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  1. FWA British championship match, Justin Richards the current champion. The wrestling here is really tight, Travell keeping hold of Richards’ arm for several minutes and not letting go as he continually works that body part over. I did like how Richards tried to snapmare Travell out of the hammerlock, only for the challenger to go with it and still keep it applied. Eventually Richards backs him into the corner, with speed, and that causes him to release his grip. Northern Lights suplex by the champion. Double underhook into a backbreaker, dropping Travell across his own knee. Richards throws him through the ropes to the outside and then drops a Cactus elbow from the apron. Travell reverses the whip sending Richards crashing into the ringpost. Dropkick from the apron to the floor. Back inside he connects with that cool Savio Vega spinning kick, his own momentum taking him over the top rope. The champion with a clothesline after reversing the Irish whip, nice that he sells the arm after Travell’s earlier working over of it, just a shame that he’d completely forgotten about it up to this point. No problems with that arm when he runs through an array of suplexes, ending by front suplexing Travell and dumping him across the top rope. Travell blocks having his head rammed into the corner and slams Richards’ head into it instead. Spinebuster followed by a Lionsault. He lands a guillotine legdrop, rather than make the cover though he decides to head back upstairs. This time he spends too long playing to the crowd and Richards shakes the ropes causing him to crotch himself. Superplex. Travell catches him with a suplex before he’s off up top again, connecting with the big splash. Richards gets his foot over the ropes to break the count, but Travell doesn’t realise and thinks the referee has counted the three. As he grabs the belt and starts jumping up and down like he’s won, Richards snatches him with a Dragon suplex for the win. To use a football cliché, a tale of two halves. The opening parts of this were superb where they concentrated purely on the wrestling, each man trying to get the better of the other in the grappling stakes. It had a real throwback feel to the classic World of Sport stuff of two decades earlier. The second half was too high spot driven for my liking, the transitions, which were evident in the opening minutes, non-existent and a distant memory. While Richards did sell the arm, once, with that clothesline, he really should’ve sold it more than he did. A better match than the three way but I wish they would’ve stuck to the grappling and not ended up going down the route that they did. Finish does Travell no favours as he looks pretty foolish, celebrating like he’s won after the ref has clearly only slapped the mat twice.
  2. Originally scheduled to be a one on one match, Steve Corino challenging for Jerry Lynn’s ECW World title, but C.W. Anderson interrupts before the bell and talks his way into the match (while he has nothing but respect for Jerry Lynn he can understand why he’d rather face a Corino than an Anderson cos’ not only is he the World Heavyweight champion, he’s also a pussy), Lynn deciding that it’s going to be an ‘impromptu’ Three Way Dance instead. What is it with ECW and their ‘impromptu’ matches? Corino gets clotheslined over the top rope to the outside and C.W. quickly joins him out there. As the two trade punches on the floor Lynn wipes them out with a somersault senton. We’re reminded that a ‘three way dance’ means that it’s elimination rules and the last man standing will be the World champion. Corino and C.W. end up in the front row and Lynn sails over the barricade with a double clothesline. They fight their way amongst the fans over to what looks like the concession’s table. C.W. with the reversal, suplexing Lynn onto the table. He’s launching garbage cans about with reckless abandon, even sticking one over the champion’s head. Corino, who was wearing a band aid on his forehead, is already busted open, his blonde locks starting to turn red. We take a break for some commercials and on our return Lynn is about to paint his face/chest with Corino’s blood, only for C.W. to superkick him before he can do so. Anderson alternates his attack between the two as he stomps away on them. Shoulder stunner for Lynn, single armed DDT on Corino, it looks like he’s hedging his bets and targeting the arm of both. Seated armbar, although, naturally, even though this is elimination rules, rather than letting that play out and hope Corino submits, Lynn kicks him around the side of the head to break it up. The champion hammers away on C.W., only having limited use of that one arm due to Anderson’s efforts of working it over. Corino is now targeting the same arm, picking up where C.W. left off. Sit-out powerbomb on Lynn. C.W. fires a chair at Lynn, who ducks, and it takes out Corino instead. Near falls galore with all sorts of reversals, cradles and backslides. The three slug it out the middle of the ring until a Corino double Bionic elbow floors his two opponents. Anderson dents a chair over Jack Victory’s head while Corino reverses the reversal of the ‘Old School Expulsion’ into a Northern Lights suplex. Justin Credible is out and canes anyone in sight. Lynn with the cradle piledriver on Corino and the number one contender is the first man eliminated. C.W. waits for the champion to get back to his feet and lands the Ferris Wheel for a two count. Joel Gertner gives us a rundown of previous ECW World title changes that occurred in Three Way Dances. I think that was supposed to put over how much jeopardy the champion is in a match like this because, but I think it was more so they could mention Steve Austin was in ECW once which they tend to try and do at every opportunity. History doesn’t repeat itself here though, Lynn blocking the spinebuster and hitting the cradle piledriver on C.W. for the win less than ninety seconds after he had sent Corino packing.
  3. GSR

    WWE TLC - The Language Crashes (the board)

    Yeah, for some reason the board can't deal with it when accents are used in titles of threads so just leave them off.
  4. Two men who have both failed in their recent attempts to dethrone Sabu for the NWA World title. Steve Martin replaces Dan ‘the Dragon’ Wilson on commentary and promises that they’re going to finish Air Paris once and for all, a guy who has been a troublemaker in Wildside since day one. Styles slides under the ropes to the outside, he’s not getting a breather here though, Paris nailing him with a baseball slide that sends him backwards over the barricade into the first row. Jeff G. Bailey does what Jeff G. does, interfering when the referee’s back is turned. Steven Prazak hopes that Martin isn’t going to be interfering too and that we’ll get a clean finish tonight. Paris kicks A.J. in the groin as Bailey looks over towards Martin, almost as if he’s looking at him for help. Martin is sticking to his guns, at least for the time being, saying he’s going to let Styles take care of him, he doesn’t need to do anything. Air lifts Styles up onto his shoulders into a torture rack position, but A.J. fires off some punches to free himself. Samoan drop into a stunner by Styles. More interference courtesy of Jeff G., putting the boots in after Paris had been thrown to the floor. Another low blow and Bailey is getting more and more infuriated with the referee as he misses seeing the ‘cheap shot’ again. I know, the irony. Paris with a huracanrana, but even though A.J. dumps him out over the top rope, Air holds on and takes him out with him. Styles crotches him over the barricade before collecting a table from the back of the building. Air blocks the attempted suplex and reverses things, suplexing A.J. onto the wooden floor. Slingshot somersault legdrop. He repositions that table but perhaps should’ve continued the attack as Styles low blows him. No complaining from Bailey about that one! A.J. climbs the turnbuckles only for Paris to start firing back and, with both stood on the top turnbuckle, they fall out to ringside going through the table. That did have a look of when Rocco Rock and 2 Cold Scorpio went through three tables at the ECW Arena. ‘Death Valley Driver’ by Paris followed by a superkick, which A.J. takes a great bump from. Styles with a rolling German, he then holds on and pancakes Paris to the mat. Jeff G. throws his man a chair, the ref for unknown reasons letting this go. It doesn’t matter though as Air kicks it into his face anyway. As he heads up top, Bailey gives him a shove causing him to come crashing down hard. Swanton bombm for a near fall. A suicideplex takes it out of both men, however Paris unknowingly drapes an arm over A.J. and Styles is so out of it that his shoulders get counted to the mat for three. Bailey assaults referee Jimmy Rivers post-match and then start pummelling Paris, while Steve Martin leaves the commentary desk to join the fun. After Onyx makes it three-on-one, John Phoenix and Adam Jacobs even things up. The Cole Twins puts the advantage back in the Elite’s favour when... Bob Sapp is out for the save!!! Sapp looks ginormous, dwarfing the Boogaloo Crew (and I thought Scotty Wrenn was a big dude) who he is with, the Elite fleeing the moment they set eyes on him.
  5. Despite the people making plenty of noise to God’s gift of professional wrestling and the first King of the Indies, Christopher Daniels lets them know that they still suck! Daniels offers a hand to ‘the Funboy’ which is accepted. Grappling heavy as both are looking for an early advantage. Nice headscissors takedown by Morgan which Daniels kips up out of. We have a tease of each man’s finisher, Morgan snapmaring his way out of the ‘Roll the Dice’. Daniels steps out to have a words with some fans who’re on his case, although that doesn’t sit too well with Morgan telling him over the house mic that he should be taking this seriously and that when he gets back in the ring he’s going to kick his ass all over the building. Morgan starts working over the arm, Daniels grabbing it with the other to prevent the extension on the cross armbar before eventually reaching the ropes with a leg for the break. Double underhook suplex. A stiff elbow to the jaw flattens ‘the Fallen Angel’ who looks for some solace on the apron, only to get nailed with a springboard dropkick that sends him sprawling out to ringside. Tope con hilo. Daniels is to his feet first and slams Morgan’s arm into the guard rail before hammerlocking it and running him into the ringpost. Good to see a bit of old school breaking the referee’s ten count by sliding into the ring and then straight back out to continue the attack. Abdominal stretch is applied near the ropes and I really like how Daniels shows the audience his hand so you know what’s fully coming next. If you don’t, think what IRS does in every match when he applies the same hold. He gets distracted though when jawing with them, the ref catching him in the act and then breaking it. Morgan misses a crossbody, Daniels pointing to his head like he’s outsmarted him. A great enziguiri that completely flips ‘the Funboy’ over. Spinning sideslam followed by a uranage. Daniels runs into a big boot as Morgan starts his comeback, although there is so little fire in it. Suicideplex. They run the Guerrero/Malenko pinfalls and reversals sequence, the near falls and two counts coming thick and fast. Morgan reverses the whip to the corner sending Daniels chest first into the turnbuckles. Daniels kicks out after a Michinoku Driver and then Morgan after the ‘Angel’s Wings’, both kick outs getting a fantastic reaction from the crowd. Daniels has a look of “what do I have to do to beat this man” on his face. He hooks the middle rope to prevent himself from being taken down on the backslide and then this awesome reversal which I’ve never seen before puts ‘the Funboy’s’ shoulders down for the three as ‘the Fallen Angel’ becomes the first ‘King of the Indies’. Morgan hands over the trophy, the two shaking hands as they are then joined by Roland Alexander who congratulates them both and invites the rest of the participants out to share in the moment. The match built really well, the crowd getting more and more into it the longer it went. Similar to a few other matches this year, something that wouldn’t have looked out of place towards the upper end of early Ring of Honor cards. Very pleased that they didn’t overdo the kickouts either as I thought that may happen after Morgan kicked out of the Angel’s Wings. The actual finish was spectacular, I’ve not seen a reversal like that before or since. I thought Daniels was tremendous here and Morgan, as always, is fundamentally sound, there’s just no emotional attachment from me, or the fans it would seem. There was zero fire in his comeback and it was like Daniels was doing the work of two to keep the fans invested. I know Michael Modest often suffered the same criticisms as Morgan but he’s light years ahead of him in every aspect as far as I’m concerned.
  6. Suicidal Tendencies are introduced as being John Phoenix & Adam Jacobs, Air Paris is with them so I wonder if they’ll be operating under Freebird rules again? Paris is wearing a Sabu T-shirt, as he’s got an upcoming World title match against him (on 12/14), although providing the dates are correct, it’s weird to know that this is airing after that match has already taken place. A cool spot early when Phoenix holds onto the ropes to block the Onyx O’Connor roll, so Knight just clotheslines him across the top rope from the apron. Phoenix lands on his feet off a backflip and hits a swinging neckbreaker. High crossbody by Jacobs on Knight. The commentators have either got short memories or the dates are definitely wrong here as they’re talking about this being Jacobs’ debut as a member of Suicidal Tendencies on TV, even though we saw him as a part of the group in that match against Onyx & A.J. Styles a fortnight ago. We go to a commercial break, however unlike previous occasions where the advertisements have interrupted the flow of things, we don’t miss anything here, luckily, because that means we don’t miss a great drop toe hold/standing shooting star combination by the Tendencies. Onyx presses Jacobs overhead and hurls him out to the hard wooden floor. That brings Air Paris into the ring to replace him and it does look again like they’re going to be using all three members of the team against the NWA Elite. As Phoenix checks on Jacobs, Onyx belly to backs Paris over the top rope and onto them in a great little spot. Phoenix gets the jump on Onyx as he’s not paying attention before a second standing shooting star of the night. Paris has taken off and it sounds like he’s leaving his fellow Tendencies to it, realising that wrestling so close to a World title match isn’t the wisest of ideas. Middle rope moonsault by Jacobs. Jeff G. Bailey is up on the apron distracting referee Andrew Thomas after a Phoenix frog splash, which in turn allows Knight to get in there and the Elite with a double flapjack. Knight works over his lower back, while at the same time Paris has made his return and is trading verbals with Styles (who is in the Elite’s corner). The fans seem torn over who to cheer for here. It’s mentioned that David Flair vs Romeo Bliss will be on the big show this week and while I’m not that fussed we don’t have that, I wouldn’t have minded seeing the Total Destruction, Tank Abbott, Cole Twins and White Trash one that is also talked about. Slingshot suplex and Jacobs is in to break up the cover. Phoenix with a running crossbody for a two, however Knight knew what was coming next so pulls Thomas around so that his back is turned and he misses seeing Phoenix make the tag. As Thomas looks to get Jacobs out of there, the Elite switch places not bothering with a tag themselves. Onyx throws Phoenix to the floor where Styles and Bailey put the boots to him. Running high knee by Knight who then draws Jacobs into the ring so he can get in some illegal shots. For the third time Thomas fails to see a tag before Jacobs is drawn in...again. Knight with a bombs away kneedrop. Phoenix rolls out the way of the Onyx Swanton and at the fourth (I think) time of asking he makes a tag which is seen. Jacobs cleans house on the Elite and Knight is forced to save his partner following an Alabama Jam. That brings Phoenix back in and as the four duke it out in the ring, Styles and Paris go at it at ringside. The Cole Twins join Styles in the attack as the bell starts ringing, Thomas having thrown the match out. Paris is left all alone as Phoenix & Jacobs fights Onyx & Knight to the dressing room. Bailey yells at Paris about how he won’t even be alive to wrestle Sabu before Styles puts a foot on his chest and does the Sabu “pointing at the ceiling pose”. A final taped promo from Bailey and Styles airs, Jeff G. saying that a new World champion will be crowned on December 14th (these dates have to be wrong). A.J. has fought his way from the very bottom of the card to the very top and this is the culmination of all that hard work which is going to be rewarded. Sabu can’t compete with A.J. Styles, he’s not the same calibre of athlete he is. Him going to Japan and all over the USA to wrestle doesn’t matter because the wrestling in Cornelia, GA is the best in the world and A.J. Styles is at the front of it. There were moments of real goodness in here such as the FIP section on Phoenix and the work of Terry Knight, who is almost suited to a long form match like this, while Suicidal Tendencies are group I’m enjoying, especially Phoenix who I had never seen before this project. However like so many Indy matches, and I have no idea how many times I have written this, the match went too long. From start to finish this went thirty minutes and the match was dragged out for no viable reason. There was no call for three false tag spots or a multitude of “drawing your opponent in” spots on top of those and the less said about the super cheap finish the better. The thing is I did enjoy it, but at the same time find it hard to recommend as a one off match. Maybe it’s because I know the context. There’s an excellent match in there, just realise you don’t need to go long to achieve it. Oh, I’m convinced the dates are incorrect also.
  7. A slight variation as Psicosis teams with Mikey Whipwreck to take on the tag team champions. Psicosis catches Guido with a headscissors and tags in Mikey who is immediately met with a headbutt as Guido then tags his partner. A cool little roll up out of the corner which he follows with a victory roll. Mikey fights his way out of the Camel Clutch and applies a variation of his own. Missile dropkick by Psicosis. It looks like Mamaluke takes an uncomfortable fall out to the floor as Mikey and Psicosis double team Guido (which was missed by Feinstein). The FBI look to regroup at ringside but Psicosis wipes the three of them out with a Mikey assisted flip dive. A nasty looking kick to the face KO’s Mamaluke but he’s still able to get a shoulder up on the cover. Mikey obliges when the crowd chant “one more time” although Tony’s selling is ridiculous. He ties him in the ‘Tree of Woe’ and the Minister is in for the testicular claw. At least the referee is busy, over in Guido’s corner, and this isn’t done in front of him like it has been in the past. Mikey misses the blind tag and the FBI with a double powerbomb. ‘Sicilian slice’, Psicosis in there for the save. The FBI utilise distraction spots to get in some double teaming, Sal even proving his usefulness from the floor. Guido telegraphs a backdrop and Mikey spikes him with a DDT. Both men make the tag and it’s not too long before all four men are going at it in the ring. Whippersnapper, however Sal puts Guido’s leg over the bottom rope to save the titles. Psicosis intercepts as he throws one of the belts to Tony, then clobbers him with it, Sal going feet first from the apron through the ringside table. As Psicosis celebrates he’s caught with a German suplex for the three. I did miss Tajiri in this which is ironic considering I end up getting tired of this match up (note: this was watched months ago, I made my initial notes as I was watching the match but didn’t “flesh it out”, make it literate, so am doing it some time later as I tidy up some bits). Watching this on the back of the Psicosis/Kash I do wonder how much WCW beat the enjoyment out of him.
  8. “Hallelujah as the Holy Rollers and Platinum Matt are finally back together”. Tonight was supposed to be a triumphant night for them because they were scheduled to be in six-man action, however MCW couldn’t get their act together so they don’t have opponents. As that’s the case Matt informs everyone they’ll see them next show then, though just as they’re about to leave out comes Christian York and Joey Matthews, also making their return to MCW. Earl tells them that he doesn’t know why they bothered coming back, but ECW doesn’t intimidate them one bit. A PG crowd for MCW who yell “shut the hell up” as opposed to the more offensive version that most wrestling audiences chant. He goes on to say that it is easy to do flips and hit each other with chairs although wonders if they still remember how to wrestle? Well those PG chants didn’t last long, the fans now chanting “faggot, faggot” at him. The Pearl plays on them, getting consoled by Myers but also placing a hand on his backside as he does so. When the homophobic slurs turn to “boring, boring” as he outwrestles Matthews, the Rollers have heard enough and take off towards the dressing room. Naturally they have a change of heart and return. So much for Earl “wrestling” as he’s already resorting to hair pulling. Lengthy criss cross spot, Matthews changing direction and flattening the Pearl. He paintbrushes him across the back of the head and then does the same to Ramblin’ Rich, a bit of payback for what Earl dished out to him earlier. Springboard bulldog by York. We see some of that ECW influence, a double ‘Tree of Woe’ with York and Matthews climbing the turnbuckles to stand on their groins, a staple of Tajiri’s repertoire. Stereo suicide dives. Front superplex/senton combo, a staple of their own. Earl gets clobbered after kneeing York in the back as he runs the ropes, however the distraction allows Myers to floor him with a superkick. The Holy Rollers work him over until Earl misses a diving headbutt from the top. Hot tag and all four men end up in the ring. Earl telegraphs a backdrop but is able to counter Matthew’s counter and the Rollers with a combination Russian legsweep/blockbuster for the win. I enjoyed the shtick at the start and Earl doesn’t bother me anywhere near as much as he seems to bother Chad. The Rollers control segment wasn’t the most exciting but this was alright. Which probably says plenty just describing it as that.
  9. Andrews reminds everyone that the last time they wrestled he sent Low Ki to the hospital, tonight he’s going to break his neck so that he will never wrestle again. They’re cutting a much quicker pace than you would expect out of these two, it’s relentless and you’re not getting a chance to catch your breath. Scoot ducks out the way of a charging Ki and pulls down the top rope, sailing out over it to the floor. Flip dive from the ‘BNB’. That was actually the same spot I watched in his King of Indies match against Vinny Massaro earlier today, only the rotation was a touch quicker here. He starts taking liberties with his covers, on one occasion putting a solitary single foot on Ki’s chest following a vertical suplex. Ki starts to fire back but Scoot counters the bulldog with a uranage. A high release exploder. Again Ki looks to be getting back into things, ducking a clothesline and landing a Koppu kick to the back that sends Scoot sprawling through the ropes to the outside, however he gets flapjacked onto the apron after taking off after him. Falling headbutt by Scoot. He misses the top rope legdrop, not the first time I’ve seen him miss that, only for Ki to then straddle himself across the middle. Pumphandle Driver, but rather than get the win he decides to lift him up at the count of two. That backfires as Ki escapes the second Driver and counters into a ‘Ki Krusher’. The Phoenix Splash barely connects although still has enough behind it for him to pick up the win. The speed they were working at really through me as I expected a slower affair, where things sink in and stuff means something, that wasn’t the case. It was almost “spot” driven. Nothing wrong with the execution, bar that Phoenix Slash, but overall a forgettable match, something that you can’t say about the majority of Ki’s output this year. Even stuff like that terrible JAPW three way or that car crash tag match in CZW, while they weren’t as good as this, they were more memorable.
  10. Well the crowd who I was praising in the Christopher Street Connection match were pretty darn obnoxious here, constantly chanting for tables throughout. Eventually one fan has heard enough and yells back “We don’t need a table, this is a damn good match”. Bravo sir, and he was right. This was two guys in a hard hitting contest, putting everything into everything as they just laid into each other. The forearms and chops were stiff, Ki’s chest being turned bright red after one exchange. Some standout moments include Ki’s tope suicida forearm smash, the double underhook suplex which he floats over on into a butterfly stretch, Mack pressing Ki overhead and pushing him up into the low ceiling above, a buckle bomb and a section where Mack catches Ki as he attempts the handspring kick, countering into an awesome powerslam, then whilst over his shoulder runs him into the turnbuckles and finally dishes out an almighty powerbomb. Mack misses a diving headbutt and Ki is able to get him up for the ‘Ki Krusher’ although that takes so much out of him that he doesn’t notice that they’re right by the ropes when he makes the cover, easy therefore for Mack to get a leg over. The ‘Ki Krusher 2000’ is blocked and Mack counters with a stomachbreaker. Another powerbomb, he tries to lift Ki up to deliver a second, however the match has legitimately taken so much out of him that he struggles to do so, getting him no more than a foot or so off the mat. After a ‘Rikishi Driver’ referee Sean Hanson says “one minute”, he’s either being loud on the go home or there’s just sixty seconds remaining. It was the latter, the two trading more bombs in the centre of the ring before Mack catches Ki with a rabbit lariat just as the time limit expires. The draw gets the Pavlovian “five more minutes” chant (what? So they can yell for tables again?). Mack thinks the decision is bullshit as he’s been in JAPW for three years and they’ve never had a time limit draw in that time, the two then put the other over and say how they always give it there all for the fans in attendance.
  11. Scoot has got some large chested woman in his corner alongside a stereotypical generic Indy manager whose name I don’t catch. Ditto Massaro, although not the largest chested woman! Big Vincenzo shows some agility with the leap frog. He rushes at Scoot who ducks out the way and he goes careering over the top rope to the outside. Slow motion flip dive to the floor. It’s missed by the camera, but I think big tits slaps Massaro, he takes off after her but gets cut off by Andrews. Back inside Scoot targets Vinny’s leg, even distracting the ref at one point so that his manager can wrap it around the ringpost behind his back. Massaro’s manager is doing nothing to stop this, just aimlessly gesticulating at the ref. Vinny reverses the whip to the corner, however, as he hobbles in, Scoot avoids the running (?) knee, the knee colliding directly with the turnbuckle and inadvertently injuring himself even more. Andrews grapevines the leg, his manager providing added leverage from ringside. He misses the top rope legdrop and very nice to see Vinny hobbling around on his comeback, not blowing off everything that has gone before. Side slam for a near fall. Scoot rolls out the way of the middle rope moonsault and applies an inverted figure four for the submission. A slight tinge of disappointment on my part as I was hoping Scoot was going to lean back into the Gibson leglock but he never. Massaro sells the leg all the way to the back as he is helped to the dressing room. Good focussed limb work by Scoot, top selling from Vinny, especially on his comeback and the submission, the culmination of everything that had gone down earlier. Not sure the point of either of the managers, or the valet, as all three were nondescript.
  12. The Snott Brothers look like a couple of business men, wrestling in trousers, short sleeve buttoned down shirts, ties and glasses, they’re also giving away a substantial size disadvantage to their opponents. Just as I’m writing that Boom Boom is pretty bad, he hits a nice spinning sideslam. The Snotts have overweight “family” members in their corner, so maybe it’s more like a Dudley brother gimmick that they’re doing? One of the Snotts counters a powerbomb into a facebuster as the crowd start chanting “Snott, Snott, Snott”. I’m pretty convinced that’s the only reason they are using that name. This is pretty bad actually. Looks like the heels manager was also early on the spot where he climbed up to the apron, as about a minute after he is first up, he is back up again. Double chokeslam by SD and Boom Boom on one of the brothers, the Destroyer then with a heart punch for the win. Not good, but short, and really only there as an intermission after the first round of the tournament.
  13. Strong words from Allister Fear, promising the fans that tonight is the last they will ever see of Corporal Robinson in the IWA. Some smug doufus in the crowd is pleased with himself when he changes his fist to a middle finger as Corp goes to bump it. Prick. Jim Fannin reminds everyone that pinfalls don’t count, hopefully that means we won’t be seeing the wrestlers go for covers. Fear’s initial confidence disappears fast as he stalls for all he’s worth outside of the ring and then hides behind the referee. Corp eventually grabs hold of him and launches him through the ropes to the floor, clobbering him with whatever he can get his hands on. A light tube over the head busts him open hardway I think. I do like Fear’s sort of wibbly wobbly selling that he does. He gets suplexed onto the barbed wire Christmas tree and I think bar the Todd Morton one that has now been used in every other match on the show. Fear rams Corp’s head into a ring post before positioning a couple of chairs adjacent to each other. Corp blocks the bulldog and reverses things into a gourdbuster, however those chairs part like the Red Sea and Fear hits hard on the concrete. Slingshot guillotine legdrop back into the ring. Fear just beats the count and despite my initial concerns no pinfalls have been attempted yet. Cradle piledriver onto a pile of chairs, this time though he’s up quicker. As he gets to his feet he grabs hold of the referee, pulling him in, allowing someone to sprint from the dressing room and KO Corp with an object of some sort. Corp doesn’t beat the count, Fear stealing a victory after being beaten on most of the match. ‘Rugby Thug’ Trent Baker introduces himself after, he being the one who did the KO’ing. Hmmm, he sounds like a Brit? He is here to shame the USA and what better way to start that with Corporal Robinson.
  14. GSR

    WWE Hall of Fame 2020

    Torrie last year wasn't it? I imagine it's only a matter of time before Molly gets in, still on good terms with the company, seems to be a regular guest at the HoF most years and does the Axxess signings too.
  15. Dave Prazak informs us that the loser of the match must leave Mid-American Wrestling and never return. Audio isn’t the clearest here but it sounds like Pearce played a role in training Punk and Prazak and that will end up being the biggest mistake he ever made. Punk jumps Pearce on the floor as he is slapping hands with the fans and then throws him into the wall, this has already got a completely different vibe to it than the ACW match. Pearce blocks an attempted sunset flip, scoots round and mounts Punk, unloading a flurry of punches. “Pepsi sucks” chant. Prazak interferes from the floor, grabbing Pearce’s ankle, however, as Punk comes rushing in, he backdrops him over the top rope and out onto Prazak. Suicide dive. The crowd are baying for tables so Pearce slams Punk’s head into one. As they return to the ring Punk gets the jump and yells at the fans “let’s hear Pepsi sucks now”. Of course that sets them off again and Punk says that he didn’t mean it, putting his hands over his ears to muffle the sound. Pearce ducks a clothesline and lands a big spinebuster before taking off after Prazak. He’s unable to catch him though so gives up, preferring to flatten Punk instead. Figure Four. ‘Scrap Iron’ looked to be, slowly, having success with that, so it’s a bit strange when he gives it up to drop a headbutt to Punk’s groin. Prazak again grabs Pearce, this time the interference pays off as he turns his back on Punk who clubs him from behind, sending him sprawling through the ropes to the floor. Pescado. Punk jumps off a chair but gets caught and kind of hotshotted onto a table. Pearce tells the fans to scatter and then whips Punk hard into a row of, now empty, chairs. Piledriver on the concrete! A fan holds a chair up which Pearce rams Punk’s head into. Bloody hell, a piledriver onto an unbreakable table!!! Inside, Punk escapes the attempted powerbomb, however as he goes to clothesline ‘Scrap Iron’, Pearce ducks and he takes out the referee. German suplex, Pearce getting the visual pin as there is no-one to count the fall. He’s holding him in position for what easily seems a like a twenty count. A second ref is out to replace the original, but as he slaps the mat for the second time Punk kicks out. That was a suspiciously slow count so I hope we’re not going to have any bullshit with heel referees. Punk slows the pace with a rear chinlock while Prazak is getting into it with a fan at ringside. MAW security and staff have to be on their toes with these two. Spinning heel kick by Pearce. ‘That’s Incredible’ tombstone piledriver, the ref counting normally, although it looks like Prazak drags him from the ring to stop the count (missed by the camera). After a ‘Pepsi Plunge’, Prazak again saves his man, climbing up onto the apron this time. Pearce has had enough and not caring for the referee’s efforts to admonish Prazak gives the pair a noggin knocker. Punk grabs a chair which he blast Pearce over the head with three times and after playing it straight previously, the ref is back fast counting Pearce’s shoulders to the mat as he is forced to leave Mid-American Wrestling “forever”. A nice, heartfelt, post-match speech where he says his goodbyes and thanks everyone for the memories, even bringing up something involving himself and WCW, although not going into detail, which I had not heard about before. Easily Punk’s best match of the year and while it’s been a long time since I watched Pearce’s match with Dino Bambino, which I enjoyed, at worst his second best match of the year. The brawling sections were awesome and as I said in my commentary, a completely different match to the one they had in ACW less than a week previous. Without the ref bump and a cleaner finish I would’ve gone higher than I did. I also think the order I watched the matches played some part in my rating. Had I watched this prior to the Ian/Dino match, which featured two ref bumps, the one here wouldn’t have been as much of an issue, and every chance I would’ve ranked this above that one, but I’ve seen so many matches featuring them recently that it downgrades this. Absolutely worth watching though, especially for anyone who is a fan of Punk and has not seen any of his early Indy work. You also see some clear development of the Straight Edge character in his pre-match promo.
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