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PWG All Star Weekend 12 Night 1 Review

Image courtesy of Mikey Nolan Photography

Whenever the promotion Pro Wrestling Guerrilla ships their latest release every few months, it puts the wrestling world in a frenzy. This event might be the best American produced professional wrestling event of the year so far. I’ve said in America, not in the world since that title goes to Wrestle Kingdom 10. Now let’s get to the matches.

Chuck Taylor vs. Trevor Lee***1/2

People perceive Chuck Taylor as a comedy wrestler 90% of the time but in PWG, he’s always used to the best of his wrestling ability and that’s a good change of pace for him. While Lee has been a big fish in this medium pond of PWG for a while now and he’s flourished having excellent matches in any position he’s put in. This was a good fast paced opener with a lot of action. Some highlights include a commentary battle between Lee and Taylor ending with Taylor doing a seated senton onto Lee. Lee attempted a grounded phoenix splash and it tuned into a Taylor deadlier German. The finish came when Lee went for the small package driver and Taylor reversed it to a small package of his own. Compelling and fun match from these two.

Evil Uno vs. Chris Hero****

This is my first time seeing Player Uno under this Evil Uno character and this is way better than I’d thought it would be.  I knew he was a great wrestler but with this heel character he ramps it up. And what more could I say about Chris Hero who, next to Will Ospreay, is competing for the best wrestler in the world title. Anyway, this match was great slugfest. I didn’t think Uno could go toe to toe with Hero in the striking department. These two had great chemistry too and it turned out being a great shit kicking match.

Drew Galloway vs. Trent?***1/2

Drew Galloway is having a breakout year if you just subtract TNA from his resume. He’s been having a great run in both EVOLVE and PWG. Trent Baretta has had a questionable independent run as a whole and had showed some good ability but overall has been a mid level guy. This match clicked pretty well as the David vs. Goliath feel to it. Drew Galloway was rag dolling Trent and then after two buckle bomb, Trent reversed the third into a Dudebuster for the win.

Roderick Strong vs. Mark Andrews***3/4

A rare TNA vs. ROH matchup here as these two guys are shining stars in their respective promotions. Roddy, coming off 2015 which was the best year of his career, wanting to assert his dominance as PWG Champion before a match with Zack Sabre Jr. the next night. Andrews on the other hand is trying to assert himself in the world’s hottest promotion. This, like the last match, was a David vs. Goliath matchup. One highlight spot came when Andrews tried for an apron to floor hurricarana and Roddy caught him and swung him like a boss onto the apron. In the end Roddy would hit the End of Heartache after a valiant effort by Andrews.

Kyle O'Reilly vs. Marty Scurll****1/4

This was a great battle between two submission artists here. O’Reilly is one of the most versatile wrestlers in any situation in wrestling he just succeeds in. Scurll on the other hand relies on shtick and his submission skills to carry a good match. This was fucking excellent, as both O’Reilly and Scurll showed great submission and striking abilities in this match. They really clicked in the Ring and seemed to be having fun at the same time. O’Reilly would win with an ankle lock in what I believe to be O’Reilly and Scurll’s best showing in the US this year.

Zack Sabre Jr. vs Adam Cole****

This was the main storyline based match of the evening as you have Adam Cole, as a member of Mount Rushmore, facing the challenger for the PWG title the next night in Sabre. Cole definitely held his own on the mat with one of the best grapplers in the world. The limber by Cole made sense within the context of the storyline and in the context of strategic way you would face Sabre. Sabre would win with the Strong Hold as he looked strong (hue, hue) against Cole.

(PWG World Tag Team Championship) The Young Bucks vs. Matt Sydal & Ricochet****1/2

Do you want to know what happens when you put two of the most dynamic and exciting tag teams in the world in a main event? A spectacular that competes with the Sabre and Callihan vs Heroes Eventually Die as the best tag team matches of 2016. If I were to go move for move, I’d be here all day. This match was everything you expect from it and even more. The Bucks would retain with the Meltzer Driver and post match Mount Rushmore wold beat up on Sydal, Ricochet, and Sabre.

Overall this event was the best American produced professional wrestling event of the year so far and it’s not even close. This whole show is recommended and it’s a breeze to watch. You can listen to Get in the Ring that is live from 11AM-1 PM on Thursdays with Beast Mike and on the Wrestling With Words audio network.

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