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Recap from TJ Hawke:
This is a two out of three falls match. There are additional rules that I’m copying word for word from the screen: “In between falls, The League has thirty (30) seconds to swap one partner. The League CANNOT use the same two wrestlers in two (2) consecutive falls.” The announcer also mentioned that Dale Patricks promised to have a surprise for The League and that the odds were now evened.
Billy Roc announces that he has hired an official Class Wars referee, as Roc had been refereeing all the matches previously. The referee is John Calvin. Cassidy and Bentley are doing the first fall for The League. Cassidy and Heidi started the match. Heidi took down Cassidy with an armdrag, and she then tagged out to Patricks. Patricks took Cassidy down with an armdrag as well. Bentley tagged in. He and Patricks traded some stiff forerams. Patricks hit a DDT for a nearfall. Heidi came back in and went after Bentley’s left arm. Patricks ran in without being tagged and attacked Tripp and Sue. Heidi gave Bentley an enzuigiri and Patricks then hit him with a Brogue Kick: 1…2…3. Dale Paricks and Heidi Lovelace win the first fall.
Sue Jackson ignores the thirty second rest period and just starts attacking Patricks. Patricks ate two rolling sentons from the rudos. Heidi broke up the pinfall. Sue Jackson locked in a nerve pinch, and Patricks started wailing. Cassidy tagged in and hit the Don’t Be a Hero Knee Strike (he pulls them off the top rope into a knee strike. Looks like a more violent Go-2-Sleep): 1…2…3. The League win the second fall.
Cassidy continued to beat down Patricks after the fall, so Bentley forcibly removed him from the ring. Sue crushed Patricks with a running splash. Heidi again had to break up the pinfall. Bentley tagged back in and hit a butterfly suplex: 1…2…Heidi broke up the pinfall again. Patricks avoided a back suplex and tagged in Heidi. Heidi ran wild on Bentley. She had a pinfall with a hurricanrana, but Cassidy jumped up on the apron. Remi Wilkins ran in and pulled Cassidy off the apron. Patricks and Heidi knocked Sue Jackson off the apron. Bentley was still distracted by the Wilkins run-in. Patricks then got a pinning combination on Bentley: 1…2…3. Dale Patricks & Heidi Lovelace win the match two falls to one.
Heidi and Patricks celebrated in the ring. Wilkins joined them and explained he was late because someone had slashed his tire. That made me laugh (in a good way).
This match really showed how much the Class Wars wrestlers have improved in the ring since the very first episode of the web series. While the match was maybe not technically perfect, everything they did was much crisper and smoother than when I first started watching them. Reed Bentley especially seems to be someone that has a bright future. I’m also really digging what Heidi is bringing to the table, and I see her being the breakout star in Class Wars season 2. I did have a couple of nitpicks about the match though. Since it wasn’t really a handicap match (or whatever advantage The League had wasn’t emphasized enough), it was a little annoying that the tecnicos kept “cheating,” for lack of a better word. Patricks illegally ran in and double teamed Bentley to finish the first fall, and Heidi repeatedly broke up pinfalls illegally. While both of those things happen frequently in tag team matches, they usually happen in chaotic tag matches with bodies flying all over the pace. This match was much more methodical (which I am definitely fine with and actually like), so those types of thing stood out more.
I am very intrigued with the direction of The League. Season 1 of Class Wars seemed to be all about establishing them as a dominant heel faction, but now there is clear dissension in the ranks. Reed Bentley is now storyline training with Billy Roc, and his goals for the group seem to be drifting farther and farther apart from Tripp and Sue. Personally, I would love to see this Trio stick together, especially since Class Wars announced that they would be crowning Trios Champions in the somewhat near future. However, Reed leaving The League eventually would also open the doors to a lot of cool storylines and matches.
Match Rating: **1/2