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Chairshot Classics: WCW WrestleWar ’92 – Destroy Or Be Destroyed!

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Open: Tony Schiavone & Eric Bischoff are in the arena laying out the goal of Sting’s Squadron and that is destroying The Dangerous Alliance. Sting has a rib injury so he may be a marked man tonight in War Games.

Match #1 for the WCW United States Tag Team Championships: WCW United States Tag Team Champions ‘The Taylor Made Man’ Terrance Taylor & Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael ‘P.S.’ Hayes & Jimmy ‘Jam’ Garvin) w/Precious
The fans are behind The Freebirds with their voices and clapping. Hayes and Taylor at the start. The crowd hates Taylor’s strutting but loves Hayes’. The two lock up, side headlock by Hayes and a shoulder tackle. Taylor backs into his corner and slows it down. Collar and elbow but Taylor can’t catch Hayes in the headlock. Another tie up, this time Taylor makes the tag to Valentine, Hayes avoids contact and the champs accidentally collide, a schoolboy by Hayes earns him a two count. Collar and elbow tie up, Hayes counters a hip block with one of his own.

Side headlock by Hayes, they hit the ropes and Valentine pounds Hayes to mat. Elbow to the skull and a few big chops land on Hayes. He’s sent for the ride, Hayes blocks the kick and lifts his opponent for an atomic drop, following it with some clotheslines. Lateral press for two. Hayes is fired up, but Valentine gets the first shot. Hayes fires back with chops and tags in Garvin. Irish whip by Valentine but he meets the ring post. Garvin goes to the wristlock, they run, Garvin can’t bring him over with a victory roll. Valentine misses an elbow drop and it’s back to work on his arm. Garvin draws Taylor into the ring so the Birds can pull off the double team.

Hayes is back in the ring and he hangs onto that arm. The crowd chants DDT, but Valentine breaks the hold with a shot to the midsection. Snapmare and Taylor is tagged in. He misses the elbow drop and the Birds go crazy with quick tags, abusing Taylor’s arm. Garvin finally stays in the ring for more than a few seconds, they run the ropes and a cross body gets two. Tag is made to Hayes, Taylor tries breaking the arm bar with head butts but they are unsuccessful. Hayes drags him down to the mat using a handful of hair. Taylor is reeling on the mat, he’s slow to a vertical base with his arm held. A shot to the midsection breaks the hold and Hayes is dumped to the ramp. Big right hand from the Taylor Made Man, but he’s dumped in the ring with a back body drop on the next attempt.

Big elbows from Hayes, and he gets a two count. Tag is made to Garvin and the fans still want the DDT. Taylor escapes the submission by dumping Garvin through the middle rope and onto the floor. Valentine takes advantage with some cheap shots. Garvin is pulled back in and receives a chin buster, tag is made to Valentine. Big chops from Valentine, Irish whip but Garvin catches him with the big boot. He pulls himself toward Hayes but Valentine prevents the tag. Valentine sets up a suplex – it’s countered by Garvin. Valentine is up first, but Garvin gets his knees up on the splash. Jimmy Jam can’t make his tag first and here comes Taylor with a high impact clothesline in the corner.

The Taylor Made Man latches on a reverse chin lock, Garvin is up to his feet, he breaks the hold, hits the ropes and they both go down after a clothesline from the Freebird. Taylor makes his tag first, but Garvin gets there just in the knick of time. Valentine is not interested in Michael Hayes who goes to work on both his opponents. The champs’ heads are knocked together, Hayes sets up the DDT on Valentine but he’s blindsided by Taylor’s five-arm. Valentine covers him and Hayes gets the shoulder up. Scoop slam by Valentine followed by the back breaker. Hayes kicks out of the lateral press as the fans chant for the Birds. Valentine goes downstairs on Hayes but it’s not enough for a successful cover.

Hayes’ arms are held to the mat, Valentine goes for a leaping knee but he meets Michael’s. Taylor is tagged in, Hayes tries to fight from his knees and Taylor rakes the eyes. Gut wrench powerbomb by Taylor and another kick out by Hayes. Valentine receives the tag, and he goes for the figure four. He locks it in, and Jimmy Jam makes the save. The Hammer locks in the arm bar with Hayes supine on the mat. Up to a vertical base, Valentine lays in some chops and forearms. Irish whip and Hayes just flops down to the mat off the turnbuckle. Tag is made to Taylor, he tries to send Hayes into the turnbuckle but it’s blocked and his head meets it instead. This happens in the other corner twice and Hayes lands a huge left. Tag is made to Garvin and he’s on fire.

Taylor is elevated for the back body drop, Valentine rushes in and he’s hit with a clothesline. Taylor is hit with an atomic drop and a victory roll. Taylor pushes out of it at two which shoves Garvin into Valentine for another lariat. The champs try a double teamed clothesline off the ropes, Garvin ducks and delivers his own to both of them. Valentine rolls out of the ring, Taylor and Garvin hit the ropes and Jimmy Jam is blindsided from the outside. Taylor lands a knee drop on the back of Garvins head and Hayes makes the save. Garvin sets up the DDT, Valentine rushes in for the save and he’s dropped on his back. Jimmy Jam hits the signature move and we have new champions!
Winners & NEW WCW US Tag Team Champions: The Fabulous Freebirds (Garvin/DDT)

  • EA’s Take: Once again, The Freebirds are used as tone setters for the crowd and they accomplished what they were sent out to do. I’m not a big fan of having multiple tag team title belts anyway, so I could do without these ones, as I’ve stated before. During this time, the tag division was fairly thin, especially evidenced by the fact that they and The Steiners are the only two pure tag teams who work for WCW full-time used on this card, as opposed to all the recent random-pairing tag teams in previous PPVs. If you tune into the early days of WCW Saturday Night, Taylor and Valentine were frequently featured.

Match #2: Johnny B. Badd vs. ‘Young Pistol’ Tracy Smothers
Collar and elbow tie up, some chain wrestling and Badd goes for a quick schoolboy pin. Smothers complains that he pulled the trunks. Reversal on the waistlock and they hit the ropes, big hip toss and a deep arm drag by the flamboyant one. Collar and elbow, Smothers grabs a side headlock, Badd gets an arm drag and flies onto Smothers with the cross body and a two count. A dropkick and another quick arm drag by Badd and he hangs onto the armbar on the mat. Smothers gets position in the corner and he buries the shoulder into the midsection. Badd turns it around and delivers shots to the torso, Irish whip but he meets Smothers’ boot. Big kick to the face from the Young Pistol but he can’t even get a two count.

Smothers with a back rake and he drags his face on the top rope. Smothers to the top rope and he catches him with a flying back elbow, he hooks the legs but cannot get three. He goes back to the top, he lands a flying cross body but the momentum pulls Badd on top of him and the match almost ends like that. Double axe handle by Smothers followed by a karate kick to the back of Badd’s head, but Johnny won’t accept a pin. Tracy locks in a reverse chin lock, Badd gets vertical and breaks the hold, they hit the ropes and Johnny leaps over Smothers for a sunset flip but he can’t get it over. Smothers sits on his chest and gets a two count, Badd rolls him over and earns the same.

Badd surprises him with an inside cradle and it’s a close one. Smothers jumps back into the chin lock, Badd uses the crowd’s energy to get up. The hold is broken, they hit the ropes and Badd lands a high knee. Badd ducks a few strikes and hits some body shots. Irish whip to the ropes and Badd lands a powerslam. He signals to the crowd and climbs to the top turnbuckle, he lands a leaping sunset flip for two and a half. Smothers sends him for the ride, Badd ducks a clothesline and lands the big left hook for the win.
Winner: Johnny B. Badd (Left Hook)

  • EA’s Take: Not a whole lot to see here, the crowd is digging Johnny B. Badd right now and it’s an opportunity to put him over. That was my only takeaway. The Young Pistols were no more by this time, as Steve Armstrong would head to the WWF for a brief stint as Lance Cassidy, putting Smothers in the undercard. They’d reunite later in Smoky Mountain, however.

Backstage: Missy Hyatt is standing by with The Fabulous Freebirds & Precious. They did what they said they were going to do, despite having their work cut out for them. Michael Hayes dedicated the match to Ronnie Van Zandt and this is only the first step. They intend to win the upcoming tournament for the WCW World Tag Team Championships.

Match #3: Marcus Alexander Bagwell vs. Scotty Flamingo
Collar and elbow tie up, and a tough break. Another high energy tie up and they fight for positioning before another break. A third tie up, Bagwell gets positioning but they break it off and exchange slaps to the face. Scotty tackles him to the mat and dumps Bagwell to the floor. Bagwell is quick to his feet and nails him from behind. They exchange more slaps before hitting the ropes, a huge right sends Flamingo reeling. Two Irish whips are followed by a belly to back suplex from Bagwell. A lateral press gets a two count, Flamingo with a front face lock, Bagwell counters with a vertical suplex and he gets another two count.

Scotty is able to toss Bagwell through the middle rope to the floor, Flamingo rolls him back in. Scotty goes for a knee to the gut but it’s countered into a roll up. Flamingo ducks a clothesline and he drops Bagwell with a suplex. Snapmare take down by Scotty, he drops a fist from the second rope and gets a two count. Bagwell is caught in a reverse chin lock, he works to his feet but Flamingo uses the hair to pull him right down to the mat. Scotty blatantly chokes Bagwell on the mat, he hooks the leg but can’t hold him down for the win. Flamingo goes back to the reverse chin lock as Bagwell hulks up. The hold is broken with some elbows, they hit the ropes and exchange shoulder blocks. Flamingo dives for a cross body and both men go over the top rope and down to the floor.

Referee Randy Anderson goes for the count, but Bagwell is rolled back in. Marcus blocks the face buster on the mat and hits Scotty with the same move. Flamingo blocks a right and fires one of his own. Bagwell blocks the hip toss and throws his opponent with force. High impact clothesline by Bagwell followed by straight rights. Flamingo reverses the Irish whip but eats Bagwells elbow, Marcus climbs to the second turnbuckle and comes down with the double axe handle. He lands the fisherman’s suplex but Flamingo gets his leg on the ropes. Irish whip to the ropes, Bagwell goes for the victory roll. Flamingo pushes out at two and rolls Bagwell over the same way with a handful of trunks to sneak out the win.
Winner: Scotty Flamingo (Victory Roll)

  • EA’s Take: In a few years, Flamingo would become one of my all-time favorite ring and promo psychologists, Raven. That was always such a complex and grungy character, it was funny seeing him so clean cut here. Bagwell seemed to be getting such a young, up-and-comer push that I’m surprised he takes the loss here, but the illegal holding of the trunks tells the “good guy got cheated” story. Plus, we know he’s going to go back into tags.


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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!

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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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