Night of Legends 3
March 23rd, 2007
Franklin Area High School – Franklin, PA
Complete results from Joe Dombrowski
- Antonio “The Promise” Thomas def. Vendetta in a pre-show match
- IWC Super Indy Champion “Balls Hot” Troy Lords def. Nobutaka Moribe in a pre-show match
- The Patriot def. King Kaluha in a pre-show match
- Dennis Gregory def. HENTAI
- Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart def. Salvatore Sincere
- The Hollywood Balds (“DeeeeLicious” Jimmy DeMarco & Vendetta) def. Michael “The Bomber” Facade & Dean Radford
- Dominic DeNucci def. Larry Zbyszko
- IWC Tag Team Champions The Gambino Brothers Moving Company (Mickey & Marshall Gambino) def. Sexual Harassment (Justin Idol & Eric Xtasy), BabyFace Fire (Jason Gory & Shiima Xion), & The Cleveland Mafia (J-Rocc & Raymond Rowe)
- IWC World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Reyes def. “Sweet N Sour” Larry Sweeney
- Sterling James Keenan def. “Fabulous” John McChesney on SJK’s Road to the Title
- Abyss def. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles
- Tito Santana & Ivan Putski def. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & “Sweet N Sour” Larry Sweeney
After a two year absence, IWC returned to Franklin High School in Franklin, Pa for its third star-studded tribute to the best stars of the past, present, and future.
The night started in classy fashion with all of our legends inside the ring, the IWC roster in full outside the ring, all to pay tribute to one man… Former two time World champion and wrestling’s true Living Legend Bruno Sammartino. Bruno was presented with a special plaque as well as the key to the city courtesy of the esteemed mayor of Franklin himself. Bruno addressed the crowd, and the athletes surrounding him in a perfect way to start off a truly memorable night.
In the main event, it was a revival of one of the hottest rivalries to ever surround the then-WWF Intercontinental Title as Greg “The Hammer” Valentine battled Tito Santana in a battle of two Hall of Famers. Surprisingly, Valentine felt the need for back-up, enlisting in the services of Larry Sweeney for aid, but Santana had an answer in the form of “Polish Power” Ivan Putski, yet another Hall of Famer. When Sweeney attempted to involve himself in the action, he was on the receiving end of a brutal Polish Hammer, and it was Putski who pinned Sweeney to close out the evening in style.
Sweeney’s night was not much better when it came to him challenging IWC Champion Ricky Reyes. Based on his nose injury from the night before, Reyes knew he had to end the match quickly or else his breathing and equilibrium would become very hindered as the match went on. Reyes struck quickly and suddenly, and was able to successfully defeat Sweeney with a very Sammartino-like bearhug.
Tag team champions Mickey & Marshall Gambino successfully retained the IWC Tag Team Titles in yet another unforgettable four-way match involving top contenders Babyface Fire, Sexual Harassment, and The Cleveland Mafia. It was a battle that certainly stole the show in Franklin, but was not without consequence, as Marshall “The Bull” Gambino required assistance to the back following the match due to an apparent knee/leg injury. IWCWrestling.com will have further updates on the injury when they become available.
IWC Super Indy Champion Troy Lords was able to successfully defend the title against Nobutaka Moribe in Moribe’s final appearance here in the International Wrestling Cartel before returning home to Japan. Moribe left amidst a huge ovation of respect from fans and peers alike, and all of us here in the IWC wish Moribe the best on his return home.
Sterling James Keenan’s road to a title shot continued on this night as well, with SJK defeating the toughest opponent of his Super Indy Title reign from 2005, “Fabulous” John McChesney. SJK used an elevated backcracker to nearly bend McChesney’s spine in half, before scoring the pinfall. Much like the night before, McChesney expressed frustration but thankfully was able to keep his temper under control tonight.
Dennis Gregory was able to avenge the screw job perpetrated on him the night before at the hands of HENTAI, defeating him tonight. HENTAI attempted to use a steel chain, however Gregory was able to foil the plans before the chain was ever used.
“The Monster” Abyss was victorious over “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, in a match much different from their past encounters. The more humanistic Abyss was able to polish off the cockier Styles with the Black Hole Slam.
The 27 year rivalry between Bruno Sammartino and Larry Zbyszko over who the true “Living Legend” is continued tonight as Bruno’s representative Dominic Denucci pinned Zbyszko, despite the involvement of Zbyszko’s partner-in-crime Lord Zoltan. Denucci and Sammartino celebrated as an enraged and embarrassed Zbyszko floored Zoltan and fled the scene.
The Hollywood Balds were able to squeak out a victory over the newly-formed team of Dean Radford & Michael Façade. Vendetta had dropped Façade with the Rock Bottom, when Radford hit Vendetta with the Radicator. DeMarco snuck in, placed an unconscious Vendetta on top of Façade for the win.
Legendary former tag champion Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart made short work of both Salvatore Sincere, as well as King Kaluha at ringside, as the Anvil forced Sal to submit to the Camel Clutch. Meanwhile, King Kaluha fared no better, losing in embarrassing and revealing fashion to The Patriot.
Chris Maverick’s new tag team, The Heartbreakers, saw their first official IWC action at least in a way, as “The Promise” Antonio Thomas took on one-half of the Hollywood Balds, Vendetta. The blatant interference of both Maverick, as well as Romeo Roselli, was simply too much for even someone as devious as Jimmy DeMarco to fight off, as The Heartbreakers make their first IWC appearances successful ones.