Giant-Size Annual #4 – July 29, 2007
Taped from Los Angeles, CA
The Briscoes no-showed due to being too intoxicated for their flight (kudos at least for keeping kayfabe true based on their ROH direction in New Jersey,) causing their 2/3 falls match against PAC & Roderick Strong to be scrapped. Kevin Steen vs. Necro Butcher is also scrapped, as is the PWG Title match between El Generico and Bryan Danielson.
Dream Hardcore Match
Necro Butcher vs. Bryan Danielson
The match that prevented me from giving up on wrestling many years ago, and it’s still clear to see why. Anyone that loves Brock Lesnar’s 2017 sprints needs to see this, as it was hot, quick, heavy, and instantly focused. Danielson was pissed about losing out on his PWG Title match tonight so he took out all his anger on Necro, who was ultimately mismatched even in his own environment.
Perhaps if the referee had obliged for this to under Falls Count Anywhere rules, Necro would’ve overcome the technically superior, highly-irritable Danielson, but that wasn’t meant to be. Both busted each other open, with Danielson targeting Necro’s gash to force more bleeding, while Necro tried relying on crazy bumps on the outside. That wasn’t enough though, for Danielson wouldn’t be denied on this night. No matter what submission Necro would survive, Danielson was taking his fucking scalp, and did so with elbows to the head, forcing the ref to throw the match out. An incredible spectacle.
Tag Titles Match
PAC & Roderick Strong vs. El Generico & Kevin Steen
Just a fantastic tag match belonging in the same conversation with the junior tags that regularly stole the show in NOAH. The challengers got the job done here with the obvious strategy, which was to pick on the smaller PAC when the opportunity presented itself. Steen in particular even trolled Strong at times; if there was something missing to put this over the top as the best match in PWG history, it was Steen’s failure to look for some type of obvious retribution on his loss to PAC at Holy Diver Down.
The best spot in the match would be Strong lifting PAC overhead to deliver a Frankensteiner near-fall on Generico, just absolutely beautiful and sensational. Undoubtedly, PAC was the star in this one, delivering all the truly memorable highlights including a 450 Splash Elbow Drop and Shooting Star Knee Drop. But once Strong ate a Yakuza Kick, that left PAC open to the Package Piledriver and follow-up Brainbuster. Oh yeah, this adhered to tag legalities, showing that there’s no excuse to failing to be true professionals in the realm of tag team wrestling.
But this show wouldn’t be closed out by arguably the greatest match in PWG history. No, it needed the greatest match in the company’s first 4 years to close out the anniversary show.
PWG Title Match
El Generico vs. Bryan Danielson
It would be 4 complete years, but PWG finally delivered a MOTYC. Danielson wouldn’t be denied his scheduled title match, bandaged from the fight against Necro and citing all the multiple duties he pulled as ROH Champion. The front office that arrived didn’t say shit, as Danielson just slapped Generico to kick the match off in front of this raucous audience.
Danielson dominated the first several minutes, not going for technical moves, but just blows, blows, blows to the fatigued champion. It looked like this would be a complete squash, totally understandable with this being Generico’s 6th match in 48 hours with a coast-to-coast airline flight along with this ROH/PWG colleagues, and 3 of those matches ranging between ***3/4 and ****1/4 already. But he would not go down without a fight, making a comeback at the slightest chance.
But this was Danielson’s night to close out on top. After numerous Cattle Mutilations and elbow shots to the head, Generico had no choice but to actually tap out. Perhaps this was soothed by having just won the Tag Titles. No matter what, it was the smart choice since the rematch would be money and Danielson made it clear in the post-match that he’s open to it at any time. Danielson does the rah-rah speech but it feels like a diet version compared to his verbal work in ROH.
This was just sensational with a tremendous crowd emotionally involved in this. Instead of worrying about seeing incredible action and highlight reels, the crowd was divided, actually giving a shit about the result of the match, yet so happy to get the advertised main event. The counters, Generico removing Danielson’s bandage, Danielson’s relentlessness, this had it all and delivered more in about 10 minutes than so many wannabe classics do with double or triple the match length. Absolutely must-see.
A fantastic triple main event, including a classic tag match and the greatest match in PWG’s first 4 years to close out such a historic event for the company. Grab the 3 matches that matter on the various compilations and enjoy. Also be sure to compare Generico’s performance on this card to Paul London’s at ROH’s One Year Anniversary Show.
How to try topping tonight? With the biggest weekend of the year and making it a triple-shot of course.
Up next – 2007 Battle of Los Angeles Night 1
Matches will include:
Los Luchas vs. Young Bucks
Austin Aries vs. Roderick Strong
Tyler Black vs. Alex Shelley
Doug Williams vs. Claudio Castagnoli
Jack Evans vs. PAC
Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Dragon Kid & Susumu Yokosuka