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[2017-02-11-CZW-Eighteen & Still Nothing Else!] David Starr vs Matt Riddle

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Physical, super action packed. I have not seen much of David Starr, but he was really solid here. His offense looked pretty good, but the real star of the match was (unsurprisingly) Matt f'n Riddle. What a stud that man is in the ring. It's always so much fun to watch him on the offense, and that was the case here too. Great match. ****

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This is quite the spectacle with the wXw and Progress owners there for their respective champs. This is belt for belt being contested in a completely different promotion so pretty unique for 2017. Great introduction by Emil.

 

The work here is, as expected, really good. Both guys are scrappy and intense on the mat, which always makes the early grappling better. Riddle gut-wrenches him three times into overhead/side suplexes before a fourth into a powerbomb. Starr hardways Riddle above the eyebrow with either a slap on the apron or a kick later (it's hard to tell because of Riddle's hair), but he is PISSED now. I loved the one-count sequences where Riddle is just hammering blows, he'll get a one-count, and then he does it again, mixing in forearms and kicks. Ref bump and Starr taps out and the shenanigans start.

 

Riddle grabs the Progress belt and the owners can't even sell this, the wXw guy just stands there like its no big deal as Riddle clobbers Starr. He calls for a second ref, but Starr kicks out. That's fine, good little false finish. Riddle is pissed so he grabs the second ref into a tombstone but this guy, who i'm sure was a wrestler and is much smaller than riddle, reverses into his own tombstone, which Starr kicks his leg out on to execute. Utterly ridiculous spot - awful. Starr follows this with a big forearm to the back and a slick Destroyer for the pin. Starr celebrates with both belts...BUT in true 80s fashion, the original ref calls a double DQ because both guys hit him (? - or maybe both attacked referees, unclear) and Riddle destroys him and takes both belts anyway.

 

***3/4 for the whole thing

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Both titles are on the line. We see both guys rolling around on the mat. This is all go go go on the mat. Big suplex by Riddle. This sets up 2 gutwrench suplex into a gutwrench power bomb. Riddle with a big knee. A back fist stuns Riddle and bloody's him up , and Riddle returns the favor with a forearm. Riddle with kicks. Strike exchange. Star with a nasty looking suplex. Nasty cradle buster by Riddle. G&P by Riddle. Ref bump. Riddle gets the visual tap. Riddle ko's Starr with a belt for a 2 count. Starr with a forearm followed by a straightjacket suplex. Pele' kick by Riddle. Good match. The shenanigans hurt the bout a bit. 3 1/2*

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Everything until the ref bump just felt like filler with a bunch of thigh slapping elbows and strikes and Riddle was really holding back here on everything until the ref. bump. I did dig his gutwrench suplex into the twister. Aside from that, I thought this was really underwhelming.

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