Written by: Bob Colling
House of Hardcore #1
From: Poughkeepsie, NY
Opening Contest: Crowbar vs. Shawn Daivari: Crowbar cheap shots Daivari after a handshake a few minutes into the match to pick up the pace of the match. Daivari battles back quickly with a clothesline and chops. Crowbar avoids a big splash in the corner and Crowbar leg drops Daivari in the groin area a couple of times. On the floor, Crowbar drops Daivari across the guard railing chest first. Daivari stopped Crowbar on the top with several chops and continued his offense with a backdrop. Daivari plants Crowbar with a tornado DDT and heads to the top rope. Shawn hits a big splash and that’s good enough for the win. (*1/2. Nothing special of a match. It was rather basic and these two didn’t seem to click all that well to me. Plus, it was odd to see Daivari playing the face role.)
Second Contest: The FBI vs. Danny Doring & Roadkill: This is being promoted as the final battle between these two teams. Doring and Guido start off the contest providing with a faster paced start compared to the first match. They do a standoff and the fans applaud their efforts. Doring tags in Roadkill after avoiding a double elbow drop. Roadkill gets a two count after a side slam on Mamaluke. Doring hits a jaw breaker sending Mamaluke to the floor where Doring hit a slingshot cross body. Guido shoves the referee and the referee hip tosses Guido. The referee covers and Roadkill only counts a two. Mamaluke doesn’t want to tag in with Roadkill involved. On the floor, Big Sal and little Roadkill are shoving each other but nothing happens. Mamaluke does tag in and hits a tilt a whirl head scissors on Roadkill. Doring enters only to be tripped by Big Sal and Guido hits a middle rope leg drop. Doring is being worked over by the FBI. Roadkill gets the hot tag and slams Mamaluke. Roadkill hits a splash off the middle rope but Guido breaks the count up. Doring superkicks Mamaluke off the apron and Tony hits the guard railing chest first. Doring and Roadkill hit a wheelbarrow/leg drop combo and that leads to the win. (**. An average match at best, but they did much better and memorable stuff twelve years ago in ECW.) After the match, Roadkill gets on the microphone, which hardly ever does, and thanks the guys for their run in ECW and says he respects them. Roadkill says ECW is the past and HOH is the future. I’m almost certain every company that has ever tried to get going has said that. Doring says that if there wasn’t an FBI there wouldn’t be a Doring and Roadkill.
The announcers are really kissing up to Tommy Dreamer for his association with Family Wrestling Entertainment to put a show together.
Third Contest: Jazz vs. Winter: Jazz starts the match off by simply shoving Winter down. Jazz nicely counters a head scissors with a half Boston Crab but Winter reaches the bottom rope. Winter stomps away on Jazz in the corner to get the advantage, but Jazz turns the advantage into her favor with strikes. Jazz misses in the corner and Winter hits a backbreaker for a near fall. Jazz eventually fights back with a couple of butterfly suplexs. Winter clotheslines Jazz in the corner a couple of times for a near fall. Late in the bout, Jazz wins the match following a sit out slam. (*1/2. I’m not a fan of Winter. She just seems to wrestle an awkward style. The crowd wasn’t into it and I didn’t care for it, either.)
Fourth Contest: Alex Reynolds vs. Tony Nese Mikey Whipwreck is the special referee for the bout. Mikey trained both men. They start off with some basic wrestling in the opening minute or so of the contest. Reynolds mocks like he just rubbed one off onto Nese. Nese responds with a spinning heel kick and sends Reynolds to the floor. Nese puts Reynolds in a pretzel like submission bur Reynolds breaks free and drops Tony with a right hand. These two are showcasing some nice athletic ability, actually, mostly Nese. Nese takes Reynolds out with a big suicide dive and the crowd is going nuts for him! Reynolds hits a swinging neckbreaker on the apron to get the advantage. Reynolds gets a two count after a straight jacket neckbreaker. Reynolds dropkicks Nese and taunts the fans. Whipwreck teases punching Reynolds for not listening to him but doesn’t. Nese delivers a face buster, a spin kick and a nice German suplex for a two count. Reynolds rolls Nese up and uses the ropes for leverage but Whipwreck sees it. Nese slams Reynolds with one arm and delivers a kick to the face in the corner for a two count. Nese misses a 450 splash but lands on his feet. Reynolds stops Nese with the Reynolds Wrath but only gets a near fall. Nese hits a reverse hurricanrana and a leaping knee strike in the corner. Reynolds kicks Whipwreck into the ropes and Nese is crotched on the top rope. Whipwreck hits the Whipper Snapper and Nese wins after the 450 splash. (***1//4. I’ve heard that this match was must-see, but it’s a solid bout. I didn’t like Whipwreck getting involved and costing Reynolds the match. I feel like it takes away from the match, personally. TNA shouldn’t have let Nese go. Alex Reynolds should have a breakout 2013.)
Scott Steiner comes out wearing an New World Order shirt and has a microphone. I smell a shoot coming. Steiner talks about his Twitter account and how Bischoff and Hogan couldn’t handle the truth. Here comes Luke Gallows to cut Steiner off. He has Eddie Kingston with him as well.
Fifth Contest: Scott Steiner vs. Luke Gallows: Steiner clotheslines Gallows to the floor with a clothesline to start the bout. Back in the ring, Scott works over Luke with a series of strikes and a clothesline before dropping an elbow. Steiner hits Gallows over the back on the floor with a chair two times. Steiner grabs a kendo stick and whacks Gallows over the back. Steiner gets a two count after an overhead suplex. Kingston distracts Steiner and Gallows nails Steiner with a big boot before hammering away on Scott. Gallows leg drops Steiner on the apron and plays to the crowd. Gallows works over Steiner on the floor with a series of chair shots. Rick Steiner has come down to ringside! Rick is stalking Eddie Kingston to make the match equal. Gallows misses a big splash coming off the ropes. Steiner atomic drops Gallows and follows up with a series of clotheslines. Gallows runs into a big boot and Steiner hit a belly to belly suplex for a near fall. Steiner catches Luke coming off the middle rope and hits an over head suplex for a near fall again. Gallows plants Steiner with a DDT for a two count. Kingston punches Scott from the middle rope and Luke nearly wins with a middle rope elbow drop. Rick Steiner and Kingston get involved in the ring. Steiner puts Gallows away with a Flatliner of sorts. (**. An alright brawl but the match wasn’t interesting. I do like Gallows and feel like he can be a solid wrestler for TNA. Steiner has to be near the end of his wrestling days.)
The Masterlock Challenge is up next with Chris Masters. Masters puts the Masterlock on a fan and keeps the hold on. The next contestant is Hale Collins. Hale tries to break the hold and makes good progress but Masters lets go and pummels Collins.
Sixth Contest: Chris Masters vs. Hale Collins: This is an official contest. Hale kicks Masters several times to get out of the corner but Masters stops him with a backbreaker. Masters hits a delayed vertical suplex. Masters is working over Hale’s back, but Collins kicks his way out. Collins continues to deliver several kicks and gets a near fall. Collins hits a Fame-Asser but Masters kicks out. Collins knocks Masters off the middle rope but a masked man shoves Collins off the top and Masters wins with a spine buster. (**. A short, but fine match here. Masters has done a great job of improving in the ring and getting a body that isn’t enhanced illegally. Collins is a fine young talent as well.)
Seventh Contest: Rhino vs. Sami Callihan: Sami nails Rhino with a yakuza kick and a t-bone suplex before the bell sounds. Rhino quickly comes back with a clothesline. Rhino knocks Sami off the top to the floor. They exchange blows on the floor for a few moments. Sami chops the ring post, which seems to a popular spot nowadays. Rhino slams Callihan onto the apron for a near fall back in the ring. Rhino drops Callihan down the mat gut first after lifting him up into the air for a near fall. Sami fights back with a running boot in the corner three times for a two count. They end up on the ramp way where Rhino runs and drives a chair into Sami’s face. Rhino jumps off the chair but Sami kicks him in midair. Sami flips onto Rhino in the ring for a two count. Rhino nearly wins with a spine buster. Moments later, Rhino goes for the Gore but Callihan jumps up and locks in a choke hold! Rhino doesn’t give up. On a second try, Rhino it the Gore but only got a two count. Sami avoids another Gore and locks in the Stretch Muffler but can’t make Rhino give in. Rhino spikes Sami with a piledriver but only gets a near fall. Rhino proceeds to hit a middle rope piledriver and wins the match. (**3/4. A solid match with a really sick finishing move. The announcers have never seen that move, which makes me think they haven’t followed Rhino’s career. Rhino continues to have a resurgence in his career.)
Big Daddy V is introduced and beats up a couple of jobbers. Eventually, Spike Dudley comes out and hits the Acid Drop on Big Daddy V.
Adam Copeland comes out to cut a promo for the show. Adam says the reason he is here is because of Tommy Dreamer, one of his best friends. He says that Dreamer was up all the time putting the show on. He is happy the fans showed up and are having fun. Adam goes on to talk about memorable moments in Poughkeepsie. He proceeds to put over the four guys involved in the next match.
Eighth Contest: The Young Bucks vs. Paul London & Brian Kendrick: Kendrick and Matt kick off the contest. They are focusing on mat wrestling based moves in the opening moments. Matt slaps Kendrick in the face and Kendrick comes back with a series of blows. London double stomps Matt’s left arm from the top rope. Nick tags in but is tossed overhead by London. London hits Nick with a dropsault. Kendrick comes back in and hit a double hip toss and dropkick. Nick is rammed groin first into Matt in the corner. Kendrick is worked over by the Bucks with some simple offense in the corner. London gets the hot tag and backdrops Nick to the floor from the apron. Paul follows up with a spinning heel kick on Matt. Nick pulls London to the floor but the Bucks hit a double team kick to get control. Bucks continue to work over London with a double dropkick. London hits a tornado DDT/kick combo to break free and tags in Kendrick. Kendrick cleans house with forearm shots and dropkicks. Kendrick hits a Torture Rack slam but can’t get a three on the cover. Nick drops Kendrick with a spinning kick to the head. Kendrick and London hit stereo suicide dives, two times. London heads to the top to double stomp Matt but only gets a two count. London tries for the dropsault/moonsault but Matt got his knees up on the moonsault. Nick superkicks London on the floor and Kendrick nearly loses to a sidekick/superkick combo! London walks into a double superkick. London blocks a 450 splash with a his knees. Kendrick hits the Slice Bread and London hits the Shooting Star Press on Matt. Kendrick gets the three on the cover to win. (***1/2. A good match that saw the last three minutes provide some very good fast pace wrestling. Two tag teams that should be part of the major three companies if they wanted to be.)
Main Event: FWE Heavyweight Champion Tommy Dreamer vs. Mike Knoxx vs. Carlito: All three men show respect for each other when the bell sounds. The fans already want Sandman. Carlito wants Dreamer and Knoxx to start off, and they do. Dreamer clotheslines Knoxx to the floor and Carlito enters the ring. Carlito springboards off the middle rope and after landing hits Dreamer with a dropkick. Carlito spits an apple into Knoxx’s face. Knoxx comes off the ropes to deliver a double clothesline. Knoxx splashes Carlito after sending Dreamer hard into the corner. On the floor, Knoxx crotches Dreamer on the guard railing. Carlito slingshots over the top to take Knoxx out. Dreamer sends Carlito into the ring post. Tommy rings the ring bell on Carlito’s groin. Carlito drop toe holds Dreamer face first into the chair and gets a near fall. Knoxx big boots Carlito but Dreamer hits a cross body on Knoxx. Carlito goes under the ring to get a ladder. Carlito nails both Knoxx and Dreamer with the ladder in the midsection. Dreamer is sent back first into the ladder. Knoxx tries to slam Carlito but Knoxx is dropkicked onto the ladder, which breaks rather easily. Knoxx backdrops Carlito onto the ladder and nearly pins Dreamer with a cross body. Dreamer plants Knoxx with a DDT but only gets a near fall! Tommy has gotten a table and sets it up on the floor. Dreamer tries to suplex Carlito from the ring through the table, but Carlito blocks it. Dreamer manages to send Carlito through the table off the apron with a Death Valley Driver! Knoxx clotheslines Dreamer to avoid a kendo stick shot. Knoxx is stopped on the top by Dreamer. Dreamer is crotched on a ladder after trying for a superplex on Knoxx out of the corner. Carlito hits the Backstabber on Dreamer and Knoxx misses a top rope leg drop. Carlito pins Dreamer to win the match and title! (***. A good match to close the show. I was surprised that Dreamer lost here, but it was a good call. All the praise for Dreamer and then loses the match. These three put on a good showing and did some spots I wouldn’t expect them to do here. A nice way to close the show.) After the match, Dreamer embraces Carlito. The fans are chanting for HOH. Raven comes out and along with Knoxx attacks Dreamer and Carlito. The Sandman makes his way out and cleans house with just a couple of kendo stick shots.
The show started off rather slowly, but it picked up and ended up being a solid overall show. The main event was surprising and the tag match was a good bout. The card was well balanced and the fans were into the show for the most part. Nice job, Dreamer. I’ll give the show a thumbs up.
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