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BG Says: PWG Beyond the Thunderdome

January 24, 2008 | Posted by Brad Garoon

Beyond the Thunderdome

March 18, 2006 – Los Angeles, California

Disco Machine and Dino Winwood tackle commentary, and as usual be sure to switch the audio channel over to hear them.

Bino GambinoAlex KoslovTopgun TalwarVS.
Disco MachineNemesisRonin
Bino Gambino, Alex Koslov & Topgun Talwar VS. Disco Machine, Nemesis & Ronin
Gambino and Ronin start. Ronin puts Gambino on the floor but Gambino comes back with a headlock. Ronin hits a forearm. Gambino hits a head scissors takedown. They trade armdrags and Gambino hits a legsweep for 2. Disco and Koslov tag in. Disco does a Russian dance so Koslov kicks his head. Disco hits a dropkick and a back bodydrop. He gets a roll up for 2. He gets a jackknife pin for 2. He hits a head scissors takedown and kicks Koslov to the floor. Nemesis and Talwar tag in. They have a super posedown and then lock up. Something goes wrong before Nemesis hits a bodyslam and an elbowdrop for 2. Talwar puts on a sleeper hold and tags to Gambino. They hit a double back elbow. Gambino hits a monkey flip. He hits a butterfly suplex for 2. Koslov tags in and hits a vertical suplex and an elbowdrop for 2. Talwar tags in and gets caught with a neckbreaker. Ronin tags in and chops Talwar down. He hits a running forearm for 2. Disco tags in and hits a bodyslam. He hits an elbowdrop for 2. Nemesis tags in and hits a bodyslam. He drops Disco onto Talwar for 2. Ronin tags in and puts on a chinlock. Talwar fights out and tags to Koslov. Disco tags in and slugs him down. He hits a clothesline and a snap suplex. He hits a huge DDT. He hits the ugliest tiger driver ever for 2. Gambino hits him with an enziguiri and a butterfly slam. Nemesis hits Gambino with the Death Penalty. He and Disco hit stereo suicide dives onto Koslov and Gambino. Ronin hits Talwar with a forearm and the DVD for the win at 14:08. This was fine, but these gay six-man tags (that’s what PWG is calling them) have no point whatsoever. After the match Koslov lays out Gambino with a superkick and helps Ronin beat up Talwar. Disco and Nemesis try to cool Ronin down but he responds by beating the crap out of them. Maybe we can get an angle at this end of the card now.
Rating: **¼

TJ PerkinsVS. Mr. Excitement
TJ Perkins VS. Mr. Excitement
Excitement and Perkins are wearing very similarly patterned tights. It’s Zebra vs. Tiger, in a manner of speaking. Perkins hits an armdrag to start. Excitement goes after his leg so Perkins hits a vertical suplex. Excitement grabs a front facelock but Perkins counters to an armbar. Perkins holds a cravat and hits a kneedrop for 2. He hits a head scissors takedown and Excitement bails. Back in the ring they knuckle up and Perkins hits a monkey flip for 2. He puts on a stranglehold but Excitement comes back with a back suplex. Excitement hits a bodyslam and a pair of elbowdrops. He comes out of the corner with an elbowdrop for 2. He hits a butterfly suplex for 2. He hits a drop toehold and puts on the Mexican surfboard. Perkins fights back and hangs Excitement in the corner. He hits a dropkick for 2. He hits a slingshot senton for 2. Excitement whips him upside down into the turnbuckle and gives him a purple nurple. Perkins comes back with a brainbuster for 2. He hits a pair of hurricanranas but gets greedy going for a third. Excitement blocks it and hits a backbreaker. He hits the exploder for 2. Perkins gets a roll up for 2. He hits a vertical suplex and a springboard splash for 2. Excitement hits a pair of forearms for 2. Perkins blocks the exploder into the corner but gets stuck in a leglock. He gets to the ropes. They knuckle up and Perkins rolls Excitement up for the win at 14:16. This was pretty dull and Excitement looked blown up two minutes in. The match basically restarted right before the finish too, which was just weirder than all hell.
Rating: *½

Kevin Steen comes out and gets on the microphone. After losing to Ryan he’s only fallen one rung down the PWG ladder, as tonight he’s in a number one contender match against B-Boy. All his life he’s only been afraid of one thing. The fans think its Super Dragon, but it’s actually black sheep. He pulls out a picture of himself as a three-year-old cowering from a black sheep. He’s going to conquer his fear in So Cal, because Joey Ryan is the black sheep of PWG. Ryan hits the ring and lays Steen out with the PWG World Championship belt. Steen tries to fight back but he’s been knocked loopy. Referees help him to the back. How will this affect his match tonight?!

El GenericoQuicksilverVS. Scott LostChris Bosh
El Generico & Quicksilver VS. Scott Lost & Chris Bosh [Number One Contenders Match]
Before the match Bosh complains about Joey Ryan and Super Dragon interfering in their match on the last show. Lost says he’s tired of hearing Bosh complain about them and wants him to simply focus on the match at hand. Playing off of last month’s match Generico catches Lost trying to attack him before the bell and hits him with a leg lariat. He hits a back elbow. He hits a series of armdrags and Lost bails. Generico dives out onto him, getting 2 back in the ring. Quicksilver tags in and hits a back elbow for 2. He hits a dropkick for 2. Lost hits a knee to the gut and tags to Bosh. Quicksilver gets an awesome sunset flip for 2. He hits a hurricanrana. He hits a head scissors takedown and a leg lariat. Generico tags in and gets caught with a neckbreaker. Lost tags in and kicks Generico down for 2. Bosh tags in and bites Generico. Quicksilver tags in but Lost catches him with a gutbuster. Lost hits a vertical suplex for 2. He blocks a standing moonsault with his knees for 2. He hits the Superman Spear and tags to Bosh. Bosh hits a fisherman suplex for 2. He puts on a chinlock. He hits a Stun Gun and tags to Lost. Lost hits an Ace Crusher onto Bosh’s knee for 2. Quicksilver hits the Silver Slice for 2. Bosh and Generico tag in. Generico hits a back elbow and a clothesline. He hits a back bodydrop. Bosh hits a back elbow but Generico comes back with the swinging DDT. Lost hits Generico from behind but Generico catches him with a dropkick to the head. Lost bails so Generico dives onto his with a springboard moonsault press. Generico climbs the ropes and hits a crossbody on Bosh. Quicksilver tags in and hits a backbreaker. Generico hits the guillotine split legged moonsault for 2. Quicksilver sets Bosh up top and puts on the Cristo. Bosh escapes by dropping Quicksilver down onto Lost’s knee. That gets 2. Lost tags in and hits a spear and a northern lights suplex onto Bosh’s knee for 2. Quicksilver comes back with a boot to the head and Generico hits a Lionsault for 2. Generico tags in and hits a small package driver for 2. Bosh tags in and hits a stunner. Quicksilver hits him with a spinebuster and dives onto Lost on the floor. Generico gets 2 on Bosh. He sets Bosh up top but Lost attacks him from behind. Quicksilver gets in the mix so Lost suplexes him to the floor, falling out himself. Bosh blocks the BRAINBUSTAH but a sunset bomb is beautifully countered to a dropkick. He hits the Yakuza kick and goes for the BRAINBUSTAH again. Lost runs in to cut him off but Quicksilver makes the save. Quicksilver hits Lost with a climbing enziguiri and Generico hits Bosh with the BRAINBUSTAH for the win at 14:58. The way they played off the last match was nothing short of brilliant. The match ran at a slower pace but the breathtaking finish really puts this on par with their previous encounter.
Rating: ***¾

B-BoyVS. Kevin Steen
B-Boy VS. Kevin Steen [Number One Contender Match]
Steen still looks out of it. They lock up and trade holds on the mat. Some fan gets annoying so both Steen and B-Boy agree to get in his face. Back in the ring Steen puts on a headlock and starts his own holy sh*t chant. He hits a shoulder tackle for 1. B-Boy hits a dropkick. He hits a leaping clothesline for 2. He puts on a chinlock and dodges a chinbreaker before hitting a dropkick for 2. Steen ducks the Shining Wizard and hits a Gory backbreaker for 2. He hangs B-Boy in the Tree of Woe and hits the Cannonball for 2. B-Boy comes back with a neckbreaker. He chops Steen to the floor. They brawl around ringside until B-Boy hits a back suplex, getting 2 back in the ring. He hits a back elbow and comes off the second rope with a double stomp to the neck for 2. Steen blocks a blind charge and hits a lariat to the back. He hits the somersault legdrop twice for 2. He threatens a boot scrape and pokes B-Boy’s eyes. He sets B-Boy up top but B-Boy fights him off and hits a crossbody. He blocks a blind charge and hits Steen with a head scissors takedown. He hits a springboard dropkick sending Steen to the floor. He climbs the ropes and follows Steen out with a moonsault. Back in the ring B-Boy climbs again and hits a kneedrop for 2. Steen hits an inverted lungblower and a senton. He hits another senton for 2. They avoid each other’s finishers. B-Boy hits an enziguiri and a powerbomb for 2. He misses a double stomp but hits the Complete Shot into the corner. He hits a dropkick and a back suplex for 2. Steen hits an enziguiri and the fisherman neckbreaker for 2. He hits the Michinoku Driver for 2. He powers through a backdrop driver and hits a lariat. B-Boy turns the package piledriver into a roll up for the win at 21:29. Like many B-Boy matches, this did little for me. All the head drops at the end didn’t put Steen down, which is ridiculous given that Steen’s head was in bad shape before the match. A roll up finish was completely out of place in this match. The fact that he’s the number one contender now doesn’t set my world on fire either.
Rating: **¼

The Human Tornado vs. Scorpio Sky match is apparently cancelled due to an ankle injury to Tornado (happened at a Lucha Va Voom show). Sky wants him to come out and forfeit in person. Tornado and Jade Chung come out and Sky talks them down. Sky is so disappointed in Tornado that he’s pulling him out of his MySpace Top 8. Tornado responds by saying that he already took him off of his Top 8 and he hopes both he and his computer get a virus. He then takes off his jacket and pimp slaps Sky, showing he can compete after all.

Scorpio SkyVS. Human Tornado
Scorpio Sky VS. Human Tornado
Tornado controls to start. He catapults Sky to the floor. He follows him out and beats him about ringside. Back in the ring Tornado hits the House party, using his bad foot to finish him off. Tornado keeps from taking a back suplex but lands hard on his bad foot. Sky hits a chop block to take control. He picks apart Tornado’s leg. Tornado comes back with a cross armbreaker but a dropkick to the leg quickly puts him at a disadvantage. Tornado fights back with right hands. He hits a dropkick but collapses in pain. Sky hits another chop block. He hits a kneedrop on the ankle. He rams Tornado’s ankle into the post repeatedly. Sky gets on the microphone and taunts Tornado while kicking his ankle. At the same time Disco mixes up Sky and Tornado’s names, prompting Winwood to call him a racist for being unable to tell them apart. Tornado comes back with a clothesline. Sky simply goes back to the ankle and hits a shinbreaker for 2. Tornado hits a spinning roundhouse kick. He hits a leg lariat for 2. He hits a vertical suplex for 2. He hits a Yakuza kick and Sky bails. What the hell is going on here? Tornado follows Sky to the floor with a dive off the top, getting 2 back in the ring. Sky grabs an anklelock but Tornado gets to the ropes. Sky grabs Tornado’s crutches from Chung and goes for an ankle shot. Chung grabs them back and Tornado hits the Pimp Slap. He goes for the DND but Chung hits his ankle with the crutch and Sky puts on the anklelock for the win at 12:47. Tornado hitting all those kicks and a vertical suplex at the end kind of took me out of what was a really dramatic match up to that point. The Jade Chung heel turn was effective however. After the match she reveals that she aligned herself with Sky because she sees more talent in him than in Tornado.
Rating: **¾

Joey RyanVS. Chris Sabin
Joey Ryan © VS. Chris Sabin [PWG World Championship Match]
Sabin was supposed to get this title shot after beating B-Boy 2 falls to 1 but got injured and was replaced by AJ Styles in a title match at Card Subject to Change 2. Sabin grabs a wristlock to start. They knuckle up and trade hammerlocks. Sabin hits an armdrag. He hits a head scissors takedown and Ryan bails. Sabin follows him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Sabin chops Ryan down. He hits a dropkick for 2. Ryan comes back with an electric chair drop. He hits a dropkick and puts on a chinlock. He slams Sabin to the mat by his hair. He hits a northern lights suplex for 2. Sabin misses a springboard dropkick but hits a kick to the face. He hangs Ryan in the Tree of Woe and hits a dropkick. Ryan avoids the Cradle Shock but not an enziguiri. Sabin hits a powerbomb for 2. He stomps on Ryan’s arm and hits a springboard legdrop to the back of the head for 2. Ryan comes back with a pumphandle suplex. He hits an armbreaker and puts on a hammerlock. Sabin gets to the ropes. Ryan sets him up top but Sabin dodges the Mustache Ride. Ryan superkicks the referee by mistake just before Sabin hits him with the straight jacket piledriver. A second referee runs in and counts 2. Ryan pokes Sabin’s eyes and shoves the referee into him. Sabin thinks the referee is Ryan and gives him the Cradle Shock. Ryan counts the pin and Sabin thinks he’s won the title. With his vision back Sabin hits Ryan with the superkick and Dino Winwood runs in to count the three-count and give Sabin the win and the title. That doesn’t sit well with Ryan, who pulls out a contract saying that he can only lose the title at the hands of an official appointed before the start of the match. The match thus continues. Ryan hits Sabin with the title belt for 2. He hits the Stroke for 1. Hardy har har. Sabin hits a back suplex. Ryan blocks a swinging DDT by shoving Sabin into the referee. He hits a low blow and a superkick for the win. I hate when wrestling and art are used in the same sentence but Sabin really is an artist in there. Even he couldn’t stop this horribly booked title reign from sucking the life out of the match. Three ref bumps? I know they’re going for the Honky Tonk Man type of reign here, but it’s the top singles title and I’m no more interested in seeing Ryan lose now as I was the moment he won the title. That’s not because I don’t want him to lose the title, but rather because I never liked him as champion to begin with. I’ll give them credit for stringing together a good match for ten minutes before the gaga kicked in.
Rating: ***

Super DragonDavey RichardsVS. Christopher DanielsAJ Styles
Super Dragon & Davey Richards © VS. Christopher Daniels & AJ Styles [PWG World Tag Team Championship Match]
Dragon and Daniels start. They trade holds until Dragon gets a roll up for 2. Daniels gets a backslide for 2. Dragon hits a head scissors takedown. He puts on a headlock. Richards tags in and puts on a wristlock. Styles tags in and blocks an armdrag to put on a wristlock. Richards fakes a shoulder tackle and kicks Styles’s chest. He hits a dropkick but Styles returns the favor. Daniels tags in and Team TNA hits a double hiptoss. Daniels dropkicks the back. He hits a leg lariat and tags to Styles. Styles hits a vertical suplex for 2. Dragon hits a cheap shot and Richards hits a neckbreaker. Dragon tags in and hits an elbowdrop for 2. He goes to the eyes and hits a dropkick in the corner. Richards tags in and hits a snap suplex for 2. He hits a leg lariat. He kicks Styles’s leg and puts on a strangle hold. Dragon comes off the top rope with a double stomp to the chest. Styles counters a bulldog to a backbreaker. Daniels tags in and hits a back elbow. He hits a pair of bodyslams and a kick to the back. Styles tags in and clubs Richards off of Daniels’s shoulder for 2. Styles and Dragon brawl, bringing the fans alive. Daniels bodyslams Richards onto a chair on the floor. He tags in legally and hits a double suplex with Styles for 2. He hits a clothesline. Styles tags in and they hit a double slam. Styles hits a kneedrop for 2. Styles and Dragon brawl again. Daniels gets involved and Dragon gets thrown to the floor. Richards blocks the Styles Clash but not a spinning kick. That gets 2 for Styles. Daniels tags in and they hit a Total Elimination variation that I’ll call Total Nonstop Elimination. Richards rolls Daniels up for 2. He hits a backdrop driver. Styles and Dragon tag in. Dragon cleans house, hitting forearms on both opponents and the Koppo kick just for Styles. He climbs the ropes and dropkicks Daniels while hitting a senton on Styles for 2. He hits the Curb Stomp on Styles, which for some reason really satisfied me. It gets 2. Daniels and Styles hit a Pelé Kick/DVD combo for 2. Daniels tags in just before Styles dives out onto Richards. Daniels hits Dragon with the blue thunder bomb for 2. Dragon comes back with a second rope forearm. Richards tags in and hits a falcon arrow for 2. Daniels hits an enziguiri. Richards counters the Last Rites to a northern lights suplex for 2. He comes off the top with a missile dropkick. He hits a running forearm but Styles catches him with a cheap shot. Daniels hits the Complete Shot and puts on the Koji Clutch. Richards gets to the ropes. Styles tags in and hits a neckbreaker for 2. Richards kicks his face and tags to Dragon. Dragon hits a German suplex and a dragon suplex for 2 when Daniels saves. The champs strike Daniels down. Daniels hits Dragon with a chinbreaker and Styles follows that with a discus lariat for 2. Richards sends Daniels to the floor and hits him with a suicide dive. Styles hits Dragon with a pumphandle gutbuster. He climbs the ropes but Richards crotches him. Richards hits a hurricanrana. Dragon powerbombs Styles into a lungblower from Richards for the win at 24:39. This was the first time that Dragon and Richards have been dominated, and it made for a very refreshing match. The finish felt like desperation from the champions, fitting perfectly with the rest of the match. I really enjoyed Styles’s brawls with Dragon since both are hard-headed wrestlers. Aside from a couple of awkward moments there was really nothing in this match I didn’t enjoy. Great job guys. And see Dragon, you didn’t need thirty minutes to tell a good story.
Rating: ****¼

Highlighting the EXTRAS button on the main menu will reveal the following backstage shenanigans
Kevin Steen may have lost to B-Boy, but he thinks he would have won had Joey Ryan never laid him out. I disagree Mr. No-Selling Head-drops. Coming up Steen is wrestling Matt Sydal. He lost to Sydal in the Ted Petty Invitational finals, and again blames it on someone else (Arik Cannon this time). He doesn’t hate Sydal because he’s too nice, but he wishes he hated him. He becomes my favorite wrestler by cutting a Matt Sydal promo. It’s pure gold. When he’s done with Sydal he’s going after Ryan again.

Joey Ryan brags about beating Chris Sabin. He didn’t do it for himself though; he did it for the disabled children in Mesa, Arizona. Now how am I supposed to crap all over him when he says stuff like that?

The 411BG Says

While not the greatest PWG show there are definitely things here worth checking out. The number one contenders tag match is great, as is the tag team main event. Ryan vs. Sabin is also a lot of fun right up until the finish. The bottom-of-the-card scene is finally getting a makeover, with Ronin and Koslov turning on their partners. I feel comfortable recommending this one, even with an All Star Weekend following it.

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Final Score:  7.5   [ Good ]  legend

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