Scenic City Invitational Tournament 2017 Night One Review

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The Scenic City Invitational returns for the third year and continues to be one of the year’s most prolific tournaments. Night One featured a breakout performance from Curt Stallion and Jason Cade as well as an amazing retirement match for Tank. This event was held on August 4.

2017 Scenic City Invitational First Round Match: Joey Lynch vs Matt Lynch

This was a good opening match to kick the tournament off. Although they never really got out of second gear, they managed to do just enough to keep the action engaging. They made the most of their time and both men came out looking really good. This was a very solid match with nothing to complain about. I enjoyed it and it set a good tone for the rest of the tournament. ★★★

2017 Scenic City Invitational First Round Match: Torque vs Jason Kincaid

No idea who Torque is but he impressed a lot in this match. He has that dangerous mixture of agility and power that makes everything he does look convincing. Kincaid’s career has took off over the last year and it’s no secret why. He has a unique look with an even more unique moveset. This was another solid contest. There really isn’t anything too memorable about it, but it was fun to watch while it lasted. They had some nice sequences and I enjoyed the finishing stretch despite it being a bit basic. Still, this match kept the momentum going for the tournament. ★★★

2017 Scenic City Invitational First Round Match: Arik Royal vs Dominic Garrini

Arik Royal is a very scary dude. I’m not too familiar with his work but after seeing this match, it’s no surprise why he is the longest reigning CWF champion. He is an absolute beast. I liked the chemistry that he and Garrini had in this match. Garrini had to reply on his BJJ background to try to weaken the big man. Their size and style difference made for a very interesting dynamic and compelling viewing. My biggest gripe with this match is the finish. Just when the match felt like it was kicking into higher gear, it abruptly ended. Still, this was a very good match that kept me engaged the entire time. ★★★¼

2017 Scenic City Invitational First Round Match: Joey Janela vs Darby Allin

Leave it to these two to break the mold of the tournament thus far. This started off as a standard wrestling contest and quickly broke down into hardcore madness. Janela introduced chairs to the match and from there it was an absolute. They battled all over the arena, pulling out all stops to win. When you have two daredevils like these in a match this wild, you know you’re in for your fill of “holy shit” moments. Believe it or not, the craziest weapon used in this match was duct tape. Check it out. ★★★½

2017 Scenic City Invitational First Round Match: Jason Cade vs Curt Stallion

I’m just going to say it right off the bat. This was the sleeper hit of the night! Looking at the card going in, I was not expect much from these to. I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s just that these two are so different that you’re not sure what exactly they are capable of. It turns out that they were capable of putting on the match of the night. This was a fantastic match with great pacing, lots of exciting near falls and tons of drama. I was blown away by their performance and I wish this had lasted an extra five minutes, even though it ended around the 15 minute mark. These two need to be recognized for this show-stealing performance. ★★★¾

2017 Scenic City Invitational First Round Match: Gunner Miller vs Shane Marx

No idea who Shane Marx but he has a very explosive offense. The simplest things like a back elbow he makes look so impactful. Deceptively agile individual. This match didn’t go too long and they it very simple. That’s not to say it was a bad match, but there wasn’t really anything remarkable about either.  A simple yet effective match. If anything, it did a good job of servicing the show. ★★½

2017 Scenic City Invitational First Round Match: Gary Jay vs Anthony Henry

This was fast and heavy from the onset. They wasted no time as they immediately started with a strike-off. Things spilled to the outside quickly where the guardrail was the weapon of choice. This was a more tame version of Janela/Darby. They did a lot of stuff but most of it felt like a generic, paint by the numbers sprint type match. There wasn’t anything unique to make it stand out. A lot of back forth action but it was missing substance to really make it compelling. The action was fine but it needed an identity. ★★¾

2017 Scenic City Invitational First Round Match: Matt Riddle vs Tank

Here’s a match I never thought I would have seen. It’s also a match I never thought I wanted to see until it was announced. This was Tank’s retirement match and I can’t think of a better way to go out. This was absolute sprint filled with lots of short burst action sequences. Riddle excels at this style and with a much larger opponent in Tank, he had to really fire up his offense to knock him down. The crowd was into it all the way through. Every blow was delivered with conviction and there was a lot of energy surrounding this match. Very exciting match. ★★★½

You can watch the replay of this event at Powerbomb TV

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