Sunday, 29 April 2007 04:03
King of Europe Cup - Night 1 Results - Quick & Dirty
a. The Untouchables def. C-Juice & Blok Busta with a powerbomb/second rope clothesline double team.
b. Dragon Phoenix def. Claudio Castagnoli when he ducked a briefcase shot and rolled him up for the pin.
c. IPW-UK Title Match: Andy Boy Simmons (c) def. Spud with 2 mule kicks below the belt, a foul, and a cradle tombstone piledriver.
d. 2/3 Falls: Pac def. El Generico two falls to one.
- Pac def. El Generico with a prawn hold.
- El Generico def. Pac with a brainbuster.
- Pac def. El Generico with a dragonrana.
e. Martin Stone def. Rhino by DQ when the Untouchables ran in. Rhino gored Dave Moralez.
1. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Chris Hero [CZW] def. Claudio
Castagnoli [CHIKARA] with the Hero's Welcome.
2. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Go Shiozaki [NOAH] def. Martin Stone [RQW] with a fisherman buster.
3. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Pac [IPW-UK] def. Trent Acid [PWU] with a twisty flippydo onto chairs.
4. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Matt Sydal [IWA-MS] def. El Generico [IWS] with a Shooting Sydal Press.
5. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Doug Williams [Premier Promotions] def. Ares [wXw] with an inside cradle.
6. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Davey Richards [PWG] def. Zebra Kid [WAW] with the A.T. Lock.
7. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Ryo Saito [Dragon Gate] def. Jody Fleisch [1PW] with a dragon suplex, which ended up more like a German.
8. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Nigel McGuinness [ROH] def. Rhino [TNA] with the rebound lariat.
King of Europe - Night 2 Card
1. King of Europe Cup Quarter-Final Match: Doug Williams [Premier Promotions] vs. Chris Hero [CZW]
2. King of Europe Cup Quarter-Final Match: Matt Sydal [IWA-MS] vs. Ryo Saito [Dragon Gate]
3. King of Europe Cup Quarter-Final Match: Pac [IPW-UK] vs. Nigel McGuinness [ROH]
4. King of Europe Cup Quarter-Final Match: Go Shiozaki [NOAH] vs. Davey Richards [PWG]
5. King of Europe Cup Semi-Final Match: Winner of Doug/Hero vs. Winner of Sydal/Saito
6. King of Europe Cup Semi-Final Match: Winner of Pac/Nigel vs. Winner of Go/Davey
7. King of Europe Cup Final Match: Semi-Winner vs. Semi-Winner
King of Europe Cup - Night 1 - Detailed Results
"A Taste of IPW-UK" Pre-Show
a. The Untouchables def. C-Juice & Blok Busta with a powerbomb/second rope clothesline double team. I came in during the end of the entrances for this, at around 2:40, and later I asked what I missed. This was apparently the first match, so I missed nothing. Basic tag match, with Moralez and Storm of the Untouchables looking pretty good. Formulaic little bout.
I should note that for certain individuals on the pre-show and for the bombastic ring announcer on the main show, the music used was a rock version of, "I've Got The Power", and I was wildly entertained.
b. Dragon Phoenix def. Claudio Castagnoli when he ducked a briefcase shot and rolled him up for the pin. This was basically a setup for the Dragon Hearts vs. Swiss Money Holding on tomorrow's show, as these men are members of the teams. Phoenix was a fine babyface, no issues with this one. Sadly Claudio did not proceed to lay a whooping on referee "Theo Walcott".
c. IPW-UK Title Match: Andy Boy Simmons (c) def. Spud with 2 mule kicks below the belt, a foul, and a cradle tombstone piledriver. This was very old school on the part of Simmons, who cut a promo pre-match where he asked fans to basically call him names, and the names they came up with included "Cocksucker" and "Wanker". Simmons responded by flexing his guns. He beat on Spud forever until Spud made a comeback and hit a big tope con hilo. Finish was so cheap it was great. The story here was that Simmons was stepping in for Ares, and he was such a nice guy he put his belt on the line.
d. 2/3 Falls: Pac def. El Generico two falls to one. Insane match, lots of flippy and head-droppy goodness that you would expect from these men. All kind of fun! - Pac def. El Generico with a prawn hold. - El Generico def. Pac with a brainbuster. - Pac def. El Generico with a dragonrana. Generico appeared to land on his head and may very well have been knocked out for all I know. He wasn't moving for a while and Bryce Remsburg was given water to help him out.
e. Martin Stone def. Rhino by DQ when the Untouchables ran in. Rhino gored Dave Moralez. This wasn't much to write home about. They brawled in the crowd, which for the pre-show was small, and it lasted for minutes and was uninspired. This match was probably supposed to precede the 2/3 Falls Match, but Rhino had travel issues, and really, this couldn't do anything to top that match. Following the cheap finish Stone thanked Rhino as I purchased merchandise or pissed or something.
The crowd for the main show was okay. Estimates would be iffy, but there was less than the ROH shows, but enough to be respectable. Floor seating was pretty full - albeit I did spot lots of seats at the back of the stage near the bar free, and there were a few front and second row seats free - and balcony had a number of large gaps.
1. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Chris Hero [CZW] def. Claudio Castagnoli [CHIKARA] with the Hero's Welcome. The story of this was the breaking of the ring. Hero worked babyface for the most part, and Claudio was working him over. He hit a move (possibly the Match Killer) and suddenly the middle of the canvas caved in. To their credit, they kept going. The fans, meanwhile, tried to fathom what they had just seen, and then started to chant, "Holy shit". Thankfully the ring didn't continue to break and they could finish. A good match with some luchariffic spots, seemingly hindered a lot by the ring malfunction. Claudio had his Sledgehammer music, but it sounded different tonight. Very good stuff from Claudio audio-wise, and in-ring-wise.
The ring announcer, who was very bombastic, announced that we'd have a break until they fixed the ring, so I went to get a drink. Apparently it was just a moved spring in the ring, as it took about 5 minutes to fix, causing me to frantically rush back to the seat with soft drink goodness.
2. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Go Shiozaki [NOAH] def. Martin Stone [RQW] with a fisherman buster. This was very hard-hitting, and Stone looked good. Go chopped Stone REALLY hard, so Stone whipped him into the rail, causing one side to come unattached and Go and the rail to sorta fall onto a few people, who seemed less hurt and more entertained. Stone looked pretty good even in defeat. The finish didn't have much heat, but people weren't disappointed. Actually, most of the time I was just terrified the ring would break again, especially when both Stone and Go went up onto the ropes. Thankfully Sam Slam or whoever fixed it did a masterful job.
3. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Pac [IPW-UK] def. Trent Acid [PWU] with a twisty flippydo onto chairs. Acid came out to the Midnight Express theme and threw his trouser rags to the people. He looked just as much like a hobo that he did in his ROH run. God bless Pac, he tried, but Acid sucked here. He kept on taking ages to set up these spots with chairs that took forever, and to make matters worse, he fucked up the move that followed, including an Asai moonsault that he overshot on. He lobbed a chair at Pac's head and I believe cut him open (resulting in a blood puddle in the following matches). Acid gave Pac a reverse rana off the ropes onto a few set up chairs, and Pac did a flippydo dive to the floor. Pac finally won with a twisty dealyabob onto chairs and all was right with the world.
4. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Matt Sydal [IWA-MS] def. El Generico [IWS] with a Shooting Sydal Press. This match was the best match I have ever seen. They worked spots around the bit that was formerly broken. This consisted of refusing to go to that spot, with attempted hip tosses, punches and other stuff into the spot. Bryce Remsburg also walked around the spot when refereeing. Sydal at one point screamed, "You're gonna die!" and dumped Generico into the spot, and THE CROWD WENT BANANA. However, Generico survived, and the wrestlers and Bryce were very confused. Generico proceeded to slam Sydal many times in the spot. They then started doing a regular match, with Generico hitting his tope through the middle and bottom buckles into a tornado DDT on the floor. Sydal finally blocked the BRAINBUSTAAAAAAH~! and hit the Shooting Sydal Press for the pin. Generico lost so I was sad but the match ruled, so no complaints.
It was after this match that some very annoying demon Scouse children reared their ugly heads as we entered intermission. They referred to Generico as "That Ole Ole guy" and wittily changed the lyrics to "Ole, Ole, I'm Gay". I was fuming, inside.
5. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Doug Williams [Premier Promotions] def. Ares [wXw] with an inside cradle. The children stole Ares' briefcase after it fell onto the floor, and this lead to the rotund security taking it, causing the children to FLEE. Doug came out wearing his own tie and the two men engaged in tie-related offence early on. They did a criss-cross and then Doug first tweaked his tie knot, and then Ares'. Men from the balcony shouted in German at Ares. Ares, ever the jolly man, hit the ropes lots and locked on a chinlock. He got a nearfall off a tiger driver but Doug countered a second to a rollup for the pin. Ares was just appalled at this, and people asking, "WHERE'S YOUR BRIEFCASE?!" did nothing to sweeten his mood.
6. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Davey Richards [PWG] def. Zebra Kid [WAW] with the A.T. Lock. This was INSANE. Davey was in full dick mode here, looking like he'd not slept for a week. When he was on offence, he proudly declared, "I'm winning!" Early on they traded slaps aplenty, and this lead to them brawling to the floor, over the rail and over to the merch tables, and that's when things got CRAZY. Zebra made it his life goal to break a table, but apparently this was a Japanese table, as it was just too goddamn stiff. Zebra dropped an elbow off one table onto Davey on another - no break. Piledriver on the table - no luck. Balcony dive (which was MAD) - nope. He finally gave up and they fought back out to ringside. Things trundled along and then Davey got the win with the Kimura after trying it once, and also attempting a cross arm-breaker. Zebra did VERY well here and busted his ass off. Speaking of, he needs new gear. It was see-through on the sides and very weird. However, I sense this match will come across better live than on tape.
7. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Ryo Saito [Dragon Gate] def. Jody Fleisch [1PW] with a dragon suplex, which ended up more like a German. This was okay, I guess, but the crowd weren't into Ryo much, which made me very sad. The main war was between 1PW fans and 1PW haters, who traded many a chant. Jody did a springboard shooting star press to the floor and nearly did a Mark Briscoe, seemingly under-rotating. Then, inside the ring, they fucked up a superplex set-up to a comical degree, tumbling to the floor. Ryo recovered, hit the move, and then got the pin with his dragon suplex finish, which Jody didn't really go over properly on, leading to an awkward landing. Kinda disappointing, and Ryo knew it, and this was the highlight. Instead of embracing Jody, he LOOKED at him. He left the ring. He walked up the steps. He LOOKED at Jody again. He posed to us. And then he left. Way to go, Jody! Apparently Jody broke his jaw in this, which is no shock.
The real story of this was the 1PW'ers who were thrown out. Here is what I saw. I was stood against the rail on one side of the ring in block C, and on the other side, in block B, the guys next to me pointed out Alex Shane, who was having heated words with some people. Moments later, these people were escorted out, and the crowd as one went "YAY~!" This was a highlight if ever I saw one.
8. King of Europe 1st Round Match: Nigel McGuinness [ROH] def. Rhino [TNA] with the rebound lariat. Big "FIRE RUSSO" chants for Rhino, which amused me, just because we were telling Rhino to do the deed. Do it! Do it now, Rhino! This was very different from your usual Nigel match. They, like Davey and Zebra, did crowd brawling, but they succeeded where those two failed. They brawled up onto the balcony, and when we saw them again, Rhino was rolling down the steps, and Nigel proceeded to drop him off the balcony and through a merch table. Yes, it smashed this time. Nigel was running wild, even doing a splash off a ladder on the wood floor. They finally re-entered the ring, and the crowd was hot and on their feet. I was standing against the rail and standing next to me were a number of people from elsewhere who were having the time of their lives. After some nearfalls, Rhino finally hit the gore shockingly, and all ROH fans gasped, but Nigel kicked out. Nigel NIGEL'D UP~! and finally hit the rebound lariat for the pin, and ALL WAS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD. After the match, Nigel put Rhino over and everyone thanked Rhino, so the show ended happily.
It should be noted a lot of guys had generic music. I assume this is to do with future TV broadcast of the event.
Overall, pretty good show, and a fantastic experience overall. I got to meet Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, Bryce Remsburg, El Generico, Rhino and Trent Acid (the latter whose shirt I REFUSED to buy), so it was a fun time overall. All cool guys. Claudio had his awesome DVD covers, Hero informed me that a rapscallion fan stole his marker pen, and Bryce had SUPPORT INDY WRESTLING shirts. Oh, and El Generico signed by poster by drawing a speech bubble from Doug Williams' mouth on this poster saying, "OLE~!" Great great man.
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