November 12, 2005
Big crowd takes in NY church show
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
With a wrestling ring on the altar, WWE stars on the show, and pastors in the front row, Power Wrestling Alliance (PWA) made its Long Island debut on Veteran's Day in front of a packed house of over 2,000 fans.
Headlined by Shawn Michaels and Kane, fans eagerly flocked to witness what would be a historical night of independent wrestling at the Upper Room Christian World Center. In retrospect, this was no ordinary night of wrestling, this was a night built on emotion and heart.
While it was a wrestling show in form, it was much more than that symbolically. The main event featured wrestling greats Tito Santana and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan taking on The Dream Team of Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake.
After a back and forth battle, Valentine found himself pinned to the mat and counted out. Beefcake, upset with the loss put the boots to Valentine, calling out Doink The Clown, Johnny Ova and Bobby Reidel to help him. The music hit and out came Shawn Michaels to the rescue, fending off the bad guys and chasing Beefcake out of the arena.
With Valentine alone in the ring, the lights went out and eight demons descended upon him. They hit the ring and shoved him around before throwing him to the floor and chaining him up. Once chained, they threw pills, alcohol and pornography at him, representing all of his personal demons.
When the lights came back on, Valentine was down on the ground chained up and beaten. Michaels made his return to the ring and helped Valentine through a prayer that helped break the chains around him. Beefcake, Kamala, Ova, Reidel, Duggan and Luna Vachon then made their way back on stage to tell their stories.
Beefcake talked about his parasailing accident, while Duggan talked about his battle with cancer. Everyone involved discussed their changes as human beings, and asked the fans to join them and change their ways, just as they did.
There was a re-enactment of the crucifixition by the drama club, followed by "The Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase who led the church in prayer, capping off a night that showed fans a different side to some of the icons in the wrestling business.
PWA Main Event Results:
Fans were directed to the video screen, where Big Show had a message for the fans. He talked about how he was supposed to be on the show, but due to other contractual commitments, he could not make it. Ted Dibiase made his way out and said that although he could not make his original purchase, he made an equal one. The lights went out, the ring went red and Kane's music played. Dibiase promised that he would make an impact later on.
Match One - Doink The Clown w/ Dink vs. Kamala
Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and enjoyed checking out his first PWA event.