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Recap from TJ Hawke:
This is a semi-final match in a tournament to become the first AAPW No Limits Championship (AAPW’s X-Division). The winner faces KC Jackson in the finals. These guys are tag team partners.
These guys were respectful towards each other at the start of the match. Spade got the first advantage in the match. Spade low-bridged O’Riley to the floor. O’Riley avoided a plancha and sent Spade headfirst onto the apron in order to cut him off. O’Riley brought him back into the ring to work him over. O’Riley hit a standing One Man Spanish Fly: 1…2…NO! Spade came back with a diving uppercut. Spade then hit a diving cross-body for a nearfall. O’Riley came back with a slingshot DDT: 1…2…NO! O’Riley then took him down with an impressive hurricanrana and connected with a big diving cross-body: 1…2…NO! Spade avoided O’Riley’s spinning Brogue Kick. They traded pinning combinations. Spade connected with a lariat, and both men went down. They got to their feet and traded strikes until O’Riley connected with his spinning Brogue Kick: 1…2…NO! Spade came back with his spike Pedigree. O’Riley managed to roll to the floor though to avoid the pinfall. Spade crawled to the floor and dragged O’Riley back to the ring. O’Riley managed to connect with a buzzsaw kick: 1…2…NO! They traded more pinning combinations, and O’Riley eventually got a tight one: 1…2…3!
Spade got on the microphone and said that this was it for him for a while. He said he hasn’t won a match in a long time (how is he in the semi-finals?), but that he is going to take some time off. O’Riley and Spade hug it out.
This match was really good, and I am definitely happy that O’Riley moved onto the finals. O’Riley is an incredible athlete, and he just has that “x-factor” that makes me think he can, at the very least, become an independent wrestling star. Spade proved in this match that he has got a lot of talent too, but I just don’t think he has the star potential of O’Riley.
Match Rating: ***1/2