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“2013 BOLA: Night 2”
AUG. 31, 2013
(1) Drake Younger beat Brian Cage in a 2013 BOLA Quarterfinal Round match. Younger kicked off the match nailing Cage with a kick that sent him flying to the floor. Younger then hit a moonsault off the top rope to the floor on Cage and the fans exploded. Cage caught Younger going for a splash off the apron and he gorilla press slammed him into a pile of chairs on the floor and the fans went bonkers. Cage showed incredible power hitting Younger with a double backbreaker for a 2 count. Cage followed up with a wheelbarrow powerbomb for a 2 count and the fans went nuts. Younger tried to fire back, but Cage powerbombed him onto his knee. Cage then locked in a cloverleaf variation, but Younger managed to get the ropes. Younger fired back and countered a pump-handle slam into a DVD for a 2 count. Cage caught Younger going for a dive in the suplex position, but Younger countered it into an inside cradle for the win. This was pure awesomeness from start to finish. (***)
(2) Johnny Gargano beat Kevin Steen in a 2013 BOLA Quarterfinal Round match. The fans were red hot chanting for both men after the opening bell. Steen slapped Gargano right in the face during the early stages of the match and they began trading forearms. Steen and Gargano traded some hard strikes and chop. Steen went to drop down as Gargano bounced off the ropes, but Gargano applied the Gargano escape. Steen quickly got to the ropes to break the hold. Steen got the upper hand once again and he nailed Gargano with a huge kick to the gut before nailing him with 2 huge chops. These guys are beating the hell out of each other. Gargano pulled the ropes on Steen and he went crashing to the floor. Gargano went for a running dive off the apron, but Steen clotheslined his legs out from under him. Gargano managed to counter a powerbomb on the apron. He then nailed Steen with a flipping senton off the apron and the fans went nuts. Gargano went for a tope, but Steen caught him and tossed him into the ringpost. Steen then followed up with swanton for a nearfall and the fans exploded. Gargano countered a powerbomb into a hurricanrana and nailed Steen with a huge roundhouse kick to the head and the fans exploded again. Both men were down as the crowd applauded.
Steen fired back and hit a cannonball senton in the corner for a 2 count. Gargano countered the F cinq and applied the Gargano escaped. The fans chanted for Steen to tap, but he eventually got the ropes. Steen blocked a tornado DDT to the floor, but Gargano caught him with a kick to the head. They traded shots near the apron. Gargano hit a series of left and right forearms. He then gutting a running start and nailed Steen with a spear through the ropes and both men crashed to the floor. The fans went nuts and chanted for Gargano with both men down on the floor. Gargano hit a jumping DDT from the apron into the ring for a 2 count before applying the Gargano escape once again. Steen struggled, but finally got the ropes. The fans chanted for Gargano as he fired up from his knees. Gargano hit a series of running dropkicks into the corner that targeted Steen’s shoulder. Gargano went for the lawn dart, but Steen countered it into the sleeper suplex. Steen crawled over to Gargano to cover him, but could only get a 2 count. Gargano slipped out of the package piledriver and hit a pair of superkicks, but Steen spit in his face. Steen hit the pop up powerbomb and went for the package piledriver, but Gargano countered it into the Gargano escape for the win. This was a brutal hard-hitting encounter and the fans were molten hot. This was among the better matches I’ve seen this year with Gargano working over Steen’s shoulder throughout the match until Steen finally tapped to the Gargano escape. (****1/2)
(3) Michael Elgin beat Roderick Strong in a 2013 BOLA Quarterfinal Round match. After an initial feeling out period. Things heated up. Elgin told Strong to bring the chops in the corner, so Strong nailed him with several hard chops and Elgin crumpled to the mat. Elgin caught Strong going for a springboard and held him in the delayed vertical suplex position. The fans counted to 71 before Elgin finally dropped him to the mat for a 2 count. They went back and forth until Elgin got an Okana roll for a 2 count. He followed up with a deadlift German with a bridge for a 2 count. Strong fired back a short time later as they went at it on the apron and hit a backbreaker. He rolled Elgin into the ring and covered him for a 2 count. They went to a big exchange and Strong finally caught Elgin with an Olympic slam for a 2 count. The fans chanted for both men with Strong still holding the upper hand. They went to another big exchange and Elgin hit an air raid crash for a 2 count. Strong began to favor his shoulder with Elgin still holding the upper hand. They ended up going at it up top and Strong hit a superplex for a 2 count. They continued to go at it with hard hitting exchanges. Elgin hit a huge lariat and fired up. Elgin hit a big slam and applied the crossface, but Strong countered it into a pinning combination for a 2 count. Strong hit a big jumping knee, a pop-up gutbuster, and the sick kick for a nearfall. Strong followed up with the Gibson driver, but Elgin kicked out. Strong applied the stronghold in the middle of the ring and the fans exploded as Elgin struggled to escape the hold. Elgin managed to push Strong off and he caught him in the crossface again. Strong tried to roll through, but Elgin held on and Strong was forced to tap. This was a very good hard-hitting match and they really went at it down the stretch and the crowd got into things after being a little cool during the initial stages of the match. (***1/2)
(4) Kyle O’Reilly beat ACH in a 2013 BOLA Quarterfinal Round match. The crowd sang the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts song at O’Reilly. The fans then chanted auto parts. The ACH fans then began an ACH chant. ACH sent O’Reilly to the outside and did a fake out on a dive attempt followed by several back flips and the fans went nuts chanting for him. O’Reilly then climbed up the ropes from the apron and back down rope by rope before doing the sleazy Kyle dance and pose. The fans went nuts and chanted holy s---. O’Reilly grabbed an cross-arm breaker after a fast-paced exchanged, but ACH rolled over and turned it into a giant swing and then a Texas cloverleaf submission. O’Reilly struggled, but eventually got the ropes. Both men went back and forth. ACH tried to block a running knee strike and when he lowered his hands O’Reilly slapped him across the face and the fans exploded. O’Reilly got the upper hand and began working over ACH’s arm. He hit a nice arm capture suplex and ACH rolled under the ropes. O’Reilly followed ACH to the outside and continued to work over his arm. Both men got back into the ring and began trading shots. O’Reilly went for a leg sweep, but ACH jumped up and caught him with a leg drop to the back of the head on the way down.
ACH sold his arm while continuing to hold the advantage on O’Reilly. ACH hit a huge diving clothesline into the corner and the fans fired up and chanted for him. They ended up battling near the apron and O’Reilly slammed ACH’s arm over the top rope. They battled up top and O’Reilly jumped off the top and slammed ACH’s arm down onto the mat. O’Reilly grabbed an arm submission, but ACH fought his way out and hit a twisting neck breaker for a nearfall. O’Reilly and ACH went back and forth until O’Reilly caught ACH with a shoulder capture suplex and the fans exploded after ACH kicked out. They battled near the apron. O’Reilly charged at ACH and ate a kick. ACH then followed up with a springboard ace crusher for a nearfall and the fans chanted for both men. Both men traded big shots and ACH hit a stunner, but O’Reilly bounced right into the ropes and hit the pendulum lariat and the fans exploded with both men down on the mat. Holy crap that was awesome. Both men charged at each other and O’Reilly eventually transitioned and locked in a cross-arm breaker, but ACH countered it into a cloverleaf. O’Reilly eventually countered it into an inside cradle, but only got a 2 count. ACH knocked O’Reilly’s mouth guard out with a pair of kicks and went for the spirit bomb, but O’Reilly caught him in the guillotine. ACH then got to his feet with the crowd going crazy and hit the orange crush bomb. He slowly crawled over to O’Reilly and covered him for a nearfall. Holy crap! The fans chanted for both men as they struggled to recover. O’Reilly rolled to the outside, but ACH caught him with a sliding kick. ACH then hit air Jordan and the fans went nuts. ACH rolled O’Reilly into the ring and went for a frog splash, but O’Reilly caught him in a cross-arm bar and ACH tapped. This was an amazing match and the fans lost their mind for the finish. Wow, wow, wow! (****1/2)
The fans lost their mind and chanted please come back at ACH after the match. Both men then shook hands in the middle of the ring.
(5) Best Friends (Joey Ryan & Trent & Chuck Taylor) vs. Willie Mack & Tomasso Ciampa & B-Boy. Anthony Nese was replaced by B-Boy in this match due to injury. Nese came in on commentary for the match with Excalibur. Tomasso got upset with the Best Friends stalling and tossed a chair at them. The chair accidentally hit the ref, but B-Boy told him a fan threw it so they wouldn’t get DQ’d. B-Boy tossed Ryan across the ring by his chest hair shortly after Ryan had grinded on him in the corner. Ryan asked the ref to check the hair on his chest. B-Boy pulled Ryan’s trunks down and crotched him over the top rope. He then pushed him along the top rope before shaking the ropes up and down. Ryan then crawled to his corner where Taylor and Trent offered him some comfort. Taylor tried to sneak into the ring with a chair in his back pocket, but the ref took it away, which caused the crowd to boo. Taylor got the better of Mack and Ciampa tagged in. Taylor wanted to tag out, but Trent and Ryan jumped off the apron to the floor. Trent eventually took the tag, but Ciampa nailed him with a running kick to the head. Ciampa continued to dominate the action, as he obliterated Trent with a huge clothesline. He then used his knees to slam Trent’s face into the mat. Everyone eventually ran in and they did a chain of head scissors. Mack was the last one in and he turned Trent over and everyone turned over with him for a five way submission, but everyone managed to break free. That was awesome. Taylor ran wild and dropped all of his opponents with dropkicks in different corners of the ring. Everyone then fired back on Taylor and took turns nailing him with running kicks and knees in the corner. Ciampa finished off the sequence with a series of running knees in the corner, but Trent cut him off and hit a swinging DDT on Ciampa.
The action continued to at rapid pace with both teams going back and forth. Ciampa and Ryan began going back and forth and they began trading eye pokes. Both men then hit running eye pokes. Ryan and Ciampa then hit a double eye poke on the ref when he tried to stop them. Everyone then traded eye pokes. Taylor dropped the grenade down Ciampa’s tight and everyone bumped when Ciampa landed and the fans went nuts. This is so fantastic. Ciampa rolled over and covered Ciampa for a visual pinfall. Nese came down to the ring without a shirt on. He then took a ref’s shirt out of his pocket as the fans chanted his name. Taylor covered Ciampa again, but he kicked out at 1. They went to a big sequence of dives to the floor. Taylor went for a step up dive, but ended up getting caught in the ropes. The fans chanted are you ok at Taylor. That looked awfully dangerous. Trent and Ciampa ended up battling on the turnbuckles with everyone down on the floor below them. Trent superplexed Ciampa to the floor and they both landed on top of everyone on the floor. The fans exploded with all six men down on the floor and chanted this is awesome. The action continued at a rapid pace with both teams going back and forth. Ciampa hit project Ciampa on Trent, but Ryan broke up the pin. Ciampa teased a dive, but simply went to the floor and set up a pile of chairs. Ciampa stalled with Taylor and Trent pleading with him not to do it. Taylor told him not to do it on the mic. Cage then came down and confronted Ciampa. Ciampa then bowed to Cage, who powerbombed Ciampa into a pile of chairs. Taylor then caught B-Boy with the awful waffle inside the ring for the win. This was a fun six man tag to watch unfold. The comedy during the match really got fans into it before things picked up down the stretch. (***3/4)
(6) Michael Elgin beat Johnny Gargano in a 2013 BOLA Semi-Final Round match. The match started hot with both guys trading their signature submissions right off the bat. Gargano managed to hit several knee strikes to escape Elgin’s delayed vertical suplex. He then hit four dives through the ropes to the outside on Elgin. Elgin caught Gargano with a big uranagi and began working him over. Elgin dominated the action for several minutes before attempting another delayed vertical suplex. He began doing squats once the fans counted to 60 before dropping Gargano down to the mat. Gargano fired back and hit a rolling kick for a 2 count. Elgin quickly regained the upper hand after catching Gargano with a black hole slam for a 2 count. Elgin followed up with a dead-lift German with a bridge for another 2 count and the fans fired up. They went to an awesome exchange of strikes and then kicks. Elgin finally caught Gargano with a lariat after both men went back and forth off the ropes for a 2 count. Gargano no-sold a buckle bomb, hit a superkick, and eventually got the Gargano escape, but Elgin lifted Gargano onto his shoulders and began driving him head-first into the turnbuckles. Elgin then climbed the turnbuckles with Gargano on his back. Gargano managed to fight his way free. He went for a hurricanrana, but Elgin blocked it. Elgin set up for a powerbomb, but Gargano revered it into a hurricanrana.
Gargano got the Gargano escape again a short time later, but Elgin managed to inch his way to the ropes and the fans chanted this is awesome. Both men were slow to get to their feet. Elgin caught Gargano with a kick on the apron. He then set up for a dead-lift superplex and connected perfectly and the fans roared, but Gargano kicked out at the last second. The fans chanted for Gargano after the nearfall. The fans then started a dueling chant for both men. Elgin hit a buckle bomb. Elgin went for the Elgin bomb and Gargano tried to counter it into a reverse hurricanrana, but Elgin sat down on him for a 2 count. They battled up top once again a short time later. Gargano flipped over Elgin and superkicked his knee out from under him before hitting a flatliner off the turnbuckles. Gargano and Elgin then exchanged counters going for the Gargano escape and the crossface. Elgin finally got the crossface and the fans went nuts. Gargano teased tapping, but held back. Gargano then struggled to the ropes as the fans went nuts. Gargano finally got to the ropes and the fans went nuts. The fans pounded the mat and chanted for Gargano. They then chanted for both men. Gargano tried to overwhelm Gargano with a series of strikes. He hit a buckle bomb, but Gargano countered the Elgin bomb into a rollup for a nearfall. Gargano then hit a huge kick to Elgin’s head, but collapsed to the mat. The fans went nuts and chanted for Gargano. Both men finally got to their feet and Gargano nailed Elgin with a series of dropkicks in the corner. The fans chanted for Gargano as he went on the attack. They battled up top once again, but Elgin popped up and nailed Gargano with an avalanche Elgin bomb for the win.
This was an amazing match with both guys going for broke at the beginning. Elgin was then dominant for most of the match with Gargano making several spirited comebacks and getting some key counters and fighting spirit spots when Elgin was going for his signature offense. The crowd got hotter and hotter as the match built and they went to a great finish with Elgin hitting an avalanche Elgin bomb off the top for the win. (****1/2)
(7) Kyle O’Reilly beat Drake Younger in a Semi-Final Round 2013 BOLA match. The fans chanted for both men before the opening bell. Things heated up quickly with both men going head to head and trading strikes. O’Reilly teased a running kick on a seated Younger, but ended up slapping him in the face. Younger fired right back and drove him into the mat with a big piledriver. Younger hit a chair slam on O’Reilly on the floor. Drake dragged O’Reilly into the crowd and threw him into the wall like a dart. O’Reilly fired back and they continue to brawl back near the ring. O’Reilly set up a bunch of chairs on top of Younger and hit a slingshot swanton onto Younger and both men were down on the outside. Younger fired back and hit a chair shot on the outside before rolling O’Reilly into the ring for a 2 count. He then applied the Indian death lock on O’Reilly, but had to let it go. Younger hit the stinger splash and then scorpion death drop for a 2 count. Steen said he did the spot because Younger had worked out at a gym earlier in the day where Sting had worked out. Both men ended up back on the outside where Younger set O’Reilly up on top of a pile of chairs. Younger went for a flip dive off the apron, but O’Reilly moved and Younger crashed through the chairs. O’Reilly followed up with a diving stomp off the apron on a seated Younger and the fans went nuts.
Both men battled up top a short time later. Younger went for a superplex, but O’Reilly turned into a double pin for a 2 count. Younger fired back with a belly to belly suplex into the ropes and then a Death Valley bomb into the turnbuckles for a nearfall. Younger went up top, but O’Reilly cut him off. O’Reilly hit a super belly to back suplex. O’Reilly followed up with a shoulder capture suplex for a 2 count. He then applied a triangle, but Younger turned it into a bridging pin for a 2 count. Younger hit a half and half suplex, but O’Reilly went for the pendulum lariat only to eat a forearm. O’Reilly bounced right back into the ropes and hit a pendulum clothesline and both men were down. Holy crap! O’Reilly countered Drake’s landing and applied the scorpion death lock, but Younger turned it into a pinning combination for a 2 count. He then hit Drake’s landing for a nearfall. The fans chanted for Drake as both men were slow to recover. Both men traded pinning combinations, but O’Reilly caught Younger with a kick to the head, a tornado DDT, and a guillotine. Younger tried to stand up, but collapsed back down to the mat. The ref checked his arm and it dropped to the mat three times to give O’Reilly the win. This was a really good hard-hitting back and forth contest. (****1/4)
(8) PWG Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) & PWG Champion Adam Cole beat A.R. Fox & Rich Swann & Candice LeRae. The fans sang “All Night Long” for a very long time, which made Cole very angry. When they finally stopped, Cole told Swann to give him the whore. LeRae tagged in and ran wild on Cole. The crowd chanted suck her d---. Cole tagged in Nick, who begged off. The fans chanted Candice is gonna kill you at Nick. Nick teased a handshake, but ended up slapping LeRae before going on the attack. LeRae fired back with a crazy head scissors out of the corner on Nick before tagging in Swann. The action broke down and Fox and Swann hit a pair of moves across the ring on the Young Bucks. The heels took control after Cole and Nick hit a double dropkick on Fox on the apron with Matt holding him in place with a head scissors. The heels got the heat on Swann, but he finally mounted a comeback and tagged in Fox, who ran wild. LeRae set up for a dive after a hot sequence, but Cole cut her off with a big clothesline and Nick covered her for a 2 count. The heels got the hat on LeRae. She took a handspring back rake from Matt in the corner and Nick going insane after the spot on the apron was pretty great. Cole set up for a bronco buster, but LeRae got her boot up into his crotch. She told Cole to suck her d--- and nailed him with a superkick and the fans went crazy. LeRae tagged out and the action broke down with Fox and Swann running wild on the Young Bucks. Fox teased a springboard on Nick, but ended up hitting Lo Mein rain onto Cole and Matt on the outside.
LeRae then wiped out Nick inside the ring and hit a moonsault to the floor to take out Matt and Cole> Fox then nailed Nick with a swanton, but Nick kicked out at the last second. The action continued at a crazy pace with the heels in control. Fox took a combination of moves capped by a shining wizard from Cole, but he kicked out of Nick’s pin at the last second. LeRae ended up getting the tag from Swann a short time later and she went at it with Cole. Fox hit a crazy dive over Candice to the floor onto someone. Cole took a reverse hurricanrana from LeRae and a frog splash off the top from Swann for a nearfall and the crowd went nuts chanting for LeRae. LeRae set up for a bronco buster on Cole with the crowd chanting suck her d----, but Cole popped up and nailed her with a superkick. Cole then undid his trunks and said now it’s time. He told LeRae to suck his d---, but Candice grabbed his crotch. She ducked a double superkick from the Young Bucks and they kicked Cole right in the junk. She then hit a double ballplex on the Young Bucks. Swann hit a standing 450 on Nick while Fox hit a 450 off the top on Matt. At the same time LeRae caught Cole with a diving swinging DDT on the floor. Fox and Swann went for the double pin, but the Young Bucks kicked out at the last second while the fans went insane.
Fox went for Lo Mein pain on Matt, but Cole ran up from behind him and hit a German. Matt then nailed Swann with 2 powerbombs and then a powerbomb into the turnbuckles as Nick and Cole nailed him with stereo kicks. Cole then nailed Swann with a code red. LeRae ended up alone in the ring with Cole and The Young Bucks. She told them to bring it, but they nailed her with a triple superkick. The Young Bucks then hit stereo superkicks as Cole hit the Florida Keys German for the win. This was just awesome from start to finish, especially the crowd going nuts for LeRae. (****)
After the match, The Young Bucks and Cole hit a triple stuffed piledriver on LeRae and posed in the ring as the fans booed.
(9) Kyle O’Reilly beat Michael Elgin to win the 2013 BOLA Tournament. O’Reilly caught Elgin in a guillotine right after a DDT during the early going, but Elgin fought him off. O’Reilly grabbed it again, but Elgin lifted him up into the suplex position and slammed him down to the mat for a 2 count. O’Reilly went for a sunset bomb to the floor, but Elgin blocked it. He tried to sit down on O’Reilly, but he got out of the way and nailed Elgin with a belly to back suplex off the apron to the floor. O’Reilly ran at Elgin and jumped off the apron, but Elgin caught him and slammed him into the ringpost. Elgin then hit a corkscrew summersault off the top for a 2 count. Elgin applied the crossface right away after Kyle kicked out. The fans tried to rally behind O’Reilly, who eventually got the ropes. O’Reilly ended up blocking a dead-lift superplex, but O’Reilly caught him with a triangle on the top turnbuckle. Elgin then countered it into an avalanche Elgin bomb, which left both men down on the mat. Elgin eventually crawled over to O’Reilly and put his arm over him, but only got a 2 count.
The fans chanted for both men as they were slow to get to their feet. Elgin hit a buckle bomb and went for the Elgin bomb, but O’Reilly countered it into a dragon suplex. He then hit a shoulder capture suplex with a bridge for a 2 count. O’Reilly then locked in the triangle again. Both men traded palm strikes as Elgin tried to escape the hold. Elgin eventually lifted O’Reilly up, but O’Reilly nailed Elgin with several elbows. O’Reilly hit Elgin with a big kick to the head, but Elgin shook his head and they began trading shots in the middle of the ring. Elgin got to his knees and told O’Reilly to kick him. O’Reilly delivered a kick and then got on his knee and told Elgin to chop him. Elgin got back on his knee and told O’Reilly to kick him, so he did. They continued to repeat the sequence and neither man would bend. They ended up going face to face and they began trading forearms. O’Reilly eventually went for the pendulum lariat, but Elgin nailed him with a clothesline. O’Reilly kicked out at 1, so Elgin nailed him with another huge clothesline for a nearfall and the fans went nuts chanting for both men. They continued to go back and forth until O’Reilly hit a tornado DDT and a brainbuster for a nearfall. O’Reilly eventually locked in the triangle, but Elgin rammed him into the turnbuckles. O’Reilly held on, so Elgin turned it into a powerbomb, but O’Reilly lifted his shoulder and held onto the triangle and Elgin tapped. The fans exploded for the finish. This was really good. It got off to a bit of a slow start, but built up to an awesome back and forth sequence down the stretch before O’Reilly submitted Elgin. (****1/4)
The fans chanted next world champ at O’Reilly and threw streamers into the ring after the match. Cole came down to the ring and cut a promo. He said he didn’t want any trouble. He said he just wanted to congratulate him as a Future Shock member. He called O’Reilly the second best member of Future Shock. O’Reilly ended up kicking Cole right in the head. The Young Bucks then ran down to the ring and put the boots to O’Reilly. LeRae came down to the ring selling her head and got cut off right away. O’Reilly covered LeRae and the Young Bucks and Cole put the boots to him. Joey Ryan came down to the ring clapping. He got on the mic and said nobody appreciates a good heel faction like him. He said nobody beats up LeRae, but him. Ryan then superkicked Cole, but ended up eating a double superkick from the Young Bucks. Younger came down to the ring, but ended up being overwhelmed by the numbers game. Rick Knox came down to the ring with a chair and Steen joined him, but then kicked Knox low and hit him with the package piledriver. He then hugged Cole and The Young Bucks. Steen picked up LeRae and nailed her with a package piledriver. He then broke the BOLA Trophy. The fans booed as the heels stood tall. Several babyfaces ran down and cleared the ring.
O’Reilly got on the mic and the fans went nuts chanting for him. He said tonight is the night he became a professional wrestler. He thanked the fans for everything and said they are the reason the wresters bust their asses. The fans chanted PWG, PWG. O’Reilly said he would be the next PWG World Champion. The fans chanted next world champ and pounded the ring mat. O’Reilly and Elgin hugged to close the show.
Overall thoughts: (9.5) – PWG’s “BOLA 2013: Night 2” is hands down the best wrestling show I’ve seen all year. The number of incredible matches on the card and the performances of the talent up and down the card made this an incredible card to watch. The BOLA Tournament was very well done this year and with so many wrestlers shining, it was truly an unpredictable tournament to predict if you managed to avoid the results ahead of time.
Johnny Gargano’s performance on this show was incredible. His matches against Kevin Steen and Michael Elgin were both fantastic. Gargano is a blast to watch and in the PWG environment he shined throughout the tournament. His match against Steen was a brutal hard-hitting affair and his chest showed the scars of his battle with Steen when he came back out to face Elgin in the semi-final round of the tournament. Gargano’s match against Steen provided a lot of exciting moments, but none was greater than Gargano countering the package piledriver into the Gargano escape for the win. It was one of those holy s--- moments that will stay with you after you watch the show. Gargano was part of two MOTYC’s in the same night, which is crazy.
Kyle O’Reilly, who eventually went on to win the tournament, also shined during the tournament. On the first night, he had an incredible match with Trent. On the second night, O’Reilly had three amazing matches against ACH, Drake Younger, and Michael Elgin. O’Reilly has always shown potential of being a great singles wrestler, but to have three matches this good on the same night showcasing a variety of submissions to win each match is an incredible feat. His best match was against ACH and the finish provided another one of those moments that you won’t soon forget when he caught ACH in a triangle submission to counter a frog splash off the top rope. It was amazing to watch O’Reilly on both nights of BOLA 2013, but night 2 is a career defining moment for him.
Candice LeRae also stood out in her performance in a Six Person tag match where she teamed with Rich Swann and A.R. Fox to take on Adam Cole and The Young Bucks. LeRae set the crowd on fire with her spirited performance against the heel trio of Cole and The Young Bucks, who are just a blast to watch in the ring. The crowd fell in love with LeRae on this night and it’s not surprising to see her starting to get bookings all over the country after her performance in this match. The spot where she got the testicular claw on Cole as he was accosting her and then when she managed to duck a double superkick from the Young Bucks and they connected with Cole’s crotch was amazing, but it only got better when she delivered a double ballplex on the Young Bucks right after.
I really liked how the show ended setting up a future PWG Championship match between Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly. Cole was great on the mic coming out after O’Reilly won and the sequence of heel and babyface run-ins that followed set the crowd on fire. It really is a testament to PWG that a lot of the wrestlers on the show came across like stars because of the crowd reaction and not only was this a great self-contained show, but it also set a lot up for future shows. Buy both nights of BOLA 2013 right now!
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