Match 1: 4-Way Elimination: Urani Whitemist vs. The Black Dragon vs. Xiu Mei Li vs. Sophia Moretti
The inaugural match for Phoenix Rising. It was a rough debut for the Black Dragon in this one... nothing seemed to go right for the powerhouse in the first ten minutes of the contest, taking multiple double-team moves and face-planting on a missed diving headbutt. Couple this with both Sophia and Urani attempting to break her arm and her body, and it adds up to a rough day for her. Xiu Mei's size disadvantage also proved to be her downfall: trying to use her agility over the other three, she was caught by the veteran Sophia, and eliminated with the bane of all lucha: the rana-bomb counter. Sophia would then fall victim to Urani's massive powerbomb, leaving only Urani and the Dragon in the ring... a bad start for the Dragon, but she steals this one with her finisher planting Urani face-first, and claiming the first tournament for herself!
Match 2: 4-Way Elimination: Blake Dynamite vs. Kileas Kintelas vs. Lance Marshall vs. Victor Kintelas
There were a lot of stories coming into this one. Father vs. son. Three rising stars vs. the veteran heel. The sole junior vs. three tough heavyweights. And it all came together in what proved to be a very even contest. Perhaps most shocking was Blake Dynamite not only holding his own in the ring, but eliminating Lance Marshall, who in recent weeks has made a name for himself as a freelancer. This may pale in comparison, however, to Victor Kintelas utterly DESTROYING his own father with a Package Piledriver! With that twist, the two rising stars looked to claim their place in the tournament... and it was Victor Kintelas with a Death Valley Driver that would find himself victorious, and the first entrant in PRW's inaugural championship tournament! Kileas's condition will be looked at... but it is expected he will miss some time, a slight blow to take in the first week of operation, but the price that's paid in this line of work.
Match 3: Kaelara Sentarl vs. Angel Leblanc
Kaelara's earlier matches have not gone well for the young rookie... and it was expected that even against Angel, that would likely continue. This reputation didn't stop Angel from playing dirty... or Kae from fighting back. Still, this match went about as expected... Kae simply didn't have the resilience to handle Angel's offense, and despite putting up a fair bit of resistance, was put down for the pinfall with relative ease.
Match 4: Telan Kintelas vs. Kyle Anderson
The veteran, an undersized powerhouse with some anger issues to work out... the newcomer, an All-American athlete that Vince McMahon would kill to have as his "next big thing". This one was destined to be a hard-hitting war from the start... There was very little downtime, the only lulls happening when one or the other got dumped out of the ring and let the other take a breather. Kyle survived a scare relatively early off a Telan spear, garnering a 2.9 around 9 minutes in... a testament to just how strong Telan really is. Things only got worse as the match went on: Telan, already firmly in control, introduced a chair to the party, which only seemed to anger Kyle, who planted him and locked in his signature Triangle Scissors hold... but only moments later, once Telan had slipped free, Kyle ate a chokeslam and couldn't fight back any longer. Telan now joins his nephew in the championship tournament... and it has to be expected that he'll put on a good showing there.
Match 5: Shiana and Eri Sentarl vs. Laenara Kintelas and Natasha
A battle between two teams... the high-fliers against the strikers. Once again, it was one veteran in the ring with three of the "newer generation"... but Shiana quickly showed everyone that she's far from finished with her career, hanging with Lae and Natasha early on. Both teams seemed to cooperate well in this one, with each team member getting their time to shine, though it was Shiana and Natasha that seemed to be the ones that signaled the match going into high gear. Ultimately, though, the Sentarls' teamwork proved just a bit too much, double-teaming Laenara and isolating her in the wrong corner, where Shiana was able to land a big frog splash, and with Eri keeping Natasha occupied, that was all it took to claim the win. A good debut for all four women, and Eri avoided concussing anyone with her finisher tonight: a good sign for the future. Also, like an idiot, I forgot to screenshot this match results screen, the rating was about an 85% or so. Blargh.
Match 6: Tasharun vs. The Phantom Thief
The plan was pretty simple: the Thief using his agility to keep Tasharun off-balance, and hit him from all angles, keep him guessing, just keep picking away until he could hit the Change of Heart and end it. Of course, he had to avoid taking a beating in the process... Probably should've added that to the plan. Oops. The Thief gave it a fairly good run, but Tasharun isn't exactly someone you can just pressure... he gives it back hard. The Thief never got a chance at his finisher... Tasharun's not going to be changing anytime soon. One bit of weirdness... I could swear I set Tasharun to pin 100% after the fuckin Buzzsaw and he didn't. Hurrr.
Match 7 (Co-Main Event): Rilantha De Nav vs. Alexandria Kirison[/spoiler]
The intriguing matchup between the technical wrestling prowess of Ril against the strike-heavy brawling style of Alex. A LOT of quick reversals, trading back and forth early on. It got wild, though, as the match approached ten minutes: Ril began to do her best Brock Lesnar impression with a series of German suplexes, while Alex started dishing out every signature she could think of, hitting Stunners, piledrivers, and even locking Ril in her cross-arm camel clutch hold at one point, though Ril survived with a foot on the ropes. Ril ultimately would try to get something flashier, hitting the flying dragon suplex off the top rope, but couldn't capitalize, too worn out to get up and pin Alex. And after even more back-and-forth action, including a few spots where it looked like Alex had her beat, Ril finally saw her chance... and climbed to the top, coming off with a cross-body that finally kept Alex down! Rilantha De Nav once again proving why she has so much staying power, and now has a shot at holding gold once again.
[center]Match 8 (Co-Main Event): Firehawk and Kellaron Sentarl vs. Binak and Kanjirin Tonorian
To be blunt, this matchup is just plain scary. A giant and a powerhouse taking on the founder of the company and his son... that's probably what it takes to stand against that level of power, really. But it never stops Firehawk... he'll take on anyone, anytime. It was a wild back-and-forth affair, with plenty of tags on both sides, though Kanjirin was forced to do much of the work for his team with Binak's age showing through a bit. Not terribly much double-team efforts occurring in this one, either... just some hard-hitting action by both the veterans and the newcomers, ending in a Phoenix Dive to Binak (an impressive feat in itself)... right in front of Kanjirin in their own corner! And to add insult to injury, Kanjirin completely ignored his uncle as the three-count came down... is there already trouble brewing between the two, so soon?
Takeaways from this one: It's hard to remember everything that needs to be done in order to recap a match, as shown by my forgetfulness regarding the match results screen for the women's tag match. I tried my best to give a sense of how each match progressed. Given how awfully the Black Dragon started in her match, I fully expected she was going to be taken down first, but instead she wound up in the final two and got the opportunity of her life. Victor CRITing his own FATHER is probably the highlight of the show, and will likely lead to some fierce strife between the two. Kaelara did pretty much what I expected her to do... although I didn't think she'd get squashed by Angel, of all people, that's why I put them together. Telan's likely to wind up a lot more popular than his brother at this rate, which means I may need to do something about Kileas. I had hopes that the Thief would repeat his earlier success against Tasharun, but that storyline's going to have to wait, I suppose. And in terms of singles action, Ril/Kirison was probably MOTN. Absolutely fantastic from both of them, and I'll be making sure they both get some good shots in the future. Finally, the main event tag match... Binak didn't get to the point of gasping for air at any point, which is a good sign. But I'm serious in the write-up. Firehawk hit the Phoenix Dive, pinned Binak, and Kanjirin just stared from his corner five feet away. There's something going on here, and it's not the ref's fault, either.
I'll be looking into recording stuff over the next week to see if I can't figure it all out. Otherwise I'll run another show in this same format, which should hopefully be the last time I have to do that.