NECW November 1, 2014 Stoughton HS, Stoughton, MA USA
“Superslam” Benefit for The Stoughton Lions Club
Ring Announcer: Chris Norman. Ringside Interviewer: Kevin Castro. Promoter: Sheldon Goldberg. General Manager: Paul Richard. Referees: Barbara Mahoney, Chris Bartollo, & “The Fabulous One”.
(The Professor doesn’t take videos of NECW shows out of respect for their TV taping. You can see most of these matches over the next month or so on Cozi TV or the NECW YouTube Channel)
1. WWW Tag Team Match: Mistress Belmont & Miss Sammi Lane (with Toxis) v. Alexxis Nevaeh & Davienne (with Lizzie Raze). W – Nevaeh & Davienne
Davienne is still upset at Belmont for taking back the World Women’s Wrestling title last month in Everett. This match was some sort of revenge attempt apparently. Mistress Belmont came out with her seconds, every bit the Ring General that she is. One the other side, Alexxis Nevaeh was the obvious leader. In the Professor’s opinion, the cream of the WWW roster is Belmont, Valentine, and Nevaeh. The rest are in another tier.
The Sisterhood Warned. Image: The Professor
The “Good” Team. Image: The Professor
Goddess. Image: The Professor
Davienne showed a hot head by trying to align the tags so that she could get a piece of Belmont. Ms. Nevaeh was not falling into that trap. She kept to smart strategy and put punishment on Belmont’s second, Miss Sammi Lane. This worked to some extent, but Ms. Lane had a few of her own moves, including a liberal dose of boot to throat on Alexxis. (Don’t think for a minute that the “second tier” women don’t have skills. They are extremely dangerous).
Belmont Applies Pain. Image: The Professor
There was plenty of punishment distributed by all to all. The Sisterhood had an edge on Double-Teaming, which is essential to Tag Team Wrestling.
Fair & Legal. Image: The Professor
Nevaeh & Lane. Image: The Professor
Inevitably the ring seconds got into the act. Lizzie Raze found that height is not an advantage when you are on the hard floor. Toxis put a whoopin on Ms. Raze that showed her brawling and mat wrestling skills. Raze was mostly neutralized ringside by Toxis.
Control Lost. Image: The Professor
A full-scale 6-women ring war commenced until somehow Davienne got the pin on Mistress Belmont. Another fluke in The Professor’s estimation.
Scrum. Image: The Professor
The match should have been called a Double DQ. It wasn’t. Mr. Bartollo lost control of the match fairly early. In hindsight, this kind of match should maybe have featured two referees.
After the Bell Ms. Raze redeemed herself by applying her trademark Choke Slam to Ms. Lane. Any qualified Wrestler can perform this move. However, when said Wrestler is 6’4″ the impact is particularly devastating. This hurt.
Post-Bell Choke Slam. Image: The Professor
Advice to Davienne: Your rage and disappointment are understandable and all-too-human. Get some counsel from some veterans on how to channel these emotions and bide your time. You got a taste of gold at a very young age. It stinks to lose it so quickly but you have long title reigns in your future.
2. Brandino Davis v. Bam Shaw. W – Shaw
Brandino Davis is a well-regarded Journeyman out of The Bell Time Club School. Mr. Shaw made his NECW debut. Shaw is a classic heel who “connected” with the fans in his own special way. He didn’t like being called a Bum for some reason.
Shaw & Davis. Image: The Professor
It Didn’t Take Long. Image: The Professor
Shaw dominated the match and quickly dispatched Mr. Davis with a clean pin. He then gloated and almost got into a fist fight with someone’s mother ringside.
Bam Shaw. Image: The Professor
3. Sensational Scott Levesque v. Todo Loco. W – Todo Loco (Levesque DQ). Special Guest Referee “The Fabulous One”.
This could have been the main event. Two superstars in a grudge match dating back from The Iron 8 Tournament where Todo Loco blamed Scott Levesque for hurting his head. Big deal.
The Wrestling God came out in his beautiful robe (which is rumored to cost more than most fans make in a year) and showed the swagger and confidence we have come to expect from him. Todo Loco is more workman-like. He’s all business and wanted to start right in. Levesque was able to sucker Todo into soliciting cheers from the fans from the second rope. He followed with a Pearl Harbor which any wrestling student should have been able to anticipate. Todo Loco was not pleased.
“Who’s The Man?” The Question That Answers Itself. Image: The Professor
Levesque Calls For a Timeout. Image: The Professor
Todo Loco applied his Luchadore moves effectively. Head Scissors, Tilt-a-Whirls, and a nifty Suicide Dive that put Levesque firmly on the hardwood. Mr. Levesque was able to withstand all that Todo Loco brought to the party.
Levesque & Todo Loco. Image: The Professor
Todo Loco. Image: The Professor
Brains=Strategy. Image: The Professor
Todo almost had Levesque when he jumped on him as he struggled to free himself from the ropes. This resulted in a hard slam and a roll up that Levesque managed to evade.
Oh No. Image: The Professor
The Professor is not wild about “Guest Referees”. He thinks it cheapens the brand. A professional, qualified referee is essential to a legitimate match. In this case the Ref kept doing really slow counts and yelling “Two-and-a-Half”. Huh? He disqualified Scott Levesque for allegedly punching Todo Loco in the groin. Since when is that really a disqualifying move? Maybe technically, but come on, that happens all the time. The Referee should have let the match continue to a more definitive conclusion.
4. J. Rumble v. Big Bear. W – Big Bear
The Legendary Jason Rumble came down from Maine for a rare NECW appearance. It was a treat to see him in action. Big Bear is one of the only Wrestlers whose billed weight is accurate. 400 Pounds. This is one large man.
Big Bear. Image: The Professor
Jason Rumble was outweighed by 200 pounds. He applied multiple kicks to Big Bear, at one point getting him on the ground. Pinning a guy this big is not that easy. Big Bear threw Rumble into the Ring Post numerous times, evocative of a bowling ball.
Rumble & The Bear. Image: The Professor
What to do? Image: The Professor
The Bear at one point Body Slammed Mr. Rumble on the Apron. He finished him off by a behind the back Splash, taking the wind out of his lungs. That was it. No one could have gotten up from that to continue.
Jason Rumble. Image: The Professor
5. Johnny Thunder v. Tim Lennox. W – Thunder
Johnny Thunder is all-in with his Heel turn. He’s become the most obnoxious Wrestler on the NECW Roster. He argues with fans non-stop, though this is most likely part of his veteran’s psychological game. He threatened to leave the gym if the fans were not more quiet. Eventually he consented to wrestle.
Johnny Thunder. Image: The Professor
Mr. Congeniality 2014. Image: The Professor
Thunder blames Tim Lennox for his fall from title contendership. Seems like a bit of a baby to The Professor. Mr. Thunder dominated the match (just).
Thunder & Lennox
Thunder brought Lennox outside and smashed him into the railing. You can see a bent bar on the picture below. He also at one point Suplexed Lennox on the hard floor. Lennox kept coming back and didn’t quit. Thunder managed to finish Tim Lennox with his trademark “Thunderstruck”, a modified Bulldog.
Down But Not Out. Image: The Professor
6. Dan Terry vs. Mark “Flex” Damon. W – Damon
The Fittest Man in The World came out in all his splendor, sporting a new hair style, and gracing the fans with an example of peak physical conditioning.
The Fittest Man in The World. Image: The Professor
Then came Flex Damon. Bodybuilder, Tough Guy, Former SPW Tag Team Champion.
The Professor had not seen Mr. Damon since the spring. The rumor is that Flex has been participating in Bodybuilding competitions. It shows. He’s even bigger than before. Scary.
Mark “Flex” Damon. Image: The Professor
Flex Damon dominated this contest. It was weird to see Dan Terry struggle against anyone but in this case he did. Flex applied endless body slams, Chokes, Suplexes, you name it. A lesser man would have expired. It’s to Dan Terry’s credit that he hung on. Example: See this picture below. Flex likes to keep his boot on his opponent’s throat while conversing with a distracted Referee. Barbara Mahoney fell for it to Mr. Terry’s disadvantage.
Classic Flex Move. Image: The Professor
Terry & Damon
Fitness Challenge. Image: The Professor
Flex Damon. Image: The Professor
Flex Damon is not a fan of ringside critics. He took exception to some of the remarks made. After finishing Dan Terry he leaned over the railing and said “Put that in your notepad Professor.”. Full Disclosure: The Professor has tormented Flex all over New England. This is not a mutual admiration society by any stretch.
The Professor is not objective, but he tries to be fair. Stated without equivocation: Flex Damon kicked *#&% this evening. He seems to enjoy fan approval at NECW. Perhaps he is being groomed for bigger things in the company.
7. Maverick Wild & Jack Maverick v. “The Masshole” Mike McCarthy & Brad Hollister. W- McCarthy & Hollister
This match was originally going to feature Antonio Thomas with Brad Hollister. The circumstances are not clear, but Mike McCarthy was put in as a substitute. McCarthy was heard to say at ringside “I’m only tagging with him because I have to.”
AARP Member Maverick Wild (Former NECW Heavyweight Champion) looked really good and applied some punishment to his opponents. Jack Maverick did well, but Tagging is not his forte. He’s more vicious and focused when he’s on his own.
Real Classy Jack. Image: The Professor
Hollister and McCarthy showed what they have which is a lot. They were ahead on “points” the whole match.
The Masshole Mike McCarthy. Image: The Professor
Maverick & Hollister. Image: The Professor
The contest ended when Mike McCarthy allegedly kicked or in some way moved Hollister out of the way and “stole” the pin on Mr. Wild. It was not clear from The Professor’s vantage point.
Opportunist. Image: The Professor
Young Hollister took exception to the winning tactic that Mike McCarthy employed and the two got into a bit of a fight after the match. The Professor was confused. Mr. McCarthy won the match for the team. What’s the problem? Is Hollister’s ego getting in the way here? Seems a bit ungrateful to The Professor.
Are we looking at the next NECW feud?
Post-Match Dustup. Image: The Professor
Angry Champion. Image: The Professor