The final block A match of the week sees a clash between one half of the wXw tag team champions and the current Shotgun champion.
Yep, it’s back inside the Steffy in Oberhausen with this week’s panel of Dään Jokisch, Nico Schmidt and Marius al-Ani. This time, it looks like Marius has tired eyes, so out come the sunglasses… Dään asks Marius about the pressures of being a champion, but al-Ani reckons it doesn’t affect him. He picks Moodo to win because of their martial arts connection, even if Metehan brings his goons…
Then we get the interviews: Andy Jackson brings up the trios match he had with Metehan not too long ago. Moodo notes how Metehan “isn’t the person he used to know,” but reckons if he hits him with a kick, he has a fighting chance. As for Metehan, he took offence to being quizzed about his loss last week, and demanded “proper questions.” Metehan eventually promised to break Moodo’s legs “so he can’t do the karate stuff anymore.”
Catch Grand Prix 2020 – Block A: Fast Time Moodo vs. Metehan
It’s another big test for Moodo, taking on last year’s 16 Carat Gold winner in both men’s second match of the tournament. Metehan’s out alone, with neither Abdul nor Aytac wanting to risk fines or suspensions.
Round 1: Moodo’s the crowd favourite, as we start with Metehan locking up with him into the corner. Metehan fakes out a cheapshot, but comes back with a wristlock as he spun Moodo to the mat, but Moodo gets back up and took Metehan to the corner as he faked out a kick. Another lock-up sees Metehan take Moodo into the ropes, but he stalls on the break as he tried to intimidate Moodo… who just bowed back and ended up getting punched in the gut. Elbows keep Moodo down, before Irish whips bounced the tag champion into the corner. There’s a brief face rake from Metehan that’s not punished, before a choke in the ropes brought him a €25 fine. That poor sod’s going to be coming out of this tournament owing money… A low dropkick gets Metehan a two-count, before the pair went back-and-forth on strikes as time ran out.
Round 2: Metehan charges out with a boot at the corner, before he looked to pull Moodo into the Babo Lock… but Moodo gets to the rope. Metehan tries to kick the arm, but it’s avoided, as he then had more luck with a missile dropkick to Moodo’s back for a two-count. A neck crank follows, then a headlock takedown, which Moodo tries to counter with a roll-up, only for Metehan to kick out and crack him in the chest with a chop. Another one follows, then another, before Moodo finally ducked one and came back with a series of mid kicks. More of those trap Metehan by the ropes, before Metehan took him down with an arm whip, then a low dropkick before the Babo Lock was reapplied. Some elbows try to weaken Moodo, who clings on in the hold as the second round very much ended with Metehan on top.
Round 3: The round starts with Moodo still on his knees, offering Metehan to kick him… instead, Metehan pulls him up for another chop, before some Danielson elbows wore Moodo down to the mat. Moodo manages to kick his way free of the “honourless” Metehan, but a big boot puts him back to square one as Moodo eventually strikes back with some more kicks and a butterfly suplex. A pumphandle driver’s next for a near-fall, before Metehan side-stepped a Black Belt Kick and threw Moodo to the outside. He tries to join him there, but a leg sweep knocks Metehan onto the apron, but Metehan pulls the apron over Moodo’s head and stamps on it – earning Metehan a yellow card. Back inside, a springboard DDT gets a near-fall, before Nassar (a front flip DDT) gets the win. This was a little more of a slog for Metehan than you’d think, as his temper this time was used to his advantage.
Result: Metehan pinned Fast Time Moodo at 2:44 of Round 3 (***)
Post-match, Metehan throws Moodo out of the ring, which gets him a €50 fine. That’s €175 just on this one match…
Then Metehan’s interview was drowned out by the crowd chanting “ehrenlos” at him. Andy Jackson asks him about the match with Bobby Gunns in week seven, with Metehan saying that it’s just business… while Moodo lamented underestimating the Shotgun champion. Hopefully he can learn from that for the remainder of the tournament…
Avalanche, Hektor Invictus (1-0-1; 3pts)
Bobby Gunns, Cara Noir (1-0; 2pts)
Metehan (1-1; 2pts)
Anil Marik, Fast Time Moodo (0-2; 0pts)
Marius al-Ani, Vincent Heisenberg, Senza Volto (1-0; 2pts)
Prince Ahura (0-0; 0pts)
Tristan Archer, Norman Harras, Emil Sitoci (0-1; 0pts)
Disciplinary: €1165 of fines; seven yellow cards and one red card.
That’s it for block A this week – tomorrow sees the return of block B action, with Senza Volto taking on Emil Sitoci.