PPV REPORTS PARKS'S REALITY OF WRESTLING "SUMMER OF CHAMPIONS" iPPV REVIEW - ROW Title Steel Cage Match, appearances by Teddy Long, DDP, Brother Devon, others
Jul 28, 2014 - 2:11:19 PM
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Reality of Wrestling "Summer of Champions" review
Aired July 26, 2014
Shown on iPPV
Live from Humble, Texas
By By Greg Parks, PWTorch Columnist (Twitter: @gregmparks)
- The crowd, though small, was vocal all night. Production was fine for an Indie show, especially one in its first foray into iPPV.
- The show opened with Teddy Long coming out to his WWE theme. He was guest General Manager for the night. Long was interrupted by Abel Andrew Jackson, a politician character. He stood at a podium in the aisle to give his "State of the Union" address. A perturbed Long put Jackson in a match.
(1) Brother Devon defeated Abel Andrew Jackson at 6:38. Devon won with a spear. Distractions and interference were plenty with Jackson's Secret Service and his first lady, Paula Ticks (get it?) at ringside.
(2) Evan Snow defeated Rockstar Robbie at 7:20. The undefeated Snow won with a legdrop off the top rope. The announcers did a nice job getting over the back-story between the two men.
(3) Cinema won a 10-Woman Battle Royal to capture the newly-created Diamonds Championship. "Diamonds" are the ROW equivalent to "Divas." Cinema entered into an agreement with Miranda earlier in the show to team up during the match. The two women were among the final three, but Miranda was accidentally eliminated by Cinema. Cinema threw out Stryke at 8:28 to win.
(4) The Brothers Lockhart retained the tag titles by defeating The New Heavenly Bodies at 12:51. This was a fun, old-school tag match with some entertaining double-team work. The Lockharts looked like a take-off on the Hardy Boys.
(5) "Ruthless" Ryan Davidson defeated The Pride in a No-Disqualification Match at 13:24. Davidson, a poor man's Kevin Steen, hit a running Razor's Edge through the remainder of a table to pick up the pinfall win. Pride came through the ropes for a suicide dive, but Davidson hit him in the head with a chair. It didn't appear as if Pride got his hands up in time to block the shot. Aside from that, weapons were used, but it wasn't an overly dangerous match.
(6) Raj Singh defeated Jasper "The Hammer" Davis. Singh, the former Jinder Mahal, was a surprise competitor in this match. Singh won with a full-nelson slam at 5:49. I can't imagine when the last time was that Singh wrestled a singles match of even that length.
(7) Sergei Volkov & Ayden Cristiano defeated Bryan Keith & Jonathan Gresham. This was set to be a one-on-one match involving Keith and a member of Team International, but Long came out to make it a tag match (acknowledging his habit for making such matches in the process). Interference by Team International led to Volkov pinning Gresham with a sit-out powerbomb at 13:55.
- Shawn Hendrix cut a bizarre, Bray Wyatt-like promo. From what I gather, he's a bodysnatcher.
(8) Mysterious Q won the ROW Heavyweight Title over Samoan Beast at 14:54 of a Steel Cage Match. Stevie Ray accompanied Beast to the ring, so Diamond Dallas Page came out with Q. The masked Q won with a 455 splash off the top of the cage. There were some really compelling near-falls late in the match. While Q and DDP celebrated post-match, Carlito walked out from backstage and watched the celebration to close the show.
Overall, worth the low price of $4.99 for the show. Nothing blew me away on the show, but at a run-time of about two hours and 20 minutes, the show breezed by. The show is archived and can be purchased at realityofwrestling.com. I'll have a more in-depth report on the show in the upcoming issue of the Torch newsletter.
Greg Parks has been covering WWE Smackdown for PWTorch.com since January of 2007. He is the host of “Moonlighting with Greg Parks,” a PWTorch VIP-exclusive audio show posted each weekend. Follow him on Twitter @gregmparks for live Tweeting during Raw, Impact, and PPVs, as well as other bits of wisdom. Comments, questions and feedback are welcome, and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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