JT Lightning Invitational Tournament 2017 Semifinal: Alex Daniels vs. Gringo Loco vs. Joey Janela vs. Laredo Kid (AIW 2017 JT Lightning Invitational Night 2- May 27, 2017)

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Super Crazy injured himself earlier in the day, thus Laredo Kid is a last minute replacement despite having lost to Joey Janela the night before in the first round. Janela and Daniels go at it right away. I’m glad they were able to get all the high flyers in one match. Janela puts Daniels on a table and then just tosses him outside. Loco and Kid are left alone to do a nifty Lucha sequence. Asai moonsault by Kid on Janela and Daniels. Loco gets in the diving act by hitting a vicious tope con helo. This is somewhat similar to the previous match as they take turns having one-on-one matches on the inside of the ring. No tags this time. Kid ranas Loco pretty deep into the crowd. Moonsault off a chair. Janela and Daniels go back and forth as it’s pretty clear they’re being positioned for one another in Absolution. Kid and Loco return and hit duel dives. Kid hits a top rope rana on Loco. Daniels sends Kid into the steel barricades. Gregory Iron tries interfering and gets piledriven. Daniels goes for a belt shot but gets superkicked. Double stomp leads to the three count.

While the first match was a disaster, the lay-out of the other semifinals were significantly better in that the feuds got a chance to be focused on, but everyone got some time to shine in each match. Janela has been really strong in his outing so far and really looks to be one of AIW’s big-time performers moving forward.

Winner (s)/Rating: Joey Janela/***1/4


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