Notes In Observance – WCWC 6/25/16: Bunkhouse Brawlin’
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.
– With the West Coast Wrestling Connection Tag Team Championships up for vacancy, it was time for some revamping. It was decided that four teams would battle in a four-way elimination tag team turmoil match to decide the new Champs. Before that, those four teams would be qualified over this show and next week’s. Emphasis on tag team wrestling is never a bad thing. Good lead-in to the opener Qualifying match between Julian Whyte/King Khash and Marcus Malone/Mikey O’Shea. Liked that there were two sides to the bout in that while O’Shea/Malone were the heavy crowd favorites, Whyte had a good debut as Khash’s cousin, who also happened to speak English, as he could bridge that language barrier that has limited Khash. Also kudos to Malone/O’Shea for their selection of Story Of The Year’s “The Antidote” as their theme. Good in-ring story, as the heels displayed smart strategy with the isolation of O’Shea from Malone, but it only built even better to the hot tag. Nice finish as Malone hit his Kiss The Sky finisher (sick btw) to seal the victory deal.
– O’Shea/Malone’s backstage promo captured their amped-up eagerness to get to gold, which would be a fourth time for O’Shea and a first-ever for Malone. Seeing as that was their motivation, this covered it well. O’Shea did most of the talking, which was a good route to go.
– The Cole Layton King-Ian Sutton match was easily the most out of place thing on the show. CLK could work good as a JBL-esque “Rich Southern Guy” character if pushed right, but we’ll need a lot more than what we saw. Commentary tried to sell Sutton’s credibility from his appearances on Salem shows, but it came up short. We struggled to remember anything he said in his promo, as he came off as a stereotypical drawling hillbilly.
– Given that they’ve recently dabbled into couture, we were surprised that Kate Carney wasn’t present for the Qualifying match between The Bonus Boyz and The Midnight Marvels. Not a bad match to book on paper since it could’ve actually gone either way, even in the midst of the silly “nerds against jocks” vibe we picked up. MM pulled off some nice maneuvers in the air and were seconds from executing their finisher, but BB used their experience to swiftly turn it in their favor and emerge victorious. BB has more mileage in this tag turmoil anyway, but don’t expect them to go far.
– As we saw last week, the stage was set for an unsanctioned “Bunkhouse Brawl” main event between WCWC Legacy Champion Eric Right and WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Grappler III with no belts on the line, just pride in a match where there were no rules. Right’s backstage promo hyped the match up as he put over his new haircut and suit as a precursor to “looking good” while he beat up G3 and even when bigger on Granny Right’s miracle tonic. That was one big-ass bottle.
– The JJ Garrett-Jeff Boom match was easily the night’s most competitive, despite its short ring time. Boom has been heavily pushed on WCWC and has quickly become a recognizable face, while Garrett has slowly rose up the ranks with his “swag” personality and the tutelage of Tubbs, who he continuously pokes fun at. The finish was simple and effective, as Tubbs’ attempt to give Garrett his cane backfired when Garrett’s shot missed and ricocheted off the rope and into his own face, which set up Boom’s finisher. It was also announced that next week, Boom would team up with Adam Thornstowe in Qualifying action for tag team turmoil. We’re sure they’ll win that too.
– The Wrecking Crew’s backstage promo also saw G3 hype the main event as a “fist ’em up” brawl of sorts. Jeremy Blanchard was also portrayed as outdated with a Sony Walkman as he sang along to Yes’ “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” while he taped up G3’s wrists. Kassius Koonz kind of took up background space in silence.
– The unsanctioned “Bunkhouse Brawl” main event between G3 and Right with Morty Lipschitz on commentary was okay for what it was, but could’ve been better in some regards. They didn’t go outside nearly enough to separate this from any other main event that features WC. We saw G3 use outside assistance from Blanchard/Koonz and his own orthopedic boot to take the momentum, which led to the long armbar finish where Right held out for a while, but eventually gave in as the Referee called for the bell. This was the story of WC doing what they do best, as they went for more after the bell and that caused Gangrel to come make the save, as he laid down a challenge to G3 as he was coming for his belt in a mission to “cut the head off the snake.” Gives us something to look forward to.
- Tag Team Turmoil Qualifying Match – Marcus Maline/Mikey O’Shea def. King Khash/Julian Whyte via pinfall to advance
- Cole Layton King def. Ian Sutton via pinfall
- Tag Team Turmoil Qualifying Match – The Bonus Boyz def. The Midnight Marvels via pinfall to advance
- Jeff Boom def. JJ Garrett (w/Mr. Tubbs) via pinfall
- Bunkhouse Brawl – Unsanctioned – Grappler III (w/Jeremy Blanchard) def. Eric Right via submission
Posted on July 25, 2016, in Misc, West Coast Wrestling Connection and tagged Cole Layton King, Eric Right, Grappler III, Ian Sutton, Jeff Akin, Jeff Boom, Jeremy Blanchard, JJ Garrett, Julian Whyte, Kassius Koonz, King Khash, Marcus Malone, Mikey O'Shea, Morty Lipschitz, Mr. Tubbs, The Bonus Boyz, The Midnight Marvels, The Wrecking Crew, Todd Keneley, West Coast Wrestling Connection. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.