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AML 2nd Anniversary Show Results

AML(America's Most Liked) Wrestling returned to Winston-Salem this past Saturday night for their 2nd Anniversary show.  The show was highlighted by Cody Rhodes defending his GWF NEX*GEN title in a rematch against former champion Sonjay Dutt.  Also, Teddy Long was special guest commissioner and he made a 6-man tag team match with AML Champion "King" Shane Williams w/Queen Taylor and the AML Tag Team champs, the Geordie Bulldogs, against the Expendables consisting of Zane Dawson and the Heatseekers w/George South.  The Prestige Championship was also on the line, and special guests Tony Atlas and New Jack were also in attendance.  It was quite a memorable show and return for AML.

Here are the results of the show:

Pre-show results:

-Movie Myk, The Mac, Cam Carter, and Kenny Lawson defeated James Blade, James Ryan, Xsiris, Deandre Jackson

This was a fun 8-man tag team match before the live show began.  I've seen most of these guys at one time.  You'll hear more from them at future shows.  Cam Carter, who is very athletic and quick in the ring after seeing him a few times in matches, picked up the pinfall and win for his team.

Live show results:

-Teddy Long addresses the crowd

That's right.  The former WWE Smackdown! GM was in attendance and he came out as the commissioner to start this show.  He announced the six-man tag team match for later in the evening.  As he was about to leave the ring, the Expendables came out to protest his decision on the added stipulation:  if either the AML champion or tag team champions get pinned by another, that person gets an automatic title shot.  The Expendables took exception to this saying they deserved title shots anyway.  Long then said his decision was final.  During that segment, I think he said the word "playa" about 20 times or so.  Nonetheless, the promo to start the show served its purpose in laying out the groundwork for the six-man tag team match later in the evening.  Long, as always, was stellar on the mic and the crowd liked what he brought to the table for the show.  You could tell even with this segment that the crowd was going to be very lively all night.

-White Mike w/The Tommy Thomas defeated Darius Lockhart

This was a fun match to kick off the live show.  Before the match got started, White Mike interrupted The Tommy Thomas on the mic and put him in a better mood.  It was hilarious seeing Tommy dancing before the bout as Mike told him he was killing the beat.  Anyway, it's too funny to hear Mike take a chop from anyone.  If you've ever been to a show and seen him in a match, that scream is just too much and gets me every single time.  He took a few of those from Darius here.  Darius Lockhart is an impressive athlete, and he showed his more comical side in this bout.  The end of the match came when Mike hit Lockhart with spinning DDT finisher for the win.  After the match, both competitors shook hands and celebrated in the ring as Tommy was clearly in a more joyful mood than he was when he came out before the bout started.

-The Dixon Line defeated Da Powah

Early on in this match, it looked as if Da Powah was going to pull out the win.  At one point, the trio hit a triple suplex on The Dixon Line that the crowd liked.  Also, Rob Locke of the Dixon Line took some vicious chops in this bout and you could see the damage done to his chest from it.  I've seen the Dixon Line once in MCW and a few times in AML.  They are a classic heel faction.  Ian Maxwell is a solid athlete with great agility for Da Powah.  Big Time Ya has come a long way, and Montana Black got to show enough glimpses of what kind of dominant big man he can be in the ring.  But in the end, it was Locke that hit a running knee on Black to pick up the win for his team.

Prestige Championship

-Axton Ray defeated Jordan Kage(c) to win the Prestige Championship

Kage is a heel and obviously isn't well liked.  That's how it's supposed to be.  He's got a cool finishing move called the 8x10.  Ray is a young, impressive athlete that moves around the ring with ease as well as anyone.  At one point, a bear hug was countered by Ray into a DDT that looked cool in person.  One of the big highlights of the bout was when Ray attempted to hit a moonsault off the ropes onto the outside of the ring on Kage.  He missed and hit his leg on the steel barricade that looked like it legitimately hurt him.  Kage took advantage of this and control of the bout from here.  However, Ray rebounded and hit his finisher on Kage.  Referee Jeff Bunton counted to three after Ray hit the finisher despite the fact he didn't see Kage's leg on the rope that should've broke up the count.  Nonetheless, Ray was declared the winner and new AML Prestige Champion.  Congrats to Axton Ray.  We'll definitely hear more about this later.

-Caleb Konley defeated Billy Brash

As you can see on the poster, it was supposed to be Andrew Everett facing Caleb Konley.  However, Everett was legit injured before this show, and it was Billy Brash that was named as his replacement.  Brash is hilarious as a heel.  He told a group of us to shut up, and that he was trying to get his bearings straight after he took some punishment from Konley.  Another time, he told a few of us to come up with something new after we chanted "Weak!" like he used to hear in PWX.  Also earlier in the bout, Konley used a series of pinfall predicaments(at least a dozen in a row or more) on Brash, but it didn't lead to win.  Later in the bout, Brash hit a slingshot into a cutter on Konley from the outside of the ring to the inside.  Konley was able to recover from this, and hit his moonsault finisher from the top rope onto Brash for the win.  After the bout, a few fans in front of me cheered.  Brash told them to take their applause and do something with it.  A very solid match these two had here.

-C.W. Anderson defeated Damien Wayne

These are two brawlers, and also a couple of the toughest guys you'll see in the business.  So you know this one was going to be hard-hitting between these two.  The bout looked like it could've gone either way.  It appeared Anderson was going to win the bout at one point when he hit his spine buster on Wayne.  Later as Wayne had control of the bout when the referee was knocked down, out came ECW legend New Jack.  He attacked Wayne with a trash can lid and busted him open in the head.  He also took a golf club and used it on Wayne as he hit him low with a trash can lid placed on him.  Wayne took a lot of weapons and shots from New Jack before Anderson hit a super kick to get the win.  After the bout, Anderson and New Jack celebrated in the ring.  The end of the match went over very well with the crowd in attendance.

-The Expendables(Zane Dawson & The Heatseekers w/ George South defeated King Shane Williams w/Queen Taylor & The Geordie Bulldogs

If you've followed AML in recent months, you could just about see what kind of match this would be.  It was chaotic, fun, and seen the involvement of both managers.  Definitely the highlight of this bout was when Sean Denny of the Geordie Bulldogs super-plexed Sigmon of the Heatseekers to the outside of the ring onto the rest of the competitors.  That spot went over huge for the fans in attendance, but it also kept the Bulldogs from doing much else due to the damage it caused.  At the end of the bout, George South got involved and prevented King Shane from jumping off the top rope.  This brought Taylor into the ring as South took a kick to the gut and a stunner from the Queen.  Shane then attempted to come off the top rope -- only to be hit with a vicious clothesline by Dawson.  Dawson was able to get the win with that move.  As a result of this finish due to him pinning the AML Champion per match stipulation enforced by Teddy Long, Dawson earned himself a title shot at the next show in February.  After the match, Dawson got on the mic and said he wasn't gonna be held back this time from taking the title.  He also gave us a history of who he's beaten in the promotion and said he was looking forward to taking the title from Shane at the next show.  So it'll be Dawson challenging Shane for the AML title next month.  This was a solid six-man tag team match here.

GWF NEX*GEN Championship

-Cody Rhodes(c) defeated Sonjay Dutt to retain the title

I seen the match-up between these two at Showcase of Champions.  It stole the show, so I had high expectations for the return match.  To say Cody was really over with the crowd is a vast understatement on that night.  Sonjay struck first on Cody when he attacked him before he could take his jacket off.  He used his Bullet Club shirt to choke him a couple of times as well.  It was Sonjay that hit Cody with a dive onto to the champion on the outside of the ring as well early in the match.  Cody did eventually take control of the bout and appeared to have it won until referee Jeff Bunton was knocked down yet again.  This brought out Zane Dawson as he attacked the champion and left him laying.  Sonjay looked to have regained the title until Cody surprisingly kicked out.  This brought King Shane out to even the odds and to go after Dawson.  Shane knocked Dawson out of the ring and the two brawled away from the ring.  The ref recovered and so did Cody as he hit his Cross Rhodes finisher on Sonjay to retain the title.  The bout wasn't as long as the first one at Showcase of Champions, but the two delivered another excellent match again.  After the match, Shane and Cody were in the ring as Cody addressed the crowd.  He thanked us and put over AML and Winston-Salem.  He also talked about being born at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.  Further, he said he wanted to bring some friends with him the next time he returns.


-I had a Meet & Greet ticket to meet Cody Rhodes before the show.  Obviously, this drew really well as fans that purchased a ticket were able to step into the ring to get a pic and autograph from him.  I was one of the first ten or so to meet him.  When I first stepped up to meet him, I told him I missed doing so at the Showcase of Champions show because I couldn't get there on time.  He said he was glad it happened this time.  I did tell him his match at SOC against Sonjay Dutt stole the show and it was the night he won the title.  After that, he told me to step behind his table so we could get a pic.  My buddy Robert Holt took a pic of us with his camera and also with my phone.  He thanked me for the support and to enjoy the show.  We both told each other it was nice to meet you.  Cody is pure class and I've never heard anyone say anything negative about him.

-Also before the show, I got to meet former WWE Smackdown GM! and legend Teddy Long.  He had a good line for fans to meet him there.  After he signed a pic that AML provided for fans, he stepped out from his table to get a pic with me.  The guy that took the pic asked if the pic came out good on my phone because he said there was a glare in it.  Teddy and I looked at it.  Teddy said, "You know what?  That glare is for wisdom.  You feel me, playa?"  I said, "Holla!"  Oh man, that was awesome.  It doesn't take long to see this guy loves what he does and is great to his fans.

-I got a couple of minutes to chat with my buddies The Geordie Bulldogs during intermission and get a pic with them...finally.  I thanked Mark for the support of this site.  We also chatted briefly about their match that night as well as their busy schedule.  Mark said they were as busy as they've ever been and are booked every weekend for awhile to come.  I've been wanting to get a pic with them for awhile, and finally did at this show as they more than agreed to do that.  Sean used his hand gesture and Mark had a thumbs up.  I had the same going on as Sean in the pic.  I appreciate them and they appreciate me.  Two cool guys and talents.

-I ran into my friend and former wrestler Chris Lea at this show.  He was working that night, but the show was taking place close by where he was.  We talked briefly about some of the things each of us have going on.  He said his wife Karissa was expecting in April.  It's always good to run into this guy because he makes sure he greets me when he sees me at shows.

-After the show, The Tommy Thomas was talking with my good friend Lora Lyons and I about the show and also him being in PWI magazine.  They both took a selfie pic on Lora's phone and Tommy told me to stay out of the pic.  He did take the time to congratulate me on History Magazine article.  I gave him a little hell about him not demanding me to write something good about him, which he does every time he sees me.  He reply, "I'm just happy now."  That got a laugh out of me.  I gotta say he's a big supporter of me and the site as well though.  He's been named manager of the year two years running for a reason.  The guy is excellent at what he does.

-Tracy Myers also spent a few minutes talking to Lora and myself before the show.  He talked about how they were able to keep WrestleCade going for another year.  He also talked a great deal about Cody Rhodes and how much of a class act he really is.  He gave us some more insight on things that many fans aren't aware of.  It was just nice once again that he took that kind of time to do that for us knowing his schedule is as hectic as anyone you'll ever see.

-I caught up with my friend Deanna Phillips after the show.  I told her I didn't see her all night.  She said, "Well, did you see me trip tonight?!"  I said, "No.  But that will be going in my review."  See, there you go.  Yes, she did really trip, folks.  LOL.

The 2nd anniversary show didn't disappoint and was a great night of action with a very lively crowd in Winston-Salem.  Thanks to the entire staff and talent for the work they put into this show to make it a success and fun night for us fans.  It was good seeing many friends there and also hanging out and talking wrestling most of the night with my buddy Chris Dickinson.

The next AML show will be back in Winston-Salem at the same venue on February 25 as they present All For The Glory.  PJ Black, formerly known as Justin Gabriel in WWE, will be in attendance.  He'll also host an advanced seminar the following day for anyone interested in attending.

Be sure to check out my friend Robert Holt and his Fisticuffs Photography page for photos and highlights from this show.  The guy is fantastic in taking shots on the Indy wrestling scene.

Also, tune into the best Indy wrestling podcast around as my friends Lora Lyons and Robert Delph host Live From The Armory! on Wednesday nights.  They'll have guests every week and talk about the latest happenings on the Indy scene -- including AML.

For wrestling reviews of shows I attend as well as sports history posts, checkout my All Funked Up page for the latest posts.

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Queens of Combat Invades WrestleCade Results

The Queens of Combat show was the last wrestling event of WrestleCade weekend at the Benton Convention Center in Winston Salem, NC.  It was also the final event for WrestleCade and marked the first time QOC was part of their Thanksgiving weekend.  The event did NOT disappoint.  The show was highlighted by a number of appearances from those at Women of Honor, a former TNA Knockouts Champion, and the long-awaited main event for the QOC Championship as Taeler Hendrix defended the title against Su Yung.

Here are the results for that show:

-Samantha Heights defeated Angel Rose

I was telling a few guys before the event started that this match could steal the show, and was hoping it'd kick off the event.  That was because of how they performed in the Fatal Fourway bout with Savannah Evans and Rachael Ellering at the previous QOC event.  Heights was the heel and Rose was the face here in the match.  Rose hit a dive early in the match on Heights, and attempted to do so again -- only to have it countered.  Heights took over from there until Rose got back in the match.  The end came when Heights hit a vicious kick to the back of the head of Rose while she was on her knees to win the match.  A very solid opening bout on the show.

-Deonna Purrazzo & Kelly Klein defeated Miss Diss Lexia & Faye Jackson w/Zane Riley

D'Arcy Dixon wasn't in attendance, so that meant Faye Jackson was replaced by her.  Well, she was on a trial basis for D and D Muscle Factory.  Klein and Purrazzo were on opposite sides in their 8-women tag team match at WrestleCade.  They made for a very good tag team on this show.  Klein and Purrazzo were in control early until D and D took over.  They had Purrazzo in the ring for a long time when they did.  Purrazzo then got the tag to Klein, and the match turned back to their favor.  The end of the match came when Klein hit a suplex into a bridge for the win on Jackson.  After the bout, Miss Diss Lexia and Riley got in the face of Jackson while blaming her for the loss.  Jackson turned on both and attacked them at the end of the bout as Klein and Purrazzo stuck around.  Jackson, Purrazzo, and Klein celebrated after this in the ring.

-Thunder Kitty defeated Roni Nicole

Before the match got started, Thunderkitty got into it with a few fans as Roni Nicole waited on her.  She even got into one with a young fan, and said, "I'll fight an infant!  I don't care!"  Nicole had controlled a large part of this match, but it was Thunderkitty that pulled out a win with roll-up on Nicole with her feet on the ropes.  Nicole was not pleased with this, but most everyone in attendance was pulling for her here.

-Nevaeh defeated Aerial Monroe

If you've ever read any of my previous QOC entries, then you know who I was pulling for her.  Yep, Aerial Monroe because she's a friend of mine in the business.  I like Nevaeh as well with how she interacts with fans either as a heel or face because she can be downright hilarious.  She was the heel here.  My memory has slipped because of posting this a week later after the show as to how the match went down.  However, I do know that Nevaeh won the match with sit down-type finisher off the ropes I believe.  It was a good match they had though.

-Leva Bates & Solo Darling defeated the Sexy Young Carmels(Savannah Evans & Devyn Nicole)

My allegiance was torn on who to pull for in this match because two favorites of mine in the business were on opposite sides:  Leva Bates and Savannah Evans.  I like Solo Darling and Devyn Nicole, too.  This was a fun and entertaining match to watch as Leva came out in Pokemon Go attire.  I noticed one fan had a sign that said "I choose Levachu" on it.  LOL.  There was one point in the match when Savannah had Darling in Boston Crab, and Solo grabbed her drink while in the submission move to get her wired enough to kick out of it.  It was very comedic spot.  Later, Savannah tried to take a drink from Solo's canister, but it didn't happen.  The end of match came when Darling hit a stunner on Savannah to get the win.  Both teams were faces in this match, so they shook hands at the conclusion of it.  Leva got down dancing before and after the match to the Pokemon Go Rap song by MC Lars.  I enjoyed this match and all four were great here.

-Laurel Van Ness defeated Rachael Ellering

Laurel Van Ness is Chelsea Green, a former Tough Enough contestant and eventually moved on TNA take on her current name.  This was the first time I've seen her perform on a live show.  As for Rachael Ellering, I had seen her twice before this match -- including the previous night in a very good match with Tessa Blanchard.  Van Ness got into it with fans throughout the match and also at Ellering, too.  I do recall at one point in the match that a code breaker-type move was countered that looked cool live.  It looked as if Ellering had the match won when she Van Ness on her shoulders delivering what looked like an F-5 type move.  But that was countered into a roll-up by Van Ness and the pulling of the tights on Ellering to get the win.  A very solid showing by both here.

-Kennadi Brink defeated Jade

A very funny moment happened before this match got started.  Brink lost her voice sometime before the show and instructed announcer Corky Franks(one hell of an announcer I might add) to read off a paper with her own introduction.  After this, Jade grabbed the mic and said, "Nobody wants to hear your nasty ass voice anyway!"  This led to a very hilarious "Nasty Ass Voice!" chant.  Only in Indy wrestling would you get chants such as that.  When they finally did get the match underway, one of the early highlights was when each took turns countering sunset flips that went over fairly well with the crowd.  The two went back and forth throughout the rest of the match from there.  The end came when Jade was on the ropes ready to hit a move and Brink slammed her off of them.  Then for the second time in the match, she locked in an anaconda vice submission that led to Jade tapping out.  Another solid match on the card here.

Queens of Combat Championship

-Su Yung defeated Taeler Hendrix(c) to win the Queens of Combat title

This match was booked a couple of months before this show began, and it did not disappoint.  One spot in the match was when the two were on the outside of the ring and Hendrix hit a power bomb on Yung on one of the brick columns in the building.  Another time right where I was at, Hendrix told the crowd to get out of the way and they would not move.  She warned them again, and then threw Yung over the barricade and into the first row of fans that did finally scatter out of the way.  Yung did get back in the match when she hit a flip onto Taeler on the outside of the ring when she was sitting on a chair.  Later, she had her cool-looking head scissor slingshot move countered by Hendrix.  Towards the conclusion of the match, Yung inadvertently hit the referee with her kindo stick that knocked him down to the mat.  But Yung sprayed her red mist into the face of Hendrix and went on to win the match.  Yung became the new QOC champion.  After the match as Yung was celebrating on the outside of the ring where I was at, Hendrix attacked her.  She then threw her in the ring, and left the QOC title laying on top of Yung.  After Hendrix left, Yung acknowledged the fans as they gave her a standing ovation for becoming the new QOC champion.


-Long before the show as I waited out in the lobby talking to friends, I seen Aerial Monroe at one of the tables.  Since we know each other and are friends, I chatted with her for a couple minutes.  She was telling she was tired and she did look it.  She was also telling me about WWE Monday Night Raw the following night as her fiance Cedric Alexander would be returning home.  Because of all that was going on that weekend, I almost forgot about WWE being in Charlotte the following night.  I did couldn't go, but it was great seeing a number of local talent used on the show.  Plus, Cedric and Tessa Blanchard as well, who are from the Charlotte area originally.

-Before the show started, I met up with Jade at her table.  I told her the last time I had seen her was on the Queens of Combat show two years ago, and before that on PWX.  She said she either faced Cheerleader Melissa or Ivelisse as Mia Yim, and said that was awhile ago.  It was Ivelisse I seen her against at PWX back in 2013.  After talking for a couple of minutes, I decided to get a pic with her since it's been awhile.  She's been great each time I've met her and is a great talent in the ring.

-Well, if you read my previous WrestleCade entries, you know I crossed paths with Rachael Ellering a couple of times the day of Fanfest as well as at the Marriott hotel later.  I find out she was a Cubs fan, and upon seeing me at this show at her table, she jokingly said, "Where's your Cubs shirt?'  I had my "Try Not To Suck" shirt(and I wear that shirt to shows A LOT) on that Cubs manager Joe Maddon wore and sold very well when they came out in the spring.  She knew that was a Cubs shirt.  Anyway, we talked about the Cubs again and how they had so much pressure to finally win it all this year.  And they did.  So I got another pic and autograph from her at this show as she signed "Go Cubs Go" on it.  Before taking the pic, I thought I had set the flash on my iPhone because where we were at was not a well-lit area.  So after trying the first time, I noticed I actually didn't have it on.  I didn't know she had an iPhone herself, so she checked to see if I had it on and I didn't.  So after she helped with that, we got the pic done.  After her match, I told her she did great again and that wrestling Laurel Van Ness was fun for her.  She talked about how all the QOC women always step it up in the ring.  Of course, we talked more about the Cubs, and told her I mentioned to Lisa Marie Varon(a diehard Cubs fan herself) that Rachael also liked them.  She told me the story of when she was on her way to meet Lisa towards the end of Fanfest, but she left just before she could say hi.  We also talked about whether she bought any Cubs World Series gear or not and she has as well as about the hotel troubles with her room keys.  She's great with fans and it was nice she remembered me at this show, too.

-I met Kennadi Brink once again at Queens of Combat after getting a pic with her and Kelly Klein together at Fanfest.  I noticed right away she lost her voice and I'm not sure why, not did I ask.  Nonetheless, I did tell her I met her the day before at Fanfest and told her about the photo op there.  So I was gonna get one of her and I at this show, and I did.  Even though she couldn't talk, she was nice just like at Fanfest the day before.  It's funny that her lack of voice was used as part of her match with Jade later that night.  Kennadi Brink is awesome to meet as well.

-After seeing one fan getting pics with Deonna Purrazzo and Laurel Van Ness, I wanted to do the same.  They both were side by side at the tables where the talent were at.  They both were more than willing to do that for me just like the fan before me.  This was at intermission when I met them.  Both were nice people.  What's funny is that Van Ness was the nice at the table, but when she wrestled against Rachael Ellering, she antagonized fans so much.  I always get a kick out of that when you meet talent at a table and they're nice, and then see them go full-blown heel-like on fans minutes later.  Both Purrazzo and Van Ness are doing very well for themselves.

-There's absolutely no way I go to any show that Leva Bates is on, and not meet her.  She's one of my favorite people in the business.  When I approached her at this show, I talked with her about that "Where's Waldo?" gimmick she pulled off the last time I seen her at a QOC show earlier this year in Gibsonville, NC.  She pulled that one off so well, and looked great doing it.  After we talked about that, I wanted to get another pic with her.  So we did that.  This was the shortest conversation we had yet, but she also had a good line of people at this show after it was done.  She's pulled off every cosplay character I've seen at a show so well because she's THAT good at it.  A tremendous talent in and away from the ring.

-As I traditionally do when a new major champion is crowned, I get a pic with them.  In this case, it was Su Yung.  I've seen her at a few shows and she's absolutely killed it and stole the show at the QOC events in particular.  She still had most of her face paint intact and red mist all over her.  So I got the pic with her, and she told me to print it off and that she would sign it next time.  She also told me and others around her to please come back to the shows.  Oh, and the facial expressions she has on pics are the best.  She was biting the belt as I took the pic with her.  She has really come along way -- even in QOC as she's now the new QOC champion.  What a talent and kind lady she is!

-After the show, a number of fans waited on Taeler Hendrix to come out to meet fans.  We weren't sure she was coming back out or not, but she later told us she was convinced to when she found out fans were wanting to meet her.  As she made her way to her table, fans clapped for her and so did some of the remaining talent.  She said she was about to cry and she nearly did.  She thanked fans for that as she was still covered a lot in red mist.  She talked about her wrestling tees and someone brought up how she held the belt for almost exactly a year.  She actually became the first QOC champion on my birthday the year before, and I mentioned that to her as well.  So I decided to get a pic of her holding the QOC title and a pic with her.  Now the pic she took with me was funny because she had mist all over her.  She had her hands up and a crazed look on her face.  She's always put on good matches when I've seen her and this show was no exception despite her not being champion.  I also appreciate how polite and engaging she is with fans.

-I got a great appreciation for Nevaeh and her bringing her one-year old daughter Johnnie to the show while being on the road.  After looking it up later, I found out she turned one just four days before the show.  I know at one point Johnnie was looking at me for a good while.  I've seen people like Aerial Monroe in the past bringing her young daughter to shows.  Major props to Nevaeh, and any of them that do this while balancing taking care of their kids and wrestling.

The Queens of Combat show concluded the most fun weekend I've had as a wrestling fan.  It was a great show that featured the first title change in the promotion's history after the first champion held it just short of a year.  The show was well booked with talent and they delivered in the ring.

Thanks to the entire Queens of Combat staff and management for the work they did on this show.  Also thanks to the talent for the hard work and delivering another very stellar show.  The promotion has progressed very well in the short time they've been around, and have improved dramatically in all facets of the business.  Check them out on their website at Queens of Combat for the next show.

Be sure to tune in to Live From The Armory! on Wednesday nights where they'll talk about this show and much more. The show is hosted by my very good friends Lora Lyons and Robert Delph as they have the top independent talent on the shows every week while talking all things wrestling, too.

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WrestleCade 2016 The Final 3 Count Results

WrestleCade 2016 The Final 3 Count took place on Saturday that began with a Fanfest 11am.  Those with VIP passes got in 30 minutes earlier than those who didn't have one.  The WrestleCade event itself was later that evening.  Some of the most recognized names in the history of the business were on the card.  Also, some of the top independent talent performed as well.  The show was highlighted by two women's matches, the George South 3rd Annual Battle Royal, a six-man tag team match for the ages, and the first ever meeting between two stars for the WrestleCade Championship as "Broken" Matt Hardy defended his title against "The Big Guy" Ryback.

Here are the results for the Final 3 Count at WrestleCade 2016:

Pre-show match results:

-Steve Corino, CW Anderson, Jack Victory, and Geordie Bulldogs defeated The Expendables(George South, Zane Dawson, Zane Riley, and The Heatseekers)

This was the first match of the pre-show.  These guys have been feuding for a couple of months, and some participants in the match even performed at the Fanfest show against one another.  The ECW Originals(Corino, Anderson, and Victory) teamed up with the current AML Tag Team Champions, who later acknowledged how big of a deal this was.  With this being a 10-man tag team match, the referee more than had his hands full here.  The end of the match came when Anderson and Corino hit a slingshot into a superkick finisher combo for the win.  In many ways, it was a measure of a revenge for the winning team.  After the match, Anderson picked up a mic and really put over Corino and talked about his real-life friendship with him.  He also congratulated him on recently being hired by the WWE to be a trainer.  This went over very well with the crowd, and was an awesome way to kickoff the evening.

-Triple Threat AML Championship

"King" Shane Williams w/Queen Taylor defeated Damien Wayne and Greek God Papadon

The AML Championship was once again on the line here as "King" Shane Williams defended his title against two opponents he knows very well.  This was the first time I've seen Papadon since the early part of the year, and I can't picture him being anything other than a heel.  He got into it with a few fans telling them to shut up, which always find comical.  Wayne is the "Mid-Atlantic Badass" for a reason, and is as tough as they come.  Shane is really over in AML, and is one of the nicer guys in the business as is Taylor.  The end of the match came when Shane hit his piledriver finisher on Papadon for the win to retain his title.  Very physical match that one could expect here.  Shane will defend his title at the 2nd anniversary show on January 28.

Live Show results:

-Eddie Edwards defeated Crazzy Steve

Eddie Edwards is the current TNA World Champion, and I've seen a number of times live.  I've never seen Crazzy Steve, but have on television before.  The two got in their fair share of offense, but it was the current TNA World Champion that picked up the win by hitting a jumping leg lariat on Crazzy Steve in the opening bout on the live show.

-Tessa Blanchard defeated Rachael Ellering w/Veda Scott as guest referee

Blanchard vs Ellering.  If that isn't a reminder of the classic Four Horseman vs Road Warriors days back in the 1980s when their dads, Tully Blanchard and Paul Ellering, were on opposite sides, I don't know what is.  One is a third generation star and the other is a second generation star.  But make no mistake about it, both have been making a name and doing very well for themselves in the business already.  Veda Scott was added to the match, and to my knowledge had never refereed before this bout.  I could be wrong on that.  As I've come to expect from them both, Tessa and Rachael delivered yet another great and fun match that went in such a way that either could've won.  In the end, Tessa hit her slingshot finisher from the ropes into a reverse slam to pick up the win.  Both shook hands with each other at the conclusion of the match.  It was another very good showing by both as they continue to impress in the ring.  For the record, congrats to Tessa for appearing on Monday Night Raw this past Monday, too!

-Gunner defeated Chris Mordetzky

These two powerhouses met in Gunner's hometown of Winston Salem at WrestleCade.  The crowd was split on who they were pulling for in this hard-hitting match.  Mordetzky attempted to end the match a few times by locking in his masterlock finisher, but Gunner found a way to counter each time.  The last time he tried that, Gunner countered it into hitting a spear to get the win in his hometown at the final WrestleCade event.

-Drew Galloway defeated PJ Black

These two former WWE Superstars clashed at WrestleCade.  I've seen these guys perform on the independent scene a few times.  The "playbook" so to speak is more open for them than it was in the WWE when they competed there.  Both were allowed to use their own strengths and get their offense in.  The end of the match came when a DDT was countered and eventually turned into a Canadian Destroyer-type finisher by Galloway on Black for the win.

-George South Invitational Battle Royal

George South wins the Battle Royal

The 3rd George South Invitational Battle Royal featured stars from the past and present which included most on the poster above.  Before the match, Rock Star Spud cut a promo running down the battle royal, fans, and city.  He also ran down George South as well as he was the first star to enter the ring.  I don't recall the exact order, but I do know the final 3 was South, Rock Star Spud, and the legendary Brooklyn Brawler.  The Brooklyn Brawler was then eliminated by South and Spud, bringing it down to two.  South eventually eliminated Spud -- much to the delight of everyone in attendance.  South cut a promo after winning saying thanks to all fans while also putting over those at WrestleCade.  Ironically, he cut a promo in the opening pre-show match running down fans.  I guess that's what winning your own Battle Royal will do for you.  LOL.  I'm only kidding George if you read this.  It was only fitting that he won the final Battle Royal of WrestleCade.  The man is the best trainer around, and has done so much for talent as well as for the business.

-Carlito defeated Jeff Jarrett w/Nick Patrick as guest referee

Early in the match, Jarrett strutted twice after hitting a couple of hip tosses on Carlito.  Later, Carlito returned the favor and strutted after hitting some moves on Jarrett.  Then Jarrett and Nick Patrick got into it.  That led to Jarrett being shoved by Patrick, and then hip tossed unexpectedly by the referee.  Then in a comedic moment, Patrick strutted after doing that to Jarrett.  After the two got more serious, both had an even match.  The end came when Jarrett accidentally spit Carlito's apple into the face of Patrick.  As Jarrett backed up from that, Carlito hit his back stabber finisher and picked up the win at WrestleCade.

-Luke Hawx defeated B.J. Whitmer

As you can see from the poster above, it was supposed to be EC3 vs Hawx.  However, before the match started, Hawx cut a promo and was angry about not being able to face EC3 due to injury.  So he called out any opponent to face him.  That's when B.J. Whitmer along with the legendary Kevin Sullivan came out to challenge him to a match.  The end of the match came when Hawx hit a blockbuster-type finisher on Whitmer for the win.  Even going back to when he had his steel cage match with Gunner at a previous WrestleCade, he's been most impressive at this event.  As for Whitmer, this was my second time seeing him after watching him at a previous ROH show.

-Ricochet, Matt Cross, & Shane Strickland defeated Sonjay Dutt, Juventud Guerrera, & Caleb Konley

This match right here was the best six-man tag team bout I've ever seen at a live show.  Jason Kincaid was replaced by Caleb Konley for the bout, and it was match of the year worthy to me.  The end of this match came when Cross hit a moonsault off the top rope onto Konley for the win.  After the bout, Juventud and Dutt got on the mic and put everyone over in this match.  Everyone in the match received a standing ovation, and rightfully so.  When the DVD for this match comes out, buy it for this one alone.  It was THAT good, folks.  Trust me on that.

-Kelly Klein, Amber Gallows, Kennadi Brink, & Taeler Hendrix defeated Deonna Purrazzo, Mandy Leon, Faye Jackson, & Solo Darling

I'm glad that two women's matches were booked on the card.  However, any match that followed the previous one was gonna have a hard time following that up regardless of which bout it was.  These women are talented, and have done very well for themselves in WOH as well as on the independent wrestling scene.  In a match like this, it's hard for everyone to get time to shine, but all of them at least did briefly if not more.  The end came when Klein forced Darling to tap out to her submission move to win the match for their team.

-WrestleCade Championship

"Broken" Matt Hardy w/Senor Benjamin defeated Ryback to retain the WrestleCade title

The final match ever at WrestleCade featured two stars meeting in the ring for the first time ever.  Most of the crowd was for Hardy as "Delete!  Delete!  Delete!" chants could be heard every time he gestured for it.  There were some fans that could be heard supporting Ryback and "Feed me more!" chants, too.  Each star did get in their signature moves, and both used offense most fans haven't seen on live Indy events.  Ryback hit a dive onto Hardy on the outside of the ring and threw a dropkick at one point, too.  He's agile for size.  Hardy also took the fight to the outside of the ring, and hit his Twist of Fate on Ryback as well.  The end of the match came when the referee was inadvertently knocked down.  Ryback hit his Shell Shocked finisher on Hardy, but the referee was unable to count.  Senor Benjamin got involved and used a stun gun on Ryback as the referee remained down in the ring.  This enabled Hardy to recover in time to hit his Twist of Fate finisher again on Ryback to win the match and remain the final champion of WrestleCade.

Notes from WrestleCade:

-Before the start of the live show, the legendary Dutch Mantell was introduced as the GM for the night's matches.  He reverted to his Zeb Coulter gimmick with his "We The People!" gesture, and also voiced his political opinions like he did in the WWE.  He's always been great on promos.

-Also during the show, WrestleCade management presented founder Tracy Myers with a restored guitar used by Jeff Jarrett on Matt Hardy when he shattered it over his head in the main event last year.  They all thanked Tracy for his part in making WrestleCade as big as it was this year.

Notes from Fanfest and throughout the day:

Meeting Sting

-I had a Superstar pass, so I was among the early entries into Fanfest.  The first thing I wanted to do was find out where Sting was going to be at.  Fortunately, I ran into Brian Hawks about as soon as I got into Fanfest, and he told me exactly where he'd be as well as informed me that he was switched to a different spot in the venue.  So I made my way over there, and was the first person in line to meet the Icon.  I had already purchased a Photo Op during the pre-sale.  I recall Deanna Phillips, a friend of mine that works at AML Wrestling, was helping with Sting's Meet & Greet.  So I gave them my ticket and stood next to Sting(who was in full face paint) as he shook my hand.  We took the pic, and I talked to him for a little over a minute.  I told him that I've followed his career since the UWF days back in the mid-1980s because I lived in the Midwest City, Oklahoma as a kid, and would go to the old OKC Myriad to watch shows.  My dad used to take us to Mid-South/UWF shows a lot when they were around.  Anyway, after telling him this, he says, "That was when I was with Hellwig(Originally Blade Runner Rock before he was the Ultimate Warrior)."  Then I said, "Yeah, you were originally Blade Runner Flash before you were Sting."  He said somewhat laughing, "Yes, and that was a long time ago."  I told him I'm glad I finally met you.  He said, "I'm glad it worked out that we could meet."  I shook his hand and moved on to meet the next guest.  He's definitely a nice guy that almost everyone has said he is.  I noticed the line after I left, and it didn't take long for it to back up with fans waiting to meet him.  This alone would've made my day!

Meeting "The Big Guy" Ryback

-The next star I got in line to meet was "The Big Guy" Ryback.  He wasn't too far away from where Sting was at, so I decided to meet him next since he was on my list of people to see.  As I was in line, my friend Bobby Huffman was there, too.  I asked the guy running Ryback's table if they still would take cash because I think due to him being a WrestleCade guest, you had to get it in advance.  The guy said they could only take exact change.  I didn't have exact change, and I asked Bobby if he had change for a $20.  He did and I thanked him a couple of times for helping me out.  So I got to meet Ryback.  As I approached him, we shook hands and then took the pic.  After that, I asked him about his thoughts on WrestleCade.  He said he loved it and that the people were all great.  He said he was looking forward to his match with Matt Hardy that night.  I shook his hand again after that, and he thanked me for coming out.  As I was going to leave, I noticed my friend Kyle Lewis and his little boy Max were in line.  Kyle asked me before I left if I could take a pic of Ryback with Kyle on his phone as he took one with his camera.  Max is a big fan of Ryback.  After the WC was over, Max got a pic with him again after he was crushed that he lost.  Later, Ryback posted that pic on his Instagram account and jokingly said, "I wasn't permanently deleted."  He also tweeted Kyle back later saying, "Thank you Kyle.  He made my night and I'm glad I could help."  That says a whole lot about Ryback.

Heroes & Legends of Pro Wrestling

-My next stop was the Heroes & Legends of Pro Wrestling table where I seen fellow Dangerous Alliance member(a wrestling Facebook page we both are part of) Mike Kalasnik running the table.  We've only crossed paths a few times, but we talked briefly about the group.  Anyway, I purchased a super ticket to meet all four of their guests, which were Veda Scott, Rachael Ellering, Kennadi Brink, and Kelly Klein.  It was a very organized process -- even though the area was congested, but that had nothing to do with them.  Nonetheless, the experience was great with them all.

Meeting Veda Scott

-The first of the H&L guests I met was Veda Scott.  I seen her at a live ROH show earlier this year, but never met her in person.  She's shorter in person than I thought she'd be, but she's gorgeous and a nice lady.  The conversation was brief.  She thanked me a couple of times for coming out and asked if I was enjoying WrestleCade.  We took a picture and she shook my hand and thanked me again.  After the WC event that night was done, me and the group of friends I was with seen her at the Mellow Mushroom restaurant down the street from the hotel we stayed at.

Meeting Rachael Ellering

-This was my second time meeting the daughter of the legendary "Precious" Paul Ellering, and I told her the previous time was at the QOC show back in September in Gastonia, NC.  We talked briefly about the Fatal Fourway she won on that show(the best Fourway women's match I've seen live).  She was wearing a cool-looking Road Warriors t-shirt, and I was going to say something about that.  It was then that she noticed my Cubs 2016 World Series Champions shirt I had on, and said that was her team, too.  That put a big smile on my face, and that was the topic of conversation the rest of the time.  She was telling me about her time in Chicago and how they finally got a ring.  I told her I had waited since 1984 as a fan to see them win it all.  So she signed a pic of her for me while putting "Go Cubs Go" on it, and then we got a pic.  We shook hands and she thanked me again for coming out.  It wouldn't be the only time we crossed paths with one another on the weekend.  After the WC event was over, I had to go back to my hotel room and drop my WrestleCade IV shirt off I got at the show(that I almost hurt Chris Riddle's arm snatching it in the air.  LOL).  I was on my way out to meet up with a group of friends at Mellow Mushroom, and was on the 10th floor of the Marriott hotel ready to go.  I took the elevator down, and it stopped either on the 5th or 6th floor.  I don't recall.  Anyway, when it did stop, Rachael got on.  She said, "Hey, you're the Cubs fan I met earlier today."  I told her yes I was.  I then told her that her match with Tessa Blanchard was great.  She thanked me, and said her and Tessa had fun with that match.  She said she had to go downstairs to exchange room keys because they didn't work, and that she was having trouble with that all weekend there.  She did say she doesn't forget faces easily, but it was nice that she had remembered me from earlier despite all the people that attended.  There may not be a nicer lady in the business.  Since she's also a big Cubs fan, she's become one of my favorite people in the business.  She's already a very good talent in the ring, and she's done very well in making a name for herself, too.

Meeting Kennadi Brink

-I have seen her plenty of times on Queens of Combat shows, but this was my first time actually meeting Kennadi Brink.  I told her that I've seen her in matches plenty of times before.  I told her that she's very entertaining with her promos during matches.  She said that's what she does.  She signed an 8x10 for me at that point.  Her and Kelly Klein would get a pic with me.  Later after posting that pic on Instagram, she said that it was a pleasure to meet me at WC.  She's a very nice lady and talent, too.

Meeting Kelly Klein

The final woman at the H&L table that I met was Kelly Klein.  This was the first time I've met her, and I've only seen her on WOH matches.  I didn't talk to her long at all, but did say she's great in Women of Honor.  She did thank me for that.  She signed an 8x10 by including my name and putting "#PrettyBadass(which she most certainly is)" on it.  I then got a pic with her and Kennadi Brink together, which came out very well.  Kelly is also a very nice lady and talent.

Meeting Lisa Marie Varon

-I've met Lisa before at the MCW show I attended last year.  I knew she was a diehard Cubs fan like me.  After she noticed my shirt, we talked about the Cubs and their World Series win.  Before we took a pic, she surprised me by putting on her Cubs hat.  We took one pic with my arm around her.  Then she insisted on taking another one with me with both of us holding "No.1" fingers up.  During this time, she told me she was loving seeing Cubs fans at WrestleCade.  That's when I asked her if she knew Rachael Ellering was a Cubs fan.  She said she didn't, and wanted to go see her later.  Lisa was singing "Go Cubs Go!" before I was done talking to her.  My buddy Bobby Mitchell was behind me in line and she asked him if she was okay with him on wearing the Cubs hat in their pic.  I joked and said, "Do NOT take that hat off.  Leave it on the rest of the day."  She said jokingly, "I always ask because not everyone likes the Cubs."  So Bobby got one with her not having the Cubs hat on.  Okay, Bobby is a good friend of mine, so I won't hold that against him.  LOL.  Later, I seen Lisa pass by me a couple of times at Fanfest when she took a break.  One of those times, she seen me and said, "Hey David, did you see that one fan with a Cubs jacket and hat on?"  I told her I did.  What a super cool lady she is.  It was clear how much she loves the Cubs and being there at WrestleCade.  One of the best experiences ever meeting her.  Oh, Go Cubs Go and Fly The W!

Meeting "Nature Boy" Ric Flair

-After all these years living in North Carolina, I never had the chance to meet Ric Flair.  That all changed at the final WrestleCade.  By the time I got to his line, it died down.  However, it was on the side of the building where stars such as Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Matt Hardy were at.  Anyway, I got my chance to meet Flair, and the guy from Big Time Wrestling told me that we could sit next to him to get a pic.  As I did, I told him I waited a long time for this.  He held up the "Four Horsemen" sign and so did I in the pic.  He then thanked me for coming out and taking a pic with him.  This was definitely another highlight of my day at WrestleCade!

Meeting "Broken" Matt Hardy

-Hardy is another one I've seen at shows and Fanfests, but never met face to face.  That also changed at the final WrestleCade.  Anyone that has followed wrestling this year knows that he's now "Broken" Matt Hardy.  It's one of the best things going in wrestling.  And with the amount of fans he consistently had in his line at this WrestleCade Fanfest, it's clear that many agree with my sentiment on that.  Nonetheless, I shook his hand, and we took a pic as he had his arms out-stretched and had that crazed look on his face.  Then he asked me if was I coming to the event later that night, and I told him there was no way in the world I'd miss it.  He thanked me for coming out, and told me to enjoy the rest of Fanfest and the show that night.  Another highlight of my day at Fanfest.  And man is he OVER right now, and was even more so in the main event of WrestleCade!

Meeting Rebel

-I met the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and TNA star last year at WrestleCade.  Bobby Mitchell and I were at her table for a bit, and we talked about the Cowboys, TNA, and her appearance last year at WC.  We also talked about her not being at Queens of Combat, and how she missed it last year.  She's obviously loving how the Cowboys are doing.  She's very engaging to fans, and maybe the most gorgeous woman in the business.  I almost forgot how tall she was, too.  LOL.  Well, Bobby and I got pics with her, and she told us to make sure we tweeted them to her later.  And of course, she retweeted the pic, and liked it on Instagram.  She's been great both times I've met her.

Meeting Amber O'Neal

-Amber is one of few that knows me by face, and most of the time by name.  Hey, she sometimes forgets.  LOL.  I'm pretty sure the last time I seen her was at the previous WrestleCade before this event.  As soon as she seen my face, she gave me a hug and said it was good to see me again.  She did the same thing to Bobby because we met her at the same time.  She talked about her tiring path to make it to WrestleCade this past weekend and how she had to prepare for it.  We talked about her recent appearances as well as the show later that night.  During that time, she had a number of people come up to her to talk while Bobby and I were there.  One of them was Eddie Edwards.  Another was our friend Todd Parrish.  She apologized for that a few times, but neither Bobby or I were phased by it.  She did finally get around to taking pics with us, and signing photos, too.  We both hugged her again before we left.  Later, she retweeted my pic I got with her, followed me on Instagram, and left a comment saying it was good to see me again.  It's nice when stars recognize you and remember who you are even after a year.  She's been a friend of mine for about three years in the business.

Meeting Mandy Leon

-I've seen Mandy Leon perform a few times for Queens of Combat, and she was great on those shows.  That woman is so drop dead gorgeous when you see her up close.  Everyone I know says she maybe the best looking female in the business as well.  But don't let her looks fool you.  She can certainly go in the ring, too.  I didn't talk with her long, but she did ask me how I liked WrestleCade.  I told her it was the best one yet, and that I was looking forward to the 8-women tag team match later that night she was in.  I ended up getting a pic with her because I found out she wasn't gonna be on Queens of Combat, so I wanted to be sure I did get one there.  After I posted the pic on Instagram, she retweeted and liked it almost immediately.  Despite the short conversation, she was nice to meet.

Tracy Myers

-During WrestleCade, I did get some time to get a pic with WrestleCade founder Tracy Myers.  He's my friend and we talked about how the event was going.  He didn't know it at the time, but I wanted to make sure I got a pic with him at WrestleCade because this was the final one.  I've seen Tracy plenty of times at AML shows that he runs in the Triad area, but this time was different.  Later, I saved that pic to post for last because it was the final event.  Tracy did have a lot of help, but there's no doubt WrestleCade would've never been as big as it became without him.  Tracy, thanks for five great years of WrestleCade, and I was glad to make four of them(I missed the first one).

WrestleCade Fanfest and the wrestling event itself was one of the best days I've ever had as a wrestling fan.  Certainly, it was the best this year.  I know Fanfest was congested with fans in many areas of the venue, but that's not hard to do when over 4,000 fans -- plus the talent -- are in the same room.  The talent I met were all great, and I wouldn't mind meeting any of them again.  With only four hours, it's impossible to meet all 100+ stars, but that's why it's always important to prioritize.  The wrestling event itself had stars from yesteryear and today that made it another solid show.  It was the best time ever.

Besides the talent I did see, it was also great running into my friends Lora Lyons, John Walsh, Robert Delph and David Delph, Chris Riddle, Donald Webb, Lysander Smith, Charlie Napier, Robert Holt, Bryan Reynolds, Brandon Lattimore, Joseph Magee, Leslie and Kelli Michael, and other friend I may have missed mentioning in this entire entry.  It was also good running into Ethan Case, Aerial Monroe, and Darius Lockhart there as well.

WrestleCade will always hold a special place in the hearts of many as it grew every year, and it ended up going out on a high note in 2016.  I'll always remember those times and how it would occupy my Thanksgiving weekend.  Fans such as myself are hopeful it may return, but I also fully understand the time and manpower it takes to prepare for such an event.  It was a great and very successful five-year run.

So with that, I want to thank every single person that ever had a hand in making WrestleCade to become what it did.  That includes those that prepared for the events, talent, sponsors, and of course all the fans.  Thanks for five great years of WrestleCade memories and moments!

Be sure to tune in to Live From The Armory! on Wednesday nights where they'll talk about this show and much more. The show is hosted by my very good friends Lora Lyons and Robert Delph as they have the top independent talent on the shows every week while talking all things wrestling, too.

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