Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum – Dayton, OH – Saturday, October 24, 2015

At various points throughout the evening, Ian Riccaboni, Veda Scott, BJ Whitmer, Kevin Kelly, Prince Nana, and AJ Styles are on commentary.

~MATCH #1~
Kelly Klein (w/ BJ Whitmer) defeats Ray Lyn at 1:11. Riccaboni and Scott are on commentary. Klein has an obvious size and power advantage here. Lyn lands one slap to the face and Klein clotheslines her down. Klein follows with a fisherman buster and rolls it into a guillotine choke to get the quick win. Nothing wrong with a squash to establish a new character in a fledgling division.
Rating: ½*

~MATCH #2~
Adam Cole defeats Will Ferrara at 9:14. Kelly and Whitmer are on commentary now. The young veteran Cole dominates the early going with ease. Ferrara gets feisty and throws up a middle finger, so Cole brings him to the floor and wastes him against the barricades. That was awesome. Ferrara won’t give in though, and he hits a dive to the floor and a Code Red back in the ring for a near-fall. Cole appears to be taking Ferrara lightly, and it frustrates him right up until he connects with the Last Shot to get the pin. Ferrara got to look good there, and Cole has a lot to do with that. The result was never in question, but Cole made sure it wasn’t a wasted nine minutes.
Rating: **¼

~MATCH #3~
The All Night Express (Kenny King & Rhett Titus) defeat Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser, w/ The Boys (Brandon & Brent) at 11:22. At first, Young says he’s not an egomaniac like Dalton Castle, so he offers The Boys the chance to fight this match. Young quickly denounces their efforts and takes over the match along with the Bruiser. Both Young and Bruiser take some time at the commentary table, and use the Boys as a distraction. Titus takes heat for a while as this one pretty much sticks to the formula. The match breaks down and the referee loses control. The ANX isolates Bruiser and hit him with a very impressive One Night Stand to get the pin. This was pretty heavy on shenanigans in the first little bit, but they settled in after that and had a perfectly cromulent match.
Rating: **½

~MATCH #4~
Caprice Coleman defeats Samson Walker at 8:15. Coleman cuts a pre-match promo, first putting Walker over and then subtly talking trash. This is a pretty standard power v speed matchup, with action taking place both in and out of the ring. Late in the match Coleman introduces a steel chair, and pulls an Eddie Guerrero on Walker. That momentary distraction is enough for Coleman to score a schoolboy rollup to get the pin. This served an okay purpose in getting Coleman’s new heel character introduced, but the match was mostly lifeless.
Rating: **

~MATCH #5~
Michael Elgin defeats Donovan Dijak (w/ Taeler Hendrix & Truth Martini) at 18:58. Ring announcer Bobby Cruise cedes his ring announcing duties to old friend Steve Corino for this match, and Nana joins the commentary. Elgin controls early on, using his power on Dijak despite the size difference. Dijak hangs in there and takes over to start wearing Elgin down with a variety of offense. Both men use their impressive strength on the other, giving this one a cool heavyweight feel. This is just brutally stiff throughout, with both men making it look like a war. Elgin is great and making his opponent look good while going over, and that’s what happened here. This is Dijak’s best showing to date.
Rating: ***½

~MATCH #6~
Joey Daddiego (w/ Truth Martini) defeats Shaheem Ali at 6:53. Kelly and Riccaboni are on commentary now, together for the first time. This is a pretty standard post-intermission exhibition match. Ali gets a small amount of offense in, but Daddiego catches him on the top rope and brings him down into a fireman carry slam to get the pin. Decent showing for Daddiego, but it’s not like there’s a plan for him right now.
Rating: *¾

~MATCH #7~
Cliff Compton defeats Adam Page (w/ BJ Whitmer & Colby Corino), Brutal Bob (w/ Tim Hughes), and Cedric Alexander (w/ Veda Scott) in a Four Corner Survival match at 7:59. Compton cuts a terrible promo before the match, and the action begins. Both Hughes and Alexander get booted out of the arena early in the match, and then Corino and Whitmer get the heave-ho as well. The action continues at a fast pace until CHEESEBURGER makes his way out behind the referee’s back, seeking revenge for the broken hand inflicted on him by Bob and Hughes last night. CHEESEBURGER drills Bob with the Shotei Palm Strike, and Compton gets the pin. That was not very good, and not very interesting. After the match CHEESEBURGER cuts a promo challenging Bob to a match at Final Battle.
Rating: *½

~MATCH #8~
The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) defeat War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe) at 20:49. This should be a pretty hard-hitting match. The crowd supports both teams and is vocal about it in the early going. Both teams get quite a bit of offense in, which is to be expected given that it’s the fourth time these two teams have met in tag team matches. The first two were no-contests, and the third was won by the Briscoes, so War Machine has the most to lose here. Late in the match they spill to the floor and it looks like we’re headed for another no-contest. The referee gives a lot of leeway and the match carries on. The pace kept up by all four men is intense, and the crowd is along for the ride, chanting “that was awesome” as all four men shake hands. It was quite good, but it ran a little on the long side. Still, the effort by all four men made for a very entertaining brawl, and it gives War Machine reason to continue chasing a goal without making them look bad. Nicely done.
Rating: ***¾

~MATCH #9~
Jay Lethal (w/ Truth Martini), Roderick Strong & The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Michael Bennett, w/ Maria Kanellis) defeat Dalton Castle, Moose (w/ Stokely Hathaway) & The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian, w/ Chris Sabin) at 33:33 in an elimination tag team match. AJ Styles joins commentary along with Kevin Kelly. Since this is an elimination match no one is in any great hurry to get this one going. The first elimination comes when the Kingdom hits Kazarian with the Hail Mary, and the Champions have the one-man advantage now. Several minutes later Daniels evens the score with a rollup on Bennett. Daniels goes one step further when he hits a concealed low blow on Taven and follows with the Best Moonsault Ever to score another elimination. It’s three-on-two now in favor of the All-Stars. Strong takes care of that in short order by hitting Daniels with the End of Heartache to eliminate “the ring general.” That leaves Lethal and Strong, who just wrestled last night in Kalamazoo, where Strong won the TV Title – so they may be less than harmonious together. With that being sad, they figure it out and keep Castle isolated from Moose with some good teamwork. Hendrix and Martini interfere late in the match, allowing Lethal to hit Castle with a superkick and the Lethal Injection to score the pin. Moose is all on his own now. He doesn’t last long, as Strong blasts him with multiple knee strikes and a huge Sick Kick to get the pin. Lethal and Strong are the winners. This was a very good main event, and I like that they didn’t feel compelled to stretch it much past half an hour, like prior versions of this match. The eliminations made sense, Castle and Moose looked good, and we’ve got some intrigue between Strong and Lethal coming out of this one. Well done all around here.
Rating: ****

A2Z Analysiz
The main event is excellent, and I enjoyed Dijak v Elgin and Briscoes v War Machine as well, so that’s one-third of the card right there. Everything else is middle-of-the road stuff, nothing worth going out of your way for.