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wXw 16 Carat Gold Day 2 Review (3/12/16)

This is night 2 of Germany’s wXw 16 Carat Gold 3 day tournament, and Night 1 was honestly amazing, and you can read my review on the site! Night 1 was one of the best shows I had seen in a while and to be honest I was a bit worried if Night 2 could be as good. So lets get started!

Tyler Bate vs. Silas Young**3/4

Side note, right off the bat, but Silas is one year off of being double Bate’s age, yet both are still great. A manly bout, awesome mustaches. Silas hits some nasty offence, a lariat and a backbreaker combo, just disgusting in the best way. They hit a series of three double clotheslines which was dope. Tyler Bate hits the brainbuster for the win! A good opener! I felt it may have dragged a bit but it was still good.

Big Daddy Walter & Da Mack vs. David Starr & Shane Strickland***1/4

This was quite the good match! A lot of good spots, including when both Starr and Strickland went to dive to the outside, Walter caught them and slammed them onto the apron. Starr and Strickland really sold Walter’s offence amazingly. Great double team moves. Starr is just great guys. He gets the win off of Da Mack with his Product Placement, which is an awesome German Suplex. After the match, Walter gets pissed at Da Mack, this newly formed team is already dead!

(16 Carat Gold Quarter Final) Ilja Dragunov vs. Axel Dieter Jr.***3/4

This was very similar to the Bailey/Dragunov match on Day 1, which is great, a lot of hard hitting moves and strikes. These two wanted to kill each other with these slaps, European uppercuts, and chops and it was fun to watch. There were so many chops, I couldn’t even count them, and that’s not a bad thing. A very stiff match, Ilja’s chest was so red in the beginning of the match. Axel Dieter Jr. wins with a nasty Regal Plex, this match was only 9 minutes but it flew by. Sign of a good match.

Angelico vs. Marty Scurll vs. Mike Bailey vs. Trevor Lee****

The idea of this match just had me so excited. I LOVE spotfests, and this was the cream of the crop. So many cool spots like Bailey hitting a Cancun Tornado on Angelico, but while pinning him Lee comes in and deadlift German Suplex’s him. While Angelico was stuck in the Chickenwing, Bailey Shooting Star Press Knees Angelico. A suplex on the stage to Angelico from Lee. Trevor lee breaking up a pin by jumping off the ramp, over the ropes, and hitting his signature foot stomp. Just so good. Everybody hits their signature stuff, just great. Scurll makes Angelico tap out to a Chicken Wing. All of these men put in an amazing effort, what a match. Seriously go watch this one when you can, you will not be disappointed with this one!

(16 Carat Gold Quarter Final) Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay****1/4

I thought it would be hard to follow that last match, even if it was with these two, but boy was I wrong. A battle between the flippy guy and the technical guy, an old story, but these two just killed it out there. Sabre Jr. trying to slow down Ospreay worked so well, as Ospreay was selling amazingly. Every time Ospreay tried to hit some high flying offense, Sabre would counter, like when Ospreay goes for a standing moonsault but he gets caught into am arm bar. They did this stuff so well. Even after a Cheeky Nandos kick and an Ace Crusher, Sabre moved out of the way of a 630, hits a Liger Bomb then transitions into a weird submission for the win! Watch this one ASAP!

Melanie Grey vs. Toni Storm**1/2

Gotta be hard to follow those last two matches. If they had more time, this could have been a bit better, but there so much more action to be had later on this show. It was an alright match, but needed more time to be better. Some cool spots like a good superplex but Grey wins with a TKO. It was just simply average, but WAY better than the women’s match from the last night.

(16 Carat Gold Quarter Final) Sami Callihan vs. Timothy Thatcher***1/4

The match starts off with a stare down between the two, which is the only way to start this. Two of the meanest, grittiest, nastiest wrestlers currently. A lot of great kicks to the head from Callihan, some great grappling from Thatcher. I felt that this had dragged a bit but it was still good. After being pretty much knocked out by repeated kicks to the head from Callihan, Thatcher passes out and Callihan moves on. Still pretty good, just felt that it was a but underwhelming, thought it could have been a lot better. There were some great striking sequences though, that looked great, camera work was awesome in this match.

(wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship) Karsten Beck (c) vs. Absolute Andy vs. John Klinger vs. Jurn Simmons***

There was an awesome video package that played before the match that was very good! The crowd is very hot for this match. Bones is a damn monster. This was a good match, but to follow the rest of the card was a bit hard, since the rest of the show was amazing. These guys are all huge, like very huge for indie standards, the ring and the ropes almost couldn’t handle it. The big story of this match was Beck and Simmons, as Simmons was injected to the match to help Beck. Towards the end though, the match really picks up like when Bones accidentally spears Absolute Andy through a table. Near the end, Simmons turns on Beck, but Beck hits a piledriver for a 2 count. The tables turn, Jurn takes control and hits a pretty bad piledriver for the win. It was almost like a powerbomb. Jurn Simmons is your new Unified World Champ!

This show was on the same level as Night 1 was, so that means this was an amazing show! Sabre Jr. vs. Ospreay was an awesome match and Angelico vs. Marty Scurll vs. Mike Bailey vs. Trevor Lee is just too much fun! For all your wXw reviews, you are already at the right place, Wrestling With Words!

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