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September 17, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
NWA Main Event packed the house for their weekly television taping last night at the NWA Studio (aka the Community Life Center) in
The atmosphere provided by the standing room only crowd of 150 at 413 Veritas Street was the best thing about the show. It's a good
setup for TV studio style wrestling. Weird location though, right in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
The overall quality was hampered by a thin crew. Steve-O, Matt Boyce, Travis Sawyer, Tony Lucassio, and Rudy Charles all were absent.
Jason James and the debuting Aaron Camaro did the TV opening from ringside. James said George Gulas had appointed Scott Barry as
the new face of management and given him the unenviable task of coming up with a â€œviable solutionâ€� to the fiasco surrounding
the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title. James said the main would be Will Owens vs. â€œBoogie Woogie Boyâ€� Gary Valiant in the
main event. Big pop for Boogieâ€™s name.
(1) Corey Hollis beat Mike Posey in 10:50
Crowd likes Hollis, who was a having a rough time of it early. He blew a standing moonsault. Posey went to work on the arm of Hollis.
Working a body part is one of the best parts of Poseyâ€™s game. Hollis made Posey miss a guillotine leg drop, and Posey sold his ass
big time. They traded leg kicks. Hollis made the flying comeback. Nice athleticism but lots of light showing. Rest of the match was much
better. In a bit of an NWA Wildside tribute, Hollis used Jimmy Raveâ€™s Dusk Til Dawn (spinning headscissors into a crossface), and
Posey used a variation of Todd Sextonâ€™s Gamebreaker (draping double underhook DDT) for a near fall. Hollis hit the Pele style kick,
but Posey kicked out. Hollis countered Poseyâ€™s finishing move with a jackknife pin for the three.
(2) White Tiger beat CJ Freeze in 4:12
The pop for Tiger was off the hook. These people love him. His work has improved dramatically over the last year, but the thing about
Tiger as a babyface is the kid has heart. Tiger opened with a flurry of offense. Freeze got brief heat with power moves. Tiger fed off the
crowdâ€™s energy, They traded blows. Freeze went down after a charging chest bump into the buckles, and Tiger was on the money
with the Tiger Splash.
Intermission number one: Promoter/cameraman Mike Porter was joined by the raffle master himself, Bert Prentice for the first raffle of the
evening -- just $1 got you a shot at pics of Jeff Hardy AND Steve Austin.
(3) Terry Teague beat Vic the Bruiser via DQ in 4:33
Vic was effective as the lunatic bad ass. With the platinum blonde and wild-eyed trance, he was like a black Crazy Luke Graham. Vic no
sold Teagueâ€™ stuff and gave him a beating. The crowd popped for the stiffness of Vicâ€™s lariat. Vic drilled Teague with a middle
rope elbow and refused to allow the pin. Teague avoided Vicâ€™s guillotine leg drop. Not sure that was supposed to happen, because
Vic didnâ€™t sell it a lick and immediately laid Teague out with a standing spinebuster. Vic brought a stun gun into the ring and shocked
the helpless Teague for the DQ. The babyfaces came out to carry to Teague to the back. Vic started after James with Porter egging him
on from behind the camera. This worked.
(4) Victor Kosmo beat Chad Hyatt in 4:24
This pairing was a disaster waiting to happen. Lousy match but it had strong heat because the crowd was hating on Hyatt, and chanting â
€œBarneyâ€� at him. Hyatt bailed to get away from Kosmoâ€™s frenetic offense. Hyatt used a mule kick to take over. Hyatt applied the
worst looking single leg crab in wrestling history. Hyatt went for the figure four and Kosmo countered with a sloppy inside cradle for the
pin. The NWA ME fans responded to Kosmoâ€™s enthusiasm, and seemed willing to overlook how primitive his skills are.
(5) Antonio Cathey beat Sexy C in 4:23
Cathey has the physical attractive you want for a Nashville babyface. Zero ring presence though. Câ€™s has a mouth on him and good
size, but a gut that was hanging over his tights. C potatoed Cathey with a lariat to the chest, then missed a leg drop off the ropes,
becoming the third heel to do so. Cathey won it with a slow motion huracanrana. Bad match.
Shawn Shultz came out carrying the disputed NWA Mid-America Heavyweight belt. Big crowd response split 75/25 against him. Shultz
claimed he ran Steve-O out of town. Shultz said he was unbeatable, a level above people like Flair, Austin, Pillman, Windham and Double
A. Shultz said he had possession of the belt and nobody was taking it. That brought an unusually dapper looking Barry out. Shultz asked
if Barry was going to bore him to death. He said Barry didnâ€™t scare him any more than Porter. Barry said Sawyer and Lucassio werenâ
€™t there was because he had suspended them. Barry grabbed the belt. Shultz collared Barry. Barry threatened to suspend Shultz. That
didnâ€™t phase Shultz, but when Barry threatened to fire him, Shultz backed off in fear. Barry threw Shultz out the building - â€œDonâ€™t
let the door hit ya, where the good lord split ya" - and said he was vacating the title. As a live segment, this worked well. Shultz was his
usual great self. Barry was fine as the authority figure.
A second intermission brought Prentice forth from dinner in the concession stand to run a second raffle.
(6) Will Owens and â€œBoogie Woogie Boyâ€� Gary Valiant were both counted out at 10:10
Boogie attacked Owens and had him on the run with the crowd chanting â€œGo, Boogie, Goâ€�. Valiant tried for the Boogie Blaster but
Owens leveled him with a lariat. Just when I thought I might get through a Nashville wrestling show without seeing a sleeper hold,
Owens used one. Boogie took a body slam off the top a la Flair. Owens mocked Boogie. Said he was stopping the Boogie train. Boogie
sold Owensâ€™ kicks to the thigh realistically. With the crowd behind him, Boogie hit a swinging neckbreaker that left both men down.
Boogie made the comeback and went for the Blaster again. Owens was having none of it and headed for the dressing room. Boogie
pulled Owens back in the ring. Owens ran again. They brawled on the outside until the ref called for the bell. An OK match, but the finish
didnâ€™t have the heat or intensity they would have liked.
Barry announced it would be Owens vs. Boogie in a no DQ-falls count anywhere in Nashville match for September 24.
NOTES: NWA ME will be running a free show â€œFall Brawlâ€� on October 10 opposite SAWâ€™s big TV taping at the Fairgrounds.
There will be no TV taping on October 8â€¦Big Poppa (White Tigerâ€™s father) said theyâ€™re driving 1500 miles a week to support his
wrestling careerâ€¦Prentice said he just completed chemotherapy for a cancerous tumor in his colon. Heâ€™s scheduled for radiation
on October 5â€¦Shultz is booked for Ring of Honor on October 9 in St. Louis and October 10 in Indianapolis...Hollis and Posey are
booked for NWA Anarchy this Saturday.