It was quite a night for me at Melton at the latest ARPW show.
I had three matches, but it wasn't the three I expected.
I started the night with the second match, my old enemy Stefan Cool against
the Rack Dogg. And I had both Julian James and the besotted Mozart at
ringside to worry about as well. This was after the return of Ox, who came
out unannounced just in front of me as I was introduced! Stefan had good
control over the rookie until he found himself on Dream Street and in a spin
he trapped me in the corner. The Rack Dogg squashed the pair of us three
times, and I ended up on my knees on Dream Street myself. I got back just in
time to see Cool nail the Mirror Image and I counted three. Mozart wanted
the celebrate with Cool and James but neither of them wanted anything to do
with him. Mozart complained about that to me of all people (as I said to
him, "What could I do about it?"). But he got the next best thing.
A tag match next month with Mozart's tag partner - Stefan Cool!
I stayed in the ring as Peter Farry introduced Frankie the Frog. This was a
great moment as Peter informed the crowd that Frankie was now a fully active
wrestler, despite being 100 percent deaf and mute. The applause was the
loudest of the night (I also clapped) but the applause was interrupted by
another wrestler, T-Cup. At first, T-Cup wanted the shake Frankie's hand,
but suddenly he attacked him - and we had an impromptu match as I advised
Peter to clear out of the ring. Frankie fought back, nailed a few moves
including a spinning heel kick before finishing things off with a Frog
My next appearance was the match between the returning Silekta, and the
debuting Fabio. This was a relatively even match up, but Fabio paid for his
showing off to the crowd when he was flattened with a big boot and a leg
drop (a la Puke Hogan except the leg drop was quick rather than off the
ropes). Silekta hooked him up and I counted the three.
I stayed in the ring again as the pole was attached to the ring for Chair on
a Pole match. After the chair fell off, clonking one of the crew on the
shoulder, they finally got it up. Firestarter was facing George Julio in a
rematch from the last show - my debut match as well. But did the Hit Man
want me in there? NO! He brought out referee Chop Chop, and told me to get
out. I wasn't moving, despite the support of George's manager Rohan
Herbstreit who demanded that I be replaced. Julio emphasised his point by
giving me a shove, and I responded by hitting him with a $100 fine, further
pissing him off! But then Firestarter agreed to the change, because it
didn't matter to him. I reluctantly agreed, but I smelt a rat, so I took the
offered seat at the commentary table to observe the match myself.
And my concerns were confirmed as Chop Chop clearly showed that he'd been
paid off, favouring Julio with his officiating. He did nothing when the Hit
Man broke the rules, but he was all over Firestarter. And his counting! Once
the chair was introduced, Firestarter had a great chance to finish the match
with the chair. But despite the crowd wanting him to hit Julio, he opted to
be a sport and take his offered hand. He quickly paid for that, and ended up
sconed with the chair. Rohan entered the ring, and picked up the chair for a
second shot, but Firestarter ducked and Julio took the shot. But instead of
going for the cover, Firestarter went after Herbstreit. Julio got the chair
and got Firestarter a second time, and that did it. I was not impressed and
I was already on my feet, but there really wasn't much I could do - except
give Chop Chop an earful for his performance. It was me who looked after a
battered Firestarter post match, and he wanted another shot at the Hit Man.
He got it, in a Lumberjack Match. And I will make sure that Chop Chop
doesn't get that match!!
My night wasn't over after that. The main event saw the Cremator get a
rematch against Steve Frost to try and regain the ARPW title. But when
referee Daniel Beaumont was cleaned up, the Cremator got Frost and planted
him. He went for the cover and I ran in to make the count. But Gene Gatto
got out of his position, and dacked me! He tried to throw my trousers into
the ring, but luckily they landed on the floor and I retrieved them.
Meanwhile the heels had attacked the ring and I struggled to get my trousers
back on. Finally when I did a battle royal had broken out. All three
referees tried to break things up, and I got belted and sent to the floor in
the process by George Julio. Eventually the faces cleared the ring, and
myself and Chop Chop kept the faces back as Daniel sent the heels back to
the locker room. The match was a no contest.
With such a busy night, I didn't see the other matches. But I know that
Krackerjack got 69 with the Sky High in the opening match. Dark Angel wasn't
at the show, so Steve Valek had to settle for Mozart tagging up with Insano
against him and Jesus. And the good guys got the win there. And Chief
Tomahawk was another no show, so the Candy Man enlisted the services of
Frankie the Frog to take out the team of Mike Manson and the Jungle Cat with
a Rocket Launcher on Manson.
My best friend saw the show until the middle of the Chair on a Pole match.
Pity he didn't get to see the dacking! I'll get the tape and show him when I
get the chance! A good night!