After the turkey and dressing was put away, wrestling fans from around Hazard gathered in the Sherman Neace Athletic Complex for this year’s Thanksgiving Turmoil. Although the event has been held in the past, it was the first for the upstart company Appalachian Mountain Wrestling.
The night began with the culmination of the heavyweight tournament as Kyle Maggard and Jordan Kage entered the ring with aspirations of becoming the league’s first champion. However, Stan Sierra stopped the match with a court injunction guaranteeing him a shot at the title.
After several minutes of highflying action, Maggard emerged victorious, but injured. After all the other matches concluded, Maggard and Sierra took to the squared circle for the championship.
Maggard fought valiantly, but his knee injury proved to be too much. When Maggard could not stand and defend himself properly, the official stopped the match and awarded the title to Sierra.
Stan Sierra also took on Clinton Stacy in a battle of strongmen earlier in the night. After an opening sneak attack by Sierra, Stacy fought his way back to dominate the action, but was ultimately undone by a pull of the tights.
Portland grappler Tony Kozina made his Hazard debut against Austin Morris (ATM). After a action packed match, Morris scored his first pin over Kozina. The two have met several times in the past with Kozina winning each time.
One of the highlights of the evening was the Tar and Feather match between “The Driller” Eddie Browning and Beau James. Browning overcame numerous dubious tactics (including a beating by a bullwhip) and double-teams to take the match. After the match, fans where treated to the tar and feathering of Beau and his manager (wife) Misty.
Appalachian Mountain Wrestling is planning a upcoming event at R. W. Combs on December 10.
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