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Do after ordering the DVD right after it was released I have finally finished BOLA 2010 Night 1....
PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2010 Night 1
Nick Jackson vs. Matt Jackson
They refused to wrestle and they kicked Rick Knox in the head instead for the double DQ. Hilarious. NO RATING
The Young Bucks vs. The Cutler Brothers
Not sure if they should have had the only singles match as the opener but at least it was awesome. They changed paces so quickly because of the unique heels that the Bucks play. They are complete assholes but there are times when they can get their fast paced stuff going so well.
This has also has to be the biggest win of the Cutlers careers. It should have come at Seven but still a really good match. ***1/2
Brandon Gatson vs. Ryan Taylor
As much as I love PWG I have to admit that there are really only a few different types of matches that they normally have. This was the get really SERIOUS and be really stiff type of match. The match was good but nothing too amazing. Neither guy showed much personality and they also didn't play up the really intense, "I need to win this" feeling that it looked like they were going with at the start of the match. Still a bunch of cool moves though but that's about it. **1/2
Chuck Taylor vs. Joey Ryan
Good match, they kept things slower, kept the crazy spots and really stiff stuff to a minimum and still put on an entertaining match. Good but nothing more unfortunately, Joey Ryan really isn't my favorite guy to watch in singles matches (which I'm sure will make Night 2 a blast to watch). **3/4
Paul London w/Mr. Phinnegan the Space Owl vs. Roderick Strong
Paul London is a mess but he's so funny. Chris Hero loving the Space Owl and Excalibur hating it also made the match a lot funnier. The first half was hilarious and awesome but after that they got serious and the match really wasn't all that good. I liked that London was able to get into Strong's head with all his weird tactics but London was sloppy as hell in the ring. It wasn't that he was botching but more so that his stuff just didn't look good. The match was WAY too long as well. Should be watched for how funny the first half was but I don't have any idea how to rate this. NO RATING
Claudio Castagnoli vs. Ricochet
Claudio needs to wrestle more little guys. I really don't know if I can think of a better guy to wrestle these David vs. Goliath matches that Claudio. He's incredibly strong, he can move faster than anyone his size, and he is willing to sell for the little guys. Ricochet has improved so much recently and this is the best singles match that I've seen out of him. I thought this was amazingly well done. Nothing beats those moments when you are sucked into the match and are thinking, "Is Ricochet really going to pull this off?" Fantastic match. ****1/4
Austin Aries vs. Rocky Romero
This was pretty awesome. There was some great wrestling (I wish Romero was able to wrestle in the US more) and at times it was hilarious. Aries was such a dick despite the fact that the fans loved him. He told them to shut up, they started a "We are Sorry" chant. Aries requests silence during his match, people in the crowd try to quiet everyone else down. Probably one of the few times were I loved the PWG crowd. Funny at times and the wrestling was top notch. Romero's repeated attempts to lock in the Cross Arm Breaker worked really well and had the fans buying the false finishes. It was also nice to see Aries not phone in a PWG match. I'll go ahead and be the one that overrates this one. ***3/4
Brian Cage vs. Brandon Bonham
This reminded me of the Taylor/Gatson match from earlier in the night. You had a younger, lesser known guy in Cage going all out to make a name for himself and a more experienced PWG guy trying to do the same. This was also the rematch of the really good match they had at Seven so it was nice to Cage come out more aggressive since he lost there and was trying to avoid making the same mistakes. I'm pretty sure I said this in my Seven review but I'll just go ahead and say it again, Cage looks like a guy that is going places. Good hard hitting match, just a spotfest aside from the start but a good spotfest. **3/4
Akira Tozawa vs. El Generico
The brainbuster on the turnbuckle might be one of the best moves in wrestling. It looks really cool and everything when Generico hits it but that isn't what makes it so great. It's one of the few moves out there that you know will, without a doubt, end the match. I almost like matches more when Generico spends a long time going for the move without actually hitting it. Everything that you would expect from these two. The match was a blast to watch. ***1/4
Chris Hero vs. Christopher Daniels
Daniels heeling it up is always a good thing. He seemed genuinely annoyed with the PWG crowd (can't blame him if he actually was) and it really made him heeling it up a lot more believable. They put on a very good back and forth match and you could just tell they liked each other less and less as the match wore on. I don't think I had seen these two wrestle a singles match before so that was pretty nice to see as well. ***1/4
Really good show. Claudio/Ricochet was worth the price of the DVD alone and Bucks/Cutler along with Aries/Romero rounded out the card nicely. The other matches on the card were all good as well but not what I would call great. Really looking forward to Night 2.