FIP: Hot Summer Nights 2007


Night 1 – Melbourne, FL – 6.29.2007

Larry Sweeney vs. Rex Sterling

Sweeney slaps Sterling when he takes him to the corner. He tries it again but Sterling blocks and throws a punch. Sweeney claims hair pulling when he rolls to the floor. He threatens to leave but comes back in. Sterling takes control with a front facelock and then a hammerlock. Sweeney elbows out of it. Sterling reapplies the hammerlock. This time when Sweeney tries an elbow, Sterling ducks and armdrags him out of the ring. Sweeney asks for a test of strength. He steps on Sterling’s foot instead. Sterling trips Sweeney. Angry, Sweeney retaliates with some bodyslams. Sterling throws some chops before connecting with a spinwheel kick for two. Sweeney sends him shoulder first into the ring post. He does more damage to Sterling’s arm. Off the second rope he drops a double axe handle elbow for two. Out on the floor Sterling comes back with some punches and chops. He knee strikes Sweeney from the apron. He slingshots into a sunset flip for two. Sweeney backs Sterling to the corner to avoid a hammerlock backbreaker. He gives Sterling a fisherman’s suplex for two. Sterling responds with a superkick and another spinwheel kick. A front flip legdrop only gets two. Same goes for an inside cradle and backslide. Sweeney rolls through a crossbody and holds the tights for the pin at 12:00. This match goes to show just how huge Sweeney would have been in Memphis or Mid-South. He works so well in front of these Southern crowds and made the fans genuinely dislike him. The match itself was basic but Sweeney’s personality made it very fun. **

Gran Akuma vs. Eddie Kingston

Kingston brings Akuma to the mat in a side headlock. Akuma transitions into a headscissors. Kingston gets the ropes and slides to the floor. Back in ring Akuma gets in a quesadora armdrag. Kingston avoids a kick to the head and rolls back out. Akuma dropkicks him into the barricades. He gets in some more strikes. Back in the ring Kingston boots him down. Akuma throws a kick and Kingston slaps him down. He throws another slap when Akuma tries standing up. He puts on a Camel Clutch while throwing forearms to Akuma’s face. Akuma sweeps Kingston’s legs and gives him a fallaway kick to the face. He rolls Kingston into a Cheetah Swipe for two. Kingston delivers a Backfist. He Dragon suplexes Akuma but can’t keep his shoulders down. Akuma gets two with a crucifix driver. He throws some kicks to the side of Kingston’s head. He attempts the Yoshi Tonic. Kingston counters with the Mad Scientist Bomb. He puts on a full nelson Camel Clutch. Akuma taps out at 7:43. This was a good introduction for Kingston into FIP and to give him legitimacy going into tomorrow night. He and Akuma were able to a showcase a more hard hitting affair with some nice counters and athleticism as well. **¾

Jigsaw vs. Hallowicked

Jigsaw ties up Hallowicked’s limbs. Hallowicked escapes and applies a side headlock. He ties up his legs and drops an elbow on the back. Jigsaw armdrags him to the corner. A Lucha exchange sees Jigsaw float through a clothesline and deliver another armdrag. He armdrags Hallowicked into a tornado clutch for two. Hallowicked trades strikes from the apron. He kicks Jigsaw and slingshots back in with a roll-up. He catches Jigsaw’s leapfrog into another roll-up. After some positioning Jigsaw enzuigiri’s Hallowicked to the floor. He follows with a suicide dive. In the ring Jigsaw applies a bodyscissors to the chin and upper body. Hallowicked rolls it into a pin attempt for two. Hallowicked snapmares him into a seated abdominal stretch. He suplexes Jigsaw for a two count. They knock each other down with stereo big boots. They exchange strikes back on their feet. Hallowicked sneaks in the Go 2 Sleepy Hollow. Jigsaw kicks out. He boots Hallowicked and comes off the second rope with a headscissors. Jigsaw tries for a super snapmare, one of Hallowicked’s calling cards. Hallowicked dives over him and hits the Rydeen Bomb for two. He calls for the Graveyard Smash. Jigsaw escapes. He drops Hallowicked with a cross-armed brainbuster for two. Hallowicked snaps off a Frankensteiner. Jigsaw ducks a big boot and hits the Jig N’ Tonic for the win at 10:15. These two obviously work together very well. This was a lot of fun and Lucha oriented, as expected. Just like Kingston it was a nice way to give Jigsaw some momentum going into tomorrow while also keeping Hallowicked strong. ***¼

Night 2 – Crystal River, FL – 6.30.3007

Gran Akuma vs. Larry Sweeney

Sweeney backs Akuma to the corner and gives him a light smack on the face. Akuma ruffles Sweeney’s hair which does not make him very happy. Akuma mocks him with a Fargo strut. When Sweeney rubs his bald head, Akuma throws a headbutt. He snaps off a couple armdrags and holds onto an armbar. He then puts on a standing Octopus stretch. He headscissors Sweeney to the floor. Akuma suicide dives after him. They trade strikes until Akuma throws Sweeney back into the ring. Sweeney sends him into the ring post from the apron and chokes him. He throws a knee to Akuma’s stomach and stomps on him. Sweeney drops an elbow and a pair of fists for two. From the second rope he drops a double axe handle for two. Akuma comes back with a springboard dropkick. He gets two with a high crossbody. Sweeney avoids the Falcon Arrow and drops Akuma with a Gourd buster. Akuma however brings him down from the second rope with a Frankensteiner for two. Sweeney avoids an Irish whip with a boot. He drives a clothesline to the back of Akuma’s neck. Sweeney comes off the top with the 12 Large Elbow for the pin at 10:01. Arguably Sweeney’s best match to date in the company. He didn’t resort to strictly stalling or crowd work to get the heat and worked really hard against a worthy opponent whilst earning a clean win in the process. This was honestly much better than I anticipated. **½

After the match, Dave Prazak shakes Sweeney’s hand and tells him he looks good. Mr. Milo Beasley and Jimmy Rave are with him. He shills the new DP Associates shirt. Rave has an open contract for tonight, so the crew makes their way to the ring. Hallowicked throws out some incoherence on the microphone, accepting the challenge.

Hallowicked vs. Jimmy Rave

Rave controls the early going. They knock each other down with shoulder tackles. Rave buys some time on the floor. Hallowicked sends Rave to the corner and comes off the top with a sunset flip for two. He throws Rave into the turnbuckles again before hip tossing him out of the corner. Rave pulls down the top rope to send Hallowicked to the floor. Rave distracts the referee so Beasley can attack him. In the ring Rave snapmares Hallowicked into a stomp. Hallowicked comes off the ropes and is met with a knee to the stomach. They go to the top rope. Hallowicked elbows Rave to the mat and delivers a Swanton bomb. After knocking down Rave a couple times he gives him a back body drop. Hallowicked sends him to the corner with a headscissors. Go 2 Sleepy Hollow is only good for two. Rave avoids a corner splash. He schoolboys him with his feet on the ropes for two. Rave snapmares him into a spear for two. Hallowicked drops him with the Rydeen Bomb. Prazak gets on the apron to distract Bryce Remsburg. Beasley grabs Hallowicked. Rave accidentally forearms Beasley. Hallowicked knocks Prazak off of the apron. Rave rolls Hallowicked into the Heel Hook to get the submission victory at 11:31. There wasn’t a whole lot going on until the finish. Hallowicked’s had solid outings but hasn’t done anything of note since his title shot against Strong months ago. **½

FIP Florida Heritage Championship
Erick Stevens (Champion) vs. Jigsaw

Jigsaw laments the fact that Stevens is so big when going for shoulder blocks. He trips Stevens when Stevens tries his own shoulder tackle. Jigsaw fails to slam him. Stevens catches him with a suplex. He side slams Jigsaw for two. Jigsaw slides out of a military press and sends Stevens to the floor. Jigsaw dives over the top rope onto him. Back in the ring he punches Stevens in the jaw before going after his legs. Stevens kicks him away. He wears down Jigsaw’s back and neck. Jigsaw slides out of a slam. He comes off the second rope with a crossbody. He throws some quick knee strikes and tornado DDT’s Stevens for two. He misses a top rope legdrop. Stevens gives him a half-nelson slam before landing a senton. He gets two with a sit-out pumphandle slam. Jigsaw avoids the Choo Choo. He superkicks Stevens and elevates him to the top rope. He brings Stevens off with a Frankensteiner. He gets two with a Superfly splash. Jigsaw ducks three clotheslines and nails an enzuigiri. Stevens pops him up into a slam for two. He goes for the Doctor Bomb. Jigsaw counters with a huracanrana. Stevens kicks out. He lifts Jigsaw into the Sarasota Screwdriver for the pin at 13:04. I was really impressed with Jigsaw here. He gave Stevens a run for his money, had all his big moves scouted, leaving Stevens to dust off a finish from the past to put him away. Matches like this make it easy to see why Jigsaw would get a spot on the ROH roster. ***¼

FIP World Heavyweight Championship
Roderick Strong (Champion) vs. Eddie Kingston

Kingston attacks Strong the second his ring introduction is over. Strong comes back with some chops and forearms. He nails a dropkick. On the floor he sends Kingston into the barricades. Strong throws some forearms to the back and chops to the chest. In the ring Kingston rakes Strong’s eyes. Strong gives him a back suplex. He puts on a front chancery and stomps on Kingston’s head. Kingston snapmares Strong into a chinlock. He throws a couple punches to the face before biting his shoulder. Strong rolls him up, but Kingston drops him with a back elbow upon kicking out. He chokes Strong in the corner and gets two with a suplex. He throws some chops and forearms to the neck. Strong fires back with his own chops. Kingston drops him with a uranage suplex. Strong avoids a Camel Clutch. He throws a chop and does the deal with a Falcon Arrow. Kingston kicks out. Strong pump-handles Kingston into a powerbomb for two. Kingston slides off Strong’s shoulders. After some elbows he throws Strong in a dragon suplex. He applies a full nelson. Strong’s arm drops twice. On the third time he fires up and backs Kingston to the corner. They get into a slap fight. Strong brings Kingston off the top with a superplex. After trading strikes Strong nails the Sick Kick. A Razor’s Edge gets him two. He dumps Kingston right on his head with a Tiger Driver for the pin at 11:32. Just like Jigsaw did with Stevens, Kingston gave Strong a run for his money. For whatever reason at times the match felt like it lost it’s way, as if they traded the story for moves. Thankfully, Strong’s damage to the neck and back came back in the finish and ended the match strongly, pun not intended. ***


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