7/19 Steel Domain Wrestling in Hopkins, Minnesota: Colt Cabana vs. Adam Pearce in a cage match, former AWA and WWF broadcaster appears for Eddie Sharkey ceremony, Ariya Daivari vs. Ryan Slade
Steel Domain Wrestling
Hopkins, Minnesota at the Hopkins Pavilion
Report by Dot Net's Jason Powell
1. Darin Corbin beat Ben Sailer while holding the ropes for leverage. A solid opening match. Sailer came out to Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" which made me feel like it was 1986 all over again.
2. Stacy O'Brien over "Miss Natural" Heather Patera. Very good effort from both women.
3. AJ LaRock beat Josh Calisto and a masked partner in a handicap match with a double Camel Clutch. LaRock worked as AJ Sanchez last year and is listed as such on the SDW website, but the program had him listed as LaRock.
4. Dan Jesser beat Mr. Incredible.
5. Ricky Love beat Ariya Daivari (w/Golden Idol). Good match. It continues to surprise me that Daivari hasn't broken out of the Indy circuit by now, as he never fails to deliver a standout performance. Idol's interference backfired, leading to Love getting the win.
6. Danny Duggan beat Ryan Slade to retain the SDW Northern States Title. Slade wore trunks with the Canadian flag logo. The kids chanted USA, presumably oblivious to the fact that both wrestlers were introduced as being from Canada.
7. Adam Pearce defeated Colt Cabana in a cage match. Colt performed a moonsault off the middle of the top rope at one point. Later, Cabana escaped the cage, but referee Jay Soltis had been bumped. Pearce brought Cabana back inside the cage and put him down with a piledriver. With the referee alert, Pearce escaped the cage to win the match. Cabana sold in the ring as fans were leaving. A strong main event.
Notes: Longtime pro wrestler, referee, promoter, and trainer Eddie Sharkey was presented a lifetime achievement award before the main event. Former WWF and AWA broadcaster Ken Resnick took part in the ceremony along with the broadcast team of Mick Karch and George Schire.
A good show with crowd estimates ranging between 350 and 500 depending on who was doing the estimating. This was the third time that SDW has played the Pavilion during the town's annual Raspberry Festival. There was live music and a great fireworks display afterward. ROH ran in the same town one week earlier, yet it didn't seem to have an adverse effect on the attendance. In fact, I noticed some familiar faces who attended both shows.
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