This Chaos Column is a recap of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s DDT4 Tag Team Tournament, at the American Legion Post #308 in Reseda. Despite the cold snap that has gripped California, another capacity crowd filled the hall for the annual tournament. In addition to El Generico wrestling in his final night for the promotion before moving up to WWE, this time, the defending tag team champions–The Super Smash Bros.–were in the tournament. Therefore, the tag team titles were on the line throughout the tournament.
1 – The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) def. The Inner City Machine Guns (Ricochet & Rich Swann). Although Nick Jackson ate Ricochet’s Corner Suicide Dive, Matt Jackson was able to time his counter to Rich Swann’s signature move, getting his knees up to gut him, then rolled him up for the pin.
2 – The Unbreakable F’ing Machines (Brian Cage & Michael Elgin) def. The Super Smash Bros. (Player Uno & Stupefied) to hold the tag team titles for the time being. Player Uno legitimately injured his left shoulder, most likely when he took a Suicide Dive onto Cage & Elgin, which saw him apparently bump into the legs of Stupefied, but it would later be reported that he was fine. In the meantime, Michael Elgin p. Stupefied w/ his Spinning Powerbomb.
3 – Future Shock (PWG Champion Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly) def. The Dojo Bros. (Roderick Strong & Eddie Edwards). Despite getting a huge chop to the groin area–which he seemed to provoke Roddy to do w/ a verbal taunt–Adam Cole managed to p. Roddy w/ a title belt shot to the head behind the back of Referee Rick Knox, who was checking on Eddie Edwards & Kyle O’Reilly when they spilled over the top rope, and onto the floor in Vertical Suplex holds.
4 – Kevin Steen & El Generico def. Jay & Mark Briscoe. Who knew that after a few weeks removed from ROH Final Battle 2012, that Steen & Generico would set aside their differences for one night…..technically. Hard-hitting action that ended when El Generico p. Mark Briscoe w/ a Victory Roll to evade the Doomsday Device. Best match of the first round.
5 – After intermission, The Young Bucks def. The Unbreakable F’ing Machines to begin their 3rd run w/ the PWG Tag Team titles, at least up to the Final. Nick Jackson managed to sneak up behind Michael Elgin, who went for his finisher on Matt Jackson, to get the Crucifix Rollup for the pin.
6 – Kevin Steen & El Generico def. Future Shock. Right from the start, Kevin Steen went after Adam Cole, as the two teams brawled outside the ring. In the end, it was Steen who hit the Package Piledriver on Cole, then rolled him over to El Generico, who finished it off w/ the Brainbuster for the pin.
NON-TOURNAMENT SINGLES ACTION
7 – Willie Mack p. B-Boy w/ the Chocolate Thunderbomb. Not much to say about this short match, but it was pretty even, and hard-hitting, even though a seemingly botched STO from B-Boy made Willie go head-first to the mat, dangerously close to the turnbuckles.
SM – Match 2 of the Sami Callihan/Drake Younger Best of 3 Series to determine the #1 Contender to the PWG Championship, and it was contested under Last Man Standing Rules. Alot of chairs and a roadside cone were used in the hardcore match, and once again, Drake Younger got busted open. However, Drake managed to KO Sami w/ a series of hard forearm shots, and this was after he took alot of chair shots to the head.
M – The Young Bucks v. Kevin Steen & El Generico. More hard-hitting action, and it was hard at the start to keep an eye on both halves of the action, as they brawled all over the place. Great exchanges from the duo, but somehow, Matt Jackson was able to reverse the cover on El Generico after eating Steen’s Package Piledriver to eek out the win.
2013 PWG DDT4 WINNERS & 3-TIME PWG TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: THE YOUNG BUCKS
Strange as it may seem after all they’ve been through, Kevin Steen looked like he wasn’t going to shake El Generico’s hand, but in the end, he came back into the ring, and gave him a “bury the hatchet” hug (if you could call it that way). Rick Knox and most of the wrestlers from the back, as well as Excalibur, joined “The Generic Luchador” in the ring, and El Generico gave one last promo to close it out. Now here’s the thing. If WWE can fully recognize El Generico’s incredible pain threshold, combined w/ his great wrestling & entertainment abilities, I can envision him needing only a year or two in NXT before joining the main roster, regardless of which name he’s given, or whether or not he wrestles w/ a mask. If they can use him well like they have Daniel Bryan, Antonio Cesaro, & Seth Rollins, who knows how far they can go w/ him. That is my view.
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