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Recap from Alex Torres:
This match is from Prime’s archives. Josh Prohibition accompanied Johnny Gargano, who had just returned from the back injury that almost ended his career. Matt Cross, the champion at the time, was in a bitter feud with the two, and is accompanied by his Mohawk. Joe Dombrowski is on commentary.
While Prohibition has Gargano’s attention, Cross drop kicks him from behind. Cross lands a split legged moonsault and Gargano rolls out the ring. Suicide dive from Cross. Cross attacks Gargano’s back. Cross rolls him back into the ring, but Gargano slides out and slams Cross’ head against the apron. Gargano chokes Cross with his jacket. A few chops by Cross. A Prohibition distraction allows Gargano to take advantage.
Cross hits a neckbreaker, taking control. He lands a hurricanrana for two. An exchange on the turnbuckle. Gargano hits an elevated backcracker. Two count. Cross hits a standing shooting star for two. Bicycle kick from Cross for two. Cross jumps on Gargano’s back for another two count. Misses the moonsault. Gargano hits a thrust kick, and then the Uniquely You (Hurts Donut). Two count. Another Uniquely You. Prohibition tells Gargano to hit the move again rather than pin him, the distraction allowing Cross to roll up Gargano for the win.
This was a very good for television title match. While some might find the ending leaves a bitter taste in their mouth, that moment was the beginning of Gargano’s face turn and ultimate rise to the star of the promotion. So, contextually, it was a great move. The continuation of the saga between the three men was left for the end, and for a bit over ten minutes, Gargano and Cross were allowed to go at each other with minimal interference. It was just brutal enough, considering the history. I’ve always believed Gargano and Cross brought the best out of each other, and this match is proof.