(pre show) 1) Kyle O'Reilly won a six way over Arik Cannon, Johnny Gargano, Lince Dorado, BA (?), and Jon Moxley 2) Silas Young defeated Hallowicked to retain the AAW World Heavyweight Championship 3) Jon Moxley defeated Darin Corbin (intermission 1) * Moxley and Kendrick come out to discuss Tommy Dreamer; Moxley would like to beat him up, because Dreamer is not good. Kendrick says he shouldn't bother to beat him up, because Dreamer is not good. 4) TJ Perkins beat Gran Akuma (PPV starts here?) 5) Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw b CIMA & Super Crazy 6) Brian Kendrick (w/Moxley) b Jimmy Jacobs - Kendrick brought out Lacey to get in Jimmy's head. Lacey distracted Jacobs by making out with him for the finish. Jacobs threatened to steal Brian's wife (Taylor from TE, mentioned as such). Kendrick responded by laying out Lacey with a clothesline and beating up Jimmy more. Dreamer made the save, beat up Moxley for a while. 7) Davey Richards (w/Kyle O'Reilly) b Masaaki Mochizuki to win the FIP World Heavyweight Championship (intermission 2) 8) Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino defeated both Shingo & Yamato and the Young Bucks in a three way elimination match 9) BxB Hulk b Dragon Kid (w/CIMA) to retain the Open the Freedom Gate Title - Yamato, Akuma and Richards attacked both men after the match. Shingo acted as if he was going to make the save, but joined with his partner to beat down Hulk. Security, BA (?), and Arik Cannon were unsuccessful in making the save. Team CHIKARA (Quack, Jigsaw, Hallowicked, Lince) turned the battle, and CIMA cleaned house with a broom.
This was a strong show, despite not having any epic matches like the 2 on the last show. Almost everything was good-great stuff. I went into this show barely knowing the lineup and was able to follow everything well.
Hulk/Kid probably will get MOTN when this airs on PPV, but I liked the QuackSaw/Crazy/CIMA match a little more. Those two, the triangle tag (which was pretty good and may be even better on TV), and Richards/Mochizuki were all north of ***. Richards/Mochizuki might also be better with different audiences - it didn't seem like the crowd was familiar with Mochizuki, or at least were not as into him at all.
Kendrick/Jacobs felt like it belonged in a different promotion than this one, and we're now 0-2 for interesting Kendrick matches on these Chicago shows. In a vacuum, I'd definitely put the TJP/Akuma or the six way on the PPV ahead of that match, but they're clearly going some place with it. And there were a good section of fans really excited to see Dreamer and chant ECW.
Enjoyed the show and it should be good on PPV. Next show here is 09/25; they've got shows in Phoenix for WM weekend before then.
I think it stems from Raw having a deeper roster in terms of who they see as marketable guys. There are guys who wind up on Heat that also get a lot of Raw time (Goldust, Val Venis, even the Frenchies were on Heat a lot this summer)