Supershow IV November 12 & 13, 2005RESULTS
Franky Valentyn entertained the crowd with some comedic cover versions of some old stuff – he did a wonderful rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. Props to him for the crowd warm up! The girls were there again with their hard shoes, but they didn’t bounce off the mat this time which was better. Cremator was sitting right behind me which made for some interesting banter.
1. John E Radic v Bishop Sommers v Krackerjak v Jay Andrews v Damien Slater v JT Robinson
JT was the lone face in this, getting a pop by being brought in on a motorcycle. This was after the first three entries grabbed the mic – and Radic doing what I believe is his usual, threatening to leave if the crowd didn’t get off his back. Sommers was a bit lame, but Krackers – as always – made both of them look like rank amateurs! Robinson was quintuple teamed from the get go, and the tags were against him until he finally got out and the angle was lost. Both Radic and Slater fouled up their selling early, but they settled down – with Radic doing a spot that had me laughing (can’t remember what it was though!). The match broke down – and we had a near catastrophic spot foul up, when a triple tower of doom to the floor went wrong as the wrestler on top (I think it was Sommers) went over too soon on the suplex. Even Creamy was on his feet looking concerned on that one – but they were all OK thankfully (Krackerjak wasn’t involved in it – it was the other five). We had a flurry of moves before Robinson got the win over Slater with the Modest Bomb.
2. Steve Frost w/Benny English v Scarecrow w/Darkfyre
Darkfyre looked HOT! I’m telling you – she is one sensational looking woman! Steve Frost over powered Scarecrow early, but he had trouble with the quickness of the painted one. However the weight came to play in Frost’s favour and he knew it and got arrogant. That caused a Benny English trip up when Scarecrow had the temerity to take advantage. Benny got a visit and five across the face from Darkfyre, and when Frost came down as a result of that he got five as well! A chase resulted, which gave Scarecrow time to greet Frost with a somersault plancha to the floor! He missed a top rope shot though and paid for it with a Frost chop that they would have heard in Lithgow! A huge superplex only netted a two count though, and when Frost missed the moonsault English panicked. He got caught going to the top rope and he was slammed, and then given a baseball slide just to make sure he was out of there. But Frost greeted Scarecrow with the power bomb and that was that. Really good match this!
3. Devlin De Skyes & Salem w/Discord v Cletus & Retus Blood
The Blood Brothers greeted the UWA tag team champions with a perfect stereo somersault plancha! That was a thing of beauty! Salem was strong though and Retus was soon in heavy trouble. He was battling however and a spinning leg neckbreaker gave him the chance to tag Cletus. Devlin copped it, but the weight came to play and soon Cletus was also in trouble. But he came back, and when he went to the top I got the kids around me to join me with his Hey Ma “Get off the dang roof!” routine to greet the Shooting Star Press! Somehow there was a kickout and it all broke down from there. The Blood Brothers were ready to give Salem a double superplex, but it was Devlin to the rescue making Cletus and Retus soprano’s on the top rope either side of the turnbuckle. Salem nailed Cletus with a huge modified slam, and then Devlin nailed a corkscrew moonsault for the pin. Another really good match!
4. Will Phoenix w/Bishop Sommers v Rob Matrix
Rob drove Team Metro around the twist by mocking the heck out of them, even bringing out his own headband to make fun of Phoenix. And just to frustrate the former UWA champion he outwrestled him as well! Even a leg from Sommers didn’t help! But a well timed kick and a quick follow up clothesline did the trick. Matrix fought back but found himself in an Abdominal Stretch – with some help from Sommers. The referee soon broke that up, and the match evened up. Team Metro failed to trap Matrix, and back he came after Will missed the two knees from the top rope. We then had a series of false finishes and blocks, before Phoenix finally got the win with a reverse roll up – mind you, he had some help in the fall from Sommers! A great one again!
Before we went to the intermission, Andy Raymond was interrupted by Mark Mercedes. Merc spoke of how he’d been booked in all three of the previous Supershow main events (with the one last year not going ahead because of “No Show Jones” – well said, Mark!) and he wanted to know who he was main eventing with this year. Andy didn’t have a match for him signed, so Mark decided to self book – and started a call out for someone “who’s been ducking him for years”. No – not TNT!! That was my first thought, but when he mentioned a retirement I knew it wasn’t him. He was talking about the man who was sitting quietly with the commentators throughout the show up to that point – LOBO! Merc threw out the challenge, and the tape for him to tape up. Lobo was diplomatic and pointed in his response. After telling him he’d better use the tape for his mouth (Lobo’s always been good at the comeback put downs!) he reminded him that he’d lost the Career match in Newcastle – and he was done. OK – if verbal persuasion doesn’t work…..Merc turned around and blasted Lobo on the forehead with the microphone, busting him open. A brawl followed that was broken up by the referees – and tasting his own blood caused Lobo to change his mind. On his terms! No rules! Anything goes! WHAT A MAIN EVENT! Out of the box!
Then we had the intermission.
5. Billy Cole & Lee Starr v Jayson Cooper & Tyson Gibbs
Starr jump started the match, but both he and Cole were on the floor and walking just as quickly. Cooper and Gibbs followed and it was on in the aisle. They maintained control until Cooper got a low blow out of the referee’s vision. Billy removed a turnbuckle pad, but it never really came into play as Cooper got a fearful beating. Twice Gibbs got the tag, but the referee never saw it. Finally Cooper avoided a Starr top rope drop kick which got Cole instead – and the hot tag! Moments later, Cooper nailed the Swanton Bomb for the victory – but I really thought the end came too soon after the hot tag. This was an OK match.
6. TNT v Slex w/Ruby
Darkfyre’s hot, but Ruby’s in the same class! And she was a face this time and that helped because she looks a lot more natural as a face (not withstanding her great effort at Newcastle as a tweener). I was loving this on paper, and I wasn’t disappointed let me tell you! Slex seemed to have TNT’s number, but a slingshot of sorts and a knee to the groin got the former PWA champion in trouble. He battled but TNT got him with a neckbreaker off an inverted aeroplane spin. He got the corkscrew a little more than he did at Newcastle, but Slex got out at two! He was still in trouble though, and TNT nailed a piledriver and then headed for the top. However Slex got out of the way of the moonsault. Ruby then distracted TNT – and slapped him – giving Slex the time to get his thoughts together and mount a comeback. But he collected Ruby by accident with a baseball slide when TNT put her in harms way at the last second (similar spot to mine at XAW Soul Survivor 2004). TNT took back control, and got the Detonator, but he paid for taking too long to make the cover. So he nailed a brainbuster – but then he decided to yack it up with Ruby! Going to the top rope he got caught and superplexed – but again only a two count! They were exchanging forearms and again it was the top rope. TNT caught him on the top and nailed a huge hangman neckbreaker and that did it. What a match! Match of the night – and the match of the weekend! For me probably the match of the year locally. FANTASTIC!
7. Pub Brawl
Again, not much you can say about this except – MADNESS! There was one highlight though – a stacks on! I was rapt to see that after seeing it at Fairfield a few weeks back. Ryan Eagles made up for taking the fall at the Newcastle brawl, when he used a German Suplex into a chair on Champagne Pyro (and Pyro took a nasty shot to the back of the head on the chair! OUCH!)
8. Mark Mercedes v Lobo – Anything Goes
This was a tough old battle. In hindsight, this might explain why Lobo was “hamstrung” at Newcastle, because he looked better in this. Merc’s weight was telling, and a rope burn re-opened Lobo’s wound from earlier. Lobo was battling and he managed a somersault plancha (with a bit of help from the rope). Out came a short ladder, but it was Mercedes who put it to use first – breaking the metal weapon. But Lobo got him back, so Mark went after a table. He nailed a power bomb through it, but Lobo got his shoulder up at two! Frustrated, Mercedes went for broke and the top rope – but he missed. And Lobo went to the top and nailed the Alabama Jam from downtown (a big leap over the fallen ladder) and got the three count! A great match.
After the match, the two men embraced as the locker room emptied to once again applaud Lobo. I suspect that this may have been his last match lock, stock and barrel – even for his own PWA (I won’t say why I think that, it’s a little personal) and it was a great way to go out. (Footnote - I was wrong BTW!)
I couldn’t hang around for the after party because of the early departure to Canberra and the fact they were running buses between Penrith and Blacktown. But I did get to speak to Lobo, Mercedes, Warlock, Scarecrow and Mark Williamson. I also put the final lock on Adelaide by speaking to John E Radic about the Graham Pound situation. Oh - and I also got to give Ruby a hug!
Supershow 4 (from not seeing Supershow 2) was the best. Everyone pulled their finger out for it – and it showed. Well done guys! A pity it’s the last. Maybe there’ll be a change of mind somewhere down the line. I hope so!