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just to break up the Black Friday talk....

DG USA: United NYC

Tozawa/Callihan **1/4
Moxley/Jogsaw **
YAMATO/BxB Hulk ***1/4
Lee/Jacobs **
Taylor and Gargano/Doi and Ricochet ***3/4
Aries/Swann **3/4
Yoshino and PAC/Dragon Kid and CIMA ***3/4

One of my favorite things about independent pro wrestling is the neat unique venues you get such as this one. This was a really middle of the road show for Dragon Gate. Nothing is bad, but nothing is must see either. Lee and Jacobs really didn't work for me. The title match was hurt by the really weak looking finishing move. I don't know who messed up, but it looked painless. Really hurt that match. The two tournament matches were both very good, but nothing oustanding.
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Broke down and forked out more money on DVDs. Gave some more to DGUSA and went with RF Video to get some shows you can't really find anywhere else.

DGUSA (again)
Bushido: Code of the Warrior (original one)
Mercury Rising 2011 (gonna give this another shot, liked the show but wasn't as high on it as others)
Enter The Dragon 2011 (damn good show)
Mercury Rising 2012 (couldn't turn down Gargano/Yoshino & another damn 6 man)

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FIP International Impact: Phase Two (Briscoes vs. Pondo/Necro and Shingo vs. YAMATO? sold)
FIP Unfinished Business 2007 (TLC match & Dog Collar match on the same show)
DGUSA Enter The Dragon 2010 (sold out everywhere else and I gotta see me some Danielson/Shingo)

So basically I'm set on wrestling for like the next year and a half.

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1. The Fightin' Taylor Boys (Brian Cage-Taylor & Ryan Taylor) vs. Famous B & Chris Kadillak

This was a shockingly good opener. Everyone looked good here, even Kadillak.


2. BxB Hulk vs. Jimmy Susumu

Solid Dragon Gate showcase. They didn't go balls-to-walls, it was a simple and relatively short work where Hulk shined. The match would've been better if Susumu bothered to sell his final comeback little more compelling. The finishing move was brutal.


3. The Young Bucks vs. Davey Richards & Harry Smith

This was awesome. The Bucks turn shit into gold, they're absolutely tremendous. I had low expectations for this one, but the Bucks not only saved the match, they also elevated it. Their antics kept things fresh all the time. Nick Jackson rules the damn world. Harry was really good here, it's so good to see him doing his own thing outside of WWE.


4. Naruki Doi vs. Willie Mack

Solid. Doi was playing a prick very well, some funny interactions with the crowd. The finish rocked, it was Mack shifting into his beast mode.


5. Joey Ryan, Peter Avalon, Ray Rosas & Demus 3:16 vs. Candice LeRae, B-Boy, Cedric Alexander & Mascarita Dorada

Awesome! Colorful characters, nice action, and a lot of fun. Mascarita Dorada and Demus highlighted this one, and this is the best Cedric Alexander match Iíve seen. The crod was hot here.


6. The Spiked Mohicans vs. The RockNES Monsters

Very good. Ricochet and especially CIMA were having a good time, they really made everything work and it was an entertaining watch. Goodtime was great too, but boy, does Johnny Yuma sucks or what?! Every time he enters the ring, the match almost dies. He takes things few steps back. Heís so painfully meh. But overall, this was really good, however, just imagine the Bucks in this match, instead of the RNM. Now, that would fucking rule.


7. Roderick Strong vs. Masaaki Mochizuki

Strike-heavy match, the best singles contest on the show. They were kicking each other silly on few occasions. Both guys are very intelligent wrestlers, and Iím glad Dragon booked this. Mochi is the man.


8. Kevin Steen, Super Dragon & Akira Tozawa vs. El Generico, Masato Yoshino & PAC

The MOTN. To be honest, I was expecting a much crazier match, a much bigger chaos. Instead, this was relatively steady and normal. But thatís not a knock, the match was really good. Everyone did their stuff, and they brought animosity, especially in the form of Steen vs. Generico and Tozawa vs. PAC.. There was a long FIP segment on Generico, that was very good, and Tozawa was the clear MVP of the match. That guy oozes charisma. Good match. Not great, but really good, strong main event.


Awesome show. Sure, it lacked the red hot Reseda crowd that would make some better atmosphere, but the show was very consistent, there was a ton of solid/good wrestling in the undercard, and the main event was strong. The whole event just flew by, so big thumbs up for this one.
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2CWís ď11th HourĒ-11/11/11
First Class vs. Steve McKenzie/Loca Vida vs. Dewie and the Beast(ELIMINATION TAG):**1/4
-Match didnít start as well with Dewie and the Beast in there but once they got eliminated the match had a chance to flow
-Accomplished the goal as a 2CW opener with some big dives from the top rope onto the outside and got the fans on their feet
-Loca Vida and Kevin Graham probably stood out the most in this match

ZS3 vs. Sean Carr vs. Muscle Marcos(FIRST ROUND MATCH OF THE 2CW GRAND PRIX):**
-ZS3 is a 2CW original yet a heel technically hear so he gets a little bit of a mixed reaction, Sean Carr is a young local wrestler that the fans really get behind, and Muscle Marcos is indeed Marcos from the Ring Crew Express
-Traditional 3-way really which comes with all the flaws and strengths of it. Get the heel double team and then the face removes one and is able to go on a flurry, heels eventually turn on each other
-Basic stuff but not terrible. Everyone got some stuff in so thatís always a good thing
-The finish wasnít great by any means but with the way it was handled was at least buyable with ZS3 hitting a Claw Slam on Marcos, going straight to taunting/pandering to the fans and Sean Carr quickly gets in there and gets the pinfall. Simple yet down quick enough where you donít end up going ďWHY THE HELL WOULD HE LOOK THE OTHER WAY SO LONGĒ

Tommassa Ciampa vs. Cheech(FIRST ROUND MATCH OF THE 2CW GRAND PRIX):***
-This is the match that Ciampa would begin to show the 2CW fans what heís got. Sadly as soon as he is about to become one of 2CW's main guys he gets injured. Can't wait to see him when he comes back
-Cheech is the most underrated heel on the American independents HANDS DOWN!
-This match was clipped a little but I donít really remember how much but it didnít affect the match
-I liked how Cheech had Ciampa in the abdominal stretch a few times but the one time Ciampa is able to fight it off is when the finish comes

Nigel McGuiness vs. Eddie Edwards:****
-So youíve probably seen this match before. Not because you invested money to see it but because it was free and Nigel. Most people Iíve seen rate this match between ***-**** with most in the middle there. I am at the high end
-This match is impossible for me to take bias out of since I was there and it was a pretty special match as a fan of Nigelís. Itís not every day you get to see one of your favorite wrestlerís last matches live. You certainly donít usually get that at a smaller show like this. Knowing this match was the first match on his retirement tour was amazing to see and I actually got comped seats to this show to see it which I will forever be thankful for
-This match was sort of segmented with their being points where it almost feels like two different matches. Nonetheless it felt alright
-Nigel was able to deliver a fantastic performance without his signature lariat
-The ending was a little sudden and usually I donít like that but it didnít take away from what I had just saw

Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Mike Bennett(FIRST ROUND MATCH OF THE 2CW GRAND PRIX):**3/4
-Pretty sure after watching this match that Mike Bennett could fit in most companies outside of Ring of Honor
-Bennett played a face here and he was pretty darn good at it
-Pretty decent stuff from these two
Jason Axe vs. Jay Freddie(FIRST ROUND MATCH OF THE 2CW GRAND PRIX) :***1/2
-Well I donít remember this match being this good but it sure was
-Long and storied rivalry between these two in 2CW. They have been in absolute wars and Axe even hung Freddie at a show
-The crowd is behind this match in a big way since 1)the big rivalry between these two and 2)Freddie is in front of his hometown
-These are probably two of 2CWís most prominent local talents with Axe being a former 2CW champion as well as a main heel and Freddie being the current 2CW champion and a main face
-With Freddie you see a little bit more of the indyness because, even though he was trained by ZS3, he has had good number of matches against Eddie Edwards so at least his crispness has improved
-This was a pretty darn good back and forth match and with the crowd it elevated it a little more

Paul London/Brian Kendrick vs. The Olsens(2CW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH):***
-This shall be remembered as the good London/Kendrick match in 2CW
-The Olsens are the tag team champions coming into this match
-Lots of fun. London and Kendrick did their thing and The Olsens did theirs
-There was a pretty impressive wave of moves at one point in the match which included a standing SSP, an overbomb and a running kick to the face and it was awesome and gave the match a little bit extra oomph
-Despite that fun sprint the Olsens botched a few things in the end which took a little steam out of this match
-Not a bad way to end the show

OVERALL:First I would like to say that these 2CW DVDs look a lot better since the last time I bought one. This show does not have commentary but in latter DVDs they would bring back commentary, I believe at Big Event II. The best match on this show is available for free so I donít think Iíll see anyone rushing out to get this show but outside of that there arenít any truly bad matches. It was interesting to watch this show after remember seeing it in person and I donít remember a few of these matches being as good as they were. Axe vs. Freddie delivered. Cheech vs. Ciampa was enjoyable since itís a whole lot of fun to see a guy who is heeling it up to no end get his chest chopped to pieces. The main event did not disappoint which is nice since there was about a 50% chance that London/Kendrick would decide to get drunk and/or high before this match. The bad of this show is about every single ending in this match. None of them were clean in the sense that either the heel cheated or the face got a rollup. That gets annoying after a while. If I remember correctly 2CW had a bad tendency to do these sorts of finishes at this time. Good show by 2CW here overall though and a solid first round to the Grand Prix.
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PWG BOLA 2012 Night 2

TJ Perkins vs Sami Calihan - ***
~ I like seeing TJ show off a bit more attitude. He annoyingly forgets the leg work half way through but then it comes into play for the finish so I guess all is forgiven.

Adam Cole vs Eddie Edwards - ***1/2
~ Really fun match. I'm probably going to sound like a broken record in this, but I could watch Heel Adam Cole until the cows come home. Playing up the humour to begin with, they got serious and the closing minutes were pretty hot. I've rated this equally to their ROH Glory By Honor XI match, it's pretty much on a par with that encounter.

Michael Elgin vs Brian Cage - ***1/4
~ Rather devoid of emotion but they busted out some nice stuff.

Ricochet vs Roderick Strong - ***
~ A crisp contest as you'd expect from these two. Strong works well with pretty much any high flyer.

Team Statutory vs B-Boy, Younger & Mack - **3/4
~ The whole Team Statutory thing just wasn't funny, although it did make me miss old school heel Davey. The trio of Mack, Younger & B-Boy did some good stuff together so it was at least reasonable.

Sami Calihan vs Adam Cole - ***1/4
~ Good stuff here, although they can and have done much better in the past.

Michael Elgin vs Ricochet - ***3/4
~ Awesome, a ton of fun. A classic speed vs muscle contest.

Rick Knox, El Generico & Kevin Steen vs Young Bucks & Brian Cage - ****
~ Classic PWG, this was the very definition of 'fun'. The face in peril stuff with Generico early on was tag team wrestling 101, and built perfectly to the 'surprise' entrance of Steen. Their dynamic was played really well, and I loved the little touches, like the Package Piledriver/Brainbuster combo from their tag team days. Also they didn't overuse Knox so his role was very entertaining too. Another year, another fun non-tourney multi-man match. PWG has got this kinda thing down to tee.

Adam Cole vs Michael Elgin - ***1/2
~ Possibly not quite as epic as they were going for, but there were a couple of excellent nearfalls which kept it very entertaining. Post-match stuff was off the charts too.

A very fun weekend overall, Elgin/Richards from N1 and the Knox/Generico/Steen 6-man from N2 are probably the only standouts but there was very little subpar and both nights are an extremely easy watch. As ever, you just can't go wrong with PWG.
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Stock up on those HDNet sets while they're cheap, fellas. Can't go wrong with Volumes 1-4, 9, or 10.

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Well, Chikara's third iPPV is around the corner, so I decided to re-watch the very first one:

1. Jigsaw vs. El Generico

This was on the pre-show. Crazy, fast paced Lucha sprint with the hot crowd, this was perfect for the card place. And good call on Jigsaw going over. Jig almost never disappoints me, and Generico is Generico, nuff said.


2. The Young Bucks vs. The Colony (Fire Ant & Soldier Ant)

Damn good. This was dangerously close to the **** territory. This is how you work a fast paced, high energy tag match without going into overkill.


3. Sara Del Rey vs. Jakob Hammermeier

Watching Sara dismantling goofy dudes = FUN!


4. Green Ant vs. Tursas

This was an awesome grudge match where every damn move, every little thing mattered. Green Ant is such an underappreciated singles competitor. I know Chikara can struggle with big grudge matches sometimes, but that was not the case here. This rocked. The storytelling was awesome, and you could really feel animosity and tensions between these two. I love this match. Tursas needs to come back, and I definitely need to see more of him.


5. Archibald Peck vs. Colt Cabana

Cabana and his comedy always suck, but damn, he fits so well in Chikara somehow. Archie is a true BOSS, he provided a ton of fun here. Can he do anything wrong? Solid comedy match, very much needed on the show.


6. Gregory Iron vs. Icarus

I admit I felt uncomfortable watching Iron wrestle, because generally I can't hide my feelings towards handicapped people. Anyway, this was solid, your typical story about an underdog trying to overcome big odds. The biggest flaw of the match was the boring middle portion, it really dragged.


7. NO DQ LUCHA DE APUESTA (mask & mask vs. hair & The Eye of Tyr): The Spectral Envoy (UltraMantis Black & Hallowicked) vs. Die BDK (Tim Donst & Ares)

Now, I donít really know what the Eye of Tyr is, because my Chikara history knowledge is relatively weak, but these guys fought really hard over it. Damn good hardcore brawl, such a fresh content from Chikara. The Arena style match, props for booking this one. I guess this marked the end of Die BDK story, but not the end of Donst/Hallowicked.


8. 12 Large Summit Finals for the Grand Championship of CHIKARA: Eddie Kingston vs. Mike Quackenbush

The biggest and the most important clash in Chikara history. This felt big, huge, special. The first ever Grand Champion is going to be crowned. What a great match this was. Itís even better now on the re-watch, one year later. Old shool war, power struggle, where everything mattered. No wasted moves, excellent selling from both, especially from Kingston, mind games, top notch character work, but with both guys willing to play little dirty, because the stakes are damn high. Quack is a crafty and cunning grappling bastard, and Kingston is a warking, willing to go through hell and back to prove his point. So yeah, this was fantastic. The best match in Chikara history, someone correct me if Iím wrong. The post-match crowning with Sweeneyís family was really nice and emotional, but Kingston almost ruined the feel-good moment with his completely unnecessary rant about WWE and TNA, he even name-dropped Cena, Triple H and Styles. WTF was that? SmhÖ


Excellent PPV debut for Chikara. So much variety and color on the card, this was a great trip. They know how to book, how to tell a good story, how to make a show, how to create something really entertaining and unique that separates them from the rest of the crew. Not to mention the high in-ring work quality, which culminated in the unforgettable main event. Big thumbs up for this show.
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Got through both the highspots and the smv Kevin steen DVDs over the last few days. Both great interviews with some decent bonus matches. What's the best way to get my hands on some of Steen's IWS stuff without just getting individual shows? Any compilations around?

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Originally Posted by captaincharisma24 View Post
Got through both the highspots and the smv Kevin steen DVDs over the last few days. Both great interviews with some decent bonus matches. What's the best way to get my hands on some of Steen's IWS stuff without just getting individual shows? Any compilations around?
I know Steen used have his own Best of in IWS comp, but I don't know if he's still selling it. I'd say either check his website or shoot him an email and ask, he's usually very good about responding in a timely manner, especially when it comes to merch.

But I would recommend some old IWS shows. Lots of great cards with Steen, Generico, Sexxxy Eddy, Player Uno, Eddie Kingston, etc.
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just had $150 worth of stuff from rfvideo in the sales cart but I stopped myself. I got so much to watch right now, I don't need more. I got a couple months worth of stuff in my to watch pile right now.
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