May 19, 2007
â€“ Larry Goodman
With the biggest show in the history of the promotion, Hostile Environment â€™07, set to take place at the 2100 seat Gainesville
Mountain Center in five weeks, NWA Anarchy taped two hours of television at the NWA Arena in front of barely 100 people.
Itâ€™s historically a tough time of year to draw in North Georgia for variety of reasons â€“the gorgeous weather, school stuff, Spring
festivals â€“ take your pick. The Anarchy TV tapings have been hovering around 100 since March. For comparison, Anarchy was
averaging close to 150 during the same period in 2006.
How the seasonal attendance pattern translates to the unknown territory of running the summer big show at the Mountain Center is
anybodyâ€™s guess. Nobody is expecting full house, nor is one needed for the show to be a financial success. NWA Anarchy owner
Jerry Palmer clearly loves a challenge, and heâ€™s twice succeeded in filling a building in Helen with 500, so itâ€™s not beyond the
realm of possibility that he could beat than in Gainesville.
But getting back to the matter at hand, this taping was packed with material.. The booking appears to be right on track to peak the key
programs for Hostile Environment, several members of the roster are showing noticeable improvement in the ring, and two relative
newcomers have earned elevations to higher profile positions.
(1) Jeremy Vain beat Todd Sexton to retain the NWA Anarchy Television Title in 7:45
Early on, Sexton appeared to have an answer for everything in Vainâ€™s playbook. Sexton hit a Thesz press and went right to a cross
armbreaker, with fans calling for the tap out. Sexton ate a boot charging in, and Vain took over with a middle rope lariat. Vain was able to
cut off Sextonâ€™s comebacks. Vain started taunting. Sexton made him pay with a fiery flurry of forearms and knees, building to a big
flying boot for a near fall. Vain hit a wheelbarrow suplex for near fall and said it was over. That was the kiss of death. Moments later,
Sexton locked in the Anaconda Vise. Salvatore Rinauro ran out and blatantly raked Sextonâ€™s eyes to break the hold. Why ref Brent
Wiley didnâ€™t call for the DQ is one of those pro wrestling lapses of logic you just learn to overlook. Rinauro led Sexton on a merry
chase around the ring and back to the inside, where Vain caught Sexton with a DDT to score the pinfall.
Ring announcer Eddie Rich threw it backstage where Greg Hunter was with the NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Champion, Chad Parham.
Hunter confronted Parham about giving Ace Rockwell three piledrivers including one on the ringsteps. Parham said Rockwell was history
as a title contender, and he was focusing on NWA World Heavyweight Title because he was the first guy chosen to be in the tournament
to determine the champion. Hayden Young showed up and told Parham to quit looking at the world title because had a contender
standing in front of him. â€œThe sign outside says professional wrestling, not welcome to the circus. Youâ€™re a sideshow, my friend,
and Iâ€™m the main attraction,â€� said Parham.
(2) Seth Delay & Adrian Hawkins beat Hollywood Brunettes (Andrew Alexander & Kyle Matthews) via DQ in 8:52
Somewhat of a babyface pop for Delay and Hawkins. Delay came out carrying a chair. Hmmâ€¦Hawkins and Delay controlled Matthews
with a headlock. At one point, Alexander slipped off the ropes on a springboard move and fell into the ring. Hawkins is one of the guys
showing improvement, and he demonstrated it here with some quick thinking by covering Alexander for a two count. Then, as Hawkins
was going for a slingshot maneuver from the apron, Alexander pulled him down to the floor and kicked his ass. The highlight of the heat
was a combo sandwich (a Matthews slingshot senton with Hawkins stretched out across Alexanderâ€™s knees). Hawkins did his
springboard back elbow to get the hot tag. The Brunettes traded eye rakes with Delay. Hawkins spoiled the Brunettesâ€™ finisher. With
referee Harold James distracted by the brawl between Matthews and Hawkins, Delay tossed the chair to Alexander and went down like
he had been shot. James saw Alexander with the chair and called for the DQ. The Brunettesâ€™ protests fell on deaf ears. Hawkins
dragged Delay to the back, but Delay started laughing when the ref wasnâ€™t looking.
Hunter was backstage with Anger Inc. and Brodie Chase and Brandon Phoenix. Adam Roberts said the two teams were getting in each
otherâ€™s way and going nowhere, so he suggested forming an alliance. Chase agreed that the four of them together could rule. Now
what could the four of them be called? Roberts suggested â€œthe Anger Alliance.â€� Chase said he liked it and noted the â€œDouble
(3) The Anger Alliance (Brodie Chase & Brandon Phoenix & Adam Roberts & Don Matthews) beat Derrick Driver & Steven Walters &
Jeff Jameson & Billy Buck in 12:18
Standard tag match structure with each babyface getting a brief chance to shine before AA took over. Driver is athletically talented, and
deserves a better fate than being slotted as a job guy. Walters did a nice single arm DDT counter out of Matthewsâ€™ wheelbarrow. The
standout on the heel side was Matthews, who looked much better than he has in any of his previous Anarchy appearances. Chase
hooked the ropes and kicked Buck in the face. Then the rest of AA dropped Buckâ€™s body across the rail. AA beat up on the powder
blue cowboy. Matthews destroyed Buck with stiff strikes. Buck was showing all the fight of a lump of clay until he mustered up a flying
lariat. AA attacked the gibronis. Inside the ring, Matthews gave Buck a modified snake eyes and decapitated him with the Clothesline
(4) Chad Parham beat Hayden Young to retain the NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Title in 8:45
Gets my vote for best match of the night. Parham was cocky as hell doing arm drags and nip ups. He slapped Young across the face.
Young did the A. J. Styles dropkick sequence and bitch slapped Parham. Young exploded into a jumping huracanrana. But Parham
turned Youngâ€™s up and over move into a rude bump off the apron. Parham rammed Youngâ€™s back into the barricade. Parham
went to work on Youngâ€™s neck. Nice job of selling by Young. The crowd got behind him. Young responded with a flying headscissors
attempt, but Parham planted him on his face. Parham did a 15 second stalling suplex for a near fall. Parham tried to drag Young out of
the corner, but Young used the ropes to boost himself to standing position and hit a spinning enzuigiri. Sweet. Both men down. They
came up trading blows. Young made the comeback â€“ standing dropkick, back body drop, jumping legdrop for a two count. Young hit
the Flying Squirrel, but Parham got a foot over the ropes. Young hit an insane barrel roll dive to north side, where there are only a few feet
between the ring and the barricade. Young tried a springboard move back to the inside, but Parham shoved ref Brent Wiley into the ropes
to upend him. Parham went right to his devastating jumping piledriver for the 1-2-3. Parham stood with one foot on Young while Wiley
strapped the title belt around his waist.
A totally respectable hour overall capped off by with excellent main event.
(5) Truitt Fields defeated Salvatore Rinauro in 11:17
Driving back from our Beach Blanket Bingo Blast last week, I was pondering who might be the next big star to emerge out of the Georgia
scene. Then, I saw this match. Fields has future babyface heavyweight champion written all over him. The physique was already major
league, but heâ€™s got fire to burn now and the crowd is behind him. Rinauro was no match for Fieldsâ€™ power, so he cause
distraction and used a dropkick to the knee. Fields roared back with an impressive display of power and agility. Fields did a gorilla press
and dropped Rinauro on his face, and the crowd popped for it. Verging on desperation, Rinauro posted Fieldsâ€™ shoulder and
smothered him with the ring apron. Fields fired back with punches, which need work as they reminded me of Cena. Rinauro put
pressure on the neck with a surfboard. Rinauro deposited Fieldsâ€™ crotch on the top rope, and Fields went cross-eyed. Fields kept
Rinauro busy snuffing out his comebacks. Rinauro went for a front guillotine, but was having trouble getting it fully applied. Sexton came
to ringside and told Rinauro he needed to cinch it in. Rinauro had words with Sexton. Fields rolled Rinauro up for a near fall. Rinauro
dropkicked Fields in the back of the head and resumed his verbal battle with Sexton. Fields capitalized with a top rope shoulder block for
Postmatch saw Rinauro put Fields in the guillotine. Sexton then started pummeling Rinauro. Vain jumped Sexton. Fields jumped on
Vain, while Sexton beat on Rinauro until the heels bailed out. Good stuff. Sets up some interesting possibilities for the future.
(6) Slim J beat Patrick Bentley in 11:57 to even their best of five series at 1-1
This part of the Bentley story is working tons better than chapter with Delay and Hawkins. Iâ€™ve never seen an Anarchy crowd so hot for
pure chain wrestling, and thatâ€™s all they were doing for the opening minutes. Jo dominated the match. He used a shoulder lock to set
up a cross armbreaker. J then shifted his tactics to strikes and high impact moves. At 6 minutes, Bentley came back with a running knee
for a near fall. J hit his double stomp/elbow drop for near fall. J applied an innovative cutthroat headscisssors submission. Bentley got
another brief comeback, before J started stretching him bigtime. J went high risk, and it didnâ€™t get the reward, as Bentley caught him
in midair with roundhouse kick. Bentley used the Putski Polish hammers. This time, it was J catching Bentley on the top and hitting a
superplex turned powerslam for a near fall. But Bentley countered Jâ€™s aerial maneuver with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. They went back
and forth, each blocking the other guyâ€™s finisher until J got the pin with a variation of a folding press.
J asked Bentley if he was sure he wanted to do the best of five. Bentley didnâ€™t say anything, but whatever he did, J said he would take
it as a yes and told Bentley to get out of the ring so he could celebrate.
This is only going to get better. I have the sneaking suspicion that itâ€™s going to end up 2-2 with the deciding match to take place at
Urban Assault Squad and NWA Anarchy owner Jerry Palmer entered the ring to address the heinous actions of Justice Served. They got
the biggest pop of the night as usual. Jackson had a huge patch over his eye and was wearing sunglasses. Palmer described the thing
between Justice Served and UAS as a game of one-upmanship that had spun out of control when Al Getz tried to blind Jackson.
Nemesis started channeling New Jack here. He said UAS tried to work with Jason Justice and company but they ultimately â€œbutt f-ed
us.â€� Nemesis went off on the ringside camera man because he wanted him up on the ring apron to get a close up of what he was
going to say. Nemesis said, â€œGet your fat ass up here, â€œand started to haul the poor guy up onto the ring apron. Cooler heads
prevailed, as production guy Kevin Marx helped get the camera man positioned. Nemesis said black people have wanted something for
400 years, and he wanted Justiceâ€™s ass. Jackson said he saw the mistake they had made by following the rules and not cutting off
fingers or breaking backs. Jackson said the difference was (with the people behind them) UAS was a team and a family, and nobody
could stop them. Huge pop for that line. Palmer said nobody had heard from Jason Justice, but he, Palmer, had talked with him. Al Getz
appeared on the big screen. Getz said Palmer had been outwitted once again. He said Palmer was feeding UAS lies to give them hope. â
€œMaster of Mind Gamesâ€� Getz said he knew Palmer was baiting Justice Served into coming out there, but it wasnâ€™t going to
happen, because he called the shots and the confrontation would take place under â€œour rules.â€� Nemesis had the last word. â
€œHave you ever played a mind game with two mean ass niggers?â€�
(7) Jeff Lewis beat Shaun Tempers (with â€œThe Reverendâ€� Dan Wilson) via DQ at 7:39 when Azrael interfered
Bailey was conspicuous by his absence. The blonde hair and goatee sure give Lewis a different look, like Luke Graham minus the twitch
and the decadence. Iâ€™ve been neglecting to mention how much Tempers has picked up his game for far too long. Heâ€™s been
having consistently good matches, and this was no exception. Lewis jumped out on top. He started throwing his weight around. Tempers
went to the gutter, but Lewis hit an overhead suplex for a big near fall. The momentum shifter was Wilsonâ€™s Staff of Righteousness.
Tempers got near falls with a powerslam and a hangman neckbreaker. But Lewis came back with a slingshot suplex, which brought
Azrael to ringside. Lewis fought off Azrael, and backdropped Tempers over the top. Tempers took a wicked shot to the small of the back
from the ring apron. Lewis followed with as vaguely shocking dive onto Azrael and Tempers. Inside the ring, Lewis hit the Final Curtain
and Azrael kicked him in the head for the DQ.
The Rejects started to go to town on Lewis, but the NWA Eliteâ€™s monster, Abomination gave killer tree slams to the both of them.
Wilson brought Dominous out. Wilson called Abomination â€œa big retard.â€� The big retard did a Frankenstein walk towards the
Rejects, and their was a ruckus backstage like he was running them out of the building.
(8) Phil Shatter pinned Iceberg with a powerbomb in 8:03
Shatter was able to stand toe-to-toe with the â€œInconceivable Being of Horror.â€� Credit to both guys for getting that point across.
strong. Shatter told Iceberg â€œthereâ€™s no fear in these eyes.â€� Wilson made his way back to ringside. Iceberg cheated on the
break, but Shatter staggered Berg with a lariat, and a second helping took him clean off his feet. Wilson used the staff, but Shatter
shrugged it off and grabbed him. But Iceberg seized the opening to pound Shatter. Wilson used the staff behind the refâ€™s back.
Iceberg offense was, to say the least, devastating. He thwarted Shatterâ€™s comeback and hit a killer of a gordbuster. The next thing you
know, Abomination and Dominous are slugging it out at ringside. Dominous accidentally clocked Wilson. Abomination started clubbing
the s*** out of Dominous. Iceberg was up on the ropes poised to crush Shatter. At this point, Bailey ran in and threw powder in Icebergâ
€™s face to set up an amazing finisher.
Wilson was still out, so Iceberg had to grab him by the feet and drug his sorry ass to the back, while Bailey stood in the ring, laughing his
greasy ass off. Bailey invited Lewis to join them, and hour number two closed with the visual of Baileyâ€™s new and improved NWA
Elite, Lewis & Abomination & Shatter.
The second half had more good stuff than they can fit in a one hour television show.
NWA Anarchy returns to Cornelia on 6/2 with Bentley vs J match #3, Brunettes vs. Delay & Hawkins and the return of Luke Hawx and
Steve Anthonyâ€¦Tickets for Hostile Environment â€™07 go on sale Monday 5/23 at the Gainesville Mountain Center with tickets priced
from $15-25. The show will be headlined by the War Gamesâ€¦The 5/18 Georgia Wrestling Promotions show in Ellijay was canceled
because there was no ring. They waited until 10pm for the ring truck to show before canceling. Fans were offered a choice between a
refund and tickets to the next two shows (5/27 at Waleska Ball Field and 6/1 in Ellijay)â€¦Results from the 5/18 APW show in Royston
included Matthews over Jackson in a cage match (that task should have been made easier with Jackson blind in one eye), Rinauro beat
Chris King in a Southern States title defense, and Shatter said he was the cause of Fields not being thereâ€¦Nobody around the state
seems to be drawing well at the present time with one notable exception. APW, GWP and AWA World-1 South in Savannah all drew less
than 80 this weekend and Anarchy barely cracked 100. However, the All-Star Champion Wrestling show on 5/15 in Carrolton drew a
crowd 500 to see legends including Ricky Morton, Bobby Eaton, Tommy Rich, Doug Somers, Nightmare and Masked Superstar.
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