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Recap From Gage Davis:
This is a rematch from a previous Tag Team Title bout between both teams at Summer Chaos which ended in controversy. Christian Rose and Matt Cage are the champions with Zakk Sawyers in their corner.
I will always say the Champions should never be the ones to come out first during the entrances. Espinosa and Rose start off. Go for a lock up but Rose instead tags in Matt Cage. They go in tentatively then Cage drop toe holds Espinosa. Reversed and both go for intense mat wrestling trying to get the advantage. Cage goes to the ropes and the ref backs Espinosa away. Cage and Espinosa then land some leg kicks to one another. Espinosa then catches Cage’s legs and drops him back down to the mat. More ground work from Espinosa. Espinosa goes for the pin but only gets a two count. Kick to the gut and a take down from Cage to Espinosa into a headlock. Espinosa fights out and gets a quick one count pin. Elbow from Espinosa, throat chop from Cage, Cage tags in Rose who charges at Espinosa but get’s armed dragged for his trouble. Pin from Espinosa but only gets a two count. Rose with the Wrist lock advantage. Espinosa takes down Rose and goes back to the mat based wrestling, focusing on Rose’s arm. Rose tries to pull the hair but Espinosa holds on to the arm. Big elbow from Espinosa that rocks Rose unsteadily. Whips Rose to the ropes, Rose counters but Ace Hawkins gets the blind tag.
Hawkins trips the legs from the tall Rose and starts laying down punches. Rose drags himself to the ropes. Hawkins doesn’t let up until Cage pushes him off. Cage tells him to follow the rules. BIG Kick to the head from Hawkins to Rose. Hawkins then gets a big slam onto rose and tags Espinosa who comes in with a rolling senton onto Rose. Goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Rose tries to crawl to his corner but Espinosa stops him and sends him to his corner with Hawkins. Tag to Hawkins, Suplex from Espinosa followed by a second rope elbow drop from Hawkins. Cover but only gets a two count. Hawkins chops Rose to the corner. Hawkins Runs to the opposite corner and runs in for a corner clothesline onto Rose. Hawkins keeps laying down the strikes onto Rose. Rose finally has enough and throws a big elbow but Hawkins does not let up. Zack Sawyers up on the Apron distracts Hawkins which allows Rose to push Hawkins to Cage who hits a Springboard Cutter out of nowhere! BIG BOOT from Rose! Tag to Cage. Cage takes the stomps to Hawkins. Espinosa tries to step in but the ref holds him back. Elbow drop from Cage to a pin, Only gets a two count. Cage keeps laying in the stomps onto Hawkins. Hawkins tries to fight back but a European uppercut stops that. Rose starts choking Hawkins in the corner. Espinosa tries to go in but the ref won’t allow it. Blind tag to Rose. Big elbow smash to Hawkins knocks him down. Rose goes for the pin but only gets a two count. Front chancery from Rose. Hawkins get’s up to his feet but Rose hits a butterfly suplex into his corner. Tag to Cage. Double team work from Team Overkill as they wrap Hawkins arms from behind and throw him to the corner. Hawkins tries to fight back again but Cage throws him back into the middle of the ring.
Cage starts laying down knees onto the head of the fatigued Hawkins. Espinosa again tries to interfere but the ref takes him back. More kneed into the head of Hawkins. Sawyers then interferes choking Hawkins. Cage drags him back to the middle of the ring but Hawkins with a small package! Only gets a two count. Cage with a big clothesline onto Hawkins then a shot to Espinosa. Hawkins tries to fight back and goes for the tag to Espinosa but Cage tags in Rose who puts a stop to that. Rose then gets distracted by Sawyers polishing their tag belts. Hawkins with another roll up. Only a two count but tags in Espinosa! KICK TO ROSE’S FACE! Clothesline and Elbow to Cage, then hits a Rock Bottom Backbreaker! Rose tries to come in but Espinosa swings him in and Hawkins dives for a splash neckbreaker combo! Espinosa tries to go for the pin but Cage stops the count. Strike exchange from Cage and Espinosa. Cage gets the advantage with multiple strikes but Hawkins comes in and his a spinning kick to the gut. Double clothesline gets Cage out of the ring. Rose throws Hawkins to the corner and tries to Roll up Espinosa with a cover with feet on the ropes but only gets a two count. Slap to Rose’s face. Throws him to the corner, Hawkins hits a splash to Rose and goes to the corner. Zakk Sawyers attacks Hawkins with the belt distracting Espinosa. Sawyers then throws the belt to Rose.Rose hits Espinosa with the belt. DQ Ending!
I’ve seen a little bit from Ace Hawkins and Brandon Espinosa, but this is the best they’ve looked (at least from what I have seen). They looked like strong challengers, as they were dominant in the beginning of the match. The ending sequence made the challengers look strong, but the Champions’ heel tactics allowed them to keep the belts by any means. The ending made complete sense as this same tactic was used for Team Overkill to win their first match against Hawkins & Espinosa. This match makes them look like they were screwed out of the tag titles. Easily sets up the third match (which ended up being a ladder match).
Match Rating: ***1/4