Beyond Wrestling Heavy Lies The Crown Review

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Beyond Wrestling ended 2017 and kicked off 2018 with a bang as they present Heavy Lies The Crown. This event featured the culmination of Joey Janela vs David Starr in a Fans Bring The Weapons match as the very first match of 2018.

John Silver vs Jordynne Grace

The Thick Boy vs Thicc Momma Pump. This was a very unique match in that, for the most part, despite the gender difference, these two are similar in stature. This is perhaps the first intergender match I’ve ever seen where it felt like the competitors were equals going in. Jordynne Grace is an extremely tough competitor, and with her size and strength, it’s not like she had to work extra hard to make this match convincing. The end result was an awesome back and forth encounter filled with hard-hitting strikes and big tosses. There were a few moments where it felt like nothing was really happening, but once the action was flowing it was a burst of adrenaline. They made the most out of the time they were given and left it all out there. A hell of an opener and an awesome match. ★★★¼

Joey Ryan, Johnny Cockstrong, and Massage NV ( VSK and Dorian Graves) vs Amityville Project (Dan Barry, Mike Verna, Rex Lawless, and Ryan Galeone)

This match started off really strong with hilarious comedy spots (as expected) and Dan ‘Extremely Underrated’ Barry’s technical display brought a nice change of pace and some diversity to the comedic portions. However, once it broke down into a mini-brawl, it hit peak and never quite seemed to recovered. This went way longer than it needed to. The longer it went, the more it overstayed its welcomed. It just felt like everybody had to get their shine in near the end, but they could have done so about 10 minutes earlier. ★★½

Wheeler YUTA vs Flip Gordon

Despite having a tour of Japan under his belt at 21 years of age, Wheeler YUTA just doesn’t seem to have the exposure he should. He’s very good on the mat and incorporates some unique lucha-based offense as well. Flip Gordon, in a way, reminds me of a young Teddy Hart. He has the swag, he’s athletic and he has an innovative high-flying offense (his one legged standing moonsault instantly comes to mind). This match was essentially the two of them doing what they do best. The work here is really solid but it never quite managed to get out of second gear. Still, this was a great showing from both men to display their abilities. Solid match. ★★★

Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match: Doom Patrol (Chris Dickinson and Jaka) vs EYFBO (Angel Ortiz and Mike Draztik)

Before the match, Rich Palladino instructs the crowd to take a step back to clear the aisles. Naturally, this meant the match was gonna start off with a crazy brawl on the outside. They spent a lot of time walking around aimlessly and there just wasn’t much heat to the opening minutes. Things really picked up once the weapons got introduced but a couple spots were either botched or just took too long to set up. The match also felt like it restarted a couple of times. They took turns on offense for long periods of time and it was just hard to get into when the momentum constantly changes for such long periods of time. Dickson’s career could have also come to an end from a mistimed double splash through a table. Jaka landed first which resulted in the one end of the table popping up underneath Dickinson’s lower back. It looked nasty. Overall, this match just didn’t quite capture the epic feel they were going for. ★★½

Matthew Riddle’s BROpen Challenge: Matt Riddle vs Matt Tremont

Jimmy Jacobs was originally scheduled as Riddle’s opponent but unfortunately he could not compete due to an injury. Matt Tremont would therefore answer the challenge. These two have done battle before in Beyond, including a barbed wire match. This time around they took a more traditional approach as they took turns beating the piss out of each other. This was a really short sprint, but Riddle excels at this type of match. They trade a variety of strikes back and forth and everything they did looked convincing and had a sense of urgency to it. I really wished they got more time to develop the story they were telling, but this was just two legitimate badasses going at it. Fiery match. ★★★

Keith Lee vs Josh Briggs

2016 was Keith Lee’s breakout year in Beyond and 2017 was Josh Brigg’s. So I was really looking forward to this. Unfortunately, this was not the hoss battle I was expecting. A lot of it felt plodding and at times they seemed quite lethargic. Both men attempted to counter each other’s moves by flipping out of them. I don’t think any of those attempts were successful. They either lost their footing on the landing or they landed in a very scary looking way. I’m not going to take anything away from both men. They’ve stuck those landings in the past with ease (which is impressive given their size) and they’ve put on some absolute clinics in a Beyond ring. This was just a bad night at the office. The match really picked when Keith Lee pounced Josh Briggs so hard that the bottom rope broke on impact. Sadly, the momentum of that was quickly deflated as it dragged on. Like I said, bad night at the office. ★½

Ricky Shane Page vs AR Fox

At this point in his career, AR Fox is incapable of having a bad match. No matter what style his opponent works, he can adapt to it. Primarily known as a deathmatch wrestler, I feel like RSP doesn’t get enough credit for his non-deathmatch work. This was a very fast-paced back and forth match with lots of cool sequences and counters. The finish was built to progressively and it was a genuine surprise. This was a gem of a match. I really enjoyed it. ★★★½

First Match of 2018 – Fans Bring the Weapons: David Starr vs Joey Janela with Penelope Ford

Janela and Starr have been embroiled in the quite the feud in 2017. So, why not beat the hell out of each other to ring-in the new year? As you would expect from the stipulation, clearly the fans of Beyond have a lot of time on their hands. Some of the weapons involved were a bucket of legos and shards of glass, a thumbtack bat and the customary dildo. From the moment the bell rang this was a war. They immediately went after each other and wasted no time in getting the weapons involved. There was a lot of heat to this and absolutely no ‘dead air’. They transitioned from spot to spot with such ease and there was just a natural progression to everything that they did. When the match did slow, it was to allow for time to breathe to really take in the carnage. The ring looked like an absolute car crash. There were weapons littered all over and both men appeared to have suffered from exhaustion as their bodies wore the signs of abuse. It was quite the sight to behold. There was a ton of heat behind this match as it felt like they were legitimately trying to kill each other. They also made great use of the weapons. Fantastic main event and a hell of a way to kick of 2018. Great match. ★★★★

You can catch the replay of this event at Powerbomb TV.

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