Friday, 26 October 2012
PWG Failure To Communicate Preview By Jose Haze
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla returns to the American Legion Hall in sunny Reseda, Ca. October 27th, 2012 for "Failure to Communicate". After an almost two month lay off, FTC is the follow up to "Battle of Los Angeles 2012" a two day extravaganza that took the indy wrestling world by storm. (There were a few changes made to the card, so we decided to update this preview.)
Packed to the rafters with an abundance of indy wrestling talent from all over North America, this card has a little something for pretty much every type of wrestling fan.
PWG tag champs Super Smash Brothers will not be on the card for the second straight show due to personal commitments. BOLA '12 champ Adam Cole decided to not take advantage of his title shot that came with his BOLA victory.
In spite of these three great talents not participating in the show, PWG, with all the last minute changes has still put together another superb card that no doubt will once again have the Indy world in an uproar.
Singles Match: Eddie Edwards vs. Michael Elgin
In one of the additions to the card, Michael Elgin will be "pulling a Steen" and working a double on the show. Wrestling Edwards early then in the Main Event. Elgin is no stranger to pulling double duty at a PWG show, as seen in his heroic runner-up finish at BOLA '12. Elgin is having a phenomenal year, participating in match of the year level matches seemingly everywhere he goes.Eddie Edwards meanwhile with his reality based, somewhat Japanese style of wrestling is always a treat to watch, and is always competing at a high level as we saw in his recent ROH match vs 2012 BOLA champ Adam Cole. Regardless of the opponent you know you will always get 100% from both men. So you pit these two men against each other in the early part of a stacked card and let me tell you,this match will no doubt have some fireworks.
Singles Match: Roderick Strong vs. Rich Swann
In another of the rearranged matches, Roderick Strong will be facing Rich Swann. Previously Roddy was set to team with Eddie Edwards vs The Bucks, while Swann was set to face El Generico. This match none the less I find intriguing. Strong, though not flashy has always been very creative and innovative with his offense meanwhile Swann is the consummate DG/Evolve talent. Cruiserweight size, acrobatic and ultra talented. What separates Swann from other DG/Evolve wrestlers is his charisma. The guy can work a crowd, not only with his wrestling but with his confidence and humor. One would assume Strong will look to pound the smaller Swann with his high impact offense and Swann will look to the air, but in PWG YOU NEVER KNOW what will happen. I could be wrong, but I think this could be the "You will never know what we are up to" match of the night.
Singles Match: Sami Callihan vs. Davey Richards
In a rematch of their incredible match at AAW's "Bound by Hate" think its safe to say that this match will be an all out war. Non stop destruction. In recent PWG appearances the human battle ram Callahan has gotten way over with the SoCal fans. With his hard hitting and no fear style, Callahan is pitted against someone who just might be the perfect candidate to catapult Sami up another notch. With his ultra-realism, high intensity, shoot style wrestling Richards I feel is a perfect fit vs Sami. Say what you want about Richards, but he has shown he is not afraid of giving shots to up and coming young wrestlers.
Singles Grudge Match: Brian Cage vs. Willie Mack
At Threemendous 3, Brian Cage channeled his inner Booker T while cutting a promo on both Steen and Mack, who battled that night. The high jinks and run - ins between the three have continued ever since. Recently Willie Mack's father, affectionately known as "Foot's" passed away, so no doubt he will still be wrestling with a heavy heart. I anticipate Willie coming out and giving the performance of his life as a tribute to his father. Cage meanwhile will no doubt look to "get his shit in" with the intention of taking another step toward the PWG title. Considering those involved, I think we will be provided with a few moments that will no doubt make the "hype' video for this show.
Tag Team Match: Kenny Omega & El Generico vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)
At the last minute PWG announced that the prodical son would return. Kenny Omega, after a lengthy absence from PWG will be teaming with Senor Charisma El Generico. Both men have been doing some great things in Japanese Fed. DDT. Generico is coming off a breathtaking trilogy vs Kota Ibushi. Omega meanwhile, not to left behind has had some brilliant performances in DDT against the likes of Ibushi, Yoshihiko and Shigehiro Irie to name a few. Together these men will no doubt be looking to hit a homerun in front of the PWG faithful, and who better to do it against than The Young Bucks? The Bucks with their sinister, belt guitar playing, win at all cost style are the right foes, at the right time for a show stealing performance vs Omega and Generico.
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Championship Title Three-Way Match: Kevin Steen (Champion) vs. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin vs. Ricochet:
Three very unique styles come together for this incredible three - way match. You have Steen's mix of brawling and speedy big man skill set. You have Ricochet's acrobatic aerial assault style. You have "Unbreakable" Elgin's power, explosion and strength. This match allows for so many possibilities.
The main theme of this match is Payback. Steen was upset by Ricochet in the 1st round of BOLA. Meanwhile Elgin defeated Ricochet in the semi - finals of the event. throw in the ROH connection between Steen and Elgin and I look for this match to be as brutal as possible. With Elgin wrestling earlier in the night, he will surely be at a disadvantage in stamina, but that said I still expect Elgin to put in a first rate performance. Steen will no doubt look to take advantage of Elgin's having wrestled earlier in the night. With his wide array of flips, moonsaults and aerial tactics, Ricochet looks to be the wild card n this match. With an offense that he unleashes on his opponents from many angles, Ricochet will no doubt look to keep both of his opponents off balance. Regardless of who wins, I feel this match will no doubt have the crowd in a frenzy.
Also on the card B-Boy and Famous B will be taking on SoCal hipster tag team The Rockness Monsters and Joey Ryan will be facing Ryan Taylor.
When other feds make last minute changes to their cards, it usually means the show got worse. Well the last minute changes to "Failure to Communicate" have not only not dropped the level of expectation,in my opinion they increased our expectations. "Failure to Communicate" will no doubt be another classic PWG production.
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