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PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2007 Night 1

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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!