Crowd estimated at 800-850. For the Maryland State Athletic Commission:
PAT PANNELLA and TOM KANARAS. MCW commissioner: MR. JACK ADONIS. MCW
communications director: PETE McDEVITT. Ring announcer: STEVE
VENTURELLA. Commentators for the television taping: DAVE "THE WAVE" and
STUD LEE. Sound guy: BIG DADDY PRODUCTIONS. Timekeeper at the bell:
JEFF AMDUR. Referees for the evening: JOHN RILEY and D. EDWARDS. MCW
program editor/guy who tells me the real names of wrestling moves:
ALEXANDER LeGRAND. Ring attendant: JEFF CAPO. Digital camera guy:
STEVE McLAUGHLIN. Taping the proceedings: LOS HIJOS DE GAMBO. Also
observed in the arena: the WWF's STEVIE RICHARDS (who would pick up a
1999 MCW Award) and ECWA promoter JIM KETTNER.
STEVE VENTURELLA started the proceedings by introducing commisioner JACK
ADONIS, who announced that he would be overseeing his last MCW show, as
Mr. Adonis would be moving to Hollywood next month.
MATCH 1: JULIO FANTASTICO pinned CHAD AUSTIN in 10:05. The match saw
much high flying and near-falls from both wrestlers, with Julio getting
a 2-count after a modified Samoan drop and Chad getting his after some
drop kicks. Julio gradually gained the upper hand after a flying knee
lift and body drop; but he only got another 2-count as he covered for
the pin by putting one foot on Chad's chest. Chad then recovered to
foil Julio's superplex attempt, hitting El Fantastico with a flying
neckbreaker and getting a 2-count. Julio recovered to toss Chad through
the ropes. The returning Chad was hit with Julio's signature near death
experience and went down for the 3-count.
After the match, as a groggy Austin was wandering inside the ring, a
strange messageã"TQM: Total Quality Management"ãblared over the sound
system as a white turtleneck- and black-slacks clad JIMMY CICERO came to
the ring. He told Chad that he was here to save Chad's career, which
was in a state of stagnation. He would offer Chad "a lifeline"; either
Chad can subscribe to Jimmy's TQM, or he can continue to listen to the "
selfish, blind and ignorant" fans and wallow in the path of mediocrity.
Austin told Cicero that he may be interested, and they both walked arm
in arm to the dressing room area.
The next match would be the first of three preliminary three-way tag
team dances to determine who would participate in the final match to
crown the new MCW tag team championship. (Recall that the title had been
stripped from BRUISER and JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER due to the fact that
Lawler's WWF commitments would prevent him from being able to defend the
title on a regular basis.) The three prelims would be one-fall matches,
while the finals would be an elimination match.
MATCH 2 (TAG-TEAM SEMIFINAL): EARL "THE PEARL" & "RAMBLIN" RICH MYERS
(with PLATINUM NAT) earned a title shot by beating GREGORY MARTIN &
QENNAN CREED and GILLLLLBERRRRRG!!!!! & "DOOMSDAY" DANNY ROSE in 11:37.
Earl and Rich, now billed from "Holyland, USA", and their manager Nat
came out wearing matched sunglasses. In the early goings, Earl found
himself being roughed up by the other teams. Later on, it seemed the
youngsters Marty and Qennan were the targets. It looked as if Doomer
was going to pin Marty; but Rich came in and made the save. Then it
became a veritable [procreative act of the cluster variety] as Gillberg
speared his own partner Rose by mistake and was then hit by a Ramblin
superkick. Earl and Rick then double-teamed Creed, pinning him after
hitting a blockbuster/ Russian leg sweep (thanks, Mr. LeGrand)
After the match, there again seemed to be some dissension among the
youngsters as Marty yelled and glared at Qennan and started going back
to the dressing room alone. This was interrupted as a FONZIE-LOOKING
GUY and a SHAPELY YOUNG BLONDE attacked him and threw him back into the
ring. Shapely grabbed a chair and used it as they both pummeled Marty
and Qennan. Fonz Guy then started slapping the prone Marty while
yelling in his face.
MATCH 3: ADAM FLASH held on to his cruiserweight belt by pinning "THE
ALL-AMERICAN" JEFF PETERSON in 9:33. Jeff, who had hardly endeared
himself to the fans by telling them that the only good things about
America were "my good looks and my excellent wrestling ability", tried
to get the fans chant "USA". When the fans finally chanted, it wasn't
"USA" coming out of their collective mouths, but rather "You are gay!"
Adam gained a quick advantage as he flew off the top turnbuckle onto
Jeff on the floor. He then crotched Jeff around the ring post, doing it
again as the crowd exhorted "one more time". Jeff came back with a
rompecojones, followed by elbow smashes and a flying body press off the
top rope, resulting in a 2-count. Adam then got the best in an exchange
of Flair chops. Peterson then charged Flash, but Adam managed to trip
him so that Jeff landed face-first in the turnbuckle. Jeff then
suplexed Adam and weakened him with punches. The teen-aged Peterson
then got a bit too cocky as he mockingly checked Adam's body for signs
of movement. Convinced that Flash was unconscious, Jeff tried for
another top rope maneuver only to be crotched on the turnbuckle by the
possum-playing Flash. Adam then mounted the top turnbuckle for,
successively, a superplex and a leg drop, which proved enough to get the
After the match, the defeated Peterson got into a shoving match with ref
Edwards, as Jeff found himself shoved through the ropes and out of the
Departing commissioner JACK ADONIS, accompanied by PETE McDEVITT and
referees D. EDWARDS and JOHN RILEY, came to the ring to present the 1999
MCW Awards, as voted on by the fans.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR was GREGORY MARTIN
MOST IMPROVED was RAMBLIN' RICH MYERS
MOST HATED was TOM BRANDI for the second year in a row. As the
whistle-blowing Brandi came to accept the award, Pete definitely kept
his distance. Tom thought he had been voted "most popular" until Pete
told him to look at the award more closely. An incensed Brandi took the
mike and berated the crowd.
MATCH OF THE YEAR was the four-way cruiserweight title match involving
JOEY MATTHEWS, CHRISTIAN YORK, MATT HARDY and JEFF HARDY that took place
in Lusby, MD, on March 20. Joey and Christian accepted their own awards
as well as the awards on behalf of the Hardy Boyz, who have been very
busy as of late in the WWF.
MOST POPULAR WRESTLER was CHRISTIAN YORK
MOST INSPIRATIONAL WRESTLER was STEVIE RICHARDS
MANAGER OF THE YEAR was PLATINUM NAT, for, I believe, the second time
TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR was 2-DOPE & SYDESWYPE
WRESTLER OF THE YEAR was MCW champion THE BRUISER
THE COMMISSIONER'S AWARD (given at the discretion of Mr. Adonis, not
voted on by the fans) went to GILLBERG for all his in-ring and
behind-the-scenes work, especially in putting together the Richie and
Destiny Spicknall Memorial card last October at Michael's.
MATCH 4 (TAG-TEAM SEMIFINAL): JOEY "THE FUTURE" MATTHEWS & CHRISTIAN
YORK won their spot in the finals, emerging victorious over 2-DOPE &
SYDESWYPE and ECW's "DASTARDLY" DANNY DORING & "THE ANGRY AMISH WARRIOR"
ROADKILL (with JUDGE JEFF JONES) in 11:16. Returning to his Maryland
roots after a long absence, His Judgeship took the mike and said that
his ECW team would not only win the MCW tag title tonight but would
shortly win the ECW tag title from the Impact Players. He seemed to be
targeting Joey and Christian in particular. Early in the match, Doring
and Matthews wowed the fans with their speed, culminating in a
simultaneous drop kick. Joey hit Danny with a flying head scissors.
Doring recovered to corner Joey and then whipped Roadkill into him, a
splash that literally caused the ring to move. Doring then chokeslammed
Joey and got a 2-count. York then hit Roadkill with a tornado ddt.
2-Dope tagged in and was grabbed by the Amish Guy as Doring hit him with
a scissor kick. Doring and Roadkill then left the ring, in effect
inviting Joey and Christian to finish 2D and SS off. Matthews and York
floored 2-Dope with a double power bomb, then getting the pin. After
the match, Roadkill, Danny and the Judge returned to the ring to
celebrate the victory with Joey and Christian.
The next match was the last of the semifinal three-way tag matches.
DINO DIVINE came out alone, noting that his partner for the evening,
CUEBALL CARMICHAEL, had not shown up. He invited anyone to come out of
the dressing room to be his partner. JULIO FANTASTICO emerged, taking
the mike and telling the crowd that he was there to "take up the slack
for a partner of limited talents". He also wanted to quash the rumors
that he had been the UNKNOWN SOLDIER who had been unmasked at the
December show. (Funny, it sure as hell had looked like Julio) Boo,
Julio. Then, we heard that strange "TQM: Total Quality Management" riff
once more, and JIMMY CICERO, still in that turtleneck and slacks, came
out with his partner, a black-outfitted CHAD AUSTIN. Jimmy
congratulated Chad for "making the right decision", that TQM would
remedy Chad's "lack of vision". Personally, I would have opted for
laser surgery, but I'm not Chad ;) ROMEO VALENTINO then came out with
his partner CORPORAL PUNISHMENT. Romeo made fun of TQM. Cicero then
accused Romeo of having a tiny brain. Romeo then stated that the tiny
part of Cicero's body was "that thing in his pants", which prompted the
crowd to chant "Tiny! Tiny!" at Cicero the rest of the evening.
MATCH 5 (TAG TEAM SEMIFINAL): JIMMY CICERO & CHAD AUSTIN went to the
finals with their victory over DINO DIVINE & JULIO FANTASTICO and
CORPORAL PUNISHMENT & ROMEO VALENTINO in 8:16. The early going was all
Romeo and Corp, as Romeo thrilled the crowd with a somersault plancha
over the top rope onto both Cicero and Austin on the floor. Corporal,
who had come to the ring with a metal chair, straddled the chair in a
corner and then whipped Chad head-first into it, prompting chants of
"MCW! MCW!" from the crowd. Corp and Romeo double-clotheslined Chad,
and Romeo attempted a pin after a vicious body slam, only to be foiled
as Tin..., er, Jimmy made the save. Julio then hit Corporal with a top
rope drop kick but missed a follow-up top rope dive. Corp and
Fantastico took their fight outside the ring, and the ref went to try to
break them up. Cicero hit the ddt on Valentino. The ref was thus in no
position to see another TQM GUY DRESSED IN BLACK come to ringside and
rocket-launch Chad onto Romeo. By the time the ref came back to
ringside and made the 3-count, TQMGDIB was nowhere to be found.
As we were waiting for the next matchãthe heavyweight title tiffãto
begin, we were joined at the ringside table by PETE McDEVITT, who was
perhaps taking quite the risk by doing so. As TOM BRANDI came to
ringside, he glared at Pete and called him a "total loser".
MATCH 6: THE BRUISER successfully defended the MCW heavyweight belt by
pinning TOM BRANDI in 14:04. The match started ugly, as Tom blew his
nose in Bruiser's direction and threw his Italian flag at Pete. Bruiser
retaliated with a flying body block and a clothesline, then crotching
Brandi on a ring post. Brandi quickly regained the advantage by trying
to send Bruiser to sopranoland, first with a rompecojones and then with
a flying Lewinsky. The champ battled back as the match went to the
ringside area. I scattered, trying to guard both the digital camera
disks and expensive cordless microphone that had been on the table as
Brandi peppered me with obscenities for doing so. Both wrestlers were
thrown into ring barriers (I think, since I was at that time preoccupied
with my own physical safety). Brandi then came back to the ring and
grabbed both the bell and Steve Venturella's microphone. He called
Bruiser "garbage" and pummeled him with the mike. He took time to
pepper more obscenities, this time to athletic commissioner TOM KANARAS.
Bruiser finally got his second wind, staggering Brandi but missing a
splash attempt. Brandi then bulldogged Bruiser and got a 2-count.
Bruiser foiled a second bulldog attempt and got his own 2-count,
following this with a gut-wrench suplex. He then threw Tom into a
corner; but unfortunately the referee got in the way and was rendered
woozy. Out came JIMMY CICERO, who threw a chain to Brandi. Tom whacked
Bruiser with the chain, the ref recovered and made the 3-count. As
Steve Venturella was announcing that Brandi had regained the title,
ROMEO VALENTINO came out and pointed out that Cicero had thrown Tom a
foreign object. Ref Edwards ordered the match re-started, and the
protesting Brandi was schoolboyed for the pin.
After the match, Cicero and JULIO FANTASTICO joined Brandi in whupping
Romeo and Bruiser until CORPORAL PUNISHMENT came to make the save. One
of the wrestlers grabbed Brandi's whistle and the three Good Guys
paraded around ringside holding Bruiser's belt high and blowing the
whistle. Brandi was *not* amused.
MATCH 7: In the three-way elimination match for the tag-team title,
EARL "THE PEARL" & "RAMBLIN" RICH MYERS (with PLATINUM NAT) became the
champs by beating JIMMY CICERO & CHAD AUSTIN (with THE OTHER TQM GUY)
and JOEY "THE FUTURE" MATTHEWS & CHRISTIAN YORK in 9:01. Rich and Earl
ganged up on Joey early; but Matthews managed to double ddt the two.
Meanwhile, York double-dropkicked Cicero and Austin out of the ring, and
then dove over the ropes onto all three TQM guys on the floor. Cicero
(still taunted by the crowd's chants of "Tiny swallows!") and Chad were
the first eliminated at 5:53 as Christian did the scorpion death drop on
Chad after having Asai moonsaulted onto both guys. With the ref
distracted, Joey and Christian double power bombed Rich but the pin
attempt was thwarted when Earl whacked Christian with the championship
belt. Rich covered York for a 2-count. Joey made the hot tag and
cleaned house. Joey hit a huracanrana and Christian hit a top-rope leg
drop ON (I believe; my notes fail me at this point) Earl. As the ref
counted for the pin, he was pulled out of the ring by Platinum Nat at
the 2-count. York then left the ring to confront Nat. This enabled the
Holyland guys to hit their own double power bomb on Joey and then cover
for the pin and the title.
MCW returns to Michael's Eighth Avenue on Wednesday, March 8, with a
7:30 pm bell time. Stay tuned to these boards for further information.
You can get updates by accessing the MCW website at
www.marylandwrestling.com (now featuring new columns from ALEXANDER
LEGRAND, PLATINUM NAT, and JUDGE JEFF JONES in addition to the holdover
columns from JACK ADONIS and TIM ROWE), or by calling the 24-hour MCW
Hotline at 410-234-9769.
>From Jeff the MCW timekeeper
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