To open the show is a video package reviewing the history of WXW WTTL and its competitors. Then it's into the arena in Oberhausen. Christian Michael Jakobi is introduced and then to the announcers as Alan 4FL and Rico who do more of a hype job.
All the teams are then introduced and brought out to ringside for the pre-tournament in-ring photo.
WTTL Group B Match: The Rottweilers (Homicide & Low Ki) vs EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik)
This was a fairly decent opener and both teams were out to impress. Homicide and Low Ki seemed motivated to give their LAX teammates a good match to kick off this tournament proper. Ki hasn't lost a step this year proving he's still one of the best indy wrestlers around. Homicide and Ki singled out Ortiz early on and isolated him in their corner. Ortiz battled back with a Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Ortiz tagged out and Draztik came in and got a two count on homicide with a backbreaker. EYFBO then did a sweet looking moonsault leg drop combo for a two count. Homicide battled back and tagged in Ki. Low Ki came in like a house of fire with a tidal kick and double foot stomp. It was the first time in the evening this match suffered that legal syndrome as all four men brawled. Homicide nailed Draztik with an Ace Crusher but EYFBO battled back and throw Ki to the outside and nailed homicide with the blockbuster to pick up the win and three points.
Winners : EYFBO (Angel Ortiz & Mike Draztik)
WTTL Group A WXW Tag Team Title Match: The Young Lions (Lucky Kidd & Tarkan Aslan) Vs The Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey)
Up next was RISE team The Young Lions who are the current WXW World Tag Team champions and would from now on out be defending their titles from here on out. They were facing former WWE World Tag Team Champions, the Spirit Squad. This was a rather dull and weird match. I didn't feel either team clicked but then maybe it was the heel vs heel dynamic that just made this match feel like it was missing something. I've heard from people that wXw wanted to portray the ex-WWE guys as baby faces but this crowd certainly didn't treat them like that as they were booed the second the horribly dubbed music stopped playing while Kidd and Tarkan Aslan just got very little heat indeed. Anyway, like I said, this was rather dull. The finish saw the action pick up and of course, not surprisingly Kidd and Aslan beat Mikey with a back cracker double foot stomp combo to pick up the win and retain the titles and pick up three points.
Winners: The Young Lions (Lucky Kidd & Tarkan Aslan)
Non-Tournament Singles Match: Da Mack vs Julian Nero
Can't really offer too much on this one both are by far from favourite wrestlers in wXw. Nero annoys me and has a different but terrible look. Da Mack is someone I'm not too hot on either. Da mack has had one good match this year in my opinion against Bobby Gunns where the loser was banned from wrestling in Hamburg which Da Mack lost to the King of Smoke Style. Da mack turned to Nero for help but Nero betrayed him, obviously, leading to Da Mack losing Avalanche in a number one contender's match. The action was fine until a botched (or was it? More on that later) finish as Nero dropped a top rope knee and the ref counted 1, 2 and was it 3 or not? You tell me but the bell rang and Nero was declared the winner.
Winner: Julian Nero
Backstage A4 cut a bizarre promo dressed as Batman and Robin or Batmandy and Robinani should I say. This was weird but then a4 are the jokers of wXw.
WTTL Group A Match: Massive Product ('Massive' Jurn Simmons & 'The Product' David Starr) vs A4 (Absolute Andy & Marius Al-Ani)
Before the bell Batmandy and Robinani unmasked and to the horror of the crowd, it was A4. Thankfully both teams left comedy after the bell and went all out with one another to try to have the match of the night and so far they had achieved that goal. Andy was on fire in this match and seemed to go out of his way to impress here but it was all apart of the story which would play out this weekend but more on that later. Andy had a neat exchange with both Starr and Simmons early on then the match suffered from legal man syndrome (I promise I won't harp on about it too much). Massive Product nailed Marius with a number of big strikes then got a near fall off of a magic killer. Some miscommunication between Massive Product lead to there downfall as andy trapped Starr in a scorpion death lock but Starr just made the ropes. Starr battled back with a big knee strike and jurn spiked andy with a piledriver. Jurn was then given a big top rope splash by Marius. Both teams continued the quick pace after selling that last sequence of spots. Marius got a near fall with a belly-to-belly and a spin kick. A4 took out Starr with a lariat german combo then Marius dived out onto Starr. Andy went for an F5 but Jurn battled out and dropped Andy with a spike piledriver with assistance from Starr who had taken out Marius on the outside. Jurn pinned Andy for the three count and three points.
Winners: Massive Product (Massive Jurn Simmons & 'The Product' David Starr)
WXW Shotgun (TV) Title Match: Ivan Kiev (Champion) vs Avalanche
Kiev is another man aligned with RISE but faced his toughest challenge to date against the almighty Avalanche. early on the man mountain and one of my favourite big men in the business avalanche overpowered and beat down Kiev with ease. Kiev made a sloppy comeback and looked awkward throughout the match actually. Avalanche brushed off kiev lame offensive and began to make a comeback but then kiev stablemates in RISE began to hit the ring to help Kiev overcome the almighty Avalanche. Avalanche eventually fought off Kiev and his stablemate Bouncer and gave both men a big cannonball splash in the corner. Avalanche continued to work over Kiev with a German then Bouncer recovered and threw in the shotgun title. The referee had seen enough and ejected Bouncer from ringside. Back in the ring, Avalanche nailed Kiev with a big swinging tilt-a-whirl sit down powerbomb and covered for the 1, 2...no as Bouncer returned and broke up the pinfall. This was a pretty dreadful but only really existed to continue to tell a bigger story which would continue the rest of this weekend.
Winner: Avalanche (via DQ) but still wXw Shotgun Champion Ivan Kiev.
Afterwards, The Young Lions hit the ring along with the President of RISE Bad Bones John Klinger. All five beat down avalanche ending with Klinger nailing avalanche with his wXw unified world championship. Avalanche's Former Cerberus teammate Julian Nero hit the ring but he was also outnumbered with a 5 on 1 beat down. It brought out another former Cerberus colleague in Ilya Draganov who took out Kiev, Bouncer, Aslan and Kidd. The number one contender to Klinger's wXw Unified World Title went face-to-face with Klinger and downed him with a big Moscow tope to send the champ fleeing to the back with the rest of RISE. Nero, Avalanche and Draganov stood tall and all shook hands. Some people seemed to be missing but yet again more on that later.
WTTL Group B Match: The Briscoes (Mark & Jay) vs Ringkampf (Walter&Timothy Thatcher)
This was another really good match as both teams like in the A4/Massive Product match went all out early on to steal the show. Walter and Thatcher who had a very good outing with one another 24 hours earlier were yet again great here against independent legends the Briscoes and obviously more than held their own against Mark and Jay. Thatcher's exchange with Jay stood out and seemed to get a little stiff at points. Walter and Thatcher did a nice tribute to the rock n roll nailing mark with a big double dropkick. It was time for the Briscoes to dive with a pair of double suicidas. Back in the ring, Mark and Jay worked over Thatcher while exchanging some quick tags with one another. Thatcher made the hot tag to Walter and he came in and cleared house with a shotgun lariat and a pair of German suplexes. Mark tried to trade chops with Walter who lit up his chest up with some punishing chops. Jay came in and took control over Walter and got a two count with a swinging neck breaker. Walter battled back with a massive lariat and a German for a two count. Walter tagged in Thatcher who applied a beautiful butterfly lock but Jay reversed and the brothers nailed Thatcher with a big powerbomb neck breaker combo for a near fall. Walter came in and destroyed mark with a lariat and then Jay with a powerbomb for a count of one. I was in as much shock as Walter. Thatcher came in and nailed Jay with a stiff uppercut and applied the Fujiwara armbar but Mark broke it up with Froggy-Bow. Thatcher and Walter applied a pair of rear naked choke holds and both jay and mark were forced to tap out. Ringkampf were now on the board with three points. Afterwards, Mark and Jay shook hands with Walter and Thatcher to end the show.
That was one hell of a main event and was by far my favourite match on the card. It was packed with drama and some awesome wrestling it will certainly make my top 20 matches list to end the year. Honestly, if you're on the fence about watching this show, just seek this match out it comes highly recommended.
Winners: Ringkampf (Walter & Timothy Thatcher)
Overall a decent show that had a great match on it and a very good match on it but not a lot else. The other matches were probably disappointing due to story advancement rather than blow away wrestling, apart from those two tag bouts obviously but still worth your time if you haven't checked it out yet on wXw now on Vimeo or on the Highspots Network!