It's time for another Wrestling Like a Movie Review. For those unfamiliar, I will breakdown a wrestling card I just watched and give it a final rating as if it were a movie. I don't do match by match star ratings as people who never wrestled should not give them, IMO.
This review covers Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's Mystery Vortex IV which is now streaming on the Highspots Network, a service I highly recommend getting if your a wrestling fan.
For those new to PWG, it a promotion that's very punk rock, if you will. Hard hitting matches filled with Highspots keep the hot crowds entertained. No railings are used and fans sometimes will crowd and clap on the ring apron. From High flying, to comedy, to violent brawls PWG is considered by many the best Indy Company in North America.
Mystery Vortex IV features an outstanding card
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla presents "Mystery Vortex IV" held December 16, 2016 in Reseda, CA
Candice LeRae vs. Trent?
ACH vs. Trevor Lee
Pete Dunne vs. Matt Sydal
Death by Elbow (JT Dunn & Chris Hero) vs. reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly)
Number One Contender Match
Adam Cole vs. Chuck Taylor
Non-Title Tag Team Match
The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. "Mr. Athletic" Jeff Cobb & Matthew Riddle
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Championship Title Match
Zack Sabre, Jr. (Champion) vs. "The Villain" Marty Scurll (Challenger)
Up first is a great way to start off a show as Trent? And Candice Learae put on a hell of an entertaining opener to set the pace. Its a man vs woman match where Trent? Shows amazing psychology, playing a heel who doesn't want to beat up a woman, but is so dastardly that he has no problem nailing her with tombstones, suplexes, power bombs. Candice doesn't back down, holding her own, at times dominating, and even taking a second to spit in Trent?'s face. It still doesn't matter when he hits the Dudebuster ending her comeback. Great way to start off strong as the crowd was hot and loved the beginning.
We keep it going with a favorite of mine in ACH taking on a favorite of my son's, Trevor Lee. The crowd still is on fire as these two keep up the pace. ACH is amazing hitting codebreakers, a Muta Lock, stunners, and his dreaded mushroom stop. Trevor is no slouch though fighting back hard with Superman elbows, and his nasty pick. No matter how great ACH is he was unable to recover from a moonsault crossbody as Trevor wins.
Everything has flown perfectly and has not slowed down as we move into Pete Dunne vs Matt Sydal. Both men worked hard, yet delivered a more methodical pace to help us catch our breath for a second. Amazing hard hitting wrestling with forearm shits, spin kicks, and moonsaults to liven it up. Dunne worked Sydal over as if it were a torture scene from say Lethal Weapon for a good chunk of the match only to see Sydal spring back to life and mounting an amazing comeback before hitting his shooting Sydal press for the win. Amazing job from these guys who really told a hard hitting story
Death by Elbow are up next to battle reDragon in a nice almost throwback to 80s tag team wrestling. This was Chris Hero's last match before heading to NXT and it was a heck of a swan song. Hero hit ever move in his arsenal even his chasing the dragon elbow. Everyone worked hard to give Hero a proper send off in which he was able to give the fans close to 30min to show why he is moving up to NXT. An emotional moment for the crowd and everyone involved.
Adam Cole and Chuck Taylor are now out for a number one contenders match. Chuck, probably the biggest good guy out there is so excited about being number one contender he hips around the ring in sheer almost giddy delight. The hilarity ensues when Cole is announced at weighing in at 1188lbs so Cole charges the announce booth to correct this but get jumped by Chuck who holds him so the announcer can tickle him. After that we have a great high flying match to kick off the 2nd half of the show with the crowd going insane when Chuck pulls out the win.
The Young Bucks are out next to take on Jeff Cobb and Matt Riddle in what needs to be seen to be believed as if this was a fight scene from a movie it would be up there with They Live. Cobb with his size and strength ragdolls both of the Bucks until they gain an advantage throwing kicks, Terminator dives, apron powerbombs, everything they have. They are then able to work on Riddle, taking advantage of his bear feet. At one point Nick holds his bear foot so Matt can superkick him. Slingshot xfactors are next out of their arsenal Riddle throws Matt into a Cobb German suplex. From there both teams give everything they have left. Double team moves from the Bucks, heabutts and suplexes from Cobb, Riddle even hits Bro To Sleep in mid air in on Matt. But it's the Tour of the Islands from Cobb that puts the Young Bucks down in what is truly an amazing match and reason enough to go to Hot Topics and buy some Young Bucks Merchandise
And finally we get to the last battle of the night. Zack Saver Jr defends is title against Marty Scurll. Scurll earned his title shot by winning Battle of Los Angeles and he's determined to capture that title.
What follows is an beautiful display of athletics that you won't see anywhere else. With the two chain Wrestling Saber rolls into his disarmer but it's quickly countered by Scurll however turned around by Saber who floors Scurlll with ferocious uppercut. That sends everyone to their feet. The chain Wrestling continues only know power moves are added. Saber gets locked in a chicken wing but eacapes and hits a step up rana into an arm breaker. That can't keep Scurll down who even escapes a liger bomb into a butterfly lock. More counters, kicks, and chicken wings. Scurll, nicknamed the Villian for a reason throws powder in Sabers eyes but it's not enough to stop him from hitting Rings if Saturn for a win in an incredible finish to an epic show.
From too to bottom this is a perfectly paced card that's a cross between a John Woo movie and The Naked Gun. If you want to laugh watch this show, if you want drama and psychology watch this show, and if you want edge of your seat action watch this show.
Currently available on DVD this is also streaming on The Highspots Network, along with tons of other PWG shows. If your a wrestling fan it's definitely something to subscribe to.
Watch this show and sit in amazement as this is excitement at it's very best
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars
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