Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 10/23/15: Bonesaw’s Ready
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– The Devon Moore-Craven Varro match was a cool way to round off the opening minutes, as we finally had storyline progress to one of the longer-awaited angles – Moore turning heel on his Reality Check members and screwing Kevin Matthews over in the process, being revealed as Helmet, the guy who stalked and videotaped Matthews. At the same time, Moore joined the evil graces of “Shining” Edward Jackson and his family, making The Jackson Five much alive again in 2015, just in a different form. Loved Varro’s intensity at the start, charging the ring and blindly rounding off fists at his former partner, making it all clear this was about revenge. Commentary by Pat Buck and David Adams backed this all up well, explaining in detail just how Moore executed his dastardly plan and also helped talk up an eventual showdown with Matthews. That said, this should’ve been a “stepping stone” of sorts to that and we would’ve had Moore use dirty tactics to win, but it didn’t go down like that. Not exactly, anyways. Varro took a hellacious bump when he slammed his shin on the metal barricade on a top rope springboard moonsault attempt, then later having a gash near his eyebrow open up, giving us the element of blood to sell the fight. It’s amazing what a little blood can do to tell a story in the ring. Somebody should remind Vince McMahon, huh? There were some convincing near-falls towards the end as Varro never willingly gave in, also showing off more believable anger with a middle finger-fueled Coast-To-Coast maneuver. The DQ finish which saw Jackson pull the Referee out of the ring was more confusing than anything, but luckily, that set up the post-match actions that made us quickly forget it when Moore hit a shooting star press with the aid of a steel chair. We still walked away with the idea that Moore was stronger and we wanted to see Matthews kick his ass whenever he gets the chance.
– The Bonesaw-Abominable CPA match was preceded by an entertaining in-ring segment between Bonesaw and PWS General Manager Mick Foley, as Bonesaw begged for a Championship opportunity, claiming he barreled through all of Foley’s obstacles, like fighting ECW Originals like Sabu and Tommy Dreamer. He also complained about having to fight CPA, referring to his perceived lack of respect by everybody. This was your classic “Commissioner Foley gets one over the heel” segment that we came to know all too well in WWE circa 2000 and that worked here, since Bonesaw was the perfect fall guy for it. The only thing we’d question is having your GM devalue the PWS Championships by saying pride was more important than gold, but Foley is the one guy who could safely make that argument and win it, since his three WWE Championship reigns lasted 28 days altogether. However, this was a good way to introduce the stipulation that the winner would be the number-one contender for the PWS Television Championship. The match itself was an entertaining clash of polar opposite PWS personalities, as it was the aggressive, well-hated Bonesaw fighting the awkward yet beloved CPA. It seemed more comedic, but it did allow Bonesaw to excel in his seriousness, eventually having CPA’s top rope fears do him in, leading to an indisputable finish, as we could now call Bonesaw number-one contender for Brian Myer’s PWS Television Championship.
– Anybody who has followed PWS online and have seen Buck’s Facebook note regarding Sabu’s unprofessional behavior likely spawned by drug use (the “dog feces and syringes in the hotel room” story) had to know this match between Sabu and Fallah Bahh would be a pure stinker (we couldn’t help ourselves from poop jokes) and for that reason, we could applaud PWS for making the match feel like a bigger showdown headed in than what it turned out to be. What better way to do that than with a Jackson promo? The Paul Heyman of PWS did his best and it worked well enough, as he likened the credible Sabu to a monkey doing old, tired tricks that his beastly protege would devour and cook, giving us some frightening mental images, which was the point. Also liked how he transitioned in the promo from talking about a fictional story to it happening in real life.
– Ah, the Sabu-Bahh match… let’s get to this one. Buck surprisingly held nothing back on commentary, giving a lot of tongue-in-cheek references to Sabu acting erratically (talking and shouting at his Super Genie manager, at Bahh, the Referee, wanting an extra introduction while in the ring, an unexplained chair shot in a regular match, etc.) and it wasn’t hard to make Sabu look bad here, as he did a lot of it on his own. There were traces of actual wrestling, but a lot of it was clouded by Sabu clearly being out of it. This was a mess, no way around it. The first finish consisted of Sabu getting the pin after a second Referee counted the fall when the first one was crushed between the two competitors. This didn’t sit well, so the match was restarted and Bahh got the win by having to hit his top rope splash and overcoming a weak chair shot by Sabu simultaneously on his way down. It came off strange, but it did send a clear message that Sabu didn’t want to put Bahh over since all of this had to be done for him to lose. Just bad. Likely this is the end of Sabu and PWS, which is extremely disappointing since Sabu seemed inspired in his other PWS appearances against John Hennigan and Bonesaw. Ah well.
– Considering their rivalry was one of the better ones this year in PWS and even had a Tessa Blanchard heel turn involved, it was disappointing to see no promos to hype this main event PWS Television Championship match between Champion Myers and Chris Payne. With the match announced with about 12 minutes left in the episode, we already knew not to expect a classic. That said, it was a fair back-and-forth contest while it lasted, as it was easy for fans to back the hearty Payne, who aggressively pursued the overconfident Myers. Normal people may poo on the finish, which saw Bonesaw simultaneously clothesline both guys to end it via DQ, but we dug it major league, since it was an excellent way to keep Bonesaw relevant and put over that he didn’t care what happened with the Belt when he wasn’t involved, but also sent a message to Foley that he wasn’t to be messed with. Bonesaw’s indeed ready.
- Craven Varro def. Devon Moore (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson) via DQ
- PWS Television Championship Number-One Contender Match – Bonesaw def. The Abominable CPA via pinfall
- Fallah Bahh (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson) def. Sabu (w/Super Genie) via pinfall
- PWS Television Championship – Brian Myers (Champion) and Chris Payne to a no-contest via outside interference; Myers retains
Posted on November 5, 2015, in PWS and tagged "Shining" Edward Jackson, Big Deal Craig Steele, Bonesaw, Brian Myers, Chris Payne, Craven Varro, David Adams, Devon Moore, Fallah Bahh, Mick Foley, Pat Buck, Sabu, Super Genie, The Abominable CPA. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.