Notes In Observance – WCWC 1/21/17: Feeling The Blackout

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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.






(Aired 1/21/17)

Feeling The Blackout 

– The WCWC Legacy Championship match between Champion Ethan HD and “Mr. Adrenaline” Adrian Matthews had some build when Matthews earned the right after he beat “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson last week. Matthews had an early advantage as he sent the Champ out of the ring after being spit on. Ethan answered with a body slam on the cold concrete. We cracked up at Commentator Morty Lipschitz’s claim that the Referee “should be disqualified” when he kicked the ropes as he noticed Ethan using them for leverage. Carney provided some outside physicality, as Lipschitz dismissed it as “waking him up.” Hilarious. After a superplex by Matthews, Carney brought in a chair, which was set down by Matthews. Ethan tried to take advantage but got clotheslined to the canvas as Matthews climbed to the top. Carney shoved Matthews off the top rope for the disqualification finish. Sigh. We say this though – when heels get themselves disqualified to retain Titles, why do they get upset that they lost the match? Anyways, Matthews chased Carney backstage and Ethan threatened the Referee with a chair. He put put it down and made like he’d walk away, only to come back and land a Blackout, as the Referee’s face landed on the chair. That was actually awesome. For extra heel points, he lightly kicked the Referee’s head afterwards. If not for the fact we question why he’d be mad in the first place since he retained anyway, still good for shock value alone.

– The Ethan HD backstage segment followed up what we saw as Kristy Olson tried to get a word, but all we saw was him shove another official around and yell, “Collusion.” Maybe he’ll get stripped of the belt by management?

– The King Khash-Ian Sutton match was another typical bout thrown out there. A so-so effort as Khash worked the arm and didn’t let Sutton out of his denim vest. It was noted that Khash was on a losing streak, while Sutton had some luck the past couple matches. Tubbs tried to use the cane on Sutton on the apron, but the redneck overpowered him and sent him to the floor. The Hillbilly Hangover on Sutton was all she wrote and the story continues. Well alrighty.

– The Gibson-Marcus Malone match had an angle where Gibson was “one up” on Malone with the help of his new manager, Janice. She’s a silent one, but a little stringy. Possibly related to somebody named Fender. That’s enough guitar jokes for now. Malone was over with the younglings and began the bout with a couple of cool neckbreakers and one on the apron for fun. Actually a great, competitive bout down the stretch with some near-falls on both ends. Definitely the best wrestling of the hour. What also helped was how commentary stressed how both men needed to win because they had no luck in singles competition. Eventually, Gibson hoisted Malone in the air to crash down face-first on Janice while the Referee was disoriented from an accidental collision with Malone. That was about right, but we do dig this little push for Gibson.

– The Caleb Konley/Gallo backstage promo was okay main event hype, as the heels said scary heel things. Konley tagged them as “nightmares” and Gallo promised to unleash the “hellhound” and released some healthy woofs. He just reminds us of Rick Steiner more and more.

– The Konley/Gallo-Mikey O’Shea/Alexander Hammerstone main event featured a good build over the past few weeks as a chance for O’Shea/Hammerstone to get revenge on The Wrecking Crew. The stipulation was that Jeremy Blanchard was banned from ringside and WCWC Pacific Northwest Champion Grappler III was to be handcuffed to the bottom rope. For some reason, we figured G3 would factor into the finish as they’d find some kind of loophole. Early on, Gallo showed off his power with some chops on O’Shea. Hammerstone was eventually tagged in after Konley knocked him off the apron. He let out a flurry of offense on Gallo. O’Shea came back in and hit a spinebuster on Konley before Gallo should tackled him to the canvas. Everybody was laid down as it was portrayed to be a “war zone” by commentary. The camera cut to G3 not so handcuffed. With the Referee distracted, G3 snuck inside the ring to whack O’Shea in the head with the loaded orthopedic boot when he had the win secured and that was enough for the heels to steal one. G3 slipped back into his cuffed position and the officials had no clue. Just like we predicted. Perhaps the same management that booked the match with all the advantages for the babyfaces will have watched it and will discipline G3/WC in some sort. If Ethan gets punished, perhaps they should too.






Quick Results

  • WCWC Legacy Championship – “Mr. Adrenaline” Adrian Matthews def. Ethan HD (Champion) (w/Kate Carney) via DQ; Ethan HD retains
  • Ian Sutton def. King Khash (w/Mr. Tubbs) via pinfall 
  • “The Rock God” Ricky Gibson def. Marcus Malone via pinfall 
  • Grappler III Handcuffed To Bottom Rope/Jeremy Blanchard Banned From Ringside – Caleb Konley/Gallo (w/Grappler III) def. Mikey O’Shea/Alexander Hammerstone via pinfall 

About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 29-year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently a freelance journalist with two websites - Pro Wrestling Opinion and The Music Bugle - he has also been published on sites such as The Bensonhurst Bean, Sheepshead Bites, Review Fix, College University of New York Athletic Conference, Dying Scene, Brooklyn News Service, All Media NY, and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

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