Notes In Observance – WCWC 2/20/16: Living The Dream
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.
Living The Dream
– The opening in-ring segment involving The Grappler, Marcus Malone, WCWC Legacy Champion Grappler III and Jeremy Blanchard was a nice change from the usual episode format, giving the chance for the young afro’d upstart rookie Malone to be put over by The Grappler as one of the academy’s brightest stars getting to “live the dream” with Malone showing that mutual respect back before the heartfelt moment became tarnished by The Wrecking Crew doing well, Wrecking Crew things. Malone/Grappler clearing the ring obviously created a bonding moment that actually things up for later in the show too.
– With Ethan HD getting a monster singles push, we were surprised when things didn’t go the way we thought they would after his match with “Irish Juggernaut” Mikey O’Shea. Ethan was riding a “wave of momentum” and O’Shea was someone who could match Ethan’s intensity and a bit more, overpowering him strength-wise as well. Good action here, so good that O’Shea’s music played again during the actual match. Things continued down the stretch as Ethan continued to come hard at O’Shea, gearing up and attempting the Blackout, but got it countered into the Gunslinger and it was all she wrote. We suppose this was acceptable too since it keeps O’Shea in the winning category and Ethan looked good in defeat, but we feel perhaps Ethan could’ve used the win more since he’s the singles guy and O’Shea always has his team with Crash Test Cody to fall back on.
– The Cameron Cole build continues slowly, but surely. Careful steps, but ones that are starting to pay off. He had a more formidable opponent in punch-happy Sugar Brown while selling his own injuries attained from a loss to Hammerstone last week. Was it the best match? Nope, but it did what it was supposed to, being designed as a gutsy win for Cole, as he powered through Brown’s rough shots.
– Most of Gangrel’s 2016 matches have been with WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Caleb Konley, so it was good to see him take on someone else for a change, this time Kassius Koonz. We liked the storyline explanation of G3 accompanying Koonz to the ring for luck purposes since Jeremy Blanchard caused a DQ for Koonz in prior action. On the other side, you had Gangrel still reeling from losing his Title to Konley in cheap fashion. Everything came together for a match that was pretty good, but didn’t get to develop into much before G3 pulled Koonz out of the ring when Gangrel was setting up to deliver the Impaler DDT. Presumably, an unscripted moment happened when Koonz accidentally fell onto a ringside fan, bringing the sitting fan to the floor, but they recovered from it well and it even gave Gangrel the chance to play the “cool guy” by checking up on the fan after the match.
– Malone isn’t only impressing in the ring, but even covers for himself good on the mic, sounding enthusiastic, expressing his eagerness to put his hands on G3 and called out him and The Wrecking Crew’s horrendous acts to other guys.
– Malone obviously received his biggest career accolade the moment he got the upset win over G3, but we wish the match had lasted longer than it did, though we guess if it did last longer, the initial shock of the upset win wouldn’t had gone over as greatly as it did. The post-match angle was superb, as it involved The Wrecking Crew beating down Malone out of anger before getting cleared out by Gangrel, as we had a standoff with all six men, three on each respective side. We’ll assume a six-man tag of some sort will be the payoff here. Heading towards the future, we also know a Malone-G3 Title match will happen.
– The Whirlwind Gentlemen’s backstage promo was a good lead-in to the main event rematch against Champions, Greg Romero/”The Rock God” Ricky Gibson, sounding like men who had their pride taken away, mentioning that despite the suits and the shades, they didn’t feel complete without the Championship gold and wanted them back at all costs.
– The main event WCWC Tag Team Championships rematch between WG and Gibson/Romero was good while it lasted. WG worked a more aggressive style, while the heels deliberately slowed down the pace whenever possible. Liked how Remy Marcel chased around Tubbs to prevent him from being a constant factor, though the finish would go for more heel shenanigans, as Romero used a shirt-wrapped eight-ball to turn a WG pin attempt that should’ve won the match the other way around. This keeps the heels’ momentum going and makes you feel for WG now, since they’ve lost their rematch unfairly too. Hyped for next week was Gangrel’s rematch against Konley for the Pacific Northwest Championship, which should be a doozy.
- Mikey O’Shea def. Ethan HD via pinfall
- Cameron Cole def. Sugar Brown via pinfall
- Gangrel def. Kassius Koonz (w/Grappler III) via countout
- Marcus Malone (w/The Grappler) def. Grappler III (w/Jeremy Blanchard, Kassius Koonz) via pinfall
- WCWC Tag Team Championships – Greg Romero/”The Rock God” Ricky Gibson (Champins) (w/Mr. Tubbs) def. The Whirlwind Gentlemen via pinfall to retain
Posted on February 24, 2016, in Misc, West Coast Wrestling Connection and tagged Cameron Cole, Ethan HD, Gangrel, Grappler III, Greg Romero, Jeff Akin, Jeremy Blanchard, Kassius Koonz, Marcus Malone, Mikey O'Shea, Mr. Tubbs, Ricky Gibson, Sugar Brown, The Grappler, The Whirlwind Gentlemen, The Wrecking Crew, Todd Keneley, West Coast Wrestling Connection. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.