Written by: Bob Colling
Jersey All Pro Wrestling presents Homecoming II
From: Rahway, NJ
Opening Contest: All Money Is Legal (Murda & Pusha) vs. Style & Finesse (Mike Donovan & Rob Vegas): Donovan and Murda kickoff the tag match with Murda delivering right hands. Vegas tries to get involved, but Pusha takes Vegas out with a neckbreaker. AMIL hit Donovan with a couple of kicks to the mat. Vegas takes out both AMIL members, but Pusha head scissors Vegas followed by a leg lariat in the corner. Pusha comes off the top to Swanton Vegas on the groin. Donovan hits a neckbreaker on Pusha, but Murda enters and kick Donovan and runs over Donovan before delivering a knee drop. Pusha knocks Vegas off the apron, but Vegas returns to help Donovan with an elevated neckbreaker for a two count. Vegas legally enters and keeps control on Pusha with strikes. Pusha is double teamed in the corner. Vegas dropkicks Pusha for a two count. Donovan splashes Pusha in the corner and they hit a double team elbow drop. Pusha nails Donovan with a kick to the head and Murda tags in. Murda cleans house with strikes to both men. Murda dropkicks Donovan for a two count. Vegas pulls Murda to the floor and Donovan beats on Pusha. Pusha is driven down with a hip toss/backbreaker combo for a two count. AMIL hit a double suplex on Donovan a couple of times and hit a double brainbuster on Donovan for the clean win. (*1/2. It’s not an awful match as there was some decent double team moves. It might have been a little rushed, but it’s not a bad way to start the show.)
Second Contest: Corvis Fear vs. Grim Reefer: Reefer slaps Fear after they counter each other in the early moments of the contest. Fear returns the slap moments later. Reefer chops Fear a few times to maintain control and delivers a jaw breaker. Fear beats on Reefer outside the ring with some strikes. Fear takes Reefer down with a spinning neckbreaker and a kick to the back of the head. Fear hits a senton for a two count. Reefer drops Fear to the apron and delivers a kick before ramming Fear face firs to the mat. Reefer elbows Fear for a near fall. Reefer chops Fear to the mat and taunts the fans. Fear hits a spinning suplex on Reefer for a near fall. Fear hits a springboard moonsault for a near fall. Reefer suplexs Fear over the top rope and Fear crashes to the floor. Reefer chops Fear on the outside. Reefer takes Fear out with a dive into the crowd. Reefer clotheslines Fear back to the ringside area. Reefer sits Fear on the top rope and is shoved off by Fear. Fear misses a crossbody. Reefer locks in a crossface out of a tilt a whirl. Fear reaches the ropes to break the hold. Fear hits a cutter on Reefer, but can’t make a cover. Fear is stopped by a low blow and Reefer rams Fear into the corner out of a Torture Rack and spikes Fear with a piledriver for the win. (*1/2. It felt like an extended squash for Reefer, but I’m okay with it. Fear had a few moments to shine, but they were very brief. Reefer was fun here and I’m interested to see Reefer against more high profiled Light Heavyweights in the future.)
AJ Styles comes out to the ring and cuts a promo. Styles understands that Jay Lethal has a title match tonight. Styles recalls beating Lethal the last time he was in JAPW. Styles believes he’s the number one contender. Lethal comes out to cut Styles off. Lethal puts over Styles and says he has respect for him. Lethal promises to give Styles the first title match when he wins tonight. JAPW Heavyweight Champion Rhino comes out with Johnny D. Johnny isn’t happy about them talking about the championship. Styles tells Johnny to shut up since he’s not the champion. Lethal tells Rhino that this is his home and gets in Rhino’s face. JAPW Light Heavyweight Champion Teddy Hart makes his way out to the ring. The fans don’t want to listen to Hart talk, which is hilarious. Frankie Kazarian makes his way out and has a towel in his hand. Kazarian taunts Styles as soon as he gets in the ring. Kazarian stole Teddy’s belt and they shove each other. Kazarian shoves Styles and they brawl on the floor. Lethal and Hart trade strikes until Rhino GORES Hart! Lethal and Rhino trade strikes after a standoff. The locker room empties to keep them all apart.
Third Contest: La Familia (Bandido Jr. & EC Negro) vs. Archadia & Danny Demanto: Archadia and Bandido kickoff the tag match with Bandido getting wrist control, but Archadia counters quickly. Bandido arm drags Archadia a few times. Archadia flips off of Bandido’s knee and they have a standoff. Bandido eye rakes Archadia and delivers a few chops. Archadia connects with a dropkick and Demanto tags into the match. Demanto hits a delayed side slam on Bandido. Bandido sends Demanto to the floor. Demanto yanks Negro off the apron and Archadia hits a somersault dive to the floor onto Negro. Archadia chops Negro and Negro tries for a dive, but is caught. All four men are brawling around ringside where Demanto press slams Bandido into the crowd. Negro hits a cobra clutch slam on Archadia and taunts the crowd. Negro slams Archadia to the mat and delivers a senton splash for a two count. Negro slams Archadia and tags in Bandido to hit a back suplex turned into a moonsault for a near fall. Bandido drop toe holds Archadia followed by a dropkick to the head. Bandido keeps Archadia on the mat with a chin lock. Negro has Archadia on his shoulders and Bandido leaps off the middle rope to hit a DDT leading to a near fall for Negro.
Negro nails Archadia with a somersault kick to the head and tags in Bandido to maintain control of the contest. Archadia hits a wheelbarrow suplex into a neckbreaker. Demanto tags in and cleans house with clotheslines. Demanto backdrops Negro and does the same to Bandido. Negro hits an overhead suplex on Demanto after countering a clothesline. Negro goes to the middle rope, but Archadia delivers a kick to the face. Demanto has Bandido on his shoulders and Archadia leaps off the top to dropkick Bandido for a near fall. Negro forearms Demanto a few times, but Demanto delivers a kick to the midsection. Archadia walks on the backs of Demanto and Negro to leg drop Bandido for a two count. Negro sends Demanto to the floor and low blows Archadia. Familia hit a spike brainbuster on Archadia, but don’t go for the cover. Demanto plants Bandido with a Samoan Drop. Demanto goes to the top rope, but Negro stops Demanto and hits a cobra clutch slam off the middle rope. Negro hits a top rope leg drop to pin Demanto cleanly. (**1/4. A better tag match than I was expecting. Archadia had a few good spots in the match and Familia came across as a viable tag team. I’m glad they gave the heels a clean victory.)
Fourth Contest: Ricky Reyes vs. Sonjay Dutt: They start off with some mat wrestling with both men countering each other. Reyes slams Dutt to the mat and keeps arm control for a moment. Dutt takes Reyes down with a side headlock. Reyes counters with a head scissors, but that doesn’t last long. Reyes misses a kick and Dutt hits a hurricanrana to send Reyes to the floor. Dutt misses a baseball slide and Reyes delivers a few strikes. Dutt head scissors head scissors Reyes into the railing and tosses Reyes into the crowd. Dutt dives over the railing to take Reyes out with a crossbody. Dutt drop toe holds Reyes after suffering a jawbreaker and connects with a standing moonsault for a two count. Reyes plants Dutt with an arm breaker. Reyes sends Dutt into the corner shoulder first. Reyes keeps control on the mat with a knee drop to the shoulder. Reyes kicks Dutt across the back and delivers a knee drop. Reyes tosses Dutt with a gut wrench suplex. Reyes takes Dutt with a snap suplex. Reyes misses a splash in the corner and Dutt hits a springboard dropkick. Dutt elbows Reyes followed by an atomic drop and clothesline. Dutt plants Reyes with a spinebuster and a springboard moonsault for a near fall.
Reyes kicks Dutt in the midsection and connects with a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Reyes tries for a slam, but Dutt counters it. Dutt sends Reyes to the floor and kicks Reyes off the apron. Dutt hits a suplex from the apron into the ring. Dutt climbs to the top rope hitting an elbow drop for a near fall. Dutt tries for a slam, but Reyes counters with a triangle choke, but Dutt doesn’t give up and reaches the ropes. Reyes kicks Dutt on the arm a few times and hits a double under hook powerbomb. Reyes quickly goes back to a cross arm bar, but Dutt doesn’t give in. They trade a couple of pin attempts. Dutt plants Reyes with a springboard tornado DDT. Dutt dropkicks Reyes on the knee followed by a shining wizard and a standing moonsault for a near fall. Dutt goes to the top rope, but Reyes crotches Dutt. Reyes puts Dutt in a tree of woe, but Dutt gains footing. Reyes kicks Dutt in the midsection and hits a sit down powerbomb for a near fall. Reyes tries for a slam, but Dutt kicks free. Dutt arm drags Reyes and gets a crucifix pin on Reyes for the win. (**3/4. I’m not a fan of the finish as it was abrupt and didn’t really go with the pace of the match. The action was solid throughout and their styles work very well together. I was impressed by Reyes here especially.)
Fifth Contest: Homicide vs. Azireal: Homicide kicks Azireal away after being taken down to the mat and they have a standoff. Azireal keeps an abdominal stretch on Homicide, but is tossed down with a hip toss. They have another standoff. Azireal shoulder blocks Homicide, but Azireal comes back with a backdrop to send Homicide to the floor. Azireal shoulder blocks Homicide, but Homicide comes back with a few arm drags and dropkicks Azireal to the floor. Homicide takes Azireal down with several headlocks, but Azireal pops up quickly. Homicide head scissors Azireal, but Azireal arm drags Homicide to the corner followed by a dropkick Azireal takes Homicide out with a dive to the floor. Azireal drops Homicide chest first over the railing. Azieal continues with chops around ringside before returning to the ring. Azireal keeps a chin lock on Homicide. Azireal connects with a northern lights suplex for a near fall. Azireal continues with a backbreaker. Azireal sits Homicide on the top turnbuckle and tries for a superplex, but Homicide counters with a DDT off the middle rope for a two count. Homicide back elbows Azireal coming off the ropes for a near fall. Homicide keeps control with a chin lock on the mat. Homicide tosses Azireal with an overhead suplex for a two count.
Homicide beats on Azireal with chops in the corner followed by a running face wash for a two count. Homicide hits a crossbody off the middle rope, but Azireal delivers a kick to the head and a sliding dropkick. Azireal slams Homicide before hitting a slingshot senton from the apron. Azireal plants Homicide with a back suplex for a near fall. Azireal delivers a cobra clutch backbreaker for a near fall. Azireal forearms Homicide in the corner a few times. Homicide is shoved off the middle rope and Azireal hits a missile dropkick. Homicide takes Azireal out with a suicide dive and flies over the railing into the crowd. Homicide gets a two count on a cover attempt in the ring. Homicide hits a superplex and a sit out vertical suplex for a near fall. Azireal takes Homicide over with a series of snap suplexs and crotches Homicide on the top rope. Azireal hits a superplex and they’re both down on the mat. They both come off the ropes looking for a crossbody. They begin to trade chops until Homicide shoves Azireal to the floor and delivers a baseball slide followed by a snap suplex on the floor.
Homicide plants Azireal with a sit down powerbomb for a two count. Homicide goes to the top rope and misses a diving headbutt. Azireal drops Homicide face first to the mat and hit a frog splash off the top rope for a near fall. Homicide kicks Azireal, but Azireal comes back with a powerbomb. Azireal heads to the top rope, but Homicide gets up and stops Azireal. Homicide connects with a top rope cutter for a near fall. Homicide dropkicks Azireal on the knee and locks in an STF, but Azireal manages to reach the ropes. Azireal misses a double stomp attempt and Homicide rams Azireal gut first into the corner. Homicide misses a dropkick and Azireal hits a double stomp to the back of Homicide’s head for a two count. Azireal tries for the Cop Killa, but Homicide gets out of it and clotheslines Azireal for a near fall. Homicide tries for the Cop Killa, but Azireal counters and spikes Homicide with a tombstone piledriver. Azireal heads to the top rope missing a swanton. Homicide plants Azireal with the Cop Killa to win the match. (***1/2. There were a couple of sloppy moments, but this was a really good match as both men showcased some fun impactful matches. I thought this was going to be a filler match, but instead it was seemingly a breakthrough performance for Azireal as a potential main event guy in JAPW. I really enjoyed this match.)
Sixth Contest: JAPW Tag Team Champions The SAT vs. Outkast Killaz (Diablo Santiago & Oman Tortuga) in a tables, ladders and chairs match: SAT’s attack the Killaz during their entrance and begin brawling around ringside. Killaz are sent into ladders around ringside. Tortuga tries to climb the ladder, but is yanked down. Joel delivers a superkick to Santiago on the floor and Jose is working on Tortuga. Tortuga smashes Jose with a chair at ringside and taunts fans in the front row. Joel sends Santiago onto the ladder against the ropes. Santiago tosses Joel onto the ladder with a t-bone suplex. Tortuga is nailed by a chair, but Tortuga counters a head scissors to send Jose into the railing. Killaz begin to climb the ladder, but are both shoved off by Joel. Tortuga is sent into the railing while Santiago tosses Joel with an overhead suplex. Tortuga and Jose are brawling into the crowd. Tortuga is setting a table up in the crowd. Jose delivers a DDT on the bleachers. Tortuga delivers the 44 Magnum onto the table in the bleachers! Santiago sits Joel on the top rope but loses his footing and Joel hits a slingshot leg drop in the corner. Joel puts a chair in front of Santiago’s face in the corner. Joel puts a ladder in front of Santiago’s face in the corner and delivers a Coast to Coast dropkick!
Tortuga drops Joel to the mat face first. Tortuga begins to climb the ladder, but Jose has gotten to the top rope and dropkicks Tortuga off the ladder. Santiago sends Joel into the railing and delivers a chair shot to the back. Joel avoids a piledriver attempt by Tortuga on the floor. Santiago has Jose on the middle rope, but is shoved off. Jose hits a lung blower on Santiago out of the corner. Jose sets a ladder up in the corner, but dumps the ladder to the floor since it’s apparently broken. Jose hits Santiago with a chair shot and lays Santiago onto a table. Jose climbs the ladder and leaps off the very top to splash Santiago through the table! Tortuga sets a ladder up in the corner and works over Jose in the corner. Tortuga lays a couple of chairs on the mat and hooks Jose on the top rope, but Jose delivers a tornado DDT onto the chairs instead. Joel sets another table up in the ring. Joel lays Tortuga onto the table and goes to the top rope. La Familia come out and get involved in the match. Jose nails EC Negro with a chair to the head. Joel has Bandido Jr. on the top rope hitting a top rope powerbomb onto Negro through the table. SAT’s are close to the titles, but Santiago pushes the ladder over.
Santiago avoids a piledriver by Jose on the apron. Santiago puts Jose through the table off the apron with a double leg slam. Tortuga and Joel are at the top of the ladder trying to retrieve the titles. Tortuga falls off, but recovers to stop Joel and hits the inverted pildriver. Santiago put Jose onto a table on the floor. The Killaz are able to grab the titles and win the titles. (***. It’s not that great of a TLC match, for the most part. There were a couple of decent spots, but aside from that it just felt a little boring. I find it usually difficult to make a TLC match boring, but that was accomplished here. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a decent match, but it was lacking the violence that you’d expect. They just kept to the usual spots you’d expect in these matches.) After the match, SAT challenge Killaz to a match where if they lose they will leave JAPW. However, it must be a cage match. Killaz decline the offer. For some reason Bandido came back to the ring and the SAT hit the Spanish Fly.
Seventh Contest: JAPW Heavyweight Champion Rhino vs. Jay Lethal: They start off trading right hands until Lethal connects with a dropkick. Lethal head scissors Rhino to the floor and hits a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Rhino sends Lethal into the railing back first and tosses Lethal into the crowd. Lethal sends Rhino into the bleachers and delivers a dropkick. Lethal fights back with right hands and Rhino falls down the bleachers. Lethal rams Rhino face first into the railing. Lethal misses a running attack and lands on a a chair. Rhino rams Lethal into the railing a few times. Lethal backdrops Rhino back to the ringside area. Rhino rolls Lethal into the ring, but Lethal sends Rhino into the corner. Lethal kisses Alicia on the apron, but Rhino nails Lethal with a clothesline for a two count. Rhino takes Lethal over with a snap suplex. Rhino sends Lethal hard into the corner back first to keep control of the contest. Rhino keeps Lethal on the mat with a chin lock. Rhino knee lifts Lethal coming off the ropes and taunts the fans. Rhino spits at the fans in the front row while keeping control on Lethal. Lethal pummels Rhino in the corner with strikes. Rhino delivers a running shoulder ram in the corner.
Rhino sits Lethal on the top rope, but Lethal fights back with strikes and hits a sunset flip powerbomb. Lethal heel kicks Rhino coming off the ropes followed by a forearm smash. Lethal superkicks Rhino managing a two count. Rhino plants Lethal with a spinebuster for a near fall. Rhino elbows Lethal in the corner and sits on the top turnbuckle, but Lethal stops Rhino with right hands. Lethal hits a hurricanrana off the top rope for a near fall. Rhino drops Lethal face first over the top turnbuckle. Johnny D tosses a piece of wood into the ring for Rhino to use. Rhino hits a belly to belly suplex as the wood is set up in the corner. Rhino waits in the corner and GORES himself through the wood in the corner. Lethal tries for a cover, but Rhino kicks out at two. Lethal kicks Rhino in the corner and accidentally nails the referee with a heel kick off the middle rope. Lethal tosses Rhino over the top to the floor, but Teddy Hart comes out and attacks Lethal. Hart plants Lethal with a DDT. Johnny D puts another piece of wood into the ring. Rhino has the cover, but Lethal kicks out at two. Rhino lays the wood over two chairs and brings Lethal to the middle rope. Rhino hits a middle rope piledriver through the wood for the win. (**1/2. The crowd dug the action, but I’m not a fan of Teddy Hart getting involved as it ruined the match for me. I understand doing it for the Hart/Lethal feud, but it just doesn’t work for me. Rhino’s indie run has been dominate and fun to this point. It’s a decent match, but they didn’t do anything memorable or crazy. The finish was nicely done and it’s an underrated finishing move for Rhino.)
Main Event: JAPW Light Heavyweight Champion Teddy Hart vs. AJ Styles vs. Frankie Kazarian: Kazarian clotheslines Hart to start the match, bu Styles gets a few blows in on Kazarian followed by a dropkick. Hart dropkicks Styles and hammers away on Kazarian. Styles hip tosses Kazarian and trades arm drags with Hart. Kazarian is sent to the floor by Hart and Styles. Styles clotheslines Hart to the floor and takes Kazarian out with a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Styles tries for a cover, but Kazarian kicks out. Hart hits a springboard clothesline to both Styles and Kazarian. Hart plants Kazarian with a float over DDT. Hart controls Kazarian with an arm bar. Styles prevents a submission and drops Hart chest first onto Kazarian’s knees. Styles rams Kazarian into the corner chest first. Kazarian sends Styles into the referee and low blows Styles before hitting a swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. Kazarian slams Styles and hits a springboard leg drop for a near fall. Kazarian dropkicks Styles and taunts the crowd. Hart is sent into the crowd and not in the match at all. Kazarian dropkicks Styles in the corner and taunts the crowd some more. Styles fires back with strikes to stagger Kazarian. Styles tries for the Styles Clash, but Kazarian counters with a rollup for a two count. Styles nails Kazarian with a spin kick.
Hart returns to the match and drops Styles with a sloppy back suplex. Hart is selling his left shoulder. They mess up a spot where Hart had Kazarian setup for a DDT and Styles completely missed a springboard reverse DDT attempt on Hart. Styles drives Hart down to the mat with a gut buster. Styles hooks Kazarian on the apron, but Kazarian avoids a Styles Clash and backdrops Styles to the floor. Kazarian slingshots to the apron to drive Styles face first onto the apron. Hart takes both men out with springboard moonsault to the floor. Hart is dry heaving on the floor. Kazarian and Hart trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Kazarian tries for the Wave of the Future, but Hart drops Kazarian to the mat face first for a near fall. Styles decks Hart from behind. Styles puts a Torture Rack on Hart before hitting a spinning powerbomb for a two count. Kazarian nails Styles with a kick to the face for a near fall. Styles nails Kazarian with a pele kick. Styles hooks Hart for a suplex, but Hart counters with a flapjack. Hart heads to the top rope looking for a shooting star press, but Styles goes his knee sup. Hart rolls to the floor. Hart rolls back in, but Styles has the Styles Clash on Hart. Kazarian pops up to hit the Wave of the Future on Styles, which causes the Styles Clash on Hart. Kazarian covers Styles and wins the title! (***. I was not expecting a title change here, at all. I would have thought that Hart/Lethal for the Light Heavyweight Championship was the next major program. It’s a really interesting decision to put the title on Kazarian. The action was fine, but a little too sloppy for my liking. It should be interesting how Kazarina’s reign goes as I’m not sure he’s a major draw for JAPW.)
I’m going to consider this a good overall JAPW show as the undercard had some solid action throughout. The main attractions provided at least decent action even if they were a little disappointing. Azireal/Homicide was the best match and I was not expecting that to be the case, at all. Caged Fury 2 is their next show and I’m intrigued to see how that plays out.
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