Austin Aries vs. Drew Galloway from HOH 2014

Originally reviewed here.

House of Hardcore
November 15, 2014

Austin Aries vs. Drew Galloway
This is my first Galloway match since he left the WWE. He’s gotten some good reviews, which makes me very hopeful for this match.

Neither man could get control for a while. Drew finally cut him off after blocking the heat seeking missile. Drew worked Aries over for a while. Aries made a comeback after avoiding a ripcord lariat. He hit the diving axe handle and the heat seeking missile. Drew avoided the first brainbuster attempt. Drew fought back. They went back and forth. Aries avoided the Future Shock. Drew hit a Sick Kick, but Aries avoided the Future Shock again. Shinkbreaker, IED Kick, and a discus forearm. IED Kick/Brainbuster combo: 1…2…3

I dug this, but it felt very standard beyond the uniqueness of the matchup itself. American independent wrestling has a very specific formula that works for the most part, but it does not always excite me. I think this just could have been a little bit more if it just had a few sequences that I could have found surprising.
Match Rating: **3/4

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