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ROH Supercard of Honor III (Repost)

Posted in ROH with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2010 by Grappleholic

Originally posted on 1/3/09.

That’s right, I’m back with more ROH!

Delirious vs. Go Shiosaki is our first match.  As always, Delirious goes crazy and runs all around when the bell rings.  After over a minute, they finally lock up.  Go backs Delirious into the corner, and Delirious begs “No chops!”  Delirious does all he can to avoid being chopped, and manages to do so for the almost the first 5 minutes.  Go then proceeds to chop the shit out of him.  Delirious comes off the top with a lariat, but then takes more abuse from Shiosaki.  Shiosaki hits a delayed Fisherman buster for a near fall and follows with a moonsault, but Delirious got his knees up.  Delirious goes on the offensive.  Delirious gets a Cobra Clutch in, but Go backs him into the corner and some chops.  Go ends up back in the corner and Delirious hits the Panic Attack and goes for the Shadows over Hell, but Go catches him with a kick and gets a near fall with a German suplex.  Delirious locks in the Cobra Stretch, but Go gets a rope break.  Go shrugs off an enzuigiri and hits a lariat for two.  Delirious tries an inside cradle but Go rolls through, picks him up, and hits the Go Flasher for the win at 12:14.  Go is a good sport and gives Delirious props after the match.

Larry Sweeney and Shane Hagadorn are backstage.

The YRR of Chasyn Rance, FIP Tag Team Champion Kenny King, & FIP Florida Heritage Champion Sal Rinauro (w/ generic bimbos) vs. Bushwhacker Luke Williams, Alex Payne, & Dingo.  Dingo and Rinauro start with mat work.  They resort to punching, then Dingo tags Payne in.  King and Rance work over Payne on the outside before they throw him back in the ring and the YRR take turns picking him apart.  Payne finally makes the hot tag to Dingo.  After his flurry, Luke finally comes in.  He uses Payne as a battering ram, then they do the Bushwhacker strut.  A kick from the top rope from Rinauro puts Dingo down for the pin at 8:13.

Sweeney and Hagadorn come out.  Sweeney again tries to recruit the ROH World Tag Team Champions, Davey Richards & Rocky Romero, who are in the ring having just wrestled a match taped for the upcoming PPV, into Sweet N Sour Inc.  Roderick Strong comes out and tells him “No” again.  Erick Stevens comes out and attacks the NRC.  He’s challenging Strong for the FIP World Heavyweight Title tonight.  They fight in the ring, and a referee is there to start the match, but they kick his ass, so this isn’t a match.  They fight all over and bloody each other.  Stevens eventually hits a TKO, dropping Strong face first onto a chair.  I thought that would be it, but they keep on fighting.  They’re having a pretty good match, except it’s not a match.  If they’re going all out anyway, why not just have the fucking match?  Strong calls for Richards and Romero to come back out.  They bring clippers and scissors, and Strong cuts Stevens’ mohawk.  Then my DVD won’t play any further.  Apparently when my friend burned it for me, it didn’t burn all the way.  Dammit.  I guess I’ll have to get another copy.

FOUR DAYS LATER…

Video package of the Age of the Fall/Briscoe Brothers feud.

Relaxed Rules Match: Age of the Fall (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black w/ Lacey & Rain) vs. The Briscoe Brothers.  Jacobs cuts his usual promo before the match.  So what exactly is the difference between a Relaxed Rules match at a Fight Without Honor?  Didn’t I just watch these teams in a Relaxed Rules match yesterday?  Mark springboards off of a trampoline over the guardrail onto Jacobs and Black.  That was neat.  This another wild brawl that goes all over the arena.  The announcers leave because “they’re getting close.”  I always thought ROH commentary was added in post-production.  There’s a clip, then they make it back in the ring.  Mark is down from a big dive in the crowd onto a hobo, so Jay is all alone.  Mark finally makes it back after several minutes.  Briscoes for the springboard Doomsday Device, but Jacobs catches Mark in the End Time for the win at 15:05 + whatever was clipped.

Erick Stevens is bloody and missing some hair, but he still wants to kick Strong’s ass and take his title.

AOTF says the Briscoes are done, Aries will win the World title and join AOTF, and he and Black will regain the ROH Tag titles.

SHINGO & BxB Hulk vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico.  New Hazard vs. Steenerico.  Dragon Gate vs. ROH.  Okay, I’m done.  Fun Generico/Hulk exchange to start, then we get the battle of chunky guys with Steen and SHINGO.  Generico does a crazy suicide flip onto SHINGO.  Stuff happens.  Generico takes an accidental friendly fire senton from Steen.  More stuff happens.  Yeah, I suck and doing reviews.  Who cares?  Nobody ever reads this shit.  I type it and that’s it.  It’s fun, though, and for some reason having a place to write about wrestling makes me want to watch more.  Hulk hits the E.V.O. on Generico for a near fall.  Steen goes the Package Piledriver on Hulk, but Hulk gets out.  Match gets a little crazy.  Steen clotheslines SHINGO and the both go out of the ring, leaving Hulk and Generico alone.  Steen hits a Swanton on Hulk and Generico covers for a two count.  Steen goes for a moonsault on Hulk but misses.  SHINGO hits the Blood Fall, but Generico breaks the cover.  Hulk hits a pumphandle E.V.O. on Generico, but Steen breaks it.  Doomsday Device-style kick on Generico gets a near fall, Steen breaks the cover.  Hulk moonsaults onto Steen on the floor.  Top rope DVD from SHINGO on Generico gets a two count.  SHINGO hits the Last Falconry on Generico and gets the win at 17:50.

Backstage, Erick Stevens is finishing his haircut since the NRC fucked his mohawk all up.

ROH World Championship Match: Nigel McGuinness (c) vs. Austin Aries.  Aries works Nigel’s arm.  He tries the Last Chancery early, but Nigel gets a rope break.  Aries continuously works on Nigel’s neck, weaking him for the Last Chancery.  Nigel gets the advantage and works on Aries’ arm, trying to weaken him for the London Dungeon.  At 13 minutes, Aries gets the Last Chancery seemingly out of nowhere, but Nigel counts out of it.  Nigel goes for the Tower of London, but Aries pushes him away and hits a missile dropkick.  Nigel tries again and hits it, but Aries kicks out.  Nigel goes for a lariat to Aries on the ropes, but Aries ducks.  At 17 1/2 minutes, Nigel nails the lariat, but it took all of Nigel’s energy too, and they both lay out.  They barely make it to their feet before the 10 count.  Aries hits the brainbuster, but misses the 450 splash.  Nigel locks in the London Dungeon.  Aries rolls through into a cradle and has a near fall so convincing I thought he was going to win even though I know the results of the match.  Aries goes the Last Chancery, but Nigel gets the London Dungeon again.  Aries gets out, Nigel goes the lariat but Aries gets a backslide for a near fall.  Aries hits the brainbuster and the 450 splash, but Nigel gets his foot on the ropes.  Son of a bitch!  Nigel ducks out and Aries tries to dive on him, but Nigel moves and Aries hits the guardrail head first.  Nigel sets Aries on the guardrail and gives him the lariat.  Nigel drags Aries back into the ring and covers, but Aries kicks out.  Nigel picks him up and nails the lariat, but Aries kicks out again.  Aries ducks another lariat and hits the Crucifix Bomb, but Nigel rolls through, hits the ropes, and nails another lariat to win at 24:44.  Awesome match.

Afterwards, Age of the Fall comes out and again try to convince Aries to join them.  Lacey says she’ll “show” Aries why he should join them and takes him by the hand.  Crowd chants “She has herpes.”  “Back In Black” hits, and Tammy Sytch comes out.  She chastises Aries for chosing Lacey over her.  Aries ignores her and leaves with Lacey.  Jacobs and Black hold Tammy and Rain slaps her.  Briscoes make the save.

SHILL SHILL SHILL!  Go to ROHWrestling.com, they sell stuff!

Nigel says he’s still champ, and he’s still the best, and if anyone tries to take his belt, he’ll break their jaw.

Main event time!

Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino, & Genki Horiguchi of the Muscle Outlaw’z vs. CIMA, Ryo Saito, & Dragon Kid of Typhoon.  This is almost a direct rematch of the first Dragon Gate six-man tag in ROH, with CIMA and Horiguchi switching sides.  Saito and Genki start with a fun and speedy exchange.  CIMA and Doi follow with their own exchange.  Then we get the REALLY fast guys, as Dragon Kid and Yoshino come in.  At the 5 minute mark, it’s Doi and CIMA who are legal.  Yoshino saves Doi from a submission hold.  Oh, it’s Dragon Gate rules, so tags are allowed, but not required.  A lot of people shit on the Dragon Gate style for being all spotty, but I love it.  It’s the most exciting wrestling out there that I’ve seen.  At 11 minutes, Dragon Kid is taking the brunt of the abuse from the MO’z.  The crowd chants for him in encouragement.  At 14 minutes, CIMA comes in and hits the Venus palm strike and the Iconoclasm on Horiguchi.  Kid comes in and does the deja-vu on Yoshino, then sends him out and its a moonsault to the floor.  The match gets crazy to the point where I can’t watch and type at the same time.  Everybody hits big, painful looking moves.  Doi counters a super Frankensteiner attempt from Kid into a very HIGH powerbomb.  CIMA hits a top-rope Perfect Driver on Yoshino for a near fall.  CIMA goes for the Crossfire, but Yoshino counters into a sunset flip for a near fall.  The counter each other, then CIMA hits the Schwein, Saito hits the German suplex, and Kid hits the Frankensteiner, but Yoshino STILL kicks out.  Doi goes the Doi 555 off the top rope on Kid, but Kid fights it.  Doi manages to hit it and follows with the Bakatare Sliding kick, but Saito makes the save.  Genki hits the Beach Break on Kid.  Doi hits the Muscular Bomb on Kid to win it at 25:47.  Awesome match.

Larry Sweeney and Shane Hagadorn reflect on what a great weekend they had.  Sweeney says soon, he’ll be in control and have all the money… or something.

Another great show from ROH!

PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2007 Night 2

Posted in PWG with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2010 by Grappleholic

Excalibur, Bryce Remsburg, and Dino Winwood are on commentary.  Jon Ian is the ring announcer.

TJ Perkins & Ronin vs. Karl Anderson & Bino Gambino.  Ronin and Gambino start.  Gambino gets knocked down and nips up x2.  He tries to knock the much larger Ronin down and fails, so thumbs him in the eye.  Ronin hits a Manhattan drop and throws him out of the ring.  Gambino comes back in and slaps Ronin.  Ronin responds in kind and send him out of the ring again.  Perkins and Anderson tag in and do some sweet mat wrestling.  Perkins throws some kicks and hits the Eddie hilo.  Perkins hits a botched diving rana, then applies a modified cobra clutch.  Perkins turns it into a pinning predicament for 2.  Anderson thumbs Perkins in the eye and tags in Gambino.  Perkins gets a cradle for 2, then hits an arm drag.  Ronin tags in.  Ronin hits a snap suplex for 2.  Perkins tags back in and throws some European uppercuts as Gambino is tied up in Shattered Dreams position.  Perkins locks in an STF.  Perkins connects with some kicks.  Anderson blind tags in and hits a lariat for 2.  Anderson knocks Ronin off the apron and hits a vertical suplex on Perkins for 2.  Gambino tags back in to work over Perkins, but Perkins kicks the crap out of him.  Anderson tries to keep Perkins down and gets kicked too, but Anderson connects with a big kick of his own for 2.  Gambino tags in and hits a float over suplex for 2.  Ronin gets the hot tag and runs wild.  The heels cut him off and double team him.  Perkins hits a diving cross body on both of them.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Perkins hits a Falcon Arrow on Gambino, but Anderson saves.  Ronin tags in as Perkins tags out Anderson with a dive.  Gambino hits a move on Ronin for 2.  Ronin hits a short range lariat and a Death Valley Driver on Gambino for the pin in 12:00.  Good little tag match.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block B Round 1: Human Tornado (w/ Candice LaRae) vs. CIMA.  The audio for PWG DVDs are absolute shit, but I think Tornado offers CIMA the chance to fuck Candice LaRae.  Apparently he pimps her out.  He kicks her out of the ring and CIMA gets the jump on him to start the match.  CIMA kicks Tornado’s ass, because CIMA doesn’t approve of domestic abuse.  He dropkicks Tornado in the ass and drives him into the post.  Tornado scampers out of the ring.  CIMA follows and drives Tornado’s back into the side of the ring.  Back inside, CIMA hits a Lung Blower and Tornado goes outside again.  CIMA goes for a baseball slide dropkick, but Tornado pulls LaRae in front of it.  That dick.  Tornado beats up CIMA on the outside and heels it up.  Back inside, Tornado hits a leg drop for 2.  Tornado hits a senton and a standing moonsault for 2, then clamps on a rear chin lock.  Tornado hits a swank leg drop, jumping over the top rope and dropping the leg when CIMA was laying against the middle rope.  Tornado randomly chases LaRae around the ring, then goes back in to punish CIMA some more.  Tornado clamps on a headscissors.  CIMA gets a rope break.  Tornado dances while lightly kicking him, then kicks him in the balls for 2.  CIMA fights back.  Tornado nails him with a boot that sends him outside, then lands a baseball slide dropkick that sends CIMA over the barricade.  Tornado hits a suicide plancha OVER the barricade.  Back inside, Tornado tries to superplex LaRae onto CIMA, but CIMA kicks him in the balls and powerbombs on him, with Tornado suplexing LaRae at the same time.  CIMA goes for the Mad Splash, but Tornado gets his knees up.  CIMA hits the Crossfire for 2.  CIMA goes for the Schwein, but Tornado counters and hits the DND for 2.  Tornado hits the Cancun Tornado for 2.  Tornado goes up top and calls for LaRae to help him, but LaRae pulls him down and crotches him.  CIMA hits the palm strike and the Iconoclasm.  LaRae hits Tornado with a missile dropkick.  CIMA lands a thrust kick and hits the Schwein for the pin in 10:52.  Really fun match.  Tornado makes an awesome heel.

After the match, Human Tornado offers a handshake to Candice LaRae.  They hug.  Tornado raises her hand, then decks her and puts the shoes to her.  Tornado hits the DND.  The crowd approves, because they’re a bunch of bastards.  Tornado teases leaving, then comes back and gives her the DND again.  Then, just 2 months after the Chris Benoit tragedy, Tornado gives the throat slash and locks her in the Crippler Crossface.  That really creeped me out the first time I saw this.  Chris Hero runs out to make the save and promises to kick Tornado’s “skinny black ass.”  They brawl, and for the first time ever, I don’t hate Chris Hero.  This was the beginning a feud that went on for the next year in PWG.  Hero carries LaRae to the back.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block B Round 1: Scott Lost (w/ Jade Chung) vs. SHINGO.  SHINGO overpowers Lost in the beginning.  Lost tries to use some chicanery to get the advantage, but fails.  SHINGO goes a cobra clutch giant swing for 2.  SHINGO hits a fist drop, then grinds his foot into Lost’s face.  Chung grabs SHINGO’s boot.  Lost tries to get the jump again and gets elbowed in the face.  SHINGO hits a knee drop for 2.  They trade punches.  SHINGO tries to leap frog Lost and gets kicked in the balls.  Lost hits a vertical suplex for 2, then clamps on a body scissors.  SHINGO gets a rope break.  Chung chokes SHINGO against the bottom rope.  Lost hits a Sliding D-like elbow smash and does a weird half jackknife hold for 2.  Lost locks SHINGO in a camel clutch.  SHINGO fights out, but Lost dropkicks him for 2.  Lost tries a diving double axe handle, but SHINGO catches him and turns it into a vertical suplex.  They trade punches again.  SHINGO gets the better of it and drops Lost with a Mongolian Chop.  SHINGO hits a gut buster, DDT, and senton for 2.  SHINGO hits a sit-out spinebuster for 2.  Lost lands an enzuigiri for 2.  Lost hits an Ace Crusher for 2.  Lost hits a diving elbow drop for 2.  SHINGO hits a gut wrench suplex and a lariat for 2.  SHINGO goes for the Last Falconry, but Lost counters and gets a schoolboy for 2.  SHINGO hits a half nelson suplex for 2.  SHINGO goes up top, but Lost cuts him off and hits a superplex.  He rolls through and suplexes them both out of the ring.  Chung pours water on Lost to revive him.  Back inside, Lost covers for 2.  SHINGO ducks a Buzzsaw kick and hits the Last Falconry for the pin in 11:54.  Pretty good match here.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block C Round 1: PWG World Tag Team Champion Kevin Steen vs. Necro Butcher.  Steen wants to wrestle, but Necro just wants to fight.  Steen manages a hammerlock, but Necro elbows him in the face.  Steen calls for a Greco-Roman knuckle lock, but Necro doesn’t understand, so just punches him in the ribs.  Steen goes back to the hammerlock, then transitions to a side headlock.  Necro escapes.  Steen tries to knock him down with a shoulder block, but fails.  Steen gets the referee to hold Necro’s leg, then kicks him in the knee.  Steen works the knee.  He bites Necro’s bare foot, then gags, then goes back to working the knee.  Steen keeps the heat on Necro and keeps working the knee.  They trade forearms.  Steen tries a Dragon suplex, but Necro headbutts him in the face.  Steen lands a superkick and the Swanton Bomb for 2.  Necro lands some punches and nails Steen with a lariat for 2.  Necro goes for a Tiger Driver, but Steen counters and goes for a spinning toe hold.  Necro punches him in the face a bunch, then catches Steen with a reverse cradle for the pin in 8:17.  Really fun match.  The joke is that Necro Butcher, who can’t wrestle, beat “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen with a wrestling hold.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block C Round 1: Nigel McGuinness vs. Davey Richards.  Nigel backs Richards into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Repeat, except the opposite.  They do some chain wrestling with Nigel working the arm in awesome Nigel fashion.  Richards sends Nigel outside with a headscissors, then teases a dive but fakes Nigel out.  They trade blows.  Nigel blocks Richards’ kicks and snapmares him down into a rear chin lock.  Richards ducks the rebound lariat and Nigel tumbles to the outside.  Richards steps on Nigel’s fingers.  Nigel gets his girlfriend to come over from the gimmick table and kiss it to make it better.  Richards cuts Nigel off from getting back in the ring again, so Nigel goes to get his girlfriend to kiss him on the cheek.  Coming back in, Nigel kicks the middle rope into Richards’ balls.  Richards tries to get Nigel’s girlfriend to kiss them too.  She shows him the “Nigel” tattoo on her shoulder blade.  Nigel pulls Davey’s tights down to expose his ass and throws him back in the ring.  Richards takes Nigel down and attacks his arm with his naked ass still exposed.  Richards finally pulls his pants up, then reconsiders and exposes his ass again.  He attacks Nigel’s arm again and finally pulls his damn pants up.  Nigel rallies and hits a lariat for 2.  Nigel lands some blows in the corner.  Richards responds with some blows on his own.  Richards hits a springboard missile dropkick.  Nigel takes a powder.  Richards hits him with a suicide dive.  Nigel blocks Richards’ kicks again.  Richards hits a rana and a running knee strike for 2.  Nigel goes for the Tower of London, but Richards avoids it by grabbing Nigel’s nose.  Davey hits a sunset flip powerbomb, then locks in the Kimura.  Nigel escapes.  Richards goes for the DR Driver, but Nigel counters and hits a lariat.  Nigel hits another lariat for 2.  They trade blows.  Richards hits a handspring kick, ducks the rebound lariat, and gets a reverse cradle for 2.  Richards hits a DDT and goes for a Shooting Star press, but Nigel avoids it and hits the Tower of London.  Richards gets a foot on the rope to save himself for being pinned.  Nigel sets Richards in the top rope and nails him with a lariat for 2.  Nigel nails the rebound lariat for the pin in 15:31.  Really good match.  There was some comedy early on, then it turned into a good match, so good stuff all around here.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block C Round 1: Tony Kozina vs. PWG World Tag Team Champion El Generico.  They lock up.  Kozina backs Generico into the corner and gives a clean break.  The lock up again and Generico takes Kozina down and goes to work on his leg.  Nice mat wrestling, including the headlock cutback cradle spot I love.  Generico hits a big monkey flip and a kick for 2.  Kozina takes control and gets some near falls on Generico.  Generico cuts Kozina off on the top rope and tries something, but ends up getting tied to the tree of woe.  Kozina hits a 619 around the ring post.  Cover gets 2.  Generico makes a comeback and connects with a rough looking clothesline.  Kozina goes outside.  Generico somewhat connects with an Asai moonsault.  Back inside, Generico hits a diving cross body for 2.  Generico hits what I think is a Blue Thunder Driver for 2.  I really need to check on that.  Kozina tries a backdrop suplex, but  Generico elbows him in the back of the head.  Generico goes for the brainbuster, but Kozina catches him with an inside cradle for 2.  They botch some shit leading to Generico getting a 2 count.  Generico goes for the brainbuster off the top, but Kozina fights him off.  Generico tries again, but Kozina ranas Generico from the top rope to the floor.  Wowza.  Kozina hits a springboard bulldog for 2.  Kozina avoids the corner Yakuza kick and schoolboys Generico for 2.  Generico hits the brainbuster for the pin in 12:08.  Okay match.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block C Round 1: Dragon Kid vs. Susumu Yokosuka.  They shake hands and lock up.  DK flips around and hits an arm drag.  They do some mat wrestling and DK hits a big snapmare.  Yokosuka suckers DK into putting his hand on the mat and stomps on it.  DK does one of his 90 MPH headscissors and sends Yokosuka outside, then does a feint 619.  Yokosuka comes back in and gets cut off immediately.  DK hits a knee drop for 2.  DK keeps the heat on and lands a dropkick to the corner.  Yokosuka nails DK with a clothesline on the apron.  He tries to cover him, but DK is on the apron.  That’s humorous.  Yokosuka hits a backbreaker for 2.  Yokosuka applies an abdominal stretch on the ground.  Yokosuka turns it into a pinning combination for 2.  Yokosuka hits a long delayed vertical suplex for 2.  Yokosuka locks in an STF and transitions into a crossface.  DK manages to get a rope break.  They trade blows.  Yokosuka tries a suplex, but DK lands on his feet.  Yokosuka catches DK with a tilt a whirl backbreaker for 2.  Yokosuka spanks DK.  Seriously.  Dk backdrops Yokosuka out of the powerbomb position.  DK hits the deja-vu and sends Yokosuka outside.  DK hits a Dragonrana suicida that is pretty cool, but not as impressive as the one Rey did Eddie at Halloween Havoc ’97.  Back inside, DK locks in the Cristo.  Yokosuka escapes and tries a suplex, but DK turns it into a Stunner for 2.  Yokosuka ducks the Dragonrana.  DK tries a tornado DDT, but Yokosuka turns it into a suplex.  Yokosuka lariats DK in the corner and tries to set up something off the top.  They fight on the top rope and Yokosuka ends up hitting an avalanche-style Exploder off the top.  DK gets a crucifix bomb for 2.  DK goes for a Frankensteiner, but Yokosuka counters and hits a Death Valley Driver for 2.  Yokosuka goes for a Last Ride, but DK turns it into a sunset flip for 2.  Yokosuka nails DK with a lariat and hits the Yokosuka Cutter for 2.  Yokosuka goes for a powerbomb.  DK counters into a Frankensteiner, but Yokosuka rolls through with a sunset flip for 2.  Yokosuka goes for a Splash Mountain, but DK turns it into an avalanche-style Frankensteiner.  DK hits a swinging DDT for 2.  DK hits a springboard Dragonrana for the pin in 16:37.  Very good match!

Good times as usual with PWG!

PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2007 Night 1

Posted in PWG with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2010 by Grappleholic

Ring announcer Jon Ian introduces the PWG World Champion, Bryan Danielson.  The audio is pretty shitty, but he apologizes for not being able to participate in the tournament and promises to be back for the next show (after BOLA).  He’s sporting an eye patch, having suffered a detached retina in a match with Takeshi Morishima.

Excalibur and Dino Winwood are in the ring with the trophy that will be presented to the winner of the tournament.  Excalibur introduces referees Bryce Remsburg, Patrick Hernandez, and Rick Knox.  He then introduces the participants in the tournament: Tony Kozina, Tyler Black, Jack Evans, Jimmy Rave, Austin Aries, Joey Ryan, Doug Williams, Susumu Yokosuka, Matt Sydal, Davey Richards, Scott Lost, Human Tornado, Dragon Kid, Roderick Strong, Chris Hero, Necro Butcher, SHINGO, Claudio Castagnoli, PAC, Alex Shelley, PWG World Tag Team Champion El Generico, CIMA, PWG World Tag Team Champion Kevin Steen, and Nigel McGuinness.  Winwood “unveils” the trophy that was covered in clear plastic.  They all pose for pictures.

Excalibur and Bryce Remsburg are on commentary, but you can barely hear the commentary anyway.

The Young Bucks vs. Los Luchas.  The lighter haired Buck and the lucha guy in blue start.  Nick Jackson and Phoenix Star, I think.  Fast paced action with lots of flips and quick tags.  Lots of contrived spots, but it’s fun stuff.  At about 3 minutes, Zokre hits an Asai moonsault into the crowd on the Bucks.  “HOLY SHIT!” chants.  Back in the ring, Zokre hits a suplex on Matt for 2.  Phoenix Star hits a sweet drop into a spear for 2.  Star hits a dropkick on Matt for 2.  Matt hits a neckbreaker across the knee and tags in Nick.  Nick covers for 2.  Bucks hit a cool double team cutter.  Matt covers, but Zokre saves.  Bucks double team Star.  Matt hits a really nice dive to the outside on Star.  Nick catches Zokre with a knee strike in the ring.  Bucks double team Zokre.  Nick covers Zokre, but Star makes it back in to save.  Star gets a sunset flip on Matt, but Nick saves.  Zokre locks Nick in a surfboard.  Star lifts Nick and drops him across Zokre’s knees.  Cover gets 2.  Matt hits an Asai DDT on Star.  More Bang For Your Buck leads to the Bucks getting a double pin in 8:59.  Really fun opener.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block A Round 1: Joey Ryan (w/ Jade Chung) vs. Chris Hero.  Is Ryan supposed to be a sleazy 1970s porn star, or is that just the vibe I get from him?  He hides in the ropes for a bit, then they lock up.  Hero hits an arm drag.  Hero locks Ryan in a half crab.  Ryan gets a rope break and bails.  Ryan stalls for a bit, then kicks Hero in the cut.  He puts Hero in an arm lock, but Hero dances out of it and dropkicks Ryan.  Hero fucks around and poses a bit.  They both throw dropkicks.  Hero nips up.  Ryan tries to nip up and fails.  Four times.  Twice with the referee’s help.  Hero helps too and Ryan finally manages it, but Hero takes him down and hits a senton.  Another senton and a cover gets 2.  Hero gets whipped into the corner and dances around the post, then elbows Ryan.  Ryan dodges a moonsault body block, but gets hit with a dropkick.  Ryan bails.  Hero flips out of the ring and gets sent into the guardrail.  Ryan beats up Hero on the outside, then back in the ring.  Ryan dances.  Hero schoolboys him for 2.  Ryan beats up Hero some more.  Hero side steps Ryan and connects with a rolling elbow smash and a release German suplex.  Hero connects with some chops, then hits a flip neckbreaker for 2.  Hero hits a cravat neckbreaker for 2.  Ryan hits a wrist-clutch Exploder and a couple of superkicks for 2.  Ryan tries to set up something on the top rope, but Hero comes off with a Diamond Dust into a cravat.  Ryan counters him and superkicks him to the floor.  Ryan hits a tornado DDT on the floor.  Back inside, Hero fights back and rams Ryan into the post, then hits a slingshot double stomp the apron, then a slingshot senton.  Hero hits a diving double stomp and covers, but Chung distracts the referee.  Ryan’s Dynasty mate Scott Lost hands Ryan a pair of brass knuckles.  Hero cuts him off and takes the knuckles himself.  Ryan tries a reverse cradle as Hero deals with Lost on the apron, but Hero hits the Hero’s Welcome for the pin in about 16:44 (didn’t hear a closing bell).  The referee sees the knucks in Hero’s hand and reverses the decision, giving the victory to Ryan.  It was a slow paced match, but it was a good match and really fun.  After watching so much ROH lately, it’s nice to watch something that actually gives you time to digest it, as opposed to being move after move with no time to breathe in between.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block A Round 1: Austin Aries vs. Roderick Strong.  No fucking around with these two.  They lock up immediately and do a bit of sweet chain wrestling.  Aries some some awesome stuff and goes for the Rings of Saturn (I think he calls it the Horns of Aries), but they’re way too close to the ropes.  They go outside briefly.  Strong tries to get the jump on Aries coming back into the ring, but fails.  Strong connects with an enzui lariat for 2.  Strong goes for slingshot suplex, but Aries counters and hits the Eddie hilo and his swinging elbow drop.  Aries connects with some elbows to the back of Strong’s head.  Aries goes for a suplex, but Strong reverses it and slings him into the ropes.  Strong knocks Aries off the apron into the barricade.  Strong hits Aries with some chops on the outside, then press slams him into the barricade.  Back inside, Strong covers for 2.  Strong hits a weird drop for 2.  I need to learn more move names for the sake of these reviews.  Aries gets a sunset flip out of the corner for 2.  Strong hits a fall away slam and an elbow drop for 2.  Strong connects flush with a dropkick for 2.  They trade forearms.  Strong stomps Aries’ foot, then clubbers his back.  Strong charges Aries in the corner, but gets caught with an elbow.  Aries hits the Stroke, of all things.  Aries low bridges Strong out of the ring and hits a tope suicida.  Aries hits a slingshot flip splash for 2, then a Lionsault for 2.  Strong hits a suplex for 2.  Aries hits a rolling elbow and a DDT for 2.  Aries goes up top, but Strong cuts him off.  Strong falls off the top rope.  Seriously.  Aries goes for a frog splash, but Strong gets his knees up.  Strong hits a uranage backbreaker for 2.  Aries hits a sunset flip powerbomb off the top for 2, then locks in the Rings of Saturn.  Strong gets an easy rope break.  Strong counters the brainbuster and gets a reverse cradle, but Aries rolls through and hits a Tombstone Piledriver for 2.  Aries goes up top again, but Strong cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Delayed cover gets 2.  Aries gets a reverse cradle for 2.  Aries lands some soccer kicks and goes for the brainbuster, but Strong catches him with an inside cradle for the pin in 14:30.  Really, really good match.  I love the slower pace guys seem to work in PWG as opposed to ROH.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block A Round 1: Jimmy Rave vs. Matt Sydal.  Nice chain wrestling to start.  It always warms my heart to see a nice chain wrestling sequence.  Rave works Sydal’s arm.  Sydal works Rave’s leg.  Sydal speeds things up a bit.  Slingshot dropkick into the corner gets 2 for Sydal, as does a leg drop.  Rave hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Sydal does a weird Oklahoma roll into a bow & arrow lock.  Rave escapes and hits a gut buster and a front suplex for 2.  Sydal sends Rave into the post and hits a clothesline to the corner, then his diving double knees to the shoulders thingy.  They trade shots.  Sydal hits a head scissors and a back body drop.  Sydal tries his leg drop Final Cut thing, but they fuck it up.  Cover gets 2 anyway.  Rave hits a spear for 2.  Rave goes for the Pedigree, but Sydal counters and goes for a standing moonsault, but Rave gets his knees up.  Too many buts in that sentence.  Rave hits a knee strike for 2.  Sydal gets an inside cradle for 2.  Sydal hits an enzuigiri and goes up top.  Rave cuts him off, but Sydal slides underneath him and goes for a Frankensteiner.  Rave rolls through and goes for the heel hook, but fails.  They do some reversals and fuck up another spot.  Sydal hits the Shooting Star press for the pin in 9:33.  Okay match, but it had a couple of noticeable fuck ups.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block A Round 1: Alex Shelley vs. Tyler Black.  They lock up and trade arm locks.  Black goes for a series of quick covers.  Shelley gets a crucifix hold for 2.  Great back and forth action.  Shelley stretches Black, then gets another crucifix hold for 2.  Shelley hits a slingshot elbow drop for 2.  Shelley kicks the rope into Black’s throat, then hits an elbow smash for 2.  Shelley does the hold I’ve been calling a stranglehold but they’re calling a straight jacket.  Shelley drops Black and covers for 2.  Black fights back and hits a running Stunner for 2.  Black applies a shoulder hold.  Shelley bites Black’s hand.  Black charges Shelley in the corner, then hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Black applies a stump puller, then turns it into a front face lock.  Black hits a knee drop and a basement dropkick for 2.  Shelley side steps Black and sends him to the apron, then kicks him in the chest a couple of times.  Shelley hits a diving knee drop to the back of Black’s head.  Shelley hits a Fisherman suplex for 2.  Shelley locks in a wacky submission hold.  They get back to their feet and trade shots.  Shelley kicks Black in the back of the head, then dives off the top rope.  Black catches him with a dropkick.  Shelley hits a few moves, then they hit each other with a couple of simultaneous elbows.  Black hits a springboard clothesline and goes for a moonsault.  Shelley avoids it, but Black locks in a sleeper hold.  Shelley backdrops Black onto his front.  That sounds confusing.  Shelley hits a tornado DDT for 2.  Shelley locks in the Border City Stretch.  Black gets a rope break.  Shelley lands a kick to the side of Black’s head, then sets Black on the top turnbuckle.  Shelley goes for a move, but Black counters and hits a running powerbomb into the opposite corner.  Black hits a flurry of moves, ending with a standing Shooting Star press for 2.  Shelley locks in the Border City Stretch.  Black counters into a crossface.  Shelley gets a rope break.  Shelley counters a move and goes for a move, and gets kicked in the head.  He responds in kind.  Shelley goes for the Sliced Bread #2, but Black counters into a Tombstone-style Snake Eyes.  Does that make sense?  Black hits a reverse DDT for 2.  Black sets Shelley on the top rope and goes for a superplex.  Shelley tries to turn it into the Sliced Bread #2.  Black ends up hitting a TKO off the top for 2.  Black goes for the Phoenix Splash, but Shelley avoids it and hits a Michinoku Driver II for 1.  Shelley hits a superkick for 2.  Shelley hits a superkick to the chest for 2.  Shelley hits the Sliced Bread #2 for the pin in 20:08.  Really, really good match.  I love this match.  Shelley cuts a post match promo putting over PWG.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block B Round 1: Claudio Castagnoli vs. Doug Williams.  Hand shake.  They lock up and trade arm locks.  Claudio takes Williams down and tries to pin him, but Williams bridges back.  Claudio applies an ankle hold.  Williams manages to turn it into a head lock.  Williams gets a nifty cradle for 2.  Williams applies a stranglehold surfboard.  Castagnoli reverses it into a stranglehold of his own.  Williams reverses it again and turns it into a straight jacket camel clutch.  Claudio reverses it yet again.  Williams reverses it one more time and they start doing other stuff.  Williams gets a schoolboy for 2.  Williams does another wacky hold and transitions into a body scissors.  Claudio escapes and locks in an ankle hold.  Williams tries to escape and almost gets pinned int he process.  They do more great counter wrestling.  Claudio hits the giant swing for 2.  Claudio hits a European uppercut to the back.  Williams is amused.  They trade European uppercuts.  Williams gets a backslide for 2.  They trade European uppercuts again.  Williams hits an arm drag.  Claudio hits another European uppercut.  Williams ducks a clothesline and drops Claudio with yet another European uppercut.  Claudio bails to clear his head.  Williams goes for a tope suicida, but Claudio catches him mid-air with a European uppercut.  They trade European  uppercuts on the outside for a while.  Claudio throws Williams into the front row.  European uppercuts in the crowd.  Williams pokes Claudio in the eye.  More uppercuts.  Finally back into the ring.  MORE European uppercuts!  They finally throw forearms and knock each other down.  Williams hits a couple of jumping knees and a diving knee drop for 2.  Claudio hits the bicycle kick and goes for the Ricola Bomb.  Fails.  Williams fails the Chaos Theory.  They reverse cradles.  Claudio manages to hit the Ricola Bomb for the pin in 14:34.  Really fun match.

Battle of Los Angeles – Block B Round 1: Jack Evans vs. PAC.  They shake hands.  Evans fucks around and gets the crowd to chant something.  Evans talks shit to PAC.  They shake hands again, then after more than a minute finally lock up.  PAC immediately takes Evans down.  They actually do mat work.  Evans goes for a cross armbreaker.  PAC gets a rope break.  They lock up again and trade arm locks.  Evans does a cartwheel head scissors.  Evans does a lot of cartwheels.  Evans hits a basement dropkick for 2.  Evans hits kind of a reverse powerslam, then locks in a stretch plum and attacks PAC’s ribs.  Evans hits a standing Shooting Star press for 2.  PAC avoids Evans in the corner, charges, and hits a dropkick.  Evans with a flip dropkick into the corner.  PAC bails.  Evans flips the apron, then takes a bump on the apron.  PAC hits a baseball slide dropkick.  PAC hits a slam and a leg drop for 2.  PAC hits a suplex and a twisting press for 2.  Evans lands some kicks.  PAC hits a dropsault.  Evans goes outside.  PAC vaults to the floor and eats a spin kick.  Evans hits a cartwheel flip dive to the floor on PAC.  Back inside, Evans goes up top.  PAC cuts him off and goes for a Tiger suplex.  After some counters, Evans hits a running knee strike for 2.  PAC hits a release German suplex for 2.  PAC goes up top and gets cut off.  PAC gets tied to the tree of woe.  Evans hits a diving double knee drop.  Evans goes for the 630, but PAC gets his knees up.  PAC goes for a twisting splash off the top, but Evans moves out of the way.  Evans takes his shoe off for some reason.  They trade blows.  Evans hits a Pele kick.  Evans hits a dropkick and goes for a springboard kick, but misses.  PAC hits his own Pele kick.  Evans hits a spin kick and goes up top.  PAC cuts him off again and hits a slingshot neckbreaker from the top.  PAC hits a Tiger suplex for 2.  PAC hits the Corkscrew Shooting Star press for the pin in 11:37.  Pretty good match, even with my intense hatred of Jack Evans.

PWG World Tag Team Championship Match: Kevin Steen & El Generico (c) vs. Dragon Kid & Susumu Yokosuka.  Yokosuka and Steen lock up.  They trade arm locks.  Steen gets a crucifix hold for 2, then mockingly bows to Yokosuka.  Yokosuka takes Steen down with a leg hold.  Steen counters with a cross armbreaker.  More good mat wrestling.  Generico and Dragon Kid come in and go at it briefly.  Yokosuka tags in and goes after Generico.  Yokosuka chokes Generico with the tassel on Generico’s mask.  I just noticed that CIMA is in DK & Yokosuka’s corner.  DK and Yokosuka double team Generico.  Generico is de facto face in peril.  Steen tags in and beats up DK.  Generico tags in and also beats up DK.  Steen takes another turn and hits a stalling suplex on DK for 2.  Generico works over DK some more.  DK finally makes the tag to Yokosuka.  Yokosuka runs wild.  Weird knee buster by Yokosuka on Generico.  DK hits Generico with a 619 and a diving moonsault to the outside.  Yokosuka hits Steen with some lariats, but can’t drop him.  Steen hits an enzugiri and a Fire Thunder bomb… I think that’s what it’s called.  I could be an idiot.  Yokosuka hits an Exploder on Steen.  Generico comes in and Steen gives him a Dominator onto Steen.  DK and Generico tag in and do stuff.  DK hits a slingshot sunner and locks in the Cristo.  Yokosuka goes outside to cut off Steen from making the save.  Generico manages to get a rope break.  Yokosuka spanks Generico.  Generico back body drops Yokosuka.  They fight on the top rope.  Generico goes for a split legged moonsault, but Yokosuka gets his knees up.  Generico hits a Yakuza kick the corner and goes for the brainbuster off the top, but Steen prevents it.  DK low bridges Steen out of the ring and hits  a Frankensteiner on Generico off of Yokosuka’s shoulder on the top.  Yokosuka hits an Exploder off the top for 2.  DK hits a springboard Dragonrana, but Steen knocks Yokosuka into him to break the pin.  Generico hits a crazy move that ends in a sit-out powerbomb on DK for 2.  Steen tags in and goes for the Swanton Bomb, but DK avoids it.  Steen superkicks DK into a half nelson suplex from Generico.  Steen covers for 2.  Steen goes up top, but Yokosuka cuts him off.  Generico throws Yokosuka out of the ring.  Generico throws DK up to Steen.  DK counters and hits a Frankensteiner off the top on Steen for 2.  DK goes the springboard Dragonrana, but Steen catches him and hits a Schwein for 2.  Steen rolls through a Frankensteiner and hits the Package Piledriver.  Generico follows with the brainbuster.  Steen pins DK in 18:46.  Good match.

This was a really fun show with several really good matches!