DVDs - VGames - Books DVD Review: PWG “All Star Weekend, Night 2,” April 2, 2005, with Styles-Super Dragon, Hero-Daniels
Jun 22, 2005 - 3:47:00 PM
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By Chris Vetter, Torch Contributor
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla ran for two consecutive nights in Hollywood, Calif., right before WrestleMania 21, on April 1 & 2, 2005. The crowd here for “All Star Weekend, Night 2” is a bit smaller than “Night 1,” but it is still a strong number of about 350 fans, and it’s a vocal crowd.
Same building as night 1; it appears to be a small gym, with basketball hoops seen in the background. PWG DVDs come with the option to turn off commentary; I personally am not a fan of the casual style of announcing of Disco Machine and Excalibur.
(1) Ricky Reyes won a four-way elimination match over Davey Richards, Ronin and Puma at 8:10. Wow, three eliminations in eight minutes. Richards and Ronin brawled in the ring, and Ronin hit a Death Valley Driver. Puma entered and hit a spin kick on Ronin. Richards pinned Ronin at 2:26.
Richards hit a DDT on Puma onto the floor. Reyes hit Richards with a series of kicks. Richards missed a Shooting Star Press. Puma put Richards in a Sharpshooter, and Richards submits at 5:35. Reyes hit Puma with a DDT and a hard sitdown powerbomb. Puma came back with a German Suplex with a bridge for a nearfall. Ryes hit a brainbuster for the pin. The action was good, but this was too short.
(2) Excalibur & Disco Machine defeat Hook Bomberry & Top Gun Talwar at 12:15. Disco dove onto Hook & Talwar. Disco and Bomberry traded slaps and stiff forearms. Disco said on commentary that he suffered a broken nose the night before. Excalibur entered the ring and bit Top Gun’s hand. Top Gun hit a Stinger Splash on Excalibur. Hook & Talwar worked over Excalibur for several minutes, with Top Gun hitting a drop-toe-hold onto the bottom turnbuckle.
Excalibur came back with a brainbuster on Talward for a nearfall. Disco enters and hit a chokeslam on Talwar for a nearfall. Disco missed a forward roll dive and crashed to the floor. Hook hit a Michinoku Driver on Excalibur for a believable nearfall. Excalibur hit a German Suplex on Talwar for a nearfall, then he won it with a Tiger Driver/butterfly piledriver for the pin.
(3) Petey Williams defeats Joey Ryan at 13:04. Williams hit a shoulder tackle and a nice spinning crossbody block. Joey hit a German Release suplex. Scott Losh & Chris Bosh are at ringside, and they try to interfere to help Ryan. SoCalVal comes to ringside and kicks Lost & Bosh out. Petey has hurt his left arm, and Joey rams Petey’s arm into a ringpost.
The crowd is really behind Petey. Joey hit a Northern Lights suplex, with Petey’s arm under his body. Petey came back with a Russian Legsweep, and both were down at 7:30. Petey started to take over with a backbody drop and a swinging neckbreaker, but Petey is still selling his arm injury. Petey applied a Sharpshooter, then won it with a Canadian Destroyer/flip piledriver for a pin.
(4) El Generico & Zokre & Phoenix Star defeat Scorpio Sky & Quicksilver & Human Tornado at 13:56. Good match. Human Tornado is a black man with really good agility; he wears polyester pants. Everyone else wears a mask, which, for me anyway, sometimes makes it difficult to keep track of the action. Human Tornado and Generico open with a comedy dance-off. Quicksilver & Scorpio Sky beat up Phoenix Star.
Zokre entered and hit a double clothesline on Quicksilver and Scorpio Sky. Generico hit a backbreaker on Human Tornado and a one-legged dropkick on Quicksilver. Scorpio Sky hit a nice dropkick on Phoenix Star, then a backbreaker. Human Tornado dove over the top rope, and landed in the fourth row! Quicksilver & Scorpio Sky hit a team guillotine legdrop.
Generico hit Scorpio Sky with a Mafia Kick, then hit a half-nelson suplex on Human Tornado. The crowd is hot for this action. Human Tornado hit a back suplex. Scorpio Sky hit Phoenix Star with a frogsplash. There is a series of nearfalls, but each are broken up. Generico hit Quicksilver with a brainbuster for the pin.
(5) Christopher Daniels defeats Chris Hero at 19:10 to retain the NWA X Division Title. Excellent match. The announcers say this is the second-ever match between these two. The crowd is alternating loud chants of “Fallen Angel” and “Let’s go Hero.” Daniels applied a headscissorslock. This is really good mat wrestling, and the crowd is behind both of them.
Hero applied a cravat at 4:30 and worked over Daniels neck, then he hit a Stinger Splash. Daniels came back with a dropkick on Hero’s left knee, and Hero grabbed it in pain. Daniels continued to work over the knee. Daniels hit a moonsault onto the leg at 12:30. Hero came back with a back suplex and a rolling cravat cutter move. Daniels hit an enziguri for a nearfall.
They traded rollup attempts, and Hero hit some stiff forearms and a Hangman’s Clutch/modified Crossface, but Daniels reached the ropes. Hero missed a top-rope doublestomp. Daniels hit the Angel’s Wings/spinning Pedigree to score the pin.
(6) Kevin Steen defeats Jonny Storm at 15:51. Steen towers over the diminutive Storm. Steen shoved Storm to the mat, then flipped him over the top rope to the floor. Storm came back with a nice springboard spinning plancha and a hurricanrana off Steen’s shoulders, then a one-man Spanish fly off the second rope. Steen hit a gutbuster over his knee for a nearfall.
Steen stayed on top with a vertical suplex for a nearfall at 7:00. Storm hit an enziguri, a moonsault off the second rope, and a tornado DDT. Steen hit an awesome German Release Suplex off the second rope, sending Storm all the way across the ring. Steen followed it up with a Michinoku Driver for a nearfall at 11:00.
Storm dove through the ropes, catching Steen with a plancha, and turning it into a tornado DDT on the floor. Back in the ring, Steen hit a sitdown powerbomb for a nearfall. Storm hit a reverse hurricanrana off the second rope for a believable nearfall, drawing a “Holy Sh—” chant. However, Steen pushed a referee into the ropes, knocking Storm off the top turnbuckle, and Steen hit a devastating Package Piledriver for the win. Very good action.
(7) Chris Bosh & Scott Lost (Arrogance) defeat Chris Sabin & Frankie Kazarian at 12:16 to retain the tag titles. This is Kazarian’s final indy match. Bosh wore black pants, and he taunted the crowd. The faces dove onto the heels to start the match. Back in the ring, Sabin hit a running dropkick in the corner on Lost, then a powerslam, a forward senton, and several stiff forearms. Kazarian hit a guillotine legdrop and a nice dropkick on Lost.
Bosh entered the ring and hit a backbreaker on Sabin, and the heels take turns working over Sabin, until Sabin hit a spinning uranage backbreaker over his knee, and made the hot tag to Kazarian at 7:00. Kazarian hit a running neckbreaker on Bosh and a double DDT onto both heels. Bosh hit a low blow and a spin kick on Kazarian. Kazarian came back with a stunner & guillotine legdrop combo. Sabin entered the ring and hit a hard enziguri on Lost and a sitdown powerbomb on Bash. Sabin hit a Razor’s Edge/overhead powerbomb into the corner.
Joey Ryan illegally entered the ring at 11:00 and hit Sabin, but Petey Williams ran out and gave Ryan a Canadian Destroyer/flip piledriver. The ref went to make a cover, but Lost pulled him out of the ring. Lost then pinned Kazarian by blocking a Victory Roll and getting a rollup for the pin.
After the match, Ryan, Sabin, and Christopher Daniels all spoke on the mic and thanked Kazarian for being a mentor, friend, etc., and what he has meant to wrestling in Southern California. A cool segment.
(8) A.J. Styles defeats Super Dragon at 19:29 to win the PWG Heavyweight Title. On commentary, the announcers treat this match very seriously, which tells the viewer how important the match is, saying this is the first-ever singles match between these two. Styles and Dragon open with some standing switches and mat wrestling, and A.J. works on the left leg. They traded kicks to the thigh. Styles hit a cool forward roll dive over the top rope to the floor. Back in the ring, Styles hit a back suplex and a flying knee to the head at 7:00.
Super Dragon hit a dive through the ropes, drawing a “holy sh—” chant for a nearfall, then a crossface hold, but A.J. reached the ropes. Super Dragon hit a vicious Curbstomp for a nearfall. They traded stiff forearms, and A.J. hit a Pele Kick, and both are down at 14:30. A.J. hit a gutbuster over his knee. Super Dragon went for a Pyscho Driver/twisting inverted powerbomb, but Styles blocked it and hit a dropkick to the face.
Styles hit a top-rope flying forearm for a nearfall. Super Dragon hit a butterfly suplex for a believable nearfall at 19:00. Seconds later, Styles hit a discus clothesline to score the pin and win the title. Very good match, best of the night.
Post show extras include footage of Ryan & Bosh & Lost, El Generico interacting with Zokre & Phoenix Star, and some humorous outtakes of a promo with Kazarian, Petey Williams and Sabin.
Final thoughts: This show runs 2 hours, 18 minutes, so a bit shorter than night 1. This is a very good show, but below the level of night 1. Night 1 included Samoa Joe, Rocky Romero, American Dragon, James Gibson and Kendo Kashin, who all appeared for Ring of Honor on the same day as this PWG show.
Best match here is Styles-Super Dragon, but I also really enjoyed Hero-Daniels and Storm-Steen. PWG is proving itself to be not only the top indy on the West Coast, but perhaps the best indy behind Ring of Honor. While I liked Night 1 more, this show also gets a thumbs up, and is highly recommended.
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