Written by: Bob Colling
Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling presents Splintered
From: Philadelphia, PA
Opening Contest: N8 Mattson vs. Ron Zombie: Zombie clotheslines Mattson in the corner followed by a splash. Zombie continues with a vertical suplex for a two count. Mattson tries for a rollup but can’t keep Zombie down on the cover. Mattson elbow strikes Zombie and hit a leaping forearm strike for a two count. Mattson boots Zombie in the corner and comes off the middle rope with a crossbody, which looked sloppy, but Zombie rolls through for a near fall. Zombie sends Mattson into the corner chest first and hit a running neckbreaker off the ropes. Zombie nails Mattson with a big boot and a leg drop. Zombie misses a falling headbutt. Mattson forearms Zombie in the corner and hits a middle rope leg drop for a two count. Zombie stops Mattson on the middle rope and drives Mattson down with a middle neckbreaker. Mattson counters a powerbomb with a backslide and gets the win. (*1/2. Not too bad of an opener as it was kept rather simple and to the point. Mattson pulling off the upset seemed to connect well with the fans.)
Christopher Daniels comes out with his arm in a sling. He suffered a shoulder injury in Japan. Daniels appreciates the love and would give a hug to them all if his arm worked. Daniels talks about his match last month with AJ Styles and how they tried to show how good they are. Daniels says people have talked about the match being one of the best matches they had ever seen. The match could be the best match in 3PW history. Daniels says nobody proved who was better last month. Tonight was going to be night where they proved who was the best wrestler is. However, Daniels can’t wrestle. Daniels rips on a fan for suggesting his shoulder isn’t actually hurt. Tonight, 3PW will be naming a new commissioner. He wants a match to be on July 17th with there not being a no time limit stipulation against AJ Styles. Daniels continues to reference the commissioner as being a man and not even giving a chance to suggest it could be a woman. If this were 2018 people would freak out about it. Daniels is going to prove once and for all that he’s the best.
Second Contest: Mike Kruel vs. Damian Adams: Early on, Adams goes to the floor and stalls. They trade some mat wrestling on the mat for a few moments. Adams arm drags Kruel several times. Kruel fights back with an arm drag of his own and keeps control on the mat. Adams works over Kruel in the corner with a shoulder ram, but Kruel takes Adams over with another arm drag. Kruel nearly wins with a rollup before going back to the left arm to keep control of the match. Adams tosses Kruel with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Adams sends Kruel back first hard into the corner. Kruel forearms his way free and gets a modified ankle lock on Adams but isn’t able to get submission. Adams stops Kruel with a jawbreaker and a vertical suplex for a two count. Adams has a modified surfboard on Kruel, but Kruel breaks free and runs into a back elbow. Adams misses a spear in the corner and hits the ring post. Kruel gets crotched on the top rope as Adams sent the referee into the ropes. Adams tries for a hurricanrana, but Kruel holds onto the ropes and clotheslines Adams from the middle rope.
Adams uppercuts Kruel in the corner and follows up with more strikes. Kruel shoulder blocks and clotheslines Adams. Kruel backdrops Adams and plays to the crowd before hitting a splash in the corner. Kruel hits a northern lights suplex and rolls through to hit a second one. Kruel takes Adams over with a third suplex, but Adams kicks out at two. Adams plants Kruel with a double leg slam. Adams goes for the cover, but Kruel had his boot under the bottom rope. Kruel gets an inside cradle on Adams for a two count. Adams drives Kruel down with a back suplex. Kruel tries for a backslide, but Adams avoids it. Kruel has Adams over his shoulder and drives Adams down to the mat with a neckbreaker! Adams is able to kick out at two! Kruel has Adams on his shoulders from the apron, but Adams counters and gets a rollup with his feet on the ropes for the win! (**1/4. An enjoyable match, though the finish seemed to be rushed and didn’t seem to fit the time of the match very well. The fans popped for the over the shoulder neckbreaker by Kruel and if he were to win, it had to be there. Kruel seems to have a promising career and could be someone that 3PW focuses on should they ever want to build local guys instead of bringing in big names.)
Sugar Shack with Tod Gordon and Talia is up next. Talia is willingly walking around with the collar around her neck since the last show where she wanted to be with a real man instead of Striker. It is announced that Tod Gordon has been named the new 3PW commissioner. The ring announcer mumbles something negative and gets kicked to the floor by Talia. There will be new rules now. They are the following…
No heavyweight title match will not be able to end the way it did last show. If it happens again, they will be stripped of the title.
If any wrestler puts their hands on the commissioner they will be suspended.
The commissioner can’t strike any wrestle, but all referees and officials remain fair game.
The triple threat match title match will be an elimination match.
July 17th will feature the rematch between Daniels and Styles in a no time limit match.
The wet t-shirt contest will return on July 17th, as well. Gordon promises that everyone will see tits next month.
Jasmine St. Claire makes her way out to join the segment. St. Claire is wearing a cat woman suit and she wonders if she had broken something up. St. Claire reminds Gordon that she is his girlfriend and not his sex slave. St. Claire is going to do something that will change 3PW forever. St. Claire grabs Gordon and all three of them leave the ring.
Third Contest: Johnny Grunge vs. Rockin’ Rebel: The commentators tried to make Grunge’s return a big deal, but it was greeted with mostly silence and a few people doing the arm taunt. Rebel tried to attack before the bell, but Grunge fought him off with a clothesline. Rebel gets dumped through the ropes to the floor. Grunge delivers a chair shot to Rebel’s back. Grunge’s music has continued to play. Rebel catches a chair shot in an awkward moment where Grunge pushes the chair into Rebel’s face. Rebel runs backstage and Grunge returns to the ring. That appears to be the end of the match.
Johnny Grunge grabs a microphone and takes credit for making Philadelphia one of the best areas to wrestle and how WWF and WCW couldn’t compete with them. Naturally, that leads to an ECW chant. Grunge tells the fans he loves them all and exits the ring. Grunge returns to rip on a fan who said he sucked saying they were an example of cousins having sex.
Fourth Contest: Gary Wolfe vs. CJ O’Doyle in a tables, ladders & chairs match: O’Doyle goes right after Wolfe with strikes a jawbreaker. O’Doyle drops Wolfe by yanking Wolfe down by his neck. O’Doyle leaps off the top rope and hits a leg drop across the ring. O’Doyle punches Wolfe onto a chair in the corner. Wolfe tosses O’Doyle overhead and puts CJ through a table. Wolfe beats on O’Doyle with the broken table. Wolfe smashes O’Doyle with a steel chair. Wolfe throws a few chairs into the ring as O’Doyle has been busted wide open. Wolfe rams a ladder into O’Doyle’s face. Wolfe slams the ladder over CJ’s back. Wolfe tosses a chair onto the back of CJ’s back. Wolfe takes O’Doyle down with a drop toe hold and CJ hits the chair face first. Wolfe sets a table up in the ring and sets a ladder up in the corner. CJ is sent back first into the ladder in the corner. O’Doyle whacks Wolfe over the head with a chair a few times. O’Doyle climbs the ladder and misses a twisting splash.
Wolfe sets eight chairs up on the floor by the aisle way. Wolfe brings O’Doyle over and powerbombs CJ on the group of chairs. Wolfe puts O’Doyle on a table outside the ring and begins to climb a ladder in the ring. Security decides to enter the ring and tip over the ladder because Wolfe had shoved them away moments earlier. O’Doyle smashes Wolfe with a chair shot and lays Wolfe onto the table. CJ comes off the top rope to put Wolfe through the table with a leg drop. O’Doyle has the cover and pins Wolfe. (**. There were a few impressive spots, but the security guys getting involved didn’t really fit well with me. They were trying to make this seem like a big win for O’Doyle and I think it really depends on how they followup on it.)
Fifth Contest: Amish Roadkill vs. Blue Meanie: Roadkill tries to attack before the bell, but Meanie hammers away on him and delivers a neckbreaker after avoiding a splash in the corner. Meanie clotheslines Roadkill a few times followed by a scoop slam. Meanie comes off the ropes and delivers the People’s Elbow for a one count. Roadkill powerbombs Meanie out of the corner and hits a middle rope splash for a two count. Roadkill spears Meanie and flips off the crowd. Roadkill gets a steel chair from St. Claire and misses a chair shot. Meanie kicks the chair into Roadkill’s face for a near fall. Roadkill has Meanie on his shoulders for a Death Valley Driver, but Meanie wiggles free and wins with a rollup. After the match, Roadkill spears Meanie and hammers away on Meanie. Roadkill plants Meanie with the TKO. Gary Wolfe comes out and helps beat up Meanie a little bit. Mike Kruel slides into the ring and he joins in on the beating. Wolfe and Kruel put Roadkill through two chairs with a double spine buster! Wolfe brings a table into the ring and Kruel sets it up. Wolfe gets a second one. Meanie and Roadkill are laid onto the tables as Kruel and Wolfe go to opposite corners. Wolfe slips off the top while Kruel hits the move and puts Meanie through a table. Wolfe still put Roadkill through the table. St. Claire reveals she doesn’t want to be with Roadkill and calls him a fat bitch. St. Claire calls Kruel and Wolfe the Pitbulls 2004. (1/2*. Well, the match was stupid and effectively ended the heel run for Roadkill. I’m not sure if I like the idea of Kruel in a tag team as he seems like he’d be better suited in a singles role. Besides, the heel group starts off on a negative note considering they both lost earlier in the show.)
Sixth Contest: Matt Striker & Rob Eckos vs. April Hunter & Slyck Wagner Brown: Striker is playing the role of Ultimate Warrior this month. Brown and Eckos start the tag match. Eckos heel kicks Brown to the mat and hammers away on Slyck. Eckos hits a side Russian leg sweep turned clothesline for a two count. Eckos is sent into Striker on the apron. Brown plants Eckos with a tilt a whirl backbreaker. Hunter tags in and works over Eckos with strikes to the back. Eckos sends Hunter into Brown’s boots and punches Brown to the floor. Hunter decks Eckos to regain control of the match. Hunter has Eckos over her knee as Brown hit a top rope leg drop for a near fall. Brown drives Eckos down with a vertical suplex. Talia has come down to ringside to distract Striker outside the ring. Eckos drops Brown with a corkscrew elbow strike and tags in Striker. The referee didn’t see it as Hunter distracted him. Brown keeps control of Eckos in the corner with chops in the corner along with Hunter. Eckos fights out of the corner but misses a splash. Eckos bulldogs both Hunter and Brown to get some momentum in his favor.
Striker gets the hot tag and cleans house. Striker shoulder blocks Brown and shakes the ropes. Striker splashes Brown in the corner and goes for the Sharpshooter. Striker has it locked in, but Brown doesn’t give in. Hunter breaks up the submission to save her man. Striker avoids a backdrop with a throat trust and a butt splash. Striker is acting like Goldust now. Striker does a cartwheel elbow on Hunter followed by a shining wizard. Striker mists the referee. Striker press slams Hunter and shakes the ropes. Brown is waiting for Striker to turnaround and delivers a big boot. Brown misses a leg drop. Striker press slams Brown and runs the ropes before hitting a splash. Striker shake the ropes some more allowing Brown to roll to the floor. Hunter rolls Striker up and wins the match. (**. Striker is entertaining in his face role. Brown and Hunter winning here is the right thing to do. Striker losing isn’t going to hurt him since the fans love his comedy. Brown and Hunter appear to be part of the big heel group and they need the momentum to establish themselves. This all made sense to me.) After the match, Rob Eckos tells Striker that he’s going to listen to him. He says that Striker is a good wrestler and needs to stop being a joke. The fans want Striker to be a joke. Eckos tells Striker this is the last time he’s dealing with it.
Seventh Contest: Sabu vs. Ruckus: Early on, they do a standoff after they kicked the other guy away. Sabu heel kicks Ruckus to the floor and grabs a chair from the floor. Sabu tries for a triple jump dive, but Ruckus moves. Ruckus tries for a dive to the floor, but Sabu avoids it and Ruckus lands on his feet. Sabu delivers a stunner to Ruckus’ ankle and puts a camel clutch on Ruckus. Ruckus leg sweeps Sabu to the mat and hits a handspring twisting kick for a near fall. Ruckus misses a handspring splash in the corner and Sabu takes Ruckus over with a German suplex. Sabu delivers an Arabian face buster with a steel chair. Ruckus stands on a chair to take Sabu down with a German suplex in midair. Sabu takes Ruckus over with a hurricanrana off the top turnbuckle. Sabu slides a table into the ring but gets dropkicked off the apron by Ruckus. Ruckus takes Sabu over with a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Ruckus places Sabu onto a table and goes to the top rope, but Sabu cuts him off. Ruckus drops Sabu throat first over the top rope and Sabu lands onto a table. Ruckus puts Sabu through the table with a top rope frog splash for a near fall!
Sabu baseball slides Ruckus on the floor and tosses Ruckus into the crowd. Sabu takes Ruckus out with a triple jump dive into the crowd. Sabu hits a triple jump moonsault in the middle of the ring for a near fall. Sabu sets another table up and clotheslines Ruckus. Sabu places Ruckus onto the table and goes to the top rope missing a leg drop through the table. Ruckus takes Sabu over with a vertical suplex and a standing moonsault for a two count. Ruckus tosses a chair onto Sabu and comes off the middle rope, but Sabu tosses the chair at Ruckus. Ruckus bulldogs Ruckus face first onto the chair and grabs another chair. Sabu hits an Arabian facebuster onto another chair. Sabu covers and wins the match. (***. This was exactly what it needed to be. They hit their spots and there was enough weapons involved to hold my interest. It went twelve minutes and it didn’t overstay its welcome. I was surprised that it went so well, honestly.) After the match, Ruckus beats on Sabu with a steel chair after getting his arm raised. Ruckus refuses to show respect and leaves the ring.
Main Event: 3PW Heavyweight Champion Joey Matthews vs. Jerry Lynn vs. AJ Styles in a falls count anywhere elimination match: Matthews bails to the floor early on to allow Styles and Lynn to wrestle in the ring. Lynn avoids a dropkick, but Styles head scissors him to the mat. Matthews gets clotheslined to the floor and Styles nails Lynn with a kick to the head for a near fall. Styles kicks Matthews to the floor and Lynn takes AJ down with a spear. Lynn elbows Matthews in the corner and hits a middle rope bulldog for a two count. Styles head scissors Matthews after a failed tornado DDT attempt on Lynn. Lynn dropkicks Styles and leg drops Matthews over the middle rope. AJ backdrops Lynn over the top onto Matthews. Styles takes both men out with a somersault dive to the floor. Styles and Matthews trade a few strikes on the floor. Styles leaps over the railing and tries for a superkick, but Matthews blocks it. They trade strikes in the crowd until Lynn dives over the railing to take them both out.
Lynn and Styles brawl into the crowd and onto the bleachers. Lynn tosses Matthews off the bleachers onto Styles. Lynn dives off the bleachers onto both men in the crowd. They trade sunset flips with Styles trying to hit the Styles Clash on Matthews. Matthews plants Styles with a flapjack. Joey grabs the championship and waves goodbye to everyone. Lynn catches up to Matthews and beats on him near the doors. Lynn brings Matthews back and Styles backdrops Matthews back to ringside. Lynn drops Styles throat first over the railing. Lynn and Matthews trade strikes until Styles comes in and beats on both men. Styles hits a reverse DDT/DDT combo on Matthews and Lynn for a two count. Styes plants Lynn to the mat with an over the shoulder slam. Styles hits a German suplex and drives Joey down to the mat face first. Lynn kicks Styles on the top turnbuckle. Styles counters a hurricanrana, but Lynn avoids the Styles Clash. Styles slams Lynn to the mat gut first and tried for a sunset flip. Lynn counters with the Kryptonite Crunch!
Matthews grabs the championship again and tries to leave the arena this time through the aisle. Christopher Daniels stops Matthews with a 2×4 in hand. Matthews is pissed and Styles rolls him back into the ring. Daniels yanked AJ’s leg and Matthews plants Styles with a double arm DDT to eliminate AJ from the match! Wouldn’t Daniels want Styles to win to get a chance at the title?
Lynn nearly pins Matthews with an inside cradle and a rollup. Matthews pulls Lynn through the middle rope to the floor. Joey misses a chair shot and hits the ring post instead. Lynn rolls Matthews into the ring. Matthews leg drops Lynn face first onto the chair for a two count. Lynn catapults Joey face first into a chair in the corner. Lynn has a rollup but Matthews kicks out at two. Lynn tosses the chair back into the ring and kicks Matthews to the mat. Matthews drop toe holds Lynn face first onto the chair for a near fall. Lynn kicks Matthews in the midsection and tried for the cradle piledriver on a chair, but Matthews backdropped out of it. Lynn plants Matthews with a sit down powerbomb onto the chair for a near fall! Matthews low blows Lynn and hits a double arm DDT onto the chair for the win. (***1/4. I enjoyed the match even if it focused a lot on the usage of a chair to deliver some big spots. The closing two minutes were all based around the chair and thus the finish felt a little flat because of it. Daniels involvement made little sense to me. But, ignoring that, I enjoyed the main event.)
The show runs less than 2 1/2 hours and I didn’t feel like I wasted my time watching it. It’s an okay show, which makes it one of 3PW’s best shows to this point. I’ll give it a mild thumbs up thanks to the last two matches exceeding my expectations and the other matches not going too long or anything.
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