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By Mike Johnson on 2012-12-30 01:00:00
Extreme Rising Title Tournament: Rhino vs. Crowbar.

The crowd chanted "F*** him up Rhino, F*** him up!" at the bell.     They locked up and Crowbar grabbed a side headlock.  Rhino sent him into the ropes and shoulderblocked him down.  Rhino worked over Crowbar in the corner, then hiptossed him.

Rhino went for the Gore but Crowbar rolled to the outside.     He went into the aisle.  Rhino followed and they brawled back towards the ringside area.    They battled onto the apron, where Rhino was snapped throat-first across the ropes.  Crowbar hit a splash into the ring for a two count. 

Crowbar nailed a low legdrop in between Rhino's legs and locked on a camel clutch.  Rhino tried to power out but Crowbar came down with his weight atop of Rhino's back.  Crowbar choked him in the corner but Rhino powered back with a series of right hands.  He whipped Crowbar into the corner and went for a running charge but missed.

Crowbar rolled to the outside and retrieved a pair of chairs from the crowd.  He drilled Rhino in the chest with them and slammed it over his back.  He went for a Northern Lights suplex on the chair but Rhino broke free.

They battled to the outside, where Crowbar nailed him with a chair on the floor.   Crowbar sent him into the railing and went to the apron.  He dove off and drilled Rhino again. 

Crowbar went to the outside and bridged it from the ring to the railing.   He sent Rhino into it, then brought the railing into the ring, setting it up on chairs.   He went to suplex Rhino from the apron into the ring but Rhino broke free and tried to piledrive Crowbar outside on the apron.  They battled back and forth until Rhino hit a Uranage off the apron through a table.  ECW chant.

They battled back into the ring, fighting back and forth with strikes.  Rhino nailed a belly to belly suplex and called for the Gore.   He went for it but Crowbar sent him into the buckles.    Crowbar went to the top rope and hit a big splash for a two count.

Crowbar sent Rhino into the corner and went to the ropes but was caught and hit a powerbomb onto the railing.  Rhino nailed the Gore, killing him, and scored the pin.

Your winner, advancing, Rhino!

Good match, especially if you are a fan of plunder spots.  They seemed to lose the crowd for a minute setting up the bridged spots but there was a lot of stiff shots and good brawling.  Fun stuff.

Crowbar received a big ovation and a "thank you" chant on the way out.

Jay Bradley vs. Facade.

Bradley muscled Facade down to the mat early.  They went back and forth on the mat with some nice reversals.   Facade went to the floor frustrated.  When he returned, Facade hit a springboard kick.  He went for a handstand into a move on the top but Bradley just trashed him with a big boot to the face, sending Facade crashing to the floor.

Bradley argued with the crowd and slammed Facade into the guard rail.   Bradley sent Facade crashing into the crowd and worked him over in the audience.  He brought Facade back to the ring and trashed him in the corner, then tossed him back to the floor.  Facade cut his hand somewhere along the way and used duct tape to tape it up.

Facade finally rolls back in, where Bradley kicked him into the corner.  He went to the ropes and came off with a knee, smashing Facade down to the mat for a two count.  Facade made a comeback with some kicks and nailed a walking the ropes springboard dropkick, sending Bradley to the floor.

Bradley recovered on the floor but was hit with a springboard into a twisting dive.  Facade rolled him back into the ring.  Out of nowhere, Facade rammed him hard into the buckles and rolled him up into a three count.

Your winner, Facade!

Decent match.  Bradley really worked well as a heel and had some good spots.  Facade had a good series of highspots.  I was surprised by the finish as Bradley had a lot of the offense for a good portion of the bout.

Blue Meanie & Balls Mahoney vs. Matt Tremont & Brian XL

They did some silly comedy stuff early.  Meanie actually did a play off of the Five Knuckle Shuffle.  Tremont and XL double teamed Meanie.  XL hit a springboard splash.  Tremont tagged back in and choked Meanie.

Balls tagged in and cleaned house with Meanie.  He nailed the Nutcracker Suite on XL.   Meanie went to the top for the Meaniesault but the Slop Hunters hit the ring and nailed a double Side Russian Legsweep off the ropes on him.

Tremont covered Meanie for the win.

Your winners, Matt Tremont & Brian XL!

All four worked over Meanie and Balls.  Gary Wolfe's music hit the ring and he cleaned house on all four to save Blue Balls. 

Papadon vs. Little Guido

Before the bout, Papadon to be announced as the wrestler who retired Tony Mamaluke and would retire Guido.

Papadon went for a kick but Guido caught his leg and sent him down to the mat.  They went into a test of strength.  They went into a series of near falls and faced off, which the crowd gave a nice round of applause for.

Papadon drilled Guido hard against the ropes and chopped him.  Guido was sent into the ropes, rebounded and took Papadon down to the mat.   They grappled back and forth until Guido backdropped him into the corner.

Guido charged him but Papadon kicked him as he was coming in and covered him for a two count.  They battled back and forth with a nice pace until Papadon went to the floor.  Papadon tried to call time out but Guido kicked him through the ropes into the apron.

The fans began chanting, "Where's my gyro?" at Papadon, who is Greek.  Papadon took over on Guido, scoring several near falls.   He set up Guido in the corner for a suplex.  Guido sent him off the ropes to the floor but Papadon rolled forward and sprung up with an uppercut.

Papadon locked a side chinlock on Guido in the center, trying to wear him down.  He nailed a big back suplex for a two count.   Papadon went to the top for a headbutt but missed.  Guido evaded a splash in the corner and kicked Papadon low as he went for a leapfrog.

Guido came off the ropes with a dropkick for a two count.   Papadon went to the ropes but Guido swept his feet out from under him.  They went to the floor, where Guido slammed him into the rail and rolled Papadon back into the ring.

Papadon fired back with an uppercut off the ropes and drilled Guido with a kick to the chest.   Guido came back and went for a Tomakaze but Papadon sent him into the ropes and hit a tiltowhirl backbreaker.  Papadon nailed a slingshot suplex then hit a shining wizard for the pin.

Your winner, Papadon!

Really good back and forth match with some nice exchanges and back and forth wrestling.  I really enjoyed the matwork here.  Papadon is one of my favorite guys to work right now, as he's sort of a throwback to the type of workers you'd see in Jim Crockett Promotions who get better as the match goes on. Guido still works as well as he did 15 years ago.

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