By Sean Orleans
Our August card left some fans screaming in disbelief, others with their mouths agape. The final match of the night, Gary Jackson vs. Lynn Mephisto, saw both men take their rivalry to a whole new level.
After being berated by Mephisto on the microphone, Jackson took control of the match and proceeded to whip the younger challenger from pillar to post. In fact, Gary Jackson whipped Lynn Mephisto into a corner so hard that one of the turnbuckles popped loose and had to be fixed during the match.
Folks, I’m usually at the South Broadway Athletic Club hours ahead of the show and I get to see the ring being assembled, and let me tell you, it takes a lot of force to dislodge one of those turnbuckles from a post. It took four men to reattach the turnbuckle. So try and imagine the impact something like that had on Lynn Mephisto’s lower back.
With the turnbuckle fixed, both men continued tearing at each other. The action spilled outside the ring and that’s where things went off the rails. Mephisto attempted to whip Jackson into the guardrail, but Jackson reversed the move and Mephisto’s back tasted the steel. Jackson lunged forward and clotheslined his opponent, sending both over the rail and into the front rows.
As the ref administered the 10-count, both Jackson and Mephisto used a chair on each other, causing a double disqualification. But in some feuds, wins and losses don’t matter as much as “who got the last dig in,” to borrow a phrase.
Gary Jackson tossed Lynn Mephisto onto a plastic table, climbed up on top of it and proceeded to piledrive Mephisto down on the table. Mephisto was out on the floor for several minutes and had to be helped (i.e. carried) to the back by staff.
A nearby fan snapped this image of the table shortly afterwards:
Afterwards, fans took group photos with the caved-in table like it was a celebrity.
We hope to provide video of this incident as soon as we can obtain permission and post it online.