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Chairshot Classics: WWE SummerSlam 2002



Latino Heat, Eddie Guerrero enters first for the next bout and the crowd is giving him some heat. There is even a sign that reads “Dirtiest Mullet in the Game”. A shout out to that dude and his sweet sign. Edge enters through a puff of smoke next and he is granted a much friendlier welcome from the fans. Edge was rumored to have been planned to face Benoit here for the IC Title but the wanted it to transfer to RAW, and Edge was Team SmackDown. Edge hits the ring, and after he pumps the fans up, he removes his white trench coat and the bell sounds soon after. Edge comes out of the collar and elbows on top and maintains the advantage after he flapjacks Guerrero to the mat. It quickly becomes Eddie’s turn to go on the offensive after he reverses Edge’s suplex by landing feet first on the apron. He hits Edge with a neckbreaker over the top rope, but is quick to return to the ring to resume the attack. Guerrero’s offensive strike don’t last long and after Edge leap frogs him, the momentum switches again. Edge delivers a scoopslam next that he follows with a pin but only gets a two count. He ties Eddie’s arms in the rope and delivers a spear to the unguarded midsection of Guerrero. Edge tries another one but this time Guerrero moves and Edge flies through the rope, to the outside. Edge appears to have injured his shoulder here, so Guerrero joins him on the outside and slams the injured arm into the ring stairs. Eddie returns Edge to the ring and continues to stomp the shoulder.

Edge’s shoulder would become the target of Eddie from here on out. A single arm DDT is first, and after some arm wrenching, Eddie goes to the top turnbuckle to hit another single arm DDT. Guerrero goes for the cover but Edge is still able to kick out. Guerrero applies an arm lock, but after quite some struggle, Edge manages to find the ropes. After some shoulder stomps, Eddie locks a crossface chicken wing onto the kneeled Edge. Edge escapes with a snapmare but Eddie is quick to take him back to the mat and lock in a Fujiwara armbar. Edge powers his way out of the hold but Guerrero is quick to suplex him and apply yet another armbar. As far as telling a story goes, Eddie is doing a great job with all the arm work. Edge escapes again, and when Eddie comes hot off the ropes he is met with a lightning fast scoopslam. This leaves both men prone on the mat but after some time they make it to their feet at the same time. Edge lands the clothesline and he has his first advantage in a moment.  Edge backdrops Eddie before he puts him in the corner. Edge is really selling the injured shoulder here and is doing his best not to use it. Edge charges Guerrero in the corner next but Guerrero plants an elbow onto Edge’s jaw to stop the charge. This has quite the smack and must have made some good contact here. Edge reverses Guerrero’s attempted suplex with a suplex of his own. Edge sends him over the top rope and crashing to the floor though. Edge slow climbs to the top turnbuckle next and flies to the outside to hit Guerrero with a crossbody. When Edge makes contact Eddie bounces right off him and into the security rail. A nice bump for sure. Edge is quick to return Eddie to the ring before he starts to climb the top turnbuckle again. Guerrero gets to his feet first and meets Edge up top. Edge hits some punches to the midsection to stop Guerrero’s suplex attempt and this allows Edge to hit a falcon arrow, of sorts, off the top rope. He makes the cover but Guerrero gets the shoulder up. He heads to the corner next to wait in anticipation to unleash the spear. When Guerrero returns to his feet, Edge strikes but Guerrero welcomes him with a dropkick to the chin. A great spot here. Eddie goes up top to attempt one of the greatest frogsplashes in the business, but Edge gets the knees up. An Edgecution, a lifting DDT, is next for Guerrero to take but he again manages to kick out when the cover is made. The setup is made for another Edgecution but this time Guerrero counters it with a suplex into a bridge pin. But Edge isn’t done yet and gets his shoulder up. Eddie hits a swinging neckbreaker and is quick to take to the top rope again. Edge meets him there but after some head-butts to his injured shoulder, Edge falls back to the mat. This time he lands the frogsplash onto the injured shoulder but Edge is still kicking out. A spear out of right field allows Edge to make the cover and the crowd counts along as the ref pounds the three count on the mat. This was a great match and Eddie’s frequent targeting of the shoulder made it even more believable. The crowd didn’t seem to pop as much in this match but I think it has been the best match so far. A solid performance from two more Hall of Famers and a must see match. Match Time:11:50


After the match there is a package video that is basically a shoot on Major League Baseball. The MLB was close to a player strike so the WWE thought it would be a good time to brag “Our Season Never Ends”. Even knowing it is an attack on MLB, I found this a nice jab at the world of Professional Sports.


We see The Un-Americans in the back and they are being interviewed by Jonathon Coachman. They make it a point to belittle the crowd and call them “Lazy, unappreciative, unresponsive and spoiled”. We all know Vince McMahon likes to take advantage of when the U.S.A. has a common enemy, Be it a Ivan Koloff in the cold war or Iron Sheik in Dessert Storm. He must have thought an Osama Bin Laden type character after 9/11 was going too far, and went with the evil Canadian angle instead.


We hear a “Can you dig it, Sucka!” before Booker T and his Partner, Goldust enter the arena to a nice pop. The heat is an all-time high when The UnAmericans enter next. They are all dressed in t-shirts with inverted American flags and they read “UN-AMERICAN”. They are made up of Canadian wrestlers Christian, Lance Storm and Test. Only the Tag Team Champions, Christian and Lance, come to the ring instead, and Lance is waving an inverted American flag and this makes for some great heat. Vince must have wanted to capitalize on the unity of the United States at the time with this troupe. And it worked. The ref raises the Titles high above his head and the championship match is about to begin!

Christian and Goldust start the match and Goldust is off to a hot start, delivering various punches and kicks. After a butt bump, Lance Storm comes in the ring to slow Goldust but he gets hit with a scoopslam. Christian eventually hits a few counter punches and is able to make the tag. Goldust doesn’t allow him to build momentum, though, and hits Storm with an inverted atomic drop. When Goldust points to Booker, as to signify a tag, the place erupts with cheers. The tag is made and Booker comes in hot. A sidewalk slam leads to a pin attempt for Booker but he only gets a two count. Goldust returns, after a tag, but a Christian distraction allows Storm to rake the eyes of Goldust. This leads to Storm throwing Goldust over the top turnbuckle and to the floor mats. Solid bump here. After Christian returns Goldust to the ring, he makes the tag and he and Storm double team Goldust for a moment. The crowd is super loud at this point with “U.S.A.” chants. Christian is quick to quiet them by continuing to beat on Goldust. Storm comes in off the tag but Goldust is able to hold the ropes and avoid his dropkick. Goldust follows up with a lifting Russian leg sweep and this leaves both men prone on the mat. The crowd is starting to buzz for the hot tag but Storm is able to make his tag first and Christian is able to stop Goldust from making his. Christian applies a side headlock but Booker starts to clap and the crowd soon follows suit. The rally powers Goldust to make the tag but the official is distracted by Lance Storm. Booker enters and clears the ring but the ref grabs him by the waist to stop the attack and make him exit the ring, claiming that he didn’t see a legal tag made. I am always a big fan of spots like this if they are done correctly, and this one definitely was. After Lance lays Goldust out with a clothesline, he goes for a cover and it takes a boot from Booker T to stop the count. Christian eventually tags back in and after some punches are exchanged both men are on the mat following a double clothesline. The ref begins his count as Goldust crawls towards Booker. Christian is able to grab the foot and stop him, while Lance runs over and pulls Booker from the apron. Booker chases Lance around the ring and when Goldust finally reaches his corner his partner isn’t there.


Booker is enraged now, and the ref is distracted by this. The distraction allows Storm to enter the ring with a pair of chairs. They go for the Con-Chair-To but Goldust ducks and they bang the chairs together. Goldust comes off the ropes and levels them both with a double clothesline. The arena is shaking with “U.S.A.” chants as Goldust finally makes the hot tag. He comes in swinging and clears the ring with clotheslines and back body drops. Booker takes to the top rope next and comes off quick to hit Christian in the chest with a missile dropkick. He goes for the cover and Goldust even comes in to throw Storm from the ring. Christian kicks-out as Goldust and Storm continue to brawl on the outside. Storm comes flying in the ring but Booker ducks his dropkick and the ref absorbs it instead. This eventually sets Booker up to hit them with a double scissor, that sends the crowd into a frenzy. Booker hits the Spin-a-rooni next on Christian, but the ref is still out and can’t count when he makes the cover. The crowd counts it out but this isn’t how things are done. Storm tries to come in and interfere with the belt but is laid out with a clothesline from Goldust. They clothesline Storm from the ring and Goldust joins him on the outside. When Booker T turns around though Test appears from nowhere to lay Booker out with a big boot. Test then quickly leaves through the crowd as Christian crawls over to make the cover. The crowd is in shock as the ref counts the three and The Un-Americans retain the Tag Team Titles. This was a great match, from the hot tag build-up to the illegal double teaming throughout, and I would recommend it to anyone. The story was well told and even the screwball finish was executed properly. Match Time: 9:37


We see a quick contest inside WWE’s World of New York nightclub. Nidia is picking her partner for a make-out contest that is being hosted by Jamie Noble. This is ridiculous stuff here. Her and her partner proceed to make-out on the couch as Noble cheers them on. Nidia was the first winner of Tough Enough, a WWE reality show where the winner is rewarded a one year contract. I’m sure this isn’t what she expected when she signed up. After this we are back in the GM Office with Stephanie and Bischoff.  The two are speaking on women’s positions in the company. Steph says that they “belong on top” and Eric agrees with her. They finish up by speaking about who the winner of the IC Title match will be.

The WWE Intercontinental Champion, Chris Benoit enters first and is representing SmackDown. The crowd must have been saving their pop for the challenger, Rob Van Dam. Because when he enters the place explodes. A test of strength starts the match but Van Dam is quick to start throwing some of his stiff kicks and Benoit is forced to leave the ring to regroup. Benoit returns to the ring and takes some more kicks before he catches one and takes RVD down. Benoit then applies a headlock and starts to wear on RVD. After he escapes, RVD springboards of the second turnbuckle and hits a crossbody. His momentum doesn’t last log and Benoit catches him with a brutal German suplex. Benoit continues to work the neck and goes for a cover, after a vicious snap suplex. But RVD kicks out. Benoit applies the Fujiwara armbar next and this is when RVD starts to rally. He escapes the hold with an arm drag takedown and tries to roll Benoit up with an inside cradle. Benoit kicks-out, and RVD is quick with another backslide pin attempt. But again, another kick-out. At this point we see some blood forming around the mouth of Chris Benoit. RVD attempts a springboard split-leg moonsault but it is countered when Benoit gets the knee up. Benoit “slits his throat” before going up top to attempt a diving head-butt. RVD moves though and the head of Benoit drives to the mat. Looking back, maybe not the best choice of move for a finisher. RVD now goes up top for the five star frogsplash but again Benoit avoids the attack. He is quick to capitalize by locking the crippler crossface onto RVD. Van Dam finally breaks the hold by getting his foot onto the bottom rope.


Benoit resumes the beating and the next highlight comes when RVD tries to jump onto the top turnbuckle but Benoit shoves him off it. The crowd pops as Van Dam lands on the security wall and Benoit is quick to join him on the outside. He then bangs RVD into the ring pole before returning him to the ring. After an elbow drop to the face we can see blood now in the mouth of Van Dam as well. These two dudes made sure there stuff looked brutal and sacrificed their bodies to do so. Benoit eventually starts to surfboard stretch Van Dam, and this is when he tries to rally. RVD attempts to muscle free from the hold but this ends with Benoit choking him with his own arms. The “RVD” chants begin but they avail him nothing and Benoit slams him to the mat by his hair. RVD manages to take Benoit to the mat and tries to hit the rolling thunder. Benoit moves though and he quick to lock-in another crippler crossface. He escapes with some elbows to the side of Benoit’s face but is quickly rolled up for another pin attempt. RVD kicks out and the match continues. A Hammerlock is applied to Van Dam next, and Benoit uses the hold to slam the exposed shoulder of RVD into the ring post. He keeps the hammerlock applied and uses it to transition into a northern lights suplex. With the hold still applied he returns RVD to his feet and delivers another northern lights suplex. A third one soon follows and this sets up Benoit up to apply another crippler crossface. RVD starts to wiggle towards the ropes but when he gets close Benoit transitions into a dragon sleeper. The escape eventually happens and the crowd explodes when RVD locks Benoit’s own crippler crossface onto him. The hold is eventually broken but RVD is gaining momentum and the crowd is behind him. He springboards off the second rope and nails Benoit in the throat, with a brutal kick. He goes for the cover but Benoit kicks out. This time when RVD goes for the rolling thunder which connects, but the pin attempt only gets the two. Van Dam attempts the monkey flip next but Benoit is right there to push him off the turnbuckle. This causes RVD to land on his family jewels on the top turnbuckle. Benoit tries to suplex him from the top turnbuckle but RVD counters it mid-air with a crossbody. This sets RVD up to hit a successful five star frogsplash and get the three count right after. This was an amazing match and these two legend’s moves are very stiff throughout. It has been rumored that this was supposed to be Edge vs. Benoit for the IC Title here but there was a change in plans. They put RVD into the picture because the wanted the IC Title to belong to RAW. Match Time:16:30


We see a quick clip next of Stephanie and Bischoff again. This time Bischoff is grinding her up about losing the Intercontinental Championship. She takes it well and leaves the room with a crazy cackle. I have to say that these segments are the worst of the show but I understand their purpose.

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



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

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!



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


Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, IL

Runtime: 3:18:22 (HighSpotsWrestlingNetwork)

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



  • 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



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 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)


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.



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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