PRO WRESTLING GUERRILLA DDT4 2014 (FSM 106; MAY 2014)
Information – DVD Region: Region Free • Distributor: PWG • Price: $14.99 • Other info: 155 mins • Release: Out now • Weblink:
While The Young Bucks are conspicuous by their absence, PWG’s tag team division still shines bright during this year’s DDT4 tournament.
The breakout team of Chuck Taylor and Trent? (“Best Friends”) continue their streak of highly-entertaining bouts as they best The RockNES Monsters in a fun opening contest. The highlight comes with the finish, as Trent sits on Taylor’s shoulders, donning a trenchcoat and hitting a gigantic chokeslam on Johnny Goodtime to a huge ovation. Thereafter, while Peter Avalon and Ray Rosas are an entertaining team in their own right, their first round loss to Michael Elgin and Brian Cage feels like too much of a foregone conclusion to really engage the senses.
Candice LeRae and Joey Ryan continue to shine as partners, as their match with the devious Adam Cole and Kevin Steen is a captivating story-driven battle. LeRae is tremendous in her fiery babyface role, with the heels doing their best to get the ire of the Reseda crowd by pummeling the pretty underdog. Four of wrestling’s most awe-inspiring flyers produce a must-see spectacle in the final first round contest, as Ricochet and Rich Swann take on AR Fox and ACH in a mile-a-minute stunt show. ACH in particular impresses with his agility and stunning vertical leap, but it’s a perfectly executed 450o splash from Ricochet that earns his team the win.
Mayhem breaks out in the first semi-final match, as Best Friends fight all around ringside in a wild brawl with Adam Cole and Kevin Steen. While not a stand-out match in its own right, this fight serves as an enjoyable bit of storyline progression for two of PWG’s top teams.
The second semi-final is a superb battle of power versus agility, as Cage and Elgin take on Ricochet and Swann. As well as the usual feats of strength, Cage and Elgin give the smaller a team a run for their money with a pair of electrifying moonsaults, in just one example of the stunning action. The final is a solid conclusion to the evening’s mayhem, as two deserving teams give their all, despite already wrestling in intense, highly entertaining matches.
An exciting and varied tournament, coupled with other fun encounters, make for yet another Pro Wrestling Guerrilla show that’s worth investing in. New acts are gathering steam in the promotion, and DDT4 looks to set the tone for some time to come.