Squared Circle Wrestling presents 99 Problems
From: Binghamton, NY
This was a free internet event.
Opening Contest: Johnny Gargano vs. Jason Axe in a 30-Minute Iron Man Match: Gargano works over the left arm of Axe to kickoff the match. Gargano takes Axe down to the mat, but doesn’t get a submission despite pulling back on Axe’s hand. Gargano keeps a hammerlock on Axe, but Axe elbows Gargano. Gargano takes Axe down to the mat and maintains wrist control. Axe takes Gargano down with a headlock on the mat. They trade shoulder blocks with Gargano hitting a neckbreaker. Gargano dropkicks a seated Axe for a near fall. Axe eye rakes Gargano and delivers a chop in the corner. Gargano dumps Axe to the apron and delivers a kick to the floor. Gargano runs off the apron to hit a somersault dive to the floor! Gargano chops Axe against the railing and plays to the crowd. Gargano sends Axe into the guard railing ribs first. Gargano has the viking helmet and chops Axe against the railing a second time. Gargano shoves a viking horn up Axe’s butt, but is sent chest first into the guard railing. Axe runs off the apron and misses a somersault dive hitting the floor. Gargano rolls Axe into the ring and is met with a forearm on the apron. Gargano tries for a spear into the ring, but Axe counters with a modified bulldog for a near fall. Axe chokes Gargano in the corner and casually kicks Gargano on the head. Axe works over Gargano in the corner with stomps.
Axe baseball slide dropkicks Gargano in the corner. Axe plants Gargano with a spinebuster for a near fall. Gargano elbows Axe a few times, but is yanked down to the mat. Axe chokes Gargano over the middle rope to maintain the advantage. Axe slaps Gargano on the mat. Axe takes Gargano over with a suplex for a near fall. Axe keeps a sleeper on Gargano, but Gargano elbows free. Axe decks Gargano over the back with a strike. Axe goes for a suplex, but Gargano breaks free. Gargano elbows Axe coming towards the ropes and dumps Axe over the top to the floor. Gargano goes to the apron and hits a spear back into the ring. Gargano nails Axe with an elbow strike. Gargano hammers away on Axe with strikes in the corner. Gargano elbows Axe in the corner and lays Axe over the middle rope before delivering a double running knee strike and hits a suplex into the corner for a near fall. Gargano waits in the corner, but is dumped onto the top rope. Axe delivers a running knee strike and an overhead throw for a two count.
Gargano tells Axe to bring the strikes and Axe slaps Gargano. Gargano hammers away with several strikes to stagger Axe. Gargano continues the flurry of blows. Gargano kicks Axe coming off the ropes, but Axe delivers a Pele kick. Gargano superkicks Axe and delivers a clothesline causing both men to drop to the mat. Gargano nails Axe with a kick in the corner. Axe hits a running fireman’s carry in the corner and hits a Death Valley Driver for a near fall. Axe has Garagano on the apron, but Gargano gets back in the ring and kicks Axe to the floor. Gargano hits a suicide dive to the floor! Axe gets control with strikes around ringside. Gargano hammers away on Axe around ringside. Gargano decks Axe with a left hand punch. Gargano lawn darts Axe into the guard railing face first. Axe counters another lawn dart and sends Gargano into the ring post before hitting a Death Valley Driver on the floor. Gargano gets to the ring before getting counted out.
Axe hooks Gargano for a suplex, but Gargano gets an inside cradle for a two count. Gargano locks in the Gargano Escape, but Axe doesn’t give in. There’s five minutes left in the match. Axe counters with a Crossface on the mat, but Gargano doesn’t give in. Gargano rolls through and kicks Axe right in the face. Gargano waits in the corner and dropkicks Axe in the corner. Gargano delivers another running dropkick in the corner. Axe is nailed by another dropkick in the corner. Gargano lawn darts Axe into the corner for a two count. Gargano locks in the Gargano Escape, but Axe escape. Gargano up kicks Axe, but Axe locks in a single leg Boston Crab in the middle of the ring. The bell sounds and it looks like the match ends in a draw. Ater the match, Jason Axe says he doesn’t want to do five minutes. Axe suggests the next time they wrestle they do it for an hour. The crowd didn’t like that response. (***1/4. It’s tough to open the show with an Iron Man match and then there’s no finish. That was a bit disappointing to go that long without any pins or submissions. It’s still a good match and it didn’t feel like dragged along, so that was a relief. Axe is a guy that I don’t think I properly appreciated for his efforts when 2CW existed. Gargano is fun as always and they put forth a fine overall match.)
Second Contest: Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Cheech: They trade right hands in the middle of the ring with Brown delivering an elbow, but Cheech responds with one as well. Brown goes to the apron and punches Cheech. Cheech kicks Brown a few times over the middle rope. Cheech has Brown over the middle rope hitting an elevated DDT for a near fall. Cheech drops Brown with a headbutt and waits in the corner. Cheech is sent into the corner, but hits a blockbuster off the middle rope for a near fall. Cheech twists Brown neck, but doesn’t get a submission. Cheech elbows Brown on the mat and continues to work over the neck. Cheech misses a dive in the corner and Brown delivers a chop. Brown clotheslines Cheech a few times followed by a neckbreaker. Brown splashes Cheech in the corner and hits a snap suplex. Brown goes to the middle rope and leaps off hitting a missile dropkick for a near fall. Brown has Cheech on the apron looking for a move, but Cheech elbows Brown. Cheech is clotheslined back over the ropes into the ring. Brown hits a springboard moonsault into the ring for a near fall. Cheech drop toe holds Brown over the middle rope and delivers a knee strike. Cheech leaps off the top to deliver a knee drop. Cheech kicks Brown on the knee and hits a brainbuster to send Brown to the floor. Brown catches Cheech on the floor and hits a tombstone! Brown has a phone and takes a picture of Cheech on the floor. Brown is taking his time seemingly posting the picture somewhere. Brown covers Cheech for a near fall. Brown tries for a leg lariat, but Cheech counters with a rollup for a two count. Brown plants Cheech with the Appreciation Bomb for the win. (**. The picture thing on the floor was a little weird and took way too much time. The action was solid enough and a clean win for Slyck is always cool with me.)
Third Contest: Adam Pearce vs. Dalton Castle vs. Gregory Iron vs. Nick Ando: Irons is triple teamed in the corner to start the match. Irons is sent into the corner, but Castle misses a running knee and falls to the floor. Irons chops Pearce a few times in the corner. Ando accidentally spears Castle off the apron and Pearce is dumped over the top to the floor. Irons goes to the top rope and leaps off hitting a crossbody, but is caught and tossed back into the ring. Irons takes all three men out with a suicide dive! Irons elbows Ando in the corner and tries for a tornado DDT. Ando counters with a clothesline for a two count. Castle accidentally punches and also Pearce. Irons gets a two count on Castle with a rollup. Castle rams Irons into the corner, but runs into a boot. Irons leaps off the middle rope and is tossed overhead by Castle leading to a near fall. Pearce decks Castle a few times. Pearce plants Castle with a spinebuster for a near fall. Ando stops Irons in the corner with a strike from behind. Ando covers Irons for a two count after an elbow drop. Ando decks Irons, but Pearce clotheslines Ando. Castle nails Pearce with a whirly bird, but Irons dropkicks Castle. Irons fires back with strikes and Irons head scissors Castle to the floor. Irons hammers away on Pearce in the corner. Irons hits a tornado DDT on Ando. Castle dumps Irons to the apron and hits a dead lift German for a two count on Ando. Pearce spikes Castle with a piledriver, but Irons makes the save. Pearce misses a clothesline and Irons delivers an arm breaker for a two count. Castle and Pearce go over the top to the floor. Irons clotheslines Ando followed by a senton splash. Ando tries for a German and counters a rollup by Irons with a rollup and a handful of tights for the win. (**. That was a fairly basic four way match with each guy getting a moment to shine. I was a bit surprised that the fans didn’t know who Pearce was, but that could have been a troll, too.)
Fourth Contest: Jay Freddie vs. Kevin Steen in a no holds barred match: Fredide attacks Steen during his entrance and sends Steen into the railing. Steen rams Freddie into the guard railing back first a few times. Freddie knee strikes Steen against the railing and rolls Steen into the ring. Freddie goes to the top rope hitting a missile dropkick. Freddie misses a running knee strike in the corner. Steen is met with an elbow strike. Steen chops down on Freddie and stomps on the knee. Steen goes to the floor and looks for something under the ring. Steen has a chair, but Freddie rolls to the floor. They begin to trade strikes on the floor. Steen sends Freddie into the railing again. Steen nails Freddie with a chair shot to the knee. Steen taunts a fan in the front row who is asking Steen to punch him. Steen just tosses his hat away. Steen blows a blow horn into Freddie’s ear. Steen tosses the same fans hat away. Freddie forearms Steen followed by an uppercut, but Steen regains control and taunts the fans on the apron. Steen rolls Freddie into the ring and has a chair and the fans hat. Steen jabs Freddie’s knee with the chair followed by an elbow drop and Package Piledriver… to the hat. Steen jabs Freddie with the chair again and taunts the fans some more.
Steen goes to the floor and grabs a few more chairs. Steen piles several chairs in the ring, but Freddie fires back with strikes. Steen scoop slams Freddie onto the chairs. Freddie tries to slam Steen off the top rope, but delivers a forearm and then tosses Steen onto the chairs. Freddie forearms a chair into Steen’s face. Freddie signals for a tornado DDT and spikes Steen onto the chairs leading to a near fall. Freddie piles a few chairs onto Steen before going to the top rope with a chair of his own. Freddie hits a chair assisted elbow drop and gets a two count. Freddie tries for a suplex, but Steen counters. Freddie elbows Steen and is met with a powerbomb onto the chairs for a near fall. Steen removes Freddie’s knee brace. Steen hits Freddie on the knee with the brace. Steen drops Freddie knee first onto a chair. Steen locks in the sharpshooter, but Freddie doesn’t give in and Steen lets go. Steen whacks Freddie with a chair over the knee a few times. Steen goes back to the sharpshooter, but still doesn’t get a submission. Steen traps Freddie’s knee between a chair and stomps on the chair. The referee calls for the bell as that was on Freddie’ bad knee. The fans do not like that decision. (**1/2. Well it’s a fine finish to protect the homegrown talent in Freddie without having to take a pin or submission. This kind of finish allows for a future showdown as well. The action was mostly your typical brawling.) After the match, Steen cuts a promo saying that Freddie doesn’t look like a wrestler. Steen says that he’s proven people wrong from the same comments. Steen says that Freddie doesn’t belong here. Steen proclaims he’s the best thing in wrestling today.)
Fifth Contest: 2CW Heavyweight Champion Isys Ephex vs. Colin Delaney: Ephex gets a headlock, but is sent into the ropes and shoulder blocks Delaney. Delaney gets a headlock on the mat. Delaney gets out of a head scissors. Ephex arm drags Delaney and keeps arm control on the mat. Ephex arm drags Delaney to the mat and keeps control. Delaney hits a springboard crossbody for a two count. Delaney arm drags Ephex and hits a heel kick. Ephex nails Delaney with a spin kick and runs the ropes to leg sweep Delaney. Ephex comes off the ropes with a double knee strike. Delaney holds the ropes and dumps Ephex to the floor. Delaney goes to the apron and tries for a kick, but Ephex pulls Delaney out. Delaney nails Ephex with a forearm and runs the ropes, but is dumped to the apron. Delaney is forearmed on the apron, but Delaney pulls Ephex to the apron and rams Ephex into the post back first. Ephex leaps off the apron seemingly messing up a head scissors and they are both down on the floor. Ephex sends Delaney into the guard railing chest first. Ephex headbutts Delaney into the railing and they return to the ring. Ephex stomps on Delaney in the corner. Ephex forearms Delaney in the corner. Delaney hits a DDT out of the corner for a two count. Delaney gets a two count after an elbow to the head. Delaney hits a side Russian leg sweep and holds on with a submission, but Ephex doesn’t give in. Ephex gets a two count on Delaney as they trade rollups. Delaney almost wins with a victory roll. They both attempt discus clotheslines and they both drop down.
They begin to trade strikes from their knees. They get to their feet trading strikes in the middle of the ring. Delaney ducks a clothesline and forearms Ephex. Ephex boots Delaney coming off the ropes. Ephex headbutts Delaney in the corner and boots a charging Delaney. Delaney elbows Ephex, but misses a boot. Ephex hits a reverse hurricanrana. Delaney kicks Ephex into the corner and hits a double knee to the chest for a near fall. Delaney goes to the apron and hits an elbow drop after skinning the cat for a near fall. Ephex hits a fisherman buster for a near fall. Delaney hits another splash from the apron. Ephex gets his knees up on a third attempt and Ephex hits the Tiger Driver ’98, but Delaney kicks out at two. Ephex has Delaney on the top turnbuckle and delivers a forearm. Delaney knocks Ephex off the top to the mat. Ephex kicks the middle rope and hits a sit out Burning Hammer for the three count. (**1/2. It sure looked liked Ephex dropped Delaney on his neck there, but it could have been a good sell job by Delaney. For some reason the action didn’t really click here and the crowd kind of felt flat for most of the action. Ephex had a few sloppy moments, but I enjoyed the moves they went with here. It was a little disappointing, though.) After the match, Delaney has a microphone and says they have wrestled a bunch of times. Delaney thinks the finish was BS. Ephex challenges Delaney to a match in Watertown and promises to not do the move again and still beat Delaney. Delaney didn’t like getting the middle rope kicked on his groin.
There’s a segment where Dick Justice, Loca Vida, Steve McKenzie and ZSIII got revenge on Bin Hamin by trimming his beard and beating him up a bit.
Sixth Contest. AR Fox vs. Michael Elgin: Elgin tosses Fox across the ring into the corner. Fox ducks a clothesline, but Elgin elbows Fox. Fox dropkicks Elgin and is met with a shoulder block. Fox dumps Elgin over the top to the floor. Fox kicks Elgin and delivers an overhand chop. Fox springboards on the ropes and hits a bulldog to send Elgin to the floor. Fox hits a springboard inverted somersault dive to the floor! Fox delivers a sliding kick on the apron and misses a kick flip moonsault. Elgin nails Fox with a boot on the floor. Elgin stands on a chair and hits a delayed vertical suplex on the floor. Fox rolls out of the ring to the floor to avoid a cover attempt. Elgin has Fox on the apron and press slams Fox back into the ring. Elgin manages a two count. Elgin forearms Fox against the ropes. Fox kicks Elgin and is sent into the ropes, but flips to the apron. Fox tries for a sunset flip, but Elgin holds the ropes. Elgin knocks Fox away to avoid a doubel knee and hits a swinging side slam for a two count. Fox double stomps Elgin and gets the crowd behind him. Fox avoids Elgin in the corner and delivers a few clotheslines. Fox nails Elgin with a clothesline and a kick to the head. Fox hits a Codebreaker, as well. Fox hits a middle rope cutter for a near fall. Elgin is dumped to the apron and they end up on the apron trading strikes.
Fox hits a Slice Bread on the apron. Fox goes to the top rope, but Elgin avoids a 450 splash. Elgin hits a discus forearm and a German suplex for a two count. Fox boots Elgin, but Elgin delivers several clotheslines against the ropes. Elgin misses a clothesline, but a second clothesline connects for a near fall. Elgin hooks Fox, but Fox backdrops Elgin to break free. Fox elbows Elgin in the corner and sits on the top rope to hit a swinging flatliner for a near fall. Elgin catches Fox on a flip in the corner and hits a buckle bomb. Fox gets Elgin on his shoulders to hit a Death Valley Driver. Fox hits a 450 splash, but Elgin kicks out at two. Elgin slams Fox out of the corner. Elgin goes to the top turnbuckle, but is kicked by Fox. Fox tries for a Spanish Fly, but Elgin blocks the move and counters a hurricanrana with middle rope powerbomb for the win. (***1/2. These two just mesh well together and their styles enhanced their opponents offense rather well. There’s no denying the talent these two have and this was a good option to have come on after the intermission.)
Seventh Contest: Mickie James vs. Jessicka Havok: Havok shoves James away into the corner to showoff her strength advantage. Havok tosses James across the ring and taunts the crowd as James rolls to the floor. James gains a waist lock on Havok, but Havok breaks free easily and yanks down on James arm. Havok keeps wrist control on the mat. James does a cartwheel, but is yanked back down to the mat by Havok. Havok keeps James on the mat with wrist control. Havok twists James on the arm a few times. James kicks free and forearms Havok several times. James slides through Havok’s legs and tries for a cutter. James settles for a dropkick to the knee and a dropkick to the face for a two count. James tries for a DDT, but Havok shoves James away to deliver a clothesline leading to a near fall. Havok grabs James and pulls back on the arms as she stands on James back. Havok kicks James to the mat face first. Havok locks in a Boston Crab in the middle of the ring, but James doesn’t give in. Havok works on James in the ropes to keep the advantage. Havok kicks James in the corner and chokes Mickie in the corner. Havok blocks a baseball slide and puts a full nelson on Mickie, but doesn’t get a submission. Havok drives James down with a backbreaker for a two count.
Havok stomps on James in the corner and comes of the ropes to deliver a running boot a few times. Havok misses a running boot and James rams Havok into the corner several times from the apron. James runs into a backbreaker and Havok keeps James over the knee. Havok delivers another backbreaker, but doesn’t go for the cover. James knee strikes Havok a few times to break free. James head scissors Havok to the mat. James hammers away on Havok with right hands. Havok misses a clothesline and is kicked a few times. James kicks Havok a few times, but Havok blocks a kick. James hits a kick anyway and plays to the crowd. James flapjack Havok in the middle of the ring. James heads to the top rope missing a crossbody and Havok nails James with a running boot for a near fall. Havok yells at James signals for the end. James breaks free and nails Havok with a kick to the head. James tries for a DDT, but is rammed into the corner. Havok pummels James with strikes in the corner. Havok stomps James in the corner. Havok runs into a boot in the corner. James elbows Havok and tries for a hurricanrana, but Havok blocks it. James kicks Havok and plants Havok with a DDT for the win. (*1/2. James was good here, but Havok didn’t really do much for me this time around. James didn’t mail in her performance and she kept my interest in the action throughout. It might have gone a little long, but that’s not a big deal.)
Kevin Steen has joined commentary for the Young Bucks match.
Eighth Contest: Young Bucks vs. Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong: Bucks superkick the referee and then the bell sounds despite the referee being knocked out. All four men are in the ring brawling. Strong and Edwards put the Bucks in a double tree of woe. They hit Matt in the corner with double kicks and the same to Nick in the opposite corner. Strong chops Nick as a second referee has entered the match. Strong tags in Edwards and Nick gets chopped in the corner. Strong kicks Nick upon tagging back in and works over Nick’s arm. Strong and Edwards hit splashes in the corner on Nick. Strong delivers a backbreaker and Edwards hits a knee off the middle rope. Matt enters and is driven down to the mat chest first and chopped. Nick is worked over in the corner by Edwards with a chop. Strong tags into the match and stomps on Nick, but Nick comes back with knee strikes. Strong is dumped to the apron, but kicked by Nick after Matt put a head scissors on Strong. Strong tries to fight out of the corner, but is worked over by Matt in the corner. Matt stomps on Strong and does a cocky pin for a two count. Strong shoulder rams Matt, but is stopped in the corner. Matt tags in Nick hitting a slingshot senton on Strong. Nick chokes Strong in the corner and taunts Edwards on the apron. Nick works over Strong with strikes in the corner. Strong fights out with right hands, but Nick delivers a gut buster and Matt hits a neckbreaker onto Nick’s knee. Matt sends Edwards to the floor. Strong is choked in the corner by Nick and Matt delivers a back rake.
Strong tries to fight back, but Matt cuts him off with a right hand. Matt rams Strong into the corner and taunts the crowd. Nick returns to the match and sits Strong on the top turnbuckle. Nick hooks Strong, but is knocked off. Strong hits a missile dropkick and Matt knocks Edwards off the apron. Strong backdrops Matt, but is kicked by Nick for a two count. Nick puts a chin lock on Strong and rams Strong into the corner. Strong elbows free in the corner. Strong kicks Matt and delivers a dropkick after the Bucks miscommunicate. Edwards gets the tag and cleans house. Edwards slams Matt onto Nick leading to a near fall. Nick is double teamed and driven down by Edwards with a suplex. Nick kicks Strong from the apron. Matt hits a Slice Bread on Edwards and a knee strike by Nick for a near fall. Nick hits a slingshot X-Factor on Edwards, but Strong hits a powerbomb onto the apron. Matt goes to the top hitting a moonsault to the floor. Matt misses a splash in the corner, and is kicked by Edwards and Strong. Edwards accidentally kicks Strong. Edwards sends Matt into the corner with a head scissors. There’s a flurry of strikes and everyone is down.
Matt and Strong begin to trade strikes with Strong getting kicked by Nick. Edwards catches Nick as Strong pulls Matt out. Strong hits a running kick and Edwards locks in a half Boston Crab. Strong locks in a Boston Crab on the Matt. Strong is kicked into Edwards to break both holds. Nick elbows Strong as Edwards was stopped on the top rope. Strong is powerbombed into the corner on Edwards. Bucks hit a spiked tombstone on Strong, but Edwards makes the save on the cover. Edwards nails Nick with a flurry of strikes. Nick kicks Matt on accident and misses a slingshot X-Factor. Strong kicks Matt and hits a suplex into a backbreaker. Edwards hits a top rope double stomp and pins Matt to win the match. (****. That was a hell of a tag match. The action had a great flow and both teams delivered a hell of a match. Easily match of the night. Check it out if you can.) After the match, the fans chant for the Bucks to return, which they would several more times.
Main Event: 2CW Tag Team Champions Team CK (Sean Carr & Kage) vs. 0I4K (Dave & Jake Crist) vs. Kevin Graham & Punisher VanSlyke in a tables match: Punisher and Graham are beating on Kage before the bell sounded. VanSlyke and Kage trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Graham sets up a table in the corner and both members of the team need to be put through a table to be eliminated. Kage is sent through a table. Carr has entered with a chair and hits both VanSlyke and Graham. Carr hits a somersault dive over the top to the floor onto Graham and VanSlyke. VanSlyke hits Carr with a chair shot over the back. Graham sets a table up on the floor. All four men are brawling on the floor. Crist Brothers finally come out and hit stereo suicide dives and another dive to the floor. Carr is sent into the corner and the Crist Brothers hit a double team knee drop. Graham is met with a kick by Dave to the face. VanSlyke misses a double clothesline and sends Crist Brothers into each other. Kage returns to the match and trades strikes with Punisher. Kage misses a splash but delivers a big boot. Jake hits a crossbody onto Carr and Kage. Carr nails Jake with a spinning heel kick. Carr runs into a superkick by Jake and a tiger suplex by Jake. Graham delivers a Fame-Asser to Jake. Dae kicks Graham and a running knee strike. Dave is backdropped to the apron by Graham. Dave leg drops Graham over the middle rope. Punisher tosses Dave with a suplex off the apron into the ring. Punisher goes under the ring to grab a table. Punisher kicks Dave, but Carr kicks Punisher. Kage moves the table to prevent Carr from going through the table. Kage and Punisher collide with clotheslines. Jake hits a Death Valley Driver on Carr. Dave hits a springboard moonsault to put Carr through a table and that eliminates CK from the match. Wait, Kage wasn’t a eliminated earlier? Graham takes Jake over with a suplex. CK has been eliminated as it has been confirmed.
Graham nails Dave with a chair shot over the head. Punisher sits Dave on the top rope. Punisher puts Dave through a table with a suplex off the top rope. They announce the match is over, but that’s not right since Jake was never put through a table. Graham and Punisher setup another table in the middle of the ring. Jake is rolled into the ring and Graham hits a top rope leg drop to put Jake through the table to officially win the match. (*1/2. I’m not sure what happened with the finish, but they messed it up for sure. They seemed to rush through match, but there were a few bright spots throughout. Should this have been the main event? Probably not, but I can appreciate putting the local talent in that spot to give them the shine. They were never going to surpass the previous tag match, though.)
Including an intermission, the event ran for nearly four hours on the live feed. So, it’s probably closer to just over three hours. Regardless, it’s a good show and plenty of good action on the show. The live crowd seemed a little quiet, but that could have just been a bad audio setup. I’ll give this show an easy recommendation.
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