Friday night August 17th, National Pro Wrestling Superstars kicked off its huge double-tournament weekend at the Belleville, NJ Knights of Columbus Hall with the 2012 Captain Lou Albano Memorial J-Cup Tag-Team Tournament. An enthusiastic crowd, but being one of the smallest venues ever to host this annual event it was one of the smallest J-Cup Tag-Team crowds, was on hand to cheer all the action, and action they got, as this was hailed as one of the best (if not *the* best) J-Cup Tag-Team Tournament ever presented.
The show opened with the introduction of the twelve teams in the Class Of 2012:
Ring announcer Johnny Falco explained the rules. The six qualifying round matches and three semifinal matches would have a ten-minute time-limit. If there was no winner after ten minutes, the match would go into a five-minute sudden-death overtime. If there was no winner by the end of the overtime period, the fans would vote for the winning team. The final match would be a three-way tag-team explosion with *no* time limit.
Qualifying Round results:
NPWS took a brief intermission, which included an appearance by Captain America, and the celebrating of birthdays.
the first Semifinal Match, "The Cold-Hearted Playa" Danny Demanto
"The Love Machine" Nicky Oceans took on Jeff "Cannonball" Guerrero
& "The Warrior" Jack Spade. Before the match, Oceans and
taunted and insulted long-time NPWS fan Robert Puglisi who was sitting
at ringside. Demanto & Oceans were unable to get any offense on
powerful Cannonball, but they were able to focus on and dominate the
less experienced Spade. Cannonbal eventually tagged back in and cleaned
house and flattened Demanto in the corner, but Demanto tossed
Cannonball out, and the fight soon went to the floor. Demanto smashed
Spade into a row of chairs, while Cannonball went after Oceans in the
ring and nearly had him beaten until Demanto interfered. While
Cannonball tried to take down Demanto, Oceans went after NPWS fan
Robert Puglisi and threatened to hit him until Spade knocked him away.
Meanwhile back in the ring, Cannonball took down Demanto, and brought a
wooden door into the ring to smash Demanto through, but Demanto
reversed things and speared Cannonball through the door and pinned him
Winners and advancing to the Finals: "The Cold-Hearted Playa" Danny Demanto & "The Love Machine" Nicky Oceans
After the match, Demanto grabbed NPWS fan Robert Puglisi and took him down to the floor with a Full Nelson, and he and Oceans attacked him until Security broke it up.
In the second Semifinal Match, The M&M Boys (Mark
Modest & Mike Matixx) took on Team
Jersey Shore (ROH Star Rhett "The Threat" Titus & "Jersey Shore
Jock" Mike Dennis). Despite their longer experience as a tag-team,
Modest & Matixx could not put away the veteran Titus and
After Modest missed a flying headbutt towards the end, Dennis took him
down with a superkick and a neckbreaker while Titus held his feet, and
Titus covered Modest for the 1-2-3.
Winners and advancing to the finals: Team Jersey Shore (ROH Star Rhett "The Threat" Titus & "Jersey Shore Jock" Mike Dennis)
the third and final Semifinal Match, NPWS Tag-Team Champions The 2 Rude
Dudes ("Corrupted" Corey Havoc & Rampage Rogers) took
Whiz Kids (Eddie "Spaghetti" Franken & Chris "Boom-Boom"
Havoc and Rampage belittled Eddie and Chris for advancing to the
Semifinals without having actually defeating any opponents, but the
Whiz Kids showed they were ready to compete with the tag champs,
attacking them before the bell, and used their speed to counter Havoc
& Rampage's strength and experience. Havoc & Rampage
to isolate Powers in their corner for several minutes, but Powers
withstood the assault long enough to tag in Franken. Powers &
Franken tossed the Dudes outside the ring, and took them out with
double flying planchas. Powers dragged Havoc back in the ring, hit him
with a Moonsault, and had him covered for the 1-2-3, but Rampage pulled
Havoc out of the ring. Havoc and Rampage signaled they had had enough,
and headed for the door. Franken and Powers berated them to return to
the ring, but while their and the referee's attention was focused on
Havoc & Rampage, Richard Michaels & Johnny Knockout
the ring and leveled Franken & Powers with Wet Floor signs,
payback from their earlier match. Havoc and Rampage returned to the
ring, and Havoc planted Powers into the mat with a flying piledriver
from the top rope, and pinned him 1-2-3.
Winners and advancing to the finals: The 2 Rude Dudes ("Corrupted" Corey Havoc & Rampage Rogers)
a special Ladies Match, former WSU World Champion Alicia took on 2012
NPWS/WSU King & Queen Of The Ring co-holder Jennifer Cruz. The
feisty Cruz, claiming to still be undefeated in WSU, gave the veteran
Alicia all she could handle. After Alicia missed a vertical splash,
Cruz hit a lariat on her and nearly got the three-count. An
Cruz grabbed Referee Mike Jones and threatened to hit him. This gave
Alicia enough time to recover, and she grabbed Cruz and planted her
into the mat with an Alicia-Bomb and pinned her 1-2-3.
Final Match of the Tournament was a Triple-Threat Tag-Team Match
between the three remaining teams, "The Cold-Hearted Playa" Danny
Demanto & "The Love Machine" Nicky Oceans, Team Jersey Shore
Star Rhett "The Threat" Titus & "Jersey Shore Jock" Mike
Tag-Team Champions The 2 Rude Dudes ("Corrupted" Corey Havoc &
Rampage Rogers). Mike Dennis came out with his shoulder taped up from
an apparent injury in his Semifinal Match, but he refused to bow out of
the match or even take it easy, as he and Titus waged war along with
the other two teams. Being triple-threat, anyone could tag in anyone,
and Titus tagged in Rampage while Havoc was in, and the referee ordered
Havoc and Rampage to wrestle each other. The two had a mock face-off
before they came up with the idea that Havoc could pin his own partner
and win the match, but their opponents broke up that idea in a hurry.
Titus and Dennis continued to dominate, but their opponents soon
attacked Dennis' injured shoulder and worked him over for the next
several minutes. Dennis took a superplex from Oceans, a Full Nelson
submission hold from Demanto, and countless attacks from both, but
would not give up. Havoc & Rampage tagged in and worked over
some more, but he withstood the assault and tagged in Titus who cleaned
house on both. Titus took down Rampage and covered him for the pin, but
Oceans broke it up. Havoc took down Oceans with a crucifix slam, but
Mike Dennis broke up the pin. Dennis tried to pick Havoc up for a
crucifix slam, but his injured shoulder wasn't up to the task, so he
superkicked him instead, but Demanto broke up the pin, and planted
Dennis into the mat with a side facebuster. Titus charged back at
Demanto and leveled him with a bulldog, but Rampage broke up that pin
attempt. Dennis and Titus took down Demanto with a double facebuster,
but Havoc pulled Titus out of the ring and took him down, then with
help from Rampage, planted Dennis into the mat with a flying piledriver
from the top rope and pinned him 1-2-3.
Winners and 2012 Captain Lou Albano Memorial J-Cup Tag-Team Tournament Champions: The 2 Rude Dudes ("Corrupted" Corey Havoc & Rampage Rogers)
Havoc and Rampage celebrated their win as the other members of the Class Of 2012 came out to the ring to congratulate them, as the show closed.