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Old School Wrestling (Week 2)
Posted by Jared "JHawk" Hawkins on Apr 29, 2006, 08:29

First off, thanks to everybody who sent in their feedback from last week's premiere edition.  It seems to have gone over largely well (aside from the majority of readers preferring Bill Watts as commissioner to Paul Heyman, which was initially considered). 

Anyway, it's time for week 2 (and you can read Week 1 here).


OSW Superstar Challenge (April 29, 2006)
Olympic Auditorium
Los Angeles, CA

10:00pm: Gordon Solie quickly goes over the previously announced lineup (Ultimo Dragon vs. Tajiri, plus the start of the World Title tournament) before quickly turning things over to ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr.

10:01pm: One fall with a 10:00 time limit: The Dream Team {Greg “The Hammer” Valentine/“Canadian Strongman” Dino Bravo} (w/“The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) vs. The Bushwhackers {Bushwhacker Luke/Bushwhacker Butch}

The Bushwhackers make their debut, and they use their unusual tactics (biting and so forth) to keep their more technically sound challengers off guard. The Dream Team finally begins to gain control when Luke misses a charge into the turnbuckle and smacks his knee on the top buckle. The knee becomes the focus for the Dream Team for the rest of the contest. Luke tries in vain to fight off the double teaming, but is unable to. However, the double team comes back to bite the Dream Team, as Valentine and Bravo end up colliding as they attempt to sandwich Luke with a clothesline. As referee Tommy Young tries to remove Valentine from the ring, Butch enters the ring illegally and headlocks his partner, ramming Luke’s head into Bravo for a Battering Ram. Young turns around, only seeing Luke covering Bravo for the pin.

Winners: The Bushwhackers via Luke pinning Bravo with the Double Battering Ram in 9:04.

10:12pm: Commissioner Paul Heyman makes his way to the interview area, demanding that Butch Reed come to ringside immediately. Reed does so, only for Heyman to launch into a verbal tirade for failing to show up last week. “You could have at least called. Even I have a cellular phone.” Heyman fines Reed $1,000. Reed: “How can I pay you when I haven’t wrestled yet?” Heyman: “Then I guess you’re working for free tonight, aren’t you?”

10:15pm: One fall with a 10:00 time limit: “Hacksaw” Butch Reed vs. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan

It’s actually a hard to describe brawl, but that’s exactly what it is: a brawl. Outside of a beautiful vertical suplex by Duggan, the closest things to wrestling moves are a body slam and a clothesline, each earning Reed a near fall. Duggan makes a comeback, and the two men literally exchange blows with one another until the bell rings.

Result: Time Limit Draw.

10:27pm: Gordon Solie gives us our first look at the World Title Tournament brackets:

Jamie Noble
Hulk Hogan

Andre the Giant
Billy Kidman

Ted DiBiase
Jim Duggan

Dino Bravo
Don Muraco

Greg Valentine
Paul London

Butch Reed
Randy Savage

Sakoda
Bam Bam Bigelow

Rick Rude
Jake Roberts

10:28pm: Highlights of last week’s main event shown, particularly Tajiri kicking Ultimo Dragon in the head, leading to Sakoda pinning Dragon.

10:30pm: One fall with a 10:00 time limit: Tajiri (w/“Classy” Freddie Blassie) vs. Ultimo Dragon

Possibly the first truly great match in OSW history, as the two Japanese stars do an incrediblt mix of technical wrestling, martial arts, and high-flying moves. Tajiri counters a rana into a power bomb for 2, then quickly takes Ultimo over with a Northern Lights suplex for 2. Tajiri immediately heads up top, but Ultimo moves out of the way of a moonsault, then floats casually into a magistral cradle for 2. Both men continue to go for pinfall after pinfall, wearing down local referee Johnny “Red Shoes” Dugan. Blassie hops onto the ring apron, and the distraction leads to Tajiri spraying green mist into Dragon’s eyes, following it up with a Buzzsaw Kick that sends Ultimo tumbling outside of the ring. Blinded, Ultimo is unable to return to the ring before the count of ten.

Winner: Tajiri via countout in 7:24.

10:39pm: Gordon Solie interviews Ted DiBiase about his match next week with Jim Duggan. While putting over Duggan as a tremendous wrestler and a tough guy, DiBiase says he has ways of making things go his way. He always gets what he wants, and he wants the OSW World Heavyweight Title.

10:42pm: World Title Tournament First Round Match with a 15:00 time limit: Jamie Noble (w/Nidia) vs. Hulk Hogan

Although Hogan is the clear favorite on paper, it is Noble who controls most of the contest, using his superior technical ability to keep Hogan grounded. He continuously works on Hogan’s knees and back, then locks in his finisher, the Trailer Hitch. Hogan kicks forward out of it, sending Noble face-first into the turnbuckle, then quickly hit’s the Big Leg Drop for the pin.

Winner: Hogan via pinfall at 7:16.

10:51pm: World Title Tournament First Round Match with a 15:00 time limit: Andre the Giant vs. Billy Kidman

Kidman tries to use his speed to keep the Giant off-guard, but he mostly just bounces off the Giant. Andre finally catches Kidman, using a series of chops and head butts that send Kidman flying across the ring. Kidman somehow kicks out of Andre’s elbow drop, but he’s not so lucky to kick out of Andre’s sitdown splash just seconds later.

Winner: Andre via pinfall in 5:34.

10:59pm: Time is short, but Gordon Solie is quick to show us the remaining brackets, noting the next two matches are next week.

 

Jamie Noble
Hulk Hogan          Hulk Hogan

Andre the Giant    Andre the Giant
Billy Kidman

Ted DiBiase
Jim Duggan

Dino Bravo
Don Muraco

Greg Valentine
Paul London

Butch Reed
Randy Savage

Sakoda
Bam Bam Bigelow

Rick Rude
Jake Roberts

11:00pm: Sign off.


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