Joe Ettel vs. Panda Man
Panda Man is a masked character who came out carrying a stick of Bamboo. Ettel is the heel. They played to the crowd early. Panda grabbed a side headlock and began working over Ettel's arm. He took Ettel to the mat with a side headlock takedown. Ettel fought back to his feet and shoulderblocked Panda down.
Panda leapfrogged Ettel and nailed an armdrag, followed by a head scissors takedown, sending Ettel to the outside. Etten and his manager (didn't catch the name) stalked the floor, arguing with the fans. Back in the ring, Ettel shoulderblocked Panda down and kicked him in the mid-section. He choked Panda in the corner and kicked him in the chest.
Panda was whipped into the corner and nailed with a running clothesline. Ettel slammed Panda down for a two count. He cinched a rear chinlock on Panda. The referee checked his arms and dropped them twice but the crowd chanted for Panda and brought him back to life.
Panda fought his way out and nailed a series of moves during his comeback including a Blue Thunder Bomb. He began chopping Ettel hard around the ring. Panda went for a powerbomb but Ettel rolled around him on his shoulders and landed on his feet, kicking Panda and nailing him with a DDT for a two count.
Ettel went to the outside and grabbed a piece of lead pipe from under the ring. The referee grabbed it from him before he had a chance to use it. He argued with the referee about it and Panda rolled him up from behind and scored the pin.
Your winner, Panda Man!
After the match, Ettel nailed Panda with the lead pipe. His manager went to hit Panda with a bible, but Panda kicked him and DDT'd him on the Bible. Not sure what the symbolism might have been there.
An interviewer tried to get comments from Panda after the match but he simply bellowed.
Good back and forth opener.
Anthony Cezzon & Saddam Bashir vs. Quinton Cage & Alex Reyes
Cezzon and Bashir were doing a Middle Eastern gimmick. Cage and Reyes were babyfaces booked from Miami Beach.
Cezzon and Cage opened up and went back and forth with Cage working over his arm. They did a series of reversals and finally faced off. Cage offered a handshake but Cezzon blew him off and tagged in Bashir.
Reyes tagged in and followed Bashir as he prayed to Allah, then attacked him. Bashir locked him in a side headlock and sent him into the ropes, shoulderblocking him down. Reyes nailed a series of hiptosses and armdrags, sending Bashir retreating into the corner.
Bashir nailed a Stun Gun. He and Cezzon worked over Reyes but he nailed both with a dropkick sending them to the floor. Their bodyguard got in the way and caught Reyes when he went for a Pescado, pressing and sending him back into the ring, but he then came back with a tope con hilo, taking him out.
Meanwhine, inside the ring Cage nailed a leaping leg lariat off the ropes to take down Bashir. Bashir soon took control and they tagged in and out working over Cage, getting several near falls. Bashir locked on a front facelock but Cage was able to push him back into his corner and tagged Reyes. Unfortunately, the referee missed it.
Bashir and Cezzon worked over Cage until he was able to nail a double DDT. He finally made the hot tag to Reyes, who came back with a series of clotheslines and a leaping kick. He covered Bashir, but Cezzon broke up the pinfall. Reyes leapfrogged Bashir who ran into a Codebreaker on him, then held him. Reyes leapt and did a flip into a legdrop across Bashir. He then nailed a rana, sending him to the outside
Cage locked Cezzon in a Gori Guerrero Especial, then drove him to the mat. Reyes hit a double flip 450 senton, coming down back first across Cezzon and scored the pin.
Your winners, Quinton Cage & Alex Reyes!
Very good back and forth tag team match.
An interviewer asked them if they would be teaming going forward. Cage said, "True talent is in the building, baby!"
Ricky Reyes vs. Quiet Storm
Before the match, a "fan" got in Reyes' face and his manager pulled him over the railing and tossed him into the ring, where he got laid out. Storm hit the ring to save the fan. Reyes is the heel here.
They locked up and immediately went back and forth. Storm nailed several shoulderblocked and tackled Reyes to the outside. When Reyes returned to the ring, he caught Storm with an underhanded shot but was quickly hiptossed over. They went to the mat, where Storm grabbed him in a front facelock. Reyes slipped out and began working over his arm. Storm caught him in a head scissors, using his legs to squeeze and put pressure on Reyes. They went back and forth until Reyes caught Storm in the corner and kicked away at him.
Reyes worked over Storm and whipped him hard into the corner. He charged Storm and was kicked off. Storm turned to climb to the top but was nailed with a running high knee in the back. Reyes controlled Storm on the mat, locking him into a rear chinlock.
Storm was tossed to the floor and Reyes distracted the referee, allowing his manager to work over Storm on the floor. He was tossed back into the ring, where Reyes continued the damage. He whipped Storm hard into the buckles, with Storm collapsing from the might of the force.
Reyes worked over Storm on the mat, wearing him down. Reyes argued with the crowd after whipping Storm into the corner. Storm kicked him off on a charge and had a monster comeback. Storm nailed a backdrop and some awesomely stiff clotheslines. He nailed a Northern Light suplex for a two count.
Storm went for a running clothesline but Reyes ducked under and nailed a neckbreaker. He went for another but was caught in a backslide for a two count. They went back and forth and Storm caught him with a La Magistral for a two count.
Reyes killed Storm with an awesome lariat and covered him for a near fall. Reyes nailed a leg lariat and a standing suplex for another two count. Storm came back with a standing suplex. Both guys were out and almost counted down but fought their way to their feet and fought back and forth with an insanely stiff exchange of chops and punches. Storm caught Reyes with a clothesline for a two count. Reyes kicked out and rolled around into a crossface. Storm was trapped in the center and finally tapped.
Your winner, Ricky Reyes!
Just an awesome back and forth match. These guys are just world class workers with great pedigrees from their time in New Japan and Michinoku Pro respectively and it showed here. Just great stuff. Just a tremendously well crafted bout.
Still to come tonight:
*Brian Kendrick vs. The Amazing Red
*Jay Lethal vs. Brian XL
*The Young Bucks vs. Azrieal & Bandido Jr.
*Eddie Kingston vs. Dammy Demanto and more!
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