Chuck Taylor has taken back his place atop Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Across from him in the ring Friday night for the first title defense of his second reign as PWG champion will be a familiar face: his best friend and tag team partner Trent? (aka Beretta, aka Trent Beretta, aka Trent Barreta).
Taylor won the title back from Ricochet at PWG Mystery Vortex V last month. With Ricochet off to WWE, it’ll be interesting to see how the PWG main event picture shapes up this year leading into the annual Battle of Los Angeles.
We could find out Friday night who will be in line to get elevated into a top spot. The second-to-last bout on the show pits indie darlings Keith Lee and Matt Riddle, who have had terrific matches with each other in many other places, especially in EVOLVE.
Also on the docket, Ring of Honor champion Dalton Castle meets Joey Janela and ROH top up-and-comer Flip Gordon makes his PWG debut against Zack Sabre Jr.
We’ll be updating the results, news and notes live from American Legion Post #308 in Reseda, starting at the scheduled 8 p.m. PT bell time:
Adam Brooks vs. Brody King
Brooks by pin at 11:43 with a swanton bomb. Terrific opener. King was super over with the crowd as an LA local making his PWG debut. He was filling in for an injured Matt Sydal. This was Brooks’ best match so far in Reseda.
Dalton Castle vs. Joey Janela
Castle by pin at 21:30 after a Bang-a-Rang. Fun match. Probably could have been shorter. It was heavy on shtick and comedy early. Janela had a crazy dive from the top rope to the outside.
Travis Banks vs. David Starr
Banks with a pin at about 10:30 after a super fisherman’s buster. Really good, short match. Actually wished it went longer. Starr rebounded from his lackluster debut at Mystery Vortex last month. He’ll definitely end up a favorite here.
Flip Gordon vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Sabre Jr. at 15:47 with what Brazilian jiu-jitsu enthusiasts would call a banana split. Brutal looking submission. Solid match. This was Gordon’s PWG debut and he got the "please come back!" treatment.
Keith Lee vs. Matt Riddle
Great match. Super hard hitting. Riddle bled from his chest after Lee chops. A Riddle power bomb of Lee broke the ring, leaving a huge bump in it. Lee won at about 19:30 with his jackhammer-like finisher. This one is very much worth checking out.
Chuck Taylor vs. Trent? (PWG title)
Taylor at about 26:16 to retain with a small package after a low blow. Good match and good story. They started as friends, but Taylor slowly turned violent on his tag partner as the match went on. Trent was busted open hard way late. The finish came when Trent went to hit Taylor with the belt, but couldn’t do it.