6/26 Beyond Wrestling report: Zim’s in-person report on Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Jonathan Gresham, Chris Hero and JT Dunn vs. Chris Dickinson and Donovan Dijak, plus Tommaso Ciampa, Matthew Riddle, and more

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Beyond Wrestling “Ripped Off in the Prime of Life”
Somerville, Massachusetts at Center for Arts at the Armory
Report by Dot Net staffer Zack Zimmerman

1. Matthew Riddle tapped out Chuck O’Neil with a triangle choke in the third round of an MMA rules cage match.

2. Dave Cole forced Anthony Stone to submit to a crossface. Post-match, Da Hoodz ran out and attacked Cole. They invited Stone to leave with them and he did.

3. Brian Fury defeated Suge D by submission with a Boston Crab.

4. The Crusade for Change (Darius Carter, TJ Marconi, Anthony Gangone and the M1nute Men (Devin Blaze and Tommy Trainwreck)) over Team House of Glory (Ken Broadway, Smiley, Sonya Strong, and Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen)). This one was solid enough for a little while, but went longer than it needed to. The finish came when Marconi powerbombed one member of Private Party hard into the other.

5. John Silver pinned Keith Lee. This was a fun matchup with the size difference and characters involved, allowing for a very entertaining big big-man vs. little big-man dynamic. Silver got the win over his much larger opponent by reversing a Last Ride into a Yoshi Tonic.

6. Tommaso Ciampa over David Starr. This one was about 80 percent schtick and 20 percent wrestling. There were a few clever moments but most of it was pretty groan-inducing. Most of the crowd seemed to enjoy it though. Things did pick up towards the end before Ciampa got the W with Project Ciampa. Post-match, there was a confrontation between Ciampa and Matthew Riddle to set up a match at the 7/17 Beyond iPPV on WWN.

Intermission

7. Jordynne Grace beat Taeler Hendrix with a bridging backslide.

8. Scarlet And Graves (Dave Crist, Dezmond Xavier, & Zachary Wentz) defeated Team Pazuzu (Jaka, Angel Ortiz, & Mike Draztik). This was no good. It went significantly longer than it needed to at an indieriffic pace. Pinkie Sanchez came down towards the end to fend off S&G’s manager, but ended up accidentally costing his Pazuzu teammates the match. They walked out on him afterwards.

9. Jonathan Gresham pinned Zack Sabre Jr. Gresham got the surprise win with a crucifix roll-up. This was a very good back-and-forth technical wrestling match, as one would expect. Post-match, Sabre took the mic and said that he and Gresham had crossed paths many times across Europe but that was the first time in the US. Sabre asked for a rematch on the 7/17 show, and Gresham accepted under the condition that he wins the “Technical Wizard” moniker if he wins.

10. Death By Elbow (Chris Hero and JT Dunn) beat Chris Dickinson and Donovan Dijak. Dickinson’s gimmick is that he’s not a “fake wrestler” like everyone else on the show, which led to some awkward verbal exchanges about being fat, being bald, doing steroids, etc. It got the crowd worked into a shoot but it’s not really the direction guys need to be going. The story of the match originated out of DBE attacking Dickenson and Dijak during a singles match between the two at a previous show, and in the end things broke down between them. Dijak managed to accidentally hit Feast Your Eyes on Dickinson, so Dickinson laid Dijak out in return a short time later which allowed DBE to hit a relentless series of elbows for the win.


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