PROJECT: DIVERGE Operation New Wave results
Old Bridge Elks
Old Bridge, NJ
The first covert Operation for Project: Diverge took place on April 21, 2018 in front of a packed house at the Old Bridge Elks in Old Bridge, NJ. The Operation New Wave Tournament was on the menu, and it did not disappoint!
Tom O'Malley defeated 2Hot Steve Scott
Speed against Scientific Wrestling opened the New Wave Tournament. This contest was an absolute barnburner. "The Selfie Superstar" took O’Malley to the limit; however, with mere seconds left in the matchup, due to 10 minute time limits in the first round, the Scientific style overcame the Speed. O’Malley locked in a Stepover Toehold into a Regal Stretch - STR for short - and tapped out 2Hot Steve Scott at 9:55. Both men fist-pounded in a show of respect after this battle.
“Tough” Tim Hughes pinned Ricky Richards
Old School and Violence really took it at one another. At one point, Hughes actually put on Richards’ vintage Islander jersey and attempted to take down the Long Island native; in turn, Richards pulled it over his head and started pummeling him. Towards the end of the encounter, “Tough” Tim feigned an injury. As the referee went to check on Hughes, WildMan Kongo, fellow representative in Old School, jumped on the apron and delivered a blow to the back of Richards’ head. Hughes “miraculously” recovered and scored a three count over Richards. As the dastardly duo celebrated, the hockey goon Richards stormed out the door of the building.
Sizzling Stan Stylez beat Vince Steele
Throughout this battle between Entertainment and Powerhouse, Stylez’ mind games completely threw off the “Jurassic Juggernaut” from the start. Although Steele gave the Sizzling One some serious blows, it took Stan two Stunners and one very unique Whipped Cream Stunner to take the big man off his feet. One Facial later, and Stan pulled off the biggest upset of the first round. MMM THAT’S RIGHT!
“The Magnificent” Giovanni Marranca pinned Darius Carter
The final first round match between Striking and Hybrid really lit up the crowd. “The Magnificent” and “Wrestling’s Richest Prize” went toe-to-toe and hold-for-hold. However, during a striking exchange, the referee Dave Castaldo was accidentally struck with a blow. When Marranca became vulnerable, Carter went out to the ringside area and grabbed a chair from ringside from an intimidated fan. Once re-entering the ring, Carter was looking to eviscerate Marranca, when suddenly...he came to his senses. Showing a rare case of remorse, he tossed the chair to the floor. As soon as he turned around, “the Magnificent” delivered a vicious LOW BLOW, taking Carter down. One Roaring Elbow later, Marranca, to a stunned crowd, pinned Mr. Carter and advanced to the second round of the Operation New Wave Tournament.
Tom O’Malley defeated “Tough” Tim Hughes
Before the match, Tough Tim tried to bring his cohort WildMan Kongo to the ring with him. However, Jon Harder, the Diverge Founder, ran immediately over to the entrance way and ejected Kongo from ringside. As Hughes protested, Kongo whispered something into his ear. Hughes nodded and the muscle of Old School shuffled backstage. Throughout the battle, O’Malley suffered an injury to his left shoulder, which Hughes capitalized on. As much as Tough Tim tried, O’Malley fought back. Near the end, Hughes went for a Tornado DDT, but as O’Malley pushed off, Hughes went to the canvas, seemingly suffering a knee injury. As referee Jamal Jackson eyed Tough Tim, KONGO ran from backstage and tried to attack O’Malley from behind. However, Tom sensed it and leveled the WildMan to the floor. Hughes got up, one Enzuguri later, O’Malley locked on the STR and tapped out Tough Tim. Scientific wrestling overcame Old School and straight into the finals. However, O’Malley’s shoulder was worse for wear.
“The Magnificent” Giovanni Marranca pinned Sizzling Stan Stylez
Marranca got a jump at the bell on the Sizzling One. As much Striking as Gio put on the table, Entertainment kept shining through. Stylez went for the Whipped Cream Stunner, but “the Magnificent” reversed into a waistlock. After a Stylez reversal, Marranca spit the whipped cream in his mouth into the face accidentally of referee Tyler Southwick. With the referee distracted momentarily, Marranca mule-kicked Stylez right in the groin! One Roaring Elbow later, and “the Magnificent” went into the finals of the Operation New Wave Tournament.
However things got interesting here. Vince Steele, upset over his loss to Stan earlier in the tournament, came in through the back door and not only leveled Stylez with a running splash, but also CHOKESLAMMED referee Southwick! Security and the remaining referees ran out to ringside to try and calm down Steele, but he was “hijacking the show”. Who was going to make him leave the ring?
ENTER Kyle the Beast.
Unannounced, KTB crashed the party at the Old Bridge Elks and proceeded to confront “the Jurassic Juggernaut”. Eye-to-eye and nose-to-nose, both men were not backing down. Then, a brawl commenced. When Steele gained the upper hand, he decided to go for broke. The 6’4, 430 lbs man from the Boogie Down Bronx went for a Vader Bomb. However, KTB put his feet up! Then, with all his strength, the Beast showcased that he was a BEAST, putting the big man on his shoulders and delivering a POWERFUL Samoan Drop! Steele rolled to the outside and was swarmed by security, forcing the Powerhouse backstage. KTB saved the Operation New Wave Tournament.
MC MONTY MAX PRESENTS THE STYLES CLASH:
Mike Del defeated WildMan Kongo, Prince Akkanatan, and Gabby Ortiz
The Four-Way Dance between four different styles took place and definitely made an impact. Early on in the match, Kongo absolutely dominated his 3 victims. However, just as he delivered a vicious blow to Ortiz in the corner, Ricky Richards snuck back in from the bar and clubbed Kongo in the head with his hockey glove. Giving Kongo a receipt, both Akkanatan and Del delivered a double spinebuster to Kongo, pinning and eliminating him from the match.
All 3 remaining combatants gave it their all, fighting tooth and nail. However, Akkanatan got caught into a small package by Gabby and he got pinned for the 3 count. The second Ortiz got to her feet, Del quickly came in and schoolboyed her up. Putting his feet on the ropes, Del got the 3 seconds he needed and won the match. Mike Del won the Styles Clash!
While Gabby Ortiz was ranting inside the ring, Del was celebrating like he won the Super Bowl. However, Darius Carter, still smarting over his loss earlier, stood at the base of the entranceway, seemingly bothered by the fact the Del had to cheat to win, while he was cheated himself. It was a very interesting dichotomy to say the very least.
Tom O’Malley defeated “the Magnificent” Giovanni Marranca
O’Malley walked into this finals with an immediate disadvantage, suffering from a shoulder injury suffered in his second round encounter with “Tough” Tim. Both men went back and forth into battle. At one point, Marranca leveled O’Malley with a Roaring Elbow, sending him to the floor. “The Magnificent” wanted the countout win, but O’Malley got in before the count of 10. After another back and forth, O’Malley delivered an Enzuguiri, dropped Marranca with a torture rack face drop, and then locked on the STR, all with an injured left shoulder! Pulling him tight and deep, “the Magnificent” TAPPED OUT to the STR. Tom O’Malley won the Operation New Wave Tournament and, in turn, won the inaugural New Wave Cup!
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