June 19, 2010
– Larry Goodman
The June 19 NWA Anarchy television taping was their best of 2010.
Anarchy gave fans an action packed two and half hours including what amounted to a triple main event. All three matches were super
heated affairs that exceeded expectations in the ring.
And they gave them stars. Major players like Phil Shatter, Mikal Judas, Ace Rockwell, Shadow Jackson, and Slim J were all present and
all featured in key matches, which hasn’t always been the case of late.
The timing was right to give fans more than they bargained for. Anarchy was coming off a show that was relatively light in the ring and
there will be a four week break before the next taping.
It was also a show that will pay dividends at the Anarchy’s next major event, Hostile Environment on July 31. The set up for Shatter’s NWA
National Title defense against Rockwell was fantastic, both the mic work and the match. And it wouldn’t be summer time in Cornelia
without War Games, which was taking shape in fine form by the end of the evening.
Attendance at the NWA Arena was 150 – dead even with the same weekend one year ago. The heat (not the temperature in the building
which wasn’t bad at all) was slightly incredible. Several members of the crew commented that it felt like the old days. A group of eighteen
summer camp counselors had decided to check out the wrestling at the Arena. Jerry Palmer should give them gold plated seats if they
keep coming back. These kids were into everything, the top heel wrestlers especially. It served as a wake up call to the diehard babyface
supporters, and the energy level was something else. The wrestlers were feeding off the crowd and vice versa.
(1) Brodie Ray Chase pinned Ty Tyson in 6:12
The Anarchy fans are taking to Tyson. He carries himself and works like an old school wrestler. No rushing. He lets his stuff sink in. They
had a solid match, partly because they were in the same rhythm. Chase dominated until Tyson posted his shoulder and hit a single arm
DDT. Tyson worked the body part. A missed diving headbutt proved to be the beginning of Tyson’s downfall. They swapped neckbreakers
for near falls, before Chase ended it with a butterfly DDT.
(2) Steven Walters beat Strkynyn (with Reverend Dan Wilson) in 6:43
Great pop for New Wave. Derrick Driver and Dan Only went to the back prior to the opening bell. Walters got off to a hot start. He was
beating Strkynyn like a government mule. Stryknyn doesn’t futz around once he gets control. He has this sassy badass attitude about him
when he’s working over an opponent. Crowd was chanting for Walters and popping for his hope spots. Walters hit a high backdrop and
swooped in for a near fall. Stryknyn hit an Alabama Slam for a near fall. I didn’t see how, but Walters scored the pin with a quick reversal.
Rev was pissed. Good match. I like New Wave in singles matches because it puts further accents how athletically talented they are.
(3) Andrew Pendleton III beat Dustin Knight in 5 minutes to retain the Young Lion’s Championship
The people seemed to like Knight his last time here, but they were turning on him tonight. Not a bad match. I’m guessing the crowd did
not see Knight as being on Pendleton’s level. Knight got a nice near fall with a jumping neckbreaker. Pendleton won it with the sitout
uranage that still needs a name.
Afterwards, Pendleton did a number on Knight’s neck, which was broken not all that long ago. Anthony Henry made the save and said he
was cashing in his title shot (Henry earned a title shot of his choosing by winning the May 29 battle royal) against Pendleton at Hostile
Ace Rockwell addressed the fans concerning his new horizon. The airing of backstage segments on the big screen appears to be a thing
of the past. Rockwell said he had held all the titles except one. He paused to let the fans name it first – “The National”. Rockwell called
Shatter out. Jeff G. Bailey said Rockwell had a lot of nerve. Bailey said Shatter was the master of Rockwell’s reality. He had left Rockwell
on the garbage heap each time they met, so why did he deserve a shot? Rockwell said he just explained why, but to prove his point he
would beat NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Champion Mikal Judas. Bailey was amused. He agreed to give Rockwell a shot if he could get the
job done. “Good luck with that because you’re going to need it.” This was a great segment. Red hot crowd, and the mic work between
Rockwell and Bailey was first rate.
(4) Derrick Driver beat Dany Only (with Reverend Dan Wilson) via DQ in 3:35
Only attacked Driver from behind to start the match. Driver was quick to respond. Only took over with a high kick that missed by a mile.
Driver sold it for a near fall anyway, but it was the kind that everyone in the building could see, and it took the edge off the crowd for a bit.
Driver made a nice aerial comeback. After a split legged moonsault, Stryknyn blatantly interfered for the DQ.
Walter hit the ring to even the odds. New Wave hit stereo dropkicks and got their hands on the Rev, but the Junkies cut them off. Junkies
left Walters laying with the superbomb. They added insult to injury with three way snot rockets. Simple but effective, this program is
working well so far.
(5) Phil Shatter (with Jeff G. Bailey) beat Billy Buck to retain the NWA National Title in 10:17
This was an amazing match. Buck is nowhere close to Shatter’s level, but that was almost impossible to detect the way it was worked.
Shatter sold just the right amount and in just the right ways to make Buck come off as a credible threat. Shatter is a great wrestler. Not
indie level great. He can hang with any wrestler on the planet. Not to diminish Buck’s performance at all, because it was his best singles
match ever at Anarchy. Terrific heat with the crowd split 60/40 for Buck. Shatter brutalized Buck, who managed to take Shatter’s feet a
couple of times, but that was about it. Shatter cut off a rally with a Harley Race knee. He started grinding away on Buck’s back and neck. I
heard Gordon Solie’s voice talking about how the 26 movable vertebrae were not designed for body slams. After taking a spinebuster
slam, Buck wasn’t moving. Shatter went for the PTSD. Buck countered and launched an all out assault. Buck hit the Samoan Drop for a
close near fall. Buck tried to finish with the superkick, but Shatter speared him out of his boots and hit the PTSD. Buck needed help
getting out of the ring, but walked out unassisted to a tremendous ovation. He could not have come out this match in a stronger position.
(6) Bo Newsome defeated BJ Hancock and Andrew Alexander and Chris Mayne (with Aaron Lee) in an elimination match in 7:46
Bo was on. He hit a hilo dive right on the money. Alexander used his sneakiness to get the advantage. They did a four way spot, but the
timing wasn’t quite what it needed to be. Alexander pinned Mayne after he collided with Lee. Alexander got rolled up by Hancock when he
paused to celebrate. Hancock is apparently turning heel, because he was doing the Flair “whoo” and it was annoying as hell. Newsome
kicked out of Hancock’s Northern Lights Bomb. Hancock went for broke with a bombs away knee drop. It missed. Newsome pinned
Hancock with a wind up uranage slam from a power slam position. Newsome rose to the occasion with his best Anarchy match in a
while. Hancock needed help getting to the back. He appeared to suffer a legit ankle injury on the knee drop.
(7) Ace Rockwell beat NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Champion Mikal Judas in a non-title match to earn a shot at the NWA National Title
About a quarter of the crowd gave Judas a standing O. Shatter and Bailey were seated at ringside. Rockwell was going all out to win. He
took a shot at Judas’ knee. He raked the eyes. He launched a furious assault of blows. But he was no match for the size and power of
Judas. Crowd was behind Rockwell huge, although there was a Judas chant at one point, but Rockwell made no comebacks. Judas was
downright sadistic in his destruction of Rockwell’s neck. Still, Rockwell kicked out at one on a couple of Judas’ big moves. At 11 minutes
in, Rockwell ducked a high boot and Judas crotched himself on the top rope. Rockwell summoned up a burst of energy from God knows
where. He put the 275 pound Judas in the airplane spin. Both men were slow to rise after that one. Rockwell applied the Sharpshooter.
Heat was off the charts now with fans chanting for the tap out. Judas finally made the ropes. Rockwell tried for Aces High, but Judas
blocked it and ref Brent Wiley got knocked down. Judas then blinded Rockwell with the red mist. Judas went for the chokeslam, but
Rockwell reversed into a forward rolling cradle and used the ropes to secure the three count. For dramatic storytelling, it doesn’t get any
better than this.
Rockwell got in Shatter’s face. It was close to perfect in so far as making the match a must see.
(8) Seth Delay pinned Anthony Henry in 6:41 to retain the NWA Anarchy TV Title via use of brass knucks
Henry must be leading a charmed life. He announces that he’s cashing in his title shot against Pendleton, and gets handed a TV title
shot to boot, but the bookers weren’t doing him any favors at things turned out. Following Judas/Rockwell was a deadly spot. Crowd was
semi-interested at the start. Henry’s monkey flip and follow up clothesline over the top got a pop, but they ended up doing moves that
nobody really cared about. Delay bumped out of the ring off an enzuigiri so he could pull out the knucks. Ref Ken Wallace had to turn a
blind eye so Delay could bop Henry. At this point, everyone on the roster should be on red alert for the knucks, so Henry was made to look
like a dope right on the heels of his big announcement. This match did not need to happen.
“King of the Airwaves” Delay deemed Greg Hunter as not worthy, and called for “Prince” John Johnson to interview him. Delay is now the
self proclaimed king of pro wrestling. He ran down that granddaddy dinosaur Brodie Chase and threatened to put his lights out. “I am the
king and I have all the gold.” This should make good TV. It was shot at ringside with the hyped up teenagers in the background.
(9) Shadow Jackson & Slim J & Don Matthews vs. Shaun Tempers & Orion Bishop & Skirra Corvus (with Enoch Tsarion) ended as a
no contest in 15:50
Crowd was on fire at the start and never let up. Jackson ran wild on Corvus with power moves and busted out the Dustyisms. J snapped
off a huracanrana on Tempers and pounded his face. Fans chanted for Matthews, but his teammates wouldn’t tag him in. Bishop took no
punishment and started dishing it out with a fallaway slam and Collateral Damage (Vader Bomb) on Jackson. Matthews made a tag that
the ref didn’t see, and it was J’s turn to take heat. Bishop hit a double underhook suplex on J that looked like pure child abuse. Jackson
had to make a save after a springboard splash by Corvus. J hit Screwdriver on the Rocks and Matthews entered for the first time. All three
heels bounced around for him. It broke down 6 to six way pandemonium, and Dee Byers threw the match out.
Judas hit the ring and leveled Matthews with a high boot. Judas was setting up for El Crucifijo when he found himself face-to-face with
Palmer and his ax handle. Judas backed off to join the other heels at ringside.
Palmer made the War Games match labeling it as athletes vs. idiots. He promised blood would be shed inside the cage. The identity of
the fourth member of the babyface team was left as an open question. The show ended with the crowd still totally amped.