Alexxis, American Destroyers, Anthony Stone, Brian Milonas, Chris Dickinson, Chris Hero, Chris Pyro, Da Hit Squad, Da Hoodz, Dan Maff, Davey Cash, Deonna Purrazzo, Donovan Dijak, Jaka, Jessika Havok, John Silver, Jon Silver, Jonathan Gresham, Karen Q., Keith Lee, Kimber Lee, Lufisto, Matthew Riddle, Mikey Webb, Monsta Mack, Sonya Strong, Taeler Hendrix, Veda Scott, Zack Sabre Jr.
Tournament For Today
November 6, 2016
Providence, RI USA
Promoter: Drew Cordeiro (Denver Colorado)
Ring Announcer: Rich Palladino
Referees: Tony P, Manny Souza, Kevin Quinn, Steve Dumeng
We only attended the first show (first part of tournament). 10 matches plus a pre-show match and we were spent. Saturation achieved. Not sure what our brain would have been like after 22 matches had we gone to the second show.
1. Brian Milonas v. Chris Hero. W – Hero
The Kingpin was in this match to gain respect from the international star. He may have achieved it but it was hard to say given the arrogance of Hero. There were plenty of chops and backward splashes. Hero mocked Milonas’ weight which was kinda sad given he hasn’t missed many meals lately. Hero dominated The Kingpin, ending things with a Death-By-Elbow to the back of the head and a pin. Hero took to the mic and asserted that DBE “runs things” at Beyond.
2. Lufisto v. Taeler Hendrix. W – Hendrix
We’ve characterized Lufisto as the greatest female wrestler since The Fabulous Moolah. We’ve since revised our analysis. She’s the greatest female wrestler of all time. That said (more on that in a later post), Hendrix is at the very top of her game. She’s a total wrestler with a sadistic streak. The match could have gone either way but Alexxis sneaked in and held Lufisto’s legs from ringside, allowing Hendrix to get the best of dueling bridges for the pin.
We used to dismiss Dijak as a guy who relied purely on his size. This is long since not the case. He’s studied under Mr. Fury and paid dues all over the world. He did seem to laugh a bit at the prospect of facing the foot shorter Silver. Silver quickly changed his mind with scientific prowess, particularly kicks to the thighs which were effective in bringing the giant back to reality. Dijak wore Silver down with a series of suplexes that were really throwing him across the ring onto his back over and over again. Dijak gets the pin for a clear victory.
4. Alexxis (with Da Hoodz & Anthony Stone) v. Deonna Purrazzo. W – Purrazzo
Alexxis is just about as good as Deonna Purrazzo and could have won on her own without her goon squad of Cash, Pyro, and Stone. They distracted, and at one point Cash choked Purrazzo with a baseball bat. The gang seemed to have Purrazzo cornered when she showed why she is one of the best in the world, reversing a hold and getting a submission with an arm bar.
5. Jaka v. Jonathan Gresham. W – Gresham
Jaka held his own against one of the top scientific wrestlers of our time. He had Gresham wrapped up in the ring skirt (first time we’ve ever seen that) and inflicted a lot of damage before falling prey to “The Octopus” and tapping out. Jaka then took the mic and paid tribute to his worthy adversary. (We didn’t know that a Team Pazuzu member could have such grace).
6. Sonya Strong v. Kimber Lee. W – Lee
Sonya Strong opened this contest before the bell with a succession of three suicide dives. She has come so far, so fast as a wrestler. She proclaimed that it had taken Ms. Lee seven years to get where she is and it took her fewer than two. Both women went to the limit with brutality and skill. Lee gets the victory with a lightning fast roll up and pin.
7. “Dirty Daddy” Chris Dickinson v. Matthew Riddle (with Chuck O’Neil). W – Riddle
Dirty Daddy had his hands full as he decided to fight on Riddle’s turf using MMA techniques. In the end Dickinson prevailed because of superior experience. A clean pin. Riddle is settling in to professional wrestling, no longer seeming a tad awkward in the ring. He’s coming on and everyone should look out.
8. Jessicka Havok v. Veda Scott. W – Scott
It doesn’t pay to shoot your mouth off on the Internet these days as Veda Scott discovered today. Ms Havok beat the hell out of the smaller wrestler for comments made online. Veda was on her way to a beat down when she miraculously pinned Havok with a sunset flip. She’s lucky to still be ambulatory.
9. Keith Lee v. Zack Sabre Jr. W – Sabre Jr.
Mr. Sabre Jr. asked promoter Colorado if he had done something to upset him when he got a look at Keith Lee. Technique vs. size. Sabre worked hard to find an opening and eventually finished the massive Lee with some kind of combination surfboard and bridge. Lee is not just a big man. He had plenty of moves of his own.
10. Da Hit Squad (Dan Maff & Monster Mack) v. The American Destroyers (Donovan Dijak & Mikey Webb). W – The American Destroyers
We felt sorry for Dijak and Webb. They had to face a legendary team who feel disrespected at Beyond. Da Hit Squad beat the living tar out of Fury’s proteges. Webb was a minor factor as the sadistic Maff and Mack focused on bringing down Dijak whom they kept mocking as “Ace”. The most frightening moment was when DHS launched Webb as a missile over the top rope (at least 20 feet) on Dijak who was dazed on the floor. The referee for some reason allowed the Destroyers to double team Maff for a two-man sunset flip and pin. Afterwards Da Hit Squad congratulated the victors with class. Then they ambushed Dijak and Webb, looking into the camera and proclaiming “Beyond Did This”. Full disclosure: We are avid Hit Squad fans and feel that Dijak and Webb got what they deserved.
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