National Pro Wrestling Superstars returned to Parlin, NJ's St. Bernadette's Church Lourds Parish Hall on Saturday night December 1st, for their first show since before Hurricane Sandy. This was the latest episode of NPWS' "Steel Cage Mania", and the area fans showed how much they missed NPWS in action, as a very good near-capacity Saturday night crowd turned out to see all the action.
The opening contest was a
six-man tag-team explosion, as former tag-team champions The 2 Rude
Dudes ("Corrupted" Corey Havoc & Rampage Rogers) and their
J.T. Highlander took on the the trio of Nick Napoleon & the
Shore lunatic Slayer & Tony "Smokehouse" Garrick (making his
debut), who were managed by St. Bernadette's Knights of Columbus member
Captain Billy Bathe. Slayer and Napoleon's wild styles initially
befuddled their veteran opponents, but the tables were soon turned as
THe Dudes and Highlander isolated the rookie Smokehouse in their corner
and triple-teamed him. To his credit, Smokehouse survived the
onslaught, turned a missed avalanche by Havoc into a powerslam, and
tagged in Napoleon. Napoleon and Slayer cleaned house on Rogers and
Highlander and tossed them out of the ring, and Slayer took them out
with a flying dive from the top. Back in the ring, Napoleon took down
Havoc with a flatliner and had him covered for the three-count, when
Nicky Oceans ran into the ring and interrupted the count, claining that
Rampage and Highlander were being illegally attacked on the outside. As
the referee looked to the outside, Oceans seized Napoleon and drove him
into the mat with his Boom-Boom-Pow finisher, and dragged Havoc on top
of Napoleon. The referee turned around and saw the cover and counted
the pin for Havoc 1-2-3.
Winners: The 2 Rude Dudes & J.T. Highlander
The next match was billed as a "South Town Street Fight", as
South River's Crazy Ivan took on South Amboy's "Low Life" Louis Ramos.
The match was indeed a street fight from the opening bell, as both
wrestlers brawled inside and outside the ring, mostly outside.
Eventually they brawled all the way to the back, and the referee had
enough and counted both wrestlers out.
Winner: None (double countout)
third match was an NPWS Jersey Shore Championship match, a rematch from
the last area show, as current champion "The Love Machine" Nicky Oceans
took on challenger "Salsa King" Dionett Vittone. Before the match
started, Oceans' buddies Corey Havoc & Rampage Rogers &
Demanto came into the ring to wish Oceans good luck, and they also
mockingly wished Vittone luck as well, making fun of his heritage. They
left the ring, and the match finally began, and Vittone took the fight
to Oceans as the two brawled outside the ring, and back in. Towards the
end of the match, Oceans took down Vittone with an Enziguri Kick in the
corner, and made two attempts to hit his Boom-Boom-Pow finisher on
Vittone, but the challenger broke out of both attempts, and hit a
somersault powerbomb on Oceans and pinned him 1-2-3! As Vittone
celebrated with his new belt, Havoc and Rogers and Demanto came into
the ring and seemed to genuinely congratulate Vittone, but as Havoc and
Rampage were holding up his arms in victory, Demanto slipped a chain
into the back of Vittone's tights. As Vittone turned around to leave
the ring, Demanto "discovered" the chain and pointed it to the referee,
and Havoc claimed he had seen Vittone use it on Oceans. Vittone claimed
ignorance, but the referee was convinced by Demanto and Havoc and
reversed the decision, awarding the match and the belt back to Oceans.
Winner (by disqualification after reversed decision) and still NPWS Jersey Shore Champion: "The Love Machine" Nicky Oceans.
The fourth match was another title rematch from the last area
show, as NPWS Cruiserweight Champion "Mr. Entertainment"
J.D. Smoothie took on challenger and local favorite Brandon Kirk.
Before the match, Smoothie promised to give Brandon the beating of his
life, and after the bell rang he was true to his word, as he tore into
Brandon and totally dominated him for the first several minutes of the
match. But Brandon hung in there, and after ducking a lariat from
Smoothie, he hit Smoothie with a flurry of offensive moves, crowning it
off with a towering vertical suplex and a rolling DDT. As Brandon went
to the top rope to finish Smoothie off, Danny Demanto ran down to the
ring and pulled Smoothie out to safety. Smoothie apparently wanted no
more of Brandon, as he staggered back to the locker room with Demanto,
and was counted out by the referee.
Winner (by countout): Brandon Kirk. J.D. Smoothie remains NPWS Cruiserweight Champion.
fifth match was a tag-team attraction featuring former WWE TV stars,
as Samoan Family members Manu & L.A. Smooth took on "Smiling"
James & former WWE & WCW star "America's Hero" The
were managed by Captain Billy Bathe. Smith James started off against
Manu, and the Samoans were initially befuddled by Smith and
actually bumped each other a few times before regrouping on the
outside. Manu tried to sneak a chair into the ring but was caught by
Patriot locked up with L.A. Smooth then tagged in Smith, but thanks to
a kick by Manu from the outside, Manu and Smooth were able to
double-team Smith in their corner. Manu bodyslammed the big Smith
impressively, twice, but when he went for a flying headbutt to finish
him off, Smith rolled out of the way and Manu's head hit nothing but
mat. Patriot tagged in and cleaned house on both Samoans, leveled them
both with a double Patriot Missile, then RKO'd Manu and pinned him
Winners: "Smiling" Smith James & "America's Hero" The Patriot
The show then broke for intermission as the ring crew assembled the steel cage around the ring for the two main event matches, taking extra time to make sure the cage was reinforced enough for two matches, as the wrestlers and fans posed for pictures and NPWS celebrated birthdays.
the first of the two main event steel
cage matches, NPWS Hardcore Champion "The Cold-Hearted Playa" Danny
Demanto defended his title against "Jersey Shore Jock" Chris D'Andrea
(filling in for Lucifer Darkside). The match started off with Chris
exterting his quickness as the two tried to ram each other's faces into
the cage wall.
As Chris pitched Danny into the wall, his right knee got twisted in the
ropes and he was yelling in pain as the referees came into the cage to
help extract his knee from the twisted ropes. Danny apologized that he
could not continue with the match, and in a show of sportsmanship,
Chris offered to help walk him out of the cage. But Demanto then
stunned the crowd by clotheslining Chris and standing up straight as if
nothing ever happened. Danny continued to tear into Chris as the match
resumed. Danny hauled Chris to the top rope for a superplex, and Chris
shoved him off, but he missed a flying knee off the top rope. Danny
wedged a chair in one corner, but was unable to successfully toss Chris
into it right away,
and Chris leveled Danny with two clotheslines and a spinebuster, but
only got a two-count. Danny finally pitched Chris head-first into the
chair in the corner, then propped up the chair, sat Chris on it, and
went for a flying clothesline from the top rope, only to have Chris
reverse things and toss Danny onto the chair instead. A low groin kick
from Danny stopped any further momentum from Chris, and Danny hit a
Samoan Drop on Chris, followed by a Moonsault from the top rope, but
could only get a two-count. Danny began climbing up the cage wall to
escape, but Chris recovered and climbed up after him and tossed him
back to the mat. Chris then climbed to the very top of the cage, and in
a thrilling moment that the fans will not soon forget, a la Superfly
Snuka leaped and hit a flying splash on Danny, but only got a
two-count. Chris then went all the way hardcore and emptied a back of
thumb tack onto the mat and went climbing to the top of the cage again,
but Danny recovered and came after him, seized Chris, and hit a flying
powerbomb from the top rope right onto the pile of thumbtacks, and this
time got the 1-2-3.
Winner and still NPWS Hardcore Champion: "The Cold-Hearted Playa" Danny Demanto
The second main event steel cage match was a battle of TV wrestling stars,
as ROH star Q.T. Marshall (who insisted that his name was pronounced
"Mar-SHALL") took on former ECW hardcore icon John "Balls" Mahoney.
Marshall tried to make fun of Balls' appearance, but Balls
reminded Marshall that he was already a veteran when Marshall was still
watching wrestling as a kid and buying tickets for live shows. Balls
said that this was going to be an "extreme" cage match, but in
deference to Marshall's wrestling background, he would also agree to
count pinfalls and submissions. Balls tossed a trash can full of
assorted objects into the cage, and ran in right behind and the match
was on. Marshall tried to ram Balls' face into the cage, but Balls
quickly reversed the attempt and Marshall quickly regretted the
attempt. Balls pounded on Marshall, then went to level him with the
trash can, but Marshall ducked and seized Balls and rammed his face
hard into the cage wall, busting him open. Marshall leveled Balls with
a metal tray, but could only get a two-count. Marshall tried to escape
the cage, but Balls stopped him and dragged him back in. Marshall then
seized another metal tray and sliced open Balls' arm with it, then
rubbed it against the cage wall for good measure. But that only made
Balls super angry, and he screamed he was gonna end the match right
then and there, and when Marshall went for a drop kick, Balls seized
his legs and flipped him over his head and head-first right into the
cage. Balls then hit Marshall with a metal chair shot to the head, and
pinned him right there 1-2-3.
Winner: John "Balls" Mahoney