Past Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup winners are Tom ‘Reckless Youth’ Carter (2003), Justice (2004), Chris Sabin (2005), Milano Collection AT (2006), Chris Hero (2007), Erick Stevens (2008), and Davey Richards (2009)
This year’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 Two:
”The New Horror” Sami Callihan is the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup Winner
After defeating Chris Dickinson on Friday night in the first round, Sami Callihan defeated Frightmare in the quarterfinals, Rich Swann in the semifinals, and Jon Moxley in the finals to become the eighth winner of the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup. Callihan impressed the fans in Brooksville and Crystal River over the two nights of the tournament with a mixture of intensity and wrestling skill.
New Wrestlers to FIP audience impress in the ring
In addition to Sami Callihan’s victory in the tournament, there were a number of wrestlers who made their debut in an FIP ring and made a good impression for a future return to Florida. Frightmare, Rich Swann, Lince Dorado, AR Fox, Chris Dickinson, and Scott Reed were able to show a new audience what they could do in the ring and gave the fans a taste of what they have done in other promotions like CZW, Evolve, DGUSA, and Chikara. I hope that their Florida careers will not be limited to the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup.
A New #1 Contender for the FIP World Heavyweight Title
With his victory over FIP World Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley in the finals, did Sami Callihan leap frog the other wrestlers on the top ten rankings? Callihan’s impressive performances on Saturday may have been enough but we will see when FIP returns in 2011.
Quarterfinals Take 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup to the Next Level
There was a lot of promise with the four quarterfinals matches in this year’s Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup and all four matches delivered in a way that I did not expect. All four matches were among the best of the tournament this year and possibly in the history of the tournament. The matches provided different types of wrestling that would probably satisfy most wrestling fans. Sugar Dunkerton and Jon Moxley gave fans a match with some humor. Frightmare and Sami Callihan gave fans a high impact match where each man gave everything. Arik Cannon and Craig Classic gave fans a hard hitting match. Rich Swann and Jigsaw provided fans with an athletic showcase.
Here are the quick results from the show
Jon Moxley defeated Sugar Dunkerton
Sami Callihan defeated Frightmare
Arik Cannon defeated Craig Classic
Rich Swann defeated Jigsaw
Jon Moxley defeated Arik Cannon
Sami Callihan defeated Rich Swann
Non Tournament Match
Chris Gray, Scott Reed, Chris Dickinson, and Jake Manning defeated Brad Allen, Grizzly Redwood, AR Fox, and Lince Dorado
Sami Callihan defeated Jon Moxley
Here is a more detailed look at the show
Match Number One: Jon Moxley defeated Sugar Dunkerton in a Quarterfinal Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Before Dunkerton can have his traditional jump ball at the start of the match, he passes the ball to Moxley and Moxley throws it at Dunkerton’s groin. Moxley with a drop kick and suplex before he goes for the basketball and he throws it at Sugar’s head. Moxley tries again but Sugar with a block and then he clotheslines Moxley. Moxley hits a DDT but can only get a near fall. They go to the turnbuckles and Sugar pushes Moxley off and hits Air Dunkerton but only gets a two count. Moxley gets the three count with an Ace Cutter.
Match Number Two: Sami Callihan defeated Frightmare in a Quarterfinal Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Callihan tries to get a quick victory with the Stretch Muffler but Frightmare escapes the hold. Frightmare tries to go up top, but Callihan stops him. They go to the floor and Callihan hits an elbow that sends Frightmare into the crowd. Frightmare returns to the ringside area with a rana. They return to the ring and Callihan is able to counter a missile drop kick with a sit out power bomb. Callihan tries for a Dragon Screw Leg Whip to help him set up the Stretch Muffler but Frightmare escapes it. Chairs are brought into the ring by Callihan. Callihan tries to power bomb Frightmare on the chairs but Frightmare avoids them. Frightmare hits Kneecolepsy with Callihan but Frightmare only gets a two count. Callihan tries for the Stretch Muffler again but Frightmare refuses to tap out. Frightmare is able to escape and he hits Kneecolepsy again but only gets a two count. Callihan is finally able to finish off Frightmare with the Stretch Muffler and kicks to the head that forces Frightmare to tap out.
Match Number Three: Arik Cannon defeated Craig Classic in a Quarterfinal Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
The match starts off with both men working on the arm but Cannon decides to start working on the leg and he puts Classic in a modified figure four leg lock. Cannon continues to work on the leg but Classic gets to the ropes. They exchange chops around the ring and Classic ups the intensity with a running forearm and Yakuza kick into the corner. Classic misses a diving head butt from the top turnbuckle and that allows Cannon to hit a flurry of moves to get a near fall. Cannon misses a moonsault and Classic responds with two German suplexes. Cannon catches Classic coming off the ropes with a slap and then after a knee he finishes off Craig with a brainbuster.
Match Number Four: Rich Swann defeated Jigsaw in a Quarterfinal Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
The crowd is clearly behind Jigsaw in this match and the fans want Jigsaw to kick Swann in the butt and he obliges. He follows that with a drop kick to the same area when Swann goes to the turnbuckles. Jigsaw forces Swann to the floor to regroup and he decides to have a snack during the match and takes some food from a fan sitting in the front row. Swann returns to the ring and starts to work on Jigsaw’s legs and puts him in the figure four leg lock and he uses the ropes for extra leverage and then he puts Jigsaw in a single leg crab. Jigsaw tries to fight off Swann’s attempts to work some more on the leg. Jigsaw gets a near fall after a Michinoku Driver but Swann returns to the leg. Jigsaw is able to escape and he hits a German suplex followed by a brainbuster but Swann rolls to the apron so Jigsaw can only get a near fall. They exchange chops, forearms, and slaps before Swann hits a spike tilt-a-whirl head scissors and Yakuza kick. Swann tries for the standing 450 splash but he lands on Jigsaw’s knees. Jigsaw with a super kick and enzuigiri but Swann with a rollup and a handful of tights for the three count.
It was time for intermission.
Match Number Five: Jon Moxley defeated Arik Cannon in a Semifinal Round Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Cannon forces Moxley to the floor and then hits a baseball slide as the action goes into the crowd. When they return to the ringside area, Moxley is bleeding from the head. They continue to battle on the floor with Cannon working on Moxley’s head wound. They return to the ring and Cannon goes up top but Moxley stops him and hits a superplex and tries for the Kimura. As Cannon continues to work over Moxley he has Moxley’s blood on his arm. Cannon hits an Exploder for a near fall but Moxley responds with an Ace Cutter for a near fall. Moxley continues to work on the arm with a Fujiwara arm bar. Cannon fights out of it and he gives Moxley a brainbuster but he can only get a two count. Cannon hits another brainbuster but Moxley kicks out again. Cannon sets for a third one but Moxley with a low blow and an inside cradle for the three count.
Match Number Six: Sami Callihan defeated Rich Swann in a Semifinal Round Match in the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
Swann comes to the ring with his shoulder taped so it appears that he suffered an injury in his quarterfinal match against Jigsaw.
Callihan sees the taped shoulder and immediately starts to work on the arm. They go to the floor and Swann is sent into the guardrails. They return to the ring and Swann hits a super kick and then sets up for the standing 450 splash but he tells the crowd that he is not a one trick pony. Swann’s attitude backfires because Callihan gets Swann in the Koji Clutch and Swann taps.
Match Number Seven: Chris Gray, Scott Reed, Chris Dickinson, and Jake Manning defeated Brad Allen, Grizzly Redwood, AR Fox, and Lince Dorado in a Non Tournament Match
Fox and Reed start things off and Fox gets the early advantage for his team with a side Russian leg sweep into the turnbuckles and a bulldog. The participants tag in and out and get a number of near falls. The men in the match get involved in a seven man chain of figure four head scissors and then Grizzly Redwood feels left out so he turns them over. Gray, Reed, Dickinson, and Manning go to the floor and regroup. Redwood hits a tope onto his opponents and it is followed by a somersault plancha from Allen. Fox is next and he hits a moonsault running off the ring post. Dorado finishes off the flurry of aerial moves with a springboard senton. As a result of the carnage on the floor, Manning is helped to the back by officials, but somehow he returns to the match.
Dickinson hits a pump handle driver on Redwood. Allen follows that with a TKO to Dickinson. Reed gives Dorado a power bomb. Fox hits Reed with an Ace Cutter. Manning hits a back breaker. Redwood hits a tornado DDT. Gray gets the three count with a rollup after Redwood gets distracted.
Match Number Eight: Sami Callihan defeated Jon Moxley to win the 2010 Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup
As the match begins, the other participants in the tournament make their way to ringside to watch the match in what has been a tradition in the finals.
Moxley tries to take advantage of Callihan before the bell rings because of his wound from his semifinal match. They both go down after a double clothesline. Moxley gets a few near falls on Callihan. Moxley tries for the crossface chicken wing but Callihan stomps on Moxley’s foot. Moxley gets put in the Tree of Woe by Callihan and he chops Moxley in the knee to set up the Stretch Muffler. Moxley escapes the Stretch Muffler and applies an Omoplata but Callihan gets to the ropes. They fight to the floor and then when they return to the ring, Moxley hits a superplex. Moxley hits an Ace Cutter and power bomb but can only get a near fall. Moxley puts Callihan in the STF but Sami gets his arm up before the referee drops it a third time. Moxley tries for a sunset flip but Callihan drops down and gets the three count.
After the match, Callihan addresses the people of Crystal River and the other participants in the tournament. He says that Moxley taught him about the business and he thought that he would never beat Moxley.
The other participants in the tournament congratulate Callihan on his victory.