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October 31, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
During its 11 year history, Fright Night in Cornelia has a rich tradition of great gimmick matches filled with excess violence and
bloodshed. And while the 2009 version was no exception, the true magic, the match that made it memorable, was the pure wrestling skill
displayed by Phil Shatter and Caprice Coleman in the NWA National Heavyweight Title match, no doubt one the best matches Iâ€™ve
seen this year.
Attendance was 160 compared to 210 last year, thus continuing the trend of all the major shows of 2009 drawing less than they did in
2008. There was a question going in as to whether running on Halloween night would hurt or help the crowd. My sense is it was a minor
negative. This yearâ€™s show didnâ€™t have the Halloween-themed gimmick match Fright Night is known for. Whether that would have
meant a few more tickets sold is anybodyâ€™s guess.
More troubling, was the general lack of electricity associated with big show nights in Cornelia. Too many times, good action was received
with little or no response, especially during a long and lackluster first half. The show went over 3 and Â½ hours, and thatâ€™s just too
long except for rare occasions. It's like the genie is out of the bottle. Anarchy could benefit from more quality and less quantity.
The top three matches were going to make or break the show, and they all came through in the clutch, each match in its own unique way.
(1) J-Rod & B.J. Hancock won a Tag Team Mega Rumble when J-Rod eliminated Andrew Alexander in 27:37
As the luck of the draw (cough) would have it, partners Posey and Delay started out. They arm wrestled. They had fun with a ringside fan
in a Halloween mask that was holding up a sign for them. Destiny came out as a decoy, as the â€œfanâ€� turned out to be Slim J in
disguise. An awesome surprise that got a great pop. J jumped the rail and made quick work of his arch enemies, then dove over the top
to eliminate himself. Jamie Lee, Stryknyn, Jay Clinton (with Mercedes Mosley), Jessco Blue and Chris King entered at one minute
intervals. Stryknyn got tossed, and the babyface trio took turns teeing off on Clinton. Leeâ€™s punches suck. Mr. Black was next. He
eliminated Lee and Blue and hit a devastating chokebomb on King. Black got rid of Manchild pronto, and ADD was done for the evening.
They may be over with a segment of the fanbase, but theyâ€™re not ready for Anarchy. Matthews was next. He potatoed Black with a
wicked lariat. Clinton cowered from Matthews to avoid taking the lariat for the zillionth time. Dany Only entered and shoved Matthews over
the top. BJ Hancock and Andrew Alexander were next in. J-Rod entered and got rid of Only. Mike Mosley entered and tossed King. With all
of four of their associates still in the match, Entourage became the odds on favorites to win. Steven Walters hit the ring like a house of
fire. His superior athleticism was a breath of fresh air. Billy Buck was next. Buck eliminated Clinton with a bionic elbow. Black gave
Hancock the chokebomb and Alexander tossed him out. Derrick Driver was last to enter. New Wave sent Black out with a double
dropkick. Always the opportunist, Alexander snuck up behind Walters to dump him out. I didnâ€™t see how it happened, but Buck was
also history. Driver went out ugly, taking a dangerous upside down bump off the ropes. It was J-Rod against Entourage (Alexander and
Mosley), and J-Rod was taking a beating. A miscue saw Alexander accidentally put the finishing touch on Mosley. After two close calls, J-
Rod finally eliminated Alexander to win. I liked the booking. Anarchy Mega Rumbles are always well booked, but with so many guys
crammed into the match, there was no way around it going long, and the net effect was dilution of quality.
Talent and Money immediately attacked J-Rod. A swank move. The winners of the rumble earned a tag team title match later in the
evening. Bill Behrens explained the champions had decided that later meant now.
(2) Talent & Money (JT Talent & Drew Pendleton III) beat J-Rod & BJ Hancock to retain the NWA Anarchy Tag Team Championship in
The champions exploited the challengers worn down condition. J-Rod took the heat. J-Rod shows great fire and heâ€™s a top babyface
everywhere he goes, but something about his appeal isnâ€™t translating to Cornelia. At least not yet. Talent pinned Hancock after the
(3) Bo Newsome beat Brodie Chase in 9:35
Chase dominated his smaller and much younger (less than half his age) opponent with high impact offense. Bo made a nice aerial
comeback, but Chase cut him off and hit a neckbreaker combo for a near fall. A rude boot to the face knocked Newsome off the apron.
Chase pulled the straps down. Bo hit a slingshot sunset flip to score the slip-on-a-banana peel win. An OK match. Coming off that great
match with Skirra Corvus two months ago, I thought Newsome was taking his game to another level, but it hasnâ€™t happened.
Postmatch, Chase laid Newsome out with a Doctor Bomb. He was joined by Posey and Delay. Chase whipped Newsome with a belt
until J made the save. The intensity wasnâ€™t what it needed to be, so far as garnering huge sympathy for Bo.
(4) Skirra Corvus beat Hayden Young to retain the NWA Anarchy Young Lionâ€™s Title in 12:04
On paper, this looked like a good program, but it never really took off, never really connected with the fans. Young was killing Corvus with
all kinds of moves early, but you would have never known going off crowd reaction. Advantage Corvus, he went right for the Curbstomp.
Young fought it off, so Corvus used a wheelbarrow facebuster for first of a slew of near falls. A wheelbarrow suplex by Young left both
men in a bad way. Young hit a shoulder level Pounce, but Corvus got a foot on the ropes. Young crashed and burned on the Flying
Squirrel and Corvus crushed him with the Curbstomp. Nice moves, but too long and way too choreographed.
(5) Mikal Judas pinned Kimo (with Jeff G. Bailey) in a servant match at 21:39. NWA Anarchy owner Jerry Palmer gets Kimoâ€™s
services for 35 days
Lots of brawling outside the ring with Judas dismantling Kimo like never before. Really made him suffer. Great facial expessions from
Kimo here. Kimo used Sole Food to take over. Part of the storyline is Kimo stealing moves, but I doubt heâ€™s been watching Chuck
Taylor tapes. Kimo used a variety of martial arts stuff with a swinging neckbreaker thrown in. Crowd chanted Mikalâ€™s name. It was the
first babyface chant all night, and that's just weird for Anarchy. The had been quiet early, but this match had feeling, and the building was
starting to cook. Judas made a monster comeback, hitting a back suplex and top rope lariat, each time, Kimo kicked out at one. Judas
goozled Kimo for the chokeslam. Bailey jumped up to distract referee Wes Grissom. While Bailey was tussling with Grissom, Shatter ran
in and speared Judas. It took Kimo forever to cover, and Judas kicked out. A suplex into the turnbuckles earned a two count for Judas.
Kimo answered with an STO for a near fall. Kimo tried for Judasâ€™ El Crucifijo (Crucifix Powerbomb) finisher. Judas reversed it and
border tossed Kimo halfway across the ring. Sheer devastation. Grissom made the count and signaled for the bell. Judas was
announced as the winner. Match over. At least it should have been. There's no way to top that spot. What more is there? Plus, it had the
poetic justice of Kimoâ€™s thievery of moves backfiring. But that wasnâ€™t the plan. Grissom screwed up. Kimo got a shoulder up a
split second before the three. Bailey went nuts and Grissom restarted the match. The match went on for several more minutes. Kimo
used the Information Extactor and Judas made the ropes. Judas got the pin with a pumphandle sidewalk slam. They did a good job of
getting the crowd back, but there was no way to get them back to where they were.
NWA Anarchy owner Jerry Palmer appeared on the ramp with the ax handle to block Baileyâ€™s retreat. He told Bailey he was either
leaving bloody or without Kimoâ€™s mask. The crowd wanted Baileyâ€™s blood. Bailey opted to cough up the mask, giving Palmer
control of Kimo. â€œYou belong to me, big boy.â€�
Intermission. The annual costume contest was won by an Edward Scissorshand character for the adults and a June bug for kids division.
(6) Shaun Tempers beat Ace Rockwell in a Last Man Standing Match (23:02)
These guys like working each other stiff, and they basically beat the hell out of each other. Rockwell was all over Tempers with the crowd
chanting â€œAce! Ace! Ace!â€� Tempers tagged Rockwell with a big right hand and unleashed the clubbing blows heâ€™s so fond of.
After a little ground and pound exchange, Rockwell brought an extension cord into play, but it ended up around Rockwellâ€™s neck.
Tempers hit a Temperpedic with the cord wrapped around Rockwellâ€™s neck. Rockwell was up at eight. Rockwell busted out the
airplane spin. Tempers was up at five the first time. He used it again, and they both stayed down for a nine count. One of the highlights
was Tempers taping Rockwellâ€™s arm to the ropes and beating his face in â€“ a role reversal of the finish of the War Games at Hostile
Environment. It looked sick. More chants for Ace and he was up at seven. Tempers gave Rockwell a Tiger Driver on the ramp, but
Rockwell struggled to his feet at eight. In the midst of all the mayhem, they managed to stack up a dozen chairs inside the ring. Rockwell
bridged a table from the ring apron to the rail. He was ready to put Tempers through the table with a dive off the top, but Tempers got
away. There were close calls where each guy barely escaped taking the other guyâ€™s finisher into the chair salad. At this point, the
Reverend appeared at ringside in a wheelchair piloted by Corvus. The insane spot was a superplex into the chairs that was total
devastation. Neither man was up at 10. The ruling was first man up would win. Rockwell was almost up, when Azrael (wearing a
Halloween mask) slithered up to the ring on his belly and took Rockwellâ€™s leg out. Great finish. Brutal match.
(7) Phil Shatter (with Jeff G. Bailey) defeated Caprice Coleman to retain the NWA National Heavyweight Title in 15:30
Match of night. Nothing else was even close - the physiques, the in ring storytelling, the technical execution, all major league in every
respect. They did a feeling out process leading a clean break, and it was a beautiful thing to see. The action moved outside. Coleman
popped the crowd with his baseball slide around the ringpost. Coleman went to the air with a slingshot leg senton, a jumping leg drop
and a springboard crossbody. Colemanâ€™s does his flying moves with an unusual degree of precision. Heâ€™s added size while
losing none of his explosive leaping ability. Shatter wanted it on the ground, and he got it there after a sidewalk slam and a fisherman
suplex. Shatter used a cobra camel clutch submission. Shatter hit a back suplex for a near fall. Coleman countered another suplex
attempt with an inside cradle. When Shatter kicked out, Coleman immediately caught him with a shining wizard. Shatter played possum
and caught Coleman with a lariat. Coleman came right back with a huracanrana and it was both men down. Coleman used a combo of
moves to set up the spin scissors kick for a near fall. Shatter planted Coleman with a spinebuster for a near fall. A series of reversals
started with Shatter blocking a top rope huracanrana and ended with breathtaking near fall for Coleman. Coleman blocked the PTSD and
hit Thatâ€™s Life. Ref distraction by Bailey. Visual fall for Coleman. Coleman went for a springboard move, and Shatter caught him
midair with a perfectly timed spear for the pin. Live by the sword. Die by the sword. Just a terrific match. My favorite Anarchy match of 2009.
(8) Shadow Jackson beat Jeremy Vain in a dog collar match in 18:41 to win the NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Championship for the
Before the match, Palmer threatened to sick Kimo on Orion Bishop if he refused to leave ringside. Vain stalled and tried to keep his
distance from Jackson at all costs. Jackson crotched Vain with the chain and gave him a Biel throw by the dog collar. The action spilled
outside the ring, and Jackson came up bleeding heavily. Vain tried to hang Jackson with the chain. Vain whipped Jackson with chain and
dug it into his eyeballs. Vain wrapped the chain around his fist and delivered six straight shots to Jacksonâ€™s eye (a nod to a previous
blinding incident). Jacksonâ€™s face and white t-shirt were covered in blood. A â€œShadowmaniaâ€� chant erupted. Vain hit the VKO,
but Jackson blocked his DDT finisher. After a shot into the ringsteps, Vain was also bleeding, and it was turning into a bloodbath.
Jackson hit the stunner. Bishop came back out. The fans chanted for Kimo. Bishop got on the apron, grabbed Jackson and held him for
Vain. Time stood still. Vain finally charged. Jackson ducked. Bishop took a bump to the floor. Jackson kicked out of Vainâ€™s DDT.
Jackson started no selling Vainâ€™s blows. 1031. 1-2-3.
Vain and Bishop attacked Jackson. Judas made the save. Palmer made a tag match for next weekâ€™s main event.
NOTES: NWA Anarchy returns in one week with a special tribute to the recently retired Iceberg, along with the already announced
matches: Judas & Jackson vs. Bishop & Vain and Delay & Posey vs. J & Newsomeâ€¦Ace Rockwell is booked for Ultimate NWA on