Right from the opening bell there were scores to be settled and open wounds that needed to be healed as ACW returned to the OBI Building for the highly anticipated Goldrush show.
Only 2 weeks ago the longest current reigning champion in professional wrestling – Diaz suffered a pinfall loss in a non-title match against JD Smooth in a bout marred with outside interference. Commissioner Mike Ratick went to work scheduling a rematch for the championship to start off a wild night for the ACW Faithful.
ACW Light Heavyweight Championship
Diaz (c) w/Vic Ramone vs. JD Smooth w/ AC Wolfe
Only 2 weeks ago these two met with JD Smooth scoring a rare victory over Diaz but he needed a lot of help as AC Wolfe almost made that bout a 3 way match.
This time the championship was on the line but the outside interference seen in Frederick continued in the rematch. The referee had no choice but to disqualify Smooth and award the decision to the ACW Light Heavyweight Champion.
Winner and still champion: Diaz
Commissioner Ratick came to ringside not satisfied at what the ACW Faithful had witnessed. On the spot he decided that if all 4 wrestlers wanted to have at it, there would be a tag team match right now.
Diaz and Vic Ramone vs. JD Smooth and AC Wolfe
Finally getting all 4 competitors in the ring proved to be a great move. AC Wolfe and Vic Ramone put on both showed tremendous mat skills. Nothing fancy, just solid wrestling but tempers flared again. After Diaz was tagged back it he hit a series of running forearms into the corner on both Wolfe and Smooth and seemingly had the match in hand.
However with all 4 competitors again in the ring, JD Smooth caught Diaz with a DDT and climbed to the top rope. He leaped and connected with the Alabama Jam and for the second time in 2 weeks used the maneuver to get a 3 count over the Light Heavyweight Champion.
Winners: JD Smooth and AC Wolfe
After the match JD Smooth grabbed the ACW Light Heavyweight Championship and was leaving ringside with it. As he made his way down the aisle, Commissioner Ratick announced a return match for December 12th with Diaz and Smooth to decide things in a steel cage!
Gold Rush Battle Royal
Participants: Adam Ugly, Shadow, Mad Dog Buzz Stryker, Michaels Amaydo, PJ Parker, Robbie Illuminati, Doyle Day, Sidney Porter, Desert Storm, Jason Scythe
The Black Wrestlers Matter movement chose to sit out the opening moments of the bout remaining at the ringside which is completely legal although not exactly the most courageous thing to do.
Jason Scythe was the first to be eliminated, followed quickly by Michaels Amaydo. Things came down to all 3 members against Buzz Stryker and Robby Illuminati.
Stryker proved why his is the legendary “Mad Dog” and hall of famer by disposing of all of the BWM movement by himself. However, Robby Illuminati wisely picked his spot and deposited Stryker over the top rope as he was getting rid of the last of BWM.
Winner of the Gold Rush Battle Royal and #1 Contender for the evening: Robby Illuminati.
ACW Women’s Championship
Kaycee Carlisle (c) w/Mr. Grimm vs. Tess Valentine
The current Women’s Champion wanted everyone to know just who the champ was, bumping into her challenger and flaunting the title belt for all to see. She was very reluctant to part with her hardware to even start the match.
Valentine was able to block an early suplex attempt by Carlisle and roll her up into a small package almost getting a 3 count. Enraged Carlisle actually bit her challenger showing a bit of desperation.
The challenger remained in control and after knocking the champion to the mat climbed the top rope looking to finish things but Mr. Grimm climbed on the ring apron causing Valentine to straddle herself on the turnbuckle. This could have been a disqualifiable offense but veteran referee Bruce Delaney - going by the rulebook determined no actual contact had been made. The champion then connected with a pedigree and Kaycee Carlisle had chalked up another successful title defense.
Winner and still ACW Women’s Champion: Kaycee Carlisle
After the match Mr. Grimm and the champion continued their attack on the challenger until D-Generation X and NWO legend X-Pac cleared the ring. Sean Waltman made his presence known after greeting the ACW Faithful in an autograph and photo session before the show.
ACW Tag Team Championship – Ladder Match
The Winners – Pat Anthony and Rayburn vs. The Wildcardz – Eddie Page and Jason Radatz
The Tag Team Championship remains a title that is too hot to touch. The Winners and Wildcatz have been juggling the championship between each other now for several months which is a testament to how good both teams are.
Andy Vineberg declared before the match that since Pat Anthony and Rayburn had regained the titles when he was away on business, that he would take a back seat this evening and not mess with a winning formula.
The champs were aggressive from the start, but the dynamic of a ladder match changed what we had seen in previous encounters. Both teams seemed tentative attempting to climb up to grab the championship straps suspended high up from the ceiling of the OBI Building.
On top of the ladder stipulation both teams decided that a table needed to be dragged into the ring. Each of the 4 contestants attempted the long climb upstairs several times. After Rayburn hit a double clothesline on Page and Radatz the big man tentatively made the climb to grab the championship belts. Obviously worried about the height Rayburn took too long getting up the ladder. The Wildcardz recovered and with the table positioned in the far corner – halted the big man’s process and back slammed him into the table. Eddie Page then climbed the “ladder of success” and regained the ACW Tag Team Championship once again.
Winners and NEW ACW Tag Team Champions – The Wildcardz – Eddie Page and Jason Radatz
After intermission Kevin Chesney debuted his new segment and his first order of business was trying to figure out what is going on with the 17 time tag team champions Pretty Ugly. Chesney cut right to the chase immediately and Pretty Jimmy Dream had a lot to say about things.
Jimmy and Adam have been friends since age 13. They both wanted to be wrestlers, have done everything in their careers together and their history speaks for itself. Recently Pretty Ugly has been on the wrong side of decisions and Jimmy Dream took some responsibility for it saying that he may have been distracted he is now the man running things.
The ACW Faithful did not agree, and cheered Jimmy on but The Winner Andy Vineberg broke things up and joined Chesney’s Corner.
Vineberg told Adam Ugly that he could change his life. Jimmy Dream reminded his childhood friend of their friendship since age 13 and the history they share.
As Andy Vineberg continued to tell Adam Ugly why he should join The Winners, Jimmy Dream took a stand. Dream offered to get Andy Vineberg in the ring one on one. If Jimmy Dream would somehow lose to the Vineberg, Adam Ugly would join The Winners stable. The challenge was accepted for December 12th at “Twas The Cage Match Before Christmas” with Adam Ugly as the special guest referee in a no-holds barred match.
ACW Heavyweight Championship
Sicend (c) vs. Robby Illuminati
ACW Champion Sicend was accompanied by Riot City’s Jason Scythe while Illuminati had his BLK OUT partner Ruckus with him.
Illuminati deserved a title shot even before winning the Gold Rush Battle Royal and the veteran showed why he is still a top contender. He brutalized the champion over and over with striking techniques that kept Sicend’s aerial game to a minimum.
Robby Illuminati gave it everything and came very close to gaining the title. After a spinning forearm to the jaw knocking down the champion Illuminati yelled “GET UP MFer!” The champion kept his cool and rolled him into a small package to get the 3 count.
After the match Illuminati congratulated the champion. “I’ve known you since you were a kid and I’m humbled you looked up to me. You’re the champ and now all the kids in the back can look up to you too.”
Winner and still ACW Heavyweight Champion: Sicend
Six Man Tag Team Match
Black Wrestlers Matter (BWM) Desert Storm. Doyle Day & Sidney Porter vs. Michaels Amaydo, PJ Parker and Mad Dog Buzz Stryker
Black Wrestlers Matter all took a look at the briefcase hovering high across the ring for the main event but they had enough on their hands with their opponents.
This group has made its mark in the short time since it formed. They have confidence and really believe that they have been ignored.
Michaels Amaydo decided his hat was more important than his teammates in this contest and BJ Stryker was not happy in the least about it.
Despite the antics of the BWM movement – Amaydo’s concern about his hat cost his team. The legendary Mad Dog had enough and vacated his spot in the match. Sidney Porter’s sidewalk slam along with a Desert Storm Scissor kick ended Amaydo’s night collecting another win for the movement.
Winners: Black Wrestlers Matter (BWM)
Gold Rush Ladder Match
Kindred vs. Ruckus vs. Louis G Rich
Suspended above the ring – the Golden Ticket Briefcase which would deliver a shot at any ACW championship at any time.
The King of Maryland Wrestling Louis G Rich entered the ring first accompanied by The Winner Andy Vineberg. Despite a rocky relationship the past few months both seemed to be on the same page. Ruckus came down the aisle with BLK OUT partner Robbie Illuminati who had challenged Sicend earlier in the evening. Finally the vampire Kindred entered the match with Yana at his side.
The match itself was a highlight reel and the ladder came into play early and often. All 3 wrestlers were able to use it to their advantage during the bout. Sicend came to ringside to take in the action and also was cheering on his former teacher Ruckus during the match.
At a pivotal point in the match Kindred had both of his opponents down and was climbing the ladder only to be stopped by Doyle Day of from BWM. Louis G Rich then attempted the climb but was stopped and power bombed from the ladder by Ruckus who then had a clear path to the Golden Ticket Briefcase and the title shot anytime, anywhere.
Winner of the Gold Rush Ladder Match: Ruckus
After the match Ruckus grabbed the microphone and complimented both of his opponents on a great match. Sicend came into the ring to congratulate his former teacher. Ruckus had kind words for the champion saying “You got way past my expectations with your skills” and called Sicend “one his best friends”. Robby Illuminati seemed to take exception to the remark saying he thought he was Ruckus’s best friend. As Ruckus attempted to explain they both turned on Sicend clocking him with the Golden Ticket Briefcase and hitting a double Razor’s Edge on the champion.
Ruckus called for a referee and cashed in the briefcase. The referee counted three and in one of the most shocking incidents in history, Ruckus became the new champion.
Winner and NEW ACW CHAMPION: Ruckus
Robbie Illuminati then announced to everyone “That’s what best friends do for each other!” They then proceeded to beat down Sicend and Riot City’s Shadows. Jason Scythe looked as if he was going to make the save but threw his Riot City T shirt to the ground and walked out of the arena. Ruckus said one last thing to Sicend “One thing I didn’t teach you – Always bet on black!”
Commissioner Mike Ratick would have the last word of the evening though as he announced a rematch in a steel cage for December 12th at “Twas The Cage Fight Before Christmas” show at Mount Hebron High School.