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Recap from TJ Hawke:
This match is for Pearce’s NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Hatton has been feuding with Ax Allwardt, and as a result, Allwardt has been banned from ringside. Allwardt’s manager, Gaylord Stevens, is on commentary (and he was very amusing).
AAPW has a pretty old-looking ring announcer, and Pearce just shoved him down. RUDO. Epic spot that was. The crowd was totally behind Hatton. Hatton hit a big chop early on that caused Pearce to retreat to the floor. Pearce went back to the ring, but Hatton took him right down with a dropkick. Pearce tried to go to the back, but Hatton chased him to the back and pulled him out by the ear. Back in the ring, Pearce cut off Hatton with a spinebuster. Pearce worked Hatton over after that. Pearce got a nearfall after he hit a lariat. Pearce called for a piledriver, but Hatton avoided the attempt and hit a swinging neckbreaker. Hatton made a big comeback and they ended up on the floor. Back in the ring, Gaylord Stevens tried to hit Hatton in the head with his umbrella, but Hatton blocked the attack. Pearce then rolled up Hatton with a handful of tights: 1…2…3!
Ax Allwardt came out to celebrate with Stevens and Pearce. Hatton got on the microphone and challenged Allwardt and Stevens to a tag match at the Zero Hour show. They accepted the challenge. Hatton then informed them that his partner will be Colt Cabana. The rudos flipped out.
This was a damn fine TV main event. Pearce’s rudo character is perfect for AAPW crowd, and Hatton played his role very well. The only real disappointing thing about this match was the finish, but at least the finish made sense in the context of the feud. I hope to see Pearce vs. Hatton II one day before Pearce completely retires.
Match Rating: ***1/4