Post by bookerbill on Sept 30, 2019 5:11:19 GMT -5
September 2019 Rankings
Canadian Heavyweight Champion: Lou Thesz (3) Commonwealth Champion: Jimmy Snuka (2) Northern Lights Champion: Chaz Taylor (-)
1. Buddy Rogers (CW) 2. Bob Armstrong (1) 3. Magnum TA (5) 4. Jim Brunzell (8) 5. Blackjack Mulligan (-) 6. Joe Blanchard (NL) 7. Sam Houston (7) 8. Johnny Valentine (CDN) 9. Ted DiBiase (-) 10. Randy Savage (-)
Canadian Open Tag Team Champions: Valiant Brothers (COTT) 1. Flying Redheads (5) 2. Heavenly Bodies (-) 3. Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (1) 4. Vachons (2) 5. Lou Albano & Wild Bill White (-)
This might be the most talent packed top ten contenders yet.
Joe Blanchard defeated Sam Houston. Blanchard struck early landing a running bulldog, Houston’s finisher, for a near fall on his own. Houston made the ropes to escape an abdominal stretch but Blanchard remained focus moving to a Boston Crab to inflict more punishment. The fans spurred Houston to a very brief comeback including right jabs and a cowboy shuffle before Blanchard avoided a charge in the corner and rolled up a stunned Houston for the three count.
Johnny Valentine shocked Brad Armstrong. Valentine was coming off a difficult loss to Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz and was looking to get back in to the win column and he did a big way. Armstrong sent Valentine into the ropes in the opening seconds but Valentine ducked under on the rebound and then countered a backdrop with a piledriver in the middle of the ring. Atomic skullcrusher followed and the match was over before referee Morgan Dollar even broke a sweat.
Northern Lights Champion Chaz Taylor bested Wild Bill White by disqualification in a non-title match. The story in this one was the match being dominated by Taylor’s speed and agility but the champion could not find a way to put way his larger opponent before White would brawl his way back into the match. Twice Taylor kicked out after a running power slam finisher from White before the action when to the floor where Taylor was put through a table from a White body slam.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage w/Sherri Martel pinned Bob Armstrong. Savage came out strong and took control of the action but Armstrong struck back with a knee lift that wrong the bell of the Macho Man. Savage came back with running knees and suplexes before Armstrong struck with another knee lift the staggered his opponent. Savage was able to get the best of a brawl on the floor and moments later landed his Flying Elbow Smash. Savage was stunned when “Bullet” Bob raised his shoulder but then regained focus and crushed Armstrong with his finisher a second time for the three count from Morgan Dollar.
Johnny Saint submitted Buddy Rogers. This one had the fans attention from the moment it was announced. Rogers found himself completely tied up for the first half of the match in the face of Saint’s mat skills. Rogers broke free finally and went to work with a piledriver, slaps, and knee smashes. Saint was in serious trouble as Nature Boy lead the action to the floor but Saint was able to reverse a whip and sent Rogers shoulder first into the post. The action went back and forth but Saint was able to focus on Rogers’ shoulder eventually leading to a Three In One. Rogers made the ropes to escape but Saint wrapped him up in his finisher again right way for the submission.
Ted DiBiase downed “Jumping” Jim Brunzell in a best of three falls match 2-0. The match started slow as you would expect but before long DiBiase seized the momentum and trapped Brunzell in a figure four leglock that took a toll on Brunzell who finally made the ropes to escape. DiBiase immediately followed with a full power slam to take the first fall in convincing fashion. Brunzell was in trouble at the start of the second fall but managed to just kick out after another full power slam. The action went outside and Brunzell bounced DiBiase’s face off the ringside table to turn things around. Brunzell went to work with flying head scissors and a spinning toe hold but DiBiase was able to counter back and land a neckbreaker drop for a near fall before hitting another full power slam for the three count from Morgan Dollar.
Heavenly Bodies w/Jim Cornette beat Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. Bill Afonso makes his second appearance as an official for this one it there was controversy before it was all said and done. The Bodies gained the upper hand cutting off Ricky Morton for a stretch before Robert Gibson was able to hot tag in and light up the arena. The action went back and forth. Twice the Express had the match won with a double dropkick but the interference of Tom Pritchard and then Jim Cornette kept the Bodies in the match. Alfonso appeared to turn a blind eye to the interference and the Bodies were able to make a comeback connecting with a ROCKET LAUNCHER on Gibson for a huge near fall before an Enzuigiri from Pritchard nearly ended it if it was not for the pin save from Ricky Morton. But the Bodies maintained control with Stan Lane hitting a Russian Leg Sweep bringing in Morton for another pin save before Lane was joined by his partner for a flapjack to get the three count.
Blackjack Mulligan bested Magnum T.A. This was hard hitting battle that took place more on the floor then in the ring. The brutality favoured the big man from Eagle Pass as Mulligan earned some serious heat when he took a chair to Allen during one of the brawls outside. Allen had moments go give the fans something to cheer about but in the end he fell to a Blackjack Claw largely due to Allen’s blood loss.
Vachons captured the Canadian Open Tag Team Titles from Valiant Brothers. Morgan Dollar has back to back assignments. This was a war from start to finish. Mad Dog and Butcher Vachon dominated the early action cutting off Johnny Valiant and picking up multiple near fall before “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant was able to get into the match. The momentum went back and forth from that point. Twice during the match, the champions failed to execute on double teaming attempts which turned the momentum in the favour of the challengers. “Luscious” Johnny Valiant had to be saved from a hangman by Butcher Vachon twice before it was all said and done. The finish stemmed from one of the botched double team attempts and gave Vachons the advantage they needed to win the gold after Mad Dog Vachon planted Johnny Valiant with a piledriver.
Flying Redheads over Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz & Commonwealth Champion Jimmy Snuka by disqualification. Handshakes all around. Snuka and Thesz were on the same page early on and controlled the action with quick tags keeping Billy Red Lyons in the ring. Red Bastien saved Lyons from a Superfly Leap. Eventually, Bastien was able to get the hot tag but he could not build any momentum against the two singles champions. Thesz and Snuka continued to have a counter to everything Bastien & Lyons attempted. Snuka hit a second Superfly Leap but again Bastien was able to break up the cover. Thesz had Bastien in trouble hitting both of his finishers, the Thesz Press and a Greco-Roman backdrop for near falls. Lyons was nearly counted out of the ring after Snuka dove onto him over the top rope. The finish came when Snuka and Bastien went to the floor for an exchange of punches. Snuka took things too far when he opted to clobber Bastien with a chair and the referee called for the disqualification. Thesz was anything but pleased with the actions of his partner which resulted in a brief exchange between the two title holders before Snuka left ringside to a mixed reaction.
News and Views: The second year of action started with a bang and a title change as Mad Dog and Butcher Vachon are the new Canadian Open Tag Team Champions surviving yet another war with the Valiant Brothers. The loss ends the Valiant Brothers 147 days as champions which just surpassed the mark set by the Original Midnight Express at 143 days . . . Just a huge victory for Johnny Saint over the former Commonwealth Champion Buddy Rogers that has to put Saint on the short list for a title opportunity in the near future . . . The star studded main event ended with some controversy and some friction between the two singles champions in the territory . . . Northern Lights Champion Chaz Taylors continues to battle the competition outside of his weight class with success . . . Johnny Valentine put everyone on notice not to overlook him for future title opportunities but will be able to find the same success against higher ranked competition . . . Joe Blanchard looked very impressive in Northern Lights action tonight . . . “Bullet” Bob Armstrong showed some toughness tonight but it was not enough to come away with the win against the Macho Man . . . Ted DiBiase appears ready for another challenge after putting Jim Brunzell away in cleanly in the middle of the ring . . . There does not seem to be any end in sight for the battle between the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Midnight Express . . . Blackjack Mulligan imposed his will tonight against top contender Magnum T.A. and was clear about his intentions after the event tonight telling the press that he was deserving of the next title opportunity.
Up next, Maple Leaf Wrestling arrives in Ingersol for a show at the Ingersol Arena featuring a Commonwealth Title Defense in the main event • Former Canadian Open Tag Team Champions Valiant Brothers will be back in action when they tangle with one of the hottest tag teams in the territory, The Flying Redheads • In a clash of top contenders, “Macho Man” Randy Savage will take on “Jumping’ Jim Brunzell in what promises to be a fast paced encounter • In what should be an old school classic, Johnny Valentine challenges Bob Armstrong • In a key rematch from tonight, Magnum T. A. looks to get his victory back from Blackjack Mulligan and regain some momentum heading into his opportunity at the Canadian Heavyweight Title on October 20th in Brantford • Sam Houston pulled off what many considered to be a considerable upset back on September 29th against Abdullah The Butcher and Butcher’s handler Rock Riddle has been demanding a rematch ever since. That match has been signed for next week. • The tag team war between the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Heavenly Bodies will continue as the two sides clash yet again in what is becoming a history feud in Maple Leaf Wrestling. • The Northern Lights Title will be on the line as Chaz Taylor makes his first defense against international competitor Johnny Saint who has been on an impressive run since his return to the territory • Buddy Rogers will attempt to become four time Commonwealth Champion when he steps into the ring with Jimmy Snuka in a rematch Cornwall where Snuka captured the Title from the Nature Boy
Thanks for the feedback Troy . Saint over Rogers was awesome. Glad you are enjoying the Heavenly Bodies v. Rock 'n' Roll Express conflict. I thought the Express will easily get past the Bodies and by this time would be enjoying a long title reign. The dice certainly had other ideas.
Ron Hutchison delighted the fans with a huge comeback victory over Black Hand #2. Hand dominated most of the encounter with his controversial tactics including biting, stomping and biting on the popular Toronto native and even managed to hit his finishing atomic drop but Hutchison found a way to kick out at the last possible second. Hutchison looked finished but managed to counter a backdrop with a piledriver to get a much needed break. Hutchison came off the top with a deathjump cross body block for a two count before he went for his own finisher, the Shediac Lobster Trap. Hand had the answer three times in a row but Hutchison used his finisher a fourth time to claim the win.
Brad Armstrong downed Ted DiBiase by disqualification. Business picked up right away after the opening contest with a quick paced follow up encounter managed in the ring by Morgan Dollar. Armstrong was able to use a pair of sleeper holds to slow down DiBiase after countering a tombstone piledriver. The action went to the floor and DiBiase cracked Armstrong with a chair. Dollar would have none of it and called for the disqualification. DiBiase attempts to inflict some punishment after the bell out of frustration but Armstrong sends him packing with some well-placed dropkicks.
Magnum T.A. over Blackjack Mulligan by disqualification. Allen struggled early with the size and power of the big man from Eagle Pass. Allen managed to catch Mulligan with a running forearm to turn the tide and execute a pair of atomic drops. Allen showed he was not going to back down when the fight went to the floor first bouncing Mulligan’s face of the ringside table and later smashing him across the back with a chair much to the delight of his fans on the floor. Mulligan’s size proved to be a difference maker as he assaulted Allen with big boots, chokes and lariats. The action ended up back at ringside and this time it was Mulligan who used a chair to smash Allen not once, but three times. The official had no choice other to call for the disqualification. Security quickly arrived to break things up before Allen could be seriously injured.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage w/Sherri Martel pinned “Jumping” Jim Brunzell. The pace to this one was off the charts after Morgan Dollar called for the bell which is exactly what you would expect. Brunzell nearly stole the win with an early roll up but Savage recovered quickly and went to work with a neckbreaker clothesline for a near fall of his own. Savage controlled the balance of the match with knee drops, running knees, a piledriver and a pair of neckbreaker clotheslines before connecting with his finisher flying elbow smash for the three count.
Flying Redheads bested Valiant Brothers. This was a war from start to finish. Valiant Brothers looked to be in championship form early on cutting off Billy Red Lyons for a significant stretch but they could not put Lyons away even after a spinning neckbreaker from “Luscious” Johnny Valiant. The action turned during a brawl on the floor when Lyons reversed a whip and sent Jimmy Valiant into the ring post busting him wide open. “Handsome” Jimmy was soon a bloody mess and the Redheads were back into the match. It went back and forth. Red Bastien gained a big near fall after an atomic drop to Jimmy Valiant and then Lyons pinned Valiant’s shoulders to the mat with a rolling reverse cradle but Johnny Valiant made the save leading to a near fall for the Valiants. The finish came when the Redheads were able to cut off a bloodied and battered Jimmy Valiant and Lyons trapped him in a sleeperhold for the victory.
Abdullah The Butcher w/Rock Riddle beat Sam Houston by disqualification. The fans could not be happier when Morgan Dollar decides at the outset to send Rock Riddle to the back. Houston used his speed early on avoiding Abdullah’s charge to the corner sending the Butcher spilling to the floor. Houston wasted no time going out after his foe grabbing a chair and cracking Abdullah in the skull. Butcher was busted open and the bell was ringing ended the match on a disqualification but Houston and Abdullah were not finished as they brawled their way to the back through the rapid fans.
Johnny Valentine defeated Bob Armstrong. Talk about a hard hitting battle. Early on, it does not look like “Bullet” Bob will last very long as Valentine drops him with a forearm hammer for a two and three quarters count. An inside cradle puts Valentine’s shoulders to the mat and turns the momentum. Armstrong sets to work and picks up near falls again after a Georgia Jawjacker not once but twice. The fans are solidly behind Armstong and thought it was over after another inside cradle. Valentine manages to recover and lands a big chop to the chest that drops Armstrong. Valentine follows with his finisher, the atomic skullcrusher, and the former Canadian Champion gets the victory.
Johnny Saint beat Northern Lights Champion Chaz Taylor to win the title. This was a classic. Handshakes after Morgan Dollar called for the bell. Taylor came out on fire and had Saint down to the mat after a Chaztizer in the opening minute of action. Taylor used his speed to dominate the bout from that point picking up another near fall after a missile dropkick. Saint began to find small openings to counter but Taylor continued to press the attack for the most part. Saint turned the match with a Johnny Saint Special that nearly ended it. The action went back and forth from that point with Saint doing everything in his power to slow the pace down. The challenger was able to use arm wringers, throws and pair of Boston Crabs to punish Taylor but the Champion came back connecting with his finisher, the Chaztizer a second time but once again Saint raised his shoulder at the last second. They traded slams from the top of the corner to the mat and Taylor landed hard on his shoulder. It was the moment Saint had been waiting for and he attacked the injury leading to an elevated surfboard submission to win the belt.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Express survived a war with the Heavenly Bodies w/Jim Cornette by disqualification. The beating that Ricky Morton took in this one early on was nothing short of epic. The fans were frantic as the Bodies tagged in and out at will against an overmatched Morton while Robert Gibson could do little to assist his partner. Morton survived multiple pin attempts and Gibson stepped in to save his partner after a Russian leg sweep finisher from Stan Lane. Gibson was finally able to get the hot tag but it was a long way back for the Express. Slowly the match became more even and eventually turned into a back and forth display of tag team and double teaming excellence. Lane saved Tom Prichard after a double dropkick and the action continued. Later, Morton nearly came all the back to put away Lane with a cross body block but could only get a two count. The action ended up on the floor where Lane used Cornette’s tennis racket to drop Morton. The referee called for the disqualification. The Bodies then laid out Gibson with a flapjack and left the Express in a heap much to the displeasure of the fans.
Commonwealth Champion Jimmy Snuka retained against Buddy Rogers. Morgan Dollar was in charge of the final bout of the evening and the competitors knew that they had to follow two high quality encounters so there was intensity even in the early lock ups. Rogers bailed to the floor after a piledriver from Snuka and Superfly followed him outside. Rogers grabbed one of Dr. Mike Lano’s cameras and smashed Snuka in the face with it. The fans were livid and Snuka was busted wide open. Rogers went to work back in the ring but Snuka fired back with chops as the bloody poured from his head. Snuka hit one piledriver, then a second followed by a third. Powerslam planted Rogers before Snuka mounted the corner for his Superfly Leap. Rogers kicked out at the last second. The fans could not believe it. Snuka mounted the corner and hit his finisher for a second time and Dollar made the three count.
News and Views: Johnny Saint continued his impressive run since returning to the territory and is your new Northern Lights Champion after a incredible bout against Chaz Taylor . . . Jimmy Snuka solidified his position as Commonwealth Champion defeated former Champion Buddy Rogers in a rematch. Buddy Rogers now finds himself outside of the title picture for the first time in over a year and many will be watching the Nature Boy closely to see what his next move will be . . . Ted DiBiase & Brad Armstrong appear to have some unfinished business and will be clashing again down the road . . . Things continue to tighten up in the tag team division with the Flying Redheads picking up a huge decisive victory over former Canadian Open Tag Team Champions Valiant Brothers . . . Ron Hutchison keeps finding ways to thrill the fans with his occasional successes and has become the hero of the undercard for many . . . “Macho Man” Randy Savage is now knocking on the door of title contention . . . Magnum T.A. may have gotten an official win back from Blackjack Mulligan but he certainly paid the price for it. Fans will be anxiously awaiting the rematch between these two . . . Has Sam Houston lost his mind? A feud with Abdullah the Butcher! . . . Johnny Valentine seems to regain his winning form tonight . . . The battles between the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Heavenly Bodies continue to thrill the fans week after week . . .
Up Next, Maple Leaf Wrestling returns to Brantford Ontario for show at the Civic Centre featuring the Canadian Heavyweight Title being defended: • In a match up of former Northern Lights Champions, Joe Blanchard will face Chaz Taylor • After the controversial ending to the tag team main event back on October 6th, Red Bastien has called out Jimmy Snuka to face him man to man and the Commonwealth Champion has accepted the challenge as the two will clash in a non-title battle for respect • Billy Red Lyons will be looking to make a statement on behalf of the Flying Redheads when he battles one half of the Canadian Open Tag Team Champions Mad Dog Vachon one on one. Will a victory in this match finally lead the Redheads to title opportunity? • In a battle of top contenders, “Macho Man” Randy Savage will step into the ring with former Canadian Heavyweight Champion Johnny Valentine • Jim Cornette will guide the Heavenly Bodies into battle as they once again face their classic rivals Rock ‘n’ Roll Express in tag team action. • Sam Houston has once again shown the courage to put his livelihood on the line as he steps into the ring for a third match against Abdullah The Butcher • Prior to capturing the Northern Lights Championship, Johnny Saint turned some heads with a victory over Buddy Rogers back in Simcoe on October 6th. The loss did not sit well with the Nature Boy and he has demanded a rematch. The two will clash in a special non-title challenge • The main event will see Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz defend his title against Magnum T.A. Allen has struggled in the weeks heading into his title opportunity particularly against Blackjack Mulligan. Will Allen be able to regroup and bring his A game in Brantford?
October 20, 2019 – Card #55 – Civic Centre, Brantford, Ontario
“Handsome” Jimmy Valiant w/ “Luscious” Johnny Valiant bested Butcher Vachon w/Mad Dog Vachon. The action in this one went back and forth early on. Vachon was able to pick up a near fall after a backbreaker after a brawl on the floor involved all four men. Valiant took control during another brawl on the floor when he reversed a whip and sent Vachon hard into the ring post. Vachon was busted open and was soon an absolutely bloody mess. Valiant maintained the advantage and was able to connect with a super elbow and later an atomic drop to put Vachon away.
Malia Hosaka upset Leilani Kai. Kai took the advantage early on with suplexes and slams. Kai hit her running splash finisher but could only get a two count from Morgan Dollar. Hosaka was able to turn a cross body into a roll through for a near fall. Hosaka then mounted an impressive comeback with a series of kicks that had Kai on the defensive. Hosaka then planted Kai with a frankensteiner to get the three count.
Mad Dog Vachon w/Butcher Vachon bested Billy Red Lyons w/Red Bastien. Despite being bloodied and battered in the opening contest, Butcher Vachon was patched up enough to make it to ringside to accompany his brother and even became involved in a brawl mid way through the bout with Bastien. Vachon spent more time biting and brawling then wrestling and found plenty of success with that attack strategy. Lyons was just able to get his shoulder up after a piledriver and a series of Mad Dog Pounces certainly did not improve his situation. Lyons caught a break when he rebounded off the ropes and countered a backdrop with a piledriver of his own. He immediately attempted to put Vachon away with a Sleeperhold but could keep Vachon down. Vachon brawled his way back into the match in short order and eventually caught Lyons with a second piledriver to get the three count.
Johnny Valentine bested “Macho Man” Randy Savage w/Sherri Martel by disqualification. Morgan Dollar thrills the fans by sending Sherri Martel to the back but Savage is beside himself with rage. The intensity explodes at the bell and Savage hits his flying elbow smash after only to moves for a two and three quarters count. Savage scales the corner again but Valentine knocks the ropes and sends Savage crashing to the mat. Atomic skullcrusher does not get the three count and Valentine tosses Savage outside. Valentine follows and Savage is ready with a series of jabs and then slams Valentine’s face off the ringside bell. Morgan Dollar calls for the disqualification as Savage reigns punches into a now bloody Valentine. Valentine actually appears to find inspiration from the pain and fires back with forearms. Security arrives for a pull apart as the fans are out of their seats.
Red Bastien pinned Commonwealth Champion Jimmy Snuka in a non-title match. Handshake started the action which proceeded at a quick pace. An early dive to the floor lead to both men crashing hard into the ring barrier. Bastien was nearly counted out of the ring. Later, Snuka landed a flying head butt for a big near fall. Bastien was able counter a flying cross body block into a small package for a near fall of his own. Bastien then moved to a sleeper and slowed the pace with a series of Boston Crabs and abdominal stretches. The strategy worked with Bastien maintaining the advantage until he picked up the pace once again with a flying head scissors to set up an atomic drop for the win.
Joe Blanchard over Chaz Taylor. Blanchard has nothing kind to say to Morgan Dollar who appears a bit shaken by the encounter. Blanchard was clearly in a foul mood and took out his emotions on Taylor who aside from a brief flurry mid way through the match had zero offense. Taylor managed to survive a series of abdominal stretches but Blanchard had too many weapons tonight getting the three count after an airplane spin.
Abdullah The Butcher w/Rock Riddle defeated Sam Houston. The sight of Bill Alfonso wearing the stripes has the fans concerned and rightfully so when Abdullah attacks before the bell with a foreign object while Houston exchanges words with Alfonso. Houston is quickly a bloody mess as the fight goes to the floor. The fans are livid as Abdullah unleashes a series of foreign objects on Houston. Houston battles back with dropkicks and a cross body block for a near fall. However, the blood loss proves too much for Houston to overcome as Abdullah digs into his tights for more weapons. Abdullah comes off the second buckle with an elbow smash and gets the three count. Houston needs assistance to leave the ring.
Northern Lights Champion Johnny Saint submitted Buddy Rogers. The Nature Boy gets into it with Morgan Dollar and the official does not look pleased before the bell. Early one it does not look like Saint will last long against Rogers who quickly tried to finish the match with a figure four grapevine. Saint made the ropes but Rogers kept coming. Rogers earned some additional heat when he choked out Saint on the floor with Dr. Mike Lano’s camera strap. Back in the ring, Rogers landed three consecutive piledrivers for a huge near fall. Saint appeared finished and even his Johnny Saint Special did not turn the momentum. Saint caught his break however when he connected with a clothesline to counter Nature Boy’s charge to the corner. It was the opening Saint needed as he immediately went for his three in one finisher but Rogers was too close to the ropes and forced the break. Saint went on the offensive with a Boston Crab and then a cobra clutch suplex that earned a two count. Saint then tied up Rogers in another three in one for the win.
Heavenly Bodies w/Jim Cornette stunned Rock ‘n’ Roll Express. The action started out at a quick pace with both teams making frequent tags in an effort to gain the upper hand. Neither side really could but the Bodies were able to catch Robert Gibson with a rather harmless looking drop toehold & elbow combination but it was just enough to get the three count out of nowhere.
Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz defeated Magnum T.A. Handshakes started this one off. Allen controls the action from the bell and the fans can sense that history could be made. Controversy occurs when Allen’s deathjump smash knocks Morgan Dollar to the mat. Although the referee is down on briefly (two moves) it is long enough to miss a cover by the champion after a Greco-Roman backdrop. Thesz takes control of the match with series of double wristlocks that nearly get a submission at one point. Allen fires back and a running forearm gets a two and three quarters count that had the fans out of their seats. Thesz regains control and Allen looks finished until he avoids a charge to the corner sending Thesz chest first crashing against the buckles. Allen scrambles for a roll up and Thesz kicks out at the last possible second. The action goes back and forth. The fans are frantic as Thesz picks up a near fall after dropkicks connect. Allen catches Thesz with a clothesline countering a charge into the corner but cannot sustain his offense as Thesz catches him with a Thesz Press and retains the title. After the match, Blackjack Mulligan storms the ring and takes out both Allen and Thesz with lariats before holding up the Canadian Heavyweight Title and dropping the belt onto a fallen Thesz.
News and Views: An absolutely amazing main event tonight as Magnum T.A. brings his best to the ring and very nearly left with the Canadian Heavyweight Title . . . Blackjack Mulligan has sent a clear message to the championship committee and Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz . . . Malia Hosaka shocked many with her clean victory over Leilani Kai who has worn her share of gold over her career . . . The Canadian Open Tag Team Champions had mixed results in their individual bouts tonight with Mad Dog Vachon turning away the challenge of one half of the Flying Redheads in Billy Red Lyons and Butcher Vachon falling to Jimmy Valiant, one half of the former Champions Valiant Brothers . . . The fall of Buddy Rogers continued tonight as he dropped his second straight match to Johnny Saint via submission . . . Red Bastien picked up a huge victory over Commonwealth Champion Jimmy Snuka tonight which should put him in line for a tile shot in the immediate future. What does this mean for the Flying Redheads who themselves are on the cusp of a tag team title shot of their own? . . . Johnny Valentine survived the elbow smash of the “Macho Man” and came away with a disqualification victory in a short but extremely intense showdown. Fans were already buzzing about a potential series of rematches in the coming weeks after tonight’s event . . . The finish between the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Heavenly Bodies match left many at ringside shocked but Jim Cornette could not have been more happy after tonight’s action as the Bodies continue to climb in the tag team rankings . . . Joe Blanchard appeared to gained some momentum in an impressive victory over former Northern Lights Champion Chaz Taylor . . . Another rough night for Sam Houston who continues to show extreme courage but has been subjected to extreme violence . . .
Up next, Maple Leaf Wrestling travels to Wiarton Ontario for a show at the arena featuring three out of the four champions in action: • Blackjack Mulligan certain got the attention of the Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz tonight and that has lead to a special non-title challenge between the two. • In a first of two rematches on the card, Johnny Valentine will once again battle “Macho Man” Randy Savage • An what should be an interesting clash in styles, Joe Blanchard takes on “Jumping” Jim Brunzell • Northern Lights Champion Johnny Saint continues to take on all comers and will step into the ring with Ted DiBiase in non title action • The Armstongs will return to tag team competition when the take on the challenge of the Flying Redheads in what should be fan pleasing classic • Both Magnum T.A. and Buddy Rogers are coming off tough losses this week and both men will be looking to get into the win column when they square off in Wiarton. • In the second of the rematches, the feud between the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Heavenly Bodies will once again be showcased as the Bodies look to finally put the Express behind with back to back victories • In the main event, Mad Dog and Butcher Vachon will defend the Canadian Open Tag Team Championship against former champions Valiant Brothers
“Mr. Electricity” Steve Regal bested Chaz Taylor. As expected, there was a quick pace to this one right from the opening bell. Taylor controlled the action including an impressive cartwheel into a superkick that rocked Regal and the fans. Things turned when Regal was able to counter a cross body block into a small package for a near fall. Regal followed with a belly to belly suplex and then traped Taylor in a FT. Lauderdale Leglock for the submission.
Johnny Mantell pinned Wild Bill White. Mantell was making his debut in the territory and looked impressive early on after Morgan Dollar called for the bell. White went after the eyes to gain the advantage and earn some heat. A knee lift downed Mantell for a two count but the Texan came back including an impressive butterfly suplex. After a brawl on the floor, Mantell connected with back to back swinging neckbreakers for the three count.
“Jumping” Jim Brunzell dominated Joe Blanchard. Brunzell came out on fire after the bell and was in constant motion. Blanchard just could never catch up as Brunzell took him down with repeated flying head scissors and arm drags. Brunzell slowed down for a sleeper and then sped up the attack again leading to a near fall after his high flying dropkick finisher which nearly ended it. Brunzell then switched gears again applying a figure four leglock in the middle of the ring for the submission.
Ted DiBiase defeated Northern Lights Champion Johnny Saint in a non-title match. DiBiase controlled the early action with his size advantage and it looked like Saint may have made a critical error stepping up in weight to challenge DiBiase. Things turned with Saint’s classic defense however as he was able to employ both the Johnny Saint Special and later the Ross Abbott to get out of trouble. In between, Saint stretched DIBiase in every way possible in an effort to get the victory but came up just short even with his three in one finisher. DiBiase was able to connect with a deathjump smash to the leg late in the match and it was enough to lead to a figure four leglock that Saint could not escape leaving Morgan Dollar no other option then to call the match.
Flying Redheads over Armstrongs by disqualification. Red Bastien was able to control the action against “Bullet” Bob Armstrong with his speed. Brad Armstrong could not get anything going against Bastien or Billy Red Lyons but he did manage to make a key defensive tag bringing in his father who took over. Armstrong connected with a Georgia Jawjacker for a near fall before the action went outside. Lyons and Bob Armstrong traded blows but suddenly the Vachon Brothers jumped Billy Red Lyons from behind double teaming him with stomps. The referee called for the bell as Red Bastien came to the aid of his partner. The Armstrong joined the battle and the Canadian Open Tag Team Champions thought better of battling four men and retreated to the back.
Magnum T.A. pinned Buddy Rogers. This was a classic from the outset with both men in need of victory. After an exchange of wicked piledrivers, Rogers gained control after Allen missed a leg drop (he would miss eight in total during the bout). Rogers went to work but despite using all his weapons, he could not get Allen in a position to apply his figure four grapevine finisher. Rogers came off the top and Morgan Dollar was knocked down for twelve moves. Allen was able to battle back and hit back to back to back belly to belly suplexes but there was no referee to administer the three count (but the fans sure did). Rogers counted himself lucky and battled back but Allen had other plans, reversing a whip at ringside and sending Rogers into the ring post. Rogers was soon a bloody mess but the action continued to rage back and forth. Allen send Rogers into the post a second time, this time shoulder first. Both men unleashed perfect dropkicks throughout the action. Allen fired up one last time and downed Rogers with a running forearm. He then hit another belly to belly suplex to get the victory.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage w/Sherri Martel over Johnny Valentine by disqualification. Valentine came into the match with a game plan to keep the action as stationary as possible and it worked to perfection as the slowed the pace and punished Savage. “Macho Man” finally found a brief opening and hit a neckbreaker clothesline that forced Valentine to the floor. Savage made an error and followed his foe to the floor where Valentine made his pay sending him shoulder first into the ring post. Valentine then took the match back to the floor and used a chair to further damage the shoulder. The referee was not pleased and called for the disqualification. Martel quickly collected Savage and the pair escaped to the back before any further damage could be done.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Express bested Heavenly Bodies w/Jim Cornette. Morgan Dollar has strict instructions for both sides before the bell. The Bodies shocked everyone getting a quick start and setting up Ricky Morton for a flapjack finisher in the opening minutes of action. Robert Gibson pin save is blocked but Morton kicks out the last second. The Express are able to turn the momentum of the match and go to work cutting off Tom Prichard for a long stretch. The Express manage to hit back to back double dropkicks but Stan Lane is able to save his partner both times from being defeated. Later, the Express hit their finisher a third time but Cornette is able to cause a distraction that keeps his team in the match. The Bodies respond with a strong comeback leading to a rocket launcher to Ricky Morton that looks to have the match won but Robert Gibson catching Stan Lane with a knee to the head breaking the cover and allowing Ricky Morton to small package Lane for the three count while Gibson brawls with Prichard. Cornette is furious after the match but the Express get the best of their foes tonight.
Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz pinned Blackjack Mulligan in a non-title match. Blackjack Mulligan had the opportunity to solidify his position as a top contender with a win tonight but it was the Champion who struck first with a Lou Thesz Press in the opening minute for a two and three quarters count. Thesz used his speed and skill to frustration Mulligan for the first half of the match keeping away from Mulligan’s power. Mulligan was eventually able to catch Thesz and go on the offensive. Mulligan raddled Thesz with back to back lariats that sent the champion sprawling outside. Thesz was so disoriented that he actually tripped over Dr. Mike Lano on the floor. Back inside, the fans got behind Thesz and he battled back to connect with dropkicks for another near fall. Mulligan attempted a submission with a trapezius claw but Thesz made the ropes. It was back and forth. Mulligan began to run out of gas as the match progressed. Thesz used a double wrist lock to nearly end it before using back to back airplane spins to get the three count.
Valiant Brothers defeated Canadian Open Tag Team Champions Vachons to win the titles. Morgan Dollar again has strict instructions for both sides causing many fans to think this one will end in a disqualification even before the bell rings. The Vachons press the action early on with Mad Dog Vachon being a force against both Valiant Brothers. Both sides are able to make frequent tags as the match progresses keeping the momentum changing back and forth. Both sides pick up a pin attempt before Butcher Vachon catches Jimmy Valiant on the top of the corner and slams him to the mat. Vachon then mounts the corner but “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant returns the favour and sends Vachon crashing to the mat. “Luscious” Johnny tags in and connects with a spinning neckbreaker to claim the tag team titles.
News and Views: The fans hated the Vachon Brothers for breaking up what appeared to be potential tag team classic between the Flying Redheads and Armstrongs. Perhaps they should have focused on the title defence later in the night rather than getting involved in the business of the other teams . . . Jimmy and Johnny Valiant are once again your Canadian Open Tag Team Champions. It is the third time they have claimed the territory’s tag team title . . . Johnny Mantell gets the victory in his first appearance . . . Former Northern Lights Champion Chaz Taylor continues to struggle after dropping the championship . . . The tension between Johnny Valentine and Randy Savage continues to grow after another violent conclusion to a match between the two competitors . . . Yet another classic between the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and Heavenly Bodies tonight . . . An impressive outing for Jim Brunzell who needs to find more success if he hopes to move towards title contention . . . While Ted DiBiase took a step closer to a title shot tonight, Northern Lights Champion Johnny Saint looked very impressive in his losing effort pushing DiBiase to his limit . . . Magnum T.A. and Buddy Rogers have a thriller tonight and it is Rogers final appearance in the territory as he heads to St. Louis to take the opportunity that was offered to Lou Thesz earlier this year . . . Blackjack Mulligan may have lost his opportunity at gold tonight after falling to Lou Thesz in non-title action . . .
Up next, we head to the Sports Community Centre in Lakefield for a big night of action featuring a Commonwealth Title Match on top of the card: • In Northern Lights action, Brad Armstrong challenge former Champion Chaz Taylor • As a result of the interference in their match tonight, the Flying Redheads will be looking for some payback when the step into the ring against the former Canadian Open Tag Team Champions Vachon Brothers • With Magnum T.A. coming off a big victory and Blackjack Mulligan coming off an significant loss, who will win they the collide in singles action. • Joe Blanchard will tangle with newcomer Johnny Mantell in singles action • In a special non-title appearance, Northern Lights Champion Johnny Saint battles “Jumping” Jim Brunzell • The territory’s hottest feud continues as Rock ‘n’ Roll Express battle Heavenly Bodies • In a best of three falls encounter, “Macho Man” Randy Savage will meet Johnny Valentine with the winner going onto face Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz the following week in Niagara Falls for the title • Commonwealth Champion Jimmy Snuka will put the title on the line against Ted DiBiase who has looked very impression since his debut in August.