ACW held their third annual “Hebron Havoc” fundraiser for Hebron Middle School, on Friday April 13, 2018 at 7:00pm CST.
Just before the show, Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold” began to play as house music, but it was stopped after just a few seconds. I am not sure whether this was for keeping the show PG, or if it was in recognition that Nugent has gone from being a rock and roll icon to being a total whacko douchnozzle, and ACW did not want to be associated with him. But either way, good is good.
The first match had Rockstar Jonny Nigh vs Justin Myers. If Rockstar wins, he gets a title shot against Drex Odell at next week’s “Franklin Fight Night 2” show at Clark High School in Whiting. And Jonny did pull out the victory, so watch out Drex! Shown below, Myers poses to the crowd, and then later on gets planted face first into the mat by Nigh.
The next match featured “The Varsity” from Hebron High School. They came out proclaiming that since their victory last year, no one is willing to take them on. Cue the team from the middle school who comes out … and eventually loses, allowing The Varsity to take home another trophy. Ref Zoran went above and beyond the call of duty directing traffic and making sure there were no catastrophic injuries.
Dave Allen and Billy the Kid lit up the place next, with lots of two counts, a ref bump, and a chair! Allen clobbered Billy the Kid to get the win. General Manager Michael Allen was appalled at (the other) Allen’s behavior and set another match between these two next week. It will be a Last Man Standing match. The kids in the audience are also appalled, chanting “Cheater!” at Allen. Allen went up into the stands to debate them and explain his rationale for his actions, but they had none of it. Good for you, kids! Below, Allen introduces Billy the Kid to a ringpost and then starts practicing for their wheelbarrow race, but Allen’s position is all wrong for that.
Ref Zoran got to upgrade to a Fatal Four Way match next, featuring Austin Fury, X-Calibur, Jared Kripke, and Xavier Black – for Black’s Intercontinental Championship. This was a really good match, which was eventually won by Kripke, making him the new ACW Intercontinental Champion. Below, you see all four men waiting to square off, and a picture of X-Calibur handling Xavier Black. It’s not that exciting of a picture, but since I finally got a picture of X-Calibur when he’s not upside down in the middle of his standing moonsault, I wanted to show it off.
Whoops, nevermind, I did find a picture of X-Calibur upside down, except for a different reason (left, below). Also is a picture of the group of kids huddling around Jared Kripke to get the new champ’s autograph during intermission.
During intermission, the crowd tapped out the concession stand, which was out of almost everything but popcorn and pickles. Someone should alert the ring announcer before he announces at the end of intermission all the stuff that’s (not) available!
After intermission, things got started again in a six-man tag match with Brently Alexander Dawson, TK Zero, and Cliff Caviar vs Arun, Kujo, and Crimson Dynamo. The bad guys had a funny bit where they stood on the floor psyching themselves up to all leap into the ring together, but when they signalled go, TK Zero and Cliff Caviar held back, and Dawson went all by himself into the midst of the other team in the ring. Later in the match, Caviar accidentally hits TK Zero with Dawson’s golf club, then after more mayhem, Arun gets to pin Caviar. Below, Kujo is about to do the 10-count of doom on Dawson, and TK Zero is seen wondering why all his strategizing went down the toilet.
The (real) main event was Drex Odell defending his ACW Heavyweight Championship from Kenji Brea, making his ACW debut. GM Michael Allen has run out of most of his internal options for getting the title away from Odell, so he’s inviting people from the outside. Kenji Brea controlled a good portion of this match and we all thought maybe the ACW nightmare was over, but no, Drex Odell attacked with a “clothesline out of nowhere!” and people usually don’t get up from a Drex Odell clothesline – Kenji included. And so, Drex Odell remains the ACW Heavyweight Champion. After the match, when Odell moves to inflict more punishment on Brea, Jonny Nigh runs out from the back to intervene. And remember, as a result of the first match tonight, it will be Nigh vs Odell for Odell’s title next week at Franklin Fight Night 2. Below you see two eventually futile attempts of Kenji Brea to keep Drex Odell down, to no avail.
The final match of the night had Principal Brooks of Hebron Middle School vs Mr. Adamczyk, and if Mr. Adamczyk wins, he becomes principal of HMS. The kids in the crowd definitely wanted Mr. Brooks to win, since Mr. Adamczyk promised more homework and more standardized testing! This was a hardcore match. Mr. Brooks had a friend in the crowd who was on crutches; late in the match the friend got in the ring looking to aid Mr. Brooks, but instead hit Mr. Brooks with a crutch, allowing Mr. Adamczyk to get the win! Man, those kids were pissed. I wonder what life will be like for them Monday?
ACWs next show is coming up fast, Friday April 20: Franklin Fight Night 2, a fundraiser at for Franklin Elementary school, held at Clark High School in Whiting, IN.
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