IWC Revengeance IV 10/13/2007
International Wrestling Cartel presents Revengeance IV
From: Elizabeth, PA
Norm Conners, the owner of IWC, is in the ring and brings out the referees to the ring. Conners announces a new senior referee who will now have the power to relax the rules as sees fit in the IWC. Conners tells the other two referees that if they cause a finish to the match then he’ll take care of them personally. CJ Sensation cuts a promo saying he’s not a referee and wants to be a wrestler, which he was prior to breaking his neck. Conners recalls being there for Sensation when he broke his neck. Conners isn’t going to be talked into allowing Sensation to wrestle. Conners promises that Sensation will never wrestle in IWC ever again.
Opening Contest: Azireal vs. Troy Lords in a number one contenders match for the IWC Super Indy Championship: Lords chops Azireal as soon as he comes through the curtain. Lords pummels Azireal with strikes to the back, but Azireal responds with right hands of his own. Lords chops Azireal against the apron and they enter the ring. Azireal pulls Lords to the floor and continues with chops around ringside. Lords forearms Azireal before returning to the ring. Azireal chops Lords against the ropes several times. Lords arm drags Azireal and delivers a forearm strike. Lords scoop slams Azireal and misses a senton splash off the ropes. Azireal kicks Lords on the back and taunts the crowd. Lords chops Azireal into the corner. Azireal tosses Lords with an overhead belly to belly suplex into the corner. Azireal slams Lords and delivers an elbow drop. Azireal backs Lords into a corner to deliver a chop and a dropkick. Azireal forearms Lords to the mat and continues with a clothesline for a two count. Lords punches Azireal a few times, but an elbow strike stops him. Azireal backs Lords against the ropes and delivers a few more strikes. Lords ducks a clothesline, but is slammed to the mat followed by a senton splash. Azireal elbow strikes Lords several times to the mat.
Azireal keeps control with a sleeper on the mat, but doesn’t get a submission and switches to a neck vice. Lords elbows Azireal and is met with a dropkick. Azireal hits a snap suplex and goes to the apron hitting a slingshot senton for a two count. Azireal kicks Lords on the mat and chokes Lords over the middle rope. Azireal keeps control with chops against the ropes, but Lords backdrops Azireal to the floor and hits a suicide dive. Lords chops Azireal in the crowd before returning to the ring. Lords heel kicks Azireal coming off the ropes leading to a near fall. Lords clubs Azireal on the back on the top rope and puts Azireal in the tree of woe. Lords delivers a dropkick in the corner and almost wins the match. Lords kicks Azireal and goes for a brainbuster, but Azireal counters with a brainbuster. Azireal heads to the top rope hitting a frog splash for a two count. Azireal works over Lords in the corner, but misses a splash. Lords delivers a yakuza kick and a brainbuster for a near fall. Azireal chops Lords followed by a kick to the head. Azireal had Lords on his shoulders and drops Lords to the mat followed by a double stomp for a two count. Azireal tries for a fisherman driver, but Lords counters and hits the X-Buster for the win. (***. I thought that was a solid opener to the show. Azireal is a guy that I tend to really enjoy and he worked the match well as the leading heel. Lords has gotten better over the years in IWC and this was a good way to start the show. The crowd didn’t seem to be overly into it, but the action was quality stuff.)
Second Contest: Babyface Fire (Gory & Xion) vs. The Hollywood Balds (DeMarco & Vendetta): Xion and Gory don’t waste any time going after the Balds delivering right hands before the bell starts. DeMarco and Xion legally start the match with Xion hitting a head scissors sending DeMarco into Vendetta on the apron. Gory tags into the match and keeps arm control until DeMarco breaks free and tags in Vendetta. Gory slides through Vendetta’s legs and delivers a dropkick, but Vendetta doesn’t budge. Gory hits another dropkick, but Vendetta blocks an arm drag. Gory hip tosses Vendetta and along with Xion hits a double spinebuster and a double seated dropkick for a two count. Xion forearms Vendetta, but runs into a clothesline. DeMarco tags in and forearms Xion a few times. Gory hits a missile dropkick for a two count on DeMarco. Vendetta drives Gory down to the mat with a spinebuster. Vendetta chokes Gory on the mat before working over Gory with a strike in the corner and a delayed vertical suplex for a two count. Vendetta sends Gory into the corner and tags in DeMarco to keep control by stepping on Gory’s back. Gory head scissors DeMarco and goes to the top hitting a crossbody for a two count. DeMarco cheap shots Gory with an eye rake to get control. DeMarco keeps a sleeper on Gory, but doesn’t get a submission. DeMarco yanks Gory down to the mat and Vendetta tags in to slam Gory to the mat.
DeMarco decks Gory to the mat with a right hand and sits Gory on the top turnbuckle before tagging in DeMarco. Gory hits a lung blower off the middle rope and both men are down. Vendetta tags in and tries for a back suplex, but Gory breaks free and tags in Xion. Xion hits a missile dropkick and a clothesline to DeMarco. Xion cleans house with clotheslines to both men. Vendetta knee lifts Xion, but runs into a boot. Xion hits a dangerous hurricanrana on Vendetta and follows up with a tornado DDT for a two count. DeMarco has Xion on the top turnbuckle, but is shoved off. Vendetta catches Xion and they hit their version of a 3D for a two count. Gory hits a Code Red on DeMarco for a two count. Gory and Xion hit a double clothesline on Vendetta. Xion goes to the top rope hitting a 630 for the win! (***. Babyface Fire are a really fun babyface tag team and I thought their offense was loads of fun. DeMarco and Vendetta were fine in the match, but the main takeaway here was how good Babyface Fie is as a team. I was not expecting a 630 for the win, but that was awesome.) After the match, the Gambino Family comes out and attacks Babyface Fire. They slam Gory face first onto a steel chair. Xion is hit with a club. It is announced that Vendetta has been suspended for sixty days.
Third Contest: Brent Albright vs. Super Hentai: Albright takes Hentai down to the mat, but Hentai quickly gets up only to be taken back down to the mat. Albright keeps control with a hammerlock, but Hentai counters with a headlock. Hentai keeps control with a headlock after coming off the ropes. Albright shoulder blocks Hentai, but Hentai doesn’t budge and keeps a headlock on Albright. Albright controls Hentai on the mat with a head scissors. Hentai pops out and keeps a front face lock on Albright, but doesn’t get a submission. Alright takes Hentai down to the mat and maintains arm control. Hentai counters with another headlock. Albright backdrops Hentai coming off the ropes followed by a kick to the back and sends Hentai shoulde first into the ring post. Albright yanks down on Hentai’s arm and delivers a leg drop to the arm for a two count. Albright takes Hentai down to the mat with a hammerlock, but Hentai refuses to give in. Hentai ducks a clothesline and hits a crossbody off the ropes for a two count. Albright nails Hentai with a clothesline for a two count. Albright knee drops Hentai while keeping a hammerlock locked in on the mat. Albright pummels Hentai with several right hands on the mat, as well. Albright kicks Hentai followed by knee lifts. Albright delivers a neckbreaker leading to a near fall. Albright locks in a key lock, but can’t get a submission.
Albright forearms Hentai several times, but misses a spear and hits the ring post. Hentai pulls Albright back into the ring and drops Albright with forearm strikes. Hentai dropkicks Albright and is fired up hitting a double knee in the corner followed by a bulldog. Hentai hits a hurricanrana, but is dumped to the apron and forearms Albright. Albright yanks Hentai off the middle rope with an arm breaker. Albright tries for a press slam, but Hentai counters with a rollup. Sebastian Dark grabs Hentai’s foot and is kicked to the floor. Albright locks in a cross arm bar and manages to get a submission for the win. (**1/4. It’s a solid match and exceeded my expectations. The start of the match was a bit slow, but it gradually got better and the offense by both men was entertaining. I tend to enjoy Albright and his style and Hentai showcased his stuff well, too.) After the match, Hentai is beaten up until Troy Lords comes out for the save with a chair. Lords and Hentai end up shoving each other and trading right hands. Albright and Sebastian Dark enter the ring, but they are beaten up by Lords and Hentai. John McChesney comes in with a flag and hits both Hentai and Lords. Albright tosses Hentai with a half nelson suplex. McChesney tries to take off Hentai’s mask, but doesn’t follow through with it. Dark drops Hentai with a right hand to the mat. McChesney pummels Lords with a flurry of strikes in the corner.
Fourth Contest: IWC Tag Team Champions Gambino Brothers (Mickey & Marshall) vs. Sexual Harassment (Xtasy & Idol): Xtasy and Mickey kickoff the tag match with Xtasy taunting Mickey by rubbing his backside on Mickey. Mickey wants to go to the mat, but Marshall tries to talk some sense into him. Xtasy kicks Mickey in the ribs and delivers a shoulder block. Xtasy splashes Mickey in the corner and hits an exploder suplex to send Mickey to the floor to regroup. Idol and Marshall tag into the match. Marshall backs Idol against the ropes and misses a clothesline. Idol takes Marshall down to the mat and delivers a few kicks. Idol kicks Marshall on the side of the head. Marshall misses a clothesline in the corner and Idol delivers a running boot in the corner. Idol head scissors Marshall and arm drags Mickey. Xtasy enters and they deliver jabs and stereo elbow strikes. Xtasy rams the champs into each other on the floor and Idol hits a swanton dive to the floor! Xtasy delivers a face buster to Mickey and Idol nearly wins after a neckbreaker on Mickey. Mickey tosses Xtasy with a German suplex for a two count. Mickey rams Xtasy in the corner with a few shoulder rams. Idol tries to get involved, but the referee stops him and Xtasy continues to be double teamed.
Gambino’s shoulder block Xtasy and deliver a few stomps on the mat. Marshall drives Xtasy down to the mat with a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Marshall clubs on Xtasy and rams him into the corner to deliver a few shoulder rams. Marshall splashes Xtasy in the corner and delivers a running back splash. Mickey returns to the match and delivers a few strikes to the back and knocks Idol off the apron. Marshall casually chokes Xtasy on the mat. Marshall punches Xtasy into a corner and delivers a few chops. Mickey tags into the match and double teams Xtasy. Xtasy clotheslines Marshall, but Marshall slams Xtasy onto Mickey’s knees for a two count. Marshall legally tags back in and trades strikes with Xtasy. Xtasy plants Marshall with a chokeslam and both men are down. Idol is waiting on the apron and gets the hot tag. Idol slips on a springboard, but still manages a clothesline. Idol spears Mickey in the corner and hits a double crossbody off the top. Marshall tosses Idol overhead and Xtasy delivers a double clothesline. Xtasy forearms Mickey and holds Mickey for a bulldog off the middle rope by Idol for a two count. Marshall is sent into Mickey in the corner and Idol dropkicks both men into the corner where Xtasy hits a double bulldog and Idol hits a double dropkick.
Xtasy clotheslines Mickey and Idol pulls Marshall to the floor. Xtasy avoids a dropkick and Idol kicks Mickey from behind. Mickey is knocked out and rolls to the apron. Vickie Gambino distracts Xtasy, but Xtasy doesn’t want to see her breasts. Marshall gets on the apron and begins to strip, which gets Xtasy’s attention. Mickey accidentally hits Marshall and Idol almost wins with a German suplex. Marshall is stopped on the top by Idol. Mickey fights both men on the ropes and powerbombs Idol onto Xtasy! Xion comes out and nails Mickey with a steel chair! Idol gets a second wind and spikes Mickey with the Spirit Crusher, but there’s no referee! Marshall spears Idol into the corner and spikes Idol with a brainbuster for the win. (***. I enjoyed the match and is one of the better Gambino matches that I’ve watched thus far in IWC. Sexual Harassment are a fun team and they work really well together. IWC seems to have a strong core of tag teams and they are all seemingly local names.)
Fifth Contest: IWC Super Indy Champion John McChesney vs. Davey Richards: Richards backs McChesney into a corner, but cleanly backs off. Richards gets wrist control and takes McChesney down to the mat, but McChesney reaches the ropes. McChesney again bails to the floor as Richards had control on the mat. Richards gets wrist control on McChesney, but McChesney counters with a wrist lock. Richards kicks McChesney to break free. Richards shoulder blocks McChesney followed by a head scissors and fakes a dive to the floor. McChesney shoulder blocks Richards and doesn’t budge. Richards and McChesney trade shoulder blocks and Richards delivers a few strikes. Richards takes McChesney down with a judo throw. Richards continues with a headbutt into the corner. Richards blocks a boot in the corner and kicks McChesney over the back. Richards slams McChesney to the mat for a two count. Richards kicks McChesney on the chest and goes for a suplex, but McChesney blocks it. Richards locks in a modified crossface on the mat, but McChesney doesn’t give in and Richards switches to a rollup for a two count. Richards nails McChesney with a knee strike and a back suplex for a two count. Richards forearms McChesney into the corner and misses a splash. McChesney hits a slingshot leg drop over the middle rope on the apron.
McChesney stomps on Richards on the mat and hits an exploder suplex for a two count. McChesney eye rakes Richards and connects with a dropkick for a near fall. McChesney slams Richards and heads to the top rope. McChesney is stopped by Richards on the top rope and delivers a few strikes. McChesney is met with a series of headbutts. Richards hooks McChesney for a superplex and hits it. Richards and McChesney begin to trade chops in the middle of the ring. Richards runs into a boot in the corner, but tosses McChesney overhead with a suplex. Richards clotheslines McChesney after a forearm in the corner for a two count. Richards kicks McChesney a few times and goes for a German, but McChesney counters. McChesney sends Richards to the floor with a back suplex, but misses a crossbody to the floor. Richards takes McChesney out with a suicide dive to the floor! Richards hits a crossbody off the top for a two count. Richards nails McChesney with a kick off the ropes and almost wins with a German suplex, but Sebastian Dark is on the apron. McChesney is tossed brass knuckles, but misses and is kicked by Richards. Richards almost wins with an inside cradle after McChesney collided with Dark on the apron. Richards is crotched on the top by Dark while the referee is distracted. McChesney hits an electric chair driver for the win. (**1/2. The finish is exactly what I expected if Richards wasn’t going to go over. ROH is very protective of their guys and I feel like there’s hardly ever clean finishes involving ROH guys in matches against non-ROH guys. The match was solid enough and the crowd was into it. Richards didn’t mail it in and McChesney’s heel work was good throughout.)
Sixth Contest: Faith In Nothing (Faith & Nothing) vs. Johnny Gargano & Facade: Gargano and Faith kickoff the match with Faith shoving Gargano to the mat to showcase his strength advantage. Gargano jabs Faith a few times and ducks wild strikes. Gargano tries to send Faith into the ropes, but fails to do so. Gargano tries for a reverse hurricanrana, but settles for an arm drag a few times. Gargano elbows Faith in the corner and hits a hurricanrana off the middle rope. Facade tags into the match and and Faith delivers a boot to the face of Gargano. Nothing tags in and runs into Facade with an awkward takedown. Facade gets a rollup for a two count. Facade almost wins with a sunset flip and kicks Nothing, but the second backflip kick completely missed. Gargano drop toe holds Nothing and Facade delivers a leg drop. Gargano dropkicks Nothing and Facade hits a standing Swanton. Gargano dropkicks Nothing coming off the ropes for a two count. Nothing hits a bridging suplex for a two count on Facade. Faith returns to the match and works over Facade with strikes. Chris Mavrick has made his way out to the aisle. Facade is stopped by an atomic drop by Faith and stereo forearms coming off the ropes. Nothing clotheslines Facade and keeps control with a chin lock on the mat.
Facade tries to fight free, but is yanked down to the mat. Faith returns to the match and delivers an uppercut to send Facade into the ropes. Faith elbows Facade coming off the ropes for a two count. Faith controls Facade with a chin lock, but Facade again breaks free with a series of kicks. Facade dropkicks Faith, but it stopped by Nothing to prevent a tag to Gargano. Nothing shoulder rams Facade in the corner followed by an elbow strike. Faith returns to the match and they nail Facade with several running strikes in the corner. Nothing gets a two count following a northern lights suplex on Facade. Faith misses a clothesline and Facade plants Faith with a tornado DDT. Facade tags in Gargano and Gargano missile dropkicks Nothing. Gargano cleans house with splashes in the corner. Gargano kicks Nothing over the middle rope. Gargano forearms Faith and drops Faith over the top rope before hitting a slingshot splash. Gargano also hits a backstabber on Nothing. Faith nails Gargano with a clothesline, but Facade makes the save. Facade is taken down with a back suplex/clothesline combo. Gargano is driven down with a powerbomb/neckbreaker combo for the win. (*1/4. I didn’t enjoy this one as the flow of the match was just off. Faith In Nothing seemed to struggle a little bit and their offense was a little sloppy in spots. I’m not sure they really connected with the crowd and their victory didn’t seem to be accepted well by the fans.)
Seventh Contest: J-Rocc vs. Bubba The Bulldog: Bulldog slams Rocc, but misses a few elbow drop attempts. Rocc slams Bulldog and delivers an elbow drop for a one count. Rocc gets wrist control, but Bulldog nails Rocc with a dropkick. Rocc backdrops Bulldog coming off the ropes and delivers a clothesline. Rocc plants Bulldog with a spinebuster for a two count. Rocc splashes Bulldog in the corner and delivers a few right hands. Rocc misses a splash in the corner and Bulldog wins the match with a rollup and his feet on the ropes. (DUD. Bulldog is not a good wrestler nor is he entertaining. Naturally, he goes over. This was a just a cool down match to get the fans ready for the final two matches on the show, which are higher profile matches anyway.)
Eighth Contest: Raymond Rowe vs. Ricky Reyes: They lockup and drop to the mat and roll to the floor with neither man letting go. They go to the bleachers keeping the lockup as neither man wants to let go. They return to the ring and Reyes climbs the ropes and rolls through coming off the ropes and they eventually break free from the lockup and there’s a standoff. They shake hands to show mutual respect for each other. Rowe takes Reyes down to the mat and keeps control with a front face lock. Reyes counters with a facelock of his own. Rowe shoulder blocks Reyes, but neither man budges. Reyes ducks a clothesline, but not a shoulder block. Rowe forearms Reyes to the mat and delivers a knee lift to the midsection. Rowe delivers a gut buster to drive Reyes to the canvas for a near fall. Rowe forearms Reyes against the ropes but misses a clothesline and Reyes hits a leaping elbow strike. Reyes forearms Rowe on the mat and delivers a few strikes in the corner. Rowe is sent into the corner and Reyes delivers a splash. Rowe comes back with a running double knee strike to send Reyes into the corner leading to a near fall. Rowe locks in a modified straight jacket chokehold choking Reyes with his own arms, but Reyes reaches the ropes to break the hold. Reyes misses a kick and chops Rowe a few times. Rowe responds with chops of his own and neither man backs down.
Rowe chops Reyes several times in the corner and plays to the crowd. Reyes chops Rowe in the corner, but Rowe responds with more chops. Rowe tries to hit an exploder suplex and after a brief struggle tosses Reyes. Reyes nails Rowe in the corner, but Rowe comes back with a double knee in the corner and a sit down powerbomb for a two count. Reyes elbows Rowe in the corner and tries for a tornado DDT, but Rowe blocks it. Reyes nails Rowe with a kick and a tornado DDT for a near fall. Reyes counters a slam with a dragon sleeper with a body scissors. Rowe isn’t close to the ropes and he’s never tapped before. Rowe manages to reach the ropes to break the hold. Rowe drives Reyes down with a gut buster and locks in a full nelson submission on the mat. Reyes reaches the ropes to break the hold. Rowe tries for a slam, but Reyes counters and is rammed into the corner. Reyes almost wins with a rollup, but holds onto Rowe and pummels Rowe with elbow strikes. Rowe can’t protect himself, but the referee doesn’t call for the bell. Reyes continues with knee strikes on the mat. Rowe looks to be knocked out as Reyes continues to deliver knee strikes and the referee finally calls for the bell. (***1/2. The opening sequence with the lockup going to the floor was a bit silly, but the match turned into a good hard hitting match. The finish dragged out a bit as the referee should have just called for the bell with the unprotected elbow strikes. Regardless, I thought this was a really solid match and held my interest the whole time.) After the match, Reyes delivers another knee, but is ran off by J-Rocc.
Prior to the main event, Dennis Gregory introduces CJ Sensation as the special referee. Sensation is associated with Gregory, so this isn’t good for Claudio.
Main Event: IWC World Champion Dennis Gregory vs. Claudio Castagnoli: They start off with a test of strength with Castagnoli getting the advantage and swings Gregory’s arms to taunt him. Castagnoli drops to a knee and taunts Gregory again. Sensation stops Gregory from delivering a cheap shot and Castagnoli keeps arm control on the mat. Gregory punches Castagnoli a few times, but Claudio keeps control with a hammerlock. Claudio keeps an arm lock on Gregory, but doesn’t get a submission. Gregory avoids an arm drag by holding onto the ropes. Claudio arm drags Gregory sending the champion to the floor to regroup. Castagnoli forearms Gregory and doesn’t budge on a shoulder block. Gregory misses a clothesline and is shoulder blocked to the mat. Claudio slams Gregory to the mat and hits a middle rope elbow drop for a near fall. Castagnoli sends Gregory into the corner, but Gregory pulls Castagnoli into the corner chest first. Gregory splashes Castagnoli over the middle rope a couple of times. Gregory works over Castagnoli with a few stomps and delivers a backstabber for a two count. Gregory punches Castagnoli a few times and delivers a few stomps. They begin to trade strikes with Gregory hitting a neckbreaker and taunts the crowd leading to a near fall. Gregory knee strikes Claudio on the mat and presses his knee into Claudio’s back.
Gregory drives Castagnoli down with a backbreaker. Gregory rams Castagnoli into the corner back first. Gregory splashes Castagnoli in the corner and gets a rollup, but switches to a reverse Boston Crab in the middle of the ring. Castagnoli reaches the ropes to break the hold. Gregory stomps on Castagnoli’s lower back to maintain the advantage. Gregory hits a fisherman suplex for a near fall. Gregory chokes Castagnoli on the mat and keeps a chin lock on Claudio. Castagnoli comes off the ropes to uppercut Gregory and both men are down. Castagoli uppercuts Gregory a few times to drop Gregory to the mat. Castagnoli dropkicks Gregory and delivers a Giant Swing. Castagnoli hits a bridging suplex, but Sensation takes forever on a pin attempt. Gregory misses a wild strike and Claudio nails Gregory with a pump kick for a two count as Sensation takes forever on the count. Norm Conners gets on a microphone and says that Sensation is done refereeing tonight. A new referee comes out to referee the match as Conners escorts Sensation backstage.
Gregory has brought the championship with him and stands on the apron. Claudio brings Gregory into the ring with a back suplex, but Gregory lands on top and has his feet on the ropes, but the referee saw it. Castagnoli almost wins with a rollup. Gregory tries for a neckbreaker, but Castagnoli drops Gregory with a slam for a near fall. Castgnoli tries for a powerbomb, but Gregory counters with an inside cradle to win the match. (*1/2. Well, there goes my logic about ROH guys being protected. The finish isn’t strong, so I guess there’s that way around Claudio taking a decisive loss. The match didn’t really do much for me and Gregory doesn’t come across like a good wrestler at all. They didn’t do much of anything to pop the crowd, but there were a couple of moments where Claudio winning was teased fairly well.)
Dennis Gregory grabs a microphone and taunts the ring announcer, Chuck. Chuck gets in the ring and Gregory says that Chuck needs to stay out of his way. Gregory wants to shake hands, but Chuck has something to say. Chuck notes that Gregory has returned from overseas a few months ago and won the title and screwed the IWC. Chuck says that Gregory screwed him over, too. Chuck thinks that Gregory is an asshole and the crowd pops for that. Gregory decks Chuck with a right hand and taunts the crowd. Gregory tosses a chair into the ring and jabs the chair into Chuck’s throat! Gregory insults Chuck and puts on a Chuck shirt that has an X on it. Gregory mocks Chuck’s catchphrase. Norm Conners says he just got off the phone and tells Gregory his opponent in November will be Chris Hero. Chuck is just left alone in the ring until Norm checks on him.
This gets an easy thumbs up from me. Sure, the main event isn’t all that good, but there is more than enough quality wrestling throughout the show to make this an easy recommendation.
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Bob Colling Jr. View All
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