Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling presents For The Gold
From: Philadelphia, PA
Low Ki appears in the ring while the ring announcer was promoting the show and getting the crowd hyped. Ki grabs the microphone and says he’s sick and tired of time being wasted in 3PW. He is sick and tired of the nonsense of the fans. Ki says the fans can dislike him all he wants, but nobody controls him. Ki comes and goes as he pleases. Ki doesn’t like that he had to come to the crap hole that is the ECW Arena. Ki calls out Slyck Wagner Brown for their match right now.
Opening Contest: Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Low Ki: Ki dropkicks Brown while Brown was laying over the middle rope for his entrance. Ki works over Brown on the floor with chops and forearms around ringside. Ki sends Brown into a chair on the floor. Ki chokes Brown and continues with chops. Brown battles back with chops and they enter the ring where Brown chops Ki some more. Brown springboards off the ropes and arm drags Ki a few times. Brown forearms Ki and delivers a few chops in the corner. Ki boots Brown in the corner and Brown delivers a tilt a whirl side slam for a near fall. Brown forearms Ki against the ropes followed by a knee to the head. Ki responds with strikes and chops. Brown knocks Ki through the ropes to the floor. Ki slaps April Hunter on the floor, which distracts the referee. Ki rolls Brown into the ring and deliver a kick to the back after a snapmare. Ki covers Brown for a near fall. Ki chops Brown against the ropes and hits a vertical suplex for a two count. Ki delivers a gut buster to keep Brown on the mat. Ki pummels Brown with strikes on the mat. Ki rams Brown back first into the corner and continues with chops. Ki controls Brown with an abdominal stretch on the mat. Ki works over Brown with more strikes against the ropes. Ki puts a headlock on Brown and delivers a kick to the ribs. Ki locks in another abdominal stretch, but Brown doesn’t give in. Brown fights out and chops Ki. Brown counters an abdominal stretch with one of his own, but Ki breaks free. Brown plants Ki with a DDT and both men are down. Brown chops and forearms Ki several times. Brown kicks Ki to avoid a backdrop and hits a leg lariat. Brown press slams Ki and hits a standing moonsault for a two count. Ki eye rakes Brown and tries for a springboard crossbody, but Brown catches Ki to hit a swinging side slam for a near fall. Brown misses a chop and is eye raked again. Ki kicks Brown in the face. Ki hooks Brown for a Ki Krusher, but Brown reaches the ropes. Ki grabs April Hunter and brings her into the ring. Ki chops Hunter! Brown kicks Ki and tries for a powerbomb, but Ki breaks free and hits a springboard kick to the face. Ki drags Brown towards the corner and goes to the top hitting a double stomp. Ki covers and wins the match. (***. A solid way to start the show. Ki’s offense wasn’t as repetitive as he tends to be, so that was a bonus. Brown looked good in there and gave a good fight. Ki bringing Hunter into the ring for some extra heel heat was a fine touch, too.) After the match, Ki grabs a microphone and says that Brown was more interested in a woman than he is his own career. Ki says this is a man’s sport and not some chick with a nice rack. Ki notes that Slyck hasn’t won a match in a long time and wonders why that’s the case. Ki says that men rule this game. Ki wants Slyck to determine what’s more important his pride or his piece. Ki doesn’t think Slyck has his pride and walks off.
Second Contest: Rob Eckos vs. CJ O’Doyle: Eckos works over O’Doyle before the bell, but O’Doyle takes Eckos down with a spear and strikes. O’Doyle chops Eckos in the corner a few times followed by right hands. Eckos lands on the apron, but is decked off and hits the railing chest first. O’Doyle chops Eckos around ringside a few times. O’Doyle rolls Eckos into the ring and continues with strikes. Eckos misses a clothesline, but delivers a kick to counter a reverse DDT. Eckos rams O’Doyle into the corner and delivers a shoulder ram. Eckos sends O’Doyle into the corner and delivers another shoulder ram. O’Doyle hits a crossbody for a one count and is nailed by a forearm strike by O’Doyle. Eckos keeps a neck vice on O’Doyle, but doesn’t get a submission. Eckos misses a clothesline and O’Doyle pulls Eckos down from behind for a near fall. Eckos delivers a jawbreaker and goes back to a neck vice. O’Doyle fights out with a few right hands to the midsection. O’Doyle hits a reverse DDT and both men are down. O’Doyle hammers away on Eckos with right hands and a backdrop. O’Doyle hits a reverse suplex for a two count. O’Doyle heads to the top rope missing a leg drop. Eckos nails O’Doyle with a superkick for a near fall. Eckos can’t believe it. O’Doyle blocks a superkick and misses a clothesline. O’Doyle crotches Eckos over the top rope. O’Doyle grabs Eckos, but is nailed by a ring bell shot from Eckos. The referee disqualifies Eckos. (**. I’m assuming this feud will continue. I enjoyed the action with O’Doyle working a good match. Eckos is a good heel and the whole match kept my interest. If this leads to another showdown it served its purpose well.)
Prior to the next match, Jasmine St. Claire challenges Talia to a bra and panties match for the next 3PW show.
Third Contest: 3PW Tag Team Champions Gary Wolfe & Mike Kruel vs. Damian Adams & Monsta Mack: Mack and Kruel kickoff the match with Mack tossing Kruel to the mat in the corner. Kruel gets some advice from Wolfe. Mack gets a headlock on Kruel, but Kruel forearms himself free and is met with a shoulder block. Mack leapfrogs Kruel and they have a standoff. Kruel fakes a handshake and delivers a few strikes. Kruel clubs Mack over the back and tries for a suplex, but Mack counters with a delayed vertical of his own. Mack hammers away on Kruel and Adams gets a few strikes in from the apron. Mack hits a sit out scoop slam. Mack goes to the top rope as Kruel sits in the corner. Mack is stopped by Adams from doing the move. Adams tags into the match and works over Kruel with a wrist lock. Adams arm drags Kruel and keeps arm control on the mat. Kruel tags in Wolfe, but Adams drop toe holds Wolfe and gets a front face lock on the veteran. Wolfe backs Adams into his corner and Kruel trips Adams and rams Adams groin first into the ring post. Wolfe hits a side slam. Wolfe clotheslines Adams for a two count as Mack made the save. Kruel takes Adams over with a vertical suplex. Kruel hits a diving headbutt off the top for a near fall. Kruel works over Adams in the corner with shoulder rams. Kruel chokes Adams while the referee is distracted by Mack. Wolfe drops Adams out of the corner. Wolfe keeps leg control on the mat before dropping Adams with a forearm strike. Wolfe rams Adams into the corner and hits a snap suplex.
Kruel tags back into the match and decks Adams over the back with a forearm. Kruel sends Adams into the corner, but is met with a kick to the head. Adams crawls towards his corner, but Wolfe prevents the tag. Wolfe delivers an elbow strike over the bottom rope. Wolfe covers for a near fall. Wolfe splashes Adams over the middle rope. Wolfe catapults Adams into the bottom rope throat first. St. Claire chokes Adams over the bottom rope, as well. Kruel stomps Adams several times in the corner. Kruel gets a sleeper on Adams and Adams drops to the mat. Adams prevents his arm from dropping three times and rams Kruel into the corner. Mack tags in, but the referee didn’t see it. Wolfe stomps on Adams in the corner and delivers strikes. Adams manages to tag in Mack and Mack cleans house with shoulder blocks to Kruel. Mack delivers a neckbreaker and a sit out powerbomb on Wolfe. Mack powerslams Kruel for a near fall as Wolfe made the save. Adams kicks Wolfe to help out Mack. Mack goes to the top rope rope missing a frog splash attempt on Kruel. Wolfe is brawling with Adams on the floor. Wolfe rams Adams face first onto the announcers table. Kruel leaps off the top to hit an elbow drop for a near fall. Adams punches Kruel a few times, but is pulled to the floor by Wolfe. Kruel gets an inside cradle on Mack for a two count. Kruel punches Mack in the corner. Mack splashes Kruel in the corner while Wolfe hits Adams with a chair shot. Mack goes to the top looking for a Coast to Coast. Adams rams Wolfe onto a table face first. Mack misses the Coast to Coast. Kruel covers with his feet on the ropes to win the match. (**. Not too bad of a match. There wasn’t really a lull in the action, which is something I can appreciate. I’m figuring that Mack will eventually hit the Coast to Coast and when he does I think the crowd will go nuts. I’m hopeful it’ just a long-term storyline for Mack.)
Prior to the next match, Joey Matthews cuts a promo saying that it doesn’t pay to be a wrestler, but it pays to be a sports entertainer. Matthews is going places and moving up. Matthews says he’s the hottest free agent in pro wrestling today. Matthews is pissed about going from a main event guy in 3PW to wrestling a TNA jobber in Chris Sabin.
Fourth Contest: Chris Sabin vs. OVW Southern Tag Team Champion Joey Matthews: Matthews backs Sabin into a corner, but is shoved away. Sabin gets wrist control, but Matthews counters for a two count. Sabin gets a hammerlock on Matthews for a moment, but Matthews takes Sabin down to the mat and gets arm control. Sabin arm drags Matthews and taunts Matthews. Sabin blocks a right hand and shoulder blocks Matthews. Sabin knocks Matthews to the mat, but is met with a forearm. Sabin hits a hurricanana and a dropkick in the corner. Matthews avoids a baseball slide, but Sabin connects with a head scissors on the floor. Sabin sends Matthews into the guard railing. Sabin forearms Matthews around ringside and delivers a few chops. Sabin rams Sabin into a chair near the guard railing. Matthews elbows Sabin, but is sent into the railing. Matthews eye rakes Sabin and sends Sabin chest first into the steel post on the apron. Matthews grabs a chair and rams Sabin in the midsection. Matthews chokes Sabin on the floor for a few moments. Matthews gets a two count back in the ring. Matthews knee lifts Sabin for a two count. Matthews stomps on Sabin a few times before backing Sabin into a corner to deliver shoulder rams. Matthews delivers a running spear in the corner for a near fall.
Matthews keeps arm control on the mat. Sabin breaks free with strikes and gets a rollup for a two count. Matthews kicks Sabin and delivers a gut buster. Matthews locks in an abdominal stretch. Sabin tries to break free, but Matthews stops Sabin. Sabin almost wins with a rollup out of the corner. Sabin clotheslines Matthews followed by an atomic drop and jawbreaker. Sabin connects with a neckbreaker for a near fall. Matthews decks Sabin with a right hand, but Sabin avoids a back suplex. Sabin tries for Cradle Shock, but Matthews counters. Sabin connects with a swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. Matthews hit a neckbreaker for a near fall. Sabin drop toe holds Matthews into the middle turnbuckle. Sabin nails Matthews with a kick to the head and hits a running sit out powerbomb leading to a near fall. Sabin misses a springboard dropkick. Sabin forearms Matthews several times in the corner. Sabin spikes Matthews with a tornado DDT and connects with Cradle Shock for the clean win. (***. They went over seventeen minutes and it didn’t feel like it. They gave us some solid action and kept a good pace. I’m a little surprised that Matthews lost cleanly, but I don’t believe he was under WWE contract at this point.) After the match, Matthews challenges Sabin to a loser leaves 3PW.
Fifth Contest: Roadkill & Blue Meanie vs. Rockin’ Rebel & Jack Victory: Victory works over Roadkill with elbow strikes and stomps in the corner for the early advantage. Roadkill fires back with strikes and rams Victory into the corner several times. Roadkill hammers away on Victory with right hands in the corner. Roadkill side slams Victory for a near fall. Meanie tags into the match and misses a splash in the corner. Victory connects with a double clothesline. Meanie kicks Victory and hits a splash on a second try. Roadkill splashes Victory in the corner. Meanie and Roadkill hit a few more splashes in the corner to drop Victory. Victory goes to the floor and is rolled back in by his partner. Rebel has refused to even get on the apron for the match. Meanie elbows Rebel a few times in the corner. Meanie back elbows Victory coming off the ropes. Roadkill jabs Victory and delivers a headbutt in the corner. Roadkill sends Victory into the corner and delivers a running spear in the corner. Meanie enters and is eye raked by Victory. Rebel nails Victory with a chair shot in the corner. Roadkill goes to the top rope hitting a splash for the win. (DUD. That was basically just filler and some comedy.) After the match, Rebel hits Roadkill with a chair shot. Meanie low blows Rebel, but Rebel was wearing a cup. Meanie low blows Rebel again and Roadkill puts the cup in Rebel’s face. Rebel passes out and ends up in a 69 position with Victory.
The Sugar Shack is up next with Tod Gordon and Talia (Velvet Sky) coming down to the ring. Gordon puts over Talia and then talks about her match with Jasmine St. Claire in a bra and panties match. Talia doesn’t think the fans want to see her in her lingerie when they could see her. Talia has bad news for Gordon and thinks that 3PW has a mole. Talia was at the corporate office and say a stack of papers. Talia saw information on every wrestler and thinks somebody is messing with them. Gordon brings out April Hunter to the segment. Gordon thinks that it is time for Slyck to go on his own in 3PW. Tod sees something in Hunter and puts over her skills. Gordon is offering his managerial services to Hunter and wants to take her to the top. Gordon wants Hunter to become the 3PW Heavyweight Champion. Hunter accepts the offer. Bill Apter comes down to the ring to join the segment. Apter says that Gordon may want to take a picture of him because Apter reveals he’s the mole. Apter has been watching 3PW video tapes and is on the board of directors. Apter says that Gordon can’t be the commissioner and manage at the same time. So, Gordon has to decide which position to hold. Gordon decides to step down as commissioner and manage Hunter. Apter has to appoint a new commissioner. Apter names himself the interim commissioner.
Sixth Contest: April Hunter vs. Don E. Allen: They start off with a test of strength, which Hunter gets the advantage, but Allen headbutts Hunter. Hunter plants Allen with a powerslam. Hunter kicks Allen on the back several times. Hunter takes Allen over with a snap suplex for a near fall. Hunter chops Allen in the corner a few times. Allen shoulder rams Hunter in the corner. Hunter knee lifts Allen and hits a gut wrench suplex. Hunter delivers a leg drop and locks in a half Boston Crab to win the match. (NR. 3PW seems to be a bit ahead of the times to potentially have a woman as their top champion if that is their ultimate goal. Hunter looked good in there.) After the match, the referee reverses his decision when Hunter refuses to let go. Hunter proceeds to attack the referees. Hunter chokes Apter! Apter is pissed and suspends Hunter for sixty days.
Prior to the next match, Matt Striker cuts a promo as Ric Flair to continue his impersonation gimmick and he continues to do a great job with it.
Seventh Contest: Simon Diamond vs. Matt Striker: Diamond shoulder blocks Striker to the mat and Striker sells it like Flair would. Striker misses a chop attempt in the corner. Diamond backs Striker into a corner, but Striker counters and misses another chop. Diamond delivers a right hand and a jab. Diamond backdrops Striker with Striker landing on the side. Diamond jabs Striker and Striker does a face plant. Diamond backdrops Striker out of the corner. Striker chops Diamond a few times, but Diamond does a Sting taunt only for Striker to eye rake Diamond and puts an abdominal stretch on Diamond. Striker gets some help from the ring announcer and several crowd members. Diamond hip tosses Striker. Striker goes back to the abdominal stretch and gets assistance again. Diamond delivers the Simon Series. Diamond stomps on Striker and takes off Striker’s wig. Diamond sends Striker across the ring and is met with a strike from the apron. Striker hits a double axe handle off the top and Striker acknowledges that never happens. Striker flips in the corner to the apron and runs to the top rope, but Diamond slams Striker off the to the mat. Striker begs off and low blows Diamond while the referee is distracted. Striker chops Diamond several times in the corner. Diamond counters and ends up chopping the referee on accident. The referee ends up chopping Diamond and does a strut with Striker. Striker delivers a knee breaker and locks in the figure four. Diamond puts the wig on and chops Striker. Striker eye pokes Diamond and delivers a few chops. Diamond low blows Striker and drops Striker to the mat with a chop. Striker chops Diamond several times and they both do face plants. Striker hits Diamond with his fake championship, but Diamond doesn’t go down. Striker decides to give Diamond a paper cut instead. Diamond nails Striker with a discus punch. Diamond scoop slams Striker and grabs the paper championship. Diamond rips up the fake title. Striker becomes furious and chops Diamond several times. Striker delivers a knee drop and plays to the crowd. Striker goes to the middle rope, but is met with a superkick in midair and Diamond wins the match. (**. For a comedy match this was solid. The crowd gave Diamond a good ovation and I wonder if Diamond could get a bigger push in 3PW. Striker is gold in this role and delivers entertainment every time out in 3PW.)
Main Event: 3PW Heavyweight Champion Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles: They have a standoff to start the match. Daniels gets on the microphone and focuses on the crowd for a moment. Daniels takes Styles down, but is kicked away and there’s another standoff. They collide on a shoulder block, but neither man budges. Daniels forearms Styles, but blocks an arm drag and forearms Styles. Daniels forearms Styles against the ropes. Styles forearms Daniels and clotheslines Daniels over the top to the floor. Styles shoulder rams Daniels from the apron. Daniels tries for a suplex into the ring, but Styles lands on his feet. Styles nails Daniels with a dropkick and gets a two count. Styles sends Daniels hard into the corners a few times. Styles takes Daniels over with a snap suplex for a two count. Daniels blocks a suplex and Styles switches to a submission. Styles doesn’t get a submission. Styles drives Daniels down to the mat with a vertical suplex for a near fall. Styles slams Daniels and comes off the ropes with a knee drop for a near fall. Styles chops Daniels and delivers a strike. Styles forearms Daniels followed by a chop and drops Daniels over his knee for a two count. They trade forearm strikes with Styles getting the advantage. Styles headbutts Daniels in the corner followed by kicks in the corner. Styles hits a snap powerslam for a two count. Styles keeps a chin lock on Daniels, but doesn’t get a submission.
Styles dumps Daniels to the apron where Daniels drops Styles over the top rope and delivers another strike over the apron. Daniels delivers a back suplex for a near fall. Daniels continues with a backbreaker for a near fall. Daniels connects with a knee drop and keeps a neck vice on Styles to maintain control. Styles kicks Daniels and gets a sunset flip for a two count. Styles drives Daniels down with a backbreaker and quickly follows up with a gut buster. Daniels STOs Styles and locks in a choke. Styles counters with a cover for a two count. Styles forearms Daniels a few times. Daniels spikes Styles with a piledriver for a near fall. Daniels works over Styles with a few jabs against the ropes. Styles decks Daniels with a discus clothesline and both men are down. Styles spin kicks Daniels and spikes Daniels with a brainbuster for a near fall. Styles connects with a swinging backbreaker for a two count. Daniels leg sweeps Styles to the mat and they are both down again. Daniels clotheslines Styles and comes off the ropes with a forearm. Daniels hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker and hits a Blue Thunder Driver for a near fall. Daniels slams Styles and misses the BME. Styles chops and punches Daniels in the corner. Styles hits a springboard forearm smash. Styles tries for a springboard reverse DDT and hits it on a second attempt for a near fall. Styles hits a sit out wheelbarrow slam for a near fall.
Styles signals for the Styles Clash, but Daniels drops down to his knees. Daniels hits the Angels Wings! Daniels goes for the cover, but Styles kicks out at two. Daniels headbutts Styles several times. Styles forearms Daniels several times. Styles tries for a neckbreaker, but settles for a Pele kick and both men are down. Low Ki has come down to ringside to watch the match. Styles looks for the Styles Clash, but Daniels holds the ropes. Styles kicks Daniels a few times and hits a powerbomb. Kui gets on the apron to distract the referee. Slyck Wagner Brown decks Styles from the apron and Daniels gets a rollup to win the match. After the match, Slyck attacks Styles until Daniels makes the save. Slyck slides to floor and walks off with Low Ki. So, Slyck and Ki look to be aligned now. (***. A solid match as expected, but not a classic by any means. When you see these guys wrestle so many times it’s difficult to do anything all that different and fresh. I’m thinking there’s a potential tag match being set up, or Slyck/AJ and Daniels/Ki for the next show. Either way, they are strong matches for the next show.)
I thought this was a solid show overall with plenty of decent to solid action throughout. Probably one of the better 3PW shows thus far in their existence.
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