ACW: Claudio vs. Quackenbush


San Antonio, TX – 3.11.2007

Mike Quackenbush vs. Claudio Castagnoli

Quackenbush reverses a wristlock. He takes Claudio to the mat and stomps on his elbow. Claudio tires to stomp on his elbow and misses. He stomps Quackenbush before putting a side headlock. Quackenbush baits Claudio into a wristlock. Claudio gets to the ropes. They engage in a Lucha sequence, ending with Quackenbush blocking a Mad Scientist Bomb with an armdrag that sends Claudio to the floor. Somehow Claudio has a long piece of toilet paper hanging out of his pants now. He takes Quackenbush down in a double knuckle lock. Quackenbush catapults his way up and again armdrags Claudio to the floor. Claudio gets frustrated when he can’t get ahold of Quackenbush’s legs. He manages to break Quackenbush’s full nelson and grab at his face. Quackenbush throws him across the ring. He toreadors Claudio back to the floor. This time he follows with a tope con hilo. Back in the ring Claudio stops his momentum with a dropkick. He drops Quackenbush throat first across the top rope for two. He throws Quackenbush’s face into the turnbuckles and gives him a back elbow. He puts on an abdominal stretch while twisting Quackenbush’s ear. Quackenbush hip tosses his way free. Claudio gives him a fisherman’s suplex for two. He earslams Quackenbush for two. That’s like a chokeslam, but with the ear instead of the throat. From the floor Claudio teases an uppercut. He ends up twisting Quackenbush’s ear instead. Claudio throws him across the ring by the ears. Quackenbush quesadora’s his way into a bulldog. He cascades up Claudio into a huracanrana for two. He also gets two with the Black Tornado Slam. Claudio catches him with the Alpamare Waterslide for two. From the second rope he nails a European Uppercut. He sets up for the Ricola Bomb. Quackenbush fights out of it and takes him down with the Torbellino for two. Claudio fights off a monkey flip and delivers an uppercut. Claudio gives him an arm capture German suplex for the pin at 17:23. This had glimpses of their greater, better matches but was deliberately slower and had more humor infused into it. The middle part was a little slow, but by the end they had kicked things up. Not their best encounter, but still pretty enjoyable. ***


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