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December 12, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
Historic Purks International Championship Wrestling drew the largest indie wrestling crowd in Georgia this year last night in Cedartown.
Over 1000 people turned out to see the Steiner Brothers reunite for what was billed as possibly their last appearance as a tag team. A
solo appearance by Scott in November had drawn almost as many, giving Purks the distinction of drawing the top two crowds for
independent wrestling in the state this year.
It was an amazing show. What made it stand out had relatively little to do with the quality of the wrestling, and everything to do with the
vibe. Epic stuff. Like something straight out of the 70s-80s time frame in Georgia. The wrestlers were treated like stars. It was the
epitome of less is more. No blood, few spectacular moves, good stories, plenty of hokey comedy and virtually everything worked.
Purks was the old high school gym in Cedartown. WCW used to run there. They're going with a retro look that is in harmony with the
venue - dark except for the ring lights. With 600 seats crammed in tight on the floor, and all but the last rows filled, the heat was off the
Without question, â€œSAW: The Next Levelâ€� at the Nashville Fairgrounds was a better show in the ring, but I have give the nod to
Cedartown for atmosphere. Nashville fans are jaded. Some were leaving at intermission. The folks in Cedartown still have a hunger for
pro wrestling. One of the few things I didnâ€™t like was the show running over three hours long. It mattered not to these fans.
The people in charge of Purks wrestling, promoter Byron Slaughter and booker Air Paris, are doing the right things, and a lot of things
have fallen into place - a rare but exquisite occurrence in indie wrestling. Cedartown is small enough and far enough off the beaten path
that pro wrestling can still be a big deal, but large enough (population 10,000) to support it. Slaughter owns the building. Slaughter owns
the building. Theyâ€™re promoting heavily in a market small enough where advertising can penetrate and actually make a difference.
Theyâ€™ve partnered with the only radio station in town (WGAA 1340AM) to broadcast live play-by-play of the matches.
Paris took over the booking when Phil Hefner flew the coop just prior to the July show. Hefner drew some impressive crowds early in his
run, but attendance had tailed off. Paris hadnâ€™t fared much better until he brought Steiner in for the November show. He appears to
have hit on a winning formula, and bringing in a name a month is the plan going forward.
(1) Alexander the Great pinned Lamar Philips
I didnâ€™t see all of this match -- zigged when I should have zagged coming into Cedartown. Then, I ran into Paris. He was one elated
guy. Philips has filled out. Alexander has a stock wrestler build and dreads. Philips hit a baseball slide to the outside. Inside, Philips
stood like a statue for Alexanderâ€™s enzuigiri. Philips made a failed attempt to fly from the top. Alexander hit a full nelson
slam/Lionsault combo for the pin. Finish looked good.
(2) Shaun Banks beat Simon Sermon in 10:30
Best match of the night. Both guys were on, and they did just enough at just the right times. Being conditioned to seeing Banks work as a
heel, I was unprepared for his sheer awesomeness as a babyface. No question that he has the physique and athleticism for the role.
Sermon was in Adrian Street mode. He was introduced as hailing from Queens. A simple lariat over the top by Banks got a major pop. A
missed charge left Sermon dangling from the ropes. Banks helped him to the floor. Banks chased Sermon around the outside of the
ring, and Sermon cut him off on the reentry. Sermon hit a Saito suplex and used a folding press for two. They traded punches. Good
ones. Sermon hit a tilt-a-whirl pancake for another near fall. Sermon took the Flair flip bump of the top. That also got a great pop. Banks
mounted the ropes and rained down the 10 punches of doom. Sermon double legged Banks and pinned him with his feet on the ropes.
Ref Spanky Emerson caught it and called for the restart. Banks immediately rolled Sermon up. The restart deal got a tremendous
reaction. Such an easy crowd.
(3) David Young beat Mystic Warrior in 11:44
Young was really over. Heâ€™s dropped over 20 pounds. It needed to happen. They didnâ€™t do a whole lot. No need with this crowd
and a main event that would be easy to overshadow athletically. Warrior worked on Youngâ€™s knee. A variation of the Muta lock was the
extent of his Oriental arsenal. Warrior got the figure four and used the ropes for extra leverage. Nice selling by Young, who was limping
when Warrior shot him into the ropes. Crowd chanted â€œDavidâ€�. Warrior ducked a spin kick but Youngâ€™s enzuigiri connected.
Comeback time. Superkick for a near fall and the patented spinebuster for the pin.
Intermission. Line a mile long for photos with the Steiners. Everybody that wanted one got one. It went on for 45 minutes.
(4) Tracy Taylor beat Nigel Sherrod in 4:44
Highly entertaining. Taylor is in her best shape since her WWE development days in Deep South Wrestling. The hula dancing is back.
Quite delightful. And her wrestling has improved markedly since then. Sherrodâ€™s gimmick is a tribute to Andy Kaufman. Itâ€™s a
perfect fit for the crowd in Cedartown. He was wearing tiny tights that fully exposed his far from flawless physique and acting like a
complete dick. His mic work got a ton of heat. Sherrod had previously worked a program here with Bambi. He claimed to have retired her
and said Taylor didnâ€™t deserve a shot at his Intergender Championship. Instead of embarrassing her in the ring, Sherrod offered to
take Taylor out for a night on the town. â€œI think youâ€™re embarrassing yourself just by coming out here,â€� she said and the crowd
popped for the line. Sherrod bumped huge for a shoulder block. Taylor surfed on Sherrodâ€™s back. Sherrod took over with a
neckbreaker. He used Taylorâ€™s hair for beel throws, choked her with her lei and with his wrist tape. The hope spots worked great,
The crowd bought one of them as the finish. Emerson got bumped as Sherrod was giving Taylor a body slam. Sherrod brought a chair in.
Too Tall Shortts hit the ring and got into a tug of war with Sherrod for the chair. Visually, this was hilarious. Sherrod gained control just in
time for Taylor to dropkick the chair into this face. 1..2..3.
Sherrod and Shortts went back and forth on the mic to set up a match for January 2.
(5) Thunder & Lightning (Chris Ganzer & Chris Lightning) beat HardCore Properties (John & Adam Arden with Jackie Rosedale) via
count out in 12:38
HCP retained the tag team titles. Adam Arden is a damn good worker. The undersized babyface team opened up a can of high energy
offense on Adam. John did the running the ropes comedy deal where the heel stops and gets slapped. Heâ€™s amazingly nimble for a
guy that goes 350. John bumped for Ganzerâ€™s dropkick. Lightning did a tope where he caught his foot on the ropes and took a
nosedive into the floor. Scary but he was fine. HCP got heat on Lightning. Highlights were a top rope headbutt by Adam and an overhead
release suplex by John. Lightning hit a variation of Jimmy Raveâ€™s Move That Rocks The World to set up the hot tag. Ganzer hit a
reverse flying heel kick to take out John. T & L had Adam beaten after a Hart attack style missile dropkick, but John pulled him out of the
ring, and the champions took the count to save their titles.
Ring announcer Josh Hayes announced a 5 minute intermission. It went over 20.
(6) The Steiner Brothers (Scott & Rick) defeated Air Paris & Bobby Hayes (with Jackie Rosedale) in 15:45
Steiners were incredibly over. The set up was Paris interfering in Scottâ€™s match with Purks Heavyweight Champion Hayes last
month. I would have never known Hayes was the champion, so thatâ€™s an aspect of the presentation that needs work. Scott said he
had brought the Dog Faced Gremlin to town to take a bite out of Parisâ€™ ass. Rick, who wrestled in a t-shirt, was biting any heel that
came into his vicinity, and the crowd was loving it. Scottâ€™s contribution was mainly chops that threatened to cave in the chest of Paris.
Rick cleared the ring with clotheslines and the brothers did their signature pose. Hayes confused Rick with clean breaks. Rick accepted
a handshake, and Hayes sucker punched him. Rick took one bump â€“ off a lariat. There never was a hot tag. Scott just barged into the
ring and it broke down to four way action. Paris used brass knucks on Rick, but Scott made the save. Scott hit a big move on Paris, but
Hayes broke up that pin. Scott tossed Hayes out. Rick hit the bulldog off the top to pin Paris, and all was well in Cedartown.
Postmatch, Paris shook hands with the Steiners. Hayes took exception to it and turned on Paris, laying him out with a Liger bomb.
Steiners made the save. Paris said he shook hands with them because they had just whipped his ass.
Paris announced that Diamond Dallas Page was coming in for the next show on January 2. It got a much bigger pop than I would have
expected. Scott closed out the festivities by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.
NOTES: Pam and Robert Allyn were in the house pushing Solie Chroniclesâ€¦Wrestling at the Purks is broadcast on WGAA 1340AM with
live streaming at WGAA.com. Hayes and station owner Frank Burgess Jr. handle the commentary. Burgess had interviews with Sermon,
Alexander and Paris on his Friday morning showâ€¦Purks is producing individualized merchandise for the wrestlers and giving a cut of
the sales to the workers.