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Thanks for the comment and the kind words, DGenerationMC. Jake is easily the most frustrating I've dealt with up to this point. I've always had a soft spot for Charlie which is why I brought him in in the first place.




The World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Night 3
February 6, 1998



The Riviera Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV

Attendance : 273



The show opens with the familiar face of Kevin Kelly welcoming the fans to Night Three and the Second Round of the NWA World Heavyweight Tournament. Kelly begins running down the matches for the evening starting with the veteran Funk facing the newcomer Haas, the boxer Butterbean vs the brawler Boulder, and the Main Event which pits Jake Roberts vs Marty Jannetty. Kelly turns his attention to hyping the bout between Mike Awesome vs Kevin Greene before inviting Greene to the ring again. Greene makes his way to the ring, high fiving the fans with a smile on his face. Greene enters the ring and shakes Kelly's hand before taking a second microphone. Firstly, Greene thanks the fans for coming to The Riviera to be a part of NWA history and knows that the wrestling that will happen tonight will be some of the best that they will ever see. Kelly begins asking Greene questions such as how he expects to fare for the rest of the Tournament, who he would love to face in the finals, ect. Greene answers earnestly before he gets interrupted by...


Mike Awesome, who walks out to the stage with a microphone in hand. Awesome begins berating everyone in his path, shutting Kelly down completely, making him an after though. Awesome goes in on the crowd as idiots for cheering for an over the hill linebacker, grasping for any bit of fame he can find. As Awesome makes his way into the ring, Awesome turns his vitriol to Greene himself. Awesome starts threatening Greene for overlooking their match tonight, telling him that he won't make it to the Semi-Finals, let alone the Finals, of the Tournament because that would mean that Greene would have to defeat Awesome and that will never happen. Greene doesn't back down but is not nearly as forceful as his opponent. The two men go back and forth with Greene getting a decent amount of shot in on the angry Awesome. The segments ends with Awesome saying, "I'm going to show you why they call me Awesome!"

Kelly did well hyping the crowd until Awesome made his way out because Kelly couldn't keep up with the mouth of Awesome. These introductions by Kelly remain the best way to start the show as Kelly has been able to get the fans warmed up for the night.


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James Storm & Chris Harris vs Bull & Ox Shane
One Fall - 15 Minute Time Limit

The first match of the evening is about to begin as James Storm and Chris Harris come through the curtain to the general disinterest from the crowd. Introduced as America's Most Wanted, Storm and Harris make their way down the rampway, high fiving the few who even bother standing up for them. After they enter the ring and remove their oversized dusters revealing matching red ring gear with AMW on the rear. The crowd continues to be apathetic towards Storm but continue to be positive towards Harris.

Their opponents this evening are making their professional wrestling debut. Announced as Bull and Ox, The Shane Twins make their way through the curtain and charge down the rampway. The two big, bald identical twins try to intimidate the crowd by screaming and flexing towards the front row but the fans don't completely buy that they'd actually do anything. As the Twins make it to the ring, they slide in, immediately charge AMW and all four men begin brawling before the match begins. Bull tosses Storm out of the ring and follows, allowing the match to begin.

The match is tough to watch as the four men are green as goose shit and no one has the experience to keep the match as tight as it could be. Bull and Ox spend the match showing off their strength with impressive lifts but sloppy slams and suplexes. Storm and Harris are crisper than the Shanes but that's like saying they are more sober than Jake Roberts, it's not that impressive. The match continues with AMW using double team moves to take down the Shanes and both Shanes bowling though AMW individually.

In the final minute of the scheduled time, AMW pick up the speed and start putting the pressure on the Twins. Ox tries to help out his brother Bull by coming into the ring to clothesline Storm from behind but Harris leaps over the top rope and tackles Ox out of the ring. Bull watches his brother gets thrown from the ring which allows Storm to set up and hit the 8 Second Ride, getting the pinfall victory.

America's Most Wanted begin to celebrate their victory to a relatively quite crowd but they're starting to get more of the fans on their side. The Shane Twins make their way to back, licking their wounds but continue to curse out the fans until they go through the curtains.



America's Most Wanted defeated The Shane Twins in 14:43 by pinfall.

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NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Second Round Match


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Terry Funk vs Charlie Haas
1 Fall - 30 Minute Time Limit

The next match of the night begins with the opening strains of the theme music of Terry Funk which gets the fans' interested after the previous borefest. Funk bursts through the curtain, decked out in his red and black poncho, wielding a branding iron that he spins around his head. Funk walks around the ring, playing up to the crowd before getting into the ring. Funk continues hyping the crowd as Charlie Haas begins his entrance. Haas comes to the ring in stark contrast to Funk, completely silent while staring directly ahead with a look of determination across his face. As Haas enters the ring, Funk brings the fight to him and gets the match underway.

Funk keeps the pressure on Haas early, trying to overwhelm the younger wrestler with heavy strikes but Haas is able to counter the veteran with quick takedowns and suplexes. Haas is able to get the upper hand by using his amateur wrestling skills to ground Funk which upsets the former World Champion so much that he takes a breather on the outside. While he's out there, Funk starts screaming that Haas can't outwrestle him and that he can do the mat wrestling too. Funk gets back into the ring and the two men begin going hold for hold but Haas is able to tire out the Funker enough to get the Haas of Pain locked in. Terry tries to wiggle and shake and do anything he can to get out but ultimately he's unable hold out and submits to the shock of the crowd.

Funk and Haas have a hell of a match where Haas shows that he's capable of keeping up with the proven commodity, Terry Funk.



Charlie Haas defeated Terry Funk in 9:52 by submission.


Charlie Haas is kneeling on the mat with a look of shock on his face. Terry Funk pulls himself into the corner of the ring and begins shaking his leg, trying to shake the pain away. Haas stands up and allows the referee to raise his arm as his name is announced as the winner. Haas sees Funk trying to pull himself to his feet and tries to help him up. Funk pushes Hass away, cursing him out as he stands on his own. Funk hobbles over to the announcer and rips the microphone from his hand. Funk begins yelling, repeatedly screaming "Haas!" before telling him that he has beaten two NWA legends in back to back weeks. Funk tells Haas that he has their legacies on his shoulders now so he better finish this and become the next NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Funk tosses the microphone to the ground before rolling out of the ring.

The NWA seems to have figured out a way to keep Haas from ruining segments, by not letting him talk in public at all. Funk had another crazy Funk promo that the fans absolutely loved.


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Damien Stone & Gary Steele vs TJ Andrews & Ron Reese
One Fall - 15 Minute Time Limit

To follow the first tournament match of the evening is another tag team bout. First, the team of Damien Stone and Gary Steele, announced as Stone & Steele, come through the curtain and made their way down the ramp. After his last two performances, the fans are beginning to buy into Steele as a favorite. Steele is starting to get a decent reaction from the crowd, not quite the level as his partner but better than his precious showings. Their opponents for this bout are TJ Andrews and Ron Reese, two of the largest men in the National Wrestling Alliance. Both men jawjack on the way to the ring, showing off their bodies. As both men get into the ring, they continue to show off how big they are compared to their opponents, especially Stone.

The match gets started and the team of Stone & Steele use their technical prowess to keep their bigger opponents on their toes. Unfortunately, for Stone, no one else in the match could really keep up with him so he shines compared to the other men. And as great as Stone looked, both Steele and Reese looked as bad. Reese couldn't get out of his own way and nothing he did looked smooth. Steele tried to mix his different martial arts backgrounds but nothing melded the way he had been hoping. Luckily, for the fans' sake, Andrews was able to keep up with Stone somewhat, making the only watchable portions in the match.

The match came to its final moments as, with thirty seconds remaining in the time limit, Stone is able to lock in the Sicillian Crab on the giant Reese. As the time ran down, Reese pulls Stone towards the ropes and Stone pulls back into the center of the ring. Back and forth, until Stone is able to get back into the center and tighten the hold until Reese finally gives in with only seven seconds until the time limit.

Stone & Steele bail up the rampway after the match is over and celebrate on the stage before heading back through the curtain.



Stone & Steele defeated TJ Andrews and Ron Reese in 14:53 by submission.

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NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Second Round Match


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Kevin Greene vs Mike Awesome
1 Fall - 30 Minute Time Limit

The next match of the night is between Kevin Greene and Mike Awesome. Both men make their ways to the ring to a tremendous reaction, cheers for Greene and boos for Awesome. These two men do a phenomenal job getting the fans involved, getting everyone in the room yelling and screaming even before the match begins. And in that match, these two powerful behemoths show off their strength and speed as they take no shortcuts at all. Awesome does his normal, throwing-his-opponent-until-they-stop-breathing style while Greene takes everything that Awesome throws at him and gets back up every time. Greene is able to get the upper hand and toss Awesome around. The crowd is completely into everything these men are doing as Greene gets tossed over the top rope to the outside and as he's getting back to his feet, Awesome planchas over and lands directly on top of the football great.

The match can't keep this pace forever so as they are back in the ring, Greene is able to toss Awesome into the corner and goes for a full speed Spear but Awesome leaps over the charging linebacker, causing Greene to go head first into a turnbuckle. Awesome grabs Greene, lifts him into the air, and smashes Greene into the ground with an Awesome Bomb, for the victory.

Awesome stands triumphantly above the battered Greene and yells at the crowd while gesturing to a belt around his waist.

The crowd went absolutely bonkers for this match and it is to the credit of both men that the crowd was so invested. Awesome definitely took the lead during the match and he set the pace for Greene to follow.



Mike Awesome defeated Kevin Greene in 12:58 by pinfall.

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NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Second Round Match


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Horace Boulder vs Butterbean
1 Fall - 30 Minute Time Limit

Horace Boulder makes his way to ring as Awesome makes his way out and they fist bump as they pass. Boulder gets into the ring, feeding off the heat that Awesome's win created. Boulder keeps yelling as Butterbean and his entourage make their way to the ring. Butterbean is all business, completely stoic compared to yelling nonsense of Awesome and Boulder. Butterbean makes his way into the ring and stands in his corner as Boulder starts trying to goad Butterbean before the bell rings but Butterbean doesn't bite.

As the match begins, the two men start by circling the ring with Boulder mocking Butterbean by throwing jabs, pretending that he's Muhammad Ali but Butterbean surprises him with a double leg takedown before raining elbows to his head. The story of the match is that Butterbean has been working on his ground game, completely catching Boulder off guard. Boulder tries to turn the tide of the match but Butterbean is able to keep the momentum going.

Butterbean ends up gasing out as Boulder is not easily put away. Butterbean is breathing very heavy as the match comes to an end, where Boulder and Butterbean and standing face to face, going forearm strike for forearm strike until Butterbean lands an open palm strike to the jaw of Boulder knocking him off of his feet. Butterbean is able to pick up the pinfall victory as Boulder is essentially knocked out cold.

The fans were behind Butterbean the entire time, even when the match lost its way a few times.



Butterbean defeated Horace Boulder in 16:34 by pinfall.


The Main Event of the evening is about to begin as Marty Jannetty makes his way out to the stage. In his day-glo gear, he babyfaces his way down the ramp and around the ring before making his way under the ropes and into the ring. Marty is handed the microphone by the announcer and begins hyping the crowd. Jannetty thanks the crowd for supporting the National Wrestling Alliance as they rebuild, calling the fans the foundation that the new history of the NWA will be built upon. Jannetty continues with cliche, babyface catchphrases but it works and it gets the crowd on Jannetty's side, at least until...


Jake Roberts bursts through the curtain. The crowd just can't help but love Roberts. His natural charisma just washes over the entire crowd but, luckily for him, the stench of alcohol coming from him is reserved only for the special few in the front row. Roberts makes his way to the ring, grabbing a microphone as he does. It's sad to watch Roberts as he begins to speak because even in his inebriated state, he's entirely engaging with an ability to suck even the most jaded fan into his words. Jannetty and Roberts continue to banter for a bit with Roberts coming out ahead before agreeing to get the final match of the Second Round of the NWA World Heavyweight Tournament underway.


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NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Second Round Match


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Marty Jannetty vs Jake Roberts
1 Fall - 30 Minute Time Limit

Jannetty and Roberts get the Main Event started with some back and forth wrestling but Roberts can't quite keep up with the speed of Jannetty. Jannetty is forced to take the lead in the match as Roberts is in no mind to do so. What's saddest is, exactly like the promo, Roberts is still capable of having the best match of the night even in his condition. He's the best of the night in getting the crowd 100 percent into the match and thankfully, Roberts began pulling some dirty tricks from his bag allowing Jannetty to get the cheers through out the bout. The match went for a decent amount of time as Jannetty did the majority of the work to make the match as great as it was.

The match came to an end as Jannetty hit a Rocker Dropper on Roberts. Roberts didn't take the Dropper very well but still was pinned for the Jannetty victory.

It was obvious that Jannetty wasn't thrilled with Roberts but still helped him to his feet to celebrate with the crowd to give them a good goodbye.



Marty Jannetty defeated Jake Roberts in 17:13 by pinfall.

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Damn, Haas is on a roll.
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Excerpts from the February 9 1998 Wrestling Observer Newsletter
  • It looks like Jake Roberts has made his last appearance for the National Wrestling Alliance. Roberts came out for a promo and a match with Marty Jannetty obviously under the influence of something for the second appearence in a row with them. When he came back through the curtain as the show was over, Dana White met him at the curtain and got into another screaming match. Roberts decided to ignore the red-faced White and grabbed his bags before getting into a car and leaving. From what our sources have reported, Roberts was only on a two appearance deal, so he was done that night regardless of what happened.
  • Additionally, it appears that Terry Funk is also done with the NWA as Funk told White that he didn't want to be tied down to a long term deal. Even though he didn't plan on being around for long, Funk still was a tremendous help backstage including taking James Storm under his wing and helping him get over with the crowd.




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NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Night 4
February 20, 1998
The Riviera Hotel and Casino

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Semi-Final Matches


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Butterbean vs Mike Awesome

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Marty Jannetty vs Charlie Haas

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match

or vs or
Butterbean/Awesome vs Jannetty/Haas


Undercard


vs
Stone & Steele vs The Shane Twins

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Horace Boulder and Kevin Greene vs TJ Andrews and Ron Reese

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The Masked Marvel vs Shawn Hernandez

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Scott Putski and America's Most Wanted vs Tully Blanchard and The Spinebusters
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NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Semi-Final Matches


Butterbean vs Mike Awesome

Marty Jannetty vs Charlie Haas

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match

Butterbean/Awesome vs Jannetty/Haas

Undercard

Stone & Steele vs The Shane Twins

Horace Boulder and Kevin Greene vs TJ Andrews and Ron Reese

The Masked Marvel vs Shawn Hernandez

Scott Putski and America's Most Wanted vs Tully Blanchard and The Spinebusters
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This is fabulous, loving the use of legends to get newer guys like Haas over!


NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Semi-Final Matches

Butterbean
vs Mike Awesome

Marty Jannetty vs Charlie Haas

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match

Butterbean vs Haas

Undercard

Stone & Steele vs The Shane Twins

Horace Boulder and Kevin Greene vs TJ Andrews and Ron Reese

The Masked Marvel vs Shawn Hernandez

Scott Putski and America's Most Wanted vs Tully Blanchard and The Spinebusters
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NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Semi-Final Matches

Butterbean vs Mike Awesome

Marty Jannetty vs Charlie Haas

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Awesome vs. Haas


Undercard

Stone & Steele vs The Shane Twins

Horace Boulder and Kevin Greene vs TJ Andrews and Ron Reese

The Masked Marvel vs Shawn Hernandez

Scott Putski and America's Most Wanted
vs Tully Blanchard and The Spinebusters




Side question, are you using the NGO pick pack or a different one?
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NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Semi-Final Matches

Butterbean vs Mike Awesome

Marty Jannetty vs Charlie Haas

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match

Butterbean/Awesome vs Jannetty/Haas

Undercard

Stone & Steele vs The Shane Twins

Horace Boulder and Kevin Greene vs TJ Andrews and Ron Reese

The Masked Marvel vs Shawn Hernandez

Scott Putski and America's Most Wanted vs Tully Blanchard and The Spinebusters
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NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Semi-Final Matches

Butterbean vs Mike Awesome

Marty Jannetty vs Charlie Haas

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match

Awesome vs Haas

Undercard

Stone & Steele vs The Shane Twins

Horace Boulder and Kevin Greene vs TJ Andrews and Ron Reese

The Masked Marvel vs Shawn Hernandez

Scott Putski and America's Most Wanted vs Tully Blanchard and The Spinebusters
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This is fabulous, loving the use of legends to get newer guys like Haas over!
Thanks. That has always been my thought process when it comes to guys who I don't see a long future in. Especially with the appearances tab where you can put directly in there that they're only going to have two appearances for example, it makes it nice that I don't have to worry about firing a guy and risking a negative relationship when I get done with the short story I have with them. Terry Funk is the perfect example of that.


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Side question, are you using the NGO pick pack or a different one?
Honestly, I'm not sure. It was whatever one was attached to the Montreal Aftermath mod when I downloaded it. The only ones I've added are The Shane Twins. The default pictures for them in the pack were not good.

Thank you to Warhawk8492 and DGenerationMC as well for the predictions. I love to see all of your thoughts on how this could have played out.

I hope to have the next show out in the next day or so. So, stay posted.
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Prediction Key

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Semi-Final Matches

Butterbean vs Mike Awesome

Marty Jannetty vs Charlie Haas

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match

Awesome vs. Jannetty

Undercard

Stone & Steele vs The Shane Twins

Horace Boulder and Kevin Greene vs TJ Andrews and Ron Reese

The Masked Marvel vs Shawn Hernandez

Scott Putski and America's Most Wanted vs Tully Blanchard and The Spinebusters
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The World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Night 4
February 20, 1998



The Riviera Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV

Attendance : 257



In an NWA Home Video Exclusive, a short video plays running down the previous two rounds of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament. As the video plays, Kevin Kelly is voicing over the footage, hyping the action before the video cuts to Kelly standing in a wrestling ring in an empty room. Kelly begins running down the men who have made it to the final four. Kelly introduces each man and the video cuts to montages for each man.


Butterbean is seen in a small boxing gym. The footage cuts between some in-ring boxing action, cardio, strength training, and some grappling. Interspersed within is a sit down interview with Butterbean. He says that he's made a name for himself in the boxing world by having one of the strongest men in the business. Additionally, he says that he's had some difficulties adjusting to wrestling but he'll show tonight that he's got what it takes to become the NWA World Champion.


Charlie Haas is the next shown. He's shown walking into a gym at Seton Hall with a gym bag. Haas sits down in the locker room and begins speaking to the camera man, telling him that he's always been a wrestler. He says that he's always felt comfortable when getting into his singlet and loved the calm that came over him when ever he was walking towards the mat. The video cuts to Haas stretching before stepping onto the mat. Haas shakes the hand of the man standing in the ring, getting into position, and they begin wrestling. The video shows Haas getting the upper hand and suplexing his opponent, performing reversals, ect. As the video cuts through his practice, Haas says that he's proven that he's a tremendous wrestler, beating two legends to get to where he is. Haas says that he'll be the next NWA World Champion as the camera spins around Haas standing tall on the mat.


The video crash cuts from Haas to Mike Awesome dropping a barbell from overhead as he yells. Awesome is shown in a dirty, dingy, old school gym showing off his amazing strength. With no voice over, the video is overlayed with a loud heavy metal song as Awesome runs through different workouts. Tremendous feats of strength as Awesome does bench presses, deadlifts, pull ups with extra weight, ect. His segment ends with him performing a deadlift with a huge bar that's bending from the weight. Awesome drops the weight to the ground with a huge crash, screaming towards the camera. He charges the camera, grabs it, puts his face very close before yelling, IT'S MINE


Finally, the video cuts to Marty Jannetty stepping into a wrestling ring in some wrestling school. Jannetty starts by running the ropes as his voice comes over, talking about how he has had opportunities in the past but he has always gotten in his own way. Jannetty is shown sparing with some students as he says he saw his potential future earlier in the tournament and he's trying his damnedest not to be that. Jannetty says that he knows that when he wins the NWA World Championship, he'll have the one thing he's needed to prove himself to himself. Jannetty says that he's going to prove that he is one of the best in the world. His segment ends with Jannetty hitting the Rocker Dropper on a few students in a row. Jannetty stands in the center of the ring, breathing heavily a bit but with a look of determination on his face.

The video ends with a final minute of cutting back and forth between the four men. The video ends with a still shot of all four men and the NWA World Heavyweight Title in front of them.



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Stone & Steele vs The Shane Twins
One Fall - 15 Minute Time Limit

The video fades into The Riviera with the crowd cheering loudly as the opening notes of Stone & Steele's entrance song begins to play. Damien and Gary make their way out to the stage and the crowd continues cheering but at a lesser amount. Stone and Steele make their way to the ring and it's pretty clear that Gary has grown much more comfortable since his team with Damien started. It appears that he's found his place for now.

As they get into the ring, the loud and clashing music of The Shane Twins entrance begins and Ox and Bull make thier way out to a mostly quiet room. They flex and show off their physiques to a small smattering of boos before making their way to the ring.

This match begins and it is very obvious that the Twins didn't get much better in the time between the two shows. Their moves remain sloppy and their movements are very out of place. Ox was especially bad this week. He seemed to have lost confidence in himself in the first few minutes of the match when he tried to suplex Stone but Stone nearly landed on his head when Ox didn't rotate him enough. Stone gave him a receipt directly afterwards with a stiff shot to the mouth that busted Ox's lip. The match continued with the Shanes getting a lot of quick tags followed by powerful strikes and slams to Stone as Steele is forced to watch helplessly. Stone almost gets the tag on few occasions but the much larger Shanes easily drag him back to their side of the ring to continue to batter him.

The finish of the match comes as Stone is able to get himself loose from Ox, runs the ropes and hits a powerful Shotgun Dropkick, sending Ox to the outside. Stone crawls to his corner as Bull enters the ring but Stone tags Steele first and Steele runs wild with clothesline after clothesline to Bull. Steele tosses Bull from the ring as Ox reenters groggily. Ox takes a swing at Steele, who ducks and grabs Ox around the waist. Steele hits a very rough German Suplex, bridging into a pin for the victory.

Damien Stone remains the star of his match as he made the Shanes look as good as they possibly could look. The sight of the small Stone being thrown around the ring by the Twins made them look like beasts.



Stone & Steele defeated The Shane Twins in 12:40 by pinfall.

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NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Semi Final Match


vs

Butterbean vs Mike Awesome
1 Fall - 45 Minute Time Limit

As Stone & Steele stand on the stage celebrating, Mike Awesome burst through the curtain and hits Stone with a huge boot. Before he can even react, Steele is hit with a powerful lariat by Awesome, leaving him laid out on the stage as well. Awesome makes his way to the ring, sans music, to a course of boos before ripping the microphone from the hand of the ring announcer. He screams into it for Butterbean to get his ass in the ring because he's ready. Awesome tosses the microphone to the ground and gets into the ring. After a few moments of nothing, Awesome begins pacing but he begins to smile as Butterbean makes his way through the curtain. Butterbean gets a great reaction from the crowd as he walks down the entrance ramp with his trainers. As he makes his way to ringside, Awesome attempts to get the fight started early with a suicide dive but Butterbean is able to get out of the way as his trainers take the full weight of the flying Awesome. Butterbean starts landing stiff shots to the back of Awesome before pulling him to his feet. Awesome begins throwing wild haymakers as Butterbean lands powerful punches before they get into the ring and the referee gets the match started.

Even though it was announced for a 45 minute time limit, there is no way that these two men were going to be able to keep this pace for very long but the crowd loved every minute that they got out of these two. The match was a crazy back and forth, strike and slams, big man bout that came to an end after Referee Scott Armstrong tried to warn Butterbean about his closed fists but Awesome pulls Armstrong aside and demands that Butterbean hit him in his God Damned Mouth. The two men take the hardest shots that the other could give before Awesome takes a shot that makes him stumble back but he's able to recover enough to kick Butterbean's head near off. Both men go down as the crowd begins cheering for Butterbean to get to his feet but both men are able to get to their feet before the ten count. Awesome is able to give Butterbean a kick to the gut before lifting him up and slamming him to the ground with an Awesome Bomb. But before he goes for the pinfall, Awesome lifts Butterbean from the ground back into the air and slams him again with a second Awesome Bomb before collapsing on top of the bruising boxer for the 1, 2, 3.

Awesome was able to bring out the best that Butterbean has to offer. These two guys put on a hard hitting, big man match that could rival what you see on those Japanese shows, easily. Awesome showed that he belongs in the conversation as the best in the NWA right now.



Mike Awesome defeated Butterbean in 8:13 by pinfall.

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NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Semi Final Match


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Marty Jannetty vs Charlie Haas
1 Fall - 45 Minute Time Limit

The next bout is set to begin as Marty Jannetty makes his way through the curtain. A little more subdued tonight, his ring gear is not quite as bright and has a lot less tassels than his previous NWA appearances. Jannetty comes to the ring with a fire in his eyes and look of determination. He doesn't break eye contact with the ring as he slaps the hands of the fans at ringside. Jannetty slides in under the bottom rope, pops to his feet, and runs the ropes a few times before getting into his corner to stretch as his opponent makes his way to the ring.

Charlie Haas is the next man out but this time he's not alone. The man that he sparred against in his training video appears to be in his corner tonight. That man is announced as Charlie's brother, Russ Haas, who has recently signed with the NWA.


The two men make their way down to the ring, with Russ quietly talking to Charlie in his ear as he begins to hop down the ramp, eager to get this match started. Charlie hops up on the apron as Russ makes his way up the stairs into the ring. Both men enter and Jannetty meets them in the center of it. Referee Armstrong steps up to make sure the match doesn't get started before the bell again but Jannetty simply shakes the hands of both Haas brothers and returns to his corner. Charlie and Russ embrace and they exchange a few more words before Russ takes his place ringside. Russ squats so that his head is barely visible above the apron, quietly observing.

Armstrong assures both men are ready and calls for the bell. The second Semi-Finals match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament has officially begun. These two men start off the match at an even tempo, neither man ready to ramp it up quite yet. Haas is the first to try to pick up the speed but is cut short by the veteran Jannetty, who grinds Haas to a halt with a side headlock. Jannetty keeps the bout at a slower pace while trying to wear the young man down, forcing Haas to use his energy just to get out of quick pinfalls and smothering submissions.

Haas is finally able to get the upper hand and begins to get quick suplexes off, tossing Jannetty around the ring. Haas keeps up the pace with punishing slams into submissions that he changes up quickly to keep the veteran off his guard. Haas is able to keep the pressure until Jannetty gets loose of a slam attempt but instead of trying to slow the match back down, The Rocker cranks the speed up and starts flying around the ring. He is able to disorient Haas which leads to the finishing sequence.

After cresting the 25 minute mark, Marty starts throwing everything he can at the youngster. Haas looks to be completely flustered, unable to catch his breath at the speed the bout has gotten too. Marty hits a superkick to the side of the head of Haas and as he attempts to get to his feet, Jannetty hits a stiff Rocker Dropper that keeps Haas down, giving Jannetty the pinfall victory.

After the pinfall is counted, Jannetty jumps to his feet and begins celebrating before helping Haas to his feet. He says something into the ear of the newcomer before waving Russ into the ring. Jannetty holds up the arm of Charlie before the Haas' graciously leave the ring, letting Jannetty to have his moment.



Marty Jannetty defeated Charlie Haas in 26:24 by pinfall.

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TJ Andrews and Ron Reese vs Horace Boulder and Kevin Greene
One Fall - 20 Minute Time Limit

The next match up is a tag team affair as the team of TJ Andrews and Ron Reese make their entrance. Debuting their new team moniker, The Titans, Andrews and Reese seem hyped to get their opportunity at their first victory as a team. After they make their way into the ring, they also debut their new signature pose as Andrews strikes a chest and abs pose with the larger Reese standing behind him flexing his arms towards the ceiling like he's reaching for the stars. It's not as impressive as they though it would look.

Their opponents for the evening make their way our individually. First is Horace Boulder, who makes his way out to a course of boos but bathes in it like it is nourishing him. He loves the jeers from the fairly vocal crowd. Before he can make it to the ringside, however, the entrance music cuts to that of his partner for the evening, Kevin Greene. Greene makes his entrance to the support of the Las Vegas crowd but over top of the crowd is the taunting of Boulder, upset that his entrance was cut short. They meet at the bottom of the ramp and Greene tries to shake the hand of Boulder but Horace pulls his hand away at the last moment to rub his fingers through his bald scalp. Boulder laughs at himself as he walks away from Greene, who is left shaking his head in disbelief.

The match gets started as Boulder takes his place on the apron and begins yelling at Kevin to get the match started with the Giant Reese. The match is your standard affair but the crowd gets into it because of the interactions between Greene and Boulder. The entire match is punchy-kicky with some pretty good looking slams from Greene to Andrews that gets a decent reaction from the crowd. This pisses Boulder off so much that he demands to get into the match and does a similar slam that doesn't get the same reaction. The back and forth, trying to show the other up between Boulder and Greene upset The Titans who essentially get forgotten in the match, which for Reese can only be a good thing as he was just awful through out.

This match only went anywhere near the time limit because of the Boulder/Greene nonsense but it came to an end as Greene and Boulder begins pushing and shoving each other until Reese and Andrews both begin to charge. Greene and Boulder turn towards the charging Titans, Greene hits Reese with a spear and Boulder hits Andrews with a huge lariat. Greene rolls onto the apron so that Boulder can get the pinfall victory.

Boulder gets to his feet as Greene jumps down from the apron and begins making his way to the back. Boulder continues yelling at Greene as he leans over the top rope but Greene chooses to ignore him until he's through the curtain.



Horace Boulder and Kevin Greene defeated The Titans in 19:02 by pinfall.

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The Masked Marvel vs Shawn Hernandez
One Fall - 20 Minute Time Limit

The next bout is announced as a special singles match. The first man out is The Masked Marvel to the general disinterest of the crowd. Decked in a long blue robe, Marvel glides down to the ring. While doing so, Marvel looks at the crowd with distain in his eyes. He steps into the ring and calls Armstrong over to help him remove his robe and yells at him to hand it over to the ring attendant. Marvel takes his corner and begins stretching as his opponent enters.

The next competitor out is Shawn Hernandez who doesn't even pretend to be concerned with the fans as he just charges down the ramp and dives into the ring. Hernandez starts with a clubbing forearm to the back of Marvel and Armstrong is forced to pry Hernandez off before checking in on Marvel. Armstrong calls for the bell and match begins.

This match was awful from beginning to end and nothing worked quite right. Between neither man being a fan favorite and Marvel was not into doing anything to make the match interesting, there was nothing to make the fans care. It was obvious that Marvel was working against Hernandez and the rookie Hernandez didn't know what to do about it. The fans just shat all over this match until Hernandez grabs the Marvel, hits a very sloppy Piledriver and gets the pinfall victory.

Marvel couldn't wait to get out of the ring and was the first one up after the finish. He walks up the ramp and through the curtain, being bombarded by hatred from the fans.



Shawn Hernandez defeated The Masked Marvel in 13:39 by pinfall.

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Tully Blanchard and The Spinebusters vs Scott Putski and America's Most Wanted
One Fall - 30 Minute Time Limit

After the nonsense that was the previous match, the next match is a six man tag match where introduced first is the team of The Spinebusters who come out and turn to give props for their teammate for the evening, Tully Blanchard. Blanchard leads the two other men down the ramp. Blanchard slaps the hands of the fans in the front row but neither Anderson nor Pearce follow suit, they bark at the fans and avoid their touches like the plague. All three men get into the ring, Blanchard wrangles the 'Busters together in their corner, and begin to strategize with them as their opponents make their entrance.

America's Most Wanted are the next out but it is only them at this time. They look back through the curtain and seem to be talking to someone before just blowing it off. Storm and Harris walk down the rampway, making their way to ringside before their music stopped so that Scott Putski can make his entrance alone. Putski stands on the stage, demanding all of the attention as he poses. He makes his way down the ramp, blowing right past his teammates for the evening, to jump into the ring and begin to pose in the center of the ring. Harris and Storm shake their heads before getting into the ring to try to speak with their teammate but Putski completely ignores them before stepping out into the apron.

The match begins with Storm and Pearce in the ring, Pearce tries to get the advantage off the bat with some underhanded tactics but Storm is able to counteract each of them, much to the dismay of Pearce. The match continues much in the same way with both of The Spinebusters trying their hardest to impress Blanchard with a lot of old school, less-than-honest techniques but every time that Blanchard gets into the ring with either of the AMW, he stays fairly clean as he show the youngsters that he still is a hell of a wrestler. For the majority of the match, AMW try to keep Putski out of the match, just tagging back and forth between themselves until Putski forces his way in. Putski gets into it with the NWA Legend and starts with the eye pokes and such.

The match comes to an end as the match picks up speed and the Spinebusters and Blanchard get the upper hand. Anderson has a groggy Harris in the center of the ring where he hits a huge Spinebuster but decides to lock in a Figure Four instead of the pinfall. Harris struggles but does submit to give the victory to The Spinebusters and Blanchard.

After the match, Anderson boots Harris from the ring so that he and his team can celebrate. Putski begins berating AMW for losing the match for him. He looks back into the ring and jumps in. He walks up to the Spinebusters and says something into each of their ears before rolling out and heading up the ramp.



Tully Blanchard and The Spinebusters defeated Scott Putski and America's Most Wanted in 20:20 by submission.


Kevin Kelly makes his way to the ring as Blanchard and The Spinebusters make their exit. Kelly enters the ring, makes his way to the center, and faces the hard camera. He begins by thanking the fans for their energy this evening and begins hyping the NWA World Heavyweight Championship match between Mike Awesome and Marty Jannetty coming up next but first, Kelly tells the fans that the National Wrestling Alliance is proud to announce that they've signed a new world caliber competitor and they've been given some time to speak tonight. New theme music begins to play and ...


William Regal makes his way out through the curtain. He continues to the ring, shakes Kelly's hand, and takes the microphone before Kelly exits, leaving Regal in the ring alone. Regal starts by quieting down the crowd and thanking them for the warm reception. Regal continues by running down his history and his background including his time in Atlanta but tells the crowd that he decided to leave there for two reasons. Firstly, Regal says that he's looking to become the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Regal name drops Awesome and Jannetty, wishing them both good luck in the night's Main Event but warns them both that sooner rather than later, he'll get his opportunity. Secondly, Regal says that he knows that he will win the Worlds' Heavyweight Championship regardless but says that he knows that he'll give himself the best chance at that by working out with the best wrestlers in the world so he's been scouting every wrestler here tonight. Regal says that he found two wrestlers have shone above all others and he would be inviting them to train together. Regal thanks the crowd again before giving the microphone to the ring announcer and heading back to the curtain, high fiving the fans on the way back.

Regal made a great first impression with the NWA crowd. They loved his surprise entrance and hung on every word he said.


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Marty Jannetty vs Mike Awesome
1 Fall - 60 Minute Time Limit

The Main Event is about to begin as both Marty Jannetty and Mike Awesome standing in their assigned corners as the ring announcer makes the introductions including the NWA President, Dana White who will present the NWA World Heavyweight Title to the winner. The crowd is super into it already, cheering loudly as The Rocker is announced and immedietly turning to boos the second the announcer turns his attention to Awesome. After the announcements, the ring is cleared and calmness overtakes the two competitors as the bell rings.

Jannetty starts as the aggressor, trying to catch Awesome off guard with a high octane offense. But it is obvious from the opening minutes that their previous matches in the night already are setting the tone for this bout. Jannetty tires quickly after his over 25 minute tough technical bout but, for the first time since the relaunch of the NWA, there seems to be come chinks in the armor of Awesome. Awesome's body and face are bruised from the barrage from Butterbean so he may be less winded, but every kick from Jannetty to his already battered midsection forces Awesome to pump the brakes a bit. Jannetty tries his best to keep his distance and not allow himself to get wrapped up by the more powerful Awesome and is successful for a time until Awesome is able to side step a huge dropkick from the top rope. Once Jannetty crashes to the mat, Awesome is all over him. With suplexes and slams, Awesome makes sure that Jannetty's body touches every bit of canvas as he whips him around the ring. Marty tries will all of his might to roll out of the ring or to turn in mid air to turn the tables on Awesome, but nothing seems to work.

Awesome looks to end the match by picking up the seemingly lifeless Jannetty for an Awesome Bomb but Jannetty is turn it around into a Rocker Dropper. Jannetty drags himself up to his feet by the ropes and turns to see Awesome back up on a single knee. Jannetty attempts a second Rocker Dropper but Awesome stands with Jannetty on his shoulder and turns him into an Awesome Bomb for the pinfall and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

These two men put a tremendous amount of effort into this match and it showed. The crowd was invested the entire way through and had a lot of hope behind Jannetty and the crowd popped huge for the Rocker Dropper. Both men belong in the Main Event.

After the bell rings, the announcer and White enter the ring to announce Awesome as the winner. White helps put the title around the waist of Awesome and shakes his hand before Awesome poses for the photographers now in the ring. The show closes with the fans booing Awesome as he taunts the crowd with the Championship Belt around his waist.



Mike Awesome defeated Marty Jannetty in 16:26 by pinfall to become the NEW World Heavyweight Champion

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Ouch, those predictions did not go well for me! Really awesome show, though.
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I was slacking on predictions, but you can believe that this diary is, AWESOME!


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Excerpts from March 2, 1998 Wrestling Observer Newsletter
  • To add to the names of performers that have left the NWA, both Butterbean and Tully Blanchard worked their final contracted appearances at NWA's Night 4. Our sources tell us that Butterbean is one that the NWA will keep an eye on to possible return because of his professionalism and because he is a natural performer and could make a decent run if he decided to go full time. Obviously though, Butterbean continues to be successful in the boxing world so he didn't want to go full time just yet.
  • In Blanchard's case, he appears to be putting the final touches on his in ring career. He put a bit of shine on the NWA's Brainbusters wannabees, The Spinebusters, during their six man tag match. No word on what Blanchard's future looks like at this time but we can't imagine that he will remain unemployed for long.
  • Wayne Bloom aka The Masked Marvel has been on NWA President, Dana White's bad side for the past couple of weeks as Bloom has been argumentative with almost all of the backstage workers going all the way back to the NWA relaunch. Bloom was more than upset with Jake Roberts' condition and began reaming out White as soon as the match was over. White agreed with Bloom and even got into with Roberts over it, but Bloom wouldn't let White off the hook.

    Our sources say that the NWA sent an office worker to Bloom's hometown to record a vignette that was to air with Night 2 but the video was never aired as Dana got word from the producer that Bloom was extremely rude during the filming and refused to do anything that the office wanted. White was so livid over Bloom's actions that he destroyed the film and Bloom didn't come to Night 2.

    On the most recent NWA show, Bloom jobbed out to the rookie, Shawn Hernandez but no sold his finish, the piledriver, and immediately walked to the back after the pinfall. Sources say that after Bloom was told that he was putting Hernandez over, he and White got into a yelling match that only ended when the red-faced White was pulled away by Tom Prichard who calmed down both sides. We were told that Bloom was forced to put over the junior performer as punishment for the vignette issue. After the match, White and Bloom got into it a second time that olny ended with Bloom leaving the building. At this time, Bloom is advertised for NWA 5 at the end of the week.
  • It appears that they have reached out to and signed some new wrestlers in the past few days. From our understanding, all of the wrestlers are in the cruiser/junior heavy mold as the NWA is looking to move forward on the separate weight class front. Some have already been announced for NWA 5.
  • On a final NWA Note, the following are the results for our Mail-In Prediction Contest. Congratulations to KnowYourEnemy for the highest score and being the only one to correctly guess the Finals of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament. Special notice to DGenerationMC who was the closest to a perfect bracket in the initial tournament announcement pickems with 14 of 16 correct. Great job to all and we hope to hear from you again for NWA 5.

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National Wrestling Alliance 5
March 6, 1998
The Riviera Hotel and Casino

Main Event

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Mike Awesome, Horace Boulder, and Shawn Hernandez vs Scott Putski and The Titans

Semi-Main Event

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The Masked Marvel vs William Regal

Undercard

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Team Haas vs The Spinebusters

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Christopher Daniels and Reckless Youth vs The Shane Twins

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Kaz Hayashi and Jamie Noble vs Stone & Steele

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Chad Collyer vs Averno
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Awesome, Boulder, Hernandez vs Putski and The Titans

Marvel vs Regal

Team Haas vs The Spinebusters

The Shane Twins vs Daniels and Youth

Stone & Steele vs Hayashi and Noble

Collyer vs Averno
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Awesome, Boulder, Hernandez vs Putski and The Titans

Marvel vs Regal

Team Haas vs The Spinebusters

The Shane Twins vs Daniels and Youth

Stone & Steele vs Hayashi and Noble

Collyer vs Averno
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Awesome, Boulder, Hernandez vs Putski and The Titans

Marvel vs Regal

Team Haas vs The Spinebusters

The Shane Twins vs Daniels and Youth

Stone & Steele vs Hayashi and Noble

Collyer vs Averno
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