Post by Cory Olson on Mar 17, 2008 10:46:31 GMT -5
Great results! That steel cage better be triple reinforced for Andre and Studd! Can't wait for the next card.
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
Post by behindthebook on Mar 19, 2008 9:55:13 GMT -5
I'm looking forward to STEEL BELT CLASH more then I am to Wrestlemania. Stevens has been hot in my fed too, must be his time. If Red Bastien wins the belt from the Sheik, I say move Sheik out of the North American Title picture and over to challenging for the World belt.
Card #272 – 03/21/2008 Hubbard High School Gym – Hubbard, OH
It’s Good Friday, and we’ve got a good show tonight, starting with Lou Albano’s most recent signing, a potential conflict between Bob Armstrong and Jim Cornette, DiBiase & Williams against Bockwinkel & Stevens and The Sheik headlining against Red Bastien! Let’s get to the action…
1. King Kong Mosca b George South Mosca has been highly touted by Albano, and looked like a bulldozer in his debut. He ran over South, having him pinned after a heart punch, only to pull him up and put him out with the Sleeper.
2. Jimmy Valiant b Danny Doring Doring was crying for a match with a top singles contender, and when he was booked against the Boogie Woogie Man, said it is an outrage that guys like the Valiant are even in the Top 10. Well, it’s not a good idea to give Jimmy Valiant a reason to beat you up. Valiant dominated the whiny Doring, finishing him with the Sleeper and hopefully (but not likely) shutting up Dastardly Danny for a while.
3. Greg Valentine & Ivan Koloff b Brad Armstrong & S.D. Jones Youngster Brad Armstrong snared friend S.D. Jones as his tag partner for this confrontation with Lou Albano’s stable. If not for desperation interference by Capt. Lou, his team would have lost as Koloff fell victim to Armstrong’s Russian Legsweep just moments into the bout. Valentine & Koloff took back control after a lengthy period where referee Bucky Palermo had been knocked out. Brad wound up submitting to the Russian Bearhug while Jones was occupied brawling with Valentine.
4. Dennis Condrey b Bob Armstrong Have the Armstrong/Cornette wars moved north to the Steel Belt and reignited in the NWF? It would certainly appear so after this bout! Cornette’s liberal interference made the difference as Condrey scored the upset win with his Face First Legsweep. Bullet Bob was furious after the bout, pointing out that Cornette hit him with the tennis racquet and Condrey had a handful of tights on the pinfall. Armstrong has been at odds with NWF officials over the actions of Sherri Martel, Ivan Koloff and now you can add Jim Cornette to the list! This one could get ugly!
5. Harley Race & Larry Hennig b Samoan Island Tribe Once again Oliver Humperdink had his Samoans lined up against one of the top teams in the NWF. Once again his team’s performance was lackluster, and Humperdink wasn’t happy afterward. The match itself saw a lot of great teamwork by Race & Hennig, and not so much by the Samoans. Race eventually pinned Alofa after a hanging vertical Suplex, putting himself and Hennig in the title hunt. Humperdink has seen the duo he touted as future tag champs go 0-2-1 against the upper tier of NWF teams.
6. Mad Dog Vachon b Al Costello In two weeks, these men will be on opposite sides in a tag title return match, but this week they were battling it out in singles action. With a helpful distraction from Red Berry at the bell, Costello took over on Mad Dog right away. The technical prowess that Berry claims both Kangaroos have was not on display in this match. Vachon survived the assault, and fought back to launch his own. Berry saved the ‘Roos captain from a Piledriver by draping a foot over the bottom rope, but that just prolonged things. A vicious Vachon soon hit a second Piledriver to get the win.
7. Curt Hennig b Larry Zbyszko Another win for Hennig, who is 6-2 since joining the Heenan Family and has broken into the Top 10 rankings. The match was close, but Hennig scored the win using the Axe. The battles between these two have been very intense, although Hennig has emerged the victor. After a stellar 2006 campaign where he was named Newcomer of the Year, Zbyszko has won only 40% of his matches and needs to find a way to get his career back on track.
8. Ted DiBiase & Steve Williams dq Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens A short time ago, these teams were meeting as a prelude to the Williams/Bockwinkel matches. Now they meet again as a prelude to Williams’ title defense against Stevens next week. All four men cut loose, and this was a high impact contest from the start. Bockwinkel had DiBiase in trouble right away, but Doc got the tag. The champ was exchanging with Stevens and things got a little heated. As the match progressed, tempers flared and eventually Bockwinkel was DQ’d for smashing DiBiase with Williams’ NWF Title belt while they were fighting outside the ring.
9. North American Championship: Red Bastien dq The Sheik While some questioned Red getting a title shot, he’s been ranked in the Top 10 for the last few months, and NWF followers know that Bastien has pulled off a number of stunning upsets over the years. Hopefully, no one left for popcorn when the match started, because it didn’t last long. Sheik got a quick Camel Clutch attempt, but Bastien was fresh enough to escape. Sheik then tied Bastien up in the ropes and used the wrap he wears on his head to choke the challenger. Referee Mark Curtis tried to break it up, but Sheik wasn’t about to let go, as he had a maniacal look with his eyes rolled back and was almost drooling from one side of his mouth. There was no choice but to call for the DQ and get security to pry the two apart. Expect Bastien to get a rematch at the STEEL BELT CLASH next month!
Crazy finish in the main event, and with The Sheik you wouldn’t expect anything less. Next week we head into Cleveland, where the crowds are always big and the matches are always hot! Here’s the current lineup:
* Hacksaw Jim Duggan makes his return from a neck injury suffered in January! His first targets are the men who piledrove him on the concrete floor – Greg Valentine & Ivan Koloff! He’ll team with Ted DiBiase to face Lou Albano’s duo next week! This one should be a slugfest!
* The Samoan Island Tribe hasn’t accomplished nearly as much as manager Oliver Humperdink had hoped. He had touted the team as the next dominant tag-team champions, and signed them for a series of matches against various NWF teams upon their arrival. The Samoans have a 2-2-1 record and have not looked overly impressive thus far. The road doesn’t get any easier for them at the Cleveland Arena, as they’ll be looking across the ring at former tag champs Mad Dog Vachon & Jimmy Valiant!
* It’s been a tough year so far for former Heenan disciple Larry Zbyszko. He’s won only one of his seven singles matches, and needs to turn things around. He’ll have a tough task ahead of him as he faces 5-time NWF champion Nick Bockwinkel in Cleveland!
* Larry “the Axe” Hennig will get the match he has been waiting for as he goes one-on-one with Bobby “the Brain” Heenan! Hennig hopes that a win will convince son Curt to rethink his entry into the Heenan Family!
* It looks like the Armstrong/Cornette wars are about to explode in the NWF! Since the beginning of the year the two sides have kept their distance, but not anymore! Next week will see Bob & Brad face Cornette’s Midnight Express in a tag-team confrontation!
* Your big main event will see Ray Stevens attempt to take the NWF Title from Steve Williams! Dr. Death toppled Heenan Family leader Nick Bockwinkel to take the belt last year. Now Bobby Heenan has another chance to bring the gold into his stable!
Post by Chad Olson on Mar 22, 2008 14:58:40 GMT -5
Big happenings in Hubbard! I think Red could grab the belt from the Sheik if he keeps him from getting DQ'd. Can't wait to see your take on the Armstrong - Cornette feud! It's going to be one angry Larry Hennig against Heenan. I foresee a classic Heenan crimson mask!
I'm telling you, Ray Stevens is the next NWF champion. Red's only chance is one of those "title changes hands on a DQ" stipulations. Have the Playboys disbanded?
I would have no problem with Stevens as champ, but Williams has been a beast since winning it from Bockwinkel.
Red has provided some of the biggest upsets in the NWF, including recurring wins over Harley Race. It would be fitting if someone who has been in my fed from the start would be the guy to finally knock Sheik off.
Look for an update on the Riviera Playboys after next week's show.
It’s another big show at the Cleveland Arena! We’ve got the latest chapter of the Armstrong/Cornette feud, Larry Hennig looking to take apart manager Bobby Heenan, Dr. Death defending the NWF belt against the red hot Ray Stevens and much more! Let’s get to the action…
1. Cousin Luke b Danny Doring A big disappointment in Doring’s self-proclaimed “year of greatness.” Dastardly Danny claims he deserves to be in the Top 10 rankings. The only real chance Doring had in this match was when partner Larry Sharpe tripped Luke late in the contest. Luke quickly turned things around and won with the Hillbilly Drop.
2. King Kong Mosca b S.D. Jones Wow, what a performance by Jones, who had Mosca in trouble the entire match. Clearly, Mosca had underestimated S.D. and paid the price. If not for Lou Albano’s distractions and interference, Jones would have won this one. Finally, Mosca got serious and put Philadelphia’s Favorite Son away with the Sleeper.
3. Mad Dog Vachon & Jimmy Valiant dq Samoan Island Tribe Manager Oliver Humperdink was not happy with the performance of his Samoans in recent weeks, and became so disgusted during this bout that he just left ringside, abandoning his team. Vachon & Valiant, taking this match just a week before a return bout with the Kangaroos for the tag belts, did a number on both Samu & Alofa. By the end of the match, both Samoans were busted open and beaten up. The Samoans hung tough, but with Humperdink gone, Samu was eventually DQ’d when breaking up a pin attempt by Valiant. The Samoans have gone 0-3-1 after a quick 2-0 start, and the 2 wins were not against top tier teams.
4. Larry Hennig cor Bobby Heenan Hennig defeated the man who has torn his family apart, but it may have been a more costly win than The Axe could have imagined. Heenan tried running away twice earlier before finally succeeding in being intentionally counted out. As Larry stood in the ring looking down at a battered Heenan in the aisle, there was a blindside attack that put the big man down. As Larry turned, he saw his own son Curt attacking him with a steel chair. The Axe was blocking some of the shots with his arms, but wasn’t fighting back. Finally, he exploded from a crouched position and sent his son flying with a shoulder tackle! Curt bailed out of the ring, but the damage (both physical and emotional) was done. Since Curt joined the Heenan Family last December, Larry promised he would never step in the ring against him. Now, that promise looks to be a thing of the past.
5. Bob & Brad Armstrong ddq Midnight Express The Armstrongs and Jim Cornette have a rich (and bloody) history throughout eastern Tennessee. That rivalry, which had been quietly smoldering since Cornette returned at SUPERBOWL 5, has now ignited in the NWF! This match broke down with moments. Officially, Bob Armstrong and Dennis Condrey were DQ’d, but everyone was in the ring and swinging. This is going to get ugly.
6. Billy “Red” Lyons b Al Costello Despite the Kangaroos winning the tag belts, the bad feelings with the Flying Redheads have not subsided. These two had met four times in singles action since last August, with each winning twice. Lyons had the advantage for most of the match, but had trouble putting the Aussie away. Despite liberal interference by Wild Red Berry, Lyons finally locked the Sleeper on in the middle of the ring for the win.
7. Larry Zbyszko cor Nick Bockwinkel Heenan was able to second Bockwinkel despite getting bounced around earlier in the night. This match started fast, with both getting near falls right away. It was hard fought all the way, and it looked like Zbyszko was finally going to turn his recent run of bad luck around. Bockwinkel and Heenan pulled a few dirty tricks to get back the advantage, but the finish came out of nowhere. With both men fighting outside and Heenan distracting referee Izzy Moidel, Bockwinkel blasted Zbyszko with the ring bell, knocking him out cold. As he turned around to play to the crowd, he was crushed by an Axe from Larry Hennig! Hennig grabbed Zbyszko and tossed him in the ring while Bockwinkel was laid out on the arena floor. The big man then calmly walked back to the dressing room. Finally free from Heenan, Moidel counted Bockwinkel out.
8. Greg Valentine & Ivan Koloff b Ted DiBiase & Jim Duggan Back in January, Valentine & Koloff piledrove Duggan on the concrete floor, injuring him for 2 ½ months, so Hacksaw was all riled up and ready for action in this tag match! Koloff’s chains were mysteriously absent, perhaps as the result of the ongoing investigation into whether they should be banned. This was a fantastic hard hitting affair, as all four really dished out the punishment. Just great action with the fans going crazy every time Duggan would lay in a haymaker. Both Valentine and Duggan were bleeding by the finish. Finish saw DiBiase get clobbered and was on the floor. Meanwhile, Duggan was getting double-teamed while ref Andy DePaul checked on DiBiase. Hacksaw unbelievably kicked out of a falling face slam by Koloff, then powered out of the Bearhug! Unfortunately, by this point, there was no more gas left in the tank. Koloff used a backbreaker and got the three count.
9. NWF Championship: Steve Williams b Ray Stevens When Williams dispatched Nick Bockwinkel as champ, Bobby Heenan spent time building up Ray Stevens and Curt Hennig as potential contenders. Stevens came in riding a seven match winning streak and gunning for the title! Of course, “Dr. Death” is no slouch, having been champion for the last seven months. It looked like Stevens might finally be the one to take Williams down. He had Doc in trouble many times, but could never set up for the Bombs Away to finish the job. Williams planted Stevens with the Oklahoma Stampede early, but Stevens got a foot on the rope, came back and controlled most of the bout. Finish saw Stevens finally try the Bombs away, but Williams moved and locked up a cradle for the win. With the victory, Williams moves into sole possession of 6th place on the all-time longest title reign list.
What a huge show! We have the beginnings of the Armstrong versus Cornette feud, the shocking betrayal by Curt Hennig, the stunning response by Larry Hennig and a big title match to boot! And what’s up with Oliver Humperdink? It’s a crazy time as we head to Rochester, NY next week! Here’s the current lineup:
* The Samoan Island Tribe, Samu & Alofa, will be wrestling in singles action! Will Sir Oliver Humperdink be with them, or has the manager cut them loose?
* Ted DiBiase & Hacksaw Jim Duggan have a tough task as they face Lou Albano’s powerhouse combo of Ivan Koloff & King Kong Mosca!
* Turncoat Curt Hennig has had a great run since joining the Heenan Family, and has gotten the best of former Heenan protégé Larry Zbyszko in their previous meetings. The two will hook up once again as Zbyszko just can’t seem to get enough matches against the Heenan Family!
* In what may be the biggest draw on the card, Harley Race & Larry Hennig will square off against Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens! It will be the first time the legendary teams have met. More importantly, it will be the first time long-time rivals Race and Bockwinkel have been in the ring together since Harley returned to the area last year!
* In a special attraction, Big John Studd will appear as a prelude to his Steel Cage Match against Andre the Giant at STEEL BELT CLASH! No opponent has yet been named.
* Your big main event will see the Fabulous Kangaroos make the first defense of their tag titles as they face former champs Mad Dog Vachon & Jimmy Valiant! Wild Red Berry is touting the title win as a victory of pure wrestlers over brawling hooligans. Can Vachon & Valiant be the first team to beat the Kangaroos?
Expect a quick fed update, March rankings, then the NWF will be back in action next week in Rochester!