USA Pro presents Extreme Resurrection
From: Queens, NY
Matches NOT Reviewed:
Los Lunatics defeated Trailer Park Trash
Mike Tobin defeated Nick Noshus
Johnny TNT defeated James Newblood & Javi-Air
Lord of the Ring Battle Royal – won by Jimmy Hustler
Masked Maniac defeated Ken Sweeney
Louie Ramos defeated The Motivator
Opening Contest: USA Pro Xtreme Champion Xavier vs. Deranged: Xavier fakes a handshake and the crowd doesn’t like that. Xavier shoves Deranged to the mat in the corner. Xavier backs Deranged into a corner, but cleanly backs off. Deranged ducks wild strikes to jab Xavier, but is caught and rammed into the corner back first. Deranged gets a rollup on Xavier for a near fall. Deranged continues with kicks to the legs. Deranged head scissors Xavier followed by an arm drag. Xavier counters an arm drag, but Deranged head scissors Xavier to the floor. Deranged baseball slides Xavier off the apron to the floor. Deranged tries for a springboard moonsault, but is caught. Deranged sends Xavier into the post and delivers a kick. Deranged heads to the top to hit a crossbody in the ring for a two count. Deranged misses a spinning heel kick and rolls to the corner. Xavier tosses Deranged across the ring, but Deranged manages to kick Xavier to the floor. Deranged hits a springboard moonsault to the floor. Xavier uppercuts Deranged on the floor a couple of times. Xavier drops Deranged chest first over the railing. Deranged rams Xavier’s face into a fans boot over the railing. Deranged hits a springboard dropkick, but runs into a superkick. Xavier gets a two count on the cover.
Xavier slams Deranged and goes to the top rope missing a 450 splash. Deranged dropkicks Xavier followed by right hands. Xavier hits a tilt a whirl powerslam for a near fall. Xavier forearms Deranged a few times and tries for a sunset flip, but Deranged hits a hurricanrana. Deranged hits a Code Red, but Xavier kicks out at two. Deranged is caught on a springboard, but still hits a tornado DDT for a near fall. Xavier chops Deranged a few times and tries for a suplex, but tosses Deranged to the mat. Xavier connects with a handspring knee drop for a near fall, but that’s because Xavier pulls Deranged up on the cover. Xavier slaps Deranged and is acting cocky about pulling Deranged up to his feet. Deranged counters a suplex with an inside cradle and shocks Xavier by getting a three count to win the title! (***1/2. That was a lot of fun with some great spots by both men. Deranged is a guy that should have accomplished more in wrestling during this era. Xavier played his role well and I’m glad they went with a title change because the crowd popped big for it.)
Second Contest: Dirty Rotten Scoundrelz (Negro & Blade) vs. Christopher Street Connection (Mace & Buff-E) vs. The Solution (Havok & Papadon): Solution attack the Connection, but the Scoundrelz get involved and all three teams start brawling for a moment. Mace and Buff squeeze the Scoundrelz butts and hit stereo backdrops. Havok and Papadon attack the Connection from behind. Buff and Papadon brawl on the floor while Mace and Havok slug it out in the ring trading chops. Mace is driven down to the mat with a double flapjack and a dropkick by Papadon. Papadon eye rakes Mace followed by a knee lift. Mace grabs Papadon’s groin and slams Papadon to the mat by his groin. Buff crawls on top of Papadon while playing to the crowd. Blade tags into the match, but is shoved back by Buff. Buff shoves Blade away out of the lockup. Buff and Blade trade several chops in the middle of the ring. Buff decks Blade with a clothesline and several strikes to the back. Mace enters the match and delivers a Death Valley Driver onto Buff’s knee. Mace kisses Blade to add insult to injury. Negro enters the match and attacks Mace. Mace sunset flips Negro, but Papadon big boots Negro and hits a snap suplex. Negro comes off the ropes, but is planted by a jumping DDT by Papadon. Havok enters the match and headbutts Negro several times followed by a spinebuster for a near fall.
Papadon keeps a chin lock on Negro, but misses a splash and is met with a low blow. Papadon powerslams Negro coming off the ropes for a two count. Havok plants Negro with a Samoan Drop and a back suplex. Papadon hits a slingshot senton for a two count. Papadon hammers away on Negro and misses a clothesline. Negro pulls Papadon down from behind over his knee and both men are down. Havok and Blade enter with Blade cleaning house hitting clotheslines on everyone. Blade hits a series of neckbreakers on Papadon, but one of the Solution’s women get involved. Mace kisses Blade as Blade had his eyes covered and he’s terrified upon realizing what happened. Havok spears Blade, but is clotheslined to the floor. Papadon heel kicks Mace, but Negro atomic drops Papadon. Connection hit their combo move out of the corner to eliminate the Solution.
Negro and Blade hit a double team spinebuster on Mace for a two count. Blade and Negro hit a double team stunner for another two count. Buff pummels Blade with strikes and chops in the corner. Mace decks Blade with a clothesline and Buff hits a running crossbody into the corner. Negro sends Mace into the guard railing. Blade and Buff trade strikes on the middle rope. Blade and Negro hit a double team tornado DDT/Death Valley Driver for the win on Buff. (**1/2. I wasn’t expecting this to be nearly as good as it turned out to be. That’s largely because I thought it would be a train wreck with three teams battling it out. Instead, the action was solid and they didn’t do anything too crazy.)
Prior to the next match, Striker comes out mocking Kruel for being a robot. Simon Diamond comes out and acts like he’s D’Lo Brown, who he is wrestling later on the show. D’Lo Brown comes down to the ring with Kruel to clean house. Brown tells Diamond he picked the wrong guy to mess with tonight. Diamond is actually doing some black face having black paint on his face. Slyck Wagner Brown is out there as well to confront the heels. I think Slyck’s opponent, Billy Reil, is also out there doing black face. There are several people making poor decisions tonight.
Third Contest: Mike Kruel vs. Matt Striker: Striker avoids Kruel early on, but gets control with a headlock. Kruel takes Striker down to the mat with a hammerlock, but Striker counters back with a headlock and takes Kruel down to the mat. Striker runs the ropes, but goes back to a headlock. Kruel manages to get arm control on the mat, but Striker counters with a test of strength. Kruel leg sweeps Striker to the mat, but Striker gets a body scissors on Kruel. They go a handstand and trade slaps. Striker ends up getting a front face lock on Kruel, but Kruel quickly breaks free. Striker arm drags Kruel, and hits a head scissors. Kruel arm drags Striker a couple of times. Striker avoids a right hand and slaps Kruel into the ropes. Striker rubs Kruel’s eyes over the top rope and taunts the crowd. Striker elbows Kruel to the mat leading to a near fall. Striker keeps Kruel on the mat with a headlock. Striker rams Kruel into the corner face first and tries for a slam, but Kruel sends Striker into the corner and hits a back suplex. Kruel drives Striker down to the mat with a delayed vertical suplex. Kruel covers, but Striker kicks out at two. Kruel locks in a submission after a sunset flip, but Striker knee strikes his way free. Striker lays Kruel over the ropes to connect with an elevated swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Striker continues with a rolling neck snap.
Striker plants Kruel with a neckbreaker and taunts the crowd leading to a near fall. Kruel fights back with chops, but Striker counters a backslide attempt by driving Kruel down to the mat face first for a near fall. Kruel avoids a middle rope crossbody and locks in an arm bar, but Striker reaches the ropes to break the hold. Kruel sends Striker into the corner with a hammerlock and puts an arm bar on Striker in the ropes, but has to let go of the hold. Striker nails Kruel with a big boot, but Kruel breaks out of a submission quickly. Kruel leg sweeps Striker to the mat to break free from another submission attempt. Kruel punches Striker a few times and clotheslines Striker to the mat followed by an elbow strike. Kruel drives Striker to the mat with a leaping arm breaker. Kruel tries for a cover, but Striker kicks out at two. Striker shoulder blocks Kruel, but is hampered by his shoulder. Striker sends Kruel into the corner, but Kruel rolls forward managing a two count. Kruel hits a Death Valley Driver, but Striker kicks out. Becky Bayless gets on the apron and drops Kruel over the top rope. Striker hits a backstabber, but Kruel kicks out at two. Kruel locks in a cross arm bar and Striker is forced to submit. (*. The fans were shitting on the match, but I’m not sure if they were doing that just to troll Striker, or if they actually didn’t like the match. The match didn’t do much for me and it felt like it dragged along until the finish.)
Fourth Contest: D’Lo Brown vs. Simon Diamond: Diamond attacks Brown on the aisle with right hands to start the match by brawling around ringside. Diamond sends Brown into the railing a few times to keep control of the match. Brown counters and sends Diamond into the railing back first a few times. Brown chops Diamond followed by jabs and drops Diamond with a right hand punch. Brown plays to the crowd on the middle rope. In the ring, Brown drops Diamond with jabs. Brown continues by hitting a heel kick for a two count. Brown forearms Diamond a few times and plays to the crowd. Diamond drop toe holds Brown through the ropes to the floor. Diamond stomps Brown on the floor to maintain control. Diamond sends Brown into the railing a few times. Diamond continues with right hands to drop Brown to a knee. Diamond slams Brown’s face onto the apron and onto the railing. Diamond whacks Brown over the back with a steel chair. Brown sends Diamond ribs first into the railing. Brown whacks Diamond over the back with a steel chair. Brown lays a chair over Diamond and goes to the top rope. Brown tries for a frog splash, but Diamond hits Brown with a chair instead.
Diamond tries for a cover, but Brown kicks out at two. Diamond knee lifts Brown in the midsection and stomps Brown on the mat. Diamond jabs Brown several times. Diamond nails Brown with a right hand for another two count. Diamond hits the Simon Series and taunts the crowd leading to a near fall. Diamond tosses Brown through the ropes to the floor. Diamond continues to chop Brown and follows up with right hands. Diamond rams Brown onto the apron. Diamond follows up with a snap suplex on the floor. Brown fights back for a moment almost winning with a rollup. Brown drops Diamond with a cutter. Brown punches Diamond several times and decks Diamond with a clothesline. Brown plays to the crowd and hits a backdrop. Brown slams Diamond and delivers a leg drop for a near fall. Diamond plants Brown with a DDT for a two count. Diamond decks Brown over the back with a strike. Brown boots Diamond in the corner and goes to the middle rope, but Diamond hits a superkick in midair for a near fall. Diamond lifts Brown onto the top turnbuckle and delivers a few strikes. Diamond is shoved off the middle rope, but Brown misses a frog splash. Diamond almost wins with a rollup. They begin to trade strikes until Brown hits a sit out powerbomb to win the match. (*1/2. It wasn’t a very good match by any means. It came across as being a brawl and just an overall basic encounter between two TNA guys.)
Fifth Contest: Grim Reefer vs. Sonjay Dutt: Dutt goes behind Reefer, but Reefer counters quickly. Dutt breaks free from Reefer and gains wrist control for a moment. Reefer counters and takes Dutt down to the mat. Dutt recovers, but Reefer takes Dutt down with a drop toe hold. Dutt reaches the ropes to break the submission. Reefer takes Dutt down with a leg lock, but Dutt counters with a rollup for a one count. Dutt kicks Reefer and regains control with a headlock. Dutt shoulder blocks Reefer and runs the ropes. Reefer tries for a rollup, but Dutt counters and they counter each other several times until they both go through the middle rope to the floor. Dutt hammers away on Reefer on the floor. Dutt sends Reefer into the railing back first and taunts the crowd. Dutt nails Reefer with a right hand. Dutt sends Reefer upside down into the railing. Dutt scoop slams Reefer on the floor and misses a springboard moonsault. Reefer nails Dutt with a clothesline on the floor. Reefer leaps off the stage to hit a frog splash on the floor! Reefer rolls Dutt into the ring and goes for a cover managing a two count. Reefer slams Dutt to the mat and sends Dutt into the corner where Reefer hits a running dropkick. Reefer covers Dutt managing a two count.
Dutt counters a tilt a whirl head scissors and drops Reefer to the mat twice for a two count. Dutt casually kicks Reefer on the head and continues to taunt the fans. Dutt snapmares Reefer and puts an abdominal stretch on the mat looking for a submission, but Reefer doesn’t give in. Reefer tries to counter with a rollup, but Dutt gets out and decks Reefer with a clothesline. Dutt slams Reefer and goes to the top rope and hits an elbow drop for a two count. Dutt sends Reefer shoulder first into the ring post. Dutt rams Reefer into the corner head first and grabs a chair after sending Reefer across the ring. Dutt leaps off a chair, but Reefer avoids Dutt. Reefer leaps off the chair, but Dutt moves and shoves Reefer off the middle rope over the top to the floor. Dutt hits a springboard twisting dive to the floor onto Reefer! Reefer drop toe holds Dutt face first onto the podium steps. Reefer hits a double springboard 450 splash to the floor! Reefer covers Dutt, but Dutt kicks out at two. Reefer chops Dutt in the ring and delivers an elbow strike followed by an elbow drop for a two count. Reefer headbutts Dutt, but Dutt almost wins with a sunset flip. They trade several rollup attempts with both men managing near falls. They collide on stereo clothesline attempts.
Reefer misses a big boot, but drops Dutt with a neckbreaker for a two count. Reefer heads to the top rope and walks the ropes before hitting a swanton for a near fall. Dutt kicks Reefer and delivers a running knee strike. Dutt follows up with a cutter and misses the Hindu Press. Reefer hits a tilt a whirl and locks in the Crossface forcing Dutt to submit. (***1/2. Alright, that was a fun match and Reefer may be one of the more underrated wrestlers in the Cruiserweight/X-Division scene on the indies. Reefer pulling off double springboard 450 dives to the floor is just insane. Dutt is always fun and that was the case, too. Reefer showcased himself incredibly well and I left the match quite impressed with Reefer.)
Sixth Contest: Homicide vs. CM Punk: Punk avoids a charging Homicide and hits a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Punk hooks Homicide for a suplex and takes Homicide over to hit a series of suplexs. Punk tosses Homicide into a corner and delivers a chop. Homicide splashes Punk in the corner and connects with a running knee strike to send Punk reeling to the floor. Homicide kicks Punk on the back after a snapmare. Homicide sends Punk to the floor again and hits a suicide somersault dive. Homicide heads to the top, but Punk stops Homicide and tries for a superplex. Homicide shoves Punk off and eventually Punk hits a sloppy tilt a whirl backbreaker. Punk plants Homicide with a back suplex. Punk goes to the apron and hits a slingshot senton for a near fall. Punk stomps on Homicide and hits a double under hook backbreaker. Punk keeps Homicide on the mat to maintain control of the contest. Homicide tosses Punk with an exploder suplex for a near fall. Homicide chops Punk, but Punk nails Homicide with a knee strike after avoiding an atomic drop and gets a two count. Punk tries for a suplex, but Homicide counters with a cutter for a near fall. Homicide grabs Punk in the corner and tries for a tornado DDT, but Punk tosses Homicide off. Punk nails Homicide with a hammerlock clothesline for a near fall.
Punk heads to the middle rope, but Homicide decks Punk a few times. Homicide hits a top rope hurricanrana for a near fall. Homicide misses a lariat and Punk spikes Homicide with a DDT. Homicide tosses Punk with an overhead suplex for a near fall. Homicide spikes Punk with a piledriver for a near fall. Homicide misses a clothesline and Punk low blows Homicide to get out of a dragon suplex leading to a rollup and wins the match. (**. There wasn’t a lull in the match at any point, but the action between these two seemed to lack chemistry and the flow seemed a bit off to me. I’m not sure if there’s chemistry between these two at this point, at least.)
Seventh Contest: USA Pro United States Champion Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Billy Reil: Brown drops Reil and his manager with a double clothesline. Brown decks Reil with a clothesline after taking a kick. Brown delivers a messy backbreaker for a near fall. Brown knee lifts Reil and rams Reil into the corner to deliver a few chops. Brown mistimes a pop up dropkick, but still gets a near fall. Reil bails to the floor to regroup. Reil avoids a suicide dive attempt with a forearm between the ropes. Reil connects with a standing hurricanrana. Reil leaps over the top to take Brown and his buddies out with a somersault dive on the floor. Reil baseball slide dropkicks Brown. Reil sends Brown into the railing back first and continues with a chop. Reil rolls Brown into the ring and delivers a scoop slam. Reil elbow drops Brown off the middle rope for a near fall. Reil forearms Brown a few times and hits a Falcon Arrow for a two count. Reil sends Brown to the floor and Brown is beaten up on the floor. Reil chokes Brown on the mat for a few moments and over the middle rope. Reil slams Brown and hits a middle rope moonsault for a two count. Reil works over Brown in the corner with a few strikes. Reil jabs Brown in the corner and chokes Brown while pushing April Hunter on the floor.
Brown gets to the middle rope and hits a missile dropkick to stop Reil’s momentum. Reil eye rakes Brown and dumps Brown to the apron. Brown slingshots in to kick Reil and nearly wins with a standing moonsault. Brown hits a German suplex several times leading to a near fall. Brown slams Reil followed by a legdrop for a two count. They begin to trade forearm strikes until Reil tries for a DDT. Brown avoids it and hits a press slam for a near fall. Brown hits a northern lights suplex for a near fall. Brown slams Reil leading to another near fall. Brown hits a double under hook sit down powerbomb, but Reil kicks out. Hunter attacks Reil’s buddy on the floor, but the other one gets in the ring. Brown press slams him and hits a standing moonsault. Reil almost steals the match with a rollup. Reil counters a rollup and holds the ropes for leverage to steal the match and title. (1/2*. It was noticeable that Brown was not on his A game here as he messed up several moves and his timing appeared to be a bit off. Reil isn’t anything special, so Brown kind of struggling likely doomed this match from the start.) After the match, Reil tries to attack Brown with a chair, but Brown fight them off and messes up the middle rope leg lariat hitting the chair into Reil awkwardly.
Eighth Contest: USA Pro Tag Team Champions Mikey Whipwreck & Wayne vs. Dan Barry & Johnny Ova: Whipwreck and Barry kickoff the tag title match. Whipwreck kicks Barry on the knee and hammers away a few times followed by a stomp on the mat. Whipwreck dropkicks Barry coming off the ropes for a two count. Ova tries to help, but misses and hugs Barry. Naturally, the crowd shows their homophobia. Wayne tags into the match and he’s clearly doing a Whipwreck impersonator gimmick. Ova and Barry collide leading to Whipwreck clotheslining Ova to the floor. A woman manager for the champs gets in the ring to square off with Barry, but Barry gets a head scissors on her and Ova puts a Boston Crab on here until Wayne makes the save. The champs deliver ten punches in opposite corners. Barry is slammed onto the back of Ova and the challengers roll to the floor. Ova sends Whipwreck into the railing back first and Wayne leaps off the apron to take them both out. Barry hits a somersault dive to the floor. The referee decides to dive off the top onto everyone for seemingly no reason whatsoever. Barry tries to cover Whipwreck, but only gets a near fall. Ova leaps off the top rope to axe handle Wayne. Wayne is double teamed by the challengers, but Ova can’t get a three count. Barry suplexs Wayne and Ova delivers a running double knee strike for a near fall. Ova hits a middle rope legdrop on Wayne. Wayne fights back with right hands, but Ova stops Wayne with a knee lift. Wayne stops Ova with a back suplex. Barry gets in the ring, but Whipwreck cleans house until Ova sends Whipwreck into the corner. Wayne is double teamed in the corner until Whipwreck spits in Ova’s face. Whipwreck tosses Barry into Ova, who was in the tree of woe. Whipwreck superkicks Barry, but Ova makes the save on the cover. Ova nails Wayne with a twisting kick. Wayne is driven down by the challengers with a double slam, but kicks out at two. Ova is crotched on the top by Whipwreck and spikes Barry with a tornado DDT. Wayne hits a Muscle Buster on Ova and Whipwreck hits a stunner for the win. (*1/2. For most of the guys in this match being local inexperienced wrestlers, it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever seen from that level of trained guys. There wasn’t a lot of structure to the match, and I think that helped them quite a bit.)
Ninth Contest: USA Pro Heavyweight Champion Raven vs. Balls Mahoney: Mahoney backs Raven into a corner, but cleanly backs off. Mahoney takes Raven down to the mat with a drop toe hold, but Raven reaches the ropes quickly. Raven gets a microphone and complains about Mahoney. Mahoney drops down for some amateur wrestling, but Raven is dumped to the floor. Raven drops down to his knees and they do some mat wrestling where Mahoney showcases his skill in that department. Raven fakes Mahoney out and kicks Mahoney in the ribs. Mahoney responds with jabs and Raven bails to the floor to regroup. Raven begs off on the floor as Mahoney has a chair. Mahoney rolls back into the ring to continue the match with Raven. Mahoney kicks Raven, but misses a charging attempt and crashes to the floor. Mahoney sends Raven into the railing ribs first. Mahoney tosses chairs around ringside as Raven keeps his distance from the challenger. They trade right hands in the ring with Raven getting the advantage. Mahoney hits a back suplex and heads to the top rope missing a leg drop attempt. Raven drop toe holds Mahoney face first into a steel chair and ring bell that Mahoney had grabbed. Raven has a fork and digs into Mahoney’s forehead, which has been busted wide open. Raven continues to dig the fork into Mahoney’s head.
Raven drop toe holds Mahoney face first onto a chair, but only manages a two count on the cover. Raven rams Mahoney’s face onto the chair again. Raven rams Mahoney throat first onto the chair. Raven tosses the chair away and chokes Mahoney. Raven stomps a bloodied Mahoney in the corner. Wayne gets in the ring and stomps Mahoney while the referee is distracted by Raven. Mahoney battles back with a sit out spinebuster. Mahoney jabs Raven several times and drops Raven to the mat. Whipwreck tries to get involved and is decked. Wayne jumps on Mahoney’s back and is taken care of. Raven splashes his guys in the corner on accident. Mahoney sends all three heels into the corner and Bayless gets on Mahoney, but is slammed to the mat. Mahoney spanks Bayless with his manager. Raven misses a clothesline and is nailed by a superkick. Mahoney plants Wayne with the Nutcracker Suite. Mahoney hits a top rope frog splash onto Wayne. Whipwreck is choking out Mahoney’s manager allowing Raven to deliver a chair shot over the head. Raven low blows Mahoney and hits a DDT onto the chair leading to the three count. (*1/2. Well, I think it’s safe to say that Raven didn’t want to do a whole lot here. I probably should have figured it would be heavy on interference and not on an actual match between the two.)
Main Event: Sabu vs. Al Snow: Sabu tries to take Snow down as soon as the bell sounds, but Snow avoids Sabu and they have a standoff. Snow works over the heavily taped left elbow of Sabu to start off. Sabu takes Snow down to the mat with a leg trip, but Snow breaks free. Snow kicks Sabu on the injured elbow. Snow hammers away on Sabu in the corner. Snow sends Sabu into the corner with a hammerlock. Sabu punches Snow away in the corner. Snow hits an arm breaker for a two count. Snow wrenches on the elbow of Sabu, but doesn’t get a submission. Sabu breaks free and stomps Snow in the corner several times. Sabu punches Snow against the railing and grabs a chair, but Snow sends Sabu into the railing. Snow tosses Sabu over the railing into the crowd. Sabu punches Snow several times, but Snow responds with strikes as they brawl in the crowd. Snow tosses Sabu onto a table, but the cameraman is standing on the apron a good distance away from the action. Snow leg drops Sabu followed by an elbow drop. Back at ringside, Snow hits Sabu with a running chair shot. Snow rolls Sabu into the ring and delivers a knee drop for a two count. Snow slams Sabu and goes to the top rope missing a moonsault. Sabu covers, but Snow kicks out at two. Sabu grabs a chair in the corner and decks Snow in the corner. Sabu leaps off the chair to splash Snow in the corner for a near fall.
Sabu stomps Snow and hits a triple jump moonsault, but can’t make a cover quickly and thus only gets a two count. Sabu jabs Snow, but Snow responds with a quick DDT. Snow goes to the corner and grabs Head. Sabu has a chair and whacks Snow over the back to the floor. Sabu sets the chair up and ends up taking Snow out with a dive in the crowd. Snow rams Sabu onto the steps by the stage. Snow sets a table up on the floor while also punching Sabu in the ribs. Snow lays Sabu on the table that is already collapsed on one side. Snow signals for a moonsault to the floor, but Sabu stops Snow and Snow hits the apron face first. Sabu slides a chair into the ring and rolls Snow back into the ring. Sabu smashes Snow with a chair shot to the face. Sabu slides a table into the ring and sets it up in the corner. Snow powerbombs Sabu and kicks Sabu on the groin. Sabu lays Snow on a table in the corner. Sabu leaps off a chair and splashes Snow through the table. Sabu covers, but Snow kicks out at two. Sabu stomps Snow several times on the mat. Snow fights back with several strikes in the corner. Sabu decks Snow with a right hand and fakes a springboard before hitting a springboard clothesline. Sabu puts the camel clutch on Snow, but doesn’t get a submission as Snow reaches the ropes.
Sabu keeps control with strikes in the corner. Snow sends Sabu into the corner chest first and delivers a clothesline. Snow covers, but Sabu kicks out at two. Snow grabs Head in the corner and hits Sabu after avoiding a chair shot. Snow covers and wins the match. However, after the match, Raven appears in the ring and plants Snow with a DDT. Raven punts Head in the ring. (**1/4. With Sabu being banged up I’m assuming it limited what they ended being able to do. Despite the injury, it was a fine match between two ECW legends and the fans went nuts for a few of Sabu’s dives, especially the dive into the crowd. I wish it was less of a brawl and more of a match, but again, the injury with Sabu likely restricted them here.)
Two matches reaching ***1/2 should mean a good show, but I think that since the matches that featured notable names were mostly disappointing that it makes this show an average one at best. Plus, that’s taking into consideration that I didn’t review matches that were consisting of local names since these USA Pro shows tend to take forever. An average show that might get a higher rating by other people just because of the name value on it.
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