March 18, 2007
â€“ Larry Goodman
Nigel Sherrod opened with the usual recap of last weekâ€™s matches. His broadcast partner for the evening was the former DSW
Heavyweight Champion, Vito. For the second week in a row, we had a new heavyweight champion, as Ryan Oâ€™Reilly defeated
Bradley Jay for the title. Sherrod said the rematch was scheduled for tonightâ€™s main event. Vito put Oâ€™Reilly over strong.
Cut to the ring where the general manager of DSW, Krissy Vaine wanted an answer from her â€œspecial, special friendâ€� Angel
Williams on her proposal for the two of them to share the role of GM. Williams called Vaineâ€™s actions underhanded and disgusting
and said it was an awful idea. But, alas, it was all a swerve. Williams decided it was awfully ingenious. Vaine went on to say there was a
new Diva in town, Nattie Neidhart, and she was going to give her a wrestling lesson later in the show.
A backstage promo by the returning Kofi Nahaje Kingston aired. Kingston said he had been in Jamaica running miles in the soft sands
and climbing the mountains. Kingston said now it was time to climb the mountain to become the DSW Heavyweight Champion, and with
the spirit of Jamaica inside him and the people behind him, nothing would stand in his way. â€œBo! Bo! Bo!â€�
(1) Kofi Nahaje Kingston pinned Brian Cage at 3:54
They exchanged armbar reversals in the opening minutes with Kingston getting the better of it. Kingston scored a two count and did his
shoulder shaking dance. Vito said Kingston had been a member of the Jamaican national wrestling team. Kingston leapfrogged Cage
and nailed a picture perfect dropkick. Cage caught Kingston with a forearm over the top on the break. Cage brawled his way into a top
wristlock, and used knees to the gut to keep Kingston on one knee. Kingston threw Cage to the canvas, sold the arm, and started his
comeback with a spinwheel kick. Kingston did a dropkick, a flying forearm, a back suplex and his high elevation leg drop. Kingston then
went up top for a flying bodypress to get the three count.
Brooke Adams was backstage with Robert Anthony and Johnny Curtis. She said they made an impressive team. Anthony agreed. â
€œYou canâ€™t have peanut butter without jelly. You canâ€™t have Tango without Cash. And now you canâ€™t have Johnny Curtis
without Robert Anthony,â€� said Anthony. Curtis said they were going to make it two-for-two against Bolen and Osborne.
(2) Robert Anthony & Johnny Curtis beat Jon Bolen & Shawn Osborne in 6:01
The babyface duo controlled the heels with side headlocks. Anthony kicked off the turnbuckles for a side headlock takeover on Bolen.
Bolen legit headed into the wrong corner for a tag and had to reverse fields. He tried to play it off like he was woozy from the headlock.
Curtis decked Osborne with a series of shoulder blocks, but he fell victim to ye olde knee in the back from Bolen. Osborne then sent
Curtis flying through the ropes with a blindside forearm. Bolen and Osborne worked on Curtisâ€™ back. Curtis almost landed on his
head taking a double hiptoss. The crowd rallied behind Curtis. A midair collision of high crossbodys lead to crawling double tags.
Anthony ran wild on Osborne. He landed a series of jabs and put Osborne down with a haymaker. Bolen interfered. Curtis took Bolen
over the top with a clothesline. Anthony pulled of a spectacular leapfrog-backflip-standing dropkick sequence on Osborne. Curtis and
Anthony ascended to the top rope in opposite corners for the big finish. Curtis connected with a guillotine leg drop. Off camera, Anthony
slipped and fell short of the mark. Anthony got the pin on Osborne. â€œTag team wrestling at its best. Always covering up for your partner,
â€� said Vito.
Rebecca DiPietro tried to interview Vaine. Williams told DiPietro to get lost and asked Vaine to elaborate on the lesson she was going to
give Neidhart. Vaine said Neidhart might be from one of the most prestigious wrestling families ever, but she was no more special or
talented than she was. Vaine said she was going to show Neidhart who was the boss. â€œSweet!â€� said Angel.
Brooke Adam asked Neidhart to respond to Vaineâ€™s comments. Neidhart said Vaine was an example of the old saying. â€œAbsolute
power corrupts absolutely.â€� Neidhart said she was the first 3rd generation Diva, and she was going take a little of Vaineâ€™s power.
Neidhart channeled father Anvil. â€œWhen you mess with the best, you go down with the rest. Ha, ha ha. Yeah, baby! â€œ
(3) Krissy Vaine pinned Nattie Neidhart in 4:32 with help from Angel Williams
Neidhart got a strong pop as she entered for her first DSW match. Vaine used a hiptoss and a shoulder tackle. Each time, Neidhart
kicked out at one. Neidhart answered with a pair of armdrags and a hiptoss for a two count. Vaine stifled Niedhart with a knee to the gut
and a clubbing forearm to the back. Vaine paused to toss her bling to Angel. Vaine displayed a fine assortment of chokes, kicks and
punches. Neidhart was unable to mount a sustained comeback in the face of Krissyâ€™s ruthless aggression. Vaine finally got a two
count with a snap suplex. Vaine ate the turnbuckle on a reckless charge and Neidhart got rolled her up for two. Neidhart rocked Vaine
with a series of strikes. Neidhart then leveled Vaine with two manly looking lariats. Niedhart hit a sitout slam for a near fall. Williams
tripped up Neidhart. Vaine capitalized on the distraction with a reverse roll up and clasped hands with Angel for the 1-2-3.
Adams appeared to be traumatized by her attempt to interview Team Elite about their title match against Majors Brothers. â€œDid you
forget, BOY? Did you forget?â€� said Knox (in reference to putting Brett out by driving him through a table). â€œTonight is the night, tag
team championship gold, finally around Team Elite.â€� Neikirk called it the final chapter of their saga. Knox laughed like a crazy man.
Luscious was with the Majors. Brett said Team Elite had been trying to derail the Long Island Express for the last four weeks, and hadnâ
€™t gotten the job done. Bryan gave props to the Elite, but said one thing they hadnâ€™t accomplished was to hold the Deep South tag
team gold. Bryan said Majors knew what it was like to have the titles and to lose them, and they were bringing everything they had.
(4) Team Elite (Derrick Neikirk & Mike Knox) beat Majors Brothers (Brian & Brett) to win the DSW Tag Team Titles in 7:49
Early on, Majors hit a beautifully-timed double leapfrog into a double Japanese armdrag on Knox. But Brian missed on a twisting
springboard crossbody and the heat was on. Elite isolated Brian and laid the smack down. The kids got vocal for Brian. Neikirk cut off a
comeback with a sweet standing dropkick that temporarily deflated the crowd. Brian made Knox pay for a telegraphed backdrop, but Knox
decked Brett to prevent a tag. Knox annhilated Brian with a lariat, the kind JBL only did in his dreams. Brett had to make the save. Brian
knocked Neikirk loopy with a enzuigiri. Hot tag. Brett ducked the Knox bicycle kick and cleaned house. Hart Attack on Knox and Neikirk
saved. Ref Wes Adams got bumped. Brett hit a Russian legsweep and climbed, but Knox crotched him on the top. Neikirk did a sunset
powerbomb on Knox, as Knox superplexed Brett. Neikirk picked Brian off the top with a climbing overhead suplex. All four men down and
destroyed with the crowd going nuts. Knox went for the Whippit, but Brett countered with a reverse roll up. No ref to count. Niekirk kicked
Brett in the head. Knox sat back on Brett, as Adams recovered to make the three count. Team Elite did a lengthy postmatch celebration.
And so it should be.
DiPietro asked Jay for his comments on his rivalry with Oâ€™Reilly. Jay congratulated Oâ€™Reilly on achieving a dream that would
quickly become a nightmare.
â€œYou are now the hunted, where I am the hunter. What you are looking at is Bradley Jay, the most vicious, tenacious predator in the
Deep South. So Oâ€™Reilly, live the dream while you can, because itâ€™s going to end rather abruptly.â€�
Luscious told Oâ€™Reilly that the fans were happy to see him with the title. Oâ€™Reilly said he was happy to have it, but he was even
happier to walk. â€œLast week, I was dumped on my neck, a career ending injury, and I walked away from that.â€� He said regardless
of the outcome, Jay was going to be on the receiving end of the best of Oâ€™Reilly.
(5) Bradley Jay beat Ryan Oâ€™Reilly to become the first three-time heavyweight champion in DSW history (7:58)
Appearing for the first time since winning the title, Oâ€™Reilly got a great pop. It was all escapes for the first two minutes, until Jay
pounced on an opening and worked over the head and neck of Oâ€™Reilly. The O-RI-LEE chants erupted. Oâ€™Reilly charged into Jayâ
€™s boot and went down face first. Jay covered for a two count. Jay used driving elbows to the sternum for another near fall. Jay kept it on
the mat with snug rear chinlock. At the 6 minute mark, Oâ€™Reilly blocked a kick and put Jay on the deck with a back elbow. Oâ€™Reilly
hit a pair of lariats. Vito said it looked like Oâ€™Reilly had pepper in his step. Oâ€™Reilly did a Mike Taylor style leg lariat for a near fall.
Double clothesline and both men down. Jay went to the apron. Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s punches from inside the ring had Jay hanging on by a
thread. They locked into a suplex stalemate. Jay lowered a shoulder into Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s midsection. Jay tried it again, and Oâ
€™Reilly dropped him in his tracks with a stiff kneelift to the jaw. Oâ€™Reilly picked Jay up for a slam. Jay escaped and rolled Oâ
€™Reilly up from behind. Jay waited until the count of two to use the ropes for extra leverage and had Scrappy McGowanâ€™s view
completely shielded. Sherrod said Jay stole the title.
A definite thumbs up show if for no other reason the pleasure of seeing Team Elite finally win the titles. They had an excellent match with
Majors and the heat was terrific. The heavyweight title has now changed hands three consecutive weeks. Vito was a very popular
champion, but that didnâ€™t figure to last long. And it was no big shock to see Jay get it as a transition to Oâ€™Reilly. But switching the
title back to Jay on Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s first defense was a major surprise. The match was similar to their previous bouts. The psychology
was sound with Jay working on the neck he injured a week earlier. I didnâ€™t care for the finish live, but the camera angle showed the
perfection of Jayâ€™s timing and positioning to â€œstealâ€� the title. I thought the television was one of Neal Pruittâ€™s best jobs of
editing. With having to squeeze in 30 minutes of bell-to-bell action plus eight promos, all but the best of the ring entrances were cut,
which improved the pacing of the show. The finishes of the first two matches were also much improved by the choice of camera angle.
Vaineâ€™s had gotten a lot more aggressive in the ring. The brawling style is definitely her strong suit. Niedhartâ€™s size and energy
are somewhat like Victoria, which makes her much better suited for the heel role, but they need her as a babyface in DSW. Everything
Kingston did in the ring looked good and heâ€™s strong on promos. Heâ€™s certainly getting a lot of looks at the RAW and Smackdown
shows. As noted previously, heâ€™s lacking in the size department per the usual WWE standards. Curtis and Anthony are getting over
with the DSW fans. They had a decent match until the finish. I donâ€™t know what was up with Curtis running the ropes at half speed
though. Vito seems like nice guy, but he didnâ€™t add much color on color commentary. Sherrod has clearly raised his game since
losing Bill DeMott as his broadcast partner. Heâ€™s been working with a new guest commentator just about every week, some of whom
have had very limited experience behind the mic (MVP was by far the best). Sherrod gets the storylines across, albeit in a more low key
way than DeMott. Only three dark matches this week: Ray Gordy beat Ace Steel, Afa Jr. beat Heath Miller and Freakin Deacon defeated
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