9/15 Beyond Wrestling Point of No Return in-person report: Roderick Strong and Eddie Edwards vs. Drew Gulak and Biff Busick, Michael Elgin vs. JT Dunn, Kevin Steen vs. Chris Dickenson, Chuck Taylor, AR Fox, ACH, Matt Taven, Tomasso Ciampa
By Zack Zimmerman
Beyond Wrestling’s Point of No Return
Providence, Rhode Island
The show was at a live music nightclub and the majority of fans stood surrounding the ring and up on the balcony, making for a very unique and intimate atmosphere. They have a ways to go before they’re comparable, but it felt like they were going for a PWG type of vibe. There were probably about 250 people in attendance and the crowd was into the show from open to close, but noticeably picked up in the second half. I give a high recommendation to check out this and future Beyond shows, especially anyone local to the Boston/Rhode Island area.
1. Kevin Steen pinned Chris Dickenson. Nice change of pace from the usual start of a show with these two brawling out of the locker room and into the ring to kick off the night. They put on a good walking brawl that progressed into a solid match in the ring. Steen scored the win after two package piledrivers. Post-match, Steen put Dickenson over, but Dickenson attacked him and turned heel, referring to himself as “Dirty Dickenson.” Tomasso Ciampa was in attendance and took exception to Dickenson’s attitude. Look for Dickenson to become a prominent indie name in the next year or two.
2. AR Fox and Black Baron won a four-way tag match. Hot match, but there were instances of both recklessness and sloppiness throughout.
Tomasso Ciampa came to the ring and said that promoter Drew Cordeiro gave him the chance to speak. He took that opportunity to call out Chris Dickenson. They got into a pull-apart brawl and laid in several stiff shots back and forth.
3. Matt Taven (w/ Kasey Ray) beat Aaron Epic. Fun match. Taven scored the win after interference from Ray and his headlock driver finisher. The crowd got on the ref for questionable officiating in this one.
4. Usurper, Jaka, and Johnny Cockstrong over Dan Barry, Swamp Monster, and a partner. Some good comedic action in this one. Barry stood out with several impressive and fun spots. Everyone hit their finishers simultaneously for the win.
5. Nicholas Kaye beat Anthony Stone in an “I Quit” match. Kaye took some sickening unprotected chairshots early on that really had me frustrated with the match. There was a barbed wire baseball bat and several thumbtack bumps as well. Stone quit when Kaye handcuffed him to the ropes and threatened his kid who was ringside.
Intermission. There was a nacho eating contest, with the winner supposedly earning the job of judging a twerk-off. The twerk-off never took place, as an imprompteau match broke out to end intermission. A nice booking decision to kick off the second half of the show with a burst of instant excitement.
6. Tabarnak de Team beat The Wingmen. Fine second-half opener that ended after a double Alabama slam.
It was announced that Beyond would be returning to Fete music on November 17. It was also announced that on that show, Tomasso Ciampa would go one-on-one with Chris Dickenson.
7. Chuck Taylor beat Eric Corvis. Corvis has some cool steampunk-inspired gear that I think would be a great fit for Corey Graves in NXT. This was a fun match with the usual Chucky T flavor. Taylor got the win on a small package after the referee took Corvis down with a hurricanrana that popped everyone including the ref himself.
8. Michael Elgin beat JT Dunn. Match of the night, IMO. Both guys showed up to work: Elgin worked his strong style offense and Dunn sold like a pro and got great hope spots and offensive flurries in as well. Dunn is a star with the Beyond crowd, and it’s very cool to see him in an environment like that. Elgin hit the Elgin Bomb for the win. The crowd reaction to this match was on a different level from the rest of the show. This is the match worth ordering the VOD or DVD for.
9. Biff Busick and Drew Gulak beat Roderick Strong and Eddie Edwards. This was a believable, hard hitting matchup that saw the DojoBros working over Biff for the better part of a half hour. Biff is another relative unknown who is an absolute star in the Beyond universe, with an entrance so over it must be experienced to be believed. In the end, Biff was able to overcome the beating and score the win after a half-and-half suplex. Another strong candidate for match of the night, though the crowd heat didn’t quite carry over from Elgin/Dunn.
Post-match, Eddie Edwards informed everyone that his trilogy with Biff isn’t over just yet. He allowed Biff to pick the stipulation, and after a loud, unanimous chant from the crowd, Biff decided that they would have an ironman match at the November show.
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