Jersey All Pro Wrestling ran their Sixth Anniversary Show last night at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ before a crowd of 500 fans. This was part of a full day of activities, including a Convention featuring WWE talent including John Cena, Matt Hardy, Mick Foley, Jerry Lawler, and Charlie Haas, as well as many vendor tables selling classic tapes and other wrestling merchandise.
# Corvis Fear vs. Eddie Thomas vs. Rush ended in a no contest, when Balls Mahoney, one of the unannounced names to appeared on last night’s show (and who has lost a TON of weight to the extent that much of the crowd initially didn’t realize it was him) hit the ring to his AC-DC theme music and annihilated everyone with chair shots.
# JAPW Light Heavyweight champion Azrael pinned The Insane Dragon (aka Izzy in ROH) with a springboard off the ropes, turning into a diamondust after about 9 minutes. The match seemed a little rushed, as both were throwing everything in but the kitchen sink.
# The Christopher St. Connection (with valet Jailbait) defeated Dunn and Marcos in 10 minutes when the CSC hit the Gaybasher on Dunn for the pin. This was the usual Christopher Street Connection comedy match…yet seldom seems to get old.
# In another late addition, Sumie Sakai pinned Ariel in 5:51 with a moonsault in a really fun women’s match that the crowd got into. Post-match, Johnny D and Church hit the ring and yet again destroyed Ariel.
# JAPW Television Champion Skinhead Ivan (with the Oi Boy) successfully defended his title, pinning Jay Lethal (ROH’s Hydro) with a legdrop. This was a strap match (with straps on all four corners). The two beat the hell out of each other with stiff strap shots on each other. Lethal hit a tope suicida through the ropes on Oi Boy.
# In JAPW’s sixth annual Best of the Light Heavyweights Challenge Match, Derek Wylde (Neo Spirit Pro/NWA-TNA) defeated Ruckus (CZW), Roderick Strong (NWA-Florida) and Grim Reefer (JAPW, NYC indies) in 19 minutes.
Grim Reefer was pinned by Ruckus at 9 minutes with his split-legged moonsault. Strong placed Ruckus up in a crucifix position (think Razor’s Edge) and dropped him into an ace crusher for the pin at 10 minutes. The crowd was NOT pleased when Ruckus was eliminated. Wylde and Strong went back and forth and finally, Wylde got the pin with a sick-looking powerbomb on Strong for the surprise win.
# JAPW Tag Team champions Slyk Wagner Brown and April Hunter defeated The Dirty Rotten Scoundrelz and The H Effect (Dixie and Deranged) in 13 minutes.
# Danny Maff and Homicide defeated Raven and eventual mystery partner Steve Corino in 11:14. Raven came out alone and declared he didn’t need a partner to defeat them, alluding to Sabu’s no-show.
Raven jumped them both, with the two eventually getting the better of Raven. Run-in number one occurred as a wrestler wearing a lucha mask, dressed identically to Raven hit the ring and unmasked to reveal Corino. They brawled around ringside. Corino and Homicide brawled to the back. Run-in number two came into the ring and attacked Raven with a DDT, setting up Maff for the pin. The masked man was Shane Douglas, who told Raven that he would “hunt Raven down anywhere” to finish what was started in NWA TNA.
Raven challenged Douglas to face him on December 13 at the promotion’s Rahway, NJ event.
# In a WWE-style slow-paced match, Jerry Lawler pinned Al Snow to win the JAPW championship in about 20 minutes in a match featuring Mick Foley as the special referee.
Snow, was had always worked as a face in JAPW, worked heel with Jonathan Coachman as his manager. Foley came out to the biggest pop of the night his typical sweats and red and black flannel shirt.
In a hilarious series of spots, Al Snow used nearly every WWE finisher you could think of, including HHH’s Pedigree, Rock’s “People’s Elbow”, and the stone cold stunner. Foley and Lawler double clotheslined Snow out of the ring after the pin. Coachman attacked them and was knocked to the mat.
Danny Maff came out and challenged Lawler to a match on December 13 for the championship, then said he instead “wanted it now”. Lawler agreed. Foley rang the bell. They went back and forth briefly until Foley whipped out Mr. Socko and applied it on Maff. Maff took a powder, and was met in the aisle by his fellow La Familia members Homicide and The Dirty Rotten Scoundrelz and argued back and forth with Lawler and Foley before leaving.
NOTES: Steve Corino and Shane Douglas were booked last week as surprises when it was apparent Sabu was going to continue a recent reputation in the area of no-showing advertised bookings. Sabu worked a show in Texas, instead of this previously scheduled booking.
Kudos to Steve Corino, who had just returned to the United States from his latest Zero-ONE tour, and headed directly the show right from Newark Airport. Some people did also notice Shane Douglas, who was trying to hide out at a local shopping mall, so as not to give away his surprise appearance.
Mick Foley was booked on the show three weeks ago after Terry Funk was forced to pull out of his booking, after a movie role conflicted with the booking. Funk is scheduled to return for subsequent JAPW dates. The promotion had originally hoped to book him for the December Rahway, NJ show, but his movie work will still be continuing.
In one of the more notable Philadelphia area independent wrestling news items, the pre-show Convention saw Ring of Honor owner Rob Feinstein and 3PW promoters Jasmin St. Clair and The Blue Meanie, make peace over the various personal and professional problems, which caused rumors of interference in the other promotion’s shows, and frequently running head-to-head against each other over the last 18 months.
Jersey All Pro Wrestling returns to action on December 13 in Rahway, NJ with new JAPW champion Jerry Lawler vs. Danny Maff, AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels, and Shane Douglas vs. Raven announced so far…