||[May. 23rd, 2004|08:06 pm]
So, I traded in my bank full of coins and decided to make a trip down to RI for a Raw Deal tournament. I had heard from a friend that a US Belt was going to be up for grabs.
I get down there with a little time to spare and do a little playtesting. My B2B People's team gets hosed on pretty badly since it seems most people are playing Rules Are Meant To Be Broken. Thus, with what little knowledge I glean from this I decided to play the deck I built to deal with Rules - a no-action Rikishi.
Round 1 - Sanchez - BFM
This is an interesting game. I played Banned from Ringside then nuked his pre-match with the combination Calling You Out + Old School + US Belt. I get an early Lariat Takedown through. He plays a Ratings Booster into a maneuver and from there it goes all down hill. I play a few maneuvers and keep him away from the 20F he needs for Brothers. He does play a couple of Puppies to do some recovering. Finally it came down to me throwing a maneuver, he sustains it, I then It's Over for a second manevuer that he sustains with the rest of his cards in hand, I then played Victory Roll for the win.
Round 2 - BoD
I didn't have pen or paper to record names while I was down there so I appologize to who ever I played. This was a brutal game where he played My Sac. I then led with Raisin' The Roof, I'm Gonna Break You. I then called him out, made him play his calling Me out and his choices were to either grab my Old School, my US Belt, or my Banned From Ringside. The other pre-match cards I had were Stipulations. He chose Old School and then played his Smackdown Tag Belt to draw a card due to Premiere Smackdown Superstar. I then was able to pick two cards out of his hand, which had to be the worse hand ever. I played a LTD and it stuck and from there just whittled his hand down. I lost the Victory Roll to the LTD so I had to win with manevuers thrown. Eventually he had no cards left in arsenal and conceded the game to me. I was able to keep him at 9F for so long to keep him out of the dreaded Brother's range.
Round 3 - Rhyno
I made a big deal before the match of how much I love Rhyno's Stipulation so he chose not to play it. That was his mistake since most of my starter maneuvers are RMS. I nuke his prematch so he has Underrated and Funaki. In retrospect I should have given him the Taunt instead of the Funaki. In the end it was moot as I lead with a LTD. From there I throw a couple of Atomic Lariats. He finally plays a Grapple maneuver that I reverse with an Inside Craddle for the win.
At this time I'm scheduled in the top 2 to face the BoD player again. It is now that we find out that we are only playing for packs and that since we only had 6 players the US Belt would not be given away. This upset most of the players since this was supposed to be a belt tournament. Many of them rightfully asked for their money back and my opponent drops out.
In the end I play the only player left for 5 packs. I was severely disappointed to do so well in this tournament and not only was it not ranked by prize support was yanked because of it.
Round 4 - Raven
This match was done before it even started. He plays Chicago Street fight and I then nuke the rest of his prematch. I land the early LTD and 2 Atomic Lariats. I then proceed to drop another Submission maneuver and when he finally finds his Overhand Chairshot I drop the single Backslide for the win, me being at 29F after my Slide resolve and he being at 2 since his Overhand hasn't been successful yet.
So, not a bad showing since my last few showings have been so poorly. I was disappointed I wasn't able to gain a couple of ratings points since this wasn't ranked but that's the way it goes sometimes. From here I'm looking at maybe making a trip to a new venue in Abbington MA.