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First blood drawn during wild NWA Houston Christmas event

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NWA Houston ended 2013 with a bang this past Friday night at the Cypres VFW, as they presented “Crimson Christmas.” Fans witnessed title matches, a shocking betrayal, and a lethal First Blood match .

Before the night got started, fans were treated to a special “Proving Ground” match. This gives superstars that have never competed at NWA Houston a chance to showcase their talents to the Cypress crowd. “The Notorious” Shane Taylor got his first look at Houston in a 2-on-1 handicap match against Chance Broussard and Rhett Thibidoux. Taylor overpowered the duo known as Team Sucker Punch, and picked up a convincing win in his debut. After the match, Raymond “Death” Rowe came to the ring and introduced Taylor as his longtime friend from his days in Ohio, and welcomed him to Texas.

Tony Brooklyn then welcomed everyone officially to the start of the evening. He made a huge announcement that on January 25, NWA legend Dory Funk Jr. will be in attendance at the first 2014 event of the year. Brooklyn announced that current NWA World Women's Champion Kacee Carlisle will defend her title against Barbi Hayden, and that Dory will present the winner of that match with a brand new championship belt. It will no doubt be an honor to both ladies, a part of Texas wrestling history will be in Cypress to kick off the new year.

The first official match of the night featured a rematch for the NWA Lone Star Junior Heavyweight Championship. Rudy Russo and “One Man” Mike Dell have had some incredible battles this year, and they would do it one more time for Russo's title. Dell had a number of opportunities to put Russo away and claim the gold, even hitting his Dellbow drop from the top rope. But when he attempted it a second time, Russo moved and was then able to connect with the Gory Bomb for the win. Russo retains the gold in a fantastic match.

Last month, Chaz Taylor and Hambone issued a challege to The Prima Donnas (Jodan and Dan Manson) for a Texas Tornado tag team match at “Crimson Christmas.” The match was made and the two sides went to war. Hambone took a lot of abuse during the match, as Jodan and Manson were able to keep him out of the ring for most of the match. This allowed them to isolate Chaz inside the ring and double-team him. However Hambone wouldn't stay down, and was able to lend an assist to Chaz to finish off the Prima Donnas. They connected on a slingshot-turned DDT as Chaz pick up the win and gives his team some much needed momentum going into the new year.

One-half of the NWA World Tag Team Champions was in attendance on Friday night, as “Godzilla” Jax Dane faced off against Paul Titan in what turned out to be a competitive encounter. Many were shocked to see Titan hold his own during the match, as he laid in some rattling shots in and out of the ring on Jax. However a split second of wasted time would cost Titan, as Jax nearly speared him out of his boots. Titan would suffer the loss, but was very impressive against the powerhouse.

The NWA Lone Star Tag Team titles were on the line in Cypress, as The Sons of Texas (Alex Reigns and James Claxton) defended their gold against former champions Breaking Point (DJ King and Silky Baines). This was simply a hard-hitting match, as both teams pulled out all the stops to walk out with the titles. Claxon would pick up the win, mowing down Silky and retaining the titles on Friday night.

After a brief intermission, it was time for Raymond “Death” Rowe to finally step in the ring against Jasper Davis. Over the last few months, Jasper has been a constant thorn in Rowe's side. From costing him title opportunities to his obnoxious behavior, Jasper has been borderline unbearable. But Rowe was ready to deal with him, and blasted him with every offensive attack he could devise. Jasper fell victim to a number of suplexes, including a rolling trifecta of German suplexes and a stalling version where the fans counted off a full 30 seconds that Jasper was suspended upside down. But Rowe's emotions got the better of him late in the match. As referee Scott Zenzen was admonishing him for closed fists, Rowe shoved him to the mat. It earned an immediate disqualification, giving Jasper the victory. The news then got worse, as Jasper was named the new #1 Contender to the NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Championship thanks to a prematch stipulation.

But it didn't stop there, as Rowe's friend Shane Taylor came out to diffuse the situation. Enraged, Rowe continued to confront the referee. But as he turned around, Taylor leveled him with a vicious clothesline. Taylor grabbed the mic and addressed their longstanding “friendship.” He told Rowe that he was repeatedly told that he couldn't beat his supposed friend, and that he vowed to prove everyone wrong and defeat him.

Once the dust settled from that situation, it was time for the NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Title match. “Addictive and Expensive” Byron Wilcott was set for action against the “American Psycho” Lance Hoyt. Prior to the match, Hoyt had made his intentions clear that he wanted to embarrass Wilcott and walk away with the gold. And he nearly did on several occasions. But referee Scott Zenzen once again took a nasty spill after getting caught between the two and crashed to the mat. It allowed Wilcott to capitalize and hit the former WWE and TNA star with a spinning gutbuster to pick up the win and retain his coveted title.

With all of the explosive action in the books, is was finally time for the main event. Houston Carson and “The Modern Day Hero” Kevin Douglas were set for a First Blood match, wrapping up one of the most personal feuds in recent Cypress memory. Even NWA President Bruce Tharpe declared that there was no way the NWA would even consider sanctioning this match. So as far as the record books show, this match technically never took place.

After turning on Carson earlier in the year, Douglas went on not only cost him several title opportunities but severely injure his knee over the summer and put him on the shelf. So to say Carson was in a vengeful mood was an understatement.

These two battled all over the ring, in and out. They used everything not directly nailed down to batter each other with, including a ladder and a steel chair. At one point in the match, Carson set up for a superkick, but Douglas avoided it and hit a low blow to turn things around. However moments later, Douglas had the chair in hand ready for damage, but Carson viciously drove the chair back into Douglas' face and busted him open to win the match. As the blood spilled, Carson was declared the victor.

Surprisingly enough, Douglas congratulated him after the match. As he was getting himself together, Douglas told Carson the better man won that night but he would be back and the next time would be a different outcome. A highly competitive match ended with blood and a hint of mutal respect as a year-long feud had apparently come to an end.

That said, NWA Houston now looks ahead to 2014. Beginning on Saturday, January 25, all NWA Houston events will now be held on the final Saturday of every month. In addition, ticket prices have will also be rolled back to $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12. With the great crowds Cypress has put together this year, this should only add to the frenzy that lights up the Northwest Freeway every month. Make sure to check out the NWA Houston website for up-to-the minute news and notes as their first event of the new year draws near.

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