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Recap from TJ Hawke:
This match happened shortly after Danielson got fired from the WWE. This is my first time watching End actually. Finally, this match was a part of the first round of the one night, eight man “AMBITION” Tournament. The winner of this match would get to face TJ Perkins in the second round.
Dragon was super over as expected. End started the match with a big running knee that caused Dragon to retreat to the corner. They went to the mat where Dragon got control. Dragon seemed to be going for the Yes Lock early, but End escaped. End went for a leg submission, but Dragon escaped and almost got a cross armbreaker. End made it to the ropes, before Dragon got the submission completely. End hit some big knees to slow down Dragon. Dragon hit a big kick to the left thigh of End, which knocked him down. Dragon went after that injured leg with more kicks and then got a knee lock. End was near the ropes though, so he was able to survive. They traded some kicks until End hit some more knees. Dragon cut him off with a big kick to the injured leg. Dragon hit more kicks to that leg, and End almost couldn’t answer a standing ten count twice. End almost failed a third time, but he realized he couldn’t continue so he verbally submitted. Cool finish to set up Dragon as an absolute killer for the rest of the tournament.
Danielson would go on to defeat TJ Perkins in the semi-finals and then Johnny Moss in the finals to win the first AMBITION Tournament.
wXw labeled this match on Youtube as “shoot style,” which can be derisively referred to as faux-MMA in some circles. To me, “shoot style” (or whatever you want to call it) can be like any wrestling style out there. If you can use a style that effectively takes the live crowd on an emotional ride, then what is the problem? I think this was an effective use of this style, and it’s not surprising that Bryan Danielson was heavily involved. My only real complaint is that the crowd was not as rabid as most wXw shows.