Written by: Bob Colling
Squared Circle Wrestling presents 2CWathon
From: Watertown, NY
Jason Axe starts the show to cut a promo and talks about having a title match on internet pay per view for everyone to see and he was made a fool of. He says he was through a ladder a bloody mess. He won a number one contenders match in Oswego and has waited long enough to get his title shot so he wants the shot to open the show. Isys Ephex comes out and says that he is the champion and the champ goes on last. However, the match starts anyway.
Opening Contest: 2CW Heavyweight Champion Isys Ephex vs. Jason Axe: Ephex hammers away on Axe and drops Jason across the top rope sending the challenger to the floor. Isys hits a slingshot cross body to the floor. Isys rams Jason face first into the guard railing a few times to maintain control of the match. Axe avoids a big boot in the corner and kicks the back of Isys. Jason rips Ephex’s jeans as the champion isn’t wearing his gear. Axe drops Isys with a couple of right hands and follows up with a scoop slam and a senton splash for a near fall. Axe hits a baseball slide to Ephex’s groin in the corner. Axe takes Ephex over with a suplex for a two count. Isys fakes Axe out with a cross body but hits one soon enough and drops Axe with a series of clotheslines followed by a head scissors. Ephex hits a spin kick to drop Jason to the canvas. They trade a couple of kicks but Axe hits a modified Codebreaker but is stopped with a low blow. Ephex hits a Death Valley Driver for a near fall. Isys attempts a double under hook but Axe blocks it and attempts a Death Valley Driver as well but Ephex blocks it and goes back to the double under hook. Axe got out of it and fakes an injury only to fail at an attack and Isys rolls him up for the win. (*1/2. A very basic match between these two that didn’t offer much for excitement. Thankfully that wasn’t the main event.)
Second Contest: Michael Elgin vs. Rhino: Neither man budges following a collision in the middle of the ring after a few times. Elgin decides to scoop slam and then dropkick Rhino to get control of the bout. Rhino backdrops Elgin to the apron and to the floor where he hits a slingshot cross body to the floor! Elgin sends Rhino hard back first into the guard railing and they trade a few shots. Rhino hits a snap suplex on the floor! Elgin avoids a clothesline and Rhino hits the ring post. Elgin rams Rhino into the railing and apron. Rhino battles back with a back suplex on the apron before they return to the ring. Rhino hits a spear in the corner but not a full fledge GORE for a near fall. They continue to trade strikes until Rhino delivers a boot and a clothesline for another two count. Rhino comes out of the corner and they collide heads. Elgin with a series of clubbing blows to send Rhino into the corner but Rhino stops him with a back elbow.
Elgin plants Rhino with a swinging side slam but only gets a near fall on the cover. Elgin yells for the Buckle Bomb. Rhino counters with a backdrop but runs into a big boot. Rhino has Elgin on the top turnbuckle and hits a superplex for a near fall. Rhino hits a belly to belly suplex and that looks to set up the GORE. Rhino waits in the corner but Elgin delivers a big boot to knock Rhino down. Elgin hits an impressive dead lift German suplex for a near fall. Elgin wants the Buckle Bomb but Rhino gets out of it, ducks a clothesline and hits the GORE for a near fall! Rhino looks for the piledriver but Elgin rams Rhino into the corner and misses a splash. Rhino hits another GORE and that gets the victory. (***. A good match between these as their styles worked very well. There wasn’t a down period during the match, as they kept a good pace and the brawling was solid throughout. Elgin and Rhino were impressive and both motivated to perform well.)
Third Contest: Bin Hamin, Pete D. Order & Eric M. Timmins vs. Steve McKenzie, Loco Vida & Zaquary Springate III: Oh dear God… This is a feud that has been going on for a long time and I have no interest in it. The finish saw Springate hit a top rope swanton bomb and all three good guys pinned Timmins to end the match. Moving along to more exciting action…
Fourth Contest: Kevin Graham & Punisher Van Slyke vs. Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong: Graham and Edwards kick off the match. Edwards gets control of the bout working over Graham’s left arm as the fans are heavily behind him. Kevin gets out of a head scissors on the canvas and gets an arm lock on Eddie for a brief time. Graham chops Eddie but they don’t bother Edwards. Edwards returns the chops and drops Kevin easily with them before tagging in Roderick whop does the same repeated times in the corner. Kevin backs Roderick into his corner and tags in Pun to trade chops with Strong. Edwards sneaks a tag and chops Pun with Strong and knocks Graham off the apron with a big boot. Pun gets dropped with a double front slam. Edwards and Strong continue to double team Pun with running big boots in the corner for a near fall. Pun comes back with a clothesline to both Eddie and Roderick before tagging in Graham. Kevin works over Roderick with chops but they exchange blows in the corner.
Strong hits a leaping spin kick to get a near fall on Graham. Strong hits a back breaker and Edwards delivers a slingshot knee drop from the apron. Eddie drops Kevin with another vicious chop. Pun clotheslines Edwards from the apron to help his partner and hammers away on Eddie. Graham tags back in and dropkicks Eddie for a near fall. Edwards blocks a suplex attempt and delivers an elbow strike followed by a kick to Graham’s head. Strong gets the tag and hits a running knee/clothesline it looked like followed by a dropkick. Strong works over both Pun and Graham with a knee in the corner and bulldogs Graham onto Pun for a near fall. Strong hits an Olympic Slam for a two count on Graham. Kevin gets dropped to the canvas, but he nearly pins Strong after Pun pulled Edwards to the floor. A chop block/clothesline combo by Graham and Pun on Roderick for a near fall.
Edwards kicks Graham of the middle rope and Pun is sent to the floor where Edwards takes Pun out with a suicide dive. Strong with a few kicks and a nice back breaker on Graham. Strong has Graham over his shoulder as Edwards hits a top rope double stomp and Strong gets the win. (***. An enjoyable tag team match thought it felt like Graham and Pun didn’t get a lot of offense in. Despite that, Edwards and Strong were really entertaining and had a solid match with two local talents. Graham and Pun are a good tag team despite the lack of offense here.)
Fifth Contest: Nick Ando vs. Dick Justice: Ando slingshots into the ring and is met with a shoulder block from Justice. Ando delivers a forearm shot to Justice but Dick hits a springboard arm drag to send Ando to the apron. Ando drops Dick throat first across the top and hits a slingshot head scissors. Ando knocks Justice off the middle rope to hit a clothesline for a near fall. Justice counters a Boston Crab by spinning Ando to the canvas. Nick delivers a few forearm strikes but runs into a swinging side slam. Justice nails Ando with a bicycle kick but can’t get a three count on the cover. Ando works over Justice’s back after getting out of a power bomb and nearly wins with another clothesline. Dick delivers a right hand to send Ando to the apron again. Ando shoves Dick off the middle rope and hits a missile dropkick. Ando locks in the Boston Crab and gets a submission to win the match. (*1/2. I suppose that was going to be as good as I expected it to be.)
Sixth Contest: Cheech vs. Jay Freddie vs. Dalton Castle vs. Tyson Dux vs. Gregory Iron vs. AR Fox: This one might by difficult to cover properly as most multi-man matches tend to be. Cheech and Fox go tot eh floor as everyone does with Freddie going with Castle and Dux brawling with Irons. Castle is sent into the railing and chopped. Cheech sends Fox into the railing as well. Castle dropkicks Freddie and rams him into the apron. Cheech kicks Fox on the floor while Dux works over Iron. In the ring, Castle elbows Freddie but is met with an arm drag a few times and a backdrop. Freddie dropkicks Castle to the floor but Dux enters to toss Freddie to the outside. Iron is behind Dux and sends him to the floor. Iron hits a suicide dive onto Dux and Castle on the floor. Cheech takes Iron, Castle and Dux out with a somersault dive on the floor. Freddie hits a suicide cross body onto everyone on the floor, except for AR Fox who hits a springboard corkscrew dive, which is insane to see.
Dux enters the ring and runs the ropes several times before stopping and taunting the fans. Iron gets met with a kick to the midsection but plants Dux with a DDT moments later. There is a line of head scissors in the ring with everyone having a head scissors until Freddie puts the Sharpshooter on Dux and spins everyone around. A triple vertical suplex by the faces to take the heels down takes place. Iron, Freddie and Fox proceed to hit stereo suicide dives to the floor. Fox and Freddie begin to trade forearm shots. Freddie gets the advantage but misses a forearm and sent to the corner thanks to a kick from Fox. Fox delivers a dropkick and a shooting star senton in the corner! Freddie counters a springboard Spanish Fly by hitting a middle rope German suplex! Castle hits a spinning front slam on Freddie but Iron hits a top rope cross body and a leaping Flatliner. Dux drives Iron into the corner with a Death Valley Driver. Cheech nearly pins Dux with a rollup but delivers a knee strike across the middle rope. Castle knee lifts Cheech in the corner. Castle catches Cheech to hit the dead-lift German but AR Fox hits a 450 splash to pin Dalton. (***1/2. That was constant action and the head scissor spot was one that I don’t recall ever seeing in a scramble match such as this. I enjoyed this one quite a bit and is one of the better multi-man matches 2CW has had.)
Seventh Contest: 2CW Tag Team Champions Sean Carr & Kage vs. Tommy Dreamer & Colin Delaney: Carr and Delaney kick off the title match. Early on, they trade wrist locks and neither man can get control so we get a standoff. They tease tagging in Dreamer and Kage, and they do just that. They trade shoulder blocks with neither guy budging. Dreamer takes Kage down with a drop toe hold but runs into a back elbow. Carr tags in but is met with a hip toss and an arm drag. Delaney enters to work over Carr’s arm briefly before tagging Dreamer back in. Tommy lays into Carr with a few chops and Colin hits a top rope double stomp across Sean’s arm. Carr takes Colin over with a hurricanrana but Colin hits a heel kick only for Carr to deliver the same. Carr hits a middle rope moonsault for a near fall. Colin dropkicks Kage off the apron and soon hits a suicide dive while Dreamer jabs Carr before delivering an elbow strike. Dreamer spits a drink into Carr’s face but Kage crotches Dreamer over the railing. Colin dropkicks Carr into the guard railing from the ring. Kage drops Colin chest first to the canvas for a two count.
Colin is getting double teamed in the corner by the champs. Carr hits a high knee in the corner but can’t keep Delaney down on the canvas. Colin kicks Carr in the head and Kage tags in to keep control with stomps in the corner. Carr takes Delaney over with a snap suplex for a two count. Kage clotheslines Delaney but misses a splash in the corner. Dreamer and Carr get the tags with Dreamer cleaning house with clotheslines. Dreamer sends Carr face first into the corner for a two count. Colin dropkicks Kage into the railing. Colin gets a chair from a fan and sets it up in the ring. Dreamer comes off the ropes and Carr hits a drop toe hold into the chair for a near fall. Kage has Coli on his shoulders but Delaney breaks free and sends Kage into Carr. Dreamer plants Kage with a DDT while Carr is crotched on the top rope. Delaney hits a top rope senton assisted by Dreamer. Dreamer has Carr looking for a Death Valley Driver but Carr counters with a rollup to win the match. It looks like Delaney covered Kage to make it look like a double pin. (**1/2. A fine tag match between these two teams. The finish didn’t convey any kind of controversy, which kept it from being a hot finish. Nonetheless, a fine match between these two teams.) After the match, Dreamer wants a rematch without any rules. Dreamer gives them the belts and hopes to work in front of the people in Watertown again.
Eighth Contest: Mschif vs. Jessica Havok: Mschif yells at Havok and is greeted with forearm shots to start the contest. Havok runs towards the corner and is yelled at again which briefly stopped her. Mschif tries to yell but Havok grabs her face. Mschif gets a submission hold on Havok but isn’t getting a submission. Mschif continues to get some interesting submission moves on Havok but can’t get a submission. Havok delivers an overhand chop a few times as the fans chant that Havok is going to kill her. Havok slams Mschif head first into the canvas several times for a near fall. Havok lifts Mschif up for an elevated full nelson submission but lets go for a near fall. Mschif hits a hurricanrana of sorts to send Havok face first onto the canvas. Havok delivers a running boot in the corner and taunts the fans. Mschif blocks a third kick with a right hand to the midsection. Mschif with several strikes and sends Havok face first into the bottom turnbuckle.
Mschif jumps up and down on Havok’s back for a two count. Mschif connects with a reverse DDT but only gets a two count on the cover. Havok drives Mschif down with a back breaker several times. Mschif counters with a head scissors takedown. Havok goes for a choke slam but Mschif gets out of it and takes Havok over with a German suplex for a near fall. Havok gets out of an arm trapped DDT but is nearly pinned anyway. Mschif hits a flipping sunset flip but Havok gets out before three. Havok gets out of the arm trapped DDT and hits a backdrop driver for the win. (*1/2. I wasn’t overly entertained by these two. They got plenty of time to do their thing, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.)
Main Event: Johnny Gargano & OI4K vs. Kevin Steen & The Young Bucks: Steen is dressed similar to how the Bucks suit up and it’s rather humorous. All six men go at it in the ring with the referee unable to get any order, not that he is trying. Jake dropkicks Nick off the apron to the floor and Matt is sent to the floor with a dropkick. Steen is in the ring with all three opponents and is met with a trio of dropkicks sending him to the floor. Steen chops Gargano on the floor while the Bucks and OI4K brawl on the other side. Steen taunts a little kid as he works over Jake on the floor. Nick is met with an atomic drop by Gargano, who puts the Crossface on Matt briefly. Dave enters and works over the left arm of Matt and tags in Jake to hit senton splash off the top across the arm of Matt for a near fall. Matt continues to be worked over but refuses to stay down for long.
Nick tags in and Gargano isn’t aware of it. Nick nails Gargano with an elbow shot and rams Johnny into the corner. Gargano is now getting worked over in the corner while the referee was distracted. Steen kicks Garagno in the leg and plays to the crowd. Gargano is sent hard into the corner and Steen gets a two count on his cover attempt. Gargano is sent into two boots in the corner thanks to the Bucks. Bucks hit a backbreaker/flipping neck breaker. Bucks dropkick Jake off the apron. Steen knocks Gargano down with a forearm strike and blows snot at Dave and Jake to allow a triple team. Johnny is held in the corner as Matt delivers a back scratch after a few cartwheels. Steen does a hilarious attempt of the same and bites the lower back of Gargano before hitting a suplex. Johnny continues to be worked over in the corner as the fans try to get behind him. Gargano fights out of the corner with elbow strikes and Nick accidentally kicks Matt!
Johnny hits a Flatliner/DDT combo on the Bucks and tags in both Dave and Jake to have them clean house with strikes. Steen misses a clothesline and Dave drops him with a kick. Dave hits a neck breaker on Nick, who hits Matt with a DDT for a near fall. Matt gets worked over in the corner as Jake gets a near fall. Bucks with a power bomb/kick in the corner and Steen hits a cannonball on Dave for a two count. Gargano plants Steen with a slingshot DDT from the apron back into the ring but the Bucks break up the cover. Johnny kicks Nick off the apron and kicks Matt as well. Johnny hits Matt with a spear from the apron into the ring and takes Nick out with a suicide dive. Jake and Dave hit a dive to the floor. Johnny takes Steen over with a hurricanrana and a kick to the head for a two count. Johnny has a Crossface on Steen but the Bucks enter to make the save. Gargano super kicks Matt but Nick goes on a super kick rampage hitting all three men but Johnny takes him out with a clothesline. Johnny has Matt and hits the lawn dart into the corner. Dave and Jake hit a Death Valley Driver/double stomp combo but Steen breaks up the cover attempt.
Steen power bombs Jake and the Bucks super kick Dave while having Jake in a tombstone piledriver to have the move connect. Steen hits the Package Piledriver on Johnny and the Bucks hit the Indy Taker on Gargano to get the three count. (***1/2. Similar to the six man scramble match, this was a lot of fun and they gave a great performance. A nearly twenty minute match and I was entertained throughout.)
I thought it was a really enjoyable show all around. There was some lackluster stuff, but that is outweighed quite significantly by the good action provided. I recommend this show.
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