Concord, NC – 5.12.2012

Jigsaw (1-1) vs. Ricochet (4-2) vs. AR Fox (3-1) vs. Samuray Del Sol (0-1)

The winner of this match faces Johnny Gargano (who is on commentary) for the Open the Freedom Gate Championship in the main event. Jigsaw trips Ricochet and places hi knee on his shoulder. Ricochet grabs a front facelock. Jigsaw crucifix pins him for two. Sol and Fox tag in. Fox boots Sol after blocking an O’Conner Roll. Sol back flips into a headscissors, sending Fox to the floor. Sol fakes a dive. Ricochet headscissors him out. Ricochet flips over Jigsaw and armdrags him to the corner. Jigsaw toreadors and armdrags Ricochet into a low dropkick. Sol tags in while Jigsaw bars Ricochet’s arm. Sol gets one with a dropkick. Ricochet gives Jigsaw a rolling clothesline in the corner. Fox hits Ricochet with a split-legged senton for two. Ricochet trips Fox. Sol comes in with a slingshot flip splash. Ricochet uses his knees for a slingshot senton. Jigsaw slingshots…into the ring, then pins Fox. Ricochet and Sol break the cover. Ricochet works over Fox’s arm. Sol tiger suplexes Fox right into a cross armbreaker. Fox gets the ropes with Sol turns it into a Fujiwara armbar. Jigsaw blind tags in. He stretches out Fox’s arms and legs. After doing more arm damage, Ricochet gives Fox an Ace Crusher for two. Fox flips to the apron. He gives Ricochet a springboard Ace Crusher. Jigsaw and Sol tag in. Sol gets in a corkscrew armdrag and a headscissors. Jigsaw gets two with a running knee strike. Sol spinwheel kicks Jigsaw to the apron. Fox springboard dropkicks Ricochet. He skins the cat into a dropkick. Ricochet pops up and hits the Rick Rack. A beautiful springboard clothesline gets him two. Fox blocks the Backslide Driver. He drops Ricochet with a jump-up Complete Shot. A series of moves knocks all four men down. Sol and Fox recover first. Sol reverse huracanrana’s Fox on top of his head. Sol springboard tornado dives onto Fox on the floor. Jigsaw misses a corner elbow on Ricochet. Ricochet tiger feint kicks him and goes up top. Jigsaw catches him. Jigsaw goes for a super brainbuster. Ricochet knocks him down. Jigsaw German suplexes Sol. Ricochet breaks that pin with a shooting star press. Fox breaks his pin. Fox gives Ricochet a spinning brainbuster for two. Fox walks up Ricochet’s chest to give Jigsaw a Shiranui. Fox hits Thugbait on Ricochet. Sol 450 splashes onto Fox for two. Fox enzuigiri’s Sol on the top rope. Fox hits the Lo Mein Pain for the pin at 16:52. This was energetic, flippy fun. Really this was the best way to start the show, as it got the crowds energy going and gives Fox an ample amount of rest time before facing Gargano in the main event. ***1/4


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