Jonathan Gresham vs. Matt Cage from Beyond Wrestling 2013
Post by Chris Wilson:
This match took place at a St. Louis Sleeper Cell taping and was for Jonathan Gresham’s Zero 1 United States Junior Heavyweight Championship. This was Gresham’s third match of the night and Matt Cage’s second.
Matt Cage does not shake Jonathan Gresham’s hand and instead kicks him in the midsection and follows it with a calf kick. Gresham takes control with a punch in the corner and follows it with a dropkick to the left knee of Cage. Cage is limping on his left leg and Gresham takes advantage. Gresham repeatedly slams Cage’s left knee into the mat. Cage is able to hit Gresham with a knee, but he used his left knee out of instinct. Cage catches a kick and drapes Gresham on the ropes and hits a Russian leg sweep for a 2 count. Gresham catches a kick from Cage, it was his left leg, and hits a dragon screw. Cage collapses after being irish whipped. Cage hits an atomic drop and a huge clothesline for a 2 count. Cage blocks a dragon screw and hits a swinging fisherman’s neckbreaker for a 2 count. Cage hits a stunner and follows it with a shining wizard, with the right knee, for a 2 count. Gresham comes back with a German suplex, but Cage gets up and hits a German of his own, but Gresham gets right up and hits another German followed by a huge clothesline for a nearfall. Cage hits a money clip followed by a tiger driver for another nearfall. Cage hits a springboard single knee facecrusher, but Gresham grabs the ropes at a count of 2. Gresham hits a straight jacket German suplex for a 2 count and follows it up with a big punch for another nearfall but Gresham comes right back with a punch to the back of Cage’s head for the 3 count and the win.
A really good match here that I hope most people stay to see. The video quality was not very good as this was one of their first St. Louis sleeper cells, but don’t let that bother you because this was fantastic. Cage did a really good job of selling his knee for the whole match. My favorite part had to be when he collapsed after Gresham tried to Irish whip him. I wish more wrestlers would do this when selling an injured leg because it makes sense for this to happen. When enough damage is done, you cannot stand let alone run on that bad leg. I also liked Denver Colorado alluded to how Gresham would probably have not have been so viscous with attacking that leg if it was not for the disrespect shown by Cage. When Cage did not shake his hand, it really lit a fire in Gresham. Definitely check this match out because both men did a fantastic job here.