TCW Show 13-34 Recap and Review
Posted by Jesse Nguyen on 09.14.2013
This week on TCW, Tim Storm battles Brandon Collins, Titan defends the International Title against Murdock, and Americos continues his battle against The Empire when he faces Steve Anthony once again!
Match #1: Tim Storm vs. Brandon Collins
Quick lockup leads to the two battling for the advantage. Collins gets free and tries a shoulder tackle, but Storm is still standing. Storm goes for a shoulder tackle of his own, but Collins leaps over and hits an armdrag. Collins very proud of himself as the two stand back up. Storm gets a waistlock, but Collins goes behind. Storm grabs a wrist and tries to whip Collins into the ropes, but he reverses. Collins goes for a press, but Storm uses his power and slams Collins down. Goes for a cover but not enough. Storm hits a butterfly suplex and covers again. Collins kicks out once again. Storm picks up Collins and tries to whip him into the corner, but he reverse and takes Storm down with a clothesline. Collins sends Storm to the corner and hits a chop, but Storm returns the attack. Storm locks his hands around the waist, but Collins holds onto the ropes and shakes Storm off. Collins hits another clothesline and chokes Storm in front of the ref. Collins lifts Storm and applies a chicken wing/chin lock combination. Collins goes for some strikes, but Storm avoids and slams Collins down with a full nelson slam variant. Storm locks in a crossface variant, but Collins rakes at the eyes to escape. The two exchange strikes until Collins goes to the eyes again. Collins hits a standing dropkick and goes for a pin. Storm kicks out. Collins hits a snap suplex and locks in another chin lock. Storm fights out and hits a couple of kicks before landing a neckbreaker. Both wrestlers get back to their feet, where Storm gets the advantage with a clothesline, back elbow, and big boot combo. Storm goes to the corner and waits. He charges at Collins and hits a big shoulder tackle. Pin attempt, 1...2...Collins gets out. Storm tries to lift Collins, but he slips out and slams Storm against the mat back first. Collins goes to the apron and springs off the top rope with a 450! Storm rolls out of the way and stands up. Collins walks right into the Perfect Storm! 1...2...3! Winner via pinfall: Tim Storm Nothing too standout in this match. Collins just did not impress too much. The match shows he has basic technique down when it comes to wrestling, but he just did not showcase a lot of personality. My biggest complaint for the match was that I really did not think Storm was going to lose at any time of the match. Wrestling is fine, but nothing outstand except maybe Collins' springboard 450 attempt.
Backstage Murdock makes a rather uncomfortable comment towards Lily, Titan's manager and main squeeze. Titan says he ends careers while Murdock says he want's Titan's International Championship. Lily says the title match is going to happen.
International Heavyweight Championship Match: Titan (c) vs. Murdock
The two lock up, but Titan just shoves Murdock away. Another lock up leads to a standstill once again. Murdock attacks with some punches, and Titan returns the favor. The two trade strikes until Titan gets the advantage with a kick and headbutt. Murdock shakes it off and gets a flurry of strikes himself until he hits a DDT. Goes for the pin but Titan kicks out.
Murdock still in control as he wears down Titan with more punches. Titan pushes Murdock into the ropes. Murdock tries a cross body, but Titan catches him and slams him down! Murdock quickly gets his shoulder off the mat. Both to their feet, and Titan hits a knee to Murdock's chin, sending him to the mat once again. Titan lands a stiff punch to Murdock's face before choking him out with the ropes. Titan gets the ref attention and Lily attacks. Murdock tries to fight back, but Titan overpowers him. Titan slows down the match with a knee to the back and chin lock. Murdock gets some energy and bites Titan's hand! Murdock drops down, hitting jawbreaker! Titan in the corner, and Murdock climbs up and nails a flying bulldog! Murdock with the cover, 1...2...Titan kicks out! Murdock climbs the corner again and waits for Titan to stand up. Another flying bulldog! Murdock pins Titan, but again he kicks out at two! Murdock tries to pick up Titan, but he gets his hand around Murdock's neck. Murdock fights out and runs to the ropes. Murdock is met with a big boot right to the face! Titan picks up Murdock and sends him down with a clothesline. Titan does it again before picking Murdock up and slamming him down with a chokeslam. Titan goes for the cover. 1...2...3! Winner via pinfall, and still International Heavyweight Champion: Titan Surprisingly good match. There was a lot of stiff offense from both competitors, and the match did a good job of making both wrestlers look strong. Titan especially, but I still feel like him kicking out of Murdock's finisher twice in a row, somewhat ruins my suspension of disbelief. Beyond that, this was a good match and worth checking out.
Backstage "All That" Alan Steel and Rich Rude are shown arriving. The Bradford Family comes by and claims that Steel made a mistake eliminating Hounds of Hell from the Rumble Riot. Steel attacks Cerebus from behind and the brawl spills all the way out to the ring! Boyd Braford tries to get in the ring, but Rich Rude stops him. Roosevelt shoves Rude out of the way and helps out his partner, Cerebus. Hounds of Hell wrap a chain around Steel's neck and hang him from the ropes! Refs are out trying to help out Steel. Both Steel and Rude are down as the Boyd and the Hounds of Hell leave the arena.
Main Event: Americos vs. Steve Anthony
This is a rematch from a couple of weeks ago. Anthony sends Americos to the mat and taunts him. Americos gets the headlock, but Anthony shoves him off and knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. Anthony picks Americos up and puts him into the corner, where Anthony kicks Americos right in the chest. Anthony sends him across the ring and charges, but Americos sweeps the leg! Anthony is dizzy, and Americos takes advantage with a headscissors, armdrag, and monkey flip. Americos sends Anthony to the outside with a dropkick. Americos charges with a baseball slide, but Anthony moves out of the way and kicks Americos in the chest again. Anthony tries to lift Americos into the ring, but he uses his agility to turn it into another headscissors right on the floor! Americos rolls Anthony back into the ring and climbs to the top. Americos lands a flying double axe handle! Anthony regains his bearing and sends Americos to the outside. Anthony tries a baseball slide of his own, but Americos dodges and leaps back into the ring. Americos with a plancha, but both suffer the impact. Anthony picks up Americos and sends him face first into the ringpost! Anthony rolls Americos back in the ring and climbs to the apron. Anthony uses the mask and snaps Americos' neck against the top rope. Americos is shoved into the corner a few times before he collapse. Anthony picks up Americos and lifts him into a Gory Special. Americos escapes, but Anthony counters with a solebutt kick. Anthony drapes Americos on the top rope and kicks his head off! Anthony goes for a cover, but only gets a two.
Anthony taunts before landing an elbow drop for another two count. Anthony locks in a chinlock, wearing Americos down. Americos tries to fight out, but is sent back to the mat with a powerslam. Anthony goes to unlace the mask, but is met with kicks to the top of the head. Anthony whips Americos to the rope, but he counters with a DDT. Both get to their feet, and Americos gets the upper hand with a back heel kick, followed by a back body drop. Americos wraps his legs around Anthony in a wheelbarrow, then slams his face to the mat. Americos waits and goes for a superkick, but Anthony reverses it to a Blue Thunder powerbomb! Anthony picks up Americos and hits a unique Tiger Driver variant. Anthony goes for a springboard moonsault, but Amerios rolls out of the way and climbs to the top. He soars with a Swanton! He goes for a cover, but Matt Riviera and Greg Anthony interfere for the disqualification. Winner via DQ: Americos I've complained about TCW having non clean finishes, but it fits well here as it advances the rivalry between Americos and The Empire. I will say I enjoyed the match they had a couple of weeks back more than this one. The steel post bump is quite incredible though. Just seeing Americos get thrown with such force into the ringpost was scary. I'm happy Americos is being put in the main event, as he is very entertaining. Nothing wrong with this match in particular, but it felt weak for a main event. The problem is that the two had a better match not long ago that was not the main event. Still, it is a fine match.
The Empire beat down Americos until the lights go out. The lights come back up and Matt Hardy is in the ring! He fights off the Empire and defends Americos. We leave this week's TCW with Matt Riviera mouthing to the camera.
The 411: I'm having a hard time rating this show. The matches were fine, but nothing was outstanding. I was entertained during the two last matches, which I suppose is the point. It will be interesting to see how the Bradford Family and Genetic Perfection feud plays out after this. It is very hard to follow last week's show, which had the awesome Kincaid/Saxon match.