|Southern Hell (2013)|
Promotional poster featuring Atem
"Country Song" by Seether
|Tagline(s)||Welcome to Hell...|
|Promotion||Awesome Championship Wrestling|
|Date||April 28, 2013|
|City||San Antonio, Texas|
|Southern Hell chronology|
Southern Hell (2013) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Awesome Championship Wrestling (ACW). It took place on April 28, 2013 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. It is the first event under ACW's pay-per-view chronology and the Southern Hell chronology.
Eight matches took place at the event, including the main event match. In the main event, Naruto Uzumaki defeated Isaac Clarke for the vacant ACW Undisputed Championship, becoming the inaugural champion.
The card consisted of professional wrestling matches that involve wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds or storylines that play out on ACW's primary television program. Wrestlers will portray heroes or villains as they follow a series of events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
Preliminary matches Edit
The opening match on the card was for the vacant ACW Women's Tag Team Championship between the team of Samantha Hart and Hinata Hyuga and Highschool of the Dead (Saeko Busujima and Rei Miyamoto). During the match, Hinata and Samantha would have a few arguments and Rei and Saeko would be the ones controlling the match. Despite that, in the end, Hart hits Busujima with the Descent to Oblivion (Diving Headbutt) and pinned her to become the first-ever ACW Women's Tag Team Champions alongside with Hyuga.
The second match was for the ACW United States Championship between Dante and Kurt Hudson. Prior to the match, as Dante was about to walk to the Gorilla Position, he'd met up with his elder twin brother, Vergil. The mature son of Sparda said that Dante better win if they were to settle the score in their newfound company. During the course of the match, Alyssa Parker, Hudson's girlfriend, and Hattori Hanzo, Hudson's personal mercenary, interfered to aid Hudson, and despite the odds against Dante, he caught Hudson off guard with the Flash of the Blade, finished it with The Rebellion, and pinned him to become the inaugural ACW United States Champion.
The third match of the night was a Ladder Match for the vacant for the vacant ACW Intercontinental Championship between Mason Stone and Sasuke Uchiha. The two went all out with technical work, slamming each others' bodies onto ladders, diving off them, and their performances kept the crowd hooked into it. Stone ended the match with a Frog Splash on Sasuke, then climbed the ladder to take down the title and become the inaugural ACW Intercontinental Champion, celebrating it with his Hardcore Foundation stable.
The fourth match was for the vacant ACW World Tag Team Championship between Altered Egos (Yugi Mutou and Atem) and The Gods of Darkness (Yami Bakura and Marik Ishtar). During the match, Seto Kaiba intervened by grabbing Yugi's foot to prevent him from running and this brings Jesse Alvarez out attack him with a Spear. Yugi executed an Endgame (Go to Sleep) on Bakura to win the titles and become the inaugural ACW World Tag Team Championship alongside with Atem.
Next, Alex Loredo and Jason Krueger faced each other in an Extreme Rules Match for the vacant ACW Hardcore Championship. Throughout the contest, Krueger performs a Mad Kill Dive (Triple Jump Moonsault) through Loredo on the table and Loredo counters Krueger with a Powerbomb into the barb-wired board filled with thumbtacks. As well, some moments bore similar to the Hardcore Match between Edge and Mick Foley at WrestleMania 22 like Loredo wearing barbwire under the flannel shirt when Krueger hit The Gore at the beginning. Near the end of the match, Loredo attempted a Swanton Bomb, but missed as Krueger evaded and then threw him over the ropes, where behind him was the still burning table which then allowed Krueger to attack him with The Gore on Loredo through the ring ropes through the flaming table on the outside. Krueger then pinned him for the victory to become the first-ever ACW Hardcore Champion.
The sixth match was a Ten-Man Tag Team Match between the team of Eddy, Takashi Komuro, The Second City Saints (Phil Hardy and Colt Anderson), and Rogen Townsend and the team of Alpha & Omega (Carter Young and Stan Terra) and The Wolves (Hannibal Ambrose, Erik Rollins, and Damian Reigns). The match started off with the two respective five-man stables brawling in the ring and Eddy's team was left surviving for now. Highlights of the match include Alpha & Omega and The Wolves completely taking over the match despite how it started off, but it completely changed after Komuro performed a Phoenix Splash transitioned into a Clothesline to Young. There was also Hardy and Rollins having a great exchange of maneuvers, then Colt attempting the steal the show à la Shawn Michaels for a cheap pop, and the brawl ensuing once again that showed Townsend, Eddy and Komuro nailing a Triple Powerbomb to Reigns. It all ended with multiple submission locks, having Eddy and Hardy trap Young in the Money Lock and End Time respectively and Komuro and Anderson trap Terra in the Crippler Crossface and the "Colt" Lock—an Ankle Lock—and it forced Terra to tap out, earning Eddy's team a win via submission.
The seventh match that took place was an ACW Women's Championship Match between Kendra Daniels and Téa Gardner. Once the match began, the two went into chain wrestling, exchanging moves one after another as they were evenly matched. Téa threw Kendra to the ropes via Irish Whip and attempted a leapfrog over the rookie, who stopped in front of the veteran and slapped her right across the face, showing complete disrespect to her. The rookie would take over the match with various dirty tactics to Gardner and constantly insult her. Then, after exposing the top turnbuckle pad, Daniels would Catapult Téa into the corner and she was able to grab onto the ropes before nailing the Headscissors Takedown to Kendra. Téa's comeback came to an immediate halt when Kendra thumbed her eye. Kendra then set her opponent up with the Daniels Driver, but was shoved away and Téa grabbed her to nail the Apricot Dominance, earning the win and the ACW Women's Championship; this was her first championship gold in over ten years since her departure from UCA.
Main event Edit
The main event of the night was a singles match for the vacant ACW Undisputed Championship between Isaac Clarke and Naruto Uzumaki. Naruto and Isaac gave each other intense stares to one another as they would give everything they got and they shake hands in respect. When the match started, the two had a series of chain wrestling and it ended with Clarke hitting Naruto with raining fists into the corner. He took the time to boast before Naruto nailed him with a huge Clothesline. They would take the fight outside the ring and Isaac made Naruto crash into the steel steps leg-first. Clarke then took advantage of the bad leg with various executions to the injured area and slipped in the Figure Four Leglock. Naruto tried to escape to no avail, yet was able to reverse the hold on Isaac. It was now Isaac's turn to feel the pain and attempt a rope break, but Naruto trapped him in the Will of Fire. Eventually, Isaac grabbed the bottom rope for the break and Naruto released him. He then lined him up for the Ninja's Way and lifted him up for said maneuver, but Clarke landed on his feet off the finishing move, much to Naruto's and the crowd's surprise reaction. It was then that Isaac tripped Naruto up and locked him the Walls of the Marker. Naruto would eventually slip out of it and the two connect evenly with a simultaneous Clothesline to each other. Both Clarke and Uzumaki were flat on the canvas and Naruto would then attempt another Ninja's Way, but Isaac countered with the Dementia, his Kneeling Piledriver. At a near three-count, Naruto kicked out and this shocked Isaac and the fans alike. He tried to use the Ninja's Way against him, adding insult to injury, but Naruto landed on his feet off the large toss over and planted Isaac with the finisher himself and winning the match, thus earning the ACW Undisputed Championship and becoming its first one.
Following the Undisputed Championship Match, Naruto Uzumaki and Isaac Clarke went their separate ways to deal with their own respective rivalries. On the May 3, 2013 edition of ACW, Naruto opened the episode to congratulate the inaugural champions and would be confronted by the debuting Beowulf. The Undisputed Champion offered to shake his hand and Beowulf accepted it, but pulled him into a Wulfhammer. He would speak his first words towards him, "Naruto Uzumaki...tonight..you're the first." It was then that Naruto requested Joshua Garza a match with him later in the evening. In the main event, Naruto would lose to Beowulf, the latter besting the Undisputed Champion and shocking everyone around the world and Naruto himself. Sasuke Uchiha then attacked him from behind post-match with a low blow and continued the assault before Rogen Townsend made the save and Uchiha escaped. This would lead into a rivalry revival between Naruto and Sasuke as they face each other in a Non-Sanctioned Match at Spring Breakdown for the ACW Undisputed Championship.
On the May 17, 2013 episode of ACW, Isaac Clarke would get involved in a feud with The Blake Bros. 2.0 after his match with Adrian Blake, whom he defeated. Post-match, Adrian and Tony would pummel him and [Tony] Blake declared they have a match by Spring Breakdown in a Tag Team Match, that is if Clarke could find a partner in time.
Altered Egos and The Gods of Darkness continued their rivalry along with Jesse Alvarez and Seto Kaiba as Yami Bakura and Marik Ishtar challenged Yugi Mutou and Atem for their belts. Alvarez and Kaiba would be involved in all this as the former declared the match to be a Six-man Tornado Tag Team Ladder Match at Spring Breakdown for the ACW World Tag Team Championships.
As a spinoff to the feud, Alpha & Omega began feuding with The Second City Saints after Colt Anderson defeated Young in a match and Young slammed his back with a steel chair. The two would assault Phil Hardy and Anderson until Eddy came to their save. However, that was the only time Eddy helped them as he hadn't appeared on ACW afterwards. Meanwhile, Ash Ketchum debuted the same night and would later fight James Griffin in a match weeks later and defeated him in mere seconds. The rivalries between Ketchum and Griffin collided with the Saints and A&O as they would be led in a Six-man Tag Team Match at Spring Breakdown.
As for Hannibal Ambrose, Erik Rollins, and Damian Reigns, they defeated The Hardcore Foundation's Marcus King, Tyson Stone and Nolan Gates on May 10 for the vacant ACW Trio Tag Team Championship belts after former referee Luke Smith nailed a low blow to King and helped them win the titles. Ambrose announced that Smith would be the newest member of The Wolves. It was then announced that The Hardcore Foundation would have a rematch against The Wolves for the titles at Spring Breakdown.
Dante continued his rivalry with Kurt Hudson, but having Hudson's mercenary bodyguard, Hattori Hanzo, involved along with Dante's twin brother, Vergil. This time, however, it was not for the United States Championship as Dante and Vergil reunited as The Sons of Sparda for one more time, both brothers facing Hudson and Hanzo in a Falls Count Anywhere Tornado Tag Team Match.
After winning the Hardcore Championship, Jason Krueger would move on from Alex Loredo to Crash Bandicoot, who earned a match with him after defeating RC Bane on the May 17, 2013 episode of ACW. Krueger and Bandicoot would face each other in an Extreme Rules Match for his title at Spring Breakdown.
Even though Hinata Hyuga and Samantha Hart had their Women's Tag Team Championship title reign, Samantha still despised Hinata through out the month of May and would be in matches of their own and had their championship belts on the line in a Gauntlet Tag Team Match on the May 17 edition of ACW. They would later defend their titles again at Spring Breakdown against Roxanne Stone and Sara Verser.
ACW's first pay-per-view event received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. The event received 152,000 buys and grossed as much as $1 million in terms of ticket revenue.
Critics praised the opening match for the Women's Tag Team Championship. However, the stipulation for the United States Championship match was heavily panned, Cameron Sciforth of The A.V. Club, saying that, "it meant nothing because ACW just started. What's the point of having a career threatening type match at only the first pay-per-view event?" The remaining matches on the card all received generally positive critiques, but the Hardcore match between Jason Krueger and Alex Loredo was heavily panned solely for the reason that it bore an extreme similarity to the Edge v. Mick Foley match at WrestleMania 22. Amy DeWyre of the Canadian Online Explorer saying, "It's only the first pay-per-view event and ACW is already ripping off WWE? This doesn't seem like a good start."
On a more positive note, the Women's Championship match, the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match, and the main event all received highly praising reviews, citing their dynamic flow throughout, quick and fast paced action, and technical work, most critics praising Kendra Daniels and Isaac Clarke's performances. The World Tag Team Championship was also received well, but was also criticized for Jesse Alvarez's involvement. Monty Cote, collage of the Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter who attended the event, saying, "Was there really any reason for the boss to get involved in a match with his Superstars? In a way, that does make him out to be kind of autocratic because he is directly opposing his wrestlers. We'll just have to see where it goes from here."
|1||Hinata Hyuga and Samantha Hart defeated Highschool of the Dead (Rei Miyamoto and Saeko Busujima)||Tag Team Match to determine the inaugural ACW Women's Tag Team Champions||7:02|
|2||Dante defeated Kurt Hudson||Singles Match to determine the inaugural ACW United States Champion||11:30|
|3||Mason Stone defeated Sasuke Uchiha||Ladder Match to determine the inaugural ACW Intercontinental Champion||7:23|
|4||Altered Egos (Yugi Mutou and Atem) (with Jesse Alvarez) defeated The Gods of Darkness (Yami Bakura and Marik Ishtar) (with Seto Kaiba)||Tag Team Match to determine the inaugural ACW World Tag Team Champions||13:00|
|5||Jason Krueger defeated Alex Loredo||Extreme Rules Match to determine the inaugural ACW Hardcore Champion||14:56|
|6||Eddy, Rogen Townsend, Takashi Komuro, and The Second City Saints (Phil Hardy and Colt Anderson) defeated Alpha & Omega (Carter Young & Stan Terra) and The Wolves (Hannibal Ambrose, Erik Rollins, and Damian Reigns)||Ten-Man Tag Team Match||15:21|
|7||Téa Gardner defeated Kendra Daniels||Singles Match to determine the inaugural ACW Women's Champion||9:10|
|8||Naruto Uzumaki defeated Isaac Clarke||Singles Match to determine the inaugural ACW Undisputed Champion||18:48|