Turned out to be a great night of wrestling at Six Flags tonight. I'm sure livedog can back me up on any details that I'm forgetting here, but here's the card and what went down:
Benoit did a signing at 7:15. He surprisingly got through a whole bunch of people considering he not only autographed a bunch of things (mostly action figures, it seems), but after his signature would write "World Heavyweight Champion RAW 04." He also had the WWE belt there beside him as he signed . . . and about six guys standing around the table to make sure no one tried to take off with the belt.
Show started right at 7:30 to a small, but enthusiastic crowd (they really need to advertise these shows more). Chris Kay came out to ref the first match to the applause of the crowd (What can I say? Everyone loves the goofy guy.), and the match was Shaniqua and Passion vs. Alexis Laree & Jillian Hall (there's no way I can get the two confused this time!). Jillian looks to have trimmed down a little, losing the little big of baby fat she had. Both Alexis and Jillian are definitely going for the Victoria look in outfits now.
Shaniqua was played up at the "hoss" of the group, with a lot of "test of strength" type of moves, but it was eventually Alexis Laree who pinned Passion for the win. Laree did pull off some very high-flying type of moves during the match. Good solid start to the show, with even Linda Miles showing some much needed improvement.
Second match of the night was Seth Skyfire, Mac Johnson, and Demond Thompson (aka Lamont, aka Morris) vs. Bolin Services. Bolin and Nurse Lulu came down the ramp with Da Beast, Carlos Colon, and Mike Mondo. Funny enough, Demond used to be in Bolin Services as Morris the Butler, but he was obviously a face here (and nice to see him actually wrestling again instead of just being a valet in a sense). Lots of heel tactics in this one, with Bolin using his trusty briefcase on Demond so that Carlos could get the pin. Carlos seemed to be very into talking to the crowd at the show, btw.
Match Three was Matt Capotelli vs. Johnny Nitro. You know that feeling you get sometimes when you watch a guy in the ring and - without knowing anything about him - you can just tell that the guy is golden? I had that feeling the first time I saw John Cena at a houseshow a few years ago and I get the same feeling with Nitro here. When Nitro can stop in the middle of putting a move on Matt just so he can eye a woman in the crowd and flirt with her, you know the guy is doing something right. Good match between the two, that saw them work outside of the ring more than in it seemed. Nitro finally got the win with the help of his girlfriend who held down Matt's legs on the outside of the ring during the pin.
Match Four was Nova, Idol, Danny Inferno, & Trudi Denucci vs. Tank Toland, Chris Cage, & Synn. This was actually a quite solid match, and I mark out every time Synn gets a chance to actually do some wrestling in the ring. The match ended with the men brawling outside the ring, while Synn did a moonsault on Trudi to get the pin. Excellent, fun match.
Brent Albright & Chris Masters vs. Doug Basham and Damaja for the tag-team belts was the next match. The name of the game was humor this match, and the Bashams went about going for gag after gag during the match. The crowd loved it, as I believe Basham and Damaja would have to shoot someone in the crowd before they would get any heel heat from the OVW fans anymore. At one point, the Bashams got bored with the match, and stepped over the railing to have a seat in the front row. Fun stuff.
Match Six was Inspector Impact (Horshu) vs. Nick Dinsmore's best friend, Mr. Wrestling 2. The storyline was that Dinsmore could no longer compete in OVW contractually, so Dinsmore asked his friend "Mr. Wrestling 2" (a guy in a white mask with a blue star over one eye) to take his place in the match for the show. Impact spent a lot of time working the crowd and trying to get the mask off in order to prove it was Dinsmore, but Mr. Wrestling 2 finally made the pin to win.
Final Match was OVW Champion Matt Morgan vs. WWE RAW Champion Chris Benoit. It was a "big guy/little guy" match to start, with Benoit going for technique, while Morgan went more for the power moves. Benoit pulled out the moves, with the Sharpshooter, Flying Headbutt, the Crossface, and three German Suplexes making it into the match. Inspector Impact eventually dove in to help Morgan out, which brought out Mr. Wrestling 2 to take on Impact and hand off a chair to Benoit to use on Morgan who was more than happy to have Impact's help. Morgan and Impact then limped off (after Morgan got his belt), while Benoit got on the mic to let Morgan know that he has made a mistake Benoit's not going to forget when Morgan goes back up to WWE.
Show ended at 9:30. A full two hours of matches with no delays at all to speak of. Just a great night of wrestling and I'm glad I went.
You brought up something in here that I've been trying to figure out -- if they go the "who will be our savior" route many are predicting, that -- by definition/necessity -- means a face turn for The Authority. Is that doable?