2CW is giving away their "99 Problems" iPPV absolutely free tonight, and Wrestlezone will be providing live coverage, along with a live review by Mike Killam.
2CW Presents: "99 Problems"
The audio for the stream clicked on exactly at 6:30 as advertised; the video followed a few seconds later. I can't get a good look at the crowd, so no idea how many are in attendance. The ring announcer tells the crowd to pop huge when the show goes on the air at 7PM. The audio quality is pretty good. It's pretty dark in the building, but it's not un-watchable by any means.
While I was writing up the details for this match, some guy named ZS III was eliminated from the League of Justice. Basically there's a "Team America" vs. "Team Iran" theme going on. Hamin's Hackers all gang up on Dick Justice, wrapping him up in their flag, and kidnapping him. The ref throws the match out as a No Contest as the heels all retreat to the back, met with a "you stole Dick" chant from the crowd.
-The free-for-view will return with the actual card in 10 minutes.
-And we have an opening video package! Let's roll!
30-MINUTE IRONMAN MATCH
This match is happening because the last time these two locked up, they went 30 minutes to a time limit draw. Gargano is very clearly the fan-favorite here, as he controls the first few minutes of the match. Jason Axe comes back briefly, which the crowd doesn't like, but gets caught with an enzuigiri and a suicide dive into the rails. Gargano takes a viking helmet (yes, a viking helmet) and shoves one of the horns where the sun don't shine.
Back into the ring Jason goes, but Gargano comes through the second rope, only to get caught with an Unprettier. Cool spot. Spinebuster connects for a 2-count. A couple minutes are run off the clock with rest holds, until Johnny comes back with a spear from the apron. A running double knee strike, followed by a suplex into the corner turnbuckle grants him a 2-count.
Axe comes back with an inverted suplex, giving it a little rotation, but still no decisions in this Ironman Match. Gargano fires off with about 20 forearm shots, followed by a wicked superkick. Axe shakes it off and comes out of nowhere with a pele kick, but gets turned inside-out by a running lariat. Johnny tries for the Hurts Donut, but gets caught with a Death Valley Driver; 2-count. They battle to the ring apron, and Gargano doesn't get all of an enzuigiri, so he follows that up with a suicide dive taking them both into the barricade.
Gargano with a lawn dart sending his opponent head-first into the guard rail. Sick. The fans chant for it "one more time", but he goes to the well too many times, and Axe counters into a fireman's carry drop to the floor. Axe crawls back into the ring, and Johnny barely makes the 10-count as we get the "five minute warning" from our ring announcer. The Gargano Escape locked in out of nowhere as the fans clamor for Axe to tap out; he counters into a crossface instead.
Johnny gets to the ropes to break the hold, and immediately hits a series of running dropkicks into the corner. They battle up to the top rope, and Gargano hits a second lawn dart into the bottom turnbuckle. 1…2…Axe kicks out, but Gargano is right back into the Gargano Escape! Jason rolls out of it into a single leg crab, but the bell rings for the 30-minute finish.
DECISION: TIME-LIMIT DRAW 0-0
The fans chant "5 more minutes" but Axe says he doesn't owe them anything as he just went through hell. He challenges Gargano to a 60-minute Ironman match, and Gargano accepts.
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