Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla TEN: Review

B-Boy, Candice LeRae & Willie Mack vs. Peter Avalon, Joey Ryan & Ryan Taylor

I want to say this is how you start a show, but this match is so awesome, I'm not sure that's actually true. I'm a huge fan of the PWG six man matches though so every time I see one it hits every part of my wrestling enjoyment buttons. Everybody looks awesome and we also get Taylor nailing Scott Lost who's sitting ringside and then Lost comes back to hit an ace crusher on the apron later in the match. B-Boy also hits Taylor with a ridiculously brutal combo of kicks before the ace crusher. Joey and Candice do some great stuff including Candice hitting a beautiful springboard reverse hurrincanranna then doing a suicide dive into a tornado DDT. Willie Mack hits Avalon with a Chocolate Thunder Driver for the win in a super satisfying match that I could watch every day.

Brian Cage vs. Anthony Nese

This match be intense. These two guys are jacked to the gills with muscles, but they can still move and do awesome shit. Nese takes a sick looking bump on the apron when Cage sweeps his feet out on him and he lands face first, it's awesome. Nese pulls out some nice power moves and high flying moves and the power moves look so much more impressive being done on a monster of a man like Cage. Nese looked really impressive with the Fosbury flop to the outside and landing on his feet. Lots of good back and forth action in this match before Cage hits Nese with a buckle bomb and then then Weapon X for the win.

Forever Hooligans vs. RockNES Monsters

This match starts with shenanigans and gets the Hooligans corner spot turning into a fake brawl between them out of the way and from that point on it is fucking hard hitting action. The Monsters look really strong in this match and get a lot of near falls toward the end, but it's not enough to overcome Azucar and Koslov. Awesome stuff from all four men and it is a joy to watch this unfold. I really like the finisher that the Hooligans use. It just looks painful.

Michael Elgin vs. AR Fox

The classic battle of speed versus strength, but it's better considering you have one of the strongest and one of the fastest guys in this match. Fox does some big dives and lands on his feet to make them look even more impressive. Elgin does his delayed vertical suplex and holds Fox up for approximately forever if I counted correctly. Fox doesn't just go with speed and dives though, he gets some big moves in and they go back and forth perfectly before the brutal ending where Fox is on the top rope and Elgin nails him with two hard backfists then hits a top rope powerbomb for the win. Just great stuff from these two guys.

Johnny Gargano & Chuck Taylor vs. Paul London & Brian Kendrick

A fun tag team match between these two teams which may have best opening of any match ever. The tag belts are suspended above the ring for the main event ladder match so Gargano gets on Taylor's shoulders and Kendrick gets on London's as they try to grab the belts and then Taylor and Kendrick start wrestling on there and it's phenomenal. Good wrestling throughout this match with some fun shenanigans as well. Nice to see a match that doesn't try to be epic on a PWG show and this fit that bill well and was just good fun.

Kyle O'Reilly vs. TJ Perkins

If you like techinical wrestling you have to watch this match. The beginning of this match is just super slick catch as catch can wrestling and these guys make it happen fast and smooth. TJ is probably the best wrestler who loses almost every match he's in. Lots of great back and forth until O'Reilly catches TJ on the apron and twists his arm down over the top rope and starts to work the injured body part. Perkins eventually makes a come back and they start to go back and forth with near falls before O'Reilly counters a frog splash with double knees and then hits one of his crazy combos with like 15 moves in a minute and when Perkin's kicks out O'Reilly spins right into the cross armbreaker to get the submission. Fantastic match between these two which showcases submissions, strikes, and wrestling and is just a delight to watch. Definitely the best match on the show.

Adam Cole vs. Kevin Steen vs. Drake Younger (PWG Championship, Guerrilla Warfare Match)

If you like violence, piledrivers, and hard hitting action, this is the match for you. It starts off with Steen and Younger working together to beat the living shit out of Cole all around the Legion Hall. The truce doesn't last forever and it becomes a real three way match and everybody gets hurt violently. Lots of near falls, but I like that they are ended by the third guy interfering instead of just a kick out, because a lot of the moves they take are huge. Best example being when Cole does the flipping piledriver to Younger through a table, Steen pulls Cole out of the ring, hits the apron powerbomb then rolls in to cover Drake for a two count. The end of the match is perfect. Steen gets Cole up on the top rope and hits Generico's top rope brainbuster for a two count before Younger pulls him out of the ring. Young goes for the cover, but Cole rolls him up with a crucifix pin and gets a quick three count to retain the belt.

The Young Bucks vs. Dojo Bros vs. Inner-City Machine Guns (PWG Tag Championship, Ladder Match)

Like most tag team ladder matches this thing is like watching a car crash in the best possible way. Lots of action from everybody to start the match with dives and craziness, but it doesn't take long before a ladder makes its way into the ring followed by an even bigger ladder, because that's how ladder matches work. Rich Swann seems to take the biggest beating out of everybody involved. I loved Nick Jackson saying he got it while the ladder was being pushed over in reference to his normal falling off a ladder then springboarding off the top rope onto everybody, but instead missing and crotching himself on the top rope. The ladders are used well, but not relied upon for the match which was nice. The end sequence is a little bit flat as Matt low blows Edwards and then superkicks him and Roddy while Nick climbs up to grab the belts.

Surprise, surprise a PWG show is awesome and you should buy the DVD. Lots of good stuff on this show and it seems a little more varied than some of the other PWG shows which can be a lot of hard hitting mile a minute matches.