GETTIN’ MY 16 CARAT ON IN GERMANY: Part 1
I have no plans for what I’m gonna write here, how long it’ll be or anything. I’m just gonna roll with it and see what comes of it.
An early ass flight accompanied by several old PPH’s on my mp3 player, saw me arrive in Deutschland on Friday morning with the first night of the tourney that evening. Found our hotel which was really really nice and in a perfect location. Myself, AdamJ and his two buddies made our first trip into the GIGANTIC Centr-o mall in Oberhausen where we were basically just overwhelmed by the freaking size of the place and the ridiculous amount of restaurants at our disposal. After some food, it was off to NIGHT 1 of WXW 16 Carat 2009!!!
The venue was this cool little bar that you could tell was gonna have an awesome atmosphere just by entering.
1. Sami Callihan vs. Dan Paysan vs. Tommy End vs. Sha Samuels
Really fun 4 way and a perfect opener for a live show. Paysan looked way better than I was expecting and had tons of charisma. Sami is waaaay more enjoyable in person than on tape…. when you hear his strikes live it’s unreal. Tommy is bigtime over with the German fans, who MOSH during his entrance and Sha is basically just an awesome English lout who wrestles in a QPR scarf. Sami got the win over Paysan to be the official alternate for the tourney.
2. 16 Carat Gold 2009 Opening Round Match: Daisuke Sekimoto over Martin Stone via No Touch German Suplex
Awwwwesome little match here and the first taste of the GREATNESS that Big Daisuke would unleash all weekend. Stone really brought it too and looked better than I had ever seen him before. Hard hitting, big powaah moves and a hot crowd…. a fine combination! DICE-K won with the No Touch German to advance. I then proceeded to dance to his music for the first of many times over the weekend.
3. 16 Carat Gold 2009 Opening Round Match: Drake Younger over “Cracow Butcher” Adam Polak via Cross Legged Michinoku Driver
Polak has tons of charisma and an awesome face for wrestling…. like Minoru Suzuki level expressions. Don’t remember too much about this match as alot of it consisted of brawling that I couldn’t see. I do remember liking what they did towards the end. Good stuff.
4. 16 Carat Gold 2009 Opening Round Match: Steve Douglas over Tatsuhito Takaiwa via Half Nelson Suplex Hold.
Douglas is the top local heel in WXW and the crowd do not like him one bit. Also his girlfriend who was at every show is the hottest thing on two legs (at least I think she was his gf). Match was fairly short and Takaiwa was dominating towards the end before Steve busted out his finisher to advance.
5. 16 Carat Gold 2009 Opening Round Match: Bryan Danielson over Doug Williams via low-blow followed by The Small Package
Match of the night up to this point. Danielson was unreal. He is HATED by the Germans and he plays it up like nobody’s business. Doug was on form too and they had some sweet exchanges as you’d expect. Dragon built the match around one move…. AN ABDOMINAL STRETCH! He was determined to use it to win, sometimes mixing it with elbows to the ribs. They had some great nearfalls that everyone was going nutty for before Danielson used the lowblow/cradle combo to advance.
6. 16 Carat Gold 2009 Opening Round Match: Zack Sabre Jr. over Terry Frazier via submission (Cross-Arm Breaker)
Shortest match of the night I think. Zach got the flash win with his Minoru Special Armbar. His entrance music is Burning Heart by Survivor. It may just be the best babyface entrance music in wrestling. Post match was an angle that saw Takaiwa turn heel and join up with Big Van Walter, Frazier and Samuels. Erick Stevens made the save but the he was attacked by Sami Callihan who also joined The Cartel.
7. 16 Carat Gold 2009 Opening Round Match: Big van Walter over Erick Stevens via Power Bomb
Maybe as good as the Danielson match. Stevens was over LIKE A GOD for his first trip to Germany and you could tell he was so stoked to be there. He was so enthusiastic and busted his ass, even breaking out the best topÃ© I’ve seen … maybe EVER! He picked up so much speed and took out both Walter and a table of Subway Sandwiches. The Stevens vs. Subway feud picked up again on Night 3 but I’ll get to that later. Walter looked decent here too but he had his best reserved for later in the weekend and I’ll DEFINITELY get to THAT later too.
8. 16 Carat Gold 2009 Opening Round Match: Shingo Takagi over Absolute Andy via Bloodfall
Yeah I went crazy for Shingo…. did you expect something different? Another good match to keep the roll going. Crowd was crazy hot at times, with Andy being the big local babyface and Shingo being Shingo. Andy’s spinebuster into Sharpshooter combo was such a great near-fall as I think ALOT of people (myself included) thought Shingo might tap (he was teasing it soooo well) but he got to the ropes. A nice touch was that Shingo used the Bloodfall for the win, as it was the start of a cool little mini story that built through his tournament matches.
9. 16 Carat Gold 2009 Opening Round Match: Tyler Black over Chris Sabin via Power Bomb-Superkick Combo
WOW!!!! This was a match and a half. I dunno if the plan was for a babyface vs. babyface match, but the fans started getting on Sabin for being a TNA guy and he seemingly just said “screw it” and rolled with it, totally playing the dick heel busting out Kaientai-DX poses and doing the Stroke followed by a Jarrett strut. But when it came time for the finishing stretch it was all serious. Absolutely insane nearfalls and really killer moves. Tyler was unreal here and Sabin was smooth as can be. They really went all out and the roof was sounding like it might come off the building. LOVE Tyler’s new finish.
And that was the end of Night 1, a HELL of a wrestling show which built nicely to an amazing main event. The show really set the table well for the Sat/Sun shows.
PART 2 coming soon.