Written by: Bob Colling
United Wrestling Federation presents Rock N’ Roll Express Tag Team Tournament Night Two
From: Myrtle Beach, SC
Opening Contest: Jay Lethal & Robert Gibson vs Christian York & Joey Matthews: Gibson and Matthews kick off the match with Matthews taunting the fans after backing Gibson into a corner. Gibson arm dragging Matthews a few times until Matthews rolls to the corner to regroup. York tags into the bout and is met with a course of boos. Matthews pretends to take pictures of York to cause frustration for Gibson. Lethal holds York in the corner to allow Gibson to deliver right hands and decks Matthews a few times. Lethal legally tags in and drops York with several strikes. Gibson tags back into the bout and hits a rolling leg snap with Lethal. York gets knocked off the apron by Lethal and Gibson. Lethal focuses his offense on the left leg of Matthews. Lethal hits a top rope double axe handle for a near fall on Matthews. Lethal goes to the top again but is pushed off by York.
York hammers away on Lethal but only gets a two count on the cover attempt. Lethal takes York down with a backslide for a two count. Matthews delivers a running spear in the corner and York hits a cannonball splash for a near fall on Lethal. Matthews keeps Lethal on the canvas following a short arm clothesline. Lethal chops Matthews and York collides with Joey in the corner. Gibson enters and cleans house on the heels until Matthews clubs Gibson from behind. York gets hit with a double dropkick and that’s good enough for the three count. (*1/4. A basic start to the match and really dull action wise. There’s just not much they can do with Gibson in there.)
Second Contest: Damien Wayne & Mike Booth vs. Diamonds In The Rough: Skipper and Wayne kick off the match with Skipper taunting the fans after a go-behind that did nothing of substance. Skipper takes Wayne over with an overhead suplex and does some jumping jacks to taunt his opponents. Booth tags in and Wayne scoop slams Skipper following a leg drop from Booth for a two count. Booth hip tosses Young and tags in Wayne to hit a dropkick/side Russian leg sweep combo for a two count. Wayne hits a delayed vertical suplex on Young for a two count. Booth heads to the top rope and drops down across the back of Young to maintain control of the bout. Skipper cheap shots Booth from the apron and Young delivers a kick to the back of his head to get control of the match. Young hits a snap suplex and a kick to the back.
Skipper tags in and delivers a kick to the back of Booth for a two count. Young tags in and works over Booth with basic strikes. Young plants Booth with a snap power slam before tagging Skipper back into the match. Skipper kicks Booth and Young delivers a neck breaker for a near fall. Young scoop slams Booth and Skipper misses a middle rope leg drop. Wayne gets the tag and clotheslines Young and Skipper followed by dropkicks. All four men are brawling in the ring with Skipper and Young being sent into each other. Booth gets backdropped to the floor by Skipper as Wayne hit a top rope elbow drop on Young for a near fall. Wayne is driven down to the canvas with a double front slam and that’s good enough for three. (*1/2. Another quick match as it appeared there was some rain taking place during the match. They kept a fine pace, but the action wasn’t all that exciting or memorable.)
Third Contest: AJ Styles vs. Petey Williams: Styles fakes out Williams on a handshake and gets met with a dropkick for doing so. Williams hits a back breaker and gets a two count on a rollup causing Styles to roll to the floor to regroup. Williams drops Styles with a leg drop across the apron. AJ hammers away on Petey in the corner to get the control in his favor. Styles sends Williams hard back first into the corner and keeps control with stomps. Styles plants Williams with a dropkick and taunts the fans while having control and gets a two count on the cover attempt. AJ plants Williams with a vertical suplex but only gets a two count. Styles hits a leaping splash in the corner but runs into a big boot. Williams hits a tilt a whirl side Russian leg sweep to drop Styles to the canvas. Williams ducks a clothesline and hits a forearm followed by a spinning heel kick. Petey goes to the apron and this a slingshot Codebreaker but can’t get a three on the pin attempt. Williams rolls through a rollup and puts the Sharpshooter on Styles, but can’t get a submission.
Styles drives Williams face first into the turnbuckle and puts a Torture Rack on Williams before hitting a spinning slam for a two count. Styles signals for the Styles Clash but Petey nearly wins with a rollup. Petey plants Styles with a TKO but again only gets a two count. Williams signals for the Canadian Destroyer but Styles gets out of it and rolls through a second attempt to hit the Styles Clash for the win. (**1/2. The match was very similar to the match on night one. They continued to have a good pace and there weren’t any slow parts, really. It’s an enjoyable match for what it was and considering the conditions outside.)
Fourth Contest: Kirby Nack & TJ Mack vs. Latin American Exchange: All four men start off in the ring brawling with LAX having the early advantage. Hernandez tosses Kirby across the ring and Homicide hits three snap suplexs on TJ. Homicide and TJ start the match with Hernandez tagging in and splashing TJ in the corner. Hernandez tosses TJ with an overhead belly to belly suplex for a two count. Homicide enters and keeps control of TJ with a headlock while taunting Kirby on the apron. Hernandez tags in and clubs TJ over the back several times to maintain control. Hernandez catches TJ on a cross body attempt to hit a spinning sit down power bomb for a near fall thanks to Kirby breaking the pin up. It appears to be drizzling a little bit.
Hernandez barely hits a top rope big splash and gets a two count on TJ. TJ is trying to fight back and hits a running kick in the corner but Hernandez stops TJ with a boot in the corner. TJ is shoved off the middle rope but Hernandez misses a splash. Kirby gets the tag as does Homicide and Kirby cleans house with strikes. Kirby gets a two count following a spinning heel kick. Kirby botches a back stabber attempt in the corner and Hernandez hits the Border Toss. TJ is on the shoulders of Hernandez so Homicide can hit a top rope ace crusher for the win. (**. Considering the Mack’s were victims of a squash by LAX on TNA television, it felt like the fans didn’t care and figured the result was obvious. They were right. They have styles that would work well together and if it weren’t raining and they had more time, I’m sure it would be a lot better. Sadly, nobody cared about the match because the result was far too obvious.)
Fifth Contest: Too Cool vs. Steiner Brothers: Scott and Hotty kick off the match with Scott taking Hotty over with an arm drag. Sexay tags into the match to try his luck against Scott Steiner and is shoved to the canvas quickly. Scott gets Sexay’s gum and being spat at and throws it at Sexay. Scott works over Sexay and tags in Rick to keep control of the contest. Sexay gets control hammering away on Rick and mocks his barking. Sexay misses a splash in the corner and Rick begins to pummel away on Sexay. Rick is double teamed in the corner while Scott accidentally distracted the referee in the corner. Sexay is choking Rick with his own dog collar, but they can’t put Rick away. Sexay dances and has his pants fall down like he did on night one. It didn’t work that night and guess what, it didn’t work now.
Sexay can’t get his pants up and falls down to the canvas. Rick bites Sexay’s and tags in Scott while Sexay has his pants fall down again. Scott decks Sexay with clotheslines and an overhead belly to belly suplex. Hotty and Rick are brawling on the floor while Scott gets a two count on Sexay. Sexay low blows Scott from behind and his pants are still down. Hotty goes for the Worm but Rick Steiner clotheslines Hotty to the floor. Sexay thought the match was in control but gets met with a clothesline and Scott Steiner locks in the Steiner Recliner for the win. (*. That was just awful. Sexay isn’t funny and his act isn’t over with the crowd for a second night in a row. I’m just glad that’s over with.)
Sixth Contest: The Naturals vs. Diamonds In The Rough: Stevens and Skipper start the match with some mat wrestling focus. Stevens gets the advantage but can’t get a submission out of Skipper. Young tags in and decks Stevens with a few right hands to get the advantage. Young works over the shoulder of Stevens and tags in Skipper who kicks Stevens across the back for a two count. Skipper takes Douglas over with an arm drag as Andy Douglas tried to get momentum in his teams favor but failed. Young enters the match and Douglas sends him hard into the corner. Young backdrops Douglas out of the corner and continues with an arm drag. Skipper enters the match and continues to work over Douglas with strikes. Stevens grabs Skipper while on the apron and gives Douglas the advantage. Skipper fights off Douglas with strikes but runs into a high knee lift to give Douglas a near fall.
Stevens enters the ring and kicks Skipper over the back just as Skipper had done earlier in the match. Stevens keeps Skipper on the canvas with a chin lock but Skipper refuses to give in. Skipper is double teamed for a few moments as the Naturals have all the momentum in their favor. Skipper delivers a few kicks on Stevens but can’t get much momentum and Stevens hits a back breaker to put Skipper on the canvas. Stevens goes to the top rope and misses a moonsault as Skipper got out of the way just in time. Young gets the tag and cleans house with clotheslines. Young accidentally clotheslines the referee and hits a hurricanrana on Stevens followed by the spine buster on Douglas. However, the referee is knocked down on the cover attempt. Stevens gets a double dropkick to the head but Douglas stops Young with a jaw breaker. Douglas is given a chain from Stevens sister and decks Young to win the match. (*1/2. I don’t understand the finish, but the match before that point was decent at best. The booking for these matches are leaving me confused.)
Main Event: Steve Corino & CW Anderson vs. Jay Lethal & Robert Gibson: There’s not much time left on the DVD so it looks like the main event is a quick match. Literally when the bell rings there is three minutes left on the DVD. Corino and Anderson attack to start the match and Corino nearly hits Allison Danger. Lethal gives her a kiss but is decked by Corino. Danger trips Lethal and allows Corino and Anderson to get control of the match. Lethal drop toe holds Anderson face first into Corino’s groin and Gibson gets the tag to deliver right hands. Gibson has a sunset flip but Anderson stops the pin only for Lethal to hit a top rope dropkick and Gibson pins Corino to win the match. (DUD. I’m assuming they rushed it because of the weather. Actually, that’s exactly why because a rainstorm was on its way into the area. The dangers of an outside show, folks.)
On paper there were some interesting match-ups, but this really sucked and wasn’t enjoyable at all. I don’t understand the booking for the tournament and some of the finishes that have been given thus far. There are some talented teams in this tournament but they haven’t been given the chance to showcase what they have to offer, which makes it frustrating for a viewer. I doubt night three will save the triple shot weekend from being a complete waste of time, but we’ll see.
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