March 17, 2007
â€“ Larry Goodman
Deep South Wrestling ran the first â€œPark Slamâ€� show of the 2007 season at Six Flags over Georgia featuring a St. Patrickâ€™s
Day appearance by the team of Fit Finlay, William Regal and David Taylor.
They were rolling the dice with the March weather and came up with snake eyes. It was a perfect Saturday afternoon for college football
but for an outdoor wrestling show, not so much, as the temperature barely cracked 50, which was 15 degrees below normal. As the sun
dropped in the sky, so did the crowd, from 400 at bell time down to around 200 for the main event.
The arena they use has great acoustics for heat, but like all the previous Six Flags shows, there was no ringside seating, which always
feels weird to me.
In the ring, it was a solid show across the board, with the main event and the womanâ€™s match being the standouts.
(1) Heath Miller pinned T. J. Wilson in 7:35 with a neckbreaker
Wilson was wearing his Stampede gear. Miller is so over with the DSW hardcores, that Wilson was the heel by default. Wilson went with
it by taking advantage on the break and then looking at the crowd after every move he did on their boy. Wilson used a fisherman suplex for
a near fall. Miller finally made his comeback, hitting a flapjack for a near fall. Wilson went for another suplex and Miller countered with his
finisher. Good match.
(2) Ray Gordy pinned Brian Cage after a Slop Drop at 7:50
With the high steppinâ€™ and that simpleton grin, Gordy is in full blown hillbilly mode these days. The crowd liked him well enough but
they were louder for Miller. It was all Gordy early. Cage took over and worked on Gordyâ€™s back. Gordy used that goofy ax kick to the top
of Cageâ€™s head and a bulldog to set up the trademark Godwin finisher.
(3) Eric Perez pinned Afa Jr. in 9:14 with a stiff kick in the face
The story here is that Afa and Siaki turned on Perez. Afa was wrestling barefoot. He made a point of getting heat. Based on surface
appearance, Perez doesnâ€™t make for a sympathetic babyface. You have to know the storyline and get into his selling. Perez turned his
back on Afa to play to the crowd and Afa clubbed him. Afa worked over Perezâ€™s back for the majority of the match. Afa did the Samoan
hard head no sell deal. Afa hit a superplex, but there was no water in the pool for his frogsplash. Perez pulled the straps down and made
the comeback, which included a variation of the Black Hole Slam.
(4) Robert Anthony & Johnny Curtis beat Shawn Osborne & Jon Bolen in 13:18
Curtis and Anthony got one of the better entrance pops. Anthony is the guy under contract, but Curtis appears to be the more technically
sound of the two. They worked over the arms of Osborne and Bolen for the first five minutes. Osborne is pretty comical with his selling.
Curtis took the heat. He hit a sunset powerbomb on Bolen and made the crawling hot tag. Anthony did his signature spot â€“ a high
leapfrog, a backflip as his opponent as underneath and a standing dropkick. Anthony elevated Osborne and Curtis came off the top with
a flying bodypress for the pin.
(5) Nattie Neidhart & Shantelle beat Krissy Vaine & Angel Williams in 10:27
Now the co-general managers of DSW, Vaine and Wiliams have great chemistry as a heel tag team. They connected, and the crowdâ
€™s love/hate relationship with them made this one of the most entertaining matches of the day. Based on the crowd response, I see a
spot on the main roster in their future. The other notable thing was Shantelleâ€™s breathtaking athleticism. She did a better arm drag
than any of the men. When Shantelle came up empty on a high crossbody, the heels took over. Vaine hit a sidewalk slam for a near fall.
Williams got one with a stiff basement dropkick. Vaine used a camel clutch. Double down on the flying hair pull spot. Neidhart hit a
Michinoku driver on Vaine, but Williams broke up the pin. Moments later, Shantelle made a blind tag and surprised Williams with a
swinging neckbreaker to score the pinfall.
(6) Freakinâ€™ Deacon & G-Rilla beat Team Elite (Derrick Niekirk & Mike Knox) in a non-title match (11:00)
Deacon and Rilla were wearing matching Justice League shirts and being their usual bizarre selves. Early in the match, Deacon licked
Neikirkâ€™s face. G-Rilla took his shirt off, which got the biggest crowd reaction of the match, and it wasnâ€™t positive. Fans were
calling for him to put it back on. He clotheslined Knox with the shirt. G-Rilla had Neikirk up for a running powerslam, but Knox clipped his
knee. Knox went for a bodyslam on G-Rilla and collapsed under all that weight. Deacon cleaned house. He hit a top rope lariat on Knox
and Neikirk saved. Finish saw Knox connect with the big boot on Niekirk when Deacon ducked. Deacon rolled Knox up.
(7) Fit Finlay & William Regal & David Taylor beat Brad Armstrong & Brian Majors & Brett Majors in 14:17 after Finlay used the
shillelagh on Armstrong
Fans were down at the rail for the introduction of the Smackdown superstars. Regal shushed the fans that started chanting for him. The
trio from the United Kingdom looked to be enjoying every moment of their time together. They beat the holy hell out of Brian for most of the
match. Finlay had a special St. Patrickâ€™s Day stretching in store for him. Brad got the hot tag. Finlay, Regal and Taylor feed him
beautifully. The faces set Regal on the second rope and used Taylorâ€™s head as a battering ram into Regalâ€™s gut. But the ensuing
euphoria gave Finlay an opening to use the gimmick on Armstrong and Regal got the 1-2-3.
(8) Bradley Jay beat Ryan O'Reilly.
I left before this took place (for the NWA Anarchy show in Cornelia). This was a grudge match taking place on the heels of Jay being
stripped of the title at Thursday nightâ€™s TV taping. It was said to be a very good match that very few people stuck around to see.
There was an autograph session with Finlay, Regal, Taylor, Vaine and Williams prior to the show, with the line for Finlay by far the
longestâ€¦.DSW had shows Wednesday afternoon and Friday night in conjunction with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution auto show. The
Wednesday mini-show was a matinee for high school kids. The Friday night show drew a full house and was said to be very goodâ
€¦Armstrong was replacing Vito, who canceled off of both the Fri â€¦Siaki has been shelved by a back injury that he suffered on the RAW
tour. Heâ€™s scheduled to return after one more weekâ€¦DSW returns to Six Flags on 4/21. In addition, DSW has house shows
scheduled for 3/31 and 4/20 at the North Georgia Fairgrounds in Dalton and 4/7 Gray Georgia at the Jones County Recreation Complex.
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