PWG All-Star Weekend 14: Night 1
By Big Red Machine
From April 20, 2018
TREVOR LEE vs. REY HORUS - 6.5/10
Trevor Lee cut a heel promo before the match in which he also vowed to leave PWG's final weekend in Reseda as the PWG World Champion. Horus then hit him with a hurricanrana and almost pinned him right then and there.
They did more stuff for a while. Count-outs were actually being enforced in this match, which made me happy. Then we got a spot where Rey Horus made sure to roll into the ring and then roll back out to break up a count-out... and then he picked up a chair and threw it at Trevor Lee's head, right in front of the still counting referee, who did nothing about it. Other than that, this was just a series of spots that made sense in the order they were performed in, but had no real story to them. Well... I guess maybe you could claim Trevor's attempts to cheat were a story, but it's hard for me to get angry at Trevor for "cheating" when it was apparently perfectly legal for Rey Horus to hit him in the face with a chair.
TAIJI ISHIMORI vs. BANDIDO - 7/10
Like the previous match this was just a series of spots in a logical order, but the spots here were more impressively athletic.
RINGKAMPF vs. VIOLENCE UNLIMITED (Brody King & Tyler Bateman) - 8/10
Oh my G-d these guys BEAT THE LIVING SH*T OUT OF EACH OTHER! Bateman in particular took a beating. He must owe RingKampf money.
"FLASH" MORGAN WEBSTER vs. SAMMY GUERVARA vs. ROBBIE EAGLES - 4.5/10
An over-choreographed three-way spotfest.
JOEY JANELA vs. JONAH ROCK - 6.75/10
A very good match aside from that one spot in the beginning where Janela knocked Rock down with a shoulder tackle, which completely went against the story they would go on to tell (that Rock had a massive size and power advantage over Janela).
KEITH LEE vs. ADAM PAGE - 8.25/10
Page apparently only tanned himself on the front side, and the fans got on his back about it (see what I did there?). It really doesn't matter, though, because I'm sure that by the time this match is over, both sides of his torso will be the same shade of red.
This was just a "big moves" match but they did an excellent job of making sure every move meant something. They did a good job making Lee's size meaningful without making it seem like Page lifting him at the end was totally hokey... although that was probably helped by the fact it looked like Page basically dropped Lee while doing for that Piledriver at the end, turning into almost a Reverse Ganso Bomb, which is not a thing I ever need to see again. AWESOME match.
PWG WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: The Chosen Bros.(c) vs. The Young Bucks vs. The Rascalz (Zachary Wentz & Dezmond Xavier) - 8.5/10
This was a very fun, exciting, fast-paced match. It was spotty, but it felt appropriately spotty, given the fact that this is PWG and it's a three-way tag for the titles in the main event of the show. There was a lot of impressive and creative stuff in here and I really liked it, aside from the following issue.
Here is a list of the six biggest pops in this match:
6. Second ref bump
5. Rascalz pin Cobb to become new PWG World Tag Team Champions
4. First Ref Bump
3. PWG Senior Referee Rick Knox comes out after the second ref bump to count the Bucks' pinfall
2. Knox stops counting for no reason other than he doesn't like the Bucks and flips them off
1. Knox superkicks one of the Bucks.
Why is the f*cking referee the star? And more importantly, why did he even do this? If you saw the Bucks do something wrong and you're the senior referee, just disqualify the Bucks and restart the match with just the Chosen Bros. and The Rascalz... or if you can't disqualify them then it's a no DQs match and they did nothing wrong. Rick Knox should be fired, and the Young Bucks should be the rightful champions... which kind of sh*ts all over the fact that this was supposed to be The Rascalz big, establishing title win, doesn't it?
POST-MATCH SEGMENT - Good for what it was. The Bucks showed Rascalz respect after the match, then gave a nice speech.
A pretty great show for PWG, and the Bucks' speech certainly makes it something you should go out of your way to see if you're a big PWG fan.