Written by: Bob Colling
Jersey All-Pro Wrestling presents Halloween Hell 2004
From: Rahway, NJ
While this is a JAPW released show, they decided against showing a few main card matches in full. There is a ten minute portion on the second DVD of the two disc set where they highlight what happened. Those matches include the following…
Azireal defeating Justice Pain by reverse decision
JAPW Tag Team Champions the Solution (Havok & Papadon) retaining the titles against The H Effect (Deranged & Dixie)
Opening Contest: Sexxxy Eddy vs. eXceSs 69 vs. El Generico vs. Beef Wellington: Generico and 69 start off the contest with 69 taking Generico down to the mat with an arm bar. 69 kicks Generico while on his back, but Generico keeps control on the mat for a moment. 69 nails Generico with knee strikes and puts an abdominal stretch on Generico. 69 tries to get a win with a rollup but isn’t successful. Wellington tags in and 69 controls Wellington with a hammerlock. Wellington eye pokes 69 and kicks 69 to the mat after delivering a kick to the knee. Wellington hits a DDT on 69’s leg. Eddy tags in and works over Wellington with strikes. Eddy dropkicks Wellington into the corner and hits a side Russian leg sweep. Eddy connects with a split legged moonsault. Eddy is pulled to the floor by 69 and Generico heel kicks 69. Wellington backdrops Generico but Eddy sends Wellington to the floor. 69 nearly pins Generico after a neckbreaker. 69 puts a surfboard on Eddy and Generico comes off the top to hit a double stomp.
Wellington dropkicks 69 and Generico plants Wellington with a tornado DDT for a two count. 69 hits a head scissors and nearly pins Generico with a rollup. Eddy slams 69 to the mat, but 69 stomps Eddy in the corner. Eddy fights back with a clothesline on 69. 69 locks in a stretch muffler on Eddy, but Generico stops Wellington on the top rope. 69 prevents Generico from hitting a brainbuster. Wellington shoves Eddy off and 69 hits a hurricanrana sending Generico onto Eddy. Wellington and 69 both miss moves off the top rope and crash to the mat. Eddy avoids a boot by Generico and hits a wheelbarrow suplex to drop Generico on his head. 69 hits a suplex on Eddy and Wellington does the same to 69. Generico takes Wellington over with an exploder suplex. Generico springboards off the top rope and takes everyone out with a moonsault! Wellington eye rakes Generico on the apron and hits a DDT as Generico tried for a slingshot into the ring. Wellington tries for a Tiger Driver on 69, but 69 counters by getting a Tarantula in the ropes until Eddy breaks up the move.
Eddy plants Generico chest first to the mat leading to a near fall. Generico nails Eddy with a running boot in the corner. 69 stops Generico with a neckbreaker/backbreaker combo for a two count. 69 and Eddy trade forearm strikes in the corner. Wellington hits a top rope butt punch to Eddy’s exposed ass. Wellington spikes 69 with a Tiger Driver, but Eddy breaks up the cover. Eddy gets stopped on the top by Generico, who hits a top rope brainbuster to win the match. (***1/4. I’d consider this to be a really solid opening match as all four men showcased some great moves and I enjoyed the action they provided. All four men being regulars in JAPW would be a great addition to the roster.)
Second Contest: IWS World Champion Kevin Steen vs. Roderick Strong: Steen takes Strong down to the mat and Strong counters to get arm control for a moment. Steen gets a half Boston Crab on Strong until Strong reaches the ropes to break the hold. Steen arm drags Strong followed by a standing dropkick and several strikes in the corner. Strong gets a rollup on Steen for a two count. Strong tries for quick covers, but Steen continues to get out. They trade several rollups leading to a standoff. Strong beats on Steen with strikes in the corner and chokes Steen over the middle rope. Strong takes Steen over with a double under hook suplex. Strong drives Steen down to the mat with a delayed vertical suplex. Strong sends Steen to the floor to followup with chops against the railing. Strong misses a chop and hits the ring post instead. Steen hammers away on Strong but is met with a knee on the apron. Strong knee drops Steen over the middle rope. Strong gets the crowd supporting him, but Steen battles back with right hands. Strong drives Steen down to the mat with a backbreaker for a near fall.
Steen hits a missile dropkick from the apron to send Strong through the ropes to the floor. Steen drops Strong throat first over the guard railing. Steen drives Strong into the ring post before returning to the ring leading to a near fall. Steen drops Strong over his knee for a two count. Steen takes Strong over with a suplex for another two count. Strong chops Steen followed by a jumping kick. Steen delivers a jump kick and a somersault leg drop for a two count. Steen scoop slams Strong and heads to the top rope. Strong slaps Steen on the top followed by chops. Steen tries for a middle rope Package Piledriver, but Strong breaks free. Strong hits a top rope superplex! They begin to trade chops in the middle of the ring. Steen hits a swinging side suplex for a near fall. Steen heads to the top rope and hits a nice moonsault for a near fall. Strong hits a gut buster and a yakuza kick for a two count. Strong drops Steen on his head again for a near fall. Strong avoids a rollup but doesn’t avoid a superkick sending Strong to the floor. Steen goes to the floor and chops Strong several times. Strong nearly wins with a surprise inside cradle. Steen spikes Strong with the Package Piledriver to win the match. (***1/4. That was a solid overall match between two guys that would go on to have really successful careers on a bigger stage. Steen pulled off a great moonsault, which was a shock to me. It should be no surprise that these two had great careers in ROH before going elsewhere.)
Third Contest: JAPW Lightweight Champion Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt: Early on they focus on some mat wrestling with Dutt getting the advantage before a standoff takes place. Dutt hits a standing moonault to Lethal’s lower back, but it didn’t look great. Lethal gets a rollup on Dutt, but only manages a two count. Lethal hits a wheelbarrow suplex to keep control on Dutt. Lethal continues with a backbreaker for a near fall. Lethal plants Dutt with a back suplex for another near fall. Lethal works over Dutt with strikes in the corner and a heel kick. Dutt uppercuts Lethal and hits a swinging neckbreaker over the middle rope. Dutt slams Lethal to the mat and hits a moonsault off the top for a near fall. Dutt elbows Lethal in the corner after a running head start. Dutt elbows a seated Lethal for a near fall. Dutt takes Lethal over with a snapmare and pulls back on Lethal’s arm while having his knee wedged into Lethal’s shoulder blades. Dutt knee lifts Lethal coming off the ropes leading to a near fall. Dutt takes Lethal over with a snap suplex.
Dutt heads to the top rope and misses a top rope elbow drop. Lethal hammers away on Dutt and connects with a forearm strike. Lethal dropkicks Dutt and connects with a backdrop. Dutt blocks a clothesline and runs into a boot in the corner. Lethal manages to hit a clothesline for a two count. Lethal connects with a gut buster and a heel kick for a two count. Lethal heads to the top and misses a diving headbutt. Dutt hits a standing Slice Bread for a near fall. Dutt tries for a top rope superplex and manages to hit the move for a near fall. Lethal avoids a 450 splash and hits an overhead suplex for a near fall on Dutt. Dutt hits a top rope reverse hurricanrana but Lethal pops his shoulder up at two on the cover. Dutt goes to the apron and tries for a hurricanrana, but Lethal blocks it. Lethal kicks Dutt in the corner and tries to come off the top, but is stopped by Dutt. Lethal shoves Dutt off the middle rope and hits a leaping DDT! Lethal goes for the cover and wins the match. (***. If you’re expecting this to be full of big highspots and ridiculous move sets, then you’re going to be disappointed. They put in the right spots at the right time and delivered a quality match. They went maybe ten minutes and I could have watched these guys for ten more.) After the match, Rick Silver makes his way down to ringside with Azireal. Azireal has a protection order on Lethal’s father, who is not allowed to be around Azireal. So, Lethal’s father isn’t at the arena. Silver credits Lethal’s father for helping Jay win the title in the first place. Silver wants to make a deal with Lethal to allow his father back into the venue in the future. Azireal wants one more match for the JAPW Lightweight Championship. Azireal is willing to wrestle in any kind of match next month. Of course, the fans chant for a cage match. Lethal wants a career match and Silver accepts the offer. Azireal was not thrilled with that decision.
Prior to the next match, Teddy Hart comes out and gets his shoes back which had been stolen by Low Ki and Homicide recently.
Fourth Contest: CM Punk vs. Low Ki: They focus on some mat wrestling, but neither man gets a clear advantage. Punk backs away from Ki in the corner and taunts the crowd. Ki gets a front face lock on Punk for a moment and gets shoved to the floor by Punk. Ki kicks Punk into a corner to get out of a wrist lock. Punk chops Ki and delivers a dropkick to a seated Ki for a two count. Punk shoulder rams Ki from the apron but Ki delivers a knee strike and knocks Punk off the apron onto the railing chest first. Ki drives Punk back first into the railing and drops Punk chest first over the railing a second time. Punk fights back with more chops on the floor, but Ki stops Punk’s momentum. Ki drives Punk down to the mat with a gut buster and gets a two count. Ki controls Punk on the mat with abdominal stretch. Ki puts Punk in a tree of woe in the corner. Ki tries to climb to the top, but Punk fights back while upside down. That is short-lived as Ki manages to hit a double stomp in the corner while Punk was in the tree of woe!
Ki fakes out the fans by pretending to send Punk into the crowd and instead sends Punk into the ring. Ki drops Punk over the top rope gut first and delivers a kick on the apron. Ki stops Punk with a standing dropkick and gets a two count. Ki elbows Punk in the corner and comes off the middle rope to hit a double stomp for a near fall. Ki knee lifts Punk against the ropes and manages to keep the momentum in his favor. Punk comes off the ropes and blocks a knee lift to connect with a DDT. Punk clotheslines Ki several times and hits a swinging neckbreaker. Punk knee strikes Ki in the corner and hits a backbreaker for a two count. Ki decides to walk to the top rope, but Punk hammers away on Ki several times. Punk tries for the Pepsi Plunge, but Ki avoids it. Ki shoves Punk off the middle rope and hits a top rope double stomp for a two count. Punk almost surprises Ki with an inside cradle. Ki knee strikes Punk to avoid a suplex. Punk tries for a hammerlock DDT, but Ki holds the ropes. Ki counters the hammerlock DDT and rolls on top to win the match with his feet on the ropes. (**. These two didn’t seem to mesh very well to me, at all. The finish seemed like they were trying to avoid a decisive victory for Punk to suffer here. Ki comes across better with this heel attitude compared to being a bland babyface that he had been prior to this turn. It’s not a bad match, but very, very average.)
Seventh Contest: Super Dragon vs. Samoa Joe: Joe takes Dragon down to the mat and delivers knee strikes. Dragon gets up and they begin to trade forearm strikes. Joe gets the advantage to stop Dragon with a strike. Dragon comes off the middle rope to head scissors Joe and controls with a double under hook submission hold on the mat. Dragon and Joe trade chops until Dragon takes Joe down to the mat and nearly wins with a rollup. Joe catches Dragon in the corner with hit an STO for a two count. Dragon blocks a kick and leg sweeps Joe. Joe counters an STF with a few kicks of his own. Joe comes off the ropes to deliver a knee drop. Joe covers Dragon for a two count. Joe controls Dragon with a chin lock on the mat. Joe sends Dragon to the floor and grabs a chair. Joe nails Dragon with a running boot into the guard railing. Joe kicks Dragon’s face into the railing a second time. Dragon dropkicks Joe to the floor. Dragon takes Joe out with a somersault dive through the middle rope to the outside.
Dragon nails Joe with a springboard spinning heel kick for a two count on Joe. Dragon gets caught in midair and Joe plants Dragon with a Death Valley Driver. Joe connects with several quick kicks to the face. Joe powerbombs Dragon, but Dragon rolls through and kicks Joe. Dragon hits a top rope double stomp leading to a near fall. Joe hits a snap powerslam for a two count. Joe delivers more kicks to Dragon before sitting Dragon on the top rope. Joe spikes Dragon with the Muscle Buster for the win. (**1/4. There were a few hard hitting moments and a few decent spots in the match to make it overall enjoyable and solid enough. I was expecting something a little more even, but it felt more like a match for Joe to shine.)
Eighth Contest: JAPW Heavyweight Champion Dan Maff vs. Trent Acid in a best two out of three falls match: Acid and Maff lockup in the ring with Maff tossing Acid to the mat a few times. Acid kicks Maff to the apron and tries for a yakuza kick but Maff blocks it. Acid hits a swinging neckbreaker over the middle rope and a middle rope moonsault for a two count. Acid kicks Maff to the floor and follows by going to the floor to grab a steel chair. Maff backdrops Acid over the railing into the crowd. Maff sends Acid into a trash can, but the cameras aren’t really catching any of this as they are using the hard cam. Acid takes Maff to hit a moonsault on the floor. Acid sends Maff into the guard railing. Acid grabs a chair to bring into the ring. Maff tries for the Burning Hammer, but Acid breaks free to hit a yakuza kick and manages to pin Maff to win the first fall! Acid 1: – Maff: 0
Acid misses a yakuza kick and locks in a sleeper hold, but Maff elbows free. Acid goes back to a sleeper hold on Maff and keeps Maff on the mat. Acid keeps Maff on the mat with a sleeper hold. Maff has his arm drop three times, but apparently gets it up in time and the referee allows it. Maff backs Acid into the corner and connects with a back elbow. Maff hits a running cannonball in the corner, but actually misses it and Acid hits a yakuza kick for a three count! However, Maff had his foot on the bottom rope. So, of course, the match much continue. Acid grabs the JAPW Heavyweight Championship and argues with the referee. Maff tosses Acid with a German suplex from behind for a two count. Samoa Joe has come down to ringside and Acid kicks Maff for a few times. Maff hits another suplex for a near fall. Joe is sitting at ringside. Maff hits a middle rope suplex to pin Acid and ties the match at one fall each. Acid 1: – Maff: 1.
Joe has a steel chair on the apron and the referee tries to take the chair away. The referee yanks the belt away and whacks Maff with it on accident. The referee is refusing to make the count. Acid tosses the referee down and the Maff kicks out a two. Maff is busted wide open. Acid whacks Maff over the back with a steel chair. The referee stops Acid from using the chair. Maff drives Acid face first onto two chairs for a near fall. Acid superkicks Maff and sits Maff on the top turnbuckle to hit the T-Gimmick for a two count. Acid goes to the top rope but Maff whacks Acid over the back with the chair. Maff tries for the Burning Hammer, but Acid lands on his feet and connects with a yakuza kick for a near fall. Acid tries for the T-Gimmick, but Maff blocks it. Acid sits Maff on the top turnbuckle and tries for a hurricanrana, but Maff counters to lock in a Boston Crab. Maff picks Acid up to lock in a cradle headlock, but lets go quickly. Acid kicks free from Maff and nearly wins with a rollup. Maff avoids the yakuza kick and hits the Burning Hammer for the win. (**1/2. The action isn’t bad here, but I really didn’t like the involvement of the referee as it took away from the match for me. There too many false finishes and the involvement of Samoa Joe wasn’t really needed.)
Main Event: Jack Evans & Teddy Hart vs. B-Boy & Homicide: Boy and Homicide attack before the bell and all four men brawl in the ring trading strikes. Homicide clotheslines Hart over the top to the floor. Evans dropkicks Boy and Hart hits a springboard moonsault onto Homicide and Ki! Evans takes Boy out with a somersault dive over the top to the floor! Evans gets a two count on Boy following a snap suplex. Homicide beats on Hart in the crowd while Evans hit a standing shooting star press on Boy. Homicide tosses Hart over the railing into the front row. Boy tosses Evans with an exploder suplex before tagging in Homicide. Homicide has a camel clutch on Evans and Boy connects with a running dropkick. Homicide hits a double under hook powerbomb on Evans and tags in Boy. Boy kicks Evans on the mat and Homicide gets tagged in. Homicide connects with a slingshot suplex on Evans for a two count. Evans gets driven down to the mat following the Hart Attack leading to a near fall. Homicide nails Hart off the apron to the floor. Evans is worked over in the corner with running clotheslines in the corner. Homicide hits a running knee and Boy nails Evans with a dropkick in the corner.
Homicide spikes Evans with a piledriver and taunts the crowd. Homicide has Evans on his shoulders and Boy comes off the top to hit a bulldog. Hart breaks up the cover attempt. Homicide rips Evans mouth trying to make Evans bleed even more from his mouth. Homicide slaps Evans on the top turnbuckle, but Evans knocks Homicide to the mat and hits a 450 splash! Evans kicks Homicide to the corner and Boy tags in. Hart enters as well and cleans house planting Boy with a DDT. Hart has Boy in a Torture Rack and Evans leaps off the top to springboard off Boy to take Homicide out with a moonsault on the floor! Boy tosses Hart with a t-bone suplex. Homicide monkey flips Evans out of the corner and Boy connects with a shining wizard for a near fall. Hart hits a neckbreaker on Boy and plays to the crowd. Evans has Boy over his shoulder and Hart hits a shooting star elbow drop for a two count. Homicide sends Hart to the floor and Homicide works over Evans with right hands. Homicide hits a double leg slam on Evans followed by the Cop Killa, but Hart breaks up the cover!
Hart hits a Samoan Drop having Homicide land on his stomach. Hart goes to the top rope and tries for a shooting star press, but Boy hits a cutter in midair for a two count! Homicide nails Hart with a few strikes and tries for a suplex, but Hart accidentally kicks him. Homicide low blows Hart allowing a clothesline by Boy, but there is no referee for the count. Homicide has a steel chair and goes to use it, but the lights go out. The Carnage Crew are in the ring when the lights come on! Homicide puts the Sharpshooter on Hart in the middle of the ring. DeVito dropkicks Homicide and they hit Boy with a double team neckbreaker. Hart comes off the top to hit the Hart Attack and pins Boy to win the match. (****. An enjoyable main event between these two teams that have a meaningful heat behind it. The surprise of the Carnage Crew felt like it was a major disappointment. Hart and Evans pulled off some incredible spots and the SST displayed some really fun tag team moves throughout.)
An overall entertaining show by JAPW as it was well rounded and there wasn’t a match that was boring or even bad. I can recommend this show.
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