Wednesday, February 20, 2013

PWG Mystery Vortex Review

Adam Cole & Kevin Steen do battle for the World Title!

PWG Mystery Vortex
Reseda, California 12/1/12

The theme is that The World Title Match was the only announced match going into the show, so these are all Mystery Matches.

1.) The Dojo Bros (Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong) vs. The Young Bucks: ***3/4

This is the first of two rescheduled matches from Failure To Communicate (thanks, Kenny Omega). Great Match. The Bucks are their usual selves and the Strong/Edwards pairing creates so many fresh match-ups. Awesome stuff here.

2.) Best-of-Three Series Match 1 – Sami Callihan vs. Drake Younger: ***1/4

It would not be known yet but this is the first of a Best-of-Three Series, with the winner getting a future World Title Shot. Brutal Stuff. Highlight of the match was Younger Piledriving Callihan on the ring apron. It was a very stiff match and I feel like it went a little overboard but it was still decent. 

In a rare moment, we get an in-ring promo as Adam Cole comes out with the World Title Belt he stole from Kevin Steen at BOLA 2012. He tells the crowd to suck it and calls out Steen, who announces that the main event is now a Guerrilla Warfare Match! Cole is in shock...

3.) PWG World Tag Team Titles – The Super Smash Brothers vs. The RockNES Monsters: ***1/2

The Battle for the Ugliest Belts in Pro-Wrestling!! These two had a bit of a history as the first PWG match for the SSB was against the Monsters the year before. The Monsters have since turned heel. Pretty good World Tag Team Title Match. Sweet stuff. Innovative (especially from the SSB).

4.) Joey Ryan vs. Scorpio Sky: ***1/4

Scorpio gets a "Harold" chant. Sky, by the way, has now faced every member of The Dynasty (Chris Bosh, Scott Lost, and now Joey Ryan) in their final PWG Match. Nothing great, but still good. Fine match.

After the match, Ryan jokingly tells the fans to go Eff Themselves (the fans then chant "Eff Ourselves"). He explains the situation with PWG & TNA (DVD distribution I think) and says his good-bys. Gonna miss Joey Ryan in PWG, but I'm glad he's getting his break.

5.) Four-Way Match – Willie Mack vs. Brian Cage vs. B-Boy vs. TJ Perkins: ***1/2

This was actually a VERY good Four-Way. Lots of entertaining stuff here.

6.) El Generico vs. Rich Swann: ***1/2

Now we get the second match rescheduled from Failure To Communicate. This was a pretty good match, but I feel like it could have been so much more...Something was definitely missing.

7.) Non-Title Match – The Dojo Bros (Roderick Strong & Eddie Edwards) vs. The Super Smash Brothers: ***3/4

So basically this was the first show for the World Tag Team Champions since Threemendous PWG is trying to get their money's worth with them while they're here in this non-title contest. Another great match involving The Dojo Bros. I can get used to these two teaming more often. SSB looked good to.

8.) PWG World Title – Guerrilla Warfare – Kevin Steen vs. Adam Cole: ****1/4

This was what you would expect from a Guerrilla Warfare Match, but it was.....I don't know what the right word is. Cole won the match, AND the title, but put up barely any offense (from what I could remember). Most of the match was Steen destroying Cole. Though there was still a lot of AWESOME stuff here, with the highlights being the mountain of chairs & the thumbtacks. The fact the Cole won clean shows his future is bright.

Overall: 9.0/10

The entire card is above three stars....what else is their to say??. While it does not have that really great match, The Guerrilla Warfare match for the World Title was very good and the entire undercard proved to be entertaining as well.

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