Traditional Championship Wrestling
At The Metroplex
Little Rock, Ark.
June 25, 2010
Opening match: Former ECW World Champion Jerry Lynn/Wes Robinson defeated "The Golden Boy" Greg Anthony/Shawn Shultz w/ Tony Locassio
Your basic old school tag team match with very solid work for all four participants.
Shultz and Anthony doubled up on Robinson until he made the hot tag to Jerry Lynn. Finish saw Lynn win after a cradle pile driver on Shultz.
Match 2: Alan Steele w/ Rich Rude vs. Johnny Dotson. For the life of me, I can't remember who won this match. I remember it was a heck of a bout, but winner and finish escapes me for some reason. Maybe, it's the long road trip. Nonetheless, Steele and Rich laid a beat down on Dotson after the match, which leads me to believe the Dotson might have won.
Some guy wearing fluffy boots, who didn't wrestle on the card, but was fully dressed, came out to make the save, only to get jumped by Steele and Rude.
VH1 Celebreality star Matt Riviera fought to a double-count out with one-half of the TCW Tag Team Champions Tim Storm. Basic brawl all over the building. Nothing spectacular in terms of dangerous spots, but nothing to be ashamed of either.
TCW International Title Match: Jeff Jett defeated one-half of the TCW Tag Team Champions Apoc. Storm made a run-in, but Riviera was fast behind him, hitting him with a chair on the apron while Jett watched. Apoc tried to roll Jett up, but he rolled through and over onto Apoc for the win.
The Honky Tonk Man (working as a face) defeated Al Farat with the "Shake, Rattle and Roll." Actually, it was more of a just roll as it appeared to my eye that Farat just flipped himself over before HTM was ready to roll with it after teasing the move. Was odd to see HTM as a face, but the fans accepted him. They actually wanted to hear him sing.
In a match where Missy Hyatt was the special guest referee, Malia Hosaka pinned Athena (not the TNA one) after Hyatt faked something in her eye when Hosaka was pinned and counted a fast three count on Athena. Hyatt and Hosaka had argued before the match, though, at the end, it appeared she was in Malia's pocket all along.
Match was solid. Athena is a very pretty young lady.
Seeing Missy Hyatt made me both happy (as someone that grew up enjoying her work as a manager) and depressed. It appears to the naked eye that she's went under the knife quite a few times and she hardly resembles the bombshell that I remember bursting on the scene in the mid-1980s.
In the main event of the evening, Eugene defeated Trevor Murdoch w/Rich Rude with the "Sweet Chin Music." Along the way, Rude was ejected from ringside, but he returned after a ref bump with Alan Steele and another guy, who I couldn't identify wearing street clothes. They threw powder in Eugene's face, he kicked out.
Altogether, Eugene did the JYD dance, he "Hulked Up", used the Rock Bottom, People's Elbow and went for the airplane spin. A lot of good wrestling and close falls in this match despite the comedy bits.
Facility was very nice. It's a TV studio best I could tell. The card had wrestlers on it from top to bottom, which is more than I can say about a lot of the groups that run in the area.
Only disappointment was that Danny Hodge, who was supposed to manage Eugene was not there. Rumor I heard is that there's been a death in his family.
Not sure on the attendance, but I'd say there were at least 200 people in the building.
Honky Tonk Man's hair was way longer than usual. He told the fans on the house mic that he's growing it out because for the past two years, he's gotten it cut and donated it to cancer. Kudos to HTM for doing that.
Credit: KC @ www.rasslinriotonline.com