FIP: In Full Force 2007

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Crystal River, FL – 2.3.2007

Hallowicked vs. Seth Delay

Hallowicked puts on a side headlock. Delay turns it into a hammerlock. Hallowicked turns that into a wristlock which Delay reverses. Hallowicked shoulder blocks him down, but Delay comes back with a dropkick and an armdrag. Hallowicked catches him with the Go 2 Sleepy Hollow for two. He also gets two with a suplex. Delay hip tosses his way out of a seated abdominal stretch. He misses a corner attack. He does manage to headscissors Hallowicked near the ropes before clotheslining him to the floor. Delay misses a pescado and gets yakuza kicked in the back of the head. Back in the ring Hallowicked gets two with a Rydeen Bomb. He misses a Swanton Bomb. Delay gives him a clothesline and a double axe handle. He catches Hallowicked with a powerbomb as he comes off the ropes for two. Hallowicked rolls through a crossbody, ties up one leg and twists up the ankle on other. Delay kicks him away. After trading pin attempts, Delay catches Hallowicked with a Yoshi Tonic for the pin at 8:33. It was pretty annoying seeing Delay kick out of the G2SH, the Rydeen Bomb and a yakuza kick to the back of the head since Hallowicked has put people away with all of those before. I get that it’s different companies but I can’t help myself. Super cool finish though. **1/2

Dave Prazak and Mr. Milo Beasley makes their way out with Shingo Takagi. Prazak reveals that the next show will be a one night eight person tournament called the Eddie Graham Memorial Tournament. The winner will be crowned the inaugural FIP Florida Heritage champion. The first three entrants will be the current FIP Heavyweight and Tag Champions (who by the end of the night end up being Roderick Strong and The Briscoes), but we will see a series of qualifying matches this evening to determine some of the other entrants. Funny enough, CHIKARA guys are involved in all of them. Jigsaw answers Shingo’s open challenge to compete in the first qualifying bout.

Eddie Graham Memorial Tournament Qualifying Match
Jigsaw vs. Shingo Takagi

I didn’t point this out in my last FIP review, but Jigsaw uses “Hell” by Disturbed which would end up becoming Gran Akuma’s theme in CHIKARA. Fun fact! Jigsaw wipes Shingo’s Japanese flag on his crotch which horrifies Bryce. Shingo takes him to the mat in a side headlock. Jigsaw reverses. He tries a shoulder block, which Shingo absorbs before hitting his own. Jigsaw comes back with an armdrag, a toreador, and a headscissors that sends Shingo to the floor. Jigsaw ends up chasing him and Prazak. Shingo waits for him in the ring with a stomp to the back. He chokes Jigsaw with his flag while Prazak distracts Bryce. Shingo then distracts Bryce so Milo Beasley can give him a guillotine legdrop. Shingo’s lazy pin only gets him a two count. So does a spinwheel kick. He goes for Jigsaw’s mask. He then applies a crossface which Jigsaw breaks via the ropes. Jigsaw thwarts a flurry of offense and dropkicks Shingo to the floor. He follows with a tope con hilo. He gets two from a missile dropkick. Shingo blocks his tornado DDT with a waterwheel slam. Shingo is not happy with Bryce since that only gets him a two count. Jigsaw kneels to block the Last Falconry. He lands an enzuigiri and a superkick. Shingo kicks out. He accidentally punches Prazak when he gets on the apron. Jigsaw drops Shingo with a crucifix bomb for two. Beasley grabs Jigsaw’s leg. Shingo misses the Pumping Bomber, but pulls off the Last Falconry for the pin at 12:10. That was very similar in structure to Shingo’s match with Hallowicked from last night, but more exciting. **3/4

Eddie Graham Memorial Tournament Qualifying Match
Gran Akuma vs. Erick Stevens

Stevens kicks Akuma to break a wristlock. Stevens remains steadfast from Akuma’s shoulder block attempts. Akuma does however armdrag him to the floor. He baseball slide dropkicks Stevens into the guardrails. Stevens powerbombs Akuma onto the apron. Stevens wisely continues working over Akuma’s back in the ring. Akuma counters with a straightjacket choke and a dropkick to the back of the head. Stevens does manage to reverse his suplex attempt however and then drops him in a Gourd Buster. He gets two with a running knee lift and again with a belly-to-back suplex. Akuma throws some kicks in the corner. Stevens hits the Choo Choo Splash and an Oklahoma Stampede. A senton splash gets him another two count. Akuma slides out of a TKO. He rolls into a basement enzuigiri. Akuma throws some more kicks and tries for a Yoshi Tonic. Stevens blocks it. Akuma evades another splash. Stevens rolls through his crossbody and lifts him into the TKO. Akuma kicks out. He drives Stevens’ knees into the mat. He successfully pulls off the Yoshi Tonic but Stevens still kicks out. Akuma misses a frog splash. Stevens mows him down with a lariat upon recovering. The Doctor Bomb puts Akuma down at 11:51. That was a really fun match. I have really enjoyed Akuma’s FIP work. In retrospect, he may be the best of the CHIKARA guys who went to FIP. Stevens’ style meshed well with his and Akuma helped make Stevens look great going into the tournament. ***1/4

Eddie Graham Memorial Tournament Qualifying Match
Larry Sweeney vs. Colt Cabana

This is a rematch from “Florida Rumble 2006.” Sweeney does some ballet warm-ups. Sweeney goes for a cheap shot. Cabana ducks it and throws his own punch. He hip tosses Sweeney and dropkicks him to the floor. He then rams Sweeney’s face into multiple turnbuckles. He delivers a couple of chops and a clothesline in the corner. Sweeney pulls Bryce in his way. After Bryce is moved, Sweeney chokes Cabana with a towel. He drives his elbow into Cabana’s throat a few times. He gets two with a double axe handle off the second ropes. Cabana comes back with a crossbody. He hits the ropes and Sweeney catches him with a knee to the stomach. He delivers another double axe handle for two. Cabana pulls down Sweeney’s tights so that part of his buttocks is showing. Cabana then gives him an atomic drop. Sweeney pokes him in the eyes and heads up top. Cabana throws him back to the mat. Sweeney rolls to the floor. He brings Cabana out so he can throw his head into the ring frame a few times. When he tries another double axe handle, Cabana catches him coming off the top with a punch to the stomach. Cabana hits the Flying A**hole and a diving clothesline for two. Sweeney trips Cabana but misses an elbow drop. Cabana monkey flips him across the ring. Sweeney evades a second money flip. He jackknife pins Cabana with his feet on the ropes for the pin at 11:12. The comedy was alright, but there was little cohesion to it all. Not as good as their initial encounter, but certainly a step up from their tag match the night before. **

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