâ€™m ready for anything that you can bring to the table. But I donâ€™t think for one second, and you know itâ€™s true, that you are
ready for what I can bring to the table.â€� Knox tried to take a bite out of the camera.
(5) Mike Knox versus Derrick Neikirk went to a double count out (7:20)
Knoxâ€™s popularity ha soared to the top the fans at the Arena. He was greeted with a chant of â€œECW.â€� Throughout the match,
DeMott talked about the lifelong friendship of Team Elite. The opening minutes saw Knox administer a beating, both inside and outside
the ring. Knox hit a slingshot suplex. Knox blasted away on Neikirk in the corner. Neikirk reversed a whip but ate an elbow charging in.
Knox charged and Neikirk caught him with a high backdrop. Neikirk pounded Knox from the mount. Neikirk choked Knox with both hands.
Neikirk hit an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. As Niekirk went to work on Knoxâ€™s back, DeMott said he blamed the fans for the break up
of Team Elite. The fans chanted â€œKnox, Knox, Knox.â€� Niekirk hit a Saito suplex. Knox rolled out the floor. Neikirk rammed Knoxâ
€™s back into the apron. Back inside, Niekirk used another Saito suplex and hooked the leg. Knox rolled a shoulder at 2 and Â½. Neikirk
tried to keep it on the mat, but Knox eventually freed himself. They traded blows. Knox caught Neikirk flush in the face with a flying boot.
Both men down. They struggled to their feet at the count of eight. The action spilled to ringside, and Nick Patrick was forced to call for the
bell. Niekirk went for a chair. Knox cut him off and set him into the post. Knox picked up the chair but decided to use the ringsteps instead.
Neikirk cut that off. Neikirk pulled the pads up to expose the concrete floor, but help from dressing room (including Tough Enoughâ€™s
Daniel Rodimer and Oklahoma All-American Jake Hager) intervened. Neikirk managed to break free and leave Knox laying with a DDT.
The show closed with wrestlers checking on Knoxâ€™s condition, as MVP stood by nonchalantly taking photos with his cell phone.
DeMott said this friendship was history.
It was all about Neikirk and Knox again this week. And so it should be. Itâ€™s the culmination of a well-crafted storyline. The scenes
from last weekâ€™s pull apart was a great way to open the show. They both cut strong promos. Match was a stiff brawl with an all out
effort by DeMott to get across the gravity of the situationâ€¦Gimondoâ€™s Jersey scumbag with the stop-at-nothing attitude is a lot more
fun to watch than his previous work in DSWâ€¦Gimondo hit Oâ€™Reilly with his own finisher, and Oâ€™Reilly still beat him cleanly. It will
be interesting to see if Gimondo still gets a title shot and by what rationaleâ€¦This episode highlighted the lack of babyface singles
wrestlers with any kind of momentum once you get past Knox and Oâ€™Reilly. Omega got squashed by Prudius.With consecutive
losses to Prudius and Striker, Gordy appears to be stuck in reverse. His hometown wigger character feels so forced. If Suede is going to
go by â€œSmoothâ€� and cut the kind of promo he did here, heâ€™s better suited to being a heelâ€¦MVP continues to be the most
entertaining (as in Sports Entertainment) performer on DSW televisionâ€¦Being fed cruiserweight-sized opponents in his first two
television matches (where was Antonio Mestre when they needed him?), Prudius has appeared to be every bit the indestructible
monster. Heâ€™s shown two impressive power moves, and thatâ€™s all heâ€™s needed so farâ€¦I was majorly disappointed that
there was no Freakin Deacon vignette this week.
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