by: Phillip Barnard, Houston Pro Wrestling Examiner
Mother nature couldn't even keep the Cypress VFW from holding a near packed house, as NWA Houston got "Green With Envy" on Friday night.
The show kicked off with the return of Psycho Circus member Ryan Genesis, who hadn't been seen in almost a year. Genesis opened up the show with a singles match against Alex Reigns. Genesis had been missing since his attempted chair shot on one of The Crusaders rebounded off the ropes and back into his face. But he was back on target on Friday night, forcing Reigns to submit to the Texas Cloverleaf.
After the match, the Psycho Circus joined Genesis in the ring for what appeared to be a celebration. However things quickly turned interesting, when Genesis addressed the crowd. He said as much as he loved wrestling in the Houston area, he was back in town for one simple reason. He wanted a shot at his best friend "Showtime" Scot Summers and the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship. Summers told him all he had to do was ask, and that he would receive his shot when he was cleared to compete. Then things got ugly, when "One Man" Mike Dell intervened. He was visibly upset by this situation, and questioned as to why Genesis deserved the shot over him. Dell said that while Genesis was off in the loony bin after a shot to the head, he's been right beside Summers the whole time. Summers was quick to avoid more drama, and was able to get everybody to the locker room to try to sort things out.
The second match featured another return, as the man billed as "2 biscuits shy of 400 pounds," Bubba Dumplins made his way back to NWA Houston to face the former Black Diamond, Dave Duperon. The early moments of this match was dominated by Bubba, as Duperon had a hard time trying to figure out how to overcome the size disadvantage. His night got worse, when he found himself on the mat and staring up at a near-400 pounder leaving the top rope for a super-sized moonsault. But fortunately for Duperon, he was able to roll out of the way and avoid his immediate future as a stain in the middle of the ring. He was able to recover and drop Bubba moments later with a big slam and escape with a win and more importantly, his body intact.
If you remember "Valentine's Vengeance" back in February, then you will recall "The Hebrew Phenom" David Stahr issuing the first "Jew vs. You" challenge, directed at a random member of the NWA Houston Security Team. He has publicly called them out as also being students at Tugboat Taylor's Wrestling Factory, and for eliminating him from the "Christmas Rumble" battle royal back in December. After quickly disposing of "Josh" last month, he set his eyes on another yellow shirt this past Friday night. He chose "Brandon," and verbally berated him for a few moments before calling him into the ring. It was a direct replica of the beating that "Josh" received, as Stahr started off with a belly-to-back suplex to put him to the mat. Moments later, Stahr dragged the rookie to the corner and viciously chopped him. Stahr watched as "Brandon" collapsed to the mat, and then went for the cover. But to Stahr's surprise, the rookie kicked out. An infuriated Stahr immediately got in the referee's face about a slow count, which allowed "Brandon" to sneak up and roll Stahr up for a two count. Stahr kicked out and had decided he was done playing around. He picked his opponent up and delivered a pair of pedigree-like finishers to dispose of him.
Up next, the ladies were in action as Jen-Alise defended the NWA Lone Star Women's Championship against Reyna Pink. Jen dominated the early portion of the match, as the two went back and forth for basically the remainder of the match. Reyna got into control, ejecting Jen from the ring. The champion quickly was able to get back to the apron and they began trading punches. Jen then climbed the top rope and delivered a high-impact clothesline from high above. Moments later, she was able to catch Reyna in a small package and successfully retain her championship. Jen has been on a roll lately, defending her title against the likes of Angel Blue, former WWE Women's Champion Jazz, and now Reyna Pink. She is making her case known about being one of the top female competitors in the state of Texas.
A couple of changes had to be made to the next match, as it was scheduled to be an intergender tag team match. The original match was set to be Ken Carson and Barbi Hayden facing Angel Blue and NWA Lone Star Champion Jasper Davis. However with Jasper still on suspension from the January incident where he inadvertantly punched Hayden, more news broke out recently, as Carson suffered a torn MCL and possibly a torn ACL. Taking Jasper's place would be the high-flying Bolt Brady, and Carson hand-picked "One Man" Mike Dell to replace him. This was a highly competitive match involving all four participants, with a bit of a wild finish. Angel Blue was in the ring with Hayden, and took her down with a dropkick to Hayden's knee. Bolt Brady had tagged himself in, and had instinctively went over to Hayden to continue the match. Hayden blindly went to take a shot at Brady, thinking Angel was still in the ring, and inadvertently gave Brady a low blow. With Mike Dell being the legal partner now, he sprung to the top rope and hit his signature top rope elbow drop to finish off Brady.
The stipulation to that match was that if Carson's team won, then Carson would get a rematch against Jasper Davis for the NWA Lone Star Championship. However with Carson now being sidelined with the injury, that match won't be happening. So he welcomed Dell onto "Team Carson" and offered Dell his title match against Davis. Dell gladly accepted, and then called the Psycho Circus to the ring, where he let Ryan Genesis know his feeling about his return and also about Genesis getting the first shot at Summers for the NWA Texas Championship. Dell then got in Summers' face and, after telling Genesis he was the reason that the two of them were successful as a tag team, abruptly told Summers he was leaving the Psycho Circus.
After that situation settled down, it was time for the NWA Lone Star Tag Team Titles to be put on the line, as Breaking Point (DJ King and Silky Baines) defended their gold against Chaz Taylor & Hambone. This was a hard-hitting match all the way through, as both teams battered each other all over the place. This match ended up getting out of hand to the point that the referee couldn't contain the action. After all four men got in the ring and started brawling; he had no choice but to rule the match a double disqualification. Following the match, DJ King grabbed the mic and told everybody that they were still the champs and that Chaz and Hambone had just lost their last chance at the titles. But before the Texas Torture Machine and Silky Baines could celebrate, NWA Lone Star CEO Tony Brooklyn stopped them. He announced that on April 13, the two teams would meet one more time for the titles. This time all four men would be legal, and it would be a Texas Tornado Tag Team match. Silky told Brooklyn that he's just done the champions a favor, and promised that the NWA couldn't hold them responsible for what they would do to Chaz and Hambone in that match.
It was time for the main event, as "The Modern Day Hero" Kevin Douglas put the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship on the line against Rudy Russo in an "I Quit" match. This match had been brewing for several months, dating back to when Douglas had injured his leg and Russo had attacked him and called him a coward. Russo took over early, but Douglas fired back with a dropkick that sent Russo crashing to the mat. Douglas regained control and took Russo down with a pair of side headlock takeovers. Several times throughout the match, Douglas had to remind himself that it was an "I Quit" match, and that a pin fall would not get him the victory. Russo was able to get back into control, working on the legs of the champion, but Douglas wouldn't stay down. At one point, the action spilled to the outside, where Douglas picked up Russo and slammed him on the floor. He rolled Russo back into the ring, and then spring boarded over the top rope for a splash onto the challenger. This proved to be a great back and forth contest and Russo nearly walked out as the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion on a number of occasions. After having Douglas trapped in an arm bar, Douglas rolled through and forced Russo into a painful leg lock submission. Russo had nowhere to go and no choice but to utter the magic words "I Quit," and Kevin Douglas is still NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion.
NWA Houston returns on to the Cypress VFW on Friday, April 13 for "Shut Up & Wrestle II." Already scheduled for the event is the NWA Lone Star Tag Team Titles on the line in a Texas Tornado match, the NWA Lone Star Championship will be on the line as Jasper Davis defends against "One Man" Mike Dell, and former WWE and TNA star Lance Hoyt returns to NWA Houston for the first time since being upset by Scot Summers for the NWA Texas Championship several months ago. Additionally, Tokyo Monster Kahagas makes his NWA Houston debut. For more information, check out the official NWA Houston facebook page (www.facebook.com/nwahouston) as well as the NWA Lone Star Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nwalonestar).