After a terrific Night One, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla continued its 11th All Star Weekend on Saturday night in Reseda, Calif. The evening was capped off by the third surprise return of the weekend during possibly the wildest Guerrilla Warfare Match in the company's 12-year history.
Chuck Taylor def. Kikutaro: Kikutaro got on the mic and said it's been so long since he's been in PWG, so he and Taylor are going to have a pro wrestling match. Then he kicked Taylor, picked him up as the bell rang ... and fell over, getting pinned in three seconds to an enormous ovation.
Chuck Taylor def. Kikutaro: Kikutaro then begged for another chance ... and kicked Taylor as the bell rang, picked him up, fell over ... and kicked out at two and a half. The two men then had the platonic ideal of a PWG opener, working a perfect comedy opener to get the crowd primed for the long night. Eventually, referee Rick Knox was accidentally manipulated into hitting Kikutaro with a flying clothesline, which allowed Taylor to get the pin.
Kikutaro then cut another promo, saying that he'll be back and that he's already started making plans to move to America in 2016. He was then jumped by those dastardly heels, Mount Rushmore 2.0 (with Adam Cole taking Super Dragon's place for the evening).
Timothy Thatcher def. Marty Scurll: Another PWG appearance, another standout match from Scurll, who will hopefully start getting a lot more bookings stateside. This was just wonderful, with Scurll being a total villain (like it says on his trunks) and Thatcher getting more and more angry. Scurll has a signature spot where he breaks his opponent's finger and it always gets a massive, massive reaction (deservedly so). Thatcher finally had enough and dispatched Scurll with one surprise, vicious headbutt.
Unbreakable F'n Machines (Michael Elgin & Brian Cage) def. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano: This felt a lot more like a farewell match to Gargano and Ciampa than it probably should have. This was a nice big power match that came off a lot better than the Machines' Night One match against the Wolves. A particularly memorable sequence involved the Machines tagging in and out while maintaining vertical suplexes on Gargano, then on Ciampa. A discus lariat from Cage to Ciampa, followed by a spinning powerbomb from Elgin gave the Machines two big wins this weekend. They'll likely receive a shot against the Young Bucks for the tag team titles in the near future.
Ricochet def. Mark Andrews: Ricochet is, of course, one of the very best wrestlers in the world right now. He's doing this wonderful thing in a lot of promotions at the moment where he acts like everything is effortless and joyful (sort of like his roommate, Apollo Crews), before his opponents force him to get serious. It's a nice slow burn in each match where his cockiness comes just up to the point of seeming heelish.
There were flips in this match. I hope that doesn't come as a surprise to you. Andrews looked great and took Ricochet to the limit, where Ricochet finally got pissed off and nailed the Benadryller 2.0 to get the pin.
Matt Sydal def. Trevor Lee: Sydal had a great showing in his title match on Night One and looked just as good running up against Trevor Lee. Lee was shockingly wonderful at getting the crowd to hate him, as it's rare for anyone to be a true heel in the friendly confines of the American Legion Hall in Reseda. Lee got the win when he was able to get his knees up during Sydal's shooting star press and roll him up.
Kenny Omega def. Will Ospreay: Have yourself a weekend, Kenny Omega. The Bullet Club's "Cleaner" was in white-hot top form again on Saturday night, as he and Ospreay put on a showcase that had the crowd absolutely rocking and rolling throughout. At one point, Omega even took his own chainsaw arm to his genitals in a horrific and grisly scene. Somehow, he managed to come back from that and land the One-Winged Angel to get the big win.
The crowd chanted for Omega to come back soon. Omega grabbed the mic and said he isn't always able to get back to Reseda, but the best talent from all over the world makes PWG the place to be and he will always be part of the PWG family.
Guerrilla Warface Match: Chris Hero, "Speedball" Mike Bailey, Joey Ryan & Candice LeRae def. Mount Rushmore 2.0 (Roderick Strong, the Young Bucks & Adam Cole): The match opened with Mount Rushmore 2.0 heelishly coming out to Chris Hero's music. Strong said he doesn't like Adam Cole, but the Bucks do, so that's good enough for him to accept Cole being in Mount Rushmore. Then the baddies knocked out ring announcer Angelo Trinidad and referee Rick Knox and called out the good guys to a big old fight. The faces, of course, happily obliged.
What followed was a 20-minute-plus spectacle that defies most description. At one point, Mount Rushmore laid out everyone and victory seemed certain, so the Young Bucks advanced on announcer Excalibur menacingly. Excalibur fought back, however, diving onto the Bucks from the stage. Rushmore survived that attack and once again seemed to have victory in their grasp ... then the lights went out and Kyle O'Reilly appeared, making his first appearance since losing the PWG world title just over a year ago.
With a little assistance from Rick Knox, a Tiger Driver '98 from Excalibur and a thumbtack-covered elbow pad delivered by Kikutaro, Chris Hero was able to pin Matt Jackson and deal Mount Rushmore their first significant loss since forming to run roughshod over the company.
After the match, Hero got on the mic and promised Strong that he was coming to take his title back. All the assembled faces thanked the PWG fans profusely. Excalibur closed the night by stating that 2016 is where Mount Rushmore 2.0 gets destroyed, piece by piece.
In all, it was a great two nights of wrestling. The MVPs of the weekend were Omega, Sydal, Scurll and Ospreay. Both nights are definitely worth checking out. You're going to want to see both Omega matches and that Guerrilla Warfare match, if nothing else.
PWG returns to Reseda on Jan. 2, where Zack Sabre, Jr. will likely face Strong for the world title. It may be where the dismantling of Mount Rushmore begins.