Cleveland, OH – 7.1.2012
Eddie Kingston vs. Arik Cannon vs. Drake Younger vs. Facade vs. Davey Vega vs. Ethan Page
Seleziya Sparx is in Page’s corner. Page gets mad at Cannon because he keeps eyeing her. He throws a shot before the mystery entrant, Eddie Kingston, comes out. This starts a fracas with the other five guys. Everybody but Façade is sent to the floor. He flies onto all of them with a springboard twisting senton. With everyone out, Kingston makes his entrance. Younger flies onto him with a somersault senton from the top rope! Kingston suplexes him onto the entrance ramp. Cannon and Vega trade holds in the ring while Page throws Façade into the guardrails. A chain of headscissors forms in the ring. Younger double stomps onto Kingston to break the chain. Facade gets two with a quebrada on Younger. Kingston superplexes Façade. Ego catches him with the Boom! Headshot. Vega huracanrana’s Page. Cannon blocks Vega’s huracanrana. He powerbombs him into the corner and turns him inside out with a lariat. Younger goes for the Drake’s Landing. Cannon blocks it, but ends up taking a brainbuster for two. Vega and Younger fight on the top rope. Page puts Vega on his shoulders and hooks Cannon for a DDT. Younger crossbody’s Vega, causing Page to drop Cannon with a DDT. Kingston and Facade break the two pin attempts in the ring. Façade catches Kingston with a springboard enzuigiri. He gets his knees up to block Façade’s Arabian press, then gives him a uranage suplex. Kingston nails Page with a rolling forearm. Sparx gets on the apron to stop the count. Kingston accidentally backfists her! Page rolls Kingston up for two. They then knock each other down with clotheslines. Kingston yakuza kicks Cannon. Younger gives Façade a Death Valley Driver on the apron! Younger picks up a chair, but Page dropkicks it into his face. Vega yakuza kicks Page. Kingston Saito suplexes Vega. He and Cannon trade Saito suplexes of their own. Cannon only gets one with a brainbuster. He gets two with Total Anarchy. Kingston delivers two Backfists to get the pin at 10:42. This would have been considered one of ROH’s best Six Man Mayhems back in its prime. The action was wild, chaotic fun from start to finish and all six competitors got a chance to shine. Page, Vega and Façade usually do good work in AIW, but the other three I would love to see come around more often. ***1/2
AIW actually posted this entire match on YouTube. You should watch it.
Youthanazia and Aeroform come out for their scheduled tag team championship bout. As the two teams are facing off, Veronica Ticklefeather makes her way out. She has brought a tag team that will take the belts and end the world in December: The Batiri! This match is now a three way tag team match for the titles.
AIW Tag Team Championship
Youthanazia (Josh Prohibition & Matt Cross) vs. Aeroform (Flip Kendrick & Louis Lyndon) vs. The Batiri (Obariyon & Kodama)
Chest Flexor is in Aeroform’s corner, while Veronica Ticklefeather is of course in The Batiri’s. Aeroform and Yotuhanazia fight before the Batiri make it in. Aeroform misses dives on the floor. Cross suicide dives onto both of them. Prohibition fights off both Batiri members. He suplexes Kodama for two. Prohibition sends him and Lyndon to the floor. He attempts a dive but gets cut off by Obariyon’s flying forearm. He knees Prohibition in the stomach for two. Kodama’s basement Blockbuster also gets two. The Batiri keep beating on Prohibition until he falls back after Obaryion’s dropkick and tags in Cross. He misses a cartwheel elbow in the corner. Kodama and Obariyon deliver a few different dropkicks to him. Aeroform come in to clean house. Kendrick slingshot dropkicks Obariyon into a low boot from Lyndon. Aeroform attack Cross’ leg. Cross manages to slip out of a double backdrop attempt. Prohibition tags in. He gives Lyndon a reverse DDT and wheelbarrow slams Kendrick. Flexor gets on the apron. Lyndon accidentally bicycle kicks him. Prohibition goes for the Drunken Driver. Lyndon reverses for a huracanrana. He turns around and eats the Skull Bronzing from The Batiri. Kendrick huracanrana’s both Batiri members simultaneously, then delivers a twisting quebrada. Cross stomps Kendrick on Prohibition’s shoulder into a TKO. Lyndon sends Prohibition out and puts a legbar on Cross. Prohibition saves his partner. Kodama gives Prohibition a spinebuster. He recovers quickly and puts Kodama on his shoulders. Cross gives Kodama a doomsday device, but Kodama turns it into a reverse huracanrana on Prohibition! Obariyon flies in with the Rapture for the pin and the titles at 10:43. Two years in a row Absolution has a good three team tag title bout. Last year’s was a lot more based around high flying and spectacle while this was more methodical. It pleases me to see The Batiri getting recognition as they have grown immensely in 2012. A rematch against either team, especially Youthanazia, is something I’d like to see. ***
Absolute Championship – Elimination Match
Eric Ryan vs. Tim Donst vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Shiima Xion
It’s quite a feat when you can get the AIW champion, a CHIKARA superstar, the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate champion, and a full time TNA roster member in the same contest. Xion was a late entry; this was originally scheduled as four-way between the other combatants. He was stripped of the title because he was inactive on multiple AIW shows during his reign. Matt Wadsworth allows him entry into the match since he was indeed stripped of his title.
Ryan chops Xion on the floor. He feeds him to Donst and Gargano. Xion ducks their tandem clothesline and dropkicks Ryan into the guardrails. Xion comes off the top with a dropkick to both Gargano and Donst. Ryan armdrags Xion a couple times and rolls him into a back kick. He gets two with a senton. He comes off the top with a double stomp to Xion’s back. Gargano and Ryan dropkick Xion as he comes off the second rope. Gargano rolls Ryan into a low enzuigiri. He gets two with a powerbomb. Ryan ducks some kicks and places Gargano on his shoulders. Donst spears them both. Xion frogsplashes Ryan for two. Donst puts From Dusk til Donst on Xion. Xion gets the ropes to escape. Gargano slingshot spears Donst while Ryan suicide dives onto Xion. Gargano lawn darts Donst into the corner. He gets two with a superkick. Ryan German suplexes Gargano and Xion hits a 450 splash on Ryan for the pin at 4:16. We are no guaranteed a new champion. Xion slams Gargano and hits a moonsault for two. Gargano puts him in a tree of woe. Donst suplexes Gargano into Xion. Donst German suplexes Xion off the top rope. Gargano gives Xion the Hurts Donut and puts him in the Garga-No Escape. Xion taps out at 6:23, leaving the match to Gargano and Donst, the guys who main evented last years Absolution event. Gargano throws a flurry of forearms. Donst bulldogs him, but Gargano recovers quickly to throw a rolling clothesline. Donst throws Gargano off the top rope with a Death Valley Driver. Gargano goes for a crucifix pin. Donst puts him in from Dusk til Donst instead. Gargano grabs the ropes and goes to the floor. Donst suicide dives onto him. Gargano and Donst counter each others’ moves back in the ring. Gargano finally hits the Hurts Donut for two. He puts on the Garga-No Escape. Donst gets the ropes. He blocks the Hurts Donut with a STO. He gets two with a Gator Roll. A second Gator Roll gets him the pin and the title at 11:53. AIW deserves so much credit for helping build Donst into a credible main event star. His journey since debuting in the company in July 2010 has been incredible, and watching him evolve into what he is now is nothing short of incredible. This was a spectacle of a main event and did a remarkable job calling back to the history between all four competitors. If there’s one thing AIW deserves a lot of credit for, it’s how good their storylines have been since last years’ TPI. ***1/2
You can read my review of this entire show here.