New grappler downs Killer Kibler
Twenty-two managers showed up Thursday night in the Derby
Room for the long-awaited, oft-anticipated, and much-ballyhooed
2003 WBC Single-Elimination Wrasslin' Tournament! Attendance
was up by five from the previous year's 17, and nine from 2001.
Things were indeed already looking up!
As in previous years each manager selected his favorite three
wrasslers from a field of 30 no-gooders and do-wellers. The managers
were then randomly paired off in a three-bracket format. Shortly
after 6 PM the first grapplers took to the rings in the Derby
Room's multi-mat format.
The eleven matches of the first round posted no particular
upsets, despite much hair pulling and body slamming. The second
round featured five bouts: Steve Dickson vs. Nick Kramer; Tim
Dolan vs. Jordan Flawd; Joe Burch vs. Carolyn DeMarco; Jessica
Greenwood vs. Vince Collura; and Wendy DeMarco vs. Gamemaster
Charlie Kibler. Additionally, the tournament's first "bye"
was awarded to the 1999 and 2002 Wrasslin' SE champ, Dan Dolan
Jr. (Oh! The Pain!)
After countless falls, many pins, and several out-of-the-rings,
the din died down to find six managers advancing to the third
round. Gone was the Gamemaster, whose prize wrestlers were easily
bested by Wendy's. Gone also was Miss Greenwood, whose trio of
grapplers succumbed to those managed by Mr. Collura. Also victorious
was Joe Burch over Carolyn DeMarco; Nick Kramer advanced past
hard-fightin' Steve Dickson, and Tim Dolan's gang-of-three roughly
handled those of Jordan Flawd thus setting up three fabulous
third round match-ups:
Kramer vs. Wendy De Marco,
Tim Dolan vs. Joe Burch, and
Vince Collura vs. Dan Dolan Jr.
By now the winning managers were settling into their game,
and the trash talking was underway in earnest. Tim Dolan's trio
soon bested that of Joe Burch, thus earning him (the 1997 WRS-SE
victor) a bye into the final. In a tough fought match, Wendy's
three charges (Ka-Pow, the Amazon, and the Whammer) finally ousted
Kramer's uglies (the Champ, the Acrobat, and Brent Hurt), thus
advancing her to the semi-final. However, in perhaps the biggest
upset yet, battlin' Vince's stable of wrasslers put down those
of defending champ Dan Dolan Jr. (perhaps a bit cold after sitting
out a round?). Most stunned, perhaps, was brother Tim, who was
already anticipating a possible Dolan-vs.-Dolan championship
But such was not to be, as the semi-final would feature Wendy
DeMarco squaring off against Vince Collura. Each manager's initial
wrasslers were forcibly retired, and the Amazon found herself
facing her evil twin! After applying a double-damage hair pull,
DeMarco's Amazon managed to pin her look-alike. Collura's Big
Daddy then pranced into the ring, only to be ingloriously tossed
out of it by Miss DeMarco's triumphant Amazon thus winning
her a spot in the final.
At last, the long-anticipated championship bout is set to
begin: Mgr. Tim Dolan vs. Mgr. Wendy DeMarco. The referee catches
Dolan's dirty Garbage Man when he tries to ring Ka-Pow's bell
with a palmed brick. Ka-Pow then retaliates with a Body Slam,
a Knee Lift and a bevy of Specialties. The stunned but still
mobile Garbage Man exits the ring but soon re-enters, refreshed.
Ka-Pow then finds himself covered in Green Spew, and succumbs.
Wendy brings on her much-touted Amazon, who reverses a Gouge
and a Knee-2nd-Rope. Yet a third reversal, and Tim's Garbage
Man is reeling and pinned! Tim brings on the Champ, who
huffs and puffs about reprisal. True to his word, the brute kicks
the Amazon in the gut and pins her to the mat! "Uncle!"
she cries. Enter ever-dangerous Whammer, Miss DeMarco's final
wrassler and last hope. The Champ and the Whammer circle
the ring, glaring and snorting. Blows begin to fall with a seldom
before-seen fury a Body Slam, a Chop, a Hammerlock, a Backbreaker!
Each wrestler is hurting, but recovers. Then the Champ applies
a Bear Hug the Whammer can't block it. He's wheezing ...
he's groaning ... he's immobile ... he's gone!
and Tim Dolan wins the 2003 WBC Wrasslin' SE Championship!