Cleveland, OH – 9.23.2012
Commentary is provided by a rotating cast that includes Pedro Deluca, Aaron Bauer, Vic Travagliante, Paul Arrand Rodgers, Matt Wadsworth, and The Duke.
Isais Velazquez vs. Dustin Rayz
Velazquez throws some kicks. Rayz responds with some punches, but gets sent to the floor with a Frankensteiner. Velazquez follows with a suicide dive. Rayz gets in some forearms before bringing Velazquez back in the ring. He lays in some chops and snapmares Velazquez off the top rope. He dropkicks him to the corner. Velazquez rolls to the floor. Rayz drops him onto the guardrails. Velazquez enzuigiri’s him in the corner. He comes off the ropes with a tornado Complete Shot. He misses a double stomp. Rayz gives him a twisting brainbuster and a running knee strike for the pin at 3:52. What we saw out of both men was good, even if it wasn’t much. I’d like to see them both get a real chance to shine some day. *
Davey Vega vs. Ethan Page
Seleziya Sparx is in Page’s corner. They each break a lock up in different corners. Page gives Vega a chop. Vega responds with a Frankensteiner. He kicks Page in the back and chest before delivering a senton splash. Sparx grabs Vega’s leg, allowing Page to attack him with a double axe handle. He kicks Vega in the corner for two. Page chokes him, then Sparx chokes him behind the referee’s back. Vega slides out of a suplex. Page however mows him down with a clothesline. He gets two with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. They get into a forearm exchange. Vega switches the momentum of Page’s suplex. He hits his own suplex to get in some resting time. After more forearms, Vega missile dropkicks Page for two. Page throws Vega’s leg into the ropes. He superkicks him before suplexing him for a two count. Vega leapfrogs over Page. Page shoulder blocks him from the apron and nails Boom! Head Shot for two. He missed a suicide dive and hits the guardrails. Vega shoves him into the crowd. He suicide dives into a tornado DDT in the crowd! He brings Page back into the ring and only gets a two count. Once again Sparx grabs Vega’s leg. He pulls her into the ring and gives her a kiss. Page shoves him away, then shoves Sparx down in anger. He and Vega trade punches. Vega accidentally kicks Sparx in the face! He checks on her, then walks right into Page’s uranage for the pin at 12:21. A very fun official opening match. Vega has done very well as a singles competitor and Page has really grown since his first encounter in AIW. I could easily see these two guys being near the top of the cards by early 2013. **3/4
Jock Samson & Conway vs. The Submission Squad (Pierre Abernathy & Evan Gelestico)
Conway is the name of Samson’s Bullrope. His partner was a surprise, but he claims that he doesn’t need another human to beat the Squad. Gelestico and Abernathy attack him from behind. They pour some beers into a bucket just to be wasteful. Samson fire up and gets the Squad to run into each other. Abernathy rolls to the floor. Samson drops an elbow on Gelestico. Gelestico rolls out after taking a hip toss. Samson tosses Conway onto them. He baseball slide dropkicks Gelestico and pokes Abernathy in the eyes. Gelestico knees Samson in the back from the apron and Abernathy hits him with a clothesline. Gelestico and Abernathy embarrass Samson with various submissions and gross acts (i.e. rubbing their hand on their crotch and then on his face). Samson fires up. He ties the Squad up in his ropes and pummels them both. Abernathy sends Samson to the floor. The Squad stomp the cowbell and tosses it to the floor. Conway gets counted out at 8:45, resulting the Submission Squad as the winners. The crowd wasn’t into this at all and neither was I. It felt like a placeholder in their feud more so than advancing the issue. *
Colin Delaney vs. Façade vs. Josh Alexander vs. Gary Jay
Façade and Jay trade forearms and chops. They look for some offense, but each guy is able to thwart the other at each turn. Façade ends up sending Jay out with a headscissors. Alexander attacks Façade from behind. Façade uses the ropes to armdrag him across the ring. He dives onto Jay. Delaney tries a crossbody. Alexander catches him and holds him up. Delaney fights off his shoulders twice. Alexander throws him onto his stomach and nails a rolling forearm that sends Delaney to the floor. Jay’s chop to Alexander hurts his hand. Alexander tosses him onto Delaney and Façade. He crossbody’s Façade on the bottom rope. He gives Delaney a Razor’s Edge into the ring ropes! Alexander tosses Jay into the ring and drops a knee onto his face for two. He splashes Jay in the corner, then powerbombs Façade onto Delaney and Jay. Delaney gives Façade a hip toss knee strike. Jay hits a modified Complete Shot on Delaney. Alexander takes Jay down with a rolling clothesline. Alexander pump-handles Jay into a Burning Hammer! Façade foils Delaney’s springboard attempts. Alexander gives Façade the Implant on top of Jay! Delaney breaks the pin. Alexander knees him in the face. Façade blocks his Tiger Driver with a reverse huracanrana. He tries a springboard move and gets caught mid-air by a leg lariat from Delaney. Jay O’Conner rolls Delaney for two. Delaney flips him over into a knee strike. He hits the 12 Large Elbow for the pin at 9:41. Alexander looked awesome in his debut, standing out amongst the pack who have had much more experience in AIW. Delaney seems a lot more motivated than his last few showings and I’m excited to see what his future holds in store for him. **3/4
Mia Yim vs. Veda Scott
Gregory Iron is in Scott’s corner. Scott works out of Yim’s headscissors. Yim kicks her in the back and chest for two. She also gets two with a gutwrench suplex. Iron distracts the referee when Yim is about to put on a Guillotine Choke. Yim breaks the hold and kicks Iron a fe times. Scott catches Yim in the middle ropes with a dropkick to the side of the head. She comes off the middle rope with a clothesline. Scott tries for a pin after a suplex and a clothesline but Yim kicks out both times. Yim side steps an attack and boots Scott down in the corner. Scott kicks her away. She hits a knee strike. Yim evades a crossbody and kicks Scott in the chest. She throws a flurry of strikes after ducking Scott’s clothesline. Yim puts on the Guillotine again. Iron distracts the referee again. Scott taps out but the referee does not see it. Yim kicks Iron off the apron. Scott schoolgirls Yim for the pin at 6:54. Some of Scott’s offense looked bad. Yim schooled her in every aspect of this match. While I really like Iron and Scott’s characters, there in ring work leaves something to be desired. *½
Iron puts himself and Scott over after the fact. He then calls out his former rival, Josh Prohibition, so he can give him a piece of his mind. Prohibition obliges. He says that Prohibition has lost his passion, but he wants to find the old Josh Prohibition deep inside of him. He challenges him to another singles match. Prohibition makes fun of Iron and turns down the challenge for now. Scott turns him around and talks some trash. This allows Iron to attack him from behind. The bell rings and we have ourselves an impromptu match.
Josh Prohibition vs. Gregory Iron
Iron pounds on his back and throws some punches at his face and chest. Scott kicks Prohibition from the apron. Prohibition blocks a bulldog and crotches Iron on the second rope. He follows in with a dropkick to his back. He pitches Iron to the floor. He does some damage on the floor before bringing him back in. He gives him the Perfect neck snap for two. Prohibition has a smirk on his face after giving Iron a delayed vertical suplex. Iron comes back with a headscissors. He gets two with a belly-to-back suplex. Iron tries for a Guilltoine. Prohibition counters with a brainbuster. He goes for the Drunken Driver. Iron counters with a huracanrana. Prohibition shoves him away. He successfully hits the Drunken Driver for the pin at 6:46. However, Scott says that she worked very hard to get Iron a four count during his matches. Not sure why, I guess because his handicap? The match restarts.
Iron hits Handicap Parking right away for a two count. Scott distracts the referee so Iron can kick him in the balls. He hits Handicap Parking again for the win at 0:40. Well the “real” match they had before was quite good, but I would have much rather had them just had Iron win that than do a second match. I hope we get a more well-rounded explanation as to why Iron is allowed a four count in his matches. **1/4
Intense Division Championship
BJ Whitmer vs. Eddie Kingston
This is a rematch from “Absolution VI” which was great. Whitmer tries looking for a hold on the mat. Kingston keeps moving so he can’t get a grip. Whitmer backs him to the ropes to break side headlock. Kingston and Whitmer get into a chop exchange when Rickey Shane Page, Bobby Beverly and Eric Ryan of NIXON hit the ring and attack Whitmer. That ends the match in a DQ at 2:53. Well that’s disappointing. Hopefully we get a real rematch at some point. N/R
Kingston stands aside to allow NIXON to beat Whitmer down. He goes to shake their hands but then throws punches at them. NIXON kick him down in the corner causing members of the AIW locker room to chase them away. Eddie Kingston suggests that he and Whitmer team up to take them on later tonight. Matt Wadsworth says that might be a problem because they don’t work there anymore. Another man in a Nixon mask comes in through the side of the door. It turns out to be The Duke! When Matt Wadsworth came back in control, Duke gave him money to get back in, giving him true control of AIW. Chest Flexor comes out and hugs all members of NIXON. When he gets to Beverly, he superkicks Flexor in the face! Duke says now that he’s running things, he gets to call the shots. Eric Ryan gets his AIW title rematch tonight as is thrown in the match with Tim Donst and ACH. He then says that Kingston and Whitmer will take on Page and Beverly later tonight. Eddie Kingston says he is going to rape them. Backstage, Matt Wadsworth clarifies that he’s acting president, but since Duke pays him he’s in control and can veto everything he does. He turns to Chest Flexor to see if they can reach an arrangement. They shake hands, but we’re still unsure on to what that deal is just yet.
AIW Tag Team Championship
The Batiri (Obariyon & Kodama) vs. Aeroform (Flip Kendrick & Louis Lyndon)
Chest Flexor is in Aeroform’s corner while Veronica Ticklefeather is in the Batiri’s corner. The Batiri team up to take control in the beginning. Flexor grabs Kodama’s leg. Kodama backdrops Kendrick onto him. He goes for a dive but gets kicked in the face. Aeroform isolate Kodama, knocking Obariyon off the apron on several occasions. Veronica even chases Flexor to the back at one point. Lyndon moonsaults onto Obariyon on the floor. Kendrick moonsaults into a modified Falcon Arrow on Kodama for two. Obariyon whips Lyndon into the guardrails. Kodama slips out, allowing Obariyon to come in and nail Kendrick with a few clotheslines and a running elbow strike. He gives Lyndon a release overhead suplex. The Batiri baseball slide dropkick Aeroform into the crowd. Obariyon suicide dives onto both of them. Kodama follows that with a springboard crossbody. Lyndon eats a bunch of corner dropkicks back in the ring. It only gets the Batiri a two count. Obariyon goes for the Rapture but Kendrick shoves Lyndon out of the way. He huracanrana’s The Batiri at the same time. He gives Kodama an inside out suplex for two. Kendrick then gets two with a springboard 450 splash. Obariyon catches him with a back cracker out of the corner. Lyndon eats the Skull Bronzing. Kodama pops him into Obariyon’s Seventh Circle for the pin at 11:48. Excellent action out of both teams. I’m happy that the Batiri have the chance to shine in AIW, because you can see how much it lets them grow as wrestlers where in CHIKARA it’s more about the characters. ***
Allysin Kay vs. “Crazy” Mary Dobson
Oh great, Dobson brought weapons with her. Dobson forearms Kay to the corner. Dobson flips to avoid a clothesline and forearms Kay to a different corner. Kay trips her into a Stretch Muffler. Dobson rolls out of it. She side steps Kay’s attack and sends her to the floor. Kay trips Dobson to the floor with her back hitting the ring apron on the way down. Kay lays in the boots before dragging Dobson’s face across the top of the guardrails. Dobson ends up whipping Kay into them. She goes for a STOP sign shot and gets it kicked into her face. Kay pours some thumbtacks that Dobson brought to the ring onto her back and stomps them onto her! She brings a friggin machete into the ring and threatens to use it. Dobson smartly puts up the women’s title to block the machete. She bites and stomps on Kay’s hand. She gives Kay a tornado DDT for two. Dobson sets up for the Silencer. Sammy Geodolno runs out and stops Dobson from doing so. Kay throws Dobson off the top rope and onto the chair for the pin at 8:42. It’s no secret that I was never a big fan of the Girls Night Out shows, but I really liked this. They used a lot of clever hardcore spots I had never seen before and kept me entertained the entire time. Kay really is an awesome bad ass champion, and this was the best I’ve ever seen Dobson. **3/4
Irish Airborne (Jake & Dave Crist) vs. Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly)
O’Reilly grinds down on Jake’s elbow. Jake puts on a side headlock. O’Reilly rolls out and throws a dropkick at the same time Jake does. Cole and Dave tag in. Dave mocks Cole’s “ADAM COLE!” cry, so Cole shows his last name on his butt to prove that he is indeed the true Adam Cole. After a double knuckle lock, Dave gives him a wedgie. He drop toe holds O’Reilly into his crotch. Cole’s crotch ends up in O’Reilly’s buttocks and Dave kicks Cole’s buttocks multiple times. Jake hits O’Reilly with a leg lariat for two. Dave comes off the top, sentoning onto O’Reilly’s back. O’Reilly gives him a chinbreaker and tags in Cole. Dave armdrags him right away. The Airborne take turns working over Cole’s left arm. They give him a running forearm/enzuigiri combo for two. O’Reilly drops down the middle rope so Dave goes to the floor. He boots Dave while Cole knocks Jake to the floor. Future Shock team up on Dave in their half of the ring while keeping Jake at bay. Dave cleverly hooks Cole’s head in O’Reilly’s arm, so he can drop O’Reilly with an STO and have him give Cole a DDT at the same time. Jake tags in and lays out Future Shock with clotheslines and back elbows. He drops Cole with a neckbreaker. He flips up in the corner, kicking O’Reilly on his way up. He gets two with the crossbody that follows. Dave spears O’Reilly in the corner. Jake enzuigiri’s him, then gets two with a Northern lights suplex thanks to Cole breaking it up. O’Reilly sends Dave to the floor. He bicycle kicks Jake. He DDT’s Jake into Cole’s wheelbarrow suplex for two. Four simultaneous pump kicks knock everyone down. Jake superkicks Cole twice and gives him a Tiger suplex for two. O’Reilly sends Jake to the floor. Cole and O’Reilly knock him down with a leg sweep/rolling clothesline combo for two. Jake stops Dave from being taken down. He superkicks O’Reilly. Airborne then hit Cole with Irish Coffee for the pin at 17:23. Obviously this was a good match, but the quiet crowd really prevented it from being anything more than just that. Future Shock are awesome heels and the Airborne were beloved by the crowd so it all worked out. I hope we see Cole and O’Reilly, as either a team or singles competitors, in AIW again. ***1/2
Eric Ryan makes his way to the ring. Matt Wadsworth brings out Chest Flexor, who now is bank rolling the company for an equal amount that Duke is, essentially making him 50% owner. He decides that the three way Absolute Championship will not occur. He was able to talk somebody who he (Flexor) has not gotten along with in the past, but agreed to face Ryan here tonight. With that, former Absolute champion Johnny Gargano will be taking on Ryan in singles competition.
Johnny Gargano vs. Eric Ryan
Ryan attacks Gargano as he poses on the middle rope. Gargano enzuigiri’s him to the floor and suicide dives after him. He tosses Ryan back in the ring. Ryan is quick enough to recover and hit his own suicide dive. Ryan whips him to the corner and stomps him down. He suplexes Gargano for a two count. Ryan gives a front row fan some trash talk. Gargano throws some punches and sends Ryan to the floor. Ryan comes back into avoid a pescado, but ends up taking the slingshot spear. Gargano throws a knee strike in the corner. Ryan goes for a huracanrana. Gargano blocks it with a powerbomb for two. Forearms are exchanged. Superkicks are thrown. Gargano hits a rolling clothesline. Ryan ducks an enzuigiri and deadlifts Gargano into a bridging German suplex. Gargano kicks out. Ryan tries for the Package Piledriver. Gargano blocks it and kicks Ryan in the head. Ryan knees his way out of a brainbuster. He and Gargano clothesline each other in opposite corners. Ryan kicks him in the face. Gargano suplexes him into the corner. He lawn darts him into the second turnbuckle and then hits the Hurts Donuts for two. A second Hurts Donut puts him down at 10:49. It’s interesting to see Gargano put down Ryan in the first match of the NIXON regime. Kind of nullifies there threat doesn’t it? Regardless, the action was good, as you would expect. ***
After the match, Rickey Shane Page and Bobby Beverly run out. They attack Gargano. The Duke is also with them but takes his spot ringside. Eddie Kingston and BJ Whitmer run out and our scheduled bout is on.
Eddie Kingston & BJ Whitmer vs. NIXON (Rickey Shane Page & Bobby Beverly)
Kington and Whitmer beat down NIXON in the crowd. Kingston allows Mad Man Pondo who is sitting with some AIW staff to get some shots in on Page. He then whips Page into rows of chairs. Whitmer throws Beverly into the announcer’s table. Kingston shoves an Obariyon 8×10 into Page’s mouth. In the ring Whitmer O’Conner rolls Beverly for two. He knocks him down with a back elbow. Page makes his way in and gives Whitmer a forearm before tossing him to the floor. Kingston gives him a yakuza kick and a Northern Lights suplex for two. He chokes Page on the middle. Whitmer dishes out some chops. Beverly tries to attack but gets clotheslined for his troubles. Page hits Whitmer with a tornado kick. NIXON spend a good deal of time dominating over Whitmer. Whitmer stops Beverly’s tornado DDT and suplexes him into the corner. Kingston tags in and lays out NIXON with elbows. He overhead suplexes Beverly and uranage suplexes Page. He calls for the Backfist. Beverly pump kicks him and Page delivers a rolling forearm. Whitmer big boots Page for two. Page tosses him off of his shoulders and into Beverly’s superkick. Kingston breaks the pin. He goes for a suicide dive on Page and gets kicked in the face. Beverly Japanese armdrags Whitmer into the corner. Beverly kicks him in the back of the head for two. Whitmer delivers an enzuigiri. He drops Beverly with a Complete Shot and puts on the Peruvian Neck-Tie. Duke pulls referee Jake Clemons out of the ring and punches him! Eric Ryan then runs down and starts stomping on Whitmer. Kingston covers him up and gets kicked himself. Johnny Gargano, Tim Donst, and ACH run out. Kingston, Whitmer, and Gargano fight with NIXON out of the building. This whole ordeal went roughly 14:00 total. This was entertaining and effective, and Duke’s commentary really did a good job explaining what his purpose in NIXON is. Fun stuff. ***
Tim Donst and ACH are left out, so they decide to have their main event title match now.
AIW Absolute Championship
Tim Donst vs. ACH
When neither guy gets control in the ring, they take the fight to the floor. Donst throws forearms at ACH’s face. In the ring he drops ACH with an STO. He then brings him off the apron and to the floor with a backbreaker. Donst sends him back first into the guardrail and follows in with a clothesline. In the ring he puts on a Bow and Arrow. ACH slips out of it and kicks Dosnt back to the floor. ACH pescado’s after him. He applies a headscissors back in the ring. Donst rolls them both to the floor. ACH gives him a stunner and a running knee to the face. Donst trips him off the apron, causing his face to hit the ring apron. Donst gives him a bulldog back in the ring. He snaps ACH off the ropes, driving him face first into the canvas. Donst Cactus clothesline both of them to the floor. He quickly goes back into the ring so he can hit a suicide dive. In the ring he hits the Gator Roll for two. ACH blocks a corner attack and gives Donst a Frankensteiner. He kicks Donst from the floor and then slingshots in with an Ace Crusher for two. He calls for a frog splash. Donst evades and goes for From Dusk Til Donst. ACH shoves Donst to the corner to avoid having it put on. He hits the frog splash for two. Donst suplexes ACH into the corner. They engage in a slap fight. ACH uses momentum from the second rope for a forearm to the back of Donst’s head. He kicks Donst in the head. He runs for the ropes but Donst grabs his arm and drags him back to the match. He puts on From Dusk Til Donst again. ACH taps out at 18:15. That was a terrific first defense from Donst. It’s a smart call giving Donst such a tough challenger, because in victory he looks like a strong champion from the get go. I can absolutely see ACH being the guy to carry AIW on his back one day. He’s had strong performances ever since his debut about a year ago and has nothing but potential. This was a great way to end the show. ***1/2
As soon as the bell rings, the lights in the building turn off. NIXON runs back to the ring. They stand over ACH and Donst until Kingston, Gargano, and Whitmer chase them away. Gargano says he speaks for everybody when he says that they are sick of NIXON. He tells Kingston, Whitmer, ACH, and Donst that whatever feelings they have that they should put them aside for the common goal of taking down NIXON. They all agree. Kingston is passed the mic. He thanks the AIW fans for coming out and promises to take care of NIXON. Eddie Kingston says “let’s all go to Dairy Queen!” He puts over Dairy Queen to the camera and thanks us for buying the DVD.