PINNACLE Jun 28, 2011 16:45:46 GMT -5
Post by rebelins313 on Jun 28, 2011 16:45:46 GMT -5
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Robert Roode and Tyson Kidd impressed at our last show Really Tied The Room Together by running over enhancement talent Ace Strong and Victor Farquad, in tonight's opening bout they would be up against some stiffer competition.
Tyson Kidd/Robert Roode
The American Wolves
An interesting matchup to say the least, with the new duo of Kidd and Roode taking on a very experienced tag team in The American Wolves, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards. From the get-go you could tell the inexperience as a team between Kidd and Roode would have them fighting an uphill battle. Richards and Edwards got the two Canadians riled up with crisp double-teaming and quick tags. Robert Roode ended up turning the tide temporarily for his team by overpowering the stocky Richards, throwing him into his team's corner and pounding away at him with lefts and rights. Roode and Kidd then went on the offensive, hitting Davey with a spiked powerbomb until the referee sent for Kidd to get out of the ring. Richards managed to kick out before the three count and fought back with a punch to the gut of Roode before taking him down with a single-leg takedown and putting on a kneebar.
Roode used his upper body strength to pull himself to the ropes and force Richards to break the hold. Davey waited until right before the 5 count and let go, getting a warning from the referee in the process. Richards tagged Edwards in who immediately came in and started attacking the already injured leg of Roode. Tyson Kidd tried entering the ring but was cut off by the referee, Edwards took the opportunity of the referee's distraction to lock Roode in an Achilles Lock, grabbing Richards' hand for some extra leverage. Davey smartly let go as the ref turned back to see Roode screaming in pain. Robert couldn't hold on long and was forced to submit, giving The American Wolves a big victory!
The American Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) defeated Tyson Kidd and Robert Roode when E. Edwards made R. Roode submit to the Achilles Lock in 0:09:10.
Rating: ** 1/2
Without a tag team partner Icarus seemed a bit lost in the six man tag match at Really Tied The Room Together, tonight he was put in a singles match against a young hoss--Skip Sheffield.
Both of these men are talented but Sheffield had the big size advantage in tonight's match and it showed from the get-go.
They started off in a collar and elbow tie up which Sheffield easily over powered and hit Icarus in the gut with a big knee. After doubling him over Sheffield began pounding on his back with overhand clubs, trying to take away some of the wind and speed from the smaller Icarus. The Former F.I.S.T. member fought back though and caught Sheffield by surprise with a small package that got a 2 and a half count. With Sheffield flustered Icarus took to the ropes and hit the bigger man right in the mouth with a picture perfect dropkick. A flying senton later and it looked like the match would be firmly in his control, this didn't end up lasting long as Sheffield powered up and regained control, brutalizing Icarus with punches to the head and gut. Sheffield threw Icarus chest first into the corner, sending him staggering back and trying to catch his breath.
Sheffield took the opportunity swiftly and bounced off the ropes, hitting the just turned around Icarus with a brutal clothesline that sent him spinning 360 degrees in the air. The crowd gave an "Ohhhhhhhh!" sound and 3 seconds later Sheffield had himself the victory.
Skip Sheffield pinned Icarus with the Running Clothesline in 0:05:30.
Rating: ** 1/4
Speaking of tag wrestlers without partners, former PINNACLE Tag Champ John Morrison finds himself without a partner after Jerry Lynn decided to not resign with PINNACLE. One big different between Morrison and Icarus of course is Morrison has been a succesful singles wrestler in the past. He's transisitioned himself from tag wrestler to singles wrestler back to tag wrestling so the transistion back may not be as big of a problem for him. He did have a problem on his hands tonight though as his first singles action was against Wade Barrett!
Morrison started out the match very strong, using his unorthodox "striking" and body control to get out of Barrett's grip at nearly every turn and change the tide into his direction. Barrett was visibly frustrated by the speed and quickness of Morrison and it definitely showed when he tried to wrangle him up but continually ended up grabbing air. Morrison taunted Barrett after ducking through one of his charges, further infuriating Barrett and getting the crowd to laugh along with Morrison at the big Brit. Barrett feigned a takedown attempt which Morrison instinctively tried to move out of the way of, instead Barrett was ready and plastered him with a big boot to the face. The fans booed while Barrett wasted no time, kicking Morrison in the sternum while he was down along with pulling him up by his long hair and throwing him head first into the turnbuckle. After being knocked loopy by the boot and headsmash, Morrison stumbled out of the corner into Barrett's awaiting arms and was brought down the hardway with a backdrop suplex. Barrett's frustration was rekindled when Morrison
kicked out of the pin and tried fighting back with weak punches to Barrett's stomach. Wade picked Morrison up off the mat and to his feet, hitting him with a headbutt before picking him up and dropping him with The Wasteland, taking the match and the air out of the crowd.
Wade Barrett pinned John Morrison with the Wasteland in 0:13:31.
Rating: *** 1/2
Two men who have wrestled one another multiple times so far in PINNACLE have decided to try and team up to see how they can
fare in the tag division, Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella get a definite test in their first match, facing off against Evan Bourne and MVP one of the top teams in PINNACLE so far.
TAG TEAM MATCH
Vladimir Kozlov/Santino Marella
A word that could describe the performance of all four of these men thus far in their respective PINNACLE careers--inconsistent. Evan Bourne and MVP have gained victories over most of the teams in PINNACLE so far but also can't seem to put together enough of a run to see themselves at the top of the contenders list, Santino went from tagging with Kenny Omega and making it to the inagural PINNACLE Tag Title tournament only to lose to Jerry Lynn and John Morrison. Then Santino/Omega went on a horrid losing streak with Santino being the member of the team to cost them victory every time, Omega walked out on Santino which caused a mean streak to come out in Marella, brutalizing a few opponents, even his tag partner tonight Vladimir Kozlov. Now Santino has made his way back into the "grind" persay, neither impressing or disappointing.
Kozlov could be described in the same vein, tonight these four looked to put on a good show and come out looking impressive
in the tag division.
The contest was evenly matched with neither team gaining enough of a foothold on the other to be considered dominant or even controlling the pace, back and forth the teams went with Bourne and MVP showing a bit more cohesiveness as a unit. Confusion did rear it's ugly head for the duo though as Bourne tagged himself in when MVP was coming off the ropes, ducking under a leap frog by Santino while Bourne came off with a beautiful springboard dropkick. Despite giving his team the advantage MVP was confused why he decided to tag himself in. Bourne and Porter got into a bit of an argument and gave Santino enough time
to recover. The Italian rose to his feet while Kozlov came in to make it an all out brawl. MVP and Bourne stopped their
argument and came toe-to-toe with Marella/Kozlov. Evan Bourne was thrown over the top rope by Santino while Kozlov hit a
Sambo style takedown on MVP. Marella gave him a falling headbutt that Kozlov followed up with an elbowdrop. MVP was unable
to kick out and Santino/Kozlov had earned themselves an opening match victory together! Despite the fact that the referee
let things get out of control and neither man was legal it is still a big statement for these two.
Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella defeated
Evan Bourne and Montel Vontavious Porter when V. Kozlov pinned MVP after
an elbowdrop in 0:11:37.
Speaking of men who need a victory, Cody Rhodes has had a terrible run of luck so far in PINNACLE, unable to finish matches
off for whatever reason and really not effectively using the obvious talent he has. Tonight he'd have a very tough test in Dolph Ziggler, Dolph on his own is something to be reckoned with and is a definite future star in the business but add in his valet/"Girlfriend" Vicki Guerrero and Ziggler becomes an even tougher opponent.
Nearly on cue Vickie Guerrero made her presence known right from the get go, grabbing Cody Rhodes' ankle as he tried going off the ropes early on in the match. Rhodes tried complaining to the referee while Vickie and Dolph both denied anything happened. Rhodes tried to grab at Guerrero but was pulled back by Ziggler who rocked him with a right hand. These two went at one another with back and forth wrestling, neither able to get a clear advantage over the other. Vickie tried several times to stick her nose in the fray but was caught by the referee and had to play it off a couple of times. Ziggler handled himself well without her interference regardless, finally gaining an advantage on the ground on Cody and wearing him down with a side headlock. Cody fought back and each man traded offense with one another with several near falls, Vickie Guerrero ended up getting on the apron and arguing with the referee and Cody. Ziggler turned to Vickie telling her to get off the apron but Cody had different ideas and pushed Dolph into his girlfriend, knocking her off the apron and into the railing. Rhodes grabbed Ziggler and hit him with the Cross Rhodes to finish off the backfire for the 1-2-3!
Cody Rhodes pinned Dolph Ziggler with the Cross Rhodes in 0:16:57.
Rating: **** 1/4
[Vickie Guerrero interfered against Cody Rhodes.]
"The King of Old School" Steve Corino was scheduled to take on "All American American" Jack Swagger in the semi-main event of the evening.
Swagger definitely has the "swagger" as of late by taking out Dolph Ziggler after losing to him and getting beaten by Dolph and Vickie Guerrero, "The All American American" has come away with a return pinfall victory over his nemesis Ziggler along with gaining the deciding pinfall in a six man tag match at Really Tied The Room Together. Corino started out up and down in his PINNACLE career but has come on as of late, getting some victories under his belt and hoping to move into title contention. Swagger has the youth, athleticism, and obvious size advantage over Corino but Steve is never a person to back down from a fight, obvious by the scars covering his upper body and forehead.
The match started with Swagger pounding away at Corino, using his size and amateur wrestling background to ground Steve and
keep him there. Corino used a well-placed eye poke to get Swagger off of him and came back with offense of his own, hitting a couple of kicks he may have picked up while wrestling and booking Zero-ONE in Japan for many moons. Corino then took it to the mat, locking Swagger in a vice-like sleeperhold to try and wear the bigger man down, take the wind out of his proverbial sails. Swagger did not give up and used his power to break Corino's hold but the damage was definitely done on the big man.
He was wheezing and coughing while trying to mount a comeback, hitting Corino with shots that didnt have much "juice" behind them. Corino returned the punches and the two started brawling until Corino was backed into the ropes. Swagger didn't break the hold clean, settling for a big boot to the gut to double Corino over. Swagger tried lifting Steve up for a Doctor Bomb but was a bit too weak to finish the move off, Corino wriggled free and landed at the back of Swagger, swinging him around and kicking him in the gut and hitting him with a power bomb! Surprisingly Jack failed to kick out and Corino proved that some veteran tricks and a little bit of luck can get you a long way.
Steve Corino pinned Jack Swagger after a power bomb in 0:11:28.
Trouble has been brewing between Edge and Alex Shelley over our last few shows, with Edge complaining of a beat down by Roderick Strong and Chris Sabin before Shelley was scheduled to wrestle Edge to Shelley falling victim to the Spear at Really Tied The Room Together in his rematch with Edge. Chris Sabin and Roderick Strong earned a victory over the SuperFriends team of Chris Hero and Mike Quackenbush. Naturally these six men decided to test fate and get in the ring with one another!
MAIN EVENT SIX-MAN TAG
Cream(Chris Sabin/Roderick Strong/Alex Shelley)
Edge and SuperFriends(Chris Hero/Mike Quackenbush)
There was no time wasted here, Edge greeted Alex Shelley right when he came in the ring, tackling him with a half Spear and pounding away at his face. Hero/Quackenbush/Strong/Sabin got into a pier 6 style brawl, tumbling over to the floor and near the excited crowd. The referee tried to get things under control but ended up having to call for back-up. All six men were subdued and sent to neutral corners where the referee could finally ring the bell. Alex Shelley was favoring his jaw while Edge looked at him across the ring wide-eyed, begging him to step through the ropes. Roderick Strong made the universal "I got this" hand motion and started the match out for Cream instead.Edge tried to hit Strong with a Spear but Roderick televised it and picked him up into a backdrop backbreaker! Strong, Sabin, and Shelley were immediately on Edge like dogs, all joining in to kick the man while he was down. Chris Hero and Mike Quackenbush tried to enter the ring but the referee got in-between Cream and Edge's fallen body while holding a hand up at the SuperFriends. The referee loudly warned Cream of disqualifiction if anything like this happened again. Edge pulled himself up by the ropes, favoring his ribs while looking worse for wear in the face. Bruised and battered Edge tagged Chris Hero in as the action got back underway.
Both teams behaved themselves for the rest of the match with neither gaining a decided advantage, the end of the match came when Alex Shelley hit Mike Quackenbush with a swinging fisherman suplex. With a perfect bridge and an assist by Strong and Sabin to divert Hero and Edge from breaking up the pin Cream had themselves another victory.
Cream (Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin and Roderick Strong) defeated
SuperFriends (Chris Hero and Mike Quackenbush) and Edge when A. Shelley pinned M. Quackenbush after a swinging fisherman suplex in 0:08:33.