Scenic City Invitational Tournament 2017 Night Two Review


Night two of this year’s Scenic City Invitational proved to be the greatest night of wrestling in the tournament’s history, boasting the greatest finals it has ever produced. This event was held on August 5.

Corey Hollis vs Dominic Garrini

Non-tournament action to kick off night two. This was just an exhibition match that didn’t go long, but it was very enjoyable while it lasted. The action was crisp and it had a very exciting pace. I actually want to see these two wrestle again without all these restrictions. The had a good chemistry and on any other card this match would have stood out a lot more. Still, I enjoyed it for what it was. ★★★

The Movement (Chip Hazard & Talon Williams) vs Tough Guy Inc. (Bob Evans & Tim Hughes)

No freaking clue who any of three guys are but they worked a very standard, old school Southern style tag team match. There wasn’t anything too memorable and, to be honest, I really wasn’t interested much in the action. It was an okay match that bought enough time to make this event run at nearly two hours. ★★½

2017 Scenic City Invitational Second Round Match: Matt Riddle vs Gunner Miller

I am convinced that Matt Riddle is lying to the world about his experience in pro wrestling. There is no way he is only in his second year. This match barely clocked in at five minutes and is one of the greatest short matches I have ever seen. Riddle has a knack for these short-burst matches. This was exciting from start to finish with lots of strikes and reversals. There was a sense of urgency to everything they did as the whole point was just to move onto the finals. This had me on the edge of my seat. It felt like I was watching a 20 minute epic. An amazing start to the second rounds. ★★★½

2017 Scenic City Invitational Second Round Match: Arik Royal vs Curt Stallion

Another short, but fantastic match. Stallion stole the show last night with Jason Cade, and in this match he completely won me over. Like the previous bout, there was also a sense of urgency as they rushed to hit the big moves. However, unlike the previous, this had a more compelling story as Stallion had to fight from underneath. Royal dominated for a while but it never felt dull or like the momentum slowed down. Stallion was always fighting back or at least moving about to keep the fire alive. Another great match and this tournament is on a roll thus far. ★★★½

2017 Scenic City Invitational Second Round Match: Jason Kincaid vs Joey Lynch

Like the previous two bouts, this was another supercharged, high-energy match. This match had a very unique identity because of the moveset of the competitors. They didn’t rely on strikes but rather their moves and some pretty cool sequences. This match also had a unique identity despite having the same rushed feels as the other bouts. I really liked how the matches so far have presented a sense of urgency. It’s rare in tournaments to find that these days. The second round is three for three. ★★★½

2017 Scenic City Invitational Second Round Match: Anthony Henry vs Darby Allin

These two worked a slower pace and it was a much welcomed change at this point. Darby Allin has stepped up his mat wrestling game within the past few months and he has found himself as a pro wrestler. He moves with such fluidity in his lucha offense and it transitions well into chain wrestling. This was a very good match that was engaging the entire time. It had a great pacing and it was very exciting near the end. A very satisfying conclusion to the second round matches. ★★★½

Kyle Matthews vs Kevin Ku vs Tyson Dean vs Drew Adler vs Gary Jay vs Kongo

This was a freeway match where the winner gets to choose his entry number for the Scenic Rumble next year. Like most freeway matches, this was just fun to watch. Lots of fast-paced action with momentum stopping cut offs as well as high flying action. There’s nothing to really nitpick here. It served its purpose. ★★★

Street Fight: The Hierarchy (Adrian Armour, Murder-1 & O’Shay Edwards) vs The Carnies (Kerry Awful, Nick Iggy & Tripp Cassidy)

These two have a storied past in the area, so in a sense this is their big blow-off match. This was  a mixture of old southern style tag wrestling with some elements of the new school. They started off pretty tame, but it didn’t take long for this to turn into a wild brawl. They battled all over the arena and kudos to the camera men for keeping up with the action. It never felt like they were just mindlessly wandering around the place like most brawls tend to be. Everything was done with conviction, meaning and purpose. This was very entertaining and they managed to keep an exciting pace throughout the entire match. The finish was a bit of a let down but at the same time I appreciate the way in which they went about doing it. Very exciting match. ★★★½

2017 Scenic City Invitational Finals: Curt Stallion vs Anthony Henry vs Joey Lynch vs Matt Riddle

With such amazing second round matches, the task of making the finals even more exciting was no easy feat. Luckily, all four men worked really hard and put on a tremendous match. Henry and Lynch started off with some scientific wrestling that set a good tone for the match. However, it was the chop battle between Stallion and Riddle that really kicked this match into higher gear. Stallion won me over in the semi-finals, but he converted me into a fan with his performance in the finals. Quite frankly, he was the standout of this entire tournament. As for the finals itself, this is perhaps the greatest finals the tournament has ever produced. This is everything a finals should be. It was exciting, unpredictable and there was a sense of urgency to it. All four men showed resilience which contributed even more to the electric atmosphere surrounding this match. Some may find the fighting spirit-esque sequences near the end a bit of an overkill, but I found that it further heightened the drama of the match. The eliminations were fantastically paced as well and it kicked into final gear at the right moment. Highly recommended match. An amazing end to this year’s tournament. ★★★★

This event is available for streaming at Powerbomb TV


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