Thursday, March 13, 2014

PWG All-Star Weekend X: Night Two Review

Johnny Gargano gets his shot at Adam Cole!

PWG All-Star Weekend X: Night Two
Reseda, California 12/21/13

1.) Three Way Tag Team Match – PPRay (Peter Avalon & Ray Rosas) vs. B-Boy & Willie Mack vs. The RockNES Monsters: ***1/2

Now this was a match that I've really been looking forward two. PWG has had a few Three Team Ladder Matches recently, but it's been a while since we've seen a normal three way involving tag teams. As far as openers go, this was great! It was a lot of fun to watch as these three mid-card tag teams get a chance to showcase themselves. There were a few sloppy bits, but on the whole it was nonstop action from bell-to-bell. The RockNES Monsters get the win which is nice to see.

2.) Anthony Nese vs. “Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa: ***1/4

We're getting to see some Dragon Gate USA/Evolve vs. ROH action here. A fine match here. A bit slow in the beginning, but it picked up towards the end with some pretty crazy spots. Ciampa emerges victorious.

3.) Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent?) vs. The Unbreakable F’N Machines: ****

Much like the Best Friends/Dojo Bros match from Night One, the match started off a bit slow, but really picked up towards the end. I'd even go as far as to say that I enjoyed this match a little bit more than the Best Friends/Dojo Bros match. Really great stuff towards the end. Best Friends get the win, and I should note that up to this point, Best Friends are undefeated in PWG as a tag team.

4.) ACH vs. Chris Hero: ****

This was another match that I was really looking forward to. I really enjoyed it. You saw some really good action here and both guys looked good. Hero would end up eventually getting the win, but ACH was very impressive.

5.) AR Fox & Rich Swann vs. The Dojo Bros (Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong): ****1/4

Again....another match that I was really looking forward to. I'd have to say that this was definitely the match of the night. When you get these four guys involved, you know it's going to be great, and it certainly was. There seemed to be a bit of a screw with the referee towards the end, but that was the only real hiccup in this great match. Dojo Bros get the win.

Eddie Edwards cuts a farewell promo afterwords, while Roderick Strong leads the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to Eddie.

6.) Davey Richards vs. Ricochet: ****

I think this is yet another first time matchup. I've seen some differing opinions on this one, but personally, I really enjoyed it. Really great match, in my opinion. The only real problem was that I felt like the match went a little longer than it needed to. Still, pretty sweet stuff here. Ricochet gets the win.

Ricoceht leads a "Thank You Davey" Chant as Eddie Edwards comes out to say goodbye with his American Wolves teammate. Davey goes on for a bit but in the end thanks everyone before heading out.

7.) Mount Rushmore (Kevin Steen & The Young Bucks) vs. Drake Younger, Joey Ryan & Candice LaRae: ****

Steen is once again in his matching Young Bucks attire. A really good trios match, but it wasn't as good as the previous night's trios match. I don't know why, exactly. Out of the two trios matches, I'd think this one would be the better of the two given that, in storyline, their are more issues going into it. There were a few botches in here, which I think hurt the match, and the crowd to me just didn't seem to be as loud as you would think. Still, it was a pretty good match, as Drake, Joey & Candice are able to sneak out a victory over Mount Rushmore!

8.) PWG World Title – Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano: ***3/4

This is a pretty big match, as it's the ROH World Champion vs. The Dragon Gate USA Open The Freedom Gate Champion. A really great Main Event. They had some really good back and forth action and a lot of great wrestling, which is exactly what you would expect from guys of this caliber. Mount Rushmore tried to interfere, but were held off by the rest of the roster! Nice to see something different! This, in the end, wouldn't matter, as Adam Cole would get the win and retain his World Title once again.

After the match, Johnny Gargano apologizes to the fans for letting them down, but says he'll be back, and that they are the reason why he loves pro-wrestling.

Overall: 9.5/10

Comparatively, Night Two was definitely the better show when compared to Night One. I'd actually compare this show to Night Two of All-Star Weekend IX. There were no real Match of the Year contender's, but the show had several matches around the **** mark (Five of them, in fact) that made the show amazingly consistent. Another amazing show from PWG and a pretty great way to close out 2013.

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