Written by: Bob Colling
Squared Circle Wrestling presents 2CWathon
From: Watertown, NY
The event was held on Father’s Day, which may explain a lackluster turnout for the show. Typically, Watertown is an area 2CW draws very well with and the bleachers were not filled like they usually are when 2CW comes to town.
Opening Contest: Colin Delaney vs. Loca Vida: Early on, Vida and Delaney counter each others attempts of a wrist lock for a brief amount of time. Loca avoids a boot and nearly wins with a rollup. Delaney counters a handshake attempt with an arm drag and gets a near fall. Vida misses a charging attempt while Colin was in the ropes and Colin takes Vida out with a suicide dive. Colin follows up with a slingshot senton back into the ring. Delaney continues his attack in the corner but Vida fights back with a few strikes. Vida comes out of the corner and Vida hits a leg lariat for a two count. Vida big boots Delaney in the corner and comes off the top but is met with a heel kick, which gets Colin a two count. They collide in the ring and both men are down. Vida runs over Delaney with a few clotheslines. Vida bulldogs Delaney into the top turnbuckle and Loca comes off the top with an overhand strike for a two count. Vida gets another two count following a monkey flip. Delaney goes for a hip toss and knees Loca right in the face for a near fall. Vida manages to roll Colin up and gets the win. (*. These two just didn’t click well on this night. They never found a groove and I could tell early on that this one wasn’t going to be a good one. A few botched parts and several awkward moments.)
Second Contest: JD Love & Pete D. Order vs. Spike Dudley & Steve Mckenzie: Spike gets attacked by Love and Pete early on but Mckenzie runs in to make the save and even the odds. Pete gets hammered a few times and tags in JD, who didn’t want the tag. Spike tries to scoop slam JD but settles for an eye poke. Spike runs on Love’s chest in the corner but his offense doesn’t last. Pete rams Spike groin first into the ring post. Dudley is being worked over by the heels for a few moments now. Dudley breaks a sleeper hold with a jaw breaker on Order. Spike avoids a double body collision and the heels hit each other. Mckenzie enters to hit a neck breaker on Order but JD holds Steve to allow Order to get some offense in. Order splashes Love on accident. Dudley hits the Acid Drop on Love onto Order. Spike sits on both men and get the win. (DUD. That was just all kinds of bad. No sense of direction and a waste of Spike, really.)
Third Contest: 2CW Tag Team Champions The American Wolves vs. Up In Smoke: Richards and Cheech kick off the title match. Cheech controls Richards early on but Davey gets out of a wrist lock with a kick. Edwards tags in and yanks Cheech down to the canvas with an arm twist. Richards tags back in but Cheech scrambles and gets to his corner to tag in Cloudy. Richards has a rollup and quickly reverses into a surfboard, which was a smooth transition. Cheech tags back in and works over Richards with a few strikes. Edwards gets tagged in and knocks Cheech down with a forearm strike for a near fall. Richards returns to the match and chops Cheech a few more times but Cheech blocks a kick attempt and catapults Davey into the corner. Cheech spears Richards and follows up with a snap suplex out of the corner. Richards gets double teamed by the challengers and is worked over by Cheech.
Davey nails Cheech with a kick to the head to tag in Edwards, who knocks Cloudy off the apron with a kick. Eddie dropkicks Cheech on the knee and nearly wins after a shining wizard. Cheech punches Edwards on the middle rope, but Edwards fights off and misses a missile dropkick. Edwards is controlled the challengers now for a few moments. Edwards is driven down with a double side Russian leg sweep. Cloudy almost wins after a snap suplex on Eddie. A double half Boston Crab on Edwards, but Davey enters to hit a couple of stiff kicks to the chest to break the hold. Cheech works over Eddie with a few knee strikes after a back suplex. Eddie takes Cheech down with a snap suplex but here comes Cloudy to put a Boston Crab on Edwards. Edwards reaches the bottom rope to get a rope break. Edwards takes out the challengers with a hurricanrana and clothesline. Richards gets tagged in and hits a missile dropkick from the top rope. Richards delivers a handspring kick to Cloudy for a near fall. Cloudy lands on his feet on a German attempt but gets a double kick from the champs. Richards gets a two count after a missile dropkick. Richards has an ankle lock on Cloudy, but is kicked away. They trade several pin attempts until Davey puts the ankle lock on again. Edwards knocks Cheech off the apron into the guard railing. Davey pulls Cheech to the middle and sits down. Cloudy hangs on and still manages to reach the bottom rope.
Richards drops Cloudy on his head with a suplex. Cheech comes back in to send Richards to the floor and they deliver a dropkick/619 combo to Edwards. Cloudy jumps off of Cheech’s shoulders to splash onto Edwards for a near fall. Edwards gets met with a power bomb/dropkick combo but Richards makes the save on the cover. Richards crotches Cheech on the top and Edwards drops Cloudy with a leg lariat. Richards takes Cheech off the top with a superplex. Edwards lifts Cloudy up to allow Davey to deliver a kick to the chest. A double kick to the head but Cloudy still kicks out. Wolves hit a power bomb/back breaker combo and Edwards puts the Half Crab on Cloudy. Here comes Cheech to make the save but is dumped to the floor. Cloudy is all alone as Richards goes up top to deliver a head butt. Cloudy is out of it and the referee calls for the bell. (***1/4. A good match involving these two teams. It may have gone on for a little too long as there was a point that they really had the fans anticipating the finish and seemed to blow it by extending the match for an extra five minutes it seemed like. Regardless, a good match to makeup for a lackluster start.)
Fourth Contest: Portia Perez vs. Awesome Kong: Perez tries to punch Kong in the corner but Kong doesn’t even act like it bothered her. Portia gets out of a power bomb and starts to deliver a few kicks in the corner. Kong kicks Perez away but Portia comes back with a few more strikes only to be knocked down by one strike. Portia puts a sleeper on Kong but is rammed into the corner. Kong splashes Perez in the corner but Perez kicks out at two. Perez dropkicks Kong and nearly wins. Kong gets stopped by a jaw breaker and a neck breaker, which gets Portia a near fall. Kong plants Perez with a double under hook face buster for the win. (1/2*. Portia has been presented as the top female wrestler for 2CW and this came across like a squash. Kong is a tough wrestler to be able to present a smaller wrestler as a threat, unless your Gail Kim, of course.)
Fifth Contest: John Walters vs. Isys Ephex: Walters works over Ephex’s arm in the early stages of the match. Neither man can get a clear cut advantage and the fans applaud them. Walters decks Ephex after a handshake. Ephex is sent chest first into the corner and Walters follows up with a shoulder ram and a kick to the lower midsection area. Isys comes back with a few hip tosses and a dropkick. Walters avoids a dive to the floor and Ephex hits the floor hard. Walters gets a near fall back in the ring. Walters power slams Isys but only gets a two count. Ephex hits a snap suplex to counter a suplex from Walters. Ephex gets cut off by a knee lift and Walters casually steps on Ephex’s face. Isys kicks John in the corner and a back suplex for a near fall. Walters cuts Isys off on the top rope and hits a top rope hurricanrana for a near fall. Walters nearly wins with a modified Gory Buster. Ephex plants Walters with a nasty looking Death Valley Driver for a two count. Walters manages to roll Ephex up and gets a quick win. (*1/2. Well, that finish looked like it wasn’t supposed to occur. A disappointing match between these two as they had some good bouts in the early stages of the company.) After the match, Ephex grabs a microphone and reminds Walters he won last month. He suggests another match next month in Syracuse for the Grand Prix trophy, which Isys won last month.
Before the next match, Slyck tells the referee he is not dumb enough to start the match with Kevin Graham as his referee due to an attack at the last show. Brown decks Graham.
Sixth Contest: Zaquary Springate III vs. Slyck Wagner Brown: Springate enters the ring and Brown bails to the floor. Springate has hired a special guest referee. The man is Freight Train Dan, who is apparently a legend in the New England area.
Slyck attacks before the bell but Springate delivers a clothesline and backdrop to get the early advantage. Springate follows up with a double under hook slam for a near fall. Brown drops Springate following a chop and knee drop. Brown dumps Springate to the floor and goes out to follow. Springate sends Brown into the railing a few times. Back in the ring, Springate hits a senton splash from the apron for a two count. Brown counters a piledriver attempt on the floor with a backdrop. Slyck works over Springate with a few strikes. Brown works over the lower back of Springate and rolls him back in. Brown goes to the top and hits a missile dropkick. Brown tries for the fall, but the referee is way out of position and slow. Springate hits a rolling German suplex after they seemed to have gotten lost in the corner. Brown locks in a Texas Cloverleaf after a DDT to the leg. Springate reaches the ropes to break the hold. Brown gets in the referee’s face and get shoved. Springate rolls Brown up and wins the match. (*. Yeah, that was a predictable outcome. A rather boring match between these two.) After the match, Brown attacks Springate and Freight Train, however Freight Train Dan hits a dropkick, if you want to call it that, and Brown is sent to the floor. Brown gets on the microphone and says he wasn’t beaten cleanly. So, Brown challenges Springate to a submission match on July 10th, which would be the #50 show for 2CW.
Prior to the next match, Jimmy Olsen tells his opponents father that he is going to knock Freddie’s head off.
Seventh Contest: Jay Freddie vs. Jimmy Olsen in a number one contenders match: Freddie knocks Olsen out with a right hand and almost wins it in a matter of seconds. Freddie rubs Olsen’s face into the mat and whips Jimmy with his own jacket. Freddie uses the jacket to deliver a clothesline. Freddie hits a nice side slam but Olsen kicks out at two. Jay works over Olsen with several chops but Olsen bails to the floor only for Freddie to hit a suicide dive. Freddie with another near fall after a northern lights suplex. Olsen slaps Freddie right in the face and taunts Jay’s father. Olsen chokes Freddie over the middle rope and whiplashes Freddie back towards the middle for a two count. Olsen is sent chest first into the corner but Olsen delivers an elbow only to run into a t-bone suplex. They trade strikes in the middle of the ring with Freddie dropping Olsen with a fisherman buster for a near fall. Freddie follows up with a gut buster and a tornado DDT for a two count!
Freddie heads to the top rope but Olsen delivers a kick to crotch Freddie on the top. Olsen slaps Jay a few times and hits middle rope ace crusher but Freddie pops his shoulder up at two. Freddie hits a power bomb and locks in the Sharpshooter but Olsen refuses to give in. Olsen reaches the bottom rope to break the hold. Freddie runs into super kick and puts Freddie over his shoulder to drop Freddie down to the mat for a near fall. Freddie with a yakuza kick and nearly wins with a German duplex out of an electric chair slam attempt. They are on the apron trading strikes and Olsen low blows Freddie before delivering a piledriver on the apron! Olsen decks Freddie’s father in the front row! Olsen chops the ring post and Freddie drives Jimmy face first into the ring post. Freddie sends Olsen into the railing and it appears that Olsen is busted open. Freddie with a missile dropkick and a clothesline. Freddie pummels Jimmy with right hands and has the fans behind him. Freddie clotheslines Olsen in the corner and hits the Diamond Dust in the corner. Freddie with a release German suplex and attempts a power bomb. Olsen counters with a hurricanrana and gets the win to become the number one contender! (***1/4. I enjoyed this just about as much as the tag match. Olsen is a great heel and while Freddie may be a little green at this point, he tries hard and his comebacks were not that bad. The involvement of Freddie’s father helped the match and possibly a longer feud between the two.)
Main Event: 2CW Heavyweight Champion Jason Axe vs. Brodie Lee: Well, Axe makes his entrance and Lee wastes no time hitting a suicide dive and they brawl into the crowd with Lee using a trash can on Axe. Lee whacks Axe with a few chairs onto the champ. Brodie hip tosses Axe onto several chairs. Brodie tosses a chair at Axe as he was leaning up against the railing. They enter the ring but Axe drops Lee throat first across the top to get control. Axe focuses his attack on the lower body of Brodie. Brodie drops Axe with a super kick and heads to the top rope. Axe cuts him off and knee lifts Lee to the floor and Brodie hits the guard railing. Axe flips on the floor and splashes onto Lee. Brodie sends Axe into the railing back first and misses a running big boot hitting the railing instead. Jason regains control of the match in the ring by choking the challenger.
Lee sends Axe shoulder first into the ring post and hits an overhead belly to belly suplex. Lee gets a two count after a gut wrench slam. Axe kicks Brodie but runs into a big boot and Brodie gets another near fall. Axe with a rollup and a handful of tights but Lee kicks out and delivers a vicious clothesline. Jason plants Lee with a Death Valley Driver and a spinning fisherman buster for a two count. Axe has a triangle choke locked in but Lee powers out and tosses Axe to the corner. Lee big boots Axe into the corner and a swinging side slam for a two count. Lee with a package piledriver but Jason kicks out at two! Lee delivers another big boot in the corner and a sit down power bomb but Portia Perez comes out and yanks the referee out! Perez is brought into the ring and Axe low blows Lee and rolls Brodie up for the win. (**. It could have been a lot worse, but the timing wasn’t right for a title change. First, it’s a bad crowd because its Father’s Day. Lee is the top face for the company and deserves the mega pop his title win would generate. As much as I’m not a huge Axe fan, I think he is a fine heel champion.) After the match, Lee big boots Portia Perez. Axe is on the aisle way when Jimmy Olsen comes out and hits Axe with the championship and tosses the belt to Lee.
This is a two match show with Freddie/Olsen and Wolves/Up In Smoke providing the only two worthwhile matches on the card. The show suffers from a poor draw of a crowd, but I’m going to blame the show being held on Father’s Day for that. Watertown is typically their best market. Overall, I have to give the show a thumbs down.
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