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Saturday morning, first week of April, with the Battle of the Belts show tonight in Orlando.

Pre-opening, we see video of last weeks’ show closing, as Kevin Sullivan threw fire at the face of the Junkyard Dog from close range.

After the show opening, we go straight to a somber Gordon Solie, letting the viewers and audience know the JYD has been severely injured and his status for a return is unknown (Behind the scenes, the JYD has been released only a couple of weeks into his return for again turning to heavy drugs). Gordon says this was one of most horrible things he’s ever seen and of course out comes Kevin Sullivan to gloat. Commentator Eddie Gilbert, surprisingly has little to say.


Solie lets Sullivan know he shouldn’t be so happy as FCW president Buddy Colt was about to call him out to the podium. This should be really interesting, Sullivan says still laughing and grinning. Out comes Colt and he’s not happy.

“If it was up to me I’d have you thrown under the jail,” Colt tells Sullivan. Unfortunately the Junkyard Dog is not pressing charges. He’s told us someday, somewhere, he’ll meet up with you in the ring. “But it’s not going to be a Florida Championship Wrestling ring! Sullivan, I’m ordering you out of this company, you’re fired.” Crowd goes berserk.

Really? Sullivan asks. Yes, get out of here! Colt orders and Sullivan answers, “No, I think I’ll stay awhile. Mr Colt, please go back to the offices and get my contract, read page number four, paragraph two. I’ll be back out when you're ready.”

Fuming, Colt storms off and warns Sullivan this isn’t over. I’m certain it’s not, Mr Colt, Sullivan says, still laughing and he goes off through the opposite curtain.

Gordon asks what’s all that about and Gilbert replies if it’s what he thinks it is, a lot of people in Florida Championship Wrestling are going to keep getting hurt. Gordon moves on to the first match with AWA World Champion Larry Zbyszko coming to the ring.

Larry’s opponent in this non-title match is Brickhouse Brown and Eddie says Brickhouse could move up the ladder quickly with a pin today. He has a lot of skills and athletic ability so Larry should not overlook him. Gilbert is noticeably less rude and loud today.

Larry gets a round of boos after heeling it up during the early moments, stepping outside the ring and insulting the fans, telling the ref to shut them up, etc. Finally after a couple of minutes a dropkick by Brown sends him flying out of the ring and fires up the fans. The match is even until late as Brickhouse misses a dropkick off the top rope and Larry follows that up with a vicious piledriver to finish it.


Larry grabs his championship belt, continues to insult and yell at the fans and heads to the podium where he makes the mistake of mentioning how Barry Windham will be the next wrestler that’s going to LarryLand. Windham comes out to the podium and tells Larry he’s taking that belt tonight in Orlando but if he’s not afraid he can jump in the ring with him and get a taste of it right here and now.

Windham runs to the ring and Larry follows and starts to climb in, then stops, starts again then stops again as Windham is frustrated. Larry stops by the podium and tells Gordon the fans in the Sportatorium were already lucky enough to see him earlier, they don’t deserve a second match. Windham is left in the ring as we go to the break.

Before the commercials we get a rundown of the “Battle of the Belts” show tonight at the stadium in Orlando.

Back from the break and Buddy Colt has joined Gordon and Eddie at the podium. Sullivan is called out again and quickly is at the scene. “Go ahead and tell them what you found Mr Colt”, Sullivan laughs.

Colt explains, somehow, in Sullivan’s contract there is a clause stating he can’t be fired no matter his actions, his contract can only expire and it’s not going to for another 20 months. “I’ll be here longer than that, too,” Sullivan warns.


Colt says he’s upset he can’t fire Sullivan, but he’s not going to make things easy for him-starting tonight. He’s ordering Sullivan to compete in a no-disqualification match at Battle of the Belts, falls count anywhere in the stadium. Sullivan finally loses his smile and asks who he’ll be fighting.

“You like surprises so much you son of a bitch,“ Colt answers, “This’ll be one you’ll always remember!” Sullivan is furious and warns Colt not to send Rocky Johnson or Tony Atlas against him or either one will have his career ended. Colt tells him he almost forgot, Cactus Jack has a replacement opponent in the Florida title tournament tonight-Scott Hall! The crowd of course roars and Sullivan storms off after spouting some nonsense and threats to everyone in FCW.

We go back to the ring and hear a mysterious, Oriental sounding theme and it’s manager Gary Hart leading the Great Muta to the ring. Gordon explains Muta was previously in Florida wrestling three years ago but since then has been receiving secret training, he’s been told and doesn’t know what to expect of him. Today’s opponent is Bill Mulkey who has recovered from his injuries from a couple weeks back. Eddie is again low-key despite his recent past with Mulkey. Muta spits the green fog into the air before the match begins and gets an “ooh” from the fans.

Muta is all over Mulkey from the start with chops, quick elbow drops, a dive straight through the ropes onto a disoriented Mulkey on the floor, and the springboard elbow in the corner. Crowd wants to boo especially with Gary Hart heeling it up but they’re in awe and Muta even gets a few cheers until he starts with the choking and rulebreaking. Gilbert leaves the podium and comes back about a minute later with Doug Gilbert and tells Doug “this is what you have to look forward tonight,” not showing any sympathy at all.

Muta finally puts away Mulkey with a moonsault from the top rope and Eddie tells Doug good luck. Doug goes back through the curtain as Gary Hart and Muta approach.

Hart asks Eddie if there’s going to be any problems right now since Muta is facing Doug tonight, and Muta is more than a match for him, Doug and the Perez brothers. Eddie says no there won’t be. He’s very impressed and says Doug will have the challenge of his young career tonight. Hart agrees and says he’s brought Muta into Florida for one reason, the FCW world championship. He turned down an offer to bring Muta to Georgia, he says because Muta is going to be wherever the competition is toughest and says Doug Gilbert will the first of many to fall. Eddie doesn’t correct him as the Hart and the silent Muta walk away.

(behind the scenes update: Hart was “shooting” as Muta did indeed sign with FCW instead of WCW . The arena attendance, high viewership for the TV show and the February stadium show at the Orange Bowl have allowed the company to bring in new stars and keep others who would have been only temporary due to high salaries. Hart will be working on the booking crew in addition to his on screen manager role. In reality, Hart was at least partly responsible for much of the great early to mid 80s World Class booking).


Commercial break and another Battle of Belts promo, then we come back with Mark Starr and Chris Champion-Wildside-already in the ring. They’re facing the tough brawlers Johnny Ace and the Terminator this morning Gordon says.

Starr and Champions’s tag team maneuvers are reminiscent of the Midnight Express and Champion’s former team, the New Breed, as they’re all over the much slower team. It’s basically a squash to show off Wildside for the stadium show tonight and they end it with a combination suplex/cross body block from the top rope on Johnny Ace.

Champion and Starr come to the podium and say they’re excited about the opportunity tonight to win the AWA world tag team titles. They know they’ve not been around as long as some teams but they’re confident they can get it done. Wildside is about to leave the podium area when they’re attacked from behind by the AWA champs Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom-The Destruction Crew! (later the Beverly Brothers in the WWF)

Enos and Bloom are in their prematch gear with hard hats and sledgehammers and really do a number on Wildside, even busting each open with the sledgehammer blows. Gordon says the Destruction Crew was not even supposed to be here today and they stop the carnage to let Gordon know they go where they want and do what they want and if these punks needed a beating if they thought they had a chance to win THE world tag titles, emphasis on the word THE. Enos and Bloom leave and several preliminary wrestlers come in to help Wildside back to the locker room.

We slow down a bit, going right back to the ring with a six-man match: Doug Gilbert, Al and Lou Perez vs. Tony Atlas, Rocky Johnson and Pistol Pez Whatley. Al and Lou have a big tag team title match tonight against Dustin Rhodes and Kendall Windham, and Gordon says should they win that match Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas will surely be a team they could meet down the line.

Al and Lou hold their own when they’re in the ring but whenever Doug tags in he is totally overwhelmed, even by midcarder Whatley. Part of his problem is paying too much attention to Missy Hyatt, who’s cheering him on despite it doing very little to help him out. A “pier six brawl” breaks out with all men in the ring, then the Perez brothers basically abandon Doug who gives up to the full nelson of the powerful Tony Atlas.

Missy comes into the ring to check on him and Eddie says he’s had enough of this. Eddie goes into the ring and it’s said-in so many words-he caught Doug and Missy together last week. Missy tells Eddie that’s none of his business and Eddie pushes her down! By now Doug has recovered and we have a brother vs. brother fight that goes all over the Sportatorium. The Perez brothers are staying out of it and have headed to the back already and a group of preliminary wrestlers are out to break it up.

Final break of the day and we get another complete rundown of the Battle of the Belts card including Dusty Rhodes defending the FCW world title vs. Bam Bam Bigelow, the Fantastics vs. The Nasty Boys for the FCW world tag titles, Barry Windham vs. Larry Zbyszko for the AWA world title, Wildside challenging the Destruction Crew for the AWA tag belts; Tyree Pride vs. Buzz Sawyer with the TV title on the line; Al and Lou Perez defending the Florida tag titles vs. Kendall and Dustin; Florida heavyweight semifinal matches of Scott Hall vs. Cactus Jack Manson vs. Scott Hall and Dick Slater vs. Eddie Gilbert, with the winners meeting also tonight; The Great Muta defending the (made-up by FCW) Japanese title vs. Doug Gilbert, Kevin Sullivan vs. a Mystery opponent. We come back from the break and Gordon says in addition to these matches, there will be a 20-man battle royal with the winner getting a Florida title match next week on television. Tickets for the 60,000 seat stadium have been sold out, Gordon says, but the show is also available on pay per view and closed circuit television throughout Florida, and in other portions of the Southeast.

Kevin Sullivan has joined us at ringside as Gordon says Eddie and Doug Gilbert have fought their way out of the building. Gordon isn’t happy to have Sullivan around and he knows it, taunting as we go to the final match of the day: Scott Hall and Dick Slater vs. Kareem Muhammad and Teijo Khan, with Sir Oliver Humperdink.

Kareem and Khan start off rule breaking but Slater and Hall are working well together, Gordon notes. Sullivan gives them credit, saying Hall was a former AWA tag champion and Slater has won numerous tag titles, and they know what’s involved in these matches. Massive Kareem gets the upper hand with a low blow on Slater after a distraction on referee Scrappy McGowan.


Gordon says it’s a bit unusual for Hall and Slater to be teaming since they could be in the tournament final tonight and Sullivan says that’s not going to happen, Cactus Jack Manson is going to beat Hall, “and more importantly,” he’s going to injure him. Gordon, as usual, is disgusted and Sullivan knows it.

Back to the ring and Slater gets the hot tag to Hall who cleans house including giving the heels a Hulk Hogan style “noggin knocker”. Kareem and Khan are on the run and out comes Bam Bam Bigelow, drawing the disqualification but the three combine to get the better of the fatigued Slater, then Hall.

Finally after about a minute, Dusty Rhodes comes into the ring and it’s even, until Sullivan yells for Mark Lewin, Buzz Sawyer and Cactus Jack to come out and shortly after it’s a six on three as the fighting spills out of the ring and all over the studio. Then it’s Barry Windham, Blackjack Mulligan, Kendall Windham and Dustin Rhodes, the Perez Brothers, The Fantastics, the Nasty Boys, and then pretty much the whole locker room out brawling wherever they can to the crowd’s delight.

We finally get order restored in the last minutes of the program and Sullivan says for once that was a fight he needed to stay out of, since he has to be ready for anything tonight. Sure enough, he’s attacked from behind by none other than…Abdullah the Butcher! Gary Hart is with him and encourages Abdullah who stabs Sullivan repeatedly in the forehead with his trusty sharp bone, busting him open.

“You thought you’d gotten rid of Abdullah, didn’t you?” Hart yells though Sullivan is in no position to hear it. After more stabbing and beating, Abdullah and Hart leave to a loud roar from the crowd. Gordon says he doesn’t deserve it but we need medical attention for Kevin Sullivan, who suddenly gets to his feet, completely enraged and wearing a crimson mask. He pushes Gordon, kicks over the podium, attacks preliminary wrestlers sent to aid him and tells everyone they’re going to pay, as the show ends.
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:57 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Updated Roster:

BTS: Behind the scenes

Top Level Faces:
Scott Hall, Dusty Rhodes (BTS booker), Mike Graham (BTS booker/part owner), Barry Windham, Dick Slater (agent/"troubleshooting"), The Fantastics, Blackjack Mulligan (BTS management), Rocky Johnson, Tony Atlas

Mid Level Faces:
Brickhouse Brown, Scott McGhee, Dustin Rhodes, Steve Keirn, Kendall Windham, Wildside, Bugsy McGraw (OC), Wahoo McDaniel (OC, "troubleshooting"), Brian Blair, Tyree Pride

Low Level Faces (occasional wins, opening card type but more than normal enhancement talent)
The Italian Stallion, Brett Sawyer, The Star Riders, Mike Awesome (rookie), Pez Whatley,

Top Level Heels:
Bam Bam Bigelow, Kevin Sullivan (booking committee), Larry Zbyszko (AWA champion, OC), Buzz Sawyer, Bad News Allan ("troubleshooting"), Harley Race (OC), Al and Lou Perez, Eddie Gilbert (booking), Abdullah

Mid Level Heels:
The Nasty Boys, Johnny Ace, The Terminator, Bobby Jaggers, Black Bart, Ron Bass, Jim Backlund, Kareem Muhammad, Tony Anthony, Cactus Jack Manson, Bob Roop (trainer), Mark Lewin, Dennis Knight, The Cuban Assassin (trainer); Bloom and Enos (OC) Dory Funk jr (OC),

Lower Level Heels
Ron Slinker, Al Greene, The Mighty Yankees (Bob Cook and Jerry Grey), Frankie Lancaster, Teijo Khan, Doug Gilbert

Enhancement Talent:
Luis Estea, Rick Diamond, Bill Mulkey, Brody Higgins, Jeff James, Steve Collins, Tim Parker, Tony Suber

Spring 89 Belt Holders
FCW World Champion: Dusty Rhodes (of course)
FCW World Tag Team Champions: The Fantastics
FCW Florida Champion: Vacant
FCW Florida Tag Team Champions: Al and Lou Perez
FCW Television Champion: Tyree Pride

Managers:
Kevin Sullivan: Cactus Jack Manson, Mark Lewin, Buzz Sawyer
Oliver Humperdink: Bam Bam Bigelow, Teijo Khan, Kareem Muhammad
Eddie Gilbert: Doug Gilbert, Al Perez, Lou Perez
Gary Hart: Abdullah the Butcher, The Great Muta
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Great Job so far! Really enjoying it! I love watching old episodes of Championship Wrestling from Florida. I hope someone will do another territory like Bill Watt's UWF.
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I'm blown away about the amount of detail in this diary...

I grew up watching Florida Championship Wrestling and while you aren't dead-on as far as who was actually there during this time frame; I see where you have actually made it better by adding wrestlers and tweeking storylines. This is quality stuff and I think you are throwing out references that the average reader just won't get; but I apprecaite immensly.

I hate that Lugar and Ed "Bull" Gantner aren't in this because you are brigning back a ton of good memories from my childhood. I grew up in SC, but had a cousin that would bring up old VHS tapes filled with the weekly program he taped off tv. Your realism is uncanny.

The character development of Barry Windham, Bad News Allen, Kevin Sullivan, Oliver humperdink and Dusty have just been tip-top. I like how you are portraying Scott Hall as he was... The Razor Ramon influence isn't there and I'm loving that. It makes it much more realistic.

Please keep this going and I will comment on every show you put out. Its THAT good.
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Luger was making big bucks by this time in WCW, if this league can "continue to grow" maybe he can be convinced to come back to Florida. Gantner unfortunately was well into his physical decline by this time if I remember right.

Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas were brought in due to the Junkyard Dog going out due to his drug use (mirroring real life). I also have Bad News Allan, who I thought was totally wasted as Bad News Brown in the WWF. What a terrible fit. One of Bill Watts major booking philosophies was on pushing black wrestlers and I am trying to do the same here. Even though it's fiction, based on scripted action from 20 years ago, you can still get an idea how the storylines are going and alter them if needed. The black wrestlers still had to get over during their push but some territories would not give them a chance or limit them to preliminary roles. Watts had the Junkyard Dog during that run in the 80s, also Ernie Ladd, Koko B Ware, a few others, also black female valet "Dark Journey" with Dick Slater (which drew some real heat from some racists in the audience). Watts would say this wasn't about being fair, it was about making money and connecting with the black audiences at home and especially at the shows was always good for business.

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Saturday night, “Battle of the Belts” Show opening/battle royal

Gordon Solie welcomes us to a sold-out stadium show in Orlando, Florida, as it’s time for the “Battle of the Belts” supershow. Title matches, the semifinals and finals in the Florida title tournament, a no-disqualification, falls count anywhere match, and a big battle royal are among the highlights tonight.

Gordon reminds us tonight’s show is being watched by 60,000 in the stadium as well as many more on pay-per-view and closed circuit television. He gives the complete rundown on the matches as the wrestlers in the battle royal begin to file down to the ring. Tonight’s battle royal has been changed to a 30-man event as so many wrestlers are after both the $25,000 prize and the Florida title shot next week on FCW television.


Several of the wrestlers are opening-card type talents and preliminary wrestlers, but also coming to the ring to either good cheers or boos are Wahoo McDaniel, Ron Bass, Rocky Johnson, Tony Atlas, Maniac Mark Lewin and other stars. None of the men in the battle royal are scheduled to compete in other matches tonight. Twenty-nine wrestlers await the final competitor and Sir Oliver Humperdink brings out the night’s first surprise-The One Man Gang!

Gordon said this was a surprise as he had a list of the competitors and the Gang was not on it, but you can never tell what to expect from Sir Oliver. Bill Mulkey, who had a one-week reign as Florida champ, was in the line-up but Gordon says somehow the Gang must have taken his place.

All men in the ring now and the faces and heels start squaring off immediately. Some of the early departures include Brett Sawyer, Mark Lewin (who injures a leg on the throw over by Tony Atlas), both Star Riders (by the One Man Gang), Teijo Khan and the Cuban Assassin.

Final ten men are Wahoo McDaniel, Brian Blair, Mike Graham, Tony Atlas, Bugsy McGraw, Tony Suber, One Man Gang, Black Bart, Bobby Jaggers, and Bad News Allan. Crowd favorite McGraw tears into the Gang but is casually flipped over the top. Gang takes care of Blair and Graham while other battles are taking place then finally gets into trouble with powerful Suber and Atlas combining to try and get him over. Black Bart, still believing in the traditional heels vs. faces battle royal philosophy, stops their efforts then the Gang rewards him for his help by throwing him over the top.


Tony Atlas and Bad News Allan both go over at the same time while fighting, leaving Wahoo, Gang and Jaggers. Jaggers doesn’t trust Gang after Bart was tossed but dislikes Wahoo more, so he agrees to doubleteam Wahoo. They pummel the Indian in the corner then Jaggers makes the mistake of turning his back and he too is thrown over by the Gang.

Now it’s just Wahoo McDaniel, who’s really been punished, vs. the 500 pound One Man Gang. Gang kicks and punches then charges into the corner for a splash-but misses! Crowd is into it now and Wahoo chops Gang over near the ropes but can’t get him over. Three straight chops to the head and Gang is leaning backward on the ropes. Wahoo takes off to the opposite ropes to build the momentum for a huge chop-But the top rope is pulled down by Teijo Khan, another of Humperdink’s men, who’d been hiding since being thrown over the top. Sir Oliver has referee Scrappy McGowan distracted and he can only see McDaniel lying out on the stadium grass, giving the Gang the win, the money and the Florida title shot.

Sir Oliver, Gang, and Khan stop at the announcer’s table to brag. Gordon remarks how it took three to get Wahoo over the top but Oliver says that’s ridiculous, it’s his genius and the Gang’s size and power. Gang yells and screams into the mic he was tired of the dancing and bein’ stupid (as Akeem in the WWF) and says he’s here to beat people up. Oliver adds tonight Bam Bam Bigelow takes the world title from Dusty Rhodes, next week the One Man Gang will win the Florida title and then Kareem Muhammad and Teijo Khan will start their drive for the tag team titles.
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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.
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*A Battle Royal to start off the show is pretty sweet. Love to see all of the old names included. Love the push for the House of Humperdink.
Oliver Humperdink was a quality heel manager that never really got a shot to use his microphone skills in the WWF. He had them in spades, however.
Having Gang turn on heels and get the win over Wahoo is good booking. Even though Tejo Khan was involved, I don't think OMG comes off looking weak. It is really just classic heel stable booking. Right now The House of Humperdink is poised to take over the territory; that is complelling stuff.

* Gilbert turning Missy Hyatt into a sympathetic figure is something in and of itsself. The Slater/Gilbert program is actually good stuff, but the dynamic with Gilbert mistreating his lady makes that situation much more compelling and emotional.
The cheap count-out win is almost unimportant. The purpose of the segment (to get Gilbert more heat) came out perfectly.
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Missy finally gets out of the ring and decides to just sit in a ringside chair, and it’s good timing as Doug Gilbert is up next. Gilbert comes to the ring to a mix of boos and jeers as many of the fans already can tell he has zero chance tonight. A few get on him for his relationship with Missy and we hear some salty language over the air.

Missy gives Doug a big hug and wishes him luck, as from the other entrance comes the Great Muta. Muta has an impressive light show, for 89, with the lights combining with green colored dry ice to get some oohs and aahs from the crowd. Manager Gary Hart stops by the announcer’s desk and tells Gordon that Doug Gilbert will be made an example of tonight.


Hart is true to his word as Muta is all over Gilbert much to Missy’s dismay. Chops and karate kicks are followed by a dive through the ropes onto Gilbert outside the ring, then wasting no motion, a hop onto the apron and a spinning kick that wow the crowd and wipes out Gilbert.

Referee Bill Alfonso nearly stops the match but Gilbert manages to crawl back into the ring before the 10-count. Springboard elbow in the corner and Gilbert is laid out in the center of the ring, with the moonsault off the top rope easily finishing the match.

Gordon says Muta is a far more dangerous individual now than when he wrestled in FCW three years ago as a rookie, and whatever training he’s had since then has turned him into a machine. Missy is in the ring and is trying to help Doug but he’s beaten so badly he can barely recognizes her and stumbles out of the ring; she instead walks out to Gordon and asks him if Scott Hall will be wrestling the next match and Gordon says yes, his semifinal match vs. Cactus Jack Manson is next.
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Before the next match, we cut to the back for Barry Windham, discussing his upcoming AWA World Title match. Windham says he was never given a chance to win the world title in New York and always had to fight four and five men in Atlanta in his world title matches there. He knows Zbysko has no allies here in Florida so it’s going to be a one-on-one match, and he’s walking out of the stadium with the belt.

Back to the ring and out comes Cactus Jack Manson, to the tune of Anthrax’s “Madhouse”. Kevin Sullivan is nowhere to be seen and Jack looks very confused, even having to be helped down to the ring and into it.

Next out to a loud cheer is Scott Hall, with “Tough Enough” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds playing over the stadium speakers. Hall looks focused then spots Missy Hyatt sitting at ringside and gives her a suspicious look.

Start of the match and Hall explodes with power moves and surprising quickness. An atomic drop sends Jack over the top rope and out to the floor, where he wanders around aimlessly yelling for “Kevin”. All of a sudden, Jack somehow refocuses and charges into the ring, surprising Hall with a shoulder block to the gut and a series of punches while on top of him.

Hall manages to counter, blocking a punch and coming back with a series of his own, including the 10 punch count while on the top of Jack in the corner. Jack shrugs them off a few seconds later and regains the advantage with a low blow then a DDT. Gordon is now stunned as Cactus Jack is on the verge of a stunning upset, but Missy Hyatt decides to get involved by climbing up the steps and onto the ring apron.

She delights many in the crowd and gets Jack distracted by raising her skirt and showing quite a bit of thigh. Jack has completely forgotten about Hall, walking toward Missy, but as she goes back down the floor Hall has recovered and he hits the running bulldog. That move excites the crowd and is followed by a big power slam that gets the three count.

Missy jumps back into the ring to congratulate Hall, who doesn’t know she interfered in the match. He starts back up the aisle with Missy behind him and sees the replay on the big screen, with Missy showing Jack a lot of leg to get him distracted. Hall looks very disappointed, shaking his head and we hear him tell Missy “I don’t win like that” as the two exit through the curtain into the back. Jack, meanwhile, can barely get to the back as Gordon says the powerslam may have cracked some ribs.
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