Thursday, March 13, 2014

PWG All-Star Weekend X: Night One Review

Chris Hero returns to PWG!

PWG All-Star Weekend X: Night One
Reseda, California 12/20/13

At the start of the show, we get Mount Rushmore interrupting Excalibur to cut a promo, but are quickly interrupted by the returning Chris Hero! He takes out Steen & The Young Bucks and is about to get Cole before the PWG World Champion makes a hasty retreat. Hero wants his title match with Cole right now, but Cole backs away.

1.) Brian Cage vs. Anthony Nese: ***1/4

This is rematch from TEN a few months prior, and I gotta say this was definitely a step up from that match. Very solid opener. 

2.) Candice LaRae & Joey Ryan vs. The RockNES Monsters: ***1/4

Due to Chris Hero being a late addition to the card, some matches had to be shuffled around, and one of the new matches was this one. A pretty good tag team match. I'm really enjoying Joey & Candice as a team, and the RockNES Monsters looks good here as well. There were some pretty cool moves in here, but Joey & Candice would get the win. Really fun to watch.

3.) “Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa vs. Drake Younger: ***1/2

You know it's going to get crazy when these two are involved. A really good match here. You saw a lot of crazy stuff in here, which is exactly what you'd expect from these guys. No real complaints here.

4.) Johnny Gargano vs. Davey Richards: ****1/4

This might be one of the first times these two have faced each other (might be wrong, I don't quite remember). I though this was a great match. Johnny Gargano is someone who's quickly become one of my favorite wrestlers, and Davey was as great as he always is, so all together, it was pretty awesome.

5.) Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent?) vs. The Dojo Bros (Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong): ***3/4

Another unique match that you'll only get to see in PWG. Chuck Taylor's "Slow-Motion Dive" Spot keeps getting funnier and funnier. Once again, we have another pretty great match. It was a tad slow to start, but really picked up by the end and it had a lot of cool stuff in it. Still kinda unsure of The Best Friends using a Double Chokeslam as their finisher, but I'm sure it'll grow on me.

6.) ACH vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin: ***1/2

These two had a match earlier in the year for Ring of Honor at Dragon's Reign in Pittsburgh. It was a very solid match, but at the same time, it was slightly disappointing. It was nowhere near as good as their ROH match, in my opinion. Something was just missing. Regardless, it was still a pretty good match.

7.) Mount Rushmore (Kevin Steen & The Young Bucks) vs. AR Fox & The Inner City Machine Guns (Ricochet & Rich Swann): ****1/2

Kevin Steen comes out with matching attire with The Young Bucks, and has the word "Fuck" written on the back of his ring-vest/jacket thing. It's truly a sight worth seeing. As far as the match goes, it was completely insane, in an awesome way! Just outright craziness from the opening bell as bodies were flying everyone. For me, this is not only the match of the night, but the match of the weekend as well. Mount Rushmore get the win in an amazing affair. 

8.) PWG World Title – Adam Cole vs. Chris Hero: ***3/4

This is Chris Hero's first match in PWG since he left for the WWE two years earlier. Now he's back, and he's looking to win the World Title. On the whole, I'd say that the match was pretty good. Not the best on the show, but very solid. One thing that kind of took the rating down a bit for me was the finish.  It was basically an overbooked mess of a finish. You had two referee bumps, the usage of the Golden Elbow Pad, and all of Mount Rushmore interfering. I understand why Mount Rushmore would get involved, but it's something that's getting really old....really fast. Very unusual thing to see from PWG. Anyway, through all the madness, Cole retains his title.

Hero cuts a promo after the match, which at one point, turns into Hero defending Norman Smiley (who works with WWE as a trainer and such) against some fan who bad talked Smiley. Hero said he would bring Smiley to Reseda so the rowdy fan can suck his you know what. He also says he's ready to face whatever competition comes his way here in Reseda and PWG

Overall: 8.75/10

A pretty good show from PWG on the whole. It's not one of the really awesome shows we've seen from PWG this year (like BOLA: Night 2) but it had a lot of great stuff on it. The Six Man Tag was pure insanity, and the rest of the undercard was very solid and, for the most part, delivered. Despite the overbooked finish, the Main Event was still pretty good, leading to a very solid showing from PWG.

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