NWA Wrestling Showcase
January 17th 2008
-The show opens with NWA World Champion Adam Pearce,
introducing the Showcase to us. He puts over the
history of the NWA and the World title. Pearce
promises outstanding wrestling matches of all styles
every week here on the showcase (airing on the DISH
Network and for free at NWAWrestling.com).
-David Marquez and Rob Conway are the hosts for the
evening, evidently. They are standing in front of a
glitzy casino, accompanied by some show girls. Marquez
puts over Conway has being well known to wrestling
fans all over the world. This could be a great new
start for Conway, he is getting an opportunity to be
himself, something that never happened for him in WWE.
Marquez and Conway debate the controversial way that
Pearce won the NWA title, but they don't provide any
Hidaka vs. TJ Perkins
This bout was taped in Houston, Texas. Perkins gets
the early advantage, but Hidaka reverses and works the
arm. Perkins reverses a wristlock, and transitions
into a hammerlock. Hidaka reverses and arm drags
Perkins into another wrist lock. Hidaka transitions
into a fun arm wringer. Perkins breaks free and the
match restarts. A test of strength doesn't last long
before Perkins regains an advantage. Hidaka attempts a
chain wrestling comeback, but Perkins regains control.
Hidaka breaks free and side tackles Perkins. The pace
quickens, and Hidaka leaves Perkins caught in the
ropes. Perkins dumps Hidaka to ringside, which only
frustrates him. Perkins catches Hidaka in a fun
pendulum hold. Perkins lets it go and attempts the
cover. Uppercuts by Perkins, who then attempts a
flying cross body, which Hidaka counters with a drop
kick. Hidaka handsprings into a leg lariat on the
cornered Perkins, snap mares, and hit's a double stomp
off the top rope. Hidaka plays to the crowd instead of
capitalizing on his momentum, giving Perkins a chance
to breath. Hidaka takes control with a sleeper.
Perkins almost passes out, but hulks up instead.
Perkins cleans house with a flurry of high-flying
offense. Perkins hit's a nice tornado DDT off the
turnbuckle for a close fall. Scoop slam by Perkins,
who then misses a top rope move. Hidaka hit's a drop
toe hold, but gets caught with a drop kick. Hidaka
comes back with a spinning heel kick. Stiff super kick
by Hidaka and then a reverse DDT for a close fall.
Perkins mounts a comeback, hit's a hurricanrana pin
attempt, for only 2. Perkins goes high risk again, but
Hidaka blocks the frog splash with his knees. Sit-out
power bomb by Hidaka only gets 2. Perkins blocks the
super kick, which leads to a series of reversals.
Perkins catches Hidaka in a pinning predicament and
gets the victory at 9:51. This was a good match to
kick things off, as both men wrestled a smart
wrestling match before the reversal-fest at the end,
Winner: TJ Perkins
-After the match, Karl Anderson and Joey Ryan jump
Perkins. Some luchadors get involved, and Adam Pearce
joins the fray to take them out. I have no clue what's
going on here.
-Marquez and Conway gush over the match we just
witnessed. Marquez tries to explain what happened in
the run-in festival that took place afterwards. Conway
thinks the match was provoked.
Los Luchas vs. Real American Heroes
The Real American Heroes are Karl Anderson and Joey
Ryan. The match begins with a lot of stalling by both
teams. The red masked luchadore (I'm waiting for the
announcers to tell me who he is) kicks things off
against the guy I recognize as being Joey Ryan, but
again I'm waiting for the announcers to introduce them
to me. The red masked guy sends Ryan groin first into
the ring post. The silver masked guy tags in, while
Anderson and Ryan comfort each other with hugs.
Anderson slams the silver luchadore to the mat and
plays to the crowd. Oh, the silver masked guy is
Zokre, and a quick Google search tells me the red
masked star is Phoenix Star. Now I can continue on in
peace. Anderson misses a leg drop on Zokre, who then
hit's a tirt-a-whirl takedown. Zokre hit's a flying
head scissors off the ropes, and Anderson is
flustered. Anderson skins the cat and takes too much
time taunting the crowd. Zokre clotheslines Anderson
to the floor. Zokre fakes a dive to the floor.
Anderson and Ryan tease leaving the arena. Los Luchas
take the time to go after the flag, but Anderson and
Ryan jump them from behind. Oh right, I forgot this
was supposed to be a flag match. Los Luchas hit stereo
sunset flips on the Heroes, who grab each other's
hands for leverage. Los Luchas counter this by pulling
down their tights. That's actually pretty funny. This
pisses off the Heroes, who take advantage. Joey Ryan
drops Phoenix Star on the guard rail. In the ring,
Zokre is doing everything he can to prevent Anderson
from capturing the flag. The match regains some order,
with the Heroes isolating Phoenix Star. Joey Ryan
hit's a nice drop-kick on Star, which the announcers
put over as the greatest drop-kick in all of
wrestling. The isolation of Phoenix Star continues
with a tag to Anderson, who hit's a pretty good leg
lariat. Phoenix Star hit's a desperate roll-up on
Anderson, for a 2 count. This angers Anderson, who
slams Phoenix Star into the guard rail. Phoenix Star
quickens the pace and ducks the clothesline attempts
of Anderson. Zokre finally gets the tag and hit's a
springboard clothesline on Anderson. Zokre is a house
on fire as he cleans house on the Heroes. Zokre tosses
Anderson into a spear by Star. Los Luchas have some
awesome double team moves, including a great looking
double blockbuster. Phoenix Star soon finds himself
diving onto both Ryan and Anderson on the floor. Zokre
hits his own dive to the floor, which is a shame
because he had a chance to capture the flag. Anderson
tosses Phoenix Star towards Ryan, who misses a super
kick. That looked like a botch. Anderson hit's a spine
buster on Zokre, and the Heroes go for the flag. Los
Luchas hit stereo roll-ups, and now I'm confused on
the rules of the match, as pinfalls seem to count. Los
Luchas arrange a meeting of the minds for the Heroes
and hit double springboard sentons. Los Luchas capture
the flag for what appears to be the victory at 12:52,
but the referee misses it because of C. Edward Vander
Pyle interrupting on the apron. Adam Pearce runs in
and attacks Los Luchas with the flag, and lets the
Heroes get the cover just in time for the referee to
turn around and count to 3 at 14:07. The match had a
few issues (botched spots, issues with the rules,
screw job finish) but immediately I dug the feud and
the chemistry amongst both teams. I would like to see
more of this, **1/2.
Winners: The Real American Heroes
-We see an interview with Bob Caudle at an NWA Fan
Fest. Caudle is having a great time, including
reminiscing with other old timers about the old times.
-Marquez and Conway introduce Ricky Vega.
-We see Ricky Vega heading to the ring at a Puerto
Rico show, ready to face Cassidy O'Brien.
Ricky Vega vs. Cassidy O'Brien
O'Brien attacks Vega before the match officially
begins. Vega no-sells some chops and fires away with
some chops of his own. O'Brien goes for a leg
scissors, but Vega counters and slams his opponent.
Vega hit's a fireman's carry into a face first Samoan
drop variation. This is enough for the win at 0:56.
Okay, for a squash.
Winner: Ricky Vega
-It's time for Meet the Champions! First, there is
Amazing Kong, who is holding the Women's Championship.
Also, at an upcoming NWA Virginia event, Adam Pearce
will defend the NWA title against Damien Wayne.
-Marquez and Conway react to the Flag match. Conway is
confused why Las Vegas fans would be cheering on
Mexico's Los Luchas. Marquez seems to want to bring up
when Conway was a French sympathizer in La Resistance,
but gets cut off.
El Hijo Del Santo and Rey Misterio Sr. vs. Blue Demon
and Nicho El Millionario
This match is coming to you from El Paso, Texas. Nicho
charges right away, and the announcers tell me why I
recognize him, because he is Psicosis. Rey Misterio
Sr. takes down Nicho with a power slam, but he wants a
piece of Blue Demon. Tirt-a-whirl backbreaker by
Misterio destroys Nicho. Blue Demon tags in, but so
does Santo. Santo takes down both Blue Demon and
Nicho, and cleans house with some awesome flying
attacks. Misterio and Santo hit stereo suicide dives
onto their opponents at ringside. Time for a
After the break, both teams are brawling back into the
ring. Blue Demon and Nicho arrange a meeting of the
minds on the apron. Nicho and Blue Demon double team
and drag Misterio groin first into the ring post.
Nicho and Blue Demon target Santo in the ring, double
teaming him with a springboard leg drop. Nicho
prevents Misterio from getting back into the ring,
while Blue Demon tries to remove Santo's mask. That
would be an outrage! Santo manages to tag in Misterio,
who is quickly beaten down by Blue Demon and Nicho.
Nicho gets a chance to win with a cover, but pulls
Misterio off the mat for some more beating. Santo tags
in, but is also dominated, as Blue Demon and Nicho
"make a wish" with his legs. The heels continue to
double team Santo, while the ref is distracted trying
to keep Misterio out of the ring. Santo gets the tag,
but the referee missed it, so it's no good. Wow, this
match has all the tag match clichés, doesn't it? Blue
Demon and Niche continue their dominance, that is
until Santo hit's a head scissors. Misterio holds
Niche still while Santo hit's a senton and then a
suicide dive onto Blue Demon. Misterio hit's a flying
cross body to the floor on Niche. Time for another
Back from break, and Blue Demon and Santo are going at
it full force in the ring. Santo applies a camel
clutch, but the referee breaks it. Blue Demon hit's a
low blow and picks up the victory at 8:08 (shown).
Wow, that was anticlimactic. This was kind of a weird
match as the faces were completely dominated
throughout and the match ended quickly, it felt like
the first 8 minutes of a great 20 minute match, **.
Winners: Blue Demon and Nicho El Millionario
-Marquez and Conway are excited about this first
episode and can't wait for the next episode. It's
going to have Bryan Danielson! Hurray! Also, Adam
Pearce vs. Shawn Waltman. I'm not too jazzed about
that one. Either way, I'm looking forward to another
episode, this was refreshing.
As I just said, this was a refreshing
show to witness. A lot of great indy and international
stars got the spotlight this week and I'm always up
for more wrestling on television. That, and for a one
hour show, the quality of the wrestling was very good
as well, so I would recommend that all serious
wrestling fans give this show a try. Remember, it can
be viewed for free anytime at www.nwawrestling.com!
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