wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 Night Three Review

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The finals of the tournament boasts a legit Match of the Year Contender to conclude what has been an amazing weekend of professional wrestling. This event was held on March 12.

wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 Semi-Final Match: Ilja Dragunov vs Bad Bones John Klinger

This match kept up with the trend of being an exciting opening contest. This tournament has been the tournament of the hosses. Every ‘big man’ match delivered and this was no exception. They took turns clobbering each other. There was a lot of drama surrounding the nearfalls near the end, and there was a sense of urgency to everything they did. Another red-hot opener. ★★★½

wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 Semi-Final Match: Matt Riddle vs WALTER

Unlike Riddle’s previous matches in the tournament, this match started off at slower pace. The first few minutes were extremely compelling as Riddle had to dig deep to try to knock WALTER off his feet. However, things began to fall apart after some time. It was a bit odd seeing the bigger WALTER work over the leg of Riddle, but he did a pretty good job. However, Riddle completely no-sold it. The finishing stretch was exciting but the leg work meant nothing by the end of it. ★★¾

Bobby Guns vs Koji Kanemoto

Kanemoto may not be putting on the match of the night, but that’s not the reason why he was brought in. This was yet another really solid performance from him where the emphasis was more on putting over the younger talent. Of all the guys that wrestled Kanemoto that weekend, Bobby  Gunns had the most impressive showing. This was a very compelling wrestling match that felt like legitimate contest, trying to outsmart the other. There weren’t any flashy moves or choreographed spots. This match was all substance as they traded strikes and submissions. Good match. ★★★¼
wXw Tag Team Championship Gauntlet Match: A4 (c) vs. Da Mack & Paul London vs. Francis Kaspin & Chris Colen vs. The Avalanche & Julian Nero vs. Team RINGKAMPF (Axel Dieter Jr. & Timothy Thatcher)

This was a pretty neat match that really existed to give these guys something to do on the final night. There were some cool moments here and there, but it started to drag around the halfway mark. It could have also done with less time. I won’t say it overstayed its welcome, but it just didn’t need to go this long. Decent match for what it was. ★★¾

wXw Shotgun Championship: David Starr (c) vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Emil Sitoci vs. Jurn Simmons

wXw will always be David Starr’s home away from home. Apart from Chris Hero, I don’t think anyone else from the U.S. has had such an impact on this crowd. As for the match, it was entertaining while it lasted. There weren’t any big, ridiculous spots but there were enough moments here and there that jumped out at you. There were some shenanigans near the end, but it served a purpose. Solid match. ★★★¼

No Ropes Match: Alpha Kevin vs. Marius van Beethoven

These two worked pretty hard to deliver a compelling contest. If you weren’t familiar with the storyline surrounding this match, then it will probably seem like a mindless brawl. However, even if you’re not, they did a great job of keeping the action heated to make it feel like a blow-off to a rivalry. There was a lot of heart and soul to this match, and it ended at the right time with the right spot. ★★★½

Donovan Dijak & JT Dunn vs. ACH & Mike Bailey

This was the traditional insane tag match that highlights the final night of the tournament. Unlike previous years, there really wasn’t much insanity to this. Instead, the crowd was treated to a very standard tag team match. That’s not to say that this match was lackluster, in fact it was awesome. Instead of a crazy spotfest, this match opted for great pacing, story telling and well-timed spots. This match proved that guys like ACH & Mike Bailey are far from ‘spot monkeys’ and are masters at their craft. If anyone thinks these two guys are just flips and tricks, then this match would shut them up. A fantastic match. ★★★★

wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 Final: WALTER vs Ilja Dragunov

It’s only fitting that the finals would be a hoss battle. The big men in this tournament have definitely stolen this tournament. This wasn’t a battle, this was an absolute war. There a huge sense of urgency from the moment the bell rang, as they went for their biggest moves first. I’m not sure if dominate is the word, but WALTER damn near attempted to murder Dragunov. The majority of this match is WALTER chopping the hell out of Dragunov, till it was bleeding!. Dragunov earned his stripes in this match. Despite WALTER being more dominant, the action is never dull as Dragunov displays a lot of fighting spirit. Words cannot encapsulate the energy of this match. This has to be seen. The commentators rightfully compared it to the battles of AJPW in the 90s and rightfully so. This is a legit Match of the Year Contender. This is a must-see. ★★★★¾

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