ECWA Divide & Conquer May 5th, 2012- Headlines
– Cole Callaway returns!
– Kid America returns and reveals himself to be referee Mike Kehner!
– Papadon inducted into the ECWA Hall of Fame, while Mr. Ooh La La receives the first ECWA Lifetime Achievement Award!
– Mr. Ooh La La gets his shot at the ECWA Heavyweight Title (sort of…)!
– Josh Daniels wins a top contenders match!
– FUSION win 3rd tag title while Midnight Sensations must leave ECWA!
– No decisive winner in match between AHTU and Mustafa!
– Chris Wylde wins TWA Title and ends Breaker Morant’s 2 year plus title reign!
– Papadon retains his title against Kekoa and wins the Mid-Atlantic Title!
– “The BOSS” Mike Tartaglia BUYS the Mid-Atlantic Title!!!
ECWA Divide & Conquer May 5th, 2012- Results and Review by Brady Hicks
Newark, Delaware, East Coast Wrestling Association- Cole Callaway pinned Ricky “The Model” Martinez w/ Magnum and Gus Grand [5:13] … Corey Blaze and Kid USA fought to a no-contest [3:27] … ECWA Heavyweight Champion “The Greek God” Papadon pinned Mr. Ooh La La [0:17] … Josh Daniels defeated “Beautiful” Bobby Shields, “#1” Johnny Silver and Aden Chambers in a four corners match [13:18], defeating Silver by submission … Fusion-DS defeated ECWA Unified Tag Team Champions The Midnight Sensations [15:08], taking their titles in a Loser Leaves ECWA match … Mustafa Aziz and AHTU [4:13] wrestled to a double count-out … “Heart Killer” Chris Wylde pinned Tri-State Wrestling Alliance (TWA) Heavyweight Champion Breaker Morant (with Shields and Daniels) [18:04] to win the TWA title … ECWA Heavyweight Champion Papadon pinned Mid-Atlantic Champion Kekoa The Flyin Hawaiian [20:05] to win the Mid-Atlantic title in a Title vs. Title Match (05/05/12)
On the night in which Mr. Ooh La La was honored by East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) head booker Joe Zanolle with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his 20+ year ECWA career, he also saw his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to challenge for the title of his choosing dashed at the hands of ECWA owner Mike Tartaglia and his champion, “The Greek God” Papadon.
Moments after Tartaglia presented a plaque to Papadon, ECWA’s current Super 8 champion and the longest reigning heavyweight title-holder in the history of the ECWA, to make him the newest ECWA Hall of Famer, Tartaglia was interrupted by his longtime “friend” Zanolle, who looking to honor Ooh La La. After soaking in the adulation of the capacity Newark, Delaware crowd, Ooh La La announced he intended to cash in on his Super 8 battle royal-winning opportunity to challenge for any title in the company by taking away the belt Papadon so affectionately refers to as “Big Red.”
Unfortunately for Ooh La La, the fix was in.
Tartaglia ordered that his title match – more than 20 years in the making – be held at that very moment before he and Papaon laid the boots to the popular star, laying him out w/ the title belt and allowing Papadon to easily pin the popular French star. And had it not been for Kekoa The Flyin Hawaiian making the save with a chair, things might not have ended so well.
Unfortunately for Kekoa, this decision would cost him the Mid-Atlantic title he held so dear.
Prior to the start of Kekoa and Papadon’s main-event match, Tartaglia would punish Kekoa for his actions earlier by making the main-event match a Title vs. Title affair, raising the stakes to so much more than just possession of “Big Red.” Despite Ooh La La coming out to prevent Tartaglia from getting physically involved, Papadon continued to prove himself a strong fighting champion in the ECWA.
“At the end of the day I did exactly what I said I would” said an exhausted 2012 Super 8 winner. “I beat Kekoa down and I took away his morale.” Looking into his newly won title he could only continue, “I just never thought I would take his title tonight as well.”
Meanwhile, Sam Shields and Chris Rockwell – the immensely popular ECWA Tag Champions and 2011 K-Cup tournament winners – were forced out of the ECWA after a loss to Fusion-DS that also cost them their championships. Rockwell and Shields, who had been feuding with DS for more than a year over the coveted tag titles, fell victim to the distraction of a beautiful blond female fan who hopped the ringside barricade and caused a distracted. The Sensations could do little but pick up their already-packed bags at ringside and – after signing a handful of autographs – walk out of The Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club for perhaps the final time ever. During their farewell speech, Rockwell and Shields thanked and asked fans to continue to support them on social media and stated they are hoping to have a very big announcement very soon, a statement that had many ECWA fans wondering if the Sensations are close to a HUGE career breakthrough!!!!
“No more excuses. No more apathy. Forget about them. Nobody is making excuses for The Midnight Sensations anymore,” proclaimed an ecstatic Dragon. “What they proved to all of the followers tonight is that they were nothing but over-hyped and over-valued.”
Chuckling to himself, his partner Saigon added, “And now, we’re finally done with them.”
It was also a strained night for members of Joel Goodhart’s Blackheart faction, which saw Breaker Morant lose his TWA Heavyweight title to “Heart Killer” Chris Wylde (courtesy of a leaping superkick by Wylde), Josh Daniels and Bobby Shields getting into a shoving match during a four-corners contest against Johnny Silver and former ECWA “Grand Slam” winner Aden Chambers (won by Daniels when he forced Silver to tap out), and Mustafa Aziz failing to defeat AHTU when they fought to a draw.
As the original Blackheart, Mr. Goodhart, was vacationing in Italy, he was unable to comment on the less-than-favorable night for his team.
“Forget it, just forget it,” commented Daniels of the entire night. “They [ECWA booker Zanolle] tried to divide us tonight to conquer us, but we’re still here. We didn’t go anywhere. Bobby and I picked up a big win in the four-way tonight, Breaker WILL get his title back, and Mustafa Aziz has lots more punishment to inflict on the guys in the ECWA locker room, like AHTU.”
“All I know is I am so proud to be holding a big piece of wrestling history after tonight,” responded Wylde while hugging his newly won TWA title. “The historical significance of the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance is not lost on me, and I’ll do everything in my power to continue to bring honor to this belt’s legacy. The belt does not make the man, the man makes the belt!”
Zanolle, in an attempt to stave off Black Heart interference, had declared the title could change hands on a disqualification.
In a grudge match between Kid America’s protégé Kid USA and the once-popular “Fighting Paramedic” Corey Blaze went to a no-contest after match referee Mike Kehner revealed himself to be the man behind the Kid America mask, ending years of speculation.
With Mike Kehner as the referee, Cory Blaze was just about to finish off Kid USA. Suddenly BORN in the USA (Kid America’s theme) played and the entrance way lit up. Blaze quickly threw Kid USA out of the ring and stood in a fighting stance anticipating Kid America’s appearance. When Kid America did not show, Blaze turned face to face with referee Mike Kehner WEARING A KID AMERICA MASK as Kehner attacked Blaze and went wild. The two had to be separated by security and the locker room. Kehner, who doubled as a referee and Kid America all along (Kid USA is a different person and Kehner’s protégé) sacrificed his secret identity all for the sake of getting an advantage and revenge on Blaze.
In other action, the popular Cole Callaway defeated Magnum Modeling Agency member Ricky “The Model” Martinez
PHOTOS of May 5th by Hank Stoklosa:
“The BOSS” buys the Mid-Atlantic Belt…
Mike Kehner aka Kid America has a warning for Corey Blaze…