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December 6, 2008
â€“ Larry Goodman
Opening with a rundown of the card for the Fairgrounds show on December 9 with Shane Smalls defending the TV Title against Chris
Cain in the main eventâ€¦and coming to the Fairgrounds on Christmas Night â€“ Christmas Chaos â€™08.
Jason James and Tyler Clemmons (yes!) on commentary.
1 -- NWA Mid America X Division Champion AIDEN SCOTT vs. SHAWN SHULTZ
The whole thing was one long promo by Shultz, none of which could be heard on television. For the punchline, Shultz turned his back on
Scott and gave him the count of three to get out of his ring. Scott schoolboyed Shultz for the pin. Clemmons, the shameless Shultz fanboy
that he is, claimed Scott used tights.
Winner: Scott in 3:50. What a waste to do an angle with a great mic worker like Shultz and not be able to hear a word heâ€™s saying.
DURING THE BREAKâ€¦Shultz approached Deputy Commissioner Gordon. Shultz said he was former champion and begged him for a
rematch against Scott. Gordon turned him down. Shultz offered to clean the entire arena with a toothbrush if he didnâ€™t win. Gordon
2 â€“ â€œThe Internetâ€™s Favorite Wrestlerâ€� WHITE TIGER vs. â€œInternetâ€™s Favorite Wrestler #2â€� LARRY COOTER
Tiger scored several quick pins in the opening minute. Cooter poked Tiger in the eyes to take over. Cooter hit a gutwrench shoulder
breaker and worked the body part. Cooter countered a spinning headscissors with a sidewalk slam. Tiger rolled away from three straight
elbow drops. Not much of comeback for Tiger except a strange looking springboard crossbody spot. Cooter got the pin with a modified
ultra-safe Death Valley Driver.
Winner: Cooter in 4:10. Louie Spicolli must have been rolling in his grave when James called that Cooterâ€™s finisher a Death Valley
Driver. Itâ€™s interesting about Tiger. As bad as most of stuff his stuff looks, every once in a while he hits something right on the money.
Steve-O was in the locker room with Scott and refs Jamie Ferrari and Josh Randall. O was talking about how Scott Hayes had gotten a
big head and he was sorry he ever brought him into NWA Main Event. Scott said he didnâ€™t see any change in Hayes and wondered
what his problem was.
3 â€“ BRYAN CASEY (with Charminâ€™ Charles) vs. BIG BULLY DOUGLAS
Joined in progress with Douglas working on Caseyâ€™s arm. They botched a lariat over the top spot. Charles used his cane on Bully. â
€œDid you see that?â€� said James. We didnâ€™t. Casey worked on Bullyâ€™s neck. Charles interfered. Bully hulked up and
overpowered Casey on the comeback. Bully speared Casey. Clemmons called the spear the most devastating move in wrestling. The ref
was being distracted by Charles and didnâ€™t see Douglas making the pin. Douglas threatened to hit Charles. Time stood still before
Charles swung at Bully with his cane. Douglas ducked but Casey was waiting for him with the Rude Awakening neckbreaker. We didnâ
€™t see that either.
Winner: Douglas in around 10 minutes. This match had problems. For starters, thereâ€™s something unnatural about Bully as a
babyface. He looks bulked up but with less mobility. At this stage, Casey displays neither the arrogance nor the nastiness for his role.
Then, you had the camera guy missing two of the three key spots in the match and the lousy finishing sequence with Charles. Otherwise,
it was OK.
Steve-O was talking to himself as he admired Hayesâ€™ NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship belt. O again said he regretted
bringing Hayes into Nashville. Hayes walked in on him. Hayes said Tennessee Homecoming was the biggest night of his life. O
mentioned that Hayes won the title, the battle royal and the money. Hayes apologized for pinning O in the battle royal. O reminded Hayes
that as champion, he was the hunted. O reassured Hayes that he would have his back.
4 â€“ STEVE-O vs. â€œColossalâ€� CHRIS CAIN
The commentators brought up Oâ€™s bald spot and Cainâ€™s runt ranger stature. Clemmons said the contract problems that
prevented him from working the tapings in LaVergne had been resolved. That must be some contract. They also talked about it being
Gypsy Joeâ€™s 75th birthday. Cain was taking a beating so he went to the outside. O tossed Cain back inside and got caught with a
basement dropkick to the ribs as he slid back in. O kicked out of a slew of pin attempts. Cainâ€™s frustration mounted. O sparked a
comeback with a flying forearm. Cain kicked out of his neckbreaker combo. O went for the Gibson roll and Cain pinned him using the
Winner: Cain in 6:50. Nothing special about the wrestling. The story was the continuation of Oâ€™s losing streak. Having the babyface
get outsmarted is usually a problem. However, it worked fine here since O is starting a heel turn. The commentary was entertaining but
not exactly flattering to the talent. Why joke about a guy being 4-11 when heâ€™s main eventing at the house show?
5 â€“ NWA Mid-America X Division Champion AIDEN SCOTT vs. SHAWN SHULTZ
Shultz was beating on Scott for the entire match to where Scott was unable to stand up under his own power. Shultz was again done in by
his overconfidence when Scott scored a flash pin with an inside cradle.
Winner: Scott in 4:17. Predictable is OK when it involves Shultz.
We see Shultz attempting to slip out of the Nick Gulas Arena undetected, but he was confronted by Gordon brandishing a toothbrush.
6 â€“ Mid America Television Title Match: Champion â€œMagnumâ€� SHANE SMALL vs. BYRON WILCOTT (with ?)
JIP at approximately 10 minutes in with Smalls chasing after Wilcottâ€™s valet and getting his head taken off by Wilcottâ€™s knockout
lariat. Smalls barely sold it before launching a relentless assault on Wilcottâ€™s knee. Clemmons noted Smallsâ€™ surprising
recuperative powers. Along the way, Wilcott busted out a bridging double underhook suplex. Smalls missed the moonsault that rarely
connects. Wilcott tried for his finisher, but Smalls countered with a Last Rites for the pin.
Winner: Smalls retains in around 15 minutes. Another dose of Smallsâ€™ frenetic work rate. Wilcott has good size and he hit a couple of
cool moves. That lariat was the best one Iâ€™ve seen on Nashville wrestling in forever. I donâ€™t know about him being WWE material
7 â€“ NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title Match: Champion â€œPlayboyâ€� SCOTT HAYES vs. JEFF â€œThe Cripplerâ€� DANIELS
JIP at roughly 7 minutes in with Daniels in control but unable to overcome Hayesâ€™ resiliency. There was a hilarious spot where
Daniels dumped Hayes and Dominque put him in the Kokina Clutch. James was lobbying for the match to be Daniels' last title shot.
Hayes hit a springboard back elbow. Both men down. They traded big right hands. Ref Jamie Ferrari got bumped on a Hayesâ€™ body
slam. Dominique jumped on Hayes. Daniels went to hit Hayes and clobbered Dominique by mistake. Steve-0 hit the ring and smoked
Daniels with a superkick, but Ferrari saw him and DQed Hayes.
Winner: Daniels via DQ in 11 minutes. Hayes retained the title. I liked the finish of this match. For once, a referee saw something out of
the corner of his eye.
Promo by a livid Jeff Daniels saying he was the victim of theft. Daniels accused Hayes of having Steve-O run in to save his title. Daniels
issued a challenge for a tag match so he could keep an eye on Steve-O. Daniels said after he took care of O, he was coming for his title.
Hayes said he had things under control until Steve-O got involved. Hayes said O cost him the match but they were friends, and he was
accepting Danielsâ€™ challenge to a tag match.
The show closed with a brief vignette showing Shultz cleaning the bleachers with a toothbrush. As Cain and Smalls walked by, Cain
purposely dropped food on the floor. â€œEverybody knows Shawn Shultz missed a spot.â€�
Random Thoughts: This was the start of a three week push for the Christmas Chaos show. It was a major improvement over any of the
stuff they taped in LaVergne. Theyâ€™ve finally got some stories cooking. It felt like creative had been saving stuff up. The thing with
Shultz was fun. They badly need talent of his caliber added into the mix...I like the handling of Oâ€™s turn except him talking to himself
(and the camera) in the second vignette. He just said the same thing in the first segment, so why not get the message across with body
language and facial expressions?â€¦The wrestling was better as well. There were parts of Smalls/Wilcott that were really good. Hayes
selling was another strong pointâ€¦The darkened arena with the only light coming from directly above the ring took me back to my
childhood and the TVs taped for Dick the Bruiserâ€™s promotion in Indianapolis with Chuck Marlowe on commentary. Itâ€™s a look I
like for TV, but most casual fans probably wonâ€™t care for it at all. They were back to only a one camera shoot, and it was lousy camera
work at that. The lack of audio from the ring mic has never been more of problem than it was during Shultzâ€™s monologue. I was
amazed that they aired the entire thing (over 3 minutes)â€¦Danielsâ€™ delivered an excellent promo as usual, but he kind of babyfaced
himself with the challengeâ€¦Theyâ€™re both heels and they didnâ€™t push their match during the show, but it was still weird to see
Cain and Smalls, the two guys opposing each other in next weekâ€™s main event, acting like good buddies in the show closing vignette.