TV REPORTS 7/17 NWA Wildside TV review: Cross vs. Coleman vs. V for World TV Title Shot
Jul 20, 2004 - 9:48:00 PM
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By Larry Goodman, Torch Team Contributor
NWA Wildside TV review
Aired in national syndication on July 17, 2004
Taped at the NWA Arena in Cornelia, Ga on June 19, 2004
By Larry Goodman, Torch Team Contributor
Steven Prazak and Dan "The Dragon" Wilson opened the latest edition of NWA Wildside with Freedom Fight '04 looming on the horizon. Wilson said that last week's show featured a monumental encounter, as Onyx faced the challenge of the World Television Champion, "The Role Model" Jason Cross. Jeremy V came out on the ramp. Onyx capitalized on the distraction to retain.
Prazak said that tonight, Onyx would learn the identity of his opponent at Freedom Fight, known to be a former NWA Wildside Heavyweight Champion. In the main event, Caprice Coleman, Jeremy V and Ray Gordy were scheduled to square off with the winner to receive a World TV Title shot at the big show.
A frustrated Caprice Coleman addressed situation surrounding the World TV Title. Coleman said he had been down this road before, going after a belt that he never lost, a title that should be his. Coleman wasn't happy about Gordy being thrown into the title picture, but he would break him down just the same.
I'm sick and tired of coming in tryin' to chase up to something I already had. My destiny doesn't stop here, and my peak wasn't last year. My peak is in the future. My peak is comin'. My peak, matter of fact, is now. So if you wanna come up with all these stipulations...to get me where I'm already supposed to be at, bring it there. Bring it here. Bring it now. Bring it to Freedom Fight, because I'm breaking loose on everybody there, and everybody will see that the man with the style, the grace, the shape and the face, will be in his place at Freedom Fight.
Cut to the ring, where Wilson was assuming the position (on his knees with a noose around his neck) for the Urban Assault Squad. "How many weeks have I had to come out here, beggin' a white butt to shut my mouth?" said Shadow Jackson.
Now comes this Silo Storm from Tornado Alley? Where's that? The bottom of my feet, that's where it's at. For six weeks, Silo Storm, you have come out here with no partner, no guts, no talent and no heart. And tonight, you gonna come back again? Come on. Come on. We got something for ya.
(1) Urban Assault Squad (Shadow Jackson & Nemesis) beat Brent Basics & Silo Storm in the latest installment of The Cracker Challenge. Joined in progress as Storm hit a nice springboard elbow on Nemesis. Wilson said Storm hadn't been very effective, but at least he was trying. Jackson tried to slow Storm's attack with the eye gouge, but Storm hiptossed him just the same. Basics and Storm doubled teamed the members of the UAS. Basics went on offense but not for long. Jackson no sold a corner clothesline and nailed Basics with a charging lariat. UAS punished Basics with a vertical suplex/elbow drop combo. Nemesis hit a Saito style suplex. Jackson dropped Basics' throat across the top rope. Basics came back with a flying bodyblock for a two count. Jackson spiked Basics with a DDT and pulled him up at two. Basics hit a DDT that left both men down. Basics hot-tagged Storm, who ran wild with clotheslines, until UAS decided his time was up. UAS was ready and waiting with Something For That Ass. "Bring that fool over to the camera," said Jackson. Nemesis hung Storm over the middle rope, while Jackson throttled him with his boot. Storm finally collapsed in a heap. Jackson said Storm wasn't coming back after tonight. "Silo Storm died for the sins of NWA Whiteside."
COMMENTS: Jackson is damn entertaining in his role. Otherwise, these segments might be nothing more than ugly, cheap heat. Nemesis is looking a lot better on offense than he did a few months ago. The crowd may respect Storm for having more guts than sense, but they're not going to buy him as the guy to put an end to the UAS rampage.
Onyx entered the ring, fresh off a TNA PPV appearance. Onyx said he had beaten everyone in the United States. Onyx asked Wilson to bring out his challenger at Freedom Fight. Linkin Park's "One Step Closer" kicked in on the PA. Prazak searched the cavernous recesses of his mind, but try as he might, he couldn't come up with the identity of the mystery opponent. The suspense mounted. The crowd popped at the appearance of Adam Jacobs, a former holder of the heavyweight, tag team and TV titles. Jacobs was greeted with a "welcome back" chant as he entered the ring. Jeff G. Bailey, Jason Cross and Mikal Adryan came out on the ramp to observe. Wilson said Jacobs was no stranger to Freedom Fight, being that he defeated A. J. Styles in the finals of the "Holy War" (2002) to win the Wildside Heavyweight Title. Jacobs said it was damn good to be back. Onyx reminded Jacobs that he had beaten him before. "But you know what, Onyx? I have beat you." Jacobs explained that was injured at the hands of Bailey "and his bitches." (Cut to a shot of Bailey, Cross and Mikal Adryan watching from the ramp) Jacobs said the more he sat at home watching people like Onyx, Styles and David Young "being somebody in this business," the more pissed off he became. Jacobs said he was back to challenge for the title he never lost in the ring (sound familiar?). Onyx asked Jacobs if he was sure he wanted to do that. Jacobs asked the people if they wanted to see it. They did. Onyx asked if they wanted to see it right now. Wilson said let's wait to Freedom Fight and may the best man win. Onyx and Jacobs shook hands. But as Onyx turned away, Jacobs snatched the belt off his shoulder to get a closer look. Onyx stopped dead in his tracks. Jacobs patted the belt as he returned it to the rightful owner. They did a staredown. Well done. Jacobs was good in the role of the humble but determined challenger. Onyx held up his end as the supremely confident champion.
Ray Gordy said he was finally going to get his shot at the World TV Title. Gordy had an expression of grim determination usually reserved for person having difficult bowel movements. Gordy said Coleman and V were mere stepping stones. Gordy said Cross apparently didn't know who he was, but he was going to find out at Freedom Fight.
(2) John McChessney & Brandon P beat Seth Delay & Fast Eddie in 12:17. It started as McChessney vs. Delay singles match with Eddie in Delay's corner. Crisp chain work to open up. Delay ended the first exchange with a nip up to escape from a headscissors. Delay was extremely pleased with himself after executing a legsweep from a top wristlock. Delay elbowed out of a waistlock and punched McChessney in the face. McChessney lit Delay up bigtime with a pair of chops. McChessney landed a dropkick. Delay flopped around like a fish out of water. Eddie provided words of encouragement. Delay tied McChessney up on the mat. McChessney regained his vertical base and sent Delay down with a drop toehold. Delay's dropkick hit thin air when McChessney hung on to the ropes. Delay lost his kool and charged into a dropkick. McChessney ducked an enzuigiri and went for the STF, but Delay scrambled to the ropes. McChessney got near falls with a twisting sunset flip off the ropes and northern lights with a bridge. Delay went to the outside. At 4:10, Eddie pulled Delay out of the path of McChessney's dive. McChessney crashed into the rail. Back inside, Delay went to his patented snap rana. Delay paused to pose before making the cover. Delay hit a leaping legdrop for a lazy two count. They McChessney did an awkward premature comeback spot. Delay clotheslined McChessney over the top. Eddie whipped McChessney with his trusty resistance cables, while Delay distracted Andrew Thomas. Delay dove from the top with a well-placed forearm. Delay checked the wind before letting it rip with the Flying Squirrel. McChessney kicked out of the pin. The crowd got behind McChessney. Eddie choked him with the cables until the lights were going out. P jumped up in McChessney's corner. Prazak said Thomas was making it a tag match ala ECW. Eddie and Delay did a double backdrop. Eddie's bitch slap fired McChessney up. He tried to trade, but Eddie sent him down with a forearm. Ref distraction, so Delay could work McChessney over. Eddie ate a boot charging in. Eddie blocked one tornado DDT and reversed another one with a suplex into the turnbuckles. Commercial break. McChessney nailed a running dropkick to knock Delay off his top rope perch. Serious elevation on that move. McChessney hit a super ace crusher. Double tags. P turned Eddie inside out with a lariat. P hit a head and arm Tazzplex and Delay saved. P dumped Delay, but that gave Eddie a chance to hit the Russian Legsweep From Hell. Eddie ordered Delay to the top. It looked like they were going for a Doomsday Device, but McChessney pulled Delay down, and P did a victory roll on Eddie for a great near fall. Eddie was like "what happened?" P caught Eddie with an Orange Bomb (vertical suplex powerbomb) to score the pinfall.
Jason Martin announced that Brandon P would be Delirious and Matt Sydal's partner in a six man match against Three Guys That Totally Rule (Eddie & Delay & Salvatore Rinauro) at Freedom AND if Eddie was pinned or submitted, the winner of the fall would become the new NWA Wildside Junior Heavyweight Champion.
COMMENTS: I liked it even more on TV than I did live. McChessney and Delay meshed well. McChessney's look is deceiving. His moves have a more explosive quality than you would expect. Delay seems to be enjoying himself as a heel. Eddie showed good charisma in Sal Rinauro's usual spot. P's new finisher, called the Drop Zone, is a major improvement.
Jeremy V's promo had the conviction and intensity that's been missing from his previous mic work. V said he heard Gordy talking about respect, but that was something that had to be earned. V said he had scratched and clawed for the World TV Title for two years and tonight, Gordy and Coleman were standing in his way. V predicted that he would see Cross at Freedom Fight.
(3) Caprice Coleman and Jeremy V and Ray Gordy went to a 15 minute draw. Funny opening. Rather than shaking hands, Gordy used V's hand to slap Coleman. V and Coleman teased a fight and then they both punched Gordy. Coleman and V went back and forth with chain wresting. At first, Gordy seemed content to watch. Then Gordy tried to charge into the fray, only to kiss the canvas on a double droptoehold and get dumped on his ass with double hiptoss. Gordy rolled out of the ring with his blood boiling. Coleman ducked and V squashed Gordy with a beautiful flip dive. Coleman did a baseball slide around the post on V. Commercial break. Coleman did a springboard plancha on both of his opponents. Gordy recovered to whip Coleman into the rail. Gordy took over on V inside the ring. V got two with a sunset flip. Gordy turned V inside out with a clothesline. Gordy hit a reverse DDT. Coleman joined Gordy for a double team, but V countered with a dual DDT. V launched a fiery comeback on Coleman, gaining near falls with a flying back elbow and a leg lariat. V had Coleman set up for the VDT, but Gordy leveled V with another clothesline. V shook the ropes to crotch Gordy on the top. They did a disastrous superplex-electric chair stack. The crowd groaned in unison as V landed right on his neck. It looked like Coleman was late on the electric chair. Wilson mentioned that V's neck was vulnerable to injury. Coleman used a pair of northern lights suplexes to set up a cobra clutch/crossface combo on Gordy. V broke it up. All three down for a count of six. Gordy hit a tiger suplex on V. Coleman stopped ref Mike Posey's hand from slapping the mat for the third time. Coleman decked Gordy with his Thrilla punch combo. Cross, Bailey and Adryan came out on the ramp to observe. Coleman went for a split legged moonsault on Gordy but didn't hit it clean. V made the last second save. Coleman added insult to injury with a spinning neckbreaker on V. Coming out the commercial break, it was a three-way punchathon. They did a mistimed three-way train wreck collision. All three struggled back to their feet with one minute remaining. Coleman got a standing switch on V. Gordy went for a superkick on V and got Coleman instead. Coleman got a two count on Gordy with an inside cradle. Gordy hit the Asiatic Driver on V, but Coleman broke up the pin. Coleman executed the Comatoser (Psycho Driver) on Gordy. Coleman covered and the time limit expired at the count of one. Prazak said someone needed to drag NWA President Bill Behrens away from his Brewer and Shipley 8 track to render a decision. Ring announcer Jason Martin delivered the news. Cross would defend his title at Freedom Fight against Coleman, Gordy and V in a match where the winner of the fall would leave as the World Television Champion.
COMMENTS: The opening minutes were crisply executed and highly entertaining. It was all downhill from there. The crowd went dead. V landed scary bad on the botched stack spot. This match was not one of Coleman's shining moments. The clipping (4 minutes) may have helped some, but it was what it was and that wasn't very good. It did nothing to build anticipation for the Freedom Fight match. As to the booking, I have this old school thing about seeing singles titles defended in singles matches. Be that as it may, the match and promos nicely foreshadowed the four way as an every man for himself affair.
Jeff G. Bailey cut a promo with Cross and Adryan. Bailey said every time the Elite got a belt, there was a conspiracy to take it away. Bailey said that Cross could beat all three of his opponents at once. Cross was going to watch the three of them fight until there was nothing left, and then, it was going to be brainbusters all the way around. Bailey claimed that none of them were in Cross' league. Bailey said they had a plan. Bailey's lip curling sneer was gold.
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