Northeast Wrestling presents November To Remember
Date: Port Jarvis, NY
Opening Contest: Mike Bennett vs. Eddie Edwards: Bennett backs Edwards into a corner and is shoved down after shoving Edwards. Bennett complains of a hair pull, but the referee isn’t buying it. Bennett gets arm control, but Edwards rolls through and counters. Bennett rolls to the corner and regroups on the apron. Bennett knee lifts Edwards and it appeared to be low. Bennett continues to work over Edwards in the corner driving Eddie face first into the turnbuckle. Edwards drops Bennett with a few chops causing Bennett to bail to the floor. Bennett kicks a chair out of frustration. Bennett kicks Edwards to gain the advantage and keeps control by stomping Edwards on the mat. Edwards ducks a clothesline to dropkick Bennett on the knee followed by a shining wizard for a two count. Edwards keeps arm control on Bennett. Bennett runs the ropes and is taken over with a hurricanrana sending Bennett to the floor. Edwards misses a baseball slide as Bennett walked away. Edwards follows Bennett, who doesn’t realize it. Edwards chops Bennett around ringside.
Edwards rolls Bennett into the ring and climbs to the top rope, but is caught in midair and Bennett hits a spinebuster for a near fall. Bennett slams Edwards and delivers a few strikes on the apron. Bennett keeps a chin lock on Edwards, but only for a brief time. Bennett drops Edwards over the top rope and delivers a lariat for a two count. Bennett mounts Edwards with right hands and gets another near fall. Bennett comes off the ropes and is met with a backdrop. Edwards delivers a few elbow strikes and avoids Bennett in the corner. Edwards leaps off the top to missile dropkick Bennett. Edwards hits a suicide dive sending Bennett back first into the guard railing. Edwards heads to the top rope hitting a crossbody for a near fall. Bennett knee lifts Edwards to stop Eddie’s momentum. Bennett boots Edwards in the corner, but is met with a kick on the top rope. Edwards tries for a backpack stunner, but Bennett sends Edwards into the ring post. Bennett misses a back suplex and Edwards counters with a rollup for the win. (**1/4. Bennett was a little annoying with constantly going to the floor to escape the action as it hurt the flow of the match. It’s just lazy heel work to do that to get heat. Edwards was good here as I really enjoy this era of Edwards. A decent match overall, but not the ideal opener.)
Second Contest: Cedric Alexander vs. Robbie E: Robbie wants to get a fist pump going, but the fans are not interested in that. Robbie shoulder blocks Alexander and does another fist pump. Alexander gets a couple of near falls causing Robbie to regroup against the ropes. Robbie shoves Alexander and Alexander responds with a shove. Robbie gets arm control, but Alexander rolls through and is backed into a corner. Alexander arm drags Robbie to keep control on the mat. Robbie shoulder rams Alexander, but Alexander delivers a dropkick to send Robbie to the floor. Alexander plays to the crowd and hits a suicide dive. Alexander rolls Robbie into the ring and tries for a springboard, but Robbie shakes the ropes causing Alexander to crash to the mat. Robbie delivers a few punches and strikes on the apron. Cookie slaps Alexander while the referee was distracted. Robbie gets a two count.
Alexander fights back with a few strikes, but is sent hard into the corner. Robbie drops Alexander over top rope gut first and knocks Alexander to the floor. Cookie choked Alexander while the the referee is distracted. Robbie gets a two count. Robbie keeps a bearhug on Alexander, but Alexander breaks free. Robbie stops Alexander with an abdominal stretch. Alexander elbows Robbie followed by clotheslines. Alexander kicks Robbie a couple of times managing a two count. Cookie sprays some spray tan into Alexander’s eyes allowing Robbie to hit a neckbreaker for the win. (*1/2. Alexander wasn’t really given a chance to shine his skills here which is always frustrating. Robbie worked a similar match that Bennett did with some stalling. They should have mixed it up a little bit.) After the match, Robbie says we’ve not seen the last of them.
Third Contest: Jake Manning, Caleb Konley & Bull Dredd vs. The NOW (Hale Collins & Vik Dalishus) & Eric Hartmann: Hartmann is a coach for the school in which they are running at. Manning wants a piece of the coach. Hartmann takes Manning over with a fireman’s carry and the crowd goes nuts for the coach. Hartmann goes down to the mat for an amateur wrestling lockup. Hartmann rolls through and gets control on Manning. Manning is getting a little frustrated by what’s going on. Manning cheap shots Hartmann, but Hartmann rams Manning into the turnbuckle face first. Vik tags into the match and jabs Manning several times. Dredd tags in and is taken down to the mat. Collins hits an elbow drop off the top over Vik’s knee. Konley is dropped over the top turnbuckle and is met with a double suplex. Adonis distracts Vik allowing a clothesline by Dredd and Vik is triple teamed in the corner. Konley keeps control on Vik’s arm on the mat.
Konley drop toe holds Vik and tags in Dredd to deliver an elbow drop for a near fall. Dredd tries for a splash onto Vik, but Collins gets tagged in when Vik avoids it. Collins dropkicks Dredd and plants Konley with a spinebuster. Collins sends Manning to the floor and hits a Fame-Asser on Dredd. Vik and Collins hit dives to the floor on opposite sides of the ring. Konley spits at Hartmann on the apron. Konley accidentally hits Adonis on the apron allowing Hartmann to hit a belly to belly suplex for the win. (1/2*. A joke of a match to allow the local coach to get a win over a low level heel on the show.)
Fourth Contest: Brian Anthony vs. the Hurricane: Hurricane starts off with an arm drag and backs Anthony into a corner. Hurricane backs away cleanly but Anthony shoves Hurricane in the opposite corner. Hurricane shoulder blocks Anthony and tries for a chokeslam, but Anthony bails to the floor to avoid it. Anthony keeps a headlock on Hurricane for a moment until Hurricane counters. Anthony hammers away on Hurricane against the ropes. Hurricane taunts Anthony after avoiding a leapfrog. Hurricane sends Anthony to the floor and hits a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Hurricane tries for a chokeslam, but Anthony decks Hurricane and keeps control with stomps on the mat. Anthony elbows Hurricane and taunts the crowd. Hurricane comes off the ropes and is met with a knee strike. Anthony puts a nerve hold on Hurricane to maintain the advantage. Anthony plants Hurricane with a spinebuster for a near fall.
They trade chops around ringside until Anthony sends Hurricane back into the ring. Anthony keeps a sleeper on Hurricane, but that doesn’t last long. Anthony comes off the ropes and is met with a clothesline. Hurricane elbows Anthony in the corner and hits a modified neckbreaker for a two count. Hurricane tries for a chokeslam, but Anthony kicks free. Hurricane misses a shining wizard and Anthony delivers a yakuza kick for a near fall. Anthony heads to the top rope missing a moonsault. Hurricane connects with the chokeslam to win the match. (*. Yeah there’s no question this was worked as if this is a charity show. Anthony didn’t do much to showcase himself at all.)
Fifth Contest: NEW Heavyweight Champion Matt Taven vs. Abyss: Taven tries for a lockup and is shoved down to the mat quickly. Abyss goes to the floor and taunts a few children in the front row. Abyss works over Taven in the corner, but Taven fights back with right hands. Abyss misses a splash in the corner and Taven kicks Abyss on the leg. Taven dropkicks Abyss and comes off the ropes with a clothesline. Taven counters a backdrop to whip Abyss down to the mat by his hair. Abyss backdrops Taven over the top to the floor and Taven is holding his knee. Abyss beats on Taven in front of young fans in the front row. Abyss rams Taven face first onto a steel chair at ringside. Taven dropkicks Abyss off the apron and connects with a springboard dive to the floor! Abyss went into the guard railing as well. Taven continues to beat on Abyss around ringside. Abyss avoids a springboard attempt in the ring and Taven crashes to the mat. Abyss splashes Taven in the corner. Abyss chokes Taven over the middle rope and argues with the referee. Abyss continues to chop Taven in the corner and taunts the fans. Abyss slams Taven but misses a leg drop. Taven comes off the ropes and Abyss tries for a chokeslam. Taven breaks free and heel kicks Abyss a few times.
Abyss sends Taven into the corner and is met with a boot. Taven hits a missile dropkick for a near fall. Abyss grabs Taven for the Shock Treatment and hits it! Abyss goes for the cover, but Taven kicks out at two. Taven goes to the apron and hits a springboard crossbody for a two count as Abyss argued with the referee. Taven forearms Abyss in the corner. Taven nearly collides with the referee. Abyss does collide with the referee in the corner. Taven superkicks Abyss, but the referee is knocked down. Abyss gets up and grabs the championship. Taven tries to wakeup the referee. Abyss decks Taven with the championship. Abyss has the cover, but Taven kicks out at two. Abyss plants the referee with the Black Hole Slam to cause the disqualification. (*1/4. It’s very apparent that Abyss is not good when it comes to wrestling regular matches. He really needs stipulations otherwise he’s incredibly boring to watch. The cheap finish here sucked and they likely had to book it that way since TNA has a PPV in two days and their stars aren’t going to do the job in a high school gym.) After the match, Abyss misses a clothesline and Taven connects with a neckbreaker. Taven leaps off the top to hit a frog splash. Taven plays to the crowd saying the belt is his.
Main Event: Mickie James vs. Alexxis: James arm drags Alexxis for the early advantage, but doesn’t quickly followup. James takes Alexxis down to the mat again for a sloppy rollup. James keeps arm control on Alexxis and leg sweeps her to the mat. James cartwheels free from a wrist lock and takes Alexxis down to the mat with a headlock. James gets out of a head scissors on the mat. James dropkicks Alexxis for a two count. Alexxis gains control with strikes in the corner. James snapmares Alexxis and delivers a dropkick to a seated Alexxis causing her to bail to the floor. James chases Alexxis around the ring until Alexxis returns to the ring only to leave again. James baseball slides Alexxis into the railing. James shoulder blocks Alexxis and is decked entering the ring. Alexxis almost wins with a pin attempt. Alexxis clotheslines James and taunts the crowd. James fights back with strikes, but is kicked by Alexxis. Alexxis head scissors James to the mat. Alexxis tries for a pin attempt, but James kicks out at two.
James kicks Alexxis a few times and delivers several strikes. Alexxis puts a camel clutch on James, but doesn’t get a submission. James breaks free by driving Alexxis down to the mat. They begin to trade forearm strikes with James getting the advantage and clotheslines Alexxis a few times. James mounts Alexxis with right hands on the mat. James is sent into the corner and boots Alexxis before hitting a neckbreaker. James tries for a cover, but only manages a two count. Alexxis almost wins with a rollup after an eye rake. James nails Alexxis with the Chick Kick after avoiding a backstabber to win the match. (*1/4. These two don’t have good matches mostly due to Alexxis and this should not have been the main event.)
Roddy Piper comes out to host Piper’s Pit to end the event. Piper is talking about various people that appeared on the show earlier, but here comes Robbie E and Cookie. Robbie reminds Piper who he is. Piper pokes fun at Robbie’s name. Robbie tells Piper that the 80s were like a hundred years ago. Piper tells Robbie that he didn’t need his woman with him at ringside. Robbie doesn’t like the way Piper is staring at Cookie. Piper asks if Cookie wants to go to Hollywood with a real man. Cookie says she knows she’s the hottest babe. Cookie suggests that Piper go home and think about his glory days on the couch. Cookie slaps Piper and Piper sends Robbie to the floor. Piper plants a kiss on Cookie. Robbie returns to the ring and Piper leaves.
I was intrigued by the card on paper, but everyone worked safely and nobody produced an overly exciting or entertaining match. I’m sure some of that has to do with the previously mentioned TNA PPV that happened two days later. Recommend to avoid.
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