Steven Prazak and Dan
"The Dragon" Wilson introduced
the latest edition of
"the nation's number one pro wrestling
alternative, NWA Wildside." Prazak
said it was post Freedom Fight '02 (Finally!).
He urged the viewers to buy
the video for posterity.
Dan Wilson narrated clips from last
week's show that saw Homicide hang NWA
Bill Behrens over the top rope with
Wildside CEO, Jeff G. Bailey, urging
on. As a result, Homicide had been suspended
from Wildside. That didn't
prevent Homicide from getting involved
in the main event to help Rainman beat
David Young. Rainman was the man Bailey
had labeled as Behren's "worst
nightmare, a black Wildside champion."
Prazak promised that this week's show
would provide a tasty slice of Freedom
Fight '02. On to the action.
1) Slim J beat Jeremy V. No two ways
about it, this was one hell of a match.
Far and away the best work I've ever
seen from V. J did the most insane dive
of the year in Wildside. Tremendous
kicks and punches by J. Match was framed
as the polite, clean cut athlete vs.
the bad ass punk who spent most of his
youth in correctional facilities.
V ducked J's sneak attack and launched
a barrage of punches and chops. V used
an Irish whip and ran into a boot to
the face. V caught J with a high back
bodydrop. V connected on a clothesline
in the corner, with J taking a big
bump up onto the ropes before crashing
down in a heap. V used an armdrag into
an armbar. J broke the hold with forearm
shots. J did a Japanese armdrag and
barred the arm. V running the ropes...ducked
a clothesline, ducked an elbow
and scored a two count with a high crossbody.
V whipped J towards the corner.
J stepped up the ropes and creamed V
with a 3-6 Mafia kick to the mush.
Nicely sold by V allowing the impact
to sink in. J took V down with a snap
mare and dropkicked him to the back
of the head. Lateral press and a two
count. J countered a hiptoss with a
gutshot that set up a spinning
headscissors for another two count.
J threw some wicked right hands. J
whipped V into the ropes and landed
a dropkick. J did a cocky crotch chop
missed on a standing moonsault legdrop.
The tide turned again, as V landed a
low dropkick to the face and a legdrop
for a two count. V with a knife edge
chop. V went for a double underhook
move that saw J land on top of him.
bridged up and tried for a backslide.
J countered with a reverse atomic drop
and a clothesline. J with a back cover
for two. J got ref Speedy Nelson to
look the other way, so he could punch
V in the groin. The commentators ripped
on Speedy. J connected with a big right
hand. V came off a whip with a sunset
flip for a near fall. J hit a corkscrew
neckbreaker, one of the only weak
spots in the match. J dragged V to center
ring for a stomp to the gut. J
threw punches from the mount. J pulled
V up and pasted him with a right hand
against the ropes. V reversed a whip.
J grabbed the rope and backdropped V
charging V to the apron. J ran V along
the apron, trying to ram his head into
the turnbuckle. V blocked it and rammed
J's head instead. J hit a short arm
clothesline that knocked V off the apron.
They exchanged punches on the floor.
V charged and J gave him a back bodydrop
to the ramp. J climbed to the top rope.
J HIT A FREAKIN DIVING HEADBUTT OFF
THE TOP ROPE ON V, WHO WAS LAID OUT
HALFWAY UP THE FREAKIN ENTRANCE RAMP.
"holy shit" chant broke out,
as security hustled over to check J's
No idea how, but J got up to his feet.
J tossed V back in the ring and set
him up on his shoulders for his finisher.
V looked like he was in agony, but
he surprised J with a victory roll for
a near fall. J landed a kick to the
face, but missed on a flying roundhouse.
V debuted an awesome finisher that
liked to have broken J's neck, something
like an over the shoulder Tiger
Driver '91. J did the miracle kick out
of the pin. V hit a moonsault for
another near fall. V tried to set up
his finisher again, but J countered.
mounted V on his shoulders, pulled his
head forward into a cradle, and drove
him straight down on his neck for the
three count. They both stayed down on
the mat. J finally struggled to his
feet and did one final bump, falling
backwards through the ropes to the floor.
The ad for the Freedom Fight '02 video
debuted. It was made up of violent
highlights from the War Games. In marked
contrast to the ads for the last
video (Hardcore Hell), this one is almost
guaranteed to spur some buying.
The next segment showed highlight clips
of the "landmark" 20+ minute
match between the Briscoe Brothers.
Jay Briscoe won the match after
delivering two Jay Drillers on Mark.
T-N-T (Todd Sexton & Tony Stradlin)
attacked the Briscoes after the match.
Wilson said T-N-T was experiencing
intense jealousy of all the attention
the Briscoes were receiving. After all,
they were trained by Shawn Michaels,
while Briscoes were trained by Van
Hammer. Later on the show, the match
between T-N-T and Lost Boyz (another
minute affair) was thrown out when T-N-T
attacked the referee. T-N-T was
preparing to shorten Lost Boyz by a
few inches with stuff piledrivers on
steel chairs when Briscoes made the
save. That sets up a Briscoes vs. T-N-T
2) Caprice Coleman (with Sweet Dreams)
beat Cru Jones (with Destiny) to win
the World TV Title. The gimmick was
Dreams being handcuffed to Destiny.
was a good match until they got involved
for two totally contrived looking
spots. Prazak and Wilson were obviously
struggling to make sense out of what
they were seeing.
J's probation officer did double duty,
having the honor of cuffing Dreams to
Destiny. Prazak said Dreams enjoyed
the cuffs in this context and expressed
concern about Dreams getting randy.
"It's a family show... the Manson
family." Coleman was in a playful
mood, slapping Jones on the ass and
offering him some gum for his jock strap
breath. Jones sucker punched him and
the match was underway. Jones reversed
a whip and put Coleman down with a
shoulder tackle. Quick Heisman pose
by Jones before hitting the ropes again.
Coleman caught on the rebound with a
hiptoss...arm drag...Japanese arm
drag...dropkick. Jones took a time out.
Coleman dragged Jones back over the
ropes with a side headlock. Nelson called
for a break, so Coleman dropped
Jones on his head. Coleman fired a pair
of right hands. Coleman telegraphed
backdrop and Jones countered with a
suplex. Jones whipped Coleman hard into
the buckles. Jones charged and Coleman
stepped aside. Coleman did his
shuffling punches. Coleman missed on
a punch and Jones hoisted him over the
ropes. Coleman hung on for a skin-the-cat
headscissors that sent Jones
tumbling over the top. Coleman skinned
the cat back inside. Coleman went for
a plancha that appeared to dangerously
overshoot the mark, but he got right
up and started punching. Jones whipped
Coleman towards the post. Coleman
swung around the post for a baseball
slide. He came up empty, landing on
floor. Jones stomped him. Jones whipped
Coleman into the rail and slammed his
head into the apron. Jones rolled Coleman
back into the ring and used a
slingshot elbow drop. Jones set spread-eagled
Coleman on the middle buckle
for a field goal kick to the nuts. Jones
dropped a Vader bomb headbutt to the
groin. Coleman tried for an inverted
DDT, but Jones reversed it into an elbow
drop. Nonchalant back cover for two.
Coleman came back with a huracanrana
a near fall. Jones reversed a whip to
hit a reverse atomic drop. Jones
whipped Coleman to the ropes and decapitated
him with his football
clothesline. 5 minutes gone. Jones dropped
an elbow and followed with a
legdrop cover for two. Crowd started
to get behind Coleman, who reversed
whip and did the spin scissors kick.
Coleman used the senton/Asai moonsault
combo for a near fall. Jones reversed
a whip and Coleman blocked his attempt
at a Northern lights suplex. Coleman
tried for the Thermal Shock, but Jones
countered with a release German suplex.
So far so good, but this is where Destiny
and Dreams got into the act. Jones
used a Michinoku driver for a two count,
as Dreams and Destiny argued inside
the ring. Jones took an unlikely double
backdrop from Dreams and Destiny.
Coleman hit a legdrop off the top for
a good near fall. Destiny and Dreams
continued to jaw at each other as they
stood on the apron. Jones clocked
Coleman with a set of knucks courtesy
of Destiny. Coleman barely kicked out
of the pin. Prazak said it was a weird
sport. Wilson said it didn't look much
like a sport anymore. Coleman ducked
a clothesline and caught Jones with
hangman neckbreaker that left both men
laid out. Dreams and Destiny came off
the top rope with dueling legdrops,
Dreams on Jones, Destiny on Coleman.
angle from the handheld camera spared
the viewers the sight of a perilous
climb to the top rope. It's so refreshing
to see consistently good choices
being made on camera angles.) The ref's
count reached eight before Jones got
to his feet. Coleman hit the Thermal
Shock out of nowhere and cradled Jones.
1..2..3..New champion. Dreams celebrated
by applying a liplock on Destiny.
Next up, were highlights from the "holy
wars", the War Games match at Freedom
Fight. Prazak called it "beyond
the realm of barbaric...the single most
grotesque bloodletting in the history
of wrestling." (A bold statement
sure, but after seeing the match, I
wouldn't dispute it.) Prazak said it
a keeper for all you blood freaks out
there. Wilson said history was made
when David Young became the first in
Wildside to gain a pinfall on Iceberg,
using a spinebuster off the top rope.
Bailey told Adam Jacobs to lay down
Rainman, but Jacobs turned on the NWA
Elite with a surprise roll up pin that
popped the crowd. Jacobs went on to
defeat AJ Styles to become the new NWA
Wildside Heavyweight Champion. Then
in the postmatch...
Cut to Jacobs standing in the ring
with his newly won belt, basking in
applause of the NCW Arena fans. The
music of Suicidal Tendencies kicked
over the PA. Out came former member
of Suicidal Tendencies, John Phoenix,
left the promotion exactly one year
ago after being part of the winning
(along with Jacobs) at last year's War
Games. Phoenix greeted Jacobs with a
big hug and raised his hand in victory.
Phoenix invited Jacobs to climb the
ropes and play to the crowd. Big mistake.
Phoenix clubbed Jacobs in the back
and brought him off the top with a reverse
X factor. Phoenix started stomping
on Jacobs and yelling in his face. Bailey
joined Phoenix in the ring. Bailey
basically said that as far as he was
concerned Jacobs was a zero, "the
of the litter", the guy the Elite
had to carry, the guy who only got a
because Jason Cross laid down for him.
While Bailey was yakking, Phoenix
clotheslined Jacobs. Bailey credited
Jacobs with training Jason Cross. Bailey
said Phoenix was going to show Jacobs
a real superstar. Phoenix hit Jacobs
with a legdrop off the top rope. Bailey
handed Phoenix the mic and started
working over the champion, who lay helpless
on the mat.
Phoenix said he was the ace up Bailey's
sleeve. He had been sitting at home
for a year, watching the destruction
of the legacy of Suicidal Tendencies.
Phoenix said Cross quit like the pussy
he always knew him to be. Now Jacobs
had done the same by turning on the
Elite. Phoenix said to hell with them.
was going to bring honor back to the
most brilliant mind in professional
wrestling and respect back to the NWA
Elite. AJ Styles hit the ring. He ran
Bailey into a flying bump against the
cage. Styles gave Phoenix a high
backdrop. The heels bailed out. Phoenix
smashed the cage and pointed at