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Leaping Through The Network: WWE ECW #163 [July 21 2009]

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Welcome one and all to the place where we put the ‘Flashback Friday‘ into Flashback Friday as we leap through the WWE Network in a seemingly random order covering show by show and pay per view by pay per view.

Last week we went Extreme when we covered an ECW pay per view. Ths week the voting public, 36% of it anyway, has sent me back to the land of Extreme.

Sort of.

In 2001, the version of ECW that we covered went bankrupt. Through various business buzzwords WWE purchased the assets of ECW in 2003. In 2006 WWE launched their version of ECW. The gritty graphics of the old ECW was replaced by WWE’s shiny HD. The bad language and the blood soaked violence was gone too.

What remained was an early version of what NXT is today. The roster was a mix of low ranked established WWE roster members and upcoming graduates of the developmental system.

But was it any good?

To find out we have to watch and review it. Which leads us to……

WWECW #163
July 21, 2009

Following the opening titles, we start with a match.

William Regal vs Yoshi Tatsu

Regal has a mike. Regal tells Yoshi that he despises all foreigners. (Yes a guy from the UK said that to a guy from Japan in the US in 2009) Tatsu fires a Roundhouse Kick at Regal but he narrowly avoids it. Regal turns a Collar and Elbow Tie-up into an Arm Wringer but Tatsu backflips his way into reversing it into one of his own. Regal forward rolls a reversal as does Tatsu. Regal turns another Collar And Elbow into a knee to the gut and an Uppercut. Tatsu fires back with a Chop and a Headlock that Regal sends off the ropes. Both men Shoulder Block each other but nobody moves. A Second Shoulder Bock attempt by Tatsu ends in a Left Hand from Regal. Regal continues with knees to the chest sending Tatsu to the corner where Tatsu tries to fight his way out but a Series of Forearms keeps Tatsu in the corner before a Kick and an Uppercut knock Tatsu down. Regal applies a Full Nelson but Tatsu quickly breaks out of it and hits Regal with a Knee but Regal catches Tatsu with a huge Exploder Suplex that gets a Two. Regal applies and wrenches on a Catch Hold. Tatsu eventually powers his way out of it but is caught by a Butterfly Suplex for a two. Regal wears down Tatsu with a Chinlock/Tazmission hybrid while we watch a replay of the Butterfly Suplex. Tatsu fights out with elbows and a jumping Roundhouse Kick to the temple. They have an Uppercutt vs Chop fight and Chop/Tatsu wins before a series of Roundhouse Kicks and a sort of Forward Roll into a Kick to the shoulders kind of move that I should know the name of. Tatsu climbs to the top turnbuckle but a nudge by Regal knocks Tatsu down to the canvas. Regal pulls down his knee pad and goes for the Knee Trembler (running exposed knee to the skull) Tatsu avoids it and hits a Roundhouse Kick to Regal’s head for the three count.

Winner: Yoshi Tatsu

Commentary tell us that opponents at this Sunday’s Night Of Champions, Tommy Dreamer and Christian, will be on the Abraham Washington Show later.

Ezekiel Jackson vs Mike Williams

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I talking about enhancement talent? It’s infrequent but it still happens. Here’s one now with Mike Williams. Guess who wins?

Zeke starts with a Big Boot that nearly wipes out Williams and follows that with a Clothesline that does the same. A standing Rock Bottom and we’re done. Well, Williams is. Post match, Vladimir Kozlov walks to the ring, stares at Zeke hits a Spinebuster to poor Williams and leaves.

Winner: Ezekiel Jackson

In a segment called ‘Ask The Divas‘ Eve Torres tells us that she works with muscular men every day so she looks for a man who is more normal looking, but he needs to be athletic. Maria says it’s not about looks but how a man treats her.

Shelton Benjamin vs Goldust

Shelton knees his way out of a Collar And Elbow and slams a forearm into the back of Goldust and jabs a Forearm in his face. Shelton shoots Goldust off the ropes but he Goldust reverses it. Goldust ducks for a Back Drop but Shelton leaps over him and pushes Goldust off the ropes only to be Clotheslined by the rebounding Goldust. After a couple of jabs, Goldust sends Shelton off the ropes and catches him with a Rear View. Goldust then Irish Whips Shelton into the corner and catches him with a running shoulder to the gut and a series of rights. Shelton catches a charging Goldust with a Snake Eyes and a Neckbreaker for a two count before unloading with punches and knees. A short arm Clothesline gets a two count for Shelton before he applies a Neck Crank in an attempt to wear down Goldust. Goldust fights out of it with punches and an Irish Whip but again a charging Goldust is thwarted this time with an Elbow. Shelton charges at a groggy Goldust but is caught with a snap Powerslam. Shelton reverses an Irish Whip off the ropes but bends too far and is kicked in the face by Goldust who follows up this assault with an Inverted Atomic Drop and a Bulldog that gets him a two. Goldust gets the same result from a Legdrop. Shelton then eats some punches from Goldust before catching Goldust with a modified Neckbreaker for a two. Goldust catches a flying Shelton with an Uppercutt for another two count. Shelton catches Goldust and leaps over the top rope dropping Goldust throat first on the rope before sliding back into the ring and catching a dazed Goldust with the match winning Paydirt.

Winner: Shelton Benjamin

We see Sheamus. He says that ECW maybe used to an Irishman (Finlay) running around with a Leprechaun (Hornswoggle) but those days are gone. He tells us the children he sees dancing in the crowd will see their heroes fall to The Celtic Warrior

We get a plug for Night Of Champions which is happening this weekend. It features Randy Orton vs Triple H vs John Cena in a Triple Threat Match, CM Punk vs Jeff Hardy and Ted Dibiase Jnr & Cody Rhodes vs Chris Jericho & A Mystery Partner. Should be good.

Gregory Helms is backstage with Paul Burchill and his sister Katie. Paul says that his opponent tonight doesn’t concern him. He gets distracted by then noise of a passing Goldust’s tourettes. He tells Goldust he’s sick of people like Goldust coming to ECW and thinking they can do what they want. Goldust has a twitch that ends in Goldust accidentally slapping Paul in the face. Paul goes after him but Katie stops him and tells him to focus on his match. Paul heads to the ring, Katie watches him go.

Tyler Reks vs Paul Burchill

This is Tyler’s ECW debut apparently. Burchill turns a Collar and Elbow Tie-up into a Chinlock briefly before Clotheslining Tyler in the face. Burchill catches Tyler’s foot to block a kick to the face but Tyler ducks a Clothesline and hits Burchill with a Flying Clothesline before ramming Burchill’s face into the turbuckle. Burchill catches a charging Tyler with a Back Elbow but Tyler catches him with a Back Drop. Katie distracts Tyler by pulling on his ankle allowing Burchill to knee him in the back sending him into the corner before hitting a Short Arm Clothesline. Burchill slows things down with a Chinlock. Tyler fights out of it but gets Irish Whipped into the corner but he catches a charging Burchill with a Back Elbow of his own.

A second rope Cross Body gets Tyler a two but Burchill catches him with a Samoan Drop that gets him a two of his own. Burchill hits some Crossface Clotheslines before going back to the Chinlock. Tyler tries fighting out of it but Burchill slams him to the mat and catches him with a Kick to the chest, a Snapmare and a Knee Drop which gets a two. Back to the Chinlock. Tyler powers his way out of it and he and Burchill exchange punches. Tyler wins that and Irish Whips Burchill off the ropes, Burchill reverses it but the rebounding Tyler strikes with a Right Hand to the gut and hits Burchill with a Flapjack and a Springboard Dropkick that gets him a two. As both men get to their feet, Burchill heaves Tyler up and over with a huge Side Suplex which gets a two count. Burchill then charges at Tyler with a sort of Shoulder Block/Spear but Tyler rolls him up with a School Boy and gets the three.

Winner: Tyler Reks

Abraham Washington is out to host The Abraham Washington Show. This is a sort of spoof/Rip off from all the Late Shows on TV with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brian, David Letterman and a ton of others. WCW tried this years ago too with Eric Bischoff as host.

He says that he was not on last week’s show and got emails. So tonight he’s back with a bigger and better show with not one but TWO main event level superstars on the show. First he brings out ‘My Dawg‘ Christian. Following Christian is a man that has been on before but Abraham suspects keeps coming back for the buffet in the green room. Abraham says he may not be back on the show as Abraham can’t afford the man’s eating habits: The ECW Champion, Tommy Dreamer.

Abraham calls Dreamer fat and tells Christian he has a face for radio so Christian tells him that his jokes haven’t been original since 1991. Christian says he and Dreamer are friends and sometimes tag team partners. He says that when he first came to ECW he wanted to win the ECW Title and he did just that, this Sunday he’ll win it again.

Dreamer reminds Christian that the reason he’s a former ECW Champion is because Dreamer beat him. Abraham suggests to Dreamer that the reason Dreamer is looking forward to going to Philadelphia not because of his ECW roots but because he wants to stuff his big fat face with cheese steaks.

Dreamer says he’s had enough of Abraham’s jokes. He has great pride about returning to Philadelphia as ECW Champion. Christian tells Dreamer that if Dreamer wins, don’t cry. Dreamer tells Christian that to joke like that to him is a slap in the face, which is what Christian then does. Dreamer then slaps Christian in the face. Abraham tells them to save it for Sunday while Dreamer and Christian exchange words off mike as we fade out.

Post Show: This was an odd show. There was nothing that was ‘go out of your way to see it’ good or ‘avoid like plague’ bad. It was a show that reminds you that when someone like WWE is putting out 52 episodes of Raw, 52 of Smackdown and 52 of ECW, not every show is a classic. This was a very meh show.

Match Of The Night: Shelton Benjamin vs Goldust. Like the show there was nothing that stood out on this show as being amazing. I’ve picked the Goldust one but it could have been Regal’s match or Paul Burchill’s. None stood out.

MVP: Abraham Washington. He’s like Byron Saxon filled with charisma. OK so his material was mainly fat jokes but the charisma was off the charts.

Rating: 5/10 Middle.

With that, I’m done. I’m off now to have some minor surgery done so I won’t be here next week but I shall return the following week. In the meantime I can be found on Twitter @Callaweasy2220 where I live tweet Raw, Smackdown, NXT and, when applicable, PPV and post random screenshotted pictures of whatever show I’m reviewing.

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Attitude Of Aggression #275- The Big Four Project Chapter 3: Royal Rumble ’88 & WrestleMania IV

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The Attitude Of Aggression returns for Chapter 3 of The Big Four Project, a chronological analysis, review, and discussion about WWE’s Big Four PPVs/ Premium Live Events. On this Episode, Dave welcomes back the one and only PC Tunney to discuss two more immensely important events in pro wrestling history, the inaugural Royal Rumble and WrestleMania IV. The 1988 Royal Rumble was different than any other Rumble in history and not just because it was the first. Dave and Tunney break down the fascinating history of the first installment of an event that would evolve into an annual favorite for many in the WWE Universe. From there, the guys recap the surreal events that led to the end of Hulk Hogan’s 4-year reign as WWF Champion and set the stage for, arguably, the most important tournament in WWE History at WrestleMania IV. Macho Madness reached new heights that night. But was Savage the first choice of Vince McMahon to emerge from Atlantic City with the gold that night? We have the whole story for you here on Chapter 3 of The Big Four Project!

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Chairshot Classics: What I Watched #15 – AAW Defining Moment 2018

Harry covers a show that helped to continue Sami Callihan’s 2018 infamy. AAW Defining Moment should be a fun trip down memory lane!

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Apologies for the slight delay getting to this but it’s Harry here once again. And for as verbose as I can be at times, I don’t feel the need to waste any time getting to this one. This is the second part of the double shot for AAW on ‘All In’ weekend in Chicago. 

The WayBack Machine takes us to August 31st, 2018 as we once again arrive at the Logan Square Auditorium (and oh boy does that become important later) for AAW’s Defining Moment 2018.

What I Watched #15

AAW Defining Moment 2018

8/31/2018

Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, IL

Runtime: 3:18:22 (HighSpotsWrestlingNetwork)

Commentary By: Tyler Volz (PBP) and Marty DeRosa (Color)

 

THE RESULTS

  • Match 1: Curt Stallion/Jake Something def. Ace Romero/Colt Cabana, Something pins Cabana @ 8:41
  • Match 2: Shane Strickland pins Darby Allin, top-rope Swerve Stomp @ 13:30
  • Match 3: Jessicka Havoc def. Palmer Cruise/Steve Manders, pinning Cruise with a Chokeslam @ 2:52
  • Match 4: OI4K (Dave/Jake Crist) def. Ace Austin/Brian Cage, Dave pins Austin @ 5:55
  • Match 5: AAW Heritage Title- Trevor Lee © pins DJ Z (Shiima Xion), roll-through on CBB with tights @ 13:30
  • Match 6: AR Fox/Myron Reed def. Bandido/Flamita, double cover @ 15:42
  • Match 7: Maxwell Jacob Friedman taps Marko Stunt, Salt of the Earth @ 10:41
  • Match 8: Sami Callihan pins Jimmy Jacobs, Cactus Driver on a bridged guardrail @ 17:52
  • Match 9: AAW Tag Titles- Eddie Kingston/Jeff Cobb © def. Davey Vega/Mat Fitchett, Cobb pins Fitchett @ 14:19
  • Match 10: AAW Heavyweight Title- Brody King pins ACH ©, All Seeing Eye (Whiplash) @ 22:46

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Curt Stallion/Jake Something vs. Ace Romero/Colt Cabana

*The match was decent but nothing special. A pretty big win for Something at the end with the three count over Cabana, who has a storied past in Chicago and was one of the biggest names in independent wrestling. That said, I personally don’t love the flukish nature that Something pins Cabana, as I think Something could have used a defining pinfall to really give him a rub going forward. 

Cabana usually makes for a fun watch and I’ve grown to enjoy Ace Romero the more I see him (he especially stands out for Limitless, which I hope to get to one day soon). Jake Something is a huge star in the making and you can see it even early in the run of AAW that he has. Stallion is what Stallion is. Solid opener, but nothing you’ll remember post show. (**½)

Darby Allin vs. Shane Strickland

*Showstealer, plain and simple. Strickland had been with AAW for a while but to the best of my memory, it was more often in a tag team with Keith Lee (funny how that works out with 2022 eyes on it, as Swerve and Keith are the current AEW tag champions at the time of writing). I do believe this is only Darby’s second match in AAW (the prior being a five-ish minute loss to Brody King). Both guys are huge names now and with efforts like this, it’s easy to see how. Darby tries to keep pace with Swerve and is able to do so for a good portion of the contest until Swerve finds that next gear down the stretch and puts Allin down with the Swerve Stomp to a massive (deserved) ovation from the crowd. (****)

Jessicka Havok vs. Palmer Cruise/Steve Manders

*I dislike handicap matches in general. However, unlike certain other writers for this site, I don’t mind intergender wrestling. But the suspension of disbelief gets lost here when you have two dudes the size of Cruise and Manders struggling with Jessicka Havok, who should realistically not being coming in at 100% after taking the Ganso Bomb from Brody King through the chairs the night before. I won’t rate the match due to the Larry Csonka (RIP) Rule of not rating anything shorter than three minutes, but I’m calling this a miss regardless. (X)

OI4K (Dave/Jake Crist) vs. Ace Austin/Brian Cage

*The Brothers Crist come out to ringside to stand next to Havok after said match and call out Brody King and Jimmy Jacobs. They get one of those two men as Jacobs makes his way out, but informs Dave and Jake that neither he nor Brody will be facing them due to having prior obligations, but he did find the perfect opponents for OI4K. As for the opponent, Cage does make for a good size fill-in for Brody King. Ace Austin is a OI4K trainee that hadn’t quite made a name for himself at the time but has since turned into a pretty good wrestler, having just competed for NJPW in Best of the Super Jr’s as well as being Impact Wrestling’s X Division champion for a while.

The match itself was not memorable at all. I will admit to typing this review on a bit of a delay and other than the finish (a Tiger Driver ‘98 by Dave to Austin), I don’t remember anything that happened during the course of the contest. Not the best impression for these four men to leave. (**)

AAW Heritage Title- Trevor Lee © vs. DJ Z

*I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I like DJ Z. I liked him more under his previous identity, but this was him using the Impact Wrestling name for more notoriety with the casual fan. That being said, despite DJZ winning a three way relatively quickly the night before while Trevor was in a war with Ace Romero, I never felt the title was in jeopardy here. For as much as I like DJZ’s run with AAW, this misfortune of his injury just so happened to coincide with Trevor Lee becoming one of the hottest acts on the undercard and there wasn’t anything in the build up to the rematch (despite some good promo work from Z) that made me think that the strap was switching here. 

As for the match itself, they have really good chemistry together and that isn’t a surprise given how many of the same promotions they were working for at the time as well as their history in AAW up to this point. I do think this match does a nice job of setting the stage for a return match as it is DJZ’s offensive attack at the end of the contest that gets reversed into the cradle (with a handful of tights) for the finish. The nature of the victory leads me to believe that the story with these two isn’t over quite yet. (***½)

AR Fox/Myron Reed vs. Bandido/Flamita

*This was similar to the main event the night before, but didn’t have the same crowd investment that match did. Bandido and Flamita once again shine here and it is easy to see why they become semi-regulars in AAW after this weekend. AR Fox and Myron Reed (Team Firefox, as they were referred to by Sarah Shockey) get a massive victory with a double pinfall following stereo 450 splashes. This sets up Fox and Reed for a title match against the winners of WRSTLING vs. Besties later in the night, but honestly, I think that Bandido/Flamita was the better pairing to have go forward to a title shot. Firefox had previously unsuccessfully challenged for the tag belts and if I’m being fully honest, I prefer AR Fox as a singles wrestler over being in a tag team. Good match, but I think the wrong team wins. (***½)

Maxwell Jacob Friedman vs. Marko Stunt

*Marko had just made a name for himself at GCW’s Lost in New York (a show I have watched) and this was a way for him to break out back in his Midwest home. MJF has been on a hot streak point up to this point (believe he is the current CZW Heavyweight champion, though I don’t think he ever actually defends that title) and MJF would make himself a known commodity the next night opening the ‘All In’ PPV against Matt Cross (in a losing effort)

Easy story to tell with MJF taking the much smaller Stunt lightly and Marko making him pay for it. It is unfortunate that more people didn’t get to see what Stunt is capable of, because his run in the indie scene before he went to AEW was quite special to watch due to his ability to connect with a crowd (no different here). The finish sees MJF take advantage of the arm work that he did early in match and after Marko escapes a fujiwara armbar, MJF is able to catch Marko in ‘Salt of the Earth’, a wakigatame (Marko on stomach as MJF applies a cross-armbreaker) for the the tapout. Very good work and Marko does really well for himself in his debut with another high end US Independent. (***)

Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan

*Ooooh, boy. A lot to unwrap with this one. Let’s get the match first, because the drama that it creates leads to the fallout that has to be discussed. It is honestly a pretty standard Sami brawl for the time frame. PWG used to have what was known as the “Sami Sprint”…by which it would be Callihan vs. Opponent and the match would run anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes of hard hitting back and forth action with little in terms of a cohesive story or selling. Pretty much a ‘can you top this?’ kind of situation. This feels like that in a sense because the match features both Sami and Jimmy going into their well of tricks (the crowd brawling, the spike, the guardrail that gets used in the finish) while maintaining the crowd reaction from the prior night’s tag match. Fittingly, the finish is visually impressive as Callihan hits the ‘Cactus Driver’ (pulling piledriver) on a guardrail bridged across two metal folding chairs to secure the three count. (***½)

THE INCIDENT

The bigger story coming out of this is that this match almost costs AAW the Logan Square Auditorium and almost ends even more disastrously personally for Callihan. At one point, Callihan and Jacobs are brawling over by the stage in the venue (traditionally used for concerts) where Callihan buries Jacobs under a portion of the stage. Callihan then starts winging metal sitting chairs (not the standard folding ones you see in most companies because the four legged dinner table type chairs) at Jacobs. A voice comes over the house mic telling Callihan to stop, causing a loud visceral boo from the crowd. Callihan more or less tells said voice to “fuck himself” and hurls more chairs at Jacobs. 

At first, I thought it was Danny Daniels telling Callihan to stop, but it turns out it was actually building management. This becomes important when after the three count goes down, building security surrounds the ring to escort Callihan out of the building as they were pissed at Sami for throwing chairs that the venue used for other events. As I’ve heard the story, Callihan thinks this is part of a storyline and begins to push the security guys until one of them shows Callihan that he is carrying a real pistol and will use it if necessary. Things break down from there with the rest of OI4K getting involved and eventually Sami is escorted to the back (and presumably out of the building).

How much of this is real? How much of this is scripted? How much of this was sensationalized for additional attention? I don’t have the answers for those questions. I do know that cooler heads would prevail and AAW was able to continue running at LSA, however I feel the truth lies somewhere in the middle. It may have been a planned altercation to play off the recklessness of Callihan. It may have been a real reaction from the building to what they perceived as damage to personal property. The old axiom in wrestling is “believe none of what you hear and half of what you see”. Overall, it makes for a great story with a relatively happy ending all considered. But man does it take the wind of the crowd for quite a while. And I will have to check out the follow up AAW shows to see what the fallout truly is.

AAW Tag Titles- Eddie Kingston/Jeff Cobb © vs. Davey Vega/Mat Fitchett

*Trevor Lee’s promo before the match is not one I can do justice. I recommend the show in general, but Trevor’s asshole smarmy heel persona in AAW (Impact Superstar Trevor Lee) is one of the best things going in the company.

Match is good but you’d have to expect that from the four men involved. Kingston and Cobb work surprisingly well as a team and despite being on separate pages for most of the bout, Vega and Fitchett do link up for a few double teams (corner enzuigiri/Kippou kick combo being standout among them) to continue to prove why they are one of the best tag teams in pro wrestling (still are to this day, though not known as the Besties in the World anymore). The finish sees the final stab from Vega to Fitchett as Vega chooses to take Scarlett to the back after she gets knocked off the apron, leaving Fitchett alone to take a one-two combo of the Backfist to the Future from Kingston that staggers him into a Tour of the Islands from Cobb to finish the contest. The ring work is on point, the story is very well told and you can hear the disappointment from the crowd when Vega chooses the hussy over his long-time tag partner. (****)

AAW Heavyweight Title- ACH © vs. Brody King

*Unfortunately, something gets lost during the course of this contest through no direct fault of the participants. As I understand it, Brody King got concussed relatively early in the bout. Credit to ACH for keeping things together as well as he did, but I would be curious to see what they are capable of with both competitors at 100% capacity for the full duration of the match.

As for the match, it does tell a pretty good story. ACH comes in still pretty beat up from the match with Jeff Cobb the night before. However, ACH lets his pride (or perhaps his ego) get the better of him as he once again tries to hang step for step, strike for strike and move for move with a man much bigger than he is. It ends up coming back to bite him at the end as a distraction from Jimmy Jacobs allows Brody King to take a distracted ACH up into the All Seeing Eye (fireman’s carry into a Michinoku Driver) for the three count to crown a new champion. Slightly cheap on the distraction ending but does help get Jimmy some of the heat he lost earlier in the evening back after dropping the contest to Callihan. (***½)

THE FINAL REACTION

Overall, a better show then the day before but not without a couple flaws. Obviously, the big story to come out of this show would be the fact that AAW almost lost Logan Square Auditorium due to the issues in the Callihan-Jacobs match. Thankfully, those would be resolved and to my knowledge, AAW is still running there. But it gets awfully hairy there for a few.

The highs: two four star matches on this show and they come in completely different type contests. Eddie Kingston continues his march of dominance in AAW and cuts one hell of a promo at the end of the show to run down how ACH let him down by losing the title. Marko Stunt has a fun debut and quickly gets the crowd behind him. The lows: that handicap match helped no one and the tag match that followed wasn’t much better. The main event isn’t what it could have been either, but that’s a case of shit happens with the early concussion to King. I will also say that I thought Sarah Shockey did a better job on color commentary yesterday then Marty DeRosa does here.

We’ll call it an 8 overall. As I said, it is a better top to bottom show then Destination Chicago is. And while high on the guest stars (for obvious reasons), you also get a really good look at what the overall AAW roster is all about too. I look forward to coming back to AAW down the road (ironically, upcoming shows are a double shot as well for the ‘Jim Lynam Memorial’ tournament), but I do want to mix in some other odds and ends before I do so.

Best Match/Moment: Shane Strickland vs. Darby Allin

Worst Match/Moment: The Havok handicap. Especially when you consider what Steve Manders would come to mean for AAW, it’s a really inauspicious debut.

Overall Show Score: 8/10

MVP: Eddie Kingston. The key part of a match that tied for best match of the night honors and absolutely shows why he is viewed the way he is when it comes to talking with an amazing promo to close out the show.

 

THE SIGNOFF

So, where does ‘What I Watched’ go from here? I go on vacation in about a week’s time and will be gone for most of August. I spoke to Andrew and what I hope to do is reformat the ‘All In’ report that I did to the new style so you guys have something to tide you over.  As for where I go when I get back from vacation…well, the Peacock WWE Network watch-through that I am working on has reached a show that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen (and if I have, it has been quite a while). Therefore, ‘What I Watched’ #16 will be ECW’s Guilty as Charged 1999 to set the tone for a year where all hell breaks loose in two of the three major promotions. Hopefully, you guys enjoy the ‘All In’ redo to hold you over and I’ll be back later in August with Guilty as Charged. I appreciate everyone who has been checking these out and if you’ve missed any, feel free to click on my name at the top of the article to check out my archive. Thanks for reading.


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