On Saturday night, September 6, Powerhouse Wrestling presented
“Snake Bite”, which was set to be one of the biggest events put on by owner Chris Setaro. However, just days
before the event, PHW was faced with a few problems that could hurt any promotion. One problem was that one of the headlined
competitors, “King Of Old School” Steve Corino had an unexpected happening in Puerto Rico, which would prevent
Corino to appear at the event. Another promoted star, Ricky Landell, was forced to cancel his appearance due to outside
conflictions with Landell’s main promotion, AWA Superstars of Wrestling, in which he is the AWA Fighting World Champion.
To make sure the event went on as scheduled, Powerhouse Wrestling replaced Steve Corino with another former ECW star Spike
Dudley, and replaced Ricky Landell with New England standout Chase Del Monte.
Unfortunately, when things seemed
like the worst was over, Setaro was not through yet. Weather forecasters said that Worcester would get hit with the remnants
of Hurricane Hanna and faced with a harsh decision about either to cancel the event or go forth, Powerhouse Wrestling went
forward with the event. As the hours drew closer and Hanna moved up the east coast and began to hit New Jersey & New York,
a number of wrestlers cancelled their date with PHW as All Money Is Legal, "The Rocket" Fred Curry, Jr. and Judas Young
were all forced to cancel due to Hurricane Hanna and PowehHouse Wrestling Management put together a number of replacements,
just so they could please their fans.
As the rain began to fall in Worcester, and Hurricane Hanna moved closer to
the Worcester Armory, so did the fans. The loyal fans began to fill the scorching Armory, PHW officials announced the changed
event lineup as the fans were treated to the viewing on a number of rear snakes and an alligator, which was a special surprise
brought in for the “Snake Bite” event.
The event started around 7:45 PM with a special ten bell salute
to the late, great Walter “Killer” Kowalski. All the wrestlers got into the ring, put a side their differences
to pay their respects to Kowalski as the bell rang in his honor. Many of the wrestlers that wrestle for Powerhouse Wrestling
trained at Killer Kowalski's Wrestling School. For many this was their first event after his death and you could see that
many were moved during this time.
Widowmaker" Eric Shred vs. "The Punisher" Don Vega
The opening match featured Don Vega going one
on one with “The Widowmaker” Eric Shred. It was a back and forth match, but at the end Don Vega came out with
the victory. In a respect, Shred reached out his hand for shake Vega’s hand.
Triple Threat Match for the PHW Women's
PHW Women's Champion Amber vs. Mia Love vs. Sammi Lane
a match that was changed to help delight the fans, the PHW Women’s title was defended in a Triple Threat Match, as PHW
Women’s Champion Amber put the title on the line against Sammi Lane & Mia Love, who was added to the show a few
hours before doors opened. When the bell rang, Amber jumped to the outside to let Sammi and Mia face off, she said, "she was
not finished stretching", but when Sammi Lane went for a cover on Mia Love, Amber was back in to stop the pinfall. That is
when Amber over on Sammi as she choked Lane on the ropes, followed by a snapmare and a dropkick to the face,
and then, talked Mia Love into helping her take out Sammi, so they could face off. They used many double team moves and
then hit a double DDT on Sammi and when Amber went for the cover, Mia turned on Amber and hit her with an unbelievable
spinebuster. Mia pulled Amber to her feet and through her into the ropes. Amber hooked the ropes to make her stop and Mia
Love when on the attack. However, Amber pulled the ropes down, which send her to the armory floor. Amber went for a spin kick
to Sammi Lane, but she ducked and rolled her up for the three count.
As the ring announcer was about to make the
introductions for the next match, he was stopped by The M.O.B. (Men Of Business). Jimmy "Jact" Cash lead his team out
to the ring so he could, in his mind, let the fans in Worcester know what was going on. He said that Gino Martino would wrap
the chain around Spike Dudley’s neck until Spike quit Powerhouse Wrestling, and then moved on to Jake “The
Snake” Roberts, and went on to say that he would make it so that no one would ever remember the name "Jake Roberts."
Cash then called out his partner Paul E. Normus and said that he would take out the has been, Jim Powers. When the fans
thought they heard all they could stand from Jimmy Cash, he announced that in January of 2009, Powerhouse Wrestling was
doing a hardcore comeback show entitled “Hardcore Hangover." and stated that The M.O.B. planned on ending any plans
of an extreme resurrection in Powerhouse. Commissioner Dan Burke, entered the ring an announced to The M.O.B. that the new
face of Powerhouse would be extreme and sent all members of the Men Of Business to the locker room, except for Paul E Normus
because his match was next.
Tag Team Champion Paul E. Normus vs. Jim Powers
Former WWF & WCW superstar Jim Powers
came to the ring to face the younger, stronger Paul E. Normus, and from the opening bell, Powers used his wrestling knowledge
to take Normus off his game. Jim Powers sent Normus into the ropes, however, missed with a clothesline and Paul E. connected
with his clothesline. At that point, Normus took over using his strength and would slam Powers and then proceed to choke
him in the ropes. Once Normus got Powers on the mat, he hooked a headlock, but the fans got Powers back into the match and
Powers fired up. One of the M.O.B. members returned to ringside and grasped Jim and as Normus charged Powers, who was able
to move and school boy Paul E. after the M.O.B. members hit heads and Powers pinned Paul E. Normus for the victory.
Josh Daniels vs. Chase Del Monte
In what was the match of the
night, Josh Daniels faced off against Chase Del Monte and this was a real fast paced, hard hitting wrestling contest. Del
Monte came at Daniels hard and took to the air with a number or dropkicks and a Lionsault onto Daniels, who kicked out
at two. Josh Daniels fired back with load chops, and not to be outdone, Del Monte used a number of stiff european uppercuts
to get back into the match. Daniels, a wrestler that rarely goes to the top rope, hit a picture-perfect elbow drop from the
heavens. A last minute comeback by Chase saw a superkick land on the square on the chin of Daniels and went to the top
rope for a dropkick, but missed and Daniels hit a german suplex for the win.
During intermission, the fans got the
chance to meet a number of the wrestlers as Jim Powers, Moondog Maximus, Paul E. Normus, and others signed autographs. Jake
“The Snake” Roberts came out to the ring to take Polaroid photos with the fans, but in the ring was the “Lizard
Man” (person that brought the snakes to the event), and in a way to protect the fans, he ordered the promoter to send
the snake back to the cage. Roberts said, “I want the fans to feel safe in the ring and feel like they can meet me.”
It got a nice cheer from the young children that were afraid of the snake and want to get a photo with the wrestling legend.
"Extreme Strongman" Gino Martino
vs. Spike Dudley
After intermission, Gino Martino made his way to the ring with the chain already
around his hand, and said that Steve Corino was smart in not coming to Worcester and that Spike Dudley was in for a beating.
Before Spike could get hooked up to the chain, Gino was on him as the match started on the armory floor. Gino Martino
outweighed Spike by more than 50 pounds, as Spike was able to get a chair from a fan but it went to no use, as the chair
was plastic and the “Extreme Strongman” just pushed it aside. Spike was able to get a steel folding chair
and do some real damage to the larger opponent as Gino came back and started to choke out Spike with the chain and just as
referee Chuck Morris was going to call for the bell, Gino got off Spike and left the ring. However, when he returned, he had
a bed of nails. Gino went to slam Spike onto the bed of nails but was able to get away and hit the Dudley Dog onto the bed
of nails and had the match won when Jimmy "Jact" Cash hit the ring and attacked Spike. Cash hit his pumphandle powerbomb
on Spike Dudley and pulled Gino onto of Spike to get the pinfall.
Powerhouse Wrestling Heavyweight Championship:
Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Big Business vs. Chris Camaro
Powerhouse Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Big Business was set to defend his title against "The Rocket"
Fred Curry, Jr., but because of Hurricane Hanna, was forced to miss the event. Replacing Curry was Chris Camaro who Camero
hit the ring hard, trying to use his speed to overcome the huge height & weight differences, but once Big Business got
his hands on Camaro, he made short work of him.
Four Team Tornado Match:
Crew (Pierre "The Beast" Vachon & Jum Tanner)
Slaughterhouse (The Outpatient & Crazy
The Animals (Moondog Maximus & "Bionic" Dan Bidondi)
In a special Four Team Tornado Match, Slaughterhouse
defeated Wrecking Crew, Darkside and The Animals. This match saw chairs, baseball bats, a chainsaw, chains, and a bone
and it was pure madness with Slaughterhouse getting the win.