Match Number Seven: Open The Freedom Gate Title Match Johnny Gargano vs. Chuck Taylor (with the Swamp Monster and Jake Manning)
Gargano with a running drop kick into the corner followed by a lawn dart and clothesline that sends Taylor over the top rope to the floor. Gargano with a pescado. Gargano with punches to Taylor and then he sends Taylor’s head into the ring steps. Gargano with a forearm to the back of the head. Gargano rearranges the ring steps and then he connects with an elbow. Gargano stops the count and then he thinks about a law dart into the steps. Taylor with a knee and he sends Gargano back into the ring.
Gargano with a running forearm and then he bits Taylor in the head. Gargano works on the shoulder and then he kicks Taylor in the head. Gargano with a back elbow followed by a drop kick to the back of the head and he gets a near fall. Gargano sends Taylor to the floor and he goes to the floor.
Taylor with a kick and then he sends Gargano into the bleachers. Taylor yells at a child at ringside. Taylor with forearms to the back as he works on Gargano’s injured back. Taylor sets up some chairs on the floor. Gargano back body drops Taylor onto the chairs.
Gargano trips Taylor on the apron. Gargano chops Taylor. Gargano Irish whips Taylor into the ring post. Taylor moves out of the way and Gargano super kicks the time keeper. Taylor drops Gargano onto the ring steps. Taylor rolls Gargano back into the ring and Taylor gets a near fall with a lazy cover.
Taylor with a double underhook suplex and he gets a near fall. Taylor pulls a string out of his wrist tape and he chokes Gargano. Taylor with a back breaker and he gets another near fall. Taylor with a slam and then he picks up Gargano and slams him again and goes for a posing cover but Johnny kicks out.
Taylor with a chin lock and another slam. Taylor sends Gargano to the apron. Taylor comes off the ropes and Gargano goes for the spear but Taylor knows what is coming and he avoids it. Taylor misses a moonsault. Taylor catches Gargano on a spear and hits a neck breaker. Taylor gets a near fall.
Taylor with a kick to the back. Gargano with a rollup and he kicks Taylor in the head. Taylor rolls to the floor and Gargano goes to the apron. Gargano hits the spear and both men are down. Gargano struggles to get to his feet but he punches Taylor. Gargano with a few clotheslines. Gargano goes ot the apron and then he slingshots in and connects with a knee.
Taylor with a super kick but Gargano with a sit out power bomb for a near fall. Johnny applies the Gargano Escape but Johnny had to release the hold because of his back. The referee asks Johnny if he wants to continue and he will not let the refeee stop the match.
Taylor with a chop. Taylor with a kick to get Johnny out of the ropes. Gargano is sent to the apron and Johnny tries for a slingshot DDT from the apron but Taylor catches him and hits an exploder into the turnbuckles and gets a near fall.
Taylor chops Johnny in the corner. Gargano with an Irish whip but he runs into a knee and then Taylor with a spinebuster and moonsault for a near fall. Gargano misses an enzuigiri and Taylor with a rollup for a near fall. Gargano with a kick but Taylor with a super kick. Gargano with a discus clothesline and both men are down.
Taylor with forearms as he tells Johnny to stay down. Gargano fights back with forearms of his own as they exchange shots. Gargano in control with forearms. Gargano with a rollup into the Gargano Escape but Taylor with a single leg crab and he has Gargano in the middle of the ring.
The referee checks on Gargano and the arm drops twice but Gargano gets a second wind and gets to the ropes. Taylor tries to figure out what he needs to do to finish him off. Taylor chokes Gargano in the ropes. Taylor with forearms in the corner followed by an Irish whip. Taylor runs into boots from Gargano. Gargano charges into the corner for a drop kick and Taylor pulls the referee in the way. Taylor with a low kick and he covers Gargano but there is no referee. Taylor tells Manning to give him the belt. Taylor holds the belt to use on Gargano but Gargano avoids it and Gargano hits Hurts Donut onto the belt. Manning pulls the second referee to the floor to break up the cover.
Gargano with a suicide dive onto Manning and the referee. Taylor kicks the ropes and then Taylor hits the Awful Waffle but Gargano kicks out at two. Taylor calls for the Swamp Monster and it holds Gargano. Taylor picks up the belt and hits the Swamp Monster. Gargano with a super kick and Hurts Donut for a two count.
Gargano applies the Gargano Escape and Taylor taps out.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
Lenny Leonard goes to the ring to interview Johnny Gargano. Johnny tells everyone to wave goodbye to Chuck Taylor. Johnny asks for a chair because his back hurts. Johnny asks everyone how they liked the show. He says that he heard Tony Nese issue a challenge for tomorrow night. He says that he has to give Tony credit for winning the match last night. Yesterday, Tony was the cause of the back pain coming back. He will accept the challenge for tomorrow night.
He says that he will not put the Open the Freedom Gate Title on the line. In Detroit, there is a Number One Contender by the name of Akira Tozawa. He doesn’t know if Tozawa is watching but he earned that match.