Everett 8:20 The next match is between Mr. Anderson, who could actually be insane, and Jeff Hardy. Someone in the crowd called Anderson an bad word, and he screams back, "Did you call me a [bad word]? Thank you!" He is interacting with the crowd more than any other wrestler so far. But yeah, he's also insane. Hardy's new nickname is the "Charismatic Enigma," and he just hugged a dude in the crowd wearing the same armbands as him. Mr. Anderson is in the crowd. Hardy is posing for pictures. This is going to be entertaining. In the previous matches, there has been a clear crowd favorite. This time, they are both being cheered for. We'll see what happens. They are now throwing stuff into the crowd and no manners are being exhibited. Men stealing towels from women and children. Madness. Also, Hardy is wearing black cargo pants, which cannot be comfortable to wrestle in.
Steve 8:27 Real slow start to this one, but now it's starting to pickup as Mr. Anderson has Hardy in a headlock. Then he fires back with a punch to the gut and continues the abuse against the ropes.
Steve 8:29 Hardy is now fighting back and slams his opponent, now woozy, against the metal railing close to the backstop near the crowd. Oh, and we've got a chair in the mix. A chair is in the mix, wrestling fans. Both men seem pretty tired for the little amount of action in this match so far, as Hardy kicks out of a cover attempt at two seconds. I can only blame the tiredness on lack of conditioning.
Everett 8:30 Signs you are at a professional wrestling event: A man in the crowd offers Anderson a sip of his beer and the wrestler considers before getting slammed in the back.
Steve 8:32 Anderson flipped Hardy and got him into the cover before a kick out. Hardy seems dead on the mat as Anderson waits. Now Anderson has got him in a choke hold from behind and continues the abuse via hair pulling and an arm bar.
Everett 8:34 New favorite wrestler is Mr. Anderson. It's official. The man has been yelling and talking this whole time he has been wrestling and just does his thing, societal norms be damned. I respect that.
Steve 8:36 Hardy just did a backflip off the ropes and knocked down Anderson. He tried to cover but Anderson kicked out. A drizzle is beginning to fall in Aberdeen, but unless we hear thunder or see lightning, the show will most certainly go on.
Steve 8:38 Hardy flipped Anderson by the arm and that's all she wrote folks. Hardy takes this Battle For Glory Series match with the cover.
Everett 8:37 Alas, my boy just lost, and Hardy has stripped off his clothing and put his hair into a ponytail. It's a disappointing moment for everyone. But now, they are holding hands and dancing together like true competitors should at the end of every match. A post game dance session should be mandatory in all major sporting events.
Everett 8:40 It's intermission here, apparently due to the rain. They have put a blue tarp over the ring and are encouraging participants to buy items that were described by the ring side announcer as "cute little ponchos."
Zach 8:41 Story time: one time when I was in the second grade, one of my friends bought a fake wrestling belt, and we held a tournament to decide the champion. I like to think I was doing pretty well, but ultimately I had to drop out after my friend announced his new finishing move would be the "Stinkface." If you're not familiar with the move, popularized by the wrestler Rikishi, I'm not going to describe. I will say that Rikishi was a very, very big man who wore a thong-like piece of clothing. Use your imagination. If you were stinkfaced, you would not feel much like dancing afterward.
Steve 8:44 The ring announcer said Hebner recently officiated the 100,000th match of his 30-year career. After putting my math hat on, I have determined that for this to be possible, he would need to officiate 3,334 matches a year, or 10 per day, every single day from his first until today. Seems unlikely, but who am I to judge.
Everett 8:46 I would guess there are about 1,500 people here, which is about 1,000 more than I expected. I'm impressed by the turnout.
Zach 8:57 Steve just raised the possibility that maybe Hebner and his son have refereed 100,000 matches between the two of them. I'm going to borrow that math hat for a quick second and refute that claim. That's still 5 matches per day, every day, for 30 years. Which, just no.
Everett 9:04 Still intermission here. Two matches left, if this break ever ends. It's barely drizzling here. I don't see what the fuss is about.