Notes In Observance – WCWC 11/19/16: Deja Vu
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 opening in-ring segment with Commentator Jeff Akin, Marcus Malone and Adam Thornstowe immediate followed up last week. In fact, Malone interrupted Akin’s pre-show open, as he made it clear that he wanted revenge against The Wrecking Crew, who put his partner, Mikey O’Shea, through a table. This was a welcome cue for Thornstowe to come out and announce his past problems with WC and proposed a team with Malone. There was also a Bullet Club reference, because why not? All in all, it was fast and made sense.
– The Beast The Butcher-“Gentleman Brawler” Eric Right match was an odd one on paper at this point of Beast’s West Coast Wrestling Connection run. Sure, he established himself as a fearsome brute when he dominated Damien Drake in his debut win, but why put him against the crown jewel in Right here? Our only guess was that Right’s recent storyline with the “crazed fan stalker lookalike guy” would cost him here, which gave him an out and a reason for Butcher to retain momentum. It didn’t quite go down that way. Butcher was also described by commentary as a “voodoo priest,” which was about right. Right (see what we did there?) came aggressively as he hit an atomic drop and applied the sleeper, but to no luck. Eventually, Right drank the tonic and “powered up” as he landed the airplane spin, avoided a counter attempt by Butcher and hit the sleeper again, this time to put the morbid mastodon to sleep. Not what we would’ve done. As for the post-match promo exchange between Right and Richard, the mustached guy, it wasn’t that great. Albeit, Richard was well-spoken and it was easy to hold on to his words, there wasn’t much substance to the story. To sum it up, Right and Richard go back 104 years and Richard knew things about fragile Granny Right that even her grandson didn’t. That kind of sounds gross if you think about it. We didn’t care for the “Dapper Dan” story and the locker room coming out to separate the two felt unwarranted. This didn’t feel personal. At least not yet. This needs to develop some more before we can even try to invest.
– The WCWC Tag Team Championship match between Owen Travers/”The Adrenaline” Adrian Matthews and Champions The Bonus Boyz had a backstory where the Champs were in defense mode for the second consecutive week. Given the lineup, this was set up as a glorified squash in the way that Matthews/Travers could impress in defeat. The faces gelled well and we hope they team again down the road, as they presented a good foil to the jocks’ despicable ways. Formulaic stuff with the finish more memorable than anything else, as we saw Kate Carney distract Travers and punch him dead cold in the face, as he fell victim in the end to take the pin. The Champs stay strong and retain.
– The Julian Whyte-Spyder Warrior match was another step in the right direction of a singles push for Whyte under the management of one Mr. Tubbs. Warrior was easy to root for against this heel and tried his best to bring out something extra. Nothing highlight-worthy, but the finish where Tubbs distracted the Referee from the apron cost Warrior a pinfall and then the match when he was hit by Whyte’s running knee. Basic stuff, but it goes a long way. Of course, critics will point out the second straight finish via outside interference, but we’ll let it slide for the long-term storytelling device it served.
– The backstage promo from Kassius Koonz, Jeremy Blanchard and WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Grappler III hyped the main event tag, as Koonz was most vocal about how great it was that O’Shea was now out of commission and they could “collect the bounty.” How can one collect their own bounty? The less questions, the better we guess. Koonz also warned Malone he was in for some worse damage.
– The backstage promo from Malone and Thornstowe reinforced the babyface’s mission to undo The Wrecking Crew. That’s got a catchy ring to it. #UndoTheWreckingCrew.
– The G3/Koonz-Malone/Thornstowe main event was shorter than average, but still good, all things considered. We liked the idea that the table was at ringside as a visual aide early on by the heels. Thornstowe hit rapidly stiff chops on Koonz, who sold them with the perfect shocked facial expressions. Things took a turn once Thornstowe got in Blanchard’s face outside and Malone was hoisted up and driven through the table by G3/Koonz, just like O’Shea last week. Malone was brought to the back by medical professionals to sell it. Thornstowe hung in there, but thanks to Koonz, G3 was able to get the pin on him. The post-match promo from Thornstowe was a great hook as he expressed his anger and teased that he’d go to the back and calm down before he returns with someone who’d take care of the WC. We actually are lost on who it could be. Alexander Hammerstone? Big Jack Cunningham? The possibilities are endless. If it also helps, Commentator Kris Kloss was mentioned to return next week, but we’ll take that with a grain of salt.
- “The Gentleman Brawler” Eric Right def. Beast The Butcher via submission
- WCWC Tag Team Championships – The Bonus Boyz (Champions) (w/Kate Carney) def. Owen Travers/”The Adrenaline” Adrian Matthews via pinfall to retain
- Julian Whyte (w/Mr. Tubbs) def. Spyder Warrior via pinfall
- Kassius Koonz/Grappler III (w/Jeremy Blanchard) def. Marcus Malone via pinfall
Posted on January 27, 2017, in Misc, West Coast Wrestling Connection and tagged Adam Thornstowe, Adrian Matthews, Beast The Butcher, Eric Right, Grappler III, Jeff Akin, Jeremy Blanchard, Julian Whyte, Kassius Koonz, Kate Carney, Marcus Malone, Morty Lipschitz, Mr. Tubbs, Owen Travers, Spyder Warrior, The Bonus Boyz. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.