To say their Evolve match was a disappointment would be an understatement. Needless to say, they were either motivated by their own disappointment or by reading reviews from schlubs like us and decided to go out and have one of the very best matches of 2017.
Sabre starts quickly, and this is him in full aggressive mode. No feeling out process or pointless mat exchange this time. Elgin goes for strikes while Sabre manages to work over both arms. Powerbomb into the apron leads to a two count back inside. Elgin favors his arms. Sabre connects on a series of lifters. Elgin rolls through. Series of kicks to the arms. Elgin blocks a DDT. Sabre kicks the arm. Penalty kick for two. Elgin struggles with the over the top suplex. Sabre guillotines the arm. Swinging DDT finally hits. Elgin counters a falcon arrow out of the guillotine choke. Tremendous sequence on the top rope with Sabre trying to work the arm and Elgin trying to powerbomb him. Sunset bomb into the tiger driver. Series of lariats across Sabre’s body. Just an incredible exchange ending with Elgin clotheslining Sabre out of the ring. Over the top falcon arrow but Sabre kicks out. Sabre gets his patented roll-up for two. Triangle choke. Elgin powerbombs, but Sabre grabs it again. Sabre tries for a submission, but Elgin gets to the bottom rope. Sabre continues stomping on Elgin’s arms. Penalty kick caught. Splash Mountain and Sabre kicks out at one. Sabre out of a burning hammer. Series of penalty kicks. LARIAT BY ELGIN! A second one. Elginbomb. That’s it.
Winner (s)/Rating: Michael Elgin/****3/4