Arena Reports SHOW RESULTS - 4/20 NWA Houston Parade of Champions: CALDWELL'S in-person report on Conway-Masters NWA Title, Hoyt & Archer defend IWGP Tag Titles (w/PHOTOS)
Apr 20, 2013 - 11:16:24 PM
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NWA "Parade of Champions" show results
April 20, 2013
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
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TOP NEWS: Rob Conway successfully defended the NWA Title against Chris Masters and received a new NWA Title belt... Lance Hoyt & Davey Boy Smith, Jr. successfully defended the IWGP Tag Titles and captured the NWA World Tag Titles.
Saturday night at a fencing club in Southwest Houston brought out a much different crowd than the Lucha Libre USA show on the other side of town last night.
This was a more adult-oriented, Attitude Era audience, which was reflected by hard rock and Attitude Era theme songs playing before the start of the show. There were also some older fans in attendance for the Paul Boesch Memorial aspect of the show.
Prior to the show starting, the ring announcer said this is being recorded for the local ABC affiliate. After a 10-bell salute for Boston and West, Texas and the National Anthem, NWA president Bruce Tharpe entered the ring to read a tribute to Paul Boesch, who Tharpe said would be 100-years-old today. After Tharpe acknowledged Boesch's widow and son in the press box area, Tharpe asked NWA Houston promoter Christopher Ronquillo into the ring to accept Boesch's promoter's jacket to "pass the torch."
(1) Jasper Davis & David "Super" Duperon beat Rudy Russo & Jack Jameson at 9:41. The heel duo of Davis & Duperon stalled early on, so Russp started the match with a plancha on the outside. The heavily-bearded Jameson got in some offense approaching the 5:00 mark. The heels then isolated Russo before Jameson hot-tagged back into the match. After the match broke down, Davis rolled up Jameson with his feet on the ropes for the pin and the win. Jameson has a good grasp of his big-bellied, Colt Cabana-like character and would be a nice opening act for any major promotion.
(2) Kahagas beat NWA N.A. American champion Byron Wilcott to capture the NWA North American Hvt. Title. This was a brawl from the start with action in and out of the ring. They built to a big spot where the very tall Wilcott tried to come off the top rope without hitting his head on the ceiling. He did, but he executed a big splash anyways. It was only good for a two count, though. Kahagas then countered a huracanrana into a sunset flip pin for a quick three count to capture the title. Bruce Tharpe presented Kahagas with the title after the match. Solid action.
(3) Ray Rowe beat NWA Lone Star Jr. Hvt. champion "One Man" Mike Dell at 12:49 to capture the NWA Lone Star Jr. Hvt. Title. At the start, the issue with this match was the referee is bigger than both wrestlers. Also, the crowd wasn't sure who to cheer for, so Rowe turned the "respect match" into a "personal issue" by slapping Dell mid-way through the match. Rowe worked on Ray, who made a comeback and nearly forced Rowe to tap to an armbar while being held in huracanrana position. Very unique spot. The crowd reacted favorably with a "This is Wresting" chant, then the wrestlers went to a finishing sequence of nearfalls until Rowe hit a unique finisher - Go To Sleep to the lower back. It was good for the win. Excellent independent show match. "That was awesome" chant was the reaction from the crowd, then the wrestlers showed respect after the match.
In-between matches, the ring announcer announced that the portion of this show filmed for the local ABC affiliate will air on May 24.
(4) NWA National Hvt. champion Damien Wayne beat Carson at 12:05 to retain the NWA National Hvt. Title. Wayne worked heel against the local star. 11:00 into the match, a dude in a cape walked out to distract Carson. Carson then turned around and took a piledriver from Wayne for the pin and the win. The match overstayed its welcome going 12 minutes, but wasn't bad.
NWA VP Chris Ronquillo returned to the ring to welcome out J&P Championship Belts to unveil a new NWA World Title belt as part of the NWA's attempt to reintroduce a new look and feel to the organization.
Of note, TNA talent executive Bruce Prichard watched the second-half of the show from the back of the venue.
(5) NWA Lone Star Hvt. champion Jax Dane beat "The Canadian Lion" Lance Erikson at 7:27 to retain the NWA Lone Star Hvt. Title. This was a battle of two large men, which meant a slow-down pace to gradually get the crowd back into the show after intermission. The finish was Jax attempting a uranage, but both men fell down. It was good for the pin and the win anyways.
Time to get serious with the double title match main events. Before the Tag Title match, Lance Archer took the mic and vowed to kill their opponents. Figuratively, of course. Before the match, the crowd let Archer know about his back tattoo with a "Tramp Stamp" chant.
(6) IWGP tag champions Lance Archer (Lance Hoyt) & Davey Boy Smith, Jr. beat NWA tag champions "The Kingz of the Underground" Scot Summers & Ryan Genesis at 20:37 to capture the NWA Tag Titles. The first five minutes built to a confrontation between 6'8" Hoyt and 6'0" Summers, who is built like a house. The size vs. power exchange led to the action breaking down on the outside and clearing out fans from the first few rows. Back in the ring, Hoyt and Smith worked over Summers, who escaped multiple pin attempts. Genesis hot-tagged into the match at 13:45, but couldn't secure a three count. The action broke down, then Summers powerbombed Genesis onto Smith, but Hoyt broke up a pin attempt. There was a super-close nearfall for the Kingz at 20:00, which ended up being their last gasp. Hoyt & Archer then combined for a double powerbomb on Genesis for the pin and the win to capture the NWA Tag Titles. Very good semi-main event tag match.
After the match, Hoyt and Smith cut a promo proclaiming themselves IWGP & NWA tag champions, then vowed to successfully defend both Tag Titles for New Japan Pro Wrestling. On the way, Hoyt stared down and tried to intimidate NWA president Bruce Tharpe.
Main Event time with Conway vs. Masters for the NWA Title. Before the match, it was announced that the winner will receive the new NWA Title belt.
(7) NWA World Hvt. champion "Iron Man" Rob Conway beat Chris Masters at 19:47 to retain the NWA World Title. The first-time-ever match between Conway and Masters started with a feeling-out process as the two former WWE stars looked for an opening. They had a long mid-ring battle on their feet before Masters open-hand slapped Conway and teased the Masterlock, but Conway reached the ropes for a break. On the outside, Masters lit up Conway with a chop, then Ric Flair strutted. Conway got his revenge back in the ring by taking out Masters's left knee. The ref checked on Masters if he wanted to continue, then Conway went to work on the knee. Conway returned the Flair Favor with a Figure-Four Leglock, causing Masters to cry out in pain before eventually getting a rope break.
Masters made his comeback at 15:30, then delivered a sky-high bomb that nearly put Conway's head into the ceiling for a nearfall. Masters then teased the Masterlock to the delight of the crowd before applying it. Conway faded, but then kicked himself into the air and over the ropes to force a rope break. As Masters and Conway brawled on the outside, a few inebriated fans on the front row decided 17:30 into the match was the time to start doing the Fandango humming and singing. Another fan's reply of "That was so two weeks ago" quickly got it shut down. Back in the ring, Conway cut off Masters at the knee again, then delivered a spinning facebuster finisher near the ropes. It was good for the pin and the win, with Masters unable to escape or reach the ropes in-time. Good match. Solid WWE TV-style main event.
After the match, NWA top executives Bruce Tharpe and Chris Ronquillo entered the ring to congratulate Conway on the win and present him with the new NWA World Title. Conway then took the mic and put over Masters. Conway said this NWA Title means everything to him and he will defend it all over the world. Masters then left with an icepack and stopped at the curtain to share a word with Bruce, Bruce, and Chris. Conway then signed off to end the show.
Overall, a good night of in-ring wrestling action. The local stars have some talent and did their part on the undercard. Impressive.
NWA Houston's return dates are May 17, June 21, and July 19 in Cypress, Texas. More info at NWAHouston.com.
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