Ilja Dragunov vs John Klinger
16 Carat Gold Tournament 2017 Semi-Finals
Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
(reviewed 03/19/2017) Unsurprisingly, these boys waste little time in going right at it with speedy strikes, leading to a suplex over the ropes and to the floor less than two minutes in. They make their way back in the ring and continue with the same sort of thing for a while longer, highlighted a KILLER tope suicida from Klinger that sends Ilja into the third row. They keep going back and forth and eventually Ilja wins with the Torpedo Moscow. Nothing fancy, nothing special, definitely nothing altogether smart, but a fun, exciting match to start the show.