Wednesday, June 14, 2006

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MATCH #1: Lacey vs. Sumie Sakai, Do or Die V, 8.20.05

They chain wrestle to tart and Lacey almost gets a pin with a victory roll. More pinning combinations are traded back and forth but neither wrestler can score an early pin. Sakai strikes with a dropkick and then drop toeholds Lacey into the ropes. Momentum swings over to Lacey, who hits a neckbreaker for two. Lacey goes to work, focusing on the neck area. Sakai comes back and uses a variety of submission holds. Lacey doesn’t appreciate that so she goes back to working the neck. Sakai responds with a 619 and a Missile Dropkick for a near-fall. She goes up for a moonsault but Lacey avoids it. A series of victory roll reversals ends up with a two-count for Sakai. Back on their feet more reversals end with Lacey hitting the Implant DDT to get the pin at 6:27. That was a solid little back and forth encounter, and a good showcase for Lacey to face someone in ROH besides Daizee Haze or Sara Del Rey. Sakai is generally fun in her sporadic ROH appearances.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: Lacey & Tiana Ringer vs. Allison Danger & Shantelle Taylor, Preshow, 3.30.06

I’m not sure what ended up with Tiana Ringer, but Shantelle Taylor went on to some pretty decent success in TNA not too long after this. Lacey and Taylor start the match, and Lacey strikes first by knocking Danger off the apron, and then drilling Taylor with a wicked kick to the back. Taylor fires back with a flurry that sends Lacey scrambling to the corner. Ringer tags in and engages Taylor in some chain wrestling. Taylor gets the better of that exchange and almost puts Ringer away. Danger tags in and she continues to press the advantage for her team. Lacey uses some shady tactics to get herself tagged in, and Taylor makes her pay for it with a dropkick for a two-count. Finally Lacey is able to grab Taylor for a Stun Gun to take control. Lacey and Ringer effectively work together to keep Taylor grounded and away from her partner. After several minutes Taylor is able to slam Ringer on her face and the tag is made. Danger is a house afire, doing stuff to Lacey while Ringer literally just stands there looking lost. Lacey and Ringer use some shady tactics to regain control, but Danger fights Lacey off with an STO for two. Taylor tags in and hits a high cross body off the top rope for two. Ringer continues to look lost so Danger takes her out with a tackle to the floor. Taylor goes for a tilt-a-whirl slam but Lacey is able to reverse it to the Implant DDT to get the pin at 9:35. That was a really solid formula tag team match, only really brought down by Ringer’s mental lapses. But not knowing how long she had been in the business at the time I won’t hold that against her too much because I respect anyone who goes through training to be a wrestler. Being a wrestler is hard work.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: Lacey, Rain & Cheerleader Melissa vs. Allison Danger, MsChif & Daizee Haze, Preshow, 4.1.06

MsChif and Rain start it off, but Melissa and Danger tag their way in before any contact is made. Danger takes control of the arm and sends Melissa to the floor. Back in the ring MsChif and Lacey tag in, and the crowd chants “HUSS,” much to Lacey’s dismay. They take it down to the mat and trade holds. Haze and Rain get a chance to show off their moves next. They trade pinning combinations but no one can get a three-count just yet. Danger and Melissa come back in to keep the pace frenetic. The referee loses control in a major way and bodies are flying all over the place. The Lacey-led trio is able to take control during the chaos and they target Haze to isolate from her partners. Lacey hits Haze with a Rope-hung swinging neckbreaker for a near-fall. After a few minutes Haze is able to hit Rain with a DDT and make the tag to MsChif. Rain runs away but Melissa is not afraid. MsChif and Melissa trade strikes but Melissa takes the advantage when MsChif misses a standing moonsault. Melissa, Lacey, and Rain take turns working MsChif over and keeping her in their half of the ring. Lacey hits a TKO for a two-count. After a good long beat down, MsChif avoids astrike and makes the lukewarm tag. Danger is a house afire, throwing kicks and forearms at everyone. The referee loses control and it’s a pier six brawl. Haze comes in and hits Rain with the Heart Punch and Yakuza Kick, and then they go to the floor. Melissa and MsChif are fighting on the floor as well, leaving Danger and Lacey in the ring. Danger locks Lacey in the Lovelace Choker to get the tap out win at 17:18. That was a tremendous six-woman tag, with solid formula stuff mixed with good action and a hot finish. Good stuff here.
Rating: ***¼