Written by: Bob Colling
2CW Beadledom Begets Bedlam
From: Oswego, NY
Opening Contest: Frank “The Tank” Burlington vs. Jordan Lennox: Tank backs Lennox into a corner after a lockup, but cleanly breaks away. Lennox hits a standing hurricanrana followed by forearms in the corner and a splash in the corner. Lennox arm drags Tank a few times for a two count. Tank atomic drops Lennox coming out of the corner to gain the advantage. Tank delivers a few uppercuts to maintain control of the contest. Tank uppercuts Lennox through the ropes to the floor. Tank takes Lennox off the middle rope with a snap suplex for a near fall. Tank drives Lennox down to the mat with a brainbuster followed by a knee drop managing a two count. Lennox leg sweeps Tank to the mat and locks in an Indian death lock. Tank is in the middle of the ring and Lennox rolls over, but Tank breaks free with elbow strikes. Tank misses a middle rope knee drop and Lennox takes Tank over with a snap suplex and a northern lights suplex for a two count. Lennox leg drops Tank for a near fall. Tank headbutts Lennox, but Lennox fires back with strikes on the middle rope. Lennox hooks Tank for a suplex, but Tank shoves Lennox off to the mat. Tank hits a double under hook powerbomb for a near fall. Tank misses a top rope leg drop and Lennox hits a standing Spanish Fly for the win. (**1/2. I’m not sure if these guys ever appear in 2CW again, but I really liked their style and they put together a fun opener for the show. Lennox seems to have a solid aerial attack and Burlington was impressive with his selling and move set, as well. A nice surprise to start off the show.)
Second Contest: 2CW Tag Team Champions The Olsen Twins (Colin & Jimmy) vs. First Class (Kevin Graham & Brute Van Slyke): Graham and Brute attack as soon as the bell sounds. Olsen’s slide to the floor to avoid clotheslines and regroup. Olsen’s return to the ring and fake out handshakes to get the advantage. Brute and Graham bail to the floor to avoid strikes. Olsen’s hit stereo suicide dives to the floor onto the challengers, which pops the crowd. The champs keep control on the floor with several chops. Jimmy works over Graham in the corner with several chops and a snap suplex for a two count. Brute tries to get involved, but is stopped by the referee. Colin knee drops Graham and taunts Brute. The champs hip toss Graham followed by a wheelbarrow senton, but Graham got his knees up. Brute enters and big boots Jimmy. Graham keeps control on Colin with a splash to the back and an elbow drop. Colin is worked over in the corner as Brute delivers a running elbow in the corner. Brute slams Colin and tags in Graham. Graham comes off the middle rope with an axe handle for a near fall.
Colin tries to fight back with chops in the corner, but Graham eye rakes Colin. Graham continues with stomps and a snapmare. Graham hits a rolling necksnap for a two count. Brute back suplexs Colin followed by a knee drop for a two count. Brute controls Colin with a neck vice on the mat, but doesn’t get a submission. Brute takes Colin over with a double under hook overhead suplex for a near fall. Colin plants Graham with a swinging neckbreaker. Jimmy and Brute get tagged in with Jimmy cleaning house. Jimmy delivers strikes and dropkicks. Jimmy hits a missile dropkick onto Graham. Jimmy hits a fisherman buster, but Graham is not the legal man. Brute returns to the match and clubs Jimmy over the back. Graham is sent to the floor and Colin hits a missile dropkick to Brute. Colin leg sweeps Brute and hit a bizarre looking wheelbarrow slam. Graham misses a top rope crossbody attempt. Graham plants Jimmy with a Flatliner. Brute takes Colin down with an Angle Slam. Graham hits a middle rope leg drop as Colin was over Brute’s knee. There’s a double pin and the referee awards the match to the Olsen’s. (**1/2. It’s a fine match, but I don’t like the double pin. Graham and Brute are protected by it, but the Olsen’s have been a dominating tag team in 2CW and having them win the match cleanly wouldn’t hurt the young team. It allows a rematch to take place, and I would be intrigued to see these two teams go at it again. Brute and Graham look good in there with the veteran tag champs and the match had a good pace to it.)
Third Contest: 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Isys Ephex: Early on, they counter each others offense until Scorpio delivers a knee to the gut. They begin to trade forearm strikes before backing off. Scorpio kicks Ephex a few times to get the momentum followed by chops against the ropes. Scorpio delivers a few knee lifts and a spin kick to send Ephex to the floor. Scorpio fakes a dive to the floor and taunts the fans. Ephex slides into the ring to avoid Scorpio on the floor and taunts the crowd by dancing. Ephex bails to the floor again to avoid Scorpio in the ring. Ephex shoulder blocks Scorpio on the apron followed by an uppercut and a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Ephex sends Scorpio into the guard railing chest first followed by a kick to the face. Ephex climbs to the top rope hitting a crossbody in the ring for a near fall. Ephex arm drags Scorpio and keeps arm control on the mat. Scorpio nails Ephex with a kick to the chest followed by a side suplex dropping Ephex on his head. Scorpio hits a somersault leg drop for a near fall. Scorpio knee drops Ephex followed by another leg drop. Scorpio waits on the middle rope to deliver a knee strike knocking Ephex into the ropes.
Scorpio connects with a Death Valley Driver. Scorpio heads to the top hitting a leg drop for a near fall. Ephex delivers several kicks in the corner followed by a forearm strike. Ephex delivers another kick in the corner followed by strikes. Ephex sets Scorpio on the top rope and tries for a hurricanrana, but Scorpio shoves Ephex off. Ephex decks Scorpio on the middle rope and hits a reverse hurricanrana for a near fall. Scorpio misses a kick, but Ephex hits a spin kick and a bridging German suplex for a two count. Ephex hits a springboard splash and a springboard leg drop for a near fall. Ephex forearms Scorpio, but Scorpio fires back with a leaping kick to the head. Scorpio hits a top rope moonsault splash for the win. (**1/2. The stalling early on was a bit longer than it needed to be, but once they actually got going the match was solid throughout. Ephex was able to display some his unique and fun offense while Scorpio gave the fans some of his crazy spots. The crowd popped for the finish and this was a fine undercard match.)
Fourth Contest: 2CW Heavyweight Champion Jay Freddie vs. Sami Callihan: Callihan starts off with chops in the corner and headbutts to the chest. Freddie fights back with a chop and they pie face each other. They begin to trade strikes and chops. Freddie forearms Callihan, but is met with a pump kick sending Freddie to the apron. Callihan kicks Freddie on the apron followed by a springboard clothesline and suicide dive to the floor. Freddie comes back with a suicide dive of his own. Freddie sends Callihan into the railing, but Sami delivers a boot to the face and signals for a running chop against the railing. Sami delivers a running chop against the railing. Sami misses a running boot and hits the railing hip first. Freddie tries for a running forearm, but Callihan counters with an overhead suplex into the railing! Freddie manages to return to the ring and break the count. Callihan powerbombs Freddie and manages a two count. Callihan scoop slams Freddie for a two count. Freddie elbows free from Sami and delivers several strikes. Sami kicks Freddie and connects with a Death Valley Driver. Sami comes off the ropes with a slingshot splash for a two count. Callihan kicks Freddie on the back of the head.
Freddie battles back with strikes and chops, but Sami cuts Freddie off with a knee lift. Sami controls Freddie on the mat with a chin lock. Freddie breaks free of a chin lock with elbows. Freddie plants Sami with a back suplex. Sami kicks Freddie in the corner and delivers a running boot strike in the corner. Sami delivers another running boot strike to Freddie. Freddie decks Callihan with a clothesline and a top rope missile dropkick. Freddie plants Sami with a DDT for a two count. They begin to trade strikes while on their knees. They trade uppercuts upon getting to their feet. Sami chops Freddie several times knocking Freddie to his knees. Freddie spikes Callihan with a powerslam for a two count. Freddie clotheslines Callihan in the corner trying for a flipping stunner, but Sami counters with an elevated cutter over the top rope managing a two count. Sami tries for a suplex, but Freddie blocks it. Freddie tosses Callihan overhead with a German suplex. Callihan hits a German suplex as well. Freddie regains control with a few German suplexs. Sami kicks Freddie in the corner, but Freddie plants Sami with a rolling German suplex. Freddie nearly wins following a discus clothesline. Sami kicks free to avoid a Sharpshooter attempt. Sami takes Freddie down with a dragon screw leg whip and locked in a stretch muffler. Freddie almost wins with a rollup. Freddie locks in a Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring managing to win the match by submission. (***1/4. The finish was a little out of nowhere, but this was a really good title defense and match. Freddie showed he can go and Sami was a lot of fun here. The crowd was hot for the action and they delivered a quality match.)
Fifth Contest: Scotty 2 Hotty vs. ZSIII: They are stalling early on doing some comedy stuff with the referee that isn’t connecting very well with the crowd. The bell finally rings after three minutes of nothing going on. Springate sends Hotty into the corner back first after a few strikes. Hotty fires back with chops and a tries for a hip toss, but Springate blocks it. Hotty decides to dance before sending Springate over the top to the floor. Hotty misses a baseball slide and decks Springate with a right hand on the floor. Graham yanks Hotty off the apron as Brute distracted the referee. The referee ejects Graham and Brute from ringside. Springate tries to get a win after an elbow drop, but Hotty kicks out at two. Springate gets out of a sunset flip and maintains control with stomps. Springate puts a head scissors on Hotty in the corner and hangs upside down. Springate keeps a bearhug on Hotty, but doesn’t get submission. Hotty breaks free and hammers away on Springate before playing to the crowd. Hotty forearms Springate and delivers several strikes in the corner. Hotty rams Springate groin first into the ring post. Hotty signals for the Worm but accidentally decks the referee. Hotty gets a rollup, but the referee is down. Graham and Brute run into the ring and attack Hotty while the referee is down. The Olsen’s come down to the ring and make the save. Graham is driven down with a double flapjack and Hotty executes the Worm on Graham. Springate tries for a DDT, but Hotty breaks free and superkicks Springate for the win. (1/2*. The comedy wasn’t very good and the action was boring, as well. Hotty is good for a young crowd and for performing the Worm, but his matches are not designed to be of high quality at this point in his career.)
Sixth Contest: Sean Carr vs. Marcos: Early on, Marcos controls Carr with a side headlock, but is knocked down with a shoulder block. Marcos kicks Carr in the midsection, but Carr delivers an atomic drop and a spinning heel kick for a two count. Marcos stomps on Carr’s foot and hammers away on Carr. Carr plants Marcos with a rolling fireman’s carry and a standing senton for a two count. Carr pummels Marcos in the corner and is dropkicked off the middle rope. Marcos runs on Carr leading to another two count. Marcos nearly wins with an inside cradle and beats on Carr on the mat. Marcos plants Carr with a reverse DDT to counter a tilt a whirl attempt. Marcos controls Carr with a chin lock on the mat. Marcos delivers a few chops in the corner, but Carr tosses Marcos out of the corner followed by a clothesline and a back elbow. Carr backdrops Marcos for a two count. Carr delivers a few chops in the corner before delivering a knee strike and overhead toss out of the corner. Carr hits a Death Valley Driver for a near fall. Marcos stops Carr with a jawbreaker and a head scissors to drive Carr face first onto the canvas. Marcos connects with the Slice Bread for a near fall. Carr knocks Marcos off the middle rope and hits a frog splash off the top for the win. (**. I thought this was okay and better than I was expecting it to be. Marcos provided some good offense to maintain interest in the match and Carr is quickly becoming a viable act in 2CW as a potential top face in the company so early into his career.)
Seventh Contest: Steve McKenzie & Loca Vida vs. Pete D. Order & The Beast: Long story short, Vida and McKenzie manage to pin Beast after a kick by McKenzie. After the match, Order and Beast breakup.
Main Event: Christopher Daniels vs. Cheech: Cheech starts off with an arm drag and taunts the crowd and does it again. Daniels delivers a few arm drags causing Cheech to bail to the floor to regroup. Cheech goes to the ropes to avoid further punishment from Daniels after a headlock takedown. Cheech slaps Daniels to avoid a leapfrog. Cheech runs around ringside before returning to the ring and gets slapped by Daniels. Daniels steps on Cheech’s back and keeps control with another arm drag. Cheech shoulder rams Daniels in the corner followed by chops. Cheech does a strut out of the corner and Daniels fires back with chops of his own. Daniels rams Cheech into the corner a few times leading to a two count. Cheech stops Daniels with a gut buster. Cheech takes Daniels over with a snap suplex for a near fall. Cheech chokes Daniels with wrist tape. Daniels blocks a rag to the face and rubs it in Cheech’s face. Daniels elbows Cheech to the mat and tries for a hip toss. Cheech counters with an abdominal stretch. Daniels fights out with a hip toss, but Cheech delivers a strike in the corner followed by a few stomps. Cheech goes to the apron and hits a slingshot senton.
Cheech keeps a body scissors on Daniels while doing sit-ups. Cheech knee lifts Daniels coming off the ropes to maintain the advantage. Cheech is stopped on the top rope and slammed to the mat by Daniels. Cheech misses a splash in the corner and Daniels delivers a few clotheslines. Daniels hits a step up kick and slams Cheech off the middle rope to the mat for a near fall. Cheech counters Angels Wings with a backdrop. Cheech spears Daniels in the corner and hits a snap suplex. Cheech goes to the top rope and leaps off to kick Daniels in the midsection. Cheech hits a running dropkick in the corner and a 619 of sorts from the floor to the corner for a near fall. Daniels plants Cheech with a sit out slam. Daniels delivers several strikes, but Cheech superkicks Daniels for a two count. Daniels gets out of a powerbomb and slams Cheech. Daniels hits the BME for the win. (*1/2. This didn’t feel like it got out of first gear. The action was fine, but it didn’t deliver a main event caliber match. I understand Daniels in the main event, but Freddie and Sami would have been far better off in the main event spot.)
Despite a disappointing main event, I thought this show was a sold one overall and it featured several enjoyable matches. It was worth the watch. Freddie vs. Sami was match of the night.
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