Notes In Observance – WCWC 3/5/16: Don’t Make Friends, Make Money
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.
Don’t Make Friends, Make Money
– 2016 has been friendly to Ethan HD’s singles resurgence, flashing a winning record, but perhaps missing that one factor that could push him to the top of the card. The Bonus Boyz definitely have a tag team presence, almost as “athletic jocks” of sorts. While Sugar Brown and Clutch Kucera each excelled in singles competition, they were glorified jobbers as a team and nobody took them seriously. This episode took care of all that, as we saw the debut of Kate Carney, their new valet with a character of a well-known sports agent. Close to ROH’s Veda Scott character yet rocking a swagger like Zooey Deschanel, Carney makes it work. We were introduced to pieces of the new stable with an opening backstage promo from Ethan/Carney and we couldn’t had been happier.
– We loved that they “flushed the format” by having Carney, The Bonus Boyz and Ethan interrupt Jeff Akin and Todd Keneley’s opening monologue, Carney (loudly) pointing out the show’s card featured none of her talent in any championship matches. Perfect lead-in to Ethan’s match against the returning Adam Thornstowe, who features a unique ring name and tattoos with filtered personality. That said, he wasn’t bad in the ring and didn’t show any rust, as we got a straight-forward match here. Given that we were just introduced to this heel undercard stable, we expected Ethan to somehow get the win and it made sense for Carney to get physically involved. Thornstowe’s suicide dive was also a highlight. We sometimes tug at our collars at the thought of male babyfaces attacking female non-wrestling heels, but they made Thornstowe’s intentions justifiable by having Carney get lots of heat prior and it led into the finish seamlessly, as it put Thornstowe in perfect position for the Blackout, after previously avoiding it. All in all, Ethan gets a win, Thornstowe doesn’t lose much and Carney was already established as a heel manager who’ll get her hands dirty to get the job done. This was our favorite start to a WCWC show yet.
– Building off Marcus Malone’s huge upset victory over WCWC Legacy Champion Grappler III a few weeks back, it was a good time for him to finally get that chance at gold, plus having the young rookie backed by The Original Grappler could never hurt. We liked that The Wrecking Crew was using the numbers game to prevent Grappler from being at ringside, as Morty Lipschitz informed him he couldn’t be there and then had Dr. Goldfarb there (who was laid out thanks to G1’s actions last week) refuse to sign a medical release form, leading to him getting escorted backstage. Malone settles so well into the underdog role, you can’t help but to root for him. You want to see him have his big moment. Lipschitz joined commentary, while Jeremy Blanchard was at ringside, so you had The Wrecking Crew’s presence throughout. The in-ring story was solid, with Malone fighting all the odds, even as Blanchard got physically involved at points. Of course, with Malone already having a victory over G3, we didn’t expect the Title to change hands, so we didn’t mind G3 using the orthopedic boot (like always) to retain yet again, as it lets Malone look good in defeat again.
– The Clutch Kucera-Crash Test Cody match followed the first match’s story, but this time with things slightly switched around. This was more of a “ground and pound”-styled encounter, since both guys have come into their own on the WCWC spectrum. CTC certainly has a cult-like following amongst the fans and an intimidating look to go with it, perhaps it’s the eye. We were feeling this match and we wouldn’t had minded the heels getting one over agains to further establish Carney & Co., but CTC winning with a surprise roll-up worked out, especially considering the post-match angle where Sugar Brown came down to beat down CTC, drawing out Mikey O’Shea. Carney told Bonus Boyz to clear the ring before any damage could be done, but this was solid since it starts a new program.
– Being ex-Champions who wanted their gold back more than anything, you could feel the urgency in The Whirlwind Gentlemen’s backstage promo to hype the main event rematch against WCWC Tag Team Champions Greg Romero/”Rock God” Ricky Gibson. Remy Marcel called out the Champions’ shortcuts, while Jack Manley laid down the catchphrases and confidence that the Neon City knights would overcome.
– To their credit, the heel Tag Champs’ backstage promo had its own flavor, as Mr. Tubbs marveled in his own creation, the molding of two well-crafted singles guys. Romero’s “dream” portion of the promo was delivered strong and put over the fact that a 50’s greaser, a rock star and a penguin could make a successful trio.
– The WCWC Tag Team Championship main event match between Champions Gibson/Romero and WG started with a different pace than usual, as the challengers were aggressive from the moment the Champs reached the apron, attacking them before they could even settle in. This was fresh to see from WG this newfound aggression, as they could use some edginess sometimes for that extra babyface support. Tubbs pulled Manley off the apron and then it was all Romero/Gibbs until Marcel got tagged in, but even that fun momentum didn’t last long because of a certain 8-ball wrapped in a t-shirt that clobbered Marcel before he could hit his finisher. Aw, shucks. To that effect, Marcel sold the shot excellently, as he tried to shake the cobwebs off even as the show faded to black. Who can stop Romero/Gibson?
- Ethan HD (w/Kate Carney, The Bonus Boyz) def. Adam Thornstowe via pinfall
- WCWC Legacy Championship – Grappler III (Champion) (w/Jeremy Blanchard) def. Marcus Malone via pinfall to retain
- Crash Test Cody def. Clutch Kucera (w/Kate Carney) via pinfall
- WCWC Tag Team Championships – Greg Romero/”The Rock God” Ricky Gibson (Champions) (w/Mr. Tubbs) def. The Whirlwind Gentlemen via pinfall to retain
Posted on March 12, 2016, in Misc, West Coast Wrestling Connection and tagged Adam Thornstowe, Clutch Kucera, Crash Test Cody, Dr. Goldfarb, Ethan HD, Grappler III, Greg Romero, Jeff Akin, Jeremy Blanchard, Kate Carney, Marcus Malone, Mikey O'Shea, Morty Lipschitz, Mr. Tubbs, Ricky Gibson, The Bonus Boyz, The Grappler, The Whirlwind Gentlemen, Todd Keneley. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.