BTWNCHAOSNORDER’S gives a recap of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s “Steen Wolf” show from the American Legion Post #308 in Reseda. A capacity crowd was on hand for this big 8-match card that ran about 3 1/2 hours, featuring 6 wrestlers making their PWG debut, & the big ladder match for the PWG World Heavyweight Championship between two feuding rivals.
Referees: Rick Knox & Tony Roma
Ring Announcer: Angelo Trinidad (M1W, NWA Hollywood, & DCW)
Excalibur’s Co-commentators: Kevin Steen, Rick Knox, Davey Richards, & Chuck Taylor
1 – 6-wrestler tag team match. Famous B, Chris Kadillak, & Candice LeRae def. Peter Avalon, Freddy Bravo, & Ray (Rrrrrrrrrrr)Rosas. High-octane opener that ended when Candice LeRae hit her signature German Suplex/Crotch Rocket variation on all 3 of her opponents, leaving Peter Avalon open to eat Famous B’s Swanton Bomb, then Chris Kadillak’s Frog Splash, who then pinned him.
2 – T.J. Perkins made Rocky Romero tapout to a submission, which was either an Inverted Figure-4, a Texas Cloverleaf, or a Scorpion Deathlock. This one appeared to be the shortest and weakest match on the card, but both wrestlers delivered some great action on all dimensions, complete w/ early involvement by Referee Rick Knox.
3 – The RockNES Monsters (Johnny Yuma & Johnny Goodtime) def. The Fightin’ Taylor Boys (Ryan Taylor & Brian Cage-Taylor, w/ Chuck Taylor). Another high-octane, see-saw match that ended when Johnny Goodtime got Ryan Taylor on a Crucifix Rollup after Ryan Taylor hit a Roundhouse Kick, then a Yakuza Kick on Johnny Yuma. Both teams delivered some great, innovative team moves, and Goodtime nailed two consecutive Suicide Dives on opposite ends of the ring.
4 – Davey Richards p. Willie Mack w/ a low dropkick to the seated opponent. Another strong, high energy match that helped Davey Richards find newly-earned respect for the regional star. Hhhhmmm, could ROH be in Willie’s future in 2012?
Now they were going to do the next match, but the bottom rope broke loose, so they had intermission to allow for repairs to be done to tighten it again.
5 – Lucha Libre Rules Tornado Tag Team Match. The Dynasty (Joey Ryan & Scorpio Sky) def. Los Luchas (Phoenix Star & Zokre). Ok, so this definitely wasn’t like the days of Los Luchas v. Real American Heroes(?) when they were battling for the NWA World Tag Team Championship, but both teams delivered some great action. Match ended when Phoenix Star ate the trio of parade finishers–Scorpio’s Running Bicycle Kick, then Joey’s “End Stage” Superkick, then the Ace of Spades from the pinning Scorpio.
6 – Ricochet p. Chuck Taylor w/ the 630 Senton. Great match between the two men from Kentucky.
SM – The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) successfully defended the PWG World Tag Team Championship, def. Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly). High-octane, see saw match saw plenty of innovative team moves by the debuting tag team. Matt Jackson endured a long Guillontine Choke from Kyle O’Reilly, allowing Nick Jackson to eventually break it up, then eventually scored the winning pin on Kyle with More Bang For Your Buck.
M – Ladder Match for the PWG World Heavyweight Championship. They had the disco ball taken down to make room for the title belt to be hung at that spot. Both Kevin Steen & El Generico just unloaded on each other, using 3 ladders, and just about breaking 2 of them. El Generico got plenty of scrapes and bleeding nicks on his back during this match. Things took a turn against Kevin Steen when The Young Bucks returned and beat him down w/ chair shots, and this was after Steen used Generico’s own Top Turnbuckle Brainbuster. This gave El Generico time to recover, duel with Steen on top of the good ladder, and eventually hit a Sunset Flip Powerbomb onto a pair of perpendicularly-stacked ladders in the corner, and that would eventually be the match ender.
WINNER & NEW 2-TIME PWG WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “THE GENERIC LUCHADOR” EL GENERICO
The Young Bucks returned to unload & berate Kevin Steen, even going forward to demand a Guerrilla Warfare Tag Team Match at the December 6 Season Finale. Everyone, though was in for a big shock. The lights went out in Reseda, and when it came back on…a familiar sight came…one who hadn’t been around in a very long time…SUPER DRAGON! Super Dragon drove back The Young Bucks, then helped Steen up, who then cut a quick promo to El Generico….about “literally” tearing the roof down on this house, and that’s pretty much how the show ended, with the fans chanting “Show of the year!”. Personally, I will reserve judgment on that until the season finale this December, but it’s definitely in the Top 3.
December 6: Most likely Guerrilla Warfare Tag Team Match — The Young Bucks v. Kevin Steen & Super Dragon
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