Written by: Bob Colling
IWA-MS presents One More Time
Opening Contest: Hillbilly Jed vs. Jason Dukes: Dukes attacks Jed from behind with right hands in the corner. Jed blocks being sent into the corner and shoulder blocks Dukes a few times. Dukes runs into the back of Jed and is met with a hip toss and slam. Jed misses a splash in the corner. Dukes comes off the middle rope hitting a leg drop. Dukes stomps on Jed to maintain control of the contest. Dukes keeps Jed on the mat with strikes. Dukes snapmares Jed to the mat and goes to the top rope. Dukes leaps off hitting an elbow drop. Dukes goes for a cover, but Jed powers out at two. Dukes pulls down his straps and slaps his tits. Jed chops Dukes in the corner, but Dukes battles back with a headbutt. Jed misses a senton off the ropes. Dukes rubs Jed’s face into his tits and suffocates Jed to the mat. Dukes heads to the middle rope hitting a moonsault for a two count. Dukes goes to the top rope missing a moonsault attempt. Jed clotheslines Dukes after avoiding being sent into the corner. Dukes monkey flips Jed, but Jed lands on his feet. Dukes isn’t aware of that and Jed plants Dukes with a spinebuster. Jed comes off the middle rope to hit a spinning splash for the win. (**. Let me just collect my thoughts as I was not anticipating enjoying this match, but they worked a good match and held my interest. Well, an enjoyable match, maybe not ‘good’.)
Second Contest: Homicide vs. Samoa Joe: Homicide tries to take Joe down to the mat, but Joe is able to block the attempt and they focus on some mat wrestling to begin the match. Homicide bites Joe’s hand to break free from Joe. Joe headbutts Homicide several times to the mat and Homicide regroups in the corner. Joe continues to beat on Homicide with strikes in the corner. Homicide gets the advantage with strikes after an eye rake. Homicide locks in a head scissors on the mat, but doesn’t get a submission. Joe escapes and delivers a few strikes to the face. Joe locks in a chin lock, but Homicide doesn’t give in. Joe elbows Homicide and they begin to trade chops. Joe headbutts Homicide to regain the advantage. Joe uppercuts Homicide a few times. Joe casually punts Homicide in the face, but Homicide no sells the kicks. Joe with a flurry of knee strikes, but Homicide still doesn’t go down. Homicide eye pokes Joe and delivers a running face wash in the corner. Homicide kicks Joe a few times in the corner. Joe kicks Homicide several times to keep Homicide on the mat. Joe face washes Homicide several times in the corner. They trade strikes with Joe getting the advantage in the corner. Homicide leaps off the middle rope to knee strike Joe. Homicide continues with a neckbreaker for a near fall.
Homicide connects with another neckbreaker for a two count. Homicide kicks Joe several times and delivers another boot to the face for a two count. Homicide chops Joe on the back and goes back to biting Joe. Homicide chokes Joe in the corner followed by headbutts. Joe delivers a headbutt, as well. Homicide sends Joe across the ring, but is met with a modified STO. Homicide rolls to the floor and eventually tries for a suicide dive, but is met with a right hand instead. Joe chops Homicide onto a chair and gets a running head start to kick Homicide on the floor. Joe nails Homicide with a second running kick to the face. Joe powerbombs Homicide in the ring for a near fall. Homicide gets a triangle choke on Joe, but isn’t able to get a submission as Joe reaches the ropes. Homicide kicks Joe managing a two count. Homicide chops Joe a few times and runs into an overhead belly to belly suplex. Joe yanks Homicide down to the mat by his arm and Joe hits a snap powerslam for a two count. Joe locks in a cross arm bar, but Homicide is able to reach the ropes. Joe kicks Homicide a few times in the corner. Joe runs into a boot in the corner and Homicide hits a diamond dust off the middle rope for a near fall. Homicide slaps Joe and hits the cutter, but can’t follow up. Homicide tries for a cover, but Joe kicks out at two. Homicide kicks Joe and hits a bulldog off the ropes for a near fall.
Homicide tries for a piledriver, but Joe counters with a backdrop and a clothesline. Joe tries for a suplex, but Homicide knees free. Joe gets an arm bar on Homicide and bits his hand. Homicide manages to reach the ropes again with his boot. Joe hits a brainbuster for a two count. Joe gets an an arm bar on Homicide and forces Homicide to submit. (***1/4. An enjoyable match as they didn’t have much of any lull during it. There was some hard hitting action, but then also some good wrestling. These two have great chemistry together and that trend continued here.)
Third Contest: Danny Daniels vs. Nate Webb: Webb shoulder blocks Daniels and gets a two count with a rollup. Daniels stomps Webb on the face after running the ropes and works over Webb with strikes in the corner. Webb dropkicks Daniels and keeps arm control. Daniels gains control working over Webb’s arm. Daniels ties Webb up in a submission, but doesn’t get a submission. Daniels chops Webb, but Webb arm drags Daniels a few times. Webb hits a running somersault splash. Webb springboard dropkicks Daniels off the apron to the floor. Webb pulls Daniels to the apron and tries for a suplex, but Daniels blocks it. Daniels hits a suplex to the floor. Daniels rams Webb back first into the post and tosses Webb onto chairs. Daniels tries for a cover, but Webb kicks out at two. Daniels connects with a clothesline for a two count. Daniels locks in a camel clutch, but Webb doesn’t give in. Webb delivers a jawbreaker and a spinning kick for a two count. Daniels drives Webb down with a gut buster for a two count. Daniels chops Webb and delivers a forearm shot in the corner and a dropkick to send Webb into the corner. Daniels goes for a cover, but Webb kicks out. Daniels hits a German suplex for a two count. Webb nails Daniels with a forearm strike. Webb forearms Daniels a few times followed by a tornado DDT. Webb goes for a cover, but Daniels kicks out.
Webb forearms Daniels a few times and baseball slides Daniels on the floor. Webb runs on the apron swings around the post and head scissors Daniels on the floor! Webb goes to the top rope, but Daniels crotches Webb. Daniels hits a back suplex off the top rope for a near fall. Daniels plants Webb with a powerbomb for a two count. Daniels tries for a piledriver, but Webb kicks free and hits over the shoulder rotating DDT for a near fall. Daniels delivers a neckbreaker and a back suplex for a near fall. Daniels goes to the floor to grab a steel chair. Webb knocks Daniels on the apron with a clothesline. Webb pulls Daniels over the middle rope and hits a moonsault off the top. Webb grabs the chair and tries for a chair assisted moonsault, but Daniels used his feet to block it. Daniels spikes Webb with a tombstone piledriver onto the chair causing a disqualification. There are DQ’s now in IWA-MS since they are associated with NWA. After the match, Daniels spikes the referee with a piledriver. (**1/2. I must say that the IWA-MS being associated with NWA seems like a dumb decision. The company has always been anti-regulations and traditional rules so it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. The action here was solid throughout and held my interest. Webb is a lot of fun and Daniels played his role effectively.) After the match, Webb plants the referee with a DDT.
Fourth Contest: Colt Cabana vs. Delirious vs. HC Loc: Cabana and Loc chop Delirious to start the match and they do a double headlock spot. They arm drag each other and that leads to a standoff. Cabana and Delirious work over Loc’s arms and they begin to kick each other and they do the wave. They do a bunch of chops with Delirious going down. Delirious kicks Loc and Cabana connects with a dropkick to Loc. Cabana forearms Delirious and Delirious ends up in a ball on the mat but clotheslines Loc. Cabana does the same defense that Delirious did and Delirious goes after Loc. Loc chops Delirious in the corner followed by a back elbow. Cabana misses a splash in the corner. Loc tosses Delirious with an overhead suplex. Cabana misses a knee drop off the top rope. Loc tosses Cabana to the floor and delivers a kick to the back. Loc press slams Delirious for a two count. Cabana plants Delirious with an elevated neckbreaker out of the corner for a near fall. Loc and Cabana trade strikes with Cabana getting the advantage with palm strikes. Loc battles back with strikes and Delirious is nailed by a double clothesline. Loc and Cabana stomp on Delirious with the Garvin Stomp. Loc nails Delirious with a heart punch allowing Cabana to get a two count. Cabana and Loc drive Delirious down with a double team suplex. Loc puts a seated abdominal stretch on Delirious and puts his fingers in Delirious’ mouth. Cabana avoids a dropkick and there’s a double head scissors spot. Delirious breaks free to put a chin lock on Loc. Cabana whacks Delirious from behind with a chop. Delirious is splashed in the corner a few times. Delirious dropkicks Cabana into Loc and hits the Panic Attack on Loc in the corner. Delirious almost pins Cabana after a kick to the head. Delirious goes to the top rope but misses a splash on Cabana. Delirious kicks Cabana into Loc and Loc has the half Boston Crab locked in. However, Delirious comes off the top to hit the Shadows Over Hell onto Loc for the win. (**. It became obvious that Delirious would win the match when he was the only one that was getting double teamed by the others. They incorporated some comedy stuff, but they didn’t over do it. It’s a fine undercard match as they didn’t flood the match with big spots and it was a good cool down match.)
Fifth Contest: Daizee Haze vs. Lacey in a knockout or submission match: Haze takes Lacey down to the mat to keep arm control for a few moments. Lacey keeps a chin lock on Haze and leans backwards. Haze counters with a chin lock wrapping Lacey’s arms around herself but doesn’t get a submission. Lacey takes Haze down to the mat and delivers a few knee drops. Haze counters Lacey with some more mat wrestling. Haze arm drags Lacey to the floor. Lacey knee lifts Haze on the floor, but Haze sends Lacey into a few chairs. Lacey plants Haze with a back suplex and pummels Haze on the mat. Lacey sends Haze hard into the corner back first. Lacey forearms Haze and sends Haze hard into the corner back first. Lacey hits a sit down full nelson driver. Haze gets out of a leg scissors and runs into a spinning heel kick. Lacey yanks Haze down by her hair and locks in a Boston Crab, but Haze quickly gets out of the hold. Lacey nails Haze with a boot in the corner. Lacey traps Haze in the ropes and puts a full nelson on Haze. Lacey drives her knee into Haze’s back and pulls back in the ropes. Haze counters the hold and chokes Lacey with her leg over the top rope. Haze falls to the floor. Lacey works over Haze on the floor for a few moments.
Lacey drives Haze face first down to the mat followed by a series of side Russian leg sweeps. Lacey connects with a backbreaker out of a cobra clutch position. Lacey puts an Indian death lock on Haze, but doesn’t get a submission. Lacey continues with a cartwheel elbow drop. Haze locks in the Cattle Mutilation, but Lacey doesn’t give in. Lacey tries for a chokehold, but Haze quickly gets up only for a Backstabber to stop her momentum. Haze plants Lacey with a stunner and puts a chin lock on Lacey, but Lacey reaches the ropes. Haze puts an abdominal stretch on Lacey, but doesn’t get a submission. Lacey puts an octopus submission on Lacey, but doesn’t get a submission. Lacey tosses Haze with a German suplex and a full nelson driver. Lacey wraps her legs behind Haze’s head and Haze passes out giving Lacey to win the match. (*1/2. Well, that felt like it took forever. It was a repetitive contest and I wasn’t all that entertained by it.)
Sixth Contest: Arik Cannon vs. Tracy Smothers: Cannon complains of a hair pull in the corner, but the referee isn’t buying it. Cannon briefly has a head scissors on Smothers, but they pop up. Cannon kicks Smothers away and they have another standoff. Cannon elbows Smothers a few times, but Smothers nails Cannon with a couple of clotheslines for a two count. Smothers comes off the ropes with a crossbody and a dropkick to send Cannon to the floor. Smothers baseball slides Cannon on the floor to maintain control of the contest. Smothers rams Cannon into chairs at ringside. Smothers tosses Cannon into the apron back first. Smothers sends Cannon face first into the ring post. Cannon comes back with a neckbreaker and a kick to the head of Smothers to send Tracy to the floor. Cannon sends Smothers into the ring post before returning to the ring and keeping control of the contest. Cannon takes Smothers down with a neck vice, but doesn’t get a submission. Cannon plants Smothers with another neckbreaker for a two count. Cannon uses the ropes for leverage while having a sleeper on Smothers. Cannon clotheslines Smothers and goes back with a neck vice before switching to a headlock. Cannon chops Smothers several times in the corner followed by a leaping forearm. Smothers counters with chops of his own in the corner. Cannon chops Smothers several times and spits on Smothers. Smothers battles back with chops of his own. Smothers heel kicks Cannon for a two count. Cannon plants Smothers with a back suplex for a two count. Smothers counters a suplex for a near fall. Cannon tosses Smothers with an exploder suplex for a two count. Smothers nails Cannon with a spear out of the corner for a two count. Cannon kicks Smothers on the knee and misses a shining wizard. Smothers has a rollup on Cannon for a two count. Cannon has a rollup on Smothers using the ropes for leverage to win the match. (*1/2. I was entertained by Smothers here, but Cannon continues to be really hit or miss for me. I tend to not look forward to his matches. It’s not as if Cannon is horrible or anything, but I don’t find him compelling or interesting in the ring.) After the match, Smothers cuts a promo and I have absolutely no idea what he says because the microphone is poor quality. Smothers wants to shake hands and Cannon embraces Smothers. Smothers fakes a clothesline and apologizes for doing that. Smothers suckers Cannon in again and delivers a clothesline. Cannon low blows Smothers and delivers a shining wizard to leave Smothers laying.
Seventh Contest: IWA-MS Tag Team Champions Brad Bradley & Ryan Boz vs. Ring Crew Express: Dunn and Marcos take the champs out with a dive to the floor. Bradley is sent into the ring post face first. Boz is rolled into the ring and they play air guitar with his arms. Dunn and Marcos hit a double suplex on Boz, but Bradley takes them both over. Bradley slams Dunn and delivers a kick to the back. Bradley delivers a strike to the chest and tags in Boz. Dunn is met with a double backbreaker. Boz forearms Dunn several times followed by a back suplex. Boz knee strikes Dunn followed by strikes. Bradley keeps control with elbow drops and an arm bar on Dunn. Bradley delivers a back suplex and an elbow drop off the ropes for a two count. Bradley decks Dunn with a forearm strike. Bradley drops Dunn over the top rope and delivers a chop on the apron. Bradley rams Dunn into the apron back first. Bradley drives Dunn into the corner and delivers a few forearm strikes. Boz tries for a backslide, but Dunn delivers a low blow and face plants Boz to the mat. Marcos gets tagged in and forearms Boz several times followed by a kick to the head. Marcos and Dunn it double axe handles off the middle rope. Dunn assists Marcos on a senton splash, but Bradley gets involved. Marcos is caught by Boz with a sit out driver. Bradley keeps Marcos on the mat for a two count. Bradley plants Marcos with a back suplex for a two count. Boz clotheslines Marcos in the corner and Bradley connects with a running boot. Boz has a bearhug on Marcos while taunting Dunn on the apron. Bradley delivers an elbow drop and keeps a under hook on Marcos. Bradley misses a big boot and Dunn gets the tag, but misses a move off the ropes. Dunn hits the Rocker Dropper and Marcos goes after Boz. Boz stops Dunn on the top rope, but is pulled away by Marcos. Dunn gains footing on the top as Marcos hit a DDT. Dunn connects with an elbow drop for a two count. Bradley slams Marcos for a two count. Marcos saves Dunn from a double team, but Bradley nails Marcos with a lariat. Boz big boots Dunn and they hit the double rolling face plant for the win. (**. A fine tag match with the champions looking strong against the smaller opponents. I tend to enjoy Boz and Bradley when I review these shows and I also enjoy Marcos. The Ring Crew Express are a solid underdog team, but they didn’t come across as a serious threat here.)
Eighth Contest: IWA-MS Light Heavyweight Champion Matt Sydal vs. Austin Aries: Aries takes Sydal down to the mat and they trade mat wrestling positions leading to a standoff. Aries tosses Sydal to the mat and keeps control with a knee drop to the arm. Sydal is wearing a cast on his left arm and Aries complains of the contact on a lockup. Aries wants to do a test of strength with Sydal’s injured arm and settles for a boot to the midsection. Sydal shoulder blocks Aries and counters an arm drag. Aries arm drags Sydal on a second attempt and keeps arm control. Sydal takes Aries down to the mat and tries for leg control, but Aries reaches the ropes. Aries hammers away on Sydal in the corner with strikes. Aries misses a back elbow off the middle rope. Sydal forearms and spin kicks Aries to the floor. Sydal misses a dive to the floor and boots Aries. Sydal baseball slides Aries on the floor. Sydal dives off the top onto Aries on the floor. Sydal hooks Aries on the apron for a suplex, but Aries blocks and drops Sydal’s arm over the top rope. Aries hits a slingshot splash from the apron for a two count. Aries plants Sydal with a side slam to maintain the advantage. Aries kicks Sydal in the ribs and chest in the corner.
Aries wraps Sydal’s injured arm over the bottom rope. Aries works over Sydal in the corner, but is met with an elbow. Sydal drives Aries down to the mat gut first and misses a springboard moonsault as Aries got his feet up. Aries connects with a running dropkick in the corner. Sydal chops Aries several times and kicks Aries against the ropes. Sydal snaps Aries over with a hurricanrana for a two count. Aries fights out of dragon sleeper and plants Sydal down to the mat arm first for a near fall. Sydal almost wins with an inside cradle. Aries knee lifts Sydal followed by strikes in the corner. Sydal chops Aries on the back. Aries tries for a delayed vertical, but Sydal counters with a rollup for a two count. Aries forearms Sydal and delivers a strike over the apron. Aries takes Sydal down to the mat and wrenches on Sydal’s arm while using the ropes for leverage. Aries drives Sydal down to the mat arm first again for a two count. Aries has his knees on Sydal’s injured arm while wrenching on Sydal’s chin trying for a submission, but doesn’t get a submission. Sydal fights out with forearms and Aries drops Sydal to the mat. Aries knee lifts Sydal in the corner, but Sydal hits an impressive DDT out of the corner and both men are down.
Sydal stops Aries with a jawbreaker and a dropkick. Sydal backdrops Aries and Aries begs off in the corner. Sydal tries to use the cast but the referee stopped him. Aries hits a reverse DDT/leg drop combo for a near fall. Aries forearms Sydal on the top rope and tries for a move, but Sydal connects with a sunset flip powerbomb. Aries works over Sydal with strikes on the top rope. Aries hits a superplex off the top rope for a two count. Aries heads to the top rope looking for the 450 splash, but Sydal moves. Sydal has a cradle on Aries and wins the match. (***. A solid match with a weak finish. These two work fairly well together and it held my interest throughout. Sydal sells in a way to make everyone look great. I just wish they had a stronger finish instead of a rollup.)
Ninth Contest: Chris Hero vs. CM Punk in a no time limit match: As expected, they start off slow with some mat wrestling and countering each other on the mat. This occurs for a significant amount of time. Hero keeps control with several arm drags and kept arm control. There really hasn’t been much going on, so I’ll probably wait for the action to pick up. Punk bails to the floor after an arm drag to avoid more arm work. Hero regains arm control anyway. Punk hits a hurricanrana and works over Hero with chops in the corner. Hero battles back with chops of his own. Hero keeps a submission on Punk, but doesn’t get a submission out of his rival. Hero will not stop trying to get a submission on Punk. Hero nails Punk with a dropkick and goes back to arm control. Hero drives Punk down with a hammerlock backbreaker and twists the left arm. Hero shoulder rams Punk on the apron, but Punk delivers a knee and a swinging neckbreaker over the middle rope. Punk dropkicks a seated Hero and continues with strikes on the mat. Punk works over Hero with strikes to the back in the corner and hits a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Punk catapults Hero into the bottom rope. Hero tries for arm control, but Punk spikes Hero with a brainbuster for a near fall.
Punk kicks Hero on the mat several times. Punk elbows Hero several times followed by a neckbreaker. Punk keeps Hero on the mat with his knee between Hero’s shoulder blades. Punk plants Hero with a DDT. Punk leaps off the middle rope to deliver a leg drop. Punk keeps a neck vice on Hero to maintain control of the contest. Hero rolls through and puts the Hangman’s Clutch on Punk, but Punk is close to the ropes and breaks the hold. Punk stomps on Hero to regain control of the contest. Punk works over Hero in the corner with more chops. They begin to trade chops several times until Punk delivers forearms and a side suplex. Punk sits Hero on the top rope and hits a top rope hurricanrana, but Hero rolls through and they trade several pin attempts. Punk delivers a backbreaker, but Hero counters a shining wizard with a powerbomb for a two count. Hero and Punk trade strikes until Hero nails Punk with a roaring elbow. Hero clotheslines Punk followed by a flipping neckbreaker for a two count. Punk ducks a chop and mule kicks Hero followed by a kick to the back of the head. Punk tries for a piledriver, but Hero holds onto the legs to avoid it. Punk tries for a piledriver, but Hero plants Punk with a double leg slam and a senton splash for a near fall.
Hero focuses his attack on Punk’s left arm and locks in a leg lock, but Punk doesn’t submit once again. Punk manages to reach the ropes to break the hold. Hero works over Punk in the corner. Punk plants Hero with a hammerlock DDT for a two count. Punk goes to the top rope with Hero apparently looking for the Pepsi Plunge. Hero counters with a backdrop, but Punk hits a sunset flip powerbomb despite not having Hero’s legs. Punk locks in a camel clutch. Hero fights out and tries for the Hangman’s Clutch. Hero locks it in and Punk appears to pass out. Punk doesn’t let his arm drop three times and reaches the ropes. Hero forearms Punk in the corner several times. They continue to trade chops several times. Punk forearms Hero and takes his elbow pad off. Punk nails Hero with the shining wizard for a near fall. Punk spikes Hero with a brainbuster for a near fall. Punk leaps off the top to hit an elbow drop for a two count. Punk chops Hero several times to maintain control. They begin to trade forearm shots. Punk stops Hero with a sleeper hold in the middle of the ring. Hero hits a hammerlock swinging backbreaker. Hero has the Hangman’s Clutch locked in, but Punk counters with a rollup for a two count as the referee saw Punk using the ropes. Punk puts a sleeper on Hero, again. Punk forces Hero to pass out and wins the match. (**1/4. Okay. I’ve heard their matches from 2002-2003 getting high praise, and considering I haven’t watch them before, I thought perhaps 2004 would be something similar. Well, if this is any indication to their previous matches, they are not noteworthy. The first half hour of this match was some of the most boring wrestling I’ve watched. Once the action picked up, it got to be at least average action. I don’t see this as some kind of all time classic and I’m not sure if I’d even like their earlier work based off this. An average match that probably gets over hyped.) After the match, Samoa Joe shows respect to both men. Joe ends up attacking Hero delivering several stiff knee shots on the mat. Joe handcuffs Hero’s hands behind his back. Joe locks in a chokehold to knock Hero out again. Joe cuts a promo, but the microphone sucks and I have no idea what he says.
Tenth Contest: Alex Shelley vs. Jimmy Jacobs in a steel cage match: Shelley controls Jacobs with a headlock on the mat and they have a standoff. Jacobs keeps wrist control on Shelley before switching to a headlock, but is shoved away by Shelley. Shelley tries to send Jacobs into the cage, but Jacobs blocks it. Jacobs is able to send Shelley into the cage face first. Jacobs takes Shelley over with a vertical suplex followed by a knee drop for a two count. Shelley drops Jacobs with a chop and a knee drop of his own for a two count. Jacobs uppercuts Shelley and rams the back of Shelley’s head into the cage for a near fall. Jacobs hits a crossbody off the top for a near fall. Shelley drives Jacobs into the cage and tosses Jacobs face first into the cage for a near fall. Shelley plants Jacobs with a back suplex for a near fall. Shelley drop toe holds Jacobs face first into the cage and pushes Jacobs face into the cage. Jacobs gets an inside cradle on Shelley to even the best of seven series.
Main Event: Alex Shelley vs. Jimmy Jacobs in a steel cage match: Jacobs clotheslines Shelley as the winner of this fall wins the best of seven series. Jacobs has a spike, but Shelley kicks Jacobs and hits Jacobs with the spike. Shelley taunts the crowd while holding the spike. Shelley digs the spike into Jacobs forehead. Shelley drives Jacobs down to the mat and rubs Jacobs face on the mat. Shelley tosses Jacobs into the cage with a reverse powerbomb. Jacobs is stuck between the ropes and cage. Shelley nails Jacobs with a running double knee strike against the cage. Shelley sends Jacobs into the cage again. Shelley connects with a running dropkick in the corner. Shelley has a cover, but Jacobs kicks out at two. Shelley chops Jacobs and delivers a kick on the mat. Jacobs spikes Shelley with the Shell Shock. The bell sounds for some reason and the referee declares the match a draw because nobody could answer the ten count. However, the match restarts thanks to Mark Wolf, who is the commissioner.
Shelley and Jacobs trade chops with Jacobs sending Shelley into the cage a few times followed by clotheslines. Jacobs plants Shelley with a modified pedigree for a two count. Shelley counters the Slice Bread by ramming Jacobs into the cage and plants Jacobs with a piledriver for a two count. Jacobs almost wins with another inside cradle. Shelley nails Jacobs with the Shell Shock into the cage and a regular Shell Shock for a near fall. Jacobs nails Shelley with a boot and falls onto Shelley’s groin. Jacobs begins to climb the cage, but Shelley stops Jacobs on the top only to be shoved off. Jacobs is on the top of the cage and nails Shelley with an overhand chop for a near fall. Shelley has Jacobs on the middle rope hitting a backpack stunner for a near fall. Jacobs knocks Shelley off the middle rope and begins to climb the cage. Shelley stops Jacobs on the middle rope. Jacobs hits the Contra Code off the top rope and pins Shelley to win the best of seven series. (***1/2. Thankfully, the show ends on a good main event between two guys that have excellent chemistry. Jacobs had a few big spots off the cage and Shelley issued some fun punishment to the smaller Jacobs.)
While Punk/Hero was a major disappointment and left me feeling drained for the main event, I thought the show overall was good. The undercard felt like it was stronger than usual and the main event delivered some quality action. I’ll probably never watch this Hero/Punk match ever again and I won’t recommend you watch it either. The rest of the show wasn’t too bad. The show is nearly four hours long, but a fun time for the most part.
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