In late 2011, Beyond Wrestling released a free tournament, called the “Tournament for Tomorrow.” This was a quarterfinal match.
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Recap from TJ Hawke:
Mangue has gotten rid of his furry boots, which is a positive. Sugar did not come out to “We’re Playing Bas-ket-ball” which is the biggest fail ever. Sugar says that Mangue is going to have to earn this victory, because “he ain’t got no one backing him up.” As Excalibur would say: “This is SERIOUS!” Sugar took Mangue down early. Mangue was able to get back to his feet, but Sugar started mocking him a little, trying to get under his skin. They started shoving each other and both men got a nearfall on a rollup. Mangue hit a top rope crossbody for another nearfall. Sugar rolled to the outside. Sugar lured Mangue to the outside and took him down. Sugar started kicking a mudhole in him and banged Mangue’s leg against the ring apron. Back in the ring, Sugar started working over Mangue’s injured leg some more. Sugar gave him a shinbreaker and then a big lariat. Sugar left the ring and started jawing with The Pitboss. The Pitboss then punched Sugar. Aaron Epic and Pinkie Sanchez ran the Pitboss off. That evened things up for Mangue. Sugar got back in the ring and the two men started slugging it out. Sugar then hit a running shoulder block on Mangue’s injured leg, which was cool. Sugar started berating Mangue again, but MANGUE LOCKED IN A TRIANGLE! Sugar escaped and got a leglock, as he berated Mangue some more. Mangue headbutted his way out of the submission. The two started trading strikes on their knees. Mangue locked in another triangle choke! Sugar was knocked out and the ref called for the bell!
I really enjoyed this match. This was a different side of Sugar than I have ever seen before (at the time). He was not comedic at any point, which was a really good call. Sugar’s intensity really carried the match as far as I am concerned. He made the result of the match matter to the viewers with his facials and attitude alone. Also, Mangue’s selling of his leg was top notch.
The deal with The Pitboss was that he and Mangue used to be associated with Chris Dickinson (who is out with a knee injury) in Beyond. With Dickinson gone, Mangue is questioning whether or not he should stay with The Pitboss who is staying heel. Sugar yelling at Mangue about “being your own man” was supposed to be about trying to make him realize that he doesn’t have to stay with The Pitboss.
Match Rating: ***1/4