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Recap from TJ Hawke:
They opened up the match with some good matwork. Rave seemed to be getting the best of the feeling out process, but Gargano quickly came back with a neckbreaker and a slingshot press. Rave cut him off and went for the Japanese stranglehold repeatedly, but Gargano came back with a slingshot spear, ace cutter, suicide dive and a rolling senton from the apron to the floor. Rave cut him off again with a STO on the apron (a really cool spot). Gargano went for the Gargano Escape but Rave countered into a cross face. Gargano hit the Lawn Dart and a neckbreaker but Rave kicked out. Gargano followed that up with a German, superkick and the Hurt’s Donut but Rave still kicked out. Gargano finally made Rave tap out to the Gargano Escape.
I’ve watched this match a couple of times now, and I have enjoyed it every single time. Gargano’s big breakout match probably happened two days before against CIMA, but him having consistently great performances like this helped to make him a star in 2011. Rave looked really good here, and I am still puzzled as to why he never got a real shot in DGUSA/Evolve again.
Match Rating: ***1/2