Allie Katch has been on a tear lately, going toe-to-toe modern greats like Mercedes Martinez, Kylie Rae, and Thunder Rosa on the indies, becoming a favorite of the GCW crowd. She entered with rapturous applause from the crowd, but so did Ruby Soho, still riding the high from her AEW debut. As dueling Ruby Soho and Allie Katch chants envelop the ring, the crowd felt split between the two. There’s clear respect between the two, as between a handshake and a smile, they were excited to duke it out. The back-and-forth chemistry between the two was evident, as Soho anticipated Katch’s piledriver demonstrates her familiarity with her work. Still, Katch was able to do some damage with a dropkick. Soho took control, knocking Katch into the ring post, but Katch countered, repeating Soho’s move, doing more damage with some hip attacks and a cannonball. Both women looked incredibly strong throughout the fight, with Katch’s strength and passion trying to match Soho’s experience. Every counter led to another counter; every hit was anticipated with another equally brutal hit. It was beautiful; even as Soho grounded Katch with a hurricanrana, she could only get a two count. As Soho wrestled for control, Katch kept fighting back, clearly desperate to keep her down as Ruby kept coming back.
Katch went for a top rope suplex, but Ruby wriggled her way out for a powerbomb. Katch countered to go for a powerbomb, but Soho returned with a Riott kick, pinning Allie for the three count for the win. Ruby Soho won but was audibly booed by the crowd. Most of the public was on Katch’s side, even during the duel chants. The two embraced as Allie walked out with the crowd cheering her name. It was touching to see the crowd support one of their homegrown talents. Ruby Soho helped Allie Katch look incredibly strong; I’m confident her star will continue to shine.