- Cody and Bucks arrive and welcome us to the show. We get a bit about the pyro not working for a quick laugh. Road Warrior Animal then arrives to give a more Chicago like vibe.
Pre-Show Match 1: Tag Team
So Cal Uncensored (Kazazrian and Scorpio Sky) vs the Briscoe Brothers
Notes and Opinion: This was an OK opener. To be honest as hot as the crowd was they could have put anything in this spot and did OK. The highlight for me was Scorpio’s Apollo Creed gear. The rest was just formula tag work. Not that that’s bad, it’s formula because it works. Solid opening and the show looks very professional and put together.
Winner: So Cal Uncensored via a reversed Doomsday Device into a powerslam.
- We get a promo from Cody’s dog Pharaoh. To be honest he probably cuts a better promo than 75% of the folks in WWE right now. He’s also just as over.
- Alicia Atout is with Kenny Omega. That match should be OK.
Pre-Show Match 2: Over the Budget Battle Royal (winner gets a shot at ROH World Title later in the night)
Jordynne Grace, Moose, Rocky Romero, Colt Cabana, Ethan Page, Brian Cage, Billy Gunn, Jimmy Jacobs, Marko Stunt, Brandon Cutler, Punishment Martinez, Austin Gunn, The Hurricane, Tommy Dreamer, Cheeseburger, Bully Ray, Chuck Taylor, Trent Barreta, Flip Gordon
Notes and Opinion: Just a battle royal, but as they go it was a fun one. Moose being the first one dumped by everyone’s favorite little dude Marko really made me happy. If that kid isn’t in developmental in the next couple of years now I’ll be shocked. He looked like a star out there. Everyone got some nice and cool spots in and really had fun with this thing. It got down to Colt, Bully and the other person who should be a bigger star after this, Jordynne. Bully did what bullies do and it looked like he had the deal won until the masked luchador he had attacked in the opening seconds returned. He unmasked as Flip and much joy was had.
Winner: Flip Gordon got himself booked and a title match.
- National Anthem time.
Match 1: Single
MJF vs Matt Cross
Notes and Opinion: Another guy that is on the road to super-stardom (he will tell you he’s already there because he’s a dick) is MJF. The guy is 22 but he already gets it in a huge way. Cross has always been an underrated guy to me and these two put on a really solid opener for the show proper. MJF’s pendulum piledriver is sick as hell and everything Matt does is crisp and awesome looking. Nothing blow away but a good start.
Winner: Matt Cross via shooting star press.
- Sean “By God” Mooney is here and interviews the NWA Champion about tonight. Seems confident. I guess if you go home to Mickie James then you should be.
Match 2: Single
Christopher Daniels vs Stephen Amell
Notes and Opinion: You can tell Amell takes wrestling seriously and put on a good performance, not just for an actor but for anyone. Of course, being in the ring with one of the greatest and most under appreciated guys of the last 20+ years probably helped. Much like the first match it didn’t do anything that knocked my socks off but I liked it and had fun watching it. That’s what counts.
Winner: Christopher Daniels nailed the Best Moonsault Ever for the victory
- We get the respect handshake following.
- Tenille Dashwood and Mandy Leon joined the commentary team for the next contest.
Match 3: 4-Way
Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. vs Chelsea Green vs Madison Rayne vs Tessa Blanchard
Notes and Opinion: Tessa had both Magnum and Tully greet her on the way to the ring. Can’t argue with that backup. Up to this point in the night I felt this was far and away the best of the matches we had seen. These athletes went balls to the wall for the entire contest and really put on a damn show. I enjoyed this greatly and glad they got the opportunity to showcase themselves on what is probably the largest independent stage in history to this point.
Winner: Tessa Blanchard pinned Chelsea with a hammerlock DDT.
- Everyone hugged it out following.
Match 4: NWA World Championship
Cody (with Brandi Rhodes, Diamond Dallas Page, Glacier, Tommy Dreamer, and Pharaoh the dog) vs (C) Nick Aldis (with Jeff Jarrett, Shawn Daivari, Sam Shaw, and Tim Storm)
Notes and Opinion: Both guys arriving with the boxing entourage was a great touch. I’ve tried to avoid other’s opinions on this show but I have heard that this one got some hate. I thought it was a good old fashioned wrestling match. It didn’t need or even try to be super flashy. Both guys can work the style they have chosen pretty well and even though it’s not everyone’e cup of tea I enjoyed the hell out of it. It wasn’t quite as good as the ladies match that preceded it but I still liked it better than the opening couple of matches. also if you can’t get behind Cody earning the same belt as his father then I don’t know if I can help you. Good moment and a good match.
Winner: Cody reversed a sunset flip into a rollup for the championship.
- We get a funny Joey Ryan bit. Sad that he is gone and never returning ever, ever, ever.
Match 5: Chicago Street Fight
Joey Janela (with Penelope Ford) vs Adam Page
Notes and Opinion: This was a wild ass and incredibly fun brawl. Action packed pretty much from bell to bell, they threw everything but the kitchen sink into this one and produced a top notch contest. You have everything from wild violence, to Penelope being awesome all the way to haunted talking boots. Page looked great in this one and Joey’s star continues to rise with every appearance he makes. Awesome stuff.
Winner: Adam Page with a Rite of Passage from the top of a ladder through a table.
- Then in what was a highlight for any show that it may have happened on. A gaggle of penises arrived to herald the return of the fallen dick lord Joey Ryan. The dickplex was nailed and Page was carried off into the abyss by a cornucopia of giant penises. Just like the Bible said it would happen (maybe?).
- Before the next match Jay Lethal is transformed…
Match 6: Ring of Honor World Championship
Flip Gordon (with Brandi Rhodes) vs (C)
Jay Lethal Black Machismo (with Lanny Poffo)
Notes and Opinion: This was another good solid match. Lethal has the Macho Man character down pat and Lanny being there made it twice as good. Even the way he treated Brandi like Liz was hilarious. The dude wrestled half the match as Randy and half as Jay. How hard is that? Once the action got started it was a good back and forth contest and I’m happy that this whole Flip deal paid off in a big way for him. I think the ending was the right call for right now because Lethal is on some next level shit and Flip looked good by hanging in there.
Winner: Jay Lethal got the win with the Lethal Injection.
- Bully Ray arrives to attack both guys and kick Lanny in the dick. Luckily, Chicago’s own Colt Cabana made the save and teamed with Flip and Jay to nail a triple powerbomb on Bully through a table.
Match 7: Single
Penta El Zero M vs Kenny Omega
Notes and Opinion: This was two of the best in the world going at it in a dream match and they delivered the action. This was especially good if you liked people kicking out of finish after finish until it seemed neither man could be defeated. Both guys looked nigh unbeatable and really gave the crowd a collective heart attack on like 25 occasions. Kenny is the man right now but I’ll be damned if Penta didn’t look like he could stake a claim to it himself. Awesome stuff.
Winner: Kenny Omega finally got the pin with a One-Winged Angel.
- After the match the lights went out. When they came back on Penta was laying a savage beat down on Kenny. However; when he unmasked it was a returning Chris Jericho doing the deed to continue his feud with Omega. Yeah, the crowd kinda into this.
Match 8: Single
Marty Scurll vs Kazuchika Okada
Notes and Opinion: Here is the part where I may get some heat. I thought this was like 10 minutes too long. It was a damn fine match. Okada is one of (if not the) best in the world and Marty did a great job keeping up with him and raising his stock. I just thought that kinda dragged for a few minutes until the hot ending. Not a huge complaint but I don’t just want blindly praise every part of the show. Match was good but just not as great as it could have been being a couple minutes shorter. Just my opinion.
Winner: Kazuchika Okada after consecutive Raimakers.
Match 9: 6-Man Tag
Rey Mysterio, Bandido, and Rey Fenix vs The Young Bucks and Kota Ibushi
Notes and Opinion: Hey kids, do you like wild crazy dudes flying around for your enjoyment? Well here you go. This was crazy spot after crazy spot and I’m pretty sure that the crowd was on it’s feet for the entire thing. All 6 of these men are out of their damn minds and I love it. Rey (as Wolverine) should not be able to hang in there with all the miles he has on that body and somehow he still does. Actually everyone was phenomenal in this thing. You really can’t ask for a more crowd pleasing match to end a wrestling show.
Winner: The Young Bucks and Kota Ibushi after triple team More Bang For Your Buck.
Overall Thoughts: This was a great show. Even the stuff that wasn’t great was really, really solid and fun to watch. I know where I was, we were going crazy off and every two minutes for the entire length of the show. That is a very good thing. I hope this did well enough where they can try and do a sequel before the heat from this show wears off.