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LWA Jan. 2 Arena Report

Posted by reimaginejournalism on January 14, 2009

By Kari Williams

Lethal Wrestling Alliance kicked off the New Year the right way with a crowd of 75 at the River’s Edge Complex in Granite City, IL, despite the lackluster crowd.

“Irresistably Flawless” Brandon Aarons accompanied “Thee” Brandon Espinosa to the ring as Espinosa took on Dingo in a technically sound match. Dingo controlled the majority of the match up and did his best not to let Espinosa get the upper hand. Every time Espinosa tried to gain the advantage, Dingo put an immediate stop to it. Therefore, Dingo emerged victorious over one-half of cockiness personified.

Coming off an impressive first bout, Mephisto attempted to punish Adam Rich relentlessly, but to no avail. With the crowd behind Rich and completely against Mephisto, Rich had an extra advantage that allowed him to make quick work of his opponent. Despite Mephisto’s rage and anger, he could not overcome the boog boot-leg drop combo, showing shades of Hulk Hogan, which caused Rich to claim victory.

Aarons and Espinosa made their second appearance of the night, this time with Aarons facing off against Mark Sterling. Before the match even stared, Aarons’ sunglasses were stepped on, which astounded Aarons and prompted Espinosa to proclaim, “That’s the second pair this week!”

Once Aarons and Sterling locked up, fans witnessed the best match of the night up to this point. Aarons took the fight to Sterling, but Sterling’s tenacity outweighed Aarons’ on this occasion. At one point, Sterling tried to force Aarons to drink a beer, only to dump it on him instead. That seemed to light a fire in Aarons because he came back with an impressive offense, but it was not enough to put away Sterling, who won the bout via tapout.

Mark Sterling gives Brandon Aarons a beer bath during the match.

Mark Sterling gives Brandon Aarons a beer bath during the match.

LWA President Luke Roberts made his way to the ring after that bout and called out “The Technical Messiah” Nick Tyson and “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush to talk about their match later in the evening. Before much could be said, Evan Gelistico and Pierre Abernathy interrupted the proceedings, and Abernathy wanted to know why Tyson had the opportunity to wrestling Quackenbush and not himself.

After the Submission Squad put a stop to the meeting between Tyson and Quackenbush, the always-flamboyant Mike Sydal teamed with “The Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt against one-half of the tag team champions K.C. Karrington and a surprise partner. Karrington announced that “Spoiled” Steven Kennedy had some business to take care of in Hyannis Port, MA and could not attend, so he found a substitute in “Future” Donovan Ruddick.

Karrington and Ruddick controlled the early stages of the match, but Wyatt and Sydal had the opportunity to get in some formidable offense. Both teams meshed even though Wyatt appeared somewhat standoff-ish toward his colorful partner. That fact, coupled with the pending championship match between Ruddick and Wyatt, may have lead to the downfall of Sydal and Wyatt. Ruddick decisively ended the scuffle by pinning Wyatt.

Mike Sydal works over K.C. Karrington in tag team action.

Mike Sydal works over K.C. Karrington in tag team action.

The seemingly never-ending feud between the Submission Squad and the Bearded Men from Space Station Eleven continued as Evan Gelistico and Pierre Abernathy made an effort to put an end to Gary the Barnowl and Billy McNeil. After Gelistico and Abernathy finished heckling a fan at ringside the bout got underway, and Gary and McNeil tried to take quick control. They went so far as to pull off Abernathy’s tattoo sleeve, which elicited an uproar from Gelistico.

Pierre Abernathy works on a submission move on arch enemy Gary the Barn Owl.

Pierre Abernathy works on a submission move on arch enemy Gary the Barn Owl.

At one point, Gelistico had Gary down and out, prompting McNeil to send a paper air plane to Gary for assistance. However, Gelistico got to the plane first, chewed it up and spit it out. With any form of help out of the equation now, Gelistico forced McNeil to inadvertently deliver a DDT to Gary, allowing an easy win for the Submission Squad.

Shamus O'Flannery & Michael Morbid goes for a sneak attack on former LWA Champ Jordan Lacey

Shamus O'Flannery & Michael Morbid goes for a sneak attack on former LWA Champ Jordan Lacey

XXX Jordan Lacey returned to action, much to the delight of the crowd. Lacey stated that he is ready to get his title back from Wyatt, but Vice President Jewells said that he must work his way up from the bottom like everyone else. Just after that announcement, Michael Morbid and Shamus O’ Flannery rushed to the ring and attempted to defeat Lacey in his first match back. However, Lacey had other plans as he quickly put Morbid and Flannery in their place and emerged victorious due to a Knock Out.

Shorty Biggs works for a pin in the match but was unable to get the Victory in the end.

Shorty Biggs works for a pin in the match but was unable to get the Victory in the end.

Once again, Dorian Victor begged fans for money due to his financial troubles, using Bavarian Boy as a scapegoat yet again. After his opponent, Shorty Biggs, came out for the match, Victor announced that he would dance for money, but once he started Biggs joined in, ruining Victor’s plan. Thus, the match got underway. Both men had their strong points, but Victor’s persistance allowed him to overcome Biggs on this exchange.

The match that everyone was waiting for took place next—Mike Quackenbush v. Nick Tyson. Early on, Tyson tried to say that Quackenbush used illegal maneuvers such as hair pulling, slapping and eye gouging. Quackenbush had not done those things, but when he had the chance, he did them—right in front of the referee for effect. The match progressed smoothly after that, and the two men began to put on a wrestling clinic. Hold after hold and reversal after reverasl, Tyson and Quackenbush captivated the fans. Unfortunately, Abernathy and Gelistico interfered in the match, with Abernathy proclaiming, “You don’t get Quack v. Tyson!” Being such, McNeil and Gary came to the aid of Quackenbush and Tyson, after which the referee called the match a no contest.

Nick Tyson takes it to Mike Quackenbush in the corner.

Nick Tyson takes it to Mike Quackenbush in the corner.

Ending in an unlikely manner, LWA fans needed to attend the second night of the double shot in O’ Fallon, IL to see what other unpredictable antics would occur.

LWA returns to House Springs on January 24. The main event will be LWA Champion Jeremy Wyatt taking on Dingo. For more info go to LWA.COM.

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