March 6, 2010
– Larry Goodman
Purks International Championship Wrestling brought TNA World Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles to Cedartown, Georgia Saturday
night. The result was the largest crowd in Purks history with approximately 1100 fans in the building.
It was another very good show from Purks ICW. The stuff on top (Styles/Paris) got over great and could not have worked much better. I
personally didn’t like this event quite as much as my two previous trips to the Purks (December featuring Steiner Brothers and February
with Ron Simmons’ retirement/Awesome Kong). Some of the matches were too long and/or lacked full effectiveness. The show started
30 minutes late and ran over 3 hours. It’s not like those things were an issue for the star struck fans in Cedartown. These people will
seemingly let nothing stand in the way of having a good time. Each time I come away amazed at the crowd response. SAW is drawing
similar numbers at the Nashville Fairgrounds. At peak moments, the Nashville crowd is as hot, but no way do they stay hot all night long
like they do in Cedartown.
(1) Simon Sermon (with Tommy Too Much & Jackie Rosedale) beat John Arden in 11:27
Coming off a babyface turn last month, Arden was heavily cheered during his intro. Match opened with Sermon running scared. I hate it
when the ref allows the heels to meander around ringside forever, and that was not the case here, as Emerson was aggressive with the
10 counts. Arden squished Sermon with a 400 pound freight train corner splash and followed with a two back splashes, then a third per
the crowd’s request. Arden, however, soon got caught up in interference by Too Much and Sermon clipped his knee. It became a 2
against 1 situation with Exotic Ones pulling all kind of shenanigans behind Spanky’s back. Sermon popped the crowd taking the Ric Flair
slam off the top rope. Arden channeled Dusty Rhodes with a bionic elbow. Finish saw Arden spear Sermon out of the ring. While
Rosedale was distracting Emerson, Too Much switched in and rolled Arden up. The fans were highly pissed at Emerson. Ring
announcer Josh Hayes further incited them by announcing that Emerson refused to reverse the decision despite what they all saw. This
match worked really well.
Arden offered to face either of the Exotic Ones for the return date of April 10.
Air Paris called Styles out to the ring. Fans were on their feet with a monster pop for Styles, who lives within 100 miles of Cedartown. He
also got a “TNA” chant. Styles said it had been a long time since they had been in the ring together. He put Paris over huge as he talked
about their history together, including their run in WCW. Styles said he went on to become a world champion - “but what happened to
you?” Styles said Paris had a great little thing (with the accent on little) in podunk Cedarville, while he was on TV in front of millions. Paris
said he thought “Alan” was his friend, but he was coming off like a jackass. That got a major pop. Styles ran down the way Paris was
dressed (like your typical Cedartown fan). Paris said at least he could look himself in the mirror and not see an ass like Styles. Crowd
popped for that line, too. Styles said Paris was a nothing happening nobody that was going nowhere. Styles started to leave. Paris
grabbed onto the title belt. Styles wasn’t about to let go of it. As they held it between them, Paris said it should be no big deal for Styles to
do a title match in Cedartown. The crowd wanted it bad. Styles said that wasn’t happening and Paris was lucky to get a match with
champion. That being the case, Paris vowed to kick Styles’ tail all over the building. Mission accomplished – they got the crowd to do a
complete 180 on Styles.
(2) David Young (with Purks Champion Bobby Hayes) beat Shaun Banks in 18:03
Young turned on Paris and Ron Simmons last time in favor of the NWO like faction headed by Hayes. They did a funny comedy spot early
- Bank delivered a pair of hiptosses and Emerson gave Young a third. Banks and Emerson then did the Steiner Brothers pose. Emerson
as the dog-faced gremlin was surreal. Young was bumping big for Banks. The game changer was a field goal kick to the nuts when
Banks tried for an up and over. A long heat segment ensued. Crowd lost some steam here. Hayes got involved, and the two against one
stuff was too similar to the opener. Banks ate, and I mean ATE a boot charging in. That momentarily woke the crowd up. When Young
missed a moonsault, the crowd was back full force. Banks got a near fall with a X factor. Young tried to boost Bank into the top turnbuckle.
Banks put on the brakes and Young got him with a backslide and his feet on the ropes. Alls well that ends well. The finish was super
(3) Tracy Taylor beat Velvet Sky in 10:40
Family show or not, Sky’s ring entrance was hugely over. Guys at ringside had their hopes up, as Sky chose which side to come through
the ropes. A goodly number of workers were out to ogle, um, watch this match as well. Who could blame them? And they had a pretty
good match to boot. Sky came across as more athletic than she does on TV. Sky was primping and posing in the early going. She
smacked Taylor across the face. Sky knocked Taylor down with a shoulder block, then struck a Beautiful People pose and popped the
crowd with a great face bump on the trip up spot. Taylor surfed on Sky’s back. Taylor dished out payback for the slap. Sky took a powder
and snapped Taylor’s neck off the top rope to take over. Sky used a spinal tap/ basement dropkick combo for a near fall. Both women
down on a collision of flying lariats. They traded blows and Taylor was walloping Sky with forearms. Nice comeback by Taylor – a trio of
dropkicks and a slingshot sunset flip. Sky dumped Taylor out and went for the spray bottle, but Emerson took it away leaving Sky wide
open for Taylor’s roll up.
(4) Nigel Sherrod defeated Too Tall Shortts in a Loser Leaves Town Match (6:08)
This was OK. Not as entertaining as the previous matches Purks matches I’ve seen involving Sherrod. It didn’t help matters any that
Shortts lost his hearing aid during the match. Sherrod applied Boston crab on the little guy that was just cruel. Shortts ducked a high boot
and bit Sherrod in the ass. Sherrod came back with a variation on the Oklahoma Stampede for a near fall. Shortts used a diving headbutt
for a near fall. Shortts applied a Crippler Crossface. Sherrod busted out the Bronco Buster. It must be Sean Waltman night. Finish saw
Shortts bonk his head on the turnbuckles, and Sherrod pinned him with a full moon roll up.
(5) Alexander the Great & Terry Lawler & Bobby Hayes beat Thunder & Lightning (Chris Ganzer & Chris Lightning) to win the Purks
Tag Team Championship in 18:27
The undersized dynamos got off to their usual hot start. Out of the blue, it was announced that Emerson was going to allow the
challengers to invoke the Freebird rule. Huh?? The bad guys beat up on Lightning and switched in without tagging. The highlights of the
heat were a fallaway slam by Hayes and a double jump quebrada by Alexander. An astute observer noted that Alexander was like the late
John Kronus, in that he can do agility moves you wouldn’t expect from a guy with his build. Lightning made a comeback. It was one those
deals where the babyface is trying to get too much stuff instead doing the logical thing by going for the tag. Ganzer cleaned house one
against three. The finish was messed up. Alexander and Hayes nailed the champions with stereo kicks and Lawler pinned Ganzer.
Emerson was supposed to do a reluctant three count. I don’t know why he would mind, since he allowed the Freedbird rule. Be that as it
may, he stopped at two, and I think restarted. It was clear as mud.
Josh Hayes announced a five minutes intermission to look into what just happened. Naturally, nothing more was said about it.
(6) The non-title match between TNA Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles and Air Paris was ruled a no contest due to outside
interference at 22:24
I had no illusions that this would be the type of groundbreaking match they were doing back in 2000 at NWA Wildside, neither would that
have been wise or necessary to satisfy the fans at the Purks. Paris hasn’t wrestled full time in years. He wrestled smart and stayed within
his limitations. It was going to be up Styles to carry the action, and carry it he did. Dan “The Dragon” Wilson was the guest ring
announcer. He’s still got it. All the cheers were for Paris this time out. Styles said he didn’t want a Cedartown ref and called out Mike
Posey. Paris said he was taking the belt with him if he won. The champion’s arrogant conduct got a bigtime “Styles sucks” chant. Styles
was having with way with Paris early on. Paris made a spirited comeback and Styles took a powder. Styles took over with a catapult into
to the bottom rope. Styles did his signature dropkick. Styles softened Paris up with a pescado and a backdrop driver, and started working
on the knee to set up the figure four. Paris hit a DDT out of left field. Paris broke out the Burning Hammer for a big near fall. Styles
answered with the springboard forearm. Paris fought off the Clash. Styles hit a vintage move of his own – the quebrada into a reverse
DDT. Styles went up top. Paris shook the ropes to crotch him and hit a superplex for a near fall. Paris missed a high knee, and Style
moved in for the kill with the figure four. After a long struggle, Paris was able to reverse, and Styles immediately grabbed the ropes. Posey
got bumped. Tons of ref involvement tonight. Styles hit the Pele and went to use the title belt. Paris cut him off with superkick. Styles’
selling of it was nothing short of awesome. Paris nailed Styles with the belt and covered. Emerson ran out to make the count and got
pulled out by Posey. Hayes and Young attacked Paris, and Posey waved off the match.
Styles was about to give Paris the Clash, when out came none other than Ron Simmons. I think he got the pop of the night. Simmons
said he watched Styles get to the top, and knew how hard he worked to get there. Simmons said Styles was way short and gratitude, and
should be a role model whether he liked it not. Styles said he didn’t need the people and was a winner at any cost, and pointed out that
Simmons was a FORMER champion. Styles said he was going to retire Hogan on Monday night “and I’ll do the same to you, boy.” Crowd
knew he should not have gone there, and they knew what was coming next - “DAMN!” and great looking punch to the kisser of the
champion. Styles bailed.
Simmons said he had been hired as commissioner and his first act was to bring in “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash to team with Paris vs. Young &
Hayes on April 10. The crowd went completely nuts for the announcement of Nash. Based on the response, expect another big turnout
NOTES: Notable personalities backstage included Bill Behrens, Micah Taylor and Frenchy Riviera. I didn’t recognize Riviera, who is
literally half his former size. Styles’ wife and three children were in attendance, as were the children of Tracy and Micah…The event was
taped by David Pierce…Wilson will make his NWA Main Event debut at their next television taping.