2017 continues to be a year of debuts as PWG held it’s second event of the year, Nice Boys (Don’t Play Rock n’ Roll) on March 18th. Keith Lee, Dezmond Xavier and Shane Strickland make their way to Reseda for the first time.
Keith Lee vs Brian Cage vs Sami Callihan
If you aren’t familiar with Keith Lee, then this match is a good introductory course. For reasons unbeknownst to man, the state of Texas somehow managed to keep Keith Lee a secret for ten years. After rocking Fete Music hall for Beyond wrestling over the past year, Keith Lee has arrived in PWG.
Sami Callihan tried to cut a promo before the match, but a faulty mic kept cutting him off. “Fuck it!”, the Death Machine would go on to exclaim as he painted the jaw of Brian Cage with a bicycle kick. Business picked up pretty early in this match. All three men got their shit in with Keith Lee being the highlight of every spot.
This was your typical PWG opening affair. The action was fast-paced and hard hitting with a greater emphasis on spots rather than story-telling. It was just enough to set the tone, but not so much that it warrants a re-watch. Unless, of course, you want to bask in the glory of Keith Lee (as he so requests). A fun spotfest. ★★★
The Chosen Bros vs Oi4K
The Crist brothers had a really impressive debut at the last show. The Chosen Bros arguably had the match of the night against the Unbreakable F’N Machines. On paper, this match has a ton of potential.
Matt Riddle and Dave Crist took to the mat to start this match. The Crist brothers are no slouches in the mat wrestling department and they aren’t given enough credit for it. They had an even exchange, as neither man was able to gain an advantage. Jake Crist, however, was not so fortunate against Jeff Cobb.
This match was a decent outing that fell a bit below expectations. Jebb Cobb can play the FIP role well, but he has yet to be given a compelling heat segment to work with. Riddle could have shown a bit more fire on the hot tag as well. The finish was exciting, but a longer heat segment would have made it more meaningful. A bit underwhelming. ★★¾
Lio Rush vs Trevor Lee
2014’s top prospect vs 2016’s top prospect. This match has a lot of potential to be a show stealer.
When the bell rang, Trevor Lee got the jump on Lio Rush. I’m not sure if Trevor Lee originally intended to be a heel, but at some point he just turned into a complete prick. Lee damn near killed Rush in this match.
Rush’s selling could have been a bit more consistent, but it’s understandable why he would shrug off the sell during his comebacks. An explosive offense is a sure-fire way to get future bookings in PWG. A simple match structure kept the action engaging, but also kept it stuck in second gear. Still, a really solid outing. ★★★
Dezmond Xavier vs Shane Strickland
Two PWG debuts in one match. These two have done battle before in the Combat Zone. If that match is any indication of what’s to come, then this should be a crazy display of athletic ability.
The bell rings, both competitors circle the ring, we’re five seconds in and already we get this
This match was ultimately a display of gymnastics. I have no problem with this style of wrestling; however, when not done properly, it’s equivalent to deathmatch wrestlers who rely on weapons to get over. Despite trying their best to impress, there wasn’t much substance to make this match memorable. The in-between portions were just filler to set up to the next big flip. This match is pretty forgettable. It’s such a shame they chose this route. Their matches in CZW were far more compelling. ★★
Leaders of the New School vs Best Friends
Zack Sabre Jr. as a heel in PWG is awesome. The fact that he actually got the crowd to turn on him speaks volumes about his abilities as a performer. He wrestles the exact same way he did as a face, but his arrogant demeanour makes him seem like a total dick.
A wild brawl ensued from the onset and it didn’t take long for this one to spill outside. There is no shortage of punches, kicks and forearms. Oh yeah, and chairs.
This match was just amazing. Zack and Marty worked a captivating heat segment using a variety of illegal tactics. Chuck Taylor’s fire on the tag was red hot, and he gave the performance of his life. These two teams clicked well and everything they did felt like it had a purpose. Every punch and every strike was delivered with conviction. Nearfalls were believable and the longer this match went, the better it got. A must-see match, and one of the greatest PWG tag matches ever. ★★★★¼
PWG World Tag Team Championship Match: The Young Bucks (c) vs The Lucha Brothers vs Ricochet & Matt Sydal
No introduction is needed for this match. These are three of the best tag teams in the world, known for their aerial assaults and deadly kicks.
Early on in this match, there was some very entertaining comedy as the Lucha Brothers taunted the Bucks to “Suck it!”. Once the match got past the shenanigans, it went into overdrive. They moved from spot to spot with ease. As the match progressed, the spots just kept getting bigger and bigger. Unlike Xavier/Strickland, the in-between moments did not feel meaningless. The six-man formula allowed for well-timed cut-offs to keep the crowd engaged.
Given the six names in this match, everything you’d expect was delivered and more. Jaw-dropping maneuvers, unexpected cut-offs and heart-stopping kick-outs made this match thrilling to watch. ★★★★¼
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