Due to this being Barry Windham's Farewell tour appearance in the NPW, tonight and March 16th's TV shows will be 2 HOURS long, instead of the usual 1 hour.
Champion v Champion - Non-title Match
Steve Riley v Rocky Maivia
The night's opening match saw NPW American champion "Total Destruction" Steve Riley take on NPW Canadian champion Rocky Maivia in a non-title match. Riley had the upper hand in much of this match. Bret Hart came down to cheer on Maivia, but Rocky didn't seem to appreciate Bret's prescence so he rocked him with a right hand outside the ring. Then Riley speared Rocky in the lower back, sending Rocky colliding with Bret and landing on him. Bret looked to be quite hurt as did Rocky. A concerned Wayne Hart then applied the 3 count on the pinfall even though it was outside the ring.
[Steve Riley pinned Rocky Maivia after a spear at 12:00]
[cut to commercial]
This was a funny segment with Chris Jericho giving "props" to our special guest tonight Nick Bockwinkel. Jericho was his usual smart ass self. Jericho outlined Bockwinkel's career including two AWA World title "victories" where all the wrestlers in the AWA were so scared of him that he was just handed the world title by AWA officials. Jericho said it was quite an accomplishment to be the World champion and beat opponent after worthy opponent like Jake Milliman, Tony Leone, and Nacho Buerrera. Jericho also pointed out that Bockwinkel carried that no talent stiff Ray Stevens to an AWA World tag title, despite the fact that Stevens was usually out in the studio recording all those country and western parody songs.
[cut to commercial]
CWA Americas Championship Title Match
Cesar DeHoyas (c) v Curt Hennig
special guest referee: Nick Bockwinkel
Bockwinkel was out for the next match as the special guest referee between CWA Americas Champion Cesar DeHoyas and Curt Hennig. Hennig kept trying to get Bockwinkel to help him but Bock called the match right down the middle. A very fired up DeHoyas wound up with a clean victory.
[Cesar DeHoyas pinned Curt Hennig after a flying somersault splash at 15:03]
Marcus Schultz v Buddy McElroy
The next match featured Marcus Schultz taking on Buddy McElroy of the Freebirds. Schultz was acquitting himself quite well in a very exciting contest, but then Troy Black came out and tried to help Schultz with some interference. Referee Buddy Lane caught Black, and McElroy was awarded the match by DQ
[Buddy McElroy beats Marcus Schultz by disqualification after outside interference at 6:49]
BAI: Sean O'Haire & Justice Steel (/w Chris Jericho)
Bryan Caruthers & Mike Enos (/w Nick Bockwinkel)
Next up was a tag team qualifier. The winning team gets into the 4-way match later tonight for the vacant NPW Tag Titles that had been forfeited due to the injury of Jerry Orth of the spinebusters. Chris Jericho brought out his team of Sean O'Haire and Justice Steele, and demanded to know who they would face. Out came Bryan Caruthers (the other member of the Spinebusters) and his tag partner for tonight Mean Mike Enos. And leading this Minnesota duo to the ring was none other than Nick Bockwinkel. Due in part to Bockwinkel neutralizing Jericho, Caruthers and Enos were able to beat their inferior opponents.
[Bryan Caruthers & Mike Enos beat Sean O'Haire & Justice Steel when Caruthers pinned O'Haire after a spinebuster slam at 11:12]
Next up was a 20-minute highlight and retrospective of the fantastic career of Barry Windham...the champion of champions.
WWA North American Title Defense
Dan Jesser (c) v Raymond Bingham (/w Madusa)
Newly crowned WWA North American Champion Dan Jesser defended his title against PWI Rookie of the Year Raymond Bingham. Bingham was accompanied to the ring by Madusa. Bingham had some momentum early on but Jesser got on a roll and had the match well in hand until Kai Hanson came bursting through the crowd. Madusa caught on quick to what was about to happen and distracted referee Marty Stevens. Hanson entered the ring and demolished Jesser with the ringbell to the back of the head. He left the ring long enough to allow Stevens to count the 3 count and Raymond Bingham is the new WWA North American Champion.
[Raymond Bingham pinned Dan Jesser after outside interference at 19:09]
[Raymond Bingham wins the WWA North American Heavyweight Championship]
Post Match: Hanson presented the title belt to Bingham who was joined in the celebration by his leader Chris Jericho. Hanson then clotheslined both men from behind and laid the boots to both of them and then again to Jesser. NPW security surrounded the ring but were held back as Hanson was allowed to cut a promo telling off the American fans.
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