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Catholics vs Convicts Highlights Memorable College Football Day in 1988

October 15, 1988, one of the most exciting and memorable days in college football took taken place. It was on this day that one of the most hyped college football games ever was played, nail-biters took place in Los Angeles and Iowa, one team set a college football record, and Barry Sanders continued his excellence in an offensive showdown in Lincoln.

Note: Records and rankings are before the games took place.

No. 1 Miami(4-0) at No. 4 Notre Dame(5-0)

In South Bend, the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish hosted the No. 1 Miami Hurricanes in a very hyped match-up billed as the "Catholics vs Convicts". Miami's public image wasn't very good due to their reputation with law-breaking from some players that was established a couple of years prior to this match-up. A few schools have altogether avoided playing Miami as a result of their perceived unsportsmanlike attitude for the off-field troubles. So that's how the match-up got it's name, and students can be seen in highlights with shirts on with the slogan on them.

But make no mistake about it, the Hurricanes were the defending national champions for a reason, and had embarrassed the Fighting Irish the year before with a 24-0 shutout in Miami. They also whipped them badly two years before with a 56-7 win, which angered Notre Dame because they felt they unnecessarily ran the score up on them in 1985.

A shoving match happened before the game, and further added to the bad blood that existed between the two schools.

The game was as good as advertised, and was decided in the final minute of the game.

The Fighting Irish jumped out to an early first half lead because of the play of QB Tony Rice, and defensive back Pat Terrell's interception of a Steve Walsh tipped pass from linebacker Frank Stams that was returned for a touchdown that put Notre Dame ahead 21-7.

But Walsh would lead Miami back in the last two minutes of the first half with two touchdown passes as the Hurricanes tied it at 21-21 at halftime.

Notre Dame took a 31-24 lead late in the game after a controversial fumble by Miami running back Cleveland Gary was recovered by Fighting Irish linebacker Michael Stonebreaker near the Irish goal line. The fumble was caused by defensive back George Streeter.  The Hurricanes thought the play should have been ruled incomplete, but to no avail.

Later, the Hurricanes also attempted a fake punt, but Steve Belles tackled the punter short of a first down.

Both teams committed fumbles late, but Walsh threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Andre Brown on a 4th down play with under a minute left to bring the score to 31-30. Miami chose to go for the win with a two-point conversion attempt, but the pass attempt was broken up by Terrell, who had a big defensive day for Notre Dame.

Miami committed seven turnovers in the game -- including three interceptions thrown by Walsh -- which helped Notre Dame to a 31-30 win over the Hurricanes. The Fighting Irish had 162 rushing yards for a team that had an assortment of injuries on the offensive line. Miami had just 62 rushing yards in the game.

Notre Dame survived a brutal schedule that year, and won their last national championship to date under head coach Lou Holtz -- capped with a Fiesta Bowl win against West Virginia. This would be Miami's only loss on the season, and they would later beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Miami's 16-game winning streak was snapped. This day belonged to Notre Dame, and it's one they'll never forget.

Kansas State(0-5) at No. 9 Oklahoma(4-1)

In Norman, Oklahoma, the Sooners took the field against an over-matched and win-less Kansas State squad. Quarterback Charles Thompson, who started because of an injury to starter Jamelle Holieway, had a huge first half in the game. Thompson had four touchdowns in the opening quarter with three of them being runs of 11, 5, and 77 yards as Oklahoma led 35-0 at the end of the period. The Sooners ground game was on pace to break their own team single-game rushing mark of 758 yards against Colorado in 1980. Oklahoma took a commanding 49-0 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Oklahoma mostly played their reserves, but the scoring didn't stop.

Backup running back Eric Mitchel rushed only six times, but gained 161 yards on the ground which included two touchdown runs of 85 and 47 yards. The Sooners got 123 rushing yards from Thompson and ten offensive touchdowns as they won the game 70-24.  A holding penalty in the first half also negated a big running play from Thompson that would've added to their rushing total for the game.

Kansas State, who came into the game with the Big Eight's top passing offense, threw for 347 yards as they scored 17 meaningless points in the final quarter.

Oklahoma rushed for a single game record of 768 yards and had 829 total yards for the game. The teams combined to have eight turnovers in the game.

The Sooners program was getting out of control off the field, and were hit with probation by season's end which prompted coach Barry Switzer to step down from his position. They would finish the season 9-3 that included a loss in the Citrus Bowl to Clemson. Kansas State went winless on the season, and Bill Snyder was hired as head coach the following year to turn a dismal program into a respectable one later on.

No. 16 Washington(4-1) at No. 3 Southern California(5-0)

Southern Cal was also looking to stay in the national title race as they faced a Huskies team, who suffered a heart-breaking loss to No. 2 UCLA in the closing minutes of the game the week before. The Trojans were coming off a convincing win against Oregon. USC led the entire game, but nearly saw their national title hopes dim before them on this day.

USC got out to a 14-0 lead as Scott Lockwood's 4-yard run started the scoring for them. Lockwood filled in for three injured teammates in this game. A costly fumble by QB Rodney Peete deep in their own territory gave Washington new life as they cashed the turnover in on a QB keeper from Cary Conklin to cut the lead to 14-7.

Peete bounced back with a touchdown pass to tight end Scott Galbraith to give the Trojans a cushion.

But Conklin and the Huskies would not go away.

Conklin threw three touchdown passes to receiver Brian Slater in the second half of this game. With the Trojans leading 28-21 late in the final quarter, Slater caught his final touchdown pass of the contest to cut the lead to a single point.

Washington chose to go for two and the win on the road. Halfback Vince Weathersby was open on the two-point conversion attempt, but Conklin underthrew the intended pass to him as the Trojans held on at home. The Huskies suffered their second straight heart-breaking loss against both Los Angeles schools.

USC finished 10-2 on the season with losses to eventual national champion Notre Dame and Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Washington finished the season with a disappointing 6-5 mark. This classic finish didn't even come close at becoming the top story in sports this day -- or in Los Angeles for that matter.

No. 10 Oklahoma State(4-0) at No. 7 Nebraska(5-1)

The nation's two highest scoring teams going into the contest faced each other in Lincoln. This match-up did not disappoint in offensive production, but the game was decided in the first half.

The Huskers had two touchdowns a piece from I-back Ken Clark and QB Steve Taylor in the 1st quarter. Nebraska also intercepted Cowboy's QB Mike Gundy in the first half of the game, and returned it for an 86-yard touchdown as Nebraska jumped out to a big 42-0 lead.

The sensational Barry Sanders finally got the Cowboys on the board, but it was too late.

He did rush for 189 yards and four touchdowns as he kept pace in the Heisman Trophy race with his great play. Sanders set many NCAA records on the season, but even his stellar performance wasn't enough to overcome Nebraska. He won the Heisman Trophy award by wide margin over Rodney Peete at season's end.

Nebraska won 63-42 which turned out to be a closer score than it really was. Clark and Taylor combined for five touchdowns and 396 rushing yards in the win for Nebraska. Gundy threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Cowboys.

Nebraska went 11-2 on the season, but had lost in the Orange Bowl to Miami. Oklahoma State's only other loss came to in-state rival Oklahoma, and they capped their season with a Holiday Bowl win over Wyoming.

No. 15 Michigan(3-2) at Iowa(3-2-1)

On this day, it was inevitable that neither team was going to win this one. Michigan came into this game after a win against arch-rival Michigan State. Iowa also came into this contest with a win against in-state rival Iowa State in the previous game.

Iowa did get out to a 17-10 lead, and were driving down the field to add to their lead in the second half.

Running back Tony Stewart fumbled on a dive play right before going into the end zone, which was recovered by Michigan. This was on a 4th down play that coach Hayden Fry chose to go for instead of kicking a field goal. Michigan then went right down the field as QB Michael Taylor connected with John Kolesar on a 24-yard touchdown pass to tie the game.

The Wolverines got the ball back late in the game with the score still tied 17-17. RB Tracy Williams then fumbled the ball on the 1-yard line as Iowa recovered with 1:21 left in the game. Iowa tried a desperation pass as time expired, and the game ended up in a 17-17 tie.

Both teams had crucial turnovers deep in their opponent's territories that prevented each one from winning the game. Michigan finished 9-2-1 and knocked off USC in the Rose Bowl. Iowa would have three ties on the season while finishing 6-4-3 as they lost to NC State in the Peach Bowl.

October 15, 1988 College Football Review

So this day saw two games that ended with failed two-point conversion attempts, one that seemingly nobody wanted to win, a record-breaking day in Norman, and an offensive showing in Lincoln that was decided early even though Barry Sanders had another great game. Now that is one heck of a day in college football. But like I said, one sports moment took center stage that topped it all in Los Angeles that night. That moment was when Kirk Gibson hit a walk-off homer in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.  What a day in sports history!

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Georgia Tech Beats Cumberland College 222-0 in 1916

On October 7, 1916, the most lopsided game in college football history had taken place. It was on this day that the Georgia Tech football team faced off against Cumberland University(then known as Cumberland College), which is located in Lebanon, Tennessee. The game took place at Grant Field in Atlanta which is now currently part of Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The game itself was nothing short of an epic beat down, and an act of revenge for Georgia Tech. Though game rules were different in those days and one team was cancelling its football program, it’s still mind-boggling how this game unfolded.

In the spring of 1916, Cumberland University beat Georgia Tech in a baseball game, 22-0, as Georgia Tech was managed by John Heisman. Heisman was more known for college football, and he got a $500 guarantee from Cumberland to play the football game in October or they would have to pay a $3,000 forfeiture settlement(about $65,000 in today’s market) if they did not. This was after Cumberland decided not to play football that fall, but they still had to play Heisman’s team or pay the settlement. So Cumberland's George Allen, who was the team's student football manager, had 16 players that made it to go to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech.

Cumberland had a very successful 1903 season in which they shut out Alabama, LSU, and Tulane on a five-day road trip on that campaign. Then they managed an 11-11 tie against Heisman’s Clemson squad that year when part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The very next year, Cumberland played Georgia Tech in Heisman’s first season as head coach in a 18-0 loss. They lost by the same score to Georgia Tech the following year.

Georgia Tech offered Heisman the head coaching job after Clemson pummeled them 73-0 to start the 1903 season. Ironically, his last game at Clemson was against the same Cumberland team in a 11-11 tie that gave the Bulldogs the conference title. Georgia Tech became a powerhouse program with Heisman aboard as head coach as his legendary status was just beginning to take shape.

The game was also quite different in those days as it wasn’t uncommon to see teams score 100+ points in games since total points scored in a season determined national champions. The passing game due to rule changes in 1906 was just in its infancy that would also help boost offensive production.

Further, rules allowed teams that were scored upon in games the choice of either kicking off or returning. That rule did not change until 1922 when the team scored upon was to receive the kick from the scoring team. This played a critical role in the game between Georgia Tech and Cumberland College.

Cumberland College received the ball first and could not make a first down before punting it away. Georgia Tech then scored on a 20-yard touchdown run from G.E. Strupper on its very first play from scrimmage.

Cumberland then proceeded to fumble on their very next offensive play as Marshall Guill recovered and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown. Cumberland then fumbled again on their next offensive play, and Georgia Tech took advantage by scoring again two plays later as Jim Preas scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. Cumberland then lost five yards and were forced to punt it away on their next possession. Georgia Tech scored a touchdown again two plays later as Strupper ran one in from 10 yards out.

The game went like this for the rest of the afternoon.

By the end of the first quarter the score was 63-0 in favor of Georgia Tech. At halftime, they led 126-0. Heisman was in no mood to let up after he was embarrassed in baseball by Cumberland earlier that spring.

Heisman -- according to legend -- said at halftime, “We’re ahead, but you just can’t tell what those Cumberland players have up their sleeves. They may spring a surprise. Be alert, men.”

Georgia Tech wasn’t about to let up, and Cumberland College was in the midst of an epic beat down in the game.

Just to make sure Cumberland could not come back, the Yellow Jackets scored 54 points in the third quarter, and led 180-0 at the of the 3rd quarter. Finally, Georgia Tech ended the 4th quarter by scoring 42 points during that period. Cumberland did complete a 10-yard pass in the 4th quarter which is the only thing they had a statistical advantage in the entire game.

Scoring Summary(according to the Atlanta Journal):

1st quarter:

Strupper 20-yard rush(Preas kick) 7-0

Guill 10-yard fumble return(Preas kick) 14-0

Preas 5-yard rush(Preas kick) 21-0

Strupper 10-yard rush(Preas kick) 28-0

Alexander 1-yard rush(Preas kick) 35-0

Strupper 60-yard rush(Preas kick) 42-0

Spence 35-yard rush(Preas kick) 49-0

Strupper 45-yard punt return(Preas kick) 56-0

Spence 90-yard kickoff return(Prease kick) 63-0

2nd quarter

Senter 20-yard rush(Preas kick) 70-0

Preas 15-yard rush(Preas kick) 77-0

Guill 20-yard interception return(Preas kick) 84-0

Griffin 10-yard rush(Preas kick) 91-0

Strupper 3-yard rush(Preas kick) 98-0

Glover 4-yard rush(Preas kick) 105-0

Preas 10-yard fumble return(Preas kick) 112-0

Fellers 17-yard interception return(Preas kick) 119-0

Fellers 33-yard punt return(Preas kick) 126-0

3rd quarter

Strupper 3-yard rush(Spence kick) 133-0

Shaver 25-yard punt return(Spence kick) 140-0

Spence 10-yard rush(Spence kick) 147-0

Strupper 15-yard rush(Spence kick) 154-0

Spence 35-yard rush(Spence kick) 161-0

Carpenter 8-yard rush(Spence kick failed) 167-0

Strupper 55-yard punt return(Spence kick failed) 173-0

Spence 20-yard interception return(Strupper kick) 180-0

4th quarter

Fellers 40-yard interception return(Fincher kick) 187-0

Griffin 35-yard rush(Fincher kick) 194-0

Senter 2-yard rush(Fincher kick) 201-0

Fellers 40-yard punt return(Fincher kick) 208-0

Fellers 15-yard rush(Fincher kick) 215-0

Senter 30-yard interception return(Fincher kick) 222-0

Touchdown summary: Georgia Tech had 19 rushing, 5 interception return, 2 fumble return, 5 punt return, and one kickoff return for a total of 32 touchdowns in the game. They missed two extra points with Spence missing both of them. Strupper had the most touchdowns in the game with 8(six rushing, two punt return). Eleven different players scored touchdowns for Georgia Tech.

Game stats:

Turnovers: Cumberland College 15, Georgia Tech 0

Fumbles lost: Cumberland College 9, Georgia Tech 0

Interceptions thrown: Cumberland College 6, Georgia Tech 0

Rushing yards: Cumberland College -42, Georgia Tech 528*

Passing yards: Cumberland College 2-for-11 for 14 yards, Georgia Tech 0

Total yards: Cumberland College -28, Georgia Tech 528*

*-Rushing yards total is disputed and varies depending on source.

It has often been disputed about the actual stats of this game. What everyone agrees on is that neither team had a first down as Georgia Tech scored within three downs on every possession and Cumberland never getting one on offense. In fact, they never made it into Georgia Tech territory in the game.

What is also known is that Cumberland attempted 11 passes while Georgia Tech did not attempt one in the game.

Heisman got his revenge in the game and then some. He would go to become a coaching legend in college football and have the most prestigious individual player award named after him in 1936. His team wouldn’t win the national title in 1916, but would do so the following year in 1917. Since then, the Yellow Jackets have won three more national titles(1928, 1952, 1990) and currently play in the ACC.

Cumberland University -- as they are known as now -- did go on to more successful days as did Allen.

Cumberland won the Smokey Mountain Conference Championship four years in a row between 1932-35. They currently play in the Mid-South Conference in the NAIA.

Allen earned a law degree from Cumberland, and later became an advisor to future U.S. President Harry Truman when he served in office. He also has a public library named after him in Booneville, MS.

The score is a record that will never be touched or close to being broken. It’s a good argument to make as to which is more impressive between the amount of points Georgia Tech scored or the margin of victory in which they won by.

Consider that since World War II, the most points by one team in a game was Fort Valley State with 106 in 1969. In 2002, Arkansas and Kentucky combined for 134 points in a game as the Razorbacks won 71-63 as the result of overtime. Georgia Tech scored 126 in the first half alone of this game, which shows how impressive this record is in comparison to those other games.

Both teams will forever be synonymous with each other because of this game regardless of how each program performs from here on out. It may very well be the most unbreakable record in not only college football, but all of sports.

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AML Friends & Foes Results

AML(America's Most Liked) Wrestling returned this month with the Friends & Foes event at North Davidson High School in Lexington, NC.  It was a night of chaos -- mainly caused by a newly formed faction and "one man riot" -- that this event will largely be remembered for.  The amount of security was nowhere near prepared or strong enough to stop the carnage on this night.  It was also a night where three title matches took place, an extreme rules bout happened, and one legendary valet made an appearance and was involved in a match.  And the 2015 Manager of the Year brought in a new client and made sure he did something to make me write something good about him....again.

Here are the results of the show:

Future Stars of AML results:

-Jonathan Castro w/Jeff Castro defeated ATM(Austin Tyler Morris)

I liked the ATM name and money he had on his attire for this match.  The end of the match came when ATM tried to use a foreign object and got rolled up by Castro for the quick win in the first bout of the night.

-Mercenary J & Ian Maxwell defeated LaBron Kozone & James Blade

James Ryan wasn't with LaBron Kozone as LaBron James, so James Blade was his tag team partner for this match.  The two showed some trouble getting on the same page.  However, they did control a large part of this match.  I've seen Mercenary J. and Ian Maxwell before.  Maxwell hit an impressive hurricanrana after leaping off one leg into that move.  The end came when J. and Maxwell hit simultaneous splashes off the top rope to get the win.  Kozone was none too pleased after the match.

Triple Threat Match

-Montana Black defeated Juggernaut and Tongan Giant Assafi

All three guys in this match were big, so a lot of power moves were attempted in this bout.  Black played a psychopathic character throughout the match, and got the win with a big running boot to the head of Juggernaut for the victory.

Live TV Taping Results:

-Zane Dawson & George South interrupt the start of the show

AML owner Tracy Myers came out to address the crowd and apologize for the actions of Zane Dawson in recent months.  He assured the fans, talent, and Tim Woody Blaze would be protected due to the added security for the show.  He said that George South would indeed be banned from ringside in Dawson's match against C.W. Anderson later in the evening.  Tracy introduced Blaze to the fans, and to kick the show off with our first match.

That was until Zane Dawson and George South appeared and interrupted the show.

Security immediately came out and protected Blaze.  Both addressed Myers and General Manager Brian Hawks.  They teased going after Blaze a couple of times and said they were taking over AML.  They also said they would finish C.W. Anderson once and for all.  Further, they criticized why Damien Wayne got a AML Wrestling Championship title shot for later in the evening before Dawson did.  South was not the least bit pleased being banned from ringside for Dawson's match later in the night either.

This turned out to be only the first time Dawson would make his presence felt on this evening.

Triple Threat Match

-White Mike w/The Tommy Thomas defeated Cam Carter and Joey Rogers

White Mike and Tommy Thomas came out first.  When they came by my area, Tommy insisted on taking my composition book I use to write down notes and the match order as well for shows I attend.  I refused at first, then let him have the notebook.  He wrote in in, "Tommy was great!"  He then had White Mike sign it as he was on the top rope acknowledging the fans before the match by licking it.  Tommy then told me to put that in my review.  More on this later.  I seen Cam Carter on the last AML show in a Fourway Future Stars match.  I was impressed with his athleticism and cat-like quickness on that show.  He also gets great height on his dropkicks, which he used in this match.  I've seen Joey Rogers one other time and he can go in the ring.  So this was a good opening match.  When White Mike takes a chop from anyone, you know it immediately because his reaction to them is unlike that of any other.  Carter hit a dive at one point in the match on the outside right in front of me, and looked to have the match won until he missed an acrobatic mid-air splash off the top rope.  With Joey Rogers down, White Mike took advantage by hitting a cool-looking spinning corkscrew neckbreaker on Carter for the win.  He spun him around about three times before doing that move.  White Mike was over with most of the crowd and got a solid reaction after winning a good opening bout.

-The Young Lions defeated The Mega Plowers

The Young Lions returned to AML after having lost in the previous show, so they were looking for a win against the debuting Mega Plowers.  The Mega Plowers pulled off a "Mega Powers" impersonation to start the match, and used some throwback gestures of past legends in this bout as well.  They were more entertaining that I thought they would be.  Early in the bout, it was the Young Lions that gained control -- highlighted by a simultaneous suicide dive right in front of me.  But the Mega Plowers took over the next several minutes of the match.  They kept one of the Young Lions in their half of the ring and dominated as the crowd got restless for the Young Lions to finally make a tag.  They finally did make a hot tag and turned the tide of the match in their favor before the Mega Plowers put a very brief halt to it.  The Young Lions then pulled out the win when one of them hit a dropkick off the top rope while the other turned that into a roll-up for the victory.

-Caleb Konley defeated Chance Prophet

Konley returned to AML and Prophet was involved in a Fatal Fourway match for a shot at the Prestige title last month.  Prophet used a lot of mind games in an attempt to put away Konley.  For awhile, it looked like it would work as some fans were not sure what to make of what Prophet was doing.  But in the end, Konley won the match by transitioning to a top rope moonsault to get the win.  He transitions to his finishing move very quickly.  Konley is one of the top Indy talents around, and has been for some time.

Lexington Street Fight for AML Tag Team Championship

-The Heatseekers defeated The Geordie Bulldogs w/Baby Doll to win the AML Tag Team Championship

After the battles these two teams have had, it was only fitting a match of this magnitude would settle things.  Or so it seems.  The Heatseekers originally came out with Baby Doll as their manager.  She quickly grew tired of their antics, and pulled the rope up on them on purpose after she was supposed to hold it open.  She left them before the match, and came out with the Geordie Bulldogs when they made their way to the ring.  As expected, this match went all over the North Davidson gym.  A couple of times, weapons fell right in front of where I was at.  Sean Denny of the Geordie Bulldogs was thrown into the bleachers by one of the Heatseekers, and was later busted open as well during the bout.  The Heatseekers had a bag they brought to the ring that was thought to be thumbtacks.  But instead, the bag hilariously contained gummy bears and that infuriated the Heatseekers.  It was because Baby Doll switched the thumbtacks out.  But despite the beatdown on Sean Denny, it appeared the Bulldogs would retain their titles when Sean hit a knee off the top rope on both members of the Heatseekers.  But the Heatseekers rolled out of the ring to avoid being pinned.  Sean had pulled out some mist to use, and it was taken briefly by the Heatseekers.  But he had another bottle on him and looked over at us(He later said he purposely looked at Michelle Isaac when he was preparing to use it.  Isaac is a HUGE Heatseekers fan).  But it didn't lead them to a win.  Later, Zane Dawson came out and attacked the Geordie Bulldogs by laying them out.  The Heatseekers hit a splash on Sean Denny for the win just before Mark could get in to prevent the pin.

AML Prestige Championship

-Jordan Kage defeated Darius Lockhart to win the AML Prestige Championship

Last month, Cedric Alexander(yes THAT Cedric Alexander) vacated the Prestige Championship to challenge "King" Shane Williams for the AML Championship.  This left the door open for someone to become the new Prestige Champion.  After two Fatal Fourway matches to determine the two that would challenge for the vacated title, it would end up being Darius Lockhart against Jordan Kage for this show.  Kage is a classic heel and has a unique move set that he incorporates in his matches.  Lockhart is a great athlete and is only beginning to do big things in the business.  Before the match, Tommy Thomas came out and wanted to make Lockhart his latest client.  He also led the crowd to a "Happy Birthday" singing for Lockhart, who was celebrating his 21st on that night.  Lockhart turned down Tommy's offer to be his latest client.  The match itself went back and forth with Kage hitting some unique moves and Lockhart using his quickness and athleticism to his favor.  The end of the match came when Lockhart was prepared to hit a move off the top rope until Kage pushed the referee into the ropes that caused Lockhart to fall off of them.  Kage then hit his 8x10 finisher on Lockhart to win the Prestige title.  After the match, Tommy brought out the cake like he did before the start of the bout.  Lockhart pushed the cake in Tommy's face, and told him that he said he wasn't going to be his next client.

Extreme Rules Match

-Zane Dawson defeated C.W. Anderson

George South came down to the ring with Dawson, but was officially banned from being involved per match rules despite insisting he would remain at ringside.  C.W. Anderson came out and announced that this would be an extreme rules match instead of a tables match.  The match went back and forth as well as right in front of me.  They teased putting each other thru a table on the outside of the ring as well as the one set up in the corner of the ring by Anderson during the bout.  It appeared that Anderson was on his way to winning the match when the referee was down after Dawson attacked him.  But the Heatseekers came out to help Dawson against Anderson.  The ECW original held his own against the new tag team champions while Dawson was down.  However, as soon as Anderson hit a spinebuster on Sigmon, Dawson speared Anderson thru the setup table in the ring corner and won the match.  As Anderson was being tended to by Brian Hawks, George South came out to announce his new faction.  He announced that Dawson and the Heatseekers were a group called the Expendables because it's a team of people that nobody wanted.  They promised to take over AML and put Tracy Myers and Brian Hawks on notice.  Anderson was able to walk off with some help after the match as fans gave him a standing ovation upon leaving the ringside area.

AML Wrestling Championship

-"King" Shane Williams w/Queen Taylor defeated Damien Wayne by DQ

As one can expect with these two, this match took place as much outside the ring as it did in it.  They fought in the opposite bleachers from where I was sitting for a good portion of time.  In fact, Wayne fell down the bleachers during the battle they had.  That certainly got my attention.  Neither man could gain the advantage for long.  The end of the match came when Shane was set to hit his pile driver finisher on Wayne.  That was until Dawson once again interfered in a match and attacked the AML Wrestling Champion that caused a disqualification.  Wayne took exception to that and the two rivals also went at it.  Later as Taylor was tending to Shane, Dawson grabbed her by the hair and was set to hurt her until security came out.  Security tried to prevent further damage, but Dawson attacked them all.  In fact, he hit one of them with a lariat so hard outside of the ring that it literally knocked his shoe off that went flying just behind me in the second row.  South laughed and joked about that when it happened.  It got a laugh out of me and several others in that area.  Shane Williams and Damien Wayne both took exception to the attack and took out the rest of the remaining security in the ring in front of South and Dawson.  Wayne then tried to turn the tables on Shane, but he nearly got a pile driver for his efforts.  Wayne then grabbed a microphone and challenged Shane to rematch at the next AML show called Dog Eat Dog on October 22.  The AML Wrestling Champion accepted the challenge and told Wayne "I will rule you!" on October 22 as the show came to an end.  Shane was really over with crowd yet again on this night.  Both put on a solid and physical match, so one can expect much of the same and then some in the rematch next month.


-Before the show, I caught up with Mark Denny of the Geordie Bulldogs, who was out in the lobby to promote the benefit for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.  I introduced myself and told him I was the one behind the writing of this site.  I had thanked him for promoting my site and the reviews I write here.  He liked the site and we briefly talked about the event that was upcoming.  Later in the night, Tracy Myers asked Mark to show them the shirts and talked about the benefit.  Mark approached the ring with a shirt to show the fans what it looked like.  On his way back to his table, he gave that shirt to a kid that was two chairs down from me in the front row.  I can safely say Mark is a class guy all the way even though I could tell that before having officially spoken to him at this event.

-After the segment in which Tommy Thomas got a cake to the face from Darius, Head of Security Bobby Lucas came over and was cleaning up the area with a mop.  He kept hitting my feet with the mop while he was laughing.  I will say cake got everywhere because of that and the pics from Tommy later on were funny.  See Bobby, told you this was going in my review though!

-After not seeing him at intermission, I was able to catch up with Darius Lockhart at his table and wished him Happy Birthday again.  We talked about his upcoming schedule and about AML's weekend shows in October.  Also, that AML and PWX run the same Saturday on October 22.  He also mentioned about how fellow students at his school at UNC-Greensboro know him from his wrestling.  Later, Tommy Thomas came up to us and wanted me to take a pic of them as he tried to convince him to be his new client again.  Darius still wasn't having any of it.  The pic I got of them proved that.  I then talked to Tommy for a bit and we talked about the spot before when he signed "Tommy was great!" in my composition book and White Mike licked it.  I told him that was too funny.  This was the first time he didn't demand for me to write something good about him(nor did he have to).  LOL.  Nonetheless, he thanked me a couple of times for writing them.  After he went back to help clean up, I went back to get a pic with Darius since all the lights came back on at that point.  Darius is one of the really great guys in the business.  And there's not many that work as hard as Tommy does in promoting the business in and out of the ring.

-My friend Aaron Johnson and I talked with Tracy Myers for a few minutes after the show.  We talked about the belt designs for the Prestige title, AML Championship, and some of what happened on the show.  When discussing the belt designs, the conversation turned to Mid-South Wrestling.  Tracy didn't know that Mid-South Wrestling/UWF was how I became a wrestling fan, and that it was the promotion I grew up watching.  For that have never read anything on here or my social media account, I did a large part of my growing up as a little kid in Midwest City, OK and went to those shows at the OKC Myriad as a kid.  It was because my mom was stationed in the Air Force there when I was little.  I liked that WrestleCade has brought in a significant amount of Mid-South talent to shows over the years as it reminds me of my days watching that promotion as a kid.

-After the last match, those that were part of the Special Olympics run got to step in the ring and take a group pic with AML Champion "King" Shane Williams and "Queen" Taylor.  They were also recognized during intermission and received a loud ovation from the crowd in attendance when doing so.  Having passed by many of them during the event, you can sense before all that happened that they were very grateful to AML for the benefit.  It was fitting that high class people like Shane and Taylor ended the night in the ring with them.

It was another fun night of action at AML.  Thanks to the entire staff and team at AML for yet another successful event.

The next AML events will be October 22 and 23 at the Southside Recreation Center in High Point, NC.  The October 22 event is called Dog Eat Dog.  The Sunday show on October 23 is the 2nd Annual Cornette Cup Tag Team Tournament named after the legendary manager Jim Cornette.  The Double Shot weekend is part of an exciting month leading to the big WrestleCade weekend in November.

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