MMWA-SICW June 14, 2008 Results
By Kari Williams
After leaving the MMWA-SICW for an extended length of time due to his defense of the United States of America, “Night Train” Gary Jackson made his presence felt at South Broadway Athletic Club on June 14.
The returning Jackson, aided by Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams, worked as a cohesive unit in order to put an end to the tyrannical leadership of The Connection. After a “melee” of sorts erupted following the main event of the evening, Jackson and Williams prevailed, giving them a distinct advantage when they face two-thirds of The Connection in the coming months.
Prior to the fracas, Jeremy Lightfoot had the opportunity to soften up “The Main Attraction” Tommy Knight. Although hesitant to get started, Knight put up a decent fight against the former Heavyweight champion, gaining an early advantage when the match quickly spilled out of the ring. Connecting with a devastating back body drop on the hardwood floor cemented Knight’s initial lead. However, when the men made their way back inside the squared circle, Lightfoot’s instinct kicked in. Just as Knight launched from the top rope to deliver his finisher, Lightfoot caught him mid-air and slammed him to the mat. From that point on, “The Main Attraction” was unable to gain much more offense, despite his effort. Knight’s brief moment of valor came when Lightfoot prepared to launch himself from the top rope, and Knight telegraphed the endeavor, delivering a dropkick. The Indian warrior ended the match swiftly with a Lightfoot Driver.
Mixed-tag action ensued in the previous bout as Waco and the Women’s Champion Stacey O’ Brien waged battle against Alexis and “Wild Child’ Billy Diamond. The ladies started off the bout, with Alexis gaining the advantage for her team after connecting with an impressive monkey flip after walking on the middle rope. Alexis made the tag to Diamond shortly thereafter, leaving O’ Brien to fend for herself, which she did surprisingly well. Diamond had put O’ Brien on the top turnbuckle, but before he could even begin delivering the punishment he had in mind, O’ Brien’s quick wit and excellent skill caused her to deliver an astounding hurricanrana to the “Wild One.” That opportune moment allowed O’ Brien to tag in Waco, who went at Diamond with all the rage and fury he could muster. Despite the dazzling performance of the Champion, Alexis and Diamond sparkled as a team, working cohesively throughout the entire match—specifically the closing moments, where they delivered multiple devastating double team maneuvers—to claim victory.
Jerome Cody found out that the bark is, contrary to popular belief, not worse than the bite, as he had to resort to illegal tactics to defeat Moondog Rover. Tommy Knight and Phil E. Blunt aided Cody in his devilish tactics. Knight distracted the referee, allowing Blunt to toss Rover’s bone into the ring. Rover caught the bone, seemingly spoiling The Connection’s plan. However, just as Rover looked as if he would strike Cody, Cody fell to the mat, causing the referee to turn around. Not knowing any better, Rover was disqualified for “using the bone as a weapon.”
Before the match got underway, Cody made an announcement to the crowd in which he called out A.J. Williams, who happened to be sitting at the announcer’s table. Feeling that he had to make his presence felt in a more profound way, Cody slapped Williams directly in the face, causing Williams to chase the arrogant Cody around the ring.
The Connection’s presence was felt earlier in the evening as well, when Jaysin Static went up against Blunt, who was accompanied to the ring by Knight. After having battled with Blunt in previous months, Static kept him at bay, hitting impressive moves, such as when Static departed from the ring apron with a flying clothesline that sent Blunt to the floor. However, Blunt’s experience in the ring gave him an overall advantage and allowed him to capitalize when Static went for a splash from the top rope. Blunt had the wherewithal to catch Static with a crushing sit-down slam that solidified his win.
Previously, Shaft took on Tommy Riggs in what was a quick win for the fan favorite. Shaft dominated the entirety of the bout, while working on the leg and ankle of Riggs. Able to get in only a minimal amount of offense, Riggs did hit his version of the People’s Elbow, but nothing could stop Shaft’s tenacity and will to win. In the end, Riggs was unable to withstand the pain of Shaft’s signature ankle lock, to which he tapped out.
Dave Vaughn completely dominated Bobby D in the second match of the night. Vaughn’s natural skill and quickness proved to be no match for D, who barely had a chance to take a breath. The bout ended almost as soon as it started, when Vaughn demolished D with his signature spear for the win.
Starting the evening off was a contest between Saladin and The Big Texan. Both men gave their all and were determined to come out on top. The brute strength of The Big Texan, however, proved to be too strong for Saladin to overcome. Texan dominated the closing seconds of the match with two consecutive clotheslines followed by a pin at 8:47.