Photos courtesy Devin Chen (chdevinphotos.com / @chdevin).
In 2011, not many American promotions had as big and consistent a year as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Based in American Legion Post #308 in Reseda, CA, PWG has gathered a major cult following in its eight year existence, and is able to bring some of the best wrestlers in the world to the often-starved West Coast scene, whilst also showcasing the best local talent and giving them a platform to shine.
And in 2011, it’s hard to deny that PWG was dominated by one man – “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen.
Steen had made his comeback to PWG in late 2010 after missing a couple of years. He vowed to make up for lost time. Steen went on to wrestle in 16 matches in just 9 shows. On July’s Eight, in his third match that night, Steen won the PWG World Championship from the outgoing Claudio Castagnoli. However, he would run into an old nemesis.
El Generico defeated Steen to win the 2011 Battle of Los Angeles tournament in August, and parlayed that into a title shot against his old tag team partner and biggest rival. He took his shot at Steen Wolf in one of the most vicious Ladder matches in wrestling history. It would be the Generic Luchador who would come out on top, winning the PWG Title from Steen.
But Steen’s night wasn’t over as he had other rivals to deal with. Matt and Nick Jackson, the Young Bucks, had major issues with Steen and decided to jump him after he lost his title. They also decided to challenge Steen to a Tag Team Guerrilla Warfare Match for their Tag Team Championships at the next show, thinking that Steen would not have a partner. Big mistake.
The lights suddenly went out, and all of a sudden, for the first time in over three years, Super Dragon appeared in a wrestling ring, the fans in Reseda went wild, and all hell broke loose. The Young Bucks were finished off, and Kevin Steen had a partner in one of his former rivals.
That all leads us to this show, simply titled, Fear.