Notes In Observance – WCWC 8/27/16: Insane Clown Posse
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.
Insane Clown Posse
– We began the night with a backstage promo from hard-lucked “Gentleman Brawler” Eric Right, as he had a message for WCWC Legacy Champion Ethan HD and his backhanded ways of keeping his Title. This was his time to again make a challenge for another convoluted stipulation bout, this time it being a “Coal Miner’s Glove on a Pole” match. We knew this was popular in the territories way back when, but we were a little fearsome on how it’d come across in modern-day West Coast Wrestling Connection. If anybody could make it work though, it’d be these two. We always like when Right amps his aggression past “gentleman” status, but it seems to be a bit too normal now. It should feel like a big thing when it happens. Now it’s just kind of “eh.”
– Ever since they won the WCWC Tag Team Championships, Champions The Bonus Boyz have shown no signs of stopping. Whenever it appears their reign is in jeopardy, they somehow come out on top. Also with their loose affiliation with the likes of Kate Carney, they’ve become more than your average jock tag team. They defended their belts against The Midnight Marvels in a bout that was good in terms of in-ring prowess, but severely lacked in crowd enthusiasm and that put us down a little bit. What kept us through it was the entertaining back-and-forth on commentary between Morty Lipschitz and Kris Kloss. There was some nice double-teaming from MM (that double rolling arm drag was delish) and they were portrayed as hard fighters this time around as opposed to superhero jobbers and the match quality benefited from it. However, this didn’t feel like the time for the belts to change hands and this was designed to be another “losing the momentum and grabbing it right back”-style victory for the Champs as they finished MM off with the Signing Bonus finisher. The post-match angle where Gangrel/Sinn Bodhi made the save when the Champs kept their attack going was a nice touch. Obviously, the biggest news here was the drastic appearance change in Bodhi, who went from his signature dreads to completely bald and in clown makeup. Definitely looked crazy and more the part of a team with Gangrel. This likely sparks another feud while MM feel like they’re treading water. Will they ever see a true push?
– The “Big” Jack Cunningham/Kassius Koonz-Mikey O’Shea/Marcus Malone match carried off last week’s brawl that resulted when Koonz joined Cunningham on a mission to take out O’Shea for a bounty prize and Malone made the save with impassioned fury. The physicality was a plus here, as we saw a lot of high-impact stuff from these guys. Cunningham still appears a little green, but is on the right track being brought in as a Wrecking Crew member. It also helps that him and Koonz make one bad-ass duo. We also liked how Koonz got the clean pin on Malone after a powerbomb to sell the heel threat. We still wonder how much longer it goes before Malone and O’Shea turn on each other from all the frequent losses.
– The Gangrel/Bodhi backstage promo set the stage for a Title showdown and the moment to take away from it was that (from Bodhi’s words) an insane clown and a vampire were coming for them. It was slightly intriguing.
– The “Rock God” Ricky Gibson-Bodhi match was probably the best bout on the show and that’s saying a lot. We’ve almost likened Gibson to WWE’s Heath Slater with the way he carries himself. That’s a compliment. The spotlight of the contest was definitely on Bodhi’s unorthodox style, as he slithered around the ropes and even gave Mr. Tubbs the stink face at one point. Can’t make this stuff up. Tubbs retaliated with numerous instances of outside interference as he tried to help his client, but it was of no use. Definitely an odd finish, as Bodhi chokeslammed himself onto Gibson and then hit a double underhook DDT to win. So much for stopping Gibson’s winning streak for that. We get why they did that though – to establish Bodhi as a credible competitor on par with Gangrel, a WCWC mainstay.
– BB’s backstage promo was a confident answer to the Gangrel/Bodhi challenge, as they were impressed by their own bling and threatened to “send the legends back to the 1990’s.” We know Gangrel was there, but Bodhi might be a stretch. Hell, most people remember him as Kizarny.
– The Adam Thornstowe-WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Grappler III main event saw another example of blatant dodging by G3, as he worked around a loophole that prevented him from having to defend his Title, as he claimed last week, the match between Caleb Konley and Thornstowe was simply to see who’d face the Champ, not for the Championship. He challenged Thornstowe to pin him to consider getting a Title shot. Classic heel stuff, but it’s always well-executed on the WC’s part. Thornstowe also gained some sympathy from this, which helped headed into the bout. The crowd was also into it, as they immediately chanted “You’re number three!” at G3. This was a paint-by-numbers main event where Jeremy Blanchard’s occasional interference went on to backfire when he was accidentally laid out by G3, which set up the Scum Stomp. We saw this coming, but it went over well. You had Thornstowe beat G3 to get the Title match, which is where WC’s tactics will probably help him keep the Title. Thornstowe has looked great since his return, so maybe they could give him the belt. but we just don’t know. Unpredictability’s a good thing here.
- WCWC Tag Team Championships – The Bonus Boyz (Champions) def. The Midnight Marvels via pinfall to retain
- “Big” Jack Cunningham/Kassius Koonz (w/Jeremy Blanchard) def. Mikey O’Shea/Marcus Malone via pinfall
- Sinn Bodhi def. “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson (w/Mr. Tubbs) via pinfall
- Adam Thornstowe def. Grappler III (w/Jeremy Blanchard) via pinfall
Posted on October 12, 2016, in Misc, West Coast Wrestling Connection and tagged "Big" Jack Cunningham, Adam Thornstowe, Eric Right, Gangrel, Grappler III, Jeremy Blanchard, Kassius Koonz, Kris Kloss, Marcus Malone, Mikey O'Shea, Morty Lipschitz, Mr. Tubbs, Pat Kelley, Ricky Gibson, Sinn Bodhi, The Bonus Boyz, The Midnight Marvels. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.