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July 18, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
This episode is now available for viewing at NWA Main Event Wrestling
Opening with a plug for the weekly Thursday night tapings at 413 Veritas St in Nashville.
NWA Main Event returns to the Cannon County Community Center in Woodbury, Tn on July 23 with Jerry Lawler vs. Wolfie D in the main
event. Also advertised were Shawn Shultz, Teddy Tender, Matt Boyce and many more.
Good news: The broadcast team of Jason James and Tyler Clemmons was back in action. Clemmons returned to do color commentary
for the first time in 7 months as a sub for Scott Barry.
1 â€“ â€œOutlaw' BEN WOODS & RAUL LOCO vs. KNUCKLES & KNIVES (Johnny Punch & Rudy Switchblade)
JIP. Tyler said he was blown away by the new digs on Veritas Street. Punch was taking a beating. James said Boyce had earned a
rematch with Shultz for the Mid-America TV Championship for today's main event. Fanboy Tyler was hot to see Shultz. Woods hurt his
knee on when he missed a high boot. Not sure how he managed that, as his knee appeared to rebound harmlessly off the ropes.
Switchblade cleaned house, using a double stomp and a senton backsplash on Loco. Four way pandemonium led to collision of heels.
K & K smoked Woods with a double dropkick. Loco was pinned by Switchblade after a lariat/german suplex combo.
WINNER: Knuckles & Knives in 5 minutes. The finishing sequence was a major improvement over K & K's debut match two weeks ago.
Switchblade was far more effective with the hot tag than Punch.
2 â€“ Non-Title Match: NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Champion STEVE-O vs. TEDDY TENDER
Tender was wearing a ridiculous black wig that made him look like Tony Clifton. James discussed the â€œhe's comingâ€� ad
campaign and joked about it being Tyler, and how crazy it would make Trent Van Drisse if that were the case. A dropkick by O sent
Tender flying in one direction, while his hair helmet went flying in another. Tender countered O's backslide attempt with a donkey kick to
the man region to take over. James said Little Jimmie Dickens, age 88 and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, was in the
crowd. Douglas busted out this bizarre strutting leg drop and the swivel hips. Out of the blue, O pinned Tender with a nicely executed
WINNER: Steve-O in 6:30. Perversely entertaining.
3 -- TOMMY MERCER & STEVE-O vs. â€œWild Thingâ€� WILL OWENS & JEFF â€œThe Cripplerâ€� DANIELS
It stated as a singles match between Mercer and Owens. Mercer, a lanky blonde haired kid, was taking it to Owens when Daniels
interfered. I have no idea why Jamie Ferrari didn't DQ Owens except they needed to segue to a tag match. Sometimes with NWA ME, it's
best not to ask such penetrating questions. Steve-O came to Mercer's rescue and they cleared the ring with a double dropkick. Ferrari
ordered a tag match. There was a spot early where Mercer singlehandedly bested Daniels and Owens in a test of strength. Daniels
played a lengthy game of hide and seek with Ferrari. He eventually used the bionic popsicle stick on Mercer, and bad guys got heat on
him. Daniels made a phantom tag. James didn't want to hear the word â€œphantomâ€� after what happened on the July 13 edition of
Jerkin' the Curtain. James said Barry was still blown up from the marathon interview. â€œYou had to spend two hours with those
specimens?â€� said a rejvenated Clemons - â€œlike Phoenix rising from Arizona.â€� James reiterated how Steve-O defeated Jeff
Daniels 3-2 in a 60 minute Iron Man Match in Oklahoma City to win the title. Owens used hair to take Mercer down with a rear chinlock.
Clemmons called it a leverage move. Mercer started to fade but managed a comeback. Daniels came in to distract Ferrarri from seeing
the world's worst backslide by Mercer. There was a strange looking collision of lariats between Owens and Mercer for the double down.
Hot tag. The faces delivered the 10 punches of doom, except Mercer quit after 5. The heels avoided a collision, then jetted out of the ring
to avoid eating big moves from Mercer and O. They headed for the dressing room, while the fans joined Ferrari in making the 10 count. .
WINNERS: Mercer & Steve-O via count out at 19:15. This worked in spite of itself. Not much action and Mercer is really green, but Owens
and Daniels are such great chicken***** that they had they drew the crowd into the match and even got a pop for the count out. Anybody
with Mercer's size and athletic ability that gets into pro wrestling has a chance to make it. James and Clemmons made the slow pace of
the match easy to tolerate.
4 â€“ NWA Mid-America TV Title Match: Champion SHAWN SHULTZ (with Tony Lucassio) vs. MATT BOYCE
And your referee is TNA's Rudy Charles. At 3 minutes in, Lucassio tripped up Boyce to set up a lariat by Shultz. Clemmons was up to his
usual shameless favoritism towards Shultz. James said if Shultz beat O in the champion vs. champion match next week, he might lose
his job and have to head up I-65 to Millersville or even Interstate Drive. Clemmons said that would be time to hang it up. Finish saw Mike
Posey come to ringside to distract Charles. Lucassio held Boyce for Shultz. Shultz slugged Lucassio when Boyce slipped out his grasp.
Boyce DDTed Shultz for the pin.
WINNER: Boyce at 7:40 to become the new NWA Mid-America TV Champion. An OK match aided by the commentary and the surprising
finish. This was the first time I was able to take Boyce seriously. His punching was crisp, and the shorter hair cut is a much better look for
Color bars appeared on the screen accompanied by the message - NWA Main Event will be no more!
THOUGHTS: This was not a show to watch for the wrestling, but it certainly kept me entertained. James said I would like it and he was
right: There's something about the way James and Clemmons interact that I find very listenable. Much of the hilarity came from inside
comments, and while that kind of stuff certainly doesn't add viewers or ticket buyers, I doubt that it does and harm in those areas.
Owens/Daniels vs. Mercer/O did a good job telling the story. I can't imagine them getting more out of a guy as green as Mercer than they
did here. Owens and Daniels did such a stellar job that the crowd was totally into the count out. I have mixed feeling about Boyce beating
Shultz. I liked the surprise element and Boyce giving Shultz a taste of his own medicine. Announcing the title vs. title match for next week
made it a given that Shultz would win. It elevates Boyce, but I can't see him holding the title long. As for Shultz, his youngest and longest
reigning champion gimmick was the thing I liked best about this show. It will be interesting to see what they do with the title vs. title deal.
As good as the new setup at Veritas Street is for TV, it's a shame they don't have a number two camera, and the overall production has
such a bare bones look.