Open: Tony Schiavone & Magnum T.A. are in the arena to discuss the card. They explain that Terry Gordy and ‘Dr. Death’ Steve Williams are already in the semi-finals of tonight’s tag team tournament after defeating The Steiner Brothers at Clash of the Champions. There will 3 more quarterfinal matches to kick off the show, and NWA Tag Team Champions will be crowned by the end of the night.
Backstage: Eric Bischoff is joined by Bill Watts. Bischoff asks Watts to explain the rules for the night. In the NWA Tag Team Championship tournament, the new top rope rule does not apply but it will in the World Heavyweight Championship match.
Match #1 – NWA World Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Nikita Koloff & Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman
Pillman and Koloff to start. They measure each other and lock up. Koloff tries to get position but he’s shaken off. Collar and elbow tie up, Pillman with a side headlock, Koloff lifts him off. Another lock up, Pillman again with the headlock, Koloff sends him for the ride and hits a shoulder tackle. Test of strength, but Pillman grabs a drop toe hold, turning it into a front face lock. Koloff up to his feet, he lifts Flyin Brian and sets him on the top turnbuckle. Pillman leaps off, hits a drop kick, he climbs up for some rights but Koloff lifts him off with an inverted atomic drop.
Koloff charges, Pillman moves and schoolboys him for two. Liger is tagged in and he goes to work on Koloff’s wrist. Quick exchange and Pillman hits an axe handle. They switch it up again, Liger with a wrist lock. Another quick tag and they tear away at the shoulder. Yet another exchange, Liger takes his shoulder to the turnbuckle and tags again. Another tag, they hit the ropes and Liger can’t tackle the big man down. He slides through Koloff’s legs, hits a drop kick and is now able to follow through with the shoulder block. Pillman is back in, they hit the ropes and Koloff catches him with a shoulder block. Steamboat is tagged in, he takes out Pillman, snapmares Liger into the ring and bashes his opponents heads together.
Pillman rolls out, Steamboat whips Liger to the ropes and Jushin bails out. Pillman is back to the wring, quick drop toe hold and an arm bar submission by The Dragon. Back to a vertical base, wristlock by Steamboat, they hit the ropes, multiple leap frogs until Steamboat catches Pillman in the air. Inverted atomic drop, clothesline and an armdrag by Steamboat. He goes back to the arm, holds a wristlock, broken by Pillman’s standing clothesline. Tag is made to Liger and they double drop kick Steamboat. The ref is late to get over for the count, Steamboat kicks out, single leg pick up by The Dragon. They hit the ropes, a shoulder block by Steamboat earns two. Koloff is tagged back in and he lifts Liger for a scoop slam.
Liger is whipped to the ropes and is kneed in the gut. He falls toward Pillman and makes the legal tag. Collar and elbow, Koloff with a side headlock and a tag. Side headlock takeover by Steamboat and he holds the headlock. Back to vertical, shots to the midsection and they hit the ropes – back body drop and an elbow drop by Flyin Brian. Pillman with a drop kick and a two count. Side headlock takeover by Pillman and now roles are reversed. Up to their feet and Liger is tagged in. Quick karate kicks and a scoop slam by Liger. He goes for the top rope and lands a moonsault for a very close count. A gut wrench into a piledriver by Liger and Steamboat somehow gets the left shoulder up.
Snapmare and a rolling senton by the Japanese star and he still can’t get three. Up to their feet and Steamboat manages a belly to back suplex and a tag to Koloff. Liger is sent for the ride and a big boot is followed by three elbows, Liger kicks out. Reverse chinlock by Koloff. Liger works up to his feet, elbows to the midsection to break the hold, he hits the ropes but runs into a knee. Steamboat is back in, he lifts Liger for a backbreaker. The Dragon hangs on for a few more, then hits a power slam. Pillman interrupts the count and Koloff is tagged back in, Liger on the receiving end of a double elbow and he kicks out. Reverse chinlock by the Russian, the ref drop checks the arm. Liger fights his way to his feet and reaches for Pillman. Koloff throws Liger aside before a tag can be made.
Tag is made to Steamboat who comes off the 2nd rope with a right, but he can’t roll up for three. Steamboat sends Liger, Jushin stops short and boots The Dragon in the face and tags in Pillman. Flyin Brian with some chops and a back body drop. He drop kicks Koloff off the apron and scoop slams Steamboat for two. Side headlock on the mat by Pillman. The Dragon tries rolling him over unsuccessfully. Up to their feet, Liger is tagged back in. Pillman holds Steamboat in place for a drop kick. Athletic crossbody by Liger. Steamboat fights back and tags in his partner. Koloff is met with several martial arts strikes. They hit the ropes and Koloff gets momentum with shoulder blocks, following it with a scoop slam. Koloff poses for the crowd and Pillman comes in to drop kick him from behind.
Flyin Brian is tagged in legally and sends Koloff to the turnbuckle. Big drop kicks by Pillman, he hooks the leg for two. Flyin Brian is caught in the air off a cross body, and Liger assists them to the ground with a drop kick. Koloff tosses Pillman over the top rope and he hangs onto the rope, from the apron a springboard clothesline. He heads to the top rope for another high risk move and lands a missile drop kick. Steamboat rushes in for the save and he’s drop kicked through the middle rope. Koloff kicks out at two and a half. Chops in the corner, Koloff reverses the Irish whip and he runs into a big boot and knee. Pillman tries a sleeper from the 2nd turnbuckle but he simply knocks Koloff to his knees. He gets back up and latches it in, Koloff up to his feet quickly but Pillman holds on tight.
Steamboat is back up to the apron, Koloff breaks the hold with a chin buster. Both men are slow to get to their partners, and they both make the tag. Enziguri by Liger and Steamboat has to kick out. Steamboat sent for the ride, Liger goes for a dropkick but The Dragon hangs on to the ropes. A quick cover is made and Jushin kicks out. Up quickly, they hit the ropes, Liger counters a hip toss into a backslide for two. Side headlock by Liger, a blind tag is made to Pillman and Steamboat is surprised by a flying crossbody. Side headlock takeover by Brian, both men jockey for pinning positions on the mat. Steamboat hooks the arms for a backslide and gets two.
Steamboat with a side headlock, he reaches out for a tag and Pillman stops it with a belly to back suplex. Both men are down and the ref starts his count. Pillman is the first one up, he heads for the top rope, and he’s knocked down as Steamboat stumbles and hits the ropes. Liger and Koloff both rush to the middle of the ring, Koloff beating him down. Pillman gets back to a standing position on the top rope, he lands a flying crossbody from the top turnbuckle but Steamboat uses the momentum to roll him up on the other side.
Winners: Nikita Koloff & Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat (Steamboat/Roll-Up)
- EA’s Take: Despite Koloff working babyface for months now as part of the team facing off against The Dangerous Alliance, the fans weren’t having it with more boos than cheers each time he entered the ring. Solid bout to start the show off, you had to figure your two light heavyweights wouldn’t advance here. As for the concept, don’t even get me started on adding yet ANOTHER pair of tag titles to the mix.
Backstage: Eric Bischoff is standing by with The Steiner Brothers. It must be frustrating for them to be here as spectators instead of competitors. Scott cites great athletes like Muhammad Ali and Harley Race, and notes that as great as they were they weren’t undefeated, and they always came back better. Rick has never been scared of anything, and their score with Gordy and Williams will be revisited.
Match #2 – NWA World Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael ‘P.S.’ Hayes & Jimmy ‘Jam’ Garvin) vs. Hiroshi Hase & Shinya Hashimoto
Hayes and Hase start things off, and Michael entertains the fans with a moonwalk. Collar and elbow tie up, Hase grabs the arm and takes the Freebird over, Hayes quickly boots him away. Another tie up, side headlock by Hase, Hayes counters the takeover with a headscissor. Hase tries to bridge out of it, and his head is held to the mat. The hold is finally broken and they regroup. Hase goes for a single leg pick up, countered by Hayes and they fight for mat positioning. Hayes grabs the armbar and Garvin is tagged in.
Jimmy Jam muscles into the corner but now Hashimoto is tagged in. Collar and elbow, Garvin grabs the headlock and moves into a hammerlock. A drop toe hold breaks it for Hashimoto. Collar and elbow, side headlock takeover by Hashimoto. Back to their feet, Hashimoto rips Garvin down by the hair, holds the armbar and tags in Hase who goes right for the top rope. Elbow from the top by Hase and he grabs a wristlock. Garvin breaks it with a back heel trip. Hase bluffs at a test of strength and kicks Garvin in the gut, right hands a front face lock by Hase who tags in Hashimoto. Garvin is held in place for a vicious martial arts kick to the ribs. Garvin eats a couple more followed by a scoop slam, a lateral press gets two.
They tangle up and Garvin is able to get to his corner and make the tag. Hayes with some rights, goes for the wristlock and hits the tricep with forearms. Hayes gets an armbar but it’s broken with a shot to the neck. Blatant choke is broken on the ropes. Hayes is sent for the ride and a big back elbow. Hashimoto tags in Hase who lifts Hayes for scoop slam before landing on him with a somersault and a two count. Gut wrench into a gut buster by Hase. Shot to the midsection by Hase followed by some chops. The big man is tagged back in and he hits a superkick followed by more martial arts kicks. Hayes is dropped by a roundhouse kick followed by a spinning heel kick. Garvin rushes in to save the count. A fallaway slam is held onto with a bridge and Hayes must kick out.
Hashimoto grabs a reverse chin lock as the crowd encourages the Birds. Forearm to the chest by Hashimoto and Hase is tagged back in. They double up on Hayes with kicks, Garvin rushes in protest and he’s redirected by the ref. The Japanese team takes advantage, going to work on Hayes. Hayes reverses the Irish whip and throws his partners into one another. Hayes ducks a double clothesline off the ropes and he knocks both opponents down with left jabs. Garvin is tagged in and he clubs both opponents with forearms and scoop slams. He follows it up with clotheslines. Hayes gets back in on the action as all four men go at it, the fans chanting for the DDT. The ref gets Hayes back to his corner allowing for a double team on Garvin. Hashimoto catches him with a big kick allowing Hase to use a Northern Light suplex. Hayes is prevented from making the save and the team from Japan advances.
Winners: Hiroshi Hase & Shinya Hashimoto (Hase/Northern Lights Suplex)
- EA’s Take: Some more crossover action with New Japan’s roster. I expected WCW to legitimize the Japanese team with an advancement in the tournament, but I’m surprised The Freebirds were the ones to do the job here. It does give Hase & Hashimoto a bit of a “resume” in a sense, for the fans in America unfamiliar with them. “Well, they did beat The Freebirds.”
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)
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.
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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