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MCW X - 10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
March 6, 2010
From the MCW Wrestleplex, Alliance, OH
There are, in life, those rare moments when you get to be a part of history. For years, youll look back on that certain moment and remember it like it was yesterday. On March 6th, 2010, over 400 people will be able to remember the night of MCWs 10th Anniversary Show and the sights they witnessed that very night. And as for myself, Im proud to count myself as part of this select group of witnesses.
The evening began with Nick Andrews coming out to get the crowd warmed up with a little whos-the-loudest-section contest, and of course, the Riot Zone was in full effect. At one point in the contest, Nick asked How is it that one little section is louder then the rest of the place? A good question -- my theory is that none of us drink THAT much Red Bull . . . But thats my own opinion, yours may vary. Miss Sarah came to the ring (looking incredible as always) to get the first match started, and we were off and running.
Out first to the ring came one-half of the Rootin Tootin Buckaroos, Rex Rootin. He was fired up and ready to go, even giving Miss Sarah a little Texas Two-Step. Motley Crues Girls, Girls, Girls began to play, heralding the arrival of Nikki Skidz -- who had apparently given himself a bit of an image makeover; the big hair hed been sporting for some time was gone (and the ozone layer thanks you for that, Nikki), and replaced with a spiked Mohawk/bandanna combo. He was even wearing bandannas around his legs and his boots (By the way, Nikki, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson want to have a little chat with you; Im told its something about copyright infringement). What can I say? Sometimes, change is good.
Rex went on the offensive early, taking control of the match -- that is, until he stopped to play to the crowd; this gave Nikki a chance to tag the Buckaroo with a low blow that slowed the momentum of the match for a bit. Rex managed to get off a sunset flip (which was a surprise), and Nikki managed to score several near-pinfalls on him throughout the match. When Rex went up to the top (albeit a little slowly) and went for a top-rope elbow rope, he crashed and burned instead as Nikki moved and rolled him up for the 3-count! SKIDS WINS! SKIDS WINS! BY GAWD! SKIDS WINS! (And that was my Jim Ross moment for the night.)
Big Hurt came out for the next match to a rather mixed response, due to his actions in the title match at the last show. Hurt had also changed his look a little, sporting an RVD-style singlet. Taking Care of Business started up, and out came Luscious Larry Lavender, wearing an Elvis-style cape. Not bad.
When he got in the ring with Hurt, I could see an obvious size difference, Big Hurt a head or so taller then Larry. But the crowd was definitely with Larry, so maybe that could give him an edge that he could use. . .
Larry seemed to be favoring a speed style of attack throughout the match, which seemed to work best when he could catch the big man off guard -- which wasnt all that often. Big Hurt was going with his favorite style of attack: power, sheer power. He also seemed to focus a lot of his assault on Larrys back. (A sound strategy, cant fault Hurt for it.) Larry did manage to catch the big man with several different moves, ranging from a swift enzugiri and neck-breaker that conjured up memories of the Honky-Tonk Man to even a Hot Shot off the ring apron. But after Hurt dropped Larry after catching him off the top rope, he slid out of the ring and got a chair from under the ring. Coming back in, he prepared to part the Luscious Ones skull with it, only to have Larry catch it in mid-swing, drop it to the mat, and DDTd Big Hurt on it! The referee saw the chair in the ring, an unconscious Big Hurt, and immediately disqualified Larry, giving the win to Big Hurt! Hurt gave a post-match spine-buster to Larry, who knocked down the referee after he got up from the mat.
Mike Hercum came out for his challenge match against Justin Diaz, and from the look on Mikes face, he was ready to fight. Diaz came out (okay, theres no good way to write this sentence, so bear with me) next, followed by his personal assistant Dick Jeremy. Diaz started the mind games early, messing with Hercum several times as they tried to get going, even nearly kissing Mike on the tip of his nose! Hercum responded by slapping the taste right out of Diazs mouth, and Diaz returned the favor by sneaking a low shot in that left Hercum somewhat incapacitated for a few moments. Then things got serious. The momentum of the match was almost pendulum-like, swinging back and forth between both men, until Hercum was able to ground Diaz on the mat with a submission hold that put all pressure on Diazs back -- his seriously-injured back. This sent Dick Jeremy into a sheer panic; He climbed up on the apron and attempted to distract Hercum with his charms, even going so far as to pull Hercums head into his chest (god, I needed a mental shower after seeing that -- excuse me, I need another one just from the memory. . .there, now I feel better. . .) This, believe me or not, actually was enough of a distraction that allowed Diaz to execute a top-rope dive that took Hercum out. He got Mike back in the ring, and whipped him into a corner, where Hercum dropped to the mat. Diaz signaled for a Bronco Buster, and he hit it on target. Diaz then got him up and hit what looked like a double-underhook bulldog that drove Hercum into the mat -- and from the impact, Diaz seemed to have paid for the move as well, re-injuring his back. As the ref checked Diaz over, he ordered Hercum back to a neutral corner -- but Hercum pushed past the ref and wrapped Justin up in a sharpshooter, cinched it, and reared back. Dick Jeremy kept screaming Stop it - hes had enough!, but Hercum refused to let go. The ref then signaled to ring the bell and awarded the match to Mike; I couldnt tell from my vantage point, but Im figuring that Diaz mustve blacked out from the pain of the sharpshooter. As Mike celebrated his victory to a chorus of boos from the crowd, the ref and Jeremy slowly got Diaz out of the ring and took him to the back amidst cheers from everyone.
As things calmed down, Nick and Miss Sarah came back to the ring, Sarah carrying what looked like a new championship belt. This was the new Elite Championship belt, and we found out that a new MCW Elite Champion would be crowned in April. I dont know about anyone else, but color me curious. . .
Super Oprah came out for the next match -- and as Ive said before, if youve never seen Super Oprah, words dont capture her; Super Oprah must be experienced. Thats all Ill say. Next came Jessicka Havok, much to the cheers of the crowd and much to Oprahs dismay. Things started out with Super Oprah trying a few mind games on Jessicka, even going for (what I still call the most disgusting finisher ever seen) the Tampon Claw early. But Jessicka had the presence of mind to move -- and the poor ref ended up taking the Claw . Super Oprah had several good technical moves throughout the match, but her strategy seemed to depend more on brawling then anything else, and fairly unfocused brawling at that. Jessicka, however, stood up to the attacks, even nailing Super Oprah with a remarkable superplex that left both of them momentarly stunned. After they both got to their feet at the count of 7, Jessicka went on the attack, an onslaught that even knocked Super Oprahs wig off!Super Oprah responded with a jumping Rock Bottom, and even hitting 2 splashes (1 actually connected); in the end, it was Jessicka with a Mic Check for the pinfall!
As both left the ring, the ring crew came out and began securing 4 Singapore Canes in the ringposts.
Dr. Dale Pierce (although Sarah referred to him as Time Traveller -- dont know why) came out, leading his man Jebediah to the ring. From the look on Jebediahs face, he looked ready for a battle -- then again, he usually looks that way, come to think of it. . .Dr. Dale was looking confident. Wilbur Whitlock came out next, to the cheers of the crowd and the strains of Johnny Cash. He got in the ring with Jebediah, and the match was on! Jebediah went on the attack early and kept at Wilbur, who stopped him with a spear that knocked him to the mat. This allowed Wilbur to get the first cane free, but he didnt have it long; Jebediah got ahold of it and began using it on Wilbur. He dropped it, and got a fresh one for himself. At one point, Jebediah actually had a cane in each hand, and before you knew it, all 4 canes were in play. Jebediah even grounded Wilbur with a low shot, and broke out a move I hadnt seen in awhile - the Garvin Stomp (I know the WWE calls it the Orton Stomp, but Ronnie Garvin used it first, so Im going with the original name). Dr. Dale and Jebediah got Wilbur over the second rope; Dale held him in place while Jebediah administered an old-fashioned whipping across Wilburs back (and if you think it hurt to watch it, youd be right!).Wilbur mounted a comeback, executing a perfect White Russian Leg Sweep (shades of the Sandman) on Jebediah, and even got him with a dive through the second and top ropes - armed with a cane! But when Wilbur inadvertently hit the ref while suplexing Jebediah, this let Dr. Dale in the ring, armed with his goat-foot cane. Jebediah held Wilbur in place as Dr. Dale charged with the cane - and at the right moment, Wilbur dropped down, with Jebediah taking the cane shot instead! Wilbur got a cane and parted Dr. Dales hat with it, dropping him, then hit Jebediah and followed with a Whitlock Cutter for the win! As the crowd cheered, Wilbur raised the cane in salute.
(For this match, Im awarding Wilbur Whitlock my Sandman Hardcore Icon Award for his cane-swinging skill this night.)
Nick Andrews came back to the ring, and was joined by MCW Original GQ Status, who helped psych the crowd up even more.
They left the ring as Sarah came back for the next match, which was the 6-Way Cruiserweight Gauntlet match.
First to the ring was Krazy, then came Isaac Alter, along with MalachI and Mary (who was wearing a white choir robe -- this was a welcome change from her usual garb, but white? CMon, Mary, Gods gonna get you for lying. . .).
Krazy lit up Isaac early with chops, and nailed him with a flying Codebreaker just as Crew Spense hit the ring -- and good lord, was he wrestling in his briefs? -- to join the party.
Next came Supa Lucha, who quickly took everyone out. The action spilled outside, where Crew went up and took out Krazy and Isaac with a dive -- not to mention Malachi as well! Not to be outdone, Lucha went up and did the very same thing!(Ive said it before, and Ill say it again -- a MCW Cruiserweight match doesnt need a ref as much as it needs an air traffic control tower!)
Next to the mix came Eric Ryan, as fights went out in and out of the ring. Supa Lucha nailed Isaac Alter with a Burrito Driver to score the first elimination -- so long, Isaac, thanks for coming.
Eric Ryan then caught Lucha with a Buckle Bomb just as the final guest came to the party: Aero! Krazy, meanwhile, took out Spense with a Krazy Krunch to score the second elimination -- so long, Spense, come back when you can stay longer. . . Four were now left in the ring. As they sized each other up, we saw the first Round the Horn knife-edge chop that went one way, then back again (theres something you dont see every day); next came a 3-on-1 group chop centered on Eric Ryan, who ate a Supa Lucha super kick to become the 3rd man eliminated. See ya, Eric! Aero caught Lucha with a Gory Special that Lucha got out of, and Krazy found himself on the wrong end of a rolling superplex from Lucha. Aero got Lucha with a second Gory Special for the 4th elimination; you gave a damn good fight, Lucha. Krazy nailed Aero with a top-rope senton, but in the end, Aero nailed Krazy with a spinning neck breaker to score the final elimination and win the Gauntlet match!
Matt M-D20 Cross came out to the ring for the next match, dressed in full Roman Legionnaire garb -- all he was missing was the armor and helmet. But on him, it looked good. When the crowd started barking, that meant only one thing: Mr. Insanity Toby Klein was coming to the ring. They started things off with a burst of chain wrestling that ended with a double kip-up and a round of applause from the crowd. Cross drove Tobys head into the turnbuckle -- which made Toby stop, pause, and then drive his OWN head into the buckle several more times. You could see the look on Matts face -- What the hell did I sign on for? The match spilled out of the ring and around the crowd, who got to participate in things by holding each wrestler for a few chops. Toby got a vaulting Hot Shot off on Matt, who then caught Toby with a Death Valley Driver in return. Moments later, Matt then went for his split-legged moonsault, only to eat nothing but canvas; Toby hit his corkscrew splash for the pinfall. After the match, Toby offered a hand to Matt and helped him to his feet in a show of respect.
All this action -- and we still had a Double Main Event!
In the first of the two Main Events, TNA star Desmond Wolf came to the ring to a well-received response. He even gave Miss Sarah his shades as well. Nice touch. Then came the MCW Heavyweight Champion, Christian Vaughn -- and oh sweet Molly Malone, what the hell was with his hair? Vaughn looked like hed been mugged by Don Kings barber; his hair looked like a turkeys tail had been transplanted on his head! This prompted a chant of VAUGHNS A FAGGOT for several moments, to be replaced with the old SHES GOT HERPES chant for dear Minka. This didnt sit well with either Vaughn or Minka (like anyone really cared; they still couldnt get past that freaking head of hair!). Vaughn finally got in the ring, only to have Wolf muss with his hair a few times. Vaughns reaction earned him a new chant of VAUGHNS A PUSSY. The match got underway at last, with Wolf in control. The momentum and control of the match went back and forth between the two of them, both giving as good as they got. Even the crowd was involved, with a TNA - MCW chant alternating between the sides of the ring. Minka even got herself involved a couple of times, taking a few shots on Desmond and even tripping him up as well. Wolf got Vaughn set up for his Tower of London finisher and hit it, then as he went for the pin, Minka distracted the referee long enough to allow Big Hurt to come out to the ring and pull the ref out as he went to make the count; Christian decked Desmond with a foreign object and went for his own pin -- but to his shock, Wolf kicked out at two! Wolf then locked up Vaughn, who quickly tapped out -- we had a new Heavyweight Champion! But hold the phone -- Minka got in the ring and told something to the ref, who quickly reversed his decision and awarded the match to Christian Vaughn as the result of a disqualification! Im no detective, but Im willing to bet that Minka told the ref that Wolf had hit him seconds earlier. Desmond took the mic and said to Vaughn: This is BullShit! If you have the guts, get back in and lets do this right! Vaughns answer was a 1-finger salute with each hand as he took his belt and headed for the back.
The ring crew came out and began removing the ring apron panels with the MCW logo on them, as well as spreading the assorted weapons provided by the fans. As it was announced at Holiday Hangover II, this Fans bring the Weapons match would be an unsanctioned match. And I must give the MCW fans credit -- you guys got very creative with your contributions; you name it, it was out there or in the trash cans or the shopping cart.
Killer Sensation came to the ring first, followed by Brain Damage and Shasta. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that you could almost smell the violence in the air. When the bell rang, Brain Damage and Chris Kole started things off, but then Shane wanted in, calling for Shasta. Shasta called for a tag, Brain Damage shrugged, and tagged him in. Shane rolled past Shasta and hot-tagged Kole back in, then all proverbial hell broke loose! Shane attacked and bloodied the ref for no apparent reason, and the fight spilled out to the ring. Here it gets even more chaotic, so Ill tell you what I can: Brain Damage decked Kole with the shopping cart . . . a golf club missed Koles head and sailed into the crowd (no one was hurt, but they were rather startled) . . . Shasta broke a picture frame over Koles head . . . Kole used a keyboard on Brain Damage, who responded with a Baron Von Raschke Testicle Claw (a move rarely used by the Baron, Im told) . . . Shasta giving everyone his best Peter Townsend impression before blasting Shane with a guitar (which didnt break for several blows - talk about well-made) . . . Brain Damage hitting Shane Sensation with a package piledriver. . . Shasta picking up Shane and delivering a Shasta Driver onto a trash can lid . . . Brain Damage dropping Chris Kole on the red coffin (which STILL didnt break, although a panel popped out). . . and then Big Hurt, Luscious Larry Lavender, Mike Hercum, Jessicka Havok, Wilbur, Jebediah, Krazy (wearing a Buckaroos mask), Isaac Alter, Crew Spense, Supa Lucha, Eric Ryan, Aero, Otis, and GQ Status all came out to join the fight. . .a steel kitchen sink came into play. . .and finally out came Matt Cross and Toby Klein!
As you can guess, there was no clear winner -- only possible survivors. . .woooo, what a night -- and what a way to celebrate an anniversary!
Until next time, I am the Reverend Rogue Six, and in the words of The Most Interesting Man in the World, Stay Extreme, my friends. Ill see you at ringside!