The country’s premiere wrestling event has come and gone. The battle will be remembered long after the scars have faded away.
THE AFRICA WRESTLING Federation don’t believe in slow starts, rather explosive beginnings! The first match saw the crowd favourite, Miss Gorgeous take on Max ‘The Body’. No amount of show-boating from Gorgeous could deter a determined Max who went on to dominate the matchup and ultimate claim victory. This was not a title fight, no belts were exchanged, but that didn’t stop Max from putting out an open challenge to the rest of the AWA’s belt holders. The man wants metal, the man wants a shot at any title and is willing to fight for it.
Next up was the Lightweight title fight between the belt holder, Little Hillbilly, and the powerhouse, Ed Electric. A well fought battle ensued until a distracted Hillbilly failed to notice a title-hungry Max ‘The Body’ coming ringside who incapacitated the young brawler long enough for Ed Electric to pin him. A deeply dissatisfied Hillbilly loses the Lightweight belt to a jubilant Ed Electric. But will he give The Body a shot on his new title?
The third brawl for the evening was a ‘Triple Threat’ match between Vinnie Vegas, Nitro and Mr Money. You couldn’t ask for more personality in one small ring. All the combatants were in the best shape of their careers but Nitro managed to outclass them all, literally running rings around. A struggling Mr Money’s great timing paid off when he chose just the right moment to rush in and boot Nitro out of the ring just as he completed a perfect 450 Degree Splash manoeuvre. A quick Money Maker finishing move was quickly executed on the already fallen Vegas, and a new Cruiserweight champion was crowned. In addition to that, Mr Money definitely gets the award for most Opportunistic Winner, but won’t be winning any popularity awards amongst his fellow wrestlers anytime soon.
A Six Man Tag was next, with Shaun Koen, The Oz and Rashidi taking on SA Bulldog, the dreadlock Rasta and a remerging Missing Link, gone from action for well over a year, and presumably hungry for blood. Hunger was not enough it seems as his teammate Bulldog fell to a finishing move from The Oz, mounted as an aerial assist from the mighty Koen. Think of it as a tag-out mixed with a Guerrilla Press and you’ll understand… it’s not for the faint hearted.
The final ‘One-on-one’ match of the evening saw Johnny Palazzio challenge Sammy Swiegers. This was personal as the Italiano wanted to keep his All Africa Heavyweight title, no matter what. After pulling out all the stops, he managed to do it too, defending against the best Swieggers had to offer. A proudly Italian Palazzio keeps the title and the crowd goes wild.
And then came the curtain closer finale event, the Coca Cola Royal Rumble. That’s the all-in extravaganza where the AWA’s lockers are emptied and every capable fighter on the books are chucked in for a melee that only be described as utter carnage. A reigning Missing Link was forced to enter first, the penalty that comes from being title holder. He never went the distance, and the top honours eventually went to SA Bulldog after ejecting Johnny Palazzio and Mr Face from the squared circle.
We know if you are reading this and you missed out seeing this action go down live then it can only be because you’re dead or out of the country because you already know that this kind of action is unrepeatable. Don’t worry, you’ll get your chance to witness all the spills and thrills next year when the AWA line-up of events gets released. You’ve been warned, 2012 is going to be massive so, as always, WATCH THIS SPACE, and if it ain’t real, it ain’t the AWA.