(6) Samoa Joe defeats Davey Richards at 15:58. Very good match. Joe wore his black & brown shorts. Richards wore black trunks. They traded quick mat reversals and the crowd chanted, "Joe's gonna kill you!" Joe hit a kick to the thigh; Richards returned kicks to the thigh. This is stiff. Joe stomped on Richards' legs. Richards tried a shoulder tackle, but Joe didn't budge. Richards hit four stiff roundhouse kicks to the chest. Joe countered with a hard Mafia Kick then right & left kicks. Joe hit the back chop & front kick & knee drop combo at 4:00, then he hit some chops.
Richards came back with his own chops. Joe hit a senton, then his chop & punch combo in the corner. Richards hit a Lungblower at 7:30, and they were both down. Richards hit a flying forearm and a clothesline for a enarfall, then he applied and STF; he then turned the STF into a Crippler Crossface. Fluid mat wrestling. Joe reached the ropes. The action spilled to the floor, where Joe caught one of Richards' legs, and he whipped Richards into the chairs at ringside.
Richards was bleeding from the nose. Joe hit a spine kick on the floor. In the ring, Joe hit a running knee to the face in the corner, then a Facewash at 11:30. Joe hit a standing powerbomb, and he turned it into a Boston Crab, then an STF, then a Crippler Crossface, but Richards reached the ropes. They traded chops, and Joey hit a powerslam, then some spine kicks, and the crowd was hot.
Richards hit a German Suplex for a nearfall, then an enziguri. Joe hit a hard clothesline for a nearfall, then he hit the Musclebuster to score the pin. Good, believable stiff action, and they could have easily gone longer. ***1/4
(7) Chris Sabin & Frankie Kazarian & T.J. "Puma" Perkins & Rocky Romero defeat Christopher Daniels & Petey Williams & B-Boy & Alex Koslov at 23:22. Entertaining match. Koslov is new to me; he's doing the Nicholi Volkov gimmick, wearing red shorts with "Russia" written on the back, and he has short black hair. Petey and Kazarian opened with some armdrags, and in a fun spot, Petey hit each of his four opponents with hiptosses... then he hiptossed the referee... then he hiptossed each of his partners! Funny.
B-Boy tagged in, and he hit a basement dropkick on Kazarian. B-Boy and Sabin traded stiff forearms. Daniels entered at 4:30, and he hit a leg lariat on Sabin. Sabin hit a hurricanrana on Daniels, then a cool snap headscissors takedown. Alex Koslov entered, and he wore a black Russian hat. He hit some hard European Uppercuts. Perkins hit a dropkick to the back and he chopped Alex. The heels beat up Perkins on the floor, and they took turns working him over. Petey did the 'Oh Canada' groin stomp on Perkins, so Shelley did it, then Alex, then Daniels. Fun.
Romero tagged in at 10:30, entering for the first time in the match, and he hit a Mafia Kick on Daniels, then some spin kicks and chops. Kazarian hit a catapult basement dropkick on Daniels, and the announcers joked that Kazarian's offense was 'too high risk.' Kazarian hit a spinning neckbreaker for a nearfall on Daniels. The heels began to work over Kazarian. Alex hit a nice dropkick to the face at 15:00. Alex then did a traditional Russian dance. B-Boy entered... and he hit a dropkick, then danced! Petey did the dropkick & dance, and Daniels finished it off, by also hitting a dropkick and dancing. The crowd loved the silliness.
Kazarian climbed over the four heels to reach the face corner, and Sabin made the hot tag at 18:30. Sabin hit a Tornado DDT, taking down all four heels. Sabin hit a missile dropkick on Alex, then he hit the Cradleshock for a nearfall on Alex. Petey entered, and he tried to hit a Canadian Destroyer, but Sabin blocked it; Petey instead hit a spinning neckbreaker. Puma hit a butterfly suplex for a nearfall on Petey.
Romero put Daniels in a cross-armbreaker at 21:00. B-Boy hit a fisherman's buster on Romero, then a sit-down powerbomb on Sabin. Romero hit a flip senton to the floor. Petey hit a hurricanrana to the floor. Perkins then dove to the floor on several people. Suddenly, it's only Sabin vs. B-Boy in the ring, and Sabin hit the Cradleshock for the pin. Good match, but some guys (like Romero) were barely in the ring. ***
(8) Super Dragon defeats Kevin Steen at 30:02 in a "Guerrilla Warfare" match. This is a violent hardcore match, and the announcers stressed how rare this style is done in PWG. They immediately brawled on the floor, and fought through the chairs at ringside, and the fans scrambled to steer clear of this fight.
Super Dragon entered the ring at 3:30, only to dive back to the floor on Steen. Steen slammed Super Dragon against a wall, then he hit the flip guillotine legdrop on the floor. They traded chops to the FACE, then headbutts. They brawled toward the entrance, and Super Dragon topped the entrance curtain on Steen at 6:00. Super Dragon hit a snap suplex on the floor. In the ring, Steen put on a Super Dragon mask, and he hit a Curbstomp on Super Dragon! Super Dragon promptly hit two Curbstomps!
The fans stomped on the mat, as Super Dragon prepared to dive to the floor, but Steen rolled off a table at ringside to avoid the dive, and the crowd booed him. Steen hit a suplex off the apron, through a table on the floor at 12:00, and the crowd chanted, "Holy Sh--!" Steen hit a Swanton bomb in the ring for a nearfall. Super Dragon hit a top-rope senton splash for a believable nearfall, a chairshot to the groin, and a Curbstomp on a folded chair!!! Super Dragon hit a doublestomp on the head, on an open chair, for a believable nearfall at 17:00.
Super Dragon got a can filled with thumbacks and he poured them on the mat! Steen hit a standing powerbomb on Dragon, onto the tacks! Steen piled four chairs on the mat, and he hit a Package Piledriver on the chairs for a believable nearfall. Steen headed toward the back at 22:00, and he got a barbed-wire covered board! Super Dragon fired back with a clothesline, and both men were down, and the crowd was hot! Super Dragon hit a top-rope butterfly suplex on the barbed-wire board for a believable nearfall at 25:00!!
Super Dragon then hit a Psycho Driver off the apron through a table on the floor! Super Dragon rolled Steen in the ring, went for a cover, but he pulled Steen up at the two-count! Super Dragon got another canister, and inside this one was a pair of handcuffs. He locked Steen's arms behind his back. Steen hit some chops, kneelifts, and a chairshot the head, but he again pulled Steen up rather than pinning him. Super Dragon then hit a Psycho Driver, on his head, on the tacks, for the pin. Wow. Violent. ***3/4
Final thoughts: DVD runs 2 hours, 58 minutes. This has some really good matches, but some disappointing matches too. The main event brawl was hard hitting and the culmination of a feud that ran for most of the year. Because PWG rarely has big 'hardcore death matches," this one was made even more special & unique.
I personally loved Strong & Evans vs. Tornado & Generico, so I'm going to give that co-match of the night, tied with the main event. Evans & Strong work so well together, and Generico takes a great beating. This was really fun back-and forth action. Samoa Joe vs. Richards was what I expected -- a stiff exchange of blows, and that got third best. The opening match of Lost vs. Shelley was really entertaining, and that got fourth-best, just ahead of the fun 8-man tag.
As good as all those matches were, there were some disappointments here. I had high hopes for Cabana vs. Scorpio Sky, and to me, the match just fell flat. They just didn't mesh well in the ring. Who decided that Chris Kanyon should go 25 minutes? It was obvious he tried to pace himself for a long match, and instead, it came across as lifeless and flat. I don't say that to be mean... as I noted, I was a big Kanyon fan years ago. But his performance here shows why TNA, ROH, JAPW and other top indy promotions aren't beating down his door. This match would have been much better if they tried to have a tighter 14-minute match.
My other complaints about PWG haven