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Chairshot Classics: WCW SuperBrawl V (1995) – The Biggest Brawl Of Them All



SuperBrawl V
Our weekly Chairshot Classics WCW PPV series continues with SuperBrawl V!

Open: Technical difficulties occurred in the original broadcast, so any opening package or segments are unavailable. We pick up in the middle of match #1.

Match #1: ‘Das Wunderkind’ Alex Wright vs. ‘Pretty’ Paul Roma
As stated above, the beginning of the match is missing due to technical difficulties. We come upon Alex Wright holding an arm bar on Roma. Pretty Paul gets to vertical and turns the tide. He grabs a wrist lock, Wright cartwheels out of it, Roma tries to stay in control with some hair takedowns. The ref lectures him allowing Wright to pop up, he walks the rope for an arm drag takedown. Hiptoss into an arm bar by Das Wunderkind. ‘Mr Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff comes walking toward the ring from the back, and he’s cheering for Roma.

Wright works Roma to the mat for a 1 count, tries again and still can’t wrestle him down. Fireman’s takeover by Wright and he hangs onto the arm while Roma screams at the referee. Roma circles behind for a forearm shot and he drops a couple of elbows across the chest of Wright. Scoop by Roma and he drops Wright for a back breaker. He hangs on and lifts him for two more. Orndorff loves it. Roma puts the boots to Wright and dumps the young kid on the outside. Orndorff stands back and doesn’t take advantage. From the apron, Roma strikes with a forearm and boots Wright to the floor once again.

Orndorff stays out of it once again. Wright climbs to the apron and fights back with rights. He tries a sunset flip but Roma cuts him off. Pretty Paul makes a cover but Wright kicks out, Paul thinks the count was slow. To the ropes, Wright tries reversing a hiptoss into a backslide. Roma struggles but he finally gets him over for one. Wright tries a small package but can only manage two. Roma is up with the advantage, he gouges the eyes and Randy Anderson warns him. Snapmare takeover and Roma locks in a reverse chin lock. He uses the ropes for leverage and Orndorff runs a distraction. The ref drop checks the arm and gets two.

Wright works his way up and breaks the hold with elbows. He sends Roma for a dropkick but Roma holds the ropes. Pretty Paul leaps to the top rope and lands a big elbow. He is slow to cover and pulls Wright up by the hair. Irish whip, Wright moves and lays in some rights and European uppercuts. Whip to the ropes for a hip toss, he shoots him in again for a spin kick and Roma kicks out at one. To the corner, Wright comes back with a crossbody, but Orndorff breaks up the pin from the outside. Scoop slam by Roma and he conferences with Orndorff who is up on the apron. Wright blindsides him with a dropkick and schoolboys Roma for the victory.
Winner: ‘Das Wunderkind’ Alex Wright (Schoolboy)

  • EA’s TakeOh, WCW. We didn’t get the opening segment or the start of the match due to technical difficulties – color me not surprised! I was expecting Orndorff to turn on Roma or vice versa when he came out from the back, especially when no liberties were taken with Wright on the outside. It didn’t happen and it was pretty standard stuff here.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is standing by with WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat & Sister Sherri. Sherri mocks The Nasty Boys for crying the management and not coming to the woman who could get them another shot at the belts. Stevie Ray tells them you either smoke or get smoked, if you want the belts, come and get them. Booker T chimes in by reminding them who the champs are, they have a new move in mind for tonight and there is going to be a Harlem hangover tonight in Baltimore.

Match #2: Bunkhouse Buck w/Col. Robert Parker & Meng vs. ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan
The brawl breaks out before Duggan even lets go of his flag. Buck goes down with a right and he’s thrown into the buckle. Forearm shots from Hacksaw and he throws Buck into the other buckle. Buck turns the tables with an eye rake but it’s Duggan with a hip toss off the ropes and a clothesline out to the floor. Buck grabs his ankle and invites Duggan to a slugfest on the floor. Duggan is run into the ring post and he rolls back in. To the ropes, Duggan stops short and drops a knee on Bunkhouse Buck.

He grabs a reverse chin lock, Buck gets back to his feet but he gets a head butt and several elbows across the tricep. Buck tries a kick, Duggan catches him and spins him into an atomic drop. Heavy right by Duggan and Buck gets his foot on the rope when he’s pinned. Reverse chin lock by Duggan, he works out of it but he’s pounded down by a right. Buck is thrown repeatedly into the turnbuckle, but he grabs a rope from the outside and gets Duggan in the throat with it. Duggan is dumped out to the floor and Buck pursues. He stomps on Duggan’s ribs and rips at his face. Back in the ring, it’s Buck with a chinlock.

Duggan lifts Buck and sits him on the top turnbuckle. They exchange strikes and Duggan gets the upperhand. He drives his shoulder into Buck and sends him for a back body drop, he goes for a cover and Buck kicks out. Buck pursues Duggan but Hacksaw is getting a 2nd wind, Buck goes down with a big right and eats an elbow for two. Reverse chin lock by Duggan and he gets the USA chants going.A forearm shot puts Buck on the apron, and Duggan tells Parker to watch himself. Whip to the ropes and Duggan spins him for a powerslam. A knee drop and Buck kicks out at two. Back to the reverse chin lock by Duggan and he transitions into a nerve hold.

Duggan measures a big right and lifts Buck for a headbutt. Bunkhouse drops to his back, Duggan is slow to cover and Buck is in the ropes. Duggan grabs at a distracting Col. Parker before placing Buck in the corner for 10-count rights. Forearm shot and an Irish whip by Hacksaw, he firmly drives the shoulder into Buck’s gut. Wristlock applied by Duggan and he cranks on the shoulder. He positions into a hammerlock and he rips the rest of Buck’s shirt off. To the ropes and a big power slam by Duggan. Buck rakes the eyes and sends Duggan into Parker who is on the apron. Hacksaw comes back with a 3 point stance clothesline and he wins the bout.
Winner: ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan (3-Point Stance)

  • After The Bell: Meng rushes the ring, hits Duggan with a savate kick and applies a nerve hold. It takes multiple referees and Col. Parker’s urging for him to let it go.
  • EA’s TakeBoy, this was slow and basic. The most exciting takeaway was Meng’s involvement at the end of the match. He has been on the floor and not in the ring for far, far too long while being built up as an unstoppable beast.

Backstage: Standing by with Mean’ Gene is The Nasty Boys. Do they have a battle plan for Harlem Heat’s gold? Sags explain that it’s hard to think about much, but they’re going to take the champs to Nastyville. What if Sherri gets involved? Knobs tells Gene if she does, she’ll get smacked down, the time is now and the championships are returning home tonight!

Match #3: Kevin Sullivan w/The Butcher vs. Dave Sullivan
Kevin wastes no time to attack, but Dave’s ready. They exchange blows and Dave hits a few scoop slams. He sits on Kevin’s chest and lays in rights. To the ropes and a back elbow sends Kevin outside. The Butcher checks in and offers some encouragement. Dave hits Butcher on the back of the head and returns to the ring. Kevin eats the turnbuckle and count-off rights. Kevin is sent for the ride and lifted for a back body drop. A lateral press and Kevin kicks out. Back to the ropes, they collide and Kevin goes down. Dave runs again and he’s tripped up by Butcher. Kevin sends Dave to the outside and shoves him into the apron.

Butcher takes liberties while Kevin distracts Nick Patrick. Dave staggers to his feet but he’s booted from the apron. Kevin pulls him back up for a huge forearm across the chest, and a baseball slide knocks Dave back down to the floor. From the apron, Dave reaches out and grabs Kevin’s neck before clubbing in. Irish whip but Kevin gets his boot into Dave’s face. Karate chops by Kevin to the neck and arm. Dave tries fighting from his knees and he bites Kevin on the stomach. Kevin is able to stay on the offense and he chokes Dave in the ropes, the referee must break it up. A big slap and some chops from Kevin in the corner.

Dave won’t give up and he tries fighting back, but he’s dumped through the middle ropes out to the Butcher who tosses him into the steps. From the apron, Dave blocks a right and delivers some strikes, Kevin stumbles back. Dave lifts Kevin with a two handed choke until the ref calls it off. Kevin slices with some chops and takes position in the corner. Headbutt by Kevin and he hits a bronco buster in the ropes. He tries again but Dave moves and Kevin gets hung up. Dave is on the offense and drives Kevin into the turnbuckle until Kevin collapses. Butcher is up on the apron but Dave is pounding away. Butcher baits Dave to the corner, Kevin blindsides him and drives him into Butcher. He grabs a schoolboy and Kevin wins the battle of the brothers.
Winner: Kevin Sullivan (Schoolboy)

  • After The Bell: Kevin checks in with his sacrificed buddy, Butcher who appears to be in immense pain. He grabs his face and staggers to the back with Kevin helping him out temporarily. Finally, Kevin says forget it and walks away from Butcher.
  • EA’s TakeNot too shabby given that Dave Sullivan’s work rate is fairly limited and that’s being nice. Obviously Kevin Sullivan will have to answer for his abandonment of The Butcher after the conclusion of the match. Foreshadowing!

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is joined by Avalanche & Big Bubba Rogers. Gene discusses the former face reconstruction of Butcher and why that may be important going forward. He asks his guests about Sting and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. Avalanche has a score to settle with Savage for sticking his nose in his business. Rogers is going to leave Sting and Savage laying tonight.

Match #4 for the WCW World Tag Team Championships: The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs & Jerry Sags) vs. WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat (Booker T. & Stevie Ray) w/Sister Sherri
Booker T lectures some fans in the front row. A big staredown between all four, Nick Patrick tries to get some order. The crowd is firmly behind The Nasty Boys. It’ll be Booker T and Brian Knobs to start. They lock up and struggle from the neutral position. Booker looks ticked after getting thrown away, he grabs a wristlock, quickly reversed by Knobs and it’s broken on the ropes. Booker shoves and Knobs slaps. Booker throws his knee into the gut and sends Knobs for a spin kick, Knobs ducks and Booker is caught on the top rope. The Nasty Boys yank it up and down until Booker falls to the floor.

Booker is sent down on the floor and Sherri is chased away. Sags rolls Booker back in and Knobs hits a forearm and makes a tag. The Nasty Boys land a double clothesline and Sags follows with a low blow on the mat. Double leg pick up by Sags and he drops an elbow on the thigh. Sags lifts Booker up and hits an inverted atomic drop. He prevents a tag and goes for a pin, Stevie breaks it up. Booker changes the tide with a thumb to the eyes and makes an exchange. The fresh Stevie Ray clubs some rights in the corner and goes to the gut. Sags is drilled in the corner and choked. The ref backs him off, Stevie sends him for a whip, Sags moves and comes back with a series of rights.

He makes the tag to Knobs and Stevie deals with a double clubbing. Double leg pickup by Knobs and he drops a leg on the thigh. He follows with an elbow and makes a quick tag back to Sags. Sags applies more punishment to Stevie’s ankle and makes a tag. Knobs hits a big splash across the leg of Stevie and he’s in pain. Stevie breaks it up with an eye poke, tags in Booker but Knobs welcomes him with a hip toss and shoots him outside. Sags takes advantage with an elbow from the apron. Irish whip by Knobs, Booker gets his boots up, Knobs ducks a comeback clothesline and scores with a scoop slam. Knobs throws fists and tags in Sags.

A double team shot to the back of the knee. Booker is able to get a knee lift and he sends Sags to the ropes. Stevie grabs him from behind and Sags is dropkicked over the top by Booker. Stevie and Sherri send him into the safety rail and roll him back into the ring. Official tag is made to Stevie who drops him with a snapmare, but Sags avoids a leg drop. Sags drops a knee and tags in his partner. Knobs drops an elbow and tries a cover for two. Knobs uses Sags’ boot as a weapon and makes a quick tag. They hit the ropes and Sags hits an inside out clothesline. Stevie is up quick and he hits a spinning Harlem kick, knocking Sags to the floor. Booker takes a cheapshot with another one, he holds Sags in place and Sherri throws a right cross.

A double team is in the ring, and Stevie is sent to the outside. Sags rolls outside of the ring, but he’s met by Stevie Ray leaping off the apron. Sags is rolled back in, snapmare by Booker and he holds a reverse chin lock. Jerry slowly works his way back up, breaks the hold and hits the ropes but pays for it with a spin kick from Booker. Stevie is tagged back in and he’s ruthless, choking Sags on the mat. Reverse chin lock by Stevie Ray and the ref checks in. Sags tries standing but he’s whipped back down on the mat. Knobs gets the crowd cheering. Sags is able to work back up, Stevie drives him into Heat’s corner though and tags in Booker T.

The younger brother hits an axe kick and tries a pin but he wasted too much time. Sags kicks out. Front facelock by Booker, Sags lifts him on his shoulder but Stevie breaks it up. From the 2nd rope, Booker misses a knee drop, Sags ducks a clothesline and hits a desperation power slam. Stevie is tagged in but so is Knobs. Brian cleans house with clotheslines and scoop slams. Harlem Heat fight back, they go for a double back drop but Knobs reverses with a double DDT. Knobs lands a splash on Stevie but Booker breaks up the pin. Sags comes to his partner’s aid and throws Booker over the top rope.

With the ref distracted, Sherri climbs up to the top rope, Stevie Ray holds Knobs in place but Brian moves and Sherri clocks him. Knobs rolls up Stevie and we appear to have new champions. Referee Randy Anderson comes down to the ring to explain that Booker was thrown over the top rope, prompting a DQ and Harlem Heat retains.
Winners and STILL WCW World Tag Team Champions: Harlem Heat (Disqualification)

  • EA’s TakeHarlem Heat may be my favorite tag team of all time and they’re definitely hot heels right now, no pun intended. The end saves the babyfaces, but keeps the belts on who needs to have them. I’m positive these two teams haven’t seen the last of each other and with a DQ finish here, expect it to get more wild moving forward.

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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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