IPW: 2006 Super Junior Heavyweight Tournament

Indianapolis, IN – 9.2.2006

2006 Super Jr. Heavyweight Tournament – Quarterfinal Round
Mike Quackenbush vs. Billy Roc

Quackenbush trips Roc into a surfboard type stretch. Roc rolls out into a wristlock. Quackenbush cartwheels out and rolls Roc into a suplex for one. Roc controls the arm and gives Quackenbush an armdrag off the second rope. Quackenbush is impressed. Quackenbush goes for his knee. Roc rolls him into a Gedo Clutch for two. Quackenbush rolls him into a pendulum swing. Roc trips him into a crucifix pin for two. Quackenbush trips Roc into a single leg hold. Quackenbush puts him into the Romero Special while locking his fingers under Roc’s chin. Roc is able to escape. Quackenbush locks Roc’s arms around his legs and applies a crossface. Roc slips out into a cover for a two count. Quackenbush pops him to the ropes and armdrags Roc. Roc comes back with a quesadora armdrag. Roc comes off the top with an armdrag. Quackenbush does the same. They reach a stand-off after kicking out of each others’ pins. Roc locks Quackenbush’s arms in his legs. Quackenbush key locks Roc’s legs while putting his forearm across his face. Roc huracanrana’s Quackenbush for two. He stomps on Quackenbush’s lower back before applying a seated abdominal stretch. Roc rolls him into a leg hook full nelson. Quackenbush baits Roc into a wristlock. Roc block an arm whip and gives Quackenbush a back cracker. He gets two with a slingshot senton. Quackenbush ducks an enzuigiri and slams Roc’s knee into the mat. Quackenbush wisely continues to twist up that knee. Roc grabs the ropes to escape an Alejandro Lock. Roc delivers an enzuigiri with his good leg. They end up trading forearms. Roc hits a spinwheel kick after an uppercut. Quackenbush drops Roc face first on the top turnbuckle. He drops him with a reverse brainbuster for two. Roc blocks a top rope move with a tornado DDT. Quackenbush pops Roc to the second rope. Roc pops over Quackenbush and into a huracanrana for two. Quackenbush palm strike Roc on the top rope. He superplexes Roc into the Quackendriver III for the pin at 16:09. This was exceptionally worked. From the chain wrestling in the beginning to them working over specific body parts, this was orchestrated masterfully and was a real pleasure to watch. After watching this, I’m not shocked at all Roc was brought in part time to CHIKARA in 2007. ***1/2

2006 Super Jr. Heavyweight Tournament – Semi-Final Round
Mike Quackenbush vs. Chuck Taylor

Taylor is the current IPW Jr. Heavyweight champion. Quackenbush hooks his legs on the mat. Taylor gets the ropes. Quackenbush puts on a modified standing Octopus. He snapmares Taylor out of it and goes for multiple pin attempts. We get a wristlock exchange with some clever maneuvering. Quackenbush locks Taylor’s knees and pushes down on the knees. Quackenbush hammerlocks his arm to apply pressure to his head and back. Taylor bites Quackenbush’s stomach to escape. Quackenbush steps over Taylor’s drop down and puts on a side headlock. He does it two more times. Taylor stomps on his foot to reverse the headlock. Quackenbush rolls him into a headscissors which Taylor pops out of. Taylor tries to call out Quackenbush for hair pulling then apologizes when he is outed as a liar. Quackenbush busts out of a few armdrags. Taylor catches him with his beautiful dropkick for two. Quackenbush kicks Taylor to escape a modified headlock. Taylor hits a basement dropkick for two. Quackenbush uses a Manhattan Drop to break Taylor’s chinlock. Quackenbush gets two with a sunset flip and a crucifix. Taylor hits another dropkick. Taylor rolls Quackenbush into an arm-catpure headscissors. Quackenbush gets the ropes. This leads to a forearm exchange. Quackenbush gets two with a sunset flip. Taylor uses Quackenbush’s Black Tornado Slam against him. Taylor puts on a full nelson variation after a chestbreaker. He bites Quackenbush in the corner. He applies a butterfly lock on the mat. He drops an elbow and goes for a pin. Quackenbush rolls him into a neck vice, chopping Taylor in the chest in the process. Quackenbush ducks a couple clotheslines and evades a dropkick. Quackenbush kicks Taylor out to the floor. He tope con hilo’s onto him, throwing in some more chops for good measure. Another forearm exchange ensures back in the ring. Quackenbush throws some windmill chops and bulldogs Taylor out of the corner. Quackenbush hits a Tiger Driver for two. Taylor springboard stomps Quackenbush’s neck for two. Quackenbush gives tilt-a-whirl headscissors Taylor into a Skayde schoolboy. Taylor kicks out which Quackenbush cannot believe. Taylor gets two with a backslide. Quackenbush slams Taylor off his shoulders and goes up top. Taylor thinks he threw him off but Quackenbush rolled through. Quackenbush plays possum as Taylor checks to see if he’s dead. Taylor misses a moonsault but lands on his feet. He overhead suplexes Quackenbush and gives him the Sole Food. Quackenbush palm strikes a dropkick away. Taylor however catches him with a moonsault body block for the pin at 19:06. That was solid, but really paled in comparison to the first match. It felt like there was some filler and no real story was told. At the time though, it was a pretty big deal for Taylor to get a victory this big. **3/4

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