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LegendofBaseball 03-06-2013 10:32 PM

NWA Domination
 

BTB
NWA TAKEOVER
-Circa 2002-


In early 2001, the Professional Wrestling landscape was changed forever. The World Wrestling Federation (WWF), led by Vince McMahon, ran out of business two of its direct and only rivals on a Global scale. Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) closed its doors after 8 years. Lack of management and monetary problems forced owner Paul Heyman to close the books on his Philadelphia based promotion. Paul Heyman found refuge in the WWF, as did some of its wrestlers. And some time later, as WrestleMania X-7 closed in, the WWF and Vince McMahon bought its toughest competitors yet; World Championship Wrestling (WCW), for a tenth of its actual net worth. WCW had been a torn in WWF's side for well over two decades, rising out from all the other territorial promotions and forging itself a niche in the south, mostly in the Carolinas and the Mid-Altantic region of the Continental United States of America. This began the complete domination of the McMahon Family in the wrestling business, leaving thousands without a guaranteed job and many fans left with no alternative on a mainstream scale.

The WWF tried to work and "Invasion" angle, but most of the "invaders" were either already under contract to the WWF, or, low level talent from the defunct ECW and/or WCW rosters of old. Most of WCW's top stars wouldn't take the pay decrease and snubbed Vince McMahon, which left the angle to dry itself out, with not enough star power for McMahon's creative team to rival his own established Main Eventers. The angle started as soon as WrestleMania ended, beginning a week before on RAW, the seeds of it surrounding Vince's son Shane, buying into WCW instead of his father. Their WrestleMania battle began the ground work for this father & son rivalry but, a big roadblock was ahead in the long run.

On September 26th, 2001, the World Wrestling Federation was charged, along with its owner, with a Federal Indictment: Distribution of Anabolic Steroids. Once before in 1993, the WWF and Vince McMahon were charged with the same offense but walked out unscathed. This time, however, angry at Vince's total control of the wrestling business, many of Vince's former employees and rivals stepped up, to testify before a Grand Jury. Bad publicity ensued in the days leading up to the trials, sending many investors away and pushing sponsors out of their contracts hastily. The sheer mass of testimonials, and, the horrendous image painted by these facts sent the ratings of Vince's shows down the drain, as many performers started no showing shows, ashamed to be a part of such erratical behavior on the part of its owner. The same balls to the wall attitude that made Vince in the 80's, and that saved him in the late 90's was killing him softly. Notables like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Jesse Ventura, and many family members of deceased wrestlers were on record noting how Vince had encouraged and pushed for his performers to look good, at the detriment of their health. The effects still evident with the passing away of many wrestlers in recent years.

On December 1st, 2001, a verdict was made official. On 10 counts,Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation were found guilty. Vince McMahon was stripped of his license to promote shows in North America, banned from competing in a Wrestling show for the next 10 years, Sentenced to house arrest for the next 3 years and forced to perform 10 months of Community Service. The WWF was bankrupt. In three little months, the WWF used up all of its assets for nothing. The McMahon family that had been so powerful and so influential was downed by the very business they helped build. The following day, Vince McMahon issued a public statement:

"I, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, never meant for anyone to get hurt. It is of my own belief that the WWF has done nothing but good things over the course of its long history, good within communities, good for bringing families closer together and never, was it responsible for individuals ways of life. I will take blame for my actions if need be. If this is my fate, then so be it. As of today, the World Wrestling Federation has closed its doors and I leave you with this... In this instance, let history show that Vince screwed Vince. And for all those that gained or will gain from this dark, dark day in the history of wrestling, I say to them that I have no regrets, and that... that I would start over again tomorrow if I could. Thank you."

In less than a year, the 3 major Pro Wrestling companies of North America folded. The fate of the Professional Wrestling business was as gloomy as ever.

But, there was one promotion still in existence, that carried the historical lineage and significance to bring the sport that once was back on the map. The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Current President Jim Miller, along with some top executives and promoters, devised a plan to engulf all remaining and existing independent promotions under the NWA Banner, thus, on December 1st, 2002, Jim Miller, along with partners Eric Bischoff, Dusty Rhodes & Kevin Sullivan, launched the rebirth of the National Wrestling Alliance. Present on that day was current NWA World's Heavyweight Champion, Dan "The Beast" Severn.

Jim Miller announced to the world of wrestling that the National Wrestling Alliance was rebranding itself and beginning a new, as needed, for the whole of the professional wrestling business. In an act of relunctancy, Dan Severn had to relinquish his World Heavyweight Championship.

8 Territories/Brands would be in activity starting April 1st, 2003.

NWA CANADIAN STAMPEDE
(Based in Calgary, AB)
Ran by = Bret Hart
Talent = Bret Hart - Bruce Hart - Chris Benoit - Chris Jericho - Christian Cage - Doug Furnas - Edge - Harry Smith - Jim Neidhart - Lance Storm - Phil Lafon - Sean Morley - Teddy Hart - Trish Stratus - Vader

NWA DETROIT MICHIGAN
(Based in Detroit)
Ran by = Kevin Sullivan
Talent = Bill Alfonso - Brock Lesnar - Demolition Crush & Smash - Ron & Don Harris - Erik Watts - Rick & Scott Steiner - Road Warrior Hawk & Animal - Rob Van Dam - Kurt Angle - Sabu - Steve Williams

NWA EAST COAST
(Based in New York City)
Ran by = Shane & Stephanie McMahon
Talent = Albert - April Hunter - Batista - Big Bossman - Big Show - Chuck Palumbo - Hardcore Holly - Horace Hogan - Hulk Hogan - Hurricane - Jeff Hardy - John Cena - Johnny Stamboli - Kane - Kevin Nash - Lita - Malice - Matt Hardy - Randy Orton - Rikishi - Road Dogg - Rosey - Sean Waltman - Shawn Michaels - Sid Vicious - Sting - Terri Runnels - Test - The Rock - Torrie Wilson - Triple H - Victoria - William Regal

NWA HARDCORE CITY
(Based in Philadelphia)
Ran by = Tod Gordon
Talent = The Dudley Boys (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von) - The Pitbulls - JT Smith - Raven - Rhyno - Spike Dudley - Stevie Richards - Tazz - Tommy Dreamer

NWA LOS ANGELES
(Based in Los Angeles)
Ran by = Eric Bischoff
Talent = Alicia Webb - Boogalou - Stevie Ray & Booker T. - Chilly Willy - Donovan Morgan - Godfather - Homicide - Johnny Grunge - Michael Modest - Mike Awesome - Mike Barton - Monsta Mack - Mustafa Saed - New Jack - Perry Saturn - Ron Killings - Scorpio - Scott Norton

NWA MEXICO CITY
(Based in Mexico)
Ran by = Konnan
Talent = Black Cat - Blitzkrieg - Chavo Guerrero - Damien 666 - Eddie Guerrero - El Dandy - El Mosca De La Merced - Joel & Jose Maximo - Juvi Guerrera - La Parka - Mr. Mexico - Psicosis - Rey Mysterio - Super Crazy - Ultimo Dragon - Vilano IV - Vilano V

NWA STRONG STYLE
(Based in Chicago, IL)
Ran by = John Laurinaitis & Paul Heyman
Talent = AJ Styles - American Dragon Bryan Danielson - Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) - Chris Candido - Chris Hamrick - Christopher Daniels - CM Punk - Colt Cabana - Dan Severn - Doug Williams - Gary Steele - Greg Pawluk - Ikuto Hidaka - Jamie Noble - Jerry Lynn - Johnny Smith - Ken Shamrock - Little Guido - LowKi - Masato Tanaka - Rico - Samoa Joe - Sean O'Haire - Steve Blackman - Taiyo Kea - Tajiri - Takao Omori

NWA TEXAS
(Based in Houston, TX)
Ran by = Dusty Rhodes
Talent = Bam Bam Bigelow - Barry Whindam - Big Ron Studd - Billy Gunn - Bobby Eaton - Bradshaw - Brian Lee - David Flair - Dustin Rhodes - Dutch Mantell - Honky Tonk Man - Jeff Jarrett - Larry Zbysko - Lex Luger - The Deadman - Mike Rotunda - Mike Sanders - Missy Hyatt - Randy Savage - Ric Flair - Ricky Steamboat - Ron Simmons - Sherri Martel - Stan Lane - Steve Austin - Steve Corino - Steve Keirn - Terry Funk - Terry Ray Gordy Jr - Tracy Smothers


Starting on Friday, March 28th, the NWA and all of its 8 branches will launch a 3 day Event called "MARCH MADNESS". The event will take place in three different cities; Los Angeles - Chicago - New York City. a 32-Men Tournament would be held over the course of these 3 days. The winner of that Tournament to be crowned the New NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Each brand would get 4 Representatives, as follows:

NWA CANADIAN STAMPEDE


NWA DETROIT MICHIGAN


NWA EAST COAST


NWA HARDCORE CITY


NWA LOS ANGELES


NWA MEXICO CITY


NWA STRONG STYLE


NWA TEXAS



The Official Brackets will be announced on December 15th, 2002.


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Editor's Note: This BTB, for my part, will be, after the tournament is held, based excusively on the NWA Canadian Stampede Branch. If anyone would be interested in joining and writing for another branch, I'd be more than willing to partner up, and it could create some very good inter-brand action. I will, for myself, try to incorporate it myself when the time comes, and, I will give the appropriate details in due time about NWA CS. Hope everyone enjoys this read. Thanks y'all!

JasonCage 03-06-2013 10:37 PM

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A license stripped by a law suit seems like the most realistic way to say WWF is out of commission. Good thinkin' there. And uh just sayin' Jeff Jarrett vs Steve Austin hmm...? Maybe?

10mikebibby10 03-07-2013 12:51 AM

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Love this concept. I can't imagine if the territory system was the main player in wrestling in today's time, it would be awesome. Anyways, I look forward to this, and I hope to see lots of cross territory action, but I definitely like your choice best. Good luck!

Baldwin. 03-13-2013 10:03 AM

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Interesting concept you have here, also a good explanation for the WWF going out of business as opposed to it just somehow losing all it's money etc. If you could have people partner up with you, that would be cool however, relying on others to post shows and that can sometimes be a burden. Look forward to seeing what you post.

Uranage 03-19-2013 03:25 PM

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Looking forward to this.

LegendofBaseball 03-22-2013 08:44 AM

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MARCH MADNESS TOURNAMENT
OFFICIAL BRACKETS


DAY 1
(LOS ANGELES)

MATCH No.1
CHRIS JERICHO VS LANCE STORM

MATCH NO. 2
BRET "HITMAN" HART VS TAIYO KEA

MATCH NO. 3
REY MYSTERIO JR. VS DAN "THE BEAST" SEVERN

MATCH NO. 4
LA PARKA VS KANE

MATCH NO. 5
MIKE AWESOME VS "THE MAN BEAST" RHYNO

MATCH NO. 6
SUPER CRAZY VS "THE INNOVATOR OF VIOLENCE" TOMMY DREAMER

MATCH NO. 7
BOOKER T. VS "THE NATURE BOY" RIC FLAIR

MATCH NO. 8
"STONE COLD" STEVE AUSTIN VS "THE CHOSEN ONE" JEFF JARRETT

MATCH NO. 9
MASATO TANAKA VS "THE HUMAN SUPLEX MACHINE" TAZZ

MATCH NO. 10
KEN SHAMROCK VS SCOTT NORTON

MATCH NO. 11
"THE WHOLE F'N SHOW" ROB VAN DAM VS STING

MATCH NO. 12
BROCK LESNAR VS RAVEN

MATCH NO. 13
KURT ANGLE VS 2 COLD SCORPIO

MATCH NO. 14
"BIG POPPA PUMP" SCOTT STEINER VS EDDIE GUERRERO

MATCH NO. 15
"THE CRIPPLER" CHRIS BENOIT VS "THE GAME" TRIPLE H

MATCH NO. 16
THE ROCK VS "THE DEADMAN" MARK CALLOWAY


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DAY 2
(CHICAGO)

THE 8 SECOND ROUND MATCHES

PLUS

4 TAG TEAM MATCHES WITH THE PREVIOUS NIGHT'S LOSERS INVOLVED

FEATURING

NWA CANADIAN STAMPEDE'S EDGE & CHRISTIAN!
NWA DETROIT MICHIGAN'S ROAD WARRIORS!
NWA EAST COAST'S HARDY BOYZ!
NWA HARDCORE CITY'S DUDLEY BOYZ!

PLUS A SPECIAL TRIPLE THREAT REUNION 6-MEN TAG TEAM MATCHUP!

SHANE DOUGLAS, BAM BAM BIGELOW & CHRIS CANDIDO
VS
THE PITBULLS & SABU!

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DAY 3
(NEW YORK CITY)

QUARTER-FINALS, SEMI-FINALS AND FINALS OF THE TOURNAMENT
TO CROWN THE NEW NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT
CHAMPION

A BATTLE OF BIG MEN
VADER VS ALBERT

A SPECIAL
12-MEN TAG TEAM MATCH!
INVOLVING MANY OF THE MEN THAT WERE KNOCKED OUT
OF THE NWA WORLD TITLE TOURNAMENT!

PLUS MANY MORE!


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Editor's Note: I'm happy to announce that Mr. "crooked_reflection" will be joining this project, to undertake the NWA Strong Style Branch. So, 6 spots still available! (For those interested)

So, here are the Tournament Brackets, as well as some of the matches booked for the three days of action to innaugurate the relaunch of the NWA. (In this thread)

As the first day of action will be in the books, and the second day, more matches will be announced. Thanks for the support and interest thus far. Peace!

LegendofBaseball 04-11-2013 12:52 PM

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NWA MARCH MADNESS
March 27th 2003
Los Angeles, CA - Memorial Sports Arena

The show starts off to the sounds of Guns 'N Roses' "Paradise City", the theme for the Los Angeles portion of this three day Historical Event!

Jim Miller, NWA President, makes his way out from the back, followed by all of the brand representatives (i.e. Kevin Sullivan, Dusty Rhodes, Bret Hart, Shane & Stephanie McMahon, Paul Heyman, John Laurinaitis, Konnan, Eric Bischoff & Tod Gordon). Jim Miller reads an official "proclamation", which goes off without any real enthusiasm from the crowd. Miller finaly announces that the night's action is set to start, 16 tournament matches, capped off by The Rock taking on The Deadman in the night's Main Event. Miller thanks lastly Eric Bischoff for helping with things here in LA over the course of the day's preparations. Calling the night's action will be NWA Los Angeles' official broadcast team of Tony Schiavone & Jesse "The Body" Ventura!


1st ROUND MATCH (NO.1)
LANCE STORM w/ Dawn Marie Vs. CHRIS JERICHO

The battle of the former Thrillseekers, opening the tournament off. Jericho & Storm exchange a handshake at the outset. A very quick and technicaly sound opening contest. The two men from the Canadian Stampede brand. Storm & Jericho exchanged a lot of quick counter holds in the early minutes, before turning things up a notch. Storm is sent to the apron but lands on his feet. Jericho charges but gets a forearm to the face. Storm tries for a Suplex out but Jericho blocks it, Jericho with a Suplex of his own, drops Storm stomach first against the top rope. Storm is on the apron, Jericho connects with a Springboard Dropkick, sends Storm to the floor! Jericho moves to the apron. Jericho runs off and and Storm catches him with a Super Kick to the face!

The Refereee counts both men up to a 9 count before they roll back in! Jericho counters a right-handed attack ininto a Pumphandle Backbreaker. Jericho gets a 2 count! Storm gets Jericho into the ropes, throat first. Storm hits the ropes and connects with a Dropkick to Jericho's back. Storm gets Jericho up into a Fireman's Carry position... TKO!! Unusual maneuver from Storm! Cover gets him only a 2 count! Storm measures Jericho for another Super Kick... But Jericho ducks under and locks in the Lion Tamer... NO! Storms turns it into a Cradle! 1...2....NO!!! Both men back up!

Storm connects with a series of rights on Jericho. Irish Whip on Jericho into the ropes.... Canadian Maple Leaf! Storm rolled through and locked in his version of the Single Leg Boston Crab! Jericho fights his way to the ropes. Storm tries to get Jericho off the ropes but Y2J holds on for dear life! Jericho is on his back and he clinches the ropes with both hands as Storm grabs both of Jericho's legs. Both men pull in different directions and Storm pulls harder and lifts Jericho in the air... Jericho gains control in mid-air... ENZIGURI!!!! Storm staggers on his feet while Jericho gets back up. Jericho off the ropes... Bulldog Jam! Jericho goes for the Lion Sault to follow-up! Storm puts the knees up but Jericho blocks the counter... into the Lion Tamer! Jericho stretches Storm and puts his knee in the back of Lance! STORM TAPS OUT! (7:21)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 2)
TAIYO KEA Vs. BRET "HITMAN" HART

First time ever encounter between the two men. The crowd completely behind the Hitman, as he makes a triumphant return to the ring after a long hiatus. A very slow and methodic pace to the start of this matchup; going right down the Japanese style of wrestling's alley, which Kea is more than accustomed to. Kea gets the clear advantage after connecting with a Fireman's Carry Takedown and locking in an Armbar. Kea worked extensively on Hart's arm and shoulder in the first 5 minutes of the contest. Hart was able to turn the momentum around after fighthing himself out of a possible Death Valley Driver with some elbows to Kea's head. Hart landed on his feet and executed a nice Back Suplex.

Hart took control over Kea and targeted his back and lower body. Hart connected with a lot of front elbows to Kea's back and working and kicking at the leg. Kea had a quick second wind by quicky coming off the ropes with a big Forearm, followed by a big Spinning Wheel Kick, knocking Hart down! Kea measured Hart off the 2nd ropes. He measured the Hitman and flew off the turnbuckle but was caught by the legs, into a Catapult into the opposite corner! Hart connects with a Clothesline in the corner, followed by a nice Running Bulldog! Hart comes off the 2nd ropes with a Front Elbow Drop for a 2 count!

Kea came back into the match with a quick Death Valley Driver for a close near fall! Kea also delivered a Running Yakuza Kick followed by a Brainbuster Suplex out of the corner for another close near fall. In the closing moments, Hart countered Kea rushing at him in the corner with an Inverted Atomic Drop, followed by a Big Clothesline off the ropes. Hart then connected with a Side Backbreaker. Hart moved in for the kill, dropping a Headbutt in the groin of Kea. He then locked in the Sharpshooter, but Kea was able to reach the ropes! Hart & Kea back up again, exchanging blows. Hart with a Headbutt! Follows it up with a big Piledriver!! Hart locks in the Sharpshooter once more... KEAT TAPS OUT!! (12:56)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 3)
DAN "THE BEAST" SEVERN Vs. REY MYSTERIO

A big mismatch for Mysterio, going against the former NWA World Champion. Not so much in the size department as in the technical skills and know-how of Severn. Mysterio can be seen praying in the corner before the match starts. Severn takes control from the get-go on the masked superstar, Mysterio adorning the mask once again after a very special night of celebration down in Mexico. Severn shows his superior mat skills and grounding the high-flyer. Mysterio uses his size and quickness to evade Severn on numerous occasions; connecting with dropkicks and arm drags. Mysterio tries for a Hurrancanrana but Severn drops him with a Powerbomb. Severn then locks in the Beast Choker! MYSTERIO TAPS OUT! 2 straight taps out in the opening 3 matches of the night! (2:56)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 4)
KANE Vs. LA PARKA

The two masked men, opposites in so many ways, set to do battle in first round action. One one side, the very charismatic Mexican La Parka, and, on the other, The Big Red Monster Kane! La Parka tried to distract Kane with his slick and corky dance moves but, the Big Red Machine wouldn't have none of it! Early on, La Parka tried to play the cat and mouse game, but Kane found a way to drop the proverbial mouse dead in his tracks with a Big Boot to the face! La Parka fought his way back with some blatant cheatin`; bringing his trusted steel chair into the match! The chair was used in all sorts of ways. The referee let La Parka have some lee-way, realizing that, this disadvantage for Kane could very turn back to haunt La Parka in the end. La Parka sat Kane on the chair, facing one of the corners. La Parka ascended the turnbuckles quickly... LA PARKINATOR!! (aka Whisper In the Wind/Sky Twister Press) La Parka covers Kane!! 1...2....NO!!! La Parka grabs another chair from the outside while Kane makes it back to his feet in the corner. La Parka rushes at Kane with the chair... BIG BOOT!!! La Parka ate that steel like a good hearthy breakfast! Kane picks La Parka back up by the throat.... CHOKESLAM! 1..2...3! Kane pins La Parka! (5:13)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 5)
MIKE AWESOME Vs. "THE MAN BEAST" RHYNO

Two former ECW Champions; both men left a path of destruction behind them, one Awesome Bomb and one Gore at a time. Pitted against each other in the tournament's first round. Both men with heavy brawling from the first seconds of the bout. Awesome with a Big Boot sends Rhyno to the outside. Awesome moves to the apron and runs off but Rhyno moves out of the way and Mike crashes against the guardrail. Rhyno pushes Awesome over the rail and then end brawling around with the crowd. No one really gets the upper hand and then end on the other side coming back into the ring.

Rhyno gets up on the top rope but Awesome cuts him off. Awesome climbs the turnbuckles and both men are on the top... SUPER BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX! BOTH MEN CRASHED TO THE MAT!!! The referee reaches a 9 count before anyone can get back up. Both men exchanged blows in the middle of the ring with Awesome getting the upper hand. Awesome with an Irish Whip sends Rhyno into the corner hard. Awesome picks Rhyno up by the legs... SITDOWN ALABAMA SLAM! Awesome climbs the top rope and connects with a BIG MAN FROG SPLASH!!! Cover... 1..2....NO!!! Awesome comes off the ropes and Rhyno catches him... DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Rhyno goes out to the outside and sets up a table perfectly placed right besides the ring apron. He gets another one and brings it into the ring.

The referee lets these two beasts have all this lee-way on the count of not wanting to get trampled by either one of them. Rhyno places the second table in the corner, perched verticaly. Rhyno measures Awesome and dashes at him, looking for a Gore through the table... but Awesome moves out of the way and Rhyno crashes head first through the wood!!! Awesome shakes the cobwebs loose and grabs hold of Rhyno... AWESOME BOMB FROM THE RING TO THE OUTSIDE THROUGH THE TABLE!!! G-G-G-GODDD!! The referee counts Rhyno out with his 10 count! Awesome wins!!! (8:08)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 6)
SUPER CRAZY Vs. "THE INNOVATOR OF VIOLENCE" TOMMY DREAMER

Once again, two former ECW alumnis set to collide in first round action; Super Crazy from the Mexico City branch and Tommy Dreamer from the Hardcore City branch. Both men exchange a handshake at the beginning of the contest. A highly impactful matchup at that, both men throwing caution to the wind. Super Crazy attempted a Moonsault Press early on but Dreamer cut him off. Dreamer climbed up the ropes and dropped Super Crazy with a SUPER BACK BODY DROP! Dreamer only got a 2 out of the ensuing pinfall attempt. Crazy came back with offense of his own, connecting with a Springboard Cross Body from the apron inside of the ring! As for Crazy, only getting a close near fall.

It really was a great showcase of innovative and high flying maneuvers between both men. Dreamer catched the foot of Crazy, who connected with an Enziguri! Crazy got back up and hit the ropes, looking for a Tornado DDT... but Dreamer threw Crazy off. Dreamer with the TOMMY-HAWK!! Plants Super Crazy! Tommy signals for the Spicolli Driver or even his trusted DDT! He gets Crazy back up and instead, hooks Crazy for a Piledriver attempt. Dreamer lifts Crazy quickly and loses control of the hold. Crazy counters the Piledriver into a huge DDT!!! Crazy goes to a corner, and Dreamer slowly gets back up. Crazy up to the top rope... DOUBLE JUMP MOONSAULT PRESS!! Crazy hooks Dreamer's legs! 1..2.....3!! What a surprise win for The Insane Luchadore!!!! (7:16)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 7)
BOOKER T. Vs. "THE NATURE BOY" RIC FLAIR

Two former WCW World Heavyweight Champions; one a true legend and flagship bearer of the old NWA throughout the 80's and 90's, the other, the last of a dying breed in the last days of World Championship Wrestling. At the outset, Flair taunts Booker with a handshake but struts away the gesture to a chorus of "WOOOO"'s from the LA crowd. Flair used a lot of brawling to try and stop Booker's quickness to come into play. Flair jammed the head of Booker into the top turnbuckle numerous times, following that onslaught with series of chops and straight punches to the jaw. Flair tried to fly but Booker was quick enough to stop the Nature Boy, slamming him off the top rope to the mat in true Nature Boy fashion. Booker followed that with a beautiful looking Dropkick that sent the Nature Boy tumbling over to the outside.

Booker followed suit on the outside, brawling around the ring with the Nature Boy. Booker brought Flair back into the match, going up top and connecting with a big Missile Dropkick! Booker goes for a lateral press and only gets 2 count! Booker measured Flair for a Harlem Sidekick but Flair ducked and Booker straddled himself on the top rope, crotch first! Flair came from behind and chopped the knee of Booker. Flair started to work relentlessly on the knee, until he was able to lock in the Figure 4 Leglock!!! Booker was able to reach the ropes to break the hold. Booker & Flair wound up in a corner once again, Flair chopping and punching away at Booker. Booker fought out of the corner with punches and chops of his own. Flair accidentaly elbowed the referee in the face, dropped to his knees, and low blowed Booker T., unintentionaly! Flair with a nice Back Suplex, locks in the Figure 4 Leglock once more! Referee comes back to and Booker TAPS OUT!!! (9:24)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 8)
"STONE COLD" STEVE AUSTIN Vs. "THE CHOSEN ONE" JEFF JARRETT

The last match before the intermission, both men intrical parts of NWA Texas, ran by Dusty Rhodes, and, we see Dusty up in one of the sky boxes with the rest of the NWA head onchos, having a glass of champagne, settling down for this very important contest. "Cowboy" by Kid Rock blares throughout the Memorial Sports Arena, as Jeff Jarrett makes his way down towards the ring. He sports his usual ring gear, with a new silver-colored leather long trench coat, cut off at the shoulders. His trusted guitar with him. Jarrett receives a cold reception from the LA crowd, as he mouths off at them all the way down towards the ring. Jarrett gets into the ring and poses on the second and first rope, his traditional show of his guitar, while some pyros explode behind him. Jarrett settles into the squared circle as.... "Glass Shatters" by Disturbed screeches from the sound system, the crowd going completely nuts for the "The Texas Rattlesnake"! Austin makes his way out from the back, full of purpose, and going straight to the ring without wasting a second! Austin gets up into the ring and goes for his first turnbuckle, passing right by Jarrett. Austin gets off the turnbuckles after his traditional rallying pose, Jarrett attacks him as soon as Austin turns around and this one is on and popping!!

Jarrett just hits Austin with punches and Austin goes down, his little black jacket still on. Jarrett takes Austin for the ride to the ropes, misses with a Clothesline attempt and Austin coming the other way with a LOU THESZ PRESS!! Austin opens up a can of whoop-ass on Jarrett, peppering him with rights. Austin gets Jarrett up and throws him out of the ring through the middle and top rope. Austin follows suit and takes of his jacket, wrapping it around the throat of Jarrett and dragging him around the ringside area. Austin uses the jacket to hip toss Jarrett down on the floor mats! Austin gets Jarrett backed against the guardrail and stomps a mudhole through the Chosen One! Austin gets Jarrett back into the ring and rolls himself back in as well. Austin moves in on Jarrett but he gets caught with a blow to the gut. Jarrett is able to get himself back up and rakes the eyes of Austin. Jarrett Snapmares Austin down and hits the ropes, dropping a knee against the forehead of the Rattlesnake. Jarrett then locks in a Seated Abdominal Stretch on Austin to slow things down a bit.

Jarrett breaks his own hold and gets Austin back up and into a corner. Jarrett unloads with some punches that rock Austin. Jarrett continues his onslaught with some kicks too. Jarrett takes Austin out of the corner and whips Austin into the ropes. Kick to the gut by Jarrett. Jarrett goes for The Stroke!! But Austin gets out of the hold! Jarrett stays on Austin and clobbers him with some forearms to the back. Jarrett with another Irish Whip but it's reversed by Austin! Austin ducks down and Jarrett goes for a Sunset Flip! But Austin holds on... and drops down on Jarrett, unloading with some punches!! Austin is merciless! Austin gets back up and mouths off, getting the crowd riled up! Jarrett gets up and Austin attacks with a series of punches. Austin with a whip to the ropes on Jarrett. Austin kicks Jarrett to the gut and goes for the Stunner!! But Jarrett pushes Austin off! Jarrett runs at Austin and he catches him... STUN GUN! Out of the Stunning Playbook! Jarrett goes down hard and Austin goes for a cover! 1..2...NO!!! Jarrett kicks out!

Both men get up and Jarrett connects with a punch. Jarrett hits the ropes for another punch. Austin is still up. Jarrett hits the ropes once more but Austin catches him, STANDING SPINEBUSTER! Austin lifts his arms in the air and smiles a wicked smile for the crowd. Austin grabs hold of Jarrett's legs and looks around him with this grin, Austin locks in the Figure 4 Leglock on Jarrett!!! Jarrett is in deep, deep trouble! Jarrett tries to reach the rope but he's too far away. Shoulders down! 1..2...NO!!!! Jarrett goes the other option and turns himself left and right until he can finaly turn both he and Austin around, the pressure is now reversed but Austin lets go quickly before the pain reaches his limbs. Jarrett is the worse for ware and they wind up in the middle of the ring, both back to a vertical base. Austin with some punches backs Jarrett to the ropes. Austin with a whip. Jarrett comes back around and turns the momentum around with a Swinging Neckbreaker! Nicely executed! Jarrett stomps away at Austin and shows his superiority!

Jarrett continues stomping away at Austin before showing off to the crowd. Jarrett goes back to the offensive and gets Ausint up. Irish Whip follows it with a nice Dropkick! Jarrett doesn't waste a minute and gets Austin back up... BACK SUPLEX!!! Cover by Jarrett only gets him a 2 count! Jarrett locks Austin in a Reverse Chin Lock. But Austin gets himself back up quickly. He fights out of the hold with some elbows to Jarrett's gut and hits the ropes. Jarrett swings widly with a right hand and Austin ducks under it. Austin comes back around with a big Clothesline that knocks Jarrett down. Jarrett back up walks right into some rabid punches! Jarrett escapes to a corner but Austin just follows his prey and continues with his attack. The punches turn into kicks and Austin stomps another mudhole right through Double J! Austin gets Jarrett out of the corner, nice Suplex by Austin. There's a lateral press but Austin only gets a 2 count!

Austin gets Jarrett back up but, Jarrett holds on to the thights and drives Austin face first into the corner, crashing against the second turnbuckle. Jarrett goes out to the outside and grabs on to his trusted guitar! Jarrett gets back into the ring but the referee stands in Jarrett's way! Jarrett goes to turn around but instead, whacks the referee across the head with the GUITAR! That's gonna be an automatic DQ! Jarrett brags to everyone who wants to listen! Austin comes up from behind, turns Jarrett around, kick to the gut... STONE COLD STUNNER! Jarrett is out like a light! Austin will move on in the tournament, Jarrett got Disqualified! (8:12)

After the bout, Austin had a beer bash, the fans getting a good energy boost right before the intermission.


***INTERMISSION***


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 9)
MASATO TANAKA Vs. "THE HUMAN SUPLEX MACHINE" TAZZ

The first match after the intermission pitted two former ECW alumnis once again. Tazz was looking in tremendous shape, back to wearing his singlet and looking all business. It was a quick and hard-hitting matchup as both men went at each other with everything but the kitchen sink. Tanaka used his very versatile artillery, while Tazz suplexed his way through advantages. Tanaka got a closer near fall after a Frog Splash from the Top Rope. Tanaka looked to hit the Diamond Dust out of the corner but Tazz countered into a Super Head-&-Arm Tazz-Plex. Tazz then dropped Tanaka with a Snap Brainbuster and quickly locked in the Tazzmission for the Submission Victory! (4:25)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 10)
KEN SHAMROCK Vs. SCOTT NORTON

The rock hard built of Norton to go up against the sheer never say die attitude of "The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock. Norton really took control from the get go, just pounding away and demolishing Shamrock at every turn. Norton connected with a Flying Elbow Drop from the top rope on Shamrock but only got a 2 count on the ensuing lateral press. Shamrock tried to fight his way back into the contest with swift kicks and by trying submissions on every limb possible. But the sheer build of Norton didn't allow Shamrock to really affect "Flash". Shamrock almost got a quick near fall after a quick Inside Cradle but Norton was too big for Shamrock to keep locked in the Cradle for the 3 seconds needed.

Norton continued to dish out some heavy offense, hitting a huge Powerbomb on Shamrock but not going for a cover after hit. Instead, Norton went up to the top rope once more and looked to hit another Flying Elbow Drop to really finish Shamrock off. But Shamrock moved out of the way at the last split second! Both men got back up and Shamrock connected with a Roundhouse Savate Kick! Norton was woozy as hell. Shamrock then dropped the big Norton down with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex and quickly locked in the ANKLE LOCK!!! Shamrock got to one knee and really put the pressure on the ankle... NORTON TAPPED OUT!!! (8:33)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 11)
"THE WHOLE F'N SHOW" ROB VAN DAM w/ BILL ALFONSO Vs. STING

Another one of our feature 1st Round matchups set to go here. "WALK" by Pantera blares through the sound system, announcing the arrival of RVD, and he's flanked with Bill Alfonso, his trusty whistle a-blowing. RVD takes his sweet time making it down to the ring, seeing that every front row fan gets to greet him the proper way. RVD sports a flashy neon green and black dragon singlet, custom made with the RVD initials and WHOLE F'N SHOW monicker on it. RVD makes it to ringisde and continues his meet and greet schtick. We can see NWA Detroit Michigan's Kevin Sullivan in the sky boxes, sitting down and looking on at one of his 1st faithfuls to compete in the first round, the other 3 yet to come. RVD makes it inside of the ring and poses for the fans once more before... "SEEK & DESTROY" (Live @ Woodstock '99) by Metallica blares through the sound system! The arrival of Sting is near! The lights go down a bit in the arena and lighthing starts to flash to add a special sense of feeling to this grand arrival. Sting makes it out from the back, his long black trench coat, and, trusted baseball hat in hand. Sting walks down towards the ring and inside the squared circle without any fanfare, eager to get this first time ever confrontation under way!

RVD & Sting meet in the middle of the ring, locking up with intent. RVD with a Side Headlock. Sting pushes him off against the ropes. Sting drops down and RVD runs over him. RVD stops and goes for a quick Legdrop but Sting moves out of the way. Both men are back up and Sting with the Side Headlock. RVD pushes him away to the ropes and RVD with a Split Legged Leap Frog. Sting stops his run and RVD turns around into a Hip Toss. RVD gets back up, Sting connects with a Dropkick! Sting takes RVD and whips him into the ropes... GORILLA PRESS SLAM!! What power shown by Sting on RVD! Sting gets RVD back up but Van Dam drives Sting in the corner. RVD unloads with some rapid fire punches to Sting's gut before uncorking a forearm to the face. Attempted Irish Whip out of the corner gets reversed. Sting goes for a quick Stinger Splash but breaks his crash as RVD moved out of the way. Big Clothesline out of the corner sends RVD rolling out of the ring to catch his breath while Sting waits on him in the inside.

RVD gets a word with Bill Alfonso and gets back into the ring. Both men lock up in the center of the ring and RVD brings Sting into the corner with the advantage. RVD forearms Sting after the break but Sting stands as straight as a flag pole. RVD hits Sting again but to no avail. RVD kicks Sting in the gut to stop this mount of adrenaline on the Stinger's part. RVD with an Irish Whip out of the corner, follows with a Running Roundhouse Kick in the corner. What impact! RVD snapmares Sting down and drops a Spinning Legdrop on his foe. Cover for a quick 2 count. RVD gets Sting back up and into an Irish Whip to the ropes. RVD hits the ropes himself and hits Sting with a Spinning Wheel Kick variation, using both of his legs to connect on his opponent. There's another ensuing cover for another 2 count. RVD gets Sting up to a vertical base into a corner and hits the Stinger with some forearm shots. RVD goes for a biel out of the corner but Sting blocks and reverses it into one of his own! RVD landed awkwardly on his neck!!! That's impact right there!

Sting screams out to the fans before taking RVD back up. Sting gets RVD up into a Fireman's Carry position but RVD fights out of the predicament. Sting backs up and RVD is able to land on his feet but on the apron. Sting turns around and eats a well placed extended Martial Arts Kick by Van Dam. Sting staggers backwards and RVD jumps up the top rope... FLYING CROSS BODY!!! COVER! 1...2....NO!!! Sting kicks out! Both men are back up and RVD Mules Kick Sting hard! Followed by a Dropkick sends Sting over to the outside! RVD looks on to the outside as Sting shakes the cobwebs loose. Alfonso whistles away as RVD hits the ropes... SOMMERSAULT PLANCHA! Connects on Sting! RVD gets back, a bit woozy, and slaps hands with Alfonso! RVD grabs Sting back up and hooks him up for a Suplex, draping him against the guardrail! RVD jumps on the apron and points to himself, as the crowd chants along " R V D ". VAN DAM SPIN KICK ATTACK!! RVD flew from the apron onto the back of Sting with a vicious Kick! RVD takes Sting back into the ring. SLINGSHOT SPLASH! 1..2....NO!!

RVD has got the advantage now and gets Sting back up to his feet. RVD with a forearm on Sting. RVD steps back, Leg Roll Cradle! 1...2.NO!! RVD is quick back up to his feet and he's quick up the top rope as well. FLYING SENTON ATTACK ON STING!!! RVD gets back up and takes Sting up. Slams him down! RVD springs up to the top rope.... FIVE....STAR...NO!!!! STING MOVED OUT OF THE WAY AND RVD HIT HARD! Sting gets RVD back up quickly... SCORPION DEATH DROP! Sudden impact! Sting hooks both legs! 1...2.....3! (7:59)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 12)
BROCK LESNAR Vs. RAVEN

On paper, a mismatch for sure, but, the experience and resourcefulness of Raven need not be overlooked. Brock Lesnar was amped up, but, Raven was one stoic individual, seated in the corner, down, and, even when the bell rang, no movement from Raven. Lesnar got too frustrated to wait, and after almost a full minute of waiting, he moved in on Raven. Lesnar got in Raven's face and, out of nowhere, Raven kick Lesnar in the lower regions! Raven rolled out of the ring and took out from under the ring a trash can filled with objects. But Lesnar was too pumped up to let this thing get any farther. Raven looked to hit Brock with the Trash Can Lid, but Brock kicked Raven hard in the gut. POWERBOMB!! by Lesnar! Lesnar raged on, picking Raven up and placing the trash can in place. F-5!!! ON THE TRASH CAN!! 1..2.....3!!! Lesnar wins without a doubt! (1:15)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 13)
KURT ANGLE Vs. 2 COLD SCORPIO

Two men who never faced each other set to go at it in our 13th match of the 1st Round. And, it sure promises to be something special, as these two men skills should gel perfectly together to give us a tremendous bout. Maybe, the sleeper bout of the night. In the opening minutes, Scorpio surprised everyone, especially Angle, when he was able to control the mat game over Kurt. Scorpio's extensive time in Japan really showing dividends. Angle couldn't find a way to pinpoint any of Scorpio's body parts. Scorpio had that cockiness about him that just made Angle go completely nuts at one point. Angle's rage almost cost him this match, as he ran right into a Jumping Tombstone Piledriver but he was able to kick at 2 and a half!

Angle was able to turn this match around after Scorpio missed with a Sommersault Senton from the 2nd Rope! Angle started to work on Scorpio left shoulder and didn't relent. Angle locked on an Arm Wringer but Scorpio rolled on himself, and tried to knip up to get the momentum back. But Angle brought him down each time he tried some fancy out of the hold. Eventually, Angle was able to lock in an Armbar and put one of his knees right against the jaw of Scorpio to really put him at a disadvantage. Scorpio was able to turn the Armbar in his favor but Angle was quick to drive 2 Cold in a corner to break the hold. Angle tried to unload with a vicious Right Hand but Scorpio ducked under and caught Angle the other with an Arm Drag! Scorpio synched the arm a little bit like Kurt did earlier to stop Angle's momentum from getting too much of a challenge for 2 Cold.

Both men went back and forth in this one, until the very end. Which saw Angle try for an Armbar Takedown but, Scorpio held on to the top rope while Angle went down hard on the mat. Scorpio connected with a 1st rope springboard Legdrop and then motioned for another big move that might involve him going to the top rope. Scorpio Body Slammed Kurt into position and went up the top rope. SCORPIO SPLASH.....MISSES! Angle moved out of the way! Scorpio hit hard and get himself back, walks right into an ANGLE SLAM!!! 1...2....3! (12:33)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 14)
"BIG POPPA PUMP" SCOTT STEINER Vs. EDDIE GUERRERO

The tournament rages on, down to the last 3 matches of the 1st Round. This contest should prove to be a great challenge for both men, as the opposites will definitely look to play a big part in this one. Steiner's immense strenght and dangerous suplexes, to try and topple Guerrero mat skills and tremendous speed. Surprisingly enough, this was an all out assault on Guerrero by Steiner in the early going; Back Suplex, Belly-to-Belly Suplex, German Suplex, you name it, Guerrero took the pain and survived as best he could. Steiner looked to finish this onslaught with a little flashback to the days of the Steiner Bros. with a Frankensteiner. Scott whipped Eddie off the ropes... Eddie caught Steiner and dropped with a Powerbomb!!! JACKNIFE COVER! 1..2....3!!!! UPSET! (5:01)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 15)
"THE GAME" TRIPLE H Vs. "THE CRIPPLER" CHRIS BENOIT

One final match before the Main Event, and it will be nothing short of a classic. Both men, fighthing for the only that matters to them in life, a World Heavyweight Championship and there will be only one man who will advance closer to that goal here tonight.

***TIME TO PLAY THE GAME***
(MOTORHEAD)

The first one out of the gates is Triple H. Going about the same entrance he used to, as a way to intimidate and pump himself up to the highest level possible. A reaction for a fan favorite leads way to HHH making his way down to the ring and posing on the apron, squirting his water out into the air. HHH enters the ring and poses in one of the corners as he awaits his opponent for tonight.

***WHATEVER***
(OUR LADY PEACE)

Chris Benoit makes his way out to the ring next. No BS for The Crippler as he's the last one from the Canadian Stampede to compete here tonight, and already 2 of the 3 men have advanced with a chance of a third man advancing in the tournament right now. Benoit makes it to the ring and gets right into HHH's face. as this bout is set to begin.

It's a slow and methodical pace to the matchup. Both men, true masters of their craft, neither, wanting to make a mistake or a hasty decision. HHH takes the early advantage while on the outside, ramming Benoit back first against the guardrail and punching away at his weakened foe. Benoit reeling from the offensive onlsaught. HHH gets Benoit in the ring and connects with the Spinebuster off the ropes! Cover! 1...2....NO!!! Benoit is breathing hard, maybe one of his ribs was bruised or damaged during the altercation on the outside.

HHH continues with his attack, whipping Benoit into the corner and connecting with a Corner Clothesline. HHH presses on with shoulder blocks, targeting the ribs of Benoit. Out of the corner, HHH tries to go for the Pedigree, but Benoit fights out of it and uses a Catapult on HHH! HHH is sent flying over the top rope and lands awkardly on the outside! HHH caught his head against the ring post and then tumbled on the apron and caught one side of the steel steps. Benoit was able to catch his breath a bit, before going back on the attack. Benoit followed HHH on the outside and violently rammed his head against the guardrail. Followed it with a Snap Suplex on the outside!

Benoit brought HHH back into the ring and Irish Whipped The Game off the ropes. HHH reversed it and missed with a Clothesline! Benoit ducked under and hooked a GERMAN SUPLEX!! BENOIT HOLDS ON! BENOIT HITS THREE CONSECUTIVE GERMAN SUPLEXES!! COVER! 1...2....NO!!! Benoit gets HHH back up and tries for a Butterfly Suplex, or even a Pedigree at the most but HHH fights out of it with all he's got, Back Dropping his foe and getting himself out of this predicament. HHH attacks Benoit with some right hands, before pushing him against the ropes for a Whip. HHH misses with a Clothesline, with a Back Elbow to other way and then hits a Running High Knee!!! HHH takes some time to catch his breath, some heavy action in the early stages of this contest.

HHH gets Benoit back to his feet and connects with some right hands. HHH hits the ropes...FACEBREAKER! Follows it up with a REVERSE SUPLEX!!! What impact! Cover! 1...2...NO!!! HHH waits on Benoit to get up after this big maneuver. Kick to the gut. HHH hooks the arms of Benoit... PEDI-NO!!!! Benoit just Back Dropped HHH out of the ring to the floor!!! Benoit drops down to one knee to catch his breath and looks out at Hunter on the outside. Benoit gets back up, hits the ropes, full head of steam... SUICIDE DIVE! Through the middle of and top rope! Connects with The Game! Benoit on the outside, Irish Whips HHH into the barricade hard! Benoit catches HHH coming off the whip with the CRIPPLER CROSSFACE!! ON THE OUTSIDE!!! BENOIT HAS HHH LOCKED IN!!! The referee steps out to tell Benoit to break it, or else both men will be counted out!! HHH is tapping out but there's nothing the referee can do! Benoit finaly relinquishes and as heated words with the official.

Benoit gets HHH back into the ring. Benoit has HHH in the corner and unloads with vicious Knife Edge Chops that echoe throughout the Memorial Sports Arena. Benoit lifts HHH up the ropes. All the way to the top... SUPERPLEX! Nicely executed but Benoit landed hard on his own neck! Benoit is able to cover HHH... 1...2...NO!!! That wasted amount of time allowed HHH to kick out. Benoit gets HHH back up with a Waistlock. Benoit hammers the back of HHH with forearms before trying to lock in another series of German Suplexes... but HHH fights back with back elbows to break the hold. HHH with a whip to the corner. HHH comes in with a Back Elbow! HHH gets Benoit out of the corner and ascends the 2nd rope. FLYING AXE HANDLE!!! HHH mocks Benoit, as he does the "Cut Throat" motion! HHH moves in on Benoit... CRIPPLER CROSSFACE! BENOIT'S OWN HOLD BEING APPLIED TO HIM! BENOIT FIGHTS WITH ALL HE'S GOT! HE REACHES THE ROPES!

HHH is inches away now from victory. He gets Benoit up and goes for a Neckbreaker. But Benoit fights out of it and turns it into a German Suplex! Benoit connects with a series of 4 German Suplexes!!!! Benoit gets back up, and motions he's going up to the top rope! Benoit has HHH in sight... SWANDIVE HEADBUTT!!!! NOBODY HOME!!!! BENOIT HIT EXTREMELY HARD ON THE MAT! HHH is back up and he gets Benoit up... PEDIGREE!! Connects! HHH turns Benoit around, hooks the far leg... 1..2......3! (11:35)


1st ROUND MATCH (NO. 16)
DAY 1 MAIN EVENT
THE DEADMAN Vs. THE ROCK

Bob Artese points to a section of the arena and announces the live performan of the ones and only, Metallica!

***FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS***
(METALLICA)

All the fans in Memorial Sports Arena start clapping their hands to the sounds of Metallica's Lars Ulrich on the drums. The long and winding opening leads way for the arrival of The Deadman! The Deadman walks out to the ring his hair having been cut short from the last time he was seen. A black bandana around his head, a red hoodie and some black leather pants, looking all purpose with some MMA style black gloves, ready to throw those hooks to whomever might step in his way. The Deadman makes it to ringside and walks into the ring, getting praise from the each of the ring, as he poses for the LA crowd. Metallica finishes its rendition and James Hetfield sends out a big shoutout to The Deadman, which is returned in kind.

***IF YOU SMELLLLLL....WHAT THE ROCK....IS....COOKIN'?!!?!***
***ANTE UP (REMIX)***
(MOP FEAT. BUSTA RHYMES, REMY MARTIN & TEFLON)

The crowd goes crazy for the arrival of The Rock. Live in LA! The Rock blares out from the back to the amped up sounds of the Mashed Out Posse! The Rock makes it to the ring and goes up the steps and into the ring, going up one of the turnbuckles to pose for the crowd! The Rock poses on one more turnbuckle corner before settling himself down and awaiting the official introductions for this Main Event here at March Madness, the Los Angeles edition.

(BOB ARTESE)
Ladies & Gentlemen, this is your Main Event. And it is the last 1st Round Match of the March Madness, National Wrestling Alliance, World Heavyweight Championship Tournament. Introducing first, from Death Valley, weighing in tonight at 301 pounds, ladies & gentlemen! THE! DEAD-MANNNN!

*CHEERS*

(ARTESE)
And the opponent, from Miami, Florida, weighing in tonight at 276 pounds, this is THE! ROCKKKKK!!!

*CHEERS*

Both men stand tall in their corner and the bell rings to start this match up officialy!

*DING-DING*

Deadman is first out of the gates, approaching and circling around Rock. There's a collar and elbow tie up in the middle of the ring and neither man budges as they let go. Deadman and Rock walk around each other some more before doing anything and you can just feel the electricity in the air. There's another collar and elbow tie up in the middle of the ring and the Deadman goes into a Side Headlock. Rock tries to put his hand in the face of the Deadman to fluster him, but to no avail. Rock pushes against the Deadman and they go into the ropes. Rock pushes the Deadman off the ropes. Deadman comes back around with a Shoulder Tackle, knocking Rocky down. Deadman hits the ropes and Rocky rolls over to his stomach. Deadman runs over him and Rocky gets back up. Leap Frog by the Rock. Deadman hits the ropes again and Rocky goes for a Hip Toss but Deadman blocks it. Rock tries a lift but Deadman blocks again. Rocky with a quick Arm Drag takes down the Deadman out of nowhere. Deadman gets back up and gets slammed down by the Rock with a quick Body Slam!

The Rock tries to press on but the Deadman pushes Rock away with his legs! A great amateur maneuver by the big man! Both men are back up and there's a standoff in the middle of the ring! The crowd appaulds both men for the energy and wrestling know how shown in the first minute of this contest. The Deadman and The Rock approach each other and it looks like tempers are about to flare. Collar and elbow tie up in the middle of the ring, Deadman with an Arm Wringer. Deadman elbows the arm of Rocky, right on the shoulder joint. Deadman puts the pressure but Rocky slips out of the hold. Collar and elbow tie up and this time Rocky with an Arm Wringer and quickly unloads two stiff elbows to the shoulder joint of the Deadman. Wring of the arm by Rocky and the Deadman slips out, shaking at his arm. The Rock stands on his two feet and cocks his eyebrow, extending one his arm and telling the Deadman to "JUST BRING IT!"! Another tie up and Rocky with a Side Headlock. Rocky synches it in with great roughness.

The Deadman pushes Rocky against the ropes and bounces him off. The Rock comes off the ropes and gets taken down with another Tackle. Deadman hits the ropes and runs over Rocky. Rocky gets up, Leap Frog! The Deadman continues his run and Rocky goes for another Leap Frog but he doesn't have enough mustard, Deadman catches him with a POWERSLAM!! Cover! 1..2....NO!! The Deadman gets Rocky back up. Irish Whip off the ropes, misses with a Back Elbow. The Deadman with a Boot up but Rocky hangs on to the ropes. Rocky bounces off the ropes, LEAPING LARIAT!!! What height on the leap! A quick lateral press but only gets Rock a 1 and a half count. Both men are up, Rock with an Arm Drag takedown, locks in an Arm Bar but the Deadman is already on his knees. Not wanting to have any sort of pressure applied to him. Rock with an Arm Wringer! Rock synches the arm and flips Deadman on his back. Rock with a Stomp on the arm. Rocky gets the Deadman back up, still holding on with an Arm Bar. Deadman goes for a Body Slam out of nowhere but Rock slips out and Body Slams the Deadman down! The Rock goes for a quick elbow drop but the Deadman moves out of the way and up. He himself tries an elbow drop but Rocky moves out of the way too and both men are back up!

Both men with a tie up once again in the middle of the ring. Rock with a knee to the gut, follows it up with a straight punch. The Rock with an Irish Whip on the Deadman off the ropes. Rock ducks down and the Deadman comes back with a Jumping DDT!! What a maneuver! There's a lateral press! 1...2...NO! With Rock still down the Deadman drops two consecutive elbow drops on him. Another cover for a 2 count again. The Deadman gets Rocky up by the arm. Deadman with an Irish Whip on the Rock. Deadman catches Rocky with a Military Press into a Hotshot on the ropes. Rock dropped throat first and went down hard! The Deadman raises his clenched fist in the air, signifying someone's about to embark on their "Last Ride". The Deadman gets Rocky up and into position. Deadman lifts Rocky up high in the air, raising him by his trunks... But the Rock slips out behind and lands on his feet. Rock pushes the Deadman right into the turnbuckles chest first! The Rock then unloads with a series of rights, finishing one with one final smack! Right dab in the jaw of the Deadman! The Rock lifts the Deadman up and straddles him on the top turnbuckle. Rocky gets up on the second turnbuckle and hooks the Deadman up.... SUPERPLEX! COVER! 1...2...NOO!

The Rock gets The Deadman back up and into a Side Headlock. Quickly out of the hold after some rib shots, the Deadman takes the advantage back. The Deadman hits the ropes and gets a kick to the gut. The Rock with an Irish Whip off the ropes on the Deadman...CRUCIFIX DDT! The Deadman tried for a Clothesline but the Rock used his great ability to counter and come up with a devastating maneuver all at once! The Rock gets the Deadman back up and starts hitting him with rights, until the Deadman stands still. The Rock hits a kick to the knee to stop this sudden revival. Irish Whip on the Deadman. SAMOAN DROP! COVER! 1..2..NO! The Rock gets the Deadman back up once again. Against the ropes Rocky hits the Deadman with a right hand. The Undertaker comes back with one of his own. The Deadman with an Irish Whip gets reversed... SPINEBUSTER! Here it comes, The Rock gets into position and takes off one of his elbow pads... THE MOST... ELECTRIFYING MOVE IN ALL OF WRESTLING....PEOPLE'S ELBOW!! THE ROCK HOOKS THE LEG!! 1...2.....NO!!!!

The Rock can't believe it but The Deadman is not going to go down that easy! The Rock picks the Deadman back up but the Deadman throws some punches from his knees that connect with the midsection of Rocky. The Rock fights back with some elbows to the top of the Deadman's head. The Rock with a right hand but the Deadman comes back with a flurry of rights and lefts to the gut, finishing the flurry with an uppercut that rocks, no pun intended, the Rock back into a corner. The Deadman gets back up and follows Rocky into the corner. Rock with a kick to the gut, gets The Deadman by the hair and rams his head against the top turnbuckle. The Rock with an elbow to the top of the Deadman's head. The Rock with an Irish Whip out of the corner. Rocky runs in but eats a boot. The Deadman moves in on Rocky but get kicked in the gut. Rock tries a Bodyslam but the Deadman is quicker to execute and slams the Rock down on the mat and collapses. Both men get back up and Rocky runs at the Deadman... BIG BOOT!!! Rock goes down! Deadman hits the ropes... Big Legdrop!!!

The Deadman is back up and so is the Rock. Deadman with some rights on Rocky. Irish Whip by The Deadman. Back Elbow sends the Rock down. Rocky back up and walks right into another big Right Hand. Another whip into the ropes... BACK BODY DROP!!! Deadman hits the ropes and drops an elbow! There's a lateral press but Rocky kicks out at 1! The Deadman has got the momentum on his side and he's got Rocky going off the ropes once more. A big kick to the gut stops the Brahma Bull dead in his tracks. The Deadman with another Body Slam followed by another Big Legdrop! A cover only gets the Deadman a 2 count! The Deadman gets The Rock up, an Irish Whip sends Rocky off the ropes... SIDEWALK SLAM! What power upon impact! There's a cover! 1...2....NO!!! The Deadman gets Rocky back up, big boot to the ribs. The Deadman bounces off the ropes, big Right Hand knocks Rocky down! There's another near fall for the Deadman!

The Deadman is really closing in on a victory. Russian Legsweep by The Deadman on The Rock. The Deadman locks in a Reverse Chin Lock on Rocky to slow the pace of the match down. After about 20 seconds in the hold, The Rock fights himself back to his feet. Elbows to the side and The Rock is free from the hold. Rocky hits the ropes but The Deadman connects with a Knee Lift sending the Rock doubling over down to the mat, clutching at his stomach in pain. The Deadman gets Rocky back up, Body Slam to the mat. The Deadman hits the ropes with velocity... BIG LEGDROP!!! That's the second or third time the Deadman hits this maneuver but he got so much more height on the blow this time around! The Deadman doesn't go for a cover, instead he gets back up and stomps at the forehead of Rocky for good measure. After two more well placed stomps, the Deadman gets Rocky back up. Big kick to the ribs. Rocky falters down to his knees.

The Deadman continues his onslaught. Big VERTICAL SUPLEX ! Cover! 1...2.....NO!!! The Deadman is getting flustered but he hasn't begun to unload with his big moves yet. With Rocky down the Deadman stomps away. He then hits the ropes and drops a knee across the sternum of the Rock. Cover only gets him a quick 1 count. The Deadman gets Rocky back up and hits him with a right cross. The Rock fires back with a right hand. Back and forth they go! The Rock goes for a big right hand but The Deadman is quicker and slams the Rock down with another Body Slam. The Deadman gets Rocky to get up and then hits the ropes. The Rock kicks the Deadman on his way back.... DDT!! The Rock just planted the Deadman out of nowhere to turn the momentum around! Both men are down! The referee is up to a count of 4 as they start getting back up to a vertical base. The Rock hits with two straight right hands, followed by an Irish Whip off the ropes... SPINEBUSTER! We're not going to see another People's Elbow, but rather, a SHARPSHOOTER! The Rock can't apply it as properly as some other competitors we saw here tonight and The Deadman is able to get out of it.

The Rock & The Deadman get back up. Body Slam by The Rock, setting up this time for another People's Elbow! The Rock gets rid of his second elbow drop and motions for his patended maneuver! The Rock hits the ropes once, twice... THE MOST... ELECTRYFYING MOVE.... NO!!! The Deadman moves out of the way and The Rock hits nothing but canvas! Both men are up...The Deadman kicks The Rock to the gut! Deadman motions for another possible Last Ride! The Deadman has got the Rock....Rock with a Back Body Drop!!! The Rock gets into position... The Deadman gets up... ROCK BOTTOM!!! ROCK BOTTOM!!! The Rock hits the Rock Bottom! The Rock covers The Deadman! 1.....2.........3. NOO!!!!! The Deadman kicks out!!! The Rock is incredulous. He gets The Deadman back up to his feet. The Rock hits the ropes... GOOZLED! The Deadman has got the Rock by the throat.... CHOKESLAM! Out of nowhere, The Chokeslam! The Deadman pins the Rock! 1...2.......NO!!!! Rock kicks out!

We're at a stand still between these two tremendous athletes. And both men are up once again, spent, in the middle of the ring, one of these men to advance in the tournament to crown a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion! The Rock lands a right hand first, and a second one, and a big third one. The Rock with an Irish Whip off the ropes. The Rock ducks down... The Deadman stops and hooks The Rock....LAAAAST RIDE!! WHAT IMPACT! The Deadman falls on Rocky and covers him! 1....2.......3!! (23:16)

The Deadman wins the last match of the night, in front of a Los Angeles crowd that was on the edge of their seat throughout. The 16 1st Round matches are now history, and tomorrow night, in Chicago, the NWA Wrestlers will once again test their will to win against each other in the 2nd round of tournament action.

Before the show concludes, Mark Calloway and Dwayne Johnson exchange a heartfelt handshake, as The Rock lets The Deadman have his moment in the sun. Bob Artese jumps on the house microphone and wishes everyone a good night, and to make sure to drive home safe as the concludes, to the sounds of Metallica's heavy metal melodies.


Quick Results
1- Chris Jericho beat Lance Storm
2- Bret Hart beat Taiyo Kea
3- Dan Severn beat Rey Mysterio
4- Kane beat La Parka
5- Mike Awesome beat Rhyno
6- Super Crazy beat Tommy Dreamer
7- Ric Flair beat Booker T.
8- Steve Austin beat Jeff Jarrett
9- Tazz beat Masato Tanaka
10- Ken Shamrock beat Scott Norton
11- Sting beat Rob Van Dam
12- Brock Lesnar beat Raven
13- Kurt Angle beat 2 Cold Scorpio
14- Eddie Guerrero beat Scott Steiner
15- Triple H beat Chris Benoit
16- The Deadman beat The Rock

WE-NEED-WCW 04-11-2013 01:03 PM

Re: NWA Domination
 
wow, very impressive results for the March Madness. you have an amazing concept going on here. I like what you have done and am very impressed with the outcomes of your matches (although I can't say I'm surprised by them). Looking forward to day two!

LegendofBaseball 05-02-2013 11:51 AM

Re: NWA Domination
 

MARCH MADNESS
DAY 2 - CHICAGO, IL
(ROSEMONT HORIZON)


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Paul Heyman, John Laurinaitis & NWA President Jim Miller all stand in the middle of the ring as the show starts, Heyman introduces Jim Miller and Mr. Miller goes on to talk about what a great show last night proved to be in Los Angeles. Jim Miller mentioned tonight's 8 tournament matches, plus all the other action set to take place.


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MATCH NO. 1
ROAD WARRIORS VS. SCOTT STEINER & JEFF JARRETT

The first sound that came through the curtains was that of Chicago natives, the Road Warriors! The crowd erupted as one of wrestling's greatest tag team made its way down to the ring. Their opponents for the night, former partners, "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner & "The Chosen One" Jeff Jarrett. This match was all LOD. After barely a minute, Scott Steiner decided to leave his partner out to dry. Animal & Hawk demolished Jarrett without mercy; Hangman's Neckbreaker, Powerslam and to top it all off... THE DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Animal pinned Jarrett for the 1-2-3! (2:51)

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MATCH NO. 2
2ND ROUND TOURNAMENT MATCH
CHRIS JERICHO VS. BRET "HITMAN" HART

Two of the greatest wrestlers of all-time set to compete in the second round of the NWA World Title Tournament. Both men from the NWA Canadian Stampede territory. Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring first, and he is then followed by Bret Hart. Both men getting a great reception from the Chicago crowd. This was truly a masterpiece this early in the night. Both men giving it all they had.

Both men met in the middle of the ring, shaking hands. Jericho and Hart locked up and Hart with the advantage with a Side Headlock. Jericho moves Hart into a corner and doesn't give him a clean break, with shoulder blocks in the corner. Jericho moves away and eats a boot in the gut. Hart comes back with a series of punches and puts Jericho in the corner. Hart unloads with right hands, european uppercuts and kicks to Jericho. Jericho is downed in the corner and uses the thights to send Bret face first into the second turnbuckle. The crowd starts to turn on Jericho, for good reason! Jericho is on the second turnbuckle... MISSILE DROPKICK!!!! Jericho with a lateral press but only gets a 2 count.

Jericho gets Hitman back up but Hitman with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Off the ropes... CLOTHESLINE! Hart gets Jericho back up, into an Irish Whip off the ropes... BACK BODY DROP!!! Jerich is up and into a Side Headlock from Hitman. Jericho gets to the ropes and pushes Hitman away. Hart comes back with a Shoulder Tackle takes Jericho down. Hitman hits the ropes, runs over Jericho. Jericho up, Leap Frog. Hitman runs under and Jericho connects with an Arm Drag takedown. Hitman is up, hits the Arm Drag on Jericho. Hitman is up against the ropes and Jericho runs at him. Hart elevates Jericho over to the apron. Hitman turns around and eats a shoulder to the gut. Jericho with a Sunset Flip coming in but Hart holds and breaks free... FRONT ELBOW DROP!!! Quick cover but only gets a 1 count.

Bret gets Chris back up but Jericho connects with a right hand to the gut. Jericho quickly grabs Bret and sends him shoulder first and in the ring post!! What a cowardly act on the part of Jericho to the legend that is Bret Hart. Jericho gloats for a couple of seconds while Hart is writhing in pain. Jericho moves to the apron and gets a hold of Bret's now injured shoulder. He takes the arm and drops off the apron, snapping it against the top rope! Jericho mouths off with some of the ringside fans before getting back into the ring. Hart is holding on to his arm as he gets up. Jericho with a well targeted DROPKICK to Hart's arm! Hart is down and hurt. Jericho moves in, Elbow Drop to the arm of Bret! Jericho locks in a top hand wrist lock on Hart, putting pressure on the injured shoulder.

Bret Hart tries to make his way back up to his feet, trying to will himself back up. Jericho keeps the pressure with his hold but Bret makes it to his feet. Bret is about to reverse the hold but Jericho snatches the hair and drives the Hitman down to the mat. More booing from the crowd, as Jericho just loves being in the limelight of such hate. Jericho gets Hart back up and rams his head against one of the corner turnbuckles. He then throws the Hitman out of the ring through the middle and top rope. The Hitman clutches at his shoulder, as Jericho looks on, targeting the Hitman. Jericho runs towards the corner...SPRINGBOARD PLANCHA! FROM THE INSIDE TO THE OUTSIDE! WHAT A FEAT! Each time Jericho performs that high-risk maneuver, no matter how much one might hate him, one has to admire his athletecism. Jericho brags about this great show of offense and then brings the Hitman back into the ring.

Jericho comes into the ring as Bret Hart moves back to his feet. Jericho bounces off the ropes and comes off with a RUNNING BULLDOG!!! Driving the Hitman hard into the mat, face first. Jericho gets back up to his feet, with a huge grin on his face, going ahead and mimicking the Hitman's gesture, mocking him. Jericho looks at Bret, he has him in the position he wants and goes off towards the ropes... LIONSAULT!! NOBODY HOME!! Hart moved out of the way. Bret is almost back up to his feet and Jericho is almost there as well. Quickly, the Hitman surges up and rolls Jericho up with an Oklahoma Roll! 1..2...NO!! Jericho gets out and smashes the Hitman with a Forearm to stop this sudden burst of energy. Jericho gets The Hitman back up. Irish Whip off the ropes. ONE MAN FLAPJACK! Lateral press... 1..2...NO!!

Jericho gets the Hitman over to his side and locks in the Top Hand Wristlock once more. Slowing the pace of this match down again. Jericho lets go and just stomps at the shoulder without mercy, until the referee steps in to break up this senseless offense. Jericho gets Hart up to a vertical base. Jericho unloads with some forearms and brings the Hitman to a corner. Jericho hits one more forearm before the Hitman starts to hit back. Each blow connecting harder and harder on Jericho. Hart rams the head of Jericho into the turnbuckles. Hart with an Irish Whip. Hart ducks under and Jericho catches him.... POWERBOMB!! WITH A PIN!! 1...2...NO!!! Hitman kicks out!

Jericho gets Bret back up. Forearm across the back. Jericho gets Hart into a corner and connects with a Knife Edge Chop. Jericho grabs the arm of the Hitman and wraps it around the ropes, putting terrible pressure on the shoulder. Jericho walks out from the corner and targets Hart. Jericho runs at Hart but Bret moves out of the way! Jericho leaped and connected hard with the top of the ringpost, going overboard and landing on the apron, clutching at his forehead. Bret comes in and gets Jericho up to his feet, and, Bret moves up the turnbuckles, moving Jericho along with him. Both men have reached the second ropes and now, Bret moves in for the top turnbuckles. Bret has Jericho hooked up.... TOP ROPE SUPERPLEX!! Both men landed hard! Jericho rolls backwards as does Bret, but Bret's shoulder is in too much pain and Jericho hooks Bret up with a Cradle! 1...2....3! Just like that, Jericho will advance to the Quarter-Finals of the tournament!! (12:38)


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MATCH NO. 3
2ND ROUND TOURNAMENT MATCH
DAN "THE BEAST" SEVERN VS. KANE

What a battle set to take place. Severn, the former NWA World Champion and former UFC Champion, set to tackle probably is most difficult task in his pro wrestling career, the Big Red Machine, Kane! Severn and Kane stand at each side of the ring, Kane still as a statue, Severn, in his fighthing stance, ready to pounce. The matchup begins with Severn trying to get Kane down by any means necessary. By his legs, by his waist, any he can. But Kane's tall frame gave him a clear advantage from the get go. Severn locked himself in a test of strenght with Kane, which he turned into a ruse to kick Kane in the gut and lock in a Cross Arm Breaker! Kane was writhing in pain but he was able to reach the ropes with his long legs.

Kane was able to turn this match around and cornered Severn in a corner, to kick away and punch away at the very dangerous MMA fighter. No one could really get the clear cut advantage but, in the end, Kane irish whipped Severn into the ropes and hit him with a Big Boot! Kane followed it up with a Chokeslam for the 1-2-3! (6:33)


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MATCH NO. 4
THE HARDY BOYS VS. ROB VAN DAM & 2 COLD SCORPIO

Another tag team attraction match, as, NWA East Coast's Jeff & Matt Hardy, set to do battle against high-flyers of their own, Rob Van Dam & 2 Cold Scorpio. The advantage clearly with the Hardys in term of tag team experience in this one. And it showed right off the bat as they dominated RVD & Scorpio whenever they were in the ring against either Jeff or Matt. Scorpio found himself isolated for a good portion of the bout. Scorpio survived a flurry of offense from the Hardy Boys, including a Side Effect from Matt and a Reverse Twist Of Fate from Jeff.

The Hardys tried to close the books on this match when Matt hooked Scorpio for a Powerbomb, and Jeff flew off the top rope with a Flying Clothesline in a tremendous double team maneuver! On the ensuing cover, RVD came in to break up the pinfall! Scorpio was able to turn things around after Leap Frogging out of the corner from a whip, and then hitting a Savate Kick on Matt Hardy. The tag was made to RVD and things really turned around from that point on. RVD hit a Twisting Springboard Crossbody on Matt Hardy for a 2 count. RVD then Powerbombed Matt down and followed it up with a Split Legged Moonsault for another near fall. RVD slammed Matt into position for a possible Five Star Frog Splash but, Jeff intervened and this brought Scorpio into the match as well!

A 4-way brawl ensued between these great athletes, and the match wound up through that turmoil with fast paced action. The Hardys Double Clotheslined RVD out of the ring hard! Scorpio tried for a Stereo Clothesline of his own but the Hardys ducked under and caught Scorpio coming off the ropes with a Double Spinebuster!! The Hardys screamed out to the crowd, getting rid of their shirts, making all the Chi-Town girls go crazy! Matt picked Scorpio up.... TWIST OF FATE!! Right in position for Jeff's Swanton! But RVD grabs Matt from the outside and pulls him out of the ring, RVD throws Matt over the guardrail into the crowd! Jeff is up top... SWANTON BOMB! Connects! Jeff is still down on the mat... RVD up top quickly.... FIVE...STAR...FROG...SPLASH!!! JEFF HAS BEEN SQUASHED! COVER! 1..2...3!!! What an ending! (13:46)


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MATCH NO. 5
2ND ROUND TOURNAMENT MATCH
MIKE AWESOME VS. SUPER CRAZY

These two men went it tooth and nails from the very first second of this match. Super Crazy tried as best he could to match his quickness and speed against Awesome's sheer size and strenght but he couldn't get the job done. Crazy did connect with a wicked Top Rope Tornado DDT on Awesome but that got him only a 2 count! Awesome was able to hit his BIG MAN FROG SPLASH shortly thereafter and then dropped Crazy with an AWESOME BOMB!!! for the pinfall victory and a very convincing one at that! (5:52)


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MATCH NO. 6
6-MEN TAG TEAM MATCH
"TRIPLE THREAT REUNION"
THE PITBULLS & SABU VS. SHANE DOUGLAS, BAM BAM BIGELOW & CHRIS CANDIDO

The first ones out were the Triple Threat, Deep Purple's "Perfect Strangers" bringing them out to a very good reaction from the Chicago crowd! Shane Douglas, flanked by Francine, Bam Bam Bigelow, and, Chris Candido, flanked by Tammy Sytch; alot of whistling going on! Douglas and his gang got on the mic and Douglas was as crass as ever. He talked about not being involved in the NWA World Title tournament, maybe because the head onchos were scared that a repeat of the 1994 tournament would be on hand and their precious belt would end up in the trash again. Then Douglas trash talked both Flair & Austin, who are scheduled to wrestler after this 6-Men Contest and that all his career, he's taken a backseat to the "Nature Boy" and that he was sick of it. Douglas continued to rant, but "Thunderkiss '65" by White Zombie burst out onto the sound system and, rushing towards the ring, was the Triple Threat's oppisition for the night: THE PITBULLS & SABU!

This was an all out brawl that saw all 6 men battle it out around the ringside area, in the crowd and such. The match ended with Sabu & Douglas in the ring, Sabu being perched on the top, looking for a Super Frankensteiner through a table. But Douglas countered and locked Sabu... SUPER PITTSBURGH PLUNGE THROUGH THE TABLE! Douglas covered Sabu for the pinfall victory! (5:05)


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MATCH NO. 7
2ND ROUND TOURNAMENT MATCH
"THE NATURE BOY" RIC FLAIR VS. "STONE COLD" STEVE AUSTIN

This is going to be the last match before tonight's intermission, and what a first half already, and this one is going to be a classic. Two tough matches for these two last night; Flair beating Booker T. and Austin beating Jeff Jarrett. "ALSO SPRACH ZARATHRUSTA" begins to play, announcing the arrival of Ric Flair to the ring. Wearing a fancy and extravagant black and silver robe with red feathers down the aisle. Flair makes it to the ring as the Chicago crowd starts to "WOOOO" and Flair returns the wooing back! "GLASS SHATTERS" blares out next and Steve Austin makes his way down to the ring in menacing fashion. Austin makes it to the ring and does his corner taunts before settling in into his corner, awaiting the opening bell.

*DING-DING*

Both men circle each other, Flair with a little strut and a sway of his hair, before he moves in to lock up with Austin. But Flair goes right for Ausin's eyes with a well placed thumb. Flair lets out a "WOOO". Flair with a wicked chop echoes through the Rosemont Horizon! Flair with an Irish Whip off the ropes. Flair going for a punch but Austin blocks. Another punch blocked by Austin and Flair just knees Austin in the gut. Flair with a Snapmare takedown on the Rattlesnake. Flair hits the ropes and misses with an Elbow Drop! Both men up and Austin moves in on Flair. Flair backs off into a corner and Flair with a kick to the gut. Flair takes Austin in the corner and hits a Chop! Austin comes back with a right hand and Flair with another Chop! Irish Whip out of the corner, reversed by Austin! Flair hits the corner hard... BACK BODY DROP!!! Out of the corner!

Austin hits the ropes and Flair gets back up... LOU THESZ PRESS!! AUSTIN UNLOADS!!! What a flurry of punches on Flair! Austin gets back up, hits the ropes and connects with the Front Elbow Drop! Flair writhes in pain, holding the bridge of his nose! Flair gets taken back up by Austin and into the ropes. Flair with another thumb to the eye and Austin backs off. Flair yells out "NOW I GOT HIM!". Flair hits ropes and Austin jumps out of nowhere with a Clothesline! Flair goes down hard! Austin gets into position as Flair gets back up... kick to the gut... STUN... NO! Flair pushes Austin off and sends him right into a corner chest first. Flair moves in and turns the man around, connecting with a series of Knife Edge Chops! Flair hooks Austin out of the corner. SUPLEX! Flair with a lateral press but only gets a 2 count.

Flair gets Austin back up and unloads with a Knife Edge Chop. Flair with another Snapmare takes Austin down. Flair goes down and puts his knee against the spine of Austin, and then uses his hands to pull at Stone Cold's jaw! Great way to slow the pace of the match and put pressure on the neck of Austin. Austin finds a way to slither out of the hold and to get himself back up. Austin fights out of the hold and hits the ropes. Flair with a Knee Lift! Stops the Rattlesnake's momentum. Flair grabs Austin from the mat and gets him back up. Austin turns the momentum around quickly with a STUN GUN! Flair got straddled and find himself reeling, draped against the second rope. Austin hits the ropes. dropping his weight on Flair! Austin gets Flair up by his legs, drops him down with a SPINEBUSTER!

Austin moves towards the corner and climbs the inside second turnbuckle! FRONT ELBOW DROP!!! From the second rope connects on Flair!!! Austin gets up and lifts his middle fingers in the air, riling the crowd up! Flair is getting up and Austin moves in on Flair. Unbeknownst to the referee, Flair connects with a low blow!! Austin goes down, holding his lower region, as Flair gets up, showing us his tremendous physique and woooing the crowd. Flair moves in on Austin with stomps. Flair drops an Elbow on Austin. Flair gets Austin back up and hooks him up for another SUPLEX! Flair goes for another cover! 1....2....NO!!! Flair gets Austin back up and hooks him for a possible Piledriver attempt! Austin Back Drops Flair out of the hold! Flair is up and walks right into a Scoop Slam by Austin. Austin hits the ropes, drops a Knee across the chest of Flair. Austin goes for the first cover of this match and he gets only a 1 count!

Austin gets Flair up and into the ropes. Austin bounces off and misses with a Clothesline. Both men continuing their run and hit each other in the middle of the ring with a Double Clothesline!! Both men are counted by the referee until a 3 count! Flair kicks Austin the left knee and connects with a straight right hand. Flair hooks Austin.... PILEDRIVER!! RIGHT ON THE SURGECIALY REPAIRED NECK OF AUSTIN!!! Flair moves in for the kill, as Austin lays there unconscious... FIGURE 4 TIME! NOOO!!! Austin CRADLES FLAIR!!! 1...2...NO!!!! Flair is up and he gets Austin up. Flair hits the ropes and Austin blocks a Right Hand attempt.... Austin connects with a right hand of his own. Rocks Flair. Kick to the gut. STONE...COLD...STUNNER! Austin covers Flair! 1...2......3!!! (9:14)


***INTERMISSION***


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MATCH NO. 8
2ND ROUND TOURNAMENT MATCH
TAZZ VS. KEN SHAMROCK

We're going to start the second half of this show with more tournament action, and a battle of two very dangerous men going at it. It's the Tazzmission versus the Ankle Lock. The Tazz-Plex versus the Belly-To-Belly Suplex. Tazz versus Shamrock for the first time ever. There was a great feel of intensity running through the Rosemont Horizon, as everyone was either siding with Tazz or Shamrock, but, either way, they wanted these two to just go at it full force. And that's what they did. No man really gained an advantage. It was a see saw battle throughout. Tazz using as much suplexes as wear down holds. Shamrock using his great agility as much as wear down holds as well.

Tazz used a T-Bone Tazz-Plex on Shamrock but he only got a 2 count. Shamrock came back with a Superplex on Tazz and got himself a 2 count as well. Twice, Tazz tried to lock in the Tazzmission, but Shamrock had counters for it. Same went for Shamrock, who tried three seperate times to lock in the Ankle Lock, but Tazz was able to get out of it before any damage could be done.

In the end, Shamrock had Tazz perched on the top rope. SUPER FRANKENSTEINER! Shamrock with a cover only got a 2 count! Shamrock snapped and hooked Tazz for a Belly-to-Belly. But Tazz countered with vicious headbutts. Shamrock got turned around and Tazz swooped in with a vicious SAITO TAZZ-PLEX! Tazz followed that up with a vicious Lariat. Tazz with an Irish Whip but it was reversed. Shamrock with a Leg Lariat!! Shamrock once again is on the verge of snapping! Shamrock with a ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!! Takes Tazz down. Shamrock grabs the foot of Tazz. Tazz rolls on himself and pushes away Shamrock. Shamrock crashes face first into the corner. Tazz moves in from behind.... TAZZMISSION!!! BUT SHAMROCK DOESN'T GO DOWN!!! TAZZMISSION PLEX!! SHAMROCK GOT DROPPED RIGHT ON HIS NECK!!! Tazz moves in on Shamrock he's gonna lock in the Tazzmission... Shamrock just snapped out of nowhere and dropped down, leg trip, into the ANKLE LOCK!!!! SHAMROCK DROPS TO HIS KNEES AND JUST TWISTS TAZZ'S ANKLE!!! TAZZ WON'T TAP....TAZZ TAPS OUT!! (12:28)


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MATCH NO. 9
2ND ROUND TOURNAMENT MATCH
STING VS. BROCK LESNAR

Brock stood right in front of another icon of this sport, here tonight, in Sting. We can see in one of the press boxes, sitting with Dusty Rhodes, one Hulk Hogan, probably reminiscing about Hogan's encounter with Lesnar last year. And if Lesnar can do the same to Sting as he did Hogan, it will be a black day in wrestling history. But Sting's great courage would not stop him one bit, especially with what's at stakes. Sting really had some sort of advantage in the early going, throwing Dropkicks, Flying Clotheslines and everything else he could at Brock.

At one point, Sting countered an F5 attempt with a DDT! This set Brock up for the Scorpion Deathlock! But Brock's strong legs were used to push away Sting and send him crashing into a corner. Brock ran in to hit Sting but Sting moved out of the way. STINGER SPLASH! Sting went for a second one but Brock caught Sting in mid air and drove him down to the canvas with a Spinebuster! Brock got up and picked up Sting too, up on the shoulders of Brock went Sting... F5!!! Brock covers Sting! 1...2....3!!! What an impressive and dominating victory! (7:18)


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MATCH NO. 10
THE DUDLEY BOYS VS. MASATO TANAKA & TOMMY DREAMER

The Dudleys arrived to the ring first and, they riled the Chicago crowd up to the point of having a few fans jump over the guardrail. The bullying of Buh Buh Ray & D-Von stopped once Dreamer & Tanaka made their way down to the ring. This match was a good ol' fashioned ECW barn-bunner! A lot of chair shots exchanged and a few crashing tables. In the end, Buh Buh Ray Super Bombed Dreamer through a Table from the second rope! (4:53)


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MATCH NO. 11
2ND ROUND TOURNAMENT MATCH
KURT ANGLE VS. EDDIE GUERRERO

Kurt Angle and Eddie Guerrero set to do battle and both men had very different 1st round matches last night, but both men seem to have recuperated and look to be in great form, mentally ready to advance in the tournament further. The first 5 minutes were as technicaly sound as we've seen in the tournament thus far. Angle worked extensively on Guerrero's neck, while Guerrero worked on Angle's leg.

Both men opened up their offense a bit, which really turn the attention of the crowd even more on this great match. Angle pulled out all the stops, getting near falls following a Overhead Belly-to-Belly Suplex, and a picture perfect Moonsault!!!! Angle was able to lock in the Angle Lock as well, but, Guerrero was able to reach the ropes, some damage evident on Guerrero's ankle. Guerrero had a flurry of offense of his own, connecting with a nice Slingshot Rolling Splash, a Spinebuster, and getting Angle locked in a Sleeper Hold! Angle had reached the ropes, on a desperation attempt, which broke the hold, but Angle was out like a light. Guerrero let Angle lay on the mat and climbed up the top rope, connecting with a FROG SPLASH!!! But Angle was able to kick at 2 and a half!

Later on in the bout, Angle locked in Guerrero in a Torture Rack, showing his great leg strenght. But Eddie was able to counter out of the move by punching Angle's face and then twisting around in a BULLDOG JAM!!! Guerrero tried for another Frog Splash but he was too slow getting up the top rope and Angle caught him. SUPER ANGLE SLAM! Angle covered Eddie for the 1-2-3 victory! (12:55)


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MATCH NO. 12
EDGE & CHRISTIAN VS. THE ROCK & BOOKER T.

What an unlikely duo of Rock & Booker, two former rivals, now being paired together, as they take on the reunited Edge & Christian. There was a lot of theatrics in the opening minutes of this one, as Rock & Booker had a hard time getting along, causing them to lose control of this match pretty quickly. Edge & Christian found their gears rapidly for two men who had been not teaming with each other for the better part of two years. E & C double teamed Booker for a majority of the match, keeping him as far away from the Rock as possible.

Edge & Christian pulled out a slew of double team offense, none more impressive than when Edge took Booker up on his shoulders with a Fireman's Carry position, as Christian was on the second rope, launching himself and catching Booker for an Assisted Elevated Planting DDT!!! The cover was broken up by the Rock! Christian had Booker at his mercy and looked for a possible Piledriver. Booker Back Dropped Christian out of the hold, from the ring, all the way out to the floor! This gave Booker enough time to tag in the Rock for the hot tag. Rock came in and cleaned house on Edge, while Christian was still on the outside. Edge walked into a series of right hands which led to a Spinebuster! A People's Elbow ensued as well as a blind tag from Booker. Christian was getting back in, targeting the Rock from the top rope. In came Booker, catching Christian flying off the turnbuckles... BOOK END!!! Cover! 1...2....3!!!! For a few minutes, tension was still apparent between the two, The Rock not too pleased at how the match ended (8:22)


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MATCH NO. 13
MAIN EVENT
2ND ROUND TOURNAMENT MATCH
TRIPLE H VS. "THE DEADMAN" MARK CALLOWAY

This is our night's main event, the final match of the tournament's second round. Two former rivals set to do battle. HHH ousted Chris Benoit last night, while The Deadman won over The Rock in last night's main event.

***FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS***
(METALLICA)


The first one out from the back is The Deadman. Calloway looks ready to go tonight, as he makes his way down to the ring, throwing some fists and uppercut through thin air, trying to pump himself up even more. The Deadman reaches the ring and gets in, posing for the fans with assurance. Awaiting his opponent.

***TIME TO PLAY THE GAME***
(MOTORHEAD)


Next out is HHH. Water bottle in hand, he steps out from the back and stands still, spurting out water as he makes his way down to the ring with a vicious look in his eyes. HHH makes it to ringside and jumps on the apron, turning his back to the Deadman, as he poses for the fans, spurting out some more water and showcasing his great physique to all. HHH makes it inside of the ring, and then climbs in one corner, posing again, before settling in and awaiting the sound of the bell.

*DING-DING*

The match starts off with Calloway rushing the Game. HHH ducks out of the ring to try and create some separation between the two. But The Deadman follows suit and attacks The Game with some rabid punches. The Deadman rocks HHH. The Deadman climbs back onto the apron and hits HHH with a boot to the face. He grabs HHH by the hair and drags him up the apron. Clotheslines HHH back into the ring. HHH is getting hammered early on. The Deadman moves back into the ring, bounces off the ropes. HHH with a kick to the gut, follows with a series of right hands. The Deadman comes back with a kick to the gut himself and a big Right Hand. The Deadman bounces off the ropes once more. HHH misses with a Clothesline. The Deadman comes back the other way... SPINEBUSTER! HHH doesn't go for a cover and just mounts The Deadman, peppering him with lefts and rights until the referee steps in to break up the flurry of offense!

HHH tries to get Calloway up to his feet but eats an elbow to the jaw. HHH tries again but before he can get close, The Deadman throws a kick HHH's way. HHH eats the boot right on the bridge of the nose. HHH falls back and is draped against the bottom rope. The Deadman moves over out to the apron, LEGDROP!! Catching the back of HHH's head and upper back region! The Deadman gets back in the ring and gets HHH up. Irish Whip off the ropes... BIG BOOT!!! The Deadman covers HHH! 1....2...NO!! HHH is getting back up slowly and The Deadman hits the ropes... SIDE SUPLEX! HHH caught The Deadman unaware and capitalized! Into a lateral press! 1...2..NO! HHH grabs on to the legs of The Deadman, who's awfully close to the ropes. Calloway's head is under the bottom rope and HHH, with a Catapult attempt, straddling the neck of the Deadman against the bottom rope! Vicious impact!!

The Deadman moves out to the outside, trying to catch his breath, choking from this sudden maneuver. HHH follows suit and hits The Deadman with a forearm to the back before rolling him back in. HHH moves in behind the Deadman... SLEEPER HOLD! We've seen that maneuver used twice tonight, and, even though it is really a basic hold to apply, any man will falter and lose consciousness once thee flow of blood is cut off from reaching the brain! HHH synches the hold in on the Deadman who's going out! The Deadman won't go down, but, it's been almost 40 seconds he's endured the hold and.... HE'S DROP DOWN TO HIS KNEES WITH A JAWBREAKER ON HHH!! The hold is broken and in a big way! The Deadman is back up, into a corner and HHH is up as well. HHH runs at the Deadman and eats boot! HHH comes back in but the Deadman is waiting for him with wicked right hands that rock HHH! The Deadman out of the corner, hits the ropes.... JUMPING DDT!! HHH got planted! Cover! 1..2.....NO!!

The Deadman and HHH get up and Calloway kicks Hunter in the ribs. The Deadman bounces off the ropes and Hunter is back up... HIGH KNEE!!! Knocks the Deadman down!! The Deadman gets back up, HHH with a kick to the gut. HHH locks in the Pedigree....but Calloway back drops HHH out of the hold, over the top rope to the floor! The Deadman moves towards the apron and jumps at Hunter, but he moves out of the way and The Deadman comes crashing down, abdomen first against the guardrail, letting out a deep scream from his lungs. The Game unloads with some right hands on the Deadman, before ramming his head against the guardrail. HHH brings Calloway back into the ring. HHH puts the boots to his opponent, and chokes him with the sole of his boot, getting added pressure from the ropes. HHH gets The Deadman back up to a vertical base and takes him to a corner. HHH unloads with straight rights until the Deadman fights back! The Deadman gets himself out of the corner and lefts and rights, hits the ropes, and gets caught with a Knee Lift!

HHH motions to the crowd that he's gonna end the Deadman right now. HHH gets The Deadman back up and whips him into the nearest corner hard. HHH comes in methodicaly and climbs the turnbuckles for a 10 punch attack. 1.....2....3.....4....5...6....The Deadman puts his hands on HHH's trunks, he's going for the Last Ride from the corner!!!! But HHH holds on to the top turnbuckle desperately. The Deadman pulls as hard as he can but HHH holds on to the turnbuckles and it comes off right into the hands of HHH. The Deadman pulls one last time and drops HHH down with a LAST RIDE!! But HHH rolled out of the ring to the apron. The Deadman is down as well and, by the time he gets his wits back about him, HHH is already stirring somewhat. Calloway goes over to the apron and picks HHH up by the hair. A lifeless body. But The Deadman gets HHH up, somehow. Out of nowhere, HHH grabs onto the head of the Deadman and rams it across the expose turnbuckle cover!!! The Deadman is out on his feet. HHH comes in to the ring, kicks his foe to the gut.... PEDIGREE!! COVER! 1...2......3...NO!!!!! THE DEADMAN KICKED OUT!

HHH is furious. He gets The Deadman back to his feet, hooks the arms.... PEDIGREE!!!!! ONE MORE TIME!!! HHH hooks the far leg! 1....2........3! (9:19)

HHH wins a big victory over The Deadman, although, under some scrupulous set of circumstances, some would say, but when a title as prestigious as the NWA World Heavyweight Championship is on the line, no one can deny a man from attaining that goal any way he can.


WE-NEED-WCW 05-02-2013 03:01 PM

Re: NWA Domination
 
Excellent update on the NWA March Madness. A little surprised that Sting or Flair didn't make it into the next round of the tournament, but over all it's great to see what you're doing here. A lot of dream matches are happening. Good luck with the next post :D


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