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November 28, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
Opening with Commissioner Nick Patrick in the ring stating that RPW double champion Chip Day had been released for undisclosed
reasons. As a result, the vacated Cruiserweight and Intercontinental titles would be decided in a battle royal.
The Professor and Glacier on commentary for the entire hour.
(1) Sal Rinauro won the vacated RPW Cruiserweight and RPW Intercontinental titles in an 11 man battle royal in 11:55
Participants included Jimmy Rave, Jeremy Vain, Josh Stone, Slaughter Pit (Sam Slaughter & Pit Bull), Koonce, Cash Vault (Kyle
Matthews & Frankie Valentine with Charlie Cash), Sigmon and Adrian Hawkins. Highlights included Hawkins taking a nasty bump to floor
off a double backdrop by Slaughter Pit, the chopfest between Rave and Sal, and Matthews smoking Rave with the Slurpee Kick with Rave
selling it like he was out cold. It came down to Cash Vault and Rinauro against Slaughter Pit, who used their battering ram move to knock
Rinauro out of the ring. A massive struggle in the corner spilled three guys out, leaving Pit Bull as the lone man in the ring. Rinauro
reentered and pulled the ropes down on the charging Bull for the win.
Backstage, Cash told new RPW Heavyweight Champion Bull Buchanan that Mr. Big wanted him. Bull said he worked for himself. He
blew Cash off. Cash said the big man had a lot of money. â€œDo I look destitute? Did you see what I pulled up in?â€� Buchanan said
the title was all he needed, and if Mr. Big had a problem with that, he could come see him personally. Cash said Mr. Big wasnâ€™t going
to like it.
(2) Colt Derringer beat Mr. Jones (with Charlie Cash) via DQ in 3:56
Two guys well north of 300 pounds. Jones got a lot of offense. The announce team noted that Jones was putting himself in a perilous
position by wrestling with a tie on. Derringer was setting up for guillotine leg drop when he was attacked by Usual Suspects. AJ Steele
planted Derringer with the Steel City Bomb (at least thatâ€™s what he used to call it). Rave and Walker made the save.
Adonis came to ringside in his wheelchair. Adonis socked Steele in the gut and pummeled Koonce, but Murder-One tossed Rave into his
lap and knocked him out of the chair. Glacier said Adonis had no business being out there with paralyzed legs and probably set back his
recovery. Patrick came out while they were getting Adonis back into the chair. Adonis waved off help, but ended up letting Derringer wheel
him to the back.
After the commercial break, we saw the babyfaces asking Adonis if he was OK. Adonis was milking it for all he was worth. He was thirsty
and asked Rave to get him a bottle of water. He was chilly and asked Derringer to get him a blanket. He topped it off by asking Walker to
massage his neck. â€œJimmy tried to kill me, accidentally Iâ€™m sure.â€� Walker said he had to get ready for his match. Adonis was
left to his own devices. â€œJimmy! Whereâ€™s my water?â€� He grumbled about it being bush league.
(3) Vordell Walker beat Jeremy Vain in 6:55
Vain tried for a Pearl Harbor job, but Walker exploded on him. Vain took over with a major eye rake. He heeled. He grounded Walker to
slow things down. Threw in a few stellar offensive moves as well. Walker hit his signature overhead belly-to-belly suplex for a double
down. Vain bumped for the comeback. He sold a spinwheel kick that missed by a foot. Vain ducked a clothesline and got a near fall with
a rolling reverse using the tights. Walker hit a release german suplex and finished Vain with a brainbuster.
Cash approached Valentine and Matthews backstage. He said the big man wanted to know if they were in or out. Valentine said they
wanted their title shot. Matthews told Cash he needed to get his priorities straight. Cash said they had insulted his dignity. They didnâ€™t
give a rip about his dignity. Cash said the big man wasnâ€™t going to like it, and they were going to pay full price.
(4) The RPW Heavyweight Title match between Champion Bull Buchanan and Micah Taylor ended as a double count out at 8:55
Taylor attacked Buchanan as he came through the ropes and laid a beating on him, whipping him with his ring jacket. Bull came back on
Taylor, but gave the post a stiff lariat when Taylor ducked. Taylor was like a dog with a bone on Bullâ€™s injured arm. Bum arm and all,
Buchanan brawled his way into control and locked in the body scissors. Buchanan sacrificed his am to level Taylor with a lariat. Taylor
kicked out. A spot where they were supposed to spill over the top rope was a mess, but they eventually got it to the floor and fought until
Dustin Robinson counted them out.
Taylor and Bull had a pull apart brawl that waxed and waned for three minutes. The refs got tossed around. About 10 wrestlers were out
trying to break it up. There was a funny moment where a fan kept Buchanan from grabbing a chair. Fans were chanting for Micah before it
was over. Professor threw it to the backstage area where the talent was assembled for a message from Dr. Gayton. He said the
microphone talent was excused from the meeting.
Commissioner Nick Patrick addressed the RPW talent roster. Professor and Glacier were sitting right there big as life. Patrick said Doc
was considering shutting the promotion down because of all the things that were going on. Patrick said they had all worked too hard to
let that happen just â€œbecause there was some element that was trying to take this thing overâ€�. Patrick said they were only a month
or two away from becoming a full time promotion, where the talent wouldnâ€™t need to work for other promoters. Derringer said Doc
was just trying to protect them and they needed to man up. J-Rod said the one thing Doc said was never quit, and they couldnâ€™t have
that in their minds or allow Doc to have that in his mind. The show closed with Patrick leading the roster in a chant of â€œDoc donâ€™t
COMMENTS: Enjoyable shows for the most part. I enjoyed these episodes. Theyâ€™re similar in tone and format to Deep South TV,
which should come as no surprise with Hamilton and Patrick heavily involved in creative. Given the roster of talent RPW possesses, the
wrestling should be good and it was. There werenâ€™t any fantastic matches but no all out stinkers, although Derringer/Jones was no
work of art. I liked the psychology and basic brutality of the matches between Buchanan and Taylor. Buchanan has added pure table
weight since I last saw him, but his wrestling was the same, as it didnâ€™t seem to have any effect on his mobility or stamina at all. Like
Taylor before him, Buchanan builds credibility for the RPW title. Fans may not like Buchanan but they have to respect his toughness and
ability. The grim, gritty, old school nature of the character is a natural for him. On a related note, itâ€™s interesting to see former NWA
Anarchy Heavyweight Champion Jeremy Vain doing nothing but lose. Since coming in, Vain has done jobs for Taylor, Rave, Walker and
Derringer (on the episode that aired 12/5). Hawkinsâ€™ ringwork stagnated over the past year, but he appears to be breaking out his
slump. It sure didnâ€™t hurt that he was working with Rave. Iâ€™m liking Derringerâ€™s character. Heâ€™s by no means a natural
babyface, but his fierce loyalty to Doc and Adonis make it work. Slaughter Pit are an acquired taste. Their popularity with the fans is
undeniable, and they're being pushed accordingly. The battle royal was a case of trying to make the best of a bad situation. I was
surprised RPW didnâ€™t take the opportunity to combine the Intercontinental and Cruiserweight belts. One secondary title is enough. It
was your typical battle royal cluster early, but they did tell a clear story at the end. Rinauroâ€™s route to victory was perfectly in line with
his character. The production values on the Mr. Big vignette that opened the November 21 episode were impressive. RPW has two fun
storylines going â€“ the mysterious Mr. Big and the accidental paralysis of Adonis. Both have been bolstered by outstanding vignettes
and entertaining performances. Cash has become quite an entertaining weasel. Adonis has been gold. Who would have thought he had
that kind of range and comedic abilities? The one major failing was the â€œDoc donâ€™t quitâ€� segment. Production wise, it was no
great shakes. There were kids running around in background and the announcers were sitting there blatantly ignoring Patrick. I guess
Professor screwed up by saying the announcers were excused from the meeting. As presented, it made little sense for Doc to be
thinking about shutting down. Postmatch attacks on babyfaces are a dime a dozen. Derringer looked no worse for wear. So what if
Adonis got knocked out his wheelchair? Itâ€™s not like it sent him back to the hospital. I also didnâ€™t get the reference to the element
trying to take over. Are we to believe RPW management is already aware of Mr. Big and his plans? If so, there was nothing on either of
these episodes to explain that. They badly need to put together some recaps to bring newer viewers up to date on the major storylines. A
recap of all the horrific stuff Gayton has endured in RPW would have helped greatly. The seating area looked fuller and the fans sounded
more lively than a month ago. It was set up with no chairs on the hard camera side. There must be a reason, but it makes for a weird look
on TV. Glacier was more of a presence on commentary than in his previous appearance, and Professor toned down the degrading
remarks about the talent. They did a great job on the second Taylor/Buchanan match. Still, neither are play-by-play announcers, and
Professor was brutal on the transitions to the bumpers and backstage segments. Of the folks theyâ€™ve used, Greg Hunter is clearly
the best choice for the play-by-play spot.