by: Phillip Barnard, Houston Pro Wrestling Examiner
NWA Houston took center stage once again this past Friday night, as they took over the Cypress VFW location for another night of live professional wrestling. Superstars gathered for the third annual "Independence Explosion" event.
The night would be capped off with a champion vs. champion match, as "Mr. Showtime" Scot Summers would defend the NWA Houston Championship against the recognized independent wrestling World Champion, Tim Storm. Also, former championship partners collided, as Ken Carson faced Joey Diamond in a match where one of the former Impeccable members would be forced to leave NWA Houston.
Things got started with an entertaining match between crowd favorite Hambone and "The Hebrew Phenom" David Stahr. Before the match started, Stahr tried to bribe Hambone by offering him a single dollar bill to lay down for him. Hambone took the dollar bill, and proceeded to lay down. However when Stahr went for the cover, Hambone surprised him by rolling him up for a near fall. Infuriated, Stahr would later connect with a jawbreaker. However it had no effect, as Hambone picked him up and rammed him back-first into the turnbuckle. He then dropped Stahr with a big power slam and pinned him for the win. After the match, Hambone returned the dollar bill to Stahr.
Up next was "The Texas Torture Machine" DJ King, as he faced off with the always arrogant "Gentleman" Jack Jameson. The crowd was firmly behind King early, as the two traded control of the match early on. At one point, King managed to lock in an ankle lock on Jameson, however he got to the ropes. There was a moment of confusion, as Jameson began tapping out as he grabbed the rope. King thought he had won the match and had begun to celebrate. However the referee only acknowledged Jameson's hand on the rope and allowed the match to continue. Frustrated, King took over and would position himself to go for a splash from the middle turnbuckle. However it backfired, as Jameson got the knees up and buried them into King's midsection. Sensing the weakened area, Jameson capitalized and locked in an abdominal stretch submission, forcing King to submit. Jameson was declared the winner via submission.
Ring announcer Tony Brooklyn stepped into the ring, prepared to introduce an upcoming women's match. But before he could, he was interrupted by the Psycho Circus. NWA Houston Champion Scot Summers led his crew of Jen-Alise, Silky Baines, and NWA Houston Tag Team Champions "One Man" Mike Dell and Ryan Genesis to the ring. Summers wasted no time in berating several ringside fans to open his tirade. He then began to mention that certain members of the Circus had been dropping the ball recently. He turned his attention to Jen-Alise, but mentioned that there was a newest member of the Circus. He introduced MASADA, a well known wrestler around the state of Texas. He then turned his attention back to Jen-Alise. He asked her what happens when members of the family drops the ball. Moments later he floored Silky Baines, much to the shock of everybody. The attack follows Baines' losing the NWA Houston Outlaw Title to Jaykus Plisken a month earlier. Before leaving, he warned Jen-Alise to not make the same mistake.
After things settled down, it was announced that the winner of the upcoming match would be the #1 Contender to Barbi Hayden's NWA Houston Women's Championship. Jen-Alise and Pink were introduced, and they went at it immediately after the bell. Jen-Alise needed this win to not only receive the title shot, but also to stay in the good graces of Scot Summers. She heeded the warning issued by Summers, as she was able to get the pinfall after a death valley driver slam in the middle of the ring.
After the match, Tony Brooklyn had to make an announcement concerning the NWA Houston Junior Heavyweight Title. During last month's event, Bolt Brady was injured during his title defense against ACH. This resulted in ACH winning the gold, and setting up a match against Mr. B. However Brooklyn informed everybody that later that night, NWA Houston officials had found ACH laid out in the locker room. His injuries would keep him out of the match on Friday night. This brought out "The Legend" Mr. B, who demanded that the title be handed over to him since ACH couldn't compete. NWA Houston President Tugboat Taylor was left with no choice but to grant Mr. B's request and he was subsequently named the new champion.
But before he could begin celebrating, the President had one more thing to say. He said Mr. B was promised an NWA Houston Junior Heavyweight Championship match, and that's what he would get. It was then announced that he would have to face newcomer Kevin Douglas for the title. The match was very back and forth, with fans showing their support for Douglas. A crucial point in the match saw Douglas head to the top rope. Sensing danger, Mr. B pulled the referee into the ropes and caused Douglas to land spread-eagled across the top turnbuckle. The champion chased Douglas to the top for an attempted top rope superplex. However Douglas shoved him off and connected with a huge high cross body, and shocked the Cypress fans by pinning Mr. B and becoming the brand new NWA Houston Junior Heavyweight Champion.
After a brief intermission, fans were treated to a Triple Threat match for the NWA Houston Tag Team Titles. Psycho Circus members "One Man" Mike Dell and Ryan Genesis had their hands full, as they had to face not only The Crusaders (Pop'N & Lock) but also the team of Chaz Taylor and "Backdraft" Chris Lee. This match saw a lot of back and forth action between all six men. Dell and Genesis were given quite a scare at the end of the match. While Genesis had locked in a Fisherman's Suplex pin on Crusader Pop'N, Chaz had managed to pin Mike Dell. However the referee noted that Chaz and Dell were NOT the legal men in the ring, but Genesis and Pop'N were legal. He allowed the pinfall by Genesis to stand, and the Psycho Circus would retain the NWA Houston Tag Team Titles.
Up next was a huge grudge match featuring former tag team partners. Ken Carson and Joey Diamond, formerly known as Impeccable, had locked themselves into a match where the loser of the match would be forced out of NWA Houston. These two wasted no time in brawling all over the place. Neither man wanted to be the one forced to leave town, and they put everything on the line in the match. Barbi Hayden, who accompanied Carson to the ring, was inadvertently knocked down during the match. Carson had accidentally knocked her down during the heat of the battle. Both he and the referee went over to check on her. But as Diamond looked in to see her, Carson took a huge opportunity. He pulled off one of Barbi's heels and clocked Diamond in the head while the referee was distracted. It was enough to stun Diamond, as Carson quickly slid back into the ring and covered his former partner for the win. As a result, Diamond was forced to leave NWA Houston, but not before the Cypress faithful sent him off with a resounding "Thank you, Joey!" chant.
In what many in attendance called the match of the night, Jaykus Plisken is still your NWA Houston Outlaw Champion. He spoiled MASADA's NWA Houston debut, by using a chair, staple gun, and everything else he could get his hands on to use during the match. The two brawled on the outside of the ring and throughout the crowd, beating each other every step of the way. At one point, Mike Dell hit the scene to lend assistance to MASADA. However when he saw Plisken in control of a staple gun, he wisely decided to back down from what would've been a painful ending to his night. With Plisken staring down Dell, MASADA took the chance to attack him from behind and lock in a camel clutch. In firm control of the match, MASADA later went to the top rope. And that's where his night turned sour.
Jaykus was able to recover from the brutality of the match, and chase him to the top. Using the same fireman's carry somersault he used to defeat Silky Baines for the title last month, Jaykus hoisted MASADA onto his shoulders and took flight from the turnbuckle. But before the referee could count to three, Dell returned to the scene to cause a distraction. He had a pair of brass knuckles that were intended for MASADA. Unfortunately for Dell, Silky had hit the ring and pulled him off the apron, then rammed him into the ring post. That caused Dell to drop the brass knuckles, which Silky picked up and tossed to Jaykus. With MASADA now distracted by all of this, Jaykus capitalized, grabbing the knuckles and smashing MASADA with them. He scored the pinfall moments later and successfully retained the NWA Houston Outlaw Title, to a standing ovation from the Cypress crowd.
Finally, fans were ready for a main event showdown between two champions. "Mr. Showtime" Scot Summers was set to defend the NWA Houston Championship against Tim Storm, who is the crowned independent World Champion. It didn't take long for Circus member Jen-Alise to get involved, as she was at ringside to get a few cheap shots in on Storm. But the referee saw this and ejected her from ringside. An infuriated Summers went on the attack, but couldn't put Storm away. Both men used every move and every finisher they could possibly think up, but to no avail. Eventually, Storm would hit a Black Hole Slam that would get him an eyelash from becoming the champion. Summers, being the fighting champion he is, managed to pull himself together after that and connect later on a vicious brain buster. Summers would retain the title after choking Storm out. The referee called for the bell, and Summers was able to leave Cypress with his gold intact.
Summers' night wasn't quite over though, as Jasper Davis hit the ring and attacked the champion. This brought out Dell and Genesis, who put down Davis. Moments later, Chaz Taylor and Chris Lee hit the ring and made the save. NWA Houston President Tugboat Taylor told Summers to basically enjoy his time as champion, because he would be forced to defend the NWA Houston title on August 12 against Jasper Davis.
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