-Joey Styles, Balls Mahoney, and New Jack are all here signing autographs before the show starts.
-There are scheduled to be several surprises throughout the evening.
-EVOLVE will easily shatter their attendance record tonight as there is a line down the block of people trying to get into the show.
Larry Dallas comes out with Ahtu, who has an open contract tonight and will face a mystery opponent, and it is indeed a surprise!
Ahtu vs Low Ki
Ki floors Ahtu right off the bat with a rolling front kick, and Ahtu is out. The fans chant Low Ki’s name as Ahtu slowly makes his way back to his feet…then slumps to the mat again. The fans chant “one more time” as Ahtu again starts to pull himself up, just in time to take a Tidal Crush. Ahtu’s flat on his back again and Low Ki goes to the top rope and comes off with the double stomp for the win.
Winner: Low Ki
AWESOME way to start the show. Crowd is going nuts for Low Ki, and referes come out to pull Ahtu out of the ring and haul him away as Low Ki, who I now realize didn’t even bother to take off his Bluetooth earpiece before the match, takes the microphone to say he’s spent the last year plus sitting on the sidelines watching his profession fall by the wayside. People are complacent, actors are trying to imitate professional wrestlers, and he’s here in EVOLVE to be a catalyst for change. He is here to put everyone in EVOLVE on notice that Low Ki is here and he’s not going anywhere, and let it be known that he will be in Toronto and Miami and he’s going to make a few surprise appearances so we’d better pay attention. He wants his profession back and if anyone decides they’re man enough to step in the ring with him, he dares them to (as one famous man from Red Hook, Brooklyn said) beat him if they can and survive if he lets them.
Cheech Hernandez vs Cloudy Day
They’re now using their full names and Cheech is the “New Wave” character we’ve seen him use once or twice in DGUSA and EVOLVE. Cheech takes Cloudy down with a waistlock, but Cloudy with a double leg takedown and goes after him with right hands. He charges Cheech, but Cheech just pops him up in the air and plants him face first. Greco Roman knucklelock that Cheech wins easily, but Cloudy rolls through and they exchange lucha stuff until Cloudy sends Cheech to the outside with a flying headscissors. Cheech dodges a dive to the floor, but Cloudy stops himself before going outside, he tries to catch Cheech coming back into the ring but Cheech slides around behind him and hits a Randy Orton backbreaker for 2. Cheech with a Lou Thesz press and then does the Up In Smoke clap before locking Cloudy in a no-hands Sharpshooter. Cloudy makes the ropes and Cheech charges him in the corner, but Cloudy gets the knees up and hits a flying headscissors that sends Cheech to the outside. Cloudy goes for a twisting dive through the ropes, but Cheech moves and Cloudy goes SPLAT on hte concrete floor. Cheech, ever the compassionate soul, picks him up and rams him into the ring apron, but Cloudy nails him and rams him into the guardrail,and then Cheech returns the favor and whips him into the rail. Cloudy goes for a Code Red on the floor, but Cheech blocks and counters to a Gory Bomb onto the ring apron. That looked painful. Cheech rolls Cloudy back inside and covers for 2, Cloudy tries going up top but Cheech kicks the top rope and knocks Cloudy down onto the corner. Cloudy blocks a superplex and goes for a tornado DDT, Cheech tries hitting a pump handle something, but Cloudy counters that as well back to the DDT and both men are down. Cloudy with a rolling cradle for 2, schoolboy rollup for 2, Cheech blocks a backslide but Cloudy ducks a clothesline and hits an Ace Crusher for 2. Cloudy ducks a Yakuza Kick and hits an inverted Frankensteiner for 2. Cheech blocks an other Frankensteiner and counters to a facebuster for 2, then hits the Superman dive in the corner followed by a facewash slide and then a 619 from the floor. That still only gets 2, Cloudy tries a rolling cradle for 2 but Cheech escapes and hits Go To Cheech and covers, but pulls Cloudy up at 2. He goes for a powerbomb but Cloudy counters to Code Red for 2. He tries another flying headscissors but cheech counters to a second Go To Cheech for the win.
Winner: Cheech Hernandez
Excellent match, they went out of their way to make each other look good and even though Cheech went over, Cloudy definitely looked competitive and I think will do fine as a single if he sticks around EVOLVE.
The Scene vs John Silver & Alex Reynolds
Konley and Silver start and Konley takes Silver down with a waistlock and goes to a front facelock. Silver switches out and goes to a hammerlock, Konley counters to a wristlock, and Silver takes Konley down with an armdrag and then stretches Konley out with a modified Rings of Saturn. Konley makes the ropes and tries to leapfrog Silver out of the corner, but Silver uppercuts him coming down and they go back and forth, wipe each other out with a double clothesline, and then go back to a stalemate. Silver ducks a clothesline, smacks Konley in the mouth, and rolls him up for 2. Reynolds tags in for the first time and they do a double drop toehold followed by sandwich dropkicks to the head for 2 on Konley. Konley finally tags out to Reed and he immediately gets hiptossed by Reynolds, but Reed turns him inside out with a clothesline and then gives him the Jesse Ventura boot laces to the eyes. Reynolds with a pair of back elbows and a big dropkick for 1. Reynolds ducks a clothesline and hits a high knee to wip Reed out, Konley tries to jump him from behind but Reynolds dumps him to the apron and then goes back after Reed, who appears to slightly mistime a Hotshot but still catch enough of it to get a respectable 2. HARD vertical suplex gets 2, then Konley tags in for a double elbowdrop that gets 2. Konley holds Reynolds up for a vertical suplex and Reed chops him before Konley drops him and covers for 2. Reynolds fights his way out of the Scene’s corner and tries to make the tag, but Reed drags him back so he dumps Konley to the floor and hits a handspring enziguiri, and finally makes the hot tag to Silver, who comes in and destroys Reed with a double kneedrop for 2. Konley and Reynolds go at it before Konley dumps Reynolds to the floor and goes for an Asai moonsault to the outside, but Silver catches him and prevents him from going off the ropes and then Reynolds comes in and they hit a double top rope Stunner on Konley. Reed launches Silver into the corner and then whips Reynolds into him, then Konley catapults Silver into a Reed powerslam for 2. Silver again takes both of them out with stiff kicks, then a sick combo of strikes from Silver and Reynolds ends with Silver hitting a German Suplex on Reed with Konley breaking up the cover at 2. Reed neutralizes Silver and they hit the wheelbarrow DDT into a German suplex combo on Reynolds for the win.
Winners: The Scene
The Scene is now 2-0 in EVOLVE, and this was a terrific match. I really enjoyed watching Silver and Reynolds, they went all out and had a great match, with Silver in particular showing a lot of intensity. He may be my favorite wrestler to break onto the EVOLVE scene in the last few shows and I hope he gets the opportunity to move up the card at some point. Alex Reynolds reminds me a LOT of a younger Tyler Black.
Jigsaw vs AR Fox
They do a very complex wristlock exchange to start, with Fox coming out on top and barring the arm. Jigsaw rolls through and hits a drop toehold, then goes to a surfboard that Fox escapes, so Jigsaw goes to a crucifix instead for 2, then catches Fox in the Gory Special. Fox escapes but again finds himself on the receiving end of a series of armdrags and a dropkick right to the jaw. Fox finally scores with a dropkick for 2and hits a springboard dropkick in the corner, followed by a modified version of the split legged moonsault for 2. Fox goes for a tornado DDT, but Jigsaw just dumps him on his face and then sends him to the outside so Jigsaw can hit a dive through the ropes that sends Foxcrashing into the guardrail. That gets 2 for Jigsaw, so he leans Fox in the corner and hits a nasty chop, followed by a snapmare and dropkick to the back of the neck for 2. Jigsaw with a superkick, but Fox with a Stunner and then a Diamond Cutter out of nowhere, which would have killed someone in 1998 but barely fazes Jigsaw, who is back on his feet and dumping Fox to the apron in seconds. He tries to suplex Fox back into the ring, but Fox hangs him up on the top rope and then hits a springboard dropkick and a running back senton for 2. Fox drop toeholds Jigsaw onto the second rope, then hits a clothesline and comes off top with a swanky Swanton for 2. Jigsaw with a brainbuster for 2 and then Fox goes for a springboard move, but Jigsaw just steps out of the way and kicks him in the face for 2. Fox sits Jigsaw on the top rope and springboard dropkicks him out to the floor. Fox did a springboard 450 to the floor, then laid Jigsaw on the ring apron and repeatedly drilled him with forearms before coming off the top rope with a legdrop to the apron androlls Jigsaw back in for 2. Jigsaw with a small package for 2, then a spinning back elbow, enziguiri, and a German suplex for 2. Fox hiptosses Jigsaw into a seated position on the top rope and goes for his springboard Spanish Fly, but Jigsaw counters to a German suplex off the top rope and then superkicks his teeth down his throat for 3.
I’m a bit surprised to see Jigsaw get the win, but very fast paced and athletic match. Jigsaw says it was a great win and we’re going to see a lot more of Jigsaw in 2012. Fox is next for the postmatch promo and says last time he was in a DGUSA ring, Sami Callihan broke a beer bottle over his head. The sound of beer bottles clinking starts playing over the speakers, and Callihan comes out clinking bottles together and tells Fox that he dares him to come after him. Referee Mike Kehner tells Fox not to because he’ll be fined and suspended, and then tells Callihan to get lost. Fox goes to the top rope to go after Callihan and the referee has to physically restrain him from jumping onto Callihan, who spits at him and continues clinking bottles.
Uhaa Nation vs Pinkie Sanchez
Uhaa is accompanied by Ricochet, and is now apparently a member of Blood Warriors. First I’ve heard of it, but okay, makes sense the top group in the company would want him. Pinkie ducks and dodges around Uhaa and then takes his shirt off to show off the physique. He ducks another swing and slaps Uhaa on the ass, then bails out to the floor before Uhaa kills him. Uhaa gets distracted playing to the crowd and Pinkie is able to come in behind him with a dropkick, then a springboard DDT sends Uhaa to the floor where Pinkie comes over the ropes with a somersault. Pinkie goes to the apron and wastes time dancing, then tries to springboard bacck into the ring and Uhaa kills him with a Samoan drop. Pinkie with a running knee and then springboards onto Uhaa for a Frankensteiner, but Uhaa catches him and htis a pair of powerbombs, a slingshot powerbomb, a senton, and a standing moonsault for the win.
Winner: Uhaa Nation
Total domaintion by Uhaa here, Pinkie got in a couple slight bits of offense but was mostly ineffective, which is the rightway to book a match between Uhaa and a guy Pinkie’s size. Uhaa says that 2012 is his year and we just witnessed the power of Blood Warriors. Lenny Leonard asks Ricochet for his thoughts on his match later tonight against Johnny Gargano, and he says that they train in Japan and now come back here where the disrespectful fans should thank him for coming to their grubby little town. He’s walking out with the Open The Freedom Gate Title, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
Rich Swann and Chuck Taylor come out doing the Ronin rap and Swann says that Ricochet is CIMA’s ***** and gets all the fans to sing along while calling Ricochet a *****. Blood Warriors clear out so we can get to the next match.
Rich Swann & Chuck Taylor vs Super Smash Bros
Swann and Player Uno start off trading wristlocks and then chops and then Swann tags out to Taylor while Player Dos tags in as well. They go back and forth and Dos gets a flying headscissors and the SSB hit a drop toehold/kneedrop combo on Taylor for 2. Dos with a slingshot senton for 2, then the SSB with a side suplex/springboard Deathdrop combo for 2 on Taylor. Taylor comes out of nowhere and wipes Uno out with a clothesline, then tags out to Swann, who whips Taylor repeatedly into Uno and then takes him out with a running boot to the face for 2. Taylor knocks Dos off the ring apron and then gets Uno in a headscissors. Swann comes back in and trades chops with Uno, but Uno flattens Swann with a spinning sidewalk slam and makes the hot tagto Dos, who comes in and wipes Taylor out with a crossbody before dropkicking Swann to the floor. Dos with a tornado DDT on Taylor and a twisting dive to the floor on Swann. Dos off the top rope with a flying Rough Rider for 2, but Taylor hits Sole Food and then Uno and Swann come in for some bizarro double team I’m not even going to bother trying to identify. It’s enough to get 2 on Taylor, but Taylor responds by powerbombing Dos onto Uno, booting Dos in the face, and laying out Uno so Swann can come in with a splash for 2. All heck breaks loose as they trade spots until all four men are down in the ring. Uno with a Flatliner on Taylor as Dos with a top rope Frogsplash on Swann and everyone’s down again. Uno gets dumped to the floor and Taylor gets Dos in a fireman’s carry on the apron, then Swann vaults over them to wipe out Uno with a dive. Swann with a Flitliner, Taylor with a top rope double stomp, and Swann with a standing shooting star press for 2. SSB with an Ontario Slam over the knees for 2 on Swann, then a Gory Driver/Blockbuster combo on Swann gets 2 when Taylor breaks up the cover. Uno blocks Sole Food, but misses a charge and tumbles to the floor as Taylor hits the Awful Waffle on Dos for the win.
Winners: Chuck Taylor & Rich Swann
Crowd is on their feet applauding a highly competitive match that made both teams look like a million bucks. Dos looks DEAD in the ring, but slowly rolls outside where Uno helps him to the back and Ronin do the postmatch promo. Taylor tells Ricochet that when he gets done touching his boyfriend CIMA, they want a shot at their title.
INTERMISSION (During which they play a great tribute video to the building which you can watch here.)
Jon Davis vs Kyle Matthews
Matthews goes to a side headlock, but Davis just lifts him up and tosses him across the ring. Matthews with a few shots that do no damage, but Davis flattens him with a chop. Matthews tries a sleeper, Davis backs into the corner to break, Matthews goes back to it andDavis easily reverses to a running powerslam. Davis runs him over with a back elbow and then nearly bodyslams him through the mat, then does it again because it’s fun. Matthews tries a small package, Davis doesn’t budge so Matthews tries a crossbody out of the corner and Davis catches him, then pumps him into the air for an Ace Crusher. Matthews caught him with a flying headscissors and a dropkick in the corner, but Davis flapjacks him and hits the Pounce, then Thirty Seconds Around The World for the fairly easy win.
Winner: Jon Davis
Not much to this one, but Davis lays out an open challenge to Fit Finlay, who he felt disrespected him at EVOLVE 9.
AR Fox is at ringside for the next match and tells Sami Callihan not to worry because he’s just there to second Bobby Fish.
Bobby Fish vs Sami Callihan
They go right after each other with hard hitting offense, Fish killing Callihan with kicks while Callihan lays him out in the corner and hits a running facewash. Fish dumps Callihan to the floor and slingshots over the top rope onto him, then sends Sami back inside and goes up top where Fish beats him into the ring and comes off the top rope with a flying headbutt. Fish with a drop toehold and fires kicks into Callihan’s chest until he goes down and covers him for 2. Fish whips Callihan hard face first into the corner and he goes down again. Fish charges and Callihan gets his boot up, but Fish catches it and legdrags him, but Callihan lays him out with a stiff kick of his own that sends Fish out to the apron where he kicks him high over the ropes. Callihan tries for the springboard clothesline out of the corner, but Fish has him scounted and just yanks him off the corner and into the ring. Callihan fires back with chops and kicks that tear Fish down like a tree trunk. Callihan goes for a bicycle kick but Fish dodgesand kicks Callihan’s leg out from under him, he goes for a figure four but Callihansmall packages him for 2. Fish goes for the figure four again and Callihan tries to block, but Fish headbutts him and completes the hold. Callihan sits up and spits in Fish’s face, so Fish just cranks on the hold and Callihan collapses to his back. Fish gets several two counts off the figure four, but Callihan reverses the hold and Fish is forced to go to the ropes to force the break. Fish unloads on Callihan with more kicks put Callihan rocks him with a right hand square to the jaw. Callihan goes for a charge but Fish catches him and suplexes him into the corner. Fish puts Callihan up top and they duke it out on the top rope, Callihan goes for a sunset bomb but Fish blocks, so Callihan kicks his leg out from under him and completes the powerbomb for 2 and then locks Fish in a figure four. Fish gets out of that and catches Callihan in a heel hook, but Callihan makes the ropes. They both get to their feet and trade kicks to the other’s legs, then change it up and go to forearms, then back to the kicks until Fish kicks Callihan’s leg so hard he simply crumples to the mat and Fish covers for 2. Callihan suddenly pops up out of nowhere and plants Fish with a backdrop suplex and then kicks straight on the inside of Fish’s knee and traps him in the Stretch Muffler. Fish absolutely refuses to submit, so Callihan really cranks it on and Fox starts smacking Fish from the outside to fire him up, and Fish is somehow able to cradle Callihan for 2. Fish goes back to kicks, but Callihan blocks one and clips Fish’s knee out from under him. Callihan gets distracted by Fox at ringside and goes for the Stretch Muffler again, but Fox spits at him and Callihan gets distracted again, allowing Fish to hit a backdrop suplex and trap Callihan in the heel hook right in the middle of the ring, forcing him to finally tap out.
Winner: Bobby Fish
I enjoyed the hell out of this match and the battle of attritition as they both tried their damndest to not be the first one to go down, but I was not a fan of Fox’s involvement in the end. Fox gets in the ring to call Callihan a ***** and make fun of Callihan, leading to referee Mike Kehner trying to separate them. Fox handcuffs himself behind his back to give Callihan an easy target, and Pinkie Sanchez comes out to hand Callihan a beer bottle. Callihan badly wants to crack Fox with the bottle, and has to repeatedly restrain himself before leaving entirely.
It’s main event time!
Open The Freedom Gate Title Match: Johnny Gargano vs Ricochet
This match is not being held under EVOLVE rules and will not affect their records in EVOLVE since a DGUSA title is on the line. Gargano has Taylor and Swann at ringside, while Ricochet has Uhaa Nation in his corner. Ricochet gets a go behind and they trade wristlocksbefore going to a stalemate, Gargano takes Ricochet down and goes to an armbar, but then they go to a fast paced, back and forth sequence that again ends in a stalemate. Another back and forth and this time Ricochet gets an armdrag and a dropkick to finally build a bit of momentum. Ricochet with a European uppercut in the corner and hits the Guile kick in the corner, but Gargano ducks a clothesline and hits a Flatliner into the second turnbuckle and then goes for a neckbreaker, Ricochet backflips through it and goes for a standing shooting star press, but Gargano misses and this time hits the neckbreaker. Gargano comes off the second and Ricochet gets the knees up, then hits the Zig Zag on Gargano but, amazingly, only gets a one count. Ricochet with an over the backstretch and walks over and starts swinging his body to slam Gargano’s head into the turnbuckle. What a heel! Ricochet goes for a suplex but Gargano blocks with a kneestrike and then a boot to the head and clotheslines Ricochet to the floor. Ricochet pops back in and Gargano goes for the spear from the apron, but Ricochet moves. Gargano clotheslines him back out and hits a dive through the ropes, Ricochet misses a moonsault but lands on his feet, and Gargano twice tries to pop Ricochet onto his shoulders, but fails so he goes for a powerbomb and takes two tries to get him up and barely powerbomb him into the guardrail without killing him. Gargano rolls him back in and covers for 2, then hits an unassisted Sliced Bread #2 for 2. Gargano goes for Snake Eyes, Ricochet escapes and gets a springboard Ace Crusher out of the corner and gets 2. Ricochet with a cradle suplex into the corner and then a springboard senton for 2. Ricochet just starts slapping Gargano in the head until he gets up and they start going blow for blow and then trade enziguiris until Gargano went for the running Snake Eyes into the turnbuckle, Ricochet no-sells and hits the Pelle Kick, and Gargano superkicks Ricochet and they’re both down. Gargano with a running dropkick in the corner, then Ricochet gets one, then goes to a top rope Frankensteiner but Gargano blocks and goes to the Gargano Escape. Ricochet escapes the Gargano Escape and comes off the second rope but Gargano catches him with a Zig Zag and goes back to the Gargano Escape. Ricochet gets out and dumps Ricochet to the apron, but goes after him and Ricochet hits a German suplex on the apron and then a Space Flying Tiger Drop, then rolls Gargano back in and hits a shooting star press for 2. Ricochet goes back up for a shooting star press and Gargano superkicks him on the way down and hits Hertz Donut for 2. They trade blows in the middle of the ring and Ricochet hits a series of superkicks followed by a twisting piledriver and an inverted Frankensteiner. Gargano gets back to his feet but Ricochet hits a knockout kick for a very close 2. Ricochet htis the 630 splash and covers Gargano, who again kicks out at 2. Ricochet goes back up again, but thistime Gargano evades the 630, hits another Hertz Donut, and goes to the Gargano Escape to finally force Ricochet to tap out.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
The crowd kind of turned on this one by the end, but I think part of that is because the match was kind of on the long side and the fans had been sitting here for eight hours already. I think if it weren’t such a long day, this would have gotten a much better reaction because they told a good story with the two of them being so even that they were literally going back trading the same move to try and top one another. Ricochet looked great and the one spot where he hit the 630 I honestly thought he was going to get the win. Gargano appeared to get hurt somewhere during the finish and laid on the ring apron for several minutes while getting checked out by the commission doctor before being helped to the back by Taylor and Swann.
And now we come to the final segment of the night, as Lenny Leonard introduces the first ever ring announcer in this building, Bob Ortiz. He says it’s a pleasure to be in this building one last time and they all appreciate their support throughout the years, and then he introduces the Extreme Announcer, Joey Styles. The crowd chants “OH MY GOD” at him during his entrance, and he says “All right, all right…OH MY GOD!” to thunderous applause. Joey thanks Gabe for having him and being here means more than working Madison Square Garden and Wrestlemania because this is where Joey Styles was created and this is where he spent so much of his life and thanks the fans for making it happen. He now wants to introduce some legendary figures from the past, starting with Pitbull 1 Gary Wulfe. Next, the guy who was on the wrong end of the first time Joey Styles ever said OH MY GOD, and the first man to ever dive off the balcony here, JT Smith. Next, the man who found Viking Hall and decided it would be a great place to hold a wrestling event, the man who founded ECW and gave them all their start, Tod Gordon.
Tod starts putting over the building and how everyone told him it was a toilet, but they made it their toilet and they’re proud of what they’ve done over the last 20 years. DJ Hyde comes out with a bunch of CZW guys and says that it’s not ECW’s building anymore because CZW took it over and went beyond extreme and took it to ultraviolent. They ran more shows here than anyone, including ECW, and if anyone’s going to close this building, it’ll be them. They surround the ECW guys but Balls Mahoney’s music hits and he comes out to clear the ring, but eventually gets outnumbered and beaten down. Natural Born Killers plays and New Jack comes out with his trash can full of plunder and destroys the CZW guys until Justin Credible comes out with the Singapore cane, but then turns on ECW and lays New Jack out with the Singapore cane. The CZW guys take control until Sabu comes out and we start the final match to ever take place in this legendary building.
Justin Credible vs Sabu
Justin works Sabu over with the cane as fans chant “Justin Asshole” and whips him to the corner, but Sabu gets the boot up and comes off the second rope with a tornado DDT. Sabu out to the apron and comes in with the somersault legdrop for 2, then Sabu locks Justin in the modified Camel Clutch. Sabu gets a chair and goes for the triple jump into the corner, but Justin catches him coming in with a cane shot to the midsection. Justin with a clothesline for 2, then takes the chair and goes to toss it at Sabu, but Sabu ducks, Justin waits for him to turn back and this time tosses him the chair, but Sabu ducks again before Justin can do anything with it, but now Justin waits and superkicks the chair into Sabu’s face. Justin goes under the ring and gets a table, balancing it between the ring and the guardrail, but Justin goes after him. Sabu rams Justin into the rail and puts him on the table, but Justin rolls off and yanks Sabu down off the ring apron and continues beating him around ringside before whipping him into the rail. Justin tries again but Sabu reverses and Justin flies over the rail and into the crowd, then Justin comes back over and Sabu bashes a trash can lid over his head. They head back in and Sabu hits a DDT in the middle of the ring, then sets the table up and grabs the chair. Justin low blows Sabu and he rolls onto the table where Justin hits him with the chair and leaves the chair on his chest. Justin goes up top and comes off, but Sabu launches the chair into Justin’s face on the way down and breaks the table as he rolls offof it. Sabu springboards off the table and gets the half camel clutch while jabbing a spike into Justin’s head over and over. Sabu sets the table back up and goes back to brutalizing Justin with the spike until referee Mike Kehner finally grabs it out of his hand. Crowd tells Kehner what they think of that, but Sabu goes up the ropes with a chair but Justin nails him and hits a weak That’s Incredible for 2. They fight over the chair and drop it, but Sabu dropkicks Justin’s legs out from under him and he crashes face first onto the chair. Sabu throws the chair at Justin’s head and puts him back on the table, bashes him with the chair again, and comes off the top rope with the chair for an Arabian Facebuster through the table. Justin is laying on the mat twitching while Sabu crawls over and covers for the final three count in the Arena.
Terrific final match, and Joey Styles comes in and says he can’t think of a better way to close this venue than with…waiut, Sabu asks for the microphone. Joey says Sabu wants to speak (drawing a “holy ****” chant from the crowd), and he hands him the microphone. Sabu mulls over what he’s going to say, but Sami Callihan runs out from the back and nailsSabu from behind, then begins assaulting him with the bottle. Sabu is a bloody messas Callihan says this is the alarm closing the book on the Arena. He’s sick of the funerals, the Hardcore Homecomings, and wants to know how many reunions we’re going to have before this thing finally dies. This ain’t the era of extreme anymore because over the last few years, this has become his ring. He looks at Sabu and says “Hey, you” before stomping on his face. He says these are his fans and his building and if anyone’s going to end the era of extreme, it’s going to be him. He says to look at Sabu – a beaten, bloodied, broken corpse, just like every other extreme legend out there who won’t go away. If anyone ends the era of extreme, it’s going to be him, and if anyone thinks they can stop Sami Callihan, he dares them to try. AR Fox runs out and attacks Callihan, but Pinkie Sanchez comes out and goes after Fox and gives him a spike DDT. Callihan says one more thing before he goes: to all the DUFs out there, they’re cool by him and if they’re not, they should jump on the bandwagon and be like him. To all the people who have supported him, bought his merch, and helped him get married this year, he wants to tell them from the bottom of his heart to (explicit act deleted). The extreme era has finally died and been put out of its misery by the Death Machine, and he tells them to hit the lights. The lights do indeed go out and Callihan’s music plays, and when they come back up the ring is empty except for a destroyed table and a chair laying in the middle of the ring.
Terrific show overall, great wrestling top to bottom and an absolutely appropriate and fitting way to close this legendary wrestling venue. This puts a ton of attention on Callihan, and if he hadn’t made his name before, he sure has now.
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