Taped from Reseda, California - 10-19-13
Your hosts are Excalibur, joined by Roderick Strong, Kevin Steen, Johnny Gargano, Rich Swann, and Chuck Taylor
This show kicks off unlike most PWG shows, as Excalibur is shown in the ring. He is quickly interrupted by none other then the four men on the cover, the Mount Rushmore of Wrestling. The Young Bucks came out with a bag of cans, which were quickly littered all over the ring because "Global Warming is a work!". The MROW do their things. Lots of crotch-chopping, Razor Ramon walking, and random instances of Steen yelling. The segment ends with Steen telling the Young Bucks not to Superkick Excalibur; they obey. Tremendous segment to begin the show. I disagree with anyone that says PWG is getting boring or that they need storylines, but this was a refreshing start. Also, shoutout to Matt Jackson for going Colt Cabana-style and rocking flip flops in the promo.
Willie Mack and B-Boy vs. PPRAY
I can't say B-Boy and Mack's new tag team name, as I am indeed white. I was looking forward to this match, as it was probably four of So-Cals finest. However, this match didn't exactly hit the spot. Willie Mack seems to be getting back on track, as this is his second solid performance in a row. Minus B-Boy's dropkick/face-jump in the corner, he really didn't impress. The timing between Rosas and Avalon's timing with B-Boy was off the entire match, which led for a few awkward moments. This match went on way too long. Not the best way to start some wrestling. Should be interesting to see how these two do when the RockNES Monsters get added to the mix at All-Star Weekend 10 Night 2.
ACH vs. "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen
Steen's attire says it all, this match was great! Steen's brutality was fun to watch, as he really sold the big man persona. The thing I really like about ACH is that he has a very AR Fox-like style, but it looks so less reckless. Very fun and enjoyable match. After the match, Steen helps ACH up and says that even though he's new to PWG, the fans really seem to like him...Then Package Piledrove ACH. Then again, and finally finished things off with a third. Steen then went on to say that ACH was in his way of getting to the commentary booth that's shaped like a table.
Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent?) vs. AR Fox and Rich Swann
After incredible performances by all four men at BOLA, I was ready to rock. This was Fox's safest performance in his PWG career, which made me happy. This was a great way to showcase DGUSA talent, as the match was my favorite up to this point. Very fun match. If anyone was doubting whether or not Trent? belongs in PWG or not, he does. After a killer match with O'Reilly at BOLA, and now this, he's earned a spot. I feel like this could get very overlooked, but the commentary between Steen and Excalibur was tremendous feud building. Excalibur seemed so pissed at Steen, and Steen played a tremendous heel. This is the story-telling that should be done at the commentary booth shaped like a table. Wonderful, wonderful feud building.
Tomasso Ciampa vs. Drake Younger vs. Anthony Nese vs. Brian Cage-Steiner
The one flaw with the first three matches is that they kind of dragged, which is mainly due to a poor start. This match was exactly what the show needed! Action-packed, full of spots, and a new hair color for Brian Cage-Steiner; blue. Nese finally put on a great performance, as I was disappointed with his first two. In all fairness, Excalibur informed us that Nese tore his ACL at BOLA. Also, Drake Younger almost killed the entire front row, even the hot chick that is always there. Drake's moonsault is more dangerous than all of AR Fox's move-set.
Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong
Oh, what a bummer. Two of my favorites in wrestling collided in my favorite wrestling company, and they disappointed. Minus a few spurts of energy, the pacing in this match was odd and they just didn't click. I...I don't want to talk about.
Rating: ***1/4 - Who woulda thought?
Young Bucks © vs. Candice LeRae and Joey Ryan: PWG World Tag Team Title Match
Son of a bitch, Candice is something else. She's beautiful as a person and beautiful in the ring. She absolutely killed it! Joey Ryan also put on one of his best performances ever, as he even unleashed some new moves. I never thought I'd see Ryan do a Tope Con Hilo, but he did. Spoiler, the Young Bucks were amazing as always. I can't say enough about this match. The six-person match at BOLA between the Bucks and Cole against Swann, Fox, and Candice is my favorite match this year, but this was pretty damn close.
Rating: ****1/3 (I know that's not a normal rating, but I don't care)
Rich Swann's Commentary Rating: ****3/4
Candice's Ass Rating: *****
Adam Cole © vs. Kyle O'Reilly: PWG World Championship Match
I was afraid that these two try to do too much, but this match ended up being better than their match at Best in the World '12. O'Reilly is a true master of submissions, and Cole is a heel God. The finish of this match was done perfectly, as the MROW run-ins came, my excitement rose. BTW, Rich Knox is just the best! After tremendous run-ins and a Package Piledriver, O'Reilly was finally down for the count. This match exceeded my expectations.
Overall: This show isn't like most PWG shows, as you could tell that they were building up MROW. This wasn't a Threemendous III or All-Star Weekend 9, but it was a damn good show. For $15, you can get a better quality show than a $60 WWE PPV. Thumbs up, I recommend this show.
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