Written by: Bob Colling
IWA-MS presents You Gotta See This
From: Lafayette, IN
Opening Contest: Murat Bosporus vs. Trik Davis: Murat gets arm control early on, but Davis comes back with a backslide for a two count. They shake hands showing respect for each other. Murat takes Davis down to the mat and gets a quick two count leading to another handshake. Murat arm drags Davis and goes to the corner to taunt. Davis arm drags Murat a few times. Davis leaps off the middle rope, but Murat connects with a Samoan Drop. Davis elbows Murat, but Murat comes back with a lariat for a two count. Murat tries for a suplex, but Davis breaks free. Murat ducks a clothesline to hit a German suplex for a two count. Murat hits a double under hook suplex and heads to the top rope. Murat misses a frog splash and Davis delivers a running heel kick. Davis plants Murat with a springboard Un-Prettier to win the match. (**. Not a bad start to the show as I thought Murat looked really good in there and looks to be a guy that would be fun to see in an extended match with various guys in the IWA. The finish was fine enough and the crowd seemed to really enjoy this one.)
Second Contest: Petey Williams vs. Nate Webb: They start off with a couple of hugs to showcase some comedy in the opening moments of the match. Webb controls Williams with a wrist lock, but Williams kips up and they trade some mat wrestling holds leading to a standoff. Webb takes William down to the mat with a drop toe hold, but Williams reaches the ropes quickly. Webb shoulder blocks Williams, but is met with an arm drag. Williams keeps a headlock on the mat, but Webb gets to his feet quickly. Williams elbows Webb and is met with a shoulder block. Webb arm drags Williams into the corner. Webb boots Williams and hits a sunset flip off the middle rope. Williams rolls through and tries for a Sharpshooter, but Webb reaches the ropes. Webb takes Williams down with a springboard arm drag, but Williams dropkicks Webb in the tree of woe. Williams gets a two count following a heel kick. Williams dropkicks Webb on the back following a snapmare for a two count. Williams elbows Webb a few times in the corner. Williams drops Webb with a back heel kick for a two count. Williams delivers a backbreaker to keep Webb on the mat. Williams and Webb begin to trade right hands. Webb forearms Williams and counters a DDT with a northern lights suplex for a near fall. Webb drives Williams down over his knee and hits a spinning kick for a two count. Williams takes Williams over with a snap suplex for a near fall. Webb goes to the top rope with Williams, but is crotched by Williams.
Webb is stuck in a tree of woe and Williams hits a flipping neckbreaker off the top rope. Williams rams Webb into his knee and delivers a neckbreaker. Williams connects with another running neckbreaker for a near fall. Webb sends Williams into the corner chest first and hits a couple of running somersault splashes. Williams drops down in the corner and Webb hits a running crossbody, but Williams got his knees up. Williams signals for the Destroyer. Webb avoids it and rolls over Williams back. Webb tosses Williams with a German suplex for a two count. Williams counters a powerbomb and locks in the Sharpshooter. Webb manages to break free and puts a figure four on Williams. Williams struggles, but reaches the ropes. Williams takes Webb down with a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Webb plants Williams with a DDT. Webb goes to the top rope missing a moonsault double stomp. Williams spikes Webb with the Canadian destroyer to win the match. (**. The crowd was eating up Williams and popped huge for the Destroyer. It’s a decent match that got a huge reaction for a finish. It’s kind of neat to see a time when the Destroyer was treated deadly and not a transition move.)
Third Contest: Eddie Kingston vs. Chris Hero: They trade some mat wrestling in the opening moments of the contest. Kingston tries for a few pin attempts, but Hero pops up. Kingston taunts Hero in the corner saying he was close to winning the match. Kingston slaps Hero and bails to the floor. Hero chases Kingston around ringside until Kingston returns to the ring and Hero connects with a dropkick. Hero slaps Kingston in the corner followed by a scoop slam. Hero elbow drops Kingston for a two count. Hero stomps on Kingston and delivers a strike to the back. Hero controls Kingston’s arms and locks in a neck vice. Kingston tries to break free with strikes, but Hero comes off the ropes and Kingston hits a backbreaker. Kingston chops Hero in the corner followed by a snap suplex for a one count. Kingston splashes Hero in the corner and drives Hero down with another backbreaker for a near fall. Kingston continues with a belly to belly suplex. Kingston keeps Hero on the mat hooking his arms behind his back. Kingston plants Hero with a back suplex managing a two count. Hero headbutts free from a submission and takes Kingston over with a side suplex. Hero clotheslines Kingston and both men are down. Hero forearms Kingston several times from behind. Hero hits a front flip neckbreaker and a double stomp for a near fall. Kingston tosses Hero overhead with a suplex for a near fall. Kingston goes back to the arm submission, but Hero doesn’t give in. Hero rams Kingston back first into the corner and delivers a back splash. Kingston chops Hero several times. Hero blocks a big boot and delivers a palm strike. Hero hits a middle rope neckbeaker followed by a senton splash. Hero locks in the Hangman’s Clutch forcing Kingston to submit. (**. It was better than I was expecting, honestly. They told a story with Kingston focusing on Hero’s arm, but Hero still overcomes it to win by submission. I believe this is their first encounter and I can see the potential in better matches down the road.)
Fourth Contest: Chad Collyer vs. Arik Cannon in a European Rules match: Collyer takes Cannon down to the mat to get leg control, but Cannon quickly counters with arm control. Collyer hip tosses Cannon to the mat and they have a standoff. Collyer takes Cannon down to the mat and keeps a headlock on the mat. Collyer shoulder blocks Cannon for a two count. Cannon keeps a leg lock on Collyer, which looks like a modified half crab. Collyer breaks free of the hold and keeps top wrist control on Cannon to keep control on the mat. Collyer knee drops Cannon on the elbow. Collyer drop toe holds Cannon and maintains arm control. The bell sounds to signify the end of the first round. There are apparently twelve rounds total.
Cannon cheap shots Collyer, but the referee prevents further offense. Cannon hip tosses Collyer to the mat and keeps a front face lock. Collyer takes Cannon over with a vertical suplex. Cannon backs Collyer into a corner and fakes a cheap shot before backing off. Cannon eye rakes Collyer on a test of strength attempt. The referee issues a yellow card on Cannon. Cannon arm drags Collyer, but Collyer comes back with an arm drag, as well. Collyer keeps arm control for a moment and gets a two count. The bell sounds to end the second round.
Cannon arm drags Collyer to send Collyer into the corner to regroup. Cannon is chopped several times by Collyer in the corner. Collyer delivered a closed fist and the referee issues a yellow card. Collyer works over Cannon in the corner with chops. Collyer hip tosses Cannon across the ring. Collyer dropkicks Cannon for a two count. Cannon keeps Collyer on the mat with a headlock. Collyer gets a rollup on Cannon coming off the ropes and pins Cannon to earn the first pin fall. That’s the end of the third round.
Cannon knee lifts Collyer and delivers a clubbing blow to the back. Cannon hits a vertical suplex and follows up with a neckbreaker. Cannon tries for a suplex and hits a slingshot swinging suplex. Collyer reached the ropes to prevent a cover attempt. Collyer gets to his feet before the count of ten. Cannon backs Collyer into the corner and delivers an uppercut. Cannon tosses Collyer with an exploder suplex for a two count. Cannon shoves the referee and gets another yellow card. Collyer has a rollup, but the referee didn’t see it. Cannon decks Collyer with a clothesline and delivers a few chops and forearms. Collyer sends Cannon into the corner and hits a German suplex for a two count. That’s the end of the fourth round.
Collyer almost wins with a quick rollup and an inside cradle. Collyer dropkicks Cannon into the corner and the referee gives Collyer a yellow card. If either wrestler gets another yellow card they’ll get a red card. Cannon almost wins with a rollup. Cannon knee lifts Collyer followed by a chop in the corner, but Collyer fights back with more chops. Collyer elbows Cannon to the mat. Collyer knee lifts Cannon leading to a near fall. Cannon hits a side Russian leg sweep and locks in a submission by locking in a modified abdominal stretch. Collyer manages to reach the ropes to break the hold. Cannon works over Collyer with more right hands as the round ends.
Cannon misses a splash in the corner and takes Collyer down with a rollup with his feet on the ropes to pin Collyer and tie the match at one pin fall each. That ends the round.
Collyer chops Cannon several times in the corner followed by a backdrop out of the corner. Collyer uppercuts Cannon against the ropes and hits a dropkick as Cannon comes off the ropes. Cannon beats on Collyer with strikes and chops against the ropes. Collyer tries for the Cloverleaf and locks it in, but Cannon reaches the ropes. Cannon avoids a Cloverleaf and low blows Collyer causing a disqualification to give Collyer the victory. After the match, Nigel McGuinness gets in the ring to chase Cannon and Kingston away from the win. (*1/2. I mostly bored by this and feel like it didn’t need to go seven rounds. The concept is boring and it felt like it kept them restricted from having a good match. Cannon tends to bore me anyway and this match just added to that opinion.)
Fifth Contest: Danny Daniels vs. Ian Rotten: Daniels starts off with a few strikes, but Rotten quickly backdrops Daniels followed by jabs and a headbutt. Daniels bails to the floor to regroup. Rotten takes Daniels down to the mat and keeps leg control and tries for a half crab wedging his knee into Daniels back. Rotten eye rakes Daniels and rubs Daniels eyes over the top rope. Rotten bites Daniels forehead in the corner. Daniels rams Rotten into the corner and continues with strikes. Daniels continues to work over Rotten, but Rotten avoids Daniels in the corner and locks in a modified tarantula in the ropes. They trade strikes in the corner with Rotten dropping Daniels to the mat. Rotten back rakes Daniels in the corner. Daniels kicks Rotten away in the corner and delivers a few strikes to the back. Rotten puts a spinning toe hold on Daniels. Daniels takes Rotten down to the mat and pulls back on Rotten’s arm looking for a submission. Daniels rolls Rotten over with a rollup for a two count. Rotten tries to counter with a pin attempt managing a two count. Daniels knee drops Rotten several times on the mat working over the shoulder. Daniels flips over and adds leverage on a hammerlock, but Rotten doesn’t submit.
Daniels slams Rotten’s arm onto the canvas a few times. Daniels keeps a wrist lock on Rotten, but Rotten rolls out and does a headstand to take Daniels down to the mat for a near fall. Rotten nails Daniels with a knee strike to the face. Rotten has Daniels on his shoulders to hit a airplane spin and both men fall down to the mat. Rotten tries for a rollup, but Daniels kicks out. Daniels keeps a front face lock on Rotten and delivers a forearm strike. Daniels keeps an arm bar on Rotten, but doesn’t get a submission. Daniels locks in a crossface, but Rotten refuses to give in. Rotten almost passes out, but recovers to reach the ropes. Jim Fannin cheap shots Rotten while the referee was out of position. Daniels knee drops Rotten’s arm on the mat to keep the advantage. Daniels pulls on Rotten’s arms while having his feet on Rotten’s shoulders looking for a submission. Rotten breaks free and briefly gets a full nelson on Rotten. Daniels works over Rotten with a chop, but Rotten delivers a kick to the ribs. Daniels forearms Rotten, but Rotten nails Daniels with a spear out of the corner. Rotten battles back with chops and sends Daniels into the corner. Rotten misses a splash and hits his injured shoulder. Daniels plants Rotten with a double arm DDT, but Rotten gets his boot on the bottom rope. Rotten avoids a piledriver with strikes. Rotten tries for a piledriver and spikes Daniels to the mat. Rotten covers Daniels managing a two count as Daniels got his boot on the bottom rope. Daniels low blows Rotten, but Rotten backdrops Daniels and gets a rollup for the win. (*1/4. Any time there’s a match with Rotten that features zero weapons you know it’s going to be a rough one. Not that I enjoy Rotten in-ring in any capacity, but having him in hardcore matches make the the time go by a lot quicker than a traditional singles match.) After the match, Jim Fannin throws powder into Rotten’s face since Rotten has five minutes with Fannin. Fannin beats on Rotten’s injured shoulder and puts an arm bar on a few times. Fannin is trying to dislocate the shoulder. Rotten recovers with water to the face and decks Fannin. Rotten headbutts Fannin a few times. Rotten grabs the powder and tosses the powder into Fannin’s eyes. Rotten works over Fannin in the corner and hits a clothesline to drop Fannin. Rotten kicks Fannin in the groin. Rotten grabs Fannin by the groin in the corner. Rotten DDTs Fannin onto a steel chair in the middle of the ring to end the segment.
Sixth Contest: Eddie Venom vs. Ryan Boz: Early on, they trade a few arm drags. Boz decks Venom from behind and delivers a kick to the chest. Venom runs over Boz with a clothesline. Venom scoop slams Boz to the mat. Venom slingshots Boz into the ring from the apron. Venom hits a swinging side slam for a near fall. Venom plants Boz with a vertical suplex for a two count. Venom continues to work over Boz in the corner with a knee lift and a chop. Venom delivers a running knee strike in the corner. Boz avoids another knee strike in the corner and twists Venom to the mat with a dragon screw leg whip. Boz slams Venom’s leg onto the mat and jams Venom’s knee into the mat. Boz keeps a spinning toe hold on Venom, but doesn’t get a submission. Boz nails Venom with a clothesline and a running knee in the corner. Boz elbow drops Venom for a two count. Boz runs into a boot in the corner and Venom comes charging out with a clothesline. Boz hits Venom on the knee and puts a stretch muffler on Venom. Boz delivers a knee breaker and puts a figure four on Venom. Venom rolls over and counters the hold on Boz. Venom drives Boz down to the mat face first. Venom hammers away on Boz but misses a big boot only to nail Boz with a second attempt. Boz plants Venom with a sit down driver for the win. (*1/2. I think Boz is an entertaining wrestler and usually holds my interest. I know virtually nothing about Venom and didn’t really care for his offense.)
Seventh Contest: Samoa Joe vs. Steve Stone: Joe goes behind Stone to start the match and takes Stone down to the mat quickly with an arm lock. Stone counters by taking Joe down to the mat. Joe gets control causing Stone to reach the ropes. Joe backs Stone into a corner and cleanly backs off. They trade wrist locks until Joe takes Stone down to the mat and Stone reaches the ropes quickly. Joe works over Stone’s left arm. Joe puts a chin lock on Stone followed by a strike to the face. Stone forearms Joe a few times. Stone forearms Joe a few times and delivers a running clothesline in the corner. Stone beats on Joe with right hands in the corner. Joe plants Stone with an STO out of the corner. Joe kicks Stone and delivers a knee drop. Joe jabs Stone a few times in the corner followed by a chop to the chest. Joe forearms Stone in the corner and hits a bulldog for a two count. Joe works over Stone’s lower back followed by a backbreaker. Joe puts a Boston Crab on Stone, but doesn’t get a submission. Joe slaps Stone in the face, but Stone fires back with forearm strikes. Joe responds with forearms, as well. Joe works over Stone with strikes to the mat.
Stone and Joe trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Joe kicks Stone several times in the chest and a chop. Stone responds with a swinging neckbreaker. Stone comes off the ropes and is met with a leg sweep by Joe. Stone bails to the floor to regroup. Joe works over Stone with jabs and sits Stone on a chair. Joe gets a running start and big boots Stone out of the chair. Joe kicks Stone several times and Stone rolls back into the ring. Stone powerslams Joe coming out of the corner for a near fall. Stone tries for a clothesline, but Joe doesn’t budge. Stone knocks Joe down on a second attempt for a near fall. Stone plants Joe with the Light Out, but doesn’t go for the cover. Stone heads to the top rope hitting a moonsault right on Joe’s face. They trade strikes from their knees and they both get to their feet where Joe nails Stone with a kick following several slaps. Joe nails Stone with a few kicks and a lariat. Chris Hero comes out and tells Joe to just win the match. Joe plants Stone with the Island Driver and puts a choke on Stone to win the match. (*1/2. Joe is a lot of fun to watch, but this is a waste of his talents. Stone isn’t anywhere near the level of Joe and really the match shouldn’t have been as long as it was.) After the match, Hero and Joe have a standoff in the ring but don’t come to blows.
Eighth Contest: Lacey & Rain vs. Daizee Haze & Mickie Knuckles: Lacey and Haze kickoff the tag match with Lacey getting arm control, but Haze counters quickly. Lacey gets out of an arm lock. Lacey shoulder blocks Haze, but Haze gets a rollup for a two count. Knuckles tags in and chops Lacey to the mat with Haze and they hit stereo elbow drop/leg drop combo for a two count. Lacey drop toe holds Knuckles into the corner and delivers a double stomp to Knuckles back. Rain tags in and continues to stomp on Knuckles. Knuckles gets her knees up to block Lacey’s splash. Rain and Knuckles are in the ring with Rain sending Knuckles to the mat. Knuckles gets a choke on Rain in the middle of the ring, but Rain counters with a pin attempt for a two count. Knuckles tries for another submission, but Rain counters with a submission on the mat. Knuckles breaks free, but Rain counters Knuckles anyway. Knuckles gains wrist control and tags in Haze. Haze leaps off the top to hit a missile dropkick for a near fall. Haze delivers a backbreaker and gets dropped over the top by Lacey from the apron. Lacey kicks Haze on the mat several times leading to a near fall. Lacey splashes onto Haze with a cartwheel. Lacey tags in Haze and Rain tags into the match. Rain delivers a running double knee to Haze in the corner for a near fall. Lacey manages a two count after a clothesline from Rain on Haze. Haze gets a sleeper on Lacey for a moment. Lacey breaks free with a backpack stunner for a two count.
Lacey plants Haze with a full nelson sit down driver, but doesn’t get a submission as Rain enters to dropkick Haze. The referee was distracted by Knuckles on the apron. Haze gets a two count with a rollup, but Rain decks Haze on the mat. Lacey forearms Haze on the back and delivers a spin kick to the back for a near fall. Lacey bulldogs Haze for a near fall. Haze continues to be double teamed. Rain hits a fisherman buster, but Knuckles makes the save. Haze counters a slam and plants Rain with a tornado DDT. Knuckles tags in and cleans house with strikes. Knuckles knocks Rain to the floor. Lacey big boots Knuckles followed by strikes. Lacey and Rain hit an elevated Un-Prettier for a two count despite Knuckles not kicking out of the move. Lacey spikes Knuckles with a DDT to win the match. (*1/2. I think the referee botched the initial finish to the match. The match kind of felt like it took forever to get through. Haze taking an extended beating dragged the match along a little bit. Lacey had some good intensity and it was very notable in the finish.)
Ninth Contest: Amazing Red vs. Austin Aries: Red has control on Aries after going behind Aries, but they counter each other on the mat moments later. Aries keeps a hammerlock on Red, but Red rolls through and breaks free in the corner. Aries shoulder blocks Red, but doesn’t followup on the advantage. Red controls Aries with a headlock for a few moments. Aries takes Red down to the mat to break free from a side headlock. Aries shoulder blocks Red and gains control of a headlock of his own. Aries arm drags Red, but Red returns with a few arm drags and a dropkick to send Aries into the corner. Aries takes Red down to the mat with a front face lock. Aries delivers a dropkick to the back after taking Red down to the mat with a snapmare. Red dropkicks Aries on the knee and delivers a kick to the back a few times. Red dropkicks a seated Aries for a two count. Red works over Aries with strikes against the ropes and a hits a head scissors takedown. Red kicks Aries and follows up with a swinging neckbreaker for a one count. Red chops Aries in the corner a few times followed by a kick to the midsection. Red dumps Aries to the apron, but Aries quickly returns with an elbow in the corner. Red forearms Aries on the lower back, but Aries counters a suplex with a back suplex for a two count. Aries stomps on Red followed by a quick side suplex for a two count. Aries works over Red in the corner with strikes. Red is sent hard back first into the corner. Aries back elbows Red to the mat followed by an elbow drop for a two count. Aries continues to work over Red in the corner. Red boots a charging Aries, but runs into a powerslam for a near fall.
Aries drives Red down with a tilt a whirl backbreaker. Aries delivers another backbreaker and keeps Red over his knee. Aries knee drops Red on the back and places his knee on Red’s lower back, but doesn’t get a submission. Red elbows free from Aries and hits a tornado DDT. Red hammers away on Aries followed by a back elbow and clothesline. Red forearms Aries in the corner followed by a kick to the head for a two count. Red kicks Aries and tries for a Code Red, but Aries plants Red down to the mat face first for a near fall. Red dropkicks Aries on the knee leading to a near fall with a rollup. Aries gets a two count with a rollup. Aries counters a backslide with one of his own for a two count. Red tries for a Code Red, but Aries avoids it. Red still gets Aries on the mat for a two count. Red plants Aries with the Code Red and nearly wins the match. Aries connects with a Shock Treatment for a two count. Aries tries for a brainbuster, but Red avoids it and clotheslines Aries from behind. Red hits the Red Star Press for a two count. Red heads to the top rope missing an elbow drop. Aries spikes Red with the brainbuster managing only a two count. Aries heads to the top rope, but Red cuts Aries off with a strike. Red is shoved off the middle rope, but Red spin kicks Aries on the top turnbuckle. Red hits a superplex, but Aries counters on the mat with a cradle to pin Red. (***1/4. There were a few sloppy spots, but I enjoyed the match. I wasn’t expecting a superplex cradle counter finish. I was thinking Aries was going to win with a top rope brainbuster or something nuts. An enjoyable between two talents I tend to enjoy watching.)
Tenth Contest: Delirious & Matt Sydal vs. B-Boy & Homicide in a tag title tournament qualifying match: Sydal and Homicide start the match with Homicide shoulder blocking Sydal, but Sydal comes back with a few arm drags. Sydal dropkicks Homicide into the corner, but is shoved off by Homicide. Sydal drop toe holds Homicide leading to a rollup for a two count. Homicide with a rollup and then an arm drag. They trade a few pin attempts leading to a standoff. Delirious and Boy tag into the bout. Delirious gets out of a waist lock easily and Boy keeps arm control. Delirious counters with a wrist lock. Boy takes Delirious down to the mat with a waist lock, but Delirious wastes no time countering and they have a standoff after Boy got a two count on a rollup. Boy decks Delirious with a forearm strike and Delirious remains in a ball on the mat before coming back with a clothesline and hurricanrana. Boy forearms Delirious and tries for a back suplex, but Delirious takes Boy over with a head scissors. Sydal hip tosses Boy with Delirious and hits a springboard corkscrew senton splash for a two count.
Sydal and Boy trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Sydal nails Boy with a spinning heel kick. Sydal tags out to Delirious and stomps on Boy. Delirious clotheslines Boy several times in the corner. Delirious tags Sydal back into the match and manages a near fall. Boy drives Sydal down with a swinging backbreaker. Boy kicks Sydal on the back to maintain control of the contest. Homicide chops Sydal several times followed by a headbutt. Homicide elbows Sydal in the corner, but Sydal hits a top rope hurricanrana! Sydal works over Homicide with strikes, but Boy returns to the match and powerbombs Sydal over the knee of Homicide leading to a two count. Boy leg sweeps Sydal to the mat and locks in a half Boston Crab. Sydal doesn’t give in to the pain and reaches the ropes. Boy drops Sydal with a vicious chop and tags in Homicide. Sydal is sent to the floor and Homicide fakes out sending Sydal into the crowd. Homicide back elbows Sydal in the ring and tags Boy back into the match. Boy continues to work over Sydal with a chop in the corner and a kick to the back. Homicide returns to the match and hits Sydal in the ribs. Homicide puts a modified head scissors on the mat, but doesn’t get a submission.
Homicide and Boy take Sydal down with stereo shoulder blocks. Boy locks in a modified STF, but doesn’t get a submission once again. Boy boots Sydal in the corner, but Sydal takes Boy over with a head scissors and scoop slam. Sydal tries for a springboard moonsault, but Boy got his knees up and almost pins Sydal with a northern lights suplex. Homicide sits Sydal onto the top turnbuckle and hits a butterfly suplex off the top for a near fall. Sydal punches Homicide a few times, but is knocked down by a right hand. Homicide tosses Sydal with an exploder suplex for a two count. Boy connects with a slingshot senton splash for another two count. Boy sits Sydal on the top rope, but Sydal elbows Boy and shoves him off. Sydal hits a flying crossbody for a two count. Boy misses a clothesline and Sydal hits a leg drop neckbreaker causing both men to be down on the mat.
Delirious finally gets tagged in and cleans house with kicks. Delirious slides to the floor, but avoids Homicide by returning to the ring. Delirious takes Homicide out with a suicide dive! Sydal works over Homicide, but Homicide sends Delirious into the post. Sydal takes Homicide out with a corkscrew dive to the floor! Sydal elbows Homicide in the corner followed by a boot and hits a sloppy somersault hurricanrana. Delirious hits Shadows Over Hell on Homicide for a two count! Delirious forearms Homicide, but Homicide tosses Delirious overhead with a belly to belly suplex. Sydal missile dropkicks Homicide and Boy heads to the top rope. Sydal crotches Boy on the top turnbuckle. Homicide has Sydal on his shoulders and Boy hits a bulldog off the top, but Delirious breaks the cover at two! Delirious forearms Boy and headbutts in the corner. Boy and Homicide nail Delirious with running strikes in the corner. Sydal manages to break the cover. Sydal plants Homicide with a swinging DDT, but Homicide got his boot on the ropes. Homicide low blows Sydal followed by the Cop Killa, but Delirious finds a way to break the cover! Homicide dropkicks Delirious on the knee and Boy nails Delirious with a shining wizard allowing Homicide to earn the pin for their team. (***1/2. The closing minutes of the match nudged this up a bit for me. It started off being a formula tag match and maybe a little boring. But, once it picked up it became a really fun tag match with some good near falls. Sydal is so much fun to watch and B-Boy continues to prove to be one of the most underrated indie wrestlers, ever.) After the match, Ian Rotten comes out, as per usual, and puts over Homicide and B-Boy.
Main Event: IWA-MS Heavyweight Champion BJ Whitmer vs. Nigel McGuinness: McGuinness gets control with a wrist lock and switches to a headlock. Whitmer reaches the ropes to force a break of the hold. McGuinness avoids Whitmer in the corner and does a headstand in the corner to confuse Whitmer. McGuinness gets a two count on a cover attempt. Whitmer forearms McGuinness in the corner a few times. McGuinness almost wins with a rollup. Whitmer drops McGuinness with a forearm strike. Whitmer chops McGuinness and delivers an elbow for a two count. Whitmer shoulder rams McGuinness a few times in the corner. Whitmer misses a spear in the corner and hits the ring post shoulder first. McGuinness forearms Whitmer on the floor several times and sends Whitmer into the ring post. McGuinness rams Whitmer into the corner shoulder first. Danny Daniels attacks McGuinness on the floor to help Whitmer. McGuinness knee lifts Whitmer and locks in a Crossface in the middle of the ring. McGuinness rolls away from the ropes, but Whitmer is helped by Daniels again. Whitmer delivers a high knee lift to drop McGuinness. Whitmer strikes McGuinness a few times followed by a right hand. Whitmer chokes McGuinness over the ropes and Daniels gets a cheap shot in while the referee is distracted.
Whitmer rams McGuinness into the corner and continues with a running clothesline. McGuinness yanks Whitmer down by the arm and locks in a hammerlock chicken wing. Whitmer manages to reach the ropes to break the hold. McGuinness drives Whitmer down with a backbreaker for a two count. Whitmer eye rakes McGuinness and delivers a neckbreaker for a two count. McGuinness clubs away on Whitmer with forearm strikes, but runs into a boot by Whitmer. Whitmer connects with a swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. Whitmer keeps a chin lock on McGuinness, but doesn’t get a submission. McGuinness elbows free and ducks a clothesline. Whitmer hits a German suplex followed by a dragon suplex. Whitmer tries for a piledriver, but his arm is too hurt. McGuinness almost wins with a rollup. McGuinness uppercuts Whitmer to maintain control of the contest. Whitmer takes McGuinness over with a snap suplex for a two count. Whitmer kicks McGuinness a few times leading to a near fall. Whitmer keeps McGuinness on the mat with wrist control, but McGuinness gets to his feet.
McGuinness drives Whitmer down with a wrist lock facebuster and locks in the Times Bridge, but Whitmer reaches the ropes. Whitmer drop toe holds McGuinness into the corner. Whitmer grabs a steel chair and McGuinness kicks the chair into Whitmer’s injured arm. Whitmer rolls to the floor. McGuinness grabs a chair and jams Whitmer on the arm. McGuinness rolls Whitmer back into the ring and hits a hammerlock facebuster. McGuinness locks in a chokehold. Danny Daniels gets on the apron as Whitmer taps out. McGuinness lets go and Whitmer has a chain. Whitmer misses a right hand and McGuinness puts a Crossface on Whitmer! BJ rolls over and punches McGuinness with the chain a few times to win the match. The referee had been knocked out of position on the roll through by Whitmer. (**1/2. It’s not a bad match, but it doesn’t reach the level of the previous match. They worked fairly well together and I enjoyed the action. I thought the finish was creative enough and doesn’t feel like a cheap way out of a title defense.)
The runtime for the show is nearly four hours, so it can be a bit of a task to complete this in one sitting. However, it’s a solid show. There’s nothing must-see, but for the most part there is solid action throughout with a couple of good matches. I don’t feel like I wasted my time watching this one. I’ll give it a mild thumbs up.
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