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August 29, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
Jason James and Scott Barry opened the show backstage discussing the important matters at hand - delusional mind of Teddy Tender,
the heinous actions of Project Prominence, and the upcoming blockbuster announcement by Bill Behrens concerning Shawn Shultz.
They moved on to hype that whoever â€œheâ€� is, he was coming in 7 days. Barry called it â€œthe hugest mystery to be solved.â€�
James promised he was coming to NWA ME, not some promotion across town.
Cut to footage of Steve-O foaming at the mouth at the hands of the maniacal Shultz. Compelling stuff.
Cut to James in the home of the NWA Mid-America Champion. O was wearing a neckbrace. O corrected James â€“ it was 2 DDTs on the
chair. O said he had suffered a â€œmusculus abrasionâ€�, a tearing of the esophagus, and he was looking at 2-4 weeks of recovery
time, on top of the minor concussion he suffered the week before. O said he couldnâ€™t provide for family while having to sit on the
couch, and now it was personal. O said the birdies had told him Behrensâ€™ announcement would be do or die for Shultz.
(1) Mike Posey beat Victor Kosmo in 5:20
Kosmo is green but athletic. He hit a standing moonsault for a near fall. Posey used a hotshot to the belly to take over. Posey has a cocky
attitude, but heâ€™s a workrate guy, who uses a lot of cool moves that make a better fit for a babyface in Nashville. Kosmo looked fresh
as a daisy on the comeback. Barry got the northern lights suplex right this week. Posey won it with a move that looked like a lot like Andy
Douglasâ€™ Natural Selection.
White Tiger issued a challenge to Shawn Shultz. They spliced in a tiger roar at the end. Iâ€™ve grown fond of Tigerâ€™s gimmick. Whatâ
€™s not to like about â€œMr. Paw and Clawsâ€� coming at you from the Nashville Zoo at Windmere with moves like the Tigerâ€™s
Pounce and the Tigerâ€™s Claw?
(2) Shawn Shultz (with Tony Lucassio) beat White Tiger in 8:02
Barry said he didnâ€™t know Tiger had that much bass in him. He entertained the idea that â€œheâ€� could be the next member of
Project Prominence. Tiger was more than holding his own, until Lucassio interfered, leading to a reverse DDT by Shultz. Punishment to
the back. Sleeper hold. Good grief, is that the only submission allowed in Nashville? Spinning neckbreaker by Tiger for the double down.
Tiger with La Magistral cradle (called an Oklahoma roll), a backslide and the Tigerâ€™s Claw~! Shultz shoved the ref into Tiger and hit
the DDT. Last couple minutes were good, but this wasnâ€™t the right way or the right time to beat Tiger.
â€œSweetâ€� Teddy Tender claimed he was the Bahamas. The had a chroma key of a swank hotel surrounded by palm trees in the
background. Tenders said he was doing a concert for 27,000 screaming Sweet Teddy fans. His version of â€œLove Boatâ€� was worse
than anything Jillian has ever done.
Posey said he was coming after Matt Boyce, the NWA Mid-America TV Champion. Posey said he already beat one goofball and now he
(3) Lani Kialoha beat Mike Posey in 9 minutes
James said Sawyer called in sick and requsted Posey to take his place. They got over how Posey was doing the dirty work for Project
Prominence. Slow match. They werenâ€™t clicking and it wasnâ€™t good at all. James and Barry kept talking about Behrensâ€™ big
announcement. They ridiculed Tender. Posey worked on Laniâ€™s neck. James said Baronas brothers were on a â€œtemporary
hiatusâ€� according to Lani. Kialoha comeback capped with the BIG Samoan drop for two. Rudy Charles caught Posey using the ropes
for extra leverage. Posey shoved Charles. Charles shoved him into a roll up by Kialoha. I guess the ref rivalry is on.
(4) Matt Boyce beat â€œDementedâ€� Devin Greene in 7 minutes
JIP. If it was title match, they never said so. Greene was a masked guy making his NWA ME debut. His wrestling was bad, but not nearly
as bad as his gear, which was seven levels of horribleness. Boyce got crotched on the top rope, and Greene picked him off with a
shoulder block. James said Boyce might be infertile now. Barry got off one of his best lines ever regarding the demented oneâ€™s
gimmick - â€œWhat kind of man spends his free time in a straight jacket?â€� They continued to build up the suspense for Behrensâ€™
announcement. Boyce won it with a frogsplash crossbody. Terrible match for a main event and did Boyce no favors whatsoever.
Direct from his home office in Atlanta, Behrens made the announcement regarding Shultz on behalf of the NWA Board of Directors.
Behrens said their first inclination was to suspend Shultz, but Mike Porter didnâ€™t want to deprive the fan. Therefore, Shultz was going
to get what he wanted â€“ the title match against O, BUT should he lose, Shultz would be fired from NWA Main Event FOREVER. Behrens
warned Shultz to keep his â€œunindicted co-conspiratorsâ€� away from the ring.
CLOSING THOUGHTS: This episode dissipated some of the momentum they had built up over the previous three weeks. The wrestling
was, more the most part, downright dull, and the crowd wasnâ€™t feeling it this week. The announce team tried to cover by focusing the
commentary on the storylines, which they did ad nauseum regarding Behrensâ€™ announcement. The segment with Behrensâ€™ was
fine. He makes a credible authority figure, but there was no way poor Bill could live up to the hype. If Behrens had announced that the
NWA was going to execute Shultz on live TV if he lost the match, then maybeâ€¦This weekâ€™s Teddy Tender vignette made me want to
turn the channel, or in this case, turn off my computer. Campy humor is one thing, but this was in no way entertaining. Iâ€™m thinking the
Tender/Bully character is better when heâ€™s playing off others versus talking to the camera. Tigerâ€™s character, on the other hand,
works for me because itâ€™s whimsical. Writing that, makes me think how thereâ€™s just no accounting for tasteâ€¦I'm holding out
hope that Posey's frustration leads to a babyface turn at some point...Another match with the babyface TV champion not defending the
title on TV. I just donâ€™t get itâ€¦I can understand not wanting to overexpose Shultz, given how much he and Project Prominence have
been featured of late, but without them, there was a noticeable drop off in entertainment value. The segment with O was one of the best
things about the show. I loved him correcting James about the two DDTs, and also using the technical medical term for his injury to give
it the air of authenticity.