Yup, I'd never planned to have Eddie lose in the main event, until I thought about how to use this ending to help set things up for the new thing. I hope that Art Barr and his Phoenix Key will be an intriguing part of the new promotion.
Ok, here's the deal. If you guys want to set up some kind of "you can't draft announcers/nonwrestlers until the X round" then I say scrap the idea all together. Its stupid. Such a rule completely ignores the entire point of a draft. The point of a draft is to weigh the available talent and your needs vs the demand and try and construct a roster that does it with the picks you have. That's the flaw in these things in my mind, as a sports drafter. There's no actual needs. Its just picking your favorites. That's one step away from making a list and that's the most self indulgent and worthless part of most messageboards.
IF we do a mandatory 2 announcers then it should just be in the random mix. If you feel you need a Gordon Solie or Jim Ross? Then you have to decide where you take him. Of course you rather take a wrestling talent in the 7th Rd but of Solie and JR just went then maybe you're sitting there thinking "I need to take X now or else I'll get a scrub." Or you decide to just take your chances later because you decide a wrestler is worth more. THAT'S part of drafting and that's largely absent in these.
And hey, I know that my silly "roster spots" idea with the hero draft was doomed to be rejected because people didn't want to do that. And if no one wants to do the announcers here? Fine. But there's absolutely point in doing some stupid expansion draft for announcers. Because really, who cares? Once you decide that announcers are so marginalized that they shouldn't even be part of the draft then why even bother with them? You're just going to have the same results where the first few guys get the legends and everyone else is picking up scrubs. But now there was NEVER any strategy or game involved. It was simply a matter of where your pick was. So why bother?
So I see zero point in even bothering with the announcers if we want to relegate them to some separate idea. Either include 2 mandatory spots you have to fill anytime between the first and last round or ignore it all together. Because if you do that midway than all we're saying is that they don't matter so why waste time with them later? I want them in because i think it adds a new wrinkle and challenge, but if we're just going to do that same retarded 2 round post draft draft again? I thought that thing was remarkably stupid at the time and I see zero reason to repeat it.
The power figure was just another little wrinkle/challenge I liked. Just something to throw in. If you want to wait to the last 3 rounds to fill those spots, so be it, but maybe you want to go higher because you think having Vince, JR, and Solie will help your card. But I acknowledge that it might be pointless and I acknowledge that its possible no one really wants more challenges/wrinkles in these things except me. So yeah, all or nothing in my book. Throw in the wrinkles and do them right or don't bother at all.
We have a big show here tonight as it's the last full show before we get to the PPV weekend. Tonight, the last 2 spots in the BGFYW's Woman's Championship elimination match will be decided as Mickie James takes on Michelle McCool and Fabi Apache takes on Katie Burchill. We'll also have a preview of the tag team title tournament as Lance Storm & Chris Candido team up with The New Church of Slash and Tempest to take on the combination of The Hell Brothers and The Naturals. We'll also see a preview of the Global Championship match as we see 4 separate tag teams put together for this match: Nigel McGuinness will tag with Paul Burchill against teams of Cibernetico & LA Parka, Koji Kanemoto & Julio Dinero, and Drake Younger & Idol Stevens. And then we're also going to see the rest of Hot Stuff International in action tonight as The Dynamic Duo will compete in respective singles matches against The Thrillseekers 2K8 before our main event which will feature the team of Eddie Gilbert and Austin Starr facing off against Samoa Joe and Terry Taylor.
So, we're not going to waste time because our first-match is ready to begin as Matt Cappotelli is taking on "Gentleman" Chris Adams. Both men's tag team partners did stay in the back for this match shockingly and Cappotelli gives his all, but the experience of Adams is too much and he's able to hit The Super Kick out of nowhere and get the win.
Up next was our first woman's qualifying match of the night and even with Eddie Gilbert at ringside for Michelle McCool, she was not able to overcome Mickie James in this match. McCool really stepped up and showed a lot here, but Mickie was just too much and was able to put McCool down with "The Long Kiss Goodnight." This confirmed Mickie's spot in the Woman's title match and she talked about what winning the belt would mean to her in a post-match promo with Mr. Dash-Bee.
Following that we went right to the back where Becky Bayless attempted to interview the other three confirmed participants in the match; Krissy Vaine, Sarah Stock, and Cheerleader Melissa. The promo started out normal, but after a few moments tensions started raising and sooner rather than later the three women were pushing and fighting each other.
Security quickly interveneed as the action moved back to the ring for the second match between The Dynamic Duo and The Thrillseekers 2K8. This time it was Johnny Jeter taking on the "Handsome Halfbreed" Gino Hernandez. Again the partners stayed in the back for the early portions of the match, but this time as Johnny came closer and closer to picking up the win, Chris Adams finally made his way out. He attempted to hit Jeter with the Superkick but Johnny was able to get out of the way and Adams almost hit Gino. As The Dynamic Duo recovered and discussed their options Matt Cappotelli made his way out and with all of the outside acts, Jeter was able to walk up behind Gino and sneak a victory with a school boy. That was a big win for The Thrillseekers 2K8 as we head closer to The Big Fucking PPV Debut.
After that we heard from La Secta del Cibernetico as they discussed just what their history was with The New Church and how personal and deep this feud between them went. We found out that Cibernetico at one point had been allied with a man called The Angel and he believes this is the man leading The New Church now. If that was the case, this issue would be a lot more violent than us here at BGFYW ever expected.
Our next match involved Cibernetico as he teamed with another old friend in LA Parka in a 4-team scramble involving Koji & Dinero, Idol & Drake, as well as Nigel & Burchill. All 4 teams made their way out and it was all action from the opening bell to the pinfall. Every move from every single person involved in the match was hit and for the first time since his arrival here in BGFYW we saw a weakness in Nigel McGuinness as Koji Kanemoto had him pinned after a Ganzo Bomb. If not for Katie Burchill pulling the ref out of the ring at that very moment, it was very likely he'd have tasted defeat. While distracted by Katie, Kanemoto was taken out of contention in this match by a running Yakuza Kick by Cibernetico. As more and more guys got taken out, a rift formed between Idol Stevens and Drake Younger and it got to be too much for Drake as he hit a Drake's landing on his own partner before turning around right into a C-4 by Paul Burchill and he picked up the win.
Next we saw hidden footage of the Lance Storm and Chris Candido locker room and they were arguing once again as it seemed like Storm was really upset with Chris and his strategy towards his former proteges, Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas, The Naturals. Sunny tried playing peacemaker, but it was quite obvious that there were issues within the team and we'd see how they handled it as there match was up next.
So, the tag team title preview was up next as The New Church teamed up with Candido & Storm against The Naturals and The Hell Brothers. Another back-and-forth match which broke down near the end as Storm and Candido had even more in-fighting when Candido refused to pin Chase Stevens after Lance Storm hit him with one of the World Tag Team Titles which were at ringside. As they fought more amongst each other more, The Hell Brothers were able to eliminate them from the action with simultaneous spears. But that left Andy Douglas all alone for the combined efforts of Slash and Tempest who picked him apart and finally put him down for the 3 following a Crucifixtion powerbomb.
Up next we saw Joe going nuts backstage as he talked about having been laid out week after week by Hot Stuff International and tonight would be different as he left anyone who crossed his path laying in his wake. Terry Taylor tried to talk to him, but Joe's only response was to not get in his way, because and I quote, "I am Samoa Joe and I am Professional Wrestling."
Intense words backstage led to an intense match in the ring as Katie Burchill took on Fabi Apache. Fabi gave it her all, but the appearance of Katie's brother, Paul was too much and Katie picked up the win with a Small Package Driver. Post-match it looked like Paul Burchill was going to give Apache a C-4, but Mickie James and Cheerleader Melissa ran out for the save and started to brawl with Katie. This led to Krissy Vaine and Sarah Stock to come out and all five women wrestling for the belt took it to the limit. Finally, the wrestlers from the back were able to separate the women.
This led to our main event of Austin Starr and Eddie Gilbert against Terry Taylor and Samoa Joe. We saw signs of the Austin Aries here as he and both Joe and Taylor put on some classic wrestling, but there were points, especially with McCool's and Gilbert's influence around where we saw Austin Starr emerge and this would out a rash of viciousness from Samoa Joe. As the match got closer to the end, the rest of HSI made their way out from the back, but before anything could happen The Thrillseekers came out to cut off The Dynamic Duo, but it did leave Idol Stevens alone. Idol and Eddie Gilbert were able to take Terry Taylor out of action, but even with McCool's influence Starr was not able to keep Joe down even after he hit a Brainbustaaa. Joe fought back when Aries went for the 450 and was able to put him down with The Muscle Buster in a possible preview of the PPV match.
Gilbert looked furious on the outside as he and McCool dragged Starr to the back with what looked like a verbal beatdown while Joe stood in the ring and did the "me wanty belt" pose.
QnD Results Adams defeated Cappotelli James defeated McCool -> Melissa, Vaine, Stock shoving and fighting in the back Jeter defeated Hernandez Cibernetico promo regarding The New Church & the unknown voice he called The Angel Paul Burchill & Nigel McGuinness won a Global Championship preview when Burchill pinned Younger More disagreements between Lance Storm and Chris Candido The New Church & Storm/Candido defeated Naturals & Hell Brothers when Slash pinned Douglas -> More issues arose with Storm & Candido Joe promo Katie Burchill defeated Apache -> All 5 women brawled Joe & Taylor defeated Starr & Gilbert -> more cracks within Hot Stuff International
G2G Championships Tournament Opening Round: (1) “Playboy” Buddy Rose & “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers (16) "Mr. Magnificent" Kevin Kelly & “Mr. Electricity” Steven Regal
Rose and Somers advance. Regal holds Rose for Kelly to hit, Rose ducks, Kelly KO’s Regal, and Rose rolls him up with a handful of tights for the 1,2,3
( The Long Riders (Scott “Hog” & “Wild” Bill Irwin) (9) Rock N Roll RPM’s (Mike Davis & Tommy Lane)
In a slight Upset, The RPM’s move on after Scott Irwin is disqualified for refusing to heed the referee’s 5 count while punching a slumped over and unconscious Lane
(4) Los Conquistadores (Jose Luis Rivera & Jose Estrada Sr) (13) Killer Karl Kox & Mike Knox
The Conquistadores win when Uno body presses Knox, while Dos is kneeled behind him.
(5) Jack Victory & John Tatum (12) Jimmy Jack Funk & “Iron” Mike Sharpe
Victory & Tatum move on after Victory punches Sharpe with brass knuckles passed to him by Tatum, earning the pinfall.
(2) Boris Zuhkov & Ivan Koloff (15) Haystacks Calhoun & Jerry Blackwell
The Russians win easily, as Koloff & Zuhkov hit a double Suplex on Blackwell to finish the behemoths off
(7) Top Guns (Ricky Rice & Derrick Dukes) (10) Mando Guerrero & Jose Lothario Another mild upset, Mando shocks Dukes with a top rope body press and covers for a 3 count
(3) Fritz & Waldo Von Erich (14) Stanislaus Zbyszko & Orville Brown
The Von Erichs advance when Fritz pins former World Champion Brown with the Iron Claw
(6) Steve & Shaun Simpson (11) Baron Von Rashke & Col. DeBeers
In an upset Von Rashke & DeBeers make quick work of the Simpson brothers when DeBeers hits the front piledriver on Shaun
Quarter-finals: (1) “Playboy” Buddy Rose & “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers (9) Rock N Roll RPM’s (Mike Davis & Tommy Lane)
Somers and Rose advance. Somers whips Davis into the ropes, Rose clubs him from behind, and he stumbles into a Somers DDT.
(4) Los Conquistadores (Jose Luis Rivera & Jose Estrada Sr) (5) Jack Victory & John Tatum
Double Count out with all four men brawling on the floor. Both teams eliminated
(2) Boris Zuhkov & Ivan Koloff (10) Mando Guerrero & Jose Lothario
Lothario gets the pin on Zuhkov after a top rope Sunset Flip while Mando distracts Ivan on the outside. Another Upset! (3) Fritz & Waldo Von Erich (11) Baron Von Rashke & Col. DeBeers
DeBeers and Rashke EXPLODE! after a missed tag, making Baron easy pickings for Waldo
Semi-Finals: (10) Mando Guerrero & Jose Lothario (3) Fritz & Waldo Von Erich
With only one semi-final match, Fritz and Waldo are ordered to stay put by GM Gary Hart. Mando and Jose come to ringside and use their speed to wear down & take advantage of the lack of rest for the German duo. Upset #3!
OMG Championship 6-Way Elimination Match Brian Adias “The Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant Darin Childs Ernie “The Cat” Ladd Johnny Valentine Nick Bockwinkel
At the Bell, As Expected, all hell breaks loose. Valentine becomes the first casualty when he traps Valiant in a bear hug. Ernie Ladd comes charging in and tackles Valiant from behind, pinning Valentine in the aftermath. Adias tries to capitalize and pin Valiant, but gets powerslammed by Ladd, pinned and eliminated. Bockwinkel and Childs remain paired up and battling each other on the arena floor. Chairs become involved. Ladd overpowers Valiant and slams him to the mat. As he bends down to drag Jimmy to his feet, Valiant small packages him for a 3 count. Childs blasts Bockwinkel with the ring bell and crawls in the ring to take advantage of a beaten down Boogie Woogie man. Childs hits several elbow drops to the head. Childs sets up for a piledriver, but Valiant backdrops him and fire up! The crowd is firmly behind Valiant and he pounds away on the King of the Deathmatch survivor. Valiant hits a big scoop slam, climbs to the middle turnbuckle, nails a fistdrop, and gets the three count! Bockwinkel crawls in and catches the celebrating Valiant with a big boot to the head. Valiant ducks a punch and attempts a suplex. Bockwinkel reverses it into a small package. Valiant kicks out at 2 and catches Bockwinkel in a BACKSLIDE for a 1…2…3! The New OMG Champion, “The Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant!
G2GTournament Finals: (1) “Playboy” Buddy Rose & “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers (10) Mando Guerrero & Jose Lothario
Rose and Somers use the rest from their bye to take an early advantage, targeting the smaller Guererro. After an extra-extended face-in-peril sequence, Lothario gets the tag in and starts to swing the momentum. Somers comes in illegally to help Rose, which draws in Mando. The referee chases Guerrero out, letting Somers sneak in and low-blow Jose. Buddy hits a DDT and gets the 1..2..3! Your G2G Champions, Buddy Rose & Doug Somers!
-First Round of Super J Cup: Jerry Lynn d. Shinjiro Ohtani to advance to the semi-finals, to be held at the August 31st PPV. -First Round of Super J Cup: Misawa d. Kawada to advance to the semi-finals, to be held at the August 31st PPV. The remaining first round matches will be held next week. -Black Tiger d. Johnny Smith. Afterwards, JD Michaels and Chris Cage came down to the ring to laugh at Johnny Smith. -KENTA & Marufuji d. Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas. The remaining first round matchups for the Super J Cup were revealed: Black Tiger vs. Doug Williams and Tiger Mask vs. Brent Albright. Next week, 4CCW World Tour is taped in London, England! Jushin Liger d. Ultimo Guerrero (w. Rey Bucanero). Main Event: Tiger Mask defeats Dynamite Kid. 5 star match. Take a pick from any of their classic encounters in the early 80s and that's what you get here.
Matches signed for the PPV on August 31st:
World Heavyweight Championship: The Rock vs. Bret Hart World Tag Team Championship: Los Guerrero Del Infeirno vs. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji Pure Wrestling Championship: Dynamite Kid vs. Jushin Liger Super J Cup Semi-Final: Jerry Lynn vs. Misawa Super J Cup Semi-Final: Black Tiger/Doug Williams vs. Tiger Mask/Brent Albright Super J Cup Finals: TBD
By the way, there was an ACCW show in Savannah last Sunday afternoon that I never posted results for:
In a warmup match, The Gambler defeated Bill Mulkey in 5:00 with his Full House implant DDT.
Power & Glory defeated Disco Inferno & The Cat in 8:00 after the Cat walked out on the match. Roma pins Disco after the Powerplex.
Paul Orndorff defeated George South in 4:00 with the piledriver. Mr. Wonderful took a live mic after the match and vowed to make up for his tournament loss to Ahmed Johnson and make his case to be the #1 contender for the ACCW Title once a champion is crowned.
Marc Mero & Ahmed Johnson defeated Big Van Vader and Lex Luger by disqualification in 16:00. Ahmed and Vader, foreshadowing their ACCW semifinal match next week, brawled to the back, leaving the floor to Mero and Luger. Luger went for the rack, but Mero reversed it again, only this time Luger was flung to the floor. Lex had some words for Sable, and Mero followed out and put the beats on Luger, and Lex used a chair to get himself intentionally DQ'ed. Lex got a few cheap shots in after the bell before leaving. After that, Vader and Ahmed continued to brawl, back out into the crowd before security broke up the fray.
The Midnight Express defeated the Fantastics in 25:00 to retain the ACCW Tag Team Titles. Crowd was super hot for this one, and the Fantastics were in control after having knocked Jim Cornette to the floor. Sweet Stan snuck around with the tennis racket and had Tommy Rogers all lined up, but Bobby Fulton grabbed the racket from behind and flung it to the floor and took down Stan. They hit the Rocket Launcher on Beautiful Bobby, but Stan dropped Rogers with a superkick before he could make the cover. Fulton clotheslined Stan to the floor and they brawled there. Meanwhile, in the ring, Bobby rolls up Rogers, but Tommy rolls thru and gets the cover... but while referee Marc Curtis checks on Stan and Fulton, Cornette slips in and pushes them over again. Eaton grabs the tights and gets the three count!
Barry Windham defeated Rocky King in 2:30 with a jumping lariat. Barry got all his spots in and Rocky sold like a champ for him.
The Steiners were scheduled to face the Heavenly Bodies, but Jim Cornette came out instead and informed them that Dr. Tom Pritchard and Gigolo Jimmy Del Ray had NOT yet signed their ACCW contracts, and thus could not perform under the ACCW umbrella this evening. Scott replied by telling Cornette to tell his "little bitches" to meet "me and my brudder" in the parking lot after the show. In the meantime, the Steiners were given replacement opponents...
The Steiner Brothers defeated the West Hollywood Blondes in 2:00 via a top rope frankensteiner. Total carnage here, as Rick and Scott stiffed the shit out of Lenny and Lodi. Rick turned Lodi inside out with a huge Steinerline and Scotty finished it off with the top rope frankensteiner on Lenny. Rick and Scott stormed off, presumably to the parking lot, after the match.
In the main event, Randy Savage, Marcus Bagwell, and 2 Cold Scorpio defeated Nikita Koloff & The Skyscrapers in 28:00. After two heat segments on both Bagwell and Savage, with both guys taking big beatings, the Macho Man got the HOT tag to Scorpio. 2 Cold's a house of fire and takes down Spivey and Nikita... and takes three shots to take down Sid, but he does it. Scorpio with a suplex for Spivey, but Nikita decks him from behind. Bagwell and Macho come back in and we have a donnybrook. Thanks to Armando Alejandro Estrada, the 'Scrapers isolate Scorpio on the floor and Bagwell breaks that up while Savage and Nikita have it out in the ring. Running elbow takes Koloff out, Bagwell chases AAE into the ring, and referee Marc Curtis has to drag him away. On the floor, Nikita tries to use the chain, but Macho steals it and nails him, then Sid. Spivey knocks Bagwell to the floor then grabs Scorpio for the powerbomb, but Savage hops on the apron and nails HIM with the chain. Macho tosses the evidence onto Sid, then comes down with the Flying Elbow Drop. Scorpio drapes an arm on Spivey and gets the three count for the upset!! Sid and Nikita attack after the bell, and the heels lay out the good guys. Sid powerbombs the hell out of Bagwell, and Spivey does the same with Scorpio as AAE directs traffic. Double chokeslam for Savage, and the 'Scrapers hold Macho up for Nikita to level him with a chain-assisted Russian Sickle. The heels look to do more damage, but Ahmed Johnson, Barry Windham, Marc Mero and the Fantastics run down to chase off the bad guys.
Head on over to The Online Home of the Double-DWF. Our very first house show Exhibition Match has taken place (yes, a day early), and you can see The Purple Haze & Fallen Angel take on Kid Kash and Trinity.
We have 4 roster spots left that we should fill with 3 picks (1 is tag team). All jobber talent at this point, too. I'm at work until 7 PM Pacific time today. I can also send my picks to someone if need be. UltimateJobber is traveling today (on official OSR business, of course!).