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Ben Ortiz vs. Sonjay Dutt
Ortiz is a student of the HOH Academy I believe. He's a burly guy. He attacked Dutt as he played to the crowd and choked him with his own ring vest. Ortiz drilled Dutt with a series of rights in the corner but Dutt came back with several kicks to the legs. Ortiz absorbed them and dared Dutt to do more. Dutt fired himself up, getting the crowd clapping, and nailed a springboard dropkick off the ropes for a two count.
Dutt nailed several kicks but was caught leaping off the ropes and dropped across the top rope. Ortiz nailed a side slam and scored a two count. He worked over Dutt's back and nailed him with a running punch off the ropes while Dutt was in the sitting position, scoring a two count.
Ortiz continued working over Dutt's back and nailed him with a running Avalanche followed by a running Superman punch in the corner. He covered Dutt for another two count. The crowd clapped to rally Dutt. Dutt made a comeback and nailed a running Yakuza kick in the corner, then hit a tornado DDT.
Ortiz sent Dutt into the corner but was nailed with a back elbow. He clobbered Dutt and scored another two count. Dutt made a comeback with a backflip into a double stomp and scored the pin.
Your winner, Sonjay Dutt!
Good opener. Ortiz reminded me of a younger Bam Bam Bigelow. He had some nice power moves and hit things with a nice intensity.
Matt Striker vs. Lance Anoa'i
Striker came out and began complaining to the crowd that they are here to chant for Hardcore and ECW, but they are both dead. Some fans chanted for ECW, but he chided them for not chanting HOH and said what they should be chanting for Sports-Entertainment. Fans chanted that and Striker said that if Vince McMahon was watching, "I'm still credible." He was doing Roddy Piper-like mannerisms.
Striker turned his attention to Lance and ran down his family tree, then said in a few years he'll have a grass skirt and fat ass. Lance said Striker was mad that he's going to get a job and Striker couldn't keep one. Striker nailed him with a right hand and suplexed him over, then double stomped him across the chest for a two count.
Striker worked over Lance and hit an exploder into the corner. He covered him for a two count. He scissored Lance's waist and wore him down on the mat, rolling him over on his shoulders several times for two counts. The story here is the cocky heel veteran vs. the young babyface upstart.
Lance made a comeback and came off the top with a splash but missed and Striker rolled him up and hooked the tights, scoring the pin.
Your winner, Matt Striker!
Striker posed like Jimmy Snuka to mock Lance, who attacked him and tossed him back into the ring. He nailed a superkick, laying Striker out on the ramp.
Good old school style match that told a story.
Carlito & Rosita vs. Stevie Richards & Tara
Richards and Tara came out to the old Victoria "Tatu" song that she used in WWE. I popped for that.
The crowd chanted BWO at Richards. He and Carlito started out. Richards is playing his heel WWE persona. They locked up and he pushed Carlito into the corner. They broke clean and Richards said, "I'll show you, you see."
Richards slapped Carlito and he slapped Richards down. They slugged it back and forth. Carlito nailed a dropkick and Richards ran to Victoria, cowering in the corner. He tagged in Tara.
Tara wanted to wrestle Carito but he balked. She slapped him and nailed several hiptosses on him, then slammed him, then nailed a standing moonsault on him for a two count.
They locked up and Carlito ended up holding her in a sexually intimate position, and broke it laughing. Richards tagged in and dared Rosita to tag in. The crowd chanted "Yes!" to this. She was game and tagged in. She got in Richards' face, which was great since she's so much smaller. Richards got on his knees to mock her so she kicked him in the face and challenged him.
Richards easily grabbed her for a sideslam. She turned it into a head scissors. Tara hit the ring and was nailed with a Thesz Press and drilled with punches. Tara was sent into Richards but when Rosita went to rebound off the ropes, he tripped her.
Tara worked over Rosita and raked her on the mat, then drilled her with a series of shoulderblocked in the corner. Rosita caught her with a sunset flip for a two count, but Tara drilled her face first into the mat, then slammed her. Richards tagged in and covered Rosita in an insulting position, then pulled her up. He teased ramming her into the buckles but she slipped off his shoulders and rolled him up for a two count.
Richards and Tara regained control. Tara drilled her down to the mat from a Fireman's Carry position. Tara went for a superplex but was fought off. Rosita leapt off with a leaping rana. She Matrixed out of a clothesline attempt and nailed a stunner for a two count.
Tara went for the Widow's Peak but Rosita slipped out and nailed a neckbreaker. Carlito and Stevie tagged in and fought back and forth. Carlito nailed a springboard elbow off the ropes for a two count. All four battled in the ring.
Stevie and Tara nailed stereo kicks and laid them both out. Carito wiped out the referee in the process. Tara went up for a moonsault but Stevie insisted he get to do it. He went... (Continues on next page)