Written by: Bob Colling
Jersey All-Pro Wrestling presents Family Crisis
From: Rahway, NJ
The show starts off with some fan interviews where they talk about the main event. The fans are supporting the Lethal family. Teddy Hart apparently won’t be on the show and a kid shares his disappointment. Another fan hopes that Raven will be wrestling Rhino tonight since Rhino is wrestling a mystery ECW wrestler.
Dark Match: Danny Demanto vs. Corvis Fear: Demanto slaps Fear, but Fear comes back with a slap of his own. Fear chops Demanto in the corner followed by a superkick. Fear comes off the bottom rope to hit an inverted cannonball. Demanto comes back with a standing senton splash. Demanto gets punched by Fear on the middle rope but Fear is dropped face first over the top turnbuckle. Demanto sends Fear to the floor with a lariat and grabs a steel chair. Demanto sits Fear on the chair and goes for a somersault dive, but Fear moves and Demanto takes out the chair. Fear tries for a cover, but Demanto kicks out. Demanto plants Fear with a sit down powerbomb. Demanto misses a frog splash off the top and Fear takes Demanto over with an elevated snapmare driver for the win. (**. Well, I wasn’t expecting that move to the be the finish. It came across like it was a weak finish to me, honestly. Demanto appeared to be the more entertaining of the two. I usually enjoy Demanto’s wrestling style and he was getting a good heel reaction throughout.)
Backstage, Neeno Capone and Eric Cooper cut a promo about their upcoming match with the Outcast Killaz. There is no way they will lay down and be their stepping stone. Eric Cooper says he keeps coming back for more after being in the ring with guys like Samoa Joe and B-Boy.
Backstage, Monsta Mack chats with the Outcast Killaz. They are done paying dues and they feel like they overpaid their dues. Tortuga says they are going to hurt their opponents until they cry.
Opening Contest: The Outcast Killaz (Diablo Santiago & Oman Tortuga) vs. Eric Cooper & Neeno Capone: Capone and Tortuga start off the match with Capone taking Tortuga down to the mat. Tortuga delivers a few kicks, but Capone comes back with a few kicks of his own. Cooper gets tagged in and Capone hits an assisted moonsault and Cooper hits a senton splash for a two count. Cooper clotheslines Tortuga in the corner followed by a spinning heel kick for a two count. Capone gets hip tossed by both Santiago and Tortuga driving him face first to the mat. Capone continues to be double teamed by the Killaz. Tortuga rolls around the ring with a surfboard and switches to a modified abdominal stretch until Cooper broke it up. Santiago leg drops Capone for a two count. Santiago clotheslines Capone coming out of the corner. Tortuga crotched Capone over the railing before sending him back into the ring. Tortuga blocks a DDT attempt and drops Capone over his knee. Capone drives Tortuga to the mat with a double knee strike.
Cooper gets the hot tag and cleans house with forearms. Cooper takes Tortuga over with a side Russian leg sweep and Capone dropkicks Santiago to the floor. Cooper plants Tortuga with a spine buster and Capone hits a standing shooting star. Capone gets a Death Valley Driver by Santiago. Tortuga delivers a double lung blower to Cooper and they hit the Sell Out (double muscle buster) for the win. (**. The crowd was mostly dead for this and there wasn’t any doubt as to who would win the match. Cooper and Capone are still inexperienced and it showed in this match. It wasn’t a bad match by any means and served its purpose to show that the Killaz are a team on the rise in JAPW.)
Backstage, Alicia warns Talia to not mess with her man Monsta Mack. Alicia finds out that Mack went into the locker room with Talia. Naturally, Alicia got pissed off by that and runs off to talk to Mack.
Backstage, Monsta Mack chats with Talia until Alicia enters the scene and she confronts Mack. Alicia ends up low blowing Mack and walks off.
Second Contest: Alicia vs. Talia: Talia delivers an awful handspring elbow strike in the corner followed by a cutter. Alicia drops Talia throat first over the top rope. Talia nearly wins with a sunset flip. Talia continues with a swinging neckbreaker. Alicia fights back with a clothesline. Talia goes to the top rope hitting a crossbody for a two count. Alicia nearly wins with a sit out hip toss. Talia connects with a headlock driver for a near fall. Alicia plants Talia with a sit down powerbomb. Talia hits the blockbluster off the top rope and pins Alicia. (1/2*. They aren’t very good. There’s no doubt that they are trying, but it was sloppy and just not good.)
Steve Corino and Ricky Landell make their way down to the ring to cut a promo. They have Rick Silver by their side, too. Silver says that the people don’t deserve to hear Corino talk. Silver demands the people shut up so that he can talk. Silver promotes the tag match taking place where Jay Lethal will be teaming with his father to take on Corino and Landell. Silver reveals that there will be a third person teaming with Corino and Landell. That person will be him. Silver dares Jay and his father to find a third person to wrestle them.
Third Contest: Sonjay Dutt vs. Low Ki: Ki tries to get an arm bar over the top rope, but Dutt is able to break free. They have a standoff after a few moments of Ki working on Dutt’s left arm. They have another standoff after Dutt nearly won with an inside cradle. Dutt sends Ki to the floor and fakes a dive. Ki chops Dutt to the mat and they have another standoff. Ki continues to work over Dutt with strikes and chops against the ropes. Dutt tried for a head scissors, but Ki sends Dutt to the apron. Ki dropkicks Dutt off the apron and Dutt hits the railing chest first. Ki drives Dutt back first into the railing before bringing the action back to the ring. Dutt scoop slams Dutt for a two count. Ki comes off the ropes to elbow drop Dutt for a two count. They begin to trade chops until Ki eye pokes Dutt. Ki drives Dutt down to the mat with a vertical suplex for a near fall. Ki keeps Dutt on the mat with a body scissors. Ki counters a sunset flip with a double stomp for a near fall. Ki chokes Dutt on the mat after failing to hit a German suplex. Ki chops Dutt a few times for another near fall.
Ki dropkicks a seated Dutt for a near fall. Dutt battles back with a few dropkicks and a springboard dropkick sends Ki to the floor. Dutt takes Ki out with a somersault dive. Dutt connects with a top rope crossbody for a near fall. Ki crotches Dutt on the top turnbuckle and puts Dutt in the tree of woe. Ki connects with a double stomp but only manages a two count on the cover. Ki tosses Dutt with a German suplex for a near fall. Ki chops Dutt on top turnbuckle before trying for a superplex. Dutt fights off with a sunset flip powerbomb for a near fall. Dutt superkicks Ki and hit a reverse DDT for a two count. Dutt tries for a springboard 450 splash, but Ki got his knees up and dropkicks Dutt into the corner. Ki heads to the top rope managing to hit the double stomp and wins the match. (***. Well, they promoted the match as being an independent wrestling dream match. When I hear that, I always think the match will be a classic. It’s a good match, but not a classic by any means. I didn’t get the vibe that anyone bought into Dutt winning at any point and to some degree this was just a showcase for Ki. Obviously Dutt got a few moments to shine, but it came across as if Ki was the total focus of the match.)
Backstage, Sonjay Dutt cuts a promo saying that this isn’t the last time that we’ll see Dutt in JAPW.
Fourth Contest: JAPW Tag Team Champion Jack Evans vs. The Backseat Boys (Trent Acid & Johnny Kashmere) in a handicap match: Teddy Hart is not here due to some issues at the Canadian airport. Evans knocks Acid off the apron and kicks Kashmere, though he completely missed the flipping kick. Evans takes both men out with a springboard dive to the floor. Evans leaps off the railing to hit a double blockbuster. Evans avoids the T-Gimmick and dropkicks the challengers. Acid drops Evans on his head with a wheelbarrow German suplex. The challengers hit a Hart Attack and Acid nails Evans with a dropkick. Evans is met with a face buster and a running clothesline. Kashmere locks in the figure four, but Evans quickly reaches the ropes. Kashmere knee lifts Evans in the corner and Evans runs into a yakuza kick.
Low Ki and B-Boy have made their way down to ringside to watch the match. Evans fights back with a double dropkick. Evans hits a moonsault turned into a reverse DDT on Acid. Evans takes Kashmere over with a reverse hurricanrana. Evans slams Acid as Boy gets on the apron. Monsta Mack has left the commentary table. Mack shoves Evans off the top rope and decks Evans with a clothesline. Acid and Kashmere hit the T-Gimmick and they pin Evans to win the titles. Monsta Mack explains he did that because Evans and Hart didn’t care about the tag titles while Mack cares about the belts more than anyone. (*1/2. The match was okay and clearly an angle to setup something in the future. Teddy Hart not being there prevented this from being all that entertaining.) After the match, the Backseat Boys try to take out Evans, but the SAT come out and they try for the Spanish Fly, but Kashmere saves Acid by pulling him to the floor.
Backstage, the new JAPW Tag Team Champions Backseat Boys are interviewed. Monsta Mack is happy that a real tag team has the titles. Trent Acid says they are following behind some great tag teams. Acid says that Teddy Hart hasn’t been here for two months. Acid says they are going to help JAPW like they did with CZW. Kashmere says that tag team wrestling has hope because of them. Kashmere is more subdue and serious compared to Acid here.
Outside the arena, Archadia is interviewed about wrestling in JAPW and rising up the card. Archadia respects B-Boy and can’t go in there thinking he’s going to lose. He needs to have confidence and he’ll have the fans behind him.
Fifth Contest: JAPW Light Heavyweight Champion B-Boy vs. Archadia: They start off with some mat wrestling in the early moments of the match. Boy forearms Archadia into the corner and backs away to stare at him. Boy shoulder blocks Archadia and delivers another forearm strike. Boy nails Archadia with a clothesline to turn him inside out. Boy keeps control with kicks to Archadia’s upper back. Archadia hits a side Russian leg sweep and a couple of leg drops. The fans are booing Archadia. Archadia dropkicks Boy into the corner and tries a few slow flips. That allows Boy to plant Archadia with a DDT. Boy puts Archadia in the tree of woe to deliver a few kicks and stands on his groin. Boy gets out of a sunset flip to kick Archadia. Archadia fights back with strikes and tries for a hurricanrana but Boy powerbombs Archadia into the corner. Boy hits a running dropkick in the corner. Boy shoves Archadia off the middle rope but Archadia runs back up to hit a superplex. Low Ki comes out to ringside to yell directions to B-Boy. Archadia forearms Boy a few times followed by a lung blower. Archadia takes Boy out with a dive to the floor.
Archadia tries for a cover, but Boy kicks out at two. Archadia nearly wins with a rollup. Archadia tries to springboard off of Boy’s back, but Boy hit a Death Valley Driver for a two count. Boy hits a fisherman suplex and a brainbuster for a near fall. Boy plants Archadia with a flatliner and has a choke locked in. Archadia manages to reach the ropes to break the hold. Archadia hits a springboard off of Boy’s back and hits a leg drop on the way down. Archadia doesn’t go for the cover and instead goes to the top rope. Archadia hits a cannonball splash but can’t get a three count on the cover attempt. Boy tosses Archadia into the corner with a dragon suplex. Boy spikes Archadia with a piledriver for another two count. Boy nails Archadia with a shining wizard, but pulls him up on the cover. Archadia hits a top rope hurricanrana for a two count. Archadia nearly wins with a rollup and avoids a knee strike. Archadia avoids a few knee strikes, but Boy is able to plant Archadia with a wheelbarrow driver for the win. (***. Well, Archadia seemed to have won over the crowd by the end of the match. There were a few moments when Archadia would try to do moves that he simply couldn’t do. I’m mostly referencing cartwheels and whatnot. The told a fine story with B-Boy not taking him seriously and it almost cost him. I enjoyed the match and it didn’t overstay its welcome on the show.)
Backstage, Archadia believes he has proven himself and showed what he can do. He assures us that he’s still coming for the championship. He will not stop until he gets to the top.
Backstage, Rhino makes his JAPW debut and he wrestles Balls Mahoney. He’s sicker than Mahoney and he will give Mahoney a match of his life. Rhino was originally supposed to wrestle the Sandman, but Sandman no-showed.
Sixth Contest: Rhino vs. Balls Mahoney: The fans chant for ECW as they embrace before the match starts. There is a new referee that apparently nobody knows. The fans are chanting “fuck McMahon” and Rhino encourages it. Mahoney can’t say anything because he has a tryout. The fans are chanting for Chris Candido, which appears to get Mahoney a little emotional. They trade a few punches with Mahoney jabbing Rhino several times to get the advantage. Rhino dumps Mahoney through the ropes to the floor. Rhino sends Mahoney back first into the guard railing. Rhino delivers a shoulder ram in the corner and stomps away on Mahoney. Rhino delivers a clothesline and controls with a chin lock. There are some fans crapping on the match. They both go down following a double clothesline spot. Mahoney drops Rhino with a few strikes. Mahoney superkicks Rhino for a two count. Rhino takes Mahoney over with a suplex off the ropes.
Rhino climbs to the top rope but Mahoney cuts him off with strikes. Mahoney takes Rhino down with a superplex. Mahoney goes back to the top and hits a frog splash but can’t make the cover. Mahoney finally goes for the cover, but Rhino kicks out. Rhino gets out of a Nutcracker Suite and hits the GORE. The referee does a slow count on Rhino. Mahoney hits the Nutcracker Suite on Rhino and the referee does the slow count, too. The referee shoves Mahoney into Rhino and Rhino wins with a rollup and the referee does a fast count. After the match, Mahoney sets up the referee for Rhino to hit the GORE. Mahoney destroys the referee with a chair shot. (*1/4. Yeah. So, that sucked. The finish made zero sense to me. The referee was crooked against both guys and then decides to align with Rhino at the end? Was the point of this to allow Rhino to GORE the referee? This was just bad all around to me.)
Main Event: JAPW Heavyweight Champion Jay Lethal, Charlie Haas & Mr. Lethal vs. Steve Corino, Ricky Landell & Rick Silver: Jay takes out Corino and Landell while Mr. Lethal tossed Silver to the floor. Jay takes Landell down with a vertical suplex and continues with several strikes in the corner. Lethal dropkicks a seated Landell. Corino gets tagged in and is dropped by Lethal several times. Lethal comes off the ropes to hit a crossbody for a rtwo count. Lethal fights out of the corner, but Corino sends Lethal into Landell to get control. Landell tags in and elbow drops Lethal after a drop toe hold by Corino. Corino dropkicks Lethal on the mat and taunts the crowd. Lethal is triple teamed in the corner by the heels for a few moments. Lethal low blows Corino and elbows Silver before tagging in his father. Mr. Lethal elbows Landell and Corino like he’s Dusty Rhodes! Mr. Lethal gets kicked by Corino as Landell and Lethal go to the floor. Corino face washes Mr. Lethal in the corner a few times and delivers a running face wash.
Lethal pulls Corino to the floor and Landell gets a few stomps in on Mr. Lethal. Mama Lethal comes out with a microphone and says that Corino is playing dirty and they need even this out. She brings out the third man and it is Charlie Haas! Haas cleans house with strikes as Lethal clotheslines Corino to the floor. Haas backdrops Landell followed by a splash. Haas tosses Landell overhead. Haas locks in the Haas of Pain to make Landell submit in the middle of the ring. After the match, Corino can’t believe that Haas is back and that his team lost. (*. It’s not an entertaining match, but it’s an entertaining moment to see Lethal wrestle alongside his father. That had to be a great moment for them. Charlie Haas return didn’t get a hug pop as depicted by commentary, but it’s great to see him back in JAPW.)
Haas gets on the microphone and says “Fuck Vince”. Haas says this starts a new era in JAPW. Haas says it’s a new era where he will kill motherfuckers. Haas clotheslines Lethal in the corner and tosses Lethal overhead. Haas says it’s not personal and considers this just business. Haas says seven years ago he ran the company with his brother Russ. Haas challenges Lethal to a title match on September 10th. Haas says Lethal will be his stepping stone back to the top. Haas locks in the Haas of Pain and Lethal is in serious pain.
Backstage, Charlie Haas is interviewed by Monsta Mack. Haas tells Mack that he kills motherfuckers and it all started seven years ago. Haas says that he came back to his roots because WWE didn’t think he could be a top draw. Haas says he will be a heavyweight champions here and in JAPW.
Backstage, Jay Lethal is laying down and says he asked for Charlie’s help because he knew how important JAPW is to him. Lethal thinks that love diminished when Haas went elsewhere. He’ll defend the title against Haas on September 10th.
If you accept this show as being a B-level show, it’s a fine event. There’s a couple of solid matches, but the main draws were disappointments. But, considering there were two major no-shows (Sandman and Teddy Hart), JAPW deserves some credit for producing the show they pulled off here.
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