Boonton, NJ – 3.24.2013
“Mr. Touchdown” Mark Angelosetti vs. Jervis Cottonbelly
Angelosetti won’t shake hands. He threatens to leave so Cottonbelly dives onto him from the apron. When he comes in the ring, Angelosetti clobbers him with a forearm to the back. He misses a splash in the corner. Cottonbelly armdrags him off the top rope and applies a hammerlock. He drives his knee into Angelosetti’s side. When Cottonbelly releases, Angelosetti nails him with a clothesline and digs his knee into his face. Cottonbelly rolls through a slingshot from the apron. He flubs a sunset flip, causing Angelosetti to roll him over into a pin for two. Angelosetti gives him a spinebuster out of the corner for two. He breaks Cottonbelly’s arm hold and dropkicks him for two. Angelosetti misses a splash in the corner. Cottonbelly rolls him up for two. He hip tosses him and goes for a Gentleman’s elbow. Angelosetti stops him and hits the Flea Flicker for the pin at 6:11. Some flubs made for a messy bout, but nothing too damaging. Otherwise this was what you would expect these to do in six minutes. **
The Estonian Thunderfrog & Latvian Proud Oak vs. Max Smashmaster & Blaster McMassive
This is a rematch from “National Pro Wrestling Day 2013.” No Sidney Bakabella tonight. The Corporation trip Oak off the apron as he’s about to enter the ring. Just when it looks the Thunderforg will be destroyed, he hits his big hammer on the mat to send the Corporation bailing to the floor. They try to splash Oak, but he moves causing them to collide into one another. Thunderfrog then dives onto them. Oak tries his own dive and gets caught. Thunderfrog places the hammer on them causing everyone to fall. The match officially starts with the Corporation absorbing the Baltic Siege’s offense. McMassive chokeslams Oak onto Thunderfrog. The Corporation beatdown Oak while keeping Thunderfrog at bay. Oak is able to flip over the Corporation’s double back drop and tags in Thunderfrog. He ends up throwing the Corporation into one another. They throw the Thunderfrog off of the top rope. Oak and Thunderfrog send the Corporation into each other. Thunderfrog dropkicks McMassive to the floor while Smashmaster hot shots Oak on the top rope. Oak puts him into a modified tarantula while the Thunderfrog throws strikes at him. McMassive gives Thunderfrog a Boss Man Slam for two. Out of nowhere, the Thunderfrog catches McMassive with a crucifix pin at 5:43! The Corporation need some freshening up already. Them running into each other and stumbling around just so the other team can get some sort of advantage is played. This was about on par with the NPWD bout though the stuff before the bell was quite entertaining. **
The Corporation send Oak to the floor after the match. They then give Thunderfrog the Death Blow! They look to attack the Oak further when another new character runs out and goes crazy. The Corporation decide it’s best to bail. It turns out this new guy is the Lithuanian Snow Troll.
Green Ant vs. The Shard
Shard dropkicks Green Ant right at the bell. Green Ant however takes control on the floor with a boot and various strikes. In the ring he gets two with a high crossbody. He rolls under a clothesline and kicks the Shard’s legs out. Shard however clotheslines Green Ant onto the ring apron. Green Ant is able to get some punches in the corner before being dropped face first on the top turnbuckle. Shard gets one with a belly-to-back suplex. He tries a stomp but Green Ant rolls him into a Cloverleaf. Shard gets the ropes before any damage can be done. Green Ant goes for the Chaos Theory. Shard superkicks him and delivers a German suplex for two. He misses a double stomp. Green Ant gives him a body slam. He antzuigiri’s Shard from the apron and hops back in with a springboard dropkick. He gives Shard a modified Tombstone. Shard gets his foot on the ropes to break the cover.Green Ant gets the Cloverleaf on after some struggle from the Shard. Shard escapes and gives Green Ant a waterwheel slam in the corner. He follows up with a brainbuster for two. After trading blows, Green Ant turns Shard inside out with a lariat for two. He dropkicks Shard to the floor and follows with a splash. Shard almost mounts a comeback but kicks his shin into the ring post by accident. When Green Ant goes up top, the Shard leaps at the ropes to crotch him. He goes for a brainbuster. Green Ant turns it into the Cloverleaf causing the Shard to tap out at 12:00. No surprise that these two would pull out an excellent match. I loved Green Ant going for the Cloverleaf all match long and eventually getting it. Can we talk about how underrated The Shard is? ***1/4
Gran Akuma vs. Rhett Titus
Titus is replacing the injured Ophidian. Akuma aplaces a Bow and Arrow. Titus claims hair pulling after getting to the ropes. He’s very proud of his hip toss. Akuma pulls out a couple of beautiful armdrags and delivers a dropkick. Akuma throws some kicks. Titus dropkicks him to the floor and takes off his bow tie. He delivers a running boot to the side of Akuma’s head. In the ring he gets two with a neckbreaker. Titus busts out the Jet Ski legdrop and misses. Akuma enzuigiri’s him from the apron and comes back in with a missile dropkick. Titus blocks the mp4 at first but Akuma delivers on his second attempt. Akuma misses a moonsault. Titus hits the Thrust Buster for two. Titus blocks a whip across the ring and drives his knee into Akuma’s head. He applies a Rings of Saturn. Akuma turns it into a pinning attempt for two. He comes off the second rope with a tornado DDT. Titus blocks the Yoshi Tonic.He drops Akuma with the Rhettribution (an elevated DDT) for the pin at 7:56. I was surprised by the ending and the fact that Titus got the victory. He’s somebody I definitely think should be a Wrestling Is regular and was an excellent replacement. He and Akuma had good chemistry and put together an enjoyable back and forth battle. **¾
Delirious vs. Jigsaw
This was scheduled to be the main event for the first Wrestling is Respect show, but did not come to pass. Jigsaw baits Delirious with a handshake into a boot to the stomach. Delirious boots him back and throws him head first into opposite corners. They trade chops and shoulder blocks to the mid-section. Jigsaw goes to the floor and ends up taking a baseball slide. Delirious puts on various fans’ hats as he attacks Jigsaw. In the ring he drops Jigsaw stomach first onto a baseball hat. He gets two with a senton across his back. Delirious bites Jigsaw’s arm in the corner. Jigsaw stomps onto his lower back for one. He does some damage to Delirious’ right foot. Jigsaw gets two with an intense elbow drop. Delirious counters a brianbuster with a suplex. Jigsaw hits the brainbuster shortly after for two. Delirious fires up as Jigsaw throws kicks at his chest. He throws a flurry of forearm shots in the corner. He drops him with a neckbreaker for two. He comes off the top rope with a diving clothesline. Jigsaw kicks out. Jigsaw avoids an O’Conner roll and German suplexes Delirious for two. He misses a double stomp. He also misses an enzuigiri. Delirious gives him a Cobra Clutch suplex and follows with the Panic Attack. The Shard comes out as Delirious sets up for Shadows Over Heck. Jigsaw rolls him up for the pin at 12:25. These guys had some matches in FIP in 2007 and this was about on par with those. Sadly, just like those matches, this had a not so great finish that took away a lot of the good action they produced. Hopefully we see a rematch with a clean finish sometime soon. **¾
After the match, Delirious proposes at the next show that he finds a partner and takes on Jigsaw & The Shard. Although the “Dream Team” isn’t totally on board, I suspect we will see that match occur.