Author: Scott » Published On: July 31st, 2012 » Filed In: Review » Comments: (0)

This spot was supposed to contain an exhaustive review of the NCWA card, complete with match analysis and crowd reaction.

Then I thought about how boring that concept is to the average reader and decided to just post my own general thoughts. There’s a reason I drive all over the state to cover these events, after all, and it has nothing to do with getting my goofy mug photographed with legends and superstar wrestlers.

I do this because of the unbelievable effort I see from wrestlers who love what they do and sacrifice blood, time, and treasure pursuing their dreams. I do it because I see wrestlers work two or three times in one night, traveling from place to place, investing everything they have to get better. I do it because I watch people take birthday cakes to the face to entertain the crowd. I do it because I see how quickly promoters think when a name talent cancels or no-shows them, doing everything they can to make it up to the crowd. I do it because I see officials show up five hours early to construct a broadcasting platform to give a TV show and DVD multiple angles and a more professional feel. I do it because I watch these guys work their butts off in the heat, with little breeze in the building, still pulling off matches that are BETTER than most of the national fare on USA network and SPIKE.

Saturday night, we saw what was likely the last appearance of an area superstar for a while, as KC McKnight led a CAPTIVATING main event, and with a Ted DiBiase assist, told a compelling story in the space of a few minutes. When he locked Charlie Dreamer in the Million Dollar Dream, a packed house of fans who were there to boo them CHEERED. So deep was the love of supposed heel Ted DiBiase that when he came out with five of the most hated wrestlers in the area, people cheered. They just couldn’t help it. Charlie Dreamer’s rally from a 1-on-3 to finish the event was remarkable, and the way that Louis Moore, Hurricane Helms, McKnight, and Dreamer finished off the event left the fans wanting more.

My co-host Matt Houston ended his night by tapping out to Reid Flair’s figure-four leg lock, giving us an easy start to the show this week and a platform to move forward. George South again showed us how to be the bad guy without working “blue.”

This is part of why I joined the family: because you can’t work around these guys without respecting them and rooting for them, face or heel.

Late tonight: A tag team championship match that rocked the house.

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