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Top Gun Talwar & Charles Mercury vs. Human Tornado & Supa Badd.(8:31) Tornado and Talwar start the match with a lockup and Tornado grabs a headlock and gets sent into the ropes and Talwar takes Tornado down with a shoulder block and then Tornado hits a leg lariat. Tornado tags in Supa Badd who comes in with a double axe handle on Talwar. Double vertical suplex by Tornado and Badd and Tornado follows up with a horrible headbutt then covers for a two count. Talwar grabs an arm wringer and bites the hand of Tornado. Tornado does soem dancing and Talwar flips Tornado over with a lariat and tags in Mercury. Mercury snapmares Tornado over and slams some knees into the back and grabs a rear chinlock. Arm wringer by Mercury and he tags in Talwar. Talwar snapmares Tornado over and jumps into him with a flying shoulder tackle to a seated Tornado. Talwar drops an elbow for a two count and then Mercury comes in. Mercury knocks Badd off the apron and Badd comes in but the ref holds him back and Tornado gets double teamed in the corner. Mercury with a big powerslam and Mercury follows up with a double forearm drop to the chest for a two count and then grabs a fujiwara armbar and Tornado makes it to the ropes. Tornado fights back with some punches but Mercury takes him down with a single arm DDT and grabs an arm wringer and tags in Talwar who starts biting the arm. Talwar drapes the arm over the bottom rope and stomps away on it. Talwar then gives Tornado some big clotheslines in the corner and then stomps him when he falls down. Talwar tags Mercury back in and Mercury drops a knee then pulls Tornado up and forearms him in the corner. Tornado avoids a knee in the corner then runs the ropes and flips over and then takes Mercury down with a reverse DDT across the knee. Supa Badd gets the hot tag and gives everybody Manhattan drops and then does a meeting of the minds. Supa Badd with a chokeslam on Mercury for two. Talwar breaks it up and goes for a choke slam but and gets countered but he counters back and folds Badd up with a chokeslam. Tornado comes in with a dropkick but Mercury side steps it and then grabs a texas cloverleaf. Talwar comes off the ropes with a legdrop across the back of Tornadoís head. Mercury flips Tornado over and then flips over with a rollup for the three count.

Analysis: ** With the exception of Mercury all of these guys really show their inexperience in the ring. It wasnít really a bad match but it wasnít good either. The heel team did a good job of isolating Tornado and working over the arm. Badd had a decent hot tag and the finish was pretty good as well. These guys werenít too sloppy but there were just some awkward moments in there.

Apollo Kahn vs. Ricky Reyes (9:25) Lockup and Kahn takes Reyes down and grabs him with a leglock. Both men get to their feet and Reyes takes Kahn down and the two men exchange some moves on the mat and Reyes gets a hammerlock but Kahn gets to the ropes to break the hold. The two men face off and trade some strikes and they knock each other down. Reyes takes Kahn over with a side headlock and Kahn slowly gets up to his feet. Kahn fights free with some forearms to the midsection and whips him into the ropes and they standoff with a shoulder tackle and Reyes runs another one and takes Kahn down. Kahn goes for a leapfrog and Reyes and hits him in the leg sending Kahn down to the mat. Reyes grabs a legbar and Kahn starts pounding away so Reyes drops a knee on the leg and then rocks Kahn with a couple of strikes and then goes back to the legbar. Kahn gets his other leg over and hits some knees to Reyes and then manages to grab the ropes. Reyes pulls Kahn up and delivers a vertical suplex. Reyes stomps on the leg of Kahn then pulls him up with a front facelock. Reyes trips Kahn down and then gets a modified Stryker lock. Iím sure it has a real name but I donít know it. Reyes whips Kahn into the corner and Kahn handstands over but has to check his leg and Reyes drops him with a lariat. Reyes pulls the pad off Kahnís knee then throws some kicks at it. Reyes pounds away at Kahn and then kicks the leg and follows up by bouncing off the ropes and hitting a dropkick to the leg. Kahn avoids a second dropkick then springboards off the second rope and spins into a spear on Reyes. Kahn starts armdragging Reyes over and then hits a dropkick and holds his leg then crawls over for a two count. Kahn with three rolling suplexes and then grabs his leg. Kahn pulls Reyes up and Reyes with a single leg takedown and grabs a single leg crab but Kahn manages to get to the ropes and break the hold. Kahn hits two northern lights suplexes in a roll for a two count. Kahn catches a kick from Reyes and nails him with a big forearm. Reyes hits a big DDT and Kahn no sells it but Reyes takes him over with a rolling leglock and gets the submission.

Analysis: *** A nice solid match from these two men. Reyes does some nice, simple work on the leg of Kahn and Kahn does a nice job of selling it through the match even while on the offensive. Both men use some nice moves in this match and keep it interesting.

Disco Machine vs. Scorpio Sky (7:46) Lockup and Scorpio goes behind with a rear waistlock. Disco goes reverses it but Scorpio trips him up and grabs a leg lock but Disco breaks it with several kicks to the face. Another lockup and Scorpion gets an arm wringer and the two men reverse a couple of times on each other. Disco trips Scorpio up and grabs a side headlock and Scorpio rolls out of it and grabs a hammerlock but Disco escapes and grabs an arm wringer. Scorpio flips over then shoves Disco off with a double kick. Scorpio goes behind with a rear waistlock and Disco breaks free and goes into the ropes and grabs a full nelson but Scorpio breaks it and ends up monkey flipping Disco for a two count then grabs a rear chinlock. Disco jumps over a leg sweep but Scorpio headstands and takes Disco over with a headscissors and sends him to the outside. Scorpio slides out and grabs a small disco ball and slams it over Discoís head then rolls him in for a two count. Scorpio takes Disco over with a kitchen sink. Scorpio stretches the arms of Disco but Disco fights up to his feet and turns around and kicks away at Scorpio and grabs a front chancery. Scorpio trips Disco down and grabs him with a single leg crab and Disco grabs the ropes for a break. Scorpio pulls Disco up and snapmares him over and then gets an arm stretch using his legs from behind Disco. Disco gets up to his feet and Scorpio whips him into the ropes and goes for a backbody drop but Disco sunset flips him over for a one count. Scorpio gets up and lariats Disco down for a two count. Scorpio goes for a reverse DDT but Disco spins around and takes Scorpio over for a northern lights suplex and a two count. Scorpio rolls out of the ring and Disco runs along the apron then jumps off with a somersault plancha. Disco rolls Scorpio into the ring and kicks him and Scorpio rolls out the other side. Disco smacks Scorpio in the face with a banana then htis a senton and gets a two count. Disco goes for a straight jacket piledriver but Scorpio blocks it and gets up to his feet and avoids a punch then hits a neckbreaker on his knee and grabs a triangle choke variation and Disco taps out.

Analysis: ** A decent match but nothing special. These two guys never really get the match going before it ends. Five minutes or so more would have been great. Still both of these guys execute their moves well and at least make what is there of the match look good.

The Thomaselli Brothers vs. The X-Foundation (12:21) Vito and Joey start with a lockup and Joey grabs an arm wringer but Vito counters and flips Joey into an armbar. Joey gets out and flips Vito over with an arm wringer and grabs an armbar and Vito escapes with a headscissors and Joey handstands out. The two men keep on the mat with a great exchange and Joey comes up with an arm wringer. Vito goes behind to a hammerlock and then grabs Joey with a side headlock and takes him over and Joey grabs a headscissors to break it up. Billy Kim and Brandon tag in. The two men lockup and Brandon grabs an arm wringer and Billy rolls out of it and grabs a side headlock. Brandon shoots Billy into the ropes and Billy takes him down with a shoulder tackle. Billy ducks a lariat from Brandon and grabs him with a rear waistlock and rolls him up for two. Billy struggles with a backbody drop but gets him over. Billy strikes Brandon against the ropes and Billy whips him into the ropes with a chop and then tags in Joey. Joey whips Brandon into the ropes and hits him with a high dropkick but Vito breaks up the cover with a kick. Lost gets tagged in and he snapmares Brandon over and stomps him on the face. Lost whips Brandon into the ropes and hits a nice leg lariat then tags in Joey. Joey pounds on Brandon then tags in Billy and Billy gets a European uppercut then whips Brandon into the ropes and hits an elevated dropkick then tags in Lost. Lost hits his own dropkick. Brandon counters with a chinbreaker and tags in Sal. Sal takes Lost down with a shoulder tackle but Lost drop toe holds him down. Lost flips over to avoid a backdrop driver and Lost hits a flying forearms. Lost whips Sal into the corner and charges but Sal catches him and drops him across the turnbuckle and then hits a dropkick to the side of Lostís head then folds him up with a backdrop driver. Vito tags in. Sal powerslams Lost down and Vito comes off the top with a guillotine legdrop for a two count. Vito hits a high knee and then taunts the foundation and Brandon tags in. Brandon powerslams Lost and hits a standing shooting star press which is quite impressive for his size. Sal comes in and strikes Lost down and then hits a nice side Russian leg sweep then hits a legdrop, elbow drop and a forearm drop for a two count. Sal tags in Vito who comes in with a big punch to Lost as Sal holds him. Vito whips Lost into the ropes and creams him with a leg lariat for a two count. Sal tags in and whips Lost into the ropes and Lost flips over a backdrop attempt and plants Sal with a nice DDT. Sal tags in Vito and Lost tags in Joey and Joey is on fire and takes down all of the Thomaselliís with powerslams. He picks Vito up and Vito fires back with some forearms taking Joey down but Kim comes in and frees Joey and hits Vito with a backbreaker and Joey covers for two. Vito and Sal hit dropkicks on Joey and Kim slowing the match down. Lost spears Sal and flips over. Joey and Kim whip Vito into the ropes and hiptoss him over into a powerbomb from Lost for a two count before Brandon breaks it up with a diving headbutt. Everybody but Vito and Lost are sent to the outside. Lost whips Vito into the corner and hits a diving shoulder tackle in the corner. Vito chops Lost and then sends him to the outside and Brandon throws Joey into the ring. Vito hits an ass breaker on Joey and all three Thomaselliís climb to the top rope and Brandon and Sal hit dropkicks to the seated Joey and Vito hits a diving headbutt for two. Joey whips Vito into the ropes and goes for the extinction agenda but Lost decides to dive to the outside and help Kim. Joey bitches Lost out and then goes for a suplex on Vito but Vito counters with an electric chair drop for a three count.

Analysis:***Ĺ An awesome six man match from these guys. Everybody was really on and looked great. The Thomaselliís are probably the most underrated indy wrestlers I know of. Vito is really awesome in this match and the electric chair driver was great. Brandon was pretty good in his debut and his standing SSP was awesome. Lost does a nice job of playing FiP. This is non-stop action throughout the match and these guys pull it off without making it a spotfest. Plus Joey and Vito started the match off with some phenomenal mat wrestling.

B-Boy vs. Christopher Daniels (15:56) A lockup to start and nobody gets anything and they break it up. They do several lockups like this and then they stand off and listen to the crowd chant for Daniels. They go for a test of strength and Daniels cartwheels over with an arm wringer but B-Boy counters out into a top wristlock. Daniels fights free of that and gets a hammerlock then turns it into a side headlock. B-Boy leverages himself free and grabs a hammerlock but Daniels escapes. B-Boy shoots him into the ropes and Daniels shoulder tackles him down and then grabs a side headlock. B-Boy escapes with a headscissors and then Daniels headstands out of it and grabs a side headlock. B-Boy pushes himself free and grabs a hammerlock. Daniels fights up to his feet and Daniels rolls forward and then trips B-Boy down but B-Boy grabs a hammerlock again. Daniels shoulder tackles B-Boy down then cartwheels over him and grabs a side headlock. B-Boy shoots Daniels into the ropes and gets shoulder tackled down again. B-Boy comes off the ropes and Daniels hits a backbreaker and then a belly to back suplex for two. Daniels slams a couple of knees into the back of B-Boy then snapmares him over and hits a neck whip for two. Daniels with some forearms in the corner then whips B-Boy into the opposite corner and B-Boy falls to the mat. Daniels pulls B-Boy to his feet and hits some more forearms. Daniels whips B-Boy into the corner and charges but B-Boy catches him and slams him down with a hard spinebuster. B-Boy sends Daniels to the outside with a forearm and then charges and jumps onto Daniels with a crossbody block. B-Boy sends Daniels into the ring then pulls him to his feet and snapmares him over and delivers a snap kick to the back. B-Boy then grabs a rear chinlock. Daniels fights to his feet and escapes the holds but B-Boy hits some forearms and bounces off the ropes into a flatliner from Daniels. Daniels goes to pull B-Boy up but B-Boy kicks him and gets to his feet. B-Boy takes Daniels over with a vertical suplex and scores with a knee to the back of the head for a two count. B-Boy backs Daniels into the corner and lands some strikes and then hits a step up enziguri to the arm of Daniels and then grabs him with a hammerlock sleeper. B-Boy takes Daniels down with a single arm DDT and then grabs the border city stretch. B-Bo lands some chops but Daniels reverses it around and chops away at B-Boy then whips him into the corner and charges but B-Boy lands a big boot to the injured arm and then bulldogs his arm down and grabs a crossface. Daniels slowly struggles forward and gets a foot on the ropes. B-Boy pulls Daniels up but Daniels fights back only to be cut off with a reverse rocker dropper by B-Boy for a two count. B-Boy whips Daniels into the corner and gets a kick to the face then Daniels STOís B-Boy down and the ref applies the ten count. Both men get up at about seven and Daniels fires off a couple of punches and then takes B-Boy over with a backbody drop and sends B-Boy to the mat with an enziguri. Daniels whips B-Boy into the ropes and hits a blue thunder driver for two. Daniels slowly pulls B-Boy to his feet and goes for a vertical suplex but B-Boy drops behind and bridges with a German suplex for two. B-Boy pulls Daniels up but Daniels reverses an Irish whip into the corner but B-Boy blocks with a big boot and then hits an ugly blockbuster for a two count. B-Boy gets up in the corner and then goes for a move but Daniels catches him with a firemanís carry and Samoan drops him down. Daniels hits the best moonsault ever for a two count. Daniels struggles to pull B-Boy to his feet and whips him into the ropes and we get a double clothesline. Both men up and they trade some punches and forearms. Daniels hits a series of forearms and B-Boy responds with his own and takes Daniels over with a backslide and then we get a series of rollups. Northern lights suplex but B-Boy and he flips backwards and follows up with a brainbuster for two. B-Boy grabs the crossface on the injured shoulder again but Daniels still crawls forward. B-Boy rolls it over and then grabs the rings of Saturn but Daniels manages to get a foot on the ropes and break up the hold. B-Boy pulls Daniels up and hits some forearms but Daniels gets a rollup for two. Daniels snapmares B-Boy over and holds on then picks him up and drops him with the last rites for the three count.

Analysis: ***1/4 A good match between these two guys but I was really expecting something more. B-Boy does some nice work on the arm of Daniels but he never really bothers to sell it much. They do manage to execute their moves well except for B-Boyís ugly blockbuster. They do some nice back and forth in this match and both men look good even as Daniels goes over. It was good but these two are capable of a better match.

Lit & Deranged vs. Hardkore Kidd (7:03) A lockup and Kidd tosses Lit back and into the corner. Lit tags in Deranged and Deranged locks up with Kidd and gets tossed back as well. They go for a double team and Kidd shoves both of them back and they go to the outside. Excalibur apologizes to Kidd for booking this match. Kidd picks Lit up and tosses him into the corner. Lit dropkicks Kidd in the leg to no reaction and Kidd just pounds down on Lit. Kidd tosses Lit to the outside and Deranged goes and hugs Lit. Deranged gets in the ring and Deranged does some trash talking then jumps away scared from Kidd. Kidd picks Deranged up with a wheel barrow and then slams Deranged face first into the ring. Deranged handstands on the corner and headscissors Kidd over and then takes him down with an armdrag. Deranged fakes a dive and then Lit suicide dives onto Kidd. The two brawl on the outside then Deranged springboards off the second rope to the outside onto Kidd barely. The two beat on Kidd and then Kidd counters and hits a meeting of the minds. They whip Kidd into the ropes and double drop toe hold him down and then hit a legdrop, elbowdrop combo. Kidd gets whipped into the combo and Deranged hits a horrible spinning frontkick off Litís back and Excalibur asks WTF was that. Deranged tries again but Kidd catches him and spinebusters him down onto Lit. Hart interferes and the bad guys get a double team and Hart falls onto the ref. Hart jumps off the ropes and barely takes Kidd down with a DDT. Hart then climbs to the top rope and hits a 360 senton splash. Jefe helps the ref into the ring but gets no count. Lit and Deranged climb up to the top rope and Kidd barely manages to hit a double stunner off the top on both guys and then picks Deranged up and hits the Alabama slams him down. He then pulls Lit up and folds him over with an awesome Alabama slam and then puts a foot on Litís throat for the three count.

Analysis: 1/4* Hardcore Kidd tries and there were some nice high impact moves but thatís about it. Itís a sloppy handicap match until Hart interferes and then it really goes to shit. Hart goes for his diving DDT off the top and loses his balance and almost goes over with a blockbuster but slowly manages to come down into a DDT which looks like shit. Lit slips when Kidd goes for the double stunner off the top and then climbs back onto the top rope. This went from bad to worse and is just a train wreck. The best part of this match is the commentary as Excalibur and Disco hype this as the worst match in PWG history and give some great commentary on everything here.

Chris Bosh & Quicksilver (c) vs. Super Dragon & Excalibur (PWG Tag Team Titles) (21:52) Dragon and Silver start the match and Dragon goes for a crucifix powerbomb but Silver slides down Dragonís back and escapes. The two men do a test of strength and Dragon takes Silver down into a bridge. Silver fights out of the hold and breaks it with his legs. Dragon trips Silver down and drops an elbow to the leg. Dragon turns it into an STF like maneuver then pulls Silver away from the ropes and gets a leglock on Silver and then slaps him across the back a couple of times before Silver grabs the ropes for a break. Dragon then goes for a cub stomp but Silver escapes it and grabs a side headlock. Dragon gets to his feet and escapes the hold into a hammerlock then trips Silver down and grabs a bow and arrow but Silver gets the ropes. Dragon tags in Excalibur and Silver escapes and tags in Bosh. Test of strength and Bosh breaks it up and then takes Excalibur over with a fugly firemanís carry. Bosh holds onto an arm wringer and then Excalibur handstands up and grabs his own arm wringer and then bits the hands of Bosh. Bosh rolls free and then goes into his own arm wringer. Bosh snapmares Excalibur over and grabs a side headlock but Excalibur shoots him into the ropes and gets taken down with a shoulder tackle and Excalibur hits him with a dropkick. Bosh tags Silver in and Excalibur catches him going for a leg lariat and takes him down with a back breaker and then Dragon jumps in with a double stomp and then finally manages to hit a curb stomp on Silver. Dragon grabs the legs of Silver and slams him into the mat with another curb stomp for a two count. Dragon tags in Excalibur who hits a vertical suplex and floats over for two. Excalibur grabs the arms of Silver and stretches him back and then flips him over into a camel clutch. Dragon comes in and kicks Silver into the face and Excalibur covers for two. Excalibur drops a knee to the face of Silver for a two count and then tags in his buddy Dragon. Dragon with a belly to back suplex for two. Dragon grabs his back arm stretch with his legs which I will from now on call the Dragon Stretch. Silver rolls back on the Dragon Stretch for some two counts but Dragon just increases the pressure on the hold. Silver rolls over and manages to get into the ropes for a break. Dragon pulls Silver up and tags in Excalibur who snapmares Silver over and hits a sharp kick to the spine for two. Dragon tags in and hits Silver with a snap suplex for two of his own. Dragon with an elbow drop for another two count. Excalibur tags in and goes for an Irish whip but Silver reverses it into the corner and Silver takes him down with a falling ace crusher, I guess and Bosh gets the tag. Bosh slingshots Excalibur up and Silver hits him with a spinning heel kick. Bosh with a snapmare and then a modified hammerlock but Dragon comes in and breaks up the hold with a kick to the back of Bosh. Excalibur is bent off by some kicks and Silver comes in and stomps on Excalibur and Bosh takes in Silver who comes in with a sunset flip off the top rope for two. Silver flicks Dragon off and then floats over with a vertical suplex for two. Snapmare by Silver and then a rear chinlock. Excalibur breaks free and Silver pulls him up but Excalibur hits an enziguri and then tags in Dragon. Dragon hits Bosh with a forearm then whips him into the ropes and hits a big forearm. He sends Silver to the outside and then hits Bosh with a copo kick. Dragon bounces off the ropes but Bosh picks him up with a spinebuster and Silver springboards in with a neckbreaker to take him down and Silver covers for two. Silver gets a firemanís carry and then hits a sitout DVD for a two count before Excalibur breaks it up. Silver tags in Bosh and Bosh slams Dragon down to the mat and then stomps Dragon several times. Bosh with a lariat and Dragon gets taken down across the knee of Bosh. Bosh tags in Silver who knocks Exalibur off the apron. Bosh hits a splash off the top and Silver follows up with a moonsault before two before Excalibur breaks it up. Bosh backs Dragon into the corner and delivers some chops and bites and then goes for an Irish whip but Dragon reverses sending Bosh into the corner and Bosh goes for a turning crossbody but Dragon ducks it and both men are down. Dragon pulls Bosh up and then hits a tiger suplex and bridges it for two. Dragon rolls over to tag in Excalibur and he goes for an Irish whip but Bosh blocks it and goes for the Steiner driver but Excalibur goes behind him and hits a German suplex and follows up with a brainbuster for two before Silver breaks it up. Dragon comes in and sends Silver to the outside. Excalibur powerslams Bosh down and then hits a diving elbow and Dragon follows up with senton for two. Dragon whips Bosh into the corner and htis a charging forearm and Silver blocks Dragon on the top but Excalibur just spears him off the apron. Dragon hits a double stomp and gets two before Silver dives in to break up the cover. Dragon tags in Excalibur and Excalibur goes for the double underhook piledriver but Bosh blocks it then goes behind and picks him up for a belly to back suplex and drops Excalibur down with a backbreaker and both men tag. Dragon avoids a spinning heel kick from Silver and then hits a couple of forearms and then takes him down with a DDT right into a double underhook chancery. Silver gets the ropes and Dragon pulls him up into a double underhook suplex and goes right back into the ropes. Dagon sets Silver up on the top rope and then double underhooks Silver off the top rope for a two count as Bosh makes the save as Silver kicks out. Dragon tags in Excalibur and Excalibur goes for a move but Bosh comes in and takes Excalibur over with a t-bone suplex. Dragon hits Bosh with a spinning heel kick to the back and then takes a piledriver from Silver and everybody is down. Silver pulls Excalibur up but he fires back and takes him down with a jaw breaker and then Silver takes a lariat from Excalibur and then one from Dragon. Excalibur grabs Bosh and spikes him with a nice double underhook piledriver and Bosh rolls out of the ring. Silver is draped over the knees of Excalibur and Dragon comes off with moonsault legdrop and then plants Silver with a psycho driver for the three count.

Analysis: ***Ĺ A good match but it just went on for too long. A lot of the match was some nice back and forth work by both teams and they had a nice hot sequence with everybody in hitting big moves but near the end it just seemed too much like Dragon and Excalibur controlled the match and just kept hitting big moves but Quicksilver and Bosh wouldnít stay down and just let the match end. Despite all that they all looked pretty crisp in the ring with only a few mistakes and for the most part it was a solid affair.

American Dragon vs. Samoa Joe (30:00) The two go tentatively go into a test of strength and Dragon backs Joe into the ropes. They go with another test of strength and Joe takes Dragon down but Dragon spins out and gets a top wristlock and Joe drops down and flips Dragon over breaking up the hold. A lockup and Dragon gets the advantage with a headlock of some sort and takes Joe down to a knee but Joe fights up and out of the hold with a top wristlock and takes Dragon down but Dragon rolls out of it and both men get up to their feet. The two circle and snap their fingers mocking the name of the show and ďWestside Story.Ē They lockup and Dragon gets a top wristlock but Joe escapes with a wristlock and Joe comes off the ropes and sends Dragon down with a shoulder block. Another lockup and Dragon gets a cravate but Joe flips Dragon down and grabs an arm wringer and Dragon uses the ropes to reverse the hold into a hammerlock on the rope and the hold is broken. Dragon does some dancing as Joe sits down in the corner. Dragon takes Joe with a drop toe hold and Joe covers up but Dragon still grabs a rear facelock but Joe powers up but Dragon rolls Joe over into a cover but Joe gets a mount position and then tries to roll Dragon over for a half crab but Dragon wonít go over so Joe grabs an armbar as well and then gets the half crab and Dragon fights free instead of grabbing the ropes and both men get up to their feet. A test of strength and Dragon backs Joe into the corner and gives him a big chop. Joe comes out and gives Dragon a chop as well and the two men start trading chops and then Dragon hits a European uppercut and Joe fires back with a big headbutt. Joe snapmares Dragon over and grabs him with a seated abdominal stretch and then grabs the leg of Dragon and pulls it up. Dragon goes behind with a facelock and takes Joe down and then gets a Japanese stranglehold on Joe and rams some knees into the back of Joe while heís at it. Dragon then pulls Joe back across his knees stretching him and Joe bounces off the knees and grabs the ropes for the break and Dragon gives him some kicks to the midsection. Dragon grabs a cravate and Joe counters with a belly to back slam. A lockup and Joe shoves Dragon into the corner and rubs his forearm across Dragonís face and then goes at him again after the ref pulls him back. Dragon then puts Joe in the corner and gives Joe some of his own medicine. Dragon hits Joe with two dropkicks in a row that send Joe to the outside and Dragon hits a baseball slide then goes for another dive but Joe moves out of the way. Dragon kicks Joe away and then hits a Johnny Storm style springboard somersault plancha. Dragon rolls into the ring and does some posing as the ref counts Joe out. Joe gets on the apron and Dragon goes to suplex him in but Joe counters and sends Dragon down to the outside hard. Joe with some insulting kicks as Dragon is down on the outside. Joe hits a chop and a nice European uppercut on Dragon. Joe with a chop that sends Dragon into the crowd and seats him in a chair. Jeo charges and hits an ole kick and Dragon sells it by almost jumping into the second rope. Joe hits another ole kick but Dragon doesnít sell as big this time. The two men trade some chops on the outside and Joe gains the advantage then sends Dragon into the ring. Joe snapmares Dragon down and then hits him some big kicks and then drops a knee to the face for a two count. (14:15)

Joe chops away at Dragon in the corner and then delivers some boot scrapes and then hits a big running boot scrape. Joe trash talks Dragon and then slaps him and Dragon gets up and takes a chop from Joe and pulls himself up and takes another chop and pulls himself up again and Joe then rocks him with a European uppercut. Dragon pulls himself up again and takes a headbutt and gets up again and Joe with some forearm shivers and finishes the combo with a chop and Dragon is down and Joe tells the ref to count him and Dragon gets up at the count of eight. Joe comes in for the kill but Dragon hits him with a series of European uppercut and Joe sweeps the legs of Dragon. Joe makes a cover for two. Joe pulls Dragon up and hits a backbreaker. Joe grabs the legs of Dragon and takes him over into a Boston crab and Dragon fights free but Joe grabs the legs and gets his high Boston crab but Dragon gets to the ropes for two. Joe powerslams Dragon down and then hits a knee drop. Joe climbs up to the top rope but Dragon gets up and knocks him down and rocks him with a European uppercut. Dragon climbs up and takes Joe over with a nice superplex. Dragon makes a cover and only gets two. Dragon then grabs a leg choke on Joe and I guess it would be a figure four headlock, Joe manages to get to the ropes and break the hold though. Joe gets up and Dragon hits a couple of chops and then whips Joe but Joe reverses it and hits a big powerslam for two and Joe goes into a cross armbreaker on the kick out but Dragon gets to the ropes for the break quickly. Joe with some headbutts to the small of Dragonís back but Dragon fires back with some chops and then bounces off the ropes and Joe catches him with a spinebuster for two. Joe whips Dragon into the corner but Dragon blocks with a big boot. Dragon climbs onto the second rope and then hits an awesome flying European uppercut for a two count. Joe blocks a suplex attempt so Dragon gives him a forearm and hits a snap suplex then follows up with a headbutt but Joe blocks it mostly and both men are down. Dragon and Joe trade strikes from their knees and Joe sends Dragon to the mat but Dragon gets up and goes for an abdominal stretch but Joe blocks it and the two men fall to the outside. Dragon hits a chop and Joe fires back with a big kick and they do that sequence on the next two sides of the ring. Joe with some kawada kicks and then a chop but Dragon grabs a cravate and knees Joe into the face and then sits Joe into the chairs and hits a running dropkick to Joe and both men are down on the floor. Joe counters a suplex attempt from Dragon and then hits a vertical suplex of his own on the outside. Joe runs along the apron and goes for a diving knee but Dragon moves out of the way. Dragon chops at the knee of Joe then sends him into the ring. Dragon grabs the leg of Joe and flips him over into a single leg crab and sticks his knee in the back but Joe is in the ropes for the break. Dragon drops some legs to the knee of Joe and grabs the leg but Joe clubs at Dragon. Dragon gets to his feet and whips the leg over into the mat. Joe pulls himself up in the corner and Dragon puts the leg over the ropes and bends it until the five count. Dragon charges and Joe counters it into an STO on Dragon. Joe slaps and chops away at Dragon then hits some forearms and chops in the corner and Dragon fires back with a European uppercut then some chops and bounces off the ropes and goes for a lariat but Joe blocks it and Dragon escapes and grabs a cattle mutilation but Joe quickly rolls out of it. Dragon drops Joe with a rolling elbow for a two count. Dragon goes for a single leg crab but Joe kicks his way free then flips Dragon over with a lariat as he charges. Joe grabs a lion tamer on Dragon and Dragon slowly crawls to the ropes for a break. Joe pulls Dragon away from the ropes and locks the modified crab on but Dragon crawls to the ropes for the break once again. Joe then grabs Dragon with the choke and Dragon resists to the time limit.

Analysis: ****1/2 A great demonstration of what these two guys bring to the table. Joe tries to wrestle Dragon in the beginning and Dragon manages to best him despite Joeís best efforts so Joe starts to strike and Dragon plays that game too but Joe manages to beat him at that game. The two men trade control as the match changes styles. Dragon gains some advantages on the outside but Joe manages to control it most of the time. In the ring Dragon manages to eventually take control until it gets to the strikes and Joe manages to get the advantage but Dragon wonít give up at all and sticks it out to the end. Both men bring their best to this match and Dragon pulls out some awesome moves. I love the flying European uppercut and he really nails Joe hard with it. His springboard plancha was awesome and he goes all out on his running dropkick to the seated Joe. These guys do what they do best against each other and it was awesome.

Recommendation: A great grab thatís for sure. The main event alone makes this a must have. The six man tag and Tag title match are also good matches. B-Boy/Daniels and Reyes/Kahn are decent matches as well. The rest of the stuff is okay but too short. Except the handicap match and that is horrible but it has some great commentary which almost makes up for it. If you like either Dragon or Joe then this match is a must have and who doesnít like either of those men. Plus there is an amusing video at the end with Adam Pearce in Vegas and it also has Babi Slymm and Frankie Kazarian in it and itís pretty entertaining stuff.

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