[TV Recap] APW Gym Wars – 8/25/2012

Match Lineup:

  • Timothy Thatcher (c) Vs. Adam Thornstowe for the APW Universal Heavyweight Title
  • Su/Ka (c) Vs. Rik Luxury/Damien Grundy for the APW/VPW Unified Tag Team Titles
  • Dylan Drake Vs. JR Kratos [Lucky Seven final]

The show starts off with Rik Luxury and Damien Grundy getting ready for their tag team title match which will open the show.

APW Gym Wars intro video plays.

JJ Purdum and Shane Stoli welcome the home audience and run through the match lineup for today’s show: Su/Ka (Sunami/Kadin Anthony) defend their APW/VPW Unified Tag Team Titles against Rik Luxury and Damien GrundyDylan Drake will face JR Kratos in the Lucky Seven tournament finals, and Timothy Thatcher will defend the APW Universal Heavyweight Title against Adam Thornstowe.

Match #1: Su/Ka (Sunami/Kadin Anthony) (c) Vs. [APW Worldwide Internet Champion] Rik Luxury/Damien Grundy (w/ Markus Mac and Matthew Theall) for the APW/VPW Unified Tag Team Titles

Luxury and Anthony start off. Luxury gets a quick knee to the midsection and turns around to gloat. This allows Sunami to tag in, who comes in and gains the offense. He hits a bodyslam followed by an elbowdrop for a 2-count. Sunami applies a wristlock and tags Anthony in. He delivers an atomic drop, and Anthony hits a spinning heel kick for a 2-count. Sunami tags back in, and splashes Luxury after an Anthony snap mare. Sunami goes for the pin. 2-count.

Luxury attempts to escape, but Sunami grabs his leg to prevent it. He ducks an attempted enziguri and continues the offense which leads to another 2-count. Anthony tags in and continues the attack with a headlock takedown. Luxury reverses into a pinfall attempt for a 2-count but Anthony quickly regains the advantage. They get to their feet and Luxury sends him into the ropes. Anthony fails to take Luxury down with a shoulder blocks but succeeds with a dropkick. He goes for the pin. 2-count.

Anthony runs at Luxury, but Luxury responds with a hot shot. Grundy finally tags in and whips Anthony into the ropes. Anthony ducks a clothesline but Grundy responds with a Samoan drop. Grundy continues beating Anthony down in the corner, and follows it up with a fall away slam. Grundy charges in on the sitting Anthony and hits him with his, erm, butt. Luxury tags in and hits a running kick to keep the advantage going. Luxury attempts the pin but Sunami breaks the count.

Grundy comes back in and chokes Anthony with his right knee, then his right foot. Grundy sends Anthony into Luxury’s boot. Luxury tags in and hits a rolling senton slam for a 2-count. Anthony hits a last-ditch enziguri to knock Luxury down and makes the hot tag to Sunami. Sunami hits a T-bone suplex followed by a side slam. Sunami chops Luxury and hits a spinebuster, followed by a splash. He goes for the pin, but only gets a 2-count.

Luxury rakes the eyes and goes to tag Grundy, but Grundy refuses the tag and jumps off the apron. This gives Sunami the opening to hit a spinning Samoan drop. This is followed by up a top rope senton by Anthony for the 1…2…3!

Winners and STILL Unified Tag Team Champions [via Pinfall]: Su/Ka (7:47)

  • An okay tag team match to start the show. Su/Ka are a pretty impressive duo, but Luxury/Grundy didn’t really do much on their end. (C)

Grundy pushes Luxury’s manager Markus Mac down at ringside, and rolls back in to attack the fallen Luxury. He hits the Sitting Powerbomb and Theall attacks Mac. Levi Shapiro runs in and chokes Luxury with Theall’s cane. Theall gets on the mic. He tries to trash talk Luxury, but he grabs Theall by the throat. Shapiro grabs the cane once again and chokes Luxury out once more. Theall says he holds the fate of all the APW titles in the palm of his hand. Theall says Luxury doesn’t deserve to be the Worldwide Internet Champion anymore, and has arranged that he will defend the belt against Perry Von Vicious. Theall, Shapiro, and Grundy leave the ring as Luxury lies motionless on the mat with the Worldwide Internet Championship draped over him and Mac tries to regroup from the ambush. Luxury eventually regroups and briefly threatens Theall before we cut to commercial.

APW Boot Camp ad.

JR Kratos heads to the ring as we get a picture-in-picture promo from the man, who says it’s his time and he will defeat Dylan Drake and then Timothy Thatcher to become the new Universal Champion. Dylan Drake then comes out next and we get a picture-in-picture promo from him. He says Kratos came out nowhere and destroyed everyone in his path, but Drake is the final wall he has to break through. Drake says he will show Kratos what he’s been about for the past five years: winning and making chumps like him tap out.

  • Thought: If we’re going by promo ability alone, Drake has this one in the bag.

Match #2: JR Kratos Vs. Dylan Drake [Lucky Seven Final]

Drake and Kratos lock up, and make their way around the ring as one tries to gain an advantage over another. Finally, Drake gets a waistlock and transitions into a side headlock. Kratos fights out and knocks Drake down with a shoulderblock. Drake retreats to the corner to compose himself. They lock up once again, and it’s Kratos this time who gets the side headlock. Drake tries to step on his hamstring, but Kratos wrenches the lock to stop him.

Drake whips Kratos into the ropes, who knocks him down with another shoulderblock. Once again Drake retreats to the corner but instead of waiting, Kratos continues the attack. Drake gets a leg takedown out of nowhere and applies an interesting-looking leglock to weaken him. Drake lets go of the hold, but continues to abuse Kratos’ left leg. Drake goes for a pin, but only gets a 1-count. He sets Kratos’ leg on the bottom rope but Kratos pushes him over the top and onto the apron. Kratos gets up and levels with him with a clothesline.

The action moves to the ringside area, and Kratos dumps Drake onto a row of chairs. Kratos waits for Drake to get up and attempts a spear, but Drake connects with a drop toehold and Kratos goes face-first into a chair. Drake smashes his head on the apron and continues the assault. Kratos starts fighting back but Drake rams him back-first into the apron. Drake breaks the count and slams Kratos’ shoulder into the ringpost. He tries again but Kratos uses his power to send him face-first into the post. Kratos breaks the count and the action continues outside of the ring.

Finally Kratos rolls Drake back in the ring, and he follows. Kratos goes for a military press, but Drake escapes and clips the left knee of Kratos. Matthew Theall and Damien Grundy appear ringside to watch the match. Drake hits the ropes, and Kratos grabs him and hits a Samoan Drop. Kratos goes for the pin, but only gets a 2-count. Kratos picks Drake up and hits a powerslam while yelling at Theall/Grundy. He goes for the pin. 2-count.

Kratos turns his back to stare Theall/Grundy down, which allows Drake to once again clip his knee. Drake attempts to apply the Beta Breaker, but Kratos pushes him off. Kratos goes for the spear, but Drake rolls him up for a 2-count. Kratos tries for the spear once again but this time he connects. He goes for the pin, but Grundy jumps on the apron to distract him and the ref. Kratos and Grundy start jawing at each other, and Drake rolls him up. Theall jumps on the apron and Kratos pushes Drake into him. This distracts the ref long enough to allow Grundy to hit Kratos with Theall’s cane. Drake sees the fallen Kratos and goes for the pin. 1…2…3!

Winner [via Pinfall]: Dylan Drake (9:59)

  • I enjoyed this match a lot. Drake really got a good match out of Kratos and helped make him look like a million bucks while also looking impressive himself. Interesting screwjob ending to the contest as well. (B-)

Dylan Drake celebrates his victory, as Purdum/Stoli discuss the fact that Kratos’ foot was on the ropes and the ref didn’t see it.

Ad airs for APW’s “birthday party package”.

“Rock Legend Scum” Adam Thornstowe makes his entrance first, followed by the APW Universal Heavyweight Champion “The British Messiah” Timothy Thatcher. In-ring introductions are made, and the match will begin right after this commercial.

Ad to become an APW Intern.

Main Event: “The British Messiah” Timothy Thatcher (c) Vs. “Rock Legend Scum” Adam Thornstowe for the APW Universal Heavyweight Title

The match immediately goes to the ground, and the two trade blows. Their legs locked together and they trade slaps while doing headstands. Thornstowe hits a double stomp out of nowhere for a 2-count. Thatcher and Thornstowe continue their ground match, and Thatcher applies an armbar. Thornstowe gets a front-facelock, and tries to lift him for a suplex but Thatcher reverses it for one of his own for a 2-count.

Thatcher applies a hammerlock and they go back to the mat. Thornstowe tries to get out, but Thatcher stretches him and then applies a bridge wristlock. Thornstowe kicks him out of the bridge and knocks him to the outside. Thornstowe hits the ropes to attempt a high flying move, but Thatcher rolls back in and hits an uppercut out of nowhere for a 2-count. Thatcher and Thornstowe trade chops and slaps. Thornstowe hits a series of slaps, followed by a back kick and a brain buster for a 2-count.

Thornstowe hits a series of quick kicks to Thatcher’s face then double stomps the back of his head. He goes for the pin and gets a 2-count. Thornstowe hits a running knee followed by an atomic drop. He hits the ropes to hit a move, but Thatcher lifts him up and hits a European uppercut. He goes for the pin. 2-count. He tries again but Thornstowe is in the ropes.

Thatcher continues working Thornstowe’s left arm and shoulder. He connects with another European uppercut and hits a double knee on Thornstowe’s now-injured arm. Thatcher applies another armlock on the mat, wrenching on it as Thornstowe screams in pain. Thornstowe gets to the ropes to break the hold, and rolls to the apron. Thatcher goes outside and smashes him throat-first on the apron. Thatcher then connects with a loud and vicious forearm to his back.

Thatcher attempts the Thatcher Stretch but Thornstowe fights out with a series of kicks. Thornstowe then kicks Thatcher in the back. Thornstowe and Thatcher once again trade blows in the center of the ring. They each block kicks and start slapping each other while holding one another’s legs. Thornstowe pushes him into the corner and knocks him down, and Thornstowe hits a series of double stomps. He goes for the pin but only gets a 2-count. Thornstowe applies a front headlock in the center of the ring. They get to their feet and Thatcher breaks the hold. Thatcher hits the ropes, and Thornstowe connects with a superkick for the 1…2…KICK OUT.

Thornstowe attempts another superkick but Thatcher counters with a takedown move of his own for the 1…2…KICK OUT. Thatcher picks him up and delivers another European uppercut. He sits Thornstowe on the top turnbuckle and tries for the Tower of London but Thornstowe escape and attempts a German suplex. Thatcher counters and attempts one of his own, but Thornstowe escapes and delivers a massive clothesline. Both men are out on the mat. Finally, Thornstowe recovers and goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT.

Thornstowe connects with an elbowdrop, then heads to the top turnbuckle. Thatcher gets up quickly and crotches him. Thatcher goes to the second rope and attempts a superplex but Thornstowe knocks him off and connects with a hell of a Frog Splash that sends him flying off of his victim almost immediately. Thornstowe goes for the pin. 1…2…KICK OUT.

Thornstowe gets back to his feet and picks Thatcher up, but Thatcher escapes and hits a release German suplex for the 1…2…KICK OUT. Thatcher picks him up and connects with another European uppercut. Thornstowe sends Thatcher to the floor and connects with a flying tope. Thatcher and Thornstowe trade blows on the outside as the crowd watches. Thornstowe and Thatcher grab chairs and sit down in front of one another and start trading slaps to the face. Thornstowe flips him off and Thatcher slaps him repeatedly, but Thornstowe hits a Death Valley Driver out of nowhere on the concrete floor. Both men lay on the ground spent, as the ref counts. Thornstowe grabs the ring curtain to drag himself up and rolls himself back in. The ref continues to count and at the count of 9, he rolls back in to prevent the loss.

Thornstowe tries to pick Thatcher up, but doesn’t have the strength to pick him up. Thatcher ducks a kick, and after a roll up applies the Thatcher Stretch. Thornstowe has no choice but to check out. Excellent match.

Winner and STILL Universal Heavyweight Champion [via Submission]: Timothy Thatcher (20:04)

  • This might be the best match I’ve seen in I don’t know how long. Excellent wrestling, excellent drama, excellent everything really. My words don’t do it much justice; just check it out. Thatcher and Thornstowe gave it their all and left everything on the table. That’s really all I can say; my minor quibbles (some of the slaps looked a bit ridiculous) don’t even matter whatsoever. I’m just glad to have seen this. (A-)

Thornstowe and Thatcher embrace in the center of the ring as the show ends.

Overall Show Grade: B

  • Favorite Match: Timothy Thatcher/Adam Thornstowe
  • Least Favorite Match: Su/Ka Vs. Rik Luxury/Damien Grundy

Overall Show Thoughts:

Another solid Gym Wars show and leagues ahead of last week’s. All three matches were fun to watch, with Thatcher/Thornstowe putting on an amazing clinic in particular. The storyline this week was also way better than that ridiculous Sheik Kahn Abadi nonsense last week, and I’m interested to see Luxury defend his belt against Perry Von Vicious. All in all a great hour of wrestling with a tremendous main event. Well-done, APW. High fives are in order.

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