Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Beyond Wrestling: Point Of No Return Review

The Eddie Edwards/Biff Busick Saga continues, this time in a Dream Tag Team Match!

Beyond Wrestling: Point Of No Return
Providence, Rhode Island 9/15/13

1.) Kevin Steen vs. Chris Dickinson: ***1/4

This match started really quicker as Steen & Dickinson brawled from the back before the bell even rung. You knew this was going to be just a massive brawl and that's pretty much what we got. It was a pretty good opener. It would eventually take two Package Piledrivers from Steen to put Dickinson away and score the win.

After the match, Chris Dickinson put over Kevin Steen on the mic, and likewise, Steen puts over Dickinson. Then out of nowhere, Dickinson low blows Steen! He says that, as someone who's been in Beyond Wrestling since the beginning, he hates people like Kevin Steen who come in and reap the benefits off of all his hard work. Then, as Dickinson is walking out, he sees Tommaso Ciampa (who was at the show, but wasn't booked. I assume he was visiting). He asks if Ciampa's an ROH wrestler before he shoves Ciampa and a massive brawl ensues! It takes a lot of people to eventually break it up.

2.) Four-Way Tag Team Match - Fusion Dance (ACH & Shynron) vs. Da Hoodz (Davey Cash & Kris Pyro) vs. M1nute Men (Devin Blaze & Tommy Trainwreck) vs. Abnormalz (Evolve Champion AR Fox & Black Baron): ***

There was a pretty good Four-Way Tag Team Match on Americanrana, so Beyond Wrestling decided to do it again. It wasn't quite as good as the match from Americanrana, but it still a fun little multi-man match. Two of these teams were in the last four-way (Da Hoodz & M1nute Men), while we had two new teams (Fusion Dance & Abnormalz). I actually really liked the ACH/Shynron tandem. Eventually, the team of AR Fox & Black Baron would pick up the win.

Before the next match, Tommaso Ciampa comes out to the ring. He essentially cuts a promo antagonizing Chris Dickinson and this leads to another brawl between the two.

3.) ROH World TV Champion Matt Taven (with Kasey Ray) vs. Aaron Epic: **3/4

This was when Taven was still the ROH World TV Champion, and he also comes out with his girlfriend/Hoopla Hottie in Kasey Ray. As far as the match goes, it was relatively solid. Nothing that memorable, but a fine match nonetheless. Taven would get the winning following the inevitable Kasey Ray interference. We also got a lot of public displays of affection, including Taven & Kasey Ray....I guess simulating sex in the middle of the ring after the match.

4.) Six-Man Tag - Johnny Cockstrong, Jaka & Oleg The Usurper vs. Dan Berry, Buxx Belmar & The Swamp Monster: ***1/4

Now this was an interesting match. It was originally supposed to be a Four-Way involving Dan Berry, Cockstrong, Jaka & Oleg The Usurper, but Cockstrong cuts a promo saying that he, Jaka & Oleg were going to gang up on Berry, who then proceeds to find two random wrestlers (Berry was without his usual partner Bill Carr) to team up with him in the disgusting Buxx Belmar (who was eating out of the garbage) and The Swamp Monster. This went pretty much how you would expect. It was a comedy match, and an entertaining one at that. You had a lot of fun stuff in here, which is what you're going to get with six strange characters like these. The team of Cockstrong, Jaka & Oleg The Usurper  would get the win in the end.

5.) I Quit Match - Anthony Stone vs. Nicholas Kaye: ***1/4

Here we have a feud that has gotten really personal, as Kaye has threatened Anthony Stone's family (who happen to be in attendance for this match). This was a pretty solid match. It wasn't the greatest I Quit Match that I've ever seen, but it certainly wasn't the worst. You got the usual hardcore stuff (chairs, thumbtacks, barbed wire, etc...), which was fine given the feud. At one point, it looked like Stone was going to win, but then out of nowhere, Myke Quest shows up and attacks Anthony Stone! He then ends up restraining Stone to one of the turnbuckles, and Kaye demands that Stone say "I Quit". Stone refuses, but then when he told Quest to get Stone's kids, and this threat causes Stone to say "I Quit" almost immediately. Kaye then attacks Stone after the match before he's finally freed from his restraints. Again, the match was fine for what it was, and it did a really good job telling the story (a darker one to be sure) that they were trying to get across.

Up next, we get the segment from The Wingmen, who want some women to come out for a twerking contest, but instead, Tabarnak De Team comes out and we have a match.

6.) Tabarnak De Team (Mathieu St. Jaques & Thomas Dubois) vs. The Wingmen (Mark Shurman & Gregory Edwards): **1/4

There's not really much to say about this one. The Wingmen got some offense in, but Tabarnak De Team dominated most of the match, and would end up scoring the victory. Again, not much else to say.

7.) Chuck Taylor vs. Eric Corvis: **

They had a local musician (a rapper/R&B guy) come out to do the guest ring announcing duties for this match. I don't know what it was, but this match just didn't click for me. We got the usual shenanigans involving Chuck Taylor, but other than that, it wasn't that good. Taylor would eventually pick up the win.

8.) "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin vs. JT Dunn: ****1/2

Last time he saw JT Dunn, he had a really good match with Johnny Gargano at Americanrana. Here, he going up against "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin. I though that this match was incredible! Michael Elgin seems to always have fantastic matches no matter where he is, but JT Dunn really stepped in this one as well. I think this might even be JT Dunn's breakout match, in my eyes. I knew he was good from what everyone has said about him, but this match definitely proved it. Elgin dished out all of his usual hard-hitting offense, while JT Dunn just wouldn't stay down and kept fighting back. Elgin would eventually pick up the win in an amazing match.

Afterwords, Elgin would take the mic and cut a promo putting over JT Dunn, and shook his hand.

9.) Biff Busick & CZW World Champion Drew Gulak vs. The Dojo Bros. (Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong): ****1/4

Biff Busick & Eddie Edwards had a really great match in the Main Event of Americanrana, and they're having a rematch here, but this time with tag team partners. Busick picked Drew Gulak, while Edwards picked his Dojo Bros partner Roderick Strong. This was an awesome Main Event. It's great that Beyond Wrestling was able to put this together, because you're not going to see this match anywhere else. Lots of great action as you would expect from these four guys. They actually told a pretty good story where, at times, Busick wouldn't tag out to Gulak because he wanted to prove himself against Edwards & Strong, despite the beating they took, Busick & Gulak would fight back and picked up the win! While I don't think it was as good as the Michael Elgin/JT Dunn match, it was still fantastic.

After the match, Eddie Edwards cuts a promo, putting over Beyond Wrestling and all of the people in the ring (Buisck, Gulak & Strong). He then says that it's not over between him & Busick, and wants one more match. The fans chant for an Iron Man Match, and Edwards told Busick that he could pick the stipulation. Busick then follows up on the fan's request and he challenges Edwards to an Iron Man Match, while the fans chant "60 Minutes". Edwards accepts the challenge to close the show.

Overall: 8.25/10

This was a pretty good show from Beyond Wrestling. You had a solid undercard that, aside from two matches, was relatively good. While nothing necessarily stood out on the undercard, most of it was entertaining, and you had a lot of variety (singles matches, tag team matches, hardcore brawls, etc...) as well. The two Main Events were what really make this show. Michael Elgin vs. JT Dunn had a really fantastic match that made a star out of JT Dunn (in my eyes), while you had a Tag Team Dream Match in the Main Event that you won't see anywhere else. Those two matches are ones that are definitely worth going out of your way to see.

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