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Warrior Wrestling results: Minoru Suzuki vs. Tom Lawlor

Submitted by E.A. Krol from the Marian Catholic High School gym

Warrior Wrestling put on its seventh show Friday in Chicago Heights, IL, about 30 miles south of downtown Chicago. This was the first time for the promotion on Fite TV and it was one of the biggest independent events of the year in the U.S.

Danhausen def. Reilly Maguire (pre-show)

Danhausen prevailed over a student of Michael Elgin’s in a comedy match.

Templario def. Jake Lander 

Templario won with a face first reverse duplex off the second rope in a bonus match that went about 15 minutes. The crowd was into this. Lander also trains at Elgin’s school in St. Louis.

Savanna Stone def. Holidead

Stone won in about nine minutes with a spear.

Impact X Division champion Ace Austin def. Blake Christian and Carlos Romo in a three-way to retain

To explain why he did not have his belt with him, Austin did a promo before the match poking fun at WALTER for getting the NXT UK belt stolen in Chicago. The crowd chanted “you forgot it!” In response. They took turns resting on the outside at the start before Romo (from White Wolf Wrestling in Spain) won a slap battle. At the end, each got to hit a finisher off the top with the third guy breaking up a pin attempt on the other two. Austin retained over Christian in about 11 minutes.

Robert Anthony (w/Frank the Clown) def. Jake Atlas

Frank did a pre-match promo telling the crowd it was the holiday season and he had a gift for the crowd: himself. His gift to Atlas was his best friend, Robert “Ego” Anthony, who came out to Queen’s “Can’t Stop Me Now".

Early on, Anthony stalled and the crowd chanted “You’re a baby!” and Atlas got in the fetal position in the corner in a nice touch. Atlas called for quiet before chopping Anthony loudly a couple times. He missed a third and Anthony took over. Atlas hit a flipping top rope DDT but Frank put Anthony’s foot on the rope. In the end, Frank grabbed Atlas’ leg while the ref was tending to Anthony, who rolled up Atlas for the win in about 11 minutes.

Michael Elgin and Sam Adonis went to a draw

Adonis told the crowd to shut up about his brother (WWE announcer Corey Graves). He turned 33 today and the crowd wished him a happy one. Elgin won a chop battle and told the ringside fans he “really liked chops” before pasting Adonis, who soon after hit a tope. Elgin barely beat the 10-count back in. Elgin eventually hit a sitdown power bomb for two. Elgin hit a Samoan drop on the apron and Adonis missed a flip dive off the top, Elgin hit a lariat and a last ride sitdown power bomb for two.

Then, we got a double lariat and the bell rang for a 20-minute draw which fans booed. Afterward, Elgin said his relationship with Chicago has been a little rocky, but tonight was his birthday, and he’ll be damned if he’s gonna go to a draw. He called for five more minutes and the crowd chanted for it. Adonis declined and said they could do a no-time-limit rematch in Feb. 15 at Warrior Wrestling 8. Elgin brought in a little kid and told him a secret. He didn’t want to lose on his birthday. Elgin rolled up the ref and the kid counted three.

Black Taurus def. Drago, Aerostar, Rey Horus and El Gringo Loco in a five-way scramble

This was non-stop action as you would expect. Horus dove over the top rope and hit a rana outside. Taurus hit the pop up Samoan drop on Horus like Jacob Fatu does. Loco, a local who also appears for MLW, dove over the top onto everyone but Horus as they made the local guy look good. Taurus and Aerostar spit at each other. Taurus and Loco botched a spot near the finish, which was Taurus hitting a spinning slam on Loco for the win in nine minutes. They bumped fists and posed for pictures after the well-received match. A few fans threw money in the ring.

Kurt Angle made an appearance and was greeted with the “you suck” chant. He did a short promo and noted John Cena’s first match was against him in Chicago and said he took on Randy Orton (and Rey Mysterious) at WrestleMania 22 here as well.

Lance Archer def. Brian Pillman Jr.

New Japan's U.S. champ had a tune-up match before he takes on AEW's Jon Moxley at Wrestle Kingdom. Archer took a lot of the match and no sold Pillman’s chops. Archer hit the EBD claw to win in about 12 minutes. Fans were really into it when they went to the near falls.

Minoru Suzuki def. "Filthy" Tom Lawlor

Lawlor came out wearing a yellow vest to a New Kids on the Block song, waving his arm. Suzuki got the biggest pop so far with a good portion of the crowd here to scream “Kaze ni Nare". This was mat wrestling at first, followed by outside brawling and a chop/strike battle. Suzuki got the better of the exchange. They tried to choke each other out and reversed each other. Suzuki hit the Gotch piledriver about 14 minutes in for the win. Afterward, he left all the fans attempting high-fives hanging. On his way out, he teased putting a move on the kid who counted Elgin’s pin on the ref earlier in the evening. 

Warrior Wrestling Champion Brian Cage def. El Phantasmo to retain

El-P took a couple hats off fans who tried to 'Too Sweet' him and tossed them into the crowd. He grabbed the mic from the ring announcer and said “I’ve been waiting a long, long time to say this: CM Punk sucks.” He also said Colt Cabana sucked, Chicago deep dish pizza sucked, and the Cubs sucked. The last one got cheers because the event was in White Sox territory. Cage clotheslined him for his troubles.

This was a speed vs. power match. They brawled in the crowd. Cage kicked El-P while he had a plastic trash can over his head. El-P took over with a dive through the ropes onto Cage. El-P did his rope walk spot. El-P got a handful of tights for two and somehow got Cage up for the airplane spin. Cage hit a buckle bomb and back breaker and the ref counted to three, but it wasn’t the finish. Oops.

Cage suplexed El-P back into the ring from the second rope. El-P hit a destroyer that Cage no sold, who then hit him with a big lariat for a spin bump and hit his finisher for the win in about 17 minutes.

CHAOS (Will Ospreay, Rocky Romero, Amazing Red) def. The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier, Zachary Wentz, Trey Miguel)

The main event of the evening pitted the New Japan faction against the Impact team. Rocky and Wentz started off with some comedy and Red and Xavier were next. They were super fast. Ospreay was really into the match on the apron. He got the tag amid soccer chants of his name. This had the most sustained heat of the night even four hours in. Miguel got tied to the tree of woe and CHAOS each slide kicked him. 

The Rascalz got heat on Romweo, who hit a double rana and hot tagged Red. Ospreay hit a standing twisting moonsault for two, then Pip Pip Cheerio. Ospreay went for an Os cutter but was pushed over the top rope instead. 

There was a series of dives to the outside, topped by a Red monkey flip to one of the Rascalz off the top to the outside, landing on everyone else. Ospreay got the storm breaker on Xavier for the win in 24 minutes.

Both teams got on their knees and hugged after the match. Ospreay did the show-ending speech, singing “Sweet Home Chicago".