Archive for the ‘2012’ Category

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1. Dojo Bros (Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)

The name Dojo Bros always gets into my head as one of the corniest yet hilarious names ever, after Team Statutory of course. Anyways, if you have followed PWG for a long time as I have and seen the vast amount of openers it’s had throughout the years, this lands on the top 8 maybe even 5 of all time. The veterancy (if that’s a word) and work quality is top notch. Very climatic with the sick spots and dynamic interaction.
Grade: B+

 

2. Best of 3 Series – Match 1
Drake Younger vs. Sami Callihan

Self explanatory booking. These two are no strangers since they’ve butted heads many times in their home turf of CZW so the So Cal crowd gets a great showcase from CZW. Now if you been paying to these two’s PWG work your eyes must’ve popped in amazement and cringed in terror. Both have very little regard to their body and will go to any lengths to get their crowds moneys worth. The very dangerous spots were present and I heavily believe that with the right people it can be done successfully as it was in this case. Very violent and entertaining match but certainly not for everyone.
Grade: B

 

3. PWG World Tag Team Championship
Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno & Stupefied) (c) vs. The RockNES Monsters (Johnny Goodtime & Johnny Yuma)

Finally the Monsters get a shot at the title after so much hard work they’ve provided and with their new attitude it all just falls well into place. SSB makes their return after a lengthy absence. This was one hell of a roller coaster ride with their outstanding performance. A lot of dynamic and spunk as some might say with their colorful persona’s interacting from time to time. Well delivered.
Grade: B+

 

4. Joey Ryan vs. Scorpio Sky

This is Joey’s final match in PWG as he is currently competing on TNA. I’ve come to notice that Sky always has retired his friends over the years, first Chris Bosh, then Scott Lost and now Joey. Anyways, this was well executed but not as emotional as I thought it would’ve been. It was back and forth with a dangerous spot with the chairs involved. Perhaps this would be a generous grading by me because Joey will always be PWG.
Grade: B

 

Aftermatch: Joey gives his farewell speech with much enthusiasm. He asked for blowjobs and told everyone to go fuck themselves. On a more serious note he gave his opinion on TNA’s orders for him to stop appearing in PWG and all in all thanked everyone for supporting PWG and keep the dream alive. THANK YOU JOEY!

 

5. Willie Mack vs. TJ Perkins vs. Brian Cage vs. B-Boy

This was very fun to watch. At times it was confusing over the heavy amount of action simultaneously but it was still entertaining. Mack & Cage delivered the power while Perkins & B-Boy delivered the speed and experience. The double team moves between Cage & Mack were amazing. All four played ball very well and I think for 2013, Mack & Cage will welcome bigger and better opportunities in their careers.
Grade: B+

 

6. El Generico vs. Rich Swann

It started slow at first but then it blasted off to space. That’s how Swann is and some might not have the patience for that but still he deserves all the opportunity he’s been getting all this time.  This match reminded a lot of Generico vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima in Ring of Honor’s Omega Effect with the slow paced action then speeding up with high octane.
Grade: B

 

7. The Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno & Stupefied) vs. Dojo Bros (Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong)

After wrestling once already in the show, we get this bundle of joy in a non-title match. All it took was 30 seconds and we got ourselves one mean tag match that didn’t slow down one bit. Stupefied was just insane with the dives and spots, the kid is magic. Great bonus by PWG as it was unexpected very well received. Perhaps this was a Christmas present to all of us for not seeing SSB in PWG for a while.
Grade: A-

 

8. PWG World Championship
Guerrilla Warfare Match
Kevin Steen (c) vs. Adam Cole

After having some words early in the show, Steen got their match to be a Guerrilla Warfare match so it’s anything goes. All it took was a ring bell and it conquered the match of the night honors. Everything was just as you’d expect from a Guerrilla Warfare match and perhaps even set a new bar in it as well. Cole played ball very well in this atmosphere that is Steen’s home. The build up was good, the match was great, the outcome was perfect.
Grade: A

 

Final Thoughts:

Amazing show that was top to bottom one hell of a show but I’ll say that Threemendous III was superior but by a small margin. By comparing all the shows PWG has done this year to those of Ring of Honor, Chikara, Dragon Gate USA and others, I believe that a great portion of PWG’s success is the ability of freedom that the wrestlers have to do whatever they want as oppose to other promotions where it is either semi-controlled or fully controlled by their superiors. Also the unique crowd adrenaline attained their also fuels them to go the extra mile which is also fun for them to perform as they’re greatly appreciated. This gets a solid recommendation by those who are wondering and to break it in order of purchase I’d say the top buys are the following:

1. Threemendous III

2. Mystery Vortex

3. BOLA 2012 (Both Nights)

4. DDT 4 2012

Verdict: 9.5/10

You can get this show and many other wrestling DVD’s at Highspots.

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1. Joey Ryan vs. Ryan Taylor

Decent opener but nothing crazy. I feel bad for Taylor cause he’s been in PWG for almost 3 years and really hasn’t shined but he’s still young and has many years ahead of him so who knows.
Grade: C

 

2. Eddie Edwards vs. Michael Elgin

Very good encounter and I would say that this reminds me a whole lot of Bryan Danielson vs. Takeshi Morishima with the strong style stiffness and the scientific wrestling.
Grade: B

 

3. B-Boy & Famous B vs. RockNES Monsters (Johnny Goodtime & Johnny Yuma)

Nice little encounter which is very appreciated with the Monsters attitude change which will definitely rise their stock in upcoming months. Both B’s seem to understand each other well but their are some flaws but it’s easily fixable.
Grade: B-

 

4. Sami Callihan vs. Davey Richards

What can I say that hasn’t already been said of both comptetitors. Another Dream Match fulfilled and both showed why they’re the best junior heavyweights America has to offer. This reminds me of the rivalry between Jushin Liger & Sasuke in the 90’s. Really good stuff.
Grade: A-

 

5. Roderick Strong vs. Rich Swann

Swann makes it to PWG and has to face it’s Gate Keeper so to speak. This was fun, athletic and let’s just say creative. Not the best I’ve seen from both but delivered a show.
Grade: B

 

6. Brian Cage vs. Willie Mack

PWG hasn’t built a lot of their local talent since the Young Bucks but these two are reviving that early concept. Both have been doing phenomenal work with today’s elite kingpins in the independent scene. Unfortunately it didn’t click this time. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good match but I expected more from these hungry kids who have proven to go the distance.
Grade: B

 

7. Kenny Omega & El Generico vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)

Omega makes his return to PWG after a 31 month absence. Since then he has been in Japan honing his skills and attaining celebrity status in the Land of the Rising Sun. The guy still is the same goofy gamer from Canada but with a whole new arsenal of moves that wowed everyone. The rest need no introduction and they all delivered one hell of a match.
Grade: A-

 

8. PWG World Championship
Kevin Steen (c) vs. Michael Elgin vs. Ricochet

Elgin wrestles for the second time after a grueling encounter with Eddie Edwards. I liked a lot how they handled the three way concept. Ricochet being spot monkey that he is takes the MVP because he risks his life all the time I see him on that top turnbuckle and uses his body to combat the brute strength of his adversaries.
Grade: B

 

Final Thoughts:

This is one of the weaker shows in PWG this year. But this is comparing it with PWG alone cause overall this is a good show that is highly enjoyable with the overall talent. I recommend this DVD to get if you already have most of the PWG shows because there are better selections of 2012.

Verdict: 8.5/10

You can get this show and many other wrestling DVD’s at Highspots.

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*WARNING* I usually don’t do spoilers regarding matches because I strongly believe giving out the result will take away some excitement away from the spectator and my mission is for everyone to invest on the product. However, this show is a tournament and in order to give a detailed review, I have to make the exception so I can progress all the way through but I’ll keep the finals a secret. I know most don’t care about spoilers but just for those that do, you’ve been warned.

 

1. Quarterfinal Match
Sami Callihan vs. TJ Perkins

This was really good and I couldn’t have selected a better pairing for this match. Callihan gave Perkins a huge run for his money and it’s definitely one of the latter’s best matches this year.
Grade: B

 

2. Quarterfinal Match
Eddie Edwards vs. Adam Cole

Just as you would expect from these two and it was delivered in 15 minutes which was an incredible amount of time for so much action that you don’t even notice it happening that long. Both Cole and Edwards have capitalized in PWG since their first appearances last year.
Grade: B+

 

3. Quarterfinal Match
Brian Cage vs. Michael Elgin

The big men square off in a contest filled with brute strength which is right up each others alley. Elgin worked fantastic with a guy larger than him which is no fluke how talented this guys is and this goes likewise for Cage.
Grade: B+

 

Segment: Kevin Steen who interfered in Cage’s match was being pummeled by the latter and the Young Bucks but thanks to the save of Senior Referee Rick Knox and El Generico he found himself for a 6 man tag later on during show.

 

4. Quarterfinal Match
Ricochet vs. Roderick Strong

A little disappointing but this is still a good match where both did their thing but they didn’t keep up with the previous matches.
Grade: B-

 

5. Team Statutory (Joey Ryan, Davey Richards & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. B-Boy, Drake Younger & Willie Mack

Ladies and Gentleman, I would like to announce on record that I’m disqualifying myself from reviewing this match over the simple reason of being of never suppressing the endless laugh of reading the name Team Statutory.
Grade: B (A+ for the comedy)

 

6. Semifinal Match
Adam Cole vs. Sami Callihan

The two best friends and fiercest rivals face off in the semis in their first ever tourney. It was going fantastic but it watered down a lot in the end to the point that the finish was awkward and unexpected. Still a very good match and have hopes for them in the future on the big leagues.
Grade: B-

 

7. Semifinal Match
Ricochet vs. Michael Elgin

Ricochet is totally out of this world and I thought nobody could match nor even surpass PAC in the gravity field but he did. Working with a much larger performer like Elgin made his spots are more convincing. Elgin being used to wrestler smaller guys made sure he meant business.
Grade: A-

 

8. Kevin Steen, El Generico & Rick Knox vs. Brian Cage & The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)

Knox has been the head referee in PWG since it’s inception and is very respected by his peers and fans. For a while now he’s been taking a lot of bullying by the Young Bucks. However in the last event, he had enough and fought back to the crowd’s amazement. Normal referees being involved in matches are uncommon but done the right way it can work. Knox to be honest was doing spots for the most part but with the crowd’s huge input it made him look credible and the rest just played the supporting role. It was good but being realistic this wasn’t a competitive match. On the flipside I give huge props to the rest for making him credible and giving him the extra push.
Grade: B- ( A+ for the entertainment)

 

9. Finals Match
Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin

In my opinion, these two are the top breakout wrestler of the year cause they’ve been on fire everywhere they’ve been so far. Both have the desire and need to be number one and to keep on their never ending road of proving ground to one day get there to the big leagues. I tip m y hat to both for giving an outstanding performance.
Grade: A-

 

Final Thoughts:

Overall this tournament as a whole was a success and the best part about it was that today’s young stallions were featured and managed to capitalize on the opportunity. This tournament was very special the desire and need to succeed was very much alive and everyone was hungry for the opportunity to become the best of the best. I recommend this DVD to go along with Night 1 as a bundle for the full experience.

Verdict: 9.25/10

You can get this show and many other wrestling DVD’s at Highspots.

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1. First Round Match
TJ Perkins vs. Joey Ryan

It was OK but nothing that I would watch over and over again. Good opener nevertheless.
Grade: C

 

2. First Round Match
Roderick Strong vs. Drake Younger

The good stuff has just begun with a eye cringing stiff fest. Younger has made PWG his home earlier this year and is as dangerous and defying as in CZW which is admirable but he could die one of these days but I guess he really means it that he lives, breathes and will die one day in the ring. Roddy is certifiable as a kingpin and PWG’s Gatekeeper so to speak so I leave the happenings of this match to your imagination having in mind both performers resume……Exactly!
Grade: B+

 

3. First Round Match
Kyle O’Reilly vs. Eddie Edwards

This was slow for a little while trying to land the first strike but thanks to the awesome SoCal crowd who lets you know if you’re doing a good job, sped things up and delivered a scientific wrestling match in near perfection.
Grade: B+

 

4. First Round Match
Brian Cage vs. B-Boy

I’ll be honest, my expectations for this match were not too good. Fortunately I was wrong and silenced with their arsenal. Without a doubt Cage should get a shot in the east coast let it be ROH, CZW, AIW, etc. The guys is on a path to redemption and he can be WWE bound in the near future. B-Boy always surprises the hell out of me so I never speak of him.
Grade: B

 

5. First Round Match
Kevin Steen vs. Ricochet

Ricochet has really come a long way ever since moving to Dragon Gate on a permanent basis and is currently one of the most exciting wrestlers in the world today and against current indie kingpin Steen was no exception. The definition of spotfest has reached a whole new level with these two.
Grade: A-

 

6. First Round Match
Sami Callihan vs. Willie Mack

It’s quite hard to follow the match above but Mack & Callihan always welcome the challenge since they’re underdogs everywhere they go and delivered with back and forth hard-hitting action. Callihan along with Drake Younger made a home in PWG and hopefully more is to come of them in the very near future.
Grade: B

 

7. First Round Match
Adam Cole vs. El Generico

This was short and straight to the point and they couldn’t have done it better. Cole being the De facto heel proved how much charisma he has and this comes to no surprise to CZW followers who seen this first hand. What can you say about Generico that hasn’t already been said? The irony is that he’s light years away of being generic.
Grade: B

 

8. First Round Match
Davey Richards vs. Michael Elgin

Where should I start with this one?  Very close to their Mania weekend show but it doesn’t surpass it. Nevertheless it was a wise choice to end the show with these two and comparing this match with their title match from April, it’s somehow a tribute to Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi’s legendary rivalry and I wonder if it’s gonna be like this every time they face each other.
Grade: A+

 

Final Thoughts:

Out of all the tournaments I’ve seen from numerous promotions worldwide, PWG takes the cake when it comes to the desire of their participants having the want and need to succeed. Once again proven that there is no need for a big arena or cosmetics to deliver. And this is only night 1 of 2, and on the flipside this can bite them in the ass and fall short of expectations for Night 2 because this is very hard to top. I 100% approve this show and recommend this to go along with the Night 2 so the full extravaganza can be experienced.

Verdict: 9.5/10

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1. Joey Ryan vs. Famous B

This was extremely fun with Ryan at the beginning saying he’s been in more matches than anyone in PWG only to get owned by referee Rick Knox. Famous B is definitely showing more effort into his matches and along with Joey they made opened this anniversary show in great fashion.
Grade: C+

 

2. TJ Perkins vs. Roderick Strong

This pairing was right on the money. TJP IMO is very underrated and often doesn’t get the credit he deserves. I’m positive he shut a few mouths here with his dynamic arsenal against Indie Kingpin Roderick Strong. This was very intense from top to bottom with some innovation on Perkins behalf. Good Stuff!
Grade: B

 

3. Fighting Taylor Boys (Chuck Taylor & Ryan Taylor) vs. RockNES Monsters (Johnny Goodtime & Johnny Yuma)

It started off a bit slow but it picked off right immediately and a solid performance was given. There’s just something about Ryan Taylor that doesn’t click with me but didn’t do bad at all. Take it for what it’s worth.
Grade: B-

 

4. Brian Cage vs. Eddie Edwards

Brian Cage has been on fire in PWG with a string of excellent matches and now he has world-class wrestler Eddie Edwards. Brian was even more dynamic here than in his title match with Kevin Steen. Edwards did a phenomenal job as always and got Cage beasting. Probably Cage’s best match of his wrestling career.
Grade: B

 

5. PWG World Championship
Kevin Steen (c) vs. Willie Mack

Finally Willie gets his hard earned title shot and believe me when I say it. Mack proves that as a passionate wrestling fan, you can accomplish anything you want in the business. Once he became a wrestler he worked harder than most veterans to get the glory he wanted and sure earned it in PWG. Kevin Steen being the current King of the Indies as most would say gave no love for Mack and made sure Mack earned his respect. This match was just mind boggling.
Grade: A-

 

6. Drake Younger vs. B-Boy

This one was unique all by itself. It was stiff to the point were even I cringed a few times. They really wanted to kick the living shit out of each other and maybe even kill one another. And the best part about it is that this isn’t the first time they have clashed. They had wars in CZW so this was basically another chapter in their rivalry. One thing for sure is that you won’t see the last of Drake Younger in PWG as the crowd gave the man a standing ovation which is a sign of Welcome Back!
Grade: A-

 

7. Michael Elgin vs. Sami Callihan

These two are stealing the show wherever they go and now face each other in PWG of all places. This was a brawl like no other, well maybe not as keen as the match above but you get what I mean. They proved why they are on everyone’s high regards, wrestlers and fans alike.
Grade: B+

 

8. PWG Tag Team Championships
Ladder Match
The Super Smash Bros. (c) (Player Uno & Stupefied) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly)

Here’s a little analysis, SSB has been a sleeper tag team this year and totally prove their worth as performers; Nothing more can be said of the Young Bucks that hasn’t already been said; and finally, Future Shock as individuals are the hottest commodity right now in many wrestling promotions in North America and as a team are brutally effective. Ladies & Gentleman, in my almost 23 years of life I’ve seen countless ladder matches and this one is extremely high on the totem pole. New levels have reached in the ladder match with amazing flair. I only wish I lived back in SoCal to enjoy this kind of wrestling on a regular basis. Amazing way to end their 9th anniversary show.
Grade: A+

 

Final Thoughts:

PWG does it again and this time and I think we have their show of the year. This an extremely complete card that you had everything from brawls, chain wrestling, strong style and spot fests. Whether this is the show of the year in wrestling is still uncertain as we’re a little over three months for the year to end but for now this is the top candidate.

Grade: 9.75/10

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