Beyond Wrestling Denim Recruits Review

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Michael Elgin takes on Joey Janela for the first time ever as Beyond Wrestling presents Denim Recruits. This event was held on October 28, 2017.

Kyle The Beast, Jimmy Lloyd & Matt Tremont vs Team Pazuzu (Jaka, Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik)

Despite the sheer volume and size of some of the participants, this was a fast-paced frenzy to kick things off. From the moment the bell rang, all six men started slugging it out. Within the first minute, the action spilled to the outside. Even when the match took place under a bit more ‘controlled’ conditions, the action was all over the place. There were lots of quick tags and the heat segment was just enough to make you care, but not so much that it felt like it dragged. They kept the action flowing at all times and the tag team maneuvers kept it exciting and unpredictable, as the momentum continuously shifted. The finish came a bit out of nowhere but overall this was a fiery start to the show. ★★★¼

Brandon Watts vs Jonathan Gresham

A simple yet very effective match that told a neat story. Gresham’s technical prowess was on full display here albeit a bit difficult to appreciate because of heel shtick. The majority of his attack was focused on the arm of Brandon Watts who sold it very well. The basic premise here is that every time Watts mounted some sort of offense, Gresham would go back to the arm and utilize his grappling skills to keep Watts down. This was a good showing for Watts. Solid match. ★★★

Dezmond Xavier vs Zenshi

This was a decent match that fell a bit below expectations. It started off exactly how you would expect it to (given the names involved) but the middle portion of this match dragged and was just uninteresting. I applaud both men for taking a hard left and trying to give this match some substance, but Zenshi’s leg work left little to be desired. As the commentator put it, “he isn’t Kurt Angle”. Things did pick up near the end and I absolutely loved what they did with the finish and how Xavier was able to incorporate the ‘injured’ leg. This isn’t a case of leg work meaning nothing by the finish, it’s just that the actual leg work could have been more compelling. To their credit, at least they went somewhere with it and actually incorporated it into the finish. ★★¾

Dick Justice vs Johnny Cockstrong

This was a comedy deathmatch and thankfully it didn’t overstay its welcome. It was outrageously stupid, but they kept it concise and to the point. The end result being an extremely insane and hilarious match. This was highly entertaining. It’s either you enjoy it or you don’t. If you don’t, simply move on and don’t make a big deal out of it. Props to Cockstrong for taking a bump on a bed of nails though. ★★½ (does a star rating really matter though?)

Da Hit Squad (Monsta Mack & Dan Maff) vs The H8 Club (Nick Gage & Nate Hatred)

From the moment these two teams stepped in the ring, the atmosphere was intense. This was just immense hype from the get-go. After all, this match has been in the making for 15 years. They started off red-hot as they traded devastating blows. Things got really heated on the outside as chairs got involved. A concrete wall was also involved in this match. Unfortunately, once the brawling portions were over they lost quite a bit of steam. The action never quite managed to pick back up intensity. By the time this was over, it felt as if they hit their peak a little too early. This was still a very good match that I thoroughly enjoyed, but they would have definitely kicked in to higher gear if only they were able to sustain the intensity and energy of the first half. ★★★½

Martin Stone vs Jon Silver

Great exhibition type match-up where the focus was more on looking like a competitive bout rather than trying to tell an elaborate story. They started off with a crisp exchange of mat wrestling until Silver eventually gained control by using his kickboxing background to his advantage. Stone would eventually begin to fight back and the second half of this match was an even exchange. They traded strikes and submissions are they tried to wear down each other. There were some exciting sequences near the end along with an incredible display of fighting spirit from both men. The last five minutes or so are an adrenaline rush of devastating strikes, reversals and submissions. Great match. ★★★¾

Chris Dickinson vs Darby Allin

This was Darby Allin’s debut for Beyond and he received an invitation to a welcoming party from Chris Dickinson. I’ll leave you to figure out how this match went. Though, I will say this, Allin did impress in his debut. ★★½

Team PAWG (Jordynne Grace & Lufisto) vs Penelope Ford & Maria Manic

A really short bout that went around 7 minutes. They kept it fairly basic and everyone got their chance to shine. There’s nothing too memorable about it but it was a very serviceable match with minimal flaws. ★★¾

Michael Elgin vs Joey Janela

First time meeting between these two and this was a very good match that came was just missing that little extra something to take to the next level. Elgin dominated for the most of this match, forcing Janela to fight from underneath. It’s not often that you see Janela in an underdog capacity where he’s this beat up, but he can sell his ass off and has a ton of fire on his comebacks. The finish sequence was exciting and Janela displayed a lot of fighting spirit. The crowd really didn’t do it justice but this was a hell of a main event. ★★★¾

You can catch the replay of this event on the new home of Beyond Wrestling, Powerbomb TV

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