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January 13, 2019 – Card #15 – Garden City Arena, St. Catharines, Ontario
Brad Armstrong bested Wild Bill White by disqualification. The punches and kicks of White give him the early advantage. Several knee lifts rock Armstrong in between eye gouges, hair pulls and kicks. A simple leaping headlock takedown turns things around but White comes back but his monkey flip attempt is countered. It is back and forth now. Clothesline and dropkick from Armstrong are followed by a countering double knee in the corner from White. Armstrong picks up the pace and controls. White avoids a flying head scissors and body slams Armstrong to the mat. White controls but Armstrong comes back this time completing a flying head scissors leading to a kick in the corner. Armstrong goes to the top but White tosses him to the mat. Running power slam does not put Armstrong away. The go outside and Dr. Mike Lano gets caught up in the action giving the advantage to Armstrong. A two handed bulldog forces White to the floor and Armstrong follows. White scores with a low blow on the floor and then rams Armstrong into the ringside table head first. The move is enough to make the official call for a disqualification. White is not pleased and Armstrong may have just gotten away with one.
Harley Race & Larry Hennig defeated Valiant Brothers by disqualification. It is back and forth early on with both sides making tags. Jimmy Valiant lands three consecutive atomic drops to Harley Race before Johnny Valiant follows with a jumping stomp leading to a near fall. Valliant comes off the top with a cross body deathjump for a two count before the Valiants combine for a double clothesline. Hennig is cut off and Jimmy Valiant only gets a two count. Race takes a knee lift but counters a body slam. Hennig is in with a shove to the mat but Valiant manages to reverse a whip into the corner to regain control. “Luscious” Johnny is in and rams Hennig’s face into the canvas. They go to the floor and Valiant gets the best of the brawl. Swinging neckbreaker gets a two count. Back outside and the Valiant double team Hennig with stomps. This brings Race into the action and while Race brawls with Jimmy Valiant, Johnny Valiant clocks Hennig across the back with a chair. It is enough for the referee to make the disqualification call. After the match, all four men brawl to the back.
Brutus Beefcake over Lou Albano by disqualification. Morgan Dollar calls for the bell and we are underway. Beefcake gets sent into the ropes early and his tackle spills Albano to the floor. Beefcake is out after him for a brief exchange and they go back outside a second time moments later. Albano gives Beefcake a Sicilian Slam through the ringside table leaving Beefcake and the table a broke mess. Dollar makes the disqualification call and we have three disqualifications to open the night.
Petey Williams came back to beat Lenny Lane. There is very quick pace to this one early on. Lane scores with a back elbow smash but Williams counters a backdrop with a piledriver. Canadian Destroyer is blocked but Williams and Lane crash together in the corner moments later. Williams is up first but the action goes back and forth. Williams with a drop toe hold and Canadian Leg Sweep that put Lane to the mat. Lane bails but trips over Dr. Mike Lano at ringside earning jeers from the fans. It is all Williams including a deathjump dropkick, O Canada and rope straddle dropkick. Lane gets rebounded into the ropes and counters a backdrop with a kick to the face. Boston Crab slows it down and forces Williams to take a breather. Back inside and Lane punishes with a gut wrench powerbomb but Williams fires back with forearms and then nails a Canadian Leg Sweep and an O’Canada that has the fans rocking. Lane comes back and crushes Williams with a wheelbarrow facebuster. Lane steps up his attack with a running bulldog and another two wheelbarrow facebusters. Lane sends Williams into the ropes and they cross over and duck down before both men go for a clothesline and crash to the mat. Williams hits a double knee facebuster. Backbreaker is countered into a wheelbarrow facebuster. They trade kicks in the corner. Williams tosses Lane to the floor after a double knee facebuster connects. Lane posts Williams and the fans are livid. Grinding chinlock squeezes the blood from Williams. Running bulldog connects followed by a second one. Williams rolls to the floor. Back in the ring, Lane punishes with a Boston Crab and a wheelbarrow facebuster. Memory Lane connects for two. Lane whips Williams in and on the rebound Williams connects with a flying tackle. Lane into the ropes rebounded into a dropkick. Both men are missing moves. Williams lays in forearms and hits a Canadian Leg Sweep. Back inside, Lane gets trapped in Sharpshooter but manages to score with a tackle rebounding off the ropes minutes later. Lane comes off the top with a smash to the skull. Gut wrench powerbomb and Williams is tossed outside. Lane goes on flurry including a running bulldog, kicks, elbows and wheelbarrow facebuster but Williams kicks out after Memory Lane. Both men are exhausted. Missing moves. Williams with forearms. Backbreaker blocked. Lane sent into the ropes and tackles Williams. Running bulldog. 1, 2, kick out. Grinding chinlock. Memory Lane but Williams gets his shoulder up. Ringside is on fire. Gut wrench powerbomb still does not finish it. Lane cannot believe it. Off the top with a dropkick. Wheelbarrow facebuster. Hooks the leg. Kick out! [box cars!] Boston Crab slows it down. Williams into the ropes and rebounds with a tackle. O’Canada. Canadian Destroyer. Three count!
Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz over Jerry Lynn 2-0 in a best of three falls non-title match. Morgan Dollar calls the bell and a handshake starts the encounter. Lynn connects with a chop to the chest and sends Thesz into the ropes but the champion counters a back drop with a knee to the head and then connects with a Greco-Roman Backdrop for a two count. Thesz Press follows but Lynn again kicks out at two. Thesz keeps on Lynn connecting with a second Greco-Roman Backdrop to take the first fall in no time at all. Thesz opens the first fall by taking the action to the mat with a takedown to head scissors. Thesz follows up with an airplane spin that forces Lynn to the floor but the disoriented Lynn trips over Dr. Mike Lano. Back inside, Thesz Press connects and gets the three count. Lynn shows respect and shakes Thesz’s hand after the bell to a solid ovation from ringside.
Ivan Koloff battered Bob Armstrong. Armstrong thrilled the fans by taking the battle directly to Koloff from the outset. A knee lift spilled Koloff to the floor and lead to a wild brawl at ringside. Koloff gained control and crushed Armstrong with a tombstone piledriver. Double stomp landed and a Russian Hammer downed “Bullet Bob.” Armstrong struggled to his feet and Kolkoff with ready with a Russian Sickle to claim the victory much to the displease of the ringside fans.
Diamond Dallas Page pinned Masked Superstar. Superstar controls the early action including a flying cross chop that sends Page to the floor where he trips over Dr. Mike Lano. Back inside, Superstar comes off the top with a deathjump smash to the head for a two count. He tries the move again but Page is able to knock the ropes and send Superstar crashing to the mat. A face-first piledriver and Diamond Dream combination nearly ends it. Page controls including his own deathjump smash and working the upper body. Back to back discus clotheslines connect and Page quickly hooks the leg for the victory (snake eyes!).
Fantastics bested Pepperland Rockers by disqualification. Morgan Dollar has strict instructions for both sides and the participants shake hands before the bell. Bobby Fulton controls the action against Marty Jannetty including a pair of running lariats. A Fantastic Cradle roll up nearly ends the match before the Fantastic combine for a rocket launcher. Jannetty looks to be beaten but Blue Meanie comes in and attacks Tommy Rogers with clobbering punches breaking up the cover. Dollar then calls for the bell making a controversial disqualification call.
Nikolai Volkoff downed “Cowboy” Scott Casey in a Bullrope Match. Casey turns some heads with his power attack rocking the big Russian with a pair of power slams and then battling Volkoff toe to toe on the floor. Bulldog connects but Volkoff stops Casey from touching the corners after two. Volkoff takes a cowbell to the stomach. Volkoff scores with a low blow and then smashes Casey with the cowbell busting him open. Volkoff tries for the corners but is stopped. Volkoff with a throat drop on the ropes and the Volkoff chokes Casey over the top rope with a the bull rope while Dr. Mike Lano captures the blood pouring down Casey’s face. Outside, Casey backdrops Volkoff through the ringside table. The fans come undone. Volkoff is a mess and Casey goes to work landing several body shots with the cowbell. Outside, Volkoff eats the ring post. Casey touches two corners outside the ring before Volkoff breaks the momentum. Casey grinds the edge of the cowbell into the head of Volkoff drawing more crimson. Volkoff gets tied up and beat mercilessly. Casey with a power slam but cannot get the corner. Casey hits a backbreaker and touches three out of the four corners. Volkoff powers back with hammers to the back and the hangs Casey over the ropes for a second time choking the life out of the cowboy. They brawl on the floor and Volkoff rams Casey back first into the post. Double thrust connects and Volkoff almost reaches three corners. Volkoff with a backbreaker drop but Casey stops him at the first corner. Volkoff with stomps and then he rams Casey’s face into the cowbell multiple times busting him open again. Backbreaker drop connects but Casey stops Volkoff after two corners. Volkoff goes more damage grinding the cowbell into the face of Casey. Casey stops Volkoff from reaching the second corner. Backbreaker drop and Casey has nothing left as Volkoff drags Casey to all four corners.
Commonwealth Champion Buddy Rogers cheated his way past Terry Gordy. Gordy looks very big in the ring with the Champion. Lariat connects and Rogers is sent flying into the corner but the Nature Boy bounces out with his own lariat counter. Rogers with a piledriver but Gordy rebounds off the ropes with a tackle. Double knees land before a back suplex forces Rogers to the floor. Rogers back inside and a kick to the knee is countered. Gordy counters a backdrop with a big knee. Forearms and punches are exchanged. Back and forth. Whips to the corner are reversed, reversed and reversed again and Nature Boy hits the back of the buckle hard. Rogers is able to bounce out with a clothesline. Rogers works over Gordy and then plants him with a piledriver for a one count. Rogers sends Gordy to the corner but Gordy blocks the charge with a lariat. They go to the floor and Rogers takes a beating. Back inside, Bamm Bamm Slam connects for a two count. Gordy is sent into the ropes and Rogers catches him with a chop block on the rebound. Figure Four Grapevine but Gordy rolls Rogers over to break the hold. Rogers rolls up Gordy and puts his feet on the ropes as Morgan Dollar counts to three. The fans are not happy and Gordy protests but the decision stands. Rogers retains.
News and Views: A wild start to this one with three consecutive disqualification finishes . . . What a win for Petey Williams after being beat within an inch of his life by Lenny Lane . . . Whether you like him or not, Buddy Rogers just keeping finding ways to win . . . The struggles of Harley Race continue as his team with Larry Henning continue to look for convincing success . . . With his rather poor showing tonight against Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz, Jerry Lynn has slipped slightly in ranking and will be looking to get his win back from Lenny Lane in the near future . . . The Russians completed a sweep of singles matches against Sam Houston and “Cowboy” Scott Casey which may be the end to their conflict . . . The Fantastics are once again the top contenders to the Canadian Open Tag Team Titles thanks in part to some questionable officiating by Morgan Dollar. They will get their opportunity on January 27th in Niagara Falls . . .
Up next, we return to Kitchener for a match at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium featuring the follow matches: • Light heavyweights Shawn Daivari and Marty Jannetty clash in what promises to be a fast paced encounter. • In a rematch from tonight, Brad Armstrong will be looking for stronger outing when he steps back into the ring with Wild Bill White. • Jerry Lynn looks to get back to his winning ways when he meets Lenny Lane. • Brutus Beefcake was fortunate to leave St. Catharines without injury and will face Lou Albano in a rematch from tonight. • Canadian Open Tag Team Champions Original Midnight Express will face their top contenders Fantastics in a pair of singles encounters. • In yet another rematch, Valiant Brothers take on Harley Race & Larry Hennig for the third straight card. • After each competitor has picked up a victory, Diamond Dallas Page battles Masked Superstar in a best of three falls match. • In the main event, Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz takes on Blackjack Mulligan.
January 20, 2019 – Card #16 – Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, Kitchener, Ontario
Ivan Kolkoff beat Blue Meanie. The always popular Meanie has the fans behind him against the hated Russian. Meanie scores with an early avalanche but cannot maintain his momentum against Kolkoff’s power attack. Koloff pounds away but Meanie catches a break when Koloff hesitates on the top of the corner to jaw with the fans which allows Meanie to slam him to the mat. Back to back People’s Leg Drop rocks the fans but only gets a two count. Meanie controls with a short arm clothesline and later a moonsault that has the fans roaring again. Kolkoff come back with a choke on the ropes before rebounding Meanie into a back elbow. A Russian Hammer is enough to down Meanie for the three count much to the displeasure of the fans.
Brad Armstrong dominated Wild Bill White. After getting pushed to the limit last card by White, Armstrong starts strong with his agility and speed connecting with dropkicks and a running lariat. Armstrong slows it down with a sleeper that does damage and leads to a Russian Leg Sweep but White kicks out of the cover. Armstrong mounts the corner for a perfect deathjump cross body block that lights up ringside and downs White for the three count.
Lou Albano downed Brutus Beefcake. Morgan Dollar makes his first appearance of the evening to officiate this match. Albano gets the immediate advantage including a lengthy abdominal stretch and series of knee lifts and throat chops. The fans get behind Beefcake and he responds taking over with a suplex and knee lifts of his own. Clothesline topples Albano outside and Beefcake comes out after him. Albano gets tossed into the ring steps and can just beat Dollar’s ten count to keep the action going. Back inside, both men miss a series of moves leading to Albano countering a running elbow to corner with an abdominal stretch. Beefcake bails and Albano comes out for an exchange on the floor. Knee drops from Albano followed by a deathjump knee drop and a Sicilian Slam for a near fall. More knee drops force Albano to the floor for another exchange. This time Beefcake goes into the steps and can barely regain the ring. Beefcake thrills the fans when he kicks out after a Sicilian Slam. The go to the floor and Beefcake slams Albano onto the ringside table smashes it to pieces. Dollar lets the action continue and Beefcake mounts the corner for a match ending deathjump knee drop but Albano rolls clear sending Beefcake crashing to the mat. Albano covers for a huge near fall. Sicilian Slam follows and Albano has the win. Koloff grabs a chunk of the broke table and is going to bash Beefcake with it but Blue Meanie returns to the ring to make the save.
Shawn Daivari over Marty Jannetty. The pace is quick from the opening bell with Jannetty pushing most of the offense. Daivari bails after a dropkick to the face but trips over Dr. Mike Lano is spot that gets some laughs. Back in the ring, Rocker Dropper connects but cannot get the three count. Jannetty continues to control with knee lifts, top rope fist drop and suplexes. Daivari goes hard into the corner but manages to rebound and match Janetty’s clothesline sending both men to the mat. Jannetty is up first and Daivari stumbles into an atomic drop – superkick combo for a huge near fall. Another superkick connects but Daivari manages to counter a running knee lift and lands a series of rights and then ties up an arm. It is all Daivari for a stretch as he attacks and then goes back to a simple arm bar, attacks an goes back to the arm. Jannetty battles back and a dropkick connects. Running knee lift downs Daivari and Jannetty sends him into the ropes. Daivari rebounds with a tackle but Jannetty counters a choke and connects with another dropkick that sends Daivari to the floor. Back to back top rope fist drops and Daivari needs to regroup on the floor. Back inside, Jannetty back to the top for a third top rope fist drop. He goes for a fourth but Daivari shakes the ropes sending Jannetty crashing to the mat. WMD. 1, 2, Kick out. Daivari to the top. Perfect cross body block for the three count.
Tommy Rogers w/Bobby Fulton downed Randy Rose w/Dennis Condrey & Jim Cornette. Morgan Dollar has strict instructions for both men before the bell. Rose impresses early with a pair of monkey flips but Rogers reverses out of a front facelock to hit a cobra clutch suplex. Rose reverses a whip to the corner and charges in causing the competitors to crash together and end up in a heap. Rose is up first and connects with a Rose Bomb for a near fall. Rose tosses Rogers outside and the Fantastic member crawls back into the ropes. Rose goes to the top but is caught and Rogers executes a crowd popping superplex. To the floor we go and there is a wild brawl. Rose eats a chair shot while Bobby Fulton takes a racket shot from Dennis Condrey. Back in the ring, Rogers with an atomic drop and then drops Rose onto his skull with a cobra clutch suplex. Rose needs to hug it out with Condrey and Cornette but when the action returns to the ring Rogers is ready with a deathjump cross body block that gets the three count.
Larry Hennig & Harley Race beat Valiant Brothers. Both sides are able to make key tags early on with all four men seeing action. The back and forth action continues for several minutes until Race and Hennig are finally able to overpower Johnny Valiant. Race catches him with a backdrop and then a running lariat at scores a one count. Race works the back with a backbreaker and tags in Hennig who attacks with a double forearm hammer and then applies a bear hug to “Luscious” Johnny. Valiant has nowhere to go and submits in a shocking finish.
Jerry Lynn crushed Lenny Lane. Lynn comes out fired up and looking for some payback. He dominates the action early leading to a slingshot dive for a two count. Tombstone piledriver nearly kills Lane and sets up a sunset flip powerbomb that bounces Lane off the mat again. Lynn covers for a near fall. They brawl on the floor before Lynn hits two more slingshot dives. Back to the floor and Lynn cracks Lane across the back with a chair shot. Another sunset flip powerbomb but Lane kicks out at the last second. Lynn just keeps on coming including a guillotine leg drop and bulldog. Lane manages to counter a clothesline with one of his own and both men go down. Lynn is up first and unleashes a flurry including a springboard dropkick and a corba clutch suplex that plants Lane onto his head and neck. Lynn hooks the leg and has his win back.
Dennis Condrey w/Jim Cornette & Randy Rose over Bobby Fulton w/Tommy Rogers by disqualification. Morgan Dollar has strict instructions for both sides. Condrey connects with an immediate running lariat at the bell for a two count. He takes the action outside and all four men brawl. Back in the ring, Condrey connects with a backbreaker but Fulton counters a charge backdropping Condrey to the floor. Condrey trips over Dr. Mike Lano and the fans love it. Fulton bounces his head off the ringside table. Back in the ring and Fulton connects with a pair of dropkicks and then mounts the corner for a deathjump. A momentary distraction by Cornette allows Condrey to knocks the ropes and send Fulton crashing to the mat. Condrey works the back with a backbreaker and atomic drop. Face first leg sweep gets a two count. Condrey hits his finisher again but Fulton kicks out. They go back to the floor for another wild brawl and Dollar lets them go despite his pre-match warnings. Back in the ring, Fulton comes off the top with an elbow to the had and then comes off a second time with a elbow smash. Fantastic Cradle roll up gets a two count. Another brawl on the floor and we go back inside where Fulton connects with dropkicks and a cross body block. Fulton goes for a Fantastic Cradle but Cornette tosses in his tennis racket. Fulton grabs it an smashes Condrey. Dollar calls for the disqualification. The action carries on after the bell with the Fantastics clearing the ring.
Masked Superstar outlasted Diamond Dallas Page in a best of three falls match two falls to one. Page nearly steals the early pin after countering a reverse chinlock and connecting with a Russian Leg Sweep. Superstar comes back with a flying cross chop and forearms. Page is back with a whip into the corner and kick. Another whip into the corner and Page charges in but no one is home. Superstar rolls Page up for a near fall of his own. Superstar comes off the top with a forearm to the top of the head and follows with a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. It is all Superstar for several minutes including attacks from the top rope and punishing forearms and chops. They go to the floor and Page gets tangled up with Dr. Mike Lano. Superstar gets the action back to the ring and applies a Cobra Hold but Page makes the ropes. Page blocks a kick and connects with discuss clothesline that drops Superstar. Diamond Cutter connects and give Page the first fall. Page presses the attack early in the second fall including a face first piledriver. They brawl on the floor and back into the ring. Another discuss clothesline connects and so does a Russian Leg Sweep. Face first piledriver gets a two count. Page dominates with a Diamond Dream and another face first piledriver. More brawling on the floor. Page mounts the corner but Superstar catches him and Page gets crotched on the buckles. Superplex follows. Outside, Supestar smashes Page with a chair shot busting him open. Cobra Hold ends the second fall and we are knotted at one fall each. Superstar slows an already battered Page with a sleeper. Page is sent to the floor after a flying cross chop. Page goes face first into the ringside table. Back in the ring, Page makes the ropes to escape a Cobra Hold. Superstar Clothesline spills Page back to the floor where the two men exchanged exhausted blows. Superstar maintains the advantage as they go into the ring. Swinging neckbreaker downs Page and allows Superstar to get the pinfall.
Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz defeated Blackjack Mulligan. Mulligan has some strong words for Morgan Dollar before the bell and the official looks scared out of his boots. Thesz immediately gets the action to the mat with a short arm scissors but Mulligan wisely bails to think things over. Thesz comes out after him and lays in forearms but Mulligan’s blows dominate. Back inside and Mulligan applies a Blackjack Claw but Thesz quickly makes the ropes. Mulligan tosses the champion to the floor and when Thesz regains the ring goes for a trapezius claw but Thesz counters with a Greco-Roman Backdrop for a one count. Both men regain their feet and Thesz takes Mulligan to the mat with a second Greco-Roman Backdrop for a big near fall. Thesz Press knocks Mulligan back to the mat for another two count before Thesz connects off the top with a knee drop. Mulligan takes a breather on the floor but when he regains the ring Thesz ties him up in a double wristlock but Mulligan breaks free by reaching the ropes. Thesz Press and the fans count with Dollar thinking it is over but Mulligan just gets the shoulder up. Thesz whips Mulligan into the corner and follows with kick and a double leg pick up slam. Thesz off the top with a knee to the chest. Airplane spins have the fans roaring and Mulligan wobbling. Mulligan falls to the floor. Thesz goes outside but Mulligan grabs the Canadian Heavyweight Title Belt and smashes it into Thesz. Thesz is busted open as he is tossed back into the ring. Mulligan uses his size to take over. Stomps and forearms turn Thesz into a bloody mess as the fans erupt with heat. Thesz avoids a running stomp and takes Mulligan to the mat with a takedown to head scissors. Mulligan regains his feet but is caught with a series of dropkicks that take a lot out of both men. Thesz can just barely cover Mulligan. 1, 2, ¾. Thesz uses his last ounce of energy for a Greco-Roman Backdrop draping his arm over Mulligan to retain the tile.
News and views: Impressive win tonight for Brad Armstrong . . . Harley Race & Larry Hennig finally appeared to shake off the rust and looked very good in their win tonight against the Valiant Brothers . . . For the second straight card, a competitor has gone through a table in a match between Brutus Beefcake and Lou Albano. Tonight’s encounter had a real intensity as the heat between these two appears to have ignited. Will Blue Meanie have a part to play in the conflict or was he just helping a friend in need? . . . What a war in the main event as Mulligan proves nearly impossible to put down . . . Things continue to boil between Canadian Open Tag Team Champions Original Midnight Express and the Fantastics as the two teams will meet next week with the belts on the line. The issues between these two teams started back at the very first Maple Leaf Wrestling show . . . Big win for Masked Superstar tonight in an epic showdown with Diamond Dallas Page. The match left fans wanting another bout signed between the two competitors but Superstar let it be known he was much more interested in a title shot rather than another match with Page.
Up next, Maple Leaf Wrestling returns to the Niagara Region for a show in Niagara Falls with the falling matches signed: • In a clash of tag team contenders, The Armstrongs battle the Valiant Brothers • Sam Houston returns to singles action and will face Lenny Lane • Harley Race & Larry Hennig continue to look to move up the contenders list in the tag team division when they square off with Ivan Koloff and Nikolai Volkoff in a battle of powerhouse teams • Jerry Lynn continues to impress and will step into the ring with the always dangerous Shawn Daivari • The last two battles between Lou Albano and Brutus Beefcake have shocked some with their level of intensity and violence. Things will only get worse in Niagara Falls when they meet under Texas Death Rules! • Marty Jannetty will be in action and will test his skills against Petey Williams • In a battle of the big men, Blackjack Mulligan steps back into the ring with Terry Gordy with spots in the top of the contenders list on the line • The main event will see Canadian Open Tag Team Champions Original Midnight Express once again face their most consistent challengers The Fantastics with the titles on the line once again
Awesome shows as always bookerbill, one of my favorite feds to follow. Thesz vs. Mulligan and Masked Superstar vs. DDP on the last card were awesome.
World Heavyweight: AJ Styles World Tag Team: Rock n' Roll Express International: Exotic Adrian Street Junior Heavyweight: Marty Scurll Tex-Arkana TV: The Patriot Ring Angels: Jazz SHIMMER: Sara Del Ray SHIMMER Tag Team: Crazy Mary Dobson & Courtney Rush Heart of SHIMMER: Jordynne Grace IWA Heavyweight: Bryan Danielson IWA Tag Team: WALTER & Timothy Thatcher IWA J-Crown: Will Ospreay
January 27, 2019 – Card #17 – Niagara Falls Memorial Arena, Niagara Falls, Ontario
“Cowboy” Scott Casey bested Wild Bill White. Casey works the arm to get the advantage early on and then connects with reverse neckbreaker that really does some damage. Casey goes back to the neck with a pair of forearms to the upper back from the top of the corner and hits another reverse neckbreaker. White comes back with chops and punches but Casey quickly regains control going back to the arm and then scoring with a power slam. White needs to grab the ropes to escape a sleeper. Casey follows up with his bulldog finisher to get the three count.
Masked Superstar downed Blue Meanie. Superstar makes even a reverse chinlock look deadly. Meanie takes a beating early on but Superstar gets over confident when he mounts the corner for a deathjump and takes a few seconds to jaw with the fans. Meanie catches him and tosses him to the mat following immediately with a Meaniesault for a big near fall. Superstar shows his instincts by blocking a charge to the corner with a double knee to the chest and then hits a double thrust to regain control. A pair of flying cross chops connect and set up a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Superstar goes back to the top but this time does not mess around and connects with a knee drop for another near fall. The pace picks up as Meanie gets flung into the ropes. They crisscross and Meanie gets backdropped to the moon. Superstar keeps on Meanie including a Superstar Clothesline and a second swinging neckbreaker that gets a 2 ¾ count. The crowd is behind Meanie as the action goes outside but Superstar body slams Meanie onto the floor and Meanie just beats the ten count. Superstar with a series of double thrusts and forearms that lead to a flying cross chop. Meanie goes down and Superstar gets the pin.
Jerry Lynn over Shawn Daivari. Morgan Dollar is our official and the action is quick from the outset with both men countering well. Lynn sends Daivari into the corner and charges in but Daivari counters the charge with his own clothesline and both men go down hard. Lynn tosses Daivari to the floor so that he can recover from the impact in the corner and Diavari trips over Dr. Mike Lano at ringside. Back inside, Lynn hits his cradle piledriver but cannot get the three count. Lynn attacks the upper back and neck with a sunset flip powerbomb and cobra clutch suplex. Another sunset flip powerbomb leads to a springboard dropkick that sends Daivari spilling to the floor. Lynn dives into Daivari at ringside and the fans light up. Lynn is back inside followed by his opponent. Cradle piledriver in the middle of the ring and Lynn has the win.
Lou Albano defeated Brutus Beefcake in a Texas Death Match. The fans came expecting more broken bodies and table for that matter but the match disappointed. Albano gained the upper hand and countering a jumping head ringer and then choking Beefcake on the ropes before rolling him up for the shocking pin using the ropes for leverage. The fans were not pleased as Albano pointed to this head and basked in his heat.
Marty Jannetty won over Petey Williams via count-out. Handshake starts this one and both men push the pace of the action as it goes back and forth. Williams connects with a spinwheel kick and then tosses Jannetty to the floor. Dr. Mike Lano cannot clear out fast enough and gets shoved around. Jannetty take control with a running knee lift and whips Williams into the corner. Jannetty charges in but Williams attempts a countering clothesline sending both men to the mat. Williams regains his feet and eats a superkick followed by back to back DDTs. Williams kicks out at 2 ½ before a second superkick spills him to the floor. Jannetty dives onto Williams at ringside and the fans love it. Both men are down in a heap. Jannetty make it back under the ropes at the count of nine and Williams is counted out.
Brad & Bob Armstrong beat Valiant Brothers by DQ. Morgan Dollar is our official and both teams are able to make several tags early on. Bob Armstrong gets cut off for a stretch but the Valiant Brothers do not get him in a position where they can attempt the win. Brad Armstrong gets the hot tag and takes it to Johnny Valiant but Valiant counters back with a tackle. However, Armstrong counters a cobra clutch suplex and tags his father back into the action. “Handsome” Jimmy is in and goes to work on Armstrong with stomps. The Valiants combine for double buckle whip and then Valiant mounts the corner but “Bullet” Bob catches Jimmy Valiant on the top and tosses him to the mat. Brad Armstrong tags and scales the corner for a perfect deathjump cross body block that gets a two count. Russian Leg Sweep from Armstrong gets another near fall while Bob Armstrong cuts off the pin save. Bob Armstrong is in and works over Valiant with punches. The Valiants makes the tag and choke Bob Armstrong with the tag rope. The action goes to the floor and Johnny Valiant cracks Bob Armstrong across the back with a chair shot. It is enough for Morgan Dollar to make the disqualification call. Both side brawl after the bell with Armstrong unleashing dropkicks to both Valiant Brothers sending them packing.
Lenny Lane humbled Sam Houston. The action starts off with a headlock takeover from Houston before he lands some right jabs with a cowboy shuffle that he fans enjoy. Lane battles back with a pair of back elbows and then hits a running bulldog, Houston’s own finisher, and gets the stunning three count out of nowhere.
Ivan Koloff & Nikolai Volkoff crushed Harley Race & Larry Hennig. With a rumoured title shot on the line, both teams are focused as Morgan Dollar calls for the bell. This one was a shocker. Hennig and Volkoff crashed together in the opening seconds after both men went for a clothesline. As Hennig regained his feet, Volkoff executed a backbreaker drop for the three count.
Terry Gordy overpowered Blackjack Mulligan Gordy tries to get the pace moving with a whip into the ropes but gets caught with a tackle for his trouble. Gordy takes a breather after a trapezius claw from Mulligan. Blackjack Claw traps Gordy but his punches free. We go back to the floor and Gordy shoves Dr. Mike Lano into Mulligan. It is enough for Gordy to get the upper hand. Elbow to the top of the head lands off the top buckle. Gordy with elbow hammers and a back suplex that plants Mulligan for a two count. Gordy ties up Mulligan in an STF but Mulligan has the length to make the ropes. They go to the floor and tear it up. Back inside, Gordy catches Mulligan with a piledriver in the middle of the ring for the three count.
Canadian Open Tag Team Champions Original Midnight Express w/Jim Cornette retained against The Fantastics. Morgan Dollar has strict instructions for both teams before the bell. Classic back and forth action early on with both sides making frequent tags. Bobby Fulton sends Dennis Condrey into the corner but Condrey avoids the follow up charge leading to a near fall. The champions keep on Fulton and Rose scores a 2 ¾ count after a clothesline. Condrey joins Rose for the Human Cough Drop. Tommy Rogers jumps in and starts a wild brawl. The Express maintain control. Condrey plants Fulton with a face first legsweep for another near fall. Rogers is finally able to get back into the match he finds himself in deep again Rose. The Express combine for a double backdrop on Rogers and then hit suplex onto partners knee for a near fall on Rogers. The Express follow up with a double clothesline and retain the titles with a convincing victory.
News and views: Tonight’s action did little to settle he issues between Lou Albano and Brutus Beefcake . . . Both Jerry Lynn and Masked Superstar looked impressive in their wins tonight in advance of the respective title shots. Lynn will take on Commonwealth Champion Buddy Rogers next week in Renfew while Superstar will be the next challenger for Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz in Georgetown on February 10th . . . Neither the team of the Valiant Brothers or the Armstrong family show any signs of backing down tonight in their push to obtain title contention . . . Although a shorter match, Marty Jannetty v. Petey Williams was fast paced and left the fans wanting more especially considering the count out finish . . . Gordy gets his win back against Blackjack Mulligan but with both men holding one win over the other, a rematch will no doubt be forthcoming . . . The team of Harley Race & Larry Hennig suffered another big loss tonight at the hands of the Russian pairing of Ivan Koloff and Nikolai Volkoff. With their win tonight, Koloff & Volkoff with be the next challengers for the Canadian Open Tag Team Titles currently held by the Original Midnight Express who looked very impressive in the main event . . . Roster news, Harley Race has left the territory to pursue options in Kansas City. In addition, the Fantastics have given their notice and will be heading to the southern United States after failing to capture championship gold in Maple Leaf Wrestling.
Up next, we head to Renfrew Ontario for a solid card of action at the Renfew Community Arena featuring the following bouts: • Marty Jannetty will be back in action when he takes on Petey Williams in singles action that fans in Renfew will be hoping will be as fast paced as tonight’s battle between the two was tonight. • Sam Houston continues to look to prove himself in singles action and he will face the tough challenge of Masked Superstar. Will this be a chance for Houston to move up the rankings or will just be a tune up for Superstar before his showdown with Canadian Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz in two weeks? • Blue Meanie will have the fans behind him as he heads into battle with Shawn Daivari. • Larry Hennig makes his solo debut when he steps into the ring with Wild Bill White • In what promises to a wild encounter, in six man action The Valiant Brothers join up with Lou Albano to meet the side of the Brad Armstrong, Bob Armstrong and Brutus Beefcake. • Despite being the next contenders for the tag team titles, Ivan Koloff & Nikolai Volkoff will be featured in a pair of singles encounters. Koloff will meet Blackjack Mulligan while Volkoff tangles with Terry Gordy in what should be hard hitting action. • In the main event, Commonwealth Champion Buddy Rogers will be action against the always dangerous Jerry Lynn. Lynn has come up just short in his quest to capture the Canadian Heavyweight Title and now turns his focus to the other singles title in the territory
I loved the card from Niagara Falls and it was fun seeing Lou Albano get the better of Brutus Beefcake in classic fashion. The six-man with Albano & Valliant's vs. Armstrong's & Beefcake should be wild. The main event scene in MLW is always strong and those were great wins for the Midnight Express and Terry Gordy.
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