Pat Anthony put in the performance of his life that night and pinned the champion's shoulders to the mat for the 1,2,3. As the elated crowd in the Liberty High School gymnasium cheered in excitement, the referee in the contest failed to notice one detail. That detail was that Diaz' foot was under the ropes at the time of the 3 count. While Diaz argued his case, ACW Commissioner Mike Ratick came to ringside to inform the referee that Diaz was indeed correct and that the match would need to be restarted. The second the referee ring the bell, Diaz hit Pat with a cheap shot and pinned the challenger for the win and retained his championship. Pat Anthony had the Light Heavyweight Championship in the palm of his hand, only to have the opportunity taken away from him by a technicality.
Over the next 3 years, things get worse, then better, then worse again for Pat Anthony. He gets fired from ACW the very next month over a match stipulation. He gets hired back in 2014, joins up with The Winners and wins the ACW Tag Team Championship with Rayburn. Almost immediately after losing the Tag Titles, The Winners disband after Andy Vineberg walked away from ACW. Once again, Pat Anthony was by himself once again. After everything that had happened over the last 3 years, there was one loose end that he needed to tie up in order to move forward with his career. That loose end was winning the ACW Light Heavyweight Championship, which was still held by The MiniBoss Diaz.
Pat attempted to steal the championship from Diaz in Hagerstown, but it didn't work as Diaz defeated him in a 4 way match that night. An angry Pat Anthony then faced the champion in Catonsville, where he knocked out the champion with his own title belt. While he was disqualified for his actions, his message was clear. Pat Anthony will do whatever it takes to achieve his goal of winning the ACW Light Heavyweight Championship.
Its August of 2016, and Pat Anthony is challenging once again for the ACW Light Heavyweight Championship. This time, his opportunity is on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This time could be his very last opportunity to right the wrong that happened to him 3 years ago. Will this time be different than 2013? Or will this time be business as usual?
ACW returns to Denton, MD on August 20th. Tickets available at www.adrenalinewrestling.com