- This week after a short introduction to the show, NWA Wrestling Showcase starts right up with the first match of the night. Tonight, The Island Boys square off against Big Dick Dudley and Ballz Mahoney. The announce team,
Todd Keneley and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan tell us that ever since the buyout of ECW by the WWF, the former ECW stars have been trying to find their spot in the wrestling world and they've now ended up right here in the NWA. One can only speculate how long we'll be seeing this duo, or if any others may show up, that's just the exciting action you get here in the NWA!
This match saw all the classic traits of an old-school tag team wrestling match. The Island Boys used their size and uncanny agility to take it to the extreme wrestlers. In much the same, Mahoney and Dudley didn't hesitate to put their bodies on the line to try and gain an advantage. The Island Boys proved to everyone watching why they are the force in the NWA to be beat.
Kimo put Dudley down after a high flying body splash from the top rope.
Winners by pinfall: The Island Boys
- After everyone is able to settle after the introductory bout, bagpipes begin to fill the arena, which causes the crowd to stand on their feet. Roddy Piper strolls out with a giant smile on his face. Piper makes the short trip down the aisle and into the ring where he pulls a microphone from his leather jacket.
Let me just say that this company is getting off to the greatest start I've ever seen!! It ain't even been a month yet and this place has new people showing up every week and let me tell ya, this week's no different! Last week, things got a little heated with CM Punk and, well,
I may admit that I got just a liiiiiiiiiiiiittle worked up by his big mouth.
Well tonight he's gonna pay the Piper! But that was last week and this is this week and we've got a new show for you tonight and with that is new confrontations! So what I'm out here to do right now is officially sign the match for Special Attraction between NWA National Champion Samoa Joe and the challenger Randy Orton!
Now before I bring both of those men out here, I'm gonna say, I know how these types of things turn out usually and most of the time one of the men end up laying on the floor! Well things are different in the wrestling world and I'm gonna give a warning to both of these fellas that there will be no physical confrontation and that we're gonna play it straight. We're going to have an official contract signing between two stellar young talents and we're going to show everyone that we have more class than any other company,
so boys, get on out here!
Orton makes his way out first and he appears extremely confident, almost to the point where the crowd isn't fully supportive of him. He steps into the ring and looks Piper up and down. Piper offers a handshake but the young Orton,
who possibly is familiar with the relationship Piper had with his father,
doesn't take him up on the offer.
Next, NWA National Champion Samoa Joe makes his way out. The championship belt is around his waist and he looks just as confident as he makes his way to the ring, his eyes not looking off of the challenger at any point. Joe appears that he doesn't even see Piper in the ring and just stares at Orton.
Alright, alright boys, we still got a bit of time away from Special Attraction so save some of that aggression for then! Mr.
Orton, since you're the challenger we're gonna have you sign first! All you gotta do is sign your name where it says your name, provided you're able to read it!
- An unamused Orton leans down and, without incident, signs his name on the contract before tossing the pen down and gives an overconfident smirk to the champion. Joe just stoically stands there, now with the title belt over his shoulder. After a few words are said by both men, Joe picks up the pen and also signs his name. Just as Joe finishes signing his name though, Orton takes the opportunity to deliver a cheap shot by clubbing the back of Joe with a vicious forearm. A quick beatdown ensues by Orton but just to get one final blow in, Orton delivers a swift kick to the damaged right knee of Joe.
He's a tough man, but a man nonetheless and it causes Joe to crumple to the mat. The announce team mention that Joe's been battling a knee injury that he sustained in the very first episode of Wrestling Showcase. Orton appears confident with the work he's done and can only hope it enhances his chances of a victory at Special Attraction
and winning the championship. Orton slowly exits the ring and backs up the ramp as he looks at the champion downed in the ring.
NWA Women's Championship
Randy Orton underperformed while Roddy Piper's performance was fantastic
Women's champion Lisa Marie Varon tests her abilities in this title defense against little known Allison Danger. We're told by announcer Todd Keneley that Danger is a transient in the wrestling world who has now been given an opportunity in the NWA. It doesn't come at any easy task though as she has to do it against the women's champion. Varon proved why she is the top woman in the company as she's got a vicious streak a mile long. The difference with Varon though, is she destroys her opponents in a cold,
calculated way that is very much reminiscent of Jake Roberts. Danger tried her best but it didn't take long before Varon put her away with the Widow's Peak.
Winner by pinfall: Lisa Marie Varon
- No joke, this was probably the match of the night and really stood out and played well to both men's strengths. Luger had the crowd firmly behind him in this match while Horace, who's doing a really fantastic job at staying out of his uncle's shadow, pulled his own weight in this matchup. Horace did everything he could to use cheap tactics to give him an advantage but the veteran instinct of Luger really prevented most of them. Horace attempted the tried and true method of getting into a test of strength with Luger,
but quickly found out that was the worst thing he could've tried. Luger quickly cinched down on Horace's fingers, causing him to scream out in pain.
Hogan had a few moments where it looked like he was going to take over the advantage but Luger fired right back with a series of clotheslines.
Luger quickly then dropped Horace with a forearm shot and just like the week prior, hyped up the crowd by signaling for the Rack. A second later,
Luger hoists Horace up and he has no choice but to tap out, being on the receiving end of a Torture Rack two weeks in a row!
Winner by submission: Lex Luger
Finally it's time for the much-anticipated main event where CM Punk will test his abilities against the Monster Abyss. The announce team run us through the course that brought us here, where CM Punk was trying to best Roddy Piper. It all ended up backfiring on him last week when Piper announced Punk would be facing the Monster this week, testing if he could back up his claims of being the best in the world. While Punk still looked as confident as he could, there was still a visible unrest coming from Punk as he stood in his corner across from Abyss. The match began with Punk not sure how to go after the monster, so he just went straight for him. This turned to be a mistake quickly learned though, as he went for a clothesline and just bounced off the masked monster. With Punk down on the mat, he just sits perplexed while Abyss towers over him. Abyss quickly reached down and clasped his huge hands around the throat of Punk. The referee yelled and did his best to get Abyss to break the choke, but Abyss shocks everyone watching as he lifts Punk by the throat straight off the mat and then tosses him down with ease. The audience, and announcers, all gasp and shout out at the pain that must have caused.
Punk rolls on the mat in agony and Heenan remarks that this was just the first move by Abyss and it seems impossible that Punk could withstand much more. He predicts the main event ending in short order. Punk proves to be resilient though as Abyss goes to attack again but this time Punk gives a solid rake to the eyes, staggering the big man for just a second. This is long enough for Punk to go on the attack, giving a quick double dropkick to the knee of Abyss. After he drops down to one knee, Punk bounces off the ropes and connects with a loud kick to the side of his head, which echos throughout the arena. Abyss goes down and Punk quickly goes for the cover. Before the referee can even get into position to count though, Abyss kicks out,
causing Punk to fly through the air. Abyss sits up and Punk moves in but he gets caught again by the throat. Abyss keeps the hold as he gets back to his feet and Keneley predicts Abyss will be going for a chokeslam. This proves to be a right prediction as Punk gets lifted high in the air and crashes to the mat with the force of two Mack trucks colliding. Rather than go for the pin though, Abyss looks down at his prey. No one is really sure what the big man is thinking before he exits the ring and begins to look under it. In rather unorthodox fashion for the NWA, Abyss retrieves a leather bag. The announcers guess what could be contained inside this bag, as does the crowd. No one wonders for long though as Abyss climbs in the ring and dumps the contents on the mat. Everyone reacts in horror as they see shiny,
silver thumbtacks get scattered on the mat. Abyss pulls his hair as he turns toward Punk, who's still down. Abyss screams out as he goes to pick up Punk. The referee is doing his best to get the tacks out of the ring and while he's turned, Punk found enough energy to give a swift kick between the legs to Abyss! He may be a monster but a man is a man, and that'll be the great equalizer for anyone. The referee was successful in getting most of the tacks out of the ring and turns to see Abyss down on both knees. Punk composes himself enough to start laying in kick after kick, in similar fashion to chopping down a tree. Abyss fails to drop fully to the mat though and actually begins to slowly get back to his feet in between kicks!
Seeing his failed attempts, Punk gives a bewildered look as now both men are on their feet. Abyss slowly begins to stalk toward Punk and the crowd grows in anticipation. Punk holds up his hands in an attempt to beg off Abyss, but it's to no avail. Seeing no other alternative, Punk quickly exits the ring and begins his own search under the ring. It only takes a second as Punk gets what he was looking for, or maybe it was the first thing in sight,
a steel chair. Punk slides back into the ring and the two wrestlers seem to have a bit of a stalemate. Punk holds the chair, threatening to hit Abyss with it. Abyss doesn't seem to mind though as he still slowly stalks toward Punk.
The referee is trying his best to reason with Punk, telling him that if he uses it he will be disqualified. Punk continues to threaten but it doesn't hold off Abyss. Abyss slowly gets closer, and closer and then...
THE LIGHTS GO OUT!
The lights come back on and everyone is left in shock!!!
Heenan: What the hell is he doing here?!?!?
The crowd takes a second to register just who they're seeing in the ring.
Once the realization comes that Raven has just debuted, the crowd explodes. He stands behind Punk, who still has the chair. This has stopped Abyss from moving forward and he just stands there. Punk isn't sure what is going on but he knows Abyss has stopped his advance. After Punk has sensed there is something going on behind him, he turns, seeing Raven standing now in front of him. There's a brief second of a confused look on the face of CM Punk before he doubles over, a direct result of a quick kick in the gut by Raven followed immediately by a ring-rocking Evenflow DDT!!!
Raven bounces back up to his feet as he looks down at CM Punk. The referee quickly calls for the bell, as this match has ended in a disqualification! Everyone is trying to grasp their mind around the fact that Raven has just debuted in the NWA.
Winner by Disqualification: CM Punk
The match has ended but Raven manages to take a microphone out of his leather jacket.
CM Punk, best in the world? Pain, suffering, bleeding and broken bones. We'll see at Special Attraction just how much you can endure......
QUOTH THE RAVEN, NEVERMORE.
Final Show Grade: D+
Raven has debuted his Weirdo gimmick and it is Very Good
TV Rating: .01 (8,230 viewers)
This show increased our popularity in 2 regions