NWA Anarchy returned the NWA Arena in Cornelia, Ga last night for their final television taping prior to Hostile Environment â€™08 on July 19. It was a whirlwind show that resulted in seven matches being announced for the big show, several with major stipulations, including the return of War Games.
NWA Anarchy owner Jerry Palmer opened with the announcement that Anarchy had just passed their third anniversary (under Palmerâ €™s ownership). Palmer noted that going three weeks in between taping hadnâ€™t hurt the crowd, which was 200, just like last time. Neither did running on a second Saturday for the first time in over 9 years of attending wrestling in Cornelia. Neither did the gas prices or the shitty economy. These people are hooked. At three year in, the crowd has naturally matured to where theyâ€™ve become more discriminating; it takes more to impress them.
As Palmer was finishing up, Bill Behrens came out to lead a surprise birthday celebration for Palmer. There was even a birthday cake that didnâ€™t end up in somebodyâ€™s face. The fans sang Happy Birthday to Palmer on his way out.
(1) Brodie Ray Chase (with Melissa Coates) beat T. K. Cross in 7:53
Brodie wanted me to put over how muscular he looks, and he does look fantastic â€“ for a guy his age. Coates is so at home in the dominatrix role itâ€™s scary. Definitely a more feminine look for her. She got a â€œblonde haired bimboâ€� chant from the Bleacher Bums as opposed to â€œsheâ€™s a man.â€� Chase looked like he was going to lose it when Coates massaged his chin with the riding crop. Cross switched to a Mohawk type hairstyle. His offensive flurry looked good. Coates grabbed Cross by the leg to set up the beatdown. Coates posted Cross and used her riding crop on him. Chase punished Cross with power moves. Cross scored a couple of near falls on the comeback. More distraction by Coates. Chase pinned Cross with a pumphandle neckbreaker.
Post-match: Coates humiliated Cross by spanking his heinie with the riding crop. Don Matthews hit the ring. Coates told Don he wasnâ €™t man enough for her. Chase made Don an offer he could not resist for Hostile Environment: If Don wins, he gets Melissa, but itâ€™s two against one an if Chase wins, Don becomes their slave. â€œI know a little bit more about three ways than you do,â€� said Chase.
On the WrestleVision, Greg Hunter asked Adrian Hawkins what was up with the changed demeanor and his problems with Bo Newsome. Hawkins complained about young, pretty punks like Bo pushing vets like him out of the limelight. Funny stuff. Caleb Konley was with Hawkins. Talent & Money joined them. Pendleton got sarcastic about Hawkinsâ€™ veteran status (all two years of it), and said one of them was taking the night off. Jeff Lewis showed up needing a partner and chose Pendleton. Jeremy Vain and Rob Adonis showed up. Adonis enlisted the services of all four of them plus Jay Clinton, who just happened to be sitting there, for later in the evening.
(2) Jeff Lewis & Andrew Pendleton III beat Truitt Fields & Hayden Young in 8:53
Fields invited Pendleton to take his best shot. Pendleton hurt his fist trying to punch Fieldsâ€™ abs of steel. The faces dominated Pendleton. He whined to Lewis that they were embarrassing him. No argument there. The tide turned when Pendleton stepped aside and Young flew shoulder-first into the post. Lewis was like a man possessed on Youngâ€™s shoulder. Young hit the Cold Shot, a signature move of the great Caprice Coleman from NWA Wildside, to set up the hot tag. Fields cleaned house on Lewis, who managed to block the Killing Fields. Finish saw Lewis duck Youngâ€™s blind spinning enzuigiri, which nailed Fields. Lewis pinned Fields.
Post-match: A three-way dance was announced for Hostile Environment: Fields vs. Young vs. Lewis. Needless to say, Fieldsâ€™ relationship with Young is severely strained.
Post-match: Parham destroyed Rinauro with a jumping piledriver and a cradle piledriver. Delay then joined him for a stuff piledriver. Palmer hit the ring, axe handle in hand, to make the save. Rinauro was carried out on a backboard.
(4) Shatter (with Jeff G. Bailey) beat Azrael (with The Reverend) in 8:06
This was billed as a â€œnow or never match.â€� Shatter had to win or the NWA Elite would receive no more title shots so long as Rejects held the tag and heavyweight titles. It totally blew away everything else on the first half of the show. The crowd had that electric feel; the heat picked up bigtime. Pretty strong pop for Shatter. The Reverendâ€™s mask is quite awesome. Very stiff match here. It was great to see Izzy in a main event singles, and he was letting loose with the kicks and punches more than he has in a long time. Shatter responded with an exploder suplex and a Thesz Press, pounding Azrael from the mount. Azrael worked on Shatterâ€™s elbow -a logical choice to attack a more vulnerable area like a joint. Azrael may be completely nuts, and he's certainly lost all regard for the human body, but he's not stupid. Shatter hit big power move hope spots, but Azrael kept working the body part. Shatter mounted a comeback. Azrael appeared to land badly on a back suplex. Azrael leapfrogged Shatterâ€™s spear attempt with Shatter taking one of his incredibly bad ass bumps to the floor. The finish was sweet. After a legit scary looking struggle for control, Azrael blocked Shatter's PTSD powerbomb, but got smoked with a spear. Shaun Tempers tried to interfere but Bailey held him off for the 1-2-3. Huge pop. Best match of the night.
Postmatch: Kimo hit the ring and did this cool double judo throw on Tempers and Azrael. Iceberg came out to make it 3 on 2 in favor of the Rejects. Abomination, Baileyâ€™s seven foot monster, made his return to the Elite with a Tree Slam on Tempers. The Rejects retreated to ringside. Bailey said the Rejects should sweeten the pot by putting the heavyweight title on the line at Hostile Environment along with the tag team titles. The Rev said OK, but it would again be the Eliteâ€™s last chance. If they didnâ€™t win the match, no more title shots as long as Rejects held the titles, so itâ€™s Rejects vs. NWA Elite, now or never, with both titles up for grabs.
(5) Adrian Hawkins & Caleb Konley & J. T. Talent (with Andrew Pendleton III) beat Chip Day & Bo Newsome & Malachi in 8:53
This segment had Bill Behrensâ€™ fingerprints all over it. You had 10 guys involved in some form or fashion and managed to tell a story without it turning into a total cluster. Konley made a deal of stripping down to his tidy whitey trunks. The shine built to a reprise of the confrontation between Talent and Newsome that was the hot program in APW. Newsomeâ€™s striking needs major work. Newsome took the heat. Newsome countered Talentâ€™s big move with a Flatliner. Malachi took the hot tag. Finish saw Day ready to fly from the top. He got an unwanted shove from Pendelton and ate a DDT from Talent.
Postmatch: Clinton joined the fun to make it 5 against 3. Clinton strutted like a complete jackass. Hollywood Brunettes (Andrew Alexander & Kyle Matthews) came out and gave Clinton a highlight reel double punch to complete their turn. Brunettes shook hands with the other babyfaces. The turn seemed to get over pretty well. I think Hunter announced a 10 man tag for Hostile Environment coming out of this.
(6) New Wave (Derrick Driver & Steven Walters beat The Technicians (Bob E & Tyler Smith with Todd Sexton) in 7:38
Before the match, Sexton said the last time was the last time for Ace Rockwell, who now had a bed in the hospital next to his brother. Sexton said Rockwell had all the excuses he needed to quit again. Sexton called New Wave â€œthe new flavor of the month.â€� Walters also came out with a Mohawk type hairdo. I think thatâ€™s the new flavor of the month. Speaking of hair, Smithâ€™s Wolfman sideburns are a hoot. It opened with a hot four-way action. Bob E inadvertently hit an elbow suicida on his partner, and New Wave followed with Asai moonsaults in stereo. After some fast-paced teamwork by New Wave, Technicians started in on Driverâ€™s knee. Driver managed to kick Smith over the top rope, but E cut him off with a chop block. Technicians are looking worlds better than they did in their early Anarchy appearances. E ended up chop blocking Driver again, just as Driver was making a last gasp dive for the tag. Nice. Walters dropped E on his head with this rolling cradle thingy. Smith saved. Technicians went for the Regulator, but Driver foiled it by pulling the ropes down on Bob E and Walters pinned Smith with an inside cradle. Good match.
Post-match: Sexton brought a chair into the ring. Wild Bunch (Billy Buck & Chris King) made the save. Rockwell came out and popped Sexton. Rockwell went on to cut a great promo. It started low-key and built in intensity. Rockwell talked about how Sexton took advantage of people when they were down, and brought up the number Sexton did on his little brother. Rockwell said he had been paying the price for 8 years, and he was the only Triple Crown Champion in Anarchy history. Rockwell asked for an I Quit Match at Hostile Environment, so he could beat Sextonâ€™s freaking face in. Rockwell led the crowd in a chant of â€œQuit, Todd, Quit.â€�
(7) Mikal Judas defeated Jeremy Vain (with Rob Adonis) via DQ in 2:30
Huge pop for Judas. During the intro, Judas turned his back on Vain and dared him to attack. Vain was in an extreme state of distress. As soon as the bell rang, Vain jumped over the top rope. Vain tried using Adonis as a shield. Judas goozled Vain and tossed him back in the ring. Vain slugged referee Harold James to insure a DQ.
Post-match: Adonis tried to get the jump on him, but Judas decked Adonis with the Mafia kick. Vain started waving like a third base coach. Out came Konley, Hawkins, Talent, Pendleton and Clinton. Judas laid them all out. Judas goozled Vain, but Adonis got him with a spinebuster slam. Judas reached up and grabbed Adonis by the throat. Vain got brave enough to attack. Adonis laid Judas out with his spinning neckbreaker. Vain stood with one foot on Judas. Palmer came out and said Vain wasnâ€™t crap without his entourage. Palmer said he was going to hunt up an entourage and make it Judas vs. Vain in a lumberjack match at Hostile Environment. Vain didnâ€™t see Judas rising up behind him until it was almost too late. Vain ran back to the ramp and begged. In a classic Romans and Gladiators moment, Judas scanned the crowd and gave the thumbs down. In my book, this match makes Hostile Environment a triple main event show.
(8) Shadow Jackson vs. Nemesis never happened
Jay Fury was barred from being in Nemesisâ€™ corner. A likely story. The crowd went nuts as soon as Jacksonâ€™s music hit, and stayed that way for the duration. Nemesis attacked Jackson on the ramp. The â€œShadowmaniaâ€� chant kicked in. They got into a heat brawl that went all over the ringside area. All five refs were out there, and none of them could do a damn thing. Nemesis ended up sitting in the ring looking all blown up with the fans chanting â€œNemesissyâ€� at him, while Jackson was being restrained on the outside. Fury attacked Jackson. The Gorillas got Jackson into the ring for a lynching, when Slim J came to the rescue with a one-on-two Screwdriver on the Rocks. Jackson said it was time for Nemesis to bleed. It got the biggest pop of the night. Jackson teased a cage match but decided that wasnâ€™t enough. He asked the people if they wanted War Games. Silly question. So we get Corneliaâ€™ first ever tag team War Games.
â€œThereâ€™s going to be blood on this noose, and itâ€™s going to be from Nemesis and his mistress.â€�
NOTES: Ace Rockwell will be one of the featured guests on the July 16 edition of Peach State Pandemonium. PSP airs every Wednesday night at 9pm for a full 90 minutesâ€¦Malachi was the special pre-show guest of the Top Rope Kids Clubâ€¦Alternative Pro Wrestling in Royston, Ga has their next big show, â€œFreedom Fightâ€� set for 8/1â€¦Rinauro and Delay are booked for the 7/19 Full Impact Pro show in Crystal River, Fl.