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Radican’s PWG “BOLA 2010: Night 1” review
Sept. 4, 2010
By Sean Radican, Torch columnist
The show started with Excalibur announcing there would be no opening ceremony. Nick and Matt Jackson then came out as Austin Aries was shown on the commentary table with a bottle of wine. They said they wouldn’t fight each other in the tournament and told the ref to count them out. Excalibur said he had already anticipated this very situation and he made the match with no count out.
(1) Nick Jackson vs. Matt Jackson went to a double DQ in a first round BOLA 2010 tournament match. The Young Bucks both superkicked the ref at the same time for the DQ.
The Cutler Brothers came and started an impromptu match.
(2) The Cutler Brothers beat the Young Bucks. This was a really good unadvertised match. The bucks worked over Brandon during the early stages of the match. Dustin got the hot tag and ran wild. The Bucks cut him off with a double dropkick, but he got right up and clotheslined them. The finish saw both teams exchanged counters until the Cutlers hit a tandem tombstone on Matt for the pin. (***1/2)
(3) Brandon Gatson beat Ryan Taylor in a first round BOLA 2010 tournament match. The action was really good during the early stages of the match with both men exchanging counters. Taylor seemed to always stay a step ahead of Gatson and the crowd heated up after Taylor hit a big dive to the outside. Gatson ended up getting the win with an Emerald Frozien DDT. (***1/4)
(4) Joey Ryan beat Chuck Taylor in a first round BOLA 2010 tournament match. They did some comedy early and argued about Twitter. After some back and forth action, Ryan countered soul food into a spear, which left both men down on the mat. The finish saw Ryan get the pin after a series of superkicks. The match was fine, but slow at times. (**1/2)
(5) Roderick Strong beat Paul London in a first round BOLA 2010 tournament match. London came out with Finnegan. He took forever to take off his space suit at the beginning of the match. London revealed that he was wearing his old singlet with the crotch stuff. They did a lot of comedy early involving London’s stuffed trunks. The match really got good after the slow start. London caught Strong in his own strong hold submission, but he got the ropes. Strong then got London in the strong hold. The finish saw Strong finish London off with a lung blower and a sick kick. (***1/4)
(6) Claudio Castagnoli beat Ricochet in a first round BOLA 2010 tournament match. Castagnoli frustrated Ricochet for most of the match by countering all of his high flying maneuvers. Castagnoli set the tone right away when Castagnoli caught Ricochet on a dive, placed him on the top rope, and slapped him across the face. There were some fantastic exchanges down the stretch that really turned the heat up on the match, including one where Ricochet jumped off Castagnoli’s shoulders, landed on the top rope, and hit him with a hurricanrana. The finish saw Castagnoli uppercut Ricochet halfway across the ring. He then hit a huge European uppercut before submitting Ricochet with the Brock lock. (***1/2)
(7) Austin Aries beat Rocky Romero in a first round BOLA 2010 tournament match. This was above-average, but it was slow in parts and the crowd wasn’t into the action. Down the stretch, Romero countered Aries’s brainbuster into a cross-arm breaker. Romero turned it into a triangle, but Aries lifted him up and nailed him with a powerbomb. Aries then hit the brainbuster for the pin. (**3/4)
(8) Brandon Bonham beat Brian Cage in a first round BOLA 2010 tournament match. This was a very good match, but they overdid the nearfalls. Cage’s power moves were very impressive here. The match really heated up down the stretch. Bonham nailed Cage with the hammer of the god’s, but Cage kicked out. Bonham then hit a second hammer of the god’s for the pin. (***)
(9) Akira Tozawa beat El Generico in a first round BOLA 2010 tournament match. The crowd just wasn’t into much of the action here, although the match was good. Tozawa controlled the action during the early stages of the match. Generico fired back and hit a flip dive over the top the outside. Both men exchanged running kicks, but ended up down on the mat during the late stages of the match. The finish didn’t come off great, as Tozawa appeared to have the pin after hitting a German, but the ref said Generico had kicked out. Tozawa then hit a straightjacket German for the pin. (***1/4)
(10) Chris Hero beat Christopher Daniels in a first round BOLA 2010 tournament match. The crowd was hot for Daniels return to PWG here. The match started slow, but they planted the seeds for a heated finish early when Hero offered a handshake, but Daniels slapped him across the face. Daniels showed heel tendencies as the match went on, especially when he teased a BME, but laughed at the crowd and refused to perform the move. Both men exchanged nearfalls down the stretch. Hero hit the Hero’s welcome and locked in a dragon sleeper for the submission win. This was really a good match once it got going during the second half. (***1/2)
Daniels got on the mic after the match and teased heeling on Hero, but ended putting him over. The crowd cheered and chanted for him to come back to PWG in the future. Hero got on the mic and said he would kick the crap out of three people on the next show to win the tournament.
Overall thoughts: (7.5) This is a show I look forward to each year and the first night delivered about what I expected as the second show of the BOLA tournaments are usually excellent. The matches up and down the card were very good and there wasn’t a bad match on the show.
The crowd seemed to get burned out at times, perhaps due to the heat in the building and the consistent quality of the matches. The best matches on the show were Castagnoli –Ricochet and Hero-Daniels. I loved the exchanges between Castagnoli and Ricochet. There were some genuine “stand on your feet off of the couch” moments during this encounter.
Hero-Castagnoli was also really good once it got going. I loved Daniels teasing turning heel during the course of the match. The crowd was into the action as well, which lead to the satisfying finish and post-match comments from both men.
I haven’t seen the second night of “BOLA: 2010,” but I do recommend buying these shows together. This is more like part 1 of a 2 part movie than a self-contained show. I can’t wait to see how the second night of the show plays out, as PWG features a great mix of local and nationally known independent talent.
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