Sadly missing “Girls Night Out”, I continue my trend of going to every other AIW show I can go to, on Friday April 25th 2014, I will return to Turner’s Hall in Cleveland Ohio for AIW’s yearly rap show “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang”. The idea of the rap shows is that all matches are contested under “Compton Rules”, really just “No Disqualifications”; and this time, I’m not going alone. I managed to talk my brother Jarett, who hasn’t watched or attended a wrestling show since 2012 (A January RAW in Cleveland), into coming with me. He is very skeptical about this, but agreed anyway. And damn, what an awesome card to attend it is. So let’s run down this card (As of April 21st, 2014) and see just how flippin’ awesome this show is gonna be.
Match #1: Bobby Beverly vs. Davey Vega
Vega and Beverly are two of AIW’s better young stars. Beverly has an ability to be able to work a fine match with anyone, and Vega just has an infectious enthusiasm about him that makes him impossible to hate. The story going into this one is that both guys have the capabilities to be top guys and AIW, but as soon as they get close to the brass ring, they can’t quite grasp it. This match is probably going to be a showcase of both men’s talent and skill, with the victor continuing on to make a mark in AIW.
Match #2 AIW Tag Team Championship Match: The Jollyville Fuck-Its (c) vs. Dicks and Flips vs. Faith in Ryan vs. La Tabarnak De Team
Another 4-way tag match. Not too interested, but I’ll still be interested in it because of T-Money’s POOOOOOOUNCE! which will one day kill a man. Mark my words.
Match #3: Shane Hollister vs. Tyson Dux
For those who read my review of “Gauntlet for the Gold 9”, you know how much I loved the 4-Way match that featured these two, and now they are going to go at it again in singles action. These two guys are intense, hard hitting, and beyond athletic. Expect fast-paced action and hard kicks. Oh god, expect the hard kicks.
Matches #4 & #5: Veda Scott vs. An Opponent of Greg Iron’s Choosing & Greg Iron vs. An Opponent of Veda Scott’s Choosing
I’m lumping these two together as they are really both apart of the same storyline. I’ve really enjoyed the rivalry between these two over the past few months, but I am guessing that this will go on until we see a definitive end at Absolution. It’ll be fun to see who comes out for both of them.
Match #6 AIW Women’s Championship Match: Athena (c) vs. Nikki Storm
Athena won the title from Allysin Kay last month during “Girl’s Night Out”. Although I have never seen this two women wrestle before, I’ve heard some damn good stuff from both of them and I can’t wait to see what these two can bring to the ring.
Match #7 Tag Team Grudge Match: The Panda Express (Kevin Steen & Johnny Gargano) vs. Louis Lyndon & #ALLEGO w/ his Manager
A match that has been brewing since Hell on Earth last year, Kevin Steen and Johnny Gargano finally get a chance on taking out two guys who have made their life in AIW pretty much suck, the Intense Division Champion Louis Lyndon and Ethan Page with Selezya Sparx. The vintages building up this match have been hysterical on the Panda Express’s part, so I am not sure if I am going to expect a serious or a lighthearted match. Either way, it’ll probably kick ass.
Match #8 AIW Absolute Championship Match: Michael Elgin (c) vs. Colin Delany
Delaney finally gets another shot at the title after Page stole his golden moment from him at Absolution last year. This time, he is taking on who I proclaim to be the most dominant wrestler in AIW right now, the Absolute Champion himself, Michael Elgin. I don’t expect Delaney to win this, but it’ll be cool if he does. Elgin’s matches are always fun and Delaney just oozes infectious energy.
Match #9: Tim Donst vs. Alex Shelly
This is the true main event, folks. If you know me, you know Tim Donst is one of my favorite wrestlers of all time, top 10 easily. And if you don’t know me, let me tell you that the Motor City Machine Guns are one of my favorite tag teams of all time. So, putting two of some of my favorite performers in the ring, this match is the reason I bought tickets. Tim Donst has just been incredible for the past 8 months, beating Hutter, Hero, Havoc, Kingston, winning the Gauntlet for the Gold, and now is taking on Alex Shelly. Am I hyped? You bet your ass I am!
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