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Recap from TJ Hawke:
Gresham has some success in 2011 as Hieracon in Chikara’s Osirian Portal stable, but his singles matches (after Amasis got injured) left a lot to be desired.
A lot of matwork at the beginning of the match. Angel managed to gain control, but Gresham escaped for a moment only to be caught with a powerslam. They got back to their feet and Gresham got the advantage after a nice sounding kick to the arm. Gresham then went to work on Angel’s arm. Angel escaped and did a terribly convoluted flip sequence: he went for a rolling moonsault, but he was out of position; Gresham hot his knees up and Angel locked in a cloverleaf (that was not a fluid sequence). Angel went for another powerslam, but Gresham reversed it into a Crippler Crossface (on the injured arm). Angel eventually made the ropes. They started to strike it out. Gresham hit a pair of Germans, but Angel came right back with a Wheelbarrow German. Gresham threw some more strikes, but Angel hit an exploder for a nearfall. Angel went to the top rope, but Gresham hit a Sick Kick. Gresham hit a superplex but on the landing, Angel got a small package to the get the win out of nowhere.
This match had some sound psychology but the execution was lacking at certain points. I think the match would have worked better if Gresham worked over the arm more, and then with Angel having a more pronounced comeback. Ultimately, the lack of investment from the crowd is the big thing holding this back. Still, Angel is one of the best prospects in independent wrestling, and Gresham deserves more opportunities like this where he can be himself. I hope to see a rematch.
Match Rating: **1/2