Archive for the ‘2006’ Category

1. TPI First Round Match
M-Dogg 20 vs. Ricochet

This was OK, there were a few spots blown by a toddler Ricochet but it’s all good. To my understanding it’s M-Dogg’s first match IWA-MS match in a few years so it must have been special.
Grade: C

 

2. TPI First Round Match
Colt Cabana vs. Mike Quackenbush

Scientific Wrestling 101. These two have been rivals for years and always define mat wrestling every time they step into the ring.
Grade: B-

 

3. TPI First Round Match
Chris Hero vs. Ricky Reyes

Hero is a uber-heel in IWA-MS sporting the ROH & Chikara tag team titles around his waist. Reyes was impressive here and it kills me that he’s not as good in ROH as we was here. Good contest.
Grade: B-

 

4. TPI First Round Match
Hallowicked vs. Scorpio Sky

I believe this is their first ever encounter but I could be wrong. Honestly I couldn’t get into this match as much as I wanted to knowing these two well but we all have our ups and downs.
Grade: C-

 

5. TPI First Round Match
Trik Davis vs. Erick Stevens

This was alright, Davis is a interesting little fella and Stevens showed a lot of potential for a rookie which put this match as a proving ground for the big man from Florida.
Grade: C+

 

6. TPI First Round Match
El Generico vs. Chis Bosh

These two are no strangers to each other as they wrestled a dozen times in PWG. Fortunately, they excelled very well and clicked with the crowd instantly showcasing PWG talent all the way. Bosh is a very underrated performer in my book and it’s a shame that he no longer participates in pro wrestling cause he had something.
Grade: B

 

7. TPI First Round Match
Davey Richards vs. Jigsaw

Richards makes his IWA-Mid South debut. As much as I love both Davey & Jigsaw, this didn’t click with me very well and it’s quite understandable as Davey has yet to find that intensity that he is known for and isn’t as versatile as he is now. Not a bad match whatsoever but I was not expecting that much awkwardness in the match.
Grade: C+

 

8. TPI First Round Match
Roderick Strong vs. Brandon Thomaselli

I enjoyed this match to the fullest despite the short timing. Thomaselli is as good as Sal & Vito and make quite a cohesive trio. Strong is at his heaviest here and chopped the shit out of Brandon.
Grade: B-

 

9. TPI First Round Match
Kevin Steen vs. Claudio Castagnoli

Claudio did the same as Hero and sported the ROH & Chikara Tag Titles. They kicked it off immediately and had a quick straight to the point match which I can’t find words to describe how very executed it was for being under 10 minutes.
Grade: B-

 

10. TPI First Round Match
Low-Ki vs. Gran Akuma

Jesus Christ, this was stiff and brutal. These two reminded me of Jushin Liger vs. Great Sasuke from the Super J Cup. Words can’t describe what I saw here. Amazing Japanese Junior-Heavyweight contest.
Grade: A-

 

11. TPI First Round Match
Delirious vs. Scott Lost

This is Lost’s Mid South debut and it’s against Mid South’s own, Delirious. This was a very good contest where Lost is as dynamic as Superman and Delirious is right on the money with his IWA crowd.
Grade: B-

 

12. TPI First Round Match
Arik Cannon vs. B-Boy

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Cannon is a hit & miss for me. Fortunately he was right on track and with B-Boy who is always a warrior. Fine match.
Grade: B-

 

Final Thoughts:

This would be the counterpart or should I saw original incarnation of what we see today in PWG & CZW known as Battle of Los Angeles & Best of the Best respectively. This was star powered till the core. Of course, then some of the stars who reign supreme today were still in the early days but you can see how much potential we they have. I definitely recommend this DVD along with the Night 2, which I’ll review soon.

Verdict: 8.25/10

You can get this DVD along with more IWA-Mid South DVD’s on Highspots and Smart Mark Video.

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