Travis Banks dominated “Dream Catcher” Phil Woodgate in their main event match at the NZWPW Chairman’s Challenge last night, forcing Woodgate to tap out to the Lion Clutch!
Banks blindsided “Dream Catcher” while he was still making his entrance. Banks leapt from the stage with a suicide dive to drive Woodgate into the edge of the ring, before “Dream Catcher” took control of the bout and bounced Banks’ head off the apron.
In the ring now, Woodgate continued to ram Travis’ head into the mat before trying for a quick pin. “Dream Catcher” then choked out Banks with a top he had been wearing on his way to the ring, coming dangerously close to a disqualification loss.
Woodgate positioned Banks in the corner and crushed him with a big splash, but when he tried a second time, Travis slipped behind “Dream Catcher” and drove him into the canvas with a German suplex!
Travis stood Woodgate up in the corner and lit him up with some knife-edge chops before rocking him with a flying forearm. Banks staggered Woodgate again with a knee to the face, before trying for another corner forearm. “Dream Catcher” pulled referee Damian Tait in the way though, leaving Travis to collide with the unsuspecting ref.
Woodgate bent the rules a little and threw Travis to the mat by his hair. With the referee still down, Woodgate took his time to set Banks up for the Razorblade Romance. “Dream Catcher’s” stalling backfired though as it gave Banks enough time to recover and power Woodgate to the mat for the Lion Clutch submission hold! The referee revived just in time to see Woodgate tapping out and award Banks the victory!
X-Rated returned to NZWPW to go one-on-one with Ben Mana. Mana took control of the match early on with some less-than-legal moves, before squashing X into the mat with a massive scoop slam/splash combination. The NZWPW Tag Team Champion then tried to get X-Rated to submit to the Mana Lock, but X made it to the ropes.
X-Rated began to build a comeback against Mana, and used an armbar to escape the Mana Slam. In a risky move, X-Rated managed to hoist Ben Mana onto his shoulders and plant him with a DVD before following up with a leg drop for the win.
Roger Ventura left the Lower Hutt Town Hall with a big win over “The Ideal Experience” Corey Dallas. Ventura’s speed and experience led him to victory against Dallas’ power in a back-and-forth battle. Corey Dallas was clotheslined out of the ring at one point, and Ventura took to the sky for a huge cross-body press from the top turnbuckle! When the action moved back through the ropes, Ventura looked to make Dallas tap to a camel clutch variation. “The Ideal Experience” managed to turn the submission into a sidewalk slam though, taking a near fall.
Ventura took to the air for a Senton Bomb, but made a cover too close to the ropes. Corey Dallas tried to pin Ventura with a cradle but could only keep him down for 2 before being blasted with a superkick! With that, Ventura rolled CD over and locked in a rear naked choke to take the win via submission.
Mikey Rave found himself screwed out of a victory when he went up against the devious Ram. In his first match in over a year, The Ram showed no sign of ring rust, and was able to dominate Rave with all sorts of moves, including a sit-out front-face suplex. When Mikey kicked out of Ram’s cover, the Bollywood Bad Boy tried to take the victory with a sleeper hold. Rave refused to quit though and made it back to his feet, where he was eventually nailed with a TKO for a near fall.
Ram became frustrated with Mikey’s resilience and untied one of the turnbuckle pads. As the referee turned his attention to reattaching the cover, Ram grabbed his Fijian flag from ringside and broke it over Rave’s head! Instead of hiding the evidence though, The Ram left the flag next to Mikey Rave and dropped to the ground himself holding his head. When the referee turned back to the match, he saw Rave holding the flag and Ram holding his head - leading to a dubious disqualification victory for The Ram.
NZWPW Chairman’s Challenge Results:
- Rufguts def. “Shining” Nick Silver
SNS nailed Rufguts with the Silver Bullet and took to the top rope for a cross-body press, but Rufguts caught Silver with a body-scissor mid-air, and turned it into a devastating submission hold that forced “Shining” Nick to tap out.
- X-Rated def. NZWPW Tag Team Champion Ben Mana
X avoided the Mana Slam and knocked Ben Mana senseless with a DVD before a big leg drop sealed the deal and gave him the win.
- Roger Ventura def. “The Ideal Experience” Corey Dallas
Ventura couldn’t beat Dallas with the camel clutch or the Senton Bomb, so finished things with a superkick and rear naked choke instead.
- Misty & Stella Hammer def. Carmella & Rose Caprice w/ Chaz
Carmella looked like she might have been able to beat Stella with a tornado DDT, but the Misty Makeover followed by a Stella Splash was too much for her to kick out of. Misty & Stella then assaulted the Caprice sisters’ manager, Chaz, after the match.
- Chad Howard def. Axl
Axl went for his Atomic Spinebuster on Howard, but Chad got his knees up to turn the move back on Axl and leave with what some would consider an upset victory.
- Double count-out: NZWPW Champion D-Hoya vs. Tykade
D-Hoya couldn’t find a way to knock Tykade down, so clotheslined him over the top rope instead. With both men outside the ring, Tykade leapt to the apron and dove into D-Hoya with a flying European uppercut! The referee began to count but neither man made it back into the ring in time, ending the match in a draw.
- JC Star def. Levi
Levi looked to overpower Star and take the win, but JC countered a fireman’s carry to a DDT which he followed with a picture-perfect moonsault for a big win.
- The Ram def. Mikey Rave via disqualification
Ram blasted Mikey Rave with the Fijian flag behind the referee’s back before dropping to the ground and convincing the referee that he had been hit by Rave to steal a disqualification victory.
- Travis Banks def. “Dream Catcher” Phil Woodgate
Banks countered Woodgate’s Razorblade Romance into the Lion Clutch and forced “Dream Catcher” to tap out!