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May 13, 2011 / TJ Hawke

Alex Shelley vs. Michael Elgin from AAW’s Epic 2011

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Recap from TJ Hawke:

Pretty awesome matchup here. I don’t think there was any real story behind it, other than AAW just wanted an awesome match. As usual, I am OK with that philosophy.

The early stuff they did emphasized the speed vs. power dynamic. Shelley sent Elgin to the floor, and Shelley hit a diving knee off the apron. Back in the ring, Elgin hit a Black Hole Slam for a nearfall. Elgin started to get the heat after that. Shelley came back with a Tidal Wave and a running forearm. Shelley went for a swinging DDT, but Elgin caught him and gave him a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker: 1…2…NO! Shelley went for a diving cross-body, but Elgin caught him. Shelley managed to reverse that into a Roll of the Dice. Shelley continued to use his speed to stay in front of Elgin. Shelley gave Elgin a Mic Check into a turnbuckle. Elgin rolled to the floor to avoid a kneeling superkick. Shelley went for a slingshot plancha, but Elgin caught him. Shelley escaped a slam and sent Elgin into a poll. Back in the ring, Shelley hit a Sliced Bread #2: 1…2…NO! They got to their feet and traded some big strikes. Elgin went for a sit-out powerbomb, but Shelley escaped and hit a double stomp and a buzzsaw kick. Shelley hit the Air Raid Crash: 1…2…NO! Elgin came back with a lariat for a nearfall. Another lariat, followed by a spinning sit-out powerbomb: 1…2…3!

This was an excellent match that put over Elgin perfectly on his way to main event status in AAW. Shelley didn’t put in a Wrestlemania effort, but this would have been a great Smackdown main event. I hope these two have a rematch somewhere again, because they had incredible chemistry.

Match Rating: ***1/2

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