Hour of Power #15

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Philadelphia, PA – 4.21.2018

Championship Rundown
Grand Champion: Juan Francisco de Coronado
Campeones de Parejas: Rick Roland & Sloan Caprice
Young Lions Cup Champion: Cameron Zagami

Commentary is provided by Mike Quackenbush, Scott Holladay, and Icarus.

Dasher Hatfield {T} vs. Rick Roland

Roland blasts Hatfield with a haymaker at the bell. Hatfield evades a big boot. Roland goes up and over twice in the corner before knocking Hatfield down with a running shoulder block. Roland catches Hatfield on the top turnbuckle, but Hatfield comes down with a leg control fireman’s carry. He takes down Roland with a pair of armdrags. Roland halts a double wrist clutch drag with a fallaway slam. He gets a two count after a knee to Hatfield’s stomach. Hatfield catches Roland coming off the ropes back into the abdominal stretch. When Roland goes to hip toss his way free, Hatfield counters with an armdrag and a few strikes to the chest. Roland muscles Hatfield into a half nelson backbreaker for two. Hatfield stops Roland as he climbs the ropes. Roland counters the Liger Bomb attempt with a sunset flip. Hatfield escapes and hits a baseball slide kick for two. Roland weaves him into a heck hang powerbomb for a nearfall. Hatfield only gets two with an O’Connor Roll. Hatfield then pops up Roland into a running Liger Bomb for the pin at 6:42. This was a solid way to give Hatfield some momentum heading into his and Touchdown’s tag title match in a week against the Closers. I do like that Roland kicked out of the O’Connor Roll, as that was the way Angelosetti won the Tag World Grand Prix tournament. The match was slow and clunky to start but ended up in a good spot. *½

Dasher Hatfield tells Scott Holladay that the Throwbacks are rolling into “Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes” with all the momentum in the world and will leave as new Campeones de Parejas.

Sylverhawk {X2K} & Razerhawk {X2K} vs. Oceanea {CD} & Merlok {CD}

The Hawx attack right away with dropkicks and double corner splashes. After a pop-up dropkick from Razerhawk, Sylverhawk clotheslines Merlok to the floor. He then assists Razerhawk with a splash off his shoulders onto Oceanea, then lands his own senton splash, but just gets a one count. Razerhawk launchpads off of Sylverhawk’s back for a legdrop. Oceanea hits the floor and Sylverhawk follows with a suicide dive. Merlok powerbombs Razerhawk onto Sylverhawk, countering Razerhawk’s headscissors attempt. Razerhawk is beaten down by the Creatures of the Deep in their half of the ring. Razerhawk finds an opening for a back handspring kick on Oceanea and makes the tag to Sylverhawk. Sylverhawk admirably fights both Oceanea and Merlok, but is cut off with a strike from Merlok as he comes off the middle ropes. Merlok gives Sylverhawk three World’s Strongest Slams before he and Oceanea put him away with the Tidal Wave at 6:55. The Hawx and Merlok have terrific chemistry and this was no different. They kept an exciting energy from beginning to end and believably devastated Sylverhawk to the point of no return. **½

After the match Oceanea lays out Razerhawk with a DDT on the apron. Merlok gives Sylverhawk three Emerald Flowsion’s. Bryce Remsburg finally gets them to leave. Unfortunately, this diagnosis would be made for Sylverhawk shortly after the show:

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Sylverhawk is now off the roster page and his Twitter has him listed as “offline.”

Green Ant vs. DL Hurst

Worker Ant is in Green Ant’s corner. Hurst and Green Ant get into a forearm strike exchange after trading holds. Green Ant trips Hurst after being shoulder blocked to the mat. Hurst blocks a headstand headscissors and superkicks Green Ant while he’s upside down. He whips Green Ant hard into the corner before taking him down with a rolling clothesline for two. Green Ant ducks another clothesline and rolls up Hurst for two. Hurst slams Green Ant off of his shoulders while holding onto the wrist and puts him in an Anaconda Vise. Green Ant rolls him onto his shoulders for two. Hurst drops Green Ant with a cradle suplex for two. Green Ant evades a corner attack and comes off the second rope with a crossbody for the pin at 4:30. Hurst looked great here. The Green Ant win was expected but came out of nowhere, especially with the way the match was structured. **

In the interview area, Worker Ant praises Green Ant for adapting every time he is in the ring. He says both he and Thief Ant are great as a team, but their stars are rising individually. Worker Ant tells Cameron Zagami to get ready for Green Ant to take the Young Lions Cup from him.

Blanche Babish vs. Gabby Ortiz

Ortiz does not appreciate Babish popping her bubble gum in front of Ortiz’s face. Ortiz goes for three different pin attempts, which tires Babish momentarily but can’t keep her down. Ortiz blocks the hip toss knee strike with a leg capture pin. Babish gives Ortiz’s arm a Code Breaker. After a forearm in the corner, Babish hits Ortiz with a hip attack. Ortiz counters a second one with a roll-up. Ortiz has a violence party on Babish’s face and chest. Ortiz tries a DDT but Babish arm whips Ortiz to the ground. Babish delivers a fallaway kick for two. After trading waistlocks, Ortiz jackknife pins Babish for two. She couldn’t hold onto a neckbreaker appropriately but still manages a two count. Ortiz comes off the top. Babish catches her in mid-air with a Fujiwara armbar. When Ortiz looks to escape, Babish converts to the Soda Jerk. Ortiz taps out at 4:30. This was a much better showing for Ortiz than her match with the Whisper, and Babish continues to get her pet submission hold over. *½

Oleg the Usurper & The Proletariat Boar of Moldova vs. Hermit Crab {CD} & Cajun Crawdad {CD}

The is the first match of Boar and Oleg as a team. Oleg disposes of Crab right away. Crawdad gets hip attacked to the corner. Crab’s distraction allows for him and Crawdad to both choke Oleg in the corner. Oleg recovers quickly with a double clothesline. Oleg picks up speed for a corner splash on Crawdad, but Crab cuts him off with a spinebuster. Crab drops Crawdad onto Oleg with an elbow drop for two. Boar comes in to stop the Crustaceans from pulling off a double suplex. He demands Oleg tag out, which he does. Boar Snake Eyes’ Crawdad and nails him with a big boot. Crab grabs Boar’s foot as he sets up for the Gore, which allows Crawdad to hit an Ace Crusher on Boar for two. Boar however is able to double suplex them and tag Oleg back in. He splashes Crab against the ropes. Crawdad and Crab block “Off With His Head” and look for Low Tide. Boar spears Crawdad. Crab foolishly goes for a double chokeslam. Instead, Boar and Oleg double chokeslam him for the pin at 4:54. This was a good first showing for Oleg and Boar, but they arguably should have been every more dominant. *

Mark Angelosetti {T} vs. Sloan Caprice

Caprice tries attacking Angelosetti as he poses on the middle rope. Angelosetti sees him coming and comes down from the top. He back elbows Caprice and shoulder blocks him in the corner. After a palm strike in the ropes, Angelosetti Magistral cradles Caprice for two. Caprice stops a hip toss and punches Angelosetti in the ribs, which were severely injured last weekend. Angelosetti drops right to his knees after taking the punch. Caprice snap suplexes Angelosetti. Angelosetti gets his foot up to stop a corner attack. Caprice grabs his foot the second time but gets a headbutt from Angelosetti. Angelosetti slams Caprice for two. He goes for the Flea Flicker. Caprice resists and knees Angelosetti in the rib cage after shooting him to the ropes. Caprice applies a bodyscissors. When Angelosetti escapes, Caprice spins him out into a gutbuster and reapplies the bodyscissors. Angelosetti escapes again. Caprice charges, but Angelosetti picks him up and drills him with a running spinebuster for two. Caprice again knocks Angelosetti in the ribs as he comes off the ropes and holds him down in a crucifix pin for the victory at 5:37. This had all the intensity and focus the opening match lacked, making this a stronger bout to build up the tag title match next week. The takeaway is that Angelosetti is heading into the match hurt and and the Closers are not afraid to exploit that injury. A great way to end the show. **½

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