November 4, 2006
â€“ Larry Goodman
Fright Night â€™06 might have been the dawning of new era for NWA Anarchy. For the first time in the companyâ€™s history, they
attempted to run a larger venue outside of Cornelia with stunningly positive results.
Over 400 people filled the Return to Nowhere Theater in Helen, Georgia. It was the largest crowd in Anarchy history, and larger than all
but one crowd ever drawn by NWA Wildside.
A fan remarked that â€œit doesnâ€™t look like an indie show.â€� You got that right. This was a first class venue for a wrestling show.
The lighting, sound, and ring entrances were all quantum leaps from anything Anarchy has done or ever could do at the NWA Arena, and
it gave the product a big league flavor that has always been lacking in the homey â€œChurch of Southern Rasslinâ€™.â€�
I would rank Fright Night a notch below Hostile Environment â€˜06, which remains as Anarchyâ€™s best show to date. Tons of action.
The crowd was hot. Most things worked, among them, a surprise appearance by homegrown star, A. J. Styles. A few things didnâ€™t,
and one could argue that some things should have been done differently given the sizable number of fans that were new to the product.
On balance, they definitely made some new fans, which seems to be an almost insurmountable task for any indie promotion in 2006.
â€œAnarchy Angelâ€� Mary came out to her very own entrance video, and she looked smoking hot for the occasion. No two ways about
it, that body that was made to wear tight clothing.
The show opened with a fine country-style rendition of the National Anthem by Gerald Johnson.
Ring announcer Ernie Rich introduced the man of the people, Jerry Palmer, the owner of NWA Anarchy. Palmer got a huge pop. Palmer
surveyed the crowd and said he didnâ€™t like to hear the word canâ€™t, as in â€œyou canâ€™t revive NWA Anarchy.â€�
Palmer thanked Michael Stanley, the owner of the venue and said Anarchy would like to come back to Helen for Seasonâ€™s Beatings
on 12/30 with A J. Styles headlining the card. Palmer told the story of how he came to employ Styles when A. J. was trying to make it in pro
wrestling. Palmer agreed to work around Stylesâ€™ wrestling schedule and told Styles to go be the best wrestler he could be.
(1) Hayden Young & Austin Creed beat Jeremy V & Jason Blackman in 10:10
Not sure what heâ€™s done to deserve it, other than his generally nerdy appearance, but the fans boo ref Jacob Ashworth every time he
comes out. Big reactions to introductions of both teams. One thing about Blackman is that he looked like a pro wrestler from go, and he
gets more badass with each passing day. Creed fought his way out of the heel corner to make a tag, and Young hit a crazy tornillo elbow
for a near fall. The babyfaces used double teams to clear the ring. Young then did a springboard shooting star press to the floor that had
suicide written all over it. Young survived unscathed, but V got his knees up on Youngâ€™s frogsplash. Bigtime heat on Young here.
Blackman used a tilt-a-whirl facebuster for a near fall. The heels pulled the no-tag switch. Young was bleeding from the mouth. I took
hardway blood in the first match as a positive omen. The crowd reacted to the sick thud as Vâ€™s stiff lariat made contact with Youngâ
€™s chest. Both down on a collision to set up the hot tag. Creed put both heels on the deck with somersault lariats. The face team
mounted the ropes for the 10 punches in stereo, but Blackman crotched Creed. V & Blackman hit the top rope Hart Attack on Young but
Creed saved. Blackman took a great face bump into the rail. Creed did his splits haymaker on V and Young hit the frogsplash for the pin.
Outstanding opener. All the key spots clicked and the crowd was totally into it.
(2) Ace Rockwell beat Brandon Phoenix (with Brodie Ray Chase) to win the NWA Anarchy Television Title in 12:17
Rockwellâ€™s entrance got the babyface supreme entrance pop for the evening. The guy instinctively knows how to connect with these
fans. Rockwell has the ability to use mannerisms and facial expressions to communicate burning desire like few wrestlers on todayâ
€™s indie scene, and he never forgets that the babyface should be smarter than the heel. Rockwell decked Chase before the match got
underway. When Phoenix tried to cheat on the break, Rockwell blitzed him with a flurry of offense. Rockwell went out and tagged BRC with
a series of punches. Phoenix tried to sneak up on him, but Rockwell cut him off. Chase then leveled Rockwell with kick to the face.
Phoenix was able to maintain control due to the massive and highly entertaining interference by Chase. The man has impeccable timing.
Rockwell kicked out after taking an exploder suplex and made the big comeback. Rockwell went to the top, but BRC dumped him to the
floor. Rockwell crawled around to the opposite side of the ring and surprised BRC with a flying bodypress. Phoenix hit a facebuster for a
near fall. Phoenix put on the brakes to avoid a collision with BRC, but Rockwell dropkicked Phoenix into Chase. Rockwell got a reverse
roll up for a false finish. But Phoenix kicked out and the momentum sent Rockwell into Chaseâ€™s right fist. Phoenix hit an STO for a
great false finish. Phoenix climbed to the top rope. Rockwell climbed up to cut him off. Phoenix started firing punches and Rockwell was
barely hanging on. Rockwell suddenly brought Phoenix off the top with the Aces High to score the pinfall. The crowd went nuts, as the
Rockwell love kicked into an even higher gear. A lengthy and emotional celebration ensued. I really enjoyed this match. Great heat, the
stuff between Rockwell and Chase was loads of fun, and fans were buying the false finishes bigtime.
(3) Adam Roberts pinned T. C. Carnage in a county whipping match at 11:23
Roberts tried to run and took some strap shots from the fan lumberjacks, one of whom was a kid in facepaint wearing an â€œI whipped
Adam Robertsâ€� t-shirt. Carnage got dumped. Babyface or not, two of the lumberjacks attacked, but Carnage wouldnâ€™t sell the
whipping. Back inside, Roberts took over and the crowd got behind Carnage. Carnage came back with a wobbly springboard lariat that
left both men on the canvas. Carnage blocked Robertsâ€™ finisher and hit a bridging fallaway slam for a two count. Roberts bailed. The
fans started whipping him. Roberts tried to run away but a contingent of babyfaces met him on the stage to block his exit. Blackman
came out to give Roberts some encouragement in the form of brass knucks. While Blackman distracted Speedy Nelson, Roberts
clocked Carnage with the knucks for the 1-2-3. The crowd was into the whipping aspect. OK but far from the best match these two are
capable of having.
In one of the more memorable moments of the evening, a kid lumberjack ran up the aisle and started whipping Blackmanâ€™s chest to
death. But Blackman just stared at him and took it until the kid ran out of steam.
(4) Seth Delay beat Patrick Bentley & Adrian Hawkins in a triple threat match in 5:52
This match was thrown together at the last minute due to cancellations by Onyx and Texas Hitmen (see NOTES below), and being that it
was an all babyface affair, there was little heat. The partnership between Delay and Bentley came into play, as they worked on Hawkins.
Bentley dropped Hawkins on his head with the wheelbarrow powerbomb. Hawkins threw himself over the top rope after taking a double
dropkick. Attorney Jeff G. Bailey distracted Bentley and Delay pinned his partner with a roll up. Presumably not a heel turn by Delay, as
much as a way to further the Onyx/Bentley storyline.
(5) Urban Assault Squad (Nemesis & Shadow Jackson) beat Devilâ€™s Rejects (Tank & Shaun Tempers with Dominous) in a
Tornado Tag Team Tables Match to win the NWA Anarchy tag titles at 9:45
It took was best of five tables but that announcement got lost in the shuffle, and the crowd seemed confused on the rules, which clearly
hurt the heat. Tank and Nemesis did all kinds of hideous violence to each other in this match. Tank did a cannonball through a propped
up table when Nemesis moved, but ref Harold James was otherwise occupied. Dominous gave Nemesis a chokeslam, and Tank buried
his carcass in the wreckage of the table. James saw that and scored table number one for Rejects. Nemesis busted a section of the
table over Tankâ€™s head and poked the jagged edge into his forehead. Tank bled heavily. Tempers tried to suplex Jackson through a
table, but it didnâ€™t break. Tempers improvised with a spear and it was 2-0 in favor of Rejects. I think a lot of folks assumed that the
match would be over when both team members went through tables. Tank stomped a section of table on the head of Nemesis. Tank
then got him with the Go 2 Sleep knee. Nemesis slapped and punched the ### out of Tankâ€™s face. UAS laid Tank out on ringside
table, and Nemesis did a top rope double stomp to put him through. Fortunately, for Tankâ€™s sake anyway, the double stomp was
pretty much all table and no Tank. The finish saw Jackson chokeslam Tempers off the apron through a pair of tables to win the match.
The table spots worked. The finish was a cool idea that didnâ€™t get the pop it should have because fans didnâ€™t understand the
(6) Jeff Lewis (with Jeff G. Bailey) beat Slim J via submission to retain the NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Title in 17:31
Match didnâ€™t have much story coming in to the show, but it told a good story in the ring. They did the first and only matwork of the night,
and if that isnâ€™t a sign of how times have changed, I donâ€™t know what is. Lewis bailed. Fans chanted â€œSlim.â€� They locked
up to where the ref couldnâ€™t separate them. Lewis cowered. J went on the attack. J was ruthless aggression personified here. Lewis
took over. J tried for headscissors and Lewis countered with a brutal powerbomb for a near fall. J made the comeback after a top rope
superplex. J got a long two count with a flying reverse DDT. J did a corkscrew dive that split Lewis and Bailey. That landing was no
f###### picnic. J went for the flying reverse DDT, but this time, Lewis was ready for it. Lewis hit the Final Curtain but J got a foot over the
ropes just before the three. Lewis tried for the Final Curtain again. Ref Brent Wiley got bumped, lacerating his cheek in the process. J
applied the STF. Lewis tapped but no ref. Bailey snuck in the ring with belt. J saw him coming. Bailey dropped the belt and ran. J chased
him. Bailey suckered J back into the ring where Lewis cold-cocked J with the belt. Lewis applied the STF. Wiley came around and started
checking Jâ€™s arm. It dropped 3 times. Wiley called for the bell. The ref core came out to check on J, who was still unconscious. A
dramatic and delightfully despicable finish.
â€œTechnical Perfectionâ€� Chad Parham entered the ring for his scheduled confrontation with the bookerman, â€œThe Technicianâ
€� Todd Sexton. Parham ordered Rich to get out of his ring, and told Sexton to get his ass out there. Sexton obliged. Parham was pissed
that he had to ask for interview time instead of stealing the show. Parham claimed to be the greatest wrestler and greatest champion in
Anarchy. Parham said that Sexton even admitted (on Wrestling Informer Weekly) that Parhamâ€™s heavyweight title run was his greatest
achievement in management. Parham told Sexton to get to stepping because he was no longer a wrestler. Parham was getting â€œyou
suckâ€� heat. As Sexton started to leave, Parham upped the ante. He said Sextonâ€™s son would have to live with knowing that his
father lost his testicles. Sexton blasted Parham. Parham clipped Sextonâ€™s knee like a slimy back jumper, and laid him out with a
jumping piledriver. The refs ran out but Parham scared them away. Parham put a chair around Sextonâ€™s limp neck and did a sick top
rope double stomp onto the chair. Security jumped in to get Parham out of there. They hauled Sexton to the back. It was one hot angle.
(7) Team Anarchy (Abyss & Jerry Palmer & Jason Justice & Mikki Free) beat Devilâ€™s Rejects (Iceberg & Azrael & Dominous &
Dan Wilson) in a casket match at 18:53
This feud was already at a full boil at the War Games back in July when Palmer was unable to get his revenge on Wilson, and ended
doing a stretcher job. Against his better judgement, Palmer allowed Wilson to tempt him into the going to the natural all Hallows Eve
extreme of a casket match. But at the final TV taping, Palmer announced that he had Abyss up his sleeve. The match turned out to be a
mixed blessing. Rejects carried out the casket and positioned it near the stage. Wilson was wrestling barefoot. Justice Served tried to
ride in on motorcycles but the aisle was too narrow and they got stuck trying to turn the corner, so it looked like the babyfaces had a brain
fart right at the start. Palmerâ€™s pop was predictably huge. The strong recognition factor in the pop for Abyss was impressive. Rejects
ran out of the ring with the chant of â€œAnarchyâ€� ringing in their ears. Early on, Justice used Freeâ€™s back as a launching pad for a
corner splash on Iceberg. Berg looked woozy, but he was playing possum and spinebustered Wrenn. Wilson got in. But when Justice
tagged Palmer in, the lilly-livered little puke ran for his life. Palmer speared Azrael in the corner. Azrael came back with the face crusher
running knee. But Palmer rolled away from Azraelâ€™s frogsplash and launched the comeback. Palmer tagged Abyss in for first time.
Abyss hit the rack drop on Azrael. It broke down to 8 way action. Iceberg and Palmer ended up in the ring. Iceberg flattened Palmer like a
pancake with the Ground Zero splash. Bill Behrens ran out with security. Palmer was carried to the back. The house was rocking with
four on three mayhem when one of the all-time great buzzkillers occurred. Some authority figure interrupted the match to announce that a
minivan was blocking a fire hydrant. Suspension of disbelief went right out the window. A round robin of big moves ended with the two
monsters squaring off. It wasnâ€™t pretty. Justice and Abyss did back-to-back Black Hole Slams on Iceberg and Dominous. Poor Abyss.
Dominous is massive and he was like dead weight. Abyss and Dominous battled to the back. Wilson gave Iceberg his beloved veggie
peeler. The carving was about to begin on Justiceâ€™s forehead, when Palmer ran down and jumped off the top rope Iceberg. Wilson
used the staff of Righteousness on Palmer. Wilson went for the veggie peeler. Palmer blocked it and stabbed Wilson in the head.
Palmer stabbed him again. The blood was flowing. Tempers hit the ring on Palmer. Out came A. J. Styles to a homecoming pop. Styles
made the save. Styles then gave Tempers the Clash, while Palmer hit a powerslam on Wilson. Palmer deposited Wilson in the casket to
win the match. Abyss and Styles had a staredown in the aisle.
Styles got on the mic. He put the fans over. Styles talked about the progression of wrestling in Cornelia, from NCW to NWA Wildside to
NWA Anarchy. Styles said he was pleased to see Palmer taking care of the franchise. Palmer ended the show by destroying Wilsonâ
€™s Staff of Righteousness.
Palmer will address the situation between Parham and Sexton at the next TV taping in Cornelia (11/18)â€¦Tank was mistakenly
advertised by IWA Mid-South for last nightâ€™s tag team Death Match Tournament in Midlothian, Ilâ€¦Onyx was in Helen for the show, but
his wife broke her ankle playing in the ring earlier in the day. It was a severe enough break that she will require surgeryâ€¦Rudy Boy
Gonzalez canceled the Texas Hitmen (Skitzo and Big Dogg) because they were needed in Texasâ€¦Anarchy didnâ€™t learn of Stylesâ€™
availability until the day before the showâ€¦Salvatore Rinauro was in the houseâ€¦Bailey and Sexton were this weekâ€™s guests on
Wrestling Informer Weekly. Baileyâ€™s interview was hilarious.
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