1/2 for the House of Humperdink. Studd is a beast, but he's difficult to book, as we've all seen in the universe earlier. Interesting to see what you choose to do with him. Great start for "Dr. Death" too.
I like the Hart International group. It's another foreign stable (like we have in the other federations of this universe), but it feels different than the Russians and Blassie's group. I don't know if it's because it's made of Japanese and Mexcian wrestlers though.
Funk and Johnson move on as well. Funk had a pretty easy time in the quarter finals, and may very well be considered a favorite at this point. I think he makes a better face of a new company than Studd.
Beating Studd clean like that was really an upset from Williams. The post-match beatdown makes sure his final is in jeopardy though. Tournaments always tend to lead to such great, ready-made feuds.
Haha, Funk got to rest an entire 3 minutes before going into the finals.
Great match between Funk and Williams. Funk is the right choice as the champion, but this tournament really made Williams into a star. I don't know who he'll feud with first, Funk or the Humperdinks. Even though Funk was a heel in this match, I don't think he'll align himself with the Humperdinks.
Hector may be a fan favorite on the west coast, but no way he was getting past Studd.
Bummer with the Santana no-show, but we get Dr. Death! Short match that Eadie loses by DQ, which keeps both of them strong.
That's an interesting match-up between Tiger Mask and Pogo. Gary Hart's impresses and wants Tiger Mask for his crew, but of course he's turned down. And of course, Hart takes exception and looks for revenge. Mascaras for the save! This alliance looks promising.
Two veterans go toe to toe and my pick Rocky Johnson comes out on top. Go Soulman!
I thought there would be something screwy going on in the Funk vs. Mascaras match and we got it with Nagasaki's interference as payback for Mascaras butting in earlier. Funk advances.
That is one weird heel team. Good showcase for part of your roster.
Williams with the upset! Studd doesn't take it well and lays him out. Doc's in trouble for the finals.
And there goes my pick! Funk advances, but Rocky gave it a greta effort with an injured leg.
The Armstongs vs. Abdullah gets an interesting wrinkle with Bob chastising brad over the weapon use.
You know, Williams was beat up by Studd and it still took a branding iron shot for Funk to beat him. Granted Funk did not get to rest as much, but he was definitely less beat up. Honestly, I think you have created a top player in Dr. Death on his debut show. Kudos in turning a no-show into something great. I do think his immediate future lies in feuding with the House of Humperdink.
Overall, Funk was the right choice to win. And don't let them sass you about the prestige of your World title. It's definitely way more prestigious than whatever the heck Bellomo was carrying around in NWF. ;D
Hey, the Italian Heavyweight Championship was nothing to scoff at. Greats like Salvatore Bellomo and Jim Brunzell held that title! And...well, those were the only two, but they brought great prestige to the strap.
Post by LillaThrilla on Feb 13, 2013 9:18:08 GMT -5
Wow...I go away for a few months and come back to find a third organization has debuted! GCW=WWF and NWF=NWA/WCW but WWA=? Puts things on whole new dynamic.
Judging by names on the initial roster I'm guessing WWA may be planning to bring in more lucha and puro guys than GCW or NWF? I hope they do - it would help given them a unique identity.
Nice start to things. Great to see Dr. Death show up. I really hope he is a bigger deal in this universe; IRL he is big in Japan, but never seemed to really make an impact in the US. Terry Funk is still a crazy bastard and Rick Rude is another great heel to have.
Looking forward to seeing more.
(And don't worry Ryan I haven't forgotten about GCW - I'm reading those cards too.)
WWA - April 13, 1985 from The Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA
Tonight, the World Wrestling Association brings some of the best wrestling talent in the world to the fans of Sacramento, California!
Our opening match tonight is sure to be a hard-hitting bout. King Tonga is the first wrestler out of the curtain. He looks all business as he jogs to the ring. His opponent is Billy Jack Haynes who makes sure to greet all the fans at ringside with high fives.
Billy Jack Haynes defeated King Tonga after a powerslam in 0:08:17. Rating: * 3/4
Two months ago at WWA's debut show Haynes was on the losing end of a tag team match but showed signs of being a great wrestler. Tonight his skills were on full display as he showed off incredible agility and power. His arsenal consisted of a variety of suplexes and from what we've heard he has a devastating Full Nelson that is very hard to escape. Tonga is no slouch though and what we witnessed was a great back-and-forth opener. In the end, Haynes unleashed a quick powerslam from no where that jarred Tonga just enough to keep his shoulders on the mat for the three count!
Out first for the next match was the duo of Marty Jannetty and S.D. Jones. S.D. waved to the fans and Marty slid in the ring looking prepared. They received a positive reaction, but not quite as good as their opponents, The Fantastics! Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers excitedly made their way to the ring as the fans cheered their entrance.
The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) defeated Marty Jannetty and S.D. Jones when Fulton pinned S.D. Jones after a flying cross body press in 0:05:01. Rating: ** 1/4
All four men shook hands before the match began and we had ourselves a clean cut wrestling match. S.D. Jones had a bit of a power advantage over The Fantastics but The Fantastics were never really in any sort of danger. The Fantastics wowed the crowd with some fast paced teamwork and that's what definitely gave them the edge in this match. A good showcase match for The Fantastics as they looked just that picking up a victory tonight!
Up next, Jake "The Snake" Roberts makes his way to the ring. He has a sense of calmness about him that's just enough to make everyone around him uneasy. His opponent tonight is the tough Ron Garvin! He gets a good reaction as he makes his way to the ring and he doesn't look intimidated in the slightest by Roberts.
Ron Garvin defeated Jake Roberts by disqualification in 0:08:13. Rating: * 1/4
The fans don't know too much about Roberts yet. Before this match began the only certainty about Roberts was that he is very methodical and that his DDT is lethal. Tonight he showed that he can dictate the pace of a match and can get into his opponents heads rather quickly. Ron Garvin is always up for a fight and his go-to are his fists. If this match were a brawl, it would be right up his alley. But Roberts knew this and spent the early part of the match out of the reach of Garvin's "Hands of Stone". Garvin grew frustrated and attempted to close the distance but this is what Roberts wanted and he capitalized. Roberts focused in on Garvin's arm hoping to limit the damage of his fist if he were ever able to unleash it. This worked up to a point when Garvin's adrenaline started pumping and the fans started getting behind him. Garvin unleashed a flurry of offense that sent Roberts through the ropes. Roberts, in a moment of desperation, took his boot off and as Garvin reached through the ropes he nailed him in the forehead with it! The referee immediately called for the disqualification. But Roberts wasn't done. He was angry and he was going to hurt Garvin. Roberts signaled to the fans that he was going to seriously hurt Garvin with his DDT! He pulled Garvin off the mat and synched in the DDT but Garvin backdropped Roberts! Roberts quickly slithered out of the ring before Garvin could get his hands on him.
Sir Oliver Humperdink leads his stable of Big John Studd and Bill "the Ax" Eadie to the ring for our next match. Before their opponents come out, Humperdink grabs the ringside microphone. He sends a message to Steve Williams, who is wrestling Terry Funk in tonight's main event for the WWA Heavyweight Championship. He lets Williams know that no matter what the outcome of his match is, Humperdink's men are coming for him. He goes on to say that Williams will regret the day he crossed paths with the House of Humperdink. The crowd erupted as Hector Guerrero and Tito Santana made their way towards the ring to begin the match!
House of Humperdink (Big John Studd and Bill Eadie) defeated Hector Guerrero and Tito Santana when Studd pinned T. Santana with the Backbreaker in 0:21:07. Rating: ** 1/4 [Sir Oliver Humperdink interfered against Tito Santana.]
Last month, Santana was supposed to face Bill Eadie in the first round of the WWA Heavyweight Championship tournament but was unable to appear. Instead, Steve Williams filled his spot and went on to beat both Eadie AND Studd. Oliver Humperdink claims his men were more than prepared to face and defeat Santana, just as Studd did Hector Guerrero on that night. Had Santana showed up, Humperdink claims one of his men would be the WWA Heavyweight Champion today! It's safe to say the House is harboring some ill-will towards Santana. Guerrero & Santana showed no fear, though, as they took the fight right to Eadie and Studd. In the closing moments of the match, Santana had Studd reeling! Studd was still on his feet, but he was teetering. Santana called for the Flying Forearm which would surely knock Studd off his feet but as he bounced off the ropes, Humperdink reached up and grabbed his feet. Santana turned around and pulled Humperdink onto the ring apron by his collar. Humperdink pleaded for his life but Santana had no problems decking across the jaw! The crowd popped huge but Studd had recovered and as soon as Santana turned around Studd scooped him up and nailed him with Backbreaker! It was an easy pin for Studd after that as the House of Humperdink were victorious.
"The Madman from Sudan" Abdullah The Butcher makes his way to the ring for our next match. His eyes are wide and he's actually carrying a fork in his mouth! "Bullet" Bob Armstrong comes out next to great ovation. This feud has been escalating every time these guys get in the ring and tonight may be no different.
[Match with No Countouts] Abdullah the Butcher pinned Bob Armstrong with the Sudanese Elbowdrop in 0:09:21. Rating: * 1/4 [Brad Armstrong interfered against Abdullah the Butcher.]
The fight was on from the moment "Bullet" Bob entered the ring. Referee Bill Alfonso was definitely more lenient than usual as he let these two attempt to finish their grudge. It wasn't long before the fight went to the floor. Any other match and we would have had ourselves a double countout but with this stipulation these two were free to brawl wherever the fight would take them. However, the match still had to end INSIDE the ring. After nearly five minutes of fisticuffs on the floor, Abdullah started to tire. To escape Armstrong he rolled back into the ring. Armstrong, a bit winded and feeling the effects of Abdullah's offense slowly pulled himself onto the ring apron. Seeing an opening, Abdullah charged Armstrong knocking him from the ring apron and sternum first across the guardrail. Armstrong was having a tough time breathing, let alone moving. Once again, had this match not had a special stipulation, "Bullet" Bob would have been counted out. Bob's son Brad came to ringside to check on his dad. With his focus solely on his dad's well being he didn't notice Abdullah sneak up behind him. Abdullah nailed Brad in the back of the neck with a hard karate chop, spun him around, and body slammed him on the floor! Abdullah then rolled "Bullet" Bob back into the ring, dropped the Sudanese Elbow and picked him up the win. Then he spotted the fork. The fans were screaming for Bob to get out of there but he was helpless. Abdullah picked the fork up and sadistically licked it. His eyes widened as he prepared to use the fork on Bob. But Brad Armstrong had gained his bearings and snatched the fork from Abdullah's hand! Without even thinking Brad nailed Abdullah across the forehead with the fork! The blood trickled down Abdullah's forehead as he retreated from the ring shocked! Immediately following the match Brad Armstrong demanded a match with Abdullah The Butcher to get revenge for his father. He even went so far as to request a No Disqualifications Match!
After a brief intermission, "The Crippler" Ray Stevens makes his way to the ring for this Number One Contender's Match. His originally scheduled opponent, "Soulman" Rocky Johnson has not been cleared to compete tonight. Speculation is swirling that the damage done to his knee at the hands of Ray Stevens and Terry Funk is what has kept him from competing tonight. Instead, after an impressive showing earlier in the night against Jake Roberts, Ron Garvin has been granted this opportunity. The fans applaud Garvin as he makes his way to the ring for his second match of the night!
[Number-One-Contenders-Match] Ron Garvin pinned Ray Stevens with the Hands of Stone Punch in 0:14:00. Rating: *** 1/4 (Rocky Johnson no-showed.)
Stevens was quite vocal about Garvin being granted this match. He seemed to think he should be awarded the Top Contender's spot due to Johnson forfeiting but the match has already been made official. Stevens had the same idea as Jake Roberts did earlier in the night and that was to minimize the effect of Garvin's Hands of Stone. He used some pretty dirty tactics such as stomping on the hand of Garvin and even attempting to bend Garvin's fingers back! Stevens put a lot of focus on Garvin's left hand not realizing that Garvin had punching power in both fists. When Garvin saw the opportunity he took and laid Stevens out with the Hands of Stone Punch to pick up the win! Ron Garvin has earned himself a WWA Heavyweight Title in the future!
Gary Hart led The Ninja Express to the ring for the next match. The fans are relentless with their booing and taunting towards them. Their opponents tonight are a dream team of sorts as two of the world's most dazzling high flyers, Mil Mascaras and Tiger Mask, head to the ring for this match!
Mil Mascaras and Tiger Mask defeated The Ninja Express (Kendo Nagasaki and Mr. Pogo) when T. Mask pinned Mr. Pogo after a flying cross body press in 0:09:22. Rating: ** 1/4
Tensions among these men started last month when Gary Hart attempted to recruit Tiger Mask for his stable. When Tiger declined he was essentially jumped by The Ninja Express. Mascaras, having great respect for Tiger Mask, came out to help his friend. The Ninja Express didn't have many answers for the offense Mascaras & Tiger were bringing. At one point Mascaras dove off the top rope onto the Ninjas all the way on floor! Not long after Tiger Mask hit his own flying cross body press in the ring on Mr. Pogo to pick up the win. As the winner celebrated there was commotion in the aisle. Slowly coming to the ring was an enormous man. We soon found out this was ONE MAN GANG and he is apparently the newest addition to Gary Hart International! Hart ordered OMG to go into the ring! As he entered from the front, Kendo Nagasaki sneaked in from behind with the Kendo Stick and laid out Mascaras. Tiger Mask turned to attack Nagasaki but OMG snatched him and slammed him in the center of the ring! OMG then bounced off the ropes and came down onto Tiger Mask crushing him with a big splash! OMG is 300 lbs. heavier than Tiger Mask! Gary Hart ordered OMG to do it again and obliged crashing down onto Tiger Mask with a second big splash! The Fantastics then hit the ring and began brawling with Gary Hart International. Eventually a number of other fan favorites hit the ring forcing Gary Hart and his men to retreat. But the damage to Tiger Mask was severe. A stretcher was required to removed Tiger Mask from the ring and get him to a hospital as soon as possible. His return to WWA or professional wrestling for that matter is undoubtably in question.
Once the smoke had cleared from that last match, "Ravishing" Rick Rude headed to the ring for our next match. He's looking as arrogant and cocky as ever. His opponent tonight is a young man by the name of Shawn Michaels who is just getting his feet wet in the world of wrestling.
Rick Rude pinned Shawn Michaels with the Rude Awakening in 0:04:03. Rating: ** 3/4
This match was all Rick Rude. He imposed his will on Michaels from the very beginning of the match. This match could have easily ended in under a minute if it wasn't for Rude's constant showboating. Rude finally put Michaels out of his misery with the Rude Awakening. This win will absolutely boost Rude's ego!
It is now time for our Main Event! Out first was the challenger, "Dr. Death" Steve Williams! Williams could possibly have received the loudest ovation of the night. After his showing last month in the WWA Heavyweight Championship tournament he's gained an enormous fan following. Out next is the current WWA Heavyweight Champion, Terry Funk! He looked to be in no mood to deal with the fans jeering tonight which only made the fans boo him even more.
Terry Funk pinned Steve Williams after a school boy in 0:19:10. Rating: ** 1/2 (Terry Funk retained the WWA Heavyweight Title.)
Last month these two men wrestled each other after already wrestling two other matches in the night. Tonight, they're both fresh. But a fresh Steve Williams is a lot stronger than a fresh Terry Funk and Williams used that strength to his advantage. Funk looked like a rag doll as he was knocked all over the ring by Dr. Death! Funk's WWA Heavyweight title looked to be in serious jeopardy as Williams sized Funk up for what was sure to be a devastating tackle. But as Williams charged Funk dropped his shoulder and chop blocked Williams' knee. That's where Funk's many many years of experience over Williams would help him stay in this match. Funk went to work on Williams knee. If he could ground Williams he would take away that vertical base Williams needs for all of his suplexes and slams, namely the Oklahama Stampede. But the youngster has a lot of fight in him and when Funk couldn't put him away he started to rally back. This brought out the House of Humperdink and quickly Williams attention was on them. But before the House could get close to the ring Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero stopped them in their tracks! As Alfonso and Williams watched all four men brawling in the aisle, Terry Funk grabbed the ringside bell and nailed Williams in the back of the head with it. Once all four men had finally fought back through the curtain, Alfonso turned to see Funk pinning Williams. 1…. 2… NO! Williams kicked out! Funk grabbed the referee by his collared shirt, shouting at him that it should have been a three count! Williams, feeling all kinds of adrenaline, grabbed Terry Funk and hoisted him on his shoulder for the Oklahoma Stampede! But as he started to run, Funk slipped behind him, rolled him up with a school boy, and with a handful of tights picked up the win! Terry Funk rolled out of the ring and grabbed his WWA Heavyweight Championship! Williams couldn't believe he had lost again but the fans were still behind him. It's safe to say, though, that Williams has some scores to settle with the House of Humperdink.
Card Rating: ** 1/2 May 11, 1985 - COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA
Steve Williams, Tito Santana, & Hector Guerrero vs. Big John Studd, Bill Eadie, & Terry Funk No Disqualifications - Brad Armstrong vs. Abdullah The Butcher The Fantastics vs. The Ninja Express Mil Mascaras vs. One Man Gang
Though I'm a much bigger fan of Tonga and look forward to what he might end up doing in the universe, Haynes is a much easier guy to get behind pushing at this point.
Nice showcase for the Fantastics. Jannetty will get his chance to shine soon enough, and this is the role Jones is built for. Thinking the Fantastics have a good shot to be your first tag champs.
This is where Roberts excels. He's not quite full on evil yet, but that's where he's heading. Side note, and this is in no way meant to be a criticism of you but rather wrestling as a whole, but why is taking off the boot and using it a DQ? I mean, if it's on your foot, you can kick someone in the head with it, but not take it off and use it? Phooey. Anyway, looks like we'll see more of this feud. And, hopefully we'll have us more Garvin I actually find interesting.
Looks like the House of Humperdink are the #2 heels in WWA, which I'm okay with. Studd only has a limited shelf life due to his real life health issues, so this is a good use out of him. I think he'll get Santana and Williams over in a big way. Good match, and the right finish. Santana needs to eat a pin at least for no-showing the title tourney.
Brad, I appreciate how much you're looking out for your father, but a no-DQ match against Abdullah is suicide. I'm guessing that's what a lot of the match is going to be - Brad showing he can take a beating. Even if he loses (and my guess is he will), just showing he can withstand Abdullah's assaults in the Butcher's type of match will go a long way for Armstrong.
No-show bug strikes you again. We've all caught it at some point - just sucks you're getting it at the beginning. It makes sense though - a fledgling promotion would have to deal with this kind of thing from stars hitting them up for more money, taking "better bookings," etc. Garvin takes his place, and more impressively, beats Stevens! Title shot coming up for Garvin.
That's a hell of a way to debut One Man Gang. I've always been a big fan of the Gang, and have failed to sign him many times so far. I have to ask, is the Tiger Mask thing purely angle? Or did he quit on you? I also know in real life that he "retired" somewhere in this time frame (only to return the next year, but that's not the point).
It's going to be a lot of fun to follow HBK's career in the universe. It's odd seeing him start off as a job boy, but he did this role well early on in his career. Rude, however, I think is going to be an even bigger star for us than he was in real life.
Great main event. The writeup was money. Williams kicking out of a bell shot makes him even more credible. I think we have a star on our hands. I also love this booking of Funk. He doesn't need to cheat, but it's great when he does. He's just a shady dude. The 6-man should be a fun match to headline the Cow Palace. Good call not pulling the trigger so quickly on Garvin's title shot. Gives plenty of time for them to each handle their respective other feuds.
With the boot I'm pretty sure it's simply because you're removing the boot and swinging it as a weapon. Similar to choking someone with wrist tape. I believe in amateur wrestling, removing your head gear and swinging it at someone would also result in a DQ.
Tiger Mask didn't quit but he's retiring. He left wrestling around this time. I don't think he actually makes a return AS Tiger Mask until 1995. However, Tiger Mask II is active in Japan.
Haynes is one of those guys that I never was really into, but he was pushed pretty hard in the WWF. And he did get pretty good reactions. I look forward to what he does in the Universe. Maybe you can pull out a few tricks to get me to like him.
Sounds like a clean cut face vs. face tag team match. Fantastics are probably one of the teams you run with so they needed the win. I'm waiting to see how long you keep Michaels and Jannetty separate.
Fun bout between Roberts and Garvin. You've done a good job of introducing Roberts to the Universe, giving us a few ideas as to how he acts. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed reading about Garvin. I was unable to do much with him in his brief run in the NWF, but it looks like you are going to have better luck.
Santana had to pay for his no-show, but I hope it doesn't hinder his future too much in the WWA. I think he could make a serious run at the Heavyweight Title.
Bob Armstrong isn't having much luck with Abdullah. Having Brad come to his father's defense is a money angle, and can't wait to see the match between the two. Brad isn't exactly showing his intelligence by agreeing to a no dq match though.
Touch luck on the no-show. Looks like you've having some of the same bad luck I ran into for awhile.
Garvin fits in just fine as the first real challenger to Funk. Don't think it will last longer than one match though.
One Man Gang is a favorite of mine. His debut was pretty awesome. Laying out Mascaras and Tiger Mask is no small feat. This makes Gang a real threat in WWA now.
A squash match with Michaels filling in as the jobber is something I'd love to see. He bumped so well around this time.
You did a great job of letting Funk retain the title with a pinfall, but it didn't hurt Williams at all in the process. Helluva match.
Another good show that has me dying to see the next one.
It takes some time for me to get into circuits, but I'm getting good vibes from this one already.
Funk is the perfect champ in the start (much like Race was in NWF), and Williams makes a good (albeit surprising) top face. As I've mentioned earlier, I like the fact that you bring in Mexican and Japanese wrestlers, which is probably easier in California.
Post by hammerfist on Mar 12, 2013 14:51:35 GMT -5
The WWA is in Sacramento!
Haynes gets the win over Tonga. Haynes has more immediate upside, but Tonga’s the better long term prospect.
The Fantastics impress with a win over Marty and SD. No offense to SD, but Marty better stick to singles wrestling if that’s who he can get to team up with him.
Nice match between Garvin and Roberts that helps establish who both guys are.
The House of Humperdink is quite the impressive stable. I’m still bummed Santana no-showed last month, but it looks like he and Hector are teaming up. That should be a fun team.
You can’t fault Brad for getting vicious considering he was saving his dad. But No-DQ against Abby, that may not be a smart decision.
Nice cover for the Rocky’s no-show and Garvin with the upset. I’m impressed on how you’ve managed to turn two no-shows into opportunities to successfully elevate the two guys who were the replacements.
Bummer with Tiger Mask leaving but that is an impressive debut for the Gang. Gary Hart’s stable can give the HOH a run for their money. The Fantastics vs. The Ninja Express will be good, but I’m wondering how the heck Gang vs. Mascaras will go.
It’s the debut of a rookie Shawn Michaels! Rude with a good win.
Williams did not get the win, but he is definitely a top guy for you. Funk takes advantage to retain and the six man next show will be great.
I’m liking the collection of talent you have and eagerly await more WWA.
WWA - May 11, 1985 from The Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA
The World Wrestling Association returns to The Cow Palace for a huge night of wrestling action headlined by a massive six man tag team match!
Our opening contest pits the arrogant and brash man from Memphis, Tennessee, Wayne Farris, against the young and promising Marty Jannetty.
Wayne Farris pinned Marty Jannetty with the Swinging Neckbreaker in 0:12:26. Rating: *** 1/2
Both Farris and Jannetty have had their struggles here in the WWA thus far. If you asked Farris he would tell you it was just bad luck and that he's always the better man on any given night. Jannetty has always shown a lot of potential but with only having just over a year's worth of experience in wrestling under his belt he still has a lot to learn. That inexperience showed at the end of this match as he sent Farris into the ropes and ducked his head too early. Farris came off the ropes and was able to catch Jannetty with the Swinging Neckbreaker for the win. He then threw Jannetty out of the ring and continued celebrating. Jannetty didn't stay out of the ring for long though as he reentered and dropkicked Farris in the back sending him tumbling from the ring. The fans let Farris have it as he left the ringside area furious. A rematch between these two has been signed for next month's show in Los Angeles.
Up next, "The Crippler" Ray Stevens makes his way to the ring with a menacing look on his face. He's getting up there in age but he can still do a lot of damage between the ropes. His opponent, "Soulman" Rocky Johson, knows this first hand as he heads to the ring still sporting the knee brace he has worn since his first encounter with Stevens a couple months ago.
Rocky Johnson made Ray Stevens submit to a Boston Crab in 0:07:21. Rating: *** 1/2
These two were supposed to face each other last month in a Top Contender's match but rumor has it Johnson had to back out because of his injured knee. It has been a target of Stevens and Terry Funk in previous matches and judging by the extra padding and knee brace he's wearing tonight it could still be giving him some trouble. Stevens gameplan was obvious from the outset. He was going after Johnson's injured leg to force him to submit. However, what Stevens didn't expect was to get caught in a perfectly executed Boston Crab. Stevens had no choice but to submit once Johnson sat back and applied the pressure. The crowd exploded with cheers as "Soulman" celebrated his victory!
Our next match is a rematch from last month between Jake "The Snake" Roberts and "Hands of Stone" Ron Garvin. Roberts is out first to a chorus of boos. Last month he got himself disqualified by removing his boot and blatently using it as a weapon. He then attempted to add insult to injury with a DDT but Garvin was able to counter. Garvin gets a great reaction from the fans as he heads to the ring; his eyes fixated on Roberts.
Ron Garvin pinned Jake Roberts after a front-layout suplex in 0:08:57. Rating: **
Last month, following the DQ victory over Roberts, Garvin replaced Rocky Johnson in a Top Contender's Match that he won to earn himself a Championship Match in June. Roberts would absolutely climb the ranks here with a victory over Garvin but Garvin is on a hot streak right now. Plus, Garvin wanted this match more than Roberts to begin with as he feels he has a score to settle before heading into battle with Terry Funk next month. As expected we didn't see a lot of wrestling here. What we did see was a number of wild haymakers from Garvin while Roberts spent a lot of time defending himself and powdering outside of the ring. Roberts was able to get a small advantage with a simple thumb to the eye but Garvin was never really in any danger of getting caught in the DDT. In the end, as much as Roberts was avoiding the Right Hand of Garvin it was a front-layout suplex that caught him by surprise and enabled Garvin to pick up the win.
RINGSIDE INTERVIEW WITH RON GARVIN
Interviewer Ken Resnick met up with Ron Garvin at ringside after the match to get some words from him about his upcoming WWA Heavyweight Championship Match next month in Los Angeles against Terry Funk. Garvin put over his Top Contender's Match last week saying that when opportunity knocks, you answer the door. Despite already having wrestled that night he said that it's not every day you get a chance to earn a shot at the WWA Heavyweight Champion Terry Funk. As soon as Garvin uttered his name Terry Funk stormed ringside. Funk was shouting that Garvin was a standby replacement and hadn't actually earned a thing. He warned that next month in Los Angeles Garvin is going to find out exactly what it takes to be the WWA Champion and that Garvin doesn't have it in him. Garvin began his rebuttle but was blindsided by Jake Roberts! Funk walked away while Roberts dished out some punishment. Roberts grabbed Garvin for the DDT but Garvin rammed him into the ring apron. Then Garvin threw a wild right hand that would have knocked Roberts into next Tuesday but Roberts ducked and ran for higher ground! Garvin had some last words for Terry Funk saying he's coming for the WWA Heavyweight title and the first thing he's going to do as Champion is make snakeskin out of Jake Roberts!
Out first for our next match is The Ninja Express followed by their manager Gary Hart who is carrying the kendo stick. Hart always looks like he may be up to no good but one thing is always certain; his men are ready. They get no support from the audience but clearly they don't care. Their opponents, however, get a great reaction! The Fantastics head to the ring high fiving as many fans at ringside as they could reach.
The Ninja Express (Kendo Nagasaki and Mr. Pogo) defeated The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) when Mr. Pogo pinned T. Rogers in 0:09:02. Rating: **
The pace was quick early on as The Fantastics made a number of quick tags in and out, overwhelming The Ninjas. Gary Hart instructed his men numerous times to step out of the ring and regroup. The Ninjas finally got some offense in after Bobby Fulton was caught with a questionable martial arts chop to the throat region by Nagasaki. The Ninjas tactics are downright violent and sometimes borderline illegal. While they dished out the punishment Tommy Rogers' blood was boiling on the ring apron. When Hart finally instructed The Ninjas to put Fulton away Mr. Pogo took his sweet time setting Fulton up for the Powerbomb. So long that Fulton was able to backdrop Pogo and make the hot tag to Rogers! Rogers hit the ring with a fury, bouncing Pogo from corner to corner. Nagasaki entered the ring to try to slow Rogers down but he was met with a dropkick. Fulton, still clearing the cobwebs entered the ring to keep Nagasaki at bay but this distracted referee Dean Ross momentarily. With Ross's back turned, Gary Hart saw an opportunity. As Tommy Rogers scooped Pogo up for what could have been a bodyslam Gary Hart took the kendo stick and cracked Rogers in the back of the knee, buckling his leg. Pogo landed on top of him as Ross turned around to make the three count! Gary Hart International steals one from The Fantastics! They retreated ringside as quickly as they could as both Fantastics and the fans attempted to inform referee Ross of Gary Hart's cheating but the decision is final.
Gary Hart wasn't gone for long as he brought his newest acquisition, One Man Gang, out for our next match. Gang is an enormous man who is responsible for putting Tiger Mask on the shelf last month after a series of big splashes. The roof of the Cow Palace nearly came off as his opponent headed to the ring - Mil Mascaras! Mascaras hasn't backed down from anyone in his life and he doesn't look to be intimidated in the slightest by One Man Gang.
Mil Mascaras defeated One Man Gang by disqualification in 0:07:05. Rating: 1/2* [The Ninja Express interfered against Mil Mascaras.]
Mascaras's strategy was a bit peculiar. Despite being outweighed and outmuscled, Mascaras seemed to think his traditional way of approaching a match would work against the Gang. He attempted to lock up with the big man but Gang was having none of it. He attempted to put a headlock on him too, but Gang just shoved him off. In a last ditch effort to actually try a wrestling hold Mascaras went for a go-behind. His arms barely wrapped around the Gang's waist. Gang easily backed Mascaras into the corner, smashing him with all of his weight. From then the Gang methodically clubbed away at the masked hero almost toying with him. Mascaras constantly threw punches at the Gang's midsection but they had little to no effect. In the closing moments the Gang whipped Mascaras into the ropes but he held on. Gang charged and Mascaras dropped and pulled the rope down at the same time sending the Gang toppling over to the floor. Mascaras quickly climbed to the top rope and dove off taking the Gang down with a beautiful cross body press! In no time the Ninja Express hit ringside and attacked Mascaras promptly causing a disqualification. It wasn't long before The Fantastics were ringside as well trading punches with Gary Hart International! When the smoke finally cleared The Fantastics and Mascaras were on their feet in the ring and Gary Hart International were retreating and vowing revenge. These six men will collide next month and attempt to finish this fight in a Six Man Tag Team Match!
After intermission, Brad Armstrong headed to the ring along with his dad "Bullet" Bob for what we thought was going to be the highly anticipated No Disqualifications Match between Brad and Abdullah The Butcher. However, the elder Armstrong requested Ken Resnick join them in the ring with the microphone. "Bullet" Bob announced to the audience that under no circumstances would he ever allow his son at this stage in his career step into such a match against a man who is capable of anything, including cutting his son's career short. Brad looked highly upset with his father's decision as did the fan's in the Cow Palace. As the Armstrongs bickered back and forth in the ring "THE CRIPPLER" RAY STEVENS made his way to the ring. Stevens spoke into the microphone that he doesn't blame Bob for his decision. He says going into a No DQ match with a man like Abdullah is practically suicide. He goes on to remind Brad about all the things Abdullah has done to his father, obviously taking verbal jabs at "Bullet" Bob. Bob was hearing none of it and wanted a piece of Stevens right there but Brad stepped up. He said he was already prepared to wrestle tonight and if he couldn't have Abdullah, he'd gladly accept a match against Stevens. Stevens found this humorous until he realised Brad was serious. He then said "let's see whatcha got, kid." Bob stepped out of the ring and left the match in the hands of his son, Brad.
Brad Armstrong pinned Ray Stevens with a small package in 0:06:28. Rating: *** 1/4 (Abdullah the Butcher no-showed.)
This wasn't quite the bloodbath the fans were anticipating with Abdullah The Butcher but they got an inspiring debut performace from Brad Armstrong nonetheless. Stevens has been around the business for a very long time and to say he took young Brad lightly would be an understatement. He basically embarassed Brad from the outset countering every wrestling hold and move Brad attempted. His arrogance got the best of him in the end, though. Stevens had just planted Brad with a vertical suplex and took his time following it up. Instead he shouted at the fans and mocked "Bullet" Bob who was watching at ringside. When he finally went back to Brad, Brad reached up and pulled Stevens into a textbook small package to score an upset win over The Crippler! Stevens was beside himself! Brad rolled out of the ring not even aware he had just scored possibly the upset of the year! Stevens fumed in the ring as Bob informed his son he had won!
Up next, King Tonga gets set to square off against S.D. Jones. Both Tonga and Jones have had a rough start in the WWA and both are looking to turn things around tonight. Tonga didn't waste anytime as he got right to work attacking Jones as Jones removed his ring jacket.
King Tonga defeated S.D. Jones by countout in 0:03:19. Rating: 1/4*
This match was pretty much all Tonga. We saw Tonga utilize a number of quick strikes and an incredibly effective nerve hold. It wasn't long before Tonga simply tossed Jones out of the ring and continued the onslaught on the floor. After a few headbutts dazed Jones, Tonga put him down for good with a savate kick. Jones hit the concrete hard and Tonga took a countout victory. The referee tried to raise Tonga's hand but he pulled it away and exited the ring. Tonga was all business tonight and he sent a message that whoever steps into the ring with him had better be well prepared.
Making his way to the ring for our next match is "Ravishing" Rick Rude. He has a bit of a strut to his walk that just gets under the skin of the fans. Well, most of the fans. It would appear that Rude has quite a bit of female admirers. His opponent is Billy Jack Haynes and he receives much more fanfare as he makes his way to the ring!
Rick Rude pinned Billy Jack Haynes with the Rude Awakening in 0:16:29. Rating: **** 1/4
Both of these men have all the tools to make it to great heights in professional wrestling but they clearly look to be taking different paths to achieve that. Rude, as gifted technically as he is, will not hesitate to bend the rules to gain an upper hand. Haynes is a powerhouse that is tough to keep down and his arsenal of moves is impressive. This match went back and forth as both guys showed resiliance and determination. At one point the action spilled to the ringside area where Haynes was driven hard into the ring post shoulder first. He favored that shoulder for the remainder of the match and it limited his power offense. In the end Haynes saw an opening to apply his Full Nelson submission but he couldn't quite get his fingers locked due to the injury to his shoulder. As Rude broke from Haynes grip he spun behind Haynes, grabbed his head, and turned him into the Rude Awakening! This was enough for Rude to get the win but he was too banged up really celebrate his win. This was a hell of a match that could have gone either way and I'm sure we haven't seen the last between these two.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time for your Main Event! Sir Oliver Humperdink led his monstrous duo of Bill "The Axe" Eadie & Big John Studd to the ring. They were followed by the current WWA Heavyweight Champion, Terry Funk. Funk exchanged words with some fans that quickly escalated to Funk shouting and only ended after Funk threatened them with his branding iron. Their opponents are three of the most popular men in WWA. Tito Santana, Hector Guerrero, and Steve Williams came out to a huge ovation! They look pumped up and ready for action.
House of Humperdink (Big John Studd and Bill Eadie) and Terry Funk and Tito Santana, Steve Williams and Hector Guerrero battled to a no contest in 0:33:02. Rating: **** 1/4 [Sir Oliver Humperdink interfered against Steve Williams.]
The heat between these men is red hot. "Dr. Death" Steve Williams has been a thorn in Funk's side since he came onto the scene. On two seperate occassions he was very close to pinning Funk only to have Funk come up with some underhanded tactic to escape with a win. Meanwhile, the House of Humperdink have had their hands full with Santana & Guerrero lately. Eadie & Studd have egos to match their size and proving there dominance every time out is a priority but Santana & Guerrero have made that difficult for them. All six men brought their best tonight and put on what has to be WWA's early Match of the Year. Even after it was announced that 30 minutes had already passed neither team had a distinct advantage. Referee Bill Alfonso was working his butt off trying to maintain control throughout the match but occasionally it would break down with all six men getting in on the action at once. Finally, in the end, after Sir Oliver Humperdink attempted to interject himself into the match causing another chaotic brawl and Alfonso had no choice but to throw the match out!
The battle raged on for another minute after the bell had sounded and when the dust settled Sir Oliver found himself alone in the ring with Santana, Guerrero, & Williams. He pleaded with them to spare him but no chance. They knocked him back and forth with a few punches sending the crowd into a frenzy! Big John Studd eventually was able to reach in, grab Humperdink's ankle, and pull him out of the ring to safety. When Humperdink gained his bearings he grabbed the ringside microphone and issued a couple of challenges for next month in Los Angeles! First off he wanted Santana & Guerrero to step in the ring with Studd & Eadie again since it's obvious nothing has been settled tonight. Santana & Guerrero had no problems with the challenge. Humperdink then moved on to Dr. Death informing him that he put his hands on the wrong guy tonight. He said he's got just the guy to teach Williams a lesson. Williams doesn't back down from anyone and he happily accepted Humperdink's challenge!
Card Rating: **1/4
June 8, 1985 - MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA - Los Angeles, CA
Nice little match to kick things off at the Cow Palace. Jannetty showing some flashes of brilliance, but he still has a ways to go. Could see him pulling out the rematch next month.
Well, no real punishment for Rocky after missing the last show as he gets a solid duke over Stevens.
If Garvin is going to be wrestling for the title, he needs a strong win over Roberts. Thought that feud might have a little more mileage, but circumstance changed your booking, surely.
Fun interview with Garvin. Looks like we'll be seeing more of this feud after all, which I am all for. A possible Funk/Roberts alliance?
The Ninja Express are growing on me. I'm not a fan of this group in real life, but they're good scary heels for faces to eventually beat in feuds.
Well Mascaras, you just look stupid. Why would you try to match power with the Gang? I hope Mascaras gets squashed. You've done a good job at booking him realistically though. A DQ loss here, a 6-man tag where if his team loses, he won't be the one taking the fall, etc.
Uh oh... Abdullah no-show. Liked the promo with Bullet Bob trying to protect his son. I think he will try to protect him one too many times eventually until Brad snaps.
Nice win for Brad though. Sure, Stevens had already wrestled, but he's a veteran - he should be able to slow Brad down no problem. I think Brad is someone who will have more success in this universe than in real life.
King Tonga is a bad ass. Haku/Meng is someone I can see doing bigger things too. I know he's on my watch list to steal from you in the future.
Great match with Rude/Haynes. Liked the psychology of the ending. Haynes lost clean, but didn't look like a schmuck in losing. Heck, his shoulder was hurt! Doubt that matters one bit to Rude though.
Hot ending to the show. Doing a DQ/no contest for a main event can be risky. It can come off underwhelming if the angle isn't hot. Luckily, this angle was spot on. No problem with the way it ended. And we get two damn good matches set up for LA.
Farris needed this win. Jannetty has plenty of time to make a name for himself so jobbing here doesn't hurt him.
I liked Stevens going for the submission, but Johnson surprising Stevens with his own for the win. Good story telling.
Pretty easy win for Garvin. He needs some wins like this to show him as a threat to Funk.
That was a great interview segment with Garvin. I can't believe how much more I like him in WWA than I ever did in NWF. I like having Roberts sneak attack him during his confrontation with Funk. I don't think this is over for Roberts.
Pretty big win for the Ninja Express. Fanstastics are no pushovers.
Clever way to get Mascaras out of his match with the Gang with no one suffering a pinfall. I think it's okay to job Mascaras here and there, but you've done a good job of making it feel like it won't happen. The six man tag should be fun.
I love OMG, BTW.
Frikkin' Abdullah. He ruined a great angle there. Was looking forward to the match between Brad and the Butcher. Can't imagine the fans were too happy either with the replacement match. The upset was a nice touch to make sure the fans were somewhat satisfied. Don't know where you go with this from here. Does "Bullet" Bob keep protecting Brad from violent matches?
Not often you see such a squash of a name like SD Jones. Jones sounded like he was utterly destroyed. King Tonga might have big things ahead of him.
That has to be an upset for Rude to go over Haynes. The ring psychology of the match was nice with Haynes injuring his shoulder and being unable to apply to the Full Nelson. I want to see these two clash again. Could be fun with Rude thinking he is a ladies man while Haynes gets all the attention from the females.
Normally I don't like no contests, but there is a place for them. This one worked out just fine. Sets up some nice matches for the show in June as well.
Really fun show. Enjoying the heck out of the WWA right now.
As for the controversy, it doesn't surprise me that Abdullah would refuse to put over Brad. I could see the logic in thinking Brad hadn't earned that right just yet. Either way, Abdullah has proven to be a pain in the ass. I wouldn't mind using him as some foil for Hogan though.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on Mar 16, 2013 15:09:08 GMT -5
While you got a good main event scene going and doing a good job of building up guys like Williams, and Funk is a perfect champion for you right now, I think you're building a star in Rude. I think he's going to be the one to really put WWA on the map.
And damn it Abdullah. You gotta go and ruin a great feud with the Armstrongs. That had a lot of potential behind it.
The Cow Palace has hosted a lot of great wrestling in this universe, I hope the WWA can live up to it!
Farris defeats the youngster in a good contest. I wonder if we'll ever see Janetty and Michaels in the same promotion here in this universe.
Wearing a brace like that is like wearing a bullseye on your chest. The Crippler targets in on the weak knee and wins comfortably.
I mix the two Garvins in this universe. Ron needed the win before his title match.
Gary Hart and the kendo stick is the decider for the Ninja Express. The Fantastics need to do something to neutralize that advantage.
One Man Gang is WWA's King Kong Bundy / Big John Studd, and it will be interesting to see how you book him. I think both Ryan and Josh feel it's a big challenge booking a huge monster like that without having him be world champion.
I think the upset was quite good booking. I don't know if this means you had intended Brad to defeat Abdullah or not, but it is huge for Brad, and not too bad for Stevens (being a small package and all). He should probably win a rematch though if your plans is to have Stevens at the high end of the card.
Tonga wins. Next.
Great match with Rude and Haynes. Rude has the tools to become a big star in this universe, hope you can keep him happy in WWA!
Great chaotic main event. Funk is busy with Ron Garvin next month, so it makes sense to book Williams against a surprise opponent.
WWA - June 8, 1985 from The Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, CA
The Memorial Sports Arena is packed for WWA's debut here in Los Angeles! There are scores to be settled tonight as well as a high profile WWA Heavyweight Title Match as Terry Funk makes his second title defense against "Hands of Stone" Ron Garvin!
The roof nearly came unglued as Mil Mascaras and The Fantastics were the first to come through the curtain for our opening match. High fives were handed out as usual but this trio of good guys were all business tonight. That's because their opponents were rivals Gary Hart International. Gary Hart led his stable to the ring ignoring the insults and taunting of the fans. Last month Gary Hart assisted his team, The Ninja Express, in defeating The Fantastics. Then later that night he attempted to do some serious damage to Mil Mascaras by ordering all three of his men, One Man Gang included, to lay a beating on him. Fortunately The Fantastics put a stop to that before it was too late. That leads us into tonight's opening six man tag team match!
The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) and Mil Mascaras defeated Gary Hart International (Kendo Nagasaki, Mr. Pogo and One Man Gang) when Mascaras pinned Mr. Pogo with the Flying Cross Body Press in 0:15:22. Rating: ** 1/4
The Fantastics did a lot of the work early on demonstrating fluid tag team offense against all three of Gary Hart's men. The fans roared when Mascaras was tagged in. He put on a tremendous show demonstrating a variety of holds that many north of the border have never seen. However, One Man Gang used his sheer size advantage to swing the tide of the match. Tommy Rogers was on the receiving end of a lot of punishment but he refused to quit. Guts and fortitude is what enabled Rogers to rally and eventually tag Mascaras! Mascaras came in throwing chops at The Ninja Express knocking the breath right out of them. One Man Gang tried to intervene but The Fantastics met him with a double dropkick causing the big man to stumble backwards and get his arms tied up in the ropes. This gave Mil Mascaras the opening to put away Mr. Pogo with the Flying Cross Body Press!
We learned after the match that the WWA returns to San Francisco on June 29th where there will be a 4-team tournament to crown the very first WWA Tag Team Champions! The Fantastics and The Ninja Express have both been entered into the tournament!
Up next, Rick Rude makes his way down the aisle. He's mostly boo'd but he definitely has some female admirers which is exactly the reaction he feeds off of. As he gets closer to the ring he notices one female is giving him a look as if she's disgusted by his presence. He puckers his lips in her direction but she's completely turned off by him and actually turns her back! This gets under Rude's skin but he needs to focus because his opponent starts making his way to the ring; "Soulman" Rocky Johnson!
Rocky Johnson pinned Rick Rude after a small package in 0:11:43. Rating: *** 1/2
Johnson is coming off a big win over Ray Stevens last month and looked to continue his momentum against Rude. It was tough for him to keep up with the younger and quicker Rude, though. It didn't take long for Rude to get an upper hand in this match and keep it. At one point he nearly earned a countout victory after sending Johnson over the ropes with a clothesline. As referee Eddie Gersh put on the count Rude turned his attention to the female fan who earlier in the night showed she wanted no part of him. Rude gyrated his hips to which she responded once again with a disgusted look. Then she held up a sign bearing the name of who she really came to see; "BILLY JACK HAYNES!" This enraged Rude! At the same, Johnson was rolling back in the ring. Rude reached down to grab Johnson but Johnson hooked him in a small package to get the win out of nowhere! Rude couldn't believe it! The anti-Rude female fan laughed and taunted him as he stomped back to the locker room area.
With this impressive win, "Soulman" Rocky Johnson has been awarded an opportunity to wrestle in a Top Contender's Match on June 29th against Mil Mascaras!
Our next match stems from what happened last month when Brad Armstrong picked up an upset victory over Ray Stevens. Embarrassed and angry Stevens demanded that Brad Armstrong get back in the ring with him. But Brad's father, "Bullet" Bob, knows Stevens all too well and said the only way that would happen is in a tag team match. "The Crippler" Ray Stevens looked to be in a very bad mood as he headed to the ring. His tag team partner tonight is Shawn Michaels. Based on the fact that they came to the ring separately and didn't even speak it was pretty obvious that Stevens didn't care who his partner was as long as he got his hands on the Armstrongs. Speaking of which, The Armstrongs received a great reception as they came to the ring.
Bob Armstrong and Brad Armstrong defeated Ray Stevens and Shawn Michaels when Bob Armstrong defeated Michaels via pinfall in 0:09:03. Rating: **
Stevens and "Bullet" Bob were in the ring when the bell rang but Stevens demanded Bob tag in Brad. Bob declined and waited for Stevens to tie up but Stevens frustratingly tagged in Shawn Michaels. Michaels was then on the receiving end of a very unified offensive from the father-son duo. Stevens had seen enough and rushed Brad Armstrong while he was in the ring and nearly knocked the youngster out with forearm to the back of the head. The referee tried to back him away but "Bullet" Bob was already on the attack. "Bullet" Bob and Stevens exchanged punches until Stevens put a thumb in Bob's eye and threw him through the ropes. Stevens turned his attention to Brad and charged but Brad sent him head over heals with a backdrop! Then Brad hit a jawbreaker on the unsuspecting Michaels and picked up the win!
While The Armstrongs celebreated their win with the fans at ringside Ray Stevens took it upon himself to teach Shawn Micheals a lesson! As the referee helped a dazed Michaels to his feet Stevens chopblocked his knee. Michaels went down holding his leg while Stevens stomped away attempting to cause a bad injury. The Armstrongs saw what was going on and chased Stevens off. Stevens left ringside shouting all kinds of threats towards The Armstrongs.
Not long after the match we found out that The Armstrongs have put their names into the WWA Tag Team Championship tournament on June 29th!
Coming up we have a rematch from last month. Headed to the ring first is the highly irritating Wayne Farris. The fans are quick to let him know they can't tolerate his arrogance one bit. His opponent is Marty Jannetty who is getting quite a bit of fanfare as of late. Last month Farris showed a complete lack of respect for Jannetty by tossing him out of the ring after beating him. Well Jannetty wasn't going to take that lying down and gave him a receipt right away. Tonight Jannetty plans on beating some respect into Farris.
Marty Jannetty pinned Wayne Farris with a sunset flip in 0:13:40. Rating: ** 3/4
Jannetty hasn't had the best of luck thus far in WWA but tonight we saw a lot offense from him that we haven't seen before. He was turning heads and impressing many. Farris wasn't impressed however. At any point in the match when Farris had the upper hand he would be sure the fans realized that he was in charge. He taunted them and Jannetty relentlessly. But showboating doesn't win matches and in this case, sunset flips do. Farris made a rookie mistake ducking his head a little early after shooting Jannetty into the ropes and the quick thinking Jannetty executed a brilliant sunset flip to pick up the win! Farris vehemently argued with referee Eddie Gersh but it was official. Jannetty wins!
Things aren't settled between Jannetty and Farris and the rubber match has been signed for June 29th!
Jake Roberts is first out for our next match. He has earned himself a bad reputation and he wouldn't have it any other way. Conniving and deceptive, Roberts always has bad intentions on his mind. His opponent tonight is one of WWA's most popular wrestlers, Billy Jack Haynes! The female fan with the "BILLY JACK HAYNES" sign is overjoyed when Haynes gets near her. She shows her devotion to him by actually pulling his jacket to get him close enough to hug him. Haynes obliges before getting into the ring to start the match.
Jake Roberts pinned Billy Jack Haynes with the DDT in 0:12:07. Rating: ** 3/4 [Rick Rude interfered against Billy Jack Haynes.]
Roberts did a good job dictating the pace tonight by slowing Haynes down early and keeping the pressure on. There's nothing pretty about Roberts' offense but it's methodical and effective. Haynes was able to mount a comeback though and looked to be headed toward a victory when RICK RUDE made his way to ringside. Rude didn't look too concerned with the actions in the ring but rather that female fan at ringside. Rude obviously was still a bit perturbed that she favored Haynes over him and when she saw him she was quick to remind of him of that fact. Rude snatched her "BILLY JACK HAYNES" sign and tore it to shreds. All the commotion at ringside got Haynes attention who quickly notified the referee of what was happening. Haynes exchanged a few words with Rude while the referee ordered Rude away from the fans and ringside. This minor distraction enabled Roberts to spin Haynes around and plant him with the DDT to pick up the win! I'm not sure who was more upset, Haynes or his female admirer.
A NEW WRESTLER ARRIVES IN WWA
After intermission Ken Resnick stands at ringside with a microphone. He asks the crowd to join him in welcoming WWA's newest wrestling acquisition… MAGNUM T.A.!! The fans wouldn't believe it until they see it and when Magnum emerged through the curtain they gave him a great ovation! He waved to the arena with a smile on his face and shook hands with Ken Resnick. Resnick said it was great to have Magnum exclusively in WWA and asks what Magnum has in store for us. Magnum says he's wrestled in front of some big crowds in his career but never had he heard an ovation quite like that! Magnum goes on to say that he's heard a lot about WWA and how the competition here is some of the best in the world. He wanted to surround himself with the very best to prove that he's one of the top wrestlers in the world today. As he continues, he's is interrupted by Gary Hart and One Man Gang. Magnum doesn't look intimidated by either man but he definitely has his guard up just in case they try something. Hart sarcastically welcomes Magnum to the WWA before throwing out a challenge. He says Magnum is a long way from being one of the top wrestlers in the world. He lets Magnum know that if he really wants to see what he's made of then on June 29th he'll step in the ring with One Man Gang! Gang signals that he would break Magnum in half. Magnum doesn't back down one bit and accepts Hart's challenge!
It's time for our next match. Sir Oliver Humperdink leads the massive duo of Big John Studd & Bill Eadie to the ring. The House of Humperdink looks poised to do some major damage tonight. Their opponents are the ultra popular tag team of Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero! This is a highly anticipated match as both teams look to end this feud once and for all tonight!
Hector Guerrero and Tito Santana defeated House of Humperdink (Big John Studd and Bill Eadie) when T. Santana pinned Eadie after a flying clothesline in 0:20:11. Rating: ** 1/4
Guerrero & Santana were always viewed as underdogs against Studd & Eadie but they've shown on numerous occasions that they can hang in their with biggest and baddest men around. There was a fire in their eyes tonight like we haven't seen before. The crowd was on edge as they cheered for Guerrero & Santana to pick up a win tonight. The House of Humperdink would not be swayed, though. They reveled in the boos and it only inspired them to pound on the fan favorites without mercy. In the closing moments of the match Santana & Guerrero were rallying. It took a double clothesline to send Studd over the ropes and to the arena floor. Santana then jumped up to the second rope and came off with a flying clothesline on Eadie to pick up the win! The House of Humperdink couldn't believe they had lost!
Following this win, Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero have been named the fourth and final team entered into the WWA Tag Team Championship tournament on June 29th in San Francisco!
"Dr. Death" Steve Williams was the first man out for our next match! He looked pumped up and ready to go and the fans were happy to see him. Last month Sir Oliver Humperdink challenged Williams to face a wrestler of his choosing. We were about to find out just who that would be. Humperdink walked through the curtain first still looking a bit angry about what went down in the previous match. But a big smile came over his face when none other than ADRIAN ADONIS stepped through the curtain as the challenger!
Steve Williams defeated Adrian Adonis by disqualification in 0:13:52. Rating: *** [Sir Oliver Humperdink interfered against Steve Williams.]
The fans recognized Adonis immediately and despite any previous accolades he may have in the wrestling universe they were none too happy to see him with Humperdink. Williams welcomed the challenge but it was going to be tough. It was clear early that Humperdink and Adonis had scouted Williams and they had the advantage in no time. Adonis was very aggressive in his attempts to defeat Williams. Both he and Humperdink were growing agitated by Williams reluctance to quit. With the fans cheering him on Williams was able to fight back eventually slam Adonis down with the Oklahoma Stampede! Humperdink was not about to just sit around and let another of his men lose in the center of the ring. He jumped right into the ring to break up the pin attempt and cause a disqualification. He quickly regretted it as Williams stood up and stalked him. Williams scooped up Humperdink over his shoulder and was planning to give him an Oklahoma Stampede but Adonis broke that up! Adonis knocked Williams down and began putting the boots to him. Additional referees were required to pull Adonis off. When Williams came to he rushed up the aisle in search of his foes.
On June 29th, Steve Williams will get a chance at revenge as he will once again go one-on-one with Adrian Adonis!
Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time for your Main Event! And it is for the WWA Heavyweight Championship! First, the challenger. "Hands of Stone" Ron Garvin heads to the ring looking more serious than we have ever seen him. He's got the support of the fans behind him. And then the Champion. From the Double Cross Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, Terry Funk! Funk makes his way to the ring with tobacco juice running off his chin, branding iron in hand, and the WWA Heavyweight title around his waist. He makes the fans sick!
Terry Funk pinned Ron Garvin after a roundhouse right in 0:21:12. Rating: ** 3/4 (Terry Funk retained the WWA Heavyweight Title.) [Jake Roberts interfered against Ron Garvin.]
Funk started this match off bad mouthing Garvin showing just how little respect he has for the challenger. He even started poking at Garvin's chest letting him know that he didn't deserve to be in the ring with the Heavyweight Champion! Garvin had heard enough and shoved Funk down onto his backside. Funk was now agitated and the fight was on! Funk is quite the brawler but not compared to Garvin. Garvin was in his element while this match resembled more of a fight than a wrestling match. After a quick brawl around ringside Funk slowed Garvin down with a swift kick to the ribs as Garvin reentered the ring. It was all Funk from there as he took his time waring down Garvin. He focused heavily on Garvin's leg to soften him up for the Spinning Toe Hold but also sneaked in a lot of closed fists despite referee Bill Alfonso's warnings. Garvin's adrenaline started pumping though and he was fighting his way back into the match before JAKE ROBERTS came to ringside. He and Garvin have formed a bitter rivalry as of late of Roberts was out there to ensure Garvin would not achieve his goal of becoming WWA Champion. Roberts jumped up on the ring apron and grabbed the referee's attention. Garvin was quick to step in as well and hit Roberts with one of his signature Hands of Stone punches! Roberts went down like a sack of potatoes but not before dropping a foreign object into the ring. Funk slipped the object over his knuckles and cocked back to hit Garvin. Garvin instinctively threw a punch of his own and both men knocked each other out! Unfortunately for Garvin, he fell to his back. And Funk collapsed on top of Garvin! Both were motionless but Funk was covering Garvin! The referee turned his attention away from Roberts and counted Garvin's shoulders down for the 3!
Your winner and STILL WWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION… TERRY FUNK!
What an unfortunate turn of events for Ron Garvin. He will likely earn himself another shot at the champion another day but right now he's focused on Jake Roberts. Those two will go toe-to-toe on June 29th in a match that has the potential to be very, very physical!
Card Rating: **1/2
June 29, 1985 - COW PALACE - San Francisco, CA
WWA TAG TEAM TITLES TOURNAMENT - The Fantastics, The Ninja Express, The Armstrongs, and Tito Santana & Hector Guerrero Top Contender's Match - Mil Mascaras vs. Rocky Johnson Marty Jannetty vs. Wayne Farris Magnum T.A. vs. One Man Gang Steve Williams vs. Adrian Adonis Ron Garvin vs. Jake Roberts
Hot opener. I can't stand Mascaras, but given where you were and his position in wrestling, it's hard to do better than that to kick off a show. Also nice that we'll hopefully get more Fantastics/Ninja Express in the tag title tourney.
What woman would dare spurn the advances of Rick Rude!?
I love the 80s, where a female fan holding a sign of a rival wrestler is enough to spurn a feud. A loss like that doesn't hurt Rude at all as now he's obviously going to blame Haynes for this.
Rocky vs. Mascaras is interesting? You figure Mascaras wins. I don't see him being around long term, so getting a Heavyweight Title match out of him makes plenty of sense.
I love a surly old veteran. Stevens fits that mold perfectly and is great for a regional fed like this. He still has issues with the Armstrongs to work out, but now he will surely try taking a young Michaels to school.
Jannetty gets a return win over the man who would be king... impersonator. I like this mini feud. Not a lot to it - just a couple of young guys getting to showcase what they do.
This female fan is getting more over than most females have so far. Haha. I wasn't surprised Rude got involved. Gets Roberts a win, and adds a new wrinkle to Haynes/Rude as a feud.
Stupid Magnum T.A. Good debut promo for him though. Standard, but effective. Going right up against One Man Gang is a tall order though. I'm rooting for the Gang to squash Magnum for making me fire him.
Lot of face teams in the tag title tournament. Santana and Hector are my picks to take it though. They'd be the most popular in this region right now. And they just beat Eadie & Studd, which is huge.
Glad to see Humperdink get something positive going for him right now. Adonis is a nice hired henchman for now. His experience should help Williams out a lot.
Loved the old school finish to Funk/Garvin. It's a finish that would get shit on today, but in 1985, it's just the type of finish that would make fans go, "C'mon! Garvin should have won the title!" It makes people salivate to see a rematch. But not yet... Garvin vs. Roberts is next.