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Lenny Leonard welcomes us to the show, then introduces the Super Smash Bros. Chuck Taylor comes out to crash the party and introduce his new buddies Jake Manning and Drew Gulak, the Gentlemen's Club.
Super Smash Bros vs Jake Manning & Drew Gulak
Player Uno and Jake Manning start us off, Uno runs Manning over with a pair of shoulderblocks and Manning backs off to his corner to consult his Scoutmaster's Guide about what to do next. Gulak tags in and takes Dos down to the mat, and wrestles circles around Dos, who resorts to a flurry of lucha moves and a dropkick. Gulak with a headbutt to the midsection and Manning tags back in for a double flapjack. Dos quickly recovers and gets a double Frankensteiner to send both opponents to the floor. The SSB tease a dive to the outside, but stop at the last minute and wait for Manning to get back in. Manning sticks his hand out, then slaps Uno in the face and quickly tags in Gulak, who nails Uno from behind and the two of them put the boots to Uno. Uno is in the wrong part of town as he gets worked over in the Gentlemen's Corner, he fights his way back out to the middle of the ring but Manning gets a drop toehold and tags in Gulak, who stops Uno dead with a double axhandle to the back for 2. Uno dodges a charge and dumps Manning out to the floor and then he dives for a tag, but Gulak catches him at the last second and drags him out to the middle of the ring where he locks in an STF. Awesome sequence there. Uno makes the ropes, so the Gentlemen's Club goes back to working Uno over, but he gets away and makes the hot tag to Dos, who cleans house and drills Gulak's face into the ring apron with a beautiful springboard DDT. SSB with the assisted lungblower on Manning, but Gulak and Uno fight their way out to the floor where Gulak dodges a chop, leaving Uno cracking his arm into the ringpost. Manning swoops in with a backbreaker/Flatliner combo, but it only gets 2. Gulak comes in and nearly folds Dos in half with a backdrop suplex and goes to a really nasty looking crossface, but Uno breaks up the fall and goes back out to the floor with Uno. Manning fires forearms at Dos and charges, but Dos moves and Manning sails out to the floor right next to Gulak, then Uno follows with a dive of his own that wipes both men out. SSB with a series of double teams and a Gory Cutter for the win.
Winners: Super Smash Bros
Taylor looks unhappy, and stares a hole through the SSB's skulls as they do their postmatch promo with Lenny Leonard before running onto the apron to tell the SSB that he doesn't care about winning or losing.
Josh Alexander vs MK McKinnon
Alexander seems pretty over with the fans as he exchanges wristlocks with McKinnon. McKinnon does a series of lucha moves and a leaping enziguiri, then he blowsan attempt at a Pelle kick. He hits it on the second attempt, but then blows a springboard moonsault and Alexander capitalizes with some big hard forearms. Alexander with some hard chops and a European uppercut, McKinnon slips out the back on a vertical suplex, but Alexander catches him again right away and hits a Northern Lights Suplex for 2. Alexander with adelayedvertical suplex, Davey Boy Smith style, and covers for 2. Alexander says that's it and goes for a double underhook, but McKinnon escapes and sweeps out the ankles, then superkicks Alexander out to the floor and hits a somersault dive through the ropes. They go back inside and McKinnon gets a leaping kneestrike, but Alexander flattens him with the leaping double underhook piledriver (otherwise known as Stevie Ray's Slapjack finish he used in WCW) and gets the win.
Winner: Josh Alexander
Solid match, even though McKinnon looked like he was letting his nerves get the better of him. It happens, but both guys worked hard.
Mike Rollins vs Ashley Sixx
They circle one another and Sixx gets a side headlock, but Rollins fires him into the ropes and takes him down with a shoulderblock. Sixx slowly comes back to the middle of the ringas he sizes his opponent up, then boots him in the abdomen and unloads with some clubbing forearms. Rollins reverses a whip attempt to a fireman's carry with an airplane spin, then just bashes Sixx in the face with a big right hand. Rollins unloads on Sixx with a flurry of right hands and then dumps him out to the floor. Rollins goes out after him, but Sixx recovers and hits a Russian legsweep into the ring apron. They go back inside and Sixx immediately covers and gets 2, then rakes the boot laces across the eyes. Sixx goes to a rear chinlock, Rollins tries to fight his way out but Sixx just unloads with another hard forearm. More forearms and chops, but Rollins no-sells and starts firing back on Sixx with double handed chops. Rollins goes to the second rope and nicely waits up there for fifteen second or so while Sixx leaps out to the ring apron and climbs the ropes so he can hit a Frankensteiner for 2. Rollins goes for a kick, but Sixx catches the foot and slaps him in the face, which turns out to be a big mistake as Rollins hits a spinning Yakuza kick and a sitout Tombstone for the win.
Winner: Mike Rollins
I enjoyed this, Rollins seems like an interesting character and, while a bit sloppy, he's a big imposing guy who seemed to connect well with the audience.
Alex Reynolds vs John Silver
Silver entertained the hell out of me the last time I saw him, let's see how he does this time. They fight over a wristlock and then exchange pinning combinations. Reynolds blocks a kick and snapmares Silver, Silver picks out his leg and they go back and forth until Silver gets a springboard armdrag, Reynolds with a rollup for 2, and we're at a stalemate. Reynolds takes Silver down with a side headlock, Silver escapes with shots to the ribs, then snapmares Reynolds and gets a delayed basement dropkick for 1. Reynolds tries a springboard move that doesn't turn out like he hoped, and Silver responds by raking the boot laces across the eyes and drilling Reynolds with a running kneestrike to the face for 2. Silver misses an elbowdrop and Reynolds fires back with a chop, then dodges a charge by silver and hits a running kneestrike that throws Silver for a loop. Reynolds flops Silver onto the second rope and hits a running dropkick from the floor, followed by a slingshot elbowdrop for 2. Silver unloads with forearms and kicks, but Reynolds ducks a kick and gets a snap backbreaker followed by a Northern lariat for 2. That looked ugly. Reynolds goes to a COPS hold on Silver, but Silver gets out and flattens Reynolds with a hard clothesline. He follows up with a big leaping splash for 2 on Reynolds, Reynolds gets a chinbreaker, and they start trading hard forearms in the middle of the ring. Silver with a flurry of kicks, lands on his feet on a German suplex attempt, and double stomps Reynolds right in the chest for 2. Silver takes Reynolds down into a crossface attempt, Reynolds rolls through, but Silver tries it a second time and this time he gets it. Reynolds fights and fights, and makes it to the ropes. Silver releases the hold and stomps on Reynolds again, but takes too long going up top and Reynolds slams him into the ring and gets an O'Connor roll for 2. Reynolds pops Silver up into the air and catches him coming down with a Codebreaker, followed by a running Shooting Star Press for 2. Reynolds goes up for a moonsault and misses, Silver charges Reynolds in the corner with a leaping boot, bulldogs Reynolds into the second turnbuckle, and deadlifts Reynolds into a bridging German suplex for 2. Reynolds blocks a superkick, gets caught with a second, and Silver hits a running stomp to the back of the head, but Reynolds catches him out of nowhere with what appeared to be a pump handle neckbreaker over the knee for 3.
Winner: Alex Reynolds
Great match, all the NYWC guys impress me every time out and these two in particular showed a ton of fire tonight.
The show continues on Page 2!