ACW INVADES THE NIPPON BUDOKAN NIGHT ONE
The new house show set looks fantastic! The money that All-Star Championship Wrestling probably got from that whole SlySports debacle paid for a brand new set. The set is great and me and my family got to sit at ringside, just behind where the announcers would normally sit. Ring announcer Tommy Vale told the crowd that the Budokan had reached a great capacity of about 8,652, which was great for a house show. This would be the first of a two-night affair and without further adieu, let's get some action put in!
(1) “Too Cool” Chris Hopper defeated Dude In Mask via pinfall
The crowd was hot for Chris Hopper, who was almost a local celebrity to the fans, having completed a few different tours among the place. This was a great match to get the crowd going with several good near falls towards the finish. I guess Dude In Mask is playing a heel now because he was purposely not doing all the things he would normally do to get the crowd pumped up. One great spot was when Hopper was down, DIM teased his “say what” cry and stopped to blow a raspberry before simply dropping a leg drop across the throat. DIM was about ready to put him away with the Dude That Hurt A Lot (Single Underhook DDT) but Hopper reversed and an out-of-nowhere Icebreaker (RKO) sealed Dude's fate. Great way to get the show going.
(2) The Beasts of Prey (Bull, Serpiente, and Wolf) defeated The Squadron ("Captain" Avis Flyfield, "Co-Pilot" Aaron Fetzer, and Adam Nowell) in a six-man tag
The crowd booed the Beasts and Isurus cut a promo telling the world that first, the Code of Honor were dispatched, they would rip through the roster until they stood at the top of the food chain. Isurus is a good talker and got some decent heat. People were WAY into the Squadron and Avis Flyfield and Aaron Fetzer gave out some aviator goggles to some young children in the front row. Match was mostly Beasts of Prey on offense with Avis and Fetzer playing comedy roles well. Funny spot with Fetzer trying to spear Bull only to bounce off him, but Avis caught him with a top rope dropkick and Adam Nowell got him with a flying elbow for a big nearfall. Finish came when Isurus distracted Nowell, who was caught in the grip of Serpiente's Anaconda Choke for the submission win.
Before the third match began, the ring announcer came out and told the crowd that the next match was going to be for a shot at the Spirit of ACW Championship on tomorrow night's show. The participants came out one at a time. KIRU (HUGE POP as the hometown boy), Fever Pitch and Zip Zap of the Night Life, Remi De Rozario, Alex Pure, “Fat Tuesday” Davey La Rue, ACW Gateway Champion Ryan Sully and Billy Law.
(4) KIRU won an eight-man battle royale in order to win a Spirit of ACW Title shot for night two.
The match was every man for himself. Spike Saunders' protege, Billy Law, did very well for himself, tossing out both Alex Pure and Zip Zap in the opening moments. Funny part in the match where La Rue tried challenging Law to a rap battle while the others watched. He could thrown down a beat, but Law just threw La Rue over the top rope. It took a surprise appearance from Jack Harris in order to get Law over the rope, possibly Harris continuing his feud with he and Saunders and the two giants brawled to the back. This left KIRU, Pitch, and Sully. Sully did well by throwing Rozario out, but got tossed over the ropes by both Pitch and KIRU. The crowd was hot for the hometown boy as he and Fever Pitch nearly tossed one another over the ropes several times. Instead, it was finally KIRU who got Fever Pitch over the ropes with a slingshot dropkick to Pitch off the apron. KIRU won the match and a shot at the Spirit of ACW Championship. The NEW Champion Orphan made his presence felt as he watched the match intently.
Ruben Ross and Teddy Koontz both made their way out and greeted the crowd, along with The Players, Paul Sanders and Kid Chameleon, who came out to hand out copies of ACW '12 to the live crowd. They thanked the fans for attending the two-night event at the Budokan to kick off their next tour of Japan and Ruben Ross promised a major announcement on the first episode of Courage to air.
(5) Big E. Smalls (Mach 2 and Big E. Stark) defeated The Night Life (Kaus and Aleczander) and The Health Fanatics (Damon Somner and Greg Matthews w/Jim Naysmith) in a triple threat match to retain the ACW Tag Team Titles.
Some great action. Health Fanatics heeled it up with Jim Naysmith telling the crowd to put down the fatty fried rice and get into shape. Night Life turned the place into a rave with their entrance, but the crowd went wild for Big E. Stark and Mach 2, who have gelled very well as a good big-man little-man team. Lots of nearfalls were exchanged between the three teams until it was Big E. Smalls who nailed Kaus with The Big Guns double-team finisher to retain. Good match and just like most of the shows, the crowd was pretty into it.
(6) “The Finely Tuned Athletic Machine” David Race defeated Fight Man.
Crowd reacted well to Fight Man, but were unsure of how to take to David Race, who at least had a pretty cool entrance. By the end, though, they got into the match. Brief, but fun sprint where Fight Man tried to turn it into a brawl, but Race played it smart and eventually won the match in about four minutes with a sweet Snap Double Arm DDT. Race won the match and promised that despite what happened at the PPV, big things would be in his future.
(7) MAIN EVENT: Andy Sharp, Spike Saunders, and Tyson XL defeated Omega, The Amazing Gabriel, and Keith Scott Zimmerman via disqualification.
It was a wonder at all that the heel team even got along especially the new developments with The Amazing Gabriel and Omega that ended the Pay Per View, but The Amazing Gabriel must've tried to talk himself out of a corner before the match. Sharp and Gabriel did some great counter-wrestling with one another and they've wrestled a few times. Saunders and Omega had a nice brawl and Tyson XL briefly mixed it up with the BS Champion, KSZ, but the match broke down when Omega suddenly snapped and went postal on TAG, then attacked Tyson XL. The show ended with a huge brawl as KSZ left the ringside area during the ruckus and Tyson XL and Omega brawled to the back. This left Saunders and Sharp to attack The Amazing Gabriel and lay him out with both of their finishers. The crowd went home happy and both Saunders and Sharp thanked the fans for coming and wished them well.