Card #266 – 02/08/2008 Marion County Recreation Center – Fairmont, WV
We’re back in Fairmont, where Johnny Valentine captured U.S. Title gold back in November 2003 – will Bob Armstrong join him tonight? Plus, you’ve also got a showdown where the managers at ringside sometimes provide more action than their wrestlers as Sherri Martel’s Riviera Playboys face Jim Cornette’s Midnight Express! Let’s get to the action…
1. Cousin Luke b Larry Sharpe Sharpe may have scored the pin in last week’s tag match, but Luke reversed things in this match. The hillbilly survived some interference from Sharpe’s partner Danny Doring to get the win with a mule kick.
2. Curt Hennig b S.D. Jones Hennig was upset about losing his last two bouts and took it out on Jones. S.D. did get in some good shots, but Hennig was too much, winning with a running knee lift.
3. Midnight Express cor Riviera Playboys A match made due to the braggadocious nature of both managers. The Riviera Playboys were one of the top teams in the NWF for most of 2007, and this version of the Midnight Express had won its first two bouts. The match turned into a great encounter, with the Midnights generally getting the better of things, but the Playboys hanging tough and making comebacks. Of course both Sherri Martel and Jim Cornette did whatever they could to help their respective teams. Finish saw both Rose and Koko busted open. In a desperation move, Koko tried a running dive over the top rope, but Condrey moved. Koko landed throat first on the steel guardrail and was counted out.
4. Ivan Koloff b Brad Armstrong On January 18th Brad got a DQ win over Koloff when Ivan decked him with the ever-present Russian chain. The chains played a big part in this match as well. Koloff threatened to use them, and Bob Armstrong jumped on the apron. As referee Izzy Moidel was busy with the Bullet, Ivan gave Brad a shot in the lower back with the chains. It didn’t finish the tough youngster, but it did weaken him so that when Koloff used the Russian Bearhug later in the bout, Brad was forced to submit.
5. Jimmy Valiant b Rick Rude These two will see tag action next week as Rude & King Kong Bundy challenge Valiant & Mad Dog Vachon for the tag-team titles. Rude had been mocking Valiant’s physique and dietary habits all week. The Boogie Woogie Man said a good right hand and his big super elbow are all he needs (brother) and was ready to fight. Good action where the pace of the match was surprisingly controlled by Valiant. He wore Rude down with some Sleeper attempts early, and eventually used the move to score the upset win.
6. Harley Race & Larry Hennig b Ted DiBiase & Steve Williams Race has a rematch against NWF Champ Williams next week after getting a countout win in their first meeting. When these teams met before the first title match, Williams got the pin on Race with the Oklahoma Stampede. This was a fantastic match. Just when you thought it was over, things completely turned around. DiBiase & Williams seemed to be getting more offense early, but Race & Hennig were doing more damage. Later in the match Larry got busted open and was a mess by the end of the night. Williams had gotten the best of Race the entire match, but it was Race using the Indian Deathlock on the champ that gave him the big win leading to the title bout next week.
7. Ray Stevens dq Larry Zbyszko Zbyszko is gunning for any member of the Heenan Family he can get his hands on. The Living Legend tried his relentless stalling tactics to frustrate Stevens. It worked to some extent, but the two finally started throwing bombs at each other in what turned into a slugfest. It looked like Stevens had the match won after a double underhook suplex, but a bandaged and still bleeding Larry Hennig stormed the ring and dropped a big elbow as Stevens went for the cover! That gave Stevens the DQ win as Hennig continues to frustrate the Heenan Family, who he says “stole his son” away from him.
8. Fabulous Kangaroos b Flying Redheads Another match between these teams that could have gone either way. Great teamwork by both teams to escape trouble. Lyons was getting verbally bashed by Wild Red Berry the entire bout. It wound up with Lyons staying in the ring longer than he should have, likely wanting to get back at Berry by scoring the fall. He got trapped in the wrong corner and took a Boomerang that ended the bout. Kangaroos are now a perfect 10-0 as a team since entering the area back in August 2007.
9. North American Championship: The Sheik b Bob Armstrong (Texas Death Match) After two matches where Armstrong took him to the limit, the Syrian madman took control of this one from the start, choking Armstrong with his ring attire and going crazy. He spent a good deal of time working over Bullet’s left arm with a hammerlock early in the match. Bob never quite recovered from the initial onslaught. Sheik blatantly loaded up his elbow pad while referee Andy DePaul was distracted and lowered the boom on Bob from the second turnbuckle to retain the title.
Will anyone ever beat The Sheik again? By the time of his next title defense, he will have held the North American belt on 94 of the last 100 shows! Maybe someday we’ll be saying the same about Steve “Dr. Death” Williams, but he’ll have to get by Harley Race next week at the Akron Armory! Here’s the current lineup:
* It’s DDP facing off against Bobby Eaton in a rematch from January 18th! Eaton had lots of help from manager Jim Cornette in getting the win in that match, and DDP better be ready for the same treatment this time around!
* Bob Armstrong shakes off the effects of this week’s grueling Texas Death encounter to team with son Brad against Greg Valentine & Ivan Koloff! The teams have split hard fought DQ decisions previously, and this match will be a real test for both teams!
* Redhead and Kangaroo captains Red Bastien and Al Costello will meet in singles action! The feud between these two teams just keeps getting hotter, and both team leaders are looking to get another win in this bout!
* Larry Zbyszko & Larry Hennig will team up to face the Heenan Family combo of Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens! The Axe won’t sign for any matches where he would have to face his son Curt, but he’s more than willing to get in the ring against any other Heenan managed opponent! Curt has said he will be at ringside, so look for sparks to fly in this one!
* Your big main event will be a rematch between NWF Champion Steve Williams and former 3-time NWF kingpin Harley Race! In a stipulation just added, the match will be the best of three falls! Race got a countout victory last time in a very close match. Dr. Death brings an impressive title reign into the bout, but will he leave with the gold still around his waist?
The fans in Akron will see all this and more when the NWF returns to the Armory in just seven days!
It’s another big NWF event in Akron! We’ve got a NWF title rematch, the debut of Sir Oliver Humperdink and his mystery tag-team and much more! Let’s get to the action…
1. Billy “Red” Lyons cor Danny Doring Lyons was all over Doring, but did most of his damage during a point when ref Bucky Palermo had been KO’d. It wound up with a groggy Doring being pulled out of the ring by Kangaroo manager Red Berry to prevent Lyons from scoring a pinfall win.
2. Samoan Island Tribe b S.D. Jones & Cousin Luke This was the debut of Sir Oliver Humperdink and his team of savage Samoans! Cousin Luke never got in the ring as S.D. got caught in the Samoans’ corner. They kept him there, working him over hard. Jones was tough, surviving three finisher attempts, but eventually was pinned after being knocked silly by a karate kick to the head from Samu. An impressive debut for Humperdink and his Samoan duo, who are slated to face many of the NWF’s top teams over the next several weeks.
3. Dennis Condrey dq Koko B. Ware This one barely lasted long enough for them to ring the bell! Koko attacked right away and wouldn’t let up. He was choking Condrey with his own ring jacket and wouldn’t stop. Referee Mark Curtis did his best to break it up, but Koko didn’t seem to care about the match result at all. Quick DQ, and obviously there is still some animosity between the Playboys and Midnights.
4. Bobby Eaton cor Diamond Dallas Page Cornette has taken to calling Eaton “BBE” for Beautiful Bobby Eaton to irritate DDP. This one was solid bout with DDP mostly getting the better of things. However, it was Cornette’s constant interference and mouthing off that led to the finish. DDP got tired of the Louisville Slugger, and finally bailed out of the ring and chased the petrified manager all over ringside and into the crowd. The fans loved it, even though Cornette did escape unharmed, but DDP had to settle for a countout loss.
5. Red Bastien dq Al Costello Not a good night for clean finishes. Costello got off to a good start, but Bastien came back and got two near falls with the Atomic Drop that were both broken up by Red Berry. When a flying head scissors sent both men tumbling outside the ring, Bastien was slammed in the back by Berry’s cane, but referee Andy DePaul saw it and called for the bell.
6. Greg Valentine & Ivan Koloff b Bob & Brad Armstrong First pinfall loss for the Armstrongs in four months! The father-son combo had been on a tear, but liberal usage of Ivan Koloff’s Russian chain put an end to the streak. While it wasn’t directly involved in the finish, the chains came into play as Koloff slammed them into the top of Bob’s left shoulder, allowing Valentine to eventually get the win with a shoulder breaker. Brad felt the cold steel as well, getting hit twice with the chains during the bout. Albano and Valentine were able to keep referee Izzy Moidel on the run for most of the match, allowing Koloff use his vicious weapon to attack at will.
7. King Kong Bundy b Jimmy Valiant A huge size differential, as is normal in Bundy’s matches. After exchanging, Bundy hit the Avalanche, but Valiant kicked out before the 5 count that Bundy always demands. Later in the bout, Bundy again crushed the Boogie Man with the move. Mad Dog Vachon pulled Bundy off of Valiant just enough that Valiant got his shoulder up. Valiant fought back, but the pounding he had taken was too much to overcome, and he was finished off with a big elbow off the ropes.
8. Larry Zbyszko & Larry Hennig cor Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens The three-way pileup between Williams, DiBiase & Duggan and Race, Larry Hennig & Zbyszko and the Heenan Family continues! Last week’s match between Zbyszko and Stevens has expanded into this tag match. Zbyszko took a beating from Stevens, but finally managed to tag Hennig. Big Larry went on a rampage, taking his frustration about son Curt joining up with Heenan. The finish was strange. Bockwinkel got tossed outside the ring. He wound up tangled in a bunch of TV and announce table wiring with one leg draped through the guardrail surrounding the ringside area. In trying to extricate himself, he was unable to beat the 10 count to get back in the ring. Odd finish, but a loss on the record of Bockwinkel & Stevens, who after winning 12 of their first 14 bouts have dropped 4 in a row.
9. NWF Championship: Steve Williams dq Harley Race (Best of Three Falls) Former 3-time NWF kingpin Race had beaten Williams by countout in their first meeting, and this match had a late stipulation added to make it the best 2 out of 3 falls. The first fall saw Race do some damage but he couldn’t keep Doc down. He got frustrated and was DQ’d for throwing ref Paddy Grimes aside. Realizing he needed to capture the next two falls, Race started out aggressive in fall two. He missed a charge into the turnbuckle, and Doc started his comeback. It went back and forth for a few minutes, with Williams starting to assert himself. That led to Race once again becoming frustrated and taking shortcuts. This time when Grimes tried to maintain order, Race just flat out decked him, thereby losing the fall by DQ once again. Looks like these two are going to need a little extra incentive to play nice in the sandbox with one another.
Whew, talk about a stinker of a show! Well, hopefully we didn’t kill the town with the six non-finishes. What can I say, we call ‘em like we see ‘em here in the NWF. Normally I wonder how we can top the current show next week, but this time it shouldn’t be too tough. We’ll be traveling to Uniontown, PA for the first time in over a year, so the fans there will definitely be ready for action! Here’s the current lineup:
* What was supposed to be a one-time only event has ballooned! The bad feelings between Sherri Martel and Jim Cornette continue, so we have another match between the Riviera Playboys and the Midnight Express! The Midnights won the first encounter, but not in very convincing fashion – do the Playboys have what it takes to hang with Eaton & Condrey?
* Bob Armstrong has had it with evil Russian Ivan Koloff! After both he and son Brad tasted the cold steel of the Russian chains this week, the Bullet is the one seeing red! Armstrong and Koloff will tangle one-on-one next week!
* The Flying Redheads have been frustrated in their series against the undefeated Fabulous Kangaroos. They feel like they are always in a 3 on 2 handicap match, but that won’t be the case next week! Due to his recent blatant interference, Kangaroo manager Red Berry has been barred from ringside! The Redheads are ready for action and looking for a big win in this bout!
* The #1 contender for the NWF title, Harley Race, will be in singles action against Heenan Family member Ray Stevens! Race has still not locked horns with long-time rival Nick Bockwinkel since returning to the area, but you know that day is coming! For now, Race will settle for Bock’s tag partner until he can coerce the 5-time NWF champ to meet him in singles!
* The Heenan Family will be in action in two other singles bouts on the card! In the first, Curt Hennig will face another challenge from former Heenan protégé Larry Zbyszko! So far Hennig has gotten the better of their matches, but Zbyszko is looking to rough Hennig up! Speaking of Hennigs, The Axe will face Nick Bockwinkel! Big Larry sees Heenan and Bockwinkel as the two primarily responsible for poisoning his son’s mind and tearing his family apart! This one won’t be pretty, and Heenan may have ticked off the wrong guy!
* Your big main event will have Mad Dog Vachon & Jimmy Valiant defending the NWF Tag-Team gold against King Kong Bundy & Rick Rude! The challengers have fantastic 8-3 record with only one loss by pinfall! They also have the size and strength advantage, but will that be enough to catapult them to the top of the tag-team heap?
It’s a loaded show as the NWF returns to Uniontown, PA in just seven days! Don’t miss it!
LOL, that's funny Tim and I love the honesty. You still made a card chock full of non-finishes still very exciting. And as always, your write-ups are fantastic. I do feel when reading that I'm checking out a "Real" fed, as opposed to just a silly dice game fed.
Post by Cory Olson on Feb 16, 2008 15:25:05 GMT -5
Wow! It's one thing when you've got a bunch of DQ/countout finishes, but then even the main event with a 2-out-of-3 stip, ends with both falls having DQs! Good thing the NWF fans are loyal.
USWA Roll Call of Champions World Heavyweight champion: Jimmy Valiant World Tag Team champions: Doctor X & Billy Black Lyons Southern Heavyweight champion: Freddie Blassie Mid-America Heavyweight champion: Ray Stevens
That last show was really bad. I was stunned with the two DQ's in the main event after the rest of the non-finishes. What a rotten show that would have been if you were a fan. I don't mind DQ and countout results, but that was just mind numbing.
Maybe on my next Akron show I'll give out free foam fingers to fans as a goodwill offering.
Card #268 – 02/22/2008 Uniontown High School Gym – Uniontown, PA
We’re coming off a rare poor showing in Akron, and hopefully we’ll make up for it tonight! We’ve got a great trio of tag bouts lined up plus the entire Heenan Family in singles matches! Let’s get to the action…
1. Danny Doring b Cousin Luke Surprisingly excellent bout, as the two played to their respective strengths (power for Luke, speed for Doring) in a great back and forth contest. The finish saw Luke venture out of his comfort zone and miss a splash from the top rope. Doring followed with the Danaconda for the win. Doring, now 2-1 on the year, is bragging that he’s a top contender for both singles titles.
2. Samoan Samu b S.D. Jones Another very good undercard bout that was much more competitive than Sir Oliver Humperdink would have liked. Both men seemed on the verge of winning a couple of times, but couldn’t close the deal. After a long struggle, Samu got the win with a headbutt, knocking himself loopy in the process.
3. Midnight Express b Riviera Playboys Uniontown has been good to the Midnights, as the Eaton/Lane combo won the tag titles here back in May 2005. This was just a one-sided showcase for the Midnights. They immediately got Rose in their corner and did a great job cutting off the ring. Of course, some underhanded tactics played into it, but the execution was nonetheless impressive. Koko became a spectator, as Rose never even got close to tagging out. Sherri was livid at first, but realized that her team had been clearly outclassed tonight. Midnights are now 4-0 and climbing the contender ladder quickly.
4. Ivan Koloff b Bob Armstrong The Bullet has no love for evil Russian Koloff. In recent weeks, Koloff has frequently used his chain as a weapon, and with Albano acting as a decoy, has gained many a victory thanks to its use. Well, add this one to the list of tainted victories. Koloff once again used the chain to whip Armstrong’s lower back on multiple occasions, leading to a victory with his Russian Bearhug. Rumor has it that Armstrong is protesting loudly to NWF officials about these actions.
5. Curt Hennig cor Larry Zbyszko These two continue their titanic struggles. So far, it looks like Curt’s move to the Heenan Family is getting him some wins, but he has lost the respect of the fans and torn his family apart. That doesn’t seem to concern the arrogant Hennig, who is looking at getting to the top of the NWF no matter what the cost. He got a big countout win here, as Zbyszko got tied up with Bobby Heenan during a skirmish outside the ring. Hennig rolled in just in time to beat the ten count.
6. Fabulous Kangaroos cor Flying Redheads (No one allowed ringside) With Red Berry barred from ringside, the Kangaroos had to find another way to gain the advantage on the Redheads. They got their opportunity by pulling referee Bucky Palermo into a top rope crossbody attempt. Bucky was out cold, and the ‘Roos took the opportunity to knock Lyons into the guard rail and brutally double-team Red Bastien. By the time substitute ref Andy DePaul got to the ring, the damage had been done. Lyons survived for a while as a battered Bastien saw very limited action for the remainder of the bout It wound up with Lyons getting counted out after taking a double-team suplex on the floor. The Kangaroos’ record remains perfect, and they are next in line for a tag-team title shot.
7. Larry Hennig dq Nick Bockwinkel Hennig puts the blame for his son’s journey to the dark side on Bobby Heenan and Nick Bockwinkel. While Heenan may have orchestrated the plan, Larry feels it was the lure of Bockwinkel’s success that clouded Curt’s mind. The crowd was amped up for this, and while it didn’t last long, it didn’t disappoint. It took less than a minute for the action to spill out of the ring. More time was spent on the floor than inside the squared circle. The tank-like Hennig just powered out of both the Figure 4 and the Sleeper, and a wide-eyed Bockwinkel bailed out through the ropes. Hennig followed, but Bockwinkel blatantly hit him with a chair, causing a DQ. From the look of things, Bockwinkel got intentionally DQ’d and just wanted to get the hell out of there. Hennig recovered and chased Bockwinkel to the back. This was Hennig’s first win after losing seven straight.
8. Ray Stevens dq Harley Race This was just a fantastic nasty slugfest of a match. Both guys are known as brawlers who can roughhouse with just about anyone. They both showed the skills that have made them the talk of the barrooms in this bout. Stevens hit Race with everything he had, but the 3-time NWF champ wouldn’t go down. It was back and forth the whole way, and Race got busted open midway through. Harley took a low blow while Heenan had ref Paddy Grimes distracted. He retaliated with a low blow of his own, but Grimes had just turned around in time to see it and called for the bell. Great match despite the finish.
9. NWF Tag-Team Championship: Mad Dog Vachon & Jimmy Valiant b King Kong Bundy & Rick Rude There had been some trash talk going on between these teams, as Bundy & Rude felt they had been overlooked for a title shot in recent months. This was a really good match, with the brawling of Vachon & Valiant against the power of Bundy & Rude. Lots of near falls and drama. Referee Mark Curtis really let them go at it, as there were tactics that could have resulted in a disqualification for each team. Despite starting fast, Bundy & Rude faded down the stretch, allowing Mad Dog & Boogie to capitalize. The end saw Valiant just repeatedly rock Rude with roundhouse punches and score the pin. After their team didn’t look that special when they first started teaming, Vachon & Valiant have now won their last six bouts!
Big win for the tag champs! Bundy & Rude were absolutely livid after the show. Their contract is up at the end of February, and they had hoped to win the titles and put some monetary pressure on the NWF to re-sign them. All three of the Heenan Family matches had inconclusive finishes. Things are really going to be heating up in that three-way feud on top! We’re back at the Palisades next week! Here’s the current lineup:
* Both Fabulous Kangaroos will see action in singles matches! Al Costello will face “the Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant while Roy Heffernan squares off against nemesis Red Bastien!
* Sir Oliver Humperdink claimed his team of crazed Samoans will knock off the easy teams on the way to the top and has challenged the Riviera Playboys! Sherri Martel and the Playboys are not thrilled that Humperdink considers them an “easy” opponent, and the two teams will meet next week to settle things!
* DDP has had no luck at all against Jim Cornette’s Midnight Express. But DDP is no quitter, and will once again face Beautiful Bobby Eaton in singles action!
* In a rematch from February 15th, Larry Hennig & Larry Zbyszko will take on the Heenan Family combo of Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens! In their last meeting, Bockwinkel was counted out in what seemed to be a fluke. The Axe claims Bockwinkel was scared and could have gotten back in the ring! Now Hennig will have another chance to get his hands on Bockwinkel in McKeesport!
* The Armstrongs have signed for another match against Lou Albano’s team of Greg Valentine & Ivan Koloff! Koloff has been doing a lot of damage lately with that chain – will the trend continue in this contest?
* The Sheik will headline your big main event as he defends the North American Title against challenger Ted DiBiase! The two battled to a countout when they first met in October 2007, but this time DiBiase will be looking to keep the action inside the ring!
It’s a return to The Palisades in McKeesport, the site of the very first NWF show back in January 2003! See you in one week!
Post by Anderson Silva on Feb 29, 2008 14:27:49 GMT -5
The Midnight Express in the real world of wrestling (IWC) lost the tag team championships at the VFW here in uniontown against HENTAI and SEBASTIAN DARK on April 29. 2005 -----Funny they won the titles for you a month later in your fed. Great show this time...made up for the Akron show !
I hope Im not hijacking but here was the official card below :
04/29/05 - Uniontown VFW - Uniontown, PA - Showdown in Utown 2: The Aftermath
04/29/05 - Uniontown VFW - Uniontown, PA - Showdown in Utown 2: The Aftermath
Jake Garrett def. "DeeeLicious (All Right!)" Jimmy Demarco
Dean Radford & Jason Gory def. Shiima Xion & Glenn Spectre
Dirk Ciglar def. Davey Andrews
Christopher Daniels def. CM Punk and Low Ki in a 3-way elimination match
J-Rocc & Troy Lords def. The Gambino Brothers Moving Company (Mickey Gambino & Marshall Gambino)
IWC Super Indy Champion John McChesney wrestled Sterling James Keenan to a double count-out HENTAI & Sebastian Dark def. IWC Tag Team Champions the Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton) to win the titles[/color]
IWC World Heavyweight Champion Shirley Doe def. Tracy Smothers