SPW September 13, 2014 Taunton VFW, Taunton, MA USA
Ring Announcer: Sgt. Muldoon. Referees: Rob Sandow, Chris McCluskey
Promoter: Chris Blackheart. State Athletic Commissioner: Frank Rocha
Sgt. Muldoon. Image: The Professor
1. Dr. Roger Williams v. Robbie The Giant Araujo. W – Araujo
Before the match even started Mr. Araujo began the proceedings by complaining about his entrance music. At least 3 separate songs were played, none of which were to his taste (and probably intentionally done to mess with him by a backstage Prankster). The Giant complained about not getting a Lollipop from Roger Williams (he eventually found one) and took time to harass Sgt. Muldoon as is his habit.
Lollipops For The Fans. Image: The Professor
Robbie Gets in Muldoon’s Face. Image: The Professor
Some rude kids decided to make a series of tasteless jokes at the expense of Mr. Araujo which The Professor will not print here. Mr. Araujo took it in stride, though he did confront the youngsters, taking one punk’s baseball hat and putting it on and then giving it back. By dominating the match, The Giant countered the juvenile insults by showing the skill, strength, and cunning that a person of small stature can possess.
Who Used The “M” Word? Image: The Professor
Flying Giant. Image: The Professor
Dr. Williams had some moves and did a respectable job but he couldn’t beat the more experienced WWE veteran. Despite the size difference, Robbie was in charge for most of the contest.
Williams on The Ropes. Image: The Professor
Serious Pain. Image: The Professor
The low point for The Giant was when he charged Dr. Williams who moved out-of-the-way, causing Robbie to land on his tender bits on the turnbuckle (see pic above). Ouch.
The Giant finished the match by putting Dr. Williams into a Small Package (No Pun Intended). The Fans in The Professor’s end of the room were shown the unwanted spectacle of (in the spirit of discretion and good taste) a “Waxing Crescent” as Mr. Araujo used the Doctor’s tights for leverage. Eew.
Post Bell Revenge. Image: The Professor
Dr. Williams delivered an ambush from the top rope after the bell when The Giant decided to shoot his mouth off post match. Despite being pushed around, the medical man showed good heart and skill. He’s climbing the ladder.
2. Nicholas Night v. “The Maniacal” Jack Krueger – W. Night
Jack Krueger. Image: The Professor
Nicholas Night. Image: The Professor
Nick Night, the first SPW Heavyweight Champion and one half of the first SPW Tag Team Champions is in a tough spot. He’s rebuilding his status at SPW after suffering the betrayal of his partner (the Skunk Mark Damon) and losing the Tag Team Title last spring. No longer interested in Tagging, Night aspires to regain the Heavyweight Title.
Night & Krueger. Image: The Professor
Mr. Night has been put in the position of having a series of matches against a guy (Krueger) who was not even on his radar a year ago, but is now ranked as the #9 contender.
Night looks to be in top shape and has demonstrated his worthiness in his matches throughout the summer and fall. The problem he has is that Jack Krueger has improved significantly and is now in Night’s League. Times change and so do workers.
Times Change. Image: The Professor
Nick Night managed to finish Krueger with a Small Package for the pin. The Professor wonders if in his mind this meant he had finally gotten through this series with Mr. Krueger. It was not to be as we saw later on in the evening.
Dismay. Image: The Professor
3. Buck Nasty v. D.J. A.C. – W. Nasty
Buck Nasty. Image: The Professor
Barricade and Buck Nasty are competing for the designation of “Most Frustrated Man in Showcase”. Mr. Nasty is the #7 ranked contender yet he is continually being put in the ring with Greenhorns and Journeymen. D.J. A.C. appears to be the former.
Schoolin’ The Greenhorn. Image: The Professor
Nasty on His Back. Image: The Professor
The young worker has some size and delivered some good holds and Drop Kicks but he just was not going to win against the Veteran. Although Buck Nasty’s repertoire is limited, he uses his several tools in a methodical, consistent manner to wear down his opponents. His great size is also a major factor.
Nasty put the kid away with a devastating Splash off the second rope.
4. “The New” Scott Levesque (Heavyweight Champion) v. “The Flyin Hawaiian” Keanu. W. Keanu (DQ)
Keanu is a great Wrestler. Perhaps one of the best in the Northeast. Unfortunately for him, Scott Levesque is a Wrestling God. A Wrestling God who is at the top of his physical and mental powers. Scott Levesque is the Ric Flair of New England.
“Who’s The Man?” . Image: The Professor
The video is a must-watch if you want to see an example of a classic match with two guys who are masters of their craft.
A few comments: The Professor understands that metal gloves are considered foreign objects and are technically illegal. That said, this is still an admirable example of veteran ring skill. There is such a thing as Fair Cheating. Why has Keanu fallen for this technique more than once?
Commissioner Rocha seemed a bit upset at Mr. Levesque and hesitated to give him back The Belt which is rightfully his. The Professor wonders if the Championship Committee will take exception to Levesque’s glove technique and fines will be levied. That would be regulatory overkill in The Professor’s not humble opinion.
5. Bonus Match: 3 minutes Nicholas Night v. Krueger. (Night “won” but this was not a regular match)
Nicholas Night came out at the conclusion of the Heavyweight Title match (Min. 14:00 in video above), took the mic, and declared that Keanu would be part of the upcoming Battle Royal. (Under what authority we know not). He then called out Mr. Krueger and a fight in the ring ensued. It appeared that Sgt. Muldoon was going to intervene when Promoter Blackheart signaled from the back to let them go.
Three minutes of brutality ended with Knight applying a deadly Face Buster and then throwing Krueger over the top rope to the floor. At that point Mr. Blackheart ended the “match” to start the Battle Royal. Not sure what happens next for these two.
6. #1 Contender Battle Royal. W. Keanu
A few Professorial Observations: Redemption never entered the ring during the contest yet was allowed to punish multiple workers (including his rivals, The Refflers). Krueger and Night continued their feud after both were eliminated. Redemption entered the ring finally after Keanu eliminated his last opponent, Mr. Araujo. The Reverend and Scott Levesque ganged up on the re-confirmed #1 contender. Keanu threw Levesque out of the ring into a state of semi-consciousness. Keanu announced his next title shot in Oct. would be a Hawaiian Strap Match. Redemption failed to scare Keanu. Is he just trying to bank intimidation for The Cartel, realizing that Keanu is now a threat?
Champion Down. Image: The Professor