Another excellent Six Flags show for OVW on Friday, June 4. This one featured Mick Foley as the special guest and referee for the main event between Matt Morgan and (Nick Dinsmore's best friend) Mr. Wrestling 2.
Foley did a signing before the show for the OVW Fan Club and he also stuck around after the show to take pictures and sign for the audience there as well. Mind you, his autograph is really starting to get to the William Shatner level of "MMMMMMM FLLLLL," but it was nice of him to do that for everyone.
Foley did bring the fans out, however, as the number of fans there was probably a good third more than when Benoit was there two weeks before. It was also announced that the show in two weeks will have Rodney Mack and Kane as the special guests. Mack really as super-over with the OVW fans as Road Dog, and Kane brings a lot of people out for the shows as well when he has appeared before. Have no clue if Kane will do a signing, however. Cornette tends to have only faces do signings at the shows in order to keep kayfabe in check.
First match was Adrenaline (Tank Toland & Chris Cage) vs. Joey Matthews and Mike Bell. Not a bad little warm-up, but nothing extraordinary to mention there either. Joey had a nice bit where, after Bell was pinned and the match was over, he completely ignored Bell and stomped off on his own, leaving Bell to drag himself out of the ring to the boos of the crowd.
Second match was Johnny Nitro and Melina in a handicap match against Matt Capotelli. Nitro really makes for a good heel and it was great watching him tag in his girlfriend at the beginning of the match because he didn't want to face Matt. Fun match, with both John and Matt going through their highflying moves. Matt won with a rollup after Johnny accidentally knocked Melina down while trying to pin Matt.
Third match was a Six-Man Tag-Team event, with Bolin Services (Carly Colon, Da Beast, and Mike Mondo) vs. Big Bad John, Seth Skyfire, and Mac Johnson. Bolin had a nice pre-match rant about Big Bad John, stating that John not only stunk as a football player, but smells nearly as bad as the Louisville audience there that night (or something along those lines, I can't remember the proper wording there). Of the Bolin guys, Colon is really coming along as a heel that gets the audience worked up. Mondo did a great bit where he made it appeared that he was "unintentionally" ignoring Colon's tag-attempts when Big Bad John was beating him up. Then when Colon got back into the match, Mondo asked the audience to keep quiet about avoiding Colon's tag. Johnson, meanwhile, seems to be stuck as the "face in peril" in his matches, with Skyfire and Big Bad John doing all the clean-up work at the end. Bolin's team lost, and then Big Bad John also got a chance to punch Bolin in the face.
Fourth match was the Jersey Shore Crew (Nova and Danny Inferno, with Idol and Trudi Denucci on the outside) vs. the Troubleshooters (Brent Albright and Chris Masters). The Jersey Shore Crew really knows how to work the audience over and seemed to enjoy every second of it as well. A good ten minutes was probably spent just playing with the crowd. Since both teams are considered heels, there was a lot of cheating to be had by both sides. Idol ended up causing a DQ and the match ended with the Troubleshooters still having the tag-team belts. All the refs had to come out to pull the two teams apart after the match, and what was funny was that it appeared the refs messed up a little and allowed one of the Troubleshooters close enough to the Jersey Shore Crew to make contact. Everyone hesitated for a second when that happened and then they all starting beating on each other again. Kinda like, "Oh, okay, let's get at it then." They took that all the way to the back of the place and disappeared from sight.
Main Event was Matt Morgan vs. Mr. Wrestling 2 for the championship belt. Foley came out to talk to the crowd and it looked to me like the guy has dropped some weight. He mentioned that fact to the crowd as well.
Foley talked for a good ten minutes before the wrestlers came out to do the match. It was essentially a back and forth type of match, with Mr. Wrestling 2 going for a more traditional move set, while Morgan went with the bigger power moves of chokeslams, etc. Morgan also spent a lot of time trying to get Mr. Wrestling 2's mask off his face to prove it was Nick Dinsmore. When Morgan knocked both Foley and another ref out of the ring, Foley got out Mr. Socko to use on Morgan. Morgan was about to be pinned by Mr. Wrestling 2 when the Troubleshooters came back out and dragged a stunned Morgan out of the ring, causing a DQ.
Foley then thanked the crowd for coming and that was the end of the show. Not quite as good as the Benoit show two weeks before, but definitely worth going out to see. It's always kinda cool to see Cornette standing in the background at the shows and see how he's reacting to the matches going on in front of him as well.
Carly Colon worked a couple of dark matches at the California shows I attended, & he was doing an excellent job working the audience. Some people knew who he was, most didn't, but he did great getting his heel heat.
Hmm..Some Angle/Benoit or Angle/Austin or Austin/Benoit matches last year might have been that long on Raw or Smackdown.. I bet on one hand it might have to do with your age/mark-ishness.. Yet I would say things have changed.