Premiere Wrestling Xperience presents Declaration Of Independence II
From: Concord, NC
Opening Contest: American Tiger vs. Jake Manning: Manning gets wrist control at the start, but Tiger quickly counters with a hammerlock. Tiger rolls through a slam attempt and keeps a headlock on Manning. Manning gains control on the mat with a hammerlock and gets a rollup for a two count. Manning stands on Tiger’s back and pretends to surf for a moment. Tiger tries for a crossbody, but Manning blocks it with a headbutt. Manning shoulder blocks Tiger and plays to the crowd. Tiger takes Manning down with a head scissors and an arm drag. Tiger keeps arm control on the mat even as Manning tried to break free. Manning grabs Tiger’s mask, but Tiger grabs Manning’s nose. The referee gets involved with a nipple twist and all three men breakaway. They do a test of strength with Tiger hitting a springboard DDT and a dropkick to send Manning into the corner. Tiger leaps off of Manning in the corner and delivers a backdrop. Tiger delivers another dropkick, but Manning spikes Tiger with a piledriver and both men are down. Manning tries for a cover, but Tiger kicks out at two. Manning sends Tiger into the corner back first and delivers a delayed vertical suplex. Tiger locks in a standing submission, but Manning counters with a tombstone. Manning heads to the top hitting a diving headbutt for a two count. Tiger locks in a triangle choke, but Manning doesn’t give in. Manning drops Tiger over his knee for a near fall. Manning has Tiger on the middle rope, but Tiger avoids a piledriver with a dropkick and a springboard moonsault for a near fall. Manning rolls to the apron and Tiger hits a slingshot DDT onto the apron. Manning stops Tiger on the apron and hits an elevated piledriver over the top rope for the win. (***. That’s a good start to the show. The comedy didn’t bother me all that much, but these two put forth a fun match with a lot fo great moves. Manning was compelling and his offense was fun. Tiger displayed some really good high flying moves and the crowd ate this up. A quality opener to the show.)
Second Contest: Chase Brown vs. Billy Brash vs. Blain Rage: Brash forearms Rage, but Brown tosses Brash with a suplex. Brown hits a head scissors/headlock takeover combo. Brown tosses Rage with a German suplex. Brash holds Brown looking for a suplex, but Brown rolls through it. Brown decks Brash on the apron, but is met with a kick. Brash hits a slingshot cutter into the ring for a two count on Brown. Rage chops Brown in the corner and Brash delivers a few strikes. Rage lays out Brash and kicks Brown over the top turnbuckle. Rage takes down Brash and sits Brown on the top rope. Rage takes Brown off the top with a hurricanrana and Brown lands onto Brash. Rage missile dropkicks both men. Rage drop toe holds Brown to the mat and hits a dropkick on the mat. Rage knee strikes Brown a few times and nails Brown with a boot for a near fall. Rage knee lifts Brown and delivers a kick to the head. Rage avoids Brash in the corner, but is dumped to the apron. Brash stops Rage on the top rope and looks for a superplex, but Brown hits the Tower of Doom and gets a two count on Rage. Brown hits a snap suplex on Brash for a two count. Brown knee lifts Brash to the mat and works over Rage in the corner. Brown goes to the top hitting a crossbody, but Rage rolls through and gets kicked by Brash.
Brash pummels Brown and delivers a swinging neckbreaker and a leg drop. Brash mule kicks Brown on the mat and stops Rage on the apron. Brash has Rage on the middle rope, but Brown yanks Brash off the apron to the floor. Rage hits a split legged moonsault to the floor, which was insane and looked dangerous. Rage goes to the top and Brash has put a glove on to put the claw on Rage. Brown gets a rollup on Rage, which sent Brash over the top to the floor and Brown pins Rage! (***. I was quite surprised by this one, honestly. All three guys looked good and were showcased really well. The finish was unique and not one I’ve seen before. Good job by all three men.)
Third Contest: Amanda Rodriguez, Marcellus King & Zane Riley vs. Elijah Evans IV, Ethan Case & Amber O’Neal: Riley and Case kickoff the six person tag match. They trade wrist locks at the start of the match. Case eye rakes Riley into the corner, but Riley avoids Case in the opposite corner. Riley drop toe holds Case and rubs his face into his chest. Riley arm drags Case to the mat and keeps arm control. Riley backdrops Case out of the corner. Evans tags into the match and Riley tags in King. They trade forearm strikes in the middle of the ring. King doesn’t go down on shoulder block attempts and nails Evans with a shoulder block of his own. King chops Evans over the back and a boot to the chest for a near fall. Evans eye rakes King and tags in O’Neal. O’Neal chest bumps King, but King says he can’t hit a woman. O’Neal slaps King a few times. Rodriguez enters the match and clotheslines O’Neal a few times. Rodriguez hits a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Case yanks Rodriguez down by her hair from the apron to help O’Neal get the advantage. Evans tags into the match and chokes Rodriguez on the mat.
Evans forearms Rodriguez to the mat and slams Rodriguez leading to Case going to the top rope and jumps off just to stomp Rodriguez. O’Neal plants Rodriguez with a facebuster. Rodriguez is stomped by Case and Evans in the corner. O’Neal gives a stink face to Riley, but Riley loves it. O’Neal slaps Riley, but Rodriguez gets a rollup for a two count. O’Neal clotheslines Rodriguez for a near fall. Rodriguez plants O’Neal with a tornado DDT. Evans and King get tagged in with both men delivering big boots. Riley tags in and slams Case. O’Neal chops both Riley and King, but she’s backed into a corner and Riley pulls his trunks down. Riley tries for a stink face, but King is pulled into the corner and he stink faces King on accident. Riley hits a double German suplex, which Case and Evans took really well. Riley sets O’Neal up for a Death Valley Driver, but King turns on Riley with a spear and Riley is pinned by Case. (*1/2. Honestly, this dragged on a little bit and I was losing interest in it. The action isn’t bad, but knowing what is coming up next on the show with the variety of talent I found myself looking forward to that instead of enjoying this one.) After the match, King stomps on Riley and dumps booze on Riley. Drew Myers gets in the ring and nails Rodriguez with a running big boot. Myers follows up with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Myers claims he didn’t do this because he lost to her in May, but rather because the fans wouldn’t let it go. Myers hates them for booing him and brags about having any woman he wants. Myers says that he is better than everyone else and is going to start taking respect.
Fourth Contest: Eddie Edwards vs. Drew Myers: Edwards goes right after Myers with chops to start the match. Myers bails to the floor to regroup. Myers returns to the match and takes Edwards down to the mat with a go-behind takedown. Myers continues to keep the advantage with a front facelock on the mat. Myers switches back to a go-behind, but Edwards dumps Myers to the apron. Edwards delivers a running boot to the floor. Edwards hits a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Edwards chops Myers in the front row a few times. Edwards goes to the top rope, but leaps over Myers and delivers a kick to the midsection followed by a running kick to the chest for a two count. Edwards chops Myers against the ropes. Edwards kicks Myers, but Myers hits an overhead belly to belly suplex for a one count. Myers stomps on Edwards leading to a two count and chokes Edwards over the middle rope. Myers continues to choke Edwards over the middle rope and rams Edwards into the corner. Edwards drop toe holds Myers to the mat and goes for a surfboard submission managing to get the hold locked in, but Myers doesn’t submit. Edwards leans backwards managing a two count. Edwards chops Myers in the corner, but Myers avoids another chop and hits an Angle Slam for a two count.
They begin to trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Edwards slaps Myers and Myers returns the slap. They continue to trade chops and strikes with neither man backing down. Myers forearms Edwards against the ropes. Edwards forearms Myers followed by a running knee strike and hits a fisherman buster for a two count. Edwards forearms Myers in the corner and followed by an elbow and a codebreaker off the middle rope. Myers boots Edwards and tries for a German suplex, but Edwards lands on his feet. Edwards kicks Myers on the top turnbuckle. Edwards tries for a backpack stunner, but Myers counters with a German suplex for a near fall. Myers sends Edwards into the corner and sits Edwards on the top turnbuckle. Edwards knocks Myers off the middle rope and goes to the top rope delivering a double stomp to the back of Myers head and locks in a half Boston Crab. Myers up kicks Edwards a few times and gets a rollup with a handful of tights to win the match! (**1/2. That is a major upset and a huge win for Myers. I love when this kind of stuff happens. Give the local guys big time victories and make them a bigger deal to the audience. It’s a decent match with some hard hitting strikes, but it’s probably an underwhelming match overall.)
Fifth Contest: Tommaso Ciampa vs. Cedric Alexander: Ciampa backs Alexander into a corner, but backs off cleanly. Ciampa shoulder blocks Alexander for a one count and that leads to a standoff. Ciampa takes Alexander down to the mat with a headlock. Alexander gets out of a pin attempt and they have another standoff. Alexander runs into an arm drag, but comes back with one of his own. They take each other down for pin attempts and they have a standoff after a backslide by Alexander. Ciampa forearms Alexander in the corner and a side elbow strike. Ciampa strikes Alexander in the corner. Alexander clotheslines Ciampa out of the corner. Ciampa dropkicks Alexander and delivers a strike to the back. Alexander dropkicks Ciampa sending Ciampa to the floor. Ciampa works over Alexander with chops in the corner. Alexander pulls Ciampa down and misses a slingshot elbow drop. Ciampa tosses Alexander into the crowd. Ciampa sits on a chair and slaps Alexander on the thigh. Alexander chops Ciampa around ringside. Ciampa kicks Alexander from the apron and another kick to drop Alexander on the floor. Ciampa rolls Alexander into the ring and delivers an elbow strike. Alexander chops Ciampa in the ring several times followed by forearm strikes. Ciampa comes back with a vicious clothesline for a two count. Alexander stops Ciampa with a jawbreaker and they trade strikes with Ciampa getting the advantage just pummeling Alexander.
Ciampa tosses Alexander to the floor and sits Alexander in the front row to deliver more chops and a big boot to knock Alexander out of the seat. Alexander gets to the ring to avoid being counted out. Ciampa slaps Alexander a few times, but Alexander responds with strikes in the corner. Alexander punches Ciampa from the apron and hits a springboard clothesline. Alexander forearms Ciampa, but misses a springboard kick. Alexander nails Ciampa with a kick, rolling fireman’s carry and a moonsault for a two count. Alexander tries for a brainbuster, but Ciampa knees free and is met with a clothesline. Ciampa has Alexander on his shoulders to hit a facebuster. Ciampa hits a wheelbarrow suplex for a two count. Ciampa stomps on Alexander in the corner. Ciampa plants Alexander with a Kryptonite Crunch, but Alexander kicks out at two. Ciampa tries for a backbreaker, but Alexander counters with a kick and hits a backbreaker of his own for a near fall. Alexander goes to the top rope, but is stopped by Ciampa. Alexander hits a frog splash off the top, but can’t make a cover quickly and thus only gets a two count. They trade a few strikes and boots with both men staggering. They get in each others face and Ciampa delivers a knee strike. Ciampa knee strikes Alexander, but Alexander nails Ciampa with a jumping kick to the head and both men are down.
They get up in opposite corners where Ciampa runs into an elbow. Alexander goes to the top rope, but is yanked down by Ciampa. Ciampa delivers a running knee strike in the corner. Ciampa connects with two more running knee strikes. Alexander sunset flip powerbombs Ciampa off the middle rope. Alexander dropkicks Ciampa in the corner leading to a near fall. Alexander signals for the brainbuster, but Ciampa breaks free and tries for a powerbomb, but Alexander counters with the brainbuster for a near fall. Alexander kicks Ciampa right in the face for the win. (***1/2. That was a good match full of hard hitting action and they worked a great pace. I was interested in the match from beginning to end. Alexander is coming across like the go-to guy in PWX to work incredible matches with top indie names and he’s been delivering each time out. This one delivered what I was hoping to get out of it. These two are just great.) After the match, they shake hands.
Sixth Contest: PWX Innovative TV Champion Chip Day vs. Corey Hollis: Hollis takes Day down to the mat for the advantage, but they have a standoff shortly afterward. Hollis chops Day and misses a clothesline. Day hits a springboard arm drag, but Hollis comes back with an arm drag. Hollis misses a dropkick and Day kicks Hollis to the apron. Hollis drops Day over the top rope. Hollis dropkicks Day leading to a one count. Hollis chokes Day over the middle rope. Hollis headbutts Day and continues to have control with chops, but Day responds with a chop coming out of the corner. Hollis rams Day into the corner face first and hits a snap suplex. Hollis tries for a cover, but Day powers out. Hollis chokes Day over the middle rope. Hollis headbutts Day in the corner, but Day battles back with strikes. Hollis sends Day into the corner and gets a rollup for a near fall. Day delivers a jawbreaker on Hollis and is met with a knee lift. Hollis tries for a cover, but Day kicks out at two. Day drives Hollis into the corner and delivers a few strikes. Day sends Hollis into a corner, but is elbowed by Hollis. Hollis nearly wins following an elbow strike off the middle rope. Hollis chops Day into the corner and sends Day hard back first into the corner. Hollis chokes Day over the middle rope for a few moments.
Day elbows a charging Hollis followed by a kick and a drop toe hold into the corner. Day kicks the middle rope into Hollis and delivers a few clotheslines and a knee strike for a two count. Day kicks Hollis a few times in the corner, but Hollis responds with a series of chops. Day goes back to kicking Hollis and hits a running double knee strike for a near fall. Day misses a spin kick and Hollis drives Day down to the mat for a two count. Hollis kicks Day on the knee, but runs into a kick to the head. Hollis forearms Day and knee strikes Day on the apron, but Day doesn’t go to the floor. Day kicks Hollis from the apron and is stopped by Hollis on the top turnbuckle. Hollis tries for a suplex and hits the superplex, but the bell sounds before the three count. The time limit has been reached and the match is a draw. Hollis decides to cash in his title shot because he got a certificate, but Hollis hits Day with the championship and Hollis is disqualified. (*1/2. Well, this was put in a tough spot coming off the Ciampa/Alexander match. They were never going to get the crowd into the match. The match wasn’t bad, but the crowd was just dead from the previous match. The finish was kind of funny to have Hollis cash in and quickly get himself disqualified.)
Seventh Contest: PWX Heavyweight Champion Caleb Konley vs. Andrew Everett: Konley takes Everett down to the mat and they trade wrist control until Konley gets leg control. Everett counters with a front facelock, but that doesn’t last long. Konley keeps Everett on the mat with a hammerlock. Everett gets a sleeper on Konley, but the champ breaks free and locks in a cross arm bar. Everett manages to reach the ropes. Konley keeps the action on the mat with a hammerlock. Everett gets out of a headlock and is met with a shoulder block. Everett arm drags Konley and they trade leg sweeps. Everett head scissors Konley followed by a dropkick to send Konley to the floor. Konley stops Everett on the top rope. Konley misses a clothesline and a leg sweep. Everett misses a standing moonsault, but landed on his feet. Konley forearms Everett and Everett goes to the apron managing to hit a springboard dropkick for a two count. Everett knee drops Konley for a two count. Konley fires back with forearms, but Everett hits a standing hurricanrana. Everett tries for a springboard moonsault, but is dropkicked in midair for a two count. Konley tries for the O-Face, but Everett breaks away.
Konley hip tosses Everett out of the corner for a near fall. Konley locks in a Crossface, but Everett doesn’t submit. Konley dropkicks Everett for a near fall. Everett gets stopped by a knee lift to the midsection. Konley back elbows Everett and gets dumped to the apron. Everett tries for a sliding powerbomb to the floor, but Konley blocks it and double stomps Everett on the apron. Konley hits a moonsault off the middle rope to Everett on the floor. Konley keeps Everett on the mat with a head scissors and switches to a body scissors. Everett is kicked by Konley from the apron and they both end up on the apron. Konley ducks a wild strike and kicks Everett in the ring. Konley hits a springboard moonsault for a two count. Konley kicks Everett several times. Konley kicks Everett, but Everett gets a two count with a rollup. Konley kick Everett in the corner and gets another two count with a rollup. Everett kicks Konley to the mat and both men are laid out. Everett kicks Konley to the floor again. Everett takes Konley out with a dive and it looked like Everett hit his knee on a chair. Everett nails Konley with a leaping forearm in the corner. Everett hits a German suplex for a two count. Konley tries for a move, but Everett counters with the Falcon Arrow for a near fall.
Everett goes to the corner and kicks Konley away. Konley comes running into the corner hitting a tornado DDT. Konley kicks Everett, but runs into a boot. Konley kicks Everett on the top turnbuckle and Everett falls to the apron. Konley hooks Everett on the middle rope, but Everett punches Konley a few times. Konley counters a move off the top with a slam for a near fall. Everett kicks Konley on the middle rope and hits a hurricanrana off the top for a two count. Everett goes to the top rope hitting the shooting star press, but Konley kicks out at two! Everett goes to the top rope missing a corkscrew and Konley gets a two count with a rollup. Everett gets a two count and Konley nearly wins with a backslide. Konley drives Everett down to the mat and locks in the O-Face. Everett powers out of the hold, but Konley rolls through and locks in the O-Face again to win by submission. (***. A solid title match with Everett getting a couple of really good near falls. The crowd got back into the show after the previous match being sacrificed. I think I was more impressed by Everett in this match and it felt like the crowd is turning on Konley a little bit.)
Main Event: Kevin Steen vs. Steve Corino in a street fight: These two couldn’t wait for entrances and they’ve been brawling backstage. They are brawling in the crowd and at ringside where Steen hit Corino with a drink. Steen wraps Corino’s arm around the ring post. Steen rips a sign and rubs it in Corino’s face. Corino hip tosses Steen into chairs in the crowd. Corino rams Steen into the ring post and tosses a chair, but Steen avoids it. Steen whacks Corino over the back with a chair shot a few times. Steen jabs Corino over the back with a chair. Steen hits Corino with a trash can shot. Corino tosses a trash can at Steen off the apron. Corino is met with a knee strike on the apron and Steen spikes Corino onto a trash can lid with a DDT. Steen whacks Corino over the head with a trash can shot. Steen wedged a chair into the corner and chokes Corino a few times. Steen sends Corino into a chair back first into the corner and Steen sends Corino head first into another chair wedged in the corner. Steen blocks a drop toe hold and whacks Corino with a chair shot. Steen hits Corino with a trash can lid shot. Steen goes to the top rope missing a swanton as Corino got his knees up.
Corino heel kicks Steen and delivers a running forearm in the corner. Steen smashes Corino with a chair shot. Steen hits a running cannonball splash in the corner and does it again this time with a trash can on Corino. Steen does another one with a chair laying over Corino for a two count. Corino plants Steen with a flatliner onto a chair for a near fall. Corino suplexs Steen onto a trash can for a two count. Corino brings a ladder to the ring and smashes Steen over the back. Corino sits Steen in the corner and smashes a chair sending the ladder into Steen’s groin. Steen hits a codebreaker sending the ladder into Corino’s face. Steen sets a ladder up in the corner. Steen tries for a German suplex, but settles for a headlock suplex onto the ladder for a near fall. Corino and Steen trade forearm strikes until Corino hits a backbreaker over the ladder for a two count. They begin to trade strikes from their knees. They get to their feet and Corino continues to hammer away on Steen. Corino decks Steen with a clothesline and a seated clothesline for a near fall. Corino hits the Twist of Fate on Steen for a two count. Corino low blows Steen and delivers a neckbreaker for a two count. Corino lays a ladder over two chairs and superkicks Steen twice. Steen hits an F5 onto the ladder, but Corino kicks out. Steen plants Corino with the Package Piledriver and wins the match. (**1/2. It was a tame street fight compared to what you may expect from these two. Heck, Corino didn’t even bleed which feels like a rarity in these kinds of matches. I can’t be too surprised since I’m sure they’d save a bigger and better match for ROH. Regardless, I enjoyed the action and it’s a fine way to end the show.) After the match, Steen grabs a microphone and puts over Corino and saying he loved working with Corino in ROH when they met up again. Steen raises Corino’s arm and Corino’s music plays to end the show.
An easy thumbs up from me. The runtime to the show is at a solid 2.5 hours and it was a mostly breeze to get through. Quality action up and down the card with a good crowd. Check it out.
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