Midlothian, IL – 9.28.2007
2007 Ted Petty Invitational; First Round
Eddie Kingston vs. Human Tornado
Chris Hero is on commentary, which is fitting since he’s feuding with Tornado in PWG and has been rivals with Kingston in multiple companies for years. They start out looking for control on the mat. Tornado gets the ropes to break a headscissors. Tornado makes Kingston mad by dancing out of a potential test of strength and pimp slapping him twice. He armdrags Kingston and catches him with a leg lariat. He delivers a jumping back elbow and a yakuza kick in the corner. He gets in the kicks for the House Party but Kingston slides out before taking the groin kick. Tornado follows out with a pescado. He sends Kingston into the ring post. Kingston responds with chops. Tornado gets in his own chops back in the ring. Kingston clubbers his lower back. He mocks Tornado’s House Party and bites his face. Tornado backslides Kingston to block a lariat. Kingston kicks out and boots him in the face. Kingston misses a corner yakuza kick. Tornado delivers one of his own and leapfrogs into a double stomp to the back of Kingston’s head. He gets two with a missile dropkick. Instead of delivering a Bronco Buster, he finishes the house party with a split kick to the groin. Kingston reverses a whip with a uranage suplex. Tornado kicks out, so Kingston gives him a short arm lariat. Tornado kicks out of that too! Tornado ducks the Backfist and delivers an enzuigiri. The DND gets him the pin at 9:19. Both guys styles complimented one another, with Tornado being able to incorporate some of his goofy moves logically and match Kingston’s bravado. Very fun match. ***
Chris Hero reminds Kingston that for the past three years Kingston has bitched and moaned about not being the TPI. Bryce Remsburg, Nick Maniwa, and others hold Kingston back as he keeps trying to attack Hero. Hero calls him a loser and heads backstage with a big smile on his face. Kingston then gets on the mic. He hopes Hero will lose to 2 Cold Scorpio tonight. Kingston then goes up to Ian Rotten and tells him that if Hero loses, he wants him in a match tomorrow night. Rotten says if Kingston interferes in Hero’s match later he is banned from IWA for a year. Kingston promises not to.
2007 Ted Petty Invitational; First Round – IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship
Mike Quackenbush (Champion) vs. Billy Roc
Quackenbush won this title from Chuck Taylor in IWA: Deep South at the beginning of the month. This is also a rematch from IPW which Quackenbush won. We start off with some chain wrestling. Quackenbush seems to be going for the leg while Roc goes for the arm and head. Roc avoids a palm strike but gets rolled into a half crab with Quackenbush digging his knee into his back. Roc escapes with a small package. Quackenbush uses the ropes for some armdrags. Roc comes off the second turnbuckle with his own armdrag. Quackenbush stops his momentum with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Quackenbush continues to wear down Roc’s back after that. Roc tries an O’Conner Roll. Quackenbush rolls through and turns it into a Chicago Crab. Roc gets to the ropes to escape. Roc rolls through Quackenbush’s sunset flip and dropkicks him in the face. A couple more dropkicks and a spinwheel kick lead to an armdrag and a crucifix pin attempt. Roc backslides Quackenbush for another two count. Quackenbush blocks a punch and headbutts Roc in the chest. Roc leapfrogs Quackenbush into a Yoshi Tonic! Quackenbush kicks out. He palm strikes Roc and gives him a brainbuster. Roc kicks out, so Quackenbush locks on the Kondo Clutch. Again Roc gets the ropes. He tries the Quackendriver III. Roc escapes and hits a standing Shiranui for two. Quackenbush gets his knees up to block a Swanton Bomb. He puts Roc in the Lightning Lock. Roc submits at 11:57. These guys are perfect opponents. Their styles are near identical, they both know how to make their offense count while telling a story. Roc really took to Quackenbush to task and looked great even in a loss. That’s to nobody’s surprise, I’m sure. ***½
Hero would end up losing to Scorpio via 450 splash later on in the night. Kingston was true to his word to not attack Hero during the match, but did attack Hero as he was coming backstage. After some blows Kingston locks on a front facelock. It takes multiple officials and wrestlers to get them separated, eventually. Hero goes to the back but an enraged Kingston gets in the ring ready to fight him now. Ian Rotten says he will give Kingston a match tomorrow night if he let’s the show continue. He even makes it a Last Man Standing match which Kingston loves. They shake hands to make it official.
Midlothian, IL – 9.29.2007
2007 Ted Petty Invitational; Quarter-Final Round – IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship
Mike Quackenbush (Champion) vs. Joey Ryan
Quackenbush snapmares out of a wristlock and into a pin. He tires up Ryan’s legs around his own and applies pressure. Ryan shifts his way to the ropes. He armdrags Ryan to the floor. When attempting a tope suicida, his feet catch the ropes and he goes head first into the floor. It’s clear Quackenbush is dazed when Ryan drives his back into the ring frame. Back in the ring Ryan puts on a cravate. Quackenbush avoids a kick and rolls up Ryan for two. Ryan gives him a double axe handle. He places Quackenbush up top and calls for the Mustache Ride. Quackenbush palm strikes Ryan to block it. He brings Ryan down with a superplex. He clotheslines him into a bulldog and follows up with a senton splash. He gets two with an inverted brainbuster. Ryan kicks Quackenbush in the head, followed up by a superkick for two. Quackenbush avoids a top rope maneuver. He rolls Ryan into a modified ankle lock. Ryan grabs the ropes. Quackenbush palm strikes him on the top rope. He brings him down with a Frankensteiner. The Swanton Bomb gets a two count. Ryan folds up Quackenbush and puts his feet on the ropes. Bryce Remsburg catches him. Quackenbush rolls him into Lightning Lock Beta. He adds the horse collar and Ryan taps out at 12:08. Knowing that Quackenbush suffered a concussion during the dive attempt made a lot of this match really tough to watch. The kicks to the head and coming off the top were ill-conceived, but what can you do? When you don’t know the severity of your injury at the time it’s more tough to make judgment calls like that. I thought this was fine, but massive kudos to Quackenbush for fighting through the pain. Typically I feel weird reviewing matches where injuries like this occur, but since it was a full match and Quackenbush wrestles later, it somehow feels weird not to rate this. **¾
Ian Rotten announces before the semi-finals that Quackenbush would be out of the tournament. Quackenbush, however, emerges from the back to take on Josh Abercrombie just as they’re about to announce a forfeit. The crowd gives him a tremendous ovation. He tells referee PJ Drummond that he’s got a title to defend, and the match is on!
2007 Ted Petty Invitational; Semi-Final Round – IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship
Mike Quackenbush (Champion) vs. Josh Abercrombie
They trade wristlocks and each try a straightjacket choke. Abercrombie elbows Quackenbush to avoid a corner attack. Abercrombie throws some strikes to the neck. He gets two with a twisting neckbreaker. Quackenbush dropkicks his knee. Out of spinning toe hold he puts on a horse collar. Abercrombie grabs the ropes. Quackenbush kicks his way out of a piledriver. Hey key locks Abercrombie’s legs and applies an ankle lock. The ropes save Josh again. Abercrombie drives his knee and elbow into Quackenbush’s forehead. He looks for the Taliban Backpack but Quackenbush palm strikes him to the floor. He follows out with a tope con hilo. In the ring he strings some offense together. Abercrombie ducks a palm strike and successfully delivers a piledriver. Quackenbush kicks out, leaving Abercrombie dumbstruck. Quackenbush gives him the Black Tornado Slam for two. Abercrombie hits the Taliban Backpack. When Quackenbush kicks out, Abercrombie puts on a neck and shoulder stretch which he used to win both of his previous tournament bouts. Quackenbush rolls that into his own pinfall to escape. He drops Abercrombie onto his chest, then puts on the Lightning Lock Beta. Abercrombie submits at 10:02! The crowd was REALLY into Quackenbush, which was to be expected. They came alive every time he kicked out and went nuts for the finish. Really good stuff from both guys. ***¼
Last Man Standing
Eddie Kingston vs. Chris Hero
You must incapacitate your opponent to the point where they cannot get up before a ten count to win. The fight starts with both men brawling through the side door. They fight around the periphery of the building with neither man getting a clear cut advantage. Hero shoves a table into Kingston’s stomach to stop him from using glass. Hero suplexes Kingston onto the table, but the table moves instead of breaking causing both men to fall to the floor. Kingston sends Hero into some chairs. He chokes him until Hero grabs his face. He throws a guardrail at Kingston! They make their way ringside where they exchange strikes. Kingston has control once they finally get in the ring to start the match. Hero headbutts Kingston to stop a Backfist. Hero boots him twice in the corner. Hero brings in some chairs. Kingston fires away with strikes to the back until Hero jabs him with the chair and stomps it into his head. He uses two chairs to assist with a senton. He uses a chair to assist with a Boston Crab as well. Kingston, now with his nose busted open, powers his way out. Kingston puts on a front facelock. Hero fights out. He drops Kingston on his neck with a Saito suplex. He follows up with a powerbomb. Kingston uses the ropes to get up. Hero slaps him a few times. Kingston overhand chops him. Hero stomps on his hand a few times. Hero throws chops. This fires Kingston up, who throws his own chops. He yakuza kicks Hero and throws him with a uranage suplex. Hero ducks a short arm lariat and throws an elbow. After a forearm exchange Hero delivers some nasty headbutts. He then goes nuts driving his elbow and knee into Kingston’s head. Kingston dumps him with a German suplex. Hero throws him in a cravate suplex. Kingston fires up and gives Hero a dragon suplex. He nails the short-arm lariat. Hero recovers. He drives Kingston into his knee and throws two chairs at him. He puts a chair around Kingston’s neck and drives him down with a Cravate-O-Clasm. Hero brings a guardrail into the ring, jamming it into Kingston’s mid-section. Kingston shoves Hero to the opposite corner with the guardrail. Hero throws it into Kingston’s hands and kicks it into his face. Hero then double stomps it into Kingston, bending the middle portion of the rail. He sets up the rail in the corner looking for a powerbomb. Kingston ends up giving him a Backfist and two Saito suplexes. A third Saito suplex is given onto the guardrail! Hero stays down for ten, making Kingston the winner at 16:04, officially (with about 7 or more minutes before the bell happening in the crowd.) This was one of the more convincing Last Man Standing matches I have seen. The hatred was very real (as it comes off in all these guys’ matches) and it made sense that each guy would go after the head given the stipulation. Some people may cringe nowadays at some of the stuff they did, but I really enjoyed it. ***¾
2007 Ted Petty Invitational; Final Round: Elimination Match – IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion & IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship
Mike Quackenbush (Light Heavyweight Champion) vs. Chuck Taylor (Heavyweight Champion) vs. Claudio Castagnoli
Quackenbush comes out to “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 instead of his usual Tears For Fears song. Claudio keeps his eyes on Taylor as he puts on a wristlock. Taylor puts Quackenbush in a waistlock. Claudo kicks him in the leg and we’re back to a stand off. Claudio ends up throwing Quackenbush and Taylor together. He takes Quackenbush to the mat while Taylor recuperates in the corner. Claudio whips Quackenbush towards Taylor who moves out of the way. Claudio tries a military press. Taylor slides out of it. Quackenbush pulls his hair and chops him. Claudio goes for pins on both guys. Out of a headlock chain, Claudio crossbody’s onto both of them. Quackenbush backdrops him to the floor. He tornado clutches Taylor for two. He goes for an ankle lock but Taylor slides to the floor. Taylor pulls him out, then Claudio tosses Taylor out. Quackenbush armdrags Claudio out of the air. He uses the ropes for a Frankensteiner. Claudio uses the ropes for an armdrag. Quackenbush catapults him to the floor. Taylor dropkicks Quackenbush then tope con hilo’s onto Claudio. Quackenbush corkscrew planchas onto both of them. Taylor snaps Quackenbush’s neck on the top rope and wears him down in a side headlock. Taylor puts on an arm capture headscissors. He releases to knock Claudio back to the floor. Quackenbush knocks Taylor off the top rope. Claudio enzuigiri’s Quackenbush off the top and to the floor. Taylor drops Claudio with a rope-assisted stunner. Claudio blocks the Awful Waffle. He uppercuts Taylor and deadlifts him into a German suplex for two. He Giant Swings Taylor for 13 revolutions. Taylor blocks the Ricola Bomb with Sole Food. He tries the Awful Waffle. Quackenbush comes in. He uses the ropes to armdrag Claudio. He palm strikes Taylor on Claudio’s shoulders then sweeps Claudio’s legs out so that he Electric Chair drops Taylor. Quackenbush pins them both for a two count. Claudio sends Taylor to the floor with Swiss Chin Music. Quackenbush huracanrana’s Claudio for two. He tries a Dragonrana. Claudio counters it with a Ricola Bomb. Quackenbush kicks out! He blocks a European uppercut. A palm strike and the Quackendriver II eliminate Claudio at 16:28.
Taylor rolls up Quackenbush from behind. It only gets two, so he gives Quackenbush a brainbuster, and that also only gets a two count. Taylor misses a moonsault. Quackenbush gives him a Quackendriver III. Taylor kicks out. Quackenbush puts on a leg-capture Rings of Saturn. Taylor makes it to the ropes. He boots Quackenbush as he charges into the corner. He damn near kills Quackenbush with the Awful Waffle. The crowd goes BANANAS when he kicks out! Taylor is beside himself. Taylor brings him to the top rope. Quackenbush brings him down with a running powerbomb. He then puts Taylor in the CHIKARA Special! Taylor taps out at 18:14, making Quackenbush the winner and the new IWA-MS Heavyweight Champion. What an emotional finish. This was an amazing comeback story from Quackenbush, encapsulating stories built up from the tournament. He kicked out of the Ricola Bomb which Claudio defeated all of his other tournament opponents with. He kicked out of the Awful Waffle, which no one kicks out of, after getting a concussion earlier in the night. He defeated Taylor with his signature submission at the TPI, where Taylor won the title (in the same building no less) 364 days earlier. The fans lived and died with him. If you’re a Mike Quackenbush fan and you have not seen these two shows, you owe it to yourself to seek it out. It’s quite a remarkable story and moment. ****
Eddie Kingston and Bryce give Quackenbush a hug. Ian Rotten says it means a lot to him for Quackenbush to not only participate in the TPI, but to take the fans on the emotional rollercoaster that he did throughout the past two nights. He says Quackenbush is the living embodiment of what Ted Petty was and is damn glad to call him the 2007 TPI winner. Quackenbush talks about how 2007 was an unforgettable year with moments like the first King of Trios, his marriage in April, defeating Tiger Mask Jr. to become the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight champion, winning the TPI tonight, and embarking on a journey to Michinoku Pro in 10 days. This moment will stick with him for the rest of his life, as will the fans who came to not just support the show but to support the memory of Ted Petty as well. He closes out his speech by leading the fans in a “Petty” chant.