New Era Wrestling
Swann Gym, Jasper, AL
The show kicked off with a special belt presentation by New Era Wrestling owner James Phillips, who presented ThunderCat with the recently designed and constructed NEW Open Championship. ThunderCat unified the U.S. Heavyweight and U.S. Junior Heavyweight titles to become the first NEW Open Champion in May by defeating The Masked Destroyer. After being presented his new belt, ThunderCat was interrupted by
“The Wicked Clown” Michael Clay Gacy, who immediately challenged the champion for the title. With both men agreeing to face off, Phillips booked the match for later in the show.
“Cowboy” Dusty McWilliams stormed from the outside of the building in street clothes, demanding a match with Jay Blade. Instead of Blade coming to the ring, “The Serpent Dragon” Brandon Whatley made his way to ringside for his NEW debut, challenging McWilliams. The Cowboy was able to overcome Whatley at the 9-minute mark of the match, only to have Blade come to ringside, steal his cowboy hat and leave with the rest of McWilliams’ gear.
Southern Legacy Wrestling TV Champion Jeremy Foster fought Cody Windham in a non-title match, since the contest was sanctioned by NEW. Foster was able to pin Windham after about 10 minutes, sending the Oakman, Ala., native back to the locker room visibly upset.
Jay Blade issued an open challenge to anyone, except “Cowboy” Dusty McWilliams. Answering the challenge was “Action” Mike Jackson. At the 8-minute mark of the match, McWilliams distracted Blade who was then pinned by Jackson.
In a Tag Team Championship Showcase, The Brawlers (Johnny Rage & Greg Dotson), the NEW Tag Team Champions, took on Something Special (“Handsome” Rob Cabella and “Suave Savior” Shawn Shields), the Oklahoma All Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions. The Brawlers won the back and forth bout around the 13-minute mark with a spike piledriver.
ThunderCat retained his NEW Open Title with a win over “The Wicked Clown” Michael Wayne Gacy in 8:43 after hitting a lionsault. After the match, Gacy attacked ThunderCat and was chased off by Cody Windham, but things quickly turned as Windham immediately hit ThunderCat with a chair shot to the head, leaving the champion down on the mat.
In the main event, “The Best Shot” Bubba Cagle teamed with California independent wrestling star “The Futra” Dave Dutra to defeat Tyler Swagger and Charles Xanders with Dawson Divine in their corner. Xanders, who was recently a participant in the Ring of Honor Top Prospect Tournament, was substituting for Divine who had an injured back. The match lasted about 17 minutes before Dutra hit a slingshot, spinning neckbreaker for the win.
NEW will return to action at Swann Gym in Jasper on Sept. 15 Matches for that card and a poster will be released soon. For advance tickets (which were sold out for the August show), send a private message on the NEW Facebook page.