Notes In Observance – WCWC 7/30/16: Banned From Ringside
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.
Banned From Ringside
– We were off to a good start with the “Rock God” Ricky Gibson-“Adrenaline” Adrian Matthews opener. This was Matthews’ second match with the company and looked to gather more momentum at Gibson’s expense, who commentary had mentioned was on a slump. Interesting that they also speculated Greg Romero’s absence had something to do with the losing streak. Matthews also appeared smart in that he was aware of Tubbs’ tactics even before the bout, as he warned Tubbs not to get involved in his pre-match promo. A big plus of the hour was the great chemistry by Morty Lipschitz/Kris Kloss on commentary, as Lipschitz continuously denied any wrongdoings by the heels (particularly Tubbs), much to Kloss’ dissatisfaction. The action was good in the ring too, as Gibson-Matthews meshed well. Matthews put in a more memorable performance for sure and the win surely helped him out. The finish was fine too, as it showed Tubbs trying to help Gibson out with the cane and how it backfired when Gibson got the cane dropkicked into his face and that led to Matthews’ finisher. Make that two straight losses for Gibson, as we wonder if he’ll separate from Tubbs anytime soon.
– The heel duo of WCWC Legacy Champion Ethan HD/Kate Carney were another highlight, as they have their “Cocky Internet Darling” gimmick down-pat. Their backstage promo hyped the upcoming bout between Ethan and Damien Drake as Carney screamed at Pat Kelley for not introducing Ethan as “Kate Carney Presents Ethan HD.” Classic stuff.
– The Mikey O’Shea/Marcus Malone backstage segment served a purpose to hype their shot at the WCWC Tag Team Championships next week against Champions The Bonus Boyz, while O’Shea hyped his own bout against Kassius Koonz for later. The big highlight unfortunately was Malone’s accidental slip-up as he forgot the Tag Title match was for next week and not this show, but they covered their bases well enough that they played off it as “excitement.”
– The Drake-Ethan HD match was okay at best, as we never bought into Drake as a true threat to Ethan despite his athletic abilities. That said, Carney added to the bout as she showed fear towards the end as Drake had the upper hand and it led to that dazzling finishing sequence where Ethan countered Drake’s finisher into a sunset flip and came back up to hit the Blackout to put the marveled superhero to sleep.
– The Wrecking Crew’s backstage promo hyped the big main event for the WCWC legacy Championship as Champion Grappler III would defend against Gangrel in a match that saw The Wrecking Crew banned from ringside. Jeremy Blanchard, dressed in a blue “Reagan/Bush ’84” t-shirt and sporting Sony Walkman and big headphones, was surprised about the stipulation, as G3 tried to convince us he was fine without his boys out there. Nice hype.
– The Koonz-O’shea match was alright, with the story of “two explosive personalities” told being a decent one. Koonz continues to impress on both an in-ring and comedic level, as he flashed around a second place trophy that gets bigger by the week. For some reason, commentary was more obsessed with Blanchard’s “Stuck In The 80’s” syndrome than the actual bout, but both guys did enough to garner our interest to hold out. O’Shea didn’t even get to take off his ring jacket and had it on for the whole match. Koonz dominated O’Shea for a good portion, until O’Shea whipped out the Gun Slinger to overcome Koonz’s power and Blanchard’s occasional interferences. That was fine for what it was, but we wish they would’ve transitioned into O’Shea’s comeback a bit better. Seemed too sudden for us to buy.
– The WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship main event between Champion G3 and Gangrel where The Wrecking Crew was banned from ringside was actually a nice match, wrestled more traditionally and without hijinks from the outside. Of course, the heels tried to forget about the stipulation as G3 came out with Blanchard/Koonz, only for the Referee to refuse to start the bout until WC disappeared. A lot of the match early on involved Gangrel as he worked over G3’s arms. G3 made a comeback as he used various illegal chokeholds in the ropes and began to take over after that point. It was then a see-saw affair, as you couldn’t tell which way it was going to go. WCWC then did its WCWC thing and we groaned once the Referee got knocked out by Gangrel on accident. We suspected Blanchard/Koonz to make their way out, but another masked man in a Grappler mask knocked Gangrel out with a foreign object after Gangrel had G3 pinned with the Impaler DDT, which allowed a groggy G3 to pick up the pinfall victory. To their credit, the heels took advantage of the stipulation in a way where they found a loophole and utilized it, while we’re left to wonder who that masked man was. Greg Romero? The Original Grappler? Guess we’ll find out next week and we have the WCWC Tag Team Championship match as well to look forward to. For the most part, a good show.
- “Adrenaline” Adrian Matthews def. “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson (w/Mr. Tubbs) via pinfall
- Ethan HD (w/Kate Carney) def. Damien Drake via pinfall
- Mikey O’Shea def. Kassius Koonz (w/Jeremy Blanchard) via pinfall
- WCWC Legacy Championship – The Wrecking Crew Is Banned From Ringside – Grappler III (Champion) def. Gangrel via pinfall to retain
Posted on September 5, 2016, in Misc, West Coast Wrestling Connection and tagged Adrian Matthews, Damien Drake, Ethan HD, Gangrel, Grappler III, Jeremy Blanchard, Kassius Koonz, Kate Carney, Kris Kloss, Marcus Malone, Mikey O'Shea, Morty Lipschitz, Mr. Tubbs, Pat Kelley, Ricky Gibson, Spyder Warrior, The Masked Man, The Wrecking Crew. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.