Date: October 12, 2018
Location: War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Commentators: Rich Bocchini, Tony Schiavone
We’re still in Fort Lauderdale and have to be near the end of this taping cycle. Things are still interesting around here and the road to the next big show is already starting to look good. They’ve built up some rather nice feuds over the next few weeks and if the matches are as good as the stories, they’ll be fine. Let’s get to it.
The Hart Foundation is claiming another conspiracy because Rich Swann apparently had a concussion in his match with Teddy. That’s not fair to them you see, because no one talks about the positive things that Teddy has done for the business.
Vandal Ortagun vs. Brian Pillman Jr.
This is Pillman’s singles debut and the Hart Foundation is at ringside. The fans are behind Pillman as he shoves him into the corner for the patronizing pat to the chest and then some stomping to really take over. Ortagun stops a charge in the corner with a raised boot but Pillman snaps off a scoop powerslam. A hard knee to the face gets two and it’s off to a seated abdominal stretch. Back up and Ortagun forearms away, followed by a sideways Backstabber for two. Pillman is right back up with a spinning chop to the back and a swinging neckbreaker for the pin at 4:37.
Result: Brian Pillman Jr. b. Vandal Ortagun – Swinging neckbreaker (4:37)
Post match the Foundation throws Ortagun to the floor.
Rush is coming soon.
Jimmy Yuta vs. Hijo De LA Park
This is Park’s debut and Salina de la Renta is out with him. Yuta takes him down by the leg to start and a very loud fan wants Park’s leg broken. Park’s wristlock goes nowhere so they trade armdrags until it’s a standoff. A bow and arrow has to be broken since Yuta’s shoulders are on the mat so he goes with a jumping backsplash for two instead. Some chops cut Yuta down again and Salina is rather pleased.
Yuta gets sent outside for a suicide dive, allowing Part to throw him inside again for a whip with a belt. A Rock Bottom backbreaker into a German suplex gives Park two and it’s time to trade the chops. Yuta gets two off a sitout powerbomb and Park gets the same off a running Codebreaker out of the corner. Park misses a moonsault though and it’s a reverse implant DDT to give Yuta the pin at 7:02.
Result: Jimmy Yuta b. Hijo De LA Park (7:02)
Stokely Hathaway is coming back.Tom Lawlor laughs off the idea of Shane Strickland not showing up.
Jimmy Havoc is ready to fight Sami Callihan in any kind of match. It was Callihan running away from him when they fought through this building and Havoc will make him run away again.
Rich Swann is ready for Teddy Hart tonight. ACH is ready to have Swann’s back.
Fightland Control Center. The Lucha Bros will defend against LA Park and his son, plus Shane Strickland gets his World Title rematch against Low Ki.
Teddy Hart vs. Rich Swann
The Hart Foundation and ACH are here as well. We get a handshake and hug with Hart getting on the ropes to pose a bit. Swann does the same and of course gets jumped from behind by the smarter veteran. A kick to the face sends Hart into the corner but Smith grabs the foot, allowing Hart to hit a torture rack backbreaker to take over again. Hart’s snap powerslam lets him talk some trash, including bragging about the awesomeness of Canada.
A hammerlock DDT gets two and a Lionsault gets the same, albeit with Hart pulling him up at two. The top rope moonsault hits raised knees though and Swann flips over him, followed by a backflip into a dropkick. Now the Lethal Injection connects for two and a low superkick keeps Hart in trouble. A frog splash gets two more but Hart is right back with an ankle lock. That goes nowhere so Hart heads up top, only to be taken down with a hurricanrana.
Hart bails to the floor and gets taken down by a suicide dive, leaving Swann to stare Smith down. That’s enough of a distraction for Hart to grab a snap suplex on the floor. Since the chairs are locked together, Hart settles for a piece of barricade instead but first, it’s a suplex on the platform. Swann hits a desperation flip dive off the platform but Hart shrugs it off and slams him onto the piece of barricade.
An Arabian moonsault onto Swann onto the barricade has him in even more trouble and a hanging piledriver (think the Orton DDT but a piledriver instead) knocks Swann silly. Bocchini points out the concussion. Swann is somehow fine enough to superkick him on the apron and hit a quick cutter.
Both guys are barely able to stand up so Smith lifts Hart back inside. That just earns him a Phoenix splash for two so Swann heads up again, only to get distracted by Smith again. He’s fine enough to roll through a hurricanrana though and puts on a Sharpshooter (although with a completely different method of starting).
Like any good Canadian, Hart isn’t about to give up to a Sharpshooter and dives over to the rope. Smith offers ANOTHER distraction and Hart hits a low blow to set up a super Canadian Destroyer. The electric chair backbreaker is enough for the pin on Swann at 18:52.
Result: Teddy Hart b. Rich Swann – Electric chair backbreaker (18:52)
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Smackdown Reviews.
Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. We are proud to offer our popular Wrestling Rumors app and encourage you to download it for an optimized user experience. It is available for Android and also on iOS. Thank you for reading!