David Starr vs John Silver
Flyers Skate Zone, Voorhees, New Jersey, United States
(reviewed 09/22/2017) Sort of a hyped-up match here, as this comes after Starr’s four month hiatus from CZW over the summer, which itself came after a frustrating series of losses throughout the year for the Product. After a neat little vignette at Once in a Lifetime announced Starr’s return for this show and they announced that his opponent would be Silver, I got quite excited, as these are two of my favorite wrestlers today and what do you know, they have a pretty damn good little match here. Starr’s got a size and speed advantage on Silver, but the smaller man has a great puncher’s chance and is packing more firepower than you’d think, so when Starr pressures him, Silver begins to unload with some standing strikes. Starr, a proud man, tries to hang but just can’t match Silver’s raw strength, nor can he punch down nearly so well, but it makes for a couple of neat character moments from the man before he transitions into the speedy string of spots that he’s more known for. Silver’s no stranger to CZW, having shown up a number of times over the years both as a singles competitor and as a tag team with Alex Reynolds, but he’s hungry for a main spot on the roster and claws for it here against the reeling Starr. Starr likewise is desperate to get his CZW career back on track after he spent all of 2016 tormented by Dave Crist and is himself clawing for pin attempts by the end here, kicking his legs in the air, doing uncharacteristic moves in a futile attempt to turn the tide. But in the end, one of these uncharacteristic moves opens him up for Silver to worm his way into his signature Canadian Destroyer and a knee strike for the win. Silly finish per usual, but all in all this is a nice match that feels a little off at times, though I can’t tell if that’s actually the case or if it just feels like it’s not connecting because the sound mixing on this show is terrible and throws off the mood for the whole event. In any case, there’s a lot to love here, from the macro level stuff to smaller touches like transitions between and feeding into moves or the way these two go for pinfalls. Well worth a watch if you’re checking out this show.