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Recap by Alex Torres:
This match was the first in Pro Wrestling Collision’s history and one of the first round matches in a tournament to crown the heavyweight champion. Cage is accompanied by Zakk Sawyers. O’Riley is the No Limits Champion (which is basically PWC’s version of the X-Division). Commentary was done by Kevin Hunsperger and Jerome Cusson.
Lock up to begin with. The men exchange headlocks. Cage slaps O’Riley’s chest, taunting him. Hammerlock and some uppercuts from Cage. Delayed Samoan drop from O’Riley for two. Baseball slide misses. Cage throws O’Riley into the apron. Two count. Delayed suplex by Cage for a two count. Sawyer chokes O’Riley on the middle rope. Cage lands some knee strikes in the corner. Two count. Gutbuster from Cage for two. O’Riley turns things around with a Russian leg sweep. Both men exchange blows. Running shooting star press from O’Riley. Kick to the back of the head gets a two count.
Cage throws O’Riley into the top rope. O’Riley lands a springboard DDT for a two count. Cage misses a top rope move, and both men collide heads. Cage manages a two count. Cage lands a reverse bulldog for two. Cage, aiming for O’Riley, lands on Sawyer. O’Riley takes out Sawyer. O’Riley misses a 450 splash. O’Riley fights out of a submission attempt, running off the turnbuckle into a pin and win.
Great way to start a promotion off. The match started slow, but picked up well, making for a fun match that showcased both men well. Cage in particular, with the way he strung moves together, looked great in this outing. The end was surprising, but not in a way that felt unnatural. All in all, a fine way to get people invested in a new promotion.
Thoughts from Chris GST:
Full disclosure: I help run PWPonderings.com with Jerome Cusson, but I say without a shred of bias, that I enjoyed the nuances he brought about the moves and why the talents were doing what they were doing more so in a world where a lot of people try to instead insert unnecessary humor or non sequiturs into their commentary. As for the match it was decent and gave a good idea as to what we can expect from PW Collision. The two talents, Matt Cage and Joey O’Reilly, are crisp and while there were a few flubs here and there, there was nothing smacked me in the face. There was good counter wrestling and in the end Joey, who is the No Limits Champion got a good win and showed what he can do. A win for me as a fan all around.
Thoughts from Samuel DiMascio:
Matt Cage is a guy that you’re starting to here murmurs about as a future break out star and from what I’ve seen so far, he certainly deserves it. Joey O’Riley is a guy I’m not hearing quite as much about but still some good things. Matt Cage did not disappoint here. He hits hard and he’s pretty darn athletic. On the indies that tends to be a recipe for at least moderate success. This was the first time I’ve seen O’Riley (Not going to be the first time I say that about a PWC guy) and I don’t know how I feel about him yet. He’s pretty decent but he struck me as a more typical indie guy, which isn’t the worst thing in the world I suppose. Really enjoyed seeing Sawyer get hit twice bt dives, once by accident by his stable member and once because Cage didn’t want to get hit himself. Gotta love a lackey. Both men went out there and did some fun, hard hitting stuff, so not a bad contest at all just nothing really more either. Either way I’d consider the first match of the company a success.
Match Rating: **1/2