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RADICAN’S PWG DVD REVIEW SERIES
OCT. 22, 2011
This is one of the most packed houses I’ve ever seen for a PWG show and the crowd was hot right off the bat.
1 - - FAMOUS B. & CHRIS KADILLAK & CANDICE LeRAE vs. PETER AVALON & FREDDY BRAVO & RAY ROSAS
Steen was asked how the wrestlers in the ring could be recognized while he was in on commentary and he said Candice is the one with the vagina. Alright that was funny. The announcers said four wrestlers were making their PWG debut in this match. A lot of these guys look indyriffic. Rosas and B began the match. Rosas wore a vest and didn’t take it off to wrestle. B hit a series of arm drags and the crowd applauded. Rosas finally took of his vest and s--- was on. I guess s--- wasn’t in because Bravo ended up tagging in. Bravo took down B with a hurricanrana and sent him back down with a dropkick. Kadillack tagged in and ran wild on Bravo much to the delight of the crowd. Bravo bailed to his own corner and tagged in Avalon. Avalon ducked an elbow drop and went to town on Kadillack. Avalon told Kadillack he wanted Candice, so she tagged in. The announcers mentioned she had signed a waiver allowing Avalon to sexually harass her in a PWG ring.
LeRae fired up and nailed Avalon with chops and forearms in the corner. Avalon tagged in Rosas, who taunted Candice. She sent him to the mat with a big forearm and he looked upset. LaRae got a nice rollup on Rosas for a nearfall, but he grabbed her by the hair a short time later and slammed her to the mat. LaRae continued to take a beating as her opponents tagged in and out to work her over. Rosas choked LaRae and did pushups, which drew some boos from the crowd. B finally got the hot tag and ran wild, which drew some chants for him from the crowd. LaRae jumped through the ropes and took down Avalon with a DDT, but Rosas cut off B from following up with a dive of his own. Kadillack then hit a dive through the ropes to take out everyone. Roses went up top and hit a dive off the turnbuckles to the outside to wipe out everyone. B was left alone in the ring and he hit a running moonsault press onto everyone and the crowd went nuts.
Bravo cut off B inside the ring, but B fired back with a handspring superkick. The action broke down with everyone exchanging big moves. LaRae ended up tripping Rosas right into Avalon’s crotch. Kadillack then hit a SSP cannonball on Avalon in the corner and the crowd went nuts. LaRae got isolated by all of her opponents. LaRae fired back and hit a series of ballplexes on all of her opponents. Kadillack finally finished off Avalon with a frogsplash after a top rope senton from B.
Winners: Famous B. & Chris Kadillack & Candice LaRae.
Star rating: (***) – This was a fun opening match that set the crowd on fire with some hot exchanges. The action went by like a blur at times, but both teams pulled off some innovative rapid-fire exchanges that were a blast to watch, although I don’t think any stood out when all was said and done.
2 - - T.J. PERKINS vs. ROCKY ROMERO
Both men went down to the mat and exchanged holds before coming to a stalemate. Romero offered a handshake, but ended up spitting on Perkins’s hand. Perkins spit in Romero’s face, but he fired right back and went after Perkins in the corner. They did a comedy spot with the ref involved and Perkins took out the ref and Romero with a dive off the top. Romero tried to hold onto the ref to avoid being rolled up, but the ref chopped him and Perkins applied a pendulum submission. Perkins hung Romero upside down in the corner and went for a running dropkick, but Romero slipped out of the ring. Romero then hit an elbow through the ropes to the outside. Perkins hung Romero upside down in the corner again and this time he nailed him with a running dropkick for a 2 count. The announcers mentioned that the PWG Title was already hanging from the ceiling in preparation for the Generico-Steen main event Ladder match.
Romero fired back and went to work on Perkins with some kicks to the leg. Romero continued to work over Perkins’s leg with a submission on the mat. Perkins tried to kick out of it, but Romero locked in a trailer hitch submission that worked over both legs. Romero grabbed a chinlock in the center of the ring and raked away at Perkins’s nose, but the ref made him break the hold. Romero continued to dominate the action and drew some boos from the crowd with a dance. The crowd heat has died down for this match so far compared to the opener. Both men tied themselves in the ropes after an exchange of counters. Romero acted cocky after ducking a charge from Perkins and ate a springboard missile dropkick. Perkins rolled through a rollup attempt and nailed Romero with a dropkick for a 2 count.
Perkins got his leg caught, but he spun around and grabbed an ankle lock. Romero struggled, but managed to get the ropes. Perkins hit a dragon screw on Romero using the ropes, but Romero surprised him with a rollup for a nearfall. Romero hit an enzuguri moments later and went back on the attack. Both men began exchanging blows in the middle of the ring moments later. Romero went for a leap frog, but Perkins caught him with a power bomb. There was an awkward moment with Perkins appearing to win the match after a DVD into a kick to the back of the head. The crowd booed and Perkins went back on the attack. Perkins set up for a 450, but Romero got out of the way. Romero hit a running knee to the face, but Perkins kicked out. Both men countered holds on the mat until Romero got an ankle lock. Perkins countered and locked in a cloverleaf. Romero struggled, but ended up tapping out.
Winner: T.J. Perkins
Star rating: (**) – They had some good exchanges, but the crowd wasn’t into this at times. The match was just getting good when they did an odd nearfall where it looked like Romero never kicked out.
3 - - THE FIGHTIN’ TAYLOR BOYS (Ryan Taylor & Brian Cage-Taylor w/Chuck Taylor) vs. THE ROCKNES MONSTERS (Johnny Yuma & Johnny Goodtime)
The crowd was split with slightly more fans chanting for Yuma & Goodtime. Goodtime took down Cage with a double punch for a one count. Cage caught Goodtime with a hip toss into a backbreaker for a 2 count. Taylor blind-tagged himself into the match, but Goodtime caught him with a backbreaker that landed him on top of Cage. Yuma tagged in and slapped Ryan in the face several times. The RockNes monsters ran wild on Taylor with a series of moves. Chuck ran into the ring and yelled at the ref. Ryan wobbled around, but ended up falling flat on his face. Goodtime went up top, but Cage grabbed his boot. Ryan then pitched Goodtime to the floor. Cage and Taylor went to work on Goodtime nailing him with a combination of moves.
The crowd tried to rally behind Goodtime, but Cage powerbombed him onto his knee. Ryan locked in an abdominal stretch on Goodtime, who tried to fight his way out. Goodtime went for a sunset flip, but Ryan slapped him in the face. Ryan took too long to pose for the crowd and Goodtime used his legs to slam Ryan to the mat. Goodtime made the hot tag to Yuma, who ran wild.
Cage and Ryan ended up on the outside and Yuma went up top and nailed them with the stage dive to the outside. Yuma tried to go for a hurricanrana on the outside, but Cage caught him. Ryan then kicked his arms off the ropes and Cage powerbombed him into a row of chairs. Goodtime ran into the ring and nailed Cage with a dive. He then ran back into the ring and hit a tope con hilo over the top to wipe out Ryan and the crowd went insane. The crowd chanted for Goodtime as he yelled on the outside.
Goodtime and Cage went at it on the outside and Cage nailed Goodtime with a release German suplex into the crowd. The crowd went nuts as Cage planted Yuma face-first into the mat with a falcon arrow, but he kicked out. Goodtime recovered and ran into the ring to save Yuma. Yuma got a tarantula on Cage and Goodtime nailed him with a kick to the head, but Cage kicked out. Goodtime went for a frog splash, but Cage got his knees up. He held Goodtime and Ryan leapt on top of him and hit a code red, but Yuma broke up the pin and the crowd went nuts. Yuma fired back and ran wild on Cage and Ryan with Goodtime down and out. Ryan put Yuma on the top rope and nailed him with a leaping kick. Goodtime then came in out of nowhere and rolled him up for the pin.
Winners: Johnny Yuma & Johnny Goodtime
Star rating: (***3/4) – This was an awesome tag match that had the crowd going crazy. Both teams pulled off some crazy stunts, especially with the big moves and counters on the outside. The finish was well-executed with Yuma hanging on by a thread only for Goodtime, who was also in bad shape to run in and get a rollup pin. Wow!
The entire building stood on their feet and clapped after the finish of the match.
4 - - WILLIE MACK vs. DAVEY RICHARDS
Mack backed Richards into the ropes and offered a clean break. They talked about Mack watching Richards as a fan before he became a wrestler. Richards took Mack down and grabbed an ankle lock, but he got the ropes. The crowd chanted for both men with Mack getting a slightly bigger chant. They did a test of strength that was even. The pace picked up and Mack nailed Richards with a flying kick. Mack went for a springboard to the outside, but Richards got out of the way. Richards went for a running kick, but Mack caught his leg and tripped him face-first into the apron. Both men began exchanging forearms on the outside. Richards whipped Mack towards the apron, but Mack sprang off the ropes and hit a shoulder tackle.
Richards hung up Mack over the top turnbuckle and nailed him with a running knee that sent Mack to the floor. Richards went to the floor and nailed Mack with a big kick. Richards took Mack around the ring and paused to nail him with a series of big kicks to the chest. The crowd seemed more evenly split as they chanted for both men. Mack fired back and told Richards to bring it, but Richards managed to take him down with a dropkick. Richards locked in a nasty submission on Mack’s wrist before transitioning to a bridging submission, but Mack was able to get the ropes. The crowd clapped as Richards pulled Mack to his feet. Richards went back to work on Mack’s arm before dropping him with a big kick to the chest. Richards went back to work on Mack’s arm before nailing him with a big stomp. The fans began chanting for Mack in unison and Richards approved.
Mack fired back again with some big kicks. Richards fired back with a series of forearms and a spinning pick that grounded Mack. Mack managed to slip around Richards and nailed him with a white Russian leg sweep that left both men down. Both men got to their feet and exchanged blows. They went head-to-head before exchanging slaps to the face. The crowd popped with each slap and Richards bounced off the ropes, but Mack caught him and ran wild capping a series of big moves with a Michinoku driver. Mack then hit a big legdrop for a 2 count. Richards fired back with some punches and Mack stumbled into the corner. Richards then nailed Mack with a bunch of kicks. Mack fired right back with a big running clothesline for a nearfall.
Mack went up top, but Richards cut him off. Richards pounded away on Mack’s arm, but Mack fired back with a series of headbutts. Richards fired back with a leaping kick from the mat. Richards nailed Mack with a series of headbutts up top and hit a superplex that popped the crowd big. Mack got right up and sneered at Richards. They began exchanging slaps, but Mack hit a kick to the back of the head. Richards fired back with an exploder. Both men then began trading exploders. Mack finally went down after a big clothesline, but Mack kicked out. Richards grabbed an ankle lock, but Mack fought him off. Mack hit a Samoan drop, kipped up, and hit a standing moonsault press for a nearfall. Richards caught Mack with ankle lock again, but Mack countered it into a rollup for a nearfall and the crowd began chanting for both men.
Richards got up and hit a German with a bridge for a nearfall. Richards went up top and the crowd went nuts as he hit a doublestomp. Richards talked Mack and hit a kick to Mack’s temple, but he kicked out at the last second. Richards followed up with a dragon suplex and a big running kick for the win.
Winner: Davey Richards
Star rating: (***3/4) – Both guys really brought it here with Mack refusing to back down for Richards. Mack went strike for strike and blow for blow with Richards throughout the match. The last five minutes of the match were really good and when Mack no-sold the superplex and just glared at Richards, the atmosphere became electric in the building. I’d like to see less nearfalls in a match like this where Richards just hits his finish and wins the match. Other than that, this was one of Mack’s better outings in PWG that I’ve seen.
After the match, Richards got on the mic and said, “Wow.” Richards said he remembered Mack as a fan in PWG. He said it’s hard to earn the respect of wrestlers when you’re a fan first. Richards told Mack he had earned his respect and the crowd applauded. Richards said PWG was about the future with guys like Mack, Cole, and O’Reilly on the card. Richards said now is a time for them like it was for him in 2006. Richards asked fans to chants Mack’s name and not his. The fans started a chant for Mack and Richards shook hands with him. Mack then climbed the turnbuckles selling pain and appeared emotional as he soaked in applause from the crowd. The fans continued to chant for Mack as he pointed to the crowd.
5 - - THE DYNASTY (Joey Ryan & Scorpio Sky) vs. LOS LUCHAS (Phoenix Star & Zokre) – Lucha Rules match
Zokre and Sky kicked things off with some chain wrestling. Zokre got a cross-arm breaker, but Sky escaped. Star and Ryan tagged into the match. The fans seemed split in their support of Ryan, who was wearing some sweet Anaheim Angels style trunks. Star and Ryan had some Lucha-style exchanges. Ryan eventually countered Star and took him down with a hurricanrana that drew some boos from the crowd. Ryan tried to trip Zokre on the apron so he took him out with a splash off the apron. The Luchas had their focus on Ryan, so Sky attacked them, but was immediately cut off with a flurry of high-flying maneuvers. The Luchas hit a double team backbreaker/legdrop combination to take out Sky. Zokre set up for a dive, but Ryan cut him off. He sent Star to the outside and choked Zokre with his boot in the corner. The crowd continued to be split in their support for Ryan.
The Dynasty began tagging in and out to work over Zokre. Sky nailed Zokre with a big backbreaker and eventually made the cover for a 2 count. Sky booted Zokre, who spilled to the outside. Sky then dragged Zokre up to the apron and tossed him over his head into the ring. Ryan tagged in and drew some boos. Ryan paused to do some Hogan ear motions, which drew mostly boos. Zokre fought off the Dynasty and went for a dive on Ryan, but Sky caught him with a bicycle knee. The action broke down and Sky hit a huge dive over the top to the outside on Star.
Zokre got Sky with a headscissors, but Ryan immediately grabbed him and nailed him with a pedigree on the apron. Star recovered and took out the Dynasty with a big springboard senton to the outside. The crowd chanted for Los Luchas, who hit a double team pop-up spear on Sky. The crowd went nuts, but Ryan made the save. The Dynasty fired back and Ryan caught Zokre with a pump-handle slam for a 2 count. Zokre caught Sky out with a slam, but Ryan cut him off with a clothesline. The action continued at a rapid-fire pace and everyone was down after Zokre caught Ryan with an inverted hurricanrana. Zokre cut off Sky, leapt off his back, and connected with a blockbuster on Ryan, who was being held up on Star’s knees and the fans went nuts. The Dynasty caught Star with a series of blows and Sky finished him off with a TKO for the pin.
Winners: Joey Ryan & Scorpio Sky
Star rating: (***1/4) – I was really impressed with this match. They didn’t overstay their welcome and kept the nearfalls to a minimum. This match also featured a different style of action from the previous matches on the card and I really enjoyed Ryan showing off his Lucha skills hear. I was really impressed with some of the double team maneuvers Los Luchas displayed here. Once again, the crowd was really hot for the match and provided a great atmosphere for the action.
6 - - RICOHCET vs. CHUCK TAYLOR
Both men tried to go for the title hanging above the ring. The announcers touched on their long-running rivalry, but didn’t mention DGUSA. The fans began chanting for Taylor as he asked for a test of strength. Ricochet drove Taylor’s hands to the mat and stepped on his fingers. Taylor sold it by screaming like a little girl. Taylor landed on his feet out of an arm drag attempt and Ricochet sold some surprise. The pace picked up and Ricochet sent Taylor into the corner with a dropkick. Taylor fired back with a basement dropkick and a doublestomp to Ricochet’s back for a 1 count. The crowd chanted for Taylor as he worked over Ricochet on the mat with a headscissors. Taylor continued to pick apart Ricochet with strikes before landing several chops to Ricochet’s neck. Ricochet fired back with an enzuguri for a 2 count.
Ricochet hit a big dropkick on Taylor coming off the ropes for another 2 count. Ricochet then worked over Taylor’s arms with a submission using his legs on the mat, but Taylor escaped. Taylor fired right back and caught Ricochet with a backbreaker for a 2 count. Taylor grabbed a leg submission, but Ricochet also grabbed a leg submission on Taylor at the same time before they broke apart. Taylor grabbed Ricochet’s foot and bit it, but the ref made him let go. Taylor then applied a camel clutch. This has been pretty slow so far. Ricochet fired back with a handspring into an inverted hurricanrana on Taylor that popped the crowd. Both men were down and the ref applied the ten count. Both men got up and exchanged big forearms. The fans favored Taylor, who nailed Ricochet with a belly to belly suplex. Ricochet caught Taylor with a springboard ace crusher for a 2 count to regain the upper hand.
Taylor hit soul food, but Ricochet caught him with a flat liner and followed up with a standing moonsault for a 2 count. Ricochet tried to go up top, but Taylor grabbed his leg on the apron. Ricochet went for a springboard, but Taylor caught him and tossed him to the mat. Taylor then launched Ricochet into the turnbuckles and continued the assault, but could only get a 2 count. Taylor hit a couple of big chops, but Ricochet avoided a charge with a backdrop. They battled on the apron, but Taylor caught Ricochet with a reverse DDT. The crowd began to wake up as Taylor nailed Ricochet with a baseball kick through the ropes. Taylor tossed Ricochet back into the ring, but he caught Taylor by surprise as he sprinted back and hit a big corkscrew press to the outside. Taylor cut off Ricochet when he tried to get back into the ring and nailed him with a tope con hilo to the outside.
Ricochet sent Taylor to the outside and hit the Sasuke special and the crowd went nuts. These guys aren’t selling a thing. Ricochet went up top and went for the meteora, but Taylor rolled through and applied the single-leg crab. Ricochet struggled, but eventually got the ropes. Taylor hit a powerbombed and immediately applied the single-crab when Ricochet kicked out. Ricochet teased tapping, but managed to get the ropes. Taylor called for the triple moonsault and the crowd chanted for it, but Taylor ended up missing a single moonsault. Ricochet hit an insane flipping DDT off the ropes and followed up with a standing SSP for a 2 count. Ricochet went up top and hit a SSP, but Taylor kicked out.
Both men were down as the fans chanted for Taylor. A small Ricochet chant countered the Taylor chant. Ricochet went up top, but Taylor cut him off. Taylor nailed Ricochet with a kick and hit the awful waffle, but Ricochet kicked out and the fans went nuts. Taylor tried to drop the grenade down Ricochet’s trunks and went for an awful waffle, but Ricochet countered. Both men eventually battled up top, but Ricochet eventually kicked him to the mat and hit a 630 for the win.
Star rating: (***1/4) – This match was slow in parts and they did some goofy comedy at the beginning that really didn’t fit into the rivalry I was expecting. Both men deserve credit for listening to the fans and turning the tide during the second half of the match when the action picked up and got really good. Ricochet does some insane things in the ring that are a blast to watch and he was the more hated heel of the two featured in this match, which made for an interesting heel vs. favored heel dynamic. One thing that took me out of the match at times was Taylor’s comedic selling of certain submissions with a high pitch yell. I know PWG is a light-hearted promotion at times, but with a rivalry like these two have, he should have dropped it and brought it back at another time.
7 - - PWG Tag Team Champions THE YOUNG BUCKS (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. FUTURE SHOCK (Kyle O’Reilly & Adam Cole)
After some back and forth action, the pace settled down and the Young Bucks isolated Cole using ref distractions and heel tactics to keep him grounded. It was interesting to see the Bucks work as heels in PWG compared to their heel work in ROH. It’s like night and day in terms of how they get heat from the crowd, although they do stray off sometimes and get cheered for spectacular moves. O’Reilly finally got the hot tag from Cole and ran wild on the Bucks. He ended up hitting a double dragon screw on Nick and Matt that popped the crowd. The Young Bucks fired back and Matt did a handspring towards the corner before stopping and raking his nails down O’Reilly’s back, which drew some boos from the crowd. Nick smiled from the apron and did the Fargo strut, which drew more boos.
The Bucks got the heat on O’Reilly and went for the more bang for your buck, but he countered it and Cole got the hot tag and ran wild. Nick cut Cole off and sent him to the outside. He then went for a dive, but Cole caught him and German suplexed him into the apron and the crowd went crazy again. Both teams went back and forth. They then went to a big exchange where everyone hit superkicks, but O’Reilly managed to end the exchange by with a big discus lariat on Matt and the entire building stood and went crazy with all four men down on the mat.
Both teams got up and began exchanging forearms. Matt hit a series of powerbombs on Cole capped by a buckle bomb on Cole. Matt and Nick then hit a tandem piledriver on Cole, but O’Reilly came out of nowhere to make the save and the building went crazy again. They built up to a double guillotine submission spot with Cole and O'Reilly getting simultaneous submission on the Bucks. The crowd went nuts, but a short time later the Bucks finally hit more bang for your buck on O’Reilly for the win.
Winners: Matt & Nick Jackson to retain the PWG Tag Team Titles
Star rating: (****1/2) – This was an excellent match with huge heat from the crowd. Both teams pulled off some really exciting double teams and counters throughout the match with O’Reilly and Cole refusing to go down to the Young Bucks in their PWG debut. These two teams have great chemistry and they built up to some big changes and slowed the pace down in different stages and the crowd really responded to the action and the entire building was on their feet by the end of the match.
Davey Richards came in and congratulated Cole & O’Reilly for their efforts. They were then left alone in the ring as the crowd chanted for them.
7 - - PWG World Champion KEVIN STEEN vs. EL GENERICO – Ladder match
The crowd was red hot for the start of the match as both men went face-to-face in the middle of the ring. Generico spit on Steen twice. Steen returned fire with a snot rocket and both men began exchanging blows at the same time as the crowd went ballistic. Generico went for a tornado DDT early, but Steen countered it into a back breaker. He then kicked the ladder down so the point hit Generico right in the crotch. Steen smiled and began assaulting Generico with the ladder as the crowd gasped with each blow.
Generico fired back and nailed Steen with the ladder several times. A few minutes later, Steen backdropped Generico onto the ladder and it snapped in half causing the entire building to go crazy. Steen slumped in the corner and smiled as the crowd chanted “Holy s—t.” Steen went to work on Generico’s back with kicks and even surfed on him at one point. Generico tried to fire back, but Steen cut him off by slamming a ladder across his back. Steen whipped Generico into a ladder in the corner a short time later and Generico did an incredible 360 bump. Steen then mocked Generico’s pose, but instead of raising his index finger, he raised his middle finger instead.
They went back and forth until Generico managed to nail Steen with a half and half suplex onto a ladder on the mat. Both men battled in the corner where a ladder was set up between the turnbuckles. Generico used the ladder in the corner to step across Steen. He began climbing the ladder towards the belt, but Steen cut him off and powerbombed him onto the ladder in the corner, which snapped in half. Steen went to the outside and bridged a ladder between the apron and some chairs in the crowd. Generico leapt over the ladder and caught Steen with a tornado DDT. The crowd went crazy as Generico went back in the ring and slowly climbed the ladder, but Steen cut him off with a low blow. Steen set up Generico for a powerbomb near the ropes, but Generico countered with a backdrop sending Steen into the ladder set up on the outside and the crowd went crazy again.
They build up to a big spot that saw Steen and Generico battle up top before Steen nailed him with a brainbuster on the top turnbuckle with the crowd split in their support chanting for both men. Steen climbed the ladder and looked to have the match won, but the Young Bucks ran out and assaulted him with chairshots to his knees. The crowd booed and chanted “F--- the Young Bucks.” Generico climbed the ladder slowly, but Steen recovered and climbed up the other side. Generico eventually caught Steen with a nasty-looking sunset bomb off the ladder and Steen landed on two ladders set up in the corner coming dangerously close to hitting the back of his head. Generico then climbed the ladder and had to pull the entire grate down that was holding the belt to win the match.
Winner: El Generico to capture the PWG World Championship
Star rating: (****3/4) – This was a brutal match fitting the nature of Steen and Generico’s feud that has spanned from ROH to PWG this year. They took a lot of dangerous bumps, but stayed away from unprotected shots to the head. This isn’t the type of match that should be featured regularly in any promotion given the physical toll it took on both men involved, but it was good to see both men stay away from dangerous blows to the head with weapon shots. The crowd was red hot for this match and both men built up to some spectacular spots that had the entire building on their feet. The match also featured the Young Bucks running in and costing Steen a shot at winning the match, which made sense since Steen has been feuding with them for most of this year.
After the match, the Young Bucks ran out and attacked Generico. They then went back to work on Steen. Matt got on the mic and taunted Steen about losing the title. The crowd booed and Matt ended up challenging Steen to a Guerrilla Warfare match. The Bucks taunted Steen about not having a tag team partner to face them. The lights went out and the entire building went ballistic when they came back on to reveal the returning Super Dragon in the ring. Dragon immediately nailed Matt with a curb stomp. He then hit a psycho driver on Nick and the building went nuclear. Steen got on the mic. He shook Dragon’s hand and said he now has a partner.
The crowd chanted “Show of the year.” Generico came back in the ring and held up his title. Steen told him he knew they would tear the roof off. Steen left and Generico held up the title as the crowd went crazy to close the show.
Overall score: (9.5) – This is the best independent show I’ve seen in a long time. PWG packed this venue with the promise of a score-settling Ladder match with the PWG Title on the line with Kevin Steen defending against longtime rival El Generico. The undercard featured some really good matches with support from the red hot crowd, but the last two matches were excellent and set the crowd, which never got tired, on fire. The best part of this show was that the finish of the Generico-Steen match built up to Steen & Super Dragon taking on PWG Tag Team Champions the Young Bucks in December in front of another huge crowd with some people being turned away.
The undercard started off with a hot six man tag that went like a blur, but set the crowd on fire. Things slowed down with an average outing from Perkins and Romero that never really engaged the crowd. Things really picked up with two very good matches. The Fightin’ Taylor Boys-RockNes Monsters was really good with both teams pulling off some great counters and tandem spots throughout the match that brought the packed crowd to their feet. The Davey Richards-Willie Mack contest was also really good with Mack having his best showing that I’ve seen to date in PWG going toe-to-toe with Richards. The look on Mack’s face when he looked at Richards after no-selling a suplex was fantastic. It was also nice to see Richards put Mack over after the match, despite his loss. Mack is coming along well working with top independent names, but he needs to lose the extra weight to truly be taken seriously and become a force on the independent scene nationally.
The Young Bucks-Future Shock match was incredible. There were some great comebacks by Cole & O’Reilly as they battled for the PWG Tag Team Championship in their PWG debut. It’s a lot of fun to see the Young Bucks work as heel and it’s amazing they don’t pull of some of the same tricks they use in PWG with the ROH fans. Both teams did a good job of picking things up and then bringing the pace down, which resulted in nuclear heat down the stretch. This is a fantastic match that’s well-worth going out of your way to see.
The main event with Kevin Steen defending the PWG Championship against El Generico in a Ladder match was a brutal end to the revival of their feud from ROH. The crowd set the stage for a big match atmosphere from the beginning and it was amazing to see that they still had the energy to go crazy for this match after the Young Bucks-Future Shock match. Generico and Steen did a lot of innovative spots around multiple ladders, but it was good to see them stay away from head shots for the most part during this encounter. Ladder matches should only take place when called for and given the nature of the Generico-Steen feud; it was an appropriate stipulation that enhanced the match given the nature of the feud.
Both guys took some big bumps on a small stage, but the match was designed to not only blow off the Generico-Steen feud, but also build towards another huge match on the next show. Super Dragon’s return to make the save for Steen after the Ladder match was an incredible PWG moment that people that follow the promotion will talk about for a long time. The crowd went absolutely insane when the light went out and he appeared to take on the Young Bucks, who would go on to defend the PWG Tag Team Titles against Steen & Super Dragon at the next DVD taping.
PWG is one of my favorite promotions to watch and they’ve put on some really good shows this year, but “Steen Wolf” is one of the best independent wrestling shows I’ve seen in a long time. PWG did everything right from a business standpoint using the Steen-Generico match to draw a big crowd to this show and then they used the finish of that match to build to another buzz-generating show the next month. Highly recommended.
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