Written by: Bob Colling
Northeast Wrestling presents Electric City Slam
From: Scranton, PA
Supreme Lee Great grabs a microphone to cut a promo and reminds the people who he is. Great puts himself over as the greatest ever and insults Scranton. Great says that he use to teach at the college that they are competing at. Great demands silence, and the crowd disobeys him each time he demands silence. Great left the college after a semester to go teach at a better university.
Opening Contest: Supreme Lee Great vs. Dynamic Sensation: Great gets out of a headlock by tossing Sensation down to the mat face first. Sensation keeps control with a headlock. Great breaks free, but Sensation goes back to the hold. Great forearms Sensation in the corner and sends Sensation shoulder first into the ring post. Great slams Sensation down to the mat by his arm. Great stomps on the left arm for a two count. Sensation fights out of a top wrist lock, but Great yanks him down to the mat and delivers right hands. Great locks in an arm bar, but Sensation reached the ropes to break the hold. Great sends Sensation hard into the corner back first. Sensation elbows Great and follows up with a few chops followed by a kick to the head. Sensation almost wins following a standing senton followed by a standing shooting star press for a two count. Sensation heads to the corner and hits a split legged twisting moonsault for the win. (*1/2. A good finish, but the match was mostly two trainees working a match and keeping it rather basic. Supreme Lee Great did some decent heel work while Sensation didn’t really show much outside of some high spots.)
Second Contest: Talia & Doink vs. Rob Eckos & Alere: I think the crowd thought for a moment that Doink was the real one, but they quickly realized it was not and their interest quickly diminished. Eckos and Alere wanted to leave, but they returned to the ring before being counted out. Doink frustrates Eckos by faking out a test of strength. Doink fights out of a headlock and shoulder blocks Eckos followed by a hip toss and spanks Eckos through the ropes to the floor. Doink keeps a headlock on Eckos to maintain control of the contest. Doink rides Eckos like a horse and spanks his backside. Alere tags into the match prompting Talia to tag into the match, as well. Talia drop toe holds Alere and hits a monkey flip out of the corner followed by a dropkick. Alere quickly tags Eckos back into the match. Eckos is showing off his body trying to impress Talia and wants a kiss. Talia responds with a slap and is shoved from behind. Doink tags into the match and Eckos goes on the attack with right hands in the corner. Eckos chokes Doink in the corner. Eckos stomps on Doink in the corner before tagging in Alere. Eckos tries to cover Doink, but fails to get a three count.
Eckos keeps a sleeper on Doink, but Doink elbows free only to be met with a forearm strike. Eckos slams Doink to the mat and signals for going to top rope. Eckos misses a crossbody attempt and Doink delivers a running clothesline. Doink tags in Talia as Alere gets tagged in. Talia delivers clotheslines and a DDT for a near fall. Doink hammers away on Eckos in the corner. Doink and Talia pummel their opponents in opposite corners. Alere is sent into Eckos in the corner and tossed to the floor. Doink uses silly string on Eckos and Talia comes off the top with a crossbody to win the match. (1/2*. It’s just a comedy match.)
Third Contest: Sgt. Slaughter, David Dean & Todd Bargella vs. Romeo Roselli, Ricky Landell & Brian Anthony: Oh, so Slaughter is teaming with two guys that have never wrestled before and they are local football players. Slaughter’s team ends up winning with a triple cobra clutch forcing all three men to submit. This somehow went over ten minutes.
Fourth Contest: Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles: Joe shoves Styles into the corner and down to the mat to showoff his strength advantage. Styles bails to the floor to regroup. Styles knee lifts Joe and puts a headlock on Joe for a few moments. Joe drops to the mat as Styles keeps control of the contest. Joe fights out, but an eye rake stops him. Styles keeps Joe on the mat with another headlock. Joe nails Styles with a few shoulder blocks to gain the advantage. Styles takes Joe over with a hurricanrana. Joe leg sweeps a charging Styles and delivers a few jabs. Joe elbows and kicks Styles in the corner. Joe keeps Styles on the mat with more kicks and a knee drop for a two count. Joe nails Styles with a running boot in the corner. Joe grabs a chair from a fan and sets it up next to the railing. Joe headbutts Styles and sits Styles on the chair. Joe ducks a clothesline and chops Styles on the floor. Joe decides to not use the chair and gives the chair back to a fan. Styles begs for a timeout in the corner. Styles stops Joe with an eye rake and right hands in the corner for the cheap advantage. Styles stomps on Joe in the corner.
Styles elbows Joe to maintain control of the contest and hits a splash in the corner. Styles tries for another cover getting a two count. Joe fights back with strikes and a chop. Styles nails Joe with a dropsault and plays to the crowd. Styles covers Joe managing a two count. Styles tosses Joe to the floor and hits a slingshot crossbody. Styles argues with the referee and is shoved. Joe drops Styles with a chop but runs into a boot. Joe connects with a gut buster and a senton splash for a near fall. Joe takes Styles down with a snap powerslam for a two count. Joe sits Styles on the top rope looking for the Muscle Buster, but Styles breaks free. Styles leaps off the top to hit a flying forearm for a near fall. Joe is elbowed in the corner and Styles hits a springboard reverse DDT for a two count. Styles signals for the Styles Clash, but Joe kick free. Styles hits the Pele Kick to stagger Joe into the corner. Joe plants Styles with an STO in the corner and finishes Styles off with the Muscle Buster for the win. (**1/2. This was basically a house show style match for these two. They didn’t go nuts and didn’t deliver an overly entertaining match. It’s still a decent match, but it’s what you’d expect on a indie show in 2007.)
Fifth Contest: NEW Heavyweight Champion Xavier vs. Jason Blade: Early on, they counter each other with wrist locks until Xavier tosses Blade across the ring. Blade controls Xavier on the mat with a wrist lock. Blade uses his legs to reverse Xavier’s submission attempts. Xavier gets a bow and arrow on Blade for a two count. Xavier keeps a hammerlock on Blade. Blade kicks Xavier away, but Xavier slams Blade. Blade arm drags Xavier followed by a hip toss and dropkick. Xavier rolls to the floor to regroup. Blade takes Xavier out with a nice somersault dive to the floor. Blade rolls Xavier into the ring managing a near fall. Blade forearms Xavier in the corner a few times. Xavier dumps Blade to the apron and Blade tries to arm drag the champ, but Xavier hits an inverted suplex before locking in the camel clutch. Blade is able to reach the ropes when Xavier switched to an arm bar. Xavier works over Blade in the corner with chops and strikes. Xavier sends Blade hard into the corner back first. Xavier tries for a cover, but Blade pops up at two. They begin to trade strikes until Xavier knocks Blade down for a near fall. Blade is bleeding from the face following a stiff shot. Blade appears to be knocked out. Xavier hits a pump handle sit out slam and wins the match. (**. I’m thinking that Blade was legit hurt here and thus the match had to be cut short. I’m surprised that Xavier went to hit his finishing move considering that, but Blade must have wanted to do that. I’d like to see these two in a match that isn’t cut short due to injury.)
Prior to the next match, Joey Mercury cuts a promo on Jerry Lawler saying that he thinks he stinks. Mercury also insults the Scranton crowd. Mercury promises to hurt Lawler tonight and put him in a wheelchair. Lawler asks if Mercury got fired and jokes that nobody noticed. Lawler tells Mercury that the last time he saw something like Mercury, he flushed it. Lawler is going to rearrange Mercury’s face worse than the ladder match did.
Sixth Contest: Jerry Lawler vs. Joey Mercury: Mercury starts off with a scoop slam and taunts the fans. Mercury slams Lawler to the mat and taunts the fans. Mercury backs Lawler into the corner. Mercury hammers away on Lawler in the corner to maintain control. Lawler decks Mercury with right hands and a slam of his own. Mercury bails to the floor to regroup. Mercury grabs a chair and tosses it into the ring, but jumps off the apron when Lawler has the chair. Mercury returns to the ring and tries to calm down Lawler. Mercury wants to shake hands, but Lawler isn’t interested in that. Mercury tries to get the crowd to support his handshake, but their not buying it either. Lawler shakes Mercury’s hand. Mercury kicked Lawler, but Lawler kicks Mercury several times. Mercury goes to the corner and has a chain. Mercury wants a test of strength, but Lawler thinks twice after listening to the crowd. Lawler again stops just before going for the test of strength. Mercury hits Lawler from behind with a chain. Mercury gouges Lawler’s face to maintain the advantage. Mercury continues to use the chain as the referee is out of position. Mercury chokes Lawler with the chain as the referee deals with fans at ringside.
Mercury goes to the top rope delivering a punch to Lawler for a near fall. Mercury slams Lawler and heads to the top rope, but Lawler gets up and blocks a strike with a punch to the midsection in midair. Lawler jabs Mercury several times followed by a right hand. Lawler hammers away on Mercury in the corner. Mercury grabs the chain again, but Lawler backdrops Mercury and grabs the chain. The referee stops Lawler from using the chain. Mercury backdrops Lawler, but Lawler blocks a second backdrop by hitting a piledriver for the win. (1/2*. The action wasn’t very good, but what do you expect from Lawler at his point. They did a Memphis style match and the crowd ate it up. So, I guess it was effective.)
Main Event: TNA World Champion Kurt Angle vs. Christian Cage: Cage attacks Angle before the bell to get the cheap advantage in the corner with stomps. Cage chops Angle in the corner to keep control of the contest. Angle fires back with chops of his own. Angle drops Cage with an uppercut and back elbow. Angle backdrops Cage to the mat managing a two count. Angle keeps a side headlock on Cage. Cage misses a clothesline and Angle gets a near fall after a clothesline of his own. Cage backs Angle into the corner and delivers a few shoulder rams. Cage taunts the crowd, but Angle gets the ankle lock on Cage briefly. Angle chases after Cage on the floor, but Cage returns to the ring and stomps on Angle. Cage tries to boot Angle, but Angle tosses Cage overhead with a suplex. Angle rams Cage face first onto the top turnbuckle several times. Cage staggers around and Angle continues to punch Cage. Cage back elbows Angle in the corner and leaps off the middle rope, but is caught. Angle backdrops Cage for a two count. Cage sends Angle shoulder first into the ring post. Cage has the championship, but just poses with it. Cage drops Angle throat first over the top rope. Cage keeps Angle on the mat gouging the champs eyes. Cage controls Angle with a chin lock.
Angle fights out with elbows, but Cage delivers an elbow strike for a two count. Cage drives Angle down with a neckbreaker followed by a boot scrape. Cage chokes Angle over the middle rope. Cage misses a splash and hits the ropes chest first. Angle locks in a sleeper, but Cage breaks free with a jawbreaker. Cage goes to the top rope and Angle hits a belly to belly suplex. Angle clotheslines Cage a few times. Angle hits an overhead belly to belly suplex for a two count. Cage elbows Angle in the corner and hits a reverse DDT. Cage heads to the top rope, but msises a frog splash. Angle nearly wins with a rollup. Angle hits a few German suplexs. Angle tries for the Angle Slam, but Cage breaks free. Cage avoids the ankle lock and nearly wins with an inside cradle. Cage accidentally clotheslines the referee and Angle hit the Angle Slam! Angle wakes up the referee, but Cage low blows Angle. Cage plants Angle with the Un-Prettier for a near fall. Cage taunts Angle, but Angle punches Cage and locks in the ankle lock. Cage sends Angle into the corner chest first. Cage tries for the Un-Prettier, but Angle locks in the ankle lock and sits down in the middle of the ring forcing Cage to submit clean in the middle. (***. A fine match that also came across like it was a house show style contest for TNA standards. It’s a strong main event for NEW and for TNA. So, it was a positive experience all things considered.)
There are some notable names on the show, but the TNA high profile matches are what lured me in and they were mostly average matches. There’s nothing must-see this time around, though. I’ll consider this an average overall show.
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