UWA Hardcore presents Grand Prix Night One
From: Mississauga, Ontario, CA
Opening Contest: Alex Shelley vs. Sonjay Dutt in the first round: Dutt goes after Shelley with a forearm and boot scrape to kickoff the action in the corner. Dutt nails Shelley with a couple of elbow strikes to drop Shelley to the mat. Dutt kicks Shelley, but Shelley takes Dutt down and goes for the Border City Stretch. Dutt reaches the ropes quickly. Shelley chops Dutt, but Dutt responds with a chop, as well. Shelley knee lifts Dutt and stomps on Dutt. Dutt runs the ropes and hits a hurricanana to send Shelley to the floor. Dutt kicks Shelley and tries for a springboard, but Shelley trips Dutt on the ropes. Dutt atomic drops Shelley coming off the top rope and continues with a dropkick. Dutt elbow strikes Shelley a few times, but Shelley stops Dutt with a tilt a whirl backbreaker and a dropkick to the back of the head for a two count. Shelley drives Dutt down to the mat face first for a near fall. Shelley locks in an Indian death lock, but Dutt reaches the ropes. Shelley rams Dutt into the corner and delivers a drop toe hold into the corner. Shelley dropkicks Dutt into the corner for a two count. Shelley gets a rollup on Dutt for a near fall. Shelley sends Dutt into the corner, but Dutt hits a head scissors and a senton splash. Dutt gets a two count after a standing moonsault. Dutt tries for a 619, but Shelley counters with a backstabber for a two count. Shelley puts Dutt in the tree of woe and chokes Dutt. Shelley drives Dutt down with a neckbreaker out of the tree of woe. Shelley goes to the apron and hits a slingshot DDT for a near fall. Shelley tries for a tombstone, but Dutt counters with a tornado DDT and a cutter. Dutt locks in a single arm camel clutch. Shelley manages to reach the ropes. Dutt shoulder rams Shelley and puts him on the top rope. Shelley knocks Dutt off the ropes and double stomps Dutt on the arm. Shelley kicks Dutt, but Dutt dropkicks Shelley followed by a kick to the head. Dutt misses a standing shooting star press. Shelley superkicks Dutt, but Dutt counters the Border City Stretch to lock in the single arm camel clutch for the win. (***. A solid opening match with a hot crowd that enjoyed what they provided here. The action was at a good pace and they told a little story to keep the fans invested.)
Second Contest: Puma vs. Kazuchika Okada in the first round: They start off with some mat wrestling with Okada getting wrist control. Okada arm drags Puma leading to a standoff. Puma gets a headlock on Okada to gain control on the mat. Okada counters with a head scissors on the mat, but doesn’t get a submission. Puma bridges free and gets back control on Okada. Okada rolls through and head scissors Puma to the floor, but Puma returns quickly. Puma takes Okada down to the mat with a hammerlock. Okada snapmares Puma and delivers a dropkick. Okada arm drags Puma out of the corner followed by a dropkick to send Puma to the floor. Okada fakes a dive and plays to the crowd. Puma takes Okada down to the mat to keep wrist control. Puma stomps on Okada’s arm for a two count. Puma uppercuts Okada to the mat. Puma works over Okada with kicks in the corner. Puma wrenches on Okada’s neck and delivers a knee drop for a two count. Puma locks in a modified STF, but Okada refuses to give in. Puma drop toe holds Okada and delivers a dropkick to the face for a near fall. Puma slams Okada and delivers a knee drop for a two count. Puma keeps Okada on the mat with leg control, but Okada delivers a few chops. Puma hangs onto the hold. Okada reaches for the ropes and breaks the hold. Puma drives Okada down with a back suplex. Puma goes to the apron to hit a senton splash for a near fall. Puma works over Okada’s right knee with stomps over the middle rope. Puma is dumped to the apron and yanks Okada down to the mat. Okada ducks a kick and big boots Puma. Okada overhand strikes Puma several times. Okada hits a side Russian leg sweep and a leaping senton splash for a two count. Okada chops Puma in the corner. Puma battles back with a kick to the midsection. Puma misses a springboard crossbody. Okada goes to the top hitting a crossbody for a near fall. Okada misses a kick and Puma delivers a kick to the head. Puma spikes Okada with a brainbuster. Puma heads to the top rope delivering a knee drop for a two count. Okada tries for a German suplex, but Puma lands on his feet. Puma gets a rollup on Okada for the win. (**1/2. A little bit of a disappointment, but Okada isn’t the kind of wrestler that he’d eventually become in NJPW at this point. The action was fine, but it never really got going out of first gear it felt like. The crowd has been responding well to the action thus far.)
Third Contest: Osiris vs. Lionel Knight: They slap each other to kickoff the match before backing off. Knight gets wrist control and switches to a hammerlock. Osiris counters with a wrist lock of his own. Osiris gets a rollup for a two count. Osiris locks in a modified Boston Crab, but Knight doesn’t give in. Knight gets out of an arm lock by reaching the ropes. Osiris keeps wrist control on Knight for a few moments. Osiris takes Knight down to the mat and puts a submission on Knight, but doesn’t get a submission. They begin to chop each other. Knight hammers away on Osiris in the corner with stomps and uppercuts. Knight chops Osiris in the corner. Knight kicks Osiris in the corner and dropkicks Osiris into the corner. Knight splashes Osiris in the corner and dropkicks Osiris to the floor. Knight hits a slingshot leg drop from the apron into the ring. Knight chokes Osiris over the bottom rope, but has to let go. Osiris chops Knight, but is stopped by an eye rake. Knight drops Osiris over the top rope. Knight connects with a senton splash for a two count. Knight side slams Osiris to the mat. Knight works over Osiris and elbows free of a suplex. Osiris tries for a German suplex, but Knight lands on his feet. Osiris hits an exploder suplex. Osiris tries for the Cop Killa, but Knight breaks free. Knight is sat on the top turnbuckle and chopped by Osiris. Osiris low blows Knight on the top rope and hits a middle rope Death Valley Driver. Osiris goes to the apron and strikes Knight several times. Osiris sits Knight on the top turnbuckle and delivers a few strikes. Knight hits a Slice Bread off the top for the win. (**. A really average match that I didn’t find myself overly invested in. It was weird to me that Osiris came out looking cool with a mask and then took it off to become just another regular looking guy. Neither guy really did much for me in this match.)
Fourth Contest: Christopher Bishop vs. Ruckus in the first round: They trade wrist control in the opening moments of the contest. Bishop shoulder blocks Ruckus and blocks a head scissors, but misses a standing moonsault. They both try for dropkicks leading to a standoff. Bishop works over Ruckus in the corner and dropkicks Ruckus to avoid a handspring. Bishop takes BLKOUT out with a somersault dive to the floor. Ruckus sends Bishop into the ring post. Ruckus sends Bishop into the guard railing, as well. Ruckus slams Bishop on the floor and hits a shooting star press off the apron. Ruckus gets a two count in the ring. Ruckus heel kicks Bishop for a two count. Bishop avoids a handspring attempt and nails Ruckus with a kick to the head for a near fall. Bishop atomic drops Ruckus and delivers a leg drop to the lower midsection for a two count. Bishop chokes Ruckus on the mat. Bishop knee strikes Ruckus and yanks Ruckus down to the mat. Ruckus kicks Bishop off the apron to the floor. Bishop avoids a suicide dive with a forearm. Bishop double stomps Ruckus for a two count. Bishop plants Ruckus with a spinebuster and puts a full nelson on Ruckus. Ruckus breaks free with strikes and gets a crucifix for a two count. Bishop hits a standing shooting star press for a two count. Bishop tosses Ruckus with a butterfly suplex for a two count. Bishop tries for a double springboard, but Ruckus hits a German suplex instead. They trade a few forearms and chops. Bishop boots Ruckus, but Ruckus responds with a boot. Bishop ducks a clothesline and Ruckus hits a somersault kick. Ruckus hits a handspring elbow and a Fame-Asser for a two count. Ruckus knee strikes Bishop followed by a rolling fisherman suplex for a two count. Ruckus puts Bishop in a tree of woe, but Bishop tosses Ruckus with a German suplex. Bishop hits the Phoenix Splash for the win. (**1/4. The timing on a few spots were just a bit off and the flow was impacted by that. They did a lot of moves to get a pop, but there ultimately wasn’t a lot of substance to the action.)
Fifth Contest: Dan Paysan vs. Arik Cannon in the first round: Cannon gets wrist control, but Paysan counters. Paysan gets a headlock on Cannon, but Cannon counters with a headlock of his own. Cannon shoulder blocks Paysan to the mat and they trade arm drags leading to a standoff. Cannon chops Paysan out of the corner, Paysan elbows Cannon in the corner followed by a boot. Paysan head scissors Cannon followed by a spinning heel kick for a two count. Paysan knocks Cannon to the mat followed by a knee drop for a two count. Paysan hits a slingshot spinning splash for a near fall. Paysan bites Cannon’s forehead and argues with the referee. They begin to trade forearms in the middle of the ring. Paysan boots Cannon in the corner, but Cannon hits a neckbreaker and a clothesline. Cannon kicks Paysan and hits a double under hook piledriver over the top rope for a near fall. Paysan strikes Cannon several times. Cannon backhands Paysan a few times followed by a spinning back fist. Cannon delivers a delayed brainbuster dropping Paysan on his head for a two count. Cannon forearms Paysan and tries for a back suplex, but Paysan breaks free. Cannon misses a knee strike. Cannon tosses Paysan with a side suplex. Paysan avoids a knee and hits a swinging neckbreaker for the win. (**. I’m digging Paysan as he has charisma and was a lot of fun to watch. Paysan is the kind of guy that could have teamed with Little Guido to reform the FBI and it probably would have been great. That’s a bizarre thing to think about, but it’s what came to mind. I’m glad that Paysan won and I get to see another match on the next show.)
Prior to the next match, Josh Prohibition cuts a promo calling Jerry Lynn a coward for not showing up for the second month in a row. Prohibition thinks that Lynn is scared to death of him. Josh sees Lynn in the balcony, and he’s in his wrestling gear.
Sixth Contest: Jerry Lynn vs. Josh Prohibition: Prohibition goes into the crowd and waits for Lynn to come down. Lynn leaps onto Prohibition and they brawl in the crowd for a few moments. Lynn bites Prohibition forehead and tosses Josh into several chairs. Prohibition eye rakes Lynn on the stage followed by stomps. Lynn plants Prohibition with a DDT onto a chair. Lynn rakes Prohibition’s forehead onto the cage near the entrance. Prohibition backdrops Lynn into the ring and drops Lynn throat first over the top rope. Prohibition gets a steel chair and brings it into the ring. Lynn stomps Prohibition’s fingers. Lynn dumps Prohibition to the apron and hits a leg drop over the middle rope. Lynn slides a chair into Prohibition’s chest. Lynn smashes Prohibition with a chair shot. Prohibition hits a TKO over the top after shoving the referee in the way. Prohibition gets a two count on a cover attempt. Prohibition hits a snap suplex for a two count. Prohibition chokes Lynn in the corner for a few moments. Prohibition delivers a jawbreaker and sends Lynn into a wedged chair in the corner causing Lynn to crash to the floor. Prohibition works over Lynn’s leg with a chair. Prohibition works over Lynn with shots, but misses and hits himself with the chair. Lynn hits Prohibition with a chair shot to get out of a rollup. Lynn hammers away on Prohibition with right hands in the corner. Lynn rams Prohibition into a chair in the corners four times leading to a near fall. Prohibition rams Lynn into the corner and drop toe holds Lynn onto a chair. Prohibition double stomps Lynn onto the chair. Prohibition tries for piledriver, but Lynn counters. Lynn tries for a sunset flip, but Prohibition drops down and holds the ropes for the win. (**1/2. I enjoyed the brawling on the floor and it was an effective fight. Prohibition winning by cheating worked for me and it allows a bigger match between the two. Prohibition had some good heel work throughout the match.) After the match, Lynn hits a cradle piledriver.
Seventh Contest: Phil Atlas vs. Rip Impact: Atlas attacks Impact from behind and delivers a dropkick to a kneeling Impact. Atlas shoulder blocks Impact and spits on him. Impact head scissors Atlas to the mat and continues with an arm drag and a dropkick into the corner. Atlas bails to the floor. Impact dropkicks Atlas off the apron to the floor. Impact hits a suicide dive to the floor. Impact sends Atlas into the railing and into the crowd. Impact chops Atlas on the floor. Atlas tries to get back in the ring, but is stopped by Impact. Atlas eye rakes Impact and rams impact onto the apron. Atlas kicks the middle rope to low blow Impact. Atlas hits a Codebreaker for a near fall. Atlas hits a snap suplex on Impact for a two count. Atlas clubs Impact over the back and hits a back suplex. Impact counters a back suplex, but Atlas decks Impact with a clothesline. Atlas continues to work over Impact in the corner. Impact chops Atlas and hits a flying forearm smash. Impact clotheslines Atlas followed by a spinning heel kick for a near fall. Atlas knee lifts Impact a couple of times. Atlas kicks Impact in the corner a couple of times. Atlas misses a clothesline and Impact hits a Blue Thunder Driver for a two count. Atlas knee lifts Impact and misses a splash in the corner. Impact is dumped to the apron and shoulder rams Atlas. Impact tries for a slingshot, but Atlas hits a double leg slam and a facebuster for a two count. Atlas nails Impact with a spin kick for a near fall. Impact holds onto the ropes to avoid a neckbreaker. Impact nails Atlas with a jawbreaker and drives Atlas down with the Rip Cord for the win. (*1/2. A fairly lifeless match compared to the matches before it. Atlas didn’t do much for me, but the crowd was behind Rip and his offense was entertaining. I’m treating this as a cool down match for the rest of the card.)
Eighth Contest: ICW/ICWA Tex-Arkansas TV Champion Eddie Kingston vs. Larry Sweeney in a strap match: They tug on the strap early on before Kingston takes Sweeney down and they roll to the floor. Kingston sends Sweeney into the railing and Sweeney falls into the crowd. Sweeney hits Kingston with a chair to the midsection as they continue to brawl in the crowd. Sweeney hammers away on Kingston in the crowd. Sweeney straps Kingston over the back, but Kingston sends Sweeney into a post in the crowd. Kingston whips Sweeney with the strap several times. Sweeney bites Kingston on the groin to gain the advantage and rams Kingston’s head into the pillar in the crowd. Sweeney whips Kingston over the back with a strap a few times. They return to the ringside area where Kingston spins Sweeney into the guard railing. Sweeney has been busted open and Kingston hammers away on Sweeney. Sweeney drops Kingston throat first over the top rope. Sweeney straps Kingston over the back. Sweeney gets his shirt ripped off and Kingston straps Sweeney over the back. Sweeney is put in tree of woe where Kingston chokes Sweeney. Sweeney low blows Kingston in the corner and begins to touch the corners. Kingston stops Sweeney after the third corner. Kingston straps Sweeney over the back. Kingston sits Sweeney on the top rope and delivers chops. Sweeney punches Kingston, but is stopped by s strike. Kingston hooks Sweeney hitting a superplex. Kingston jabs Sweeney several times. Kingston elbows Sweeney and delivers an elbow drop. Kingston begins to touch the corners, but Sweeney stops Kingston with a front suplex. Sweeney touches the corners, but is stopped before the fourth corner. Kingston hits a suplex. Sweeney decks Kingston and delivers a piledriver. Kingston low blows Sweeney followed by a clothesline. Kingston has Sweeney on his shoulder and begins to touch the corners. Sweeney breaks free and is decked by a clothesline. Sweeney tosses a fireball into Kingston’s face. Sweeney begins to touch the corners and hits all four to win the match. (***1/2. That was one of the better strap matches that I’ve seen on the indies. I usually watch Sweeney as a heel, but he worked the face role here incredibly well. I wasn’t bored by this and I thought the stipulation would be a hinder, but they thrived with it. Well done.)
Josh Prohibition comes out to issue an open challenge. Prohibition is sick to his stomach. He says that Jerry Lynn and Osiris have been a thorn in his side since he took over the company. Prohibition has signed a contract for a cage match where if Lynn and Osiris lose they will never wrestle here again. Lynn and Osiris appear on the stage. Lynn thinks there needs to be something in it for them. Lynn wants the company back for them. Prohibition says it will be three against two. Lynn and Osiris storm the ring to end the segment as the heels runaway.
Ninth Contest: Chris Sabin vs. Ultimo Dragon: They shake hands to start the match. Sabin controls Dragon with a hammerlock, but Dragon counters with a wrist lock. Sabin switches to a hammerlock. Dragon counters, but Sabin gets wrist control as they continue to counter each other. Dragon arm drags Sabin and they have a standoff. They do a test of strength with Sabin getting the advantage. Dragon counters to get control and head scissors Sabin to the mat. Dragon hits another head scissors to send Sabin into the corner. Dragon puts a headlock on Sabin, but Sabin forearms free and they collide on a shoulder block attempt. Dragon shoulder blocks Sabin, but is met with a kick and dropkick by Sabin. Dragon leg sweeps Sabin and misses a kick. They both try for dropkicks and they have a standoff. Dragon kicks Sabin and delivers a drop toe hold followed by an elbow to the back. Dragon puts a submission hold while also having a pin, but Sabin doesn’t give up. Dragon elbow drops Sabin on the lower back. Dragon kicks Sabin several times in the corner. Sabin sends Dragon into the corner. Sabin stomps Dragon on the back and delivers a running dropkick to the back of the head for a near fall. Sabin keeps a head scissors on the mat to maintain control on Dragon.
Sabin puts an abdominal stretch on Dragon, but fails to get a submission. Dragon head scissors Sabin to the floor and gets the crowd behind him. Dragon is yanked off the apron to the floor. Sabin kicks Dragon a couple of times and goes to the top rope hitting a missile dropkick for a two count. They trade rollups until Sabin delivers a dropkick to seated Dragon. Sabin boots Dragon a couple of times. Sabin heads to the top rope, but Dragon stops Sabin. Dragon goes for a superplex and hits it from the top rope. Dragon tries for a cover, but Sabin kicks out. Dragon gets a rollup on Sabin for a near fall. Dragon kicks Sabin several times and manages to get the dragon sleeper on Sabin. Sabin breaks free with a kick to the head. Sabin plants Dragon with a DDT out of a suplex for a near fall. Sabin tries for a missile dropkick, but Dragon dropkicks Sabin. Dragon hits a Slice Bread for the win. (***. That was probably a little disappointing, but for the nostalgia seeing Dragon in action against a guy like Sabin was a cool experience. Sabin didn’t get to do a lot of his moves as they relied a lot of strikes. It’s still a good match.)
Main Event: Asylum & Derek Wylde vs. Joker & Sabian in a ladder match for the number one contendership for the UWA Tag Team Championships: Wylde and Asylum try to go for ladders, but they are stopped on the stage by Joker and Sabian. Joker and Asylum brawl around ringside. Sabian head scissors Wylde and hits a hurricanrana. Wylde avoids a tornado DDT by tossing Sabian away. Joker drops a ladder onto Asylum’s back. Sabian backdrops Wylde onto the entrance way. Joker baseball slides the ladder into Asylum and Sabian hits a dive to the floor to take Asylum out. Sabian dropkicks Wylde in the corner and Joker hits a Codebreaker. Sabian senton splashes Wylde onto Joker’s knee. Asylum tosses a ladder at Joker. Joker takes Wylde off the ladder and Asylum pulls Joker off a ladder. Wylde slams Sabian and boots Joker in the corner. Joker dumps Wylde over the top to the floor. Asylum backdrops Sabian into the ladder in the the corner. Asylum press slams Sabian into the ladder setup in the corner. Joker stops Asylum on the ladder to hit an electric chair slam. Asylum suplexs Sabian onto the ladder. Joker stomps on Wylde, but Asylum hits a German suplex onto the ladder. Wylde climbs a small ladder, but Sabian pushes the ladder over. Sabian slams the ladder onto Wylde and connects with a leg drop. Joker chops Asylum on the floor. Sabian sends Wylde into a ladder in the corner, which bends in half. Joker climbs the ladder, but Asylum enters and is kicked away by Joker. Asylum ends up planting Joker with a Tiger Bomb. Wylde starts to climb and almost gets the contract. Joker tips the ladder over again.
Asylum climbs the ladder, but Sabian hits Asylum with the smaller ladder causing Asylum to fall off the ladder into the corner. Wylde chops Joker on the top turnbuckle. Wylde is hit by a ladder on the middle rope. Sabian back suplexs Wylde off the middle rope onto the ladder. Asylum decks Joker on the top turnbuckle. Asylum hits a middle rope TKO on Joker. Sabian tries to climb the ladder, but Wylde climbs the other side. Sabian punches Wylde a few times and climbs to the top hitting a double stomp to knock Wylde to the mat. Asylum misses a clothesline and Joker hits an overhead suplex. Joker and Wylde are at the top of the ladder trading strikes. Joker kicks Asylum away, but Asylum pushes the ladder over and both men land over the ropes. Asylum hits a neckbreaker out of a powerbomb position. Asylum grabs Sabian and tries for a powerbomb, but Sabian kicks Asylum. Sabian climbs the ladder but Jennifer Blake slaps Sabian. Asylum accidentally spears Blake into the ladder. Sabian and Asylum trade strikes at the top of the ladder. Sabian knocks Asylum off and Asylum crashes through a table. Sabian stands on the ladder and grabs the contract to win the match. (****. A very good ladder match with some big spots. Ladder matches are always a favorite of mine because it’s usually really hard to not put forth a great outing. These guys delivered a strong main event to close the show.)
I’m going to give this one a thumbs up as the second half of the show was quite strong. The UWA fans were riled up and provided a great atmosphere for the action. It was a lot of fun to watch. A young Okada, Ultimo and a ton of other recognizable names made this a breeze.
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