Hello everyone, and welcome to the latest trek to the land of the Sunshine State with this week’s FCW report, the first of 2012. Hope all of you had a great New Year’s celebration, wherever that may be. Happy to report that with the 1st FCW recap of 2012, after a 2-week hiatus, the Florida Feedback is back this week. So, if you all are ready, then let’s get on with the show!
Our announcers this week are Chris Russo & Byron Saxton.
Triple Threat Non-Title Match: AJ de. Aksana and FCW Divas Champion Audrey Marie when she pinned Audrey with a La Magistral.
FLORIDA FEEDBACK: Very clunky 3-way match. When AJ and Marie were in the ring, it was solid. However, anytime Aksana was in there, the match fell apart. It had its moments, but overall, it was not very good, although I do think Marie is improving.
Leakee def. James Bronson by pinfall with the Checkmate(Bulldog).
FLORIDA FEEDBACK: Solid match. Leakee continues to show good things in his FIP work, Bronson’s control segment was well-pieced to go with his MMA style offense, and while the finish was kind of clunky, it didn’t hurt the match overall.
We go to a pre-recorded interview that Chris Russo did with Richie Steamboat to talk about the bullrope match between him and Husky Harris next week.
Byron Saxton then had a pre-recorded interview with Husky Harris outside where Harris asked Saxton if he thought he was crazy and that he would finish things with Steamboat next week.
FLORIDA FEEDBACK: Good way to get over the importance of the feud and to pretty much imply that next week’s Bullrope match is the blow-off. Husky was very good in his promo, short and to the point. And while I have tended to give Steamboat a lot of flak in his work in recent months, I will say that he did a good job as well in his promo as being this cold, calculating guy. I don’t think it will work for him, but time will tell.
Kevin Hackman def. Sakamoto by pinfall with a side slam.
FLORIDA FEEDBACK: Hackman’s best job in the ring so far. Why? Because he didn’t so a whole lot but sell. Sakamoto did a good job with the limb work to Hackman’s leg, and Hackman did a nice job of selling it. While the finish was kind of weak with the side slam that nowadays doesn’t even get a nearfall, I did like the out of nowhere finish because it shows that Sakamoto had the advantage, but he made 1 mistake, and the rookie Hackman took advantage of it to get the win. Good effort by both.
Main Event in a Non-Title Champion vs. Champion Match: FCW Heavyweight Champion Leo Kruger def. FCW 15 Champion Damien Sandow by pinfall with an inside cradle.
FLORIDA FEEDBACK: Good but somewhat interesting main event. Really no heat from the crowd because it was a heel/heel match-up, but I thought these two worked well together and it was interesting to me that Kruger became the pseudo face in this. Reason being is that Sandow in the last couple of weeks was showing signs of a face turn, but then controlled a lot of the match playing the heel. Kruger for the first time seeing his face work, did a really good job. Nice selling, good stuff on the comebacks, some decent fire to him. Both pulled out some really unique spots, most notably the single leg crab in the ropes, and what I have coined the Schoolboy Driver on Kruger’s comeback, where he schoolboys Sandow, but sends him crashing headfirst to the bottom turnbuckle, very unique. Also liked that Kruger took some risks with the tope dive and the top rope crossbody, because he is known for being a ground based wrestler, and that flashes of different offense will work for him when/if he becomes a babyface down the line. Another clunky, out of nowhere finish but like the Leakee/Bronson match, I didn’t think it hurt the match overall.
Overall, solid show this week with a very good main event.
My Grade: C+
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