Past Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup winners are Tom â€˜Reckless Youthâ€™ Carter (2003), Justice (2004), Chris Sabin (2005), Milano Collection AT (2006), Chris Hero (2007), Erick Stevens (2008), and Davey Richards (2009)
This yearâ€™s tournament includes a number of veterans to the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup as well as a few rookies to the tournament. Returning to the JPC are Craig Classic, Arik Cannon, Brad Allen, Jigsaw, Chris Gray, and Jon Moxley. Newcomers to the JPC are AR Fox, Scott Reed, Frightmare, Rich Swann, Sami Callihan, Chris Dickinson, Sugar Dunkerton, Lince Dorado, Grizzly Redwood, and Jake Manning.
Here are some of the stories coming out of Night One:
Last Minute Changes to the Tournament Lineup
Due to circumstances beyond the control of the tournament organizers, there were a few changes to the roster of participants in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup in the week of the show. Replacements were found for many of the participants but they were faced with a major challenge because on the day of the event, Ricochet was unable to be in Brooksville for the tournament so they needed a sixteenth man for the tournament.
One of the participants in a non-tournament match was willing to step up and join the tournament field. The current FIP World Champion Jon Moxley was scheduled to face Bruce Santee in a title defense on the show, but he decided that he would rather participate in the tournament to show that he is the best in the world.
This announcement by Moxley did not sit well with Santee and he came out to confront Moxley but Santee would not get his shot at the FIP World Heavyweight Title. Santee had another option and would put his Pro Wrestling Riot Heavyweight Title on the line. Santee would defend his title against Milo Beasley as a way for one of Jeff Petersonâ€™s best friends to pay tribute to him on a night when his life was celebrated.
Eight Men Advance to Second Round
The sixteen man field in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup tournament has been whittled down to eight men after the first round.
The eight men who advanced were Sugar Dunkerton, Jon Moxley, Arik Cannon, Craig Classic, Rich Swann, Jigsaw, Sami Callihan, and Frightmare. The brackets for the rest of the tournament have not been revealed at the time this report is being prepared but there are a number of interesting second round matchups with the remaining wrestlers.
The eight men who lost in the first round will be part of an eight man tag match on Night Two.
Of the eight remaining wrestlers, four of the men have past JPC experience, but only one of them had won a match in the past (Jon Moxley). Will Arik Cannon, Craig Classic, or Jigsaw try to prove that their previous tournament results were an anomaly and that they are serious contenders for the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup?
Five World Champions in Action
World Champions from three companies were represented on this show in tournament as well as non-tournament matches. FIP World Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley and NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Craig Classic won their first round matches and will be in action on Saturday in Crystal River.
The other three World Champions appeared in the FIP Tag Title Match between the Strong Brothers and the Dark City Fight Club. Roderick Strong is the current Ring of Honor World Champion and the Dark City Fight Club of Jon Davis and Kory Chavis are the new NWA World Tag Team Champions. Even though the NWA World Tag Team Titles were not on the line, the Dark City Fight Club were able to defeat Roderick and Sedrick Strong who showed that even though they had not teamed in a while, they were still in top form.
Here are the Quick Results from Night One
Sami Callihan defeated Chris Dickinson
Sugar Dunkerton defeated Scott Reed
Craig Classic defeated Lince Dorado
Arik Cannon defeated Brad Allen
Frightmare defeated â€˜The Man Scoutâ€™ Jake Manning
Jigsaw defeated Chris Gray
Rich Swann defeated Grizzly Redwood
Jon Moxley defeated AR Fox
Non Tournament Matches
Bruce Santee defeated Milo Beasley to retain the Pro Wrestling Riot Heavyweight Title
Dark City Fight Club (Jon Davis and Kory Chavis) defeated The Strong Brothers (Roderick Strong and Sedrick Strong) to retain the FIP Tag Team Titles
Information on Night Two of the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Night Two of the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup will be held at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River, Florida located at 8551 West Venable Street in Crystal River Florida (corner of West Venable and US 19). Bell time is 8:00 PM and doors open at 7:30 PM.
Announced for the show:
Quarterfinal round matches in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Semifinal round matches in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Finals of the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Eight Man Tag Match involving the eight men who did not advance in the first round of the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup.
Here is a more detailed recap of Night One of the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup:
The show starts off with the announcement of a change to the participants in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup tournament. Ricochet was unable to get to Brooksville and as a result could not participate in this yearâ€™s tournament. The tournament organizers were able to find a replacement and he will be revealed shortly.
Charles Cardwell is introduced and he continues his tradition of introducing the participants in the tournament and he talks about how Jeff was his one of his best friends before Jeff passed away.
It is announced that the sixteenth man in the tournament will be the current FIP World Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley, who was defend the FIP World Heavyweight Title against Bruce Santee on the show, said that he is the only real talent in the room and that he has already defeated Bruce Santee so there was no need to wrestle him.
Bruce Santee comes out and he says that Moxley is not a clutch player like he claimed. He says that Moxley should live up to his obligation to face him, but he will make an open challenge to anyone for his Pro Wrestling Riot Heavyweight Title.
Cardwell says that the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup means a lot to him so he wants to accept the challenge and Santee accepts.
Match Number One: Sami Callihan defeated Chris Dickinson in a First Round Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Neither man held back in this match to see who would be the first to advance to the second round of the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup. Each man fired off numerous chops that echoed throughout the National Guard Armory in Brooksville. They fight around the ring and Dickinson with a knee while Callihan was on the guardrails. Dickinson and Callihan miss attempts to end the match. After more chops that were as intense as the ones at the start of the match, Callihan starts to work on the leg to set up the Stretch Muffler. Dickinson is able to get to the ropes on the first attempt to get Callihan to break the hold. Callihan decides to do more damage to the leg by taking off Dickinsonâ€™s pad and shoe on the leg. Dickinson tries to fight back with some kicks but Callihan gives Dickinson a dragon screw leg whip and then reapplies the Stretch Muffler and Dickinson taps out.
Larry Dallas comes out and announces that he has purchased the contracts of a number of wrestlers and he is now the manager of Scott Reed. While this is taking place, Sugar Dunkerton is in the ring and doing suicides.
Match Number Two: Sugar Dunkerton defeated Scott Reed with Larry Dallas and Christina in a First Round Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Before the match starts, Dunkerton wants to know if Reed passed the FIP Wellness Policy. Then he wants Reed to participate in his traditional jump ball, but Reed refuses until he is shamed into it but it is a way for Dunkerton to hit a reverse atomic drop. Dunkerton appears to have things under control so Dallas distracts the referee while Christina distracts Dunkerton and that allows Reed to gain an advantage and he power slams Dunkerton and works over Dunkerton. The action goes back and forth with Reed getting a near fall after a front face driver. Dunkerton fights back and Christina tries to distract Dunkerton again but it backfires and Reed knocks her off the apron when Dunkerton moves. Dunkerton hits a Flatline and then goes up top for Air Dunkerton for the three count.
Match Number Three: Craig Classic defeated Lince Dorado in a First Round Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Dorado starts off the match with a series of drop kicks but Classic decides to ground Dorado with clotheslines and chokes. Classic then tries to get Dorado to tap to a Fujiwara arm bar but Dorado is able to roll through to escape. Classic hits a DDT and then follows it up with a Yakuza kick and suplex but his attempt at a power bomb is blocked by Dorado and Lince hits a rana and sends Classic to the floor. Dorado is able to showcase his aerial moves with a plancha, springboard cross body and a handspring back elbow. After exchanging kicks, Dorado has things in control and after hitting a Frankensteiner, he tries for a shooting star press but he lands on Classicâ€™s knees. Classic hits a power bomb followed by a death valley driver for the three count.
Match Number Four: Arik Cannon defeated Brad Allen in a First Round Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
After some brief action in the ring, Cannon goes outside the ring and high fives some of the fans. Allen does not want to be the bad guy so he does the same thing. They return to the ring and Allen wants a test of strength and Cannon gets on the turnbuckles so they can be face to face. Allen uses his height advantage to take control and Cannon begs for Allen not to stomp on his hands so that means that he does stomp on the hands. Cannon goes to the floor and Allen hits a somersault plancha onto Cannon. The action returns to the ring and each man gets a series of near falls. They exchange punches and forearms with Cannon gaining the advantage. Allen goes up top but misses and Cannon hits a super kick and then gets the three count with a brainbuster.
Match Number Five: Bruce Santee defeated Milo Beasley with Milo Bearsley to retain the Pro Wrestling Riot Heavyweight Title
After an early stalemate, Beasley tries to gain advantage by blinding Santee when he takes off his shirt to reveal a tan that could shame Sheamus. Santee takes control and he hits a delayed vertical suplex and the fans want one more so he sets up for it but Beasley with a near fall on a rollup. Santee hits a Samoan drop and then puts Beasley in a bear hug. Milo seeks assistance from the person he thinks knows the most about bear hugs and he asks Milo Bearsley for advice. Milo escapes and he hits a Shining Wizard but can only get a two count. He follows it with a Liger kick and Flatline and gets a near fall. Santee hits the Big Dump but Milo kicks out at two and it frustrates Santee. Santee with a boot and then he hits another Big Dump for the three count.
It was time for intermission.
Match Number Six: Frightmare defeated â€˜Man Scoutâ€™ Jake Manning with Ron Niemi and Chris Gray in a First Round Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Frightmare frustrates the Man Scout but he was prepared with Chris Gray at ringside. However, that advantage ended when Jigsaw came to ringside to even the odds for Frightmare. Manning does not act like a proper scout by choking Frightmare in the ropes but it allows him to gain control of the match. Frightmare uses his speed advantage to force Manning to the floor and Frightmare hits a corkscrew plancha. Back in the ring, Manning catches Frightmare on a cross body attempt and gets a near fall. Each man gets near falls but cannot finish off their opponent. Frightmare tries for a Frankensteiner but Gray and Niemi grab Manningâ€™s legs. Jigsaw is able to stop Niemi and Gray and that allows Frightmare to hit Kneecolepsy for the three count.
After the match, Jigsaw celebrates Frightmareâ€™s victory in the ring but Chris Gray clips Jigsaw and that leads into our next match.
Match Number Seven: Jigsaw defeated Chris Gray with Ron Niemi in a First Round Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Gray continues to work on the leg while Frightmare and Manning fight to the back after their match. Every time that Jigsaw tried to mount any offense, Gray returned to the leg. Jigsaw works on Grayâ€™s arm and puts him in a cross arm breaker but Gray counters with a leg submission. When Gray thinks that things are getting out of hand, Niemi holds Jigsaw but when Gray tries to hit Jigsaw, he moves and Gray hits Niemi instead. Jigsaw hits a super kick and gets the three count.
After the match, Jigsaw is helped to the back and he makes sure that he steps on Niemi on the way to the locker room.
Match Number Eight: Rich Swann defeated Grizzly Redwood in a First Round Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Swann plays to the crowd while Redwood wants to wrestle at the start of the match. Redwood forces Swann to the floor while working on Swannâ€™s arm. Swannn goes to the floor and after Redwood chases him around the ring, Swann gains control of the match. Swann tries for a moonsault, but he misses when Redwood moves out of the way. Redwood gets a near fall and the suspenders are down as Redwood goes up top but misses a diving head butt. Swann hits the standing 450 for the three count.
Match Number Nine: Jon Moxley defeated AR Fox in a First Round Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Fox tries to get a quick victory but Moxley is able to fight him off and Moxley tries for the STF but Fox gets to the ropes. Fox forces Moxley to the floor and then they brawl around the ring and then they fight into the crowd. The action returns to the ring and Fox hits a leg drop off the top turnbuckle onto the apron. Moxley tries to get the win with the crossface chicken wing but Fox fights out of the hold. Fox tries for a springboard 450 but he lands on Moxleyâ€™s knees and then Moxley finishes off Fox with the Hook and Ladder and gets the three count.
Match Number Ten: The Dark City Fight Club (Jon Davis and Kory Chavis) defeated The Strong Brothers (Roderick Strong and Sedrick Strong) to retain the FIP Tag Titles
Each team tries to gain an advantage at the start of the match and the Strongs are able to gain one with a series of quick tags to work over Davis. The champions focus on Sedrick and gain the advantage while keeping Roderick out of the ring. Roderick finally gets back into the match and he connects with a series of forearms before trying a suplex but Chavis blocks it. Things get out of control and all four men are in the ring. Dark City hits an alley oop lungblower on Sedrick but Roderick breaks up the cover. Davis hits a Shining Wizard but almost gets pinned on a rollup. Dark City gets the win with Project Mayhem on Sedrick.
After the match, Roderick gets on the mic and he thanks everyone for coming to the show and he thanks Sedrick for being his tag team partner on short notice. Roderick tells Dark City that they are one of the top tag teams right now. He then says that the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup is the most important two shows of the year.