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Show Date: 31/3/17
We are in Orlando for the WrestleCon Supershow, the main event of WrestleCon. This show normally has a lot of really cool, wacky stuff on it because literally everyone is around.
David Starr, Trevor Lee, and Caleb Konley vs. Michael Elgin, ACH, and Mascarita Dorada
And we immediately start with the wackiness, Elgin tagging with the former El Torito is the stuff of dreams. This was a solid opener, both teams worked well together even though I don’t know that any of them have interacted with each other much. They could have just left this as a freakshow tag with Dorada in it but everyone worked hard. ACH pins Caleb Konley ***
Shane Strickland vs. Low Ki
Low Ki being on this card was a complete surprise and the crowd went nuts when he appeared, and rightly so because Low Ki rules. This was such a well built and well structured match. Instead of a balls to the wall crazy match, we got a more meticulous style with some stiff spots peppered in to keep things interesting, with each big spot building on the last. Ki has been working AAW for a little while now, but he came out here to prove that he could still hang and he impressed the hell out of me. Low Ki pins Strickland with a Double Foot Stomp ****
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Jeff Cobb (Impact World Heavyweight Championship)
Lashley coming out representing Impact made him the biggest heel on this show so far, getting “Fuck that Owl” and “Fuck that headband” chants. On paper this was one of the more interesting matches of the whole weekend, but Lashley came in here and basically refused to actually work. Instead we got something akin to a solid TV match, which is a real fucking shame since this could have stolen the weekend. Lashley pins Cobb with a Spear ** ¾
Flip Gordan and Sammy Guevara vs. Angelico and Jack Evans
These teams wrestled around a bit, until Jack Evans starts cutting a promo calling Sammy Justin Beiber. Knowing Evans there’s a chance he might actually think he’s Beiber. After that we got a total nothing match, which is a shame since I feel like this could have been a big match for the young guys to really get over on a bigger stage. Angelico pins Sammy Guevara with a Turnbuckle Bomb ** ¾
Will Ospreay, Marty Scurll, Ryan Smile, Drew Galloway, and Lio Rush vs. Ricochet, AR Fox, Jason Cade, Sami Callihan, Dezmond Xavier
This is the annual captain’s choice ten man tag, and boy does it look better on paper than last year’s clusterfuck.
Listen, dance offs in the middle of matches are kind of the worst but in the context of a really great match on a show that is supposed to be fun and goofy I can live with it. And make no mistake, this was a great spotfest match that needs to be watched. These guys did everything from stiff strike exchanges, crazy high flying, and actually good comedy.
My only real complain with this match is Ryan Smile, who on several occasions was slightly out of place or slightly mistimed a spot. Not enough to hurt the match in any real way, bt enough to see that he is clearly a little overwhelmed. Jason Cade pins Will Ospreay **** ½
After the match, all ten men embrace and then Ricochet gets on the mic. He dedicates the match to Kris Travis in a nice moment and talks about how he and Will really did pick the teams. They goof around a little before heading to intermission.
Battle Royal (DDT Iron Man Heavy Metalweight Champion)
This is the annual wacky Battle Royal, except Joey’s DDT title is also on the line (as it has been in so many places) via pinfall or submission. While we got some fun interactions and cool nostalgia acts, this was every shitty battle royal you’ve ever seen. Obviously the match wasn’t about workrate though but about those cool nostalgia guys. Swoggle wins by last eliminating Joey Ryan *
Joey Ryan quickly pins Swoggle to win back the belt. He gets on the mic and starts calling himself the greatest champion of all time, until The Sandman makes an incredible entrance and pins him. The entire last match was building to that one entrance and it was honestly one of the best parts of the show.
Johnny Mundo (w/Taya) vs. Cage (w/Melissa Santos)(Tables, Ladders, and Chairs)
This was a dull, boring, plodding mess of a match. The crowd wasn’t into anything that these guys were doing, and they were doing basically nothing. This is Cage’s sixth match of the weekend, so I sort of understand where he is coming from, but I don’t think Mundo has wrestled anything other than this match and it almost felt like he was going out of his way to do nothing. Cage pins Mundo with a Steiner Screwdriver **
Lucha Brothers (Rey Fenix and Penta El 0 M) vs. Broken Hardyz (Matt Hardy and Brother Nero)
This is an actual dream match for me and is a damn great main event for a show like this. These two had a fine little match without much too it. The crowd was into everything, even if it didn’t go long. I wouldn’t bother seeking this match out other than for the sheer wackiness of seeing these two teams together. Brother Nero pins Rey Fenix ***
Matt Hardy gets on the mic and puts over the crowd and his opponents after the match.
This was a super fun show overall. We got two very strong matches, with the ten man tag being a strong contender for match of the weekend, and some fun moments.