Live report/review from PWG: Fear
Thanks very much to our regular PWG correspondent, Chad Simplicio, for this great report/review from last night’s show, Fear.
12/10/11 PRO WRESTLING GUERRILLA’S “FEAR” RECAP @ AMERICAN LEGION POST #308, RESEDA, CA
By Chad Simplicio
If there ever was an ultimate Christmas present for fans of indie wrestling in the American West Coast, this would be it. A capacity crowd crammed into American Legion Post #308 for the PWG season finale, and despite difficulties with the sound system, everyone got their money’s worth. In fact, Excalibur tried to whip the sound crew into shape, making sure they got the entrance music right.
8 matches, approx. 4 hrs.
Ring announcer: Angelo Trinidad
Referees: Rick Knox, Sparky Ballard, & Justin Borden
Excalibur’s guests at the commentary table: Kevin Steen, Joey Ryan, & Chris Hero
1 - T.J. Perkins v. “The Pretty Boy Pitbull” Kenny King never really got off the ground because Ryan Taylor & Brian Cage-Taylor of The Fightin’ Taylor Boys interrupted the match in the wake of Los Luchas not making it to the show because of a family emergency, then went on to put a beat down on T.J. & Kenny.
1A - The Fightin’ Taylor Boys def. T.J. Perkins & Kenny King. Hard-hitting opener ended when Brian Cage-Taylor “finished getting his stuff in” by pinning Kenny King w/ a team Canadian Destroyer. That is, Brian Cage-Taylor provided the leverage for Ryan Taylor to hit the Canadian Destroyer.
2 - Roderick Strong p. Amazing Red w/ a powerbomb. Amazing Red was able to get in his classic high-flying moves, including the Running Moonsault, but was outdone by Roddy’s chops and backbreaking moves.
3 - 8-wrestler tag team action—“Team Sleaze” (Dynasty duo of Joey Ryan & Scorpio Sky, “Pretty” Peter Avalon, & Ray Rosas—as all wore classic Joey Ryan trunks) vs. Candice LeRae, Chris Kadillak, Famous B, & B-Boy. Wild mix of comedy, crazy wrestling action, & a dash of “mature” content ended w/ The Dynasty getting the win by pinning Candice LeRae w/ their “End Stage” Superkick / Ace of Spades finisher combo.
4 - Willie Mack p. Chris Hero … clean w/ a version of the Tombstone Piledriver. Great, hard-hitting match that saw Hero mic up about not be sure if he would be able to come back or not, mentioning at least his mother that live in Dayton, OH.
5 - The RockNES Monsters (“Rock & Roll Rebel Soul” Johnny Yuma & Johnny Goodtime) def. Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly). Johnny Goodtime p. Adam Cole w/ the Frog splash, off of Yuma’s “Sex Factor” DDT w/ the feet. Good match, but it may’ve been the weakest match on the card in the eyes of many.
6 - After intermission, The American Wolves (ROH Champion Davey Richards & his “Final Battle 2011” opponent, Eddie Edwards) def. The Super Smash Brothers (Player Uno & Player Dos/Stupefied). Hard-hitting, see-saw action ended w/ Eddie Edwards making Player Uno tapout to his Modified Boston Crab submission with his right foot stomping his masked head in.. DR & EE may’ve put the duo over, but as their expression & talk showed as they went to the back, things are likely to get serious come ROH “Final Battle 2011”, when the two square off for the ROH World Championship.
SM - Non-title dream match. PWG World Heavyweight Champion El Generico p. Dick Togo w/ the Top Turnbuckle Brainbuster. High-octane action that saw dueling chants from the capacity crowd, complete w/ “We love them both!” chants in between.
M - Non-title Guerrilla Warfare Match between Super Dragon & “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen, & PWG World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson). 2 tables, 1 trash can, and a bunch of steel & plastic chairs were used in the high-octane, see-saw match that went all over the venue. Super Dragon hit his vintage Curb Stomp on one of the Jackson’s, smashing his head onto the crotch of his brother. Nick Jackson hit a Top Rope Splash to put Super Dragon through 1 of the tables on the floor midway through the match, but it was both Jacksons who took the worst of the highest spots of the match. While Kevin Steen kept Nick Jackson occupied in the ring, it was Super Dragon who put Matt Jackson through the 2nd table on the floor…WITH A PSYCHO DRIVER! With 1 chair used to prop Nick Jackon’s head on it, Super Dragon hit a Top Rope Double-Stomp on the said head, then it was capped with another Top Rope Double-Stomp to amplify the devastating Package Piledriver from Kevin Steen on Nick Jackson. With Kevin Steen getting the winning pinfall on Nick Jackson, that was how my match of the year, & show of the year, ended, at approximately 12:30am PST Sunday Morning.
Review - Ring Of Honor Wrestling (episode 11)
Main event (The Young Bucks defeated Future Shock ((Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly)))
Very entertaining match that was full of the crazy, fast-paced action you’d expect. The Bucks are such great heels, which they got over very well in their pre-match promo. Future Shock get better and better as a team, I’ve no doubt that they will be at the top of the tag division in the not too distant future.
Have you read our interview with Adam Cole yet? You can find it HERE
Steen vs Corino set up
The Kevin Steen angle, though fantastic at live shows and pay per views, hasn’t been presented in an exciting manner on TV. Until now. The Steen negotiation segment was very well executed, and I imagine it would have sold his match at Final Battle (against Steve Corino) to most viewers, regardless of how long they have been following this epic story.
Tommaso Ciampa (squashed Shiloh Jonze)
I thoroughly enjoyed the Ciampa squash match. His running knee strikes to the barely conscious Shiloh Jonze, who was slumped against the bottom turnbuckle, looked absolutely vicious. His powerbomb-into-the-knees finisher is brutal too. “The Dominant Male” may well be the future of ROH. Hopefully he will get a better nickname though.
The latest “Camp Roderick” promo (the training camp that consists of girls and a bar) was very amusing. I like Roderick Strong so much more since he developed a personality, he’s becoming one of my favourites in ROH.
They succeeded in putting over the significance of the third match in a series (with the opponents tied at a win each). It was great to see why Dan Severn (UFC Hall Of Famer/Eddie’s new training partner) is emotionally invested in the Final Battle main event (he never got to have a third match with Ken Shamrock, with whom he was tied at 1-1).
Another strong episode of Ring Of Honor. I often complain when they only have two matches, but the Kevin Steen segment deserved the airtime it received.
Nothing bad this week.
The heinous ring bell sound effect that censored swearing is gone! Rejoice! It has been replaced with the normal “bleep” sound. However, this bleep sound didn’t succeed in censoring anything, it was lower than the volume of the voices. How strange.
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PWG: Fear this Saturday!
The final Pro Wrestling Guerrilla show of 2011, Fear, will take place this Saturday (the tenth) at the American Legion Post #308 in Reseda, California (8pm).
Guerrilla Warfare match for the PWG Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (c) vs Appetite For Destruction (Kevin Steen and Super Dragon)
Non-title dream match: El Generico vs Dick Togo
American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno & Stupefied)
Amazing Red vs Roderick Strong
Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly) vs RockNES Monsters (Johnny Goodtime & Johnny Yuma)
Kenny King vs TJ Perkins
Scorpio Sky, Joey Ryan, Peter Avalon & Ray Rosas vs Willie Mack, Famous B, Chris Kadillak & Candice LeRae
Los Luchas (Phoenix Star & Zokre) vs Fightin’ Taylor Boys (Brian Cage-Taylor & Ryan Taylor)
Thoughts: Super Dragon’s return match, the American Wolves in what may be their last match as a team, and a whole load of other potentially great matches. It should be a hell of a show to end a hell of a year for PWG.