Grit & Glory


Philadelphia, PA – 5.18.2008

Commentary is provided by Larry Sweeney, UltraMantis Black, Bryce Remsburg, Louden Noxious, Leonard F. Chikarason, and Mike Quackenbush.

Chuck Taylor and Daizee Haze are in the back. Taylor doesn’t know why they’re here; they have already defeated Sara Del Rey and Bobby Dempsey, their opponents tonight. He humiliated Dempsey at King of Trios and plans to squash him again tonight. Haze is on board.

Sara Del Rey & Bobby Dempsey {ROH} vs. Chuck Taylor {F} & Daizee Haze

Taylor is scared of Sara and has Haze start off with her. Haze gets in the ropes to break a lock up. Sara brings her to the mat in a side headlock. Haze hits the ropes but is caught with a stomach attack. Sara kicks her and brings her back down in a side headlock. She rolls Haze up for two. Taylor and Dempsey tag in. They get into a catfight and their female partners have to hold them back. Haze tries shoulder blocking Dempsey. It fails. Taylor suffers the same fate. Both of them at the same time proves no luck. Taylor whips referee Bryce Remsburg into Dempsey and he also falls. Dempsey shoves Taylor to the floor. He tries sitting on Haze but misses. Taylor dropkicks Dempsey and rakes at his face. Taylor and Haze gang up on Dempsey in their corner until he avoids Taylor’s grenade assisted elbow. Haze tries grabbing his leg, but Sara gets tagged in and takes her down with two boots to the stomach. Sara knocks Taylor down with Haze’s legs and slams Haze on top of him for two. Taylor saves Haze from the Royal Butterfly. Dempsey comes in with some strikes and an overhead suplex. Haze rolls up Sara for two. Sara knocks her down in the corner with Taylor. Dempsey cannonball sentons onto Taylor. Haze Heart Punches Sara. Sara ducks a kick and gives Haze the Royal Butterfly suplex for the pin at 11:15. Probably a little long but fun. More Taylor and Dempsey interaction would have been good but what we got was decent enough. **

PSYCHO {KD} vs. Gran Akuma {F}

PSYCHO brings Akuma to the mat by the wrist. Akuma headstands his way into an ankle pick. Back on their feet he knocks PSYCHO down with a shoulder block. PSYCHO brings Akuma down with double chops to the chest. He avoids a corner attack and dropkicks Akuma in the corner. Akuma enzuigiri’s PSYCHO from the apron, then comes in with a top rope dropkick for two. He chokes him in the corner with his boot. He snapmares him into a dropkick. He hits the Cheetah Swipe for two. He puts on a modified chinlock. PSYCHO breaks free and puts on a sleeper. Akuma backs him to the corner to break. PSYCHO hits him with a tornado enzuigiri. He gives Akuma a springboard spin kick and a bulldog for two. He misses a springboard Swanton. Akuma gives him a tombstone piledriver. He follows up with a moonsault for the pin at 6:21. That was a fun exhibition match and a chance for Akuma to get a win over an international talent. **¼

The Super Smash Bros. say in so many words that they’re going after three points. They mess up their high five and throw in some video game references.

Player Uno {SSB} & Stupefied {SSB} vs. Tim Donst {ONT} & Hydra {ONT}

UltraMantis Black is in the corner of the Order. Donst trips Stupefied to escape a side headlock. Stupefied then trips Donst out of a wristlock. He takes Donst down with a trifecta of shoulder blocks. Donst trips him as he goes for a fourth and puts on a side headlock. Hydra tags in and catches Stupefied off guard with a high crossbody. Uno takes him down with a toreador. Hydra responds with a headscissors. He can’t gorilla press Uno, so he pauses him. Donst drops Hydra on him with a legdrop. Donst unpauses Uno so he can feel the pain. Uno finds himself isolated until he enzuigiri’s Hydra. Stupefied fights off both Donst and Hydra himself. He slams Donst into a twisting legdrop. He accidentally tiger feint kicks Uno. Hydra dropkicks Uno into Stupefied. Hydra wants a double suplex. The Smash Bros. lift him up. Donst pulls Hydra down. He and Hydra hit a stereo STO/Complete Shot. Stupefied hits them both with Pele kicks. He then assists Uno with a double standing Shiranui. Both Hydra and Donst kick out. Hydra sends Stupefied to the floor. Donst holds up Uno. Hydra comes off the top with a seated senton. Stupefied breaks the pin. He hits a standing moonsault while Uno comes off the second turnbuckle with a legdrop. They drop Hydra with a side slam/neckbreaker combo. Stupefied accidentally superkicks Uno. Donst gives Stupefied a Death Valley Driver for the pin at 9:09. Hydra and Donst already are looking good as a unit. This sucessfully made them look like a formidable team while also showing minor dissension in the Smash Bros. The wrestling itself was pretty good to boot. **½

Bryce Remsburg is talking to the camera about the Young Lions Cup tournament. Vin Gerard steps in and grabs the camera man to come outside. He says 2008 will not be the year of The Colony. He has a singles match with Lince Dorado tonight. He saw Dorado gimping away after his match. He plans to take care of a wounded animal and to shoot him down tonight. Gerard says there is only one more week until Bull Pain is back. Gerard says whether the Colony likes it or not, 2008 will be his year.

Lince Dorado vs. Vin Gerard

Gerard instantly dropkicks Dorado’s bad leg out from under him. Dorado pulls off an armdrag. Gerard goes right to an ankle lock. Dorado gets the ropes. He maneuvers around until finally being able to mare Gerard to the floor. He goes for an Asai moonsault. Gerard moves and Dorado lands on his feet. Gerard sends him into the guardrails. He follows in with a running knee strike. Gerard works over Dorado’s knee back in the ring. He hangs Dorado’s knee in the ropes and gives it a running knee strike. Dorado kicks Gerard from the apron, then delivers an enzuigiri. He catches Gerard with a running crossbody, back elbow, and spin kick. He gets two with a high crossbody. Gerard kicks out his knee and drops him with a running STO. Dorado perches himself in the corner. He boots Gerard a couple of times before coming down with a tornado DDT. He ascends the ropes again. Gerard trips him down and puts on the STF. Dorado passes out in 8:48. Although Gerard working over Dorado’s leg was sound and logical, it wasn’t terribly interesting. However, it did earn him a spot in the Young Lions Cup tournament (as granted by Leonard F. Chikarason post match), so it wasn’t all for naught. **¼

Mike Quackenbush, Jorge “Skayde” Rivera & Turbo vs. Claudio Castagnoli, El Pantera & Sonjay Dutt {TNA}

Pantera tries to keep Quackenbush grounded in submission but Quackenbush has an escape for whatever he throws at him. They respectfully end their exchange with a handshake. Dutt takes down Quackenbush with a Frankensteiner and holds onto an arm wringer. Quackenbush reverses the wrist lock and sends Dutt to the floor. Claudio and Skayde tag in. Skayde tries taking him down, but it’s Claudio who uses Skayde’s arm to keep control. They take each other down. Skayde armdrags Claudio to the floor. Pantera comes in. Skayde rolls out. Quackenbush crossbody’s onto Pantera. Turbo takes him to the floor with a couple armdrags. Quackenbush and Claudio tag in. Quackenbush monkey flips him out of the corner. Claudio gorilla presses Quackenbush overhead. Quackenbush slides off and uses the ropes for a cartwheel armdrag. Dutt and Skayde pick up the pace. Skayde uses the ropes for a headscissors and an armdrag. Pantera tricks Skayde into a handshake and twists up his wrist. He whips Skayde to the corner where Team Claudio would take turns wearing him down. Claudio knocks Quackenbush off the apron after dropping Skayde on the top rope for double dropkicks from Dutt and Pantera. Quackenbush runs in when Skayde drops to the floor. He eats a knee and gutwrench suplex from Claudio right away. He falls victim to Team Claudio’s wrath. He’s able to escape after taking a lungblower and a moonsault. The smallest member of Team Quackenbush, Turbo, then finds himself trapped in the opposite corner. He gets lucky as Claudio accidentally clotheslines Dutt. He takes down Claudio with a Frankensteiner, armdrags Pantera to the floor, but foolishly does not tag out. He instead chops Dutt and Pantera (after taking some from Claudio). Skayde catches Claudio’s chop attempt from the apron. We get a series of high crossbody’s, leading to the Michinoku Pro comedy spot. Quackenbush’s team triple armdrag their opponents to the floor and follow with triple somersault sentons. In the ring Quackenbush drops Dutt with the Black Tornado Slam. He assists Turbo with a huracanrana. Claudio makes the save. He gives Turbo the Match Killer for two. Turbo sends Claudio out with Deja Vu. Pantera nails him with a running knee strike. Skayde puts Pantera in a modified abdominal stretch. Pantera reverses. Skayde dropkicks him in the forehead, sending him to the floor. He follows with a pescado. Dutt somersault sentons onto them both. Quackenbush springboard sentons onto Claudio. Turbo then springboard moonsaults after them. Dutt catches Quackenbush in the corner with a kick, a legdrop on the second rope, then a springboard seated senton. Skayde rolls up into a dropkick to Dutt. Pantera moonsaults onto Skayde. He drives his knees into his back and clotheslines him to the floor. Turbo dropkicks Pantera out. He uses his size to maneuver around Claudio, looking for a pin. Claudio catches him with Swiss Death and the Ricola Bomb for the pin at 22:27. Well that was fun. Of course this was a lot of craziness and flips and whatnot, but they actually did a good job portraying the heat between Quackenbush and Claudio as well as Skayde and Pantera. Dutt and Turbo did their fair share of work as well. Some sloppiness of course came from the Luchadores, but this still had a lot of great action and of course a high factor of novelty as well. ***½

Eddie Kingston says he’s been in the wrestling business for about five years now. He tries to do all the right things, even giving his respect to people who don’t deserve it. He says he lost himself after losing his sobriety. He thought wrestling could fill the void but “she” broke his heart. He says he went on an odyssey with a bottle of Bacardi where he discovered he lived off of misery. The way he fills that void is by taking his pain and misery out on other people. He can’t believe Shane Storm had the nerve to come out during his promo last night. Last time he left Shane Storm half for dead and tonight he’ll finish the job.

Shane Storm vs. Eddie Kingston

Storm lights up Kingston with forearms, strikes, and chops. He even ducks a couple of Backfists. He runs the ropes in a courting hold and delivers an armdrag. Kingston avoids That Japanese Move. Kingston blasts him with multiple elbows and slaps. He delivers a knee lift. Storm wins a forearm battle. Kingston takes him over with a Northern Lights suplex for two. He chops up Storm in the corner. Storm fights him off the ropes. He comes down with a sunset flip for two. Kingston knocks him down with a back elbow. He strikes Storm in the ear and bites at his forehead. He chokes Storm on the middle rope. He continues to keep control on the outside. Back in the ring, Storm blocks a yakuza kick with a dragonscrew leg whip. Kingston ducks That Japanese Move. Storm enzuigiri’s him from behind. Storm throws some more forearms before delivering a brainbuster for two. Kingston elbows Storm in the corner. Storm looks for a powerbomb and hits it. Kingston kicks out. Storm blocks Kingston’s strike attempt and clotheslines him down. Kingston lariats Storm to block That Japanese Move. Kingston gives him an Emerald Frowsion for two. Storm’s nose is busted open, just like in their first match. Kingston peppers him with slaps. Storm nails him with a tornado kick and That Japanese Move. Storm wants the Air Raid Crash. Kingston throws kidney shots and dumps Storm on his head with a half-nelson suplex. He applies a rear-naked choke. Storm passes out in 10:00. This was an excellent follow up to their initial encounter. It was very heated, the crowd was into it, it set Kingston on his path as a singles competitor, and made Storm look tough. A lot of good things were accomplished in this match and it was fun to watch. ***¼

Mitch Ryder says the Fabulous Three are the trio to beat. Larry Sweeney says he’s looking forward to tomorrow because he gets better looking everyday. Tonight however, they’re going to make quick work out of those scumbag ants. Shayne Hawke says he and Ryder are undefeated as a tag team and that they will be on top again tonight. Ryder says the Colony are the next victims of the Fabulous Three.

Fire Ant {C}, Soldier Ant {C} & Worker Ant {C} vs. Larry Sweeney {FT}, Mitch Ryder {FT} & Shayne Hawke {FT}

Ryder complains that Worker Ant pulls his hair. Fire Ant and Soldier Ant give him a double chop to the head, leading to Worker Ant chopping him on the head. Fire Ant and Hawke trade control. Fire Ant takes him over with a fireman’s carry. Soldier Ant trips Sweeney. Out of a courting hold he grabs a wristlock. Sweeney boots him. He becomes frustrated with his saluting. Soldier Ant shoulder tackles him to the corner and delivers a saluting headbutt and Frankensteiner. Hawke chops him against the ropes. Soldier Ant hops off the apron to avoid a punch. Worker Ant sneaks in with a side headlock. Hawke slides out to the floor. As Ryder distracts Worker Ant, Hawke comes back in and clips out his bad leg. Like the Order did last night, the Fabulous Three take turns doing damage to Worker Ant’s hurt leg. An antzuigiri to Hawke frees him to tag in Fire Ant. He throws forearms to all of the Fabulous Three. He dropkicks Ryder, landing with a senton on Sweeney. He Burns Down the House on Hawke. He lands a brainbuster for two. Ryder knees Fire Ant into a superkick from Hawke. Vin Gerard comes down the apron. Soldier Ant knocks him down with a saluting headbutt. Worker Ant and Fire Ant give Hawke the Ants Marching neckbreaker. They triple team Ryder in the corner and give him the Ants Marching dropkick. Leonard F. Chikarason escorts Gerard to the back. Sweeney tries the ‘68 Comeback Special on Fire Ant but is cut off by his partners. He eats a triple dropkick. Sweeney succombs to the Ant Hill for the pin at 9:02. This was pretty much your standard trios affair. Both teams work well together so the action was solid. **¾

Just like last month, Ryder gives Sweeney guff for losing. Sweeney says their is no excuse to losing to a team like that. He challenges the Colony to a rematch next month in Hellertown on Night 1 of the Young Lions Cup tournament. He says they should “hug it out”, bringing Hawke to enthusiastically hug Ryder. The Fabulous Three stand confident as they leave.

Pelle Primeau {ROH} vs. Brodie Lee

Lee attacks Primeau as he’s posing on the ropes. He gives him a suplex off the second rope. He gives him some strikes before whipping him across the ring. Lee throws Primeau in a pumphandle slam for two. He attempts to toss Primeau to the floor. Primeau hangs on and comes in with a headscissors. Lee however nails him with the Big Boot for the pin in 1:34. Squash city. ¼*

Lee big boots Primeau again for good measure. He goes for a running Liger Bomb, but Claudio Castagnoli comes out and chases Lee away. They meet next week during Aniversario weekend.

Campeonatos de Parejas
Delirious {I} & Hallowicked {I} (Campeones) vs. Amasis {OP} & Ophidian {OP}

Delirious headbutts Amasis’ upturned hand and mares him into a chinlock. He holds onto Amasis’ arm while hissing in Ophidian’s direction. Delirious rolls Amasis up into an armdrag. Amasis does a little dancing and snacks him in the face. Delirious smacks him back after some more dancing. He trips Amasis into a Gedo Clutch. Hallowicked uses some Lucha offense on Ophidian. Ophidian grabs a courting hold. Hallowicked runs the ropes into an armdrag. Ophidian rolls him into a cradle for two. Ophidian runs the ropes and snaps Hallowicked’s arm across the top rope. Amasis drives it into the canvas. This is the same arm Amasis wore down last night, and the Portal continue to do so at this moment. Hallowicked eventually catches Ophidian in the corner with Go 2 Sleepy Hollow and tags in Delirious. He gives Amasis a leaping lariat and a neckbreaker for two. Ophidian takes out Delirious’ legs as Amasis delivers a spin kick. Hallowicked breaks the pin. He chokeslams Amasis with his good arm and sends Ophidian to the corner with a step-up Frankensteiner. Delirious misses Shadows Over Heck. Amasis comes off the top with a legdrop to the back of his head. Hallowicked yakuza kicks Amasis. Ophidian comes off the top with double knees to Hallowicked. Delirious hits Ophidian with the Panic Attack. The Here It Is Driver gets Delirious the pin and first fall at 11:39. Amasis attacks Incoherence before the rest period ends. He knocks them both down with a springboard shoulder tackle. Incoherence step on Amasis’ feet. They take turns attacking him in the corner before giving him the Sidewinder. He sends Delirious to the floor. Ophidian trips Hallowicked from the floor. They give him the Slave Initiation. The Pyramid Suplex is only good for two as Delirious jumps in. The Portal get two on Delirious with Mummification, this time thanks to Hallowicked making the save. Amasis gives him a knee strike, then hops off of Ophidian’s back and onto Delirious on the floor. Ophidian smashes Hallowicked into the mat with the Duat Driver. The Portal nail the Osirian Sacrament. Delirious again makes the save. The Portal hypnotize Hallowicked. However, Delirious jumps in with Shadows Over Heck to Ophidian mid-move. Hallowicked Rydeen Bombs Amasis for two. He then yakuza kicks him to the corner for Delirious’ Panic Attack. Incoherence go for the tandem super fisherman’s buster. That gets them the pin and the win at 16:49. This was about on par as their first encounter at “New Star Navigation.” It probably should have been better, but the crowd wasn’t totally into it for whatever reason. The arm work also was a good thought but didn’t lead to much in the end. It was a totally acceptable tag title match but you would hope it would be better than their first meeting when the Portal were still rookies. ***¼

2008 Rey de Voladores Finals
Helios vs. Incognito

Incognito goes after Helios’ arm. Helios switches the momentum with an armdrag. Incognito grabs Helios’ leg but Helios grabs the ropes before any damage can be done. Incognito flips him overhead in a double knuckle lock. Helios tries a Mexican catapult but Incognito stops him. He then lifts him into the Gory Special. He brings Helios down to his shoulders looking for a pin. Helios spikes Incognito with a huracanrana for two. He catapults up the ropes for a double wrist clutch drag. A Lucha exchange leads to Helios sending Incognito to the floor with a headscissors. He follows with a Sasuke Special. Back in the ring Incognito flips over Helios’ dropkick attempt. He comes off the top rope with a crossbody. After a quebradora he kicks Helios to the floor. Incognito follows with a crossbody. He throws some chops back in the ring before powerbombing him for two. He strings a scoop slam and slingshot senton together for another two count. Helios cascades up Incognito into a sunset flip. Incognito strikes him down with a lariat. He misses a corner attack. Helios Tiger walks up Incognito, but Incognito takes him out with a lariat. He ties up Helios’ limbs. He rolls him forward into the surfboard. Helios flips out of it into a pin attempt. Incognito lariats him once more. Helios manages to come in from the apron with the Sky is Falling. He hits a standing moonsault and a second rope moonsault for two. Incognito slams Helios off of his shoulders. He hits a springboard Swanton. Helios avoids a quebrada. Incognito however ties up Helios’ arms, knees, and ankles. He gives up on the hold when Helios won’t quit. He misses a tumbleweed Swanton. Helios lands a moonsault for two. He goes up top again. Incognito goes after him. He brings Helios down with a release Spanish Fly. He puts on a modified Bow and Arrow for the submission victory in 13:29. For a Rey de Voladores bout, that featured very little high flying. Not only that but the wrestling was pretty boring. Not much went on, there was no flow, and the crowd again was not into what they were doing. I don’t blame them. Not to mention that finishing a high fliers tournament with a submission is lame. This was supremely disappointing. *


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