Every month at the bottom of every wrestling card around the world they print four little words: Card Subject to Change. There’s a reason for this, and this month here at Pro-Wrestling FRONTIER we found out why.
Our meet and great made a return earlier today as the fans got a chance to mingle with the wrestlers and get some items of merchandise signed. With Christmas fast approaching it appeared that a lot of our fans were getting signed items for friends! And once the meet and great was over it was time for the show to begin.
But it was set to be a shorter show than planned. Due to a combination of scheduling conflicts, appearance negotiations breaking down and some people just not showing up at all, we were four men down. Steve Martyn missed his second successive show and will no longer be appearing for FRONTIER while Wayne Matthews was unable to travel for unknown reasons. As at time of writing I’m not entirely sure what happened to Sean Tyler or Brett Adams.
So while Scott Mayo and Matt Montell figured out what to do with some of tonights matches we got underway with the big opening match, as promised.
Dexter Davis vs. Kevin Hardaway (c)
GFC Heavyweight Championship Match
Dexter made his way down to the ring to a great reception. The fans have taken to him, despite his lack of victories since arriving in the company. Some people, including K-Hard, have voiced concern that someone without a win would get the first shot at the GFC Title, but the committee are standing by their decision and are adamant that Davis will prove a worthy opponent.
Hardaway also got a good reception, although there were one or two voices in the crowd who seem to have turned against our champion. Whether swayed by K-Hard’s actions or the words of Alex Jones and Dexter Davis, there seems to be a handful of fans who have gone off the champ.
Hardaway and Dexter lock up and circle. The two grapple for control and exchange armbars. Dexter gets a chinlock but Hardaway moves to the ropes. The clean break is broken up with a slap to Hardaway’s face. Hardaway with an armbar but Dexter flips through and locks in his own armbar. Hardaway flips through but Dexter catches him, goes for a bridge but Hardaway reverses through again. Dexter takes down Hardaway in a headlock but Hardaway with a headscissors to get out. Hardaway ducks a Dexter chop and then Dexter ducks a Hardaway kick. Good opening exchange, the crowd applauding.
Hardaway with a headlock but Dexter sends him into the ropes. Hardaway ducks through and wraps up Dexter for a two count. Hardaway with a modified surfboard. Dexter counters it into a stretch submission hold. The two are on their feet and Hardaway locks in an armbar. Hardaway elbows and chops his way out. Dexter launches himself into the ropes but Hardaway is too quick and runs across hitting him with a BIG dropkick. Hardaway goes for an ankle lock but Dexter kicks him outside the ring.
Dexter leaps over the top but Hardaway moves back into the ring. Hardaway sets up a baseball slide to the outside but Dexter moves out of the way. Dexter with a chop but Hardaway hits four hard kicks. Dexter fights back and sends Hardaway into the ring barricade. Dexter with a kick and a chop. Now the two exchange chops but Dexter gets the better, dropping Hardaway. Hardaway back up and throws Dexter into the barricade before charging in with a KTFO~!. That was nasty.
Hardaway tries to get Dexter back in the ring but Dexter drops Hardaway’s neck along the top rope. Back in the ring, Dexter lays in a good six or seven stomps to Hardaway in the corner. Dexter heads up the corner buckle and pulls Hardaway up as well. Hardaway with an enziguri before Dexter can do anything. Dexter falls outside to the floor. Hardaway heads up to the top buckle but Dexter leaps up and hits a big kick to the head to drop him. Hardaway looks like he was knocked out. Dexter rolls back in for the pin attempt but only gets two. I have no clue how Hardaway is still conscious.
Dexter with an inverted Uranage and gets a two count. Dexter is slapping Hardaway, taunting him. Hardaway gets pissed and hits a belly to back suplex, dropping Dexter onto his head. Both men are back up and trade punches, kicks and chops. Finally, Hardaway delivers a big kick to Dexter’s head that takes down Davis. Dexter up first and whips Hardaway into the buckle. He charges but Hardaway blocks it, sending Dexter over and out of the ring once more. Dexter grabs for Hardaway’s foot but gets a kick to the face. Hardaway goes for a running punt along the ring apron but it looks like he misses. Hardaway next hits a GTFO~! onto Dexter.
Soon both men make it back in the ring. Hardaway heads up top and hits a huge missile dropkick for two. Both men are tired and staggering. Hardaway charges for a clothesline but meets a Dexter running Jumping Knee to the face. Dexter moves in but Hardaway tries a gutwrench. Dexter blocks it and the two start trading punches again. K-Hard just beats the living crap out of Dexter and then hits him with a release back suplex. He gets two. Hardaway picks Dexter up but Dexter counters and hits an Enziguri for the two count.
Both men are up. Dexter charges in with a clothesline but Hardaway counters and rolls through with a crucifix for two. Hardaway goes for a kick but Dexter ducks it, leg sweeps Hardaway and hits a superkick of his own for two. Both men move to the outside of the ring ropes. They trade blows and then Dexter hits a big punch. Hardaway’s eyes roll back and he starts to drop but Dexter picks him up and drops to the floor, slamming the small of K-Hard’s back onto the ring apron. Nicely done. Dexter rolls K-Hard back into the ring and gets a two count only.
Dexter sends Hardaway into the ropes and charges with a knee smash. Dexter throws himself into the ropes, K-Hard quickly follows but Dexter sees it, spins around, kicks him and hits a HUGE enziguri. Dexter charges but Hardaway catches him with a decapitation lariat! Both men trade blows and then Hardaway with a spinning lariat. Both men are down once again.
They get back up. Hardaway with a punch. Dexter with a punch. Hardaway with a forearm. Dexter with a chop. Hardaway with a kick. Dexter with a chop. Hardaway with a kick. Dexter chop., Hardaway kick. Hardaway with rapid fire kicks and then Dexter with rapid fire chops. Back to Hardaway with 10 hard kicks. Hardaway walks to the opposite corner but Dexter immediately charges with a blasting enziguiri. Dexter hits the Face Smashed and gets two. The Crowd chanting “This is Awesome.” I agree, a fantastic opening to tonights show!
Dexter gets Hardaway up and sets up for the Double D Plex. Hardaway is on his way up and drives a knee into Dexter’s head to stop the suplex. Very nice counter! Dexter charges but misses Hardaway and Hardaway with the KTFO~! again. Both move to the top buckle and Hardaway hits a suplerplex, doesn’t let go and follows up immediately with a Tiger Suplex for two.
Davis gets back to his feet once more. Springboard Arm Drag followed by a Springboard Legdrop gets two. Davis whips Hardaway into the ropes, goes for a flying head scissors but shifts his body weight mid-move, looking for the Double D Rana! But Hardaway somehow manages to stop Dexter nailing the move and drops to a knee, leaning forward and dropping Dexter face first into the top turnbuckle pad. While stunned K-Hard manages to move Dexter into a torture rack position before nailing the Angelina’s Crossing. A swift three count later and this contest is all over!
Your winner and STILL GFC Heavyweight Champion: Kevin Hardaway
Fantastic end to a great match. Can honestly say I’ve never seen that way to block a ‘rana! Dexter may still be without a win here in FRONTIER but by god he almost had this one!
After the match was over there was a stir in the crowd and an almighty cheer went up. It took me a moment to realise but Steve Pinex, MWA World Heavyweight Champion, was making his way to the ring. Pinex climbed into the ring and shook hands with Dexter Davis and then turned his attention to Hardaway.
Pinex told the audience that the Millennium Wrestling Alliance is in town, preparing for a show at London’s O2 Arena next week. He said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to come and watch a FRONTIER show. Pinex had been in negotiations to appear in FRONTIER, to face Hardaway, but he says that timings had been wrong and made things difficult. But with the MWA in the UK there was an opportunity and he’s taken steps to make it happen.
He said that Hardaway was lucky here tonight, in fact he said that luck had been on his side since day one. Pinex then stated that Hardaway’s luck was up. He extended an invitation to Kevin Hardaway to come to the O2 Arena next Monday night for a one-on-one match with the Ebony Destroyer himself. Champion versus Champion, in a non title match.
Hardaway asked why the match wasn’t for the title and Pinex smiled back at him. Apparently Hardaway will defend his title in December, on a FRONTIER show, against… Pinex refused to tell Hardaway. He said he’d find out later tonight.
Jackson Rose vs. Josh Hawthorne
Time for another two FRONTIER debutants as these two men are out to prove a point here in Bournemouth. Both men refused the Code of Respect and the match starts. Hawthorne picks up Rose and drives him into the corner. He goes for a forearm but Rose rolls out and hits a hard right kick. He hits three more kicks but Hawthorne stops that with a BIG lariat. Rose is sent into the corner. He brings his knees up but Hawthorne catches them, spins Rose around, so his legs are draped over the middle rope, and hits a hard chop and a thunderous kick. Hawthorne finishes that with a Fisherman suplex from out of the corner.
Rose is down. Hawthorne tries to suplex Rose back into the middle of the ring but Rose blocks it and the two end up on the outside. Both men on the apron and Hawthorne delivers some sick looking chops. Rose back with three kicks but Hawthorne with more chops. Rose clotheslines Hawthorne back into the ring. Hawthorne flips back up and nails Rose, taking him down. Hawthorne heads outside, grabs Rose by the legs and catapults him head first into the metal barriers between the ringside area and the audience. That was nasty! Hawthorne throws Rose back in and gets two.
Hawthorne with some vicious elbow strikes. Now, he has Rose over and slams his head into the mat three times. He delivers some stiff blows and then gets a one count. Hawthorne with a chin lock. Rose fights back with more kicks. Rose hits a running knee that shakes up Hawthorne. Rose with a Suicide cutter and gets a two count. Great turnaround from Jackson Rose!
Rose heads up to the second turnbuckle. Hawthorne grabs his leg and yanks him off, causing Rose to hit his head on the way down. Hawthorne starts laying in the boots. Hawthorne with several running knee smashes into Rose’s face. He follows up with the NGN Driver! That gets the three count!
Your winner: Josh Hawthorne
Both men tore into each other verbally over the past few weeks, and today they really tore into each other physically too. A great display from both men, I think both will do well here in FRONTIER.
Our next match was supposed to be Steve Martyn vs. Sean Tyler but due to unforeseen circumstances this match had to be cancelled. And the Brett Adams vs. Zak Wake and Leanne Evangelista vs. Wayne Matthews matches have also had to be cancelled. We’re not entirely sure what’s happened to all these guys, it seems to be a continuation of what happened at the GFC Invitational last month. Hopefully we’ll get to the bottom of this soon!
So, instead of the matches advertised, we’ve got a new matchup as Leanne Evangelista will face the debuting Zak Wake!
Leanne Evangelista vs. Zak Wake
The two made their way to the ring in surprisingly good spirits, I guess both of them just glad to have an opponent. Evangelista looked pumped and ready while Wake was laughing with fans and shaking his head. He was heard saying “First Shiek, now Adams… too scare to face me!”
The match starts and they lock up; Leanne turns it into a wrist lock. Wake reverses the move and the two jockey for position. Wake with an armdrag, heads into the ropes and hits a nice flying head scissors, taking down Leanne. The two work for position again, Leanne flips over Wake and then hits a great flying head scissors takedown of her own. Good opening exchange here, neither seems too thrown by the last minute change of opponent.
Leanne and Wake work for position again but Leanne takes down Wake and then hits a dropkick to the back of the head. Leanne continues to pound down Wake and then hits another big dropkick, this one to the face. Two count. Backbreaker by Leanne gets another two. Leanne locks up Wake’s legs and turns him over into a submission move. I don’t know what is was called but it looked like a modified surfboard.
Leanne then pounds away on Wake once more, with some forearms and kicks. She gets two. Leanne with a chin lock. Wake fights out and starts to punch Leanne. Leanne answers with a huge dropkick. She gets another two. They begin to trade blows. Wake sends Leanne into the ropes but Leanne rebounds with a crossbody. Wake into the ropes, Leanne moves, Wake with a leapfrog, Wake comes back with an arm drag, another arm drag and then a third sending Leanne outside the ring. Wake takes advantage with a suicide forearm smash to Leanne outside the ring! That one really got the crowd going!
The two get back into the ring and Leanne nails Zak with a dropkick but Wake responds with a dropkick of his own for two. Leanne with a sunset flip for two but Wake fights back with an elbow. Wake is moving slow now. Leanne with a roundhouse legsweep but Wake fights back with a clothesline. Wake sends Leanne in, misses another clothesline and Leanne hits a palm strike to solar plexus. Leanne takes the advantage. Wake fights back and Leanne hits a missile dropkick from the top turnbuckle for two.
Zak heads to the top and leaps again but Leanne nails an amazing neckbreaker after catching Wake in midair! A few “Holy Shit” chants after that one. Leanne tries for a powerbomb but Wake fights back and hits the Blindside for a two count. Wake looks like he is Hulking Up! He’s got a second wind from somewhere as he hits the St-stutter. He only gets two. Wake sets up for the S.I.N. but Leanne blocks it and gets a roll up for two.
Each tries for a move but gets it blocked. Then both explode and start pounding each other. Leanne with a hard forearm. She follows it up with a clothesline. Leanne has Wake in the corner, turns and runs to the other corner but Wake follows her and hits the Blindside again! He follows with a Death Valley Driver, dropping Leanne on her head but only gets a two count. He takes Leanne to her feet and signals for the S.I.N. but Leanne powers out and hits a Northern Lights suplex. Leanne heads up for the Moonsault but misses. Wake sets up for the S.I.N. again but Leanne fights him off and then hits the Moonsault this time! Leanne only gets a two count! Wake up and hits a back suplex, sending Leanne into the corner. Wake wants another Blindside but Leanne dodges and nails Zak with a Filipina Legsweep’ and then hits the Moonaults for the three count and the win.
Your winner: Leanne Evangelista
A great debut showing from Wake, he almost had Evangelista a couple of times but Leanne shows us that resilience once more and walks out of Bournemouth with another win under her belt.
Kenchi Yamamoto vs. Alex Jones
Both men get the crowd chanting as they make their way to the ring and both shake hands prior to the match. Although there’s a glint in Jones’ eye, like he feels he should have been in that title match earlier tonight. Like he shouldn’t be made to face Kenchi to show that he’s challenger material.
But, whatever AJ thinks, this is going to be one hell of a match for us fans. Jones starts the match with some knife edge chops but Yamamoto doesn’t seem to be affected at all! Jones hits three stiff kicks before Yamamoto finally goes down. Jones teases rolling him into the AJ Lock but drives him into the mat for a 1 count.
The two brawl through the ropes and Jones goes for a German suplex on the apron but Yamamoto clubs him off and to the floor. Jones tries an AJ-guri but Kenchi ducks and then sends Jones into the barricade. Yamamoto gets in the ring and Jones tries getting on the apron as Yamamoto clotheslines him back to the floor. Yamamoto waffles him with a clubbing blow across the back. Yamamoto hits the Running Body Block and sends Jones into the ring-post. Yamamoto kicks him around with some STIFF stuff and Jones tries to recover on the floor. Yamamoto picks him up only to club him back to the floor. Yamamoto with a big running clothesline in the corner. Yamamoto goes for the missile dropkick but Jones avoids and hits some forearms. Yamamoto comes back with his own forearm. Jones is sent into the corner but does the flip up and over and hits a running hip check on Yamamoto. Yamamoto rolls to the floor. Jones gets a head of steam and hits a somersault plancha that sends him into the crowd!
What a turnaround, Yamamoto was dominating AJ up til this point but Jones spotted an opportunity and took it! Back in the ring, Jones hits the missile dropkick right on Yamamoto’s leg to clip the knee. Jones kips up and gives Yamamoto about a dozen or so front kicks before he goes down. Cover gets 2.
Yamamoto back up and hits a Grand Crash for 2. Yamamoto shouts in Japanese, loosens up his neck and casually hits a Lariat for 2. Yamamoto goes for the Giant Driver but Jones flips out and gets a small package for 2. Jones gets a bridged German suplex for another close 2. Jones rolls him over and hooks in the AJ Lock. Yamamoto powers up but Jones switches to martial arts kicks. He hits about a dozen before Yamamoto shrugs them off and swats Jones down with a forearm. Jones hits the Xtreme Combo but Yamamoto gets right back up. Jones gets a head of steam but runs into another huge lariat!
I got to say, I thought the plancha was a turning point. But Yamamoto is a MONSTER! He seems to get up from everything and keeps on smashing Alex. But Jones is a tough cookie and despite all these big moves he’s still got enough about him to keep going!
Jones finally takes Yamamoto down with a big dropkick. Jones goes for a sunset flip. Yamamoto tries to sit down but Jones escapes and kicks him in the chest. Jones ascends to the top rope but is caught coming off and slammed down. Jones cinches in a triangle choke on the big man but Yamamoto gets his leg under the rope.
Jones goes for a Mexican surfboard but can’t get his opponent over, so he instead drives the champion’s knees into the canvas then locks on a sideways surfboard. Yamamoto rolls over and nearly smothers Jones for a pin. Yamamoto comes back with several moves but Jones tries to cut him off with a sleeper, climbing on Yamamoto’s back. Yamamoto falls down to his knees and collapses on the mat. The referee picks up his arm and it drops twice but he begins to fight back before it can collapse downwards a third time.
Yamamoto fights to his feet and goes for a backdrop. Jones escapes and lands on his feet, attempting a small package. Yamamoto escapes. Jones battles him and places him on the top rope. Jones nails a belly-to-back superplex but is only able to get a two count. Jones began beating the Japanese star with repeated bows to the side of the head. Jones nails a suplex but only gets a two count. Jones turns the pin into an AJ Lock attempt but Yamamoto again gets his leg to the ropes.
Jones begins kicking Yamamoto in the face and applies a triangle choke, but is picked up and powerbombed down to the mat. Jones nails a series of forearm strikes, but Yamamoto drills him with a lariat for a two count. Yamamoto nails his finisher, the Grand Impact, but Jones puts his leg on the bottom rope to break the pinfall.
Yamamoto shakes his head and pulls Jones back to his feet, he nails another clothesline and pulls Jones up for the Giant Driver. Out of nowhere Jones spins his way out of the move, grabbing the head of Yamamoto as he does so. One Time to Burn later and this match was all over!
Your winner: Alex Jones
Jones celebrates in the ring and Yamamoto offers him a handshake. After a moment to think about it Jones does shake the hand of his opponent. Scott Mayo then makes his way down to the ring, microphone in hand and telling the crowd that he’s here to address Jones.
He congratulated Jones on his victory and wanted to set something straight. He denied that Kevin Hardaway is the FRONTIER “Golden Boy” and said that the company are not protecting him. Mayo said that the choice of Dexter Davis for the first title shot was to give the fans a great match and that judging by tonight’s match, it was the right call.
Mayo went on to say that Jones has also proved himself to be the most worthy of a shot at the GFC Heavyweight Championship, without question. So, next month at the Olympia Theatre, Liverpool, the Pro-Wrestling FRONTIER fans will get the most anticipated re-match of the year. It’s on, folks, Jones vs. Hardaway 2!
I for one cannot wait for this one, make sure you’re there too to end the year in style in Liverpool!