The most hyped and my most anticipated match of Mania weekend has finally happened! I can’t say I’m not exhausted but I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t satisfied. Joey Janela’s Spring Break 2 is one of the craziest shows you’ll see this year and everyone in attendance was game for what GCW had in store. Let’s get in to what happened.
Eli Everfly def. Teddy Hart, DJZ, Tony Deppen, Gringo Loco & KTB @ 11:06 via Top Rope Double Underhook Flipping Piledriver on Deppen – ***1/4
You could not ask for this match to be any better. A showcase of super athleticism and insane spots. Everyone was on point, never missing a beat despite how jam-packed they were in the ring. Excellent way to start off what promised to be the best show of the weekend.
Matt Riddle def. James Ellsworth @ 3:35 via Bromission – **
Perfectly good for what it set out to be. A couple of funny spots where Riddle missed knee strikes because Ellsworth doesn’t have a chin. Eventually, Ellsworth was caught and forced to submit. Nothing wrong with the match at all, they kept it quick, light and fun. Perfectly acceptable.
PCO def. WALTER @ 18:30 via Senton Bomb – ****
One of my absolute favorite matches of the year. PCO is one crazy dude. He should not have been wrestling at this level but of course he did anyway. Literally, this man took a Moonsault to the floor, straight to his face and managed to wrestle another ten minutes. Absolute insanity. WALTER chopped the old man so hard that his chest was beyond purple, it was black. This was disgusting. This was awesome. PCO was hitting crazy moves out of nowhere, including a perfectly executed split-legged Moonsault. I can’t stress enough how much I recommend going out of your way for this match.
GCW Heavyweight Championship
Nick Gage (c) def. Penta El Zero M @ 9:27 via Choke Breaker – **
Hardcore match with no real steam. Not really bad in anyway but didn’t feel like a big deal despite their best efforts. Definitely the least memorable match of the night.
David Starr def. Mike Quackenbush @ 11:35 via Roaring Elbow – **3/4
I’m not sure what was up with the crowd here, they were awfully silent, but this was a very good match. Quack is still so smooth in the ring and a joy to watch. Starr was doing his best to heel on Quack but the crowd didn’t seem to care, there was a serious lull around this time in the show. I appreciated the match a lot but I wish there was more reaction from the audience to elevate the atmosphere.
Invisible Man def. MJF @ 40:11 – ***
At its peak, this was absolute insanity. At its valleys, I couldn’t wait for it to end. Many great spots, the stand out wrestlers being Invisible Man, Orange Cassidy and Kikutaro. Props to the crowd for giving Invisible Man the proper chant of ‘you deserve it’. The match lived up to its name and was ultimately a mixed bag.
Here is the list of entrants in order of appearance:
Jimmy Lloyd, Session Moth Martina, Orange Cassidy, Wheeler Yuta, Curt Stallion, Facade, Swoggle, Grado, Kikutaro, Invisible Man, Joe Gacy, Bryan Skyline, Chris Dickinson, Dan Severn, Alabama Doink, Ricky Shane Page, Markus Crane, Aeroboy, Crazy Boy, Rory Gulak, Nate Webb, Ethan Page, MJF, Mikey Whipwreck
Joey Janela def. The Great Sasuke @ ??? via Top Rope Double Stomp onto a chair – ***3/4
On multiple occasions I was sure that Sasuke had died, so I must say that this managed to live up to the hype. The two craziest spot wrestlers of their time put together a match filled with death-defying spots. In no way was this a technical masterpiece but anyone expecting that doesn’t know Sasuke. He was out to prove that he still may be the craziest wrestler alive. The Fite TV stream cut out as the match started so I wasn’t able to get an accurate time but they went around thirty minutes. Insanity is the best way to label this match. It’s not for the purists, it’s for those who want a carnival show and I must say that it delivered.
Post-match, Janela tells the fans that he and Sasuke wrestle their style because they love giving the fans a show. They end the Spring Break by singing and dancing to Bon Jovi’s ‘It’s My Life’ together. Excellent finale.
Overall I think it’s fair to say that Spring Break 2 met its crazy expectations. There was absolute insanity in the beginning, middle and end. Not everything was great but there was enough to where I don’t see how anyone could complain. Who else is ready for Spring Break 3?
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