Notes In Observance – WCWC 8/20/16: Bounty Hunt
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 Julian Whyt-Marcus Malone match got things off nicely with a mix of athleticism and witty banter from our commentary team of Morty Lipschitz and Kris Kloss. Ever since he debuted, Malone has been a nice addition to the West Coast Wrestling Connection roster and his alliance/tag team with Mikey O’Shea has only helped propel him further. However, he has had so many matches with big names where he comes up short, that it’s hard for us to shake the notion that he’s simply a guy who just can’t win the big one. That said, this match with Whyt took a step in the right direction of improving his image. It wasn’t the prettiest effort on Earth, but we saw what we needed to. On the other side of things, Whyt has become more of a presence lately as well. His pre-taped promo showed ounces of nice mic skills, as he possessed a Kevin Owens-esque delivery. Still not quite sure what Whyt’s gimmick is (or why he spells “White” differently) but he was a good enough foil for Malone to play off of. Nothing too memorable outside of that one high-pitched girl in the crowd who really seems to like Malone. The finish was basic, but did a good job of setting up Malone to win after he hit Kiss The Sky when Whyt missed an attempted moonsault. The follow-up for Malone will be key. Can he keep the wins going? The guy truly needs them.
– The in-ring segment with WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Grappler III, Adam Thornstowe and Caleb Konley gave us the next phase in the Pacific Northwest Title picture. G3 dropped some knowledge bombs that he recently defeated Eric Right and Gangrel and thus, did everything there was to do. That set up Thornstowe and the returning Konley to establish themselves as deserving contenders, despite G3’s argument they weren’t. The coolest thing here was the interaction between heels Konley and G3, as we thought perhaps Konley might turn face, but it was simply a way to set up a match between Konley and Thornstowe where the winner would get the Title shot against G3, as it looked like the loud punker Thornstowe was the favored since a match with him and G3 sounded more likely. G3’s dismissal of Konley for his absence and Thornstowe of his “partier personality” fit his heel logic. Technically, Konley did have a deserved rematch that he luckily brought up, but we question why he’d just go along with the idea of earning a shot once again.
– The WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship #1 Contender’s match between Thornstowe and Konley was actually a surprisingly nice back-and-forth bout. Konley dominated early on before Thornstowe began a stylish comeback that all started with a suicide dive and continued with a standing moonsault. Just how we thought it’d play out, the finish was set up for Thornstowe to win as he hit the Scum Stomp after Konley missed a double springboard moonsault. If anything, the G3-Thornstowe match should be something different. Who knows? Thornstowe could even run with the Legacy belt for a change,
– For some reason, The Wrecking Crew put on a “bounty” for Mikey O’Shea as evidenced by their backstage promo, where they stood with somebody new by the name of “Big” Jack Cunningham. Almost reminded us of Kassius Koonz, which made sense. It was established that G3 had offered him a nice pay cut if he could take out O’Shea. Was a sensible lead-in to the next match.
– The Cunningham-O’Shea match served as Cunningham’s debut bout, as he also donned Bam Bam Bigelow-esque ring attire. It was also pointed out that Cunningham couldn’t be body slammed despite O’Shea’s many attempts. Cunningham then dominated for a few good minutes as O’Shea sold for him pretty well. That high-pitched girl was back at it again as she cheered for O’Shea. Oh gosh. The DQ finish where Cunningham hit O’Shea with a chair felt pretty unnecessary, but it did set up the post-match angle nicely, as we saw Malone come out and save O’Shea from further beating. Koonz also came out to defend for WC, which we assume sets up a tag match of some sort between Koonz/Cunningham and O’Shea/Malone.
– The “Rock God” Ricky Gibson-Spyder Warrior match was ultimately forgettable, besides the point to get Gibson back on the winning track. Their chemistry was sort of there, but perhaps it was on the wrong portion of the show. Just never kicked to a second gear. We wonder if Gibson will now get on a win streak or if the losses will creep back in and this was just a win to hurl in the middle to not completely bury him.
– The WCWC Legacy Championship main event match between Champion Ethan HD and Eric Right was a good way to close out the show, as these guys get better the more they work together. We had a solid beginning, middle and finish. Lots of nice storytelling. We especially loved the psychology in Ethan hitting an early Blackout (before the bell even rang) as that already gave Right an early out and the right comeback spirit. We also got a kick out of Lipschitz’s constant compliments of Kate Carney. Ethan’s counter of the sleeper into a sit-out powerbomb was well-executed. Overall, a nice back-and-forth encounter marred by an overbooked DQ finish where Carney was caught red-handed with brass knuckles after Ethan used them to knock Right out when he felt the match slipping by way of the airplane spin. We can only assume since Right got the victory but not the belt that this sets up another Title match between the two with some kind of stipulation. The two work well together, so we’re okay with that. Just as long as they try to stay away from the fluky finishes too much.
- Marcus Malone def. Julian Whyt via pinfall
- WCWC Pacific Northwest Championship #1 Contender’s Match – Adam Thornstowe def. Caleb Konley via pinfall
- Mikey O’Shea def. “Big” Jack Cunningham via DQ
- “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson (w/Mr. Tubbs) def. Spyder Warrior via pinfall
- WCWC Legacy Championship – Eric Right def. Ethan HD (Champion) (w/Kate Carney) via DQ; Ethan HD retains
Posted on October 7, 2016, in Misc, West Coast Wrestling Connection and tagged "Big" Jack Cunningham, Adam Thornstowe, Caleb Konley, Damien Drake, Grappler III, Julian Whyt, Kassius Koonz, Kris Kloss, Marcus Malone, Mikey O'Shea, Morty Lipschitz, Mr. Tubbs, Pat Kelley, Ricky Gibson, Spyder Warrior, The Wrecking Crew, West Coast Wrestling Connection. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.