- AAW Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament Night One
- Oct. 7th, 2016
- 115th Bourbon Street Merrionette Park, IL
AAW kicked off the month of October with a two night tournament in memorial for Jim Lynam who worked with AAW and has passed away. The stakes were high with the winner of the tournament getting a shot for the title at “The Windy City Classic” show at the end of November.
The opening match was Heidi Lovelace vs Melanie Cruise making her AAW debut. Cruise was taking the place of Jessika Havok who was unable to attend. It was a decent match with Cruise using her size advantage for the majority of the match only for Lovelace to pick up the win at the end.
Next was the first match of the tournament with Chuck Taylor vs Davey Vega. Both had great pops with Taylor making his return after a few months away. It had some good comedy moments including Vega biting Taylor on the penis only for the crowd to ensue in chants against Vega for the action. Vega showcased his skills as a singles wrestler as well which was good to see. Taylor picked up the win at the end though to move forward.
Silas Young vs. Mat Fitchett was next with a good mixture of styles. Young tried to keep Fitchett down for the most part but Fitchett was able to push through and show everyone what he had eventually ending the match with a roll up pin for the win.
Brian Cage vs. ACH follwed with ACH making his AAW return taking the place of Josh Alexander who was unable to attend. This was a great match with Cage showing his strength often times throwing and lifting ACH around. ACH was able to show his high flying moves to pick up the victory over Cage however. Before the match as well Jeremy Iron came out and was bad mouthing Cage only for Cage to destory Iron leaving him to be pulled away by the refs.
Another contrast match followed with Colt Cabana vs. Zack Sabre Jr. Cabana was able to follow Sabre nicely matching his technical submission moves nearly. It helped as well that Cabana has a good size advantage over Sabre. The match had a few comedy bits in it which was a given with Cabana’s natural comedic efforts. Sabre was able to pull the victory though over Cabana in the end.
Making his return after last month’s event where he landed wrong ending in a concussion was Prince Ali vs Ethan Page. Page was returning taking the place for KAMAITACHI who had suffered an ankle injury in the past and wasn’t fully healed to perform. Ali shows the ease at the high flying moves he does making his flow look so natural. It was entertaining as well for see the crowd scream for Ali not to go over the top rope to do the same move he got injured by the previous month. Ali picked up the win in the end.
Next was a match of strength vs technical in the form of Drew Gulak vs. Jeff Cobb. Drew made the attempt to keep Cobb on the ground for the most part only to have Cobb use his strength to usually pick not only himself but Gulak back up. It was a slower match but a decent one with Cobb picking up the win.
Following that up was the second best match of the night with AR Fox vs. Rey Fenix. Both men are high flyers and some of the best in the business at it. Within a minute both men would flipping around each matching each others move sets leaving no time for anyone to even catch a breathe. Their ten minute match could of lasted hours and I’m sure no one would say a word about it. Both men earned the love and respect of that crowd even if it was only Fenix who picked up the win.
Kongo Kong vs. Chris Hero was the last tournament match of the night to give up two big men against each other. Hero really has the crowd eating out of his hand the second his music hits with the crowd chanting his song and phrases the entire time. It took a lot for Hero to get Kong down even missing many moves against him. Kong also impressively was able to get a moonsault that thankfully Hero moved out of the way for. At the end though a barrage of elbows from Hero was enough for him to pick up the win with.
The final match of the night was a Mexican Deathmatch with Pentagon Jr vs Sami Callihan. This is a match months in the making with each men going after each other and Callihan wanted to rip Pentagon’s mask off just like he had Fenix and others. Before the match even started trash cans and boards were brought out so everyone was anticipating the insanity that would ensue. Callihan came out with face paint look even crazier then normal. Pentagon attempted to make his entrance before being attacked with a chair from behind by Sami. Right away Sami shoved a spike into Pentagon’s mask causing him to start bleeding from his mask. Both men took vicious hits from chairs, trash cans, put through boards, hit with a barb wire wrapped 2×4, along with being tossed onto a dumped bag of legos that Sami had set out. Sami had a mad look in his eyes the majority of the match even when he was bleeding like crazy covering the majority of the match. Pentagon even appeared to have to snap a few of his fingers back into place after being set through a board. It was a very hardcore match and even had a moment where both men were just taking turns stabbing each other in the head with spikes. Both competitors gave it their own and Pentagon was able to retain the belt after doing his finisher on Sami on top of a pile of legos.
Overall it was a good card with only a few matches being a little slower. AAW continues to prove they are among the top of the indy companies and giving us matches such as the deathmatch and Fenix vs Fox the only thing AAW can do is go up.