Not even Mother Nature, who decided to drop a nasty thunderstorm on the Houston area Friday afternoon, could deter eager fans from making their way to Cypress for NWA Houston's "Shakedown" event at the VFW. A title change was witnessed and one man emerged with a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
The opening contest at "Shakedown" featured a 2-out-of-3 falls match, as NWA Lone Star Junior Heavyweight Champion Ricky Starks defended the gold against former champion Rudy Russo. This was an exciting opening match, as the fans were solidly behind Russo in this contest. Starks picked up the first fall after using the ropes for leverage during the pin. Russo would rebound and pick up the final two decisions, and was crowned the brand new NWA Lone Star Junior Heavyweight Champion. Russo celebrated, as he is now a three-time champion.
Up next was a tag match, as Jodan and Danny Manson teamed up to face Chaz Taylor and Hambone. This match was set up last month, after a brawl ensued between both sides. This one didn't take long to get out of control. Hambone had things in control after a German suplex. But when Manson went to the other side to pull Chaz off the apron, it broke up what would've been a much needed tag. Seconds later, all four men were brawling, and the referee had no choice but to throw the match out. Tony Brooklyn then informed Manson that he would face Chaz on September 20, and their feud will be settled one way or the other.
The third match was a bit of a grudge match on its own, as "One Man" Mike Dell was set to face "The Modern Day Hero" Kevin Douglas. Dell's partner Carson has been out of action since Douglas battered him with a chair several weeks back, and Dell was ready to avenge that beating. Douglas actually dominated the majority of this match. Dell opened up with an early advantage, but Douglas went after his legs and took control. A turning point in the match came when Dell was perched on the rope and ready to take flight. Douglas pulled the ref into the ropes, causing Dell to crash back to the mat.
Able to finally catch a breather, Douglas rolled out of the ring and made his way through the Cypress crowd. He picked up two chairs and returned to the ring. He placed Dell's foot through one chair and then lifted the other high above his head. But before he could bring the chair down, Carson's music began to play. Obviously distracted, Douglas started looking around for the man he had injured. But while he was looking around, Dell snuck up and rolled him up from behind for the pin.
Up next was a special six-man tag match, as Breaking Point (DJ King and Silky Baines) teamed up with Paul Titan to take on the young upstart Eric Shadows and two lucha wrestlers known as El Coyote and The Armadillo Kid. This was a back and forth match, that saw Breaking Point keep the masked stars grounded and unable to get much offense in. Silky picked up a pinfall, but Tony Brooklyn restarted the match because he had a handful of tights during the pin. Brooklyn said the match wasn't going to end like that. Shadows and his team reconvened in the middle of the ring and then brought the crowd to their feet by taking turns diving over the ropes to take their opponents to the floor. Back in the ring, they all ganged up on Titan, as Shadows picked up the official win for his team.
After an intermission, it was time for the NWA Lone Star Heavyweight Title match. "Addictive and Expensive" Byron Wilcott made his first title defense against "Cowboy" James Claxton. This was a hard-hitting encounter, as expected, after the two beat each other senseless last month in a triple threat match. At one poin in the match, one of the top turnbuckle covers was removed. Claxton took advantage of it by ramming Byron's head into the exposed buckle. But the referee was busy trying to reattach the cover and missed the pin. This gave Byron the opening to get his trusty Shake Weight and smash Claxton in the head with it. He turned the ref around and made the cover to retain the title.
With the win, Wilcott will now face off against current NWA World Heavyweight Champion "Ironman" Rob Conway on September 20 in Cypress. Conway is headed back to the area to now face Wilcott, and is currently scheduled to defend the title one night later against Rhino at NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling in San Antonio.
The next match was for the NWA Lone Star Women's Championship, as Barbi Hayden defended the title against Jordynne Grace. Early on, the two traded holds in a technical display. But as Jordynne was mouthing off with ringside fans, Barbi took control with a clothesline and would soon follow up with a bulldog. Jordynne was able to fend off the attack and take control by backing her into the corner and scoring with a series of forearms. But as she went to charge the corner, Barbi moved and she collided with the turnbuckle. They would go back and forth for several minutes, before Barbi spiked her with a DDT to get the win and retain the title.
That set the stage for the main event, as the Kingz of the Underground (Scot Summers and Ryan Genesis) defended the NWA Lone Star Tag Team Titles against Kash and Killer Mckenzie. This would be an interesting match, as McKenzie had been a longtime friend of the champions. But it became clear during the match that the titles meant way more than any friendship. Midway through the match, McKenzie screamed to Summers that he didn't want to do this to him, as he laid stiff kicks to his former friend on the mat. This match was as brutal as anyone could've asked for, as both teams traded vicious blows throughout. But it would be Summers getting the last laugh, locking in a crossface submission on Kash. Just to ensure the victory, Genesis added a dropkick to Kash's face to leave him no choice but to tap out. The Kingz retained their titles and celebrated to close out the show.
Another successful NWA Houston show is in the books. As noted earlier, they will be back at the Cypress VFW on September 20. Two matches that have already been signed involve Chaz Taylor getting a one-on-one grudge match against Danny Manson, and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line when Rob Conway defends against Byron Wilcott.
Also, more information will be released soon about the big New Japan invasion coming up in October. An attempt to speak with NWA management will be made in the next couple of weeks to get their take on exactly what this means for not only Cypress, but the National Wrestling Alliance as whole.