Re: Florida Championship Wrestling 89
Gang, Khan and Humperdink leave and we go to the back with Larry Zbyszko talking to the camera. Larry says he has big plans and defending the AWA World title tonight against Barry Windham is just the start.
Back to the ring and it’s the first semifinal match in the Florida heavyweight title tournament. Dick Slater comes out to a big roar from the sold out crowd and Gordon explains how the title was stolen from him by his opponent tonight, Eddie Gilbert, with the help of a chain.
Gilbert is out next with “Hot Stuff” blaring throughout the stadium to heavy boos. Missy Hyatt is not with him and Gordon is not surprised after Gilbert pushed her down on this morning’s FCW television program.
Start of the match and Gilbert goes after Slater quickly instead of his usual stalling but it backfires. Slater blocks a wild punch and takes the fight outside the ring. The wrestlers battle at ringside and Eddie nearly gets a cheap win, thrown back into the ring at the 8-count before Slater jumps back in. Slater continues to brawl, just pounding the hated Gilbert, until an eye rake gives Gilbert the advantage. Standing drop kick gets a few cheers from the crowd but most are still really booing Gilbert hard.
Gilbert has slowed down the pace after his aggressive start and it’s paid off. He whips Slater into the ropes, setting him up for a hot shot, but Slater forearms him in the head after the catch and both wrestlers fly over the top. Referee Bill Alfonso rules neither man meant for it to happen and begins his 10-count, while down to the ring area runs (to the best of her ability) Missy Hyatt.
Hyatt tells Gilbert she’s sorry for everything and Gilbert is more concerned about getting into the ring. He wants nothing to do with her and again pushes her down! Slater’s first instinct is to see if she’s okay and while he does so, Gilbert gets back into the ring while Slater is counted out. Slater gets on the mic and tells Gilbert he knew he was a low-life but didn’t know he was this low. Gilbert shrugs and Missy starts to walk with him and he orders her to get away, and by this time Slater is gone too leaving her alone to cry in the ring.