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June 26, 2011 / TJ Hawke

Eddie Kingston vs. BJ Whitmer from AIW’s Absolution 2011

Recap from TJ Hawke (taken from here):

Kingston had a knee injury from Chikara so he was noticeably hobbled. This is the first time this matchup has ever happened. These guys were both awesome in 2011, so I am giddy at the prospect of it.

They were feeling each other out at first until Whitmer went after King’s injured knee. Kingston is going to spend the rest of his career selling that knee, and I am completely ok with that. Whitmer killed Kingston with a running forearm to King when he was on his knees. Whitmer went right back to work on Kingston. Kingston managed to send Whitmer to the outside and then hit a suicide dive! That evened things up. Back in the ring, Kingston was able to get a nearfall after a forearm. Kingston locked in a submission to slow down Whitmer some more. A kid was heckling Kingston, so Kingston cussed him out and called him adopted. That made the crowd love Kingston even more. Whitmer came back with a big Exploder Suplex: 1…2…NO! Kingston comes back with an urinagi suplex: 1…2…NO! Whitmer then hit a sweet running kick: 1…2…NO! They started trading chops. Kingston then hit a saito suplex…and then another: 1…2…NO! Whitmer came back with a wrist-clutch exploder suplex: 1…2…NO! Kingston then hit a lariat, Backfist to the Future, and a Sliding D: 1…2…NO! What! Whitmer blocked another Backfist and hit an ace crusher. Whitmer then locked in the Peruvian Necktie! KINGSTON TAPS OUT!

Well, this was fun. These two worked a really smart match at a very fan-friendly pace. I was never a big Whitmer fan during his first ROH run, but I liked basically everything he was doing around this time. Kingston was on fire for most of 2011 as well, and this match was no exception.

Match Rating: ***1/4

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