Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Beyond Wrestling: Scorned Review
I was originally going to post this in the DVD Reviews section/site, but this was an MP4 so here we are! You were probably able to tell by my last Beyond Wrestling review that I was sold on the promotion and you'd be correct because I'm back with the first of two Beyond reviews. It's for two of their most recent shows which took place on the same day as a double header. Here we have SCORNED! The main event is the final battle in a feud that I was introduced to at their previous event, King of Arts, as the former Juicy Product members, JT Dunn & David Starr battle it out. If last month's tag match involving the two that also included Chris Hero and Eddie Kingston was any indication, this should be an awesome match between the friends who turned into rivals. The show opens with a dream encounter so I'm gonna quit babbling and get right into this bad boy!
1) AR Fox vs. "Speedball" Mike Bailey
I've been hoping someone would book this match sooner or later. These two were involved in a great three way with Andrew Everett at CZW's Best of the Best tournament in 2014 which made me want to see them go at it again and Beyond Wrestling granted my wish. This was exactly what you would expect and exactly what was advertised - FLIPS AND KICKS.
Match rating - ***1/2
2) John Silver vs. Orange Cassidy
ORANGE CASSIDY IS IN DA HOUSE! It was a bittersweet arrival though consider Silver was supposed to face Jimmy Preston who interfered in his match at the last event, but changes had to be made because he was unable to be there due to a family emergency. Cassidy was a nice replacement though because he's.. one of a kind, to say the least.
Match rating - **1/4
Galeone begins assaulting Silver when ALEX REYNOLDS HITS THE RING FOR THE SAVE! BEAVER BOYS! BEAVER BOYS! This leads perfectly into the next match.
3) Alex Reynolds vs. Ryan Galeone
This one had alot of momentum considering how it began and they played off that to create a solid match. Reynolds has a huge flurry early on with dives and several combination manuevers until GALEONE CUTS HIM OFF WITH A DROP KICK OUT OF NOWHERE! You gotta see this for yourself! He has a great dropkick for a big man.
Match rating - **3/4
4) Gran Akuma vs. Dave Cole vs. Buxx Belmar vs. Fluffy
Match rating - **
5) Matt Tremont vs. Steve Corino
Match rating - ***
6) Kimber Lee vs. Pinkie Sanchez
7) The Colony vs. Da Hoodz
Match rating - **3/4
8) Donovan Dijak vs. Jack Connor
Last show, Donovan Dijak attacked a camera man and this show he storms the ring after the previous tag and demands an opponent. Who answer his call? THAT SAME CAMERA MAN WHO IS ACTUALLY ALSO A WRESTLER. The local fans know him well and I soon became a fan as he charged Dijak from the bell and delivered a quick flurry of moves to the self proclaimed ROH Superstar.
Connor goes for a dive and DIJAK CATCHES HIM! He's holding him up, oh no, SUPLEX ONTO THE STAGE!! Things were pretty much clockwork following this. Dijak goes for Feast Your Eyes, CONNER COUNTERS! ROLL UP! 1..2..DIJAK KICKS OUT! Close fall! Dijak goes for Feast Your Eyes once again and nails it for the win. This was another fantastic angle involving Dijak. I LOVE what Beyond is doing with him right now.
9) Moose & Black Baron vs. Worst Case Scenario (Ethan Case & Eli Evans IV)
This is Moose's debut in Beyond and he's already over. The progress he's made in such a short time always blows me away when I think about it. This match was pretty much all about him although he's not the only one who made an impression as Worst Case Scenario left a good impression as well. Many people didn't know much about them prior, including myself who's only seen them compete once, however they did a good job of showcasing themselves.
Match rating - ***
10) JT Dunn vs. David Starr
The second thing I loved was the final 10 minutes or so of the match where Starr layed a brutal beating on Dunn. Elbows after elbows which were more than just elbows as it was clearly a message to Dunn as that's normally used primarily in his arsenal. This also showed the desperation Starr had to put away JT. The trash talking that followed this attack set up perfectly for the fighting spirit spot that would come which just got the audience more behind The Juice.
It was an epic closing sequence to an overall great match and perfect final chapter to this rivalry. After the match, things get real for a moment as both men share words and Dunn basically tells Starr that if he gets his head out of his ass, he can be a star in the business because he can go. Starr humbles himself and embraces with his former partner.
Match rating - ****