Written by: Bob Colling
Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling presents Got Head?
From: Philadelphia, PA
Opening Contest: Derek Wylde vs. CJ O’Doyle: Early on they exchange a series of pin attempts with both men only managing to get near falls. Wylde backdrops O’Doyle over the top to the floor and takes him out with a twisting dive over the top to the floor. Wylde continues with a springboard spinning heel kick for a two count. Wylde hits a leg lariat but can’t keep O’Doyle down long enough. Wylde scoop slams O’Doyle and attempts a springboard moonsault but O’Doyle got his knees up. Derek plants CJ with a wheelbarrow bulldog for a near fall. O’Doyle plants Wylde with a reverse DDT. O’Doyle heads to the top rope and hits the leg drop for a near win. Wylde ducks a clothesline to kick O’Doyle on the side of the head. CJ stops Derek on the top rope looking for a top rope German suplex but hits a top rope dragon suplex for the win! (**1/2. I enjoyed this opener as they had some good high spots and they didn’t overkill with it. They seem to keep the matches for the unknown rather short, but they did a good job here fitting enough in for both men to be seen as credible competitors in the company.)
Second Contest: Jack Victory vs. Ricky Vega: There is really no purpose for this match other than Victory is the security for Raven and was seemingly given an easy match. Victory had a minor problem with Vega until he used a chain wrong his fist to knock out the younger wrestler and win the match in just over five minutes. *
Third Contest: Wifebeater vs. Gary Wolfe: They start decking each other to start the match. Wifebeater hits a snap power slam and drives his fist into Wolfe’s groin. Wolfe sends Wifebeater into the guard railing back first. Wifebeater sets up six chairs and looks to power bomb Wolfe but is stopped with a low blow. Wolfe power bombs Wifebeater onto the chairs! Wolfe keeps control with a vertical suplx for a near fall. Wifebeater runs over Wolfe with several clotheslines and attempts a choke slam but Wolfe counters with the Death Valley Driver for the win. (*. Aside from the power bomb onto the chairs, it was a sloppy slugfest and showed that Wifebeater doesn’t excel very well in regular wrestling matches. The push of Wolfe continues.)
Fourth Contest: AJ Styles vs. Joey Matthews: Early on it’s a slow start with both men taunting each other and there not being much wrestling aside from some mat wrestling oriented action. Matthews gets control after a cheap shot as they went for a test of strength. Matthews works over the arm of Styles following an arm drag. Styles gets some control with a side headlock for a few moments. Styles knocks Matthews to the floor with a dropkick and takes Matthews out with a somersault dive over the top to the floor! Styles signals for the Styles Clash but Matthews gets out of the hold but Styles still hits a kip up hurricanrana and a snap power slam for a two count. AJ scoop slams Matthews and hits a knee drop for a two count. Matthews crotches Styles on a springboard and Styles crashes to the floor.
Matthews rams a chair into Styles on the floor and taunts the fans. Joey works over Styles with right hands on the floor and goes to the top after rolling Styles in to hit a clothesline off the top for a near fall. Matthews backdrops Styles for a near fall. Joey keeps control while taunting the fans. Styles decks Joey with a discus clothesline to stop Matthews in his tracks. Styles nails Matthews with a standing spin kick. Styles nails Matthews with the Pele Kick out of nowhere but can’t followup on the advantage quickly. Styles signals of the Styles Clash but Matthews grabs the referee to prevent that from happening. Styles plants Matthews with a springboard reverse DDT but only gets a near fall. Styles attempts a neck breaker but Joey counters and hits a Torture Rack face buster for a near fall. Styles attempts a rollup out of the corner but Matthews sits down and holds the ropes for leverage but only gets a two count. Styles goes for the Styles Clash but Matthews counters and is able to roll Styles up for a clean victory right in the middle of the ring. (***1/4. 3PW continues to put a lot of chips in the basket for Joey Matthews, and I’m perfectly fine with that. This is easily the biggest victory for Joey Matthews in his singles career pinning AJ Styles at the ECW Arena. Matthews is an exceptional heel and he did well in his role here against Styles. Styles was on point as well performing his trademark moves very well.)
Fifth Contest: Roadkill vs. Monsta Mack in a street fight: Roadkill works over Mack in the corner until Mack sends Roadkill over the top and crashing to the floor. Roadkill hits Mack with a drink, which splashes into the fans. Roadkill rams Mack into the pole in the aisle way. Mack has a chair after sending Roadkill to the backstage area. Roadkill tosses a traffic cone at Mack several times which bounces off Mack’s head. Roadkill whacks Mack over the back with a chair and sits Mack onto it. Roadkill leaps off the apron to cross body Mack on the outside. Mack tosses the cone at Roadkill as he was on the top rope. Mack hits a superplex and both men are down. Mack puts the traffic cone in front of Roadkill and goes to the corner where Mack leaps off and hits a missile dropkick in the corner. Mack goes to the corner a second time but Roadkill nails Mack with the traffic cone. Roadkill hits a suplex out of the corner and heads to the top rope but misses a splash. Mack knocks Roadkill down with a lariat before getting two chairs. Roadkill stops Mack and hits a TKO onto the two chairs for the win! (**. A couple of good spots in this one, but it wasn’t all that great. Mack actually hitting the coast to coast dropkick was good to see.)
Sixth Contest: Damian Adams vs. Ruckus: Ruckus takes Adams over with a handspring head scissors and a spinning kick for a near fall. Ruckus keeps control with an arm drag. Adams hits an overhead belly to belly suplex for a two count. Adams hits two snap suplexs and a back suplex for a near fall. Ruckus comes back with a backflip dropkick for a two count. Adams super kicks Ruckus but can’t follow up on the advantage and only gets a near fall. Adams heads to the top but misses an elbow drop. Ruckus drops Adams with a discus forearm shot and a double backflip back elbow. Ruckus nearly wins following a rolling thunder fameasser. Ruckus gets crotched on the top rope and Adams hits a top rope hurricanrana which gets Adams a near fall. They roll around the ring on an inside cradle and Ruckus wins the match. (**1/4. A decent match between these two. A lot of the times Ruckus is hit or miss and tonight he performed very well and Adams was solid as well. Nothing offensive in this match.)
Seventh Contest: 3PW Heavyweight Champion Raven vs. The Sandman in a tables, ladders and chairs match: Raven attacks from behind and sends Sandman into the corner to jab the challenger. Raven sends Sandman to the floor where Sandman sends Raven into the guard railing. Sandman spits some beer into Raven’s face. The fans are 100% behind Sandman. Raven begins to stall on the floor with Jack Victory. Raven comes back in and super kicks Sandman twice for a near fall. Raven drop toe holds Sandman face first onto a chair. Raven gets a table from Victory. Sandman drop toe holds Raven face first onto the chair. Sandman goes to the floor and grabs a ladder. Raven baseball slides the ladder into Sandman’s face. Raven is busted open as he drops the ladder across Sandman’s back. Raven smashes the sides of the ladder into Sandman’s head several times.
Raven smashes a chair into Sandman’s head against the guard railing several times. There are three tables in the ring as Sandman lays a ladder up in the corner. Raven sends Sandman flipping into the ladder. Sandman dropkicks Raven and they both low blow each other on the spot apparently. Sandman sets a table up and drives Raven through the table with a running bulldog in the corner. Jack Victory enters to spear Sandman through a second table! They are trading strikes on their knees until they get to their feet. Raven plants Sandman with a DDT but only gets a near fall on the cover. Sandman comes back with a DDT of his own but Victory pulls the referee out of the ring! Sandman sets up a table and lays Raven across it before climbing the ladder. Sandman misses a swanton bomb and Raven covers to get the win. (**1/2. That wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. There was some decent violence and a comedy spot that got over well with the crowd. I thought it was a fine TLC match between to legendary ECW figures. I think this is what the fans wanted from these two.)
Main Event: Al Snow vs. Sabu: Snow sends Sabu shoulder first into the corner and hits an arm breaker before locking in an arm bar in the opening minutes of the contest. Snow drives Sabu down with a shoulder breaker but Sabu comes firing back with right hands. Snow kicks Sabu right under the chin and wrenches on his head. Snow hits a leaping forearm strike and hits a wheelbarrow German suplex. Snow misses a springboard moonsault and Sabu tosses a chair into the ring. Sabu trips Snow face first onto a chair and hits a springboard dive into the corner for a near fall. Sabu hits a slingshot somersault leg drop but Snow kicks out. Snow misses a slingshot leg drop and Sabu hits a springboard heel kick for a two count. They begin trade right hands with Sabu clotheslining Snow for a near fall. Sabu hits a springboard leg drop for a two count. Sabu tosses a chair at Snow and nearly wins the match.
Snow drives Sabu down with a back breaker and hits a top rope moonsault for a near fall. Snow misses a second moonsault attempt. Snow recovers to work over Sabu with chops in the corner. Sabu sends Snow chest first into the corner and delivers a quick clothesline. Snow clotheslines Sabu on a springboard attempt off a chair. Snow grabs Head but Sabu blocks that with a chair and takes Snow out with a somersault dive over the top to the floor. Snow clotheslines Sabu over the railing into the crowd and they begin to brawl in the crowd. Sabu tosses a chair at Snow and they work their way to the ring. Snow tosses a chair at Sabu’s head at ringside. Snow slides a table into the ring and hits a snap suplex on Sabu followed by a belly to belly suplex. Sabu sets the table up in the corner but Snow cuts him off with strikes and a rolling neck snap.
Sabu fights out of a power bomb attempt and lands on top for a near fall. Snow drives Sabu down with a back suplex. Snow hits the Snow Plow but Sabu gets his boot on the bottom rope. Sabu gets up and plants Snow with a DDT but Al gets his boot on the bottom rope on the cover. Sabu places Al on the table and goes to the top but Snow crotches him with a right hand. Snow hits a superplex sending both men through the table! Al mounts Sabu hammering away with right hands. Snow hits a gut buster and goes back to the table on the floor. Snow sets the table up on the floor and places Sabu onto the table. Snow attempted a moonsault but Sabu yanks him off and takes Snow out with a cross body off the apron to the floor. Sabu hits a springboard cross body hitting the railing as well. Sabu drops Snow with a springboard heel kick for a two count.
Sabu hits the triple jump moonsault but Snow kicks out at two. Snow grabs Head and whacks Sabu over the head but only gets a two count on the cover. Snow is arguing with the referee on the count but maintains control. Snow comes back from the backstage area with the traffic cone. Sabu hits a springboard cross body sending Snow through the table at ringside! Sabu has a cover but Snow kicks out at two. Sabu comes off the top but misses the Arabian Face Buster. Sabu finally gets the victory following a double springboard hurricanrana with Snow landing on a chair. (***1/4. An enjoyable close to the show with both men working pretty well. There were enough high spots in the match to keep my interest throughout. It’s one of Snow’s better matches that I’ve ever watched, as well.)
A decent opener and then there are two good matches with Matthew/Styles and then Sabu/Snow closing the show. The bad stuff or not interesting stuff was kept rather short, which is always good. I thought it was a good show as I enjoyed a lot of the top matches, including Raven/Sandman.
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