IWA Mid-South: 2004 Ted Petty Invitational Tournament

Highland, IN – 9.17.2004

2004 Ted Petty Invitational – First Round
Hallowicked vs. Nate Webb

Webb uses a Tuskan Raider cry to try and scare Hallowicked. Webb and Hallowicked trade wrist and hammerlocks. Hallowicked grabs the ropes to break a legged full nelson. They trade forearms. Webb takes Hallowicked over with a headscissors and a pair of armdrags. Webb hits a tumbleweed senton and misses a second. Hallowicked drives Webb’s neck into his knee while Webb is hanging in a tree of woe. Hallowicked targets Webb’s mid-section. Webb drops Hallowicked with a hammerlock face plant to come back. Webb hits a dropkick and a big time clothesline. Webb peppers Hallowicked with kicks before hitting a big boot for two. Hallowicked gives Webb a step-up Frankensteiner and a Michinoku Driver for two. Hallowicked takes Webb over with a German suplex for two. Webb comes back with the Arachnid Kick. Webb then drops Hallowicked with Soylent Green II (a Hero’s Welcome variation) for the pin at 8:43. This was a really fun match. These guys surprised me but just how well they meshed together. Everyone loved Webb and loved to boo Hallowicked, and they kept it up the entire match. Good stuff from both guys. **3/4

2004 Ted Petty Invitational – Second Round
Mike Quackenbush vs. Chris Hero

This is hyped as being a battle of the CHIKARA Wrestle Factory trainers. We start with some chain wrestling in a lengthy feeling out process. Hero and Quack then transition into a Lucha exchange, showing the versatility of both guys. Hero stops the sequence with a quebradora for two. Hero keeps Quack grounded in a chinlock, but Quack flips him over. Hero takes out his legs and tries a few pin attempts. Hero goes to Quack’s arm, and Quack turns over into a leg lock on Hero. Quack turns into an armbar variation. Hero knocks Quack away and goes up top. Quack side steps a missile dropkick and locks in a stretch plum before applying a standing octopus stretch/chinlock combo. Hero drops down and Quack grabs the ropes to prevent Hero from locking on the Hangman’s Clutch. Quack snapmares Hero and heads up top. Hero tosses Quack off the top, but Quack rolls through. Hero suplexes Quack in a hammerlock position. Hero throws Quack over head in an arm-capture suplex for two. Hero puts Quack in a Kimura Lock, and Quack escapes with his foot on the bottom rope. Quack hits a springboard DDT and rolls into a normal DDT. Quack turns back into the Stretch Plum. Hero grabs an arm capture cravate and suplexes Quack. Quack blocks the Hero’s Welcome. Hero hits a waterwheel slam and looks for a powerbomb. Quack knuckle locks and comes off the ropes with a hurricanrana. Quack folds Hero in an Alligator Clutch for the pin at 16:34. I liked the story these guys told, showing off their styles and then getting into brass tacks. Even though Hero had worked over Quack’s arm, Quack was able to cut off Hero’s attempt to win two Sweet Science/Ted Petty tournaments in a quick moment. This was fun, and is the most important match for CHIKARA to never take place in CHIKARA. You’ll find out why in just a few months. ***1/4

Many of the CHIKARA students were watching ringside, and come in to celebrate the match with their trainers. Hero raises Quack hand as the fans applaud although he definitely seems a bit peeved.

Highland, IN – 9.18.2004

Icarus, Gran Akuma, & Trik Davis vs. Larry Sweeney, Jigsaw, & Hallowicked

Jigsaw and Icarus trade holds. Icarus sends Jigsaw out, and Hallowicked and Davis tag in. Davis trips Hallowicked and applies an Indian Death Lock. Hallowicked escapes, and Davis comes from an electric chair position into an armdrag. Akuma and Sweeney tag in. Akuma takes Sweeney down with a toreador, then gives him another armdrag. Sweeney sends Akuma to the apron. Akuma kicks Hallowicked to the floor, and comes off the top rope with an armdrag to Sweeney. Akuma gives Sweeney a delayed vertical suplex for two. Sweeney hot shots Akuma. Sweeney’s team attacks Akuma, but Akuma is able to come back with a bulldog to Sweeney. Davis tags in and he knocks Hallowicked with forearms. Icarus and Akuma attack Hallowicked in the corner, and Hallowicked moves to avoid Davis’ attack. Jigsaw and Sweeney attack him, and he avoids Hallowicked’s attack. Icarus and Akuma send Sweeney and Jigsaw to the floor, and follow up with stereo dives. Hallowicked goes up top and Davis cuts him off.Davis gives Hallowicked an avalanche hurricanrana to the other wrestlers on the floor. In the ring, Jigsaw drops Davis with the Jig N’ Tonic and Icarus makes the save. Sweeney hits Icarus with the ’68 Comeback Special, and Akuma breaks the pin. Akuma gives Jigsaw a swinging DDT. Akuma assists Icarus into a swinging DDT on Jigsaw, and Hallowicked breaks the pin. Hallowicked places Icarus up top and hits him with the fisherman’s buster for the pin at 9:58. This was pretty disjointed for awhile, but after the hot tag is was all gravy. Everyone seemed to have calmed their nerves after the fans got into the dives and they loosened up to finish. **

2004 Ted Petty Invitational – Quarterfinal Round
Mike Quackenbush vs. Nate Webb

Tears For Fears vs. Wheatus…that’s a tough call. Quack wrings on Webb’s arm. They go through a sequence where each guy avoids the others offense. Quack finally kicks Webb to the floor and follows with a tope con hilo. Quack ties up Webb’s legs. Quack turns Webb in a grounded pendulum. He picks him up in a swinging pendulum and drops him chest first. Webb sends Quack to the floor with a hurricanarana and follows with a tumbleweed senton. In the ring, Webb gets two. Quack rolls through a modified leg sweep into the Lightning Lock Beta. Webb grabs the rope to escape. Quack and Webb trade forearms. Webb cracks Quack in the arms with the Arachnid Kick. Quack drops Webb with an inverted brainbuster for two. Quack wheelbarrows and Webb turns it into a slam. Webb locks Quack in the Webb of Death submission. Webb misses a Phoenix splash. Quack locks Webb in the Lightning Lock for the submission at 7:26. This was a fun junior heavyweight battle with both guys flipping and rolling around. Webb’s a lot of fun, and Quack’s goofy nature fit right in with him. This was just a good, short match that the crowd dug and had some cool looking stuff in it. ***

IWA Mid-South Tag Team Championship
Brad Bradley & Ryan Boz (Champions) vs. Eddie Kingston & Blackjack Marciano vs. Iceberg & Tank

Maricano and Kingston look to double team Tank, but the much larger Tank bullies them with ease. Kingston gets a little offense in, but Iceberg comes in to stop that. He and Tank double team Kingston something fierce. Bradley comes in and lays in the strikes to Kingston. Kingston requests to lock knuckles. He trips Bradley. Marciano misses an elbow strike. Bradley is able to take out both Marciano and Kingston. Boz and Bradley double team Marciano. The Blackjacks get stuck between the much larger teams after mocking both of them. Kingston fights off Boz and Bradley, then moonsaults to the floor onto Iceberg and Tank who were beating on Marciano. Boz dives onto all of them with a tope suicida. Bradley does the same. In the ring, Tank gives Boz a cannonball senton. Kingston breaks the pin. Tank gives Kingston a sit-out urinage and applies an Anaconda Vice. Marciano breaks it. Bradley does a cannonball senton to Kingston in the corner. After Kingston gets bullied by Boz and Bradley, Iceberg and Tank bully Marciano. Boz and Bradley also do some damage, but both teams keep breaking up each others pins. They get into a brawl. Tank looks to suplex Marciano off the top rope, but Kingston comes from behind and powerbombs him off. Kingston and Marciano hit the drive-by (Kingston knuckle locks Marciano and throws him off his shoulders) for the pin at 16:39. Well that was obnoxiously long. This was better than you’d expect with some fun stuff here and there, but overall it was kind of a mess. *1/2

2004 Ted Petty Invitational; Semi-Final Round
Mike Quackenbush vs. Bryan Danielson

Danielson works on Quack’s arm that has been targeted for most of the weekend. Danielson goes for a reverse Muta lock and Quack grabs the ropes. Danielson fiercely hooks Quack’s leg and wrenches back on his neck and spine. Quack escapes the Romero Special and Danielson goes to the floor. Danielson comes back in and grabs a knuckle lock with Quack. Quack trips Danielson and picks his ankle. Danielson misses an enzugiri and Quack puts Danielson in the Romero Special into a chinlock. Danielson goes back to Quack’s arm after a dropkick. Danielson slingshots Quack into a suplex. Quack moves out of the way of a diving headbutt. Quack gives Danielson the windmill chops. He then bulldogs Danielson out of the corner before dropping Danielson with a Black Tornado Slam for two. Quack misses a top rope senton, but rolls through to his feet. Danielson ducks a palm strike and gives Quack an airplane spin in both directions. Danielson drops Quack and then gives him a giant swing. Danielson locks in the Cattle Mutilation. Danielson rolls Quack into a crucifix pin for the win at 11:28. This wasn’t as good as you’d expect, but still pretty good stuff from both guys. They would go on to have much better matches years later, but for the time this fell just a little short of what you’d expect from them. ***

I should mention that if you have not seen this tournament, get it immediately. This is considered one of the best independent wrestling tournaments ever and certainly maintains that title to this day.

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