MMWA-SICW results for March 15, 2008
By Kari Williams
MMWA-SICW sprung into action in a resounding fashion on March 15 at the South Broadway Athletic Club. In a place where anything can happen, nearly everything did happen—wrestlers retired, a fan favorite was punked out by the Easter bunny and a new champion was crowned.
Topping off an unforgettable night, Dave Vaughn and Mr. Bibbs defended their tag team titles against The Lumberjacks. Set for a 30-minute time limit, Vaughn and Lumberjack Gabe started the match, where Gabe had the initial advantage. Only moments into the match, Vaughn was able to lock Gabe in a single leg Boston crab but only inflicted a minimal amount of damage.
Vaughn soon made the tag to Bibbs, and by the five-minute mark, Bibbs had gained full control of the bout. With this back and forth contest, no clear advantage could be seen until the closing moments of the match when Vaughn made his final tag to Bibbs.
Coming out full speed, Bibbs used his brute strength to knock Gabe off his feet, which then allowed Bibbs to apply a double leg Boston crab on Abe. Much to the dismay of the champs, Bibbs was shoved into the Lumberjacks’ corner and double-teamed relentlessly.
Unwilling to witness the demise of his team, Vaughn charged to Bibbs’ aid and connected with a powerslam and a perfectly executed flying cross body to Gabe. Trying to capitalize, Vaughn went for the pin, but Abe broke it up at the two count. Further commontion ensued, causing Referee Jim Harris to end the match in a no-contest, resulting in Bibbs and Vaughn retaining their titles.
Providing the first title match of the evening was the bout pitting Heavyweight Champion Jerome Cody against “The Urban Legend” Kevin X. Full of pent up rage and fury, X attacked Cody relentlessly from the moment the bell sounded. X’s temper may have gotten the best of him in this instance because Cody gained control of the match by the five-minute mark. At this point, both Jeremy Lightfoot and Shaft had made their way to ringside. Seconds later, X took a shot at regaining the advantage, but as he charged towards the turnbuckle at an apparently dazed Cody, Cody telegraphed it, forcing X’s skull to ricochet off the top turnbuckle.
Consequently, Cody used his quick wit and went for the pin, but to no avail. Trying to weaken his opponent even further, Cody ventured to the top turnbuckle and landed a startling dropkick on X. Preceding the 10-minute mark, X recooperated enough to give Cody a running powerslam and earn a two count.
Just when it seemed as though X would regain the title, Lightfoot and Shaft made their presence felt as they began trading punches, eventually making their way into the ring, causing the bout to end in a no contest. Consequently, Cody retained his title—much to the chagrin of the fans in attendance.
Bad blood boiled to the surface in the intergender tag match pitting Lightfoot and Alexis against Waco and Stacy O’ Brien. Alexis and O’ Brien started the match with a shoving contest which ultimately gave Alexis the advantage as she connected with a thunderous powerslam on O’ Brien. As Waco sensed that his team was heading to the burial ground, he tried to take a shot at Alexis, enraging Lightfoot. O’ Brien receieved a double-drop kick from the Lightfoots as payback for her mocking them prior to the match, which left Waco open to endure a double-teamed suplex.
After regaining their composure, O’ Brien and Waco made their way back into the ring and traded punches on Lightfoot, who just stood there—obviously unscathed. Lightfoot then tagged Alexis, and the women fought back and forth until Alexis slammed O’ Brien to the mat with a devastating suplex and scored a two count for her efforts.
Alexis rendered O’ Brien helpless with a double-leg Boston crab. As Alexis went for another pin attempt, Waco had the wherewithall to break it up, which, in retrospect, may have triggered the demise of his team. As Waco made an effort to salvage the match, he inadvertantly hit O’ Brien.
Just after the 10-minute mark, O’ Brien had apparently had enough, and she walked away from the ring with a disgusted look on her face. However, Alexis wanted to finish what was started, which prompted her to charge after O’ Brien, and she literally carried her back to the ring.
After a double team by Waco and O’ Brien, as they seemingly tried to repair the damage done to their team, Lighfoot sent O’ Brien to the outside to do battle with Alexis after delivering a headbutt. Lightfoot gained his revenge by hitting a low blow on Waco when the ref was distracted.
He then followed up by attempting to nail the Lighfoot Driver, but Waco reversed it. However, Lightfoot prevailed once again, connecting with a modified version of the Lightfoot Driver.
In the preceding bout, Shaft took on the Middle Eastern Menace, Saladin. A fairly one-sided bout, Shaft showed Saladin the American way from bell to bell. Shaft worked on the Anti-American’s knee nearly the whole match, not allowing him a leg to stand on. The pivotal moment in this match came only minutes before it ended, as Shaft rammed Saladin’s leg into the unforgiving ring post.
Ten minutes into the match it appeared as though Saladin’s prayer prior to the match was answered, as he attempted to mount a comeback. However, Shaft’s never-say-die attitude helped him prevail, as he covered Saladin for the win after a turnbuckle-walk bulldog.
Earlier in the evening, Commissioner Keith Smith called Jerome Cody to ringside. Because of the rule in MMWA-SICW that states that no wrestler can hold more than one title at a time, Smith asked Cody to relinquish either the Battle Royal Championship, which he won back in January, or the Heavyweight Title. After back and forth arguing and firing threats, Cody surrendered his Battle Royal Championship, which prompted Tony Costa to set a battle royal up that night to crown a new champion.
Lighfoot, ‘Wild Child’ Billy Diamond, Tommy Knight, Phile E. Blunt, Waco, Mr. Bibbs, Saladin, Moondog Rover, The Lumberjacks, Angel, A.J. Williams and Shaft all made their way to the ring to participate in the match. Lightfoot dominated the match, eliminating at least five wrestlers including Shaft and Saladin. The two men who remained at the end were Lighfoot and Lumberjack Gabe. Despite Lighftoot’s stellar performance, Gabe out-manuevered Lightfoot quickly enough to be named the Battle Royal Champion.
During the intermission, Lightfoot came to ringside with the Easter bunny as a treat for the children in attendance. What appeared to be a simple affair turned violent as the Easter bunny attacked Lighfoot in the middle of the ring. Athough confused at first, when the bunny revealed himself as none other than Cody, everything made perfect sense. But still the fact remains—Lightfoot was bamboozled by the Easter bunny.
Just prior to intermission, “The Main Attraction” Tommy Knight attempted to turn diamond into graphite as he waged battle against “Wild Child” Billy Diamond. Knight controlled the opening moments of the encounter, but Diamond had turned the tables five minutes in. For the remainder of the match, Diamond got in some formidable offense, including a back body drop. However, Knight capitalized in the closing moments with his signature move, securing victory.
The first match of the night for The Connection had “The New Urban Legend” Phil E. Blunt taking on the former Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams. Blunt took charge from the bell, barely allowing Williams to get in any offense. Nonetheless, five minutes in Williams had the lead. Despite fighitng valiantly, Blunt gained momentum once again and drove Williams to the mat with a devastating piledriver.
Blunt tried to capitalize, but Williams just barely got his shoulder up as the referee’s hand came down for the three count. With one minute remaining and every fan in attendance rooting for him, Williams went for a 450 splash, but Blunt sensed it coming and moved out of harm’s way. Still determined to beat the clock, Williams then connected with a superkick, but just as the referee began to count, the time limit had expired.
Believing that victory was to be his, Williams started a “five-more-minutes” chant, and his wish was granted. Unfortunately, the time it took for the commissioner to determine that an extended time would be given, was just what Blunt needed as he captured a victory with a pumphandle powerbomb.
Moondog Rover attempted to bring Angel back down to earth in the evening’s first bout. Neither man seemed to gain a distinct advantage throughout the entire contest. Whenever Rover would start to control, Angel seemed to fly out of reach, and vice versa. As a result, the match ended in a draw when neither man was pinned by the end of the 10-minute time limit.
At the start of the evening, Kahyman, the newly crowned Junior Heavyweight Champion, made his way to the ring. He began by thanking Williams for giving him a third chance at the title and telling all the nay-sayers what he thought of them. He then informed his fans that due to multiple injuries, he had to retire. The two-time champ thanked both those that admired him and those that loathed him, saying, “You are the reason I was here.”