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Posts Tagged ‘Steve Montana’

Wrestling Hooks Fans In An Elusive Chokehold

Posted by Admin on June 9, 2008

Wrestling Hooks Fans in an Elusive Chokehold

By Kari Williams
It floats in the air, mixing with the smoke that just lifted from the cigarette being held by the elderly man sitting two rows in front of me. As I look around, watching wrestlers walk back and forth, talking to fans and acquaintances, it hovers above them, below them and around them. It even consumes them—both the fans and the wrestlers.

But what is, it?

It is a feeling, an emotion, that one moment in time when you feel that you are a part of something special. That is what wrestling is all about anyway, isn’t it?

When Shawn Michaels retired Ric Flair, you knew there was something special about that moment, but you couldn’t quite put your finger on it could you? But you had to be there. You had to be a part of it?

But what is, it?

It is the drive to succeed, to overcome the evil hell hounds that have been nipping at your heels. That single moment in time in which your whole life flashes before your eyes. You see yourself growing up, chasing it and doing your best to capture it. That is what wrestling is all about anyway, isn’t it?

When Eddie Guerrero defeated Brock Lesnar at No Way Out 2003 to win his first Heavyweight Title you cheered for him, didn’t you? You knew that his whole life culminated at the exact moment he raised that belt above his head for the very first time. He felt it.

But what is, it?

Honestly, I do not think there is an answer to that question. Asking what that intangible entity is that keeps fans coming back to wrestling time and again is like asking how to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. You do not know if there is a pot of gold, you just live your life searching for it — even if is turns out to be an illusive trick.

Something compels you to watch wrestlers sacrifice their bodies and souls. May 17 in East Carondelet, Jeff Hawkins, Phil E. Blunt, Steve Montana and Jeremy Lightfoot went at each other in a Hardcore Match. A Mick Foley-like 2 X 4 wrapped in barbed-wire, a staple gun and a steel chair, among other inanimate objects that were used as weapons to smother and utterly destroy the competitors.

But why did they do it? Why did they go to that length, put themselves through that brutal of a match, only to leave that night with bumps and bruises and multiple staple holes in their body?

For the same reason that Shawn Michaels retired Ric Flair, the same reason that Eddie Guerrero won the Heavyweight Title — they knew what it was, even if it did not enter their conscience at the time.

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The Kari Williams MMWA-SICW Recap

Posted by Admin on February 23, 2008

MMWA-SICW results February 16

By Kari Williams

Shock and awe. Pomp and circumstance. Hard-fought victory and crushing defeat. Welcome to yet another night of hot wrestling action hosted by MMWA-SICW at the East Carondelet Community Center in East Carondelet, Illinois.

In a return match from the previous week, Kahyman once again challenged Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams for the title in the evening’s main event. Both men fought with all the vigor and vitality that make them both champion material. Showing he is a true ring warrior, Kahyman came to battle with his left shoulder taped from the preceding week’s injury, and gained the early advantage by working on Williams’ knee, which he injured in an altercation involving Phil E. Blunt and the returning Steve Montana earlier on the show.

As the match progressed, Kahyman used a few of his devilish tactics such as biting and choking his competitor, but they made no real impact. Consequently, when Kahyman threw Williams into the corner and prepared to lunge for him, Williams connected with a boot to the face and gained the advantage.

The action then spilled to the floor, where Williams rammed the Rammstein loving vampire directly into the ring post and brought a chair into the mix. With the chair, as well as the competitors, in the ring, Williams hung Kahyman upside down in the ring corner and set up the chair in the center of the ring. He then proceeded to launch off the chair and connect with a devastating dropkick.

However, when Williams attempted a second maneuver with the chair as his aide, Kahyman telgraphed the endeavor and stepped out of the way, causing Williams to land squarely on the unforgiving chair. Kahyman’s quick thinking gave him the advantage as the men once again moved the match outside the squared circle.

Using Hammurabi’s ‘eye for an eye’ law, Kahyman forced Williams to collide with the unrelenting ring post. These rabid competitors re-entered the ring where Kahyman seeked to regain his title, but received two consecutive two counts instead.

Williams then attempted a comeback, where the challenger and the champion exchanged fierce punches. Sensing that victory was near, Williams journeyed to the top rope and went for a moonsault, but, once again, Kahyman sensed what was coming and moved out of harm’s way. Taking advantage of the situation, Kahyman connected with a swanton bomb for the pin and 13:47, recapturing the belt he rightly deserves.

Prior to the main event, Phil E. Blunt accepted a challenge made by Steve Montana earlier in the evening.

It was then revealed that MMWA-SICW announcer Travis Cook aligned himself with The Connection, becoming their manager. Cook called out both Lightfoot and “The Urban Legend” Kevin X, proclaimed Blunt as the real urban legend, then declared that Knight is the future of the wrestling business and resigned as announcer—effective immediately.

The match which lead up to the unforeseen turn of events pitted Blunt against Angel, who sported an unconventional black mask instead of his traditional black and white face paint. Blunt gained control in the opening moments with a harsh clothesline, but just as he began to capitalize, Montana charged from the back with his head wrapped in a bandage from a steel chair beating courtesy of Blunt.

The two men attacked each other relentlessly, showing no remorse, causing “The Main Attraction” Tommy Knight, Williams, Jerome Cody, Eric Brewer and “Wild Child” Billy Diamond, among others, to separate the two brawlers. Once Blunt and Montana were separated, Montana issued a challenge to Blunt.

Before the controversy ensued, Mr. Bibbs took on the middle-eastern menace, Saladin. In a fairly even match, both Bibbs and Saladin snuck in formidable offense, where Saladin worked on Bibbs’ arm and Bibbs used his brute strength to capitalize at opportune moments. Five minutes into the contest, Bibbs was in control and went for the pin, but Saladin popped his shoulder up at two.

Bibbs tried to maintain control of the match, but when he went for a splash on Saladin, who layed helpless in the corner, his knees gave out on him. Saladin then capitalized on Bibbs’ misfortune and attempted to end the match, but his pompous attitude became his demise.

Saladin could have won the match. However, when he pinned Bibbs, he prayed to Allah simultaneously and refused to cover Bibbs for the entire three-count. As a result, Bibbs secured his victory at 11:25 with a stiff boot to the face of the now-meager middle eastern.

Initially, the preceding match was set to be Montana taking on the “True Lluchador,” Chucho. However, with the ambush attack by Blunt, Montana was unable to compete. Therefore, “The Main Attraction” Tommy Knight served as a replacement.

A fast-paced bout from the start, Knight controlled the early stages of the match, nailing Chucho with powerful punches and a devastating clothesline. Chucho was able to recover just enough to deliver a hurricanrana that sent Knight to the outside.

Reacting on instinct, Knight quickly made his way back to the ring and locked Chucho into a submission hold. At the five-minute mark, Knight had control of the match, but Chucho took an opportunity to sneak in a second rope moonsault. Unfortunately for Chucho, “The Main Attraction” proved his moniker correct, when he hit his finisher in which he soars from the top rope, and plants his knees squarely into his opponent’s face, and secured yet another victory for The Connection.

The first title match of the evening pitted the challenger Jerome Cody against the Heavyweight Champion, “The Urban Legend,” Kevin X. Cody and X began pummeling each other with a barrage of fists before the bell even rang, as the two hate-fueled men battled their way to the ring. Once they entered the squared circle, X controlled the match and pounded away on Cody with 10 consecutive blows to the head.

With the match fully underway, Knight made his way to ringside to distract X. Knight’s presence forced X to ensure that his presumably unwavering mindset did not falter. Just prior to the 10-minute mark, Cody had X in the corner and delivered devastating chops to him. Much to the pleasure of the crowd, X reversed Cody and became the one laying down the thunderous chops, then followed up with an impressive drop kick.

Knight, possibly sensing defeat for his fellow Connection member, jumped on the ring apron, but was met with a swift shove by X. In retrospect, that may have been the deciding factor for this bout, as Blunt then rushed to ringside to aid his fallen comrade. Commotion ensued, as the commissioner, Keith Smith, entered the fray at ringside, which allowed the Connection to take advantage, stealing a win for their boy, Cody. At the conclusion of the match, Blunt hid something, presumably brass knuckles, in his ring gear.

Holding up the belt and glowing with an evil aura about him, Cody smirked to the crowd and belted, “My southern ways keep me laid and paid,” as he rejoiced with The Connection, until X chased him from ringside.

“Wild Child” Billy Diamond waged battle against Waco in the second bout of the evening. Only minutes into the match, Waco clotheslined Diamond out of the ring, and followed up with a dive over the top rope, landing directly on Diamond. To ensure the match did not end by count-out, Waco crawled back to the ring to break the count, giving Diamond time to recuperate. Consequently, Diamond forced Waco to collide with the ring post. After tossing Waco back into the ring, Diamond attempted to exploit his challenger, but his cocky pinning predicament allowed Waco to get his shoulder up at the two count.

From this point on, Waco gained control of the bout, hitting Diamond with three consecutive suplexes and a death valley driver to gain another check in the ‘win’ column.

Eric Brewer took a trip to the dog pound in his opening match against Moondog Rover. In the back and forth contest, Rover did not gain a clear-cut advantage over Brewer until he connected with a full-nelson slam. Utilizing his lead, Rover also connected with a modified falling head-butt and a ‘low blow punch’ when the referee was distracted. Brewer got in very little offense for the remainder of the match, and left the pound with his tail between his legs after taking a running powerslam from Rover.

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