Went to Mystery Vortex IV against my better judgement. I was originally not going to go because I'm trying to be more frugal with my finances but then I thought of the sage wisdom of Jessie Caravella, "We should spend money on experiences, not on stuff." A great show as one would expect. I'd be hard pressed to decide between this and THIRTEEN as my favorite PWG one-shot this year.
Trent? vs Candice Lerae. Lol. This match went about how you'd expect for the most part. Trent? went back and forth between trying hard not to fuck up Candice and very blatantly needing to fuck her up because she just won't stay down. While he's far from my favorite wrestler character watching Trent? take these nutso looking bumps is always so much fun for me. Watching him sell for a tiny woman is extra hilarious.
Trevor Lee vs ACH. Trevor Lee is great as usual. This match sort of started a trend for the rest of the night where portions of the crowd would mimic a particularly humorous sounding grunt from a wrestler. So one of Trevor's more protracted grunts culminated into one of the biggest pops I've ever heard him get in Reseda. He also got a bunch of "delete!" chants several times and it's hard to say whether that's making him a face or heel since the Matt Hardy stuff is getting extra weird. It's been a while since I'd seen ACH. He goes maybe a tad too fast at times but he's still an amazing wrestler. I don't exactly know what his beef with Meltzer is but after the match he hushed the crowd to directly address Meltz over some sort of error in his reporting. Later I saw them act pretty friendly to each other during intermission so maybe he was just keyfabin for the crowd.
Matt Sydal vs Pete Dunne. I feel like Matt Sydal is stuck in a trend of being the weakest match on the card in PWG. Even saying that I thought this match was pretty good in execution. There was very much a focus on technical holds with some brawling, biting, and a bit of high flying thrown in for good measure. It just seemed like the crowd response was somewhat muted at this point in the night. Sydal was announced as "Reborn, Released" and throughout the match portions of the audience kept audibly making allusions to weed. I'll admit that stuff was so stupid that it made me laugh but also it felt like it was detracting from a match that was probably a lot better than we realized at the time. Sydal seemed to take it all in stride which makes him much more likeable to me. Pete Dunne is also a really good talent and while he may not be addicted to weed, he may have an addiction to biting fingers.
Red Dragon vs Death by Elbow. Talk about a surprise for Mystery Vortex. Tag team wrestling being brought back in a big way to finish off the year. This was a hard one to get into for me because Chris Hero and Kyle O'Reilly were clearly the most over guys in the match leaving Fish and Dunn without much heat despite both being solid dudes in the ring. Essentially this means that only Hero and Kyle were the only guys actually getting a hot tag. Not much else to say about the match other than it befitting the high quality that PWG brings with this division.
Afterwards Chris Hero got on mic to massively put over the other guys who were in the match. Then he addresses the elephant in the room, and in fact used the phrasing of "elephant" to describe himself. I love this man. He basically said he wanted to get medically cleared first and made no bones about the fact that he was not sure about what he'll do after that with regards to his career. It would be a shame for me if I couldn't keep watching this man put on some of the best wrestling matches I've ever seen live at PWG but it sounds like he's really not sure at the moment.
Chuck Taylor vs Adam Cole. This was announced to be a number one contender match which turned up the buzz in the room big time. Adam Cole was announced by Excalibur as being 1000+lbs., causing Cole to encroach upon the commentary booth shaped like a table with Chuckie T following him shortly after to start the fight on the stage. I'll make one thing clear, almost no one in the audience was counting for Cole's false finishes. Anyone who has been following this Golberg-esque streak knows where this match was going to go, but even after the pinfall was achieved the crowd exploded for Chuck Taylor's win. It's an exciting time to be a PWG fan.
Matt Riddle and Jeff Cobb vs The Young Bucks. Non-Title match. When Riddle came out then Cobb came out, I as well as most of the crowd thought we we're going to get some awesome singles match. Then The Bucks music hit and I knew things were about to get crazy. It was almost hard to get into since it's the best tag team on planet earth against a team with Jeff Cobb my homeland hero so I wasn't sure who I could cheer for. What can I say about this match other than it was yet another awesome, amazing, and hilarious tag match in PWG. It wasn't perfect, there was some flub with the Bucks needing to team lift Jeff Cobb for a powerbomb that only sort of worked out and some of Riddle's strikes didn't land in a convincing way from where I sat but this was a great match with a result you wouldn't see coming. Young Bucks losing a non-title match puts a really interesting wrinkle in the tag division.
PWG World Title Match: Zack Sabre Jr.(Champion) vs Marty Scrull. Main event time. This was announced as having a 60 minute time limit and it probably went on for about 30-40. I remember the match they had at BOLA 2015 being exceptionally long but I also remember it being super good so I was pumped for this match going in and it delivered for me. If nothing else this would have been the most apropos time to start a "fight forever" chant because these two guys seem like they were made for each other the way they kept me engaged for pretty much the entire match. I feel like I could watch these guys go at it for hours and not be bored. For as much as I've cooled on ZSJ he is still really fun to watch even though I think he could sell certain moves a bit better. Seemed like Marty was getting way more crowd support but honestly it just felt like one of those PWG things where both guys are almost TOO over that it's hard to decide who to cheer for. And Marty, as you'd expect pulled off some villainous shit especially near the end, but it didn't do much to affect his standing with the Reseda audience who love him. Zack actually does retain with some crazy looking submission hold. Afterwards since Chuck Taylor had been on commentary the crowd totally chanted for him so he and Sabre shook hands in the ring for the end of the event. I guess since we've already seen Scrull/Taylor, Sabre is a more interesting choice to see if anyone can stop Chuck Taylor's streak.
I've yet to get around to TND but I plan to once I'm not as drained as I am right now.