Post by Chad Olson on Jan 18, 2014 10:25:39 GMT -4
Interested to see what's going on with Blackjack Mulligan and Akbar. I liked the use of Titus and King under the hoods. Are those real identities they use on the indy scene? Poor Jake had a very disheartening debut! Like the Graham vs. Armstrong series.
One of my favorite feds to read, great old school feel!
EDIT: Nevermind, I flipped on ROH for the first time in a year and saw Titus under the mask as the "Kissing Bandit" or whatever they call him.
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2014 13:52:35 GMT -4 by Chad Olson
National tag team champions The Midnight Express defeated George South and Jake Milliman.
The Express toyed with their opponents and finished with the Rocket Launcher on Milliman.
Jim Cornettte stormed the commentary area and told Jim Ross that the Poffo family made a big mistake last week, but not as big as Bill Watts will make it he thinks the Express is signing to face an unproven team for the tag team championship. Cornette said he takes nothing away from the athleticism of Lanny Poffo, but Randy is nuts and he isn't letting his Midnight Express in the ring with him. SO, this weekend he's signed for Lanny to face Dennis, but mama Cornette has paid to bring in a soldier of fortune to watch JC's back and stop that madman Savage in his tracks before he can get his hands on Bobby and Dennis again.
Jim Powers pinned Johnny Rodz with a powerslam.
Rodz was here for the reason and not for the season, and made Powers look good in this four minute match.
Heading into the commercial, a hype video for Randy Savage and Lanny Poffo.
Jim Ross welcomed Blackjack Mulligan to the show. Mulligan cut right to the chase and admitted he had a meeting with Skandor Akbar and listened to what he had to say. Mulligan said he had some good news and bad news about that. The good news is he thinks Akbar is full of it and doesn't believe in any way, shape, or form that a stand-up guy like Magnum TA would conspire to run him out of the ring. For the bad news he wanted Bill Watts to come out in person.
Watts appeared and asked Blackjack what's on his mind. Mulligan said Watts always walked tall and thought of himself as the baddest cowboy that ever stepped in the ring. BUT, he never could win the world title when he was an active wrestler. The thought of another big, tough cowboy walking into Watts' own territory and doing what he never could must have ate him up at night. Watts said he didn't like where this was going and Mulligan yelled that he didn't either because he DOES think Watts paid off the referee in that world title match to disqualify him and the burden of proof is on Watts to prove otherwise. Watts protested that he was pretty sure it works the other way around in a court of law, but since we're not in one of those---fine---next week Bill Watts will bring out the referee for that bout, Mr. Bill Alfonso, along with CTW officials, and they'll get to the bottom of it in public for everyone to see.
Steve "Dr Death" Williams defeated Mr X.
Williams wasted no time and got the win after a brutal German suplex in about two minutes.
Dr Death was interviewed by Ross after the match. Williams said there's controversy everywhere you look, but one things clear and that's the fact that he has a chance this weekend to avenge his only loss so far this year when he beats One Man Gang, and the stakes couldn't be much higher because the winner of that goes on to face Magnum TA in a National title match. Ross asked how Ted DiBiase would feel about his protege going after the belt DiBiase would think still belongs to him. Williams said he hasn't heard from DiBiase since Thanksgiving and he doesn't care because his time is now. Doc stormed off before any more questions could be asked.
Eddie Gilbert joined Ross for commentary on the next match.
Tommy Rich and Tony Atlas won by disqualification over Buddy Rose and The Grappler.
This was a great back and forth tag team match. In the end Atlas was brawling with Grappler on the floor while Rose and Rich fought on the opposite side of the ring. Grappler laid out Atlas with a low blow. Meanwhile Rich tossed Rose back in and used the Thesz Press for the cover. Grappler jumped in with a chair and brought it down over Rich's back, prompting the disqualification. Rose picked up Rich and held him while Grappler reared back to hit Rich in the head with the chair, but Atlas recovered and took the chair away. Rose and Grappler high tailed it out of the ring as Rich and Atlas were declared the winners.
After the decision Gilbert noted on commentary that Rich and Atlas were a very formidable team together, and that sometimes the enemy of a man's enemy must become his friend in order to get things done.
Magnum TA beat Missing Link in a matter of seconds in a non-title match.
Link rushed at Magnum with a flailing forearm and missed. Magnum rebounded and used a running forearm of his own to set up the belly to belly suplex and the lightning fast win.
One Man Gang entered the ringside area after the match to threaten Magnum with a steel chain, but Blackjack Mulligan got in the ring to raise Magnum's hand and talk trash back at Gang and Akbar. Magnum just glared at Gang, slung the National belt over his shoulder, and said Gang was welcome to try any time he feels man enough.
Officials out to escort Akbar and company away. Show over.
Brad Armstrong beat Bob Roop with the Russian leg sweep.
Roop made his quiet Mid-South debut in a losing effort to Armstrong, but it could have gone either way. Brad got the win after about ten minutes and offered to shake hands afterwards. Roop looked angry, but reluctantly agreed.
The Sheepherders beat Marty Jannetty and Jim Powers when Luke pinned Marty.
Marty made a second unsuccessful appearance in Mid-South with a second tag team partner and may just be here for the "cup of coffee" stay. This was a competitive match, but the Sheepherders remain unbeaten, using the Battering Ram for the win.
Terry Gordy beat Tracy Smothers with a piledriver in a wild match.
Gordy FINALLY got a win over Smothers, but it wasn't easy. The action spilled to the floor a couple of times, where Gordy slammed Smothers hard on the floor to wear him down before tossing him back into the ring to use the piledriver for the victory.
Leaping Lanny won by disqualification over Dennis Condrey.
Predictably, Jim Cornette got involved at the end to break up a pin after Lanny used his Sky High move from the top rope.
Poffo went after Cornette after the bell, but Ox Baker jumped Lanny from behind. Randy Savage came in to chase Cornette, Dennis, and Ox. Before leaving Ox turned halfway down the aisle, pointed at Savage, and warned "Ratamyus is coming!"
Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert beat Mike Graham with the Hot Shot.
Gilbert won a good match between second generation wrestlers, scoring the pin after about eight minutes of action.
The Grappler and Buddy Rose beat Tommy Rich and Tony Atlas in a no disqualification match thanks to help by Eddie Gilbert.
In the end Eddie Gilbert went to ringside and pulled Atlas off the apron. As Rose and Gilbert fought with Atlas Grappler used his loaded boot on Rich to get the pin.
Jim Cornette entered the ring with Ox Baker and called out Randy Savage. He didn't have to ask twice, as Savage made his way down the aisle. He didn't get all the way to the ring though, as he was attacked from behind by Ratamyus. The two fought like madmen as referees and Mid-South officials tried in vain to separate them. One referee got bashed in the head with a foreign object by Ratamyus, and another got thrown into a ringside table by Savage. Ratamyus bloodied Savage with a fork to the head, and Savage came back with a back drop on the floor in the crowd as Ratamyus rushed at him. Finally the police and arena security had to get involved and break it up over concerns for the safety of the fans.
Steve Williams defeated One Man Gang to earn a National title match.
Williams was a man on a mission, but Gang wouldn't let him get the easy win. Finally Williams hoisted the giant up and used the Oklahoma Stampede to get the victory.
Jim Cornette did the usual, interrupting the opening of the show to talk up the debut of Ratamyus, who he promised would take out Randy Savage and then put that old man Angelo out of his misery. He said he's giving the Midnight Express the night off because he confident Ox Baker will deal with Lanny in today's main event and Ratamyus will make sure Randy Savage doesn't get anywhere near "mama Cornette's baby boy".
Jake Milliman won by disqualification over Ratamyus.
Jake Milliman "won", but he got bloodied and beat up for about two minutes before being bludgeoned with a foreign object to "earn" the win.
Ratamyus kept carving away at Milliman after the bell until Randy Savage ran out and attacked. Security managed to break them up and escort each man out of a different side of the studio so the show could continue.
Jim Ross interviewed Terry Gordy who talked up his big win over Tracy Smothers in the middle of the ring last weekend. He said he knows Watts has someone taping those shows for him to review, so he demanded they play footage of the win. Ross had to break it to him that they did not have footage of the win, so the fans were just going to have to take his word for it. Gordy got mad and Tracy Smothers entered the scene to offer to give him another shot at it right on the spot. Smothers got in the ring and a referee called for the bell to start the impromptu match.
Tracy Smothers beat Terry Gordy with a cross bodyblock.
Well, that happened. Gordy once again could not get the win despite hitting the Oriental Spike twice. Smothers rallied after the second one and ending up getting the pin on his second try of the match.
Randy Savage beat Mr X in less than a minute.
Savage looked like the superstar he is, wasting no time beating Mr X with the flying elbow drop.
Ratamyus ran out and the brawl from earlier in the show began once again. Watts led the charge this time, leading out the security team to get both men out of the building. This time he ordered them both escorted straight out the front door and into separate cars to take them off the premises. He said they needed to be caged like animals, which is just what they'll be this weekend because he's making the match right now: Randy Savage versus Ratamyus in a steel cage match!
Blackjack Mulligan showed up beside Ross and said that's just what Watts wanted to do to him; escort him right out of the company to never be heard of again. Watts said it was clear that Akbar had gotten into his head and Blackjack's not thinking straight. He reminded Mulligan that it was HIM (Blackjack) who made the retirement stipulation. Watts said he promised he'd bring out the ref from that night to explain himself and introduced Bill Alfonso.
Alfonso was very aggressive in his explanation, citing CTW rules and regulations straight from the book and telling Mulligan he "called it straight down the middle". Mulligan started to get agitated and grabbed Alfonso by the collar. Magnum TA entered the scene to intervene. He told Mulligan to calm down and said he wanted him in his corner again two weeks from now when he defends the belt against Steve Williams and he can't do that if he gets suspended. Mulligan relaxed and Watts said he'd better respect Alfonso because he'll see him again soon since he's being assigned to the National title match.
Mike Graham beat Bob Roop in a closely contested bout.
Roop began with a sportsman like handshake and the combatants got down to business. It was a good, even twelve minutes match with Graham coming out on top with a pinfall win. Roop was again clearly mad after the match, but just like his match with Armstrong he relented afterwards and begrudgingly shook Graham's hand.
Leaping Lanny pinned Ox Baker (w/Cornette) via sunset flip.
Lanny got the big upset win all on his own out of nowhere after about five minutes of wrestling. Lanny quickly slid out of the ring and took off before any post-match shenanigans could take place.
After the bell Cornette hopped into the ring and started getting red faced yelling at Ox for the loss. Ox started the slow burn as Cornette continued to insult him. Ox finally exploded in anger when Cornette started poking him in the chest. Ox reared back to punch Cornette and was instantly attacked by The Sheepherders. Luke and Butch beat down Ox and tossed him out of the ring, then very carefully made sure Cornette was okay, going so far as to gently dust off his jacket where Ox had grabbed him. Then Luke patted Cornette on the head as Butch told him "You own us one, mate". Cornette swallowed hard, eyes wide at the implications as Luke and Butch dutifully marched away.
Tracy Smothers beat Terry Gordy in a great 15 minute match.
Smothers and Gordy wrestled a "follow that!" type match, pulling out all the stops in this opener. Smothers survived the piledriver and came back to hit his Jawjakcer for the pin.
Jim Cornettte introduced his team and said The Sheepherders talk tough, but they're not here, so tonight the Express take on the CTW Southern tag team champions in an inter-promotional match. He warned that the Sheepherders better pay attention to this and the way the Express took care of Angelo Poffo, because if they want a match with the champs that is what will happen to them.
Midnight Express beat Boogie Woogie Man Jimmy Valiant and Koko B Ware to defend the National tag team championship.
The Southern tag team champions put forth a good effort, but the Express was just too good. Bobby pinned Valiant with a Rocket Launcher in an action packed seven minute match.
After the match Randy Savage and Lanny Poffo ran out and chased Cornette and the Express away. Bobby, Dennis, and Cornette hopped the barrier around the ring and took off through the crowd and right to the exit.
Tony Atlas pinned Doug Gilbert.
Atlas won a solid match with the gorilla press and slam.
Steve "Dr Death" Williams pinned Missing Link (w/Akbar)
Akbar told Link before the bout that he didn't care about the win, he just wanted Link to hurt Williams. Link tried his best, but Williams is on a roll and won with Oklahoma Stampede after giving Link a ridiculous number of German suplexes and backdrop drivers. Link had to be carried to the back and appeared to be injured.
Tommy "Wildfire" Rich beat The Grappler (w/ Buddy Rose).
Rich overcame the odds and mounted an impressive series of moves to finish with the Thesz Press.
After the match Rich was heading back down the aisle when he was attacked by Eddie Gilbert. Gilbert tried to piledrive Rich on the floor, but Tony Atlas came out to make the save. Eddie headed to the ring and waited for his opponent for the scheduled match.
Jim Powers won by disqualification over Eddie Gilbert when Gilbert threw a fireball.
Powers dominated the opening minutes and had Gilbert on the run. Eddie bailed out of the ring, and Powers made the mistake of following. He got caught with a clothesline coming around the corner and Gilbert tossed Powers back into the ring. There he waited for Powers to get to his feet and floored him with a fireball right in front of the ref.
As medical personnel looked at Powers Gilbert took the mic and said Tommy Rich may think he's "Wildfire" but Eddie Gilbert is "Hot Stuff" and anyone who messes with him is likely to get burned.
Randy "Macho Man" Savage defeated Ratamyus in a steel cage match.
Lanny Poffo was at ringside to cheer his brother on as Savage and the wildman Ratamyus did battle. Blood flowed from the head of Cornette's mysterious mercenary as Savage ran his head into the cage repeatedly. Savage finished it off with the flying elbow for a hard-fought win.
Jim Ross did the show open and they rolled footage of the recent event where Eddie Gilbert injured Jim Powers after throwing a fireball in his face. Ross noted that Watts has suspended Gilbert from doing color commentary going forward, but Wildfire Tommy Rich pleaded with Watts to let him get revenge for Powers and make their tonight a no holds barred match with no one allowed at ringside. Watts saw that as a great idea and that is going to be our main event.
Playboy Buddy Rose beat Jake Milliman via Bombs Away.
Milliman made a match of it with a little bit of offense, but nothing that Rose couldn't deal with in this fairly quick and easy opening match.
After the bout Terry Gordy showed up at the commentary position to talk with Jim Ross. He said his war with Tracy Smothers has gone on long enough and he wants to put an end to it one way or another. Gordy announced that if he can't beat Smothers this weekend then he's leaving Mid-South Wrestling.
Gordy walked away and Ross introduced Bob Roop. Ross said Roop seemed to be getting frustrated with his lack of success in recent matches with Brad Armstrong and Mike Graham. Roop said he's a competitor and he's come to compete, so ending up on the wrong side of a fast three count by a confused referee is frustrating, but he's got a match coming up against Graham and he hopes the officiating won't get in the way so the better man can win.
Mike Graham beat Bob Roop with a figure four.
Roop was even more aggressive in this match than before, and even bailed out of the ring when things started going against him. In the end though Graham locked in a figure four. Roop left his shoulders on the mat as he struggled in the hold and the referee counted the three.
Roop argued with the referee that the move was not a pinning predicament and his shoulders should not have been counted down. Roop looked like he was about to hit the referee when Graham tried to step in to reason with him. Roop turned and decked Graham instead and walked stomped away without looking back.
Jim Cornette, surrounded by security guards, entered the commentary area for the next match. Ross brought up how poorly his strategy to fend off Lanny Poffo and Randy Savage had gone so far, as both of his hired mercenaries had failed and now there's nothing standing between them and the Midnight Express. Cornette said Poffo and Savage may end up getting what they want, but they'll find out it's more than they can handle if they tangle with the Midnight Express. Right now they have to get through newcomers The Texas Hangmen, and that's not a forgone conclusion.
Randy Savage and Lanny Poffo beat The Texas Hangmen when Randy pinned Psycho.
After a few minutes of action Randy turned his attention to Cornette at ringside, which allowed The Hangmen to pull the switch routine. Psycho got in a few good shots on Randy, but Savage quickly turned things around and used the flying elbow for the win.
After the match The Sheepherders went to the commentary position. Butch said that if Savage and Poffo think they're going to waltz in and get a match with the tag team champs instead of them because of a personal issue, then they'd better think again. Luke and Butch rushed the ring and brawled with Savage and Poffo. The brother duo finally cleared the ring of the Sheepherders after a couple of minutes of hard fighting. Bill Watts entered the scene and said no one decides who gets the tag champs in the ring but him, and fighting over it won't do a bit of good. Watts said he's making match for this weekend with the Sheepherders versus Poffo and Savage. The winner of that match gets a tag team title match with the Midnight Express. He ordered all parties involved to get out of the building before he changes his mind and suspends them all instead.
Cowboy Bob Orton defeated George South after an atomic knee drop.
Orton got the win in about two minutes after an initial flurry by South. He used the superplex on South after the match for good measure.
After the match Ross got words from Orton. Orton said he's back in Mid-South for a very specific reason, and that he's the harbinger of things to come. Ross asked for specifics and Orton simply told him that "the boss" is coming soon, and he's bringing hell with him.
A pair of pre-taped, on location interviews aired next. The first was the challenger Steve Williams. Williams sat on a bench in the gym with an impressive stack of weights on the bar behind him. He said he has been lurking in other people's shadows for far too long and it's time he took the spotlight he deserves with a win this weekend to become the new national champion. Asked about DiBiase, Williams got angry and asked what part of "the spotlight is on me" the interviewer didn't understand.
The other interview was conducted in a living room, presumably of national champion Magnum TA. Magnum said there's a lot going on surrounding his match with Williams. There's the situation with Mulligan, the referee Watts assigned to the match maybe being a sketchy character, and the possibility of Ted DiBiase rearing his head again at any time. But all of that has to go on the back burner because Williams is as tough and credible a challenger as he's faced yet and it's going to take everything he has to defend the national title this weekend.
Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert beat Tommy Rich in a no holds barred match after a pre-match attack by Doug Gilbert and Buddy Rose
Before the match began Rich was attacked by Buddy Rose and Doug Gilbert coming out of the locker room area. Tony Atlas was there to help fight them off, but Eddie came out of the stands and jumped Rich from behind to start the match. They fought on the floor and Gilbert used a Hot Shot onto the ring apron outside of the ring to turn things around in his favor. Rich took a lot of punishment, but could not overcome the early beatdown and underhanded tactics by Gilbert. Hot Stuff used a steel chair to wear down Rich and finally won after a piledriver on the floor.
Graham got a takedown with the single leg at the bell and Roop scrambled to the ropes. Graham tried a fireman's carry, but Roop blocked and rakes the eyes. From there it was a jumping knee drop followed up by a gut wrench backbreaker for the quick pin (note trunks pull on the pin).
Texas Hangmen beat George South and John Howard (Mr X card).
South got a little bit of offense in after Psycho missed a knee drop, but it wasn't much and the Texans got the win with the Hangmen Backbreaker on Howard for an impressive showcase style win.
Eddie Gilbert (w/brother Doug) beat Tony Atlas.
Doug provided a distraction at the bell that allowed Gilbert to start out on offense after the back jump. Atlas came back quick, but Gilbert bailed out of the ring and Doug again distracted Atlas so Eddie could take over again. The end came when Gilbert made the cover close to the ropes after a piledriver. Atlas put his foot on the rope, but Doug knocked it off before the ref could see it and call for the break. The three count was the result to give Eddie his second tainted win in a row.
Terry Gordy beat Tracy Smothers in an epic battle.
Smothers kicked out of several pin attempts, even one after a piledriver. He came back and it looked like he'd get the victory yet again, but Gordy maintained and ended up winning after a second piledriver after about 17 minutes of action.
Randy Savage and Lanny Poffo beat The Sheepherders by disqualification.
The Midnight Express made their way to ringside several minutes into the match and attacked Lanny as he stood on the apron. Randy had to go it alone for several minutes until Lanny recovered and made the tag. Lanny and Randy got on a roll and Randy hit the Flying Elbow on Butch. Luke came in to break the pin with a steel chair to the back for the disqualification. The Midnight Express jumped into the ring and attacked Savage and Poffo. The Sheepherders laid back and waited for their opening, then jumped the Express and used the Battering Ram on each memeber of the tag team championship duo. The end result saw the losers of the match the only ones standing in the ring as the tag champs and the would-be challengers were left laying.
Brad Armstrong defeated The Grappler with the Russian Leg Sweep.
Grappler worked the arm relentlessly in this solid match, with Brad getting flurries of offense only to be cut off several times. Brad finally hit a big dropkick and followed up with his leg sweep and pin.
Before the main event Ted DiBiase made his return to the ring. He wished Doctor Death well and said he awaited the opportunity to challenge the winner down the line. Ted tried to shake Williams hand, but Doc slapped the hand away and said this was his time and he wasn't letting DiBiase steal the spotlight anymore. Ted shrugged and left the ring as the champ was introduced. Magnum came to the ring with Blackjack, who immediately began giving ref Bill Alfonso the business about how he should call the match fair "or else". Alfonso ordered him out of the ring, and the bout got underway.
Magnum TA beat Steve Williams to defend the National championship.
Doc started quick at the bell and hit a vertical suplex after some big right hands to soften up the champ. He followed up with a head butt, but missed a leg drop. Magnum recovered with a pair of dropkicks and a running forearm. Magnum covered the challenger and got the shocking quick pinfall win (snake eyes rolled here).
Williams hopped right up and got in the referees face, claiming a quick count. Alfonso denied the claim and Doc grabbed him by the neck. Ted DiBiase jumped into the ring to try to talk some sense into Williams to keep him from getting suspended for hitting a referee. Williams appeared to relax and backed off. Ted went to shake Doc's hand again, and this time got leveled with a lariat instead. Doc began putting the boots to DiBiase, but Magnum made the save with a dropkick that sent Williams flying out of the ring. Magnum helped Ted to his feet as Williams was surrounded by security and escorted out of the arena. Ted thanked Magnum, raised the champ's arm to signify the winner, then left the ring so Magnum could celebrate his win with the fans.