Notes In Observance – WCWC 2/6/16: Who Do You Love?
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
Who Do You Love?
– This was our first glimpse at “Gentleman Brawler” Eric Right, who came out with his Brawler Brigade (a cavalry of mustachioed youth, if you will) and basked in the spotlight after being gone for a few weeks. He definitely has his own cult following from the West Coast Wrestling Connection faithful and that came through in spades. Think of NXT’s Vaudevillains gimmick, but with its own modern spin. On the other side, we had WCWC Legacy Champion Grappler III defending his gold, with the tall and mighty Kassius Koonz at his side. The Wrecking Crew regarded G3 as a “fighting Champion,” though in actuality, he was a cheating Champion. The in-ring work was decent to a point, with G3 working Right’s head, neck and arms at various points, while Right coined a late comeback that was all for naught thanks to Koonz being a slight physical distraction on the outside, which bided G3 time to take advantage and get the win. Smart way to keep G3 on the winning track and you have to wonder just who’ll take down The Wrecking Crew.
– Ethan HD continues to impress with his singles run and it was no different here in his match with Justin Alexander, who was eager to show this was the night he’d finally beat Ethan. Good back-and-forth effort from both men, some high-impact moves worked in with the in-ring story being that Alexander was resilient towards Ethan’s relentless offensive style. On that note, Alexander gained something out of this since it came off like he was well-prepared for the Blackout by avoiding it the first time, but when he fell victim on the second attempt, it was obvious what the agenda here was. Ethan continues to stay hot as he tells everyone he knows not to call it a comeback.
– Based off the show’s first match, it made sense for Right to be a little angry towards Koonz and The Wrecking Crew. While he was selling the loss in his backstage promo, he made it clear that bones would heal and he wanted nothing more than a shot to fight The Wrecking Crew, because he wasn’t a gentleman, but now just a brawler. Seen this coming, but this was the good kind of predictable.
– Hammerstone also continues to shine in his role as “angry ex-champion,” taking his aggression out on anyone and everyone. His match against Cameron Cole showed this, as the two worked a decent match, albeit with a slow and plodding pace, but fit the story they were trying to tell. Cole is good in the ring too with his quick and explosive offense, but we still feel like something’s missing there. Not sure what, but we’re warming up to him. The match finish featured a new Yurinagi Suplex finisher from Hammerstone, which was impressive.
– Not sure it gets more generic than “The Shadow” for a jobber gimmick (black mask, black spandex singlet, but nice black-and-white sneakers), but the purpose was to put Crash Test Cody over and that was done finely. Commentary also established CTC as a crowd favorite and was immensely over. We liked the “all business” attitude he exuded.
– Just like well-dressed gentlemen should, The WCWC Tag Team Champions, The Whirlwind Gentlemen showed no fear in their backstage promo as they headed to battle against Mr. Tubbs’ Greg Romero/”The Rock God” Ricky Gibson team. As for the match, it was well-wrestled while it lasted, with the clear story that Tubbs prepared his clients well for the bout, as they dictated the pace and stopped WG from making their trademark frequent tags. We were surprised by the finish (though slightly botched) where Tubbs held down the opponent’s foot from the outside to prevent him from kicking out to shock everyone in the arena and give us new Champions. This was certainly a great time to change hands with the belts and it also keeps the Romero/Gibson heel duo hot as can be. We’re also intrigued to see where WG go from here.
- WCWC Legacy Championship – Grappler III (Champion) (w/Kassius Koonz) def. “Gentleman Brawler” Eric Right via pinfall to retain
- Ethan HD def. Justin Alexander via pinfall
- Hammerstone def. Cameron Cole via pinfall
- Crash Test Cody def. The Shadow via submission
- Greg Romero/”The Rock God” Ricky Gibson (w/Mr. Tubbs) def. The Whirlwind Gentlemen (Champions) via pinfall to become new Champions
Posted on February 14, 2016, in Misc, West Coast Wrestling Connection and tagged Cameron Cole, Crash Test Cody, Eric Right, Ethan HD, Grappler III, Greg Romero, Hammerstone, Jeff Akin, Justin Alexander, Kassius Koonz, Mr. Tubbs, Ricky Gibson, The Shadow, The Whirlwind Gentlemen, Todd Keneley, West Coast Wrestling Connection. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.