Yokozuna Memorial Show Results from Allentown, PA 11-29-01 Submitted by Calvin Martin on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 1:28 PM EST
Thanks to Mark Clemson for sending this report in!
World Xtreme Wrestling returned to the Lehigh Valley Sports Zone (WXW Arena) on Wednesday, November 28th, 2001 for the Yokozuna Memorial Show. This event, which many people called the independent wrestling show of the year, was to help out the two children of the former World Wrestling Federation Champion.
To start off the evening, the entire array of talent that converged in Allentown for the show came out to the ring for the playing of our National Anthem. Afa "the Wild Samoan" Anoa'I with his wife and Yokozuna's two children, Keilani and Justin, entered the ring. Afa took the microphone and thanked everyone for coming to the show to support his family. A video segment, made by WXW Ring Announcer Scott Matthews, was played that showed clips of Yokozuna from the World Wrestling Federation, as well as family home videos to the tune of "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlin There was not a dry eye in the house. Afa then introduced members of his family that were in attendance, such as Sika, his brother and former WWF Tag Team Championship partner, and his grandparents.
The first match up of the night was a continuation of an old rivalry. Supreme Lee Great accompanied by Little Jeanie was determined to get revenge on "Smooth" Tommy Suede, who was accompanied by Ariel. There was a lot of back and forth action going on both inside and outside the ring. We knew of the feud between Suede and SLG, but Ariel and Jeanie seemed to hate each other just as much. Unfortunately for SLG, he also felt the wrath of Ariel, as she hit him with a splash from the top turnbuckle to the floor. After that, Suede brought him back into the ring and hit the "emerald slam" for the win!
WXW TV Title Match: Afa, Jr. v. Nuisance w/ Valentina
This was Nuisance's first match back since he returned from his tour of Puerto Rico and it looked like he brought something back, as his valet, Valentina, caught the eye of many of the male fans in attendance. Afa, Jr., however, was not impressed with her as he put his total attention on Nuisance. Afa, Jr. took it to Nuisance and won with a frogsplash. After the match, Metal Maniac, who was doing TV color commentary, jumped Afa, Jr. and was beating the snot out of him, when Reno Anoa'i, nephew of Afa and cousin of Afa, Jr., came into the ring for the save. The two Samoans chased the Maniac out of the ring. Maniac, on the way out, was saying, "This time it was 2-on-1, THIS TIME!"
The third match of the night was an 8-man tag team title match featuring independent talent from all over the country such as WXW and HWA. The first team of Fargo, Reno (of WCW fame), Inferno and WXW Cruiserweight champion, "ShowTime" Shane Black, didn't seem to care about the fans and why they were here. Their opponents were "Xtreme" Billy Dream w/ Jessica Daly, Protégé, B.A.D. and Doink "the Clown". As would be expected, the referee lost all control of the match within minutes and didn't regain it. The end of the match saw all eight men in the ring, but Reno hit the downward spiral on B.A.D. for the win!
The next tag team contest pitted the Tonga Kid, of the Islanders tag team of the 1980s, and the returning Hungarian Barbarian taking on the Twin Tackles in a non-title match. The Tackles knew they were the underdogs of the match and surprised EVERYONE in the building as they acquired the services of the "Manager of Champions", Bill Alfonso. The Tackles grew cocky as the match went on, figuring Alfonso would guide them to the tough win, but would Alfonso be a factor in the match? Alfonso did play a part for the Tackles, but it wasn't the part he, or they, wanted to play. Alfonso grabbed a chair and wanted to hit the Hungarian Barbarian and the Tonga Kid, but ended up hitting Snisky with it and Tonga Kid hit the Samoan Drop for the win! The Twin Tackles, however, remain the WXW Tag Team Champions.
Another tag team match featured the current HWA Tag Team Champions, The Island Boys, who took on the team of Malachi and "5-Star" Cory K w/ Katarina Heiss. The Island Boys used their size and weight advantages to the newly formed team of Malachi and Cory K. However, they were surprised a few times during the match at the continuity of Cory and Malachi. In the end though, Ekmo hit the frogsplash on Malachi for the win!
In his WXW Allentown Debut, "The Star" Eric Cobian took on "Big Dawg" Molsonn. During the match, former WWF Champion Bob Backlund came out and greeted the family of Yokozuna. Cobian gave a great showing as he took just about everything the former WXW Champion could dish out, but couldn't survive the Molsonnsault. Molsonn then got the 1-2-3 for the pin.
The next match, which was one of the best match of the night, pitted two of the best overall wrestlers around. Indy Sensation, Low Ki, with Dylan Dean, took on a graduate of the Wild Samoan Pro Wrestling Training Center and hometown boy, Billy Kidman. Low Ki, whose body is a weapon, used his deadly karate kicks to set Billy up for the Ki Krusher and Dragon Clutch, but Kidman kept coming back. In fact, Kidman reversed the Ki Krusher and regained his offense. Low Ki showed he could take just as much punishment as he could dish out. Dylan Dean, sensing his man was in trouble, got up on the ring apron and went to help his man, but instead they met head-to-head and this allowed Billy Kidman to hit the face buster and get the win!
The battle between 3-Count and the Jung Dragons was revived tonight as Shannon Moore took on Jamie Knoble. These two cruiserweights continued their feud and dazzled the 1000 people in attendance at the Lehigh Valley Sports Zone. After about 10 minutes of back and forth action, Moore hit the "bottoms up" and got the win.
The next match pitted two Indy sensations, as it was Skinhead Ivan, a man who doesn't like anyone, taking on Homicide, the trainer of Low Ki and Da Hit Squad. Homicide didn't allow Ivan to get any sort of offense and put him away quickly by hitting the "Toyota Bomb" for the win.
The next match featured four superstars from the World Wrestling Federation as it was the APA, Faarooq and Bradshaw, taking on the "Brothers of Destruction", Kane and the Undertaker. Bradshaw grabbed the microphone and said he was sick and tired of making the Undertaker money when they were in the Ministry of Darkness and getting no respect. Kane and 'Taker hit the ring and the match was on. The building became a "standing room only" building. This match was one of the hardest-hitting matches I have ever seen in my life as the Undertaker got the win for his team after he hit Faarooq with a chokeslam.
The main event of the evening was next, as it was Da Hit Squad w/ Dylan Dean getting ready to take the next step. Earlier in the evening Monsta Mack told me in an interview, "We're ready to kick ass and take names tonight, but don't know who our opponents are going to be!"
When asked if he was worried he replied, "Hell No we are the 'stiffest tag team' in the business today!"
When Da Hit Squad were in the ring and their opponents were announced, Monsta Mack's jaw dropped. It was the Headshrinkers, Samu and Rikishi. The Shrinkers hit the ring and immediately took control. In fact, three minutes later the match was over and Samu and Rikishi each hit their respective moves on Da Hit Squad and got the quick win.
After the match, Lance, Samu's son, nailed Dylan Dean with an elbow and Rikishi gave him the stink face. After this occurred, the wrestlers all came out of the locker room and with the audience starting chanting "Yoko, Yoko" as Rikishi and Samu pointed to the sky and said "This is for you USO!"
Afa "the Wild Samoan" would like to thank everyone who attended the show both the fans and wrestlers alike. A special "Thank You" goes out to the stars of the World Wrestling Federation such as Undertaker, Kane, Referee Tim White, Billy Kidman, Chris Kanyon and the APA who were traveling since 5:30 that morning to make it in time for the show.
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