NWA Wildside taped two
solid hours of television last night.
Coming off the
mammoth Freedom Fight show just one
week ago, this was a show to tell stories
and move in some new directions. Among
themwere back to back heel turns by
Dustin and Henry Hoss of all people
and a surprise appearance by the ultimate
loose cannon (and loose he was), New
Jack. Although they did a strong angle
at Freedom Fight to set up the main
event for this taping, it did nothing
the gate to overcome the double whammy
of the summer season and the usual
letdown after a big show. There were
only 70 in the house.
1) Malaki beat Sweet Dreams in 4:49.
Typical dark match. Malaki is a pretty
big dude who looks like he's doing a
roid rage gimmick. Dreams got a quick
flurry at the start. Malaki took time
out. Dreams pursued. Malaki climbed
back in and stomped Dreams on the head
as he slid under the ropes. Power
offense by Malaki for a couple of two
counts. Dreams got a sunset flip with
Malaki doing the big windmill thing
with his arms on the way down. Malaki
Dreams off with a clothesline. Malaki
missed on a twisting splash off the
ropes. Dreams hit a blockbuster. Malaki
pinned Dreams after a back suplex?!
2) Gabriel beat Tony Stradlin by DQ
in one minute flat. NWA VP Bill Behrens
would not permit Azrael to be at ringside
due to his knee injury. Stradlin
yelled at Behrens to get Azrael out
of there. Gabriel started firing right
hands. Gabriel whipped Stradlin into
an upside down bump in the corner.
Stradlin went to the outside. Gabriel
tossed him back in the ring. Stradlin
tried begging for mercy, but that didn't
stop Gabriel from laying in the
boots. Standing switch by Gabriel. His
rolling reverse cradle attempt was
blocked by Stradlin, who missed on a
twisting dropkick. Gabriel went to the
top. Todd Sexton dumped Gabriel into
the ring for the DQ. T-N-T gave Gabriel
the spike cradle piledriver...and another
one. Gabriel was holding his neck.
They knocked down ref Speedy Nelson.
Azrael tried to save, but Stradlin did
baseball slide right to his injured
left knee. Stradlin gave Gabriel a
tombstone piledriver. Azrael was finally
able to limp into the ring with
chair to save his partner. Security
had to help Gabriel to the back. Hot
3) Slim J won a five way elimination
match over, Kid Xtasy, Kid Kool, Jeremy
V and Derrick Driver to become the number
one contender for the Wildside
Junior title (7:51). This match turned
out to be one of the highlights of the
first hour. J and Xtasy went to a chain
wrestling stand off. Good stuff. V
and Driver tagged in. Driver has improved
his look a bit. Driver caught V
with an armdrag. J made a blind tag
and pounced on V for a quick two count.
Kool headscissored J over the top to
set up a series of dives. Xtasy and
Driver hit planchas. V came up short
on a tope con hilo and crashed onto
wood floor. J did a spectacular corkscrew
plancha. G-Rated eliminated Driver
with a double inverted DDT. Kool used
Xtasy as a launching pad for a
huracanrana. V eliminated Xtasy with
a new finisher, where he puts his victim
in a crucifix powerbomb position, then
releases as he falls back, sending the
victim face down into the canvas. Kool
took over on V, eliminating him with
an inverted X factor off the ropes.
That left J and Kool. J did his
climbing-the-ropes roundhouse kick for
a two count. Kool did a kip up
headscissors. Kool came off the top
with a stunner type move that drove
face into the mat. J was selling like
crazy. Two count only for Kool. Kool
went to the top again, but J bumped
the ropes to crotch Kool on the top
buckle. J also pulled off a new finisher.
He mounted Kool on his shoulders,
pulled him forward into a cradle, and
dropped him straight down on his head.
J celebrated by grabbing his crotch.
4) Tank vs. Scottie Wrenn went to a
double count out in 3:19. Tank set Nelson
on the top rope. Wrenn took him down.
They went collar and elbow. Neither
budged. Both tried shoulder tackles
that didn't seem much damage. Wrenn
able to stagger Tank with a clothesline.
They exchanged arm wringers. Tank
broke Wrenn down with a spinning armbar.
Wrenn went for a kick that got
nothing but thin air. They slapped the
crap out of each other. Tank went
through the ropes when Wrenn stepped
aside. Wrenn gave Tank a shot into the
security rail. Tank whipped Wrenn into
the rail. Wrenn whipped Tank over the
rail. They were battling in the seats
when Nelson called for the bell. Fans
chanted "bullshit." They brawled
through the crowd out into the parking
where Wrenn whipped Tank into the fence
surrounding the boiled peanut stand.
The finish of this match is not likely
to make for compelling television, as
it will fully expose the sparse crowd.
5) Caprice Coleman beat Tony Mamaluke
to retain the World TV Title in 6:18.
This was a fresh pairing that definitely
worked. One that left me wanting to
see more. Coleman checked ref Andrew
Thomas behind the ears. Not sure what
was looking for. Mamaluke gave Coleman
his Italian monster facial expression.
Coleman said he was scared and started
laughing. The fans pissed Mamaluke off
by starting the "Where's my pizza?"
chant. Mamaluke tried two headlock
takeovers with Coleman countering each
time with a headscissors. They
exchanged hammerlocks. Coleman got a
fireman's carry takedown, but Mamaluke
reversed him for a two count. Mamaluke
gave Coleman the Sicilian salute.
Coleman started to mock Mamaluke and
then surprised him with a series of
style punches. Mamaluke went airborne
on the right hand knockout shot.
Coleman went for a German suplex. I
think Mamaluke was trying to land on
feet but didn't quite make it. Mamaluke
hiptossed Coleman into an armlock
submission. Mamaluke did a double underhook,
to a DDT, to a choke out
submission without releasing his grip.
Very cool. Coleman came back with a
leaping rolling neckbreaker. He went
for the senton/Asai moonsault combo,
Mamaluke had his knees up on the moonsault.
Mamaluke used a gourdbuster, a
snap suplex and a Russian legsweep.
Time for another painful looking
submission by Mamaluke, in the form
of a combination armbar/headscissors.
Mamaluke was feeling so good he did
a little dance step. Coleman made the
comeback with a pair of Northern lights,
followed by a Flatliner. Coleman
missed with a legdrop of the top. Mamaluke
went to the top. Coleman
dropkicked the ropes to crotch him.
Mamaluke missed on a splash attempt
Coleman hit the Thermal Shock to score
the pinfall. Did my eyes deceive me
did Mamaluke give Coleman a small sign
of respect after the match?
6) Iceberg (with Jeff G. Bailey) beat
David Young in one minute flat. Young
went right at Iceberg, pounding him
with punches. Iceberg reversed a whip
tried for an Avalanche splash, but nobody
was home. Iceberg blocked Young's
spinebuster and hit a belly-to-belly
suplex. Finish saw Bailey trip Young
he ran the ropes and Iceberg splash
him on the back for the three count.
Murder One joined Iceberg for a double
backdrop on Young, before Rick
Michaels cleared the ring with a baseball
7) Future Shock (Jay Freeze & Brandon
P) & John Dalton vs. Rage (Mike
& Scott Cage) & Big Henry Hoss
went to a no contest in 7:06. Cage and
some nice work to start the match. Cage
had the advantage until P bailed out.
Rage did a double flapjack on Freeze.
Pittman continued the attack on Freeze.
Hoss tagged in briefly for a spinebuster
Freeze. Dalton refused to get in
against Hoss. Pittman hit a neckbreaker
and went for a cover that was broken
up by Dalton. Future Shock did a Freeze
tombstone/P elbow drop combo to start
the heels got heat on Pittman. Dalton
hit Pittman with a kick of death and
left the rest of the work to Future
Shock. Freeze used a facebuster to the
knee and turned Pittman inside out with
a clothesline. P leveled him with a
superkick. Pittman hit his uranage buttbuster
to set up the hot tag. Hoss
cleaned house on Freeze. Rage had Freeze
beaten with their nagasateru
neckbreaker finisher, when Hoss turned
on them with a double clothesline.
Dalton joined Hoss to stomp the stuffings
out of Rage and toss them out of
the ring. Hoss called for the mic. He
said his last partner (the infamous
Cooter Calhoun) walked out on him. Hoss
accused the fans of not giving a damn
about him. Hoss introduced Dalton (at
6-5 and 265) as his new partner. "If
you don't like it, you can stick it
up your tailpipe. By the way, I never
liked you bunch of idiots anyway."
I'm trying to withhold judgment on
this new development. The crowd didn't
seem to get into it much. Maybe more
Rage vs. Future Shock matches isn't
a bad idea after all.
8) "That Guy" Dustin beat
"The Winner" Kevin Harden
& Jeff G. Bailey in 4:33.
Bailey was hilarious with his martial
arts poses and those white knee pads.
Bailey said to ring the bell for a count
out because Dustin was too terrified
to show up. Dustin hit the ring with
stiff clotheslines, a spinning
headscissors and vicious chops. Dustin
kicked and punched the bejesus out of
Harden. Dustin hit a couple of suplexes
and clotheslined Harden over the top.
Bailey got on his knees in the corner,
begging for mercy. Harden saved in the
knick of time with a forearm shot to
Dustin's back. Harden took over on
Dustin, with a belly to belly and some
stiff chops of his own. Harden ate a
boot as he charged into the corner.
Dustin came off the top to drop Harden
with a neckbreaker. Dustin whipped Harden
into a tag with Bailey, who wanted
no part of Dustin. He yelled for Harden
to do something. Dustin suddenly
punked out Harden. Dustin allowed Bailey,
who was grinning from ear to ear,
make the pin.
While Dustin punched and choked Harden,
Bailey got on the mic. He said Dustin
had truly earned the name Lazarus. He
was the man who had beaten down Onyx
and Adam Jacobs. Now, he was reborn.
Bailey promised Lazarus that the lights
and music would be back. He was not
a joke any more. Bailey said he had
someone to keep Lazarus on the straight
and narrow. Out came some girl named
Lisa wearing a leopard skin outfit.
She looked to be a good 15 pounds too
heavy for the role. This girl had enough
junk in her trunk for a decent size
yard sale. Bailey said, "She's
yours to do whatever you want."
and kicked Harden as best she could.
9) Rick Michaels beat Murder One (formerly
Homicide) on a DQ in 3:24. Murder
One has a different look to go with
the new name. Fast-paced action here.
Michaels outwrestled One. He landed
a pair of dropkicks. They went back
forth blocking hiptosses. One hiptossed
Michaels over the top and beat him
down with right hands on the outside.
Back in the ring, One gave Michaels
flapjack. They started brawling with
One getting the best of it. At this
point, both guys are busting ass and
some idiot starts a "boring"
Michaels obviously didn't like it and
I couldn't blame him. Michaels had One
beaten with the Double Shot when New
Jack hit the ring for the DQ.
New Jack pulled out an Exacto knife...and
a sickle. It looked like Michaels
was headed for the killing floor again
until Tank intervened. Jack sliced and
stabbed at Tank's forehead. Tank got
some color. Wrenn came to ringside with
that psychotic look on his face. He
had a chair. Jack wasn't impressed.
piece of shit, Yo ass is next."
Wrenn hit the ring, so Jack and One
cowards way out and powdered to the
outside. So far so good. Wrenn headed
back towards the ramp. At this point,
Jack and One got back in the ring. Jack
started baiting Wrenn with some serious
name calling. Bill Behrens, chief
security guy, Lu Lu and ref Andrew Thomas
were all holding Wrenn back on the
ramp. Jack threw a chair. Wrenn charged
the ring. Jack retreated to the
concession stand. He tossed a trash
can into the ring. Jack calmly pulled
pickle out a jar at the concession stand
and started gnawing on it, which got
a natural babyface response from the
crowd and was a great way to make Wrenn
look stupid. Not exactly what the bookers
had in mind here. Jack got back in
the ring and spit the pickle residue
towards Wrenn. He challenged Wrenn &
Tank to a tag match at the next taping.
"You got your f*cking job cut out
you." Jack threatened to whip them
like runaway slaves. He said Tank's
looked like a bloody tampon. "Bill
Behrens, there go the neighborhood."
said all the white women were invited
back to his hotel. "We gonna do
This was all very heated and highly
entertaining but totally counter
productive for booking purposes. They
will have to do some heavy editing to
make it usable for TV, if it airs at
all. It seems like a heavy price to
for the New Jack name, when it involves
allowing a guy, who is yesterday's
news, to repeatedly come in and go into
business for himself.
10) Jimmy Rave beat Jeremy Lopez to
retain the NWA World Junior Title in
11:19. Rave's first title defense was
a technically superb match that
suffered from a lack of heat. The opening
chain wrestling sequence ended with
a snapmare and a dropkick to the back
of the head by Lopez. Rave had Lopez
scrambling for the ropes with a surprise
cross armbreaker. Rave worked on the
arm. Lopez tried to counter out, but
Rave would not release his grip. Lopez
bailed out selling the arm. They broke
cleanly out of the collar and elbow
tie up. Lopez got the advantage. He
blocked a hiptoss, so Rave went to the
cross armbreaker again, with Lopez getting
the ropes break. It was Lopez's
turn to work the arm. Lopez knocked
Rave through the ropes with a roaring
elbow and connected on a baseball side
to the outside. He rolled Rave back
inside for a two count. Lopez hit a
standing dropkick. Rave did the dropkick
to the shins as a prelude to the Shining
Enzuigiri, but Lopez ducked it and
locked on the STF. Rave made the ropes.
Lopez went for the inverted
tarantula. Rave got two counts with
the move of the night, the reverse
rolling cradle, and a schoolboy. Rave
did a spinning headscissors into a
Crippler Crossface. Lopez made the ropes.
Lopez hit a brainbuster. Rave
kicked out of his lazy back cover. Lopez
pulled off Rave's shirt and choked
him with it. Lopez blocked Rave's attempt
at a German, but Rave hit a
Northern lights bomb for a close two
count. Rave speared Lopez in the corner.
Lopez blocked the Gravity Killer, hit
an elevated DDT off the second rope
followed with a Tiger bomb! Rave barely
kicked out. Lopez missed with a
forearm and Rave hit the Gravity Killer,
but Lopez kicked out. They exchanged
hard slaps. "Ichiban!" Lopez
hit another elevated DDT, but Rave had
over the ropes. Lopez laid his title
belt in the ring. Just as Lopez was
preparing to tattoo Rave's head with
a DDT on the belt, Rave cradled him
the three count.
11) Adam Jacobs & A. J. Styles
vs. Rainman & John Phoenix (with
Bailey) went to a double pin finish
in 9:53. Excellent main event as usual.
The good news was that after almost
a year off, Phoenix passed "the
test" (Paris returned after taking
several months off and looked horrible).
He's obviously been working out because
the explosiveness in his moves was
even better than before. They opened
with some stereo spots with the heels
gaining control. Phoenix tried for a
double springboard Arabian press to
floor but had to jump back to the ring
and settle for the standard version.
Phoenix came right back with an awesome
tope con hilo. Phoenix used the old
Suicidal Tendencies foot tag. Rainman
got hung up on an Asai moonsault
attempt and double teamed. Rainman ended
a series of counters with a
superkick. Rainman went to the top,
but Styles kicked the ropes to crotch
him. Rainman fell into the tree of woe
position, and Styles caught him with
flying forearm to the face. Jacobs used
a drop toehold and mounted Phoenix
with punches. Phoenix cut him off with
a stiff kick and hit a brainbuster.
The one he taught Jason Cross. The heels
doubled on Jacobs with back elbows.
Rainman got two with the buttbomb. Phoenix
hit a frogsplash and made an
arrogant cover for a two count. Jacobs
got a roll up two count. Jacobs came
back firing kicks, until Phoenix took
out his leg. Rainman kept the heat on
Jacobs, hitting a jumping sidewalk slam
for a near fall. Rainman dumped
Jacobs, so Bailey could get in some
cheap shots, but Styles ran over to
Bailey. Jacobs took a slam off the top
ala Ric Flair. Jacobs did a spinning
bump off Rainman's dropkick. Jacobs
finally caught Phoenix with a swinging
neckbreaker and made the tag. Styles
hit the ring throwing clotheslines.
Styles used the Cliffhanger (crucifix
powerbomb position DDT) on Phoenix,
gave Rainman a facebuster, and knocked
Phoenix for a loop with a discus
It broke into a four-way. Rainman planted
Styles with the Spinesplitta (Sky
High) and they battled on the outside.
Jacobs did a superplex on Phoenix that
left them flat on the mat, each with
one arm on the other guy. Out came
Wildside Senior Official, Andrew Thomas,
to join ref Speedy Nelson in making
simultaneous three counts. Nelson signified
that Jacobs was the winner, while
Thomas raised the hand of Phoenix. Phoenix
punched Nelson. Jacobs KOed
Thomas. Jacobs clotheslined Phoenix
over the top to clear the ring. Styles
and Jacobs grabbed their belts. Jacobs
challenged Phoenix to a singles match
at the next TV taping. "When I
finish with you, I WILL lay some lumber.