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November 7, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
LAST WEEKâ€¦Chad Hyatt got on his knees to beg Will Owens to give him one more chance.
Aaron Camaro in ring inform us that his broadcast partner, â€œThe Captainâ€� Tyler Clemmons went into the locker room of Will
Owens and hadnâ€™t been seen since.
(1) Corey Hollis beat Jay Popular in 6:07
Popular gave (misspelled on the graphic as Hollus) a beating. Hollis tried for Dusk Til Dawn, but Popular countered with a short arm
clothesline. Popular covered and pulled Hollus up at two. Popular tried to dump him out, but Hollis surprised Popular with a slingshot
huracanrana. Hollis with a barrage of strikes. Hollis hit an STO for a near fall. Popular cut him off with a hotshot. Hollis sold it huge.
Popular moved in for the kill. Hollis escaped and hit the Pele, then came off the top with a kick to the face for the pin.
Camaro made the big announcement concerning the vacated NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship. The new champion would
be decided in a match between the peopleâ€™s choice and the winner of a battle royal to be held next week. If the winner of the popular
vote happened to win the battle royal, he would immediately become the champion.
(2) Steven Green beat Chad Hyatt in 7:15
Hyatt got the â€œBarneyâ€� chant. Little Steven was no match for Hyattâ€™s size and blubber. Hyatt was kicking the hell out of him, too,
and Green was on rubber legs. Hyatt made carefully set Green up at just the right distance for his leg drop off the ropes. So unlike last
week, Green had to move to make him miss. Green went up for swanton bomb, and the only thing that made contact with Hyatt was his
hair. Camaro had to sell that Green got a piece of him. Ridiculous finish.
Owens took Greenâ€™s head off with a lariat. He got on Hyattâ€™s case for losing (again!) and showed him how it was done by
demolishing Green, pausing to smack Hyatt across the face a few times. Hyatt was pleading for another chance. Academy award level it
was not but it did have great heat. Fans were irate about the abuse being taken by their boy, Steven. Owens supervised as Hyatt gave
Green a sidewalk slam.
(3) Will Owens beat White Tiger in 10:40 after distraction by Hyatt
Tiger pulled the ref by his ear to demonstrate how Owens was using the mask to gain an unfair advantage. Funny spot. Tiger worked
over the arm. Owens took over after a Tiger miss sent him into the post. Owens focused on Tigerâ€™s gut with a couple of lazy covers
along the way. A lengthy grounded chinlock ensued. Tiger fed of the crowd. Midring collision and both men down. Big flurry from â€œMr.
Paws & Clawsâ€� and Tiger Pounce! Owens got a shoulder up. Hyatt appeared on the apron. Tiger nailed him. Weâ€™ll have to
Camaroâ€™s word for it because the cameraman missed it. Owens pulled a foreign object from his tights and clocked Tiger for the
Owens wouldnâ€™t let up on Tiger. Tommy Mercer (in street clothes) made the save.
Backstage promo by Jeremiah Flynt. Said that pipsqueak Hollis robbed him last week, and he was back for retribution.
(4) Matt Boyce & Kaleb Kastle beat Mike Posey & Blake Roswell in 12:09
Camaro said there might be a match between Mercer and Owens after this but he wasnâ€™t sure. â€œI donâ€™t know whatâ€™s
going on around here.â€� The faces dominated the first 6 minutes. Posey was avoiding Boyce like H1N1. Roswell got Kastleâ€™s
attention, allowing Posey to dropkick him from behind. Kastle took heat. Camaro said Kastle was trained by Rodney Mack and Jazz. Not
an endorsement of their training techniques. Kastle stunned Posey with a jawbreaker, and Boyce finally got his hands on him. It broke
down four ways. Roswell dumped Boyce off the top rope. Posey went up top for a double team, but Boyce caught Roswell with an Oâ
€™Connor roll, crotching Posey in the process. Nice finish.
Returning from Baileyâ€™s Wrecker Service to find Boyce alone in the ring. He said Posey had run for their last time. Boyce told â€œthe
NWA, whoever makes the matches around hereâ€� that he wanted Posey in a â€œnon-sanctioned brawlâ€� next week. Posey jumped
Boyce from behind and laid him out with a belt shot.
THOUGHTS: Not good, but it was the best of three for the new season. Better matches. There was more selectivity as to the talent
allowed to appear on television. Might have been dumb luck for all I know, but it was definitely an improvement. The random bad matches
were eliminated. They tried to tell stories. Too bad the logic didnâ€™t hold up. Case in point, the main angle. Last week, Posey had the
champion pinned, albeit illegally, and clocked the ref out of frustration. Not a choice premise for a non-sanctioned brawl. Posey didnâ€™t
in any way come across like a guy shying away from physicality. It was strange hearing Boyce to ask the NWA for a non-sanctioned
match. I didnâ€™t mind Tiger losing the way he did. No shame in following the footsteps of Boogie and Rapada. I liked Mercer being
positioned as the great babyface hope, but Camaro needed to follow up more on commentary. Being in with Boyce totally exposed that
Roswell was no 6-2 and 250. Kastle as a babyface in Nashville? I just donâ€™t see that working. If they did a legit fan vote, Tiger is a
lock to be in the Mid-America Heavyweight Title match vs. the winner of the battle royal. The finishes were good, minus the ludicrous
finish of Hyatt/Owens - the epitome of wrestlers lacking the experience and training to improvise. Why would Hyatt stay down for a move
that made zero contact? The ultra short promos like they did with Flynt feel perfunctory. Why should the viewers care? Hollis is being
booked strong, and heâ€™s coming through with good matches. The good news is the babyfaces â€“ Hollis, Tiger and Boyce â€“ are all
really over with the fans. The old time crowd reactions continue to be one of the best things about this show. Camaro did an admirable
job on solo commentary. I guess heâ€™s trying to get across the anything-can-happen nature of the show, a controlled chaos, but I
suspect the reality is just the garden variety chaos of indie wrestling. Production was improved. Gone were the audio problems. The
matches were shot with hard cam only, and I have to agree with TVD, the show was easier to watch without the â€œartsyâ€� angles.
Thumbs not as far down as the first two weeks.