Harry Smith vs. Davey Richards from WrestleReunion 2012


January 28, 2012
Los Angeles, California

Originally reviewed here.

Heard good things about this one. These guys would actually go on to tag together the next night at PWG.

Davey was mostly in control on the mat early on. Harry came back and got control. Davey came back with a PK from the apron and then a tope suicida. Davey then worked over Harry again. He went after the left leg. Harry started to come back, but Davey got a dragon screw on the injured leg. Harry managed to hit a superplex though. They started trading strikes. Davey kicked out of a superkick and a folding powerbomb. Davey came back with a single leg, a PK, and then a double stomp: 1…2…NO! Buzzsaw kick: 1…2…NO! Ankle lock on the injured leg! Harry came back with a rolling cross armbreaker on the arm he sort of targeted early. Davey reversed it into an ankle lock. They traded ankle locks. Davey got a sharpshooter somehow. Harry reversed it into one of his own. Davey walked into a giant knee from Harry: 1…2…NO! Harry sat down in a pin, channeling his father at Summerslam 1992, but Davey reversed the leverage: 1…2…3

Davey then did a Davey promo. He referred to WWE as “up North” without irony.

This match was weird to me personally because I was more interested in the first two thirds of the match and found the last third of the match a tad over the top/obnoxious (the submission trades felt very trite). However, the crowd was fairly quiet for the first two thirds of the match, but they came alive during the portion of the match that I didn’t care for. Oh well. A very strong effort if nothing else.

Match Rating: ***1/4


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