The second Sunday show got a crowd that was a little more
lively that the last time. Mind you, the rock group The Shine headed up by
the manager of Deliciously Cool, Julian James, helped a great deal in my
opinion - and for the record they weren't bad, given that I'm not a fan of
live music as such. But they play an old school style of hard rock which I
wish I could hear more of.
My sign made a comeback, with my old NWE sign "Hell Yeah Chucky! We
want Barbed Wire!" being joined by "Chuck E Chaos Sooper
Genius" and "The Real Coward Steve O'Neal". I also had my
Donvale jumper on again as it did attract some attention in December.
Unfortunately I was not in a good spot for it to be noticed, and there were
other circumstances which also stifled it's attention.
The Austen Young/Jag match was turned into a triple threat match by Jim
Demirov who added Steve Frost much to the displeasure of the Bulldog, Frost
and Jag. At first the South Australians double teamed their opponent, but
suddenly the two went at each other. It looked like the SA Alliance could
disintegrate - and then the match was suddenly stopped cold.
I couldn't see from where I was what happened exactly, but whatever it was -
it happened when Jag jumped on Young and Frost from the top rope to the
outside. Somehow in the collision, Austen Young suffered a horrific injury -
his leg was broken clean through at the shin level. A similar injury to what
Sid Vicious suffered at WCW Sin in January 2001. It certainly changed
everyone's mood as we took an early intermission, and I later discovered
that Gene Gatto was going to mention my jumper (as he did in December) until
the accident. It also stopped the sign competition and the raffle being
But the quality of the card helped matters considerably. And I couldn't have
been happier with the main event. This was the only time of the afternoon
that my sign was noticed - and only because I called Chucky's attention to
it, the O'Neal one, and he was quick to point it out to Steve. Unfortunately
Steve didn't click. This was a great match. Chucky looked like he was in
trouble when Steve Frost handcuffed him to the bottom rope. Luckily Chucky's
girlfriend Brandi Bracks knocked O'Neal off the ladder. It earned her a
pumphandle slam from Frost - but it also allowed a surprise appearance by
Screaming Lord Lush, who released Chucky!! From there a big ladder was
introduced, and Chucky managed to shove O'Neal off - and he grabbed the belt
to win the match and BRING THE ASW TITLE BACK TO VICTORIA WHERE IT
BELONGS!!!!!! I was standing on my chair in celebration, and I was lucky
enough to be the first fan to slap hands with the new champion (I think!) as
he left the ring exhausted.
Haka and Ox managed to hold down Double Impact despite a great effort by the
twins. Another good match, and Haka got the harker in without interference
as Ox kept the twins out of the ring.
Firestarter and Jayk'e Hook put on a terrific match for the TV title. They
continued to work as Austen Young was wheeled out by ambulance officers in a
classic case of "The Show must go on". Jayk'e probably played to
the crowd a little too much in the finish, despite nailing the Hook Factor -
a Face Jam from the top rope. He escaped the Burning Sensation the first
time with his foot on the ropes, but he couldn't escape a second time and he
tapped out. The Players, including Criss Fresh who has his voice back,
celebrated - and Hook insisted that he present the TV title to Firestarter.
A gallant and honourable loser.
Spike Steele is going to be a great wrestler. I'm sure of it. Sure, he lost
his match to Krackerjak but I wouldn't worry about that. After all, it was
Kracker's birthday, and no one was going to stop his celebration. But I draw
the line at blowing those mini crackers in ears and mouths like he did on
himself! Oh well, he's not called the Mad Bastard for nothing! *L*
The afternoon opened with the debut of Koshi Kazu. Not bad. His opponent was
a new version of the Mad Dog. This was a good match, and yet it was probably
the worst match of the card.
In other developments, Sebastian Walker wound up Commissioner Jim Demirov
showing some old tapes of him "jobbing", trying to get a match. He
got one all right - next month against the Commissioner himself! I cheekily
put my hand up to referee the match when I spoke with Jim and also Rohan
Herbstreit (after all I am training to be one right now!). I probably won't
get the gig but there's no harm in asking!!
Talking of Rohan, he grabbed the microphone and thanked the fans given that
this was ASW's first birthday. He then introduced the WWA's Jeremy Borasch,
who then introduced four of the WWA's stars from the previous night's show
at Rod Laver Arena. Jerry Lynn, AJ Styles and the two midgets, Teo and the
loudmouth Puppet - who cleared the ring with the chip on his shoulder the
size of the whole freaking Crown Casino! Later - partly as a result of the
Austen Young accident - Jerry Lynn was good enough to answer questions from
the crowd. I got my question in, and it was "Given that Smackdown now
has a cruiserweight division, is there any chance of you returning to the
WWF any time soon." I got the promised direct answer. "No."
Hmmmmm. A bit of bad blood between Jerry and Vince McMahon maybe?
On the whole, I enjoyed myself. I'll make sure I get a better spot next