Manny Grayson VS. Josh “The Axe” Shooter.
First up, we saw an exciting match between three-for-three rookie Manny Grayson taking on the cocky Josh “The Axe” Shooter. While Shooter certainly could have taken out the win, he let his cockyness get the better of him, with Grayson remaining undefeated.
OCW fans were treated to the first glimpse of the new Tag Team Championship titles, presented by OCW on Channel 31 host, Scarlett Harris. Stay tuned to ocwaus.com for the latest updates on the tournament to crown the inaugural tag champs.
Special guest Al Snow, along with brothers Matt and Chris Basso, pumped up the crowd in the ring for Snow’s match against “Mimic” later in the night. The Basso brothers tried to make the case that they were two of Australia’s best wrestlers while Snow played to the adoring fans. As usual, OCW Champion Andy Phoenix interrupted the mutual appreciation fest to assert that he was Australia’s best wrestler, and he has the title to prove it.
Jake Navara (with Sean Hawkins) VS. The Green Ranger.
Newcomer The Green Ranger was set to make an impact in his debut OCW match against Mr. 24/7, however it was not to be as Navara picked up the dirty victory thanks in no small part to Hawkins.
Matt “Grimm” Basso VS. Cletus.
In was what sure to be a David VS. Goliath clash, undefeated underdog Cletus attempted to take down the menacing Grimm. While Cletus impressed with his highflying and the application of a sleeper hold in an attempt to weaken his opponent, Grimm’s ruthlessness proved too great and, after choking Cletus out with his own flanny, Basso was disqualified for using a low blow on the bogan hero. After the match, Cadman Turner came to check on his friend Cletus at ringside.
Alexi Papadopoulos VS. Gabriel Wolfe.
Wolfe was sure to make it known to the crowd that he had this in the bag, even insisting new ring announcer Bassem Abousaid announce him as the winner before the match even got underway. While both men were equally matched in size, it seemed that Wolfe had the power advantage. Alexi attempted to go up top but it was not to be, with Wolfe having his hand raised in a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Dean Brady VS. Cadman Turner.
In another OCW debut, Dean Brady, was set to take on the giant Cadman in one on one action. Cadman’s chokeslam reigned supreme yet again as he used it to take out the technician Brady.
KrackerJak VS. Slade Mercer.
Those who’ve been paying attention will have picked up on KrackerJak’s apparent attitude shift. Krackers got on the mic to wax lyrical about his newfound appreciation for the OCW fans, whom he used to jeer and sneer at. That role seems to have been filled by Slade Mercer, who last show faced Krackers in triple threat action. The two were set to meet again in a high-octane match that saw the Mad Bastard leaving with the victory.
Then it was time for the raffle to be drawn and the announcement of next show’s international star: the return of Tommy Dreamer for Hardcore Halloween! Come dressed as your favourite wrestler for best-dressed prizes on the night and buy your tickets in advance as they’re sure to sell out.
Al Snow VS. Chris “Mimic” Basso.
In Al Snow’s second appearance of the night, he and Head were set to take on a perturbed Basso. Both men seemed to have respect for each other and a sportsmanlike camaraderie, which made this an entertaining matchup. But it wasn’t all fun and games; Andy Phoenix interfered to cost Mimic the bout. Phoenix then proceeded to beat down Mimic with Matt “Grimm” Basso rushing in to make the save for his brother. Grimm threatened Phoenix with a chair, but instead used it to turn on his own brother! Who saw that coming?! Phoenix then attached the steel chair to Mimic's ankle and, with Mimic's own brother holding him down, Phoenix jumped from the top rope with a devastating double stomp to Mimic's ankle. Al Snow assisted his former opponent to the back, but OCW medical personnel have said that Mimic's ankle may be broken.
Joel “The Smash Hit” Bateman & Nakita VS. Maddog & Vixsin.
Nakita began her night on the mic, slamming the OCW fans for forgetting about her while she was out injured. She’s now allied with Joel Bateman to take on any tag team who wished to answer their challenge. That was the team of Vixsin and Maddog, who spared no expense in taking it to the upstarts. In what was perhaps the match of the night, Nakita showed a more aggressive side and proved she can go head to head with any number of competitors. The highlight of the match was a three-way powerbomb featuring Bateman, Nakita and Vixsin. The unlikely pairing announced at the beginning of the match proved fruitful, with Bateman picking up his first win in a long time with Nakita.
OCW Heavyweight Championship Match: Andy Phoenix VS. Adam Brooks.
Fan favourite Brooksy took it to the champ in a match that saw the two consummate competitors exchanging impressive kicks, chops and high spots, one of which involved the two knocking down the referee. What a way for referee Heath Johnson to finish out his last match! (Heath will be leaving OCW to focus on his budding career in comedy.) Grimm stuck his head in yet again where it doesn’t belong, assisting Phoenix in his quest to remain champion. Al Snow makes his third appearance, seeking revenge on Grimm for ruining his match earlier in the night. The match is ruled a no contest meaning Phoenix is still your OCW Heavyweight Champion.
Make sure you check out our last show of the year featuring the return to OCW of Tommy Dreamer for Hardcore Halloween! Get your tickets in advance as this is one you don’t want to miss. See you there for trick or treat… if you dare.