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KING OF FLIGHT TOURNAMENT LIVE REPORT FROM LA: KENDRICK, LONDON, YOUNG BUCKS, SAMURAY DEL SOL, AMAZING RED AND MORE

By Steven Ronquillo on 2013-03-25 09:47:44
Former WWE/TNA/ROH star Brian Kendrick made his debut as a promoter on Sunday 3/24 with the “King of Flight” tournament in Huntington Park, CA. The tournament was an eight man, single elimination style to determine the “King of Flight.”

FIRST ROUND:

Paul London vs. Samuray Del Sol

Prior to the math London was handing out kazoos to the crowd in his orange NASA jumpsuit. Handshake to start the match. They competed in a somersault exchange and try to out somersault the other person. A lot of fast paced countering and pinfalls to start things off. Del Sol to the top rope with a diving spinning arm drag sending London outside of the ring. Del Sol prepared to dive outside of ring, but London literally ran outside of the building. London took his time and came back to the ring at the nine count. London in control with moves in the corning, but Del Sol with sunset flip for near fall. Double arm suplex by London for a close two count. Del Sol with a figure four like move causing London to almost tap out until he grabbed the rope. London able to get Del Sol on ropes and lands a neck breaker for a two count. London off the ropes but Del Sol moves and sends London outside. Del Sol with suicide dive and connects with London on the outside. Both men back in ring as Del Sol sends London to the mat with a hurricanrana from the top rope. London back in control and attempts a power bomb. Del Sol counters the power bomb with a Frankensteiner for a near fall. Battle on the top of the rope until Del Sol delivers a sunset flip power bomb for the pin.

Winner: Samuray Del Sol

A good, solid 15 minute opener to get the crowd going. The crowd reacted well to the opener. A short match, but I’m sure they are saving time for later on.

AR Fox vs. Nick Jackson

Nick enters the match doing crotch chops on the floor to Fox. Test of strength to start things off but Nick with a kick to the mid-section. Series of rope moves and counters. Fox with split legged moonsault. Awesome series of back and forth flips and counters by both guys. Nick able to get Fox in the corner and delivers three back racks in a row. Fox fights back and whips Nick to opposite corner, but misses with Stinger Splash. Dropkick from Nick for a two count. Enziguri from Fox sends Nick to the outside of ring. Fox does three dives in a row onto Nick by doing each dive in between each of the ropes. On the final dive Fox did a 450 flip and nearly landed on his head. Gnarly fall! Nick broke the fall and both men ok. Fox sends Nick onto the apron with Nick’s head exposed. Leg drop from top rope by Fox followed by a two count. Both men fight their way to the top rope and Fox lands a Diamond Dust variation. Nick recovers with a super kick to the face of Fox. Fox in the corner and receives hard knee to the face by Nick. Sunset flip by Nick but Fox rolls over and gets the pinfall.

Winner: AR Fox

A lot of hard hitting moves here. Sounded very stiff and the crowd loved it. Fox looks to be in great shape. A short 9 minute match.

Ricochet vs. Amazing Red

Handshake and respect shown by both men. Quick prayer by Red in the corner and then they get things going. A lot of back and forth action to start things off and things are going quickly. Both men on apron and Red uses an enziguri to send Ricochet outside of ring. Red with a shooting star press off the apron onto Ricochet on the ground. Back in the ring Red delivers chops to Ricochet. Red sends Ricochet to the ropes, but Ricochet counters with RKO like maneuver. Red is sent to outside the ring and Ricochet goes with a corkscrew dive over the top rope and hits Red. Back in the ring for a two count. The two men exchange a series of thigh kicks until Red sends an enziguri to Ricochet’s head. Red with a swinging DDT sends Ricochet outside of ring. Red goes off the ropes and jumps onto the top rope and proceeds to flip into the crowd landing in a group of chairs. Crazy bump! Ricochet returns to the ring and Red makes it in right at the 9 count. Red tries to fight back but Ricochet with a backslide driver for a two count. Ricochet goes to the top but Red catches him mid-air for a hurricanrana to the mat. Both men fight to the top rope and Ricochet connects with a reverse hurricanrana for the three count.

Winner: Ricochet

Lots of action in this one. Best match of the night so far. A lot of stuff was going on so I apologize if I missed some moves.

Matt Jackson vs. Rich Swann

Matt wastes no time and attacks Swann to start off the match. Swann gets advantage until both men hit each other with drop kicks. Some stomps in the corner by Matt and then sends Swann to opposite corner chest first. Matt off the ropes with a flip but Swann catches him with kick to the head. Swann with a suplex into a pin for a two count. Both men go outside and Matt rams Swann’s back into the post. Matt then takes Swann head first into another post. Both men by the entrance ramp as Matt spears Swann onto the ramp followed by a DDT by Matt. Matt goes back into ring and then does a baseball slide to the outside and super kicks a standing Swann. Matt decides to do the same thing but this time Swann super kicks Matt when he slides outside the ring. Big splash onto Matt in the ring for a two count. Swann with a rolling thunder type move for a two count. Swann goes for a dive off the ropes but Matt catches him and delivers a jumping tombstone for a two count. Matt misses a senton and Swann with a quick super kick. Matt recovers and power bombs Swann onto top turnbuckle. Both men move into the corner and bump the referee. Swann goes for a pin but no ref. Swann goes to check on ref as Nick Jackson enters the ring and switches with brother Matt. Swann goes to the top for a splash but Nick moves. Quick cradle by Swann and he gets the three count.

Winner: Rich Swann

The Young Bucks are upset with the ref and begin to attack him. The Bucks send the ref into the ropes for a double clothesline but the ref ducks and returns off the ropes with his own double clothesline to the Bucks sending them out of the ring.

Another good fast paced match. The Bucks are great getting heat from the crowd. This was the first time seeing Swann and he looked great.

Semi Finals

AR Fox vs. Samuray Del Sol

Armbar reversals to start out. A lot of fast counters and I cannot keep up with them as I write this down. Fox sends Del Sol to the outside and looks to attempt his three dive move between all three ropes. As Fox goes off the ropes, Del Sol rolls back into ring and drop kicks Fox to the outside of ring. Del Sol goes for corkscrew dive over the top rope and hits Fox. Del Sol to the outside apron and does a spinning dive and adds an arm drag at the end. Del Sol puts Fox back into the ring but misses a splash from outside the ring. Enziguri by Fox followed by neck breaker. Del Sol goes outside of ring but Fox hits an Air Fox dive and connects. Fox with a 450 splash from the apron onto Del Sol. Both men back in ring. Del Sol hits a sunset flip rotation into a pin for a two count. Del Sol immediately with a rising sun for the pin.

Winner: Samuray Del Sol

The match was about 10 minutes but a fun match. Both guys worked hard in this match. Would love to see them go longer.

Ricochet vs. Rich Swann

The crowd is much pumped for this one. Lots of “Inner City” chants as both guys lock up. Test of strength challenge by Swann but he keeps changing arms as Ricochet tries to grab him. Both exchange counters until Swann takes advantage. 10 punch count in the corner by Swann. Swann is showing a lot more showmanship in this matchup compared to his first match. Ricochet comes back with a combo of kicks and finishes with a kick to the back of the head of Swann. High aerial drop kick by Ricochet to Swann. Swann is able to fight back and hits a fame asser followed by a rolling thunder. Ricochet escapes to the outside and Swann follows him to the entrance stage. They fight their way back inside the ring where Swann hits Ricochet with a gut wrench power bomb for a two count. Quick RKO like move by Ricochet for a two count. Ricochet back up to his feet and delivers a standing shooting star press. Ricochet then yells at one of the Young Bucks who is watching by the entrance of the building. Enziguri and standing shooting star press by Swann for a two count. Ricochet goes to the top rope and hits Swann with a double rotation moonsault for the pin.

Winner: Ricochet

So far this even is producing one great match after another. These guys had great chemistry together.

This was followed by a match with two of Brian Kendrick’s students. I missed their names when they came out.

King of Flight Finals

Samuray Del Sol vs. Ricochet

As soon as the bell rang Ricochet delivered a fast dropkick to Del Sol. Del Sol is sent to the outside and Ricochet sends a series of chops to Del Sol. Del Sol is able to send Ricochet into one of the post but Ricochet comes back with a super kick to Del Sol. They both head back to the ring and do a series of fast paced exchanges. Ricochet arm drags Del Sol the outside and Ricochet with a dive that sends Del Sol into some chairs. Ricochet grabs a camera from the camera man and mocks Del Sol. A series of moves are done and Ricochet gives the camera back to the camera man. Del Sol is selling an injured left shoulder and Ricochet works on it back in the ring. It seems like every time Del Sol is able to escape a move, Ricochet is able to take the advantage back. Del Sol finally takes advantage and delivers a hard kick to the head of Ricochet. Both men are down and get up prior to the 10 count. Crowd is chanting “this is awesome” and I agree. Rico grabs Del Sol with a cobra clutch and does a side suplex with it. Del Sol gets back up for swinging DDT and gets a two count. Ricochet pulls Del Sol to the top rope and does a face plant for a two count. Del Sol quickly gets up and does a Frankensteiner from behind for a near fall. Ricochet back up but misses a 450 splash. Del Sol gets up and does a springboard hurricanrana into a pin for the three count.

Winner and King of Flight: Samuray Del Sol!

Awesome match! Best of the night. Brian Kendrick makes his way out with a plastic crown to give to Del Sol. Ricochet takes the crown form Brian’s hand. Ricochet stares at the crown and then presents it to Del Sol.

A great night of wrestling and not a bad first show by Spanky.

Notes: The building was a small warehouse and had about 200 people in attendance… Spanky was seen all over the place during the show… Jay Lethal was signing autographs at a table set up by the entrance… Nigel McGuinness was doing color commentary… Sever local indy wrestlers were in the crowd including PWG star Willie Mack… Prior to the main event Spanky came out to thank the fans and put over the wrestlers on the show… The show was supposed to start at 7pm but started just a little before 6:30pm.