Tuesday, April 16, 2013

PWG DDT4 2013 Review

The last ¡Olé! 

PWG DDT4 2013

Reseda, California 1/12/13

1.) DDT4 – First Round – The Inner City Machine Guns vs. The Young Bucks: ***1/2

What an awesome way to open a show! If you're looking for athleticism, high flying, and yes...superkicks, this one's for you. Great Stuff. The Young Bucks advance...via a roll up/flash pin (keep this in mind)

2.) DDT4 – First Round – PWG World Tag Team Titles – The Super Smash Bros. vs. The 
Unbreakable F'N Machines: ***1/4

In this tournament, every match the World Tag Team Titles are in will be for the belts. Nothing really great here, but solid. Player Uno separates his shoulder during the match, and in their first ever match as a team, Brian Cage & Michael Elgin are the NEW World Tag Team Champions.

3.) DDT4 – First Round – The Dojo Bros. vs. Future Shock: ***3/4

Edwards & Strong have Adam Cole's face X'ed out on their Dojo Bros Shirt since they're facing Cole here. Best moment of the match was when Strong chopped Cole in his d**k. This was a fun match. Enjoyable. Future Shock advances.

4.) DDT4 – First Round – The Briscoes vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico: ***

The Briscoes are making their first PWG appearance in awhile. Steen & El Generico play the "reluctant  partners" role here. Surprisingly this was just good, especially given their history. Nothing really great, but I guess that's ok since they didn't want to burn out the crowd.

5.) DDT4 – Semi-Finals – PWG World Tag Team Titles – The Unbreakable Fucking Machines vs. The Young Bucks: ***1/4

Once again, the belts are on the line, but this time it's Cage & Elgin defending them. Again, this was good, but nothing really great. The Young Buck win the World Tag Team Titles....via roll up.

6.) DDT4 – Semi-Finals – Future Shock vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico: ***

This is a first time meeting between the two teams. It's also an extension of the feud Steen & Cole have had going on. Much like the earlier Steenerico match, this was just good, but again, nothing great.

7.) B-Boy vs. Willie Mack: *** 
Here we pretty much have a situation where these two were put in a match because they have nothing else to do. Anyway, a fine match to kind of cool off the crowd. Willie Mack looks good against the veteran B-Boy.

8.) Best-of-Three Series Match 2 – Knockout & Submission Only – Drake Younger vs. Sami Callihan: ***3/4

Callihan won the first match at Mystery Vortex, and Younger needs to tie the series, which he does with a huge win. A very brutal match. You'll either like it or not...I particularly liked it.

9.) DDT4 – Finals – PWG World Tag Team Titles – The Young Bucks vs. Kevin Steen & El 
Generico: ***3/4

Here we go...the finals. Probably the best match of the tournament. Really enjoyed watching it. The crowd really helped, as they knew it would be El Generico's last match in PWG. The highlights include El Generico kicking out of More Bang For Your Buck, hitting a huge Tope Rope Brainbustaaa!!, and Rick Knox superkicking one of The Bucks after they broke up a pin attempt. The Young Bucks spoil things by winning......via Roll Up.

After the match, El Generico & Kevin Steen embrace to a huge response from the crowd, and Steen says he'd be nothing without Generico. The entire roster (expect for The Bucks) come out to celebrate 
with Generico. He says his name is El Generico, and he was born in Tijuana, Mexico. He mentions going back to Mexico to help his orphans, and says if worst comes to worst, he'll gladly be back in PWG.

Overall: 8.25/10

I have a feeling this show was going to be a little better. You had a lot of really good matches on here, but nothing above ****, which is a rarity for a PWG show. A big issue I had was that all of The Young Bucks matches ended in roll-ups, which I get it, they're heels, but they shouldn't win all their matches in this manner. There are some good things to note, however. Of course the matches that, as I mentioned, were really good as well as El Generico's last show (which is worth getting this alone). I also really liked the story they played with El Generico & Kevin Steen. They first faced The Briscoes, their long-time rivals, and then they faced Future Shock, which is a team they've never faced before and possibly never will again. Finally they rounded up with the Young Bucks, the guys they've had issues with in PWG for a long time and the last team they faced before their brake-up and feud in ROH. In terms of storytelling, great stuff. Not the best PWG Show, but definitely worth getting for seeing El Generico on the indies one last time.

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