Drake Younger vs. Johnny Gargano
They went back and forth on the mat with some nice reversals and near falls early. They faced off and got a really nice pop.
They went back and forth but couldn't get the other down. Younger went to the top for a double stomp but saw DJ Hyde and was briefly distracted as Hyde was selling merchandise. Gargano nailed him but was sent down to the mat. Younger missed the double stomp and was drilled into the buckles like a lawn dart.
Younger was almost counted out. Gargano kept distracting the referee as a way to run down the clock. Younger returned. They kept going back and forth and the clock ran out.
0-0, so they went to a three minute overtime.
They went to the overtime. Younger was distracted by DJ Hyde, who had walked over to the guard rail and yelled something. Gargano capitalized and scored the pin.
Your winner, Johnny Gargano!
For some reason, my laptop rebooted in the middle of the opener, so obviously that wasn't anywhere near the detail we usually have. My apologies for that.
A really good opener.
After, Younger cut a promo and said he wanted Hyde in any match he wanted. Hyde laughed at him.
Candice LaRae vs. Katarina Leigh
This is the first in WCA's Women's Beat the Champ series and is held under the same rules as the Race for the Ring Tournament. Katarina is the former Winter/Katie Lea Burchill.
They went back and forth trying to get the better of each other, grapping on the mat and doing a test of strength. LaRae used a series of hiptoss takedowns but was whipped into the ropes. She came back with a kick to the face.
Katarina worked her over in the corner. LaRae nailed a rana but was caught with a swinging backbreaker over the knee for a three count.
Katarina 1, LaRae 0
Katarina nailed a Samoan Drop for a two count. LaRae came back with an Octopus but was beaten down by Katarina. LaRae shocked her with a small package for a three count.
They are tied up.
LaRae tried to use a crucifix and scored a two count. Leigh began stomping her back. Leigh went for a Boston Crab and tried to turn LaRae over but was kicked off. They battled into the corner, where they exchanged forearms. LaRae got the better off the exchange and went for a missile dropkick and missed. Leigh locked on a Boston Crab and forced her to submit.
Katarina 2 , LaRae - 1
LaRae nailed a sunset flip for a two count but was caught with a clothesline . LaRae missed a charge and nailed the buckles hard as the clock ran out.
Your winner, Katarina!
Papadon vs. Joey Ryan
They started off hot with each of them going right after the other. Papadon was sent to the apron and kicked Ryan as he went for a dive. Papadon worked him over with a series of elbows to the head and scored a series of near falls.
Papadon nailed several uppercuts and a belly to back suplex. He worked over Ryan's neck. He went to the top for a flying headbutt but Ryan rolled out of the way. :Ryan scored with a series of clotheslines but was kicked as Papadon came off the ropes. He fired back with a kick of his own. Papadon nailed a F5 into a knee to the face but Ryan nailed him with a knee off the ropes.
Ryan was nailed with a Jawjacker elbow off the ropes by Papadon for a two count. Papadon nailed a series of kicks but was rolled up for a two count. Ryan avoided a takeover and nailed a belly to back suplex for a two count.
Ryan speared Papadon and powerbombed him for a two count. Papadon came back with a big belly to belly suplex with a bridge for a two count. Papadon nailed a series of elbows to the face and drilled Ryan with an inverted DDT for a two count.
Papdon used a drop toehold into the ropes on Ryan. Papadon drilled him with a shining wizard and picked up Ryan for a brainbuster for a three count.
Papadon 1, Ryan 0.
Papadon dropkicked him into the buckles. Ryan came back with a superkick. He scored with another but missed with a third. Papadon drilled him with a right. Ryan rolled him up for a two count. They went back and forth. Papadon rode Ryan to the mat and held him there as the time ran out.
Your winner, Papadon!
Papadon was interviewed after the match. He said that Ryan is very talented and it's no surprise he represents the fans here, but for every ounce of talent Ryan has, Papadon was that much better. He said in October, he will be that much better and so on and so on.
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