From The Shelf - PWG Eight
Posted by Dylan Diot on 10.06.2013
Mr. Wrestling becomes Mr. PWG.....
-Kevin Steen is set to compete in both a single and tag match on the same night.
-As a result of Davey Richards being unable to come to the show, Chris Hero gets a second chance at Claudio Castagnoli’s PWG World Championship.
Your hosts are Excalibur and his many friends.
PAC vs. Kevin Steen
Steen is shocked at how big PAC has gotten since the last time he was in PWG. They get into a shoving match and PAC is able to shove Steen down!!! Test of strength is broken up by Steen and PAC comes back with a hurricanrana. He sweeps the leg of Steen and hits a standing SSP. Steen bails to the floor to regroup and back in, Steen monkey flips PAC into a reverse curb stomp. They trade forearms and PAC hits a springboard dropkick forcing Steen to bail. Corkscrew plancha misses and Steen spine busters PAC onto the apron!!! Elbow drop off the apron by Steen and back in, Steen knocks PAC down with a chop. Steen chokes PAC in the ropes and then chokes PAC with his boot. Slam by Steen and he hits a back senton for 2. Steen steps on the hair of PAC and they trade forearms again. Steen pokes the eye of PAC and he goes for a suplex to the floor but PAC blocks. Slingshot Ace Crusher onto the apron by PAC!!!! Springboard Twisting Sky Press by PAC to the floor!!! Back in, PAC hits a springboard crossbody back in for 2 and he tries to slingshot in but Steen catches him with the F-5 for 2. Enzuigiri by PAC and he hits a slingshot German suplex for 2. PAC charges in the corner but eats boot and Steen goes up but PAC stops him. Enzuigiri by PAC and he goes up but Steen catches him with a Finlay Roll for 2!!! Steen goes up and he hits a Moonsault off the top for 2. Lionsault by Steen and he grabs the Sharpshooter but PAC makes the ropes to break. Steen puts PAC on top and follow up but PAC fights him off. Reverse 450 Splash by PAC gets 2!!! PAC goes up but Steen crotches him and hits a hanging DDT for 2. Steen goes for the Package Piledriver but PAC escapes and hits a reverse hurricanrana. PAC goes up and goes for the SSP but eats knees!!! Small package by Steen gets 3. Winner- Kevin Steen ***1/2 ( The match was primarily filled with antics by Steen and PAC did the majority of the bumps since Steen had another match later. It was a super fun match to watch and the final few minutes saw an incredible display from PAC. )
Brian Cage-Taylor vs. Brandon Gatson
Feeling out process for both guys and Cage-Taylor hits a knee to the midsection. Gatson fight back but Cage-Taylor catches him with a reverse DDT backbreaker into a stunner. Big boot knocks Gatson to the floor and Cage-Taylor goes for the suicide dive but Gatson nails him to block. Boston Crab in the ropes by Gatson and he gets a sunset flip back in for 2. Fisherman’s Suplex by Gatson gets 2 and he goes for a slingshot Ace Crusher but Cage-Taylor counters into a release German suplex. Snapmare into a chinlock by Cage-Taylor but Gatson breaks with a jawbreaker. Abdominal stretch by Cage-Taylor and he converts it into an abdominal stretch suplex for 2. Small package by Gatson gets 2 and he chops away on Cage-Taylor. Handspring Avalanche by Gatson but Cage comes back with a reverse Judo toss for 2. Cage-Taylor chops away on Gatson in the corner and he clotheslines Gatson on the apron. Back in, Cage-Taylor gets 2 and he puts Gatson on top. He follows up but Gatson fights him off. He misses a second rope elbow drop but comes back with a spinning heel kick. Rolling neckbreaker attempt by Gatson but Cage-Taylor counters the third with a Northern lights suplex for 2. Spear by Gatson and both men are down. Gatson gets 2 and he goes up. Moonsault misses but Gatson comes back with a DDT for 2. Cage-Taylor escapes a slam attempt and he punches Gatson hard in the stomach for 2. Cage-Taylor goes up but Gatson stops him. Cage-Taylor goes for a suplex from the apron but Gatson blocks with a side kick knocking Cage-Taylor to the floor. Sasuke Special attempt by Gatson but Cage-Taylor moves so Gatson hits a big boot. Superkick by Gatson and back in, Gatson slams Cage-Taylor. Total Eclipse by Cage-Taylor and he hits Weapon X for 3. Winner- Brian Cage-Taylor *** ( Crowd wasn’t hot for this after going crazy for Steen and PAC in the opener. The action was good but there was no real story and Cage-Taylor looked very sloppy early in the contest. Even the commentators were disinterested in this, as Excalibur and Chris Hero shared stories for most of the match and that may have been more entertaining than the match itself.)
Alex Shelley and Roderick Strong vs. El Generico and Ricochet
Shelley and Generico start. Shelley controls Generico in the early going but Generico comes back with some arm drags. Ricochet blind tags in and hits a dropkick to Shelley. Shelley bites the hand of Ricochet and Strong blind tags in. Springboard arm drag followed by a dropkick from Ricochet. Tag to Shelely and Ricochet hits a drop toe hold. Shelley catches him with the Pendulum Swing and Generico tags in. Slam by Generico gets 2 and he grabs a chinlock. Tag to Ricochet and he grabs a surfboard. Shelley comes back with a back suplex and Strong prevents Generico from coming in and attacking Shelley. Shelley and Strong charge at Ricochet in the corner but eat boot and Generico hits a crossbody to Shelley. Summersault plancha to the floor by Generico to Shelley and Ricochet hits a leg lariat to Strong. He tries a handspring avalanche but Strong catches him and TOSSES RICOCHET ONTO GENERICO ON THE FLOOR!!!! Strong drops Ricochet onto the apron and back in, Shelley with the head fucker to Ricochet. Tag to Strong and he chops away on Ricochet. Back suplex by Strong gets 2 and he grabs a chinlock. Tag to Shelley and he grabs the Texas Cloverleaf. Generico breaks it up and Ricochet tries to fight back but Shelley rolls him into a basement superkick from Strong for 2 as Generico saves. Tag to Strong and he hits a suplex for 2. Urinage backbreaker by Strong gets 1. Tag to Shelley and Ricochet hits an enzuigiri to Strong. Zigzag to Shelley and Generico looks for the tag but Strong pulls him off the apron. Release double back suplex by Strong and Shelley but Ricochet comes back with a double pele kick. Tag to Generico and he cleans house. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to Shelley and Ricochet hits a summersault plancha to Shelley on the floor!!! Blue Thunder Bomb by Generico to Strong gets 2. Half nelson suplex blocked but Generico catches Strong with the Michinoku Driver for 2. Tag to Ricochet and he goes up. Strong crotches him and Shelley hits a flatliner into the corner. Superkick/Olympic Slam combo by Strong and Shelley gets 2. Gibson Driver countered into a jackknife roll-up by Ricochet gets 2. Ricochet counters a suplex into a hurricanrana for 2. Double enzuigiri in to the corner by Strong and Shelley and Strong hits the gutbuster. Double stomp off the top by Shelley gets 2 as Generico saves!!! Enzuigiri by Ricochet to Strong and Generico tags in. Assisted tornado DDT by Generico and he hits the Ukuza kick to Strong. Ukuza kick/619 combo to Shelley and Generico hits a release half nelson suplex to Strong. Ukuza kick by Generico and he hits the Brainbuster. Ricochet tags in as Generico covers and he goes up. Phoenix Splash misses and Strong hits the suplex backbreaker for 3. Winners- Roderick Strong and Alex Shelley ***3/4 ( Really good match. I was expecting this to be a blow-away classic but I feel that the crowd heat wasn’t all there for most of the match and the Ricochet beat down went way too long. After the Generico hot tag though it really picked up and showed the flashes of brilliance I expected for the whole match. Damn good match that falls short of greatness.)
After the match, Generico complains about the blind tag and gets in Ricochet’s face. Ricochet looks to hit Generico so Generico catches him and shoves him. They continue to argue and Generico tries to shake his hand after cooling off. Ricochet slaps him and bails before Generico could get his hands on him!!!
Peter Avalon vs. Ryan Taylor
Both men battle for control in the early going and Avalon gets a victory roll for 2. Backslide by Taylor gets 2 and Avalon catches him with a reverse atomic drop. Leg lariat by Avalon and he goes for the spinarooni but Taylor kicks him in the back. Scissors kick by Taylor and he goes for a spinarooni but Avalon kicks him in the back as well in return. Avalon complains about gimmick infringement which leads to a double spinarooni from both men. Snapmare by Taylor and he hits a running kick to the chest for 2. Back suplex by Taylor gets 2. Forearms by Avalon and he goes for a wheelbarrow roll-up but Taylor blocks. Avalon runs to the ropes to take Taylor to the apron and he knocks Taylor off the apron with an enzuigiri. Suicide dive by Avalon and back in he covers for 2. Chinlock by Avalon but Taylor fights out so Avalon hits a back elbow for 1. Butterfly suplex by Avalon gets 2 and Taylor chops away. A series of counters ends with Taylor catches Avalon with a clothesline. Hard forearm by Taylor and he hits the Panic Attack into the corner. Urinage slam by Taylor gets 2 and Taylor hits a high kick into another hard forearm for 2. Roll-up by Avalon gets 2 and he gets a small package for 2. Taylor rams Avalon into the corner and Taylor charges but eats boot. Martinis off the middle rope by Avalon gets 2. He grabs a chair and goes to use it but Cage-Taylor stops him. Avalon shoves Taylor into Cage-Taylor who was holding the chair and rolls Taylor up for 3!!! Winner- Peter Avalon **1/2 ( Solid match but this dragged on for way too long. There counter exchanges looked very clunky and awkward but their antics were fun to watch. Less time and more comedy probably would have been better suited here. )
The Dynasty (Joey Ryan and Scorpio Sky) vs. RockNES Monsters (Johnny Goodtime and Johnny Yuma)
Joey Ryan baseball slides the Monsters as they are coming out and the Dynasty dive onto the Monsters on the floor!!! They brawl on the floor for a bit and Sky dives off the apron onto the Monsters!!! Back in, Yuma and Ryan officially start. Yuma charges in the corner but eats boot and Sky hits a slingshot headscissors. Spinebuster by Ryan to Goodtime gets 2 as Yuma saves. Big boot by Sky to Yuma and he charges at Goodtime but gets backdropped to the floor. Dropkick by Ryan to Goodtime and Goodtime catches Sky with an Asai moonsault to Sky on the floor!!! Slingshot dropkick to Ryan into a slingshot headscissors on the floor to Sky!!! Back in, Goodtime goes up and hits a crossbody off the top to Ryan for 2. Tag to Yuma and he gets a backslide on Ryan for 2. Swinging DDT to Ryan by Yuma gets 2 as Sky saves. Sky suplexes Goodtime to the floor as Ryan and Yuma slug it out in the ring. Sex Factor by Yuma gets 2. Corner clothesline by Yuma and he goes up but Ryan superkicks him. Goodtime goes up and hits a missile dropkick to Ryan. Ryan spears Yuma and charges in the corner but misses. Yuma hits the hip check in the corner to Sky and Goodtime hits a release German suplex. Goodtime works over Ryan in the corner and Ryan hits a Pumphandle suplex into the corner onto Goodtime. Yuma knocks Ryan to the floor and he puts Sky on top. He follows up but Ryan stops him. Tombstone by Ryan and Sky hits a flying splash off the top onto Yuma. Goodtime with a deadlift powerbomb into Ryan in the corner!!! Bicycle kick to Sky and he hits the Death DDT to Ryan for 2 as Sky saves!!! Goodtime goes up but Ryan takes him off the top. Flying knee strike by Sky and Ryan hits a superkick. TKO by Sky and Ryan covers but the Young Bucks come out to distract the ref. jawbreaker by Yuma and the Monsters hit an enzuigiri/ace crusher combo to Ryan. Weapons Grade Bolognium by the Mon sters gets 3. Winners- RockNES Monsters ***1/2 ( This match was wild. Just nonstop action from the opening bell with both teams throwing everything they had at each other. So much fun to watch and it help generate some more heat to the upcoming Bucks/Dynasty match.)
CIMA and Kevin Steen vs. Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson)
This match is non-title. The Bucks attack during Steen and CIMA’s entrance and in the ring, they double team Steen. CIMA saves and he takes the Bucks down by the hair into a double stomp. Back senton by Steen and the Bucks bail. Nick mocks them with pushups so Steen and CIMA stomp him. Slam by Steen and he slams CIMA onto Nick. Slam to Matt and CIMA after a few tries slams Steen onto Matt!!! Slam again to Matt and this time Steen wants to slam the ref!!! Steen goes for the slam but Nick chop blocks him. Steen bails and Matt catches him with a slingshot dropkick to the floor. Double powerbomb onto the apron onto Steen by the Bucks and back in, the Bucks work over Steen in the corner. Steen stops that by biting the hand of Nick and grabs the balls of Matt!!! Matt pokes the eyes to break that up and he hammers away on Steen in the corner. Dropkick by Matt and Nick hits a hilo to Steen. Tag to Matt and he works over the leg of Steen. Slingshot stomp to the leg of Steen by Nick and he continues to work over the leg of Steen. Tag to Matt and he hammers away on Steen on the mat. Matt goes for the Sharpshooter but Steen blocks and he connects with superkicks on both Bucks. Tag to CIMA and he hits a dropkick to Matt. CIMA rolls through a sunset flip attempt and hits a double stomp to Nick. Suplex onto Matt while applying pressure onto the legs of Nick using the Indian Deathlock. Nick catches him with a kick to the ribs and he goes for the enzuigiri but Steen pulls him to the floor. Lungblower to Matt and he trades counters with Matt until Matt hits a basement superkick. Springboard splash by Nick gets 2 as Steen saves. Dropkick by Nick knocks Steen off the apron and he hits a suicide plancha to the floor onto Steen!!! CIMA blocks the wheelbarrow X-Factor attempt and pulls the hair of Matt. Summersault senton by CIMA gets 2 and he tags Steen. They trade forearms and Steen chops away. Nick catches him with a superkick and he goes up. Hanging 450 splash by Nick gets 2!!! Nick leaps off the apron but Steen catches him and hits the Package Piledriver. Meteora by CIMA gets 2 as Matt saves!!! Tag to Matt and he goes for the Sharpshooter but Steen rakes the eyes to block. Powerbomb by Steen gets 2 and he catches Matt with the Sharpshooter. Air Raid Crash by CIMA to Nick and CIMA goes up. Meteora to Matt while he’s in the Sharpshooter and Matt taps!!! Winners- CIMA and Kevin Steen ***1/2 ( I loved that finish with CIMA using the Meteora to finally get Matt to give. Match was really good, as the Bucks played their heel role to perfection as usual and the last few minutes were nuts. )
After the match, Nick congratulates them for the win but mocks them because it was a non-title match. He begs TNA to give them their job backs as at least they got to face real talent like Shark Boy and Eric Young and Matt claims they built PWG to where it is now. He says Steen hasn’t been relevant since 2006 and tells him to get fake fired by another promotion. Steen goes after them and brawls with them in the crowd. The Bucks are able to escape. CIMA announces Dragon Gate will be back in LA next January and he claims Steen and Tozawa will take the belts. Steen says the Bucks left one of the belts and if they want it back, they have to take it from under Steen’s pillow. He dares them to wake him up from his sleep.
After the match, Kevin Steen leaves the announce table and heads toward the ring. Steen congratulates Claudio for a hell of a match and he has a request for Claudio. He says he has one more match in him and challenges Claudio right now for the title!!! Claudio tells Steen no and he leaves the ring. Steen tells him sooner or later he has to put the belt up against him. Steen tries to give a show closing speech but Claudio lays him out with the bicycle kick!!!! He says to ring the bell!!!!
The 411: As usual, PWG kills it with their anniversary event. While this wasn't the greatest crowd I've ever seen in Reseda and while there was only one match over four stars, everyone on the show for the most part ranged from fun to really good and the performance of Kevin Steen throughout the course of the show will be remember for years. A damn good show that is worth watching for both good wrestling and to see Kevin Steen re-establish himself as the face of PWG.