Saturday, August 27, 2011 may have been a hot day in the summer, but for Future Unlimited Wrestling, it was A Cold Day In Hell!
Future Unlimited Wrestling makes its return with A Cold Day In Hell, the second show for the promotion, coming to you from The Bar in Green Bay, WI.
Tonight, a NEW Future Unlimited Champion will be crowned, as the former Champion, Sam Hayne, was unable to defend his title!
In the first contest of the evening, the Reverend Ben Johnson, noticeably slimmer than his last appearance, escorts his newest managerial find to ringside, Benny Rotten (no relation to Ian or Axl) against the face-painted Dare Devil Devan (no relation to Marvel Comics’ Daredevil), also making his Future Unlimited début. The rookie Devan comes down to ringside with his own manager, Ruff Ryder Rashaan.
Dare Devil Devan starts off the match with a boot to the gut of Rotten, following up with some shots with his knees and a forearm to the head of Rotten. Devan whips Rotten into the ropes, but Rotten reverses. Devan ducks under Rotten’s clothesline attempt, crossing to the ropes again, and successfully ducking under Rotten’s attempted clothesline a second time. This time, Devan bounces from the second rope to take Rotten down, covering him, but only getting a two count.
As Rotten gets to his feet, he charges at Devan, who easily takes him down with a back bodydrop. Devan climbs the top rope, and somersaults right on top of Rotten, who quickly rolls under the bottom rope to break up Devan’s momentum.
Rotten returns with a chair, but before he gets anywhere, he is met by Ruff Ryder, who similarly wields a chair. Rotten thinks twice about bringing the chair inside the ring, laying it nearby as he manages to get the upper hand with Devan back in the ring using a guillotine style choke across the top rope. Devan falls backwards to the mat as Rotten lets go of his grip on him. Rotten continues to press his advantage, stomping on Devan to keep him down while he takes his chair from earlier, setting it up between the middle and top turnbuckle. To ensure Devan will be susceptible to his plan, he stomps at him a few more times, aiming at the back of his neck and his head, to keep him dizzy.
Rotten moves Devan to the opposite corner from the chair, headbutting him a few times in the midsection to soften him up a bit more before whipping him into the corner with the chair. Unfortunately for Rotten, Devan reverses, and Rotten goes flying into the chair he had intended for Devan and outside the ring.
Devan climbs the top turnbuckle and flies outside the ring onto Rotten. Maintaining control outside the ring, Devan chops at Rotten. Devan takes Rotten around ringside, allowing some of the fans in the front row to take a shot at Rotten. Rotten, though, still has some fight left in him, shoving Devan into the steel corner ringpost. Rotten quickly presses his advantage, rolling Devan inside the ring and choking him across the center rope. Reverend Ben Johnson finally rears his ugly head in this match, doing what he does best – distract a referee to allow his charge to do some dirty work on an opponent. While the referee is distracted, Rotten takes the opportunity to land some kicks to the throat of the prone Devan. Devan recovers quickly, though, not having had to absorb as much punishment as Rotten did, scooping up and slamming his foe.
Outside the ring, Ruff Ryder pulls down Reverend Ben Johnson from the apron, keeping him from his usual tactics of distraction and interference while inside the ring, Benny Rotten, bleeding from the forehead, covers Devan, but only gets another two count. Rotten follows up by following the golden rule and giving Devan some chops to the chest as Devan had earlier done to Rotten.
Rotten goes to the outside, taking a broom, and climbing to the top turnbuckle with it, breaking it across the back of Devan. The referee wisely takes the pieces of broken broom and throws them outside the ring before they can be used to inflict any more damage to either wrestler. Perhaps if the referee was more concerned with the count, Benny Rotten may have been able to get the three count on Dare Devil Devan, but, as it is, he only gets another two count.
Rotten returns to choking Devan to gain the advantage in the match. He DDTs Devan, but is still unable to put him away. Still in control of the match, Rotten whips Devan into the turnbuckle, and attempts to follow up, but no one is home when Rotten attempts to drop kick Devan in the corner.
Now it’s Ruff Ryder’s turn to lend a helping hand from the outside, pitching a chair into the ring for Devan. Devan uses the chair to add some extra power to the drop kick on Benny Rotten, slamming him right in the face with it. Devan covers Rotten, but is unable to put his “Rotten” foe away yet.
Reverend Ben Johnson attempts to interfere again, but Ruff Ryder, brought out by Devan for just this kind of contingency, attempts to remove the “good” reverend from the ring apron, while Devan argues with the referee about the interference. Taking advantage of not only the referee’s distraction, but Devan’s as well, Rotten lands a low blow, bringing Devan to his knees. Rotten immediately covers Devan and the referee is in place to count to three, giving the victory to Benny Rotten.
Party Animal Brian Hall takes on Bronson Bay (managed by Erik Everson) in the second contest of the night.
The two lock up to begin the match, with Bronson Bay knocking down the “Party Animal” to gain an early advantage. Another lock up, and this time, Bronson chops Hall and softens him up a bit more with several punches to the midsection. Hopefully, “Party Animal” wasn’t partying too hard last night to “prepare” for the match, or the ring could be a mess of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and Cheetos for the remainder of this match. We’re not sure if the promoters of Future Unlimited Wrestling prepared to clean the ring mats of that kind of mess.
Bay continues to work over Brian Hall with a body slam, and follows up with some elbow drops on the prone Party Animal. Bay whips Hall to the turnbuckle and follows up with a splash, squashing Hall in the corner. Bay continues his assault on Hall with a series in punches to the midsection, continuing to work on the gut of the Party Animal. At least now, he’s punching him in the stomach OUTSIDE the ring...it’s much easier to cover up any potential mess from last night’s partying by Hall outside the ring than inside.
Bay rolls Hall back in the ring and gains the upper hand again a standing side headlock, and after cranking on his skull for a bit, lays out some more punishment, scooping up Hall for a suplex.
Since the opening minutes of the match, it has been all Bronson Bay, and he hasn’t even needed his manager for advice, he’s doing a pretty fair job on offence all by himself. One has to wonder, does he need a manager, or is his skill all his manager’s doing? Many have floundered in the ring without the guidance of a manager, proving that their success was directly related to having a manager.
Bay picks up Hall and chops him again. At least the chops won’t send any “party favours” flying into the crowd. Bay scoops up Hall for a side slam. Hall takes to the outside in an attempt to gain some respite from the punishment, but Bay follows him to the outside, and Hall gets the first offence of the evening, landing some gut punches to Bay. Hall follows up with some more punches, but Bay puts a stop to it with a clothesline. With the two continuing their brawl outside the ring, the referee declares the match a double countout.
However, Jamie the Weasel comes to the ring and chews out the referee, declaring that in Future Unlimited Wrestling, there is no such thing as a countout or disqualification and that all matches must end in a pinfall or submission. From the locker room, Bryan Skyline runs to the ring and suplexes Bronson Bay before taking a mic and boasting that he will be the second Future Unlimited Wrestling Champion. The rest of the matches this evening will tell the tale. As he dispatched with Bay, he shows no mercy to Hall, either, landing some kicks to the downed Party Animal. Jamie the Weasel shows no sympathy for either wrestler, telling Hall not to forget his beer bottle on the way out. That guy, Weasel...all heart he is, he is...
For the next match, there is a surprise as “The Cookie Cutter“ comes out to the ring, using Joey Jet Avalon’s music, shocking the fans, as Gambino hasn’t been seen in months, and looking much better than he did when he left, having dropped a significant amount of weight. The Cookie Cutter is best known as one half of the championship team, The Dream Police, but tonight, it would seem like he’s “flying solo”, as his partner, Don Gotti, does not come to ringside with him. What a reunion that would have been. While they may not have said, it would be “A Cold Day In Hell” before the Dream Police reunited, it’s certainly a surprise to the fans in attendance.
Joey Jet Avalon now comes to the ring. For a moment, there was some suspicion that perhaps the Dream Police would be facing one another tonight! Avalon could pass for Bret Michaels of Poison. Wonder if he gets fans thinking he’s Michaels. Hopefully, we don’t hear him sing.
With the two wrestlers in the ring, the Cookie Cutter checks the referee for weapons...wait a second...shouldn’t that be the other way around?
The match starts with a high five from the Cookie Cutter to Avalon, and then Gambino brings Avalon down with an armdrag, working the slow pace that he favours. Gambino, despite dropping some weight, still wrestles like a big man, and against a smaller, lighter opponent like Avalon, it’s a wise strategy to keep him grounded as best he can. Gambino takes the arm of Avalon and works him into an abdominal stretch. Avalon has a long torso, so that hold might not be as effective on him as someone with a shorter trunk.
Indeed, Avalon’s “stretch” (pardon the pun) in the abdominal stretch is short lived and he not only escapes the hold, but also takes the advantage in the match, stomping at the leg of the Cookie Cutter. Avalon delivers a kick to the back of the head of the Cookie Cutter, and rolls his beefy foe over, hooking the leg, but it isn’t enough to put away the big man. Avalon gripes to the referee that he is counting too slowly. Surely Avalon didn’t think that the punishment he inflicted on Gambino was enough to put away this sturdy customer.
Avalon continues to work on the left leg of Gambino, utilising Gambino’s tactics of keeping an opponent down, draping the leg over the bottom rope and sitting on it, dropping all of his weight onto the isolated body part, seeking to damage the tendons and ligaments in the leg as a way to secure victory over a more experienced foe.
Cookie Cutter manages to roll off the rope by the time Avalon dips into the same well for a third time. Cookie Cutter gets to his feet and chops at Avalon before whipping him into the ropes. Avalon ducks under the clothesline attempt by Gambino, and when Gambino turns around, he is met by the boot of Avalon into his prodigious midsection. With Gambino doubled over, Avalon takes the legs out from underneath his foe, downing him again. However, the Cookie Cutter again makes it to his feet, and the two exchange right hand punches. Gambino sends Avalon into the corner and utterly flattens him with a freight train-clothesline combination. Gambino may have dropped some weight, but he didn’t lose enough that a freight train in the corner isn’t completely devastating to the unlucky recipient.
Avalon surprisingly manages to get in some offence on Gambino, with a boot to Gambino, but he isn’t able to follow up, as Gambino rocks Avalon with a clothesline that takes as much out of him as it did Avalon and both wrestlers are prone on the mat. The referee begins to count the two wrestlers out, even though it’s not technically going to mean anything, per Jamie the Weasel’s earlier declaration.
The durable Gambino makes it to his feet first, and then waits for Avalon to get to his feet before sending him right back down to the mat again with another clothesline. Again, Gambino waits for Avalon to make it to his feet before introducing him to the mat with another clothesline. Gambino picks up Avalon from the mat and chokeslams him down this time. Power moves are not usually something seen from Gambino, who typically relies on his girth to get him victories. Perhaps Gambino is expanding his repertoire now that he is working solo again. Avalon’s manager then rushes into action, jumping onto the apron and distracting Gambino long enough for Avalon to load his elbow pad with some kind of weapon and slug Gambino with it. Capitalising on his moment, Avalon quickly covers Gambino, and puts his feet on the middle rope for additional leverage over the big Gambino, who simply teeters over after being slugged, not unlike a tree in the forest after being chopped down by lumberjacks. Whatever it was Avalon used, he clocked Gambino hard with it. The three count follows and although Avalon used the ropes for leverage, it was pretty obvious to the fans in attendance that it was more of a gesture, as Gambino was not going to get up after having all twenty-four hours of his clock cleaned. However, Gambino does manage to exit the ring under his own power, although he is slightly unsteady.
Jamie the Weasel steps into the ring again, with another complaint. This one is directed towards the ring announcer, whom he “gives the night off” to in a rather unceremonious fashion.
Next up is some ladies action as Stacey Shadows comes to the ring, and she doesn’t look happy with “Weezel” (not that many are happy with him!), but when the entrance music for her opponent plays, it is the same as the last bout...which means that Don Gotti of the Dream Police is also in the arena, marking the return of the Dream Police team (albeit in singles matches)!
Gotti takes the mic and announces that he refuses to hit a woman (but will he wrestle one?), even someone who is “not the best-looking one”, directed towards Shadows. Although Stacey doesn’t react on the surface to Gotti’s attempt at psychological warfare with her, you can bet that she was paying attention to it.
As they start the match, Gotti offers a hand to Stacey, who slaps it away, right before slapping Gotti. She follows up with a double fist to the back that doubles over Gotti, but she brings him back up right away with a European uppercut. Stacey whips Gotti into the corner, but when she charges at him, Gotti ducks, hoping for Stacey to fly over his head and outside the ring. However, Stacey simply uses the ropes to hold onto and stomps on the back of Gotti. Certainly not the smartest move Gotti could have made. Far better in theory than in practise.
Stacey continues her offence on Gotti with another European uppercut. Keeping him pinned in the ropes, Stacy chops him across the chest, follows up by putting her boots to his chin, and then doubling him over again with a double ax handle to the back. It would seem Gotti’s attempt to psych out Shadows didn’t work, as she is dominating him in this match thus far.
Stacey continues her assault with forearms, before whipping Gotti into the ropes and taking him to the mat with a clothesline. Stacey picks up Gotti and drops him to the mat again, this time with a suplex, before covering him. Despite all the punishment absorbed by Gotti so far in the match, he still kicks out at two, demonstrating that Stacey will have to work harder if she wants to pick up the winner’s share of the purse in this match.
Stacey, nonplussed by the kickout, continues to work over Gotti with forearms to the face and knees and boots to the midsection of Gotti. Gotti finally gets in his first offensive move of the night with a forearm to Stacey. Gotti follows up with a chop across the chest of Stacey. Having had success with the first chop, he chops her again, and then whips her into the turnbuckle. However, he waited too long to follow up, and misses with the boot, giving Stacey room to kick Gotti in the ribs and cover him. However, Gotti kicks out again.
Stacey attempts to whip Gotti into the ropes, but Gotti reverses. Gotti attempts to clothesline Stacey, but she ducks under it. Stacey comes back with an inverted neckbreaker, and immediately covers Gotti again, but Gotti puts his boot on the rope to break the count. Excellent ring awareness by Gotti to be able to do something like that. Stacey is upset about the judgement of the referee regarding breaking the count and argues with the referee, allowing Gotti to sneak up and slam Stacey, quickly pinning her before she can kick out, picking up the win in his debut at Future Unlimited.
For the next contest, Mark Priebe wrestles fan favourite, J-Ca$h, who returns from the Las Vegas area to compete in Future Unlimited, making this the third surprise appearance of the night!
Priebe will have his hands full with Ca$h, a multi-time singles and tag team champion. Interestingly enough had Sam Hayne been able to compete, he and Ca$h have had a long-time rivalry over (what else?) a championship.
Priebe is reluctant to lock up with the veteran Ca$h. Somehow, we get the feeling that Priebe was not expecting his match to be against someone of the calibre of Ca$h. Locking up, Ca$h effortlessly throws off the tattooed one. Ca$h takes command of the match early on, clearly showing that he was active in Las Vegas, and not just at the tables, since there’s no sign of ring rust on him.
Priebe takes his time re-entering the ring after powdering out when thrown off by Ca$h. As obvious as it is that Ca$h looks great, it’s just as obvious that Priebe would like to be a lot of places other than staring across the ring at J-Ca$h.
Locking up again, J-Ca$h delivers a mule kick to Priebe, then throws him into the ropes, following up with a hip toss. An excellent combination of moves to wear down Priebe. J-Ca$h continues his “streak” of hip tosses on the Tattooed One, delivering two more to Priebe as he attempts to charge at Ca$h. It’s not often a wrestler gets to use the same move against an opponent more than once before they catch on to what you’re doing, and this displays Priebe’s relative inexperience against an upper-echelon foe like J-Ca$h.
Priebe, however, is not about to just surrender to Ca$h, and finally has had enough taking and decides to start giving, working on the left arm of J-Ca$h, wrapping it in the ring ropes. Priebe continues to work over the arm of Ca$h, locking it in an armbar.
Priebe whips Ca$h into the ropes, and attempts a clothesline, but the veteran ducks under it. J-Ca$h doesn’t get the opportunity to follow up, though, as Priebe takes the arm of Ca$h and clamps down on the arm of Ca$h with an armbar again, getting a one count as Ca$h rolls onto his back momentarily. It’s going to take a lot more than an armbar to take Ca$h out of the match, and it is, in the words of the late Gorilla Monsoon, “highly unlikely” that Ca$h will accidentally pin himself.
Priebe now stomps away at Ca$h, perhaps a little frustrated, perhaps a little angry, or maybe he’s just using good strategy to keep the 6’5” J-Ca$h off his feet. Priebe attempts a sunset flip on J-Ca$h, which fails, but the knee lift from J-Ca$h finds its mark. Ca$h follows up with a huge clothesline that spins Priebe almost 180 degrees around. Ca$h goes for the pin, but Priebe still has some fight left in him as he kicks out at two.
Ca$h perches Priebe on the top turnbuckle, but Priebe knocks him off and jumps off the turnbuckle with a double boot to the midsection of Ca$h, definitely hurting him. Priebe covers Ca$h, but only gets a two count. Ca$h has been in the ring with a lot of veterans and in a lot of very difficult matches. A simple double boot stomp isn’t enough to put him away.
Priebe whips Ca$h into the ropes again, Ca$h reverses, but Priebe puts on the brakes. Priebe attempts a superkick and misses the mark completely. Ca$h takes advantage of the opening with a sit down slam, putting away Preibe for the three count.
Jamie the Weasel gets into the ring again to complain about how “tame” the matches are. Clearly, “Weezy” would prefer a more “hardcore” style with frying pans to the head, colanders, cheese graters and anything else you can possibly get your hands on and use as a weapon. Our suggestion? Put Weezy in the ring with say, about ten or twelve wrestlers with weapons and see if he doesn’t change his mind, but that’s an argument for a different time.
Bryan Skyline and manager JP make their way to the ring next, and, as before, the entrance music for their opponent is very familiar, and of course, there’s a reason why, as El Vato Jose Guerrero makes his return go the Green Bay area after a long absence. The night’s surprises just keep on coming. Guerrero likes to play some light-hearted pranks during his matches, playing to the crowd at the expense of his opponents, but that doesn’t mean anyone should take him lightly. El Vato displays some of his sense of humour by a kick to the groin of Jamie the Weasel as he makes his way to the ring.
Skyline turns to the referee and is telling him something, although he should probably be consulting his manager right now. Skyline, clearly unhappy with whatever it was that the ref said to him, punches the ref, which, anywhere else, would likely earn him an instant disqualification, but here at Future Unlimited, the rules (the few there are) are far more relaxed. Skyline grabs a broken broomstick from ringside, and we sure hope that doesn’t go up the referee’s arse, or there’s gonna be some serious concerns here. Fortunately, there’s no penetration with the broomstick, anal or otherwise, but Skyline forces the referee to sweep the ring, which we’re pretty sure isn’t his job, but he complies nonetheless.
The ring swept, the two wrestlers lock up center ring, and Vato goes behind Skyline, taking him down for a rather unusual early pin attempt that gets a two count. Skyline smacks the referee, and the ref allows it. Meanwhile, outside the ring, Skyline’s manager gets in his first bit of interference of the night, the first of what will surely be many more attempts, grabbing at Vato’s ankles to try to trip him. While this is going on, Skyline gives a titty twister to the referee and Vato now follows up with a slap to the poor ref. Not to be outdone, Skyline slaps the referee who is getting more abuse than the two wrestlers in the ring right now. Skyline’s manager doesn’t want to be left out of the party, and trips the referee, whose job thus far in the match is to take abuse from every participant and there’s no doubt that Jamie the Weasel is enjoying the spectacle. Vato continues the abuse, slamming the referee. Skyline sets up the referee and delivers a dropkick to him, while Vato teams up with Skyline’s manager to choke the referee. The referee is now the recipient of several chops, while Vato argues with Skyline and we’re pretty sure their argument isn’t about what happened to the match. The two wrestlers work together to revive the referee, and then deliver a double suplex to him. Clearly, their working together was only in the mutual goal of humiliating the referee.
We’re not sure how this match is going to be called in terms of winning and losing, although it’s pretty certain that if anyone is losing, right now it’s the referee.
Vato “pins” the ref, while both Skyline and his manager count the “fall”. We’re not sure how that pinfall counts, since the referee isn’t contending tonight for any title.
Skyline then suddenly turns on Vato and covers him for a surprise three count that doesn’t make the cagey veteran happy in the slightest. This is one time when Vato’s in-ring hijinks got the better of him.
In the next bout, the German-born Dieter von Scheissensprachen (we’ll be happy to translate his last name for anyone that cares to know) will take on Thomas Walton III, known as TW3 to fans. Walton has improved by leaps and bounds since his debut, and the fans can look forward to guaranteed future success from this youngster.
Dieter quickly ducks out of the ring as Walton comes to attack him. Walton, wanting to get the match started is clearly not happy with Dieter’s stalling. Could it be Dieter’s strategy to attempt to get under the skin of Walton?
When they finally lock up, Dieter takes control, tying up the arm of Walton. Dieter shifts to a standing side headlock, which Walton reverses, but Dieter reverses again to regain control.
Dieter showboats a bit, playing to the crowd as he takes the arm of Walton and attempts a submission early on. Walton spins out and puts Dieter’s arm in a hammerlock, and then shifts to a standing side headlock to wear down the German. In this position, Walton asserts control, using his flexibility to deliver a kick to the midsection of Dieter, and taking him down to the mat with an armdrag. Walton shifts to a standing side headlock that Dieter reverses.
Walton pushes off Dieter into the ropes and takes him down with a dropkick, demonstrating the high-flying moves that make him popular with the fans. Dieter scrambles to his feet and is taken down by a clothesline.
Dieter heads to the outside to break up Walton’s momentum, but Walton will have none of that, mounting the top turnbuckle and diving to the outside, knocking Dieter down again. Outside the ring, Walton is handed a snowboard that he uses to attack his foe with. Despite this, Dieter manages to get enough control to slam Walton into the corner ringpost, and follows up by nailing Walton hard with a trash can and then a cookie sheet, which brings Walton to his knees. This is all legal in Future Unlimited. Dieter rolls Walton back inside the ring and covers Walton, but barely gets even a one count.
Dieter continues his abuse of Walton with a knee to the back and settles into a rear chinlock. Although this position is not great for offensive moves, Walton manages quite well with some back elbows that forces Dieter off him. Walton goes to the ropes again, bounding off them into the arms of Dieter, who, naturally, falls backwards and into a pinning position, which Walton takes full advantage of, but Dieter kicks out at two.
Dieter gets control of the match now, taking Walton and bringing him down in a backbreaker. Dieter covers, but Walton kicks out at two. Dieter goes to the ropes and drops a knee on Walton. Picking up Walton, Dieter slams him to the canvas and then picks up a metal pot to use on Walton. Placing it on Walton’s chest, Dieter goes for a splash, but Walton moves and Dieter lands full force on the pot, which could not have been pleasant at all.
Walton attempts a kick, which misses, but he finds his mark the second time, nailing Dieter in the face. Walton goes for the enziguri kick to the face, knocking Dieter to the mat. Walton covers, hooks the leg, and gets the pinfall victory.
Benny Rotten and Rev. Ben Johnson return to the ring for the next contest against J-Ca$h, marking the second bout of the night for both wrestlers. Although the “good reverend” is familiar with Ca$h, Rotten is likely not as familiar. Under optimal conditions, Reverend Ben would have prepared his charge for the bout with tapes of Ca$h, but since Ca$h’s return was not publicised beforehand, it will no doubt leave Rotten with the short end of the stick against this veteran.
Benny starts off quickly with blows to the back of Ca$h, showing no fear early on in this match, but Ca$h quickly fights back. Benny attempts to get Ca$h into the ropes by working over his arm, wisely concentrating on one body part. However, Ca$h fights back, wrenching free his arm and kicking Rotten in the gut before scooping him up and slamming him to the mat. Ca$h heads up to the top rope and lands a legdrop on Rotten from up high. Ca$h quickly covers Rotten, hooking the leg for an early victory.
Smokin’ Don Gotti of the Dream Police comes back for his second match against Bryan Skyline (with manager JP).
After all introductions are made, the two men cautiously circle one another before locking up with a collar-and-elbow tie-up that Gotti manoeuvres into a standing side headlock. Gotti pulls Skyline down and attempts an early pin, clearly hoping for the match to end quickly so he doesn’t have to expend a lot of energy and can save his strength for the finals. However, Skyline’s shoulders are not down and he gets to his feet, taking Gotti down with an arm drag.
Skyline taunts Gotti as he tugs on Gotti’s arm, but Gotti fights back with a series of punches to the ribs of Skyline. Skyline returns the favour, and after a kneelift to the midsection of Gotti, whips him into the ropes. Skyline swings at Gotti but misses, although Gotti doesn’t miss with a clothesline that sweeps Skyline off his feet. Skyline scrambles to regain his footing, where he is taken down again by another Gotti clothesline. Gotti props Skyline in the corner, but when he charges him, there’s no one home, as Skyline moves out of the way.
Skyline instantly pounces with a reverse neckbreaker, but fails to capitalise on the moment, instead taking the opportunity to brag a bit. Although Gotti recovers, he is quickly taken down again by another Skyline neckbreaker. This time, Skyline follows up; covering Gotti, but only gets a two count from it.
Skyline is visibly upset at the two count, feeling it should have been a three count, which would grant him the win and advance him in the tournament. Skyline’s manager is equally frustrated and upset with the perceived slight.
Skyline continues to punish Gotti, this time with a chinlock. Gotti works his way to his feet with an elbow to the ribs of Skyline. Gotti continues to work over the midsection of Skyline before moving further north to land a punch to the jaw of Skyline, manoeuvring Skyline into the corner again. However, when Gotti charges Skyline, Skyline does not move and instead raises a boot which catches Gotti square in the face.
Skyline follows up with a boot to the back of the staggered Gotti, knocking him to the canvas. Skyline covers, but again is only able to get a two count before Gotti kicks out. As frustrated as Skyline is, his manager is even more displeased, breaking anything he can get his hands on around ringside as a means of venting his anger.
Skyline chokes Gotti over the middle rope as a means of wearing his foe down further. Skyline breaks the choke when the referee orders him to, but as Skyline argues with the referee, Skyline’s manager takes the opportunity to interject himself in the match, choking Gotti with the rope from the outside as Skyline had done from the inside. It was only a matter of time before Skyline’s manager would find a way to involve himself in the goings-on of the match. Skyline is way too talented to have to rely on a manager to fight his battles for him.
With the wind out of Gotti’s sails, so to speak, Skyline measures Gotti for a chop across the chest. That’s the kind of move that doesn’t necessarily wear down your opponent as much as it does make him sore for the next couple of days. Skyline sets up and chops Gotti again. Skyline successfully goes to the well a third time before attempting a whip into the ropes that Gotti reverses. Skyline ducks under Gotti’s first attempt at offence, but is just as quickly knocked down by a Gotti clothesline. Skyline makes his way to his feet only to be knocked down a second time. Gotti successfully executes another two clotheslines to Skyline, which have clearly rattled Skyline.
Gotti attempts to whip Skyline into the ropes again, but this time it’s Skyline who reverses the whip in, leaving Gotti to duck under Skyline’s clothesline attempt. Skyline, not willing to wait, bounces off the ropes to launch an attack at Gotti, but Gotti is prepared and takes Skyline down with an overhead suplex. Gotti takes advantage of his prone foe, covering him, but does not get the three.
Gotti whips Skyline into the ropes again, and attempts a clothesline that Skyline ducks this time. Skyline quickly takes hold of Gotti’s outstretched arm and brings down Gotti, locking him into a submission crossface. Gotti quickly taps out, giving Skyline the win and advancing him in the title tournament.
Joey Jet Avalon (who, according to rumour, has a secondary career as a Bret Michaels impersonator), having successfully advanced past “Cookie Cutter” Chris Gambino, now gets to test himself against Thomas Walton III, aka TW3.
The two start off in center ring, as the last match did with a collar-and-elbow tie-up. Avalon gets the first offence of the match with an armbar that Walton reverses.
While keeping Avalon in the armbar, Walton displays his agility with some high back kicks that land right between the shoulder blades of Avalon. Avalon now reverses the hold, bringing down Walton. Avalon lands some punches to Walton’s midsection before whipping him into the ropes.
Walton comes back with a shoulderblock tackle, knocking Avalon down before bounding to the other side, where he takes Avalon down again, this time with a hiptoss. Walton continues his offence, leapfrogging over Avalon and attempting to take him down with another hiptoss, but Walton telegraphs his intentions and Avalon dives to the mat to avoid being forcibly taken over.
Avalon continues to work over Walton with some knees to the back before covering him, but only gets a two count. An undaunted Avalon shoves Walton back down to the mat, but fares no better, this time only getting a count of one. Avalon again pushes Walton down, but Walton kicks out before the referee can even count to one.
Avalon picks up Walton and whips him into the ropes and attempts a clothesline that Walton ducks under. Avalon spins around and catches Walton in a sleeper hold, but it’s too early in the match for the hold to be effective, and Walton breaks out of the hold, taking Avalon down with a headscissors.
Avalon and Walton both quickly return to their feet and now Avalon takes Walton down with a headscissors all his own. Returning to their feet again, both men are taken down with a double clothesline.
Walton is up first and lands a kick to Avalon, knocking him back down and when Avalon stands again, he is again taken down by Walton, who knocks him down with a back elbow. Walton pounces on Avalon, hooking the leg, but while close, only succeeds in getting a two count.
Avalon takes control of the match now, bringing Walton down with a sit-down powerbomb. He hooks Walton’s leg, but like Walton, only gets a two count.
Avalon continues to punish Walton, stomping at his prone opponent. Walton recovers, however, and knocks down Avalon. Walton seeks to end the match quickly now, grabbing the leg of Avalon as he covers him, but still only gets a two count. Walton, perhaps sensing something, attempts a cover again, hooking the leg as before, and this time gets the three count, advancing onward.
Before Walton has a chance to enjoy his victory, he is attacked by Bryan Skyline seeking to gain the advantage in this, the final tournament match. Before Skyline can inflict any serious damage to Walton, J-Ca$h runs to the ring and attacks Skyline.
Ca$h pummels Skyline with right hand punches and knocks Skyline down with a back elbow. Ca$h is full of energy going into this match and starting off strong. Perhaps Ca$h wants to take Skyline out of the match, so it will just be himself and TW3, which would be a superb matchup of skills, the veteran champion Ca$h against the younger champion, TW3.
Ca$h stands up Skyline, setting him up for another back elbow that knocks Skyline down. Any advantage Skyline might have had is definitely lost now. Ca$h offers a hand to Walton, who eyes Ca$h suspiciously. Perhaps our theory of Ca$h wanting himself and Walton in the finals is true. Walton accepts Ca$h’s hand, but then betrays Ca$h with a kick to the midsection as soon as he is on his feet. Walton follows up with a series of forearms to Ca$h’s face, proving that when a championship is on the line, there can be no alliances in the ring. Walton sends Ca$h into the corner, and charges him with a clothesline.
Walton attempts to send Ca$h into the opposite corner, but Ca$h halts his momentum and kicks Walton in the ribs, paying Walton back for his actions earlier in the match. Ca$h whips Walton into the ropes and Walton goes sailing over the top rope to the outside.
Skyline, now recovered, takes advantage of Ca$h’s distraction, sends Ca$h into the turnbuckle. Skyline follows up with some forearms to the face of Ca$h.
At the end of this match, someone will come out as the Future Unlimited Wrestling Champion. Of the three in this contest, only Skyline has never held a championship previously in this area.
Skyline then heads outside the ring to punish Walton. The problem with odd numbers of wrestlers in a match is that someone will always have a break to recover. Skyline’s manager gets physically involved in the match, nailing Walton with a snowshoe. Skyline follows up with two knees to the midsection of Walton and then rolls Walton into the ring. However, when Skyline enters the ring, Walton attacks him with an elbow drop. It’s only a temporary setback for Skyline, as Walton does not have the strength to follow up. Skyline wants to make sure J-Ca$h does not, either, continuing his assault on him.
Skyline stands up Walton and measures him for a chop across his chest. Skyline whips Walton into the ropes which Walton reverses and manoeuvres Skyline into a sunset flip and a pin attempt that Skyline kicks out. Walton comes off the middle rope in a cross bodyblock attempt that Skyline ducks.
Skyline takes charge again with a brainbuster suplex on Walton. Skyline quickly covers Walton, but only gets a two count. Rather than attempt a pin again, Skyline sets up Walton on the top turnbuckle for a superplex, landing a few kicks before his attempt to soften Walton up a bit for the move. Walton blocks the superplex and throws Skyline off him.
Walton now heads to the top turnbuckle, but a recovered J-Ca$h shoves Walton, who crotches the top rope as he loses his balance. Ca$h takes immediate advantage, attempting a superplex of his own. Skyline sees an opportunity for himself as J-Ca$h hooks Walton, and he shoves J-Ca$h off the turnbuckle, sending both of his opponents to the mat.
As J-Ca$h took the brunt of the fall, Walton attacks J-Ca$h with some kicks, but he is interrupted by Skyline, who continues his assault on Walton from before. Before Skyline can do too much, he becomes the recipient of a Ca$h flow, bringing the participants to two, at least for the moment. Before J-Ca$h can get the pin, Skyline’s manager breaks up the count. J-Ca$h continues to work over Skyline, suplexing him. However, as Ca$h hoists up Skyline, his manger grabs Ca$h’s ankle, tripping him, and holding onto Ca$h’s ankle while Skyline lands on top of Ca$h. The referee, not seeing the interference from the outside, counts the pin before Walton can interfere, and Bryan Skyline is awarded the victory and the Future Unlimited Championship.
An unhappy J-Ca$h chases after JP, sending him into the ring, where Walton attacks him, with J-Ca$h’s approval. Walton holds onto JP’s ankle while J-Ca$h comes off the top rope with a legdrop on the prone manager. While they didn’t win the war, perhaps they won a slight victory with revenge.
Regardless, Bryan Skyline is the new Future Unlimited Champion.
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