Notes In Observance – WCWC 7/2/16: Arm Strong
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.
– The Tag Team Qualifier opener between “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson/JJ Garrett and Azul Angel/Ian Sutton was an obvious move to get Mr. Tubbs’ latest tag scramble of clients into the fatal four-way that will also feature Marcus Malone/Mikey O’Shea and The Bonus Boyz. Did find it interesting there was more talk about Greg Romero’s disappearance, since it makes us think perhaps a return/babyface run in his future? Anyways, the Angel/Sutton team was about as mismatched as you could get (a hillbilly and a luchador? Make your own joke here)and the in-ring action was mediocre to average as the most interesting aspect of it was seeing how Garrett/Gibson interacted and it worked for the most part, as “opposites attract.” Doubt anybody was shocked to see Gibson get the pinfall with the Power Ballad.
– The feud between WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Grappler III and Gangrel continued on a subtle level with The Wrecking Crew’s backstage promo where G3 talked himself up a big game as the guy who left WCWC Legacy Champion Eric Right laid out with an injured arm and who sent The Original Grappler packing. We thought perhaps G3-Gangrel would happen on this episode, but alas, it didn’t.
– No matter how much they try to build up The Shadows, it doesn’t work. Nevertheless, the Tag Team Qualifier between them and Jeff Boom/Adam Thornstowe was luckily more about the latter’s team chemistry. It was still painful to watch Shadows get so much offense here, made it anticlimactic as hell. Don’t even get us started on all the shadow and John Cena references. Thankfully, it was soon over and Boom/Thornstowe advanced.
– Thornstowe/Boom’s backstage promo highlighted Thornstowe’s over-the-top excitement, while Boom was more refined. One thing we do like about this upcoming four-way is that it could go any direction and isn’t tiredly predictable.
– In the dominant theme of “Wrecking Crew’s Gonna Wreck” in a WCWC episode, we had a taste of that this week with the Kassius Koonz-Marcus Malone match. Albeit, this was more competitive than we’ve let on as Malone did his best to overcome the rampant outside interference from Jeremy Blanchard, but in the end, that mixed with Koonz’s power put him down for the count. Morty Lipschitz again provided ample entertainment on commentary as he “played dumb” to the blatant rule-breaking and warned Gangrel against what he was in for.
– The last 20 minutes were probably the best, since it allowed for storytelling 101. Right had an in-ring interview segment with Blake Chadwick as he discussed his arm injury sustained from the Bunkhouse Brawl and how it affected him going forward. Right openly acknowledged his cast on his arm as he referred to it as “blood for sharks in the water” and emphasized he never actually gave up to G3 and was ready to fight no matter what. To cement his “fighting Champion” status, he went on to defend the belt in the main event against Ethan HD. What we liked about this was that it felt like a main event and got a lot of time to develop. Ethan wasn’t treated as a jobber here and presented himself as an opportunistic heel, as he ruthlessly targeted Right’s arm with use of the steel steps (indirectly) and even Kate Carney made herself welcome to the arm damage. We thought in our minds that Right would stick it out to eventually win, especially after Ethan had him so close to submitting, but we actually liked how it went down instead. Time limit draw. Sucks for the moment, but actually builds both guys up for a future match. Right can brag that he hung in there just barely and Ethan also can do the same as he etched so close to singles Championship gold. Of course, if these two don’t fight again, it was all for naught, but we think they will soon.
- Tag Team Qualifier – “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson/JJ Garrett (w/Mr. Tubbs) def. Ian Sutton/Azul Angel via pinfall to advance
- Tag Team Qualifier – Jeff Boom/Adam Thornstowe def. The Shadows (w/Miss Shadow) via pinfall to advance
- Kassius Koonz (w/Jeremy Blanchard) def. Marcus Malone via pinfall
- WCWC Legacy Championship – Eric Right (Champion) and Ethan HD (w/Kate Carney) to a time-limit draw; Right retains
Posted on August 1, 2016, in Misc, West Coast Wrestling Connection and tagged Adam Thornstowe, Azul Angel, Blake Chadwick, Eric Right, Ethan HD, Ian Sutton, Jeff Akin, Jeff Boom, Jeremy Blanchard, JJ Garrett, Kassius Koonz, Kate Carney, Marcus Malone, Miss Shadow, Morty Lipschitz, Mr. Tubbs, Ricky Gibson, The Shadows, The Wrecking Crew, Todd Keneley, West Coast Wrestling Connection. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.