THE INDY BUZZ: IT HAPPENED @MARYLAND CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING’S “HOLIDAY HELL” …

Posted January 1st, 2012 by Bill Apter

From Jeff Amdur, MCW historian

All major Maryland Championship Wrestling titles changed hands as the resolution of one
mystery led to even greater complications and intrigue at MCW’s Holiday Hell card held at the
New Green Room in Dundalk, MD, on December 30, 2011, a card that also marked the return to
MCW of several former major stars.

Estimated attendance: 400-450. MCW Co-owner: DAN McDEVITT. Executive Producer:
PETE McDEVITT. Ring announcer: AL ALBERT. Doing play-by-play for the upcoming
DVD: MARK BRAY. Ringside assistant: MIKE BOWMAN. Timekeeper at the bell: JEFF
AMDUR. Taping the proceedings: PAUL McCLEMENS and AARON SAIA. Sound courtesy
of PUMPKINHEAD SOUND. Referees for the evening: TONYA STEVENS, DINO ROMERO
and JARED ARTMAN. Photographing the proceedings: TIM WALKER (Yes, that Tim
Walker, not the rookie wrestler) and GREG GREENLAND.

The evening begins with the MCW HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS, which had been
postponed from the October 30 “Night of the Legends” card because of the freak snowstorm.
JUDGE JEFF JONES, working in the offices of now-Baltimore-based Ring of Honor promotion,
tosses ROH t-shirts and DVDs to the fans before emceeing the inductions, assisted by MCW
commissioner JIMMY CICERO. This year’s HOF inductees:
1. “HARD ROCK” RICKY BLUES, a local and regional wrestling mainstay for over a
quarter-century.
2. EARL THE PEARL & RAMBLIN’ RICH MYERS (THE HOLY ROLLERS),
the recently retired tag team that had been created in the beginning days of MCW.
Earl and Rich are now training possible successors at GILLBERG’S WRESTLING
ACADEMY.
3. TOM BRANDI, a.k.a. JOHNNY GUNN and SALVATORE SINCERE, a major
contributor to the success MCW and other regional independent promotions have had
for over 25 years. I recall seeing “Bam Bam Brandi” in the mid- to late 1980’s at the
first indie card I ever attended, when he wrestled The Samoan Savage (later Fatu and
even later Rikishi) at the Towson Center.
4. BILL APTER, who as editor of Pro Wrestling Illustrated, The Wrestler, Inside
Wrestling and other magazines (dubbed the “Apter mags” in his honor), was THE
source for national news about the then only-regional wrestling promotions and stars
in those long-ago, pre-Internet days. Adapting to the technology, Bill now continues
to dole out the information at www.1wrestling.com.
5. DAN McDEVITT, owner and co-founder of MCW, whose vision and perseverance
have led to the continued success of the most-thriving independent Maryland
promotion of all time.

Match #1: THE BOOKIES (NICO & CHICO) pinned COUNTRY STRONG (HOSS
HAGOOD & KEVIN CHESNEY, with CHASTITY) in 5:33. I’m still not sure who is Nico
and who is Chico, so I’ll say the taller one is Nico and the thicker one is Chico. Hoss and Nico
start out, and after a headlock, Hoss hits several arm flips that eventually send the Bookie out of
the ring. Chico is also thrown out. Kevin tags in and does a 180º over the top rope onto Chico
on the floor. Sprawled out on the floor, Chico is obviously injured and is no longer a factor in
the match. Now in what has unfortunately become a handicap match, Nico picks up the pace,
chopping and stomping on Chesney. Kevin recovers to get several near-falls on Nico after a

series of suplexes. Hagood tags in and is eventually rolled up by Nico for the pin.

Match #2: “THE ITALIAN JOB” NICK SARACHELLI pinned COLE CALLAWAY in 3:44.
After Cole flips Nick to the ground several times, he embarrasses Nick by suggestively posing
to the fans. Nick has had enough after Cole kisses his hand; he attacks Callaway from behind,
whips him into a corner, and bulldogs him. Cole counters with a sidewalk slam and gets a 2-
count. Nick has a counter of his own, scoring the fall after a suplex and a roll.

Match #3: THE WINNERS CIRCLE (PAUL WHITE & MITCH MILLER & “BLUE HAZE”
R.K. BLUES, with DOC DANIELS & AIDA MARIE) pin BOB STARR & RICKY BLUES &
CAT BURGLAR in 8:29. Father and son square off in the beginning, with RK bringing Dad to
the ground with a headlock. Ricky avoids his son’s somersault flip. Ricky delivers some chops,
then RK some kicks. Ricky tries to follow up an elbow smash with a leg drop but misses. As
RK heads outside the ring to Doc for some advice, the manager gives some “man-up” advice.
Back in the ring, Ricky throws RK back out and beats on him. Bob tags in; but there is another
major distraction brewing outside. FREDDIE ORKIN, resplendently dressed in his exterminator
regalia, distracts CAT BURGLAR. The two argue and disappear backstage. Back in the ring,
the Blueses are again at it. RK hits a suplex slam. Ricky counters with a slap. Miller tags in
and is promptly kicked out. He then tags to White, who hits a suplex before getting slammed by
Ricky. RK then tags back in and pins his father after an atomic drop.

Match #4: BUCK CHYLD pins CHUCK LENNOX in 3:32. Chuck sends Buck to the corner
with a flurry of punches. Buck gets a college-style takedown and slams Chuck to the mat again
after the Black Wall Street guy attempts to get up. Chuck then pushes the ref into Buck (I guess
the ref deems this unintentional, since there is no dq.), who falls to the floor. Lennox gets a 2-
count after a suplex. Chyld, after getting several near falls, misses a top rope leap. The crowd,
thinking they are at a Ravens game, cheers Buck on by singing the “Seven Nation Army” chorus.
Doing what we hope Joe Flacco will do during the playoffs, Buck picks up steam and gets the 3-
count after a bulldog.

Match #5: “THE SCOTTISH NIGHTMARE” CHRIS CLOW (with DOC DANIELS, AIDA
MARIE, MITCH MILLER, PAUL WHITE & R.K. BLUES) won the MCW Television
Championship by pinning OLIVER GRIMSLEY (with HOKUS) in 8:09. Chris comes out
waving his giant Scottish flag, prompting deafening “USA” chants from the fans. Oliver
starts strong, delivering a drop kick, and then tripping Clow. With Chris now draped over the
middle rope, Grimsley hits what Darque Karnival fans would call, I guess, a “sizzix-wozzone-
nizzine”. The action goes outside the ring, as Clow retaliates by slamming Grimsley on the
side of the ring. Throwing his opponent back in the ring, Chris gets a 2-count and then another
one after a running kick. Grimsley refuses to submit to a chin lock and powers out. Clow hits
a spine buster, and then turns to the crowd to mock those ever-present “USA” cheers. As he
scores another near fall, Clow, along with his manager, start complaining to the referee about
slow counts. As the manager and referee argue, Grimsley delivers a thrust slam. The newly
formed “Gemini” team of White and Miller work to keep Hokus a non-factor during the whole
match. With the ref still distracted, Clow grabs a chair and puts it on the mat, falling down as
if he has been hit by it. Grimsley sees what happens and he himself feigns unconsciousness
by falling on the mat. The ref finally turns around to make several 2-counts for both wrestlers.
Oliver hits a bulldog for another near fall. Clow eventually hits a neck breaker and wins the title
with a 3-count.

During the intermission, former WWE diva MARYSE appears in a corner of the arena for
autograph and picture opportunities.

The second half starts with a special live “Apter’s Alley” segment. His first guests are
DOC DANIELS, AIDA MARIE and the entire WINNERS CIRCLE “THE SCOTTISH
NIGHTMARE” CHRIS CLOW, GEMINI (MITCH MILLER & PAUL WHITE) & “THE BLUE
HAZE” R.K. BLUES). I’d like to report to you what was said; but the venom of the crowd
toward Doc and his stable was so loud that I couldn’t make out one single word. It was as if Bill
was interviewing the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bill’s second guests are RANDY HILL, a former MEWF standout who wrestled under the name
of STEVE CAMRY, and RYAN MACKIN, a former Maryland state high school wrestling
champion and all-American (Hammond High ’01) who is now a mixed martial arts fighter.
They discuss the future of MMA and several MMA bouts that are coming to the area. As Ryan
mentions that he has never been inside a professional wrestling ring before, MUSTAFA AZIZ
DANIELS and BORIS DRAGOFF interrupt the interview. The Russian, wanting to see how
tough the MMAer really is, challenges Mackin to a match at the next MCW card to be held at the
Green Room of Saturday, February 25. Ryan accepts, with Randy promising to train him how to
wrestle professional-style.

Match #6: RICKY REYES won his three-way match against SAMI CALLIHAN and TEDDY
STIGMA by scoring the pin fall in 11:08. I’ll do my best here in describing the incredibly fast
proceedings. Sami hits Teddy (returning to MCW after a long absence) and then is kicked out
of the ring by Ricky. Sami returns and is thrown out of the ring by Teddy. Sami then misses a
top rope leap directed toward Ricky. Ricky and Teddy throw Sami into the corner. Teddy and
Sami exchange elbows and chops. Teddy hits a reverse power bomb on Sami, then turns to taunt
the crowd. This enables Ricky to throw Teddy out and then get a 1-count on Sami after hitting a
neck breaker. Got all that so far? Reyes has Callihan in a body scissors and chokes him. Stigma
starts punching Reyes and moves him to a corner before kicking him out of the ring. Teddy
then throws Sami into several corners before getting a 2-count. Teddy misses a charge and gets
chopped by Sami and splashed by Ricky. Sami chops Ricky and simultaneously drop kicks
both cornered opponents. Callihan covers Reyes after a neck breaker and body slam; but Stigma
kicks him off. Stigma gets a 2-count on Sami but misses a follow-up charge. Ricky and Sami
trade punches. Reyes clotheslines Sami and gets a 2-count. Sami then gets a 2-count. Ricky
attempts another pin but that is broken up by Stigma. Teddy hits Ricky with a thrust slam but
his pin attempt is broken up by Callihan, who then puts Teddy into a half-Boston Crab. Ricky
breaks it up. After some exchanges, Ricky and Teddy wind up simultaneously kicking each
other in the face. Both wrestlers stagger; but it is Ricky who gets the pin after staggering on to
Teddy. Wow!

Before the next match, which is supposed to be a tag team match between ADAM FLASH/TOM
BRANDI and NUI TOFIGA/NAPALM BOMB, Adam announces to the crowd that this is the
night where the mysterious “bounty” will finally be collected. Brandi announces that he has
a “Christmas present” for MCW owner DAN McDEVITT and commissioner JIMMY CICERO.
He hands a gift-wrapped 24”x18” something to Al Albert and me at the ringside table and warns
us not to open it. Is Tom Brandi the mastermind behind these bounties?

Napalm Bomb comes out, accompanied by Nui Tofiga, who is on crutches. With Nui unable
to compete due to a bum ankle, Al Albert is ready to announce a Flash/Brandi win by forfeit.

Napalm protests. The referee, at Flash’s and Brandi’s insistence, sends the hobbled Samoan
back to the locker room. The Bomb tells everyone that he can work this match with another
partner, “each and every one of the fans who have supported [him]”. So here we go with a
handicap match as Al and I try to figure out what is under that wrapping.

Match #7: NAPALM BOMB won his handicap match against TOM BRANDI & ADAM
FLASH as a result of a disqualification. Predictably, the Bomb is double teamed from the outset.
He retaliates with a double clothesline and punches Brandi into a corner. Adam charges and
kicks Napalm. Napalm avoids being clotheslined and watches Flash and Brandi clothesline each
other. They recover quickly—Flash distracts the referee as Tom puts his shoe to Napalm’s neck.
Adam follows this with a sit-in on the now-cornered Bomb. Flash’s super kick misses Napalm
but hits his partner. As the resurgent Napalm works over Flash, the mysterious MASKED
BOUNTY HUNGER attacks the Bomb. The referee calls for the bell. NUI TOFIGA limps to
ringside, swinging his crutch at the Bad Guys who retreat to the back.

Match #8: BLACK WALL STREET (MARCUS STREETS & DROLIX, with CHUCK
LENNOX) won the MCW Tag Team Championship with a pin of FED UP (C-FED & G-FED)
in 6:53. Fed Up starts out strong, sending Wall Street out of the ring and eventually into each
other. G-Fed gets several near falls after slamming Drolix. C and G do the slice-and-dice, and
then C gets a 2-count. He gets another 2-count after a leg drop; but Drolix recovers to hit a drop
kick. Marcus tags in, kicks C and rolls him up for a near fall. Streets chops C and pushes G,
who is on the ring apron. As the referee keeps G from entering the ring, C is double teamed
in the corner. Streets gets another 2-count after a knee drop. Drolix tags in, gets his own near
fall, and then works over C-Fed. C, encouraged by the “Son! Son!” chants of the fans, gets a
second wind. He hits a whirling body slam and gets a 2-count. Outside the ring, Marcus grabs
a championship belt from the ringside table. G-Fed and Drolix battle outside the ring as the ref
tries to break them up. Meanwhile, C-Fed rolls up Streets inside the ring for what could be a
pin. The referee, however, is not there to count it. Lennox (who has just arrived on the scene)
comes in and plunks C-Fed with the title belt and helps Streets roll him up. The referee, finally
returning to the ring, makes the 3-count.

After the match, the victorious Black Wall street folks celebrate in the middle of the ring. Drolix
proclaims them the best tag team ever to come out of “the Hood”. Hearing these words, the
original MCW tag team from “the Hood”, THE GHETTO MAFIA (QENAAN CREED & 2-
DOPE) come to the ring and stake their claim to “best from the Hood” status. The two teams
brawl around the ring.

Before the main event, AL ALBERT again reminds the fans that after the match, ADAM
FLASH and TOM BRANDI are going to give DAN McDEVITT and JIMMY CICERO that
Christmas present “that will change MCW forever”.

Match #9: TYLER HILTON won the MCW Heavyweight Championship with a pin fall victory
in his 3-way match against COBIAN and champion RONNIE ZUKKO (with JESSIE KAYE).
Hilton and Cobian whip Zukko into a corner and out of the ring. Cobian puts a wristlock on
Tyler. Tyler avoids a Cobian charge and covers him for a 2-count. Cobian clotheslines Tyler
and gets his own 2-count. The two then clothesline each other as Ronnie re-enters and gets 2-
counts on each opponent. Ronnie stomps both opponents, throws Cobian out of the ring and
getting a 2-count on Hilton. Ronnie gets another near fall on Hilton after a backdrop. He then
choke slams Hilton; but his try for the pin is broken up by Cobian. Cobian is all over the champ,

with ax handles, choke slams and a knee drop. He covers Ronnie but is pushed off by Hilton.
Hilton slings Ronnie forward and pushes Cobian into the ropes. Tyler hits an upside down knee
drop on Cobian. Meanwhile, CANDIE, who has dedicated her life to tormenting the man who
had mistreated her, distracts Ronnie. This allows another returning MCW stalwart, CHRISTIAN
YORK, to beat the living [fecal matter] out of Zukko. York leaves Zukko helpless in the ring.
Hilton falls on Ronnie for the pin and the championship.

That’s not all, folks. Not by a long shot.

As Hilton celebrates his victory, TOM BRANDI, ADAM FLASH, and two MASKED
BOUNTY HUNTERS attack Hilton and Cobian. Brandi and Flash shock the crowd by
announcing the Masked Men are none other than supposedly-recently-retired RAMBLIN’ RICH
MYERS and EARL THE PEARL. Earl takes off his mask first; Rich, however, is hesitant.
When he finally follows Flash’s and Brandi’s orders to take off the mask, that other Masked Man
is not Rich Myers at all but rather RYAN McBRIDE, also back in MCW. Ryan clears house.
This allows JIMMY CICERO and DAN McDEVITT to come to ringside along with the injured
NUI TOFIGA, as we will finally get to the source of the “bounty” mishigoss.

Cicero assures Brandi, who seems to be at the heart of all this tzuris, that he will ask the
Maryland State Athletic Commission to revoke Brandi’s wrestling license, an action that
probably would be recognized by other state commissions and would mark the end of Brandi’s
career. As McDevitt accepts the “present” from Brandi, the MCW owner hits Cicero over the
head with the metallic, still-wrapped gift. McBride is shocked beyond belief; but he gets another
shock as he falls victim to a Samoan Drop from Tofiga, miraculously “recovered” from his ankle
injury. (Ernest Angley, anyone?) Nui then turns his attention to Cicero, who has become the
main target of the bounty hunters. NAPALM BOMB arrives to confront his former partner
and is likewise Samoan Dropped for his troubles. CHRISTIAN YORK comes back to the ring
to help; but a revenge-seeking RONNIE ZUKKO attacks him. As he reveals himself to be
the financier of the bounties, McDevitt encourages Tofiga to “go to the next level” and “put
somebody in the hospital”. Nui splashes McBride with a leap off the middle turnbuckle. The
metallic object, now unwrapped, is revealed to be a “Team McDevitt” real estate sign, which
Dan uses to cause more pain to Cicero.

With his cohorts Flash, Brandi, Pearl, Tofiga and Zukko standing tall in the middle of the ring
and with Cicero lying helpless on the mat with his head propped on the bottom turnbuckle, Dan
McDevitt ends the evening by declaring “Cicero, you’re fired!”

From Jeff Amdur, MCW historian

All major Maryland Championship Wrestling titles changed hands as the resolution of one
mystery led to even greater complications and intrigue at MCW’s Holiday Hell card held at the
New Green Room in Dundalk, MD, on December 30, 2011, a card that also marked the return to
MCW of several former major stars.

Estimated attendance: 400-450. MCW Co-owner: DAN McDEVITT. Executive Producer:
PETE McDEVITT. Ring announcer: AL ALBERT. Doing play-by-play for the upcoming
DVD: MARK BRAY. Ringside assistant: MIKE BOWMAN. Timekeeper at the bell: JEFF
AMDUR. Taping the proceedings: PAUL McCLEMENS and AARON SAIA. Sound courtesy
of PUMPKINHEAD SOUND. Referees for the evening: TONYA STEVENS, DINO ROMERO
and JARED ARTMAN. Photographing the proceedings: TIM WALKER (Yes, that Tim
Walker, not the rookie wrestler) and GREG GREENLAND.

The evening begins with the MCW HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS, which had been
postponed from the October 30 “Night of the Legends” card because of the freak snowstorm.
JUDGE JEFF JONES, working in the offices of now-Baltimore-based Ring of Honor promotion,
tosses ROH t-shirts and DVDs to the fans before emceeing the inductions, assisted by MCW
commissioner JIMMY CICERO. This year’s HOF inductees:
1. “HARD ROCK” RICKY BLUES, a local and regional wrestling mainstay for over a
quarter-century.
2. EARL THE PEARL & RAMBLIN’ RICH MYERS (THE HOLY ROLLERS),
the recently retired tag team that had been created in the beginning days of MCW.
Earl and Rich are now training possible successors at GILLBERG’S WRESTLING
ACADEMY.
3. TOM BRANDI, a.k.a. JOHNNY GUNN and SALVATORE SINCERE, a major
contributor to the success MCW and other regional independent promotions have had
for over 25 years. I recall seeing “Bam Bam Brandi” in the mid- to late 1980’s at the
first indie card I ever attended, when he wrestled The Samoan Savage (later Fatu and
even later Rikishi) at the Towson Center.
4. BILL APTER, who as editor of Pro Wrestling Illustrated, The Wrestler, Inside
Wrestling and other magazines (dubbed the “Apter mags” in his honor), was THE
source for national news about the then only-regional wrestling promotions and stars
in those long-ago, pre-Internet days. Adapting to the technology, Bill now continues
to dole out the information at www.1wrestling.com.
5. DAN McDEVITT, owner and co-founder of MCW, whose vision and perseverance
have led to the continued success of the most-thriving independent Maryland
promotion of all time.

Match #1: THE BOOKIES (NICO & CHICO) pinned COUNTRY STRONG (HOSS
HAGOOD & KEVIN CHESNEY, with CHASTITY) in 5:33. I’m still not sure who is Nico
and who is Chico, so I’ll say the taller one is Nico and the thicker one is Chico. Hoss and Nico
start out, and after a headlock, Hoss hits several arm flips that eventually send the Bookie out of
the ring. Chico is also thrown out. Kevin tags in and does a 180º over the top rope onto Chico
on the floor. Sprawled out on the floor, Chico is obviously injured and is no longer a factor in
the match. Now in what has unfortunately become a handicap match, Nico picks up the pace,
chopping and stomping on Chesney. Kevin recovers to get several near-falls on Nico after a

series of suplexes. Hagood tags in and is eventually rolled up by Nico for the pin.

Match #2: “THE ITALIAN JOB” NICK SARACHELLI pinned COLE CALLAWAY in 3:44.
After Cole flips Nick to the ground several times, he embarrasses Nick by suggestively posing
to the fans. Nick has had enough after Cole kisses his hand; he attacks Callaway from behind,
whips him into a corner, and bulldogs him. Cole counters with a sidewalk slam and gets a 2-
count. Nick has a counter of his own, scoring the fall after a suplex and a roll.

Match #3: THE WINNERS CIRCLE (PAUL WHITE & MITCH MILLER & “BLUE HAZE”
R.K. BLUES, with DOC DANIELS & AIDA MARIE) pin BOB STARR & RICKY BLUES &
CAT BURGLAR in 8:29. Father and son square off in the beginning, with RK bringing Dad to
the ground with a headlock. Ricky avoids his son’s somersault flip. Ricky delivers some chops,
then RK some kicks. Ricky tries to follow up an elbow smash with a leg drop but misses. As
RK heads outside the ring to Doc for some advice, the manager gives some “man-up” advice.
Back in the ring, Ricky throws RK back out and beats on him. Bob tags in; but there is another
major distraction brewing outside. FREDDIE ORKIN, resplendently dressed in his exterminator
regalia, distracts CAT BURGLAR. The two argue and disappear backstage. Back in the ring,
the Blueses are again at it. RK hits a suplex slam. Ricky counters with a slap. Miller tags in
and is promptly kicked out. He then tags to White, who hits a suplex before getting slammed by
Ricky. RK then tags back in and pins his father after an atomic drop.

Match #4: BUCK CHYLD pins CHUCK LENNOX in 3:32. Chuck sends Buck to the corner
with a flurry of punches. Buck gets a college-style takedown and slams Chuck to the mat again
after the Black Wall Street guy attempts to get up. Chuck then pushes the ref into Buck (I guess
the ref deems this unintentional, since there is no dq.), who falls to the floor. Lennox gets a 2-
count after a suplex. Chyld, after getting several near falls, misses a top rope leap. The crowd,
thinking they are at a Ravens game, cheers Buck on by singing the “Seven Nation Army” chorus.
Doing what we hope Joe Flacco will do during the playoffs, Buck picks up steam and gets the 3-
count after a bulldog.

Match #5: “THE SCOTTISH NIGHTMARE” CHRIS CLOW (with DOC DANIELS, AIDA
MARIE, MITCH MILLER, PAUL WHITE & R.K. BLUES) won the MCW Television
Championship by pinning OLIVER GRIMSLEY (with HOKUS) in 8:09. Chris comes out
waving his giant Scottish flag, prompting deafening “USA” chants from the fans. Oliver
starts strong, delivering a drop kick, and then tripping Clow. With Chris now draped over the
middle rope, Grimsley hits what Darque Karnival fans would call, I guess, a “sizzix-wozzone-
nizzine”. The action goes outside the ring, as Clow retaliates by slamming Grimsley on the
side of the ring. Throwing his opponent back in the ring, Chris gets a 2-count and then another
one after a running kick. Grimsley refuses to submit to a chin lock and powers out. Clow hits
a spine buster, and then turns to the crowd to mock those ever-present “USA” cheers. As he
scores another near fall, Clow, along with his manager, start complaining to the referee about
slow counts. As the manager and referee argue, Grimsley delivers a thrust slam. The newly
formed “Gemini” team of White and Miller work to keep Hokus a non-factor during the whole
match. With the ref still distracted, Clow grabs a chair and puts it on the mat, falling down as
if he has been hit by it. Grimsley sees what happens and he himself feigns unconsciousness
by falling on the mat. The ref finally turns around to make several 2-counts for both wrestlers.
Oliver hits a bulldog for another near fall. Clow eventually hits a neck breaker and wins the title
with a 3-count.

During the intermission, former WWE diva MARYSE appears in a corner of the arena for
autograph and picture opportunities.

The second half starts with a special live “Apter’s Alley” segment. His first guests are
DOC DANIELS, AIDA MARIE and the entire WINNERS CIRCLE “THE SCOTTISH
NIGHTMARE” CHRIS CLOW, GEMINI (MITCH MILLER & PAUL WHITE) & “THE BLUE
HAZE” R.K. BLUES). I’d like to report to you what was said; but the venom of the crowd
toward Doc and his stable was so loud that I couldn’t make out one single word. It was as if Bill
was interviewing the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bill’s second guests are RANDY HILL, a former MEWF standout who wrestled under the name
of STEVE CAMRY, and RYAN MACKIN, a former Maryland state high school wrestling
champion and all-American (Hammond High ’01) who is now a mixed martial arts fighter.
They discuss the future of MMA and several MMA bouts that are coming to the area. As Ryan
mentions that he has never been inside a professional wrestling ring before, MUSTAFA AZIZ
DANIELS and BORIS DRAGOFF interrupt the interview. The Russian, wanting to see how
tough the MMAer really is, challenges Mackin to a match at the next MCW card to be held at the
Green Room of Saturday, February 25. Ryan accepts, with Randy promising to train him how to
wrestle professional-style.

Match #6: RICKY REYES won his three-way match against SAMI CALLIHAN and TEDDY
STIGMA by scoring the pin fall in 11:08. I’ll do my best here in describing the incredibly fast
proceedings. Sami hits Teddy (returning to MCW after a long absence) and then is kicked out
of the ring by Ricky. Sami returns and is thrown out of the ring by Teddy. Sami then misses a
top rope leap directed toward Ricky. Ricky and Teddy throw Sami into the corner. Teddy and
Sami exchange elbows and chops. Teddy hits a reverse power bomb on Sami, then turns to taunt
the crowd. This enables Ricky to throw Teddy out and then get a 1-count on Sami after hitting a
neck breaker. Got all that so far? Reyes has Callihan in a body scissors and chokes him. Stigma
starts punching Reyes and moves him to a corner before kicking him out of the ring. Teddy
then throws Sami into several corners before getting a 2-count. Teddy misses a charge and gets
chopped by Sami and splashed by Ricky. Sami chops Ricky and simultaneously drop kicks
both cornered opponents. Callihan covers Reyes after a neck breaker and body slam; but Stigma
kicks him off. Stigma gets a 2-count on Sami but misses a follow-up charge. Ricky and Sami
trade punches. Reyes clotheslines Sami and gets a 2-count. Sami then gets a 2-count. Ricky
attempts another pin but that is broken up by Stigma. Teddy hits Ricky with a thrust slam but
his pin attempt is broken up by Callihan, who then puts Teddy into a half-Boston Crab. Ricky
breaks it up. After some exchanges, Ricky and Teddy wind up simultaneously kicking each
other in the face. Both wrestlers stagger; but it is Ricky who gets the pin after staggering on to
Teddy. Wow!

Before the next match, which is supposed to be a tag team match between ADAM FLASH/TOM
BRANDI and NUI TOFIGA/NAPALM BOMB, Adam announces to the crowd that this is the
night where the mysterious “bounty” will finally be collected. Brandi announces that he has
a “Christmas present” for MCW owner DAN McDEVITT and commissioner JIMMY CICERO.
He hands a gift-wrapped 24”x18” something to Al Albert and me at the ringside table and warns
us not to open it. Is Tom Brandi the mastermind behind these bounties?

Napalm Bomb comes out, accompanied by Nui Tofiga, who is on crutches. With Nui unable
to compete due to a bum ankle, Al Albert is ready to announce a Flash/Brandi win by forfeit.

Napalm protests. The referee, at Flash’s and Brandi’s insistence, sends the hobbled Samoan
back to the locker room. The Bomb tells everyone that he can work this match with another
partner, “each and every one of the fans who have supported [him]”. So here we go with a
handicap match as Al and I try to figure out what is under that wrapping.

Match #7: NAPALM BOMB won his handicap match against TOM BRANDI & ADAM
FLASH as a result of a disqualification. Predictably, the Bomb is double teamed from the outset.
He retaliates with a double clothesline and punches Brandi into a corner. Adam charges and
kicks Napalm. Napalm avoids being clotheslined and watches Flash and Brandi clothesline each
other. They recover quickly—Flash distracts the referee as Tom puts his shoe to Napalm’s neck.
Adam follows this with a sit-in on the now-cornered Bomb. Flash’s super kick misses Napalm
but hits his partner. As the resurgent Napalm works over Flash, the mysterious MASKED
BOUNTY HUNGER attacks the Bomb. The referee calls for the bell. NUI TOFIGA limps to
ringside, swinging his crutch at the Bad Guys who retreat to the back.

Match #8: BLACK WALL STREET (MARCUS STREETS & DROLIX, with CHUCK
LENNOX) won the MCW Tag Team Championship with a pin of FED UP (C-FED & G-FED)
in 6:53. Fed Up starts out strong, sending Wall Street out of the ring and eventually into each
other. G-Fed gets several near falls after slamming Drolix. C and G do the slice-and-dice, and
then C gets a 2-count. He gets another 2-count after a leg drop; but Drolix recovers to hit a drop
kick. Marcus tags in, kicks C and rolls him up for a near fall. Streets chops C and pushes G,
who is on the ring apron. As the referee keeps G from entering the ring, C is double teamed
in the corner. Streets gets another 2-count after a knee drop. Drolix tags in, gets his own near
fall, and then works over C-Fed. C, encouraged by the “Son! Son!” chants of the fans, gets a
second wind. He hits a whirling body slam and gets a 2-count. Outside the ring, Marcus grabs
a championship belt from the ringside table. G-Fed and Drolix battle outside the ring as the ref
tries to break them up. Meanwhile, C-Fed rolls up Streets inside the ring for what could be a
pin. The referee, however, is not there to count it. Lennox (who has just arrived on the scene)
comes in and plunks C-Fed with the title belt and helps Streets roll him up. The referee, finally
returning to the ring, makes the 3-count.

After the match, the victorious Black Wall street folks celebrate in the middle of the ring. Drolix
proclaims them the best tag team ever to come out of “the Hood”. Hearing these words, the
original MCW tag team from “the Hood”, THE GHETTO MAFIA (QENAAN CREED & 2-
DOPE) come to the ring and stake their claim to “best from the Hood” status. The two teams
brawl around the ring.

Before the main event, AL ALBERT again reminds the fans that after the match, ADAM
FLASH and TOM BRANDI are going to give DAN McDEVITT and JIMMY CICERO that
Christmas present “that will change MCW forever”.

Match #9: TYLER HILTON won the MCW Heavyweight Championship with a pin fall victory
in his 3-way match against COBIAN and champion RONNIE ZUKKO (with JESSIE KAYE).
Hilton and Cobian whip Zukko into a corner and out of the ring. Cobian puts a wristlock on
Tyler. Tyler avoids a Cobian charge and covers him for a 2-count. Cobian clotheslines Tyler
and gets his own 2-count. The two then clothesline each other as Ronnie re-enters and gets 2-
counts on each opponent. Ronnie stomps both opponents, throws Cobian out of the ring and
getting a 2-count on Hilton. Ronnie gets another near fall on Hilton after a backdrop. He then
choke slams Hilton; but his try for the pin is broken up by Cobian. Cobian is all over the champ,

with ax handles, choke slams and a knee drop. He covers Ronnie but is pushed off by Hilton.
Hilton slings Ronnie forward and pushes Cobian into the ropes. Tyler hits an upside down knee
drop on Cobian. Meanwhile, CANDIE, who has dedicated her life to tormenting the man who
had mistreated her, distracts Ronnie. This allows another returning MCW stalwart, CHRISTIAN
YORK, to beat the living [fecal matter] out of Zukko. York leaves Zukko helpless in the ring.
Hilton falls on Ronnie for the pin and the championship.

That’s not all, folks. Not by a long shot.

As Hilton celebrates his victory, TOM BRANDI, ADAM FLASH, and two MASKED
BOUNTY HUNTERS attack Hilton and Cobian. Brandi and Flash shock the crowd by
announcing the Masked Men are none other than supposedly-recently-retired RAMBLIN’ RICH
MYERS and EARL THE PEARL. Earl takes off his mask first; Rich, however, is hesitant.
When he finally follows Flash’s and Brandi’s orders to take off the mask, that other Masked Man
is not Rich Myers at all but rather RYAN McBRIDE, also back in MCW. Ryan clears house.
This allows JIMMY CICERO and DAN McDEVITT to come to ringside along with the injured
NUI TOFIGA, as we will finally get to the source of the “bounty” mishigoss.

Cicero assures Brandi, who seems to be at the heart of all this tzuris, that he will ask the
Maryland State Athletic Commission to revoke Brandi’s wrestling license, an action that
probably would be recognized by other state commissions and would mark the end of Brandi’s
career. As McDevitt accepts the “present” from Brandi, the MCW owner hits Cicero over the
head with the metallic, still-wrapped gift. McBride is shocked beyond belief; but he gets another
shock as he falls victim to a Samoan Drop from Tofiga, miraculously “recovered” from his ankle
injury. (Ernest Angley, anyone?) Nui then turns his attention to Cicero, who has become the
main target of the bounty hunters. NAPALM BOMB arrives to confront his former partner
and is likewise Samoan Dropped for his troubles. CHRISTIAN YORK comes back to the ring
to help; but a revenge-seeking RONNIE ZUKKO attacks him. As he reveals himself to be
the financier of the bounties, McDevitt encourages Tofiga to “go to the next level” and “put
somebody in the hospital”. Nui splashes McBride with a leap off the middle turnbuckle. The
metallic object, now unwrapped, is revealed to be a “Team McDevitt” real estate sign, which
Dan uses to cause more pain to Cicero.

With his cohorts Flash, Brandi, Pearl, Tofiga and Zukko standing tall in the middle of the ring
and with Cicero lying helpless on the mat with his head propped on the bottom turnbuckle, Dan
McDevitt ends the evening by declaring “Cicero, you’re fired!”

From Jeff Amdur, MCW historian

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