April 17, 2010
– Larry Goodman
Opening with Colt Derringer in the ring to announce his retirement. Derringer said he was 39 and had been wrestling since age 19. A clip
of Derringer tweaking his knee against Jeremy Vain aired. Derringer said it was signal from God telling him he needed to leave the
wrestling business. Derringer hung his original wrestling boots over the top rope. Derringer said he was putting wrestling to the side and
making God number one. Derringer thanked RPW and their fans. Gayton said he couldn’t ask for a better partner, and noted that Derringer
was retiring on Good Friday to serve The Man. He asked the people to pray for him be able to do what God had asked of him. Fans
chanted “Colt! Colt!” as he exited.
Ben Masters and Big Bank Barfield on commentary.
(1) Chip Day pinned “Marvelous” Michael Stevens in 4:24
Stevens pounced on Day after a deliberate slip on a springboard move. After controlling Day on the mat for several minutes, Stevens
switched tactics with a senton backsplash. Bad idea. The pace quickened with Day’s comeback. Stevens cut him off with a fireman’s carry
gutbuster for a near fall. Day nailed Stevens with a tornado kick as a set up for his finisher, probably the first Skytwister Press ever in RPW.
Not Hayabusa level but it wasn’t bad. Barfield called it “a backwards suicide swanton”.
Cut to Sal Rinauro and Jeremy Vain at the back door the building. They were yucking it up about attacking Dr. Johnny Gayton in the
bathroom stall a few weeks ago. Vain said he had it as his screen saver. Rinauro said they should do it again because Jimmy Rave was
back in town kissing the Doc’s butt when he needed to be kissing the porcelain prince. Little did they know that Rave was listening from
behind the door.
In the locker room area, Rave informed Doc of the planned ambush. Gayton said he had an idea.
We returned from commercial break with a shot underneath the door of the bathroom stall. Someone wearing wrestling boots was on the
throne. The camera panned over to Vain and Rinauro sneaking up. Vain pulled to door open and took a chair to the head from Gayton.
Rinauro turned to run and got popped in the nose by Rave. Rinauro’s face was instantly red, like a ketchup bottle exploded in the middle of
his face. “Now that is a plan,” Doc said. “Sal, payback’s tough isn’t buddy?” Rave sanitized his hands. Gayton returned the wrestling boots
to Rave. Cut to Vain on the floor with his eyes crossed. Cut to Rinauro spitting up in the urinal.
Simon Sermon entered the ring with Charlie Cash (looking demoralized about having to wear a pink suit) and “his son” Pocket Change.
Sermon said fans had the misconception that he was only a tag team wrestler. “I’m going to show all of you, that I do my best stuff mano y
(2) Simon Sermon (with Charlie Cash & Pocket Change) beat Mike Kross in 3:38
Sermon came out brawling. Kross answered with a missile dropkick and swarmed all over Sermon, reeling off one near fall after another
(I lost track at seven). When Kross went up top for a flying bodypress, Sermon made the catch and hit the Manchester Driver (running
crucifix piledriver) for the pin. Great looking finisher. Masters called it “Whatamaneuver”.
Earlier today in the office of RPW Commissioner Nick Patrick…Patrick was talking on the phone. “So they tried to sucker punch you in the
bathroom…” Rinauro burst into the office holding a paper towel over his nose. Rinauro told Patrick that Gayton and Rave had assaulted
him like the cowards they were. “Did they sucker punch you?” Patrick said. “What is it you want me to do about it?” Rinauro demanded dire
consequences for taking out RPW’s top star. Patrick said there would be no fines or suspensions, because he was sick of Sal’s whining.
“Be a man and take care of your own business,” Patrick said. “You want me to step up to the plate? I hit 1000. I don’t miss…You want me
to man up? Well, on my watch it says its man time.”
(3) Adryan Hawkins beat Drew Adler in 5:30
Hawkins had his mean face going. He dismantled Adler and tried to humiliate him in the process. Adler did get a comeback with a near
fall off the running teabag…umm…high boot. The guy does have long legs. A second high boot failed. When will they learn? Hawkins
went right to the Homewrecker (called as such by Masters!) for the pin.
Earlier this week…Patrick was in the office with Gayton and J-Rod when Mr. Jones entered to inform Patrick he couldn’t find a partner to
face Usual Suspects. J-Rod volunteered his services. Jones said cool with him. Patrick said let’s sign it. Gayton said J-Rod needed to be
careful because they needed him for the Memorial show.
(4) RPW Tag Team Title Match: Champions The Usual Suspects (Murder One & AJ Steele) and J-Rod & Mr. Jones went to a double
count out in 11:30
Cash and Pocket Change came to ringside. Barfield said they both had manager’s licenses. Masters wondered if Change paid half price.
Gayton came to ringside with a chair. Jones was having his way with Murder, until Steele pulled the ropes down to spill him out, and it was
Dark City beatdown time. Suspects worked on Jones’ back. At one point, Murder hit a backsplash and made this great cover where it
looked like he trying to pin a beach ball. Masters questioned Murder’s taped fists, and plugged his taped fist match at Memorial Mayhem
(actually a Texas Death match). A missed senton bomb by Steele led to the hot tag. J-Rod managed a near fall before pandemonium
ensued. Jones speared Steele though the ropes to the floor. Ref Jeff McGowan followed them (they were the legal men at the time).
Meanwhile, J-Rod hit the TKO on Murder and found Cash and Change standing in the ring. Cash shoved Change into the grasp of J-Rod
and bailed. Gayton chased Cash to the back. J-Rod let go of Change and walked into a sitout slam from Murder. McGowan called for the
bell. The ref crew came out to restore order. Jones needed help getting to the back. Masters said they needed a way to settle this once
and for all (like April 24 maybe?)
Clips of the finishes aired.
Next week: Team Rampage vs. Team Apocalypse.
The Gene Gayton Memorial Show April 24 at the RPW Arena in Warner Robins, Ga. A one hour TV taping followed by five matches too
violent for TV! Two steel cage matches: Cru Jones & Rob Adonis (with Charlie Cash & Change) vs. J-Rod & Dr. Johnny Gayton and Mr.
Jones vs. AJ Steele; RPW Heavyweight Title Match: Bull Buchanan (c) vs. Consequences Creed; Taped Fist Match: Sal Rinauro vs. Jimmy
Rave; Texas Death Match Hardcore Rules: Murder One vs. Pit Bull.
THOUGHTS: The strength of this episode was in the talking. The vignette did a fine job of building up the taped fist match at the Memorial
show. All involved handled their parts well, and Rinauro’s performance was first rate. Derringer’s retirement speech was delivered with
heartfelt realism – a very classy touch. The office scene setting up the main didn’t shed a lot of light, since J-Rod had been revealed as Mr.
Jones’ partner during the opening match. Masters and Barfield pushed the big show relatively hard on commentary. The card wasn’t
complete at the time, due to Derringer’s retirement and Buchanan’s opponent not yet being named. I was surprised, however, that they
didn’t insert ads hyping the full card. The time spent on the recap would have been better used for that purpose. The matches weren’t a
high priority on this episode, as except for the main, none of them had implications for the Memorial show. It was a plus in the sense that
they gave away very little for free. Stevens and Day worked a smart opener. Good match. Kross has a lot of upside, so it was good thing for
Sermon give him the entire match before beating him. It’s dismaying to watch a wrestling show where the announcers can’t call the
finishing moves. Hawkins came across like a real jerk. I assume that was the point. Not much of match there. Murder’s attempt to cover
Jones was the most entertaining thing about the main. The finish looked pretty clumsy. There were problems with timing and ring
positioning, but in the end, it did highlight the issue between Steele and Jones.