Wrestling is Art: In The Abstract

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Bridgewater, MA – 2.17.2013

Mike Quackenbush vs. Drew Gulak

Gulak rolls his way out of a wristlock to end the opening exchange. Quackenbush kicks his arm away while holding onto it. He stretches Gulak over his knees in a Japanese stranglehold. Gulak rolls back to reverse it. When Quackenbush goes to reverse, Gulak throws him overhead. Quackenbush goes for a sunset flip. Gulak rolls through and grabs a toe hold. Quackenbush turns that into a neck-tie headscissors. Gulak manages to escape eventually and puts on an STF. Quackenbush uses the ropes to try for a tornado clutch. Gulak turns it into a crucifix pin for two. He then rolls Quackenbush into a modified crossface chicken wing. Quackenbush escapes and puts on his own STF. They end up back on their feet once Gulak escapes. Quackenbush reverses a sunset flip into a side headlock. Gulak headstands out of it. Quackenbush brings him down in an overhead wristlock. Gulak applies a headscissors. Gulak rolls him into a modified, grounded Courting hold when Quackenbush goes to escape. Quackenbush monkey flips him while holding onto a double knuckle lock. He gets two with a Northern Lights suplex. Gulak uses the ropes to flip Quackenbush over. He rolls him into a cross armbreaker. Quackenbush lifts him up. Quackenbush turns a sunset flip attempt from Gulak into his own Alligator Clutch for the pin at 12:45. Quackenbush and Cabana get a lot of credit for being two of the best technical wrestlers today, but Gulak absolutely deserves to be in that conversation. Between this and Wrestling is Respect I think he’s going to be able to show what he can do and hopefully fans will take notice. ***¼

assailANT vs. Francis O’Rourke

assailANT and O’Rourke shove each other by the commentary table over an argument about his name. An aggressive lock-up brings them into the ring to officially start the match. They engage in a surprising Lucha exchange before switching headlock positions. assailANT elbows O’Rourke to the floor. O’Rourke snaps his neck across the top rope. He throws an uppercut. He gets two with a tornado DDT. O’Rourke misses a back elbow in the corner. assailANT back splashes him and knocks him down with a back elbow. He gets two with a uranage suplex. A waist lock exchange sees O’Rourke drop assailANT with a half-nelson suplex for the pin at 5:44. A bit truncated, but the wrestling was really good. I really like both of these guys. **½

Aaron Epic, JT Dunn & The Estonian Thunderfrog vs. Obariyon, Kodama & Kobald

The Batiri jump the Thunderfrog before the bell. Epic and Dunn save him and cause the Batiri to retreat to the corner. Thunderfrog brings in his hammer as a threat. Referee Dan Yost takes it away but falls under the weight of it. Thunderfrog takes down Kobald with a pair of Estonian Hammers. He pulls the hammer off of Yost when he can’t count his pin. Dunn forearms Kobald to stop him from jumping the Thunderfrog. He tosses Kobald to the floor and follows with a suicide dive. He dives onto Obariyon who was fighting Thunderfrog on the floor, then onto Kodama who was fighting with Epic. Obariyon catches Dunn with a kick to the face when he tries re-entering the ring. The Batiri beat down Dunn until he gives Kobald a pump-handle lungblower. Epic tags in and sends Kobald to the floor with a fallaway knee strike. He drops Obariyon with a Lightning Spiral. He drops Kodama with an Ace Crusher. Kobald breaks the pin. Epic puts Kobald in a Gory Stretch so Dunn can give him a lungblower. Dunn punches Kodama into Epic’s 2k1 Bomb. Thunderfrog follows up with a frog splash for two. Epic takes the Skull Bronzing and rolls to the floor. The Batiri can’t lift the Thunderfrog’s hammer even with each others help. Thunderfrog German suplexes the three of them at once! He tries for a superplex on Kobald. Instead, the Batiri pull off the Demon’s Device (a Demon’s Toilet and a double powerbomb) to get the pin at 10:34. Lots of impressive stuff from everyone involved, though admittedly there was some sloppiness. Epic and Dunn deserve to have more eyes on them. ***

AR Fox vs. Tim Donst

Fox gets a better reaction from the fans. Donst rubs his forearm in his face. Fox dropkicks him but gets taken down by a shoulder block. Fox rolls to the apron and comes back in with a springboard Koppu Kick. He gets two with a split-legged moonsault. Donst suplexes him in from the apron. Donst tries that again. Fox instead sends him to the floor and follows with a dive over the top rope. He lands a kick flip moonsault. Donst powerbombs him onto the apron! He brings Fox off the apron into a backbreaker. He drives Fox’s back into the ring post. In the ring Donst stretches his back out across his knees. Fox avoids a corner attack. He goes for Thugbait but gets caught with a backbreaker for two. Fox however gets Donst on the ring apron and hits the Alabama Jam. Fox suicide dives Donst into the crowd twice. He then nails the Tope con Hilo. He only gets two a count back in the ring. Fox blocks an Ace Crusher, but Donst rolls back and catches him coming off the ropes with it. Fox nails an enzuigiri and goes for a Shiranui. Donst counters with the Donstitution for two. Fox counters an Irish Whip with a Complete Shot. He only gets two with a 450 splash. He skins the cat into a corner dropkick. He goes for Air Fox but Donst belly-to-belly suplexes him into the corner to counter. Fox sets Donst up for the Lo Mein Pain. Donst grabs Camera Man Gary to stop it. As Yost is taking care of Gary, Donst hits Fox in the head with the cap of the ring post. He then brings Fox off the top rope with a uranage slam for the pin at 12:35. Same terrible finish as last night, but at least Donst hit a move right after. The wrestling was also a lot better. Fox is just unreal and Donst worked a lot harder. ***½

Chuck Taylor & Sugar Dunkerton vs. Max Smashmaster & Blaster McMassive

Sidney Bakabella is in the Corporation’s corner. Taylor’s shoulder blocks do nothing, but McMassive’s take him down. Taylor asks for Smashmaster. It’s not any easier for Chuck to take him off his feet. He tags in Dunkerton after being knocked down with a shoulder block. Dunkerton talks some trash. Dunkerton becomes angry when Smashmaster touches his hair. He throws some punches but fails to execute an armdrag. Smashmaster levels Dunkerton with a haymaker. Dunkerton kicks out both their legs and delivers stereo shoulder blocks. Bakabella comes in the ring to yell at Sugar. Dunkerton calms him down with a little dancing. They even engage in a little Kid N’ Play routine. Bakabella literally dances his pants off. The Corporation can’t even defend him. Dunkerton calls it a party foul and superkicks Bakabella to the floor. Smashmaster levels him with a lariat when he turns around. That’s the catalyst for the Corporation to isolate him in their corner. Taylor refuses to tag in until McMassive boots him on the apron. When Dunkerton is able hop over Smashmaster, Taylor is willing to tag in. He dropkicks Smashmaster and gives McMassive the Brodie Knee and a superkick. He drops McMassive with a DDT for two. McMassive boots him and sets him up for the Death Blow. Dunkerton dropkicks McMassive who falls into the ropes and crotches Smashmaster. Taylor is upset because Dunkerton hit him with that dropkick too. With Taylor bailing, the Corporation puts Dunkerton away with the Death Blow at 12:38. The little bit of humor in the middle lightened up the match, which was a refreshing change from the usual Corporation bouts. Until the spirited comeback from Taylor at the end though, the wrestling was not anything special. **

Colt Cabana vs. Green Ant

Green Ant goes for a roll-up after an exchange of holds. Cabana kicks out. He shoulder blocks Green Ant twice and takes him down in a side headlock. Cabana kicks Green Ant to escape a headscissors and reapply the headlock. Cabana spins around Dan Yost when Green Ant tries an abdominal stretch. Cabana prevents that from happening. They vie for the fans affection before Cabana stretches out Green Ant’s arms. He uses his legs to control Green Ant in the air. Green Ant goes to the floor to create some distance. They have a symmetrical double leg nelson which brings them back to square one. Green Ant armdrags Cabana to the corner and enzuigiri’s him from the apron. He connects with a missile dropkick for two. He applies a chinlock. Cabana rattles him in the corner. Green Ant dragonscrew leg whips him off the second rope. He targets Colt’s leg before applying an STF. Cabana makes his way to the ropes. Green Ant goes for a figure four but gets kicked to the floor. He comes back in and kicks Cabana’s leg as he’s recovering. Cabana throws some jabs and gets two with a Bionic Elbow. Green Ant goes for a cloverleaf. Cabana turns that into a cradle but Green Ant reapplies the hold right away. Cabana gets the ropes. Cabana throws some more elbows to Green Ant’s head. Green Ant pulls him in for an Angle Slam. He comes off the top with a splash for two. Cabana blocks the Cloverleaf with another cradle for two. Green Ant misses a second rope dropkick. Cabana goes for the Billy Goat’s Curse. Green Ant avoids it and nails a superkick. He heads up top. Cabana follows and delivers the Chicago Skyline for the pin at 16:30. Just like the opener, this had a lot of great technical and counter wrestling. This also exemplifies what I want out of a company called “Wrestling is Art.” I think it has the potential to be the best Wrestling Is company and tonight continued to show just that. ***¼

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