Brian Cage vs Drake Younger - **3/4
~ Short opener, did it's job.
Kevin Steen vs Johnny Gargano - ****1/4
~ These two came with their work boots on and boy did they deliver. A fantastic display of counters and reversals here and that finish was incredible.
Michael Elgin vs Roderick Strong - ***
~ Slow and plodding to begin with, but picked up towards the end. Bulk of it was them just trading moves. House-of-fire Strong is always a blast to watch though.
ACH vs Kyle O'Reilly - ****1/4
~ This was so, so good. I love how they've built the idea that Kyle can lock in the cross-armbreaker at any moment and as a reversal to pretty much anything. Crowd was molten for this by the end which certainly helped. Great to see two young guys leaving it all in the ring, they worked their asses off here.
Best Friends vs Willie Mack, B-Boy & Tomasso Ciampa - ***1/2
~ A little breather from all the hard-hitting tournament action, this served its purpose perfectly. Lots of comedy with some genuinely hilarious moments. Also holy shit at Chuck's botch to the outside, that had to suck. Loved Cage coming out to give a receipt to Ciampa.
Johnny Gargano vs Michael Elgin - ***1/2
~ Got off to a great start but then had a period with lots of 'fighting spirit'/no-selling. Exchange where they both kept diving to the mat to lock in the GarganoEscape/Crossface was neat, and I enjoyed the explosive finish which didn't hurt the loser one bit; they both looked like equals. Very good stuff but could have been better if they hadn't slipped into the typical indy no-selling.
Kyle O'Reilly vs Drake Younger - ***
~ This wasn't as horrible as I was expecting, based on previous reviews. Sure, it was a mindless spotfest, and they crammed way too much in and kicked out of ridiculous shit, but at least the action was pretty intense and consistent. Kyle's senton into the chairs was a cool visual as was a couple of the other crazy spots on the outside. I liked Drake not tapping as well; the finish was fitting for his persona.
AR Fox, Candice LeRae & Rich Swann vs Adam F'N Cole and The Young Bucks - ****1/2
~ FUN x1000000000! My PWG MOTY. Candice played the perfect FIP here, and when you pair her up against three douchebag heels such as the Young Bucks and Adam Cole, you have instant gold. Fox and Swan did their flippy shit, and it was great because it was spread out and actually meant something. The spot where Cole cuts off Fox's Lo Mein Pain attempt with the Florida Keys is fucking insane, I've never seen anything like it. Cole & the Bucks have a powerhouse performance here with a memorable finish. Really looking forward to seeing the Mount Rushmore of Wrestling in these multi-man tags going forward.
Kyle O'Reilly vs Michael Elgin - ***1/4
~ Not a BOLA classic by any means, but there was a nice sequence of submissions. Kyle locking in the triangle choke while dangling over the top rope, only for Elgin to counter with a modified top rope Elgin bomb was cool. Segment where they traded kicks and chops while on their knees didn't work; crowd didn't really give a crap and it completely cut off the flow they had going. And we got the overused 'kickout-at-1' moment which is fine when it's well and truly earned but it wasn't here. Finish was good at least.
Post-match angle was AWESOME. Crowd reaction made it.
So, 3 matches above ****? Yeah, this is the PWG show of the year.
I have been looking to make a huge AAW dvd purchase. Specifically from 2005-2009 because those are all $5 a show on DVD.
I've never seen an AAW DVD but I'm a fan of Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black. And im very intrigued by them having huge feuds with wrestlers I've never seen.
I've checked out there website and Defining Moment 09 sounds awesome, they bring in top talent like Young Bucks and the main event is Bryan Danielson vs Silas Young. Other events like Path of Redemption 09 with Davey Richards vs Tyler Black stand out, but I'm also looking forward to discovering new talent.
Can anyone think of shows or matches from 05 to 09 that are must see??
I pondered that myself. Figured I've held off this long, so I'm going in without any spoilers still. Although, I'm 99% confident in my pick to win it all regardless. Matches all seem cut and dry out of the first round.
Seabs, I reckon it's worth holding out and staying spoiler-free purely based on how good Night 2 is. Night 1 has quite a few very average matches however, so I can see yourself hovering over the fast-forward button. Stick it out though, and Night 2 should reward you
I'm talking a bit hypocritically seeing I haven't seen Night 2, yet, but I enjoyed night one. The first half or so is just "trash" matches and overstayed comedy but then it becomes really fun. Nothing out of this world but it's PWG entertainment so you can't go wrong if you have the time to spare.
Well there are two comments to brighten my spirits. Why am I not surprised to hear things improved to split it down the middle? Basically been the story of PWG all year for me. Half the show is poor, meanwhile half delivers.