Davey Richards vs. Roderick Strong (4/1/2011)-****
-Damn good rematch from these guys, always great chemistry. They were building this as the rematch to Final Battle 2010. There was a lot of good back and forth and got lots of time (guessing about 30 minutes) and stiff as hell where Davey got a busted mouth which added to the drama of the match. They worked at a really good pace but damn did they knock it up to second gear in the second half which lots of craziness and spectacle. Spots include crazy backbreakers, Gibson Drivers, Enzuigiris, Ankle Lock and Germans. This being Roddy/Richards number 2351847; these guys are incapable of putting on a bad match with each other. Excellent Stuff.
Super Smash Brothers vs Unbreakable F'n Machines ***1/4
Future Shock vs Dojo Bros **
Steenerico vs Briscoes **1/2
Young Bucks vs Unbreakable F'n Machines ***
Steenerico vs Future Shock **3/4
Willie Mack vs B-Boy **3/4
Sami Callihan vs Drake Younger ***
Young Bucks vs Steenerico ****1/4
Not the best show ever but worthwhile for the last 30 minutes of the show. Opener was exactly what you'd expect from them 4 working an opener. I just wished we'd got more of ICMG on the show. SSB tag was fine and all things considered they held it together really well at the end. I'm guessing SSB were supposed to win and drop to the Young Bucks. They improvised well though. Future Shock vs Dojo Bros was fun at first but then it kept going and going and going. O'Reilly is insufferable for me right now but Cole's the greatest. Just leave Cole to do his own thing please. Briscoes are really bad. I haven't watched a Briscoes match for a long time now but they fucking stunk in this. Mark's retard shtick is awful. Steenerico didn't really seem on it enough here to make up for them. Bucks/Machines was good. Bucks are the best thing going bar none right now and they can always work a strong control segment. Steenerico/FS was fine. Improvement on the Briscoes match but not much to it and O'Reilly fucking sucks. B-Boy/Mack was fine. Younger/Sami was better than last time out. I'm not going to like their matches so I stopped hoping it would be good. They killed each other but for the most part they achieved what they were going for. I guess. Naturally there's some stuff that is especially lame though. I just knew they'd have a really weak finish after all the stuff they did so I was at least ready for that bullshit at the finish.
Main event is the 4 best Indy workers of recent years doing their thing. Seen a few people already slam this for the lack of selling at the end but it never bothered me. I mean there was only really Generico's recovery from More Bang For Your Buck but it was a necessity for the finish and a fine trade off because the finish ruled. Played off the story of the show with the Bucks squirming victories at every chance like only they can do. It's a large part of their characters and how they get their heat. They're so damn good at winning when it seems impossible. I like that. Control segment and especially Generico's selling was brilliant. Steen's yell right at the end was done really well as a massive turning point in his story with Generico. Fuck our differences, let's just kill these pricks. Their feud coming full circle here vs Young Bucks was a neat little touch too. Knox pissed the fuck off at Bucks winning was another super little touch too. I know I've called Bryce Remsburg the worst human being on the planet for doing something similar but I'm pretty sure that prick doesn't have the backstory and does it because he just wants to be over.
Generico's farewell is why I love wrestling. Just phenomenal. I actually brought Steen's tease for a split second. Their story coming full circle and being closed off like that was just perfect and fitting to how great their whole run together was. Steen's final line of "I'd be nothing without you" was as on the money as you can get. I'm so glad they got to close their story on the Indies off in such a perfect manner. Warning: you'll shed a tear at some point during the last 10 minutes and you'll have the biggest smile ever at Generico's last line. Legit one of the best workers today and in the modern era. Deserves every bit of success he gets and you can just tell he's the best human being too. Normally I don't care what happens to guys in WWE because they'll get a big pay cheque if nothing else but I really hope Generico has all the success he deserves there.
Non spoiler version: get a hold of the last 30 minutes by any means. Necessary or not.
1. Adam Cole vs. Silas Young - ***
2. SCUM vs. Briscoes and Jay Lethal - ** 1/2
3. Adam Cole vs. Davey Richards - *** 1/2
4. Kevin Steen vs. Michael Elgin vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Roderick Strong - *** 3/4
6. Semi-Finals: Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico
7. Willie Mack vs. B-Boy
8. KNOCKOUT OR SUBMISSION ONLY: Sami Callihan vs. Drake Younger
Enjoyed the hell out of this, up until the finish, where the Superman schtick from Drake was too much. The match would be epic if they played that out differently. And the match ended by TKO, and TKO is not “knockout or submission only”. Just sayin’.
Again, would be even better without the Superman schtick. Loved the ending sequence. The Bucks must never lose the straps again. Generico’s send-off was great. You will be missed, man.
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